Cheshire Community Theater

Curtain Up, Light the Lights!

Little Women, The Musical


             Sept 18, 19, 20  2009

             Director: Maria Berte


                          Jo March……………………Dorri Mendes                      Marmee March…………Cindy Genzano

                          Meg March…………………Dominique Gobeil               Beth March………………Robyn Genzano

                          Amy March…………………Maggie Federico                 Laurie……………………Daniel Schmidt

                          Professor Bhaer…………Anthony Palmieri                Mr. Brooke………………Quint Johnson

                          Mr. Lawrence……………Bob Genzano                       Aunt March……………Jacki Willametz

                          Mrs. Kirk…………………April Buchholz                       Clarissa…………………Rylee Carrillo-Waggoner

                          Rodrigo……………………Lyndsay Smolka                    Knight……………………Arnie Palmieri

                          Braxton/Ensemble……Toby Henst                         Hag/Ensemble…………Theresa Pennachio

                          Ensemble…………………Julia Palmieri, Lucy Berte


                          Music Director…………Jason Ferrandino                  Asst. Director………Joanne Palmieri

                          Stage Manager…………Alisa Giglietti



Dorri Rosalyn Bova Mendes (Jo March) is amazed and “astonished” to be a part of Little Women, a production that includes so many individuals that are near and dear to her.  Most recently Dorri music directed Cheshire’s Comedy l0l production of Zombie Prom, her fifth musical with the group. Her other music directing credits include Seussical the Musical with North Branford High School, The Rocky Horror Show with the Phoenix Theater Company, and Guys and Dolls with CCT. Some of Dorri’s on-stage performances have included Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense, Mrs. E. Housen in Sullivan and Gilbert a la Carte, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Sara Brown in Guys and Dolls. Dorri is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she studied opera and acting.  While a student, she received the Don Craig/Jim Furman Choral Legacy Award. Dorri is is currently an elementary music teacher in Meriden. Dorri would like to extend her deepest love and respect to the cast and crew, especially those that have been part of her theater family for years- it is a dream come true to work with you. She also sends much love to her family for their support in her theatrical endeavors.


Dominique Gobeil (Meg) is 17 and entering her senior year at Bristol Eastern High school. She works at the Farmington Club as a waitress, and Bethel Christian Church as a nursery worker. Through her high school, she has appeared in Into the woods as Rapunzel, The Apple Tree as Eve, Comedy of Errors as Dromio, and as ensemble player in High school Musical and  Midsummer's Night Dream. She also played Dori in the show School House Rock through Bristol Theater Arts. She loves to act and sing but in her spare time, she also likes to create jewelry and sculptures out of polymer clay. She would like to dedicate her performance to her supportive family, especially her older brother Jonathan, who is now serving in the Army.



Robyn Genzano (Beth) lives in East Haven and is a junior at East Haven High School. Her past shows include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof Jr  at the East Haven Academy as well as Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical and Laurey in Oklahoma! at East Haven High School. Robyn has been dancing for 12 years, and she recently started learning to play the piano. She also loves to read and write. She would like to thank her piano and voice teacher for all her help. Robyn would also like to say,”Thanks to my family for surrounding me with music and theater my entire life, and giving me the inspiration to pursue it.”




Maggie Federico (Amy March) is a sophomore at Cheshire High School. This is her first major role in her many years of performing with CCT. She has performed in the ensemble for A Midsummer’s Night Dream (2003), Jesus Christ Superstar (2004), Cinderella  (2005), and Children of Eden (2008). She has been a dancer at a local  studio in Cheshire since she was little and no matter where you find her, she’ll be singing or dancing! She is so glad to have a great cast like this one. “Break a leg everyone!”




Cindy J. Genzano ( Marmee) is a resident of East Haven. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts from UCONN, a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and is currently working toward her 6th year degree in Education at SCSU. While employed at North Branford High School, she has worn many hats including English teacher, Drama Club Advisor, and Gifted and Talented Resource Educator. Theatrically speaking, she has directed over 25 plays and musicals at the high school with the most recent production being, Seussical. She has also been in the director’s chair for the past five annual summer productions for Cheshire’s Comedy 101 including this summer’s romp, Zombie Prom. Her directing history with CCT includes Assistant Director for Father of the Bride (2005) and Director of Guys and Dolls (2005). As an actor, Cindy performed as Vera in CCT’s The Odd Couple: Female Version (2004). Her latest part as Marmee marks her first singing role in 30 years. She sends her love and thanks to her husband and children for always backing her in her crazy theatrical pursuits. AND she would like to dedicate her performance to her growing theater family-“You truly enrich my life beyond imagining!”


Daniel Schmidt (Theodore “Laurie” Laurence III) hails from East Haven. He is employed by the Paier College of Art in Hamden, where he earned his BFA in Illustration, as the College Recruiter/ Director of Job Placement/ Housing Coordinator. His acting resume ranges from the Tinman inThe Wizard of Oz, and Uncle Max inThe Sound of Music  in the late 90’s at East Haven Academy, to the Wolf/Steward in Into the Woods and a reprise of the Tinman role in The Wizard of Oz at East Haven High School. His Cheshire connection began as Professor Plum with Comedy 101’s 2008 production of Clue: The Musical and continued with this past summer’s role as Josh in Zombie Prom. Besides creating various forms of art and performing, he enjoys theatrical set /costume / prop design and construction, as well as attending the theater. Dan would like to thank his parents, girlfriend, friends, cast crew, and EVERYONE who has been a positive influence throughout this production of Little Women



Quint Johnson (Mr. John Brooke) is making his debut performance with CCT. However, Quint appeared as Eddie Falgrante this past summer in Cheshire’s Comedy 101 production of Zombie Prom.  Qunit appeared in numerous shows throughout school. One of his favorite roles is Rocky in Rocky Horror Picture Show which he performed with the Phoenix Theater. He lives in Northford where he is employed as a landscaper.  Beyond acting, he enjoys dancing, playing the sax, and playing football. Quint would like to dedicate his performance to his loyal fans.  





Julia Palmieri (Troll/ Ensemble) is a third grade student at JFK Elementary School in Milford. She comes to CCT for the first time after appearing as a Poppy in her school’s production of The Wizard of Oz…Sort Of. She is very excited to be on stage with the rest of her family and has certainly been bitten by the acting bug. Julia would like to dedicate her performance to her entire family especially her dad, Tony and her mom, Laura.




Lucy Berté (Troll/ Ensemble) is making her CCT’s debut. She is a first grade student at LoPresti Elementary School in Seymour. Lucy appeared in a Salute to America production at her school. She is thrilled to be in this year’s production of Little Women with her best friend, Julia! Lucy would like to dedicate her performance to her entire family especially her dad, Kevin and her mom Holly.





Lyndsay Smolka (Rodrigo/Understudy- Meg) lives in East Hampton, CT and works for Lux Bond and Green in West Hartford, in the Internet Sales department. While she has always been a singer, this is her first show in many years and she is excited to be singing and getting creative with people again! Her favorite hobbies are rollerblading and running. Other loves in her life include trips to NYC to see a show (and shop!), cookie dough ice cream, and her dog, Bear.






Arnie Palmieri (Knight/ Ensemble) once again couldn’t resist his love for the stage, especially he’s with his daughter, son, and granddaughters. He has appeared in several CCT productions including Guys and Dolls. He played Max Greeney in Requeim For a Heavyweight, Phil in Jitters and Dowdy in Mister Roberts. Arnie lives in North Branford with his wife Joanne. He recently retired after a 35 year career in the telephone industry. Arnie is thrilled to tread the boards with the rest of his family.






Rylee Carrillo Waggoner (Clarissa) is 11 years old and in the 7th grade at Adams Middle School in Guilford.  Most recently, Rylee performed the role of Mary in the Castle Craig Players production of The Secret Garden, and the Wizard in the Shoreline Stars production of The Wizard of Oz.  In addition, she has performed with the Select Chorus of Baldwin Middle School and with the New Haven Ballet.  From a young age, Rylee has exhibited a passion for theater, which spurred her to write and direct her first play in the 1st grade. 



Jacki Willametz (Aunt March) has lived in Southington for the past 27 years and is a CT native. She has been a nurse for 35 years and is currently the Staff Development Director at Abbott Terrace Healthcare Facility in Waterbury and a Nursing Supervisor at The Summit of Plantsville. . Jacki has been involved in theater and performance since she was a child.  Memorable gigs include assisting Pink Floyd with audio equipment setup on their American tours in the early 70's, when her husband was a Roadie for the band.  She also ran a summer theater experience in Southington in the summer of 1994 for elementary school students at North Center School. In addition, she studied voice at The Hartford Conservatory of Music. Her roles in community theater include Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Susie in Babes in Arms, and The Cook in Cinderella with CCT. She has sung with college accapella and choral groups.  She has raised and resides with two fantastic daughters, Julia and Emily, as well as her spouse of 35 years, Tom. Shout out to all the great folks in Cheshire and Southington who keep Community Theater alive !!!!!!

Theresa Pennachio (Hag) recently graduated from UCONN with a degree in Psychology, and will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall, with a Master’s concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. While appearing often in Cheshire’s Comedy l0l productions, as Nelly in Dracula:The Musical? with Little Women's Director Maria Berte, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, Mrs. White in Clue: The Musical, and most recently as Mrs. Delilah Strict in Zombie Prom, this is her first role in a Cheshire Community Theater production. She is absolutely thrilled and excited to be working with most of the crew from Zombie Prom and other past productions, and believes that the cast of Little Women is incredibly talented. She knows this will truly be an outstanding show and hopes you enjoy it! And if not...well, Christopher Columbus!!!

April Bucholz (Mrs. Kirk/ Choreographer) is gracing CCT’s stage for the first time. April is an experienced dancer and choreographer. She lives in Cheshire with her husband and beautiful 3 year old daughter, Victoria Rose.  She would like to dedicate her performance to her sister, Katherine, who is an actress in California-“Guess what Sis, I have been bitten by the acting bug, too!!”




Maria Berté (Director) is making her debut as a CCT director. This experience has served to increase her love for the arts. Maria has appeared in several CCT productions as a cast member. Maria played Officer Welch in Rumors, an Apostle Woman in Jesus Christ Superstar, Joy (stepsister) in Cinderella, Miss Bellamy in Father of the Bride, Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls, Grace Miller in Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Miss Amory in Black Coffee. Maria also served as Asst. Stage Manager for Odd Couple (The Female Version). Maria has also appeared on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse as a Royal Wife in The King and I. She was cast as Mrs. Peacock in Clue with Masterminds Productions and appeared as Sophie in Dracula, the Musical? with Comedy 101. Whether she is on stage or behind the scenes Maria’s love of the theatre shines through in everything she does. 


Joanne Palmieri (Assistant Director) is also the current President of CCT. This is her first time as an assistant director. Joanne has appeared in several CCT productions including the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar, Mrs. Hutchinson in Night of January 16th, Mickey the Cop in The Odd Couple Female Version, General Matilda in Guys and Dolls, Golda in Requiem for a Heavyweight and Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound. Joanne is the School Nurse at North Branford High School. She lives in North Branford with her husband Arnie. This year, they will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary! Joanne is very proud of her daughter Maria Berté, the Director, and her husband, son and granddaughters, who are appearing in this production.



Alisa A. Giglietti (Stage Manager) joins CCT for a fifth time having recently performed in Children of Eden as well as having directed Neil Simon's Proposals. Favorite roles have included Joan in The Guys, Mary Tilford in The Children's Hour, and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, while at Salve Regina University. The latter two performances gained her nominations in the Kennedy Center /American College Theatre Festival. Alisa wishes to thank her parents for their never ending support and always having dinner warmed up when she walked in the door from rehearsals. "Thank you for that second row seat to Les Miserables that started it all...I have never looked back...Dad, Gary Beach is waiting for you to carry his bags...Mom, Dad may be a while..." This and all shows are dedicated to the loving memory of Joseph Giglietti, Jr. "I wish you could be here to see the dream you gave me. The Golden Front row has a seat saved for you." 


Jason Nicolo Ferrandino (Music Director/Piano) is a native of New Britain, CT and a graduate of The Hartt School of Music (BM '03) and The New England Conservatory of Music (MM '07). As Music Director Jason has overseen The Phoenix Theater Company’s productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (2007), Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret (2008), the revue, Broadway Revisited (2008) and Dan Goggin’s Nunsense (2009). As a singer he has appeared as Che in Phoenix’s production of Evita, Ferrando in Mozart's Cosí fan tutte, Die Zweite Jude in Strauss' Salome, the Italian Tenor in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, and the Blacksmith in Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphée. He has also performed with the Nashua Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Choruses. Most recently he made his directorial debut and played Murray in Phoenix Theater Company’s production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and served as Assistant Music Director and accompanist to Cheshire’s Comedy 101 summer production of Zombie Prom. Jason is the Assistant Choral Director at New Britain High Schoo.


Anthony Palmieri (Professor Bhaer) joins the CCT stage once again…he also appeared in CCT’s production of Blood Brothers. Anthony is delighted to have his daughter, Julia, join him on the stage in this year’s production of Little Women. He works at Verizon Wireless in the Customer Service Department. Anthony would like to dedicate his performance to his daughter, Julia.






Toby Henst( Braxton/ Ensemble) lives in Cheshire and is tickled pink to be a part of this production and be reunited with his cast members form this summer’s Comedy 101 musical, Zombie Prom. He also loves to write…




Robert Charles Genzano (Mr. Laurence) lives in East Haven. He is employed by the Department of Children and Families for the State of Connecticut as a recreational therapist at High Meadows. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Relations at

UCONN and a  Master’s Degree in Counseling at Southern CT State University. He was the technical director for 19 years for the North Branford Drama Club. In recent years, he has done the lighting, set design and set construction for the Art’s Academy in East Haven, Tabor Summer Theater, and Cheshire Community Theater. Bob was the Associate Producer for Cheshire’s Comedy 101 summer production of Dracula. This is actually one of the few times that he has been in front of the curtain. Bob also appeared in CCT’s production of Guys and Dolls as Rusty Charlie. A  l-o-n-g time ago at the Windsor Summer Theater, he played Harold Hill in The Music Man, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His diverse interests range from yoga, Tai-Chi, meditation, dancing, hiking, star gazing, Eastern Philosophy, to union activism, and he will attempt any aerobics class, regardless of what it is called, at least once. He is very proud of his little women and is delighted to perform with them.