Meet The Cast of Our 2022 Production of:
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Ryan Simme (Nick Bottom) - Ryan Simme (Nick Bottom) is thrilled to perform in his first production with Willow Manor Players in one of his all time favorite shows. Ryan has previously performed at Steel River Playhouse, Methacton Community Theater, and Narberth Community Theatre. Some of Ryan’s favorite past roles include: Georg (She Loves Me), Riff (West Side Story) Hero (A Funny thing...Forum), Peter (Peter and the Starcatcher). Ryan especially thanks Deb, Sammi, Ed and Cindy for this incredible opportunity and for all their expert direction. Ryan also thanks his voice teacher Joseph Erdeljac, his tap dance teacher Hannah Brumbach, his family and friends. Lastly, Ryan thanks his wonderful on-stage/real-life wife Alicia for all her support.
Justin Lamphere (Nigel Bottom) - Justin is very thrilled to be writing love poems again in his first show at Willow Manor Players after playing the same part at the Barn Playhouse 6 months ago. He’s also very honored to have Maura McColgan as Portia again. He recently played Quasimodo in Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Barn Playhouse. In high school, he played Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and the Wolf in Into the Woods. Justin is currently attending Bucks County Community College with a major in Graphic Design. He would like to thank his family for being the most supportive people to him, the production team for everything they’ve done to make this show fun and amazing, and the whole cast and crew for they’ve been a lot of fun to work with and for doing a wonderful job to make the show such an awesome experience.
Justin Damm (Shakespeare) - Justin Damm (Shakespeare) is thrilled to have the opportunity to work again with Deb and is enjoying the chance to perform such a fun part with all the talented people at Willow Manor. Justin is a graduate of Villanova's Masters of Theatre program and works as a Physics Teacher for Upper Merion Area High School where he directs the musical for The Underground Players. Favorite roles Justin include Cliff in Cabaret, Sky in Guys and Dolls, Frank in Catch Me if You Can, Gabe in Next to Normal, Melchior in Spring Awakening, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, Rueben in The Devon Theatre's Joseph...Dreamcoat (Barrymore Nomination). Justin would like to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who made this show possible, especially his wife, Kim, and kids who were supportive of getting him back on stage.
Alicia Simme (Bea) - Alicia is honored to be making her Willow Manor debut with such an incredibly talented cast and crew! Alicia is an elementary music teacher in West Chester and teaches voice lessons at Facetime Theatre in Phoenixville. Favorite past shows include She Loves Me (Amalia), Beauty & the Beast (Belle), & Into the Woods (Cinderella). Special thanks to Deb, and the entire production team, for this fantastic opportunity and to her everyday scene partner, Ryan, for filling each day with laughter.
Maura McColgan (Portia) - Maura is ecstatic to be making her Willow Manor Players debut. She recently performed as Portia in Something Rotten earlier this year at The Barn Playhouse and is so grateful for the opportunity to perform the role again. Maura holds a degree in Musical Theatre from West Chester University, which has given her the opportunity to perform professionally. Some favorite roles include Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods and Cosette in Les Miserables. She would like to thank everyone for the "eggcelent” experience.
Patrick Zanetti (Nostradamus) - Patrick Zanetti is very excited to be a part of Something Rotten. He is honored to make his debut with the Willow Manor Players. Graduated from Marymount Manhattan with a degree in musical theater. Past credits include Starlight Express (2019), Blues for Mister Charlie (2018), and a most recent production of The Laramie Project (2022) with ASH Theater Company.
Evan Schwartz (Brother Jeremiah) -Evan Schwartz (Brother Jeremiah) Puritan on stage, heathen in real life. Evan is thrilled to be back with WMP after five years. Recent theatre roles include: Lurch (The Addams Family), Ladislav Sipos (She Loves Me), and a dozen characters for a BroadwayOnDemand pandemic production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Favorite roles: Papa/Otto Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Billy Crocker (Anything Goes), Officer Barrel (Urinetown), and roles in Curtains, Ragtime, Annie, South Pacific, Mamma Mia!, The Music Man, and nearly playing tuba in the pit of JMT’s production of Chicago. TV/Film: Hustle, Servant, Creed II, Manhunt. When not in front of an audience, he’s the owner of Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA. #ShopLocal. Thanks to Deb, Cindy, and the whole cast, crew and WMP staff for welcoming Evan back.
Marcalino Senteio (Robin) - Marss is beyond excited to be in a show that he’s been wanting to do since he saw it on Broadway and laughed from beginning to end. Marss was last seen in Big Fish at Methactin Community Theater (MCT)where he shared the stage with his husband, Sam, for the very first time! Other past shows include The Addams Family where he played Lurch (MCT), The Rocky Horror Show, Children of Eden, and Tommy. Marss would like to thank Deb Schrager for giving me the opportunity to do this show and Willow Manor for selecting it. He would also to thank his family and friends for coming from far and wide to see such one of the most hilarious musicals. Much love to Sam, his husband of ten years! Enjoy the show!
Andrew Shepard (Minstrel) - Something Rotten is Andrew’s debut show with Willow Manor Players, and he is excited to be starring in a really fun show alongside a terrific cast. Originally from Rockland County, NY, Andrew moved to Philadelphia in 2018 to work as QA Software Tester, and continue his love for performing. This past summer Andrew was in the ensemble of Barn Playhouse’s production of ‘Legally Blonde’, and was Spongebob Squarepants in Viviana’s Theatre’s production of the ‘Spongebob Musical’. Some of his other past roles include Action in ‘West Side Story’ (Footlighters Theatre), Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Shania Taub’s ‘Twelfth Night’ (Jenkintown Music Theatre), Seymour Krelborn in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (Barnstormers Theatre) and the Beast in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Spotlight Theatre). He wishes nothing but the best to the cast and crew of this production!
Rich Herman (Shylock) - Rich is thrilled to be back for his 4th show with WMP! Previous roles - Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins, Tin Man in Wizard of Oz, Superintendent in The Drowsy Chaperone. Offstage, Rich is an ear, nose and throat doctor in Doylestown. Thanks to his wife, Hollie, for her mostly unwavering support of this hobby, and to his children Josh & Lori (and now Ethan!) in case they read this. Thanks to everyone at WMP for this opportunity. It is a privilege to share the stage with such a talented cast and crew. I love it!
Jennifer Goldberg (Lady Clapham) - Jenn Favorite roles: MS. GULCH/WICKED WITCH/LION – “The Wizard of Oz” , TRIX the AVIATRIX – “The Drowsy Chaperone”, OLD LADY – “The Producers” , ENSEMBLE – “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes”. WIDOW CORNEY – “Oliver!”, MOM – “Big”, MISS HANNIGAN – “Annie”, ALMA HICKS – “The Music Man”, CAPTAIN HOOK – “Peter Pan”. MRS. BRILL - “Mary Poppins”, FRAU BLUCHER – “Young Frankenstein”, ALICE BEINEKE – “The Addams Family”. MADAM De La GRANDE BOUCHE “Beauty & the Beast”, MRS. FEZZYWIG – “A Christmas Carol”. Thank you to my parents for continuing to support my love of the theater and my singing. Thanks to my friends for lifting me up and encouraging me to follow my heart’s desires. Finally to Madison Hope, who continues to be the light of my life. Your love of building sets and working on crew shines in your face when you talk about it and do it…and I can’t wait to see where this venture takes you!
Rick Scache (Judge) - Have I seen that guy before? If you are a regular Willow Manor attendee, that question may have crossed your mind. Rick's first WMP production was No No Nanette, more years ago than (well, you get the point). When he is not onstage with WMP or Jenkintown Music Theatre, he is backstage with the stage crew or serving on the WMP Board. Rick is thrilled to be back on stage with his very lovely and talented, Marina. Welcome back after our Covid-induced hiatus and enjoy the show!
Jennifer Abrevaya (Ensemble, Chef) - Jennifer is thrilled to be in her first production with Willow Manor! Jenn was last seen as Maria in Jenkintown Music Theatre’s Twelfth Night: A Musical Adaptation. Favorite past roles include Hope and Gravity (Deborah); Aladdin (Vahishta – AFT Nat’l Tour); and Ice Cream (Jaq). Jenn also had the honor to perform in the original dance piece Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the film of which (titled The Undertaker) is now in the museum’s permanent art collection. Jenn would like to give a shout-out to her amazing husband Jack; her family and friends; and big thanks to this wonderful cast and crew for sharing their talent and laughter over the past 3 months.
Catherine Alex (Ensemble) - Cathy is thrilled to be returning in her 5th production at Willow Manor. Having been but by the theater bug in college, Cathy has spent the last 24 years "going where the theater is" with various local community theater companies. Favorite roles include "Mrs. Medlock" in the Secret Garden, "Maud Dunlap" in the Music Man, "Mrs. Cratchit" in a Christmas Carol, and "Rose" in George M. Cathy sends much love to her Grandmama and other family, and would like to thank the cast and crew for sharing their wonderful talent. Huzzah!
Tim April (Ensemble) - Tim April is grateful to have been accepted by the cast, and crew, and production team as a late-comer to a show he previously knew nothing about. After watching the show for the first time and laughing so much, he could hardly wait to be a part of it! This is Tim’s debut with Willow Manor Players. Previous roles include Victor (and the Ape) in Cabaret with Methacton Community Theater (MCT) in 2021, various parts in the ensemble of MCT’s The Producers in 2014; and with the King of Prussia Players as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in 2013 and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof in 2012. Tim thanks his family for their support of his being a part of this show unexpectedly: Holly, his wife of 21 years, and their sons, Jonathan (17), and Sean (14).
Daphney Beltramo (Ensemble) - Daphney Beltramo is a 7th grade ELA teacher and yoga instructor. She has not been on the stage since high school and is thrilled to be part of the Something Rotten cast. She is grateful for being welcomed into the Willow Manor Players family and looks forward to more productions in the future!
Peter Beik (Ensemble) - Peter Beik is thrilled to be performing in his first show with Willow Manor Players, and is grateful for the opportunity to finally call himself a "Renaissance Man".
Aline Brown (Ensemble) - Aline is thrilled to be a part of her first Willow Manor production. Favorite roles include Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream, Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden, and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (BAct). Love and gratitude to Jeff for holding down the fort.
Allison Bruen (Ensemble) - Allison Bruen is ecstatic to be making her debut with Willow Manor Players! Her background in music and tech gives her a unique appreciation for all the hard work that has gone into this production. As a lifelong lover of theater, Allison is grateful to be back on stage with this wonderful and talented cast. She would like to thank the cast and crew for extending their warmth and support to a new face as well as her family and friends for encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone!
Chad Curtis (Ensemble) - Chad is excited to make his musical theater debut in Something Rotten. While he spends his days working and teaching as a visual artist, taking the stage as a performer has been a giant leap into the unknown. Chad would like to thank his spouse and co-cast member, Kelly, for her countless hours helping him learn the numbers. And to his children for keeping a straight face when he told them he had joined "A musical".
Kelly Curtis (Featured Tap Dancer, Bardette, Ensemble) - Kelly is excited to be returning to WMP! Her recent productions include Twelfth Night, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, and Mamma Mia!. A heartfelt thank you goes out to her husband, Chad (yes, that’s him in the cast “shakin’ his heiney”) and kids for their love, support and encouragement! A special thank you to the talented cast, crew, and production team for all of their incredible work. XOXO
Rachel Henry (Featured Tap Dancer, Chef, Ensemble) - Rachel Henry (Ensemble/Featured Tap Dancer) is excited to be back on stage with Willow Manor Players after a six year hiatus. She was last seen as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast. Some of Rachel's other favorite roles are Kitty in Drowsy Chaperone and Minnie Faye in Hello, Dolly. Rachel would like to thank her family and especially her wonderful husband, Jason, for supporting and helping her during the rehearsal period. She would also like to give a special shout out to her lovely Lily!
Lisa Hutton (Ensemble) - This is Lisa’s third production with Willow Manor. Lisa and her husband recently moved back to Jenkintown after living in the city for the last 9 years. Lisa is a pediatrician at Abington Pediatric Associates. After 30 years of General Pediatric Practice, she is now concentrating on Pediatric Mental Health. After seeing Something Rotten on Broadway in 2016, Lisa knew that this was a show that she really wanted to perform in and now her wish has been fulfilled. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with this very talented cast and looks forward to many more productions in the future!
Kelly Jusczak (Featured Tap Dancer, Ensemble) - Kelly Jusczak is so excited to be performing in her first show with Willow Manor Players! Some previous shows she’s performed in include Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), Mamma Mia! (Lisa), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaff), The Fantasticks (Luisa), The Addams Family (Ensemble), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ensemble), and Oliver! (Bet). Break a leg to the cast and crew! Enjoy our egg-cellent show!!
Karen Knodel (Featured Tap Dancer, Ensemble) - Karen is pleased to be a part of WMP both on stage and helping with costumes. Karen has performed in many shows at church, Temple Sinai, and NVMT. She has performed many years with puppetry and ventriloquism, both internationally and locally. When not on the stage, Karen’s passion is helping older children find their “forever homes” through adoption. Karen would like to thank her family and church for all their love, support and encouragement. She would also like to thank her cats, Georgie and Izzy for all their help “supervising” the making of costumes.
Sarah Leakey (Ensemble) - Sarah is delighted to be in her second performance with Willow Manor Players. With 20+ years of dance training and experience she is thrilled to be dancing once again! Some other favorite recent shows she’s been in are, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd and Beauty and the Beast. She has been involved with local community theatre productions including Temple Sinai Players, Everybody’s Theater Company, Town and Country Players, and Players Club of Swarthmore. She thanks her friends and family for support and a huge thank you to the cast and crew for making this show absolutely hysterically fun!!!--
Sara Montse (Ensemble) - Sara Montse is excited to sing and dance with the Willow Manor Players for the first time in Something Rotten. She previously did one show, Ruddigore, in the United States with the Savoy Company. The rest of her previous work was back home in Spain, where she participated in multiple Spanish theater productions, such as Spring Awakening as Martha. When she is off the stage, Sara works as a cancer researcher in the Philadelphia area. She is looking forward to participating in more performances in the future!
Clare Reckner (Featured Tap Dancer, Bardette, Ensemble) - Clare is thrilled to perform alongside the talented cast of Something Rotten in her first Willow Manor Players production! Most recently, she played Olivia in Jenkintown Music Theater's production of Twelfth Night the Musical. Other favorite productions and roles include Cabaret (Kit Kat Dancer), Into the Woods (Cinderella), The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy), and The Addams Family (Morticia). She would like to thank the wonderful production team, her family, and friends for their support. Clare loves her omelets with peppers and onions.
Jenn Smith (Featured Tap Dancer, Bardette, Ensemble) - This is Jenn’s first show with Willow Manor Players, but she’s no stranger to Something Rotten. She performed in the ensemble of this show earlier this year with The Barn Playhouse. Past favorite roles include Allison in First Date (Barn) and Lucy in Avenue Q (KOPP). Thank you to Willow Manor for being so welcoming!
Lisa Starke (Featured Tap Dancer, Bardette, Ensemble) - Lisa is excited to be back on stage with the cast of Something Rotten. Lisa has performed locally for over 16 years. Favorite roles include Roxy/Chicago, Mother/Ragtime, Mary Poppins/Mary Poppins, and Joanna/Sweeney Todd. She’d like to thank her husband, kids, and fur babies for all their love and support.
Bill Wendel (Ensemble) - Bill is very honored to be in this talented, fun and and happy cast for Something‘s Rotten! Bill was in the recent Willow Manor production of A Christmas Carol. Enjoy the show!
Nancy Woehrle (Featured Tap Dancer, Chef, Ensemble) - Nancy is delighted to be performing with this talented cast in what makes the top of her "favorite shows list". Much love and thanks to husband, Larry, and kids, Lauren, Roger, Grace and Kevin for supporting me all these years, even if "breaking out into song" might not be everyone's thing.
Marina Zeccardi-Scache (Ensemble) - Marina’s life has been a musical with all the best songs in the second act. There is a handsome leading man who sings a beautiful baritone. There is a quartet she created and molded into stars in their own right. A trio that was added that took the show up a notch and a cast of supporting players that makes this musical nothing short of amazing. Love to our 13 children and 7 little spinoffs.
Deb Schrager (Director) - Deb Schrager appeared with WMP many years ago as Fastrada in Pippin and as Hope in Anything Goes. She is delighted to be making her WMP directing debut! Deb has directed many shows with several other community theaters. Favorites include Titanic, Urinetown, Chicago and Mamma Mia! with Jenkintown Music Theatre and Into the Woods, Evita, She Loves Me and Cabaret with Methacton Community Theatre. Deb has been the director for the Savoy Light Opera Company for the past two seasons. Next up: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder 11/2023 at Methacton Community Theatre.
Ed Conrad (Choral Director) - Ed has been involved in the area choral and theater scene for over 40 years. He has been a part of Willow Manor Players, either as an actor or musical director, since the 70s. This is his sixth year as musical director in recent years. He has many years’ experience as a choral conductor, most recently as the director of the Abington Choral Club, where he held the position for 18 years. He also taught choral music in the Methacton and Upper Dublin School Districts in the 70s. He has worked with many community-theater groups, in addition to WMP, including Jenkintown Music Theater, Yardley Players and the Barn Playhouse, both as an actor and musical director. He thoroughly enjoyed working this season with the cast of “Something Rotten.”
Barbara Newberry (Conductor) - Barbara Newberry is a retired high school band director who remains actively involved in music through her involvement in local community theater either playing woodwind instruments in the pit orchestra, serving as music director and/or conducting. Barbara continues to teach instrumental music via private lessons and plays clarinet in The Wind Symphony of Southern NJ. Barbara’s passion for music is equaled by her husband Aaron who she met in a pit orchestra!
Cindy Cole (Choreographer) - Cindy is thrilled to be back with Willow Manor Players, where she also choreographed Beauty and the Beast and Ragtime, and danced in Guys and Dolls and The Producers. She has choreographerd JMT for over 20 years and Pennridge HS for 3 years. She has also choreographed for Barn Playhouse (JCS), Philly Fringe, Abington's Young People's Theater. She has danced and performed in many local community theater productions. Favorite roles were Kristine, A Chorus Line, and Lady Larkin, Once Upon A Mattress. Cindy thanks her family, friends, and the cast and crew of Something Rotten for all their love and support.
Sammi Kuhl (Tap Choreographer) - Sammi is an actor, singer, dancer, cooking show and podcast host, improviser, director and choreographer. After several years pursuing her acting career in regional theatre after graduating from Point Park University with a Musical Theatre BFA, and minor in Jazz. Sammi has performed with The Muny, Bristol Riverside Theatre, The Media Theatre, Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, and Theatre Horizon. After moving to New York in 2012, Sammi began writing and performing cabarets and several original one woman shows around the city while working in hospitality. During the day, Sammi works as a dining room manager at Fitler Club in Center City and as a teaching artist with Wolf Performing Arts Center in Bryn Mawr where she is currently directing and choreographing Matilda the Musical. Thanks to everyone for this opportunity. Break some eggs!
Sandy Orwig (Lead Costumer) - Sandy is celebrating over 30 years with WMP. She is a 3rd generation costumer and happy to be part of a group so committed to continuing the tradition of community theater. Thank you for supporting our production and may you have an amazing evening! “God bless us, every one!”
Harvey Perleman (Set Design and Build) - This is Harvey’s 20+ year in community theater. He has worked with Beth Sholom Players, NCT, MCT, JMT, Lower Moreland High School and this is his first time with Willow Manor Players. He loves the process of designing and building sets. Working on this years set for Something Rotten has been a great experience. He wants to thank the cast crew and production team for all there help to get it finished in this difficult time for him. He also loves that he gets to work on these projects with his wife Ilene.
Claire Lozowicki (Duchess of the Wings) - So happy to be back, back, back stage. You may find me hiding under a set piece that needed fixing at the last second before the lights come up. Or in a chorus piece in honor of Marie Kiezel my mentor for many a year. Usually in black, but always hiding. It’s a pleasure to be listening and watching from the wing . There are such talented people in this cast. Congratulations to all, Break-a-leg but DON’T. This show doesn’t have a stretcher as prop. And remember up is down, right is left and you never know what we may wear in the wing (just to make the cast laugh off script).
Linda Worrall (Co-Producer) - I have been very fortunate to know the founders of Willow Manor Players , Ruth and Ruth Ellen Kletzing and Katharine Oski. Being involved on stage and off for the last 50 years, I have learned to appreciate all aspects of what it takes to produce a show. Not only are the performers so talented, but all that work backstage to create the right era with costumes ,sets, props, hair and make up. It is an honor to be able to continue the Legacy of Willow Manor and bring musicals to the community for everyone to enjoy ! The best part is meeting so many talented, wonderful people.
Kevin J Gallagher (Co-Producer) - Kevin has been involved in community theater for over 40 years. In the last few years he has been particularly busy as Producer for our WMP productions and as Vice President of the WMP Board. He wants to thank all of you who continue to support the local community theater effort. Just don't say "Break a Leg" to him this year.