WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST
Frank Blocker (Chairman Cartwright/Sapsea) has appeared in TheatreZone’s productions of Amadeus (Salieri), Urinetown (Caldwell B. Cladwell), Copacabana and Me and My Girl. He is an actor/playwright and is the Theater and Film Coordinator for the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, where he hosts the Monday night film series “Films for Film Lovers,” and coordinates the Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival, and Bonita Springs International Film Festival. His new play Deadly Sugarplums will premiere there in December. NYC/LA credits include: Mortimer in Brecht’s Edward II, West Village/East Village Fragments (Obie-winning production), Roderick Usher in Berkhoff’s Fall of the House of Usher (Backstage Magazine, Best Production), solo vocalist in cabaret Songs of Viscera, Off-Broadway debut Eula Mae’s Beauty Bait & Tackle, and the NY premiere of The Deep Throat Sex Scandal. His critically acclaimed solo plays include Southern Gothic Novel (NY Drama Desk Award nomination), Stabilized Not Controlled, and HP Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu. TV/Film: Tales of Halloween, Thanks for Sharing, Law & Order: SVU. Guest Artist/Artist-in-residence: NY’s Creative Mechanics and Stage Left Studio, LA’s The Visceral Company, Clayton State University, Mississippi State Theatre Association. The Reverend Frank Blocker is also an Ordained Minister and regularly performs weddings.
Larry Alexander (Jasper/Paget) Broadway: Marius-Les Miserables, Off-Broadway: Philip-Party, The Wizard of Oz at Lincoln Center, Europe: Freddy-My Fair Lady with Maximilian Schell, Tony-West Side Story, Opening Act-Liza Minnelli In Concert World Tour. TheatreZone, Naples: 13 Seasons including Peter Allen-The Boy From Oz, Jack Diamond-Legs Diamond, Archie-The Secret Garden, Dan-Next To Normal, Robert-Company, Narrator-Blood Brothers, Anatoly-Chess, Pirelli-Sweeney Todd, The Baron-Grand Hotel and Taylor Collins-BKLYN the Musical. Winter Park Playhouse: Jervis-Daddy Long Legs, A Marvelous Party, George, I Love A Piano. MNM: Georges-La Cage Aux Folles. freeFall Theatre Company: Elwood-Harvey, Dale Harding-One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Mickey-The Normal Heart, PoohBah-The Mikado, Sondheim on Sondheim and Ernst-Cabaret, (Outstanding Featured Actor Award, Theatre Tampa Bay). American Stage Company: A Marvelous Party and Laughter On The 23rd Floor. Stage Works: All 36 Characters-This Wonderful Life. Regional: Anatoly-First National Tour of Chess, Tom Platt-World Premiere of Captains Courageous, Ford’s Theater, Anthony-Sweeney Todd, Henrik-A Little Night Music, Joseph-Joseph…Dreamcoat, Jesus-Jesus Christ Superstar. Television: The Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Murder One, Tom Snyder, The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
Jennifer Poarch (Drood/Nutting) Jennifer is delighted to join TheatreZone’s production of Drood. A graduate of Lees-McRae College, Jennifer earned both a Musical Theater and Dance degree, then pursued her career in the Performing Arts. Some favorite regional performance credits include: Donna (Mamma Mia), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Natalie/Ed (All Shook Up), Kala (Tarzan), Lilli/Kate (Kiss Me Kate), Narrator (Joseph), Cassie (A Chorus Line), Guinevere (Camelot), Mrs. Anna (The King and I), Barbara (Shear Madness)) and Julie (Pizza Man). When Jennifer is not performing, she enjoys directing, choreographing, educating and managing for theaters across the country. Jennifer gives thanks to her family, friends and God for all their love and support.
Whitney Winfield (Rosa/Peregrine) Whitney is delighted to be back at TheatreZone! Though her home base is now New York City, Naples is where she was born and was bitten by the theatre bug 20 years ago! TheatreZone Credits: No, No, Nanette (Nanette), Mack & Mabel (Ensemble), BKLYN the Musical (Brooklyn). Other credits: National Tour: Shrek the Musical (Fiona); Workshop: Back Home Again featuring the music of John Denver (Ensemble); Off Broadway/NY: Prospect Theatre Co., NYMF, Musicals Tonight, Araca Project; Regional: Newsies (Katherine), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), A Funny Thing…Forum (Philia), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma), Chicago (June), Rent (Maureen), My Fair Lady (Servant’s Chorus), and Mamma Mia (Ensemble). This one is dedicated to her parents whose belief in her dreams has never wavered. Love you! @whitwinsta123
Susan Dohan (Helena/Conover) is very happy to return to the TheatreZone stage where she performed the roles of Jenny in Company , Rafaella in Grand Hotel and Duchess Maria in Me and My Girl. After earning a BFA in Theatre Arts from Pennsylvania State University, many moons ago, Susan has been fortunate enough to be able to do what she loves – she has gotten to perform in her home bases of NYC and California, plus tour across the country in many wonderful shows as well as doing Commercials, Soaps, Voice-over, Film and TV before finally settling here in SW Florida in 2011. Susan’s recent on-going gig is working on a train doing Murder Mysteries, so many thanks to Mark and everyone here at TheatreZone for allowing her to perform for a bit on a non-moving stage! She would also like to add a big thank you to her family, fiancé Brad, and her friends for their love and support!
Jarret Ditch (Neville Landless / Victor Grinstead) graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Dance and Kinesiology. After college he went on to perform with the Radio City Rockettes, Medieval Times, Blue Man Group, as well as onboard multiple cruise lines. He is thrilled to be a part of this cast and grateful for the support he receives, through God and his family, to continue to follow his passion on stage.
Steven Flaa (Crisparkle/Moncrieffe) Steven is very happy to finally return to TheatreZone to be in his second show here, having been in High Society in 2014. He also directed Forever Plaid here that same season. Steven has been a working member of The Actor’s Equity Assoc. for over thirty years, performing in theatres across the country. Some favorite roles include Albin/Zaza in La Cage aux Folles, Elliot in Opus, Malcolm in The Full Monty, Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing and, most recently, the Elf in The Santaland Diaries. Steven has worked more recently as a director, having directed such shows as Fiddler on the Roof, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Guys & Dolls, Crazy For You and eighteen different productions of Forever Plaid.
Becca McCoy (Puffer/Prysock) Becca returns to TheatreZone where she was previously seen as Flo in Legs Diamond and Arlene in Baby. She has regional theatre credits from nine states, ranging from musicals, including Spamalot (Lady of the Lake – American Stage, FL), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, IL), Church Basement Ladies (Mavis – Merry-Go-Round Theatre, NY), The Wild Party (Madelaine – freeFall Theatre, FL), and Man of La Mancha (Housekeeper – The Wick Theatre, FL and Round Barn Theatre, IN), to plays, like Flying (Susan – Tampa Rep, FL – Southeastern Premiere), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Josie – Illinois Theatre Center, IL), All My Sons (Lydia – Greenbrier Valley Theatre, WV), and Night of the Iguana (Frau Fahrenkopf – Palm Beach Dramaworks, FL), to Shakespeare, such as Love’s Labour’s Lost (Princess of France – American Stage, FL), Comedy of Errors (Abbess – freeFall Theatre, FL), and As You Like It (Duke Frederick and Duke Senior – Jobsite Theater, FL). She has appeared nationwide in the commercial hits Motherhood the Musical and Menopause the Musical (multiple venues and tour), and in the pre-Off-Broadway Tampa run of Disenchanted! (Sleeping Beauty), for which she won the Broadway World Tampa Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has been awarded nationally in theatre and musical theatre by the National Society of Arts and Letters and YoungArts, and is a cabaret and recording artist. Becca is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. More at www.beccamccoy.com
Alec Taylor (Stage Manager, Throttle) Alec is currently a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University, and is excited to perform in his first show at TheatreZone. He was born and raised in Tennessee, and worked at Advantage Models and Talent where he would audition for TV shows and movies. After moving to Florida for his high school years, Alec discovered his love for theatre. Past credits include: Usnavi in In The Heights, Reuben in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaperone. FGCU credits: Pantalone in The Servant of Two Masters, and Schuppanizgh in Black Comedy. Besides theatre, he enjoys playing video games, reading, and watching multiple different sports.
Wayne Morton (Durdles/Mr. Cricker) Mr. Morton has been a professional actor since he began his career in 1966 with Jack Benny and Wayne Newton in Dallas, Texas. He considers himself truly blessed to have been able to enjoy a very successful career in all media areas from “Happy Days” on ABC to “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood” at TheatreZone … Wonderful years … Wonderful shows … Wonderful friends! So much Love from family and friends! Thank you all and enjoy the show!
Luke Danni (Deputy/Masker Cricker) Luke been attending CSN since Pre-K. This is Luke’s third year in the theater class, but he also has a lot of experience working on stage. He has been seen in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Camp Rock, Showboat (Opera Naples), The Nutcracker (Naples Ballet), Showtime, Hello Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), The Odd Couple (Oscar), The Pajama Game (Prez), Iolanthe (Strephon at Opera Naples), and most recently, Fools (Leon). Upcoming productions: Aida with Opera Naples in December, and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Master Cricker) at TheatreZone in January. He has also worked backstage for TheatreZone, both as a spotlight operator and as part of the stage crew.
Bret Poulter (Bazzard/Bax) A native of CT, Bret now calls Naples home. He has a BFA in theatre and spent many years as an elementary teacher and drama/voice instructor for schools/theatres throughout his home state. Since moving to FL, he’s been busy performing with The Naples Players. Shows include Sister Act (Curtis), Miracle on 34th St. (Fred Gailey), and Chicago (Billy Flynn). Thank you Mark Danni and TheatreZone for this wonderful opportunity!
Juliet Jewett (Flo/Gill) Juliet is an actor, stage manager, and poet. Her acting credits include: The Secret Garden (Mrs. Winthrop), George M! (Agnes Nolan), The Fantasticks (The Mute), The Boy Friend (Dulcie), Grand Hotel (telephone operator), and Sweet Smell of Success. Juliet’s ASM credits include: Urinetown, Baby, Copacabana, Amadeus, and Blood Brothers with Andrea McArdle. Last year, she stage managed The Odd Couple and The Pajama Game here at CSN. BFA: NYU/Tisch. Proud alumna of CSN, and member of AEA. Juliet would like to thank Mark, Karen, and her family for their endless support. www.julietjewett.com
Julia Hajjar (Ensemble/Pynn) is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University, and performed recently in TheatreZone’s Home For The Holidays, and the joint production between TheatreZone and FGCU of Urinetown(Hope Cladwell). Other theatre credits include Chicago(Hunyak, u/s Roxie Hart), The Music Man (Zaneeta), Guys and Dolls(Adelaide), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Catch Me If You Can(Cheryl Ann) and The Rocky Horror Show. Hugs and kisses to her family and friends, and she hopes you enjoy the show!
WHO’S WHO ON THE STAFF
Mark Danni (Director) Mark is the Founding Artistic Director of TheatreZone. He has been involved with many Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional productions as a Director, Music Director, Conductor and Drummer/Percussionist. Mark has directed many Broadway veterans and celebrities such as Gary Sandy (WKRP In Cincinnati), Nancy Dussault (Too Close For Comfort), Andrea McArdle (Broadway’s original Annie), Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), Georgia Engel (Mary Tyler Moore, & Everybody Loves Raymond), Eddie Mekka (Laverne & Shirley), David Garrison (Married With Children) and Jim and Kassie DePaiva (One Life To Live). Mark was invited to re-create and direct his critically acclaimed TheatreZone production of Sweeney Todd with Opera Roanoke in Roanoke, VA, and his regional premiere of The Boy From Oz received national acclaim and a visit from Australian David Spicer who holds the rights to the show. He has conducted the National Tours of Les Misérables and Barnum, and has played drums and percussion on Broadway with Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Joseph… Dreamcoat, Grand Hotel and Nunsense. Mark also toured the country and the world with The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Fame, Hair, 42nd Street, Nunsense and Evita. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mark holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a proud member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM).
Charles Fornara (Music Director) music directs his 25th production with TheatreZone, having conducted Home for the Holidays, Baby, Legs Diamond, George M!, Sweet Smell of Success, Whistle Down the Wind, Grand Hotel, Little Women, starring Donna McKechnie, Hair and The Who’s Tommy, among others, and having appeared onstage in Sweeney Todd (as Sweeney), High Society, The Boy Friend, Company and Stepping Out. Resident Music Director at the Sugden Theatre here in Naples, he has conducted many shows for The Naples Players, including White Christmas, Chicago, Sister Act, The Rocky Horror Show, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, The Spitfire Grill, Les Misérables, 42nd Street and All Shook Up. He also music directs the upper school productions here at CSN and has a private voice studio here in Naples. Chas is a proud member of The Actors’ Equity Association and has been seen in over 75 musicals, operas and concerts. Upcoming: Aida (TZ), and Guys and Dolls (TNP). Much love to his beautiful wife, Dawn and many thanks to Mark and Karen.
Karen Molnar (Choreographer) Choreography Credits: FILM: Italian Lessons. OFF-BROADWAY: Space Trek: A Musical Parody, Sea Fever, What Would Esther Williams Do… REGIONAL: Resident Choreographer for TheatreZone, Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company, Rockwell Dinner Theatre, Lake Performing Arts, Millbrook Playhouse, and many others. COLLEGIATE: Merrily We Roll Along at Yale University and The New Amsterdam Theatre in NYC. Directing Credits: Dames At Sea, TheatreZone. Acting Credits: TOURS: On The Town (Flossie/Dance Capt.), Wizard Of Oz (Glinda). OFF-BROADWAY: Revival of Irene with Lee Roy Reams. REGIONAL: The Secret Garden (Lily), Next to Normal (Diana), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), 9 To 5 (Violet), High Society (Liz), High Spirits (Elvira, with Georgia Engel), Stepping Out (Maxine, with Donna McKechnie), Nine (Luisa), Chess (Svetlana, with Michael Amante), Jekyll & Hyde (Emma), Baby (Pam), Mack & Mabel (Lottie, with Gary Sandy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), West Side Story (Anita), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Spelling Bee (Rona), Company (Joanne), No, No, Nannette (Lucille). FILM and TV: Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Sex And The City, For Richer Or Poorer, Step Mom, The Astronaut’s Wife. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre and Marketing from Baldwin-Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a proud member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), The Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA).
Tláloc López-Watermann (Scenic Design/ Technical Coordinator) Tláloc’s designs have been seen at Pittsburg Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, The Castleton Festival, Tri-Cities Opera, North Carolina Opera, Toledo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Roanoke, Amarillo Opera, Guerrilla Opera (Boston, MA), Crested Butte Music Festival, DiCapo Opera (NYC), Brevard Music Festival, and many others. He is the owner of the company, Light Conversations LLC, a lighting and video design company based in New York City. He has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and a MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch. Tláloc was the 2002 Allen Lee Hughes Lighting Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. www.lightconversations.com
Anne Carncross (Lighting Designer) is an Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University where she has been serving as the Technical Director for over 10 years. She holds a BFA in Theatrical Production and Design from SUNY Fredonia and an MFA in Theatre Production from Florida State University. Her teaching areas include both design, production and management. Anne has designed and performed tech work in various genres including theatre, musical theatre, dance, opera, touring theatre, and children’s theatre. She has been the Technical Director for over 50 different shows, and the Lighting Designer on over 30 different productions. Her work has been viewed notably in Washington, DC, New York, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Maine, Pennsylvania and several other states. Locally, she has worked as a technical theatre consultant and lighting designer at TheatreZone, Dance Alliance and Opera Naples. She is especially grateful to TheatreZone for allowing her the opportunity to involve her students in their first professional productions.
Kathleen Kolacz (Costume Design) Broadway/National Tours: The Sound of Music, Showboat, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, 42nd Street, Evita, Les Miserables, Follies, West Side Story and Big. Assistant wardrobe mistress: Radio City Music Hall, Detroit Opera Theatre and Dayton Opera Theatre. Kathleen was also a guest wardrobe assistant for the opening of the premiere season for Opera Pacific.
Susan Dolgin (Scenic Artist) – began her professional career in Chicago working as a muralist and faux finish artist to numerous Chicago based interior design firms, as well as private clientele nationally, which eventually led to her starting her own business “Fresh Art Design”. After seven years in Chicago, she moved to New York City and seized the opportunity to be a part of the film and television industry, serving as a scenic artist, set designer, and finally as an art director for the independent film “Still Green” here in Naples. Throughout her career, Susan has enjoyed creating numerous original works of art for both private and corporate clientele alike. She especially delights in creating site-specific art that enhances the environment it lives in. Susan has been with TheaterZone since its inception, working as the scenic artist for many seasons, and after taking a few years off to pursue various projects, Susan is excited to once again work with the Theaterzone family this year. Currently, Susan and her husband live in Naples with their two wonderful boys. They own and operate a music school in town.
Becca Nichols (Stage Manager) Rebecca is thrilled to be back with TheatreZone for another season! Recent credits include: Off-Broadway – A Letter to Harvey Milk (LDK Productions); Regional – Copacabana, Baby (TheatreZone) Lettice and Lovage, Grounded (Westport Country Playhouse) Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks staring Loretta Swit, Forever Plaid, A Funny Thing…Forum, One Slight Hitch (Totem Pole Playhouse). BA in Theatre and Business Management from Florida Gulf Coast University. Proud member of The Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Managers’ Association. Much love to mom, dad, and Holly.
Daniel Schwab (Assistant Stage Manager) Daniel is eager for you to solve this mystery! He previously served as the Assistant Stage Manager here at TheatreZone for Me and My Girl, 9 to 5, The Boy From Oz, and Mack & Mabel. Daniel has also performed in TheatreZone’s productions of Sweet Smell of Success, Baby, Amadeus, Little Women alongside Donna McKechnie, 110 in the Shade with Kassie and Jim DePaiva, Into the Woods, Godspell at FGCU, Sweeney Todd and Grand Hotel. Other regional performance credits include Frank Galati’s productions of My Fair Lady and 1776 (Asolo Repertory Theatre), South Pacific and Beauty and the Beast (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Leveling Up (Hippodrome Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks, White Fang, The Burnt Part Boys (TTB Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof, End of the Rainbow, Peter Pan and Assassins (freeFall Theatre), Urinetown (Slow Burn Theatre), Freckleface Strawberry (Orlando Rep) and Carousel (Orlando Phil). He unendingly appreciates his family, friends and Creator! For more, visit thedanielschwab.com.
Elana Duetch (Assistant Stage Manager) Elana is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University studying technical theatre. Recent credits include: Stage Manager for Black Comedy (FGCU Theatre Lab) and Assistant Stage Manager for Baby (TheatreZone). She spent the last two summers working with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Brevard Credits: Stage Manager for Sondheim on Sondheim, Assistant Stage Manager for Marriage of Figaro, Street Scene, The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan, Madama Butterfly and Candide.
TimothyPaul (Sound Design) Timothy has been the Resident Sound Designer at TheatreZone since its second season. He was trained in Live Theatre Sound by Yamaha Corp. in Nashville, TN, Sennheiser and Shure Corporation. He particularly enjoys the creative freedom the TheatreZone opportunity gives him. Prior to coming to TheatreZone, Tim worked with The Naples Players running sound for Charlotte’s Web, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game, Crazy For You, Kiss Me Kate, Company, Sweet Charity and Sandman Sand. TimothyPaul is the Worship Pastor at Faith Community Church, is the founding Director of Ephesians 5:25 Ministries, and has a private counseling practice here in Naples. Timothy holds a Doctorate in Theology and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling.
Tony Johnson (Sound Design) Having just moved from Los Angeles to Naples, Anthony is thrilled and honored to be working sound for his first season at TheatreZone! His most recent Los Angeles projects were with The Ruskin Theater, Theatre/Theater, and the Edgemar Center for the Arts. As an avid theater practitioner and animal trainer, he has worked and designed scenery, lights, and projections for hundreds of performances. Some of his personal highlights were taking twenty elephants to Capitol Hill with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, being the Assistant Stage Manager for The Song of Jacob Zulu with Steppenwolf Theatre, working with Bon Jovi and the Shoah Foundation, and everything Hotel Clyde and Seamore at Sea World. Anthony has also taught drama at both the California Institute for the Arts and Brentwood School for many years, and is a proud graduate of The Theater School at DePaul University.
Aldy Jones (Carpenter) is a professional carpenter and home builder craftsman with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has achieved a level of success as a field supervisor and project manager with multiple contracting companies. He has acquired various specialty trade skills to be diverse in tackling simple remodel jobs to complex architectural builds. He has a passionate desire to design and create unique wood adventures. He also has a degree in Biology from the Northern Caribbean University in the Indies. AJ is accomplished in many other areas like commercial sales and live event sound production. His current goal is to be a licensed contractor with a concentration on being a master carpenter. His motto for life is “be smarter than the problem,” so intuitively he always has a solution to solve any problem or challenge. When he isn’t a magician at work, he spends his time cooking, playing sports, and developing leaders at his local church.
Carol Smith (Wig Designer) is a 50-year award winning hair and colorist/make-up and platform artist. She has been the hair and make-up designer for The Naples Players for 15 years.
Danielle Ranno (Production Manager) Danielle is in her ninth season with TheatreZone. Previous credits include Legs Diamond Lives Again!, Amadeus, Into the Woods, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Boy From Oz (Regional Premiere). Opera credits include: Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata (Tri-Cities Opera), South Pacific, Sweeney Todd (Opera Roanoke), Falling Angel (World Premiere), Candide, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (The Brevard Music Center), Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera Grand Rapids), L’ Heure Espagnole, Don Giovanni, Scalia/Ginsburg (World Premiere), and Otello (The Castleton Festival). Danielle is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Stage Management in her last semester at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is a proud member of The Actors’ Equity Association and American Guild of Musical Artists.