A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Cast Announced

Congratulations to the cast and creative team of the VPA’s Spring Musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 6-7 at the Sarasota Opera House. Get your tickets today!

Director: Sunny Smith | Musical Director: Johnnie Mnich | Choreographer: Cynthia Ashford | Technical Director: Caleb Carrier

Proteans: Alyssa Baker, Ricky Bizzaro, Fed Hradek, Olivia Milholland,

Kyle Ramon, Yaira Spears, Tanaysia Talkovic

Senex: Liam McGuire (U/s Anthony Lobo)

Domina: Laura Swartzendruber (u/s Ada Jordan)

Hero: Owen Demaio (u/s Fed Hradek)

Pseudolus: Judah Woomert (u/s Tyler Gevas)

Hysterium: Ryan Modjeski (u/s Jackson Carney)

Lycus: Jackson Carney (u/s Ricky Bizzaro)

Tintinabula: Kate Mobley-Tarpley (u/s Alyssa Baker)

Panacea: Ada Jordan (u/s Yaira Spears)

Geminae: Julia GrandPre & Kylee Worth (u/s Olivia Milholland)

Vibrata: Raven Peterson (u/s Tanaysia Talkovic)

Gymnasia: Christina Brush (u/s Olivia Milholland)

Philia: Tori Greenlaw (u/s Kylee Worth)

Miles: Anthony Lobo (u/s Kyle Ramon)

Erronius: Tyler Gevas (U/s Fed Hradek)

Music Assistants: Abbey Holdway & Shae Robinson

Movement Captains: Ricky Bizzaro & Olivia Milholland

Director’s Assistant: Ayla Mulock

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Casting Announcement

Congratulations to the cast and directorial team of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! The show runs March 3-5, 2022, at the Bowling Green at The Bay Park Conservancy. Get your tickets here.

THESEUS, Duke of Athens…JAVARI MITCHELL (u/s ATTICUS PRATT)

HIPPOLYTA, Amazonian Queen, betrothed to Theseus…ANNABELLE WEBER (u/s DARLA SANTANA-AGUILAR)

EGEUS, Hermia’s father, in Theseus’ court…MATTHEW O’HARA (u/s KYLE RAMON)

HERMIA, Egeus’ daughter, loves Lysander…JULIA GRANDPRE (u/s NOVI MARSHALL)

LYSANDER, loves Hermia…RYAN MODJESKI (u/s DYLAN RAMON)

DEMETRIUS, loves Hermia, has wooed Helena…AUGGIE TOYNTON (u/s ATTICUS PRATT)

HELENA, loves Demetrius…ADA JORDAN (u/s ROXY GEVAS)

OBERON, Fairy King…LIAM MCGUIRE (u/s DYLAN RAMON)

TITANIA, Fairy Queen…KYLEE WORTH (u/s CIANA BOSTOCK)

ROBIN GOODFELLOW/THE PUCK, sprite to Oberon…ANIKA PISZ (u/s CORA GREDES)

PEASEBLOSSOM, fairy to Titania…ROXY GEVAS (u/s ASHLEY ROSAS-RIOS)

COBWEB, fairy to Titania…CIANA BOSTOCK (u/s NAOMI YAMADA)

MOTH, fairy to Titania…CORA GERDES (u/s CHELSEA DIBARTOLO)

MUSTARDSEED, fairy to Titania…NOVI MARSHALL (u/s YAIRA SPEARS)

PETER QUINCE, a Carpenter…SHAE ROBINSON (u/s ALANNA BRAY)

SNUG/LION, a Joiner…DARLA SANTANA-AGUILAR (u/s YAIRA SPEARS)

NICK BOTTOM/PYRAMUS, a Weaver…DYLAN RAMON (u/s MEKHI JONES)

FRANCIS FLUTE/THISBY, a Bellows-mender…ALANNA BRAY (u/s NAOMI YAMADA)

TOM SNOUT/WALL, a Tinker…ATTICUS PRATT (u/s MEKHI JONES)

ROBIN STARVELING/MOONSHINE, a Tailor…ASHLEY ROSAS-RIOS (u/s CHELSEA DIBARTOLO)

DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT…EABHA PHELAN

ASSITANT DIRECTORS…CLAIRE BAILEY/ABBEY HOLDWAY/LAURA SWARTZENDRUBER

DRAMATURGS…CLAIRE BAILEY/KATHERINE CARNES/GRACE MCCARTHY/LAURA SWARTZENDRUBER

Crew Assignments:

Stage Manager: Morgan Takacs

Assist. Stage Manager: Liam DeMaio

Lighting/Sound Designer: AJ Miller

Assist. Light/Sound Designer: David Mendoza

Scenic Designer: Zola Gutierrez

Prop Desinger: Schyler Weaver

Assist. prop: John Scott

Makeup Designer: Tanaysia Talkovich

FOH Manager: Zola Gutierrez

Backstage Crew: Owen Starr, Xupong Febish

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Cast and Crew Announced!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented by Booker High School’s VPA Theatre Program. The show runs Dec. 9-11 at Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium.

“Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Creative Team

Director/Choreographer– Cynthia Ashford

Music Director– Johnnie Mnich

Technical Director– Caleb Carrier

Stage Manager– Zola Gutierrez

Department Chair- Sunny Smith

VPA Director- Rebecca Abrahamson

Mr. Mnich’s Assistants– Shae Robinson, Alex Haggard

Associate Choreographers– Raven Peterson, Bridget Marsh, Anthony Lobo

Assistant Director– Roxy Gevas

Ms. Cynthia’s Assistants– Naomi Yamada and Cora Gerdes

Cast

Lead and Principal Characters

  • Joseph- Judah Woomert
  • Narrator-Abbey Holdway
  • Pharoah-Owen Demaio
  • Jacob-Anthony Lobo
  • Potiphar- Jackson Carney
  • Potiphar’s Wife-Raven Peterson
  • Baker- Katherine Carnes
  • Butler- Olivia Milholland
  • Featured dancer-Aurora Newcomb
  • Featured vocalist-Laura Swartzendruber

Brothers:       

  • Reuben- Liam McGuire                            
  • Simeon – Dylan Ramon
  • Levi – Darwin Rojas (U/S Jacob)
  • Judah- Fed Hradek (Benjamin Calypso)
  • Dan – Auggie Toynton (U/S Pharoah)
  • Naphtali – Owen Demaio
  • Gad –Jackson Day (U/S Potiphar)
  • Asher – Kyle Ramon
  • Issachar – Mathew O’Hara
  • Zebulun – Ryan Modjeski (U/S Joseph)
  • Benjamin – Tyler Gevas

Ensemble

  • Jacquie Galvano- U/S Wives
  • Anika Pisz- U/S Wives
  • Katherine Carnes- U/S Wives*
  • Olivia Milholland- U/S Wives*
  • Mekhi Jones- U/S Brothers
  • Jackson Carney- U/S Brothers*
  • Anthony Lobo- U/S Brothers*

Wives:

  • Christina Brush (Dance Captain)
  • Aubrey Solum (Dance Captain)
  • Laura Swartzendruber*
  • Leena Jarrar
  • Bella Dorsett
  • Aurora Newcomb (U/S Narrator)*
  • Kylee Worth
  • Kate Mobley-Tarpley (U/S Potiphar Wife)
  • Julia Grandpre
  • Bridget Marsh
  • Tori Greenlaw

Kaleidoscope Scholarship Live

The Kaleidoscope of Creativity Scholarship is available to any VPA student who plans to pursue summer intensive study in the arts. Scholarship committee members evaluate applicants based on artistic merit, academic promise, and financial need.

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