|Alex Santoriello||Henry Higgins||Alex Santoriello is a professional actor, singer & producer best known for originating roles in three Broadway musicals: Les Miserables, Chess & Three Penny Opera; as a producer on the Broadway musical, A Tale of Two Cities. He made his equity debut at the Paper Mill Playhouse & his New York debut at AMAS Repertory Theater. He played Gus the Theater Cat in a Broadway tour of Cats & Pontius Pilate in two major touring productions of Jesus Christ Superstar. Alex produced & directed the world premiere of A Tale of Two Cities in concert at the Circle Theater in Indianapolis that included a cast of Broadway veterans along with Richard Kiley who narrated the action, a fifty-voice choir & a forty-piece orchestra. Alex appeared in the TV soap opera All My Children & in the Academy Award nominated film Far From Heaven. A successful concert career brought Alex to Barbados. After several returns Alex moved there & taught singing to young people & served as the first musical director of the Barbados National Boys Choir. He fronted the popular rock ‘n roll band “GetBak” & performed at over one-hundred charity events including the reopening of the historic Kensington Oval in Bridgetown & the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Gala. He founded Lexy Piano Bar, which was rated by Zagat as one of Barbados’ top five night spots. Alex is a licensed commercial pilot, an active flight instructor & an avid sailor who has logged thousands of miles at sea. Alex performed and worked with Sirs Sting, Cliff Richard, Tim Rice, Cameron Macintosh & Trevor Nunn; Benny Anderson & Bjorn Ulveaus (ABBA); John Caird, John Dexter, Andrew Wilk, John Lodge, Dennis Quaid, David Cassidy, Richard Kiley, Michael Crawford, Maureen McGovern, Georgia Brown, Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Colm Wilkinson, Claude Michel Schoenberg, Alain Boublil, John Clifton, Neil Berg & his sister Jill Santoriello. Alex directed and starred as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar, Che in EVITA and Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd.|
|Mary Jo Vitale||Eliza Doolittle||Mary Jo is no stranger to the folks here in the Villages. She has performed in and around the area for over 10 years and has taken part in numerous charity events and variety shows in addition to her many solo performances. She is affectionately known as “The Sweetheart of the Villages.” Mary Jo and her husband Marc (Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in the Villages) have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful children. She expresses beauty and feeling in her vocal interpretations as well as tremendous musical versatility and limitless positive energy. The Villages is thrilled to call this amazing performer one of their own. Recently, Mary Jo played the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar! and then starred as Eva Peron in EVITA. Last Fall she appeared as Johanna in Sweeney Todd.|
|Dan Pona||Colonel Pickering|
Dan is a professionally staged trained NY actor, having performed roles in numerous stage productions in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Arizona and Los Angeles. several major theatrical films, TV series, including Monk and The Sopranos, and has appeared in productions throughout Central Florida, as the title character in Lombardi and as Shelley Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross, at The Bay Street Players, and has performed at The Melon Patch in Leesburg, Greater Orlando Actors Theater, and The Villages Theater Company where Dan performed the role of Judge Heywood in Judgement at Nuremburg, and as Spencer Tracy in the one person play Tracy. Dan also appeared in last falls production of Sweeney Todd as Fogg and the Birdseller.
|Tim Casey||Alfred Doolittle|
Tim grew up in the theater playing his first role in Teahouse of the August Moon at the tender age of 11. Educated at Temple University, he studied as a Theater/ Television major, which led to a 25+year career in corporate television before focusing on technology during the later part of his career. At his prior home in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, Tim performed leads in Deathtrap, as well as Dracula and did some directing. Then he took a 20+ year hiatus from theater to focus on public service, becoming a Councilman and ultimately serving as Mayor. Since retiring to The Villages, Tim has appeared in Company and in KC Productions of Les Miserables, as the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, Juan Peron in EVITA and played two roles in Sweeney Todd – Judge Turpin and Adolfo Pirelli. Tim also directed KC Productions’s Young Frankenstein and appeared as the Hermit.
|Mark Steven Schmidt||Freddy Eynsford-Hill|
Mark Steven Schmidt has over 30 years of experience as a performer and vocal teacher. His favorite styles to perform are Musicals, Jazz Standards and Opera. His performances have taken him from New York to Canada, through Switzerland and Italy. He continues to perform as a leading singer in concert venues in the United States and Internationally. In Musical Theater, his leading roles have included Singing in the Rain, Camelot, Carousel, West Side Story, Oklahoma, South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof. Mark’s operatic credits include leading roles in Madama Butterfly, Pagliacci, La Traviata, Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Il Trovatore, Amahl, The Toy Shop, The Magic Flute, The Little Thieves of Bethlehem, Kill Bear Comes Home, Acis and Galatea, and Rigoletto. Additionally, Mark has performed extensively in oratorio as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelsohn’s Elijah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Mark holds a Bachelors from the Eastman School of Music along with a Masters from Binghamton University. Mark was also an apprentice with the TriCities Opera in Binghamton, NY.
|Billie Thatcher||Mrs. Pearce|
Billie Thatcher is a multiple award-winning actress for her work in musical theatre in NJ, PA and FL. She has appeared as Mama Rose, Auntie Mame, Golde, Miss Hannigan, Patsy Cline, Nellie Forbush and Dolly Levi to name a few. She also has participated in numerous resident shows, and entertains as a solo act for area clubs and organizations.
Upon arriving in the Villages in 2002, other that Senior Games competition in swimming and track and field, John discovered a passion for musical theater. His most recent roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, Harold Hill in Music Man, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Will Parker in Oklahoma, J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun plus principal rolls in Anything Goes, Pajama Game, 42nd Street, Chorus Line, White Christmas among others. John sings in the Villages Swing Band, Brothers in Song, the Villages Pops Chorus, Village Voices, and is a part of North Lake Presbyterian Church’s Chancel and Handbell Choirs. He plays baritone horn in the Concert Band, violin in the Villages Pops Orchestra and is involved in numerous benefit shows and concerts.
|Gerry Sherman||Prof. Zoltan Karpathy/ Jamie||An injury suffered in pickleball 13 years ago resulted in Gerry looking for something else to do as a Villager . . . he found musical theater! Gerry had never performed on stage before his first appearance as Heinzie in The Pajama Game. Bitten by the bug, he went on to become well known in The Villages as a musical theater character actor: Ali Hakim in Oklahoma, Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business, Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon, Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof, Bobby in A Chorus Line, Phil Davis in White Christmas, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, and EVITA. Gerry starred as Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and last fall appeared as Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd.|
|Janet Maloney||Mrs Higgins|
Janet is a National Credit Manager from upstate New York Lady who moved to The Villages 17 years ago . Her theatrical credentials are extensive at both the professional and charitable levels. Her performances include Church on The Square, all 3 Village Squares, The Savannah Center and other Village Entertainment venues along with neighboring communities. She has had character roles in numerous Villages musical productions such as Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed in Business, 42nd Street (Adelaide),White Christmas, Music Man, Crazy for You (Mother), Starry 2,3,4,5 and 8, Sweeney Todd and numerous other book and non-book productions. Janet has also served as Musical Director for 7 years for 2 Villages Production Companies. She golfs (so-so, she says) and works on charitable contributions for Haven House.
|HC Burich||Mrs. Eynsford-Hill||Helen Clare (HC) Burich hails from Lexington, KY, but has also lived in New England and Arizona. She has performed solo work and shows in high school and college and numerous benefit concerts. Besides church choirs, she is a member of the Christian Chorus and was previously in the Yale Glee Club, the York Singers and The Lexington Singers who sang with the Mozart orchestra in Vienna and toured all over Europe. Her theatrical debut in The Villages was in EVITA and more recently SweeneyTodd|
|Donna Doherty||Mrs. Hopkins/ Maid||Graduate of world renowned “Fame” School of the Arts in NYC. Donna has the title of Colorado’s Best Voice. At age 10, was chosen for a lead in the Broadway production, Here’s Love. Studied voice with Gian Carlo Menotti and others at Juilliard. Her variety band opened for The Drifters and The Diamonds. Donna’s sung with Tony winner, Ben Harney, Grammy winner, Janis Ian, Neva Small, Grammy winner, jazz flautist, Dave Valentin and was a guest singer for Motown The Musical in Denver, Colorado. Moved here just in time for Hurricane Irma! Donna now performs regularly in the The Villages.|
|Howard Kirschenbaum||Bartender||Howard moved to The Villages in 2006 with his wife Sue. He has appeared in many shows in South Florida and in The Villages. including Man of La Mancha, EVITA, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Some of his previous roles include Babet in Les Miserable, Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Search for the Temple of Shalom at Temple Shalom, as Alf Scrag in Little Abner at Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., The Scare Crow in a Halloween show in Weston, Fl.|
|Dave Olsen||Lord Boxington||Dave’s acting career began with him playing King Alfonso at Medeival Times for over 500 performances before moving to The Villages. Since that time his done many plays here including: Neil Simon’s Rumors, The Miracle Worker, Beckett, Edward Albee plays, as well as Miracle on 34th St. as Santa. He has also performed in the musicals Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, White Christmas, Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha, EVITA and Sweeney Todd. Dave has been in many event shows and productions. Most proudly for the Martin Luther King’s scholarship Award ceremony. He’s performing many musical genres from Elvis to Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Englebert Humperdinck, Johnny Mathis just to name a few.|
|Chris Bonett||Ensemble||Chris Bonett grows up in Australia, where he wins a national song contest and starts a musical career. In Sydney in 1965 he joins Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) in a national TV series, on vocals and bass. He then plays and sings his way around the South Pacific, Europe, and the Caribbean. In 1971 he records an album with Brazil’s Gilberto Gil, in London. Chris comes to the USA in the mid 70’s, becoming a citizen in 1985. Retired after a 30 year career as a computer systems analyst, he now lives in The Villages with his beautiful spouse, Linda|
|Susan Bradley||Ensemble||Susie Bradley began her dancing career when she moved to The Villages and joined The Gemstone Dancers. Loving dance so much that she decided to expand on it by joining other dance groups and taking dance lessons in tap, jazz and ballet. Susan has performed at the Town Squares for the holiday events with The Gemstone Dancers for the past 9 years. She is also a member of Dance Fusion, The Villages Musical Theater and KC Productions. She recently performed in KC Production of EVITA and Caroles By Candlelight, with Dance Fusion in Home for Christmas and All the Way and also in Off Broadway’s show Living the Lifestyle. Susan is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania.|
|Tom Bradley||Ensemble||Tom began singing and acting in his high school plays in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Later in life he became a member of the performing Scranton Electric City Chorus and Barber Shop Quartet for many years. After moving to The Villages he joined the Heart of Florida Barber Shop Chorus and performed with them for 2 years. And now Tom has found that musical theater is a path he would like to pursue more fully.|
|Janet Casavant||Ensemble||Janet is originally from Bridgeport, MI, moved to Largo, FL in 1993 and to the Villages in 2012. Performed at the Savanah Center in the following shows: Divas vs Divos, Carols by Candlelight, Home for Christmas, All the Way, EVITA, and Living the Lifestyle. Also danced with the Shaka Crew dance group (the village zombies) and performs with the Gemstones in the town centers|
|Jo Gagné||Ensemble||Jo taught algebra until she moved to the Villages from Pittsburgh in 2003, where she realized her dreams of dancing and singing. She began performing with Theatrical Variations In Dance and became one of the original members of the popular Music In Motion dance group. She performed with other musical companies, including Questar and Broadway Bound Players, in many shows. Jo has been in the cast of nine Villages Musical Theater Company musicals, including the role of Gladys in The Pajama Game and Tessie Taura the Stripper in Gypsy, as well as A Chorus Line and 42nd Street and Young Frankenstein with KC Productions. Jo has sung in church choirs for many years, including North Lake Presbyterian Church, and is currently singing with The Villages Pops Chorus.|
Rhonda has fully embraced The Villages since moving in February 2018. My Fair Lady is her debut acting performance! Born and raised in Arkansas, she first sang on stage at the age of 9 with her Uncle Paul’s Band. She is a regular weekly singer at The Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale and at Barb’s Barn. She will be the featured singer at Barb’s Barn in Oxford with Songs From a Lifetime on Sunday evening, April 14. She is a member of the Aloha ‘O Ka Hula Troupe and is a Polo cheerleader, too. She enjoys beach tennis, and making new friends. She and her husband, Dennis have traveled extensively and love coming home to their six-pound Yorkie, “Sunny D. Dog”.
Judith was born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota and has been involved in some type of dance most of her life. Soon after moving to the villages in 2011 Judy joined the newly formed Villages Gemstones Dancers and has choreographed several dances for them. Judy was selected to be a dancer in Questar productions in 2016. She is currently a performing member of Evolution Dance. Last year Judy was a dancer in EVITA.
|Vic Marsich||Ensemble||New York City, born and bred. Single mom was in costuming in NY theater where; apparently, school homework done in theaters empty seats and three summers back stage work at Joseph Papp’s “Shakespeare in the Park” resulted a case of “Theater Bug”. This manifested itself in various Prep School and Columbia University theater and choral group roles. After Columbia, a crass and materialistic need to actually earn “money” to live on led to careers in the Air Force and then General Electric for the next forty plus years. Since retiring to The Villages, Vic has appeared in VMTC productions of Carousel, Brigadoon, Music Man, Crazy For You (Harry), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dexter), and Sweet Charity (Walter). He has also performed with MIMO – and VTC productions of Judgement at Nuremburg (Dr Karl Wickert) and Thank Godfrey ( GOD). KC Productions- Jesus Christ Superstar (James).|
|Violet Ray||Choreographer, Ensemble||Violet began dancing at the early age of 2-1/2. Her love of dance has taken her through many different disciplines of dance. She is internationally known for her line dance choreography. After moving to The Villages, Violet found herself on the theater stage in the roll of Liat in South Pacific and Blessington’s Secretary in The Solid Gold Cadillac. Violet has also appeared in character rolls along with being a dancer in Oklahoma, Carousel and White Christmas. She is the Director and Choreographer for Aloha ‘O Ka Hula Dance Troupe and the Shaka Crew Dance Company. Violet also dances with Evolution Dance Company and the Orlando Magic Silver Stars. She appeared in and choreographed Young Frankenstein and EVITA.|
Sam’s early theatrical experience began with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in off-Broadway venues, and many rewarding experiences in community theater. He has been seen most recently as Igor in Young Frankenstein, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha, Thenardier in Les Miserables, Laser Wolff in Fiddler On The Roof, Smee in Peter Pan, The Governor of Texas in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic And Old Lace, Mr. Bumble in Oliver, and the Sultan in Aladdin among many others. He has been active in all phases of the theater including acting, directing, stage managing, lighting design, and helping extensively with costuming, set design / construction, sound, promotion, and publicity.
|Bonnie Stauffer||Ensemble||Dr. Bonnie Stauffer is an “old jock” who loves to dance. She danced as a youngster, performed in college shows and continues to line dance in The Villages when not traveling. In 2013, she was the “pro” for Alabama Dancing With Stars, where she and her partner won the dance contest. As a former competitive collegiate gymnast, and as the women’s gymnastics coach at different universities, she studied various dance genres . She taught gymnastics and different dance styles at the Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada). In addition to serving as a civilian professor and Director of Upperclass Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, she also coached the Army Cheerleaders, (Go Army!)|
|Beverly Wehrheim||Ensemble||After retiring from a career in contract management, Bev moved from Pennsylvania to The Villages in 2003. She immediately got involved in many activities new to her and discovered a love for being on stage. Her interest in exploring the world often conflicts with theatrical undertakings here in The Villages; however, this is her fourth appearance with KC Productions, having previously participated in the ensembles of 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, and EVITA. With The Villages Musical Theater, she has played the parts of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy and Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel and was the Annie Oakley understudy in Annie Get Your Gun.|
|Cynthia Zambruski||Ensemble||Cynthia began singing in choir’s and choruses at the age of four. Being raised in a musical family she has been involved with theater and choral groups throughout her lifetime. She was a member of sweet Adeline’s, Inc. and performed in an award-winning quartet for many years. After studying music and voice in South Florida she became a member of the Gold Coast Opera Company performing in numerous musicals and operas including Camelot, South Pacific, Tosca, Carmen, Rigoletto, naughty Marietta, and Di Fledermaus. She has appeared with KC productions in EVITA and Sweeney Todd. She is also a member of the Sisters in Harmony, a barbershop chorus that performs in The Villages.|
|Dianne Zugnoni||Ensemble||Dianne has taught dancing for over 45 years. Director of her own TV Cable Kids Talent Show for over 3 years. Owner and director of the Dianne Lynn Dance Theatre for 25 years. Many of her students were State and National First Place Winners and went on to have roles on Broadway, Miss NY, Stomp Productions, TV Shows and National Commercials. Dianne has also won “Miss Choreographer of the Year” She is currently with Evolution Dance and has appeared in KC Productions Young Frankenstein, and EVITA. She also appeared Carols by Candlelight.|
|Linda Rosalsky||Musical Director||Linda Corcoran Rosalsky has been accompanying and directing choirs for various churches, temples, community choirs as well as theatre productions since 1967. After graduation from Rutgers and Westminster Choir College, she taught music K-12, private piano and organ lessons as well as accompanying several community choirs. She has also made four european concert tours, a live performance on WQXR and sung background vocals for Peter Paul and Mary on Broadway in their Christmas television special. As a member of NYCS she performed in Carnegie Hall more than 75 times. Since retiring to The Villages, she has played piano and organ for Bach with a Beat, Village Voices, Brothers in Song, Philharmonic Chorale, the Congregational Church, and North Lake Presbyterian. This is her 7th show for KC Productions serving as the Musical Director for Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein, EVITA and Sweeney Todd.|