Grumpy Old Men – Cast Bios

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WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST

Alex Santoriello (John Gustafson) was born in Newark, NJ to Joan & Monty Santoriello. At age 14 he played Motel the tailor in “Fiddler on the Roof”. He went to college, briefly, three times, did some amazing community theatre, got his Equity card doing “Evita” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ, did a few Off-Broadway shows & in 1987 he made his Broadway debut in the original company of “Les Misérables”. Alex originated roles in two more Broadway musicals: “Chess” & “Three Penny Opera”. He did three Broadway National Tours & was a producer on the Broadway musical, “A Tale of Two Cities”, written by his sister, Jill Santoriello. Alex appeared in the TV soap opera “All My Children” & in the Academy Award nominated film “Far from Heaven”. Alex is a licensed commercial pilot, an active flight instructor & avid sailor who has logged thousands of miles at sea delivering sailboats. He is a Freemason, a Shriner and a Rotarian. As Managing Director of Pro-Am Performing Arts, Alex produces & directs around a dozen concerts every year including “Carols by CandleLight”, which has in its first six years raised more than $90,000 for the Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon.

Lon Abrams (Max Goldman) Lon is thrilled to be back with KC Productions with whom he played Lieutenant Schrank in last year’s West Side Story. Lon has appeared in more than a dozen productions since arriving in TV in 2014. A retired member of the Actors Equity Association, he has worked extensively with The Villages Theater Company, Melon Patch Theater in Leesburg and the Studio Theater at Tierra Del Sol. He was cast as Robert in “Proof “in the Studio’s inaugural 2016 season (for which he was nominated for Broadway World Orlando’s best actor award) and he’s appeared on the Studio’s stage in every season since. Lon is pleased to have completed the “Actor’s Senior Circuit” here in The Villages, having performed at The Sharon, The Studio and The Savannah Center.  Thanks to Alex and Joan for entrusting him with this plum role of Max and to his wife “Boon” who continues to make it all worthwhile.

Mary Jo Vitale (Ariel Truax) has performed in this area for the last 15 years and has taken part in numerous charity shows in addition to her many solo performances. Mary Jo and her husband Marc (Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church) have been married for 18 years and have two beautiful children. Mary Jo has played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Eva Peron in Evita, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Sophie in Mamma Mia.

Dawn DiNome (Melanie Norton)  In addition to playing the role of Melanie, Dawn is excited to be taking on a bigger role backstage as the Assistant Director and Choreographer. She’s been entertaining in the area since 2009. Originally from NY, she graduated from Five Towns College with B.F.A. in musical theatre. Her background in dance has helped her get cast in some of her favorite roles, such as Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Sweet Charity (Charity), Crazy For You (Polly), West Side Story (Anita), Dames At Sea (Mona). Currently, she’s the Assistant Musical Director at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, where she sings for all the masses and conducts the choir. She continues to be a featured vocalist in productions throughout The Villages

John Kase (Jacob Goldman) If moving to the Villages is about coming out of your shell, then John is a true Villager. Since moving to Marsh Bend in 2020, John has performed with “The Improvisational Theatre Club of The Villages”, co-founded the comedy theatre club “Let’s Explore Comedy”, and performed the role of Hank the bartender and Sumter County Sheriff in the Villages “Acting Out Theatre Club” presentation of “The Golden Girls Move To The Villages”. John is also a singer songwriter and open mic performer. He would like to thank his wonderful wife Nancy for all of her encouragement and support, and special thanks to Alex and Joan for bringing him into their theatre family.

Linda Payne (Sandra Snyder) This is Linda’s third performance with KC/Pro Am Productions. Her prior performances include Mamma Mia and West Side Story. She has also been in other productions in The Villages, such as Little Shop of Horrors and Calendar Girls. When not in Theater productions she enjoys singing in a trio with her siblings known as Tight Genes.

Garry Gibbons (Grandpa Gustafson) Garry has done theater throughout the whole of the States and appeared in roles from Tony in West Side Story, Finch in How to Succeed, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and many more. He met his wife while appearing as Jesus in Godspell. He was managing director of the Grand Comedy Theater in Winter Park and Estes Park Colorado and producer/director for the Baron Rouge Dinner Playhouse. Most recently he’s been seen in The Villages as King Arthur in Spamalot.

Vince Morris (Chuck Barrels) performed in the college drama guild Julia B Duncan Players. During his 35-year career with Aetna, he was in casts for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Camelot”. He also performed with the Hartford Chorale and for 28 years with the Alfred E. White Chorale in Hartford CT. Vince has been a frequent soloist with Brothers in Song. Vince appeared as a Cuban Dancer in Guys and Dolls and as Simon Zealots in Jesus Christ Superstar in The Villages. He was also part of the cast for the first five annual productions of Carols by Candlelight. Vince recently appeared as Chino in KC Productions “West Side Story” in October 2022.

Lisa Jones (Punky Olander) Lisa is thrilled to be back with KC Productions.  She has been performing for close to 30 years with her favorite roles being Mrs. Mears in Millie, Vera Charles in Mame, and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret.  KC Production musicals include Momma Mia and Man of La Mancha.  Thank you, Alex and crew, for this amazing opportunity! This cast is amazing, love you all!

Paul Carmignani (Harry) Paul is excited to be playing Harry in this musical theater production.  Since moving to The Villages in June of 2021, he has appeared in KC Production’s West Side Story and Man of La Mancha.  Prior theater experience occurred in College and High School many years ago.   In addition to musical theater, Paul is a member of the Hometown Concert Band, the Villages Pops Chorus, the Accordion Club, and the Woodworkers Club.  Paul would like to extend a special thank you to his wife Patricia.  There aren’t enough words to express what your support means to me.  And in life, always remember, Where Words Fail, Music Speaks.

Bill McGaughey (Tim) Bill is thrilled to be playing Tim, the dubious minister, in this laugh out loud comedy.  He started his Musical Theater journey in High School playing leads in Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta’s and eventually landed in the vibrant musical community of the Villages in 2017.  He most recently portrayed the Padre in KC Production’s Man of La Mancha.  Other Village’s credits include Baby John in West Side Story, Robert Livingston in 1776, Harry Bright in Mamma Mia, Doody in Grease and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast.   Bill also sings in the Villages Pop Chorus, Brothers in Song and the Villages Pops Chorus Folk Quartet.  He lives his musical mantra: “No fun without music and no music without fun!”

Sara Kallioinen (Unis) Sara is excited to be playing Unis in Grumpy Old Men!  She has been a resident of The Villages since 2007 and has participated in numerous musicals, including but not limited to Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Les Mis, Grease, Guys & Dolls and Mamma Mia.  Sara is also known for her musical talent where she has performed in and directed orchestras for several productions.  When not involved in theatre, you can see her playing keyboard with the band “Konnection” or doing her “Name That Tune” show for social groups!  Sara teaches exercise at Colony and is also involved in quilting……having made several custom quilts that won her a ribbon in last year’s quilt show!  She thanks her husband Bruce for allowing her to do all that she’s passionate about!

Bobbi Steele-Marotta (Fran) Bobbi brings a lifetime of experience in acting/singing   Community Theater Musical Comedies from MA, MI, NH and the last 12yrs right here in the Villages. Bobbi has held various leading roles over the years such as Dolly in Hello Dolly, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Nellie in South Pacific, Tuptim in King and I to name a few.  This is Bobbi’s 7th show with ProAm/ KC Productions. Bobbi has also been in the Annual Carols by Candlelight shows.  She is having a blast acting and singing in Grumpy Old Mean which takes place in Wabasha Missouri.  It’s reminiscent of the 8 years she spent in Leland, MI where the snow was still ½ way up the telephone poles in May.   Plus she can wear her down jackets, sweaters and boots again for a fun change.  A special Thank You to Alex for generously sharing his Theatrical skills and talents with all of us as an actor and director.

Marcel Hogue (Stan) Marcel is a member of various theater companies in the Villages and has worked both on and off the stage in several different capacities for several different productions since 2019. His most recent “on-stage” experience was as the character “Arab” in West Side Story. Marcel wishes to thank Alex, Joan, Dawn, and Linda for their patience and understanding and to be given the unbelievable opportunity to be a part of this talented cast. Most importantly, he wishes to thank his wife Denise for her support and encouragement.

Debbie Matut-Perina (Bo) This is Debbie’s third production in the Villages where she’s lived for 6 years. Debbie is a US Marine Corps Veteran and is a member of the Veterans memorial Honor Guard, Tri- County Women’s’ Veterans Color Guard and Villages Honor Flight. She enjoys playing the Ukulele at various clubs in the Villages. Debbie is from New York City and has always been involved in many theater productions in various roles, both onstage and backstage. Most recently she has appeared in West Side Story and Man of La Mancha. Thanks for letting me be part of this wonderful cast and crew.

Virgil Reyes (Lo).  Virgil is a retired pharmaceutical engineer. Virgil spent 27 years performing in musicals & choreographed dances in dinner theater in Central Texas, with The Round Rock Community Choir, & three years with the Austin Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance group. Since moving to The Villages in 2016, Virgil was in the production of Trouble at the Tropicabana (Ricky). Virgil was recently in Smash Production’s Adams Family (Conquistador), VMT Spamalot (Mayor, Sir Bors), KC & Pro- Am’s Man of the Mancha (Pedro), West Side Story (Bernardo), Grease (Kenickie) and in Mamma Mia. Virgil is also a dancer with Evolution Dance. He sends love to Charlene, Chelsea, Mark & special kisses for Annie and Rhodie.

Zanna Duckett (Karla/Nurse) Zanna is delighted to be back on stage with KC Productions/Pro-Am Performing Arts. Credits include West Side Story (Anybodys), Man of La Mancha (Ensemble), Mamma Mia (Ali), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles), Ragtime (Ensemble), The Club (Bobby), A Little Night Music (Fredrika), Pippi Longstocking Tomm), to name a few. Zanna is also the vocalist for “The Moonlighters” Big Band here in the villages. She has a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from The University of Tampa.

Tom Heim (Earl) Tom is originally from the Harrisburg, PA area. The acting “bug” hit Tom later in life. He started acting, singing, and dancing in Christmas and Easter dramas at his large church in PA. In TV, Tom has appeared in Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Grease, and Man of La Mancha. He is excited to be a part of this production

Bobbie Huddle (Barabara) Bobbie has appeared in numerous shows, including many operas. Some of her favorite roles are Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Winnie in NoNo Nanette, Fraulein Schrieder in Cabaret, Sally Cato in Mame, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Edith in Pirates of Penzance and many more. She has also directed several shows including Disney Musicals for Children: Cinderella, Robin Hood, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland.

Vic Marsich (Dwayne) was born in New York City, and moved to The Villages, with his wife Deborah in 2006. His first stage role since college was Carousel in 2009 and some of his favorite productions are Judgement at Nuremberg (Karl Wiechert), Jesus Christ Superstar (James) and 1776 (Andrew McNair). He most recently appeared in The Taming of the Shrew, (Batista), Harvey (Duane Wilson), Spamalot (Multiple rolls) and After-Play” (Matthew Paine). Grumpy Old Men is his 27th Villages’ project. He thanks everyone involved in the show for their professionalism, patience, and work and to his wife Deb for her support and patience with his crazy hobby. To everyone who sees the show he thanks them for their support and hope they ENJOY the show.

Judy Maguire (Yvonne) Judy was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been involved in some type of dance most of her life.  Judy has choreographed several dance numbers for the Village Gemstone Dancers and is a performing member of Evolution Dance Company. This will be her 8th musical with KC Productions.

Carol Putrelo (Christine) Carol has been a very active player in the world of theater. Her favorite roles are Jan, Grease; Judy Turner, Chorus Line; Hunyak, Chicago; Lorraine Fleming,42nd Street; Aunt Eller, Oklahoma; Mrs. Harcourt, Anything Goes; Grandma Zeital, Fiddler; Mother Burnside, Mame; Ethel Toffelmier, Music Man; a Boylan Sister, Annie; a nun in The Sound of Music; & Dinah, South Pacific. Carol has danced with Music in Motion and sings with the Pops Chorus. She loves to be on stage.

Dennis Tobin (Ralphie) Dennis and his wife Pat moved here from NH nine years ago.  He is retired military from the US Army and a member of the Retired Military Family Group in The Villages.  He comes to the KC Productions with experience singing in multiple church choirs and is active with the Honor Flight Program. He joined the ensemble in Carols by Candlelight last year and is excited to have the opportunity to participate in the ensemble for this musical.

Ross Wilkinson (Arthur) Ross is a former journalist and teacher. He wrote for newspapers in Michigan and Ohio for 10 years and began acting in Community Theater while working on a training publication in Detroit. For over 20 years, he taught high school English and English composition at Baker College in Michigan. Since coming to The Villages in 2015, he has been active in theater with the Village Theater Company, and has appeared in such plays as The Best ManJudgement at Nuremberg, Run for Your Wife, and for KC productions:  Carousel, and Man of La Mancha. In 2020, the Village Theater Company produced online his play — Curve Appeal in The Villages 

 

PRODUCTION STAFF

Linda Rosalsky (Musical Director) Linda is delighted to return to KC Productions for the 14th time as musical director for Grumpy Old Men. She holds music degrees from Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College and has spent a lifetime teaching and performing as a pianist, organist, conductor and singer. She has served as musical director for various churches, synagogues, community choirs and theater groups – often simultaneously. In The Villages she plays for Bach with a beat, and sings with Village Voices.