Twelfth Night, August 2005
Meet the Cast:
Raymond Quintero - Orsino
This is Raymond’s second appearance with The Park Players. He was last seen here in last summer’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". He was last seen in the LAC production of "The Music Man" as Charlie Cowell. He has performed in numerous Centerstage Productions including "42nd Street", "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "Peter Pan", "South Pacific", and "Gilligan’s Island - The Musical". He has also performed in South City Theatre productions of "The Crucible" and "You Can’t Take It With You". He has been in the L.J.C.C. productions of "The Odd Couple"," Amadeus", and "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof". Raymond attended Auburn University and is employed by American Cast Iron Pipe Company.
Andrew Duxbury - Sebastian
This is Andrew's first appearance with Park Players. Other Birmingham area credits include multiple roles in Birmingham Festival Theater's 'The Vast Difference'; Edsel in 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas', Mr. Darling in 'Peter Pan', and Poole in 'Jekyll and Hyde', all with Centerstage Productions; and the Ansager for 'Politically Incorrect Cabaret'. Offstage, he is a member of the clinical geriatrics faculty at University of Alabama Birmingham.
Todd Ponder - Antonio
Todd is thrilled to be back with the Park Players after having to drop out of "The Tempest" due to illness. He was last seen in the lead role of Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird" and as Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" with the Jasper Children's Theatre. Todd has also been a regular performer at the Looney's Tavern Outdoor Amphitheater in Double Springs for five years in a row. His favorite roles have been the Stage Manager in Thorton Wilder's "Our Town", Jonathan Brewster in "Arsenic & Old Lace", Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!" and Stoke Roberts in "Looney's Tavern:The Aftermath & the Legacy". Here in Birmingham, he has appeared as Hamlet in "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" at Birmingham Festival Theatre and as Henderson, the I.R.S. agent in "You Can't Take It With You" with Town & Gown Productions at the Clark Theatre. Technically, this is Todd's first show with the Park Players. His previous Shakespeare credits have been Bottom in "Midsummer Night's Dream" and Don Pedro in "Much Ado About Nothing" at Jefferson State Community College. Thanks, Mom & Dad for all your love and support!
Aaron White - Valentine/First Officer
Aaron has appeared in Birmingham Festival Theatre's productions of Angels in America 1 and 2, Edward Albee's The Goat and The Vast Difference. He misses BFT's outrageously low temperatures. He has enjoyed sacrificing his snootiness on the altar of Shakespeare+Stupid Cupid, and hopes to regain his fast-eroding snob credibility by watching Godard films while listening to Nina Simone and reading William Burroughs. Or something. He'll never be able to get Stupid Cupid out of his head, though. Love to the whole cast and crew!
Tanya Ott-Fulmore - Curio/Second Officer
Tanya would love to list all her theatrical credits, but it's been 17 years since she last appeared on stage and she doesn't have the energy to pull out all the old scrap books to look through the play bills. The roles she does remember fondly include Irene Molloy in "Hello Dolly", Linda Christie in "Play it Again, Sam", Jeannine Pratt in "Ordinary People", and ensemble roles in "Music Man" and "Oklahoma". Off-stage, Tanya is News Director at public radio station WBHM-FM. She thanks FLT3 for encouraging her to audition, her daughters Miranda and Olivia for inspiring her to return to the stage, and her husband Jason for taking over at home during all the nighttime rehearsals!
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Terry Hermes - Sir Toby Belch
This will be Terry's third year performing with the Park Players, and he is proud to be a member of this troupe. He appeared in both 2003's Shakespeare productions as well as 2004's "Headset" and "A Midsummer Nights Dream". He has been seen as the lead role of Ralph the narrator/storyteller in ACTA's production of A Christmas Story. He has performed a monologue as Mark Twain for The Mind's Eye , a benefit variety show at the Alabama Theater. He was also seen in this season's production of "The Tempest".
David Gauntt - Sir Andrew Aguecheek
David Gauntt is appearing in his first production with Park Players, and his first production with his daughter, Elizabeth. He started in community theater with the MIT Musical Theater Guild and the Stanford Savoyards, and since moving to Birmingham has appeared in three Centerstage production: "The Sound of Music" as Franz, the buttler, "Me and My Girl" as Parchester, the family solicitor, and in "42nd Street" as Abner Dillon, the obnoxious Texan. In his spare time he raises four children with his wife Yvonne, sings with the St. Paul Cathedral choir, skis black diamond slopes, and designs X-ray equipment, though not all at the same time.
Jonathan Goldstein - Malvolio
Jonathan is happy to be performing with Park Players once again, after playing Oberon and Theseus in last year's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other recent roles include Mason Marzac in Take Me Out, Scrooge in Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, John Proctor in The Crucible, and Al in A Chorus Line. Jonathan was trained professionally at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City, and has been active in local theatre for many years. He sends much thanks to all of his friends and family for their continuing support.
Russell Jones - Fabian Russell
Was last seen playing Ferdinand in "The Tempest", Russell spent the summer in the Bahamas after winning the Florida lotto. Russell was so moved by his experience with Park Players he gave up the "BLING BLING" to come back and do "Twelfth Night". He would like to thank his parole officer for allowing him to act on stage again. Russell would also like to thank Clay for his training in department store theatrics.
Kimberly Piazza - Feste
Kimberly is thrilled to be in her first show with Park Players and in her first Shakespeare play. This is one of four shows (Phyllis in 42nd Street, Rose in Bye Bye Birdie, and Guest Performer in SCT Cabaret) she has done this summer. In September, she will be Mrs. Peacock in Clue: The Musical. She has performed in many shows with CenterStage, MCPAC, Spotlight Productions, ACTA, LJCC, and LAC. Some of her favorite roles include: Wendy in Peter Pan, Brigitta in the Sound of Music, Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Louise Bigelow in Carousel, Lucy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Mary Ann in Gilligan's Island: The Musical, Ida in Honk, Jr., Thelma in Off-Broadway, and Dina in School House Rock, Jr. Kimberly is a 9th grader who loves to sing, act, dance, and play the piano and guitar. SCT Cabaret marks her 30th show since she found her love of musical theater almost four years ago. She wants to thank her parents, FLT3, MDB1, and DD for instruction and support.
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Stefan Formentano - Frivolio
Stefan was born in Memphis, Tennessee and now resides in Helena, Ala. He is 15 years old and is a home schooled student. Stefan's first theatric experience saw him take the lead roll of Bilbo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien's, "The Hobbit" as presented by South City Theatre. Among Stefan's theatric accomplishments is a principle roll in "Spirit of Liberty" produced by the American Village where Stefan has apprenticed as a historical interpreter and performer for four years. Stefan's interests include music, art, Civil war re-enacting, and skateboarding. Stefan would like to thank William and Noel Stewart for theatric training and direction and all their friendship and support.
Gabrielle Metz - Olivia
Gabrielle is very excited to be performing her 6th play with the Park Players. She really enjoyed being a part of the Park Players 2002 inaugural season's performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" as well as 2003's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" & as Margaret in "Much Ado About Nothing." In 2004, she portrayed Hippolyta and Titania in "A Midsummer Nights Dream," and she was last seen earlier this summer (2005) on this stage as Ariel in "The Tempest." She has also starred as Mollie Ralston in "The Mousetrap" and was in "Amadeus" and at Theater LJCC, and galavanted on the VST stage in "HAIR" with Centerstage Productions among many other local plays and musicals. Gabrielle is also currently in the Redneck Italian Wedding at the Stardome Comedy Club. She sends peace, love, & happiness to all!
Karla Stamps - Violia
This is Karla's second show with Park Players, having appeared as Mistress Page in "Merry Wives of Windsor". She has also worked with South City Theatre in "Dark of the Moon", "Ah! Wilderness", "Of Mice and Men" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", with ACTA in "Diary of Anne Frank" and "Night Watch", with UAB in "Sea Gull" and "Festival of 10 Minute Plays" and with BTF in "Tom Jones". Love to Katherine.
Maree Atchison - Maria
Maree Atchison is from Helena, AL. She is a Senior Theatre major at Samford University, and this is her first time acting with the Park Players as well as this wonderful cast. Her previous stage roles include "Edith" in BLITHE SPIRIT, as well as "Senator Clarke" in THE BOYS NEXT DOOR. But don't get her wrong, she also loves the silver screen--Maree acted last summer in an independent film entitled SCRATCH as the lead role of ZOE, and is currently working with From Nothing Productions on a feature film. Maree would like to thank her wonderful friends and family for their constant love and support. She would also like to thank the cast of the Twelfth Night for making Shakespeare a hoot!
Jerry Handley - Sea Captain
Jerry is very happy to make his Park Players debut with Twelfth Night. He was most recently seen in the LAC production of The Music Man, and has appeared as Mr. Whitney in Anything Goes, Bisset in Jekyll & Hyde, and in the Theatre LJCC production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jerry is employed by Standard Furniture. He send his thanks to his family and friends.
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Chuck Evans - First Mate/Priest
Chuck is excited to make his first appearance in a Park Players production. He most recently was seen in the Leeds Arts Council’s presentation of “The Music Man” in July. Other credits include the musicals “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Me and My Girl” and “Hair,” all with CenterStage Productions, and the comedy “Off Broadway” with Theatre LJCC. Chuck, who holds a degree in journalism from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been employed with the Birmingham Business Journal for nine years. He wishes to thank his wonderful family and friends for their love and support.
Elizabeth Gauntt - Surfer Girl
Elizabeth is appearing in her first production with Park Players, and her first production with her father. She has studied drama and dance at Chidren's Dance Foundation, and appeared in several school plays at Shades Cahaba Elementary and Homewood Middle schools. She is 12 years old and spends her spare time reading, making up and drawing animals like flying horses with beaks and talons, reading, singing, reading, using the internet, and did we mention reading?
Victoria Boyce - Surfer Girl
Victoria has been helping Park Players since they opened their "doors" three years ago. She has served as an assistant to the director (her dad) and head usher. She appeared as a fairy in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and is thrilled to be back on stage again. She would like to thank her mom, Vicki, and her dad, for all their love and support.
Lyndsay Antos - Bubbles
Lyndsay has stage-managed and acted in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at ACTA Theatre in Trussville, Al and she appeared in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" with Park Players in our 2003 season. Lyndsay attended Concordia University in Chicago, IL where she played Amanda in "The Glass Menagerie", the Princess in "Rumplestiltskin" and designed costumes for "The Music Man". She has directed two plays for Park Players last years Othello and this years The Tempest. She plans on attending UAB in the fall to finish out her undergraduate in biology and Theatre.
Joe Towey - Hoover
This is Joe's first appearance with Park Players, although he has worked with many of these fine actors before in numerous local community theatre productions such as "Oliver!", "The Secret Garden", "Gilligan's Island - The Musical", "The Sound of Music", "Hair", "Me and My Girl", "Jekyll & Hyde", "Peter Pan", "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "42nd St", and "The Pajama Game". He would like to thank the director, Frank Thompson, for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful presentation.
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Miranda - Kid
Miranda was bitten by the acting bug early. She studied dramatic arts at the Osceola (FL) Center for the Performing Arts and CenterStage Productions. Recent theatrical roles include Sweet Apple Teen in "Bye Bye Birdie", Child Dime in "42nd Street", Fanny in "Beloved Dearly" and Twin #1 in "Peter Pan." Other favorite roles include "Trixie" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "Singing Native" in Gilligan's Island, and "Downy" in Honk! Jr. Miranda is a 5th grader at Vestavia Hills Central Elementary. When she's not acting or singing with the Birmingham Children's Choir she enjoys rock climbing and girl scouts.
Olivia - Kid
Olivia has been watching her big sister Miranda do theater for years and is thrilled to be joining her onstage for their first Park Players production! Olivia's theatre debut came last year when she got to FLY as Jane in Peter Pan. She's also pretty proud of her role as the Steely Eyed Fox in Vestavia West Elementary spring production. Olivia is a first-grader who also loves soccer, girl scouts, and playing computer games. Thanks Park Players!
Samantha - Kid
Samantha is a 3rd grader at Deer Valley Elementary School. She has studied dance for seven years with Dale Serrano Studios and studies voice with Brett Trimble. The acting bug bit Samantha two years ago, when she attended South City Theater's Musical Theater Workshop. In October she performed her first musical solo in The Tale of Three Trees at Riverside Baptist Church. She has performed in South City Theater's Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland, CenterStage's Bye, Bye Birdie and Park Player's Tempest. She has had a ball in Twelfth Night and would like to say, "Thank you" to all the directors, cast and crew for a great time.
Alex - Kid
Alex is a 7th grader at Bumpus Middle School, where he is a member of Sal Rodas' Show Choir. Alex has studied acting and voice with Tommy Canary, Brett Trimble and Francie Garner. He has performed plays and musicals with South City Theater, Levite Jewish Community Center, CenterStage, ACTA, Riverside Baptist Church, Canaan Baptist Church and Park Players. He just completed the filming of Pet Shop with LWM Productions and his most recent productions have been Bye Bye Birdie with CenterStage and The Tempest with Park Players. You may have also seen him as a contestant on Nickelodeon's Splat or in his current recurring role as a teen reporter on Alive 4 Life, seen on Channel 6. "Park Players introduced me to Shakespeare and I absolutely love being a part of this group. Theater people are always entertaining but there is never a dull moment around here, there's always something to laugh about."
Shawn - Kid
Shawn is glad to be performing in his second show with Park Players. His past credits include "Singing' in the Red, White, and Blue", "A Tribute to Rodger's and Hammerstein", "School House Rock Live Jr.", and "When You Wish Upon a Star". Shawn would like to thank his mother for being so supportive and encouraging.
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Victor Lieret Spezzini Kathriner - Maynard
Victor was born almost 24 years ago in the Hospital San Lucas within the municipality of Asuncion, Paraguay (it's in the Deep South). His theatre credits include Fred Delacroix (the Lottery), Ian Dussel( Diary of Anne Frank) Henry Albertson (The Fantasticks), Schroeder (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown) and wrote and directed El Divino Hidalgo Don Quixote De Tormes, all in Asuncion. This will be his first full Length play since his early yet temporary retirement from the stage in 2000, Besides watching really weird foreign and independent films, he also enjoys dreaming about his favorite Paraguayan Dessert: "Dulce De Guayaba con quero Paraguay( Farmer's cheese)". He is a Bilingual ESL Aide at Riverchase Middle in Pelham, and will name his first born son, Brando Browne Garbanzo Spezzini.
Jessica - Kid
Jessica is entering 7th at OMMS. Jessica enjoys being involved with Musical Theatre here in town. She has been involved with acting workshops. She has also been in the following shows. Annie with Centerstage, GiGi with Centerstage, Music Man with Centerstage, Wallies Whimsical Whirlwind Tour with U.A.B., The Hobbit with South City Theatre, Wizard of Oz with South City Theatre, Once Upon A Mattress with ACTA, Aladdin with South City Theatre, Carousel with ACTA, Alice in Wonderland with South City Theatre, Peter Pan with Centerstage, Off Broadway with LJJC, and Jungle Book with South City Theatre. This summer Jessica was busy she started out in Annie Jr. as Grace then she was in Music Man and also was in Bye Bye Birdie. Jessica also takes dance lessons with Dale Serrano Jr. Studios. Jessica also takes voice lessons from Brett Trimble. Mom is very proud of her.
Kendra - Kid
Kendra is a 12 year old 7th grader. She has performed in several church and school performances and was in the cast of MCPAC's Honk, Jr. in addition to CenterStage's Gilligan's Island: The Musical, Peter Pan and Bye Bye Birdie. She is thrilled to be part of such a talented cast and crew and would like to thank Park Players and Frank Thompson for the opportunity to perform in 12th Night.
Cassidy - Kid
Cassidy found she loved the stage at CenterStage's Rising Star camp this summer while performing in Bye Bye Birdie. As an 8-year old 3rd grader at Liberty Park Elementary, she is excited to perform with Park Players and Frank Thompson in 12th Night.
The Director Frank Thompson
is thrilled to make his directorial debut with Park Players. As Artistic Director for CenterStage, he has directed numerous productions, including Hair, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes, and Gigi among others. As an actor, his credits include such roles as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Fagin in Oliver!, Thurston Howell III in Gilligan's Island:The Musical, Bill Snibson in Me And My Girl, and The Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. After Twelfth Night, he looks forward to directing the world premiere of Lloyd J. Schwartz's The Phantom Of The Opry for CenterStage in October. Frank is a graduate of The University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law. He dedicates this production of Twelfth Night to his dear friend and mentor, Paul Zahl, a true scholar and pop-culture aficionado who would surely enjoy the antics of this production!
Stage Manager Kelsey McClure
Kelsey is thrilled to be stage managing her first Park Players show. She has most recently been seen as Gloria Rasputin in Bye Bye Birdie. And has appeared in MCPAC's Music Man Jr. as Mrs. Shinn and Honk Jr. as Henrietta. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and her best friend, Amy Williamson for keeping her organized and giving her support.
Pre-Show Musician Ron Dometrovich
Is a singer/songwriter guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with extensive live performance and recording experience throughout the southeastern US. He has recorded five independently produced CDs which have received a great deal of airplay in the European, Australian and US Indie radio markets, and keeps busy on the coffee-house and festival circuit when not in the studio writing and recording.
Born to a second-generation immigrant family in Pittsburgh, PA, he moved to the Deep South at an early age, by way of a brief stay in Brisbane, Australia. Exposure to such varied cultures has left him with a sideways view of the world that becomes evident in his songwriting. Evading easy categorization, the music is delivered in fairly sparse arrangements with a strong presence of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, drawing on stylistic influences from folk, bluegrass, country and rock, all thrown into a kitchen appliance. The lyrics are thoughtful, with a decidedly literary flavor, full of characters and their stories, told sometimes in first person, and sometimes as an observer.
Ron has performed in and directed orchestras of numerous theatrical productions, including HAIR, Peter Pan, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical. He perfomed as orchestra guitarist in the non-equity theater debut of Gilligan’s Island, the Musical, with co-composer and former Paul McCartney & Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber in attendance. He has also enjoyed acting roles in various musicals and stage plays.
Ron has recently completed his fifth CD, Young Souls and Old, which contains ten new original songs, and is currently at work on a sixth. Previous titles are: The Grander Scheme of Things (2002), A Good Mechanic (Is Hard to Find) (1998), and A Place With No Name (1999). A Midnight Snowfall (2002) is a collection of instrumental holiday music, both original and traditional.
Winner of CMT/NSAI song contest for Alabama, 2002 ("All the Homeless Souls")
Interviewed on National Public Radio affiliate WBHM 90.3 FM June 9th, 2005.
One of the top 100 albums of 2000 in Ireland (A Place With No Name)
--Joe Vincent, JRRI Radio, Waterford, Ireland ... "A Midnight Snowfall is a gem......my fav c-mas cd of the yr so far......you've got that distinctive other world dreamy style in all your music. I hear so much...& you remain alone.....may you stay......"
--Eddie Russell, KULM-FM, Columbus Texas "...great music."
--Rein Wortelboer, Peelgras Radio Show, Netherlands ..."Ron plays a very elegant music... All of the arrangements sound perfect."
--Andrea Stolle, Old Stringhouse Music, Germany ..."A serious and elaborate acoustic album…what singer-songwriter music should be." (The Grander Scheme of Things)
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