Meet the Cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lindsay Abbot (Snug) is thrilled to be returning to the SLTC stage after her debut in Oliver! this past August. It’s safe to say she has officially caught the acting bug. She would like to thank Reid for his sublime direction and Pat and the production team for making it all happen. Much love to Blake (her favorite person) and Banker (her favorite dog).

Steve Bartlow (Peter Quince) is honored to be part of Midsummer with this exceptional cast and production team. He studied acting and directing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has appeared in and directed productions throughout the shore area; some favorite roles include Alfie in One Man, Two Guvnors, Bela Zangler in Crazy For You, Zach in A Chorus Line, Reverend Brown in Inherit the Wind, Baptista in Taming of the Shrew, as well as directing Becket in April. Many thanks to Reid, Pat, Connor, Johnny, Andrew and this wonderful cast for making this Dream a reality. Eternal gratitude to Chris, Lauren, Rose and his wonderful family for all their love and support.

Johnny Bongiovanni (Stage Manager) is a sophomore at Manasquan High School and is so happy to be a part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his sixth production as a Stage Manager at SLTC. Johnny has been an SLTD Theatre Workshop student for the last eight years. He would like to thank Reid and Pat for this opportunity, Connor for being his partner in crime, Andrew for all of his hard work and the entire cast and crew for making this such a fun experience!

Ben Buckman (Lysander) is excited to be part of his first production at Spring Lake Theatre Company! He is a Senior at Biotechnology High School and can’t wait to act in his second show ever after playing Willy Wonka in his school’s production. He would like to thank the cast, crew, and production team for this opportunity.

Michael Caggiano (Snout) has appeared in over thirty Spring Lake Theatre Company productions for the past ten years, portraying: a Mayor, a Congressional Delegate, a doctor or two, a landlord, a knight, a priest, a bishop, a prime minister, a judge, a justice, a violinist (both blind and sighted), a butler (both head and foot), a cameraman, a cop, a customer, a dying Indian, a disciple, mobster (both live and dead), a toy maker, Charity Gent, a Rutgers Professor and in his most recent show a grandpa (which he has over two years experience).

John Gnazzo (Demetrius) is excited to perform in his second production with Spring Lake Theatre Company after appearing as Danny Zuko in Grease this past summer. He would like to thank Reid, Connor, Johnny, Shannon, Pat and the cast for such an amazing experience.

Reid Henderson (Director) received his B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He performed in many productions while at NYU including The Crucible, The Children’s Hour, Richard II, All’s Well that Ends Well, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was last seen on the Spring Lake Theatre Stage as Bert in Mary Poppins. Recent professional credits include Bert in Mary Poppins and Gerald in Elephant and Piggie’s We’re in a Play. While Reid is proud of all the work he’s done, his fondest memories will always be reserved for his time playing a singing chair in his high school’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Much love to the cast and crew. 

Connor Langton (Stage Manager) is excited and honored to be coming back to Spring Lake Theatre Company after more than 6 years away, as he spent many of his formative years in its halls. Connor is the Director of Sales at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park and has enjoyed a change of scenery in the evenings with the cast and crew for the past few weeks. He would like to thank the cast for making him laugh and reminding him of what being a part of a show can be all about, Jon Bon for being his partner in crime, Joey and Rachel for putting up with his absence at dinner, Hannah for always supporting him and to Pat Barry, to whom he owes quite a lot. One final thank you to Reid, for pulling him out of retirement. He truly hopes you all enjoy the show! 

Rocco LiCalsi (Starveling) The experience of acting in a play rewards Rocco with the feeling of enthusiasm that satisfies his soul. Every rehearsal is a learning experience that prepares him for the performance. The desire to satisfy the audience and hear the applause is most gratifying. Rocco has appeared in two plays and has found favor in both. His third play A Midsummer Night’s Dream will provide the Charm. Rocco is blessed to be a part of the SLTC. The entire program is irresistible, and he is surrounded by talented and wholesome people. Remember the more you give the more you get!

Chris Lorenc (Oberon/Theseus) is a new face at Spring Lake Theatre Company and is so excited to be on stage with such a wonderful company. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University as a Musical Theatre Major with a Dance Minor and currently lives in Green Brook, NJ. He was most recently seen at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank as Tulsa in the musical Gypsy. Past college credits include Georg Nowack (She Loves Me), Moritz (Spring Awakening), Curly (Oklahoma!), Balthasar (Much Ado About Nothing), and many others. He would like to thank his college directors Stephen Hollis and Cindy Thole, and also his parents for pushing him into the best direction in life. Also a big thanks to Reid, Connor, Johnny, and Mikayla!

Rebecca Madeira (Helena) is overjoyed to be a part of her second production at Spring Lake Theatre Company. Some past credits include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Florence Gill), and Hairspray (Brenda). Endless love and thanks to Reid, Pat, and all of the incredible cast and crew. 1 Thes 5.16-18.

Al Morali (Francis Flute) is thrilled to be joining the SLTC family in his debut stage performance. Al is a high school English teacher and enjoys directing short online films. His films include Sharkbite Productions’ “Buying”, and the soon to be released “Dorothy’s Magic” from Lucination Films. Al would like to thank his mom for inspiring his love of Shakespeare, Colette for being so supportive, and Reid and the cast and crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for creating such a fun rehearsal environment.

Claudia Noto (Hermia) – Because Claudia has only done musicals, she is super excited to step out of her comfort zone and take on Shakespeare! This is Claudia’s second show here at Spring Lake Theatre Company after appearing as Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease last summer and she couldn’t be more thrilled to be back. Some of Claudia’s favorite past roles include Sandy in Grease, Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone, and being the Dance Captain for Fiddler On The Roof. Claudia graduated from Ocean County College with an Associates in Performing Arts and plans to further her studies in Musical Theatre! Thank you to Reid and the entire cast for making this experience so memorable!  

Elisabeth O’Brien (Titania/Hippolyta) is honored to be performing her first show with Spring Lake Theatre Company. She has been involved in the theatre arts for as long as she can remember. A recent graduate of Grove City College (May 2016), Elisabeth enjoys working as a Financial Specialist by day and acting with the Midsummer cast by night. She is very grateful to the Company for making her feel welcome, and specifically thanks her family and Lord and Savior for all that they have provided for her.

Kelvin Ortega (Nick Bottom) is joining Spring Lake Theatre Company for his sixth show here. Previous credits: Mary Poppins, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, One Man 2 Guvnors, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Oliver!. He played the role of Bottom twenty years ago at Pace University. This run is dedicated to Patricia Woodward, Chris Thomas, and Anne Lommel, who’s passion and knowledge of the theatrical arts helped to shape Kelvin into the actor he is today. May they rest in peace. Also, thanks to Reid Henderson and Pat Barry for their hard work and dedication to this production.

Mikayla Petrilla (Puck) is thrilled to make her debut with Spring Lake Theatre Company. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015 where she studied Musical Theatre and Public Relations. She is an acting apprentice alumnus of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and has studied Shakespeare at RADA, the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the United Kingdom. She is currently a docent for the NJ stop of the Folger Library’s First Folio national tour. Mikayla was last seen on the Count Basie stage as Electra in Gypsy and will make her way back in November as Miss Shields in Phoenix Productions’ A Christmas Story. Thanks to SLTC to welcoming her to this wonderful theatre company in such a coveted role!

Chris Randazzo (Philostrate) is appearing in his ninth show with Spring Lake Theatre Company. From Toy Shop Owner (Scrooge) to Cleric (1776 and The Importance of Being Earnest) to Executive (How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Chris has had the pleasure of participating in a wide ranging list of theatrical works. These plays are not only entertaining for patrons, but also the actors. Chris attributes this to the leadership of Pat Barry and her talented directors, Reid being a prime example. Last but not least, Chris is grateful for the opportunity to watch and learn from the highly talented actors that appear in this production.

Gina Teschke (Peaseblossom) is thrilled to be making her Spring Lake Theatre Company debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Previous roles include: Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Davenport Theatre NYC), Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Cosette in Les Miserables. Gina is a 15-year-old actress who dreams of being on Broadway and studies theatre at Henry Hudson Regional School. Shout out to the amazing cast, mom, dad and Mrs. Leutz! 

Renard G. Wright (Eugeus) is an actor and a voice talent specializing in voice-overs for commercials. An experienced public speaker, Mr. Wright has just completed sold out performances of To Kill A Mockingbird. A motivational speaker, poet and spoken word artist, it is his greatest passion to appear on stage. He recalls when in training for voice-overs many years ago when he would encounter a very special teacher, Mr. Alec Rubin, who simply said, “that voice”.

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