Jeffrey Barg (Longaville / Facilitator) returns to Shakespeare in the Summer after playing Don Pedro in 2016’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Since then, he’s performed with the Delaware Shakespeare Festival; premiered a staged reading of the original musical THE ANGRY GRAMMARIAN, for which he wrote the music and lyrics; and performed in Chicago (Viviana Theatre) and REEFER MADNESS (Players Club of Swarthmore). He also wrote the music and lyrics for THE BALLAD OF KING HENRY, a folk adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1, and performs as one half of the musical improv duo Audrey III. This fall he’ll be in PBTC’s AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER. Love to Laura.
Adam Corbett (Biron) is excited/terrified to try again to create something live in this beautiful park, hoping the lines come out when they’re supposed to and the characters and story reveal themselves just as Willy S. would have wanted. Year 3! Biron is a character who talks a lot and thinks he’s always right (unlike Adam’s natural tendencies), and is also obsessed with eyes (thanks, Beth!). Wear your bug spray, sit close to the stage, eat, drink, and be merry. Thanks to his castmates, facilitators, parents, friends and Sara. Spay & neuter your pets!
Paul Del Signore (Costard) is making his exultant return to the stage! He has performed with several local Theatre Groups including Touch Me Philly Productions, Old Academy Players and the Traverse Arts Project. Paul thanks Bridget and Benjamin for the opportunity and the wonderfully talented people in this company! And thanks to my wife and daughters for letting me disappear into yet another character.
William Ince (Holofernes) is tall, and proud to be back for a third go at Original Practices Summer Shakespeare. He appeared previously as Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Oberon) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Leonato). Falling in with this inspiring crew is one of the joys of William’s life, and he is grateful to the group and to another joy, wife Elizabeth, for this opportunity. William is an occasional homebrewer, and helped brew the Shakesbeer for the cast party. No, you can’t have any.
Stephanie Lavorgna (Boyet) is ridiculously excited to be a part of this year’s Shakespeare in the Summer production. Stephanie first joined Shakespeare in the Summer last year for their second production, Much Ado about Nothing, in which she played Ursula. She has recently been seen on the Pulley and Buttonhole stage in Mr. Burns as Edna Krabappel, and in Spamalot at The Barn Playhouse in Jeffersonville. Stephanie would like to thank the collaborators at White Pines Productions and PBTC for offering her this opportunity, and to Kevin and her amazing family and friends for their incredible support!
Benjamin Lloyd (Don Adriano de Armado / Facilitator) is the Executive Director of White Pines Productions, and Artistic Director of the White Pines Ensemble: Bright Invention. He co-facilitated the SITS Original Practices Shakespeare production A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in 2015 and facilitated MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING last year. He has worked as an actor on many Philly stages since 1994, including The Arden, The Wilma, Walnut Street, Bristol Riverside Theater and People’s Light. He has a B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and he lives in Elkins Park with his beautiful sons, Griffen and Noa.
Bradley Moore (Ferdinand) knows: it’s good to be the King. Thank you to spouse Katherine and children Alexander, Athena, and Cassandra for abiding the time spent on this production and all the other forays into community theater over the years.
Rachel Penny (Moth / Marcade) is elated to perform Shakespeare with this talented cast, many of whom she has shared the stage with before. A three year veteran of the OP ensemble, she was Hero in MUCH ADO and Hermia in MIDSUMMER. Following graduation from Alvernia College’s theatre program, Rachel toured North America with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Rachel was previously seen in many PBTC productions including PROOF (Catherine), OUR TOWN (Emily) and as the director of ALMOST, MAINE. Rachel is the Manager of Tours and Group Sales for Mural Arts Philadelphia and serves on the board of PBTC. Rachel is eternally grateful to the amazing cast and crew, N.T., Icky and the love and support of her friends!
Sara Osi Scott (Dull / Maria) is excited to join this deeply talented cast in her first Original Practices Shakespeare production. Having recently closed the world premiere of Lynn Nottage’s ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS as well as the reading of Jeff Barg’s new musical THE ANGRY GRAMMARIAN, Osi is no stranger to Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company. She is also glad to collaborate with White Pines Productions in bringing this classic comedy to the community in which she lives. Osi is grateful to Bridget, Ben, Ali, the LLL facilitators/cast and her family for support along the way!
Beth Seltzer (Rosaline) is excited to be returning to Shakespeare in the Summer. Previously, she performed in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and in ANTIGONE, AMATEUR JESUS, and ALMOST, MAINE with Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company. She thanks the facilitators, cast, and crew for all of their hard work, and Michael Strupczewski for being awesome.
Stacy Skinner (The Princess of France) – Stacy is delighted to be a part of this merry band of talented players in the White Pines/PPBTC family again this summer after playing Don Joan (John) in last summer’s production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. She is especially grateful for the unexpected roles she has been invited to explore. Stacy has been seen in a variety of Philadelphia area theatres, to include Hedgerow Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, South Camden Theatre Company and others. She holds degrees in Theatre and Speech Language Pathology and is grateful for a family that has treated her like a princess for years.
Shea Sonsky (Jaquenetta / Katharine) is a Philadelphia-based actor/singer/all-around creative-type. She earned a BS from Skidmore College in Theatre with a minor in English Literature. With Skidmore’s improv and sketch comedy troupe, Ad-Libs, she participated in the Chicago Improv Festival College Tournament, the Brown University Comedy Conference, and four National College Comedy Festivals. Shea has also spent a semester studying Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in London and completed internships with Hedgerow and Arden theatres. She is a member of White Pine’s Bright Inventions ensemble.
Trish Troilo (Sir Nathaniel) is excited to be part of this wonderful cast and production. She has worked on and off in theatres for many, many years as an actress, stage manager, and technician. Her “regular” job is in public relations and marketing and as a first-person interpreter of world history. As always, Thanks Mom!!
Gavin Whitt (Dumaine) is a extremely excited to be participating in this OP process. I would like to think that my wonderful cast for a fun and an exciting adventure.
Ali Roy (Facilitator) is happy to return after stage managing last year’s MUCH ADO. She is currently the Resident Stage Manager for Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company and serves as Treasurer for White Pines Productions’ Board of Directors. She has been involved in theater for over 15 years mostly behind the scenes as stage manager, run crew, and light crew. Ali has worked locally with Storybook Musical Theatre; in Massachusetts she worked with Hampshire Shakespeare Co., Majestic Theater, Disturbed Theater, Comedy for the Ages and Amherst Cinema Arts Center. Her day job is Finance Manager at CreekSide Food Co-op in Elkins Park. Thanks to the love of her life, Griff and this great cast and crew for all their hard work.
Jeanine O’Brien Waldron (Facilitator) is so honored to be part of this exciting production. When she is not participating in summer Shakespeare, she is an English and Theater teacher at Central Bucks West High School where she runs the West Children’s Theater. At PBTC, she has performed in Sense and Sensibility, PROOF and THE WEIR. She resides in Abington with her husband, Brian, and their children, Kaelin, Owen, and Liam.
Bridget Reilly Beauchamp (Facilitator) is the Founding Artistic Director of Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company, where she most recently directed MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY and SENSE & SENSIBILITY and LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE. Next up is AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER and TWO THINGS YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT AT DINNER at PBTC this season. Many thanks to Chrissie and the Facilitating Team and to Josh and the kids for making this all possible.
Chrissie Leech (Choreographer) is beyond thrilled to be contributing through the art of dance to this fantastic production. Chrissie is the director of Jenkintown Dance Arts, a community-driven performance based dance school located in the heart of Jenkintown. She graduated with honors from the University of the Arts modern dance department, and is a seasoned dance teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. Chrissie is also the artistic director of Jenkintown Dance Company, a professional dance company specializing in site-specific modern dance. Chrissie is eternally grateful to her family for their support of her various artistic endeavors.
Anne Fleming (Dramaturg) is thrilled to be part of this lovely production. This is her first Original Practices experience, but she has loved working on Shakespeare productions since dramaturging a Loony Tunes/Laugh-In/ninja version of The Comedy of Errors in grad school. Thanks to Bridget and the rest of the Pulley & Buttonhole/White Pines Productions community for including me, and to Jay for his support of his wife’s theatrical addiction.
Josh Beauchamp (Sound Designer) A composer, guitarist and educator from Jenkintown, Josh has the rare fortune to be married to the lovely and talented Founding Artistic Director of PBTC, Bridget. Past PBTC credits include creating the original score for ALMOST MAINE and sound design for THE WEIR and ANTIGONE, music director for REALLY ROSE and HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD and composer, co-lyricist and music director for JENKINTOWN: THE MUSICAL. Other music director credits include THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN!, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL, BYE, BYE BIRDIE and THE PAJAMA GAME.
Prompter – Noa Mae Lloyd
Child Wrangler – Josh Keiter