Hannah Ahn

Ensemble

is ecstatic to be returning to WFT@BU. She has taken a number of classes at WFT@BU and loved it! She starred as Baloo the Bear in the Jungle Book, a two-week program, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka, and Seusical as Jojo. Also, she was in WFT@BU’s Charlotte’s Web as a main baby spider. She loves soccer, plays piano, and sings with a chorus, Voices Boston. She is always humming and dancing to her own beat. She is 3rd grade at Pierce School in Brookline.

Ruby Anderson

Ensemble

is a third grader at Brookline’s Heath School. She enjoys singing, reading and writing. She is super excited to be in her third WFT@BU production.

June Baboian

Aunt Sponge

Is delighted to return to WFT@BU having last appeared as Noona, the princess’ attendant, in Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. Other area credits include The Cook in The Seagull at Huntington Theatre Company, Emma Goldman in Ragtime with New Repertory Theatre and also with Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof with Fiddlehead Theatre Company, and Aunt Monica & The Medium in See What I Wanna See with The Lyric Stage Company. June is Music Director at Armenian Memorial (congregational) Church in Watertown, MA. Thanks Emily, Matt and Nick for getting me off the bench and back in the game!

 

Amy Barker

Aunt Spiker

is thrilled to return to Wheelock Family Theatre after appearing in their 2015 production of Shrek the Musical!  Originally from Austin, Texas, Amy began her professional career as an opera singing plum for Very Fine Fruit Juice.  She has appeared as Scotty/Mrs. Spencer in Merrily We Roll Along (2017), Nurse/Mrs.Harriet Pawling in Sunday in the Park with George (2016) and as Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music (2015) at the Huntington Theatre Company. Other credits include Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty (Westchester Broadway Theatre and Stoneham Theatre), Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly! (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music (Pittsburgh CLO) as well as productions at North Shore Music Theatre, Barter Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre and ZACH Theatre. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas (BA in history) and The Boston Conservatory (MFA in musical theatre).  For many years, Amy served as a volunteer counselor for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT. Many thanks to Mark and the kiddos. Louka!

Jack Baumrind

Ensemble

is a second grader who is very excited to be in his first Wheelock Family Theater production! He has been taking acting classes since he was four years old, but has been “acting” and pretending all of his life. He loves to draw, create and perform plays with friends, puppets and other figurines, and build stages out of anything he can find. His roles include playing Woodstock (A Charlie Brown Christmas), Young Simba (The Lion King), Squirrel/Bo (The Runaway Bunny) at Boston Children’s Theater; and Ensemble (Mulan) at Company Theater. He sends a big “thank you” to Nick and the entire WFT family for this amazing opportunity.

Sachie Capitani

Ensemble

is an 8th grader from Belmont, is elated to return to WFT@BU. She last appeared at WFT@BU in Trumpet of the Swan. Other credits include Music Man (North Shore Music Theatre), Gypsy (Cape Playhouse), Annie (Mac Haydn Theatre) and multiple Watertown Children’s Theater productions. She performs with Friends of Broadway cabaret and Cats & Boots a capella group. Film/TV credits include Breaking Bad, The Homesman, and Good Kill. When not dancing or singing, Sachie enjoys skiing, reading, and binge-watching Netflix. Sincere gratitude to her family, friends, various teachers, and WFT@BU for this opportunity.

Nicky Carbone

Production Stage Manager

a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, works primarily as a stage manager and mentor in Boston and on the South Shore. Favorite credits include Five Times in One Night and Raging Skillet (WHAT); Cabaret (Moonbox); Gypsy (Lyric Stage); 42nd Street, Show Boat, Crazy For You, …Millie, and Carousel (Reagle); In the Heights, Mary Poppins, and A Year with Frog and Toad (WFT); She Loves Me and The Mystery of Irma Vep (MMAS); Eurydice and Our Town (ACT); and August: Osage County (CCT). Mentor credits include: Eris’ Chain, Macbeth, A Raisin in the Sun, The Trial of Madeline Gee, As You Like It, and The Laramie Project (MCC). With love and thanks to C, always.

Jonah Cramer

Ensemble

is thrilled to be returning to WTF@BU.  He has attended classes at WFT@BU and participated in the ensemble in two shows — Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web.

Jonah was recently nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for his role as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at the Central Square Theater.

He loves basketball, is a loyal Celtics fan, is always listening to Broadway tunes, and is currently in 5th grade at Mitchell Elementary in Needham.

Alexa Davidson

Ensemble

is a 2nd grader in Cambridge, and loves ballet, taekwondo, math, science, traveling, and, taking classes at the WFT.  She is delighted and thankful to join the James and the Giant Peach cast and return to the WFT after being seen here as a baby spider in Charlotte’s Web (2017) and as part of the youth ensemble in Stuart Little (2018).

Aimee Doherty

Ladybug

previous WFT@BU credits include Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Honk! and Annie. She recently appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It at Shakespeare & Company and in the Maria Friedman directed revival of Merrily We Roll Along at the Huntington Theatre as Gussie Carnegie. Aimee also soloed with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart in the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute concert series. Other regional credits include: Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre), Cabaret (Moonbox Productions), 1776, Speed the Plow, Ragtime (New Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet, She Loves Me (Greater Boston Stage), Little Foxes, Clybourne Park (New Century Theatre), Shear Madness (Charles Street Playhouse). She is a two-time recipient of the Elliot Norton Award and a two-time recipient of the IRNE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. www.AimeeDoherty.net

Maia Ettinger

Ensemble

is a second grader at Shady Hill School, is thrilled to return to the stage at WFT@BU after making her first appearance as a baby spider in Charlotte’s Web.  Past roles include Peppermint Patty in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Summer Arts; Shanti in Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS at WFT@BU; and ensemble roles in Annie Jr. and High School Musical. at Menotomy Musical Theater.  This is Maia’s second year singing with the Boston Children’s Chorus and she has appeared in several Interstitial Segments of Pinkalicious on PBS.  Maia is grateful to Nick and Emily and everyone at WFT @BU for this amazing opportunity and thanks her teachers, friends, and family, especially her older sister Gabriela, for their love and support.

Ian Freedson Falck

Ensemble

is excited to make his Wheelock Family Theatre debut in James and the Giant Peach. He played Bagheera in WFT@BU’s summer program Mini-Musical production of The Jungle Book. Ian plays guitar in The Screaming Goats with JWY!. Roald Dahl is one of Ian’s all time favorite authors. Ian would like to thank WFT@BU, mom, dad, sister and the rest of his family and friends for their support.

Russell Garrett

Centipede

returns to WFT@BU where he was previously seen in Alice as The Mad Hatter and The Secret Garden as Uncle Archibald. He also directed and choreographed WFT@BU’s hit production of Mary Poppins. He has appeared extensively on tour and on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Show Boat, My Fair Lady and others. In Boston he has appeared as The Interlocutor in SpeakEasy Stage’s award-winning The Scottsboro Boys, eight years as Bob Cratchit in North Shore Music Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, Emperor Joseph ll in Amadeus at New Rep, and several shows at Greater Boston Stage Co. including 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, How to Succeed…, and Something’s Afoot. Russell comes directly from Sierra Repertory Theatre in CA where he directed A Chorus Line as well as played the director, Zach, and will follow James with an appearance in SpeakEasy’s The View Upstairs.

Ricardo "Ricky" Holguin

Earthworm

is thrilled to be making his debut at Wheelock Family Theatre. He obtained his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Conservatory credits include Assassins, The Light in the Piazza, and HAIR. Boston credits include 1776, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof directed by Austin Pendleton (New Repertory Theatre), Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre), Kiss of the Spider Woman, LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions, IRNE Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), and Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre). Other credits include The Who’s Tommy, and Shrek the Musical (Laredo Theater Guild International). Ricky also had the privilege to be praised and workshopped by Richard Maltby, David Shire, Didi Conn, and Tony Award Winner, Adam Guettel. Ricky is a native from Laredo, Texas and currently resides in East Boston.

David Jiles

Ladahlord

is excited to make is Wheelock Family Theatre debut as Ladahord in James and The Giant Peach. His most recent stage credits include: It’s a Wonderful Life, Jonah and The Whale, and Sweet Charity at The Greater Boston Stage Company. He has also played roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Color Purple, Memphis, and Ragtime. David also sings in various funk bands in the Boston area; performing at weddings, parties, fundraisers, and other events.  When he is not performing on stage, he teaches performing arts at Berklee College of Music, and Emerson College. David is a certified yoga teacher and is passionate about connecting mind/body/spirit into artistic expression and arts education.

Chelsea Kerl

Costume Designer

is happy to be back at Wheelock Family Theatre at BU, after previously designing Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures.  She received an MFA in Costume Design from Boston University after graduating from the University of Maryland.  Chelsea is a freelance designer around the Boston area, and she is also the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and costume design professor at Wellesley College. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com.

Cameron Levesque

James

is thrilled to be back at Wheelock Family Theatre after playing the role of Michael Banks in WFT@BU’s Mary Poppins [IRNE nomination-Promising Young Performer]. He is also excited to share this role with his good buddy Brendan! Select regional credits: Fun Home (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Merrily We Roll Along [IRNE nomination-Promising Young Performer] (Huntington Theatre Company); Mame [Arts Impulse Award- Best Student Actor] (Greater Boston Stage Company); Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Fiddlehead Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre); Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre); The Wizard of Oz (Metrowest Family Theatre); and The Who’s Tommy (Turtle Lane Playhouse). He has starred in Billy Elliot and Newsies with Weston Drama Workshop and can also be heard in Family Time Audio Theatre’s recording of Jimmy and the Star Angel. Many thanks to family, friends and teachers!

Lev Navisky

Ensemble

is thrilled to be making his Wheelock Family Theatre debut! Credits include Children’s Ensemble in “Music Man” at Reagle Theatre, Jack in “Pirates Past Noon” and Winthrop in “The Music Man” at the All Newton Music School. Lev would like to thank his brother, Asher, and his whole family for supporting him!  Also thanks to Emily Ranii, Matt Stern and Nick Vargas!

Brendan O'Brien

James

is thrilled to to be making his Wheelock Family Theatre debut and very excited to be sharing another role with his best friend, Cameron! Previous Boston credits include Merrily
We Roll Along (IRNE Nomination, Huntington Theatre Company), Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Show Boat (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), State of Siege (Theatre de la Ville/ArtsEmerson) and a number of shows with Boston Children’s Theatre. This past holiday season, he danced in the Nutcracker
with the Jose Matteo Ballet Theatre. Brendan is 11 years old and a Boston Public Schools’ sixth grader at the Condon School in South Boston where he is very thankful everyday for the awesome Arts Department! He would like to thank everyone at WFT@BU for this amazing
opportunity and his family and friends for all their love and support.

Grace Olah

Ensemble

is thrilled to return to Wheelock Family Theatre!  She recently performed in Billy Elliot as Debbie Wilkinson (Seacoast Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre) as Fan/Want, A Christmas Carol (The Hanover Theatre) as Belinda, Want, young Lucy, Beauty and the Beast (Wheelock Family Theatre/Cape Cod Theatre Company), Music Man (North Shore Music Theatre), Billy Elliot (Ocean State Theatre Company/ Cape Rep Theatre), The Sound of Music (Mansfield Arts and Education Center) as Gretl Von Trapp. Film credits: Daddy’s Home 2, TV Time. Many thanks to the WFT@BU team, teachers, family, and friends!  

Erica Parks

Ensemble

is so excited to return to the Wheelock Family Theatre! Erica’s WFT@BU credits include Beauty and the Beast (Narrator, Villager, Sugar Cube, Wolf) last season. Regional credits include Keeley Gibson in Billy Elliot(Seacoast Repertory Theatre), Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (The Hanover Theatre), Salt/Wolf in Beauty and the Beast (Cape Cod Theatre Company) and Ensemble, Amaryllis u/s in The Music Man (North Shore Music Theatre). Erica is a World Tap Dance Champion and has appeared in commercials and films includingLittle Women (to be released December 2019). Erica would like to thank Nick, the cast, and the creative team for this wonderful opportunity as well as her family, friends and teachers for their love and support. www.ericaparks.net

Lily Ramras

Ensemble

is thrilled to be back on stage at Wheelock Family Theatre! Past WFT@BU productions include: Debbie in Billy Elliot, Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Shrek the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, A Year with Frog and Toad, Charlotte’s Web, and Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play.” NY credits: Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical (AEA Staged Reading), School of Rock (Broadway Promotional Tour), 13 Going on 30 (Workshop Recording), and Kris Kringle (Broadway Staged Reading). Other regional credits: Susan Waverly in White Christmas (Ogunquit Playhouse), Little Girl in The Witches of Eastwick (OP), Daughter in Fear and Misery in the Third Reich (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Amaryllis in Music Man (MSMT), and Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre). Special thanks to WFT@BU, Eva, family and friends.

Emily Ranii

Director

Emily serves as Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at BU, Academic Program Head of BU’s Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI), and Lecturer for BU’s Opera Institute. She has directed Sweets by Kate, The Cradle Will Rock, and Hydrogen Jukebox for Boston University; Mrs. Packard for Bridge Repertory Theatre Company/Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; The Normal Heart, Heisenberg, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer for Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member since 2002); as well as Blood Wedding and The Body Project for Cornell University. Emily has collaborated as an Associate Director on World of Wires at MIT and Live Video Editor on Persona with Beth Morrison Projects, both productions adapted and directed by Jay Scheib. Previous arts leadership/teaching positions include Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College, Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University, and Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina. Emily holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Boston University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English from Cornell University.

Fiona Simeqi

Ensemble

is very excited to be in her first show at Wheelock Family Theater. Previously she appeared as Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life at Greater Boston Stage Company. Also she has appeared as Private in Madagascar Jr. and as Tommy Stubbins in Dr. Dolittle, both with the Greater Boston Stage Young Company. Apart from theater, Fiona also enjoys playing piano, soccer, dancing and hanging out with her friends. She is looking forward to the show and hopes you enjoy it!

Cheryl D. Singleton

Spider

previously appeared at WFT@BU in Billy Elliot the Musical (IRNE nomination, Best Supporting Actress, Musical). She was most recently seen at The Lyric Stage Company in The Little Foxes and appeared there previously in Intimate Apparel(IRNE nomination, Best Supporting Actress). Credits include: 1776, Dollhouse, Rent andPassing Strange, New Repertory Theatre; To Kill A Mockingbird, Gloucester Stage;Absence, Boston Playwright’s Theatre; The Comedy of Errors, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.; The Superheroine Monologues, Phoenix Theatre Artists and Company One; Stuff Happens and The Kentucky Cycle (co-pro with Way Theatre Artists), Zeitgeist Stage Co. and; The Seagull, American Repertory Theatre. Cheryl has also worked with The Huntington Theater Company, Queer Soup, Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans and ImprovBoston. A proud member of Actors Equity and StageSource, she serves on three arts boards in the Boston area.

Malachi Smith

Ensemble

is a 4th grader at Burbank Elementary School in Belmont. He is thrilled to participate in his first Wheelock Family Theatre show! He enjoys acting, playing piano, playing soccer and skiing. Past roles include Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Watertown Children’s Theater), Danny in Danny Champion of the World (Arlington Children’s Theater), and Charlie in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Arlington’s Children’s Theater). His biggest fan is his sister, Melvina, who attends every show! Malachi thanks his family, ACT & WCT for previous acting opportunities, friends, cast and all the staff. Enjoy the show – marvelous things will happen!

Matthew Stern

Musical Director

is thrilled to return to WFT@ BU after music directing Shrek and Hairspray.  Other Boston area credits: Fun Home, Allegiance, The Bridges of Madison County (IRNE Award), Scottsboro Boys (IRNE Award), Violet, and Big Fish (Speakeasy Stage); Merrily We Roll Along (Huntington; IRNE Award, Elliot Norton Nomination); She Loves Me, Altar Boyz, Mame, Forum, and Nutcracker (Greater Boston Stage Company); Brecht on Brecht, Assassins (NewRep); Ragtime (Fiddlehead); Cabaret (Boston Conservatory); Runaways, Parade, The Human Comedy, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, and Merrily We Roll Along (Boston University), and many productions at French Woods Festival.  Matthew teaches musical theater on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University, and Emerson College, and holds an MFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University. Upcoming:  Fun Home (Speakeasy Stage), Pacific Overtures (Lyric Stage). www.mattsternmusic.com

Jared Troilo

Grasshopper

returns to WFT@BU having previously appeared as Tony in “Billy Elliot” and as The Beast in “Beauty and the Beast”. Among others, he has appeared at The Lyric Stage, Speakeasy Stage Company, The Palace Theater, Moonbox Productions, Reagle Music Theater, Fiddlehead Theater, and The Greater Boston Stage Company. Jared received an IRNE Award for best  supporting actor in a musical for his performance in “She Loves Me” at GBSC. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Proud member of AEA. Love to Kira and Levi. JaredTroilo.com

Jaya Williams-Miller

Ensemble