Teen Performance Ensemble Productions


THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison | Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Directed by Nick Vargas | Musical Direction by Todd Gordon | Choreography by Jeri Hammond
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. As the music plays the recording comes to life! Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a love note to the Jazz Age musical.
Performances are June 5 at 7pm & 6 at 3pm & 7pm, 2020
Learn more about the program, how to audition, and review the rehearsal schedule here.
RADIUM GIRLS
by D.W. Gregory
Directed by Fran Weinberg
Inspired by a true story and written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece.  Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.  In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. As the case goes on, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation but also with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.
Performances are December 20 at 7:30pm and December 21 at 3pm & 7:30pm, 2019

Bryan Baumer (Charlie Lee, Fredrick Flinn, Lovesick Cowboy) is so excited to be in Radium Girls! He has previously been in many musicals, but this is his first play. Favorite credits include Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde the Musical, High School Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver!. Wheelock credits include Into The Woods, Once Upon a Mattress, and Once On This Island. He would like to thank his parents, his family, his director and stage manager, and the wonderful cast of Radium Girls!

Lila Berinsky (Sob Sister, Store Owner) Age 11, is thrilled to return to the WFT stage where she previously performed in Stuart Little (Youth Ensemble). Other acting credits include The Lion King, Into The Woods and Beauty and the Beast with Beyond the Fourth Wall in Cambridge, and Legally Blonde with Central Square Theatre. Lila is also an avid dancer and a member of the Bridge program at Deborah Mason School of Dance. She sings with the Cambridge Cantare division of Boston City Singers. Lila is in 8th grade at Rindge Ave Upper Campus in Cambridge.

Margot Born (Kathryn Schaub) is looking forward to her Wheelock Family Theatre debut. She has been involved in theatre since she was five and has loved it just as passionately (if not more) ever since. She is currently a freshman at Newton North High School, where she has recently participated in a production of Froshcab and is currently in a production of Hello, Dolly! there as well. She is very grateful to have learned so much from this experience and hope you all enjoy the show!

Ava Bub (Harriet Roeder, Raymond Berry) is in ninth grade at The Winsor School, and is so excited to be back on the Wheelock Family Theater stage after performing in the teen API over the summer. Ava is a passionate actor who is committed to deepening her skill set and exploring new and more complex characters. Some of her recent roles include: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the March Hare in an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and Agatha in Agatha Rex.

Eva Chapuran (Sob Sister, Customer, Shopper, Elderly Widow) is currently an 8th grader at Boston Latin Academy. She has appeared in M at Huntington Theater, Brundibar & But the Giraffe at Central Square Theater, and Trumpet of the Swan at Wheelock Family Theater. She has also done an improv camp at ImprovBoston for the last five years. She also enjoys playing the guitar and swimming.

Brian Curry (Dr. Knef) is so excited to be making his WFT debut as Dr. Knef in Radium Girls. Brian is a freshman at Needham High School and he is in the Needham High School Chorale Ensemble. He recently participated in the WFT Wicked Weekend Class in November. In October, Brian starred in Needham High School’s production of Mamma Mia! as Sam’s understudy and Ensemble. Outside of theatre, Brian loves to sing in his high school acapella group and hang out with friends. Brian would like to thank his family for constant support, his friends, and the MBTA train for getting him to rehearsals! He hopes you enjoy the show.

Charlotte Davis (Irene Rudolph, Clerk) is 13 and very excited to be in the Teen Performance Ensembles production of Radium Girls. Some of her favorite productions were As you Like It, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and One Little Match, a student written play performed at her school. She is in eighth grade at Bigelow Middle School. She would like to thank her family and her drama teacher, Ms. Alberts, for always supporting and helping her.

Seamus Doyle (Tom Keirder, Dr. Von Sachocky) is thrilled to be returning to Wheelock Family Theatre after participating in their API program for 3 summers. Area credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Christopher) with Apollinaire Theatre Company, Richard III (Prince Edward) and Fear and Misery in the Third Reich with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Fiddler on the Roof with New Repertory Theatre, and All American Boys (Quinn) with Off the Page Education. He has appeared in numerous Watertown Children’s Theatre productions, including Hamlet (Hamlet) Seussical (JoJo), Music Man (Marcellus), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), and Les Miserables (Fauchelevent). Film: Bed Time Story at Emerson College. He is a junior at Watertown High School.

Grace Gernon (Mrs. MacNeil, Mrs. Fryer) is excited to take part in another Wheelock Family Theatre experience after having done the Summer Actors Performance Intensive in the past. She is currently a junior at Concord Carlisle High School, where she has both acted in shows and assistant directed. Some of her recent roles include Philip Dubois in The Laramie Project and the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Whether she is on stage or behind the scenes her passion is for the arts and she would like to thank everyone who has helped her along the way.

Audrey Howell (Sob Sister, Shopper/Shopgirl) This is Audrey Howell’s 3rd year of performing at Wheelock and her first time doing the teen ensemble. Audrey has appeared in many shows including The Wiz, James and the Giant Peach, and Fiddler on the Roof. Other than acting, Audrey enjoys art class, dance, school, and reading. She would like to thank her parents, friends, cast mates, and especially Fran and Nick for making this all happen.

Alexandra Oviedo (Sob Sister) is 13 and is very excited to be a part of Wheelock Family Theater for the first time!  Alexandra has participated in various musical theater productions including Bizet’s Carmen with the Boston Lyric Opera and with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Boston Opera House for two consecutive years. She was also part of the ensemble of Out of Many and None but the Best with the In Good Company Community Theater in Watertown.  Her most recent performance was as Sharpey in her school’s production of High School Musical last year. Alexandra is an eighth grader at Runkle School in Brookline and she would like to thank her family and friends for their support.

Heschel Steinhaeser (Arthur Roeder) is radiating with excitement to be performing with this awesome cast of Radium Girls. The past shows he’s done with WFT were Mockingbird and the 2019 API performance along with a bunch of other classes. Some of his past theater and film credits outside of WFT are Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Luke in The Candy Tin, Nate in 14-the-movie, and Socrates in Seeking Socrates. In his free time besides acting Heschel likes to box, play baseball, and train to become a Samurai. He can’t wait to see what he can do with this character of Arthur Roeder.

Sydney Romer (Madame Curie, Sob Sister) is in 8th grade at Boston Latin Academy. She has been in shows done by the Haley Pilot School and The West Roxbury Players. Her roles have included The Princess in Rumpelstiltskin, The Narrator in the Lorax, The Announcer in NYN-TV, and part of the ensemble in The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance, The Lion King, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Julia Smith (Katherine Wiley) is a 9th grader at Concord Carlisle High School. She is delighted to return to WFT after recently participating in the Teen Intensive Program last summer. Some of her recent favorite shows include the CCHS production of The Laramie Project and The Lion King, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and The Beast at the Concord Youth Theatre. She would like to give a special thanks to her family and our amazing director.

Jackson Thomas (Daniel Lehman, Reporter, Photographer, Venecine Salesman) goes to BLA and lives in Jamaica Plain. He has been in multiple performances with The Freelance Players and The Footlight Club ranging from 2015 to 2018. He has also been in other performances and classes with Wheelock Family Theater. He also enjoys collecting sneakers and playing video games.

Natalie Tulipani (Sob Sister) is thrilled to be part of the cast of Radium Girls and has thoroughly enjoyed taking part in her first Wheelock Family production. Selected credits include La Bohème (Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra),Tosca (Boston Lyric Opera), Sound of Music (VOICES Boston), and Tatterhood, (Margaret & H.A. Reys Foundation Original Production).

Mabel White (Grace Fryer) is ecstatic to return to the WFT@BU stage after playing Beanie in Gooney Bird Green, and participating in this summer’s Advanced Performance Intensive! Mabel is a homeschooled high school Junior, and has plans to continue studying theatre in college. Favorite past roles include Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Penny in Hairspray, Scuttle in The Little Mermaid, and Miss Hannigan in Annie. Endless thanks to her fabulous Mom, Dad, and siblings and the amazing cast and production team of Radium Girls!

Fran Weinberg (Director) is delighted to be working with these aspiring young actors and directing Radium Girls at WFT! Fran has directed WFT’s Teen Advanced Performance Intensive Program for the past 13 summers. An award winning freelance director, Fran has been a long time faculty member at Boston Casting. She has run a highly successful business as a private acting and audition coach for more than two decades. Fran’s clients have graduated from the top theatre programs and can be seen in productions in New York, across the country, and in films and television. Thank you to the production team for all of their energy, time and creative efforts on this production! Special thanks to Jeff Gardiner for his constant support and technical assistance with this production.

Nicholas Anastasi (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of the Teen Ensemble Performance at Wheelock Family Theatre! He is an actor, director and educator out of Watertown, MA. He always strives for his students and actors to become the brightest lights in any theatre. You may know him as a Teaching Artist during WFT@BU Summer classes. He recently graduated with a Theatre and Communication degree from Curry College, receiving the 2018 Curry College Theatre Hall of Fame award, and winning Curry Colleges Finest 2018. Favorite on stage credits include Paulette in Legally Blonde The Musical, Selsdon in Noises Off, The Laramie Project, Into The Woods, Daniel in Once On This Island, Horton in Seussical, The Skin of Our Teeth and Harry MacAfee In Bye Bye Birdie. Directing credits include Once On This Island, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago (Watertown Public Schools) and The Birthday of The Infanta (Curry College). Film credits include The Drive-In Horrorshow (Grim Films) “You can’t blend in, when you were born to stand out.” -R.J. Palacio

Scenic & Props Designer………………………..………………………………………………………..Michelle Sparks
Costume Designer/Costumer……………………….……………………………………………..…………..Amy Pinto
Lighting Designer……………………………………………..………………………………………………….Abigail Wang
Sound Designer……………………………………………………………………………..………………………Nick Vargas
Captioning………………………………………………………………………………………………………Ruth Celia Kahn
Set Construction………………………………………………………………………………………………… Jeff Gardiner
Sound Board Op………………………………………………………………………………..………………Ben Ruigomez