Meet the Cast

Tom Brooks (Man on the Screen) began acting at the Village
Hall in 1958, playing the lead in the musical Naughty Naught, opposite
Mary Welby (Mimi) Day. He returned as Big Julie in the AVP production
of Guys and Dolls, and is pleased to join his granddaughter, Evie
Tappet in this year’s production.
Greg Barletta (Rod Phillips) is excited to be performing in
his first AVP production. Greg is from North Reading, MA and has
previously done show with Acting Out Theater Company in Lawrence
and Pentucket Players. Favorite past roles have been Jeff Douglas in
Brigadoon, Grimsby in The Little Mermaid and most recently, Gary
Lejuenne in Noises Off. This November he will be playing the Earthworm
in Acting Out’s fall production of James and the Giant Peach.
TS Burnham (Miss Dinsmore, Coconut Grove Dancer)
This is Ts’ third AVP show, appearing last as Babette in last year’s
Beauty and the Beast and as Pepper in 2010’s Annie. Favorite roles
include Babe Williams in The Pajama Game (Bishop Fenwick HS),
Ursula in The Little Mermaid (O’Maley Drama Club), and Snoopy in
A Charlie Brown Christmas (BFHS). Ts is a member of the National
Youth Choir and has performed at Carnegie Hall. She is an Assistant
Director for the O’Maley Academy Drama Club year-round and
summer programs. Professional credits include Most Happy Fella and
Carnival at Gloucester Stage Company. Ts is entering her Senior year
at Bishop Fenwick High School and would like to thank everyone at
AVP for a great show!
Jackie Daley (Dance Teacher, Follies Woman, Stagehand
Singer) is excited to join the Annisquam Village Players cast
as a new resident of Cape Ann. She moved here this spring from
the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Saba where she directed, choreographed,
and played Ursula in a children’s production of The Little Mermaid.
Jackie has performed improvised comedy in and around Boston
and especially loves performing improvised musicals. Her interest
in acting began with her very first paid job as a Flying Witch in a
haunted hayride.
Asha Egmont (Mary Margaret, Follies Woman, Stagehand
Singer) is beyond thrilled to be making her AnnisquamVillage
Players debut! She has been acting since she was five, and ten years
later still continues to have a passion for it. An upcoming sophomore,
she currently plays trombone in the Gloucester High Schools Jazz band
the Docksiders, dances with Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance
Ensemble, and enjoyed performing most recently in GHS’s production
Seussical the Musical as one of the Bird Girls! She is excited to share
the stage with Emily Frick, who is one of her best friends.
Michael English (The Policeman) lives in Gloucester and has
been in several AVP performances over the past years and is excited to
be involved with such a wonderful cast. Break a Leg everyone.
Mary Flaherty (Follies Woman) Mary’s past roles with AVP
include Benny the Greek in Guys and Dolls, Sister in Damn Yankees, and
the Aristocratic Lady in Beauty and the Beast. She is delighted to rejoin
the Players and looks forward to being even more involved now that
she’s a full-time resident of the Village.
Kryn Fortune (Dance Class Kid) is 10-years-old and will be
entering 5th grade in the fall. This is her third show with the AVP. She
also appeared in Peter Pan and Camelot, along with her sister and brother
(who is an alien). Kryn has been dancing since she was three, and
loves to read, play piano, swim, sail, and ski. She is excited to be in this
show with her friends, Zoe and Ella, and her mother.
Victoria Fortune (Lina Lamont) is excited to be back for her
7th production with AVP (and her 2nd with her daughter, Kryn). Some
of her favorite roles have been Lily St. Regis in Annie, Annie Oakley
in Annie Get Your Gun, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Mrs. Wilkerson in
Marblehead Little Theatre’s production of Billy Elliot. She is enjoying
channeling her alter ego as the bimbo/diva/villain. She would like to
thank the cast and crew for making this such a fun experience. All the
hard work hasn’t been in vain for nothing! And she is so grateful to her
family for their love and support.
Emily Anne Frick (Olga Mara, Follies Women, Stagehand
Singer) is about to enter her second high school and has
participated in numerous AVP productions including Annie, Annie Get
Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, Camelot along with every school production
since pre-school including having a lead role in Lion King as Rafiki! Last
year she appeared as one of the Silly Girls in Beauty and the Beast. Most
recently she was in Gloucester High School’s production of Seussical.
This year she is most excited to share the AVP stage with her best
friend Asha Egmont.
Jim Frick (Sound Engineer) is exited to be joining his daughter
Emily, an AVP veteran, in his debut. He is happy to join the rain team
challenge to make it rain for every show. The Frick’s live in Lanesville
and enjoy the ocean and skiing especially in Vermont.
Ben Fuller (Don Lockwood) has been involved with AVP for
four years now. With roles such as a lovable Pirate, a Knight
and a Prince. He is honored to be in this rendition of Singin’
in the Rain as Don and admits he never learned tap until this show.
Ben is often involved in many forms of choir and theatre at Rockport
High, which he is soon heading to as a Senior this fall.
Jonhn Hentschel (Bartender)
Paul Hurst (Garpard De La Nuit) was enticed to join (aka conscripted!)
by Terry and Pete for AVP’s production of Fiddler On The Roof
in 2007 when daughter Gillian and son Quenton first joined the cast.
They, along with youngest daughter Rhiannon and wife Karen have
been an enthusiastic part of the cast and crew ever since. Paul has
taken tremendous pleasure in the deep fun, frivolity and friendships
developed through AVP and the opportunities for music, dance and
theater for his entire family. He believes all families should have this
incredible experience! Paul enjoys supporting the reach and appeal of
AVP and its future productions. During this time he’s also been known
to be a high technology business development executive, a coach for
his children’s sport teams, an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts
and to engage in kumites.
Helen Ives (Stagehand Singer), 13, will be entering the 8th
grade in the fall. She loves art, music and theater, and this is her fourth
play with AVP. Helen also plays softball, basketball, and does the high
jump. She lives in Rockport and Brookline with her two brothers, her
parents, and her dog named Pancakes.
Robert Kent (R.F. Simpson) is pleased to be joining the Annisquam
Village Players for this 2017 production of Singin’ in the Rain.
Locally, Robert has performed with the North Shore Players in productions
of It’s a Wonderful Life, Anything Goes, and Miracle on 34th Street:
The Musical. Before, Robert performed in numerous Off-Off Broadway
productions, and in regional shows in Virginia and Atlanta. He
dedicates this show’s performance to Mary for her love and support.
Xander Lovelace (Young Cosmo) is a ten year old dancer
from Gloucester, MA. He has been dancing his whole life, but has been
training in many different genres for the past four years at Elite Dance
Center. Xander loves to perform on stage, and has won many awards
for his dancing. When he’s not on stage, he loves to draw and paint. This
is his first experience being in a musical, and he is loving it! He wants to
give a shout out to his brother and sisters- Camden, Annie, and Marin.
Thanks for supporting me!
Caroline Lucas (Dance Class Kid) This is Caroline’s first
appearance in an AVP production. She loves musicals and particularly
loves being in the audience for any live performance. Caroline also
loves to run, swim and play softball. Caroline lives in downtown Rockport
and is often found playing in the neighborhood with her friends.
Aedan Lampert McCarthy (Charlie Chaplin, Villain, 1st
Assistant Director, Stagehand Singer) has been involved in
AVP for the past eight years, and returns once again to the stage in Singin’
in the Rain. He has appeared on stage in AVP’s productions of Joesph,
Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and the Beauty
in the Beast, and off-stage running the lighting board in Camelot. He
recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Astronomy
and continues his acting career off-stage by pretending to be an actual
Keith McCarthy (Dexter) has been involved with AVP in roles
both onstage and off since 2005. Onstage he has played two butlers,
four soldiers, a cowboy, an Indian, and an invisible man. Offstage, he
serves AVP making copies, collecting ads, running the website, and
reminding the directors that rehearsal is running an hour late and it’s
time to go home. In the off-season, Keith teaches English and directs
the plays and musicals at Rockport Middle School and narrates audiobooks
Liam Lampert McCarthy (Clown, Villain, 2nd Assistant
Director, Stagehand Singer) This is the seventh AVP production
Liam has taken part in, others including the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and
Camelot. Liam is currently majoring Computer Science at UMASS Amherst,
and soon will be entering his Junior Year. He would like to thank
his cat Checkmate for his inspiration.
Deborah Michel (Dora Bailey) has been involved with music,
dance and theater her entire life in one form or another. She has been
involved with the AVP for approximately 10 years whether on stage
or working as part of the production crew. Either way – it’s fun! She
feels The Annisquam Village Players is a wonderful group to be a part of
because the people you work with young and old are phenomenal and
it’s a joy to be working both on and off the stage in this year’s production
of Singin’ in the Rain.
Tom Moriarty (Male Diction Teacher) is an AVP board member
and has been involved with set construction and design since 2012
Wizard of Oz. Tom was one of Roxie’s boys in Chicago and behind the
scenes for Peter Pan. He played Sir Lionel in Camelot.Tom is thrilled to
share the stage with his eleven-year-old daughter Zoe this year.
Zoe Moriarty (Dance Class Kid) is eleven years old and lives in
Annisquam with her mom, dad and dog Lupita. This is her second year
with the AVP. Off stage she takes dance and loves cooking, boating,
swimming and art.
Cosima Mosher-Owens (Dance Class Kid) has been dancing
since she was 3 years old. She will be entering her third year of national
dance competition this year. She has performed with the Gloucester
stage company. She has studied musical theater and dance at the north
shore music theater and will perform on the main stage at the North
Shore Music Theater in Seussical! In August. Mostly, she loves to make
people smile.
Andrew Murdock (Cosmo Brown) is excited to be a part
of the Annisquam Village Players. Andrew has lived in Gloucester,
MA his entire life and just graduated from Pingree School where he
participated annually in the Winter Musical and captained the Dance
Team. In the fall, Andrew will be attending Bates College next year
where he hopes to continue to pursue theater and dance extracurricularly.
He would like to thank everyone in the show for being very
kind and welcoming.
Michael Newman (Clown, 3rd Assistant Director,
Stagehand Singer) is a 15 year old actor hailing from Rockport,
Massachusetts, where he started his acting career (of course besides
his work with Dona Lambert that first got him interested in acting) under
the direction of Keith McCarthy as Soc #3 and the Sherriff in the
middle school’s production of the Outsiders. As he got older and more
experienced, he went on to get bigger and better roles, such as George
Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Steve in Almost, Maine, and the ‘goat gargoyle’
in Beauty and the Beast. In his spare time he likes to surf on a
triceratops around the eastern coast of Japan and listen to Nickleback.
He would like to thank his fans, and of course, the dark lord Chthulu.
Olivia Newman (Coconut Grove Dancer) is 14 years old
going into 9th grade at Rockport High School. She plays the flute, piano,
ukulele and sings. Olivia has performed with Rockport Middle
School in It’s a Wonderful Life as Violet Bick, HONK the Musical, Elf the
Musical and Cinderella in Game of Tiaras. She has danced and competed
with Nadine’s Dance Center for the past 11 years. She enjoys singing,
acting, dancing, writing, drawing, playing the ukulele and playing with
her dog Budo.
Danielle Orr (Dance Class Kid) is 8 years old. This is her first
play. She enjoys singing, dancing, playing the piano, being outside and
Addie Pates (Zelda Zanders, Follies Woman) is excited to
be taking part in her second production with AVP. She had a blast last
year as the Six Eggs Lady in Beauty and the Beast. Some of her other
roles include Ted (Peter and the Starcatcher) and Rosalind (As You Like It).
Her offstage hobbies range from writing satire to struggling to come
up with activities she enjoys. Addie would like to extend a huge thank
you to her friends and family, as well as to the AVP team. Enjoy the
Morgan Reilly (Hairdresser) is a 7th grader at Rockport Middle
School. She has acted in numerous school plays including: Elf Junior and
Game of Tiaras. She has previously been in AVP’s production of Beauty
and the Beast which she enjoyed very much. When she isn’t acting she is
usually hanging with her friends, playing softball, or playing with her cats.
Katie Ringwood (Coconut Grove Dancer) After an eleven
year hiatus, Katie is thrilled to be back with AVP. During her time away
from the stage, she moved around a lot, adopted an orange cat, graduated
college, got married, and kept dancing. Past favorite shows include
Brigadoon (AVP), Fiddler on the Roof (AVP), The Music Man (AVP
& North Shore Players), and Sweet Charity (Colonial Chorus Players).
Katie would like to thank her very supportive friends and family. Special
shout out to Tim, who puts up with a lot, and Rollie, who is very fat
(IG: @rollie_the_coaster).
Eva-Maria Rudler (Coconut Grove Girl) has been participating
with AVP for the past seven years. She was recently seen in last
year’s performance of Beauty and the Beast as a silly girl. She plans on
attending Saint Anselm college this fall, double majoring in Forensic Science
and Computer Science. In her spare time she dances at Rockport
Dance Academy. She would like to thank Baby for supporting her this
Evy Stewart (Wardrobe Mistress) lives in the village of
Annisquam where she has her pottery studio. This is the thirteenth
season with AVP. It would hardly feel like summer without being part
of the cast and crew and balancing on our prize winning float in the
Horribles Parade.
Evelyn Marie Taplett (Dance Class Kid) is thrilled to join the
AVP for her first summer play. Onstage she has played an angel in the
Annisquam Village Pageant and enjoys singing and dancing.
Emily Whalen (Kathy Seldon) is thrilled to be appearing again
on the AVP stage for her second year. A recent graduate of Pingree
School, she will be attending Emerson College next year as a BFA
Theater and Performance major. Emily has been acting and singing
throughout high school, and was a student at Hamilton-Wenham
School of Dance for 15 years. She was most recently seen onstage as
Campbell Davis in Bring It On, Lilith (and Evil Gabbi) in She Kills Monsters,
and as a Featured Dancer in last year’s production of Beauty and
the Beast. She would like to thank the fantastic cast for a wonderful
rehearsal process, as well as all of her teachers, friends and family.
Bethany Willcox (Lady-in-Waiting, Cosmo’s Girl Friend,
Stagehand Singer) is delighted to be joining AVP for the second
time after playing a knife in last year’s Beauty and the Beast. She was
more recently seen as Balthasar in Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe’s
production of Romeo and Juliet. When not on stage, Bethany enjoys
reading, gardening, and dancing everywhere.
Dashiell Wilson (Dance Class Kid) is 6 years old and going to
be a first grader at Essex Elementary School. His loves swimming, boating,
soccer and playing with his dog. He is excited to finally be on the
AVP stage after watching his brother for years.
Fletcher Wilson (Young Don Lockwood) is 9 years old and
going into the fourth grade. This is his fifth play with The AVP! He has
also been in The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Camelot and Beauty and the
Beast. His interests include fishing, sailing, soccer, art, cooking and outer
Kristen Wilson (Burlesque Dancer) was voted “AVP hanger
on who has to get on stage next year” by last year’s Beauty and the
Beast cast. She couldn’t resist the chance to get on the stage with her
sons and scar them for life!
Stars Behind the Scenes
Art Adamson (Orchestra – Trumpet)
Hanna Anderson (Costume Designer)
Heike Boettcher (Stage Manager) has been an AVP mama
for many years now. Over the years she has been involved behind
the scenes and helped out in various ways. Last year she joined the
stage with her children, Eva-Maria and Levin. AVP has become a family
affair. Heike’s background involves theater and singing in Germany and
teaching preschool and kindergarten.
Mary Curtis (Co-director)
Jenn Fuller (Orchestra – Flute)
Marcia Groom (Music Director/Keyboard) Marcia is delighted
to be returning to the AVP family as Music Director for her 3rd
season. She moved to Boston from North Carolina to attend graduate
school at the New England Conservatory after earning her BS in Music
Education from Elon. Marcia has been active in all aspects of theater
since childhood working both onstage acting as well as behind the
scenes directing, stage managing and designing sets and lights. From
North Carolina to Maine, her experience ranges from community and
children’s productions to summer stock and regional theaters. Marcia
is currently the Music Director for the main stage productions with
the North Shore Players and is on the faculty of the Boston University
Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI). Some of her other music directing
credits include Turtle Lane Summer Theatre Workshop, Georgetown
Royals Stage Ensemble, The Yellow School Center for the Arts, Moonlight
Productions, and Emerson Stage. She also maintains a private studio
in the Boston metro area and serves as the service musician for
Newbury Court in Concord. Other musical and theatrical studies include
Greensboro College, UNC- Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro and
the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Kathryn (Chicki) Hollett (Set Designer)
Kristina Martin (Choral Director) has collaborated with
the AVP as performer or choral director since 2003. She teaches in
the music department at the Waring School in Beverly, has taught in
K-12 at the Rockport Public Schools, conducts the Youth Choir at the
Rockport Congregational Church and directs the women’s acapella
ensemble, ‘Leven. Having performed with various companies including
the North Shore Music Theater, Washington Opera, Kansas City
Opera, and taught performers from toddlers to adults, mixed with a
gratifying repertoire of backyard productions with husband Gene, and
three now grown daughters, she is ever intrigued by the process of
crafting a compelling performance with singer/actors of any age and
Seania McCarthy (Production Manager, Coconut Grove
Christina Newman (Orchestra – Violin) Christina is very excited
to be playing in the orchestra with both kids Olivia (14) and
Michael (15) on stage. She has played in past years in Sound of Music,
Little Mermaid and Young Frankenstein with the schools and with AVP
in Camelot and Beauty and the Beast. She works in lactation and social
work at Salem hospital.
Levin Rudler (Lighting Technician)
Alexander (Terry) H. Sands III (Co-Director)
Charlie Vaughn (Orchestra – Drums)
Donna “Deej” Viau (Choreographer) is full of gratitude to
be in her ninth year as Choreographer for the AVP. Terry and Mary,
every cast and crew have been wonderful to work with. Donna holds
her BFA in Dance, was a professional dancer performing in Boston
and throughout New England for many years. Donna was also a certified
fitness instructor for twelve years. Donna was the founder and
artistic director of her own non profit Company DANCEVISIONS
where she donated all proceeds to charities and individuals in need.
She has taught her Dance, Theater and Fitness Programs in both Public
and Private Schools doing enrichment and grant programs throughout
Massachusetts. She has written and choreographed school plays,
worked with developmentally and physically challenged students and
has had a teaching career going on 30 years. As of June 30, 2017 Donna
became the new owner and director of The Hamilton Wenham School
of Dance where she has taught Jazz, Ballet, Creative Dance and Power
Fitness for 18 years. Donna has resided in Gloucester for 22 years
with her artist husband Bob of StudioVO and their two sons Greer
and Dylan.