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Manning Dandridge (Director, Arvide). Manning’s previous onstage appearances for RFCT include Gypsy, Catch Me If You Can, 42nd Street, That’s Entertainment, Godspell, and two revues which he also wrote and directed—Mars & Venus and Hooray for Hollywood.  He also serves on the RFCT Board. At nearby NFCT, Manning has directed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Cabaret, which won a Broadway World award for its lead actor. Onstage, he has been in First Date, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Over the River and Through the Woods, Into the Woods, I Love You,You're Perfect,Now Change, Carousel, and two Variety Shows. Those who venture further west may have seen him in And Then There Were None at Bellport Playcrafters; Oliver, A Christmas Carol, Sunset Blvd, Annie, and Mame at CMPAC; Damn Yankees and Guys & Dolls at BroadHollow; Chess at Airport Playhouse; and as a soloist in numerous concerts. As always, he thanks his husband Tom, his “own true love this day” for the past 28 years, and his fantastic production team: assistant director and choreographer Jessica, producer Patti, music director Karen, co-costumers Linda and Tom, and set builder Rowland.

 

Patti Hautsch (Ensemble, Producer, Stage crew) is thrilled to be back on stage even if it is just for a number or two and excited to be helping her husband, Rowland, backstage for a whole new view of theater.  Thank you to Manning and Jessica for working with her crazy schedule and allowing her to tap.  Thank you to her team at BGEEO for understanding when she had to bolt at the end of the workday.  Thank you, also, Manning, for giving her  the title of Producer and then doing so much of the work yourself.   Love to Rowland, my Jessica and always, my angel Ryan.

 

Jessica Raven: Choreographer. Jessica has enjoyed being a part of this production. It’s always a challenge to take a well known, classic work and bring new and modern ideas to it. She hopes you enjoy all the fun and energetic dance numbers. Special thanks to her Hot Box girls for always motivating and encouraging her ideas. Enjoy!

 

Glenn D. Abramowitz (Hot Box Master of Ceremonies, Ensemble) is appearing in his 28th Fall production in a row with us, his first time opportunity to appear in Guys & Dolls  Formerly the RFCT president, some recent favorite roles were Pat Denning in 42nd Street and Jack Barnes, Mitch Miller and Ben Casey in Catch Me If You Can. Glenn last appeared in NFCT's productions of Oliver! and Young Frankenstein, and wishes them a speedy renovation and reopening. 

  

Linda Aydinian (General Cartwright, Costumes) is thrilled to be back on the Riverhead High School stage with some of her old and dear friends and of course all her new ones.  This is Linda's 18th show with RFCT.  In addition, she has performed in venues on both East End forks, with the North Fork Community Theater in Mattituck, Center Stage in Southampton and Springs Community Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton.  Besides singing, dancing and acting, Linda's other passion is clothes!  This is her 4th time out as costumer and she wants to thank her co costumer Tom, her costume committee and castmates for all their support.  She especially wants to thank her "guy" Steve, who she has been having an allergic reaction to for 38 years.  Achoo!

 

Barrila, Marco (Ensemble) was born and raised in Messina, Sicily,  and comes from a huge family of Italians who are all so different. He loves that there are so many personalities around him. Maybe that is where he get his big character from.  His parents introduced him to the performing arts at an early age watching them tour Sicily performing as acrobatic rock and roll dancers. They would take him on the road where he  would act, dance and sing in the background around them. As an adolescent, he had a band and loved music. He learned the Italian opera songs from his mother who would sing in the kitchen while he wrote music for the band. Being dually creative, this also fueled my passion for cooking. His gift of cooking took him down a different path. At age 24, he moved to NYC and began working in high profile restaurants. From here, he used my acting skills to perform on radio and TV cooking shows. His talents have allowed him a successful career with his own catering company and restaurants.  Marco’s love of cooking has kept him connected to his roots as he shares his  heritage with clients and friends. In his off-season,  he pursues his passion for acting debuting last season in Southampton’s Center Stage production of Beauty of the Beast as the narrator and other character roles. Marco is  very happy to continue bringing laughter and smiles East End’s arts community

 

Heather Cusack (ensemble) lives in Cutchogue and has been singing and dancing for many years.  (Thanks, Mom) She has been in RFCT shows Annie, Music Man, Godspell and 42nd Street.  She has also been in NFCT shows My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Anything Goes, Carousal, Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Enjoy the show.

 

Tom Del Prete (Joey, Ensemble, Co-Costumer, & Props) Tom is happy to be back at RFCT, where he has appeared onstage in Mars and Venus, Gypsy (Pop, Mr. Goldstone), 42nd Street (Oscar) and Hooray for Hollywood. Behind the scenes, he has helped with props (Godspell), costumes (Gypsy and 42nd Street) and publicity (Catch Me If You Can). He has also worked at NFCT, appearing in Cabaret as the dancing gorilla, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the 2014 Variety Show, and their Costume Revue. Backstage at NFCT, he has worked on props (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Cabaret, First Date and Over the River and Through the Woods) and costumes (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Into the Woods). Special shout out to Linda Aydinian, his costuming partner for this show, and his husband Manning, who encouraged him to venture out onstage from behind the scenes. 

Jennifer Eager (mission, ensemble) is happy to be back performing with RFCT in  one of her favorite musicals, Guys & Dolls. She was seen in RFCT’s spring revue, Mars vs. Venus, and last year played Electra and Miss Cratchitt in Gypsy.  Thank you for supporting live theater, and thanks to Matt, Julia, Ben & Emma for putting up with (yet) more rehearsals.

Rich Gardini (Big Jule) is happy to be making his debut with the RFCT under the direction of the legendary Manning Dandridge and with this spectacular cast. Rich was last seen as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing.  Other theater credits include Puck  in Midsummer Nights Dream, Dromeo  in Comedy of Errors,  Costard in Loves Labors Lost and Luther Billis in South Pacific. " Isn't this the best day ever "

 

 Joseph Hailey (Nicely Nicely Johnson) is a young but experienced musician and actor. Joseph has performed in various scholastic, community and faculty theaters in New York and Pennsylvania. The son of both a director and music teacher, Joseph has been on stage for as long as he can remember and is always exited to be a part of a new performance. Joseph attended music programs at York College of Pennsylvania and Crane School of Music, currently however, Joseph is attending SUNY Stony Brook for philosophy and history in hopes of taking the LSAT and attending law school. Joseph is ecstatic to be on stage again and to become a member of the RFCT family."

 Joseph Hailey (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) is excited to be playing this roll again with the RFCT.  Being that this is his first show with RFCT, Joseph is a little shy about his previous theater performances.  However, he would like to thank the entire production crew for all their hard work.   He hopes you enjoy the show.

                                                        

Michael Hipp (Nathan Detroit) Mike is delighted to be back on the RFCT stage. You will (hopefully) remember him as, among others, Finch in How to Succeed …, Joseph in Joseph … and Lt. Cable in South Pacific. Other favorite roles include Fagin in Oliver!, Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Frederick in Young Frankenstein.  Mike is thrilled to be performing in one of his favorite shows and suspects that his version of Nathan Detroit will have a secret crush on Sarah Brown.

 

Karen Hochsteider (Music Director/Conductor) is excited to be a part of RFCT’s fall production of Guys and Dolls with such beautiful people. This is her 5th show with RFCT as she played keys in the pit band for the Youth Productions, Bring It On and Legally Blonde and music director for Gypsy and Catch Me if You Can.  Her other MD credits include NFCT’s Oliver, Next to Normal, Thoroughly Modern Millie, First Date, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel and Seussical (on keys); Bridgehampton HS’s Seussical, Bring It ON, Little Shop of Horrors, Spelling Bee, and Snoopy; East End Youth Arts Initiative’s Best of Broadway Revue, EHHS Billy Elliot, In the Heights and Rent; SHMS’s The Little Mermaid, Shrek, Fame, 13, High School Musical and Grease; Southampton Cultural Center’s The Fantasticks, The World Goes ‘Round; Best Little Whorehouse; and Working.  Karen spends most of her theater time teaching music and performing the pit orchestra, however she has acting and directing credits as well.  Many of her earlier years were spent raising 6 children together with her husband (who is her rock star) She gives thanks to God for the gift of music and the opportunity to work with people of all ages and skill levels. It’s a beautiful life. Thank you for supporting the arts. Enjoy the show.

 

 April Keough (Miss Adelaide) is thrilled to back on the stage with Guys and Dolls.  Her performing credits include roles such as Sr. Robert Ann in Nunsense and the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.  She also performs numerous crazy characters for interactive comedy shows with her company Now Thatz Funny! Entertainment, performs improv comedy with See Saw Comedy, The Comedy Assassins, and occasionally performs stand up comedy as well.  She is grateful to share the stage with such talented guys and dolls, and apologizes in advance for her annoying voice! 

 

Bill Kitzerow (Harry the Horsewants to thank everyone for attending and hopes you will enjoy our performance. There’s a ton of work that goes into putting on a show and the volunteers who work behind the scenes are the reason we can actually bring this musical to life. So consider volunteering at your local community theaters and even audition for some roles. It’s a ton of fun and it’s a way to bring a smile to peoples faces. Other credits include: Stanley in Street Car Named DesireManningham in Angel StreetDeputy Bard in Desperate HoursTrotter along with Mr Paravicini in MousetrapJigger in Carousel, Pharaoh in JosephCharlie in On Golden Pond, the Kralahome in The King and I, and Mel in Prisoner of 2nd Avenue

 

 Tom LaMothe (Sky Masterson). An extremely late bloomer, Tom first dared venture onto a stage in 2003 as Sir Lancelot in that year’s RFCT production of Camelot. That debut was magical enough for him, but in the years that followed he was further blessed with the opportunity to play a number of other wonderful and satisfying roles, including Benedick, Mercutio, Petruchio, ‘Professor’ Harold Hill, Banquo, Col. Vershinin, Malvolio, and, most recently, Don Pedro of Aragon.  But Tom’s absolute, all-time dream role-- in a show that he has loved since he was a young teenager-- was always this one. As the years passed he came to accept that it would surely never happen, and yet, to his continued amazement, here we are!  His sincere hope is that this realization of his lifelong dream will in turn be a gracious gift of entertainment to you, the audience. Tom’s performances here are lovingly dedicated to the blessed memory of his biggest fan and toughest critic: his mother, the late Margaret Ann Tallon.  For as thrilled as he is to be doing this at last, she would have been even more thrilled to see it happen. 

  

Alek Lewis (Ensemble): Alek is excited to be apart of his 2nd Rfct production after last seasons Gypsy. Other theatre credits include Riverhead High schools Hairspray (Edna Turnblad) and NFCT’s Youth on stage Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ensemble). Enjoy the show!

 

Katrina Lovett (Hot Box Girl) is excited to be back on stage with RFCT with old friends and new. Recent local credits include roles in Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Cabaret, Catch Me if You Can, Carousel, The Nutcracker, The Boyfriend, and several variety, dance, and revue shows. When not working in marketing, she enjoys modeling, makeup, and cosplay work, and has lent a creative hand in costuming and design to several local productions. She would like to thank all of the wonderful cast and crew for keeping the theater fun and exciting, and her husband John for his love and support

 

Peter Peterson(Benny Southstreet) is excited to be back with the RFCT. Previous performances include Catch Me if You Can, and Hello Dolly. He was also recently in the NFCT's production of Young Frankenstein and Next to Normal. He thanks his family for their continued support. Enjoy the show.

 

Wendy Peterson (Hot Box Girl)  is performing for the first time  with RFCT. Past shows that she has been involved in include The Wedding Singer and Kiss Me, Kate at the North Fork Community Theatre, as well as many musical productions with the Greenport High School Drama Club. She is excited to partake in this year’s production of Guys and Dolls and hopes you enjoy the show.

 

Patrick Pollak (Ensemble) is performing in his  first musical but he has been singing throughout his life. He sung in concert choirs, jazz choir, a capella groups, R&B bands and most recently the UC Santa Cruz University Choir.

 

Kimet Speed (Sarah Brown)Kimet is happy to be back on the RFCT stage with many familiar and several new faces.  She is happy to be playing the role of Sarah after playing Adelaide 22 years ago.  Kimet has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, though by day she works for Cook Maran in the insurance industry.  She has performed at the North Fork Community Theatre, Southampton Cultural Center and the Star Playhouse in recent years.  Many thanks to Manning and Karen.  She loves working with you both. Kimet was lucky enough to get Mike Hipp (Nathan Detroit) to the altar 20 years ago.  Hugs and kisses to their boys for hanging out at all of those rehearsals. Xo

  

Alan Stewart(Lt. Brannigan)  is a local actor and writer here in Southold.  He has appeared as an actor in such productions as NFCT's  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the Northeast Stage productions of  Henry the 5th" and Midsummer's Night Dream.   Recently, he has been trying his hand at playwriting.  He has two plays done now with John and Abigail Adams - A Love Story  and Ben and Wil

  

Edna Torres-Rios(Ensemble) is making her theatrical debut with RFCT.  Edna is the proud mother of student actor Jason Rios, recently Twig in  Bring it On and Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown with RFCT's and NFCT's productions respectively, and two very musical Riverhead graduates John Rios and James Rios. She has formerly assisted the NFCT by running the concession stand and ushering. Edna is excited to be part of this hard working, talented group. She has enjoyed watching this show production come together and hopes that everyone enjoys the show! :)

 

JOHNNY RIOS (Ensemble) is enthused to make his acting debut with RFCT. Although this is his first time on stage, Johnny is not new to the theater scene. Having volunteered to help out every chance he got, this time around he volunteered to show off his talents. Inspired by his son Jason, he finally took to the stage with the mindset that you’re never too old to start something new. Johnny would like to thank the cast and crew, and hopes the audience enjoys the show!

 

 Matthew J. Ritter (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the stage with RFCT. He performed in RFCT’s South Pacific (2000) and Camelot (2003). After a very long hiatus, he was bitten by the theatre bug again in 2016, when he played Don Pedro in Northeast Stage’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. He loves Guys and Dolls and watches it at least three times a year, and is excited to be a part of this production. When not on stage, he is a North Fork home improvement contractor.  

  

Amanda Summers (Hot Box Girl) is delighted to finally be singing and dancing with the World Famous Adelaide and the Hot Box Girls.  Her dreams of learning to tap and sing about all the gifts she’s ever received from men has come true (She is one lucky lady!)!  When not prancing around, Amanda can be found decorating sugar cookies, playing Settlers of Catan or collecting beach glass.  Her next goals include learning to sail a boat (no sitting down) and accomplishing her lifelong dream of being a beach bum.  Amanda would like to thank her loving husband and all their pals.  Goodbye now!

 

 Kristen Teuber (Hot Box Girl)  has returned to the theatrical stage after a 19 year hiatus at the request of a friend.  She would like to thank her family and close friends that have become family, for always allowing her to stand up, rock the boat, and follow her heart. Kristen has more than 25 years of experience as a singer and dancer of all styles. However, you are more likely to find her following her passion in the classroom and teaching her amazing students! Don’t ever be afraid to stand up and rock that boat!

 

Haley Unger (Hot Box Girl) is performing her third show with RFCT and she couldn’t be more excited to return to the stage with them after six years! Her very first community theatre production was RFCT’s  Hello Dolly!, and funny enough she’s sharing the stage with some of the same cast members from that show. This show has really made her realize how far she’s come since then. She’d like to thank her cast mates (both new and returning,) her boyfriend John, and her adoring fans for always supporting her.  

 

  Skylar Wowak (Hot Box Girl) has been performing with the RFCT for about three years. In the past, she has played Rosalie in School of Rock and Dainty June in Gypsy. She has also performed for numerous NFCT and Blue Masque productions. She is excited to be a part of another wonderful musical and hopes you enjoy the show.