International Thespian Society Troupe 213 Presents
Flowers for Algernon By: DAVID ROGERS Based upon the novel by: DANIEL KEYES Produced & Directed by
Tom Weaver Co-Director
Sandi Makofsky Lighting Design
Hair & Make-up Design
Box Office Manager
Showcase/ Program Photographer
& Pat Schantz
Hair /Make-up Assistants Debra Faye Kim Konefsky Flowers For Algernon is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois Video taping of this play is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all cell phones and pagers. Flash attachments to cameras are strictly prohibited in consideration of the actorâ€™s safety. Your cooperation is appreciated.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Terezin Promise
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“What could be the matter with noodle pudding?”
Give and Take
Flowers for Algernon
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR REBECCA PADERSKY AND THE ENTIRE CAST & CREW OF “FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON”
CONGRATULATIONS Drew DuBoff (A.K.A. Mr. Harvey): Another opening, Another show. With each Role, you grow and grow! Love you, Mom-Mom Thank you to everybody on paint crew. The set looks great! Hallie-Congratulations to our super senior for another great show! You continue to make us so proud, Love, Mom and Dad Hallie- We couldn’t be prouder-Amabimus Semper G and G Logan, Luv Ya! Bubbe So proud of my little brother, Mazel tov! Love you Logan! Congratulations to Zack Mindel on a great set & fantastic show.
Acknowledgements The director would like to thank, The Board of Education, Central Administration, Dr. Lawyer Chapman, Mr. Bob Hulme, Mrs. Betsi McLeester, Mr. Bernie O‟Connor, Dr. John Burns, Mr. C.J. Davis, Mrs. Marsha Pecker, and staff for supporting the Performing Arts, the Maintenance staff: Joe Sutton, John Doyle, Anthony Lindor, the A/V Department: Mrs. Louise Head. Secreteries, Mrs. Cecilia Eilola, Jane Abo, Johanna Scott. Special thanks to Kennedy Hospital and Ms. Goldstein for arranging the donation of the hospital bed. The director is personally grateful to all the parents who were gracious enough to help in so many ways. They have assisted in costumers, props, cooking meals for the cast and crew dinner, giving dozens of rides to their kids and their friends, and so on, and so on. A heartfelt thanks to the talented Production Staff, who have shown so much patience in teaching over 130 student actors and technicians the “Art” of good theatre. In addition, thank you to Peter Gambino for his work on our playbill. A very special thank you to Lisa Simon and Simon Relations Group for so much of our advertising, Dawn Zaleski and the Theatre Boosters for dinners , refreshments, flowers, souvenir sales, and box office. PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS: When and wherever you shop, please consider these local merchants first. Their support of our young people made these programs possible.
Cast of Characters Red Cast
Ryan Berlin Sarah Kahn Brandon Weinberg Sarah Sosland Max Yankowitz
Charlie Dr. Strauss Prof. Nemur Alice Burt
Alyson Nothnagel Max Hoffman
Patricia Irwin Nicholas Heinze Elisabeth Siegel Brittany Yesner Annie Lipsett Anthony Cornatzer Brandon Adams Lily Schwartz Andrew Zaleski Richard Kirby Sarah Gagarin Allison Abiva Ben Levy Alexis Diaz Yael Kortsartz Abigail Kramer Amelia Zaleski Jackie Orlando Jon Wallace Zoe Mellenger Lior Algrably Melanie Kramer Hannah Yankowitz Bethelly Jean-Louis Ezra Nugiel
Mother Father Norma Mrs. Donner Mrs. Mooney Frank Joe Gina Teen Charlie Child Charlie Child Norma Mrs. Nemur Mr. Harvey Ellen Mrs. Feldman Bernice Connie Louise Henry Jackie Welberg Anne Welberg Chairlady Nurse Doris Peter
Alexandra Maresh Avi Natan Amanda Lewis Molly Apple Patricia Irwin Jack Tremper Josh Murtha Sarah Vetesi Justin Accardi Eric Zavadsky Katie Aylesworth Rachel Vetesi Drew DuBoff Chole Goldstein Rachel Odland Dana Gordon Alexis Rebock Kat Konefsky Richard Kirby Leon Pintel Natalie Chadwell Sara Wolfgang Gabby Hummel Jane Sul Yoav Varadi
Evan Brody Marissa Adler Dillon Rebock
Nemurâ€™s Party Guests/Concert Goers: Cedric Middleton Alyssa Luma Aaron Abrams Jamie Ackerman Stephen Hoffman Rachel Ackerman Emma Silverstone Ezra Nugiel/Yoav Varadi Marina Ceneviva Jon Wallace Danya Trommer
Frankâ€™s Party Guests: Alyssa Luma and Cedric Middleton
Drew DuBoff/Ben Levy Spencer Lincoln Alexis Diaz/Chloe Goldstein Yael Kortsarz/Rachel Odland Abigail Kramer/Dana Gordon Jackie Orlando/Kat Konefsky Amelia Zaleski/Alexis Rebock Melanie Kramer/Sara Wolfgang Hannah Yankowitz/Gabby Hummel Bethelly Jean-Louis/Jane Sul
Student Production Staff Stage Manager…………………...…………………………………….....Zachary Hamm Assistant Stage Manager……………………………………….Jae Stephanie Burton Student Technical Directors………Andrew Shapiro, Lydia Huber, Logan Lassin Scenic Artist…………………….……………………………………………Hallie Wilmes Assistant Technical Directors…………………….Zach Mindel, Rebecca Padersky Costume Seamstresses……..……….Monica Handley, Katie Carlson, Alexis Diaz Master Electrician……………………………..…………….……………...Ariel Sabatini Sound Engineers……………...……………………………...Rafi Brinn, Logan Lassin Music and Underscoring Directors……………………...Marissa Adler, Sarah Khan Master Carpenters………………...………………….Evan Brody, Jake Tennenbaum Prop Masters……..……...Matthew Buchberg, Andrew Zaleski, Jacob deBlecourt Assistant Scenic Artists……….……...………………...Nicole Rosselli, Matt Propp Paint Charges……....Alison Mautner, Hannah Sawn, Laura Vitale, Sam Goodwin, & Supriya Srinivas Company Managers…..……..………...Dana Gordon, Molly Apple, Amanda Lewis Showcase Designers……………………………..Sara Wolfgang, Natalie Chadwell Showcase Assistants……………………..Samantha Mautner, Hannah Yankowitz, Assistant Master Carpenters……..……………………...Peter Lewis, Tyler Hanover Electricians…….…Richard Cliver, Tess Holtzman, Jon Leonetti, Matt Fontanilla, Jonathan Trauger Projectionist………………….…………………………...…Sam Kaufman, Matt Propp Playbill Assistant………………………..…………………………………..Drew DuBoff Student Film Editors…………Sarah Sosland, Samuel Kaufman, Nicholas Heinze General Crew………………….……………..Anthony Cornatzer, Gabby Goldman, Jeff Haaz, Keenan McElwee, Madison McDevitt, Danny Naddeo, Alex Manofu, Ethan Arcaroli, Jardin Cassell, Ryan Benson, Yael Kortsarz, Hannah Yankowitz, Hunter Berkowitz, Sara Wolfgang, Natalie Chadwell, Colin Myers, Brianna Dumont, Michelle Freilick, Aaron Young, Matt Oberstaedt, Dahyo Coleman, Naomi Burton, Samantha Mautner, Lauren Hollowniczky, Jonah Cohn, Joey Roberts, Chris Nothnagel, Emma Thurman, Emma Myer, Ruby Goldstein, Allison Shapiro, Sam Kaufman, Melanie Raush, Zachary King, Lillian Allen, Maegan Griffith
Time & Acts Time: A few years ago, a few years from now Place: New York City
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST Evan Brody (Charlie Gordon- White, Master Carpenter) A senior. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Mr. Darling), The Skin of Our Teeth (Mr. Treymayne), A Christmas Carol (Old Joe), Lab Theatre '10, '11 and '13 (Director), One Acts '12 and '13 (Director), East Film Festival '11, '12 and '13 (Best Actor). Stagedoor Manor: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate – Best Major Supporting Actor), How To Succeed (J.B. Biggley). He is a member of East Singers, Stage Crew, Mime Company, and Thespian Society. Ryan Berlin (Charlie Gordon- Red) A senior. Ryan is so honored to have the opportunity to portray such an incredible role in a play as powerful as Flowers For Algernon. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Smee- Best Supporting Actor of The Year), The Skin of Our Teeth (Mr. Fitzpatrick), Coffee with God (Kal), A Christmas Carol, (Fred), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Jem). Ryan has also directed in both Lab Theatre and the One Act Play Festival. He dedicates this performance to his Bubby. Marissa Adler (Dr. Strauss- White) A senior. Past Credits include: Lab Theater 2013 (Director), One Act Play Festival 2013 (Female Narrator), Lab Theater 2012 (Assistant Director), Peter Pan (Lion), The Skin of Our Teeth (Hester), One Act Play Festival 2012, (Erin), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy's Dancer), Mrs. Silver (A Christmas Carol), Camp Rock the Musical (Mitchie), and more. She is also a member of East Singers and Thespian Society. She wants to thank her whole family for all their love! Sarah Kahn (Dr. Strauss- Red) A senior. Past Credits include: Lab Theatre „13 (Trapped- Director), Into The Woods (Giant), One Acts „13 (High School ReunionStage Manager), Peter Pan (Jane), and The Skin Of Our Teeth (Gladys). She is an Officer of Belles of East, a member of Chansons, East Singers, All State Mixed Chorus, and ACDA Eastern Honor Choir. She would like to congratulate her fellow seniors on their final fall show! Dillon Rebock (Professor Nemur- White) A senior. Dillon is excited to be performing in his fifth Mainstage at East. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Captain Hook). Dillon is also a member of Casual Harmony and East Singers. Dillon dedicates this performance to his family who supports him in all of his endeavors. Brandon Weinberg (Professor Nemur- Red) A senior. Brandon has enjoyed his 4 years in the theatre department immensely. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Captain Hook– Best Actor of the Year), and CHE One Acts (Narrator #2 in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon- Best Actor), The Skin of Our Teeth (George Antrobus), A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge), and Jem Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird). Brandon has also directed in Lab Theatre, and is the Head of Publicity for the Thespian Society Alyson Nothnagel (Alice- White) A senior. She has participated in every Mainstage at East since her freshman year. Past Credits include: The Skin of our Teeth (Announcer), Peter Pan (Nana/Indian), It’s Not You, It’s Me (Ashley/ Jenny), and Party of Three (Director). She is also one of this year‟s mime company managers. She thanks her family and cast members for all their love and support. Sarah Sosland (Alice- Red) A senior. She is so grateful to be performing in her fourth and final fall play at Cherry Hill East. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Peter Pan), The Skin of Our Teeth (Fortune Teller), Singin' in the Rain (Miss Dinsmore/ Featured Dancer), and A Christmas Carol (Fred's Wife's Sister). Sarah also participates in East Singers and Belles of East. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST Max Hoffman (Burt- White) A senior. Max is so excited to dive into this year‟s remarkable shows. Past Credits include: It’s Not You, It’s Me (Jack), Peter Pan (John), The Skin of Our Teeth (Henry), Boy Meets Girl (Sam- Newtown Theatre Festival Best Actor 2012), A Christmas Carol (Peter), Check, Please (Todd- One Act Best Play 2011), Time In/Time Out (Leon), Pippin (Theo), To Kill a Mockingbird (Dill), Lab Theatre 2011 (Choices), and Lunch Date (Director). Max is honored to be a part of Thespian Society, East Singers, Madrigals (Officer), Casual Harmony, and Stay Tuned. Max Yankowitz (Burt- Red) A senior. Past Credits include: in the One Acts ‟13 (High School Reunion- Peter ), Peter Pan (John Darling), The Skin of Our Teeth (Homer), Singin’ in the Rain (Rod), and A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit). Max is thrilled to be double casted with Max Hoffman for the third time in a Mainstage. Patricia Irwin (Mother- Red, Mrs. Mooney- White) A junior. Past Credits include: Pippin (Leading Player), The Mikado (Yum-Yum), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), The Skin of our Teeth (Gladys), 2012 One-Acts Best Actress, 2013 One Acts Best Supporting Actress, Director of 2013 Lab Theatre Improve Troupe, East Singers, Belles of East, Mime Company, All State Choir, and All South Jersey Choir. Many thanks to Team Irwin and the entire East community of Scholars. Alexandra Maresh (Mother- White) A senior. Past Credits include: Letters from a Wallflower (Friend- Best Actress at Bucks County), Peter Pan (Wendy Darling), The Skin of Our Teeth (Sabina), Charming Princes (Cinderella), Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Future), Check, Please! (Melanie), Pippin (Fastrada), To Kill a Mockingbird (Mayella), and Best Supporting Actress of the Year („11, „12, ‟13). She has participated in American Music Abroad: Voices Tour (Europe: Summer „12), All State Women‟s Choir ‟12-‟13 and is the Thespian Society President. Avi Natan (Father- White) A sophomore. Past Credits include: Lab Theatre „13 (Trapped and Tollbooth), One Acts „13 (A Cold Day in Hell ), Peter Pan (Jukes), The Skin of Our Teeth (Ensemble), and Lab Theatre ‟12. He is very excited to be in his 3rd Mainstage at East. Nicholas Heinze (Father- Red) A senior. Nick has loved his time here at East and it saddens him that this will be his last Fall Play. He is excited to be playing opposite Patty Irwin as the mother and loved making a great team with her. Nick enjoys being in the theatre program. In his free time he enjoys taking long walks on the beach, watching the sun set, and playing practical jokes on Sarah Sosland with Mr. Gambino! Amanda Lewis (Norma- White, Company Manager) A senior. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production! Past Credits include: Lab Theatre „13 (Director- Coaster of Doom), Lab Theatre „12 (Assistant Stage Manager), and One Acts 2013 (It’s Not You, It’s Me– Tori). She has been in every Mainstage since freshman year and is also a proud member of Thespian Society, East Singers, and the Mime Company. Katie Aylesworth (Child Norma- White) A sophomore. Katie is very excited to be performing in her first Fall Play! Past Credits include: Whimsy (Improv Troupe), Into the Woods (Bird), School House Rock, Live! Jr. (Dina), and Peter Pan (Twin #2). Break a leg to the entire cast and crew!
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST Elisabeth Siegel (Norma- Red) A senior. Past Credits include: Peter Pan, The Skin of Our Teeth, Singin’ in the Rain, A Christmas Carol, Pippin, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Sound of Music. She is a member of the 2013 All-State Mixed Chorus and the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Honors Choir. Elisabeth is also an Officer of the Belles of East, the Secretary of Thespian Society, and a member of East Singers and Chansons. Molly Apple (Mrs. Donner- White, Company Manager) A senior. Molly is extremely excited to be a part of Flowers for Algernon as her last fall show. Past Credits include: A Theory of Little Men (Director), Crushed, Peter Pan (Indian), The Skin of our Teeth (Fitzpatrick), Family Album (Stage Manager), A Christmas Carol, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Molly is also a proud member of the Mime Company, Thespian Society, Chansons, East Singers, and Madrigals. She would like to thank her family for all their love and support over the past four years. Brittany Yesner (Mrs. Donner- Red) A junior. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), The Skin Of Our Teeth, 42nd Street, and Hairspray. Brittany studies with Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC. She is a member of The Mime Company, Madrigals, and East Singers, and reads the daily announcements. She would like to thank her parents for their support. Annie Lipsett (Mrs. Mooney- Red) A freshman. Annie is ecstatic to be in her first Mainstage at East. Past Credits include: Lab Theatre „13 (Film Troupe), Fame (Acting Student) and Once on This Island (Storyteller #4). Annie would like to thank her family and fellow cast members for all their encouragement. Jack Tremper (Frank- White) A sophomore. Jack is beyond excited to be performing in his third Mainstage at East. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Cecco), The Skin of Our Teeth (TV Anchor), Lab Theatre ‟12 & ‟13, and Fiddler on the Roof. Jack is also a member of Casual Harmony, East Singers, and Madrigals. Anthony Cornatzer (Frank- Red) A junior. Anthony is thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary production. Past Credits include: Whimsy (Stage Manager, Grip Crew), Into the Woods (Cinderella's Father/Fake Cow), Letters From a Wallflower (Bill/Bob- Outstanding Featured Actor at Bucks County), and Peter Pan (Cecco, Assistant Fight Captain). He is also a member of the CHE Mime Company and Vocal Workshop. Josh Murtha (Joe-White) A junior. He is a member of the Thespian Society and is thrilled to be participating in his 7th production at East. Past Credits include: Singin’ in the Rain (Rod), The Skin of Our Teeth (Fred Bailey), and High School Reunion (Jason). Josh loves being a part of the theatre family at East and looks forward to another two years. Brandon Adams (Joe- Red) A junior. He is ecstatic to be in his third Mainstage production at East. Past Credits include: The Skin of our Teeth and A Christmas Carol.
Sarah Vetesi (Gina- White) A freshman. Sarah is extremely excited to be in her first Mainstage at East! Past Credits include: Lab Theatre, Superman the Musical, Godspell, and Nifty Fifties. Sarah would like to congratulate the whole cast and crew on an amazing production!
WHOâ€™S WHO IN THE CAST Lily Schwartz (Gina- Red) A junior. Lily is ecstatic to be in her fifth Mainstage production at Cherry Hill East! Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Jane/Indian), The Brothers Grim Spectaculathon (Girl), and A Christmas Carol (Fan). Lily is also a member of the Cherry Hill East Mime Company, Chansons, and has been dancing for 13 years.
Justin Accardi (Teen Charlie- White) A freshman. Justin is thankful and excited to be a part of this production of Flowers for Algernon! Big thanks to Mr. Weaver, the stage managers, and all the cast and crew. Break a leg everyone!
Andrew Zaleski (Teen Charlie- Red) A junior. He is thrilled to be a part of his third year of the East theatre department. Past Credits include: in One Giant Leap (Dennis Mayfield) and Patrick in Letters From a Wallflower (Best One Act Play).
Eric Zavadsky (Child Charlie- White) A sophomore. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Lost Boy), The Skin of Our Teeth (Audience Participant), and Lab Theater '12 and '13. Eric is proud to be an active member of the Cherry Hill East Mime Company. He also wants to wish good luck to the cast and crew!
Richard Kirby (Child Charlie- Red, Henry- White) A junior. Richard is very excited to be in Flowers for Algernon. Past Credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel), Zombie Prom (Josh), Peter Pan (Curly), and Spamalot (Patsy).
Sarah Gagarin (Child Norma- Red) A sophomore. Sarah is ecstatic to be participating in her third Mainstage at East. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Hiccup) and The Skin of Our Teeth (Dinosaur). She would like to thank her parents for all their support and driving services and her friends for all of their love.
Rachel Vetesi (Mrs. Nemur- White) A senior. Rachel is ecstatic to be a part of Flowers for Algernon! Past Credits include: Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Singinâ€™ in the Rain, The Skin of Our Teeth and Peter Pan (Ostrich). Rachel is a proud member of East Singers, Chansons, Mime Company, Thespian Society (Historian), and Madrigals (Officer)! Rachel would like to thank her family and friends for the support and congratulate the cast and crew of Flowers for Algernon! Allison Abiva (Mrs. Nemur- Red) A junior. Allison is excited to be a part of yet another Mainstage production. Past Credits include: Letters From a Wallflower (Best Play), Peter Pan (Indian), The Skin of Our Teeth, Singin' in the Rain and A Christmas Carol. She is also a proud member of Chansons.
WHO’S WHO IN THE CREW Zachary Hamm (Stage Manager) A senior. Zachary is ecstatic to stage manage Flowers for Algernon. Past Credits include: an all faculty musical Charlie and the College Factory (Stage Manager), Peter Pan (Assistant Stage Manager) and The Skin of Our Teeth. He also acted in A Christmas Carol, Singin’ in the Rain and To Kill a Mockingbird. He thanks his parents for trusting him to stay for his senior year! Jae Burton (Assistant Stage Manager) A junior. She is very proud to be a part of this amazing production! Past Credits include: Arsenic and Old Lace (Stage Manager), Peter Pan (Assistant Stage Manager), and the two time award winning One Act play Letters from a Wallflower. She'd like to thank the cast and Weav for having such faith in her. She would also like to thank her family for being patient and supportive, as well Zach for staying with her through this. You don't know how much you rock, HammSandwich! Andrew Shapiro (Student Technical Director) A senior. Andrew is thrilled to be a part of his fourth fall play at East. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Assistant Student Technical Director), The Skin of Our Teeth (Assistant Student Technical Director), Singin' in the Rain (Master Carpenter), A Christmas Carol (Asstistant Master Carpenter), Pippin, and To Kill A Mockingbird, Lab Theater ‟13 (Whimsy(Student Technical Director) and One Acts ‟12 (High School Reunion- Designer, Technical Director). Logan Lassin (Student Technical Director) A senior. He has been a very active member of the East theatre program. He has helped in every East production since his freshman year and is ecstatic for his final fall show, Flowers for Algernon.
Hallie Wilmes (Scenic Artist) A senior. She is very happy to be scurrying around backstage for her fifth show at East. Her whiskers flicker with excitement to be closing her years with Flowers for Algernon and would like to throw a carrot to her parents for all their support
Rebecca Padersky (Assistant Student Technical Director) A senior. She is extremely thrilled to be a part of this year's fall show. Past Credits include: The Skin of Our Teeth and Peter Pan. She has been an active member of stage crew since her freshman year, wants to thank everyone involved in this show, and hopes that everyone enjoys it! Katie Carlson (Costume Designer) A senior. She is a proud member of the Society for the Prevention of Naked Actors (Costume Crew). She‟s super pumped for another great year of theater at East. Past Credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Singin’ in The Rain, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Peter Pan. Monica Handley (Costume Designer) A senior. She is the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Naked Actors, and a dedicated member of Costume Crew. She is very excited for the opportunity to create for another show. Past Credits include: Footloose, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Singin’ in The Rain, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Peter Pan.
WHOâ€™S WHO IN THE CREW Alexis Diaz (Costume Designer) A junior. She is very excited to be a member of costume crew for the fourth time. She wants to wish best of luck to the cast and crew!
Richard Cliver (Master Electrician) A junior. He is ecstatic to be in this year's production of Flowers for Algernon. He has been a part of stage crew since his freshman year. Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Master Electrician), The Skin of our Teeth (Master Electrician), and Singin' in the Rain (Assistant Lighting Technician). Ariel Sabatini (Master Electrician) A junior. She is excited to be a part of Flowers for Algernon this year. Past Credits include: The Skin of our Teeth, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, and Singin' in the Rain.
Tess Lauren Holtzman (Assistant Master Electrician) A senior. She has worked in the Cherry Hill East Theatre Department for her four years at East. Past Credits include: Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Singin' in the Rain, Peter Pan, and many other smaller productions. Tess is elated to be involved in Flowers for Algernon. Jake Tennenbaum (Master Carpenter) A junior. Jake has been a member of stage crew since his freshman year. Past Credits include: The Wuz, A Christmas Carol, Singinâ€™ in the Rain, The Skin of our Teeth, Peter Pan, and more. Jake is excited to be working on Flowers for Algernon! Lydia Huber (Student Technical Director) A senior. She is tickled pink to be working on Flowers for Algernon, her final fall show! Past Credits include: Peter Pan (Assistant Technical Director), The Skin of Our Teeth, Singin' in the Rain, A Christmas Carol, (Master Carpenter), and Letters from a Wallflower (Stage Manager and Technical Director). Zachary Mindel (Assistant Student Technical Diretor) A senior. Has participated in East's stage crew since his freshman year. He started as General Crew, then Master Carpenter, and now assistant Technical Director. He has enjoyed building several sets and running many shows. Theater is his passion and has had a great pleasure working with the crew, actors, and staff for Flowers for Algernon.
Who’s Who on the Staff TOM WEAVER (Director, Producer, Set Designer)
is in his 37th at East. Mr. Weaver has designed and/or technically directed every Mainstage show since 1977. He has also enjoyed directing a number of productions: Death of a Salesman, M*A*S*H*, Inherit the Wind, You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner, To See The Stars, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, Fiddler on the Roof, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Man of La Mancha, Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Singin’ In the RainThe Skin Of Our Teeth and Peter Pan. Mr. Weaver created our East Lab Theater Production. Other duties include producing the East One Act Play Festival where the East Theater program has enjoyed “Best Play” honors in the tri-state festivals four of the last five years and also enjoys directing the East Mime Company, now in its 37th year. He is the co-advisor of our East Stage Crew and Thespian Society Troupe 213. Mr. Weaver has also directed many of the Studio II plays. He is enjoying the task of continuing the rich theatre tradition here at East. Outside of East Mr. Weaver’s directing or set design work can be seen at Mainstage Center for the Arts and The Voorhees Theatre Co. He also has enjoyed designing many shows for Glassboro High School where his wife, Anne Marie, is the Theatre Director. Mr. Weaver is well known throughout the Delaware Valley where he has designed and directed for many other Community Theatre groups. In all, he has designed and/or directed over 400 productions. He has also been nominated for Best Set and Lighting Design by Paper Mill’s Rising Star award program for his work here at East and Glassboro High School. Mr. Weaver is a graduate of Rowan University with a BA degree in Speech and Theatre. He would like to say, with much love, thank you to his wife for supporting his love for theatre. Also a big hug to his children, Tom Jr., Erin and Aaron, Robert and Christine, and Caitlin. He is also the proud grandfather of Lilly, Maisie, and Christopher.
SANDI MAKOFSKY (Co-Director) her love for theater and dance began when her grandfather, a Vaudevillian performer, taught her the soft shoe at age 3. She began her career as a performer and earned a BA in Speech and Theater with a minor in Dance at Montclair State University. Working her way through college as a choreographer, she found that working on the other side of the audition table was what she loved best. Choreography soon evolved into directing and she has been working as a freelance artist ever since. She has worked in just about every imaginable theater venue from elementary school through college, professional, regional, community, corporate and film. She is presently working on a revival of the urban musical “Inner City” in NYC. Cherry Hill East remains one of her favorite places to work. She considers herself most fortunate to be creating theater here with Tom Weaver and the wonderfully talented students and staff. Thank you all!!
Whoâ€™s Who on the Staff ROBERT WEAVER (Lighting Designer ) is thankful for the opportunity to work along side his father again at his alma mater. A graduate of Temple University, Robert enjoyed past opportunities to help in the CHE Theatre, including Technical Director of Man of La Mancha in 2009. Outside of CHE Theatre, Robert works in theatrical set construction and lighting design at Envision Productions, LLC and serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves. Robert is extremely thankful to his beautiful wife, Christine, and his two amazing children, Lilly and Christopher, for all their love and support.
NOEL DAVIS (Costume Designer) This is Noelâ€™s 10th year as costume designer for Cherry Hill High School East. Noel has also designed costumes for regional theaters and community theaters in the South Jersey area. Noel was a Papermill Play House Rising Star nominee in 2003 for Les Miserables. Noel is thrilled to be working with the students of Cherry Hill East. She is delighted to see students acquiring costuming and sewing skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives. Noel holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a New Jersey School Nurse Certificate. She holds a full time position as a school nurse for YALE Schools. As always, Noel would like to thank all the parent volunteers for their assistance with the big endeavor of creating costumes for The Skin of our Teeth.
PETER GAMBINO (Video & Animations Designer) is proud to continue building the "film side" of Cherry Hill East's already prestigious theater program. An honorary inductee of the Thespian Society in 2010, Pete has worked as a Projection Designer and Digital Media Director for numerous shows including Pippin, A Christmas Carol and Singin' in the Rain. More recently Pete produced and directed videos and projections for the Faculty Musical, Charlie and the College Factory, a piece he also co-wrote. Pete earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University and is currently seeking publication for his first novel.
Ben Levy and to the Entire Cast of Flowers For Algernon. You did a great job!
The Levy Family
Who’s Who on the Staff CINDY MUSUMECI (Hair/Make-up Stylist) began her career in the entertainment industry as a runway model for the famous clothing designer Valentino. She comes from a family of professional actors. Her grandmother and grandfather were accomplished Broadway actors and toured the United States in many professional shows. Cindy's mother has also performed and directed professionally in New York. At East, Cindy has volunteered and worked the past thirteen years as the hair and make-up stylist for all the drama productions. She has also worked professionally in the film industry ,as a hair and make-up coordinator for commercials and feature films. Cindy continues to model professionally at fashion shows in the Philadelphia/New York area. She thoroughly enjoys working with the East students and loves the drama department.
PAT SCHANZ (Hair Stylist) was a School Support Assistant at Cherry Hill East for many years, but retired to North Carolina. While working at East, Pat volunteered her time doing hair and make-up for all the drama productions. Despite her change of address, she continues to travel back to Cherry Hill to help with all our plays. It is a true testament to her dedication that Pat still gives our students her “professional” attention to detail. Pat also volunteers her time with hair and make-up in North Carolina, where she recently assisted in a production of MULAN. She also has a number of professional credits doing hair and make-up for commercials and feature films. We warmly welcome back Pat and thank her once again for being part of our Drama Production Staff.
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CONGRATULATIONS Break a leg to my girls! I love you so much! Love Molly Bravo Justin Accardi! Congrats on your 1st East show! M & D Break legs white cast!!! Great job everyone!!! Justin A. Congrats & Thanks to Mr. Weaver & Flowers cast & crew! Justin A. Ryan, We are so very proud of you! Mom, Dad, Molly & Matt Ryan, Break a leg!! Love you!! Granpa, Aunt Debbie & Uncle John Drew DuBoff (A.K.A. Mr. Harvey): It’s a no brainer! You’re smart With heart in every part! Break a leg! We’re proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad & Max Anthony-Break a leg as Frank! With Love, Annie Good Luck to little Lass Annie! Love, Grandmom and Pop Great job Sara Wolfgang & the cast & crew! Love, Mom & Dad Congrats to the entire cast & crew! The Aylesworths
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Cherry Hill East’s production of GYPSY in March of 1978 marked the inception of “The Thespian Mirror” as the program magazine for productions at Cherry Hill School East produced by the International Thespian Society. The name is borrowed from the historical document discovered while researching in Theatre History classes. First published in 1805, the original was a critical journal by a young aspiring actor, John Howard Payne, who from the age of 14 and or the next 20 years became well known as a performer, playwright, and critic. He wrote 50-60 plays during his career. Of these, the best known include BRUTUS (1818) and CHARLES II (1824). He holds the prestigious position in history as America’s first internationally successful dramatist. Our program title seems fitting then as young aspiring actors before you tonight strive for the success which Payne proved possible even as a child prodigy and since we subscribe to Aristotle’s philosophy that good theatre must truly “mirror” our existence. We proudly celebrate 30 years of MIRROR as the program magazine for our mainstage productions. We thank our advertisers for making this what it is today!
Rick D. Friedman Has been working for the Cherry Hill School District for 11 years and has loved every second of it. He is the Systems Administrator for Cherry Hill East H.S. He manages the servers, computers and interacts with the teachers and staff on a daily basis. He is always trying to come up with a more proactive way to use technology in the schools. “I want to dedicate this playbill to the most amazing father in the world, You will always be my hero dad. I will miss you so, so much. Berill S. Friedman 1939 2013.” A big TY my wife Jaime of 23 years (whom I can‟t thank enough for filling in at home for me), sons Jordan-17, Hunter-14 & Jake-14 really enjoy going to each and every show. To all the students, I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors in life! Stop back and say hi . Mr. Weaver, it is truly a pleasure to work side by side with you and the students! I look forward in many more years working with East‟s AWESOME Theatre group!:
Our playbill for the fall show at Cherry Hill East High School.