SOPHIA SHAY (Leni Leibert-Rapport) is a junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance at Plymouth State University. Previous Plymouth State credits include: Carrie The Musical, Romeo and Juliet (Abraham), Cowboys! The Musical, and Ragtime: In Concert (Sob Sister). Sophia would like to thank her family, peers and the MTD faculty for their overwhelming love and support.
Rebecca Mansfield- (Choreographer) is a Senior Theatre Arts major with an Option in Musical Theatre and Dance minor. Having a passion for creating dance, Becca is so thrilled to be able to choreograph for a mainstage show. Her choreography was featured this summer at The Palace Theatre in Manchester. Becca’s work has also been seen in four PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble performances. Past credits include A Man of No Importance (Assistant Choreographer), Carrie: The Musical (Dance Captain) and Once Upon a Mattress (Dance Captain). She thanks her friends, loved ones, cast, crew, and parents for their never ending support.
Nick is a Costume Design student here at PSU, but recently, he has been dabbling in the art of props. This is his second show here as properties master, his first being Oedipus The King directed by Elizabeth Daily, in which he also acted. This summer, he designed Hair & Makeup at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for their production of The Rocky Horror Show. Later this semester, he will be playing Joe Josephson in PSU’s production of Merrily We Roll Along. He hopes you all have brought a lawyer, and that you enjoy the show.
Cam Downing (Joseph Kaye) is a senior Theatre Arts major with an option in Acting originally from Manchester, New Hampshire. Past credits include Carrie (George), Cowboys! (Ensemble), Romeo and Juliet (Peter), The Wedding Singer (Ensemble), A Chorus Line (Mark), and Sweet Charity (Oscar). He would like to thank his family and friends for their never-ending love and support; as well as Paul, Sarah, Katherine, Alicia, and the entire cast for making this process such an incredible experience.
Jacob Tilton is thrilled to be taking part in this adaptation of The Trial. As a junior Music Theatre Major, Jacob has had an interest in theatre for most of his life. At Plymouth State University, Jacob has been seen in Cowboys! The Musical as Alfred, and will be seen in Merrily We Roll Along later in the semester. Jacob would like to thank his family and friends for all of the support that they’ve given him all through his college career.
Jerome Torres-Bove – (Luse, David, Edmund, Thomas Block, and Father Dom) is a second year Music Theatre Major. Last year he took part in Plymouth’s production of Oedipus The King and most recently was seen in Prescott Park’s production of Mary Poppins as ensemble and Burt understudy. Jerome is very excited to partake in this original adaptation of The Trial, and will also be seen in Merrily We Roll Along as ensemble. He thanks his friends and family for their never ending support through his college journey.
Sarah is a Senior with a concentration in Music Theatre. She is excited to be assistant directing this adaptation of The Trial. At PSU, she’s played in seven productions including ‘Chris’ in Carrie, ‘The Priestess’ in Oedipus and ’Sarah’ in the concert production of Ragtime. She will play ‘Gussie’ in Merrily We Roll Along. Recently she played ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde and ‘Ariel’ at Company Theatre. She’d like to thank the cast and crew for their beautiful talents and hard work and Paul for this incredible opportunity! And lastly, thank you to her loved ones for their constant support.
Alicia is a sophomore at Plymouth State University this year. This is her first time trying her hand at being an assistant state manager as she is usually found onstage in various dance or theatrical performances. Some highlights include Cats, Addams Family, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She has also been the choreographer for Parkside Middle School for four years as well as running sound for their program. Alicia is proud to have be asked to ASM this show and is so thankful to work with such a wonderful cast!
Amanda Chaffee is very excited to be part of this production as it is her first here at Plymouth State University. Amanda has been involved with theatre her entire life. She feels very thankful that she gets to continue her theatrical education while working with her incredibly talented professors and peers. The Trial has been a big challenge for Amanda as she is playing six roles including herself. Amanda wishes to welcome you and hopes you enjoy all of the hard work put into this show. Thanks!
Katherine Pereira is a senior Theatre Arts major with options in Dramatic Writing and Acting. The first act of her play Game Night was featured in the Playwrights’ Showcase last semester. She is ecstatic to be stage managing for the first time at PSU! Recent PSU Credits: Oedipus the King (Assistant Stage Manager), We Think It’s Funny (Various). She will also be appearing in next month’s Much Ado About Nothing as Verges.
Paul Mroczka (Director/Writer) has written numerous plays, including The Watercress and Hero by Proxy, both produced at PSU. Paul, who serves MTD as Director of Theatre, has had his plays produced by numerous companies including Latino Flavored Touring (NYC), Off Square Theatre (WY), and La MaMa La Galleria (NYC). Awards include NEA Playwriting, Shubert, and Time-Warner Fellowships, as well as numerous commissions. Works he’s developing include the drama Smart Money and the musical Where Two Rivers Meet with composer Andrew Morrissey. This summer he directed Wittenberg (Advice to the Players) and last year Brilliant Being (PSU).
Matt Kizer has been the resident designer for Plymouth State since 1996. He has presented workshops on projections for performance nationally and internationally, including the National Opera Association in New York, and The Cyprus Theatre Organization in Nicosia. His work has been presented at the Kennedy Center in D.C., and with A-Fortiorni dance company in Germany. He designed for two years with Operafestival Di Roma in Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ International Chamber Ensemble at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in central Rome. He has a B.A. from Purdue University, and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University.