AMANDA WHITWORTH (Choreographer) is a teaching artist residing in central New Hampshire with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking. She continues to work as a performer of dance and physical theatre with choreographers and organizations both nationally and internationally. Ms. Whitworth is committed to diversifying her work in the arts and partners with organizations, institutions and educators to advocate and promote dance. Currently, she directs the dance program at Plymouth State University as well as creates works of interdisciplinary art and theatre through her project-based company Tributary Dance. Whitworth is pleased to work with a collaborative group of educators and artists to reestablish the New Hampshire Dance Alliance which inspires dance advocacy, education and networking in Northern New England. Additionally, Ms. Whitworth has joined forces with professional artists, arts agencies and institutions to promote dance across the country.
NIKO FURBISH (Frank Jr.) is in the third grade. Both on and off stage Niko Furbish’s big heart and personality shine through. He made his stage debut in the ETC Musical Shrek in 2016 (Little Shrek.) He loves to sing, act, hip-hop dance, and play soccer in his spare time. He would like to thank God, his family, Beth Daily, and the cast and crew of Merrily We Roll Along for all their support and guidance during this memorable experience.
GAVIN MORGAN (Franklin Shepard) is a senior double majoring in Music Contract and Theatre Arts with a focus in Music Theatre Performance. He is thrilled to be playing the role of Frank in Plymouth State University’s production of Merrily We Roll Along! Past productions include: Ragtime (Younger Brother), A Man of No Importance (Robbie Fay), and The Wedding Singer (Glenn). Gavin would like to thank his friends and family for their continuous support!
Rebecca Mansfield (Mary Flynn) is a Senior Theatre Arts major with an Option in Musical Theatre and minor in Dance. She is thrilled to be playing one of her dream roles, alongside her old friends. Past shows include Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Carrie (Frieda/Dance Captain), A Man of No Importance (Mrs. Curtin), and Parade (Mary Phagan). Becca has had the opportunity to have choreography in five Contemporary Dance Ensemble performances as well as choreographing The Trial: An American Drama on the mainstage at PSU. She thanks her friends, loved ones, directors, cast, crew, and parents for their never ending support.
ANDREW MORRISSEY (Music Director, Conductor, Keyboard 1) is a PSU alum, class of ’09. He went on to earn his MM in Stage Music Composition from Catholic University of America in 2012. He has been working as a pianist and music director for community, educational and regional theatres for the past decade in NH, DC, MD and VA. His musical Lost In Wonderland just had its DC premiere June 2016. He most recent work here was for Carrie and Cowboys as Rehearsal Pianist/Conductor/Keyboard 1. Thank you to all who have made him feel at home again in the PSU community!
Nick Cochran is a junior Theatre Arts major with options in Acting and Tech & Design, with a focus in Costume Design. He has performed in several Plymouth State University productions including A Man Of No Importance and Oedipus The King. He also designed makeup and hair for the Winnipesaukee Playhouse production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this past summer. He hopes that you will enjoy the show and will want to live in New York and rekindle old friendships after experiencing this show!
ASHER CLARK (Ensemble) is a Sophomore at Plymouth State. Originally from the lakes region area, this is Asher’s first Plymouth State Show outside of the University Chorale (Ragtime in Concert.) He has spent his post-High School years, working, going to school, and participating in community theatre in the area. Past productions include The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke) and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum (Hero). He is very excited to work with the amazing cast of Plymouth State University’s Music, Theatre, and Dance students. Having a blast and enjoying the challenge, he hopes that everyone enjoys seeing the show as much as he has enjoyed being a part of it.
SOPHIA SHAY (Ensemble) is a junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance at Plymouth State University. Previous Plymouth State credits include: The Trial (Leni Lieber Rapport), 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.
ROSE CHAFFEE (Dory) – Merrily We Roll Along is Rose’s second production here a Plymouth State University and she is incredibly excited to have shared this experience with all of the cast and crew of this show! Rose is very happy to have been given the opportunity to bring her character Dory alive as a member of the ensemble! She hopes you enjoy every moment of this beautiful show and thanks you so much for coming! Enjoy the show!
ISABELLA FEE (Beth) is a senior double majoring in Theatre Arts with an option in Music Theatre Performance, and Music Contract, with a focus in Vocal Pedagogy. Recent credits include Ragtime (Mother), Parade (Lucille Frank), Carrie (Helen) and The Wedding Singer (Angie).This past summer she performed in She Loves Me at Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine. She would like to thank Beth, Amanda, and Andrew for the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful production, and her family and friends for their unwavering love and support.
Robert Herstedt (Jerome Kincaid, Ensemble) is a Junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance. Recent credits include Cowboys (Blabby Gaze), Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Carrie (Ensemble), and A Man of No Importance (Father Kenny). He also works for Skyrise Children’s Theatre where he works on carpentry, lighting, and sound. He would like to thank his family for supporting him as he follows his passion.
(Mrs.Spencer/Bunker/ Ensemble) is a Junior at Plymouth State. She is a double major in Musical Theatre and Music Contract with an option in Vocal Performance. This will be her second show at Plymouth State; her first being Stage Kiss where she played Laurie/Millicent. Cali is thrilled to be performing in her first college musical and to be surrounded by a wonderful cast and crew full of inspirational pals! Cali would like to thank her wonderful mother for always giving her support and for keeping her on track.
Sarah (Gussie Carnegie) is a Senior Music Theatre Major. She is overjoyed to be a part of the Merrily team here. Some past PSU productions that she was involved in include, A Man Of No Importance (Una Crowe) Carrie (Chris) Oedipus The King (Priestess) and Ragtime (Sarah). Sarah won “Best Actress In Musical” from BroadwayWorldBoston last year for her performance as (Elle Woods) in Legally Blonde at the Company Theatre where she’s played (Ariel) in The Little Mermaid. She wants to thank her incredible loved ones for the constant support. Sarah thanks Beth and everyone involved in this special production.
Elizabeth Daily (Director) is Professor of Acting and Voice/Diction at Plymouth State University. Ms. Daily holds a B.A. in Speech and Dramatic Art and a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling/Deafness from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she taught acting and drama appreciation. She worked with Sonia Moore of the American Center for Stanislavsky Theater Art, a visiting artist at UNCG. Ms. Daily has studied voice/speech with Louis Colaianni (Linklater), Arthur Lessac and Catherine Fitzmaurice. She has acted professionally in New England including The Barnstormers, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Papermill Theatre and the New Hampshire Theatre Project and also in North Carolina and West Virginia. Her professional work also includes directing, voice/speech coaching and video/voice-over for commercial and educational purposes. She has taught sign language at PSU and developed an actor training pedagogy utilizing sign language. Her most recent acting credits have been Miss Phallon in Chicks and Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of
John Findlay is a senior Theatre Arts major with an option in Theatre Design/Tech with a focus in Lighting Design and an option in Acting. He is thrilled to be back stage managing for PSU. He returns from his 10th professional summer stock season, most recently working with broadway professionals at The Cape Playhouse. Past Credits: PSU: Oedipus: A touring collaboration (Stage Manager), We Think Its Funny (Lighting Design), Stage Kiss (Lighting Design). He thanks his friends for their continued support and his mother for all the years she sat through rehearsals so he could get a ride home afterward!
Matthew Scala (Charley Kringas) is a senior Music Contract major, with options in Vocal Performance and Music Direction. Previous credits include: Ragtime: A Concert Production (Willie Conklin), Working (Rex Winship/Utkarsh Trujillo), Parade: A Concert Production (Newt Lee), The Wedding Singer (Ensemble), and Edges (Man 2). He was also Assistant Music Director for Carrie: The Musical and Cowboys!, and Music Director for Stage Kiss. This past summer, Matthew performed in She Loves Me at The Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine. He would like to thank Elizabeth Daily, Amanda Whitworth, Andrew Morrissey, and his family and friends for giving him the the confidence to perform in this beautiful show.
Jacob Tilton (Ensemble) is a junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance. He is excited to be in his second production this semester. Past performances include The Trial (Various Roles) and Cowboys! (Alfred). Jacob has spent most of his high school years performing in various shows in the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. He would like to thank his friends and family for the support that they have given him throughout his career, now and in the future.
PAIGE MACDONALD (Ensemble, U/S Beth) is a junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance. This is her fourth MTD production. Past performances include Beauty and the Beast (Chip), Carrie the Musical (Ensemble), and Fiddler on the Roof (Olga). Paige is delighted to be a part of the talented and hardworking company of Merrily We Roll Along. Thank you to Beth, Amanda, and Andrew for sharing their inspiring gifts in order to create this beautiful show. Thank you to the friends and family that bring energy, encouragement, and endless love.
SHARLEIGH THOMSON (Ensemble, U/S Gussie) is a Junior Theatre Arts major with options in Music Theatre Performance and Dramatic Writing. Past performances include 9 to 5 (Margaret), Peter Pan (Wendy), The Addams Family (U/S Grandma), A Man of No Importance (Mrs. Grace), Ragtime (Emma Goldman), and Oedipus The King (Tiresias). This summer she was the production stage manager for Interlakes Summer Theatre (South Pacific, CATS, Gypsy). Her one act play, When The Tide Comes In, was a top 3 Finalist for Prescott Park’s 30-in-30 last fall. Sharleigh is thrilled to be back on stage with this beautiful show and company. Special thanks to Beth, Andrew, and Amanda for their guidance. And also to Meganne, Fran, Emily, Olivia, Anna, and Shaun for their endless love and support.
Jerome Torres-Bove is a second year Music Theatre Major who is thrilled to be taking part in this production of Merrily We Roll Along. Recently, Jerome was seen in PSU’s production of The Trial, as well as last year’s production of Oedipus The King. Over the summer, he performed in Mary Poppins at Prescott Park (Ensemble, U/S Burt). When he’s not at school, Jerome trains and coaches at his family’s gymnastics facility. He would like to thank his family and friends for their never ending support throughout his college journey.
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.