A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - BIOS

CAST & CREW

Josiah Arnett (Theseus) is very proud to be given the role of Thesus. In the past, he has played Eli in One Lane Bridge, Fred in A Christmas Carol, and Zeke in High School Musical. Josiah loves the Mount Vernon Theatre Arts department and would like to thank Mrs. Shaw for the opportunity to perform, and for her efforts at growing the program. Next, he would like to thank his family for teaching him perseverance and keeping him on the theatre track. Finally, he would like to thank his late grandfather for always believing in him.

Keeley Bryant (Hermia) is excited to be performing in her seventh show here at MVHS! She has previously been in A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit), High School Musical (Taylor McKessie/Brainiac), Beware the Jabberwock (Lucy), One Lane Bridge (911 Operator B), Man Woman Flower (Nancy/Fritz), and Bye Bye Birdie (Kim MacAfee). She is also a member of both ITS and Cappies this year. She would like to thank her friends and family for helping her and being there with her throughout this process.

Jared Diallo (Costume Crew Head/Oberon) refuses to write his bio until the last minute, but Donovan didn’t plan on hunting him down for a bio on this show. Therefore, if you are reading this bio, it means that Jared did not actually do said bio, and this placeholder bio remained.

Nicole Duchaine (Crew) is happy to be a part of this production. When conflicts prevented her from being a part of the cast, she wanted to be a part of crew to help build the set. She’d like to thank her parents for giving her the opportunity to be a part of this production. Nicole hopes you enjoy the show and the silliness of the plot!

Kaylie Farfan (Mustardseed) is so excited about doing her last show of the year. Previously, she did One Lane Bridge (Narrator), The Secret Garden (Colin Craven), and Bye Bye Birdie (NYC Birdie Club/Teen Chorus).  She also did The Little Mermaid JR at Walt Whitman in 7th grade. She’d like to thank her sister and mom for supporting her 100% throughout the first year of high school and starting theatre. She'd also like to thank her best friend Aidan for always being there for her when she needs him, “Love you, bro.”

Donovan Fisher (Publicity Crew Head/Peter Quince) is now on his 9th (!) production through MVHS Theatre Arts. He’s served as Publicity Crew Head and as a part of cast for shows such as Beware The Jabberwock, One Lane Bridge, and Bye Bye Birdie, along with being Assistant Director for Man Woman Flower earlier this year. Next school year, he will serve as the ITS President, Cappies Lead Critic, and as a co-captain of the Improv team. Normally, he would thank Sam, Tania, his family, and a bunch of other people here, but instead he’s shamelessly plugging for you to donate to this department and to come out and see the wonderful season being set up for next year.

Max Fisher (Crew) previously played roles in both The Secret Garden and Bye Bye Birdie. He also worked on the crew during Bye Bye Birdie and played a role in A Midsummer Night's Dream a few years ago.

David Flores (Nick Bottom) likes this play; it has things that are nice, like people and fairies, and like, yeah.

Willow Gritzmaker (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be Assistant Stage Manager again at Mount Vernon, having previously worked on the stage management team for Bye Bye Birdie. In the past she has been prop co-crew head for MV's productions of Beware the Jabberwock, Disney's High School Musical, and A Christmas Carol. She is especially thankful for Ms. Shaw for helping her get accustomed to being stage manager.

Nate Hales (Egeus) is in his third play at Mount Vernon High School, and he has a lot of fun performing the plays.

Brooke King (Robin Starveling) is excited to be doing her third play at Mount Vernon High School. She was in One Lane Bridge, The Secret Garden, and now, A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She had a lot of fun this year to be a part of all of these productions, making memories and new friends.

Jordan Ryu Larrabee (Dramaturg/Demetrius/Crew) is excited for this play.  This is his first time having a main role, and he is scared.  He is also a part of the marching band and the Mount Vernon crew team. On May 5, the novice 4 won state finals, and Jordan was the coxswain.  Lastly, Ike is better than Zelgius, David!

Maggie McClelland (Costume Crew Head/Hippolyta) is excited to be participating in her 11th show at Mount Vernon! Maggie has previously been in Seussical Jr. (Gertrude McFuzz), Once Upon A Mattress (Wizard), A Christmas Carol (Belle), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) and many more. This is her fourth time being a Costume Crew Head. She is also a proud member of the Mount Vernon Vocal Recall Choir. Along with that, she is the ITS secretary and a part of the Cappies program! Maggie would like to thank her family, her friends, and her dog for supporting her through all these years. Especially her sister, Molly, who is the reason she began theatre in the first place. Enjoy the show!

Jordan Patnett (Peaseblossom/Crew) is in her 5th production at Mount Vernon and she is so excited to be a part of both cast and crew.  Jordan has been a part of crew for One Lane Bridge, The Secret Garden, and Bye Bye Birdie. She has also been apart of cast for Man Women Flower (the one act play competition) and Bye Bye Birdie. In addition to theatre, Jordan is also a member of DECA, book club, and the news crew.

Zach Pifer (Dramaturg/Crew) is new to the theater and is joining thanks to his girlfriend, Maggie, who showed him the family that is behind the shows at Mount Vernon. He wanted to be a part of that family and be able to be on stage and performing himself next year! He is also in the Mount Vernon Choir, where he met many people who inspired him to join in on the family that is the performing arts at Mount Vernon.

Madison Powell (Francis Flute) is thrilled to be a part of this show. It’s her first high school show, although last year in the 8th grade she was in Aladdin JR.  She has been involved in acting for only a couple of months. Besides acting, she plays basketball and reads a lot.

Ava Purifoy (Crew) is excited to be working on her third MVHS production: A Midsummer Night's Dream.  She loves Shakespeare, and this especially because of its complexity.  She hopes you all enjoy this year's summer production.

Katia Ramirez (Dramaturg/Helena/Crew) is very excited to perform in her first Shakespeare play and work as a dramaturg. She has performed in West Point Middle School’s productions of Into the Woods Jr. and Willy Wonka Jr.  She has also been in Mount Vernon High School’s The Secret Garden and Bye Bye Birdie.  In addition, she has worked as a spotlight operator in Mount Vernon’s production of One Lane Bridge and helped out as a crew member in the two other productions mentioned above. She would like to thank her family and friends for encouraging her and helping her with her role.

Breyla Rhymes (Snug) is really excited for her 2nd play at Mount Vernon High School. However, this is her first outdoor play. She’s looking forward to explore the different kinds of environments theatre has. She’s also excited to meet new friends. She would like to thank her family for supporting her decision to be in this play.

Tania Romero Gonzalez (Props Crew Head) is two months away from being a senior, and that means college is around the corner. She asks, “Help - tuition for my education has been free my entire life, and now they expect me to pay.”  Enjoy the show and make sure to donate to MVHS Theatre Arts.

Karly Sargent (Assistant Stage Manager) is in her second show at Mount Vernon. Last year, she was a cheerleader in High School Musical.  Now, she is Assistant Stage Manager.  She hopes to be in many more shows in the next few years, and is very excited for her junior year.  Enjoy the show and may the power of “good luck hat” be vested in all of you!

Brenda Sarpong (Crew) is excited for her first show at Mount Vernon. She is also part of the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra.  She would like to thank her friends Laura and Alexis for convincing her to do theatre and hopes to be part of many more shows in the future.

Laura Schmechel (Assistant Costume Head/Philostrate/Puck) is super excited to be in her 7th show at Mount Vernon!  Previously, both at Walt Whitman Middle School, she played Tessie in Annie JR and Ariel in The Little Mermaid JR.  Freshman year, she played Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol,  Gabriella in High School Musical, and Tove #1 in Beware the Jabberwock.  This year, she was a narrator in One Lane Bridge, Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, and Margie in Bye Bye Birdie.  She is also a proud member of Vocal Recall, TRI-M, and ITS.  Laura would like to thank her friends and family for all their support.  She would also like to thank Nathan Chen for being amazing. She hopes you all enjoy the show!

Ty Turner (Crew) is in his first show as a student of Mount Vernon.  He’s really excited about working and helping create theatre, no matter what position it is.  He wants everyone to enjoy themselves while watching the show. He wants to give a special thanks to Mrs. Shaw and his fellow theatre classmates that encouraged him to participate in this show.

Alexis Wankowski (Stage Manager) likes food and Loki.

Hayleigh Wankowski (Tom Snout/Crew) is the wall.... (lol).

Samuel Zarek (Props Crew Head/Lysander) has done a lot of shows at Mount Vernon.  This is his senior year and he is very sad to be doing his last show here, not because it’s his last show, but because it’s Shakespeare and that’s sooooooo hard to memorize.  He is the outgoing ITS President, Improv Captain, and Cappies Lead Critic. He is also the Vice President of Tri-M (the honor music society) and in the school advanced Orchestra and Chorus.  He wants to give a huge thanks to Mrs. Shaw who has been amazing these past two years and helped to turn this theatre around!  He also wants to thank his entire Theatre family and says he loves and will miss each and everyone of you.  He wants to give special shoutouts to Donovan, Jared, Melanie, Ttendo, and the rest of his friends and family!  Thank you for everything!  Thank you for giving me a wonderful high school experience!

ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP

 

Jessica Joy Satryan Shaw (Director) is the Theatre Arts teacher and director here at Mount Vernon High School.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Villanova University, concentrating her studies in directing and theatre education, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Grove City College, where she was awarded Magna cum laude with High Honors in Music and received the Music Education Award for excellence in the field of Music Education.  Outside of MVHS, Jessica develops and presents on theatre curriculum, is a member of FCPS Pride, and serves as the High School Representative President of FCPS Theatre Arts Directors' Association (TADA).

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