Gabbie is pursuing a career in film acting. She graduated from the Booker High School Theatre Department in 2010, where she appeared as a harem girl in their production of SIDESHOW. She was also a principle in their Cabaret for two years. Last year she starred in A Fair Exchange, a thesis film at Ringling College of Art and Design. "Thanks mommy for supporting me and to all of my awesome friends for loving me unconditionally!"
Eric was born and raised in St Petersburg FL. He grew up singing in the church kids choir where he soon became a soloist. In his teen years, he came to realize that his voice was a bit unique in being as deep as it was yet able to sing in 3.5 octaves. After serving in the US Army he returned to Florida with his wife Traci, also from St Pete and started a family. Soon after, he received a voice scholarship from St Pete College where he was introduced to Opera under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Michael. It soon became his favorite style of singing though he continues to enjoy singing everything from pop to jazz to gospel…you name it. Eric has been a member of several vocal groups as well as a capella quartets and continues to perform at weddings, funerals and other such events and occasions. When he is not singing, Eric stays busy as a voice over artist as well as a graphic designer for his company HollawayGraphics.com.
Meg is thrilled to be part of this exciting new work! Sarasota audiences may remember her as the Countess Aurelia in Dear World at Players of Sarasota last year or as a soloist in the Singing Christmas Tree at First Sarasota on Main Street. Manatee audiences may remember her as the Old Lady in Sunday in the Park with George, Mother in Ragtime, or Anna in The King and I. Favorite roles also include Christine in Phantom, Heidi in Follies, Berthe in Pippin, and Nancy in Oliver. By day, Meg is a Library Media Specialist at Bayshore High School. Love to John, Amy & Daniel!
Michael is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage. After many moons in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale he is back! Michael is very excited to be joining in on another original musical adventure for the third time, after Just In Time and In Ybor City. Some of Michael's favorite roles include Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd), Billy Lawlor (42nd St.), Old Deuteronomy (Cats), Luiz (The Gondoliers), and Thenardier (Les Miserables). "Jonesing" is a great welcome back and Michael is ecstatic to be joining Dylan to turn this creation into a masterpiece. Michael would like to thank the amazing cast and creative team for this experience, his parents for their continued love and support, and Andrea and Jonah for always being there no matter where he was. I Like This!!!!
Travis is the Box Office Manager for the Manatee Players, Inc. Originally from New York, he studied voice and theatre at a young age and has performed with the New York State Choir as well as the All-Eastern Choir. He has been seen in several local commercials and toured with the Iowa Touring Theatre Company. Travis recently appeared in the production of ALL SHOOK UP at the Golden Apple as well as HAPPY DAYS - THE MUSICAL at Manatee Players where he portrayed the role of “The Fonz." Thanks Dylan for allowing me to be a part of this endeavor!
Anna is an AP+ junior at Manatee High School. She recently appeared in the Manatee Players' Evita, and is very excited to "get her tap on" in their upcoming production of Anything Goes. Her favorite community theater roles include Nina in Dear World, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Sophia Zubritsky in Fools, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, The Mute in The Fantasticks, Annie Pazinski in Over The Tavern, and Dace Farrow in Every Girl Wants to Be Annie. She has enjoyed reading in The Players of Sarasota's original play festival for the past two years. She thanks Dylan for including her in his creative endeavor and her family for loving, supporting, and tolerating her. She dedicates this performance to the mighty Aunt Patty from whom cancer will run screaming. I love you BP! Thanks for being my number one fan.
Channing is an 18 year old Senior at Lakewood Ranch High School. She has appeared in community theatre roles including The Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Ariel in FOOTLOOSE, Olive Ostrovsky in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Mayzie La Bird in SEUSSICAL, Trish/Dance Captain in A CHORUS LINE, Ruth in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and was last seen as Phoebe in APPLAUSE.
And last but not least...
Aaron Cassette, Musical Director
For the past 30 years Aaron has worked extensively as a pianist, accompanist, musical director and music educator. Aaron is currently a teacher at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto. He was the musical director and principal keyboardist for Central Wisconsin Area Theatre and the Beaufort Performing Arts in Beaufort, South Carolina. In Florida he has worked on numerous shows in Manatee and Pinellas County, and just finished back-to-back runs of EVITA and OKLAHOMA! Aaron has accompanied cabarets and classical venues and been pit pianist for such shows as RAGTIME, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CAMELOT, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING and ANNIE, GET YOUR GUN with Tom Wopat, just to name a few.
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