Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat cast and crew

Production Team


JOHN WEINER (Production Manager) is happy to once again get to build a set with the best production team around. Break Legs everyone!!

MICHAEL BLANDINO (Co-Stage Director) has performed and directed for Cumberland Players in numerous shows. His first role with CP was Dale Harding in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other favorite roles include those in The Who’s Tommy, Once Upon a Mattress, Barefoot in the Park, and Death of a Salesman. Blandino directed CP’s immensely successful production of Les Misérables at The Levoy Theatre, as well as last season's Mainstage Comedy:  Blithe Spirit. Currently serving as CP’s Vice President of Production, Blandino is retired from the Federal Prison in Fairton, NJ. In his free time, he also enjoys playing the drums, listening to music and watching movies. Michael thanks his family for all their love and support.

NINA SCOTT (Co-Stage Director) is a rising senior at Rutgers University pursing a degree in Theater Arts and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, Nina will be joining Teach for America to fight education inequality and bring theater education to underserved schools. While Nina is no stranger to the Cumberland Players stage, she is excited be directing alongside Michael Blandino. Her previous directing experience at Cumberland Players was the Children's theater production of Goldilocks and the Three Pigs. Nina would like to thank the cast and production team for allowing her to grow and learn over the course of the production.

KAREN JOHNS (Musical Director) received her B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University in 1993 and her M.A. in worship music from Liberty University Theological Seminary in 2014. She has held the position of music teacher for the Bridgeton Public School District for 24 years; instructing vocal music, instrumental music and serving as stage director for 18 musicals for the BHS music department. She currently serves as director of music for West Park United Methodist Church. For the past four years she has served as music director for the Kids at CP program at Cumberland Players and is excited to be working on her first mainstage production at CP with this fabulous cast and production team. Karen lives in Shiloh with her husband of 21 years, Brett and their daughter Anna. Ps 150:6

KARLY JEFFERS (Choreographer) is excited to finally be choreographing performers over the age of 14! She has been studying various forms of dance for 17 years and has worked with musical dance icons such as Katie Nanni and Dann Dunn. Favorite past acting roles include Roxie (Chicago), Mimi (Rent), Eponine (Les Misérables), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast). She would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work and her fiancé, Phillip Blandino, for making her feel like a lucky fan girl after this production.

HEIDI DUGAN (Stage Manager) of Millville is thrilled to Stage manage at CP again. Heidi's previous stage management credits include Hamlet, Annie, Inherit the Wind and many others. Heidi’s favorite on-stage roles include Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit) and Truvy (Steel Magnolias), both at CP and Aunt Em (Wizard of Oz) with OBSP. Heidi has also stage managed for community and semi-pro theatre companies for over twenty years, mostly recently for OBSP’s Rent. When not working on a show, Heidi teaches K-8 technology, serves on the Executive Board of CP and cares for her husband and their two terrific children. Her “free-time” is spent hosting parties, knitting, playing board games, consuming media and planning trips. Heidi wants to thank Michael for bringing her into this fun show. Special thanks and love to her long-suffering, handsome husband, Joe, as well as her amazing and talented kids.

 

Cast


LISA HENEY (Narrator) of Vineland, is excited to be making her return to the Cumberland Players stage after a long five-year hiatus. No stranger to the theatrical world, she has performed in various plays and musicals in the Cumberland County area with Cumberland Players and the Off Broad Street Players. Lisa was last seen on stage at the Levoy Theatre in the OBSP production of Rent in 2015. Her favorite roles include: Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes, OBSP), Nancy (Oliver!, (OBSP), Sister Mary Hubert (Nunsense, CP) and Fantine (Les Misérables, CP at the Levoy). By day, Lisa works at Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. in Pitman as a Certification Specialist for the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission. She is a 2007 graduate of Rowan University with a B.A. in Journalism. When Lisa is not on stage, she spends a lot of her free time running and logging miles either outside or at the gym. A runner since 2013, Lisa has completed various race distances including two half marathons. This October, she plans to tackle her first marathon in Washington, D.C. where she will be running with the Marines in the coveted Marine Corps Marathon. Here's to not passing out at the finish line! Lisa would like to thank her family, friends (Taylor Brody not included) and adorable pitty pup, Oliver. She would also like to thank Mike Blandino for giving her another opportunity to shine and belt out some amazing songs on stage! Thanks for always believing in me, man!! Lisa would like to dedicate this performance to her wonderful castmates and crew. You guys constantly remind me why I need to keep doing this crazy theatre stuff. Thanks for the laughs, memories and for taking me back to my roots! Break legs!!

PHILLIP BLANDINO (Joseph) is no stranger to the Cumberland Players' stage having started in their Kids at CP program in their production of Bah, Humbug where he played Ebenezer Scrooge. He has since performed in several other performances at CP and some of his favorite roles include Officer Welch (Rumors), Marius (Les Misérables), and Chip (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). He would like to thank his family for their never-ending support, his fiancé for her never ending love, and God for this wonderful life that he has been given.

AARON BLANDINO (Pharaoh/Dan) I am an actor. I also love BJ Garrison. KSA

CRAIG BROWN (Jacob/Potiphar) is thrilled to make his Cumberland Players debut in this fun show. He is seen annually at the WheatonArts Fantasy Faire as well as making numerous cosplaying and performing appearances throughout the region. Thank you to the production team for this opportunity and always thank you to my family for your support.

Wm. JOSEPH DUGAN (Reuben) of Millville is a professor of upper-level mathematics at Cumberland County College and serves on the CP Board. Most recently for CP, he played Harry (Company) and King Arthur (Spamalot). Other major roles include Dennis Dupree (Rock of Ages) Drake and Bert Healy (Annie) with OBSP and Luther Rosser (Parade) with Haddonfield Plays and Players. Joe is a proud father of two and enjoys game nights at home, travel, movies, reading, and following Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Eagles. "Thank you, Heidi, and the kids for supporting and believing in me ... and your patience running lines, choreography and songs with me over and over again. Love you all!" Thanks, also to his director, Mike Blandino, for this opportunity.

MICHAEL GREICO (Simeon) is thrilled to be returning to the CP stage after a four-year absence. He was last seen as a member of the ensemble in 2013's Les Misérables. Michael was also in the ensemble of Little Shop of Horrors and as Drake (Annie), all CP productions.  During his hiatus Michael was in graduate school to become a physician assistant, graduating last October. He now works at Millville Medical Center, helping serve the local community. In his spare time Michael also enjoys practicing martial arts and has been doing so for 20 years, helping teach at Ronin Martial Arts Center in Vineland. Michael would like to thank all his friends and family for their constant support and is ecstatic to be making his return with such a wonderful and talented cast. Break a leg everyone; let's do this thing!

PHIL HOPF (Levi) is no stranger to area theatre, either on- or off-stage. His recent credits include Barry (Mourning Has Broken), Steve (A Streetcar Named Desire), Sylvestre (Scapin), Ensemble (Little Shop of Horrors), Matthew (Bearding the Lyons), Bundles/Eddie/McCracken/Ickes (Annie) Hal (Proof) and Mickey (The Normal Heart). Phil has also recently directed Rock of Ages at the Levoy Theatre for OBSP.

MATTHEW DUGAN (Judah) of Millville is excited to return to the CP stage. A stage performer since age 6, Matthew has been seen most recently in Millville High School productions, where he played The Wizard (The Wizard of Oz) and Nick Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). A rising junior, Matthew also participates in the school’s bands and choirs and has recently been selected for the New Jersey All -State Mixed Chorus. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons and entertaining his family with his antics. “Thank you to my parents for always supporting me!” And thanks to all of the show staff for casting him in his first Mainstage role.

SHAUN ISRAEL (Naphtali) has been an active member on and off the stage since his first production with Cumberland Players, Les Misérables. He has also been involved with Seussical, Jr., Blithe Spirit, To Kill a Mockingbird, and much more. He made his directorial debut with Mourning has Broken. He would like to thank his family & friends for support. Thanks to CP for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful show. Thank you to Mike & Nina for keeping the show moving along and being great. Thank you to the whole production team for their hard work. Special thanks to the cast for all the hard work. 

MEIGHAN HOGATE (Gad) The future: bands of ravaging squirrels feast upon the carnage left behind in mankind’s Fourth World War. These are not the cuddly scavengers you know in your time, who playfully chase each other up trees and engage in leftover potato chip bag antics. These are bloodthirsty, vicious shock troopers for the evil GENERAL FLUFFY! So called because his fur is the softest, and most satisfyingly pettable of all the furry death rodents! EXCEPT THAT NO ONE SHALL EVER BE ALLOWED TO PET HIM!!! FOR HE IS AN ENEMY TO ALL MANKIND!!! Watch as a ragtag group of survivors attempt to outlast the menace of Fluffy in a post-apocalyptic wonderland in the first exciting issue of “The Squirrels of Death!” Also, Meighan Hogate is portraying “Gad” in this performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I AM sexy when I do this.

RYAN CRABTREE (Asher), 19, of Bridgeton, NJ is most excited to be performing in his first musical for Cumberland Players. The Cumberland County College Computer Science major has previously performed in one show at Cumberland Players, Enfield in Jekyll and Hyde in October 2016, and elsewhere his acting credits include Sir Bedevere (Spamalot), Kolenkhov (You Can't Take It With You), and Professor Marvel/Oz in (The Wizard of Oz). He dedicates his performances in this production, and all future productions, to his late mother, his biggest fan.

BRADLEY MARCUS (Isaachar) makes his return to the Cumberland Players' as Issachar, one of the twelve brothers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! This is his first return back onstage since CP's 70th anniversary special, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street last year. Bradley has also been in a handful of other plays, such as CP's Scapin as Leandre; an originally written play by Paul Sungenis, Mourning Has Broken, as Don; and Triple Threat Workshops Almost, Maine. Bradley has also been in a musical with OBSP in 2014 at the beautiful Levoy Theatre, Grease, as part of the ensemble.

D. MICHAEL FARLEY (Zebulun) has been involved with Cumberland Players for 13 years, and at least two dozen productions.  Speaking of dozens, D.M. really loves donuts.  He likes donuts from L&M Bakery in Riverside, Century and Torrigno's Bakeries in Bridgeton, Aversa's Bakeries, Zallie's ShopRites, and most Amish Markets.  His favorite is white cream-filled with chocolate on top.  Some people call it angel or delight crème.  Buttercream is also acceptable.  In a pinch, he'll settle for a Manager's Special donut from Dunkin.

BOBBY WILLIAMS (Benjamin) is a 15-year old Sophomore at Millville High School, where he sings with Madrigals, plays the Tuba in Concert Band, and the Sousaphone with the Marching Thunderbolts. He is returning to the CP stage having been in several productions. Some of his favorite roles have been Gavroche (Les Misérables), Captain Hook (Peter Pan, Jr.) at CP; Chip (Beauty & the Beast) and Young Shrek (Shrek) at Millville High School; The Ringleader (My Son Pinocchio, Jr.), Sergeant (Pirates of Penzance, Jr.), and Harold Hill (The Music Man, Jr.) at Lakeside Middle School; Charlie Bates (Oliver!) with OBSP; Brett (13, the Musical), and Tonton Julian (Once on this Island, Jr.) with Triple Threat Workshop for Kids, and Young Shaun in the movie thriller Carver. Bobby would like to thank the production team for allowing him this opportunity to be in such a fun and quick paced production, and his friends and family for always supporting him.

JESSICA SAWYER (Butler / Ensemble) is so excited to be making her Cumberland Players debut in Joseph! Joseph marks her return to the stage after a four-year hiatus. She is a Teacher of Theatre at Cumberland Regional High School and has been fortunate to direct productions with several fantastic organizations over the past few years. She is looking forward to making her Cumberland Players directorial debut later this year with The Ultimate Christmas Show. “Thank you to Michael for the opportunity to appear in one of the first musicals I ever loved. To Jared, Judah and Adeline – I love you all the time.”

MONICA DiMAURO WATKINS (Production Manager, Dance Captain, Baker, Ensemble) is super stoked to be singing and dancing again in our summer musical. She has worked onstage and off in a number of Cumberland Players productions over the years, and additionally serves as Vice President of Operations. Monica has been a psychiatric nurse since 2005 and will begin her pursuit of a nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate in the fall. She thanks the cast and production team for getting her through a tumultuous few months, and loves each and every one of them.

JULIE DiDOMENICO (Mrs. Potiphar / Ensemble) is happy and excited to be back with the Cumberland Players.  A teacher by day and performer by night, Julie has been involved in various productions at the Levoy Theater and Cumberland Playhouse.  Most recent credits include Acid Queen (The Who’s Tommy), Brigadoon, Chicago, and Waitress #1 (Rock of Ages).  Julie is also the lead singer of a South Jersey cover band and has been working with children’s theater in Galloway township choreographing and co-directing shows with the Once Upon a Time Players.  Thank you to my family for their endless love and support!  You are the reason I keep reaching for the stars.

 

ENSEMBLE

HELANA CAMPBELL (Ensemble) is from Millville.  She has performed in Lakeside Middle School’s productions of The Music Man Jr, and Annie Jr.  Helana, also, performed in CP Kids production Peter Pan Jr. as Brave Oak.  Helana enjoys reading and riding her bike.

STEPHANIE CAMPBELL (Ensemble) is from Millville.  Stephanie spent time performing in various skits and plays. This is Stephanie’s first performance with the Cumberland Players.  Stephanie enjoys reading, singing and walking the boardwalk in Ocean City.

LIZA CHESEBRO (Ensemble) of Millville is pleased to make her return to the CP stage. You may have seen her most recently as Mother (The Golden Goose) at CP. Past roles include Della (Cinderella: the Untold Story) and Glinda (Over the Rainbow). When not going to school, Liza enjoys writing, sewing, and fencing. Special thanks to her parents for instilling in her a love of music and being encouraging and supportive. "I tried to think of something clever to say, but then my brain was eaten by seven lean cows." 

JORDAN CHESTER (Ensemble) is so excited to be in her second show with Cumberland Players! A theatre major at Camden County College, she plans on embarking in a career of indoctrinating your children into the theatre lifestyle/cult. Favorite roles include Jean Fordham (August: Osage County), Sister (Damn Yankees), and Ensemble Member #3 (The Wizard of Oz). She has also greatly enjoyed doing crew for Around the World in 80 Days and Little Shop of Horrors recently. As always, she would like to thank her family for always putting up with her rehearsal schedule. 

AUDRA CORSON (Ensemble): developed a love for theater at an early age, and has been involved in numerous skits and productions in high school, but no musicals much to her dismay. Favorite roles from high school include Miss Brill in (Cheaper by the Dozen) and Lou Costello in (Who's on First?)  Her first return to the stage occurred in 2004, at Chestnut Assembly of God in our church's annual production of Judgment Day. Since then, she has been in other church plays including Judgment Day in a variety of roles, most recently playing Satan in October of 2016. Her favorite role in a church production was in 2008 as Evilene in The Missionary of Oz. Even at 43, she is living her dream to be in a musical. She first wants to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for her salvation and this opportunity.  She wants to also thank her daughter,  Francesca Corson, with whom she is overjoyed to share the stage as she appears her first musical.  A big thank you to my husband, Greg for sacrificing so much through rehearsal schedules and his  unwavering support. To the entire cast and crew of Cumberland Players,  thanks for making this dream of mine a reality. "Go, Go, Go Jo!"

ANNA JOHNS (Ensemble) is a middle schooler at Hopewell Crest Elementary School where she sings in the choir, plays violin and is a member of the drama club, Honor Society and Volleyball team.  Outside of school she enjoys bowling and studies visual art at the Magnolia Hill Studio of Art in Vineland.  Favorite roles so far include Wizard (Once Upon a Mattress, Jr. HCS), Narrator (Finian’s Rainbow, Jr. Kids at CP) and Narrator (Once on This Island, Jr. TTTWK) 

CARLY JORGENSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Cumberland Players debut in her first full-scale musical since high school. As a Mechanical Engineering student entering her third year at Rowan University, it is often difficult to find time to perform, but she makes time for the arts by singing in the Rowan University Women’s Chorus as well as at the Honors Cabaret. After college, she hopes to merge her two passions of Math and Theatre in order to pursue the specific field of Theatre Engineering to design and fabricate sets for Broadway plays and musicals. Carly would like to thank Cumberland Players for giving her the opportunity to be involved in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as her family, her cat Titan, and her boyfriend Tom for always supporting her.

MATTHEW MILES (Ensemble) is making his debut with the Cumberland Players.  He'll begin 11th grade in the fall at WDHS.  He was bitten by the performance bug when he got the chance to sing “I’m Just a Bill” in Schoolhouse Rock in 2012. His favorite performances to date are Shane Gray (Camp Rock) and Baloo (Jungle Book). Other roles include Rooster (Annie), and in the Ensemble in Holy Angels’ Godspell, WDLT’s Fame, HP&P’s Bye Bye Birdie, and WDLT’s Schoolhouse Rock. He is part of WDHS’ Cross Country & Bowling Teams and a member of the Gloucester County Children’s Choir and South Jersey Choral Arts Prelude Singers. He loves history, singing, dancing, video games and performing. He also loves his family and friends and is thankful for their support.

LEILA MYERS (Ensemble) is 15 years old and has already performed in multiple plays and musicals including Madame Zeroni (Holes by Luis Sachar), a Bird Girl (Seussical The Musical Jr.), Mama (Mama’s Bedtime Stories), and a Bride (Golden Goose). She has also performed in an improv show at GCIT. She has Theatre Experience at Gloucester County Institute of Technology and is now a Sophomore there. She is so excited for Joseph and never wants it to end!

KELLY WILLIAMS (Ensemble) is making her on-stage debut, after being a back-stage mom for the past several years. She has done set design and dressing for Once on this Island, Jr. with Triple Threat Workshop for Kids, CP's Rumors, Seussical Jr. and Finians's Rainbow for Kids at CP, as well as worked with CP Kids Club in the past. Proud Mother of six and Grandmother of five, she is a Kitchen & Bath Designer for Colmar Kitchen Studios in Margate & Avalon by day, and personal chauffeur for Samantha & Bobby, her two youngest, by night. She is absolutely THRILLED for the opportunity to be sharing the stage with them, as well as her precious nieces, Sasha & Avery, for this show! She would like to thank her besties Renee & Karen, for encouraging her to audition, the entire production team for giving her a chance to perform, and her husband, Bob, for always being her rock and biggest cheerleader.

SAMANTHA WILLIAMS (Ensemble)is soon to be a senior at Millville Senior High School, and is absolutely delighted to be in her first Mainstage Cumberland Players production. Her past productions include performing and building sets for our Kids Club and Kids @ CP for the past 5 years, her most recent being Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan Jr.), as well as shows with school, Off Broad Street Players, and Triple Threat Workshop for Kids. Other activities include singing in the All-South Jersey and All-State Choirs, Millville Madrigals, Color Guard for the Millville High School Marching Bolts, and watching movies. She would like to thank her family for all the love and support and Jordan for being her buddy throughout the show.

Children’s Choir

OLIVIA CAMPBELL is from Millville.  This is Olivia’s first time ever on stage.  She enjoys art, playing games and family activities.

FRANCESCA CORSON (Children’s Choir) is so excited to be in her first musical at the age of 7. She gets to be in it with her mom, Audra Corson,  which is pretty cool. She loves to sing, dance, swim,  and she loves art.  She hopes this will be one of many musical theater productions that she get to be a part of in the future.  Big shout outs to my dad, Greg for all of his support and to my cats, Chloe and Wyatt.

AVERY TORRES (Children’s Choir) is a 3rd grader at Holly Heights Elementary school. She enjoys singing, baking, and being a Girl Scout. She loves to play dress up, do crafts and art projects, and is rarely seen without her Kitty Ears on. She's very excited to join Cumberland Player's for her first Theater Production. 

SASHA TORRES (Children’s Choir) is a 5th grader at Holly Heights Elementary School. She loves music and singing and was a member of the All South Jersey Elementary Choir, plays the saxophone in her school band, plays softball in a rec league & travel team in her spare time and loves Art. This will be her third appearance in a Cumberland Players production and she is thrilled to be working with and learning from all the grownups.