SYNOPSIS


A Chorus Line, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, dazzled more than 6 million people during its record-breaking 15-year run on Broadway. A modern classic, A Chorus Line chronicles the joy, despair and triumph of 17 dancers as they audition for an 8-member Broadway chorus. A Chorus Line is “Still the Best Damn Musical in Town!” - Liz Smith

 


CAST

 

 

LUIS “LUIGI” ALVAREZ-SCHACHT (Mark) is thrilled to make his debut with the Miami Acting Company. He currently attends Barbara Goleman Senior High where he is Vice President of the 2007-2008 Drama Club. Most recent credits include Run For Your Wife “Bobby”, A Doll’s House “Krogstad” where he won the All-Star Cast Award, and Little Shop of Horrors with Main Street Players. He would like to thank those that have shaped his passion for theatre, specifically Tanisha Cidel and Andy Quiroga. Above all, he would like to thank God and his family for their unconditional support. Love you Mom!


NANCY ANDRADE (Connie) is delighted to join Miami Acting Company in A Chorus Line. She has previously starred in and choreographed productions of Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Godspell, Into the Woods, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, The Pajama Game, Little Shop of Horrors, Big River, Oklahoma, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as well as musical revues. Her choreography has consistently received top honors at district and state competitions throughout < st1:State w:st="on">Florida . Nancy will be making her directorial debut this fall when she will co-direct and choreograph West Side Story. She has performed with the Young Americans Musical Theater Troupe and in the Super Bowl XXIX Halftime Show starring Patti Labelle and Tony Bennett. She would like to dedicate her performance to her beautiful children, Gabrielle and Michael.  www.nancyandrade.com


SILVIA BRASIL (Vicky) was born in São Paulo, the megalopolis city of Brazil. The American Indian background explains her eccentric surname Brasil. She started dancing and performing at an early age of 9. Miss Brasil worked in London (‘98) before moving to Australia in '99, Malaysia 2005 and Japan 2004. In 2005, after traveling to 14 countries in 8 years, she arrived in Miami Beach with many projects, joining the different cultures: Bossa Nova, Samba, Batucada with a South Beach twist. She holds a degree in Social Communications, with emphasis in Radio &TV Production (94-98- FAAP/SP), with credentials for commercial announcing (`95-SENAC/SP) and as a professional dancer, both in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was also featured in various TV appearances around the world (UK, BR, AU, USA,JP) and a few movies: Matrix, Son of the mask, Stealth and Miami Vice. Training: Salsa dance, Belly dance, flamenco, samba, tango, jazz, modern ballet, gafieria, singing, acting, presenting ( Radio & TV). Silvia is very happy for being part on her favorite musical: A Chorus Line, a journey inside the dancer’s world.  www.silviabrasil.com


KEVIN COLEMAN JR. (Richie) is an engineering student at Coral Reef Senior High. It's ironic how he finds himself in more theatre shows than engineering competitions. Kevin has performed in various school productions including Young Americans, The Red Carpet, The Annual African American Show and most recently Hear My Song. All of the performances required singing, acting, and his first love dancing. As a beginning artist, Kevin is thrilled to showcase his talent in the Miami Acting Company production of A Chorus Line.  James Puig, Kevin's 10th grade drama teacher, helped him realize that theatre is more than a hobby, it's his passion and he gave him the confidence to pursue his dream. "I get to escape from the real world and transform into fictitious characters who I will only meet on stage." Kevin would like to dedicate this performance to his mother, sisters and family who support his efforts and of course his close friends, Michael, Hannah, and Joey. Sean H. thank you for helping me accomplish my goals. "There would be no passion in this world if we never had to fight for what we love..." 

 

GEORGES DELAIRE (Don), having graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Linguistics, is now setting out on his goal to become an actor/dancer/astronaut (as a fallback career, of course). He has performed instrumentally (piano) for years, but he is new to the world of dance, having recently become proficient in Swing, Israeli, Hip-Hop, and Bhangra, and is now testing his mettle in jazz and musical theater. In the future, he intends to continue on to a Master's degree in Linguistics and pursue the dancing bug further.  Georges is very excited to be a part of this production.


MARGIE EISENBERG (Laura, Zach's Assistant) is a "retired" dancer turned actor. She has choreographed numerous musicals for The JCC Players, and Miami Stage Company. She has appeared in The Naked Stage's production of Romeo & Juliet as "Lady Capulet", Alliance Theatre Lab's production of Down The Road as "Iris", Miami Stage Company's CATS as "Rumpleteazer" among others. She also has appeared in commercials, film and television......most recently in "America's Most Wanted--Dr. Mark Weinberger" and the upcoming Jim Carrey film I Love You, Philip Morris. In addition to acting, Margie is a SilverSneaker® Instructor at The Dave and Mary Alper JCC. She lives in Homestead with her husband Michael, her daughter Rebecca, two dogs and two peacocks.... Holla!!


VICTOR FARINAS (Paul) is thrilled to be taking on the role of Paul.  This is actually his second time playing the role and his second production with Miami Acting Company after appearing as Mr. Mistoffelees in CATS.  He has been in countless productions and has been singing, dancing and acting his whole life and plans to continue into the future.  He also serves as the District 8 Thespian student representative.   Love and thank s to family and friends always.

 

 RIQ FRANCESCHI (Bobby) is thrilled to be returning to ''the line" after performing the role of “Paul” in (2003) for Quantum Entertainment. Riq graduated from the University of Miami with a dual degree in Theater Arts and Motion Pictures. Performance credits include: Romeo and Juliet, The Scottish Play, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, Grease, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show and most recently MAC'S production of Cats. Backstage, he has also contributed to over a dozen productions throughout South Florida including Mad Cat Theatre Group, The Theatre Institute, GableStage and the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.

 

STEPHANIE LYNN FRITZ (Vicki) is excited to be joining the Miami Acting Company's production of A Chorus Line. She has performed in theatrical productions of Little Shop of Horrors “Chiffon”, The King and I “Royal Wife”, Sweet Charity “Helene”, Gypsy “Mazeppa” and Forty-Second Street “Dorothy Brock”. She currently attends Florida International University where she is working toward a degree in Dance Education. Many thanks to her family and friends for all their love and support. . . and of course to her adoring boyfriend. 


OLIVIA GINTEL (Judy) recently toured and performed with the Connecticut Ballet for the 2007-2008 Season. She also performed with Bernier Dance Company (2007) and danced with The American Ballet Russe (2006). In 2005, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Miami in Theatre Arts. She also danced professionally with Orlando Ballet in 2001-2002, and The Joffrey trainee company from 2000-2001. Other training was received at The Houston Ballet Academy and Miami City Ballet. Other credits include Grease “Sandra Dee,” A Chorus Line “Judy Turner,” Hair  “Tiger Lilly,” The Mouth of The River, Brigadoon and The King And I.       


AHRID HANNALEY (Cut dancer /Ensemble) was born in Mexico City. She is part of one of the most prestigious television companies in Mexico, TELEVISA. She is a graduate from "C.E.A." (Professional Acting School). Recent credits include  A Mid Summer's Night Dream, Loves Labors Lost, and Annie, as well as numerous television productions including telenovelas and the foreign film "Tenias que ser tú."  She also released a pop album with Universal Music.  Ahrid is proud to be a part of Miami Acting Company's production of A Chorus Line.


DEBORAH JARAMILLO (Ensemble), at 14 years old, is a Miami Native.  Deborah has danced since the age of 3, participating in numerous performances and recitals over the years for school and studios.  She is also an avid tennis player, playing competitively for her school teams and in local USTA Tournaments.  She will attend Coral Reef Senior High School Fine Arts Program in the Fall as a Freshman. Deborah is new to acting as this is her se cond production with Miami Acting Company.  She danced in CATS, playing the role of “Carbuckety” and danced the White Cat Solo. 


ERIKA DIANE JOHNSON (Cassie) is a Miami native who has appeared in numerous ballets, dramas, operas, musicals, oktoberfests, revues and circus shows across the globe. After a semi-successful career in competitive USAG gymnastics, she turned her attention to dance, specifically ballet, training at such institutions as the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and The Juilliard School in New York City. She holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and attended New World School of the Arts (for Musical Theater) here in Miami. She has been seen onstage with The Royal Ballet, The Miami Ballet, as Janey Junkfood in the national tour of Foodplay!, on cirque stages in Brazil and Japan, kicking her legs in the Can-Can at 'Mansion' on Miami's South Beach, making magic with Kevin and Caruso, and most recently flipping on the children's stage at Actor's Playhouse in Paint! She is very excited to be joining this wonderful cast of A Chorus Line and would like to thank her beautiful parents for all their unbeatable support through the years.


ANDRES OTERO (Al) This Colombian performer can’t remember a time when he was not on a stage. From "Tony," the tragic hero of West Side Story, to " Seymour ” in Little Shop of Horrors, th is actor has inhabited diverse characters. He has participated in over 14 musicals and 5 straight plays including the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Lamar" in Godspell, and "Bobby Strong" in Urinetown.  This is Andres’ second time working with the Miami Acting Company.  During the time the singer spent at Florida International University obtaining his degree in Business Administration, he remained in the spotlight by joining choirs and rock bands. 


FRANCES PABÓN (Tricia / Understudy) can be defined by the things that inspire her and has been referred to as a "love junkie" (thanks D). Born into a Puerto Rican family, the performing arts are in her blood. Frances is currently a working Graphic Designer and is thrilled to be a part of Miami Acting Company's production of A Chorus Line.


SAMANTHA PAZOS (Diana) a native of Miami, Florida, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts and a minor in dance, at the University of Miami. Her past credits include Fool's Paradise (Ensemble, u/s Angela, Stage Manager) written by local singer/songwriter Jim Camacho, The World Goes Round (Woman 2), Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo), Into the Woods (the Baker's Wife), and Dido and Aeneas (First Witch) at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. She is also a ballet dancer since the age of four, studying at Ballet Concerto and Patricia Peenori Dance Center .  Some of her dancing credits include attendance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre summer intensive program, performances with the Ballet Concerto Company in La Casa de Bernarda Alba and Les Sylphides and The Nutcracker with the Charleston Ballet Theatre. Thanks Mama and Papa for putting up with everything and for always supporting me. I love you!


COLLEEN PRIOR (Maggie) is thrilled to be a part of MAC's production of A Chorus Line. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Motion Pictures/Religion.  Outside of school, however, she has been performing professionally since the age of 8. Favorite roles include "Sheila" in Hair, "Amy" in Company, "Gilmer" in Godspell, "Demeter" in CATS, as well as numerous roles in A Chorus Line; in the past, she has played Judy, Maggie, Cassie u/s, and served as the Judy/Maggie/Tricia swing in an equity production of the show in Washington, D.C. She has had extensive training in dance, and has studied at such studios as Alvin Ailey and Dance Space Center in New York, and has workshopped with Donna McKechnie and Tovah Feldshuh. Behind the scenes, she has choreographed productions of West Side Story, Cats, The Wild Party, and Company, and has directed and produced You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown as well as a variety of charity benefit productions. In the past, she has performed at the White House, Disney World, the Kennedy Center, the Warner Theater in D.C., and was for a time a regular anthem singer and halftime performer for the Washington Wizards. She currently works as a cantorial soloist for the Sunshine Cathedral in Ft. Lauderdale, and after the closing of this show will be going into "retirement" to move to the U.K. to attend the University College London for a Master's degree in Medieval Religion. Thank you so much to everyone who made this production a success!


SERENA SALVA (Sheila) is ecstatic to be a part of Miami Acting Company's A Chorus Line. She currently attends Florida International University where she is studying Education while pursuing her acting career. This is Serena's first show since high school at Archbishop Carroll  where she had and continues to have the pleasure of playing several roles on and off stage including “Mrs. Anna Leonowens” in The King and I, directing their 2008 Spring Musical Forty-Second St reet and assisting their Troupe with District and State Competitions. She would like to extend her many thanks to the phenomenal cast and crew of A Chorus Line for all of their hard work and dedication. She also extends tremendous amounts of gratitude and love to her family and friends for showing so much support.  


MELANIE STERNER (Bebe) has always been dazzled by musical theater.  Ever since she was very young, she had a passion for singing and dancing. She was born and raised in Miami , Fl. and graduated last year from FIU with a Bachelors degree in Special Education.  Melanie has always been a true performer.  She was a spokesperson and cheerleader for The Florida Marlins for 4 years.  She traveled to Hawaii to perfor m with Poet Productions Dance Company and has had the opportunity to act in several commercials for radio and television.  A Chorus Line will be her first musical theater production. Melanie is most honored and excited to be a part of the cast.

 

DENIS TAVITA (Frank/Headband boy) is excited to be making his community theater debut in Miami Acting Company's performance of A Chorus Line. One of his favorite past roles was “Andy Lee” in Forty-Second Street. He is grateful for this experience to be on stage with so many wonderful and professional performers. He thanks his family and friends for their constant love and support . . . and of course his beautiful girlfriend. 


BRYAN TAYLOR (Greg) Originally from New York, where he has studied acting, dance and voice for eight years, Bryan is excited to be part of Miami Acting Company’s A Chorus Line. Some of his credits include: “Riff” in Westside Story, “Harry The Horse” in Guys and Dolls, “Danny Zuko” in Grease, “Patrick” in Mame, “Guard” in The Bacchae. Bryan is currently teaching acting and choreography workshops throughout high schools in Broward County. He would like to thank the entire cast for all their support and send a big th ank you to his family and friends for all their love and encouragement.


MICHAEL VADNAL (Zach), a native of Cleveland, is excited to be a part of this great musical.  Michael’s debut performance in Miami was at the Actors’ Playhouse in the production of Return To The Forbidden Planet as Ariel The Robot.  Other theatre credits include CATS (Munkustrap), Oleanna (John), and Bat Boy (Dr. Parker).  Film credits include The Bahama Hustle (FBI Agent) and the Italian blockbuster movie Natale A Miami (Serial Killer).  Michael has had the honor of studying extensively with Mr. Burt Reynolds and, at Mr. Reynolds’ request, was his stand-in during an ESPN commercial.  Michael is also a drummer, pianist, and songwriter, and has performed with such national acts as The Coasters, The Ink Spots, and The Tokens.  He wrote the musical I Don’t Car e which he looks forward to directing and producing in the near future.  Michael has been cast in and is currently in the production phase of the screenplay But He Wasn’t Wearing A Wedding Ring When I First Met Him (Dan) written and being directed by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Frank Eberling.  In Michael’s “real life,” he is a detective with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office investigating animal abuse and child abuse crimes.   God Bless Our Troops!


MONICA VALDES (Kristine) is a Miami native whose most recent theatre credits include: Bombalurina in Cats, Mae in The Wild Party, Dena in Pitching to the Star (Aphra Studio in Canterbury, UK), Fern in Charlotte’s Web, and Ursula/Gloria in Bye Bye Birdie.  She has performed in various children’s theatre shows at The Actor’s Playhouse, including Anne of Green Gables, and has sung professionally with the prestigious Miami Children’s Chorus for over ten years.  She has also been a dancer since the age of three, practicing at the Joe Michaels Dance Center with acclaimed dancers Mia and Dana Michaels.  She has modeled for The Green Agency, World of Kids, and Ford Models, and has appeared in various television commercials.  She recently graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a B.S.C. in Motion Pictures and Theatre Arts.  She has directed and starred in a number of short student films, including a few projects for Quantum Entertainment—an on-campus film and theatre organization—and she was recently involved in a graduate film thesis which included her portrayal of Hannah from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America.  She is thrilled to be taking part in another show with the Miami Acting Company and is very excited to be working with such a talented cast!


BRITNEY WALTON (Val) was born and raised in Miami, FL, where she grew up always involved in the arts.  Dancing has always been a passion of hers, as well as working with kids.  After 8 years experience as a hip hop dance instructor, teaching kids ages five to eighteen, and previously a Florida Marlins Cheerleader, this vibrant 24 year-old started her own dance company called SimpCity, Inc.  She is now living out her dream as a Dance Instructor/Director.  She is proud to join the very talented cast of A Chorus Line and hopes to show the community what can come out of working together and enjoying the simple things in life...good times and laughter.  Featured roles include "Helen" in Bye Bye Birdie, "Villager" in The Music Man, "Chava" in Fiddler On The Roof and the leading role of "Sally" in Me and My Girl.  Britney wants to thank her family for always supporting and believing in her since she started as a young performer, as well as a special thanks to her fiancée, Chris Simpson, who has always given her great support in fulfilling her passion as a performer. 

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