Gypsy April 12-28, 2024

Gypsy

April 12-28, 2024

Friday, and Saturday, April 12 & 13 at 7:30pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 18, 19 & 20, and April 25, 26 & 27, at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 14, 21 & 28, 2pm

Directed by William Deschenes
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Executive Producer: Evelyn S. Malm

Gypsy, the quintessential tale of a stage mother’s unwavering ambition to make her daughters stars, is often regarded as America’s greatest musical. Set against the backdrop of the declining vaudeville era and rising burlesque in 1920s and ’30s America, this celebrated production is a humorous exploration of show business and stardom, featuring unforgettable characters and a brilliant score that includes classic tunes like “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”

Our Cast

Kimberly McClure (Rose)
Lindsey Ashworth (Louise)
Randy Elkinson (Herbie)
Elinor Ault (June)
Cammerron Baits (Tulsa, Strip Patron)
Kelly McGowan (Yonkers, Pastey, Strip Patron)
Rebecca Muller (L.A., Georgie, Bougeron-Cochon, Strip Patron)
Corinne Apostolides (Angie, Rich Man, Strip Patron)
Stephanie Witz (Tessie Tura)
Kate deLima (Mazeppa, Miss Cratchitt)
Stacey Flaherty (Electra)
Chantell Arraial (Agnes)
Desiree Okoh (Marjorie Mae, Renee)
Kelly Auld (Dolores, Waitress)
Christian Roulleau (Uncle Jocko, Pop, Weber, Mr. Goldstone, Cigar, Phil, Strip Patron)
Julieta Ortiz (Baby Louise)
Maren Phifer (Baby June)
Lowie Channell (Rich Man’s Son, Magician, U/S for Baby June & Baby Louise)
Matthew McGuirl (Clarence, Tap-Dancing Urchin)
Nora Daubert (Boy Scout with High Note, Ventriloquist)
Paloma Ortiz (Balloon Girl, Boy Scout)
Dori Bryan-Ployer (Understudy for Rose)

Kimberly McClure
Kimberly McClure

Kimberly McClure, Rose
Kimberly McClure arrived in Boston’s Metrowest fresh out of college and came skipping on stage, as Little Red Riding Hood, in Vokes Theater’s (1991) production of  Into the Woods. She spent the next three decades working in theaters in and around Boston. Favorite roles include – Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Blanche Dubois (Streetcar Named Desire), Sally Bowles (Cabaret), and Margie Walsh (Good People). Kimberly is now in love with her ‘relocated life’ in Rhode Island, where she teaches yoga, leads beach combing tours and appreciates the smell of sweet grass and salty air. Thanks to Hadley and Ange for taking her on the sweetly wild ride of motherhood IRL<3, to GH for her help memorizing for this show; and to Doug for…well, everything always. Cheers and love.

Lindsey Ashworth
Lindsey Ashworth

Lindsey Ashworth, Louise
Lindsey Ashworth is thrilled to return to the Mass Arts Center this season. She is a recent college graduate and holds a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Rhode Island College. Past credits include  Reality Romance  (Destiny M), Cabaret  (Fraulein Kost/Sally Bowles u/s), 1776  (Martha Jefferson), Working: A Musical  (principal cast), The House Of Bernarda Alba  (Adela), The Little Mermaid  (Andrina). She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support. @lindseyashworth

Randy Elkinson
Randy Elkinson

Randy Elkinson, Herbie
Randy is the President of MPS, Marketing & Promotional Solutions. Although  Gypsy  is his Mass Arts Center debut, Randy has an extensive history within the performing arts. Randy toured professionally out of college and has performed in many different theatres including summer stock, regional and community theatres. Favorite roles include The Baker – Into the Woods, Leo Bloom – The Producers, Billy – Anything Goes, Bob – Beau Jest  and Howie – Rabbit Hole. In his free time, Randy enjoys traveling, hanging with the C4&More, and spending time with his wife and kids!

Elinor Ault
Elinor Ault

Elinor Ault, June, Overture
Elinor is thrilled to be returning to the Mass Arts Center’s Reservoir Stage seven years after appearing as Rebecca Gibbs in  Our Town ! Previous credits include:  Matilda the Musical, A Christmas Carol 2019 & 2021  (Company Theatre), Shrek the Musical  (BSU’s FPAC), In The Light of One Another  (Wagner College’s Stage One). Elinor also performed for Walt Disney Entertainment in Walt Disney World from 2018-2019 and is an educator at Academy at Mass Arts. Hugs to Mom, Dad, Katie and Maggie. Thank you to Louie for sharing the spotlight! Deepest thanks to William, all of this would not be possible without you. To Katie – together wherever we go!

Cammerron Baits
Cammerron Baits

Cammerron Baits, Tulsa, Strip Patron
Cammerron Baits is thrilled to be making his on stage Mass Arts Center debut following a stint as the male off-stage swing in  Puffs ! Not just a performer, Cammerron directs, choreographs, is an intimacy director/coordinator, acting coach, headshot photographer (@meltingclockstudios on Instagram), graphic designer but most importantly a husband and dog dad! Favorite past credits: John Merrick (The Elephant Man), Nick Bottom (Something Rotten), Edmund (King Lear)! So what is next for him!? You can see him on stage as Stuart (Into the Breeches  at Walpole Footlighters) or his choreography at the Salem Y in  High School Musical Jr.  then  Mean Girls Jr. For more information on his upcoming adventures follow him on insta@Cammerronb. He would like to thank the cast and crew of  Gypsy  for this incredible experience! And sends his love and gratitude to his best friend, husband, and life partner, Christian!

Kelly McGowan
Kelly McGowan

Kelly McGowan, Yonkers, Pastey, Strip Patron (Dance Captain)
Kelly McGowan is thrilled to be back on stage at MAC! You may have seen her as the Narrator in  Puffs, or in the Ensemble of  Sweeney Todd. Some of her favorite roles include Regan (King Lear, Gazebo Players of Medfield), Ensemble/Dance Captain (Something Rotten, Walpole Footlighters), and Shona (Top Girls, Ghostlight Players). When Kelly is not acting, she enjoys building puppets, reading plays, and hanging out with family in her hometown of Norwood, MA. Kelly would like to thank the cast and creative team for making this show so spectacular!

Rebecca Muller
Rebecca Muller

Rebecca Muller, L.A., Georgie, Bougeron-Cochon, Strip Patron
Rebecca (she/her/hers) is ecstatic to be making her debut with Mass Arts Center in their production of  Gypsy ! She is so grateful to have joined this community and for the opportunity to be a part of this show. In the past she has participated in projects at Hope Community Theatre and the Academy Players of RI. When not on stage, Rebecca enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband, dog, and two cats.

Corinne Apostolides
Corinne Apostolides

Corinne Apostolides, Angie, Rich Man, Strip Patron
Corinne is excited for her debut at Mass Arts Center! From Salisbury Massachusetts where she was born and raised, she grew up loving theater. She received a bachelors in theater arts from Dean College and performed in various shows including Lysistrata in  Lysistrata, Kit Kat Girl in  Cabaret, Pilar in  Legally Blonde the Musical  and worked as an extra for HBOs “The Deuce” while living in New York City. Corinne now works for a global auction house named Bonhams Skinner in the Asian Art and Native American & Tribal Art department.

Stephanie Witz
Stephanie Witz

Stephanie Witz, Tessie Tura
Stephanie Rose Witz is happy to be making her debut at Mass Arts Center. Stephanie has been working for the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket RI for 10 years as a performer and educator. By day, she is a Music Teacher with a bachelor’s in music education from the University of Rhode Island. Her favorite roles include Frenchie in  Grease, Babette in  Beauty and the Beast, the Hunyak in  Chicago, and Candy Starr in  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She thanks her own Mama Rose, Nancy for introducing her to theater and the other “strong female leads” in her life. Love to Nick, my favorite stage door supporter and dance partner.

Kate deLima
Kate deLima

Kate deLima, Mazeppa, Miss Cratchitt
Kate deLima is delighted to return to the world of  Gypsy  after playing Baby Louise alongside her sister (who played Baby June) and mother (Tessie Tura) sometime in the late 20th century. Favorite roles since then include Helen Hubbard in  Murder on the Orient Express  (Milton Players), the title character in  The Drowsy Chaperone, the Baker’s Wife in  Into the Woods, Trina in  Falsettos, Claudia in  Nine, and Princess Puffer in  The Mystery of Edwin Drood  (all at Turtle Lane Playhouse), Wanda in the world premiere of  Wandaleria  (Argos Productions), Magnolia in  Showboat  (Company Theatre), and Gwendolen in  The Importance of Being Earnest  (Fiddlehead Theatre Company). Kate understudied Trina and Charlotte in  Falsettos  at the Huntington Theatre and Abigail in  1776  at the Lyric Stage Company. Kate sends all love and thanks to husband David and kids Marley, Alice, and Henry.

Stacey Flaherty
Stacey Flaherty

Stacey Flaherty, Electra
Stacey Flaherty is a self-employed seamstress specializing in formal wear and home decor. She is also an AFAA certified fitness instructor at NRG Lab Fitness Center in Franklin. She holds a BA in theatre and dance from Bridgewater State College as well as an MA in costume design from Purdue University. Stacey is an instructor at the Stadium Theatre Conservatory in Woonsocket, RI, and will be choreographing on the main stage for their upcoming season. Some of her favorite roles include Rosie in  Mama Mia, Maggie in  A Chorus Line  and Joanna in  Sweeney Todd.

Chantell Arraial
Chantell Arraial

Chantell Arraial, Agnes
Chantell is excited to be performing at the Mass Arts Center for the first time. She is the Box Office Manager at Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI by day and is pursuing musical theatre and TV in her free time. Previous shows include  Chicago  (Roxie Hart), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  (Maggie the Cat), Noises Off  (Belinda Blair), Boeing Boeing  (Gabriella) and  Grease  (Marty Maraschino). Chantell was just recently in an Off-Broadway workshop for the original musical  Virtually Ours. She can also be seen on the new television show Portuguese Problems now streaming on RTPI and the RTP Play app. @cmariedaniels

Desiree Okoh
Desiree Okoh

Desiree Okoh, Marjorie Mae, Renee
Desiree is excited to make her debut at MAC in  Gypsy  after a 12-year hiatus from the stage. She is a full-time French teacher in Milton, and after school, she is the assistant director and vocal coach for their middle school musical theater club. She is grateful to be working with such a talented cast and production team on this classic show! She’d also like to give special thanks to her partners in life and love for all of their support and encouragement. Sing out, everybody!

Kelly Auld
Kelly Auld

Kelly Auld, Dolores, Waitress
Kelly is thrilled to be back on the MAC stage after an 11-year hiatus. Past MAC productions include  Cabaret  (Helga) and  A Chorus Line  (BeBe). She would like to thank the entire  Gypsy  production team for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful production. Love to Brendon, Ronan, and Madeline for all your support behind the scenes.

Christian Roulleau
Christian Roulleau

Christian Roulleau, Uncle Jocko, Pop, Weber, Mr. Goldstone, Cigar, Phil, Strip Patron
Christian Roulleau returns to the MAC stage for the ninth time, having previously been seen in  The Tempest  (Antonio), Assassins  (Charles Guiteau), Noises Off  (Lloyd Dallas), How the Other Half Loves  (Frank Foster), Our Town  (Doc Gibbs), Measure for Measure  (Angelo), Romeo and Juliet  (Mercutio), and in the title role of last season’s  Sweeney Todd. Other favorite roles include Max in  Bent, Kilroy in  Camino Real, Bosie in  Gross Indecency, Lorenzo in  Melancholy Play, Dionysus in  The Bacchae, Shatov in Dostoevsky’s  Demons, and John Jasper in  The Mystery of Edwin Drood. As always, Christian offers never-ending thanks to his family for their love and support.

Julieta Ortiz
Julieta Ortiz

Julieta Ortiz, Baby Louise
Julieta Ortiz, age 10, is from Winthrop, MA. Previous credits include  Evita  (The Child) with American Repertory Theater 2023 and  The Wizard of Oz  (The Coroner) with Voices Boston 2022. She is a proud member of Voices Boston, which has fostered her love of singing and acting under the artistic direction of Dan Ryan. Julieta has trained and performed with Boston Ballet and Coastline Ballet under the instruction of Jessica Kreyer and Pavel Gurevich. She plays the violin and has performed with Four Strings Academy. She loves to read and imagine. Instagram: @julieta.ortiz.e

Maren Phifer
Maren Phifer

Maren Phifer, Baby June
Maren is excited to be making her debut performance with MAC! Maren was most recently seen in  Matilda the Musical  (Matilda) and  The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever  (Skylar). Maren is a fourth grader at the Deer Hill School in Cohasset. Maren also loves dancing and has been studying ballet since the age of 3. She was most recently in the  Nutcracker  with the Boston Ballet. She would like to thank her voice teacher, Meredith Borden, for her guidance and encouragement. She would also like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.

Lowie Channel
Lowie Channel

Lowie Channell, Rich Man’s Son (Young LA) / Magician / understudy for Baby June & Baby Louise
Lowie Channell loves Broadway, Hogwarts, and Taylor Swift! She is 12 years old, lives in Providence, and attends The Wheeler School. Favorite past shows include  Fun Home, Bonnie & Clyde, Anne of Green Gables, Matilda, and  Elf the Musical. Thank you to Daddy, Queenie, Katie, Ellie, Maggie, Will, Nina, & Beaux-Beaux!

Matthew McGuirl
Matthew McGuirl

Matthew McGuirl, Clarence / Tap-Dancing Urchin (Young Tulsa)
Matthew McGuirl, a sixth grader at Thayer Academy, fell in love with the stage at the age of 8. Since then, Matthew’s favorite roles include  Big: The Musical  (Young Josh), A Christmas Carol  (Tiny Tim), Frozen, Jr  (Kristoff), and  Willy Wonka  (Mike TeeVee). Matthew has also had the opportunity to sing a duet with Broadway star Abby Mueller (Six), venture into film and perform in NYC at Lincoln Center. In addition, he is a member of the Enharmonix, a recording ensemble and Trills & Chills, an a cappella group. Matthew would like to thank the cast and crew and his family for their patience and support.

Nora Daubert
Nora Daubert

Nora Daubert, Boy Scout with High Note (Young Yonkers) / Ventriloquist
Nora is a 5th grade student at Jordan / Jackson Elementary School and a student in the Academy at Mass Arts. She is very excited to be participating in her first full-length theater production.

Paloma Ortiz
Paloma Ortiz

Paloma Ortiz, Balloon Girl / Boy Scout
Paloma Ortiz, is from Winthrop, MA. Previous credits include:  Mid Winter Revels  (Children’s Choir) at Sanders Theater 2023;  The Gray Bird  (Ensemble) Voices Boston 2023;  The Wizard of Oz  (Ensemble) Voices Boston 2022. She trains in Ballet at Coastline Ballet of Marblehead and Martial Arts at Cervizzi’s Academy of Winthrop. She plays the violin and has performed with Four Strings Academy. Paloma likes acting, cooking, and swimming.

William Deschenes
William Deschenes

William Deschenes, Director
Bill is thrilled to be making his directing debut at Mass Arts Center, especially with such an auspicious title as  Gypsy.  Other shows directed by Bill include  Into the Woods  (RI Broadway World Awards: Best Musical & Best Director of a Musical), Chicago, Mamma Mia!, A Christmas Carol–The Musical, A Chorus Line, Chapter Two  and  Rabbit Hole  (DASH Award nominations:  Best Play & Best Director). When not on the community theater scene, Bill is a Theater Arts teacher in the Milton Public Schools where he has directed many plays and musicals including:  The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, Hello Dolly!, Once on This Island, as well as his own adaptations of Shakespeare’s  Twelfth Night  and  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Bill would like to extend his sincere gratitude to the magnificent  Gypsy  cast and production team and much love to his family for their understanding and support.

Brittany Dyer
Brittany Dyer

Brittany Dyer, Music Director
Brittany is excited to be making her music directing debut with MAC. She has worked as a music director, pianist, conductor, actor, and singer with many theaters throughout southern New England for 15 years. In addition to her work on large-scale productions with both children and adults, she has performed in NYC at the Triad Theatre, The Duplex, and the renowned music club, The Bitter End. Brittany has also performed with Anthony Kearns of the Three Irish Tenors at the Wexford Opera House and sung back up for Josh Groban and David Phelps. Outside of theatre and musical performances, she is a full-time music teacher at La Salle Academy in Providence.

Mary Haddad
Mary Haddad

Mary Haddad, Choreographer
Mary is thrilled to be working with this amazing team on this iconic show at Mass Arts Center. Onstage, Mary has performed in over 30 countries in roles in musicals including  Grease, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, 42nd Street, Chicago, and  Hey, Mr. Producer, as well as kicking up her heels on the high seas as a principal singer and dancer for Jean Ann Ryan Productions aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Her choreography has been seen in local commercials, as well as productions of  Newsies, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, State Fair, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  and  High School Musical. She has also created and directed several original ballets including  Anastasia, The Little Mermaid  and  Mary Poppins. She is a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College and as of this May will hold an MFA in theatre education from Emerson College. She is grateful to Bill for inviting her on this journey and dedicates this show to her Mom who sang “Mr Goldstone” to her daily.

Anthony Rinaldi
Anthony Rinaldi

Anthony Rinaldi, Stage Manager
Anthony Rinaldi is excited to make his MAC debut as a Stage Manager! He would like to give thanks and much love to his family, friends and Zach who have supported him in every step of every show. Past favorite shows include  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  (Nick), Peter and the Starcatcher  (Black Stache), Cinderella  (Prince Topher), Beauty and the Beast  (Gaston), The Bodyguard  (Frank Farmer), Grease  (Danny Zuko), Little Shop of Horrors  (Orin Scrivello), Man of la Mancha  (Don Quixote), The Secret Garden  (Dr. Neville Craven), Guys and Dolls  (Sky Masterson), Godspell  (John the Baptist/Judas), and  A Little Night Music  (Mr. Nordstrom).

Louie
Louie

Louie the Dog, Chowsie
Louie is thrilled to be taking the stage in the role of Chowsie! Past credits include London Dog in  A Christmas Carol  at The Company Theatre in 2019 & 2021. Thank you to Daddy, Queenie, Katie, Ellie, Maggie, Will, Nina, & Beaux-Beaux!

SPONSORS

Spier Family Foundation Horizontal
Evelyn S. Malm, executive producer
Mockingbird Music