The Cast of Frankenstein – the musical

Eric Fletcher (Victor Frankenstein, Vocal Director)

Eric is very pleased to be playing Victor Frankenstein.  His Off-Broadway credits include: A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Hollow (Henry), Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom), Beauty and the Beast (Papa), The Little Mermaid (Fish Witch), Cinderella (Madame), Alice in Wonderland (Queen of Hearts), The Selfish Giant (Giant), Treasure Island (Ben Gunn).  Eric earned a BFA in Theatre Performance form Virginia Commonwealth University.  He can also be seen around New York as his drag persona Madame Sparkle Monster.  Thanks to friends, family, and the Powers That Be.

Zachary Tallman (The Monster)

New York Theatre: Samuel Smith in Henry ‘Box’ Brown (Children’s Theater Company), Mr. Collins/us Mr. Bennet in Austen’s Pride (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival) Fred Grahm in Kiss Me Kate, Herman Preysing in Grand Hotel (Fredrick Loewe Theatre), Larry in Company (Tisch New Theatre.) Regional: Tobias in Sweeney Todd (Stillpoint Theatre Initiative), Francis Flute in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Friedberg Concert Hall.) Education: NYU, Peabody Institute.

Isabel Kruse (Elizabeth)

Isabel is a classically trained soprano and film/stage actress with international credits in Australia, Asia, the US and Canada. Highlights include Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest), Helena (All’s Well That Ends Well), and taking the title of Grand Champion (Acting) at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2012. She has recently completed a year of intensive conservatory at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, is represented by Hell’s Kitchen Agency, and is a proud member of C.A.E.A.

Lindsay Ortmeyer (Justine)

Lindsay is very happy to be back at The Players Theatre after appearing in The Little Mermaid last spring! New York: The Human Incubator (SheNYC Festival), Waste, Fraud and Abuse! (13th Street Rep) Regional: Fiorello! (Berkshire Theatre Group), Blood Brothers (Black Box Players), Me and My Girl and Singin’ in the Rain (Reagle Music Theatre). BFA Musical Theatre ’16, Syracuse University.

Richard Lisenby (Henry)

Off-Broadway: The Little Mermaid (The Players Theater); Sgt. Stubby (FACT Theater); Croaker: A New Musical and A Pie Rat’s Tale, (Three Act Theater Company). NYC/Regional: Mr. Erlanson, A Little Night Music (Theater 2020); Dan, Next to Normal (TATC); Marius, Les Misérables (Tennessee Valley Art Association); L.A. in Gypsy (Gallery Players); Semi-finalist in NYMF’s 2015 Next Broadway Sensation Competition. B.A. University of Montevallo. M.M. Southern Illinois University. www.RichardLisenby.com; Twitter: @RichieLisenby

Joe Hornberger (Walton, Priest, Blind Father, Fisherman )

This is Joe’s New York debut! Regional credits include work at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, and ArtsEmerson. Collegiate credits include: Titanic (John Jacob Astor), Guys & Dolls (Big Jule), The Spitfire Grill (Eli), and Mother Hicks (Ricky). Joe can be seen as Sebastian in the YouTube web series, Blacke Magic. Education: BFA, Emerson College. Love and gratitude to everyone at Players, and his friends and family. Always for Mom. Twitter/Instagram: @Hornburgalar

Jack Flatley (Sailor, Judge, Felix)

New York Theatre (NYU): The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Company (Peter), Kiss Me, Kate (Harry/ Baptista), The Secret Garden (Lt. Peter Wright), Grand Hotel (Witt), Pins and Needles (Featured Soloist), Cendrillon, and The Student Prince. Regional: My Fair Lady (Sharon Playhouse, CT). Education: NYU Steinhardt. Jack has studied with Washington National Opera Institute and performed with Young Artists of America in Washington DC. www.jackflatley.com

Melissa Gonzalez (Sailor, Sarah, Safie)

Melissa screamed “It’s alive!” to her acting career on a Halloween Day when spewing blood as Gene Simmons from KISS to traumatize a 7 year old. She hasn’t looked back ever since!  THEATRE CREDITS: You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), Carousel (Carrie), Songs For A New World, and With My Eyes Shut (Naomi). FILM/TV: Seeking Alice (Mad Hatter), Good Time, Younger (Season 3), and Gotham (Season 3). Thanx to my family, my kitties Vicky and Leelo, NYFA, Misi, and EPIC Players! #Resist.  www.melissajennifergonzalez.com

Erica Lorenzetti (Sailor, William, Alice, Agatha)

Erica is very excited to be working with Be Bold! Productions.  She attended The University at Albany and has performed on many stages since. Notable roles include Niki Harris (Curtains), Little Nun (The House of Blue Leaves), Kip (Speed of Light), and Lauren (Circle Mirror Transformation). Erica is grateful to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew. She would like to thank her family and loved ones for their continued love and support.

Popra Nakayama (Lost Soul, Dancer)

Popra is a dancer/actor/singer who hails from Tokyo, Japan. She has studied at HB studio in NYC. Most recently she was the dance captain for the new musical, Mad Mel Saves the World, presented in Midtown International Theater Festival in NYC.  Popra has also performed at Carnegie Hall and presented her original dance performances as a co-director/choreographer/dancer at United Nations Headquarters. Her Off Broadway Credits include: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleepy Hollow.

Jenny Henkel (Lost Soul, Eve, Dance Captain)

Jenny is thrilled to be making her NYC debut in Frankenstein with Be Bold! Productions. Regional credits include: Sweet Charity (lead frug dancer, Welk Resorts Theatre), West Side Story (Minnie, Lambs Players), 42nd Street, White Christmas, West Side Story (SDMT) Dance: The PGK Dance Project, San Diego. Point Park University grad.  Many thanks to her family for their unending support.

Christopher Michael Milligan (Lost Soul)

Christopher is ecstatic to be joining the cast! He recently graduated Marymount Manhattan College in NYC with a degree in Musical Theatre this past May.  His favorite credits include La Cage aux Folles (Jacob), Zelda: An American Musical (Featured Dance/Scott Fitzgerald u/s), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun u/s), Seussical (Mr. Mayor), Hello, Dolly! (Featured Dancer), and Honestly Abe (Allen) to name a few. www.christophermichaelmilligan.com

The Creative Team Behind the Monster

Michael Sgouros (Composer/Musical Director/Percussionist)

Michael has served as music director and composer for the Off-Broadway shows Percussion People, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera (Sgouros and Bell), The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast.   A native New Yorker, Michael has enjoyed performing as drummer/percussionist in a variety of musical settings which have included the American Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Ethos Percussion Group, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Broadway productions of The Secret Garden, Falsettos, The Goodbye Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. He has toured nationally with A Chorus Line and has traveled to Singapore and Costa Rica with the touring productions of Anything Goes and Tico Tales. Mr. Sgouros has worked professionally with Eartha Kitt, Mandy Patinkin, Michael Rupert, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Danny Aiello, Michael Kamen, Alison Janney, Laura Linney and Richard Thomas. He has also collaborated with notable percussionists Glen Velez, Stefan Harris, Michael Markus, Danny Druckman and Samir Chatterjee.

Brenda Bell (Book & Lyrics, Director)

Brenda founded Literally Alive Theatre in 1999 and Be Bold! Productions in 2009. She has written the book and lyrics for each production, including 12 with composer, Michael Sgouros. Her adaptations of A Christmas Carol and original musical Tico Tales where featured in Costa Rica at Teatro Jaco. Rumor has it that she wrote, produced and directed her first show at age 6 when the summer proved to be too boring. Her first love has always been dance and Bell is committed to increasing the role of dance in Off-Broadway musicals.  Working with Choreographer, Bekah Shade, is a dream come true for her.  As the owner of the Showboat Theatre, she wrote and produced shows for theatre legends including Mickey Rooney, Jamie Farr, Van Johnson, Mimi Hines and Frank Gorshin. Her writing credits also include Reading is Cool for Reading is Fundamental and Chasing Phantom: a travelogue that traced the novel of Phantom of the Opera through Paris. She would like to thank this talented cast and creative team for bringing Frankenstein to life and the Players Theatre for providing the perfect home for her whimsy and always encouraging her to be bold!  Special thanks to Michael Sgouros for everything!

Bekah Shade (Choreographer)

Bekah is very excited to be working again with Be Bold! and all the wonderful people involved with this company! She studied Music Theatre and Choreography at Western Kentucky University and has worked relentlessly across the east coast for the past ten years. Bekah Shade is ever so thankful to Brenda Bell who has given her this (and many other opportunities) to grow here at The Players Theater.

Courtney Hansen (Costume Design)

Courtney has been part of the Players Theatre team for over ten years and is thrilled to be a part of this production again. With Be Bold! and Literally Alive she has worked on A Christmas Carol, Sleepy Hollow, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Cinderella, Stone Soup, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Frankenstein. With Trajectory Films she is currently producing a feature film, The Tale of the Wet Dog.  Love to her niblings, Colin & Thea, and to her four legged kids.

Elizabeth Chaney (Set Design)

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Theatre at BMCC/CUNY. Her scenic and lighting designs have been seen at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater, Abingdon Theatre, Roulette, The Whitney Museum, Alaska Theatre of Youth, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and the SconfinArti Festival in Bolzono, Italy. Elizabeth adapted, designed and produced Dark Hollow, an Appalachian Woyzeck for the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. elizabethchaney.carbonmade.com.

Michelle Lynch (Set Design, Show Art Design),

Michelle, who collaborated on set design with Liz Chaney, is a young professional with a passion for the arts. She graduated with degrees in Curatorial Studies and Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design in 2013, and most recently, with masters degrees in History and Archival Management from Simmons College in 2016. With a love of classic literature and an appreciation for the voices of female authors, Lynch was excited for the opportunity to help bring Frankenstein to life at the Player’s Theater. Though Frankenstein is Lynch’s first experience working with sets, she has enjoyed contributing design work and imagery for previous productions on MacDougal Street, like Sleepy Hollow the Musical, and the Glass Menagerie.

Ali Hall (Lighting Design) –

Ali is excited to be back with her friends on Frankenstein! She is a Brooklyn based artist working in the fields of performance art, theatre, and opera. Upcoming and recent designs include the world premiere of the experimental opera Stranger of Paradise (Opera Omaha), the world premiere of Glassheart (Everyday Inferno), Iceman Cometh, Act IV (Target Margin Lab), Material Witness (Spiderwowman Theater), and Now We Start From the Arm (Spotted Deer Productions). In addition to her designs and performance art work, Ali works as an Architectural Lighting Designer and a teaching artist for Town Hall.

Elizabeth Hathaway Emond (Production Stage Manager)

Elizabeth Hathaway Emond is so excited to be joining the cast of Frankenstein as the Production Stage Manager.  A Connecticut native, Elizabeth graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester VA with a BFA in Design and Production with a concentration in stage management in 2017.  Some of Elizabeth’s recent Shenandoah University credits include the She Loves Me, The Typists/The Root of Chaos, and Guys and Dolls.  Elizabeth is also a graduate of The Wicked Stage Management Internship Program at the Gershwin Theatre.  Elizabeth would like to thank her friends, family, and The Players Theatre for this incredible opportunity.

Emma Ruopp (Production Manager)-

NYC: Happy Hour (Monica Bill Barnes;, Picnic, Asleep at the Wheel (Brooklyn College); The Misanthrope, A Doll’s House (BMCC); Dadabomb (Giants Are Small); I Am Not I, Colorblind’d (FringeNYC); The Gulf (Samuel French OOB winner). She is the Production Manager for Victory Theatrical at The Players Theatre.  This is her 12th show with Brenda Bell.

Chanel Byas (Assistant Stage Manager)

Chanel is a graduate of the SUNY at Purchase Bachelors of Arts Theatre program. Her stage manager credits include Funnyhouse of a Negro, Mud, Equus, and A Doll’s House. She just recently served at stage manager in the Ladyfest Theatre Festival as a as well as the Arctic Fridge Theatre Festival. She would like to thank everyone for coming to see the show and hope they enjoy.

Max Darwin (Illusion Consultant)

Max is a theater artist and magician.  He has designed illusions and/or appeared in “Gotham” (Fox), “America’s Got Talent” (Fox), and “Brain Games” (Nat Geo).  As an actor TV credits include “Girls” (HBO), “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon), “Blindspot” (NBC), “Black Box” (ABC) and host of “Game Farm” (Nickelodeon).  He lives in NYC and stars in the hit family magic show, The Amazing Max.  www.theamazingmax.com

Susan Rosello (Makeup Artist) –

Susan a Bronx native and is delighted to assist with Makeup and FX for Frankenstein The Musical. She obtained her BA in Theatre from SUNY Potsdam where she cultivated her love for SFX makeup and costume design. She enjoys creating ghouls of all kind.

Musicians

Emily Sgouros (Percussionist)

Originally from Atlantic Beach, NY Emily started her musical studies at the age of 4 under the guidance of her father.  As an active New York freelance musician she has performed at Cha Wha?, The Bitter End, The Groove, Mercury Lounge, Nuyorican Cafe and Webster Hall. In addition, she has performed in the Off-Broadway shows Percussion People, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast.  She currently studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music as a student of legendary jazz vibist Mike Mainieri.

Sean Statser (Percussionist)

Performer, composer, and educator Sean Statser has been called “Lithe, muscular, and mesmerizing” by the New York Times. As an advocate for new music, Sean actively collaborates with several New York City artists and ensembles including: the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble LPR, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Iktus Percussion. He regularly performs with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and New York Pops as a section percussionist, and is a member of the Percussion Studies faculty at NYU Steinhardt.

Frank Tyl (Percussionist)

Frank is a freelance percussionist based in New York City and specializing in contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire. Frank has performed in venues at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the United Nations, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, 92|Y Tribeca, RedBull Space, Milk Studios, and Public Assembly, among others. He has appeared in projects such as Make Music New York, MADE Fashion Week, Found Sound Nation, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts.

Eric Allen (Cello)

Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer. Most recently, he has performed in Kansas City Choir Boy and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, created arrangements for the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and can be seen in the TV series “The Knick” and “Mozart in the Jungle”. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Business Team and Producers

Be Bold! Production (Producer)

Be Bold! Productions was formed in 1999 to give artists a safe and creative environment to work their magic.  As the song written by Sgouros & Bell says: “Courage is not, not being afraid, it’s facing the things that you fear”. Sometimes just stepping on to the stage takes all the courage you can muster and Be Bold exists to support those small steps that lead to artistic discovery.  Previous productions have included Phantom of the Opera, A Christmas Carol and Sleepy Hollow.  Be Bold is in residence at the Players and also produces the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical festival which runs three times a year.

Victory Theatrical & Marketing (Marketing)

Victory Theatrical & Marketing is the in-house marketing agency for The Players Theatre and responsible for marketing all of Be Bold! and Literally Alive Theatre Productions.  Victory Theatrical provides a cost-effective alternative marketing plan for small Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies.

Sgouros and Bell Licensing:  Frankenstein is the newest member of the Sgouros & Bell musical library which makes it an even dozen.  Other literature-based musicals include: The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera (Sgouros and Bell), The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast.   For information on licensing Frankenstein visit: SgourosandBell.com

The Players Theatre

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1950’s, the Players Theatre has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The building includes, a main stage 199 seat Off Broadway theatre, a 50 seat Off Off Broadway black box theatre, four rehearsal studios, an office suite for arts organizations and the famous Cafe Wha?, which has been a Greenwich Village mainstay since the 1960’s.  www.theplayerstheatre.com