Who's Who in
Guys and Dolls
Frank Accosta (Benny Southstreet) is delighted to be “rolling the dice” with the best bunch of Guys and Dolls ever assembled, and playing Benny is “better than even money” in the dream department. Frank returns to the MPCT stage for the sixth time after playing one the culinary stooges in The Most Happy Fella. Previously: Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof, Christopher Belling in Curtains, FDR in Annie and Mack in Annie Get Your Gun. As a younger “gangster” Frank performed in musical cabarets and was a Board Member of the Breckenridge Film Festival in Colorado. Offstage, Frank helps nonprofits raise money as Vice President of Lorelei Events Group. My heartfelt thanks to Big Stu for introducing me to this loveable group of talented characters and for sharing this road with me. And to Clarabelle and Toby, Papa will be home soon… He’s busy rocking the boat at a “prayer meeting.”
Tom Ammirato (Sky Masterson) Tom has been involved with the MPCT family for over 30 years, and is delighted to be back up on the stage. Some of Tom's MPCT productions include: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevya), Curtains (Lt. Frank Cioffi), 42nd Street (Julian Marsh), L'il Abner (Abner), Anything Goes (Sir Evelyn), Little Johnny Jones (Anthony Anstey), and Godspell (Jesus). Other credits include Big River (Pap), The Music Man (Charlie Cowell) at The Westchester Broadway Theater. Fiorello, Sweeny Todd, Tommy, and Shenandoah with PMT. Picnic and The Diary of Anne Frank with YCP Theater Works. The Arian Original One Acts Festival for The AeryTheater Company, at Philipstown Depot Theater. Frosty the Snowman, Abe Lincoln, and Squanto the Indian for Westco children's theater, and I Love You You're Perfect, Now Change with the Hope For Change Foundation, who creates awareness and raises money for breast cancer research. When not on stage, Tom is employed as a parks supervisor, and arborist in Manhattan, with NYC Parks. It is his honor to be working with such a talented group of actors. Thank you Rose and Mac for 34 years of MPCT family fun!
Chuck Buchanan (Lt. Brannigan) Chuck Started with MPCT in 1994, and has played many different characters over the years. Any time that there has been a cop, a constable, a stage manager, or anyone else to keep law and order on the set, Chuck has gotten the role. He was asked why he keeps getting cast as these characters, is it because he is really that mean, he only responded that it is easier to play characters who are closest to your true personality. During the rest of the year, Chuck works in the Special Ed. Dept. at Horace Greeley High School and is Vice President of PMT Productions.
Mark Firestone (Big Jule) is proud to be making his debut with Mount Pleasant Community Theater. He has worked with various local groups including HTM, YCP and BTC. Mark most recently portrayed a homeless ex-marine in Sweet Jesus. Other credits include Pete in Thanksgiving (another role as a Marine - Do I really look that military?), Judas in Godspell, JFK in the musical Jacqueline at The Warner Theatre, Phil in That Championship Season, John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, The Prince in Cinderella, Abner Yokum in L’il Abner, Mr. Bumbles in Oliver!, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes… to name a few. Much thanks to a great cast and to MPCT for this opportunity!
Chris Jamison (Katherine Abernathy) A former professional actress/singer, Chris is an original founding member of MPCT and is thrilled to be back on the Westlake stage! Favorite roles with MPCT include: Golde in Fiddler On The Roof, The Duchess in Me and My Girl, Miss Hannigan in Annie, the evil Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Did ya walk?), and Lina Lamont in Singin’ In The Rain. As a professional actress for over 30 years, Chris appeared in two Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, the original Annie, and the 25th Anniversary revival of Fiddler On the Roof, and appeared in National Tours of both shows. In the summer of 1998, Chris had the opportunity to perform the “role of a lifetime” when she appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, a role she first played for MPCT many years ago. Other regional credits include The Widow Douglas in Big River, Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, and Shaindel in Fiddler, all at WBT. Other favorite roles include Miss Tweed in Something’s Afoot, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Domina in Forum. When not on stage, Chris plays the role of Executive Assistant in GE Capital Treasury in Stamford, CT. As always, for Mom.
Richie Murden (Nathan Detroit) Good things come to those who wait, and Richie has waited A LOOONG time to land his dream role! 34 years to be exact, Richie started out with MPCT when it was MPSS (Mount Pleasant Summer Stock) back in 1981 as Mr. Whitney in Anything Goes. Although not in every show since, he spent many years as a supporter from various parts of the country! His favorite other roles performed with MPCT included Will Parker (Oklahoma!), Riff (West Side Story), Cosmo (Singing in the Rain), and as Pasquale the singing Chef in last year’s production of Most Happy Fella! But his greatest role is now off-stage as the Father to his beautiful baby girl Lila Jane, which he wants to thank his co-star & love of his life Gabby (as the Mother) for! He also dedicates this years’ performance to his Dad, David Murden long time prop maker & usher and now Guardian Angel for MPCT.
Robyn Cucurullo O’Brien (Sarah Brown) This is Robyn's first performance with the Mount Pleasant Community Theater, and she's thrilled to be joining this fabulous production of Guys and Dolls! Most recently seen in The Light in the Piazza and Assassins at ARC Stages in Pleasantville, she also has played the Baker's Wife in The Hope Players' performance of Into the Woods at the Westchester Sandbox Theatre, and also in that group's cabaret shows. She's a Westchester County native, originally from Briarcliff Manor, and works for The Actors Fund in NYC, a non-profit that supports those in need in the entertainment industry. Robyn also serves on the board of the Hope For Change Foundation, a Westchester-based charitable organization that raises money for breast cancer research via theatrical performances and other events. She thanks her husband Jerry for his continual support.
Gary Simon (Harry the Horse) Mt. Pleasant Community Theatre: favorites include Singin' in the Rain, Me and My Girl, Curtains, Fiddler…, Anything Goes, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, West Side Story. Malrose Productions: Godspell, Applause, Man of La Mancha. The Hand-to-Mouth Players: Nunsense, The Odd Couple (female version), Welcome to the Monkey House, Breaking Legs, The Playwright/Director's Workshop [Co-Artistic Director with Anne Rodgers Pearl, original one-act plays including Double Date (TANYS and ESTA Outstanding Performance Awards, Samuel French Festival, Strawberry Festival), The Pitch Room (TANYS Adjudicator Award), Job Interview (TANYS Best Play, ESTA Runner-up), Recollections (TANYS Adjudicator Award), The Script (TANYS Festival), Therapy (ESTA Original Works Festival),]. M & M Productions: Dream Lover (NYC International Fringe Festival), God of Carnage, Moonlight and Magnolias, Alice in Wonderland. YCPTheatreWorks: California Suite, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Book of Days, Come Blow Your Horn. Fort Hill Players: National Pastime (Westchester premier), Lend Me a Tenor. Greenville Community Theatre: It’s About Forgiveness, Buzzard’s Bad Luck. Ariane Festival: Albi Gorn’s Wishes and The Date Dinger. When not on stage, Gary is proud father to collegians Addison and Scott, treasurer for The Hand-to-Mouth Players, and dentist to the stars in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
Jim Stake* (Nicely Nicely Johnson) Jim is thrilled to once again be a part of (as he calls it) Ma Ma Rose's M.P.C.T reprising the role of Nicely Nicely Johnson 37 years later, having performed the role at Valhalla High School. The last time he played the role his costume needed taking in. This time, he's not saying. Jim worked on the daytime soap "All My Children" from 1982-1988. Films include Working Girl, Brewster's Millions and The Fisher King. In theater, Jim toured nationally in Grease starring Jack Wagner and in Peter Duchin's Broadway starring Robert Lupone. Jim and his partner, Liam own the award-winning Croton Creek Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Jim wishes to thank is loving partner, Liam for his continued love and support. He dedicates his performance to Rose, Mac, Sanae, Toby and the loving memory of Lloyd and Helen.
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Claudia Torzilli (General Cartwright) is delighted to be back on the stage once again with the Mt. Pleasant Community Theatre. Claudia will be a junior at Ithaca College in the fall where she is majoring in Exercise Science and is pursuing both her dreams with a pre -med concentration and a minor in music. She has performed in countless of the MPCT productions including, Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), The Wiz (Glinda), and many more. Claudia has danced with Mrs. Rose since she was three and has taken voice lessons from Mr. Mack since she was eight. Music is a very important part in her life and she would like to thank Rose and Mack for all their “tough love” and support through it all. She would also like to thank her parents for their love and support throughout the years.
Rae Norton West (Adelaide) is Manhattan born and Carmel, NY raised, but has lived with her husband in his hometown of Salem, Virginia for over 30 years. For Rae to have been given this opportunity to portray her version (infused with Director Rose Cremonese Norton's artistic vision) of 'Adelaide' for MPCT's summer production of Guys and Dolls, is a dream come true! A Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, Rae has performed in musicals, and non-musicals in Professional and Community theaters in SW Virginia. At Roanoke Children's Professional Theatre: Mrs. Beaver in Narnia, Rocking Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit, Mrs. Murphy in Madeline's Christmas. At Showtimers Community Theatre: Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Vera in Mame, to name a few. She also co-directed Camelot at Showtimers, and co-directed It's a Wonderful Life at Attic Productions. Rae gives her thanks to her family for their support by allowing her to disappear from their lives for over a month. To fellow cast and crew members..."Thank you! What an absolute privilege and pleasure!” To her father, Malcolm Norton, and her (other) mother, Rose Norton…“My infinite love and thanks for trusting and believing in me!"
John Wright (Rusty Charlie) John is no stranger to Mount Pleasant Community Theatre. Rusty marks John’s second performance on stage. He made his stage debut last year as Jake in The Most Happy Fella. Prior to that John could be found in the pit playing saxophone/clarinet from 1981 to 1988. He is thrilled to be sharing the stage with his daughter Taylor (Hot Box Dancer). His wife, Timi, and his two other children, Emily and John, can be found backstage helping out. Break a Leg Cast and Crew!