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August 6 - August 27

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

Music by Leonard Bernstein. Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Leonard Bernstein, Comden and Green, Jerome Robbins and a timeless movie starring Gene Kelly all come together to inspire one of America’s most beloved and patriotic musicals. Three sailors on a day of shore leave dance their way through the streets of New York City looking for fun and love before their twenty-four hours are up.

Fueled by comedic antics and a host of classic songs (“New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” “I Can Cook Too” and “Ya Got Me”) this musical is a tribute to the possibilities of love and the city that never sleeps.

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August 6
7:30 p.m.
August 7
7:30 p.m.
August 8
2 p.m.
8 p.m.
August 9
2 p.m. 8 p.m.
Week 2
August 11
7:30 p.m.
August 12
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
August 13
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
August 14
7:30 p.m.
August 15
8 p.m.
August 16
8 p.m.
Week 3
August 18
2 p.m.
August 19
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
August 20
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
August 21
7:30 p.m.
August 22
8 p.m.
August 23
8 p.m.
Week 4
August 25
2 p.m.
August 26
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
August 27
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Meet the Cast


Andrés Acosta (Ensemble) is delighted to join the MGR family! He most recently played Bernardo in the national tour of West Side Story and performed in South Pacific at Paper Mill Playhouse. Favorite professional credits: Grease (Danny) A Chorus Line (Al) and Ragtime (Houdini) BFA Music Theatre from FSU. Special thanks to Brett and the company for this extraordinary and incredibly rewarding experience.


Kyle Adkins (Ensemble) is appearing in his fourteenth production at MGR! He was most recently seen in Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay) and in last summer's productions of Legally Blonde (Elle's Dad) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Louis Lemanteur). He is a veteran of the Youth Tour at MGR as a writer, director and actor. His new play "The Magic Paintbrush", cowritten with Rachel Carrozierre, will tour to CNY area schools this fall. Thanks to Ed and Lisa!


Bjorn Bolinder (Ensemble, u/s Chip) is delighted to be back at MGR so soon after such a joyful experience with Mary Poppins.  He received his pre-professional dance training at the Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN, and went on to study Communications and Musical Theatre at Northwestern University. Thereafter, he spent 3 seasons dancing with River North Dance Chicago and several years at sea with RCCL before relocating to NYC. Some show favorites include Chicago, The Secret Garden, Dracula, and A Chorus Line.  A huge thanks to this incredible team at MGR for being so fabulous, as well as everyone that's supported Bjorn so far in his journey.  


Jennifer Byrne (Claire Deloone) is thrilled to be returning to MGR after last year's jump roping extravaganza as Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde! Favorite credits include: Woman 1: Closer Than Ever (Riverside), Sheila: A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter), Marie Lombardi: Lombardi (OSTC), Angustias/DC: Bernarda Alba (freeFall, Best Ensemble/ Best Musical of 2013: Theatre Tampa Bay Awards), Annabella/Pamela/Margaret: The 39 Steps (TBTS), Linda: Evil Dead the Musical (Original OB cast recording), Mrs. Larusso: It’s Karate, Kid the Musical! (NYIT Nomination, NYC cast). Thanks to Brett, Jeff, and the cast and crew for this opportunity and love to family and friends. www.jennifer-byrne.com


Xavier Cano (Gabey) Thrilled to part of this production at MGR/FLMTF!  Broadway: Grease; Off-Broadway: GiantThe Capeman (Public Theatre), RentLucky Guy and Freckleface Strawberry the Musical. Regional: A Chorus Line (Sacramento Music Circus), The Buddy Holly Story (Ogunquit Playhouse), Dames at Sea (Bay Street Theatre), Give It Up!/Lysistrata Jones (Dallas Theater Center), Altar Boyz (Bristol Riverside), West Side Story (50th Anniversary European tour, Barrington Stage Company and Fulton Theatre). Film/TV: “We Are New York”, “Battery Park,” and “College Humor.” University of Miami alumnus.


Rebecca Carr (Madame Dilly) is pinching herself, being back in this theater after riding the original Merry-Go-Round as a girl, ushering faithfully in her teens, and being bitten by the Performing Bug as an apprentice before leaving for college. Ever since, she has been singing, performing in opera, oratorio and recital in the US and abroad, teaching voice (with former students providing ample material to draw upon for this role), and creating artisan jewelry (Belle Pietre~Stone Jewelry of Operatic Proportions). She performs in memory of her Moomie.  


Kevin Paul Clark (Ensemble) is delighted to be returning to Merry-Go-Round after appearing in Mary Poppins earlier this season! Other credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Portland Center Stage), White Christmas, La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Gracie: A New Musical, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line. He has also danced professional with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Many thanks to Brett, Jeff, and the whole MGR team. Love and gratitude to his friends, family, and wonderful mother!


Courtney Cook (Lucy Schmeeler, Little Old Lady, Ensemble) originally hails from Bethlehem, PA. She is extremely happy to be making her Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival debut! Courtney has toured with the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre for the past two years. Prior to that, she went to school, lived and worked in NYC, where she will be returning to this fall. Past favorite roles include: Featured Performer in Echoes (MGR Youth Tour), Mariana in Measure for Measure (Peterborough Players, NH), Maria in Twelfth Night (Random Access Theatre, NYC) and Torchy Farrell, Bubbles Flamour, Heloise Fralick in The Asphalt Christmas (Gracye Productions, The Studio Theatre, NYC). Courtney would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support, and the directors and staff at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for giving her the opportunity to live her dream.


Colton Curtis (Ensemble) hails from Canada, where he is about to complete his Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan College in Toronto. Colton is thrilled to be a part of the company of On the Town and to be making his American debut with MGR! Past theatre credits include Great Expectations (Highlands Summer Festival), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Doll's House (Theatre Sheridan), Excalibur Trilogy (Florence Ballet Company), Les Feux Follet (Charlottetown Festival), Les Miserables (Theatre New Brunswick). Thanks to Brett, Julie, and the team for helping me make it here, and for Mom and Dad for their unending support!


Nicole Davey (Ensemble, u/s Hildy Esterhazy) is thrilled to be making her MGR debut! National tour credits, Cabaret and The Music Man (Ensemble, Eulalie u/s). Favorite regional credits include Donn Arden's World Famous Jubilee!, Crazy For You (Polly Baker), Backwards in High Heels, The Ginger Rogers Musical (Dance Captain), Annie (Grace Farrell) among others. Graduate from AMDA, NY, and now currently on the dance faculty. She also works as a choreographer and fitness instructor. Oceans of love to her wonderful Momma and family and friends! www.nicoledavey.com


Heather Farney (Ensemble) is very excited to be making her Merry-Go-Round Playhouse debut. Some of her favorite credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), All Shook Up (Natalie), 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Olive), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sarah). Heather has her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Kansas State University. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support. Philippians 4:6-7


Drew Humphrey (Chip) is thrilled to make his debut at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival! Broadway: White Christmas (Cast Recording); New York/Tours: Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), 42nd Street (1st Natl.); Regional: A Chorus Line (Don), Crazy for You (Bobby Child), Singin’ In The Rain (Cosmo), Cats (Skimbleshanks), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), West Side Story (Snowboy). Drew also had the honor to perform at the Kennedy Center for Ted Kennedy and President Obama. Thanks to his wonderful friends and family for their overwhelming support!


Kristin Jantzie (Ensemble) is so excited to be making her Merry Go Round Debut. She currently lives in New York where she has performed with the Rockettes for the past 9 years. Credits include Cats (National Tour), The Producers (Theater by the Sea), and guest performances on Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, Today and Ellen. Thank you to my family for their unconditional support!


Amanda LaMotte (Flossie’s Girlfriend, Ensemble, u/s Ivy Smith) is thrilled to return to MGR for her fifth show! National tours: Cats (Kitten Swing). Regional: Legally Blonde (Serena), Cats (Rumpleteazer), Singin in the Rain, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at MGR, Cats (Rumpleteazer) at North Carolina Theatre, A Chorus Line (Kristine) and Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde) at Theatre by the Sea, Music Man at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Grease (Frenchy), Urinetown (Little Sally), Peter Pan (Peter). BFA Florida State University. Thanks MGR for having me here- and to my Dad for all the love and support!


Ryan Patrick Lingle (Ensemble) Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Debut! Recent credits include: 42nd Street with Randy Skinner at the Gateway Playhouse, Kiss Me, Kate and Guys and Dolls at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and the national tour of Elf, the Musical. BFA Music Theatre from Florida State University! A special thank you to Brett for this wonderful opportunity and to my family and friends for their endless love and support!


Adam Mandala (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut at MGR! Adam is a junior at Temple University where he studies musical theater. His favorite roles are Woof in Hair and Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Regional: How to Succeed in Business...... (Walnut Street Theatre); Chicago and South Pacific (Maples Repertory Theatre). Television: "ICarly" (Dancer); "30 Rock" (Featured Role). Adam was a part of the NYC International Fringe Festival in 2010. Thankful for the support from his family and friends!


Alaina Mills (Hildy Esterhazy) is thrilled to be here at the Finger Lakes! Credits include: Peg in Peg O’ My Heart (York Theatre Company); Erma in Anything Goes (NSMT); Elf (TUTS); Kiss Me, Kate and Young Frankenstein (Weathervane); The Original Grease (American Theatre Company); Seussical (Weston Playhouse); Sleeping Beauty (ETC); Finer Noble Gases and A Christmas Carol (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Carnegie Center). Proud CCM grad. So much love and many thanks to my family and friends! 


Shannon O'Bryan (Ivy Smith) is so excited to be here with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse family. What a thrill to be given the opportunity to revisit such a fun role and show and with one of her favorite director/choreographers, Brett Smock. Some of Shannon's New York credits include White Christmas42nd StreetGentlemen Prefer Blondes, Pipe Dreams, Follies, Face the Music, Of Thee I Sing, etc. Shannon has also performed in Regional Theatre's all over the United States and the world in shows such as Singin' in the Rain (Kathy Seldon), Gypsy (Dainty June), American in Paris (Leslie Caron/Mimi), Grease (Sandy), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Show Boat (Kim), White Christmas (Judy), etc. along with many recordings, workshops, concerts and readings. Besides being very active in the Arts, Shannon is also a proud teacher of meditation and happy to offer classes to any and everyone wishing to learn in the Auburn area. For more information on meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and more of her offerings, visit: www.sundarameditation.com. So much gratitude for all involved in making this production a reality. JGD<3


Emily Palmquist (Ensemble, Dance Captain) is so glad to be back at MGR! She was most recently performing as an original cast member of the Off-Broadway interactive spectacle Queen of the Night. She has also had the privilege to be a part of MGR’s CATS, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, and Cabaret. Other previous productions include Gateway Playhouse’s CATS and My Fair Lady. A special thanks to family and friends who are immensely supportive and this wonderful cast that keeps me laughing!  www.emilypalmquist.com


Lizz Picini (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Merry-Go-Round Playhouse debut! With a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Towson University, she has been actively training and teaching at Broadway Dance Center while assisting various choreographers. Lizz recently performed in West Side Story, Ogunquit Playhouse, had the honor of dancing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and was selected to perform in the opening number of the 27th and 28th Broadway Cares Easter Bonnet Competition. Endless love and thanks to God, her incredible family, friends, Brett and his brilliant team!


Sebastiani Romagnolo (Ensemble, u/s Gabey) has had the privilege of working with MGR for the past 7 years! MGR credits: The Producers, High School Musical, No, No, Nanette, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, Fingers and Toes, Cabaret, The 25th Annual..., Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Assistant Director). In New York, he has performed in Sleep No More, The Seagull, and La Marie Vision. Graduate: NYU/Tisch/RADA. Big big thanks and love to Brett, Ed, Romos (old and new!), and all my VIPS.


David Studwell (Pitkin) New York: Encores! Applause (Bert) - City Center. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye-Drammy Award) - Portland Center Stage; Red (Rothko) - Hangar Theatre; Titanic (Isidor Straus) Westchester Broadway Theater; Moby Dick (Starbuck) - Syracuse Stage; Pillowman (Tupolski) - Guest Artist-Cornell University; The Fantasticks (El Gallo) - Indiana Repertory; Doubt (Father Flynn) -  Hope Summer Repertory; Sweeney Todd (Sweeney-Indy Award)-PCPA Theatrefest; Falsettos (Mendel) - The Alliance Theatre; Sunday in the Park With George (Louis the Baker) - The Goodman Theatre; Chess (Anatoly), South Pacific (Emile) - Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. Film: Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys TV: NBC Crime Story. www.davidstudwell.com


Lauren Brooke Tatum (Flossie, Ensemble, US Madame Dilley, Diana Dream, Dolores) is delighted to return to the Merry-Go-Round Stage! Past MGR credits include: Legally Blonde (Ell’s Mom, Delta), My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate. Lauren was recently seen on the Fulton Theatre stage in Young Frankenstein (Masha, Ensemble) and on HBO’s documentary, “Captivated”. Other credits include Hairspray, Monkey King (Shanghai Theater Festival), Beowulf (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and a National Tour: The Wizard of Oz. Lots of love and thanks to my husband and family!  


Michael Warrell (Ozzie) is thrilled to make his MGR debut with this iconic show! New York: All That Glitters (Young George). National/International Tours: Spamalot (Dance Captain/Patsy u/s), Fame (Nick/Schlomo u/s), Grease. Regional: Grease at Riverside/Walnut Street (Kenickie), Hello! My Baby at Goodspeed (Dickie the Duck), How to Succeed... at Walnut Street (Jenkins), Joseph... at Ogunquit starring Clay Aiken (Naphtali), A Chorus Line at Maine State (Al), others. Thanks to Brett, Ed, and Avalon. For SJW, the tres, and all my loves. MichaelWarrell.com

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