Meet the Players
Frank B. Auriemma (John Adams) has been associated with the JC players since 1996. Past and favorite credits include the following: Scarecrow (2013 & 2003), Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (2008), Gangster/Hortensio in Kiss Me Kate (2005), Rapunzel's Prince/Wolf in Into The Woods (2004), Ito in Mame(2001), Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (2000), Doody in Grease (1999), Herald in Cinderella (1998), and Linus in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (1997). In the past, he has also musically directed for the JC Players, as well as other theater companies. If he is not on the stage, he takes on many other roles: Chorus Teacher at MS 74 in Oakland Gardens and Minister of Music for the Trinity Lutheran Church of Middle Village. He thanks his family and friends for their support.
Annice Auriemma (John Dickinson) returns to the JC Players for her 16th show here and she is happy to be on this stage again. Some of her previous credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logan, Olive), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Lucky Stiff (Dominique), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel, Chava), Godspell (Sonia, Peggy), Into The Woods (Little Red), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Philia), The Sound of Music (Liesl), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim, Rosie), Once Upon A Mattress (Larken, Jester), and The Wizard Of Oz (Dorothy). She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support throughout the years.
Austin Auriemma (Edward Rutledge) has been a member of the JC Players for many years. High School and Community credits include: Jack in Into the Woods, Finch in How to Succeed in Business, Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie and Danny Zuko in last year's Grease. Austin has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and enjoys bringing music and theater to his students. He sends love to his entire family, who are all extraordinarily awesome.
Alicia Brosky (Richard Henry Lee) is extreme-LEE thrilled to be playing one of her dream roles since the 4th grade (serious-lee!) A-LEE-cia has oficial-lee been in every JC Players production excluding last year, unfortunate-lee. Favorite performances include Seussical the Musical (The Cat in the Hat,) Les Miserables (Eponine,) Into the Woods (The Witch,) Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) and Once Upon a Mattress (Winnifred) A-LEE-cia is exceptional-lee thrilled to be alongside ALL her siblings on stage this year. She is happi-lee a music and theater teacher in Ridgewood and sends every ounce of her love to her little snugglebuggles, Benjamin and Daniel. XOXO to Chris!
Guy Caraturo (Joseph Hewes) is joining the JC Players for the first time this year. He began his acting career in September 2013 by appearing at Caroline's on Broadway. In June 2016, he appeared in his first play called The Golfer's Association of America (Anthony Corleone). He also appeared in a staged reading in September 2016, called Sarah and Ester. In June 2017, he played the character of Senator Joseph Demarco in a play called Murder By Ambition. Guy is a 3rd and 4th grade Math teacher at St. Matthias in Ridgewood. In his spare time, he enjoys singing karaoke. Guy would also like to thank the Auriemma's for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this amazing musical.
Miriam P. Denu (Stephen Hopkins) is making her debut with the JC Players! As a retired Social Studies teacher for the New York City public school system, Miriam is thrilled to play a historical figure. The fact that he curses and drinks is a bonus. During her 40+ years of local theater, Miriam has performed numerous other roles, including General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls, and Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, both with Maggie’s Little Theater (for which she is a founding member). Additional roles include Kitty in Charley’s Aunt, Gwen in The Odd Couple, Greta in Witness for the Prosecution, Lydia in Second Bananas, Mrs. Wallworth in Speaking of Murder, Nadine in Nobody Knows I’m a Dog, and ensemble roles in Don't Drink the Water and Lucky Stiff.
Alison Duignan (Roger Sherman) is excited to be working again with the JC players. Last time, she played Lucinda in Into the Woods (2012). Alison has also appeared in the ensemble of the Maggie's Little Theater production of Nunsense, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music and as one of the Gemini in Marathon Theater Company's production of A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum. She would like to thank the cast, crew and the director for all their hard work. She would also like to thank her supportive fiancé Anthony and she can't wait until October 2018, when she can call him her husband!
Amy Ellis (Abigail Adams) is thrilled to be playing the part of Abigail Adams as well as designing and sewing costumes for the cast of 1776. Formerly a Nursing student at Howard Community College and cantor at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Ellicott City, Amy is an aspiring 21-year-old self-taught seamstress who moved to New York from Maryland over a year ago to pursue her passion for sewing and costume design. In her spare time, she enjoys cosplaying, crafting, and attending conventions with her friends. She is so honored to be working with the JC Players for the second summer in a row and the wonderful people who have welcomed her into their theatre family and given her an opportunity to let her talents shine.
Elizabeth Grumley (Martha Jefferson) This marks Elizabeth's debut with the JC Players! Favorite past roles include Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods, Alice in The Addams Family, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly!, Bet in Oliver!, and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. Film/New Media credits include Math Warriors, Diminished Chords, Pigman, and Small Creatures. Elizabeth thanks Mom, Dad and Aunt Merle for flying in from Chicago!
Drew Harnedy (Thomas Jefferson) is performing for the first time with the JC Players. He is excited to be a part of history (both in the show and with the group). When in the course of human events, Drew would like to thank Barbara and Frank for all of their helpful direction, as well as his parents for their continued support, and all of his fellow cast and crew members.
Charles Hinz (James Wilson) is a veteran of the JC Player productions … having been in the group since that very first summer. Besides the current production, Charlie is an attending physician with his own practice at 61-08 Linden Street in Ridgewood. He is also a private attending at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Every year he still continues his tale telling activities, his friendships with the JCP “lifers,” and everyone from the crew. He even sees his Chrissy, his little Cheezo and little Reilly occasionally too!
Charles P. Hinz (Dr. Josiah Bartlett) is making his first acting appearance with the JC Players, thus marking the first time in the history of the JC Players that mother, father, and son Hinz have all acted in the same show. Hinz’s previous ventures with the JC Players include playing drums in Into the Woods (2012), playing guitar last year in Grease, and numerous stints in the crew. Charlie wishes the best of luck to his mom and dad and says "hi" to his sister, Reilly. Charlie would like to dedicate his performance in this show to the Class of 2017 and in loving memory of Roger Moore.
Christine Hinz (Andrew McNair) returns to the JC stage once again in this year’s production of 1776. Credits include Grease, Seussical, Bye Bye Birdie, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors and so many more! She is wife and office manager to Dr. Charlie as well as mom to son Charlie and his little sister Reilly. Special thanks to Barbara our director for putting this all together and putting up with all of our nonsense, and also to Nanny and Pa for all their babysitting duty. To Charlie, Charlie, and Reilly - you know I love you!
Beatrice Miranda Holman (Charles Thomson) is thrilled to be making her debut with the JC Players in the role of Mr. Charles Thomson. A retired English teacher, Ms. Holman was cast in the role of Lady Grace Manley-Prowe in the Maggie's Little Theater production of Something's Afoot. She is delighted to be playing Mrs. Potiphar in their current production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A heartfelt thank you to the directors of both shows, and a special thank you to my friend Mark who made all this possible with his encouragement.
Julia Marshall (Courier) is extremely excited to be in this production of 1776. She has been acting since the age of 3, which means 10 years since she is now 13! Besides her very large obsession with theater, Julia is obsessed with elephants. She also loves the color yellow, and, every day (except for during shows) Julia wears mismatched socks. Julia has done a couple of J.C. Players shows besides this one, including playing her favorite role as JoJo in Seussical, as well as playing Randi in Bye Bye Birdie. Previously this summer, Julia performed in Maggie’s Little Theater’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has done many other community theater productions as well. Julia also loved playing Ursula in a production of The Little Mermaid in her theater class. She currently goes to a camp called Usdan and was just in a production of Oliver! as Mr. Bumble. Julia would like to thank Barbara, Frank, and Chrissy as well as the rest of the cast and crew for making this amazing production come to life as well as having so much fun together. Julia, of course, would like to thank her Mom and Dad for everything they have done for her (especially putting us with her). She loves them very much. Specifically, she would like to give a shout out to her dad, who is in this show as Reverend John Witherspoon. Julia would like to wish everyone in this fabulous and wonderful show, “BREAK A LEG!”
Scott Marshall (Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon) is thrilled to return to the JC Players stages after taking a hiatus to help behind the scenes last summer. In 2015 he appeared in the Josie award winning Seussical the Musical (Uncle Who / Max). Most recently (ended the week before this), Maggie's Little Theater's Joseph & the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (Ensemble) and 2016 Maggie's production of Guys and Dolls (Lt. Brannigan). Other credits include Marathon's Production of Spelling Bee (Dan Dad) and Legally Blonde (Winthrop/ "Damn" Guy / Announcer. It is great to be on the same stage with talented people, many of whom he has been friends with for years. This is a GREAT cast. Special thanks, appreciation and love to Barbara, Frank and the whole Auriemma family. Chrissy for your staging and guidance. Mr. York for your help with "your stage daughter" when I was working late. Fewer things can be better than being on the same stage in the same show as the lovely 2015 Josie Award Winning Julia with the same last name. That is extra motivation to do a really good show. The love for a daughter like her can make me do anything. Thanks to my colleagues and friends at New York Life. Nods to Puff & Paul and the entire 24 gang at Greater NY. I appreciate all the support and patience from Randi.
Richard Miller (Col. Thomas McKean) is back for his 19th season with the JC Players and wants to thank everyone for allowing him to have a lot of fun, and keeping him young. He comes from Andrews UMC in Brooklyn where he was a veteran of many shows and revues including the roles of the Tinman in the Wizard of Oz, and the Ghost of Valentines Past in Scrooge Valentine. He also played parts in Caught in the Villains Web, South Pacific and On the Air.
Alan Perkins (Benjamin Franklin) is making his second appearance with the JC Players, the first being Horton in Seussical. He is currently on loan from Maggie’s Little Theater where he is one of the group’s founders. On-stage credits with MLT include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, the Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Elisha Whitney in Anything Goes, Jim Haller in All Shook Up, and Santa Claus in The Claus Family Christmas Spectacular. When not working in theatre, Alan plays French Horn with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Huge thanks to: the cast and crew for being so friendly and supportive; to my wife, Miriam, for her love, patience, and dinners on-the-run; and especially to Barbara and Frank for their friendship, trust, immeasurable patience, and for giving me yet another chance to play one of my dream roles! (This makes four so far!)
Dennis Popp (George Read) has played various roles over the years in shows such as Grease, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, Cinderella, How to Succeed…, Grease, Mame and The Wizard of Oz. Dennis hopes everyone enjoys watching these shows as much as the JC Players enjoy performing them.
Melanie Pozarycki (Lewis Morris) has been a part of the JC Players for 22 seasons. She is thrilled to be back with her extended theater family. You may have seen her in Grease (Miss Lynch,) Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (Ilsa), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf,) Fiddler on the Roof (Golde,) and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey,) just to name a few. She sends her love to her JC Players family, her husband, Robb, and her son, Davey, who she's sure will follow in Mommy's theater footsteps!
Jennifer Silverman (Samuel Chase) is excited to reunite with the JC Colonies. This show is nothing like she's ever done before. Instead of being the ditsy, yet loveable Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee (Marathon), or Plastic Little Spastic Amber (Marathon) in Hairspray, this is one role she's really had to steal the bacon (badum ch). When Jen isn't doing theater, she is taking care of her mother or playing dress-up at comic/anime conventions. She hopes to enlist into Graduate School in education so she could incorporate her bachelor's in teaching Drama. Shout outs to her 4 musketeers, especially the costumer AKA her roommate, Amy Ellis, and her family for all the support!
Jillian Smith (Dr. Lyman Hall) is so happy to be back with the JC Players! She was last seen with them in Bye Bye Birdie as Alice. Jillian was last seen onstage as Gertrude in Seussical with the Gingerbread Players. Outside of those, Jillian has been with Royal Star Theatre in Side by Side by Sondheim, and later this summer will be in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Maggie's Little Theater. She will be attending Queens College this coming fall to major in Drama!
Steve Stromberg (Caesar Rodney) is making his debut with the JC Players and is very happy to be part of a talented cast. Some of Steve's favorite roles include Mr. Snow (Carousel,) Franz (The Sound of Music,) Captain (Anything Goes,) Lt. Brannigan (Guys and Dolls,) Doc (West Side Story,) and the Rabbi (Fiddler on the Roof.) Steve would like to dedicate this performance to his grandchildren, Sydney, Sophie and Cameron.
Mark York (John Hancock) is happy to be back for his fourth go round with the JC Players. His previous appearances were in Bye Bye Birdie ( Mr. McAfee), Seussical (Mayor) and Grease (Vince Fontaine). He would like to thank the group for continuing to make him feel welcome. Thanks to the Auriemma's for the opportunity to be part of many fine productions.
Barbara Auriemma (Director) has been with the JC Players since 1996 and has directed the JC Players productions … Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, The Fantasticks, Fiddler On The Roof, Forum, Godspell, Grease ’99, Guys & Dolls, How To Succeed In Business, Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Little Shop Of Horrors, Mame, Once Upon A Mattress, Seussical, Stop The World I Want To Get Off, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Wizard Of Oz. At Maggie’s Little Theater she directed Guys & Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Once Upon A Mattress and The Sound Of Music and at Marathon in Douglaston … Forum, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Pajama Game and Spelling Bee. It was a banner year for Barbara having won the Josephine Award for Best Director for the JC Players 2016 production of Grease. Barbara is a member of the Community United Methodist Church where she is administrator of the very successful CUMC Parents’ Cooperative Playgroup. Barbara extends a special “Thank You” to husband Frank, daughter Alicia and good friend Chrissy for all their help in making 1776 a success.
Frank Auriemma (Music Director) has been with the JC Players before the turn of the century! As a performer on stage in shows like....Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, Stop the World I want to Get Off and others. As Music Director shows like.... The Fantasticks, Mame, The 25th Annual Putmum County Spelling Bee, Fiddler on the Roof and others. He is ecstatic to be working with such a phenomenal cast and crew. 1776 is also a rare occasion for all of his (and director,wife, Barbara) progeny to be working together. To son Frank, a throwback message - NYST.
Alison Goldman (Stage Manager) is so happy to be working with the JC Players for the third year in a row. She stage managed their 2015 production of Seussical as well as appeared on stage in their productions of Grease and Bye Bye Birdie. She has also worked with several other theatre groups around Queens and Manhattan in a total of 17 shows. She would like to thank Barbara for giving her this opportunity to stage manage as well as the rest of the cast/crew for making this a great experience. She has made so many friends and amazing memories working with this group and hopes to continue on with them in the future. As always, thanks goes out to dad for the endless love and support.
Matthew Ahrens (Stage Crew) Matthew is very honored to be working with Frank and Barbra again in a wonderful production. He also works at Maggie’s in there past 3 productions.He enjoys his first time at JC Players. He loves to do this hobby of working behind the scenes. He’s a big fan of Pink Floyd! And he hopes you guys enjoy this wonderful production!
Jess Ronzo (Stage Crew) is excited to be joining the JC Players for their production of 1776! Jess' past credits include: set and prop work for dozens of shows at both Queensborough and Queens college, as well as being Stage Manager for Othello (QCC), and Prop Manager for In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (QCC). She has been seen on stage as Brenda in Hairspray and Greek Chorus/Law Student for Legally Blonde both at Marathon. She has a BA in Theatre and hopes to enroll in grad school to focus more on Stage Managing. She would like to thank her family for all their support especially mom who helped her get to and from rehearsals, as well as her friends who always are there when she needs them. She would also like to thank Barbara for this wonderful opportunity.