Meet the Players
The Cast and Crew of Legally Blonde the Musical
Sara Svezia (Elle Woods) is thrilled about making her JC players debut in her dream role as Elle Woods! She is extremely grateful for this opportunity to join such an amazing cast and crew and is honored to play such an inspirational female role! She studied vocal music and theater at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Some of her previous credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), A Little Night Music (Petra), Curtains (Georgia), The King and I (Stage Manager/Ensemble), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), West Side Story (Ensemble), and Newsies (Choreographer). She wants to thank her family for encouraging her to audition for this show and for all their love and support!
Matthew Ahrens (Harvard Student, Ensemble) is returning back to the JC Players for his second show. This is Matthews big stage debut in the community theater. He's very thankful for both Barbara and Frank along with Chrissy and Jessica for giving him this opportunity. His past works in stage crew have been in stage crew at Maggie's for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2017), Something’s Afoot (2016), and Guys and Dolls (2015). He hopes you all enjoy this wonderful production with this talented cast!
Alicia Brosky (Brooke Wyndham) has been a member of the JC Players since 1995, and has been in every show (except one – bonus points if you know!) 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) She a music and theater teacher in Ridgewood and sends every ounce of her love to her little snugglebuggles, Benjamin and Daniel. XOXO to Chris!
Hannah Brown (Chutney, Harvard Student, Store Manager, Delta Nu Girl, Greek Chorus) is loving her first time on the JC Players' stage! As a feminist with a strong princess streak, she holds Legally Blonde close to her heart. Other favorite roles have included Sandy (Grease), Little Sally (Urinetown), and half the parts in Captain Cobalt vs. the Sinister Scientist, an original, two-woman show. When not performing, she likes iced coffee, her cat, writing, everyone else's cats, hiking, and all the cats. Performance dedicated to Jacob.
Guy Caraturo (Dewey, Professor Lowell, Ensemble) is in his second year with the JC Players. He performed with the JC Players in the musical 1776 as Joseph Hewes. In July, 2018, Guy also performed for Maggie's Little Theater in Man of La Mancha as Jose the prisoner and a muleteer. His acting career began with several appearances at Caroline's on Broadway. Guy teaches third and fourth grade math at St. Matthias in Ridgewood and, in his spare time, enjoys singing karaoke. Guy thanks Barbara and Frank for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this production.
Navin Das (Warner Huntington III) is an actor, writer, and comedian based in Queens. Previous theater credits: Something's Afoot (Nigel Rancour) with Maggie's Little Theater, Grease (Roger) with the JC Players and the Bayswater Players and Jolly the Christmas Walrus (Buddha) with Boxed Wine Productions. TV appearances include The Wendy Williams Show, Comic Book Men, and Evil, I. He voiced all of the male NPC's in the video game, Luke Sidewalker, which won Geek.com's Game of the Year. He graduated with a BFA in Screenwriting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Big thanks to Frank and Barbara for bringing him on board, and to his fellow cast, crew, family, and friends for their support. Cheers!
Amy Ellis (Elle’s Mom, Whitney, Delta Nu Girl) is thrilled to be playing several parts in Legally Blonde as well as designing and sewing costumes for the cast. Formerly a Nursing student at Howard Community College and cantor at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Amy is an aspiring 22-year-old self-taught seamstress who moved to NY from Maryland to pursue her passion for sewing and costume design. She enjoys cosplaying, crafting, and attending conventions with her friends. She is so honored to be working with the JC Players for the third summer in a row and the wonderful people who have welcomed her into their theater family and given her an opportunity to let her talents shine.
Donna Falzon (Paulette Bonafonte) is happy to be returning to The JC Players after a five year hiatus for her second show. Most recently, she could’ve been seen in Young Frankenstein with the Royal Star Theater Company playing Frau Blucher. Other credits include Aunt March in Little Woman, Tricia in A Chorus Line, Soupy Sue in Urinetown, Carla in In The Heights, and “Day by Day” soloist in Godspell. Donna was also a grand finalist in the singing competition, So You Think You Can Belt season 13. Donna would like to thank Barbara and Frank for the opportunity to play Paulette, Snaps for the cast of Legally Blonde for being amazing, and her family for always standing by her dream no matter what.
Anthony Faubion (Grandmaster Chad, Kyle) is happy to be back on the stage working again with the JC Players. This is his 3rd show with the group. Prior roles for JC players include Kenickie in Grease and General Genghis khan Smitchz in Seussical the Musical. Anthony is no stranger to the stage and is very jubilant to be a part of this Legally Blonde production playing Grandmaster Chad and Kyle. Many thanks to Barbara, Frank, Chrissy and Jessica for all their hard work and thanks to everyone who comes and supports us.
Joanna Freda (Joanna, Gaelen, Delta Nu Girl, Greek Chorus) is making her debut with the JC Players! She has been involved with theatre since she was thirteen years old and was an ensemble member in Cinderella. Other shows she’s done throughout school and community theatre include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Snow White, Hairspray, Peter Pan, and Wizard of Oz. She would like to thank her loved ones for their endless support. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Megan Gonzalez (Serena) is so excited to make her JC Players debut as Serena in Legally Blonde the Musical. She would like to thank her cast and crew for a wonderful summer of fun. She would also like to give a shout out to her friends and most importantly her family for being so supportive and caring. Previous Performances: Christ the King Musical Theatre Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be), Guys & Dolls (Mimi), Maggies Little Theater: Summer Serenade (Ensemble) HCJ Teen Drama Group: Footloose (Feature Dancer), Grease (Frenchy.)
Thom Harmon (Emmett Forrest) is relieved to be playing a straight-up nice guy after roles such as Glenn Gulia (The Wedding Singer), Andre (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Pedro (Man of La Mancha). But his favorite roles are whenever he gets to share the stage with his real life leading lady, Virginia Harmon: characters such as Benjamin Braddock (The Graduate), Richard Sherman (Seven Year Itch), Oscar Madison (The Odd Couple) and Lt. Frank Cioffi (Curtains).
Virginia Harmon (Vivienne Kensington) is thrilled to be making her JC Players Debut! Some of her recent credits include: Curtains (Bambi), Spider’s Web (Clarissa Hailsham-Brown) Wedding Singer (Angie), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Boeing, Boeing (Gretchen), The Graduate (Elaine), The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn), Book of Days (Ruth), The Seven Year Itch (The Girl), Thanks to this great team, and to her incredible husband Thom.
Jessica Helton (Choreographer/Pilar) is so excited to be performing on the JC Players stage for the third time, previously as Gertrude McFuzz in the JC Player production of Seussical and in Grease. She completed a bachelor's degree in theatre at Frostburg State University in 2011 and a Master's degree in theatre education this past May at New York University. Her past credits include, Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening, Ruined, A Midsummer Night's Dream and several musical revues.
Charles Hinz (Elle’s Dad, Professor Winthrop, Ensemble) 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 (Carlos, Padamadan, Harvard Student, Ensemble) is making his second straight acting appearance with the JC Players after playing Josiah Bartlett in last year’s production of 1776. He was also the pit guitarist for Grease and the pit drummer for Into the Woods (2012). Charlie is coming off of his performance as the Beast in his school’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Charlie often considers himself the most unusual member of the cast as he takes a liking to musical acts such as System of a Down, Peter Gabriel, Slayer, and Rush. Charlie wishes luck to the entire cast and crew, as well as his mom and dad, Chrissy and Charlie and says “Whassup” to his little sister, Reilly. Charlie would like to dedicate his appearance in this show in loving memory of his friend, Leah Kuczinski, who was tragically killed in a Go Kart accident this past year, and Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, who Charlie considers a major influence on his decision to take up music.
Christine Hinz (Choreographer/Enid Hoops) returns to the JC stage once again in this year’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical. Credits include 1776, 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!
Nicole King (D.A. Joyce Riley, H & H Saleswoman, Leilani, Delta Nu Girl, Greek Chorus) is very pleased and humbled to be making her debut with the JC Players. She holds an MSED from Hofstra University and a BA in Theater Arts from SUNY Fredonia. Other Performances - Patio Players: Annie (ensemble) Milk and Honey (Soloist) Bayswater: Peter Pan (director), Grease (Jan), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ASM), Fiddler on the Roof (Soloist) Long Beach: Anything Goes (Soloist), Excelsior Theater Group: Dog Sees God (Marcy), Merrick Theater: Carousel (SM), Love from a Stranger (Ethel), and many others.
Michelle Meditz (Kate) is thrilled to be embracing her inner (and outer) nerd by playing Kate in this production of Legally Blonde! Some of her favorite roles include Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Patty in Grease! She recently graduated from the Queens College education program, finishing up her studies to be an elementary school teacher! She wants to thank her friends and family for their continuous support, and break a leg to the entire cast!
Amanda Mikol (Amanda, Delta Nu Girl, Greek Chorus) is thrilled to be making her JC Players debut in their production of Legally Blonde: The Musical! This is her first community theater production and she is so happy to have had this wonderful opportunity. She will be attending SUNY Fredonia this fall to pursue a BA in Theater Arts, and wants to thank her family for their endless encouragement and support!
Matthew Mucha (Aaron, Nikos, Ensemble) is thrilled to join the JC Players for the first time! He thanks you all for coming!
Dennis Popp (Prison Guard, Professor Pforzheimer, TV Reporter, Ensemble) 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 (Courtney, H & H Saleswoman, Judge, Receptionist, Ensemble) has been a part of the JC Players for 23 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!
Ellen Rosenberg (Court Stenographer, H & H Saleswoman, Ensemble) is performing her first show with the JC Players. She has appeared in many shows with other theater groups. Her favorite roles are Agnes Gooch in Mame and Frenchy in Grease. Her favorite real life roles are mother, mother-in-law, and grandma. OMG I love you guys!
Jennifer Silverman (Margot) is super excited to be back for her 4th JC Player production and reprising her Margot role. Jen graduated from Queens College with theater honors and hopes to pursue something in that field (perhaps Voice Acting). If not, she hopes to attend Grad School for an Education Masters. When she is not being ditzy on the stage and being extreme, she's being ditzy and extreme off the stage with her friends or in cosplay (or both!). Legally Blonde will always hold a special place in her heart, seeing as her father took her to one of the first showings on Broadway. A big shoutout to her friends, Uncle and Mom for all of the support. Dad, this one's especially for you.
Mark York (Professor Callahan) is happy to be back for his fifth JC Players production, and his ninth show under the direction of Barbara Auriemma. He is grateful for the opportunity to portray Professor Callahan, as it is a departure from many of his previous roles. He would also like to welcome the new arrivals to the JC Players. He extends his thanks the loyal audience members who continue to support our 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, Guys & Dolls, How To Succeed In Business, Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Little Shop Of Horrors, Mame, Once Upon A Mattress, Seussical, 1776, 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 Fiddler On The Roof, Guys & Dolls, Once Upon A Mattress and The Sound Of Music and at Marathon in Douglaston … Forum, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Pajama Game and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It was a banner year for Barbara having won the Josephine Award for Best Director for the JC Players 2017 production of 1776. Barbara extends a special “Thank You” to husband Frank, daughter Alicia and good friends Chrissy and Jessica 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! Frank has been performing/entertaining his entire life. At age 5, his dad used to make him do impersonations of characters like Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Gary Cooper and the like. Frank however is not always on the stage or musical director. When Frank goes to see a show as an audience member he expects to laugh and to be entertained. With that said if he hears you laughing and sees you smiling ...... then he feels that this wonderful director, cast, crew and himself have done their jobs. Enjoy the show ;)
Christopher Brosky (Lighting) joined the JC Players in 2003 as a “behind-the-scenes-guy” for shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods and Little Shop of Horrors (plant puppeteer). Chris then went on to perform in Once Upon a Mattress (Prince Dauntless), Guys and Dolls (Brannigan), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchick) and Godspell. He has since returned to the “behind-the-scenes-guy” role. He loves spending time with his wife, Alicia, and his sons Benjamin and Daniel.
Robb Pozarycki (Lighting) has been a part of the JC Players for many years, working mostly behind the scenes on lights. By day, he works as the editor for the Queens Courier. He sends love to his incredibly talented wife, Melanie, and smart, amazing son, Davey.
Jess Ronzo (Stage Manager) is excited to be joining JC Players’ for their production of Legally Blonde! This is Jess’ second show with the JC Players having previously worked on 1776 as a stagehand. Jess' past credits include: Set and prop work for dozens of shows at both Queensborough and Queens college. He has also been Stage Manager for Othello (QCC), 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 would like to thank her family for all their support especially mom who helped me 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 amazing opportunity.