Meet the Players
Sara Svezia (Belle) is excited to be returning to the JC Players stage for the second year in a row. She is honored to play one of her childhood dream roles and her favorite Disney Princess, Belle! When she is not singing and dancing, Sara is an elementary school teacher who tries to bring the arts and her love for performing to her students. She recently directed her school’s first musical, FAME Jr. this spring and loved being able to watch her students on stage. Other credits include Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar), Petra (A Little Night Music), and ensemble (The King and I, Curtains, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, and Newsies). Sara wants to thank Barbara and Frank for their support and her family for always believing in her! She would also like to dedicate her performance in the memory of her father, Michael Svezia. Enjoy the show!
Charles P. Hinz (The Beast) is making his 3rd acting appearance with the JC Players, but this is his first time playing the lead character with them. This will be Charles's 2nd time portraying the Beast after portraying him as a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. Charles’s previous acting credits with the JC Players include 1776, in which he played Josiah Bartlett, and last year’s Legally Blonde, in which he played Padamadan and Carlos. He would like to say “break a leg” to the entire cast and he says “hi” to his Mom, Dad, and little Sister (all of whom are in this show as well).
Austin Auriemma (Gaston) has been a member of the JC Players since the late 90s. His favorite performances include Little Shop of Horrors (Orville Scrivello), Into the Woods (Jack) and most recently 1776 (Edward Rutledge) He is a Computer Science and Social Studies teacher in the Bronx.
Alicia Brosky (Enchantress/Old Beggar Woman) 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 Miserabes (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!
Benjamin Brosky (Chip) is making his JC Player debut as Chip in this year’s Beauty and the Beast. Benny is going into the 4th grade and has performed in his school’s musicals: The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast.
Hannah Brown (Babette) is loving her second time on the JC Players' stage! Since she appeared in Legally Blonde as Chutney Windham last summer, she's produced and performed in an off-off Broadway production of Captain Cobalt vs. the Sinister Scientist, an original, two-woman comedy. She was also a season 16 finalist in the West End Lounge's So You Think You Can Belt singing competition this year. When not performing, she's writing, hiking, and meditating/journaling at length to sort out her fraught, emotional relationship with rompers.
Diane Close (Ensemble) is very proud to be joining the JC Players for the first time. Many thanks to Barbara, Frank & Christine. After returning to the stage in 2018 after a long hiatus of 35 yrs, she appeared last year at Maggie's Theater in Man of La Mancha. Some previous past roles were in West Side Story (Maria), The King & I (Anna,) South Pacific (ensemble), and was a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She would like to thank her husband Bill for running lines & running rides and her son Chris for his excited support. My performance is dedicated to my son Dan & future daughter-in-law, Liz. As the backdrop of Beauty & the Beast for their wedding she wishes that their marriage holds the same magic. It is wonderful to work with such a sweet, talented cast. Break a leg everyone!
Lorenzo Cicco (Ensemble) is 9 years old and will be going into 5th grade in September. He loves to sing and perform. This will be his first time in a real play with JC Players. He is very excited to take part in Beauty and the Beast with the JC Players.
Victoria Coronel (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of the Beauty and the Beast ensemble cast. She has performed in musicals at P.S. 290 in Ridgewood, where she attends, including The Jungle Book, Seussical Jr. and James and the Giant Peach. She takes piano and voice lessons and is in the Pee Wee dance competition team at Martha’s Dance Center. She would like to thank her mother and father for encouraging her to pursue her dreams.
Navin Das (Monsieur D’Arque) an actor, writer, and comedian from Bellerose, NY. This is his third show with the JC Players and he is excited to be working with them again. Previous theater credits include, Legally Blonde (Warner) and Grease (Roger) with the JC Players, Something’s Afoot (Nigel) with Maggie’s Little Theater, Jolly the Christmas Walrus (Buddha) with Boxed Wine Productions, and many more. TV appearances include The Wendy Williams Show, Comic Book Men, and Evil, I. He also 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 currently a member of SAG-AFTRA. A big thanks to Frank and Barbara for bringing him on board, and to his fellow cast, crew, family, and friends for their support. Cheers!
Andres Caamal (Lumière) is honored to be performing his first lead role as Beauty and the Beast’s Lumière for the JC Players. His theatre experience began in 2015 at age 20. The shows he has been a part of include Threepenny Opera as Beggar / Cop, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Francis Flute, The Cherry Orchard as Yepikodov, Mary Poppins as Valentine / Von Hussler, All In the Timing as Bell Ringer (an added original character), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as Caiaphas the Elder and The Tempest as Gonzalo. All of his love goes out to friends and family.
John DiBono (Cogsworth) is so excited to be taking the stage for the first time with JC Players and working with such a talented group of people with impeccable timing. Once upon a time, he could have been seen at Maggie's playing the Conquistador ancestor in The Addams Family and as the Barber/Captain of the Inquisition in Man of La Mancha. At Royal Star Theatre he played General Schmitz in Seussical and the Bum in Wedding Singer. At Parkside Players he was Ladislav Sipos in She Loves Me. He would like to thank the entire creative team and cast for making this an enjoyable experience. Enjoy the show!
Joanna Freda (Silly Girl) is thrilled to be back with JC Players for the second year in a row! You may have seen her as a Delta Nu sister in last year's production of Legally Blonde. Other roles she's played include Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Sneezy (Snow White), and Slightly (Peter Pan). Joanna recently graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from St. John’s University and will be returning in the fall to pursue a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling! Joanna would like to thank her loved ones for their endless support and encouragement, and the cast and crew for being so much fun to work with. Enjoy the show!!!
Dahlia Harvey (Ensemble) an 11 year old student at Middle Village Preparatory Charter School. She is extremely grateful, happy and excited to be performing for the first time as part of the JC Players. She is a singer, actor and acrobat who loves to dance. Some of her previous credits include: Little Mermaid Jr. in 2018 (Ariel) and Seussical Jr. (Jojo) in 2017. She is thankful to her parents for all of their support and encouragement.
Charles Hinz (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!
Christine Hinz (Madame De La Grande Bouche /Choreographer) returns to the JC stage once again in this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Credits include Legally Blonde the Musical, 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!
Reilly Hinz (Ensemble) is making her J.C. Players debut this year. Reilly will be starting first grade in September. She enjoys taking ballet, tap and hip hop as well as playing baseball and soccer.
Charles Huang (Ensemble) graduated with a drama degree from Queens College and has an associate’s degree in music from QCC. He has performed as an ensemble in the cabaret MTO Queens College Movie Night and Evolution of Broadway as well as Three Sisters as Fedotik (QC Theatre Guild) and in Machinal (a QC production). He worked backstage for the productions of Cloud Nine and Anna Christi in addition to sound for Twelfth Night, lights for Terrare, puppeteer for Cardinal, ASM for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, An Octoroon, and Middletown. He is excited to perform with talented friends/artists in Beauty and the Beast as an ensemble member.
Scott Marshall (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the JC Players stages after taking last year off to work behind the scenes. It is pure joy working with such talented performers and being with friends old and new. Previous favorite parts include: 1776 (Witherspoon), Seussical (Uncle Who) with JC Players; Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (ensemble), Guys & Dolls (Lt. Brannigan) with Maggie’s Little Theater; Legally Blonde (Prof. Winthrop, Reporter), Spelling Bee (Dan Dad) both at Marathon. When not on a stage, father is my best job. Love to Julia (I miss working with this Josie Award Winner), Randi and my parents. Scotty is also an agent with New York Life. Special thanks to Barbara, Frank, Chrissy, and the crew back stage for making us all look good. Sending love to all the Auriemma’s.
Michelle Meditz (Silly Girl) is thrilled to be back on stage this summer with the JC Players! Some of her favorite roles include Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Kate in Legally Blonde, and Patty in Grease! When she’s not completely overusing exclamation points, she’s finishing up graduate school at Queens College while simultaneously living her dream as a Pre-K teacher! Many thanks to her amazing friends, spectacular boyfriend, and wonderful family for their continuous support, and break a leg to the entire cast!
Richard Miller (Ensemble) 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.
Michaela Pascuzzi (Silly Girl) is excited to be in her first magical show with JC Players. She is a rising Senior Theatre Performance BFA at University at Buffalo. Michaela has appeared most recently as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast at HCJ Teen Drama. She thanks her family and friends for their endless love, support, and encouragement.
Jennifer Silverman (LeFou) is super thrilled to be gracing the stage in another JC Players show and dancing once more with abandon! Previous roles include Margot in Legally Blonde, Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee, Birdgirl in Seussical, and Amber in Hairspray. Lefou has definitely been one of her favorite roles to play thus far, as well as working with such a wonderful cast (both old and new members). She is having a (Gas)TON of fun! Jen was a theater graduate at Queens College in 2013, and is finally putting that degree to work. Recently she's been getting her feet wet into the realm of Voice Acting, working on her Animation, Singing and Commercial Demos! Follow more of her journey at www.JenSilVO.com! Hopefully you'll hear her in some future projects on the radio, Youtube, or even television! Special thanks to Barbara for the wonderful opportunity, thanks to Frank for helping her finally get those music tempos right, Chrissy and the rest of the cast and crew, as well as her supportive and loving friends and family for helping her on her journey. She loves you guys! Wait...
Shelia Spencer (Ensemble) is thrilled to participate for the first time in JC Player’s production of Beauty and the Beast. For most of her early acting career she performed in dramas (The Bad Seed) and comedies (Playboy of the Western World, Merry Wives of Windsor). Recently she performed in her first Shakespearean tragedy, MacBeth and her first musical, Shrek. She would not be here without the loving support of hubby Peter and her friends. Many thanks to the warm welcome and support from JC Players, where it really feels like “family”!
Lisa Vecchione (Ensemble) is excited to be a part of JC Players production of Beauty and the Beast. She previously worked with JC Players as a stagehand for last year’s Legally Blonde, and is thrilled to now be making her stage debut. When not on stage, Lisa is a photographer and photo editor, and her spare time is often spent on cosplay, portraying a variety of characters from everyone’s favorite avenging archer to the queen in the north and more. She thanks her family for their support and especially thanks her crazy but amazing friends for their steadfast encouragement.
Dolores Voyer (Mrs. Potts) is thrilled to be working with her dear friends at JC Players! Anyone who knows her can attest that she is definitely Mrs. Potts! Tea, tea, and more tea! She was last seen at Maggie's Little Theater as Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, one of her favorite roles, for which she received a Josie Award. Dolores is a founding member of Maggie's Little Theater in Middle Village, along with her husband Ed (who is up there on your right, playing the bass), Miriam P. Denu, and Alan Perkins (who is also up there, playing the horn). Love to E and D. Enjoy the show!
Frankie Wang (Ensemble) is an actor, singer and dancer based in Queens. He is a recent Queens College graduate and had majored in Theatre and Psychology. His previous theatre credits include: La Mouche (Pierre,) In the Heights (Ensemble,) Hot L Baltimore (Mr. Katz and Cab Driver,) The Oldest Boy (Monk,) and This is Our Youth (Warren.) He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support in always following his passion and dreams. Additionally, he would also like to thank JC Players for giving him this opportunity.
Mark Wilensky (Ensemble) is happy to be joining the JC Players for the first time and hopes you all enjoy the show. This is Mark’s first stage appearance after taking up acting as a hobby five years ago. He is grateful to be part of the show and under the outstanding leadership of Barbara, Frank and Chrissy. While not on stage Mark is a tax attorney and partner at the law firm Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP providing tax planning to closely held businesses and their owners.
Mark York (Maurice) is happy to be returning for his sixth consecutive appearance with the JC Players. He is enjoying working with those he has worked with in the past and happy to meet new friends. He is also grateful to the Auriemmas for the opportunity they give him to work in their shows and for their friendship. Thanks to the audience for continuing to support us!
Barbara Auriemma (Director) has been with the JC Players since 1996 and has directed the JC Players main stage summer productions from 1997 to the present … including Legally Blonde The Musical, 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. Barbara extends a special “Thank You” to husband Frank, daughter Alicia and good friends Chrissy and Randi for their help in making Beauty and the Beast a success. Many thanks to all who have supported us throughout the years. "Is This Home" ... absolutely!!!
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 Beauty and the Beast! This is Jess’ third show with the JC Players having previously worked on Legally Blonde and 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.
Amy Ellis (Costume Designer) is a 22 year old self-taught seamstress from Northern Virginia who started out by making costumes for herself and her friends to wear to conventions and events. Since then she has outfitted various Queens community theater productions such as Man of La Mancha, Noises Off, and The Addams Family at Maggie’s Little Theater, as well as 1776 and Legally Blonde with the JC Players. While she may not appear on stage often, she is happy to use her creative talent to contribute to the experience of each show and would like to thank her friends who have served as her continuing source of inspiration.