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CAST, ORCHESTRA, & DESIGN TEAM

Men I Am Not Married To

Cast

Cydney Washington - FRANCES,  an understated working girl a la any Clara Bow character early on in the movie.

 

Anissa Clay - MILDRED, in the spirit of Sophie Tucker before she got very rich or famous.

 

Olivia Helman - EVELYN, less of an ingenue than she appears to be, a la Olive Thomas.

 

Harrison Gilberti - FREDDIE/CHARLIE/MORTIMER, their unchosen dates, all played by one performer. 

 

Orchestra 

Conductor, Dr. Gabriel Piqué

 

Saxophone
Lacey Yacketta
Giorgio Dushaw
Josh Sizemore

 

Trombone 
Brian Pattison 
Juyoung Lee
Gabriel Sagan

 

Trumpet
Ty Hansen
Matthew Maloney
Katherine Gorman 

 

Alex Drews, percussion 

Jo Arnold, bass
Benjamin Malkevitch, piano

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The Stream

Cast

Mitchel McVeigh - Jonah

The Stream - Ciara Ferris & Madelyn Deininger

Orchestra

Electronic Score & Violin - Michi Wiancko

Conductor -  Jason Aquila

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Prepared

Cast

Lila - Sydney Shook

Cam - Lily Benson

Neighbor - Samuel Jungman

Orchestra

Conductor -  Dean Buck

Electric Bass - Jacob Kaminski

Vibraphone - Alex Drews

Piano - Ben Malkevitch

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Cinderella 99

Cast

MOM, Katherine Jefferis 

DAD, Sam Wetzel

DAUGHTER, McKenna Jones

SON, Robert Dauria

Orchestra

Conductor -  Dean Buck

Violin - Kerry Broker

Violin - Cecelia Cooper

Viola - Avedis Escandon

Cello - Avery Smith

Bass - Noah Steele

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Virtually Dead

Cast

Zelda - Emma Wilansky

PJ - Analeigh Flieger

Campbell - Sarah Strezewski

Orchestra

Electronic Score - Kamala Sankaram

Conductor -  Jason Aquila

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For Life

Cast

Liam – Ian Rakunas

Leyna – Mary Grace Corrigan
Dr. Mannsplain – Greg Prevosnik
Eliza Nocebo – Sophie Mintsiveris

Nurse Grace – Maggie Milano


Patients and Forest Figures

Michael - David Drettwan

Rachael - Maire Paquinelli

Katy - Daphne Baun

Angel - Jordan McNeal

 

Orchestra

Conductor - Dr. Soo Han
Baldwin Wallace String Orchestra

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600 Square Feet

Cast

Alexandra - Rosie Kamara

Lance - Lucas Chambers

Orchestra

Conductor - Dean Buck

Clarinet - Peter Varga

Viola - Avedis Escandon

Cello - Avery Smith

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Pandora Jones

Cast

Pandora - Elaine Hudson

Trunk - David Drettwan

Opera Singer - Erin Perry

 

Green Taffeta

3 female: Bret Yetter Katherine Fisfis Jess Hall

3 male: Adam Whanger Joey Downey Harrison Gilberti

 

Animals
Fox, Joey Downey
Lion, Harrison Gilberti

 

Putti
Soprano - Anneke Van Slyke
Mezzo - Fergie Raupp

Lovers

Tenor - Jordan McNeal

 

Bass - Adam Whanger

 

Orchestra

Conductor - Dr. Soo Han

Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra - String Orchestra

Family Adventures Volume 1 & 2

Cast

 

Volume 1

Tenor - Alex Lindenmeier

Tenor - Samuel Jungman

Volume 2

Soprano - Sophia Sorrentino

Volume 2 Virtual Choir

Olivia Burns

Maire Pasquinelli

Aleks Tirone

Orchestra Volume 1

Conductor - Dean Buck

Flute - Genevieve Krame

Bassoon - Sarah Strasinger

Violin - Kerry Broker

Cello - Avery Smith

Piano and Toy Piano - Ben Malkevitch

Piano Volume 2

Conductor - Dean Buck

Piano - Jason Aquila

 

CAST, ORCHESTRA, & DESIGN TEAM BIOS

Jo Arnold is  a sophomore Double Bass Performance major from here in the Cleveland area. Jo studies under Charles Carleton of The Cleveland Orchestra and has played with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in the past. Jo now plays in the school Jazz Band and a smaller Jazz Combo as well as the Baldwin-Wallace Symphony Orchestra.

 

Pianist and Vocal Coach Jason Aquila is the Music Director for the Voice Performance program at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.  He recently prepared the BW productions of Alcina and Dido and Aeneas, both of which he also led from the harpsichord.  Jason has served as coach and assistant music director for many recent productions at Baldwin Wallace, including La Boheme, Hansel and Gretel, La Finta Giardiniera, The Tragedy of Carmen, Dialogues of the Carmelites. Il Matrimonio Segreto, and The Rake’s Progress. He has performed with acclaimed artists including soprano Jennifer Rowley, mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Hart, flutist Donald Peck, American Horn Competition winner Andrew Pelletier, violinist Xiang Gao, and various members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Jason has served as an official collaborative pianist for the International Horn Symposium, and for the Music Teachers National Association Convention.Jason received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida Southern College, and a Master of Music degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before joining Baldwin Wallace, Jason served as the Coordinator of Accompanying at Western Illinois University for 10 years.
 

Lily Benson is very excited to be sharing this new work! She is currently a Junior Vocal Performance major studying with Dr. Weagraff. The role of "Cam" is her first role at Baldwin Wallace University. She hopes that this little piece of comedy can bring happiness to everyone's year during this pandemic. Later this year you will be able to see her as "Angustias" in the world premiere of La Casa de Bernarda Alba.
 

Dean Buck is a Cleveland-based conductor. His conducting has been described as "fearless and firm," (Cleveland Classical,) and "maintaining a constant, flexible rapport with singers." (New York Observer.) Dean currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Opera Theater. He has served as guest conductor for Opera Western Reserve for the past two seasons, and is also Music Director for Cleveland Opera Theater's {NOW} Fest. Dean previously served as principal conductor of the New York City-based LoftOpera. He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

Olivia Burns is in her sophomore year as a Vocal Performance major and is working towards an emphasis in vocal pedagogy. She is thrilled to perform in her first opera alongside such talented peers and under the guidance of such respected and nurturing faculty. She is looking forward to performing again soon in Le Nozze di Figaro with BW this March. She wants to thank the director, composer, and librettist for the unique opportunity to participate in the creation of new art, even in the midst of nebulous times. Enjoy the performance!  

 

Geneviève Cecile is a third year student at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, studying music composition and flute performance. As a storyteller, she strives to synthesize her love of composing and performing, drawing her inspiration from nature and the lush imagery of her inner world. 

 

Lucas Chambers is a junior Sustainability major here at Baldwin Wallace University. More recent credits include the Misfits Concert (lead vocal/guitar) with BW PRISM, The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King) with Hillcrest Center for the Arts, and Dido and Aeneas (Chorus) with Baldwin Wallace. He is very excited to have been a part of the Operas in Place shows. It was a great experience to be working alongside current composers and their new work. Lucas would like to thank Scott Skiba, Jason Aquila, Nkeiru Okoye, David Cote, and everyone else who made all of this possible.

Cecilia Cooper is a senior violin performance major studying with Dr. Julian Ross. She loves playing in pit orchestras, and she has very involved in the Baldwin Wallace Opera program during her time at BW. Productions have included Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Handel’s Alcina, and many small chamber operas written for BW, including these! She also looks forward to playing as concertmaster in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro this spring. Cecilia is planning on furthering her studies in violin performance and pedagogy in graduate school in the fall. 
 

Mary Grace Corrigan is pursuing a Master’s of Music in vocal performance at Penn State University under the tutelage of Dr. Rachel Copeland. She is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Her most recent credit was the world premier of micro-opera For Life by Dawn Sonntag and Kermit Cole. In 2019, Mary Grace played the role of 1924 Zelda Fitzgerald in the regional premier of The Ghosts of Gatsby by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire with The Cleveland Opera Theater for the National Opera Association Convention. While at Baldwin Wallace she performed in the ensembles of The Rake’s Progress, The Threepenny Opera, and Il Matrimonio Segretto. This spring, she will perform the role of Contessa in Penn State’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
 

Robert Dauria is thrilled to originate the role of Son in Cinderella 99. Being able to sing this music and with an original score by Jake Heggie and Gene Scherer was an honor. He would like to thank the cast and crew as well as Professor Gregory Harrell for helping train his voice for the role. He is currently a Junior Music Industry major and will take on the role of Don Basilio in BW’s upcoming production of Le Nozze di Figaro this March.
 

Madelyn Deininger is a third year Vocal Performance major studying with Professor Nancy Maultsby. In her studies at Baldwin Wallace, she has performed in the ensemble of La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and in Pelleas et Melisande as a super. This past year, she originated the role of the Stream in the new micro opera The Stream, composed by Michi Wiancko with a libretto by Sarah Labrie. This fall she sang the role of Ruggiero in BW’s production of Alcina. In the spring she will be taking on the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
 

David Drettwan is now a Senior VP at Baldwin Wallace (Junior at the time of recording). He studies under professor Nancy Maultsby. Past credits include Melisso (Alcina), Arkel (Pelleas + Melisande), Zuniga (Carmen), Keeper/Chorus (The Rake's Progress). Upcoming productions include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Jupiter (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival).

 

Alexander Drews is a senior Percussion Performance major at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. During this time, he has studied under Professor Josh Ryan. Highlights of his young career include performing at Carnegie Hall with the Baldwin Wallace Symphonic Wind Ensemble and performing non-western percussion music with the Baldwin Wallace percussion ensemble. 

Analeigh Flieger (PJ) is a sophomore Vocal Performance major studying with Joanne Uniatowski. Other productions of hers include Transformations by Conrad Susa and Anne Sexton in which she played character 6 and Orpheus in The Underworld by Offenbach in which she played Diana. You can see her in Baldwin Wallace's production of Le Nozze di Figaro as Barbarina in the Spring of 2022.

 

Olivia Helman (Evelyn) is a junior at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of music pursuing a double major in vocal performance and music history studying under Susan Wallin. Helman’s previous credits include Griffin Candey’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba (Ensemble) and Handel’s Alcina (Alcina). Helman also engages much in voice and opera scholarship, her research interests centering on voice performance practice with special focuses on women musicians and representations of gender and sexuality in Baroque opera. This past year, she focused on exploring the functions and characterizations of high voices in Handel operas at Baldwin Wallace’s renowned Riemenschneider Bach Institute archives alongside her own vocal studies at the Conservatory. Helman is currently preparing the role of Susanna for BW’s spring opera production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

 

Elaine Hudson (She/They) is a senior vocal performance major at Baldwin Wallace University  studying with Nancy Maultsby. Most recently they performed in the role of Ruggiero in Alcina. Last summer, Elaine sang in the chorus of Tosca with Marble City Opera in Knoxville, TN and in the summer workshop program at the University of Tennessee as Dorabella in Cosí fan Tutte. Roles at  Baldwin Wallace include Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Mélisande cover in Pelléas et Mélisande. You can see them performing as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at BW during the last weekend in March. Elaine will be graduating with a B.M in May. 
 

McKenna Jones is in her third year at BW studying Vocal Performance. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity to perform new music by Jake Heggie. Previously she was seen on stage as the Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas and is looking forward to portraying the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro this March.

Samuel Jungman, tenor,  is a third-year voice performance major studying with Dr. JR Fralick, and he is so excited to be making his digital debut with BWVP in two micro operas; Prepared, and Family Adventures! This March, Sam will also perform as "Basilio" in Le Nozze di Figaro at Baldwin Wallace! He would like to thank friends, family, and faculty for all of their support. Enjoy the show!
 

Tenor Alex Lindenmeier is a junior Vocal Performance major at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. He studies under the wonderful guidance and wisdom of Professor Susan Wallin.

Alex sings at Old Stone Church and is the Voice Departmental Recital Assistant. This past fall he sang the role of Oronte, the leader of Alcina's armies, in George Frideric Handel’s, Alcina, In April, Alex will be presenting his junior recital with his dear friend and fellow tenor, Samuel Jungman.
 

Matthew Maloney is a trumpeter from northeast Ohio dedicated to making excellent music.  He is currently a student in his fourth year at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music performance.  While at the BW Conservatory, he studies trumpet with Jack Sutte, trumpeter of The Cleveland Orchestra.  Matthew enjoys playing a wide variety of music in many different ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, and brass chamber music groups.  He has done many solo performances as well as playing in these ensembles, and one of his major musical events was performing on tour with the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra at locations in Ohio and Indiana in February of 2020.  In addition to learning from his primary trumpet teachers Jack Sutte (2018-Present) and Anthony Anastasi (2008-2018), Matthew has had the opportunity to take lessons from many other teachers including Amanda Bekeny, Nina Bell, Mary Bowden, Jack Brndiar, Michael Chunn, Kevin Cobb, Alex Jokipii, David Krauss, Michael Mergen, Anderson Romero, and John Rommel.  Matthew is looking forward to continuing onto graduate studies for trumpet performance and launching into a career of performing music and teaching private trumpet lessons.  He hopes to share the gift of amazing music with others, to hopefully make a positive change in their lives through the arts.
 

Jordan McNeal is from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Jordan is a sophomore vocal performance major here at Baldwin Wallace University.

 

Maggie Milano (Nurse Grace) is a senior voice performance major studying under Professor Nancy Maultsby. Her previous roles include Second Woman in BWVP's production of Dido and Aeneas (fall 2019), Yniold (cover) in BWVP's production of Pelleas and Melisande (winter 2020), and Morgana in BWVP's production of Alcina (fall 2021). She also enjoys her internship as Opera Assistant and being a member of the Alpha Phi Delta Upsilon chapter. She would like to thank her cast and crew, professors, friends, and family for helping and supporting her the past four years at BW.
 

Sophie Mintsiveris is now a senior vocal performance major in her last semester at BW. Past productions at BW include Alcina (Morgana), 2020 Micro Operas (Eliza, For Life), La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and Dido and Aeneas (Belinda cover). Most recently, she performed in the Erie Playhouse's production of A Little Night Music. She is a student of Dr. JR Fralick, for whom she is deeply grateful
 

Tim Michel is a recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory with a Bachelor’s in Guitar Performance. During the course of the pandemic, Tim teamed up with Brian Pattison to record and produce students’ recitals and performances, which lead to them working with the Opera department to be a part of the Micro Opera project. Outside of his work as a music teacher, Tim writes, records, and produces music with several bands. 
 

Maire Pasquinelli is a current sophomore in the Vocal Performance program here at BW. She is a double major, also earning a degree in Music Education. You can see on stage in La Casa de Bernarda Alba in June as Martirio. 

 

Steve Shack is a nomadic lighting designer whose most recent work has been seen in Hilo, Boston, Traverse City, Cleveland, and NYC. Over the past 19 years he has lit over 200 various productions of Musical Theater, Opera, Dance and Drama in addition to a few restaurants and museums. Steve is the Resident Lighting Designer at Cleveland Opera Theater, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Magnificat High School. In summer he teaches and designs lighting at French Woods Festival of the performing arts. When not in the theater he prefers to body surf in the pacific ocean and work with the ʻāina of the Big Island. Steve is looking forward to his return to the Conservatory in March to design Le Nozze di Figaro.

Sydney Shook is very excited to be sharing a world premiere of the micro opera Prepared By Griffin Candey. She is currently a Junior Vocal Performance major studying with Professor Susan Wallin. The role of of "Lilah" is her first role at Baldwin Wallace University. This spring you will be able to see her as "Barbarina" in Le Nozze di Figaro. Sydney would like to thank the cast and directors who made this opera come to life and hopes to share a laugh with everyone who is watching.

 

Avery Smith is a 22 year old cellist from Ohio. She received a bachelors in music from Baldwin Wallace in 2021 where she studied with Regina Mushabac. She is currently working towards a masters in music from Colorado State University where she studies with Barbara Thiem. Avery has a special interest in chamber music and holds it very close to her heart. She also studied composition and Baldwin Wallace and thus has a love for contemporary music. Avery believes as long as she has music in her life, she will be happy.

 

Sophia Sorrentino is a junior vocal performance major studying with Sue Wallin at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. She will be playing the role of Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba by Griffin Candey this upcoming June of 2022. She has also performed in the ensemble of Baldwin Wallace’s performance of Dido and Aeneas in October of 2019. Sophia has been producing and releasing 80’s synthwave music since 2020 with her producer, Daniel Schuster. Currently, she is the Conservatory Council’s secretary, as well as the marketing head of Baldwin Wallace’s musicianship academic fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. Sophia is very excited to have the role of the solo voice in Family Adventures Volume 2 by Josh Schmidt and Royce Vavrek, and is grateful to her parents for their continuous support of her passion for music.

 

Noah Steele is a double bassist from Buffalo, NY. He is an Alumni of Baldwin Wallace University where he studied double bass with professor Charles Carleton. He is currently attending Indiana University where he studies with professor Kurt Muroki. Noah is passionate about collaborative music making and enjoys performing new music. Outside of music Noah enjoys cycling, rock climbing and coffee.
 

Sarah Strezewski is a Junior Vocal Performance major at Baldwin Wallace University. This past year she has had the amazing opportunity to play Alcina in Handel's Alcina and also will be tackling the role of Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. She would like to thank her wonderful friends, family, and and the fantastic BW faculty that have helped her get to where she's at today. She has had a wonderful experience in helping to create Virtually Dead and hopes you enjoy. 
 

Anneke Van Slyke is a sophomore Vocal Performance major studying with Dr. Marc Weagraff, and is so excited to show the incredible Operas in place. She was most recently seen as Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, through Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. She has also played the role of Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Later this year, you will be able to see her as Amelia in the premiere of La Casa de Bernarda Alba through Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. 
 

Cydney Washington is a versatile singer, with a passion for music and performing. Cydney has portrayed a number of characters such as: ‘Frances in The Men I am not Married to (new work), Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance (Millikin University) Ensemble in the world premiere of “The Flower of Hawaii” (Folks Operetta), Ronny in “Hair” (Millikin University), a Participant of the Young artists program at "Hawaii Performing arts festival", Little Inez in Hairspray (Brightside Theatre). This is her debut performance on the BW stage. Cydney is grateful for the gift that God has given her and the ability she has to share with with the people she loves and the world. 

Sam Wetzel is a senior Vocal Performance major at Baldwin Wallace studying under Dr. Marc Weagraff. Sam will be seen next as Count Almaviva in BW’s spring production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Past performances include Schubert’s Winterreise, Cinderella 99 (Dad), Pelléas et Melisande (Pelleas cover), Ghosts of Gatsby (F. Scott cover), Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) and The Rake’s Progress (chorus) with Baldwin Wallace, in addition to La bohéme (chorus) with Cleveland Opera Theater.
 

Anissa Clay Zelaya is a Senior Vocal Performance Major at Baldwin Wallace University, studying with Dr. JR Fralick. She will be portraying the role of Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with Baldwin Wallace Opera in March of 2022. She performed Zelda ‘18 in The Ghosts of Gatsby, a partnership with Baldwin Wallace and Cleveland Opera Theater as a part of the National Opera Association (NOA) conference in January 2020.  Anissa is a Soprano in the BW Singers Choir of Baldwin Wallace, directed by Marc Weagraff. She was an apprentice with Pittsburgh Festival Opera during the Summer of 2020, performing Contessa.  She graduated from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School as a Voice Major. Mrs. Clay Zelaya has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a member of the PSO Student Chorale and as a member of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Anissa was a high school apprentice with the Pittsburgh Opera, where she has performed in two mini-lecture recitals. Anissa is an award-winning author of the novel The God Conception, which she wrote in 2015. She received a proclamation from Allegheny County for her novel and her service to her community.