MEET THE CAST AND CREW OF MAMA / MOON
A play about the unlikely friendship between “Mama" Cass Elliot — of the Mamas and the Papas - and Keith Moon, original drummer of The Who. The sweetest, heavyset singer of all time and the wildest, womanizing, party animal in Rock 'n Roll. Together. For one night. What could possibly go wrong??
By Tom Frattare. Directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz.
March 9th | March 25th. MAINSTAGE Theatre.
Nici Romo (Mama Cass Elliot) is very excited to be playing Momma Cass Elliot at Ensemble Theater. Nici is from the Akron area and is a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Theatre. Art. and Design. She is a Co-Founder of the alternative theatre company Dunamis Theatre and also works as a theatre teaching artist for the Artful Living and Learning Program based in Stark County. Some of her favorite roles are Flo (Picnic), Donna(Blue,Miss Billie) ,Duke Senior and Duke Fredrick (As You Like It) , and storytelling with Wandering Aesthetics; also based in Akron. Directing credits include Yellow by Del Shores, Hot N' Throbbing by Paula Vogel, and A Long Christmas Ride Home and many others. She would like to thank her family for their constant support and to Josie, Colton, and Roar for letting her live her dreams.
August Scarpelli (Harry Nilsson/TD) is excited to be performing in his first new play. He has loved Schmilsson's music since he was a kid and the opportunity to perform as Nilsson has a special place in his heart. August has worked with Ensemble as an actor, artistic associate, carpenter,set designer, and assistant director since the 2015 season. You may have seen him onstage in Death of a Salesman, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Jerusalem, The Phantom Tollbooth, or The Hairy Ape. He is also the Technical Director for the 2017/2018 season, and one of the co-founders of the Shahrazad Theatre Company that Ensemble has been generous enough to incubate. He would like to thank Tom and Ian for this opportunity.
Chris Bizub (Oliver) is thrilled to being performing at Ensemble Theatre production for the 7th time! Some of the favorite roles he has played here were in The Iceman Cometh (Hugo Kalmar), Waiting for Lefty (Miller), Farragut North (Paul Zara), and Run Kingsbury Run (Lemmory) just to name a few. Chris has a Masters’ in Arts Administration from the University of Akron as well as a Bachelors’ degree in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace College. He currently works at French Creek Theatre as a Program Reservationist. Some recent credits include Equus (Harry Dalton) at Blank Canvas Theatre, Our Town (Stage Manager) at French Creek Theatre, Of Mice and Men (Curley) at Coach House, and Richard III (Richard III) at Rubber City Shakespeare Company. When he is not performing, Chris also directs. Some of the recent directing projects he’s most proud of were As You Like It at Rubber City Shakespeare Company, A Christmas Carol at Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, All in the Timing at Medina County Show Biz Company, Panache at Clague Playhouse, and The Odd Couple, Play On, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] at Strongsville Community Theater.
Jordan Renee Malin (Michelle/Inge) is humbled to be making her Ensemble debut. She has been performing all over northeast, Ohio since she was 9 years old. From the Cleveland Play House, Beck Center, Blank Canvas and Pickwick and Frolic— favorite roles include; Louise/Gypsy in Gypsy , Maureen in Rent, Donna in Debbie does Dallas, and Roxie in Chicago. She loves and thanks her parents and puppies for keeping her strong and for their support.
Aaron Elersich (George)
April Needham (Honey)
Kyle Huff (Treat/Neil)
James Rankin (Keith Moon)
Santino Montanez (Allan)
Mia Radabaugh (Lena/Stuardess)