Meet The Cast & Crew
Nicole feels privileged to play the lead in Mary the Musical. She is an eighth grader at Hardyston Middle School and is very passionate about music. Nicole is a member of the school choir and select choir. Past performances include the stepmother in her school's presentation of Twinderella, performing in the multidistrict choir and Sussex County Junior Honors Choir, and debuting on the Wallkill Valley High School stage at the school's Broadway night with a duet alongside co-star Hayden Reid. She practices modern dance at the Dance Expression Dance Arts Studio and enjoys spending her free time hiking, biking, and roller blading.
During his high school years, Jacob was very active in shows. He was part of Wallkill Valley High’s productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, Freaky Friday, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Jacob was also a member of the school’s choir and band. He now attends Sussex County Community College as a music major. He enjoys playing guitar every Sunday with his church choir. His goal is to pursue a career as a performing artist.
Hayden is thrilled to be joining the cast of Mary the Musical. Past show credits include Fletcher Blake in Wallkill Valley high school's production of Freaky Friday, Bob in Hardyston middle school's Twinderella, and most recently Iago in Zeigler Dance Centre’s performance of Aladdin. Hayden loves to act, dance and sing. He also loves his family.
Sean is excited to be a part of Mary The Musical! Recently, he’s been in Chicago as Amos Hart, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Jesus, and in the ensemble of Freaky Friday.
Faith Bracero returns to the stage after a five year break to finally continue one of her favorite hobbies: singing and acting. Previously seen as Pepper in Annie and Alice Beineke in The Addams Family. She is excited to break out in a lead role and stretch her acting wings once again this winter!
In 53 years of theatrical experience, Jim has appeared in over 35 shows, both dramas and musicals. His favorite roles include Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Coach Calhoun in Grease, Officer Krupke in West Side Story, and Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly.
Herman Conklin is making his breakout performance as Gaspar. While new to performing, Herman will instill much of his own personality into his character and hopefully be endearing to the audience. Mostly he enjoys coaching with his wife Anna, tinkering mechanically and spending time with his family.
Victor is a Wiseman in training. He played the role of St John in the Living Way of the Cross back at Colegio Don Bosco Guatemala.
Joanne is thrilled and humbled to be performing with this talented cast and crew! She has appeared in numerous community theatre productions in Hudson County, New Jersey, and New York City in addition to, film, television, commercials, and industrial roles. Her past roles include Aida Gianelli in Over the River and Through the Woods and Lucy Schmeeler in On The Town.
Dancing from the age of 3, Jayda has always enjoyed being on stage. She has been in numerous recitals, and more recently you may have seen her as King Roger in Twinderella. She is a member of her school’s select band and choir. Jayda is happy to be part of this production.
Emily Cubby has been involved in musicals ever since her first show in fifth grade. She's always found joy being on stage! Past show credits include Piggy #1 in Shrek the Musical, Molly in Annie, Wendy in Peter Pan, the White Rabbit in Alice and Wonderland, and most recently as part of the ensemble in Wallkill Valley High's performance of Chicago. In her spare time she loves being with her family, improving on the instruments she plays, singing, and just being involved with music in general. Emily is very excited to be a part of this show, and to perform with such an amazing cast and crew!
William likes acting. His performance was in Hardyston Middle School’s production of Twinderella, where he played the roles of Egbert and the Duke of Earl. He hopes to continue pursuing his passion in the arts. William loves playing soccer and video games.
13 year old Aiofe enjoys performing. From ballet to hiphop, choir to acting, she loves it all! Aoife played Alice in Alice in Wonderland JR., for the Hamburg School production. She likes participating in the environmental club at school and is looking forward to basketball season. If it was up to her the house would be decorated for Halloween and Christmas all year long!
This is Vincent’s first role and acting debut. Outside of acting, 8 year old Vincent is an avid Jiu-Jitsu practitioner with state tournament achievements. He also plays soccer and chess and he is a cub scout. He loves aviation and is interested in airplanes. His favorite plane is the Concorde. Vincent is also a passionate book reader, plays piano and enjoys outdoor activities, hiking and fishing. His dream is to become a math teacher.
With her love of singing and dancing, Briella's first taste for the stage was when she was 3 1/2 and was able to be back up for her sister, Aiofe, in the annual talent show at Hamburg School. Briella is in the school band and chorus. She performed major part in the school’s spring concert last year. Briella is looking forward to being a part of her school's sports, clubs and annual play, as she is now in fifth grade.
Cara is excited to be apart of Mary the Musical! Recently you may have seen her in Twinderella as the Countess and Billy.
Brooke is an 8th grade student at Hardyston Middle School. Theatre and the performing arts have always had a huge influence on her. She made her stage debut in a production of The Little Mermaid Jr. at the Corner Stone Theatre while in elementary school. Since then, Brooke has participated in her middle school's productions of Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Edition and Twinderella. She is also a part of her school choir and select chorus. Brooke is honored to be a part of the first production of Mary the Musical.
Kelly is making her debut in Mary the Musical. She is extremely blessed to be a part of the cast and perform in such a beautiful musical that represents the birth of Jesus. She is a proud mother of a 19, 17 and 11 year old. When she is not working as an Underwriter, she enjoys walking, cooking and most of all spending time with her family and friends.
Bonnie first fell in love with the theatre when she was cast as the starring role in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at a young age. This love has continued throughout her life. She enjoys singing, and is currently a member of her church choir. She feels blessed to be "in this amazing production with such a talented cast and crew".
Dolores participated in numerous school plays in her past, and is excited to be back on stage as part of the Ensemble in this production. Her interests include volunteering, choir and travel since her retirement. She enjoys classical music and the rock 'n roll of her youth.
Terry has been a parish member of St. Jude the Apostle church for over 30 years. She loves the people and enjoys interacting with everyone. She is happy to participate in this production!
Fran loves to sing God's word as a member of her church choir. She also adores beautiful music from classical to motown to good ol’ rock n’ roll. She can always be seen moving to the beat! Fran played the violin during her elementary and high school years. She was honored to be first chair and performed in some NJ State orchestras. Fran is passionate about her pup and puts her heart and soul into all endeavors.
Assistant Stage Manager/Gabriel Understudy
Veronica most recently graced the stage as Flotsam in Drama Geek's production of The Little Mermaid. Other stage credits include Marty in Grease: High School Edition, Danielle in Freaky Friday and Rona Lisa Perretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is beyond excited to embark on a new journey as an Assistant Stage Manager for this production, especially getting to work with the cast, and especially her Mom, Anna Conklin, and Directors Celena Reid and Vadim Ghin.
While this is Anna's first experience stage managing, she is not new to managing her family life, and making sure her 3 children and husband are happy. Anna has been a resident of Hardyston for 21 years. She Loves listening to country music and coaches soccer in her free time.
Past stage credits for Carly include playing Kate in Annie Jr., Ensemble in Lion King Jr. at the Newton Theater, and also appearing in a commercial for Acting-A-Part. She has danced and competed for Dance Expression since 2013. Recently Carly was the Student Director for Twinderella at Hardyston Middle School and Rising Stars’ production of Legally Blonde where she was put in the role of Brooke Wyndam for a sick co-star and sang while jumping rope!
Martha considers herself lucky to be a part of this great production. Being on the costume design team has been a wonderful experience, and Martha has learned so much and found some excellent friends along the way! She loves the arts, especially Ballet and Opera, and has had a passion for them since early childhood. Martha also enjoys a good book and European history and has travelled the free world extensively.
Amelia is a 7th grader at Hardyston Middle School. She is super computer savvy. She is happy to be part of the crew for Mary the Musical as she was for Twinderella last spring at the middle school. She is looking forward to assisting with costume production.
Carol started designing and sewing with clothing for her Barbie doll. Her love of textiles, fiber arts and sewing has continued throughout her life and even her career as a Home Economics teacher. Although this is her debut as a costume designer for a theatrical production, she has made many costumes over the years for her daughters. Currently, she is passionate about quilting and very excited to design costumes for the cast.
Delighted to be a part of Mary the Musical crew, Monika enjoys exploring new hobbies and making her creations useful. Until now, her designs were limited to costumes for her family members. She is happy to assist with the designing and making of costumes on a bigger scale. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, crafting, and watching European movies.
A Junior at Wallkill Valley High School, Alyssa has been working backstage for 7 years. She has been involved with productions of many different shows including Chicago, Annie, and Peter Pan. Alyssa hopes to become a backstage manager on Broadway after she graduates from College.
Assistant Stage Manager/Props Master
Anna is excited to be a part of the crew for Mary the Musical. She has had a life long appreciation for the arts and participated in the stage crew while in high school. She has also assisted with costumes at the Corner Stone Theater.
George joins the crew of Mary the Musical as the Technical Coordinator. He has a BA in Education from St. Peter’s University and was certified to teach any subject in grades K-8 as well as Math in High School. His teaching career was short-lived when he decided to make a career change to business after only one year in the teaching field. Throughout his career George has managed both Union and Non-Union employees for two major corporations. Currently, he is semi-retired and works part-time at St. Jude the Apostle church.. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, going to Jets football games and watching sports on TV.
Kristen is the founder and president of an animal nonprofit. She regularly performs various support/administrative roles for the musical arts, and is especially excited to be a part of the Mary the Musical crew.
Vadim's studies began in 1979 in Moscow, and continued at the Juilliard School in New York City where he studied piano performance with Professors Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff as well as Eugene Becker, David Dubal, Eric Ewazen, Lewis Kaplan, Harvey Shapiro, and Bruce Adolphe. Mr. Ghin went on to earn both Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School. He has taught at the Juilliard School, New York University, privately, and with the Thurnauer, KTS, Kilroy, and WHM music schools. In 2006, Vadim authored an intermediate level piano instruction CD-ROM method which garnered acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, Clavier Magazine, and American Music Teacher Magazine among many others. In 2015, he founded Vadim Ghin Music, a nonprofit charity dedicated to providing comprehensive music education. Vadim has appeared in numerous solo, chamber, and song recitals in the United States and abroad.
This is Celena's writing and creating debut. She has been involved in the world of performance and theatre since a very young age, from directing to backstage, to performing on stage in many shows and roles. Some of her career highlights include being in the ensemble of the major Toronto production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, performing with her youth choir for Queen Elizabeth II, playing the Stepmother in RCMPI's production of Into the Woods.