Staged Reading: Wendy and the Neckbeards Cast
Brooke Lytton (Wendy)
Brooke is thrilled to be back at Avenue Arts after last being seen on their stage as Cathy in The Last Five Years. She was most recently seen in Weathervane Playhouse’s production of Mamma Mia as Ali. Other favorite credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda) Ordinary Days (Claire), I Love You Because (Marcy), Hands on a Hardbody (Heather Stovall) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Alyssa Crowley (Bree)
Alyssa is 21 years old and studies Forensic Chemistry at Malone University. In the past, you may have seen her on stage in productions such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Vera Claythorne), The Vagina Monologues (The Vagina Workshop Monologue/Company), Among the After (Juliet/Fight Choreography Extra), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Officer Brophy). Alyssa jokes that her acting career took off in high school when she appeared briefly as a protest-sign-wielding extra in a local holiday film. She has since directed a serialized live soap opera on Malone’s campus and makes poetry and documentaries on the side. Sincerest thanks to all that create and enjoy the arts in their many forms.
Isaac Brenneman (Chad)
Isaac is 23 years old and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Malone University. Currently working as a mail delivery driver in Amish Country, he spends the rest of his time in the theatre. He has performed in a plethora of productions including Next To Normal (Dan Goodman), SOAP: A Serial Comedy (Gunther/Dugther), Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Dr. Armstrong), and Among the After: An Original Musical (Nick). In what little spare time he has left, he has recently become obsessed with actual-play Dungeons and Dragons podcasts.
Nikhil Patnaik (Shih)
Alison Foutz (Jess)
Alison is 26 years old and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Baldwin Wallace. Today, she works for Reliable Ready Mix Co. In the past you may have seen Alison on the stage in productions such as Honk (Beaky), Children of Eden (Young Cain), Annie (Annie), and Winnie the Pooh (Piglet). She would like to send a huge “Thank you” to all of her family and friends who come to support her in all of her many performances!
Bridget Bazzinotti (Mama)
Bridget graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Journalism as well as Stark State College for her Business Administration degree. Today she works for Altercare Integrated Health Services. A favorite on stage, Bridget has been seen in productions such as August: Osage County (Mattie Fae Aiken), The Addams Family (Grandma Addams), Barefoot in the Park (Ethel Banks), The Other Place (Juliana Smithton), and Company (Joanne). She became interested in theatre as a teenager in the foster care system and states that theatre allowed her to be a different person in difficult times in her life. She would like to thank Mr. Gillespie, her high school drama teacher, for instilling self-respect and appreciation of a good “belly laugh” from your audiences.
Aimee Lambes (Kari)
Aimee is making her debut at Avenue Arts. You will normally find her behind the camera rather than on stage, but she's excited to be a part of this event. Aimee's previous credits include the Abbess Aemelia in Comedy Of Errors, and she originated the role of Sara in Weathervane's commissioned work by Michael Oatman: Crazy Man. Aimee's photography can be viewed upstairs in the gallery.
Stephen Ostertag (Neckbeard #1)
Stephen is 36 years old and holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Kent State University. Some of his notable performances on stage include productions such as The Laramie Project (Actor #4), Of Mice and Men (Lennie), The Wizard of Oz (Lion), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nick Bottom), and Newsies (Roosevelt/Mr. Jacobi).
Mark Dillard (Neckbeard #2)
Mark is 39 years old and currently works for the Social Security Administration. No stranger to the performing arts realm in Canton, Ohio, Mark has been previously seen in productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), Godspell (John The Baptist/Judas), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), and Ragtime (Booker T. Washington). He would like to send out a “thank you” to his lovely wife, Racquel, and his kids, Bella and Donnie, for their continued support.
Keenan Carosielli (Neckbeard #3)
Keenan is 18 years old and has been no stranger to the stage, having been recently seen in productions such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Anthony Marsten), Bent (Wolfgang Granz), Godspell (Player), Of Mice and Men (Curley), and It’s a Wonderful Life (Harry Bailey/Sam Wainright). He would like to thank his family for their continued support.
Tyler Barhorst (Neckbeard #4)
Tyler is 21 years old and attended Lorain County Community College. Previously, Tyler has been seen in Bent (Horst), Over the River and Through the Woods (Nick) and Noises Off (Tim Allgood). Tyler would like to thank Jared, Buddy and everyone else who is a part of Underground. “Exploring new works is what makes theatre grow!”