A Tuna Christmas Cast
Rick Christine (Elmer Watkins)
A Tuna Christmas marks Rick Christine’s third theatrical role, the first being They Came Two by Two, and the second being Deathtrap, also with the GTW. He has written, produced, and acted in several independent short films and regularly participates in the Boston 48 Hour Film Project.
Louis Dispenza (R.R. Snavely and Sheriff Givens)
Lou is one of the last co-founders of the GTW. He has acted, directed, or produced in over 130 productions, missing only one in 44 years. Like George Burns, he wants to be booked until he's 100.
Danielle Santapaola (Jody Bumiller, Pearl Burras, and Ike)
has been involved with the workshop since May of 2011. She is beyond excited to reprise the role of Pearl, the elderly dog (and bird) murderer, which she also played in Greater Tuna. In her non-theatrical life, Danielle works with elementary school children and is a mom to her son, Jason, and daughter, Ayla. She credits them for forcing her out of the house and into acting, and thanks her husband for watching the kids so that she is able to participate.
Nancy Fichera (Inita Goodwin and Didi Snavely)
is excited to be in this funny show with the perfect cast! Nancy's first show was OLIVER at Giordanos in Georgetown. Her daughter, Amybeth had the role of Oliver, and Nancy was in the ensemble. She went from there to the Amesbury Playhouse, where she was in many shows. Some of her favorites are DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and BURLESQUE. She was also lucky enough to perform in the interactive show, THE WICKED REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE MOB BOSTON, with Darlyne Franklin.
John (Pudge) Flynn (Leonard Childers)
Mr. Flynn began his career in show business in 1962 behind one of Boston’s famous TV horses, cleaning up after “Goldrush," Rex Trailer’s palomino horse on WBZ-TV’s long running Saturday morning children’s show, Boomtown. He spent the next 25 years at WHDH Radio in Boston, initially an engineer on Norm Nathan’s Sounds in the Night, followed by 19 years as producer and engineer of The Jess Cain Show. He can’t remember what he has been doing since then – but it’s been so much fun.
Paul Gallant (Arles Struvie and Petey Fisk)
has been performing with the Amesbury Playhouse for 20 years. His favorite roles are Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pappy Yokem in Lil Abner, Ernie in Rumors, and The Indian in Fantastics. He also is involved in interactive dinner theatre such as The Wake of Matty O Malley, Jimmy and Jennys Country Wedding, and Joey and Maria’s Italian Wedding . Paul is excited to be among this talented cast.
Beverly Marzioli (Charlene Bumiller and Stanley Bumiller)
is happy to be appearing with GTW. She has been performing for over 40 years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Some of her favorite roles include ‘Yente’ in Fiddler on the Roof, ‘Lucia' in Never Get Smart With an Angel, ‘Aunt Eller’ in Oklahoma!, 'Cookie' in Neil Simon's Rumors, ‘Mammy Yokum’ in L’il Abner, ‘Mrs. White’ in Clue the Musical, 'Mona/Bette' in Drop Dead. Playing such diverse roles are the joys of being a character actress.
Sue Clohecy (Vera Carp)
is one of the original charter members of the Georgetown Theatre Workshop. Sue spent 30+ years doing daycare in her home and eventually in the homes of triplets in Boxford and surviving twins in Salem, NH. She has been involved in some way with almost every one of the 100+ productions the GTW has performed. Sue is currently, and has been the secretary for the GTW for a number of years. She is well known for the comedic value of her meeting minutes.
Tamara Melnick-Mendoza (Helen Bedd and Farley Burkhalter)
is absolutely thrilled to be back for another show with GTW where she last played Ingrid Marvellis in They Came Two by Two. Prior to that she played Truvy in Steel Magnolias at the Amesbury Playhouse. Some of her other most notable roles include Miss Casewell in Mousetrap, Angie in Breaking Legs, Ellie Mae in Tobacco Road and also appeared in the Vagina Monologues. She studied "Social Change through Theater" at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Ann Herlihy Jaroncyk (Phoebe Burkhalter and Dixie Deberry)
has been involved in local community theatre productions for many years. Theatre is her home away from home. Ann has been involved with productions in Plaistow, NH, Haverhill, Georgetown and Newburyport. One of the perks that has come with working in community theatre productions has been the opportunity to live out her childhood dream and put on tap shoes and dance. Ann has learned, under guidance of talented folks, how to build and paint sets, and set up lights and sound. She has developed a deep appreciation of the efforts made to bring all art forms to the seacoast. Ann has taken acting classes at The Actors Studio, Newburyport. The seacoast is truly a playground for all who love the arts.