Below you will find a list of actors and a brief description of who they are and what they have done in the past.
Take some time and get to learn more about this great cast.
Josh Boucher – (Eugene) – Josh is a New Bedford native. He has been recently seen in Spring Awakening, Oklahoma!, and A Christmas Carol. Love to his parents, brother, family and friends. For more information about Josh, please visit www.joshboucher.com
Kelsie Brejcha – (Frenchy) – Kelsie is so excited to be returning to NBFT this summer to play one of her dream roles! She was seen last summer in Mary Poppins. Favorite roles include: “Lou Ann”/Hairspray, “Agnes”/Gypsy, and “Jim Hawkins”/Treasure Island. Kelsie would like to send love and thanks to Mom, Family, NBFT family, and Alec for their endless love and support.
Allyson Duarte – (Sandy) – Allyson is a rising senior at the Boston Conservatory. She is thrilled to be back to NBFT after dancing last summer away in Mary Poppins! As a Westport native, it is very sentimental to her be playing “Sandy” on the Zeiterion stage. It was at the Z that she saw her first musical at a very young age that sparked her interest in theatre! Lots of love and endless thanks to Mom, Dad, family, friends and teachers for encouragement and support!
Kimberly Fife – (Patty Simcox) – This is Kimberly’s NBFT debut! Professional credits include: “Suzanne” & Ensemble/Sweet Charity, “Nadia Southwall”/The Sirens (Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire), “The Dancer”/Music Box (American Mime Theatre Company NYC), “Dancer -Odysseus Crew”/Cyclops-a Satyr Play (American Rep Theatre Second Stage Club Oberon), “June”/Chicago (Greater Lowell Music Theatre),”Troupe Member”/Little Red Wagon Touring Children’s Theatre. Kimberly also plays guitar and writes original music. She holds a BA in Theatre from Dean College.
Shyane Furtado – (Sonny) – Shayne is thrilled to be making his debut with NBFT! He is currently a sophomore at UMASS/Dartmouth studying Business and Operations Management.Favorite credits: “Danny”/Grease, “Igor”/Young Frankenstein, “Orin”/Little Shop of Horrors and “the Beast”/Beauty and the Beast. Love to everyone at NBFT, family and friends. Enjoy the show! Grease is (still) the word!
Dom Giovanni – (Roger) – Dom Giovanni is thrilled to be performing Grease! Other credits include: “Emporer Basil”/Porphyra: The Love That Rocked the World, “Mary Sunshine”/Chicago, “King Louis”/Jungle Book, and a “Principal Dancer”/(The Pillow Project Dance Company). Dom would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Toni Graca – (Cha-Cha) – Toni is thrilled to be performing with NBFT once again after performing in NBFT’s production of Hairspray in 2012 as “Li’l Inez.” Toni is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire. Past Credits include: “Molly”/Annie, “Rose”/Bye Bye Birdie, “Rizzo” & “Jan”/Grease and “Rumpleteezer”/Cats. She was the recipient of a 2014 METG** Actor’s Award, and this past summer Toni was nominated for a Broadwayworld Boston Award for “Best Actress” for her performance as “Dorothy” in The Wiz! **METG – Mass. Education Theater Guild.
Scott Gunthrie* – (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel) – Scott is thrilled to return to NBFT! Audiences may remember his portrayal of Berger, the Tribe leader in HAIR, or as Zach, the Director, in A Chorus Line. Since then, Scott has played “Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden”/Next to Normal – regional premiere, “John Jasper”/Drood, and “Kyle, the UPS Guy”/Legally Blonde. Much love to Armand, George, Michael, Juan and Maura for having him back. Couldn’t be possible without the love and support of friends, family, Avalon Artists, and Lindsie and Mavis. Proud member of AEA.*
Samantha Johnson – (Rizzo) – is a New Bedford resident returning for her second Festival Theatre production. Last year she sold out the Zeiterion with her Debut One Woman Show. Earlier his year Samantha received the NBFT Theatre Achievement Award. She would like to specially thank Armand & George for their continued support and belief since her earliest days on stage. Thanks to Michael, Juan, cast & crew! Samantha’s debut EP “27UNDERGROUND” is available now. Please visit samanthajohnsonofficial.com and follow her on social media.
Sarah Kawalek – (Marty) – Sarah was last seen at NBFT in Mary Poppins and Singin’ in the Rain. Favorite credits: Sweet Charity (Stoneham Theatre), Show Boat, West Side Story, The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Spamalot (Woodstock Playhouse), Pinkalicious (Ogunquit Playhouse), For Tonight (Goodspeed Opera House). Love to family and friends. For Devin.
Staci Morin – (Miss Lynch) – Staci is excited to return for her third show with NBFT! Some favorite credits include: “Whitch”/Into the Woods, “Mother”/Ragtime, ”Mrs. Brill& Bird Woman”/Mary Poppins, “Marian”/The Music Man, “Lily”/The Secret Garden, ”Amelia”/She Loves Me, “Fairy Godmother”/Cinderella and “Fantine”/Les Miserables. Off Broadway:”Lady van Tassel”/Sleepy Hollow the Musical. Broadwayworld: Best Featured Actress as “Rona” /The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Thanks and love to the entire cast and crew of Grease! www.stacimorin.com
Michael Notardonato – (Danny Zuko) – Michael is thrilled to return to NBFT after performing in last summer’s production of Mary Poppins. Michael has spent the last seven months starring as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever with Royal Caribbean Productions. Regional Credits: “Link”/Hairspray (Wheelock Theatre), “Berger”/HAIR, ”Prince”/Cinderella, “Angie”/Gypsy, Les Miserables, (Maine State Music Theatre). A Naperville. IL native, Michael has a BFA from Boston Conservatory. Love to family and friends! www.michaelnotardonato.com Instagram:mnotardonato1
Nicolas Paradiso – (Doody) – Nick is so excited to make his debut with NBFT at the Zeiterion Theatre! A recent graduate of Bridgewater State University, where Nick studied Theatre and English, he has been involved in performance since middle school.Past roles include:”Balladeer/Oswald”/Assassins, “Hugh Dorsey”/Parade, and “Jean Valjean”/Les Miserables.
LauraMarie Rondinella – (Jan) – Laura Marie hails from Philadelphia, PA and is thrilled to on the Zeiterion stage after playing “Tracy” in NBFT’s Hairspray (2012 Moss Hart Grand Trophy Award Winner)! Credits include: “Tracy/Hairspray (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concert), Tour: (Surflight-To-Go and Missoula Children’s Theatre.Regional Credits: “Wendy-Jo”/Footloose, “Whitch”/Into the Woods’ “Gertrude”/Seussical the Musical (2009 NJ Act Perry Award Nomination) and “Stepsister Grace”/Cinderella (2010 NJ Act Perry Award Winner).Laura Marie holds a BA in Theatre Performance and Studies/Musical Theatre from Seton Hall University, and is a voice student of Scott Mello. Thank you to Sherry Kayne and everyone at The Green Room Talent Management Company. So much love to MDBJM and all of my friends and family for their endless love, patience and support. For My Broadway Baby…
Bobby Sylvia – (Vince Fontaine) – Bobby is very happy to be performing in his 6th NBFT production! Credits include:” Mr. Banks”/Mary Poppins, “Capt. Von Trapp”/Sound of Music, “Corny Collins”/Hairspray, among other NBFT roles. He performs with several local theatre groups. Some favorite roles are: “Bert”/Mary Poppins,” Guido Contini”/Nine, ”Prof. Harold Hill”/The Music Man and “Pseudolus”/……Forum. Bobby has appeared in many local commercials and was for four years the face for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Ireland, which won the “best ad campaign” in Ireland. He has modeled for Coca Cola, 6 Flags, Pub 99, CVS and among many other brands. Bobby is also the front man in the local band The Rock Kings. He lives in Tiverton, RI and adores his son Colton.
Taylor Wright – (Kenickie) – Taylor is very excited to be back for another summer at NBFT! Previous credits: The Lyons (Shaker Bridge Theatre), Mary Poppins (Northern Stage Theatre and New Bedford Festival Theatre), Gypsy (Hangar Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (New London Barn),and Lend Me a Tenor (Atlantic Stage). Thanks and love to the creative team and cast, and lastly to the amazing audiences in New Bedford! (jtaylorwright.com).
*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association of America