THE ME NOBODY KNOWS

Genre: Musical
By Gary William Friedman, Will Holt, Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro

Based on the book "THE ME NOBODY KNOWS" - Edited by Stephen M. Joseph

"These are children's voices from the ghetto. In their struggle lies their hope, and ours. They are the voices of change."

Inspired by the anthologized writings of nearly 200 New York City students, aged 7 through 18 and subtitled "Children's Voices From the Ghetto"; Stephen M. Joseph, a teacher, edited the collection, which the children had written about their feelings and their neighborhoods. According to Mr. Joseph, they wrote "for keeps" and "like it is." At odds with a squalid setting and a cynical, materialistic view of the world, themes of hope and renewal emerged. To guarantee uplift, samples from the students' work were interwoven with a ground-breaking score that combined rock music, classical fugues, early rap and jazz.

Critics were overwhelmingly impressed by the vitality, passion, honesty and powers of observation shown by the young writers, as they painted a moving but sometimes ugly picture of inner city life, and there were hit records by The Staple Singers ("This World") and The Fifth Dimension ("Light Sings").

THE ME NOBODY KNOWS
Music by: Gary William Friedman
Lyrics by: Will Holt
Adapted by: Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro
Based on the book "THE ME NOBODY KNOWS" - Edited by Stephen M. Joseph

Additional Lyrics by Herb Shapiro
Arrangements and Orchestration by Gary William Friedman

Original New York Production Directed by Robert H. Livingston
Originally produced on Broadway by Jeff Britton

Directed by Laura Rizzo
Co-Directed by Gregory Cilmi
Musical Direction by Abigail Lumsden
Choreography by Carrie Nagy

Produced in part by a grant from Orange Board of Education, Orange, NJ

Open:   08/07/08
Close:   08/10/08

Schedule:
Five Performances:

August 7, 2008: 8pm
August 8, 2008: 8pm
August 9, 2008: 2pm & 8pm
August 10, 2008: 2pm

Theater:   Roy Arias Theatre 2
Address:   616 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$18.00 online, $20.00 at the door
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Laura A. Rizzo Director
Having graduated from Bard College with a degree in Drama/Dance and from NYU with a masters degree in Educational Theater, Laura is an award winning youth theater choreographer and director. She is a NJ certified speech arts and dramatics teacher and a NJ certified dance teacher.She has taught in both the public and private sectors for over twenty years. She has performed both on and off Broadway and has danced professionally with several dance companies in New York including a world tour with the American Catskills Dance Theater promoting Broadway Cares. She is a member of many educational theater associations including: Stanj, Cappies, United Theater Alliance, and the National Youth Theater Organization. Ms. Rizzo has directed over 100 shows for children of all ages, including productions at Contemporary American Theater Festival (West Virginia), Academy Creative Theater(Putnam), New York Stage and Film (Poughkeepsie), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (Madison), The Broward Center Productions, The Performance Project,(Florida) Theatre and the Garage Theater Company (New Jersey).
Gregory Cilmi Co-Director
Gregory Cilmi is the founder and Artistic Director of Well Urned Productions, a Not-For-Profit Theatrical Production and Services company serving the Tri-State area and beyond. Through his company, he has frequently held the titles of Producer and Director of Off Broadway Productions.

Gregory is a member of Actor's Equity Association and has performed both on Stage and in Film. An accomplished singer, Gregory has a terrific baritone/tenor range, and has performed in the US and Internationally. As a visual artist, Gregory has designed and built numerous sets for theaters around NY and NJ, both for Equity and Non-Equity productions. Gregory has handled many successful business campaigns, both in the arts and in Business Administration and Management. Aside from performing, Gregory is the author of the children's book "Go Home, Brooke Bunny!" and the upcoming book "Puglia - A Family History in Food and Entertainment". In his spare time, Gregory enjoys designing and building props for the stage and screen, and is a collector of Renaissance Costumes and Arms. For more information on Gregory, please visit www.gregorycilmi.com or www.wellurnedproductions.com. Thank you!

Abigail Lumsden Musical Director
Abigail Lumsden embraced music as a way of life starting at age three. Her instruments of choice have always been piano, singing, violin and viola - which expresses both her classical and improvisational sides. She graduated with honors in piano and conducting from two Conservatoria in the Netherlands. She has taught and performed music in the U.S. and Europe all her adult life.

In addition to her career as music director, choral conductor, piano instructor and vocal coach, Abby is currently creating and performing her unique, interactive one-woman show, "Heart's Journeys ". The show moves through an unusual combination of classical piano pieces, Abby's original songs, her own renditions of blues, jazz and pop standards - and humorous vocal improvisations with the audience.

Carrie Nagy Choreographer
Carrie has over 20 years experience in dance and 8 years experience as a licensed cosmetologist/hair designer. A fashion model since the age of 15, (working in runway/print and commercial; including Guess, Farouk and Paul Mitchell), Carrie delivers a new and exciting energy to our team! Her dance education includes training with Lainie Munro, Brian Green, Bev B., Rhapsody, and "So you Think you can Dance" Judges Wade Robson and Brian Friedman at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and with the BLADE Dance Academy, NYC. Carrie, a graduate of Capri Institute of Hair Design, has studied closely with makeup and hair styling/color companies such as Aveda, Goldwell, Redken, and Paul Mitchell and has trained with high profile stylists to the stars Carla Ford, Tom Harris, and also Bravo's reality tv show "Shear Genius" star Tabatha Coffey through Panico Salon in Ridgewood, NJ where she was also a stylist/colorist. Carrie brings a unique mix of Hip Hop/Street /Jazz Funk Choreography to Well Urned Productions, and has been a dance program director at numerous locations, including: NJSDA/12 Miles West Theatre, MBS Martial Arts Academy, Tenafly, NJ, West Orange PTA- Mt. Pleasant Elementary, West Orange Broadway Dance Connection, Act up-Kid's On Stage, and Action Theatre Conservatory. Clifton, NJ. Musical Theatre Choreography credits includes "Seussical" the Musical, "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", "Surf's Up!" (the Original 60's musical) and "Sleeping Beauty". Other Choreography Credits include "Requiem For A Vampire" through Gold Castle Films and The Taste Dancers (back-up for electro pop/rock band) for Taste Productions. Carrie has also choreographed and assisted with direction for numerous Kids Summer Workshop Showcases, Kids Professional Traveling Troupes, Theatre Enrichment Programs, as well as Children's Conservatory Theatre and "Kid's Cabaret". She has even been credited as an award winning cheerleading coach, with her choreography winning 1st place in an ICF competition. Carrie has danced professionally with DDM Entertainment - Fairlawn, NJ, BLADE Entertainment - NYC, and Deb's Family Disco - NYC.

Sobruna Vastey (Rhoda): Sobruna is an 18 year old graduate of Orange High School. She has shown great leadership in the arts and is well rounded in performing. Sobruna was the publicist of the singing group Voices in Harmony. She has been the stage manager for two well known productions at her school which were Deamigirls and Fame. Her knowledge of stage managing got her the position of head stage manger for all the shows throughout her high school years. She has been acting and dancing for four years and has grown to love it. She has appeared in A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Craticht) The Dining Room (Double Cast) and was a Dancer in Fame. In the spring of 2009 Sobruna plans to attend Kean University and Major in theatre. She will like to thank her friends and family as well as the production team of Well Urned Productions. "For an actor to be able to touch others they must be in touch with themselves."
Jessica Brown Lillian
Jessica Brown (Lillian): is fifteen and is going into her sophomore year at Pascack Valley High School. She has been in love with the stage since first grade when she performed in her first show. She has participated in the Garage Theatre Group for nine years and has been doing her school shows since elementary school. This will be her 22nd show overall. In the past year she has participated in many shows including A Little Princess as Mrs. Carmichael, Sweeney Todd as a soloist, and Sweet Charity as Carmen. Other credits of hers include Annie Get Your Gun in the ensemble, Wonderland as the Troubadour, Cinderella as the Stepmother, Into the Woods as the Stepmother, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown as Snoopy, Really Rosie as Kathy, Guys and Dolls as Nicely Johnson, and many more. She has been studying piano since first grade and currently takes lessons with Vicki Casella, who has also been her private vocal coach for three years. She would like to thank Ms. Rizzo, Mr. Cilmi, Ms. Nagy, and Mrs. Lumsden for their hard work and for pushing her to perform to her fullest.

Marquis Tyree Carlos
Marquis Tyree (Carlos): is a 17 year old Senior in Orange High School. He has a very strong passion for the performing arts, and hopes to become a professional film actor. He had the privilege of performing in two of his high school productions as Bob Cratchit (Scrooge) and in the student ensemble (Fame). Marquis plans to take his passion to the next level by performing in college in a very competitive drama program in the fall of 2009. "Success is measured by how far you take your dreams."

Makkedah Miller (Lillie Mae): is a sixteen year old soon to be junior and attends Orange High school.She enjoys acting, singing, dancing, reading, writing, drawing, and hopes to be a performer on Broadway, a singer, an actress, or a director/choreographer.

Her previous productions include Scrooge, where she played Belle, The laundress, and Harriet Cratchet. She sings in her church choir, and is a liturgical dancer in her church as well. She has performed with Ms. Tosha Brown, with her dance class in school, and plans to try out for American Idol on the Nineteenth of August. "Life is what you make it. As my daddy always says, if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything, so just make sure you're standing up for what you hope to accomplish in your future!"

Terrill Braswell Benjamin

Terrill is a 17 year old junior at Orange High School where he is currently studying the performing arts. Terrill started performing in the first grade when he starred as Martin Luther King Jr. in a Martin Luther King Jr. play. He then continued to do plays like Hamlet where he played Hamlet Sr.(the ghost). And later in Scene Night where he played various characters in 2006. After Freshmen year of high school Terrill joined the drama club and began to do productions like Scrooge in which he played The Narrator and then in Fame as Mr. Myers. In the summer of 2008 Terrill starred in Well Urned Productions Off-Broadway production of The Me Nobody Knows as Benjamin, his first professional gig. Back at OHS he recently completed The Grinch Who Stole Christmas as Lou Luo Who. ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and Quest Thearters ALL SHOOK UP! followed.

Katarina Spungen Catherine
Katarina Spungen (Catherine): is thrilled to be joining Well Urned Productions for The Me Nobody Knows. She has performed in school as Asaka (Once on This Island), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet at Verona High), and Victoria Joy (Cabin Fever). She has been a member of the Youth Conservatory at the Garage Theatre Group for two years, performing in such roles as Tweedle Dee (Wonderland!), the Queen and the Bear (Cinderella), and Nickie (Sweet Charity). She will attend Ridgewood High School as a sophomore in the fall, and plans to participate in the marching band under the direction of James Garde. She would like to thank Ms. Rizzo, Mr. Cilmi, Ms. Nagy, and Ms. Lumsden for their dedication and hard work. Special thanks to Alison Crossley for assistance with music. "Struggle makes the success all the more sweet."

Sherlita Marlo McCann (Melba): is currently a senior at Orange High School, and plans to attend higher education after graduating in 2009. She has been performing for quite some time, and was about six when she was featured in Handell's Messiah. She has also played Duffy (Annie), and Erzulie (Once on this Island). Most recently, she had performed as Sarah (Guys and Dolls), Mrs. Cratchit (Scrooge), Lambchops (Fame), and Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Her hobies include praise dance, basketball, singing acting, and drawing. Sherlita currently serves as the Youth President for her church, and Drum Majorette in the Marching Majestics Drill and Drum Corps. Sherlita wishes to pursue either architecture or musical education. "The more imagination you have, the better your music. I guess it coincidentally has the same affect on your life."

Yusef Ali-Harris (Lloyd): is attending Essex County College in the fall then transferring in the spring of 2010 to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University to further pursue his acting career. He has performed in such shows as Fame (Nick), Scrooge (Fred) and Mamma Why (Tyrone).He was actively involved in Voices in Harmony, The OHS Drama Club, and The Orange Dance Academy under the direction of Ms.Tosha Brown where he performed in the Spring Dance Concert to rave reviews. He enjoys extreme sports and modeling as a hobby. He is looking forward to studying psychology in college as well and seeing what makes artist brains tick. He also volunteers for food drives and the animal hospitals in his spare time. "Take the bad times in life as a stepping stone toward your successes"

Ode G. Donald
Ode G. (Donald): is a seventeen year old Senior at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn. He is a hip-hop artist and a songwriter. He hopes to take the hip-hop world by storm. He has performed in such plays as Guys and Dolls (Nathan), and performed at the OHS Grammy show. He is a lover of basketball and swimming in his free time, whenever he isn't flirting with the ladies. "The man who always has the right words to say is silent most of the time."

Davon Tariq Diehl (Clorox): is an 18 year old who recently graduated from high school. He asprires to one day become a chef and own his restaurant. He also invisions starting a non-profit organization that funds healthy food to urban city school districts. He first began acting by accident; he was asked to play Fezziwig (Scrooge) by his Drama teacher Ms. Rizzo and became addicted. He went on in the same school year to play Schlomo (FAME) in his high school musical. He also is a former band memeber(cymbols), chorus member(tenor/bass), and dance member (dance ensemble). His biggest inspiration is his mom who proves that as long as you put your trust and faith in the heavenly father, all things are possible. "Remember that thing that made you mad, doubt yourself, and cry; itz called LIFE....remember its never that bad, so SMILE."

Blair Stafford William
Blair Stafford (William): is a 14 year old student who will be attending Hillside High School, in Hillside, NJ. He has performed in a couple plays in school, and is happy to be a part of this production. A regular day for him is going out with friends or playing video games... unless he is doing something real important. "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you."
Regina Shields (Nell): is a seventeen year old senior attending Orange High School, where she is currently studying acting. She has been a family and church performer since birth, including singing, reading poetry, and dancing. She has starred in the play Guys and Dolls Jr. as Adalaide. She plans to go to college and major in theater to pursue a career in the arts. "If you believe it, you can achieve it; but if you doubt it, you'll be without it."
Le'andrea Johnson Loopy / Lillie Mae Understudy
Le'Andrea Johnson (Loopy / Lillie Mae Understudy): is an incoming sophomore at Orange High School. She is a 15 year old honors student and has a strong passion for the performing arts. She has played the lead role of Dorothy in "The Wiz", and the part of Violet Beauraguard in "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." She was a dancer in "Fame! The Musical", the Christmas production "A Joyful Celebration", and the Easter production "Even So Come." Not only has Le'Andrea danced in productions, she has even performed with Rev. Eyesha Marabel at Times Square in New York. She has danced with In Motion For Christ at Christ Church in Montclair, NJ for two years and has danced with Bethel Baptist Church in Orange, NJ for five years. Le'Andrea is also a mighty tornado on the Orange High Marching Band, and she has enjoyed playing her clarinet for four years. She has also participated in All-City Band and Chorus for four years. She has enjoyed working with Mr. Cilmi, Ms. Abigail, and Ms. Carrie and she hopes to be able to work with them again in the future. Le'Andrea loves her favorite drama teacher and looks forward to working with her in many more productions throughout her high school years. Le'Andrea feels that she is well-rounded in the performing arts, and she has hopes and desires to make it her profession. She believes, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!"

Ritchel Awoyera Ritchel / Nell Understudy
Ritchel Awoyera (Ritchel / Rhoda understudy): is beyond thrilled to be a part of this amazing production company. A sophomore in high school she is the oldest of four children with three younger brothers. She has been in Annie as an orphan, Martha and the Vandals as a Vandal singer, Christ Apostolic Church Choir and the Purpose. She hopes to become a singing pediatrician. Thank you to Ms, Rizzo and the company for all their hard work.

"Work hard and you get what you want"

Michael Smith DaShean
Michael Smith (Da'Sean): is a 14 year old student who will be attending 9th grade in September. He has performed in many youth plays in school. Michael previously attended Rafael Hernandez Middle School in Newark, NJ and mostly gets B's and C's. This is Michael's first Manhattan production. He has worked hard and is proud of his accomplishments.

Victor Anderson Vic / Clorox Understudy
Victor L. Anderson Jr. (Vic / Clorox Understudy): Victor is a 17 year old senior at Orange High School and an active member of the drama club. He is very proud to join Well Urned Productions to present The Me nobody Knows. He has ten years of performing experience and has been in involved in numerous amounts of plays, musicals and One Act plays. After high school Victor will like to move to New York or California to pursue drama and business. He aspires to be the "Next Big Thing". His best talent is acting because it helps him express different emotions. It's his favorite thing to do! Some of the shows that he has starred in were, Dreamgirls (C.C.), Peter Pan, (John), Cinderella (Prince Charming), Othello (Othello), The King and I (Prince Chukalonghorn) and many more. Victor is apart of the singing group Voices in Harmony under the direction of David Milnes, in his High School. They have performed for the governor of New Jersey, Kids in Concert, and many Sporting events. He is also apart of the Theater Workshop under the direction of Marie Thomas Foster. Lastly he is a member of The Young Artist Institute at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Victor wants to thank his loving family and friends who supports him in everything he puts his mind to. Also he wants to thank Laura Rizzo, Greg Cilmi, Carrie Nagy, and Abigail Lumsden for their wonderful guidance and teachings. "Confusion in a small dark room will not help you find the door"