Our Town Cast

Evangeline Adelman (she/her)

Evangeline Adelman (Ensemble/Lady in Box/Choir Member) grew up in a sleepy little town in the shadow of the Catskills in New York. She was in chorus, select chorus and All State chorus in elementary school, and played the flute in the school band through high school. In ninth grade she discovered a passion for theater and played a small role and two leads in the school musicals. She was also recruited to play in several musicals at a local all boys school. In college she played Hester Prynne in Gordon College’s production of The Scarlet Letter, performed at Salem Village. Evangeline made her adult stage debut in Stage 284’s production of Stiltskin and has found her second home here! She was part of the Holiday Gala in 2017, My Fair Lady in 2018, To Kill A Mockingbird 2019 and The Secret Garden in 2020. She was also involved in Punctuate 4’s production of Saltonstall’s Trial in 2019 at the Larcom Theatre. She is a teacher and  co-leader of a 4-H goat club. She plays the bagpipes with The Campbell Highlanders. She would like to thank everyone at Stage 284 for being so kind and supportive.  And a big thank you to her whole family for” holding down the fort” during rehearsals, and encouraging her to pursue her creative ambitions. 

Penelope Bellucci (she/her)

Penelope Bellucci (Memory Emily U/S for Constable Warren/Joe Stoddard) is 14 years old and in eighth grade at Miles River Middle School. In her free time, she likes reading, singing, and hanging out with friends. Previous roles for Penelope include ‘’Rapunzel’s Prince’’ in Into the Woods, ‘’Ensemble’’ in Aladdin Jr., “Who Ensemble’’ in Seussical the Musical, and “Snyder/Newsie” in Newsies. She would like to thank her friends, her parents, her brothers Eli and Sam, and her dog Charity for supporting her, and the production team at Stage 284 for making this such a great experience.

Doug Brendel (he/him)

Doug Brendel (Professor Willard) is delighted to be back at Stage 284, where he has previously appeared in Newsies (Pulitzer), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Stiltskin (the King), the one-man show Vincent (Van Gogh), and others. In real life, Doug is a writer, with two award-winning novels (DragonheadPress.com), and with his wife Kristina he leads a humanitarian charity in Belarus (NewThing.net). His humorous commentary on life in small-town New England appears at Outsidah.com.

McKenna Donahue (she/her)

McKenna Donahue (Wally Webb) is so excited to be playing Wally in Stage 284’s production of Our Town! Mckenna has been doing theater since she was 6, some of her favorite roles include Les in Newsies, Molly in Annie, and Chip in Beauty and The Beast. She wants to thank her parents and sister Gabby for driving her to rehearsals and her family and friends for coming to the show!

Hannah Donnellan-Doser (she/her)

Hannah Donnellan-Doser (Rebecca Gibbs) Hannah is 14 years old and is in 8th grade. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends. She is excited to be part of this production and have such a fun role. Some of her favorite past performances include Newsies and Secret Garden. Hannah would like to thank her friends for being the best. 

Brian Doser (he/him)

Brian Doser (Simon Stimson) is wearing his “other hat” here at Stage 284 Brian has been having the time of his life! Locally known as “The Music Man” Brian performs for the younger audience daily, and the older audiences on occasion as well. Back on the stage after a 40 year hiatus (prompted by daughter Hannah while auditioning for Annie), Brian has performed the role of Rev. Shaw in Footloose, Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Noah in Children of Eden, Wilson in Annie Get Your Gun, Bunson in Newsies and supporting roles in Stiltskin, Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nottingham, and Mary Poppins. A big thank you to my family and friends for their support!

Krista Flanagan (she/her)

Krista Flanagan (Emily Gibbs, Acts 1 & 2) is thrilled to be a part of her first production at Stage 284! She is from Westford, MA and just recently graduated from Endicott College where she participated in their theater program. Favorite theatrical credits include Into the Woods (Milky White and Florinda), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre), and West Side Story (Francisca). In her minimal free time she loves to do puzzles and is always expanding her sweater collection. Shoutout to her family who have always encouraged her to be her true self and to put herself out there.

Riley Freedman (he/him)

Riley Freedman (Howie Newsome, u/s Simon Stimson) is excited to be performing at Stage 284 in Our Town as milkman Howie Newsome. Riley is a junior at Covenant Christian Academy and has been acting since the third grade. This is Riley’s 3rd show at Stage 284, previously playing Dewey Finn in School of Rock and Spot Conlon in Newsies. Outside of Stage 284, Riley has played roles in numerous shows at Neverland Theatre, such as Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Riley would like to thank his family for always supporting him, as well as Neverland Theater director Andy Diskes, music directors Lynne Jackson and Michael Palter, and the entire Stage 284 team for making him the performer he is today.

Madeline Frontierro (she/her)

Madeline Frontierro (Wally Webb) is 10 years old and proud to be part of stage 284’s production of Our Town. She is happiest on the stage! Some of her favorite past roles include Les in Newsies and Marta in The Sound of Music. She wants to thank everyone at Stage 284 and her family for always believing in her as she lives her dream!

Sophia Hoctor (she/her)

Sophia Mary Hoctor (Ensemble/Choir Member) is excited to be in her first show at Stage 284. Sophia is 14 and has been doing theater for the last six years. She loves it and also enjoys cosmetology, culinary arts, business and real estate. In her spare time Sophia loves to write (scripts and songs), spend time with her friends and family, watch TV, practice Color Guard routines, dance, ski, softball, art projects, eat ice cream (vanilla is her favorite) and spend time with her cat Holly Dolly. Sophia’s recent credits include Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda Jr., Queen Iduna in Frozen Jr. and Miss Hannigan in Annie Jr. Thank you Mom, Dad, Dan, Grandma, Papa, Sean, Ben, My Cat Holly Dolly and Sophia’s two amazing friends Taylei and Zoe for always supporting Sophia and her Dreams. Finally Thank you to Cassie Foote, Katie Clarke, Gabby Wheeler and Nicole Lerner for this amazing opportunity and all the cast and crew for making Sophia’s first show at Stage 284 so amazing!

Kathleen Madden (she/her)

Kathleen Madden (Mrs. Webb) is joining Stage 284 for her third production, with “My Fair Lady” and her various character renditions of Lady Boxington, maid, and Lady in Balcony; as well as Ben, the Gardener in “The Secret Garden”. Earlier roles include the shows “Little Moon of Alban”, “Up the Down Staircase” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. She is honored to be a part of this creative collaboration of talented performers and stage directors, and happy to extend her circle of friends. Kathleen is a transplant from Madison, Wisconsin and lives in Topsfield with her husband Tom and son Nick, and some unruly chickens. In her off-stage life, she is a physiologist and clinical researcher in health and wellness; enjoys basketball, other sports and exercise, as well as English Country Dance as a member of the Jane Austen Society and the Dickens Fellowship literary societies.She extends her thanks and much love to Tom and Nick, for the practice of dialogue lines and music, and also the encouragement of her theater endeavors. Kudos to her “sister” and friend in drama, Evangeline A., who introduced her to The Community House and Stage 284 theater.

John Manning (he/him)

John Manning (George Gibbs, Act 2 & 3) (EMC) is thrilled to be back at Stage 284 where he played Bert in Mary Poppins, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Robin Hood in Nottingham! Some other credits include The Mastiff (Greater Boston Stage Company- The Moors), Gander (Wheelock Family Theater- Charlotte’s Web), Danny in a touring production of Jack Neary’s First Night (Merrimack Repertory Theater, Larcom Theater, Deertrees Theater, Firehouse Theater), George Bailey (Park Theater- It’s A Wonderful Life), and Walt (Players Club NYC and 353 Studios NYC- Ax of Love). John is set to play Flip Whitham in Parallel America- a movie in development that will be directed by Academy Award Winning Writer Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond).

Danny Marks (he/him)

Danny Marks (Dr. Gibbs) lives in Rowley, MA and is owner/operator of K&D Upholstery and DKRC Woodworks. Danny is also a contract entertainer with Big Smile Entertainment. He is thrilled to be making his Stage 284 debut. Danny is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing cast and show. He is very excited to be reuniting with some very dear friends from past productions with other theater companies in the Northshore area. Some of Danny’s favorite roles include Gomez in “The Addams Family” (Pentucket Players 2020 and Northshore Players 2017), Nathan Detroit “Guys and Dolls”, Justice John Wargrave “And Then There Were None”, Nick Bottom “Midsummer Night’s Dream” Aldolpho “Drowsy Chaperone”, Giles Rolston “Mousetrap”, Multiple parts in “Evita” Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley “Christmas Carol” and many more. Danny is thrilled that live theater is back and performing in front of live audiences again.

John McGhee (he/him)

John McGhee (Constable Warren/Joe Stoddard) shares one experience of the life changing opportunity of interning for the Howard Stern Show where he became fondly known as ‘John the Black Intern,’ and where he decided to completely focus on achieving his dreams in the entertainment industry.

Ciaran Mohan (he/him)

Ciaran Mohan (George Gibbs, Act 1 & 2) is so happy to return to Hamilton, MA in this special production! Select theater: Newsies (Stage 284 Mainstage); Subtext (Gloucester Stage Company); A Christmas Carol, and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (North Shore Music Theatre). He would like to thank his voice coach, Jimmy, his acting coach, Fran, the entire cast and crew, and his mom for driving him to rehearsals! 

Laurie Paskavitz (she/her)

Laurie Paskavitz (Mrs. Gibbs) is thrilled to be back at Stage 284 and marveling that approximately 17,155 days have passed since she was on the stage as Rebecca Gibbs. Laurie recalls many happy memories of acting with her dad as a child and then at the Community House with her daughter Magnolia. Raised with the actor’s ethic that there are no small roles, only small actors, Laurie leaned into her ensemble roles in Stage 284’s Annie and Mary Poppins and found that while, “perhaps the least important…they were important enough.” Laurie is thankful to her husband Mike for lovingly supporting her creative explorations. And to her children, Brendan, Alison and Magnolia whose passions, talents and “love of culture and beauty” inspired her to audition in the first place.

Inez Ricciuti (she/her)

Inez Ricciuti (Joe Crowell Jr.) is a senior at Beverly High School. In her free time she enjoys writing and playing guitar. Some of her recent roles include The Cook in Beverly High School’s production of Clue The Gryphon in Alice and Wonderland and Ensemble in Footloose. Inez Is very excited to be participating in this production.

Angela Rossi (she/her)

Angela Courtney Rossi (Mrs. Soames) is excited to make her Stage 284 Debut in Our Town. Ms. Rossi, a resident of Hamilton, has performed all over New England. She graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting. Past roles include Bella in Lost in Yonkers for which she earned an EMACT DASH nomination for best supporting actress. Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor, Karen in August: Osage County, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Cecily in the Odd Couple, Roz in Moon Over Buffalo and Brooke in Noises Off. Ms. Rossi’s next performance will be in California Suite at the Quannapowitt Players in Reading, Ma opening April 22. When not on stage, Ms. Rossi can be found at home with her daughter, Madeline, dancing and singing to the latest Disney movie.

Maggie Skelly (she/her)

Maggie Skelly (Si Crowell, Ensemble, Woman in Audience, Choir Member) is currently a junior at Beverly High School and in her first performance at Stage 284! Her previous performances include Mrs Peacock in Clue, the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland, Liesl and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music Jr, Ms Hannigan in Annie Jr, and many more! She wants to thank the cast for their dedication and support throughout rehearsals and for all the memories they have created. Break a leg everyone!

Anna Thomas (she/her)

Anna Thomas (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of Our Town at Stage 284! She was in Stage 284’s production of Newsies (Albert) and has also performed in shows at other theaters including The Good Life (Cassandra), Beauty and the Beast (Chip), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Understudy for Sally Brown) etc. Anna would like to thank her family and friends for their support, and her grandparents for always pushing her to pursue the arts.

Elisabeth Thomas (she/her)

Elisabeth Thomas (Stage Manager) has been into theater since she was seven. Since then, she has been in The Jungle Book, Cinderella Retold, The Good Life, More Than Just a Man, and most recently, stage 284’s Newsies. Her hobbies include reading, acting, writing, gaming, and playing badminton. She has enjoyed working on Our Town a lot!

Lilia Thomas (she/her)

Lilia Thomas (Stage Manager, The Poet) has enjoyed working with Stage 284. Her recent credits include Henry in Newsies at Stage 284 and ensemble in Les Mis at CCA. When she is not busy in theater, you can find Lilia at Masconomet Regional High School, hanging out with friends, rowing, and reading. Lilia would like to thank her friends and family for being supportive and for her cast members and directors for making theater an amazing experience.

Sean Westgate (he/him)

Sean Westgate (Mr. Webb) is excited to be back performing at Stage 284. He has previously been in Into the Woods, Pippin, and most recently, Newsies. Being involved in this production of Our Town seems very fitting for the 100th Anniversary of The Community House. This play is about family and community and he is excited to be involved. Mr. Webb is Sean’s most challenging role yet and he hopes you all enjoy the production. Sean lives in Hamilton with his wife and kids and is an avid golfer.

Beth Willcox (she/her)

Beth Willcox (Sam Craig/Man in Audience/Choir Member/Bessie) is ecstatic to be joining Stage 284 for the first time in this unique and timely production.Beth has played a wide variety of roles including Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Crutchiein Newsies. When not onstage, Beth enjoys cooking, hanging out with cats, and acting like a biologist.

Michaela Zullo (she/her)

Michaela Zullo (Emily Gibbs, Act 2 & 3) is excited to be making her official Stage 284 debut as Emily Webb in this production of Our Town. With Stage 284’s production of The Secret Garden being shut down days before opening in March 2020, she is grateful to finally be seeing the stage and live theater again. She was inspired to get involved by her niece, Cecilia, a returning Stage 284 Youth Company actor. When she is not acting, she spends her time with family, friends, and her cat, Henry. She would like to thank all those who encouraged her whim to try something new and supported her along the way.

Our Town Crew

Katie Clarke (Artistic Director)

Cassie Foote (Director) Cassie is excited to be working with Stage284! Previous directing credits include the Comedy Showcase (Director) with Endicott College, and Macbeth (Asst. Director) with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC2 Ensemble). Boston acting credits include: Macbeth (Macbeth) with the Underlings Theatre Co., Julius Caesar (Cassius) and Romeo & Juliet (Ensemble/u/s Lady Capulet) with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) with Apollinaire Theatre Co., and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania) with Arts After Hours. Other credits include: The Changeling (West End Theater), Othello, Love’s Labour’s Lost, (Easy Leap Theatre Company) Whaddabloodclot! (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sky Pony: Raptured (The Play Company), The Fourth Grader’s Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide (Dreamstem Productions).

Nicole Lerner (Stage Manager) is a Registered Nurse from Winthrop, MA. She has previously been a Stage Manager for many shows at Endicott College such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Legally Blonde, and Polaroid Stories, Shrek, Into the Woods, and West Side Story, etc. Before her time at Endicott College, she had stage-managed a total of 16 shows for Winthrop High School. She has previously been a lighting designer and been a part of the crew for many shows. During her senior year of high school, she stage-managed the production of Antigone, which won the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) Drama Festival State Finals. At this METG Drama Festival, she won an award for her excellence in Stage Management. She is very excited to be part of her first show at Stage 284. She hopes to be back to work on future shows!

Craig Robertson (Production Manager)

Gabby Wheeler (Assistant Director) is so excited to be able to assistant direct for the first time. It has been so much fun for her to learn from an amazing mentor like Cassie and she is so proud of all the work the cast has done. She will be assistant directing/ stage managing for the upcoming production of Matilda and can’t wait. Some of her favorites roles include Katharine’s understudy in Newsies and Cinderella in Into The Woods. She is so thankful for this experience and can’t wait for you all to enjoy the show.

Laurille Wirling (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be back in the theater, but this time in a different way. She recently performed in Stage 284’s production of “Newsies” and absolutely loved the experience and the community! Laurille has adored theater for many years and has dreamed of being a performer for just as long, but she’s fascinated with all aspects of the art form, which is why she’s so excited to be stepping behind the curtain to learn the technical side of production! She wants to thank everyone for being so patient with her as she learns the ropes! She hopes you enjoy the show as much as she’s enjoyed working on it!!