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Renowned Canadian Playwright
Morley Shulman 

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Meet  the  Cast

  

For many attorneys, the intensity of the court room can add an extra stress factor to an already overwhelming profession. How each person handles the burdens of work is unique to them, but for Robert Beard of Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, it comes by way of a unique transformation: from lawyer to thespian.
 
Robert Beard begins his days in court, fighting on behalf of children in abusive environments. For Robert, the tensions that accumulate in court seem to melt away under the bright lights of the stage, where he feels as though he is being reset for the next day’s work. 
 
As a young theater major in North Carolina, Robert was studying how to perform under pressure. It was then that he found himself in a courtroom at the suggestion of one of his professors, witnessing attorneys working under pressure like he’d never seen before. As the day went on, Robert began to see intriguing similarities between the stage and the courtroom. The attorneys demanded the attention of the jury, rather like an actor garners the rapt attention of an audience. 
 
“I was so fascinated by the whole thing, that after I got out of the army, I began the pursuit of law”, says Beard. After years of focusing on law, Robert recently reconnected with his love of theater. He has performed in six productions over the past few years, and recently filled the role of Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, at the Riverside Center Theater in Fredericksburg. With his feet planted firmly back on the stage, Robert feels that his evenings spent entertaining give him a renewed fervor for his day job.
Patrick A’Hearn, the Producing Artistic Director of the Riverside Center Theater, who has worked with Robert in several productions stated, “Bob is just a consistent pro. He has this great command to his voice, which is something he needs for both stage and court. He understands how to use words to appeal to the emotion of the audience—and he uses that skill with the court, too.” 
 
As Robert considers how his “hobby” has impacted his work, he states that, “refocusing on something creative is helpful, it gives me more energy.” He goes on to say that, “…something we talk about in the theater is concentration; you have to be intensely focused on what you’re doing on stage, and for me, that translates back to the courtroom.”
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“I love doing live performances, I always have. What I loved about the theater, I put to work in the courtroom. I think more lawyers should think about getting up on the stage.” 
  

Robert Beard (Benedict Arnold)

  

                                                                                  received his Masters in Voice from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. He received his Bachelors in Music from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Recent musical theater roles include Adam in The Children of Eden, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (WATCH nomination), Sam in Street Scene, Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Lamar in Godspell, Mr. Snow in Carousal, Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Everett in Swing!. Recent opera roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Camille in The Merry Widow, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S Pinafore. Locally, David has had the pleasure to work with the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Summer Garden Theater, Colonial Players, Woodbrook Players, and the Calvert Memorial Hospital in past concerts. Currently David works as the Music and Fine Arts Director at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, MD. David would like to thank his beautiful wife for all her support and Mr. Rodgers for this rockin’ opportunity!  

David Merrill  (Mr. Reed)

  

                                                                                            got into performing because she saw one of her older brothers in a production of "The Hobbit" and thought "Pfft...I can do that!" Thanks to sibling rivalry, Jackie found her passion and has been a professional actor in the DMV area for two years.  Jackie's performance history includes pre-pubescent boys, animals, and inanimate objects. She's very excited to be playing her gender and species this time around. On stage, Jackie enjoys tripping and falling face first during entrances, spinning and slamming directly into set pieces, dropping props that are essential to the plot, having wigs fly off of her head during spins, and of course, getting gymnastic ribbons stuck in tree branches. All of these things really happened to her during performances.  When not on stage, Jackie enjoys yakking on the phone with her mother, listening to podcasts about serial killers, feminism, or are produced by NPR, and watching documentaries about Scientology. She also enjoys downhill skiing, attempting to write plays, and walking around DC letting her mind wander. For more of her shenanigans, check out Jackie's website here: 

Jackie Madejski  (Josephine),

Julie Marie Britt
Peggy Arnold

Liz Colandene
Emily

  
                                                          has acted in Regional Theatre: Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Kiss Me, Kate (Dance Captain/Featured Ensemble) ;  and University productions:  Curtains (Randy/Ensemble), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster), Into the Woods (Steward) ; He has a B.A. in Music (Vocal Performance) from High Point University May 2017. Endless thanks to Mom, Dad, brother John, and my amazing friends for encouraging me to dream big! For more information, please feel free to visit  www.alexandersiegal.com. 

Alex Siegal,  (Major John Andre),

  
                                              
                                                        was raised on a Farm & Ranch east of Sherman, Texas.  His main electives during High School included Band, Choir, Orchestra and Drama which he continued at the college level, whenever possible.  Summer theatre was his mainstay employment from June-August in those formative years.  The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Dallas Summer Musicals and the TEXAS Outdoor Musical Drama are among Rex’s proudest experiences, as well as numerous campus theatre productions.  Rex’s B.A. is in Radio, Television and Film with a minor in Theatre from The University of North Texas.  Upon graduation, Rex began his professional broadcasting career at KXII-TV in 1994 and after 2-short years was hired to work at the CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.  In 2003, Rex transferred to the CNN Washington, D.C. Bureau where he is currently employed.  Rex works in Technical Operations and has performed duties as Director, Technical Director, Master Control, Audio, Studio Cameras, Robotic Cameras, Shading/Video and even a little lighting and set work.  Rex’s daughter Kyla, is sweet 16 and his son Athens, is 13.  Rex’s wife Meily works for Fairfax County Public Schools.  After a lengthy time out, Rex is thrilled to return to the stage with an amazing cast and crew…and what a bonus to get to work in an original piece with the Author no less!  Thank you, Steven, and all who welcomed me back with open arms to once again be part of story-telling through live performance in the tradition of Thespis.  And, thanks to our audiences that support live theatre everywhere, without whom none of this would be possible.
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Rex Grigg (George Washington)

                              
                                                                                                            a native of Long Island, New York,  grew up in an environment filled with church music. The church was instrumental in her growth as a musician by providing many opportunities to learn, grow and lead various performing art related activities. From a young age she sang in church choirs, and school productions. She knew by high school that she wanted to make music a part of her life and career going forward. In high school she studied AP music classes and performed with an award winning show choir, going on to study at the collegiate level at Virginia Commonwealth University as a voice major. She found the most support for her gift from those already in the field of music and was nurtured by many accomplished music teachers, all of whom she is most fond. She became a music teacher herself and successfully taught elementary school music in the public schools, leading choral and music theatre productions for the youth. In her spare time as a teacher she pursued more musical ventures by singing for weddings, playing in coffee shops, taking more lessons, and trying her hand at composition.  Although she can dance when taught, she doesn’t consider herself a great dancer and prefers seeking opportunities to sing, play piano or other related acting roles. Juanita is ecstatic to be a part of this production of great music in the company of accomplished musicians. When not pursuing arts related activities Juanita is passionate about education and works to improve achievement and academic success for life long learners, particularly for those of whom English is their second language.
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Juanita Blankumsee (Muse #1),


Carrie McKnight (Muse #2)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                      is excited to join the cast of Revolutionary Gentleman. An avid actress she has been spotted around NoVa and even Maryland (when cajoled) to perform. Favorite roles include Sarah in Ragtime and Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (WATCH nominee for Best Musical)both with the Little Theatre of Alexandria. She has also been in Return to the Forbidden Planet, Anne of Green Gables, Kiss me Kate, Sister Act, The Wedding Singer, Into the Woods and many more. Aerika started acting at 5, when she was cast by her father in her first musical (sometimes it’s good to know the director) Aerika minored in theatre at Lynchburg College and was also inducted into Alpha Psi Omega the theatre honorary society. When she’s not onstage she can usually be found covered in powder, hairspray and lipstick on the Hair and Makeup crew. Working full time and acting…also full time is a balancing act, she’s so thankful her friends and family are so supportive of her obsession with the spotlight. She wants to send special love to those persons who dragged her out of self-imposed “retirement” and got her back on stage after a two-year hiatus. It’s good to be back burning the candle at both ends, singing, dancing, and spreading the healing power of theatre. You can take the girl out of the theatre, but…actually no you can’t she’s back and she’s staying! 

Aerika Saxe (Muse #3),


                                                                                                       Elena Runkle's parents placed her in a musical theater summer camp when she was seven to help her overcome extreme shyness.  They now believe it worked too well.  Elena is pleased to be making her debut with Infinity Stage.  In the past she has performed with the Westmoreland Players, Port Tobacco Players, Christian Youth Theater, Fredericksburg Theater Ensemble, Stage Door Productions and the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.  Her favorite roles have been Pinocchio inPinocchio  and Black Stache (really) in Peter and the Starcatcher.  Thanks to her chauffeurs, uh, parents for the miles (to include finding her in a Ukranian orphanage when she was two and a half and adopting her) and special thanks to Steven Rodgers for the opportunity.  


Elena Runkle  (Townsperson #1).


Rebecca Kiser
Townsperson #2


                                                                                                                    Hannah Ratcliffe is so excited to be making her debut with Infinity Stage! A few of her favorite past roles include Serena in Legally Blonde the Musical and Judas in Godspell. While she is not up on stage, Hannah runs Charitable Act, a non profit dedicated to bringing summer theatre camps to underprivileged children in Northern Virginia! Lastly, she would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support, and she can not wait to share this amazing show with you!   


Hannah Ratcliffe  (Townsperson #3),


Musicians

Classical and Electric Guitar ...............................Paul Bell
Bass Guitar................................Johnny Castle & Paul Bell
Cello..............................................................  Erin Snedecor
Trumpets............................................................... Will Allen
                                                                         John Wright III
​Trombone..............................................................Will Allen  
Piano...................................................... Steven W Rodgers
                                                                           Kevin  White
Saxophones............................................Young Devereaux
                                                                             Herb Smith
Violins...........................................................Kaitlin Moreno
                                                            Alexandra Cantalupo
                                                                  Natalia Merezhuk       
Drums......................................................................Jeff Wolf