Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meet the Cast of Cantorial!

Heather Benjamin (Lesley Rosen) is happy to return to LTA after playing Rose in Enchanted April in 2008. Recent work includes The Confines of Flattery at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival and Stage Door at American Century Theater. Heather has also performed with Quotidian Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Embassy Players, New Old Theater and Silver Spring Stage, among others. Recent film roles include Sarah Haynsworth Gayle in a documentary about Francis Scott Key, Proof Through the Night, and a lead in the short film The Pardon. Her next project will be directing Copenhagen at Rockville Little Theatre in March 2013.

Heather Benjamin
John Franklin (Philip Quinn), an accomplished trainer, Toastmaster and award-winning public speaker is returning to the stage after a long absence with his LTA debut in Cantorial. Past performances have included Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and numerous dramatic interpretations, including Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl and Woody Allen’s Death Knocks. He lives in Falls Church with his wife, Linda, and their two German shepherds, Sam and Iris.

John Franklin
James Myers (Warren Ives) a versatile artist who has performed with a wide variety of organizations, including the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, the Washington Savoyards and Theater of the First Amendment.  He has also performed in Germany with the Middle Saxony Opera Theatre. He holds a master of music degree in vocal performance and, when he is not performing, teaches a thriving studio of talented singing artists. James is honored to work with the wonderful cast and crew of Cantorial and is thankful for the love and support from dear friends and family.

James Myers
Fé Vivas Patriciu (Donna Quinn) is thrilled to be making her LTA and DC-area debut in Cantorial. Past notable roles include Tess in Six Degrees of Separation at the Boston Centre for the Arts, Giulia in The Vice and Lil Bit in selected scenes from How I Learned to Drive for the Bowdoin College theater department. Fé is an avid theater enthusiast and is passionate about arts funding. Follow her on Twitter (#FeVPatriciu) to learn more. Of special significance, Fé shares a birthday with two fantastic members of the Cantorial crew, Jamie and Eileen. Fé sends her love to her husband and Tootsie for keeping life running during her nights away at rehearsals.

Fé Vivas Patriciu
Steve Rosenthal (Morris Lipkind) is happy to be back at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Previous roles at LTA include Argante in Scapino, Raffaele Priore in Saturday Sunday Monday and Claude Upson in Auntie Mame. His most recent roles include Gorgibus in The Confines of Flattery for the Capital Fringe Festival (directed by Heather Benjamin), Ira Stone in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at TAP and Father Bowdern in Hellspawn at Active Culture’s Theatre. Special thanks to Mr. Herman Taube for his help. Steve also gives thanks as always to his wife, Sue, for all her love and support.

Steve Rosenthal
John Shackelford (Williams Ives) has appeared a number of times at LTA. His most recent appearance here was in Funny Money as Bill, and before that he appeared in Heaven Can Wait as Max Levene (nominated for Best Supporting Actor, LTA). Between the latter two, he portrayed Michael Watters in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at PCP. Also at LTA, he played Bill Lesley in It Runs in the Family, for which he received Best Supporting Actor. Other favorites include Juror #11 in Twelve Angry Men at ACCT, Dr. Lyman Hall in 1776 at LTA, Clem Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies at LTA, and Charlie Martin in On Golden Pond at Heritage Theatre. In film, John co-starred in an independent film, Bride and Doom, as British Detective Nicholas Smythe.

John Shackelford
Rick Flint is somewhat surprised to be making his LTA debut in Cantorial. He has acted in several local church productions, including Fools, Omelet, Prince of Denmark, and acted and sang the roles of two of the three kings in Amahl and the Night Visitors, thus proving that a degree in music was not totally wasted on someone who has spent his career in banking.

Photos by Shane Canfield.

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