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Ellis Island (June 2024)

Winner of the prestigious Moss Hart Award at the New England Theatre Conference in 1996, Cheryl Kemeny’s “Ellis Island” is a perennial favorite at Crystal Theatre…recently expanded and revised to include mainly adults! The heart-rending & inspiring journey of immigrants from across the planet - Italy, Russia, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, and the West Indies - are brought to life with a rousing & tuneful score. Once arrived in the “promised land”, the immigrants must run the gauntlet of immigration officers who determine their fitness for entry into the United States. Gender roles, immigration reform, and political asylum are poignantly explored as hope, hardship, and humanity unfold on the hallowed “Island of Hope”. Experience the joys and sorrows of our ancestors in this emotional saga (part one of a series - the third installment, “Whistleville”, was presented last August). 

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Laszlo Balazs

MUSICAL DIRECTOR/WRITER Cheryl Kemeny

CHOREOGRAPHER Char Fromentin

COSTUMER Alexandrea Kemeny

ASSOCIATE COSTUMER Emory Ciocci

COSTUME INTERN Rebecca Beebe

SOUND DESIGN Jack Singewald

LIGHTING DESIGN Pierce Gremse

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Isabella Bartilucci

DANCE CAPTAIN Alice Jackins

STAGEHAND Dom Lettera

BAND

KEYBOARDS Cheryl Kemeny, Laszlo Balazs

DRUMS Johnny Montagnese

TROMBONE Adam Myers

CLARINET Pat Lombardo

CAST

AMERICANS

COMMISSIONER WATCHORN James Ring-Howell

BRIGITTE ANDERSSEN Rhianna Ring-Howell

DR. GREGORY SCHMIDT Evan Stelly

SAMMY TATE James Cahn

MR. HERBERT WINSTON Lenny Carlucci

MR. GEORGE WASHINGTON Andrew Pearce

NURSE CLARA MARTIN Caitlin Brown

MRS. WILHEMINA MACARTHUR Alexandrea Kemeny

NURSE CYNTHIA JACKSON Betsy Grover

MISS BUCKLEY Samantha Strack

MRS. MARY ELSWORTH Melissa Nichols

MRS. MIRANDA SUTTON Nadine Hokayem

ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS

SIGNORA FONTANA Rosemary Holomakoff

CAROLINA FONTANA Gabby Villaroel

CONSTANZA DIMEGLIO Brooke McHugh

PAOLO FONTANA Carter Pugliese

ANNA CHRISTINA del AMANTE di BORGHESE Ariana Tsirakidis

GIUSEPPE DISCALA Matthew Surapine

VIOLETTA DISCALA Samantha Frattallone

SUSANNAH DISCALA Vivian Balazs

MARIA DISCALA Tassneem Boulekhyam

MAGYAR (Hungarian) IMMIGRANTS

JUTKA HARASZTI Emily Katz

ILONA HARASZTI Madeline Parra

ZSUZSI HARASZTI Lindsay Sherman

ILDIKO HARASZTI Maren Ackerson

EVA SZABO Alana Ackerson

IRENKA SZABO Iliana Branda

IRISH IMMIGRANTS

KATE SULLIVAN Alice Jackins

COLLEEN SULLIVAN Keira Primps

TIMOTHY O'REILLY Bill King

DANIEL MURPHY Joseph Derr

ELEANOR O’DONNELL Christine Brandon

TOMMY O'DONNELL James Schumacher

AIDAN O’DONNELL Jeff Waggaman

ENGLISH IMMIGRANTS

WINIFRED GODFREY Lynn Sadlon

RENÉE BAPTISTE Rose Pierre

RUSSIAN & POLISH IMMIGRANTS

NICOLAI GOLDOVSKY William Scott

LUDMILLA ANTONOVICH Chandler Hall

LEONID CHEKOV Nathan Graham

ANUSHKA ABELSON Bobbie Dropick

RACHEL ABELSON Grace Mora

ESTER ABELSON Julia Oracz

ADEL ABELSON Ellie Griffin

PER SVENSSON David Jackins

HELGA SVENSSON Sophie Katz

DANA SVENSSON Charlotte Cahn

KIRSTEN SVENSSON Eleanor Freeman

BRUNHILDE SVENSSON Mabel McNulty

RONA SVENSSON Anya Ackerson

KELSEY SVENSSON Ava Ackerson

ULRIKA JACOBSEN Sarah Greenberg

HANS JACOBSEN Gabe Botazzi

CARIBBEAN & WEST INDIAN IMMIGRANTS

MRS. SYLVIA BONET April Brown

ANTOINETTE BONET Hayden Boatwright

DOMINIQUE BONET Harper Boatwright

OTHER PARTS

Dr. Bonet

MR. GORKY Dan Hague

MR. BORGHESE Paul Bartilucci

MRS. BORGHESE Helene Bartilucci

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