Meet the Cast and Production Staff
of Stone Soup
Dustin Cross ... Soldier 1
Eric Fletcher ... Soldier 2
Brianna Hurley ... Grace
Freddi Mack ... Daphne Louise
Luisa Sabella ... Sarah
Stefanie Smith ... Jessie
Kelsey Crane - Age 8
Kelsey has been dancing and singing and performing for anyone who would listen since she was able to walk. Kelsey also enjoys soccer and spending time with her family and friends. This play is Kelsey's first endeavor into the world of acting and she is enjoying every minute of it!
Olivia Crane - Age 5
Olivia is a natural comedian. She enjoys making others laugh and is quite mischievous. Olivia has been dancing and playing the piano for a couple of years and truly enjoys all things musical. Like her sister, Kelsey, this too is Olivia's first endeavor into the world of theatre and she is also loving it!
Briana Farjardo - Age 13
This production marks Briana's debut on stage. She has studied modeling, acting, and singing at The John Robert Powers School. She loves to play piano, enjoy dancing with friends and family. She was born in Queens New York, and resides with her mother, father, and brother in Orange Co. NY. Briana is outgoing, bubbly, kind, and a comedian. Briana is very energetic, loves playing sports.
Noah Guzman - Age 8
Noah loves playing competitive soccer and baseball. Other extra-curricular activities have included ballroom dancing and he is currently in his school's Glee Club. Noah loves the New York Yankees, playing video games and acting. Other than his 3rd Grade school play, this is Noah's first theatrical debut.
Alina Jacobs - Age 11
Alina is a 7th grade student at Wagner JHS in Manhattan where she is a member of the band, drama club and Green Team. Alina loves theater especially the works of William Shakespeare. She has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute ,TADA and HB Studio with Claudia Terry. Alina has appeared in a number of independent and student films and is a regular member of the Revels children's vocal ensemble.
Payton McHugh - Age 10
This is Payton's debut performance on the New York stage. At a very early age Payton showed a unique interest in film and music. She began singing ballads into her hairbrush before the age of two and soon after began entertaining her family with re-enactments of scenes from film classics like "Singing in the Rain" and "Broadway Melody of 1940" to "My Fair Lady" and "Sense and Sensibility". As Payton's repertoire grew so did her love of Arts and Literature. Her favorite pastimes include playing the piano, writing poetry and short stories, reading and listening to music. For this young performer growing up in New York City has proven to be full of limitless possibilities. Payton thanks her family for their love and encouragement and hopes you enjoy the show!
Bella Scarselli - Age 11
Bella is 11 years old, lives in New York City, loves chocolate and enjoys every moment of the bright lights and big dreams of Broadway! She is proud to be a member of the Literally Alive Children's Theatre in "Stone Soup, The Musical". Bella was cast in a lead role in Aristocats at French Woods Performing Arts Camp where she has been attending for 3 years. She has also performed in a variety of roles for local theater such as The Emperor's New Clothes and School Days, a review at the St. Lukes Off Broadway theater. Other works include the lead in the Goldfish Bowl by Kate Katcher at the Triad Theater, an Improv show with music (solo) and monologues at The Duplex and various voiceovers for WordWorld. She is a current member of the Children's Acting Academy Company with Mimi Stuart and has also trained with Sharon Richardson of Weist-Barron. She has studied at HB Studio, Tada Youth Theater, and Acting Creatively with Kerry Lea. Bella loves being on stage, making people laugh and craves the anxiety and anticipation of live theater. She dances, sings, ice skates, plays piano and guitar and is amazing at hula hoop, just a true New York City Kid! Bella would like to thank her acting coach Mimi Stuart, her voice coach Katja Kullander, the Literally Alive Children's Theatre Team for this wonderful opportunity and her mamma, papa and sister for their endless support!
Thomas Schnaible - Age 8
Tommy premiered on March 28, 2001. His early childhood interests included trains, building Lego sets, and anything related to Star Wars. Tommys' stage experience includes two productions with The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. His current professional aspirations revolve around acting and singing.
Tommy lives in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and he is beginning the third grade this fall. He will also be starting his fifth year of soccer later this summer. Tommys' biggest fans are his mom, dad, and little brother Benjamin.
Paige Simunovich - Age 11
Paige is very happy that summer has finally begun! During the rehearsal process of Stone Soup, Paige was offered her first Broadway role. She was cast in Finian's Rainbow as Diana. She has performed in many Off-Broadway and regional shows. Her favorites include: Annie, Rugrats: A Live Adventure, and The Sound of Music. Paige is the voice of several characters on Wonder Pets and has been an announcer for radio commercials. She has also performed as the lead vocalist in live industrials throughout the country. Paige would like to thank all of her coaches and everyone from the Stone Soup family.
Brooke Strutin - Age 11
Brooke turned 11 on July 1, and is so excited to be performing in Stone Soup.
Brooke was cast as a lead in "The Aristocats" her 1st summer at French Woods Performing Arts Camp. Brooke has studied with Katja Kullander, Sharon Richardson, Kerry Lea, and at The Children's Acting Academy and Company with Mimi Stuart (A.K.A."Mom"). She recently appeared in an Acting Company show at The Triad where she sang a solo and had roles in "Philadelphia" by David Ives and in Kate Katcher's "The Goldfish Bowl". Brooke also performed Off-Broadway at The St. Lukes and The Actor's Playhouse. She had leading roles in Seussical and School House Rock at her elementary school.
Brooke has also modeled. Look for her in an upcoming issue of the National Girl Scouts magazine. She can also be heard doing voiceover work on the Emmy Award winning show "Word World" and can be seen in the movie "College Road Trip". Brooke thanks Literally Alive Theatre for their warmth and support, and her family, especially Grandpa.
Kelsey Watts - Age 11
Born in New York City, Kelsey has shown interest in modeling and acting since age 6. Currently with the Stage Coach Theatre Arts School and is involved in music, drama and dance. Kelsey had the lead role in If My Friends Could See Me Now at her school's Inside Broadway this year. She has done some commercial print modeling for McGraw-Hill and Pfizer International. This coming fall, she will start middle school at Columbia Secondary School. Between academic activities, Kelsey enjoys skiing, ice skating, trapeze, swimming, tap, acting and singing. Kelsey is thrilled to be in Stone Soup, the musical.
The Production Staff
Carlo Rivieccio (Director)
This production marks his second with Literally Alive. Carlo is the co-creator of Shortened Attention Span (www.shortenedattentionspan.com). Which produces Short play Festivals and The works of up and coming writers. Carlo is also a Founding Member of the Brooklyn Theatre Arts Project. As a Director Carlo has helmed productions of Little Mouse, Beer and The Meaning of Life, Happy Endings, All in The Timing, Romeo And Juliet, As You Like It, Treasure Island and Godspell (co-director). He trained with The Society of American Fight Directors and The United Stuntmenís Association.
Stefanie Smith (Choreographer)
Stefanie has been dancing and performing since she was 3 years old. Stone Soup is the 7th Literally Alive musical she has choreographed. Stefanie loves rollerskating, laughter ,and ice cream. She looks forward to teaching dance classes for children in the fall.
Michael Sgouros (Musical Director/Composer)
A native New Yorker, Michael Sgouros has enjoyed performing in a variety of musical settings which
have included the American Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Ethos Percussion Group and the
Broadway productions of The Secret Garden, Falsettos, The Goodbye Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Miss
Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. He has toured nationally with A Chorus Line and has traveled to
Singapore with the touring production of Anything Goes. Mr. Sgouros has worked professionally as
drummer/percussionist with Eartha Kitt, Mandy Patinkin, Michael Rupert, Bernadette Peters, Martin
Short, Danny Aiello, Michael Kamen, Alison Janney, Laura Linney, Jake Weber and Richard Thomas.
He has also collaborated with notable percussionists Glen Velez, Stefan Harris, Michael Markus,
Danny Druckman and Samir Chatterjee. He has been honored by the National Foundation of the Arts
and is a winner of the National Music Week Concerto Competition. Mr. Sgouros has been a panel
speaker for The Juilliard School, Chamber Music America and the Percussive Arts Society as well as
an adjudicator for Drum Corps International. Currently Michael is director of the percussion program
at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY and is music director for the interactive Off Broadway
music production, Percussion People at The Players Theatre.
Brenda Bell (Playwright/Artistic Director)
Ms. Bell started Literally Alive Children's Theatre in 1999 and has written the book and lyrics for
each production. Legend has it that she produced her first show at age 6 when the summer proved to
be too boring. She wrote and produced shows for theatre legends including Mickey Rooney, Jamie
Farr, Van Johnson, Mimi Hines and Frank Gorshin. Her writing credits also include "Reading is Cool"
for RIF. She would like to thank the Players Theatre for providing the perfect home for her whimsy
and always encouraging her to be bold! This production is dedicated to memory of Daphne Louise,
my brave and noble German Shepherd.
Anthony Augello (Production Stage Manager/Set Design)
Anthony is glad to be working with such a talented and fun group of people on Stone Soup. Recently
Anthony has directed Copper Green in Shortened Attention Span's Spin Cycle and Jesus Christ
Superstar with the Brooklyn Theatre Arts Project. Recent Roles include Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet,
and Linus in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Currently he can also be seen Off-Broadway in
Tony & Tinas wedding. Big thanks and much love to cast, crew, friends and family.
Elizabeth Flores (Costume Design)
Elizabeth is delighted to design for The Literally Alive Childrenís Theatre Company and thanks her
lovely assistants for helping to create the magic! Other credits include Off Broadway productions in
NYC of Annulla, The Big Voice, national tour of Gilligans Island The Musical, Danny and
Sylvia. Dance design for The Alvin Ailey School, The Metropopitan Ballet Academy, and various
others. Styling for photographer, Mark Yankus. Proudly has achieved a MFA in costume design from
Carnegie Mellon University. Currently working on an Off Broadway one woman show called, Down
The Rabbit Hole, and assisting on a feature film in pre production.
Josh Iacovelli (Lighting Design)
Josh is literally thrilled to work with such a talented group of artists. Josh's main passion in life is
acting and when not on the stage he is often designing sets and lights. He is the in house TD for the
Players Theatre, Theatres at 45 Bleecker, St. Lukes Theatre and the Actors Temple Theatre all in
NYC. Josh has a BA from Stockton College and an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at
The New School University.