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Adam Hamilton Portrait Adam Hamilton  (Noble/Dance Ensemble) ‘18 is a Senior here at Webster Thomas High School. You may have seen him previously in other musicals such as “Mulan” as Mushu, “The Little Mermaid” as Chef Louis, “Aladdin” as Razoul, “Grease” as Eugene, and “Aida” as The Pharaoh. He has also been apart of the Fall Plays including “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Harvey,” “George Washington Slept Here,” “Great Expectations,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Adam participates in Morning Show, After School Announcements, Barrel of Monkey’s, Student Council, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Webster Varsity Radio (Friday’s from 4-5 PM on WBER 90.5 FM), his YouTube channel (YouTube.com/OutsideTheBoxAdam), and is the President of the Webster Thomas Improv Club. This is Adam’s final production for the musical at Thomas. He’d like to thank his family for their continuous support through the late nights and early mornings throughout all of his productions here at Webster Thomas. So, TADA! Hope you enjoy the show!
Alejandra Rodriguez Portrait  Alejandra Rodriguez (Acting Ensemble) is delighted to return as a Junior to the Webster Thomas stage in this years production of “Pippin.” She is involved in both the Cross Country and Outdoor Track programs here at Thomas, as well as Math League and the Class of 2019 Board of Directors. Alejandra enjoys reading, singing, and dancing in her free time. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support in pursuing her dreams, offstage and onstage.
Anna Eggert Portrait Anna Eggert (Dance Ensemble/Player) As a Senior, Anna is excited to perform in her first production at Webster Thomas. She is a member of National Honor Society, and a cappella groups Barbieshop and Contrary Motion. Anna has been the captain of the Girls Swim team for two years and four time state qualifier. She is very proud to be a member of this years cast and would like to thank the directors for giving her this opportunity. A special thanks goes to her family and friends for giving her their full support.
Annalise DePaull Portrait Annalise DePaull (Acting Ensemble) is a Sophomore at Thomas High School and was a member of the ensemble last year in “Aida.” She sings Alto in Chorale as well as in Barbieshop, and she also takes voice class during the school day. Annalise participates in the Rotary Interact Club, and is a High Honor Roll student. She studies voice at Hochstein School of Music and dance with Chris Jones and hopes to continue performing in the future. Annalise would like to thank her family and friends for their support and encouragement to do what she loves.
Becca Hammack Portrait Becca Hammack (Dance Ensemble) is a Junior at Webster Thomas H.S. Some of her recent stage credits include “Grease” (Jan), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Aida,” “Godspell” and “Grease” (Patty). She is in Select Choir, Chorale, Show Choir, Contrary Motion and co-leads Barbieshop at school. She had been part of All-State and All-County choirs for the past few years and was chosen for Conference All-State Mixed Choir this past year. She also studies private voice with Kayleigh DeBrine. Becca would like to thank everyone for making this an amazing experience and her friends and family for always being so supportive!
Brett Bingo Portrait Brett Bingo (Baron/Dance Ensemble) This is Brett’s debut at Webster Thomas, as well as his third and final high school show. Past credits include: (“Hairspray:” Brad, Ensemble) (“Mary Poppins:” Admiral Boom, Ensemble). Brett has also been apart of the RPO Holiday Pops, Webster Show Choir, All County, Friday Night Live,  A Capella Groups, and choir. Outside of school, Brett focuses on playing guitar, singing, and skiing. Brett would like to thank the cast and directors of pippin for making this his best year yet.
Carmella Jones Portrait Carmella Jones (Dance Captain) is 16 years old and in 11th grade; she has been studying dance Since 2005 at Strike It Up Artistic Center. Including hip hop, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, broadway, contemporary, and modern. She also takes voice lessons from Katlyn Spinoza and Piano lessons with  Nick Roche. Carmella also has been doing performances with a youth program at Pultneyville Playhouse since 2011. She also plays clarinet and sings here  at Thomas. Carmella has done many performances throughout her middle and high school years and excited to do “Pippin!” She is very thankful towards her mom and family members for  helping her pursue her dreams. She’s also thankful for her teachers at Strike It Up Artistic Center.
Celia Darling Portrait Celia Darling (Acting Ensemble) is a Sophomore and is thrilled to be in the Thomas High schools musical for her second time. In the past Celia has been in “Shrek the Musical” as Fiona, “Legally Blonde” as Vivienne and in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Hermia. She directed “Dorothy in Wonderland” at Willink Middle School. Celia participates in International Club, Improv Club, and Competitive Shakespeare Club and is also a Girl Scout. She would love to thank her amazing friends and family as well as the directors.
Chelsea Muller Portrait Chelsea Muller (Female Courtier/Dance Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Thomas musical debut. Past theatre credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (WTG, Ben’s Wife), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Thomas, Robin Starveling), “3 ½ Musketeers” ( McQuaid Jesuit, Bibi), “Fiddler on the Roof” (WTG, the fiddler) and “The Music Man” (WTG, Teen dance ensemble). She would like to thank her fellow cast-mates for making this an amazing experience.
CJ Garbin Portrait CJ Garbin (Leading Player/ Student Director) is a Senior. His most recent theatre credits include “Little Women,” “Aida,” “Bloody,” “Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “Music Man,” “American Idiot,” “Hairspray,” “Violet,” “Guys & Dolls,” “West Side Story,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Children of Eden,” “Peter Pan” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” CJ is also a member of Roc City Singers and Thomas’s Select Vocal Ensemble. He is a student of Judith Ranaletta. He would like to thank Mrs. Nitsch, Kapil and Julie. He would also like to thank the cast for the wonderful work they’ve done. Finally, CJ would like to thank his Mom for everything she’s done the past 18 years of his life (and for those seeing it on opening night, it will literally be 18 years). You can follow CJ on Instagram @cj_garbin
Cole Weisensel Portrait Cole Weisensel (Dancing Ensemble) is a Freshman at Thomas H.S. and has been involved in musicals since middle school. Cole also participates in soccer inside and outside of school. Cole also sings bass in both Thomas Select Choir and in the mens group, Barrel of Monkeys. Cole would like to thank his family for their support and his fellow cast members for being such great friends.
David Bobowski Portrait David Bobowski (Acting Ensemble) is a Sophomore at Thomas High School and has done one previous show at Willink Middle School. He sings bass in the Select Choir and also plays the Bb and Eb clarinets in the Wind Ensemble and the Philharmonic Orchestra. He also participated in the Fall Drama “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a musician. He is very excited for “Pippin” and looks forward to being in future shows.
David Potter Portrait David Potter (Head/Dance Ensemble) is hyped to be in his fourth production (and second musical) at Thomas. A Sophomore in high school, David spends his time with extracurriculars like Improv Club and Show Choir. He’s a Tenor in Chorale, a Bass in Show Choir, and a Tenor and Baritone in Barrel of Monkey’s Men’s Choir. Talk about indecisive vocal chords! David would like to thank his family and friends for being rad, his fellow actors for all of the hard work they put in, and the awesome directors for putting up with all of us.
Eric Mews Portrait Eric Mews (Monk #2) is a Sophomore at Thomas H.S and has been involved in the Music and Drama Departments ever since he moved to New York as a 6th grader. His previous shows include “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan,” “Shrek,” “Grease” and the production of “Aida” last year. He is very excited to be a part of this years production of “Pippin.” Eric would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him through the process and helping him achieve his goals. Eric would also like to thank the cast for lots of memories throughout the process with many more on the way.
Gio Battaglia Portrait Gio Battaglia (Monk/Dance Ensemble) is so excited to be in his third production here at Webster Thomas! He has been involved in the musicals since middle school and can not wait to do more throughout his journey. Gio is part of Chorale and Barrel of Monkeys, as well as the Dance Team and the Rotary Club. After the show, Gio plans to focus on his music career and can not wait for everyone to listen to what he has to say through music. Enjoy the show!
Hannah Rich Portrait Hannah Rich (Acting Ensemble) is a Freshman at Thomas H.S. and has been involved in drama club since middle school.  Hannah is a High Honor Roll student, and sings in Freshmen Women’s Choir this year.  This year, she is also participating in Barbieshop, the all female a cappella group.  She would like to thank the other cast members for being such a welcoming group of people for her first year of high school.
Isabelle Nitsch Portrait Isabelle Nitsch (Theo) is a Freshman here at Thomas and she is thrilled to be participating in “Pippin.” Isabelle has been in musicals and plays starting in seventh grade and has been in various choirs since she started middle school. She participated in shows both inside and outside of school. You may have seen her as Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at Thomas High School, or as Elle Woods in the WTG show “Legally Blonde.” Isabelle would like to thank her family and friends for all the support they have shown her and she hopes they enjoy the show.
Joshua Tombline Portrait Joshua Tombline (King Charlemagne) is a Senior at Webster Thomas High School and has participated in Thomas’ previous productions of “Aida” and “Grease.” Josh sings in the Select Choir, Show Choir, Barrel of Monkeys Men’s Choir, and also co-leads the student run a cappella group “Contrary Motion.” Josh is a member of National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. After high school, Josh will attend the University of Rochester and plans to study science and music. Josh would love to thank his fellow cast and crew members for their amazing friendships, his teachers and his voice coach Kayleigh Debrine for their guidance, and also his family for all of their support.
Julia Yakowyna Portrait Julia Yakowyna (Acting Ensemble) is a Junior at Webster Thomas High School and this is her first high school production. Julia played for the Girls Varsity Volleyball team this year, is a High Honor Roll student, and participates in Rotary Club. Julia sings alto in select choir, and is apart of Barbieshop, an all girls a cappella group. Julia’s highlights of her high school career include being chosen to take part in Sr. High Area All State, and being chosen to be apart of select choir. Julia would like to thank her family, her dog, and all of her friends for all of their support and encouragement through all the auditions and shows to come. And she would like to thank her fellow cast members for making her first show so much fun!
Kaitlyn Cottrell Portrait Kaitlyn Cottrell (Fastrada) is thrilled to be returning for her fourth and final production with the Thomas Players. She is a proud member of Thomas Select Choir and Webster Show Choir, as well as the National Honor Society and Cross Country team. Kaitlyn would like to thank her wonderful directors for their guidance and patience throughout her high school career as she has grown as a singer, an actress, and a dancer. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support. Kaitlyn is so proud of the entire cast and crew and can’t wait to make some magic with them one last time.
Kate Barry Portrait Kate Barry (Acting Ensemble) is very excited to participate in her second show at Webster Thomas! She has been in past productions such as “Aida,” and participated in the Willink Shows such as “Aladdin Jr.,” “Shrek Jr.,” and starred as Wendy Darling in “Peter Pan Jr.” Outside of the musicals, Kate sings Alto in Chorale during school, and is part of Voice Class. Kate would like to thank everyone for putting this show together and can not wait for you all to see it!
Kate Welch Portrait Kate Welch (Dance Ensemble) is a Senior and is proud to be a part of her third and final production at Webster Thomas High School. Previous credits include “Grease” and “Sweet Charity.” Kate is a member of Select Choir, National Honors Society, and Thomas’s cross country and track teams. She would like to thank her incredible friends and family for being so full of love and support!
Katie Baird Portrait Katie Baird (Berthe) is a Junior in Thomas H.S. although this is her first production at the high school, she has been involved in drama since middle school. Katie is a member of National Honor Society, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Math League, and Key Club. She sings Soprano in the Select Choir, the Holy Trinity Church Choir, and in the Conference All State Mixed Choir. She would like to thank her parents, the directors, her friends, and her voice coach Carl Wager for all their love and support. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Laney Spring Portrait Laney Spring (Newscaster #1), a Senior, is overjoyed to be dancing to the amazing choreography  in this year’s production of “Pippin.”  Laney has studied acting throughout middle school, high school and in various community programs. She is also trained in ballet, tap and jazz. She is an accomplished musician, playing the cello in the High School Philharmonic Select Orchestra and she holds a black belt in Isshin Ryu karate. She is best known for her roles as Genie in Willink’s production of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.,” Juror #10 in Webster HS’s “12 Angry Jurors,” Encore dancer for Webster HS’s “Aida,” and  Titania “Queen of the Fairies” in Webster HS’s Drama production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  In her off time, Laney loves to work with children and has been a student assistant for the middle school drama productions and an assistant teacher for Drama Kids Acting Academy summer programs.  Laney wishes to thank her friends and family for all their support.
Liam Hatz Portrait Liam Hatz (Louis) is a Senior at Thomas High School. This is his fourth show and he’s very excited to spend it with such a great cast. You may have seen him in “Sweet Charity,” “Grease,” and “Aida.” He was also in the fall production of “A Mid Summer Nights Dream.” He is in the Webster Thomas Select Choir, Show Choir, and the Barrel of Monkeys Men’s Choir. He would like to thank his mom and girlfriend for encouraging him throughout his experience . He would also like to thank his directors for everything they’ve done for jim but would especially like to thank Mr. Dass for giving him a spot on stage this year.
Logan Smith Portrait Logan Smith (Dance Ensemble) is a Junior at Webster Thomas and she is thrilled to be a part of her 2nd show here. You may have seen her in productions such as “Aida,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Peter Pan Jr.” and many others. She is the President of the Choral Department at Webster Thomas High School along with an active member of the 2019 Board of Directors. She is in the Thomas Select Choir, Chorale, Contrary Motion, and Barbie shop preforming ensembles here at Thomas. She has also taken part in the Nyssma Conference All-State Choir, Area-All-State Choir, the RPO Holiday Pops Choir, and the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Choir. She would like to thank her wonderful cast and crew with a special thanks to her directors for the special opportunities given to her this year, and for a magical show in general. Overall she hopes you enjoy our show.
Lynn Phelps Portrait Lynn Phelps (Dance Ensemble) is a Senior at Thomas High School who was in stage Crew for Thomas’ previous production of “Aida.” Lynn sings in Show Choir, Contrary motion and co-leads the student run a cappella group Barbieshop with Becca Hammock. Lynn is involved in the new visions medical careers program and is a member of National Honors Society. Next year, Lynn will be attending RIT’s physician assistant program. Lynn would like to thank her fellow cast and crew members for making her last show the best one. Also, thank you to all of the teachers and parents who made this show possible.
Nathaniel Peets Portrait Nathaniel Peets (Peasant) is a Sophomore at Thomas H.S. and this is his first musical. Nathaniel sings in ensembles such as Select Choir, Contrary Motion, and also plays bass in the Webster Show Choir. Nathaniel also participates in out of school events such as All-County, Area All-State, RPO Holiday Pops, and various church choirs. Nathaniel would like to thank his family for their support and his community for this opportunity.
Peyton Smith Portrait Peyton Smith (Acting Ensemble) is a Sophomore at Webster Thomas High School and was involved in the Drama Club since middle school, including “Aida” her Freshman year. Peyton played on the JV Girls Soccer team this year, is a High Honor Roll student, and participates in the Yearbook Club, and sings Alto in Chorale. Her highlights of her year include getting to do the rehearsal process for the show all over again and  applying for a summer volunteership at the hospital. Peyton would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support through this journey (and the next!)
Rachael McVeigh Portrait Rachael McVeigh (Dance Ensemble) is a Junior at Thomas High School and this is her first year being involved with the Drama Department. Rachael sings Soprano in the Thomas Select Choir and Voice Class and plays in the Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights of her high school career involve being selected for the New York Conference All-State Women’s Choir and Area All-State Women’s Choir. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support.
Tessa DeGrace Portrait Tessa DeGrace (Catherine/Player) is a Freshman at Thomas H.S. and sings in the Freshman Women’s Concert Choir as well as Contrary Motion, and this year took part in Jr. High Area All-State. She has been in many previous musicals and plays such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Hippolyta), “The Music Man” (Marian) and “42nd Street” (Ethel). She is beyond excited to be a part of this year’s production of “Pippin.” She would like to thank her fellow cast mates for being such great friends, and her family and dogs for being so supportive.
Tristan Altobelli Portrait Tristan Altobelli (Pippin) is a Sophomore at Webster Thomas. He is very excited to be in this years production of “Pippin” and has loved working with this great team of actors, directors, musicians and crew. Tristan is the captain of the JV football team and enjoys skiing and sailing. Tristan has been most recently seen in “Rent”(Roger) at MJT Stages this past December and in last years Webster production of “Aida”(Mereb). He would like to give a special thanks to his family and friends for all of their constant love and support.

Pit Orchestra

Pit Orchestra

Stage Crew

Stage Crew