Meet the Theatre Makers

Meet the Cast & Crew for Chicago: Teen Edition

Parsley Ascione (Amos) Parsley is very excited to depot at New Deal as Amos Hart. This was one of the best theater experiences they’ve ever had and can’t wait to do more. Previous roles includes Mean Girls (Ms. Norburry) Spongebob the Musical (Mr. Krabs) and Elf the musical (Deb). They would like to thank their parents for driving them the long distance to rehearsal and their best friend, Eliza, for supporting them and rooting for them over the past few months.

Rory Cafarella (June) Enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse, basketball, dancing, singing and musical theater. Rory is also a certified lifeguard for her part-time job. Favorite roles are Charlie in Willy Wonka Jr. and Cell Block Tango murderess in Chicago.

Blake Dobbins (Amos) This is Blake’s 3rd show at the New Deal. Other roles he has played was the Scarecrow in the wizard of OZ. Sponge-Bob in SpongeBob the musical, and Miles Tuck in Tuck Everlasting. Blake would like to thank his family who always pushed him to be the best he can be. Enjoy the show!!!

Riley Dobbins (Matron ‘Mama’ Morton) is a Junior at F. D. Roosevelt High School and is thrilled to participate in Chicago at the New Deal Creative Arts Center! Riley is no stranger to the stage and has participated in a number of shows both at New Deal and at F.D.R. Her past productions include: Fiddler on the Roof as Chava, Clue: On Stage as Mrs. White, Tuck Everlasting as Mae Tuck, and Holiday Inn as Linda Mason. She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, Aimee, and brothers Blake and Brady for their hard work and support, directors Teresa and Krista for their leadership throughout, her voice teacher Nancy Auffarth for her constant encouragement, and her cast mates who have worked incredibly hard to create a fantastic show! Enjoy the show! 

Olivia Giammatteo (Roxie Hart) Olivia is a freshman at FDR High School. This is her 4th production with New Deal Creative Arts and she is very excited to be performing as Roxie Hart. A few of her favorite roles include Winnie Foster in Tuck Everlasting, Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls, and Jenna Rolan in Be More Chill.She would like to thank Teresa, as well as her castmates who continue to support her throughout the rehearsal process. Enjoy the show!!

Sienna Guzik (Judge) has been in 4 shows such as Frozen Jr., Fiddler On The Roof, The Christmas That Almost Got Canceled, and Dear Edwina. She has worked with New Deal and Leaders By Choice (LBC). She loves music and dance as well. She loves the community and hopes to do more with the company.

Gianna Iorio (Reporter) is in her 16th show and is excited to be in Chicago! She was recently in Seussical Kids as Gertrude McFuzz. She would like to thank her mom, dad, brothers and Teresa and Krista. Enjoy the show and all that jazz!

Tommy Iorio ( Billy Flynn) is very excited to be performing in Chicago as Billy Flynn! He is a Junior at FDR High School. Past Roles include The Lion in The Wizard of Oz (TWICE!), Constable Joe in Tuck Everlasting, and Colonel Mustard in CLUE. He wants to thank his loving family, including his fellow cast mate, his sister Gianna! He hopes you all enjoy this RAZZLE DAZZLE of a show, and remember, All he cares about is love!

Charlie Knickerbocker (Kitty) Charlie is so happy to be playing the role of Kitty in her first show with New Deal. This is their 5th show. She has done Clue, SpongeBob the Musical, Night of the Macabre, and Wizard of Oz at FDR high school. She is so honored to be here with all these amazing actors. Charlie would like to thank her parents for allowing her to do this and driving her back and forth, her friends for supporting and encouraging her, and finally all the people behind the stage who worked so hard on sets, directing, lighting, sound, and everything that made this possible.

Reagan Pemberton (Ensemble #8/3 reporter) has been in many shows including the Addams Family, Tuck Everlasting, The Little Mermaid Jr,Annie Jr,. Her two favorite Broadway Shows are Hamilton and Six. She would like to welcome you to CHICAGO. She hopes you enjoy the show, so, sit back and relax and enjoy the show. She would like to thank her parents for giving her a ride to and from rehearsals even in rough times.

Kate Schaffer (Velma/ Annie) is thrilled to be in the production of Chicago! Past roles include Alice by Heart (Caterpillar 2), Heathers (Ms Fleming), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), The Oyster Diver (integrity Jake), Carrie (Margaret), Tuck Everlasting (Man in the Yellow Suit), Grease (Roger) and Almost, Maine (Rhonda). She would like to say a big thank you to her amazing cast and crew, who helped put this production together. Thank you Teresa and Krista for being an amazing Director and music director, and for putting up with all of our silly ideas and griddying. And she would like to say thank you to her wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Sisters, for always supporting her and having her back, “You’re all Lovely!”

Rebecca Schaffer (Roxie/Mona) is overjoyed to be able to be apart of this production! Past roles include Into The Woods (Little Red Riding Hood), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Shrek the musical Jr (Teen Fiona), High School Musical (Kelsi). She wants to thanks the cast and crew, for making this production amazing and thanks to Teresa and Krista for putting this show together! She sends a very special thanks to her Mother, Grandmother, and sisters for always supporting her! 

Haley Staples (Clerk) is twelve years old and she’s in her eighth production. She was Horton the Elephant in Seussical Kids and Aaron in Fiddler on the Roof. She is so excited to put on this show! Who needs flowers when you have jazz!!