KENILWORTH, NJ - The opening night for the musical "Mamma Mia!" performed by C.A.S.T. was Thrsday August 1, at David Brearley High School. Presented by the Community Actor's Student Theatre, there are two days left to see the production. There will be a performance today and tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 advanced and $15 at the door.
C.A.S.T. is a community theatre for community members in Union County New Jersey that is dedicated to education and appreciation of the arts. C.A.S.T. is a non-profit organization that produces one show a year and welcomes anyone who is interested to join the group. Every summer students are able to learn all about theatre both on stage and off in this community building experience. Director and former C.A.S.T. Corey Pinto says, "we believe that theatre should be accessible to not only the cast but to the community. I started C.A.S.T. when I was a little kid and it really gave me an outlet to do something that I love to do. Because of C.A.S.T. I decided to pursue music as my career, and it’s because of C.A.S.T. that I am a music teacher. We like that C.A.S.T. is a family environment and we love to see the kids grow up and come back every year!"
Leah Marabella plays the lovable role of Sophie. She started C.A.S.T. five years ago working as a tech backstage. The first show she auditioned for was Legally Blonde and she played the fabulous role of Paulette. She will be entering Columbia College of Chicago as a freshman and plans on majoring in musical theater with a minor in journalism. What Leah loves about C.A.S.T. is that “the group is very supportive and we all help each other. There is no competition.”
Andrea Gaines is thrilled to play the role of Tonya. She is a student at Union County College and also choregraphs the musicals at David Brearley High School every year. What she loves about C.A.S.T. is “I enjoy the environment and feel I can talk to anyone in the show.”
The show is directed by Corey Pinto with James Chwalyk as music director, and choreography by Alicia Wiecenski.
For more information please see the C.A.S.T. website at www.castinfo.org.