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Part II: Introducing the Cast of the Dayton Fall Drama ‘Superior Donuts’

Rehearsing: (l-r) Alicea Charlton, Isaiah Williams, Jessica Pica and Brendan O'Brien behind Jessica Credits: Chip Dickson
Harrison Reiher Credits: Chip Dickson
Samantha Tempkin Credits: Chip Dickson
Isaiah Williams Credits: Chip Dickson
Felicity Winter Credits: Chip Dickson
Sarah Zarember Credits: Chip Dickson
Halsey Hall Auditorium Credits: Chip Dickson
Set in progress Credits: Chip Dickson
(l-r) Isaiah Williams and Anthony DeNicolo Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Anthony DeNicolo

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – On Friday and Saturday, November 17 & 18, Jonathan Dayton High School presents its fall drama “Superior Donuts” in the just renovated auditorium.  The play starts at 7 p.m. each night and tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. 

The Jonathan Dayton High School Halsey Hall Auditorium renovation will be done.  The balcony was reinforced and over 100 new seats were put in place.  The main floor was redone and all of the seating will be back in place.  Fixtures were refurbished and renovated, and a new sound system and lighting system are in place. 

The cast is “…very excited about opening the show in the renovated auditorium. “

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The actors said Superior Donuts is “…it is the most topical play we have ever done.”  One of the things they like about the play it is part drama and part comedy.  The funny parts are really genuinely funny and the sad parts are really sad.”

What is the cast doing this week?  They are involved in “Tech Week”.  It involves full rehearsals and means the cast will “…spend more time at Dayton than they do at home.”  Monday was an optional costume day and rehearsals the rest of the week are done in costume.  Last weekend included painting the set.  After Saturday the cast will help convert the set to the one used for the Gaudineer Middle School winter musical Aladdin, Jr. in December.

Cast and Stage Manager Part II

Senior Harrison Reiher plays Arthur Przybyszewski.  Rieher is a junior at Dayton and was lead in last year’s drama, The Nerd for which he was nominated for a Foxy Award for Best Leading Actor in a Comedy.  He was part of the Antigone cast in his freshman year. In the television series on CBS, Judd Hirsch has the role.  On Broadway, Michael McKean had the role.

Josh Silverstein is a junior and plays Luther Flynn, a role played by Robert Maffia on Broadway.  He portrayed Professor Callahan in Dayton’s production of American Idiot and last year he was in Legally Blonde.

Samantha Tempkin is a freshman and is also a member of Luther’s Crew.  This is her Dayton debut.  She is also a fan of the musicals.

Isaiah Williams is a senior and plays Officer James Bailey.  On Broadway the role was played by James Vincent Meredith.  Isaiah was in last year’s drama, The Nerd and he hopes to be a part of future productions.

Felicity Winter is a sophomore and a member of Luther’s Crew.  Last year she was Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde.  She participated in Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory in 2017.

Junior Gabriela Zambrano-Ortegon plays Lady Boyle.  Jane Alderman had the role on Broadway.  Last year’s performance in The Nerd earned her a nomination for a Foxy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.  She was in Antigone during her freshman year.

Freshman Sarah Zarember is a member of Luther’s Crew.  This is her Dayton debut.  She was in the Gaudineer Middle School productions The Little Mermaid, Jr. and Annie, Jr. She says when she is on stage she likes to “…sing, play guitar and write music.”

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