THE UGLY DUCKLING!


Víctor M. Aponte (Timothy Turkey)

Victor is ecstatic to be making his Mariposa Theatre debut and to be performing with such a talented cast. He received a BFA in Theatre from Clarion University in 2011. Since then he's worked locally with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Asylum Entertainment, and Throughline Theatre Company. Victor would like to thank Caren for this wonderful opportunity and his family, friends, and mentors for their endless support. Lastly, he’d like to dedicate this run to his college professor, Marilouise “Mel” Michel, who’s light dimmed recently and much too soon.



Jared Bogolea (The Hunter)


Jared is thrilled to be making his Mariposa Children’s Theatre debut and to be able to perform with such a fun and talented cast! He received a BBA from Point Park University in 2017 and recently returned to his native Pittsburgh after living in New York City. He is ecstatic to get back into performing and is looking forward to future shows at Mariposa and other productions within the Pittsburgh theater community.  Jared is grateful to Caren for this chance to return to the stage and for giving him the opportunity to gobble a chicken leg in front of a live audience. He would like to thank his friends and, mostly, his family, for their loving support. He would like to give a shout out to his father and grandfather who he fondly channeled in his role as “The Hunter.”



Valerie Hosler (Zelda)


Valerie Hosler is a character soprano with belt who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Robert Morris University in Early Childhood and Special Education. Most recently, Valerie was seen as Peak in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s outreach production, Goldie Locks and the Three Singing Bears. Some other roles Valerie has sung with Pittsburgh Festival Opera include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Little Red (Little Red Riding Hood), Pig 2 (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs), Gangster 1 (Kiss Me Kate), Sabrina (world premiere of Sabrina Goes to the Moon), and Smokey (Damn Yankees). When Valerie isn’t performing, she works as the Education Assistant for Pittsburgh Festival Opera.



Lola Hughes (Hortense, Queen of the Swans)


Lola Hughes is so excited to be joining Mariposa for the first time! Proud EMC, Lola is originally from Chambersburg PA and has recently graduated from Indiana University of PA with a BA in Theater. While at IUP she was a proud member of Alpha Psi Omega, an honors theater fraternity. Growing up, Lola spent many summers working at Totem Pole Playhouse. First as a camp counselor, then camp assistant director, and finally as an intern. Last summer she worked at Gretna Theatre as part of the Theater for Young Audiences acting interns. This past summer she was a part of the New Renaissance Theater Companies Unrehearsed Shakespeare tour. In her spare time she loves to attend concerts, go on adventures, and watch Friends repetitively.



Kristin Pacelli (CHANCE)


Kristin is thrilled to be continuing her journey with Mariposa TYA after her recent turn as the Queen with a fondness for speaking in rhymes in this past summer's The Princess and the Pea!  She has been involved with Mariposa since its' opening production of Schoolhouse Rock: Live! and has found herself involved with every show that the theater has produced since then, both onstage and off.  When not on the Mariposa stage, Kristin has performed locally with theaters such as Washington Community Theater, Stage 62, and The Strand Theater Initiative.  When she has to set aside playing make-believe, Kristin is also a Junior Benefits Analyst at Dunbar, Bender & Zapf, Inc. Retirement Firm.  Kristin would like to thank Caren for not only giving her the opportunity to continue doing what she loves most, but for challenging her to grow and learn as a performer alongside some truly wonderful people.






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