Kristin Pacelli (The Witch)
Kristin Pacelli has been involved with Mariposa since its' inaugural production of Schoolhouse Rock: Live!, and has found herself involved with every show that the theater has produced since then, both onstage and off. You may recognize her as Florrie from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 productions of Home, the misunderstood Griselda in Sleeping Beauty, the Queen with a fondness for speaking in rhymes in The Princess and the Pea, among many other roles on the Mariposa stage. Kristin has also performed locally with a number of theaters such as Washington Community Theater, Stage 62, Comtra, 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.
Trisha Holmes (Rapunzel)
Theater credits include ‘Anna’ Frozen Jr., ‘Fiona’ Shrek TYA at the Comtra Theater; ‘Jane’ Peter Pan and Teen Ensemble with PCLO; ‘Little Red’ Into the Woods, ‘Mary Lennox’ The Secret Garden with The Heritage Players; ‘Princess Winnifred’ Once Upon a Mattress Pine-Richland Middle-School; ‘Molly’ Peter and the Star Catcher Pine-Richland High School. Trisha trains at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and is in the Professional Development Program. She has performed in the Emerging Artist Showcase at The Mariposa Theatre. Trisha is a cantor at St. Catherine of Sweden Church and will be entering her Junior Year at Pine- Richland High School where she plays baritone in the Marching Band.
Laura Karner (Baker's Wife)
Laura is a Pittsburgh-based actor, producer, and director. She has been lucky enough to appear in three of Mariposa's cabarets. Other local theatres she has performed with include City Theatre, MTAP, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Paragon Studios, and MRA. As a producer, Laura helmed The Confidential Musical Theatre Project in Pittsburgh. She also produced and directed the local premiere of 35mm. She's a graduate of Randolph College for the Performing Arts.
Clay Glenny (The Baker)
Clay Glenny is very excited to make his Mariposa debut (virtually)! He is a graduate of Robert Morris University, and is currently working on his MBA. Some of his favorite past roles include The Little Mermaid (Ursula), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), The Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter). He thanks Caren and Mariposa for helping to keep the arts alive virtually during this pandemic!
Sabra Michele(Monster Head 1)
Sabra is known for a long career in musical theatre as a dancing leading lady. She started in the DC area (where she met Caren) and went on tour performing for several years. Sabra Michelle has been a Teaching Artist in Wisconsin for the past 5 years, choreographing for Children's Theatre of Madison, Disney Musicals in Schools, Capital City Theatre, and many more. As an actor, she has an extensive musical theatre resume from NYC, DC/VA/MD, PA, and around the world. Favorite credits include: Roxie (CHICAGO), Cassie (A CHORUS LINE), Lola (DAMN YANKEES), and Morticia (ADDAMS FAMILY). Check the archives of your old kid videos to see her in "BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE LIVE!" and check out www.Sabra Michelle.com for more information.
Michael Marra (Monster Head 2)
Michael L. Marra has appeared on Broadway and in the Third National Tour of Les Miserables as the Bishop of Digne/Lesgles and also performed his understudy role of Thenardier over 70 times. He was an originating cast member of the First National Tour of Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and alongside Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara where he played Bisset the Apothecary and understudied Proops, Pool, Glossop, and Stride. After spending 18 years in New York Michael moved back to his home town of Butler, Pa. where he now lives and is raising his family. While here he took part in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of The Producers with Joey Fatone where he played Mr. Marks, Kevin, Jason, Rolf and a host of other characters. He has become a favorite at The Strand Theater in Zelienople starring as Harold Hill in The Music Man, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Bill Sykes in Oliver, Rooster in Annie, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, The King in Big River, and Peron in Evita. He most recently tackled the title role in this past October’s production of Jekyll & Hyde. Michael also performed in several of the Cabarets at Mariposa.Of all his productions he is most proud and grateful for the two he has created with Kelly, his wife of 31 years, their two children Ella and Zach.
Jamal Stone (Prince)
Jamal comes to us from Sun Prairie WI. where he is now a graduate from Sun Prairie High School. He is extremely grateful for directors and staff who are taking a risk to make this work and very thankful for the people who continue to give him guidance to help him learn and grow as an artist and entertainer. That being said, he is also ecstatic to be playing the PRINCE with the Mariposa Theater company. Lastly, He feels very fortunate for the unconditional love and support from his family and friends show him. Even though he found his love for musical theater relatively late, he hopes to become a professional performer. Jamal has performed in numerous productions, his favorite credits include Newsies (Jack), Footloose (Ren M.), and Hairspray (Seaweed).Jamal was recently accepted to Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where he starts in the fall!!
Adam Seligson (Squire)
Adam is excited to be back with all of his friends at Mariposa! You last saw him as the Narrator/Frog/Prince in Sleeping Beauty, and also in last spring's Aladdin's Luck. Adam also appeared in the Mad Libs Cabaret in January. He’s never done this whole virtual theatre thing, but he’s up for trying new things and thinks it’ll be a blasty! He hopes that everyone stays healthy and safe and enjoys the performance!
Jeremy Czarniak (Narrator)
Jeremy holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Point Park University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. He has served on the faculties of Point Park University, Ohio Northern University, Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Robert Morris University. Onstage he has been seen in the Off-Broadway hit Zombies From The Beyond, playing Ozzie in the International 25th Anniversary Tour of On The
Town, A-rab in West Side Story at the MUNY St. Louis, Fred in CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol, numerous shows for Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Wilson in 1776 for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and countless regional productions including his favorite role as Groucho Marx in Groucho - A Life In Revue for which he has twice received mention in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Best Actor category. As a director/choreographer, Jeremy has staged several productions for Point Park University, QM Productions, The Gilbert Theater, The Strand Theater, Robert Morris Colonial Theater, and has choreographed and performed with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh
Pops. Jeremy is currently the Associate Director of Theater Operations at The Strand Theater in Zelienople and has written nearly a dozen original pieces for the company.
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Julie Bermea (Production Stage Manager)
Julie is happy to be returning to Mariposa for their fourth season! She’s excited to continue stage managing for an exciting season of virtual imagination and magic. Thanks to Caren for the opportunity to continue working for a company that brings joy to so many local children and families!
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