Center Players

SHOW DATES: MARCH 7 - APRIL 13, 2008

SYNOPSIS: Sarah, totally deaf from birth, unable to speak, works at a school for the Deaf. James, a new teacher arrives at the school and encourages Sarah to learn to speak so that she can function in the world of the hearing. Sarah resists James’s attempts to get her to talk. A romance develops between them. In the end, the divide between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross, but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that can unite as well as divide.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

  MEET THE CAST :

Camille L. Lorello (Sarah Norman) Camille has more than 25 years experience in theatre, 15 of which were spent with the National Theatre of the Deaf, 8 with several Deaf and Hearing community theatres, 1 off-Broadway in Willy Russell’s “Educating Rita” and 1 on Broadway National Tour production of Tony award winning play, “Children of a Lesser God” in 1980 as Lydia. She has had many titles and roles to her credit as an Actor, Artistic Director, Director of NTD’s Professional School, Education and Outreach Director and Master ASL Storyteller. She studied with Philoblus Dance Theatre at the Theatre Institute at Storm King, NY. It was there that she created the title role of “Ophelia” with NTD. Camille has appeared in NBC’s third season, Law and Order, and a variety of PBS productions. She has presented and conducted countless national workshops focusing on the theatre arts, interpreting, and American Sign Language storytelling and its techniques. A true storyteller at heart, Camille has traveled both nationwide and internationally. Most recently, she can be seen in ASLFilms starring as Kate in “Wrong Game.”  Camille is employed at the New Jersey School for the Deaf in W. Trenton as an ASL Literacy Specialist. She has taught several Interpreter Training Programs. She is also an adjunct instructor at Burlington County College Interpreting Training Program at Mt. Laurel, NJ. She is married to Tommy Lorello and resides in Freehold Township with their two pugs. As an ensemble player, Camille is delighted to be part of Center Players this season. Having it all: acting, directing, supervising projects, teaching ASL and a husband, she considers herself very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful and beautiful people in her life.

Christopher Chandonnet (James Leeds) - Adopting the character of “James Leeds” has been an exciting challenge for Chris; one that has opened new windows and provided new opportunities to learn from - and act with - many talented individuals.  Children of a Lesser God is Chris's fifth production with Center Players.  In 2006, he played the thuggish, yet warm-hearted, “Uncle Louie” in Lost in Yonkers.  Earlier, he played the conflicted "Father Raymond" in Avow (2005); the cowardly, violent "Mr. Klemper" in The Boys Next Door (2004); and in late-2004 participated in New Jersey's only staging of Dear George: Letters to the President - a unique reading of open letters to President Bush during the heat of the election campaign.  Previous acting credits, as a member of the Arena Players Repertory Theatre (Long Island's oldest resident professional theatre), include Art; Bell, Book, and Candle; And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little; and The Zoo Story.  When he is not on stage, Chris is an executive speechwriter and corporate communications director for a leading professional services firm.  “May all who enter this wonderful little theater experience what we do: a transformation; an ability to see the world a bit differently than before.”

Matt Dubrow (Orin Dennis) - Matt attends the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Red Bank Regional High School where he majors in Drama and he will be turning 17 on March 11th . Matt has appeared in “Hamlet" in the role of King Claudius at Center Players, “Twelfth Night” as The Fool, “Skin of our teeth” as George Antrobus, and “The Comedy of Errors” as Antipholus of Syracuse all at Red Bank Regional. In addition to being an actor Matt is also a musician and plays over a dozen instruments. He is a big fan of Blues and soul music and along with his younger brother established a Blues Brothers Tribute band that has played all around the jersey shore and as far as Buffalo NY. Aside from that Matt sang lead and played harmonica with many bands including Ray Chew and the Crew (The Apollo Amateur Weds. Night House Band). Matt has performed at the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, The State Theater in New Brunswick, The Count Basie Theater In red bank, and The Stone Pony, along with many other venues. Matt would like to thank all the ASL coaches, cast, crew, family members and friends who helped and supported him in the preparation of the role of Orin. Thanks Jimmy V!!!!!!!
Marty McGrath (Mr. Franklin) - Marty is excited about making his début on Center Players’ stage. He’s had a long retirement from acting since the mid 1980’s when he appeared locally as Mr. Gibbs in “Arsenic and Old Lace” and as Pop in “The Pajama Game”. He describes his experience with the cast and crew as “wonderfully encouraging”. He wants to thank his family and friends for their support, especially his daughter Kelley for her help. Thanks also to Peter A. Stark for his coaching and acting hints. Marty is keeping his options open for future roles at Center Playhouse.

Eva Zeisky (Mrs. Norman) - Eva is very proud to make her Center Players stage debut in this very important work. This multi dimensional play has been a very challenging and rewarding experience.
Eva has studied acting at HB Studios in NYC and recently appeared in the Kelsey Theatre's production of "Miracle on 34th Street."  Special thanks to Charlie Fraser, the cast and crew for their support and hard work. This performance is dedicated to a special lady in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia.

Tracey Hassel (Lydia) - Tracey is a senior at Manalapan High School and will be attending college in New York in the fall. She is very happy to work with Center Players again. Tracey performed in their production of 6 RMS RIV VU during the 2006-2007 season. She also appeared in Blue Collar Blues (Mary Sue), Waiting in the Wings (Deirdre) and Bang Bang You're Dead (one of the deceased). Tracey was also involved backstage at Shrewsbury Players production of Our Town. She is honored to be involved in Children of a Lesser God and will always cherish the experience. Tracey would like to thank the cast and crew of this amazing show for all of their hard work.

Kim Sarnoski (Edna Klein) - Kim is very happy to be back with the Center Player's family again. Kim has previously been seen in "The Mousetrap" as Miss Casewell and "Men are Dogs" as Allison. Kim's other regional credits include "Fiddler on the Roof", "Sound of Music", "And Then There Was None", and "Our Town". Kim would like to thank her family for always loving and supporting her no matter what. To Cass, Noelle, Jen, and Gwen, you girls make life fun. Thanks to Dr. Ann Fahey for making her look and feel like a new woman! Kim studies acting with John Eyd at Actors Training Institute and studies voice with Barbara DeAngelis. To Grandmom, stay strong! We all love you Miss Eddy Flo!

Charlie Fraser - Director - Children of a Lesser God marks Charlie’s return to directing after 24 years, and his Center Player’s directorial debut. Charlie has directed children’s plays previously including “The Wizard of Oz” in Staten Island . Since July 2005 Charlie has been designing sets and lights for many Center Players productions and is happy to be in the directors Chair once again. Charlie has had a long career at Montclair State University working in the Information Technology Department, and has his BA in English and looks forward to pursuing his Masters in Theater. Charlie wishes to thank his lovely wife Mary Beth without whom he would not have been able to undertake this project; the incredible cast and crew he has been blessed with; also, Bernice, Mark, Lou, and the rest of the Center Players board for sharing in and encouraging his vision. Bernice and Lou, I couldn't have better mentors!
Louis Palermo - Co-Director - Since coming to Center Players, Lou has been an actor and director, however, he has been involved in theater for the better part of 30 years. In his first role for South Street Players, at that time located in St. Rose of Lima's gymnasium, Lou played the part of a German mayor in the play Never Too Late, in 1983. He is a member of South Street Players' Board of Directors, and has been involved in numerous productions, as performer, director, producer, stage manager, etc. His is also a board member of Center Players.
Mimi Lichter - Stage Manager - Mimi's first volunteer experience with Center Players was helping with refreshments, set up, serving and ushering. Thanks to Bernice, Mimi became involved with the Real Women Have Curves production as assistant stage manager. Her next adventure was working with the stage crew for Mousetrap. She was stage manager for Hamlet, Lost in Yonkers, and On Golden Pond and assistant stage manager or Visiting Mr. Green. Mimi's home in Center Players is backstage as either Stage Manager or part of the backstage crew. Mimi is a retired Special Education teacher who enjoys gardening, strength training, hiking, speed walking, yoga, playing guitar and traveling. Charlie, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful production. You are a very creative director and I enjoy working with you.

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