CAST BIOS

William Ackerman (Train Conductor/Constable Locke) 

William is 24 years old, a graduate of West Chester University (2020 BA English Minor Business and Technical Writing and Professional Education), and a Collections Account Manager at Barclays Bank in Wilmington, Delaware. Recent credits include Avenue Q (Princeton), Les Miserables (Joly), Shrek (Humpty Dumpty), and Footloose (Bickle). William would like to thank the directors of the show for giving him the opportunity to return to the stage after a 6-year long hiatus. He would also like to thank his friends, family, and church for their support in every area of life and for coming to see him. He is thankful to have the opportunity to play a new role in a play he performed in middle school and hopes audiences will take the show's message of open-mindedness and expanding your horizons to heart.

 

Sophie Aguilar (Amaryllis)

Sophie is a 12-year-old student attending Valley Forge Middle School. Some of her performing credits include The Little Mermaid Jr. (Flounder), The Addams Family (Pugsley), Broadway in Berwyn (soloist), and Bye Bye Birdie (Alice/Mayor’s wife). When not performing Sophie enjoys dancing, art, birding, and spending time at the beach. Sophie currently studies voice with Nick Harmantzis and is very grateful for his guidance, support, and mentorship. Additionally, Sophie would like to thank Ms. Lauren McComas, Mr. Matt Josbena Mr. Nick Burbo, and Ms. Lauren Bristow for this amazing opportunity to perform at SALT for the very first time. She would also like to thank all the stage managers and crew. Sophie appreciates her Mom, Dad, and grandparents for supporting her throughout her journey in the performing arts. See you in River City!
 

Madelyn Ahlmer (Ensemble)

Madelyn, a rising freshman at CPFA & USP, is thrilled to return to River City. The Music Man was Madelyn’s very first full-length musical, which she performed in 5th grade with Henderson High School. Past credits include Oliver! (ensemble) at CPFA, Newsies (Mush/dance captain) at Revival, Newsies (Elmer/dance captain) and Anything Goes (Angel/Estelle) at Stagelight, and Annie (orphan ensemble/dance captain) at SALT.  Madelyn trains in ballet, pointe, tap, modern, lyrical, jazz, musical theatre, and performance group team at Time to Leap, studies voice with Monica Pica, and plays violin and piano. Many thanks to her family and to the SALT team. 

 

Owen Ahlmer (Child Ensemble/ Gracie Shinn u/s)

Owen, age 10, is a rising 4th grader at Mary C Howse and is ready to rebuckle his knickerbockers BELOW THE KNEE in this fantastically fun show! Past credits include Grieving Aaron (Henry) with Artifact Productions in Manayunk, A Christmas Carol the Musical (Tiny Tim) and Matilda the Musical (Nigel) at Steel River Playhouse, Newsies (Les) at SALT’s Stagelight, and Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. (George) at West Chester Studio. Owen, as one does in River City, likes POOL TABLES, in addition to karate, dance, tumbling, piano, cello, singing, Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Legos. Owen thanks Monica Pica for her awesome voice and acting coaching, the Music Man team for this exciting opportunity, and his family for their super fandom. 

 

Emma Arruda (River City Ensemble)

Emma Arruda, a rising sophomore at Conestoga High School, is a member of both the Cantata and Chorale choirs and performed in Conestoga's musical Anastasia (Ensemble) this past spring. She has participated in various local theater programs such as Matilda at UMLY, the Prom Cabaret, and Broadway in Berwyn Christmas at Footlighter’s Theater. Emma is currently studying voice with teacher Nick Harmantzis and had the opportunity to not only participate in the Community Through Song camps Including the Little Mermaid (Ursula) last summer where she also served as an accompanist. In addition to theatre, and choir, Emma has studied piano for 10 years. Emma would like to thank her family for all their love and support.

 

Ally Borgstrom (Marian Paroo)

Ally, a musical theater graduate from DeSales University, is thrilled to be returning to SALT in The Music Man! Previous SALT credits include Seussical (Gertrude) and Shrek: The Musical (Fiona). Regional credits include Hitler’s Tasters (Margo) and Turning (Mary) at Centenary Stage Co, Cinderella (Cinderella) and Beauty & the Beast (Babette) at The Growing Stage, as well as numerous productions at The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), The Little Mermaid (The Little Mermaid), and many more. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, the production staff for their incredible creativity, dedication, and direction, and everyone involved in The Music Man for helping to bring this beautiful story to life. Lastly, she would like to thank her leading man in life and on stage, Ryan. “There was love all around but I never heard it singing, no I never heard it all, till there was you”

 

Isabelle Buddock (Ensemble) 

Isabelle is excited to make her SALT mainstage debut. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and currently takes various classes and is a member of the Performance Team at Time to Leap. Some favorite credits include Into the Woods (Ensemble) at Barley Sheaf, Legally Blonde Jr. (Kate) at Peirce Middle School, Newsies (Specs) at Revival Productions, Hairspray Jr. (Shelly) at Stagelight, and Music Man (Kids’ Ensemble) at Henderson High School. Isabelle would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her. She would like to thank Ms. Lauren, Mr. Nick, and Mr. Matt for this opportunity and for your dedication to this production. Isabelle sends a big thank you to the cast and crew for making this an amazing experience!

 

Orlando Campos Cruz (River City Ensemble): 

Orlando is very excited to perform in his first Main Stage show at SALT! Entering his sophomore year at Conestoga High School, he looks forward to another year of participating in the school choir and theater programs. Earlier this year, he joined the cast of Grease (Danny Zuko) at StageLight. Other recent credits include The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric) and Anastasia (Featured Dancer). He would like to thank the welcoming cast and crew as well as his parents for their endless love and support. 

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Mark Dungan (Oliver Hix)

Mark is very happy to be making his third appearance in a SALT production. Mark had a fantastic experience in SALT’s production of Elf (Walter Hobbs) and Shrek (Big Bad Wolf & Shrek U/S) after having jumped back into theatre after a decade-long sabbatical. He started performing in shows with his daughters. Some of his favorite roles include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Levi/Potipher), Aida (Zoser), and A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig). Mark would not be able to do this without the loving support of his wife, Diane, and his family who have encouraged and supported him throughout all of his theatrical adventures. Mark would also like to extend a thank you to the production staff for giving him the opportunity to participate in Music Man.

 

Theresa Forcellini (Ethel Toffelmeier) 

Theresa is thrilled to make her SALT debut and break her post-2020 performing hiatus with this fabulous production. In the before times, she played some not-quite-Disney-Princesses in shows like Greg Bank's Snow White with the Barley Sheaf Players and Into the Woods with Bravo Theater Company. Nowadays, she's behind the scenes with a certain local company specializing in quality, value, and convenience, and her voice can be heard in the promotion of J.W Pepper sheet music. Theresa sends her thanks to this stellar cast and crew, and in a special way thanks/sends her love to her wonderful parents, her sister Lisa, house & hype squad extraordinaires Liz and James, her Q crew, and her teachers.

 

Shamus Halloran  (Mayor Shinn)

Shamus Halloran is from Chester County, PA. In 2011 he received a BA in Performing Arts, from East Stroudsburg University. Shamus has been singing and acting since early childhood. This is Shamus he is thrilled to be a part of the SALT Family. Previous shows with SALT include Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Maurice), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Potiphar/Naphtali), Titanic the Musical (Pitman/ The Major), Newsies (Synder), Godspell (Ensemble), Willy Wonka (Phineous Trout), Shrek the Musical (Lord Farquaad) as well as co-hosting for the SALT fundraiser, The O'l Fashioned Variety Show. Shamus was also in Sweeny Todd (Ensemble) at Steel River Playhouse. Throughout his acting career, Shamus' favorite roles have been Blythe Spirit (Dr. Bradman), Funny Thing...Forum (Marcus Lyocs), Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), and Oliver! (Fagan). He would like to thank his wife, friends, and family for all their love and support. Thanks to the cast and crew, the citizens of River City who made this experience incredible.  

 

Matilyn Houpt (Gracie Shinn/Amaryllis u/s)

Matilyn “Mati” is a nine-year-old from West Chester. She is excited to return to the SALT Main Stage. Prior credits include Shrek (young Fiona u/s, Ensemble), Elf (Santa’s Elf, Ensemble), and Frozen, Jr. (Little Elsa) at SALT. When not on stage, Mati enjoys spending time reading, indulging in a craft project, snuggling with her dog, Hamilton, or singing and dancing with her bestie, Emilia. Mati would like to thank the production staff for the opportunity to be part of this amazing performance and to her vocal coach, Mike Toolan, for his support and training. And lastly, she would like to thank her family for their unwavering support with taxi rides, for enduring her life in constant song, and for watching her shine on stage. Mati hopes you have a wonderful time watching the Wells Fargo wagon stroll into town!


 

Ashlyn Kelsey (Ensemble/Zaneeta u/s) 

Ashlyn is an 8th grader at Pennbrook Middle School and is excited to take part in her first SALT show! This is going to be Ashlyn’s 25th show. Recent performance highlights include Newsies (Race), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), Annie (Annie), Lion King (Young Simba), Matilda (Matilda), and Little Mermaid (Arista). Ashlyn would like to thank the amazing production staff for helping us put on this show. She would also like to thank all her friends and family for all the support but especially her Mom and Dad for always reminding her that she can do this! 

 

Makena Kelsey (Ensemble)

Makena is beyond excited to be a part of another amazing show at SALT. She is also excited to share the stage with her mom, Tracy, and sister, Ashlyn! Some of Makena‘s recent credits include Newsies (Jack Kelly), Little Mermaid (Ursala), Lion King (Rafiki), and Frozen (Queen Iduna/Elsa Understudy). Makena will also be the assistant choreographer in an upcoming production of Wizard of Oz at Creative Edge Center for the Arts. Makena would like to thank Ms. Lauren, Mr. Matt, and everyone on and off stage for their kindness and all their hard work and dedication. 

Tracy Kelsey (Alma Hix/Mrs. Paroo u/s)

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Tracy Kelsey is the co-owner and creative director at Creative Edge Center for the Arts. Tracy received her B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in jazz dance performance. Tracy continues to be a student in the dance world and has been certified in the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus for beginner through advanced students. She currently is an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University teaching Ballet. Tracy has taught throughout the tri-state area at various studios as a full-time faculty member and guest artist. She has choreographed and performed with Zakarak Production Company, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Nokia Theater, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Tracy has had the pleasure of presenting her work as an independent choreographer in many local dance showcases including the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Convergence Modern Dance Festival. Tracy is the choreographer for Central High School’s Musical Theater program.  This is Tracy’s first production with SALT! She was inspired to audition by her two daughters and is excited to share the stage with them as well as this amazing community of performers. Tracy wants to thank the production team for this opportunity.

 

Emily Leiboff (River City Ensemble) 

Emily is thrilled to be returning to the SALT Performing Arts stage in The Music Man! Her previous SALT credits include Annie (Orphan Ensemble), Beyond the Walls:  Kids on Broadway concert, and a SALT Cooped Up Cabaret. Emily’s other credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Children’s Chorus), High School Musical Jr. (Martha), Descendants: The Musical (Fairy Godmother), Peace, Love, and Cupcakes (Jenna), and Seussical Jr. (Ensemble) at Dutch Apple/Prather Productions; Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Mother, Granny, u/s Cinderella), and Les Misérables (Ensemble) at Barley Sheaf Players; Peter Pan (Wendy) at Town and Country Players; and Guys and Dolls (Ferguson, u/s Adelaide) at the Wilson Theater Company. She recently attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) 2022 musical theatre intensive. Emily would like to thank Lauren M., Matt, Lauren B., and Nick for this opportunity and the entire production team for bringing this epic production to the SALT stage! Additional thanks to the cast and crew for making this another incredible SALT experience! And, finally, thanks to her family for always supporting her as she pursues her theatre dreams!

 

Lily Lexer (Ensemble) 

Lily is 13 years old and an 8th grader at Saint Patrick School Malvern. She is thrilled to be returning to SALT in The Music Man. Other recent credits include Frozen Jr. (Anna) and Shrek the Musical (Peter Pan) at SALT Performing Arts. Lily has also performed in A Christmas Carol (Ensemble) and Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs) at People’s Light Theatre and Fun Home (Small Alison) and Ragtime (Little Girl) at the Arden Theatre. Lily enjoys studying dance at the Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts, voice at the Willson Vocal Academy, and acting at the Upper Main Line YMCA and SALT Performing Arts. She is so excited to join this amazing cast and crew.

Dylan Loraw (Tommy Djilas)

Dylan is super excited to be performing in Music Man here at SALT!  His favorite credits include the 2020 National Tour of Finding Neverland (Peter), Billy Elliot (Billy Elliot), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Elf (Micheal), Sweeney Todd (Tobias Raggs), Sight and Sound’s Jesus and Jonah (Young Jesus, Young Jonah), and most recently Mamma Mia! (Sky). Dylan would like to thank both the Ms. Laurens, and Mr. Matt for the chance to dance in such a classic show with such a talented cast! Thanks to everyone offstage for making it all come together. You guys are all amazing! Shine bright!

Paul Mansfield (Olin Britt)

Paul began his acting career at age 9 in 1967-68 when he appeared as Kevon in Carl Reiner's Broadway comedy Something Different. After law school, he was in New York University's production of Showboat (Captain Andy). He has also appeared in productions on many local stages, including The Walnut Street Theatre (Alexander and the Terrible...Day), The Prince Theatre (Dreamgirls), The South Camden Theatre Company's production of Abigail (Devil and Judge Sewall), the Knauer Theatre's production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Reverend Hopkins ), The Levoy Theatre's production of Guys & Dolls (Lt  Brannigan), The Forge Theatre's production of Guys & Dolls (Arvide), The Footlighters production of West Side Story (Officer Krupke ), Oklahoma (Jud Fry)  at Longwood Gardens and Washington Crossing Park, and The Music Man (Marcellus ) at the open-air theatres at Longwood Gardens.  He has also done background work on many television shows and movies, including Saturday Night Live, The Sopranos, and Law & Order. Paul is a graduate of Rutgers College (summa cum laude) and New York University School of Law. 

 

Katherine Martin (Maud Dunlap) 

Katherine is a freelance photographer, writer, and illustrator—which is a long-winded way of saying that, until she moved to Pennsylvania in the spring of 2022 to nanny her baby niece, she was unemployed. Though the move from Dexter, Michigan to Chester Springs was temporary, and she hadn’t been on the stage in over seven years, she couldn’t resist auditioning for one of her favorite shows when she saw that SALT would be putting on The Music Man. Credits from a childhood spent in the theater include The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Snow White (Doc), Seussical The Musical (Horton), and The Music Man (Teen Ensemble). She can’t wait to be a part of this show again and perform it with a whole new perspective—and she is incredibly thankful for every single person involved in bringing River City to life.  


Wesley McComas (Townsperson/Winthrop Understudy) 

Wesley is thrilled to be part of River City at SALT! His previous credits include Winnie the Pooh (Christopher Robin), Shrek Jr (Young Shrek), Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Children's Ensemble), Annie Kids (Sandy the Dog), Aladdin Kids (Abu the Monkey), and SALT's Got Talent (Featured Soloist). Wesley loves dance parties and soccer, and he dreams of playing for The Philadelphia Union someday. He wants to thank Matt Josbena, Lauren Bristow, and Nick Burbo for giving him this opportunity and "being the coolest and best directors."


Andrew McDonald (Ewart Dunlop)

Andrew has been on the stage since he was 9, being a saxophonist and tuba player for over a decade. Recent acting credits include Roger Dunbar in his high school’s production of Footloose, and he recently participated in the pit orchestra of the Addams Family Musical also for his high school drama company. Andrew would like to thank his family for their outpouring of support, and he would like to thank the cast and crew of The Music Man for putting in so much hard work to tell this American classic. 

Wendy Mirto (Mrs. Paroo)

Wendy would like to dedicate her performance to the beautiful and talented Alicia Huppman and her family. This is Wendy's 5th SALT production and she couldn't

be more proud. It is always wonderful to be a part of a loving and welcoming theater community and it doesn't hurt that the productions here at SALT are always top-notch. This past summer, Wendy directed Boeing Boeing at Facetime Theatre as well as a two-week kids workshop for Lion King Kids at Firebird Theatre. She was last seen on stage in ELF the Musical where she had the pleasure of playing Greenway and had so much fun as a dancing Santa! Other favorite roles include The Secret Garden (Mrs. Medlock), Steel Peer (Shelby Stevens), Lost in Yonkers (Bell), and so many more. Wendy would like to thank her husband, Clem, for his constant love and understanding.

 

Maggie Murtha (Ensemble) 

Maggie is thrilled to have her first opportunity to work with SALT! A recent graduate of Immaculata University, Maggie’s recent credits include directing and participating in two musical revues, She Kills Monsters (Kaliope), Bright Star (Ensemble/Daddy Murphy u/s), and The Crucible (Susanna Walcott). She would like to thank the entire cast and crew for making her first show at SALT such a great experience, and she would especially like to thank her parents and family for their unending support.

 

Aubrie Nooney (Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn) 

Aubrie is making her debut at SALT after a lengthy hiatus from performing on stage. Aubrie has been a featured soloist in choirs, weddings, and performed roles in high school, college, and local theater productions. Her past credits include Godspell and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Aubrie is very thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented and welcoming cast and crew on this delightful show. Aubrie would also like to thank John, her wonderful family, friends,  and especially her “Bubble Family,” for all their support.

 

Elle Price (Ensemble)

Elle is 15 and goes to Henderson High School. She loves musical theater and public speaking, but most of all she loves this amazing production of The Music Man! Some of her recent credits include Mamma Mia! (Sophie Sheridan), Grease (Patty Simcox), Into the Woods (Lucinda), Bye Bye Birdie (Alice), and the Meredith and Walton Spring Speaking Contest where she came in second place. Elle would like to thank Matt Josbena, Lauren Bristow, Nick Burbo, her voice teacher, Monica Pica, and everyone else who contributed to this amazing show! Thank you for visiting River City!

 

Kai Quimbo (Winthrop)  

Kai is 11 years old and will be in 6th grade in the fall, at the Haverford School. He is so excited to be taking the stage at SALT for the first time! Some of his recent credits include Willy Wonka Jr. (Mr. Bucket/Mike Teavee), Addams Family (Pugsley), Jungle Book Kids (Mowgli), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jr. (Bumble/King Moonracer), and Frozen Jr. (Weselton). He would like to thank Ms. Lauren M., Mr. Matt, Ms. Lauren B, and Mr. Nick for believing in him and giving him this opportunity. He also would like to thank his vocal coaches Stephen & Jami Green and Alexa Wilder, and his parents for always being there to support him.

 

Jessica Reagan (Mrs. Squires/Alma Hix u/s) 

Jessica is excited to be back for her second show at SALT!  She was last seen in Arts and Athletics Club’s production of The Artist (Kira). Past favorite shows include Tree of Prosperity (Queen Valerie), Oliver! (Mrs. Sowerberry), and Singin’ in the Rain (Ensemble). In her free time, she can be found researching elaborate recipes that she promises she will one day make. Equally likely, she can be found in a cozy chair with a book. She sends a big thank you to the wonderful cast and crew for their hard work on this production. Finally, Jessica would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, she couldn’t have done it without you!

Christopher Ryan (Harold Hill) 

Christopher is a proud graduate of DeSales University and is thrilled to be returning to SALT after playing Mr. Mayor in Seussical. Christopher’s other favorite credits include Biloxi Blues, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Diary of Anne Frank. He would like to thank the entire production staff, his amazingly talented cast, and his family for their continuous support. This production is particularly special for him as he gets to fall in love with his fiancé, Ally, all over again with each performance. She is a dream partner, both on stage and off, and he is having the time of his life! 

 

Emily Starke (Zaneeta Shinn) 

Emily is thrilled to be part of SALT’s production of The Music Man! Recent performing highlights include Frozen Jr. (Bulda and Anna u/s), High School Musical (Sharpay Evans), Into The Woods Jr. (Little Red), and Newsies (Race). Emily would like to give a huge thank you for the support from her family, vocal coach Ms. Emily, and so many more! Also, a very big thank you to Matt, Lauren B, Nick, Lauren M, and the rest of the crew for being such an inspiring creative team as well as to the whole cast for being a warm and loving family!!

Kayla Velásquez (Ensemble/Mrs. Squires u/s) 

Kayla is so excited to be in her first show at SALT. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Lancaster Bible College in 2020, where she appeared in LBC’s production of Sight and Sound’s Ruth (Naomi U/S, ensemble), The Magic Flute (Spirit boy), and Mary Poppins (ensemble). Prior to that, she was a part of various theatre productions at Montgomery County Community College such as A Lie of the Mind (Sally), Fuddy Meers (Gertie), and Reckless (2nd Doctor). She also loves working backstage and has assistant stage managed for Jekyll and Hyde at Prima Theatre and Slip/Shot at Montgomery County Community College. Kayla is incredibly grateful to be part of a show with such a wonderful group of people and would like to thank everyone involved for making it such an awesome experience. She would also like to thank all of her friends, family, and mentors past/present for their continuous support and involvement in her growth as a performer. And most of all, she is grateful to God for such a cool opportunity.

Joe Wadlinger (Charlie Cowell)

Joe is thrilled to be an official member of the unofficial SALT Repertoire Acting Company with this, his TENTH Main Stage show!  Previous credits include Elf The Musical (Santa), Singin' in the Rain (RF Simpson), Willy Wonka (Mr. Salt), The Crucible (Judge Hathorne), and Titanic (Edgar Beane). Joe is grateful to God for the gifts given to him.  And Joe's heartfelt thanks go out to everyone:  Family, friends, fellow actors, musicians, crew, and you, the audience. This show wouldn't be possible without all of you so, THANK YOU!! Now, sit back, relax and get ready to be transported to a more innocent time in middle America. Music Man is awash in nostalgia so, let yourself bathe in its remembrances.

 

John Williams (Jacey Squires) 

John is so thankful to be performing on the SALT stage again so soon! Some favorite credits include Seussical (Horton),  Rent (Benny), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony). John is an alum and current grad student of West Chester University and teaches elementary general music, band, and strings in the Abington School District. When given the opportunity, John also loves to music-direct productions in the area. You may have seen his musical direction of Newsies, Pippin, or Nunsense at Steel River Playhouse. John would like to thank his fellow citizens of River City, especially his fellow quartet members, for being supportive and making this experience very fun and memorable. Enjoy the show!

 

Zachary Zalis (Marcellus Washburn) 

Zachary is thrilled to be returning to the SALT stage in The Music Man. A graduate of Fordham University (B.A. Theatre and Communications), Zachary’s favorite past credits include Seussical (General Schmitz/Wickersham Brother #3), Matilda (Mr. Wormwood), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Player), Into the Woods (Lucinda), As You Like It (Corin/Hymen), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Bazzard), Chess (Molokov), 12 Angry Jurors (Juror #5), and multiple professional roles with Without A Cue Productions LLC. As a vocalist, he has performed in a number of local cabarets, choirs, and as a church cantor/soloist. He wants to thank Lauren McComas, Matt, Lauren Bristow, Nick, Shannon, Anton, and the incredible cast, crew, and production team who has made this show such a wonderful experience. Much love to his family, friends, and most especially, his wonderful parents for their constant love and support. Peace and Love!