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CAST BIOS

Samantha Aitken (Tricia/Backstage singer)

Samantha is excited to be making her SALT debut as the girl who's "got to get this job"! She is currently lucky enough to be working at a job she enjoys in Kennett Square after graduating from Villanova University last year. Some of her favorite prior show experiences include Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Urinetown (Mrs. Millenium), All Shook Up (Lorraine), and co-directing Assassins at Villanova Student Musical Theatre. This show has been a great way for Sam to get back onto the stage after a brief time away, made even better by the fact that she's performing alongside her two (very talented) roommates, Emily and Daniel! She would like to thank the whole cast and crew for being so welcoming and supportive and commend them for pouring their hearts into every aspect of this show. Sam would also be remiss not to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support. 

 

Chelsea Barnett (Choreographer/Bobbie)

Chelsea is thrilled to be taking the SALT stage once again this season, dancing her heart out in one of her absolute DREAM shows! She was most recently seen as the fabulous Sharpay Evans in the adult cast of High School Musical, and even made a short appearance as a Lucy's Girl in Jekyll & Hyde. Some of her other favorite performance credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II Puppeteer), Almost, Maine (Deena), RENT (Maureen), Heathers (Stoner Chick), Spring Awakening (Anna), The Tempest (Ariel), and Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet). Chelsea is a graduate of West Chester University holding a BA in Musical Theatre & Dance and works as the Resident Stage & Venue Manager and Director of Stagelight here at SALT. She would like to thank her incredible ACL production team for all of their hard work and encouragement while she's been working double duty and her loving friends and family in this community for their endless support. 

 

Genevieve Bruce (Judy) 

Genevieve is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in one of her lifelong dream shows, especially on the SALT stage! Some of her favorite theatrical credits include Matilda (Mrs. Wormwood),  Footloose (Ariel Moore), Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), and West Side Story (Anybodys). She would like to thank the production team for giving her the chance to perform in such a beautiful production. She is also forever grateful to her parents, siblings, extended family, and friends for always supporting and believing in her. 

 

Hannah Cohen (Valerie Clark) 

Hannah is always honored to be back on the SALT stage in what is now her TENTH production at SALT! The other nine include Matilda: The Musical (Acrobat), Singin’ in the Rain (Ensemble), Evita (Ensemble), 12 Chairs (Louise), and Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy u/s and Ensemble). Hannah also enjoys working as a choreographer and dance teacher at SALT’s Stagelight University (Newsies, Grease, High School Musical, Addams Family, Cats, Legally Blonde). This musical is particularly close to my heart and I am so grateful to the whole production team for their passion, joy, and love. 

Chelsea Delgado-Merz (Diana Morales)

Chelsea couldn’t be more excited back on the SALT main stage for the first time since 2017. She is a graduate of Rider University (2015) with a degree in Musical Theatre. Chelsea is proud to be able to have the opportunity in this show to honor her Puerto Rican heritage, in memory of her dad. All the love to her mom, husband, and puppy for their endless support. This one’s for you, Dad! 

Katy Engelman (Dawn)

Katy is very excited to be back on the SALT stage with so many friends for A Chorus Line! Some favorite previous appearances at SALT include White Christmas (Rita), Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda/Ensemble), and Footloose (Ensemble). Katy is a recent graduate of West Chester University, where she studied Early Childhood Education and Dance. Katy would like to thank Lauren, Sandi, Nick, and Chelsea for giving her this opportunity to perform at SALT again, her teachers and mentors for helping her to develop her craft, and her friends and family for supporting her through this journey.

 

Becca Futty (Laurey)

 Rebecca is excited to retake the SALT stage in her first role since the shutdown. She has always loved theater and dance, so much so that she went and got a degree in it. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, with a Minor in Dance from West Chester University. Some of her past roles include The Crucible (Reverend Hale), Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew), Miracle on 34th Street (Tamany), and Cabaret (Helga). She has also worked as a director and choreographer over the past twelve years both in community theater and the educational sector. Some favorite past projects include Les Mis (StagelightU, choreographer), Godspell (SALT, co-director & choreographer), Pippin (Cabrini University, choreographer), Into the Woods (Downingtown East H.S., Asst. Director), and Big Fish (Upper Merion Area H.S., Asst. Director). She would like to thank the entire production team for their hard work and mentorship, the cast for their kindness and encouragement, and her family for their endless love and support. Special shout out to her mom and husband for watching the kids while she was at rehearsals! They enabled her to achieve her dream of dancing again onstage.

Daniel Gorman (Mark Anthony)

Daniel is feeling singularly sensational getting to perform in this iconic show! A recent graduate of Villanova University, he is so grateful to have the opportunity to do what he loves in such a wonderful theater community! Favorite shows include Jekyll & Hyde (Lord Savage), Matilda the Musical (Rudolpho), Singin' in the Rain (Cosmo Brown), and Seussical (Cat in the Hat). Gracious thanks to Lauren, Sandi, Chelsea, Nick, Val, Drew, and the whole production team for creating an incredibly supportive & fun environment while learning such challenging material, and the cast for being the best pals on earth! You are ALL the One! Special shoutout to his roomies Sam and Emily - what a special experience for us to share together! Philippians 4:13.

 

Heather Kalkiewicz (Lois/Backstage Vocalist) 

Heather is so excited to be a part of this triple threat cast. Precious favorite credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Lady Beaconsfield), Shrek (Mad Hatter/ Ensemble), The Secret Garden (Alice), CATS (Jennyanydots), and Titanic (Kate Murphey). Heather would like to thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work and dedication in making this production another sensational experience.


Maximus Klevence (Richie)

Maximus is super hyped to be in his first SALT show!! This show is filled with so much energy, it’s contagious!! Some of his previous favorite roles include Honk Jr, (Father Swan), Misanthrope (Oronte), and The Shoehine Box (Vincent). He has also been in many dance performances, such as Tappin’ Thru Life with Maurice Hines, Something’s A Foot Tap Dance Showcase, and the Uniting Colleges Through Tap Concerts. Maximus would like to thank everyone for being so kind and helpful during the entire rehearsal process. He would also like to thank his mother and little brother for being the most supportive people ever!!

 

Bailey Knipe (Kristine)

Bailey is thrilled to be performing in one of her dream shows.  She was last seen at SALT as one of Lucy’s Girls in Jekyll and Hyde. Some other favorite performances include High School Musical Adult Cast (Martha), All Shook Up (Sandra), Gypsy (Agnes), Anything Goes (Virtue), and Seussical (Mayzie). She would like to thank the production staff for their incredible hard work and for trusting her with this challenging role. She’d also like to thank her family and friends for their support and love. Enjoy the show!

 

Michael Mann (backstage vocalist)

Michael is thrilled to be returning to the SALT stage for this amazing production. He was last seen in SALT's production of Jekyll and Hyde (Spider/Sir Archibald Proops) and will be performing in Footlighters Theater's performance of The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) in October. Other previous acting credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo), High School Musical (Ryan Evans), Cabaret (Bobby), and She Loves Me (Head Waiter). Michael is currently a full-time nurse practitioner student and works as a waiting room nurse. Michael would like to thank his cast for allowing him to share the stage with them for such an amazing experience, and would also like to send his love to all the SALT alumni and members. SALT and its supporters/performers have become a new family for him, and he will be forever grateful. Michael would also like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support. 

Schyler Marsh (Mike)

Schyler is honored to be a part of the SALT community! He is incredibly grateful to his Stage Mom (est. 2019) Sandi Joy, Chelsayee, Val Val, Nicky B, Laur Laur McHomie, Baboody, and the rest of the team for including him in this production. Schyler would like to acknowledge and honor his grandfather, Lowell, who paved the way in his college years pursuing musical theater, especially tap dance, and imparting his gifts and inspiring Schyler and the rest of his grandchildren. Love to his family and new nephew Cían. May God be glorified in all things!

Cameron Mast (Backstage Singer)

Cameron is thankful to be returning to the SALT family for A Chorus Line! Having graduated from West Chester University with his music degree in 2017, he’s thrilled to have been back on stage this past year in Ragtime with Servant Stage Company, Sister Act at Candlelight Theatre, and most recently, Big Fish at SALT.


Leyla Marusa (Connie)

Leyla is thrilled to be a part of this sensational production of one of her dream shows! She is a sophomore at Temple University with a double major in Film and Media Arts and Theater. Some of her recent roles include Seussical (Bird Girl), Beauty and the Beast (Babette/Student Producer, Director, Choreographer), Chicago (Roxie Hart), Mamma Mia (Ensemble/Dance Assistant), and Cats (Victoria). Leyla currently dances with Reflections Dance Company (@reflectionsdancetu), with whom she serves as the Public Relations Chair and a choreographer. When not at rehearsal she can be seen dancing around at a concert, exploring Philadelphia with her best friends, teaching dance at her home studio (Lionville School of Dance), or watching reruns of Saturday Night Live. She would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for their endless encouragement and support as she continues to pursue a career in the arts. Leyla is eternally grateful for her SALT family and the community that they continue to create, fostering a place of love and growth. @leylamarusa

 

Stacy Moscotti (Sheila)

Stacy is overjoyed to be making her SALT debut and to be returning to the stage after a six-year hiatus! Some of her previous favorite roles include Evita (Evita), The King and I (Anna Leonowens), Chicago (Velma Kelly), Sweet Charity (Charity), Crazy For You (Polly), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Molly Brown), Peter Pan (Peter Pan). She is eternally grateful to her family (including CJ!) and friends for making this experience even possible in her life right now, her dance teachers, all of her wonderful new friends here at SALT for welcoming her with open arms, and her therapist who prescribed her to do a show again. Special thanks to my Mom and my super best friend for everything. This show is completely dedicated to the incredible Olivia Smith, who inspires me every single day. Slay.

 

Shannon Murray (Bebe) 

Shannon is so proud to be part of such a talented and hardworking cast  She has most recently been seen performing on SALT’s stage in Cinderella (Stepsister Gabrielle) and Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl). She has also worked behind the scenes as a stage manager for several productions at SALT including the upcoming production of Mary Poppins as well as directing Stagelight summer camps. Outside of SALT, Shannon teaches K-5 students at Lionville Elementary as a school librarian and directs/choreographs the musicals put on by their drama club for 4th and 5th-grade students most recently putting on The Granny Awards at the beginning of April. Other favorite roles include Candide (Paquette), Alice in Wonderland (Tweedle Dee), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Anything Goes (Virtue), and The Music Man (Alma Hix). Shannon would like to thank Sandi, Nick, and Chelsea for their guidance and support in taking on this beast of a show and for giving her a chance to dive into life as a dancer again after a pandemic-induced hiatus. She hopes the audience is truly blown away by this production. 

 

Maggie Murtha (Backstage Singer)

Maggie is beyond excited to be back at SALT as part of this singular sensation! Maggie’s recent credits include directing and participating in two musical revues, Sister Act (Nun/Dancer), The Music Man (Ensemble), She Kills Monsters (Kaliope), Bright Star (Ensemble/Daddy Murphy u/s), and The Crucible (Susanna Walcott). She would like to express her appreciation to the creative team of Achorus Line for creating this unforgettable experience, as well as to her Friends and family for their unending support!

Andy Patterson (Greg)

Andy is ecstatic to be dancing back onto the SALT stage in such an iconic piece of theatre. Some of his previous favorites include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Godspell (Jesus), CATS (Mr. Mistoffelees), 9 to 5 (Josh/Ensemble), Tuck Everlasting (Jessie Tuck), Carrie: The Musical (Tommy Ross) and Spring Awakening (Moritz Stiefel). Andy would like to thank the whole creative team for their hard work, dedication to, and appreciation for this timeless classic that we all know and love. He couldn’t do it without you. LET’S DO THIS THING! 5-6-7-8 here we gooo!

Jeffrey Rega (Zach)

Jeffrey has been involved in performance all of his life and is honored to be getting back on stage for the first time in 20 years. Graduating with a BFA in Theater from Long Island University, Jeffrey went onto direct off-broadway for nearly a year where he focused on leading performances with up-and-coming performers. Recent Directorial credits include Big Fish (SALT Performing Arts), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Methacton Community Theater), and Shrek (SALT Performing Arts). My most sincere thanks to Sandi for being the most amazing friend and having the faith in me to get back onstage, Lauren for the ongoing guidance & opportunity to create powerful works of art, and to this entire team of amazing artists who work harder than anyone can possibly imagine to make this magic happen. And finally, none of this would be possible without the love & encouragement of his beautiful partner Molly, the energy & passion of his beautiful daughter Jordan, and his amazing co-parenting team of Heidi & Jim.

 

Maggie Riker (Backstage Vocalist)

Maggie is thrilled to support this talented cast of triple-threats as a backstage vocalist! Maggie made her SALT MainStage debut as Older Sandra in the Spring 2023 production of Big Fish. Throughout her career, Maggie has performed in a wide variety of operas, musicals, cabarets, oratorios, and concerts. Some of her credits include Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night), Verdi’s La Traviata (Violetta), The Music Man (Marian), and Oklahoma! (Laurie), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). In the opera world, Maggie was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, won the Bel Canto Scholarship, and the Opera Columbus Competition, and received an Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. Now a working, singing Mom, Maggie balances her full-time job as VP of Sales & Marketing for CODY Systems (a software company serving first responders) and family life! Recently, Maggie sang Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème with Lancaster Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Berks Opera, and joined the Opus One Choir and Orchestra for the American Premier of Ralph Vaughan Williams work The Garden of Proserpine. Maggie has enjoyed performing as a guest artist in concerts with Lyric Fest in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Maggie’s favorite “gig” of all, though, is caring for her beautiful family – I couldn’t do this without you! 

Madison Ritter (Vicki/Backstage Singer) 

Madison is very excited to be a part of another SALT production. She is 17 years old and a senior at The Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Recent credits include Little Women (Meg March), and Rabbit Hole (Izzy) both at CPFA, Into The Woods (Little Red Ridinghood) at The Barley Sheaf Players, and High School Musical (Kelsi Nielsen) at SALT Performing Arts. She privately studies voice with Brigitte Rottman and is beyond grateful for her continued support. She would like to thank everyone at SALT for giving her the opportunity to work with this incredible cast and crew. 

 

Barby Roche (Cassie)

Barby is thrilled to be part of her first SALT production. Over the past 30 years, she has choreographed and performed in a variety of musicals and dance companies, studied voice with Kim Russell, and is a dance teacher at Wayne Ballet & Villanova University. Barby loves spending time with her hubby Michael and four amazing children: Dylan, Samantha, Shane, and Violet (our complete tribe of musical theatre nerds). Gratitude and love to my loved ones for gifting me the opportunity and time to be a part of their magic. SALT’s talented cast and production team are a storytelling and communal force – I am so grateful to be part of this wonderful production. A Chorus Line shares the stories of dancers whose hearts and bodies are filled and fueled by their art. This beautiful show reminds us all of what we do for love.

 

Shane Roche (Al Deluca)

Shane is thrilled to be performing in his first show at SALT! Some of his previous shows include Footloose (Ren), Almost, Maine (Steve/Chad), Spongebob (Plankton), and Clue (Mr. Green). Shane takes vocal lessons with Kim Russell Studios and dances at Wayne Ballet. He would like to thank his family for their endless support, as well as the brilliant cast and creative team of A Chorus Line for this wonderful opportunity!

 

Jonathan Ruch (Butch/Backstage singer)

Jonathan is so excited to make a return to theater after a six-year hiatus. This is his first SALT production and he is honored to be a part of this cast. Some of his previous roles include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Child Catcher/Junkman), Paul Bunyan’s American Tall Tales (Paul Bunyan), and High School Musical On Stage (Chad). Jonathan would like to thank his wife for her love and support during this show, and to all of his family and friends for their encouragement.

 

Emily Sgroi (Maggie Winslow) 

Emily is excited to perform in her second SALT show this year! Emily graduated from Villanova University last year and now works in public relations. Previous roles at SALT include Big Fish (Young Sandra), and other favorite roles include Carousel (Julie Jordan), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Urinetown (Soupy Sue), and Pippin (Fastrada). Emily would like to thank the directing team and production team of A Chorus Line for giving her this opportunity. Enjoy the show!

 

Tell Williams IV he/him/his (Paul San Marco)

Tell is thrilled to be on the line with this incredible cast and crew! Previous favorite roles include West Side Story (Bernardo), Sister Act (Pablo), Hairspray (Link Larkin), All Shook Up (Chad), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Mamma Mía (Pepper), and Seussical (Cat in the Hat). Tell would like to thank his husband, family, and friends for their unconditional love and support. To his father, who has always loved and accepted him. And to his late mother Betty, “Este baile es para ti. Bendición”. 

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