Who’s Who: A Look at the 2017 Young Company

Cast and Crew, Featured, Meet the Family |June 12, 2017

Say Hello to the YoCo

From left to right: Jonathan Gomolka (Chicken Soup); Allie Seibold (Rosie); Matthew Pitts (Alligator); Gideon Chickos (Pierre); Paul Watt-Morse (Johnny); Claire Mercier (Johnny’s Mother); Megumi Nakamura (Rosie’s Mother); Marissa Hecker (Kathy) and Vanessa Ramon (Ensemble/Stage Management Intern) Photo by Tim Fort

 

Weston’s Young Company has been one of the most treasured programs since its start in 2000.  The Young Company, lovingly known as “The YoCo,” consists of a group of eight non-Equity actors who are either attending or have recently graduated from a conservatory or undergraduate training program. Since its creation, a number of Young Company alumni have gone onto grace the Broadway stage in blockbuster favorites, which include LES MISERABLES, WICKED, and BOOK OF MORMON.

Opening the 2017 OtherStages is the Young Company’s production of REALLY ROSIE. The show is based on Maurice Sendak’s timeless children’s books with a score by Carole King.  In this upbeat and imaginative musical, Rosie, the self-proclaimed sassiest kid on the block, entertains her friends by producing an imaginary movie based on the exciting, dramatic, funny (and slightly exaggerated) story of her life.

Sit down and get to know the 2017 YoCo cast, then sit down and enjoy REALLY ROSIE running June 21-July 9. We know they are excited. You should be too!

Meet the 2017 Cast

Name: Gideon ChickosChickos, Gideon2
Hometown: Durham, NC
University: CAP21

Role in Really Rosie: Pierre

 

What is your favorite show? Guys and Dolls
What was your first role? Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance
What is your dream role? Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Going to the bathroom and grabbing snacks.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Mike Birbiglia
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Writing music, plays, etc. Or swimming and exploring new places!

Name: Jonathan GomolkaGomolka%2C%20Jonathan
Hometown: Newton, MA
University: Pace University

Role in Really Rosie: Chicken Soup

 

What is your favorite show? Bernarda Alba
What was your first role? Chip in Beauty and the Beast
What is your dream role? Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Going to the bathroom and eating some kind of fruit.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Oprah Winfrey
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Doing people’s makeup or weaving wall hangings.

Name: Marissa HeckerHecker%2C%20Marissa
Hometown: Lighthouse Point, FL
University: University of Cincinnati CCM

Role in Really Rosie: Kathy

 

What is your favorite show? March of the Falsettos
What was your first role? Belle in Beauty and the Beast
What is your dream role? Diana Morales in A Chorus Line and Lizzy Curry in 110 in the Shade
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Eating a protein bar in record time.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Ilana Glazer
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Writing song parodies, trolling the internet, or driving for Uber.

Mercier%2C%20ClaireName: Claire Mercier
Hometown: Killington, VT
University: Molloy College and CAP21

Role in Really Rosie: Johnny’s Mother/Guitarist

 

What is your favorite show? Jersey Boys
What was your first role? Ruthie in The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
What is your dream role? Violet Karl in Violet and Sophie in Mamma Mia!
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Checking Facebook to look at pictures of my nieces and nephews, or talking to my boyfriend.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Elizabeth Banks
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Working out or spending time with family.

Nakamura%2C%20MegumiName: Megumi Nakamura
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
University: University of Michigan

Role in Really Rosie: Rosie’s Mother/Double Bassist

 

What is your favorite show? Passion
What was your first role? The Artful Dodger in Oliver!
What is your dream role? Eva Peron in Evita
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Chatting and eating.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Olivia Munn
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Write, paint, and be outside.

Pitts%2C%20Matthew%20HenryName: Matthew Henry Pitts
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
University: Baldwin Wallace

Role in Really Rosie: Alligator

 

What is your favorite show? Sunday in the Park with George and Passing Strange
What was your first role? Genie in Aladdin
What is your dream role? Aaron Burr in Hamilton
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Most likely eating.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Jaden Smith
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Playing any sport or the guitar.

Seibold%2C%20AllieName: Allie Seibold
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
University: The Boston Conservatory

Role in Really Rosie: Rosie

 

What is your favorite show? The timeless masterpiece… Seussical the Musical
What was your first role? Jennyanydots in Cats
What is your dream role? Lauren in Kinky Boots
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Eating a lot of snacks! Specifically cheese samples from the Vermont Country Store…
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Amy Schumer
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Watching reruns of The Office or dabbling in songwriting.

Watt-Morse%2C%20PaulName: Paul Watt-Morse
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
University: The Boston Conservatory

Role in Really Rosie: Johnny

 

What is your favorite show? Parade
What was your first role? Bonzai in The Lion King
What is your dream role? Robert in The Bridges of Madison County
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Eating
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? Michael Cera
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Taking a walk with my mom or girlfriend.

 

Tags: Behind the Scenes, Really Rosie, VTArts2017, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Young Company


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