Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger

Music Direction by Matt Dolan

Assistant Music Direction by Bradley Wyner

Stage Managed by Carole Hedderson

Costume Design by Luke Scattergood

Set & Blood Design by Patrick Ciamacco

 

 

CAST

 

Jessica Agnor Pringle (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining such a talented company and to be making her Blank Canvas Theatre debut!  She recently appeared on area stages in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty) and Parade (Sally Slaton).  Other favorite performances include The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), Carrie: The Musical (Miss Gardner), and Songs for a New World (Woman 1).  Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and currently serves as Assistant Director of Admission for Baldwin Wallace University.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel, and baking.  All my love to husband, Seth, family,  and friends for their love and support. 

 

 

Brian Altman (Judge Turpin)  is happy to be back at Blank Canvas Theatre in another demented, father-figure role.  He's been seen here in Bat Boy: The Musical (Dr. Parker) and Silence! The Musical (Dr. Lecter).  His other favorite shows from around the area include Assassins (Leon Czolgosz), Into the Woods (The Baker), Grand Hotel (Erik, Front Desk) and Vieux Carré (The Writer). He snacks all day long while he works as a Senior Designer of Kids product at the American Greetings Creative Studios, and he thanks YOU for supporting live theater!

 

 

 

Patrick Ciamacco (Sweeney Todd) is honored to work with such an amazing cast and staff.  Past Blank Canvas Theatre shows include The Wild Party (Burrs), Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie),  High Fidelity (Barry), Of Mice and Men (Lennie), and Hellcab (Cabbie).  You may remember Patrick from Shrek The Musical (Shrek) at Mercury Theatre Company and Near West Theatre.  Other professional credits include Beck Center’s Jerry Springer: The Opera (Dwight/God), … Spelling Bee (William Barfee), and Evil Dead - The Musical (Jake).  His experience also includes Playhouse Square's We Gotta Bingo (Bucky Fuller), a musical version of The Nutcracker at The Cleveland Play House, and Playhouse Square's two and a half year run of Tony & Tina's Wedding.  Patrick is also the Artistic Director of Blank Canvas Theatre.  Patrick sends thanks to his Mom, Frank, his brothers, Jonathan, Ludo , and especially Becca, for her continued support and love.  He dedicates his performance to the person sitting in the third row, fifth seat from the left.

 

Kristy Cruz (Beggar Woman) is elated to return to the Blank Canvas Theatre stage after two of her favorite experiences, Bat Boy: the Musical (Mayor Maggie/Ron Taylor/Clem) and Urinetown: The Musical (Little Becky Two Shoes).  She has previously been seen throughout Cleveland on the stages of Dobama, Lakeland, Near West, Cassidy, and Cleveland Public Theatres.  Favorite roles include The Who’s Tommy (Mrs. Walker), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Chess (Svetlana Sergievsky), The Wedding Singer (Rosie/Angie), and Tigers Be Still (Grace).  She is currently in her fourteenth year as the choreographer for Solon High School’s Drama Club, where she received Dazzle Award nominations for her work on Shrek the Musical and last spring’s All Shook Up.  Kristy feels so fortunate for the rare opportunity to perform at one of her favorite theatres alongside old friends, and sends endless gratitude to Jonathan for this opportunity, to Kris and the SHS Drama Club for sharing her, and to her family for their love and support.

 

Antonio DeJesus (Ensemble) is very excited to be back home at Blank Canvas Theatre, having previously performed in the summer production of Equus (Alan). Other recent credits include Company (Paul), Carrie (Freddy), Assassins (Zangara), and can soon be seen understudying for Beck Center's production of My First Time this spring. He'd like to thank all his friends and loved ones, as well as Johnathan for taking him aboard, and Scott Spence for making more opportunities possible. Love to the GoodKind staff. For Emily Suzanne Plank, always. 

 

 

Joe Gibson (Ensemble)  is humbled to be a part of the ensemble in this production.  His most recent credits include Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) at Near West Theater and Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carrasco) at Academy for the Dramatic Arts (AFDA).  While pursuing a degree in Film, Television, and Interactive Media (with a minor in Music) from Cleveland State University, he is working on building strong relationships with many Cleveland theaters.  You can expect to find Joe in many more shows in the area in the near future.

 

 

 

Ian Jones (Adolpho Pirelli/Ensemble)  is thrilled to make his Blank Canvas Theatre debut as the incomparable Pirelli. Ian is currently taking a semester off from the University of Dayton, where he studies Vocal Performance with Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox. Recent credits include Grease (Danny Zuko), Spectacle (Fr. Chaminade), Die Fledermaus (Alfred), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy Smith). Many thanks to the production team for this fantastic opportunity, and many more thanks to Ian's loving friends and family, who support him no matter what.

 

 

 

John Kost (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Blank Canvas Theatre debut, especially because it means branching out to the great theatres and people on Cleveland’s West Side. His recent credits range from Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince) to The Laramie Project (Aaron McKinney).  John is currently a student at Kent State University studying video/audio production, voice, and musical theatre.  He was also recently accepted into Kent State’s musical theatre program.  John is truly grateful for the opportunity to join this exceptional cast, production team, and theatre to tell the tale of Sweeney Todd!

 

 

 

Robert Kowalewski (Anthony Hope) is an alumnus of Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA; BSBA Accounting/Finance).  Notable performances include productions of  Amadeus (Salieri), bare: A Pop Opera (Peter), Little Women (Laurie), and the regional premiere of a musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost (Berowne).  Since relocating to Cleveland, he has appeared in Next To Normal (Henry) and South Pacific (Lt. Cable) at True North; The Wedding SingerBig (Josh Baskin) and Titanic (Bride/Hartley) at Cassidy Theatre; Weird Romance (Paul/Daniel) at Broadview Heights Spotlights; Joseph..Dreamcoat (Joseph) at Near West Theatre; and here at Blank Canvas Theatre in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein) and Chess.  Most recently, Robert joined Theatre in the Circle for their productions of The All Night Strut (Tenor) and The Gift of the Magi (Jim).  He thanks everyone who made this production possible - including his parents for their support, and for taking him to see his first R-rated movie eleven years ago: Sweeney Todd!

 

Meg Martinez (Johanna) is thrilled to be back at Blank Canvas Theatre after making her BCT debut last fall as Janet Weiss in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show; this time around she gets to take the stage with her favorite guy at the keyboard!  Recent credits include Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins—twice), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), [title of show] (Susan), Doubt (Sister James), Cymbeline (Imogen), The Gift of the Magi (Della), Princess Ida (Princess Ida), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), and Company (Kathy).  Meg holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and is an Equity Membership Candidate.  Thanks to Jonathan and the entire cast and crew, and thanks AND love to Matt! www.meg-martinez.com

 

Allison Naso (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut with Blank Canvas Theatre.  Favorite regional theatre credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina), Joseph… Dreamcoat (Narrator), The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder), Company (Amy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle/Ensemble), Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Larken), and The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon).  Allison has also served as a director, music director, and accompanist for a number of theatre productions across the region.  She would like to thank her husband, Mike, for his unending love and for his support of her theatrical endeavors.

 

 

Julie Penzvalto (Ensemble) is extremely excited to be a part of this production of Sweeney Todd! Her recent credits include Beauty and The Beast (Babette), Carrie: The Musical (Margaret White) and RENT (Maureen Johnson). 

 

 

 

 

 

Devin Pfeiffer (Tobias Ragg) is extremely excited to be in his second show here at Blank Canvas Theatre!  Devin's recent credits include Carrie: The Musical (Tommy Ross) and Urinetown: The Musical (Robby the Stockfish).  Devin would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him, and he hopes that you enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Luke Scattergood (Ensemble/ Costume Design) is excited to be on stage for his first mainstage musical at Blank Canvas Theatre. Previously, he has appeared here in Bathroom Humor (Arthur) and Of Mice and Men (Carlson) as well in as many of the benefits and as a member of The Laughter League.  His costumes have been seen in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Floyd Collins, Hair, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical and MANY others. He is a stay-at-home dad and costume designer, as well as the Drama co-Director at Bay High School.  He would like to thank his red-hot, smokin’ wife Laura, and three kiddos, Lucy, Levi, and Lincoln, for all their love and support!  Enjoy the show!

 

Paige Schiller (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Blank Canvas Theatre debut in Sweeney Todd! Recent credits include Babes in Toyland (Bo Peep), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Annie (Grace Farrell), Two Boys From Glenville (Miriam), Peter Pan (Peter), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy),  and Seussical (Bird Girl).  Paige works as a pre-school teacher on the East Side, enjoys traveling, and firmly believes that a well-balanced meal consists of popcorn, an apple, and dark chocolate!  Thank you to Marla, Brian, her family, and the BCT production team for their endless support and love! 

 

 

 

Trinidad Snider (Mrs. Lovett) is so happy to return to the Blank Canvas Theatre stage!  Recent credits include Gypsy (Mama Rose), Chicago (Velma), and Chess (Florence).  Other credits include Rock of Ages (Justice), The Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), The Wild Party (Queenie), and Into the Woods (Baker's Wife).  During the day, when not playing the role of Mother of Four, she is a teaching artist for The Musical Theater Project.  She would like to thank Jonathan, Matt, and Patrick for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing cast!  Finally, she would like to thank Michael, Kirstin, Colin, Dylan and Michaela for their continued love and support.  Enjoy the show and have a bloody good time! 

 

 

John Webb (Beadle Bamford) is ecstatic to be making his Blank Canvas Theatre debut in this production!   John was last seen in Bonnie & Clyde (Buck) at French Creek Theatre.  Other credits include City of Angels (Ensemble) at Beck Center for the Arts, Mercury Theatre Company’s Mary Poppins (John Northbrook/Ensemble), and The Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival production of A Thief, A Chief, and a Liar (Chief Benjamin) at Dobama Theatre.  John was a ten-year member and soloist with Cleveland’s renowned youth chorus, The Singing Angels.  A graduate of Muskingum University, John’s favorite past credits include Company (Bobby), Bye Bye, Birdie (Albert Peterson), Proof (Robert), Almost, Maine (Chad), Closer Than Ever (Man 1), Anything Goes (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and Curtains (Frank Cioffi). While at Muskingum, he also enjoyed performing in operas, operettas, and opera scenes, such as Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein), The Merry Widow (Camille, u/s Danilo), Street Scene (Sam Kaplan), and Candide (Dr. Pangloss).  Special thanks and love goes out to his beautiful fiancée Katie, parents John and Cindy, and all of his family and friends for their constant encouragement and support.