About The Show
Winner of four Tony® Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is a musical bursting with contemporary energy chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess and Radames, the soldier they both love. AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, with an exhilarating Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice, their first collaboration since writing the music for the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King.
An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Aida and Radames’ love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
Cast & Bios
BLAIR BEASLEY (Nehebka/Ensemble) is excited to be making her WPPAC debut! Off-Broadway: Urinetown: The Musical (Revival) (Little Becky Two Shoes) at the American Theater of Actors. Regional credits: The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Ogunquit Playhouse, South Pacific at Drury Lane Theatre, Sister Act (Deloris (alternate)/ Michelle), RENT (Seasons of Love Soloist), Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar. She would like to thank her family, friends and her angel above for all of their endless love & support.
DYLAN BIVINGS (Ensemble/Mereb u/s) is a graduate of Five Towns College with a BFA in the Theatre Arts. He has been in a number of New York City and Regional Theatre shows. Some of which include Samson the Musical (Raca), The Proust Virus (Thrall), Go My Child (Priest 1/Eliezer), We Will Rock You (Khashoggi), Evita (Che), Frankenstein (Henry) and Wicked City Blues (Harry). He is very excited to be a part of Aida and extends his thanks to the production team of Aida and the WPPAC for giving him this amazing opportunity!!!
JORDAN BOLLWERK* (Radames) is a St. Louis native living his dreams in the Big Apple. He is beyond elated to play Radames at WPPAC! Credits: Aida (John W. Engeman Theater), Sky in Mamma Mia (Theatre Aspen), Jesus in Godspell and Ren in Footloose (The Legacy Theatre), Hello, Dolly!, South Pacific, Seussical (The MUNY) Much love to his friends and family, without whom he would be lost. Thanks a bunch to DGRW and all of his teachers EVER. Go CARDS! Let’s go Blues!
KEVIN BROOKS (Amonosro) is so very proud to be a part of such a wonderful and talented cast in this production of AIDA. Kevin’s greatest Role is being a husband to an amazing wife Kathy and Father to two amazing boys James and Kevin Jr. Some of Kevin’s theatrical roles include: The Broadway tour of A Chorus Line, National tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and the World Tour of Porgy and Bess just to name a few. Kevin is grateful and thankful to God first and foremost and a loving shout out to my fantastic mother in law Borianka ILIEV for everything she is and all that she does “LOVE YOU’…
SHANTE CLARKE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the cast of AIDA this fall at White Plains Performing Arts Center. Shante is a London, born and raised, actress based in NYC. After having moved to Tampa, Florida to get her B.A. in Theatre at the University of South Florida, she had the pleasure of playing the Dynamite Kamilah, in American Stage’s production of Hairspray. She is excited to take on this new adventure and thanks God, her husband Kemar and mother Sylvia for their support; as well as WPPAC for the opportunity!
CHARLSEY COYLE (Ensemble) is excited to be performing in her first production post graduation from the University at Buffalo where she earned a BA in Dance and Psychology. Charlsey has been acting, singing, and dancing ever since she can remember. Some of her credits include Zodiac Dance Ensemble (Katherine Cornell Theater), Hairspray (Amber) and Les Miserables (Madame Thenadier) (New Generation Theater). She would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their love and support. Also a special thanks to the production team and cast of Aida for making her first experience such a memorable one.
MEGHAN DEELEY (Ensemble) is a NYC-based performer originally from New Jersey. She is thrilled to be back at WPPAC after performing in the ensemble of The Bodyguard last spring. Other credits include Sister Act (International Tour), Rock of Ages (Eagle Theatre), and Disney Cruise Line. Up next: Hair (Eagle Theatre). Rider University: Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. @meghandeeley
MIKE FERLITA (Ensemble/Radames u/s) is a Sayreville, NJ native making his WPPAC debut. Touring: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Gordon. Other favorites include Joseph… (Joseph, Plays in the Park at the NJ State Theater), Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde), SWMHS (Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award Winner, Jimmy Nominee). Television: PBS Documentary ‘Broadway or Bust’. Michael is an Eagle Scout and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Love to Kate, and thank you to everyone at WPPAC.
ANDREW FOOTE* (Zoser) Happy to return to WPPAC after appearing last season as Sy Spector in The Bodyguard. Credits include- World Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde), US National Tours: Les Misérables, Ragtime and Annie. Regional/Stock: 7 productions of Les Misérables as Jean Valjean all over the United States, Jekyll and Hyde (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde) at the Music Theatre of Connecticut; Mamma Mia (Sam Carmichael) at the Palace Theatre in NH; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin) at The Sacramento Music Circus in CA, Evita (Che)and Ragtime (Tateh) at the ZACH theatre in TX; 1776 (Rutledge) at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in MO; South Pacific(Luther Billis) at the Flat Rock Playhouse in NC, The Gateway Playhouse in NY and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in MO ; Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas) and Bright Star(Jimmy Ray) at the Surflight Theatre in NJ; Tomorrow in Jerusalem (Noah) at the MTL Lab Theatre in NJ. Film and Television: Commercials for Nick Jr. Diamond Commissary and training videos for the CIA, NSA, and the US Department of Defense(shhhhh!!!). Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
DEVIN J. HALL (Mereb) WPPAC Debut! A native of New Jersey, Devin is overjoyed to share this timeless love story. He was recently seen as Jinx in the 4 man musical Forever Plaid. Other credits include RENT 20th Anniversary National Tour (Paul/Angel u/s); Sister Act (Tj); AIDA (Mereb); Hairspray (Seaweed) (2017 Valley Theatre Award Nomination); And RENT (Angel). Devin has also been seen on MTV where he worked with Benny Ninja and Dashaun Wesley on The House of Wallenberg and the late Octavia St. Laurent’s single “Be Somebody”. Film Credits include Who’s Jenna (Drag Queen) and Girls on Drugs (Lamar). He studied Musical Theater at the American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA NY). Big thank you to the production team and DDO Artist Agency! Matthew 6:33 Instagram: @devin_hall
CHELSEA ANN JONES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut at WPPAC! Chelsea-Ann is a recent graduate of Temple University. Regional credits include: The Color Purple (Theatre Horizon), Coriolanus (Shakespeare in Clark Park), Bonnie and Clyde (11th Hour Theatre Company), Stella Luna and Other Tales & Newsies (Greater Ocean City Theatre Company). Educational credits include: Hairspray, Guys and Dolls & Chicago (Temple University). Chelsea-Ann is also a two-time winner at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. Upcoming: Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre Horizon). Much love to her family! @ms.chelseajones
THOMAS JAMES KNAPP (Ensemble) is excited to be making his debut with WPPAC. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Thomas is graduate of CCM and has worked for NYMF the past two years. Also seen in Blood Brothers (Mickey) and Spelling Bee (Barfée) and Norwegian Cruise Lines (swing). He would like to thank this awesome cast and creative team for a fun and wonderful experience.
JOHN ANTHONY LÓPEZ (Pharoah) is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, where he studied voice with Ms. Patricia Misslin. His credits include Jean Valjean (Les Misérables), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Old Deuteronomy (CATS), Fagin (Oliver!), Dan (Next to Normal), The Man in the Yellow Suit (Tuck Everlasting), King Arthur (Spamalot), Gomez (Addams Family), and Broadway concert appearances in Chess (Actor’s Fund), Something Wonderful, Camelot and Oliver! (Irish Repertory). John owes much to the support and patience of his son, Corey… thanks kiddo. johnanthonylopez.com
CAMERON LOYAL (Ensemble/Amonosro u/s/Fight Captain) is pleased to be making his WPPAC debut, and to be doing so by returning to Nubia for a second time. Recent credits include: Legally Blonde (Kyle), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Newsies (Jack Kelly), and Curtains (Bobby Pepper). Special thanks to the cast and creative team for their vision and collaborative efforts in telling this story!
TJ NEWTON (Ensemble/Dance Captain) returns to White Plains after playing “Willie Lopez; Dance Captain” in Ghost. For the last 4 months, T.J. played “Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton” in Spamilton at Pittsburgh CLO, a role which he will soon reprise on the First National Tour. Favorite credits include In The Heights Heights(Usnavi), West Side Story (Chino), La Cage Aux Folles (Mercedes), Legally Blonde (Nikos/Padamadan). T.J. dedicates this performance to his father. www.tj-newton.com @tjnewtonnyc
KIM ONAH* (Aida) is so excited to be making her WPPAC debut playing a dream role in one of her favorite musicals. A graduate of Harvard University, Kim is currently working as an actress and singer in New York. Kim has performed in regional productions, some of which include: All Shook Up at Arrow Rock Lyceum, Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story at the John W. Engeman theater, Hair at the Concord Umbrella theater, and Spring Awakening at Oberon @ ART. She thanks the wonderful cast and crew, her family, friends, teachers, and agents for all having her back. If you’re interested in checking out more of her work, please visit www.kimonah.com.
MATTHEW OSTER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his WPPAC debut! Favorite roles: Bobby (Saturday Night Fever), Sonny (In The Heights), and Marshall (Paw Patrol National Tour). Thank you to this amazing cast and team for putting on a beautiful production. A huge shoutout to his friends and family for their constant support and love! @turnupformatt www.matthewoster.info
DAYNA MARIE QUINCY (Ensemble/Aida u/s) Originally from MOTOWN, Michigan, She has had the pleasure of performing across the nation from California to Maine, and worldwide in places such as China, Russia, and South Africa. Favorite credits include The Color Purple (Celie, DC Regional debut; Helen Hayes Award nominated) and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Carnegie Hall). Quincy has performed onboard ships with Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line in shows such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Rock of Ages. She is also a regular performer with “Soulful Saturdays” at Peque Vinos and Tapas (Harlem). She is very excited to be making her WPPAC debut!!”
KRISTINA WALZ (Ensemble/Amneris u/s) WPPAC debut! Her credits include: National Tour: Rock Of Ages 10th Anniversary (Regina) Regional: Newsies, Bye Bye Birdie (Forestburgh Playhouse), Mamma Mia! (Metropolitan Theatre), Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On (Millbrook Playhouse) Cruise Line: AidaAura (Lead Soloist). Forever thanking my incredible parents. @kristina.walz
KRISTIN WETHERINGTON* (Amneris) is grateful to be a part of this powerful and timeless love story. Some credits include Off-Broadway: Calamity Jane, Louisiana Purchase, The Light Princess, Three Sisters; Tour: Aida; Regional: Parade (Lucille) Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival; South Pacific (Nellie) Triad Stage, Annie (Lily), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Gypsy (Louise) Favorite role: Wife to her amazing husband J.D. Proud East Carolina University Alum (Go Pirates!), MFA in Acting A.R.T./ Harvard University. Many Thanks to Amy, Stephen, the WPPAC team and Dustin at The Mine! www.kristinwetherington.com IG: kristin.wetherington
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association
AMY GRIFFIN (Director) is delighted to return to WPPAC, where she has directed Tuck Everlasting, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and the critically acclaimed production of Fun Home. Other directing credits include The 39 Steps, Shout!, and The Taffetas (Depot Theatre), and Blue’s Clues Live (Nickelodeon). As associate director: Annie (Engeman Theatre), The Producers (Argyle Theatre) and Les Miserables (Helen Hayes Theatre). As an actor, Amy has appeared on Broadway in How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (original cast, cast recording); Off-Broadway in The English Bride, Mr. President, Infertility, Forbidden Broadway, Newsical, and Once Upon A Mattress (starring Jackie Hoffman); and in the First National Tours of Seussical The Musical and Grinch. Favorite regional roles include: Alison in the New England Regional Premiere of Fun Home; Loretta in Fly Me To The Moon (Public Theater); Sally in Talley’s Folly (Bickford/Oldcastle); the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Finger Lakes); Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (Depot); Belise in The Learned Ladies (Centenary Stage) and seven (!) flights as Peter Pan (Independent Theatre Award). Northwestern University graduate (Excellence in Theatre Award). Love forever to Scott and Nick. www.Amy-Griffin.com