Our 2013 Company
The Merry Wives of Windsor CAST…
(For a listing of our Artistic Staff and Bios, CLICK HERE)
David Baecker (Page)
David is an associate professor of theater at Russell Sage College. He has acted with the Asolo Theatre Festival, New York State Theatre Institute, Theater Voices, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Sarasota Ballet. David holds an MFA in acting from Florida State University. He is pleased to be working with Saratoga Shakespeare Company for the first time. David would like to send big hugs to Eleanor and Charlotte.
Ethan Botwick (Fenton)
Ethan is thrilled to make his first appearance with Saratoga Shakespeare Company. Ethan, a junior at Temple University and a native of New Jersey, has appeared in a variety of productions in local and regional theaters. He most recently appeared as Anthony in The House of Yes and as Matt in The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Ethan would like to thank Tim and David for this opportunity and his family for their support.
Mark Cryer* (Sir Hugh Evans)
Mark is happy to return to Saratoga Shakespeare Company for his sixth show! Claudius in Hamlet, Prospero in The Tempest, and the Duke in The Comedy of Errors are among Mark’s favorite roles in his twenty-nine years as a professional actor. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, he is proud and thankful to add the role of Sir Hugh Evans to that list. Mark would like to say thanks for the faith, Lary, and much love to Kim!
Tim Dugan* (Ford/Brook)
Tim serves as Associate Artistic Director, Education Director, and a board member of Saratoga Shakespeare Company. Also with Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Tim has played Orsino in Twelfth Night, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Orlando in As You Like It, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Caliban in The Tempest, and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tim’s other favorite credits include John Proctor in The Crucible and Boo in The Marriage of Bette and Boo at Temple University Theaters; Song For My Father and Tuesdays with Morrie at Oldcastle Theatre; And Then There Were None at New York State Theatre Institute; and Noises Off with C-R Productions. This fall, Tim will begin the second year of his MFA in acting at Temple University. His other training includes Shakespeare & Company, American Conservatory Theater, and The Actors Center. He also taught acting and directed at the John Sayles School of Fine Arts and Union College. Tim is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and he would like to thank Anne and their three children, Grace, Helen, and Timothy.
Kyrie Ellison (Hostess)
Kyrie is ecstatic to be a part of Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. She received her degree in musical theater from Russell Sage College, where she was also able to work abroad with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Her credits from the past year include Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Hecuba in The Trojan Women at Russell Sage College. She would like to thank David for this wonderful opportunity.
John Noble (Justice Shallow)
John is pleased to be appearing with Saratoga Shakespeare Company for the second time. He played the Duke of Venice in the 2011 production of The Merchant of Venice. He has worked at Capital Repertory Theatre, The Theater Barn, Cohoes Music Hall, Schenectady Civic, and extensively at Curtain Call Theatre. His favorite roles include Norman in On Golden Pond, Da
in Da, Selsden in Noises Off, Grandpa Vanderhoff in You Can‘t Take It With You, and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. John graduated with a degree in speech and drama from Ithaca College.
Lary Opitz* (Sir John Falstaff)
Lary has been an actor, director, playwright, designer, producer, stage manager, technician, and consultant on countless productions in Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theaters. He enjoyed a long career as a designer and created the lighting for the José Limón Dance Company for many years. His work, including many premieres with world-renowned choreographers, has been seen in New York City and thirty countries. A member of United Scenic Artists (the Broadway designers’ union), he is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. In recent years, he appeared off-Broadway in a production of What I Heard About Iraq and has had film roles in Disoriented, The Skeptic, Seabiscuit, and a recent short entitled The Damned McMarters. Among his many Shakespearean roles are Shylock, Polonius, Gonzalo, Duncan, Friar Laurence, Peter Quince, Marcus Andronicus, Duke Senior/Duke Frederick, and Sir Toby Belch. Opitz is a professor and chair of theater at Skidmore College.
Yvonne Perry* (Mistress Page)
Yvonne is pleased to be performing with Saratoga Shakespeare Company for the first time. She has appeared on stage at Capital Repertory Theatre numerous times, including as Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig, Mother in A Christmas Story, Miss Stephanie in To Kill A Mockingbird, and Mrs. Van Buran in Intimate Apparel. Yvonne’s other regional theater credits include shows at New York State Theatre Institute, Hubbard Hall, River Valley Repertory Theatre, Stageworks/Hudson, Theatre 88, and Oldcastle Theatre. She won a 1993 Soap Opera Award for her portrayal of Rosanna Cabot on As The World Turns. Yvonne’s other television credits include Law & Order: CI, Silk Stalkings, Candid Camera, The Guiding Light, and All My Children. Among her many television commercials, she has been the spokeswoman for Taft Furniture for seven years. She has recently completed her second season as host of NBC’s Real Estate Deals, and she keeps busy doing corporate training videos and narration. Yvonne has taught and directed shows at area colleges, including UAlbany, Siena, and Union, for over thirteen years. Yvonne earned her BFA at Adelphi University and her MA at UAlbany. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. She resides in Loudonville with her husband Mark Hulbert and their two daughters. Her personal website is www.yvonneperry.com.
Amy Prothro* (Mistress Quickly)
Amy is thrilled to be making her Saratoga Shakespeare Company debut. She has performed in theaters from coast to coast, including The Kennedy Center, Jupiter Theatre, Ordway Center, The Barnstormers Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Fullerton CLO, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Tidewater Regional Repertory Theatre, Majestic Theater, and Hermosa Beach Playhouse. At these theaters, she has played such diverse roles as Catherine in Proof, Theda Blau in It Had to Be You, Jacqueline de Severac in Murder on the Nile, Polly Baker in Crazy For You, Phebe in As You Like It, and Agnes Gooch in Mame. Amy received her MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University and her BFA from the Boston Conservatory. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, she is also the proud wife of an active duty US Navy sailor. Amy would like to send thanks and love to Troy!
Brenny Rabine* (Mistress Ford)
Brenny is delighted to work, for the sixth time, with Ms. Perry, in their first Saratoga Shakespeare Company appearance. Brenny has worked regionally with Capital Repertory Theatre, Oldcastle Theatre, Lake George Dinner Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Majestic Theater, WAM Theatre, and River Valley Repertory Theatre. Brenny returns from Philadelphia, where she originated the role of Cara in InterAct Theatre Company’s production of Some Other Kind of Person. Her favorite roles include Beth in Dinner With Friends, Annette in God of Carnage, Claire in Fuddy Meers, and Jean Louise in Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill’s beautiful staging of To Kill a Mockingbird. Brenny is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Assocation. Brenny would like to thank Nolan and Dale, who make all things possible. Brenny’s personal website is www.brennyrabine.com.
Richard Roe (Doctor Caius)
Richard has appeared in over thirty productions in the Capital Region. He has been seen as Valere in La Bête, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Pozzo in Waiting For Godot. He has also directed productions of The Laramie Project, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Tempest. Richard is a teacher for Schenectady City School District.
Frank LaPosta Visco (Bardolph)
Frank grew up in Troy’s Little Italy, watching his father and three uncles –
the Visk Brothers – put on shows that helped support and entertain the community. Frank is proud to continue that tradition, having appeared in a variety of community theater roles for Troy Civic Theatre, Class Act Productions, and Spotlight Players Community Theater. Frank is thrilled to be making his debut with Saratoga Shakespeare Company.
* Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
Nathaniel Cowper (Acting Apprentice – Pistol)
Nathaniel is excited to be involved with The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer. A theater major at Skidmore College, he appeared in Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night last summer. He has also had roles on the Skidmore mainstage in Sweeney Todd, Passion Play, Ajax in Iraq, and Romeo and Juliet. Nathaniel would like to thank his friends, family, Lary, and David.
Ben Forbes (Acting Apprentice – Nym)
Ben is extremely excited to be involved with The Merry Wives of Windsor. A Temple University theater major, he has appeared in Temple’s production of The Crucible and was involved in the 2013 MFA Playfest. Ben would like to thank everyone who has come to see the show, especially his family and friends.
Emma Fuhrmeister (Technical Intern)
Emma is so excited to be part of Saratoga Shakespeare Company this summer! Most recently, she has played a backstage role (stage manager, crew, puppeteer, props, lighting) in many productions at Home Made Theater, with her two absolute favorite shows being The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Wizard of Oz. Emma would like to thank Christine, Kevin, Nikole, her mom, her best friend Lillian, and you for coming to see the show!
Samantha Garwood (Performance/Technical Intern)
Samantha loves Saratoga and is honored and excited to be a part of Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer. A theater major at Skidmore College, she has also appeared in Almost, Maine and has performed in SaratogaArtsFest. Samantha would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.
Lowell Glovsky (Acting Apprentice – Rugby)
Learning as an acting apprentice, this is Lowell’s fi rst performance with Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and he is thrilled to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor. A theater major at Skidmore College, he has recently performed in The Fiancée, Ceyx and Alcyone, and The Highwayman. Lowell would like to thank his friends, family, teachers, and all of the audience.
Rigel Harris (Acting Apprentice – Anne Page)
Rigel could not be more thrilled to be a part of The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer! A theater major and dance minor at Skidmore College, her past credits include Karen in Speed-the-Plow, Glory/Marci in Almost, Maine, and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd – NH Theater Award finalist. Rigel would like to send love to Mom, Dad, and Joe. She hopes everyone enjoys the show!
Olivia Holguín (Performance/Technical Intern)
Having enjoyed many Saratoga Shakespeare Company productions in summers past, Olivia is thrilled to be a part of the Intern Company for The Merry Wives of Windsor. Olivia has performed in Augustine Classical Academy’s annual Shakespeare plays for the past three years. With the Academy in her freshman year of high school, she played the part of Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. She thanks everyone for coming!
Raya Malcolm (Performance/Technical Intern)
Raya is thrilled to be working on The Merry Wives of Windsor with Saratoga Shakespeare Company. She is a theater major at Suffolk University in Boston and has appeared in Suffolk’s productions as Elektra in These Seven Sicknesses and Abigail in The Crucible. Raya would like to thank her parents for their love and support and Saratoga Shakespeare Company for this incredible experience.
Matthew McFadden (Acting Apprentice – Slender)
Matthew is thrilled to be performing with Saratoga Shakespeare Company. He is currently a musical theater major at Russell Sage College. He has recently performed in Theatre Institute at Sage productions as Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Ralph in Lord of the Flies, and Reverend Crisparkle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Matthew would like to thank his friends, family, and teachers for their constant support.
Gabrielle Nieporent (Technical Intern)
Gabrielle is excited to be working with Saratoga Shakespeare Company this summer. She is a theater major at Skidmore College with a concentration in stage management and theater management. She has previously stage managed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Self-Fictionalize, and assistant stage managed Dog Sees God, Romeo and Juliet, and The Servant of Two Masters. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support.
Taylor (Mac) Purvis (Performance/Technical Intern)
Mac is thrilled to be joining the Saratoga Shakespeare Company for the first time in the production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Mac is pursuing a double major in theater and philosophy at Union College, and is also a member of the women’s hockey team. She has appeared in Union’s production of Peter Pan and has also assistant stage managed Gorey Stories. Mac wants to thank everyone who came out to support the company today, especially her fellow students from Union.
Sam Stuto (Acting Apprentice – Simple)
Sam is excited to perform in The Merry Wives of Windsor for Saratoga Shakespeare Company. Sam’s most recent performance this year was in Lord of the Flies for the Theatre Institute at Sage, where he also appeared as Michael Darling in Peter Pan last year, and as Jojo in their inaugural production of Seussical. Sam has also been in productions for the NYS Theatre Institute:
Christmas Carol, King Island Christmas as Little Eir, and Orphan Train. He has been in many other local productions: the Saratoga Children’s Theatre production of Thirteen as Evan, TAG, CAPS, Not So Common Players, the RPI Players and RPI Young Actors Guild production of Willy Wonka as Charlie Bucket, as well as several school plays. Sam got his start in 2006 as a partof the youth theater group at Calvary Methodist Church. He is 16 years-old, goes to Shaker H.S., and is a triplet. Sam would like to thank David Girard and Saratoga Shakespeare Company for this opportunity!
Lena Wellhoefer (Technical Intern)
Lena is really excited to be working on The Merry Wives of Windsor with Saratoga Shakespeare Company this season. A theater major with a design concentration at Skidmore College, her work in costuming and makeup has been seen in Sweeney Todd, Orlando, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. She hopes you enjoy the show!