The live workshop premiere of The Glassblower's Daughter is now but a pleasant memory.
Lightning House Players is thrilled to announce our first production, an original two-act musical: The Glassblower’s Daughter!
Please check out The Glassblower's Daughter: Streamed Reading page for information about our online reading!
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Meet the Cast and Crew of The Glassblower's Daughter!
Domenic Arduino (Dance Ensemble) Domenic is grateful to be a part of The Glassblower’s Daughter. Though Domenic has been primarily a film actor for the last four years, the story of The Glassblower’s Daughter struck a chord for him, and he knew he needed to be a part of the production. His love of the arts started with becoming an accomplished ballroom dancer and instructor which led him to try, then fall in love, with theatre. His first onscreen BG role was in 'The Society". He then was cast in 'Defending Jacob' and many other roles. Domenic is also an entrepreneur -- he started his own ballroom dance studio in Newton, MA when he was just 16 years old. Having been a premature baby and dealing with the effects of ADHD most of his life, which included being bullied, he is passionate about helping others overcome their struggles to reach their full potential and happiness, including physical and mental health, and mindfulness. Domenic is excited to be part of this stage project and looks forward to contributing to the success, creativity, and beauty of the opportunity that has been given to him.
Cammerron Baits (Governor Littleworth, Dance Captain, Hair and Makeup Design) Cammerron is a passionate creative force who thrives in telling intimate and important stories! He is new to the Boston area and has loved discovering bars with great whiskey cocktails, walking trails, and beautiful things just waiting to be photographed. When not on stage, he is usually playing with his dog or watching true crime docuseries or reality TV with his husband Christian! He is excited to share the stage with such a great cast and wonderful production team! As always, he is grateful to Christian for being his unwavering support! For more of his adventures follow him on Instagram @Cammerronb
Katie Beckvold (Juliette La Belle, Mistress of Revels) Katie was commended for her recent portrayal of the Queen of the Night at Bay View Music Festival. “Bolts of lightning flew from Hall Auditorium...She did it with her voice with dead on accuracy.” Other roles she performed include Mademoiselle Silverspeal (The Impresario) with Piccola Opera, Alcina with Red River Lyric Opera, Tzeitel (Fiddler on the Roof), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) and Phyllis (Iolanthe). “[A] gifted soprano…[who] also has a finely tuned talent for the tongue in cheek”, who played Phylis with a "combination of spunk and charm.” Beckvold enjoys doing concerts with local opera companies, such as VOX New England (The Power of Women Reflected in Song), along with collaborating with contemporary ensembles, to include the Temporal Displacement Orchestra (Virtual World Premier:“In C-Dorian”-Techeli) and Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble. Katie has won third place in the Opera Idol Competition with Piccola Opera, was a Regional Finalist in the Talents of the World Competition, and a Semifinalist in the Emerging Professional Artists Division at the Classical Singer Competition. Follow Katie at katiebeckvold.com
Conor Bunker (Percival Grey) Conor is a young professional and aspiring actor who recently received his Bachelors in Communications and Theater from Westfield State University. He has been in numerous productions, ranging from Spring Awakening (Moritz) to Next to Normal (Gabe, Henry). He is absolutely beyond thrilled to be in another production after this past year and can’t wait to work with such a talented cast! Thank you!
Kimberly Dauber (Lady Littleworth) Kimberly is delighted to be part of this production of The Glassblower's Daughter. She recently produced the original online video game musical Blaseball: The Musical: The Deaths of Sebastian Telephone. She also produced and played Kiri in the radio play Congratulations, Dear Stranger, now available on YouTube and wherever podcasts are found. Kimberly is often found performing with The Lilac Players, a Boston-based queer and feminist musical theater troupe. She adores audio fiction and original musical theater. Check out her other productions on hearmeoutproductions.com. When not on stage or behind a microphone, Kimberly writes code and reads books.
Maya Harrington (Young Sandy, Colonist, Ensemble) Maya is excited to join Lightning House Players for their production of The Glassblower’s Daughter. She is 12 years old and dreams of pursuing a career in musical theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been Duffy in Weston Friendly Society’s Annie, an orphan in Ogunquit Playhouse’s Annie, Hortensia in Weston Drama Workshop’s Matilda, and most recently, Evie in Weston Drama Workshop’s Disney’s Descendants. Maya is grateful for her family, friends, and music and theater teachers for believing in her and supporting her dreams.
Jim Harris (Soldier, Hatter) Jim is excited to be performing again. He dabbles in choirs and musical improv. He is currently part of the Boston Ostinatos and was part of the Apollo Chorus (University of Southern California). In his free time, he tries to become more sensitive to aspects of senses that he currently filters out. Music has helped him become more acutely aware of sound, and he hopes to become more sensitive to geometry and light with his recent venture into photography. He can also be found reading and wandering around aimlessly to explore the realms of the physical and the intellectual and the world of stories people interact with. He is extremely grateful to Kelvyn and Zareh for this opportunity.
John Haukoos (Ratcliffe) John is a performer, composer, and librettist from Los Angeles. His background in many genres and styles, including opera, musical theatre, and choral performance, has left him with a keen sense of the voice and its natural tendencies. His most recent performances include both online and live concerts with the Nightingale Vocal Ensemble as well as the premieres of numerous works. He has recently graduated from the Boston Conservatory with his master's degree.
Chinedu Ibiam (Colonist, Ensemble) Chinedu is proud to be in this production of The Glassblower’s Daughter. A 2021 graduate of Bridgewater State University, some of Chinedu’s favorite roles were in shows such as Big Fish (The Witch, First Parish Players), Antigone Ablaze! (Ismene/Ensemble, Bridgewater State University; KCACTF Musical Theatre Scholarship Audition Nomination), and Urinetown (Tiny Tom, Bridgewater State University). Check out her Instagram @chinadidwhat and her website chineduibiam.com for more fun and to see what she’ll be up to next. Much love to her parents, siblings, Lee and Kyana!
Jenny the Juggler (Juggler) has been “Boston’s Best and Only” Female Professional Juggler since 1997. A graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, she has also studied with renowned masters of variety theatre including Marcel Marceau, Avner “the Eccentric” Eisenberg, Fred Garbo, and others. She enlivens festivals and events around New England, juggles for Red Sox fans at Fenway Park, and conjures the healing power of laughter as a medical clown at Boston Children’s Hospital with fellow performers of "The Laughter League." She is thrilled to be joining the incredibly skilled and talented cast of The Glassblower’s Daughter.
Marck-Hens Jules (Farmer, Ensemble) Marck is very excited to be cast in The Glassblower's Daughter in the role of the Farmer. This is his first production with Lightning House Players. Marck has had a previous ensemble role as the Jail Singer in Machinal at Salem State University, where he is currently pursuing a major in Performing Arts with an emphasis on Acting. His favorite thing about being cast in any role is the process of creating the show and working with new people on a collaborative piece of art and allowing the people who view it to experience something wonderful.
Devon Kaplan (Captain Shrug) A passionate 25-year-old, Dev is a graduate from Roger Williams University with magna cum laude honors; he majored in the performing arts and minored in creative writing. He genuinely values betterment, optimism, and honesty. He loves to develop his many talents which include, but are not limited to, acting, singing, dancing, piano, public speaking, and weight-lifting. When not improving his talents, he thoroughly enjoys going out socializing, listening to electronic dance music, video gaming, spending time with his close friends, being with his pet cats, and going on adventures.
Josephine Kraemer (Emma, Colonist, Ensemble) Josephine is thrilled to be making her Lightning House Players debut! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of the Pacific and graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater in 2020. Previous roles include Nina in A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She aims to apply her enthusiasm for the arts in all facets, be they performance, pedagogy, or dramaturgy. Really, as long as she can keep learning something new every day, she'll be thrilled. Find out more about Josephine at her website https://www.josephinekraemer.com
Sonnet Lamb (Sandy) Sonnet is thrilled to be a part of The Glassblower’s Daughter! Previous credits include The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella), A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman), Texas! The Musical (Elsie McClain), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), and Man of La Mancha (Antonia). Currently, Sonnet studies voice with Tracey Grimaldi and acting at the Matt Newton Studio in New York City. She is a University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre ‘19 Alum. Sonnet sends her love to her husband Jan, family, and friends. She is grateful to Zareh, Kelvyn, and the entire production team for this opportunity! All Glory to God.
Jacob Thomas Less (Potter, Ensemble) Jacob is so excited to be back performing live in The Glassblower's Daughter this fall. Originally from Easton, MA, Jacob just graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theater. In his free time Jacob loves spending time with family and friends, reading, playing video games, and going to the gym! Previous credits include Clifford Bradshaw (Cabaret), Martin Gray (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?), Dennis (All Shook Up), and Matt (Dog sees God). He would like to thank his incredible siblings, Ben, Caroline, and Abigail, as well his wonderful and supportive parents Dan and Colleen. Jacob hopes you enjoy the show and is excited for everyone to experience this new and unique story. Follow Jacob at jacobthomasless.com
Angele Maraj (Painter, Ensemble) A Boston-based actor, writer, and singer, Angele was previously seen as Rosalia in West Side Story (Moonstruck Theater Company), The Judge in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Footlight Club), Abuela Claudia in In the Heights (The Beantown Players), and as Michal in ongoing performances of the new work-in-development Beloved King: A Queer Bible Musical by J. Sylvan. Outside of her theatrical pursuits, Angele is a certified career coach and works with the higher ed nonprofit Duet. She thanks her family, friends, and dearest James for their constant support and love, and is humbled by the opportunity to be a part of The Glassblower's Daughter.
Sam Marchiony (she/they) (Tailor, Ensemble) Sam is a feminist theater artist, a graduate of Oberlin College (BA in Theater) and the University of Houston (MA in Theater Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies), and a founding repertory member of the Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company. Past credits include Worlds Elsewhere's streamed productions of Julius Caesar (Lucilius), Lysistrata (Ismenia), and A Midsummer Night's Charity Stream (Philostrate), and live performances of Assassins (Housewife), Pippin (Berthe), and Ragtime (Emma Goldman). Sam is also very proud to have written, directed, and performed in a staged reading of Women of Will, a one-act feminist dissertation in iambic pentameter meant to confront harmful Shakespearean tropes, finished a 180-page master's thesis tracking the trends of the current musical theater landscape, and to now be joining The Glassblower's Daughter family.
Miriam Marwood (Colonist, Dance Ensemble) Miriam is over the moon to be making her Lightning House Players debut! Miriam is currently studying at the Boston Conservatory to receive her BFA in Musical Theater. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2019 studying Theater. Several of her past credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin), The Music Man (Dance Captain), Evita (Featured Dancer), Violet (Ensemble). Miriam has choreographed and taught dance classes at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan, for the last several years. She most recently choreographed and assistant directed for VOICES Boston this past spring! She is looking forward to being a part of The Glassblower’s Daughter!
Kyle W. Porter (Norman the Foreman) Actor, director, Equity Member Candidate, and tea snob, Kyle W. Porter has worn many hats since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Dean College’s Bachelor of the Arts Theatre program. He has recently returned to America after living abroad in China for almost 5 years. While he was abroad, he taught English and Drama, produced and hosted different live events, and starred as his dream role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with an international cast. Recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Needham Community Theatre), To Know How to Keep (Providence Fringe Theatre Festival), The Dead Poets Society Podcast (now in season 3), and HBO’s upcoming Julia. Check him out at kylewporter.net or Facebook @KWPActor!
Victoria Raimondi (Colonist, Ensemble) Victoria just graduated with her B.A. in Dance from Brigham Young University and is so excited to be performing again! During her time in college, she was a part of many groups, including Dance Ensemble and the Folk Dance Team. She also worked at Walt Disney World for 3 years where she had the opportunity to be a part of three shows on the property: "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Parade," "A Frozen Holiday Wish," and "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration." Now she uses her degree to teach at local dance studios and is a company member of "Boston Community Dance Project."
Gavin Rasmussen (he/him) (Captain of the Guard) Gavin is thrilled to be making his Lightning House Players debut in The Glassblower’s Daughter as Captain of the Guard. Gavin is currently a junior B.F.A. Musical Theater major at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music. He would like to thank the creative team, his teachers, and his family.
Ethan Remez-Cott (Pewtersmith, Dance Ensemble) Ethan is a musical theater major at the Boston Conservatory. He hails from Los Angeles and has now seen hail for the first time living in Boston. He’s thrilled to join this wonderful cast onstage and can’t believe live theater’s finally back.
Eric Ritter (George the Glassblower) Eric is a conductor, singer, actor, and music educator from Baltimore, Maryland. He studied classical voice with James Demler while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in voice performance and a master’s degree in music education at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Some of his favorite roles include Nick Shadow (Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Riff (West Side Story), The Lion (Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream), and Lt. Frank Cioffi (Curtains). Eric has contributed as an ensemble member and music director in various Boston vocal ensembles, performing repertoire from early renaissance music to 20th-century post-tonal compositions and pop Acapella. You can hear Eric performing throughout the year with Nightingale Vocal Ensemble.
Melanie Roth (Paige the Page, Ensemble) Melanie is so excited to be back on the stage after staying put during the pandemic! She attended Pace University in NYC where classmates traveled to Thailand to perform their devised production, "Gathering Sparks" at the Exploriment Festival. Melanie then graduated from the William Esper Studio's full-time program. When not performing live, you can find her retouching photos, posting singing covers on YouTube @MelanieMMusic, and cooking up new vegan recipes. She is so grateful for the opportunity to create magic here in Boston! Follow Melanie at MelanieMRoth.com and on Instagram @MelanieMRoth
Madison Solopoulos (Young Troupe Member, Ensemble) Madison is a 7th grader from Georgetown, Massachusetts. She loves to dance and dances competitively at Elevate Dance Studio in Ipswich. Madison recently began pursuing acting and modeling in addition to her dancing. She recently played a sixth-grade student in a limited series Teacher of the Year.
Sophia Takla (Colonist, Dance Ensemble) Sophia is a B.F.A. Musical Theatre Major in her third year at The Boston Conservatory. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she starred as Ella in the West Coast Premiere of Ella Enchanted, receiving the 2019 PAMTA Best Young Performer Award, in addition to Drammy and Broadway World Regional Nominations. Her favorite role to date was Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. A former State Thespian Officer and winner of the Pacific NW’s Teen Idol, she grew up dancing for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. She also loves working background for Netflix, Hulu, and A24, whilst serving as Miss Portland for the Miss America Organization. Next up, she’ll be performing in Candide in Concert at the Conservatory!
Katherine Upton (Contortionist) Katherine is a circus artist who trains at Eastern Acrobatics & Circus and Circus Smirkus Camp. She is in 10th grade and enjoys dance and spending time with her cats.
Allie Villa (Kiminuna, Dance Ensemble) Allie is delighted to be back on stage and able to perform again! Local roles include Alice in The Addams Family with Arlington Friends of the Drama, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, and Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, both with Create Inspire Change Theater Company. Allie moved from the Bay Area three years ago, where favorite credits include Aquata in The Little Mermaid (TVRT), Evita (PCRT), and In the Heights (TVRT). Allie is a full-time theatre teacher with Boston Public Schools and a proud dog mama.
Angela Yam (Katerina) A Boston-based soprano, Angela joins Promenade Opera Project this fall in the premiere of Byron Asher's The Bedbug as the Bride and in Dvořák's Rusalka as Second Wood Sprite. As an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera in 2021, Angela performed as Cobweb in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and covered Agave in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Lord of Cries. Angela has appeared as Mary Crawford in Dove's Mansfield Park with Opera Modesto and as the soprano soloist for Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah with Camerata California. While completing her Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, Angela performed as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, the Coloratura Soprano in Argento's Postcard from Morocco, the titular role in Cavalli's La Calisto, and the soprano soloist in Haydn's Die Schöpfung. IG: @angelayamsoprano
Zareh Artinian (Book, Producer, Director). The founder of Lightning House Players, Zareh is an experienced editor, writer, and producer of multimedia products. An accomplished author with works published in diverse genres and media, his most recent work was the book for a musical, Beneath the Skin, which focused on de-stigmatizing mental health issues faced by young adults. He has also published over a dozen science fiction stories, non-fiction articles for middle-schoolers, and a novel for young adults. Zareh has taught at Emerson College, Sacred Heart University, and Eastern Nazarene College, as well as completing numerous freelance writing and editing projects. He has a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College where he studied dramatic writing. Zareh is eager to share this uplifting, original tale with audiences. He hopes that it will inspire those who see it.
Kelvyn Koning (Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director) Kelvyn specializes in composing for choir and theatre and in performing as a countertenor and pianist. He recently completed his Master of Music in Composition from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and has been commissioned to write pieces for his alma mater as well as for Zeeland High School, Batesville High School, the Da Camera Singers, Quorum, and the Oriana Consort. He was a staff accompanist at Calvin University and Aquinas College and has sung as a soloist with the Choral Scholars at the Beaver Island Baroque Festival. He is currently the Director of Music at First Baptist Church of Melrose and is the soprano section leader for the Oriana Consort. He is a founding member of the Nightingale vocal ensemble and also accompanies the choirs at Boston Latin School as well as voice lessons at Boston Conservatory. It is Kelvyn’s goal to foster empathy, healing, and social justice for individuals and communities through music.
Katherine Encarnação (Choreographer) Katherine has choreographed over 60 musicals throughout the greater Boston area, including shows at South Shore School of Theatre, BC High, Milton High, The Rivers School, and The Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Katherine has a B.F.A. in Dance from Rutgers University. She was a dancer and aerialist with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a dance captain on Princess Cruises, where she traveled the globe extensively. Katherine is also a dance teacher and certified Zumba instructor. She is thrilled to be working with both Zareh and Kelvyn to bring this beautiful story to life.
Elijah McTiernan (Stage Manager, Fight Coordinator) Elijah is a theatre artist and educator in the greater Boston area. Not knowing the word specialization, recent credits include stage management of Godspell at Firehouse Center for the Arts, sound design of Inanna at The University of Maine, musical arrangement of As We Are - A Jukebox Musical, and the roles of Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Jack in Into the Woods. Away from the stage, Elijah is a private vocal/piano/guitar instructor and middle school Music Teacher. You could make a fair assumption that he's excited to be returning to live theater and the community that comes with it. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Johnny, Ari, and the audience that helps theater like this come to life.
E. Rosser (Costumer, Specialized Props) Rosser moonlights as a backstage wizard and a freelance designer in the Boston theater scene, saving daytime for mundane things like engineering and science writing. Among her favorite creations are 8-foot-tall giraffe puppets, hospital gowns (think "evening," not "surgical"), rococo zombies, and drag queen metamorphoses -- plus, she's a sucker for putting a fantastical spin on history. See more of her work online at machinationsbyrosser.weebly.com!
Jessica "JP" Pizzuti (Set Fabricator) JP is currently the Faculty Technical Director for Tufts University, and is a freelance technical director and fabricator in the greater Boston area. They have held positions with The Huntington Theatre Company, The Boston Opera Collaborative, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Harvard University, Barrington Stage Company, Cortland Repertory Theatre, UMass Lowell, and The Ogunquit Playhouse.
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan (Casting Director) comes to Lightning House Players with 40 years of theatre experience as an actor and director (1971-2011) and 40 years of casting experience (1981-2021). She began casting in 1981 and became the secret weapon behind the scenes for casting directors in Boston through the 80s and 90s.
In 2002, she helped cast children’s speaking roles and all the child extra roles in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2005) and Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone (2006). She cast 10,000 extras in the Disney Feature Film, The Game Plan directed by Andy Fickman (2006).
In 2018, she was part of the Boston Casting Dream Team casting extras and supporting roles in the six-time Academy Award Nominated Feature Film The Sound of Metal.
Luke Hall (Visual Artist, Background Projections) Luke is responsible for creating the original 3D animated projections that will be used for The Glassblower's Daughter's backdrops. Luke specializes in 3D Animation and Environment Design. He studied Film & Media Arts and Temple University and works as a freelance consultant for brands and organizations. He strives to push computer graphics beyond its capabilities in order to tell powerful stories. Luke harnesses new media like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and programming to transform primitive concepts into forward-thinking ones. His work is rooted in escapism, fantasy, and surrealism. Luke was drawn to this production by its integration of digital and live performance art.
Cori Couture (she/her/hers) (Audio Description Coordinator and Secondary Audio Describer) Cori has provided description for TV programs, films, and upwards of 75 Boston-area live shows. During the pandemic, she worked with several theatres to integrate audio description into their innovative online productions. In the early days of WGBH’s Descriptive Video Service (DVS), Cori wrote description for PBS programs and for movies on home video. More recently, she has worked with DVS to narrate description for a slate of Paramount films, as well as for NASA, the 9/11 Museum, and Disney Parks. Cori, who has spina bifida, proudly identifies as a person with a disability. For her master’s degree, she created a one-woman show about how the arts shaped and buoyed her through life’s challenges. She wants everyone to know that people with disabilities lead all kinds of lives and can have any job!
Laura Pailler (she/her/hers) (Primary Audio Describer) Laura has been a describer for over 15 years. She started her career at WGBH Boston, where she wrote description for children’s shows, dramas, and even motion pictures. While she has since moved into the corporate world, her passion for describing has not dwindled. She’s provided live description for the majority of Broadway in Boston’s shows, with recent favorites including Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson. Laura lives in Littleton, Mass., with her husband and three (soon to be four) children.
Natalia St Jean (Title Designer and Operator) Natalia is a soprano singer, teacher, and surtitle designer currently based in Boston. Fluent in Spanish and Polish, Natalia is a passionate linguaphile and explorer of new repertoire and new stories. Singing engagements include appearances with Boston Conservatory Opera, the New England Opera Intensive, and Opera NUOVA. She has run surtitles for Boston Lyric Opera, Promenade Opera Project, and Boston Conservatory Opera. Natalia holds an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and studies voice with Kathryn Wright. She is currently on the voice faculty at the New School of Music in Cambridge.
Susan Ramey (Graphic Designer) is a long-time Quincy resident who was born in a place and grew up in a time where girls had few options of what they could be when they grew up. Kindergarten introduced her to tempera paints which inspired her to a life of creating. She is currently senior designer at a small, private college with a history of theatre excellence. In her freelance life she has designed for local theatre companies and educational institutions. Her designs for over 50 productions are her proudest accomplishments, and she is honored to be part of this production.