JD LYNCH*. Originally from New York, JD now resides in Stroudsburg, PA.  In addition to performing locally at Pocono Playhouse and Shawnee Playhouse, he has also travelled the country in a variety of shows, including off-Broadway.  He recently completed a tour for Pushcart Players out west in California and is heading to Alaska in April.  Some favorite roles in regional theatres include Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. He was nominated as Best Featured Actor in a musical for the Best of New Jersey Awards for his performance as Mercury in Olympus On My Mind.  JD is very proud to be part of this concert and hopes to continue to bring good theatre to the Poconos.

KIMBERLY L. ANGELLELLA is honored to be a part of this Theatrical Gems production. Kimberly has been both an English and Theatre teacher at Harry S Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania since graduating from Point Park University in 2002. Her most recent role was her portrayal of Mimi in Rent. Kimberly would like to thank her friend Ryan Cook and Theatrical Gems for making this opportunity possible.

LINDSEY COOK is a proud graduate of ESHS (Class of 2000) and 2005 graduate of East Stroudsburg University.  In 2004 she became lead singer of a prestigious jazz organization and performed all over NEPA. She later renewed her love of musical theater performing at the Bucks County Playhouse in over 40 productions.  Her favorite credits there include, Eva Perón in Evita, Rusty in Footloose, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Nancy in Oliver!, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Rizzo in Grease.  She is happy to be back in the Poconos with her husband and puppy while having a new career in pediatric homecare.

RYAN COOK Is extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. Originally from Levittown, PA, he spent many summers in Barrett Township. Some of his favorite regional credits include: Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Horton in Seussical, and Simeon in Joseph...Dreamcoat. Ryan now lives in the Poconos with his beautiful wife Lindsey and is a proud member of Pipefitters Local Union 274.

ALI DONOVAN (Dickison) is currently living, working, and auditioning in NYC. She graduated in May with a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Pace University. While in school, she performed as Edgar in Ragtime and Sophie in The Butterfly Collection, as well as appearing in Godspell and She Loves Me. Ali was also seen as CB’s Sister in Dog Sees God at the Kraine Theatre.  She was lucky enough to be a part of the first iChat movie, Clique Here, written and directed by He’s Just Not That Into You’s Liz Tuccillo, and she fulfilled one of her dreams with a role on One Life to Live. Ali knows that none of this would have been possible without the guidance and training she received at East Stroudsburg High School South. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her family, friends, and the Poconos community.

SARA FERGUSON, a prolific performer in the community and abroad, has been seen with many local, regional, and professional companies. Some of her professional performing credits include Musetta in La Boheme, Lucy in The Telephone, Cherubino in La Nozze de Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Roz in Moon Over Buffalo, Catherine in Proof, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Marian in The Music Man, and Lily in The Secret Garden. Most recently, Sara has been seen as Maxine Andrews in Sisters of Swing, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense 2, and Lily St. Regis in Annie, all here at Shawnee this past summer. Some of her other favorite roles are Valencienne in The Merry Widow, The Witch in Into the Woods, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Sara directed Manhattan Casanova, Whimsical Grimm, and Spanikopita for Worthing Players, and Home for Christmas for Shawnee Playhouse this past Christmas. She has also branched into the wonderful world of TV, having filmed numerous commercials and working with BTP Productions as Co-Producer and the Arts and Entertainment Contributor for The Morning Mix. When she’s not on stage or in front of a camera, Sara spends her time teaching voice, and being a mom to Catherine (8), Sophia (6), and Gabriel (3).

KENNETH KASCH is thrilled to be back with Theatrical Gems, having been previously seen in the benefit concerts of Mr. President (Pat Gregory) and Wildcat (Oney Tate). A graduate of Wagner College, favorite roles include The Creature (Frankenstein), Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ Superstar), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Jud Fry (Oklahoma!), Julian Marsh (42nd Street), Britt Craig (Parade), and Roger Elizabeth Debris (The Producers). He will be seen in the upcoming Albany regional premiere of Next to Normal. He would like to thank his loving and supportive fiancée Ashley.

ERIC NOONE was featured in Theatrical Gems’s first production, Mr. President, before moving home to Barrett with his wife Christina. Other NYC credits include Last Jew in Europe off-Broadway and Footloose (Ren). Regional credits: Aladdin (Aladdin), The Sound of Music (Rolfe), Joseph…Dreamcoat, and Crazy for You. Thanks Christina, Mom, Dad, and Nee-ne for their love and Grandma for all her support.

ALEX PEARLMAN was most recently seen in Theatrical Gems's presentation of Miracle on 34th Street for the Actor's Fund. Among his Pocono Playhouse appearances: Camelot, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Oliver!, and Kismet. Other favorite regional credits: Phantom, Evita, Ragtime, Man Of La Mancha, The Who's Tommy. Alex holds a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan. Thank you to Jacob, Claudia, Ryan, and everyone at TG for all their passion and dedication. 

BERGEN PRICE is a resident of  Skytop, and is a sophomore at Pocono Mountain East High School. She is a member of the Concert Band, Chorus, and Show Choir. Bergen studies piano, voice and dance, and enjoys performing in school plays, as well as Sherman Theater Productions. She is presently in rehearsal for the Pocono Mountain High School production of Legally Blonde, playing Paulette.  She hopes to pursue a career in Theater and Music Education.

MEGAN TAYLOR returns to Theatrical Gems after appearing in the cabarets Broadway for Broke People and Broadway does Disney. Recent performances include both the East Coast premiere of Stephen Dolginoff’s Panic and High Society (Tracy Samantha Lord) with the Leonia Players Guild, and Lennie Watts’ CabLab Showcase 2011 at Don’t Tell Mama. Megan is the recipient of a 2009 NJACT Perry award for her work in Irving Berlin: The Melody Lingers On with Bergen County Players. Other performances include Carousel (Julie Jordan), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), The Mikado (Pitti-Sing), Utopia Limited (Princess Nekaya) and many others for local theatre companies in NY and NJ. Megan has been a National Anthem soloist for the NJ Jackals, the Borough of Maywood, the United States Coast Guard and The National Park Service. She is a long-time cantor for Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Maywood, NJ, where she is able to combine her love of music with her faith. Megan is thrilled to share the stage with her talented brother, Steve. Thanks and love to her family, friends and Tim for all their love and support.

SPENCER ANDREW TAYLOR grew up in the Pocono Mountains where he started doing theatre with companies like Pocono Lively Arts (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Cabaret to name a few), Black Sheep Productions (Jekyll and Hyde and Songs for a New World) and Shawnee Playhouse. Since then, he has graduated Wagner College for Theatre and Speech with a concentration in Vocal Performance, continuing his performing career with Theatrical Gems productions and cabarets while handling Contracts and Finance for an Opera Talent Management company in Manhattan. Thanks for bringing it home, Gems.

STEVEN H. TAYLOR (Musical Director/Piano). Previous musical directing credits with Theatrical Gems include Wildcat, Mr. President, Broadway Does Disney, Broadway For Broke People, and Real Men Wear Pink and Sing Showtunes. He has also directed Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, School House Rock Live, Dreamgirls, and two student written revues at Wagner College. He is currently working at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Maywood, NJ as their Musical Director.

* denotes an actor appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association

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