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Casting
Announcement

Front Porch Theatricals (FPT) producers, Bruce E.G. Smith and Nancy Zionts are pleased to announce that casting is nearly complete for their upcoming 2023 season including Falsettos (May 19-28, Directed by Rob James, Music Directed by Deana Muro and choreographed by Ashley Harmon), and Merrily We Roll Along (August 18-27, Directed by Daina Michelle Griffith, Music Directed by Douglas Levine and choreographed by Alex Manalo). 

 

The Falsettos cast includes returning FPT actors Chad Elder (Marvin), Lindsay Bayer (Cordelia) and Dan Mayhak (Swing). FPT is delighted to welcome new cast members, Justin Borak (Mendel), Jenna Kantor (Trina), Sal Bucci (Whizzer) and Natalie Hatcher (Dr. Charlotte). Swings include Anna Gergerich and Liv Poole. 

 

Merrily We Roll Along sees the return of FPT actors, Dan Mayhak (Frank), Brady Patsy (Joe), Marnie Quick (Beth), Hope Anthony* (Ensemble, understudy Mary and Dance Captain). New to FPT this year, Catherine Kolos* ( Mary), Michaela Isenberg (Gussie) and Nathaniel Yost (Charlie).

 

Other returning FPT actors in the ensemble/swings include: Lindsay Bayer,  Delana Flowers, David Ieong,  Missy Moreno and Lucia Williams. New to FPT in the ensemble/swings include Victor Aponte, Matt Fawcett, Ashton Guthrie, Miles Hanna, Carmen LoPresti, Alawna Mallory, and Halle Surgil.

 

The company is still looking to finalize child actors for Merrily and will announce those soon!

 

*AEA

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The cast of Falsettos

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Rob James

Director

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Ashley Harmon

Choreographer

Deana Muro

Music Director

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Chad Elder

Marvin

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Sal Bucci

Whizzer

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Jenna Kantor

Trina

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Lindsay Bayer

Cordelia

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Liv Poole

Swing: Jason

Anna Gergerich

Swing: Trina/Cordelia/Dr. Charlotte

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Justin Borak

Mendel

Natalie Hatcher

Dr. Charlotte

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Matthew Frontz

Jason

Dan Mayhak

Swing: Marvin/Whizzer/Mendel

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Daina Michelle Griffith

Director

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Alex Manalo

Choreographer

Douglas Levine

Music Director

The cast of
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

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Dan Mayhak

Frank

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Catherine Kolos *

Mary

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Marnie Quick

Beth

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Carmen LoPresti

Ensemble

Lindsay Bayer

Ensemble

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Victor Aponte

Ensemble

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Alawna Mallory

Ensemble

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Matt Fawcett

Ensemble

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Miles Hanna

Ensemble

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Nathaniel Yost

Charlie

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Hope Anthony *

Ensemble

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Delana Flowers

Ensemble

Michaela Eisenberg

Gussie

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Ashton Guthrie

Ensemble

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David Ieong

Ensemble

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Halle Surgil

Ensemble

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Lucia Williams

Ensemble

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Missy Moreno

Ensemble

L'Chaim, To Life, To Leon

It is with extreme sadness that we report that our dear friend and one of the founding producers of Front Porch Theatricals, Leon S. Zionts lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away on November 10th, 2019. We will find many opportunities, we hope, to honor him and his commitment to musical theater and the musical theater community. 

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"Leon S. Zionts was a man with a song in his heart, a joke at the ready and a helping hand for all in the theater community that he called his second family. The 61-year-old lawyer, performer and producer died midday on Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He spent his final days in his Point Breeze home, receiving friends and surrounded by his family and with his beloved dog, Fiyero, who always got a program credit. When he died, the show tune "Corner of the Sky' was playing on repeat."

 - Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Zionts began producing musicals with Bruce E.G. Smith in 2008, forming the boutique musical theater production company Front Porch Theatricals. Nancy joined the company in 2014. 'We became producers,' Smith said. 'We always joked about the musical The Producers. He wanted to be in the image of Max Bialystock and I was Leo Bloom.' They staged productions of popular, well-known shows like In the Heights, Parade and Big Fish'The heart and soul of the company is Leon and that will never be replaced,' Smith said."

 - David Rullo, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

MEMORIES FROM PAST SHOWS

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