Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Jeff Coon is a 1988 Graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School. He attended University of Pennsylvania, and, during the summer months, returned home to Cape May to work at Carney’s, Restaurant Maureen (now M’Ocean), Summers and EsTaTi (now Cabanas). He has been a professional actor and singer based in the Philadelphia area since 1993. Called by Philadelphia Weekly “one of Philadelphia’s most talented and vocally gifted musical performers,” Jeff has appeared in over 100 professional productions, and been nominated for 10 Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia’s theatre awards), winning once. He appears frequently at Walnut Street Theatre and Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, and has performed nationally with Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, The Prince Music Theatre, Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, among others. He has performed as Jean Valjean (LES MISERABLES), Harold Hill (THE MUSIC MAN), Che (EVITA), and Gaston (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), in addition to numerous other notable roles. Mr. Coon has also worked as a producer for Zakarak Productions of Wallingford, PA and produced live corporate events. www.jeffreycoon.com
Fran Prisco a Philadelphia native, and resident, he has developed a reputation as one of his hometown's favorite performers! His resume boasts over 20 productions at the Walnut St. Theatre, that include two Barrymore Nominations. He also has performed for most of Philly's excellent theatre companies including: The Arden, The Wilma, Philadelphia Theatre Co., 1812 Productions, 11th Hour, and Delaware Theatre Co., among others. Last Summer He had the honor of returning to his college campus to portray Ali Hakim in OKLAHOMA! for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. His performing career has taken him all over the country including two National Tours of FOREVER PLAID, and a six month gig in Denver, CO for their production of MY WAY! A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA. He is also a respected Cabaret artist. Cabarets he's created and performed include a "TRIBUTE TO JOHNNIE RAY", and "AN EVENING OF BREAK UP SONGS FOR STUPID VALENTINE'S DAY! The Jersey Shore has, as for most Philadelphians, been Fran's home away from home, for relaxation and work! He's spent Summers at the Showplace and Music Man Ice Cream Parlours In LBI and Lavalette respectively. He's acted at the Surflight Theatre on LBI, and The Tropicana in AC! Beyond thrilled to be in Cape May!!!
JP Dunphy is proud to be a member of this extraordinary show with such amazingly talented colleagues! A Villanova, Pa resident, recently seen in Media Theatre’s production of SUNSET BOULEVARD as Manfred, Favorite roles include Frankie in FOREVER PLAID and Corny Collins in HAIRSPRAY. Other regional works include MAME, ANNIE, RENT, JEKYLL & HYDE, The Who’s TOMMY, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and SPAMALOT. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA.
Michael Philip O'Brien
Michael is a native Philadelphian and graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a four-time Barrymore Award Nominee, winning the award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical in 2009. New York Credits: The York Theatre, Greenwich Street Theatre and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Regional Credits: Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, NJPAC, Milwaukee Rep., The Arden, Prince Music Theatre, Bristol Riverside, and many more. Michael is also the Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company, Philadelphia's Boutique Musical Theatre Company. Now celebrating it's 11th Anniversary Season, 11th Hour has received over 30 Barrymore Award Nominations and produced 16 musicals, including 9 Philadelphia Premieres. www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org
Krissy Fraelich was last seen as Miss Shields in A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Media Theater. Other credits include Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL at Arden Theatre Company and at The Eagle Theatre, Emily Hobbs in ELF, Eva Peron in EVITA (Walnut Street Theatre), Dot/Marie in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Nurse Betty Gow in BABYCASE, SWEENEY TODD and JACQUES BREL...PARIS (Arden Theatre Company), Alice in THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Medea Theatre), THE NEW RED HOT MAMAS (Bristol Riverside Theatre), and Lowdermilk and Kerrigan's FLASH OF TIME at the Kimmel Center. Krissy made her Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn's THE CIVIL WAR and was the Narrator in the First National Tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. She had the amazing opportunity to perform under the music direction of and be conducted by Jason Robert Brown in his SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Symphony Space in NYC. As a member of the Broadway Gospel Choir, Krissy has performed alongside Linda Eder at Carnegie Hall in the concert CHRISTMAS STAYS THE SAME.
Larry Lees (Music Director)
Larry is a composer, lyricist, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor, working primarily in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. Major works include the original musicals: Jonestown, 16 Days, and the forthcoming Wonder Pig; as well as the operatic work, Obesa Cantavit: The True Tale of a Music Legend and the Sandwich Who Loved Her. Additionally, he has written incidental music for several plays, including The Magic of Mrs. Crowling (2007 Innovative Theatre Award nomination), The Colonel’s Holiday, The Blood Brothers Present..., and The Birth, Adoption and Death of Dorothy Dutchess. Apart from his theatrical works, Larry’s compositions and arrangements have been featured in some of NYC’s most renowned music venues—including 54 Below, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, and The Metropolitan Room. In recent years, Larry has had the pleasure to be welcomed into the world of the circus, having created original scores for several seasons with the world-famous Circus Vargas, contributing original songs to the acclaimed clown duo Steve and Ryan, and now serving as the resident composer for Venardos Circus Productions. Among other things, he was the conductor and orchestrator for We Tell The Story: The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty (Lucille Lortel Theatre), and recently completed a return NY engagement of Carole Bufford’s cabaret hit, Speak Easy, which he co-created, orchestrated, and conducted—and which featured the talents of the legendary Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Visit www.larrylees.com for more information.
An award-winning actor, Ben's roles range from Batboy to Candide, from Anthony Hope to Leo Frank, for which he won the Barrymore Award in 2014 for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Ben's approach to work is equal parts powerful and playful. An accomplished musician, Ben also has a private voice studio where he teaches singers how to unlock their sound and enliven their vocal performance.
Amanda Morton (Music Supervisor)
Amanda Morton is a freelance Music Director and Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts and Drexel University. Select credits include: A New Brain, Into the Woods (Barrymore Award recipient), Spring Awakening (Theatre Horizon); A Year With Frog & Toad, The Secret Garden, Passion, Parade (Arden Theatre Company); Kiss of the Spider Woman, A New Brain, Side Show (11th Hour Concert Series); Malpractice Makes Perfect (York Theatre Company); Peter & I (American Theatre of Actors); We Tell the Story: The Songs of Ahrens & Flaherty (Lortel Theatre). Amanda is featured on the album "Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures (1949-2013)" in collaboration with Brian D'Arcy James and Sheldon Harnick. She has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Upcoming: Spamalot (Resident Theatre Company).
Erin Maguire has appeared on the Game Show Network and was most recently seen cooking with celeb chef Michelle Ragussis on FunnyFoodTV. She was a semi finalist in the She Devil Comedy Festival in NYC and was the first female to win The Slaughter StandUP competition. Most recently, she headlined the Salem Comedy fest and appear regularly at clubs in the NYC/NJ/Philly area. Erin is the CEO and Founder of a brand new production company, Cinnamon Broom Productions. For up to date info and bookings, check out www.erinmaguire.com or follow on Twitter @ginjointgal or Instagram @cinnamonbroomproductions.
Rachel Brennan has performed all over the country, even at the White House, but she will always be partial to the Philadelphia area and its natives, especially having grown up just down the street in Jeffersonville. Rachel holds a degree in music from The Catholic University of America, where she studied musical theatre. Aside from being a performer, she is a mom to a three-year-old son, a theatre teaching artist, certified yoga instructor and also runs a small reclaimed-wood business with her husband. Credits include: The Three Maries (Little Marie) - The Prince Theatre; Becky Shaw (Suzanna Slater) - Montgomery Theatre; Factory Girls (Abigail), Lizzie (Bridget Sulivan) and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel Jackson) - 11th Hour Theatre Co., Treasure Island (Jamie Hawkins), The Three Musketeers (Henrietta) and Snow White (Frannie) - Peoples's Light and Theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Lana Sherwood) - The Prince Musical Theatre, Willy Wonka (Charlie's Mother) and (Cindy) - The Kennedy Center and National Tours.
Shavey Brown is ecstatic to be joining The Summer Club! Recently, he was seen at Walnut Street Theatre where he performed in South Pacific. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (El Gallo). National Tours: Swing!, The Pajama Game, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: The Scottsboro Boys (Ahmanson, American Conservatory Theatre, The Old Globe). Film/TV: The Only Living Boy in New York (in theaters August 11th!) and HBO's Vinyl. Training: Wright State University. Thanks to God, Joey and Jeff for having him feel like Nat King Cole for a night, and my amazing friends and family.
Tony Braithwaite is a 3-time Barrymore Award-winning actor, comic, director, emcee, writer, and teacher based in Philadelphia who has been hailed by the Philly press as, "The Funniest Man in Philadelphia." Braithwaite’s professional career began at 13, when he became the youngest stand-up ever to appear at NYC’s legendary comedy club, The Improv. As an adult, he has performed at numerous theatres: in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, and D.C. He is currently the Artistic Director of Act II Playhouse in Ambler. His work ranges from stand-up to Shakespeare, from modern classics to musical comedy. All the while, he has managed to find time to teach and direct at local educational institutions such as Curtis Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and his beloved alma mater, St. Joe’s Prep.
B'way/ Off B'way/Regional: Lord Tom (Eliza), How Water Behaves( Ayutunde), Saturday Night ,Propaganda!( Agent X/Outstanding Individual Performance NYMF 2014 Award), Parade ( Minnie McKnight, Angela/2014 Barrymore Award Outstanding Featured Actress)Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston -Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award), Working(Drama Desk Award), Xanadu(Erato/Kira Cover), Color Purple(Celie), Avenue Q, Dessa Rose( Dessa ),Once On This Island(Timoune/ Mama Euralie), Ragtime(Sarah) Film/TV:Sesame Street, Hostages, Odd Mom Out. Follow me on Twitter! @miller_kenita
Joilet is a multi-talented mezzo-soprano and actress, affectionately and aptly known as “Joi”, has accomplished more in 32 years as a professional entertainer than many do in a lifetime. Joi has lent her remarkable talents to an impressive array of acclaimed recording artists such as Patti LaBelle, Kenny Lattimore, Melba Moore and a host of others. She has toured Europe extensively singing gospel and even enjoyed recurring three-month engagements at a theme park in Italy. Joilet has graced the stage in innumerable theatre productions across the USA. Her TV credits include LAW & ORDER, SVU, NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, HACK, PHILLY, and for two seasons she played the role of Detective Caroline Massey on the HBO series THE WIRE. She has appeared in major motion pictures such as ANIMAL FACTORY with Willem DeFoe, 12 MONKEYS with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, BELOVED with Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, MAXIMUM RISIK with Jean Claude VanDamme and ROCKY V with Sylvester Stallone, and numerous others. Joi won the Barrymore Award, “Best Actress in a Musical” for her auspicious performance as “Caroline” in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia. Joilet has been celebrated as “One of Philly’s Best”. She is an active member of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where she serves as a soloist choir member. “For all that I’ve accomplished in my life, I give all the credit, praise, honor and thanks to God. It’s been through no goodness of my own, but by His grace and mercy. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!”