The Woman in the Box

Players' Biographies

 Susan Acker  - Mrs. Laura Darling
    This is Susan's first play. A resident of the town of Eagle for 15 years, she is the proud owner of three dogs and three cats. She gives a special thank you to her husband Chuck for giving her the "push" to try.

 Norman Argulsky  - Allen Breck
     Norm  is a very busy actor who has recently appeared in the role of Francis Flute in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and in Before We Say Goodbye at Shea's Smith Theatre, in a role he hopes to reprise this summer at the Lancaster Opera House. He has also appeared as Hatfield in Daniel: the Musical, as well as in many productions of the Batavia Players and the Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers.

 Caitlin Bodine  - Isabella Breck II
 Caitlin is an eighth grade student at Wyoming Central School and a member of the Drama Club. She loves to read, enjoys her mother cat and two kittens, looks forward to Notre Dame High School next year and in continuing with drama there.

Nadine Earl Carey, Singer
     Ms. Carey has performed in such musical theatre as A Little Night Music, Lost in the Stars, Godspell, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide . . . , and  many other productions in New York City, Rochester, New Jersey, and Tennessee, with Blackfriars, Garth Fagan Dancers, and RAPA. In New York City she has sung in such operas as Carmen, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Die Fledermaus with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Ebony, Apollo Opera, and other operatic companies. As a soloist she has performed frequently with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the George Eastman House, Cooper Union (with Lukas Foss, conductor), the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, and other concert halls and churches. Wyoming County music-lovers may remember her performance last fall at her Arts Council-sponsored concert at Strykersville. Nadine is married and lives in Rochester with her concert pianist husband and her teen-aged daughter.

Christopher Clark  - Light and Sound
     Chris is a senior at Notre Dame High School in Batavia and plans on attending RIT in the fall.  He has acted, produced and provided sound and lighting for many  productions in the old Wyoming County Youth Theatre, the new Wyoming County 4-H Theater  and the Notre Dame High School Drama Society.
Rev. Jim Edwards  - Seth M. Gates
     Rev. Jim  has been Pastor of the United Church of Warsaw since early May, 2003. He graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio (like Warsaw, an active stop on the underground railroad) and Yale Divinity School. He has served United Church of Christ congregations in Connecticut, Ohio, and North Tonawanda, New York. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Wendy Deichmann Edwards.  They have a 9-year old son, Lanse. The Reverend is  pleased to have a part in this wonderful play!
Corey Foegen  - Videographer
     Corey is just a guy working behind the scenes to help make the play successful. Corey enjoys making it possible for the young people he works with to engage in new experiences like videography

Margaret Gardner  - Mrs. Elizabeth Smallwood
     Margaret, also from Warsaw,  is now on her second career, having previously worked in Washington. DC. She loves musicals and has seen Cats three times. In her spare time, she likes to read Scifi and Fantasy, and is a very active member in her church as well as volunteering for various activities in the community.

Dawn Greene - Mrs. Laura Barnett
    Dawn  is a third grade teacher at Letchworth Central School and lives in a country  home in Varysburg with her three daughters and husband, T.R. She played the part of "Chyna LaRue" in her acting debut in The Lynch Mob. This murder mystery dinner theatre  was so  much fun that she decided to add acting as a hobby. Other hobbies include  traveling,  camping, and going to the beach.  Dawn also teaches scrapbooking classes for Creative  Memories and enjoys meeting new people Although these activities keep her  very busy,  knowing she has constant love and support from her family gives her energy.

Crista Grove  - Anelen Breck 
    Crista is a an eighth grader at Warsaw Central School. Her first stage play was It's a Wonderful Life. Since entering junior high, she has been in four high school plays. She also dances at the Valley School of Dance in Geneseo where she has been a student for eleven years. Crista has played clarinet for five years participating in instrumental and vocal at county festivals.
Paul Gusmann  - Joshua Darling & Set Designer
     Paul  has been a member of Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers and other theater companies in Western New York for many years. He is an avid fan of horror movies and has created several murder mysteries for WCBS Dinner Theater. He researched and created the characterization of William Pryor Letchworth, which he has presented many times at Letchworth State Park and other locations. He is also an artist and set designer for many productions.

Beth Ann L. Hooker - Costume Designer
    Beth Ann L. Hooker has been involved in all the various aspects of  theatre in at  least 60 amateur and professional productions for the past 35 years.  Beth Ann is probably best known for her roles as the Mother Abbess, Sound of Music, Miss Hannigan, Annie, JoAnne, Company, Kate, Kiss Me Kate, Helen Choa, Flower Drum Song, Marion, Music  Man, Vera, Mame, and Lady Thiang, The King and I.  However, for The Woman in the  Box,, Beth says she has met her biggest challenge yet in costuming.  Weeks of research  and searching for just the right outfits finally will be seen complete as the lights come up  on this production.

Jacqueline Hoyt  - Mary Jones
                Jacqueline  is the librarian of the Castile Public Library and the mother of a  talented musical daughter. Jackie often directed children's theatre in her native Jamaica  and helped coach several of the actors in this production. She loves nature, books, and  theatre, all of which bring her closer to God.

 Stan Janczak  - David C. Martin
    Stan has been fortunate to work with various theater groups in Wyoming County, Dansville, Mt. Morris, Nunda and Geneseo. He is presently treasurer of the Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers. He resides in Geneseo with his lovely wife, Teonna.

 Jim Kaney  - Colonel Charles O. Shephard
     Jim has appeared numerous times on Western New York  stages, most recently in Tony and Tina's Wedding and in a two man show of An Evening with F.D.R.  He will next appear in Finnigan's Farewell with the Lancaster Opera House.

 Kevin Kinney  -   Cyrus Osborne
     Kevin has been in the Wyoming Country Bicentennial Singers since 1980. His first show was South Pacific. Other favorite roles have been the jester in Once Upon a Mattress, Ed in You Can't Take It with You, Frankie Swine in Up All Night Fright Night and Brockton the Butler in The Villain's Web. Most recently he performed as Caspar Valentine in The Lynchmob.  Kevin also enjoyed being in the Shakespeare anthology produced and directed by Harvey Granite (except that the panyhose he had to wear gave him a rash). He also plays lead guitar for St. Nicholas Church Music Group in North Java and Folk o' the Road.  In "real life" he is an Industrial Technology teacher at Alexander Central School .
Frank Martin  - William Burghardt
     Frank is a graduate of Lane College in Jackson, TN., in the field of biology.  He teaches in the Rochester City School District.  He's never acted before and thought he would start with this non-speaking role in The Woman in the Box.  He's interested in doing a genealogical search to see if he might be related to Charles Martin, son of Mary Jones, the woman in the box.

Nicole Pavone  - Elizabeth Breck
     Nicole is a fourth grade student at Warsaw Central.  She has  been involved in all three Wyoming County Youth Bureau Talent Shows and has two first place wins and one second place.  Nicole loves to sing, dance and draw.

Karen Rechberger - Pianist
     Karen  has been teaching piano in Perry for the past twelve years and directs the Handbell Choir for the Perry Center Congregational Church. She lives in Perry with her husband and three children. This is Karen's first stage production and she looks forward to doing more of the same in the future.

Mary Ann Reisdorf  - Isabella Breck
     Mary Ann is honored to be part of this historical production. She has performed leads in On golden Pond, Nunsense, Hello Dolly, Curious Savage, Wizard of Oz, Tony and Tina's Wedding, Daniel the Musical, Taking My Turn, several Mystery Dinner Theaters and Children's Theater. She is proud to be a 25+ year member of Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers. Performance venues include Cabaret, in The Square, Theater of Youth, Glickenger Performing  Arts Center, Riviera Theater, Lancaster Opera House, UB Center for the Arts, Reader's Theater in NYC and Edinburgh Scotland's Prince Festival. She is a soloist with the New Sensational Seniors and recreates historical women like Frances Folsom Cleveland and Caroline Bishop at Letchworth State Park. Sincere thanks to her family including her  husband of 42 years, Al, and 6 grandchildren for their support.
Adrian Archibald Ross  - Edward Breck
     Adrian hales from Warsaw, New York. He has appeared  in The Gingerbread Man and The Story of Jesus.
Jane Schmieder Mrs. Emiline Martin at age 30
   Jane is an attorney in practice in Warsaw (in Augustus Frank's old mansion,
right across from the Courthouse) and is the adoptive parent, along with her husband Bernard, of five lively children, four of whom are in this play (Mary, Tia, Kathy and David). Jane generally plays the stage mother, but this time decided to take on a part herself, since she knew she would be at all rehearsals with her children. She lives in an old 1815 brick Federal in Bethany. She loves birds, running, music, and the valley she lives in.
Katherine Renee Schmieder Announcer
   Katherine is a  6th grader at Alexander School. She is in dance (lyrical and
hip-hop and in recital on June 6th) , gymnastics, Girl Scouts, and  plays French horn in the school band.  Her favorite foods are lasagna, pizza, grapes, and tuna fish. Her mother recently bought her a 4 pound can of tuna fish and that's probably not enough. Her favorite drink is Pepsi. She plays on  soccer, basketball, and softball teams. Fascinated with computers, she wants  a career in computers. She recently  appeared in PTA Follies, Oliver!, and was backstage manager for a recent middle school play.
David Schmieder - Charles Martin at age 6
    David is a second grader at Alexander school. He likes Yo-Gi Oh cards, riding
bikes, playing baseball and soccer, ice  skating as well as  swimming.   He starred in a video in first grade and was a  pirate in Peter Pan.  Originally from Batavia, he was adopted by the Schmieders last year. He loves the Schmieder Farm and having so many cousins. He is also a Cub Scout, a Bear to be exact, and loves Camp Sam Wood.

 Mary Schmieder Eliza Jones at ages 18 & 26
   Mary  is 13 and  in the 8th grade in Alexander school. Her favorite sports are
basketball, soccer, tennis and football. She was adopted by the Schmieders when she was 9; before that she lived down by New York City. She  wants to be a model. She loves cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. She takes dance lessons, gymnastics and is in the Cadette Girl Scouts. She plays drum in the Marching Band. This play was a challenge to her. Her favorite subject in school is math. She has previously been on stage in Stuart Little, Oliver!, PTA Follies, Godspell, and the talent show at the Genesee County Fair. She braids her own hair, and her little sister's. She likes the play!
Tia Schmieder - Eliza Jones at ages 7, 8, 14
            Tia is a 6th grader in Alexander school. She enjoys gymnastics, cheerleading, softball, dancing, singing, basketball, and soccer. She is now 11 and loves animals like cats, dolphins, cheetahs, fish, and horses. She is also half, Native American. She wants to be a singer and a gymnast when she grows up. Born in Syracuse, she was adopted when she was 4 years old.

Bridget Sharlow  - Hairdresser
     Bridget is currently employed at Lisa Marie's Hair Salon in Mt. Morris, NY. Her thirteen years experience includes training at Redken 5th Avenue in New York City and Vidal Sasson in Toronto.

 Omar Simmons  - Charles William Martin, age 16
     Omar is a 14 year old student in the Rochester City School District.  He's an 8th  grader in the International Baccalaureate program at  the  James Madison School of  Excellence.  He has been involved in public speaking for the past 4 years and has won the  WDKX Toastmaster's Contest for the past two years.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  is his  role model.  He uses his public speaking talents to try to "make things right."  He's pleased  at this opportunity to expand his public speaking skills in a play.
Charles Smith  - Dr. Augustus Frank & Augustus Frank, Junior
    Charlie is  retired from Kodak and is a bus driver for Six Flags Darien Lake.
Hugh Ten Hagen  - Rev. Williams
     A native of Warsaw, Hugh is the Pathways Coordinator for Wyoming County. He  has not acted since a play in the third Grade.  He is involved in numerous community  activities and an active alumnus of Cornell University.  Hugh volunteered the United  Church of Warsaw to host this play as the abolitionist movement played an important role  in the history of the United Church of Warsaw and its predecessor churches.

Playwright - Director - Producer

 Harvey Granite, Playwright
     Harvey Is a resident of Warsaw, the author of many short stories and articles and editor of fifteen anthologies of literature, still in use in American colleges and high schools. He has not written a play for many years, but has performed often with the Rochester Community Players. He was inspired to write The Woman in The Box  after researching the history of his own house, which was built by a member of the Frank family.
Sue Hengelsberg, Director
    Sue is a founding member of the Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers (1975), appearing in their productions of Sound of Music, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof,  Pajama Game, and others. She has been a folk singer/musician for 30 years, solo and recently as leader of Folk  o' the Road for the "Singer".   Sue wrote, directed and produced 2 full length historical dramas, Hermit of Hermitage (1996) and Old Plush Album of Wyoming County (1998), with support of the Warsaw Historical Society and The Arts Council. She is retiring from elementary teaching to devote more time to the arts. She thanks her husband for putting up with her busy schedule and being a big fan.
Patricia Meek, Producer
    Pat, a teacher and educational consultant in Rochester for many years,  says
 that teaching sixth graders is its own form of  theatre.  A writer, she has produced  medieval pageants and  public speaking contests. She has written dramatic presentations  about Warsaw and the Underground Railroad, often bringing performers from Rochester  for productions at the United Church, the Seth Gates House and the Warsaw Public Library.