Meg is a graduating senior with an
option in Acting. Her roles at PSU include Meg in Rumors, Dracula in Dracula, Laura in The Glass Menagerie,
Magdalene, Loretta and Sister Glenna in The Last Days of Judas
Iscariot. Meg recently student directed The
Playwright Showcase and also business directs the all-female a cappella
group on campus “Mixed Emotions”. Meg grew up in Walpole,
MA. She aspires to be a working actor on stage and on film
where she can share her love of story-telling through the world of
Crystal is a graduating senior with an option in
Theatre Design. Crystal has worked as a carpenter at PSU on
productions such as Rumors, Threepenny Opera, Dracula, Avenue Q, Les Miserable and many more. She has also worked as Prop Master at PSU for the production of The Pleasure Men and Dracula, and was recently Assistant Set Designer for Rumors.
Outside of the theatre, Crystal enjoys sewing her own costumes and
making props in her free time, as well as photography. She would like
to thank everyone at PSU and the Silver Center that gave her the chance
to learn so much and further her education in the field that she
Matt is a graduating senior with an emphasis in
Music Theatre Performance. Born and raised in Central
Massachusetts, Matt had an interest in the arts since an early
age. He began playing saxophone in the fourth grade. Once introduced to
theatre in high school, Matt began performing in as many productions he
could get his hands on. Matt served as an officer for the Plymouth
Players, the student senate organization for theatre and the original
theatre organization .at Plymouth State. Matt began
singing as his main musical outlet his senior year of high school, and
had the opportunity to sing at Symphony Hall with the Massachusetts
All-State Choir. At PSU, he performed with Plymouth State's
all male Acapella Group: Vocal
Order! as well as with University Choral, and has
participated in many productions at PSU, both on stage, and backstage.
Katrina is a graduating senior with an
option in Acting. Her roles at Plymouth State include Goneril from the
staged reading of King Lear, Van Helsing from ,Dracula,,
and Officer Welch in Neil Simon's ,Rumors,. She was
also involved as the leading lady in the student directed and produced
short film ,Average,,
and also had the privilege of partaking in a promotional commercial for
Plymouth State University. In her free time she enjoys delving deeper
into the arts of drawing, painting, and special effects makeup. She
would like to thank all of her family, friends, and professors who have
helped guide and support her through these last four years of college,
and have challenged her to grow not only in her arts and academics, but
as an individual as well. Katrina is looking forward to what the future
Kayla Marquis Fernekees is a graduating
senior with an
option in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Dance Pedagogy. She has
performed recently at Plymouth State in A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum (Tintinabula), and in The Threepenny Opera
(The Artist/Featured Dancer). Past roles include Kayla in Transitions (an
original piece by Trish Lindberg for incoming freshmen at Plymouth
State University), Ensemble in Orpheus
and the Underworld, and Ensemble in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Fernekees had an original piece title How I lost My Mind: A Ghost Story
performed in Plymouth's Playwright Showcase as well. She has
choreographed musicals for Salem High school since 2012 including All Shook Up,
A Grand Night
for Singing, You're
a Good Man Charlie Brown, and The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee. In 2013 she Assistant Stage Managed Les Miserables and
in 2014 she Stage Managed Avenue
Fernekees recently started teaching ballet, tap, and jazz at Dancing
Feet Studios in Bristol New Hampshire, and does summer improvisation
workshops for Triple Threat Theatre Camp at the Londonderry Dance
Evan Grande is graduating from Plymouth State University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and an
option in acting. He is originally from Kingston Massachusetts. Roles at Plymouth State University include:
Rumors (Glenn Cooper), Dracula (Harker), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), King Lear (Edmund), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
(El-Fayoumy), and Anatomy of Gray (Homer). Evan has also spent the last two years working in the scene shop
at the Silver Center, where he has gained experience in carpentry, electrics and backstage work. Once he
graduates, he plans to head to San Francisco to study clowning!
Kelley is a senior graduating this year with a B.A. in Theatre with a
concentration in Music Theatre. Previous roles include The Threepenny Opera (Macheath), Avenue Q(Princeton), Les Miserables (Marius), and Spring Awakening (Ernst). This summer, Andrew will be part of Jean's Playhouse's summer company, participating in Pippin (Pippin), Man of La Mancha (Barber/ Muteleer), and Dames at Sea (Dick).
Andrew has also done a lot of work with Theatre at the Mount in
Gardner, MA, a high caliber community theatre located in North Central
Massachusetts. His most recent roles at PSU include Ken Gorman in Neil
Simon's Rumors, and Leo Frank in a concert production of Jason Robert Brown's Parade.
Along with participating in Musicals and plays, Andrew has also been a
member of PSU's Chamber Singers for two years and has been able to
travel to Chile and Southern California singing for students and
members of different communities. He has been involved with the
college's all male A Cappella group Vocal Order and was the Business
Director for one year.
Ashley is a graduating senior from Southern New
Hampshire with an option in Theatrical Design Technology.
She specializes in Wardrobing and Makeup design. While at
Plymouth State, she helped design costumes for The Threepenny Opera
with Danee Grillo. She designed hair and makeup for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. For Tartuffe,
she served both as Wardrobe and as master Painter. Ashley also
worked as a guest-artist for Somersworth High School, designing hair
and makeup for West Side Story and also Guys and Doll, which she also co-directed.
Haley McKenney is a graduating
senior with an
option in Acting. Previous productions include Rumors, Dracula, Tartuffe and Anatomy
of Gray at PSU, plus Dancing at
Lughnasa at the American College in Dublin, Ireland. Haley also recently directed Poetry Night, a play by
Rachel Pantazis, for the 2015 Playwrights Showcase. She wishes to say that she is so blessed
to have had so many wonderful opportunities here. She would like to thank Beth Daily for all her support over the past
four years as well as all her professors, friends and family.
Chelsea Merritt is a singer/actress who majors in Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University. Her program of study emphasizes how to service children with special needs through the outlets of music, theatre, and dance. Chelsea is passionate about exploring the arts as a transformative tool for individuals with special needs, and the communities that support them. PSU stage credits include Kitty (The Drowsy Chaperone), Kate Monster (Avenue Q), and Philia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Foum). Other stage credits include Gertrude in Seussical the Musical (Derryfield Repertory Theatre), Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Derryfield Repertory Theatre), and Charlotte in Oliver! (NH Educational Theatre Collaborative). Chelsea has also participated in PSU's all female a cappella group, Mixed Emotions. After graduating, Chelsea plans on pursuing a Masters Degree in Elementary Education through Plymouth State's Graduate Program. Chelsea's ultimate goal as an educator and performer is to use her abilities to improve the lives of children with disabilities through participation in the arts.
Chase Perkins is a graduating senior with
in Acting and Design & Technology. Primarily an actor, Chase
performed in MTD productions every semester he has attended PSU.
PSU credits include The Playwrights Showcase's The Angry Tomato
(Eli), Twelfth Night
(Officer), The Anatomy
of Grey (Ensemble), The
Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan), The Glass Menagerie
(Jim), The Pleasure Men
(Otto Brother), King
Lear (Duke of Gloucester), Tartuffe (Valere), Dracula (Dr.
Seward), and Rumors
(Lenny). Chase is also an exploratory writer and director. His writing
has been performed in the PSU original devised piece The Pleasure Men,
and his directing has been seen in The Playwrights Showcase's Artura Verani a
new one act written by Hayden Stearns. On the technical side of the
curtain Chase has been employed by the Silver Center for the Arts as a
Carpenter and an Electrician for three years. Aside from building and
mounting 4-6 Theatre productions a year, this job also involves
maintaining three performance spaces and running numerous in house and
touring performances throughout the year. His capacity in the shop has
led him to hold several other technical positions, including Master
Carpenter (Avenue Q),
Assistant Technical Director (Rumors),
and Lighting Designer (Contemporary Dance Ensemble). Next year Chase is
off to Blue Lake, California to attend the Dell' Arte International
School of Physical Theatre.
Salvatore is a Theatrical Design major with a minor in Art History.
Starting off as a stage management option in the theatre department,
Marjorie quickly discovered the wide variety that design had to offer
her. From props, scenic design, and stage-managing, she has been lucky
enough to have the opportunities to explore. She has stage managed two
shows; Anatomy of Grey (2012), and Les Miserables (2013). From assistant scenic designing Orpheus and the Underworld
(2013), Marjorie quickly jumped into scenic designing not one, but two
shows at Plymouth State as a student designer. Her first being Avenue Q (2014), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2015).
Beyond the theatre department, Marjorie participated in the 2013 World
Stage Design event in Cardiff, Wales- where she had the amazing
opportunity to apprentice and assist with designers, puppeteers, and
performers from around the world. She has designed props for Jean’s
Playhouse’s National Tour of A Christmas Carol
(2014). In summer of 2014, she interned with Hasbro in their film
department. As a student, she works in the scenic shop as a
carpenter/electrician for the build of shows and maintenance of the
theatre. Outside of theatre, Marjorie thrives in her interest in Art
History and painting, but always seems to pull it back into theatre and
Sam St. Jean was raised in Goffstown, New Hampshire. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with an Option in Music Theatre Performance.
Regional Credits: Jean’s Playhouse (Spamalot- Bedevere) Educational Theatre Collaborative (Oliver!- Dodger), IMPACT Children’s Theatre, and The Little Red Wagon.
University Credits: Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Mr. Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Nicky (Avenue Q), and Otto (Spring Awakening). In April 2015 Sam made his directorial debut in PSU’s Playwright Showcase with a staged reading of “How I Lost My Mind: A Ghost Story” written by fellow senior Kayla Fernekees. Sam has sung with Dr. Daniel Perkins in the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers and toured Chile with the group in 2014. He also spent two weeks studying “Dancing at Lughnasa” at American College Dublin in Ireland with Kristian and Ron Marken in 2015.
Upcoming Credits: Derryfield Repertory Theatre (The 25th.Spelling Bee- William Barfee) and Nat’l Theatre for Children (North Carolina Tour). At his core, Sam is an enthusiastic, intuitive, and versatile storyteller who can always shine a creative light on a character or work.
Hayden is a gradutating senior who was born in a small
town in Connecticut. His roles at Plymouth State include
Reinfield in Dracula, Andrew Aguecheeck in Twelfth Night, Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe, Georg Zirschnitz in Spring Awakening, Jesus of
Nazareth in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Ensemble in Les
Miserables. Hayden has worked extensively withThe Bradley
Playhouse in Putnam, Connecticut. He acted in a
television pilot by AfterBuzz TV Productions called Teen
Court. He played Alister Gehanny in an independent
film titledTrapped. He is a singer and a songwriter as
well, writing and producing his own work, in addition to contributing
to various music groups and ensembles at Plymouth State. Hayden
believes that our passions are why we live, and therefore should be
pursued as much as possible. His passion is exploring the things that
make us human, and he believes that art is the best way to do this.