The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Written by Stephen Chbosky
Adapted by Hailey Rohn
Presented by special permission from Summit LLC.
Directed by Jeffrey M. Cordell
May 5 – 14, 2017
Connor Bahr (Derek/Craig) is happy to be returning to Prime Stage after appearing in The Great Gatsby. Connor studied Acting at Point Park University and has worked with various companies in and around the Pittsburgh area. Recent credits include Assassins (Balladeer/Oswald) at Stage 62, West Side Story (Lt. Schrank) and Lyrical Christmas Carol (Marley) at Lincoln Park. Connor is also the Artistic Director of T.A.C.T, directing Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Thank you to the production team and Prime Stage for the opportunity. As always thank you to Justin and Bobby.
Lyric Bowman (Mary Elizabeth) has loved Perks since she read the book back in her own high school days! After moving to Pittsburgh only a year ago, she's been so grateful to the community for its multitude of opportunities, including her roles as Terri in Stage Right's Is There a Comic in the House, and Amanda in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival production of Thread, helmed by The Summer Company. Many thanks to all the people who were willing to share their time and talents with her; she hopes to be able to repay the favor one day.
John Feightner (Dad/Mr. Anderson) John is an actor and comedian residing in Pittsburgh, mostly seen about town at Arcade Comedy Theater as a member of their improv house team, Warp Zone, and as an adventurer on Knights of Arcade: An Epic D&D Comedy. John has graced the stage of the New Hazlett for Prime Stage before, notably for The Westing Game, Our Town, A Wrinkle in Time, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and most recently as a voice for George Orwell's 1984. Other favorite productions include Picasso at Lapin Agile (Stage Right), The Book of Liz (No Name Players), Ojo (Bricolage), Detroit (12 Peers Theater), and Serpentine (Uncumber Theatrics).
Jessie Goodman (Bob) Jessie is thrilled to do her second show with Prime Stage Theatre after playing Julia in 1984. Her New York credits include Locked at Metropolitan Playhouse, Our Country’s Good, Can Cause Death, and Shmendricked with VoiceTheatre. Some of her regional credits include Julius Caesar, Judgment at Nuremberg, and The Censor with Throughline Theatre Company, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tempest, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, northeastsouthwest with Beautiful Cadaver Project for the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Titus Andronicus, and The Sisters with Cup-a-Jo Productions. Jessie is a current member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre. She received her BFA in Acting from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Amanda Dora Lee (Alice) is incredibly grateful to take part in sharing a story that has had a huge influence on her since her teenage years. Originally from Raleigh, NC, she just finished her freshman year in Point Park University’s theatre program. When not in classes at Point Park, Amanda enjoys taking improv classes at Arcade Comedy Theater. She’d like to thank her family, Nico, Luna, and Ethan for always supporting her.
Josh Reardon (Chris/Ensemble) is incredibly excited to be joining Prime Stage for the first time! After graduating Peters Township High, where Perks of Being a Wallflower was filmed, he attended Seton Hill University where he is currently perusing his BA in Musical Theater. Alongside performing he enjoys spending his time as a photographer, working in both digital and film mediums. Recently he has been seen performing with Split Stage Productions in Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw) and Carrie the Musical (Billy), the Theater Factory in Next to Normal (Henry) and the Stage Right! young professionals group, as well as in Rock of Ages (Drew). He would like to thank the entire creative staff as well as the cast of Perks of Being a Wallflower for the incredible opportunity to be a part of such an amazing experience. He would also like to thank his incredible family and friends for their constant and continued love and support, especially his wonderful girlfriend Alyssa.
Stacey Rosleck (Mom) is very happy to be back at Prime Stage. She previously performed in the company’s productions of The Scarlet Letter and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She also has performed with numerous Pittsburgh-area companies including Throughline, Stage 62, Little Lake, South Park, and Stage Right as well as with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Favorite roles include Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker; Miss Hannigan in Annie; Chick in Crimes of the Heart; and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in the short film Being Frank (Carpio Pictures) at the 2016 Pittsburgh Uncut Film Festival. Thank you to Jeffrey Cordell for this wonderful opportunity.
Logan Shiller (Patrick) is excited to play Patrick in Prime Stage Theater’s production of Perks of Being a Wallflower! Logan is a senior Musical Theater Major at CAPA High School, and would not be an actor if not for his teacher, Jill Wadsworth, who opened up the world of art to him, and gave him the tools with which he will never stop working to improve himself. Some of the roles Logan has played at CAPA are Pippin (King Charlemagne), West Side Story (Chino), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Irvin).
Peter Joseph Kelley Stamerra (Charlie) is thrilled and honored to be making his debut with Prime Stage Theatre in their production of Perks of being A Wallflower as Charlie! Peter is a sophomore at CAPA 6-12 and has performed in other shows, like Into the Woods (The Baker), Anything Goes (Quartet Tenor), Narnia (Peter), and Julius Caesar (Brutus). He is also a seasoned veteran of Act One Theatre School, where he has attended since he was in the first grade. When not on stage, Peter can be seen fencing with Pittsburgh Fencing Association, volunteering at Animal Friends, listening to other musicals, showing his pancake enthusiasm, or Watching Game of Thrones and Man in the High Castle with his Mom. He would like to dedicate this show to his sister Elizabeth, for influencing his world in untold ways. "Thanks Bip!" Peter wishes luck to his fellow cast and crew for this wonderful production!
Madeline Watkins (Candace/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be portraying Candace in Prime Stage's Perks of Being a Wallflower! The Texas native will be starting her junior year in the fall at Point Park University. She's pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in musical theatre and playwriting/screenwriting. Her most recent works include: Parallels (Adrienne), Taking Care (writer), and A Superfluous Mockery (writer), all with the Conservatory of Performing Arts. She would like to say thanks to the cast and crew of this amazing production!
Evan Ellicott Wormald (Brad/Ensemble) is a rising junior BFA acting major at Point Park University and he is especially thrilled to be making his Prime Stage debut! Recent credits include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical with Point Park University Conservatory and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with Pittsburgh Playhouse Jr. He can also be seen in short films such as Between Pages and The Mackenzie Pine Chronicles. Thanks for coming out, and enjoy the show!
Julia Zoratto (Sam) Julia is overjoyed to be returning Prime Stage Theatre as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower! She was previously seen with Prime Stage as Hannah Stern in The Devil’s Arithmetic in the spring of 2014. In addition to being a junior at Shady Side Academy, Julia also has been studying drama and musical theater since the age of seven. Her past theater credits include: The Addams Family (Morticia), Macbeth (Assistant Director), Into the Woods (Florinda), Into the Woods (Lucinda), Curtains! (Georgia), Queer Thoughts/Flicker at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2016), and Catch Me If You Can (Female Dancer). Julia would like to thank everyone who was part of the Perks of a Being a Wallflower production, her parents and family, her drama music and dance teachers, her school teachers, and her friends for helping her reach a point in her life where she can partake in this project.