21 Apr Newsies Cast & Crew
Amanda Bailey (MEDDA)
Amanda is incredibly thankful to be a part of Newsies. Credits include: Amadeus (Folger Theater); Caroline, or Change (APAC); Superfly, the Musical (Workshop); Fora, the Musical (NYMF ‘17); Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); and The Color Purple (National Tour).
Film: “I Won The Lottery” (Cannes 2022 Short Film Corner), “Cinema Night”, and “All The Way Home”. TV: “Law and Order: SVU”, “Bronx’ish” and “Power Book 3: Raising Kanan”.
Amanda would like to thank God, her manager, Susan Campochiaro Confrey of CBU Management, Inc and her agent, JC William Agency, for creating magic and making opportunities happen.
Frankie Zabilka (DAVEY)
Frankie returns to 5-Star Theatricals, where he previously appeared in Something Rotten! as Nigel Bottom.
Other credits include the first development reading of Fortunate Sons by Paul Williams & Marc Madnick, ABC’s “Rebel” as Matthew Hilliard, and “Chang Can Dunk” on Disney+ (2023). Currently, he can be seen alongside Will Arnett in a national campaign for commercetools. Frankie grew up in the Chicago area and holds a BFA in musical theatre from Ball State University.
Love to Tianna and his wonderful family. For Erica.
Gregory North (Joseph Pulitzer)
Gregory knew that Journalism BA would come in handy someday!
5-Star: Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback. BROADWAY: Into the Woods, Secret Garden, Christmas Carol, Grand Hotel opposite Cyd Charisse. TOUR: Phantom, Show Boat, Les Misérables. WORLD PREMIERE: The Last Ship. REGIONAL: Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre Louisville, Taper, South Coast (She Loves Me), Pasadena Playhouse (12 Angry Men), La Mirada (Grumpy Old Men), Music Circus, Laguna Playhouse (Harvey), Musical Theatre West, Reprise, Hollywood Bowl.
FILM/TV: “In Good Company”, “Elizabethtown”, “Law & Order”, “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”, “Astroboy”, “11.22.63”.
Happily married to Cynthia Marty. gregorynorthactor.com
Jonalyn Saxer (Katherine Plumber)
Jonalyn is thrilled to be returning to 5 Star after having growing up performing with them. She was most recently seen as Karen Smith in the first national tour of Mean Girls after appearing in the original Broadway cast in the ensemble. She can also be seen as a Jet girl in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”.
Other Broadway credits include Cats, Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Bullets Over Broadway.
Regionally, she was seen as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at The Muny, and has performed at other theaters including Pittsburgh CLO, Maine State Music Theater, and The Rev.
Proud graduate of Syracuse University. @jksaxer
Nolan Almeida (Crutchie)
Nolan is ecstatic to be making his 5-Star Theatricals debut in such an incredible show!
Favorite credits include: Jack in Into the Woods, The Center of the Universe with Phantom Projects Theatre Group, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Eddie in Wonder.
Thanks to his acting coach, Danielle Keaton, who helped him find the art in acting, as well as his family, friends, and vocal coach, Kris Huston for their constant guidance and support.
Wes Williams (Jack Kelly)
Wes was last seen on the Kavli stage as Zack Mayo in the First National Tour of An Officer and A Gentleman: The Musical. He’s thrilled to be back in Thousand Oaks telling a new story with this brilliant company, and for the opportunity to collaborate with Richard and the entire team at 5-Star Theatricals.
Love to my family and Robert for the constant, unyielding support.
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Zachary Thompson (Les)
Zachary is thrilled to join the cast of Newsies. Zach is passionate about soccer, baseball & theatre.
Favorite roles include: Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (TO Repertory Company), Youth Ensemble in The Music Man! (5-Star Theatricals), Young Shrek in Shrek (5-Star Theatricals), and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins (Hillcrest Players).
Thank you to everyone at 5-Star, the artistic team, awesome cast & crew, as well as Casey, Trent and family.
Richard Hinds (Director/Choreographer)
Richard’s directing and choreography credits include Escape to Margaritaville, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse), Catch Me If You Can, Holiday Inn, Guys and Dolls (The REV), The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Newsies (La Mirada, Pittsburgh CLO), How To Succeed In Business…, Evita (Flat Rock Playhouse).
Broadway credits include Company (Associate Chor.), Come From Away (Associate Chor.), Disney’s Newsies (Associate Dir.), Jekyll & Hyde (Associate Dir./Chor.) and Il Divo: A Musical Affair (Assistant Dir.). He worked on the Off-Broadway production of Here Lies Love (Associate Dir./Chor.) and the National Tours of 9 to 5 (Associate Dir.) and Disney’s High School Musical (Associate Chor.).
Richard’s television credits include Encore! (Disney+), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, America’s Got Talent, The Bethenny Show, Bring It and Good Afternoon America.
Wilkie Ferguson (Musical Director / Conductor)
Wilkie Ferguson is a native of Miami, Florida and a graduate of New World School of the Arts. He studied music and mathematics at Morehouse College, and majored in classical piano performance at Eastman School of Music. Wilkie’s first job out of college was with the faculty of the Boys’ Choir of Harlem as assistant director, piano accompanist and music theory instructor.
Recent musical direction includes productions of For The Record: Tarantino Live; Spamilton; and Ragtime.
As a performer, he was a part of the original broadway casts of the Tony Award winning The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Motown the Musical, and Wonderland. and has toured with In the Heights; Hairspray; and Dreamgirls. Off broadway and regional shows include Cotton Club Parade at City Center and the world premieres of Sister Act and Ray Charles Live at Pasadena Playhouse.
As a composer/arranger, some of his work can be heard in Show Way (which premiered at the Kennedy Center this Spring); Parrotheads; Congo Cabaret by Shoga Films; and his original musical, Take On Me, featuring big band arrangements of 80s pop hits.
In addition to musical directing/conducting, producing, arranging and composing, Wilkie continues to teach piano and voice, with students performing on broadway and in television/film. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter: @wilkieferguson, @takeonmemusical
Anthony Raimondi (Associate Director/Choreographer)
Anthony Raimondi is an actor, director and choreographer based in New York City. He has performed with the company of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, both the National and International tours of West Side Story and most recently, television shows like the Emmy Award winning series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
As a director/choreographer, Anthony has been a part of creating many large scale productions including Nick Jr. Live, Newsies, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and West Side Story. He has also donated time to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids helping to create pieces for BCEFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition and Broadway Bares.
Alex Choate (Prop Designer)
Alex Choate has been working in entertainment for the last 18 years, from theatre’s to your television. Having studied under Don Childs, Alex has made it an imperative to be as diverse in his knowledge as possible. Most recently, Alex’s work has been featured on the DC shows Doom Patrol, Titans, Stargirl, Black Lightning, and Amazon Prime’s The Boys. Alex has also been with 5 Star Theatricals since 2013, and hopes for many more years.
“Integrity is all we have. An artist without integrity has nothing.” -Ladislav Vychodil
Noelle Raffy (Costume Coordinator)
Los Angeles based designer Noelle Claire Raffy has been an accomplished freelance designer for over 17 years. She was educated at Otis College of Art and Design, BFA and has her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Costume Design.
Noelle has worked on a wide range of films like Robin Hood, Adventureland, Bridge to Nowhere, Shelter and Oscar nominated The Road. Commercials for Weight Watchers, Oral B, Cadbury, Samsung and Quaker Oats as well as clients like Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Ridley Scott Films and MTV are all a part of her portfolio of work. She continues to work with the English National Ballet School, The Tricycle Theatre, and Academy Costumes in London.
Her designs for the play The Birds were exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial (2007). She designed costumes for The Orestia Trilogy, which was voted “Best Play of 2007” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. While at Otis College, she was awarded the Rudi Gernreich Scholarship by the Fashion Group International of Los Angeles.
Noelle continues to work in local and regional theater (Utah Festival Opera, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 5-Star Theatricals) as well as shares her passion through teaching. Noelle has been a Designer /Lecturer at University of California, Riverside, L.A. City College, and Idyllwild Arts. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance, Costume Design at California Lutheran University.
Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Designer)
An international and Broadway lighting designer, he is a nine-time Ovation Award Nominee and Winner of the Ovation, StageRaw, Garland, LA Drama Critics Circle, Broadway World and Kinetic Lighting Awards.
Broadway designs: The Illusionists (Neil Simon Theatre, Pantages & US Tours), Bravo Bernstein (Hudson Theatre), Gotham Glory at Carnegie Hall. Regional: Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, International City Theatre, Reprise, Ensemble Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, The Colony & Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. On the West-End he designed Rolling with Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre and was on the design teams for the Broadway productions of PRIMO, Andrew Lloyd Webbers The Woman in White, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the national tour of Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury.
Other designs include over eighteen permanent productions for Holland America & Norwegian Cruise Lines, the NBA All Star Game, LA Lakers at Staples Center, the LA Auto Show, and in 2008 had the honor of lighting Pope Benedict XVI for the Papal Rally in NYC. He is Principal Designer for the USA International Ballet Competitions held every four years.
Jared creates the lighting for the nationally touring music group The Company Men and has served as designer to artists such as Sutton Foster, Jason Alexander, Barbara Cook, Martin Short, Liz Callaway, Lorna Luft, Betty Buckley, John C Riley, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and Neil Diamond.
His architectural designs are seen regularly in restaurants and exhibits as well as the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Jared is a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers; he became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artists-Local 829 and serves as Vice-Chair of the executive board. www.jaslighting.com
For Pasadena Playhouse, his designs include: Ragtime, Our Town, Gather, It’s A Wonderful Life, Shout Sister Shout, HAM!, Casa Valentina, Breaking Through, Kiss Me, Kate, Under My Skin, ART, Blues for an Alabama Sky and South Street.
Jonathan Burke (Sound Designer)
Jonathan is a Los Angeles based sound designer for Theater, Opera and live music events.
Originally from Cambridge, England, Jonathan came to the United States by way of Hong Kong. He was the resident sound designer for 2 seasons at Pittsburgh’s City Theater Company before moving West to Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and 2 children.
Recent work includes Design and Mixing Kinky Boots at the Hollywood Bowl; Associate Design and Mix for Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding’s opera …Iphigenia; an immersive outdoor Sound Design for the Cincinnati Opera “Summer at Summit” season and mixing “The 3 Women of Jerusalem” with Connects/LA Opera where he has mixed the past 11 years of shows downtown at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. In May he designed a production of On Gold Mountain produced by LA Opera and staged outdoors in Chinese Gardens at the Huntingdon Gardens.
Off-Broadway designs include Two’s A Crowd, Lonesome Traveler, The Best is Yet To Come: The music of Cy Coleman at 59E59. Locally, Jonathan has designed sound for The Geffen Playhouse, Disney Hall/LA Phil, The Rubicon Theatre and is the resident sound designer for 5 Star Theatricals where he has designed over 60 musicals.
Jonathan studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, holds BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. His is a member of TSDCA and USA 829 where he also serves on the Sound Design exam committee.
In addition to designing, Jonathan teaches Sound Design at UCLA School of Theater and runs Jabworks, LLC a sound design, consulting, and rental company