Crazy for You


Cast & crew of THS Musicals award winning production of Crazy for You at the CTHSMTA gala.

JESSICA SPILLANE (Artistic Director) is crazy for theatre! This production marks her 15th show at THS. She has also directed musicals for the Trumbull Youth Association and served as the directing mentor for the THeSpians’ 2012 production of ALMOST, MAINE. Jessica is proud to have accompanied THS’s CHSMTA Best Leading Male to the National High School Music Theater Awards in 2011 and to have been selected to attend the “Directing Shakespeare” program at Juilliard in 2012. Her best training, however, has come from over 10 years of working and collaborating with Jerold Goldstein and Frank Root right here at THS. She is thrilled to be once again working with them as well as the dream team of Shannon, Cathy, Matt, MaryJoan, Merial and Jeanette, and our newest young hotshots, Abby & Andrew. When she’s not helping teenagers hone their craft, Jessica can be found teaching English and Drama at THS. As always, her favorite role is “Mom” to Julie Story, Andy & Timo—they continue to be the greatest show on earth for Jessica and her favorite collaborator, Mick. Break legs, y’all!

SHANNON BOLAN (Producer) began her run as producer of the THS musicals five years ago. As someone who wanted to sing on stage from a young age, she never could have imagined how enjoyable it would be to be behind the scenes. Shannon loves (almost) every minute of the high anxiety, high excitement scrambling that producing a show like this one entails. It has been a true pleasure helping the theatre program grow over the years. With each show, the production crew expands and more opportunities are created for students to become involved behind the scenes. She wouldn’t be able to do it all without the amazing production team, creative staff, and supportive parents. Their tireless dedication has been an inspiration. Past production credits include: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (2009), THE MUSIC MAN (2010), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2011), and THE WIZ (2012).

JEROLD GOLDSTEIN (Music Director) is delighted yet again to be working with the students at Trumbull High School as he learns from them every year. Jerold has been directing, musical directing, and teaching in schools and privately throughout Connecticut for the last 25 years. This summer he will be musical directing FIORELLO at The Gary-The Olivia Theater in Bethlehem, CT on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis. As an actor, he was most recently in FACE THE MUSIC for the Encores series at the City Center in NYC, and before that he was in the national tour of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared on Broadway in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING with Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos, and in the musical AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND. He was featured in the national tour of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. starring Rip Taylor (standing in for Mr. Taylor) and co-starred with Dick Van Patten in SCANDALS at Theatre Virginia. Jerold played Chico Marx in both ANIMAL CRACKERS at Arena Stage, Washington, and THE COCOANUTS at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He won Philadelphia’s prestigious Barrymore Award for his performance in GUN METAL BLUES at the Wilma Theatre and toured Europe as Bert Barry in 42ND STREET. On television he has been featured on NBC’s LAW AND ORDER and CBS’ HACK.To find out where Jerold will be popping up next go to:

FRANK ROOT (Choreographer) is happy to be back at Trumbull with his 9th show. Most recently he appeared as a featured dancer in two episodes of the HBO series, BOARDWALK EMPIRE. His most recent Broadway production was the revival of 42ND STREET. Also on Broadway: MACK AND MABEL. National tours: PIRATES OF PENZANCE, SHOWBOAT, GEORGE M, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. Off-Broadway: BUY BONDS BUSTER, DEALERS CHOICE, OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR. Over 40 plays regionally in renown theatres such as the Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse. Frank was on the theater faculty at both the Hartt School and NYU. He and his wife, Marianne Challis, founded Southport Studio Theater, a professional theater school, and under Southport Studio theatre’s umbrella they run Broadway Bootcamp, a summer music theatre workshop for younger children. He has directed and Choreographed INTO THE WOODS, FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, SHE LOVES ME, CARNIVAL, and 42ND STREET at the Hart School. He has also staged production numbers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade seen nationally on NBC.

ABIGAIL ROOT (Choreographer) is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, with a BFA in Music Theatre. She attended Fairfield Ludlowe High School and was a member of Follies for 4 years. She was most recently seen in Illinois Wesleyan’s production of PROMENADE (Miss U). Some of her other roles include A CHILDREN’S HOUR (Mary Tilford), THE COUNTRY CLUB (Soos), and PETER PAN (Peter). Abigail has also choreographed for Illinois Wesleyan’s HELLO AGAIN, as well as many student dance concerts. She is the Assistant Artistic Director of Broadway Bootcamp, where she has taught, directed, and choreographed for the past 6 years. She is so excited to be joining her dad to work on this wonderful production of CRAZY FOR YOU!

ANDREW FREEBURG (Set Design) is an alumnus of Trumbull High School, circa 2009; a student at Yale University, until 2014; and as of right now, he is crazy for you. Design credits: SWEET TOOTH (FringeNYC); ADDING MACHINE, BLACKBIRD, TRUE WEST, ASSASSINS, and RENT (Yale); and TEDxYale 2012 and 2013. Upcoming projects: a performance installation in a former psychiatric hospital, two Yale thesis shows, and cleaning his car. A special thanks to his ersatz build crew, his brother Alex, and Shelby LeVino, without whose help he would have been unceremoniously crushed by his own stairs a month ago.

CATHY BOLTON (Properties Master) has been working on both props and set dressing for THS since 2007. What started out as a way to connect with her daughters has evolved into a way to share the love of theatre with all these wonderful kids, especially the ones working behind the scenes. With our new theatre, we have a home to experiment, to create and work on projects specific to each show, and most importantly, to show the kids that they are all important contributors, even when they aren’t onstage. Many thanks to all the parents who scour their closets, attics, and basements to help our shows come alive. Past favorites include THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SEUSSICAL, and ANYTHING GOES.

LARISSA MARK (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return as the stage manager for her fourth show on the Trumbull High stage. Vice President of the THeSpians, she considers herself lucky to have theater as a part of her everyday life. Since the day her brothers roped her into donning the all black uniform of crew, she has been immersed in theater and recently experienced her directorial debut in Trumbull High’s production of ALMOST, MAINE. CRAZY FOR YOU has been a riveting experience full of countless laughs and a couple bruises that she would not trade for the world. Larissa would like to give a special thanks to her assistant Ian Maloney for endlessly refilling her water bottle, the spectacular cast and crew, our producer Mrs. Bolan, and our wonderful director Mrs. Spillane. Thank you all for the wonderful rehearsals and memories. Break a leg guys!

GREG ST. GERMAIN (Lighting Designer) a senior, returns for his third production at THS. In 2011 Greg worked as assistant lighting designer for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; in 2012 he was the lighting and graphic designer for THE WIZ, winning a CHSMTA award for student achievement in lighting design. This year Greg returns as lighting designer as well as a production assistant and graphic designer.

He wishes the cast the best of luck and can’t wait to return as an alumni to see how the shows turn out next year.

MATTHEW JOHNSON (Bobby Child) Past credits include: INTO THE WOODS (Jack), ANYTHING GOES (Evelyn), THE WIZ (Wizard), THE SECRET GARDEN (Dickon), ALMOST MAINE (Phil), 13 (Archie), 25TH ANNUAL... SPELLING BEE (William Barfée), LIFE WITH FATHER (Clarence), and many more. He currently studies voice under Marc Deaton. He is thrilled to be a part of another THS production, though disheartened that this will be his last. He would like to thank the cast, crew, Mrs.Spillane, Mrs.Bolan, Frank, and Jerold for all of their hard work. Matthew will never forget “the memory of all that!”

GABRIELLE GOTTSCHALL (Polly Baker) is beyond enthused to be playing the role of Polly this year! Gabby is “crazy for” theater, having participated in all of the high school shows, as ensemble in THE MUSIC MAN and Chava in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. In 2012, Gabby and the Pit Girls received the “Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group” award for THE WIZ at the CHSMTA Gala. She is President of the Thespian Society and produced THS’s fall play ALMOST, MAINE. Gabby has cherished working with such a talented cast, crew and especially Mrs. Spillane, Mrs. Bolan, Jerold, Frank and Abby over the past four years! She is grateful for the support of her family, friends, and cannot believe that she will be performing in her last high school musical.

DANIEL SATTER (Bela Zangler) is delighted to be in this THS production playing Bela Zangler, his first principal role. Dan has performed in THS’s production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Merchant), THE WIZ(Ensemble), and ALMOST, MAINE (Lendall). Dan has also performed in Trumbull Youth Association’s productions of ANYTHING GOES (Fred/John/Sailor) and FOOTLOOSE(Ensemble). He has performed as an underclassman in the Annual Senior Showcase twice, sings bass in the Honors Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Vocal Ensemble, and enjoys arranging various songs for piano and chorus. As long as there is music, he could not ask for anything more. Dan would like to thank his music teachers and his parents for their continued support and belief in him as a performer.

CASEY WALSH (Irene) is thrilled to be performing in her third show at THS! Previous credits include: THE WIZ (munchkin/winkie/citizen of oz), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (a mother), LEGALLY BLONDE (Pilar), OLIVER! (Strawberry seller, Fagin’s boy) A LITTLE PRINCESS (Penelope). She would like to thank Mrs. Bolan, Frank and Abby for all their hard work, Jerold for all the help with her song, and especially Mrs. Spillane for giving her the opportunity to play such a wonderful part! She would also like to thank her family for all their support, especially Mom and Dad for all the extra love and support that has helped make her the best that she can be...she couldn’t ask for anything more! She congratulates the cast and crew of CRAZY FOR YOU for all its dedication and hard work--it’s going to be an amazing show! Break legs!

NICHOLAS GREW (Lank), a sophomore, is very excited to be a part of his second THS musical. He has experience performing in shows such as FOOTLOOSE (Bickle), THE WIZ (Winged Monkey), and ANYTHING GOES (Photographer/Sailor chorus). He would like to thank his family for their support and the cast of CRAZY FOR YOU for all of its hard work.

JULIA ILEA (Patricia Fodor) “Let me give you the low-down…” Julia Ilea is crazy for CRAZY FOR YOU! “Things are looking up” for this aspiring actress, because she is playing the role of Patricia! Also at THS she played Glory in ALMOST, MAINE, and was in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Additionally, she had the honor of playing: Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, along with Ursula in BYE BYE BIRDIE, A Fagin’s boy in OLIVER, and Enid in LEGALLY BLONDE at the Downtown Cabaret. She was also in the original cast of FAME Jr. and THE ANT AND THE ELEPHANT Jr. off-Broadway! She would like to thank Mrs. Spillane for believing in her, her mother for always supporting her, her Eugene, Beverly, and Elena. “Tonight’s the Night!”

MICHAEL GRISCHUCK (Eugene Fodor) only began his theater career a little over a year ago with THS’s 2012 production of THE WIZ, and he has loved singing, dancing, and acting ever since! Other credits include: TYA’s FOOTLOOSE as Coach Dunbar in summer 2012 and THS’s ALMOST, MAINE as Steve. Michael is so grateful to have had the chance to have been a part of so many amazing shows and have shared such amazing experiences with the extraordinary people he has met through theater, and is thankful for the support of his friends and family in all his artistic endeavors. He sincerely hopes that you go crazy for CRAZY FOR YOU!

RYAN McENIRY (Everett) is pleased to be ending his high school experience with a bang in CRAZY FOR YOU! In past THS productions, he has played Tin Man in THE WIZ, Motel the tailor in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and Charlie Cowell in THE MUSIC MAN. He has also played such roles as Chuck Cranston in FOOTLOOSE and a member of the Sailor Quartet in ANYTHING GOES. He would like to thank Mrs. Spillane, Mrs. Bolan, Frank Root, and Jerold Goldstein and wishes the cast “break a leg!”

ALEX ALLYN (Mother) This is Alex’s fourth/final show at THS, something so bittersweet. It feels like yesterday she was a small, scared freshman. Now, she’s a small, confident senior. While Alex, current secretary of THeSpians, is nervous for her future (college, jobs, being a big girl), she feels she’s ready, and owes it all to her experiences on the THS stage. She says it’s been a pleasure to grow up on stage in front of all you faithful THS drama audience members. Past credits include LEGALLY BLONDE (Chutney Wyndham) THE WIZ (Lead Munchkin #1) OLIVER! (Widow Corney) and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Yente). A special thanks to Mrs. Spillane for changing her life and helping her realize the power of laughter. To her second family, (cast&crew), I love you all! XOXO Mango

MORGAN FRIED (Tess) is thrilled to be playing the role of Tess in CRAZY FOR YOU! A junior, she absolutely loves being involved in THS theatre! Past performances include dancer in THS’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THE WIZ and TYA’s productions of GREASE, ANYTHING GOES, and FOOTLOOSE. Morgan is in her 14th year of dance at CT Dance studying ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. She also takes voice lessons with Joyce Erickson. Morgan would like to thank Mrs. Spillane, Mrs. Bolan, Jerold, Frank, and Abby for putting so much work and dedication into this show! And of course, a huge thank you to the cast and crew for making her third THS show amazing and unforgettable!

JACQUELYN SHEEHAN (Patsy) is excited to be part of her third THS musical! Some of her previous credits include: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle) BYE BYE BIRDIE (Ursula) OLIVER! (Bet), LEGALLY BLONDE (Pilar), and THE WIZ (Addaperle) for which she received a CHSMTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She gives thanks to Jerold, Mrs. Bolan, and especially Mrs. Spillane for giving her the opportunity to play such a fun role. Also, to Frank and Abby-- the best choreographers....she couldn’t ask for anything more! She wishes the entire cast a great run in C4U. Special thanks to Mom and Syd for all of their love and support for me; and to Dad-- I know you are watching!

BETH MURPHY (Follies Dancer/Dance Captain) is a senior and very grateful to have been in four amazing THS musicals. She has been a dancer in THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE WIZ, and CRAZY FOR YOU. Shout out to Frank and Abby Root, thanks for being the best choreographers ever! Spillane and Bolan thank you for all of your hard work and for the opportunities. To the cast and crew of CRAZY FOR YOU, break a leg or maybe two. Mom and Dad thank you for all of the support and car rides over the years—hope you enjoy the show.

MARISA NOSCHESE (Follies Dancer/Dance Captain) is a senior and is very excited to be in this production of CRAZY FOR YOU. Performing in the THS musical productions has been one of the highlights of Marisa’s high school experience. She has thoroughly enjoyed performing in the dance ensemble for the past 3 years in THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and THE WIZ. Marisa is so grateful for all the wonderful friendships she has formed with the cast members, especially the dancers. A special thanks to Frank and Abby for balancing the hard work with fun and crazy rehearsals. Also, a huge thanks to Mrs. Spillane and Mrs. Bolan for putting together such amazing productions. Break a leg everyone! Thanks for the memories.

CARLY PHILLIPS (Dance Ensemble/Dance Captain) is a senior and a newly inducted THeSpian. Carly has been a part of the dance ensemble since her sophomore year, performing in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THE WIZ, in which she was also dance captain. In this, her senior year, Carley returns as a member of dance ensemble and dance captain. She has also appeared in LEGALLY BLONDE at the Downtown Cabaret Summer Program. Some of Carly’s best memories in high school were made at play rehearsals and shows. She would like to thank Mrs. Spillane and Frank Root for this wonderful experience. Although Carly will miss the friends she made here, she is looking forward to her college experience.