KEVIN DURKEE(John/Judas) is a graduating senior at Western Connecticut State University with a BA in Theatre Performance and Design Technology and is very excited to make his Madison Lyric Stage debut as John the Baptist. Previous performance credits include West Side Story (Bernardo), Hamlet (Fortinbras), In the Heights (Graffiti Pete), Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), and Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd). Previous technical credits include Company (Assistant Director/Stage Combat Choreographer), West Side Story (Stage Combat Choreographer), And Then There Were Ten... (Lighting Designer), and In the Beginning (Director).
ALLISON LINDSAY is a mezzo-soprano and a graduate of The Boston Conservatory Master’s Degree program for Voice Performance and holds an Advanced Performance Certificate from the Connecticut Virtuosi Music School at Tunxis Community College. A few of her operatic credits include the title role in Handel’s Ariodante (New York Lyric Opera Theatre), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (both with Connecticut Lyric Opera), Sally in A Hand of Bridge (The Boston Conservatory), and Ruggiero in Alcina at Hofstra University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in music, specializing in Vocal Performance. Ms. Lindsay also appeared as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Connecticut Lyric Opera’s Summer Music Institute. And, of one of her performances with Connecticut Lyric Opera (Gounod’s Faust), Gerald Moshell writes in The Day (New London, CT), “…in the evening’s most charming performance, mezzo-soprano Allison Lindsay excels as Siebel…[she] enlivens the role with bright, impeccably articulated vocal delivery…” (March 2016). In addition to her work on the operatic stage, Ms. Lindsay has performed as a concert soloist at multiple locations in New England and New York. She has appeared as a soloist at the Berklee College of Music Words and Music Festival in Boston, MA, as well as the “Fine Art and Flowers” event at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. She also performed as the alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Connecticut Virtuosi Summer Music Institute Faculty Ensemble. Other concert credits include performances with the Boston Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, Hofstra University’s Collegium Musicum, String Orchestra and New Music Ensemble, the Binghamton Baroque Ensemble, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in Providence as the mezzo soloist in the Bruckner Requiem with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra as a winner of their 6th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition. Most recently, she returned to Carnegie Hall this past November with New York Lyric Opera Theatre to perform on their Opera Gala as Donna Elvira in “Non ti fidar, o misera…” from Don Giovanni (W. A. Mozart).
ALEXIS KURTZ is grateful to be returning to MLS for this fabulous love-filled musical! She recently appeared with The Downtown Cabaret theatre as Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and as Flora/Christine’s understudy in Yeston’s Phantom. Last season at MLS, she appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Look of Love. She also toured twice with the Eesmarts/EverSource-sponsored TYA production of Earth Day Everyday as Penelope Precycle. Other favorite roles: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush) and A View from the Bridge (Catherine). Thanks to the talented cast and crew for all the love!
ELENA KEOGH is very excited to be making her Madison Lyric Stage debut! Elena attends Daniel Hand High School here in Madison and the ACES Educational Center for the Arts Magnet High School in New Haven where she majors in theatre. Some of her favorite past productions have been, The Greeks (ECA), The Drowsy Chaperone (Northern Stage) and Savage/Love (ECA). Elena would like to thank Marc and the entire cast and crew of Godspell for making this production possible!
SHAILAGH MAHER is so incredibly excited to be participating in this production of Godspell. She is seventeen years old and is currently a senior at Guilford High School. She will be attending the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts this coming Fall to pursue a major in vocal performance. In her free time, Shailagh can be found taking voice lessons under Marc Deaton or petting her cat. She would like to thank her parents, Kevin Buno, and Marc for the constant love and support!
KAYNE BOWLING is from Willimantic, Connecticut. He has been involved with theatre for more than 10 years and at the end of summer is moving to Chicago to pursue stand-up comedy and theatre as a living.
FELICIA BAKER is a 2016 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance, and she is excited to make her debut with Madison Lyric State. Beginning in 4th grade, 2004, she developed a love for the stage by working with the Friends of Saint Ann and Little Theatre. Until 2012, she helped them raise money for the oncology center by performing in several Rodgers and Hammerstein's shows such as The Sound of Music, in which she performed her first role, Louisa. In addition, she participated all of St. Mary Academy - Bay View's Manhattan at the Bay Cabaret fundraiser, musicals, and drama festivals beginning in 2007 till her graduation in 2012, where she made All State Theatre for her performance as Juror #10 in 12 Angry Women. Upon entry into University, she shifted her focus to opera and performed scenes and was Adele in Die Fledermaus as a part of URI's Opera Workshop. She also studied in Munich as a part of the Bel Canto voice program, directed by Narelle Martinez and found her passion for opera after seeing Don Carlo by Verdi. Ever since, she has passionately pursued opera by working with Connecticut Lyric Opera in the Young Artist Program, where she debuted as Papagena and the Second Spirit in Mozart's The Magic Flute. She is also looking forward to working with the Rhode Island 88th Army Band to open the Bristol 4th of July concert series on June 21st.
ANDREW D. SECKER (Jesus) is proud to once again return to Madison Lyric Stage for this production of Godspell. Born and raised in East Hartford, Connecticut, Andrew has been active in the arts from an early age. He made his stage debut at the young age of 11 with a production of the classic Pied Piper tale. Soon after, the acting bug had bitten; and Andrew discovered that being in musicals was just about the coolest thing there was to do. His journey continued in high school as he took the lead in various productions and was selected to sing “You Raise Me Up” at his graduation on the stage of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center. Andrew then decided to continue his education and study his craft at the University of Connecticut with a concentration in music. It was there he was introduced to the world of collegiate a cappella and joined UConn’s oldest all-male a cappella group A Completely Different Note. During his time with CDN, Andrew embarked on two multi-state tours, visiting colleges and local communities up and down the east coast. After leaving UConn, Andrew had the incredible opportunity to make his professional stage debut performing in a production of The Farnsworth Invention with the Saybrook Stage Company. He continues to work in various theatre companies across New England. Some favorite past productions include Jesus Christ Superstar with Madison Lyric Stage and Working with Opera House Players at the Broad Brook Opera House. This past November Andrew was fortunate to accept a contract with the New Amsterdam Opera Company and made his New York City debut as they presented a production of Handel’s Messiah. Andrew is very excited to share this special piece and wants to offer his sincerest gratitude to the cast and crew for making this a truly memorable experience. Enjoy the show! To keep up with Andrew’s latest artistic endeavors follow his Instagram @andrewsecker.
MORIAH PERRETT is so excited to be a part of her fourth show with Madison lyric stage! Godspell has been one of her favorite shows since she was small, so this is truly a dream come true. Recently, she appeared in Otello, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Agnes of God with MLS, as well as the Diary of Anne Frank (Miep) with the Dionysus Theater Company. Other favorite roles include Jan in Grease and Marge Murray in The Laramie Project. Big thank-you to my friends and fam and fans. And an enormous thank you to Marc for this amazing opportunity and all of his support!
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