Cast and Creative

Cast

LILY COHEN (Plumeria) is an actress, singer, dancer and student of theatre at Bergen County Academies. She began dancing at age four and voice lessons in fourth grade. She was introduced to the world of musical theatre in middle school where she played Vivienne in Legally Blonde and Sharpay in High School Musical. Lily’s favorite roles have been Edwin Drood in the Mystery of Edwin Drood at Bergen Academies, Kate in the world premiere of Crocs! The Musical in the BCA One Acts Festival, the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress at Bergen Academies, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Helen Hayes Youth Theater. In her free time, Lily enjoys writing songs, taking dance class, and watching copious amounts of Scandal. Lily is so excited to screlt her Alto II face off as Plumeria!

EDIE CROWLEY (Marley) is a junior at Bergen County Academies as a theatre major. She was recently nominated for a Metropolitan High School Theatre Award for her performance as Princess Puffer in Bergen County Academies winter musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. Edie was also nominated for Best Singer award at New York Summerfest for her performance as Gregg in Crocs: The Musical. Edie also recently joined the cast of Social Studies: an original musical, as the character Gilly, which will be performed at New Jersey Fringe Festival and produced at The Park Theatre in Glens Falls, NY this summer. Edie recently assistant directed her school’s fall mainstage Play, LLF: Don’t Trust the Boyz! Edie is currently playing Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress at Bergen County Academies. Some of her favorite roles include Gregg in Crocs: The Musical (New York Summerfest 2018), Barbara in A Jew Who Hates Chinese Food (New York Summerfest 2018), King Arthur in Spamalot (A Class Act New York), Paulette in Legally Blonde (Helen Hayes Youth Theater) , Marmee in Little Women (Porchlight Productions), Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooge (Porchlight Productions), and Martha Dunnstock in Heathers: The Musical ( Helen Hayes Youth Theater). Last summer Edie received the Best Singer award within the New York City Summer Theatre festival for her performance as Gilly in “Social Studies”. She received fifth overall  soloist at the Onstage New York Competition for her solo “Diva’s Lament”. When Edie is not onstage she enjoys seeing performances in New York City, directing, and baking sweets! 

JAID GREEN (Bree) is a dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She goes to Bergen County Academies where she studies musical theatre. Past shows include Hot Mikado, the Mystery of Edwin Drood, Once Upon a Mattress, Elektra, and the annual One Acts Festival. She studies a variety of dance styles at Ridgewood Performing Arts Center, and she posts her own choreography to her self-titled Youtube channel. In the summer, she attends Broadway Artists Alliance and the Rockettes Summer Intensive. In her free time, she enjoys taking classes in NYC, or just catching up on her favorite TV shows with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. She aspires to have a career creating and performing in the arts, and is so excited to be a part of her first original musical surrounded by friends that she loves.

CRISTIAN PUHLOVSKY (Kevin) is excited to be performing in A Love Story with Supernatural Roadblocks. Currently at Ramapo High School and previously at the Bergen County Academies in the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, some of his favorite roles include John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cloten in Cymbeline, and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. Cristian spent his past summer studying voice at the Luisa D'Annunzio Conservatory of Music in Pescara, Italy and currently works with Andrea Bocelli vocally and charitably. Currently a senior, upon graduation, Cristian plans to study music and musical theatre in college. Cristian would like to thank his supportive family for encouraging him to pursue theatre in college. He is also profoundly grateful for his close friend and director Nina Osso, assistant directors, choreographers, and the rest of the A Love Story with Supernatural Roadblocks cast for an incredible rehearsal process and performance.

JOYCE ZHENG (Rosalina) is excited to be joining the cast of A Love Story (With Supernatural Roadblocks): The Musical! as Rosalina. She is a current senior at Bergen County Academies, with a concentration in Theatre, and has appeared as Peep-Bo in Hot Mikado, Guiderius in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, and JacQui B in a devised piece LLF: Don’t Trust the Boyz. Joyce is also a passionate vocalist, earning distinction awards in multiple ABRSM Vocal tests and earning runner up in the NJ NATS Doris Lenz Festival. She also enjoys her time in various choral and acapella groups groups and loves songwriting with her trusty guitar and faithful piano. Joyce is excited to be a part of this hilarious musical alongside her very wonderful friends and is looking to pursue Musical Theatre next year in college.

AIDAN WYNN (Harold) is thrilled to be a part of the first ever reading of A Love Story (With Supernatural Roadblocks)! Aidan attends Bergen County Academies where he studies theatre. Aidan’s previous credits include The Little Princess (KOTA),The King and I (Dallas Summer Musicals), Peter Pan (Sacramento Music Circus), and The New Kid (Random Farms), among others. Aidan has also performed at the One World Observatory, Yankee Stadium, and Carnegie Hall. Aidan is thankful for the support of his friends and family, and for the opportunity to be included in this production. 

JANICE FINEMAN (Stacy) ​is a singer-actress that attends the Bergen County Academies as a junior in the theatre program. She grew up surrounded by the varieties of performing arts and was immersed at a young age. Her past shows include: Hot Mikado, Eponine in Les Miserables, Heather Chandler in Heathers, Elektra, the Mystery of Edwin Drood, Once Upon a Mattress, and two of BCA’s annual One Acts Festivals. She studies voice with her astounding vocal coach, Celeste Simone. In her free time she enjoys writing, drawing, playing the piano, listening to Harry Styles and eating food. Janice hopes her path leads anywhere she can use her voice and she is excited for it to start here with her friends.

EV CUMMINS (Aurelia) is a sophomore at Bergen Academies where she is in the theatre academy. She has performed in many shows there, her favorite being an original sequel of Shakespeare's Love Labour's Lost where she played Katherine. She has performed in many other productions including Logainne in …Spelling Bee, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Guido’s Mother in Nine. She is so excited to be a part of this amazing show and wants to thank Nina and the entire cast and creative team! 

JACQUELINE ACUNTO (Anastasia) is a senior at the Bergen County Academies, where she has participated in annual musicals and plays as a performer, playwright, stage manager, choreographer, costume designer, and house manager. As a playwright, she has had the opportunity to see one of her plays performed in the Bergen County Academies’ One-Act Play Festival 2018, and another one receive second prize and a staged reading in The Theater Project’s Young Playwrights Competition, an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Achievement Awards, a staged excerpt at Bergen County Academies’ Junior Monologue Night, and a reading at Studio 216's Playweek. Jacqueline has also been training in dance, primarily ballet, for 16 years, and performed as Snow Queen in JulieDance’s The Nutcracker. Currently, Jacqueline is the Pantomime Ballet Princess, Name Ladies understudy, assistant choreographer, and dance caption in her school’s production of Once Upon A Mattress, and is directing a one-act play this spring. 

ERICA AMMERMAN (Viviana) is a senior in the Bergen County Academies theatre department, and is thrilled to be working on this project. Erica is the co-artistic director of Studio 216, a student-run theatre company based in Northern NJ and spent last summer at Northwestern University's summer theatre intensive, Cherubs, taking on the role of #7 in The Wolves. Past credits include: Once Upon A Mattress, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, It’s Real To Me, the world premieres of both Sidekick! The Musical & and Crocs: The Musical, and the New York Theatre Festival’s production of Crocs: The Musical as a part of Summerfest. 

JOCELYN OBERLE (Mariposa) is a singer, dancer, actress, and musician. She goes to Bergen County Academies where she studies musical theatre. Past shows include Alice In Wonderland, Into The Woods, Once Upon A Mattress, and she has performed in devised theatre pieces with Maureen Straub. She studies a variety of dance styles with Arleigh Rothenberg during the year. Throughout the summer she performs in many theater camps, such as Papermill Playhouse (August intensive). She also swims, plays the violin in various orchestras, and plays the clarinet, the piano, and the saxophone in ‘Chamber Music’, a summer camp her mother runs. In her free time, Jocelyn loves being around her friends and family. She also enjoys traveling around the world and learning about different places. She aspires to have a career performing in the arts, and is thrilled to be a part of her first original musical surrounded by friends that she loves with all her heart. 

WESLEY AHN (Harpist) is a senior in the Bergen County Academies' theatre program. He is a published poet and loves to write. He is cofounder of a clothing brand named Toyacht Apparel. And he works as a paleontologist/dinosaur wrangler, performing at Field Station: Dinosaurs. Among his favorite roles he’s played are Greek royal Pylades from Sophocles’ “Elektra”, schizophrenic teenage boy Johnny who struggles with his sexuality, Berowne in a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” where he joins a boy band, and one of Cloten’s slapstick comedic lords from Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline”. He sings in chamber choir and attempts gymnastics tricks.

Creative Team

 

VANESSA SILVA (Assistant Director, Choreographer) is currently a senior in the Theatre Academy at the Bergen County Academies. Most recently, she has played Princess in her school’s original play based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, called LLF: Don’t Trust the Boys. She has also acted in productions of Elektra, Miss Beth, Cymbeline, and many other wonderful shows. Vanessa has experience in directing and choreography, having assistant directed her school’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and having choreographed countless numbers for her school’s dance concerts and other performances. She began her training in the theatrical world in dance classes at the age of two, and went on to pursue training in all styles of dance for the next 15 years. Aside from her love of performance and directing, Vanessa also enjoys writing, and has had her short stories, poems, and plays published on numerous occasions. She will be attending Williams College in the fall, where she plans to continue to pursue her love of her literature and theatre. She is so incredibly excited to be working with this amazing cast of hardworking and talented people that she just so happens to call her friends.

REANNA VALENCIA (Production Stage Manager) is a junior at Bergen County Academies, where she studies theatre.  Her stage management credits include Once Upon a Mattress (BCA), The Jew Who Hates Chinese Food (NYC Summerfest), Jack in the Box (BCA), The Mystery of Edwin Drood(BCA).  She is also an actress and playwright.  Contact her at reanna.valencia@gmail.com 

NICK REA (Stage Manager) is a junior at Bergen County Academies in the Academy for Business and Finance. Regional stage management credits include Social Studies (Park Theatre, NJ FringeFest). Other credits include Once Upon a Mattress and Crocs! The Musical at BCA. Also a lighting designer, Nick has done spot op on the Mystery of Edwin Drood and Hot Mikado at BCA, and was the assistant lighting designer for Love's Labours Found, an original devised play. He has worked in various technical roles on the Music Man, The Sound of Music and Elektra, and is thrilled to join the crew of A Love Story! 

ELIYA ROSTOLDER (Production Assistant) 

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