How Blue Is My Crocodile: Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Acting to Jayden Ramsey and Nicole Lavere

Aunt Maggity's Dark and Stormy Night: Meritorious Achievement in Costuming to Dawn Perneszi


Bette and Me: Meritorious Achievement in choreography and dance to Kevin Cerda

Award Categories
Meritorious Achievement = Some advanced theatrical skill noted
Excellence = Theatrical skill base not routinely noted in non-professional theatre
Outstanding Achievement = Theatrical skill base rarely seen in non-professional theatre

One acts:

See new plays, new actors, old actors, and old plays, directed by new directors and sometimes, old directors. A great way to “Season” new talent for the Workshop and whet your appetite for the 2017 season


Melissa McTague (Ann in “Nights Thinking of Paris”) has been involved with the SCDW since 2004 when she played Izzy in "Crossing Delancy."  Since then, she has worked on stage and off, as a makeup artist and actor.  She studied acting in college, and has enjoyed performing in various musicals and plays over the years.  Her favorite roles were Connie in "Love, Sex and the IRS," Sadie LaRue in “Showtime on the Showboat” and Veta in last year’s “Harvey.” 

Ryan Fogler (Phred the Frog in “Bottle of Joy”) a freshman, is the son of Jeff and Jeanine. He is so excited to be at The Rivoli Theater.  Ryan is an ensemble member of the NY City Youth Theater group Tada! where he has performed for Broadway greats like Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera. Ryan has worked at the Forestburgh Playhouse, performing in Mame as young Patrick with Loretta Swit (MASH), and in Mary Poppins as Michael. He has performed at The Shawnee Playhouse in
the Poconos in Miracle on 34th Street, Rapunzel and Peter Pan’s Christmas. In school, Ryan has appeared in Pinocchio, Seussical Jr, Annie Jr, High School Musical Jr, Little Mermaid Jr, Music Man Jr. and Fools. Thanks to his family for their never-ending support. 

Seriya Jorge (Waldo the Wizard in “Bottle of Joy”) is 11 years old and attends Liberty Middle School. She aspires to be a lawyer, baker, model and actress. She has performed with the NACL as a munchkin at the Weather Channel, an oompa loompa in the production of "Willy Wonka" at the Forestburgh Playhouse and as Freda in "Charlie Brown's Christmas" with the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop. She is currently cast in the "Musical Adventure in Madagascar" at the Forestburgh Playhouse this summer. Seriya holds the title of 2016 Miss Preteen Sullivan County. When not on stage she is a Liberty Warrior Cheerleader and currently runs a cupcake business. "Always smile and reach for the stars because the sky is the limit"

Nicole Lavere (Announcer in “Bottle of Joy” and Madison in “How Blue is My Crocodile”) is in the 7th grade at Robert J Keiser Middle School in Monticello NY. This is her first production with the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop. She was seen in "Suessical", "Aladdin" and "Annie". She is in the chorus and performed at the White House in 2015. She was thrilled to meet the Obamas and their pets. Nicole plays the ukulele and guitar. She will also be seen in "How Blue is my Crocodile". She is very excited to be in Bottle of Joy.

Lily Siciliano (Queen in “Bottle of Joy”) is a 10-year-old home schooler who lives in Grahamsville, NY.  She has been involved with the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop since her debut in "Little Town of Christmas" when she was 6 years old.  She has also appeared in "Alice in Wonderland", "Snow White", "The Miracle Worker", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Ragtime". Lily also loves to draw and plays the fiddle.

Blaze Nolan (Pervis in “Bottle of Joy”) is 11 years old and lives in Napanoch, NY.  An aspiring actor he has studied 4 years at the Shadowland Acting Academy in Ellenville working with Andy Walters.  Blaze was Dopey in his very first play "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". He appeared in "Cat Hair" which was a play of no words, just movements. Recently he portrayed Captain Hook. The beginning of the year 2017 Blaze was included in a movie shoot that was a fundraiser for the nursery school in his hometown. He learned how to create costumes when he made his own as the green goblin. Blaze is in the 5th grade and wants to reach his dreams. "Bottle of Joy" is the first play he auditioned for and accomplished on his own.

Jayden Ramsey (Princess Jenny in “Bottle of Joy” and Rachel in “How Blue is My Crocodile”) is 11 years old. This is her second production with the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop. Her first was "Nuttin’ for Christmas". She is an aspiring actress, dancer, singer and musician. Jayden feels right at home on the stage. She hopes to go far with her entertainment career.

Michael Feltman (Charlie the Court Jester in “Bottle of Joy”) is a 6th grader at the RJK Middle School in Monticello, NY. He was Iago this year in his middle school's performance of "Aladdin". He was also a Who in the Monticello High School production of "Suessical". He participated in the Bethel Woods P.L.A.Y. Theatre and Nesin Cultural Arts Children's Choir. Michael plays the alto sax and he sings in the chorus.

Donna Steele (waitress and Alice in "Nights thinking of Paris") was raised in 1950's Long Island, came of age as a child of the 70's and learned many trades along the way, not least as wife & step-mother. She spent the last decade in the nursing profession and is currently working on a children's book and gardening a small piece of paradise with her husband and two adorable cats.

Bottle of Joy (one of the one acts): This delightful children’s play takes place in the far off land of the Kingdom of Happy where...  well, everybody’s happy!  Everybody, that is, except the evil Count Cringe and his equally evil assistant Purvis.  What brings such happiness to the lucky residents of this kingdom?  Waldo the Wizard’s magic bottle of joy!  King Har Har keeps the main supply of this magic potion in a large corked bottle, and the town’s inhabitants each refill their own little bottles once a year.  Loaded with puns and plenty of witty verbal banter to entertain all ages, your audience will cringe when Count Cringe attempts to destroy the bottle of joy with his sad ray.  This is just the opportunity Phred the Phrog has been waiting for!  Thwarting the villains’ evil plot would be the heroic deed he needs to perform to change him back from a handsome frog to an ugly prince.  Alas, Phred fails and the gloom gun zaps the magic potion.  But wait!  Everybody is still laughing!  The story ends happily ever after as the citizens learn that happiness comes from within themselves, not from a magic bottle of joy.


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Aunt Maggity's dark and stormy night (one of the one acts): There are laughs a-plenty and personalities galore in this light-hearted romp of a mystery that has a little bit of everything!  Aunt Maggity, a horror novelist who lives up on an isolated mountaintop, keeps black widows in the bathroom, stuffed cobras on her writing desk and a heartbreaking secret just under the surface.  When her four estranged nieces — Lavinia the C.E.O., Lola and Chloe, the NY fashion designers; and Francine, the amateur boxer — descend on her home for the reading of their parents’ will, everyone’s lives become topsy-turvy.  On top of that, a rodeo clown who’s hiding something shows up in need of a place to stay for the night.  Finally, Aunt Maggity appears along with Humphries, her faithful servant and friend, pushing her in her wheelchair as she rides the brake.  “Feel the burn, Humphries!”, she orders him as he wheels her from room to room.  As if all the relationships and secrets weren’t enough, more mystery enters the scene when one of the nieces disappears and Dreardon, the butler, is pushed down the mountain.  This play has it all — from creepy spiders, suspense, and comedic chaos comes a sense of familial love, forgiveness, and what just might be the first happy ending in Aunt Maggity’s career.