The November Project


Date: October 16, 2020 — October 30, 2020
Days & Times:

The November Project will stream free online at www.CapeRep.org and our YouTube channel on three consecutive Fridays beginning October 16 thru 30 and will remain available for viewing online through November.

Conceived by Janine Perry
Directed by Janine Perry & Maura Hanlon


Summary

The power of artistic endeavors, of theater, is to cultivate our shared humanity especially at this moment in history. The November Project recognizes the need to come together now to search for strength, insight, common experience, authenticity, joy and purpose.

Over three weeks in October Cape Rep Theatre will present The November Project, a theatrical collaboration featuring over 30 Cape Rep company members in performances of music, theater and dance. Each night will feature a different array of artists and actors our audiences have come to know and love in taped performances on Cape Rep Theatre’s campus, indoors and out. The November Project will stream free online at www.CapeRep.org and our YouTube channel.

 

Presented with support from:

Cast

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Steve has traveled extensively performing with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, Liberace, Tito Puente, the Four Tops, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr. Michael Feinstein and many others. He also has had the distinction of being the opening Trumpet Soloist for Tony Bennett throughout various Florida theaters. He was the trumpet soloist for the Boca Raton Pops for 20 years, The Palm Beach Pops for 10 years and has performed for four presidents. He has recorded on 24 albums. “At Last”, Steve’s solo CD, received national acclaim on which he performs on flugelhorn and flute as well as trumpet. Classically trained, Steve’s range of musical styles include Jazz, Dixieland, Big Band, Rock, and R&B. Steve summers on Cape Cod staying busy in the Northeast playing venues in Newport, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Boston.

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Jess Andra is delighted to be adding her voice to this wonderful project. She was most recently seen at The Umbrella Stage Company in the regional premiere of Hundred Days. Previous Cape Rep credits include Men On Boats, A New Brain, Merrily We Roll Along, Mamma Mia!, UMPO: Summer Blockbusters and The Full Monty. Jess is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and very much looking forward to exercising her right to VOTE on November 3rd!!!

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Adam Berry is the Executive Producer and star of his own paranormal reality television show on the Travel Channel called Kindred Spirits (now in its 5th season). His other TV credits include: Reunion in Hell (upcoming), Haunted Salem LIVE, Kindred Spirits Resurrected, Paranormal Lockdown, Expedition Unknown: Search For The Afterlife, Ghost Hunters (NBC, SyFy), Ghost Hunters Halloween LIVE, Ghost Hunters Academy, Pickler and Ben, Anderson Cooper Show and Weekend Today among others. He has traveled the country extensively giving lectures in theaters and at conferences and conventions on paranormal investigation and supernatural phenomena. Adam, along with his friend and Co-star Amy Bruni, just release their first national magazine publication with Meredith Corporation called “Ghost Hunting: True Tales of The Paranormal” (available now where magazines are sold). Theatrical credits: Frank Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along at Cape Rep Theater; Thrill Me (WHAT), Nick Bottom in Midsummer Nights Dream (WHAT); Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl (Cape Rep), Roger in RENT (Best Performance 2014 Season, Cape Cod Times), Billy Nolan in CARRIE the musical, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Peregrine Theatre Ensemble); Floyd Collins, Candide, Working, Gross Indecency, Philadelphia Here I come, Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Counter-Productions); Shining City (WHAT); The Wild Party (CTEK ARTS); School for Wives and Cloud 9 (Shakespeare on the Cape); The Foggy, Foggy Dew a world premiere play by Wendy Kesselman (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival); The Black Monk by Wendy Kesselman (New Dramatists NYC). Hair (Claude) and Bat Boy(Edgar) dir. Tony Jackman (Provincetown Theater Company). Other favorites include: Elegies for Angels… dir. Bill Russell; The Rivals (O’Trigger); Side Show (Buddy); Into The Woods (Jack); A Chorus Line (Bobby); and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). Adam is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. He performed the music of George and Ira Gershwin with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart and also appeared with Betty Buckley in her Feinstein’s NYC show, The Other Woman: Vixen’s of Broadway and Peregrine Theatre’s An Evening With Betty Buckley. Adam also serves as the Executive Director of the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, a non-profit theatre company located in Provincetown. LOVE to B.M.C! www.Adam-Berry.com

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JO BRISBANE has enjoyed some of the more bizarre roles at Cape Rep including Edna Krabappel in Mr. Burns – a post-electric play; Shitty Meg/Capt. Jemmy Campbell in Our Country’s Good; and Little Stone in Eurydice.  Jo has also appeared at The Provincetown Theatre as Queen Herodias in Salome and Van Helsing in Dracula for Dummys.  Roles at Cotuit Center for the Arts have included: Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir; Joanne in Company; Queequeg in Moby Dick! The Musical; Polynesia the Parrot in Doctor Dolittle; Mother Superior in Nunsense; and Hope Henderson in Hope for the Holidays.  Roles at Eventide Theatre have included: Mrs. Peachum in Threepenny Opera; The Fox in The Little Prince; and Ida in Honk!  Jo is currently completing a Certificate In Dramatic Writing program at The Dramatists Guild Institute and her plays can be read at the New Play Exchange website.  Her play Endpapers will be published by Next Stage Press in 2021. She has also been involved with cabaret work for the Provincetown Broadway Great Music at Five series, The Provincetown CabaretFest, and Don’t Tell Mama’s in NYC.  www.jobrisbanecreates.com

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Seton Brown was last seen at Cape Rep Theatre as Dvornichek in Rough Crossing.  He holds a MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T) in San Francisco and a BA in Theatre from Wittenberg University.  He most recently starred as Detective Jack Hammer in Shit & Champagne which just premiered at the Frameline Film Festival.  Recent other credits include: Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors (Cape Rep Theatre); Joey in Mr. Irresistible (Cat Fights & Shoulder Pads); Alex in In From the Cold (Just Theater); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mortal Folly Theatre); and Jimmy et al in Almost, Maine (Barnstormers Theatre).  Seton is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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Macklin Devine has appeared at Cape Rep both on the main stage and in all four YoCo productions. Cape Rep has been a home away from home for him for as long as he can remember. Macklin is the bassist for Club 9-Ball

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Seamus Devine plays drums for Club 9-Ball and has been involved in Cape Rep Theatre his whole life working as a house manager, sound and lighting operator, set carpenter and crew. Cape Rep hosted Club 9-Ball’s EP release show in the Spring of 2019.

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Dave Dillon has been playing drums professionally since the 1970’s performing with small groups, nightclub acts and many theatre performances.
Currently playing on cape cod with local musicians in various venues.

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Malcolm Granger has been busy during the Coronacation. He finally opened some of the boxes he hasn’t touched since the last move. Six years ago.

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Jared Hagan is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep Theatre where he has appeared in over 30 productions. Some of his favorites include Something Rotten!, Merrily We Roll Along, A New Brain, Hairspray, La Cage Aux Folles, Failure: A Love Story, Avenue Q, Drowsy Chaperone, A Class Act, Wintertime and A Year with Frog & Toad. NYC: Two Hearts Bleed As One (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Avenue Q (GEVA), Master Class (Eventide), Streakin’ (New Provincetown Theater), Batboy, Cabaret, Hair (PTC), Floyd Collins, Closer than Ever, The Lion in Winter (Counter Productions), A Grand Night for Singing, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (HJT), ABC’s of NYC Vol.’s 1, 2 & 3 (CCFTA) and Talking With (TUTS). Jared would like to give a special thank you to his family, Richard, Penny and Alice.

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Ian Hamilton is in his last year at Wheaton College, studying Theatre and Education. A Cape Cod native, Ian is proud to call Cape Rep home, and is beyond delighted to be making his on-stage Cape Rep debut alongside his family.
Past credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Wheaton College), Witch in Macbeth (Cape Rep-Young Company), Ivan the Fool in Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (WHAT4Kids), and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit (Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre).

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Julie Allen Hamilton (Associate Artist) has been a member of the Cape Rep company as an actor and a director since 1993.  She began working in the box office and the front of house in 2007. Favorite Cape Rep roles include Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Red Head (The Love Talker), Paulina Escobar (Death And The Maiden), Aoife Muldoon (Outside Mullingar), Deb (Tuna Goddess),  and as a director: The Tempest, Macbeth, and Regular Singing.

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Nell Hamilton is a true Cape Rep kid, having grown up at the theater. She’s been a member of the Young Company since its inception, her favorite role being Eurylochus in the Odyssey. You may have also caught her on the Cape Rep stage in Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, and Evita. Thank you to everyone who made this project possible!

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Maura Hanlon is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre. She is very grateful to finally get the chance to explore this beautiful piece with this wonderfully creative company. Mo opened our 2019 season with Proof; she adapted (with Janine Perry) and directed The Odyssey for Cape Rep’s Young Company. She had an extraordinarily busy 2018 season, adapting and directing Great Expectations for YoCo, directing Merrily We Roll Along and Shakespeare in Love, and appearing as Rosie in Mamma Mia! and Helen in Fun Home. Mo has directed many, many plays at Cape Rep, and quite a few elsewhere. Favorite directing credits include Men on Boats, Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep) and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). She is also a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (My Name is Asher Lev, Top-dog/Underdog, The Bottom of the Sky, to name just a few), and an occasional playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace!, which she also composed, and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a graduate of Holy Cross where she was a French/Pre-Med major. She studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. She was twice nominated for the Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum and was offered a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Her productions have been named frequently in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of…” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach, and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s  Theatrelab and YoCo. Extra-special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus and Macklin. Up next? YoCo 2019-20—what will it be? Stay tuned…  maurahanlon.com.

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Holly Hansen is grateful for finding ways to continue the arts in these unprecedented times. Favorite Cape performance credits include: Much Ado (CCftA), Urinetown (Tilden Arts), Peter and the Starcatcher (Cape Rep). She couldn’t have asked for a better person to share quarantine with than her goofball husband! That being said, please wear a damn mask.

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Paul Kehoe has been an elementary school educator in Brewster for many years and has always enjoyed incorporating music into all aspects of the curriculum.  He has led several school programs entertaining children with songs focused on social and emotional learning.  Paul has spent the past year developing some original songs and enjoys performing at many of the local Open Mics and Coffeehouses here on the Cape.  He has lent his music to several organizations during fundraisers and benefits.  This past summer Paul teamed up with Mary Wilson of the Pitter Patter Puppets to create a series of children’s shows for the Cape Rep Theater called Puppets, Paul & Mary.  He is thrilled and excited to be part of the November Project!

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Jack Kerig is a local actor who  first performed at Cape Rep as Hounddog in The Bremen Town Musicians in 1999.  Other productions include
Our Country’s Good, The Bottom of the Sky, and Vetco’s Cyrano. He also appears yearly as Mr. Turnip for the Eastham Turnip Festival.

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Trish LaRose is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep where she’s appeared in over a dozen productions. Favorites include: Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia, Halina Cygansky in Indecent, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Mae West in Dirty Blonde, O.G. Howland in Men On Boats, Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along and Serafina Delle Rosa in The Rose Tattoo. Other credits include: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Opp Tom Hewitt, Dir. David Drake) at Provincetown Theater, Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple and the Dark Night Cabaret Series at CCftA, special guest appearance with The Skivvies, The Nat’l Tour of Urban Cowboy, Legally Blonde (Dir. Nick Kenkel) at North Shore Music Theatre and her One Woman Show (Dir. Matthew Risch) performed in NYC. Love to her family for all their love and support!

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Ari is best known at Cape Rep for his work in productions such as Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Dinosaur Pirates from Outer Space.  Other favorites include Fully Committed (CCftA) for which he received a mention in the Best of Cape Cod Times AND a Broadway World Nomination for best actor. Honk the Musical (Eventide Arts), Remember my name (play reading at the Falmouth Synagogue), The Fantasticks and The Happy Elf (CCTC-HJT).

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A Tenor, Alto & and Soprano saxophonist,
Peter has played gigs and studio recordings in the New England area since his Berklee College of Music days in the mid 70’s. Originally from the Boston area, Peter now lives in Yarmouth Port with his wife Maryann and plays with a number of different groups here on Cape Cod.

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Susan is happy to have this opportunity design and have a creative outlet.  Starting in 2005 she has been a part of 34 productions as well as VetCo, Young Company, Footlight Fantasy and many benefits and special performances. Favorite show credits include-Full Monty (the first time), Xanadu, UMPO, Merrily We Roll Along, Rough Crossing, Billy Elliot, and Boundless. She also has worked for Skylight Theatre in Milwaukee, Prospect Theatre in NYC, Forestburgh Playhouse in Upstate NY, and many others.  She is an events lighting designer for WorldStage in NYC. *Thank you to Cape Rep for asking me to be a part of this project! VOTE!!*
www.susanmnicholsondesign.com

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Meghan Magrath is happy to contribute to this project and excited for the opportunity to perform with her husband, Conor. She feels lucky to have met so many great friends and collaborators at Cape Rep since her first show with this special theater in 2007. She recently relocated to Cape Cod. Recent credits include: Dark Night Cabaret and The ABCs of NYC (CCftA); The Full Monty, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, Merrily We Roll Along and Failure: A Love Story (Cape Rep). In New York, she has debuted two original shows, Womenfolk and Here Comes the Broad, at The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch.

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KATE PAZAKIS is the creator and writer of the UMPO Series.  For six years she was the Producing Artistic Director of Rockwell Table And Stage in Los Angeles. Over that time the UMPO series became one of the hottest theatrical series in Los Angeles. It was featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood Live and many morning shows.  She wrote the following parodies: UMPO STRANGER THINGS, UMPO BRIDESMAIDS, UMPO JURASSIC PARK,  UMPO CLUELESS, UMPO 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, UMPO LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and UMPO MEAN GURLZ, and co-wrote UMPO’s HOCUS POCUS, UMPO TROOP BEVERLY HILLS, UMPO  THE BIG LEBOWSKI, UMPO THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, UMPO HOME ALONE, SCISSORHANDS  and THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB. She also produced UMPO: SCREAM and developed/produced UMPO: CRUEL INTENTIONS which ran Off-Broadway and is now touring.  As an actor, she has been seen on TV in many national commercials and a guest star on SOUTH PARK. Broadway/National Tour: South Pacific; Jerry Springer: The Opera (starring Harvey Keitel); and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (starring Jennifer Hudson).  Kate is honored to come back to her home base at Cape Rep where she played Sylvia in Sylvia 25 years ago. Thank you, Janine and Mo

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Janine M. Perry (Producing Artistic Director) wrote six plays that were produced by Cape Rep Theatre: The Distance Between Us, If We Meet Again, Elijah Cobb, Beach Glass, Xingu and Other Stories (an adaptation of three Edith Wharton short stories which starred Julie Harris), and Snit, Snat, Snoot: Schtickman to the Rescue, written with Maura Hanlon. The Distance Between Us was also produced at the Ring Theatre in Miami and numerous other venues on and off Cape Cod and was adapted for elementary, middle, and high school students in Cape Rep Theatre’s Outreach Program. Janine was Assistant Director for A Streetcar Named Desire and co-directed Wonder of the World. She was Cape Rep Theatre’s Executive Director, President of the Board of Trustees, and since 2003 has been Producing Artistic Director.

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Chelsey is so excited to be back on Cape Cod after spending two years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite Cape Rep credits: Next to Normal, Evita, The Light in the Piazza, Jerusalem, and Hairspray. Bay Area credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease (Broadway by the Bay), Mamma Mia (Center Rep), Grease (Berkeley Playhouse), Rock of Ages (PCRT), She Loves Me (RVP/Mountain Play) and Spamalot (Marin Shakes). She holds a BFA from Montclair State University.

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Stephen Russell (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is a songwriter, actor, playwright and book buyer who lives in Wellfleet. Recent projects with Cape Rep include Boundless and Shakespeare in Love. stephenrussellvoice.com

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COURTNEY NOLAN SMITH has performed with Sierra Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks/USA, Ocean State Theatre Company, the Rochester Fringe Festival, Bristol Valley Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre, Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company, Cotuit Center for the Arts, and The Theatre Barn, but she made her professional theatrical debut right here on the Cape Rep Stage back in 2006 as “Estelle” in the THE FULL MONTY. Favorite Cape Rep roles include: “Mona” in A CLASS ACT, “Mayzie LaBird” in SEUSSICAL, “Hannah” in Steel Pier, “Trix the Aviatrix” in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and several Sea Pines Revues. She can also be seen on the small screen (as herself) in TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO on Netflix. BFA: University of Miami (FL). Proud member of AEA! www.courtneynolansmith.com

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Vicki Summers is a professional actress and drama teacher.  She has been involved in theater since high school.  Her favorite roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Mrs. Roby in Xingu and Other Stories (with Julie Harris),  Vera in Indecent, Molly in Molly Sweenie, Louisa in Nine, Margie in Good People, Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Nina, Wanda and Meg in Durang-Durang, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie.  Vicki also wrote and performed her own, one woman show (developed in Cape Rep’s playwriting class), Bella, An Immigrant’s Tale, where she brings to life her beloved grandma.

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Anthony Teixeira has been active with Cape Rep as a performer and stage manager since 2010. I’m so grateful to Janine, Mo, and the entire company for a decade of dear friendship and creative collaboration. Looking forward to brighter days and future endeavors to come!

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Justin Torrellas studied Music Performance (Bassoon) at Indiana University as a student of bassoon legends David McGill, Kim Walker, Arthur Weisberg, Michael McCraw, and Roger Soren. He has performed with orchestras & opera pits throughout the USA and toured Europe. After a decade away from music spent training and competing for the USA Pentathlon National Team, he returned to his artistic roots, appearing in productions throughout the Cape and Greater Boston area as both an actor and in-demand woodwind doubler. He’s a proud father to his amazing daughter Io.

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Erica Tso Haidas is currently on the Board of Trustees for Cape Rep Theatre and chairs the Volunteer Committee. After leaving a corporate legal job in NYC and moving to the Cape, she re-discovered her love of creating music and collaborating with other music lovers. Erica is currently working on a pro bono immigration case, and in non-pandemic times, she enjoys playing the violin in the local orchestra and volunteering with WE CAN. She is honored to be able to contribute artistically to the November Project.

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Mary Wilson has been in the field of Early Education for over 30 years. She has been the Coordinator for the Cape & Islands Maternal Depression Task Force since its inception in 2005. Mary has worked with families of children birth through 12 years in a variety of settings and capacities. Her educational background is in Early Education and Psychology. She has worked as an early childhood educator, administrator, consultant, adult educator and is also a professional puppeteer for Pitter Patter Puppets. She is the President of Pitter Patter Enterprises, Inc., an Early Childhood and Family Engagement consulting company.

With members of Cape Rep's Young Company
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Baylie Hartford is currently a senior at Sturgis Public Charter School. She has been a part of the Young Company at Cape Rep since its inception four years ago; favorite YoCo roles include Penelope in The Odyssey and Macbeth in Macbeth. Baylie would like to thank everyone at Cape Rep!

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Nell Hamilton is a true Cape Rep kid, having grown up at the theatre. She’s been a member of the Young Company since its inception, her favorite role being Eurylochus in the Odyssey. You may have also caught her on the Cape Rep stage in Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, and Evita. Thank you to everyone who made this project possible!

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Sage Lach is a freshman at Nauset High School finding her way through these unique times. In the past, one of Sage’s favorite roles was Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker (CDG). During the last season of YOCO at Cape Rep, Sage had a blast playing Meterstein and she looks forward to joining Cape Rep on another one of its adventures this November!

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Kendall Smith is a freshman at Nauset Regional High School. She was a part of YoCo last year and has been involved in the drama club in school. She is excited to be a part of The November Project, and I can’t wait to see what Cape Rep does next!

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Emma Tichnor is 17 years old and a senior at Nauset High School. She has been in Young Company for two years. Emma is excited to work with the Cape Rep family on the November project and she is looking forward to continuing YoCo.

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Brielle is a Junior at Sturgis West, and has been in a part of Young Company for the past four productions. She has missed the theater for the past few months and looks forward to seeing what Cape Rep has in store!


Behind the Scenes

Interviews with artists from The November Project

Trish LaRose & Kate Pazakis talk with Courtney Nolan Smith

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