Andrea Pane (White Rabbit/Director/Writer)
Andrea Pane (Director/Writer/White Rabbit) is thrilled to be back for his third outing as writer for TYA! A veteran of the DCT stage since 2008, audiences are familiar with him as a performer, director, and writer. Recent credits: A Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh, 9 to 5, RENT, The Wizard of Oz, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Thanks to his editor Sarah, Hugh, Lauren, Lesley, Carly, the crew and dressers, the cast, his dogs and his family. IG: idaius__ www.andreapanephotography.com
Ashley DePascale (Matilda/March Hare/Six)
Ashley is back for what will be her 15th year and season on the cabaret stage. She was last seen as Piglet in Winnie the Pooh. She’s been a veteran company actor since 2008 for both Theatre for Young Audiences and Main Stage. Over the last two years she has added directing to her resume. Some of her favorite past productions include Wizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh, Little Witches, Sherlock, Robin Hood, The Christmas Elf, Little Red Riding Hoods, Princess and the Pea, James & the Giant Peach, Princess and the Frog, The Man in Black, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ashley holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Connecticut where she appeared in several Connecticut Repertory Theatre Productions. Additionally, Ashley has performed for HersheyPark Entertainment as well as a number of local commercials. Huge thanks to her amazing family, Hugh, Susan, the cabaret staff, crew and actors for their constant love and support. And a special shout-out to her nephew Dylan for being the best scene partner to practice lines with.
Carly Jurman (Alice/Choreographer)
Carly wears many hats here at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre including actor, choreographer, writer, director, and Executive Assistant to Hugh Hallinan. Her DCT credits include Winnie the Pooh, A Christmas Carol, A Santa Story, Beauty and the Beast, Ugly Duckling, Jack & the Beanstalk, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, RENT, Rapunzel, Beauty & the Beast, Ugly Duckling, and the entirety of the 2023-2024 Theatre for Youth Audiences season. Carly also has performed regionally at the American Repertory Theater, Reagle Music Theatre, as a guest artist with Doug Elkins and Friends, and with many dance/theater companies in the NYC area. She holds a M.A. from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s M.A. Theatre Lab in London, and also serves as the Project Coordinator for the Celebration Barn Theater in Maine where she continues her physical theater and clown training under masters such as Avner Eisenberg, Aitor Bausori and Bill Irwin. She creates original solo work and her first show, Unlovable, was nominated for an Off-West End Award in 2019 for Best Show (Festival Category).
Cory Murphy (Chesire Cat)
Cory was born Bridgeport, CT. This is Cory’s fifth show at the Downtown Cabaret, credits including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty & The Beast, Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol. Cory has been dancing for many years and loves the experience and fun of the Cabaret’s stage.
Emily Pisarra (Doormouse/Knave of Hearts/Swing)
Emily is thrilled to be making her debut in the children’s company with DCT this year! Emily has been performing for over 20 years in CT and NYC. Emily made her first return to the stage since graduating with a BA in theater from Baldwin Wallace this past spring as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret and most recently appeared as a swing for Guys and Dolls. A few favorite roles include Mother (Ragtime), Dragon (Shrek), Soccer Mom (The Wolves) and Alfieri (A View from the Bridge). When she is not at the theater she can be found taking a hot yoga class, or reading astrology charts for Pistarra’s Practical Magic. Thanks to family and friends for their support! Love to PB.
Karen Hanley (Queen of Hearts)
You’ve seen Karen on the DCT stage in a variety of shows, including The Wizard of Oz (as both witches!), A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, James and the Giant Peach, Rapunzel (twice!), and many others. She’s done regional theatre, appearing in The Death of Octavia Hatcher at the Jenny Wiley Theatre and was in the Amazon Prime show Puzzled, a few local commercials and even has an IMDB credit, which she finds hilarious. While she’s only been involved in acting for about ten years now – after a career as a physical therapist – she’s performed on all kinds of stages, including CBGBs, the All Ireland Irish Dance Championships, and she had the honor of singing an original song at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which gave her the thrill of appearing in Playbill. Many thanks to DCT!
Joseph “Jojo” DeVellis (Mad Hatter/Caterpillar/Eight)
Jojo is ecstatic to perform Winnie the Pooh! Recently seen at the Downtown Cabaret as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Cliff in Cabaret and Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls, other notable credits include Trunchbull in Matilda, Pulitzer in Newsies, and Pharaoh in Technicolor Dreamcoat with the 1214 Foundation’s NewArts program. Outside of theatre, Jojo works as an emotional educator and painter. insta: @whatsstudiojojo