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(Lauren.Tompkins) Originally from Wisconsin, Lauren is thrilled to be part of the thriving theatre community in NC. Lauren received a Master of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Iowa and has performed everything from opera to contemporary music theatre across the country. Recent local credits include Sara Jane Moore in Assassins (Studio 1), Sergeant Bouncer in Cox and Box (White Iris Light Opera Company) and 9 to 5: The Musical (NRACT).
By day, Lauren holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and can whip up a mean financial plan.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys baking, singing in the shower, and being gluten and dairy free. She also enjoys lying about running marathons and being a vegan. She is currently obsessed with RuPaul's Drag Race and judging people.
She would like to thank James for being incredibly handsome and literally a genius (and, of course, for this wonderful opportunity to get married nightly.)
The Best Man
Outside of his normal day job, Dennis performs improv at ComedyWorx in Raleigh and also works part-time at a sports radio station and can be seen often at area sporting events.
The Maid of Honor
(Alexandra.Finazzo) Alexandra Finazzo is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. She recently graduated from William Peace University last May with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Over the past few years, she has had the privilege of working on and off stage with several theatre companies in the Triangle including Bare Theatre, Burning Coal, Playmakers Repertory Company, Theatre Raleigh, Broadway Series South, and the North Carolina Theatre. She was also trained in improv comedy by the Raleigh Village Idiots and has been performing with them since she graduated school.
She would like to give special thanks to her own Italian family for helping her prepare for this role so diligently throughout her childhood.
Usher, Friend of the Groom
(Michael.Bacigelupo) Michael is a local videogame programmer who somehow got roped into this whole "performing in front of an audience" thing when he joined ComedyWorx in 2014. He's appeared in Cary Players' Dashing Through The Snow and multiple iterations of Cary Playwrights' Forum's Bar Plays. His most iconic role was probably as a kangaroo in CPF's PlaySlam, and he's still waiting on his Oscar, Tony, or Grammy from it. Whichever one fits, he doesn't remember.
Usher, Brother of the Groom
(Benoit.Sabourin) Benoit Sabourin was most recently seen as Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at NRACT. Some of his favorite credits include TJ in Southern Baptist Sissies at Theatre in the Park, and part of the ensembles for Sweeney Todd and Cinderella at Raleigh Little Theatre.
He holds a bachelor of arts in drama from UNCG. He thanks his family and friends for their continual support!
This summer she studied under Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio in NYC. She's celebrating the release of Oh Crappy Day, a short film by Dagtype Films, on Amazon. Accepted into 36 film festivals, it won the 2015 Lou Costello Award for Best Comedy Short at the Garden State Film Festival presented by Ed Asner along with many other festival awards.
Mother of the Bride
Great Uncle of the Bride
(Michael.West) Mikey West has been performing with Raleigh's Village Idiots since 2000 and has performed in many productions at North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. He's also directed 2 successful runs of Clue: The Musical at NRACT as well. After taking a brief break from theatre to pursue a degree, Mikey is happy to be back as a part of Tony & Tina's Wedding and thanks James and Kevin for the opportunity to be a part of this great cast.
Brother of the Bride/Director
Locally James has appeared on stage as Galahad in Spamalot, Burrs in The Wild Party, Hunter in [title of show], Frank n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Luke in AltarBoyz, and Dave in The Full Monty. Favorite directing credits include Carrie: The Musical, Xanadu, and 9 to 5: The Musical.
Sister Albert Maria
Cousin of the Bride
(Natalie Turgeon) Natalie is excited and grateful to be joining such a wonderful cast and crew in Tony and Tina's Wedding. Previous credits include Legally Blonde (Paulette Bonafonte), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), The Rainmaker (Lizzie Curry) at Cary Players, 9-5 The Musical (Roz Keith), Wild Party (Madeline True) at NRACT and Hairspray (Velma Von Tussel), Cinderella (ensemble) and Sweeney Todd (ensemble) at Raleigh Little Theatre.
In her spare time, Natalie enjoys eating pizza, attempting to re-live glory days when she was 2002s "Tombstone pizza eating champion." Other awards include 1997 Diocese of Raleighs' Peace essay contest winner, 1992s self appointed "Most dedicated wanna-be Mighty Duck" in The Southeast and The National Sleep Institutes' 2000 "Most Promising Nap Taker." She would like to dedicate this performance to the real nuns in her life, whom she had much respect and admiration for, Sister Mary Quinn, Sister Lisa, Sister Janet and Sister Jane.
Tony Nunzio, Sr.
Father of the Groom
(Matthew Krevat) Matthew Krevat has been studying improv comedy since 1980 and has been the director of Raleigh's Village Idiots since 1997. He has performed in more improv revues than he can count. Matthew was one-third the performing cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at the North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. Matthew is enjoying this production so much, it feels like he just started rehearsing this week. He is dedicating this performance to Andy Ingram: get well soon Andy!
Tony Sr's Girlfriend
(Nicole.Harris) Broadway/Theatre: Wicked (NY), In The Heights (Nat. Tour), Little Shop of Horrors: Chiffon (Burlington, NC), The Dinner Detective (Chapel Hill). Film/TV: But Deliver Us From Evil, The Longest Ride, The Choice, Blue Mountain State; The Rise of Thadland, Where We’re Meant To Be (Laura), The Haunting of Four Points (Tara), 60 Seconds To Die (Julie/Beast), The Brothers Statue (Gina), Lao Warrior 2 (Elizabeth), Lyric In Life: Last Name (Jen), Pistil: A Short Film (Red), The Visitor, Rearview Mirror Music Video (Maggie Patterson), FOX’s Shots Fired, NBC Today Show. She performed at Carnegie Hall, and for various charities including The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Grandmother of the Groom
(Nan.L..Stephenson) Nan L. Stephenson is an educator, theatre professional, and member of Screen Actors' Guild (SAG-AFTRA). She works as an actor, director, historian, teacher, and administrator. Holding B.S. and M.A. degrees from Louisiana State University in communication and theatre, she earned a Ph.D. in theatre (and also completed the M.F.A. Directing coursework) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught students from five years old to adult. She had worked with many of the theatre companies in the Triangle and is delighted to be performing as a member of one of the families in this wedding.
Aunt Rose Domenico
Aunt of the Bride
(Romni.Rossi) Romni Rossi has been an acting & improvisational instructor for adults and children since 2002. She has appeared in over 65 productions including The Mouse Trap, Alice in Wonderland, Noises Off,Harvey, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Philadelphia Story, Deathtrap, Nunsense and Clue “The Musical”(twice).
In addition to acting, Romni has been a professional singer for many years and is a proud member of Raleigh’s Village Idiots, a local improvisational comedy troop, since 1998.
(Shannon.Plummer-White) Shannon is excited to join the insanely talented cast of Tony n Tina's Wedding! She is a proud North Carolina native, and studied Musical Theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has also performed during multiple seasons with the North Carolina Master Chorale and can be seen in the films Safe Haven and Iron Man 3.
Some of her favorite stage roles include: Muriel Tate in Plaza Suite, Maggie in Lend Me A Tenor, Ensemble/Music Director for Godspell (Towne Players of Garner), Cinderella in Into the Woods, Guinevere in Camelot and Laurie in Okalahoma at The Imperial Center for the Arts.
When she isn't performing onstage, or making magic behind it, she can be found playing with molten fire and glass in the art studio. She is also a crazy cat lady currently with 4 rescued fur-children, and she volunteers for local animal rescue organizations. She would like to thank James and Kevin for this wonderful opportunity, and her very supportive husband for always letting his Diva shine.
The Bride's Ex Boyfriend
(Nicholas.Sheets) Nick is a co-producer and performer in the Table Top Notch podcast. He has been an improviser at ComedyWorx in downtown Raleigh since 2016. Tony and Tina's wedding will be his acting debut. He would like to thank his theatre family for being so welcoming. When he's not being funny on stage, he usually gets booed.
(Brian.Westbrook) Brian has recently appeared as Cal Porter in Mothers and Sons (RLT), in the ensemble of Memphis (RLT), Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd (RLT), Sir Lancelot in Spamalot (RLT), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (NRACT), and as the world's most mature teenager as Billy in Carrie: The Musical (NRACT)
Brian would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his addicti..... passion for performing. ENJOY THE SHOW!
When not improvising, Bailey enjoys playing guitar and petting his dog. Just not at the same time.
The Cadillac of Caterers
(Bill.Andrews) Bill Andrews last appeared locally as Franklin Hart Jr. in 9 to 5 the musical at NRACT.
Some of his favorite credits include Max Bialystock in The Producers, Gomez Addams in The Addams Family the Musical, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
When Bill is not on stage he is a Trivia Host with Wise Entertainment, an actor at Raleigh Room Escapes, and a private in-home voice & piano teacher.
The Wedding Planner
(Noele.Azarelo) Noelle is thrilled to be as neurotic on stage as she is in real life and to finally plan the perfect Italian wedding. Recent roles include: Prudence/Sebastian in The Roaring Girl (l.i.t.), Victoria/Maud in Cloud 9 (Tiny Engine), Julia Melville in The Rivals (Actor's Comedy Lab/RLT)
She is currently filming a whole lot of Shakespeare with Atomic Butterfly and would like to thank her husband. Jim, for teaching her how to make a passable gravy, especially since it took nearly a decade together to manage.
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