Robert Del Monte
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Stan Bergman (Pirate)
This will be Stan’s tenth year with the company encompassing nine G & S works. He has enjoyed being a part of HMS Pinafore, Yeomen of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer, Ruddigore, Iolanthe,The Mikado, Thespis, Trial by Jury, and A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol. Having played the parts of Loenard Merrill in Yeomen in 2009 and Samuel in Pirates back in 2010 were especially rewarding. His part as Honey Bun in Midtown to the Met is something that nobody will ever forget.
Through the years, Stan has learned quite a lot about theater (and about himself). He wishes to thank all of his cast-mates, past and present, for all their help and support and for putting up with him. He especially wishes to thank his family for putting up with him both for the inconveniences brought on by his theatre life and for their applause (even when he didn’t deserve it).
There is one constant, as Katisha states in Mikado, “Save love, which never dies”, as it is with Stan’s love for G & S and all the wonderful people in this company, who have enhanced his life.
Jordan Breslow (Pirate)
Jordan is enjoying his seventh production with GaSLOCoLI: ensemble appearances in The Sorcerer, The Mikado, Ruddigore, Thespis, HMS Pinafore and a principal role (Bob Cratchit) in A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol. He has previously performed with the Suburban Players of Wantagh in Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, and Girl Crazy and as the title character in a Camp Kinder Ring production of The Wiz. Jordan was a member of the Binghamton Crosbys, the original all-male a cappella singing ensemble at Binghamton University and is currently their alumni coordinator. He has served on the company board as publicity chairperson and business manager.
Louisa Cabezudo-Arnold (Daughter)
Louisa is excited about her debut appearance in the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island's production of The Pirates of Penzance. She is also known for her role as the 60 million dollar diva Ava Higgs-Livingston in the play A Marriage by the Book written and directed by Lois Findlay. Louisa is a NYC science teacher that enjoys singing just as much as working with children. She has been married for five years to her wonderful husband Marc Anthony Arnold and wishes to thank him for his love and support while perusing her dream.
Robert Del Monte (Pirate/Policeman)
Robert is the “Dean” of the company’s ensemble, having performed continuously since 1970! Although he has occasionally been seen in such roles as the Foreman in Trial by Jury, First Gentleman and Go-To in The Mikado and Giorgio in The Gondoliers, he is best known as “the backbone of the Company chorus,” and has appeared in that capacity in all 13 surviving Gilbert & Sullivan operas. A resident of Oceanside, Robert is a passionate devotee of opera and musical theatre.
Emily Economos (Ruth)
Michael Economos (Major General Stanley)
Michael is returning to the role that he played in his debut with GaSLOCoLI. Sandwiched in between were John Wellington Wells (The Sorcerer), Koko (The Mikado), Robin/Ruthven (Ruddigore), Defendant (Trial by Jury), Thespis (Thespis), Capt. Corcoran (HMS Pinafore), Scrooge (A G&S Christmas Carol), Alphonso De Pickleton (A Medical Man) and Tenor (various revues). He is happy to have come back to where this started, and looks forward to making the rounds again and again and again... unless someone else wants to, which is totally cool with him. He also asks that everyone make a tax-deductible donation to this fantastic company.
Vincenzo Fiorito (Frederic)
Chosen to sing in my "Carnegie Moment" by Paramount Pictures this past year, I enjoyed my first taste of performing on one of the world's most prestigious stages, hoping it will not be my last! I will also be joining the cast of "La Boheme" in my third year with the International Festival of the Voice this August. I am very proud to have sung the leading tenor role.for this company's past four seasons as Young Scrooge, Ralph, Strephon and now, Frédéric. As I hope to continue on the path of a musical career, I am studying at the Juilliard School in NYC. I would like everyone in the cast of Pirates to know how much I have enjoyed working with them! Much love and thanks to Dan and Brenda!
Robert Fischer (Pirate/Policeman)
Robert was born in Rockville Centre on March 26, 1942 and currently owns his own business. He’s married with four sons, three daughters and thirteen grandchildren. He has been singing with his church choir for 18 years. His only previous experience with operas was in 1954 when he was twelve years old. He was chosen to sing in the children’s chorus for Carmen, performed by the Hempstead High School orchestra and led by the famous Archie Blier. The lead roles were sung by Marion Marlow and Julius LaRosa who were very popular singers of the 1950’s. He was also a member of the Islip Barber Shop Chorus in the 1970’s. Since joining GaSLOCoLI, Robert has performed in Ruddigore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer, and the Midtown to the Met revue series.
Marty Fuller (Sergeant of Police)
Marty got his feet wet in Gilbert & Sullivan at City College of New York, where in 1956 he sang in the chorus of The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado as well as in Patience in 1961. He joined GaSLOCoLI in 1982 and has sung such roles as the Usher in Trial by Jury; Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore; the Pirate King and the Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance; Colonel Calverley in Patience; Lord Mountararat and Private Willis in Iolanthe; Prince Arac and King Hildebrand in Princess Ida; Pooh-Bah and The Mikado in The Mikado; Old Adam, Sir Despard Murgatroyd and Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Ruddigore; Sergeant Meryll and Wilfred Shadbolt in The Yeomen of the Guard; Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers; King Paramount in Utopia, Limited; the Duke and the Prince of Monte Carlo in The Grand Duke; Thomas Brown in The Zoo; and Mr. Fezziwig in A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol along with principal roles in Der Yiddisher Pinafore, Di Yam Gazlonim and Der Yiddisher Mikado. Marty has also put his design skills to work as GaSLOCoLI’s Tech Director, creating set designs, posters and program art covers for the company. In his rare offstage hours, Marty lives in Oceanside and has recently retired from Martin Fuller Displays, a window-dressing company based in Island Park.
Valerie Grehan (Mabel)
Alexander Jurak (Pirate / Policeman)
Alex makes his second appearance with GaSLOCoLI this year, and has been looking forward excitedly to singing in The Pirates of Penzance. Alex's plays cello in his Middle School orchestra, and studies classical piano in the Pre-College Division at the Manhattan School of Music.
Chris Jurak (Pirate King)
Chris returns to GaSLOCoLI this season, after debuting as Lord Tolloler in 2016's Iolanthe. He also appears regularly around Long Island with the company as a soloist in The World According to Gilbert & Sullivan, a six-member revue show featuring songs from all 14 operas. Chris is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, and studied classical voice in the Pre-College Division at the Manhattan School of Music.
Daniel Kravetz (Music Director)
Daniel Kravetz is returning to GaSLOCoLI as Music Director this season after serving in that capacity in 1998 for The Yeomen of the Guard and in 2011 for The Sorcerer. In the interim, he was Music Director/Conductor of the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in New Jersey for eleven seasons. He is in his seventh term as President of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York, where he has produced and conducted concert performances of all 13 G&S operas and several works by Arthur Sullivan with other librettists over the past 40 years. He has conducted G&S operas in Philadelphia, Toronto, Rockville MD and Gettysburg PA. Dan is a graduate of New York's High School of Music and Art and Stanford University; on the rare occasion that he isn't conducting G&S, he plays the cello in orchestras and chamber ensembles and appears in piano and song recitals as a page-turner.
Ellen Pickus (Daughter)
Ellen has been with the company since 1980 when she was looking for a night out once a week and knew it wouldn’t be spent playing cards. She stayed for the delightful music and the equally delightful camaraderie. Favorite roles include Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and the Duchess of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers. Ellen taught English and creative writing in Long Beach for 30 years. She wishes to thank Philip and Robert for their loving support.
Delaney Page (Kate)
Delaney is delighted to be joining the cast of Pirates of Penzance as Kate. It is her third year with GaSLOCoLI and her second role with the company, having previously performed in the role of Celia in Iolanthe. Her other GaSLOCoLI credit is in HMS Pinafore as one of the sisters (and cousins and aunts). Other credits include the role of 'The Mother' in Amahal and the Night Visitors. Additionally, she has appeared with the Patio Players in their production of Milk and Honey, the Long Island Cabaret Theatre (Sue Me), and The Long Island Chorale Society.
She wants to thank all her family, friends, and everyone for coming to see the show! To the cast, BREAK A LEG!
Ben Salers (Samuel)
A mother to none, Ben Salers, ...j/k!
Last seen playing the Boatswain in HMS Pinafore with GaSLOCoLI, this time Ben is on the other side of the law as the Pirate King's sidekick, Samuel. Ben is on the board of the LIGMC and has also performed in over 60 shows in various semi professional and community theater since arriving on the Long Island shores in 2001. Aarrrrgg! (That's pirate for "enjoy the show!")'
Brenda Santana (Director, Choreographer, Costumer - Police Ensemble)
Brenda is thrilled to return as director for the third time and even more thrilled to direct GaSLOCoLI's production of Pirates of Penzance! An opera, jazz and theater singer-actress for more years than she’d like to admit, she has performed in many productions and venues throughout the New York City area. However, her most important job is mother to her three beautiful boys; Lucas, Sebastian and Julian. A big kiss and hug to them, and to her new husband, Charlie, for all their support. She is also very proud to be working with her son, Julian, for his first performance with GaSLOCoLI. Congratulations and thank you to the entire cast, and to Dan, for making this a stellar production! Aarrrr!
Tamara Shyngle (Isabelle)
Tamara has been involved with GaSLOCoLI since 2004. She has always enjoyed performing since she was young. She found additional interest in working behind the scenes as well, previously serving as Stage Manager for The Mikado. She has done ensemble work in various shows, musical revues and plays. Her G&S credits include The Mikado, Iolanthe (ensemble and Fleta), The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore (ensemble and Cousin Hebe), The Yeomen of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance (Isabelle), The Sorcerer, Ruddigore, Thespis, A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol (Aunt Eadie and Gossip #1) and GaSLOCoLI’s production of Trial by Jury where she was in the ensemble as the lady with the green bag for lack of a name. Tamara was also a part of the Harlem ensemble in Star Playhouse’s 2010 production of Ragtime.
Tara Talmadge (Daughter)
This is Tara's first performance with GaSLOCoLI. Tara graduated from the Waldorf School of Garden City, where she performed in Ruddigore, HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Theater Arts and was active in all roles of production from cast to crew. For several years Tara sung with the Waldorf Choral Society.
Karina is a thirteen year old singer who is thrilled to be making her debut with the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island. She is an eighth grader who has appeared in many regional theaters since the age of six. Past credits include: “Little Cosette” in Theatre Three’s Les Miserables, “Laurie” in Oklahoma Jr., “Teen Angel” in Grease, “Tess Tyler” in Camp Rock, “Molly” and “Pepper” in Annie Jr., “Chip” in Beauty and the Beast and “Toto” in The Wizard of Oz. Since the age of eight, she has been a Junior Soloist in McDonald’s GOSPELFEST at the Prudential Center. For the past several years, she has been a featured soloist with the Sayville Young People’s Opera Workshop. And she was WBLI’s “West Islip Idol” Middle School winner. Music and theater are her passion but she also enjoys playing the violin, a little piano, dancing, twirling, attending Broadway shows and classical concerts, occasional zip-lining and indoor rock climbing and bouldering. A big shout out to the company for their sincere welcome and wonderful camaraderie. It has been such a pleasure to be part of this outstanding production with the most talented cast and crew! Break a leg everyone!
Julian Posillico (Policeman)
This is Julian's first production with the company. He is a freshman at Chaminade High School. In his spare time he likes to hang out with friends, play with his puppy, Logan, and loves watching Jeopardy.