Shining a Spotlight on the Senior Cast of The Little Mermaid

The Albion High School Arts Department and community have been blessed by the AHS Class of 2020.

You have generously shared your many talents of acting, singing, dancing, instrumental music, visual arts and stage crew. Although the year ended abruptly, your leadership, hard work and dedication to the production of The Little Mermaid will be remembered as leading by example.

Thank you Seniors for the memories, the laughter and the love. We wish you the very best now and in your futures.

With all our love,

Your Production Team
 

Lorem Beam

Loren Beam


I am Loren Beam and I play the flute/piccolo.

I have been in Pit and Stage Crew for all of my high school career. I love playing and being with everybody.

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

I’ve been in the arts department for four years. The drama club has always been my go to way to spend my free time and it has rewarded me with friends and priceless memories.

The past two years however, I went from acting on stage to playing in the orchestra and it's been awesome. Aside from having more free time, the pit orchestra lets me not only play my instrument, but still be as much a part of the production as the rest of the drama club. I’d like to thank Mr. Thaine and Mr. Simboli for their years of encouragement and friendship, as well as being my teachers and running the band and chorus programs. I’d also like to thank Mrs. Winans, Mrs. Dibley and Mrs. Pettit for making sure I’d not only look good on stage, but for making me look like I belong on stage. Finally I’d like to thank Mrs. Martin for helping me perfect my character and my performance.

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox

The Little Mermaid was the first musical that I became involved with since coming to Albion. I have always been a fan of the productions that have been put on here in the high school, but I never thought I would be involved in doing one.

I would like to thank Angel Rushing for practically forcing me out of my comfort zone and showing me just how fun stage crew can be. I would also like to thank every teacher involved with making this production as wonderful as possible for not only the cast, but the crew as well. I will forever wish that I joined in on these productions earlier than during my senior year.

After high school, I plan to go to Brockport for Psychology.

Chase Froman

Chase Froman

Hi, my name is Chase Froman. I’ve been a part of the ACS Arts Department since 6th grade. Some of my favorite shows that I’ve been in include: Zombie Prom, Godspell, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Big Bad Musical and Into the Woods. Sadly, I will not be able to perform as Prince Eric in my last musical, The Little Mermaid. The arts department has been a very important part of my life, and while I won’t get the final goodbye I’ve been waiting for, I’m just glad I got to perform one final show with all of my friends last fall. I’d like to thank Mrs. Pettit, Mrs.Berg, Mrs. Winans, and Mr. Simboli for all the work they put into these shows to make them the best they can be and for taking the time to help each individual grow as a performer.

I plan on attending NCCC in the Fall for 2 years and then transferring to a 4 year school to become an occupational therapist. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my high school journey, and most importantly, my parents. While this was a bittersweet ending to my high school career, thanks to the arts department and all of my friends, I’ve made memories that will last me a lifetime.

Daniel Grabowski

Daniel Grabowski

Hey, what’s up? It’s crazy to think this is my last year with the arts department. I have worked on stage crew since middle school. I have been the stage manager for The Best Christmas
Pageant Ever-The Musical
and Into The Woods. I am honored to have been asked to be stage manager for The Big Bad Musical. I’d like to thank my father for helping take down the sets after the plays and my mother for bringing bagels before the matinee show. Also, I’d like to thank Mr. Feder for working with me on the sets, even when we went until two in the morning. Thank you Mrs. Berg for making backstage a blast and special thanks to Mr. Simboli, Mrs. Pettit, Mrs. Winans, Mr. Smith and to all my friends on stage and in the crew. You guys are the best.

After high school, I am committed to Alfred State College. My major will be electrical construction and maintenance.

Zoie McGuire

Zoie McGuire

I plan on going to college to study art education.

Thank you to my mom and dad for raising me to be a decent human being. Thanks to everyone who’s ever laughed at one of my dumb jokes, it’s hard being a comedian. Thank you Jess and Angel for always being there for me and being the best friends I could ever have. I love you guys. I will really miss all of my underclassmen friends and my teachers. There are so many that I’ve grown attached to. You all know who you are. ;)

 

 

Michaela Pantano

Michaela Pantano

During my years of high school I was able to participate in multiple extracurricular activities. I was a member of both band and chorus for all four years. I ran cross-country up until my sophomore year, and was a member of the varsity swim team throughout high school.

In the future I plan to attend GCC to earn my associates degree and be a part of the college swim team. I would like to thank my friends and family for helping and supporting me all of these years, I wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Thank you again mom and dad for supporting my decision to come out of my comfort zone and be a part of this production. Even though it was cut short I had a great time while it lasted and I wish I would have joined the stage crew before my senior year.

Mariah Plain

Mariah Plain

Hello my friends! Whelp, it’s my senior year and I finally decided to be a part of the Albion Drama Department. The Little Mermaid is my first and last show, and I could not be happier to be a part of it and to have this opportunity to make connections with new people. I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in this new endeavor including my brother for reluctantly auditioning with me, my parents for being my biggest fans, all my new friends who have been cheering me on along the way, and Matthew for helping me see the glass as half full.

After high school I plan on becoming an Astronomical Aerospace Engineer for the Air Force.

Michaela Pantano

Ayden Reid

As the curtains draw and a virus rages on, I'm leaving the Arts Department with nothing but fond memories. Two and a half shows filled with amazing people and amazing talent both backstage and on. This is my farewell to a family away from family. A bittersweet adieu to those who I love unconditionally, a good riddance to those of which I've butted heads, and an unfortunate but loving sendoff to the late Brennan Moody. Hope this message finds him well. But no goodbye is harder to say than the one I give Ol' Garebear (Mr. Simboli). From day one you saw the potential and artistic light burning inside me and I thank you beyond words for all the kindness, praise and brotherhood you've shown since I first signed on. I wouldn't be the senior or man I am today. Shine on you crazy diamonds. I'll miss you all.

Michaela Pantano

Brooklynn Reed

Hello! I’m Brooklynn Reed and already a senior. This is my first high school production, and it has been a blast. I regret waiting so long to be part of the crew for the high school shows. My underclassmen friends, don’t wait until it’s too late like I did. My freshman boys, (you know who you are) I am looking forward to coming back and seeing you in the shows to come, don’t let me down. The shows I have been a part of are A Suessified Christmas Carol, The Jungle Book, and now The Little Mermaid. The first two were back in middle school, but they started my love for theater. Thank you to my girls for being by my side all year long, and giving me the right push to join this production. Cj, thank you for putting up with my messy schedule and still making it work, you’re so amazing.  A major thank you to the whole production team: Mrs. Pettit, Mrs. Berg, Mr. Thaine, Mrs. Winans, Mr. Feder, and everyone who made this show possible. An even bigger thank you to Mr. Simboli for helping me grow past my comfort zones and become who I am today. I have created memories in this show that I will cherish dearly.

Next year, I will be attending the University at Buffalo and will be majoring in Psychology.

Laiken Ricker

Laiken Ricker

It’s hard to believe that this is my last show. I started doing shows my freshman year as a “dancer” in Tarzan. My favorite show I've been in was my sophomore year when I was in Godspell. Junior year I was on stage crew for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and I got the tip of the hat award at Stars of Tomorrow when I was “Milky White” in Into the Woods. This year I am a featured dancer and I am dance captain for The Little Mermaid. I have gotten to help choreograph and teach the dances! I have also had the opportunity to dance in the opening number of Stars of Tomorrow with my very good friend Chase! I’d like to thank my family for coming to all of my performances and the production team for always supporting me and making these past four years so memorable. A special thanks to Mr. Simboli, Mrs. Berg, and Mrs. Pettit for making me smile after a hard day, encouraging me to get out of my
comfort zone, or even making me audition even when I didn’t want to. I cannot thank you enough. These shows have introduced me to my best friends and I am so thankful for everyone that I have shared the stage with!

Laiken Ricker

Angel Rushing

Hi, I’m Angel. I guess it’s that time of the year. My senior show. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was given the position as props mistress in Getting to Know Once Upon A Mattress as a
sophomore. I'd like to thank my Mom and Erin and Rhiannon for all the rides and support. I also want to thank everyone on the team and everyone in cast, crew and pit for all the memories through the years. Jessica, Zoie, and Brooklynn, thank you for finally joining the crew after months of me begging you all. My final thank you goes to Brennan. I was never sure about joining the crew but he basically forced me to sign up and I’m very grateful. I’m glad to have each and every one of you in my life.

Spencer Sietmann

Spencer Sietmann

I joined marching band, jazz band, and pit orchestra this year. All three were quickly favorites of mine and I’m happy I joined them. I’ve also done soccer since freshman year. I plan
on going to college for nursing. Thank you to all my teachers, friends, and family who have supported me since the very beginning.

 

 

 

 

Angelina Snitzel

Angelina Snitzel

This year I did many different activities. I played in clarinet choir, All County chorus, marching band, stage crew and began preparing a solo for solo festival. I plan to attend Niagara County Community College in the fall for disability studies and then go to a university to get my teaching degree. I want to teach disabled kids.

I also want to shout out my best friend for being absolutely amazing and being my shoulder to cry on!! Thank you so very much for helping me through every step of the way and making this possible for me. I couldn’t have done anything without my biggest supporter. I also want to thank my mom for being everything I needed and wiping my tears away. I love you mom!!  To Mr. Green and Mr. Christiansen for being there every step of my journey making things go as smoothly as possible and always making me laugh!!  Last but not least I want to thank Clayton for pushing me to my limits and cheering me on!!  I honestly couldn’t have done any of this and made it this far without any of you!!

Katelyn Spierdowis

Katelyn Spierdowis

Hello! My name is Katelyn Spierdowis. I have been apart of the AHS Arts Department for four years. I had the pleasure of playing Clarinet in the Pit Orchestra for Disney’s Tarzan,
Godspell, Into The Woods, and the beginnings of The Little Mermaid. It was sad to hear that we wouldn’t get to finish The Little Mermaid but it has truly been a pleasure working with all of these talented musicians. I will never forget the memories and the friendships I have made.

 

 

Casey Starkweather

Casey Starkweather

Well, the time has come. I am now at the end of my senior year which means this is my final musical ever. I have been in almost every show during my high school years, whether it’s
on the stage or working for the crew. Being in both truly makes you understand the need to stay out of the way. All of my best musical memories and achievements came from high school. My first high school role was also my first ever role with speaking lines. That was when I played “Sheila” in Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition, I was so excited for only a few tiny lines. Last spring I had my favorite and biggest role: “Rapunzel” in Into The Woods. I loved portraying such a tragic character...and I may have also enjoyed showing off those high notes. My latest role was “Little Red” in The Big Bad Musical. For my final show, The Little Mermaid, I am playing “Princess Atina”, a “maid”, and a “suitor”. I’d like to thank my parents for driving me home from rehearsal every day, even though they wish they didn’t have to. I’d also like to thank Mr. Simboli for helping me grow as a singer and actress, Mrs. Winans for making sure everything runs swimmingly from above, everyone who has ever helped to make the amazing costumes, and all my fellow cast and crew members throughout the years for making these four years absolutely incredible.

Emma Tower

Emma Tower

Why Hello! I’m Emma Tower and have been involved in theatre since the good old days of 5th-grade multicultural club. Since then I’ve had a plethora of roles: in middle school I played “Humbug” in The Phantom Tollbooth, “Bed Headed Winnifred” in Suessified Christmas, “Mogli’s wolf mom” in The Jungle Book, “Herb” in Junie B Jones, and of course “Sharpay” in High School Musical, Jr. Freshman year became a little break year but sophomore year I made a comeback playing the goofy “Jester” in Getting to Know Once Upon a Mattress, and also performed in the iconic show of Godspell. Junior year I was “Mrs. Bradley” in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Musical, and continued as the “Baker’s Wife” in Into the Woods. Senior year I destroyed my digestive track eating paper and plastic with one of the funniest roles, “Ohnay (pig one)” in The Big Bad Musical, The Last show of my high school theatre career I was going to be groovin' under the sea as “Sebastian” from The Little Mermaid. I wanna thank Mr. and Mrs. Kozody, Mr. Simboli, and the high school production team for seeing the potential in me and allowing me to grow and experience and fall in love with music and the art of being on stage. I also wanna thank my momma because since 5th grade she has come to every single show I’ve performed in. I’m going to miss the happiness brought to me when on stage with the people I love, but I’m ready for the next role and of course the next adventure. Thank you :)

Abby Tucker

Abby Tucker

Last year, and last show.

I have been both on stage crew, as well as in the orchestra, all through my high school years. I am happy to be in orchestra now, as well as happy to say that everyone in the show will always be considered a friend. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this part of my life amazing. I hope you enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Emma Wadhams

Molly Wadhams

Hello! My name is Molly Wadhams and I’ve been a part of the drama department at ACS since 6th grade. I’ve been in some amazing shows which include The Phantom Tollbooth, Once
Upon A Mattress, Godspell, Into The Woods,
and now...The Little Mermaid! I get to play the not-a-guppy “Flounder”! I would like to thank all of my directors over the years and all my peers that I’ve worked with. Oh! And obviously my parents as well, for putting up with me and going every which way for me. I couldn’t have done it without you guys! Thank you all so much.

 

Sophia Zambito

Sophia Zambito

My name is currently Sophia Zambito but in the past you may have known me as “Mowgli” from The Jungle Book or “T-woah” from The Big Bad the Musical or even “Lucinda” from Into the Woods. Point is, I’ve gone through many names and characters through my years in the Albion Central School District. I started off my drama career technically in elementary school with the multicultural club when we put on a show about Barack Obama’s childhood… I played Naya Rivera from Glee. Then I went to middle school and started my career off right by playing the “Tollbooth” in The Phantom Tollbooth, yeah I know pretty big part am I right? And I ended that journey by playing “Kelsey” in High School Music Jr. Then I strapped on my character shoes and headed on over to the high school. When I got there, auditions were like the first day of school and we had to learn a bunch of stuff for the musical Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition where I landed the role of “Peaches”. Next was Tarzan where I played a “gorilla mother” and I met the most amazing little girl named Kailee who was my gorilla child. The next year I was in Getting to Know Once Upon a Mattress where I got to play the break out star dancer during the Spanish Panic with my best friend Chase. This next show really made me love acting and singing…Godspell. This show really forced the actors to bond and I think that’s why it was the most fun to me. On to junior year. I first played a comedic “Church Lady” in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, then I played “Lucinda” in Into the Woods. And for my final year I played the craziest role I think I’ve ever played…“T-Woah” Aka “Two” from The Big Bad Musical. This role was a lot of fun because I really just got corny with my best friend Emma. And for my final show I was going to be in the pit orchestra jammin' out with Mr. Thaine and all my band friends to The Little Mermaid. Overall, I would say I had a pretty full 7-ish years with the Albion Arts Department. So thank you to all the music teachers and everyone who have been involved in my drama career. Thank you for pushing me and making me love acting, singing, sometimes dancing, and my mallets. Love you all forever, from yours truly, the Tollbooth.