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We the People, the Musical

“One of the best assemblies ever! Every kid in Pittsburgh should have the opportunity to see this show! It's loaded with not only fun facts but also historical facts about Pittsburgh. Our students were ecstatic!” Lynn Cipriani, PTA Program Coordinator, Chartiers Valley Intermediate School

Extremely limited space is still available for booking in-school performances of We the People, the Musical for the Spring 2013 semester. All schools booking a performance will receive a valuable Teacher’s Guide to help integrate the show’s important history and science lessons into their classroom activities, as well as a handout for each student. To schedule a Gallery of Heroes presentation, or for more information, call 412-325-6459 or email Galleryof Heroes@pittsburghCLO.org

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About the Show

There is no better way to celebrate America than with beautiful, patriotic music — from America’s favorite anthems to poignant and uplifting original compositions. This patriotic tableau begins as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town. Just what does America mean to them? One person pulls out the Preamble to the Constitution, and they decide to use it as a framework for their show. Through a series of sketches and songs organized phrase by phrase from the Preamble, they show not only how the Constitution applies to our past, but also to our present and future. Everyday life is showcased in both funny and touching vignettes, offering a variety of moods as it explores the deeper meanings of the language of the Constitution. From two neighbors arguing their constitutional rights to have crab grass to an immigrant’s heartwarming rendition of her coming to America, this Norman Rockwellesque review offers slices of life in America. Picnics... tributes to the military... letters home from war... all become part of this patchwork quilt of American life. This musical will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.

About The Cast

(In Alphabetical order)

Victor M. Aponte (Tom) is a graduate from Clarion University of PA, where he earned B.F.A in Musical Theater and a minor in Dance. Victor has performed professionally in regional theater and in the theme park circuit. Also, he performs monthly at the Backstage Bar in a sing-a-long show Hello Donny!. Some of his cherished portrayals are that of Angel in RENT, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, and Coggsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Barbara Rolla (Martha) has been seen in several productions at apple hill playhouse, Greensburg Civic Theatre, and Alabaster Theatre including Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Michael and Lucifer. She also directs Mount Pleasant area districts shows and currently coaches voice and acting privately.

Maggie Finn Ryan (Female Swing) is making her Gallery of Heroes debut. A graduate of Point Park University. Her recent credits include: Midnight Radio Jr. (Bricolage), Elephant Man (Prime Stage), Lonesome West at (The REP), Mad Honey (UnSeam'd Shakespeare). Other credits: Rocky Horror (Dr. Scott), A Child's Christmas in Wales (Miss Prothero), and A Year With Frog and Toad (The Lizard.) She will also be appearing on the second season of "Supah Ninjas" on Nickelodeon as Miss Barge Queen!

Jason Shavers (George) returns to Gallery of Heroes for an eighth time. He has also been seen in many shows around Pittsburgh, such as Porgy & Bess (Robbins) and Lost In The Stars (Matthew Kumalo) with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Miss Saigon and The Wizard of Oz with Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Aida with Pittsburgh Opera. Jason also works as an instructor at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater and as Props Master at the CLO Cabaret (I Love You, You're Perfect... and Nunsense). He is a graduate of Point Park University, where he earned a B.A. in Musical Theater. Jason resides in Wilkinsburg, PA.

Garrett Storm (Sam) has a BA in Acting from Point Park University. Recent credits include Ferdinand in The Tempest (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks), Ian in Helping Out (Pittsburgh New Works Festival), and Domitian in Elephants (Raymond Laine One Act Festival). He has also performed with Prime Stage Theatre, Three Rivers Theatre Company, and Stage Right! Greensburg. This March, he will be assistant directing The Great Gatsby with Prime Stage Theatre.

Danielle Winters (Betsy) has recently been seen around Pittsburgh in the 2011 Young Playwrights Festival with City Theater and as the Gravedigger in Hamlet with Three Rivers Theater Company. She is a B.F.A. Acting graduate from Clarion University where she played such roles as Nancy in Oliver, Rose in Gypsy, and Logainne in ...Spelling Bee. She can also be seen the last Wednesday of every month at the CLO Backstage Bar in Hello Donny! A Showtunes Sing-a-long!

Sandy Zwier (Abby) graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Music Theatre Performance and was last seen here in Pittsburgh in Bricolage’s Strata and Midnight Radio Jr. Other favorite roles include Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Winter Wonderettes, Karen in The Extraordinary Ordinary, Little Becky Two-Shoes in Urinetown (Farmers Alley Theatre), Sister Hubert in Nunsense (Vacationland Theatre) and Jan in Grease (Wagon Wheel Theatre). She’s also active in the film scene and was the personal assistant to Ed Harris and Amy Madigan for "Virginia" as well as the 2nd AD for Submission (Las Vegas Unit).