Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Remember Jones (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) is humbled by this opportunity. Heralded by music and theatre critics (“New Jersey’s most ambitious song interpreter” ̶ The Star Ledger, “soul sensation” - ̶ The Asbury Park Press, “...remarkable vocalist...” ̶ Popdose, “...truly captivates audiences every time he performs...” - ̶ BroadwayWorld, “...consistently entices...” - Chicago Reader), he returns to the theatre stage after such roles as Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar), Che (Evita), Frank’n’Furter (The Rocky Horror Show), and many more. He was Director/Music Director of the NJ debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and starred in a revival production, several notable productions of HAIR under the mentorship of Michael Butler, Ring of Fire, Rocky Horror, Godspell, JCS and more. An acclaimed vocalist/songwriter supported by a large band, he co-produced his debut album “Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!” after raising close to $19,000 through nearly 300 small donations. The album was created in front of a live studio audience with a 25-piece band. It was released in May 2016 at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, the first independent local band to play this venue in many years. His show, back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival of the entire Amy Winehouse album with an orchestra, has sold out throughout the country. He has sold out revivals of Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen with a 20-piece band and notable guests, the first ever to present and sing R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet alongside a 20-piece orchestra, performances of the entire Jeff Buckley album Grace alongside guitar legend Gary Lucas, and an upcoming EP, A Kick in the Head!, will celebrate the 100th birthday of Dean Martin, produced by Richard Barone and featuring a duet with Deana Martin. Remember Jones continues to tour the country as part of Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert and makes frequent appearances alongside many celebrated artists. His band’s second album, Tranquilizer!, was produced by Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville and released with two sold-out shows on the roof of The Asbury Hotel. Thank you to Jess and Andrew for your bravery and trust, and for continuously lifting me up. Love41Another.
Rebecca Krainik (Lucy Harris) is thrilled to be working with such an amazing cast. Rebecca’s has had the pleasure of performing at NJPAC in productions of Sweeney Todd and Carousel. She was recently seen as Charlotte Owens on TV’s Law and Order: SVU, Rita on A Crime to Remember and as a featured singer aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: Last Kiss at The York Theatre, Everything Old Is New Again at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Imogen in Cymbeline at Dragonetti Theatre. Rebecca is a native to New Jersey and very excited to be marking her debut at the Axelrod. She studied at Marymount Manhattan College (BFA Acting).
Adrianna Milbrath (Emma Danvers) is excited to be playing one of her dream roles. Favorite regional work includes Martha; (1776, Engeman Theatre), Ariel (Footloose) and Babette (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with the West Virginia Public Theatre), Shelly (Evil Dead: The Musical, The No Name Players) and productions of Spamalot (Resident Theatre Company) and Les Miserables (Pittsburgh Musical Theatre). NYC: Ben Virginia and Me (Acorn Theatre/NYMF). Film work includes Not Cool (dir. Shane Dawson) and music videos with Arcade High and The Jacob Jeffries Band. She can next be seen in the upcoming North American tour of Cabaret as Fraulein Kost, touring through May 2018. BFA Musical Theatre from Point Park University. IG: @adrianagiselle
Jonmichael Tarleton (John Gabriel Utterson) is thrilled to be joining the company of Jekyll and Hyde. Having performed at various regional venues in and around New York, this performance marks his first foray into New Jersey! He finds it quite agreeable, even if it is the death place of Alexander Hamilton. He promises he doesn’t hold that against any of you lovely patrons of the theater. When he isn’t on stage he’s probably eating. He does this roughly three times a day and enjoys it immensely. Jonmichael’s love of the theater extends all the way back to his early childhood. As a youngster he performed in children’s theater productions all over North Texas. Some of the roles he’s had the pleasure to tackle as an adult include The Professor (South Pacific), Andy Hobart (Star Spangled Girl), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd), et al.
Joey Birchler (Poole) is making his APAC debut! Joey has been seen in Man of La Mancha (Barber/Muleteer) at the Princeton Festival, Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Sister Act (Joey), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Bert Jefferson).at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and Godspell at the Indiana Festival Theatre. He attended Indiana University MT, Class of 2016. Go Hoosiers! Love to mom, dad, five siblings and Lexi.
Shira Bouskila (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Axelrod Performing Arts Center family. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she sang and danced her way through life, living up to her name, which is the Hebrew word for “song.” At the age of 19 she packed her bags and moved to New York City to “live the dream,” and she could not be more grateful for her family and friends who have supported her on this crazy and amazing journey. Some of Shira’s favorite roles include the Witch (Into the Woods), the Gangster (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Hodel (Fiddler on The Roof). Enormous thanks to the cast and creative team at the Axelrod PAC for creating a space to inspire thought through theater.
Veronica Decker (Lady Beaconsfield) is so excited to join the Axelrod family down the shore. An Astoria transplant originally from Westchester, NY, Veronica holds her Bachelors in English with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Favorite credits include Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (La Comedia Dinner Theatre) and The Ice Queen in Cirque Dreams Holidaze (2017 National Tour). Huge, huge thank you to everyone who came down to see her truly play against type.
Mollie Downes (Ensemble) is a performer born and raised in NYC. Some of her favorite credits include Lola in Damn Yankees at Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Sofya in Dogs of Pripyat, and Lulu in Fancy Theater Blues! Mollie is currently an artist in residence with The New Natives.
Mike Kinzer (Spider/Lord Savage) is classically trained in biology (not a dirty joke, he has a BS in Biology), which his parents Mike and Tassie Cantrell are delighted is being put to good use in his acting career. This show is especially fun for him because he once got the chance to meet and take a picture with Anthony Warlow who recorded the original concept recording for Jekyll and Hyde in 1994. Mike spends his time learning German, reading, baking and keep up his acting studies with the diligent practice of Netflix and HBO binges. Mike’s favorite roles thus far have included Brad Majors (The Rocky Horror Show), Captain Billy Pierce (The Civil War) and Laurie (Little Women). He is so excited to now be involved in another one of his favorite shows and hopes you enjoy the show!
Katelyn Lauria (Nellie) is thrilled to be joining the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and to be back in the brothel again for this production of Jekyll and Hyde. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Previous credits include: Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick u/s F1), The Bikinis (Karla), The Days of 98 Show (Belle Davenport), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Oklahoma (Gertie), Spring Awakening (Frau Bessell) and A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig). She would like to thank the cast and most importantly her family for their unconditional support and love.
Nick McDonough (Proops) is thrilled to be working with Axelrod Performing Arts Center on this wonderful production. Previous credits include Rookie (Howie The Rookie), Jimmy Farrel (Playboy of The Western World), Boris (Happy) and Jack (Monster Stomp at Busch Gardens Williamsburg). He received a BFA in Musical Theater from Point Park University. Many thanks to Paul and the entire cast, crew and production team.
Jon McHatton (Glossop) is happy to be returning to the Axelrod PAC, having debuted in September as Len in The Next Big Thing! Previously he was seen in Michigan playing Robert Kincaid in The Bridges of Madison County. Regional credits include: Sir Dinadin/fight captain on the national tour of Camelot, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Judd Fry in Oklahoma!, Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Bobby Strong in Urinetown and Danny Zuko in Grease. Jon is a proud graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Huge thanks to the cast and production team. Much love to all my friends, family and the Big Guy!
Jeffrey O’Neill (Bishop) is pleased to be making his Axelrod debut in this show. Jeff is a Jersey boy and has been in many shows in the Tri-state area. Favorite roles include the Beadle (Sweeney Todd), Albin/Zaza (La Cage Aux Folles) and Ali Hakim (Oklahoma). He has also been seen performing as a soloist for choirs around New Jersey. Jeff would like to thank his family and friends, and the movie Hocus Pocus for shaping him.
Stephanie Eve Parker (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in her first production at Axelrod. Some of her recent credits include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Woman 1 in Songs for a New World, and Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge No More! Stephanie also has choreographed multiple shows, including The Braggart of Bourbon Street at the New York Fringe Festival, Let’s Broadway! at the Abington Theater Company, and numerous workshops the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she also teaches dance. She would love to thank her Mum, Dad, Adam and all her friends and family for their support.
Austin Ryan (Simon Stride) is thrilled to return to the Axelrod after recently appearing here alongside Andrea Marcovicci in her song cycle I am Anne Frank. He just returned to NYC after spending four months in Jackson, WY performing in The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Leadville Johnny Brown at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. Austin’s favorite Axelrod credits include: Curly (Oklahoma!), Marius (Les Miserables), Billy Lawlor (42nd Street/NJ ACT Perry Award Winner), Harold Bride (Titanic: The Musical) and Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees). His other credits include: Van Helsing (Dracula: The Musical), Emile de Becque (South Pacific), M. Spinelloccio/Pinellino (Gianni Schicchi) and Marco (A View from the Bridge). Austin earned his BA from Marymount. He would like to thank his parents, Andrew and Jess, Kasi and Sweeney, and, as always, Ma and Grammy.
Taylor Scott (Ensemble) is excited to perform with this cast of Jekyll & Hyde. As a graduate of AMDA New York, she has performed in numerous workshop musicals, short films and live shows. She is also a singer/songwriter and regularly performs at several venues on the NYC cabaret circuit. She is very grateful for all the constant love and support from her family and friends; she wouldn’t be here without them.
Rutledge Varley (Danvers) is delighted to return to the stage of Axelrod PAC, where he was last seen here as Mr. Elliot in Billy Elliot. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting/Musical Theater. Regional credits include Les Miserables (Javert, Valjean u/s); Annie (Warbucks); Footloose (coach/ Shaw u/s) and 42nd Street (Julian Marsh). Rutledge has had the fortunate opportunity to partake in other notable APAC productions of: A Chorus Line, Titanic, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Elegies and Damascus Square. Rutledge would like to thank his family for all of their love and support throughout this production. Especially his wife Heather.


Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723