The KING OF THE RODEO
Based on the Biblical Story of Joseph
Written and Directed by Andrea Bennett
Directed by Ben Rivers
Music Composer and Lyricist - Nashard Gales
Remember When - Written and Composed by Kat Spina
Fight and Dance Choreographers - Oscar Esparza, Sanise Lebron, and Kevin Rodriguez
Scenery and Set Design - Melody Velez, Aaron Davis, Danielle Reyes, & Andrea Bennett
Costume/Hair/ Makeup Design - Saavedra Dessasure
Lighting and Sound - Tesfaye Hamamot and Ron Meirzon
Videography - Miguel Gallardo
Prop Master, Stage Hand- Adrian Harewood, Aaron Davis
Belisa Velasquez as Adult Little Flower
Is a talented singer and actress.
She has been a vocal student of Bennett Academy of The The Performing Arts for almost one year
Kevin Rodriguez as Crawford, and Chasing Bull
Kevin Rodriguez hails from the Bronx, NY and attends Archbishop Scanlon High School. This is his first production as an actor, and his first role in Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts.
Aaron Davis as Ames
Aspring Filmmaker, and actor Aaron Davis hails from New Rochelle, NY and attend New Rochelle High School. He has made many short films and has acted in the Halloween Comedy produced by Bennett Academy and Ames is his first theater role of his acting career.
Elijah Manning-Chief Otaktay-
Elijah Manning is a graduate of AMDA in NYC and is thrilled to be involved with King of the Rodeo. He has recently been seen at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport Connecticut as Bobo in A Raisin in the Sun. He is also currently involved in an anti-bullying show in association with Stand up and Speak Out called Her Song. Other credits include Victoria in Hour Farther with the Emerson Theater Collaborative, Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Evan in Methuselah’s Guide which made premiered at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Wisconsin. Thank you to Andrea for the opportunity. Thanks to the cast and crew for lots of fun and hard work. A great honor to work with such talented young people. To his wife and daughters, thank you for your support. Keep watching over me.
Anthony Castellano Bill Jessup-is a New York City Based Actor/singer/Director of Theater. Favorite credits; Nunsense Amen!, Company, taking Sides and bonnie and Clyde. He would like to thank Andrea and the cast for a wonderful opportunity to work on this show and his parents for their love and support. Visit https://anthonycastellano.weebly.com
Melody Velez- Elaine Jessup- Talented artist, singer and actress from the Bronx, NY. Melody is a new student at the Bennett Academy and is so excited to be a part of the revised version of King of the Rodeo. While she hasn’t been acting on stage for long, she has been interested in acting for as long as she can remember. She helped create the set for the first King of the Rodeo performance and had such a good time interacting with the other actors, she decided to join the class and be a part of the family. She has three years of experience creating murals for stages and doing window paintings. This will be Melody’s first big production and she can’t wait to perform again in the future.
Andrea Bennett- Writer, Producer and Director-
Writer, Director, Producer
Bachelors of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Broadcasting), Minor in Art History-SUNY Oswego
Ms. Bennett got her start in music before theater. But credits her music experience and performances, as a great prerequisite for her Theater work. Started piano at the tender age of five years old with Jaqueline White. At age 8 Andrea continued piano under the tutelage of Elfreida Brown. With Ms. Brown, Andrea won top honors in National Music Festivals for Young Performers, and The National Federation of Music Clubs, which offered the wonderful opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall from 1984-1990. Ms Bennett worked as the youngest church pianist in the church’s history, and assistant pianist for their Senior Choir, and Male Chorus. In 1986 performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall covering pieces from Bach, Clementi, Mozart, MacDowall, and Schumann. Later she received first place in the ACT-SO classical piano competition. As an avid visual artist Ms. Bennett received a scholarship to study visual arts for the NYSSA program at SUNY Fredonia. In High School, Ms. Bennett also realized her love of writing and aspired to be a Journalist.
After earning two degrees (Broadcast Communications and Music) at the SUNY of Oswego, In 1996, Andrea Bennett started Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts, in her small living room, while continuing to teach at parochial schools in different areas of Westchester. As Bennett Academy expanded and its recitals and plays became popular among her music school audience, Polyphonic Entertainment was born in 2006. Today Polyphonic Entertainment, has produced successful Off-Broadway plays, student films and webseries. As a playwright Ms. Bennett has written several plays:
Westchester County Productions:
The Music Class-1998-Emelin Theater
ShadyBrooke I-2000- Sommer Center of the Arts
ShadyBrooke II-2001- Sommer Center of the Arts
Murder Mystery- 2004-What She Deserves- Sommer Center of the Arts
7284 Hope Street-2005-Irvington Town Hall Theater, (also on Film)
Odella Williams Show-, 2007- Sommer Center of the Arts
Odella Williams Show had two successful Off-Broadway runs in NYC-2009, 2010
Hope Street- later went to Off Broadway at the Bridge Theater in NYC, 2011-which great critic reviews from Talent In Motion Magazine.
What She Deserves-2016 Actors Temple
The King Of The Rodeo 2017-ATA Theater
Hope Street Web series (2013)
Andrew Saves The World (short-2015)
Film Narrations- And Production
Jus B Films
To our Theater students and their families: Thank you for your help, hard work, and dedication to our production. We truly appreciate you!!
We would like to thank the Families;
Thank you Basil Mathai, Savannah Leadette, and Thomas Spadafora for your beautiful musical performances.
Special Thank you to Mikai and Mikayla Walker that came to be our super talented extras and singers.
Native Music Acknowledgements:
Sacred Ground-Traditional Native American Flute and Drums;
"War Drums" (November 9, 2015)
Vision Seeker-A Journey in Native Flute--John Two-Hawks-
"The Arrival" (released 2011)
Lakota-"Hand Drum Song" (released Decemeber 4, 2006)
Special Thank you to :
Allen Chen Of Iona College
Linda Saljanin for her talented Students at Archbishop Scanlon High School.
Steven Bennett for the lovely Film Narrations
Sanise Lebron -for the vintage set pieces
Melody Velez for your beautiful Art work.
Kevin Rodriquez, Melody Velez and Aaron Davis-Late Night Art Prep Thanks!
Nashard Gales -Thank you for Freedom and Forgiveness
Kat Spina for the lovely melody of Remember When