PLAYBILL for our Off Broadway Play-The King Of The Rodeo-(debut June 24-25,2017 at The John Cullum Theater)

PLAYBILL for our Off Broadway Play-The King Of The Rodeo-(debut June 24-25,2017 at The John Cullum Theater)

The multitalented and award winning pianist and Young Composer Award recipient, Lucas Ramirez, hails from Riverdale NY.  This is Lucas’s second off Broadway show with the Bennett Academy Of The Performing Arts. Lucas is a piano, and acting student of Bennett Academy

The multitalented and award winning pianist and Young Composer Award recipient, Lucas Ramirez, hails from Riverdale NY.  This is Lucas’s second off Broadway show with the Bennett Academy Of The Performing Arts. Lucas is a piano, and acting student of Bennett Academy

Zachary Freier-Harrison as Adult Jessup/Chasing Bull Zachary graduated last year from Northwestern, where he studied Musical Theater and Cognitive Science. Since moving to New York this past fall, he has been performed in the Tiny Rhino Play Festival, Musical Theater Factory’s 4X15, and at the Duplex Cabaret Theater. In the coming months, he will be performing at the Astor Room Cabaret and in The King of The Rodeo at the John Cullum Theater.

Zachary Freier-Harrison as Adult Jessup/Chasing Bull

Zachary graduated last year from Northwestern, where he studied Musical Theater and Cognitive Science. Since moving to New York this past fall, he has been performed in the Tiny Rhino Play Festival, Musical Theater Factory’s 4X15, and at the Duplex Cabaret Theater. In the coming months, he will be performing at the Astor Room Cabaret and in The King of The Rodeo at the John Cullum Theater.

Santana Perez as young Little Flower Hi, my name is Santana Perez. I am 10 years old. All my friends call me The Singing Bush because I like to sing a lot. King Of The Rodeo will be my first off Broadway show. Previously, I performed in The Wizard Of Odds and The Teen Beach Movie as a member of my school drama club. I am also a member of my school choir. We sing during Sunday morning church service. Santana is a new student at Bennett Academy.

Santana Perez as young Little Flower

Hi, my name is Santana Perez. I am 10 years old. All my friends call me The Singing Bush because I like to sing a lot. King Of The Rodeo will be my first off Broadway show. Previously, I performed in The Wizard Of Odds and The Teen Beach Movie as a member of my school drama club. I am also a member of my school choir. We sing during Sunday morning church service. Santana is a new student at Bennett Academy.

Liam Selby as Bill Jessup Liam is an actor, musician, and filmmaker, who hails from Northern California and is soon to celebrate his four-year anniversary in New York City. He started with the Bennett Academy last year with their production of “What She Deserves” and has been working as an acting teacher for the school ever since. When he’s not practicing diligently you can find him performing original music around the city, directing after school productions with Mainstages Theater company, and filming for his production company Black and White Productions. Some of Liam’s favorite past performances have been the title role in “TheImportance of Being Earnest”, Harold Hill in California Regional Theater’s production of “The Music Man”, and Jonathan Larson in a self-produced production of “Tick,tick... BOOM!” Special thanks to the exceptionally talented kids at the Academy that he has the pleasure of working with, and Andrea Bennett, who’s hard work and dedication makes all of this possible. Enjoy the show!

Liam Selby as Bill Jessup

Liam is an actor, musician, and filmmaker, who hails from Northern California and is soon to celebrate his four-year anniversary in New York City. He started with the Bennett Academy last year with their production of “What She Deserves” and has been working as an acting teacher for the school ever since. When he’s not practicing diligently you can find him performing original music around the city, directing after school productions with Mainstages Theater company, and filming for his production company Black and White Productions. Some of Liam’s favorite past performances have been the title role in “TheImportance of Being Earnest”, Harold Hill in California Regional Theater’s production of “The Music Man”, and Jonathan Larson in a self-produced production of “Tick,tick... BOOM!” Special thanks to the exceptionally talented kids at the Academy that he has the pleasure of working with, and Andrea Bennett, who’s hard work and dedication makes all of this possible. Enjoy the show!

Sanise Lebron as Bobby Lynn Sanise Ivonne Lebron is proud to be playing the jealous sister Bobby Lynn; in “The King of the Rodeo”.  She is extremely delighted to be working once again with the Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts, who she worked with casted as Ms. Dewitt in “What she deserves”. Sanise also attended Rybin Studio of Drama and while there completed the Acting and Auditioning Techniques program & the Acting &Theater program. While at Rybin she performed in the following productions: “Oz” at MMAC Theaterwhere she played the role of the Scarecrow, “El Cuento Loco”  atthe Times Square Art Center-Off Broadway, she played “Swat Girl”, “ Hard knock life a Musical” where she played an orphan, at Times Square Art Center-Off Broadway ,and she performed monologues as “Angelica the Pirate”  & “ Batgirl the Broke Superhero” , she also took part on the Rybin Studio of Drama Bullying PSA for YouTube.  Sanise is also a part of her H.S basketball team and competes in Mock Trial State Competitions with the school’s Law team. She would like to thank her family & friends for all their love & support.

Sanise Lebron as Bobby Lynn

Sanise Ivonne Lebron is proud to be playing the jealous sister Bobby Lynn; in “The King of the Rodeo”.  She is extremely delighted to be working once again with the Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts, who she worked with casted as Ms. Dewitt in “What she deserves”. Sanise also attended Rybin Studio of Drama and while there completed the Acting and Auditioning Techniques program & the Acting &Theater program. While at Rybin she performed in the following productions: “Oz” at MMAC Theaterwhere she played the role of the Scarecrow, “El Cuento Loco”  atthe Times Square Art Center-Off Broadway, she played “Swat Girl”, “ Hard knock life a Musical” where she played an orphan, at Times Square Art Center-Off Broadway ,and she performed monologues as “Angelica the Pirate”  & “ Batgirl the Broke Superhero” , she also took part on the Rybin Studio of Drama Bullying PSA for YouTube.  Sanise is also a part of her H.S basketball team and competes in Mock Trial State Competitions with the school’s Law team. She would like to thank her family & friends for all their love & support.

Carme Muñoz Sanz as Bobby Joe My name is Carme and this my second off-broadway show with Ms. Bennett. Working on “King of the Rodeo” was lots of fun (and work too, but let's skip over that part). I'm glad to have been able to be a part of this great play with such amazing people . Hope you all enjoyed watching it as much as I did working on it. :)Carme has studied with Bennett Academy for two years.

Carme Muñoz Sanz as Bobby Joe

My name is Carme and this my second off-broadway show with Ms. Bennett. Working on “King of the Rodeo” was lots of fun (and work too, but let's skip over that part). I'm glad to have been able to be a part of this great play with such amazing people . Hope you all enjoyed watching it as much as I did working on it. :)Carme has studied with Bennett Academy for two years.

Tracey Lewis as  Tracey Lewis is an actress who has appeared in The Haunting Of Kesha (Lifetime), I'd Kill for You (Investigation Discovery), Celebrity Ghost Stories (Lifetime), American Odyssey (NBC), and Blindspot (NBC). She has also had lead and supporting roles in several NYU Tisch and independent films, including the soon to be released feature film "39 and a Half" directed by Kara Herold. This is Tracey's second theater performance with Polyphonic Entertainment, having previously appeared as Duchess Hartley in the Off Broadway production of "What She Deserves - A Murder Mystery" at the Actors' Temple in NYC (2016).  In addition to acting, Tracey is a competitive figure skater and enjoys cooking,

Tracey Lewis as 

Tracey Lewis is an actress who has appeared in The Haunting Of Kesha (Lifetime), I'd Kill for You (Investigation Discovery), Celebrity Ghost Stories (Lifetime), American Odyssey (NBC), and Blindspot (NBC). She has also had lead and supporting roles in several NYU Tisch and independent films, including the soon to be released feature film "39 and a Half" directed by Kara Herold. This is Tracey's second theater performance with Polyphonic Entertainment, having previously appeared as Duchess Hartley in the Off Broadway production of "What She Deserves - A Murder Mystery" at the Actors' Temple in NYC (2016).  In addition to acting, Tracey is a competitive figure skater and enjoys cooking,

Oscar J. Esparza as Light Warrior Age 25 5'11,  I was raised in Yonkers NY came to the U.S. at the age of five to create a better future. I started as a Hip-hop dancer and went of to even doing music winning Talent shows. Now I am fully dedicated to the film industry as an actor. I'm a year into it, but I have also directed and self produced my own skits on YouTube, as well starting a full time Vlog. I have attended 2 class trainings at Bennett Academy.

Oscar J. Esparza as Light Warrior

Age 25 5'11,  I was raised in Yonkers NY came to the U.S. at the age of five to create a better future. I started as a Hip-hop dancer and went of to even doing music winning Talent shows. Now I am fully dedicated to the film industry as an actor. I'm a year into it, but I have also directed and self produced my own skits on YouTube, as well starting a full time Vlog. I have attended 2 class trainings at Bennett Academy.

Bella Clayton as Adult Little Flower Isabella Clayton, 17 years old. Vocalist with New Rochelle High School PAVE vocal program running 4 years, OrlandoFest Gold Winner for vocal competition. NAACP ACTSO Vocal Performer Danced 8 years with Coleman Dance Studio, classically trained in Modern and Ballet. NRHS Chorale Vocalist performed at Carnegie Hall, and European tour. Lead vocalist for YOHO studios, Westchester’s premier jazz band.

Bella Clayton as Adult Little Flower

Isabella Clayton, 17 years old. Vocalist with New Rochelle High School PAVE vocal program running 4 years, OrlandoFest Gold Winner for vocal competition. NAACP ACTSO Vocal Performer Danced 8 years with Coleman Dance Studio, classically trained in Modern and Ballet. NRHS Chorale Vocalist performed at Carnegie Hall, and European tour. Lead vocalist for YOHO studios, Westchester’s premier jazz band.

Justin J. Lofton as Red Cowboy 28-Hails from Yonkers, NY-Justin’s debut performance was that of James Thunder Early in Dreamgirls, performed at WCC theater in Valhalla, NY Since graduation, Justin has worked and in various theater companies.  He lead the cast in the Off Broadway production of Dimensions from New Spirit Productions and is pursuing many different roles for stage and film.

Justin J. Lofton as Red Cowboy

28-Hails from Yonkers, NY-Justin’s debut performance was that of James Thunder Early in Dreamgirls, performed at WCC theater in Valhalla, NY Since graduation, Justin has worked and in various theater companies.  He lead the cast in the Off Broadway production of Dimensions from New Spirit Productions and is pursuing many different roles for stage and film.

Austin Roe as Lakota Chief  Austin Roe is an up and coming Indigenous Actor/Artist. He is 26 years old and hails from Long Island, New York, and the Shinnecock Indian Nation. When Austin is not on stage he enjoys learning and participating in the revitalization of North American Indigenous culture. Austin has a passion for photography/visual arts, Martial Arts, health and fitness, civil rights, music, and story-telling! Previous Shows: Map of the Land Map of the Stars (Gwandaak Theater)Thin Ice Film Teaser (Shot in the Dark Productions) The Complete Work of William Shakespeare Adbridged (Peter Starr Elizabethtown College) Crucible (Elizabethtown College)  Sound of Music (Bellport High School) Attended story weaving training with Muriel Miguel.

Austin Roe as Lakota Chief 

Austin Roe is an up and coming Indigenous Actor/Artist. He is 26 years old and hails from Long Island, New York, and the Shinnecock Indian Nation. When Austin is not on stage he enjoys learning and participating in the revitalization of North American Indigenous culture. Austin has a passion for photography/visual arts, Martial Arts, health and fitness, civil rights, music, and story-telling! Previous Shows: Map of the Land Map of the Stars (Gwandaak Theater)Thin Ice Film Teaser (Shot in the Dark Productions) The Complete Work of William Shakespeare Adbridged (Peter Starr Elizabethtown College) Crucible (Elizabethtown College)  Sound of Music (Bellport High School) Attended story weaving training with Muriel Miguel.

Tobias Foreman as Sheriff Tobias Foreman is age 11 and lives in Mount Vernon he is an aspiring actor and thespian. Tobias would like to thank his family, friends, teammates and co-stars for all the love, support, and encouragement he has received throughout his journey to become a growing child actor. Tobias would also like to send a special thank you to Andrea Bennett for introducing him to the world of arts and entertainment for the past 3 years to make his visions become reality. Including him in this show really meant a lot to him. Be sure to look out for Tobias Foreman on the big screen in the near future!! “When pursuing your dreams, aim as high as the sky and always remember this, if you happen to miss you are still among the stars.”- Tobias Foreman Tobias has studied with Bennett Academy for three years.

Tobias Foreman as Sheriff

Tobias Foreman is age 11 and lives in Mount Vernon he is an aspiring actor and thespian. Tobias would like to thank his family, friends, teammates and co-stars for all the love, support, and encouragement he has received throughout his journey to become a growing child actor. Tobias would also like to send a special thank you to Andrea Bennett for introducing him to the world of arts and entertainment for the past 3 years to make his visions become reality. Including him in this show really meant a lot to him. Be sure to look out for Tobias Foreman on the big screen in the near future!! “When pursuing your dreams, aim as high as the sky and always remember this, if you happen to miss you are still among the stars.”- Tobias Foreman Tobias has studied with Bennett Academy for three years.

Adrian Harewood as Ames Adrian has been a member of the Bennett Academy of Arts since 2009, he began playing piano at age six, the drums at age 11, voice and acting classes at age 12 and has done several performances and recitals to date. Adrian started as a member of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church now New Rochelle United Methodist Church Youth Choir at age one. He began participating in his ChurchLiturgical Praise Dance Ministry at age five. Adrian has performed with Missoula Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel April 2009 and Pied Piper April 2010. He has performed in his Elementary School Talent Show both June 2009 and June 2010 and his 2nd gradeSchool Play- The Weather Show May 2010.Adrian has perform as a security guard in the OFF Broadway Show The Odella Williams Show in September 2009 and again in November 2009, the Christmas Show in, What She Deserves 2016 and presently The King of the Rodeo. Adrian is a member of P.A.V.E in New Rochelle High School (Performing And Visual Arts Education) Acting/Screen Writing and Film making program. Adrian did productions in Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet to name a few as well as backstage crew staff.  Adrian has studied with Bennett Academy for 9 years.

Adrian Harewood as Ames

Adrian has been a member of the Bennett Academy of Arts since 2009, he began playing piano at age six, the drums at age 11, voice and acting classes at age 12 and has done several performances and recitals to date. Adrian started as a member of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church now New Rochelle United Methodist Church Youth Choir at age one. He began participating in his ChurchLiturgical Praise Dance Ministry at age five. Adrian has performed with Missoula Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel April 2009 and Pied Piper April 2010. He has performed in his Elementary School Talent Show both June 2009 and June 2010 and his 2nd gradeSchool Play- The Weather Show May 2010.Adrian has perform as a security guard in the OFF Broadway Show The Odella Williams Show in September 2009 and again in November 2009, the Christmas Show in, What She Deserves 2016 and presently The King of the Rodeo. Adrian is a member of P.A.V.E in New Rochelle High School (Performing And Visual Arts Education) Acting/Screen Writing and Film making program. Adrian did productions in Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet to name a few as well as backstage crew staff.  Adrian has studied with Bennett Academy for 9 years.

Maggie Lockwood as Deputy Barnie I am very excited to be in my first production with The Bennett Academy of Performing Arts. Thank you to Andrea and her team for this opportunity. Thank you to this amazing cast for welcoming me into your production. I have loved working with all of you. Thank you to my family who are a constant support. I Love You. Off Broadway Madeline Christmas(Juliette) Film TV Wonderstruck (1977 Museum Kid) Wonderama (audience participant). Regional Theater Annie (Kate), Beauty and the Beast (Lefou) Wizard of Oz (Auntie Em) Westchester All County Chorus 2016 & 201

Maggie Lockwood as Deputy Barnie

I am very excited to be in my first production with The Bennett Academy of Performing Arts. Thank you to Andrea and her team for this opportunity. Thank you to this amazing cast for welcoming me into your production. I have loved working with all of you. Thank you to my family who are a constant support. I Love You. Off Broadway Madeline Christmas(Juliette) Film TV Wonderstruck (1977 Museum Kid) Wonderama (audience participant). Regional Theater Annie (Kate), Beauty and the Beast (Lefou) Wizard of Oz (Auntie Em) Westchester All County Chorus 2016 & 201

Olivia Ramirez as Deputy Clive  This is Olivia Ramirez first professional Show.  Olivia is a talented singer and actress. Shes been a student of Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts for a year and a half

Olivia Ramirez as Deputy Clive

 This is Olivia Ramirez first professional Show.  Olivia is a talented singer and actress. Shes been a student of Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts for a year and a half

Nashard Gales:SongWriter.Composer Freedom, There's No Hope Only Rope, We Ain't Fightin' No Lakotas Nashard has been studying voice and composition since he was 15. He has performed in White Plains Performing Arts Center show called Parade. He attended Westchester Community College and obtained a degree in performing arts. While working for his degree, he's been a music director in his college Glee Group, Gospel Choir, and composer for a band he started called The Project. He started working with Polyphonic Entertainment in 2013.

Nashard Gales:SongWriter.Composer

Freedom, There's No Hope Only Rope, We Ain't Fightin' No Lakotas

Nashard has been studying voice and composition since he was 15. He has performed in White Plains Performing Arts Center show called Parade. He attended Westchester Community College and obtained a degree in performing arts. While working for his degree, he's been a music director in his college Glee Group, Gospel Choir, and composer for a band he started called The Project. He started working with Polyphonic Entertainment in 2013.

Kat Spina-  Remember When  Talented Singer And Songwriter attended Bennett Academy since 12 years old.  You can find out all about Kat at KatSpina.com

Kat Spina-  Remember When  Talented Singer And Songwriter attended Bennett Academy since 12 years old.  You can find out all about Kat at KatSpina.com

Directors

Ben Rivers-Ben Rivers "B" as he likes to be called, is a Bronx Born Actor/Acting Teacher and Director. This is B's 2nd production with the Bennett Academy and he is happy to be back. B has appeared in the Off Broadway play "Platanos and Collard greens" he has directed for such companies as "The Harlem School of the Arts" & "The After school Achievement Club.” B would like to thank the cast for all of their hard work and dedication! "I enjoyed watching you guys develop your characters and have fun."

Ben Rivers-Ben Rivers "B" as he likes to be called, is a Bronx Born Actor/Acting Teacher and Director. This is B's 2nd production with the Bennett Academy and he is happy to be back. B has appeared in the Off Broadway play "Platanos and Collard greens" he has directed for such companies as "The Harlem School of the Arts" & "The After school Achievement Club.” B would like to thank the cast for all of their hard work and dedication! "I enjoyed watching you guys develop your characters and have fun."

Andrea Bennett- Writer, Producer and Director-

ANDREA BENNETT-

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

 
Off-Broadway:

  • 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.

Film:

  • Hope Street Web series (2013)

  • Andrew Saves The World (short-2015)