Missy Aguilar- Daniela
Missy is eager to be back with Porchlight Music Theatre where she was seen in Porchlight Revisits Babes in Arms as "Baby Rose" and Porchlight Revisits City of Angels as "Oolie/Donna." Most recently Missy appeared as "Calliope" in Xanadu at ATC, and "Ivy u/s" (performed) in The Man Who Murdered Sherolck Holmes with Mercury Theatre, "Atina/Ursula u/s" in Disney's The Little Mermaid, and "Mrs. Jennings/Fanny u/s" (performed) in Sense and Sensibility: A New Musical both with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Missy's other recent Chicago area credits include: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and The Beverly Hillbillies with Theatre at the Center, Les Miserables with Drury Lane, Nunsense with Fox Valley Repertory, and her primera vez In The Heights with Paramount Theatre can Yando y Keely ~ no lo habría hecho sin ti tanto. Unlimited love & gratitude for his endless patience to my husband Matt, my mentor Bill, and always, with all my heart, to my Mom who is busy "saying funny things to the stars." Para mi Papi: sin lo que me ha enseñado sobre el hogar y trabajo duro, yo no estaría aquí. No puedo esperar para compartir esto con ustedes. ¡pura vida! www.missyaguilar.com
Stephen Allen- Benny
Stephen is very excited to be a part of the case of In The Heights at Porchlight Music Theatre. Playing "Benny" has always been a dream of his. He has bee nperforming in theatrical productions for the past five years. Favorit roles include "Seymour" in Little Shop of Horrors, "Donkey" in Shrek The Musical and "Arthur Patterson" in Bronzeville. He has enkoyed every moment he has spent with this cast and can't wait to share this story.
Frankie Leo Bennett- Sonny
Frankie is honored to be joining the Porchlight Music Theatre family for In The Heights. Favorite credits include: Hit The Wall, Lippa's The Wild Party, Cabaret, The Pirates of Penzance (Northwestern University). Workshops/ Readings: The Legend of New York and Scrooge in Love! (American Music Theatre Project); PrOne (Chicago Music Theatre Festival). Bennett was most recently seen as "Christina Crawford" in Christmas Dearest (Hell In A Handbag Productions). Much love to the entire cast of characters in his liffe who support his career. www.frankieleobennett.com
Jordan Clanton - Ensemble Swing
Danielle Davila - Ensemble Swing
Leah Davis- Carla
Leah is ecstatic to be making her professional debut with Porchlight Music Theatre! Leah is a recent graduate of Eastern Illinois University and the 2015 Broadway World Chicago recipient for "Best Actress in a Resident Non-Equity Musical" for her performance in American Idiot. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support, the amazing cast and crew, and finally, the members of this community for keeping the love alive.
Jordan DeBose- Kevin Rosario
Jordan is excited to be making his Chicago Theatrical debut with Porchlight Music Thearte! From Tulsa, OK, he has been seen in roles such as "Collins" in Rent, "Horse" in The Full Monty, "The Engineer" in Miss Saigon and more. He'd like to thank his fmaily for being his everything, his friends for their constant support and the cast and crew for welcoming him into their family.
Jack DeCesare- Usnavi De La Vega
Jack is excited to be making his professional debut - fresh out of school - with Porchlight Music Theatre. Born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvannia he found theatre by way of little league sports, playing in a band and martial arts. Deciding to pursue performance as a career he moved to Chicago and graduated from the Theatre School at DePaul University. He continues to play guitar, piano and bass alongside his brother who continues to be a source of inspiration and artistry. Jack thanks his very musical family for always supporting him and encouraging his creative energy.
Stan Decwikiel Jr.- El Piragüero
Stan is proud to make his Porchlight Music Theatre debut, bringing El Piragüero to life once again. Past roles include "Beadle Bamford" in Sweeney Todd, "The Governor and Vanderdendur" in Candide, "Pinkerton" in Madame Butterfly, "Florestan" in Fidelio and "Laurie" in Little Women. He participated in the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program and sand with the Grant Park Festival Chorus. he dedicates his performance n memory of his father and in honor of his mother.
Lucia Godinez- Nina Rosario
Lucia is a junior at Northwestern University, majoring in Theatre/Musical Theatre Certificate program with a double major in Latino Studies, and she is beyod thrilled to be making her Porchlight Music Theatre debut! Favorite Northwestern credits include Green Day's American Idiot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anna In The Tropics and Hair. Por su propia abuela cubana, Mamamá.
Kristopher Knighton- Graffiti Pete
Kristopher is delighted to be performing in his first theatrical production. he is a Hip Hop dance instructor and performer wit hHip Hop ConnXion and Wings Dance Studio.
Nicole Lambert- Ensemble
Nicole is excited to be making her debut with Porchlight Music Theatre. After spending a few years away to dance with Boom Crack Dance Company, she is delighted to be returnig to the theater. Prior to her dance career, Nicole's favorite credits include "Mimi" in Rent with BrightSide Theater, "Carmen" in Fame with Real Clear Theater Company, and "Peggy" in Godspell with Saint Sebastian Players. She has a degree in Music Education with an emphasis on classical and jazz voice and currently teaches music at Bell Elementary and Lookingglass Theater. Nicole is very grateful to be a part of such an amazing cast and is thankful to all those involved for bringing such an important story to life.
Michelle Lauto- Vanessa
Vanessa is so excited to be making her Porchlight Music Theatre debut in one of her all-time favorite shows. Recent credits include the Chicago premieres of The Boy From Oz (Jeff Nominated-Best Supporting Actress, Pride Films & Plays), 35mm: A Song Exhibition (Circle Theatre) and Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago). Michelle is a proud graduate of The Second City Training Center Conservatory. ¡Viva Puerto Rico! Thank you to everyone back home on the other side of the GWB and to Nick and our puppy, Otto. www.michellelauto.com
Cisco Lopez- Ensemble
Cisco is thrilled to be working with Porchlight Music Theatre. Chicag ocredits include Planted (Rogue Elephant Productions), Dead Man Wlaking (Priven Theatre), Mutt (Stage Left & Red Tape Theatre), Macbeth (Midsommer Flight), Take Me Out (Eclectic Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees (Light Opera Works) and Letters Home (Griffin Theatre Company). He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University.
Yando Lopez- Ensemble
Yando is thrilled to be back at Porchlight Music Theatre doing one of his favorite shows. He was last seen at Porchlight in the Jeff Award-wining Sondheim on Sondheim, Porchlight Revisits Bells are Ringing and New Faces Sing Broadway 1972. Yando was most recently seen in American Blues Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors. He has worked with the Paramount Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, the Other Theare Company, Brown Paper Box and Court Theatre. He is a proud Northwestern graduate. Many thanks to his family, Adrain, Branda, Chris and Michael. ¡Paciencia y fe!
Isabel Quintero- Abuela Claudia
Isabel is very pleased to be making her Porchlight Music Theatre debut. Previous credits include the play/musical Sarita By Maria Irene Fornes with Halcyon Theater, as well as Goodman Theater concert readings of Sarita and Let The Eagle Fly - the story of Cesar Chavez. Other Goodman credits include The Sings of Sor Juana, Boleros for the Disenchanted and Esperanza Rising. A favorite role was playing "Mother/Madre" in Al Son Que Me Toques, Lorca a musical adaptation of Lorca's Blood Wedding, and more recently, The Adventures of Don Chipotle at Storefront Theater. Other companies include: Steppenwolf, Teatro Luna, American Theater Company, Lifeline, Adventure Stage and Victory Gardens. She has appeared in various roles on film, television and radio commercials. Later this year she will release the CD La Osa Menor a compilation of her father's original Spanish poetry, sung to original Latin American music by Gonzalo Cordova. www.facebook.com/LaOsaMenorAlbum
Elena Romanowski- Ensemble
Elena is thrilled to m\be makign her Porchlight Music Theatre debut! Recent credits include: West Side Story (Paramount, Drury Lane), "Rosalia" in West Side Story (The Fireside) and Guys and Dolls, South Pacific (Light Opera Works). She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. Many thanks to Brenda and PMT for allowing this Sorta Rican to live her dreams on stage telling this story. All my love to Mom, Dad, Seester and Cody. www.elenaromanowski.com
Keely Vaquez- Camila Rosario
Keely is thrilled to make her Porchlight Music Theatre debut! Her theatrical credits include: Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale at the Broadway Playhouse, In The Heights at the Paramount Theatre, Hairspray and Seussical at Drury Lane Oakbrook, as well as roles at Theatre at the Center, The Mercury Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Beef and Boards Theatre (IN) and The New Theatre (KS). Keely spent eight years performing in Las Vegas with Barry Manilow and touring with him to over 50 US cities, several countries and more than 25 television shows such as Ellen, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, Dancing With The Stars, PBS' A Capitol Fourht as well as six DVD concert specials. Endless thanks and love to this beautiful cast, production team and crew. For my Mom. Alabanza.
Travis Austin Wright- Ensemble
Travis is ECSTATIC to make his Porchlight Music Theatre mainstage debut. He was last featured in Porchlight's New Faces Sing Broadway 1949. Travis has more recently appeared in The Producers with Mercury Theatre and Dogfight with BoHo Theatre. He has alos worked with Light Opera Works, Underscore Theatre, Raven Theatre, Mercy Street Theatre and Pride Films & Plays. Travis is a proud graduate of the Music Conservatory at The Second City Training Center. Follow him on Instagram @IAmTravieAustin www.TravisAustinWright.com
Demi Zaino- Ensemble
Demi is a Chicago-based actress and is elated to be making her debut in In The Heights with Porchlight Music Theatre! Theatre credits include: "Karen" in Fugitive Songs (BoHo Theatre), "Cheryl" in Evil Dead the Musical (Starvox National Touring Company), Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and Hairspray (Marriott Lincolnshire). Educational credits include: "Emma Goldman" in Ragtime, "Radio" in Caroline or Change, "Dr. Scott" in Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Tracy Turnblad" in Hairspray, "Mrs. Lovett" in Sweeney Todd, "Lorna Moon" in Golden Boy and "Bee-Bee" in Suburbia. Demi would like to say thank you for the unconditional love and support from her family. A huge thank you for her voice teacher Chris Misik for always believing in her. Demi dedicates eahc performance to Billy Misik. In love and song, CARPE DIEM!