Book by Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Music by John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago)

Lyrics by Fred Ebb (Liza With a Z, Funny Lady)

Anna Antonelli's roller rink is about to be demolished, and with it Anna's memories of her Lothario husband and her painfully shy daughter, Angel. The rink becomes an arena in which mother and daughter examine their past, present and future in a coming-of-age and coming-to-terms story full of brassy ballads for gutsy ladies.

 


 

CAST BIOS

HOLLIS RESNIK* (Anna) is thrilled to be making her Porchlight Music Theatre debut in The Rink. She has worked all over the Chicago-land area including: The Goodman, Court Theatre, Marriott, Northlight, The Apollo and regionally at Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, The Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, The Alliance in Atlanta, Philadelphia Theatre Co., and Arizona Rep. National tours include, Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sister Act. She is the recipient of two Sarah Siddons Awards, several Jeff Awards, The Helen Hayes award, and was a 2012 recipient of the Lunt/Fontaine Fellowship at Ten Chimneys. She is a proud member of AEA.


 

 

 

CHRISTINE MILD* (Angel) is 9-time participant in Porchlight Music Theatre’s Chicago Sings concerts. Credits include: Company (Writers Theatre), Beaches (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Sister Act, Evita, Godspell, 9to5, Cats, Pirates of Penzance, Les Miserables (Marriott Theatre), Always, Patsy Cline (Peninsula Players, Florida Studio Theatre, Beef + Boards), Fiddler on the Roof (Paramount), Nunsense (Peninsula Players, Cape Playhouse, Theatre by the Sea, Official Cast Album), Stand-in/us for Patti LuPone Annie Get Your Gun (Ravinia Festival), My Fair Lady (Asolo Rep), White Christmas (Beef & Boards), Nunset Boulevard (national tour, starring Cindy Williams). Christine's most treasured credit is originating Galati/Flaherty’s Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (About Face Theatre, Original Cast album). She performs a one-nun musical, Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class, nationwide. Christine released her debut solo album, "Love Is Everything," this summer - for sale on CDbaby, iTunes, and more info at christinemild.com.

 

BERNELL LASSAI III (Guy/Danny) is making his Porchlight Music Theatre debut. Born and raised in Chicago his regional credits include: Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis; Tarzan, and West Side Story at Bigfork Summer Playhouse; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Romeo & Juliet and All Shook Up at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Bernell is a recent graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.

 

 

 

 

 

JARED GRANT (Lino) is from Rochester, NY and has been acting since a very young age.  He was most recently in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Dreamgirls. He is very excited to be a part of The Rink! Other credits include: Nine Lives:The Musical (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival) and Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play (Theater Wit). He is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago having majored in Musical Theatre Performance, where his credits include: “Tom Collins” in Rent, “Adult Men” in Spring Awakening, “Lee Collins” in Floyd Collins and “Uncle Peck” in How I Learned to Drive. He thanks his family, friends, Batman and crab rangoon for their love and support. 

 

 

 

JOE CAPSTICK (Tony) is making his Porchlight Music Theatre debut! Chicago credits include: Guys & Dolls and South Pacific (Light Opera Works), The Producers (Mercury Theatre Chicago), The Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre) and Crazy of You (upcoming at Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional credits include: “Nathan Detroit” in Guys & Dolls, “Mike” in A Chorus Line and “The Emcee” in Cabaret at Timber Lake Playhouse. I would like to thank my pup, Remy for all the love and support. Shout out to the Griffy's. 

 

 

 

 

KYLE RYAN (Lenny/Ben) is delighted to be making his Chicago debut with Porchlight Music Theatre. Favorite credits include ‘Rene Gallimard” in M. Butterfly and “Judd Fry” in Oklahoma!. Kyle is a student at Columbia College in Chicago and has also enjoyed training with The Second City.  An avid and passionate writer, Kyle is currently working on his own sketches and a one-act play. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATT PATRICK (Buddy) is excited to work with Porchlight Music Theatre for his first time! A Chicago raised actor, he received his BA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College. Recent Credits Include: Nat'l Tours: “Ensemble/Billis, Emile u/s” in Lincoln Center's Production of South Pacific; NYC: “Johnny15” in The Legend of Johnny15, “Ryker Steele” in Vampure; Chicago: “Frosty” in Li'l Buds Theatre's Frosty's Shakes and Dogs, “Ensemble, Jack u/s” in Cult Camp Productions' Reefer Madness and “Demetrius” in The James Downing Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Special thanks to my Mom and Dad, my beautiful Catharine, and my puppy, Nüdels.

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL KINGSTON (Dino’s Father) recently wrapped a successful run as “Sheriff Reynolds” in Griffin Theatre’s Midwest premiere of BAT BOY. Prior to that, he was seen as “Edna Turnblad” in Paramount Theatre’s Hairspray.  Michael was fortunate to be a part of the North American tour of Flashdance the Musical in 2014-15. Other Chicago credits include “Diabelli” in 33 Variations, “Naccarelli” in The Light in the Piazza, “Charlemagne/Berthe” in Pippin (Jeff Nominee – Best Supporting Actor), “McCue” in The Front Page, “Hook” in Peter Pan and “Morris” in Fiorello! (Jeff Nominee – Best Supporting Actor).  TV credits include Chicago PD and Chicago Fire.  Michael is represented by Gray Talent.  

 

 

 

PAUL MICHAEL THOMSON (Lucky) is so excited and grateful to be going around the rink! Paul Michael moved to Chicago after graduating summa cum laude from The University of Arizona. He holds a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies, and minors in Spanish and Art History. Credits include: “Grayson” in PEN (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival); RENT (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre); “Linus” in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Open Door Repertory); and “Tom” in The Glass Menagerie (Arizona Repertory Theatre). Television: Chicago Justice. Upcoming credits: The Nutcracker (The House Theatre of Chicago), “Carl” in The Baltimore Waltz (Brown Paper Box Co.), and “Dwayne” in Little Miss Sunshine (Chicago Theatre Workshop). He could not be here without his incredible support system and God. Paul Michael is a proud Equity Membership Candidate and is represented by actors talent group, inc.

 

 

 

Sidra Henderson is a 9yr old straight "A" at home learner taught through Chicago Virtual Charter Schools. Sidra was previously seen in Porchlight Music Theaters Far From Heaven and  Mercury Theater Chicago's The Color Purple. A member of the Girls On The Run track team and dance student at Gus Giordano, when she's not found running or dancing, you'll find her writing plays and music. Being an at home learner affords Sidra the opportunity to explorer the wealth of all of her creative sides. "Thank you Mr. CPaz, Mr.Michael, and Porchlight for having me back again" Upcoming project: Suessical the Musical @Big Noise Theatre.

 

 

 

 

TYLER RAVELSON (Dino) hails from Milton, MA, and has been in Chicago since attending Roosevelt University’s conservatory program in 2005. He was last seen at Porchlight Music Theatre in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as “J. Pierpont Finch.” He has worked at American Theater Company (where he is an ensemble member), The Goodman Theatre, The House Theatre and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Regionally, he has worked at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, FL and The Paramount Theatre in Boston. TV credits include: Chicago Fire and as “Tay-O” on FOX’s hit show, Empire