Karriyma Bintu-Raqib - Evie
Playing the roles of Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray and The Orange Girl in Shout, Karriyma is no stranger to the stage. She has always had a passion for the arts. She is a recent graduate of Ocean’s Edge School of Worship and plans on pursuing a career in performing arts where she can glorify the Lord through her gifts and talents. She wants to thank her mom for being her rock and for always encouraging and believing in her. And a special thanks to God for being the Greatest Father a kid could ever ask for!
Judi Boudreaux - Woman
Judi Boudreaux has worked extensively both on stage and behind the scenes both locally and nationally as an actor, producer, director, dancer and choreographer over the past 20 years. She is excited for the opportunity to share this important story and would like to thank her family for their support during this project.
Brianna Boynton -
Isaiah Boynton - Raymond
Isaiah is a fun, loving, and energetic kid that will be sure to make you smile.
Rhonda Castagna - Lady
Favorite credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, and Popeye in The Miss Firecracker Contest. Rhonda has a BA in Communications from University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys co-hosting The Morning Show on Reach FM and Designing Spaces on Lifetime.
Johnny Contini - James
Johnny Contini is a recent graduate of Samford University, where he received his B.A. in Theatre Performance. Recent productions include Reasons to Be Pretty , Proof ,Glengarry Glen Ross , Chicago and William Shakespeare’s King Lear.
Timothy Mark Davis - Henry
Timothy Mark Davis has played Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, Robert in Proof, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Freddie in Noises Off, and was most recently a part of the Ensemble in a production of Godspell in downtown Fort Lauderdale put on by the New City Players. He would like to thank his family for their constant support, especially his wife Samantha, for her continual encouragement of his dreams and aspirations.
Steven Day - Newsboy
Steven played White Rabbit (8th grade) and Cheshire Cat (6th grade) in Alice in Wonderland Jr., Yertle the Turtle in Seussical Jr. and Gambler in Guys and Dolls. Steven sends love and thanks to his family and thanks God for blessing him with the gifts that he can use to glorify Him!
Ariel Feldman - Ensemble
Ariel played Jamie in the short film Enigma in the 2013 CCA film festival, ensemble in Alice in Wonderland, Seussical JR., The Wizard of Oz and A Time for Everything. She would like to send out a special thanks to her friends and family for supporting her in doing what she loves.
Murphy Hayes - Mr. Martin
Murphy is excited and proud to be a part of this production. He would like to dedicate this performance to the memory of his late father who grew up in an orphanage, or “The Home” as he used to call it. Bringing this show to life has been an honor and a joy!
Gabriella Herrera - Hannah
Gabriella played Genie in Aladdin, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors, and Grace in Annie. She attended NWSA College for one year, and then transferred to Broward College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in education. Gabriella would like to thank God for providing her with ways to do all that she loves, and her family and friends for being the best support system.
Anna Hopson - Annie
Anna has received roles in several school musical productions such as “Barnacles” in Honk!, “Gertrude Mcfuzz” in Seussical, and “The Mad Hatter” in Alice and Wonderland. Anna would like to thank all the cast and crew of this production for being such a delight to work with. “Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity!”
Amanda Hotte - Ensemble
Amanda Hotte has played The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, a Birdgirl in Suessical, and she was in ensemble for honk Jr. Amanda would like to thank her parents for supporting her along the way. She also would like to thank her friends, Anna and Angelina, for being by her side throughout the whole experience.
Sandy Ives - Mrs. Herdon
Sandy is a working actress for now for over 25 years and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors’ Equity Association. Sandy resides in South Florida with her husband Randy and 17 year old son Zackery. She has been blessed with being able to work on Stage as well as in commercials, feature film, and Television. Sandy is currently the Director of Children and Families for Rio Vista Community Church and Bethany Christian School.
Danielle Jost - Little Lucy
Danielle has performed in eight Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre productions including as an orphan in Annie, as a mouse in The Nutcracker: A Holiday Musical Play, and as Goldilocks in Shrek. Danielle thanks her Dad and Mom for their love and support and her brother Dylan, for his love and friendship.
Dylan Jost - Harvey
Dylan has performed in nine Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre productions including as a pickpocket in Oliver, as Flotsam in The Little Mermaid Jr., and as part of Greaseball’s gang in Starlight Express. Dylan thanks his Dad and Mom, for their love and support and his sister Danielle, for her love and friendship.
Kira Kane - Pegeen
Kira played Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Baloo in The Jungle Book, Adella and understudy to Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Clara in The Nutcracker (holiday play with music) and Sacajawea in Going West. Kira’s crew credits include Sound Technician, Props and Stagehand. Kira is grateful to God for this wonderful opportunity.
Jessica Krobatsch - Emily / Miss Witherspoon
Jessica Krobatsch has participated in over 15 productions and has played a hot box girl in Guys and Dolls, Tessie in Annie, Ida in Honk, and Alice Sycamore in You Cant Take It With You. She would like to thank everyone involved with this show, her beautiful/amazing/talented mother for constantly pouring her time and effort into all she does as well as always having her back, but most importantly, God for giving her the passion to glorify Him through theatre.
Jake Lane - Big Brother / Ensemble
Played Ugly in Honk!, the King of Hearts/Doorknob in Alice in Wonderland, a gambler in Guys and Dolls, a Whoville citizen in Seussical, and a munchkin/Winkie in The Wizard of Oz. He would like to thank his family for being so supportive and everyone in the cast and crew for being so kind a fun to work with!
Jordan Miller - Frank
Frank – Jordan has been on the stage many times with her ballet company, International Dance Academy. Over the last eight years she has danced many different parts in the Nutcracker. She danced a lead role as Jill in Jack and Jill in May 2014. This will be her first time on stage in an acting role. Because Jordan knows first hand some of the feelings of being in foster care and then adopted, this plaly has special meaning to her. Thank you Aunt Patty for believing in me, and thank you mom and dad for your support.
Andre Morris - Farmer
Andre has been acting since his youth. He performed with “Little Palm Theatre” in Boca Raton for 2 years in “The Wizard of OZ, Peter Pan, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Frog Prince”. Later he took the role of the cowardly Lion from “The Wiz” on a regional tour of Atlanta, GA. Currently, he has a dual role of “a wise man & a Roman Centurion” with the Christian theatre group “Revelation Ministries” for (2) seasons. He also serves as the Director for SafePlace the intake center for 4KIDS of South Florida.
Ashari Morris -
Mike Panek - Mr. Murphy
Mike played Al DeLuca in A Chorus Line; Mr. Topper in A Christmas Carol; Bachelor, Rat, and Chinese Boy in Nutcracker. Set Designer and Builder for many shows. Romans 8:28 How? I don’t know, ask I AM. Shabbat Shalom.
JoAnn Bonk Ricker - Mrs. Murphy
Profession is dancing with the following: Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Line, Nassau Bahamas, Raphael and Juliana Productions with numerous productions throughout the states, Akasaka Japan, Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant, dance ministry Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Most rewarding role is wife and mother. Praise the Lord for his abundant grace and mercy.
Stanley Ross - Foster Father
Stanley Ross is happy to make his Broward Center and Fort Lauderdale debut. He recently moved to South Florida by way of Denver and Kansas City although he is originally from New York City. His previous performances were Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Sal in Those The River Keeps and multiple roles in The Boys Next Door. He will be appearing next month as Dickie Bell in The Fox on the Fairway at The Down in Front Theatre.
Jalyn Sauder - Ensemble
Orphan Train is her first theatre production. Her passion is dance! A special thanks to her Mom and Dad for “Keeping up with all of my activities and driving me wherever I need to be!” She is especially grateful to the Lord for gifting her with passion, ability, and talent for dance!
Lucas Turner -
Joshua Verrier - Ensemble
Joshua performed in Honk jr., The Mirror, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Annie, A Walk through the Psalms, the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant, and played Edmond in a ballet based on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I thankful for the opportunities The Lord has given me.
Scott Verrier - Man
Scott is privileged to have both performed through voice, dance and acting on stage, and work behind the scenes as a co-director, choreographer, and vocal/acting coach for almost 30 years. He is honored to be a part of this work that will bring attention to a great local, nation and worldwide need.
Tyler Verrier - Carnival Man
Credits include Billy from Honk Jr ., Wickersham Brother in Seussical Jr ., Child and Ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant. Tyler enjoys singing, baseball and soccer and is grateful for the opportunity to play Lucky in this production. Tyler thanks his mom and dad for putting in the time and effort to get him to all of his activities, and thanks God for opportunities to use his gifts and talents for Him and His glory.
Elise Girardin - Director
(AEA, SAG-AFTRA): OFF-BROADWAY: The Screwtape Letters. REGIONAL THEATRE: A Streetcar Named Desire, As You Like It, and Just a Kiss (Nominated for the 2007 Steinberg award for best new play) New Theatre. The Real Thing, Northern Stage. Burn This, The Alliance Theatre Lab. Collected Stories, JCAT. Sister Cities, Women’s Theatre Project. Private Lives, Curtain Call Playhouse. House And Garden, and Narnia, Actors Playhouse. FILM & TELEVISION: Moulin Rouge, Bazmark Films. Crash Palace, Foxtel Australia. S’cool Torque, SBS Australia, The Projectionist Short Film. Insatiable, Music Video [Australian release]. DANCE: Contemporary Dance Teacher for Sydney Dance Company. Swan Lake, Pequita and Chess, Laycock Dance Company. Green Spice, ASK Contemporary Dance Co. Mahore Fragrance launch. AMP Show for the 2000 Olympics. Various fashion shows, commercials, and a stint with the circus. CHOREOGRAPHY: The Merry Widow, University of Miami. My Fair Lady, Curtain Call Playhouse. Man of La Mancha and Camelot, Broward on Broadway. Dancing the god, The Women’s Theatre Project. Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing… and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, JCAT. DIRECTING: The Orphan Train marks Elise Girardin’s US directing debut. She previously worked as a director and teacher for Hillsong College Australia, and was on the production team for Youth Alive NSW.
Lisa Tchividjian - Producer
Lisa Tchividjian has worked behind the scenes on theatre productions locally for the last 20 years. She is on the board of 4Kids and has a heart to raise awareness for the modern day orphans in our community. She and her husband Stephan have foster parented seven children and adopted one from the foster care system.This is her first time producing. She would like to thank the many people who have made this show a reality.
Leslie Cook - Costume Designer / Producer
Leslie Cook fell in love with the theatre and costuming when her children were involved in performing arts at their school. She and her husband Willy adopted a child internationally and wanted to use her passion for the theatre to bring awareness to the ongoing heart break of the foster care crisis in South Florida. Leslie attends school at AIFL studying fashion design to increase her knowledge of costume design.
Blesi Tchividjian - Stage Manager
Blesi Tchividjian has worked as stage manager for the productions of ‘Godspell’ and ‘You Can’t Take it with You’. Though her heart is for acting in film, she has used her skills behind the scenes to increase her abilities as an actress. She has been involved with her family in foster parenting and has enjoyed using her gifts to bring awareness to foster care.