Into the Breeches!
Into the Breeches! is a heart-warming and hilarious show set in the 1940s about women taking charge back home while the men go off to fight the war. It's a very strong piece on women empowerment and also touches on race and sexual orientation. Ultimately, it's about a community coming together to support each other and lift each other up; quite a terrific message to promote around the upcoming Holidays.
Storyline: It’s 1942, and there’s a problem at the Oberon Playhouse! With the director and leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be cancelled. That is, until a determined group of ladies rallies the troops at home to mount an all-female Shakespearean production. The hilariously unexpected team comes together, united by their determination that the show must go on! This delightful and moving backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in the hardest of times. Our unique take on this production is we will be setting the show in 1940s Worcester! Through our partnerships with other local non-profit organizations we will be aiming to make this piece authentically Worcester!
Jess is excited to be working with the amazing cast and crew at Studio Theatre Worcester for the first time. Some of her favorite past roles include: Fiona in How the Other Half Loves & Jane in Out of Order (Mass Arts Center), ATA in Criminal Hearts (Braid Productions), Shelby in Steel
Magnolias (The Community Players) & Corie in Barefoot in the Park (Curtain Call Theater). One of her favorite film roles is Real Love which made it to Prime Video.
Christina Pierro-Biggins (Celeste Fielding)
Christina is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and Voice from Marymount Manhattan College. She has performed in numerous productions spanning four decades both in professional and community theatre. Some of her favorite roles are Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Bananas (The House of Blue Leaves), Donna (Mama Mia), Witch (Into The Woods), Maria (West Side Story National Tour 1992). She is delighted to be joining Studio Theatre Worcester in her first production! She is grateful for the new found friendships and would like to thank this professional and phenomenal staff involved in the creation of Into The Breeches!
This is Jim’s second show with STW. He performs frequently throughout Central
Massachusetts. Some of his favorite roles include Morrie (Tuesdays with Morrie), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Donny Dubrow (American Buffalo), Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life), Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof), Jacob (Awake and Sing!), and most recently Schmendiman (Picasso at the Lapin Agile).
Patricia has appeared locally with Pasture Prime Players as Bea Schmidt (Dr. Cook's Garden), Bunny Sutherland (The Hallelujah Girls), and Joy Philpots (Too Soon for Daisies). She has worked as an actor, director, and playwright for many years. Patricia studied theatre at the Boston Repertory Theater and the Metta Theatre in Taos, New Mexico.
Vincent Pellegrino (Stuart Lasker)
Vincent is excited to be playing Stuart Lasker in his first performance with Studio Theatre Worcester. Vincent is a recent graduate from Worcester State University, where he performed in several productions, such as Picasso at the Lapin Agile as Albert Einstein and Romeo & Juliet as Friar Lawrence. He hopes you enjoy the show and wishes you Happy Holidays!
This is June’s second show with Studio Theater Worcester and she's excited to work with this amazing cast. Favorite shows have included Ragtime, Wait Until Dark, and Doubt, A Parable. June is a Project Manager at Harvard Business School and a Zumba instructor. She would like to thank her friends, family, STW, and Darin M for their continued support and encouragement.
Megan is thrilled to be on the stage for a Studio Theatre Worcester production. Last season, Megan worked with STW as an on-site mental health counselor for Next to Normal. She recently originated the title role in the new musical LaPopessa in Barre, MA. Some of her favorite past roles include the title role in The Snow Queen, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, and Actress One in Baskerville. A 2021 alumna of Russell Sage College, she studied creative arts in therapy and was an active artist within the Theatre Institute at Sage. Megan is currently an Intensive Care Coordinator for YOU Inc. and a graduate student in the final term for her M.S. in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology. She would like to thank John and the rest of STW for this amazing opportunity and encouragement to return to the stage. Broken limbs to all the cast! www.MeganPaluzzi.com
Julianne McGourty (Grace Richards)
Juli is excited to be making her Studio Theatre Worcester debut. She's a graduate of Quinnipiac University and studied Shakespeare at Richmond University, London. She has 20 years of on-stage and backstage experience and works as the Stage Manager & Costumer for Worcester Academy. This show is for her late Grandmothers: two of the real 1940s wives of Worcester.
Meet the Cast
John Wayland Somers (Director)
Katelyn Moran (Assistant Director)
Michael Bailey (Fight Director)
Jodi Schoolcraft (Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant)