Who’s Who: Choir Boy Cast

Who’s Who: Choir Boy Cast

July 12, 2019

JAIMAR BROWN* (Anthony Justin “AJ” James) is pleased to be making his SpeakEasy Stage debut with Choir Boy. Some of his favorite roles include Seaweed in Hairspray (Legacy), Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (LTOTS), and Sweaty Eddie (VMT). He would like to thank God, his family and friends, especially the AJs in his life: Chris, Christian, Eli, and Landon!

ANTIONE GRAY (Ensemble) is a junior vocalist at Boston Arts Academy (BAA). He has been in many shows including: Memphis (Gator), Hairspray (Seaweed), Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Jekyll and Hyde (John), Legally Blonde (Mr. Calhoun), Fiddler on the Roof (Ensemble), Annie (Daddy Warbucks), and Edwin Drood (Ensemble). He plans to be a stage performer or musical theatre actor in the future.

DWAYNE P. MITCHELL* (David Heard) is incredibly grateful to make his SpeakEasy debut. Stage credits include: Newsies (Circle Players, Nashville); The Frogs and Metamorphoses (Boston Conservatory at Berklee); and Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre). Upcoming: La Cage Aux Folles (Reagle Music Theatre). Screen credits include: Reed Between the Lines (BET); Reconstruction: America After The Civil War (PBS); and My Parents, My Sister and Me (NBC). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Fisk University (’18) and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Dwayne is excited to collaborate with this team and share this story.

MALIK MITCHELL (Bobby Marrow) is an 18-year-old Dorchester native making his SpeakEasy debut. He is a recent alumnus of Boston Arts Academy (BAA) and is excited to be in his first professional show. Previous credits at BAA include: The Wiz (Scarecrow); The Crucible (Francis Nurse); Ruined (Christian); Memphis (Delray); and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Judas).  He also appeared in In the Heights (Ensemble) at Wheelock Family Theatre, which was nominated for five Elliot Norton awards.

AARON PATTERSON (Junior Davis) is honored to be making his SpeakEasy debut with Choir Boy. Aaron is an Atlanta native and is currently a junior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee on track to receive his BFA in Musical Theatre. Past work includes: Richie (A Chorus Line); Emcee (Cabaret); Walter (Hair); and the Lion (The Wizard of Oz). Choir Boy is so rich with legacy, history, spirituality, questions, relationships, and more. While recognizing where we are as a country and fearing for our future, Aaron believes theatre can heal us all.

THOMAS PURVIS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He is a Musical Theater student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he has appeared in The Cradle Will Rock and Carousel, and is a singer in the Conservatory Cabaret.   Thomas also recently performed with the Cape Symphony in their The Very Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein concert. He would like to thank everyone involved with this production, as well as his family and friends who continue to support him through his journey.

ISAIAH REYNOLDS* (Pharus Jonathan Young) is so excited to be back at SpeakEasy Stage in another earth-shaking show, having recently played Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates in The Scottsboro Boys.   Some favorite credits include: Herbert in Spamalot (Weathervane Theatre); Mr. Snow in Carousel (The Boston Conservatory); Young Frankenstein (Theatre by the Sea); and Seaweed J. Stubbs (Theatre Aspen). Thanks to the whole creative team, DGRW, and the family for all their love and support.

NIGEL RICHARDS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut in Choir Boy. Nigel can soon be seen in Cymbeline on the Boston Common with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  He has appeared in productions with Trinity Rep, The Wilbury Theatre Group (Passing Strange, Spring Awakening)and Peregrine Theatre Ensemble (Hair). Nigel is a current junior at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater.

J. JEROME ROGERS* (Headmaster Marrow) is pleased to make his SpeakEasy debut. A native Tennesseean, he is a graduate of Lane College, and studied musical theatre at The University of Memphis. His favorite credits include Macbeth (Macbeth); Romeo & Juliet (Lord Capulet); and The Color Purple (Mister). New York credits: the Off Broadway musical It Came From Beyond and Caddywhompus at the New York Fringe Festival.

RICHARD SNEE* (Pendleton) is pleased to be returning to SpeakEasy where he has appeared in Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind and Body Awareness. He is a founding member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and played Malvolio in their recent production of Twelfth Night at The Lyric Stage.  This summer, he was in the Gloucester Stage production of Barefoot in the Park with his wife, the lovely and talented Paula Plum.

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