Peter and the Starcatcher Cast

Katie Benson (Alf)
Katie Benson (Senior) has been in productions since she was 8 years old, including Blythewood’s productions of The Wizard of Oz and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. She’s participated in a theater camp every summer where she’s been able to be part of productions of The Fiddler on the Roof, Schoolhouse Rock, 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon, and most recently Bye Bye Birdie. Katie is very excited to make her non-musical debut in Blythewood’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing Helena. She will also appear in the Spring production of Peter and the Starcatcher. She would like to thank all those who have supported her through the years, with a very special thanks to her first theater teacher, Ms. Betty.
Hannah Beville (Ensemble)
Hannah Beville, sophomore, has lived in Blythewood, South Carolina her whole life, and has participated in many church plays and singing performances, as well as productions at her school. In fifth grade, she was in Madagascar as a very small role, but once she got to eighth grade, she played Ms. Darbus in High School Musical JR. She started singing in her youth’s band at church in 2021. Hannah participated in drama classes and chorus all throughout her middle school years, and was able to join Theatre 2 and choir her first year of high school. She played Narrator 1 in The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza and was an ensemble member for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown on the BHS stage.
Abigail Burns (Captain Scott, Ensemble)
Abigail Burns is a senior at Blythewood High School, and this is her fourth year in the theatre department since being at Blythewood. She was in Annie with the "Calhoun Players" in the sixth grade. She played Nikko in The Wizard of Oz as well as Hard Candy her sophomore year. She was also in 60/20 in Theatre 3 her junior year. This will be her final show at BHS and she is very happy to be involved in such a talented group.
Thomas Bozard (Black Stache)
Sophomore Thomas Bozard (Dometrius) has been an active member of the Blythewood Theater Department throughout the entirety of his high school career and has loved every second of it! Thomas was last seen on the Bengals’ stage as Schroeder in Blythewood’s rendition of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and is set to play the role of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher this spring. Due to his involvement in this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thomas has discovered a passion for literature’s impact on society and hopes to pursue this interest on a collegiate level. Throughout his experience in high school theater, he has been most impacted by the community that this group has built. He wouldn’t be where he is now without the potential that Ms. Dietel saw in this group and her dedication to making this show possible. Thanks for all that you do. Enjoy the show!
Isnerys Carrasquillo-Fernandez (Fighting Prawn, Ensemble)
Isnerys Carrasquillo (Senior) recently moved to South Carolina from California. Isnerys performed in shows in her past school her freshman year. At BHS, she was in Dystopia! The Hungry Maze of Divergent Death, did tech in The Wizard of Oz and played Anon in the Talented and Gifted class’ production of Anon(ymous) which received a Superior rating at the state one-act play festival. Additionally, Isnerys was awarded a Superior in Acting for her portrayal of Anon. She is very happy to be playing Fighting Prawn in Bengals on Stage upcoming production of Peter and the Starcather. This year, she is also very delighted to be playing Francis Flute/ Thisby and a Fairy in Bengals on Stage production of A Midsummer NIght’s Dream in the Talented and GIfted class. She hoped everyone enjoys the shows!
Cayden Cox (Mack, Ensemble)
Cayden Cox (Junior) relocated to Blythewood High School from East Tennessee/Alabama. This will be her first time participating in a play at the school. When she was in middle school she was in 3 shows including “Scrooge”, “Humbug High,” and “Fairy Tale Misfits.” Her favorite role was Bonnie Crowley in “Scrooge.” Cayden loves to perform, as she is also a member of the Blythewood Varsity Cheer team. She was in “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” as The Little Red Haired Girl. This year she is going to be in “Peter and the Starcatcher” as the character Mack. She cannot wait to be in this show and has enjoyed her time in Musical Theatre.
Naiya Fernandez (Smee)
Naiya Fernandez is a senior, a Theatre Lead, and has participated with Bengals On Stage (Blythewood Theatre) for all of her four years in highschool! At Blythewood High School, she had the oppurtunity in performing in The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, Anon(ymous), and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Naiya also had the opportunity of performing Anon(ymous) at the Palmetto Drama Association, receiving a superior for her musical theatre thespy as well as a superior for her role as Nemasani. She has also had the joy of playing The Ghost of Christmas Past, and Snoopy. For her last year, she will be playing the role Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher and will be playing the role Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Naiya is incredibly grateful for the opportunities and experiences she was able to have with Blythewood Theatre, and for everything she has learned! Enjoy the show!
Calla Friedman (Hawking Clam, Ensemble)
Calla Friedman (Sophomore) has been affiliated with theatre since she was seven years old. She started doing shows at Blythewood last year, when she was in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and will be in the April production of Peter and the Starcatcher. In addition, she has done many shows at Columbia Children’s Theater. She will be playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Autumn Goodwin (Ensemble)
Autumn Goodwin (freshman) transferred from Lugoff to Blythewood recently. She has been in theatre programs since 7th grade and would like to continue on the theatre path. She was in the show Into The Woods cast as Cinderella. This her first year performing in the Bengals theatre class. She will be in the play Peter and The Starcatcher in the ensemble and can not wait for the audience to enjoy the show.
Claire Hammond (Grempkin, Ensemble)
Claire Hammond is a senior with an affinity for everything art related. Her interest in theatre greatly stems from her love of musicals and she is glad to have the opportunity to finally be in one. This is her first Bengals On Stage performance, although she was the Sound Tech for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She hopes that her love of the stage is shown in her work and that the creativity of the tech is appreciated. Claire thanks her parents and Ms. Dietel and Mr. Hilton for their guidance and authenticity.
Abigail Hernandez (Teacher, Ensemble)
Abigail Hernandez (Junior) is enjoying her second year at BHS. She transferred here from Richland Northeast where she played Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Louis in Sideways Stories of Wayside School her freshman year. Last school year at BHS, Abigail played Zeus and Orpheus in The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Marcie in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. This year she’s playing Snout and Moth in A Midsummer's Night Dream and Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher She grew up watching her sisters perform at Lexington High School and was inspired to become an actor. She’s been doing theatre since she was 12. She devotes her hard work to her mother, who sadly passed away. She looks up to her mother especially because she was a singer. She’s very grateful to her sisters for inspiring her, her mom for her gifts, and all her theatre teachers/directors for believing in her and seeing talent.
Saniyah Kornegay-Tyler (Mrs. Brumbake)
Saniyah Kornegay-Tyler (Junior) was born and raised in Columbia, SC. She started doing theatre in elementary school, but this is her first time in a play at Blythewood High School. She took a break from Musical Theatre for a short period but now she is back performing in “Peter and the Starcatcher.” She had multiple minor roles at her previous schools and has been in choir and dance since elementary school. One of her favorite roles was being a part of “Aladdin” as an ensemble member during her 7th grade year at Longleaf Middle School. She’s excited to be in this production, and she thanks everyone who supports her and has come to see this production.
Lilly-Claire Lewis (Molly)
Lilly-Claire Lewis is a senior and has been with the Blythewood Program since freshman year. Lilly-Claire serves on the Leadership Team for the BHS International Thespian Society Troupe. Sophomore year, she performed in the winter play, Almost, Maine, as Marcy. She also played Scarecrow in BHS’ rendition of The Wizard of Oz. In her junior year she tackled roles of The Ghost Of Christmas Present from A Chrismtas Carol, and her Superior award winning roles of Calista and The Bird from Anon(ymous). She also played a role in Your A Good Man Charlie Brown. In Midsummer Night's Dream she will be playing Titania/Hippolyta, and in the coming spring, she will be playing Molly in Peter and The Starcatcher. She’s been an active performer since elementary school, and is grateful to end her highschool experience with BHS. Lilly-Claire wants to thank her family for their unconditional love and support, as well as Ms. Dietel, Ms. Claiborne, and Mr. Hilton for their hard work and deep understanding for the arts.
Paeton Patterson (Boy/Peter)
Paeton Patterson (Senior) has been involved with the theatre program at Blythewood all four of his years attending the school. He will be playing the roles of Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has loved theatre ever since being introduced to “Hamilton” in 6th grade. His stage debut was Phil in Almost, Maine in December 2021 as a Sophomore. He then performed as Mr. Mackus in Anon(ymous) in February 2023 and received an Excellence in acting for the role. He also played Woodstock in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown in April 2023. Paeton serves on the Leadership Team for the BHS International Thespian Society Troupe. Paeton is incredibly thankful for our wonderful director Ms. Dietel and Mr. Hilton for all they have done for him the last four years! He hopes everyone enjoys A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has an amazing, hilarious experience!
Sidney Powell (Prentiss)
Sidney Powell (Senior) is performing in her third show at Blythewood High School. In 2022, she participated in her first show at BHS as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and last year, she participated in the show “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” as Sally Brown. Last but certainly not least, she will be playing Prentiss in the show “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Sidney has always had a passion for music. She plays clarinet in the BHS Wind Symphony and Blue Legion Marching Band. In addition to her amazing music teachers from Round Top Elementary, Blythewood Middle School, and BHS, Sidney has also received instruction in voice and piano at Freeway Music. She wants to thank everyone in the show for being amazingly supportive friends, and she especially wants to give Ms. Dietel and Mr. Hilton a special thank you for helping her on this journey!
Fernand Quintero (Ted)
Fernand Quintero is a Senior at Blythewood High School and is part of the Thespian Leadership Team. He started theatre during Freshman Year. He was inspired by previous musicals and plays that he had seen before going into high School. He did Christmas plays at his church. His first role in high school was Guard 1 in “Dystopia!, The Hungry Maze of Divergent Death”. He also helped with set and music working in school and afterschool on the show with his peers. His Junior year he worked in Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Anonymous (Ali and Ignacio), and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Ensemble). For the 2023-2024 school year he is performing in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Lysander and in the upcoming spring musical “Peter and The Starcatcher” as Ted. He would like to thank his family for always supporting and helping him in his dream of doing Theatre and Choir at school. He would also like to thank Ms. Dietel, Ms. Claiborne, and Mr. Hilton for always helping him stay on track and to keep looking forward toward the great future.
Corey Rice (Lord Leonard Aster)
Corey is a senior whose first taste of theatre was in Theatre 1 in their freshman year, but their official theatre debut began in the T&G 2021 production, Almost, Maine as Assistant Stage Manager. After getting a taste for acting in Theatre 2's 2022 production of Dystopia! The Hungry Maze of Divergent Death and comparing experiences as techie and actor (and therefore becoming more involved in the dramatic arts), they continued theatre that year with Wizard of Oz as a techie and part of the Yellow Brick Road. Their junior year featured work on Greek Mythology Olympiaganza, Christmas Carol, (Anon)ymous, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Now, in the 2023-2024 school year, they are a Thespian leader, Lord Leonard Aster and tech in Peter and the Starcatcher, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and stage manager for This Is A Test. They would like to extend a special thank you to Ms. Dietel, their family and friends, the rest of the leadership team, and the Parent Boosters for all their help and support!
Andrea Robles Medina (Ensemble)
Andrea Robles Medina (sophomore) is in her first year of theater at BHS. “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be her first show ever. This is a new experience for her. She enjoys singing and music. She participates in chorus, ACA, and HSA. She enjoys passing time with her family and friends. She is so thankful for this experience and can´t wait to do this all over again.
Lorena Robles Medina (Sanchez, Ensemble)
Lorena Robles Medina (senior) is in her first ever big play. She has previously performed in smaller plays such as “Hard Candy” and “60/30.” Her favorite role so far is Linda from “Hard Candy.” She is always down for a new experience and is so grateful to have enjoyed this experience. She enjoys anything artistic, from painting to decorating to being in a play. She participates in school activities in Culinary Arts and HSA. She also enjoys listening to different perspectives and having amazing conversations. She thanks her family for being there for her and to the theater department as a whole for giving her a great experience.
EJ Washington (Slank)
Eureka Washington (Junior) is in his Second year of theatre at BHS. Last year, Eureka was seen as Mr. Fezziwig and Peter Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Eureka has been singing since he was in the 4th grade. He is also on the cross country and track team and makes time for everything. He enjoys singing, acting, and running. He knew he wanted to start acting in middle school but didn't get the chance to until he was in high school. He loves the program so far and plans on doing it until his senior year. He would like to thank everyone who gave him the opportunity to be in this program. He would also like to thank his family for supporting him and doing everything they can so he can be successful.