Mat Young (Wayne Hopkins)
Last year Mat was seen at the Town Players as George Fredrick Handel in Joyful Noise. His most recent triumph was directing a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime with his friends Grady and Sally Rose. An experience that represented everything a creative adventure should be, discovery discovery discovery. He is proud to be working with Nancy Meyer again. Mat dedicates this performance to his boys Sawyer and Potter. This will be Potter’s first time experiencing anything about the boy wizard because he has flatly rejected these stories his whole life. Mat is a cohost of The Last Will Podcast with cast mates Grady Dennis and Claire Kenny. Go to Thelastwillpodcast.com for more information.
Timothy Huber (Oliver Rivers)
Timothy is glad to be back onstage at Town Players of New Canaan. Recent roles: And Away We Go (Man 3) at Curtain Call, A Joyful Noise (Jennens) and Hay Fever (Richard) at Town Players of New Canaan, Deathtrap (Sidney Bruhl) at TheatreWorks, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Launce) at FineLine Theater Arts, The Heiress (Dr. Sloper) at Town Players of Newtown, The Exonerated and The Divas (multiple roles) at Ridgefield Theater Barn. Other favorite projects include A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), She Loves Me (Georg), It’s a Wonderful Life (George), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Harding), and Witness for the Prosecution (Meyers).
Sally Rose Zuckert (Megan Jones)
Sally Rose Zuckert (Megan Jones) is thrilled to be making her wizarding debut on the stage she loves. Some credits include: Crystal Theater’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Siobhan), TPNC’s Drop Dead (Candy Apples), LawnChair Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Queen (Helena), and Chicago Theatre East’s MY H8 LETTER… (Brene). You can see SRZ in two upcoming short films (Redemption, The Spider) and listen to her voice as you walk through Waveny Park in its bicentennial Otocast guide.
Grady Dennis (Narrarator)
A native of Sumter, South Carolina, he began studying theater at the age of 7 at the "Sumter Little Theater'' (under the direction of the late Katie Damron). Grady has been a part of many different facets of the theater from acting, directing, writing, producing, acting/voice coaching, choreography, and costume design. Grady was last seen on stage at the Crystal Theater as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He Last performed with the Town Players of New Cannan as Smith in Joyful Noise. Other local credits: The Wilton Playshop as Hunter in Title of Show, Curtain Call: Bob in Beyond Therapy, Charlie in The Foreigner, and Jack in The Boys Next Door. Some favorite regional credits include: Clifford in Side Man, Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin in Pippin, Emory in The Boys in the Band, Anatoly in Chess, Huck in Big River, The Young Thing in Hello Again, Marvel Ann in Psycho Beach Party, and Sideway/Collins in Our Country's Good. He has written and starred in over 100 online sketch comedy shorts, which have been featured in “The Huffington Post,” “Time Out New York” and several other media outlets. Other training includes musical theater at Millikin University and improvisational comedy at the famous Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. He is an official advisor to the Summer Youth Theater Board (Curtain Call) under the leadership of Brian Bianco.
Hunter Brady (Ernie Mac/Teachers/2nd Headmaster)
Hunter Brady is thrilled to be a part of this incredible cast. Thank you to Nancy, Ryan and Town Players for the opportunity to get back on stage. Mom & Dad, thank you for everything you have given me in life. Love you!
Jenny Maso (Hannah/Teachers/Xavia)
Jenny is honored to make her Powerhouse debut in this stellar production. She is a Ravenclaw who has been seen recently as Porter in Macbeth, Mrs. Cleveland/Piano Teacher in Curtain Call’s Groundhog Day, and can be seen locally as drag thing Dowwe Jonez. Thank you Victor, Ella and Jack for helping Mommy run lines!
David Nielson (J. Finch/Others/Zach Smith)
David is thrilled to be joining this magical, talented cast. Previous roles include Mr. Wormwood / Matilda, Sheriff / Groundhog Day, Max Prince / Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Igor / Young Frankenstein. David is also the author of several silly / creepy Middle Grade novels including Lillian Lovecraft and the Harmless Horrors, The Chronicles of the Deadly Dead, and Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. He lives in White Plains and is a professional storyteller, decorated FedEx courier, and recovering mime. He spent years assuming he belonged to Ravenclaw until he took the actual test and was sorted into Slytherin which, frankly, made a lot more sense.
Autumn Arthur (Leanne/Ginny/Helga/Frenchy)
Autumn is pumped to return to the Powerhouse after making her debut here last winter as Mary Pendarves in Joyful Noise. Most recently before that, she played Juliet's Nurse in Romeo and Juliet at Curtain Call's Shakespeare on the Green. She has also played Friar Francis in Lawnchair Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing and directed The Great Hocus Pocus Pumpkin at the Carriage House. She has stage managed and designed local productions of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Title of Show among others, as well as the world's first licensed all-female production of Cabaret with The Lipstick Project at Darien Arts Center. Prior to that she wrote and directed Perfect: a Cabaret with TLP at the Carriage House, and appeared for TLP as Friar Francis in Much Ado, Benvolio in R & J, Peter Quince in Midsummer, Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Horatio in Hamlet. Special thanks to Nancy for always letting her be late!
Rachel Salem (Sally Perks/Blondo/Rowena/Rita/Bippy)
Rachel is just happy to be here! She just finished playing another Sally, Sally Appliewhite as Mary Hatch, in Curtain Call’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Show. During the week, she works as the Lower School Music Teacher at the King School. In 2019, Rachel spent the whole summer reading and watching the entire Harry Potter series in order for the first time ever. We’re wizards!!!
Claire Kenny (Susie Bones/Harry/Colin/Myrtle)
Claire Kenny is happy to launch her year off on the Powerhouse Theater stage once again. Past Credits include Kitty Clive in Joyful Noise at The Powerhouse Theater, Cinderella in Into the Woods at Curtain Call, Tinkerbell in Lawn Chair Theater’s Midsummer Nights Queen, Sophie in Mamma Mia at Curtain Call, Roxie in Chicago at the Wilton Playshop. Coming up is The Marvelous Wonderettes with Crystal Theater in April. Claire cohosts The Last Will Podcast with Mat Young and Grady Dennis, covering the absurdities of life and death and topics we’d like to leave behind. Podcast can be found on your typical podcast platforms, or http://thelastwillpodcast.com. She also can be found singing on Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube.
River Glassberg (Cedric/Voldy)
River Keohane Glassberg (They/Them) is ecstatic to be making their Powerhouse Theatre Debut! Some recent credits include George Gibbs (Our Town), Dennis (This Is Our Youth), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Queen), and B.D Kotlow (The Great Ostrovsky). A tried and true Puff to the core, when River isn’t onstage they can easily be found writing, bar-backing at Flaming Saddles in Midtown Manhattan, performing their poetry in exceedingly ridiculous outfits, or having the occasional existential crisis. They would like to thank their family for their unending support and this truly magical cast and crew!
Chandler Hall (Death Buddies/Puppeteer)
Chandler Hall (Puff/Deatheater/Puppeteer) Chandler is in her senior year at Darien High School and has a love for all things creative. Some favorite roles have been Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Jovie in Elf, and Karen Aldrich in Ordinary People. When she is not acting, she is producing music and working on a second draft of her novel. She is very excited to work with some of her favorite people. She thanks Nancy for including her in this journey and TPNC for giving her opportunities to grow.