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Meet The Cast

Palace Theatre

Divas Through the Decades Feb 14-Mar 1.

Angela Birchett (Production Singer) has been seen at various NYC nightlife venues (XL, Bartini, Triad, Toshi’s Living Room, New World Stages, Joe’s Pub) and with some of NYC’s most noticeable late night hosts (Marti Cummings, Marty Thomas & Marissa Rosen, Shangela). Currently she is a frontline singer with The Groove Shop and was last seen on the musical theatre stage in Ain’t Misbehavin at Triad Stages in Greensboro, NC. Many, many thanks, once again, to Carl Rajotte for having me back at The Palace! I truly love you and this place and am so honored to be one of your Divas! This one is for my little twin sweeties, Eliel and Tsephi Patterson, the coolest 3 year olds on the planet! 

Michelle Rajotte (Production Singer) is over the moon excited to be a Diva again this year.  Michelle was most recently seen in The Palace Theatre’s house production of A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Cratchit and as the female lead singer in last season’s original show British Invasion. The rest of 2013 was spent in NY training and auditioning. In addition to training in the performing arts, she was recently trained and certified to be a Pilates instructor. Michelle will be a featured singer in the American Music Theatres 2014 season in Pennsylvania. Let's get this party started!!

Melanie L. Gaskins (Production Singer) is ridiculously excited to be returning to Manch.  She graduated with a BFA in dance from Temple University and is the Dance Supervisor for the current National Tour of Rock of Ages.  Melanie has performed as a member of the NJ Nets NBA dance team.   Favorite roles/features include the National Tours of Rock of Ages(Dance Captain/Young Groupie), The Color Purple(Dance Captain), Joseph...Dreamcoat(Mrs. Potiphar) as well as All Shook Up(Lorraine), A Chorus Line(Sheila), The Wedding Singer(Crystal/Tina Turner), Evita(tango dancer), and Black Nativity(Mary).  Melanie thanks family and friends for their continual support and Tucker for encouraging her to be better every day.

Samantha Johnson (Production Singer) is elated to appear in her first production with Palace Theatre. Previous credits include Hairspray (Reagle Players, New Bedford Festival Theatre) and Thriller Live (West End, Japan, and UK/ European Tour). Special thanks to cast, crew, and Grammy.

Missy Clayton (Dancer) is thrilled to be returning for Divas here at the Palace! Missy graduated from the American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC where she studied musical theatre and dance. Previous credits: Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Chicago (Liz), 42nd St. (Lorraine), ACL (Kristine). All my love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Max, Andy, and Carl. Rock on!

Carlynn Laurie (Dancer) is a native Texan who is excited to make her debut at the Palace Theatre. She has completed two tours with Royal Caribbean Cruises, most recently playing Brenda in Hairspray. Regional credits include: Cats, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly, and the Stephen Schwartz Project. Love to my family.

Rachel Litzky (Dancer) returns from dancing around the world for Holland America cruise line as a featured dancer for Dancing with the Stars at Sea.  She performed in Crazy For You at Narrows Theater and served as assistant choreographer for BerganPAC’s musical, FAME.  Trained at Gloria Frances School of Performing Arts.  Rachel is excited to join the cast of Divas!

Michael McArthur (Dancer) is so excited to make his Palace Theater debut! Previous selected credits include; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park), Newsies (Papermill Playhouse), Hello Dolly! (Cape Playhouse), and SMASH (NBC). Michael also has a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College. Hi Mom!

Jessica Moryl (Dancer) is thrilled to be returning to the Palace Theatre for her seventh year as performer and costume designer. Favorite credits include: Royalty of Rock & Pop, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, 42nd Street, The Four Piano Men, Rumors, Cabaret, CATS (Tantomile), The Full Monty (Estelle), Swing Fever (Featured Dancer), The Wedding Singer (Cindy Lauper), All Shook Up, and The Producers. 

Tory Ramirez (Dancer) is excited to return to the Palace Theater after performing with A Christmas Carol. Past productions include the national tour of West Side Story and concerts at Joe's Pub and the Laurie Beechman Theater. Tory studied musical theater at Pace University and would like to thank Carl, Jess and Megan for this opportunity.

Jonathan Tylicki (Dancer) hails from NYC, by way of Cleveland, Ohio. Career highlights include: CATS, Chicago, Legally Blonde, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hey Mr. Producer!, The Madness of May, The Will Roger’s Follies, Fame!, Swing!, and Semi-Finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 2). Love always to Mom and Dad.