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Ocean Adventures!
Cast and Crew

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Nelson DePasquale

Nelson is excited to be back on stage, especially in his first role with TSquared. Nelson's first run with children's theater was with Hynesight Players, a group that adapted Shakespearean plays for kids. Here he played Fallstaff, King Oberon and others. More recently, Nelson was in WHAT's Hitchcock in the Park, as Richard Hannay in 39 Steps, as well as various roles in virtual online readings with the CCC and others this past year


Rachelle Mandik

Rachelle spent most of her bicoastal childhood performing, then studied acting and voice at Northwestern University and Oberlin College. She was in scores of productions, then took a nearly fifteen-year hiatus to pursue a career in publishing and to start a family. Little-by-little she has been making her way back “home” to the stage. Most recently she played the role of Phebe in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Jenny M’Grew, Elsa Wertman, and Davis Matlock in Spoon River—the latter right before the world shut down. 

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Jackie Matthews

Jackie is excited to be working with TSquared Productions and to be back on stage after zoomtown-2020. Jackie has trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in improv and sketch comedy, as well as at the People’s Improv Theater in NY. She is currently on the sketch comedy team, The Ruse.

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Caroline Ritacco

Caroline is thrilled to be a part of this production! She has previously appeared at Studio Playhouse as Young Molly in Jakes Women. Other roles include Laurie In Brighten Beach Memoirs, Polly in The GingerBread Lady, and Anita Bath in her high school production of Rock Of Ages. She has been a member of the Papermill Playhouse Children’s Theater On Tour for the past 4 years and is a musical theater intern for their education department.


Alicia Hayes

Alicia Hayes is a director, actor, teaching artist, and stage manager. She is TSquared’s Charity Outreach Coordinator and Children’s Programming Producer. Previous directing credits include Stuart Little and Over My Dead Body (Studio Playhouse), Unicorn Vs. Reindeer Games (TSquared, virtual) Acting credits include Emmy (A Doll’s House: Part Two), Molly (Jake’s Women), Fabian (Twelfth Night), Emily (Our Town) and others. Stage management credits include How It Really Happens (Philly Fringe2019), The Boys in the Band  (Studio Playhouse), 13! (Eastern University), and Three Sisters (TSquared, virtual). She serves on the Board of Members at Studio Playhouse and is also a member of their Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Love and thanks to those who support her in all her endeavors. Off we go!

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Allyssa Hynes

Allyssa is thrilled to be working with Tsquared again! Her children's plays "Unicorns Versus Reindeer Games" and "This Universe Pageant" were performed virtually with Tsquared and she was also part of their Evenings of New Works. Other TYA plays include "Superhero Princess Tales," "Monster Princess Tales" and "Fairy Tales All Wet." Her play "Poe: Dreams of Madness" is an award winner at Pioneer Drama Service. Allyssa also writes cozy mysteries and designs puzzle rooms.


Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien is a writer, director, actor and producer based out of Rutherford, NJ. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Film with a concentration in Screenwriting from Brooklyn College. Brendan is one of the founders and co-owners of LNH Studios LLC, a production company specializing in film and live comedy shows. He has over nine years of experience performing improv comedy, having previously performed with The Plan B Players, The Rhinos, Duly Noted and The Excited Raspberries improv troupes. Brendan is also an improv teacher. His work has been used by Rhino Comedy.

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Alicia Whavers

Alicia (EMC) is an actress, singer and playwright, who was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Honors English from Drew University. Alicia has performed along the East Coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Some of her favorite past credits include Julius Caesar, Canarsie, Murphy’s Law, Macbeth, Paterson Falls, Measure for Measure, and You Can’t Take It With You. She loves reading and spends what time she can find reading books and plays, and has been known to edit them as well.


Angelle Whavers

She has co-written for the show 4320p: Immersion with the Tectonic Theater Project, had her ten-minute Does Not Translate performed by the Vulcan Theatre Company, as well as her play Incubator by the New York Theater Festival.

She recently had her children’s play, Boogie, read in the New Works Festival with the Growing Stage, and is a recipient of The Chauncey Lester and Elsie Steward Benedict Memorial Prize for playwriting. She has worked as a writer and performer with Parody in Blue for: Year of Woman 3, Grab Them By The Parody!, 19th Amendment: 100 Years of Suffrage, and How to Succeed in Politics Without Even Leaving Your Couch! She is the co-founder and Director of Social Media for Unidentified Stages. Her acting credits include: Performer, Actor’s Hour; Sapphire, 4320p: Immersion: Nell, Haiku; and Florence, Poof!

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