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NIGHT OF SONG AND THEATER - March 2019

MEET THE CAST

RAQUEL LOPEZ CLORY

Raquel Lopez Clory is a graduate of Flo arts and Jacksonville University. She made her comeback debut at Players By The Sea, playing Camilla in the production of In The Heights. She graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre and has pursued those dreams back in her home city New York. Raquel made her NY debut at the Cranky Cabaret, which led

to multiple connections and jobs. She has been in musicals such as West Side Story playing (Anita), and in RENT playing (Joanne.) She has done multiple showcases in the greater Manhattan area, and was a member to a professional Broadway Theatre company, that travels the United States Enchante Cabaret. Other theatre credits include: The Last Five Years as (Cathy) Thoroughly Modern Millie as (Mrs. Meers), Into the Woods (The Bakers wife),

The Gondoliers (The Duchess), and a Grand Night for Singing (victoria) and (Garry Coleman) in Avenue Q, just to name a few. Raquel was also a voice, acting and hip/hop instructor for In7nity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, NY. Raquel now spends her time with her husband and two children while finding other opportunities in her community to

perform. This is also her first semester as a mentor for the Inspire program at Pedro Menendez High School.

BENJAMIN BECK

Benjamin Beck is currently serving on sta at Jacksonville University as a collaborative pianist. Featured on stages throughout Florida, Ben’s recent performances include a recital in the chamber music series “Music Through the Ages” and a collaboration with JU faculty of a historic recreation concert originally given at the College of the Paci(c in October of 1919.

His role as a music director at several Florida theaters include credits such as Aida, Children of Eden-JU; Evil Dead-The Five & Dime, Jacksonville; Songs for a New World, John and Jen, Next to

Normal- City Repertory Theater, Palm Coast as well as a recent JU production of Into the Woods. Internationally, Ben has performed at Zhejiang Shuran University in Hangzhou and the East China

University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China and at the International ClarinetFest in Ostende, Belgium. Ben graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education, studying with Dr Steve Zegree and Yu-Lien The. He graduated in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Bible through Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville and is pastor at Grace Life Church in Lake Asbury FL.

NATE CLORY

Nate Clory is from Harrisburg, PA and is no stranger to the Performing Arts. As an Air Force Vet, he has dedicated his life to hard work, and excellence. This is shown through his singing, and acting on the stage. Nate has sung in high competitions with chorales, and within the church. Some of Nate’s’ roles include: (Jamie) The Last Five Years, (Horton) from Seussical, (The Prince) Into The woods, (Roger) Rent, and (Brian) from Avenue Q. Nate now works as a Sous Chef, his other passion, and continues to serve his church and community. Nate was also a mentor in the year 2018 at St. Augustine High School, for the Inspire program. This will be Nate’s debut in the St. Augustine theatre world, and looks forward to his future endeavors within the community.

ANGIE ACEDERA

Angie Acedera is a vocalist based in Jacksonville, Florida. She is an avid performer both in solo and ensemble work. Angie privately studies under the instruction of Prof. Michelle Brock-Kemp. Currently, she sings with the Jacksonville University Singers under the direction of Dr. Timothy Snyder. Angie is also an active member of JU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a theatre honor society. She serves as the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts Senator for the Student Government Association. In

Summer 2018, Angie was seen in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights at Players by the Sea as an ensemble member. Just this February, she was seen in the new lecture  drama, Frederick Delius: A Life in Songs and Scenes at JU’s Terry Concert Hall, and as one of the soloists for Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F at the USingers St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica Concert.

HECTOR GONZALEZ SMITH

Hector Gonzalez Smith, hails from Puerto Rico. You may have hear him with Voices of Jacksonville, Jacksonvilles premier professional vocal ensemble. Most recently, Mr. Smith  appeared as Ali Hakim in the Triphammer Arts production of  Oklahoma!, as well as the Goddess Juno in the Ithaca College  production of Handel’s Semele. Hector starred as Jesus in the Walking on Water production of “Godspell” just this last fall.

Hector has performed in the ABET productions of "Blood  Brothers", "Songs for a New World" and as Papa Ge in "Once on this Island". Hector is a graduate of both Douglas Anderson

School of the Arts and Stetson University. Since graduation, the young singer has worked with both the Central Florida Lyric Opera and First Coast Opera as a featured soloist.

Previous performances with FCO include “Cabaret Español”, “Cabaret Americana”, “Voices of Love”, “Grandi Voci”, and “Viva Espana”. Mr. Smith’s wide ranging talents have been

heard in such shows as “Rags”, “Sideshow”, “Italian Girl in Algiers”, “The Magic Flute”, “H.M.S. Pinafore”, “Pirates of  Penzance”, “The Drowsy Chaperone”, "Jesus Christ Superstar"

and “Chicago”. Mr. Smith has also been a featured soloist at several churches including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, Riverside United

Church of Christ, Community Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and at Church of The Good Shepherd as a member of the Good Shepherd Chamber Music Society, and

most recently as a chorister and cantor for the Church of  Saints Peter and John. Mr. Smith was recently featured as a soloist in the Cirque du Soleil production of La Nouba in Orlando, Florida.

DAVID MENDINA

David Medina is 24 years old and is a college graduate. Throughout high school he attended The Foundation Academy. After high school, he went on to study Psychology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida where he received his Bachelor of Arts. David is also a singer-songwriter. He has taken part in theatre since elementary school and loves to continually learn and grow with every show he does. Some of the roles that David has played include “The Wolf” in Into the Woods, “Gabey” in On the Town, “Ken Gorman” in Rumors, and “Potiphar” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Enselmo” in Man of La Mancha, and is currently gearing up to play “Judas” in Godspell this April. David is very excited to have been selected to participate in this inspiring event.

ZOË LIN ROSAS

Zoë Lin Rosas is a Mexican American actor, singer, and dancer raised in Orlando, Florida. She most recently appeared in Jacksonville University’s first produced student written play, String by Carlos Adorno, as Aunty in October. Zoë’s other credits include In the Heights (Nina) at Players by the Sea, Miracle on 34th Street (Susan Walker), Aida (Nehebka), Spring Awakening (Thea), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Chicago: The Musical

(POP), and more. Zoë recently attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival back in February for the #rst time as an Irene Ryan nominee and to portray Aunty in String as it was 1 of 5 invited mainstage productions to present at KCACTF. Zoë is currently pursuing a B.F.A in Musical Theatre at Jacksonville University and will graduate Spring 2019. She is also a firm believer of the organization, Families Belong Together. https://zoelinrosas.wixsite.com/home

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