Newburgh native stars in Westchester production

Posted 7/31/19

For Annastasia Mercedes, theatre is a leap of faith supported by a huge amount of trust: each person involved must trust that the effort has been enough and that those in attendance have come with an …

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Newburgh native stars in Westchester production

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For Annastasia Mercedes, theatre is a leap of faith supported by a huge amount of trust: each person involved must trust that the effort has been enough and that those in attendance have come with an open mind and an open heart. Soon, she will have a chance to take that leap of faith once again. The Newburgh Native has been cast in the White Plains Performing Arts Center’s Stage 2 production of Tuck Everlasting, opening this weekend and running August 2-11.

Mercedes was very familiar with the story of Tuck Everlasting before being cast in this production. “I’ve met the Tucks and revisited the story of when Winnie Foster came into their lives multiple times, each at different moments of my life,” says Mercedes. “With each revisit I’ve taken away something new. I’ve learned about myself, reflected on what I believe in, gained some insight of my past, and have felt inspired for the future. I’m most excited to be telling this story to facilitate that for others, whether it’s their first visit to Treegap or twenty first!”

A heartwarming, rapturous musical about living life to the fullest, Tuck Everlasting centers around a girl named Winnie Foster. When she goes looking for adventure and meets a family with a fabulous secret, their chance encounter will change them all forever. The show explores eternal love, never-ending life, and what it means to truly feel alive.

Along with Mercedes, Tuck Everlasting stars Haylie Shea as Winnie Foster and features Matthew Rafanelli as Jesse Tuck, Mikey Marmann as Miles Tuck, Gabi Garcia as Mae Tuck, Daniel Pivovar as Angus Tuck, Maurice Chinnery as Constable Joe, Nathan Clift as Hugo, and local favorite John Anthony Lopez, as the Man in the Yellow Suit. The cast also includes Gracie Bryant, Kimberly Burgering, Catherine Cavender, Kyle Hanchar, Jason Herring, Liberty Laferriere, Quiana Leigh, Kevin Lynch, Leighann Navarro, Alexis Paige Miller, Sierra Nelson, Paolo Robert Perri, Sammy Quinn, Zack Tashoff, Remi Tuckman, Nick Varsames, Christie Vozniak, Madison Watson, and Rebecca Zeller.

Tuck Everlasting is directed by Amy Griffin and choreographed by Kelli Gautreau with musical direction by Stephen Ferri. Scenic Design by Travis A. George, Costume Design by Heather Craig, Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick, Sound Design by Joel Abbott, Stage Managed by Jack Rhea. Music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, based upon the novel by Natalie Babbitt.

For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

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