Saturday Night Cast
14-year old Max Balsamo from Westampton is thrilled to be making his debut at Rising Stars as P.T. Barnum as he firmly believes as Mr. Barnum does, “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” Max has been acting for about eight years after a part as the Big Bad Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood awakened the thespian in his first-grade heart. Since that time he has been in supporting roles in Annie, Jr., High School Musical, Jr., and Curtains. He also starred as Walter in Elf Jr., King Triton in Little Mermaid, Jr., and most recently you may have seen him as Mufasa in the Lion King, Jr. Max would like to thank Ms. Sophie for believing in him.
P. T. Barnum / Max Balsamo
Charity / Sophia Hogas
My name is Sophia Hogas, I am 13 years old. The productions that I have been in are, Sussical, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Frozen. Chesterfield is where I am from, and this is my first show with Rising Stars!
Phillip - Jake Mileski
Jake Mileski, 13, Chesterfield. He performed the role of Kristoff in Frozen at NB middle school. He sang the role of Sleepy Hollow in The Headless Horseman at NB middle school. Jake is an honor roll student and also participates in Team Swim.
Jenny Lind - Tanisha Khabe
My name is Tanisha Khabe and I am 15 years old. I am from Florence. I have participated in a few shows in the past, including Schoolhouse Rock, The Lion King, and Bye Bye Birdie. I have also participated in other musical competitions, including MAMTG and NEMTA. In my free time, I like to sing, play piano, and read.
Young Barnum - Peyton Robinson
Peyton Robinson is 11 years old from Columbus, NJ. He has recently performed in the 2021 Chapin School Cabaret, but he is excited to make his first big stage debut as Young Barnum in Greatest Showman! When he’s not playing outside with his friends, he’s playing piano, playing Just Dance on the Nintendo Switch, studying hurricanes or organizing his prized Beanie Boo collection.
Young Charity - Casey Villabon
Casey Villabon is 10 years old and is from Columbus, NJ. She has performed in a virtual production of The Phantom Tollbooth. She enjoys singing, contortion, aerial silks, and being with her family. She is so excited to play Young Charity in her first stage production!
Lettie - Divija Khabe
:My name is Divija Khabe. I am 10 years old. I am from Florence. I have participated in MAMTG, Evening of Stars, and NEMTA. Along with singing, I also enjoy playing piano, reading, and drawing.
Anne Wheeler - Alana DiPietro
Alana DiPietro is 12 years old and from Columbus, NJ. She loves to sing, dance, read and enjoys time with her family. Alana has been in her school productions for the past three years. She is excited to play Anne in The Greatest Showman!
Caroline - Grace Goeke
Grace is thrilled to be part of The Greatest Showman cast. This is her first year performing with Rising Stars Voice Studio and couldn’t be happier. In other performances, she has played as part of the ensemble in Mary Poppins Jr. She has also played Young Kangaroo in Seussical Jr, Jaques in Cinderella Kids, Mowgli in The Jungle Book Kids, Hilda in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and just recently Olaf in Frozen Kids. Thank you to my family for everything!
Helen - Amelia Bascio
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Amelia is 9 years old from Edgewater Park NJ. This is her first theatre performance. She has been singing since she could speak and is thrilled to finally have a group of people to share and tune her gifts with. She enjoys her family, being a big sister, video games, drawing, reading and TikTok. She is excited to be Helen!
Katie Sandwina -Kaylee L. Cordwell
14 year old Kaylee Cordwell will be playing Katie Sandwina in the Greatest Showman. She has been involved in several theatrical performances. Kaylee has been acting and singing with Miss Sophie’s Rising Stars Voice Studio since she was 9. Kaylee also does in school production..
Mrs.Roth, Mrs. Hallett & Anne Riffle - Claire Hanley
Claire is 12 years old from Chesterfield, NJ. She made her debut as an Orphan in the Annie 2019 Rising Stars Production. She also enjoys Field Hockey, Basketball and swimming.
Wanda D. - Riddhi Rajpal
Riddhi Rajpal, is a resident of Bordentown NJ. Riddhi is 13 years old and has been taking vocal lessons at Rising Stars Voice Studio for over a year. She showcased in the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration 2020 for the Bordentown Township. She has participated in many shows such as A Holiday Celebration, Love songs, and a evening of stars with the rising stars group. Aside from singing, Riddhi has many other interests such as writing, as back in January, she won a “I Have a Dream” writing speech contest.
If pctor Sophie Taillefer at (609) 647-1730
Mrs. Winthrop- Delaney Fox
Delaney is 12 years old, and is from Mansfield Twp., NJ. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, going to the beach, and playing sports. This is her first time performing in a musical, and she really enjoyed working with the camp this summer.
The Queen Victoria - Graziella Carnassale
Graziella Carnassale is 12 years old and this will be her first theater production. Grazi started meeting virtually with Ms Sophie during the height of the pandemic while sports were unavailable. Graz has since developed a passion for singing, music and theater. She is excited to perform and grateful to Ms Sophie for all her dedication.