Harvey: Meet Cecilia Vaicels

Cecilia Pro HeadshotName: Cecilia Vaicels

Character: Veta Simmons

Why did you want to be a part of this production?
Harvey is such a great show and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Mary Lynch and Jim Haines again. Once I met the other actors involved, I knew I made the right choice. What talented people! Rehearsals are a joy … work but fun with a group of people who truly work well together and respect each other. I love the role of Veta. She truly tries to do her best for her brother and daughter. Does it push her over the edge? Well, you’ll have to come and see.

What’s next for you?
Once this show closes, I will start rehearsals for Isle of Shoals Productions’ original musical “Occupation: Dragonslayer” running September 8th through the 25th at the Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. The show is a musical fable that takes place in a doomed diner at Ground Zero on Christmas Eve a year after 9/11, as a mysterious stranger, a firefighter who’s lost his memory, challenges a real estate profiteer cashing in on the tragedy and restores hope to all within. I play Harriet who is the manager of the diner. Since this is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, I feel that performing this particular show, at this particular time, is a way to honor those we lost that day and those who worked so hard down at Ground Zero. For information on “Occupation: Dragonslayer” and how to get tickets go to http://www.isleofshoals.org.

I will also be performing as Lady Alice More in “A Man for All Seasons” on November 18th, 19th and 20th in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mercy Church, 70-01 Kessel Street, Forest Hills, NY. For tickets and information, call the Rectory at 718-268-6143.

What’s your favorite animal and what is its name?
I have two in my past. My dog, Skeeter, who seriously thought she was human and my cockateil, Finster, who would whistle along as I practiced for musicals. Well…then there’s Harvey. The jury’s still out on him!

Cecilia Vaicels began acting 26 years ago in community theatre. She has progressed to Off-off Broadway with Isle of Shoals Productions. Off-off Broadway credits include: “That Lady from Maxim’s” (originated role of Gabrielle Petypon/NYMF), “Café Coward” (World Premier originated role of Elsa Maxwell and Long Island Premier as Lynne Fontanne), “Lighthouse” (Evangeline Pratt), “Our Town” (Mrs. Webb), “Still Life” (Myrtle Baggot), “Idiot’s Delight” (Senora Rossi), “an intimate eve with Will & Chris” (various Shakesperian characters) and “Suddenly Last Summer” (Sr. Felicity). Other credits include: “Rags” (Landlady), “The Wizard of Oz” (Almira Gultch/Wicked Witch), “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” (Molina’s Mother), “Into the Woods” (Granny/Giant/Cinderella’s mother), “Fiddler on the Roof” (once as Golda, once as Fruma Sarah), “Annie” (Sophie the Kettle/Mrs. Greer/Connie Boylan), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Puppeteer/Audrey II) and many more. She has appeared in independent films, most recently as Jessica’s Mom in “Dumped”, and even a rap video! Many thanks to my husband, Charlie, and my daughter, Lauren, for all their love and support and to God for my talent! http://www.CeciliaVaicels.com

HARVEY by Mary Chase

Director: Mary Lynch

Producers: Paul Morisi and Stef Morisi

Tickets: $10 General Seating (all tickets sold at the door)

July 14 at 7pm
July 15 at 7pm
July 16 at 7pm
July 17 at 2pm

Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall
70-01 Kessel Street Forest Hills, NY 11375
PLEASE USE THE ENTRANCE OF JUNO STREET. Elevator is available on the side of the church.

Nicole O’Connor
Cecilia Vaicels
Victoria Lardieri
Jim Haines
Malini Singh McDonald
Nick Radu
Jeremy Lardieri
Michelle Ruggieri
Rich Feldman
Kevin Abernethy
Chris Martens

For more info email FirstStringPlayers@gmail.com

Flyer designed by Steve Morisi


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