Cast & Creative


Sage Spiker (Mike Mercy)

Sage Spiker recently moved to the NYC area after graduating from the University of Iowa. He's been involved in music and theatre for several years; some favorite roles have been Curly (Oklahoma!), Berger (Hair), Phoebus (Hunchback of Notre Dame), and Ray (Red Speedo). Sage is extremely happy to be involved in this exciting new production, and would like to thank everyone involved!


Taylor Gambino (Lindsey)

A graduate of Lyman Hall High School, Taylor was very involved in the Theater Arts Program performing in all 4 shows including: Bye Bye Birdie, The Wiz, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Oliver! She continued her education at Sacred Heart University majoring in English and then receiving her masters in Education. The Theater Arts Program was very special and she was an active member in choir, ballroom, and all of the musicals. The musicals included: Spring Awakening, Chicago, Nunsense, and Sweeney Todd. Currently, she is teaching 3rd grade in New Haven and enjoys bringing music in the classroom! She is very excited to be a part of this journey with such an incredible cast.

Emily Norah Samuelson (Sonya)

Emily Norah Samuelson Up Coming: September 2021 Broadway Bound Theatre Festival presenting The Black Count of Monte Cristo (Valentine).  Off Broadway Credits include: Anne Frank a musical (Actors Temple), Teen Party Massacre (St. Lukes Theatre), Molasses in January (Theatre Center), Magic the Play (Theatre Row). Some favorite regional credits include: Oklahoma! (Laurey), Gypsy (Dainty June), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Lucy), Grand Night for Singing (Lynne), West Side Story (Conseulo), Carousel (Lousie), Troilus and Cressida (Cressida), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel). She has also been featured as Maria in the West Side Story Orchestral Symphony at the Kennedy Center and Samantha in the NYMF workshop of Stand By. She received a BM in Musical Theatre at the Catholic University of America and spends her spare time in the fitness industry and empowering people through their wardrobe! A big thank you to her family, boyfriend and loved ones for their endless support.

Berlin Charles (Burnt Bobby)

Berlin Charles (Bobby) is thrilled to be a part of this original production and grateful for the opportunity to tell this story! Regional/ NYC Theatre credits: Sister Act (Eddie Souther), Joseph (Asher, Joseph U/S), Broadway Rising Stars Benefit Concert, Broadway Up-Close Dance Workshop, Sounds of the 70s Decades show (Swing). Commericals/Music Videos: Dancer in Chicago’s “Christmas Eve on a Dance Floor” Broadway Cares Music Video, “Sticks and Stones” for Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical dir. Douglas Lyons, “HELLO” dir. Iman Shumpert, and his own music video- “Still Wish You Well” dir. Nick Ranieri. Proud AMDA NYC alum. This summer you can catch him making his TV debut in “Power Book 3: Raising Kanaan” as Hotboy. Berlin’s music is available for streaming anywhere music plays! ig: @berberguccibear

Michael LaChance (Maxwell)

This is Michael's 5th role having played "George" in Don't Dress for Dinner at the Deep River Town Hall Theatre Company in 2019, "Dexter" in a comedy short in New Faces at the Suffield Playhouse in Ct (2018) and also "Captain Nick Flannigan" in The Guys in 2016 and 2019. Michael is also a writer of scripts, songs and children's books as well as co-producer, puppeteer and voice artist of The Cathy Gibson Show. He truly enjoys helping kids through humor and loves his wonderful wife Laura and his two amazing sons Tyler and Bryan. A big thanks to Richard and the entire cast and crew of The Mercy Project Musical for the opportunity to work with them.

Sam Laraia (Chip the Dick)

Sam Laraia is a recent graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He has performed in numerous shows in college as well as community theater. At Fairleigh Dickinson he was in Company (Larry), A Little Night Music (Carl-Magnus) and Avenue Q (Brian) and in Community theater he was in Beauty and the Beast (Beast) and Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), to name a few. He has received a BA in Musical Theater and Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a part of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honors Society for Theater. He would like to thank everyone involved and for allowing him to join this amazing group of talented individuals!


Creative Team

Richard Hackley (Author & Composer)

A graduate of Branford High School, Rich spent the afternoons his junior and senior years attending Education Center for the Arts in New Haven for music, with an emphasis on percussion.  He went on to study at Western Connecticut State University majoring in Music Education, ultimately changing paths to electrical engineering, which is his career today. Rich has remained active in music throughout the years, playing drums in multiple local bands.  This is his debut as a musical playwright, creating a script which pulls together many of the songs he has composed, capturing true emotions in life.

Curt Carbone (Audio & Video Producer/Studio Musician/Website Designer)

Curt is the owner of CMC Studios located in New Haven, CT and has been a much sought after multimedia producer and musician for over three decades. He has done countless productions for many individuals and businesses including professional authors, musicians, actors and more. He has helped actors secure major roles in Hollywood motion pictures, produced content for nationally released books and more. A completely self-taught individual, Curt has an intense ability to learn and master anything he puts his mind to. He has a great ear, plays guitar, bass, drums and keyboards and is often the only musician needed for entire productions!

Doreen Lynn (Music Director)

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Jordan Bailey (Choreographer)

Jordan Bailey is a former team USA Synchronized Skater turned choreographer, performing artist, coach, and activist. Graduating with degrees in International Studies and Theatre from Miami University, her personal projects often center around international and local social causes, mental health, and how different forms of expression can be used to educate, bring awareness, and possible change to the topic at hand. Along with independent and contracted projects, Jordan is currently the Director and Choreographer for American Ice Theater Company- NYC, dances for the Arsenal Movement Dance Project, and works for Figure Skating in Harlem as a show assistant and coach.


Cliff Cronan (Technical Specialist)

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Live Musicians

Peter Perrino (Bass Guitar/Vocals)

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Don Martindale (Guitars)

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