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The Giver - Cast

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Main Stage performances are at the New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts

Performances are typically 2 hours long.

Showtimes: Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:30 PM


The Giver

by Eric Coble, based on the book by Lois Lowry
May 13, 2016 - May 22, 2016





Zanna Fredland (Mother) is thrilled to be making her Prime Stage debut. Favorite roles include Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate, Clelia Waldgrave in The Nerd, Maxene Andrews in Sisters of Swing, and Judy Garland in an original one-woman show.  Zanna has been a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and is an original member of Seraphic Singers. She has appeared with Pittsburgh Public Theater, No Name Players, Throughline Theatre, Front Porch Theatricals, Arizona Broadway Theater, and Texas Family Musicals. A Pittsburgh native, Zanna is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Naomi Grodin (Chief Elder) is thrilled to finally be working with Melissa and excited to be performing with Prime Stage for the first time.  Naomi is both an actor and director, having directed for the New Works Festival for the past eight years.  Naomi was last seen performing for sold out crowds in Brighton Beach Memoirs at Little Lake Theater.  She has worked with many theater companies in Pittsburgh including The Summer Company, 12 Peers, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Unseamed Shakespeare, Open Stage Theater, Little Lake Theatre, McKeesport Theatre, South Park Theatre and The Baldwin Players.  Ask her about her alter ego Magda who is an amazing Palmist.

Ken Lutz (The Giver) Ken is a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools music teacher. Active in both theatre and music, Ken plays clarinet in the East Winds Symphonic Band and the Edgewood Symphony. Acting roles include George Spelvin in The Actor’s Nightmare with Proudly Presents Productions, Weller in Grand Dream Productions’ The Gin Game, Charles Thomson in 1776 with Artscape, Dr. Dorn in Wooden Rocket's The Seagull, Pastor James in The Gospel Singer with Pittsburgh Lab Project, David Kahn in Social Security and Bill in Making God Laugh with South Park Theatre. He has appeared in twelve productions with Prime Stage, most recently The Crucible.

Gina Preciado (Larissa) Gina is very pleased to be working with Prime Stage for the first time! 1990 is when she began acting, doing comedy improv and met her husband, Frank. The New Group Theater gave her several wonderful opportunities for acting. Flying Pig Theater's Reality Optional gave her a chance to do improv. Since then she's done several shows with The Summer Company, Carlow College, Theatresports, and The Gemini Children's Theater among others. Gina has been a member of The "Amish Monkeys" Comedy Troupe for 17 years and loves it! This performance is dedicated to her good friend and director, Cheryl Young.

Micah Primack (Asher) of Squirrel Hill is a sixth grader at Colfax Middle School.  Micah has been exploring his interest in acting, musical theater, comedy improvisation and chorus for two years. His professional credits include being in the Children’s Ensemble of the CLO’s 2015 production of Mary Poppins.  Micah is thrilled to play Asher in The Giver because the role calls for throwing food, keeping his hair tousled, and hanging out with Will Sendera (Jonas) which are all things that he enjoys!

Sadie Primack (Lily) of Squirrel Hill is a third grader at Colfax Elementary School.  She has been taking acting, dance, musical theater, and piano lessons for two years. Sadie’s professional credits include playing Rita in the book trailer for The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler.  The book trailer can currently be seen on  She also played Jojo in Seussical at the CLO summer academy.

Will Sendera (Jonas) is thrilled to be returning to Prime Stage after playing Tobias in last year's production of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.  Other Pittsburgh stage credits include Oliver in Oliver Twist at PICT, Newsboy in Gypsy, in the Ensemble of Mary Poppins at Pittsburgh CLO and Honk in Honk Jr at CLO Academy. Previous Austin Texas credits include Young Tommy in The Who's Tommy, JoJo in Seussical Jr, Pinocchio in Pinocchio, Schwartz in A Christmas Story, Gavroche in Les Miserables, and Ensemble in Ragtime all at the ZACH Theatre as well as Frank Jr. in Merrily We Roll Along at St. Edward's University. Will also originated the role of Bobby Jr. in a workshop of ZM, a new musical by Kotis/Hollmann the team that created Urinetown. Will is in 6th grade at Pittsburgh CAPA and is a student at Pittsburgh CLO Academy.

Grace Vensel (Fiona) is very excited to return to Prime Stage for this production of The Giver.   Grace was last seen at Prime Stage as Betty Parris in The Crucible and she most recently appeared as Fern Arable in Charlotte's Web at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, WV.  For the Pittsburgh CLO, she played Cratchit Child/Want in A Musical Christmas Carol and the Balloon Girl in Gypsy. Some of her favorite roles include Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music with the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Professional Company, Little Red Riding Hood in The Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel with the Greensburg Civic Theater, and City Father in The Wizard of Oz with the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Student Company.  Grace is finishing her fourth year of study at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and is excited to be starting 6th grade at CAPA in the fall of 2016.  Grace would like to thank her teachers, friends and family for always supporting her in doing what she loves.

Ricardo Vila-Roger (Father) is excited to be in his first Prime Stage production. He is a Teaching Artist at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts. Pitt productions include Guido in Nine, the Director of Water by the Spoonful, Wesley in Curse of the Starving Class, and Kevin in In The Heights. Recent Productions are Fixing King John for No Name Players), OjO  with Bricolage, and The Other Place  for Off the Wall. His next production is Peribáñez for Quantum.