The Cast

The Cast of The Menopausal Mermaid

Ariel

Blake Siskavich fell in love with musical theater in 7th grade when he was cast in the ensemble and as an understudy for Annie. That kicked off a lifelong love of the stage and show tunes. He is an active performer in regional/professional theater. Some of his favorite roles include, Mary Sunshine, Chicago, (GLMT, Lowell, MA: NCP, Newton, MA), Sky Masterson, Guys and Dolls, (Cornell Savoyards, Ithaca, NY: Muller Chapel Theater Group, Ithaca, NY), Joseph Hewes, 1776, (Lyric Stage, Boston), and the premiere of Tide Taken Productions Musical Things That Matter (Newburyport, MA). He is an active member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. He has previously been a member of the NYS Baroque Ensemble (Syracuse, NY), Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (Ithaca, NY) and a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He has been a music and early childhood educator since 2000. He teaches elementary music, middle school musical theater and is music curriculum lead teacher in a metrowest area district. He serves on the BSO Educators Advisory Council and is a contributing author to Activate Magazine, a national education resource magazine for music lessons and activities. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from American International College (Springfield, MA), and a Masters of Education in Organizational Management from Endicott College (Beverly, MA). He would like to thank everyone for their support especially his friends and of course, MI. A huge thank you to Michael for the opportunity to originate this role and work with BitterBitch Productions.
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Eric, Sailor, Merman, Dancer

Joshua Rubenstein is a junior year theatre arts major at Brandeis University. Most recently Josh  starred in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Hackmatack Playhouse. Other credits include Annie Get Your Gun (Stage 284), Aladdin: TYA U.S. National Tour, The Wizard Of Oz: TYA U.S. National Tour (Hampstead Stage Co.), The Rocky Horror Show (Rialto Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Playmakers Repertory Co.), Julius Caesar (Hold Thy Peace @ Brandeis University), Big Love, Shoes On, Shoes Off (Brandeis Department of Theatre Arts).

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Ursula, Sailor, Merman, Dancer

Paxton Crystal is a recent graduate from Tufts University, majoring in both Drama and Economics. His recent Boston theatre credits include The Student in The Ghost Sonata (Fort Point Theatre Channel), Mark in Sections (Furnace Fringe Festival), and Move Your Face (Boston Theatre Company). University credits include Deramo in The King Stag, TB/Malthus/Farish in From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story, and Orin in Little Shop of Horrors. He has also appeared in the TUTV web series’ Legend as Percy and in Wave Jacked as The Shroud.

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Narrator, Lead Dancer, Choreographer, Sailor, Merman

Brian Washburn, born in Providence, RI, started dance at the age of 7. Self-taught in breaking, popping, and robotics. In 2015 he moved to Charlotte, NC. There he enrolled into Northwest School of the Arts where he began training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. Following his graduation he returned to the Northeast where he became a teaching assistant at Tony Williams dance center. The following year he began teaching his own classes at both TWDC and Urbanity dance as well as teaching in Boston public schools through community outreach programs. Now a resident of Boston, Brian has danced with Urbanity Dance Company, Jo-me dance company and Tony WIlliams Ballet. Currently Brian teaches at dance studios in Jamaica Plain, and Lowell while dancing with Street Hype and Contemporarily Out of Order as well as performing as a solo artist in and around the Boston area.

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Playwright & Director

Michael Gaucher received an MA in writing from Emerson College. He is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Fresh Graves, several blogs including Ptown True Review, Behind Bars in Ptown, and Let Them Eat Cake, and has been a contributing writer to multiple periodicals including Boston Spirit. He was a principle writer and performer in the drag cabaret comedy troupe Fresh Fruit and initiated Herring Cove Beach Theater along with Abe Rybeck from The Theater Offensive. He currently splits his time between Dorchester and Provincetown.

Special thanks go to

Todd Paul for costumes and set pieces

Rodney Vanderwarker for costumes

Walther Hildner for costumes

Kitty Spanks for dressing the cast

Sayre Grodetsky for front of house support

Vartan Aghababian for musical direction

Duval Rodriguez for promotional videography

Perri Mertens for web design

Rich Kendall for materials design

Thomas Thompson for logo design