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Faith Beaty (Cinnamon, Gull, Lovely Assistant) has lived in the Manayunk area all her life. She loves to perform and engage in the arts in almost every way.



Dominic Borror (Psi, Horse, Harvester, Mouse helper) is in 3rd grade at Thomas Mifflin elementary where he excelled in his performance as Rooster in the school production of Annie. He immediately caught the acting bug and hopes to have a bright future in show business. 


Victor Borror (Omega, Harvester, Mouse helper) is making his theatrical debut as Omega in Battle of the Aesops. He is an energetic and creative 2nd grader at Thomas Mifflin elementary school in East Falls with a unique sense of humor and artistic passion. He hopes this dramatic role is the first of many to come. 

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Avery Ellis (Delta, Mouse) is 9 years old and has a strong passion for the arts. She has performed in many roles with The Philadelphia Ballet, most notable in their winter production of The Nutcracker. She also starred in last year’s production of The Day the Rainbow Broke Up


Robbie Goldstein (Narrator) is an educator and artist, is thrilled to return to Venice for his 2nd show ever! When not in the classroom, he is teaching cooking to kids. Follow him and his two cats on YouTube @ Mr. Robbie's Neighborhood for more!


Atira Hepworth (Tiger, Cow, Raccoon, Harvester) works as a Supports Coordinator at Quality Progressions,  where helping others is a passion! She can also be found creeping around Lincoln Mill Haunted House throughout the year.


Kylie Kiker (Beta, Pomegranate, Mouse) is eleven years old, & attends Greenwoods Charter School. She began her theatre journey this year, first, joining the GWCS Choir and later decided to take a leap and audition for her first play the Battle of the Aesops! She is loving every second of it. Kylie plays Rec League & Travel Softball. When she has free time, she enjoys listening to her favorite, Taylor Swift, on her record player and also hanging with her family, especially her cousins. In the summer you can find Kylie at McDevitt Summer Camp, the Poconos or the Shore. Her love for animals, especially her pets, Fuzzberry, Lacy, Xena and Mittens is unmatched! She is a Wissahickon Chicken & she’s proud of it.


Anna King (Tau, Rose, Mouse helper) is 10 years old. She goes to Julia R. Masterman School.  In her free time she likes to paint and play Roblox.  


Violet Kline (Cedar, Toucan, Mouse helper) is a 6th-grade student at Green Woods Charter School. New to acting, her first role was in a three-day production at the OAP 2023 Children’s Arts Program.


Javier Koller (Rho, Sly Fox, Harvester, Mouse helper) is a 3rd grader making his acting debut. His other activities include soccer and baseball.  While only his first formal acting experience, the new friends and fits of giggles may have garnered Venice Island Theater an actor for life.

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Aiden Leon (Chi, Harvester, Mouse helper) is very excited to play Chi. He is a busy 4th grader, who always is drawing, singing and creating. While this isn’t Aiden’s acting debut, it is definitely one production closer to his Disney dreams. 

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Jack Madden-Dawson (Rooster, Harvester, Crocodile, Mouse) After Jack's first time on stage last year at Venice Island, he caught the acting bug. He is excited to return to the stage again this year. When he isn’t rehearsing his lines, he is attending circus school, riding his bike, jumping on his trampoline, or drawing. He is is in 2nd grade at Thomas Mifflin school in East Falls. 


Olivia Lewandowski (Fern, Monkey, Mouse, Crab) is a 5th grader at Thomas Mifflin School. She likes to do gymnastics.  She is was Orange last year in The Day The Rainbow Broke Up


Matthew Loughead (Hibiscus, Monkey, Mouse helper) is excited to be making his stage debut in Battle of the Aesops. Matthew is a first grader at CW Henry in Mt Airy. When not performing, he enjoys video games, especially Mario, being silly, and playing with his friends. 

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Ruthie Sarnowski (Iota, Pig, Harvester, Zebra, Mouse helper)is Ruthie’s second stage production and she is thrilled to be in The Battle of the Aesops. This past November, Ruthie performed in Oliver as a member of Fagin's Gang.  In addition to performing, Ruthie enjoys softball, chess, and animals. She’s a fourth grade student at Dobson Elementary and lives at home with her mom, dad, little brother, dog, and cat.

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Charlene Schaick (Sunflower, Badger, Mouse helper) is a 2nd Grade student at Cook Wissahickon, she loves to draw sing and dance.  She loves to write stories as well


Shannon Terek (Sheep, Harvester, Opossum, Gull)

Shannon is excited to perform in another show at VIPAC! She was the Queen Bee and various other characters in The Day The Rainbow Broke Up last year. Outside of acting Shannon is a genetic counselor and enjoys reading with her two cats, Morty and Eevee.


Theo Westfall (Fern, Monkey, Mouse helper) age 7, is a first grader at Woodlynde School. Theo enjoyed participating in a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk with Curio Theater. When he’s not acting in or watching plays, Theo loves reading, making comics and eating!

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Sarah Wilson (Alpha, Fern) A first-time performer at Venice Arts and current IB Junior at her high school, Sarah is a kind and attentive actress who is open to new roles and opportunities. Wish her luck as this is her first show! 

Dena Daniel (Director and Writer) has been active in community theater for most of her life, performing, directing, producing, and helping out wherever needed backstage. After moving to Manayunk three years ago, Dena was fortunate enough to connect with Kelly Orenshaw of Venice Island PAC, where she directed a production of the children’s show The Day the Rainbow Broke Up, by Casey Bell, last year. It was such a delightful success that they decided to do another one. Dena appreciates the opportunity to direct a play that she also wrote. She is grateful for the support that Kelly and VIPAC have invested in the project and for their faith in her. Dena humbly thanks her cast and their families for their hard work, cooperative spirit, and commitment to bringing the show to life. There may be only one Great Aesop, but you are ALL stars. Petals up!

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