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Jenna Mazzoli


Jenna Mazzoli plays the part of Lynette “Squeaky” Fromm in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins for the Alliance Youth Theatre. Fromm tried to assassinate Gerald Ford after falling under Charles Manson’s spell, and Mazzoli delivers a chillingly convincing description filled with desperation and naivete’ of how she met Manson one day while sitting on a beach in Venice. “I’d just had a big fight with my daddy about, I don’t know, my eye make-up or the bombing of Cambodia. He said I was a drug addict and a whore— and I should get out of his house forever. I went down to the beach and sat down on the sand and cried. I felt like I was disappearing. Like the whole world was dividing into two parts. Me, and everybody else. And then this guy came down the beach, this dirty-looking little elf. He stopped in front of me and smiled this twinkly devil smile and said, ‘Your daddy kicked you out.’ He knew! ‘Your daddy kicked you out!’ How could he know? My daddy didn’t tell him, so who could’ve? God. God sent this dirty-looking little elf to save a little girl lost on a beach. He smiled again and touched my hair and off he went. And for a minute I just watched him go. Then I ran and caught his hand, and until they arrested him for stabbing Sharon Tate, I never let it go.”

Jenna was previously seen as Rapunzel in Belle Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Bebe Benzenheimer in A Chorus Line, Marty (one of the Pink Ladies) in Grease for Fort Myers Theatre and the title role in Little Mermaid, Jr. for Fort Myers High School. Jenna also starred in Stephen Hooper’s short film (directed and shot by Gerrie Benzing) for the 2021 Lab Theatre 24-Hour Screenwriting Challenge, a piece called Boxed In about two roommates who share more than just a space.

June 21, 2022; revised June 7, 2022.

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