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Rose Valley Chorus & Orchestra

CAST LIST FOR Plain and Fancy

Synopsis    Production History

Stage Director - Robert Moore

Associate Stage Director - Bonnie Decktor

Music Director - Carol Freed

Assistant Music Director - Susan B. Guyer

Choreographer - Kate Wright

Assistant Choreographer - Peggy Long

Assistant Choreographer - Cathy Wakefield

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Production Staff

  • Bob Allen (Set Construction Chair) joined the chorus in 1981 for Ruddigore and happily sang his part for several seasons before flubbing a line; now he operates backstage. He has produced and/or stage-managed dozens of productions over the past 25 years. He continues to be amazed at how the efforts of so many talented people, working independently throughout the region, come together to produce such delightful productions.
  • Sonja Allen (Costumes) has appeared on stage and backstage with RVC&O since 1981. Sonja's on stage roles with RVC&O include Mame (MAME), Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!), Adelaide and Gen. Cartwright (Guys and Dolls) and Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man). Her roles with other local groups include the title role in Mame, Mother Superior (Nunsense), Claire and Truvy (Steel Magnolias), and Side by Side by Sondheim. She has appeared in commercials and had a role in "America's Most Wanted." Her MOST enjoyable activity is spending time with her grandchildren and teaching them by participation that "life is a banquet." One granddaughter-a loyal RVC&O audience member from age 1/1/2-is now living in Seattle and very involved in little theatre and school productions. It works-start them early. RVC&O is a family-oriented group and it's great to share it with husband Bob and many close and dear friends.
  • Alan Alvarez (Isaac Miller) has appeared in numerous RVC&O productions, most recently as Claude Upson, in MAME, Gaston in The Red Mill, the Heavenly Friend in Carousel, Lord Battersby in Me and My Girl, and Big Jule in Guys and Dolls. Previous major RVC&O roles were Gangster Number 2 in Kiss Me Kate, Marcellus in Music Man, Vernon Hines in Pajama Game, and Nathan Detroit in the 1984 Guys and Dolls. Alan appeared as a non-union featured background artist (extra) in the movie, Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg. He also played the role of Lenny, a bartender, in the independent film, Jack of Clubs.
  • Christopher Bennett (Community) is nineteen years old and has performed in multiple shows of The Nutcracker and The Lion King for the Media Dance Studio. He has danced for four years and is a dancer as well as a singer in this show.
  • Calvin Brackin (Papa Yoder) is pleased to be making his debut with RVOC, especially with Plain and Fancy. Thirty years ago, he was Moses Zook in Plain and Fancy at Three Baker's Dinner Theatre and has always said that "theatre is wonderful, because no matter how old you are, there is always a role for you". Here is living proof. Cal is a retired teacher from the West Chester Area School District where he taught creative and performing arts in their program for gifted and also choral music at Starkweather Elementary. He is currently on staff in OperaDelaware's education department, directs and performs locally, is vocal coach for the Delaware All State Theatre and has a private vocal studio in West Chester.
  • Jeanne Bruno (Ruth Winters) is a veteran performer of regional theater for many years. Beside the zany retro character of Ruth in Plain & Fancy, she has done Gilbert & Sullivan as the Duchess in Gondoliers and Pitty Sing in Mikado. At the other end of the spectrum she was Lalume in Kismet and Ado Annie in Oklahoma!. Other appearances were at Players Club of Swarthmore as Felia in Forum, Agness in I DO, I DO, and Rosalie in Carnival. In addition her credits include Irene Mulloy in Hello Dolly at Three Little Bakers. When not on stage, she has done costumes and choreography. The best reward is a well timed laugh and the applause at curtain call.
  • Emily Chressanthis (Miller Child) is eight years old and a third grader at Media Elementary School. This is her first musical production and she really enjoys being part of the cast.
  • Ken Clark (Set Construction Chair) was first listed under Costumes for Kiss Me, Kate in 1998. After lugging costumes, installing grommets, and posing occasionally as a "Male Model", he explored other avenues and proceeded through Stage Crew to Set Construction Crew to Set Construction Chair which he did for Patience, Carousel, H. M. S. Pinafore/Cox & Box, The Red Mill, The Pirates of Penzance, MAME, The Mikado, and The Merry Widow. He has also done bit parts on stage: a Policeman in Hello, Dolly!, a Suspicious Character in Guys and Dolls, and a Clergyman in The Red Mill.
  • Bruce Conley (Samuel Zook/President/Producer) was a Buck/Ghost in Ruddigore, Bogdanowitsch in The Merry Widow, Ralph Devine in MAME, a pirate in The Pirates of Penzance, Dirk in The Red Mill, and David Bascombe in Carousel. A chorus member since 1988, he has also enjoyed performing minor roles in many past shows such as: Brigadoon, The Yeomen of the Guard, Hello, Dolly!, and Die Fledermaus. As president of RVC&O, Bruce also wears many hats offstage, including producing this show. He especially thanks his wife, Rae, for her help and support and his aunt, Thelma Loving, for inspiring his musical interests.
  • Bonnie Decktor (Associate Stage Director), a long-time actor, director, makeup artist, and hair stylist, styled the wigs for Mikado and The Merry Widow last season. Her many credits with RVC&O include Associate Stage Director for MAME and Carousel. Her credits with groups throughout the region include: Resident hair and makeup person for the Delaware Children's Theatres, intern at the Mike Lemon Casting Agency, teacher in the Summer Drama Camp at the Original and New Candlelight Dinner Theatre, Delaware Children's Theatre, and Wilmington Drama League, and with the Young Peoples Theatre Workshop.
  • Sydney De Lapeyrouse (Hilda Miller) is thrilled to return to RVC&O after singing Ruth in Ruddigore last fall. A native of Washington, DC, she performed with the Washington Savoyards in Trial by Jury and Pirates of Penzance. She spent the summer in Italy, where she played the Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica with the Professional Advantage summer program. She received her Masters from Temple University where she sang in their productions of Les Contes d'Hoffmann and L'Enfant et les sortileges and was a frequent soloist with groups such as the Temple University Concert Choir and Temple University Contemporary Music Ensemble.
  • Josiah Donnell (Peter Reber) has often been confused as Amish because of his first name. So when the opportunity came along to actually act as an Amish, he jumped at the chance. You might remember Josiah from his recent performances as Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow. Elsewhere he performed as Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. When not acting as an Amish farmer, Josiah can be found moving large rocks for his company Artscapers or playing disc golf at one of the many beautiful courses in the area.
  • Edward Emmi (Dan King) last appeared with RVC&O as Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon. Most recently, he appeared as Captain Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the Wilmington Drama League. A veteran of well over 100 shows, mostly musicals, with groups throughout the tri-state area, favorite roles have included Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Cliff in Cabaret, Toby in Sweeney Todd, Fagin in Oliver!, Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Japheth in Two By Two, Marco in A View from the Bridge, Teen Angel in Grease, Barnaby in Hello Dolly!, Sam in The Old Boy, Saul in As Is, Magaldi in Evita, and both Perchik and Motel in various productions of Fiddler on the Roof, among many, many others. He has sung to benefit many organizations including the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Opera Delaware, The September 11th Fund, AIDSDelaware, the American Diabetes Association, and was featured as Max on the recording of Adeodata, an original musical event benefiting the Kennett Symphony Orchestra. When not on stage, Ed is an HR Generalist for Wilmington Trust Company, a cantor at six local Catholic churches, and a professional wedding and funeral soloist.
  • Carol Freed (Music Director/Conductor) started piano at the age of six and was music director first as a senior at Lower Merion High School. Since then she has been music director/conductor for many local theater groups. She joined RVC&O in 1977 as accompanist and became music director and conductor with The New Moon production in 1985. Her longevity with RVC&O has now earned her the distinction of Life Member. "What a privilege to lead such a wonderful and talented group of people, both actors and orchestra." Off the podium, she sells real estate with Weichert Realtors and does vocal coaching. "Thanks to my husband, Marvin, for supporting me, always."
  • Chase Fury (Community) is thirteen years old and a seventh grader at Paxon Hollow Middle School. He sings in the choir and can’t wait to start acting and singing in the High School shows.
  • Jacquelyn Gamble Community) is enjoying being in her first musical show and hopes to do more. Her previous stage experience was in her 8th grade production of Get Smart. Now a freshman at Unionville High School, she is in the Marching Band (Color Guard) and the "SHOC" program-a mentoring program to help 8th graders transition into high school. She is very interested in the science of genetics and wants to go to Penn State University to become a geneticist.
  • Joanna Price Gomez (Community) in her 3rd RVC&O show, is a senior at PALCS cyber school, studies dance and acting at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, and takes voice lessons. She has performed in dancing and singing choruses and acting roles with many community theatre and school groups. She holds the "title" for being the only student to perform in every production at PALCS CPFA in her H.S. career. She is in the Unionville HS Marching Band (Color Guard). In the fall, she will attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to major in communications with a concentration in theatre and dance
  • Sarah Gomez (Community) in 9th grade at Unionville High School, is a member of the Marching Band (Color Guard) and Concert Choir. This is her third show on our stage having been a Snow Child in Carousel and chorus member in MAME. She enjoys animals and wants to pursue a career in medicine.
  • Susan B. Guyer (Assistant Music Director/Community) was the assistant music director and pianist accompanist for The Mikado and The Merry Widow, for which she also danced as a Grisette. Elsewhere she has performed in Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Carousel (Aunt Nettie and Louise), Into the Woods (Lucinda), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Brigadoon. She was accompanist for Godspell, Yeomen of the Guard, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, was music director/accompanist for The Pirates of Penzance and music director for Trial by Jury. Classically trained in vocal performance at West Chester University, she has performed at Carnegie Hall with the MENC All-Eastern Honors Chorus and is music director for her church.
  • Nancy Gwinner Gomez (Emma Miller) previously performed with RVC&O in the roles of Madame Branislowski in MAME, Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly!, and Edith/Carmencita in Desert Song.  With other groups, some of her favorite roles include Addapearle in The Wiz and Bloody Mary in South Pacific, among others.  She also provides help on the makeup crew.  Nancy is actively involved with her children's school productions, doing props, costumes, and makeup.  She helps run the family excavating business and enjoys riding her horse, traveling, and down time.  She is happy to once again have two of her three children join her on stage!  Her son, on the stage crew, is also part of this show.
  • John Harris (Community) a senior at Unionville High School, has performed in the musicals: Annie, Malice in the Palace, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical 1, and Hello, Dolly!. He loves to sing, dance, and act. He enjoys music and has been playing the guitar for six years. He will attend Delaware County Community College next year to finish his training in the HVAC field. He is a devout Christian and believes in Jesus Christ.
  • Dottie Hespenheide (Set Painting) "This is my tenth year with RVC&O, and I'm continually impressed with the quality of our performances (and the scenery!!). I enjoy doing what I can to help with scenery construction and painting. I am now a great-grandma and really enjoying it."
  • Alfred & Eleanor Hurd (House Managers) are both lifetime members of RVC&O and enjoy the chance to do a wide variety of tasks on and offstage. Together they have performed on stage in 69 of the 87 shows in which they have participated. Their last show on stage was The Red Mill in 2006. The reason for not being on stage for many recent shows is that they are working to create a Performing Arts Complex (PAC) for the many community groups in Delaware County that lack their own space, including RVC&O. Once PAC is built, they will perform once more with RVC&O on that new stage.
  • Sharon Kope (Pianist/Keyboard), a member of RVC&O since 2003, has been a musician all her life. She studied at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, toured Europe with America's Youth in Concert, attended Princeton's Westminster Choir College, and graduated from Ohio's Wittenberg University with a bachelor's degree in church music. She is Director of Music for Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Aston and director and accompanist for the Sunshine Singers of Delaware County. Sharon is married to her wonderful husband, Bob, and has two terrific boys, Kevin and Tim. When not involved with music, she likes spending time with her family, doing crafts, and traveling around the country.
  • Andrea Kalan (Katie Yoder) is thrilled to return to the RVC&O stage. She has performed with many local theaters including Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center, Valley Forge Children's Theater, The Stagecrafters, Footlighters Theater, Narberth Community Theater, and Drexel Hill Players. Previous credits include: Side by Side by Sondheim (Woman 2), Carousel (Carrie), She Loves Me (Ilona), Chorus Line (Diana Morales), Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Mother), and Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo). Most recently, she could be seen performing on the Spirit of Philadelphia as a 2008 Season Entertainer. Andrea was a featured singer twice at the NJ Garden State Art Center's "Talent Expo Showcase of Stars" where she won in both pop vocalist and best duet catagories. She has three beautiful children- Ryan, Justin, and Ashley. When not taking care of her family, Andrea can be found at the gym or reading a novel. "Much love to my awesome husband, Andrew!"
  • Peggy Long (Assistant Choreographer) has enjoyed performing with RVC&O in many shows over the years, most recently having danced in and/or assisted with choreography for Carousel, Guys and Dolls, and Me and My Girl. She thanks everyone for being so wonderful to work with!
  • Joyce Malin (Properties) has been a member of the Rose Valley Chorus & Orchestra family since 1992. Being Properties chairperson gives her an excuse to roam all the yard sales, flea markets, and second hand shops she can. "Many thanks to Erma for all her help."
  • Janice Manley (Costumes) returned as costume chair for The Mikado in 1997 and has dressed most of our shows since. She first appeared on our stage in Brigadoon of 1961, where she met her husband, Bob, and together they have participated in RVC&O ever since-both are now lifetime members. She often plays the piano in the orchestra and for rehearsals and has served on the Executive Committee; Bob now plays violin in the RVC&O orchestra. She also has credits with Ardensingers and has coordinated costumes for OperaDelaware.
  • Erma McEwen (Properties) has assisted in props and stage crew for several years with RVC&O. She's happy to work with such a great crew and cast.
  • Jack McEwen (Community/Treasurer) was a Buck/Ghost in Ruddigore, Piet in The Red Mill, Liver-Lips Louie in Guys and Dolls, and Bob Barking in Me and My Girl. "This is my tenth season with RVC&O. It's always a great time."
  • Bill Michael (Set Designer, Jacob Miller) joined RVC&O in 1992 and has appeared in many of our productions, in the chorus and small roles. He met his wife, Kathy, during his first show with Rose Valley. Bill really appreciates the chance to perform with both children this time and help cultivate their love of the theater. He has worn many other hats over the years including serving on the Executive Board. Currently the RVC&O Web master, he has enjoyed designing the set for this show and working with the two Bobs.
  • Kathy Michael (Stage Manager) is pleased to be backstage with RVC&O again. A long time member, she has previously worked as lighting designer, house manager, and stage crew for many performances. Kathy joins her husband and children as they make this a true family theatrical event.
  • Maggie Michael (Yoder Child) This is Maggie's fourth show with Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra. She previously performed with her dad in MAME two years ago, Carousel four years ago, and The Yeomen of the Guard when she was three. She has also performed in her school plays at Nether Providence Elementary School and was recently seen in Bugsy Malone at Strath Haven Middle School. Maggie also loves to play soccer, dance, sing, read, play the violin and piano, and write her own stories.
  • Richie Michael (Daniel Miller) is performing in his first show ever and is excited to be on stage with his dad, Bill, and sister, Maggie. He's enjoyed helping to paint the set and learning the songs.
  • Charlotte Miller (Community) is thrilled to be doing her first show with Rose Valley Chorus. With the Ohev Shalom Players, she did Guys and Dolls, SRO, Pippin, and was Mrs. McAffee in Bye Bye Birdie. She produced and played Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and has done local operas. Presently she performs as a classical ceremonial wedding singer and teaches private voice lessons. When she isn't working on her own music, she helps her daugher with her dance studio, Salsa in the Suburbs.
  • Caity Moon (Community), was a Grisette and dancer in The Merry Widow and is a member of the Amish community as well as a dancer in Plain and Fancy. She has been singing since third grade and loves being in front of people and getting attention. While a student at Marple Newtown High School, she participated in the theater and choral programs for two and a half years. She is currently studying, and getting her associates degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Robert Moore (Stage Director) was Njegus in The Merry Widow last spring and directed MAME in 2007 and Carousel in 2005. His first RVC&O show was Guys and Dolls in 1974 which he then directed in 1984. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he holds an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and has done over 300 shows, performing everything from "Shakespeare to Sondheim"! With RVC&O, principal roles created include Mordred in Camelot, Jigger in Carousel, Jeff in Brigadoon, Benny in Desert Song; shows directed include Pirates, Pinafore, New Moon, Plain & Fancy, Vagabond King, My Fair Lady, and Pajama Game. Professionally, he has been involved in dinner theatre for over 30 years and worked with such notables as five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and movie actor Bruce Willis. One of his finest accomplishments, though, is the Swarthmore Young People's Theatre Workshop which he cofounded in 1978. He continues to be active as an instructor and director. In his "new life" after retiring from teaching, Bob works in artistic fields as a designer with Celebrations Design Group, Mike Lemon Casting (a film casting company in Philadelphia), and as a freelance actor and director. He just performed in Seussical at Players Club of Swarthmore and can be seen in the Disney film Annapolis with James Franco.
  • Edwin Nealley (Community) is happy to be doing his first production of Plain & Fancy with RVC&O. Ed has been a member of RVC&O for many years, most recently playing St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, and he has previously played leads in RVC&O productions of The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Me & My Girl, and The Fantasticks. He also performs regularly with The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County, Thespis, Etc., and he just finished playing Sir Despard in Ruddigore with The Ardensingers.
  • Kate Napper (Yoder Child) is a 9 1/2 year old third grade student at Garnet Valley Elementary School. This is Kate's second appearance on stage with RVC&O. She first was bitten by the acting bug in 2005 when she played the youngest Snow child in Carousel. Kate has alos played the role of the detective in her after-school drama club's production of The Case of Tiffany's Tiara. She is a member of the 3rd grade chorus and enjoys singing, dancing, skiing, math, and losing herself in a good book! Katte lives in Thornton with her tow brothers, one sister, and dog and cat.
  • Joy Pedrick (Community) has been involved with RVC&O (off and on) since the 70's. She is reprising her in solo in "You Can't Miss It" from the 1986 production of Plain and Fancy. She returned in 2006 for The Pirates of Penzance and was in Mikado and Ruddigore. She has started participating in the Music in the Schools program. She sang in the Ridley Community Chorus and the Swarthmore Choral. She enjoys sewing and candy making and with her family, camping and square dancing. Joy plays handbells at the Prospect United Methodist and the Ridley Park Presbyterian Church and she works as an RN at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.
  • Kyle Pedrick (Community) was in Pirates of Penzance in 2006 and helped on stage crew for Ruddigore. He is in the 9th grade at Interboro H.S where he played Yertle the Turtle in Seusical the Musical. He plays trombone in the concert band and the jazz band and sousaphone in the marching band. He sings in the chorus and the select choir and does some of the piano accompaniment. He plays handbells at PUMC and RP Pres. He can play organ and has substituted at PUMC. He has been in GYPPAC since the 2nd grade and last year he played the Lion in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Lee Pedrick (Community) wanted to stay hidden back stage working with the stage crew but Bob and Joy talked him into coming on stage for the men's numbers to help with singing in addition to stage crew. (Joy also told him he could grow his beard). He was on stage crew for Ruddigore and performed on stage in Pirates. He sang in the Ridley Community Chorus and plays handbells at PUMC. Lee has his own landscaping business and works as a crossing guard. He is involved in directing for GYPPAC (Glenolden Young Peoples Performing Arts Club). P.S. from Joy: the beard goes when the show is over.
  • Diane Runkel (Community) is thrilled to be performing in her sixth consecutive RVC&O show. She loves the music, treasures the friendships, finds the matter of all the memorization a challenge, and especially appreciates her husband. He is responsible for encouraging her into this in the first place and she apologizes for the weeks of torture she puts him through in the process of learning a new show! Thanks Bill!
  • Sally Sapega (Community) is so happy to be part of another RVC&O production! What keeps her coming back is the fun and wonderful comradery among cast members. Sally has also appeared in shows with Footlighters Theatre and Thespis, Etc. and sings with Schola Cantorum. When not on stage or working in the city, Sally can be found in Morton, enjoying the good life with John.
  • Maddie Smith (Miller Child) is excited to be back for her second RVCO production. Maddie appeared in RVCO's production of Carousel and has also performed locally in Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music. Maddie is twelve years old and enjoys singing, dancing, playing the piano and clarinet. She also enjoys spending time with her brother Connor and her dog Callie.
  • Chris Verduin (Community) has participated in many choirs and musical groups in the past. With RVC&O, she was in Carousel and Mikado and sings in the presentation of The Pirates of Penzance for Music in the Schools.
  • Dave Verduin (Policeman/Vice President) debuted on the RVC&O stage as Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, was the magician in Carousel, and the Doorman in MAME. He is no stranger to the stage having performed as a clown both nationally and internationally. Offstage, Dave is an interpreter, children's ministry director, and president of the Riverside, NJ Coalition of Business Owners and Landlords. He also teaches English as a second language. In RVC&O's Music in the Schools Pirates of Penzance he is a pirate and was "the king who wanted to sing" in Cinderella at Footlighters Theater.
  • Cathy Wakefield (Assistant Choreographer/Board member) is always thrilled to be singing and dancing with RVC&O! She has performed with the group since the 1981 production of Die Fledermaus. Favorite shows include Guys and Dolls (1984 and 2004), Plain and Fancy (1986-onstage with her daughter, Kerri), MAME (2007-as Cousin Fan), and Pirates of Penzance, her favorite G&S. "Thanks to my wonderful family and friends for their love and support of my exciting hobby!"
  • Jennifer Williams (Community/Board member) is "loving every minute of working with such a tremendously talented cast." Miss Williams joined RVC&O in 2002, has performed in many productions since then, and now serves on the Board. She has also performed with The Savoy Company of Philadelphia and Thespis, Etc. in Media. She would like to thank her mom and dad for their love and support.
  • Kate Wright (Choreographer) was Sally Cato in MAME. Elsewhere, she was last seen in the role of Grace Farrell in the Delaware Children's Theatre Adult Wing's production of Annie. In her "spare" time, Kate is an attorney. She would like to thank Bonnie and Bob. She would also like to thank her family, especially Davis, for being supportive and for being willing to share her with RVC&O. "Enjoy the show!"
  • Dave Zaffarano (Ezra Reber) was Pritschitsch in The Merry Widow last spring, sang in the chorus for Ruddigore and Mikado, was Gregor in MAME, and a pirate in Pirates of Penzance. He is also a pirate in Pirates of Penzance with RVC&O's Music in the Schools program. He sings in church as a choir member and soloist. He also sings with Schola Cantorum and the Blue and Gray Voices (the St. James alumni choir). "Thanks to the very talented RVC&O company who let me hang around show after show and also to Julie, my inspiration."
  • Julie Zaffarano (Rachel/Secretary) enjoys flirting with her husband, Dave, on stage in their third RVC&O season. She was last seen in Ruddigore and as Praskowia in The Merry Widow where she flirted, unsuccessfully, with everyone else. She currently performs with Schola Cantorum, and is involved with her church as a choir member, soloist, assistant director of the CCD music program, and previously as music director for several school musicals. In her spare time, she is employed by the Defense Department as a Project Integrator. "Thank you RVC&O for the opportunity to work with so many talented people!"
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