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Ragtime 2002

The Cast (In order of appearance)

The Little Boy - Jimmy Dieffenbach*
Father  - Joseph Dellger*
Mother - Ann Van Cleave*
Mother's Younger Brother - Perry Ojeda*
Grandfather  - Dick Deceareau*
Coalhouse Walker Jr. - Alan H. Green*
Sarah - Nikki Renée Daniels*
Booker T Washington - Justin Lee Miller*
Tateh - Joel Briel*
The Little Girl - Carolina Konopka*
Harry Houdini  - Dann Fink*
J.P. Morgan  - Jeff Cyronik*
Henry Ford - Roger DeWitt*
Emma Goldman - Tracey Moore*
Evelyn Nesbit - Shannon Hastings
Stanford White - Craig Davenport
Harry K. Thaw - Chad Hudson*
Admiral Peary - Craig Davenport
Matthew Henson - Paul David Bryant*
Judge - Jeff Cyronik*
Kathleen - Edwardyne Cowan*
Policemen - Craig Davenport, Roger DeWitt*
Doctor - Chad Hudson*
Child Buyer - Roger DeWitt*
Sarah's Friend - Debra Thaïs Evans
Trolley Conductor - Jeff Cyronik*
Willie Conklin - Craig Davenport
Fireman - Stephen Brockway, Dann Fink*, Chad Hudson*
Brigit - Kathy Calahan*
Train Conductor - Dann Fink*
Bureaucrats- Stephen Brockway, Kathy Calahan*, Edwardyne Cowan*, Antoinette DiPietropolo
Black Lawyer - Edward M. Barker*
Reporters - Stephen Brockway, Jeff Cyronik*, Dick Deceareau*, Chad Hudson*
Welfare Official - Edwardyne Cowan*
Baron's Assistant - Edwardyne Cowan*
Charles S. Whitman - Roger DeWitt*
Pas de Deux - LaToya D. Brown*, Paul David Bryant*
Little Coalhouse - TBA
Jurors - Edward M. Barker*, LaToya D. Brown*, Paul David Bryant*, Dick Deceareau*, Roger DeWitt*, Dann Fink*, Chad Hudson*, Todd L. Underwood
Ensemble - Edward M. Barker*, Stephen Brockway, LaToya D. Brown*, Paul David Bryant*, Kathy Calahan*, Dioni Michelle Collins*, Edwardyne Cowan*, Jeff Cyronik*, Craig Davenport, Dick Deceareau*,  Roger DeWitt*, Antoinette DiPietropolo, Debra Thaïs Evans, Dann Fink*, Samantha Goober , Shannon Hastings, Chad Hudson*, Janice Lorraine*, Justin Lee Miller, Tracey Moore*, Eric Murray, Todd L. Underwood, Richard E. Waits*

Coalhouse Understudy - Richard E. Waits
Dance Captain- Antoinette DiPietropolo
Costume Coordinator - Jay Woods
Assistant Stage Manager - Laurie Silipigno*
Assistant Musical Director/ Rehearsal Pianist - Andrew Byrne

* Members of Actors Equity

Scenic Designer DEX EDWARDS           
Lighting Designer  JACK MEHLER        
Wig Designer GERARD KELLY
Fight Choreography  RICHARD HEDDERMAN               
Orchestra Reduction DAVID WOLFSON & STEVE COHEN
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE                      
Original Costumes Designed by SANTO LOQUASTO
Production Stage Manager JOE DEMPSEY            
Casting BARRY MOSS CASTING, LTD.
Music Director MARK McLAREN
Choreographer CANDACE JENNINGS
Director  STAFFORD ARIMA


WHO'S WHO IN THE CAST

Alan H. Green (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:  Alan recently finished the workshop of Fangs (dir. Diane Paulus - Donkey Show). Prior to that he was a finalist on Ed McMahon's Next Big Star. Last summer he performed at the Bay Street Theatre in Hair (Hud).  Alan was seen in the first national tour of Swing! starring opposite Ann Crumb. Broadway: Play On (Duke, Sweets, Rev.) National Tours: Smokey Joes Café (Adrian); Miss Saigon (John) Regional Credits: The Outcast (Houston Grand Opera), 101 Dalmatians, (Radio City). Workshops: Carmen Jones (Lincoln Center - dir. Gerald Guiterrez); King (1997 Presidential Election dir. George Faison), The Human Comedy (NY City Center). Film/TV: Moment of Truth, Guiding Light, All My Children, As The World Turns, Winning Walk Ministries. Alan is thrilled to be making his first appearance at the NSMT.

Ann Van Cleave (Mother) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:  Ann's Broadway credits include: Cyrano, Showboat, Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate and A Class Act. Ann also toured the U.S. and Canada in the national tour of Showboat as Ellie! She was also featured in the pre- Broadway original workshops of A Christmas Carol, Footloose, and Big. Ann has been a featured soloist with the Dayton and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and has starred in numerous roles in theaters across the country. Ann and husband Carroll have two sons together, Connor - 7 and Taylor -2. For you Mom and Dad, with love and thanks.

Joel Briel (Tateh) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: A veteran of the B'way cast of Cats, Joel has performed off-B'way in That's Life! , off-off-B'way in Bearded Iris,  and on the NY cabaret scene with his original shows Pointe of No Return, On a Clear Day You Can Hear the 60's, and Golden Age of the Silver Screen.  Other credits include Merrily We Roll Along (w/ Stephen Sondheim); Fiddler on the Roof (w/ Theodore Bikel); title roles in Sunday in the Park with George, Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin; lead characters in Evita, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady,  Mystery of Edwin Drood,  A Funny Thing.... Forum, The Lion in Winter and Noises Off. Many thanks to NSMT for the opportunity to tell this wonderful story- my immigrant grandparents are smiling from above.

Nikki Renée Daniels (Sarah) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Nikki recently made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess.  Broadway: Aida (Nehebka).  Regional: Annie (Star-to-Be) at the St. Louis MUNY and Kansas City Starlight.  She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  Recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (B.F.A. Musical Theatre).  This one's for Mom and Dad.

Joseph Dellger (Father) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Joseph has performed this role on Broadway, as well as in Chicago. Recently, he was played Officer Hanke in the new musical The Visit, with Chita Rivera.  Mr. Dellger also played Monsieur Andre in The Phantom of The Opera in San Francisco, where he frequently had the opportunity to perform the role of the Phantom. He was the Padre in Goodspeed's 25th anniversary production of Man Of La Mancha.  Other credits include Footloose (Reverend Shaw), Merrily We Roll Along (Franklin Shepard) and 110° in the Shade (Noah).  In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and hiking.

Perry Ojeda (Younger Brother) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Broadway credits include le On the Town, Blood Brothers and Babes in Arms (ENCORES!) Perry originated the role of Marco in Dolly West's Kitchen at The National Theatre of Ireland and in London's West End. He has worked at Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, GeVa Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis MUNY and York Theater among others. Television credits include All My Children, Guiding Light and The Day Lincoln Was Shot. Perry is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theater Program and Interlochen Arts Academy. Upcoming roles include Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik)at Pittsburgh CLO and the premiere of Nora Ephron's play Imaginary Friends.

Jimmy Dieffenbach (Little Boy) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Jimmy is thrilled to join the cast of Ragtime.  His credits include Oliver! (Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center), The King and 1, The Velveteen Rabbit, and High Flying Flag. A fifth grader from Pleasantville, N.Y., Jimmy has sung with the Westchester All-County Elementary Chorus, the Westchester Boys Choir and is a member of his church choir. He is active in many sports and plays the piano and the saxophone in his school band. Thanks to Nancy Carson, Amelia DeMayo, and all of his family, friends and teacher for their support. Jimmy would like to dedicate his performance to his brother Mathew, and sisters; Rosie, Megan, and Emily.

Carolina Konopka (Little Girl) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Carolina, born in Rome, Italy 8 years ago, began modeling at the age of 4.  Her credits include Vogue Bambini, United Colors of Benetton and plays at the AMDA school. A 3rd grader at P.S 87 in N.Y.C, she speaks 3 languages: English, Italian, and Spanish. Thanks to her vocal teachers Rona Leslie and Albin Konopka (my silly Daddy) and a special thanks to my mamma (Omella), who is always with me. Love to my ‘Nonno' and ‘Abuelita'.

Jeff Cyronik (J.P. Morgan, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Jeff is thrilled to be a part of the Regional Premiere of Ragtime at NSMT, having performed the role in the National Tour. Other credits include Harold Prince's Showboat, both the national tour, with Cloris Leachman and Len Cariou, and in London with George Grizzard. Regional credits include in Chess (Motokov), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), La Cage Aux Folles (Georges) and Hamlet (Claudius). He dedicates his performance to his grandparents who immigrated through Ellis Island from Poland and Bohemia.

Roger DeWitt (Henry Ford, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: most recently originated the role of Leonardo Davinci in the world premier production and cast album of 3hree directed by Harold Prince.  Prior to that he spent nearly six years on the road with Phantom of the Opera (Andre) and Jekyll and Hyde (Bishop).  His film and TV credits include The Jetsons, The Snorks, Law and Order, Glory, Heidi's Song etc...  Roger is also a Life Coach -www.LifeArtistryCoaching.com and www.rogerdewitt.com.  Roger hails from a performing family his mother was the original and only Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone for 40 years.  This one is for Brad and Buddy!!

Dann Fink (Houdini, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Film/TV: Ice Age; Sex and the City; Unsolved Mysteries; Labor Pains; Pulp Comics w/ Caroline Rhea; Cinematherapy; Wrestling With Alligators (Sundance); Mighty Aphrodite   B'way:  Les Miserables;  Regional: Morningstar,  and Company, Missouri Rep; Falsettos, Pittsburgh Public; Company, Huntington Theatre; In the Beginning, Maine State;  Accomplice, Stagewest;  Mating Habits of the Urban Mammal; The Groundlings, Los Angeles.; Days Of Our Lives; One Life to Live.

Shannon Hastings (Evelyn Nesbit, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Shannon has just returned from the national tour of Ragtime where she played Evelyn Nesbit.  Other tour highlights include Grease! (Sandy), starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, Cinderella, Jekyll and Hyde and Kiss Me Kate. Television highlights include All My Children, Entertainment Tonight and The Conan O'Brien Show.  Shannon was honored to represent New Hampshire in the Miss America Pageant. Lots of love and thanks to Mim, Dad and Jeff!

Justin Lee Miller (Booker T. Washington, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: The Student Prince ELSEWHERE: Justin is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan's Musical Theatre Department.  Roles there include Jake in Side Show and The Poet in Kismet.  Professional credits include El Gallo in The Fantastiks at the Fredonia Opera House and Ed Bishop in Floyd Collins at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont.  Recently Justin performed in the national tour of Strike Up The Band directed by Martin Charnin.

Tracey Moore (Emma Goldman, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Tracey performed the role of Emma Goldman with the National Tour of Ragtime. She also toured nationally in Camelot, with Richard Harris, and originated the role of Mary Magdalene in the pre-Broadway company of Kevorkian Café. Off- Broadway she appeared in Señor Discretion and I Will Come Back. Next month she goes to the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma to play Mama Rose in Gypsy. Tracey has her own CD on the Original Cast Records label that features new musical theatre songs. Thanks to Stafford, David, and NSMT.

Edward M. Barker (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Last fall Edward appeared in A Christmas Carol and Floyd Collins, both at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other credits include A New Brain at Portland Center Stage, Jesus Christ Superstar at Saint Michael's Playhouse in Vermont, and three seasons with Weathervane Repertory Theatre in New Hampshire. He is no stranger to the Massachusetts area, having played Fred in the 1997 tour of Nebraska Theatre Caravan's, A Christmas Carol at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford.

Stephen Brockway (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Originally from Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Stephen's credits include Doody in Grease (National Tour), Tony in West Side Story, and the title roles in Sunday in the Park with George and Pippin.  Film: A Beautiful Mind.  Stephen has a BM in Musical Theatre from Baldwin Wallace and Conservatory of Music.  Thanks to God for His many blessings.

LaToya D. Brown (Ensemble, Pas de Deux) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:  LaToya has appeared in the National Tour of Ragtime. Other credits include Rugrats (national tour), I Didn't Know That at Syracuse Stage, No Strings, The Good Times Are Killing Me and A Chorus Line. TV & Film credits include Vibe, Take a Moment (choreographer, featured dancer), Sex in the City and Guiding Light.  LaToya is thrilled to be performing in her "favorite show" and sends her love to her family, her sweetheart Ben and her dog, Brogan!

Paul David Bryant (Ensemble, Pas de Deux) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Paul is very excited about making his NSMT debut in one of his favorite shows, Ragtime, in which he toured the US and parts of Canada for three and a half years.  An east coast actor gone west, Paul now resides in southern California. Paul has played roles from Paul Robeson in Paul Robeson Willie the cook (in which Joshua Logan, himself, wrote the part in just for Paul) in Mr. Roberts staring Martin Sheen, Smokey Joe's cafe with Jennifer Holliday in Hawaii, and many more. Grateful to be working in this business, Paul say's "Without him nothing is possible. With him all things are."

Kathy Calahan (Bridgit, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: This is Kathy's second production of Ragtime, having completed the last national tour.  Favorite regional credits: Maggie in A Chorus Line, Gloria in Damn Yankees, Susan in Finian's Rainbow, Virginia in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Sister Leo in Nunsense.  She originated the role of Kathy in the Irving Berlin musical The Melody Lingers On.  Kathy thanks her family and especially her new husband Charlie for their continued love and support.

Dioni Michelle Collins (Funeral Soloist, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: This singer/ songwriter hails from Sanfrancisco, CA.  Broadway: Ragtime (original cast).  National Tours: Ragtime, Fame: the Musical (Mable). Regional: Finian's Rainbow (Pre-Broadway); The Colored Museum (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Showboat (Sacramento Music Circus), Little Shop of Horrors (Muny Theatre), Beehive and Beach Blanket Babylon.  Thanks to family and friends for their love and support.  Peace to all and God bless.

Edwardyne Cowan (Kathleen, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Showboat ELSEWHERE: Edwardyne has appeared in the Ragtime tour.  Prior to that, she appeared off-Broadway in Fermat's Last Tango (York Theatre), which had an audio and video recording produced and released by The Clay Mathematics Institute.  She starred opposite Richard Chamberlain as Eliza in the European tour of My Fair Lady, a role she also played on Broadway and on the US tour.  She is married to actor Tim Bennett and is the mother of twin daughters Violet and Kathryn.

Craig Davenport (Willie Conklin) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Craig  has performed before audiences all over North America and Europe.  Recently he has been seen in the North American B&T tours of Camelot as King Arthur (Troika), Phantom as Ledoux, Buddy as Hipockets (Phoenix) and Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit (NTC).  Regional roles include: Sir Walter Raleigh in The Lost Colony, Neville Craven in Secret Garden and Miles Gloriosus in Forum.  He has also been seen on TV in Dawson's Creek.

Dick Deceareau (Grandfather) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: NY credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Captain's Courageous, and Raggedy Ann. On tour, Ragtime (2 years) and Annie (3 Years!). Dick has done commercials, daytime drama and is featured on the cast album of Blondes. Dick has performed regionally all over the country. Favorite roles include Za Za (La Cage Aux Folles), Parchester (Me And My Girl), Smee (Peter Pan), Moonface (Anything Goes), Brian (Laughter on the 23rd Floor), Bert (42nd Street) and Ozzie (Scarlet Pimpernel). Dick is from Lynn, and a graduate of Salem State College.  There's more but alas, that's all there's room for.

Antoinette DiPietropolo (Ensemble, Dance Captain) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Ragtime, Rent, Annie, Hair. Choreographer: Music Man. Antoinette is happy to be making her North Shore debut with Ragtime. She was the assistant choreographer for the National Tour of Ragtime (Networks) Most recently, Antoinette played the role of "Lizzie" in Baby (SJPAC) Her next exciting role will be in her own wedding as Dan Tonden's bride.

Debra Thaïs Evans (Sarah's Friend, Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:  Debra is an emerging soprano in the worlds of both opera and musical theatre.  Based in NYC, she has performed in Europe and the United States.  Some recent operatic credits include Madame Butterfly (Butterfly) and Suor Angelica (Angelica) at Mannes College of Music.  Ms. Evans was also seen last season in Northern Stage's production of Big River. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.  Mom, I Love You!

Chad Hudson (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Chad is thrilled to make his NSMT with Ragtime.  Some of Chad's favorite credits include Dickon in The Secret Garden at Paper Mill Playhouse, Candide in Candide at the Weston Playhouse, Tobias in Sweeney Todd at the Pittsburgh Public and numerous productions of Forever Plaid playing both Jinx and Sparky.  Additionally, Chad has toured the country with Robert Goulet in Camelot and performed with Symphonies from Cincinnati Ohio to Seoul Korea.  Chad would like to thank his family, friends and especially MJS for their unending love and support.

Janice Lorraine (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Born in Washington D.C., Janice makes her home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Other blessings: Broadway - Ragtime (also national tour and original Chicago company), Grease (Teen Angel and Frenchy), Jelly's Last Jam, Starlight Express (also national tour). Other national tours include Dreamgirls, Tap Dance Kid, and five productions of Ain't Misbehavin'. Regional - Showboat, Sophisticated Ladies, Little Shop of Horrors and  much more. Praise God from whom all of my blessings flow! Love u "G". Peace.

Todd L. Underwood (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Todd just recently finished the national tour of Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt.  He has also toured with Showboat, Big, Damn Yankees, and Blackbirds of Broadway.  His is also an accomplished choreographer.  He is thrilled to be in the production of Ragtime.  He dedicates this show to his family.

Richard E. Waits (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Richard hails from Buffalo, NY. Mr, Waits started his career "Some 20 years ago" in a television commercial with the legendary Ginger Rogers, he played one of "Her Boys." The Journey has been long and diverse.  Shows: Dreamgirls (Broadway 20th Anniversary Concert), Ain't Misbehavin' (Amsterdam), La Cage Aux Folles (Paris), Beach Blanket Babylon (San Francisco). Mr Waits would like to thank his family, Sister Kay, acting ‘guru' teacher Sande Shurin (NYC) and ‘CoCo'.


Samantha Goober (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Honk! Jr. A Christmas Carol 2000, NSMT's Children's Choir. ELSEWHERE: Samantha recently played the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at Stoneham Theatre.  She has also played Baby June in Gyspy at The Publick Theatre, and Fiddlehead Theatre.  She was in the ensemble in David at the Emerson Majestic Theatre.  Samantha is a third grader in Burlington, MA.

Eric Murray (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Carousel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol ‘01 ELSEWHERE: Eric is extremely excited to be back at NSMT after performing in three shows last season. Eric is an eighth grader at Wilmington Middle School who enjoys playing guitar and video games. Eric would like to thank his friends and family for all their support.

Stafford Arima (Director) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: National Tour of Ragtime (Networks).  Canada: Total Eclipse, The Normal Heart, Beyond Therapy, Diamonds are Forever a Girl's Best Friend, Please Don't Throw Things at Me! (The Perils of a Poet/Supply Teacher).  Developmental Readings: Go Go Beach, The Altar Boyz, One Night With You, The Legend of Jesse James.  Upcoming: Candide (San Francisco Symphony), Schmaltz (reading of a new musical by Iris Dart, Mike Stoller and Artie Butler) and Paint Your Wagon (California Music Theatre).  Broadway: Associate Director, Seussical, A Class Act, Ragtime.  Assistant Director:  Harold Prince (Show Boat, The Petrified Prince, A Celebration of Berlin, Kern, Rodgers & Styne), Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You), Frank Galati (reading of The Visit).  Education: York University (BA Honors - Theatre Studies).  Mr. Arima is a guest lecturer at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and a member of SSDC.

Candace Jennings (Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: For seven years Candace toured Canada and the United States as the Associate and Resident Director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond. She was also Associate Resident Director of Sunset Boulevard starring Diahann Carol. Candace had the pleasure of working on the First National Tour of the award winning musical Ragtime directed by Frank Galati and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Some highlights of Candace's career include: Adventures in Babysitting with Elisabeth Shue, The Miss Piggy Show with Jim Henson, Friday the 13th - The Series, Stepping Out with Liza Minnelli, and The Liberace Show in Las Vegas. Most recently, Candace choreographed the Networks National Tour of Ragtime. She is very pleased to be involved with this wonderful production of Ragtime.

Mark McLaren (Music Director) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Mr. McLaren conducted the national tours of Titanic, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera, appearing in Boston with all three productions. He conducted the Broadway production of Cats from 1996-1999 and on June 19, 1997 he conducted the gala 6,138th performance making the production the longest running in Broadway history. Mr. McLaren was assistant conductor for this season's New Jersey Ballet production of The Nutcracker and in March conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, marking his third appearance with the orchestra. Mr. McLaren has conducted for Boston College, Columbia University, University of Scranton, and Boston University where he was the recipient of the Mr. McLaren 2000 Young Alumni Award for career achievement. Mr. McLaren has studied with Max Miller, Steve Lipsitt and Gary Fagin, all to whom he is eternally grateful.

Dex Edwards (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Fiddler On The Roof, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum and Little Me   ELSEWHERE: Dex's design work has been seen in theatres internationally including the Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep., The Majestic Theatre (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Indiana Rep., Sacramento Rep., Alliance Theatre Co., Virginia Stage Co., Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Rep. Theatre, Drury Lane, Oak Brook Theatre (Chicago), Queens Mill and Winter Garden Theatres (Ontario)  and the Berlin Opera House. Dex designed the world premiere Jimmy Buffet/Herman Wouk musical Don't Stop the Carnival (Coconut Grove Playhouse) and was the recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award in Scenic Design for his work on Comedy of Errors and the 2001 IRNE award for his work on Miss Saigon. Dex was part of the concept design team for the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Dex designed Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus currently running in Las Vegas.

Jack Mehler (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: A Little Night Music '00, Children of Eden ‘97 ELSEWHERE: Productions have included High Infidelity with Morgan Fairchild and John Davidson, In A Different Light for Donald Byrd/The Group, Noises Off and Deathtrap at Papermill Playhouse, Table Top for the Working Theatre and The Front Page at Merrimack Rep. Other credits include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre by the Blind, WPA, Body Politic, Capital Rep. Cleveland Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, Freedom Theatre, Mask and Wig, Seacoast Rep., Seattle Rep., Stage 1 (Wichita), Syracuse Stage, and Trollwood Performing Arts School  Mr. Mehler is a Creative Associate of the CPR Group.

Gerard Kelley (Wig Designer) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Zorba ELSEWHERE: Gerard has spent 3 seasons designing for The Lake Tahoo Shakespeare Festival.  His New York City credits include, N.Y.U, The Illyria Theatre, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, The Soho Playhouse, The Signature Theater Company and The Jewish Repertory Theater. In Philadelphia Gerard has designed extensively for The Walnut St Theater and The New Freedom Theater. Other regional credits include The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, San Diego Repertory Theater, The Sacramento Theater Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Geva Theater, Theater Works in San Francisco, The Northern Stage Company, The Carousel Dinner, and The Westchester Broadway Theater.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing and the 1997- 2001 Shakespeare production and musical seasons. ELSEWHERE: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University.  He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer.  John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge.  In his recent "spare time" he started Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations.  He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their continued love and support.

David Wolfson (Orchestra Reductions) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: David Wolfson's orchestration reduction credits include the first authorized reductions of The Threepenny Opera and the Opera House version of Candide. Last fall he was Assistant Music Director for the Goodman Theatre's production of Kander & Ebb's The Visit, he is currently serving as music director of the Prince Music Theater's production of Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns. As a composer, his series of revues for children, Story Salad, toured nationally for 14 years.

Joseph M. Dempsey (Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Joe is excited to be making his debut with North Shore. He feels the support and strength of its staff and thanks everyone at NSMT for their hard work on Ragtime. Previous credits include: Blood Brothers, Firecracker with Michael Mao Dance, Cinderella, La Cage aux Folles, Kiss Me Kate, Chess, Gypsy with Joanne Worley, 37 Postcards at Hudson Stage Co., Street Scene, Ariadne aux Naxos, La Rondine, Magic Flute, La Boheme, Don Carlos, Owen Wingrave and a couple more. Joe looks forward to seeing the ‘oohs' and ‘aahs' of you the audience from the booth. Thanks to my SM crew Laurie and Sam. Of course, all thanks to my wife, Anita. Ich liebe dich.

Jon Kimbell (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) Mr. Kimbell is the recipient of the New England Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre, Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for NSMT's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. During his 20 seasons at NSMT, he, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country.  His responsibilities include artistic direction, long range planning, and development of new musical works with Associate Producer John La Rock. He has directed or produced most musicals, the Shakespeare canon, and, as a passionate believer in developing new musicals, the premieres of 21 new musicals. Mr. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and recently served as a panelist for the NEA's Access and Musical Theater Panels, the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. 

James K. Polese (Executive Director) NSMT's Chief Operating Officer since 1983, Mr. Polese oversees all fiscal and administrative operations. He is the key negotiator for the Music Theatre's successful Celebrity Concert and Children's Musicals series. Outside of NSMT, Mr. Polese has served a term as the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) after serving one term as Secretary and as a member of the Finance and Development committees for four years. He served on the NEA's Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital; a member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Essex National Heritage Commission; serves on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee of the Center for Addictive Behaviors; has recently been elected to the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Polese is committed to providing education, cultural activities and access for all members of the community.

 
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 MAY 14 - JUNE 2, 2002
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Nikki Renée Daniels & Alan H. Green
 
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Ann Van Cleave
 
Ragtime-crime
Shannon Hastings
 
Ragtime-Baseball
 
The Wizard of Oz 2002

Cast of Characters
(in order of appearance)

Dorothy Gale - Sarah Stiles*
Toto  - Ashley
Aunt Em/Glinda - Roxann Parker*
Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper  - Austin Colyer*
Hunk/Scarecrow - Casey Colgan*
Hickory/Tinman - George Dvorsky*
Zeke/Cowardly Lion - David Coffee*
Almira Gulch/Wicked Witch - Tia Speros*
Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz -  Ken Prymus*
Mayor of Munchkin City - Andy Jones
Barrister - Jessica McDonough
Coroner - Kristin Parker
Lullaby League - Jenna Papaz, Jessica Tarr, Elizabeth Tyra
Lollipop Guild  - Ryan Buchanan, Matt Marquart, Alex DeLeo
Munchkins -  John Breen, Ruthie Breen, Sarah Breen, Jacqueline Cullen, Francesca Falzone, Charlotte Glasser, Krisa Ippolito, Kristin Lynch, Avery Resca, Cayla Resca
Crows - Joe Barnes*, Eddie Buffum*, Scott Leiendecker*, Danea Lee Polise*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Lauren Wagner*
Apple Trees - Chris Curcio, Ethan Jones*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Gail Howell*, Jaimie Kelton*
Poppies - Ensemble and Childen's Choir
Citizens of Emerald City - Ensemble and Childen's Choir
Nikko - Scott Leiendecker*
Winkies - Ensemble
Jitterbugs  - Eddie Buffum*, Ethan Jones*, Marielys Molina, Steven Petrillo*, Danea Lee Polise*, Melissa Rouse*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Lauren Wagner*
Flying Monkeys - Jaimie Kelton*, Jacyln Arnold, Melissa Federico, Kristen Smith

Ensemble - Randy Aaron, Joe Barnes*, Eddie Buffum*, Chris Curcio, Naleah Dey, Gail Howell*, Ethan Jones*, Jaimie Kelton*, Scott Leiendecker*, Jillian Louis, Marielys Molina, Steven Petrillo*, Danea Lee Polise*, Melissa Rouse*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Lauren Wagner*

NSMT Children's Choir - Jaclyn Arnold, Emma Barbin, Bethany Boccia, John Breen, Ruthie Breen, Sarah Breen, Ryan Buchanan, Jacqueline Cullen, Alexander DeLeo, Ashley DeLeo, Francesca Falzone, Melissa Federico, Autumn Gillette, Charlotte Beth Glasser, Krista Ippolito, Andy Jones, Marissa Konstadt, Kristin Lynch, Matt Marquart, Jessica McDonough, Jenna Papaz, Kristin Parker, Avory Resca, Cayla Resca, Kristen Smith, Jessica Tarr, Elizabeth Tyra

Dorothy/Crow Understudy - Jaimie Kelton*
Scarecrow Understudy - Randy Aaron
Tinman Understudy - Chris Curcio
Lion Understudy - Steven Petrillo*
Aunt Em/ Glinda Understudy - Gail Howell
Uncle Henry/Gate Keeper Understudy- Eddie Buffum*
Assistant Musical Dir. / Rehearsal Accompanist - Janet Glazener Roma
Assistant Stage Manager - Laurie Silipigno*
Dog Handler - Patrick Pettys
Associate Director - Steven Petrillo*
Associate Choreographer - Josh Rhodes
Dance Captain - Danea Lee Polise*
Child Wrangler - Jennifer Box
Music Copying - Karl Mansfield

* Member - Actors Equity Association
Scenic Designer JOHN IACOVELLI    
Lighting Designer KENDALL SMITH    
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE
Original Costumes Designed By GREGG BARNES                          
Additional Costumes Designed By JAY WOODS
Wig Designer GERARD KELLY                                                               
Projections Designed By DEX EDWARDS                  
Production Stage Manager ERIK HEDBLOM                    
Animals Trained By WILLIAM BERLONI
Casting BARRY MOSS CASTING, LTD.   
Music Director ANTONY GERALIS                               
Choreographed By LEE WILKINS
Directed By ALAN COATS

Orchestra for Wizard of Oz

Antony Geralis - Music Director/Conductor
Peggy Friedland - flute, piccolo
Andrea Bonsignore - oboe, English horn
Ernest  Sola III - saxophone, clarinet, flute
Jay Daly - trumpet
Alyssa Coffey -  French horn
Walter Bostian - trombone
Lucy Pope - violin
Ed Krauss - bass
Janet Hood - keyboard
Susan Minor - keyboard
Janet Roma - keyboard
Mark Worgaftik - percussion

THE WIZARD OF OZ  - WHO's WHO

Sarah Stiles (Dorothy Gale) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Sarah is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut.  National Tour: Titanic (Kate Mullins). Regional Credits: Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula - Theatre By The Sea), Grease (Jan - Downtown Cabaret Theatre). NY Readings: Luvie in Mining the Mother Load (w/ Vianne Cox and Phyllis Newman). Sarah's theatre bug developed in Portsmouth, NH only an hour from NSMT.  She spent her youth performing at Prescott Park Arts Festival, Seacoast Repertory, the Players Ring and others. "A huge thank you to Mom, Dad, Bryan and especially JP!"

David Coffee (Zeke/The Cowardly Lion) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol (1992-2001 ), Phantom (1992 and 1994),  Singin' In the Rain, Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Evita, Good News!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story, Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man, and 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: David returns to NSMT after reprising his Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. The critical and popular success he enjoyed was reminiscent of his warm reception in NSMT's 2000 production. David's first performed The Wizard of Oz in the second grade. As a music class assignment to demonstrate a talent, David lip-synched the soundtrack (playing ALL of the roles)! His teacher was so impressed she had him perform for all of the classes. This was his first "extended run". And so, David wishes to dedicate this performance to Ms. Betty Colby (wherever you may be). community.webtv.net/DavidCoffee/THEDAVIDCOFFEEWEB

Casey Colgan (Hunk, Scarecrow) With NSMT: 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles. Elsewhere: Casey played the Scarecrow on Broadway and the first national tour of The Wizard of Oz. working with Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Lillian Montevecci and Joanne Worley. European Tours include A Chorus Line and My Fair Lady. Other credits include Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Singin' in the Rain (Don Lockwood) and They're Playing Our Song (Vernon). Has performed in NYC at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center and on CBS' "The Guiding Light." Regional directing credits include Mame, A Chorus Line, Carnival, A Christmas Carol, and Some Enchanted Evening. Casey would like to give a special thanks to Jon Kimbell and Alan Coates for letting him get back into the straw costume.

George Dvorsky (Hickory, Tin Man) WITH NSMT : Secret Garden,1776,My One and Only, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, On the Town, Grand Night for Singing, and 10 years as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. ELSEWHERE: George recently starred as Pete Bartel in the off- Broadway hit Pete N Keely. Broadway roles include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Passion, Marilyn: An American Fable and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway credits include the Dames at Sea and And The World Goes ‘Round. George starred in the NYC Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella as Prince Charming at Lincoln Center where he also played Tommy in Brigadoon. He starred as Billy Crocker opposite Chita Rivera in Anything Goes at the Paper Mill Playhouse and with Bea Arthur and the Boston Pops in "Bernstein's Broadway" on PBS. Solo CD, "In the Still of the Night" is available on Jay Records. For more information,  www.georgedvorsky.com.

Tia Speros (Almira Gultch, Wicked Witch of the West) With NSMT: Annie, On the Town, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar Elsewhere: Off Broadway: Cocoanuts (American Place Theatre), The Taffetas (original cast recording). Regional: Agnes Nolan in George M! (Goodspeed Opera House), Das Babrbecu (Dallas Theatre Center), Myrtle Mae in Harvey (Cincinnati Playhouse), Cordelia in Falsettoland (Rep. Theatre St. Louis), Rags (Paper Mill Playhouse), Essie in You Can't Take It With You (Cleveland Playhouse), Annabel in Lucky Stiff (Olney Theatre).  Other credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and guest soloist on "Garrison Keilor's American Radio Company."  TV & Film credits include "Believe" (Independent Shore), "Out of the Box' (Disney Channel). Tia and Husband Jim Harker are the parents of almost 8 year old Ben.

Ken Prymus (Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz) With NSMT: Honk! Elsewhere: Ken comes from the National Tour of Cinderella. Broadway credits: The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' and Cats (holds the title "Longest-Running Principal Performer on Broadway, Men's Division"). Other credits include 20 Fingers, 20 Toes, Harlem Swing, Working, She Stoops to Conquer, Delphi or Bust, Duke Ellington's Play On! and many more. TV credits include: "Kate & Allie," "Conan O'Brien," "Late Night with David Letterman," "Mad About You," and "The Sopranos" among others. Movies: "The Model Shop," "In Cold Blood," "The Young Americans" "Identity Crisis," and "M*A*S*H." (sang the title song in the film). His face may be familiar because of his many commercials.   

Roxann Parker (Aunt Em, Glinda -  The Good Witch of the North) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Roxann most recently played and covered the role of Fraulein Schneider on the Broadway Tour of Cabaret with, among others, Lea Thompson.  Prior to that she was Sister Margaretta in the Broadway production of The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain.  Other Broadway tours include Mrs. Winthrop in The Secret Garden, and as Hayley Mills' cover, Roxann performed more than 70 performances as Anna in The King and I.  Her regional credits are extensive with more than 50 roles in major theatres including 3 productions for Boston's Huntington Theatre.  Her best credit, though, is life with husband Jim and stepdaughter Jenny.

Austin Colyer (Uncle Henry, Gatekeeper) With NSMT: Funny Girl Elsewhere: Austin has just completed 3 ½ years playing Grandfather in Ragtime. He has appeared in over 20 Broadway Productions including Singin' in the Rain, Maggie Flynn, I Remember Mama, revivals of How to Succeed..., Where's Charlie, Music Man, Desert Song, Carousel, Mame and Finian's Rainbow.  He also toured Europe with Crazy for You. Austin has been a member of Actor's Equity Association for 48 years.  Thanks to my family, friends and co-workers for making my life in the theatre so wonderful."

Randy Aaron (Ensemble, Scarecrow u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Randy recently graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts: Cap 21 and the Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) Studios (B.F.A. Drama). Last summer Randy was blessed with playing such roles as Milton in Avenue X Courtesy of NYU directed by Daniel Banks and Dermah in La Cage Aux Folles at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse directed by David Wanstreet. Randy dedicates this performance to his mother for all of her unconditional love.

Joe Barnes (Ensemble, Lion u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Joe is thrilled to perform on the North Shore stage for the first time with The Wizard of Oz.  Recently, Joe was seen in the German company of Miss Saigon; also in Passion (regional premiere) as Augenti, and Allegro as Joseph Taylor, Jr.  He is originally from the DC area, and studied musical theater at The Catholic University of America.

Eddie Buffum (Ensemble, Uncle Henry, Gatekeeper u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Eddie was last seen in the Boston area as a cheesegrater in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Ha has also been seen in the area in Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees) and Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing. Eddie has also appeared at Houston TUTS, Seattle Rep, Seattle 5th Avenue and North Carolina Theatre among others. "Love to my wife Holly."

Chris Curcio (Ensemble, Tin Man u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Chris is thrilled to be making his NSMT debut in The Wizard of Oz. Recent credits include the European Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and the National Tour of Grease.  Favorite roles are Mike in A Chorus Line and Willard in Footloose.  Chris would like to thank his family for their love and support, and God for his abundant blessings.

Naleah Dey (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Originally from California, Naleah just finished a year with the European tour of Fosse.  She also appeared as Go-To-Hell-Kitty on the national tour of Chicago. Most of her training has come from working with Ann Reinking at Broadway Theatre Project.  "All my love to my best friend, my Mommy, and my faithful loving Grandparents. God is so good, without Him my heart would be empty. 1 Chronicles 4:10."

Gail Howell (Ensemble, Aunt Em, Glinda u/s) With NSMT: 42nd Street. Elsewhere: Broadway credits include Wonderful Town and The Wizard of Oz. This is Gail's 6th production of The Wizard of Oz having played Glinda on Broadway and in the 1st and 2nd national tours. She can be heard on the Grammy nominated original cast recording. Other national credits include Anything Goes (Reno) and 42nd Street (Maggie Jones). Regionally she has been seen as Mame in Mame, Patty in Smokey Joes Café and Lina in Singin' in the Rain. "Thanks to my husband of 23 years, Johhny."

Ethan Jones (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ethan is thrilled to be at NSMT, having just played Enoch Snow, Jr. in Carousel at Stages St. Louis.  Other credits include:  They All Laughed! - World Premiere (Goodspeed Opera House), Dermah in La Cage aux Folles (Walnut St. Theatre), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York and Mexico City), Dream Curly in Oklahoma! (North Carolina Theatre), Music Theatre of Wichita and Hilton Head Island Playhouse.  All my love to Todd and my family.

Jaimie Kelton (Ensemble, Dorothy u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Jamie has wanted to be a part of The Wizard of Oz since the movie dazzled her as a child.  Originally from San Francisco, Jamie moved to Boston at age 18 to pursue musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory.  Since graduating, she has performed as Abeja, the sassy bee in Theatreworks USA's Ferdinand the Bull and Louise in Carousel at the North Country Center for the Arts.  She is pleased to be making her NSMT debut.

Scott Leiendecker (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Scott is thrilled to be working at NSMT. He just completed a 2-year National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Theodore Bikel.  Other favorite regional credits include Phantom, La Cage Aux Folles, Kismet and 42nd Street. Scott graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and would like to thank his ever-supportive family.

Jillian Louis (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Credits: Off-Broadway: The Mikado (Symphony Space, Wolftrap); Regional: A Ballad for Americans (American Music Theatre Festival), Crazy for You (Walnut Street Theatre), Ngugi wa Thiongo's Detained (Frederick Lowe Theatre). NY Favorites: writing for/ performing with the award-winning Herstory (NYC Fringe, Theatre at Martha's Vineyard), Medea (Playwrights Horizons TS), The Rimers of Eldritch (Meisner Extension).Jillian is a Graduate of Tisch School of the Arts. "For my family."

Marielys Molina (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Marielys appeared in the first national tour of Swing playing one half of the Swing Latin Couple feature. After a great time in that show, she danced for P. Diddy throughout the N'SYNC "Celebrity Tour" 2002.  Marielys has also traveled around the world teaching Latin dance.  She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and now lives in New York.  She dedicates this performance with love to Moses.

Steven Petrillo (Associate Director, Ensemble) With NSMT: Peter Pan. Elsewhere: Steven recently choreographed Fiddler on the Roof for The Gateway Playhouse. He has assisted Mr. Coats on Crazy For You (5 L.A. Ovation Awards), Me and My Girl, High Society and Chess, among others. Steven's Broadway and National Tour credits include Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby and Man of La Mancha, starring Robert Goulet. Regional: Love! Valour! Compassion! (Gregory), Kiss Me Kate(Bill Calhoun), A Chorus Line(Zach) and Singin' in the Rain(Cosmo). T.V.: "A Will of Their Own" opposite Lea Thompson.

Danea Lee Polise (Ensemble, Dance Captain) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Danea is thrilled to be at NSMT! Credits: Anything Goes with Chita Rivera (Erma u/s. Dance Captain) at Paper Mill Playhouse, Evita, Footloose (Urleen), Oliver! (Charlotte) at the North Carolina Theatre, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy (Louise), Brigadoon (Jean).  National Tours: 42nd Street (Peggy u/s, performed), Victor/Victoria with Toni Tennille (First National).  BFA Magna Cum Laude Dance Performance, Marymount Manhattan College. "Love to Mom, Dad, Dawn and fabulous husband, Rob!"

Melissa Rouse (Ensemble) With NSMT: Footloose, Sweet Charity, Grease, Victor/Victoria. Elsewhere:  Melissa is thrilled to be back at NSMT.  Her recent credits include Anything Goes, Pajama Game, and Evita.  Melissa has also performed in the European Tour of Crazy For You, and is a New York City Rockette. She recently appeared in the workshop entitled Carnivale Spectacular Directed by Gratziella Danielle.

Todd Bradley Smith (Ensemble) With NSMT: Sweet Charity. Elsewhere: Todd appeared in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun.  Regionally he has been seen in On the 20th Century (Goodspeed), La Cage Aux Folles (Walnut Street), 42nd Street (Sacramento), West Side Story (KC Starlight), Makin' Whoopie (Houston TUTS) among others. Todd comes to NSMT directly from the national tour of Some Like It Hot,  starring Tony Curtis. "Love to Mom, Dad, Zanny and my Ethan."

Lauren Wagner (Ensemble) With NSMT: Carousel. Elsewhere: Lauren is thrilled to be back at North Shore. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Val,Bebe), West Side Story (Velma), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Paper Mill), Grease (Frenchy), Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel. Regional: Gypsy (Dainty June - Signature Theatre).  "Love to my fiancé, mom, and Stacey.  For Dad.

Ashley (Toto) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ashley was discovered by William Berloni in 1995 through a group called Cairn Terrier Rescue of New England. They are a group of concerned breeders who rescue Cairn Terriers from shelters and find them homes. Most of Mr. Berioni's "Totos" have come from this group. Ashley began her career as an understudy and then went on to play the role in the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz which played in New York City twice and toured the country. She co-starred with Mickey Rooney, Rosanne, and Eartha Kitt. She has starred as "Toto" in productions in all the major cities. Ashley is pleased to be the latest of Mr. Berioni's animals that have appeared at North Shore over the last twenty years.

Alan Coats (Director) With NSMT: Peter Pan, Me & My Girl. Elsewhere: Alan comes to NSMT following a year with the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. NSMT audiences will remember him for his staging of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. The Bay Area Outer Critics Circle awarded him a Best Production Award for his San Jose C.L.O. staging of Me and My Girl. In L.A., he earned him a Garland Award and five Ovation Award nominations for his choreography for Crazy for You. Alan's association with The Wizard of Oz includes the Madison Square Garden production. His work has been seen around the country including Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater, Houston's T.U.T.S., Pittsburgh C.L.O., Paper Mill Playhouse, Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe and The Library of Congress. Performance credits include 3 Broadway shows, national tours, television and film. This fall Alan will embark on the tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lee Wilkins (Choreographer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Lee's performing credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway and national tour) and the national tours of How to Succeed... and Cats. Lee's choreography credits include North Carolina Theatre's The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man and Oklahoma, the national tour of Steel Pier (co-choreographer), and the European tour of The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Director/Choreographer). Off Broadway, he has been a part of the creative staff of Jayson, Fables in Slang, and Tin Types, as well as Just So (Goodspeed at Chester).  Lee has written and choreographed industrials for Pontiac, Wella, Capital One, BC/EFA, and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and more. "Thanks to Jon Kimbell, John LaRock, Alan Coats, Tony Geralis, Lorin Latarro, and Rachel Lafer. Finally, thanks to Josh Rhodes for his artistry, dedication, and unending devotion: without you life is less."

Antony Geralis (Music Director) With NSMT: Carousel, A Little Night Music. Elsewhere: Mr. Geralis most recently served as pianist for the Carnegie Hall concert version of Carousel conducted by Leonard Slatkin . Other credits include: Broadway: Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music, Steel Pier,  The King and I, Cats, Starlight Express, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Zorba, and A Chorus Line.  Concerts: Noel Coward's Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch at Carnegie Hall and South Pacific at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway:  Captains Courageous, Strike Up the Band, Merrily We Roll Along, Jack's Holiday, and Brontosaurus. National Tours: Chess, Zorba, Cats, A Chorus Line.  Regional Theatre: Time and Again, Dream. He is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and is a founding member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music's Professional Music Theater Program. Upon returning to New York, he begins work on the new Broadway musical Amour, with music by Michel Legrand.

John Iacovelli (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: Peter Pan. ELSEWHERE: John has designed over 100 productions across the country including The Old Globe, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Dallas Theatre Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.  His work was last seen on Broadway in "Twilight of the Golds."

Kendall Smith (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Zorba, Oklahoma!, Good News, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Showboat, Little Me, A Christmas Carol ‘94-'01  ELSEWHERE: Mr. Smith returns for his eighth season at North Shore. Theatre credits include Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre DC, Geva Theatre, Sharon Stage, American Stage Festival, Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City and the Barter Theatre.  Regional Opera companies include Michigan Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Boston Lyric and Dayton Opera Theatre.
Gerard Kelly (Wig Designer) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Zorba, Ragtime ELSEWHERE: Gerard has spent 3 seasons designing for The Lake Tahoo Shakespeare Festival.  His New York City credits include, N.Y.U, The Illyria Theatre, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, The Soho Playhouse, The Signature Theater Company and The Jewish Repertory Theater. In Philadelphia Gerard has designed extensively for The Walnut St Theater and The New Freedom Theater. Other regional credits include The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, San Diego Repertory Theater, The Sacramento Theater Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Geva Theater, Theater Works in San Francisco, The Northern Stage Company, The Carousel Dinner, and The Westchester Broadway Theater.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing and the 1997- 2001 Shakespeare production and musical seasons, Ragtime, Footloose. ELSEWHERE: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University.  He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer.  John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge.  In his recent "spare time" he started Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations.  He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their continued love and support.

Patrick Pettys (Dog Handler) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Patrick hails from Buffalo NY.  He is very excited about working at NSMT with Ashley (Toto).  He was on the National Tour of Annie directed by Martin Charnin, where he worked and lived very closely with Buster (one of his dearest pals).  While on tour they appeared on Animal Planet's "Wild on the Set."  As an Actor he has been seen at Lincoln Center with the NYC Opera, Off-Broadway in Kerouac, and locally in Jekyll and Hyde and The Boston Marathon of Plays.  Break-a-paw Ashley!

William Berloni (Animal Trainer) With NSMT: Annie ‘83 &‘98. Elsewhere: William's Broadway animal training credits include the original Sandy in Annie, Camelot with Richard Burton, Frankenstein, The First, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver, Anything Goes, Nick and Nora, La Bete, The Wiz, the 20th Anniversary revival of Annie and the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz. Mr. Berloni has also trained animals for hundreds of Off-Broadway shows, Regional theatre productions, Tours, Movies and Television shows. In 2001, Mr. Berloni worked on the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Seagull directed by Mike Nichols, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Natalie Portman. He is currently training a Poodle for the Broadway show entitled Paper Doll. It is based on the life story of Jacqueline Susann and her beloved dog Josephine. His most recent television shows include the last three seasons of "Sesame Street," "Between the Lions," "Reading Rainbow", a feature story on Animal Planet's show entitled "Wild on the Set" and the PBS series "Pets: Part of the Family," starring Gary Burghoff. His cat was recently on the January cover of Sports Illustrated. His animals have appeared at the White House seven times for presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. His book, Sandy: The Autobiography of a Star, was published by Simon and Schuster. Mr. Berloni, his wife Dorothy and their daughter Jenna, live on a farm in Connecticut with eleven dogs, three cats, three horses, two llamas and a miniature donkey. Mr. Berioni is currently the Director of Animal Behavior for the Humane Society of New York and is involved in helping animals that need homes. Visit our Website at www.theatricalanimals.com.

Erik E. Hedblom (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: Footloose, 1997 - 2001 musical seasons ELSEWHERE: A Graduate of Castleton State College in 1995, Erik attended Grad School at University of California, Irvine for three years working on a masters in Stage Management. He joined NSMT in 1997 after working at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for three seasons. He started as an intern, worked as Deck Manager for the 1998 & 1999 season and for 2000 and 2001 he served as Assistant Stage Manager. He is happy to be back in the fold of the North Shore family after spending the winter away.  Thank you to Ginger for her friendship, love and support and thanks to the Hedblom clan for their continuous love and encouragement.

Jon Kimbell (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) Mr. Kimbell is the recipient of the New England Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre, Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for NSMT's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. During his 20 seasons at NSMT, he, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country.  His responsibilities include artistic direction, long range planning, and development of new musical works with Associate Producer John La Rock. He has directed or produced most musicals, the Shakespeare canon, and, as a passionate believer in developing new musicals, the premieres of 21 new musicals. Mr. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and recently served as a panelist for the NEA's Access and Musical Theater Panels, the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. 

James K. Polese (Executive Director) NSMT's Chief Operating Officer since 1983, Mr. Polese oversees all fiscal and administrative operations. He is the key negotiator for the Music Theatre's successful Celebrity Concert and Children's Musicals series. Outside of NSMT, Mr. Polese has served a term as the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) after serving one term as Secretary and as a member of the Finance and Development committees for four years. He served on the NEA's Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital; a member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Essex National Heritage Commission; serves on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee of the CAB Health and Recovery Services; has recently been elected to the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Polese is committed to providing education, cultural activities and access for all members of the community.

 

 
WizardLogo 
July 16-Aug.11, 2002
 
Click the image for a larger view. Photos by Paul Lyden
Wizard-Dorothy
Sarah Stiles * Ashley
WizardofOz-scarecrow
 Casey Colgan
Wizard-Tinman
George Dvorsky
WizardofOz-Lion
David Coffee
WizardofOz-Witch 
Tia Speros
Wizard-Glinda
Roxann Parker and Sarah Stiles
 
 
 
 
 
A Christmas Carol 2001

Scenic Designer HOWARD JONES          
Costume Designer NANCY LEARY               
Lighting Designer KENDALL SMITH        
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE                                   
Production Stage Manager ROBERT LEVINSTEIN
Music Director JANET GLAZENER ROMA
Director/Choreographer GREG GANAKAS

CHARACTERS & PLAYERS   in their familial order

THE SCROOGES
DAVID COFFEE* as EBENEZER SCROOGE, a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone. A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner. ROBERT ROKICKI as YOUNG SCROOGE, a clever chap, bright of face and filled with great potential, (also Christmas Future). PAUL CASTREE* as FRED, handsome nephew of old Scrooge, with a cheerful voice and sparkling eyes. JENNIFER BABIAK as MEG, Fred's wife, very pretty with a dimpled, surprised look. NILI BASSMAN* as BELLE, Young Scrooge's betrothed, a fair maiden, beaming and loveable. JESSICA McDONOUGH as FAN, Scrooge's sister, brimful of glee.

THE CRATCHITS
KEVIN KRAFT* as NARRATOR , the teller of this ghostly tale. TODD GROSS* as BOB CRATCHIT, a clerk in the service of Ebenezer Scrooge and the father of a fine family. MAUREEN BRENNAN* as MRS. CRATCHIT, Bob's wife, poor in possessions but rich in family, (also Christmas Past). EMMA BARBIN as MARTHA CRATCHIT, oldest of the Cratchit daughters, (also Christmas Past's attendant). ERIC MURRAY as PETER CRATCHIT, poor but gallantly attired. MARISSA KONSTADT as BELINDA CRATCHIT, second of the Cratchit daughters. RYAN BUCHANAN as TINY TIM CRATCHIT, thoughtful and brave with his little crutch and his goodly heart.

THE SPIRITS
TOM STAGGS* as JACOB MARLEY, Scrooge's first and only business partner; dead as a doornail. MAUREEN BRENNAN* as THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST, the first of the three spirits, a strange figure - resplendent in stars, (also Mrs. Cratchit). GEORGE DVORSKY* as THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, a jolly giant, glorious to behold, (also Gentlemen 1). ROBERT ROKICKI as THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME, Scrooge's nightmare of himself as a young man, (also Young Scrooge). KATHY MEYER*, TABB NACE* and STANLEY SILVERMAN (violin), as PEARLIES, acrobatic street entertainers who perform for donations to help London's poor. One is a violinist who accents many scenes with underscoring. Pearlies long topcoats were typically covered with pearl buttons, hence the name. In our story, they help the narrator tell the tale by becoming timeless characters who attend the Spirits and help move the action of the play.

THE FEZZIWIGS
PAUL  J. GALLAGHER* as MR. FEZZIWIG, voluminous in his great jovial benevolence, (also Gentleman 2). CHERYL McMAHON* as MRS. FEZZIWIG, one vast substantial smile, (also Mrs. Tugby, a widow and Mrs. Dilber).

REVELERS, TOWNSFOLK, PARASITES & OTHERS
CHERYL McMAHON* as MRS. DILBER, Scrooge's housekeeper and therefore a Christian martyr. TED SCHMITZ as JOE, keeper of the Beetling shop and Poulterer. DANIEL BERARDI, MATT MARQUART as TURKEY BOYS, a couple of poor English street urchins. KATIE GERAGHTY, AMELIA JONES, HOPE MILNE & LACEY MARIE THOMPSON as IGNORANCE AND WANT, a sad stricken things. TODD ALSUP, CASEY HUSHION*, BRYAN PERRI*, PAMELA REITNAUER and LAURIE BERRICH as CAROLERS & BELL RINGERS. EDIE SHIPLEY, as REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST. CASEY HUSHION*, as ASSISTANT DIRECTOR and DANCE CAPTAIN. ERIC HEDBLOM*, as ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER. ALBY POTTS, as MUSIC SUPERVISOR. NINA PLEASANTS, as DIALECT COACH. MAUREEN BOUDROW and JOLANTA SUDBAY as ASL INTERPRTERS, and LISA DEWINDT-SOMMER as the DEAF CONSUTANT. 

MUSICIANS
STANLEY SILVERMAN playing VIOLIN, (also a Pearlie). ERNEST SOLA III playing WOODWINDS. WALTER BOSTIAN playing TROMBONE. JAY DALY playing TRUMPET. ALYSSA COFFEY playing FRENCH HORN. JOHN BUMSTEAD playing CELLO. JOSEPH HIGGINS playing BASS. VIRGINIA CRUMB playing HARP. JANET ROMA and REBECCA PLUMMER playing KEYBOARD.

* Member, Actors Equity Association


WHO'S WHO

David Coffee* (Scrooge) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol (1992-2000), Phantom (1992 and 1994),  Singin' In the Rain, Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Evita, Good News!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story, Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man, and 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: David is honored to return for his tenth season as Scrooge. Earlier this year, he was featured as Jacob/ Potiphar/ Guru in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at both NSMT and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. You may also recall some of his dance moves. Several have anguished over not being able to forget them. This year has also seen David as Benjamin Franklin in "1776" and Honore in Gigi for Casa Manana Musicals. He is also proud of his involvement in Casa's Tomorrow Project this year. David performed in two staged readings of new works: The Revolution of Betsy Loring and The Big Bang. In a career that spans over 30 years, David has been welcomed by audiences at The Granbury Opera House, The Goodspeed Opera House, The American Musical Theatre of San Jose and you, the good folks at NSMT. Many thanks for your many generosities. Happy Holidays to all! community.webtv.net/DavidCoffee/THEDAVIDCOFFEEWEB

Kevin Kraft* (Narrator) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ELSEWHERE: Kevin played Brother Gad and the Butler in Joseph ... and returns to NSMT after playing Homer in Floyd Collins at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Favorite roles include Paul in Barefoot in the Park, Halle in Master Harold and the Boys and Simon in Hayfever.  He has played Danny, Eugene and Teen Angel in separate productions of Grease! He stood by for (and performed) the role of Hero in the 1996 Broadway Revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Other career highlights include Phil Hall's Jekyll & Hyde at Papermill Playhouse, the Disney workshop production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and a recurring spot on All My Children.

George Dvorsky* (Ghost of Christmas Present) WITH NSMT: Secret Garden,1776,My One and Only, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, On the Town, Grand Night for Singing, and 10 years as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. ELSEWHERE: George most recently starred as Pete Bartel in the off- Broadway hit Pete N Keely. Broadway roles include The Scarlet Pimpernel, the revival of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Passion, Marilyn: An American Fable and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway credits include the revival of Dames at Sea and And The World Goes ‘Round. George starred in the NYC Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella as Prince Charming at Lincoln Center where he also played Tommy in Brigadoon. He also starred as Billy Crocker opposite Chita Rivera in Anything Goes at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He starred with Bea Arthur and the Boston Pops in Bernstein's Broadway on PBS. Solo CD, In The Still of the Night is available on Jay Records. He will be signing copies of his CD and Pete N Keeley in the Lobby after the show. For more information, go to www.georgedvorsky.com.

Maureen Brennan* (Mrs. Cratchit/Ghost of Christmas Past) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol '99,'00, Showboat, My Fair Lady, Penelope. ELSEWHERE: Maureen has appeared on Broadway in Candide, for which she received a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award; Going Up, Knickerbocker Holiday, Little Johnny Jones, and Stardust.  She toured nationally as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, as well as performing in many of the nation's regional theaters doing such favorites as You Can't Take It With You, Annie Get Your Gun, She Loves Me, Carousel, 42nd Street and I Do, I Do.  She has been a featured soloist with renowned symphony orchestras including most recently the Boston Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Ms. Brennan can also be heard on the soundtrack recordings of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." She is currently a member of the Theater faculty at The Boston Conservatory. Maureen is thrilled to be back at NSMT once again. Joyous holidays to all!

Tom Staggs*  (Jacob Marley) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol ‘99, ‘00. ELSEWHERE: Tom is happy to be appearing in A Christmas Carol at NSMT for the third straight year. Tom is a member of Gorilla Repertory Theatre in New York City where he makes his home.  Gorilla Rep shows include The Death of King Arthur (world premiere) Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry IV P.2. Also in New York: The Woman, Hedda Gabler, Woyzcek, and Spin.  In the U.K. he appeared in Lady Windermere's Fan and Blue Window. Television credits include Saturday Night Live and Manhattan Crawl. Tom trained at the University of Illinois and at Drama Studio London.

Rob Rokicki (Young Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Future) WITH NSMT: Student Prince ELSEWHERE: Rob is thrilled to be back at NSMT. Recently he was seen at Lincoln Center in Babes in Toyland. Regionally, he has also worked at Music Theatre of Wichita. Favorite roles include: Prez in The Pajama Game, Terry in Side Show, and John Proctor in The Crucible. Rob holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in English from the University of Michigan. Much thanks to John La Rock & NSMT. Love to my family, especially Rachie. GO BLUE!

Todd Gross* (Bob Cratchit) WITH NSMT Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol ‘00, ELSEWHERE:  Todd was most recently seen as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the Lycian Center for the Performing Arts. On Broadway, Todd played the role of Bob Cratchit for 2 seasons in A Christmas Carol at New York's Madison Square Garden opposite the Scrooges of: Roddy McDowall, Hal Linden and Roger Daltry. His touring credits include playing  2nd Officer Charles Lightoller in the 1st National Company of Titanic and My Fair Lady starring Richard Chamberlain. New York Workshops include Anna Karenina (Levin, Circle in the Square) and Brothers (Emil Bernhard, Home for Contemporary Arts). Regionally Todd has appeared in the R.I. Shakespeare Festival, AMTF, McCarter Theatre, American Stage Com., and Theatre Virginia. He was seen in the world premiere of Joshua Sobel's Ghetto and Harry Parch's Revelation in the Courthouse Park(CD). His television credits include Sex in the City, Trinity and Sesame Street.

Paul Castree* (Fred) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ELSEWHERE: Paul is thrilled to be back at NSMT after playing Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this past summer.  Broadway: Original casts of Saturday Night Fever (Bobby C), Footloose (Garvin), The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease! (Eugene) starring Rosie O'Donnell.  National Tour: Bye, Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson) starring Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking.  Off-Broadway/ Regional: Forever Plaid (Jinx) - L.A. Ovation and Dora Award (Best Actor in a Musical). TV: Caroline in the City (Caroline's Brother Chris). In September, Paul performed the role of Dave (Cadillac Car) on Broadway in the 20th Anniversary Concert production of Dreamgirls.

Cheryl McMahon* (Mrs. Dilbur/ Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Tugby) WITH NSMT:A Christmas Carol ‘89, ‘91-‘93, ‘95-‘00, Sweeney Todd, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Alice in Wonderland, The Student Prince. ELSEWHERE: Boston audiences may remember Cheryl as Reverend Mother in Nunsense, both at the Charles Playhouse and at the American Stage Festival. Also, at the Charles, Cheryl periodically appears in Boston's longest running comedy, Shear Madness. Most recently, Cheryl has appeared at the American Stage Festival as Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She was also featured at the Lyric West Theater in Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, Relatively Speaking. Before that Cheryl portrayed Marilla in Anne of Green Gables at the Wheelock Family Theater. At Boston's Publick Theater she played the role of the mother in the musical Nine. Other greater Boston theaters include: the Worcester Foothills Theater, New Repertory Theater, and the Gloucester Stage Company. At the Hasty Pudding Theater, Cheryl has appeared in the critically acclaimed production of Cabaret as a replacement for Mamie Nixon, in the role of Fraulein Schneider. Also at the Pudding, she performed in the Boston premier of Yiddle with a Fiddle, starring Emily Loesser, which then toured in Florida. Cheryl is co- author and is featured in Been There, Done That, Can I Have Directions, a musical tribute to Motherhood. Much thanks to NSMT and much love to her family.

Kathy Meyer* (Pearlie) WITH NSMT: Carousel, Sweet Charity, Grease, Victor/Victoria, Kismet, A Christmas Carol ('96, '98 - ‘00), West Side Story, 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: Kathy most recently was the assistant choreographer on Miss Saigon here at NSMT.  She was last seen here earlier this season performing the role of Louise in Carousel.  Kathy spent her summer in Pittsburgh Performing the roles of Maggie in Brigadoon and Kathy in Company at the Benedum Center.  She has been the assistant choreographer to Barry Ivan for the last 5 years. Some of her favorite roles and projects along the way include Anybodys in West Side Story, Frenchy in Grease, Phylis in 42nd Street and a good old chorus girl in Victor/Victoria.  This is Kathy's 12th show here at NSMT and she has loved every one of them along the way.  She sends her love and thanks to the staff here at NSMT.

Tabb* (Pearlie) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘95-‘97 ELSEWHERE: Tabb is literally flipping over his return to NSMT in A Christmas Carol.  In the past few years of his absence here, he could be found in European Productions of West Side Story, Disney World's Beauty and the Beast, Jolly Holidays and Festival of The Lion King.  He has performed in NYC, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Miami for Joe Lanteri's Broadway Exchange, as well as Assisting Director/Choreographer on NCT Cinderella. XOXOXOXO - LMDGJMPSDT, Friends, Family, Thank You NSMT, Greg, John and Ms. Meyer. Oh, and XO to Mrs. Furman wherever you may be.
Paul J. Gallagher* (Mr. Fezziwig, Gentleman 2) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol '96-‘00 , The Most Happy Fella, Phantom, Where's Charley? Carnival, Annie. ELSEWHERE: Paul is thrilled to be back at NSMT where last summer he played the Baker/Issachar in Joseph.  He toured with both Livent's production of Joseph..., starring Donny Osmond, and the Broadway tour of Joseph..., starring Sam Harris . He just finished working a four-month run of Brigadoon at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam Connecticut. Other credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Santa) Radio City Music Hall NYC, Off- Broadway production of On A clear Day ... (Solicitor). Tours include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), My Fair Lady (Zoltan Karpathy), The Most Happy Fella (Pasquale), Phantom and My Fair Lady (Jamie). Regional: World Premiere of The Prince and The Pauper (Lord), Annie (Bert Healy), Phantom, Sweeney Todd (Beadle), The Merry Widow (Novikovich), How it was Done in Odessa (Innkeeper). Paul has also been a guest soloist with many U.S. opera houses and major symphonies. He would like to thank Greg Ganakas, Mom and Dad, Gayle, Sandy, Daniel, and Ron.

Nili Bassman* (Belle) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Nili is excited to make her NSMT debut! Other regional credits include Brigadoon (Jean) and No, No, Nannette (Winnie understudy) at the Goodspeed Opera House; leading roles in East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Dream Child at the Kennedy Center; several shows with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; and a guest solo appearance with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Pops. Nili portrayed Ginger Rogers in the pre-Broadway workshop of Ginger, (Marshall Mason, dir.) co-starring with Donna McKechnie and Randy Skinner. New York theater credits include Manhattan Theater Source, Blue Roses Productions, Confluence Theater Company, The Blue Heron Film and TV credits include leading roles in The Christmas Tree (Sally Field, dir.) with Julie Harris and Andrew McCarthy, and in UPN's The Contender (pilot episode), as well as numerous industrials and commercials. Originally from Northern Virginia, Nili has a BFA from Point Park College.

Jennifer Babiak (Meg) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Originally from Long Island, Jen is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut in A Christmas Carol. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music at New York University where she performed Maria in West Side Story, and Squeaky Frome in Assassins.  She sends special thanks to Greg, Carolann, friends and family. 
Ted Schmitz (Joe) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Ted's favorite roles include Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), Sweet Charity (AU of Charity's lovers), and Company (Paul). Ted is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Manhattan School of Music. Classical credits include Glanni Schicchi (Rinuccio), La Vie Parisienne (Frick/Brazilian), Turn of the Screw (Quint) as well as world premiers of songs by John Musto and Ned Rorem with the New York Festival of Song.
Bryan Perri* (Caroler/Bells) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol  ‘99-‘00  ELSEWHERE: Bryan recently graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music under the direction of Greg Ganakas.  There he was seen in Forever Plaid (Sparky), Assassins(Booth), West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar and many other shows.  Regionally he has been seen in Nunsense A-Men, And The World Goes ‘Round and is thrilled to be returning to his "Christmas-time home" after performing in A Christmas Carol for the last 2 years.  Thanks to my Family, Friends and Dan.
Casey Hushion* (Caroler/Bells, dance captain) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol ‘98- ‘00.  ELSEWHERE:  Most recently Casey was a featured performer with Opera Omaha in their All American concert.  This summer she directed And The World Goes ‘Round ant the Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Honky Tonk Angels at the Arundel Bam Playhouse. Casey assistant directed Brigadoon at the Goodspeed Opera House, where she also appeared as Rose in George M!. Casey is delighted to continue the tradition of spending the holiday season with the NSMT family. As always, love to Marc. 
Todd Alsup (Caroler/Bells) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: A native of Detroit, Todd is very happy to be making his Debut with NSMT.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from New York University where he appeared in numerous productions including The World Goes ‘Round, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Memory of All That: The Songs of George and Ira Gershwin.  Thanks Mom, Dad, Amy, Mama and Papa Boudrow and Greg.

Pamela Reitnauer (Caroler/Bells) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Pamela is thrilled to be making her debut in A Christmas Carol.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Pamela will graduate this spring from New York University.  Recent Credits include The Good Doctor, Barnum, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Little Shop of Horrors.  She would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for their constant love and support.
Emma Barbin (Martha Cratchit) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Emma is in the eighth grade at Briscoe Middle School in Beverly. She is a serious dance student and attends at Mitchell's Dance Studio and Marblehead School of Ballet. Emma loves musical theatre. She has appeared in The Pajama Game, The Sound of Music, Annie Jr., and Schoolhouse Rock Live. Emma sings with the chorus at Briscoe, the First Baptist Church choir, and has sung with the North Shore Honors Chorus. Thank you so much to the staff at NSMT for giving me this opportunity! Thanks to the teachers and staff at Briscoe for supporting me and accommodating me with this busy theatre schedule. Love to my Mom, Dad, Dwight and Faith. A special thank you to Mrs. Goding and Miss Szymanski. Hi to all of my friends at FBC and Briscoe!
Daniel Berardi (Turkey Boy) WFM NSMT: A Christmas Carol '98-'00, Fiddler on the Roof, A Midsummer Night's Dream. ELSEWHERE: Daniel is in 6th grade at Georgetown M.H. S. He feels very fortunate to be back with his NSMT family. Thanks Casey! He has just completed shooting his first independent film, The Perfect Goosey's by Andrew Mudge, in which he plays George Goosey, Jr. Daniel also performs with the Georgetown Royals Stage Ensemble and at the Firehouse Center in Newburyport. Daniel realizes how many people it takes to get him everywhere he needs to be and would like to thank them all very much. They are making his dreams a reality. Love to Mom, Dad and big brother Joe.
Laurie Berich (Teen Caroler) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the       Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , HONK!, Peter Pan, Annie, A Christmas Carol '98-‘00.  ELSEWHERE: Favorite roles are those right here at NSMT!  Laurie just completed her role of Helen Keller in The Mirical Worker.  She studies dance at Gene Murray's of Salem. Thanks to her family for their love and support and a special shout out to all her friends.
Ryan Buchanan (Tiny Tim Cratchit) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol '00, Joseph        and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  ELSEWHERE: Ryan lives in Salem and is thrilled to be returning to NSMT as Tiny Tim. He made his debut as Linus in the Salem Children's Theatre production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in 1998 and first played Tiny Tim in Salem High School's 1999 production of A Christmas Carol. Ryan has been attending NSMT's camps when he was 5 years old, and has appeared at several events as a member of the NSMT Children's Choir, including this year's Gala/Auction.  Ryan enjoys basketball, kickball and body surfing as well as riding his scooter and learning to play the Saxophone. Love to G.A.A.
Katie Geraghty (Ignorance/Want) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: A native of  San Jose, CA, Katie is excited about her debut at NSMT!  She is studying piano and ballet, and aspires to future roles in The Nutcracker Ballet.  Katie was inspired to audition after seeing this summer's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She hopes her start with A Christmas Carol will lead to many new opportunities with NSMT and elsewhere! (P.S. Katie really hopes to be in The Wizard Of Oz this summer, as well!)
Amelia Jones (Ignorance/Want) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol  ‘99-‘00 ELSEWHERE: Amelia is excited to be returning to her third season at NSMT in A Christmas Carol.  She is a 7 1/2 year old second grade homeschooler who loves to sing, dance, draw, and play her violin.  Some of her roles include Tiny Alice in ‘Alice in Wonderland' and various roles in The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Heidi at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth.  She loved her role in Sentimental Journey with the Newton Country Players last winter.  She has performed at the Firehouse Theatre in Newburyport in The King and I and will be singing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat there next spring.  She can currently be seen in a station promotion for NH PBS.  She sends her love to her family and friends.  Amelia will most likely be looking for her two front teeth this Christmas.
Marissa Konstadt (Belinda Cratchit) WITH NSMT: HONK!, A Christmas Carol ‘98 -‘00, Children of Eden. ELSEWHERE: Marissa is 12 years old and in the Collins Middle School in Salem.  Marissa has played Annie at the ‘99 North Shore Jewish Community Center's production of Annie, and she danced in the ‘97 production of The Nutcracker at the Ballet Theatre of Boston.  Marissa is thrilled to once again be part of the "Christmas Carol Family!" Love to my family and a special thanks to her teachers.
Matt Marquart (Turkey Boy) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Honk!, A Christmas Carol ‘99  ELSEWHERE: Matt played Will Rogers Jr. in Will Rogers Follies.  Matt's most recent roll Kurt in The Sound of Music.  Matt is very excited to be back at NSMT for A Christmas Carol.  A seventh grader at the Briscoe Middle School in Beverly, Matt enjoys being involved in school chorus, band and drama club.  Other interests include studying the trumpet, running and playing soccer. He would like to thank his mother and father friends and teachers for their support.
Jessica McDonough (Fan) WITH NSMT: Annie, HONK!, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ELSEWHERE: Jessica is overjoyed to be joining her friends at NSMT in her first Christmas Carol. She has been performing in school and community productions for many years. Some of her favorite roles have been Pepper in Annie, Baby Louise in Gypsy, Patty in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Oliver in Oliver!, Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Topsy and Siamese child in The King and I, Lady Lucille and understudy for Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, and her first dramatic role as Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town. She studies voice with Steve Flynn and ballet with Gene Murray. Jessica wishes to dedicate this performance to her sister Lisa, her Mom and Dad, and Papa and Grandma!
Hope Milne (Ignorance/Want) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: A second grader at Cole Elementary School in Boxford, Hope has always loved to act and sing.  Hope has attended summer theatre camp and drama classes.  Hope is thrilled to make her debut with NSMT - a dream come true to actually perform on a real stage! Thank you to her family and friends for all their support, and a special thanks to Anne for her shameless plugs and tons of love.
Eric Murray (Peter Cratchit) WITH NSMT: Carousel, Joseph      and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ELSEWHERE: Eric is extremely excited to be back performing at NSMT where earlier thi sseason he was  as the Heavenly Friend in Carousel and in the children's choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Besides acting, Eric enjoys playing guitar, Playstation 2 and eating at Burger King. Eric would like to thank all his family, friends and his awesome teacher Mr. Brumis for all their support.
Lacey Marie Thompson (Ignorance/Want) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Lacey Marie is 4 years old.  She just recently started dance/ballet classes. Lacey loves singing, dancing joking and discovering.  With her debut here at NSMT she hopes to begin something wonderful!!
Greg Ganakas (Director/Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, How to Succeed In Business..., Brigadoon, A Christmas Carol  ‘93-‘00,  Good News!, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Crazy For You, The Music Man, Annie  ELSEWHERE: Greg has a repertoire of work that includes Broadway, regional and international credits. He has directed and choreographed two world premieres: The Times at Long Wharf Theatre and White Lies at the American Stage Company and the Triad in New York.  His most recent credits include the award winning Goodspeed musical production of Brigadoon, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum at the American Musical Theatre of San José; Oklahoma! at the Ordway Music Theatre; the National Tour of Damn Yankees; George M! and The Pajama Game at Goodspeed Opera House; Brigadoon for Papermill Playhouse; Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, and Camelot at Sacramento Civic Light Opera. He has had the privilege of working with such renowned artists as Agnes de Mille, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Betty Buckley, Jim Dale, Alexis Smith, Mary Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others.  His Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan with the Boston Pops and Beverly Sills, staged at Boston's Symphony Hall, can be seen on PBS's "Great Performances." He has created musical numbers for the ABC network and provided corporate entertainment packages for Oldsmobile, IBM, Proctor and Gamble, Disney Productions, Lever Brothers and American Express, as well as musical benefits for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He is currently on the faculty at New York University, where he is Artistic Director of Music Theatre for the School of Education's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

Janet Glazener Roma (Music Director) WITH NSMT: Phantom ‘92  ELSEWHERE: Janet Roma is happy to be back at NSMT, where she was music director of Maury Yeston's Phantom!, and also worked on productions of Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Damn Yankees, and West Side Story. Her National Tour credits include Jerry's Girls with Carol Channing (music director; conducted the original cast album), Cats (music director),and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Sam Harris (music director). On Broadway, Janet was music director for Jerry's Girls with Chita Rivera and Dorothy Loudon. She was the associate conductor for the national tours of Aspects of Love, A Chorus Line, The King and I with Hayley Mills, and Sunset Blvd. with Petula Clark. Janet has just completed a run as music director for Moby Dick: An American Opera at Boston's New Repertory Theatre. She lives in Cohasset with her husband, drummer / percussionist Gene Roma.

Howard C. Jones (Scenic Designer): WITH NSMT: Carousel, Sweet Charity, Student Prince, Victor Victoria, Annie, The Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Camelot, South Pacific, Nunsense 2, Showboat, Brigadoon, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the annual production of A Christmas Carol..  ELSEWHERE: Mr. Jones is pleased to design Carousel for NSMT.  He has been a member of the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts for the past five years. Before that he was the founder and owner of Cobalt Studios, an apprentice painting studio, in upstate New York. Other credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Starlight Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh and the American Heartland Theatre. Life is good and just gets better. Thanks to Mom and Dad. Love to Jerry and the boys. And a big thanks to all my friends and peers who always check in to see "What I've done with the place now!"

Kendall Smith (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Zorba, Oklahoma, Good news, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to tht Forum, Showboat, Little Me, A Christmas Carol ‘94-'00 ELSEWHERE: Mr. Smith returns for his seventh season at North Shore. Theatre credits include Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre DC, Geva Theatre, Sharon Stage, American Stage Festival, Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City and the Barter Theatre. Regional Opera companies include Michigan Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Boston Lyric and Dayton Opera Theatre.

Nancy Leary (Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol 1993-99, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, Phantom, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ELSEWHERE: Originally from Nova Scotia, Nancy has costumed shows in both Canada and the U.S. for the past decade. She has designed Richard III, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Recently she has designed costumes for Rosmersholm at A.R.T. Institute and her first feature film, The Viewing for Out of Cake Productions.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 musical seasons. ELSEWHERE: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University.  He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer.  John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge.  In his recent "spare time" he started Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations.  He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their continued love and support.

Robert Levinstein* (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: 2000: HONK!, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol. 2001: Carousel, Just So, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Letters from ‘Nam, Zorba, Miss Saigon  ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, Waiting in the Wings (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), Voices in the Dark.  Lincoln Center: Parade with Hal Prince. National Tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway, Clue: The Musical. Pre-Broadway Workshop: The Jazz Singer. Robert was also the sub Stage Manager for Jackie Mason's: Much Ado About Everything. Robert is very happy to be returning to North Shore Music Theatre for a second Season.  Along with his New York credits, he has worked on the west coast with Disneyland's staged productions of The Spirit of Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Festival of Fools.  Robert has over 3 years of touring experience with Mark Edelman's Theatre League, working with such celebrities as Lanie Kazan, Lennie Wolpe, Gary Sandy, Debbie Gravitte and the Little Mermaid herself, Jodie Benson.

Jon Kimbell (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) Mr. Kimbell is the recipient of the 2001 New England Theatre Conference Major Award - For Outstanding Achievement In The American Theatre and Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2001. During his 19 years at the helm of North Shore Music Theatre, he, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country, built an audience that is one of the largest in New England, and propelled the Music Theatre into the first rank of theaters nationally, both in size and in the quality of its productions.  His responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction and long range planning of the organization, as well as commissioning and development of new musical theatre works with Associate Producer John La Rock. Mr. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, which was created in 1986 to encourage the development of new musicals, and recently co-chaired the Alliance's International Festival of New Musicals, presented in New York City each September. He has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and-as a passionate believer in the development of new musicals -the premieres of 20 musical theatre works. In 1999 the New England Theatre Conference named him the winner of the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for his direction of NSMT's musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which he also co-wrote and which is now in it's 13th record-breaking year of production. He has recently served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Access Panel, the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. His other credits include work as an evaluator and consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre, Challenge Grant and Theater programs, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Hampshire Touring Program, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mr. Kimbell is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

James K. Polese (Executive Director) has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Music Theatre since 1983, overseeing all fiscal and administrative operations. In addition to these duties, Mr. Polese is the key negotiator for the Music Theatre's highly successful Celebrity Concert and Children's Musicals series. Outside of the Music Theatre, Mr. Polese has just finished serving a term as the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) after serving one term as the Secretary of NAMT and as a member of the Finance and Development committees for four years. Through his leadership and 8 years on the board, the NAMT membership has grown and the new works program continues to build exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese also served on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital and a member of the Executive Committee and a Commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission. He also serves on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee of the Center for Addictive Behaviors and has recently been elected to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. He was a vital force in planning and implementing the expansion of the Music Theatre in 1988-89, creating a first rate, state-of-the-art facility for the creation of classic and new musicals. Mr. Polese is strongly committed to providing the community with education, cultural activities and access for all members of the community.

   
 
Carousel 2001

CAST OF CHARACTERS
(in order of appearance)
Carrie Pipperidge - SARAH KNAPP
Julie Jordan - ANGELA GAYLOR
Nettie Fowler - JANELLE ROBINSON
Mrs. Mullin - KATHRYN ROSSETTER
Jigger Craigin - ALEX SANCHEZ
Billy Bigelow - AARON LAZAR
1st Policeman - TONY YAZBECK
David Bascombe - JAMES BODGE
Enoch Snow -  MICHAEL HALLING
Captain - DANA STEER
2nd Policeman  - BOBBY PESTKA
Heavenly Friend - ERIC MURRAY
Starkeeper - DIMITRI CHRISTY
Louise - KATHY MEYER
Fairground Boy - SAM SINNS
Enoch Snow Jr. - JUSTIN BOHON
Snow Children - NATASHA ASHWORTH, ALYSIA D'URSO,  JAMES RICKER, JACLYN SABOGAL, ROBERT ST. LAURENCE
Hudson Allen - KEITH ANDREWS
Abner Bentley - SETH MUSE
Orin Peasley - JUSTIN BOHON
Arminy Chase - SHARON RICHARDS
Ella Frazer - LAURA GAONA
Ben Hamlin - BOBBY PESTKA
Johnathan Livermore - TONY YAZBECK
Penny Peters - KATHRYN COMPERATORE
Hannah Sanborn - JULIE REIBER
Frances Sewell - STEPHANIE SHEPPARD
George Spears - DANA STEERS
Virginia May Sperry - LAURA WAGNER

assistant music director/rehearsal pianist - Steve Hinnenkamp
assistant stage manager - Erik Hedblom
assistant choreographer/dance captain - Kathy Meyer

Scenic Designer HOWARD C. JONES
Costume Designer JANE GREENWOOD
Additional Costumes Designed By SUSAN E. PICINICH
Lighting Designer KIRK BOOKMAN
Wig Designer GERAD KELLEY
Sound Designer JOHN STONE
Stage Manager ROBERT LEVINSTEIN
Music Director ANTONY GERALIS
Directed and Choreographed By BARRY IVAN

ORCHESTRA
Music Director - Antony Geralis
Douglas Worthen - flute/piccolo
Jennifer Slowik - oboe/English horn
Peter Cokkinias - clarinet
Jay Daly - trumpet
Alyssa Coffey - French horn
Walter Bostian - trombone
Lucy Pope - violin 1
Michael Loo - violin 2
Sandy Kiefer - cello
Robert  Lynam - bass
Martha Moor - harp
Mark Worgaftik - percussion
Steven Hinnenkamp - Piano

WHO'S WHO

Aaron Lazar* (Billy Bigelow) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Aaron recently returned from the Broadway National Tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel where he performed the title role and played the role of Dewhurst.  Off Broadway: Harvey, opposite Carol Woods, in York Theatre Co.'s Musical in Mufti presentation of Hallelujah, Baby! Also at the York: Johnny Johnson and Pablo. Regionally Aaron has performed at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Maine State Music Theatre. BA in Music/Pre Med from Duke University.  MFA from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  Many thanks to Barry, Norman and all at NSMT.. finally guys!  Love and thanks to The Gage Group, Mari-Lyn Henry and the greatest family and friends in the world!

Angela Gaylor* (Julie Jordan) WITH NSMT: A Little Night Music ELSEWHERE: Angela is thrilled to return to NSMT.  She is a student at the Cincinnati College - Conservatory, where she has played Lily in The Secret Garden, and Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel.  Other credits include Singin' in the Rain at Music Theatre of Wichita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), Street Scene (Mae Jones) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine) at Seaside Music Theatre.  This summer Angela will be playing the role of April in Company at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.  Much love and special thanks to Uncle B, Bubba, Ty and Tory, her family and Adam.

Sarah Knapp* (Carrie Pipperidge) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Sarah just completed the run of Desperate Acts Off-Broadway. This past winter she originated the role of Julie Fife in the premiere of Criminal Acts for the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. She was last seen on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel. She has appeared Off-Broadway as Amnesia in the original Nunsense; Smoke on the Mountain; The "No-Frills " Revue; Godspell; Gifts of the Magi; Opal. Regionally, she has appeared at the Asolo and Alley Theatres; the Cincinnati Playhouse; the Fulton Opera House; Maine State Music Theater; Goodspeed Opera House and the Kennedy Center and she toured Europe in Richard Foreman's Africanis Instructus. As a book writer and lyricist, Sarah works with her husband, composer Steven M. Alper. Their musical, The Library, was awarded a NEA production grant in 1993, and was produced at NYU-TSOA and at Stamford Theatre Works in Connecticut. Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance, was commissioned by Maine State Music Theatre and premiered there in the summer of 1996. The Immigrant, lyrics by Sarah, book by Mark Harelik and music by Steven Alper, was produced off-Broadway this past September at The-CAP21 Theatre.

Michael Halling* (Enoch Snow) AT NSMT: The Student Prince, A Little Night Music ELSEWHERE: Michael is happy to be returning to NSMT, where he spent much of last summer, near where he grew up. On Broadway, Michael understudied the role of Elton in The Scarlet Pimpernel, (Version 2.0). Other credits include Hero in A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom and Chess.  Upcoming projects include Paul in Carnival at Connecticut Rep and Peter in Company at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Michael earned a B.A. from University of Minnesota.  Much love to family and friends, especially Lisa, and many thanks to director Barry Ivan.

Alex Sanchez* (Jigger Craigin) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Alex is a native Chicagoan coming directly from the Broadway production of Follies. He is proud to be making his debut with North Shore Music Theater. Other roles; Ramon Fornos in the Broadway production of Love, Valor, Compassion. John Leguizamo's one man play Mambo Mouth, Penguin Rep Theater, Riff, West Side Story, Kansas City Starlight, Timothy Harper, Strike up the Band, Goodspeed Opera, Harry Beaton, Brigadoon, Papermill Playhouse. Other Broadway credits; The Red Shoes, Carousel, Big, Once upon a Mattress and Fosse. Thanks Barry for this wonderful opportunity, God, Mom and Dad for their love, especialmente para mi gran amor Lani.

Kathryn Rossetter* (Mrs. Mullin) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Kathryn is an actress/ writer/ and comedy performer whose career has spanned two coasts and New Zealand. The disappointment of never being Miss America has led her to a life of failed relationships, meaningless time in Hollywood, and being the New Zealand Butter Lady in the mid-80's. Films Death Of A Salesman, Fearless, Shakedown, The Night We Never Met, Speed 2 and the Independent short, Girls In Suits At Lunch and the hit from Sundance, Whatever. Broadway; Death of A Salesman with Dustin Hoffman and Time of The Cuckoo at Lincoln Center. Off Broadway she has appeared in numerous productions at The WPA Theatre, Public Theatre, Vineyard Theatre Hudson Guild Theatre, UBU Rep, Playwrights horizons, New Dramatists, Village Gate, Workhouse Theatre, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is a member. She's done many guest appearances on television, including, Touched by an Angel, Full House, LA Law, Kate and Allie, Spencer For Hire, The Deidre Hall Story, The Bill Cosby Show, and a television pilot directed by Paul Sorvino called, Urban Legends. She turned to writing because she couldn't afford the intensive psycho- therapy it would take to make her a 'whole' person. She's written three sketch comedy shows, three One-person shows, several one-act plays and her film script, Virgin Rules was a finalist for a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. She teaches acting in Manhattan.

Janelle Robinson* (Nettie Fowler) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Janelle is thrilled to be making her NSMT Debut.  Broadway: Hal Prince's revival of Showboat and it's National Tour.  Regional credits include Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Porgy and Bess, Man of LaMancha and Johnny Johnson. Operatic credits include La Boheme, The Magic Flute and The Consul. She would like to thank all her family and friends for their support, especially her daughter, Alita.
 
Kathy Meyer* (Louise) WITH NSMT: Sweet Charity, Grease, Victor/Victoria, Kismet, A Christmas Carol ('96, '98 - 2000), West Side Story, 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: Kathy was last seen on the North Shore Music Theatre Stage tumbling in A Christmas Carol this past December.  She has spent the last 5 years assisting director/choreographer Barry Ivan along with performing in many of his shows.  This production of Carousel marks their 13th show together.  Some of her favorite roles and projects along the way include Anybodys in West Side Story, Frenchy in Grease, Phylis in 42nd Street and a good old chorus girl in Victor/Victoria.  Kathy is looking forward to spending her summer in Pittsburgh Performing the roles of Maggie in Brigadoon and Kathy in Company at the Benedum Center.  Here is to lucky #13!! She dedicates this show to her mother.

Dimitri Christy* (Starkeeper / Dr. Seldon / Priest) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Dimitri recently played the lead role of "Professor Mordecai Bates" in the World Premier of a new, two Character, play called The Man Who Could See Through Time. Prior to that, he was "the Ship's Captain" in Anything Goes (with Chita Rivera) at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey; "Eli Whitney"in the Pittsburgh CLO production of Anything Goes (with Carolee Carmello), as well as the New England premiere of Wit as "Dr. Kelekian". Other credits include covering and performing the two lead roles of "Morris" and "Nathan" (Off-Broadway) in 2 1/2 Jews; and "the Duke" in Measure For Measure (Off Off Broadway). Other regional theater credits include "Zorba" in Zorba - The Musical and "Tevye" in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as roles in Rumors, Cabaret, Sound of Music, and Lend Me a Tenor. He was also seen recently on TV in Law and Order. Thanks to God for all the blessings and opportunities.

Sam Sinns* (Fairground Boy) WITH NSMT: Fiddler On The Roof  ELSEWHERE: Sam returns to NSMT directly from the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast.  Other credits include the National Tour of West Side Story, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC) and performances at Pittsburgh CLO, North Carolina Theatre and Tokyo Disneyland. 1 Corinthians 16:13,14.

James Bodge* (David Bascombe) WITH NSMT: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Macbeth ‘98  ELSEWHERE:  Opened this season at Lyric West Theatre (Misalliance), and closed last season at Merimack Repertory Theatre (area premiere of Defying Gravity). Also this year: New England premiere of Inspecting Carol at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. James has done fifteen shows at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, including All's Well that Ends Well, Winters Tale, Tartuffe and Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Also fifteen more shows at the Lyric Stage Co., including favorites Quartermaine's Turn, What the Butler Saw, Autumn Garden and Goodly Creatures. Nine seasons at Maine's Theater at Monmouth, appearing in over 40 plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Sheridan and others. Other credits: American Stage Festival, Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Gloucester Stage Co., Wheelock Family Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Mount Holyoke Summer Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Nora Theatre Co., Coyote Theatre and five shows with Worcester's Foothills Theatre. Favorite roles have been Norman in On Golden Pond, and major roles in Loot, Tomfoolery, Tartuffe, Death of a Salesman and Hamlet. James has been acting for over 20 years and has done so in over 40 states. For a decade he has been the Boston Liaison for Actors' Equity Association.

Keith Andrews* (Hudson Allen) WITH NSMT: Sweet Charity ELSEWHERE: Keith is very happy to return to NSMT. He has toured extensively through the U.S. and Europe with such shows as Carousel, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mame, The Goodbye Girl, West Side Story, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Keith has also directed and choreographed many shows, and this summer will direct Sweet Charity and the musical revue Pets. Thanks to Barry, Kathy and John for bringing him back to Beverly. As always love and more love to Theresa.

Justin Bohon* (Enoch Snow Jr., Orin Peesley) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol 2000, Victor/ Victoria  ELSEWHERE:  Justin performed on Broadway in Miss Saigon as G.I. #66.  Most recently he returned from the 1st National Tour of Hal Prince's Parade, where he performed the roles of Young Soldier and Frankie Epps.  At Pittsburgh CLO, Justin played the Roles of Snow Boy in West Side Story, Billy in Crazy For You and Hugo in Bye Bye Birdie.  Other regional credits include Huck in Big River, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cain in Children of Eden, Danny in Baby, Peter in Babes in Arms and Dick in Dames at Sea. Justin has also made appearances on As the World Turns.  Justin would like to thank his Mom, Dad and sister Melissa for their love and support.

Kathryn Comperatore (Penny Peters) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Kathryn is thrilled to be doing her first production with NSMT.  New York credits include "Desire" in the Broadway Workshop of Bad Boy Johnny and "Marianne" in Life in the Trees.  Regional credits include "Stella" in A Streetcar Named Desire.  She is the co-founder of Punch ‘N' Pie Productions and trained with William Esper. Many thanks to her friends and family, and a special thanks to director Barry Ivan for this wonderful opportunity.

Laura Gaona (Ella Frazer) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE:  Laura is happy to be making make her NSMT debut. Most recent credits include The King and I (Eliza) at Marriott Lincolnshire, West Side Story (Rosalia) at Kansas City Starlight Theatre, and Brigadoon (Maggie) at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Other credits include West Side Story, How to Succeed  .... Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in the Chicago area, and The King and I at The MUNY. She has danced for Lyric Opera of Chicago in Aida and Ghosts of Versailles, and was a member of Tyego Dance Project. Thanks to Barry Ivan for this opportunity.

Seth Muse (Abner Bently) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Seth is very excited to be making his debut at NSMT. He is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where he received a B.S. in Speech/ Theatre, with a Musical Theatre Certificate. Recent credits include a revival of Cole Porter's Leave it to Me, West Side Story (Tony) and Cinderella (The Prince).

Bobby Pestka* (Ben Hamlin, Policeman #2, Fairground Boy u/s)  WITH NSMT: Victor/ Victoria ELSEWHERE: Bobby is thrilled to be back at NSMT and to be working, once again, under the direction of Barry Ivan. He most recently appeared in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC.  Credits include Legends in Concert (Hawaii), The Arena Stage, The Goodspeed Opera House and numerous seasons at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.  An alumni of Point Park College, Bobby wishes to dedicate this performance to Jami Vaughn.

Julie Reiber (Hannah Sanborn)  WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Julie is thrilled to be joining the NSMT family!  Recent credits include Sweeny Todd, Songs for a New World and the opera Susannah.  Julie also traveled the world as a principal singer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  She recently moved to New York City, but she will be a traveling girl once again come September when she joins the National Tour of Rent.  Thanks to all my family and friends for your amazing support and love!  You know who you are!  I would not be here without you! Thanks!

Sharon Richards * (Arminy Chase, Innkeeper, Julie u/s, Nettie u/s) WITH NSMT: A Little Night Music ELSEWHERE: Sharon started her career as an opera singer.  Among her many roles Sharon's favorites include Musetta in La Boheme, Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.  Sharon has performed with the Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Opera, The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Deleware.  Her NYC musical theatre debut was in the NY City Center Encores production of Babes in Arms.  During the past year Sharon had the opportunity to portray Louise in a film workshop for Fearless Film Productions.  Upcoming engagements include Susan in Company, starring Malcom Getz, at Pittsburgh CLO also directed by Barry Ivan.  Sharon would like to express her gratitude to her parents for their unending love and support, and also to "Big B" without you none of this would be possible, thank you for believing in me.

Dana Steer* (George Spears, Captain) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Originally from nearby Boxford, Dana is elated to be on stage at NSMT. He has performed extensively around New York and in Pittsburgh, where he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.  Favorite roles include: Tony in West Side Story, Lun Tha in The King and I, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Curly in Oklahoma!, and the "geeky freshman" in The Student Prince at Papermill Playhouse.  Love to family and friends- especially here at home and in the audience.

Stephanie Ann Sheppard* (Frances Sewell) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Stephanie most recently reprised her role as "Grisette Dodo" in The Metropolitan Opera's production of The Merry Widow with Placido Domingo and Frederica von Stade. She is thrilled to have been in the Broadway National Tours of Show Boat and Hello Dolly!, with Carol Channing. Now, it is a pleasure to add NSMT to her list of regional work, which includes: Houston's Theatre Under the Stars; Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre; Kansas City's Starlight Theatre and Seatle's 5th Avenue Theatre. Other credits include: Houston Grand Opera; Radio City Christmas Spectacular; and Dance Companies in her native Texas.

Lauren Wagner* (Virginia May Sperry, Louise u/s) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Lauren is thrilled to be making her debut at NSMT.  Recently she has been seen on the Weekend Today Show as one of Deborah Gibson's back up dancers. National Tours: West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar.  Regional: Gypsy (Signature Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Papermill Playhouse), Annie, Music Man, Pippin.  Lauren has danced with Washington Ballet and Hartford Ballet.  Love to family and friends, especially my Dr.

Tony Yazbeck* (Jonathan Livermore, 1st Policeman, Billy u/s) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Tony's Broadway credits include Gypsy with Tyne Daly and also Linda Lavin.  He recently finished the tour of Annie Get Your Gun covering for Tom Wopat.  Regional credits include Crazy for You, West Side Story, Cabaret, Oklahoma, La Boheme, Carmen, Dracula and more.  He received his training from Point Park College and from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Thanks to the Lord for all his blessings.  May we all grasp the opportunity to love one another fully.

Eric Murray (Heavenly Friend) Eric is extremely excited to be performing at NSMT. His credits include Oliver Hix and Salesman #1 in The Music Man for Wilmington Middle School, Lee Zazlow in Zink, The Myth, The Legend, The Zebra for Matignon High School in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival, Newsboy in Gypsy and Doody in Grease, both with Stage Right. Besides acting, Eric enjoys playing guitar, singing and participates in several sports. Eric would like to thank all his family, Steve and Cammy from Stage Right and his teachers, Miss Maher and Mrs. Kelley.

Natasha Ashworth (Snow Child) WITH NSMT: A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Little Night Music ELSEWHERE: Natasha is extremely happy to return to NSMT and rejoin Barry and castmates from A Little Night Music where she played her favorite role as Fredrika Armfeldt. Bitten early by the bug, she always tried to get onstage.  At age four, she played the "changeling child" in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Theater in the Open and this year she played several fairies in NSMT's production.  She can be seen on Public Television and The History Channel.  She dances regularly with Joppa Jazz Jrs. In Newburyport and Ballet New England's The Nutcracker.  She says "Hi" to her family, friends and teachers out there.

Alysia D'Urso (Snow Child) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Alysia is 13 years old has been performing since she was a young child.  Most recently, she was seen in The Wizard of Oz with the Belmont Drama Club. Alysia is glad to be making her first appearance at NSMT. 
 
James Ricker  (Snow Child) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: James is 10 years old and a 4th grader at Centerville School.  His credits include Sheriff Tom in an Encore Production of Hollywood Hillbillies last summer. He loves to play baseball, football and ski.

Jaclyn Sabogal  (Snow Child) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Seven year old Jaclyn is a first grade student at the Kiley School in Peabody.  She loves to sing and dance and has appeared in local productions at Neverland Theatre, Peabody Institute Library Drama Club and in The Nutcracker at Salem State College.  She sends out hugs and kisses to her family and friends.

Robert W. St. Laurence (Snow Child) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Robert is a 6th grader from Medford, MA.  He is the recipient of a 4-year scholarship to the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, a day school for musically talented and academically gifted boys.  Robert has performed with the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, where he played the role of Willie Dunne in The Steward of Christendom and most recently appeared in the much acclaimed Dead End.  He has also appeared at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Once Upon A Mattress and The Jungle Book.  Robert's other regional theatre credits include The Music Man (Winthrop Paroo) and Evening of Song (Soloist) with the Medford Arts Collaborative; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie), The Wizard of Oz (Coroner of Munchkinland), Robin Hood (Merry Man) at the Arlington's Children's Theatre; The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) and The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Edmund) for SCS Drama Club; Alice Underground with Underground Railway Theatre: The Sound of Music, Oliver and Cinderella at Arlington Community Theatre. Robert is thrilled to be onstage at NSMT, where he has been a season ticket holder since the age of 2.

Barry Ivan (Director/Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Sweet Charity, A Little Night Music, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story, Cabaret, La Cage Aux Folles, 42nd Street, Victor/Victoria, Grease ELSEWHERE: Mr. Ivan has been associated with theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe, ranging from the German State Opera to Yale. In New York City, his work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Kaufman Theatre, and Lincoln Center. Mr. Ivan directed the critically acclaimed San Diego Civic Light Opera production of La Cage Aux Folles, and was just awarded Best Director by the Pittsburgh Critics for his production of Anything Goes at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, starring Carolee Carmello. Mr. Ivan recently staged Maury Yeston's new musical, In the Beginning, and has directed workshops at numerous theaters including Walnut Street Theatre and the Pennsylvania Playwrights Festival.  Among his other noteworthy credits, he has directed and choreographed productions of Mame, Peter Pan, Promises Promises, Berlin to Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors; and non-musical productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lovers and Other Strangers, and The Zoo Story. Mr. Ivan conceives and directs thematic musical industrial shows for some of the largest companies in the U.S., including Deloitte & Touche LLP, Equitable Life Assurance Society and the IBM Corporation. Mr. Ivan recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and just completed directing a workshop of a new film.  Upcoming: Company at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Miss Saigon at NSMT and the premiere of a new play, Roman Nights, this fall in New York.

Antony Geralis (Music Director) WITH NSMT: A Little Night Music. ELSEWHERE: Antony is currently with this seasons new Broadway musical Jane Eyre. Last season he served as Associate Music Director for Lincoln Center's concert version of South Pacific. Prior to that he music directed Chess for Jeffrey Finn Productions as well as The World Goes Round and I Do, I Do. for the Cazenovia Theatre Company:  In New York most recently he was the Assistant Conductor for the recent Broadway revival of The Sound of Music starring Richard Chamberlain and pianist for Carnegie Hall's concert version of Noel Coward's Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch. Additional credits include the following: Broadway: Steel Pier,  The King and I, Cats, Starlight Express, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Zorba starring Anthony Quinn, and A Chorus Line (Vocal Music Supervisor).  Off-Broadway:  Captains Courageous (Manhattan Theatre Club), Strike Up the Band (City Center), Merrily We Roll Along (York Theatre), Jack's Holiday (Playwrights Horizons), Brontosaurus (Circle Rep).  National Tours: Zorba, Cats, A Chorus Line.  Regional Theatre: Time and Again (Old Globe), Dream (Tennessee Rep.). He is a founding member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music's  professional Musical Theater Workshop, and is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance

Howard C. Jones (Scenic Designer): WITH NSMT: Sweet Charity, Student Prince, Victor Victoria, Annie, The Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Camelot, South Pacific, Nunsense 2, Showboat, Brigadoon, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the annual production of A Christmas Carol..  ELSEWHERE: Mr. Jones is pleased to design Carousel for NSMT.  He has been a member of the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts for the past five years. Before that he was the founder and owner of Cobalt Studios, an apprentice painting studio, in upstate New York. Other credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Starlight Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh and the American Heartland Theatre. Life is good and just gets better. Thanks to Mom and Dad. Love to Jerry and the boys. And a big thanks to all my friends and peers who always check in to see "What I've done with the place now!"

Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer) With NSMT: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Annie, The Music Man, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. ELSEWHERE: Recent designs for Broadway include Band in Berlin, The Sunshine Boys with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall; The Gin Game with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Currently touring: Showboat and Jekyll and Hyde Off-Broadway he has designed Force Continuum, for the Atlantic Theatre Company, Hope is the Thing With Feathers, As Thousands Cheer, June Moon, My One Good Nerve, starring Ruby, The Importance of Being Ernest, and Major Barbara, directed by Tony Walton, Eclipsed, Exactly Like You, The Green Heart, The Shawl, directed by Sidney Lumet. Regional theatres include: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Coconut Grove Playhouse, GEVA Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre. Ballet: English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet. Kirk is a member of the Off-Broadway theatre company, The Drama Dept.

Susan E. Picinich (Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: A Little Night Music  ELSEWHERE: Susan designed costumes for Titanic and Big River at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, Maine. This was her ninth consecutive season at Maine State where she also designed Blood Brothers directed by Bruce Lumpkin, the new Maury Yeston musical In The Beginning with Barry Ivan's choreography, and the original musical Chamberlain, among many others. Other credits include Crazy for You at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, four shows at Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine, most recently Lend Me A Tenor and Communicating Doors at the Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine. Susan is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Southern Maine.

Gerard Kelly (Wig Design) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof  ELSEWHERE: Gerard's work was last seen here in Fiddler On The Roof and will be returning with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. His design credits in New York include Guys & Dolls for N.Y.U, Down Hearted Blues, Splendora & Varla Jean Merman, Enough About Me, for The Illyria Theatre. Dog Eaters, References To Salvadore Dali Make Me Hot, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Skin Of Our Teeth, Saturn Returns & Ballad Of Yachio for The Joseph Papp Public Theater.  Strickly Personal at The Soho Playhouse, The Last Of The Thorntons, for The Signature Theater Company and The Fishkin Touch, & The Garden Of Frau Hess for The Jewish Repertory Theater. In Phillidelphia Gerard has designed extensively for The Walnut St Theater, his shows include I Do! I Do!,Children, Singing In The Rain, Rags, Phantom, Grand Hotel, The Heiress, The Buddy Holly Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Hotel Suite, Three Tall Women, Collected Stories & Every Other Inch A Lady. Also in Phillidelphia, Stye Of The Blind Pig & Old Settle" for The New Freedom Theater. Other regional shows include, The Very Worst Of Varla Jean Merman tour for Varla Jean Merman. Lypsinka The Box Se" tour for Lypsinka. Last Night Of Ballyhoo, A Tale Of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Marvins Room, Big Rosemary, Aint Missbehaving & Mane, for The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center. Mad Dancers for the San Diego Repertory Theater. "We Are Family" for The Sacramento Theater Company. The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Two seasons for The Lake Tahoo Shakespeare Festival. A Christmas Carol for The Geva Theater in Rochester. Last Night Of Ballyhoo for Theater Works in San Francisco, Master Class for The Northern Stage Company in Vermont & Evita for The Carousel Dinner Theater in Columbus, Ohio. Gerards next project is Are You There God? Its Me Ann Margret for The Illyria with The New York Public Theater.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and the 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 musical seasons. ELSEWHERE: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University.  He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer.  John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge.  In his recent "spare time" he started Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations.  He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their continued love and support.
 
Robert Levinstein* (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: HONK!, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol  ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, Waiting in the Wings (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), Voices in the Dark.  Lincoln Center: Parade with Hal Prince. National Tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway, Clue: The Musical. Pre-Broadway Workshop: The Jazz Singer. Robert was also the sub Stage Manager for Jackie Mason's: Much Ado About Everything. Robert is very happy to be returning to North Shore Music Theatre for a second Season.  Along with his New York credits, he has worked on the west coast with Disneyland's staged productions of The Spirit of Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Festival of Fools.  Robert has over 3 years of touring experience with Mark Edelman's Theatre League, working with such celebrities as Lanie Kazan, Lennie Wolpe, Gary Sandy, Debbie Gravitte and the Little Mermaid herself, Jodie Benson. Robert wishes to thank Alan for his love and support over the years.

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer/Artistic Director) During his 18 years at the helm of North Shore Music Theatre, Kimbell, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country, built an audience that is the largest in New England, and propelled the Music Theatre into the first rank of theaters nationally, both in size and in the quality of its productions.  His responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction and long range planning of the organization, as well as commissioning and development of new musical theatre works with Associate Producer John La Rock. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, which was created in 1986 to encourage the development of new musicals, and currently co-chairs the Alliance's International Festival of New Musicals, presented in New York City each September. He has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new musicals --the premieres of 18 musical theatre works. He is this year's recipient of Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre. In 1999 the New England Theatre Conference named him the winner of the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for his direction of NSMT's musical adaptation of  "A Christmas Carol," which he also co-wrote and which is now in it's 13th record-breaking year of production. He has recently served as a panelist for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. His other credits include work as an evaluator and consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre, Challenge Grant and Theater programs, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Hampshire Touring Program, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mr. Kimbell is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

James K. Polese (General Manager) has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Music Theatre since 1983, overseeing all fiscal and administrative operations. In addition to these duties, Mr. Polese is the key negotiator for the Music Theatre's highly successful Celebrity Concert and Children's Musicals series. Outside of the Music Theatre, Mr. Polese has just finished serving a term as the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) after serving one term as the Secretary of NAMT and as a member of the Finance and Development committees for four years. Through his leadership and 8 years on the board, the NAMT membership has grown and the new works program continues to build exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese also served on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital and a Commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission. He also serves on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee of the Center for Addictive Behaviors and is a member of the advisory council of Ready, Willing, Enable, Inc. He was a vital force in planning and implementing the expansion of the Music Theatre in 1988-89, creating a first rate, state-of-the-art facility for the creation of classic and new musicals. Mr. Polese is strongly committed to providing the community with education, cultural activities and access for all members of the community.

Special Thanks: Gagnon Shoe Repair, North Shore Marine, Inc.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat 2001

Cast of Characters

Joseph - JOSH TOWER
Narrator - LIZ LARSEN
Jacob - DAVID COFFEE
Reuben - PAUL CASTREE
Simeon - DALE HENSLEY
Levi - CHAD SCHIRO
Napthali - RUSSELL WHITFIELD
Issachar - PAUL GALLAGHER
Asher - KEVIN HADEN
Dan - THOMAS CANNIZZARO
Zebulun - CHUCK SACULLA
Gad - KEVIN KRAFT
Benjamin - RYAN PATRICK BINDER
Judah -  E. CLAYTON CORNELIOUS
Ishmilite - SAM ADAMS, ERIC MURRAY, LUCAS MCMAHON, ANDY  JONES
Female Ensemble - KATHERINE BAILESS, LISA CATRETT-BELROSE, WENDEE LEE CURTIS, NATALIE HILL, JESSICA  PERRIZO, PAMELA REMLER, JENNIFER SHARON TAYLOR
Wailing Wife - JENNIFER SHARON TAYLOR
Potiphar - DAVID COFFEE
Mrs. Potiphar - JESSICA PERIZZO
Butler - KEVIN KRAFT
Baker - PAUL GALLAGHER
Pharaoh - MICHAEL BERRY
Apache Dancers - LISA CATRETT-BELROSE, CHUCK SACULLA
North Shore Music Theatre Children's Choir - GIANNA BAGLIONI, LAURIE BERICH, BRIAH BOGGS, KRISTEN BOUDROW, RYAN BUCHANAN, AUTUMN GILLETTE, CHARLOTTE GLASSER, ANDY JONES, CARA LEONARD, JUSTINE LONG, JESSICA MCDONOUGH, LUCAS MCMAHON, GINA MIELE, LATOYA MURPHY, ERIC MURRAY, RYANN MURRAY, CAYLA RESCA, AMANDA RODHE

rehearsal pianist/children's choir director - JANET GLAZENER ROMA
assistant stage manager - ERIK HEDBLOM*
assistant to the choreographer- LISA CATRETT-BELROSE
assistant to Mr. Ganakas - ANGELA DELANEY
dance captain - PAMELA REMLER

Scenic Designer DEX EDWARDS
Assistant Scenic Designer KEVIN RAPER
Lighting Designer TOM STURGE
Costume Designer CLARE HENKEL
Sound Designer JOHN STONE
Wig Designer GERARD KELLY
Stage Manager ROBERT LEVINSTEIN
Casting NORMAN MERANUS
Music Director KEITH THOMPSON
Choreography by LINDA GOODRICH
Directed by GREG GANAKAS

WHO'S WHO
Josh Tower* (Joseph) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Josh is very proud to be making his NSMT debut! Credits include: BROADWAY: Ragtime (Bway and Chicago Companies), OFF BROADWAY: The Bubbly Black Girl Shedds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwright's Horizons), Josephine's Song (workshop, The York Theater), REGIONAL: Avenue X (Merrimack Rep), Baby (Stage 1), Godspell (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Cymbeline & As You Like It (PlayMakers Rep.), TV & FILM: Guiding Light, The Rainmaker, Philadelphia, Lies That The Radio Told Me. Josh is a graduate of the Temple University Theatre Program.  Thanks to NSMT and the Joseph cast, much love to my family and friends! For you Mom! "Life is but a dream."

Liz Larsen* (Narrator) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Broadway The Most Happy Fella (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle award nominations, L.A. Drama Logue Award Best Featured Actress), Damn Yankees, Starmites, Fiddler on the Roof, A Little Night Music (City Opera). Off-Broadway: New Yorkers, A New Brain, Loman Family Picnic, Dubarry Was A Lady Personals, Company, Little By Little. Tours: Sunday In the 'Park ... (Helen Hayes Award, Best Actress), Lizzie in Baby (Helen Hayes Award nomination). TV: Jessica Reed on Law & Order (recurring), Teri in My Guys (series regular), Sex and the City, Deadline, The Street, Janet Marx in Law & Order SVU (Recurring), Exiled (M.O.W). Liz can be heard on 15 diferent albums on the Verese-Sarabande label, in addition to the original cast recordings of Most Happy Fella, Oh Kay, Starmites, A New Brain and Little By Little. Film: Keeping the Faith, New York Crossing, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Saint of Fort Washington.  She has been a soloist with the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, and with Marvin Hamlisch at symphonies nationally and abroad. Family: Sal (Husband), Alessandro (Big Boy), Joseph (Baby).

Michael Berry* (Pharaoh) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Michael is pleased to be making his NSMT Debut.  Broadway: Les Miserables National Tour: Sunset Boulevard with Patula Clark.  Other NY credits include P.R. Man at the Ohio Theatre, Sundown at the York Theatre, Onward Victoria at the Mint.  Some favorite regional credits include: Eddie in Fool For Love, Billy in Carousel, Stanley in Streetcar Named Desire and Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie (Zony Award).  Some T.V. and film credits include: Beyond the Law, Young Riders, Renegade and a bunch of independent films you  never heard of. Michael is resident Director of the Regarde-Nous Theatre Co. and will be directing their upcoming production of an original work by Randall David Cook this fall.

David Coffee* (Jacob/Potiphar) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol (1992-2000), Phantom (1992 and 1994),  Singin' In the Rain, Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Evita, Good News!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story, Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man, and 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: David comes to NSMT having just completed Joseph... at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. He also received critical and popular acclaim for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in 1776 earlier this season at Bass.  Since his back-to-back triumphs last season (Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Carol), he has kept busy at his first theatrical home: Casa Manana.  This year, he has performed in three children's shows as well as two staged readings of new musicals (The Revolution of Betsy Loring and The Big Bang).  David will return to Casa, after Joseph..., for Gigi.  Then after a much anticipated vacation to England and Ireland, he looks forward to returning to NSMT for his 10th season as Scrooge!

Paul Castree* (Reuben) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Broadway: Original casts of Saturday Night Fever (Bobby C), Footloose (Garvin), The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease! (Eugene) starring Rosie O'Donnell.  National Tour: Bye, Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson) starring Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking.  Off-Broadway/ Regional: Forever Plaid (Jinx) - L.A. Ovation and Dora Award (Best Actor in a Musical). TV: Caroline in the City (Caroline's Brother Chris). In September, Paul will be featured in the 20th anniversary concert of Dreamgirls (Dave - "Cadillac Car") starring Lillias White, Audra McDonald and Heather Headly at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

E. Clayton Cornelius* (Judah) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Clayton comes direct from the Broadway Revival of The Music Man.  Other Broadway credits include Kat & the Kings (Standby). National Tours: A Chorus Line, The Goodbye Girl and The Wiz. Regional Credits: R&J-the Musical (Workshop), School House Rock Live! and other various shows at such theatres as: Actors Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Light Opera, Pgh City Theatre and the Pittsburgh Pops Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch.  Clayton would like to thank his family, friends and RW3 for love and support.

Dale Hensley* (Simeon) WITH NSMT: The Music Man, Man of La Mancha ELSEWHERE: Broadway: Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls, Cats, Anything Goes.  National Tours: Big, La Cage, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sugar Babies.  City Center Encores: Tenderloin, On A Clear Day..., Do Re Mi, Out of this World, Call Me Madam.  Carnegie Hall: Sail Away, Cole Porter's Jubilee. New York Philharmonic: Sweeny Todd Goodspeed Opera House: Brigadoon, George M!, Fanny.  Dale can be heard on 6 cast recordings.

Paul Gallagher* (Issachar, Baker) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol '99 ‘00 , The Most Happy Fella, Phantom, Where's Charley? Carnival, Annie. ELSEWHERE: Paul is thrilled to be back at NSMT playing the Baker/Issachar in Joseph... having toured in both Livent's production of Joseph..., starring Donny Osmond, and the Broadway tour of Joseph..., starring Sam Harris . He just finished working a four-month run of Brigadoon at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam Connecticut. Other credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Santa) Radio City Music Hall NYC, Off- Broadway production of On A clear Day ... (Solicitor). Tours include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), My Fair Lady (Zoltan Karpathy), The Most Happy Fella (Pasquale), Phantom and My Fair Lady (Jamie). Regional: World Premiere of The Prince and The Pauper (Lord), Annie (Bert Healy), Phantom, Sweeney Todd (Beadle), The Merry Widow (Novikovich), How it was Done in Odessa (Innkeeper). Paul has also been a guest soloist with many U.S. opera houses and major symphonies. He would like to thank Greg Ganakas, Mom and Dad, Gayle, Sandy, Daniel, and Ron.

Ryan Patrick Binder (Benjamin) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Ryan is ecstatic to make his debut here at NSMT.  Other credits include West Side Story (Baby John) and Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble) at the West Virginia Public Theatre and Brigadoon (Harry Beaton) at the Fort Salem Theatre in Salem, N.Y. Originally from Sterling Heights, MI, Ryan just graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance where he recently played the role of Buddy Foster in Side Show.  He would like to thank his family and Anjli for all their love and support. GO BLUE!!

Thomas Cannizzaro* (Dan, Joseph u/s) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Thomas has just come off the National Tour of Cabaret (Victor/Clifford Bradshaw U/S).  Other tours include Grease (Brazil/Kenickie) and Theatreworks USA's The Velveteen Rabbit (Velveteen).  He has also performed at the Goodspeed Opera House and in several showcases in NYC.  So much love to my newlywed wife, Jennifer.

Kevin Haden (Asher) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Kevin is currently a student at NYU pursuing his bachelor's degree in Music Composition. He is happy to be making his professional theatre debut at NSMT.

Kevin Kraft* (Gad, Butler, Reuben u/s) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Kevin's favorite roles include Paul in Barefoot in the Park, Halle in Master Harold and the Boys and Simon in Hayfever.  He is the only actor he knows who has played both Danny and Eugene in Grease!, and he stood by and performed the role of Hero in the recent Broadway Revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way tot the Forum.  Career highlights include Phil Hall's Jekyll & Hyde at Papermill Playhouse, the Disney workshop production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and touring with Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus as a clown.  Look for Kevin in his recurring role of Carl, the resident doctor, on All My Children.

Chuck Saculla* (Zebulun) WITH NSMT: Debut YEY!!! ELSEWHERE: Chuck has appeared in the National Tour of Joseph... starring Donny Osmond (Zebulun), West Side Story (Bernardo), On The Town (Gabey), Leader of the Pack, Evita, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Benjamin) and the workshop production of the new musical Dorian.  Originally from Chicago, he now resides in Los Angeles, CA.  Thanks to NSMT for this opportunity to work for you.  Here's to a great summer!!

Chad Schiro (Levi) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Chad was most recently seen promoting the movie musical Moulin Rouge under the direction of Baz Luhrmann at the film's world premiere at The Cannes Film Festival.  He was featured in Debbie Allen's Soul Possessed (Boudon/Featured Dancer/ u/s Jesus) at the Alliance Theatre and returns to Massachusetts with excitement after performing in the workshop of Urban Cowboy The Musical (Luke/Assistant Choreographer) in Gloucester last summer.  Other Favorites include the First National Tour of Victor/Victoria (Gregor/ u/s Richard DiNardo) and Mike in A Chorus Line.  Thanks to my family, Blood and Chosen (especially Amy for the endless laughs and inspiration.

Russell Whitfield (Napthali) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Russell is a student at New York University majoring in voice/music theatre and will be entering his junior year this fall.  His recent credits include Guys and Dolls, Assassins and West Side Story, all of which were at NYU.  Russ would like to thank Greg Ganakas for his professional guidance.  Russ gives glory to God for his many blessings and many thanks to his parents, family and friends for their endless love and support.

Katherine Bailess (Female Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Katherine most recently appeared as Pansy in New Girl in Town and as Lila in Fastbreaks in New York City.  She was also a featured dancer in Ann Reinking's Broadway ‘98 in Tampa, FL.  This year she has appeared in a recurring role on One Life To Live.  Katherine has had the lead in several independent films including $9.99 with the Sundance Institute, The Bootlegger, Central and many others.  She attended Marymount Manhattan College with a dance and musical theatre major.  She now attends the William Esper Studio Intensive Acting Program in Manhattan.  Many thanks to Norman Maranus, Greg Ganakas and Linda Goodrich for believing in me and giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Lisa Catrett-Belrose (Female Ensemble, Apache Dancer, Choreographer's Assistant) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Lisa holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan.  She is an adjunct lecturer in Jazz Dance at the University of Michigan and a principle dancer in Peter Sparling and Company of Ann Arbor. She has performed in Martha Graham's El Penitente, Panorama and was the Woman in Red in Diversion of Angels.  Choreography: U of M productions of Candide, Casino Paradise and Of Thee I Sing.  In 1995 Lisa and her husband Craig placed 4th in the World Class Dance Artistic Roller Skating Championship in Bucaramanga, Columbia.  She sends special thanks to her soul mate Craig, her children Austin and Alexia, Linda Goodrich and all at NSMT.

Wendee Lee Curtis* (Female Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Wendee, a native of Houston, Texas, is thrilled to be making her debut at NSMT in Joseph...! Recent credits include the Duke Ellington musical Play On! (Broadway, Old Globe Theatre) and most recently Arena Stage. Favorite roles are Irene DeQuincy in Babes in Arms, Rose in George M!, Straight No Chaser in This Joint is Jumpin' and Alvishus in Zora Neale Hurston's newly discovered Polk County.  Ms. Curtis also appeared in the European tour of Sophisticated Ladies (starring Freda Payne) and the JVC Jazz tour of Jazz Me Blue (starring Carrie Smith).  As ever, this performance is dedicated to my family, friends and sweet little inspiration - Raven.

Natalie Hill (Female Ensemble, Narrator cover study) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Natalie recently appeared in Brigadoon at the Goodspeed Opera House and was seen as Rusty and understudied the role of Ariel on the Footloose National Tour.  Originally from Utah, Natalie is a student at NYU where she has appeared in West Side Story (Anita), Guys and Dolls and Our Time: Voices of the New Millennium.  Heartfelt thanks to Greg, Keith and Mom and Dad.

Jessica Perrizo* (Female Ensemble, Mrs. Potipher) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Originally from Fargo ND, Jessica was most recently seen in the Broadway National Tour of Cabaret. She has toured the world with numerous concert dance companies and been seen in shows such as Crazy For You, Brigadoon, 42nd Street, Damn Yankees and Into The Woods. She is very excited to be making her debut at NSMT and would like to send thanks and love to her family, friends, co-workers and teachers for their support and encouragement.

Pamela Remler* (Female Ensemble, Dance Captain) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Pamela is thrilled to be working with North Shore Music Theatre this summer.  Pamela most recently was seen as Mavis Grubb / twirler in Susan Stroman's Broadway Musical, The Music Man.  She was in the original cast of A Christmas Carol the musical at the Paramount Theatre in New York City as well as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette.  Pamela has worked on many Broadway workshops including Fosse, The Jazz Singer and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  She served as Assistant Choreographer most recently working with Tony Award Winning choreographer Danny Danials and Chris Peterson in Jubilee at Carnegie Hall. Her film and television credits include Drop Dead Gorgeous (Kirstin Dunst tap dance double and assistant choreographer to Jerry Mitchell), One Life to Live and Guiding Light. Pamela sends her warm thanks to her husband, family and friends for their love and support.

Jennifer Sharon Taylor* (Female Ensemble) WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol ('99 & '00) ELSEWHERE: Jennifer most recently understudied and performed the role of Meg Brockie in Goodspeed Opera House's production of Brigadoon.  Other credits include George M! at Goodspeed Opera House and West Side Story at NYU.  She is a 200 Graduate of New York University.  Thanks Greg, Keith, Linda and her NSMT family. It is great to be back!

NSMT CHILDREN'S CHOIR
 


NSMT CHILDREN'S CHOIR
(Top Row L-R): Ryan Murray, 16 years old, from Wilmington, MA ... Autumn Gillette, 12 years old, from Manchester, MA ... Kristen Boudrow, 13 years old, from Peabody , MA ... Justine Long, 12 years old, from Swampscott , MA ... Amanda Rodhe, 13 years old, from Manchester , MA ... Eric Murray, 13 years old, from Wilmington , MA ... Gianna Baglioni, 14 years old, from Beverly , MA ... Andy Jones, 12 years old, from Swampscott, MA ... LaToya Murphy, 12 years old, from Lynn, MA ... Briah Boggs, 13 years old, from Seabrook, NH ... Sam Adams 14 years old Andover, MA
(Bottom Row L-R): Laurie Berich, 14 years old, from Danvers, MA ... Jessica McDonough, 13 years old, from Lynnfield, MA ... Cayla Resca, 13 years old, from Swampscott, MA ... Charlotte Glasser, 13 years old, from Beverly, MA ... Ryan Buchanan, 9 years old, from Salem, MA ... Gina Miele, 7 years old, from Sudbury, MA ... Cara Leonar, 16 years old, from Sudbury, MA ... Lucas McMahon, 11 years old, from Marblehead, MA

Greg Ganakas (Director/Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, How to Succeed In Business..., Brigadoon, A Christmas Carol  (1993-2000),  Good News!, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Crazy For You, The Music Man, Annie  ELSEWHERE: Greg has a repertoire of work that includes Broadway, regional and international credits. He has directed and choreographed two world premieres: The Times at Long Wharf Theatre and White Lies at the American Stage Company and the Triad in New York.  His most recent credits include the award winning Goodspeed musical production of Brigadoon, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum at the American Musical Theatre of San José; Oklahoma! at the Ordway Music Theatre; the National Tour of Damn Yankees; George M! and The Pajama Game at Goodspeed Opera House; Brigadoon for Papermill Playhouse; Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, and Camelot at Sacramento Civic Light Opera. He has had the privilege of working with such renowned artists as Agnes de Mille, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Betty Buckley, Jim Dale, Alexis Smith, Mary Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others.  His Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan with the Boston Pops and Beverly Sills, staged at Boston's Symphony Hall, can be seen on PBS's "Great Performances." He has created musical numbers for the ABC network and provided corporate entertainment packages for Oldsmobile, IBM, Proctor and Gamble, Disney Productions, Lever Brothers and American Express, as well as musical benefits for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He is currently on the faculty at New York University, where he is Artistic Director of Music Theatre for the School of Education's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

Linda Goodrich (Choreographer) WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady, Good News!, The Music Man. ELSEWHERE: Linda has choreographed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan for theater, television, film, and concert dance. Choreographic credits include the world premiere of Everything's Ducky (Russell & Krieger), Company with Carol Burnett at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, Strike Up the Band at the Goodspeed Opera House, Singin' In The Rain at the Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as a national tour and several regional productions of Singin' In The Rain. Other theaters include the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Palo Alto's TheatreWorks, La Mirada, the MUNY, TUTS, Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre of Wichita, Sacramento Music Circus, and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. She performed in the Broadway and national tour of Cabaret and staged the European tour. Linda's Blues Clues Live is currently touring the country. She is currently a professor of musical theater at the University of Michigan.

Keith Thompson (Music Director) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Crazy For You, On The Town ELSEWHERE: Keith was the Musical Director for the National Tour of Cabaret.  Keith conducted Donny Osmond in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cathy Rigby in the National Tour of Peter Pan, Leslie Uggams in Papermill Playhouse's production of Call Me Madame, Sarah Brightman in The Concert Tour and Ted Neely in Jesus Christ Superstar at Madison Square Garden.  Keith is the Musical Supervisor for Special Events at New York University.  He recently accompanied Donna McKechnie in her concert Inside the Music.

Dex Edwards (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: Fiddler On The Roof, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum and Little Me   ELSEWHERE: Dex is proud to return to North Shore Music Theatre. Dex's design work has been seen in theatres in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, The Majestic Theatre at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Indiana Repertory, Sacramento Repertory, the Alliance Theatre Company (where he was Resident Designer for five years), Virginia Stage Company (where he is an Associate Artist), the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Drury Lane, Oak Brook Theatre in Chicago, The Queens Mill and Winter Garden Theatres in Ontario, Canada and the Berlin Opera House. Dex designed the world premiere of the Jimmy Buffet/Herman Wouk musical Don't Stop the Carnival, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and was the recipient of Chicago's prestigious "Joseph Jefferson Award" in Scenic Design for his work on Comedy of Errors at Chicago's Shakespeare Repertory Theatre. Dex also served as part of the concept design team for the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Dex designed Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus currently running in Las Vegas. Dex's directing work, while less prolific, has also been seen throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has directed at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia; Theatre in the Square in Marietta, Georgia; Flatrock Playhouse in North Carolina; Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia; The Grand Palace Theatre and the Jim Stafford Theatre in Branson, Missouri; and a National and Canadian Tour of the MidAmerica Arts Alliance production of Patsy! A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline.

Clare Henkel (Costume Designer) With NSMT My Fair Lady '98, Fiddler on the Roof ‘00 ELSEWHERE:  Clare's work has been seen at theatres throughout the U.S., including San Diego's Globe Theatre, Rochester's Geva Theatre, Boston's North Shore Music Theatre, the Arizona Theatre Company (in Tuscon and Phoenix), Sacramento Theatre Company, Sacramento's Music Circus, the San Francisco, Idaho, Lake Tahoe and Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Palo Alto's Theatreworks. She has travelled to Vladivostok in Far-Eastern Russia several times with her designs for shows as part of an ongoing exchange with the Maxim Gorky Theatre there. Clare is a Lecturer in Design at The University of California, Davis.

Tom Sturge (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Lights for Sweet Charity, Peter Pan, Victor Victoria, Cabaret, Evita, La Cage aux Folles, Crazy for You, South Pacific, Kismet. Lights and Sets for A Chorus Line and Tommy,  ELSEWHERE: Designs include Everybody's Ruby at the New York Shakespeare Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory, King of the Moon at Buffalo Studio Arena and Pittsburgh Public, The Steward of Christendom for the Huntington Theatre in Boston, Pajama Game at Goodspeed Opera House, and Medea starring Phylicia Rashad at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Broadway credits include Those Were the Days and Gypsy Passion. Off Broadway credits include Amazing Grace starring Marsha Mason (Blue Light Theatre Company), Three Postcards and The Size of the World (Circle Rep), Sheba and Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi(Playhouse 91), and Agamemnon (laMama ETC). Dance credits include Slaves (Alvin Ailey) and Idol Obsession (Ballet Hispanico). Mr. Sturge is a member of the design faculty at Boston University.

Gerad Kelly (Wig Designer) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel ELSEWHERE: Gerard's work was last seen here in Carousel & Fiddler On The Roof and will be returning with Zorba. He just returned from his third season with The Lake Tahoo Shakespeare Festival. His design credits in New York include Guys & Dolls for N.Y.U, Down Hearted Blues, Splendora and Varla Jean Merman, Enough About Me, for The Illyria Theatre. Dog Eaters, References To Salvadore Dali Make Me Hot, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Skin Of Our Teeth, Saturn Returns and Ballad Of Yachio for The Joseph Papp Public Theater.  Strickly Personal at The Soho Playhouse, The Last Of The Thorntons, for The Signature Theater Company and The Fishkin Touch, & The Garden Of Frau Hess for The Jewish Repertory Theater. In Philadelphia Gerard has designed extensively for The Walnut St Theater, his shows include I Do! I Do!, Children, Singin' In The Rain, Rags, Phantom, Grand Hotel, The Heiress, The Buddy Holly Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Hotel Suite, Three Tall Women, Collected Stories and Every Other Inch A Lady. Also in Philadelphia, Sty of The Blind Pig and Old Settler for The New Freedom Theater. Other regional shows include, Are You There God? Its Me Ann-Margret for The Illyria Theater, currently performing in Provincetown and Varla Jean Merman Is: All Washed Up also currently performing in Provincetown. The Very Worst Of Varla Jean Merman. Lypsinka The Box Set. Last Night Of Ballyhoo, A Tale Of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Marvin's Room, Big Rosemary, Ain't Misbehaving and Mame, for The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center. Mad Dancers for the San Diego Repertory Theater. We Are Family for The Sacramento Theater Company. The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Two seasons for The Lake Tahoo Shakespeare Festival. A Christmas Carol for The Geva Theater in Rochester. Last Night Of Ballyhoo for Theater Works in San Francisco, Master Class for The Northern Stage Company in Vermont & Evita for The Carousel Dinner Theater in Columbus, Ohio. Gerard's next projects are Jekyll & Hyde for The Westchester Broadway Theater and Camila for The Walnut St Theater.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Carousel, Just So and the 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 musical seasons. ELSEWHERE: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University.  He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer.  John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge.  In his recent "spare time" he started Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations.  He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their continued love and support.
 
Robert Levinstein* (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: 2000: HONK!, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol. 2001: Carousel, Just So  ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, Waiting in the Wings (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), Voices in the Dark.  Lincoln Center: Parade with Hal Prince. National Tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway, Clue: The Musical. Pre-Broadway Workshop: The Jazz Singer. Robert was also the sub Stage Manager for Jackie Mason's: Much Ado About Everything. Robert is very happy to be returning to North Shore Music Theatre for a second Season.  Along with his New York credits, he has worked on the west coast with Disneyland's staged productions of The Spirit of Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Festival of Fools.  Robert has over 3 years of touring experience with Mark Edelman's Theatre League, working with such celebrities as Lanie Kazan, Lennie Wolpe, Gary Sandy, Debbie Gravitte and the Little Mermaid herself, Jodie Benson.

Norman Meranus (Casting) has cast two seasons for NSMT.  He also casts for The York Theatre Company (off-Broadway in NYC).  Thanks and gratitude to his friend and teacher, Jay Binder.

Jon Kimbell (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) During his 18 years at the helm of North Shore Music Theatre, Kimbell, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country, built an audience that is the largest in New England, and propelled the Music Theatre into the first rank of theaters nationally, both in size and in the quality of its productions.  His responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction and long range planning of the organization, as well as commissioning and development of new musical theatre works with Associate Producer John La Rock. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, which was created in 1986 to encourage the development of new musicals, and currently co-chairs the Alliance's International Festival of New Musicals, presented in New York City each September. He has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new musicals --the premieres of 18 musical theatre works. He is this year's recipient of Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre. In 1999 the New England Theatre Conference named him the winner of the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for his direction of NSMT's musical adaptation of  A Christmas Carol, which he also co-wrote and which is now in it's 13th record-breaking year of production. He has recently served as a panelist for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. His other credits include work as an evaluator and consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre, Challenge Grant and Theater programs, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Hampshire Touring Program, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mr. Kimbell is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

James K. Polese (Executive Director) has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Music Theatre since 1983, overseeing all fiscal and administrative operations. In addition to these duties, Mr. Polese is the key negotiator for the Music Theatre's highly successful Celebrity Concert and Children's Musicals series. Outside of the Music Theatre, Mr. Polese has just finished serving a term as the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) after serving one term as the Secretary of NAMT and as a member of the Finance and Development committees for four years. Through his leadership and 8 years on the board, the NAMT membership has grown and the new works program continues to build exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese also served on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital and a member of the Executive Committee and a Commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission. He also serves on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee of the Center for Addictive Behaviors and is a member of the advisory council of Ready, Willing, Enable, Inc. He was a vital force in planning and implementing the expansion of the Music Theatre in 1988-89, creating a first rate, state-of-the-art facility for the creation of classic and new musicals. Mr. Polese is strongly committed to providing the community with education, cultural activities and access for all members of the community.

* Member of Actors Equity Association

 
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