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A Little Night Music 2000

CAST
(In order of appearance)
Mrs. Segstrom  -   Sharon Richards
Mr. Lindquist  -  Curtis Olds
Mrs. Anderssen   - Joy Hermalyn
Mrs. Nordstrom   -  Susan Derry
Mr. Erlanson  -  Michael Halling
Madame Armfeldt  - Merle Louise
Fredrika Armfeldt   -  Natasha Ashworth
Frid  -  Jeremy Holm
Henrik Egerman   -  Adam Monley
Anne Egerman  -  Angela Gaylor
Frederik Egerman   -  Jeff McCarthy
Petra   - Julia Haubner
Desirèe Armfeldt  -  Donna McKechnie
Osa  -  Lesley Jennings
Bertrand  -  Frank X. Leusner
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm  -  Chuck Wagner
Countess Charlotte Malcolm  -  Diana Canova

Scenic Designer - Dex Edwards
Costume Designer - Susan Picinich
Lighting Designer  - Jack Mehler
Sound Designer - John A Stone
Production Stage Manager - Robert Levinstein
Casting - Norman Meranus
Music Director - Antony Geralis
Director/Choreographer - Barry Ivan
Assistant Music Director/Pianist   Steve Hinnenkamp
Assistant Stage Manager    Erik Hedblom
Dance Captain    Lesley Jennings

Orchestra
Music Director - Antony Geralis
Douglas Worthen, flute piccolo
Peter Cokkinias, clarinet, bass clarinet
Andrea Bonsignore, oboe english horn
Jay Daly, trumpet
Whitacre Hill, horn
Robert Couture, trombone
Lucy Pope, violin
Stanley Silverman, violin
Michael Loo, viola
Sandy Kiefer, cello
Martha Moor, harp
Robert Lynam, bass
Douglas Lippincott, percussion
Steve Hinnenkamp, keyboard

BIOS - A Little Night Music

Donna McKechnie (Desirée Armfeldt) WITH NSMT: West Side Story ELSEWHERE: Donna received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her role in A Chorus Line, was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress for Bob Fosse's last production; the title role in the National Tour of Sweet Charity. She also received the Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer in the ‘95/'96 season for State Fair. Other Broadway shows include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, The Education of Hyman Kaplan, Promises Promises, and Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed) On The Town, and Company. She has starred in dozens of musicals and plays Off-Broadway and regionally, including Annie Warbucks, Annie Get Your Gun, Misalliance, The Imaginary Invalid, The Goodbye Girl, I Do, I Do, and her one woman show, Inside The Music. In London's West End, Ms. McKechnie's credits include: Promises, Promises, Company, and No Way To Treat A Lady (which she also choreographed) and Can Can. She played Phyllis in the concert version of Follies at Drury Lane. Donna also performed and recorded the role of Sally in the highly acclaimed production of Follies at The Paper Mill Playhouse.  Most recently, Ms McKechnie played Desirée in the Cincinnati Playhouse production of A Little Night Music. In addition to her theatre credits, she has guest starred in numerous television series and HBO specials and she performs with symphony orchestras around the country.  This fall she will be travelling to Las Angeles to appear in the REPRISE! Series production of Mack and Mable.

Jeff McCarthy (Fredrik Egerman) WITH NSMT: Pirates of Penzance ELSEWHERE: Most recently in New York, Jeff played the central role in Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordan's Dream Come True at the Vineyard Theatre. In 1998, Mr. McCarthy starred on Broadway as Terry Turner in Side Show. Previous Broadway credits include, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Big Bob in Smile, Niko in Zorba (opposite Anthony Quinn) and The Pirates of Penzance. Los Angeles: Les Misérables (Javert), The Three Sisters (Vershinin), Search and Destroy (Martin), A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus) and Stone in City Of Angels (National Tour). Off-Broadway: Lanford Wilson's Sympathetic Magic (2nd Stage), On The 20th Century (York Theatre), Gifts of the Magi (Lamb's). Regional: Mack and Mabel (Barrington Stage) Brimstone (Berkshire Festival), Arms and the Man (Huntington), Bedroom Farce (Center Stage), The Misanthrope (Guthrie), Buried Child (A.C.T.), Henry IV (Indiana Rep.), Sunday in the Park with George (Seattle Rep.), A Lie of the Mind (Denver Center). In June, Mr. McCarthy completed a tour of Greece playing Agamemnon in the Athens Center Production of Iphigenia in Aulis. And in February he starred in the La Fenice (Venice, Italy) revival of Lady Be Good that subsequently aired on television throughout Europe. TV credits include guest starring roles on Law and Order, Cheers, Knot's Landing, Designing Women, In the Heat of the Night, Matlock, Equal Justice (Recurring) and several TV movies. Films include RoboCop II, Eve of Destruction, Rapid Fire, and Cliffhanger. Jeff is the voice of the WB Television Network's Michigan J. Frog. Mr. McCarthy dedicates this performance to the ever lovin' Pam, Anna and Juliet.

Merle Louise (Madame Armfeldt) WITH NSMT: Cabaret  ELSEWHERE: Merle originated the role of Molina's mother in the original Toronto, London and Broadway companies of Kiss of the Spider Woman. She won a Drama Desk Award and a Drama Logue Award for her portrayal of the beggar woman in the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, directed by Hal Prince. She also originated the role of Susan in the Sondheim- Prince production of Company.  In the original production of Gypsy, she played daughter June to Ethel Merman's Rose.  For three and a half years she appeared as Mme. Dindon in La Cage aux Folles and then went on to romp in Sondheim's Into The Woods.  Off-Broadway she starred in Mrs. Bromely at the Harold Clurman Theatre and also played a starring role in Angels of The Apocalypse. Merle has also done extensive regional theater work, appearing in plays by Shakespeare, Moliére, Pinter, Ibsen, Chekhov and Shaw. She is a member of the Judith Shakespeare Co. of New York, where she recently played Julius Caesar in a reverse casting production of Julius Caesar. In the past few years she has been able to climb the pyramids of the Yucatan, become a certified Scuba diver, safari in Africa (twice), trek in Nepal (twice), get tattooed and start college.  Merle is mom to Heather, Laura, Matt and three furry friends -Wolfman, Bones and Moon-Pie.

Chuck Wagner (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE:  Chuck is pleased to return to the musical world of Steven Sondheim after originating the role of Rapunzel's Prince in his Into The Woods (for its 10th anniversary concert he reprised the role of Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf he played in the First National Tour). Also on Broadway: The Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Javert in Les Misérables and Athos in The Three Musketeers.  He originated the title roles in 3 Frank Wildhorn Musicals: Jekyll & Hyde, Svengali and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and is featured in (Wildhorn's) recording of The Civil War.  Regionally he was dubbed Sir Lancelot by Robert Goulet's Arthur in Camelot, and has played Curly in Oklahoma!, Billy in Carousel, Antipholus in The Boys From Syracuse and Fred in Kiss Me Kate. Other roles include Han Solo in Star Wars: The Musical, by Charles Strouse, and Sydney in A Tale of Two Cities. TV: Automan (recently aired on the SCIFI Channel), Matlock, Dynasty, General Hospital, All My Children, One Life To Live, and As The World Turns. Films include America 3000, The Sisterhood, Space Evaders and Monster Island.  His debut solo CD is available on line at www.colonymusic.com.  For more information, visit www.chuckwagner.com. "For Susan, my heart, and for Stewart and Paige, my inspiration."

Diana Canova (Countess Charlotte Malcolm) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Diana is best known for her role as Corrine Tate in the series SOAP. She then went on to star in two more series of her own, Throb, and I'm A Big Girl Now with Danny Thomas. She also co-starred in Home Free with Mathew Perry and Marian Mercer. Diana has starred on Broadway in They're Playing Our Song, and the recent revival of Company at the Roundabout Theatre. More recently Diana appeared in One True Thing with Meryl Streep and René Zellwegger. Diana also co-wrote, and performed in the two woman show Breaks for four years appearing at the IMPROV in New York and LA, as well as Magraw's, the West Bank Café, and the Tiffany Theatre in L. A. Diana has written for television, and also for the stage. She is a member of SAG, AFTRA, Actors Equity, and the WGA. Since she makes her home in Connecticut, and is raising two boys, Diana teaches voice and acting to pros and non-pros in her spare time.  She also donates a certain time each year to the local schools directing their stage productions, trying to maintain a theatre program where there once was none. She is married to Grammy Award-winning record producer Elliot Scheiner.

Angela Gaylor (Anne Egerman) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Angela, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is going to be a junior at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she recently played Lily in The Secret Garden. Some highlights of this summer have been appearing in Singin'in The Rain at Music Theatre of Wichita, and performing Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum at Seaside Music Theatre. She truly feels honored to be working with such an amazing cast and crew and would like to thank her family, Adam and her teachers and friends at school for all their love and support.

Julia Haubner (Petra) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Julia is thrilled to be here at North Shore. Her other credits include both the Broadway and National Tours of Les Misérables understudying Fantine & Eponine and working regionally at Goodspeed Opera House in Just So and North Carolina Theatre in Shenandoah. She is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Acting/ Musical Theatre.

Lesley Jennings (Osa) WITH NSMT: Phantom, Cabaret, Kismet, Grease! ELSEWHERE: Lesley appeared in the first National Tour of Tommy Tune's Grease!,  as Patty Simcox and in the Broadway company as Cha-Cha DiGregorio. She has danced in numerous Christmas Spectaculars at Radio City Music Hall. Her other regional credits include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, On Your Toes, and Oklahoma. Many thanks to Barry and much love to Greg

Adam Monley (Henrik Egerman) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSWHERE: Originally from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Mr. Monley is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Musical Theatre Program. There he was seen in such productions as The Hot Mikado (Nanki - Poo), Blood Brothers (Mickey/ Eddie), and The Secret Garden (Neville Craven). Mr. Monley was also seen in Lincoln Center's Benefit Production of South Pacific. Much love to Ma and Pa, Cyrus, Sheila and Jim, and Angela.

Frank X. Leusner (Bertrand, Dancer), WITH NSMT: Victor/Victoria ELSEWHERE: Frank is thrilled to be back after performing in last year's Victor/Victoria.  This Spring Frank got in touch with his feminine side playing Hanna in La Cage Aux Folles at the Walnut Street Theatre.  Last year he played the Gigilo in the 10th Anniversary Production of Grand Hotel, starring Liliane Montevecchi.  Some favorite credits include Carousel (Carnival Boy), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Pippin (Lewis), Evita (Tango Dancer), and Will Rogers' Follies (Naked Indian Dancer!). Frank is a graduate of Boston Conservatory. Love and thanks all, especially Abby and Karen! Thanks Uncle Barry.

Joy Hermalyn (Mrs. Andersen) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Joy is thrilled to be making her debut at North Shore Music Theatre.  She has performed since the age of 8 in over 150 musicals, operas and concerts.  Broadway credits include featured roles in Cyrano - The Musical, Candide and A Christmas Carol.  Operatic career highlights include Minnie in Fanciulla del West, Venus in Tannhauser, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Cora in The Postman Always Rings Twice and Abigail in The Crucible with companies from Austin to Kansas City to Tulsa to Utah.  Most recently, Joy was seen Off-Broadway in Splendora at the Chelsea Playhouse and sang excerpts from the West Side Story Suite with the New York City Ballet. This past spring, Joy appeared at Lincoln Center singing Euridice in Orfeo in Alice Hall and will sing the role of the governess in Turn of the Screw next season at Anchorage Opera. Joy resides in New Jersey with her drummer husband, toddling daughter and chubby basset hound.

Susan Derry (Mrs. Nordstrom) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: She was most recently seen in City Center's Encores! series in both On A Clear Day and Wonderful Town, with Donna Murphy.  She made her European debut as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany and sang Maria in West Side Story with Rockwell Productions to rave reviews. Ms. Derry studied at Northwestern University and the Manhattan School of Music. Operatic roles include False Angèle in The Tsar has His Photograph Taken, Miss Jessell in The Turn of The Screw, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Jessica in the U.S. premiere of Le Marchand de Venise. Also to her credit are appearances as Luisa in The Fantastiks, Liesl in The Sound Of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Marty in Grease!, Bebe in A Chorus Line, Dainty June in Gypsy and Jean MacLaran in Brigadoon.

Curt Olds (Mr. Lindquist) AT NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Curt is pleased to return to the Boston area for A Little Night Music, having graduated from New England Conservatory in 1997.  At home in opera and musical theatre, Curt recently returned from the Utah Festival Opera where he appeared as Koko in The Mikado. On Broadway, he recently appeared in Riverdance on Broadway.  Other credits include Cats in Hamburg, Germany and appearances with Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Augusta Opera, Bigfork Playhouse and Boston's Symphony Pro Musica.  Love to family and friends.

Jeremy Holm (Frid) AT NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Mr. Holm hails from Conifer Colorado and received his M.F.A. from the P.T.T.P. at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Some of his favorite roles include Alphonse et.al. in On The Verge, at the Northern Stage Company, Marc Antony in Julius Ceasar and The Douglas in Henry IV Part One at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Kate in The Taming Of The Shrew, and Remsi Saboura in In The Heart of America.  Mr. Holm's T.V. appearances include The Guiding Light, and Law and Order. He is pleased and honored to play his first role at North Shore Music Theatre.

Michael Halling (Mr. Erlanson) AT NSMT: The Student Prince ELSEWHERE: Michael is happy to be returning to North Shore Music Theatre. On Broadway, he appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel, (Version 2.0) as a body double for Douglas Sills and understudying the role of Elton. Credits include Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (River Rep at Ivoryton Playhouse), and Hero in A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (St. Louis MUNY).  He was seen most recently in a tour of Chess understudying Freddie. Other favorite roles include Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom, Horace in The Amorous Flea, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Michael has also performed three operas with the Minnesota Opera Company. Michael is particularly happy for a chance to work with Donna McKechnie, who coached him in a musical theatre audition class.

Sharon Richards (Mrs. Segstrom) AT NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Sharon is trained as an opera singer.  She has sung with many companies across the country, including The Opera of Philadelphia, Opera Delaware, The Opera Theatre of St Louis, and The Aspen Opera Theater. She is also the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition.  This production marks Sharon's second foray into musical theatre, her first being last year's Babes in Arms in  City Center's Encores! Series.  Much Love to Mom, Dad and Jimmy.

Natasha Ashworth (Fredrika Armfeldt) AT NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Natasha is very excited to be making her NSMT debut. Bitten early by the bug, she was always trying to get on the stage Finally at age four, she played the "changeling child" in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Theater in the Open and continues to perform regularly from Cambridge, Mass. to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year she played Dorothy in her school production of The Wizard of Oz, filmed a TV pilot and danced with Joppa Jazz Jrs. in Newburyport. She hopes to join Ballet New England's Nutcracker for her fourth year. Hi to all my family, friends and teachers out there.

Barry Ivan (Director/Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Grease, Victor/Victoria, The Will Rogers Follies, Cabaret, La Cage Aux Folles and 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: Mr. Ivan comes directly from the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera where he directed and choreographed Anything Goes, starring Carolee Carmello. 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 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.  Mr. Ivan directed the critically acclaimed San Diego Civic Light Opera production of La Cage Aux Folles. Among his other noteworthy credits, he has directed and choreographed productions of Company, Mame, Carousel, Cabaret Berlin to Broadway, Promises, Promises, and Peter Pan, as well as non-musicals such as 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, IBM Corporation and the Equitable Life Assurance Society. Mr. Ivan recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is thrilled to be directing and choreographing NSMT's upcoming production of Sweet Charity.

Antony Geralis (Music Director) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Antony most recently served as Associate Music Director for Lincoln Center's concert version of South Pacific.  Prior to that he music directed Chess for Jeffery Finn Productions as well as two productions for the Cazenovia Theatre Company: The World Goes ‘Round, and I Do, I Do.  In New York he was the Assistant Conductor for the Broadway revival of The Sound Of Music, starring Richard Chamberlain, the Associate Conductor for Captains Courageous at Manhattan Theatre Club, and pianist for Carnegie Hall's concert version of Noel Coward's Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch.  Additional credits include the following: on 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: Strike Up The Band (City Center), Merrily We Roll Along (York Theatre), Jack's Holiday (Playwrights Horizon), Brontosaurus (Circle Rep).  National Tours: Zorba, Cats, A Chorus Line.  Regional Theatre: Time and Again (Old Globe), Dream (Tennessee Rep).  He is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance.

Dex Edwards (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: 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, 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 Wintergarten 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 is currently working on a production of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus scheduled to open in Las Vegas in September. 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 Marrietta, 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 CanadianTour of the MidAmerica Arts Alliance production of Patsy! A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline.

Susan E. Picinich (Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Susan recently 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 last season's 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 Private Lives and Lend Me A Tenor at the Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine. Susan is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Southern Maine.

Jack Mehler (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Children of Eden. ELSEWHERE: Productions this year 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.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: The Student Prince, Peter Pan, HONK!, Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream, designed  A Grand Night for Singing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 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. He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their love and support.:

Robert Levinstein (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: HONK!, Peter Pan ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, Waiting in the Wings (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), Voices in the Dark. At Lincoln Center: Parade with Hal Prince. Off-Broadway, Clue: The Musical. Pre-Broadway Workshop, The Jazz Singer. He is the Resident PSM for the Union Country Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where he just completed work on both Fiddler on the Roof and A Chorus Line. Along with his NY credits, 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 his parents, Mario and Ludy for all of their love and support over the years.

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer) Responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction of the organization, long-range planning, development of new works with the assistance of Associate Producer John LaRock, and creating the overall image of the Music Theatre. He is also 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 fall. 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. He has recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Council of Stock Theatres (COST), a national organization which functions as a bargaining collective for theaters operating under common union agreements and working conditions. 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 London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new theater works--the premieres of 18 plays and musicals. In addition, he has co-authored and directed the most popular production in the Music Theatre's history, "A Christmas Carol", which in 1999 celebrated its 11th season.  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.

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. Under his leadership, the NAMT membership is growing and the new works program is building exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese will also be serving on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel this year. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital. 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, The Equestrian Shop, Formalwear provided by Black Tie Tuxedo, Peterborough Players, Kathleen Parsons, The Huntington Theatre Company.

 

   
 
Fiddler on the Roof 2000

Cast

Tevye, The Dairyman - David Coffee
Golde, his wife - Nancy Johnston
Tzeitel - Jacquelyn Piro
Hodel - Dana Meller
Chava - Jennifer Waldman
Shprintze - Gianna Baglioni
Bielke  - Jessica McDonough
Yente, The Matchmaker/ Grandma Tzeitel  - Madeleine Doherty
Motel, The Tailor - Todd Gross
Perchik, The Student - Joel Carlton
Mordka, The Innkeeper  - Paul Gallagher
Lazar Wolf, The Butcher - Lyle Kanouse
Rabbi - Tom Flagg
Nacham, The Beggar - Ethan Krasnoo
Avram, The Bookseller - Laurent Nahon
Mendel, his son - Timothy Kasper
Yussell, The Hat Seller - Sam Sinns
Fruma-Sarah, Shandel - Jennifer Smith
Fyedka - Corey Brill
Constable - Ed. Simone
Russian Tenor - Daniel Reichard
Sasha - Christopher Lamontagne
Male Ensemble - Andrew Fitch
Female Ensemble - Casey Hushion
Female Ensemble - Jennifer Taylor
The "Fiddler" - Tom Staggs
Ensemble Chil - Avory Clara Resca
Ensemble Child - Matt Marquart
Ensemble Child - Daniel Berardi
Tevye understudy - Ed. Simone

Rehearsal pianist - Edie Shipley
Dance Captain - Casey Hushion
Assistant Stage Manager - Erik Hedblom    
Dialect Coach - Nina Pleasants
Fight Captain - Christopher Lamontagne
Scenic Designer - Dex Edwards
Costume Designer - Clare Henkle
Lighting Designer - Eric Chenault
Wig & Hair Designer  - Gerard Kelley
Sound Designer - John A. Stone
Production Stage Manager - Robert Levinstein
Casting  - Norman Meranus 
Music Director - Keith Thompson
Original Choreography Reproduced by - Bob Richard
Director - Greg Ganakas


ORCHESTRA
Music Director, Keith Thompson
Walter Bostian, trombone   
William Carmichael, clarinet, flute, piccolo
Peter Cokkinias, flute, clarinet, oboe, 
Jay Daly, trumpet, flugelhorn, english horn bass clarinet
Richard Given, trumpet flugelhorn  
Janet Hood, keyboard
Sandy Kiefer, cello    
Michael Loo, viola
Greg Mooter, bass    
Lucy Pope, violin
Stanley Silverman, violin   
Mark Worgaftik, percussion

Bios - Fiddler on the Roof

David Coffee* (Tevye, The Dairyman)  WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol (1992-1999), 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: In a career that spans more than three decades, David has played roles that range from a lecherous Roman to a con man; from a shepherd to a grave robber; from a Broadway writer to a side-stepping politician; from an abusive father to an abused father. And these are just some of this year's portrayals! Earlier this year, David made his debut at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Working with director Greg Ganakas, David enjoyed a warm reception that was reminiscent of his critical and popular success in the same show last year at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. Returning to Texas, David played a touching Farmer Hoggett in BABE and a menacing Muff in Tom Sawyer for Casa Manana's Children's Playhouse. Back at the Bass, David scored as Bert in 42nd Street and the Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. To round out the Summer, his versatility was showcased in playing Harry MacAfee in Bye, Bye Birdie (with Bob Walton and Charis Leos of HONK!), dual roles of Pap Finn and the King in a triumphant Big River and a collage of roles in a staged reading of Dorian (a musicalized "Picture of Dorian Gray") for Casa Manana Musicals. David is delighted to bring his Tevye to his friends in New England, and to reprise his portrayal of Scrooge for the ninth holiday season at NSMT. David also wishes to dedicate this performance to the memory of three gentlemen: Winston Coffee, Melvin O. Dacus and Richard Gould. He also extends his love and thanks to Joan Dexter, his friend and personal rabbi.

Nancy Johnston* (Golde) WITH NSMT: Secret Garden, Annie, Music Man, Crazy for You, City of Angels, and A Christmas Carol  ELSEWHERE: New York credits include Mrs. Winthrop in the Broadway production of The Secret Garden, Jessica Gatewood in Splendora at the American Place Theatre after creating the role at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, Off-Broadway's Doctor! Doctor! the York Theatre revival of Merrily We Roll Along, City Center's Allegro, Olympus On My Mind, Living Color and White Lies. Regional credits include Momma Rose in Theatre Virginia's Gypsy, the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress, Guenevere in Camelot, and Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Austin Critic's Table Award for Best Actress). On television she has appeared on Law & Order. She has taught in New York at NYU and Cap 21. She just completed a run of George M! at Goodspeed Opera House directed by Mr. Ganakas and is proud to return ‘home' to North Shore with Fiddler On The Roof.

Lyle Kanouse* (Lazar Wolf, The Butcher) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, Lyle appeared in City of Angels (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award as an original cast member), Chaplin opposite Anthony Newley, and The Miser. National Tours include Guys and Dolls, City of Angels, Unsinkable Molly Brown opposite Debbie Reynolds, Jesus Christ Superstar, 1776, Oklahoma, Chess, South Pacific, Fiddler On The Roof and As You Like It with Sigourney Weaver. On television he was a series regular on Delta State. He had recurring roles in Homicide, Two Guys and a Girl, Grace Under Fire and Dallas. Guest appearances include Norm, Angel, Profiler, Manhattan, AZ, Freaks & Geeks, Arrest & Trial, Time of Your Life, The Others, Brutally Normal, Magnificent Seven, Beyond Belief, Coach, The Nanny, George and Leo, Men Behaving Badly, The Tonight Show and the Martin Short Show. Films include Whipped, Dr. Benny, Kate's Addiction, Shattered, Stitch in Time, Letters From A Killer, Family Attraction, Drive, My Tutor, Tough Enough, North Dallas Forty, Big Time, Semi-Tough, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Yakuza Vengeance, The End of Dirt Barges, Backgammon and Universal Soldier 2.

Jacquelyn Piro* (Tzeitel) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Born in Boston , raised in Lynnfield, and an alumna of Boston University, where she received a BFA, Jacquelyn is pleased to be performing at NSMT. On Broadway, she is the first actress to star as both Cosette (1990) and Fantine (1995) in Les Miseràbles . In New York City, she has performed in Sweet Adeline (Nellie - City Center Encores!), Cameron Mackintosh's The Witches of Eastwick (Sukie - Reading, Eric Schaefer, director), Winchell (June Winchell Workshop, Martin Charnin, director), and Company at the York Theatre. National tours include Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard starring Petula Clark (Betty Schaefer), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Maltby & Shire's Big (Susan Lawrence, original cast), The Secret Garden (Lily, original cast),
Les Miseràbles (Cosette, San Francisco and 3rd national original cast). Regionally, she has appeared in Time and
Again (Old Globe, Jack O'Brien, director), the title roles in Evita (Music Theatre of Wichita) and Gypsy (Pittsburgh CLO starring JoAnne Worley and Westchester Broadway Theatre), Guys & Dolls (Sarah, Houston TUTS), The Sound of Music (Maria, NCT), Annie (Grace Farrell, The MUNY and Kansas City Starlight), Anything Goes (Hope) and Elmer Gantry (Ford's Theatre, World Premiere '88). In cabaret, she performs Dreaming with Jacquelyn Piro (Triad, NYC). On television the role of Betty on Another World. Theatre at Sea, she starred in the title role in All About Eve opposite Gena Rowlands.

Dana Meller* (Hodel) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Dana is currently on leave from the Broadway company of Les Miseràbles where she understudies the roles of Eponine and Cosette. Other regional credits include: Lizzie in Baby, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. Dana can be heard on the recording of Tim - The Musical and Our Heart Sings, to be released in December. Love to Mama and Papa. In loving memory of Babushka.

Jennifer Waldman* (Chava) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Jennifer recently completed two years with the Broadway and National Touring companies of Titanic.  This summer she appeared as Helen in Saturday Night at the Weston Playhouse.  Jennifer is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre.  Happy 60th anniversary Grandma and Poppa!

Todd Gross* (Motel, The Taylor) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE:  Todd comes to Fiddler direct form the 1st National Company of Titanic (2nd Officer Charles Lightoller).  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.  He was also in a recent revival of 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 Theater, American Stage Com., and  Theatre Virginia.  He can be heard on the Original Cast Recording: Revolution in the Courthouse Park.  His television credits include Sex in the City, Trinity and Sesame Street.  Todd is thrilled to be making his Debut at NSMT.

Joel Carlton* (Perchik) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol '93, ‘94  ELSEWHERE: Off-Broadway credits include Imperfect Chemistry, Jeffery and  Most Men Are.  His regional credits include Tom in No, No Nanette (Goodspeed Opera House), Oh, Coward! (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Paramour with Len Cariou (Old Globe Theatre, World Premier), Cliff in Cabaret (Walnut Street Theatre), Dick in Dames at Sea (Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco), Wendel the Dancing Cow in Sleeping Beauty (Radio City Entertainment/Barter Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre). Other credits include Lend Me A Tenor (Max), Crazy For You (Bobby), Sound of Music, Meet Me In St Louis and Pageant.  Joel is a graduate of Webster University.

Corey Brill* (Fyedka) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE:  Corey recently finished the National Broadway Tour of Cabaret, where he understudied the roles of Cliff Bradshaw and Ernst Ludwig.  He is a graduate of Otterbein College in Ohio.

Madeleine Doherty* (Yente, The Matchmaker/Grandma Tzeitel) WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady  ELSEWHERE:  Broadway credits include Les Miserables (for 10 years! - dance captain, ensemble & Mme. Thenardier u/s), Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol (Original Cast), Romance, Romance (Original Cast).  Regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Artpark,  Muny-Starlight Musicals. Carnegie Hall Concerts, Cats (Vienna - 2 years as Griddlebone).  She has participated in recent readings and workshops including Seussical: The Musical, Manhattan Theater Club's Richard Corey and Tale of Two Cities. TV credits include The View, Today Show and the NBA All Star Halftime.  Madeline will be seen in Mel Brooks' upcoming new musical The Producers, opening on Broadway in April!

Tom Flagg* (Rabbi) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE:  Tom spent much of the 1990's on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, occasionally travelling to Sacramento, to play Coach Benny van Buren in Damn Yankees, and Hinesie in Pajama Game.  He closed out the decade as the irascible Mr. Sheldrake in the National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, starring Petula Clark.  Tom spent three years writing commercials and Public Service Announcements for a NYC production house and is looking forward to the January publication of his book for children, "The Firewatcher." He also directed the Off-Broadway production of a new play, Being Oscar.

Daniel Berardi (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol '98 '99  ELSEWHERE: Daniel is in 5th grade at Penn Brook School in Georgetown. Besides NSMT, he has performed in the Firehouse Center in Newburyport in Peter Pan and The King and I.  Daniel loves to act, to meet new people and have fun! Special thanks to Mom, Dad and Joey.  Special thanks to Erik Hedblom!

Gianna Baglioni (Shprintze) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Gianna has lived in Beverly for most of her life and attended Shore County Day School.  Gianna performed the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Shore's Winter Drama production of Carousel. She attended the NSMT Stage III summer program and performed the role of Elephant Child in Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories.  She loves to sing and dance and has performed at NSMT's Gala/Auction with some of her Stage III friends.  She is very excited about performing on the NSMT stage. Much love to all my family, teachers and school buds for their support and especially to Nona, Gramps and Mrs. Hoyt.

Andrew Fitch* (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Andrew recently performed in the world premiere of Seduction a new work by Chet Walker, the creator of Fosse. Other credits include National Tours of Victor/Victoria and Jesus Christ Superstar.  Regional credits include Evita, No, No, Nanette, Godspell and 42nd Street as well as the Fosse Project.

Paul Gallagher* (Mordka, The Innkeeper) WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol '99 , The Most Happy Fella, Phantom
Where's Charley? Carnival, Annie. ELSEWHERE: Most recently, Paul performed in the World Premiere of The Prince and The Pauper at Kansas City Starlight. He starred as Santa Claus in the 1998 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Other credits include touring with Donny Osmond in Livent's Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Sam Harris, and appeared Off-Broadway in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever as the Solicitor. He spent two years touring Europe, where he appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar as King Herod and My Fair Lady as Zoltan Karpathy. Some of his other credits include Kopit and Yeston's Phantom, How It Was Done in Odessa, Sweeney Todd and two seasons at Maine State Music Theatre. He has also been a guest soloist with many U.S. opera houses and major symphonies. Paul's favorite pastime is collecting antique Meissen porcelain
from Germany.

Casey Hushion* (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Hair, Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol '98, ‘99  ELSEWHERE:  Casey was last seen as Rose in George M!, at the Goodspeed Opera House. Casey is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Music degree. Favorite credits include Meg in Brigadoon and Jan in Grease, as well as Assistant Directing at The American Music Theatre of San Jose, NYU, Goodspeed and NSMT.  Casey is always happy to return to the North Shore stage and is looking forward to her third year in A Christmas Carol. Love and thanks to Marc.

Timothy Kasper* (Mendel) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: National Tour of A Chorus Line. Regional shows include Chess, Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Annie Warbucks, Man of La Mancha, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Turandot, The Merry Widow. At Cherry County Playhouse, Timothy performed in The Wizard of Oz, Brigadoon, West Side Story, Phantom and Singing In The Rain. His concert work includes Barry Manilow at Caesar's Palace and Paul Anka at the Las Vegas Hilton. Tim is also a choreographer.

Ethan Krasnoo (Nacham, The Beggar) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Ethan has performed Off-Broadway in That's Life and regionally in The Wizard of Oz at Gateway Playhouse, and in She Loves Me at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. He also recently played the bellhop in Lend Me A Tenor at the Naples Dinner Theater in Florida. Ethan, who grew up in Andover, MA, and graduated from Tufts University in Medford, is thrilled to be performing at NSMT where he has been inspired by productions since he was a child.

Christopher Lamontagne* (Sasha) WITH NSMT: West Side Story  ELSEWHERE: Chris is happy to be back at NSMT.  He has most recently returned from the Pre-Broadway Tour of Martin Guerre which originated at the Guthrie Theatre.  His other credits include Chess (Alliance Theatre Company), Peter Pan (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Man of LaMancha and Fiddler on the Roof (Westchester Broadway Theatre) and Starlight Express (German and Las Vegas Companies).  Love to his wife Susan.

Matt Marquart (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Honk!, A Christmas Carol ‘99  ELSEWHERE: Matt played Will Rogers Jr. in Will Rogers Follies.  A sixth grader at the Briscoe Middle School in Beverly, Matt enjoys being involved in school variety shows, chorus and Band.  Other interests include ‘Destination Imagination', studying the trumpet, running and playing soccer and lacrosse. He would like to thank his teachers and family for their support.

Jessica Anne McDonough (Bielke) WITH NSMT: Honk!, Annie ELSEWHERE: Jessica is delighted to be back at NSMT once again.  Jessica just finished Gypsy (Baby Louise) and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Patty).  Some other favorite roles include Oliver in Oliver!, Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Topsy and Siamese child in The King and I, Lady Lucille and the understudy for Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress and her first dramatic role as Rebecca in Our Town.  Jessica wishes to dedicate this performance to her sister Lisa, her Mom and Dad, and Papa and Grandma!

 Laurent Nahon* (Avram, The Bookseller) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: National Tours include Camelot (Mordred), Porgy and Bess in the Pacific Northwest and Cologne, Germany.  Regional credits include Rumors, Private Lives, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods and Sweet Charity.  Laurent is happy to have his first feature film "Tête à Tête" released in early 2001. All my love to Madeleine and Casey.

Daniel Reichard (Russian Tenor) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Daniel is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance.  His university credits include the title roles in Candide and Pippin as well as roles in The Crucible, Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.  Daniel recently appeared at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont in Saturday Night (Ted) and The Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary).  Last summer he created the role of Hermie in the staged workshop of the forthcoming new musical, Summer of ‘42.  For Celia and the love.

Avory Clara Resca (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Avory is excited to be making her debut with NSMT. She has previously performed in The Marblehead Little Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz and The King and I.  She has won various local talent competitions and is a key member of the New England championship Cheerleading squad.  She is an ‘A' student and is also a Pop Warner Little Scholars award winner.  She enjoys playing the saxophone and her artistic works have been published in the Boston Globe.  Avory is thrilled to dedicate this play to her namesake, Great Auntie Clara.

Ed. Simone (Constable, u/s Tevye). WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Studio Arena (directed by Gavin Cameron Webb); Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun, and Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Casa Manana (with David Coffee). Also in regional and stock: Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Applegate in Damn Yankees, Max in The Sound of Music, Lycus in (yet another) ... Forum, Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird, Crofts in Mrs. Warren's Profession, Walter in The Price, various living and deceased characters in a national tour of A Christmas Carol, and the title roles in The Showoff, The Confidential Clerk, and Don Juan in Hell. Ed. is the host of the nationally syndicated PRI show "Music from Chautauqua." He has appeared as a narrator with the Hartford Symphony, and in hundreds of regional and national radio and TV ads and industrials. He recently directed his wife, Leigh's translation of Xavier Villarrutia's En Que Piensas with Buffalo's Upstage Theatre and Hispanics United.

Sam Sinns* (Yussell, the Hat Seller) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: A native of Orlando, FL, Sam was most recently seen as a dancing pepper shaker in the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast.  Other credits include the National Tour of West Side Story, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC) and performances at North Carolina Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO and Tokyo Disneyland. Sam thanks God for the countless blessings in his life.

Jennifer Smith* (Fruma-Sarah, Shandel) WITH NSMT: Good News!, Christmas Carol ELSEWHERE: Broadway and National Tour credits include Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Once Upon A Mattress, Victor/Victoria, She Loves Me, Secret Garden, Change in the Heir, La Cage Aux Folles, Cats, Annie, Singin' in the Rain (Drama Logue Award), Forbidden Broadway, Hello, Dolly! and most recently - Ethel Levey in George M! at Goodspeed Opera House.

Tom Staggs* (The "Fiddler") WITH NSMT: A Christmas Carol '99 ELSEWHERE:  Tom is extremely pleased to be joining the cast of  Fiddler On The Roof at NSMT and to be working again with Greg Ganakas. Tom performed the role of Quince in Gorilla Rep's production of  A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has also appeared as Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate and Harold Hill in The Music Man at the Highfield Theater in Falmouth. At the Weathervane Theater in New Hampshire, Tom appeared as Curly in Oklahoma and The Caliph in Kismet. Other favorite roles include The Doctor in Woyzeck, Lovborg in Hedda Gabler, Frank in Spin with Blue Light and Jeff in Brigadoon. Many thanks to Greg, Roger and Kis.

Jennifer Taylor (Ensemble) WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol ‘99  ELSEWHERE: Jennifer recently completed a run of George M! at the Goodspeed Opera House. She has also appeared in the New York University production of West Side Story, Brigadoon, Our Time and The Memory of All That. She received a B.M. in Music Theatre from NYU last May.  Special thanks to Greg, Bob and Keith (the dream team), and love to friends and family.

Greg Ganakas (Director) WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady, How to Succeed In Business..., Brigadoon, A Christmas Carol  (1993-1999),  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 Warf Theatre and White Lies at the American Stage Company and the Triad in New York.  His most recent credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Oklahoma! at the Ordway Music Theatre; the National Tour of Damn Yankees; George M! and The Pajama Game at Goodspeed Opera House; Carousel for Virginia Opera; Brigadoon for Papermill Playhouse; Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, Crazy For You, Oklahoma! and Camelot at Sacramento Civic Light Opera and The Robber Bridegroom at The Sharon Stage. 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. It has also been a pleasure to work in the opera world staging productions of The Mikado for Michigan Opera Theatre, The Pirates of Penzance for Chautaqua Opera Company, and The Merry Widow and The Hollywood Tycoon for Minnesota Opera. 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 Production, 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 Director of Music Theatre for the School of Education's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

Keith Thompson (Music Director) WITH NSMT: Hair, Crazy For You, On The Town ELSEWHERE: Keith is the Musical Director for the National Tour of Cabaret, currently on hiatus to be here with Fiddler on the Roof.  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: 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, 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 is currently working on a production of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus scheduled to open in Las Vegas in September. 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 CanadianTour of the MidAmerica Arts Alliance production of Patsy! A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline.

Claire Henkle (Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: My Fair Lady ELSEWHERE: Claire resides in California and designs at theatres throughout the west including: San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Sacramento Theatre Company, The Arizona Theatre Company, Sacramento Music Circus and  The Foothill Theatre Company as well as the Idaho, San Francisco, Sierra and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals.  Claire has also designed at the Geva Theatre in Rochester New York and the Maxum Gerky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia.  She is an Instructor of Design at the University of California, Davis.

Eric Chenault (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Eric has diverse experience in the field of lighting for theatre, architecture, and corporate events. Design credits include: As Thousands Cheer (Kravis Center in West Palm Beach). New York credits include Savior of the Universe (Musical Theatre Works), Only Kidding (Primary Stages), Uncle Vanya (Currican Theatre). Associate Designer: Pippin, Student Prince (Paper Mill Playhouse), Jekyll & Hyde (National Tour). Assistant Designer: Fosse (Broadway & National Tour), Scarlet Pimpernel (National Tour). Senior Associate with Mather Jorgensen Lighting Design, Inc.: Science City (Union Station in Kansas City), Sky Theatre (Hayden Planetarium).

Bob Richard (Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Bob is incredibly happy to be making his debut at North Shore Music Theatre. He just finished choreographing Anything Goes and The King and I for the Sacramento Music Circus' 50th anniversary season. Other credits include West Side Story, Oklahoma, Funny Thing Happened On the Way to The Forum, Secret Garden, Sweet Charity and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. My thanks to Greg, Keith and Casey, and my love to Diane.

Gerad Kelley (Wig and Hair Designer) Not available at press tine

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: The Student Prince, Peter Pan, HONK!, Sweet Charity, Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream, designed  A Grand Night for Singing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 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. He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their love and support.
 
Robert Levinstein (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: HONK!, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Sweet Charity ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, Waiting in the Wings (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), Voices in the Dark. At Lincoln Center: Parade with Hal Prince. Off-Broadway, Clue: The Musical. Pre-Broadway Workshop, The Jazz Singer. He is the Resident PSM for the Union Country Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where he recently completed work on both Fiddler on the Roof and A Chorus Line. Along with his NY credits, 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 his parents, Mario and Ludy for all of their love and support over the years.

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer) Responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction of the organization, long-range planning, development of new works with the assistance of Associate Producer John LaRock, and creating the overall image of the Music Theatre. He is also 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 fall. 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. He has recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Council of Stock Theatres (COST), a national organization which functions as a bargaining collective for theaters operating under common union agreements and working conditions. 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 London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new theater works--the premieres of 18 plays and musicals. In addition, he has co-authored and directed the most popular production in the Music Theatre's history, "A Christmas Carol", which in 1999 celebrated its 11th season.  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.

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. Under his leadership, the NAMT membership has grown and the new works program continues to build exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese will also be serving on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel this year. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital. 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: Rich Gagnon Shoe Repair, Hope Ardizzone, AnnMarie Stevens, Barbara Brothers, Colonial Cleaners, Huntington Theatre Company, Thai Silks. Dr. L. Jay Oliva, New York University; Jaye Maynard, Andrea Scott, Michael Kayne, Jennifer Goode, Sheldon Harnick, Bethany Berg, Bernard Telsey Casting, Hasia Diner, Rabbi Andrew C. Bachman, Dr. Lawrence Ferrara


* Member, Actor's Equity Association

 

 
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FiddlerOnTheRoof
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Peter Pan 2000

CAST - "Peter Pan"

Mrs. Darling - Deb Martin
Wendy Darling - Elisa Sagardia
John Darling - Joseph Berardi, Jr.
Michael Darling - Stephen Schapero
Liza/Tigerlily - Yvette Tucker
Nana/Crocodile/Bill Jukes/Indian - Steven Petrillo
Mr. Darling/Captain Hook - David Masenheimer
Peter Pan  - Cathy Rigby
Curley - Alon Williams
Twin One/Shadow Player - P.J. Terranova
Twin Two/Shadow Player - Joseph Favolora
Slightly/Shadow Player - Brian Swasey
Tootles/Shadow Player - Hally McGehean
Mr. Smee - Michael Nostrand
Starkey/Indian - James Patterson
Noodles/Indian - Randy A. Davis
Pirate/Indian/Mermaid - Kim Arnett
Cookson - Roger Preston Smith
Mason/Indian - Leo Alvarez
Skylights/Indians - John F. Stevens
Cecco/Indian - Gerrard Carter
Jane - Laurie Berich
Peter Pan Understudy - Hally McGehean
Mr. Darling/Captain Hook Understudy - James Patterson
Tiger Lily Understudy - Kim Arnett

Scenic Designer - John Iacovelli     
Costume Designer  - Shigeru Yaji          
Lighting Designer  - Tom Sturge               
Flying Illusions by - ZFX, Inc.
Sound Designer- John A. Stone             
Production Stage Manager - Robert Levinstein           
Casting - Norman Meranus              
Music Director- Bruce Barnes
Choreographer - Patti Colombo
Director - William Alan Coats   
Rehearsal Pianist  Todd Gordon    
Asst. Stage Manager  Erik Hedblom        
Dance Captain    Kim Arnett  
Fight Captain Robert Preston Smith

ORCHESTRA
Music Director, Bruce Barnes
Bill Carmichael, clarinet, tenor saxophone 
Peggy Friedland, flute, piccolo
Rod Ferland, flute, baritone saxophone 
Jay Daly, trumpet
Richard Given, trumpet
Robert Couture, trombone
Martha Moor, harp     
Janet Hood, keyboard 1
Ben Cook, keyboard 2    
Greg Mooter, bass
James Gwin, drum set
Mark Worgaftik, percussion

BIOS - PETER PAN

Cathy Rigby (Peter Pan) WITH NSMT:"South Pacific."ELSEWHERE: Ms. Rigby assumed the starring role in the 35th Anniversary production of the much loved musical Peter Pan in 1991. On opening night the Boston Globe's Kevin Kelly enthused: "Cathy Rigby is remarkably talented...she can speak the Barrie lines and mean them...she sing them wonderfully, with the precision, with range and with style. Rigby will lift you out of your seats."  For this role she earned a Tony nomination.  Since her first performance she has, to date, logged more frequent flyer miles than any other actress in this role. After 7 years of voice and acting training, and 12 years of ballet, Cathy made her musical debut in 1981 as Dorothy in "The Wizard of OZ." Subsquently, her multiple talents have been lauded in the national tour of "Annie Get Your Gun," and productions of "Meet Me in St. Louis," "South Pacific," "Paint Your Wagon," "They're Playing Our Song" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," to name a few. Rigby's dramatic television movie credits include "The Perfect Body", "Hard to Read", "The Great Wallendas" and "Triatholon". As a gymnast, participated in both the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics. She became the first American woman to win a medal in World Gymnastics competition. She holds twelve medals in International Gymnastics competition, eight of them gold. Also, ABC-TV"s venerable program "Wide World of Sports" named her one of America's Most Influential Women In Sports; she was also an ABC sports Commentator for 18 years. Cathy Rigby is the mother of four children: Bucky, Ryan, Theresa and Kaitlin. In 1994, Cathy and her husband, Tom McCoy, assumed the responsibilities as Exectutive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Series at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California allowing them to produce first class theatrical productions and mount national tours from their own backyard inlcuding this tour of "Peter Pan". The show received the 1991 Tony Award nomination for "Best Revival of a Musical". This all new production was also nominated for the 1999 Tony Award in the category of "Best Revival of a Musical"- twice in the same decade! "Peter Pan", which was taped for A&E network will air this fall.  Video and DVD release will follow.
 
David Masenheimer (Mr. Darling/Captain Hook) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: David most recently appeared in the Broadway production of "The Wild Party."  As the standby for Mandy Patinkin, he performed the role of Burrs many times. Other Broadway credits include a long run as Javert in "Les Miserables," Henry Ford in "Ragtime,"  the Sheik and Tod Browning in "Side Show,"  Tussaud in "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and City Center Encores! productions of "Call Me Madam" and "Out of This World." Tours: Javert in "Les Miserables," Che in "Evita,"  the Arbiter in "Chess" and Marcel in "Aspects of Love."  Off-Broadway: "Eating Raoul" and "The Petrified Prince."  Regional:  TR in "Tintypes" (Hartford Stage and The Old Globe), Sweeney in "Sweeney Todd," Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," and Oscar Jaffee in "On The Twentieth Century."  David was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate by his alma mater, Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA. 
 
Michael Nostrand (Smee) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Michael is no stranger to the role of Mr. Smee having performed in Cathy Rigby's "Peter Pan" in both recent Broadway productions as well as on national tour.  Michael also appeared on Broadway in the revival of "The Corn Is Green" directed by Vivian Matalon and the national tours of "Jelly's Last Jam" (Melrose Brother), "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (Deputy), and opposite Martin Landau's "Dracula" (Renfield).  Off-Broadway, he was seen as The Man Who Dies in "The Fantasticks" and Yepihodov in "The Cherry Orchard."  Dozens of regional and stock credits include "The Boys From Syracuse" (Goodspeed), "The Tempest" (Folger and Missouri Rep.), "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" (Studio Arena, Buffalo), and "Much Ado About Nothing" (Center Stage, Baltimore).  Television credits include guest and co-star appearances on "Coach", "Profiler", "Legacy", and "Soldier of Fortune".   Michael can also be seen as Mr. Smee in the television version of "Peter Pan" airing this fall on the A&E Network.
 
Elisa Sagardia (Wendy) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Elisa has performed this role in the Broadway production, on the national tour, and in the soon to be released A&E special. Before her life with "Peter Pan," she performed in the national tours of "Evita" (Peron's Mistress) and "Fiddler on the Roof" (Bielke/ Grandma Tzeitel). She has appeared on "General Hospital," (Cookie) "The Today Show," and The Tony Awards, as well as in numerous national commercials. Elisa is a UCLA graduate with a BA in psychology.
 
Deb Martin (Mrs. Darling) WITH NSMT: "Cashel Byron." ELSEWHERE: Deb just finished touring the country as Victoria Grant in the national tour of "Victor/Victoria." Other credits include "Nine" (Stephanie Necrophorus), "Triumph of Love" (Corine), "Merrily We Roll Along" (Gussie), "Falsettos" (Trina), "Nunsense 3" (Amnesia & Robert Anne), "Six Degrees of Separation" (Ouisa) and a workshop of "Cashel Byron" (Adelaide) with NSMT as part of the New Works Series. Thanks and love to my parents, Marie and Richard, who not only put up with, but support and encourage this crazy career.
 
Yvette Tucker (Liza/Tigerlily) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Yvette last appeared with Cathy Rigby in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and is thrilled to be working by her side and dancing once again for the incredible Patti Columbo! Previous credits: the national tour of "Damn Yankees"(Dance Captain), Goodspeed Opera House, Theatre League, South Bay Clo, Music Theatre of Wichita, L.A. Opera (feature dancer in "La Traviata" & "Sampson & Delila" w/ Plalido Domingo). Film and television include leads in the upcoming features, "SHTEPS" and "Hold Me Now," and a split second sighting in "Pearl Harbor (starring Ben Affleck), "Jack & Jill" and several commercials and videos including Mandy Moore, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Trin-I-Tee and Vonda Shephard.  Many kisses to Colby, and to my mom and daddy, this Tiger Lily is in recognition of your unfaltering love and support.
 
Joseph Berardi Jr. (John Darling) WITH NSMT: "Children of Eden"  "A Christmas Carol" (98,99). ELSEWHERE: Joe will be entering 8th grade at Triton Regional Middle School this fall. Favorite roles include Kurt in "The Sound of Music," Randolph MacAfee in "Bye, Bye Birdie," and Peter Cratchet in "A Christmas Carol." Special thanks to the First Congregational Church and Choir of Georgetown, Evelyn Boose, Melissa White,Marcia Groome, Mom, Dad, and Daniel.  
 
Stephen Schapero (Michael Darling) WITH NSMT: "A Christmas Carol" ('98, '99), "Children of Eden." ELSEWHERE: Stephen has been on the stage since the age of 4 ½, and is still loving every minute of it! His most memorable moments have been singing with Kenny Rogers in "A Kenny Rogers Christmas" at the Fleet Center and as Tiny Tim with David Coffee and George Dvorsky. Other favorite roles are Kurt in "The Sound of Music" and Tommy 4 in "Tommy." Stephen has also appeared in the television show, "Storyshop," and an industrial for Etonic Shoe. You can also find him on the cover of the Feed The Children CD entitled "Dear Mr. President." Stephen is thrilled to be a part of "Peter Pan" starring Cathy Rigby!
 
Brian Swasey (Slightly) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Brian is a University of New Hampshire Graduate, and most recently was seen playing the role of Regan in a new musical entitled "Gentleman's Bet". Prior to that he was involved in the U.S premier of the Olivier Award Winning Musical "Honk!" at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, as well as the role of Brian in the Boston Premier of "Party."  He has been on both sides of the fence in "West Side Story" playing Baby John, Arab and Nibbles (Shark #5) in Europe as well as the U.S.  Other shows include "Hello, Dolly!," "Tommy,""42nd Street," "A Chorus Line," "Into The Woods," and "Crazy For You," directed by Alan Coats.  I would like to thank my family for all their love and support. I'm finally doing something close to home.
 
Joseph Favolora (Twin Two) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Joseph is originally from Gloucester, MA and now resides in New York City. His credits include: Broadway's "Beauty and The Beast," National tours; "Peter Pan" as Twin 2, "Cats" as Mr. Mistofelees and the international tour of "West Side Story" as Baby John. Joseph was in the regional tour of "A Christmas Carol," "She Loves Me," and Pinocchio as Pinocchio, with Davie Jones of The Monkees. His national commercials include: Kit-Kat (Monster's Bedtime - as Slurpy Monster). Joseph can be seen in the Paramount Film, "School Ties," as a featured dancer in the dance at the gym. He has also had the opportunity to perform in the Pepsi/MTV Music Awards and with numerous dance companies in the greater Boston area such as Impulse Dance Co., Copley Square Ballet and the North Atlantic Ballet. Last but not least, Joseph is a Junior Ballroom champion and has competed all over the East Coast and performed in the Harvest Moon Ball at Madison Square Garden. I would like to thank my family and especially Tina LaFlam, who helped make my career possible.
 
P.J. Terranova (Twin One) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: P.J. is thrilled to make his NSMT debut in "Peter Pan."  A native of Boston's South Shore, P.J. began his career at Riverside Theatre Works in Hyde Park.  He made his New York debut as Sr. Mary Leo, the toe dancing Novice, in the Off-Broadway production of "Nunsense, Amen!."  National Tours include "The Wizard of Oz" (with Eartha Kitt and Micky Rooney), "Jesus Christ Superstar" (with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson) and "Grease!."  Regional credits include: Chino in "West Side Story," Tomb Thumb in "Barnum," Eddie Ryan in "Funny Girl," and Tobias Ragg in "Sweeny Todd."  Thank you to friends, family and God! P.J. dedicates his performance to his little cherubs, Guido, Mikalucci, Marcaroni and Bubbles!
 
Hally McGehean (Tootles) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Hally is proud to have played Tootles and Jane in the Broadway and national touring companies of "Peter Pan" and looks forward to the premiere of their beloved show on A&E this fall. Hally made her Broadway debut at age nine as Pepper in "Annie" and holds a degree in philosophy from Columbia University.
 
Alon Williams (Curley) WITH NSMT: ELSEWHERE: Alan is thrilled to be making his debut at North Shore Music Theatre in this production of Peter Pan.  He is delighted to be reunited with his friend and star Cathy Rigby, whom he toured with in the National Broadway Company of Peter Pan in the role of Curly.  Some of you may recognize him from the FOX TV Movie "After Different Strokes" where he stared in the role of Gary Coleman.  But his love is the stage. His favorite role s are Little Moe in "Five Guys Named Moe," The Jester in "Once Upon A Mattress," and Bobby in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men." You will have the chance to take him home when the video release of Peter Pan Staring Cathy Rigby is released in October. Curly Forever!
 
Steven Petrillo (Crocodile/Nana/Bill Jukes/Indian) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Steven is very glad to be making his NSMT debut with "Peter Pan," a show that has been his career for most of last year. He joined the Broadway Revival, starring Ms. Rigby last summer, and then finished out the National Tour. To top things off, the show was video-taped for A&E Television, and will air October 8th.  Other National Tour/ Regional credits include Anselmo in "Man of LaMancha," starring Robert Goulet, Gregory in "Love! Valour! Compassion!," Zach in "A Chorus Line" to name a few.  T.V. credits include the NBC mini-series "A Will of Their Own," opposite Lea Thompson and Thomas Gibson.  In his spare time, Steven is a budding writer. Many thanks to Squash!
 
Roger Preston Smith (Cookson) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Roger Preston Smith is happy to return tp "Peter Pan", having appeared with Cathy Rigby on Broadway, National Tour, and the soon to be released A&E special. Roger was also in the Broadway productions of "Hello Dolly", starring Carol Channing, "The Wizard of OZ" starring Roseanne, "Me and My Girl", and "Peter Pan" with Sandy Duncan. National Tours include "Oklahoma" with John Davidson and Jamie Farr, "Annie Get Your Gun" with Cathy Rigby, and "Evita". Roger has also worked at numerous regional theaters and performed throughout Europe, Australia, and the Far East. He served as assistant including Wendy's and British airways

James Patterson (Starkey /Indian, understudy Mr. Darling & Captain Hook) WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: James was most recently seen in New York in Musicals Tonight's production of "Goldilocks" as George Brown. Other New York productions include "Sail Away" at Carnegie Hall starring Elaine Stritch as Barnaby Slade, and the original Broadway company of  "State Fair." He was in the national tour of "Cats" as Munkustrap. Other productions include "The Student Prince" at Papermill Playhouse, Hero in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum," Jean-Michel in "La Cage Aux Folles," Captain Courageous in "Dames at Sea," and Billy Lawlor in "42nd Street." James is a graduate of Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
 
Leo Alvarez (Mason/Indian) WITH NSMT:"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum" ELSEWHERE: Leo is excited to be back at North Shore Music Theatre. Mr. Alvarez' credits include "A Christmas Carol" at Madison Square Garden, "Damn Yankees" National Tour, "Starlight Express" Las Vegas Co., "Hot Mikado" at Atlanta's Alliance Theater, and "Don't Stop the Carnival" with music by Jimmy Buffet at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida. All my love and thanks to my friends, family, and DHB.
 
Randy A. Davis (Noodles /Indian) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Randy is a native of Portland, Oregon. He was recently seen in the Broadway revival of "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby, and he also appears in the television version which airs on A&E this fall. Randy has also appeared on Broadway and National tours of "Guys and Dolls," "Peter Pan" and "Cats" among other regional productions. Thanks to my old and new family. Daddy, I miss you.
 
John F. Stevens (Skylights/Indian Warrior) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: John is honored to make his NSMT debut. He has choreographed three  Off-Broadway shows, danced aboard Carnival Cruise Lines throughout the Caribbean and toured the nation in such productions as "Annie," starring JoAnne Worley and John Schuck, the all-star cast of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies," and "Camelot".  Most recently he was Peter in the West Coast premiere of "Babes In Arms." He dedicates his performance to his late Father.


Kim Arnett (Indian/ Dance Captain) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Kim was part of the recent Broadway/National Touring Company of "Peter Pan."  She has also toured with the European Tours of "My Fair Lady" and "42nd Street".  Other credits include "West Side Story" (Consuala), "Oklahoma" (Gertie), "Cabaret" (Kit Kat Girl), "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (Shy), "Crazy For You" (Mitzi), and "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" (Ruth/.Martha).
 
Gerrard Carter (Cecco/Indian) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Gerard is delighted to once again be working with Patti Columbo and to be jointing the cast of "Peter Pan". He has danced in the Ballet of Los Angeles, Opera Pacific, San Francisco Opera, Victorian State Opera, and Australian Opera.  He was the "Slave Master" in the German production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," Mr. Mistofelees in "Cats" in Sydney as well as Sydney a production of "West Side Story". He also has performed in "A Chorus Line" SBLCO and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (L.A.). Gerard has made numerous film and television appearances throughout Europe, Australia and now the U.S. in the latest Dick Clark series for Buena Vista Television.  He dedicates this performance with love to Betty.
 
Laurie Berich  (Jane) WITH NSMT: "Honk!", "A Christmas Carol" (1998 & '99), and "Annie." ELSEWHERE: Lori is very happy to be back at NSMT.  Laurie is going to be an eighth grader at Dunn Middle School in Danvers.  She enjoys acting, Singing Dancing and Softball.  Her Favorite Roles the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and Marta in "The Sound of Music." Much love to her family and friends for their support.
 
Sir James M. Barrie  (Author, Original Play): Born in Scotland in 1860, James M. Barrie first wrote of Peter Pan in a novel titled "Little White Bird" published in 1902.  There were six chapters about Peter which he later extracted and published as "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens."  As a play "Peter Pan; or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" captured the publics imagination and has earned Peter a permanent place in mythology.  The first production opened in London in 1904,and the same year Maude Adams gave a performance that was to become legendary in the American theatre.  The 1950 Broadway revival starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff ran 321 performances.  The current musical was was created in 1954.

NOTE: James Barrie left the copyright of "Peter Pan" to the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street in London, and thousands of children have benefitted from his gift in the years since his death. The producers are proud and happy that everyone who has bought a ticket for today's performance is helping a sick child get well.
 
Carolyn Leigh  (Lyrics): Carolyn Leigh not only created the lyrics, but was the originator of the idea for a musical about a playground for adults called "Wall Street".  This became the musical "How Now, Dow Jones" on which she collaborated with Elmer Bernstein and for which she received a tony nomination.  Before Mr. Bernstein, her partner was mainly Cy Colman and as a words and music team they gave the nation some of its top popular hits: "Whitchcraft," "Best is Yet to Come," "Firefly," "Hey Look Me Over," "I've Got Your Number," "Pass Me By," and "When in Rome." They gave Broadway two of its most delicious scores: "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball and "Little Me" with Cid Ceasar.  Two more of her hit songs "Young at Heart" and "How Little We Know" were written with Johnny Richards and Phillip Springer, respectively.  Ms. Leigh has performed her own material at Michael's Pub in New York City.
 
Moose Charlap  (Music): Moose Charlap was represented on Broadway with "Kelly", "The Conquering Hero" and "Whoop-up," as well as "Peter Pan."  A number of symphonic compositions are also to the credit of the late Mr. Charlap
 
Jule Styne  (Additional Music): Jule Styne has made Broadway sing for over 50 years as composer of "High Button Shoes," Gentleman Prefer Blonder," "Two on the Aisle," Hazel Flagg," Gypsy," "Bells Are Ringing," "Say Darling," Do Re Mi," "Subways are for Sleeping," "Funny Girl," "Fade Out- Fade In," "Hallelujah, Baby!," "Sugar," and "Lorelei."   His many film scores include: "Anchors Away" and "My Sister Eileen" as well as the title song for "Three Coins in the Fountain" and others.  His songbook standards include "All I Need Is The Girl," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "Just In Time," "People," "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," "I Fall In Love Too Easily," "Small World," and "Time After Time."  As a member of the Songwriter's and Theatre Halls of Fame, during long distinguished career, he received two Grammys, an Oscar, an Emmy, the Donaldson Award, and the Drama Critics Award as a producer.  Mr. Styne has been a member of ASCAP for more than 50 years.  He also served on the Dramatists Guild Council. He passed away in 1995.
 
Betty Comden & Adolph Green  (Additional Lyrics): Betty Comden and Adolph Green began as a group called the Revuers, which included Judy Holliday.  Their first musical was "On The Town" a collaboration with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins. With Bernstein, they also collaborated on "Wonderful Town." With Jule Styne, they wrote book and/or lyrics to "Bells Are Ringing," "Do Re Mi," "Say Darling," "Subways are for Sleeping," and "Hallelujah, Baby!"  They also created the book and/or lyrics to "Applause," and "On The Twentieth Century," and  "Will Roger Follies."  They received six Tony Awards.  Their many movie musicals include "The Band Wagon," "On the Town," "Bells Are Ringing," "It's Always Fair Weather," and "Singin' in the Rain," which was voted one of the best films of all time by the American Film Institute.  Their non-musical films are "Auntie Mame" and "What Way To Go." Members of the Dramatist Guild Council, they have also enjoyed performing their own works under the title "A Party with Comden and Green."
 
Alan Coats  (Director) WITH NSMT: "Me and My Girl" ELSEWHERE: North Shore audiences will remember Alan for his staging of the laugh-filled song and dance show, "Me and My Girl" in the 1990 season. The Bay Area Outer Critics Circle awarded him a best production award for his staging of the musical for the San Jose Civic Light Opera. His work has been seen at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater, Houston's Theater Under the Stars, Artpark, The North Carolina Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theater of Wichita, Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, numerous concerts and industrials, and even the Library of Congress. Performance credits include three Broadway shows, national tours, film and television. His 2 ½ year association with "Peter Pan" began with his staging of "Crazy for You" for McCoy/Rigby Entertainment, which received five Ovation Award nominations in L.A. With this production, Alan hopes to pass along his love for the idea of remaining "young at heart" and his love for his "Peter Pan" family both old and new.
 
Patti Colombo (Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Patti Colombo is a multi Drama-Logue Award winner and has choreographed Radio Gals at La Mirada as well as the West Coast Premiere of "Drood!" starring George Rose at the California Music Theatre. Other choreographic credits include the 1993 Presidential Inauguration at the Kennedy Center, and West Coast productions of "On the Town," "West Side Story," "My Fair Lady" and "South Pacific." Her television credits include "Adventures in wonderland" (Emmy-Award -over 100 episodes), "Cybil," "Friends," "Caroline in the City" and "Unhappily Ever After." She also choreographed the Broadway show and tour of "Peter Pan" starring Cathy Rigby.
 
Bruce Barnes  (Music Director) WITH NSMT: "Nunsense II" ELSEWHERE: Bruce Barnes is delighted to return to NSMT, having served as Musical Director of NunsenseII with Jo Anne Worley back in 1993. He served as Associate Conductor for both the Broadway engagements and the National Tour of "Peter Pan," starring Cathy Rigby and is proud to be featured as the voice of Tinkerbell in the A&E film version of the production, to be aired this fall. His associations with other musical productions include the National Tour of  "Cats,"  "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,"  "Singin' in the Rain," "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," and countless countless incarnations of "Nunsense." As a pianist he has traveled to Europe and South America on behalf of Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist program and has accompanied a range of singers from Eartha Kitt to Beverly Sills. Mr. Barnes makes his home in New York City.
 
John Iacovelli  (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut 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."
 
Tom Sturge  (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Lights and Sets for "A Chorus Line," Sets for "Tommy," "Cabaret," "Evita," "La Cage aux Folles," "South Pacific," and "Kismet." 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, "The Steward of Christendom" for the Hungtington Theatre in Boston, "The 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 are "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 Rabi"(Playhouse 91), and "Agamemnon"(laMama ETC). Dance credit include "Slaves"(Alan Ailey) and "Idol Obsession" (Ballet Hispanico). Mr. Sturge is a member of the design faculty at Boston University.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: "Honk!," Co-designed "A Midsummer Night's Dream," designed "A Grand Night for Singing," "Romeo & Juliet," "Macbeth," and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 musical seasons, as well as the 2000 production of "The Student Prince." 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. He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their love and support. 

Robert Levinstein (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: HONK! ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, "Waiting in the Wings" (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), "Voices in the Dark." At Lincoln Center: "Parade" with Hal Prince. Off-Broadway, "Clue: The Musical." Pre-Broadway Workshop, "The Jazz Singer." Robert is also a substitute SM for "Jackie Mason: Much Ado About Everything." He is the Resident PSM for the Union Country Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where he just completed work on both "Fiddler on the Roof" and "A Chorus Line." Along with his NY credits, 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 his parents, Mario and Ludy for all of their love and support over the years. 

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer) Responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction of the organization, long-range planning, development of new works with the assistance of Associate Producer John LaRock, and creating the overall image of the Music Theatre. He is also 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 fall. 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. He has recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Council of Stock Theatres (COST), a national organization which functions as a bargaining collective for theaters operating under common union agreements and working conditions. 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 London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new theater works--the premieres of 18 plays and musicals. In addition, he has co-authored and directed the most popular production in the Music Theatre's history, "A Christmas Carol", which in 1999 celebrated its 11th season.  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.

Jim 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. Under his leadership, the NAMT membership is growing and the new works program is building exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese will also be serving on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel this year. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital. 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: Howard's Flying Dragon, Gagnon Shoe Repair, Kathleen Parsons, Ricola, Inc.

   
 
HONK! 2000

CAST

Charis Leos - Ida
James Hindman - Drake /Greylag /Froglet /Father Swan /Snow
Bob Walton - Cat /Froglet
Gavin Creel - Ugly
Nancy Opel - Maureen /Queenie /Fish /Pinkfoot /Froglet /Mother Swan /Snow
Mary Stout - Grace /Dot /Lowbutt /Froglet /Fish /Snow -
Ken Prymus - Turkey /Bullfrog /Snowy /Fish
Natasha Harper - Henrietta/Penny/Fish/Froglet/Snow
David Ayers- Rooster /Fish /Barnacles /Mute Swan /Snow Male Soloist /JayBird /Froglet
Catherine Maddox- Mrs. Coot /Brent Goose /Bewick Swan /Snow Female Soloist /Froglet /Weather- Woman /Fish /Snow
Devin Jeffers- Beaky/Froglet
Marissa Konstadt- Downy/Froglet
Jessica McDonough- Fluff/Froglet
Andrew White - Billy/Froglet
Laurie Berich - Duckling understudy /Froglet /Little Coot
Matt Marquart - Duckling understudy /Froglet /Little Coot

Set Designer- Peter McKintosh
Costume Designer- Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer- Jeff Croiter
Sound Designer - John A. Stone
Production Stage Manager - Robert Levinstein
Casting - Norman Meranus
Music Director - Michael Lavine
Choreographer - Aletta Collins
Director - Julia McKenzie

Assistant Music Director Rehearsal Pianist - Janet Hood 
Assistant Stage Manager - Erik Hedblom
Dance Captain - David Ayers

ORCHESTRA
Music Director,  Michael Lavine
Ernest Sola, III, flute, piccolo, alto saxophone
Richard Given, trumpet
Peter Cokkinias, clarinet, baritone saxophone
Whitacre Hill, horn
Timothy Roberts, cello   
Greg Mooter, bass
John Marasco, guitar, banjo  
Mark Worgaftik, percussion

BIOS - HONK!

David Ayers (Rooster/Fish/Barnacles/Mute Swan/Snow Male Soloist/Jay Bird/Farmer Froglet/Dance Captain) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: David is a 1999 graduate of Northwestern University. He was most recently seen as Claud in "Hair" at The Actor's Theatre of Louisville. David is thrilled to be involved in this production of "HONK!" and in June leaves for St. Louis to play Rolf in "The Sound of Music" at St. Louis Muney. Some other favorite roles include: Frank in "Merrily We Roll Along," and Zach in "A Chorus Line."

Laurie Berich (Duckling understudy/Froglet/Little Coot) WITH NSMT: "A Christmas Carol" (1998 & '99), and "Annie." ELSEWHERE: Favorite roles include: Marta in "The Sound of Music," and the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Laurie dances at Gene Murray's of Salem. Hi to all of her friends at Dunn Middle School.

Gavin Creel (Ugly) WITH NSMT: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum." ELSEWHERE: Gavin is glad to be back on the NSMT stage after playing Nick Piazza in the National Tour of "Fame" (original 1999 cast recording). He has worked regionally at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus (next month), and the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, where he originated the role of Ugly. Other favorites include: Anthony in "Sweeney Todd,"and  Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  Gavin is a University of Michigan graduate. Look for Gavin's debut album to come. Love to Gooie

Natasha Harper (Henrietta/Penny/Fish/Froglet/Snow) WITH NSMT: "City of Angels." ELSEWHERE: Natasha is happy to be returning to NSMT. She is on a hiatus from her current role of The Girl in the long running Off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks." Natasha played Rosalia and Maria in the National Tour of "West Side Story," and Maria in a highly-acclaimed European tour of "West Side Story." Regional credits include: "A Little Night Music"(Anne) at Theatre Three, "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"(Eloise) and "Fiddler on the Roof"(Chava) at Casa Maňana Musicals; "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine" at Dallas Alliance Theatre, and "Gypsy" at Dallas Repertory Theatre, as well as productions with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and The Lyric Opera of Dallas. Natasha received a B.F.A. in Theatre from Southern Methodist University.

James Hindman (Drake/Greylag/Froglet/Snow) WITH NSMT: "City of Angels," "Crazy for You." ELSEWHERE: James is very happy to be returning to NSMT. His Broadway credits include: "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "1776," "Once Upon A Mattress," "A Grand Night for Singing," "City of Angels." Tours: "Dancing at Lughnasa," "Falsettos," "Cats," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Off-Broadway his credits include: "I Love New York" at Rainbow and Stars, "Merrily We Roll Along," "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh." He also played Gill Marino on "All My Children," and currently has a commercial running for Lay-Z-Boy where he talks to a chair. As a writer; "I Love New York" (1999 Bistro Award), "A Christmas Survival Guide," "The Incubus," "Mercada" and "Pete ‘n Keely," a new musical, directed by Mark Waldrop, that had it's first production at City Stage in Springfield, Mass., starring Sally Mayes and NSMT's very own George Dvorsky. petenkeely.com.

Devin Jeffers (Beaky/Froglet) WITH NSMT: "Midsummer Night's Dream", "MacBeth", "Tommy", "Oliver," "Christmas Carol"95,96,98. ELSEHWERE: Eleven year old Devin attends Fifth Grade at Witchcraft Heights Elementary School.  He loves to sing and act.  He sends his love to his family.

Marissa Konstadt (Downy/Froglet) WITH NSMT: "A Christmas Carol" (1998 & '99), "Children of Eden." ELSEWHERE: Marissa has played Annie at the North Shore JCC.  Marissa is a fifth grader at the Federal Street School in Salem. She studies dance at Gene Murray's in Salem. She has performed in the Boston Ballet Theatre production of "The Nutcracker" as Polichenell. In addition to ballet, Marissa enjoys hip hop, jazz, character dancing, singing, art, hiking and writing. Love to her family and friends and a special thanks to her teachers.

Charis Leos (Ida) WITH NSMT: "Singin' In The Rain," "Brigadoon," "Crazy For You," "Phantom" "Emma," "Company"and "South Pacific." ELSEWHERE: Charis has appeared with symphonies, in nightclubs, on television and radio and at the Improv Comedy Club as a cast member of "4 Out of 5 Doctors." Some of her theatrical roles include: Maureen in the New England premiere of "Beauty Queen of Leenane," Sister Hubert in "Nunsense I and II," Helga in "Deathtrap," multiple personalities in "Forbidden Broadway," "Das Barbecu," "Closer Than Ever" and "Beehive," Miss Hannigan in "Annie," and Madame Glunova in "Diary of a Scoundrel." She appeared in the world premiere of "Dadsworth" with Hal Linden and "Grossinger's," with Gavin MacLeod, and is thrilled to be back at NSMT in "HONK!"

Catherine Maddox (Mrs. Coot/Brent Goose/Bewick Swan/Snow Female Soloist/Froglet/Weather Woman) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: A graduate of Boston University, Catherine is ecstatic to be joining NSMT and returning to Massachusetts. Recently she played St. Margaret/Earl of Warwick in a world premiere of  "JOAN" with the Northeast Theatre Ensemble in Pennsylvania. Favorite roles include: Julie Jordan in "Carousel," Anna in "Burn This" and Armande in "Moliére Plays Paris." Thanks to family, friends and Traford for all your love and support.

Matt Marquart (Duckling understudy/Froglet/Little Coot) WITH NSMT: "A Christmas Carol" (1999). ELSEWHERE: Matt has played Will Rogers Jr. in "The Will Rogers Follies." A fifth grader at the Cove School in Beverly, Matt has enjoyed being involved in school variety shows and Odyssey of the Mind. Other interests include studying the trumpet, running and playing soccer and lacrosse. He would like to thank his teachers and family for their support.

Jessica Ann McDonough (Duckling/Froglet) WITH NSMT: "Annie." ELSEWHERE: Jessica once played the title role in "Oliver" wearing a wig. She has also appeared  in many community productions including  "Annie" as Kate, "Wizard of Oz" as a munchkin, "King and I" as Topsy and a Siamese child, "Fiddler on The Roof" as Bielke, "Music Man," "Sound of Music" as Marta, and her first dramatic role as Rebecca Gibbs in "Our Town" and others. Jessica loves being on stage and wishes to thank her Mom and Dad and sister, Lisa, for their love and support.

Nancy Opel (Maureen/Queenie/Fish/Pinkfoot/Froglet/Mother Swan/Snow/Old Woman) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Nancy most recently appeared as Edna in David Ives' new play, "Polish Joke" at the Ensemble Studio Theater's one-act marathon. Previously she was seen as Fay in "Loot" at the George Street Playhouse. She performed this season in the "Encores!" series in "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" and in the Sondheim/Weidman workshop of "Wiseguys." Her other credits include a number of David Ives' plays: "All in The Timing," "Mere Mortals," "Don Juan in Chicago," and "Lives of the Saints." She has been on Broadway in "Sunday in the Park With George," "Evita," "Anything Goes," "Triumph of Love," "Teddy and Alice," "Ring Round the Moon" and "Getting Away with Murder." She has performed Off-Broadway in a number of plays and musicals, including "Hundreds of Hats" and "Personals." Regionally she has appeared at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Alliance Theater, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Philadelphia Theater Company, Santa Fe Festival Theater and the New Hope Performing Arts Festival. Her film credits include "The Ice Storm" and "Second Skin."

Ken Prymus (Turkey/Bullfrog/Snowy Goose/Father Swan/Fish) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Ken began his career at the age of four and has since starred on Broadway in "The Wiz" and "Ain't Misbehavin'." He has also played the role of Old Deuteronomy in "Cats," giving him the title of Longest-Running Principal Performer on Broadway, Men's Division. Off-Broadway: "20 Fingers, 20 Toes" at the WPA and toured with "Harlem Swing" throughout Europe. His regional credits include: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum" and "She Stoops to Conquer." Ken created the role of Major/Chief in Duke Ellington's "Queenie Pie" and appeared in the AMAS production
of "Juba" and recently "Delphi or Bust." His TV credits include: "Johnny Mann's Stand Up and Cheer," "Kat & Allie," "Tuck One,"  "Conan O'Brien,"  "Late Night With David Letterman," "Mad About You," and "The Sopranos." Movies: "The Model Shop," "In Cold Blood," "The Young Americans" and "Identity Crisis," and "M*A*S*H."  Ken also sang the title song "Suicide is Painless" in the film version of "M*A*S*H." Mr. Prymus has recently returned from Chicago where he starred Duke Ellington's "Play On", and also just completed a run of "WORKING" at the Long Wharf Theatre.  His face may be familiar to people because eof the many TV commercials he has done and continues to do.  He is very proud and happy to be performing at North Shore Music Theatre.

Mary Stout (Grace/Dot/Lowbutt/Froglet/Fish/Snow) WITH NSMT: "Into The Woods", "A Christmas Carol". ELSEWHERE: Mary recently played the role of Mrs. Fairfax in "Jane Eyre" at the La Jolla Playhouse, a role which she created in the Toronto world premiere and will recreate on Broadway this Fall. Television audiences know her best for her portrayal of Eugenia on the Emmy and Ace award-nominated TV series "Remember WENN"  on AMC.  She has been seen on Broadway in "Me and My Girl," "Copperfield," "A Change in the Heir," "My Favorite Year" and "A Christmas Carol." National tours number "Nine," "The Pirates of Penzance," and "Beauty and the Beast."  Of her extensive regional credits, her favorites include: "Happy End" at Baltimore's Center Stage, "On The Verge" at Virginia Stage, "Candide" at St. Louis Rep and most recently Polly Penn's "The Night Governess." Mary did voice work on such Disney films as "Aladdin" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."  She is featured in films such as "The Holy Man," and "Sweet and Lowdown." For the past two years, Mary has delighted holiday audiences as Mrs. Claus in Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular.

Bob Walton (The Cat/Froglet) WITH NSMT: "Music Man," "Crazy for You." ELSEWHERE: Bob's Broadway credits include "Once Upon A Mattress," "Show Boat," and "City of Angels." Bob's Off-Broadway and Tour credits include "Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!," "Preppies," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and "The World Goes ‘Round."  Television credits include "Nehart," "Pro's and Cons," "Picket Fences," and "General Hospital."  As a writer, Bob and his brother Jim Walton won the 1997 Bistro Award for their original review "My Brother's Keeper."  This fall they will be perforrming in their new musical farce "Double Trouble."  Bob's new interactive musical "Game Show," co-written with producer Jeffrey Fin, will be seen Off-Broadway in September.  Bob is Proudest of his kids Emily (12) and Alex (8) and is married to Laurie Walton.

Andrew White(Billy/Froglet) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Andrew is a 7th grader at Triton Regional School in Byfield, where he is an A-student. Andrew's credits include the roles of Jacob Marley and the Village Boy in productions of  "A Christmas Carol" at NES and the Amesbury Playhouse, respectively. He has also played Urashimo Taro in "The Honorable Urashimo Taro" at The Firehouse, and the role of a Lost Boy in "Peter Pan," also at the Firehouse. He is also a member of the NES choir. When he's not performing, Andrew also enjoys Hockey, Baseball, performing magic tricks and chess, among other pursuits.

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Music, Book and Lyrics) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: George Stiles (Music) and Anthony Drewe (Book and Lyrics) began their collaboration as students at Exeter University in 1980.  Following their graduation, they wrote their first musical, "Tutankhamun," which played to great acclaim at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, England, in 1984.  The show was subsequently seen in a concert version at the Imagination Building in London.  Their second collaboration was on "Just So," a musical inspired by Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories," which won the 1985 Vivian Ellis prize.  Cameron Mackintosh co-produced "Just So" in 1989 at the Watermill Theatre, and again in 1890 at the Tricycle Theatre, where it was nominated for Best Musical.  The authors were also nominated as Most Promising Newcomers for the 1990 London Drama Critic Circle Award.  "Just So" was optioned by Steven Spielberg for an animated feature, and it was recently co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Price at The Goodspeed Opera House.  It is slated for a production at the Old Vic in the Spring of 2000.  As a double act, Stiles and Drewe have appeared on a number of  TV shows, and a compilation of their comic revue songs was originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987.  Their most recent revue, "Warts and All," celebrated their show songs to date.  Independently, Mr. Stiles wrote and arranged a new musical version of "Moll Flanders" (with lyrics by Paul Leigh) for the Wattermill Theatre.  The Show was produced again at the York Royal Theatre where it won the 1995 Martini Regional Theatre Award for Best Musical.  Mr. Stiles toured the United Kingdom as Barry Humphrie's Musical Director in "Look at Me When I'm Talking To You" (1995) and in "Edna in Germany" (1996).  Recently he worked with lyricist Paul Leigh and bookwriter Peter Raby on "The Three Musketeers," which was also featured (with HONK!) at the 1999 NAMT International Festival of New Works.  Mr. Drewe has written the script for "Musical of the Decade," and new lyrics for Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent's musical "The Card," which was nominated for Best Revival at the 1995 Olivier Awards.  He has also been working on the lyrics for a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost." Together Stiles and Drewe have also created a new musical version of "Peter Pan" which is scheduled for production in Copenhagen.

Julia McKenzie (Director) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:
Julia first directed HONK! at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, England during Christmas season 1997, and later for the Royal National Theatre in London for Christmas, 1999. The RNT production won the Olivier Award for "Best New Musical" of 1999. Born and educated in England, Julia McKenzie has become known as a leading interpreter of the work of Stephen Sondheim, from playing April in "Company" at RNT, to being one of the originators of "Side by Side by Sondheim" - appearing in London and New York, to playing Sally in "Follies," the Witch in "Into The Woods," and, at the National, Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd," for which she won an Olivier Award. Also at the National, she played Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," winning the Variety Club and SWET Awards, and was in "Schweyk in the Second World War." Her other work in London includes Alan Ayckbourn's "Communicating Doors," "The Norman Conquests," and "Woman In Mind," for which she won the Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Awards; and recently "Kafka's Dick" for Peter Hall's company at the Piccadilly. Her television credits include the long-running English series "Fresh Fields and French Fields" for which she was voted TVTimes Viewers Favorite Comedy Performer in 1985, '86 and '89, as well as "Adam Bede," "The Shadowy Third," and "The Old Curiosity Shop." On radio she has been heard in "The Country Wife," "A Room With a View," "Sweeney Todd," "Follies," "The Sounds of Silence," "The Water Babies," "Encore" and Anthony Minghella's "Two Planks and a Passion." Her recordings include "Sondheim: A Celebration," "The King and I," and "Anyone CanWhistle." As a director, her work includes Richard Harris' "Stepping Out," which ran for three years at the Duke of York's, "Steel Magnolias," "Putting It Together" (which she also co-wrote and directed again at the Manhattan Theatre Club, where it starred Julie Andrews), "The Musical of the Year" at Aarhus, Denmark for stage and television, and a Japanese version of "A Little Night Music" in Tokyo. She also co-directed "Hey, Mr. Producer," the two night concert devised to celebrate Cameron Mackintosh's contribution to the musical stage.

Michael Lavine (Music Director) WITH NSMT: NSMT Gala 1996. ELSEWHERE: Michael has worked as a musical director, pianist and singer in the United States and abroad. He was musical director for "Billion Dollar Baby" (starring Kristin Chenoweth and Debbie Gravitte) and "Carmelina" (starring Gravitte) at the York Theatre, and acted, played and sang with Milo O'Shea in his production of "Alive, Alive, Oh!" Off-Broadway for the Irish Repertory Theatre. He musically directed Sharon McNight's "Red Hot Mama" at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and The White Barn Theater in Westport, Conn., and conducted "The It Girl" in North Carolina. He played for Rita McKenzie in "Ethel Merman's Broadway" in Florida, New York, Canada and Washington, D.C., accompanied Davis Gaines at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, and played piano and sang in "This Funny World: The Rodgers and Hart Songbook" with Mimi Hines at the Kennedy Center. He toured Great Britain with Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" and musically directed "Listen to The Wind," by Viven Ellis; "Under Their Hats," a celebration of the works of Flanders and Swann; and "Whoop Dee Doo!" at the King's Head in London. He assisted Peter Howard with an Italian production of "Cabaret,"  conducted productions of "A Chorus Line," "No Way To Treat A Lady" and "Annie Get Your Gun" in the U.S. and Europe, and  accompanied Rip Taylor in his one-man show in New York City. He toured Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai with "Broadway Tonite." As a performer, Michael has played for the Drama Desk Awards for the past two years and accompanied Theodore Bikel on the Theatre Guild's Amazon cruise. Michael has a B.A. from Columbia University and is proud of his world-class collection of sheet music.

Peter McKintosh (Set/Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Peter , too, designed sets and costumes for HONK! during it's run at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough before designing for the Royal National Theatre production which won the Olivier Award. His other credits include: "Widower's Houses," for the Royal National and on tour, "Demons & Dybbuks" at the Young Vic Theatre, "They Shoot Horses Don't They" at the Royal Academy of Music, "Buried Alive," "The Black Dahlia," "Cherry Orchard," "You'll Had Had Your Hole" at the London Astoria and "Killing Rasputin" at Bridewell Theatre. He also designed for "Snoopy - The Musical" and "Epsom Downs" at Watermill Theatre, "Travels with My Aunt" during the UK Tour and in Vienna, and "Pal Joey" at the York Theatre Royal. He has also designed for many operas, including the world premiere of "The Handmaid's Tale" for the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, which was named "Best Production."

Aletta Collins (Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Aletta studied at the London Contemporary Dance School. Her work for the stage includes Choreography and Co-Direction of "The Second Mrs. Kong" and a myriad of operas, as well as "Jesus Christ Superstar" at England's Lyceum Theater. She also choreographed HONK! during it's run at the Stephen Joseph Theater and The National Theatre in London. Her other credits include "Dr. Doolittle," "Rent," "Stand By Your Man," "Shoes," "Samson and Delilah" "Carmen" in London, Tokyo, Australia, Birmingham, Zurich, Munich and Berlin. Film credits include "The Man Who Knew Too Little" with Bill Murray.  Aletta also choreographed "Sunday in the Park With George" for the Royal National Theatre in London, and recently finished jobs in Iceland and Russia. In addition to being a solo performer, she runs the "Aletta Collins Dance Company."

Jeff Croiter (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Jeff's regional theater credits include: Cincinnati Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Fords Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Walnut Street and New York Stage and Film. Off-Broadway he designed "Enter the Guardsman" at Dimson Theatre; "Cranes," for The New York Group, Directed by Scott Elliott; "The Eros Trilogy," starring Betty Buckley at Vineyard Theatre; "Hesh," Malaparte, starring Ethan Hawke; "Lips" at Primary Stages; "Tesla's Letters at EST. "Power Failure" directed by Arthur Penn and "Boychick" at Theatre 4. Dance and Opera credits include: N.Y. Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera Delaware, Dennis O'Conner, Gabrielle Lansner, Jennifer Muller and New York City Ballet and City Opera. On Broadway, as an Associate Designer: "Side Man," "Jackie," "The Rose Tattoo," "The Little Foxes," and "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (designer for the L.S. and Chicago company). Jeff is very happy to be designing "HONK!" again and to be making his debut at North Shore Music Theatre.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed "A Midsummer Night's Dream," designed "A Grand Night for Singing," "Romeo & Juliet," "Macbeth," and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 musical seasons, as well as the 2000 production of "The Student Prince." 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. He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their love and support.

Robert Levinstein (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: Debut. Robert is very excited about joining the North Shore family. ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, "Waiting in the Wings" (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), "Voices in the Dark." At Lincoln Center: "Parade" with Hal Prince. Off-Broadway, "Clue: The Musical." Pre-Broadway Workshop, "The Jazz Singer." Robert is also a substitute SM for "Jackie Mason: Much Ado About Everything." He is the Resident PSM for the Union Country Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where he just completed work on both "Fiddler on the Roof" and "A Chorus Line." Along with his NY credits, 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 his parents, Mario and Ludy for all of their love and support over the years.

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer) Responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction of the organization, long-range planning, development of new works with the assistance of Associate Producer John LaRock, and creating the overall image of the Music Theatre. He is also 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 fall. 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. He has recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Council of Stock Theatres (COST), a national organization which functions as a bargaining collective for theaters operating under common union agreements and working conditions. 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 London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new theater works--the premieres of 18 plays and musicals. In addition, he has co-authored and directed the most popular production in the Music Theatre's history, "A Christmas Carol", which in 1999 celebrated its 11th season.  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.

Jim 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. Under his leadership, the NAMT membership is growing and the new works program is building exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese will also be serving on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel this year. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital. 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: Beverly Hospital, Rich Gagnon Shoe Repair, Edie Shipley, The Equestrian Shop, Bridget Sullivan, Ginger Helger, Tom Gleeson, Ruth Todd

 
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Student Prince 2000

CAST - "The Student Prince"
(In order of appearance)

Adolphus Lutz, Valet to His Highness - Paul Stickney
Karl Franz, His Highness the Prince of Karlsberg - Andrew Varela
Doctor Engel, Private Tutor to His Highness  - Walter Charles
Herr Ruder, an Innkeeper  -Charles Antalosky
Gretchen, a waitress - Culver Casson
Detlef, Student leader of the Saxon Corps - Michael Halling
Lucas, Lieutenant of the Saxon Corps - Drew Niles
Asterberg, Lieutenant of the Saxon Corps - Paul Lincoln
Kathie, a waitress - Elena L Shaddow
Princess Eugenia, betrothed to the Prince of Karlsberg - Kate Suber
Grand Duchess, her mother - Cheryl McMahon
Captain Tarnitz, Escort for the Princess & Duchess - Scott Cheffer
Countess Leyden, a palace guest - Laura Griffith
Baron Arnheim, a palace guest - A.J. Irvin
Men's Chorus - Jamie LaVerdiere,  Cullen R. Titmas, Allan Snyder, Lawrence Cummings, Rob Rokicki, Justin Miller, Jesse Nager, Jeff Applegate, Tim Martin Gleason

Women's Chorus - Sarah Workman, Laura Griffith
Maids, Lackeys, Students, Waitresses, Officers and Royal guests
     
Set Designer - Howard C. Jones
Costume Designer  - Dean Brown
Lighting Designer -  Amy Appleyard
Sound Designer - John A. Stone 
Production Stage Manager  - Kathleen J. Parsons 
Casting  - Charles Rosen Casting, Inc.
Music Director - Joel Fram
Direction/Script Adaptation by - Dallett Norris
Assistant Music Director/Rehearsal Pianist - Paul Loessel
Additional Orchestrations - Larry Moore      

Assistant Stage Manager - Erik Hedblom

Dance Captain - Laura Griffith     
Copyist - Brian Alvarson   
     
ORCHESTRA
Music Director, Joel Fram
Ernest Sola III, flute, piccolo, clarinet 
Rod Ferland,  flute, oboe
Judy Bedford,  clarinet, bassoon 
Jay Daly, trumpet
Dirk Hillyer,  horn    
Walter Bostian, trombone
Lucy Pope,  violin   
Stanley Silverman, violin
Michael Loo,  viola    
Mary Carfagna, cello
Joseph Higgins, bass   
Mark Worgaftik, percussion
Paul Loessel,  keyboard

BIOS

Andrew Varela (Karl Franz, the Prince)WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Andrew has been in the Broadway production of "Les Miserables" for over two years where he covers the role of Jean Valjean, which he has performed over 150 times. He also appeared on Broadway in the Alan Menken/Tim Rice premiere of "King David." Off-Broadway he has appeared in "Sheba" and in the world premiere of "Frida," a new musical based on the life of artist Frida Kahlo. Tours include "Cats" (Gus/Old Deuteronomy) and "Evita." His opera training has taken him to the Houston Grand Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a tour of the former Soviet Union. Regional credits include: "Guys and Dolls" (Sky), West Side Story (Tony), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Pharaoh) and later this year he debuts with Music Theatre of Wichita as Che in "Evita." Mr. Varela has a degree in Economics from Rutgers University. Special thanks to Joel for all his help and encouragement. For Susan.

Elena L. Shaddow (Kathie) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Elena is very excited to be making her North Shore Music Theatre debut. Currently, Elena is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at New York University, under the direction of Karen Lykes and Greg Ganakas. New York credits include Maria in "West Side Story" and the world premiere of  "Our Time." Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Sibs and MH.

Walter Charles (Doctor Engel) WITH NSMT: "Berlin to Broadway: The Journey of Kurt Weill." ELSEWHERE: Walter most recently appeared in the Los Angeles production of "Wit," in the role of Dr. Harvey Kelekian, which he created Off-Broadway. He recently co-starred with Diahann Carroll as Max in the Canadian production of "Sunset Boulevard," garnering a Best Supporting Actor nomination in Vancouver. He created the role of Scrooge in the world premiere of Alan Menken's "A Christmas Carol" at New York City's Paramount Theatre, and starred opposite Tyne Daly in the City Center Encores! Production of "Call Me Madam." Walter made his Broadway debut as Vince Fontaine in the original production of "Grease" and followed that with appearances in the original casts of "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," "Sweeney Todd," "Cats" and "Aspects of Love." Walter starred as Albin in the Broadway and Los Angeles companies of "La Cage Aux Folles," and received the Bay Area Drama Critics award for Best Actor for his performances in the original San Francisco production. He went on to star as Georges in the 10th Anniversary National Tour. He has also appeared on Broadway in "Me and My Girl," co-starred as Karenin in "Anna Karenina" and as Noah in New York City Opera's "110 in the Shade." On the West Coast, Walter played Sweeney in "Sweeney Todd" with Angela Lansbury, and has starred throughout the U.S. as Charlie in "Shenandoah," Emile in "South Pacific" (St. Louis MUNY), Hajj in "Kismet" (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Ben Stone in "Follies," Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha," and opposite Lanie Kazan as Herbie in "Gypsy" and Fredrik in "A Little Night Music." He appeared in the Hartford Stage world premiere of "Martin Guerre" and the two-character play, "Separation" at Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as "Wit" at the Long Wharf

Theatre. Films include "A Fine Mess," "Fletch Lives," "Weeds" and "Prancer." TV credits include "Cagney and Lacey," "Kate and Allie," the 1981 Tony and 1983 Grammy awards telecasts, the PBS Great Performances broadcast of "Sweeney Todd" and numerous soaps. His benefit appearances have taken him to the London Palladium, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.

Scott Cheffer (Captain Tarnitz) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Scott's favorite musical theater roles include the Red Shadow in "The Desert Song," Maximillian in "Candide," and Erik the Phantom in Kopit and Yeston's "Phantom." Some national/international opera credits include: Danilo in "The Merry Widow" with the Virginia Opera, Papageno in "The Magic Flute" throughout France and Spain and Chris the Citizen in "The Mother of Us All" with New York City Opera.

Kate Suber (Princess Eugenia) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:Kate has performed her favorite roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on national tours: Christine in "Phantom of the Opera," Kate Murphey in "Titanic," Claire de Loone in "On The Town," Louisa in "The Fantasticks," Dot in "Sunday in The Park with George," Louise in "Gypsy," Polly in "The Cocoanuts," Anna in "Tintypes," Guenevere in "Camelot. Kate is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon, and a native of Chicago, Illinois.

Paul Lincoln (Asterberg) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Paul just finished touring with the first national tour of the current Broadway revival of "Cabaret," playing Hans and Rudy. A graduate of Harvard and New England Conservatory, he is happy to be back in the Boston area.

Michael Halling (Detlef) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Michael is excited to be making his NSMT debut. On Broadway, he appeared in "The Scarlet Pimpernel," understudying the role of Elton. He was seen most recently in a tour of "Chess,"understudying Freddie, the American. Other favorite roles include Gaylord Ravenal in "Showboat", Jamie Lockhart in "The Robber Bridegroom,", Horace in "The Amorous Flea", and Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Michael has also performed with the Minnesota Opera in "Don Giovanni" and "La Bohéme." He is thrilled to be near the Boston area, having grown up in New Hampshire. Love and thanks to family and friends.

Paul Stickney (Adolphus Lutz) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Paul has performed extensively throughout the U.S., appearing as Drake/Warbucks understudy on the national tour of "Annie" and Sitting Bull on the national tour of "Annie Get Your Gun" as well as touring China, Singapore, Thailand, Manila and Korea as Emperor Changsee in "Cole Porter's Aladdin." Favorite roles include Sancho Panza in "Man of La Mancha" at the Worcester Forum in 1996 and Nicely Nicely Johnson in "Guys and Dolls" at the Reagle Players in 1999. Massachusetts audiences will remember Paul as "Cardinal Claudio" celebrating his 11th year at King Richard's Faire. Paul is co-author of the musicals "Cinderella: Or the Girl with the See-Through Shoes" and "Musical Macbeth: or Natural Born Kilters." Paul dedicates this performance to the memory of his mother, Terri.

Drew  Niles (Lucas, Lt. of the Saxon Corps) WITH NSMT: "Victor/Victoria." ELSEWHERE: Drew is a senior majoring in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan where his credits include roles in "Cabaret," "Candide," "Grease," and "A New Brain." Last summer he played Basilio and Don Curzio in the Western Colorado Music Festival's production of "The Marriage of Figaro." Much thanks to Ben, Mr. Wagner and the rest at U of M and love to Mom, Dad, and Leslie.

Charles Antalosky (Herr Ruder)WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Charlie is very pleased to be making his NSMT debut. His recent credits include Ben Franklin (Barrymore Award winner) in "1776" at the Walnut Street Theatre, Colonel Adye in "The Invisible Man" with Jim Dale, directed by Frank Dunlop at the Cleveland Playhouse, Andrei in "Red Herring," a new Michael Holinger play at The Arden Theatre and Doolittle in "Pygmalion" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Broadway credits include "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" and "Measure for Measure." TV appearances include "All My Children" and "Remember WENN." He would like to dedicate this performance to his very dear niece, Susie.

Laura Griffith (Countess Leyden) WITH NSMT: "Kismet." ELSEWHERE: Laura recently performed in "The Secret Garden" at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and in "Dinner At Eight" at the Century Center in New York City. Other credits include Magnolia in "Showboat," Louise in "Gypsy," Maria in "West Side Story" and Amalia in "She Loves Me." Laura is a native of Southern California and a graduate of Columbia University.

Cheryl McMahon (Grand Duchess) WITH NSMT: "A Christmas Carol" for nine seasons, "Sweeney Todd," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Alice in Wonderland." 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 Lyric West Theater in Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, "Relatively Speaking." Before that she portrayed Marilla in "Anne of Green Gables" at the Wheelock Family Theater. Last summer she played the role of the mother in the musical "Nine" at the Publick Theater. 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 Marnie 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. Much thanks to NSMT and much love to her family.

Culver Casson (Gretchen) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Off-Broadway, Jessica Gatewood and Agnes Pullens in "Splendora." Favorite regional roles include: Sophie in "Master Class" at Playmakers Rep., Johanna in "Sweeney Todd" at Skylight Opera, Rosabella in "The Most Happy Fella" at Chicago's Light Opera Works, and Anne Draper in "Strike Up The Band" at Lyric Opera Cleveland. Look for Culver as Sarah in the upcoming feature "Da Hip Hop Witch Project" from Raging Nation films.

Jeff Applegate: (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE:  Jeff is pleased to be making his debut at NSMT.  Previously, he has toured nationally in "West Side Story".  Other regional performances include "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Meadow Brook Theatre; "Damn Yankees", "Evita" and "Man of La Mancha" at the Hagar Theatre; and "Tree Penny Opera" at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.  Jeff holds degrees in theatre and government  from Cornell University and hails from a Christmas Tree farm in central New Jersey.

Lawrence Cummings (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Lawrence has performed with Opera Memphis, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Knoxville Symphony, at the Caramoor Music Festival, as a soloist at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, and has also toured Spain as a featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble. He holds  Bachelor and Master's of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He has also studied at the Chautauqua Institute and in the Central City Opera apprentice program. Upcoming engagements include recitals at the Claremont Opera House in New Hampshire in July, the role of the Harlekin in IVAI's production of Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" in Tel Aviv, then more recitals in upstate New York in August.

Tim Martin Gleason (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Tim just recently performed the role of Rapunzel's Prince in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' production of "Into The Woods". Prior to that, Tim portrayed the role of Tony in "West Side Story" at Sacramento Light Opera and he originated the role of Romeo in Terrance Mann's Rock Opera, "Romeo and Juliet" ant the Goodspeed Opera House.  Look for Tim on Broadway in December as he is slated to play Adam Gernstein in the new musical "The Rhythm Club".

A.J. Irvin (Baron Arnheim, Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: "The Secret Garden.". ELSEWHERE: A.J. recently spent a year on the road as Squash in the first national tour of "Victor/Victoria" with Toni Tennille. Regionally, he has been seen as Whizzer in "Falsettos," Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in "Into the Woods," Dr. Carrasco in "Man of La Mancha" and toured as Smokey in "Damn Yankees." A graduate of Muhlenberg College, he also has many credits as a director and musical director, and is happy to be back at NSMT.

Jamie LaVerdiere (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Jamie is thrilled to be back in New England. He studied at the Boston Conservatory and started his career in Boston area theaters. Local credits include Hero in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at Merrimack Repertory, Jean Michel in "La Cage Aux Folles" at Chiswick Park Theatre and Billy in "Anything Goes" (Best Musical: Boston Critics Award) at the Boston Publick Theatre. Jamie now lives in New York with his wife, Elizabeth Mooney.

Justin Miller (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Justin comes to NSMT from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Michigan in the Musical Theater Department. Some of his favorite roles include El Gallo in "The Fantasticks," the Poet in "Kismet," and Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha." He would like to dedicate his performance to Shirley Verrett and Professor Brent Wagner.

Jesse Nager (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Jesse is going into his second year at the University of Michigan where he studies Musical Theater.  His favorite roles include Tobias in "Sweeny Todd", Tommy in "Tommy" and Doody in "Grease" He has sung with Mariah Carry, Shania Twain and Joe Pesci.  Jesse would like to dedicate this show to his mother.  Special thanks to family and Meena.

Rob Rokicki (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEHWERE: Rob just finished his junior year as a musical theater major at the University of Michigan. There he played Max in "Cabaret," John Proctor in "The Crucible" and the Lion in "Candide." Last summer he was seen playing Monsignor Ryan in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and Olin Britt in "The Music Man" at the Music Theatre of Wichita. Favorite roles include Sweeney Todd and Jud Fry. He is excited to be making his North Shore debut and thanks his family for their support.

Allan Snyder (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Allan is thrilled to be making his North Shore Music Theatre debut. His regional credits include Tony in "West Side Story," James in "Shenandoah" and Smudge in "Forever Plaid." In New York Allan has created leads in two new musicals, "Sand Castles" and "The Children." He holds a BFA in Drama from New York University. Thanks to Joel and all my love to Angie.

Cullen R. Titmas (Men's Chorus) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Before moving to New York City, Cullen was a singer and dancer for Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise Lines. He has performed regionally in "State Fair," "Sophisticated Ladies," and in "Harry Who?" at Florida Studio Theatre. Cullen recently finished a two week run of "The Last Supper" Off-Broadway. He received his education in music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and when not on stage, Cullen thrives on singing gospel, jazz and blues.

Sarah Workman (Women's Chorus) WITH NSMT: "The Secret Garden." ELSEWHERE: Sarah's favorite roles include Johanna in "Sweeney Todd," Kristine in "A Chorus Line," Cinderella in "Into The Woods," and Adelaide in "Guys & Dolls." Sarah is a graduate of Michigan's Musical Theatre Department (Go Blue!). Much love to family, friends, and endless gratitude to God.

Dallett Norris (Director): WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Dallett Norris has directed national touring companies of "Grand Hotel," "South Pacific," "Oliver," and most recently the Deborah Gibson/Patrick Cassidy "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." He staged the international tour of "Gigi" starring Louis Jordan as well as the Japanese and American productions of "Can Can" with Chita Rivera. One of the founding partners of The Troika Organization, Mr. Norris, as artistic director from 1981 to 1998, oversaw the production of numerous musicals presented throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he devised the musical entertainment, "Ziegfeld; A Night At The Follies," which successfully toured the U.S. for more than two years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he is also the recipient of two grants from the National Opera Institute and has directed for both U.S. and Canadian opera companies. Mr. Norris is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Joel Fram (Music Director)WITH NSMT: "The Secret Garden". ELSEWHERE: Other conducting credits include "James Joyce's The Dead" on Broadway, "Cats" on Broadway and national tour, the national tour of "Falsettos," and the world premiere of "Paramour" by Howard Marren and Joe Masteroff at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Off-Broadway and regional credits include "john & jen" at the Lamb's Theatre in New York; "Dreams from a Summer House," an original Alan Ayckbourne musical, at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta; and "A.....My Name is Alice" for the Barrington Stage Company. He has music directed two cast albums ("john & jen," "A.....My Name is Alice"), helped in the restoration of several shows for City Center Encores!,  restored the Noel Coward's "Sail Away" for a concert performance at Carnegie Hall, and played in the orchestras of "Steel Pier," "Titanic," "Dream True," and "Ragtime."

Howard C. Jones (Scenic Designer): WITH NSMT: "Camelot," "South Pacific," "Nunsense 2," "Victor Victoria," "Showboat," "Brigadoon," "City of Angels," "Annie," "The Will Rogers Follies," "Guys and Dolls," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and the annual "Christmas Carol" production.  ELSEWHERE: He has been a member of the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts for the past four 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, 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!"

Dean Brown (Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut. ELSEWHERE: Mr. Brown's costume designs have been seen in many opera companies including Cincinnati, Houston, Syracuse, Louisville, Orlando, Dayton and Stamford. He has designed costumes for nine national tours, including "Gigi" with Louis Jourdan, "Can Can" starring Chita Rivera and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. He has degrees in design from Carnegie Tech (Carnegie-Mellon) and N.Y.U. Mr. Brown is a member of the National Board of United Scenic Artists and is its Costume Design Trustee.

Amy Appleyard (Lighting Designer)WITH NSMT: "The Secret Garden." ELSEWHERE: Amy has designed the lighting for numerous opera and musical theater productions including "Emmeline" for New York City Opera (also Santa Fe Opera and PBS telecast); "Arabella," "Daphne," "Salome" and "A Dream Play" for Santa Fe Opera; "Tosca" for Dallas Opera; "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Die Fledermaus" for Portland Opera; "The Mikado" and "Daughter of the Regiment" for Opera Pacific; "La Traviata" for Tulsa Opera; "La Boheme" for Opera Carolina; "The Wizard of Oz" and "Radio Gals" for Actor's Theatre of Louisville; "Dancing In the Dark" for Buffalo's Studio Arena and others. Upcoming projects include "My Fair Lady" for Trinity Rep and "Cosi fan Tutte" for Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed  "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; designed "A Grand Night For Singing," "Romeo& Juliet,"  "Macbeth," and the 1997, 1998, and1999 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. He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their love and support.

Kathleen J. Parsons (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: Macbeth (1997), Hamlet (2000), Assistant Stage Manager 1997,1998, 1999.  ELSEWHERE:  Previous Stage Management credits include work with A.C.T. in San Francisco, The National Theatre for the Deaf and Access Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer) Responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction of the organization, long-range planning, development of new works with the assistance of Associate Producer John LaRock, and creating the overall image of the Music Theatre. Mr. Kimbell is a board member of New York's Broadway Theater Institute, a Manhattan-based theater education organization, which is currently involved in creating a Broadway Theater Museum and Learning Center, a home base for exhibits shedding light on the history of Broadway. He is also 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 fall. 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. He has recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Council of Stock Theatres (COST), a national organization which functions as a bargaining collective for theaters operating under common union agreements and working conditions. 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 London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new theater works--the premieres of 18 plays and musicals. In addition, he has co-authored and directed the most popular production in the Music Theatre's history, "A Christmas Carol", which in 1999 celebrated its 11th season.  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.

Jim 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. Under his leadership, the NAMT membership is growing and the new works program is building exciting new partnerships between member producing organizations. Mr. Polese will also be serving on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel this year. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital. 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.

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