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A Christmas Carol 2001

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

CHARACTERS & PLAYERS   in their familial order

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Member, Actors Equity Association


WHO'S WHO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   
 
Carousel 2001

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

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

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

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

WHO'S WHO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat 2001

Cast of Characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSMT CHILDREN'S CHOIR
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just So 2001

Cast of Characters (in order of appearance)

Eldest Magician  - TOM DEMENKOFF
Elephant's Child - BARRETT FOA
Kolokolo Bird - GARRETT LONG
Parsee Man - FRANCIS JUE
Cooking Stove - CHRISTIAN BORLE
Rhino - TIM CAIN
Giraffe - MICHELLE POTTERF
Zebra  - STEPHANIE KURTZUBA
Koodoo - ASHLEY TURBA
Eland - MATTHEW ELLISON
Bushback - CHRISTIAN BORLE
Quagga - MICHELLE PERREIRA
Jaguar  - RUDY ROBERSON
Leopard  - CHRISTOPHER YOUNGSMAN
Kangaroo - CHRISTIAN BORLE
Dingo Dog - MICHELLE PERREIRA
In Addition: members of the company will appear as Amorphous Animals, Adult Elephants, Cooking Ingredients and as an ensemble.

rehearsal pianist - Todd C. Gordon
assistant stage manager - Erik Hedblom
design assistant - David Farley
Scenic & Costume Designer PETER McKINTOSH
Lighting Designer JEFF CROITER
Sound Designer JOHN STONE
Stage Manager ROBERT LEVINSTEIN
Orchestrations by CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE
Associate Orchestrator  JOHN CLANCY
Music Copying by JILL STREATER
Keyboard Programming by STEWART ANDREWS
Music Supervisor GEORGE STILES
Music Director WENDY BOBBITT CAVETT
Choreography by STEPHEN MEAR
Directed by ANTHONY DREWE

ORCHESTRA
Music Director - Wendy Bobbitt Cavett
 Ernest  Sola, III - woodwind 1
 Rod Ferland - woodwind 2
 George Sullivan - French horn
 William Bracken - guitar
 Joshua Davis - bass
 Ben Cook - keyboard 1
 Janet Roma - keyboard 2
 John Clancy - drums
 Mark Worgaftik - percussion

WHO'S WHO IN THE CAST
Christian Borle* (Kangaroo, Cooking Stove, Bushbuck) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Coincidentally, Christian played the dual roles of the Kangaroo and the Cooking Stove in the Broadway productions of Footloose and Jesus Christ Superstar, the National Tour of West Side Story, The Offenbach, Germany company of The Who's Tommy, and, most recently, the US Premiere of George Stiles' 3hree Musketeers in San Jose. Stranger still, he appeared as the Stove opposite Jerry Orbach's Kangaroo on TV's Law and Order.  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with BFA's in both West Indian Cookware Studies and Australian Marsupial Lore.  It must be fate.

Tim Cain* (Rhino) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Tim has been involved with many varied and exciting projects lately including Godspell, the 2000 Off-Broadway Revival. He followed that with his Lincoln Center debut as narrator for The Word of God, a new jazz composition by jazz pianist Eric Reed, part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center series.  In addition, he was part of the touring concert experience, Christmas Eve and Other Stories with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  And all this after his critically acclaimed turn in Minstrel Show or The Lynching of William Brown with Chain Lighting Theatre. Other credits include All Night Strut, Little Shop of Horrors, Showboat and A Christmas Carol.  Tim extends his thanks to the Cast, Crew and Production Team of Just So.  Extra special thanks to his family and friends for their constant love and support.

Tom Demenkoff* (Eldest Magician) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Tom is delighted to celebrate his 30th year as an actor with NSMT's production of Just So, following the NC premiere of Yasmina Reza's award winning play ART at Cape Fear. An Ithaca College graduate, his Broadway debut was in the original production of Grease after an Off -Broadway debut in the original production of Godspell.  The American Globe's production of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, directed by John Basil, tops off the list of NYC bows, including Shanley's The Big Funk, and Tom Jones. Regional highlights include The Mark Taper Forum's historic Zoot Suit in LA as well as appearances at Goodspeed Opera House, Capital Repertory, Ford's Theatre, Centenary Stage, Vassar Institute, Long Beach CLO, Sacramento LO, WVPT, Helen Hayes Center and Theatre at Monmouth in productions of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 1776, The Gifts of the Magi, Dream House, Rumors, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma!, Company, Tintypes and Kiss Me Kate. A repeat offender on NBC's Emmy-winning Law & Order, a stalker on ABC's Emmy-winning General Hospital - Tom's feature film credits are forever dominated by his performance as Ariel in Troma Picture's cult classic Surf Nazis Must Die.

Matthew Ellison (Eland) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Matthew is proud to be making his NSMT debut.  Matthew recently completed a three-month run as Jesus in Jesus Christ Super Superstar (Circa 21).  Other recent credits include Victor/Victoria (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Rocky Horror Show as Brad/ Frank-N-Furter u/s (European Tour) and Godspell as Jesus (Lycian Center).  Favorite roles include Lancelot in Camelot, and the title role in Yestin and Kopit's Phantom.  All my love to my family. To Rachel: Ti Amo!

Barrett Foa* (Elephant's Child) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Following Just So, Barrett will be making his Broadway debut as part of the original cast of Mamma Mia!, the new ABBA musical. He created the role of Jesus in the 2000 Off-Broadway revival of Godspell at The York Theatre with Stephen Schwartz (cast recording available on the Fynsworth Alley label). Regional: Bye Bye Birdie with Rue McClanahan (Pittsburgh CLO), Abel/Ham in Children of Eden and Rolf in The Sound of Music (Music Theatre of Wichita), Mordred in Camelot (Maine State Music Theatre), Tulsa in Gypsy (Weston Playhouse). Barrett was featured in the West Side Story GAP ad campaign that ran on billboards, sides of busses and in magazines all over the world. He has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan's musical theatre department. This performance is dedicated to Brittany and Adriene. This marks Barrett's fifth show with Garrett "Kolokolo Bird" Long. "Beware of the ‘Arretts'!"

Francis Jue* (Parsee Man) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Francis appeared in the Broadway and touring companies of M. Butterfly and will soon be joining the original Broadway company of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Off-Broadway Francis has appeared in A Winter's Tale, Hamlet, Dream True, Pericles, Timon of Athens, King Lear, A Language of Their Own, Richard II and the revival of Pacific Overtures.  Recent regional credits include Skeets Miller in Floyd Collins, Mike/Skunk/Ronald in As Bees in Honey Drown, Mozart in Amadeus, Thomas in A Question of Mercy, the Emcee in Cabaret (Bay Area Critics Circle Award), Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in Peter Pan.

Stephanie Kurtzuba* (Zebra) WITH NSMT: Hair '98 ELSEWHERE: Stef most recently has been performing in the hit Off-Broadway production Bat Boy: the musical. Some favorite credits include Jane in Red, Hot and Blue (Goodspeed Opera House), Marty in Grease (Kansas City Starlight) and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (SFAC).  Stephanie was a member of the MAC & Bistro Award winning revue Our Life & Times and can be heard on the recordings Take It Easy (cast album), Walk Away (cast album) and Linda Eder's Christmas Stays the Same. Love to Hubby Todd. Thanks to Tony & the gang.

Garrett Long* (Kolokolo Bird) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Garrett is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut and taking the Just So Journey. Being a navy kid she is up for the travel and adventure. Most recently she had the great fortune of creating the role of Percy in the world premiere of Spitfire Grill at George Street Playhouse (Scheduled for Playwrights Horizon this fall). She became a fan of George Stiles when she work-shopped The Three Musketeers playing Constance at the San Jose Music Theatre last summer.  Also thrilled to be sharing the stage for the fifth time with her good friend Barrett Foa, last time as Maria in The Sound of Music at Music Theatre of Wichita.  Some other favorite roles include Nellie in Floyd Collins at Signature Theatre, Louise in Gypsy at Theatre Virginia and Anne in A Little Night Music at GLTF and St. Louis Rep. Much thanks to friends and family, especially her Uncle Bud. "Beware of the ‘Arretts'!"

Michelle Perreira* (Dingo Dog, Quagga) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Michelle is excited to be making her NSMT debut with Just So. Recent shows include Joanne in Godspell at Center Repertory Co. in CA.  Theatrical credits include the First European Tour of Fame (Cast Recording), Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense w/ Nancy Carrol at The Providence Performing Arts Center, RI. Regionally she has worked with Florida Repertory, Florida Studio Theatre, Cherry County Playhouse and Theatre by the Sea. New York credits include Measure for Measure (Playwrights Horizon), The Rise and Fall of Isabella Rico (The Directors Co), Grease (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Michelle is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music.  She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and encouragement.

Michelle Potterf* (Giraffe) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Michelle is very excited to be making her NSMT Debut.  She has recently been seen as Go-To-Hell Kitty in the Broadway production of Chicago.  She has also had the opportunity to do special projects with the incredible Chita Rivera.  Her tours include Chicago (Roxie), Will Rogers Follies and the European tour of Crazy For You (Tess).  Favorite regional credits: Me and My Girl (Lady Jaquoline), Can Can (Claudine) and Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo).

Rudy Roberson* (Jaguar) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Rudy created the roles of Silky in Cy Coleman's The Life (Broadway), Scrooge in Sing a Christmas Song, Skillet in Twist and Moses in the premiere of A House Divided.  Other Broadway Credits include Rollin' on the T.O.B.A. and Kat and the Kings.  Off-Broadway credits include Floyd Collins, The Middle of Nowhere, Lullaby and Goodnight. He received the Dallas Theater Critics' Forum Award (Roscoe in Avenue X, was an Audelco nominee for Rollin' on the T.O.B.A. and Black Codes from the Underground.  He recently portrayed the Leading, Player in Pippin. Film Credits include Unconditional Love with Kathy Bates and Rupert Everett (Due out in 2001), and Skirty Winner, Minges Alley, and Amadou Diallo in The Diallo Case. TV Credits include Law and Order and 100 Centre Street. He portrayed all the voices for the animated children's video The Gilimoto. A solo entertainer (piano, vocals, guitar), with an amassed repertoire of more than 500 songs. Rudy has performed in concerts, clubs and cabarets in NY, throughout the Northeastern US and in Paris. He has been the warm-up act for Pete Seeger, Kenny Rankin, Don McLean, John Sebastian, David Bromberg, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, and others. Children's theatre: [Currently] Fabulous Folktale In You / Out of Africa. Rudy is a Teaching Artist / consultant in NYC, teaching Musical Theater and Voice. He is also Musical director/ coordinator, performer of numerous children's concerts. Rudy has directed and choreographed Rap Opera, staged one-man poetry performances, directed the premiere of a rock opera, directed and musically directed many children's performances. Rudy received his BFA degree (Drama, Musical Theatre) from the Boston Conservatory of Music, and MFA degree (Acting) from Rutgers University / Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Ashley Turba (Koodoo) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Ashley is happy to be appearing at NSMT.  She recently made her NYC debut in Richard Maxwell's Showy Lady Slipper Off-Broadway, and went on to tour Europe with the show. She can be seen in NYC in solo cabaret shows (as well as showcases of musicals she has co-written entitled This Property is Bauhaus). As an artist/songwriter she has collaborated on a self-titled EP with legendary Guitarist Jack Pearson and songwriter Kenneth Higney.  She is a graduate of the music school at George Washington University.  Much thanks and love to Mom and Dad for all their love and support.

Christopher Youngsman* (Leopard) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Broadway: Grease! - Eugene. Tour: Grease! - Eugene (Original Cast). NYC: The Gory Details - Marsh Mary Rose (The Century Theatre), The Full Monty (workshop), Broadway Bares (1997-1999). Regional: Hair - Woof (Actor's Theatre of Louisville), Pageant - Miss Great Plains (Walnut Street), Forever Plaid - Smudge (Connecticut Rep), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown - Schroeder (Self Arts Center). Television: VH1, E! Fashionfile, The Tony Awards and the PBS Series, Between the Lions as Sloppy Pop, the alphabet loving Rock Star.

Anthony Drewe (Director, Book Writer and Lyricist) & George Stiles (Music Supervisor, Composer) WITH NSMT: HONK! ‘00 ELSEWHERE: George and Anthony have written four shows together: Tutankhamun, Just So, Honk! and Peter Pan. Tutankhamun was performed at the Northcott Theatre and Imagination Buildings in the UK. Just So was produced by Cameron Mackintosh at the Watermill and Tricycle theatres in England, as well as at the Goodspeed Opera House in the USA. It won the 1985 Vivian Ellis Prize, and was optioned for feature animation by Steven Spielberg. Honk! was commissioned by the Watermill Theatre, and was further developed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and at London's Royal National Theatre. It has won three Best Musical awards - the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award, the FNB VITA Award in South Africa, and the Elliot Norton Award in the USA. The RNT production is currently touring the UK and there are many other productions around the world. Peter Pan received its premiere at Det Ny Theater, Copenhagen. Also in Denmark it won Best Song and the Orchestra's Award at the 1996 International Musical of the Year, and in April it was performed in concert with an all-star cast and the BBC Concert Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall. The BBC will broadcast the concert this Christmas. Anthony and George have also written two revues and contributed songs to a variety of theatre, TV, and radio shows, including the RSC's Shakespeare Revue, The Challenge, and Dame Edna Everage's Look At Me When I'm Talking To You. Independently, George is the composer of Moll Flanders (winner of Best Musical in the 1995 TMA Awards), Tom Jones (Theatre Royal, York) and, most recently, The Three Musketeers (Stadttheater, St. Gallen, Switzerland) which has just received its' American premiere at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose - the original cast album will be released later this year. Other recent projects include the score for Sam Mendes' production of Habeas Corpus at the Donmar Warehouse and working as Dame Edna's musical director and arranger. Anthony wrote the lyrics for The Card (Watermill Theatre, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and UK Tour) which was nominated for Best Revival in the 1995 Laurence Olivier Awards; A Twist of Fate (Jubilee Hall, Singapore, voted Best Musical of the Year); and The Canterville Ghost. As a performer he was recently seen in Rogues to Riches, and spent the summer of 1997 playing Porthos in George's The Three Musketeers in Denmark, as well as Inspector East in his own A Twist of Fate at Raffles Hotel, Singapore. As a director his credits include a revival of the musical Snoopy at the Watermill, Cowardy Custard at the Royal Academy of Music, and Honk! at the Nico Theatre, Cape Town. In 2002 he will direct Honk! in Tokyo - this time in Japanese! George and Anthony are founder members of The Mercury Workshop, a writer-based organization, dedicated to nurturing new writing for the musical theatre. They are currently working on two new musicals together.

Stephen Mear (Choreographer): WITH NSMT: Debut  ELSEWHERE: Stephen is currently joint choreographer with Bob Avian on The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Other productions include; Half a Sixpence (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Dir. Jude Kelly), Singin' in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal National Theatre, Dir. Jude Kelly) Nominated for an Olivier Award ‘Best Choreographer', Soul Train (Victoria Palace Theatre & Tour, Dir. Mark Clements) Nominated for an Olivier Award ‘Best Choreographer', Of Thee I Sing (Bridewell Theatre), A Little Night Music (Oripro for Martin Naylor Hara in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Dir. Julia McKenzie), Bouncers (Derby Playhouse, Dir. Mark Clements), Shakes (Northampton Theatre Royal/Basingstoke/Windsor), Love Off the Shelf (Harrogate Theatre/Nuffield), Snoopy! (Watermill Theatre Newbury, Dir. Anthony Drewe), Grease (Athens Greece, Dir. David Gilmore), Grapevine (World Premiere, Derby Playhouse), Follies (Concert for BBC, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Ruthie Henshall (Concert Tour 1997, Royal Festival Hall), Anything Goes (BBC Radio 2, Opera House, Manchester), Megamaths (2 Series 20 Episodes, BBC TV, Neil Benn), She Loves Me (Canada, Dir. Nigel West), Gary Wilmot's Showstoppers Tour (Keystone Productions), A Handful of Keys (Prince Edward Theatre, Dir. Julia McKenzie), Monster Cafe (Series 1, BBC TV), Ruthie Henshall in Concert (Royal Festival Hall), Women in Love (Derby Playhouse), Hanger 17 (BBC TV), The White Light Trade Show (Earls Court).  Associate Choreographer, work includes; Oklahoma! (Royal National Theatre, Susan Stroman & Trevor Nunn), Sweet Charity (Ass. Chor/Director, Victoria Palace Theatre Chet Walker), Crazy For You (Prince Edward Theatre 1994-96, Australia & European Tour, Susan Stroman & Mike Ockrent).  West-End Credits: Trained at the London Studio Centre. Whilst at collage he joined the cast of Evita (Prince Edward Theatre) and went on to 42ND Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre), Anything Goes (Prince Edward Theatre), Some Like It Hot (Prince Edward Theatre), where he played Tommy Steele's role for twelve performances, he then played Wyatt in the original cast of Crazy For You (Prince Edward Theatre). Regional Credits: My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Bobby in The Girlfriend (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Sonny in Grease (Derby Playhouse), and European tours of Song and Dance and Shall We Dance.

Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Musical Director) WITH NSMT: The Who's Tommy'97 - Musical Supervisor ELSEWHERE: Wendy recently conducted the new Starmites 2001 and the Premiere of Long Road Home in New York. On Broadway, Wendy was the associate conductor of The Scarlet Pimpernel and pianist for the 2-piano revival of The Most Happy Fella. She spent 16 explosive months conducting the National Tour of Tommy. Wendy has played at the White House and collaborated with Billy Joel. Regional credits include the world premiere of The Hidden Sky at Prince Music Theatre and shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, St. Louis Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Houston TUTS. Wendy is currently composing a dance piece, Confessions of Love, to be premiered at Jacob's Pillow later this summer. Many thanks to Kenneth Cavett who outshines her in most every way.

Jeff Croiter (Lighting Designer) With NSMT: HONK! '00 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).

Peter McKintosh (Costume / Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: HONK! ‘00 ELSEWHERE:  Theatrical credits include: Boston Marriage (Donmar Warehouse), Guys & Dolls (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), The Comedy of Errors, Half a Sixpence (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Strangers on a Train (UK Tour), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric, Hammersmith), Honk! (Olivier Theatre, RNT - Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical), Widowers' Houses (Cottosloe Theatre, RNT), Demons & Dybbuks (Young Vic Theatre), Buried Alive, The Black Dahlia, Demons and Dybbuks, Cherry Orchard (Method & Madness- UK tour), Snoopy! (Watermill Theatre) You'll Have Had Your Hole (London Astoria) Travels With My Aunt (UK Tour& Vienna). Opera Credits Include: The world premiere of The Handmaid's Tale (Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen) Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (Music Theatre London), The Marriage of Figaro, L'Elisir d'Amore (Mid Wales Opera), The Barber of Seville, Betly/ I Pagliacci (Holland Park Opera), L'Enfant at Les Sortileges (Birmingham Conservatoire), Cosi Fan Tutte (London Opera). Dance credits include: Cut To The Chase (English National Ballet). Forthcoming projects: Alice in Wonderland (Royal Shakespeare Company).

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

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

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

Goodspeed Musicals has achieved international acclaim for its dedication to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre. Under the direction of Michael P. Price since 1968, Goodspeed produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, 15 of which have gone to Broadway (including Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah and Annie), receiving more than a dozen Tony Awards. In addition, Goodspeed produces three musicals each year at The Non-na Tenis Theatre, opened in 1984 in nearby Chester, Connecticut, for the development of new musicals. Also integral to its mission, Goodspeed houses the Library of Musical Theatre, which preserves scores, sheet music, scripts, original cast recordings, playbills, and theatre memorabilia, and publishes Show Music, The Musical Theatre Magazine. Goodspeed has received two Special Tony Awards, one in 1980 for outstanding contribution to musica t eatre, and a second in 1995 for distinguished achievement for a regional theatre. Sue Frost is the Associate Producer and Michael O'Flaherty is the Music Director of Goodspeed.

Special Thanks: Gagnon Shoe Repair, Carol Edelson, MTI

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Letters from 'Nam 2001

Cast of Characters, in order of appearance

Eleanor Bridges, Billy's Mother - MAUREEN MCGOVERN
Warrant Officer Billy "Spanky" Bridges, a helicopter pilot - DAVID BURNHAM
First Lieutenant Kenneth "Kenny" Rutherford, an African American officer - DWAYNE L. BARNES
Sergeant George McDuffy, a career soldier - LEVY KREIS
Specialist Fourth Class Rick Nunez, a company clerk - JEFF MOSIER
Private First Class Alan Chisholm, an infantryman - MICHAEL CUNIO
Specialist Fifith Class Marion Johnson, a medic -RODNEY HICKS

rehearsal pianist  - JoLynn Burks
assistant stage manager - Erik Hedblom*
Technical Advisors - Tom McCluskey, Jim Kopley, Robert Santos

Scenic Designer, HEESOO KIM
Costume Designer, MIGUEL HUIDOR
Lighting Designer, PETER JAKUBOWSKI
Sound Designer, JOHN STONE
Stage Manager, ROBERT LEVINSTEIN
Casting NORMAN MERANUS (NYC) & SCOTT GENKINGER (LA)
Orchestrations by HAROLD WHEELER
Music Copying, EMILY GRISHMAN
Music Preparation EMILY GRISHMAN/KATHERINE EDMONDS
Music Director KEITH THOMPSON
Choreography by PETER PUCCI
Directed by BEN LEVIT

ORCHESTRA - Letters from ‘Nam
Music Director/ Keyboards - Keith Thompson
Jay Daly, trumpet
Mark Pinto, alto & tenor saxophone
Ernest Sola, III, tenor & baritone saxophone
Scott Johnson, guitar
David Buda, bass
Ken Hedley, drums
Jolynn Burks, keyboards

Who's Who - LETTERS FROM ‘NAM
Dwayne L. Barnes* (Kenny) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE:  A native of Detroit, MI, Dwayne received a drama scholarship to Eastern Michigan University and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.  His theatre credits include, The Nut House and Prelude to an Alien Garden, both with Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum's New Works Festival.  In 1995, Dwayne received a NAACP Theatre Award nomination in the category of Best Actor for his portrayal of Choirboy in The Five Heartbeats: The Musical.  He has appeared in numerous film and television productions such as Menace II Society, Blankman, ER, NYPD Blue, The District, Nash Bridges, Angel and the upcoming TNT movie of the week The Big Time, directed by Paris Barclay.  Dwayne recently co-wrote and starred in the A.F.I. short film Memorial Street, which was inspired by his own life.  He dedicates this and all performances to the wind beneath his wings, God, his mother, grandmother and beautiful daughter, Shamaria.

David Burnham* (Billy) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: David hails from Los Angeles, where he has worked on stage and screen.  Most recently he finished working on Disney's upcoming 2002 animated feature Sweating Bullets, where he plays a singing cowboy named Willy.  He can also be heard voicing the role of the Prince in the Warner Brothers animated feature The King and I.  David gained critical acclaim when, after a two year search, he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He also played Peter in the national tour of another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, opposite Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson.  He originated the role of Eddie in Rogers and Hammerstein's new Broadway musical State Fair, and originated the role of Charlie in the world premiere of the musical Peggy Sue Got Married.  Other theatrical credits include Children of Eden (Caine-Robby Award), Triumph of Love (Agis), Into the Woods (Jack) and two other productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drama-Logue Award).  Recordings include: Highlights from Joseph (Polygram), Lerner, Loewe & Lane (LML Music), The King and I animated soundtrack (Polygram) and the upcoming releases Strouse, Schwartz & Schwartz (LML Music) and The Sherman Brothers Album (Finnsworth Alley). David is thrilled to have been with Letters from ‘Nam from it's beginnings at the Disney ASCAP Workshop, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, to its premiere at NSMT and wishes it a long life to come.  Special Thanks to Paris Barclay, Ken Sawyer, Janet Miller and his voice teacher Eric Vetro.  www.DavidBurnham.com

Michael Cunio* (Alan) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Michael is extremely proud of his involvement with Letters from ‘Nam, from the workshop productions in Los Angeles and at the Kennedy Center (as Marion), to the world premiere here at NSMT. He began his career at the age of 7 as a boy soprano, with the acclaimed Northwest Boychoir‚ where he performed in such venues as the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the National Cathedral and with the Seattle Opera. When his voice changed‚ he shifted his focus to acting. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from The North Carolina School of the Arts High School Drama Program in 1996. His regional theater credits include Friedrich in The Sound of Music‚ Doody in Grease‚ Richard in Ah, Wilderness‚ Jimmy in CityKid‚ Freddie (the American) in Chess, Peter (opposite Ted Neely and Carl Anderson) in Jesus Christ Superstar and Jimmy in the world premiere of Reefer Madness. Michael can currently be seen playing the evil Frenchman, Rene Cartier, in the Disney Channel movie Motocrossed and on reruns of The West Wing‚ VIP with Pamela Anderson, and Disney's Bill Nye the Science Guy. He made his feature film debut starring as Sean in The Fluffer, with Debbie Harry (Blondie), which is currently at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released later this fall. Michael would like to thank his guardian angels, his family, friends and his own "Debby", without whom none of this would be possible.

Rodney Hicks* (Marion) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Rodney made his Broadway Debut as one of the original cast members of the Pulitzer Prize/Tony Winning musical Rent, written by the late Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif.  He originated the role of Paul and Others and played the role of Benny on many occasions.  He has also appeared on Broadway in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, where he originated the role of Peter.  Television credits include a guest role on NYPD Blue, as Delray Williams, directed by Paris Barclay, also, the Touchstone Television/Imagine Entertainment pilot, Student Affairs, in which he played Philip P. Funk.  Other television credits include Nick Freno (The WB), One Life To Live (ABC), Co Host of Dance Party USA (USA), and The New Mickey Mouse Club (Disney).  He plays the title character in the upcoming independent feature film django, directed by Harry Maxon, and the ensemble drama Bad Decisions, directed by Alex B. Wright. Other theatre credits include Golden Boy (Long Wharf Theatre), Hamlet (Nevada Shakespeare Festival), Scrooge (Theatre Under The Stars), Godspell (Los Angeles), Kudzu (The Ford's Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center), Blocks (The York Theatre), October Fest/One Acts (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Rent (New York Theatre Workshop, Obie Award), Bring In the Morning costarring Lauryn Hill (The Apollo Theatre), Lotto (Lincoln Center Theatre).  A big thank you to God for these blessings, his family, Dennis (111), his brother Jeff, the Mosiers, Chris L., Paris, Ben, Jon, Peter, Tom all his Letters from ‘Nam Brothers (and Mother!), Jon Larsen, Michael Grief, Jay Binder, Harry, Holly and Alyssa... thank you for everything!  This performance is dedicated to all those who served in Vietnam War and for the families who were at home waiting for their return.  You are remembered.

Levi Kreis* (George) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Levi was born in Oliver Springs, TN. He began singing at an early age and found his greatest influence to be Gospel Music.  This, along with his affinity for crafting songs has fueled his pursuit towards a career as a pop/ R&B singer/ songwriter.  Music brought Levi to Los Angeles 3 years ago where he discovered his passion for acting.  He has recently finished 2 feature films; Don't Let Go, starring Katherine Ross & Bo Hopkins and Frailty with Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton.  Having had a brief stint in Rent playing the role of Roger, this is Levi's second appearance on the stage.  Levi wishes to thank Nancy, Ken and Warner for being the greatest support a good ole' boy could ever ask for.

Maureen McGovern* (Eleanor) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Maureen McGovern's 29 year career spans recordings, concerts, theater, films, television and radio. On Broadway she made her debut as 'Mable' in The Pirates of Penzance, starred as 'Luisa' in Nine with Raul Julia and as 'Polly' in The 3 Penny Opera with Sting, and Off-Broadway as 'Mary' in Brownstone. She starred as ‘Mme. Emery' in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at The Sundance Institute Theatre, as 'Mary Turner' in Of Thee I Sing for the 'Reprise' series at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and also at the Kennedy Center and BAM in tandem with Let 'Em Eat Cake! and as ‘Mrs. Anna'' in the National Tour of The King and I. Maureen has starred in productions of The Sound of Music. South Pacific, Guys & Dolls (playing both 'Sarah' and 'Adelaide') and in I Do, I Do. Her children's musical, The Bengal Tiger's Ball, had its East Coast premiere in 1999; Maureen wrote the music, co-created and also starred. She most recently appeared at The Kennedy Center as 'Eleanor' in Letters from 'Nam. Her films include Airplane, Airplane II: The Sequel, The Towering Inferno, The Cure for Boredom and as the voice of 'Rachel' in DreamWorks animated video Joseph: King of Dreams. Television credits include One Life to Live, The Tracey Ullman Show, Pacific Blue and Beyond Belief. Her recording career began with the Grammy nominated, #1 chart topping Academy Award winning Gold Record, The Morning After from The Poseidon Adventure, followed by the Oscar winning Gold Record, We May Never Love Like This Again from The Towering Inferno. Maureen made history in 1975 as the first singer to record two Oscar nominated songs in the same year, We May Never Love Like This Again and Wherever Love Takes Me from the movie Gold. To quote The New York Times, "...a singer who moves comfortably from jazz to soaring movie themes and from classical pop standards to operetta ... a coloratura jazz singer at ease in any medium. Maureen has recorded more than 25 albums including Naughty Baby: McGovern Sings Gershwin, The Music Never Ends: The Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, the Grammy nominated The Pleasure of His Company and most recently, With A Song in My Heart: The Great Songs of Richard Rodgers with Skitch Henderson and The New York Pops.

Jeff Mosier* (Rick) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Jeff just moved to New York from very far away... New Jersey.  He is ecstatic about being in this production with such great people involved.  He was recently seen in the New York staged reading of MacGregor in which he played the Narrator.  Favorite roles include Danny in Grease, Wykowski in Biloxi Blues, and Edward Lyons in Blood Brothers.  He would like to thank his awesome voice coach Jack Wendell, Paris Barclay & Ben Levit for giving him this opportunity, the entire cast of Letters From ‘Nam, his good friends Chris and Noel, His Brother Rodney, his sisters Katie and Megan, and the two greatest parents he could ever have.

Nathan Atkinson (supernumerary) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Nathan is glad to be joining the cast of Letters from ‘Nam at NSMT. He is just returning from six weeks at Boston University's Theater Institute where he received intense training in all aspects of musical theater from the three basics, to script analysis, audition technique, monologue technique and drama literature. Nathan has been appearing onstage since he was eight years old and as he goes into his junior year in high school, he hopes to continue performing far into the future, Previously, he has appeared at many amateur companies including The Acting Loft, Nashua Actorsingers, Andy's Playhouse, Peacock Players, and many others. Most recently, Nathan appeared as George in Sondheim's B-way classic Sunday in the Park with George with the Acting Loft this past May. In the past year, Nathan earned the title of second best bass voice in the state of New Hampshire in both the styles of jazz and classical singing. He has previously accompanied & music directed for various companies around NH's southern region and teaches a regular class, Intro to Musical Theater, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Recent credits include The Crucible (Reverend Hate), Blood Brothers (Mickey), Pippin (Leading player), A Chorus Line (Richie), Grease (Eugene), Once On This Island (Papa Ge), Wizard of OZ (Scarecrow), & Chess (Arbiter & Walters).

Paris Barclay (Author / Composer) Paris won his two consecutive Emmys in 1998 & 1999 for directing ABC's NYPD Blue, along with two other nominations for producing the series. Paris also received the Directors Guild of America's Award for Best Director for a Dramatic Series, the Humanitas Award, an Alma Award, and 1999's Television Director of the Year Award from the Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors, along with a Golden Globe nomination. Last year, Paris co-created, co-executive produced, wrote, and directed the primetime drama City of Angels, nominated for five NAACP Image Awards and winning three, including Best Dramatic Series.  This season, Paris has signed with John Wells Productions to develop new series, and also directs episodes of ER and The West Wing.  He recently completed a two-hour movie for TNT entitled The Big Time, revolving around the trials and tribulations of a struggling television network in 1948.   Paris also directed the HBO western The Cherokee Kid, starring Sinbad, James Coburn and Burt Reynolds.  In addition, Paris has directed episodes of ABC's Clueless, Second Noah, Extreme, and Moon Over Miami; CBS's Brooklyn South, Diagnosis: Murder, and Angel Street; and Fox's Sliders. Don't Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood (1996) marked his feature film debut -- a wild parody of "'hood" movies for Miramax.  Paris graduated from Harvard College in 1979 with a degree in English and American Literature and Language.  At Harvard, Paris wrote 13 musicals, revues and plays including the score for two Hasty Pudding Shows. After graduation, he studied with Stephen Sondheim and Charles Strouse in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop, and two of his works were produced Off -Broadway: On Hold With Music (starring Jason Alexander in 1984) and Almos' A Man (1985) at Soho Rep.  Paris has once again returned to the world of musical theater -- writing the book, music and lyrics for Letters From 'Nam, chosen for the inaugural ASCAP/ Disney/Kennedy Center "In The Works" program. Apart from his work in the media, Paris has received numerous accolades for his political and charitable work, including the Founder's Award from Project Angel Food, and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.  Paris would like to personally thank Christopher Mason and Ronnie Barclay, whose love has sustained him through this 15-year process.

Ben Levit (Director) WITH NSMT: A Midsummer Night's Dream ELSEWHERE: Ben Levit served as Artistic Director of the American Music Theater Festival (t/a) the Prince Music Theater, in Philadelphia from 1994 through the 2001 season. During that time he directed for the company five world premiere productions and two revivals. Since coming to Philadelphia Mr. Levit also staged for Opera Delaware the world premiere of Billy and Zelda by composer Tina Davidson, and for the Curtis Institute of Music Opera Theatre: Menotti's The Medium, and Mozart's, Cosi Fan Tutte. Mr. Levit was awarded the 2000 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for his world premiere production of Peter Foley and Kate Chisholm's The Hidden Sky. This season he conceived and directed for the Prince Music Theater a new musical adaptation of C. S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Leonard Bernstein's Candide. In the fall he will return to Curtis Institute to direct Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Prior to coming to the Prince Music Theater' Mr. Levit freelanced as a director at Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters for 14 years and served as a Director- in Residence at both the Mark Taper Forum, in Los Angeles and Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Some of Mr. Levit's additional directing credits include the original music theater production of Herringbone with David Rounds (Playwrights Horizons), Who's Life is it Anyway starring Michael Moriarty (Kennedy Center), the American premiere of The Genius by Howard Brenton (Mark Taper Forum), and the revival of Kurt Weil's One Touch of Venus (Goodspeed Opera House).

Peter Pucci (Choreographer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Peter Pucci is the Director/Choreographer of Pucci Plus Dancers and the recent production of PUCCI:SPORT.  Mr. Pucci's recent theatrical credits include The Late Henry Moss at The Magic Theater; Fall at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Baltimore Center Stage; Romeo and Juliet for TheatreWorks, USA; Eyes for Consuela at Manhattan Theatre Club; MacBeth and Camino Real at The Hartford Stage; Fool for Love, The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Learned Ladies at The McCarter Theatre; The Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night at The Shakespeare Theatre; Love's Labor's Lost at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Samson and Delilah for Baltimore Opera. A principal dancer and co-choreographer with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for nine years, Mr. Pucci has choreographed for the Joffrey Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Pacifica and Pittsburgh Ballet.  He has also choreographed for Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House on the Disney Channel.  He is a two-time winner of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography (1993 and 1998). Other awards include the Absolut Joffrey Award and the American Dance Festival Samuel H. Scripps Humphrey/Weidman/Limon award for Choreography. Mr. Pucci is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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

Heesoo Kim (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Heesoo designed The Moon of the Caribbeess at Flea theater, Blue moon over Memphis at The New School University,  Children's Opera Floating Geezle for Young people's Chorus at 92nd St. Y.. Marat/Sade at Juilliard school.  Other design credits include Curse of Starving Class, 1171 Naomi, Tone Clusters, and Life is a dream. Ms. Kim received her M.F.A. degree from Yale School of Drama.

Miguel Angel Huidor (Costume Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Miguel designed Candide at the Prince Music Theatre, the premiere of 3hree: The Mice, Lavender Girl, and The Flight of the Lawnchair Man, three new one act musicals directed by Brad Rouse, Scott Schwartz and Harold Prince, respectively, also at the Prince Music Theatre and at the Ahmanson. Other design credits include Machinal, The Elephant Man, The Imaginary Invalid, Curse of the Starving Class, The Golem, Antony and Cleopatra, and Woyzeck. Mr. Huidor is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Peter Jakubowski (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: Peter is an award winning freelance lighting designer, and has been in residence at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia.  He is also the resident designer for Colorado Ballet's Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival.  His recent designs include the production of Candide, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Andrea Marcovicci, St Louis Woman at the Prince Music Theatre, Curtis Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival's Measure for Measure, Taming of the Shrew, Winter's Tale and Hamlet, Koresch Dance Theatre's Kriza, Chrystal Palace, Savage and Fifth Season.  He serves as the production manager and designer for both Koresh and Jeanne Ruddy Dance.  He has designed the International Dance Festival of Hong Kong and has worked in the repertory of Denver's Colorado Ballet and NYC's Perter Pucci Plus Dancers and Artichoke dance companies.  He has designed several world premiers for Interact Theatre Company.  He is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 as both a lighting and Scenic Designer.  He is pleased to be at North Shore Music Theatre and looks forward to continued work with Ben Levit.

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

Harold Wheeler (Orchestrations) WITH NSMT: Debut ELSEWHERE: From the time he conducted the Broadway musical Promises, Promises to the year Dreamgirls won six Tony Awards, Harold Wheeler has been at the front ranks of the entertainment industry as a conductor, composer, arranger and performer. Additional theatre credits as orchestrator and music supervisor include CoCo, Two Gentleman of Verona, The Wiz, Little Me (Tony Nom.), A Chorus Line, The Tap Dance Kid, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music, Fame, The Life (Tony Nom.), Side Show, Swing! (Tony Nom) and  The Full Monty (Tony Nom). He acted as Musical Director for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and composed the score for Love! Valour! Compassion!. He is married to actress/singer Hattie Winston.

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

Scott Genkinger (Casting, Las Angeles) currently casts NYPD Blue and the upcoming ABC series Philly with Junie Lowry Johnson in Los Angeles.  He thanks Paris Barclay for the incredible opportunity to return to his first love, musical theatre, and be part of the Letters from ‘Nam journey.

Jon Kimbell (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) During his 19 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 one of the largest in New England, and propelled the Music Theatre into the first rank of theaters nationally, both in size and in the quality of its productions.  His responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction and long range planning of the organization, as well as commissioning and development of new musical theatre works with Associate Producer John La Rock. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, which was created in 1986 to encourage the development of new musicals, and currently co-chairs the Alliance's International Festival of New Musicals, presented in New York City each September. He has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new musicals --the premieres of 18 musical theatre works. He is this year's recipient of Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre. In 1999 the New England Theatre Conference named him the winner of the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for his direction of NSMT's musical adaptation of  A Christmas Carol, which he also co-wrote and which is now in it's 13th record-breaking year of production. He has recently served as a panelist for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. His other credits include work as an evaluator and consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre, Challenge Grant and Theater programs, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Hampshire Touring Program, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mr. Kimbell is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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

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