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Kiss Me Kate 2004

Hattie - Carolyn Saxon*
Paul - Erich McMillan-McCall*
Ralph (Stage Manager) - Paul D. Farwell*
Lois Lane - Deb Leamy*
Bill Calhoun - Sean Palmer*
Lilli Vanessi - Rachel deBenedet *
Fred Graham - George Dvorsky*
Harry Trevor - Dick Decareau* 
Pete - J.T. O'Connor*
Cab Driver - Brian Kremer
First Man - David Coffee*
Second Man - David Dollase*
Harrison Howell - James Van Treuren*
Flynt - Jeremy Davis*
Riley - Patrick Wetzel*

"Taming of the Shrew Players"
Bianca - Deb Leamy*
Baptista - Dick Decareau* 
Gremio - Patrick Wetzel*
Hortensio - Jeremy Davis*
Lucentio - Sean Palmer*
Katharine - Rachel deBenedet *
Petruchio - George Dvorsky*
Gregory- Patrick Mullaney*
Philip - Edward M. Barker*
Nathaniel - Steven Petrillo*
Haberdasher -J.T. O'Connor*
Ensemble -  Sarah Anderson*, Edward M. Barker*, Jeremy Davis*, Paul D. Farwell*, Liane Grasso, Ashley Hull*, Brian Kremer, Patrick Mullaney*, J.T. O'Connor*, Christine Pardilla Reeds, Steven Petrillo*, Ami Price, Melissa Swender*, Patrick Wetzel*, Jessica Wright.*

Fred Graham/Petruchio, J.T. O'Connor*;
Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Minola, Jessica Wright*;
Lois Lane/Bianca Minola, Ashley Hull*;
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Patrick Mullaney*;
First Man/Second Man, Steven Petrillo*;
Paul, Edward M. Barker*;
study cover Hattie, Christine Pardilla Reeds

Assistant Stage Manager - Sarah Tschirpke *
Assistant Music Director / Rehearsal Accompanist - Janet Glazener Roma
Associate Director - Steven Petrillo*
Dance Captain - Ashley Hull*

* Member - Actors' Equity Association

Scenic Designer TAL SANDERS
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE            
Additional Costumes By DAVID R. ZYLA
Production Stage Manager ERIK E. HEDBLOM
Choreography by LEE WILKINS
Directed   by ALAN COATS

WHO'S WHO - Kiss Me Kate

GEORGE DVORSKY (Fred Graham, Petruchio) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz, Secret Garden, 1776, My One and Only, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, On the Town, Grand Night for Singing, and 12 years as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere: George Dvorsky is glad to be back at NSMT after starring in Brigadoon at Houston's Theater Under the Stars with Rachel deBenedet.   In the past year George traveled the country doing concerts, playing Albin in La Cage aux Folles directed by NSMT's Barry Ivan and got to play his favorite role of Georg in She Loves Me. He also played Colonel David Gold in the new musical Suddenly Hope at Denver's Civic Theater. Broadway highlights include the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Henry Spofford in the revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Off-Broadway credits include Pete Bartel in Pete N Keely, Dames at Sea and ‘And the World Goes Round.  His solo CD, "In the Still of The Night" is available on the JAY Records label. For more information, go to

RACHEL deBENEDET (Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Minola) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Rachel's Broadway credits include Nine with Antonio Banderas (Diana) and The Sound of Music. National Tours credits include The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder opposite Richard Chamberlain) and Me and My Girl (Jacqueline.) Regional Highlights: As Bees in Honey Drown (Alexa Vere de Vere) in Denver, 3hree Musketeers (Milady deWinter) in San Jose, Brigadoon (Fiona-opposite George Dvorsky!) and Oliver! (Nancy) in Houston, Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont) in Seattle, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) and Baby (Pam) in Sacramento, Chess (Florence) in Wichita. NYC workshop: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Rachel has won regional critics' awards for Lilli/ Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Lily in The Secret Garden, and both Maria and Elsa in The Sound of Music. She studied acting in London where she first played Shakespeare's Kate-- with a sword and dagger in hand!

SEAN PALMER (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio) With NSMT: West Side Story ‘95, Evita, South Pacific. Elsewhere: Recent credits include The Long Christmas Ride Home, and The Bay Street Production of The Boyfriend, directed by Julie Andrews, in which he played the title character. Sean was also seen at The 25th Anniversary Kennedy Center Honors (For Chita Rivera), and the 2003 Academy Awards.  Broadway: Saturday Night Fever (Tony Manero), Fosse and Dream. The upcoming Shonda Rhimes pilot, "Sex and the City" as Marcus, "The Reagans" (CBS) Film: "Chicago."

DEB LEAMY (Lois Lane/Bianca Minola) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Deb is pleased to be making her NSMT debut. Originally from Providence, RI, she started performing at age three. Broadway: Never Gonna Dance (Margaret), Sweet Smell of Success, Fosse (orig. cast). Off-B'way/National tours: The Green Heart, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Regional: A Chorus Line (Cassie), West Side Story, World Goes Round (Woman 2), Chicago, Street Scene (Mae Jones), among others. TV/film: "Tonight Show w/Jay Leno," "Bedazzled," "Split Intent."

DAVID DOLLASE (Second Man) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Mr. Dollase recently moved back to the New York City area after 12 years living and working on the West Coast. His performances there include the American Premiere of Dreams From A Summer House (Baldemar) at ACT, As You Like It (Charles/Amiens) with Seattle Repertory Company, No Way To Treat A Lady (Morris Brummell) at The Village Theatre, and Loves Labors Lost (Don Armado) and Henry IV, Part I (Hotspur) both at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Recent East Coast performances include the World Premiere of They All Laughed (Officer Berry) at the Goodspeed Opera House, Yeston and Kopit's Phantom (Phantom) and leading and featured parts in film and television.

DAVID COFFEE (First Man) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol ‘92-‘03, Phantom ‘92, ‘94,  Singin' In the Rain, Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Evita, Good News!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story ‘95, ‘03 Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man, and 42nd Street. Elsewhere:  Already this year, David has been seen as both Merlyn and King Pellinore in Camelot at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, and reprised his portrayal of Juniper J. Juniper in Natalie Needs A Nightie for the Granbury Opera House (a role he first played in 1978). After Kiss Me, Kate, David will appear as the Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City. Later this summer, he will play Maurice in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. David also looks forward to returning to Massachusetts for his thirteenth year as Scrooge in the award-winning NSMT production of A Christmas Carol. For more information,

JAMES VAN TREUREN (General Harrison Howell) With NSMT: Where's Charlie. Elsewhere: Most recently played the role of Georges in La Cage aux Folles at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel at both the Minskoff and Neil Simon Theatres. National tours: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Camelot starring Richard Harris and Singin' in the Rain. Regional roles: Juan Peron in Evita (Barrymore nomination); Gerard Carriere in Phantom; Alan in Baby and many appearances at the historic Ogunquit and Cape Playhouses and the Westchester Broadway Theater. Off Broadway credits: Elegies for Angels...; Love in 2 Countries ; Allegro; and Portrait of Jennie.  James can be heard on the RCA/BMG cast recording of Yeston/Kopit's Phantom as Inspector Ledoux.

ERICH McMILLAN-McCALL (Paul) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Erich is pleased to be making his NSMT debut in Kiss Me, Kate. On Broadway he has performed in Chicago (Harry) and The Who's Tommy (The Hawker). On the road he has performed in Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker), Sunset Boulevard w/ Petula Clark, Chicago, Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor, Jr.), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat w/ Donny Osmond (Isachaar/Baker) and Jelly's Last Jam w/ Maurice Hines (Chimney Man). "Many thanks to the NSMT staff and crew, and love to my family for their unconditional love and support. I've come this by faith."

CAROLYN SAXON (Hattie) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Recent productions include Can-Can at City Center starring Patti LuPone. Other New York credits include Hair (Encores), Waiter, Waiter (Fringe Festival), and Linda Eder's Christmas Concert at the Gershwin. National Tours include The Civil War starring Bebe Winans and John Schneider and Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk starring Savion Glover. Film credits include "Sweet and Lowdown," "Small Time Crooks" and "Curse of the Jade Scorpion," all directed by Woody Allen. Regional work includes Paper Mill Playhouse, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Studio Arena Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Artpark, Forestburgh Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre and Struthers Library Theatre.

DICK DECAREAU (Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola) With NSMT: Ragtime. Elsewhere: Originally from Lynn, and a graduate of Salem State, Dick's Broadway credits include Raggedy Ann and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.  Recent off-Broadway credits include Captain's Courageous (Manhattan Theatre Club).  Dick has worked in many regional theatres including Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Actor's Theatre of Louisville and most recently at Syracuse Stage playing the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. Dick toured for two years in Ragtime and three years in Annie. He has performed on television, film and in commercials. Dick is the writer/director of The Dick & Roy Show, a comedy and musical revue which recently tried out in Worcester, with two sold out performances.

SARAH ANDERSON (Ensemble) With NSMT: West Side Story ‘95. Elsewhere: National Tours:  Some Like It Hot (Sugar us.) w/ Tony Curtis, Steel Pier (Mick's Pick), Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat w/the Osmonds, and the Radio City Rockettes.  Regional:  Pajama Game (Virginia), Baltimore Center Stage; No No Nanette (Mabel) Paper Mill Playhouse; Three Penny Opera, Williamstown; My Fair Lady, Pioneer Theatre; and Sarah in Seven Brides.  When she's not on stage, you may find Sarah vacuuming on the QVC home shopping channel as the national spokeswoman for Sanyo Home Appliances.

EDWARD M. BARKER (Ensemble, u/s Paul) With NSMT: Memphis, A Christmas Carol, Ragtime. Elsewhere: Millennium Man w/Andre' De Shields, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues (Mississippi), A New Brain (The Minister), Side Show (The Boss), Floyd Collins (Reporter #2), Smokey Joe's Cafe' (Adrian), Art (Yvan), Not Now, Darling (Arnold), Parade (Jim Conley), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas, Jesus), Man of la Mancha (Sancho), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), Candide (Candide), Sunday in the Park with George (Franz/Dennis). "Thanks to John, Lee and Tony for another opportunity to spend a ‘warmer' time in Beverly!"

JEREMY DAVIS (Hortensio, Ensemble) With NSMT: My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: National Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Who's Tommy. Regional: Red, Hot and Blue (Paper Mill Playhouse), Babes In Arms and George M! (Goodspeed Musicals) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (American Musical Theatre of San Jose). Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Michigan. "Thanks to Mom, Dad and Sarah."

PAUL D. FARWELL (Ensemble) With NSMT: Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew. Elsewhere: New Repertory Theater: Threepenny Opera (Peachum), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Tartuffe (Monsieur Loyal). Overture Productions: Follies w/Len Cariou (Weissman), The Baker's Wife w/Judy Kuhn (Antoine). Lyric Stage: The Gig (Georgie), The Caretaker (Mick), The Big Knife (Buddy). Publick Theatre of Boston: The Mikado (Koko), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), Twelfth Night (Feste). Paul is delighted to work once again with his friends at NSMT. He lives in Watertown, MA, with his wife, Joanne, and 9 month old twins, David and Patricia.

ASHLEY HULL (Ensemble, Dance Captain, u/s Lois/Bianca) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway credits: Never Gonna Dance, Kiss Me, Kate (u/s and performed Lois). Other New York credits: No Strings (City Center Encores!), Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular.  National Tours: Saturday Night Fever (u/s Stephanie and Shirley), Copacabana (u/s Lola). Regional: Chess (Atlanta's Alliance), Guys and Dolls (Seattle's Fifth Avenue). Ashley is originally from Orlando and is a proud ‘Nole with a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.

PATRICK MULLANEY (Ensemble, u/s Bill/Lucentio) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway credits include Cats (final company) and 4 seasons of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. Regional credits include Brigadoon (Harry Beaton) Goodspeed Opera, Song and Dance (Joe) at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dan) at North Carolina Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Opera Omaha. Other credits include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Principle), Daring Project NYC. Recipient of Chicago's Ruth Page Award: "Dancer of the Year."

J.T. O'CONNOR (Ensemble, u/s Fred/Petruchio) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Fiddler on the Roof 2000-2002 National Tour (with Theodore Bikel). Regional and Stock: Angel Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Wait Until Dark, Funny Girl, Moon Over Buffalo and Kiss ME, Kate. Television and Film: "One Life to Live," "Law and Order," "Sex and the City," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "The Ice Storm" and "Two Weeks Notice."

STEVEN PETRILLO (Associate Director, Ensemble, u/s First/ Second Man) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan. Elsewhere: Recently directed/choreographed Route 66, a musical tribute to the Mother Road told through memorable standards of the 50's & 60's. Broadway/National Touring credits include Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, and Man of La Mancha, starring Robert Goulet. Regional: Gregory in Love! Valour! Compassion! (also choreographed), Bill in Kiss Me Kate, and Zach in A Chorus Line, among many others. T.V.: "Law & Order C.I.," "The Sopranos," and "A Will of Their Own." Steven has been associate/assistant to Mr. Coats on many shows including Crazy For You for The La Mirada Theatre (5 L.A. Ovation Awards) and Me and My Girl for T.U.T.S./5th Ave. Theatre.

MELISSA SWENDER (Ensemble) With NSMT: West Side Story ‘95. Elsewhere: Melissa played Meg in the National Tour of Phantom of the Opera. Other credits include the National and European Tours of West Side Story (Teresita) and Evita (Tango Dancer). Regional: Chicago (Go -To-Hell-Kitty) and La Cage aux Folles (Anne) at The Westchester Broadway Theatre. Other regional: Paper Mill, North Carolina Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO. TV: "All My Children," Late Night with David Letterman." "Love and thanks to my fam and fiancé, Jeffery."

PATRICK WETZEL (Gremio, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Patrick just finished working with Jason Alexander and Martin Short in the Los Angeles premiere of Mel Brooks' musical The Producers directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, where he understudied and performed the role of Leo Bloom. Prior to that he was in the Harry Connick Jr. musical Thou Shalt Not (cast recording) also directed and choreographed by Ms. Stroman. He was also in the original Broadway companies of the revival Annie Get Your Gun (cast recording) where he performed the role of Charlie Davenport and Ain't Broadway Grand. "Happy to be here!"

JESSICA WRIGHT (Ensemble, u/s Lilli/Katherine) With NSMT: Children of Eden. Elsewhere: Broadway; cover for America and Renebelle (Radio Gals). Regional favorites; Shelby (Spitfire Grill),Violin and Vocals (a concert of Comden and Green with Sally Mayes at the Kennedy Center), Mary Jane (Big River), Winnie (No, No, Nanette), Irene (Crazy for You), America (Radio Gals), Lilly McBaine (Swingtime Canteen), Prudie Cupp (Pump Boys and Dinettes). Television and Recordings; vocals and violin (Rich Little's "The Presidents" for PBS), Violin and Vocal recording for various artists including Sally Mayes, Rebecca Luker, and most recently, Susan Egan.

LIANE GRASSO (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Liane is equally comfortable performing in both opera and musical theatre.  She was last seen as Mable in the Palace Theatre/Opera NH production of Pirates of Penzance. Other credits include: Wachusett Theatre Company (The Sound of Music), Overtures Productions (Follies), New Repertory Theatre (Sweeney Todd), Longood Opera (The Magic Flute, The Tales of Hoffman), Janice Opera (Die Fledermaus), Janice Opera Company (The Gondoliers, Carousel). When not performing, Liane is a voice and piano instructor in Watertown, MA.

BRIAN KREMER (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Brian was last seen as Jean Michel in La Cage aux Folles at the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport, CT. He has also performed at the West Virginia Public Theater in Fiddler on the Roof and in South Pacific and at the Cortland Repertory Theater as Father Virgil in Nunsense: the Jamboree. Brian received his B.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University and his M.M. at Manhattan School of Music.

CHRISTINE PARDILLA REEDS (Ensemble, study cover Hattie) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Christine is a graduate of Boston University where she received her bachelors degree in Vocal Performance. Aside from her full time job of auditioning, Christine is on the faculty of Riverside Theatre Works where she teaches private voice lessons and musical theatre classes.  Recently, Christine has been seen in various productions around the Boston area including The Phantom Tollbooth (Wheelock Family Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Stoneham Theatre and American Stage Festival).

AMI PRICE (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ami Price is thrilled to make her debut at North Shore Music Theatre. Regionally, she's been seen in Music Man, La Cage Aux Folles, and Oklahoma. She's also traveled the country with Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey and has been a Radio City Rockette for 4 years. "Thank, Mia, for the endless support."

COLE PORTER (Music and Lyrics) was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891. He attended Yale, where his football songs are still popular. After his first Broadway show bombed, he exiled himself to Europe and married legendary beauty Linda Thomas. Returning to NY in the late 1920s, he gained renown as the composer of some of the greatest songs ever heard on stage or screen, among them "Night and Day," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," "Don't Fence Me In" and "Love for Sale." The 1930s were highlighted by Anything Goes, Gay Divorce, Jubilee and Born to Dance. A crippling accident in 1937 left him in constant pain, yet he continued to write memorable scores, among them Can-Can, Silk Stockings and his masterpiece, Kiss Me, Kate. He died in 1964.

SAMUEL & BELLA SPEWACK (Book). Reporters, Sam Spewack and Bella Cohen met while working for their newspapers: Sam, The World; Bella, The Call. They married, 1922. Sam attended Columbia University and Bella chronicled early years in autobiography: Streets: A Memoir of the Lower East Side (1922), published posthumously (1995, Feminist Press). First play, Solitaire Man, 1926. Clear All Wires (1932) became Leave It to Me! (1938), their first collaboration with Cole Porter. Boy Meets Girl (1935) inspired by Hollywood adventures. Among some 20 films were: My Favortie Wife (1940), Weekend at the Waldorf (1945). Kiss Me, Kate (1948) won Spewacks the first Tony Award ever given to the book of a musical. Others: Two Blind Mice (1949), My 3 Angels (1953), Festival (1955), Mr. Broadway (1957) and Once There Was a Russian (1961).

ALAN COATS (Director) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Me & My Girl. Elsewhere: Alan is taking a break from the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. NSMT audiences will remember his box office record breaker Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, and his magical family classic The Wizard of Oz. The Bay Area Outer Critics Circle awarded a Best Production Award for his staging of Me & My Girl for the San Jose CLO. He received both a Garland and Ovation Award in LA for Crazy For You at South Bay CLO. His work has been seen at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater, Houston's Theater Under the Stars, Pittsburgh CLO, North Carolina Theater, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theater of Wichita, Sacramento Music Circus and Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe. Concert and industrial credits include American Airlines, Cooper Tools, and even The Library of Congress.

LEE WILKINS (Choreographer) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz. Elsewhere: North Carolina Theatre's The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man and Oklahoma, the national tour of Steel Pier (co-choreographer), and the European tour of The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Director/Choreographer). Lee assisted on the off-Broadway shows Jayson, Fables in Slang, and Tin Types, as well as Just So (Goodspeed at Chester) and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Goodspeed Opera House). Lee made his Broadway debut performing in Kiss Me, Kate in New York where he owns and operates Sneak Pique Inc., a mobile marketing company. "Thanks to Alan and Tony for anther wonderful collaboration, and always Josh and Wayne."

ANTONY GERALIS (Music Director) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz, Carousel, A Little Night Music. Elsewhere: Credits include: Broadway: The Producers, Michel Legrand's Amour, Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music starring Richard Chamberlain, Steel Pier, The King and I, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Cats, Starlight Express,  Zorba starring Anthony Quinn, and A Chorus Line. Concerts: Pianist for Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel (Avery Fisher Hall), Carousel conducted by Leonard Slatkin (Carnegie Hall), Noel Coward's Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch (Carnegie Hall), Strike Up the Band (City Center), and Associate Conductor for South Pacific (Lincoln Center) and Theodorakis' Axion Esti (Merkin Recital Hall). Off-Broadway: Captains Courageous, Merrily We Roll Along, Jack's Holiday, Brontosaurus.  National Tours: Chess, Zorba, Cats, A Chorus Line.  Regional Theatre: Time and Again (Old Globe), Dream (Tennessee Rep.). Mr. Geralis is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and is a founding member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music's Professional Music Theater Program.   

TAL SANDERS (Scenic Designer) With NSMT: Romeo & Juliet '04, Taming of the Shrew, The Wizard of Oz (Art Director). Elsewhere: Tal has been designing theatre for more that twenty years. His work has been seen at theatres ranging from small community houses to Lincoln Center and other houses on and off-Broadway. Tal is currently on teaching staff at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the technical director for the newly renovated Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center and The Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. Tal is pleased to be returning to NSMT this season.

MARTIN PAKLEDINAZ (Costume Designer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere New York credits include Wonderful Town, The Look of Love, A Year With Frog and Toad, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boys From Syracuse, Kiss Me, Kate, The Life, Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Thousand Clowns, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, Kimberly Akimbo, Impossible Marriage, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Waste and The Misanthrope, as well as the Encores! productions of Hair and Carnival. Mr. Pakledinaz also designs for television, leading regional theatres and dance and opera companies across North America, Europe and Asia. Awards include two Tony Awards, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, Obie, Irene Sharaff Young Master, Michael Merritt, Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes, among others.

DAVID R. ZYLA (Additional Costume Design) With NSMT: The Taming of the
Shrew. Elsewhere: the Broadway, Mark Taper Forum and upcoming tour of Big River, directed by Jeff Calhoun. Regional credits include Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Ted Pappas (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Private Lives, directed by Marshall Mason (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Mystery of Irma Vep (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) and To Kill A Mockingbird (Ford's Theatre). Additional credits include As You Like It starring Tom Hanks (Shakespeare Festival/LA); Oliver! (Deaf west); Fiorillo! (Encore!) the New York, Baltimore and Chicago productions of Clue: The Musical; five seasons with California Musical Theatre and six productions for the Los Angeles Reprise! Series, including the 20th Anniversary production of Sweeney Todd, starring Kelsey Grammar. Prior to his career in theatre, Mr. Zyla's name was on an international fashion label. He designed the final two seasons of the daytime drama "Port Charles" and currently designs ABC's "General Hospital."

DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Design) With NSMT: My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: He recently designed the lighting for Born of a Dream, an Air Force commissioned musical celebrating the Centennial of Flight, which performed at the National Theatre in Washington and the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. He has designed over 200 productions for various regional theatres including the Ordway Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre, Portland Center Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Music Theatre West, Arkansas Rep and Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. David has designed National tours, Off-Broadway, Off-off Broadway and assisted on several Broadway productions. David makes his home in Wichita, KS with his wife Robin and his kids, Ryan and Jocelyn.

GERARD KELLY (Wig Designer) With NSMT: The 2001 - 2003 Musical Seasons, Zorba, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Gerard's New York City credits include The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Jewish Rep., The Illyria Theater and NYU. Regionally, Gerard has worked The Helen Hayes Theatre, The Walnut Street Theater, and The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Maine State Music Theater, The Williamstown Theater Festival, San Francisco's TheaterWorks, San Diego Rep, Sacramento Theater Co., the New Jersey and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, The Carousel Dinner Theatre, Philadelphia¹s New Freedom Theater, The Northern Stage Co., Westchester Broadway Theater, The Downtown Cabaret Theater and The Geva Theater. Gerard has also created wigs for performers such as the B-52's, Sandy Duncan, Jennifer Holliday, Lypsinka and Brini Maxwell. Gerard's wigs can be seen in the film "Girls Will Be Girls" on Varla Jean Merman.

JOHN A. STONE (Sound Designer) With NSMT: Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing and the 1997-2003 Shakespeare productions and musical seasons. Elsewhere: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University.  He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer.  John has also designed Bed and Sofa, The Fever, and Mere Mortals for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge.  He now owns and runs Addison Audio, an equipment rental and design business intended to provide services to many area schools and organizations.  He would like to thank his wife Nancy and step-daughter Dalya for their love and support.

ERIK E. HEDBLOM (Production Stage Manager) With NSMT: 1997 - 2003 musical seasons. Elsewhere: In 1997, he started as an intern, worked as Deck Manager for the 1998 & 1999 season and for 2000 and 2001 he served as Assistant Stage Manager. "It is with great pleasure I have a place to work and grow surrounded by very talented people.  Thank you to my beautiful wife Ginger for her friendship, love and support and thanks to the Hedblom and Hegler clans for their continuous love and encouragement."

MATT SCHREIBER (Casting) With NSMT: West Side Story ‘03, Memphis, Cats, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Mame, 2002 Musical Season. Elsewhere: Broadway: Avenue Q, Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway and Tour), Cabaret at Studio 54, The Look of Love. Off-Broadway / Regional: Fran's Bed (Long Wharf), A Midsummer Night's Dream (ART), Oedipus (ART), The Vineyard Theatre's 2004 Season, Williamstown Theatre Festival 2004 season. Upcoming Film:  "Kinsey" (starring Liam Neeson), "Duane Hopwood" (starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo), "Loggerheads" (starring Kip Pardue and Stockard Channing) TV:  "Wonderfalls."  Thanks to everyone at NSMT for another fantastic season.

JON KIMBELL (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) Since 1983, Mr. Kimbell, in partnership with NSMT's dedicated Board of Trustees and superior staff, has created one of the finest musical theater companies in the country. Recognized for his commitment to musical theater, Mr. Kimbell has received the New England Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Achievement in The American Theatre, Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for NSMT's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.  In 2004, Mr. Kimbell accepted the 1st Annual Kay Bourne Bay State Banner Award for employing artists of color both onstage and off. NSMT also received the Actors' Equity Association's Rosetta LeNoire Award in 2003 for the theater's outstanding commitment to non-traditional casting.  Mr. Kimbell is responsible for the artistic direction, administration and long range planning of NSMT, as well as the commissioning and development of new musical theater works with Associate Producer John La Rock.  He has directed and produced many critically acclaimed musicals, Shakespearean works, and the premieres of 23 new musicals.  Active in the theater community, Mr. Kimbell has served as an evaluator and panelist for the NEA's Access and Musical Theater Panels, the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Ohio Arts Council.

JOHN E. ALEXANDER (Director of External Relations) John joined NSMT in 2002 to develop the resources needed to launch and fund the Dunham Woods Project.  He also oversees development, communications, and patron services at The Music Theatre.  Previously, John was Associate Director of Development at The Old Globe in San Diego. He was founding Executive Director of Mama's Kitchen, a meal delivery service for people with AIDS, and Director of Development at the San Diego Performing Arts League.  He spent more than a decade with the international performing group, Up With People, as student, performer, Production Manager, and Regional Marketing Director. John is proud to support the local community as Chairman of ArtsFest Beverly, co-chair of artsnorth, and the board of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce.

DAVID JAMES (Director of Marketing) David has been with NSMT since 1983, during which time the organization has grown into the largest non-profit theater in New England, and the 14th largest in the country. A native of Maine whose roots go back to the time of its first settlement by Europeans, he is also the 1st cousin (12 times removed) of Edward de Vere, whom some consider to be the true author of Shakespeare's works, and the 11th great-grandson of de Vere's tutor, Arthur Golding.

MARTY JOHNSON (Director of Education) Marty has been working in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences for over 15 years. Mr. Johnson works closely with the Music Theatre International staff to assist on the creation of new musicals for the Broadway Jr. program including Honk Junior in 2002, and Godspell Junior in 2003. Before joining NSMT he served as Director of Education for Virginia Stage Company, Director of Theatre for Youth at Karamu House in Ohio, and the Assistant Director of Education for the Berkshire Theatre Festival. He holds an MFA in Theatre for Youth from the Univ. of NC at Greensboro. 

JOHN LA ROCK (Associate Producer) John supervises Musical and new musical development, along with the Celebrity Concerts. Before NSMT, he served at Houston Grand Opera producing over seventy operas, including an international tour of Porgy & Bess and world premiere productions of The Passion of Jonathan Wade by Carlisle Floyd, Desert of Roses by Michael John LaChuisa, and Four Saints In Three Acts by Robert Wilson. John was the company manager for the 1998 national tour of Carousel, produced by Troika Entertainment.  He has also worked at Goodspeed Opera, Opera Omaha, Chautauqua Opera. John is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.

NANCY LEWIS (Chief Financial Officer) Nancy joined the NSMT in 2003 as the Chief Financial Officer. Nancy started her career in banking and later transitioned into not-for-profit performing arts at the Opera Company of Boston. She has held positions with, The Florida Grand Opera, The Acting Company of New York, and was the Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Boston Ballet from 1985 to 2002. Nancy most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the School of Music at Boston University. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Management. She serves as Treasurer of Help for Abused Women and Their Children, Inc. and resides in Rockport.

MICHAEL MOORE (Director of Production and Operations) Mike started his tenure with NSMT in 1991 and has held several positions at the theatre including electrician, sound technician, concert sound engineer, and sound department supervisor. He assumed the position of production manager in 1998 and the position of Director of Production and Operations in 2003. He supervises all aspects of the daily operation of the production and operations departments. Mike lives in Brookfield, New Hampshire with his wife Judy, son Daniel, and dogs Trevor and Zoe. He is a member of the Wakefield, New Hampshire fire department and is a drummer in his local church worship team band. Mike is a native of Salem, MA and is a graduate of Salem State College where he studied technical theatre and television production.

JAMES K. POLESE (Executive Director, Dunham Woods Project) After serving as General Manager since 1983, Mr. Polese now looks to the future as Executive Director of the Dunham Woods Project, working to secure funding and support for the Music Theatre's strategic plan. An active member of the theater community, Mr. Polese is the past president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). Under his leadership, the NAMT membership steadily grew and the new works program flourished. Mr. Polese also served on the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. Locally, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital and serves on the board of directors of the Essex National Heritage Commission and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. With his wife Adeline, four children and ten grandchildren, Mr. Polese has made the North Shore his home for nearly 40 years.

April 27 - May 16, 2004 
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George Dvorsky & Rachel deBenedet
George Dvorsky
Rachel deBenedet
David Coffee & David Dollase
Erich McMillan-McCall
Patrick Wetzel, Deb Leamy, Sean Palmer & Jeremy Davis
The Ensemble
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