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Bye Bye Birdie - Cast & Crew

Bianca Marroquin (Rose Alvarez) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Bianca was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised on the border between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas. She started her artistic career in Mexico City in the productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Vagina Monologues and Chicago. For her portrayal of Roxie Hart in Chicago Bianca received 5 awards from the Mexican Critics Associations including New Revelation and Best Actress. In the summer of 2002, Bianca was invited to crossover from Mexico to Broadway and made her debut with her English version of Roxie Hart and later kicked off the Chicago 3rd National Tour for which she received a Helen Hayes Award in Washington DC for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2004. After touring for two years she officially moved to New York to continue to pursue her career. She then originated the role of Carmen in the Broadway hit revival and Tony Award-Winner, The Pajama Game. You can listen to Bianca on the special edition of the 10th anniversary of Chicago CD performing a medley version of three of Roxie's songs in Spanish. Bianca is thrilled to be a part of this production and would like to dedicate this performance to her mother, Evelina.




James Patterson (Albert Peterson) With NSMT: Peter Pan. Elsewhere:  James comes directly from the Alley Theater where he was in the premiere of The Gershwins' An American In Paris.  He has performed in the Broadway and Touring companies of Beauty and the Beast and State Fair, and was in the National tours of The Drowsy Chaperone and Cats. Other New York Credits include Stairway to Paradise at City Center Encores! and Barnaby Slade in Sail Away at Carnegie Hall.  Some of James' regional credits include Music Man (Harold Hill), White Christmas (San Francisco and St. Paul companies), Mame  (Kennedy Center), and Cats (Rum Tum Tugger/ Maine State Music Theater).  James is a graduate of TUFTS University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Thanks to everyone at Henderson/Hogan and all my family and friends for their love and support.




Eric Ulloa (Conrad Birdie) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Past favorite roles include Jacob in Shenandoah (Human Race Theatre), Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Fulton Opera), Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (North Carolina Theatre), Patrick opposite Sandy Duncan in Mame (Barrington Stage) Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Cincinnati Playhouse/St. Louis Rep) Smudge in Forever Plaid (Riverside Theatre) Young Ben in the critically renowned Follies (Barrington Stage) among many others. Eric holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida Conservatory of Theatre and is a proud member of Actors Equity. Much love to his family, Michael Rodriguez and his Muse of Muses. For his brother and sister who make him SO proud each day!!




Ari Butler (Hugo Peabody) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ari has been eager to perform on the NSMT stage since watching his wife dance beautifully in Singin'; in the Rain. His own credits include: Adam in The Shape of Things (Stamford Theater Works - CT Critics Circle Award Nomination for Best Play), Fugue (The Cherry Lane), Woof in Hair (The Prince Theatre), Aladdin in Disney's Aladdin, Eugene in Broadway Bound (Forestburgh), Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mendel in Falsettos, and Tom  Sawyer in Huck Finn (Theater Works USA). Next, Ari will play Sam in Crossing Delancey. A graduate of NYU-Tisch and a proud member of Firstlook Theatre Co. and AEA. Ari thanks his parents, teachers, and wife, Sara.




Madeleine Doherty (Doris MacAfee) With NSMT: The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: Broadway: Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, The Producers (Original Cast). Regional: The Guthrie Theatre, Kansas City Starlight and more. Las Vegas: The Producers (The Paris Hotel). Film/TV/Animations: "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Anastasia, Bartok the Magnificent, The Producers -The Musical Movie (Old Lady, Piano Player, others), "NBA All-Star Halftime," "The 2001 Tony Awards." Voiceovers, ACE certified personal trainer and other fun stuff.




Mary-Pat Green (Mae Peterson) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Mary-Pat appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Hal Prince's Candide and Sweeney Todd, in the Off-Broadway production of Nunsense, and the National Tour of Godspell. Regional Theatre credits include Juno and the Paycock, First Lady Suite, Nunsense, and Hannah Free.  Boston residents may remember her from her 6-month stint as the Reverend Mother in Nunsense. On film she has appeared in The Breakup, In Her Shoes, xXx, My Best Friend's Wedding, Drillbit Taylor and Jim Carey's new film Yes Man. While in L.A. she guest-starred in over 50 television programs including "Desperate Housewives," "Eli Stone," "Cold Case," "ER," "My Name is Earl," and "Millennium," and had recurring roles on "Six Feet Under," "The West Wing," "Ally McBeal," "Any Day Now," "NYPD Blue," "The Drew Carrey Show", and "Married... with Children." Mary-Pat's thrilled to be making her North Shore Music Theatre debut!




Alessa Neeck (Kim MacAfee) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Alessa recently made her NYC debut in No, No, Nanette as part of the Encores! Series at the New York City Center. Other regional credits include seven shows at The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, including the role of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Alessa is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Sean for your constant love and support! Proud member of AEA.




Robert Saoud (Harry MacAfee) With NSMT: Victor/Victoria, Hamlet. Elsewhere: National Tour:  Chico Marx in Groucho: A life in Review, with Gabe Kaplan.  Robert has also been seen as Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Tateh in Ragtime, Tito in Lend me a Tenor, and in October will be playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.  He has worked at The Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep Company, The Lyric Stage Company, New Rep Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, Stoneham Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, The Publick Theatre, Overture Productions, and was a cast member of Boston's longest running show, Shear Madness.  He is a Fellow of the 2000 Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Symposium.




Edward M. Barker (Charles F. Maude, Shriner, Ensemble) With NSMT: Abyssinia, A Christmas Carol ‘03, ‘04, Aida, Kiss Me, Kate, Memphis, Ragtime. Elsewhere: Nathan in Dessa Rose (New Repertory Theatre), Jim Conley in Parade (SpeakEasy Stage-2008 Elliot Norton Award nominee, 2008 IRNE Award nominee), Horse in The Full Monty (Phoenix Theatre, AZ), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (SpeakEasy), Of Mice and Men (Barnstormers Theatre), Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Kipps in The Woman in Black (Weathervane Theatre), Bobby in the short film, No Place Like Home in Boston. Edward is elated to now call Boston home!




Jeremy Benton [July 15 - 27, 2008] (Shriner, Ensemble, u/s Albert Peterson - ) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway: 42nd Street (u/s-Billy Lawlor, Swing). Film: "The Producers" (Springtime for Hitler Tap Dancer) National Tour:  42nd Street (u/s-Billy Lawlor, Andy Lee, Dance Captain, Swing), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (u/s-Phil Davis/Mike, Jimmy).  World/American Premieres:  Ken Ludwig's An American In Paris with Harry Groener, Backwards In High Heels (Fred Astaire, Assoc. Choreographer), The Witches of Eastwick with Marc Kudisch/Emily Skinner (Raymond Neff, Assoc. Choreographer-Helen Hayes Nomination), Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams/Dee Hoty (Asst. Choreographer-Randy Skinner).  Pre-Broadway:  Lonestar Love (Dance Captain, u/s-Slender, Swing).  Regional:  Kennedy Center's Mame with Christine Baranski (Ensemble, u/s-Babcock), Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Singin' in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), State Fair (Pat Gilbert), A Wonderful Life (Harry Baily).




Joe Bowerman (TV Stage Manager, Shriner, Ensemble, Associate Choreographer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Bye Bye Birdie marks Joe's return to performing after a 15 year hiatus. Over the past 15 years he has worked in various capacities as an Associate Director, Associate Choreographer, Stage Manager and Dance Captain on 5 Broadway Shows, 4 Off Broadway Shows, 6 National Tours, 10 Regional productions and 7 Musicals at the world renowned Stratford Festival of Canada. Birdie is the 26th production Joe has worked for Michael Lichtefeld as Associate Choreographer.




Shavanna Calder (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Shavanna Calder is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut. She recently graduated from Wellesley College where she studied Sociology and Cinema and Media Studies. You may have seen her in past productions at Speakeasy Stage Company and WFT including: Parade (Angela), Caroline, or Change (Emmie), and Peter Pan (Indian). She would like to give thanks to God and her family for their continued support!




Elizabeth Clinard (Gloria Rasputin, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Elizabeth just finished playing Ulla in The Producers at Pioneer Theatre Company.  Other regional credits include White Christmas and A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Denver Center Theatre Company), Guys and Dolls (Long Wharf Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Chicago and Paint Your Wagon (Pioneer Theatre), A Man of No Importance (Appletree Theatre), and A Chorus Line (Theatre at the Center). Favorite concert appearances include ABC Daytime salutes BC/EFA at Town Hall in NYC and A Tribute to Richard Rodgers at the Chicago Symphony Center. 




Gina Duci (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A Musical Theatre Major at Penn State University, Gina recently made her Off-Broadway debut at the York Theatre originating the role of Deb in the new musical Ordinary Days. Regional credits include: N.Y., Westchester Broadway Theatre and Yorktown Stage, Connecticut, Sharon Playhouse, as Tiger Lily in Peter Pan. PSU credits: Mae in The Wild Party, Swing in Urinetown and featured dancer in the new hip hop collaboration Word Up.

Sean Ewing [July 29 - August 3, 2008] (Ensemble) With NSMT: Contact. Elsewhere:  This marks Sean's second production with North Shore this season having recently been seen in Contact. Sean recently graduated from Point Park University with a B. F. A. in Musical Theatre as well as a minor in Dance.  Previous credits include Contact at Point Park University, the Regional debut of Contact in Norfolk, VA, the world premier of Streets of America, Ragtime, Thou Shalt Not and West Side Story.  Thanks to all my family and friends. Special thanks to Mom and Dad for always being there for me.  Sean is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.   EwingSean

ROB FLEBBE [July 29 - August 3, 2008] (Shriner, Ensemble) With NSMT: Cinderella '05, A Christmas Carol '03, Cats. Elsewhere: Rob is pleased to be back for his fourth production with NSMT. It is after all his experiences with NSMT that led him to move to beautiful Beverly. Other credits include: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, War and Peace (NY Metropolitan Opera), Suburb (Stuart), Chicago, Singin' in the Rain, Damn Yankees, and West Side Story (National Tour). I love you Mom, G, A.C, L, M, S, E.E and J.


AJ Hughes (Harvey Johnson, Bar Quartet, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: AJ Hughes is ecstatic to be making his debut at NSMT.  Nat'l/Int'l Tours: 42nd Street/Asian Tour (Ensemble), Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music (Grover).  Favorite shows: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Hair, Anything Goes, On the Town, Kiss Me, Kate.  AJ has a B.A. in Musical Theatre and a minor in Jazz dance from Point Park University.  Thank you, Mara!




Laura Irion (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Laura recently finished her first year at the University of Michigan as a Musical Theatre major.  This past spring she had the opportunity to appear as Louise in Michigan's production of Carousel.  Laura was also a National Training Scholar for American Ballet Theatre in New York where she spent four summers.  She's originally from Canton, Ohio and performed various roles with her high school, including: Into the Woods (Cinderella) and Kiss Me, Kate (Ensemble).




Andy Jones (Bar Quartet, Ensemble) With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Youth Performance Academy's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: A Swampscott native, Andy is thrilled to be returning to NSMT after appearing in the St. Louis Muny's production of The Producers earlier this summer.  He has recently been seen as Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and as Anthony in Sweeney Todd as part of the NSMT Youth Performance Academy.  Andy is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at the University of Michigan.  Thanks to my family and friends for your love and support.


Charles Logan  [July 15 - 27, 2008] (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Charles is very excited to be making his NSMT debut.  He was recently seen traveling across the country with ABC TV's Dancing With the Stars Road Trip, and doing the mambo with "All My Children" star Bobbi Eakes on the "Rachel Ray Show."  Other credits include Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," Julie Taymor's Grendel (Lincoln Center), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Tour), The Will Rogers Follies (Gateway Playhouse), and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl (Forestburg Playhouse).




Paul H. Miller (Bar Quartet, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Paul is honored to be working at NSMT this summer with such an amazing team!  Birdie will always be one of his favorites.  Past favorite shows include Barnum (St. Michael's Playhouse), King and I and Hairspray (Weston Playhouse) The Life and West Side Story (Boston Conservatory) Pajama Game and The Who's Tommy (Walnut Hill School).  Paul will be a junior in college this fall.  Much love to his mother and sister.




Peter Mills (Bar Quartet, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A native of Wellesley, MA, Peter just finished his sophomore year at the Boston Conservatory. He has been seen in the Boston Conservatory productions of West Side Story, Chess, and Floyd Collins. In addition to his college studies he has trained at the Boston Ballet school and the Alvin Ailey school. Thanks Mom, Dad, family, friends, and teachers for your support!




Mara Newbery (Ursula, Sad Girl, u/s Rose, Assistant to the Choreographer) With NSMT: Les Misérables. Elsewhere: Mara is honored to be returning to the NSMT stage. Regionally, she has been seen in Grease (Cha-Cha), 42nd Street (Lorraine Flemming), Full Monty (Susan Hershey), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl), and White Christmas (Quintet/Ensemble). All my love to Mom and Dad, John, Em, Nat, Flan, Natalie, Alessa, and the wise one above, through whom all things are possible. Many thanks to Michael. Proud member of AEA.




Ellen Peterson (Mayor's Wife, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ellen has performed with Boston's Speakeasy Stage Co., Lyric Stage Co., Wheelock Family Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and Waltham's Reagle Players.  She's been an understudy at the Huntington Theater Co. in 4 of their recent productions.  A Melrose native, Ellen has taught in the education departments of Stoneham Theatre, NSMT, and VTP, of which she is a founding member.  When not on stage, Ellen revels in her students at St. Joseph School in Wakefield.




Adam Piispanen (Randolph MacAfee) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy's Winnie the Pooh. Elsewhere: Adam has appeared as Christopher Robin in NSMT's Winnie the Pooh and is a member of the YPA's Children's Choir.  Adam's other roles include Aladdin (Aladdin), Billy Crocker (Anything Goes), Prince Dauntless (Once Upon a Mattress), and Scuttle (Little Mermaid) with the Winchester Co-operative Theatre.  A Winchester native, Adam thanks his family and friends for their love and support.




Scott P. Sambuco (Mayor, Shriner, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Pittsburgh CLO:  42nd Street (Andy Lee)  1776 (Ceaser Rodney),  Guys and Dolls (Harry the Horse), My Fair Lady (Jamie), Annie (Bert Healy), She Loves Me (Inspecter Keller), Crazy For You (Junior), Bye Bye Birdie (Shriner/Quartet) Grand Hotel (Georg Strunk), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Girl ,Pirates of Penzance, A Musical Christmas Carol. Pittsburgh Public Theatre:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Protean), HMS Pinafore (Sailor/Dnce.Cpt.). Pittsburgh Musical Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Tinman), Batboy (Dr. Parker) The King and I (Kralahome), A Chorus Line (Al), The Fantasticks (Bellomy), Wast Side Story (Big Deal 2000/ ‘08), Tommy (‘97/ ‘01), WVPT: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper), The Music Man (Marcellus). STAGES St. Louis- 10 Seasons, TUTS, Actors Equity 15 years.




Dawn Tucker (Mrs. Merkle, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ruth's Mother in Dessa Rose (New Rep); Mme. Renaud in La Cage aux Folles (Ogunquit); Mrs. Straus in Titanic (Foothills); Elsa in The Sound of Music (Wachusett & Company Theatre); and Beatrice in The Effect of Gamma Rays... (NERC). Dawn was nominated (top 3) for NH Theater Awards "Best Supporting Actress" for her performance in The Countess (Yellow Taxi). Dawn graduated from Stanford U. and The Boston Conservatory. She teaches voice and musical theater.




Kirstin Tucker (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Kirstin is a Dance major and Musical Theatre minor at Point Park University. She recently appeared there in Tomé Cousin's production of Thou Shalt Not, as well as Michael Rupert's new musical Streets of America where she created the roles of Natasha and WAC #2. Other recent productions include Reefer Madness, The Frogs, and the dance production of Cinderella. Kirstin is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful production!




Bethani Boccia (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘06, ‘05, Cinderella ‘06, ‘05, Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz. Elsewhere: With the first year if college under her belt, Bethani is thrilled to be back performing at NSMT this summer. Recent credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie and an upcoming production of Sweet Charity next fall. Many thanks to everyone at NSMT for this amazing opportunity. Love to Mum, Dad, Jamie, and the rest of the family and friends.




Victoria Brandano (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A resident of Rowley, Victoria recently appeared in Footloose with Ceterstage Productions. She loves dancing, singing, animals, friends and family. Victoria would especially like to thank her family, Nancy Chippendale, teachers, and friends for their guidance, love, and support. A special thanks to her sister for introducing her to musical theatre. I love you!




Eva Rae Costanza (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A Burlington, MA, resident, Eva Rae is pumped to begin her North Shore career! She has recently starred in BHS's Thoroughly Modern Millie as Miss Dorothy and Les Misérables as Cosette.  She wants to thank her voice coach, Norina Rowen, dance teachers, especially Jane O'Donnell, and her loving family, RK, MK, PC, and Sam.<3




Erica Courtney (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A Danvers resident, Erica is a senior theatre major at the University of New Hampshire.  She spends most of her time singing and arranging music for her a capella group The New Hampshire Notables.  Erica will be seen in the fall as Amy March in UNH's mainstage production of Little Women.




Alex DeLeo (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Wizard of Oz, Fame, High School Musical. Elsewhere: A North Reading resident, Alex is a senior theatre major at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.  Alex recently performed at Carnegie Hall in the New York, New York Gala where he was a soloist and featured dancer.  Some of his favorite credits include: Brigadoon (Harry Beaton), Pippin (title role), Rocky Horror Live (Frank n Furter), High School Musical ( Erik Smith, Ensemble), Urinetown (Billy Boy Bill u/s Bobby Strong), Seussical the Musical (Cat in the Hat), and Footloose (Chuck, Ensemble).  Love to my family and friends.  "WOOF!" and "drop the heel".




Corey Taylor Desjardins (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy's Sweeney Todd, Seussical the Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Winnie the Pooh.  Elsewhere:  Aside from Corey's work with NSMT's education department, his other favorite productions include: Titanic (Frederick Barrett) and Into the Woods (Jack).  An Andover resident, Corey is pumped to begin college this fall NYU/CAP21 for a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre!  Shout outs: Mom, Dad, Josh, my amazing friends/teachers and a quick HERLERR to C2 (and maybe C1). This is for Pepere!




Brian Dillon (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy's A Year with Frog and Toad, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Elsewhere: A Dracut resident, Brian was seen last summer as Trevor Graydon in NSMT's Summer Stages production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Brian's musical training is underway, and is anxious to get started at Boston Conservatory this fall. He thanks all his bests for their constant encouragement and faith. This one is for Brenda.




Rachel Fairbanks (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A Chelmsford resident, Rachel recently appeared as Wendy in Peter Pan at Peacock Players and Mary Warren in The Crucible at CHS.  Other credits include: Les Misérables (Cosette) at CHS, Anything Goes (Hope) at Walnut Hill Summer Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie (stenographer) at Actor Singers and Little Women (Clarissa) at Peacock Players. Thank you to my family, friends, and teachers for their support.




Samantha Manson (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT:  Debut.  Elsewhere:  High School Musical (cheerleader, dance captain), Annie (Grace Farrell), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Honk (Ida), Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress, wolf, napkin, villager), The Nutcracker (Clara).  A Salisbury resident, Samantha has just finished her second summer performing with the Radio City Rockettes.  Samantha is very excited to be continuing her opportunities at NSMT.  Thanks to family, friends, and teachers for their love and support.




Wendy Mellin (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: An Andover resident, Wendy is excited to be performing on the NSMT stage. Some favorite roles include Florinda (Into the Woods) and The Enchantress (Beauty and the Beast) at Andover High School. She received a 2006 NSMT Spotlight Award Nomination for choreography. This year she will assistant direct and choreograph for Merrimack Junior Theatre. She will attend Mount Holyoke College in the fall. Thanks to everyone for your support. Enjoy the show.


Nicole Soriano (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy's A Year with Frog and Toad, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Stuart Little, Sweeney Todd, Charlotte's Web, Seussical. Elsewhere: Nicole is thrilled to be part of this production! She has been performing with NSMT's Youth Performance Academy in shows such as Sweeney Todd (Johanna) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth). Other credits include Centerstage Production's Footloose (Rusty/choreographer), and Masconomet High School's The Sound of Music (Maria). Thanks to NSMT, family, and friends.




Jessica Starbard (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Disney High School Musical. Elsewhere: Jessica recently co-wrote, directed and performed in All the Days in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival where she received an Excellence in Acting Award in both the Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds.  Jessica has been dancing with LeAnne Leslie's School of Theatrical Dance in Lynn for the past 11 years.  She has trained with the Lyric First State in Boston performing in Once on this Island and the Tempest.  Jessica is thrilled to spend another summer on stage with North Shore Music Theatre.




Tricia Whitlock (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: A resident of Concord, MA, Tricia is overjoyed to be making her NSMT debut in Bye Bye Birdie. Tricia has previously worked with the Concord Players, Weston Friendly Society, Weston Drama Workshop, and the Alexander Children's Theatre School where she was last seen as Gertie in Oklahoma! This fall, Tricia will be going into her junior year at Concord-Carlisle High School. She thanks Dad, Mom, Ellen, Matt and friends.




Michael Stewart (Book) Mr. Stewart scored on Broadway the first time out when he won a Tony for his Bye Bye Birdie libretto. He was the librettist for Carnival (Drama Critics Circle Award) and Hello, Dolly!, which won him both Tony and Drama Critics prizes. He also wrote the books for George M!, Mack and Mabel and The Grand Tour; both book and lyrics for I Love My Wife; and lyrics for Barnum. Mr. Stewart died in 1987.


Charles Strouse (Composer) Musicals Bye, Bye Birdie and Applause won him a Tony Award and the London Critics' Best Foreign Musical Award. His hit Annie won a Tony for Best Score as well as two Grammy Awards. His other musicals include Annie Warbucks, Dance a Little Closer, written with Alan Jay Lerner; Charlie and Algernon; Rags; and Nick & Nora, which all received Tony nominations for best score. Film scores include Bonnie & Clyde, The Night They Raided Minsky's, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Those Were the Days, TV's "All in the Family" theme song. He created and directed the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop. Charles won his first Emmy for the new song "Let's Settle Down," written for the television production of Bye, Bye Birdie.


Lee Adams (Lyrics) won his first Tony Award for his first Broadway musical, Bye Bye Birdie, in 1960. Written with Charles Strouse (music) and Michael Stewart (book) Birdie has gone on to become the most performed musical for school and armature theatre groups. Adams and Strouse went on to collaborate on six other Broadway Shows including Golden Boy, starring Sammy Davis Jr. and Applause starring Lauren Bacall, which earned Adams his second Tony. They have also recently collaborated on a new musical version of the film, Marty.  Adams' lyrics for "Those Were the Days." The theme to "All in the Family," have been heard more often than any other television theme. He also wrote the theme to the much acclaimed film, The Night They Raided Minsky's. Among his output of songs a number have become standards including "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids," "A Lot of Livin' To Do," "Applause," "Once Upon a Time" and "I Want To be With You". His most recent awards was an Emmy for "Let's Settle Down," from the TV version of Bye Bye Birdie. Adams taught seminars on American musical theatre at Yale, Columbia, and NYU. He is proud to be a Life Member of the Dramatists Guild Council and to have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.




Michael Lichtefeld (Director and Choreographer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway: Choreographer: Little Women, The Sound Of Music (revival), The Secret Garden, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Sweeney Todd (Revival 1989), Laughing Room Only. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Director/Choreographer: My One And Only, South Pacific. Choreographer: The Music Man, Hello, Dolly!, Guys And Dolls, The King And I, Fiddler On The Roof, Man Of La Mancha, Camelot, The Tempest. Off Broadway: Director/Choreographer: Can't Help Singing, More Of Loesser, Choreographer: Jack's Holiday, A Little Night Music, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, The Good Companions. National/International Tours: Director/Choreographer: Sophisticated Ladies. Choreographer: Little Women, The Sound Of Music, The Secret Garden, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, State Fair, Man Of La Mancha. He has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award, The LA Ovation Award, three Outer Critics Awards and won the Kansas City Best Of Theater Award. He is thrilled to be making his directorial debut at North Shore Music Theatre.




Anne Shuttlesworth (Musical Director) With NSMT: Les Misérables, Mame, Dracula: A Chamber Musical. Elsewhere: Broadway - Annie, 20th Anniversary with Nell Carter; Les Misérables, Miss Saigon. National tours - Annie, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, Wicked. Regional - Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh CLO, West Beth Theatre (NY), TheatreZone (Naples, FL), American Stage Company (NJ). Other recent work: Music Director for Engelbert Humperdinck, orchestral arranger for Meat Loaf, adjunct faculty at the University of Miami, Christmas in NYC with Annie at Madison Square Garden. Nearly impossible mission: seeing her husband at least once a month. Thanks to Michael Biagi for his invaluable help and generosity. Michael and Joe, how much fun it is to work with you! And to Barry Ivan, a huge 'thank you' for having me back! Proud member of AFM.




Howard C. Jones (Scenic Designer) with NSMT: Contact, Forever Plaid, Hairspray, Singin' in the Rain ‘05, ‘92, Fame, Swing!, Cats, Chicago, Footloose, Carousel, Sweet Charity, Student Prince, Victor Victoria, Annie, Carnival, Crazy For You, Will Rogers Follies, Phantom, Showboat, South Pacific, Brigadoon, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Nunsense 2, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Camelot ‘91 and the annual production of A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere: Howard has been a member of the faculty of the N.C. School of Arts for the past ten plus years.  Before that he was the founder and owner of Cobalt Studios, an apprentice painting studio, in upstate New York.  Other credits include: Goodspeed Opera, Starlight Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, CLO in Pittsburgh, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Triad Stage, Weston Playhouse, and the American Heartland Theatre.  Mr. Jones was proud to be included in the World Stage Design Expo 2005.  He received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Designer in June 2000 and has been awarded Best Design by KC Drama Desk several times. Thanks to Mom and Dad. Love to Jerry.




Kimberly Wick (Costume Designer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Kimberly is honored once again to be working with North Shore Music Theatre. As vice president of Costume World, the nation's largest costume rental house, Kimberly has designed and produced numerous wardrobes for musical theatre including her critically acclaimed designs for Gateway Playhouse's production of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Thoroughly Modern Millie which has delighted audiences from Florida to Arizona. Her recent design projects have graced the stages of such prestigious theatres as Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, the North Carolina Theatre, and McCoy Rigby Productions. Her designs for West Side Story and Cinderella on Ice have toured internationally. Costume World, with locations in Dallas, Pittsburgh and Ft. Lauderdale provides nearly 1000 costumes weekly to theatres across the country and around the world. With the recent acquisition of the historic collection of the Dodger Costume Co., Costume World counts over 1 million rental garments in stock. Truly, somewhere in America there is a Costume World costume onstage tonight.




Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer) With NSMT: With NSMT: Abyssinia, Aida, West Side Story '03, Mame, I Sent A Letter To My Love, Carousel, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Annie, The Music Man, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. New York productions: What Then, Ohio Theater, The Cook at Intar Theatre 53, Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons (starring Heather Graham), Shangai Moon at Drama Department. (starring Charles Bush). For the National Actors Theatre/Brodaway: The Sunshine Boys (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Right You Are. For the Irish Rep: Bedbound, Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, and two productions directed by Tony Walton, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Other New York productions include Mondo Drama, Havana is Waiting, Force Continuum, My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Green Heart at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi (Isaac Mizrahi), Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer, and June Moon. Regionally, Mr. Bookman has designed at such notable theaters as Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Santa Fe Stages. Ballet credits include English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet. Thomashefsky, Of Thee I Sing, Oedipus Rex, Nightingale, A Flowering for the San Francisco Symphony.  Most recently: A Flowering Tree directed by Peter Sellars.




John A. Stone (Sound Designer) With NSMT: Contact, The Producers, The 1997-2007 Shakespeare productions and musical seasons, A Grand Night for Singing, Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996). 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 received IRNE Awards for his Sound Design for Pacific Overtures, Jesus Christ Superstar and Ain't Misbehavin'. 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.




Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Design) With NSMT: Contact, The Producers, The 2002 - 2007 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., Play Wrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theater, The York Theater Company, The Mint Theater and NYU. Regionally, Gerard has worked with Westport County Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, The Helen Hayes Theatre, The Walnut Street Theater, Gateway Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Maine State Music Theater, Goodspeed Opera, The Long Wharf Theater, The Bay Street Theater, Dallas Theatre Center, The Williamstown Theater Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, San Francisco's TheaterWorks, San Diego Rep, Sacramento Theater Co., the New Jersey and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, The Carousel Dinner Theatre, 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, Ru Paul, Sandy Duncan, Laura Linney, Eartha Kitt, Toni Collette, Charles Busch, Jennifer Holliday, Varla Jean Merman, Lypsinka, The Lady Bunny, and Brini Maxwell. Gerard's wigs can be seen in the films Transamerica, Girls Will Be Girls, The Savages, The Ten, Bolden and currently in production Notorious. Gerard's work can be seen on the cover of the B-52's new album and the video of their new release single "Funplex"




Laurie Silipigno (Production Stage Manager) With NSMT: (Production Stage Manager) The Producers, Ragtime. (Assistant Stage Manager)  A Christmas Carol '02 - ‘03, West Side Story, Memphis, Pacific Overtures, Cats, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Mame, Chicago, Dracula: A Chamber Musical, I Sent A Letter To My Love, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose. The Legend of Tom Dooley (Stage Manager - New Works Workshop). Elsewhere: Altar Boyz, Off Broadway. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Boston, Miss Saigon-Carousel Dinner Theatre. Ms. Silipigno has also worked at several local theatres: Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, New Repertory, Stoneham Theatre, and Public Theatre. A proud member of Actor's Equity. Thank you to my loving family and my dearest Todd.




Alicia Reece (Assistant Stage Manager) With NSMT: Contact, The Producers, A Christmas Carol ‘05 - ‘07, Les Misérables, Forever Plaid, The Three Musketeers, High School Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Crazy For You, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cinderella ‘05, ‘06, Singin' in the Rain, Ain't Misbehavin', Damn Yankees, The Full Monty, Camelot, Abyssinia, Fame, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Elsewhere: Fresh from chasing a retired singing cowboy and his not-so-retired singing wife across the country, "Lish" is raring to go with her fourth season at NSMT. Past theatrical journeys include the Off-Broadway runs of BUG and Orson's Shadow, the Asian tour of Cabaret as well as seasons at Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), The Children's Theatre (Cincinnati), and The Barn Theatre (Augusta, MI).  After you've enjoyed this amazing performance, it would thrill Lish to pieces if you would recycle your program.  It makes a great hat! "Fame is the shadow of passion standing in the light"




Mollye Otis (Assistant Musical Director) With NSMT: Debut: Elsewhere: Mollye is on the faculty at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is Program Director for Musical Theatre. She is looking forward to walking on all the "Otis" named streets in Boston this summer connecting to her colonial roots. Mollye has played on Broadway for Chicago and Victor/Victoria, and for touring productions of Spamalot, Drowsy Chaperone, My Fair Lady and Forbidden Broadway. Note: there is no one living in Otis, MA, who is actually named Otis! What's up with that?




Geoff Josselson (Casting) Recent credits include The Jazz Age (59E59, NYC), Glimpses of the Moon (Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel), The Last Five Years (Denver Center), The Music Man (Kansas City Starlight), and Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans Live! National Tour. Geoff also casts the York Theatre Company's acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series off-Broadway. With Calleri Casting: Angels, the Musical, the upcoming film, Dragon Ball, and the Ivory Joe Cole workshop, directed by Kenny Leon. Previously, Geoff worked on the casting of AltarBoyz (off-Broadway and National Tour), West Side Story (European Tour), Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse), Mimi Le Duck (off-Broadway) and Fanny Hill (off-Broadway). Graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.



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