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HONK! 2000


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John A. Stone (Sound Designer) WITH NSMT: Co-designed "A Midsummer Night's Dream," designed "A Grand Night for Singing," "Romeo & Juliet," "Macbeth," and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 musical seasons, as well as the 2000 production of "The Student Prince." ELSEWHERE: John received his bachelor's degree in physics and music at St. Lawrence University. He came to NSMT as an intern in 1995 and is now the sound supervisor and resident designer. John has also designed "Bed and Sofa," "The Fever" and "Mere Mortals" for the Nora Theatre Company in Cambridge. He would like to thank Nancy and Dalya for their love and support.

Robert Levinstein (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: Debut. Robert is very excited about joining the North Shore family. ELSEWHERE: On Broadway, "Waiting in the Wings" (with the legendary Lauren Bacall), "Voices in the Dark." At Lincoln Center: "Parade" with Hal Prince. Off-Broadway, "Clue: The Musical." Pre-Broadway Workshop, "The Jazz Singer." Robert is also a substitute SM for "Jackie Mason: Much Ado About Everything." He is the Resident PSM for the Union Country Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where he just completed work on both "Fiddler on the Roof" and "A Chorus Line." Along with his NY credits, Robert has over 3 years of touring experience with Mark Edelman's Theatre League, Working with such celebrities as Lanie Kazan, Lennie Wolpe, Gary Sandy, Debbie Gravitte and the Little Mermaid herself, Jodie Benson. Robert wishes to thank his parents, Mario and Ludy for all of their love and support over the years.

Jon Kimbell (Executive Producer) Responsibilities for NSMT include the artistic direction of the organization, long-range planning, development of new works with the assistance of Associate Producer John LaRock, and creating the overall image of the Music Theatre. He is also a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, which was created in 1986 to encourage the development of new musicals, and currently co-chairs the Alliance's International Festival of New Musicals, presented in New York City each fall. In 1999 the New England Theatre Conference named him the winner of the 38th Annual Moss Hart Award for his direction of NSMT's musical adaptation of  "A Christmas Carol," which he also co-wrote. He has recently served as a panelist and evaluator for the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Council of Stock Theatres (COST), a national organization which functions as a bargaining collective for theaters operating under common union agreements and working conditions. His other credits include work as an evaluator and consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre, Challenge Grant and Theater programs, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Hampshire Touring Program, the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mr. Kimbell is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has directed or produced most major musicals, much of the Shakespeare canon, and--as a passionate believer in the development of new theater works--the premieres of 18 plays and musicals. In addition, he has co-authored and directed the most popular production in the Music Theatre's history, "A Christmas Carol", which in 1999 celebrated its 11th season.  During his 18 years at the helm of North Shore Music Theatre, Kimbell, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country, built an audience that is the largest in New England, and propelled the Music Theatre into the first rank of theaters nationally, both in size and in the quality of its productions.

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

Special Thanks: Beverly Hospital, Rich Gagnon Shoe Repair, Edie Shipley, The Equestrian Shop, Bridget Sullivan, Ginger Helger, Tom Gleeson, Ruth Todd

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