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The Wizard of Oz 2002

Cast of Characters
(in order of appearance)

Dorothy Gale - Sarah Stiles*
Toto  - Ashley
Aunt Em/Glinda - Roxann Parker*
Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper  - Austin Colyer*
Hunk/Scarecrow - Casey Colgan*
Hickory/Tinman - George Dvorsky*
Zeke/Cowardly Lion - David Coffee*
Almira Gulch/Wicked Witch - Tia Speros*
Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz -  Ken Prymus*
Mayor of Munchkin City - Andy Jones
Barrister - Jessica McDonough
Coroner - Kristin Parker
Lullaby League - Jenna Papaz, Jessica Tarr, Elizabeth Tyra
Lollipop Guild  - Ryan Buchanan, Matt Marquart, Alex DeLeo
Munchkins -  John Breen, Ruthie Breen, Sarah Breen, Jacqueline Cullen, Francesca Falzone, Charlotte Glasser, Krisa Ippolito, Kristin Lynch, Avery Resca, Cayla Resca
Crows - Joe Barnes*, Eddie Buffum*, Scott Leiendecker*, Danea Lee Polise*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Lauren Wagner*
Apple Trees - Chris Curcio, Ethan Jones*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Gail Howell*, Jaimie Kelton*
Poppies - Ensemble and Childen's Choir
Citizens of Emerald City - Ensemble and Childen's Choir
Nikko - Scott Leiendecker*
Winkies - Ensemble
Jitterbugs  - Eddie Buffum*, Ethan Jones*, Marielys Molina, Steven Petrillo*, Danea Lee Polise*, Melissa Rouse*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Lauren Wagner*
Flying Monkeys - Jaimie Kelton*, Jacyln Arnold, Melissa Federico, Kristen Smith

Ensemble - Randy Aaron, Joe Barnes*, Eddie Buffum*, Chris Curcio, Naleah Dey, Gail Howell*, Ethan Jones*, Jaimie Kelton*, Scott Leiendecker*, Jillian Louis, Marielys Molina, Steven Petrillo*, Danea Lee Polise*, Melissa Rouse*, Todd Bradley Smith*, Lauren Wagner*

NSMT Children's Choir - Jaclyn Arnold, Emma Barbin, Bethany Boccia, John Breen, Ruthie Breen, Sarah Breen, Ryan Buchanan, Jacqueline Cullen, Alexander DeLeo, Ashley DeLeo, Francesca Falzone, Melissa Federico, Autumn Gillette, Charlotte Beth Glasser, Krista Ippolito, Andy Jones, Marissa Konstadt, Kristin Lynch, Matt Marquart, Jessica McDonough, Jenna Papaz, Kristin Parker, Avory Resca, Cayla Resca, Kristen Smith, Jessica Tarr, Elizabeth Tyra

Dorothy/Crow Understudy - Jaimie Kelton*
Scarecrow Understudy - Randy Aaron
Tinman Understudy - Chris Curcio
Lion Understudy - Steven Petrillo*
Aunt Em/ Glinda Understudy - Gail Howell
Uncle Henry/Gate Keeper Understudy- Eddie Buffum*
Assistant Musical Dir. / Rehearsal Accompanist - Janet Glazener Roma
Assistant Stage Manager - Laurie Silipigno*
Dog Handler - Patrick Pettys
Associate Director - Steven Petrillo*
Associate Choreographer - Josh Rhodes
Dance Captain - Danea Lee Polise*
Child Wrangler - Jennifer Box
Music Copying - Karl Mansfield

* Member - Actors Equity Association
Scenic Designer JOHN IACOVELLI    
Lighting Designer KENDALL SMITH    
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE
Original Costumes Designed By GREGG BARNES                          
Additional Costumes Designed By JAY WOODS
Wig Designer GERARD KELLY                                                               
Projections Designed By DEX EDWARDS                  
Production Stage Manager ERIK HEDBLOM                    
Animals Trained By WILLIAM BERLONI
Casting BARRY MOSS CASTING, LTD.   
Music Director ANTONY GERALIS                               
Choreographed By LEE WILKINS
Directed By ALAN COATS

Orchestra for Wizard of Oz

Antony Geralis - Music Director/Conductor
Peggy Friedland - flute, piccolo
Andrea Bonsignore - oboe, English horn
Ernest  Sola III - saxophone, clarinet, flute
Jay Daly - trumpet
Alyssa Coffey -  French horn
Walter Bostian - trombone
Lucy Pope - violin
Ed Krauss - bass
Janet Hood - keyboard
Susan Minor - keyboard
Janet Roma - keyboard
Mark Worgaftik - percussion

THE WIZARD OF OZ  - WHO's WHO

Sarah Stiles (Dorothy Gale) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Sarah is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut.  National Tour: Titanic (Kate Mullins). Regional Credits: Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula - Theatre By The Sea), Grease (Jan - Downtown Cabaret Theatre). NY Readings: Luvie in Mining the Mother Load (w/ Vianne Cox and Phyllis Newman). Sarah's theatre bug developed in Portsmouth, NH only an hour from NSMT.  She spent her youth performing at Prescott Park Arts Festival, Seacoast Repertory, the Players Ring and others. "A huge thank you to Mom, Dad, Bryan and especially JP!"

David Coffee (Zeke/The Cowardly Lion) WITH NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol (1992-2001 ), Phantom (1992 and 1994),  Singin' In the Rain, Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Evita, Good News!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story, Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man, and 42nd Street. ELSEWHERE: David returns to NSMT after reprising his Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. The critical and popular success he enjoyed was reminiscent of his warm reception in NSMT's 2000 production. David's first performed The Wizard of Oz in the second grade. As a music class assignment to demonstrate a talent, David lip-synched the soundtrack (playing ALL of the roles)! His teacher was so impressed she had him perform for all of the classes. This was his first "extended run". And so, David wishes to dedicate this performance to Ms. Betty Colby (wherever you may be). community.webtv.net/DavidCoffee/THEDAVIDCOFFEEWEB

Casey Colgan (Hunk, Scarecrow) With NSMT: 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles. Elsewhere: Casey played the Scarecrow on Broadway and the first national tour of The Wizard of Oz. working with Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Lillian Montevecci and Joanne Worley. European Tours include A Chorus Line and My Fair Lady. Other credits include Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Singin' in the Rain (Don Lockwood) and They're Playing Our Song (Vernon). Has performed in NYC at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center and on CBS' "The Guiding Light." Regional directing credits include Mame, A Chorus Line, Carnival, A Christmas Carol, and Some Enchanted Evening. Casey would like to give a special thanks to Jon Kimbell and Alan Coates for letting him get back into the straw costume.

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

Tia Speros (Almira Gultch, Wicked Witch of the West) With NSMT: Annie, On the Town, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar Elsewhere: Off Broadway: Cocoanuts (American Place Theatre), The Taffetas (original cast recording). Regional: Agnes Nolan in George M! (Goodspeed Opera House), Das Babrbecu (Dallas Theatre Center), Myrtle Mae in Harvey (Cincinnati Playhouse), Cordelia in Falsettoland (Rep. Theatre St. Louis), Rags (Paper Mill Playhouse), Essie in You Can't Take It With You (Cleveland Playhouse), Annabel in Lucky Stiff (Olney Theatre).  Other credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and guest soloist on "Garrison Keilor's American Radio Company."  TV & Film credits include "Believe" (Independent Shore), "Out of the Box' (Disney Channel). Tia and Husband Jim Harker are the parents of almost 8 year old Ben.

Ken Prymus (Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz) With NSMT: Honk! Elsewhere: Ken comes from the National Tour of Cinderella. Broadway credits: The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' and Cats (holds the title "Longest-Running Principal Performer on Broadway, Men's Division"). Other credits include 20 Fingers, 20 Toes, Harlem Swing, Working, She Stoops to Conquer, Delphi or Bust, Duke Ellington's Play On! and many more. TV credits include: "Kate & Allie," "Conan O'Brien," "Late Night with David Letterman," "Mad About You," and "The Sopranos" among others. Movies: "The Model Shop," "In Cold Blood," "The Young Americans" "Identity Crisis," and "M*A*S*H." (sang the title song in the film). His face may be familiar because of his many commercials.   

Roxann Parker (Aunt Em, Glinda -  The Good Witch of the North) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Roxann most recently played and covered the role of Fraulein Schneider on the Broadway Tour of Cabaret with, among others, Lea Thompson.  Prior to that she was Sister Margaretta in the Broadway production of The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain.  Other Broadway tours include Mrs. Winthrop in The Secret Garden, and as Hayley Mills' cover, Roxann performed more than 70 performances as Anna in The King and I.  Her regional credits are extensive with more than 50 roles in major theatres including 3 productions for Boston's Huntington Theatre.  Her best credit, though, is life with husband Jim and stepdaughter Jenny.

Austin Colyer (Uncle Henry, Gatekeeper) With NSMT: Funny Girl Elsewhere: Austin has just completed 3 ½ years playing Grandfather in Ragtime. He has appeared in over 20 Broadway Productions including Singin' in the Rain, Maggie Flynn, I Remember Mama, revivals of How to Succeed..., Where's Charlie, Music Man, Desert Song, Carousel, Mame and Finian's Rainbow.  He also toured Europe with Crazy for You. Austin has been a member of Actor's Equity Association for 48 years.  Thanks to my family, friends and co-workers for making my life in the theatre so wonderful."

Randy Aaron (Ensemble, Scarecrow u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Randy recently graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts: Cap 21 and the Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) Studios (B.F.A. Drama). Last summer Randy was blessed with playing such roles as Milton in Avenue X Courtesy of NYU directed by Daniel Banks and Dermah in La Cage Aux Folles at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse directed by David Wanstreet. Randy dedicates this performance to his mother for all of her unconditional love.

Joe Barnes (Ensemble, Lion u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Joe is thrilled to perform on the North Shore stage for the first time with The Wizard of Oz.  Recently, Joe was seen in the German company of Miss Saigon; also in Passion (regional premiere) as Augenti, and Allegro as Joseph Taylor, Jr.  He is originally from the DC area, and studied musical theater at The Catholic University of America.

Eddie Buffum (Ensemble, Uncle Henry, Gatekeeper u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Eddie was last seen in the Boston area as a cheesegrater in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Ha has also been seen in the area in Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees) and Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing. Eddie has also appeared at Houston TUTS, Seattle Rep, Seattle 5th Avenue and North Carolina Theatre among others. "Love to my wife Holly."

Chris Curcio (Ensemble, Tin Man u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Chris is thrilled to be making his NSMT debut in The Wizard of Oz. Recent credits include the European Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and the National Tour of Grease.  Favorite roles are Mike in A Chorus Line and Willard in Footloose.  Chris would like to thank his family for their love and support, and God for his abundant blessings.

Naleah Dey (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Originally from California, Naleah just finished a year with the European tour of Fosse.  She also appeared as Go-To-Hell-Kitty on the national tour of Chicago. Most of her training has come from working with Ann Reinking at Broadway Theatre Project.  "All my love to my best friend, my Mommy, and my faithful loving Grandparents. God is so good, without Him my heart would be empty. 1 Chronicles 4:10."

Gail Howell (Ensemble, Aunt Em, Glinda u/s) With NSMT: 42nd Street. Elsewhere: Broadway credits include Wonderful Town and The Wizard of Oz. This is Gail's 6th production of The Wizard of Oz having played Glinda on Broadway and in the 1st and 2nd national tours. She can be heard on the Grammy nominated original cast recording. Other national credits include Anything Goes (Reno) and 42nd Street (Maggie Jones). Regionally she has been seen as Mame in Mame, Patty in Smokey Joes Café and Lina in Singin' in the Rain. "Thanks to my husband of 23 years, Johhny."

Ethan Jones (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ethan is thrilled to be at NSMT, having just played Enoch Snow, Jr. in Carousel at Stages St. Louis.  Other credits include:  They All Laughed! - World Premiere (Goodspeed Opera House), Dermah in La Cage aux Folles (Walnut St. Theatre), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York and Mexico City), Dream Curly in Oklahoma! (North Carolina Theatre), Music Theatre of Wichita and Hilton Head Island Playhouse.  All my love to Todd and my family.

Jaimie Kelton (Ensemble, Dorothy u/s) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Jamie has wanted to be a part of The Wizard of Oz since the movie dazzled her as a child.  Originally from San Francisco, Jamie moved to Boston at age 18 to pursue musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory.  Since graduating, she has performed as Abeja, the sassy bee in Theatreworks USA's Ferdinand the Bull and Louise in Carousel at the North Country Center for the Arts.  She is pleased to be making her NSMT debut.

Scott Leiendecker (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Scott is thrilled to be working at NSMT. He just completed a 2-year National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Theodore Bikel.  Other favorite regional credits include Phantom, La Cage Aux Folles, Kismet and 42nd Street. Scott graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and would like to thank his ever-supportive family.

Jillian Louis (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Credits: Off-Broadway: The Mikado (Symphony Space, Wolftrap); Regional: A Ballad for Americans (American Music Theatre Festival), Crazy for You (Walnut Street Theatre), Ngugi wa Thiongo's Detained (Frederick Lowe Theatre). NY Favorites: writing for/ performing with the award-winning Herstory (NYC Fringe, Theatre at Martha's Vineyard), Medea (Playwrights Horizons TS), The Rimers of Eldritch (Meisner Extension).Jillian is a Graduate of Tisch School of the Arts. "For my family."

Marielys Molina (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Marielys appeared in the first national tour of Swing playing one half of the Swing Latin Couple feature. After a great time in that show, she danced for P. Diddy throughout the N'SYNC "Celebrity Tour" 2002.  Marielys has also traveled around the world teaching Latin dance.  She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and now lives in New York.  She dedicates this performance with love to Moses.

Steven Petrillo (Associate Director, Ensemble) With NSMT: Peter Pan. Elsewhere: Steven recently choreographed Fiddler on the Roof for The Gateway Playhouse. He has assisted Mr. Coats on Crazy For You (5 L.A. Ovation Awards), Me and My Girl, High Society and Chess, among others. Steven's Broadway and National Tour credits include Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby and Man of La Mancha, starring Robert Goulet. Regional: Love! Valour! Compassion! (Gregory), Kiss Me Kate(Bill Calhoun), A Chorus Line(Zach) and Singin' in the Rain(Cosmo). T.V.: "A Will of Their Own" opposite Lea Thompson.

Danea Lee Polise (Ensemble, Dance Captain) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Danea is thrilled to be at NSMT! Credits: Anything Goes with Chita Rivera (Erma u/s. Dance Captain) at Paper Mill Playhouse, Evita, Footloose (Urleen), Oliver! (Charlotte) at the North Carolina Theatre, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy (Louise), Brigadoon (Jean).  National Tours: 42nd Street (Peggy u/s, performed), Victor/Victoria with Toni Tennille (First National).  BFA Magna Cum Laude Dance Performance, Marymount Manhattan College. "Love to Mom, Dad, Dawn and fabulous husband, Rob!"

Melissa Rouse (Ensemble) With NSMT: Footloose, Sweet Charity, Grease, Victor/Victoria. Elsewhere:  Melissa is thrilled to be back at NSMT.  Her recent credits include Anything Goes, Pajama Game, and Evita.  Melissa has also performed in the European Tour of Crazy For You, and is a New York City Rockette. She recently appeared in the workshop entitled Carnivale Spectacular Directed by Gratziella Danielle.

Todd Bradley Smith (Ensemble) With NSMT: Sweet Charity. Elsewhere: Todd appeared in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun.  Regionally he has been seen in On the 20th Century (Goodspeed), La Cage Aux Folles (Walnut Street), 42nd Street (Sacramento), West Side Story (KC Starlight), Makin' Whoopie (Houston TUTS) among others. Todd comes to NSMT directly from the national tour of Some Like It Hot,  starring Tony Curtis. "Love to Mom, Dad, Zanny and my Ethan."

Lauren Wagner (Ensemble) With NSMT: Carousel. Elsewhere: Lauren is thrilled to be back at North Shore. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Val,Bebe), West Side Story (Velma), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Paper Mill), Grease (Frenchy), Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel. Regional: Gypsy (Dainty June - Signature Theatre).  "Love to my fiancé, mom, and Stacey.  For Dad.

Ashley (Toto) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Ashley was discovered by William Berloni in 1995 through a group called Cairn Terrier Rescue of New England. They are a group of concerned breeders who rescue Cairn Terriers from shelters and find them homes. Most of Mr. Berioni's "Totos" have come from this group. Ashley began her career as an understudy and then went on to play the role in the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz which played in New York City twice and toured the country. She co-starred with Mickey Rooney, Rosanne, and Eartha Kitt. She has starred as "Toto" in productions in all the major cities. Ashley is pleased to be the latest of Mr. Berioni's animals that have appeared at North Shore over the last twenty years.

Alan Coats (Director) With NSMT: Peter Pan, Me & My Girl. Elsewhere: Alan comes to NSMT following a year with the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. NSMT audiences will remember him for his staging of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. The Bay Area Outer Critics Circle awarded him a Best Production Award for his San Jose C.L.O. staging of Me and My Girl. In L.A., he earned him a Garland Award and five Ovation Award nominations for his choreography for Crazy for You. Alan's association with The Wizard of Oz includes the Madison Square Garden production. His work has been seen around the country including Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater, Houston's T.U.T.S., Pittsburgh C.L.O., Paper Mill Playhouse, Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe and The Library of Congress. Performance credits include 3 Broadway shows, national tours, television and film. This fall Alan will embark on the tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lee Wilkins (Choreographer) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Lee's performing credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway and national tour) and the national tours of How to Succeed... and Cats. Lee's choreography credits include 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). Off Broadway, he has been a part of the creative staff of Jayson, Fables in Slang, and Tin Types, as well as Just So (Goodspeed at Chester).  Lee has written and choreographed industrials for Pontiac, Wella, Capital One, BC/EFA, and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and more. "Thanks to Jon Kimbell, John LaRock, Alan Coats, Tony Geralis, Lorin Latarro, and Rachel Lafer. Finally, thanks to Josh Rhodes for his artistry, dedication, and unending devotion: without you life is less."

Antony Geralis (Music Director) With NSMT: Carousel, A Little Night Music. Elsewhere: Mr. Geralis most recently served as pianist for the Carnegie Hall concert version of Carousel conducted by Leonard Slatkin . Other credits include: Broadway: Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music, Steel Pier,  The King and I, Cats, Starlight Express, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Zorba, and A Chorus Line.  Concerts: Noel Coward's Sail Away starring Elaine Stritch at Carnegie Hall and South Pacific at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway:  Captains Courageous, Strike Up the Band, Merrily We Roll Along, Jack's Holiday, and Brontosaurus. National Tours: Chess, Zorba, Cats, A Chorus Line.  Regional Theatre: Time and Again, Dream. He 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. Upon returning to New York, he begins work on the new Broadway musical Amour, with music by Michel Legrand.

John Iacovelli (Scenic Designer) WITH NSMT: Peter Pan. ELSEWHERE: John has designed over 100 productions across the country including The Old Globe, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Dallas Theatre Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.  His work was last seen on Broadway in "Twilight of the Golds."

Kendall Smith (Lighting Designer) WITH NSMT: Zorba, Oklahoma!, Good News, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Showboat, Little Me, A Christmas Carol ‘94-'01  ELSEWHERE: Mr. Smith returns for his eighth season at North Shore. Theatre credits include Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre DC, Geva Theatre, Sharon Stage, American Stage Festival, Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City and the Barter Theatre.  Regional Opera companies include Michigan Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Boston Lyric and Dayton Opera Theatre.
Gerard Kelly (Wig Designer) WITH NSMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Zorba, Ragtime ELSEWHERE: Gerard has spent 3 seasons designing for The Lake Tahoo Shakespeare Festival.  His New York City credits include, N.Y.U, The Illyria Theatre, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, The Soho Playhouse, The Signature Theater Company and The Jewish Repertory Theater. In Philadelphia Gerard has designed extensively for The Walnut St Theater and The New Freedom Theater. Other regional credits include The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, San Diego Repertory Theater, The Sacramento Theater Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Geva Theater, Theater Works in San Francisco, The Northern Stage Company, The Carousel Dinner, and The Westchester Broadway Theater.

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

Patrick Pettys (Dog Handler) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Patrick hails from Buffalo NY.  He is very excited about working at NSMT with Ashley (Toto).  He was on the National Tour of Annie directed by Martin Charnin, where he worked and lived very closely with Buster (one of his dearest pals).  While on tour they appeared on Animal Planet's "Wild on the Set."  As an Actor he has been seen at Lincoln Center with the NYC Opera, Off-Broadway in Kerouac, and locally in Jekyll and Hyde and The Boston Marathon of Plays.  Break-a-paw Ashley!

William Berloni (Animal Trainer) With NSMT: Annie ‘83 &‘98. Elsewhere: William's Broadway animal training credits include the original Sandy in Annie, Camelot with Richard Burton, Frankenstein, The First, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver, Anything Goes, Nick and Nora, La Bete, The Wiz, the 20th Anniversary revival of Annie and the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz. Mr. Berloni has also trained animals for hundreds of Off-Broadway shows, Regional theatre productions, Tours, Movies and Television shows. In 2001, Mr. Berloni worked on the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Seagull directed by Mike Nichols, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Natalie Portman. He is currently training a Poodle for the Broadway show entitled Paper Doll. It is based on the life story of Jacqueline Susann and her beloved dog Josephine. His most recent television shows include the last three seasons of "Sesame Street," "Between the Lions," "Reading Rainbow", a feature story on Animal Planet's show entitled "Wild on the Set" and the PBS series "Pets: Part of the Family," starring Gary Burghoff. His cat was recently on the January cover of Sports Illustrated. His animals have appeared at the White House seven times for presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. His book, Sandy: The Autobiography of a Star, was published by Simon and Schuster. Mr. Berloni, his wife Dorothy and their daughter Jenna, live on a farm in Connecticut with eleven dogs, three cats, three horses, two llamas and a miniature donkey. Mr. Berioni is currently the Director of Animal Behavior for the Humane Society of New York and is involved in helping animals that need homes. Visit our Website at www.theatricalanimals.com.

Erik E. Hedblom (Production Stage Manager) WITH NSMT: Footloose, 1997 - 2001 musical seasons ELSEWHERE: A Graduate of Castleton State College in 1995, Erik attended Grad School at University of California, Irvine for three years working on a masters in Stage Management. He joined NSMT in 1997 after working at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for three seasons. 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. He is happy to be back in the fold of the North Shore family after spending the winter away.  Thank you to Ginger for her friendship, love and support and thanks to the Hedblom clan for their continuous love and encouragement.

Jon Kimbell (Artistic Director / Executive Producer) Mr. Kimbell is the recipient of 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. During his 20 seasons at NSMT, he, in partnership with a dedicated Board of Trustees and a superior staff, has turned NSMT into one of the finest musical theaters in the country.  His responsibilities include artistic direction, long range planning, and development of new musical works with Associate Producer John La Rock. He has directed or produced most musicals, the Shakespeare canon, and, as a passionate believer in developing new musicals, the premieres of 21 new musicals. Mr. Kimbell is a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and recently served as a 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. 

James K. Polese (Executive Director) NSMT's Chief Operating Officer since 1983, Mr. Polese oversees all fiscal and administrative operations. He is the key negotiator for the Music Theatre's successful Celebrity Concert and Children's Musicals series. Outside of NSMT, Mr. Polese has served a term as the president of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) after serving one term as Secretary and as a member of the Finance and Development committees for four years. He served on the NEA's Theater and Musical Theater Creation and Presentation Panel. In the community, Mr. Polese is a member of the corporation of Beverly Hospital; a member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Essex National Heritage Commission; serves on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee of the CAB Health and Recovery Services; has recently been elected to the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Polese is committed to providing education, cultural activities and access for all members of the community.

 

 
WizardLogo 
July 16-Aug.11, 2002
 
Click the image for a larger view. Photos by Paul Lyden
Wizard-Dorothy
Sarah Stiles * Ashley
WizardofOz-scarecrow
 Casey Colgan
Wizard-Tinman
George Dvorsky
WizardofOz-Lion
David Coffee
WizardofOz-Witch 
Tia Speros
Wizard-Glinda
Roxann Parker and Sarah Stiles
 
 
 
 
 
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