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Nine 2004

(in order of appearance)

Guido Contini - ROBERT NEWMAN*
Francesca - MELISSA A. ROUSE*
Olga von Sturm - BECKY BARTA*
Guido's Mother - MELISSA HART*
Our Lady of the Spa - JACQUELINE HENDY*
Stephanie Necrophorus - CHARLOTTE COHN*
Saraghina - INGA BALLARD*
Annabelia - AMY BARKER*
Liliane La Fleur - BETH McVEY*

Standbys/Understudies never substitute for players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.
For Luisa and Claudia - AMY BARKER*;
For Guido's Mother - BECKY BARTA*

Assistant Stage Manager - JULIANNA CRAWFORD*
Assistant Music Director - BRIAN CIMMET
Rehearsal Accompanist - RICK HIP-FLORES
Dance Captain - CAROL SCHUBERG*

  • Member - Actor's Equity Association
Lighting Designer JACK MEHLER
Sound Designer JOHN A. STONE
Orchestra Reduction/Keyboard Programming MARK WARMAN
Production Stage Manager ERIK E. HEDBLOM
Musical Direction DALE RIELING
Directed and Choreographed by BARRY IVAN


Special Thanks: Gagnon Shoe Repair, Bra-Tenders of NYC, Handy Cleaners of Salisbury, Kevin Stites, Brooks Sherman, Deborah Bershatsky

Dale Rieling - Conductor

Rod Ferland - flute, clarinet, alto sax
Jay Daly - trumpet
Zoia Bologovsky - violin, viola
Nathaniel  Farney - viola
Timothy Roberts - cello
Ed Krauss - bass
Brian Cimmet - keyboard I
Adam Souza - keyboard II
Michael Ambroszewski - percussion


ROBERT NEWMAN (Guido Contini) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Robert Newman's theater background began in LA in 1979 and includes leads in Guys and Dolls, The Robber Bridegroom, Bye Bye Birdie, Veronicas Room, The Fantasticks (Sullivan, IL), Quiet on the Set (Orpheum Theater, NYC), Carousel, My Fair Lady, and Betty the Yeti, (Stamford Theater Works).  He has worked extensively with his wife, Britt Helfer, (ex-Lily, "Loving"), on stage at the Barn Theater in Augusta, MI in Barefoot in the Park, Picnic, Romantic Comedy and most recently, Sylvia, which he also directed.  His TV credits include "Hunter," "General Hospital," "Santa Barbara" and the ABC civil war epic, "Class of ‘61" for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Productions.  Oh yes...and for the last 24 years he's also been portraying the character of Joshua Lewis on the longest running TV show on the planet, "Guiding Light" on CBS.  He is proud father to Connor and Kendal, and would like to thank them both for helping him to find the child that is Guido.

JOSIE de GUZMAN (Luisa) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Josie de Guzman made her New York Cabaret debut last month in her one-woman show Chemistry.  Her Broadway career includes Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well as creating roles in Nick and Nora, Runaways and Carmelina.  She won the 2002 Connecticut Critics Award for Anna in The King and I, and has appeared extensively at the Public Theatre (where she created roles in Liz Swados' Lullaby and Goodnight and The Haggadah), at BAM (Missionaries) and Off-Broadway (Tamara, Once Removed), and in such varied classical roles as Carmen, Viola, Varya, and Beatrice. Regionally, she has appeared at the Alley (House and Garden, Twelfth Night) Hartford Stage (Diosa), Great Lakes (She Loves Me) and Denver Center (Man of La Mancha).  Her films include Exiles in New York, FX and FX 2 and television appearances include "Miami Vice,", "The Cosby Show," "Third Watch," "All My Children," and "Guiding Light." Her recordings include two new CDs ("Lullabies for Everyone" and "Nanas Para Todos") available in the lobby.

MILENA GOVICH (Carla) With NSMT: Debut.  Elsewhere: Milena Govich debuted on Broadway playing Lulu in the revival of Cabaret at Studio 54, and eventually took over the lead role of Sally Bowles.  She then appeared in the Broadway revival of The Boys from Syracuse before skipping the country to appear in rock concerts with China's top recording artist, Fei Xiang (She will be featured on an internationally released concert DVD). Most recently, Milena has won acclaim for her role in the independent film, Bad Behavior, by Marta Masferrer. For more information, visit 

BETH McVEY (Liliane La Fleur) With NSMT: Mame, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Sugar Babies. Elsewhere: After appearing at NSMT last spring as Mame, she went out with the national tour of Urinetown, playing Ms. Pennywise. She is pleased to be back at NSMT in Nine, to work with Barry Ivan again and rejoin the NSMT family on another wonderful production. She appeared in the original Broadway Company of Nine, and played the roles of Francesca, Carla and Claudia. Elsewhere she has performed the role of Saraghina and is happy to get to play another role in this wonderful show. Thru the span of her career, she has been a part of five Broadway shows, four national tours (in the US and abroad) and numerous regional productions across the country. "Musical theatre has been my passion and my life. I am very grateful."

AMANDA SERKASEVICH (Claudia) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Amanda has performed in regional theatres throughout the country. Most recently she starred in: Brigadoon (Fiona) at The Goodspeed Opera House, Hair (Sheila) at Bay Street Theatre and You Can't Take It With You (Alice) at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. She played a hooker, a bride and a Lesbian in the NY debut of Neil Simon's Hotel Suite at Roundabout Theatre, and starred alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Bea Arthur and Marc Kudisch in the Broadway workshop of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy Brown). You may recognize Amanda as Darci Matthews from the CBS Daytime Drama, "Guiding Light." She has also appeared on "Law and Order," Comedy Central's "The Chappelle Show" impersonating Julia Roberts and in many commercials and independent films.

INGA BALLARD (Saraghina) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Recent performances include Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Lyric Theatre) and Vera in Mame (Cohoes Music Hall). She has appeared in the National Tour of Ragtime as Sarah's Friend. Her Regional Credits include All My Sons, The Crucible, Ragtime, Showboat, Finian's Rainbow, Abyssinia, Gypsy, Over The Rainbow, Kwanza Song and Nunsense 2. Other Credits include; Ballad of the Sad Café, Agnes of God, A Piece of My Heart", "A Streetcar Named Desire, and House of Flowers; Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Film: Aurora Bridge. Training: B.A. Drama University of California at Davis and M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Southern California. "Thanks to Barry, Matt, Erich, Jeffrey, her Mom and her brother Eric." Inga is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

CHARLOTTE COHN (Stephanie Necrophorus) With NSMT: Debut. Most recently performed the role of Musetta in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway Production of La Boheme.  Off- Broadway: One Hundred Gates with Elliott Gould, Ambivalence at E.S.T., Cheri at The Actors Studio. TV: "Guiding Light". Film: Little Kings, The Danish Play, On Air Creep. Recordings: original cast recording of La Boheme on Broadway and Music 2002, music dir. Michael Rafter.  Charlotte is a founding producer of NYMF (New York Music Theatre Festival) and a member of the Actors Studio. "Love and kisses to MFB - Jason." For more information - please visit

MELISSA HART (Guido's Mother) With NSMT: Kiss of the Spiderwoman Elsewhere: Melissa is delighted to be returning to NSMT. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Georgy. She has also appeared on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Apple Tree, Cabaret, Candide and The Scarlet Pimpernel. She was Sally Bowles in the First National Tour of the original Cabaret, and played Fran Kubelik in the First National Tour of Promises, Promises. Off-Broadway she has appeared at the Irish Repertory Theatre, The John Houseman Theatre, The York Theatre and Soho Repertory Theatre. She originated the role of Mdme. St. Pé in the world premiere of Paramour at The Old Globe Theatre opposite Len Cariou.  She has appeared in over one hundred plays and musicals at regional theatres including Goodspeed Opera House, Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre and The Shaker Mountain Opera Festival.  She has received three Carbonnell Awards, The Philly Award and the Joseph Jefferson Award.

JACQUELINE HENDY (Our Lady of the Spa) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere:  Broadway:  Most recently, Jacqueline played Our Lady of the Spa in the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Follies (Young Solange)  Regional:  She Loves Me (Amalia), Sweeny Todd (Johanna), Man of La Mancha (Antonia) TV: "Chappelle Show" (Gina/Jennifer Lopez), "Guiding Light," "All My Children."  "Many thanks to family, friends, and especially Jeffrey."  

CINDY MARCHIONDA (Lina Darling) With NSMT:  Debut  Elsewhere:  Broadway/New York:  Madison Square Garden's The Wizard of Oz with Eartha Kitt and Mickey Rooney; Lincoln Center's The West Side Story Suite with the New York City Ballet, directed by Jerome Robbins.  Off-Broadway:  Our Sinatra:  A Musical Celebration.  National Tour: A Chorus Line, A Tribute to Duke Ellington with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Regional: On the Town, I Got Merman, Romance/Romance, West Side Story, Grease, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Joseph Jefferson Award: Best Actress in a Musical) and Cameron Mackintosh's Moby Dick, A Whale of a Tale. Cindy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre.

AMY BARKER (Annabella, u/s Luisa and Claudia) With NSMT: South Pacific, Show Boat  Elsewhere:  Favorite regional credits include Annie (Grace), Me and My Girl (Lady Jacqui), Lucky Stiff (Dominique), Hello Dolly (Irene Molloy) and Into the Woods (Cinderella).  Insomniacs and sports fans may have seen Amy as the "mom" in various television commercials.  Originally from Texas, Amy is a Red Sox fan by marriage. "Love to her family and friends from the South Shore.  Special thanks to Barry and Mark." 

BECKY BARTA (Olga von Sturm, u/s Guido's Mother) With NSMT:  Mame, Footloose Elsewhere:  In the title role, Becky just finished her second critically acclaimed production of Always, Patsy Kline down the road at the Stoneham Theatre. Broadway credits include Les Miserables (Mme. Thenardier) The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mrs. Claus). Off- Broadway credits include Always, Patsy Cline, Forbidden Broadway and How Now Dow Jones.  Regional favorites include Goodspeed Opera, Alliance (Atlanta), Jupiter Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center. "To all my North Shore friends, thanks for making me feel at home!"

JOANNE JAVIEN (Juliette) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere:  Credits include Miss Saigon at Carousel Dinner Theatre(Kim), and at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Paper Mill Playhouse (Bar Girl), H.M.S. Pinafore (Ensemble) NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Secret Garden (Ayah) Theatre by the Sea, Carousel and Showboat (Ensemble) Hollywood Bowl.  She received her BM in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.  "Thanks to her family and Keith." 

JACLYN MINERVA (Sofia) With NSMT:  West Side Story Elsewhere:  Jaclyn is delighted to return to NSMT.  She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory where she received a BFA in musical theater.  Regional credits include: Chicago (June, u/s Roxie), West Side Story (Rosalia), Crazy for You, Cabaret, Oklahoma, and Gypsy.  "Love and thanks to my four parents -I couldn't do it without you!" 

MELISSA A. ROUSE (Francesca) With NSMT: Mame, Dracula: A Chamber Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Sweet Charity, Grease, Victor/Victoria. Elsewhere: Melissa is thrilled to be back at NSMT performing in Mr. Ivan's production of Nine.  Recent credits include last season's Mame at NSMT and La Cage aux Folles at MSMT (Bitelle). Other favorite credits include the European Tour of Crazy for You. She will be performing at Radio City Music Hall for her 6th season as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. On October 2, Melissa will marry Tom Stuart. "As always, thanks Uncle B. and Tom for your love and support."

CAROL SCHUBERG (Diana, Dance Captain) With NSMT: Cabaret Elsewhere: Carol is happy to be back at NSMT.  She performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St. Louis, Off-Broadway in Chess, National Tours of Cats (Bombalurina), Gigi, Barnum, and regionally in Anything Goes (Erma), The Late Henry Moss (Conchalla), Gypsy (Electra), Bye Bye Birdie (Rose), A Chorus Line (Sheila), and Mirette (Claire).  As assistant choreographer: The Fantasticks film, and Sweet Charity for the Istanbul Grand Opera.  She choreographed Nine for NYU. 

ALISON SPRATT (Maria, u/s Carla) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Allison is thrilled to be joining NSMT for one of her favorite shows.  Allison just came from workshopping the upcoming Broadway Beach Boys musical, Good Vibrations. Her National and European Tours include: Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Grease (Sandy - in German!) and Jekyll and Hyde. Regional: Footloose (Ariel), Cinderella (Cinderella), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy) and Children of Eden (Eve). Allison received her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University, NC. "Thanks to my family, friends, Uncle Barry and Dale, All of NSMT, cast and Michael."

JENNIFER TAYLOR (Renata) With NSMT Joseph and the Amazing..., A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady Elsewhere: Jennifer Taylor is so grateful to be spending a summer back at NSMT! Elsewhere, she has appeared in Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse, Brigadoon, A Little Night Music and George M! at Goodspeed Opera House, and has performed as a soloist with the Omaha Symphony in their Holiday Fanfare. "Thanks to J La Rock and everyone at North Shore, and love always to family, friends and B." 

JOHN-MICHAEL BREEN (Young Guido) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: John-Michael is a seventh grader from Chelmsford, MA. This summer he appeared as the Munchkin Mayor in the Nashua, NH Teen Actorsingers production of The Wiz. He has also performed the role of Edgar in the Actorsingers award-winning production of Ragtime. Other credits include; Peter Pan and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the Peacock Players of Nashua; and Oliver, The Wiz, and Fiddler on the Roof with the Colonial Chorus Players of Reading, MA.

MAURY YESTON (Music and Lyrics) Broadway: Titanic (Tony Award 1997: Best Score, Best Musical, Grammy nomination); Nine (Tony Award 1982: Best Score, Best Musical; two Drama Desk Awards: Best Music and Best Lyrics; Grammy nomination, Olivier Award nominations); Grand Hotel with Wright and Forrest (1989 Tony and Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway: Cloud 9 (songs and incidental music), In the Beginning (NYC and Chicago). National: Phantom (National Alliance of Music Theatre Producer's Award). Albums and songs: Titanic (RCA), Nine (CBS, RCA, Polygram, PS Classics), Grand Hotel (RCA), Phantom (RCA), Goya with Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan (Sony), December Songs (RCA), Till I Loved You (Barbra Streisand, Sony), The Maury Yeston Songbook (PS Classics). Concert: An American Cantata: 2000 Voices for orchestra, double mixed choir, boys choir and gospel chorus (Kennedy Center commission, National Symphony Orchestra); December Songs (song cycle, centennial year commission by Carnegie Hall); Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (premiere, Yo-Yo Ma).

ARTHUR KOPIT (Book) Arthur is also the author of Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad; Indians (finalist for Pulitzer Prize); Wings (finalist for Pulitzer Prize); End of the World with Symposium to Follow; a new translation of Ibsen's Ghosts; the book for the musical Phantom (score by Maury Yeston); Road to Nirvana; the book for the musical High Society; Because He Can (originally entitled Y2K); Chad Curtiss, Lost Again; and numerous one-act plays. Current projects include Discovery of America, a new play based on the journals of Cabeza de Vaca; an original musical, Lewis & Clark (score by Donald Alan Siegal); an original musical, Tom Swift and the Secrets of the Universe (score by David Yazbek); and an original film, Miami. Besides teaching playwriting at NYU, Mr. Kopit heads the Lark Theatre's Playwrights' Workshop and is on the council of the Dramatists Guild.

MARIO FRATTI (Adaptation from the Italian). Playwright and drama critic, Mr. Fratti was born in Italy but has lived in New York since 1963. Most of his plays have been published in 19 languages and have played in more than 600 theatres. They include The Academy, The Gift, Eleonora Duse, The Victim, Che Guevara, Betrayals, Seducers, The Cage, Waiting, The Refrigerators, The Coffin, Six Passionate Women, The Third Daughter, Birthday, The Piggy Bank, The Suicide, A.I.D.S, The Colonel's Wife and the musical Nine (his adaptation of Fellini's film "8 ½").

BARRY IVAN (Director/Choreographer) With NSMT: West Side Story '03, Mame, Chicago, Dracula: A Chamber Musical, Footloose, Miss Saigon, Carousel, Sweet Charity, A Little Night Music, Grease, Victor/Victoria, 42nd Street, Kismet, La Cage aux Folles, Cabaret, West Side Story ‘95, Will Rogers Follies. Elsewhere:  Barry Ivan is associated with theaters nationally and internationally, ranging from Guest Director at Yale, to Director/Choreographer of West Side Story at the German State Opera.  Recent noteworthy credits include Director/Choreographer of Company starring Malcom Gets and Michelle Pawk, and Anything Goes starring Carolee Carmello, both at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.  Mr. Ivan received critical acclaim for his San Diego Civic Light Opera production of La Cage Aux Folles; his NSMT production of A Little Night Music starring Donna McKechnie and Jeff McCarthy, was featured in the Stephen Sondheim Revue.  In New York City, his work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Kaufman Theatre and Lincoln Center, where he directed Frank Loesser: A Man and His Music.  TV/Film projects include directing two television pilots entitled "Empire" and "From Rags to Bitches," as well as having recently completed his first independent film directing project.  Mr. Ivan had the pleasure of working with Maury Yeston, when he staged his musical In the Beginning, and is thrilled to be associated with him again on this production of Nine. Upcoming:  Mr. Ivan will direct and choreograph the new musical Tales of Tinseltown, by Michael Colby and Paul Katz this fall at the Off-Broadway Director's Company in NYC, and is looking forward to returning to NSMT next season to direct and choreograph The Full Monty and Thoroughly Modern Millie.   

DALE RIELING (Music Director) With NSMT: West Side Story ‘03, Dracula: A Chamber Musical, The Will Rogers Follies.  Elsewhere: Dale is the Musical Supervisor and contractor for the touring production of Les Misérables, having supervised and conducted the Broadway Tenth Anniversary company. He music directed the First National and the 1996 International tours of Les Misérables, and the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. Other productions include West Side Story, Peter Pan, Sweet Charity, Gypsy, Cinderella, My One and Only, A Wonderful Life, She Loves Me and The Secret Garden. Mr. Rieling received his Master's degree in conducting from Northwestern University and conducted Bravo Broadway! with the Kansas City Symphony, Bob McGrath in Concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony, William Walton's Facade with the Chelsea Chamber Ensemble and The Actor's Fund Salute to Entertainment, honoring Bernard B. Jacobs. He has served as a guest conductor for Indiana University's Opera Theatre department and will collaborate with his fiancé, Victoria Bussert, on The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis this winter.

RUSSELL PARKMAN (Scenic Designer) With NSMT: Debut. NSMT Elsewhere: Internationally, he has designed for the Flamenco Bienale in Spain, at the Teater Ibsen in Norway, and the Teatro Popular in Bogotá Colombia.   In New York, Russell has designed for Summerstage, at Manhattan Class Company, La Cucaracha, The New Theatre of Brooklyn, Fordham University and New York Stage and Film.  Regionally his credits include the Huntington Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Missouri Repertory Theatre, the MUNY in St. Louis, the Geva Theatre, El Teatro Campesino, Santa Fe Stages, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Playmaker's Repertory Theatre, the Meadow Brook Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Skylight Opera and Memphis Opera.  Russell is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and is currently head of theatre design at Southern Methodist University. 

JACK MEHLER (Lighting Designer) With NSMT: LD: Children of Eden, Little Night Music, Ragtime, Wizard of Oz (with Ken Smith), A Christmas Carol 2003 SD:  West Side Story Elsewhere:  Jack Mehler has been designing lighting and scenery based in New York for the last 14 years.  His work has been seen at Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, America Place Theatre, Body Politic/Seanachai, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Capital Rep, Chamber Dance Project, Cleveland Play House, Crossroads Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, Freedom Theatre, INTAR, The Joyce, Manhattan Theatre Club, Merrimack Rep, Museum  for African Art, 92nd Street Y, The New Victory, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seacoast Rep, Seattle Rep, Stage One (Wichita), Syracuse Stage, Taste of the NFL, Theatre By The Blind, Trollwood Performing Arts School, The Working Theatre and the WPA, among many others. 

ALAN MICHAEL SMITH (Costume Designer) With NSMT Elsewhere:  In New York, he designed Bruce Graham's Minor Demons Off Broadway.  He also designed the world premiere production of Barbara Lebow's Tiny Tim is Dead and Bill Solly's Stars ‘n' Stripes.  Alan also designed A Salute to Bobby Short for the New York Ballroom Company and Giatino and Schwartz at St. Clement.  He recently designed Brigadoon for The Players at St. Barts.  For the Sorg Opera Company in Ohio, Mr. Smith has designed over 14 productions as resident designer.  Some of his favorite productions have been Guys and Dolls and La Cage (Maine State Music Theater), How the Other Half Loves (Ogunquit Playhouse), Into the Woods (University of Maine) and 10 productions including the world premiere of Best Friends (Bristol Riverside Theater).  Alan has assisted such designers as Anthony Powell (Sunset Blvd.), Geoffrey Holder (Rodgers and Ella with Hart), and Scott Traugott (BC/EFA All-star production of Sweet Charity).  On Broadway he has had the pleasure of assisting Stewart Laing (Titanic) and Bob Crowley (The Capeman).

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

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

ERIK E. HEDBLOM (Production Stage Manager) With NSMT: Beauty and the Beast, Tom Jones: The Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1997 - 2003 musical seasons. "It is with great pleasure I have a place to work and grow surrounded by very talented people.  Thank you to my beautiful wife Ginger for her friendship, love and support. To my son Elias, I love you."

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

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

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

DAVID JAMES (Director of Marketing) As North Shore Music Theatre's Marketing Director, David is responsible for all sales revenue and box office activity. David has been with NSMT since 1983, during which time the organization has grown into the largest non-profit theater in New England, and the 14th largest in the country. During a brief hiatus from NSMT, David served as marketing director at Plano Repertory Theatre in Plano, Texas. He rejoined the management team at NSMT in the spring of 2003.

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 24 - Sept 12, 2004
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