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Cinderella 2005

(in order of appearance)
Godmother - ANNIE GOLDEN*
Cinderella - SARA SCHMIDT*  
Trumpeter - JAY DALY
Stepmother - LISA McMILLAN*   
Portia - LAURA JORDAN*    
King Maximillian - DAVID COFFEE*    
Queen Constantina - TERRY BURRELL*   
Prince Christopher - NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ*
Coachman - ROB FLEBBE*

Understudies never substitute for players unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.
For Cinderella - MEGAN REINKING*;

Assistant Stage Manager - ALICIA REECE *
Assistant Musical Director /Rehearsal Accompanist- ROBERT L. RUCINSKI
Dance Captain - DEBBI FUHRMAN*
Assistant to the Scenic Designer - JOHN WILLIAMSON
Keyboard Programming - CYNTHIA M. COOK
* Member - Actor's Equity Association

Scenic Design by DEX EDWARDS 
Costume Design by GAIL BALDONI 
Lighting Design by MARTIN E. VREELAND
Sound Design by JOHN A. STONE 
Special Effects Designer by MICHAEL GOUDZWAARD 
Wig & Hair Design by GERARD KELLY
Production Stage Manager BETHANY FORD 
Flying Illusions by ZFX, Inc.
Choreographed by KAREN AZENBERG 
Musical Direction by EDWARD REICHERT
Directed by GREG GANAKAS

Edward Reichert, conductor, keyboard
Robert Bowlby Jr. - flute, clarinet
Peter Cokkinias - clarinet, oboe
Jay Daly - trumpet 1
Richard Given - trumpet 2
Walter Bostian - trombone
Lucy Pope - violin
Zoia Bologovsky - violin
Virginia Crumb - harp
Ed Krauss - bass
Robert Rucinski - keyboard
Mark Worgaftik - percussion


SARA SCHMIDT (Cinderella) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway: Brooklyn the Musical, Dance of the Vampires. National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof. Off Broadway: Fame on 42nd Street, The Fantastiks, Imperfect Chemistry. Regional: The Guthrie, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Williamstown Theatre Festival, TUTS & the MUNY. "Thanks to everyone at NSMT for this magical opportunity, to my family for their constant love and support, and to my friends for making it fun!"

NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ (Prince Christopher) With NSMT:  Debut. Elsewhere: He originated the role of Akhenaten in the pre-Broadway run of Nefertiti at the Parker Playhouse. Prior to that, Nicholas originated the role of Aaron, starring opposite Val Kilmer's Moses in the U.S Premiere of The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Nicholas also had the pleasure of playing Moses at several performances. Tours include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Evita (Che), Hair (Claude). Regional credits include: Last 5 Years (with Kate Shindle) at the Kennedy Theatre, Candide with Harrisburg Opera, Footloose (Ren), Love, Valour, Compassion! (Ramon), Master Class (Tony). He can be heard on the cast albums of "The Ten Commandments," and "Evita" as well as "Voices of Light: A Collection of Inspirational Songs," and several recordings for Disney. A native Texan, he holds a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

ANNIE GOLDEN (Godmother) With NSMT:  Debut. Elsewhere: Annie Golden's most recent credits include Rag and Bone (Long Wharf) and People Be Heard (Playwrights' Horizons). Last summer she starred as the title character in Mimi Le Duck, her first fringe festival musical. Annie has just completed filming Brooklyn Rules opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. and Scott Caan. Other films include Prelude To A Kiss (also starring Alec Baldwin) in which she performs a song she wrote for the soundtrack; Hair (discovered by Milos Forman for the lead, Jeannie); Baby Boom (opposite Diane Keaton), Twelve Monkeys and the animated Pebble And The Penguin. On the stage, Annie created the role of Georgie Bukatinsky for Terrence McNally in his Tony-nominated musical The Full Monty and played Belle in Ah! Wilderness and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Annie had recurring roles on "Miami Vice" and "Cheers" and has guest -starred on "Law & Order" and "Third Watch." In 2005 Annie resolves to release her first ever solo CD recorded with her self-titled band of songs she's written. Annie invites you all to Joe's Pub on Sunday, August 14 at 7:30 to see her Velvet Prison Cabaret return engagement.

TERRY BURRELL (Queen Constantina) With NSMT: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Elsewhere: Terry's Broadway credits include starring roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dreamgirls, Into the Woods, Swingin' on a Star, Honky Tonk Nights, and Eubie, which she also filmed for television. Off- Broadway, Terry appeared in And the World Goes ‘Round, Just So, and Taking a Chance on Love. Terry toured the US as Julie in the Hal Prince production of Showboat, and reprised the role in the London revival. Other tours include Copacabana, Thunder Knocking on the Door, A Grand Night for Singing, The Wiz, and Bubblin' Brown Sugar. Terry was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Queenie in Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center. Other regional credits include Time and Again, Of Thee I Sing, Sweet and Hot, Man of La Mancha, Arthur Miller's Up From Paradise and Ain't Misbehavin'. Terry has performed her nightclub act for audiences around the world.

JENNIFER CODY (Joy) With NSMT: Hair. Elsewhere: On Broadway, she has been in Urinetown (Original Broadway Cast), Taboo(Original Broadway Cast), Seussical(Original Broadway Cast), Beauty and the Beast, Grease (Cha Cha Degregorio) and Cats. She was thrilled to be in the acclaimed production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Mae) at MTC. Other off-Broadway shows include: Pajama Game at Encores!, Best Foot Forward (York Theatre) and Anyone Can Whistle (47th Street Theatre). Her voice can be heard on "The Wild Party" recording as well as "Seussical," "Taboo," and Vincent Youmans' "Through the Years" in which she sings with her husband, Hunter Foster. Regionally: Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Bonnie (Anything Goes), Tigerlily (Peter Pan), Dainty June (Gypsy).

DAVID COFFEE (King Maximillian) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘92-‘04, Kiss Me, Kate, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story ‘95, ‘03 Crazy For You, La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man, and 42nd Street, Phantom ‘92, ‘94,  Singin' In the Rain, Grand Hotel, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Evita, Good News! Elsewhere: David returns to NSMT for his 14th season! He has spent the first part of 2005 in My Fair Lady in Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas. As conductor for Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, David was seen performing in venues as diverse as a casino showroom, the Newport Music Festival and San Francisco's Bohemian Club. In addition to ten years of touring, he has been welcomed by audiences at Casa Mañana, the Granbury Opera House, Stages St. Louis, the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, the Goodspeed Opera House and, of course, NSMT (where he will return later this season as King Pellinore in Camelot and Scrooge in Christmas Carol). "Happy 50th NSMT!" For more information, please visit:

LAURA JORDAN (Portia) With NSMT: Debut.  Elsewhere: Most recently the New York workshop of In My Life and the New York premiere of the critically acclaimed new play Unbound directed by Davis McCallum. Regionally: Tennessee Repertory, Hartford Stage, Wilma Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, and New Century Theatre in Northampton. Past shows include Mad Forest (Philadelphia premiere), Sweeney Todd, Noises Off, Our Country's Good, Oklahoma, Quilters and Scotland Road. A native of Michigan, Laura received her BA from Western Michigan University and her MFA from Temple University. Member of AEA since 1990.

LISA McMILLAN (Stepmother) With NSMT: Mame, La Cage aux Folles.  Elsewhere: Lisa is delighted to return to NSMT. Her Broadway credits include the infamous Moose Murders (with Eve Arden) and La Cage Aux Folles (directed by Arthur Laurents). Off-Broadway premieres of Ruthless!, Identical Twins... etc. Her numerous regional credits include theatres such as the Walnut Street Theatre (Barrymore Award Nominee - Mame), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Denver Center Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Utah and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. Favorite leading roles in such shows as A Delicate Balance, Annie, Night of the Iguana, Macbeth and Gypsy (with Rita Moreno). Lisa has also appeared in feature films, commercials and as a regular on ABCs daytime, "The City." Recent directing credits include The Ordway Theatre, Galveston Outdoor Musicals. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

TABB (Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘95-'97, '01, '02, '04. Elsewhere: Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Tabb now resides in NYC and is happy to return to NSMT for Cinderella. Recently he originated the role of Deuteronomy Joshua Knob in George S. Clinton's Blue Grass Musical That Other Woman's Child. Other NYC credits include Lady in the Dark (City Center Encores), LaRondine, Cinderella, The Merry Widow (NYC Opera). "It is a joy to perform on the NSMT stage along side Miss Deb Fuhrman, once again. XOX to my family & friends for all the support and love!"

KRISTEN DAWN CALGARO (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Kristen is delighted to be under the direction of Greg Ganakas again after having just worked together on Goodspeed Opera House's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. A recent graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. Religious Studies/Spanish '04) Kristen has performed with Seaside Music Theatre, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Mount Washington Valley Theatre and American Family Theatre. While in New York, Kristen enjoys performing at Richie Cecere's Supper Club, singing and dancing with an 18 piece orchestra.

ROB FLEBBE (Coachman, Ensemble) With NSMT: Cats, A Christmas Carol ‘03. Elsewhere: New York credits include War and Peace, New York Metropolitan Opera, and Jeffrey and the Ritz, Lincoln Center. National Tour credits include West Side Story (Snoboy), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Grand Ole Opry. Regional Credits: Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, Suburb (Stuart), Chicago, Damn Yankees, Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby). "Thanks Greg! And Thanks NSMT! To Life!!!"

DEBBI FUHRMAN (Footman, Ensemble, Dance Captain) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol '93-'95, '97,'98. Elsewhere: Debbi currently works on the ABC sitcom "Hope and Faith" and has appeared several times on the show. She is also a member of Antigravity - a high flying performance company. Her eclectic work habits have her traveling the country doing industrial shows, theatre, film and TV. In development, are several characters for a show she is creating which will of course include her famous ‘Betty Boop'!

PAUL J. GALLAGHER (Chef, Ensemble)  with NSMT: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol '96-‘01 , The Most Happy Fella, Phantom, Where's Charley?, Carnival, Annie.  Elsewhere: Santa in Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda starring Patti Lupone (Carnegie Hall), On A Clear Day...(Off- Broadway); Tours:  Joseph...Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond and Sam Harris, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady,  The Most Happy Fella, Phantom . Regional:Brigadoon, The Prince and The Pauper, Sweeney Todd, Merry Widow.  Paul is also a professional dealer of fine art and antiques as the co-proprietor of his own shop in Manalapan, New Jersey.  For information, please go to

CONSTANTINE GERMANACOS (Steward, Ensemble, u/s Prince) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Constantine has just completed a run as Charlie in Brigadoon at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and is thrilled to be making his debut with NSMT. He has performed in New York with Musicals Tonight! in The Chocolate Soldier and in a gala with Paul Gemignani, Marin Mazzi and Brent Barrett, honoring the composer Jack Lawrence. Favorite shows/roles:  A Grand Night for Singing, West Side Story (Tony), Into the Woods (Prince/Wolf) and HMS Pinafore(Ralph). Training: Manhattan School of Music, CAP21 (NYU) and the Tanglewood Institute.

KATHLEEN HATCH (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Kathleen Hatch is excited to be at NSMT for the first time! Fresh out of Marymount Manhattan College, Kathleen graduated with a B.A. in Acting and a Musical Theatre Minor. Her college credits include Beautiful Music in The Human Comedy and the Witch in Into the Woods. Other credits include Pat Bingham in Good News! Kathleen is a native of Portland, Oregon, but currently lives in New York City.

RASHAD NAYLOR (Ensemble, u/s Herald) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Rashad recently finished the world premiere of I Left My Heart, a Tony Bennett Revue, at American Stage. He also played Sammy Davis Jr. in the North American premiere of The Rat Pack: Live From Vegas in Toronto's Canon Theatre. He was Thad in the original cast of Broadway's Hairspray, and was also seen as Seaweed. "Love to Ma & Fam."

KARYN OVERSTREET (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Broadway credits include Les Miserables (10th Anniversary Production). National Tours: Jekyll & Hyde and Barry Manilow's Copacabana. Off Broadway: Strike Up the Band, The New Moon, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (City Center Encores!), Tip-Toes! (Carnegie Hall). Regional: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Me & My Girl (Jacqueline), Brigadoon(Meg). Recordings: Broadway Cast Recording of "Strike Up The Band," "Tip-Toes" and "Redhead" with Faith Prince. Television: Host for "Read Head Review" on New York's Metroguide Channel, "The Rodgers and Hart Story" (PBS). Film: Temptation (Polar Entertainment).

KATIE RAYLE (Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere:  Katie has performed with the 1st national tour of 42nd Street and with the Radio City Rockettes.  Her favorite regional credits include Funny Girl at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Singin' in the Rain at Music Theatre Wichita where she performed the 'Woman in Green' dance cameo.  She was of few Americans accepted to LAMDA where she will study Shakespearean and Contemporary Acting in London this fall.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. "Love to Bri"

MEGAN REINKING (Ensemble, u/s Cinderella) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere:  Megan is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut! Most recently, she was seen making her Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, The Musical, and as a screaming teen in the "Encores!" production of Bye Bye Birdie. Last summer, she appeared as Ariel Moore in Footloose at the Sacramento Music Circus. Other favorites include Children of Eden (Eve), Parade (Mrs. Phagan), Richard III (Queen Elizabeth), Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Side Show.
GREGORY SHEPPARD (Herald, Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut.  Elsewhere: Gregory has performed throughout the United States and Europe with San Francisco Opera, NYCO, Central City Opera, Vienna Festival, Savonlinna Opera (Finland), Munich Festival, Orchestra I Solisti di Roma, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Illinois Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and others.  Recently heard as Don Basilio in Il Barbiere Di Sevilglia with Syracuse Opera a role he later performs with the Charleston Symphony.   Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Award/Study Grant, Syracuse Opera Artist Award and the Jan Peerce Vocal Scholarship from NYU.  Recordings and videos: "Done Crossed Every River," "Perfect Harmony" and "Gianni Schicchi" from Education at the MET.

CARMEN YURICH (Ensemble) With NSMT: Good News. Elsewhere: Most recently Carmen performed at the Kennedy Center with Elaine Stritch. Broadway: Jekyll& Hyde (Original Company Member). National Tours include Kiss Me, Kate! Music of the Night, performing with Betty Buckley and Colm Wilkinson, Cats (Skimbleshanks), Evita (American and European Tours), La Cage aux Follies  (Phaedra), and West Side Story with the Michigan Opera. TV: "Guiding Light." Carmen has a BFA from Central Michigan University.

NATASHA ASHWORTH (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘04, A Little Night Music, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Carousel. Youth Performance Academy: Rapunzel, Disney's Cinderella Kids and Disney's Aladdin Junior.  Elsewhere: Natasha is thrilled to appear in Cinderella. She enjoyed playing the Fairy Godmother in YPA's Disney's Cinderella Kids in Atlanta. Television appearances include PBS, the History Channel, and a radio commercial for Fox Sports. She is also on a television and radio PSA for The Partnership for a Drug-Free NH. She performs with The Dance Place and Ballet New England. "Many thanks to Greg, love to family and friends."

BERNARD BALDASSARO (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Disney's Cinderella Kids. Elsewhere: The Nutcracker Suite (Fritz) with Boston Dance Company. Bernie was recently part of NSMT's Youth Performance Academy that recently received two national awards at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. He studies at The Chiampa Dance Center in Lynnfield, MA, and has won top honors in regional dance competitions. "This Performance is dedicated to my entire family."

ANDREW BARBATO (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut.  Elsewhere: Andrew made his professional debut at age ten in Shadowlands at the Stoneham Theatre. He is a recipient of two MHSDG Awards for his portrayal of Tartuffe in Tartuffe (Drama Festival 2005). Other favorite roles include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jack in Into the Woods, both with Stoneham Theatre.

BETHANI BOCCIA (Youth Ensemble).With NSMT: The Wizard of Oz. Youth Performance Academy: Rapunzel. Elsewhere: Bethani's favorite credits include Into the Woods, Annie, Peter Pan and Seussical. Soon to be a junior at Beverly High School, Bethani teaches and attends classes at Mitchell's Dance Studio (Beverly) and takes classes at Marblehead School of Ballet. "Thank You to NSMT for this amazing opportunity. Love to Mum, Dad, Jamie, and the rest of the family and friends. This one's for my three little fans!"

JOHN F. BREEN (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol ‘02. Elsewhere: John recently appeared in the Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker. John attends the Barron Elementary School in Salem, NH. He is a member of the Mary Queen of Peace Youth Choir. "A special thank you to Teri Desrosiers of the Salem Dance Network. Love, to my sisters; Sarah, Ruthie and Emily."

CHANTAL DESJARDINS (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Chantal has been doing community theatre since she was six years old. She has performed many roles with the Pentucket Players. She also has performed at the Firehouse, Amesbury Playhouse, and did a tour of Terezin Children of the Holocaust in Kentucky. Her favorite role was Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden with Merrimac Jr. Theatre. She is a 9th grader at Pentucket Regional High School. "Thanks to my family and friends for their support."

SOFIA DISKES (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Sofia has been on stage since the age of 2, performing with Neverland Theatre in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie Junior, Oliver, Godspell, Music Man, Alice in Wonderland and several Dance Shows. Sofia enjoys ballet and gymnastics. "Thank you NSMT and to mom and dad for letting me be in the show! Love to Catalina, my friends, and to the "D" family."

KATY GERAGHTY (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol '00. Youth Performance Academy: Miss Nelson is Missing, MTI Broadway Junior Festival, Into the Woods Junior, Once On This Island, Honk! Junior. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Neverland Theater; Nutcracker, Jose Mateo Ballet Co.; Gloucester Stage Co. "Thanks and love to my family John  LaRock, Greg, Burgess, Derek, Daniel, Nina."

GWYN HIGGINS (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘03.  Elsewhere: Since his NSMT debut as Tiny Tim, Gwyn has appeared with Boston Lyric Opera in the East Coast premiere of The Little Prince and is delighted to be back with 'old' friends. Soon to be a fourth grader at Marblehead's Village School, Gwyn has a passion for theater, music and math that has recently been joined by lacrosse! "Love to all my family and friends."

ANDREW MURDOCK (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Christmas Carol '04. Elsewhere: Andrew recently played young Tommy in MTG's production of the The Who's Tommy and has been in three INDY films in Boston and New York. Andrew is very excited to be back at NSMT. "Thank everyone involved for another opportunity to be on stage."

SIMONE SENIBALDI (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Youth Performance Academy: Disney's Aladdin Junior, Cinderella Kids (Junior Theatre Festival), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Miss Nelson is Missing. Elsewhere: She recently performed in a tribute to Cole Porter with the Play By Players Theatre Company. Simone has been dancing since the age of 5. She loves tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and gymnastics. "Thanks to my wonderful friends and family (especially her Mom) for all their love and support, and special thanks to NSMT."

ARI SHAPS (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘04, Beauty and the Beast. Youth Performance Academy:  Miss Nelson is Missing. Elsewhere: Ari has just completed 5th grade at Manchester Memorial School. He is a resident of Gloucester, sharing his home with his family and four-legged and feathered friends. He loves to sing, play the piano, read, and cares about the environment. Ari has played Gavroche in Les Miserable at Manchester/Essex High School and Little Guido in Nine at Wellesley College.

EMILY SHEERAN (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘03. Elsewhere: Six-year-old Emily, who attends Walton School in Wakefield, recently appeared as "4-year-old Tommy" in Tommy at the Stoneham Theatre. Other favorite roles have included "Gretl" in The Sound of Music and "Molly" in Annie, with Wakefield Repertory Theatre. "Thank you to NSMT, and love to Mommy, Daddy, Jason and Adam."

DEVIN CHRISTOPHER SORKIN (Youth Ensemble) With NSMT: Debut. Elsewhere: Devin recently performed in the Northeast Junior District Boys Chorus. He has also been in every school play at Amesbury Middle School including Once on this Island Junior (Papa Ge). Devin has 7 short films, 1 commercial and 5 professional theater credits under his belt. His favorite role was that of the teacher in School House Rocks, Junior. Devin hopes to continue to work in theater and music.

RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Music, Book & Lyrics). After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers' sophisticated style of musical comedy (which he had perfected in a twenty-five year partnership with lyricist Lorenz Hart) with Hammerstein's innovations in operetta (conceived in collaboration with such composers as Sigmund Romberg, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml and Jerome Kern.) Oklahoma! was followed by Carousel (1945), Allegro (1947), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), Me and Juliet (1953), Pipe Dream (1955), Flower Drum Song (1958) and The Sound of Music (1959). Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote one musical specifically for the big screen, State Fair (1945; remade 1962; Broadway premiere, 1996), and one for television, "Cinderella" (1957; remade 1965, 1997). Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals earned 34 Tony® Awards, 14 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. In 1998 Rodgers and Hammerstein were cited by Time Magazine and CBS News as among the 20 most influential artists of the 20th Century, and in 1999 they were jointly commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp.

GREG GANAKAS (Director) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol ‘93-‘04, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, How to Succeed In Business..., Brigadoon, Good News!, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Crazy For You, The Music Man, Annie.  Elsewhere: Mr.Ganakas' musical theater directorial credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (winner of the 2005 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) at The Goodspeed Opera House, Ain't Misbehavin' at the Dallas Theatre Center, the world premiere of God Lives in Glass at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City, Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse, Double Trouble at Stage One in Wichita, Babes in Arms, George M!, The Pajama Game, and Brigadoon (winner of the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical ) at The Goodspeed Opera House, Oklahoma! at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul and the  world premieres of  The Times  at the Long Wharf Theatre and White Lies at the American Stage Company. Also active in opera and concert direction, Ganakas directed "An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan" with the Boston Pops and Beverly Sills, which was aired on PBS' Great Performances series.  He has directed productions for the Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha , Glimmerglass Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. Ganakas served as Artistic Director for six years at the John Harms Center for Performing Arts in Englewood, New Jersey. He is especially proud of his fifteen year association with New York University, where he founded the Music Theatre Program at The Steinhardt School Of Education, coordinated and produced major fundraising events for the Office Of the President, and mentored countless young artists, who have made award winning contributions to the performing arts. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan ,Mr. Ganakas resides in New York City .Visit for additional information.

KAREN AZENBERG (Choreographer) With NSMT: Annie.  Elsewhere: Karen Azenberg is pleased to return to North Shore Music Theatre where she choreographed Annie in 1998. A director and choreographer her New York credits include Prom Queens Unchained, Blocks an early work by the creator of Rent, Jonathan Larson, and choreography for Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle (The Roundabout Theatre). She directed and choreographed national tours of Carousel, Brigadoon and Puttin' on the Ritz, starring Carol Lawrence, and the regional theatre premiere of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Other credits include West Side Story (Opera Pacific - Dramalogue Award Outstanding Choreography), Oklahoma! (Ordway Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus), Biloxi Blues (Indiana Repertory Theatre), And the World Goes ‘Round (Cape Playhouse). Karen is the Executive Vice-President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Alexander and Emelia's Mom.

EDWARD REICHERT (Musical Director) With NSMT:  Grease.  Elsewhere:  NYC credits include AMAS Rep, Equity Library Theatre, Avery Fisher Hall, Circle Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, 92nd St. Y, Chelsea Rep, Eighty Eights, and LeFrak Concert Hall.  Regional/Stock:  Walnut Street Theatre, Long Island Stage, Portland Stage Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and Thirteen Seasons at Maine State Music Theatre (including Maury Yeston's world premiere of Hans Christian Anderson).  Conducting highlights:  She Loves Me, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Company, Chicago, and Evita (with Andrea McArdle and Adrian Zmed).  Stage Direction:  Titanic, Nine, Phantom, Into the Woods, Assassins, Blood Brothers, Falsettoland, I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change!,  Nunsense A-Men!, Ruthless!, Chess, Children of Eden, Bat Boy, and Songs for a New World.  He has played "Manny" in Master Class opposite Lucie Arnaz and Rosemary Prinz.  Ed is currently a member of the Artist Faculty (vocal couch/music director) in the school of Music at the University of Southern Maine.  He has been a guest director and instructor at UNH (Durham) and CSU (Sacramento).  He studied under Hugo Weisgall, Edmund Akus, and Robert White in the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College/CUNY.

DEX EDWARDS  (Scenic Design) With NSMT: Beauty and the Beast, Dracula: A Chamber Musical, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Fiddler On The Roof, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum and Little Me   Elsewhere: Dex's design work has been seen in theatres internationally including the Dallas Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep., The Majestic Theatre (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Indiana Rep., Sacramento Rep., Alliance Theatre Co., Virginia Stage Co., Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Rep. Theatre, Drury Lane, Oak Brook Theatre (Chicago), Queens Mill and Winter Garden Theatres (Ontario)  and the Berlin Opera House. Dex designed the world premiere Jimmy Buffet/Herman Wouk musical Don't Stop the Carnival (Coconut Grove Playhouse) and was the recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award in Scenic Design for his work on Comedy of Errors and the 2001 IRNE award for his work on Miss Saigon. Dex was part of the concept design team for the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Dex designed Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus in Las Vegas.

GAIL BALDONI (Costume Design) With NSMT: Zorba and Footloose. Elsewhere: Design Credits include Wonderful Town at the New York City Opera. Off Broadway: A Majority of One, Cinderella, Home of the Brave, Jolson & Co., I can Get it for you Wholesale, Milk and Honey, Rags, Shabbatai, The Subject was Roses, and The Yiddish Trojan Women. Regional Theatres include Paper Mill Playhouse, Westchester Broadway Tehatre, The Boston Ballet, Coconut Grove Theatre and Goodspeed. Enjoying draping, Gail made Cher's mermaid costume for the film "Mermaids," assisted for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Baily Circus and is an Emmy-nominated designer for NBC's "Another World." She has also designed several international tours of The Phantom of the Opera.

MARTIN E. VREELAND (Lighting Design) With NSMT: Beauty and the Beast, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere:  Martin recently designed The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail for Ashland University. He also designed Tommy at Stoneham Theatre last fall, as well as 5 Bottles in a Six-Pack at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Nicotine for personal Space Theatrics.  Martin has designed six BC/EFA Easter Bonnet competitions and 3 benefit concerts for The Actors Fund.  He has designed shows at Ergo Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, Wings Theatre, CAP21, The Alley Theatre, Trump Plaza Casino, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, River Rep, Tri-Arts, NJ State Repertory Opera, PTTP University of Delaware and the Troika Tour of Swing.  Martin assisted on several Broadway productions including The Lion King, Voice in the Dark, Swing, How to Succeed, and Grease.  Martin is a proud alumnus of Syracuse University and happy to be returning to NSMT for his fourth consecutive season. 

JOHN A. STONE (Sound Design) With NSMT: Fame, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Co-designed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), designed A Grand Night for Singing and the 1997-2004 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 (Hair & Wig Design) With NSMT: Fame, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 2002 - 2004 Musical Seasons, Zorba, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: 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.

BETHANY FORD (Production Stage Manager) NSMT:  Fame, Thoroughly Modern Mille.  Elsewhere:  Regional credits include: Memory House (Humana Festival, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, world premiere); Topdog/Underdog, The Bay at Nice with Estelle Parsons, and A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Romeo & Juliet: The Musical, co-written and directed by Terrence Mann, The Road To Hollywood (Goodspeed-at-Chester); 5 productions of A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep); Guys and Dolls (Missouri Rep); Forever Plaid (Michigan Ensemble Theatre); and 10 shows for The North Carolina Theatre, most recently The King and I  starring Lou Diamond Phillips.  Off-Broadway work includes The Waverly Gallery; After-Play; Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly; and three seasons as Resident Stage Manager for Signature Theatre Company, working with Pulitzer Prize winners Edward Albee and Horton Foote.  Ms. Ford is a graduate of Chatham College. 

ALICIA D. REECE (Assistant Stage Manager) With NSMT: Fame, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Elsewhere: Hailing from the metropolis if Watseka, IL, Alicia spent last summer touring South Korea and Japan with Cabaret.  Fresh from the Off-Broadway successes of Bug and Orson's Shadow, her other credits include: Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), The Children's Theatre (Cincinnati, OH), Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, and two summers at The Barn Theatre (Augusta, MI).  Favorite productions include: Hair, Sideman, W;t, To Kill a Mockingbird, In Rebel Country and Chess. "Much love to my family for supporting me on this remarkable theatrical journey."

MATT SCHREIBER (Casting) With NSMT: Casting for NSMT since 2001. Broadway credits include Avenue Q, Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway and Tour), Cabaret at Studio 54. Off-Broadway / Regional: Fran's Bed (Long Wharf),  A Midsummer Night's Dream (ART), Oedipus (ART), The Vineyard Theatre's 2004 and 2005 Seasons. Film:  Kinsey, Duane Hopwood (starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo), Loggerheads, Upcoming film:  Shall Not Want (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal), The Namesake, and Over The Mountains. 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 La ROCK (Associate Producer) 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.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

July 12 - July 14 , 2005
Performance canceled after 4 performances due to the fire that damaged NSMT on July 14, 2005.
Click images for a larger view. Photos by Payl Lyden
Sara Schmidt
Annie Golden and Sara Schmidt
Jennifer Cody, Lasa McMillan, Laura Jordan
The ensemble
Sara Schmidt
Sara Schmidt and Nicholas Rodriguez
Jennifer Cody and Laura Jordan 
Lisa McMillan
Sara Schmidt and Nicholas Rodriguez with Annie Golden and Laura Jordan
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