Richard Rodgers (Music) & Oscar Hammerstein II (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 successful partnership in American Musical Theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Babes In Arms, and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer, and Olivier Awards.
Charles Repole (Director) is happy to return to North Shore Music Theatre. Most recently, he won the 2018 Bestro Award and was nominated for a MAC Award for his direction of, Thank You for Your Love: Our Celebration of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and is currently collaborating on a stage version of The Algonquin Kid written by Michael Colby. His directing credits include Du Barry Was a Lady, starring Faith Prince and Robert Morse and Call Me Madam, starring Tyne Daly for the New York City Center Encores! Series, the Broadway revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and for seven years, he co-conceived and directed the annual fund-raising galas for the 92nd Street "Y" including the, Lyrics and Lyricists 25th Year Celebration hosted by Angela Lansbury. Other directing projects include: a stage version of WPIX-TV’s “The Magic Garden”, a European production of Phantom of the Opera, Where’s Charley! for the Kennedy. For his production of A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Mr. Repole was nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award. Mr. Repole is also an accomplished on-stage performer. He has appeared before Broadway audiences starring in Doubles, Whoopee! (for which he earned a Drama Desk nomination) and Very Good Eddie (which earned him a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway credits include Olympus On My Mind and the concert version of Magdalena. Mr. Repole recently retired from the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department at Queens College, which included eight years as the Chairman and being honored by the College as “Teacher of the Year”.
Mara Newbery Greer (Choreographer) is honored to return to NSMT after choreographing the 2015 production of Shrek the Musical. Select choreography credits include A Christmas Story, the Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse/Fulton Theatre), Matilda (Tuacahn), Thoroughly Modern Millie/Guys and Dolls (Music Theatre Wichita), Legally Blonde/ 9 to 5 (Sacramento Music Circus), The Music Man (Lexington Theatre Company), Candide (Chautauqua Opera), Elf the Musical (Engeman Theatre), Die Fledermaus (Palm Beach Opera), The Addams Family (Fairmont State University), Big Fish (Front Porch Theatricals), and the world premiere musical Double Threat Trio (Pittsburgh CLO). As a performer, Mara has worked on Broadway, National Tours, and regional theatre across the country. BFA University of Michigan. Upcoming: The Sound of Music (Tuacahn) and Newsies (Lexington Theatre Company). Endless love to my "forever and always," Michael.
Mark Hartman (Music Director) is a New York-based pianist, coach, conductor, arranger and composer working in theater, cabaret, and concerts around the world. NSMT: A Christmas Carol (2010-2013), 9 to 5, Funny Girl, Evita. Broadway: Sondheim On Sondheim! Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Pageant, Silence! The Musical, Ernest In Love, After The Ball, Finian’s Rainbow, and The Irish...and How They Got That Way (also Nat’l Tour), Avenue Q (Vineyard) and The Fantasticks (Sullivan St. and Orbach Theater). Regional: West Side Story and Sunday In The Park With George at the Guthrie Theater, Sweeney Todd with Annie Golden and Cabaret with Taylor Mac at PlayMakers Repertory Company, the new production of Working with new material by Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Asolo Rep, Old Globe, and Broadway in Chicago, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life at the Old Globe, The Baker’s Wife and Pippin (dir. Gabriel Barre, also Nat’l Tour) for Goodspeed Musicals. Mark is the arranger and music supervisor of the new Stephen Schwartz revue Magic To Do, developed with Gabriel Barre and Jennifer Paulson Lee in 2015 for Princess Entertainment. He is a music director for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Cabaret Conference (John McDaniel, Artistic Director). Mark is the recipient of three MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction. Proud member of Actors’ Equity and the American Federation of Musicians.
Kyle Dixon (Scenic Design). Kyle’s scenic artwork may be seen across the United States, from NYC to Las Vegas. Recent scenic designs include: Hairspray! Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, The Music Man, West Side Story (North Shore Music Theatre), Camelot (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Broadway Classic Music Dance Review (Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing, China), Love and Other Fables, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia! (BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Producers, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Beehive, Buddy, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act, and Young Frankenstein (Theatre By The Sea, BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Growing up 70’s starring Barry Williams (Off Broadway), Angelina Ballerina, The Musical (NYC, Toronto, National Tour), Fancy Nancy, the Musical (NYC, National Tour), StinkyKids (Off Broadway Alliance Award), It Shoulda Been You (starring Kim Zimmer) and The Wizard of Oz (Gretna Theatre, BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Xanadu, Doubt, The Secret Garden and The Merchant of Venice (Williams Center for the Arts), and many more. Kyle has designed concert events for Faith Prince, Tommy Tune, Pam Tillis, and the NC Gubernatorial Inauguration Gala (Telly Award). In addition to theatre, he is the designer of NC’s historic Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights, a ten-acre holiday display. www.KyleDixonDesigns.com
Kelly Baker (Costume Coordinator and additional Costume Design) is thrilled to be returning to NSMT for her second season coordinating costumes! A graduate of Bridgewater State College, Kelly has been involved with the costume and wardrobe department at NSMT since 2010. She has previously been the Wardrobe Manager at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2015-2018), as well as working with New England Conservatory, Stoneham Theatre, Odyssey Opera, and OIV’s Ouroboros Trilogy. Special Thanks to Kevin for this opportunity, my family and Mark for their unwavering support, and to Kat, Joellen, and the wardrobe dream team for all of their amazing hard work! Hi Mama!
Jack Mehler (Lighting Design). Previous work with NSMT includes Scenery & Lighting for Jekyll & Hyde (2018, IRNE nomination), Singin’ in the Rain (2016), Billy Elliot The Musical (2015), Miss Saigon (2013), Scenery for West Side Story (2003), and Lighting for A Christmas Carol ('02-'18; 2012 IRNE nomination), Annie, Camelot (IRNE nomination), Children of Eden, 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Gypsy, Hairspray, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Nine (IRNE nomination), Ragtime, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story (2016), Wizard of Oz, and Young Frankenstein. He received the 2012 (Elisabeth) and 2013 (Rebecca) Korean Musical Theatre Awards (Korean Tony) for Lighting Design of the Year. Other Theatre design credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, Riverside Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Working Theatre and WPA among many others. Dance: Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jose Limon, Ballet Memphis and others. Jack also provides owner's design representation for organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal spaces and is on the Board of ACT of Connecticut where he received Broadway World Connecticut awards for both scenery and lighting design for Evita.
Daryl Bornstein (Sound Design) is an independent Audio Producer, Sound Designer, and Sound Engineer for Televised Special Events, Recordings, and Live Performances. While specializing in Classical Music, Jazz, and Theatre, he has worked on projects ranging from the first NFL HD broadcast to the infamous and ill-fated Michael Jackson TV Special, and the Rolling Stones Shine A Light film, both shot at New York’s legendary Beacon Theatre. And just because everyone needs to do it once, he spent four days babysitting MTV VJs in a delay tower twenty feet above the unwashed multitude at "Woodstock ‘94". Daryl earned a BA in Music from Dartmouth College, survived four years as Road Manager for Lou Reed, and was fortunate to have served as Personal Assistant to Leonard Bernstein.
Rachel Padula-Shufelt (Wig and Hair Design) is a graduate of Emerson College. Some of her recent costume design credits include Macbeth and Edward II (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Frankenstein (Central Square Theater); Charlotte's Web (American Repertory Theater); S.I.N.S.OFU.S and The Owl Answers (Harvard University); Once, Shakespeare in Love and Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Alice in War and Little Murders (Boston Conservatory at Berklee); Rosenbergs, Lost Tempo, The River Was Whiskey, Mortal Terror, Legally Dead, Absence, Windowmen, Chosen Child, and Reconsidering Hanna(h) (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Ezio (Odyssey Opera); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Doubt, and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre); and Trad and Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage Company). Shufelt’s received the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design on Edward II at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and received a Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design nomination for her work on Windowmen at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager) . With NSMT: The 2010 - 2012, 2016 - 2018 Musical Seasons. Other Credits Include: Riverside Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, STAGES St. Louis, Stoneham Theatre and Maples Repertory Theatre. National Tours: The Magic Tree House: The Musical and A Christmas Carol. Natalie began at NSMT as the SM Intern in 2005 and is thrilled to be back at her theatrical home. She is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to her parents, her family and friends, and to her fiancé Rachel, for all of the endless love and support.
Dakotah Wiley Horan (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for the 2019 Season having worked as the Assistant Stage Manager on A Christmas Carol ’16 – ’18, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, Evita, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, West Side Story, Spamalot and Singin' In The Rain, and as the Production Assistant for Mary Poppins and Funny Girl. Some of her previous Stage Management credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre: Betrayal, Marvelous Wonderettes, Cactus Flower, 33 Variations, Leslie Uggams in Uptown Downtown, Man of La Mancha, and Single Girls Guide. Pendragon Theatre: Clean House, and Twelve Angry Men. She would like to thank her parents for instilling and encouraging her love of theatre, and to her friends and her North Shore family for always supporting her.
Robert L. Rucinski (Assistant Music Director). Past NSMT credits include: A Christmas Carol '04-'07 & '10-'18, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, School House Rock Live Jr., West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain '06 & '16, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The King and I, Forever Plaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Crazy for You, Cinderella '05-'06, Ain't Misbehavin', Damn Yankees, Camelot, Fame. Robert is thrilled to be returning to NSMT this season. In the past year, he was music director for shows such as The Music Man, Once on This Island, and an award-winning production of Les Misérables at the various high school and university theater programs at which he works. A native of Jersey City, NJ, he now lives in Arlington, MA.
Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer) is honored and proud to have been responsible for the re-opening of the nationally renowned North Shore Music Theatre in 2010. He began his career in show business at age 19, leasing and developing movie theaters, including his first multiplex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Before long, he was booking rock shows (Jefferson Starship, Rush) and other types of live entertainment, which eventually led to the presenting and producing of Broadway productions. One such show was an appearance by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. As president of Broadway Productions, Bill presented national tours such as Annie, Amadeus, Dancin', Peter Pan, The Rocky Horror Show and Mark Twain starring Hal Holbrook, throughout New England including Worcester, Springfield, Portland, Maine and Boston. Aside from his work operating North Shore Music Theatre, one of Bill's crowning achievements was the 2007 purchase and re-opening of Theatre By The Sea, a landmark 500 seat professional summer theatre and restaurant, which is in its thirteenth year of operation in Wakefield, RI (theatrebythesea.com). Throughout his career, Bill has stayed focused on his movie theatre chain having bought, built, owned, operated and sold more than 30 cinemas. His company, Entertainment Cinemas, currently operates seven movie complexes in four states. In 2009, Bill was elected President of the Theatre Owners of New England. Bill's ongoing work with NSMT inspires him to consider acquiring additional performance venues at which he plans to someday share his productions between his theatres. Bill has been named to the North Shore Top 100 by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, he was recognized by both the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Salem Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year. He is the recipient of the 2015 Leslie S. Ray Hall of Fame Award, presented by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Bill is a member of the League of Broadway Producers and was involved with the recent revival of Pippin, as well as developing several new musicals as well as planning a new summer concert series on The Cape.
Kevin P. Hill (Producing Artistic Director). Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, Kevin began his theatrical career as dancer and actor. He appeared in National Touring companies of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams and Michele Lee, Anything Goes and the International Touring Company of A Chorus Line. New York audiences have seen him in the Off-Broadway production of Party. Regional credits as a performer include: West Side Story, Good News! A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and Marvin in Falsettoland. Kevin has directed and choreographed over 100 productions across America. He has had the privilege of working with such stars as Marin Mazzie, Joanne Worley, Kathleen Turner, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff and Tony Award winner, Cady Huffman. In New York, he was the assistant to the director of On the Twentieth Century at the New Amsterdam Theatre and assistant to the choreographer on the revival of Guys and Dolls. He directed and choreographed A Christmas Carol, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Sister Act, and Mamma Mia! here at NSMT, and Mamma Mia!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Grease at Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island, where he is also Producing Artistic Director. Kevin has been nominated as Best Director/Choreographer for his work on Smokey Joe's Café, Rent, The Full Monty, Chicago, and Edwin Drood, and was awarded the NH Theatre Award for Best Choreography for West Side Story at the Papermill Theatre. Kevin has also been awarded Six Broadway World awards and two Motif awards for his productions of Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins and Young Frankenstein. Future projects include an original danced play called Standing Still. As a Professor of Dance, Kevin has been on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State University and most recently The Boston Conservatory of Music. Kevin is a proud member of SDC, AEA and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
Matthew Chappell (Associate Producer/Casting Director) is honored to continue working with this remarkable creative team as resident Casting Director and Associate Producer for Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre and resident Casting Director for Theatre By The Sea. An accomplished performer, he is fortunate to have worked all over the world in more than 30 productions, including several shows at NSMT, as lead vocalist in Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do for Princess Cruise Lines, and appearances at Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Duplex, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Room. For many years, Matthew worked as a talent agent, casting associate, and photographer for Heyman Talent Agency, specializing in TV/film, commercials, runway, print and voiceovers. He is a former Associate Producer for Encore International, casting and producing shows for theme parks, cruise ships, and corporate events.
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. www.actorsequity.org
North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors' Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts, children's programming, and year-round education programs for all ages.