Lynne Haydn, was one of the founders of The Mac-Haydn Theatre and Artistic Director and Producer until its 50th season in 2018. The Chicago native majored in Theatre Performance and Directing at MacMaurray College, and soon afterwards moved to New York City. While performing there, she met Linda MacNish. Both recognized a need for a place where young hopefuls could gain experience in musical theatre, and when Linda said “where I grew up (Columbia County, NY) would be a perfect place”, the Mac-Haydn Theatre was born. Lynne performed in and directed shows in the early year of the theatre, (i.e. ‘Anna’ in THE KING & I, ‘the Queen’ in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS) but turned her expertise to more managerial tasks as the theatre grew. She and Linda led Mac-Haydn for many years and when Linda passed away in 2002, Lynne took over both the Artistic Director and Producer jobs. She was the mainstay of the theatre for 50 years, and continued to oversee much of its operation until her recent passing.
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Producing Artistic Director
John Saunders is honored to be working alongside this fantastic cast, crew, box office team, ushers, coffeehouse gang, and the amazing volunteers. As an actor here: 1776 ( Adams), MY FAIR LADY (Higgins), CAROUSEL (Jigger), THE SECRET GARDEN (Archie), and HAIRSPRAY (Edna). As a director here: THE BAKER’S WIFE, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE FULL MONTY, LES MISERABLES, CHICAGO, OLIVER! and many others. Elsewhere: National Tours: MY FAIR LADY, OLIVER!, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Regionally: The Papermill Playhouse and Northshore Music Theatre. Tremendous gratitude to his fellow directors, designers, and choreographers for the incredibly dynamic and brilliant work they present here. Thanks to Monica, Paul, Neal, James, Dee, Josh, Kevin, Jimm, Jeanne, Larry and Barbara for your constant support. And finally, a special thank you to Lynne Haydn for 16 years of opportunities, knowledge, guidance, friendship, and too many laughs to count. Enjoy the show!
Monica M. Wemitt
Associate Producer / Company Manager
Monica M. Wemitt, born in Pittsfield, MA and raised in Chatham, started with the Mac-Haydn Theatre as a volunteer on the Fairgrounds. After Monica moved to NYC., she tended bar, waitressed, & temped in the accounting departments of The Metropolitan Opera Guild, I. M. Pei, and British Telecommunications (BT) as her “survival” jobs. After a rather intense audition, Monica found she was going to be one of 12 women performing with Liza Minnelli at Radio City Music Hall. After the amazing response the show received in NYC, it toured nationally, Europe, and came back to Radio City. Later she auditioned and landed the role of Ernestina Money with Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! when she made her Broadway debut. She later landed the 3rd National Tour of Beauty & The Beast & toured for four years. Monica was approached to be the office assistant, and gal Friday at Mac-Haydn. With the amount of office/bookkeeping experience in the temp jobs she’d had, and with meeting new people all over the country for several years while touring, it was pretty much a perfect fit. Monica was then made the Company Manager/Asst Producer in 2013 and still performs at Mac-Haydn as often as possible.
Administrative Assistant / Box Office Manager
Dee Lashway – Starting as an usher the first year on the fairgrounds and working her way up to Box Office Manager and Administrative Assistant, Dee Lashway has dedicated almost 50 years to The Mac-Haydn Theatre. The theatre has always been an important part of Dee’s life. “I look forward to each new season, meeting the talented cast and crew and visiting again with so many of our long-time patrons”.
Technical Director / Master Electrician
Kevin Gleason – This is Kevin’s eighteenth season at the Mac-Haydn. He is a sought after designer in the New York/ Connecticut area, but is happy to call Chatham “home” each summer. His favorite show was LEGALLY BLONDE (2012).
Advertising and Promotion
Barbara Peduzzi had no intention of ever working in theatre but thought it might be fun to help out in 1969. That season she overheard the director of the first show, My Fair Lady, asking Lynne and Linda if they had the antique birdcage needed in the show and said “I think my mother has one in her antique shop”. That started her working on props and she has worked at Mac-Haydn ever since. Barbara has been full time with the Mac since 2002 in various capacities. She is very proud of her daughter Sara, step-daughter Stephanie and their families; seven grandchildren and seven great-grands.
Erin Spears Ledford
Artistic Associate / Co-Education Director
Erin Spears Ledford is thrilled to return for her 5th Season at The Mac-Hadyn Theatre where she kicked off her career in 2005, following graduation from AMDA (NYC). Most memorable Mac roles: Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Stepmother in Into The Woods, and Meg Brockie in Brigadoon. Having directed numerous children’s theatre productions at The Mac, Erin is ecstatic to make her Main Stage directorial debut with The Wedding Singer. Additional credits include: Mrs. Sowerberry/ Nancy US- Oliver! (National Tour) Anita – West Side Story (Circa 21) Muse Machine in Concert (Players Club NYC) Erin is a proud Teaching Artist with Inside Broadway NYC. Thanks JL, MDK, JS.