2023 Limited Performances Announcement


Something Wonderful (August 5 at 8pm, August 11 at 3pm)

Sondheim Tribute Revue (August 23 at 8pm, August 25 at 3pm)

Showstoppers (September 2 at 12pm)

Still Within the Sound of My Voice (September 13 at 7pm)

Please note that single tickets for Limited Performances, as well as 7 Show Subscriptions for the 2023 Season will go on sale May 15, 2023.

Tickets for the previously announced mainstage season are available here.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre has announced its 2023 Limited Performance Series, adding to the previously-announced lineup of musicals in the theatre’s 54th summer season. The series features stars of both the Mac-Haydn and Broadway, including George Dvorsky (“The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Passion”) and Elizabeth Ward Land (“Amazing Grace,” “Memphis,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel”).

Kicking off the Limited Performances is George Dvorsky’s “Something Wonderful,” featuring Mac-Haydn Music Supervisor Eric Shorey on piano with hits from the Great American Songbook. Chatham audiences have been captivated by Dvorsky’s performances in “Urinetown” (2023), “Little Shop of Horrors” (2019), and for his Berkshire Theatre Award-winning performance as Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” (2018). Dvorsky is joined by Shorey, who has performed nationally as an actor including performances at Paper Mill Playhouse and Goodspeed Opera House.

A nod to the late composer, the Mac-Haydn will present a two-performance tribute revue featuring the works of the great Stephen Sondheim. The performances will feature a yet-to-be-announced all-star cast of Mac-Haydn favorites to celebrate the award-winning, influential work of the legendary composer and lyricist through a selection of his iconic tunes.

The Mac-Haydn’s annual fundraising event returns with “Showstoppers,” a single performance featuring the 2023 Mac-Haydn company members as they deliver show-stopping performances of musical theater’s greatest hits – covering styles from classic to contemporary, with tunes by the most noteworthy composers in show business and from Broadway’s biggest shows.

Back by popular demand following its debut in 2021, Elizabeth Ward Land returns her Bistro Award-winning cabaret, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt” to the Mac-Haydn stage. Land, who previously starred as Norma Desmond in the Mac-Haydn’s “Sunset Boulevard” (2019), traces her life and career to songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s vast catalogue, including “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” “Frenesi,” and “Long, Long Time.”

2023 Season Announcement


Surprise! It’s time for our 2023 Season Announcement. We’re doing things a bit differently this year – our announcement will be posted EXCLUSIVELY to Instagram Tuesday, 1/24 starting at 10am.


Click on the show below to purchase single tickets.

42nd Street, June 22 – July 2, 2023

Footloose, July 6 – July 16, 2023

The Sound of Music: July 20 – July 30, 2023

Godspell: August 3 – August 13, 2023

Jersey Boys: August 17 – September 3, 2023 *Three Weeks!

The Marvelous Wonderettes: September 7 – 17, 2023


Please note that 7 SHOW SUBSCRIPTIONS will go on sale when the LIMITED PERFORMANCE schedule is finalized. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES

We wanted to have a little fun with it this year so we hope you will join us throughout the day for a guessing game! Here’s how it works.

Each show will be announced in a series of three tiles on Instagram. We will post one tile every 20 minutes beginning at 10am.

The first person to guess the full title of each show correctly in the comments will win a pair of tickets to that show! We will tag you in an IG story post if you’ve won. (Please note, the game is limited to one win per account!)

Got it? Head to our Instagram profile (@machaydntheatre), follow us, and turn post notifications on so you don’t miss a beat! Good Luck!

If you’re not already following us on Instagram (@machaydntheatre), now is the time. Set alerts for our posts by clicking the 🔔 (bell icon) in the top right corner of our Instagram profile – to be sure you don’t miss a single part of the announcement!

Stay tuned throughout the day on Instagram for a first look at our hit lineup for 2023!

Don’t have Instagram? No worries. We’ll fill you in with the full season announcement Wednesday morning here on Facebook!

Mac-Haydn Awarded $30,000 from NYSCA


(January 3, 2023–Chatham, NY) The Mac-Haydn Theatre announced today a grant award totaling $30,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. The grant is the largest amount received for a single funding year in the Chatham summer theatre’s history.

“We are delighted to receive this level of support from NYSCA,” said Managing Director James Rodgers, discussing what the award means for the Mac-Haydn. “It is a validation of the work we have been doing both on and off the stage during the last several years. This will provide an additional platform for continued growth in our foundational and donor support.”

NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus said, “We are immensely grateful to Governor Hochul and the Legislature for their unprecedented investment of $240 million to support arts organizations across the state. New York State arts organizations such as The Mac-Haydn Theatre are the cornerstone of our vibrant arts economy. As crucial drivers of our health and vitality, we are grateful to the unwavering dedication of arts workers across the state.”

The historic grant will go toward the Mac-Haydn’s marketing costs, enhancing the areas of print and digital media, advertising, promotions, publicity and additional program costs. Rodgers added that this support could not have come at a better time, enabling the Mac-Haydn to continue their outreach into a wider community. “If people don’t know we are here, how can they come and see us? This grant will help us allocate the resources required to introduce our organization, and our work, a little more loudly!”

NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls said, “On behalf of the entire Council, I congratulate The Mac-Haydn on this grant award. Their creative work provides the benefits of the arts to both their community and all of New York. Arts organizations are essential, leading our tourism economy and fueling sectors such as hospitality, transit, and Main Streets across our state.”

For more information on the Mac-Haydn and its current projects, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org.


About the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Founded in 1969, the Mac-Haydn Theatre strives to present innovative, diverse and professional musical theatre productions to the residents of Columbia County and beyond. We aim to cultivate young talent for careers in theatre and seek to provide a supportive environment for the creation of new musical theatre works.

About the New York State Council on the Arts

The Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. The Council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award record funding in FY 2023, providing support across the full breadth of the arts, including dedicated support for arts education and underrepresented Communities.

The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit http://www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.

Gabe Belyeu Awarded Berkshire Theatre Award for “A Call to Places”


Our very own Gabe Belyeu took home the Berkie for “Outstanding Production with Fewer than Six Performances” last week for “A Call to Places!”

The Berkshire Theatre Awards were held on Monday, November 14 in Pittsfield. Nominees from the Mac-Haydn included Elizabeth McGuire, Monica M. Wemitt, Amber Mawande-Spytek, Kylan Ross, John Saunders, Dean Marino, Gabe Belyeu, Meredith Lustig, Andrew Gmoser, Beth Kirkpatrick and the production of “Next to Normal.”

The Mac-Haydn congratulates Gabe Belyeu, Andrew Burton Kelley, Rachel Pantazis, Eric Shorey, John Saunders, and the whole “A Call to Places” team. The Mac-Haydn is so proud to have debuted this incredible production!

Congrats to all nominees and winners from last week’s ceremony – as always, we are honored to be nominated among all of you. For the full list of winners, visit berkshirecritics.org

Mac-Haydn Awarded $10,000 from NYSCA


(November 8, 2022–Chatham, NY) The Mac-Haydn Theatre has received a Regrowth and Capacity grant of $10,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts. The grant will go toward the organization’s COVID-19 costs, as the Chatham theatre continues its ongoing recovery from pandemic challenges.

Mac-Haydn’s Managing Director James Rodgers spoke to the significance of this support: “NYSCA’s contribution aided us in providing the resources to maintain a safe environment for our staff and patrons during this extremely challenging period. These resources, combined with the diligent work from our staff, allowed us to maintain an uninterrupted 2022 summer season. This was a remarkable achievement under the circumstances.”

After shuttering for the entirety of its 2020 season, the Mac-Haydn reopened in July of 2021 and recently concluded its first full, 4-month season back since 2019 this past summer. COVID-19-related expenses have ranged from PPE, to company-wide weekly antigen testing, to COVID Compliance Officer Certification Training.

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their historic investment of $240 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director of NYSCA, “As we continue rebuilding the arts across our New York, Mac-Haydn Theatre will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem. Congratulations on your award from the entire NYSCA team.”

“Council congratulates Mac-Haydn Theatre on their grant award! These grants are from the people of New York State, for the future of New York State,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA.

For more information on the Mac-Haydn and its current projects, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org.


About the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Founded in 1969, the Mac-Haydn Theatre strives to present innovative, diverse and professional musical theatre productions to the residents of Columbia County and beyond. We aim to cultivate young talent for careers in theatre and seek to provide a supportive environment for the creation of new musical theatre works.

About the New York State Council on the Arts

The Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. The Council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award record funding in FY 2023, providing support across the full breadth of the arts, including dedicated support for arts education and underrepresented Communities.

The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit http://www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.

2022 Berkshire Theatre Award Nominations
We’re Nominated for 12 “Berkies!”

This week, The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association announced the nominees for the 6th Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as “The Berkies”. This year’s awards recognize shows that opened in the greater Berkshire region between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

Nominations for the Mac-Haydn are as follows:

Outstanding Choreography

Elizabeth McGuire, The Full Monty, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

John Saunders, Next to Normal, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play or Musical

Andrew Gmoser, Next to Normal, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Monica M. Wemitt, The Full Monty, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Amber Mawande-Spytek, Next to Normal, Mac Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Gabe Belyeu, Next to Normal, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Dean Marino, The Full Monty, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Kylan Ross, Next to Normal, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Beth Kirkpatrick, Next to Normal, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production With Fewer Than Six Performances

A Call to Places, starring Gabe Belyeu, Mac-Haydn Theatre

To Sondheim, With Love, starring Meredith Lustig, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Next to Normal, Mac-Haydn Theatre

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theatre in the region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of November 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.

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COVID-19 Protocols for the 2023 Season
COVID-19 Protocols for the 2023 Season

After examining statewide, nationwide, and industry-wide policies, as well as recommendations from the CDC and local health departments, we have lifted our vaccination and mask requirements for audience members and volunteers during the 2023 season. Mask-wearing in the theatre will remain optional, based on your own comfort level. Full time staff and company members will still be required to be fully vaccinated.

We are so excited to have reached the point where we can welcome each and every member of our community back into the theater again this year. We have greatly appreciated your compliance with our protocols for the past two years; we know the requirement has been challenging, restrictive and frustrating. Believe us when we say, we wish we didn’t have to do it. However, it is worth noting that we have managed to navigate the past two seasons with no cancellations or call-outs due to cases of COVID-19 within our company and crew in both 2021 and 2022. That’s right, zero.

At a time when it seemed impossible, your support and commitment to these protocols has allowed us to confidently and safely produce live theater during a pandemic – which is pretty incredible. We are so proud of our community and truly cannot thank you enough.

All that being said, we do not know what the future will bring and if there were to be an extreme change in the course of the virus leading to worsening conditions, we reserve the right to reimplement this policy if necessary. However, if our policies on vaccinations or masks change and you are no longer able to attend, any tickets you purchase will be fully refunded.

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The Mac-Haydn Theatre COVID-19 Compliance Team

Forever Plaid is “90 minutes of vocal liquid gold”
Bill Kellert calls “Forever Plaid” “90 minutes of vocal liquid gold” in his review for Nippertown

“Together, they are a compilation of sweet, insecure, somewhat neurotic, and incredibly talented young men who have been given the opportunity to live out their one last dream.”

“Together, The Plaids give us 90 minutes of vocal liquid gold.”

“Smooth, silky, and joyful. Cody Edwards sets up most of the numbers. His strong lead voice carries the group through “Three Coins in The Fountain”, “Moments to Remember”, “Perfidia”, and “Catch a Falling Star” to name but a few.”

“John Hannigan’s deep rich bass offers depth to all the numbers and takes center stage with the “Sixteen Tons”/“Chain Gang” medley.”

“Kylan Ross’s soaring, crystal clear, pristine tenor shines in “Cry”, and Miles Yokom’s baritone continually rounds out the group’s sound throughout the show.”

“What makes this production work so well is a combination of Eric Shorey’s musical direction and Ashley Delane Burger’s choreography. Director James Barry has shown his ability as a secure director by allowing the music to be the star of this show.”

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J. Peter Bergman says “Forever Plaid” is a “most satisfying” production in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“If you’ve never seen this show before it is one not to miss, and if you’re a fan of the piece, James Barry has directed a smash hit version of it for the Mac.”

“Kylan Ross, by stepping back from lead roles into this ensemble work, has solidified his place as an emerging star of the company”

“Barry’s staging of the play gives all four men that special something that defines musical groups as special people who understand cooperation in the notes, and the choreography by Ashley DeLane Burger of their lives together is as special as their story.”

“costumes, designed by Claire Mezzetta, are delightful and a grand piano centered set design by Kevin Gleason is practically perfect in every way. Andrew Gmoser’s fun lighting gives the quartet everything they need and also provides subtle showcasing of music director Eric Shorey as needed.”

“This light comedy is both entertaining and thought-provoking and ultimately most satisfying. It’s a sweet and sentimental combination of a show and well worth devoting some time to as the summer season wanes and warps into Autumn.”

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Andrew Andrews says you will “enjoy every moment” in their review for Opplaud

“Covering more than a dozen songs from the fifties and a retro rendition of at least one from the early sixties, the four young men who have been frozen in time harmonize, croon and synchronize their steps…”

“You can almost smell the Brylcreem as the small but talented cast belts out one vocal harmony after another, with choreography that’s as tight and enjoyable as the singing…”

“anyone who came of age in the 1950s is sure to enjoy every moment of this performance…”

“For those of us who grew up in the era of Happy Days and Sha Na Na, plenty of songs are familiar enough to sing along…”

“the show’s greatest highlight is an amazingly-funny circus parody of The Ed Sullivan Show. Quoting Frankie’s passionate, accidental outburst, “It was good, dammit!””

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Xanadu a “Gift from the Gods!”
J. Peter Bergman says “Xanadu” will leave you “breathless” in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“The company does wonderful work on stage and off. The costumes designed by Angela Carstensen are often as silly as the story. Lighting by Andrew Gmoser highlights each of the
moments perfectly. Kevin Gleason’s sets capture the hilarity of the situation. The company of
nine players, some of them doubling their roles, are excellent.”

“Kelley is a lovely foil for the nonsense surrounding his character and Galorenzo and Pantazis are such delicious villains they should always be given the chance to play the bad guys.”

“Yancey entertains as always. Two of the muses (all sisters, remember) are hysterically played by Ricky Dobbs (Thalia, Muse of Comedy) and Patrick MacLennan (Terpsicore, Muse of Dance).”

“A wonderful choice to cover the difficulties of the transition from Summer to Autumn, I suggest that you get your tickets now, get to Chatham and indulge your entertainment needs with “Xanadu” while you can. It doesn’t play every night, but seeing Robin Campbell’s humorous take on modern-day’s man in relationship to the eternal values of the world is worth the effort.”

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Trixie Starr calls the production “A Gift From the Gods” in her review for Trixie’s List

“As a Gen Xer, I knew all the songs – I’m Alive, Suddenly, Magic, Evil Woman – you’ve heard them all before. The colorful costumes and dance routines are fantasmic! There’s an incredible tap dance routine by performer Tezz Yancey – based on the movie’s performance by Gene Kelly.”

“The multi-talented lead actress, Kira/Clio, played by Lucy Rhoades, can belt out a song, dance up a storm, roller-skate around a small stage, and squawk out an Australian accent with gusto!”

“Kudos to the set and costume designers, Kevin Gleason and Angela Carstensen, for a scene filled with life-sized Greek mythical characters, such as a white centaur with gold glittering hooves.”

“Singing, dancing, sets, costumes, and comedy – it’s all there at Xanadu – a gift from the Gods! Sweeter than ambrosia, Xanadu is a delight!”

“Don’t walk – skip jauntily – or better yet, roller-skate to the Mac-Haydn”

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Bill Kellert says “Xanadu” “pure comic camp” in his review for Nippertown

“Andrew Burton Kelley returns to the Mac stage, and it appears that this is the role he is clearly having the most fun with this season. Lucy Rhoades joins the Mac-Haydn family and fits right in. Kelley and Rhoades are a dynamic duo on stage.”

“Kira and Sonny are both very lovable characters. The actors filling the shoes, or in Rhoades case, the roller skates, are a delight.”

“Both possess strong voices, have great sense of comic timing and make their time on stage, which is almost nonstop, appear effortless.”

“While the sisters are all excellent, outstanding in the group are Ricky Dobbs and Rachel Pantazis as Thailia and Calliope.”

“Julie Galorenzo, Melpomene (the evil sister), is a joy to watch. She is clearly great at being evil. Her strong singing voice soars in “Evil Women”. It is her asides, mostly visual, to the audience that had the small but very appreciative crowd coming unglued at the show.”

“Tezz Yancey once again dazzles the appreciative crowd with his wonderful tap dancing ability.”

“Director Robin Campbell has elevated this mindless two hours to pure comic camp.”

“Choreographer David Tankersley and Music Director Bobby McCoy have worked together to present the best in eighties music and have us believe that we are all in the world’s first roller disco.”

“Andrew Gmoser’s lighting and Sean McGinley’s sound design fill in the voids beautifully in Kevin Gleason’s somewhat spartan set.”

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Showstoppers a “Tremendously Entertaining” Production
Andrew Andrews calls “Showstoppers” “tremendously entertaining” in their review for Opplaud

“Regular readers already know the high regard I hold for the Mac-Haydn, so it should come as no surprise that I found this year’s Showstoppers tremendously entertaining.”

“Opening with perfect choreography to “Rhythm of Life” (Sweet Charity) and closing with perfect harmony to “Seasons of Love” (Rent), the ensemble numbers sandwiched an uninterrupted stream of solos, each highlighting the individual talents of the performers…”

“Lucy Rhoades’ impeccable singing, dancing and acting in her delivery of “If I Were a Bell…”

“Showstoppers proves that the Hudson Valley can’t just claim a handful of highly-skilled performers—we’re full of them”

“proof-positive that you don’t need to head into Manhattan and pay twice as much for a showcase this enjoyable from a cast with this much talent.”

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J. Peter Bergman says “Showstoppers” lives up to its name in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“It did, indeed, stop the show cold garnering as much applause as it deserved, for the company
chorus sang it like an anthem for this theater’s works of arts.”

“It was followed by “What Do I Need With Love?” from Thoroughly Modern Millie sung handsomely by Cody Edwards and “If I Were a Bell”, a comedy-ballad from Guys and Dolls adorably performed by Lucy Rhoades.”

“After much well-deserved cheers from the audience, Trevor Squiers sang “Forest for the Trees” from The Spitfire Grill, a 2001 off-Broadway musical. He moved us with its sentiments.”

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Bill Kellert says “Showstoppers” features “some of the most gifted performers” in his review for Nippertown

“The full cast opened the show with a stunningly choreographed number from Sweet Charity, “The Rhythm of Life”.”

“What Producing Artistic Director John Saunders has sandwiched between the two numbers is a most satisfying 70 or so minutes of some of the most gifted performers the theatre has had the pleasure to present.”

“Music Director and Arranger Eric Shorey has led the house orchestra all season, as well as the productions with a deftness of talent. He has brought out the best in the performers all season and continues in this review.”

“Choreographer Holly Lauren Dayton is a truly amazing talent. Whether she was moving around a cast of 20+ on the stage, or a duo, trio, or quartet of dancers, she has made them all shine brightly.”

“Julia Hajjar’s “Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me” from White Christmas was the torch song highlight of the show.”

“Tezz Yancey, who combined adlib-ed commentary putting together a song from objects the audience held up, to his amazing tap dancing, gave the audience the total package.”

“That being said, the overall company at Mac-Haydn this season has been incomparable to any previous season. It appears every year that John Saunders has assembled a group that, on the whole, has topped the talent showcased previously.”

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Sean Andrews

Sean Andrews, a New York based music director and pianist, is thrilled to be working with Mac-Haydn Theatre! Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Sean was one of the directors of an award winning youth theater as well as an in-demand music director/keyboardist and instructor in the St. Louis area. In New York City, Sean has worked in a variety of cabaret clubs, rehearsal halls, audition rooms, and educational institutions throughout Manhattan, Astoria, and the Bronx. He is a proud member of the music team of Broadway Artists Alliance and has worked with numerous casting directors, agents, and Broadway veterans through that program. As an avid traveler, Sean was fortunate to be the onboard music director/conductor for Royal Caribbean, working on productions such as We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, and Hairspray.

‘The Full Monty’ Full of “Terrific Energy and Joy”
Jeannie Marlin Woods says The Full Monty is full of “terrific energy and joy” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“Under the direction of Todd Underwood, the large and talented cast of THE FULL MONTY takes on the challenge and embraces the exhilaration and desperation of the characters with terrific energy and joy.”

“Standouts in the cast are Julia Hajjar as Georgie, Monica M. Wemitt as Jeanette, Erin Spears Ledford as Vicki, and Holly Lauren Dayton as Pam. All strong singers and actors, these women fully realize the dimensions of their characters, bringing warmth and affection…”

Dean Marino plays Dave wholeheartedly and he and Gabe Belyeu as Harold particularly shine in the touching song, “You Rule My World.”

“Best of all was the big (and well-balanced) sound of the orchestra under the direction of Emily Croome.”

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J. Peter Bergman recommends The Full Monty in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“the glamorous Monica M. Wemitt… lifts the play out of its dramatic doldrums and into the world of comedy at its best. Wemitt is a professional who delivers funny lines with humor and sings her big solo number, “Jeanette’s Showbiz Number,” with delightful energy and a tongue-in-cheek delivery that stops the show cold.”

“Dave’s wife is beautifully portrayed by Julia Hajjar.”

James delivers an excellent and moving performance as does Marino.”

“I do recommend this play at the Mac, and hope that loads of people get to see it in its three-week run, the longest of their daring season.”

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Trixie Starr calls The Full Monty “phenomenal” in her review for Trixie’s List

“The acting, choreography, and singing, as with every Mac-Haydn production, does not disappoint.”

Xander James’ rough and tumble swagger and voice is a crowd pleaser, as well as Tezz Yancey’s intro dance number…”

“The singing is phenomenal, with instrument accompaniment or as an all-male a capella troupe.”

“As the experienced show business matron, Monica Wemitt’s performance is hilarious. She’s a funny comic relief to all the male energy on stage, and her delivery is spot on!”

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Bill Kellert says The Full Monty is an evening of “great fun” in his review for Nippertown

“Director Todd Underwood has done a wonderful job juxtaposing the light and the dark of his performers. He has brought shades of gray and color beautifully onto the stage.”

“Choreographer Elizabeth McGuire returns to the Mac stage and does amazing work with her large cast. She transforms the mismatched group of men into a united dancing team by the show’s end.”

Yancey captivates from the moment he appears on stage, his comic timing, and incredible dancing moves have the audience right in the palm of his hand.”

“All of the talent on the stage, and it is chock full, is tied together under the tutelage of Music Director Emily Croome.”

“The love song, “You Rule My World”, Marino shares with Mac mainstay Gabe Belyeu as they each sing to their respective spouses is one of the shows moving emotional high points.”

“It is wonderful to have Wemitt back where she belongs.”

“The Full Monty is an evening filled with laughs, some tears, high energy and great fun. And to boot, you see the most anticipated finale in theatrical history.”

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Jeffrey Borak calls The Full Monty a “determined…downright exhilarating production” in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“It’s been a while since Wemitt has appeared onstage. She hasn’t lost any of her prodigious skills. She fleshes this character out with tiny moments — a gesture, an unexpected extra beat, all in the service of her character and the show. She looks to be having the time of her life.”

Belyeu is touching as Harold”

“exuberantly choreographed (by Elizabeth McGuire) musical occasions, large and intimate — especially the first act finale, “Michael Jordan’s Ball;” the poignant “You Rule My World,””

“a determined — at times downright exhilarating — production at Mac-Haydn Theatre”

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Go To The Full Monty Page

John Hannigan

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

John Mezzina Hannigan is delighted to be making his Mac-Haydn debut this season with Forever Plaid! Having recently returned from Highlands, North Carolina where he played one of the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys (Mountain Theatre Company), John feels right at home performing in a quartet like the Plaids. Other favorite roles in New York and regional theatre include The Last Five Years (Unhinged Theatre), Dogfight (White Plains PAC), Altar Boyz (Porchlight Productions), South Pacific (Plaza Productions), West Side Story (Heights Players), and Rent (CM PAC). John is a graduate of New York University and calls Brooklyn, New York home. Thanks to family, friends, and the Forever Plaid team for their support!

Roles this Season

Smudge in Forever Plaid (Debut)
“A Call to Places” Earns Rave Reviews
Andrew Andrews calls A Call to Places an “enjoyable evening” in their review for Opplaud

“Whether you’re a first year guest of the Mac-Haydn Theatre who only knows the actor from his recent roles… or a long-time attendee who remembers him as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls and Gomez in The Addams Family… you know that Gabe knows how to put on a show. And you know the man can sing!”

“If you already know Belyeu’s work, then attending this show is like dancing in your seat to a familiar regular performer at the local dive bar, or watching a favorite artist on MTV Unplugged. If you don’t already know what he’s capable of, then catching this production in like strolling into a random night club and discovering a new favorite. Either way makes for a enjoyable evening, so don’t miss one of the two remaining performances of this very limited run.”

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J. Peter Bergman calls A Call to Places “one of the most satisfying hours in the theater this summer” in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“The show is beautifully lit by designer Kevin Gleason.”

“Musical director Eric Shorey leads a four-person ensemble in his own, superb arrangements of the songs Belyeu and Saunders have chosen.”

“One thing that makes this cabaret special is the confessional aspects of Belyeu’s story… Songs and revelations work hand-in-hand here and leave us very satisfied. We have enjoyed the man, the performer and the wonderful combination of the two.”

“If you don’t know him, this is your opportunity. If you’re a fan then this will secure your acts of following him through the years. Whatever brings you to the Mac-Haydn for his final two performances of “A Call to Places” you will be satisfied that he gives you his all and more.”

“This will remain one of my most satisfying hours in the theater this summer.”

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Pay What You Can
Pay What You Can

From its inception in 1969, the Mac-Haydn has made accessibility to the arts a core focus of our mission. We believe that equity and inclusion start with access. With our highest ticket price at $45.00, we set the cost barrier lower than any other professional musical theater producer in the region.

However, we want to do more to provide access to the experience of live theater, which is why we’re introducing the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative. For one night only, ticket prices don’t exist – you decide what to contribute to attend the performance.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN for Forever Plaid will take place on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00pm.

Patrons who wish to PAY WHAT YOU CAN for FOREVER PLAID may do one of the following:
Call the box office from 3pm onward on Wednesday, Sepetemeber 28.
Visit the box office from 6pm onward on Wednesday, Sepetember 28.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN for Xanadu will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm.

Patrons who wish to PAY WHAT YOU CAN for XANADU may do one of the following:
Call the box office from 3pm onward on Thursday, September 29.
Visit the box office from 6pm onward on Thursday, September 29.

For the remainder of the season we will offer a PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance for each Mainstage show. Details of that performance will be released closer to the performance date.

Please note that this performance will have a limited number of tickets available for the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative. Patrons MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION and photo ID upon entry. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PATRONS.

If you would like to contribute to the continuation of the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative click here to subsidize a ticket for someone else.

Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office: 518-392-9292

Spend Labor Day at the Mac-Haydn!
Three Exciting Shows – Two Big Discounts!

While Labor Day is a sign of the end of summer for many, it means that Summer In September is just beginning here at the Mac-Haydn! In fact, we’ve got three big shows running Labor Day weekend – and we want you to join us to celebrate, and take advantage of our Labor Day Deals!

This Labor Day Weekend (Friday 9/2 – Sunday 9/4):

See any two of our productions for just $68 – that’s 25% off our standard ticket price.

See all three productions for $90 – 30% off our standard ticket price.

Call our box office at 518-392-9292 or click below to take advantage of this offer!

Please note, each package purchase will include a $5.00 convenience fee.

Heading to the Columbia County Fair this weekend? Show your ticket to our box office and receive $15 off your walk-up ticket to ANY performance of ANY production starting Wednesday, 8/31 through Sunday, 9/4!

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The Full Monty

A Call to Places


Sean McGinley

Sean McGinley is excited to be joining the team here at the Mac-Haydn Theatre for the end of their amazing season. Sean is a sound designer located in central Pennsylvania. He has a degree in music industry and recording technology from York College of Pennsylvania. Sean has been an audio engineer for 15 years and a professional sound designer for six years. His designs have been heard at the Gulfshore Playhouse, The Naples Players, Center for the Arts Bonita, GableStage, The Penobscot Theatre, Robinson Ballet and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Sean would like to thank his family and Alivia for their continued support of him pursuing his dream. For more information on Sean please visit seanmcginleysounddesign.com.

Creative Roles this Season

Sound Designer - Xanadu
Sound Designer - Forever Plaid
Monica Wemitt Is Back On Stage
Monica Wemitt Back At The Mac!

That’s right, Monica Wemitt makes her grand return to the Mac-Haydn stage this week for the first time in three years! We caught up with Monica this week to chat about what she’s been up to in the meantime, and what it means to return to our stage.

Q: How excited are you to be back on stage at the Mac-Haydn?

A: Not only is it exciting to be on the stage, but to be able to work in this new configuration is so much fun!

Q: What have you been up to since you were last seen on our stage?

A: Aside from being the Covid Compliance Manager here at the theatre, I pivoted into doing audio books. It’s such a fulfilling job to be able to record, edit and master the tracks I record for these books. I also was the soloist at St. Mary’s in Waterford for period between Thanksgiving and Easter for the past two years.

Q: What was your most memorable role at the Mac?

A: Honestly there are just too many to list, but the ones that come immediately to mind are Miss Hannigan in ANNIE, Frau Blucher in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and Carmen in CURTAINS.

Q: Tell us about your role in “The Full Monty”?

A: That would be the role of Jeanette and she is amazing. Not one to pull her punches, a heart of gold, and quite a saucy way of speaking.

Q: What is the most exciting part of being in the cast of “The Full Monty”?

A: To be in such a fun show. The music is great, the script is really well-written and to be performing with this cast is a real honor, and of course to be working with Todd Underwood (Director) and Lizzie McGuire (Choreographer) who give everyone the liberty to create.

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Ryan Lepage

Ryan Lepage is a trumpet player from Rollinsford, New Hampshire, where he has been performing for musical theater shows since he was a sophomore in high school. recently living in Maine for 4 years, Ryan completed a BA in trumpet performance with a concentration in jazz studies, graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2019. Shortly after graduating, Ryan joined the national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and continues to work as a touring musician. Usually spending his summers performing for shows in Brunswick, Maine at Maine State Music Theater, he is so very excited to be joining Mac Haydn for the first time ever for “The Full Monty”, and hopes you enjoy the show!

Hannah Burke

Hannah Burke is so excited to be joining the wonderful company of Xanadu for her very first show at the Mac-Haydn! Her most recent credits include the National Tour of Waitress (cello/guitar), Goblins & Gates at the Oskar Schindler PAC (cello), and The Problem is Me at the Green Room 42 (cello). She graduated from Rutgers University in 2021 with a BA in Music and Biomathematics, where she studied under Jichen Li. Aside from playing guitar and cello, she is passionate about environmentalism, ecology, and preserving our natural resources. Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support, as well as the music team at the Mac-Haydn for welcoming her into their orchestra. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Mason Hutchinson

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Mason is in 8th grade and attends Chatham Middle School. He is excited about the opportunity to act in his first production at MacHayden. Some of Mason’s acting credits include , the production of The Nerd (Thor) at The Theatre Barn, the film When We Grow Up (Milo), and a variety of school and community productions. His favorite productions being The Music Man (Winthrop) and The Lion King (Simba). Mason credits Edgar Acevedo and the Columbia County Youth Theatre program for helping to hone his acting skills and instill within him a love of theatre. When Mason is not on stage, he is busy taking dance classes, piano lessons, and playing goalkeeper for his soccer team.

Roles this Season

Nathan (Select Performances) in The Full Monty (Debut)
Aidan Brennan

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Aidan is very excited to be acting at the Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer. This is his mainstage debut at Mac-Haydn. Aidan, age 14, is a sophomore at Chatham High School. He has been acting since the age of seven. He enjoys theater as it allows him to express his individuality. Some of Aidan’s favorite roles include Winthrop in The Music Man (Columbia County Youth Theater), Bagheera in The Jungle Book (Chatham Middle School Drama Club), a troll and male swing in Little Women (Chatham High School Drama Club), Nigel in Matilda the Musical (Master Class Performing Arts) and Feste in Twelfth Night (Chatham High Shakespeare Festival). His other productions include School House Rock Jr., The Knight at Dawn, Pirates Past Noon, Frozen Jr., Aladdin Jr., Alice in Wonderland and Into The Woods. Aidan would like to thank his family, friends and the Mac-Haydn company for all the support!

Roles this Season

Nathan (Select Performances) in The Full Monty (Debut)
Next to Normal called ‘Phenomenal’
J. Peter Bergman calls ‘Next to Normal’ some of the Mac-Haydn’s best work in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“This is the show that director John Saunders has brought to vivid life and it is one of the best shows he has ever presented at this theater. I guarantee you will be moved and motivated by
this six-character extravaganza. I guarantee it.”

“…the stage superbly designed by Emma Cummings.”

Mawande-Spytek is the best she has ever been…”

Kirkpatrick is wonderful as Diana. She sings with fervor over her troubles and her attempts at understanding what has happened to her and her lovely voice makes it difficult to believe she has been so thoroughly under siege.”

Van Tielen makes us understand how hard it is to be kind to someone who takes emotional risks to the cliff’s edge. He also has a fabulous voice…”

“This is (Belyeu)’s finest work at the Mac-Haydn since his Man of LaMancha.”

“The physical production is stunning with some of Andrew Gmoser’s most dynamic and
illuminating lighting design. Bethany Marx’s costumes create their own revelations for these
characters. Caitlin Maxwell’s wigs flesh out characters nicely.”

“Conductor Eric Shorey and his five member music ensemble play the score so well you would think they were born to play it.”

“This is one of my favorite shows, one I never anticipated seeing at this theater. I am so glad they chose to do it. I think everyone should see it, and maybe even twice.”

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Bill Kellert calls ‘Next to Normal’ ‘a breath of fresh air’ in his review for Nippertown

“This play is so next to normal from anything you have come to expect from Mac-Haydn, and it is a breath of fresh air.”

“Kirkpatrick’s majestic voice carries with it all the nuance and emotion that Diana is living.”

“Van Tielen’s interpretation beautifully tempers Dan’s otherwise clawing, overly cheerful upbeat character. His vibrant singing voice adds much to his characterization.”

“Belyeu manages to inhabit two completely opposite characters both physically and emotionally, such that when he returns to the stage he is almost unrecognizable until you hear his voice. He does a phenomenal job in the dual roles.”

“Mawande-Spytek shines as she moves through a series of complex emotions, from hate and resentment, to maturity and a realization of what life has put in her path.”

“Kelly struts his stuff as the ever-willing, caring boyfriend longing to simply understand and provide support and compassion for his girlfriend.”

“Kylan Ross brings a maturity and depth of performance to this role, running the gambit of emotions from A to Z, that we have not seen from him until now on the Mac stage.”

“This entire production has been wrapped as a stunning gift presented to the audience inside Emma Cummings scenic design, with Andrew Gmoser’s beautiful lighting design, Bethany Marx’s costumes, Caitlin Maxwell’s wigs, Eric Shorey’s music direction, and the Next To Normal band.”

“This production is flawlessly presented under Saunders’ directorial tutelage.”

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Barbara Waldinger says “Next to Normal” us an unforgettable production in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“Director John Saunders has shepherded an exceedingly gifted cast and crew in a moving, sensitive, haunting production that will not soon be forgotten by those who are fortunate enough to see it.”

“The difficult vocal demands of the music are met by the strong, expressive voices of each member of the cast.”

“From the opening number to her dramatic final exit, Beth Kirkpatrick’s Diana commands the stage, taking the audience with her on an emotionally-wrenching journey.”

“Eric Van Tielen is her extraordinarily patient and loving husband Dan, whose sweet tenor voice and demeanor underline his helplessness and vulnerability in the face of Diana’s rage and suffering.”

“This exquisite production should provide an impetus for all the theatres that dream of taking risks but haven’t yet found the courage to do so.”

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BroadwayWorld‘s Marc Savitt praises “Next to Normal”

“In their promotional materials for NEXT TO NORMAL, Mac-Haydn, advised it would be “unlike anything you have seen on our stage. Trust us when we tell you, this show is not to be missed.” I am very happy to say they were correct. This production is phenomenal.”

“The cast of six includes Beth Kirkpatrick as Diana, Eric Van Tielen as Dan, Amber Mawande-Spytek as Natalie, Kylan Ross as Gabe, Andrew Burton Kelley as Henry, and Gabe Belyeu as Dr. Madden. Each is highly skilled, well cast, and deliver near flawless performances as does the orchestra, and the creative team.”

“To those who might hesitate and think that a musical centered around mental health might be too far away from “normal”, I suggest that “normal” is a setting on a clothes dryer. I respectfully add: get over it, and see this phenomenal production while you can!”

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Jeffrey Borak says “Next to Normal” ‘Raises the Bar’ in his review for The Berkshire Eagle

“powerful, confident, riveting production”

“Director John Saunders’ production comes at its audience with a style, self-assurance and poise that raises an already high bar at the Mac-Haydn.”

“Kirkpatrick delivers a brutally honest portrayal of a woman trying to do her best navigating several worlds that collide into one another.”

“Van Tielen is profoundly affecting as a loving husband doing the best he can to hold his head – as well as those of his daughter and wife – above water.”

“Saunders, his cast and music director Eric Shorey and the other five members of his six-member music ensemble are more than up to the challenges. The limb they all have climbed out upon shows no sign of falling. They do themselves proud.”

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Go To The Next to Normal Page

Introducing the “Pay What You Can” Initiative
Pay What You Can

On August 7 at 7pm, The Mac-Haydn will be hosting our first-ever PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance!

From its inception in 1969, the Mac-Haydn has made accessibility to the arts a core focus of our mission. We believe that equity and inclusion start with access. With our highest ticket price at $45.00, we set the cost barrier lower than any other professional musical theater producer in the region.

However, we want to do more to provide access to the experience of live theater, which is why we’re introducing the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative. For one night only, ticket prices don’t exist – you decide what to contribute to attend the performance.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN will start during our run of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal on Sunday, August 7 at 7:00pm.

Patrons who wish to PAY WHAT YOU CAN may do one of the following:
Call the box office from 3pm onward on Sunday, August 7.
Visit the box office from 6pm onward on Sunday, August 7.

For the remainder of the season we will offer a PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance for each Mainstage show. Details of that performance will be released closer to the performance date.

Please note that this performance will have a limited number of tickets available for the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative. Patrons MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION and photo ID upon entry. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PATRONS.

If you would like to contribute to the continuation of the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative click here to subsidize a ticket for someone else.

Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office: 518-392-9292

Learn More About Next to Normal

Beth Kirkpatrick

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Beth Kirkpatrick is honored to tell this story with this incredible team. Broadway/NYC: Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary, Zandra in Jerry Springer: the Opera (New Group), Plain and Fancy (York). Tours: Mrs. Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dolly Levi u/s in Hello,Dolly!, Madame Thenardier u/s in Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Asia). Regional: Madame in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill, LaJolla, Cast Recording), Nettie Fowler in Carousel (Riverside), Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Shawntel/Eve in Jerry Springer: the Opera (New Stage), Mrs. Lovett u/s in Sweeney Todd (Geva), 6 productions of The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess – MSMT, Sister Sophia – MUNY, Sister Berthe – Fulton/Maltz Jupiter, Frau Schmidt – Fulton), Sweeney Todd (MUNY), Yeston’s Phantom (Fulton), The Music Man (MSMT), Sister Act (MSMT). @BethKirkp Love and thanks to family, friends, and DGRW!

Roles this Season

Diana in Next to Normal (Debut)
Eric Van Tielen

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Eric Van Tielen is overjoyed to be working with this dream team on such a monumental piece of musical theatre. Eric has been seen on Broadway in Les Miserables and A Tale of Two Cities. He has had international engagements with the Tokyo Philharmonic and in Prince of Broadway, directed by Hal Prince. Eric has toured nationally with Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables. Regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Indiana Rep, Pioneer, Utah Shakespeare Festival and many more. Eric is an accomplished pianist and Voice/Speech specialist. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. This performance is dedicated to his husband, the other Eric music directing this very show! Insta: @muchydutchy.

Roles this Season

Dan in Next to Normal (Debut)
Critics Call ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ a ‘Triumph’
Matthew Moross calls Kiss Me Kate “a scorching good time” in his review for The Daily Gazette

“Kiss Me Kate is a must-see”

Axtell and Lustig are superb. Axtell’s rich baritone sails through “Were Thine That Special Face” with glorious color while Lustig offers a very lovely, wistful take on “So in Love.” Together the pair are wonderfully dynamic in the playful shared memory of “Wunderbar.””

“Filled with youthful energy, the production is sprightly directed by Erin Spears Ledford and well-choreographed by Bryan Knowlton.”

“There are many moments to praise and point out. There is Lucy Rhoades as the simmering sexpot Bianca, nailing Porter’s classic “Always True to You Darlin’ in my Fashion.”

Harrison Asher Smith as Bill Calhoun, who is just one of the objects of Bianca’s affection, who scores big with his character’s declaration of devotion, “Bianca.””

“And there is Jared Martin as Paul, who brilliantly leads the cast as they rip the roof off of the theater with the standout moment of the production, “Too Darn Hot,” at the top of Act 2. The staging, lighting and energy from the cast in just that number alone, is well worth the price of admission.”

“One of the best productions I have seen at Mac-Haydn in quite a while.”

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J. Peter Bergman calls ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ “another triumph for the Mac-Haydn” in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“All of the principals have their motivations and director Erin Spears Ledford has used those
needs subliminally to make the show a more dynamic examination of love’s complications when
other needs are paramount. It works.”

“These well-defined characters live out their conflicts, both external and internal, on the Mac-Haydn stage and stop the show with their songs while they do it. All four actors perform their special material extremely well and that keeps the familiar songs inside the show where they belong.”

Lustig’s classically trained voice sets off her ballads well and gives her that extra oomph she uses to make “Wunderbar” and “I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple” into extraordinary moments.”

Axtell sings the difficult character list songs with a simplicity that seems next to impossible. His Petruchio is softer than many actors before him but this works for his Fred.”

“Others in the company who add to the show’s success are Nina Laing as Hattie, Jared Martin as Paul and Jordan Bunshaft and Jonah Hale as 1st and 2nd Man, those little gangsters who stop the show more than once with their comedy song “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.””

“Technically the company has put together a beautiful show. Bryan Knowlton’s complicated choreography is delightful. Music Director Emily Croome and her six musicians do well by Porter’s music. Daniel Hewson delivers excellent 1940’s costumes. Andrew Gmoser has provided excellent lighting design work as usual. Caitlin Maxwell’s hair design is perfectly period as well.”

“It literally has something for everybody: music, story, dialogue that takes you by storm, dancing that leaves you breathless. The company is as strong as the principals. It is another triumph for the Mac-Haydn.”

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Trixie Starr calls ‘Kiss Me Kate’ stellar in her review for Trixie’s List

“I have always been amazed by the costumes at the Mac-Hadyn – Kiss Me, Kate is no exception. The colorful Italian Renaissance outfits were stunning, well-designed, and flawless. Even the actors’ wardrobes, wearing next-to-nothing, in “It’s Too Darn Hot” were perfect!”

“The performances by leading cast members, Meredith Lustig as Lilli Vanessi (Katherine) and Michael Axtell as Fred Graham (Petruchio) were stellar!”

“The young, scantily-clad performers are an absolute pleasure!”

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Andrew Andrews says the production delivers in all elements in their review for Opplaud

“From its opening number (“Another Op’nin’, Another Show”) to it’s closing reprise (“Kiss Me, Kate”), this production delivers all of the spectacular song-and-dance that Mac-Haydn performances are known for.”

“Donning a thousand fine costumes over the course of the evening, the company is particularly entertaining when the lot of them take the stage for the larger dance routines…”

“the performance is delightful…”

“with vocals by Meredith Lustig (Vanessi) and the footwork during “Tom, Dick or Harry” (Lucy Rhoades, Harrison Asher Smith, Troy Wheeler and Patrick MacLennan) especially standing out.”

“Watching the choreography of “Too Darn Hot,” also, was too damn fun…”

“the cast and crew delivered all of the pleasure and professionalism that I’ve come to expect from a presentation at the Mac-Haydn, and I can hardly wait to return in a few weeks for their regional premiere of Next to Normal.”

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Macey Levin says Kiss Me Kate is “terrific” in his review for Berkshire On Stage

“The songs are pleasantly sung and the choreography by Bryan Knowlton is brisk and rollicking.”

Lustig as Lilli has a beautiful voice which serves her and the production well especially for “So in Love.” Her acting is both expressive and subtle lending varying levels to her character.”

Rhoades and Smith add immeasurably with their voices, comic timing and dancing as seen in “Why Can’t You Behave.””

“The various sets designed by Erin Kiernan are brilliant, especially the one for Shrew. The transformation from the backstage scenes to the set for Shrew, given the amount of set pieces that have to be removed and setting up the new set, takes only seconds maintaining the momentum. Andrew Gmoser’s lighting complements the spirit of the show. The seven-piece orchestra led by Emily Croome brings life to the myriad musical numbers.”

“Mac-Haydn does terrific work and this is a terrific show, especially to introduce younger audiences to a true American classic.”

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Claire Mezzetta

Claire V. Mezzetta Born and raised in Southern California, received her B.A. from University of California, Irvine ‘s Claire Trevor School of Performing Arts. She has worked at Knotts Berry Farm, Long Beach Opera, International City Theater , Arizona Broadway Theatre and Arizona Opera , Asst. Designed for music videos and dabbled in Film. She currently resides in Phoenix Arizona when not traveling the world on show contracts. Currently on the Wardrobe Supervisor – “character” for the National Tour of Cocomelon LIVE! She absolutely loves seeing a square piece of fabric turn into a garment, its like magic she says. Claire would love to thank all of her friends and family for the all support through the years and the continuing support for that she does!

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - Forever Plaid
Michael Axtell

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

An actor, singer, pianist and music director, Michael David Axtell is a multi-faceted performing artist. A former member of the Grammy award winning ensemble, Chanticleer, Michael appears on four of their live concert recordings and two of their studio albums. He is an accomplished voice actor with well over 100 audiobooks, several podcasts and at least 100 articles for Apple News+ to his name. In live performance, Michael narrated Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the Enigma Ensemble in San Francisco, Aaron Jay Kernis’ Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine at the Mannes Sounds Festival and Michael Grossman’s Work in Progress at the James Joyce Society. Favorite stage roles include Henry VI in Henry VI Part 3, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Sammy “Mammy” Wurlitzer in Happy End, Mr. Ford in Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Martin in Candide. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lawrence University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the New School College of Performing Arts in New York City.

Roles this Season

Fred Graham (Petruchio) in Kiss Me, Kate (Debut)
Critics Call Urinetown a #1 Production
Jeff Borak calls Urinetown a “knock-your-socks-off” production in his review The Berkshire Eagle

“Not the stuff of your average Broadway musical but, then, there is nothing average or typical about this devilish, witty show, especially given the dazzling, sly, extremely savvy knock-your-socks-off production at the Mac-Haydn Theatre through July 17.”

“…Hope (a pitch-perfect Nina Laing whose singing voice is crystalline and who perfectly catches Hope’s ingenuous belief that everyone has a heart somewhere).”

“Director Trey Compton gets it, and how. There is just enough exaggeration, just enough self-awareness and tongue in cheek in Compton’s production but never more than that. Compton nudges boundaries without crossing them.”

“Mcguire takes full advantage of the space with choreography that is, by turns, tight and expansive; theatrical; stylish; totally in keeping with material that draws on “Urinetown’s” musical theater traditions while establishing its own personality at the same time.”

“Compton’s cast more than rises to the material’s occasion and Compton’s approach. The performances throughout are robust, full out.”

“Janet Dickinson brings a canny Dickensian-Brechtian flavor to her performance as Penelope Pennywhistle, who is in charge of Public Amenity No. 9, “the poorest, filthiest urinal in town.”

“Jordan Bunshaft is delightful as Officer Lockstock’s partner, Officer Barrel.”

“And, of course, there is the absolutely irresistible Sarah Chiu as Little Sally, a charmer who often gets right to the heart of the matter when others can’t.”

“Well, until there is a next time, there is this “Urinetown” here; now. It’s a dandy; an impressively smart, highly theatrical show packaged in an unspeakably smart, enormously entertaining production.”

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Lisa Jarisch calls Urinetown a “Winner of a Show” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“a lovely treat to be enjoyed on a hot summer night”

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Urinetown Makes Mac-Haydn Debut


(June 29, 2022–Chatham, NY) “Urinetown” makes its debut at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, running July 7-17. Planned for the Mac-Haydn’s 2020 season (but postponed due to COVID), the production is two years in the making.


Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is hilariously funny, remarkably irreverent and touchingly sincere. A dire water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens of Urinetown are forced to pay a single malevolent company to use the only available amenities, when one citizen of Urinetown decides that they’ve had enough. 

“Originally scheduled for 2020, Urinetown was not a great fit for last year’s lineup but I was determined to get the show back on this year’s season,” said Producing Artistic Director John Saunders. “Funnily, or not so funnily enough depending on your viewpoint, it is even more relevant today than just a few years ago.”

Trey Compton makes his Mac-Haydn directorial debut after previously directing with The Fulton, Riverside, Engeman, Sierra Repertory,  The Herb Strauss, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, and most recently at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Compton is joined by seasoned Mac-Haydn choreographer Elizabeth McGuire, whose previous credits in Chatham include “Camelot” (2019) and “Pippin” (2021). 

“I’m so very thrilled Urinetown will be shared with audiences at Mac-Haydn,” said Compton. “The show is musical theatre satire at its best. It brilliantly walks the line between thought provoking, affecting theatre and ‘pee your pants funny’ musical comedy (pun very much intended).”

Compton and McGuire are joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director David Thatcher Maglione. The production will feature scenic design by Erin Kiernan, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Bethany Marx, sound design by Nick Caburis, and props design by David Tankersley, who will also assist Kiernan.

Broadway’s George Dvorsky returns to the Mac-Haydn stage as Caldwell B. Cladwell. Dvorsky’s past roles with the theatre include Mushnik in the 2019 production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and his Berkshire Theatre Award-winning performance as Warbucks in 2018’s “Annie.”

Dvorsky is joined by newcomer Janet Dickinson as the menacing Penelope Pennywise. Dickinson is no stranger to the stage, having appeared regionally and on Broadway in shows including “Anastasia the Musical,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Happiness” at Lincoln Center.


The “Urinetown” cast features Kylan Ross as Bobby Strong, Gabe Belyeu as Officer Lockstock, Nina Laing as Hope Cladwell, and Sarah Chiu as Little Sally. Rounding out the cast are Jessie J. Potter (Soupy Sue), Bella DePaola (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Jordan Bunshaft (Officer Barrel), Harrison Smith (Mr. McQueen), Ricky Dobbs (Dr. Billeaux), Trevor Squiers (Tiny Tom), Jared Martin (Billy Boy Bill), Patrick MacLennan (Robbie The Stockfish), Zoe Schneider-Smith (Cladwell’s Secretary), Amber Mawande-Spytek (Mrs. Millennium), Mikel Hunter (Hot Blades Harry/Joseph “Old Man” Strong), Liz Gurland (Josephine “Ma” Strong/Old Woman), Brian Wagner (Senator Fipp), Holly Lauren Dayton, Clementine Kline, Anna Langlois, Troy Wheeler, Anthony Velez, and Kyle Marra.

Compton says he is thrilled to explore a world hysterically and dangerously close to our own.  “Urinetown does what the great American musical should do,” said Saunders. “It makes you laugh, it makes you want to sing, and above all else, it really makes you think.”

“Urinetown” features a book by Greg Kotis, music by Mark Hollmann, and lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis. 

Vaccination and masks are required for all patrons. For tickets, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.

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Janet Dickinson

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

JANET DICKINSONn is thrilled to be working for her first time at the Mac-Haydn Theatre! Broadway: Anastasia the Musical (Lily, Dowager u/s); Bullets Over Broadway (Helen Sinclair u/s); How The Grinch Stolen Christmas; Happiness at Lincoln Center. Chasing Rainbows (Kay) World premier/Flat Rock Playhouse. Little Dancer (Mary Cassatt) World premier/ Kennedy Center. Tours: Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot; 9 to 5 The Musical. Off-Broadway: Fat Camp; Forbidden Broadway’s Rude Awakening. TV: HBO’s High Maintenance. Janet is originally from Bemidji, MN. Next up: Clue at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Btw…Something funny is happening on Instagram @Anticstasia.

Roles this Season

Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown (Debut)
A Chorus Line Earns Sparkling Reviews
J. Peter Bergman “heartily recommends this show to all” in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“On the stage of the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham they all shine brightly, almost blinding us with their unique talents and personalities.”

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McKinley Foster

McKinley Foster is excited to be playing guitar for “Next to Normal” for his first production at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. While typically on the road as the guitar/mandolin chair for the National Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof,” he has performed in regional theatres across the country in states such as Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. As a composer, his work has been featured in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with “Oz.org,” and was selected to be featured in “The Isolation Project,” with Alynn Rinah Parola’s “Untitled.” Other recent projects include scoring “The Mount,” a film in collaboration with the dance collective “BODYSONNET,” “Piece of the Pandemic,” an online choose-your-own-adventure story on YouTube. Under the name “Core Memory,” he writes original instrumental beat-based music, available on all streaming services.

Katy Faracy

Combining a passion for musical theater, performance, and teaching, woodwind specialist Katy Faracy has appeared with the Grammy-nominated Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Present Music, and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Now based in New York City Katy has spent her time studying saxophone, clarinet, flute, and bassoon. Katy has enjoyed performing numerous shows with local theaters throughout NYC and Northern New Jersey. Katy holds a Bachelor’s degree in woodwind doubling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and recently completed her Master’s degree in woodwind doubling from Montclair State University. In addition to being a theater musician Katy maintains a full private music studio. Katy was also a member of the orchestra for the most recent national Broadway tour of Chicago the Musical.

Alex Atchley

Alex Atchley is a freelance drummer, percussionist and timpanist based in Albany, NY. Alex enjoyed a successful freelance career in Chicago before relocating to the Albany, NY area in 2016. Trained as a classical percussionist, he is equally at home behind the drum set. In the musical theater world Alex has performed with the National Tour of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations”, The American Theater Company in Chicago and regularly appears with Playhouse Stage Co. and Park Playhouse productions in Cohoes and Albany. As an orchestral percussionist Alex was a member of Illinois’ third largest symphony orchestra, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Elgin Symphony as well as numerous regional symphonies throughout Indiana and Western Michigan. In NY he has performed and recorded with the Grammy-award winning Albany Symphony, Albany Pro Musica and the Glens Falls Symphony.

Alex Lemma

Alex Lemma is a New York based bassoonist and woodwind doubler. He has recently completed his Master’s Degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance at Montclair State University and previously obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Bassoon Performance from Montclair State. As a musical theater pit musician, Alex has played a wide variety of instruments on numerous shows ranging in style from Meet Me in St. Louis to Reefer Madness to Into the Woods. Recently, he’s performed in ensembles that accompanied Broadway performers Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis. Alex has performed as a second bassoonist and contrabassoonist with ensembles like the Montclair Orchestra and the New Jersey Wind Symphony and a tenor saxophonist with the Princeton Symphony. In addition to orchestral experience, Alex has performed in different chamber settings including woodwind quintets, reed quintets and doubling quartets.

Lydia Paulos

Lydia Paulos (she/her) is a New York based cellist. She plays regularly for theater productions and cabarets: her credits include Alice By Heart at MCC Theater, the American In Paris national tour, Baby at Out of the Box Theatrics, and various shows at The Green Room 42 and 54 Below. She often collaborates with composers for new shows, and is a contributor on several recordings. She can be heard on Blake Allen’s “An Evening With: Series 1,” Margo Ross’s “Prairie Life,” Pom Pom Squad’s “Death of a Cheerleader,” as well as numerous other releases from young artists. Instagram: @paulosy15

Andrea Vercoe

Andrea Vercoe, violinist and violist, has been performing for over thirty years in symphonies, chamber ensembles, and theater. Since graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Vercoe has appeared on stage in Germany, Austria, Canada, France, Russia, and New Zealand. Venues include Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, the Czech Embassy, the French Embassy, the National Shrine, the National Cathedral, the Atlas Theater, Olney Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Ford’s Theatre. An avid world traveler and linguist, Ms. Vercoe received an M.A. in Ethnomusicology in 2017 and has performed in Middle Eastern, Persian, tango and flamenco ensembles. She is a member of the National Arab Orchestra, performing with them in Saudi Arabia in 2019. Ms. Vercoe currently teaches privately at the Landon School and directs the World Music Ensemble at Towson University.

Andy Sharkey

Andy Sharkey LOVES playing low brass instruments! Bass and Tenor Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba. Some of his favorite projects have been premieres of symphonic score reductions with Mahler Chamber Project and Ensemble 212, his Carnegie Hall debut on Verdi’s Requiem Mass, and consistent standing ovations for After Midnight on the Norwegian Escape cruise ship. Recently, he helped premiere the world’s first full transcription of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, with the Indiana Wind Symphony. He remains an in-demand symphonic freelancer, performing throughout Indiana with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Anderson Symphony and the Lafayette Symphony. He’s an active arranger and orchestrator, as well as blog author for bandtuning.com Catch him this fall as trombonist in the North American Tour of CHICAGO, The Musical.

Miles Yokom

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Miles is so excited to be on the Mac Haydn stage this season! Previous credits include Seussical at Quisisana, On the Town with Capital City Theatre, A Christmas Carol with Timber Mill Theatre, and ensemble in the workshop of the new musical, “Wildheart” back in 2019. Miles studied Musical Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he performed in shows such as Macbeth, Jacques Brel, and Spamalot! Currently based in Austin TX, Miles enjoys spending his free time out on the water kayaking, or exploring the city’s amazing food scene and fun night life. He hopes you enjoy the show, and continue to support all kinds of theatre everywhere! milesyokom.com

Roles this Season

Sparky in Forever Plaid(Debut)
Tezz Yancey

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

A vocalist, Dancer, Actor, Musician, Arranger, Producer, Writer and Director, Tezz studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Broadway, touring and screen credits include The Full Monty, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, A Chorus line, After Midnight, Priscilla Queen of the desert, A Christmas Story, Five Guys named moe, Dames at Sea, Weird Romance, VEGAS the show, DoubleTyme (Savion Glover/Gregory Hines), Mere et fille (Disney Film), DICE (Showtime), Victor Crowley (Hatchet franchise-Film), Soul Desire (Original musical Vegas headlining act)

Roles this Season

Noah "Horse" T. Simmons in The Full Monty
Danny/Zeus in Xanadu
Lucy Rhoades

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Lucy is overjoyed to be joining the incredible team here at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Lucy is a New York based actor whose work has been seen on NYC stages and regional venues across the country, in addition to TV, music video and commercial work. Recent credits include Grease (The Cape Playhouse), A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Palladium Times Square), Salem (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals), The Producers, Bye Bye Birdie (The Palace Theatre), Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever (Interlakes Theatre), and Guys and Dolls (The Monomoy Theatre). So much love and thanks to the fam and The Hartt School. To keep up with Lucy, follow her social media! Instagram: @lucyrhoades, TikTok: @lucyrhoades_ , Website: LucyRhoades.com

Roles this Season

Lois Lane (Bianca) in Kiss Me, Kate
Ensemble in The Full Monty
Kira (Clio) in Xanadu
Dean Marino

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Dean Marino is a New York based professional actor and educator. Some of Dean’s performance credits include: “The Spongebob Musical” (Patrick Star), “Love and Information” (Various Roles), “Mary Poppins” (Robertson Ay), and “All Shook Up” (Sheriff Earl). He also had the opportunity to travel with Disney Cruise Line as a performer in Rapunzel’s Royal Table. As an educator, Dean has directed at the NCTC Performing Arts Company and at the URJ Eisner Camp. His educational experiences have expanded to other countries, and he taught English to students in Italy and virtually taught to students in China. In May, Dean completed his Master’s program at NYU Steinhardt for Educational Theatre and English education. He is a proud alumni of the program.

Roles this Season

Dave in The Full Monty(Debut)
Ethan Grant Wong

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Ethan Grant Wong is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut in one of his dream roles! Ethan was born and raised in Hong Kong, but he also has roots in Australia. He moved to NYC to pursue a BFA in musical theatre at Marymount Manhattan College. Fun fact, before he decided he wanted to spend his life dancing on stage, Ethan’s dream was to be a marine biologist. NYC credits: Birds and Bats (Bruce Wayne and others). Regional: Kinky Boots (Angel). Other credits: Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick; Good News!; Beautiful Noises; Oh, What A Lovely War!; On The Town; Pippin (Manson Trio); Young Frankenstein. Ethan would like to thank his friends, family, and professors for all their love and support, and the entire Mac-Haydn team for this incredible opportunity. Instagram: @ethangrantwong

Roles this Season

Mark Anthony in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Troy Wheeler

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Troy, born and raised in Massachusetts, is a recent graduate from Shenandoah University with their BFA in Musical Theatre. Performing since the age of 11, Troy finds all of their passion for the arts through dance. Growing up around Boston, there were plenty of opportunities for Troy to discover their love for dance/theatre. But it wasn’t until the sixth grade when they started kicking their face; although they did give some stelar performances to Lady Gaga in their kitchen from the ages of 8-11. Some of Troy’s favorite credits include A CHORUS LINE (Greg), HAIR (Margaret Mead/Tribe), INTO THE WOODS (Jack), and at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre…GREASE (Eugene/Radio Singer). Troy is extremely excited and grateful for the chance to perform three wonderful shows at the Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer and wants to thank their family and friends for their continued love and support. Happy Pride, and much much love.

Roles this Season

Cut Dancer, U/S: Greg/Bobby in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Denizen/Cop/Executive in Urinetown
Flynt (Gremio) in Kiss Me, Kate
Isabella Vargas

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Isabella was born to a family of musicians and has been surrounded by music and the arts all her life. When she moved to Miami at the age of eight, Isabella discovered her passion for performing, and started singing and performing in showcases such as the At&t Young Stars Showcase. She also had the privilege to sing the National Anthem at The Marlins Baseball Stadium in Miami FL. Isabella’s journey with dance and acting came soon after, joining competitive dance with the Adrenaline Dance Company. Isabella’s past credits include Anita (West Side Story), Eponine (Les Miserables), Jenna (Waitress), and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is currently in her last semester at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and is looking forward to what the future holds.

Roles this Season

Diana Morales in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Trevor Squiers

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Trevor Squiers is proud to be making his regional theatre debut at Mac-Haydn this summer. Originally from Chicago, he currently calls New York City home. A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance, and certificate in Environmental Ethics, he has appeared in a variety of main-stage, virtual, and student choreographed productions. Recent credits include Heathers, Macbeth, Mamma Mia!, Into The Woods, and Afterimages 2020 Dance Concert. Trevor would like to thank his friends, family, and mentors for their love and support, along with all the directors, choreographers and crew members who made this season possible. See more on trevorsquiers.com and follow him on instagram @trevorsquiers.

Roles this Season

Cut Dancer, U/S: Mike/Mark/Larry in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Tiny Tom in Urinetown
Ralph in Kiss Me, Kate
Gary Bonasarte in The Full Monty
Harrison Smith

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Harrison Smith is thrilled to join the Mac-Haydn Theatre for their 2022 Season! He is a BFA Musical Theatre major at Montclair State University. His favorite credits include: Zach in A Chorus Line, Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Aside from his studies in theatre, Harrison is completing a second degree in Linguistics with a concentration in American Sign Language to English interpreting. He hopes to work towards accessibility in the arts throughout his professional career. Harrison also cherishes his membership in his university’s flagship choir – Montclair State’s University Singers – and has served as choreographer for many premiere performances of new choir masterworks, including Considering Matthew Shepard and Circlesong. Follow him on Instagram @harrisonashersmith

Roles this Season

Gregory Gardner in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Mr. McQueen in Urinetown
Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate
Zoe Schneider-Smith

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Zoë is over the moon to be making her Mac-Haydn debut and returning to a show that is so close to her heart! Select previous credits include: Sophie-Mamma Mia, Gloria (U/S Alex)-Flashdance, Ado Annie-Oklahoma, Ensemble (U/S Charlotte) Cinderella National Tour, Tricia (U/S Val and Diana) A Chorus Line Japan Tour, Maggie-A Chorus Line, Anybodys- West Side Story. Proud holder of a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. She is a native Californian, avid baker, reader, board game enthusiast…and yes, the rumors are true, and if you ask nicely she will show you that she can, indeed, lick her elbow. Love and thanks for all the continued support to her family, friends and boyfriend. I hope this show brings you as much joy as it brings to us! IG @ladyz40

Roles this Season

Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Cladwell's Sectretary in Urinetown
Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate
Amanda Rodriguez

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Amanda Rodriguez is a trained triple threat with 7 years of experience. She was in the ensemble of “Hairspray” in 2018 and “Hair” in 2017 at The Conservatory of Puerto Rico directed by Marcelino Alcalá. Amanda is currently in her second year studying Musical Theater at the American Musical of Dramatic Arts Conservatory in New York City While still studying at AMDA, she is taking some improv acting/dancing classes online. She also has 14 years of jazz and ballet training. Amanda has always been fond of her country, Puerto Rico. While she’s learning, she is also taking notes on the things she could bring back to PR and teach the kids back there. This has really helped her learn more about the career and her journey. By learning and taking notes, Amanda is always ready to show and perform what she has learned. Her concentration and teamwork skills she has been working on are one of the things she wants to show the world of entertainment.

Roles this Season

Tricia, U/S: Diana/Val/Maggie in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Jessie J. Potter

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jessie J. Potter is thrilled to make her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut this summer as Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, and as an ensemble member in Urinetown and Kiss Me Kate! A recent recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, Jessie attends Marymount Manhattan College where she is earning a B.F.A in Musical Theater, with a minor in Communications. She played “Flo” in Marymount’s production of Good News, “Jacey” in Play It Forward, and was part of the Manson Trio in Pippin. Her previous professional theater work has been touring with KIDS From Wisconsin as a featured Singer/Dancer. Favorite previous roles include “Velma Kelly” in Chicago and “Elle Woods” in Legally Blonde. Jessie is also an accomplished gymnast, and plays piano and guitar. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, and the Mac-Haydn Theatre family for this amazing opportunity!

Roles this Season

Judy Turner in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Soupy Sue in Urinetown
Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate
Jared Martin

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jared Martin (He/Him) is beyond excited to be making his Mac-Haydn debut this summer. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Jared is an Equity Membership Candidate who has worked professionally with the Hope Summer Rep Theatre company in Holland, MI. Previous professional credits include The Flick (Avery), A Year With Frog and Toad (Man Bird), and The Importance of Being Earnest (U/S Jack Worthing). Jared is a rising sophomore pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Shenandoah University where he has performed in A Chorus Line and HAIR. Jared wants to thank his family for their constant love and for being his number one support system. IG: @_jaredmartin_

Roles this Season

Richie Walters A Chorus Line (Debut)
Billy Boy Bill in Urinetown
Paul in Kiss Me, Kate
Kyle Marra

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Kyle Marra (he/him) is a Clifton Park, NY native and could not be more excited to be back upstate to be making his Mac-Haydn debut. He received his dance training at the School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY and is a proud alumnus of SUNY New Paltz. He is currently a company member with the NYC based ballet company, Hudson Ballet Theatre. Select Credits: Regional: A Chorus Line (Seacoast Rep); Mary Poppins (Potsdam Music Theatre); Nantucket! The Musical (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). Off-Broadway: Cinderella (The Players Theatre NYC); Beauty and the Beast (The Players Theatre NYC), HBT: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince), Cinderella (Cavalier). @kylemarra

Roles this Season

Bobby Mills III A Chorus Line (Debut)
Denizen/Cop/Executive in Urinetown
Harry Trevor (Baptista) in Kiss Me, Kate
Patrick MacLennan

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Patrick MacLennan is very excited to make his Mac-Haydn debut this summer. Previous credits include Al Deluca: A Chorus Line (Interlakes Summer Theatre), Eugene, u.s Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel, Roger: Grease (Royal Caribbean Productions), Eddie: Damn Yankees, Lucky: Dames at Sea (Priscilla Beach Theatre), Charlie / Ensemble: Elf, The Musical (Surflight Theatre), Otto: Lili Marleen (St. Luke’s Theatre), Squirt: End of the Line (Sound Bites 5.0, Signature Theatre, NYC), and featured dance roles in Invitation to Dance, and Once Upon a Time (Royal Caribbean Productions). Graduate of the Musical Theatre Department at Marymount Manhattan College, class of 2017. Many thanks to the cast, crew, creatives, and staff at the Mac-Haydn Theatre for the opportunity. IG: @patsforpatrick94 Website: www.patrickmaclennan.com

Roles this Season

Don Kerr A Chorus Line (Debut)
Robbie the Stockfish in Urinetown
Riley (Hortensio) in Kiss Me, Kate
Teddy Slaughter in The Full Monty
Terpsicore in Xanadu
Anna Langlois

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Anna is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut, starring as Maggie in A Chorus Line and understudying Kate in Kiss Me Kate/Natalie in Next to Normal! Other favorite credits include Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical, Serena in Legally Blonde, Chastity in Anything Goes, and Ensemble in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Anna earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She also studied acting and new works under the National Theater Institute’s Theatermakers program at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. When she’s not performing, she enjoys reading, playing DnD, and cuddling with her cat, Darcy. Anna wants to thank her mom and sister, her friends, and all of her teachers for their support on her journey xoxo

Roles this Season

Maggie Winslow A Chorus Line (Debut)
Denizen/Cop/Executive in Urinetown
Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate
Natalie U/S in Next to Normal
Molly MacGregor in The Full Monty
Nina Laing

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Hailing from Freeport, The Bahamas, Nina is a recent AMDA NY graduate and is excited to be joining the Mac-Hadyn Theatre this summer. When you watch Nina perform, you’d never guess that she once struggled with stage fright. Nina’s love for singing and acting started at a young age, but for a long time, her performances were confined to her bedroom where she’d belt out pop songs and reenact scenes from TV shows in front of her mirror. All of that changed when Nina was cast in her local theatre’s production of “Oliver! The Musical” — that first dress rehearsal was the moment she fell in love with the magical world of live theatre. Now, she’s thrilled to finally be pursuing her dreams in New York.

Roles this Season

Cut Dancer, U/S: Richie/Bebe/ Kristine/Judy in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Hope Cladwell in Urinetown
Hattie in Kiss Me, Kate
Ensemble in The Full Monty
Cody Edwards

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Cody Edwards is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn Theatre debut this season! Regional credits include Mill Mountain Theatre: Spring Awakening (Hanschen), The Sound of Music (Rolf), A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog); The Riverside Center: Meet Me in St. Louis (Lon Smith), Grease (Ens. U/S Kenickie); The Barn Theatre: The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Leaf). Other favorite credits include American Idiot (Will), Into The Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince/ Wolf), Parade (Peavy U/S Britt Craig). Cody is a Virginia native and a proud graduate of James Madison University where he received his BA in Musical Theatre. “Our Life’s Calling was never meant to be Boring!” Enjoy the show! For future endeavors, keep up with Cody @codyssuitelife Cody-Edwards.com

Roles this Season

Stagehand, Cab Driver, Nathaniel in Kiss Me, Kate (Debut)
Gabe/Henry U/S in Next to Normal
Second Stripper in The Full Monty
Frankie in Forever Plaid
Ricky Dobbs

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Ricky Dobbs is a recent graduate from Long Island University Post where he attained his BFA in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen as Musidorus in “Head Over Heels” at Post Theatre Company, as a Dancer in Post Concert Dance Companies “Encore,” and was almost seen as Georg in “Spring Awakening” with Sparked Productions, thank you Covid. He couldn’t be more ecstatic to be spending his whole summer with Mac-Haydn Theatre, performing in some dream shows! He wants to send the most thanks to his Mom and Dad for their constant love and support and his partner Devin for being by his side every step of the way! Give me a follow me on insta @Ricky.hugh!

Roles this Season

Mike Costa in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Dr. Billeaux in Urinetown
Pops, Padua Priest, Stagehand in Kiss Me, Kate
Tony Giordano/Marty in The Full Monty
Thalia in Xanadu
Bella DePaola

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Bella DePaola is so excited to make her Mac Haydn debut! Bella is a New Jersey Native but currently lives in New York City studying at Pace University as a Junior Musical Theatre major and Commercial Dance minor. As a kid she started off in the dance competition circuit and quickly fell in love with performing. Some of her favorite roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Other past credits include Curtains (Roberta), Oklahoma! (Skidmore Sister), and Head Over Heels (Dance Ensemble). Bella would love to thank her family and friends, especially her two parents, for supporting her along her journey. She’s so grateful to be back on stage where she belongs! Check out her instagram @belladepaola

Roles this Season

Val in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown
Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate
Susan Hershey in The Full Monty
Sarah Chiu

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Sarah (she/her) is thrilled to be joining the Mac-Hadyn Theatre family! She was last seen in A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage 2021 North American National Tour (Frieda). Off-Broadway- The Giant Hoax (Beth), Oliver! (Fagin’s Gang Member), Carousel (Roughian). Along with musical theatre, she enjoys doing film and tv, modeling, commercials, and voice over. Sarah is a recent graduate of The Institute for American Musical Theatre. A huge thank you to Mac-Haydn-Theatre, cast, crew, and her friends and family for all the love and support! She is proud to be mentored and are friends with greats like Baayork Lee and Nina Zoie Lam of which without their inspiration, she would not be here. @sarahchiu https://sarahchiu.webnode.com

Roles this Season

Connie Wong in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Little Sally in Urinetown
Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate
Jordan Bunshaft

Jordan is delighted to be returning to the Mac-Haydn Theatre. You may have seen him here as Mr. Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaperone, M. Le Marquis in The Baker’s Wife, Officer Krupke in West Side Story and Shirley Markowitz (Max u/s) in The Producers. Some of Jordan’s other favorite roles include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha, William Barfée in …Spelling Bee, and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Jordan was also an original cast member of off-Broadway’s long running, Drama-Desk award winning hit, That Physics Show. Much love and many thanks to our fabulous directors, our incredible cast and crew, John and Monica, and my wonderfully supportive family and friends.

Roles this Season

Officer Barrel in Urinetown
Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate
Daniel Booda

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Daniel Booda is so excited to join the cast of A Chorus Line at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. He grew up in Bucks County PA, and he now resides in New York. He is a graduate of Rider University’s Musical Theatre Program. He is also a recent graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. Previous credits include Gypsy (The Wick Theatre); Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Clear Space Theatre Company); and Oklahoma! (Highlands Playhouse). Lots of love to his family, friends and mentors. Here’s to the return of live theatre and getting to work on such a beautiful show with such an incredible group of people. @danielbooda www.danielbooda.com

Roles this Season

Larry in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Emily Croome

A Brooklyn based band leader, pianist, conductor, and music director, Emily has been seen conducting in theaters all over the country on such National Tours as Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, and Ragtime, and can be found regularly accompanying and music directing around the New York City area. In her spare time she studies the electric bass in order to groove even harder than ever before. Much love to Rick B. Off-Broadway: Bastard Jones, The Never Ending Line, Regional: Next to Normal (Westport Country Playhouse,) Other World (Delaware Theatre Company,) A Christmas Carol (The Arvada Center,) Always, Patsy Cline (Weston Playhouse,) Next to Normal (Westport County Theatre,) In the Heights (John W Engeman Theater)

Sarah Roe

Sarah Roe is originally from a small town in Northern California, and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington-Normal this May with her BFA in Acting, but also has an interest in costuming and seamstress work. They recently finished a contract with the St. Louis Opera Theatre before heading east to Mac-Haydn. They have just begun to explore the professional theatre world and look forward to the future they can build there. Sarah hopes to find her way down to Atlanta by the end of this year to start a career in film and television. She would not be on the other side of the country right now without the love and support of friends and family!

Robert Gerbode

Robert has been working in theatre in various capacities since he was eight years old. He hails from Brooklyn, and is thrilled and honored to be working with the MacHaydn for their 2022 season. Credits include four years working as a technician at Cabrillo Stage in his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA and most recently as Head Carpenter for National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s premiere production of Harmony in New York City. In his free time Robert enjoys playing guitar, acting, singing, watching chemistry videos on the internet, and spoiling his cats Draco and Daffodil. He would like to thank his ever-supportive family, his incredible friends both new and old, and his wife April for reminding him to believe.

April Gerbode

April Gerbode is a hair and makeup artist working in theatre, film, print, and events. The daughter of a movie buff, April’s exposure to makeup and practical effects began in early childhood and remained a constant fascination as she participated in community theatre productions. April holds a Special Business Degree in Special Makeup Effects from Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects program at Douglas Education Center where she studied theatrical makeup, wig making and styling, mold making and casting, prop and costume fabrication, prosthetic design and application, digital sculpting, and animatronics. Favorite projects include Other World (Delaware Theater Co.), Julius Caesar (Mountain Community Theater), and Isaac’s Eye (Sidereal Theater Co.). Love to Bo, Mo, Doc and Dil.

Caitlin Maxwell

Caitlin Maxwell is thrilled to be returning to MHT as the Hair Designer a decade after she was running shows as the Hair Supervisor for MHT 2007- 2010. Since working at the MacHaydn, Caitlin has toured nationally and internationally as a Hair, Wig and Make-up Supervisor on Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein, Shrek and Beauty and the Beast. After touring for 5 years, she moved to the city where she got her cosmetology license while swinging on the Broadway shows Phantom of the Opera and Gentlemen’s Guide. After graduating cosmo school, Caitlin supervised and assistant supervised the Hair Department on Broadway’s King & I, Finding Neverland, Cherry Orchard, War Paint, Travesties and Moulin Rouge. This year, she joined the hair department at SNL., and has had the pleasure of working on many other films and tv shows and builds wigs for many designers.

Creative Roles this Season

Wig Designer - Urinetown
Wig Designer - Kiss Me, Kate
Wig Designer - The Full Monty
Wig Designer - Xanadu
Nick Caburis

Nick Caburis is a New Jersey-based Sound and Lighting Designer as well as audio engineer. This is his first summer at Mac-Haydn and he’s thrilled to be here! Since age 13, Nick has been enveloped in the many facets of theatrical productions. He spends his time discovering new ways to connect lighting and sound to create a world on stage. Originally studying Computer Science at New York’s Marist College, Nick went on to transfer to Montclair State University in New Jersey to earn his BFA in Theatre. Some of his previous work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, a new work titled The Names We Gave Him, The Addams Family, Chicago, Hello Dolly!, and The Sound of Music. NickCaburisDesigns.com

Creative Roles this Season

Sound Designer - A Chorus Line
Sound Designer - Urinetown
Sound Designer - Kiss Me, Kate
Sound Designer - Next to Normal
Sound Designer - The Full Monty
Jasmine Bassham

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jasmine Bassham (She/her) is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn stage Debut. She is a rising Senior at Rider University, working towards completing a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) in Musical Theatre. Her Previous educational and regional credits include Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Ensemble/Sophie us in Mamma Mia! (Arizona Broadway Theatre), and Ensemble in Pippin (Rider University). She would like to thank her incredibly supportive friends and family for being along with her for this journey, especially members of the Basshrafi and Sugarhouse clan! Special thanks to the cast and crew of the Mac-Haydn for this incredible opportunity. You can keep up with Jasmine on her social media @jasmine_bassham (instagram).

Roles this Season

Bebe Benzenheimer in A Chorus Line (Debut)
Nate Taylor

Nate has been involved with the theatre since 2016 when he performed in South Pacific. For several years he volunteered doing the 50/50 raffle and performing in other productions. He started working in the box office last season. Nate graduates spending his last high school year in the New Visions program learning visual arts, editing, film making, and working with sound, lights, and other technical aspects of his classes end of the year play. He hopes to start on building a career in technical production and editing at Mac-Haydn Theatre and then furthering his education in a degree in film production and editing. He would like to thank his family, friends, and significant other for their encouragement.

Karen Leggett

Karen Leggett was first introduced to the Mac-Haydn as a patron in 1976, and by 1978 was attending every show each season. In 1992, Karen, her husband, Rick, and family began ushering for Children’s Theatre shows, which led to her promotion to Supervising Head Usher, which she has been for the last 15 seasons and counting. Karen’s work doesn’t end there – she has also taken on roles at MHT including program advertising sales, and of course with making desserts for coffeehouse (peanut butter pie, most notably). Outside of the theatre, Karen is the owner of KJ’s Gymnastics in Valatie. Karen wishes to welcome back our patrons and cast and crew to another wonderful season at the Mac!

Skip Spateholts

Skip is a Mac Haydn staple. His relationship with the Mac began as a volunteer over fifteen years ago. While his girls were performing on stage, he kept busy weeding the garden. Once Lynne Haydn realized that he could cook, Skip was brought on to the team, along with his wife, as the foodservice and special event coordinators. He has been the facilities manager now for the last six years. A jack of all trades, he can be found renovating campus housing, mowing the lawn, and chasing deer out of the garden that his dearly departed Joanie nurtured for so many years. Much love to his girls, Krystle, Robyn and Emily for their endless love and support. John for his belief in him and his amazing friendship. Special thanks to Paul, James, Dee, Madison, Amanda, Monica and the incredible Mac Family for a lifetime of friendship, laughter, and memories. Come say hi, he’s the guy in the bandana.

James Barry

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

James Barry is thrilled to make his Mac-Haydn debut with this stellar team! Recent directing credits include Working: A Musical (BroadwayWorld Best Director of a Musical Berkshire Region, 2019) and Million Dollar Quartet (Berkshire Theatre Critics Award Outstanding Direction of a Musical, 2017) for Berkshire Theatre Group, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Working: A Musical at Wagner College Theatre. As an actor, credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public/Broadway), Million Dollar Quartet (1st nat’l tour), These Paper Bullets (Yale Rep, The Geffen, The Atlantic), and extensive local work with both Chester Theatre Company (Pass Over, Title & Deed, The Aliens) and BTG (Tommy, The Caretaker, A Thousand Clowns). James is a recent graduate of Smith College’s MFA Playwriting program and releases original rock music as a solo artist and with the band Secret Pint.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Forever Plaid
Trey Compton

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Trey Compton is a New York based director, choreographer, and fight director, Trey is thrilled to be making his directorial debut at The Mac. As a director, regional credits at The Fulton, Riverside, Engeman, Sierra Repertory, The Herb Strauss, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, and most recently at Cortland Repertory Theatre, where he just directed Hair among others, including Legally Blonde (SALT Award: Best Director.) As an assistant or associate director, Off-Broadway credits include Yank! (The York) and White’s Lies (New World Stages.) Also, multiple credits regionally at Seattle 5th Avenue; Goodspeed; The Ogunquit Playhouse. treycompton.com

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Urinetown
Eric Shorey

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Eric is thrilled to join the Mac-Haydn team as a music director this season! As an actor, Eric has been seen across the country and abroad, including productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Maine State Music Theatre, and Florida Repertory Theatre. He has sung with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed in touring productions of Cats, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He would like to thank the entire Mac-Haydn staff for their support, especially John. Eric is excited to bring Chatham audiences such an incredible line-up of musicals. Enjoy!

Creative Roles this Season

Music Supervisor
Assistant Music Director - A Chorus Line
Music Director - Urinetown
Assistant Music Director - Kiss Me, Kate
Music Director - Next to Normal
Assistant Music Director - The Full Monty
Eddie Gutiérrez

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

EDDIE GUTIERREZ is a NYC based performer, director, and choreographer, working in both NYC and Los Angeles, on-stage and on-camera. After extensive work performing in productions of A Chorus Line including the 2016 Hollywood Bowl and 2018 NY City Center productions, Eddie was trained by Baayork Lee and the Michael Bennett estate in all of Bennett’s original direction and choreography for A Chorus Line, and now directs productions around the country. He has also studied with Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, using their signature theater creation technique: “Moment Work” to generate new work for the university. Other directing and choreography credits include Loveology (Ars Nova), The Desert Rose (NYC Fringe Festival), Twilight: the Musical, MarInspired the Storytellers contemporary dance company, numerous commercials, and occasional guest teacher at NYU’s New Studio on Broadway.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - A Chorus Line
2022 Tickets Are On Sale
Our Biggest Season Ever

We are so exited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our 2022 season. Secure your single tickets or purchase a subscription online today.

Additionally, we are elated to share the lineup of the four shows in our 2022 Limited Performances Series. Our ever-popular Showstoppers revue returns, and the toUch Ensemble brings a new twist to last season’s Major Arcana with The Next Draw.

Mac-Haydn favorites Gabe Belyeu and Meredith Lustig take the stage for their solo concert debuts on our stage. Gabe’s A Call To Places will bring to life the stories of his many travels, while Meredith’s To Sondheim, With Love, reflects on the extensive letters the late composer wrote throughout his life.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at www.machaydntheatre.org. Subscription packages are also on sale through the theatre’s website, and by calling 518-392-9292. In 2022 the Mac-Haydn will offer 4 Show, 7 Show and “Absolutely Everything” subscriptions. Group rates are also available for parties of 12 or more.

The Mac-Haydn returns to the full 7-show main stage schedule the theatre has traditionally operated under, after a condensed season in summer 2021 following the theatre’s closure due to the pandemic. After their successful introductions last season, the 2022 schedule will again adopt the “Summer in September” extension of performances, as well as the Limited Performances series featuring guest artists. The season will run through until October 2.

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A Message From John Saunders
A Message from John Saunders

Writing this annual greeting to you, I find myself so completely struck with gratitude for the home the Mac-Haydn Theatre has given so many artists for more than 50 years. And welcoming these thousands of artists has been YOU—loyal, supportive, and above all, determined to keep the magic alive year after year. I’m also incredibly grateful to be able to report that we made it through what seemed like an insurmountable crisis with the success of the 2021 season. So, first, a big thank you for making the impossible possible once again.

Together we have faced the many challenges of the last two years and have landed squarely on our feet to be able to plan for the 2022 season. From our Covid-19 protocols to our reconfigured stage, we had many new obstacles to overcome and we did just that. We had zero cases of Covid-19—our hard work and planning paid off. And here I will add yet another THANK YOU for your flexibility and cooperation as we navigated a summer we will never forget. We may not have had the usual crowds, but the theatre was alive and thriving and it was amazing to see everyone again. We also managed to successfully present even more exciting shows with our special events and Summer in September series which I am so happy to report will be coming back in 2022!

We have so many exciting things on the horizon and we cannot wait to share another season of exceptional music theatre together—especially from our new seats! That’s right, the floors are painted and the new chairs are being installed. We are working especially hard through the winter to make this happen and we just can’t wait to see you sitting in them next summer!

Now comes that time of year when we ask for your support once again for our Annual Fund. As many of you know, this end of the year push is what propels us through the spring and gets us to Opening Day. As things return to sort-of-normal, we now have to plan for the ever rising costs of almost everything, from lumber to printer ink. It is my mission to always keep Mac-Haydn financially accessible to everyone and without your help every year, this would not be possible.

A very happy patron stopped by the office last summer and said, “Wow! The Mac didn’t just come out of the pandemic, the Mac exploded out of the pandemic!” It meant the world to the entire staff to hear these remarks all summer long and it truly kept us going day in and day out. It has also inspired us to work even harder this winter to make 2022 the most spectacular season yet! Please have a safe and wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to welcome you home for the summer again next year!

My Best Always,
John Saunders, Artistic Director

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2021 Berkshire Theatre Award Nominations
We’re Nominated for 13 “Berkies!”

On 10/20, The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association announced the nominees for the 5th Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as “The Berkies”. This year’s awards recognize shows that opened in the greater Berkshire region between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021.

Nominations for the Mac-Haydn are as follows:

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical

Andrew Gmoser, Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Choreography

Bryan Knowlton, Beehive, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

John Saunders, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Erin Spears Ledford, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Amber Mawande-Spytek, The World Goes Round, Mac Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Mikel Hunter, Pippin, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Andrew Burton Kelly, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Kelly Gabrielle Murphy, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Maya Cuevas, Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Gabe Belyeu, Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Kylan Ross, The World Goes Round, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre

She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theatre in the region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of November 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.

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Beehive an “excellent mix of joy and optimism”
Emily Edelman praises Director Bryan Knowlton’s work in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“Under the direction of musical supervisor David Maglione, the band never missed a note and were often joined on the risers by the performers, who sang to them, joked with them and made them part of the story.”

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The World Goes ‘Round a “Sheer Delight”
J. Peter Bergman: “You Can’t Go Wrong” Seeing The Mac-Haydn’s Production of The World Goes ‘Round. Read his review for The Berkshire Edge

“I saw this revue in New York in 1992 and rode home on the 104 bus with its star, Karen Ziemba. This time, at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, I relived that experience and loved everything about this new, re-thought production.”

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Kander & Ebb Revue “The World Goes Round” Makes Mac-Haydn Debut

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents The World Goes ‘Round from September 10 through October 3, 2021.

Instead of the usual two-week summer stock schedule, the theatre will rotate this debut mainstage show in a repertory schedule with Beehive: The ‘60s Musical. The two musicals will run simultaneously, in addition to the five Limited Performances presented in September, with two separate casts and creative teams.

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Exiled Earns Praise from Local Critics
J. Peter Bergman praises James Benjamin Rodgers and Jillian Zack for their performance of Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“When Zack plays these pieces, they instantly take us to those places and those years. It is as though she were born to play his work and I wish that Lenya had lived long enough to hear her play these Weill masterpieces. “

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Robin Campbell

Robin Campbell is thrilled to be returning to the MacHaydn Theatre after directing and choreographing The World Goes Round last season! Broadway credits include Big Fish and Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Girl Crazy, and Stairway to Paradise at City Center Encores!, My Fair Lady with the NY Philharmonic, Broadway to Oz with Hugh Jackman. TV/ Film: Super Bowl Commercial with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, Blue Bloods, Ugly Betty, Onion Sports Dome, The Consultants, Below the Beltway. Directing/Choreography: The World Goes Round, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Annie, Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone, Carousel, Sound of Music, Dear Edwina Jr., A Year With Frog and Toad. Teaching credits: NYU Steinhardt, Kidz Theater, Broadway Arts Collective, Broadway Kids Auditions, Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Sacred Heart, Joanne Langione Dance Center. Robin graduated with honors from Columbia University and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Xanadu
Man of La Mancha a “Stunning Production”
J. Peter Bergman calls Man of La Mancha “stunning in so many ways” in his review for Berkshire Bright Focus

Todd Underwood has directed and choreographed this show making the perfectly integrated work into one with a single vision. For the ultimate play-within-a-play experience this production is hard to beat, but the line is easy to follow as Underwood clearly understands.”

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Nate Huvard

Nate Huvard is a guitarist, composer/arranger, and educator based in New York City. He is a versatile performer with experience playing jazz, classical, old-time, folk, hip-hop/R&B, rock and pop music, new music, and early music. Nate also plays tenor banjo, mandolin, renaissance lute, and theorbo, and has played in countless large ensembles including the Pittsburgh Opera, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and over 70 musical theater pit orchestras. Nate received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina (2016); a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the Yale School of Music on a full tuition fellowship (2019); and a Master of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music on a full tuition fellowship (2020). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.​

Emalina Thompson

A Los Angeles native, Emalina Thompson has over 15 years of experience in the music industry. She received her B.M. in Music Education and Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in Long Beach California and then moved out to New Jersey in 2012 to complete a Masters in Horn Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. As well as being a freelance Hornist, Emalina teaches privately and group classes. On top of all of her musical endeavors, Emalina is the Associate Director of Admissions for Mason Gross School of the Arts and recruits talented artists from all over the country. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and being a loving cat mom to her fur baby Cory.

Andrew Stickman

Andrew Stickman studied classical guitar at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated in 2012. He teaches private lessons, music theory, music history, and group classes at the Omaha Conservatory of music since 2014. In 2016 he began teaching guitar classes at Saint Augustine Indian mission school in Winnebago Nebraska and hosts a concert fundraiser for the program every year. His group the Omaha Guitar trio’s music can be found on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and many other streaming platforms. He also plays in a tribute band called The Album Party that plays full length albums, including Ziggy Stardust, purple rain, born in the USA, stop making sense, loaded, are we not men we are Devo, and Sports. Andrew is a composer and arranger of instrumental guitar music.

Jane Sycks

Jane Sycks is a New York-based trumpet player originally from Ohio. She is experienced in many styles of music, including musical theater, jazz, orchestral, and chamber music. Pre-pandemic Jane was on tour with “Chicago” the Musical. She has also had the opportunity to play for theaters and on cruise ships around the country and the world. She received her Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her Masters in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. Jane is currently working as a freelance musician in New York City and is very excited to join the Mac Haydn Theatre for their productions of “World Goes Round” and “Beehive”!

“The Impossible Dream” Continues with Man of La Mancha
The Mac-Haydn’s Own “Impossible Dream” Continues with Man of La Mancha Opening August 26.

The Mac-Haydn’s own “Impossible Dream” continues with the long-awaited return of Man of La Mancha.

A moving tale about a man’s refusal to give up his impossible dream, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, it celebrates the perseverance of someone who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion.

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Whitaker Gardner

Whitaker Gardner is thrilled to join the Mac-Haydn Theatre family for the first time. His recent Off-Broadway credits as operator include Dracula/Frankenstein (rep), Macbeth, The Cradle Will Rock, Mies Julie/The Dance of Death (rep), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, & Carmen Jones at Classic Stage Company. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Georgia Southern University and spent time as an Apprentice of Production at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL. He is originally from and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Hobbies include movies, sports, music, reading and podcasts. He would like to thank Rachel, his friends, and his family for all of their love and support.

She Loves Me a “Thoroughly Delightful Experience”
J. Peter Bergman calls She Loves Me “a production to be proud of” in his review for Berkshire Bright Focus

“Director John Saunders has done a very good job with this special romantic comedy. He has employed a soft, delicate touch and not pushed sentiment in place of reality, a hard thing to make work in a musical like this one.”

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She Loves Me Returns to the Mac-Haydn
The Charming She Loves Me Returns To The Mac-Haydn Stage Beginning August 12.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents She Loves Me, the classic musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff, running August 12 through 22. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm, romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, two feuding shop clerks both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper. They now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.

Alumna Kelly Gabrielle Murphy returns to the Mac-Haydn as soprano Amalia Balash, after touring with Fiddler on the Roof as Tzeitel nationally before the pandemic. Murphy returns following her fan-favorite performances at the Mac-Haydn as Sophie in Mamma Mia! (2018), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (2017), and Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2017).

Newcomer Xander James makes his Mac-Haydn debut as Georg Nowack after a ten-year hiatus from live theatre. James currently works as a professional musician based in New York City, and his previous stage credits include Henry in Next to Normal, Chip in …Spelling Bee, and Jud in Oklahoma.

Rounding out the cast are returnees Erin Spears Ledford as Ilona Ritter, Andrew Burton Kelley as Steven Kodaly, Gabe Belyeu as Mr. Maraczek, William Taitel as Ladislav Sipos and Brian Wagner as Keller. Anthony Velez, continuing his debut season at the Mac-Haydn, is Arpad Laszlo.

She Loves Me is directed by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders, choreographed by Ashley DeLane Burger and music directed by David Maglione, with costume design by Bethany Marx, hair and makeup design by Matthew Oliver, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, props by Emily Spateholts, sound design by Corbin White, and scenic design by Erin Kiernan.

Vaccination is required for all patrons. For tickets and details on COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org/covid-19 or call the box office at 518-392-9292.

Visit Our She Loves Me Show Page To Learn More About The Show

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Press Contact

Amanda Calvin, Promotions Manager
Phone: 518-392-9292
Email: acalvin@machaydntheatre.org

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is excited to return the Mac-Haydn! Originally from Brooklyn, NY Anthony is an international touring reed doubler. Most recently he joined the Hairspray National Tour as their saxophone player. Previous Touring Credits include: Waitress the Musical, The Spongebob Musical and Phantom of the Opera. Special thanks to Angela Carstensen for keeping being an amazing partner and keeping me sane these past 3 years. Check out Anthony on Instagram anthony.m.rodriguez

Lucy Ritter

Born and raised in the vibrant music scene of New York and New Jersey, Lucy began playing drums at just 9 years old. Her passion for drumset flourished through high school where she studied at the Eastman School of Music and NYU Steinhardt. In addition, Lucy was awarded a full scholarship to the NJYS Jazz Quorum. Over a decade since her first pair of sticks, Lucy is currently studying at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Amidst her studies, Lucy is the drummer for the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers where she tours, records, and performs across the country. Lucy is also an audio engineer for Keep Making Music, a professional video and audio production company. Lucy uses these skills to write and produce music for many independent artists. Lucy also maintains a busy private teaching schedule and church drumming rotation. Lucy is thrilled to be with the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Cyndy Elliott

Cyndy Elliott is a freelance bassist in the Washington DC area, performing many different styles of music for shows, big bands, small combos, orchestras, and chamber ensembles at venues ranging from Blues Alley to the Kennedy Center. Cyndy leads the Django Reinhardt-inspired Trio Speevy and co-leads the jazz octet Swingtopia. She has traveled extensively, spending several years “on the road” playing bass with national tours, including the big band show “In the Mood” and the musicals “Meet Me in Saint Louis” and “Sister Act”. Cruise ship work took her to the Caribbean, Central America, and all over Europe. She toured Australia and New Zealand with a jazz trombone ensemble and performed in nine cities throughout China with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. Cyndy earned a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland where she directed several ensembles and taught beginning jazz theory and improvisation.

Themba Pieterse

Themba Pieterse is super excited to be back at the Mac-Haydn this year. A student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Themba studies with musicians in both the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He started playing trumpet back when he was in third grade at the age of ten, falling in love with the commanding presence it demanded in all different types of ensembles. He has played in numerous ensembles from Jazz Bands to Full Orchestras, though his true love lies with Musical Theater Pit work. He will be playing in the pit for both A Chorus Line and Kiss Me Kate, and is very excited to work with the brilliant musicians, actors, dancers, and crew that call the Mac home!

Pippin Brings The Magic
J. Peter Bergman Praises Pippin in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“Nothing freshens old theater quite like a new generation making it their own without reference to the original. This production is the proof of that theory.”

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Andrea Mejuto

Andrea Mejuto is a rising Junior at Ithaca College studying Theatrical Production and Design with a concentration in Technical Production and an emphasis in costume construction. Having been born in Colombia and growing up in NYC, Andrea enjoys the community and collaboration you can find in any theatrical production. She first found her passion for theatre at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, the high school she attended where she majored in fine arts. There she found many opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production including sound design, stage management, light programming, scenic painting, and props construction. She hopes to use the education and experience she gains during her college career to work in a costume shop for theaters in NYC.

Pippin Makes Mac-Haydn Debut
The Mac-Haydn Theatre kicks off our magical 2021 return season with the Stephen Schwartz musical, Pippin, opening July 29.

(CHATHAM, NY – July 23, 2021) There’s magic to do when a young man learns the true meaning of glory, love, and war in this iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece. Presented for the first time ever on the Mac-Haydn stage, Pippin features numerous fan-favorite returning actors and debuts the summer theatre’s new stage extension.

We’re excited to welcome back Kylan Ross, in the title role, who was last seen in 2019 as Younger Brother (Ragtime) and Doody (Grease). Amber Mawande-Spytek makes her smashing Mac-Haydn debut as the fierce and ferocious Leading Player. We can’t wait for audiences to experience her lively energy and unbelievable talent.

Another returnee, Maya Cuevas, is the sweet yet complicated Catherine. We are thrilled to have her back for a second season in the Mac-Haydn acting company after her acclaimed performance as Sarah in our 2019 production of Ragtime. King Charlemagne is played by Columbia County’s own Mikel Hunter, stylist and art director and owner of a fine art and apparel gallery located in Hudson, NY. Hunter makes his Mac-Haydn debut, returning to the stage after his career as an actor in the 1980s.

Rounding out the cast are Mac-Haydn favorites Ashley DeLane Burger (Sunset Boulevard choreographer, 2019) as Fastrada, Liz Gurland (Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, 2018) as Berthe, Andrew Burton Kelley (Will Parker in Oklahoma, 2019) as Lewis, Clementine Kline (Little Girl in Ragtime, 2019) as Thea and David Aaron (Xanadu choreographer, 2015) as the Player with Fire.

Pippin is directed by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders, choreographed by Elizabeth McGuire and music directed by David Maglione, with costume design by Angela Carstensen, hair and makeup design by Matthew Oliver, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, props by Emily Spateholts, sound design by Corbin White and scenic design by Emma Cummings.

Vaccination is required for all patrons. For tickets and details on COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org/covid-19 or call the box office at 518-392-9292.

Visit Our Pippin Show Page To Learn More About Pippin

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Press Contact

Amanda Calvin, Executive Assistant
Phone: 518-392-9292
Email: acalvin@machaydntheatre.org

David Tankersley

David is excited to return to the Mac-Haydn after choreographing the 2015 production of Xanadu. Credits include: Xanadu original Broadway cast/Japan tour. Off Broadway: Rockstars NYC. West Side Story World Tour/La Scalla, Cabaret European Tour. National tours: Xanadu, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady. Cinderella, Evita, Sound of Music, Mame, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Some Enchanted Evening. Figure skating: Radio City Christmas Show (three years), On the Town on Ice (Madison Square Garden), Cinderella on Ice (British Tour). TV and Film: Colors of Winter starring Nancy Kerrigan, Enchanted (Disney).

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Xanadu
Props Designer / Assistant Scenic Designer - A Chorus Line
Props Designer / Assistant Scenic Designer - Urinetown
Props Designer / Assistant Scenic Designer - Kiss Me, Kate
Props Designer / Assistant Scenic Designer - Next to Normal
Props Designer / Assistant Scenic Designer - The Full Monty
Olivia Bowles

Olivia Bowles is a costume technician, working primarily in theatre. Based in Birmingham, she graduated with a BA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts with a concentration in Creative Writing. Experience in costume design, stitching, corsetry, costume crafts, and wardrobe run crew. She spent four years at the university working in the theatre department’s costume shop. In 2018, Olivia was the main costume designer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Theatre Department production of Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches. She also was the assistant costume designer for the university’s production of Hairspray in the same year. In 2019, Olivia was the costumer for UAB Opera’s production of The Music Shop.

Audrey Lang

Audrey Lang is a stage manager and playwright from New York City. She is excited to return to Mac-Haydn this summer fresh off of the U.K. Premiere of her play, alex getting better. National Tour: Jersey Boys, CoComelon Live! JJ’s Journey. Off-Broadway: Wolf Play (Soho Rep). Mac-Haydn: Pippin, She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha, Beehive, The World Goes Round (2021), 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Guys and Dolls (2014). As a playwright, she is a finalist for the Jewish Plays Project’s 2022 Jewish Playwriting Contest, and her work has been developed with Pride Plays, The Workshop Theater, Original Idiots, Eden Theater Company, and more. B.A. Theatre Studies, Ithaca College. Love and thanks to Cody, Stacy, Lia, and my family. www.audreyglang.com

Sage Lumsden

Sage Lumsden is a NYC based stage manager, originally from the Poconos PA. This is Sage’s second year with the Mac-Haydn family and she is so thrilled to be back. Sage graduated a year ago from Pace University with a BA in stage management. Most recently Sage was the stage management PA for the revival of 1776 at A.R.T. Some of her other credits include being a PA/sub ASM for NETworks on the Anastasia and Hairspray tours. When not stage managing, Sage loves to be creative and hang out with friends and family including her puppies. Sage would like to thank everyone at the Mac for welcoming her into the family as well as her family and friends for their endless support on her journey.

Chris Frazier

Chris is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut! Regional credits: ‘MATILDA’ (Miss Trunchbull) ‘SWEENEY TODD’ (Beadle Bamford) ‘AVENUE Q’ (Nikky/Trekkie Monster) ‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ (William Barfeè) ‘RAGTIME’ (Willy Conklin) Other favorites: ‘TALK RADIO’ (Kent) *2017 NJ Perry Award Winner Best Featured Actor in a Play.* ‘HAIR’ (Woof), ‘THREEPENNY OPERA’ (Sawtooth Bob) ‘WENDY’S SHADOW’ at New York Musical Festival (Curly), Busch Gardens: Williamsburg ‘BLOOD BANQUET’ (Alfred), ‘SEUSSICAL’ (Horton). All the love to my family.

Julia Hajjar

Julia Hajjar is absolutely thrilled to be back performing at Mac-Haydn Theatre. She has appeared here in Beehive as Allison, ToUch an all immersive performance where she originated the role of The Devil! A few of her favorite shows she was apart of are: Mamma Mia on Hilton Head Island. Urinetown, Hope Cladwell. Chicago, as Hunyak and understudied as Roxie Hart. The Music Man, Zaneeta. Guys and Dolls, Adelaide. Legally Blonde, Brooke Wyndham. Catch Me If You Can, Cheryl-Ann. My all time favorite- The Rocky Horror Show. AMDA 2021 and soon-to-be a BFA Graduate at The New School 2022! Hugs and kisses to my family and friends. Art mimics Life. And a good life is nothing without art. I hope y’all enjoy the show! @juliahajjar

Roles this Season

Kristine Urich-DeLuca in A Chorus Line
Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty
Euterpe in Xanadu
Kiara Hines

Kiara Hines is excited to be joining the cast of Beehive this fall! Kiara is a North Carolina native and she is making her Mac Haydn Theatre debut with this production. Some of Kiara’s favorite previous roles include: Cinderella in “Cinderella”, Lil Inez in “Hairspray”, and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.” There are not enough words to suffice for how grateful she is for her health, the opportunity to perform once again, and the love and support from her family and friends. Kiara hopes these familiar songs and stories will comfort the hearts of all in attendance. www.kiarahines.com

Xander James

Xander “XAXA” James is thrilled to be back at The Mac-Haydn! Having made his debut last year as Georg in “She Loves Me”, he jumped at the chance to be a part of this season as Jerry in “The Full Monty”. After a 10 year break Xander is happy to be back doing theater a bit more regularly. Some of his favorite roles include, Henry in “Next to Normal”, Chip in “Spelling Bee”, Jud in “Oklahoma”, and Frankie in “Forever Plaid”. Outside of The Mac, Xander spends his days as a professional musician in New York City under the moniker XAXA. He has had the pleasure of playing some of NYC landmarks such as Groove, Cafe Wha?, The Red Lion, City Winery, and The Rainbow Room. You can visit www.xaxamusic.com to find out more and stream all of his original music on all platforms.

Roles this Season

Jerry in The Full Monty
Hayden Ponjuan

Hayden Ponjuan is delighted to be making his Mac-Haydn Theatre debut! Hayden, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, is currently pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include Aaron Mckinney in The Laramie Project (The Hartt School) Che Guevara in Evita (Jean’s Playhouse) Rolf in The Sound of Music (Jean’s Playhouse) and Ren McCormack in Footloose (Theatre Baton Rouge). He would like to thank his parents Jorge and Cristin, and his two brothers Noah and Dawson for their unconditional love and support. Lastly he would like to thank Mark Planner for his vocal guidance throughout his career. Following his graduation, Hayden has plans to become a New York City-based actor. For professional inquiries… Email: hayden.ponjuan@gmail.com

Mia Sempertegui

Mia Sempertegui is a current graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In the Fall she is off to Los Angeles to complete her training and receive her BFA in Theatre. She was born and raised in Queens, NY. Mia’s most recent project was the short film POCHA, directed by Carly Oscar, and she played Vic, the main protagonist. She has also performed in cabarets and concerts all throughout NYC since she was in high school. When not performing she is picking up new hobbies that interest her, such as crocheting, ceramics, sewing, piano, and writing music. Mia is extremely thrilled to join the Mac-Haydn Theatre family and escape the sounds of the big city for the summer! miasempertegui.com, (IG)miasemperteguii

Amber Mawande-Spytek

Amber is Thrilled to be back at the Mac-Haydn for her second season! You may have seen her last season as the Leading Player in Pippin, or as an ensemble member in the one of the other shows. Amber has just graduated from AMDA’s Musical Theatre Conservatory in New York City after two years of hard focused training, and is now excited to be starting her career in performance. She’s wants to thank all of her wonderful teachers back at AMDA, the most important being The Mac-Haydn’s very own John Saunders. She is most excited to see familiar faces and meet all the new ones! She wants to thank her parents and close friends for all of their support in the recent years, she couldn’t do it without them!

Roles this Season

Mrs. Millennium in Urinetown
Natalie in Next to Normal
Joanie Lish in The Full Monty
Erato in Xanadu
Mikel Hunter

Growing up in the 1970s suburbs of Manhattan, Mikel spent his late teens performing in various dinner and regional theatre. Credits include: Oliver!, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Mame, Guys and Dolls, The Robber Bridegroom, Cabaret, George M!, Applause and Pippin were personal standouts. An early mentorship by Constantine Kitsopoulos and Ithaca College BFA program prepared him for the booming theater scene of NYC in the mid/late 1980s. Additional credits include, Peter in The Flower Girl (written and directed by Leonard Malfi), Hyde in Hollywood (by Peter Parnell dir. Gerry Gutierrez) at the American Palace Theatre and later for PBS American Showtime. After a 35-year hiatus from the theatre and successful career in fashion advertising, Mikel was thrilled to make his Mac-Haydn debut as Charles in Pippin in 2021, for which he earned a Berkshire Theatre Critics Award nomination. It’s great to be back!

Roles this Season

Hot Blades Harry / Joseph "Old Man" Strong in Urinetown
Erika Ji

Erika Ji is a Chinese American cross-genre musical storyteller. As a conductor, pianist, and vocalist, Erika has performed on national TV for CBS Sunday Morning, at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, and for house concerts across the country. As a composer, her work has been featured off-Broadway and around the world by Broadway’s Future Songbook at Lincoln Center, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Nadia Boulanger Institute, and the Musical Theatre Factory at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Most recently, she and her collaborator Clare Bierman were winners of the 2021 New Voices Project for their immersive circus experience VISARE. A Tisch Fellow at the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Erika grew up in California, studied computer science and philosophy at Stanford University, organized the Viennese Ball in San Francisco, and built products at Dropbox before deciding to follow the music.

Walter Bobby McCoy

Walter “Bobby” McCoy, a proud Nicaraguan-American, is thrilled to be returning to The Mac-Haydn Theatre this season! Music Direction Credits include- NEW YORK: The World Goes ‘Round (The Mac-Haydn Theatre). WASHINGTON DC: On Your Feet! En Español, Fame: in Spanish, In The Heights in Spanish (2018 HH WINNER, Outstanding Musical Direction) (Gala Hispanic Theatre); A.D. 16, Beauty and the Beast, Miss You Like Hell, Annie (Olney Theatre Center); Legally Blonde (2020 HH WINNER, Outstanding Musical Direction) (Keegan Theatre); A New Brain, A Civil War Christmas, Fly By Night (2019 HH Nom), Old Wicked Songs (2016 HH Nom), Bat Boy, Altar Boyz (1st Stage Tyson’s); Little Shop of Horrors (2020 HH Nom), Aida (2019 HH Nom), The Wild Party (2018 HH Nom) (Constellation Theatre). Bobby is currently on the faculty of Levine Music. UPCOMING: 42nd St (SSMT), In The Heights (STAGES St. Louis), Beauty and the Beast (Olney Theatre Center).

Creative Roles this Season

Music Director - Xanadu
Holly Lauren Dayton

Holly Lauren Dayton began performing at the age of 8 training in all disciplines of dance and piano. She graduated cum laude from Florida State University, double-majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship. She has performed with the national tours of Elf the Musical and The Elf on the Shelf Musical. Regional credits include: A Chorus Line, Chicago, Crazy for You, Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mamma Mia and Footloose. She was featured with Lady GaGa in the Sinatra100 CBS Special and Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers in Las Vegas. She is so grateful to be back at the Mac-Haydn and gives thanks to God for providing a path to pursue her passions everyday.

Roles this Season

Cassie Ferguson in A Chorus Line
Denizen/Cop/Executive in Urinetown
"Dance Captain" in Kiss Me, Kate
Pam Lukowski in The Full Monty

Creative Roles this Season

Dance Captain - 2022 Season
Daniel Hewson

Dan Hewson is a B.F.A. student studying Costume Design at Ithaca College. As an Associate Costumer to Kurt Alger, productions include; Aida (Engeman, Northport), The Little Mermaid (Argyle, Babylon), Shakespeare: Abridged (Sundog Theatre, Staten Island), Man of La Mancha (Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham), and Rock of Ages (Engeman, Northport). Professional Costume Designs include; The Little Mermaid (Northport Community Theater), The Sound of Music (Northport Community Theater), and Seussical the Musical (Engeman, Northport). At Ithaca College, his work includes; Head Over Heels (Wardrobe Supervisor), Rent (Master Carpenter), Fun Home (Technical Director) as well as Costume Designer for multiple student films, Costume Shop Assistant on more than nine productions, and Costume Designer for the Fall ’22 production of Into the Woods. He is so happy to be back with the Mac-Haydn Family for a full season of shows!

Creative Roles this Season

Associate Costume Designer - Urinetown
Costume Designer - Kiss Me, Kate
Todd L. Underwood

Todd L. Underwood is excited to be back at Mac-Hadyn Theater. He was last here as the director/choreographer for Man of La Mancha. He is the Associate Artistic Director at Ivoryton Playhouse in CT. Regional credits: A Chorus Line, Grease, The Color Purple, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever (Connecticut Critics Circle Award nomination), Rent, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Dreamgirls, Chicago, AIDA, The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea (NAACP Theater Award nomination), independent film, Were the World Mine (Astaire Award nomination), Memphis (Bay Area Circle Critics Award and Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominations), Ain’t We Got Fun (London Concert). His work is featured in the movie musical Hello Again starring Audra McDonald, Cheyenne Jackson and Martha Plimpton, also receiving a Chita Rivera Award nomination for Best Choreography in Film.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - The Full Monty
Anthony Velez

Anthony Velez is honored to be returning to the Mac-Haydn Theatre this season! He is pursuing his BFA at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; he will become a fourth-year student at the New Studio on Broadway in the Fall. His most recent credits include Christian (Fun Home) but you might remember him as Sancho (Man of La Mancha) and Arpad (She Loves Me) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. However, his favorite role to take on was Angel Dumott Schunard (Rent) at Pied Piper Youth Theatre. He hopes to pursue his dreams to be on Broadway after college. Anthony is so blessed to earn this opportunity to perform especially during such uncertain times! He would like to thank his family for always supporting his passion for the arts. IG: @anthonyvelezzz

Roles this Season

Paul San Marco in A Chorus Line
Denizen/Cop/Executive in Urinetown
Stagehand (Philip) in Kiss Me, Kate
Buddy "Keno" Walsh in The Full Monty
Mac-Haydn Reopens July 29


The Mac-Haydn Theatre returns with a determination to be a beacon for the community, once again bringing people together for a shared experience.

CHATHAM, NY – June 14, 2021 The Mac-Haydn Theatre will reopen its doors for live performances on July 29 after more than a year of closure, bringing the exciting summer theatre it’s known for back to Chatham, NY. Audience members and staff will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The theatre’s season will run July 29 through October 3 and include five musicals, as well as several limited performances. Tickets go on sale later in June.

As Mac-Haydn emerges into an entirely new environment for both theatre producers and theatre goers, managing director James Rodgers has no illusions about the difficulties ahead as people find their confidence to return to live theatre. “It is incredibly important that, above all else, a safe environment is created for our staff and patrons. We now feel that the time is right and that we can operate our space safely within the protocols outlined by the CDC.”

Because the season is starting later than usual, the team plans to keep the programming coming through the month of September with a new and exciting performance schedule. “Rep-tember,” consisting of two musicals and various limited performances, will be presented on a repertory schedule. Guest artists for limited performances include Broadway artist Elizabeth Ward Land, innovative ensemble Touch, award-winning Kurt Weill performer James Benjamin Rodgers, Mac-Haydn favorite Laura Helm, and the immeasurable combined talent of the 2021 artists roster for the Showstoppers revue.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is known as one of the country’s few theatres in-the-round. To allow for more social distancing an entire section has been removed, transforming the dynamic space into something that audiences have never seen before. This will be unique for 2021 as the theatre anticipates returning to full capacity in 2022. “Even with the reconfigured stage, we have still managed to maintain the ‘in-the round’ feel we are famous for. I think our dedicated fans will be especially delighted to see the new space along with the fantastic fall line-up we have scheduled,” says producing artistic director John Saunders. “We have been waiting what feels like a lifetime to get back to what we do best, and I just can’t wait to see everyone back at The Mac!”

Financial and box office manager Dee Lashway, who has worked with the theatre since its earliest years, feels that the Mac-Haydn has never experienced anything like the last 18 months in its 51-year history. “I have been with the theatre every summer since 1970, and not having a season in 2020 was devastatingly sad for me but the support, good wishes, and ‘miss you’ comments from so many of our patrons touched my heart, gave me hope that all would be fine, and made all of us determined to keep moving forward.”

In The News

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Performance Details

Main Stage

Pippin (July 29 – August 8, 2021)
She Loves Me (August 12 – August 22, 2021)
Man of La Mancha (August 26 – September 5, 2021)
Beehive: The ‘60s Musical (September 11 – October 2, 2021)
The World Goes ‘Round (September 10 – October 3, 2021)

All Tickets $42

Children’s Theatre

The Most Incredible Thing (August 20 – August 28, 2021)

All Tickets $14

Limited Events

Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill — James Benjamin Rodgers (September 1 & 29, 2021)
Still Within the Sound of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt — Elizabeth Ward Land (August 18, September 10 & 17, 2021)
Showstoppers — Mac-Haydn Company (September 4, 15, 22 & 29, 2021)
toUch (Dates TBD)
Laura’s at the Helm — Laura Helm in Concert (September 15 & 22, 2021)

All Tickets $42

Ticket Purchases

Ticket Sales: By phone and online beginning late June.
Online: www.machaydntheatre.org

Phone: 518-392-9292

Press Contact

James Rodgers, Managing Director
Phone: (212) 920-1257
Email: jrodgers@machaydntheatre.org

The Most Incredible Thing

Pleasant Valley Productions in collaboration with the Mac-Haydn Theatre are proud to present a developmental production of David Maglione’s newest musical work, The Most Incredible Thing on May 22 at 1pm and 4pm at the OSPAC in West Orange, New Jersey.

Tickets are free of charge. Donations to offset the cost of this production are greatly appreciated and can be made at any time during your visit at the theater. Parking is available across the street from the main gate. The gates open 45 minutes prior to showtime.

The piece is based on the Hans Christian Anderson short story of the same name. While the show is based on a work in the public domain, Maglione has set the adaptation in his original “Kingdom of Merideh,” a universe that serves as the setting for many of his children’s theater stories, including “Martin and Meelo,” last seen as part of the Mac-Haydn’s 2019 Children’s Theatre season. The Most Incredible Thing marks the second of what has been conceived as a five-part series.

Mac-Haydn Producing Artistic Director John Saunders directs and is joined by Mac-Haydn musical director Bruce De La Cruz (2019’s “Curtains”) and choreographer Amy Calzone.

The cast features Mac-Haydn alumni Kelly Gabrielle Murphy (Mamma Mia! and Sweeney Todd), Julie Galorenzo (Ragtime), Angel Harrison (2019 company), and Joe Christianson (2019 band). Rounding out the cast are David Rolando, Chris Frazier, Joseph Gottfried, Michael Gioia, Tyler Pearson, Susan Ramirez, Lawrence Dandridge, Lyle Dungee, Joelle Zazz, Danielle Pennisi, and Marcus McPherson.

Bruce De La Cruz, who is also responsible for original orchestrations, will be accompanied by a string trio: Violin played by Tristan Aniceto, Mac-Haydn alumna Lydia Paulos on Cello, and Magda Kress Double Bass.

The show will feature an original clock design by Andrew Gmoser, sound design by Brad Zuckerman, and costuming by Emily Spateholts and the Mac-Haydn Theatre. The show is stage managed by Emily Neimeyer.

Strict COVID-19 Protocol is in place to ensure safety at all events. Masks and physical distancing will be required.

Visit www.pleasantvalleyproductions.org to learn more.

Artist Workshop Series | BK From The UK
Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series

We expand the series with an exciting six masterclass offering “In The Style Of” presented by the incomparable Bryan Knowlton

The award-winning, London-based choreographer will bring to life the essence of famous choreographers that changed the face of Broadway.

Spanning from Susan Stroman to Jerome Robbins, participants will learn “in the style of” choreography in excerpts from six different shows. Participants can expect a 90-minute class that includes a warmup, brief chat about the choreographer’s history and an in-depth breakdown of the choreography.

Whether you sign up for all six classes or choose to drop in for one or two, all are welcome to join this energetic, fun experience that will be sure to educate and inspire.

The series will start on March 6 and will run March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10. Classes will start at 10:15am EST, will run for 90 minutes and will be hosted on Zoom.

Register For The Class Through Eventbrite

Once you have registered you will be sent information on how to access the class.

An Intro From John Saunders
Watch An Intro From Bryan
Why Is Michael Kidd The Subject Of Week 1?
Bryan Talks About The Contribution of Susan Stroman Ahead Of Week 2?
Artist Workshop Series | Ashley DeLane Burger
Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series

The Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series continues Sunday, February 21st!

This series will showcase our incredible alumni and artists from our community who will lead a wide variety of virtual workshops. Each workshop will serve as a fundraiser for the Bright Future Fund as we work toward our 2021 reopening here at the Mac-Haydn.

The Latest Workshop: SELF-CARE SUNDAY with Ashley DeLane Burger

Join Mac-Haydn choreographer (South Pacific, Sunset Boulevard) Ashley DeLane Burger on February 21 at 12pm via Zoom for a one-hour deep dive into self care and how we can use it to retain or restore our equilibrium through the day, year, and life. All you need is yourself, your breath, and a pen and paper.

ALL are welcome, the more the merrier, we learn from each other – it’s time to retake our power!

Ashley DeLane is a somatic practitioner, teacher, choreographer with certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Yoga TuneUp, and ACE (GFI). She has her Masters in Kinesiology (Corrective Exercise/Rehabilitation) and BA in Theatre. She enjoys combining her whole tool box in an individualized-based approach through her work in “First-Class Coaching.”

Learn More About First-Class Coaching

Zoom on Sunday, February 21 at 12pm.

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Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95313527410
Meeting code: 953 1352 7410

A donation of $20 is suggested to attend the workshop. All donations generated from this event will go directly to the Bright Future Fund.

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A Message from Artistic Director John Saunders
Mac-Haydn Gives Thanks

A Message from Artistic Director John Saunders.

Dear Friends,

Above and beyond all, I hope this message finds you in good health both physically and spiritually. To say I missed seeing each and every one of you this past summer would be an understatement. I believe we all felt a void not being able to gather and celebrate live theatre together at the Mac.

In March, when this began, the team here at Mac-Haydn began aggressively doing everything we could to ensure our survival during this troubling time. From the establishment of our Bright Future Fund to our new digital content, we remained very busy all summer long bringing as much entertainment as we could muster to all of you. Behind those scenes we also took many crucial “unseen” steps to ensure our future. This included federal assistance, real estate planning, and a real tightening of our operating budget. In many ways, this crisis led us to discover new programs and maintain a strong financial footing after the last few successful seasons. Our goal is to take every action we can to make sure we are here to welcome you all back to the theatre when this pandemic is resolved.

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Mac Announces Halloween Week of Events
Mac-Haydn Online presents Mac-Halloween 2020

A Week of Fiendish Fear, running October 27 – November 2, 2020.

We are excited to present our first ever Mac-Halloween, a celebration of fright.

Halloween enthusiast Erin Spears, Mac-Haydn legend Gabe Belyeu and set designer Erin Kiernan, all make amazing contributions. We hope you will join us for a week of terrific terror!

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Artist Workshop Series
Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series

The Mac-Haydn Artist Workshop Series continues this Friday!

This series will showcase our incredible alumni and artists from our community who will lead a wide variety of virtual workshops. Each workshop will serve as a fundraiser for the Bright Future Fund as we work toward our 2021 reopening here at the Mac-Haydn.

Our next workshop will be led by Mac-Haydn alumna and certified personal trainer Jesse Lynn Harte, who will lead a no-equipment fitness class via Zoom on Friday, September 25 at 5pm.

Click Here to Sign Up for the Workshop

Access With Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94635291243

A donation of $20 is suggested to attend the workshop. All donations generated from this event will go directly to the Bright Future Fund.

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Watch the Promo Video
Artist and Activist Madi Cupp-Enyard Joined Us
Mac-Haydn Mondays

This week our 2019 Dance Captain Madi Cupp-Enyard talks to James Rodgers about her commitment to promote Black art and activism on social media by highlighting the work of Black creators.

We hope you will watch this essential conversation with this impressive and active young woman as we try to gain understanding of the current events specific to the Black Lives Matter movement.

As part of her activism, Madi has asked that people donate to Reclaim the Block an organization which began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. They organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments.

Donate To Reclaim The Block

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Lizzie McGuire and Rob Brinkmann On In The Meantime
In The Meantime Episode 2

The Mac-Haydn Theatre has released the second episode of In The Meantime, a weekly webcast series hosted by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders, as part of the Mac-Haydn Online virtual programming initiative. The Episode Premieres On YouTube at 12pm on Friday, May 29th.

Episode 2 features Elizabeth McGuire, choreographer for the 2019 production of Camelot, and Rob Brinkmann, last seen on the Mac-Haydn stage as Jud Fry in the 2019 production of Oklahoma!, for which he won a Berkshire Theatre Award. The two talk with Saunders about their artistic projects during quarantine, recent wedding, and experiences working at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Tune in on the Mac-Haydn YouTube Channel. Also hit subscribe below to receive updates about upcoming episodes as as well reminders to tune in.

Following the premiere, each episode will become available to stream

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John Saunders Hosts New Web Series
In The Meantime Premieres

We are so excited to announce the launch of “In the Meantime,” our new weekly webcast hosted by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders!

The series will premiere Friday, May 22 at 12pm and continue each week throughout the summer. Episodes will premiere on the Mac-Haydn YouTube Channel. Channel subcribers will be sent updates about upcoming episodes as as well reminders to tune in.

Following the premiere, each episode will become available on all our online platforms as well as right here on our website.

During each episode John will host notable Mac-Haydn alumni, discussing and showcasing their artistic endeavors during quarantine as well as learning more about their past experiences working at the theatre.

Episode 1 will feature Mac-Haydn favorite Emily Kron, last seen as Audrey in the 2019 production of Little Shop of Horrors. Kron’s past roles at the Mac-Haydn also include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Geneviève in The Baker’s Wife, and her Berkshire Theatre Award-winning performance as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.

Head over to YouTube to watch our premiere episode!

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Bright Future Fund Gets A Lift On Giving Tuesday
Board Member Pledges $10,000

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement aimed at unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

In solidarity with that mission, Mac-Haydn Theatre board member Meg Dooley and her husband Peter LaVigne have made a generous commitment of $10,000 to the Bright Future Fund, which they will give in monthly installments of $1,000 for the next 10 months.

Meg spoke about her motivations for giving: “For more than 25 years, the Mac-Haydn Theatre has been such an important and joyful part of our lives, it’s hard to imagine a summer in Chatham without it. But we will get through it – just this once! Peter and I are committed to doing everything we can to make sure the Mac-Haydn Theatre is back and stronger than ever in 2021.”
Meg and Peter’s commitment highlights the benefit of making a monthly donation both for the theatre and for the donor. “Knowing that this recurring gift will be coming in for the next 10 months is hugely beneficial in helping us determine our plans as we navigate through this crisis.” said Mac-Haydn managing director James Rodgers.

Meg also offered an especially unique incentive to others who follow her lead: “Join us in supporting the Bright Future Fund. In recognition of your generous gift, I promise that in a future season, I will return to the MHT stage for my FOURTH appearance as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady – right, John Saunders???…”.

A huge thank you to Meg and Peter for their generous support!

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Mac-Haydn Cancels 2020 Season
Postpones 2020 Season Lineup Until 2021

As time marches on during this crisis, it has become obvious that our only responsible decision is to cancel the 2020 season. This decision did not come lightly and has weighed heavily upon me since this crisis began. I am nothing if not an optimist, but I have realized that the most important thing is the health and safety of our audience, artists, volunteers, and staff. Second to that is my commitment to see the Mac-Haydn Theatre survive through this historical moment. Cancelling this season is the only way to see our incredible organization move forward into the summer of 2021.

Currently, the plan is to present this season’s line-up of shows in 2021. The buzz and excitement that was already building makes this an easy decision. The enthusiastic response from our audiences about the shows planned has been extraordinary and we will work tirelessly through this coming year to bring these shows to life when we reopen the theatre next spring.

So what happens next? I am thrilled to tell you that plans are underway for some exciting events that could potentially take place later this summer if we are able to gather together. We are also exploring several exciting virtual possibilities that can keep us connected both now and into the future. Rest assured, we will keep you posted every step of the way so you can still be a part of Mac-Haydn’s audience, or as so many like to call it… the Mac Family.

Many of you may not realize how significantly this crisis has impacted us. 85% of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales generated through both subscriptions and individual sales throughout the summer. Needless to say, this puts the future of the theatre in very serious jeopardy.

Now, more-than-ever before in our history, we need your help. I know this is such a difficult time for so many of us and the uncertainty of what lies ahead is overwhelming to say the least. Your contributions to us at this time are so critical to our survival. More than anything, I want the Mac-Haydn to weather this difficult time so we can be here for you and your family and share in the joy that flows so heartily every summer.

If you have purchased tickets for the 2020 season, please go to our Postponement Ticket Information page to fill out a form letting us know how you would like us to handle your tickets.

I will miss seeing you all terribly this summer and pray that time flies by quickly. Please stay safe, healthy, and surrounded by love. We will be sure to stay in touch with each and every one of you as we work diligently to keep the Mac-Haydn moving towards a bolder and brighter future.

My best wishes,
John Saunders | Producing Artistic Director

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Mac-Haydn Alums Take Us Down Memory Lane

As we work to determine what our 2020 Season will look like at the Mac-Haydn, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane with some of our favorite artists by asking them to perform, from the safety of their self isolation, songs which they have brought to our stage in the past. We hope you will enjoy a little trip down memory lane with us during this uncertain time.

Monday, April 6th

Elizabeth Ward land – “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard.

Who could forget Elizabeth Ward Land’s tour de force as the iconic Norma Desmond in 2019’s Sunset Boulevard? It was a triumphant show in many respects but nothing compared to her remarkable performance.

Just in case you did forget it, she has recreated one of the most famous moments from the show as only Liz could.

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Saturday, April 4th

Emily Kron – “By The Sea” from Sweeney Todd.

In 2017 we presented an inspired production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Sweeney Todd.

Emily Kron was spellbinding and hilarious in the pivotal role of the grotesque and vicious Mrs. Lovett. Her portrayal gave us such empathy for this corrupted soul that we could not help but love her.

Here she gives us a glimpse of the amazing detail that she incorporated into that performance.

In this difficult time, sometimes you just need to have a good laugh. Here it is.

Friday, April 3rd

Kelly Gabrielle Murphy and David Maglione – “Wonderful Thought” from Wendy’s Shadow.

2018 saw the world premiere of this magical musical by our music supervisor David Maglione. A story of fear, hope and discovery, it moved audiences of all ages and set a new standard in our Children’s Theatre productions. Kelly was delightful in the title role and those who saw this performance will never forget it.

We see in this amazing performance from their family’s home just how joyous the act of making music together is.

Think wonderful thoughts everyone. And please stay safe.

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Wednesday, April 1st

Rachel Rhodes-Devey – “It Only Takes A Moment” from Hello Dolly.

In 2017 Rachel created the perfect Irene Molloy in our remarkable production of Hello Dolly.

Words cannot describe her beautiful artistry in this performance from her living room, reminding us how many people we wish we could hug today.

Stay safe and strong everyone. These magical moments of human connection will return.

Tuesday, March 31st

George Dvorsky – “NYC” from Annie.

George gave a Berkshire Award winning performance as Daddy Warbucks in our 2018 production of Annie.

As New York City goes through this unprecedented time, George Reminds us of why we love this incredible place. Let’s hope we can enjoy all its wonders, and eccentricities again in the coming months.

Stay safe New York. We love you and all the amazing people who call you home.

During this time of isolation, it becomes very clear to us all just how important the sentiments of this song are.

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Monday, March 30th

Lauren Palmeri – “People” from Funny Girl.

Lauren performed Fanny Bryce with us in 2018 as part of our 50th Anniversary season to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. J. Peter Bergman of The Berkshire Edge said of Lauren. “She embraces the uniqueness of the Fanny Brice persona… she is as good as it gets!”. We think you get a marvelous impression of that in this heartfelt rendition of the song, performed from her bedroom.

During this time of isolation, it becomes very clear to us all just how important the sentiments of this song are.

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We Are Thinking Of You

Dear Mac-Haydn Family,

We wanted to reach out to let you know that our thoughts and best wishes are with you during this unprecedented time. We hope you are doing well and we wish we could do more right now to ease the emotional burden of life’s daily challenges, just as we strive to do each and every summer.

We are especially conscious of all our essential workers. This encompasses a wide range of fields from manufacturers to law enforcement, sanitation workers to retailers, safety service providers to our incredibly courageous medical professionals. We are eternally grateful for their hard work and sacrifice in protecting us, caring for us, feeding us, keeping our lights on and guiding us through this crisis. Without them we would be lost.

As events continue to unfold it becomes increasingly clear that the Mac-Haydn 2020 season will need to be altered in some way. Once those changes become clear, we will reach out to you. However, we believe that when this time of social distancing ends, and when it is safe for people to gather in large groups once again, it is our work that will become essential—providing the vital thread that will bring our community back together. It is because of that conviction that the Mac-Haydn team continues to examine what our 2020 season can be. This will depend on both what is financially possible, and what is safe.

We are immensely grateful to have a remarkable team of artists, technicians, administrators and volunteers, all of whom will answer the call when the time comes to get back to creating the vital experience of live theatre.

For now we must support the essential workers of today by staying at home and remaining safe. When their work is done, ours will begin.

On behalf of the Mac-Haydn Board and team, stay safe and be kind to one another.

Bright Future Fund
Bright Future Fund
Help Us Navigate This Unprecedented Time

In this time of uncertainty, one thing that is clear is that the future of performing arts organizations across the world is in jeopardy. The Mac-Haydn Theatre is no exception and we must appeal to your generosity at this vital time.

Our defining phrase for the 2020 Season was “Bold Vision, Bright Future”. Though our bold vision has become clouded, it is critical that our bright future does not.

To allow the theatre to weather this unprecedented event in our fifty one seasons, we have established the Bright Future Fund in collaboration with GoFundMe.

Our goal of $250,000 represents 20% of our regular yearly operating expenses. Contributions to this fund will cover the cost of maintaining our facilities, retaining our staff at reduced salaries and preparing for our reopening in 2021.

The future of the Mac-Haydn, and our remarkable family of theatre practitioners, depends upon you. We hope you will consider making a contribution.

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Physical Mail: Donations, Mac-Haydn Theatre, PO Box, 204, Chatham NY 12037

Email: support@machaydntheatre.org

Mac-Haydn Evaluating 2020 Season Plans
John Saunders Addresses The Potential Impact Of COVID-19 On 2020 Season

I hope this message finds you in good health and good spirits. Here at Mac-Haydn we are following the unfolding events very carefully and taking our cues from the CDC and our state’s leaders.

Nothing is more social than live theatre. The experience at Mac-Haydn begins the minute we pull into the driveway. We see old friends, we hug, we laugh, we cry, and we dream together as we share this incredible live event day in and day out.

We are determined to keep Mac-Haydn going through this uncertain time, to bring together the incredibly talented performers, designers, musicians, technicians, and volunteers that make Mac-Haydn the magical place it is today. We are also determined to see our incredible audiences return to the theatre this summer. And more than anything, we are determined to maintain the one thing we need most right now—hope.

We are continuing to plan the upcoming season and hope to open our doors to all of our loyal subscribers and audience members. We are very lucky that we have the ability to modify our schedule as this crisis develops. What does that mean? Well, it means we could open as scheduled or with some adjustments. Regardless, we will be ready when the time comes. We will be updating you regularly so please stay connected to us on the website, Facebook and Instagram.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre has been a part of this community and the theatre community for more than 50 years and we will continue to be. With your help, patience, and hope we will get through this difficult time and be together again doing what we love the most very soon. Above all else, please stay safe and healthy.

My best,


Mac-Haydn Announces Children’s Theatre 2020
Children’s Theatre Season Announced

We are extremely excited to announce our 2020 Children’s Theatre season in which we take a new look at some legendary fairytales.

For the third time in as many years, Music Supervisor David Maglione has authored a remarkable take on the famous Hans Christian Anderson tale The Most Incredible Thing. The creator of Wendy’s Shadow and Martin and Meelo, Maglione’s new interpretation emphasises the core theme of that mystical search for the artistic spirit dormant inside each of us. Maglione’s enchanting music solidifies a remarkable narrative that will resonate with children and adults of all ages, making this one of the highlights of the summer musical season.

Our second show of 2020 also takes a fresh look at a timeless classic. A clever retelling of the Snow White legend, Snow White and The Prince is a romantic and funny adventure with all your beloved characters, plus a few more that we know you will grow to love.

Get Your Tickets Today for the whole family to guarantee the best seats in the house.

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Mac-Haydn Hiring Off-Stage Positions
We Are Hiring For The 2020 Summer Season

We are building our offstage team for the 2020 season and if you want to be a part of the award winning work happening on our stage, come to our Job Postings Page now and find out about available opportunities.

Located just 2 hours north of NYC and nestled between The Catskill Mountains and The Berkshires, The Mac-Haydn produces 7 mainstage musicals and 2 Childrens shows every Summer.

* Please do not use this contact for performer submissions. An audition posting will be issued at a later date. *

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Mac-Haydn to Broadway
Holiday Season on the Great White Way

by Amanda Calvin

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but also the busiest, especially for the Broadway theatre community.

While most of us are enjoying time off with our friends and family for the holidays, Broadway shows are entering their most strenuous weeks of the season. This means alternate scheduling, multiple two-show days per week and navigating the intense environment of Midtown Manhattan during the holidays. We asked Mac-Haydn alums Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme), Eryn LeCroy (Phantom of the Opera), and Dan Macke (Dear Evan Hansen) how they handle the challenges that come with being on Broadway during the holiday season.

Eryn LeCroy in My Fair Lady

Eryn LeCroy in My Fair Lady

The most obvious change is the schedule. The holiday season creates a higher demand for tickets, prompting Broadway houses to add additional performances. “Typically Phantom Broadway is dark on Sundays” says Eryn LeCroy, “throughout the holiday season, however, our dark day is adjusted to accommodate the higher volume of ticket sales”. Last seen on the Mac-Haydn stage in 2016, most notably as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Eryn is currently making her Broadway debut as Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera. LeCroy explains “We have an added performance the week of Christmas, making that nine shows over the week instead of the usual eight”.

“It’s going to be a marathon getting to next week,” says Aneesa Folds, who is also making her Broadway debut in Freestyle Love Supreme, an improv-based hip-hop comedy show developed by collaborators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. We’re sure you remember Aneesa from her highly-praised performances in Mac-Haydn’s productions of Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier) and Chicago (Matron Mama Morton), to name a few.

Dan Macke, Mac-Haydn alumnus from the 2017 resident company, who you may remember as Bobby in Saturday Night Fever and Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, is also making his Broadway debut as the Connor/Jared standby in Dear Evan Hansen. “Spending all that time at the theatre can be mentally exhausting,” says Dan, who credits “finding ways to be away from the theatre in between shows” as the best way to keep his energy up during the busy time of year. LeCroy reveals that “rest and smart eating habits in general are key to conserving energy and remaining healthy not just during the holiday season, but also throughout the year”. At Freestyle Love Supreme, Aneesa notes that “the audience and cast are super energetic,” helping her to keep her spirits up through multiple performances.

Aneesa Folds in Sister Act

Aneesa Folds in Sister Act

More time on stage, however, means less time for baking cookies and holiday shopping. Hearing about their busy performance schedules led to our next question: how the performers’ holiday traditions differ when they are on Broadway. “I definitely don’t go home as often,” says Dan, “the theatre community in NYC, thankfully, makes the holidays away from relatives a lot less lonely”. Eryn agrees, “I’m not able to travel out of town over the holidays to see extended family,” but Dan, Aneesa and Eryn are fortunate enough to spend part of Christmas Eve and Day with their immediate families this year. Aneesa adds “I’m lucky enough to be living in New York where my family is from, so I still am able to spend time with them”.

In addition to family traditions, the Broadway community has traditions of their own, both unique to each production and widespread over the entire district. The companies of Dear Evan Hansen, Freestyle Love Supreme, and Phantom of the Opera each hold a secret santa-type gift exchange, and Eryn tells us that Phantom hosts “a Christmas party for our company and family members of the company in the downstairs lobby of the Majestic”. If you’ve ever attended a show in New York around this time of year, you’ve seen the red buckets that appear after each performance. Eryn explains, “the Broadway community unites together leading into the holiday season to raise money and awareness for the non-profit organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” which is accomplished through curtain speeches, red bucket collections, and the recording of an annual album, Carols for a Cure, from which all proceeds go to BC/EFA.

Dan Macke in Hello Dolly

Dan Macke in Hello, Dolly!

Despite the crazy schedule, Aneesa, Dan and Eryn have taken the time to recognize what they’re grateful for this holiday season. For Aneesa, it’s her immediate family and friends. “I’m extra grateful for my Freestyle Love family and my first Christmas on Broadway. I feel surrounded by love and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”. “The holidays remind me to be thankful for family always,” says Dan, “and I’m so grateful to be a part of this DEH family for another holiday season”. Eryn tells us “I am so thankful for my supportive family, my incredible friends, and the opportunity to perform a dream role in a show and in a city that I love”.

To see our wonderful alumni Aneesa, Dan and Eryn on stage, check out the links below. Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Mac-Haydn Theatre!

Freestyle Love Supreme, the hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale (runs through January 12, 2020)

Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony and Grammy award winning hit musical by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson

The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber

GivingTuesday 2019

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement started in 2012 which is unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world in the hope of building a brighter future for all. This year we at the Mac-Haydn wanted to use this day of incredible global generosity as a springboard for the final weeks of our 2019 Annual Fund.

As a non-profit theatre, our work to transform our community through high level and accessible live theatrical experiences could not be more in line with the spirit of GivingTuesday. Your contributions to the Annual Fund at this time of year carry us through the winter months and allow us to prepare the award-winning productions you have come to expect.

We ask you to join the millions of people and organizations throughout the world this GivingTuesday by helping the Mac-Haydn Theatre continue our highly important contribution to the cultural landscape of Columbia County.

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5 Berkies for the Mac-Haydn

The Mac-Haydn has won 5 Berkshire Theatre Awards for 3 different productions including Best Musical for our magnificent production of Ragtime!

The fourth annual Berkshire Theatre Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, MA on Monday, November 11th. We were so honored to be acknowledged in such a whole-hearted manner by the Critic’s Association members.

Our 5 winners were:

Best Production of a Musical

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
John SaundersRagtime

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical
Rachel Rhodes-DeveyRagtime

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical
Monica M. WemittCurtains

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical
Rob BrinkmannOklahoma!

We were nominated across multiple categories and a huge congratulations to all those involved in this very special season. We couldn’t be happier that the work is being acknowledged in this way.

The full list of Berkie winners and nominees can be found on the Berkshire Critics Association Website.

The Mac Receives 11 “Berkie” Nominations for 2019!

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominations for the 2019 Berkshire Theatre Awards (“The Berkies”) and The Mac-Haydn Theatre has received a total of 11 nominations!
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The Oklahoma Reviews Are In!
J. Peter Bergmam Oklahoma! Review for The Berkshire Edge

“go prepared to be stunned into applause by this stellar production”

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Nathan Schilz

Nathan Schilz is delighted to make his debut with Mac-Haydn Theatre! Originally from Central Illinois, but spending most of his sound and composing career in Minneapolis, he now calls Seattle home where he is the Master Audio Engineer of Cornish Playhouse. Notable design credits include: Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre; Oklahoma City University; and Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA)

Creative Roles this Season

Sound Designer - Season
Little Shop of Horrors Receives Praise
J. Peter Bergmam Little Shop of Horrors Review for The Berkshire Edge

(Erin Spears Ledford) has taken it apart and put it back together again using one of the best cast shows of the season.”

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Dan Wyatt

Dan Wyatt is thrilled to be returning to the Mac-Haydn this year, after his debut last season as King Louis XI in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He recently relocated to Chatham from Denver, Colorado, where he executive produced and music directed 13 summer shows including Godspell, Floyd Collins, Fiddler on the Roof, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Nunsense, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Once Upon a Mattress. He is the past president of Magic Moments, Inc., performing in some 25 productions since 1992. Previous on-stage credits include The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Caspar). Thanks and love to his wife Judith and their very talented children: Maddy, husband Mark and new grandchild, Leona Bell, Paul, and Alex and wife Eugenia!

Roles this Season

Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma!
Rob Brinkmann

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Rob Brinkmann is thrilled to make his debut at the Mac-Haydn Theatre! Off-Broadway: The Red Room (Barrow Group Theater). Regional: Peter and The Starcatcher (Black Stache, Jenny Wiley Theater), Cabaret (Cliff, Pentangle Arts Center), An American in Paris (Ogunquit Playhouse), Searching for Signal (A.R.T.’s Oberon). Acoustica Electronica (House of Yes). www.RobBrinkmann.com

Roles this Season

Jud Fry in Oklahoma!(Debut)
Cole Capobianco

Cole Capobianco is thrilled to return to the Mac-Haydn backstage for their third season. After spending this past winter revamping the Mac’s costume stock, Cole is overjoyed to switch gears from putting garments on hangers to getting them on performers. A true labor of love, Cole’s costumes overhaul journey brings new and improved costume shop, loft, and annex infrastructure, but not without the love, help, and support of the MHT family. Cole would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Skip Spateholts, David Tankersley, John Saunders, and James Benjamin Rogers in particular for making it all possible. Here’s to another excellent summer of art and laundry – break legs and enjoy, folks!

You can check out this and more of Cole’s work here: flickr.com/photos/colecapodesign/albums

Angel Snyder

Angel is a graduate of Michigan State University. Her recent credits include volunteer for Americorps NCCC, costume designer for Bike America, and makeup department head for On the Way Up (short film). She is stoked to be a part of Mac-Haydn’s season this summer and beyond thankful for the opportunity!

Vivienne Fairfax

Miss Fairfax is elated to join the Mac-Haydn company for her first season! She studies at Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in Theatre Arts, with a minor in Costume Design. Previous costuming credits include: Sunday in the Park with George (Pittsburgh Playhouse),The Double Threat Trio (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), and work with the American Shakespeare Center, in Staunton, VA.

Caitlin O’Brien

Caitlin is thrilled to be joining the team at the Mac-Haydn this summer! Caitlin is originally from the Chicago metropolitan area, and graduated from North Central College in 2018. She has previously worked for Greenhouse Theater Center (Chicago, IL.) and Triad Stage (Greensboro, NC) as a costume technician and wardrobe supervisor. She enjoys yoga, true crime, and baking vegan treats.

Ethan Arcaroli

A theatrical technician from Cherry Hill, NJ, Ethan is excited to be back for a stupendous third season at the Mac-Haydn! With a main focus in carpentry, Ethan has a BFA in Theatre: Production and Design from Montclair State University. Recent credits include Xanadu (Carpenter/Electrician/Board-Op), Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Carpenter/Master Electrician/Board-Op), and Putnam County Spelling Bee (Technical Director) at the Eagle Theatre, and 2 seasons as a carpenter here at the Mac-Haydn. In addition, here in 2019, Ethan scenic designed the children’s theatre production of Jane of the Jungle and even performed as an Immigrant in the “Berkie” Award-winning production of Ragtime! Ethan is a process truster of the Philadelphia 76ers. He would like to thank his mom, dad, Aaron, and Amanda for all their support!

Brian Sousis

Brian is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Musical Theatre.  Previous shows that he has worked on are: Company, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pippin, and Antigone.  He is very excited to be a part of the production team for this fantastic season and hopes everyone enjoys the work that everyone has put into it.

Roles this Season

Ensemble in Oklahoma!
Eoghan Hartley

Eoghan is returning to the Mac-Haydn for his third season. Previous Mac credits include Beehive, The World Goes Round, Camelot, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, Little Shop of Horrors, and Oklahoma. NYC area credits: Elf: The Musical (Argyle Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Gallery Players), The Floorshow (Combustion Collective), and many shows with the Actors Studio Drama School (Pace University) where he was the Rehearsal Stage Manager since last summer’s season. Select Regional credits: Mamma Mia, Grand Night for Singing, Matilda, Footloose, The Sound of Music, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Barefoot in the Park (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). When not stage managing, Eoghan works as a scenic carpenter and leathercrafter in the NYC area. @theotherowen @bolt_leathercraftEoghanhartley.com

Ragtime A Triumph
J. Peter Bergmam Can’t Get Enough of Ragtime in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“If I had the availability, I would attend every performance of this show, a show I’ve seen four times before and liked. This time I loved it.”

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Great Grease Reviews
J. Peter Bergmam Grease Review for The Berkshire Edge

“The 18 or so players could not have been better-chosen for this production and it is their youth and-God knows-their energy that keeps the show so vivaciously vital.”

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Sunset Boulevard A Tour De Force
Lisa Jarisch shows admiration for our Sunset Boulevard in her review for Berkshire on Stage

“Producing Artistic Director John Saunders has created his own Most Memorable offering; indeed this show may very well turn out to be the crown jewel of the season.”

“Elizabeth Ward Land’s performance is a true tour de force.”

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Tyrell Reggins

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Tyrell is a teaching artist originally from Columbus, Ohio graduated from East High and recently Wright State University with a B.A in Theater Studies. Now he is residing in New York City chasing after his dream full time. Some of his professional credits include; Dreamgirls, Hair, Hairspray, Fences, Sister Act, Footloose, and got the opportunity to perform at Kings Island in the “Remember when the 70’s” show. He is so excited to be performing this beautiful music and story. He would like to thank everyone who has poured into his life both current and past! God’s Plan..Jeremiah 29:11

Roles this Season

Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime (Debut)
Clementine Kline

Clementine Kline is thrilled to be back at the Mac! She made her debut in 2019 as Little Girl in RAGTIME, and returned as Thea in PIPPIN in 2021. Born and raised on the Lower East Side of NYC, she has always loved performing. Credits include: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (National Tour 2018 & 2019), SESAME STREET 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (HBO/PBS), RADIO GALAXY (Reading). She also loved playing Tess in CRAZY FOR YOU (French Woods Festival), Timon in THE LION KING (CCYT), and Young Fiona in SHREK (CCYT). Clementine has sung at Feinstein’s/54 Below and danced her own choreography at New York Live Arts. Thank you to John Saunders, the entire Mac family, and mom & dad. @clementinekline

Roles this Season

Denizen/Cop/Executive in Urinetown
Andrew Burton Kelley

Andrew Burton Kelley is thrilled to be back at The Mac-Haydn for another amazing summer! He most recently finished touring with the company of Waitress as a Swing. Recent Mac-Haydn credits include: She Loves Me (Kodaly), Man of La Mancha (The Duke), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), and Oklahoma! (Will Parker). Love to his family, his incredible wife Rachel, and the world’s prettiest kitten, Eloise.

Roles this Season

Henry in Next to Normal
Ethan Girard in The Full Monty
Sonny Malone in Xanadu
Curtains Is A Hit!
J. Peter Bergman wants to see our new production of Curtains again! The Berkshire Edge

“Every performer in every role in this show was just about as good and as right as could be.”

“Pritchard is an excellent Cioffi, stiff but melting in this atmosphere he adores – one of his best roles.”

“Wemitt is singing so lyrically and beautifully in this show that she is a perfect example of a musical comedy star like the one her character would like to have in her show.”

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James Zannelli

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

From 2011-2013, James was featured as the Bishop of Digne in the 25th Anniversary Touring Production of Les Misérables. Regional Favorites Include: Ragtime (Tateh, Gallery Players), Les Misérables (Zoni Award Winner, Javert, Phoenix Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas, PCLO), Chess (Molokov, North Carolina Theatre), Jekyll & Hyde (Simon Stride, North Carolina Theatre), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo, White Plains PAC). James has also worked with Fulton Theatre, City Center Encores, Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Music Circus, Fulton Opera House, Tuacahn Ampitheatre, KS City Starlight, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera and Santa Fe Opera. www.jameszannelli.com

Roles this Season

Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard (Debut)
Elizabeth Ward Land

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Broadway: Amanzing Grace, Scandalous, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Memphis, City of Angels, Passion. National Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber starring Michael Crawford, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Singin’ in the Rain and Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Curvy Widow, Southern Comfort, The Green Heart, Hello Again, Spoolie Girl, Chess.

Starring roles at many of the nations finest regional theaters, including: Steel Magnolias (GeVa), The Boswell Sisters (Old Globe), Little Women (TheatreWorks), Sister Act (Alliance and Pasadena Playhouse), Backwards In High Heels (Asolo Rep), Kiss Me Kate, The King and I (Musical Theatre West), Pete ‘N Keely (Alpine Theatre Project), Barrington Stage and five seasons at Sacramento Music Circus. Film/TV credits include: Young Adult, Boy Meets Girl, Good Daughters; The Good Fight, High Maintenance, Elementary, The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Law & Order:SVU, Boardwalk Empire, Blank My Life, The Amanda Show. Her acclaimed debut CD, First Harvest, is available on iTunes. www.ElizabethWardLand.com

Roles this Season

Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Debut)
Sunset Boulevard Casting

We are so excited to announce that the captivating Elizabeth Ward Land will appear with the Mac-Haydn Theatre for the first time in the groundbreaking role of Norma Desmond. Elizabeth is a veteran of the stage and screen with numerous appearances on and off Broadway, on National Tours and on Film and Television. We are honored to have her with us this season and can’t wait to see her bring this remarkable character to life.

Also making his debut with us is James Zannelli in the pivotal role of Max Von Mayerling. James has numerous regional and touring credits and was featured as the Bishop of Digne in the 25th Anniversary Touring Production of Les Misérables. His powerful intensity will bring a magnificent dynamic to our production.

Returning to our stage after his triumph as the Emcee in last years Cabaret is Pat Moran in the role of Joe Gillis. Pat is no stranger to our audiences and we are delighted to have him back.

The elegant Rachel Pantazis takes on her second role of the summer as Betty which promisses to be a highlight and Mac-Haydn legend Gabe Belyeu returns for his third role of the summer Sheldrake.

We told you it was an incredible cast! Sunset Boulevard opens June 20th and promises to be a transformative experience. Get your tickets today.

Sunset Boulevard

Madi Cupp-Enyard

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Madi Cupp-Enyard is a rising senior at Yale University, double majoring in Theater Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has performed at The Muny, around Yale’s campus and now is thrilled to be acting as Dance Captain for this season, along with assisting Seb in Grease. She would like to thank Seb, John, Joy Hermalyn, and her family for supporting her.

Roles this Season

Lady Clarius in Camelot (Debut)
Roberta Wooster in Curtains
Anita/Masseur in Sunset Boulevard
Cha-Cha DiGregorio in Grease
Harlem Ensemble in Ragtime
Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors

Creative Roles this Season

Dance Captain
Choreographer- The Pinocchio Show, Jane of The Jungle, Martin and Meelo
William Taitel

William Taitel is a Baritone from Rockaway, New Jersey. This will be his second season of performances at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. He is super excited to give his all this season, especially since the world has been in a state of chaos and he has been cooped up inside for too long. His other performances include: Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Oklahoma (Ali Hakim), Ragtime (Booker T. Washington). He hopes you enjoy the performances and the season! Do it up big!

Justin Forward

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

East Texas Native. Off Broadway: Revelation, With or Without You (Sam); Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), Rock of Ages (Franz), Godspell (Jesus), Les Misérables (Coureyac), The Little Mermaid. Sending love and thanks to my family, friends, and the Mac-Haydn family! IG: @csmclv

Roles this Season

Teen Angel in Grease (Debut)
Coalhouse Gang in Ragtime
Steve Collins/Kayla's Dad in Jane of the Jungle
King's Council in Martin and Mee-Lo
Plumber in Little Shop of Horrors
Ensemble in Oklahoma!
Amanda Calvin

Amanda Calvin (she/her) is a recent graduate of Wagner College where she earned her degree in arts administration with a journalism minor. During her time at school, she served as the president/executive producer of Completely Student Productions (CSP), a student-run theatre company on campus, where she produced a variety of shows including LIZZIE: The Musical, The Wolves, Deathtrap, Spring Awakening and various original works throughout her 4 years at Wagner.

Amanda also served as the editor and designer of Wagner’s student newspaper, The Wagnerian. She received the Kendris Award in Expository and Journalistic Writing and Outstanding Service in Communication awards for her work with the Wagnerian. Amanda has interned with various organizations including Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Off-Broadway) and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

In addition to her work in theatrical administration, Amanda is an avid tap dancer and can be found hanging out with her cat, Bella. Many thanks to the MHT team for countless opportunities and laughs. @amandajcalvin

Emma Flynn

Emma Flynn is over the moon to be returning to the Mac for her second season. She recently graduated from The Hartt School of Music where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Holly in The Wedding Singer and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Emma is so so grateful to the Mac-Haydn Theatre and the whole community of Chatham for welcoming her back for the summer!

Roles this Season

Morgan Le Fey in Camelot
Arlene Barruca in Curtains
Harem Girl/Larissa/Beautician in Sunset Boulevard
Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease
Kate in Oklahoma!
Jonah Hale

Jonah is an NYC-based performer and photographer who has a passion for both the performing and the visual arts. Jonah, originally from Minnesota, moved to New York City to attend Wagner College in the fall of 2015. He later graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Performace and a Minor in Dance. Jonah is a two-time Mac-Haydn alumnus and is so thrilled to be returning to Chatham this summer. He was last seen on the Mac-Haydn stage in 2018 and 2019 in roles such as Kenickie in Grease, Sammy in The Wedding Singer, Sir Dinadan in Camalot, and Santa Clause in Annie. Thank you to friends and family for all of their love and support.

Roles this Season

Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate
Dan/Dr. Madden U/S in Next to Normal
Sam Seleznow

Sam is so excited to be back in Chatham with his Mac-Haydn family and is grateful to be doing theater again. Past credits include: Footloose (Ren), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Grease (Johnny Casino), Ragtime (Tateh u/s), James and the Giant Peach (Grasshopper), Matilda (Big Kid), and many others at Mac-Haydn and at other regional theaters. Sam has also worked as a production singer for two cruise lines traveling all over the world and working in Germany. Sam was stranded at sea for two months at the beginning of the pandemic and is happy to be back on land! Sam will soon be releasing a music project that he wrote, co-produced, and recorded during the pandemic so look out for that (ig- @samseleznow). Sam is a Hartt school Alumni. Much love to his family and everyone at Mac-Haydn.

Angel Harrison

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Angel Harrison is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She was most recently seen in the Argyle Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening, and the award winning play As Much As I Can. She has also performed in readings, concerts, and cabarets throughout New York City. She is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut.

Roles this Season

Coalhouse Gang in Ragtime(Debut)
Kayla in Jane of the Jungle
Ellie in Martin and Mee-Lo
Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors
Virginia in Oklahoma!
Alecsys Proctor-Turner

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Alecsys Proctor- Turner is a rising senior BFA Music theatre major at the University of Miami. She was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Alecsys is extremely honored to join the Mac-Haydn Family. Previous credits include; Camae in The Mountaintop, Mother of the Late Afternoon in Blind Mouth Singing, and Kate in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Alecsys brings a little bit of Miami’s sunshine wherever she goes.

Roles this Season

Sarah’s Friend in Ragtime (Debut)
Woose in Martin and Mee-Lo
Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors
Zoey Bright

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Zoey Bright is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn debut this season! She is an upcoming sophomore Theatre Performance major at Wagner College and some of her favorite roles include Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray) and Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family). She would like to thank the cast, crew, and the whole Mac-Haydn family for such an amazing experience!

Roles this Season

Jan in Grease (Debut)
Sob Sister in Ragtime
Jane in Jane of the Jungle
Star to Be in Little Shop of Horrors
Ellen in Oklahoma!
Kylan Ross

Kylan is thrilled to be back with his Mac-Haydn family for another season. Originally from Ireland, he now calls New York City home. Kylan is a Musical Theatre and Film graduate from the New York Film Academy. Some of Kylans favorite past credits include: THE WORLD GOES ROUND (Berkshire Theatre Award Nominee for Outstanding Lead Male in a Musical 2021), TODRICK HALLS: STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ, North American Tour (The Wizard), PIPPIN (Pippin), NEWSIES (Davey/Race), RAGTIME (Younger Brother), CHESS (Anatoly), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Gus), JOSEPH… DREAMCOAT (Joseph), GREASE (Doody). Kylan would like to thank all of his family back home in Ireland for their constant love and support.
Keep up with Kylan on Instagram at: @kylanross

Roles this Season

Al DeLuca in A Chorus Line
Bobby Strong in Urinetown
Gabe in Next to Normal
Malcom MacGregor in The Full Monty
Jinx in Forever Plaid
Spencer Petro

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Spencer Petro is pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre at Rider University. He is beyond thrilled to be joining the Mac Haydn Theatre Family this summer as part of their most exciting season yet. He would like to thank everyone at Mac Haydn for this amazing opportunity as well as his family for always supporting him. Humbled. Honored. Grateful.

Roles this Season

Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Debut)
Russ Cochran/Stagehand in Curtains
Wunderkind/Adam/Salesman/Paramount Crew in Sunset Boulevard
Professor in The Pinocchio Show
Eugene Florczyk in Grease
Baron's Assistant in Ragtime
Martin in Martin and Mee-Lo
Uptown Square in Little Shop of Horrors
Jess Chalmers in Oklahoma!
Jesse Lynn Harte

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jesse Lynn Harte is so stoked to join The Mac-Haydn! Some regional credits: Star To Be (Annie) at Westchester Broadway, Wendy Jo (Footloose) & Ms. Crookshank (Miracle on 34th St) at Theatre Workshop Nantucket. Fun fact: she’s also played Ariel (The Little Mermaid)10 times, including in Boston at Fiddlehead Theatre and The Palace Theatre. Thanks to the fam & Vienna for everything!

Roles this Season

Lady Guilliam in Camelot (Debut)
Marjorie Cook in Curtains
Edda in Martin and Meelo
Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!
Elizabeth D’Aiuto

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Elizabeth is ecstatic to be making her Mac-Haydn debut! Recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory! Her recent credits include; PBT: Dames at Sea (Ruby), Damn Yankees (Sister), RMT: The Music Man (u/s Marian) Anything Goes, Barrington Stage: Pirates of Penzance (u/s Mabel). Many thanks to the cast and crew, especially John, Monica, and Kevin! Love to her family!

Roles this Season

Nimue in Camelot (Debut)
Connie Subbotin in Curtains
Mary/Analyst in Sunset Boulevard
Marty in Grease
Brigit in Ragtime
Mom/Joanne/Samantha in Jane of the Jungle
Bette in Martin and Mee-Lo
Dental Assistant in Little Shop of Horrors
Vivian in Oklahoma!
Maya Cuevas

Maya is grateful to return to Mac-Haydn for her second year! A recent grad from The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre, her credits include Goodspeed Musicals Festivals: Gloria GROW, Mac-Haydn Theatre: Sarah RAGTIME, Ronnette LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Frenchie GREASE, Armina OKLAHOMA! Playhouse on Park: Carla u/s IN THE HEIGHTS, North Rockland Theatre Society: Aida AIDA, New Generation Theatre: Vanessa IN THE HEIGHTS, The Hartt School: Loraine u/s ALL SHOOK UP. Maya would very much like to thank her parents, siblings, and all of her family for always being her number one supporters, especially throughout the pandemic. She is super thankful to be back at the place she loves- doing what she loves once again!

Anthony DaSilva

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Anthony is thrilled to be spending his first summer here at Mac-Haydn! He is a rising junior at Montclair State University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Infinite thanks to his family, friends, and all who support and create theatre. Select Credits include: Riff (West Side Story), Durdles (Drood), Melchior (Spring Awakening). Instagram: @antthology . Go Red Hawks!

Roles this Season

Clarius and Dap in Camelot (Debut)
Ronnie Driscoll in Curtains
John/Salesman/Paramount Crew/Guard in Sunset Boulevard
Dipstick in The Pinocchio Show
Danny Zuko in Grease
Conductor in Ragtime
Night Monster in Martin and Mee-Lo
Priest in Little Shop of Horrors
Ensemble in Oklahoma!
Todd Fenstermaker

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Todd is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut this summer! Touring credits include the National companies of Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Man Of La Mancha, Annie, and 42nd Street. He has also toured throughout Asia with The Sound Of Music, The King And I, and Annie. Regional credits include multiple productions of Annie (Warbucks/ FDR/Drake), Gypsy (Herbie), The Full Monty (Teddy), and 1776 (Rutledge). When not on stage, Todd can be found announcing for minor league baseball games, golfing, and visiting MLB stadiums across the country. Love and thanks to my family!.

Roles this Season

Sidney Bernstein in Curtains (Debut)
Grandpa in Ragtime
Leigh Martha-Klinger

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Leigh Martha-Klinger was born and raised bilingual in Germany, studied Drama in Munich and worked throughout Europe until she finally took the leap and moved to NYC 7 years ago. She can ́t imagine being anywhere else in the world. Leigh is ecstatic to be making her Mac-Haydn debut! Love to my husband and family! Credits include: We Will Rock You, Rebecca, Les Misérables, Murder Ballad, Lucky Stiff, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, American Idiot.

Roles this Season

Georgia Hendricks in Curtains (Debut)
Joanna/Doctor in Sunset Boulevard
Rachel Pantazis

Rachel Pantazis is elated to be returning to the Mac-Hadyn. An NYC based actress, Rachel was a company member in 2019 and played the roles of Nikki in Curtains, Betty in Sunset Boulevard, and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! opposite her incredible husband, Andrew Burton Kelley. Since her time at the Mac, Rachel worked as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines out of Miami on itineraries to Mexico and the Bahamas. During the pandemic, Rachel started working as a virtual voice teacher for students of all ages. Rachel was also lucky enough to safely music direct youth theatre at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH from fall of 2020-June of 2021. She fully embraced the opportunity to mentor grade school students on virtual platforms and finally in person by the end of May, 2021. Thank you to John, Monica, and the whole Mac team for welcoming her back this summer.

Roles this Season

Calliope/Aphrodite in Xanadu
Chelsea Lynne Myers

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Californian by birth, New Yorker at heart. BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (CAP 21). Favorite roles: Hunyak in Chicago, (Greenbrier Valley Theatre, WV) Emma/understudy Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, (Village Theatre, WA) and Larato/understudy to Nicole Scherzinger in Two Lost Worlds (NYC). Love and thanks to the Mac-Haydn team, family, Liz and Mike. For Ashley.

Roles this Season

Lady Anne in Camelot (Debut)
Bambi Bernet in Curtains
Secretary/Lisa/Danielle/Astrologer in Sunset Boulevard
Madame Azure in The Pinocchio Show
Patty Simcox in Grease
Kathleen in Ragtime
Night Monster in Martin and Mee-Lo
Dental Assistant in Little Shop of Horrors
Sylvie in Oklahoma!
Joe Hornberger

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Joe Hornberger Mac-Haydn Debut Summer! Off-Broadway: Frankenstein (The Players Theatre). Regional: Elf (The Fireside Theatre), One Thousand Words (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Peter and the Wolf (Lookingglass Theatre/Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Breath (ArtsEmerson). Concert: Spring Awakening (54 Below). BFA Emerson College. Many thanks to John, Monica, everyone at The Mac, RSO, Lindsay, friends and family, and always to Mom. JoeGHornberger.com @hornburgalar

Roles this Season

Sir Lionel in Camelot (Debut)
Brick Hawvermale in Curtains
Finance Man/Cliff/Salesman/Paramount Crew/Jones in Sunset Boulevard
Carl/Pinocchio in The Pinocchio Show
Roger in Grease
Stanford White in Ragtime
Grott in Martin and Mee-Lo
Skip Snip in Little Shop of Horrors
Slim in Oklahoma!
Deshaun Tost

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

DeShaun Tost is a baritone hailing from Steubenville, Ohio. He graduated in 2018 from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s integrated program. Last summer he was a cast member in various productions at the Ohio Light Opera. He is delighted to be working here at the Mac-Haydn Theatre this season, and looks forward to bringing this outstanding repertoire to life.

Roles this Season

Sir Sagramore in Camelot (Debut)
Roy Stetson in Curtains
Finance Man/Glenn/Salesman in Sunset Boulevard
Cricket in The Pinocchio Show
Vince Fontaine in Grease
Coalhouse Gang in Ragtime
Nicholas in Martin and Mee-Lo
Pimp in Little Shop of Horrors
Joe in Oklahoma!
Camelot Shines Mightily
J. Peter Bergman applauds Camelot in his review for the The Berkshire Edge

“The company’s opening show for the 2019 season is a thriller… a show that is truly worth every minute….”

“Madison Stratton is a gorgeous singer and a splendid actor… she brings out things (Julie) Andrews never divulged.”

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Sarah Kozma

After spending her past two summers as a member of the stage management team (Production Stage Manager/2018, Assistant Stage Manager/2017), Sarah is returning to The Mac-Haydn for a third season in a new administrative role! She is excited to take on the responsibilities of ‘Digital Content Coordinator’ for the Mac’s 51st season and cannot wait to document the life and atmosphere of this season’s productions through photos and videos. Regional credits include: THE FLAMINGO KID (World Premiere), JEEVES & WOOSTER IN “PERFECT NONSENSE” (North American Premiere), A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (World Premiere), AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (World Premiere), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Hartford Stage, THE LITTLE MERMAID, NINE WIVES (World Premiere), and LES MISERABLES at The Sharon Playhouse. www.sarahkozma.com @sarahkozma

Angie Colonna

Look out old Mac is back!! Angie is beyond thankful to be returning to a theatre she calls home. Angie made her Mac-Haydn debut in 2019, receiving a nomination for Broadway Worlds Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Rizzo in Grease. Angie is thrilled to take on the role of dance captain and choreographer this summer! Angie is so grateful to be able to continue spreading joy, being an ally and lifting others up all while doing what she loves most. Thank you John, James, Jill and my dear friend Spates for all your continued love and support! Angie dedicates everything she does to her Colonna Army. You’re my way, my moon and my life. After all this time, we survived! Always.

Camelot Cast 2019

We are delighted to announce the cast for our first show of the season, Camelot.

Stepping into the role of King Arthur is Mac-Haydn favorite Gabe Belyeu, kicking off his tenth season in Chatham. Last summer, audiences enjoyed Gabe in Damn Yankees, Mamma Mia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Annie. Some of Gabe’s career highlights include the National Tours of Showboat and Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley.

Madison Stratton returns to The Mac-Haydn as the beautiful and spirited Guenevere after her performance as Tonya in last season’s fan-favorite production of Mamma Mia. Madison’s New York theatre credits include Baby, A New Musical Off-Broadway and the National Tour of Ragtime.

Nick Miller makes his Mac-Haydn debut as Sir Lancelot. Nick was recently seen as Falstaff in Mixed Precipitation’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Plunkett in Utopia Opera’s Martha, and Judd in the Engeman Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which he will reprise in Mac-Haydn’s production in August.

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Nick Miller

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Nick Miller is ecstatic to be part of MacHaydn Theatre’s 2019 summer season! Nick has been active on musical and operatic stages in his home state of Minnesota, Texas, Arizona, and surrounding New York City. Most recently, he been seen as Falstaff in Mixed Precipitation’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Plunkett in Utopia Opera’s Martha, and Judd in the Engeman Theatre’s Oklahoma! Aside from his stage work, Nick is also an active instructor in many musical disciplines and an avid double bass player.

Roles this Season

Lancelot in Camelot (Debut)
Oscar Shapiro in Curtains
Cord Elam in Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! Creative Team 2019

John Saunders directs this incredible Rodgers and Hammerstein classic to close out our season. He is joined by Music Director Jillian Zack who’s known well to Mac-Haydn audiences. Jillian can’t wait: “I’m very excited to bring this expansive score to the intimate space of the Mac-Haydn. The show is packed full of hits and the chance to dissect them with fresh eyes and ears is thrilling!”

Katie Johannigman joins us as choreographer for the first time this season as does Costume Designer Bethany Marx.

Saunders is excited to have the great team of Kevin Gleason and Andrew Gmoser together again for the final time this year. “Kevin and Andrew know our space so well that it is always exciting to see what we can come up with when recreating something from the classic repertoire.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver complete the task of bringing the farmers and the cowmen to life.

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Little Shop of Horrors Creative Team 2019

We are heading to skid row with a dynamic team led by Erin Spears Ledford whose direction Mac-Haydn audiences will remember from the fantastically fun Wedding Singer last season. “Little Shop of Horrors has long been a favorite of mine as it pairs my love of both musical comedy and the horror genre. I couldn’t think of a better venue to put up this show than the Mac- Haydn stage!”

She is joined by David Maglione, who Music Directs his fifth and final main stage show of the season. No doubt David will have to work closely with Sound Designer Corbin White on this one who is excited to build the sound world of the plant: “Crafting the sound for the monster plant in Little Shop will be a rewarding challenge as it has to be very refined, but it’s sure to be a lot of fun!”

Lauren Monteleone Choreographs for us for the first time this season as does Emma Cummings in her capacity as Set Designer.

Kevin Gleason lights the show and Alison Zador designs costumes for her final production of the season.

Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver round out the team.

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Ragtime Creative Team 2019

It’s an epic, devastatingly touching adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel and our creative team are extremely conscious of how poignant the message of Ragtime is right now. An award winning team leads the largest cast in the history of the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

The Berkshire Award winning combination of John Saunders and Sebastiani Romagnolo join forces again to put their stamp on this majestic show. Romagnolo is very aware of the powerful messages Ragtime represents: “The American Dream, different for each of us, is defined by our race, our class, our origins. Ragtime is a gorgeous revelation of that fact. It reminds us that the struggle for equality is never finished and that ultimately, it is our differences that make a stronger and better world. If ever there were a time for this tale, now is it!”

Saunders is excited to bring Ragtime to the Mac-Haydn family: “I can’t wait to work with this all-star team on this epic show. I have no doubt that it will be the show event of the summer.”

Jimm Halliday returns to Ragtime, having won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Costume Design for his Kennedy Center production of the work. David Maglione carries the conductors baton, creating the musical world of this incredible score which he knows will leave a lasting impact on all that hear it.

Andrew Gmoser designs both sets and lighting for the first time this season, having created the visually stunning production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame last season.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver team up again to fill out the turn of the century world of Ragtime.

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Grease Creative Team 2019

Grease is the word and we welcome back the immensely talented Sebastiani Romagnolo to rock us back into the iconic 1950s.

“So many people know the story of Grease, the teenage epic of love, longing, and identity. I’m very excited to dig into this classic and find a fresh voice in it for a modern audience. Get ready for explosive dancing, heart pounding action, and the guttural power that is the story of the American Teen.”

Romagnolo, who received the Berkshire Theatre Award for his Hello Dolly! choreography two seasons ago, also choreographs the production and is joined by David Maglione as music director for the second time this season. Alison Zador costume designs her second show of the season and Kevin Gleason combines with Andrew Gmoser once again to produce the set and lighting designs.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver hit their stride for the fourth production of the season.

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Sunset Boulevard Creative Team 2019

The master director of the Mac-Haydn takes on Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece and surrounds himself with an incredible team to carry off the task. The Sunset Boulevard team is all aces.

John Saunders has taken our productions in directions many could not have imagined over the past decade and this will be no exception. “It’s high time we had the ultimate diva Norma Desmond on our stage and this season it’s finally happening! I am thrilled to present Sunset Boulevard for the first time to the Mac-Haydn audience. With Andrew Lloyd Weber’s soaring and beautiful score, alongside this compelling story, I hope to make it a new favorite here.”

John is is joined by our incredibly inventive resident music supervisor David Maglione and we are excited to see how he presents one of music theatre’s most fascinating scores.

Ashley DeLane Burger returns to choreograph and Jimm Halliday creates the costumes from this iconic period in Hollywood’s history. Erin Kiernan and Andrew Gmoser team up for the second time this season to design sets and lighting.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver continue their work with us this season.

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Curtains Creative Team 2019

Curtains is a brand new show for our audiences and we welcome a brand new director to lead the production.

Courtney Laine Self has directed and choreographed throughout the United States in both theatre and musicals. John Saunders said of Courtney: “We are really excited to have her here. Both our performers and our audiences are going to love her creative energy.”

Bruce De La Cruz leads the pit in this wonderful score. “I’m very excited to be returning to the Mac-Haydn this summer! Digging into this score over the past few weeks has been so much fun and I can’t wait to get started working on it with the always amazing talent at the Mac.”

Our costumes are designed by the legendary Jimm Halliday whose biography speaks for itself.

Andrew Gmoser lights the show and Erin Kiernan joins us for her 8th season as set designer. Theresa Alexander assits Courtney as associate choreographer.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver reprise their roles in this hillarious show that we know will be a fun surprise for our audiences.

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Camelot Creative Team 2019

Camelot opens our 51st season and we have assembled an awesome Creative Team, some of whom you know, and some of whom you are yet to discover.

After starring as Quasimodo in last years epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mac-Haydn favorite James Rodgers moves back to the directors chair. He last directed for us in our 2014 production of Sondheim’s Putting It Together. He is joined by choreographer Elizabeth McGuire who has an extensive background in immersive and innovative theatre that includes her work with ToUch Performance Art, a company she foundered.

Artistic Director John Saunders is excited about what these two artists will bring to the round table: “With their collective understanding of classical art forms and desire to present them in innovative ways while remaining true to the spirit of the material, James and Lizzie are a perfect combination for us. We’re really excited to see a Camelot that is unlike any we have presented before.”

Rodgers couldn’t be happier: “John has put together a fabulous team for this. Camelot is such an iconic show but so many aspects of this story are frighteningly relevant today. Hope, love, belief and the pitfalls of those things playout in very powerful ways in the political world of Camelot.”

The wonderful David Maglione, who will be with us all season as Music Supervisor, leads the musical forces and Alison Zador returns to design the costumes. The dynamic duo of Kevin Gleason and Andrew Gmoser join forces again for the set and lighting designs.

Some new faces round things out with Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver.

It promises to be an exciting opening to our Summer ’19 Season.

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Katie Johannigman

Katie Johannigman (Choreographer) is so excited to be back at the Mac-Haydn with her longtime buddy, John. Director/Choreographer credits include: BERNSTEIN’S MASS (Cincinnati Ballet, May Festival, Symphony), SHREK (Connecticut Repertory Theater), LIZZIE (The Human Race Theater), MAME (The Human Race Theater), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Clinton Showboat), SANTA CLAUS (Cincinnati Children’s Theater), THEY WERE YOU, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, CANDIDE, THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY, GODSPELL, and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (CCM). She is on faculty at CCM in the Musical Theater Department, where she earned her BFA. Katie is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Oklahoma!
Lauren Monteleone

Lauren Monteleone is beyond excited and honored to return to the Mac this summer! Previously Associate Choreographer for MAMMA MIA, Lauren is returning as the Choreographer for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. NYC based Actor/Choreographer/Teaching Artist, recently seen: Int'l/ National Tours (LEGALLY BLONDE, CINDERELLA). Much love to John, Monica and the entire MacHaydn team. Website: www.laurenmonteleone.com. Insta: @laurenmonteee.

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Little Shop of Horrors
Theresa Alexander

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Curtains
Courtney Laine Self

Courtney is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn debut! She recently directed/choreographed the regional theatre premiere of Fun Home at Millbrook Playhouse, directed/choreographed All Shook Up at The Hartt School, and directed the world premiere of new play Sheila and Moby in DC. Earlier this summer she assistant directed Proof of Love Off-Broadway co-produced by Audible Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop and last summer she associate directed Oliver! at Goodspeed Opera House. This summer in addition to Mac-Haydn, she’s directing/choreographing for Jean’s Playhouse, Millbrook Playhouse, New Paradigm Theatre Company, and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Previously, she was the Head of Dance for the BFA in Music Theatre and a professor of theatre and movement at Southern Illinois University. MFA: Directing, Southern Illinois University, BFA: Music Theatre, The Hartt School.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Curtains
Alison Zador

Alison is a New York City based Costumer. She is honored to returning for her second season here at the Mac-Haydn as Costume Shop Manager and a Resident Costume Designer. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Alison moved to NYC in 2017 and has been working on such productions as the Phantom of the Opera International Tour, Bronx Tale National Tour, Sound of Music National Tour, and as a Costume Coordinator for various cruise lines. Previous Mac-Haydn design credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Camelot, Grease, Martin and Meelo, and now Little Shop of Horrors.

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - Camelot : Grease : Little Shop of Horrors
Matthew Oliver

Creative Roles this Season

Hair and Makeup Designer - Season
Joshua Gallagher

Joshua E. Gallagher is a graduate candidate in the stage design program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to returning to school, he was freelancing as a scenic designer, scenic artist, and props artisan in the Philadelphia area for three years. Recent properties design credits include James and the Giant Peach, The Wizard of Oz (Limelight Performing Arts Center) and the puppet and mask design for Beauty and the Beast (Millbrook Playhouse).


Creative Roles this Season

Props Designer - Season
Corbin White

Corbin is a sound designer, composer and media programmer currently completing his BFA in Sound Design at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. Corbin is returning for his second season with the Mac-Haydn. He has also worked as an engineer and designer for Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock MO, Short North Stage in Columbus, OH, and Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond, VA, where he worked on the new musical Atlantis. Favorite credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime, Heathers: The Musical, The Fantasticks, Angels in America, Dreamgirls, Hair, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. In his spare time, Corbin enjoys writing and playing music, reading biographies, and programming interactive media.

Meredith Lustig

Thrilled to be back at the Mac! Regional: Blanche DuBois/A Streetcar Named Desire, Agnes/Maid of Orleans (Opera Company Middlebury), Gianetta/L’Elisir D’Amore, Cephisia/Orpheus (New York City Opera), Laurie/Oklahoma (Mac-Hayden Theater), Eurydice/Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera), Fiona/Brigadoon (Theater Zone Naples), Musetta/La Boheme (Syracuse Opera). Papagena/Magic Flute, Zina/Dark Sisters, Carolina/Il Matrimonio Segreto, Clorinda/Cenerentola (Pittsburgh Opera); Daisy/The Great Gatsby (Aspen Opera Theater), and Bella/An American Tragedy, Carrie us/Carousel (Glimmerglass). As a soloist, Meredith has appeared on the stages of Lincoln Center, Carnegie hall, and Town Hall Theater. Symphonic appearances: Candide (Philadelphia Orchestra), Serenade to Music (Chicago Symphony), Bernstein’s Mass (Ravinia Festival, Philadelphia Orchestra), Knoxville Summer 1915 (Symphoria NY), headliner for the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Steamboat Springs Symphony, The Virginia Arts Festival and Canada’s Centre National Des Arts. TV: Dickenson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and PBS Great Performances’ presentation of Bernstein’s Mass. Love to M&C. meredithlustig.com @meredithlustig

Roles this Season

Lilli Vanessi (Katherine) Kiss Me, Kate
Elizabeth McGuire

Elizabeth McGuire is a choreographer, performer, and teaching artist living in NYC. In 2011, Elizabeth Co-Founded ToUch Performance Art, a dance-theater company that specializes in innovative, immersive and multi-disciplinary performances, and has produced over 50 shows as Co-Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. Outside of ToUch, she has had the honor choreographing for many wonderful productions including at the American Repertory Theater, the Signature Theater, the Connelly Theater, AMDA, Manhattan School of Music, CBS Network, and of course, the MHT. Elizabeth also serves as Managing Director for Broadway Bound Kids, a non-profit dedicated to providing access to arts education for all students. She is thrilled to be back at the Mac and is grateful to John and the team for having her. www.mcguiremoves.com

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Urinetown
Choreographer - The Full Monty
50 years on: A new beginning for the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Chatham, NY – April 2, 2019

The Mac-Haydn Theatre heads into its 51st season of summer theatre with new leadership and a revived commitment to the organization’s founding principles.

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders

“We are very excited to continue building on our wonderful legacy,” says producing artistic director John Saunders. “What Lynne and Linda created here in Chatham is something very special. It was a dreadful blow when we lost Lynne last year.” Lynne Haydn, a co-founder of the theatre, died last year, leaving Saunders in the principal leadership role.

Saunders isn’t afraid to shed light on the challenges. “It is a huge responsibility, particularly given the circumstances. I was extremely close to Lynne, I mean, she was my mentor and dear friend. But, Lynne left me feeling very prepared and confident to move the organization into our next 50 years. Our board of directors, led by Paul Colarusso Jr., have been extremely supportive, and I am very excited about our future plans and prospects. We have an exciting staffing restructure in process and have brought in some excellent personnel for the Summer 2019 season. I know it is going to be one of our best.”

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James Rodgers

James Rodgers has worked for 16 years in the arts industry as a Performer, Director, Administrator, Producer and Educator. He is the founder and principal of Hemis Digital and an associate teacher for the Badiene Magaziner Vocal Studio.

As a performer James has appeared with The MDR Sinfonieorchester, The Kurt Weill Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Argento Ensemble, The Merola Opera Program, Toledo Opera, Opera Omaha, The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, The Little Orchestra Society of New York, The Otago Arts Festival, The Auckland Festival, The Mac-Haydn Theatre, The Beijing Modern Music Festival, The Orpheus Choir, The Banff Centre, The Paul Dresher Ensemble and New Zealand Opera.

James has won both the Lotte Lenya and the Joy in Singing competitions. He is a passionate advocate of the art song repertoire and a champion of new music. In 2014 he released his debut album – Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill. Based in New York, James holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and the Manhattan School of Music.

Alumni Spotlight: Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin (Mac-Haydn, 2011) talks to us about creating the role of Kristoff in Broadway’s Frozen, working for Disney and the audition process.

Jelani you recently had the opportunity to originate a role in a Broadway show! What about that experience differed from your expectations?

Bringing to life a character in the biggest animation hit of all time is no small task. I was never expecting it to be easy, but I could have never imagined the great number of challenges in trying to honor what people know and love about the character and blend it with my own identity as an artist. I was lucky that Kristoff and I meet in many places, but there were some that we didn’t. I had to rise to the occasion!
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Linda MacNish

Born in Spencertown on May 10th, 1939, Linda grew up in Austerlitz and was valedictorian of the Roe-Jan School in Hillsdale. She went on to major in political science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

In her early career, Linda worked as assistant to the arts editor at Good Housekeeping Magazine and associate editor of Panorama Magazine in Florida. She then moved to New York City to become a playwright. Once there Linda was one of the first to produce “luncheon theater” and her original play, “Dalrymple, You Rascal” was one of the earliest to be performed. She composed music and lyrics for several Off-Broadway shows before founding the Mac-Haydn Theatre with Lynne Haydn.

Linda was a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce board of directors for fifteen years and remained active in the business community of the Columbia County region for her entire career.

Sadly, Linda passed away in 2002 at only 63 years old.

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Summer ’19 Season Announced

We wanted you to be the first to know what your summer holds in store for you! We are busy getting ready to present another epic line-up for the Summer ’19 Season and we couldn’t be more excited to share these incredible shows with you. Warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday from all of us here at The Mac-Haydn Theatre. See you in just a few short months!

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George Dvorsky Wins Berkie

We are delighted to announce that George Dvorsky (Warbucks) – Annie has won the Bershire Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. Congratulations George!

The Mac-Haydn received nominations in 6 separate categories including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical!

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Thanks from John Saunders

Can it really be over a week already since the Mac-Haydn closed for the season? Each and every show this summer brought so much magic to life. Whether it was one of our 7 main-stage shows or our incredible children’s theatre line-up, the entire season was a huge success on stage and off. The Mac-Haydn has continued to soar to new heights each season and I’m so honored to be at the helm of this extraordinary work.

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Reviews Rave About Annie

J. Peter Bergman writes a glowing review of our final show of the season.

“Three of the funniest performances of the season…”

Annabel Feigen sings like a mini-Ethel Merman, acts like an intelligent Shirley Temple and attracts attention from everyone everywhere…”

Monica M. Wemitt is as funny as anyone could be in this role and, when she sings and dances, she becomes the star of show without question…”

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Vivien Gorman

Vivien Gorman is 10 years old and excited for the opportunity to perform with Mac-Haydn Theater. Vivien was TInkerbell in Peter Pan with Broadway Sings! She played Woodstock in You’re a God Man Charlie Brown and also performed in Alice in Wonderland with Debuts Theater. In dance theater productions, she was in: Seussical, Beauty and the Beast and Trolls. Vivien has been in The Nutcracker with Northeast Ballet for 4 years. Vivien enjoys ballroom dance, tumbling, tap, jazz and ballet. Vivien also plays the piano and studies voice with Lisa Franklin.

Roles this Season

Gertie in Annie
Maeve Gorman

Maeve Gorman is 12 years old and excited to be performing at Mac-Haydn Theater. Maeve was John in Peter Pan with Broadway SIngs! She played Sally in You’re a God Man Charlie Brown. Other local shows include: Alice in Wonderland with Debuts Theater and The Nutcracker with Northeast Ballet for 4 years. Theatrical dance productions include: Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, and Trolls. Maeve studies ballroom dance, tumbling, tap, jazz, ballet and pointe. She also plays the piano and studies voice with Lisa Franklin.

Roles this Season

Juy in Annie
Fiona Gorman

Fiona Gorman is 7 years old and is thrilled to be performing at Mac-Haydn Theater. Fiona was in Peter Pan with Broadway Sings! She was in a dance theater production of Trolls. Fiona studies ballroom dance, tap, jazz, tumbling and ballet. Fiona plays the piano and studies voice with Lisa Franklin​.

Roles this Season

Molly in Annie
Riley O’Kane

Riley O’Kane is thrilled to join Mac-Haydn Theater for their 50th season! Riley attends Green Meadow Elementary School EG and lives in Castleton, NY. Recent Credits include: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Oompa Loompa), and Peter Pan (Tinkerbell). Riley is grateful to the production team at Mac-Haydn for this amazing opportunity and her family for their love and support.

Roles this Season

Ellie in Annie
Emma O’Kane

Emma O’Kane is thrilled to be part of Mac-Haydn Theater for their 50th season! Emma attends Goff Middle School EG and lives in Castleton, NY. Recent credits include: Once On This Island (Little TiMoune), Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt) and Music Man (Ensemble). Emma thanks the production team at Mac-Haydn for this amazing opportunity and her family for their love and support.

Roles this Season

Duffy/ Annie Understudy in Annie
Hannah Wisdom

Hannah Wisdom is excited to be performing in her very first show at the Mac Haydn Theatre. Hannah lives in Hudson with her family and attends the Hudson Junior High. She is in the sixth grade, and enjoys music, art, dance and science. Her most recent roles include Ugly from Honk, Rajah in Aladdin, Madame De La Grande Buche in Beauty and the Beast and Baloo in The Jungle Book. She would like to thank the cast and crew for letting her be a part of this incredible production.

Roles this Season

Josie in Annie
Braeden Van Wie

Braeden is thrilled to be returning to MacHaydn theatre for her first appearance in a main stage show. Braeden is entering 8th grade in the Chatham Middle school. Her passions are musical theatre and horse back riding at Dreaming Tree Farm!! Braeden would like to thank the entire cast for being so nice to her and wants to wish them all the best of luck in the future.

Roles this Season

Izzy in Annie
Jane B. Fischer

Jane has been performing at the Mac since 2011 performing on both the main stage (Carousel and Music Man) and Children’s Theatre. When she’s not at the theater she competes with her horse Tornado at WNEPHA hunter jumper events. Many thanks to John, Monica, and Patrick for another fun summer at the Mac and to her family and friends for all the love and support.

Roles this Season

Sunny in Annie
Sachie Capitani

Sachie Capitani, a rising 8th grader, is thrilled make her Mac-Haydn debut. Theater credits include Gypsy (The Cape Playhouse), Music Man (North Shore Music Theatre), Trumpet of the Swan(Wheelock Family Theater), and various shows with Watertown Children’s Theatre. Film/TV credits include Good Kill, The Homesman, War on Everyone, and Breaking Bad. When not singing or dancing, Sachie likes to read, ski, and binge watch The Office. Thanks to Mac Haydn for this amazing opportunity.

Roles this Season

Kate in Annie
Mallory Bourgault

Mallory is delighted to be making her professional debut at the Mac! This is her second time performing the role of Molly. A recent cabaret style show with Broadway Sings allowed her to play Young Cosette, Baby June, and other iconic roles. Mallory is a 3rd grader in Averill Park, NY, where she enjoys singing, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Roles this Season

Molly in Annie
Kylie Benoit

Kylie is excited to make her professional debut at Mac-Haydn! She’s an 11 year old from western Massachusetts with a huge voice who loves to sing, dance and act. Her dream is to perform professionally on Broadway. Favorite roles include Amaryllis in The Music Man (Unity House Players) and July in Annie (Broad Brook Opera House). Kylie is a member of Broadway Youth Ensemble (NYC) and can next be seen in the starring role of Matilda at Northern Stage, an Equity theater in White River Junction, Vermont. She thanks her family and friends for their support! Instagram: kyliebenoit_official

Roles this Season

Tessie in Annie
Meet Our Annies!

You can’t do Annie without an amazing young actress in the title role. Well, we have two of them! We are so excited to introduce Annabel Feigen and Rieleigh Smith, the two incredible girls taking on the most famous orphan in Musical Theatre history. We sat down for a chat about dogs, the show and working at the Mac-Haydn.

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Berkshire On Stage Loves The Wedding Singer

Lisa Jarisch calls The Wedding Singer “As filling as the first slice of wedding cake, and almost twice as sweet…” in Berkshire On Stage.

“Conor Fallon brings considerable appeal to the title role…”

“Kate Zulauf gives us a wistful, earnest Julia…”

“…enthusiastic and on-key performances all around…”

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Fiona Phelps

Fiona is a sophomore at Chatham High School. Some favorite roles include: Elle in Legally Blonde Jr. (CCYT), Pepper in Annie (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Race in Newsies (Master Class Performing Arts) and Kendra in 13 the Musical (Upstage Productions). She is a competitive dancer with Columbia Elite Allstars, and a Nationals Tap finalist. Fiona would like to thank her ballet instructor Lynne, her vocal coach Andrew, and last but certainly not least-John, Monica, Katie, Jillian, and all the cast and crew of Oklahoma! for this wonderful experience!

Roles this Season

Young Laurey in Oklahoma!
Unster in Martin & Meelo
George Phelps

I am excited for the opportunity to perform again at the Mac-Haydn stage! I have performed in numerous local productions, favored roles include: Lord Farquaad in Shrek the musical, Fagin in Oliver!, Thomas Nostradamus in Something Rotten!, Plankton in the Spongebob Squarepants musical, and Darryl Grady in Curtains here at the Mac! I was also super grateful for the opportunity this year, at Master Class Performing Arts in Schenectady, to appear in Beauty and the Beast as Maurice, playing opposite my real-life Belle Fiona Phelps! I started out later in life than most as a performer, and was a stage dad first. I could not have this joyful part of my life without Fiona or the support of my lovely wife Tanya!

Roles this Season

General Harrison Howell in Kiss Me, Kate
Annabel Feigen

Annabel is excited to be making her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut as Annie! Favorite recent roles include: Morticia in The Addams Family Jr. at Random Farms, Ariel in The Tempest at the White Heron Theatre and Gertrude in Seussical Jr. Annabel has been in many other youth productions including Into the Woods at Broadway Workshop, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shrek, The Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast. Thank you to everyone at the Mac-Haydn Theatre and my Mommy, Daddy, Jaja, friends, and teachers for all their love and support!

Roles this Season

Annie in Annie
Sarah Kawalek

Sarah is back at The Mac— her favorite summer home— and she couldn’t be happier! MHT credits: Annie (Lily St. Regis); Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jeannie Muldoon, dance captain). Other credits include: Elf (Ensemble); Ogunquit Playhouse. Love And Other Fables (Ensemble, Lycaena u/s); Theatre By The Sea. For Tonight: A New Musical (Mrs. Parry); Goodspeed. Grease (Marty, Associate Choroegrapher); New Bedford Festival Theatre. Endless love and thanks to her parents for just about everything, and a special thank you Monica and John. www.sarahkawalek.com. “Devin, this one’s for you.”

Roles this Season

Evelyn Nesbitt in Ragtime
Lauren Wrigley

Lauren Wrigley (she/her) is thrilled to be back at the Mac this summer. She is about to enter her senior year at the college of Saint Rose, where she is double majoring in English education and special education, with a minor in drama. She has been spending her summers with the team since age 9, and wouldn’t have it any other way! In the past, you’ve seen her running around the theatre both onstage (Hello Dolly, Saturday Night Fever, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and behind the scenes (summer ’17 & ’18 apprentice). This season you can find her in the box office. Huge thanks to the whole Mac-Haydn family for so many years of memories, let’s make some more!

Emily Allen

Emily is so excited to return to the Mac-Haydn stage for another amazing season! She is currently a rising junior at Marymount Manhattan College where she is studying Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite roles have included Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Ensemble (Ragtime), and Player (Pippin). She has also spent time working on her skills in other areas off-stage including wardrobe, props, lighting, stage management, and choreography. Emily wants to thank her parents, sisters, and her Mac-Haydn family for always supporting her and pushing her to be the best that she can be.

Roles this Season

Wardrobe Lady/Haberdasher in Kiss Me, Kate
Adam Salerno

Adam is a junior at Maple Hill HS. He is so grateful to be an apprentice and performing again at the Mac. His favorite role at the Mac was Pugsley in the Addams Family. Other favorite roles include: A Christmas Story at Capital Rep (Swartz), Seussical (the Cat in the Hat) and Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit). A huge thank you to John Saunders for giving him this opportunity and to his family for their constant support.

Wendy’s Shadow Shines

Gail M. Burns of Berkshire On Stage reported on the opening of Wendy’s Shadow this weekend.

This weekend the Mac-Haydn is doing something it has almost never done in 50 years of presenting professional musical theatre – it is offering a world premiere of a new work.

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Review Is In

J. Peter Bergman praises The Hunchback Of Notre Dame as “Emotionally sound, beautiful…” in The Berkshire Edge.

“Laura Helm is delicate and delectable…” “The sound of the show is Broadway all the way…”

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Tales from the Tours…

Two stars from our upcoming Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quinto Ott (Frollo) and Laura Helm (Esmeralda), have toured extensively over the last few years. They chat with us about their experiences and how the Mac-Haydn helped prepare them.

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George Dvorsky

George Dvorsky is thrilled to be back at the Mac-Haydn after appearing in THE FULL MONTY, ANNIE, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Broadway credits include the title role in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, PASSION, MARILYN: AN AMERICAN FABLE and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE… National Tour: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Off-Broadway: THE FANTASTICKS, CLOSER THAN EVER, PETE N KEELY, DAMES AT SEA and ‘AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND. George starred in the NYC Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA as Prince Charming at Lincoln Center. On PBS he was featured in the Emmy Award winning PASSION: LIVE AT LINCOLN CENTER starring Patti LuPone and starred with Bea Arthur and the Boston Pops in BERNSTEIN’S BROADWAY. His solo CDs are available on the JAY Records label. And can be seen as Luke Macfarlane’s Dad, Bruce, in Universal Pictures BROS hitting theatres Sept 30, 2022. Instagram: @gdvorsky

Roles this Season

Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown
Mamma Mia Review Is In

J. Peter Bergman’s latest review raves about Mamma Mia! in The Berkshire Edge

“Mamma Mia! Here we go again…my, my, how can I resist this?”

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Meet Our Musicians

We have an informal chat with Music Directors Jillian Zack and David Maglione as they give us some insight into how they make the music happen at our unique venue.

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Cabaret Review Is In

J. Peter Bergman’s latest review hails Cabaret as “Brilliant” in The Berkshire Edge

“Cabaret at The Mac-Haydn Theatre is brilliant… Emily Kron’s portrayal of Sally Bowles is revolutionary… Every producer in the region should see this production… This team has delivered something very special….”

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Elsa Poynter

Elsa Poynter is from Higginsville, Missouri, and is incredibly excited to be working with the Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer! She recently graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in theatre and is happy to be using her myriad of skills while working as a scenic constructor for the Mac-Haydn’s fiftieth anniversary season. Elsa has spent her life striving to create and tell stories any way she can, and theatre has been just the avenue to do it. Per audacia ad astra!

Bethany Marx

Bethany Marx is an Associate Professor of Theatre specializing in Costume Design at SUNY Oneonta in Upstate New York. Design credits for the Mac include Hello, Dolly, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, The Wedding Singer, and She Loves Me. Bethany has also designed for Capital Repertory Theatre, the DC Fringe Festival, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. Bethany moved to New York after six years teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she designed and constructed costumes for theatre and film. She holds a BFA from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Oneonta, NY with her husband, step-daughter, and their four cats.

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - A Chorus Line
Costume Designer - Urinetown
Costume Designer - Next to Normal
Andres Vahos

Andres Vahos is a freelance drummer, percussionist, and educator based in the New York City Metropolitan area. From ballet orchestras to hip-hop acts, Andres enjoys playing many styles of music on a regular basis. He has been heard at Carnegie Hall, on PBS National Broadcasts, and in performances receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times. Andres has also performed as a drum/percussion substitute in the Off-Broadway productions ‘Cyrano’ (starring Peter Dinklage), and ‘For Colored Girls…’ at the Public Theater. Andres takes great pride in teaching all ages and abilities through his private percussion and drum studio, presentations, and clinics along the East Coast. His students have achieved high honors in New York State and have gone onto acclaimed institutions such as the Juilliard Pre-College Program and top university percussion programs.

Cody Kane

Cody Kane is a graduate from Murray State University looking forward to starting his path toward a career in theatre! He is from Murray, Kentucky. He has graduated with a Bachelor of science in Theatre. While in college he focused on theatrical carpentry and grew interested in acting and prop making. Since starting his theatrical journey he has learned many techniques for theatrical carpentry and scenic painting. This is his 3rd season working for the Mac-Haydn and he is so excited for theatres to begin opening their doors again. He is looking forward to having another great season with the Mac-Haydn and branching out of his small hometown to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Fred Frabotta

Fred Frabotta has just returned from playing the role of Herr Schultz in the Cabaret National Tour. His favorite roles include Alfred Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), Herr Schultz (Cabaret), Doc (West Side Story) and and Franz Liebkind (The Producers). Performing venues include Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Highlands Playhouse, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre and Worcester Forum Theatre. He earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. Very pleased to be performing at MacHaydn Theatre. Website: www.fredfrabottaactor.com

Roles this Season

Herr Schultz in Cabaret
The Lynne Haydn Memorial Fund

Remembering our founder Lynne Haydn.

If there’s one thing Lynne loved, it was the theatre filled with an audience having a wonderful experience. It was her vision and tenacity that allowed the Mac-Haydn to produce 50 years of outstanding theatre right in the heart of Columbia County. Ticket prices alone do not cover all the theatre’s expenses, and it is only with the generous support of friends like you that the theatre is able to grow and flourish.

Please consider making a donation in Lynne’s memory and we will continue to honor her and Linda’s lasting legacy on stage each day.

Remembrance of Lynne at The Mac-Haydn Theatre

Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 am.

We have been so moved by the many tributes and stories that people have shared with us over recent weeks and we would love to hear more. Please send your funny and inspiring stories to eledford@machaydntheatre.org. We will be reading as many of them as we can at the service as well as compiling a memory book in Lynne’s honor. Lynne meant the world to so many people and the stories are endless – thank you for sharing them! We also would love to see your pictures so send those along too!

If you plan on attending the memorial, please RSVP to Dee Lashway at dlashway@machaydntheatre.org and let her know how many will be attending.

Thank you once again for your tireless support. Lynne would be so proud of the work we are doing and your part in that work cannot be understated.

Funny Girl

“More Theatre Talk” in another great interview with Funny Girl cast members: Lauren Palmeri (Fanny Brice), Chris Cherin (Nick Arnstein), and Colin Pritchard (Eddie Ryan)

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Monica Gonzalez- Burgos

Mónica González Burgos is pretty excited to be a part of Mac-Haydn’s 50th season! Originally from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico; she took a leap of faith and moved overseas to follow her dreams of working in theatre. While her background was originally in communications, little did she know that her technical courses would be the spark that would eventually lead her to pursue and obtain a Master’s Degree in Audio Arts from Syracuse University, focusing on live sound for Musical Theatre. Her regional work includes The Three Musketeers, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Wizard of Oz and Next to Normal.

Kira Williams

Kira Williams is a graduate from Missouri Western State University. She has a major in Theatre Performance but has found a love for all things hair and makeup. Her favorite shows that she has worked on are Clybourne Park, A Raisin in the Sun, and the Drowsy Chaperone. She is originally from Saint Joseph, Missouri and has two puppies that she misses very much back home.

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee is pleased to be a part of her first season with the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Recent credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway (U/S Costume Department Intern), Ain’t Too Proud National Tour (Costume Department Intern), short film Daughter of Ruin (Design), Twelfth Night (Design) with Montclair State University, the premiere of Larry Keigwin’s Mad Rush (Design), Seussical (Design) and Romeo and Juliet (Design) with the New London Barn Playhouse.

Erika Friedman

Erika is excited to be joining the company at Mac-Haydn this season as one of the Reed players in the orchestra. She holds education and performance degrees from Ithaca College (B.M. in Music Education and Saxophone Performance) and New Jersey City University (M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance). Her most recent and memorable musical experiences include the National Tours of “The Producers”, “Annie” and “The Bodyguard”.

Brandon Bromsey

Brandon Bromsey is very excited to be a member of the Mac-Haydn’s 50th season! A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Brandon holds his BM in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and will pursue a MM in Percussion Performance at Northwestern University this fall. He is thrilled to be playing for this season’s productions of Damn Yankees, Funny Girl, and Cabret .

Jess Petino

Jess Petino is a recent graduate of Montclair State University, with a BFA in Theatre and a Concentration in Scenic and Costume Design. She has recently worked on In the Red and Brown Water (Projections Design), Anything Goes (Scenic Design), West Side Story (Scenic Design) and Iphigenia at Aulis (Projection Design). Jess is from Staten Island, New York. She is also a terrible ukulele player, can only play one part of one song on piano, and an avid dog lover.

Emily Spateholts

This is Emily’s 12th season with Mac-Haydn! However, this will be her first season as Props Designer. Emily has been in almost every aspect of the performing arts, from stage managing to acting, and even choreography! Regional credits: LITTLE WOMEN (Marmee), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (Choreographer), LES MISERABLES (Ensemble/Crew), SWEENEY TODD (Ensemble), CABARET (Frau. Kost/ Music Capt./ASM), GREATER TUNA (Assistant Director/SM), HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Martha/ Heathers U/S.) Emily would like to thank her sister Robyn for all the emotional support throughout the pandemic and her father Skip for always being the best practical joker. This season for her is dedicated to her Mom, Joan Spateholts, the longtime gardener of the Mac, who we lost in November 2020.

Creative Roles this Season

Props Designer: Pippin
Bruce De La Cruz

Bruce De La Cruz graduated from Kean University with a B.M. In Piano Performance with an emphasis in pedagogy. Bruce enjoys being an active freelance musician, music director, arranger, accompanist, and private teacher. Bruce is a staff accompanist at Paper Mill Playhouse and accompanies various classes and lessons at Montclair University and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Bruce has most recently served as music director for 13, High School Musical, Rent, Legally Blonde, If/Then, Title of Show, School of Rock Youth Production, Wendy’s Shadow (original musical), American Idiot and has recently conducted a full orchestra in a concert version of Porgy and Bess.

Roles this Season

Sasha Iljinsky in Curtains

Creative Roles this Season

Music Director - Curtains
Betsy Padamonsky

Betsy spent the last year traveling the country as Donna in the Farewell National Tour of Mamma Mia!, and is overjoyed to be returning to the island again! Betsy ventured around the world as a principal vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Line, and met her husband onboard, and is always up for fun adventures. Favorite roles; Joseph…Dreamcoat(Narrator), Grand Hotel(Rafaella), Godspell(Robin), & Shout! The Mod Musical(Orange Girl). Big THANKS to everyone at Mac-Haydn esp. John and Monica for all they have done for her, and for this incredible opportunity to share this beautiful story with the people of Chatham! Love to my family, friends, and most of all Ian, for their unwavering love and support! “Here We Go Again!” Instagram: @betsypadamonsky Website: www.betsypadamonsky.com

Roles this Season

Mrs. Meeker/Nadler in Funny Girl
Donna in Mamma Mia
More Theatre Talk

The wonderful people at “More Theatre Talk” sat down with Mark Hardy, Corinne Tork, and Julie Galorenzo from our latest production of Damn Yankees and discussed the production, the process and theatre in general.

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Randy Cain

Randy is elated to be making his Mac Haydn debut! A North Carolina native, Randy is now located in NYC as a performer and voice actor. Credits include Smokey Joes Cafe (Theatre Raleigh), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (La Comedia), Scrooge No More (Busch Gardens Williamsburg), Anything Goes and Legally Blonde (Temple Theatre).

Troy Lingelbach

Troy Lingelbach is an actor and aerialist based in NYC. He recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College this May with a BA in Theatre Arts and a Triple Minor in Musical Theatre, Philosophy and Hispanic Studies. As a circus performer, Troy is a specialist and instructor in aerial silks, Lyra, rope, contortion, and dance trapeze and has performed with such companies as ABCirque, The Circus Collective of San Diego, Cirko Teleskóptico, and Lindley Lopez Productions. He recently starred in an aerial adaptation of Stravinski’s Petrushka, and in 2016 placed second in both the Male Silks and Lyra categories at the US Aerial Championships. In college, Troy performed in Punk Rock, Kiss Me, Kate!, the NYC premier of Wildhorn’s Zelda, and South Pacific. Outside of school, he has performed Chicago, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and Shrek as part of Clear Space Theatre Company’s summer season. He is thrilled to be at the Mac this summer!

Roles this Season

Linville in Damn Yankees
Paul/ Workman in Funny Girl
John Darling in Wendy's Shadow
Julie Wagner

Julie is excited to be making her Mac-Haydn debut! Film credits include the leading role in “Desolation” – winner of Bronze Film Award at the LA Neo Noir Film Festival. Favorite stage credits include; Guys and Dolls, Rocky Horror, and BCEFA’s Broadway Bares. Thank you to Mom+Dad, Marianne, Peter, David, my NYC family, and the entire Mac-Haydn team!

Roles this Season

Miss Weston in Damn Yankees
Kitty/ Cathy in Funny Girl
Duchess Dingaling in The Pied Piper
Damn Yankees Review Is In

J. Peter Bergman calls our season opener “A damn good two and a half hours…” in his glowing review for the Berkshire Bright Focus.

See the full review below.

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Zachary Swartout

Zachary Swartout is a Pennsylvania native who grew up with dreams of being a performer, so naturally he is thrilled to be joining the Mac-Haydn Theatre Family! After graduating high school he moved to New York City to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Since graduating, Zachary has performed all over the city. He has done several cabaret shows, performed in a fully immersive production of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party”, and sung in a Dean Martin tribute concert at The Carnegie Hall. Zachary would like to thank his mother, father, and sisters for their never ending support! You can keep up with Zachary at Facebook.com/ZacharyTSwartout or on Instagram @Zswartout1037

Roles this Season

Henry / Guard in Damn Yankees
Heckie / Adolph in Funny Girl
Mayor in Pied Piper
Gino Cardoni

Gino Cardoni is thrilled to be back with the Mac-Haydn Theatre after performing with the resident company last season in shows like MAMMA MIA! (Sky) and Cabaret (Bobby, u/s Cliff). Gino is a rising senior Theatre Performance major at Wagner College where has performed in the companies of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Swing), Working (Delivery), and The Pirates of Penzance (Police). He would like to thank his family, friends, teachers, and the entire “Mac” family for all of their support! @ginocardoni

Roles this Season

Mordred in Camelot
Randy Dexter in Curtains
Sammy/Richard/Salesman in Sunset Boulevard
Sonny Latierri in Grease
Henry Ford in Ragtime
James Benjamin Rodgers

Born in Wellington and based in New-York James has performed with The MDR Sinfonieorchester, The Kurt Weill Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Argento Ensemble, The Merola Opera Program, The Paul Dresher Ensemble and New Zealand Opera. Roles include the title roles in Candide, Young Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde, Jean Valjean: Les Misérables, Anthony Hope: Sweeney Todd, Kudrjash: Kátya Kabanová, Captain Von Trapp: Sound of Music, Frank Butler: Annie Get Your Gun, Camille: The Merry Widow. James is a passionate advocate of art song and the music of Kurt Weill. www.jamesbenjaminrodgers.com

Roles this Season

Featured Performer To Sondheim With Love
Julie Galorenzo

Thrilled to be back at the MAC as the company manager and performer! Regional credits include: Xanadu (Melpomene, Arizona Broadway Theatre), Ragtime (Emma Goldman: Mac-Haydn, BCEFA, Axelrod PAC), The Secret Garden (Mrs. Winthrop, Palace Theatre NH), Damn Yankees (Meg, Mac-Haydn), Funny Girl (Mrs. Strakosh, Mac- Haydn), Legally Blonde (Paulette: CST, UCPAC, various), Oliver (Widow Corney, Palace Theatre NH). Select NYC/Additional: Pamela (Head Over Heels), The Full Monty (Vicki), Wendy’s Shadow (Smee: NYMF, UCPAC), Show Choir! (Millie, NYMF), Metropolitan Music (York Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett, Light Opera NJ), It Shoulda Been You (Jenny, 4th Wall), 25th..Bee (Rona, various). Proud AEA member. BA Marymount Manhattan. juliegalorenzocoaching.com Come join me on TikTok & IG for acting and audition content: @juliegalorenzocoaching

Roles this Season

Melpomene/Medusa in Xanadu
Jana Bernard

JANA BERNARD: is very excited to be in the Core Company for Mac-Haydn! Broadway: James Nederlander Tribute and The Jimmy Awards (Minskoff Theater). She’s a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Winner for Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Regional credits include: A Chorus Line (Val, Compass Rose); Legally Blonde (Elle Woods; Disney World); Assassins (Squeaky Fromme; Theater 2020); Bonnie and Clyde (Blanche; Monumental Theatre Company). Upcoming: With Love, Marilyn (US/Marilyn Monroe). Thank you Madj, Dad, family and friends! JanaBernard.com & @photojanic13

Roles this Season

Fan in Damn Yankees
Mrs. Vance/ Showgirl in Funny Girl
Rosie in Cabaret
Little Red in The Real Story of Little Red
Lauren Palmeri

Lauren is thrilled to back at the Mac-Hadyn Theatre where she appeared in A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), and The Sound of Music (Leisl) in 2008! Most recently seen as the lead production vocalist on Princess Cruise Lines’ World Cruise. National Tours: Elf the musical (First Nat’L) , Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle cover). Regional credits include tick,tick…BOOM! (Susan), Funny Girl (Fanny Brice), My Fair Lady, Carousel (Julie Jordan), and Ragtime (Mother). And lead vocalist at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City and at The Fallsview Casino in Ontario. Much love to Mom and Dad! www.laurenpalmerionline.com

Roles this Season

Fanny Brice in Funny Girl
Michelle Atardo

Michelle graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Jazz Dance. She recently was seen in Singin’ in the Rain at the Wick Theatre. Other credits include Christmas Wonderland (Tour) and Dancing Queen (Canada) with Spirit Productions. She thanks her family for their support!

Roles this Season

Fan in Damn Yankees
Bubbles/ Jody/ Vera in Funny Girl
Liz Gurland

Liz Gurland is delighted to be back at The Mac-Haydn Theatre for the 2022 season! Past roles at Mac-Haydn include: Woman 3 in And the World Goes ‘Round, Grandma in Pippin, Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret, Angie in The Wedding Singer and Miss Lynch in Grease. Liz has performed with such diverse organizations as The MacHaydn Theatre, Theatre Now New York, Gallery Players, The Phoenix Theatre (PA), La MaMa E.T.C. and New Jersey Verismo Opera. She created a one woman show in collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum. While earning her MFA at UC Irvine, she performed with Starlight Musical Theater in San Diego, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera and Aspen Opera Theater. MFA UC Irvine. www.lizgurland.com

Roles this Season

Josephine "Ma" Strong / Old Woman in Urinetown
Diana U/S in Next to Normal
Chris Cherin

Chris Cherin is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut! Chris recently finished a contract in Woodstock, Vermont playing Woof in a production of Hair. He is proud to have portrayed both Prince Charming and Flynn Rider in musical productions on board the beautiful Disney Magic Cruise Line. During his two years on board, Chris traveled to 26 different countries, making unforgettable memories. Chris also welcomes his first nephew into the world, born March 16, 2018! Many thanks to the community for opening up their arms and making me feel at home. Peace and love!

Roles this Season

Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl
Maggie Eley

Maggie Eley is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and is a rising Senior Theatre Performance major at Wagner College. She is so excited to be spending her summer here at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Past credits include: Sarraghina (Nine), Kate Murphey (Titanic: the Musical), Proprietor (Assassins), Rhonda (Almost, Maine), Betty (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), the Witch (Into the Woods), and Ensemble (Anything Goes).

Roles this Season

Sister in Damn Yankees
Showgirl in Funny Girl
Mrs Darling / Smee in Wendy's Shadow
Linda in Wedding Singer
Nathaniel Dolquist

Nathaniel is a New York-based performer, teacher, and enthusiastic lover of sweet potatoes. Select Off-Broadway: Dido and Aeneas (First Sailor) with Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark, WONDERLAND (Felicité, violin), Newton’s Cradle (Narrator). National and international tours with the Yale Whiffenpoofs and the Yale Spizzwinks. Favorite credits include Cabaret (Emcee), Mamma Mia! (Sky), A Chorus Line (Bobby), and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff). nathanieldolquist.com @dolquist

Roles this Season

Vernon/Mickey in Damn Yankees
Tom Keeney in Funny Girl
Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret
Emily Cobb

Emily Cobb is beyond thrilled to be spending her summer with Mac-Haydn! She is an upcoming senior theatre performance major and dance minor at Wagner College. Past Credits include Penny Pingleton (Hairspray), Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre (25th.. Spelling Bee), Phyllis Dale (42nd street), and Heather MacNamera (Heathers). Emily has performed at the Walnut Street Theatre, Surflight Theatre, and Bucks County Playhouse. Thank you to John and everyone at Mac-Haydn for this amazing opportunity! Love to Mom, Dad, Billy, and Matthew.

Roles this Season

Fan in Damn Yankees
Maud/ Jenny in Funny Girl
Atsushi Eda

Atsushi couldn’t be more excited to be back at the Mac-Haydn after he appeared in last season’s ANYTHING GOES and HELLO, DOLLY!. Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Credits include: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, GUYS AND DOLLS, FUNNY GIRL and MARY POPPINS. Many thanks and love to John, Monica, Dee and the Mac family.

Roles this Season

Bouley in Damn Yankees
Stagehand/ Groom in Funny Girl
Quinto Ott

Quinto Ott (Dom Claud Frollo) is thrilled to be returning to the Mac-Haydn. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, and a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, Quinto has played various roles here including Bill Sikes in Oliver!, Cogsworth in Beauty & the Beast and Alonso Smith in Meet me in St Louis. He originated and played the role of Don Attilio on the new North American tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Quinto is involved in some new works, including recently playing Harry Bennett in reading of A Most Dangerous Man; An American Opera and Tobias Bridge (& understudy to Billy Bones) in a new musical Treasure Island at the Fulton Theatre. www.quintoott.com

Roles this Season

Dom Claud Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Corinne Tork

Corinne is thrilled to be performing at Mac-Haydn theatre for the first time this summer! Some of her favorite credits include: Radio City and The Christmas Spectacular touring company, The New York USO, A Chorus Line and Chicago at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Zombie Burlesque at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and multiple shows on Norwegian Cruise Lines and Oceania Cruises. Corinne would like to thank John Saunders and Bryan Knowlton for giving her the opportunity to work with them again, her magnificent mama for always believing in her, and God for always looking out.

Roles this Season

Lola in Damn Yankees
Grace Farrell Annie
Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan is thrilled to be making his debut as a company member at the Mac-Haydn Theater! Originally from Virginia, Michael holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Liberty University. Recent credits include Disney Cruise Line, Hersheypark, Virginia Repertory Theatre and other theater’s regionally. All thanks to God, his family and friends for their constant love, encouragement and support. @themikebren

Roles this Season

Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees
Mr. Strakosh/ Mr. Davis/ Ragtime Otis in Funny Girl
Phoebus De Martin in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
Shannon Cunningham

Shannon is very excited to be joining the Mac-Haydn this summer for their 50th season. She is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite regional theatre credits include My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Music Man (Marian), and Bonnie and Clyde (Blanche). Shannon is so grateful for this wonderful experience and would like to thank all her family and friends especially her fiancé Justin for all their love and continued support.

Roles this Season

Fan in Damn Yankees
Emma in Funny Girl
Fraulein Kost in Cabaret
Mayor’s Wife in The Pied Piper
Rieleigh Smith

Rieleigh Smith (Annie) is thrilled for her first production with the renowned Mac-Haydn Theater for their 50th season! Rieleigh attends Farnsworth MS and lives in Altamont, NY. Recent credits: Oliver (Oliver) at FMS, Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ollie Herdman), The Music Man (Amaryllis) at Park Playhouse and Annie (Annie) with SYFI. Rieleigh thanks the production team at Mac-Hadyn and her family for their love and support.

Roles this Season

Annie in Annie
Charlie Munday

Originally from Australia, Charlie has been on stage since the age of 12. Favourite credits include: The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke), Disney’s Mary Poppins (Neleus/dance captain) and The Music Man (Prof. Harold Hill). After training with Cecchetti Ballet of Australia, Charlie made the move to New York City where he studied at AMDA. He is thrilled to be making his professional stage debut in the US with the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Roles this Season

Lynch/Eddie in Damn Yankees
Ben in Funny Girl
Michael Darling in Wendy's Shadow
Jayke Workman

Jayke is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut in the 50th anniversary season this summer! Hailing from the midwest, Jayke is a rising senior musical theater major at The Hartt School in Hartford, CT. Favorite past roles include Sancho in Man of La Mancha, and Jonas in The Giver.

Roles this Season

Bryan/Lowe in Damn Yankees
Snub Taylor/ Ziegfeld Tenor in Funny Girl
The Rat King in The Pied Piper
Saint Aphrodisias in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Peter in Wendy's Shadow
2018 Casting Updates

Mac-Haydn stalwart Monica M. Wemitt takes on the villainous role of Miss Hannigan in Annie. This is a performance not to be missed. Ms. Wemitt was last seen as Dolly in the Berkshire Theatre Award winning Hello Dolly of 2017.

Wemitt is joined by Darrel Blackburn in the role of Daddy Warbucks. Audiences will remember Darrel as the marvelous Moonface Martin in last season’s Anything Goes. Blackburn returns having just played a run of Priscilla Queen of The Desert for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Further casting of the title role and those adorable orphans will be announced soon.

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Annual Mac-Haydn Spring Clean

This Saturday April 27th is our Annual Spring Clean Day! We would hate it if it wasn’t for all the help you give us so come along and join the fun.

It’s our first step in getting the theatre ready for the box office to open, the much anticipated arrival of our 2019 company and the beginning of the Summer ’19 season.

We will be at it from 10am to 3pm so come along and get stuck in with us as many hands make light work.

Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!

10am, Saturday, April 27th at The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 NY-203, Chatham, NY 12037

Get Into Our 2018 Season Book

It’s Easter Weekend and your last chance to get into our 50th Anniversary Season Book.

Go to our Sponsorship Page to make your business a contributor to our award winning work.visit their website.

John Saunders Talks Theatre

Mac-Haydn Artistic Director John Saunders talks to Bob and Sally Sugarman about auditions, casting and putting it all together with no time at all at the Mac Haydn Theatre.

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Tom Dallas (ERIN TEST)

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!

Roles this Season

Flo Manero in Saturday Night Fever
Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Alvarado

Ryan Alvarado (Mac-Haydn, 2014) talks about auditions, escape rooms and starring in one of the biggest cultural phenomenons in the history of musical theatre.

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50th Celebration Season Announced

We are delighted to announce our 50th Celebration Season! The lineup includes three brand new productions for the Mac-Haydn and some of musical theatre’s greatest shows.

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Ending 2017 on a high note!

We have received more than 10 Berkshire On Stage Critics Picks for our 2017 season including The Mac-Haydn Theatre as a whole in the “Favorite Thing That Doesn’t Fit Into Any Other Category” category!
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34 BroadwayWorld Nominations!

We are over the moon to share the news that we have been nominated for THIRTY-FOUR BroadwayWorld Central New York Awards. Voting is happening now and will continue until the end of the year (December 31, 2017).

Now for the list of Mac-Haydn Nominees….
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Mac Takes Home Three Berkies!

We are excited to share that we won 3 “Berkies” or Berkshire Theatre Awards for the 2017 season! It was a wonderful evening of awards with our Berkshire community. Receieving 11 nominations we were honored to have our work recognized in a field of such outstanding artists.
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11 Nominations for “Berkies”

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominations for the 2017 Berkshire Theatre Awards “The Berkies” and The Mac-Haydn Theatre has a total of 11 nominations!
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This is a perfect “Dolly”

Sometimes like the parade, the end of the season passes us by quickly and we miss the opportunity to share all the wonderful things that happen during our finals weeks. more …

Joseph Christianson

Joseph Christianson is thrilled to be back at the Mac-Haydn as the trumpet player. He is a freelance musician/music teacher in the tri-state area. Joe received his Master’s Degree from Montclair State University and his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University. Previous Mac-Haydn productions include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, and Hello Dolly. In addition to playing in various ensembles, Joe is a core member of the rock band “Amigos, Amigos!” participating as a trumpet player, singer, and composer.

Spellbinding and zany production: Spamalot Review

Originally posted on Berkshire On Stage
Monty Python’s Musical Gallop
by Barbara Waldinger
Review included in its entirety below.

To find the Holy Grail, it seems that the legendary King Arthur was required to produce a Broadway show; more …

“Funniest musical of the season!” A review of Spamalot

Originally posted on the Berkshire Bright Focus page.
Review by J. Peter Bergman included in its entirety below.

When the Lady of the Lake sings her duet with King Arthur you know, definitively, that you are in the atmosphere of a big Broadway show. more …

Spamalot Audience Participation Page

Hello and welcome!

If you are on this page it is probably because you or a loved one recently made an appearance in The Mac-Haydn Theatre’s Production of Spamalot. Enjoy the photos, and tell your friends!

Sunday August 20
7:00 Performance

Sunday August 20
2:00 Performance

Saturday August 19
8:00 Performance

Saturday August 19
4:00 Performance

Friday August 18
8:00 Performance

Thursday August 17
8:00 Performance

Thursday August 17
2:00 Performance

Wednesday August 16
2:00 Performance

Sunday August 13
7:00 Performance

Sunday August 13
2:00 Performance

Saturday August 12
8:00 Performance

Saturday August 12
4:00 Performance

Friday August 11
8:00 Performance

Thursday August 10
8:00 Performance

Thursday August 10
2:00 Performance

Wednesday August 9
Invited Dress

“….the creative elements of the technical side of the production are worth the price of admission”

Originally posted on Berkshire On Stage July 28, 2017

By Macey Levin
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Rachel Rhodes-Devey

Rachel made her MHT debut at the age of 8, spent many childhood summers at the Mac, was a company member in 2007, and returned to play Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly in 2017. She has performed in major New York City productions, national tours, and regional theatres across the country, but shows like Ragtime are the reason that Rachel does theatre. She hopes the topics of this show stay in your hearts and in your conversations beyond the theatre doors. Consider joining Rachel as a member the ACLU, an organization that fights against racial injustice and for the rights of immigrants daily. Many thanks to John, Monica, the women of BWA, and her very supportive family. Proud member of AEA. www.RachelRhodesDevey.com

Roles this Season

Mother in Ragtime
“Saturday Night Fever more than delivers”

Originally appearing in the Lakeville Journal, “Euripides Meets the Bee Gees” is a review by CB Wismar. The original post can be found on TriCorner News’ Website

At it’s heart, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a latter day Greek tragedy. The flaws of the central character, Tony Manero, are shared by his buddies who stumble through the sometimes painful coming of age that, like the stone pillars and capstones of a Greek temple, are intractable. The haunting refrain in Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb’s “Stayin’ Alive” opens the play and telegraphs the message of the evening. “I’m goin’ nowhere … Somebody help me…”more …

Bryce McAllister

Bryce McAllister is excited to be in another show at the Mac! Other than being onstage, Bryce is the Wardrobe Supervisor for the season and was last working at the acclaimed Off – Broadway show Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel in NYC in the wardrobe department. Performance credits include American Idiot, Cats (Patrick Dorow Productions, ME) White Christmas, Spring Awakening, ZM (Rider University, NJ) and RWS & Associates). Much love and thanks to John, Jimm, Monica, the amazing cast and crew and the Mac, Mom and Steph. For Josh and AGP.

Roles this Season

Gad in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Stephanie's Dance Partner & Cesar Rodriguez in Saturday Night Fever
Hank & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Patrick Wemitt

Patrick Wemitt grew up in Chatham, NY within walking distance of the MacHayden when performances were held in the fairgrounds of the Columbia County Fair. He was the first to be entertained by his sister, Monica Wemitt, as she would practice her tap dancing on the hard wood floors while we were trying to watch football or Saturday cartoons. He taught elementary school for 20 years and was an school administrator for twelve years. He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and a Vietnam Veteran. He’s been a patron of the theater since its inception and was one of the first contractors to work on its current site. He is also the chaplain at the Chatham Fire Department.

Roles this Season

Frank Manero in Saturday Night Fever
The Show is a Delight: A Review

“Delightful Dancing and Catchy Tunes” a review by: Jenny Hansell of the Lakeville Journal

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“…this show is the quintessence of wit and charm”

“What good is love when there is no hope? Love, Hope”
A Review by: J. Peter Bergman
Posted on Berkshire Bright Focus
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Tim Williams

Born and raised in Minnesota, Tim trained in building/styling wigs at the Guthrie Theatre. He has worked with wigs/hair at various theatres across the country including: The Alley, Penumbra, Royal Caribbean Productions, and the University of Minnesota at the Guthrie. He has a BA in theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Tim is excited to be working at the Mac this season for the first time!

Mitchell Martin

Mitchell Martin is a free Lance musician and teacher in the New York City area. He has a bachelor’s egree from Oklahoma City University and graduated from New Jersey City University in the spring with a master’s degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance. He is returning for his second season at the Mac-Haydn after performing in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes and Hello Dolly last season. His most recent performances was performing on Broadway’s Aladdin.

A High energy, lively and just plain funny evening of music and dance: A Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Review


Appearing in the June 15th edition of the Compass section of the Lakeville Journal. All part of TriCornerNews.

By CB Wismar

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More Theatre Talk: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Cathy Lee-Visscher

Cathy is over the moon excited to be back at The Mac and to finally be working with John Saunders. A charter member of the Ghent Playhouse, Cathy has served as their Artistic Director for nearly 10 years. Her credits include directing and acting stints with various theaters in the Capital District, both professional and non-professional. Among her favorite acting roles are Queen Aggravain (Once Upon a Mattress), Countess Charlotte Magnus (A Little Night Music), Arlene (Baby), Various Characters (Quilters), Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Vera Simpson (Pal Joey), Evangeline Harcourt (Anything Goes). Love and thanks to John, Monica, Jillian, and the tremendously talented Company. Xoxo to my guardian angel.

Roles this Season

Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!
Hannah Sloane

Hannah is a UK based cellist, living and working in London. She is so excited to be making her first trip to the Mac this summer! As the cellist of the Eusebius String Quartet, Hannah has appeared across the UK and live on BBC Radio 3. She also plays regularly as principal cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and and as a section player of the London Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and the MultiStory Orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Hannah retains musical links with the USA, and regularly performs recitals with her duo partners, Allegra Chapman and Jillian Zack.

The Season Steps off with a flurry of choreography: A Joseph…Dreamcoat Review

“…, it’s not the storyline that will draw you into the theatre’s 49th season opener, it’s the great cast and the stellar production”

Appearing in June 1st edition of the Compass section of the Lakeville Journal. All part of TriCornerNews
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Erin Kiernan

Erin is returning to the Mac for her 8th summer. Past favorite designs, Oliver, La Cage, The Music Man, Rent, South Pacific. When not here with her MHT family she is the resident paint charge, scenic painting instructor and a designer at Adelphi University. This summer and everything after is dedicated to Aaron.

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - Curtains
Kevin Bolt

Kevin Bolt is a rising sophomore at Montclair state University in the BFA theater design tech program with a scenic concentration. He has work on numerous shows in many different capacities. Some of his favorite productions he has worked on include Montclair State University’s AIDA, and his work with the Macy’s Thanksgivings Day Parade. Kevin is also involved in an apprenticeship with I.A.T.S.E Local 59. He is looking forward to being a part of the Mac-Haydn technical team for the 2017 season, and eager to work in the scene shop.

Quinton Champitto

Hello, I am happy to be spending my summer with MHT for the first time and very exited to begin building these amazing shows. I am originally from Raleigh North Carolina, though I am currently a Junior at SUNY Purchase College in the Theatre Design and Technology BFA with a concentration in Technical Direction and Production management. My most recent productions include HOT L BALTIOMORE and L’INCORINAZIONE DI POPPEA at Purchase College, as well as THE MUSIC MAN and ROSCOE at Seagle Music Colony.

Come and witness the birth of a theatre goddess: A Joseph…Dreamcoat Review

“I rarely get to see any show twice in a season but – at this early stage – this is one I’d revisit because it is just so much fun to watch.”

A review by J. Peter Bergman
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Julia Pogue

Julia is excited to be joining the Mac-Haydn Theatre for her first summer stock. She is a recent graduate of Philadelphia University with a BS in Fashion Design. While in school, she interned for the costume departments at the Arden Theatre Co and the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, where she assisted with costume stitching and construction for their prouductions.

Angela Travino

This is Angela’s first production with The Mac-Haydn Theatre, and is beyond excited to be performing the classics of Cole Porter! Credits include: SOUTH PACIFIC (National Tour), FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Merry-Go- Round Playhouse), LITTLE WOMEN (Syracuse Stage), SEARCHING FOR ROMEO (NYMF), CLOUDS ARE PILLOWS FOR THE MOON (B-Side Productions), and DEAR ALBERT EINSTEIN (New York City Children’s Theater). Upcoming projects include: “Mother” in RAGTIME with SFBATCO, and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Ogunquit Playhouse. Angela is a proud member of RANGE a cappella and the USO Show Troupe. Thank you to Robin Levine, and The Mac-Haydn Theatre. BFA Syracuse University. @rangeacappella @atravino

Roles this Season

Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes
Daniel Velasquez

Daniel Velasquez is a graduate of The University of Alabama from Orange County, CA. Favorite roles include Billy Lawlor (42ND STREET), Jason (BARE: A POP OPERA), and Conrad Birdie (BYE BYE BIRDIE). Roll Tide!

Roles this Season

Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever
Albert Hsueh

Albert Hsueh (Ting-Chou Hsueh) is thrilled to become a part of The Mac-Haydn Theatre family, in the production of ANYTHING GOES. Originally from Taiwan, Albert has been working for several years as a professional actor both in Taiwan and abroad. He was cast in numerous musicals and worked with theater companies throughout Asia. He is a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and his most recent credit was the PASSPORT TO TAIWAN in Union Square New York City as a featured soloist. Albert would like to thank his family, teachers and friends for all their love and support on his journey.

Roles this Season

Luke in Anything Goes
Madison Stratton

Madison is thrilled to be back at the Mac this season in a new role as Company Manager! Past credits at the MacHaydn include Camelot (Guenevere), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine Colgate), and Spamalot (Lady of the Lake). Madison resides in New York City and has performed Off Broadway in such shows as Brigadoon (New York City Center Encores!), Mack and Mabel (New York City Center Encores!), High Button Shoes (New York City Center Encores!), Chick Flick: the Musical (Westside Theatre), and Baby (Theatre Row) among others. Madison is so elated to see theater thriving again in the Hudson Valley and looks forward to performing for all of you again in the Mac’s new limited events this September! www.madisonstratton.com

Jeffrey O’Neill

Jeffrey O’Neill – is thrilled to be making his Mac debut! Regional credits include LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Albin/Zaza) at the Villagers Theater, EL CAPITAN (El Capitan) at Two River Theater, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Heord at the Count Basie Theater, OKALHOMA (Ali Hakim). Jeff loves his family and Wawa, thanks to my parents and Javier for their support.

Roles this Season

The Beadle in Sweeney Todd
Jose Plaza

José recently graduated The Hartt School Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He’s very excited to have his Mac-Haydn debut! He recently was seen in The Goodspeed Opera House’s staged reading of ZM AS WILLIAM HUTT an original musical written by the same team that brought you URINETOWN. He’s most prominent role at The Hartt School was Julian Marsh in 42ND STREET. José would like to thank the complete Mac-Haydn team for being so accommodating and giving him such a great summer experience. Garacias mami por todo!

Roles this Season

Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd
Robin Levine

Robin Levine – Credits include: Tim Rice’s FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (US Premiere), MAD LIBS LIVE (New World Stages), TOMMY, FREEWHEELERS (World Premiere), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, ROCK OF AGES, 42ND STREET, SUDS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, ALL SHOOK UP, and FUNNY GIRL, as well as numerous film projects and live events. Performing credits include: MAMMA MIA (Broadway), THE PIRATE QUEEN (Pre-Broadway), THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (New York), I LOVE BOB (Joyce Soho) and The Tony Awards. She is an ensemble member of A Broken Umbrella Theatre, an award-winning theatre company dedicated to the creation of new works. She has also been on faculty at Steps On Broadway, Cap21 and AMDA NY. www.robin-levine.com

Andres Vahos

Andres Vahos has had the privilege of performing in a variety of musical venues around the globe as both a drummer and percussionist. From ballet orchestras to hip-hop groups, he has performed in Prague and Beijing, at Carnegie Hall, on PBS National Broadcasts, and in performances receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times. Andres is honored to be at Mac-Haydn this summer and would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support; with a special thanks to David for giving him this opportunity.

Noelle Rueschman

Noelle Rueschman (Reed Doubler) is a Florida native who has recently relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a reed doubler specializing in the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. Noelle graduated from the Florida State University, and is now pursuing a Masters in Woodwind Doubling at New Jersey City University. Noelle is an on-call saxophonist with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Jazz Orchestra, and has played in over 70 musical productions. Noelle was the Mac-Haydn’s 2017 season reed player, and is excited to be back!

Glenn Balli

Glenn is stepping out of his box office night manager role and into his “Hairy Ishmaelite” role in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT for the 7th time! From Kinderhook, NY he has been with Mac-Haydn for 30 plus years (he’s losing count at this point!) and when he’s not at Mac-Haydn he works full-time at Columbia County Mental Health. Other Mac-Haydn credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Priest) and FOOTLOOSE (Principal Clark). Film work includes FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM (LokenMann Productions/Kristanna Loken/Bruce Dern-news reporter/Mr. Dern’s stand-in). Glenn is also president of “The Friends of Mac-Haydn Theatre” and sincerely appreciates all of the support shown during Mac-Haydn’s fund raising campaigns. All my love and thanks to my family, friends, my Mac-Haydn family, and very special thanks to Lynne Haydn and the late Linda MacNish for getting me on stage in the first place!

Roles this Season

Ishmaelite in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ethan Carleton

Ethan is very excited for his first summer season at the Mac-Haydn Theatre! He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double-majored in Theatre and Philosophy. While in school, he developed an interest in theatrical audio and worked as the sound designer on multiple undergraduate productions while maintaining a part-time job as a stagehand at the on-campus concert venue. Maintaining this career trajectory post-graduation has led him here to the Mac-Haydn, where he looks forward to creating fantastic musical theatre while significantly expanding his design portfolio. In his free time, Ethan enjoys playing video games, reading pretentious philosophical texts, and slowly developing a caffeine addiction.

Creative Roles this Season

Sound Designer
Kate Zulauf

Kate is thrilled to return to the Mac-Haydn Theatre after appearing as Stephnie in Saturday Night Feaver last season. Regional: HAIRSPRAY (Penny Pingleton), THE MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta Shinn). Cruise Lines: Disney Cruise Line-Dream (Yzma, Snow White, Cinderella), Holland America Line: Nieuw Amsterdam (Singer/Dancer). Abroad: Tokyo Disney’s Valentine Nights- Concert of Love (Rapunzel). Love to Family, Friends, CC, and JW. KateZulauf.com, Facebook: @KateZulaufActress

Roles this Season

Julia in The Wedding Singer
Sarah Travis

Sarah is thrilled to begin her first season at Mac-Haydn Theatre! A costumer native of Bowling Green, Kentucky and a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University, she currently works during the academic year in Bloomington, Indiana at the Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theatre. Her recent draping work includes HAIRSPRAY and WIZARD OF OZ at Little Theatre on the Square, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRLS and PRIVATE LIVES at Creede Repertory Theatre, and select pieces for FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, RODELINDA and THE MUSIC MAN at IU Opera and Ballet. Sarah would like to thank her friends, family, and co-workers in Bowling Green, Bloomington, and elsewhere for their love and support in making her dream job possible.

Aryn Carr

Aryn Carr is a BFA Theatre Technology and Design student at the University of South Alabama and is very excited for her first summer at Mac-Haydn! Her recent credits include HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (stitcher/Martha), WHEN YOU COMIN’ BACK RED RYDER (stitcher/wardrobe supervisor), THE FABULOUS FABLE FACTORY (stitcher), and A FLEA IN HER EAR (stitcher/wardrobe supervisor).

Bryce McAllister

Bryce McAllister (Wardrobe Supervisor) is thrilled to be at Mac Haydn this summer! He is a rising senior at Rider University. Most recently he was working in the Wardrobe department of the Off-Broadway show SLEEP NO MORE. Other credits in design and wardrobe include ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, INHERIT THE WIND, THE TEMPEST, WHITE CHRISTMAS, OF THEE I SING, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Rider University) and AMERICAN IDIOT (Patrick Dorow Productions).

Emma Cummings

Emma Cummings is a Pittsburgh based Scenic Artist and Scenic Designer. She has worked with MacHaydn Theatre for five seasons designing the set for Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors and The Wedding Singer, as well as serving as a painter and carpenter for dozens of other productions. She has designed the sets for a variety of productions such as Tenderly; The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Playhouse on Park, CT) and Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, PA). She has painted the sets all over the Northeast in New York, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Vermont. She is currently the Scene Shop Foreman at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh. She spends her free time painting, illustrating, and collecting children’s books. She earned her Bachelors degree in Theatre Design and Technology from Slippery Rock University. www.emmacummingsdesign.com

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - Next to Normal
Brian D. Wagner

Brian D Wagner – No stranger to the Mac-Haydn stage, Brian has been seen in several shows since 2017, most recently as the Governor/Maria in Man of La Mancha during the 2021 season. Prior Mac credits include Hello Dolly (Horace Vandergelder), Ragtime (JP Morgan), Funny Girl (Flo Ziegfeld), Annie (Drake), Anything Goes (Eli Whitney) and Sunset Boulevard (Cecil B. deMille) as well as Ensemble roles in Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sweeney Todd and She Loves Me. Other favorite roles include Man In Chair (The Drowsy Chaperone), Doctor Berensteiner (A New Brain) and Dick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore). When not treading the boards, Brian can be seen selling real estate around Columbia County as well as directing a team of data analysts at an advertising agency based in NYC! As always, love to Tim for his support in all I do onstage and off.

Roles this Season

Senator Fipp in Urinetown
General Harrison Howell (Select Performances) in Kiss Me, Kate
Reg Willoughby in The Full Monty
Ross Flores

Ross Flores is a NYC based actor, dancer, and comedian. Ross has been seen as Theodore Lewis Lent in Colectivo El Pozo’s THE INEXPLICABLE PASTRANA,, Head Chef in Nancy Holson’s NUTCRACKER THE MUSICAL and more. Ross is thrilled to be working with The Mac-Haydn Theatre and would like to thank the entire production team and audience for such a wonderful season. rossflores.com

Roles this Season

Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Fred, Ship's Passenger & FBI Agent in Anything Goes
Double-J in Saturday Night Fever
Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd
Patsy in Spamalot
Manny & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Sarah Kozma

Sarah is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and holds a BFA in Theatre: Design and Technical Theatre. She is thrilled to return to the Mac for the 50th Season after being the ASM in 2017! Regional: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE [World Premiere], MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Hartford Stage), THE LITTLE MERMAID, NINE WIVES [World Premiere], and LES MISERABLES (Sharon Playhouse). www.sarahkozma.com @SarahKozma

Connor Hubbard

Connor is stoked to be returning to MHT! Since last summer, he’s eaten his way through pounds of chocolate performing in Hershey Park’s holiday musical, spent many days at the beach in Ft. Lauderdale performing in ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It” and finally, just finished a turn in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins.” He’s so grateful to be back!

Roles this Season

George in The Wedding Singer
Bert Healy in Annie
Patrick Heffernan

Patrick Heffernan is happy to be back at Mac-Haydn for a forth summer! His first season was in 2012 and he’s been seen on stage in shows such as LEGALLY BLONDE (Emmett), THE FANTASTICS (El Gallo), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Don Lockwood) and WEST SIDE STORY (Gladhand). National Tours include: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Perchik), ANYTHING GOES and 42ND STREET. Patrick graduated Wagner College and is originally from southern CA, though Chatham has become a home away from home. While not performing he enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, tap dancing and eating chocolate chip cookies.

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Annie
Colin Pritchard

Colin Pritchard is jacked to be back and crack this attack at the Mac! He was last seen here as Bill Austin in Mamma Mia. Some of his favorite MHT roles are Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Igor in Young Frankenstein, Nathan in Guys & Dolls, Wilbur in Hairspray and Bobby in Crazy For You. Other credits include the national tours of Billy Elliot & 42nd Street, as well as regional work at theatres such as Goodspeed, The MUNY, TUTS, Westchester Broadway, among others. Thanks to John, Monica, and the rest of the gang. Special thanks to Jeanne & Larry DuBois. Enjoy the show!

Roles this Season

Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains
Quinn Corcoran

Quinn Corcoran is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut this summer! He spent last summer as part of the Resident Company in Forestburgh Playhouse’s summer season in roles like Cinderella’s Prince (INTO THE WOODS) and The Specialist/The Priest (THE WHO’S TOMMY). He studies acting, writing, and film at Pace University in New York, but he is native to the downstairs neighbor Pennsylvania! Thanks to the Mac-Haydn gang for this great summer, and thanks to Mom, Dad, sister Kylie, and all my friends who continue to inspire me!

Roles this Season

Issachar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Croupier, Waiter & Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Ship's Purser in Anything Goes
Frank JR in Saturday Night Fever
Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd
The Knight of Ni, Bors & Ensemble in Spamalot
Stanley & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Catherine Skojec

Catherine is thrilled to be joining the company at the Mac-Haydn Theater! Favorite credits: OKLAHOMA (Laurie), A CHORUS LINE (Maggie), DAMES AT SEA (Joan), LEGALLY BLONDE (Serena). Catherine is so blessed for this opportunity and would like to thank her family and her fiancé, James, for all of their love and support. Enjoy the show! catherineskojec.com

Roles this Season

Renee & Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Charity in Anything Goes
Doreen & Elizabeth Cursa in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Laker Girl & Ensemble in Spamalot
Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly!
Kelly Gabrielle Murphy

Kelly Gabrielle Murphy: Most recently, Kelly was seen playing Tzeitel in the First National Tour of Fiddler on The Roof directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. Favorite Mac Haydn credits include: Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Wendy in Wendy’s Shadow to name a few. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Vocal Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. Kelly would like to thank you for being here and supporting the return of live theater! Lastly, a huge thank you to John and the entire Mac Haydn staff! To learn more or to connect with Kelly visit www.kellygmurphy.com

John Anker Bow

Mac-Haydn debut! BA – Rider University ‘03. National Tour: RAGTIME with Phoenix Entertainment (Henry Ford), A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Nebraska Theatre Caravan (Jacob Marley). Regional: LES MISERABLES (Thénardier) for Prather Entertainment, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Man In Chair) at Surflight, THE FULL MONTY (Ethan) at Montgomery Playhouse, FOREVER PLAID (Smudge) at Bickford Theatre and Boothbay Opera House, NOISES OFF! (Lloyd) at the Palace, DAMN YANKEES (Applegate) and GUYS & DOLLS (Nathan Detroit) with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Many thanks to Katie and Scott Williams for the hospitality and his family for the support and love.

Roles this Season

King Arthur in Spamalot
Joanne Hoch

Joanne Hoch is a BFA Acting major with a Costume minor from Oklahoma City University. She works on many shows at the OCU Costume Shop, past credits include HAIRSPRAY, THE GIVER, AS YOU LIKE IT, and PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS. She has also worked as an assistant costume designer and a wardrobe supervisor. She is very excited to be working on this great season of shows.

Laura Helm

Is excited to be back at the Mac debuting her solo concert! National Tour: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy Harris). Favorite Mac Credits: Joseph…(Narrator), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmerelda), Rent (Maureen), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning), 9 to 5 (Judy Bernly), Les Miserables (Eponine), All Shook Up (Miss Sandra), Oliver! (Nancy), Copacabana (Lola), Smokey Joes Cafe (Pattie). She has also performed at NSMT, Goodspeed, Harford Stage, John W. Engeman Theatre and The Palace Theatre. BFA Hartt School. Much love to the Mac-Haydn family!

Roles this Season

Performer and Creator of Laura's at the Helm
Ryan Michael Owens

Hailing from a small town on the Eastern Coast of South Florida, Ryan has been performing since the age of 10. This Season will mark not only his return to the Mac after 8 years, but also his return to Theatre after a 5 year hiatus, where he has been performing as an acoustic artist all over Florida. Ryan is beyond thrilled to be back at the Mac-Haydn Theatre for their exciting 49th season.

Roles this Season

Jacob, Potiphar, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Hotel Manager in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Minister Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
French Taunter & Ensemble in Spamalot
Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!
Steffany Pratt

Steffany Pratt just completed her Junior year at Montclair State University as a Musical Theatre Major. She was a trainee at the Rochester City Ballet, where she performed in several shows such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Balanchine’s Serenade. Most recently she played Sarah in Company and Erma in Anything Goes. This is Steffany’s second season with The Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Roles this Season

Fan in Damn Yankees

Creative Roles this Season

Dance Captain / Choreographer - Pied Piper
Sam Pickart

Sam Pickart is thrilled to join the MHT family this summer! He is pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He would like to thank the incredible MHT team for welcoming him with such kindness, the company for sharing their talents and their hearts, and his family for (quite literally) everything. AMDG.

Roles this Season

Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Billy Crocker in Anything Goes
Gus in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Judith Wyatt

Judith is thrilled to return to the Mac-Haydn after her debut last season in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Past credits: ANYTHING GOES (Evangeline Harcourt); THE FULL MONTY (Jeannette); ONCE UPON A MATRESS (Queen Aggravain); ANNIE (Mrs.Pugh/Sophie); THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (Mrs. McGlone); NUNSENSE (Mother Superior); JACQUES BREL… (Woman 1); SOUND OF MUSIC (Sister Bertha); FOOTLOOSE (Mrs. Dunbar); GUYS & DOLLS (Agatha); OLIVER! (Mrs. Sowerberry); INCORRUPTIBLE (Peasant Woman). Thanks to John, the entire cast and crew and especially to Dan, Maddy, Paul, Alex and Eugenia for all their love and support.

Roles this Season

Mrs. Whitstein in Ragtime
Laura Michele Erle

Laura Michele Erle (Company Member) is a 2017 graduate from Hofstra University with a B.F.A. in Performance and minor in Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut! Past credits include: ROMEO AND JULIET (Juliet), BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Shelley) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Alice). Love and thanks to God, her family, and Andrew.

Roles this Season

Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Virtue in Anything Goes
Pauline in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Laker Girl & Ensemble in Spamalot
First Cook & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Alex Carr

Alex Carr is thrilled to be joining the Mac-Haydn for their 2017 Summer Season! Alex is a Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre student at Montclair State University, and was most recently seen leading the school’s production of WEST SIDE STORY as Tony, one of his dream roles. Much love to Mom, Dad, and David for their constant support!

Roles this Season

Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Waiter & Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Sailor, Ship Passenger, Newspaper Photographer & FBI Agent in Anything Goes
Joey in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Historian in Spamalot
Harry & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter is excited to be at Mac-Haydn! Past credits include OKLAHOMA! (Gertie), THE ADDAMS FAMILY(Featured Ensemble), and THE PLANT THAT ATE DIRTY SOCKS (Fluffy) at Tibbits Opera House. She is a rising senior in Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre program and an accomplished tap dancer and choreographer in the Northeast. Thanks to Mom, Tim, and Mr. D!

Roles this Season

Sophia & Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Ship's Passenger in Anything Goes
Waitress in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Laker Girl & Ensemble in Spamalot
Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Dan Macke

Dan Macke is overjoyed to make his debut at Mac-Haydn! Dan grew up in East Greenbush, NY, and now studies at the Hartt School – rising as a senior to complete his B.F.A. in Music Theatre. Favorite past roles include: Prentiss in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Weathervane Theatre), Lt. Frank Cioffi in CURTAINS (Hartt), and Radames in AIDA (Cohoes Music Hall). Endless thanks to Mom and Dad for their love and support!

Roles this Season

Dan & Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Sailor Quartet in Anything Goes
Bobby in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Brother Maynard & Ensemble in Spamalot
Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!
Sophia Tzougros

Originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, Sophia is a rising Senior at Wagner College in New York City. Recent Wagner credits include Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES, and Jacqueline in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. She was also a finalist at the 2014 National High School Musical Theatre Awards. She is thrilled to be making her summer stock debut with Mac Haydn Theatre!

Roles this Season

Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Ship's Passenger & An Old Lady in a Wheelchair in Anything Goes
Annette in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Mayor & Ensemble in Spamalot
Megan Hasse

Megan Hasse is from Upperville, VA. She is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to return to Mac-Haydn after performing in the 2017 Resident Company and Hope in Anything Goes. Megan would like to thank her family and friends, as well as the New York community for supporting local theatre! Your vote matters; visit www.arts.gov to support the National Endowment for the Arts. www.meganhasse.com

Roles this Season

Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees
Jared Cowley

Jared is a rising junior at Montclair State University studying to earn his BFA in Musical Theater. He is thrilled to be joining the company of the Mac Haydn’s summer season! His most recent credits include Carmen Ghia in THE PRODUCERS and Baby John in WEST SIDE STORY. He’s also an alum of the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory.

Stephen C. Kallas

Stephen C. Kallas- Recent graduate of Wagner College with a double degree in Performance and Technical Studies. Regional Credits: In the Wings Productions’ 42ND STREET (Andy Lee); Interlakes Summer Theatre 2016 (Ensemble); Wagner College Theatre: TITANIC (Edgar Beane); ANYTHING GOES (Sailor/Quartet); AVENUE Q (Puppeteer); MOST HAPPY FELLA (AL); CATS (Swing-Mungojerrie/Macavity); SPAMALOT (Ensemble); HELLO, DOLLY!(Ensemble). Stephen is also a freelance Sound Designer. www.StephenCKallas.com

Roles this Season

Naphalti in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Sailor Quartet in Anything Goes
Fusco & Gabriel in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Sweeney Todd
Tim the Enchanter & Ensemble in Spamalot
Fritz & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Katie Skawski

Katie is a South Carolina native. She is incredibly excited to make some great theatre with MHT this summer. Favorite credits: AVENUE Q (Kate Monster), OKLAHOMA (Laurey) and LEGALLY BLONDE (Enid). You can find Katie in NYC surfing, skiing, doing yoga, but mostly singing. Love to Mom and Dad: ETP! “…the world offers itself to your imagination…” www.katieskawski.com

Roles this Season

Lenore & Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Erma in Anything Goes
Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd
Girl in Saturday Night Fever
Ensemble in Spamalot
Second Cook & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Dakota Dutcher

Happy to be back at the Mac-Haydn!”I like long walks on the beach, and … oh, not a dating bio? Sorry.” Last seen on this fantastic stage as Reuben in Joseph…, Evelyn in Anything Goes, Bedevere, Concorde, and Ms. Galahad in Spamalot, Ambrose in Hello, Dolly!, and various others. Thank you to the creative team for always challenging me to be better and to grow in my craft; to this community for always making me feel welcome; to my family for their support in this career; and to my brother who always inspires me to make the most of every day. www.dakotadutcher.com

Roles this Season

Merlin/Pellinore in Camelot
Jillian Zack

Jillian Zack is a New York City based pianist, vocal coach, and music director. She made her Broadway debut performing as the MD and onstage organ player (sub) for To Kill a Mockingbird. She currently serves as a Key2 player sub and rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl on Broadway. She has performed at various venues throughout New York City, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and at The Juilliard School. She has also performed recitals throughout the United States, the UK, and New Zealand. Off-Broadway: Theatre Row. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, The Mac-Haydn Theater, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. As a coach, she maintains a full studio, both in partnership with the Magaziner Vocal Studio as well as privately. She specializes in both musical theater and classical repertoire, and has experience with all ages. BM Manhattan School of Music. MM The Juilliard School.

Creative Roles this Season

Pianist - To Sondheim, With Love
Wigs by Maxwell: From Mac-Haydn to Broadway

Caitlin Maxwell spent four years at Mac-Haydn as the Wigs Supervisor beginning back in 2007. She has continued to come back helping with various specialty wigs and hair and will also be helping with a few shows this summer. Since her four seasons here, she has worked on National Tours and Broadway, currently working on more …

“That Voice is Truth:” Alumni swing onto the Great White Way

Broadway’s new show Bandstand which begins previews March 31, 2017 features two familiar faces, Andrea Dotto and Ryan VanDenBoom. MHT was able to sit down with them and discuss this new and exciting show, what they have been up to since they left the Mac, and much more.
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Taking Applications for the 2017 Technical Team
Hair Department

Join the Mac-Haydn technical team and gain strong experience towards your career in theatre.

Work with talented professional directors, designers and technicians from New York City and across the country to learn and grow like never before.

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MHT Alum Spotlight: Swing Life with Emily Afton

Our MHT Alum Spotlight is on Emily Afton. Emily was a Company Member in 2007 and returned in 2009 (Polly Parker in Crazy for You) and 2010 (Roxie Hart in Chicago). Emily is currently the female swing* for the pre-Broadway production of Amelie in Los Angeles.

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MHT Alum Spotlight: James Rodgers

James Rodgers (Young Frankenstein 2014) has spent the last few months working with New Zealand Opera on Sweeney Todd. MHT was able to catch up with James as he returned to the States.
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Vote for us on BroadwayWorld

This year we had the great opportunity to have BroadwayWorld cover many of our shows. They have turned around and awarded us with over more …

Lynne Haydn Honored by Local Business and Tourism Organization

1Berkshire, the business and tourism organization in Berkshire County, is honoring women in their member theatres, and included Mac-Haydn’s Artistic Director/Producer Lynne Haydn:
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Nominate your favorite shows!

It’s time for you, our amazing audience, to “Raise your voice!” The first annual BroadwayWorld Central New York Awards are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 season!
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Alums head south!

Mac-Haydn Alums are heading south for the Winter!
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2016 New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Announces Nominees

Berkshire County, MA [October 11, 2016] – In the last twelve months, more than 300,000 people attended a live theatre production in or around Berkshire County. With 75 stage productions employing hundreds of professionals, making theatre is an important cog in the area’s cultural economy. more …

It’s Christmas time on the West Coast

Christmas comes early, on time, and late to our West Coast fans.
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Alums in 1776!

It seems like our alums are taking over both sides of the country! Back on the East Coast, more …

Alum in Arizona

Remember this guy?
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MHT to make NYC Debut!

A favorite of ours Caitlin Wilayto​ will be making her NYC Theatre Debut this month!
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Costume Sale Preview: Originally from Broadway!

Tomorrow is the first day of the Sale. Our preview is from our recent past, and also a BROADWAY ORIGINAL!!!
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Costume Sale Preview: Glinda

Another day another preview!

Today’s tells us that not all witches are bad…
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Costume Sale Preview: Belle

Want to know what’s in store at our Costume Sale starting this weekend? Here’s a sneak peak
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MHT Alum heads on a ship, to Dutch Apple

Pennsylvania fans! A favorite from the past few summers, Conor Robert Fallon will be in your state!
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Don’t Stop Clowning Around

There is no reason to stop clowning around! Sebastiani Romagnolo, our wonderful choreographer from “The Producers” and “The Addams Family” is headed back to his home of Lake Tahoe, CA to perform “Democrazy: The Other Party.”
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Costume Sale!

A month-long sale of costumes from overflowing storage spaces is planned by The Mac-Haydn Theatre.
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MHT Alum performs in “Camelot”

Mac-Haydn Alum Jeffrey Funaro (2007 & 2009) is playing Lancelot in a concert production of “Camelot” this weekend!

He will be opposite Broadway performers Craig Schulman (Les Miserables) and Marni Raab (The Phantom of the Opera).

Friday September 16th at 7:30
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Washingtonville, NY (179 E. Main Street)
$20 at the door (cash or check only) and part of the proceeds benefit the St. Anne’s Church

Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th at 5pm
Tickets include a cruise, self-guided tour and show.
Information and Reservations are available at: http://bannermancastle.org/

Steve Hassmer performs in Sea Scapes

Steve Hassmer is back with three evenings of songs in three different locations!
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Mac-Haydn Favorites head to CT!

Playhouse on Park Theatre in West Hartford, CT (Only 1 hour and 45 minutes from Mac-Haydn) is getting a few Mac-Haydn favorites this month!
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David Thatcher Maglione

David Thatcher Maglione gratefully returns to the Mac for a 5th season! Dave composes music and songs for theater, film, TV, orchestra, and other mixed media, while engaging the emotive influence of Music, Nature, Story, and Ancestry. Music written by Dave has been heard at venues in NYC such as 54 Below, The Laurie Beechman, and The Duplex. Most recently, Maglione was in residence in England at Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall, and NDT Broadgate, developing a musical theater project entitled The Only Way Out. David’s work has been developed at multiple stages including living room shares, table workshops, residencies, readings, concerts, commissions, and productions. Proud member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. David-maglione.me

Creative Roles this Season

Music Supervisor
Music Director - A Chorus Line
Assistant Music Director - Urinetown
A Window into the 1964-65 World’s Fair

Our very own Jimm Halliday has quite the unique collection.

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Meet the Addams Family: Part 2

We had the privilege of sitting down with the cast members of “The Addams Family” to ask a few questions.
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“. . .a sophisticated New York lifestyle!” – An Addams Family Review

J. Peter Bergman reviews “The Addams Family” our final show of the 2016 season, now running through September 4th!
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Meet the Addams Family: Part 1

We had the privilege of sitting down with the cast members of “The Addams Family” to ask a few questions.
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Meet the Ad(d)am(s): Pugsley

Mac-Haydn Theatre welcomes Adam Salerno as Pugsley Addams.
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Rhnea Wright Ausmus

My first show at the Mac was 35 years ago which included Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA and Charity in SWEET CHARITY. If you were around back then, you will remember my one armed Charity run as I broke my arm on opening night-but the show must go on. I was fortunate to play amazing roles here at my b loved Mac- Mabel in MACK N MABEL, Molly in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, Sugar in SUGUAR, Agnes in I DO, I DO and (Linda’s favorite) Sonia in THEY’RE PLAYIN OUR SONG. My favs here at the Mac in my more Mature years are Louise in ALWAYS….PATSY CLINE (with the fabulous Monica Wemitt directing) , Janette in The FULL MONTY and Calliope in XANADU. What fabulous audiences and family here! I love Mac-Haydn and hope that all the kids training here really know and understand what a special place this is!

James Cella

James is absolutely thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut this summer! He comes from just having played the role of Franz in Rock of Ages at the Millbrook Playhouse as well as taking part in a workshop of the new David Byrne musical St. Joan directed by Alex Timbers. In May he received his BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch. Up next he’ll be playing Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Men at the Judson Theatre Co. Many thanks to John and Monica for this wonderful opportunity. MMDB-All my love!

Roles this Season

Lurch in The Addams Family
“Here is a woman whose powerful voice is easily matched by her character development in her scenes”

“God loves us when we sing. . .even like that.”
A Review by J. Peter Bergman
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A ‘Desparate Housewives of Columbia County’ Review

“For an hour of delicious amusement put down the dish towel, drop that garden trowel and pull into the parking lot at the Mac-Haydn. You won’t be disappointed.”
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Darrel Blackburn

Darrel was last seen as Uncle Fester in THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Mac Haydn. Broadway tours: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, The Who’s TOMMY. European tours: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOWCASE Eddie/Dr. Scott. Favorite roles: THE PIRATE KING in Pirates of Penzance, KING OF BOEHEMIA in Sherlock Holmes, and Smudge in FOREVER PLAID. Regional theatres: Sacramento Music Circus, Music Theatre of Wichita, Cape Playhouse, North Shore Music, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix, Cherry County Playhouse , Arvada Center, Westchester Broadway Theatre, American Stage (St. Pete), Showpalace Dinner Theatre, and resident actor at Casa Manana (Ft. Worth, TX). Worked with Phyllis Diller, Carol Lawrence, Jamie Farr, Loretta Swit, Ruta Lee, Gavin McLeod, Cathy Rigby. Soon to be seen as Ol’ Nappy in KILLER WIGS FROM OUR SPACE at NYMF, Bob in Norwegian Cruise Line’s PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and upcoming Broadway production of WALLENBERG THE MUSICAL directed by Martin Charnin. Thanks to John Saunders!

Roles this Season

Daddy Warbucks in Annie
Joan Faxon

It’s been 37 years since Joan has been seen here at the Mac, where she spent her summers on stage alongside her mother Muriel, the choreographer and her brother Timmy, the percussionist. During that absence she has performed nationally and internationally with many professional and community companies, including the Cohoes Music Hall, where she met and subsequently married (on the same stage) actor/director Sky Vogel. Joan works for the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and coordinates the Governor’s initiative on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. Mom, this one’s for you!

Roles this Season

Nun in Sister Act
A Mac-Haydn Conversation with Gabe Belyeu

“Its amazing what you can do with some Ben Nye cream-based makeup” – Gabe Belyeu
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Back to the Wood – a Review

“….there’s some sort of magic that occurs in a Sondheim musical that can only be conveyed on stage. That magic is evident in the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s production of ‘Into the Woods’ running through August 7.”

A Review by Alan Ilagan
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Raymond Bailey

Raymond Bailey (Conductor/Keyboards) grew up in southeastern Virginia, where his fixation on music began in pre-school, then attended Yale (later returning to accompany and coach at the University’s School of Drama), before moving to NYC, where he’s lived for the past decade, playing, arranging, teaching, and singing from off-Broadway to as far afield as New Orleans and Moscow. Ray sings with the professional ensemble at St. James’ Church in Manhattan, is on staff at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and did casting and/or music-direction for the Arundel Barn Playhouse (Maine) from 1999 until its closing last year. He feels blessed to be a part of the Mac’s Sister Act and thanks Josh and John and Monica for the opportunity!

“There is a natural reality about the most unnatural and unreal scenario”

“Quit while you’re ahead, I always say.”
A Review by J. Peter Bergman
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A Conversation with Jimm Halliday

I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with the award-winning costume designer Jimm Halliday.more …

Prepare to be Razzled, Dazzled – A Review

“The current production of “Chicago” taking to the Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in Chatham, NY is simply stated, one great evening.”
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A Mac-Haydn Monday(s) You Don’t Want to Miss

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Megan McQueeney

Megan McQueeney (Props Master) is thrilled to be working with the Mac-Haydn Theatre again. Some of her work credits include THE BONESETTER/THE REVENGERS TRAGEDY (Spicy Witch Productions), MARY POPPINS (West Virginia Public Theatre), and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Mac-Haydn Theatre). She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting all her endeavors.

Sebastiani Romagnolo

Sebastiani is full of gratitude to the Mac-Hadyn for having him back for their 50th season. He has been a part of many shows at the Mac-Hadyn both on and off the stage. Last season his choreography for Hello, Dolly! won Outstanding Choreography at the Berkshire Theatre Awards. Other Mac-Hadyn credits include Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family, and The Producers. Some of his other credits Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Yale), Spring Awakening (Sarah Lawrence), Kiss of the Spider Woman (NYU), Walk the Night (Blue Barn Theater), and as a collaborator on the New York Times Critic’s pick The Grand Paradise. He works as an assistant to and collaborator with Chris Gattelli (Broadway: Newsies, War Paint, Spongebob Squarepants Musical). He is also a performer and has performed at Lincoln Center, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Sleep No More(NYC), Seeing You (NYC), and The Grand Paradise (NYC). Sebastiani has a BFA in Drama from NYU: Tisch. Thank you for supporting live theater!

Creative Roles this Season

Director / Choreo.. - Grease
Choreographer - Ragtime
Hometown Spotlight

Mid-Hudson Cable featured us this weekend on their “Hometown Spotlight”. Below is the video of the interview.more …

Jamie Grayson

Jamie Grayson is #blessed to return to the MHT after eating Power Bars and having feelings as Man in Chair in last season’s THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.. Having appeared on National Tours, many regional productions, and a few shows in NYC, Jamie left “the biz” a few years ago and is now an internationally-recognized baby gear and juvenile product expert who has appeared on Martha Stewart and Today Show, amongst others. You can follow him at Facebook.com/TheBabyGuyNYC. He’s beyond happy to return to his roots here at the MHT and cannot thank YOU all enough for supporting this special place.

Roles this Season

Narrator in Into The Woods
“I Could Have My Own Act”

Chicago, Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Music by John Kander. Based on a play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Directed by John Saunders. Choreographed by James Kinney. Reviewed by J. Peter Bergman.
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Meet the team behind the scenes: A Saturday Conversation

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Zachary Greer Emerson (wig and makeup designer) and Michelina Abrahamzon (wardrobe supervisor) to discuss life, theatre, and their busy schedule.
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Anthony Christian Daniel

Anthony Christian Daniel is thrilled to be joining the Mac-Haydn family this summer. He has served as Associate Director to Shaun Kerrison on productions of MARY POPPINS featuring Tony Nominee Christiane Noll and the new American Premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, which featured a Broadway star-studded cast and Emmy Award Winner Sally Struthers. He recently began working as the Associate Director to Matt Lenz on the upcoming National Tour of CHEERS Live on Stage after working alongside Matt on an all-new production of VICTOR/VICTORIA and the brand new musical THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST. As a performer, Anthony has toured the globe in productions of Disney’s MARY POPPINS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GREASE, and was an original cast member of the World Premiere production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. His regional credits include performing at theatres such as the St. Louis MUNY, Riverside Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Atlanta TOTS, among others. Currently Anthony serves as the resident Casting Director for Ogunquit Playhouse, serves on the Faculty at The Growing Studio in NYC, and is the Founder and Director of the In The Spotlight Audition Workshops.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Sister Act
‘Mac-Haydn Mondays’ start this week with a tribute to ‘Ol Blue Eyes’

Mac-Haydn Mondays, one of the latest additions to the packed Mac-Haydn schedule kicks of its 2016 programming with “Sinatra 101: The Man, The Myth and The Music”.
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“I stood up in the public square and made a speech.”

J. Peter Bergman’s stunning review of “South Pacific” running through July 3rd.
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Not that we like to brag…

Not that we like to brag, but we’d like to brag that we have been voted (thanks to all of you!) the Best Local Live Theatre in Columbia County.
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Joe Bongiorni

Joseph is ecstatic for his debut performance with the Mac-Haydn Theatre. A new face to the theatre world, Joseph recently performed for Arizona Broadway Theatre’s, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. From a young age he received formal dance training. After graduating from NYC’s The Fashion Institute of Technology, he completed an 8-month contract in the Mediterranean, with the RWS & Associates. Personal motto: You say no to wine, you say no to life.

Roles this Season

Velma's Boy in Chicago
Meet the Children of South Pacific!

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is excited to be working with some amazing children in “South Pacific.” Jerome and Ngana are the children of Emile de Beque and a Polynesian woman who has passed away.

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Kelsey Woods

Kelsey Woods is elated to be performing at Mac-Haydn! A native of Bay City, MI, Kelsey received her BFA in Musical Theatre at Montclair State University. Recent credits: HAIR (Sheila),THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Cathy), 42ND STREET, TARZAN, PETER PAN, THE WILD PARTY and Busch Gardens’ GLORIA. Love to mom, dad, and Courtney.

Roles this Season

Nurse in South Pacific
Prisoner, Reporter, et al in Chicago
Giant/Sleeping Beauty in Into The Woods
Michelle, et al. in Sister Act
Saloon Girl Ancestor in The Addams Family
“There’s a somebody I’m longing to see….” – Berkshire Bright Focus Reviews ‘Nice Work’

J. Peter Bergman of The Berkshire Bright Focus gives a lovely review of “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

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A Saturday Conversation at The Mac: Mark Hardy

Mark Hardy is a Broadway Vet, a Professor at Montclair State University and a former Company Member of The Mac-Haydn Theatre (1984) who has recently returned to act and direct the past few years. Mark stars as Henry Higgins in our season’s opening show “My Fair Lady.”

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Season Promo Video
Isabella Pellino

Isabella is a Junior B.F.A. Stage Management and Design and Theatre Technology student at the University of Rhode Island and a Connecticut resident. She has worked as a Carpenter and Scenic Painter in theatre since 2010, and is currently the Student Technical Director at URI Theatre. Previous credits include: LEGALLY BLONDE (Sound Technician), COLUMBINUS (Assistant Stage Manager), IN THE NEXT ROOM (Carpenter/Scenic Artist), AVENUE Q (Sound Technician). Isabella would like to thank her family for their endless support and her co-workers for their brilliant work.

Owen Lenz

Vermont based violinist, Owen Lenz, has been performing actively throughout New England and New York for the past 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where he studied with Laurie Smukler. Since graduating, Owen has enjoyed frequent performances in musical theater and opera productions throughout the region. He is greatly looking forward to joining the Mac-Haydn theatre for his second summer in productions of CHICAGO and SOUTH PACIFIC.

Zachary Greer Emerson

Zachary is a BFA candidate at the UNC School of the Arts, with an intense focus in Wig & Makeup Design. His past credits at UNCSA include: IL CAPPELLO DI PAGLIA DI FIRENZE (AWM/A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute), THE NUTCRACKER BALLET (WMU), THE MATCHMAKER (WMU), and NINE (WMU). He has also designed and worked on multiple short films and commercials in North Carolina. He is ecstatic to be back at The Mac-Haydn Theatre for his second time, and their 49th season. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

Roles this Season

Ishmaelite in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Creative Roles this Season

Wig and Makeup Designer
Michelina Abrahamzon

Michelina Abrahamzon is delighted to join the Mac-Haydn team this summer! She most recently acted as Wardrobe Supervisor at Arizona Broadway Theatre. She graduated in 2010 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Costume Design & Technology. Other theatre credits include: Olney Theatre Center and Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Rachel Aberman

Rachel Aberman is thrilled to be joining The Mac-Hadyn Theatre team this summer for the first time! She is currently a student at Muhlenberg College. She is working to earn her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in costume design and minors in Studio Art and Women and Gender Studies. To see more of her work you can check out her portfolio at: rachelabermanartportfolio.weebly.com. She would like to thank her family for their love, the costume shop staff for their support, and Jimm Halliday for this incredible opportunity.

Anne Vick

Anne Vick is delighted to be working with everyone at the Mac-Haydn Theatre for the first time on this wonderful show. Anne is an NYC based choreographer/director, teaching artist and performer. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was a recipient of the 2015/16 observer fellowship with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Recent projects include: FOREVER PLAID (Director/Choreographer, Ocean City Theatre Company) SWING! (Choreographer, OCTC), GUYS AND DOLLS (Choreographer, OCTC), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT, (Choreographer, OCTC) , CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN (Assistant Choreographer, New York Musical Theatre Festival winner) and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Assistant Choreographer, Merry Go Round Playhouse). Thanks to this amazing cast, crew and team for all your hard work! A special thanks to John for bringing me into the fold, Maddy for being my partner in this, and many, crimes. And Josh, for everything.

Creative Roles this Season

Assistant to the Director/Choreographer - Nice Work If You Can Get It
First Review of the Season!

The first review is in!  Thanks to the Berkshire Bright Focus for the wonderful review.

Reviewed by J. Peter Bergman

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Heather Farney

Heather Farney is so excited to be back at the Mac.  She was last seen at MHT as Kathy Selden in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and Natalie in ALL SHOOK UP.  Other favorite credits include MARY POPPINS (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), WEST SIDE STORY (Fireside Theatre), SECRET GARDEN (Capital Repertory Theatre), and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Music Theatre of Wichita).  Thanks to the Mac-Haydn family for this opportunity and to her family and friends for their love and support.  Philippians 4:6-7

Roles this Season

Female Ensemble in Nice Work If You Can Get It
David Figliuzzi

David Figliuzzi has grown up with music and a lifelong love of theater, singing and playing piano since childhood. Today, he splits his time living in Connecticut and New York, where he is a soloist and choir member both in his native Hartford, and locally at the Broad Street Chorale in Kinderhook. A loyal fan and regular attendee of Mac-Haydn productions, SOUTH PACIFIC will be David’s first time on the Mac stage. He is over-the-moon to be making his debut this summer!

Roles this Season

Captain in Anything Goes
Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen is beyond excited to spend a fifth season at The Mac! In the summer of 2016 Angela started at the Mac-Haydn Theatre as the First-Hand in the costume shop and is thrilled to be returning as Costume-Supervisor this season. Previous Mac-Haydn costume design credits include: Pippin (2021), Cabaret (2018), Saturday Night Fever & Spamalot (2017) and South Pacific (2016). In addition to running a costume shop, Angela spent three years on the road with national tours: Waitress (2021, Head of Wardrobe), The Spongebob Musical (2019, Asst. Wardrobe) and The Sound of Music (2018, Asst. Wardrobe). When not working, Angela can be found petting the nearest dog. Angela would like to thank Anthony for his love and support and everyone at The Mac-Haydn Theatre for keeping the dream alive!

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - The Full Monty
Costume Designer - Xanadu
Robby Moser

Robby Moser studied trumpet performance and music education at University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music for his undergraduate and Yale University for his masters.  During his studies at these universities he attended the Brevard Music Center, Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival on the New Horizon fellowship, Pierre Monteux Orchestra, Opera Maya Opera Company, Lake George Music Festival (Artist in Residence) and faculty trumpet teacher at Luzerne Music Festival in upstate New York.  After completing Yale, he has enjoyed traveling and performing across the world playing in pits for Shen Yun Performing Arts Ballet, Princess Cruise line productions and the international tour of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Katherine Wainscott

Katherine Wainscott is a Junior BFA Production and Design student at Montclair State University. Notable MSU credits include: DANCE COLLAGE 2016 (PSM), PERFECTLY FRANK (PSM), SING FOR YOUR SUPPER (PSM), THE DIRTY 9 Sketch/Comedy Group (PSM), BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (ASM), HAIR (Props Head), THE PERSIANS (ASM), WORKS-A-FOOT 2014 (ASM). She is very excited to work with so many amazing artists this summer!

Edward W. Hardy

A critically acclaimed violinist, violist and composer, Edward W. Hardy performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and England, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Gaillard Center and Princess Anne Theatre, among others. Composition credits: THE WOODSMAN (New World Stages/59E59/Ars Nova), HAMLET (Theatre of War), JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE (Dean Irby), THE MASTER OF MARGARITA (David Bassuk), NO EXIT (Yellow House Pictures), A BROOKLYN BOY (National Black Theatre). He has worked in cooperation with BAFTA, Google, Grand Canyon NACAP, Trilogy Opera. Edward earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with honors. www.edwardwhardy.com

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Don Dolan

This is Don’s first appearance on the Mac-Haydn stage.  He holds a BA in Theatre from SUNY Plattsburgh.  His most recent role was that of Irish mechanic Jack Mullen in The Ghent Playhouse production of THE WEIR. Don has appeared in multiple shows with Upstage Productions including  SHREK THE MUSICAL (The Bishop), LEGALLY BLONDE (The Professor), BYE-BYE BIRDIE (The Mayor), ANNIE (FDR), and THE WIZARD OF OZ (The Tin Man).  He is retired from the Hew York State Offices of Children and Family Services, and lives in Hudson, NY, with his wife Lisa and son Michael.

Roles this Season

Senator Max Evergreen in Nice Work If You Can Get It
Zackary Horan

Zackary Horan is currently a student at Montclair State University, studying technical theater. He is very excited to be a part of the Mac-Haydn Theater family and is looking forward to the season.

Abigail Stenner

Abigail Stenner is delighted to be working as the costume shop’s Cutter/Draper with The Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer.  She is originally from Newarkm Delaware, but for the past two years worked at The Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky.   She has a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design from the University of Delaware with minors in Theatre Production and Fashion History.  If you would like to learn more about Abigail check out her portfolio here: http://acstenner.wix.com/acsportfolio  She wishes everyone a productive and exciting summer!

Doug Hearn

Doug is thrilled to be joining the Mac-Haydn family this season! He is a native of Wichita, KS, and has enjoyed a career both on and off stage since 2010. Notable set design credits include NOISES OFF (Wichita Center for the Arts), INTO THE WOODS (Heather Mueller Circle), JUNIE B. JONES: THE MUSICAL (Wichita Children’s Theatre), and most recently JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (WCT). Many thanks to the amazing production staff for their talents, and the guys at Fairview for the good vibes!

Jennifer Motta

Jennifer Motta is a graduate of the BFA Production and Design program at Montclair State University. Her past credits at Montclair State University include: WEST SIDE STORY (PSM); WORKS-A-FOOT ’16 (PSM); TRIUMPH OF LOVE (PSM); DIE FLEDERMAUS (PSM); DANCEWORKS ‘15 (PSM); WORKS-A-FOOT ‘14 (PSM); Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA (ASM); THE PRODUCERS (ASM); GIANNI SCHICCI (ASM); New Play Festival 13’ (ASM); FALSETTOS (ASM); CITY OF ANGELS (ASM); MIDDLETOWN (ASM). Motta was the PSM at The Mac-Haydn Theatre for their 2016 summer season and is ecstatic to be returning for the 2017 season.

Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon

Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon is back at the Mac! Monk can be found on stages from Saratoga to the Berkshires. Here in the round, he’s been in THE MUSIC MAN, The FANTASTICKS, LES MISERABLES, ANNIE, STATE FAIR and DAMN YANKEES and now SOUTH PACIFIC! Monk is a professional stage, film, commercial and voice actor. www.monksvoice.com

Roles this Season

Welch in Damn Yankees
Austin Woodward

Austin graduated with a B.A. In Theatrical Studies from Ball State University in 2015. A native Indiana resident, he is excited to be working at Mac-Hayden Theatre for the first time. Other shows he has worked on include INTO THE WOODS, EQUUS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and OKLAHOMA. He want to thank his parents, Art and Monika, his brother, Dylan, and Matt for their loving support.

Rick Hambright

Rick Hambright is the retired Chair of the East Greenbush, NY Music Department. He has played with the National Tours of AVENUE Q, GREASE, THE FULL MONTY, THE DROWSY CHAPARONE et al. Mac-Haydn Theater, Park Playhouse, Proctors, Cohoes Music Hall, Capital Repetory Theater, Papermill Playhouse et al.

Ken Swinkin

Ken Swinkin is a New York City-based theater drummer. He has played for U.S. tours of THE MUSIC MAN, STAND BY YOUR MAN –THE TAMMY WYNETTE STORY, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. In Europe he played for a tour of GREASE. He’s very happy to be back at the Mac-Haydn Theatre for his fifth summer here.

Rolin Mains

Rolin Mains has lived in Nashville since 1994. He has worked as a pianist/keyboard player, record producer, Music Director, conductor, and composer. Highlights include a 1997 Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year as producer and voted “Best Music Director” by the Nashville Scene in 2011. As Music Director Mr. Mains was in residence with the highly acclaimed Street Theatre Company in Nashville, directing over 30 different shows from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Mains composed all music and performed a live underscore for the winter productions of TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Creative Roles this Season

Children's Theatre Music Director
James Kinney

James Kinney is honored to return to The Mac-Haydn and bring the cellblock to life with CHICAGO! Last season, he directed and choreographed the acclaimed production of WEST SIDE STORY. Broadway performing credits include: FOSSE, DANCE OF DEATH, Barry Manilow’s HARMONY and the most recent revival of SWEET CHARITY, starring Christina Applegate, where he also served as the production’s Assistant Dance Captain. James began to focus in on the art of choreography, and found himself conceiving and creating an original new dance work for DANCE TRACKS NYC, set to Stephen Sondheim’s song “Another Hundred People”, and premiering at Lincoln Center. Other choreographic favorites include: GUY AND DOLLS starring Jessica Beil, I DO, I DO! at The Old Globe, HELLO DOLLY! starring Sally Struthers, HERMES OF PARIS, and many more! Today, James’s work can be seen on stages and television screens around the country. He has become known as a vital asset in creating new and innovative movement for musical theatre, the concert dance world, film/television and live events. www.JamesAKinney.com @jkinneydance

Victoria Benkoski

Victoria Benkoski is an actress and singer from Hoosick Falls, NY who lives for summertime, live theatre and is glad to be back at the Mac! Favorite credits include Esther, INTIMATE APPAREL; Nun u/s Deloris, SISTER ACT; and Bloody Mary, SOUTH PACIFIC. Victoria can be seen in early September at Siena College in Kempe’s Players performance of Twelfth Night as Maria. www.vikkiben.com

Roles this Season

Mrs. Rose & Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!
Rider Q. Stanton

Rider Q. Stanton is a Sound Designer and Audio Engineer from the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He has spent the past four years working with the Berkshire Theatre Group as a Sound Designer, Audio Engineer, and Keyboard Programmer. Last summer, Rider traveled to Switzerland to design for Cirque Starlight, and toured with the company as their Audio Engineer. He has also been the Sound Designer at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffield, MA since 2012. Design Credits include PETER PAN, CHICAGO, LION KING, THE MUSIC MAN, GREASE, WILLY WONKA, ANNIE, SWEENEY TODD and OLIVER!. Rider looks forward to joining the team at the Mac-Haydn this season, and would like to thank Lynne and John for the opportunity.

Creative Roles this Season

Sound Designer
Maddy Apple

Maddy is thrilled to return to Mac-Haydn this season and make her directorial debut! Favorite Choreography Credits: BERNARDA ALBA (Long Island University Post); YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, KISS ME KATE (Mac-Haydn); SWING! THE MUSICAL (Greater Ocean City Theater Co.); THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, COMPANY (NYU-Tisch); THE STORY OF JO-BETH (CAP21); NUNSENSE (MGR Playhouse). Maddy is a proud graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently resides in Astoria, NY. To find out more about Maddy, please visit www.maddyapple.com or follow her on Insta @mappleography. Love and thanks to the Mac-Haydn family and all the Apples!

Creative Roles this Season

Director/Choreographer - Nice Work If You Can Get It
Choreographer - Sister Act
Dee Lashway

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”.

Lynne Haydn

A native of Chicago, Lynne majored in theatre performance and directing at Mac-Maurray College. Soon after graduating she moved to New York City to pursue a career as an actress. There she met Linda MacNish with whom she foundered the Mac-Haydn Theatre in 1969.

In the early years, Lynne directed and performed in numerous productions. Some acting highlights were Anna in The King and I and The Queen in Once Upon a Mattress. However, she soon turned her expertise to administration, becoming the theatre’s founding Artistic Director. When Linda Macnish passed away in 2002, Lynne took over as Producer.

Lynne remained Artistic Director and Producer of the theatre that bares her and Linda’s names until its 50th season in 2018. She made a massive impact on the Columbia County region and the theatre community.

Learn about The Lynne Haydn Memorial Fund.

Barbara Peduzzi

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.

Lisa Franklin

Lisa Franklin – NYC CREDITS: MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY – NYMF; Velma – HAIRSPRAY – FSF,  REAL DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES OF COLUMBIA CO. – Laurie Beechman Theatre, FRANKLIN FAMILY CABARET – 54 Below. Regional: LOMBARDI -The Palace WI Dells;  THE MUSIC MAN – TriArts, The Glove & Park Playhouse. Favorite MHT roles include Lady Thiang in THE KING AND I and Mrs. Smith in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS.  Lisa has vocal studios in NYC and Albany and has had students in 23 Broadway shows and National tours.  www.lisafranklinonline.com

Roles this Season

Millicent Winter in Nice Work If You Can Get It
Bryan Knowlton

Bryan Knowlton’s extensive career has spanned from dancing on Broadway in the Revival of “A CHORUS LINE” to appearing in multiple National Tours, Film and TV. He is an award winning choreographer with credits that include: CABARET & CHICAGO (NH Theatre Award “Best Choreographer”, ONSTAGE Theatre Award Nomination “Best Choreography”), MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Award “Outstanding Choreography”) BEEHIVE! (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination “Best Choreographer”) SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER/MAMMA MIA (SALT Award nomination “Best Choreographer”), CURTAINS (BroadwayWorld Award Nomination “Best Choreography”), A CHORUS LINE, PIPPIN, DAMN YANKEES, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, URINETOWN, RENT, GODSPELL, GUYS AND DOLLS, 9 to 5, OLIVER!, WEST SIDE STORY, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, HAIR, LA CAGE aux FOLLES, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ and A CHRISTMAS STORY. For more information visit bryanknowlton.org

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - Kiss Me, Kate
Carol Charniga

Now a 10-year Mac-Haydn veteran, Carol’s past productions include last season’s THE BAKER’S WIFE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, STATE FAIR, GREASE, ANYTHING GOES, CRAZY FOR YOU, FOOTLOOSE, MY FAIR LADY, THE MUSIC MAN AND OKLAHOMA! Other regional credits: James Joyce’s THE DEAD, THE CRUCIBLE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Capital Repertory Theatre. Offstage Carol keeps busy as both a lab manager for the Neural Stem Cell Institute and the grandmother of 5 little people! Thanks Lynne, Barbara, Monica, John and Josh!

Roles this Season

Mary Lazarus in Sister Act
Meg Dooley

Meg Dooley is thrilled to be back at the Mac, where she has been performing since 1999. Favorite roles at MHT include Mrs. Higgins in MY FAIR LADY (now for the third time!), Mrs. Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN , Mother Lord in HIGH SOCIETY, and Tessie Tura in GYPSY (not a mother!). Look for Meg later in the season when Mac-Haydn Mondays, in partnership with Taconic Stage, presents Carl Ritchie’s THE REAL DESPARATE HOUSEWIVES OF COLUMBIA COUNTY (Musical). Meg plays Melody, the overbearing weekender (also not a mother—fortunately!).

Roles this Season

Mrs. O'Malley in Funny Girl
Rosie in The Wedding Singer
Chris Hendricks

Chris Hendricks – Regional: Noteworthy LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES (Fitz) with Kooman and Dimond, HIT THE DECK (Cork 2)  – Goodspeed Musicals; Staged Readings. PETER PAN Starring Terrence Mann (Slightly) – CT Rep. Theatre. THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Ancestor) – The Palace Theatre. CATS (Mungojerrie) – Pentangle Arts Theatre. KISS ME KATE (Hortensio), THE KING AND I (Simon Legree) – The Monomoy Theatre. Educational: BARNUM (Principle Tumbler/Silt Walker), CHICAGO (Mary Sunshine).

Roles this Season

Rocky in Damn Yankees
Steve Hassmer

Steve Hassmer couldn’t be more excited to be returning to the Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer. Originally from Virginia, Steve now makes the Berkshires his home along with wife Casey and their two young children Noah and Lilly. Recent credits: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Andre), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), South Pacific (Emile de Becque) and My Fair Lady (Col. Pickering) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, Some People Hear Thunder – World Premier (Nicholas Karras, Reverend Nokhoudian) at CapRep, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera Festival. National Tour: My Fair Lady. Other: Carmina Burana (Featured Soloist) Princeton University.

Roles this Season

Aaron Fox in Curtains
Father in Ragtime
Monica M. Wemitt

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.  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 in 2004.  She was later made the Company Manager/Asst. Producer in 2013 and still performs at Mac-Haydn as often as possible. Monica discovered her interest in voice over work during the last two years and has started recording books for Audible. She is currently finishing up her sixth book.

Kevin Gleason
Kevin Gleason

Kevin Gleason has been involved in many theaters since his first years in college. Spending well over a decade with Silent G Productions, he has assisted Andrew Gmoser in lighting many productions, at The Westchester Broadway Theatre, Hudson Stage, Tuckahoe High School, and many others. On his own he is a Set Designer, Lighting Designer, and Technical Director working at Yorktown High School, New Canaan High School, and Nyack High School. For the past 20 years, Kevin has been the Technical Director/Master Electrician at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY. At the Mac-Haydn, Kevin has also designed the lights or sets for Mamma Mia, Joseph….., Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, High School Musical, Footloose and Bye, Bye Birdie. Kevin is a voracious reader, enjoys time spent at Disney World, and is always receptive to any new recipe involving bacon.

Creative Roles this Season

Scenic Designer - A Chorus Line
Scenic Designer - The Full Monty
Set Designer - Xanadu
Set Designer - Forever Plaid
Lighting Designer - Limited Performances Series
Andrew Gmoser

Andrew Gmoser is thrilled that the Mac-Haydn is back, that he is part of it, and that you are here. In his 28 seasons at the Mac-Haydn he has designed the lighting for over 170 of our shows, and created the sets for some of our most spectacular productions, including Beauty and The Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Spamalot, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ragtime, and Man of La Mancha. Andrew owns and operates Silent G Productions, providing design, equipment, and consultation for live theatre, dance, and concerts throughout Westchester, NY and beyond. Andrew’s best and most important production is with his lovely wife, Catherine: their twins, Thomas and Elizabeth!

Creative Roles this Season

Lighting Designer - A Chorus Line
Lighting Designer - Urinetown
Lighting Designer - Kiss Me, Kate
Lighting Designer - Next to Normal
Lighting Designer - The Full Monty
Lighting Designer - Xanadu
Lighting Designer - Forever Plaid
Josh D. Smith

Josh D. Smith is delighted to be spending his 8th season at MHT! You’ve seen him in the pit, in our Coffeehouse, and occasionally onstage in SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, CHICAGO, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, and ALL NIGHT STRUT. Josh has music directed and/ or accompanied numerous productions throughout the US including ArtisTree Theatre and Northern Stage in vermont; with the national tour of BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY; Arizona Broadway Theatre; Prather Entertainment Group in Lancaster, PA; the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine; Jersey Shore Entertainment/Surflight in New Jersey; Downstairs Cabaret, Syracuse Stage, Cortland Repertory Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre in Upstate New York. He was named 2013 Central New York (SALT) Musical Director of the Year by the Syracuse New Times. His musical arrangements have been heard in venues across the country including 54 Below and Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan.

Creative Roles this Season

Musical Director
Ryan Gregory Thurman

Excited to be back at the Mac! A proud Cleveland native, Ryan was last seen at the Mac as “Joey” in SISTER ACT. Other Mac-Haydn favorites include RENT (Benny), and XANADU (Terpsicore). Recent: ELF THE MUSICAL (Nat’l Tour), HAIRSPRAY (Palace Theatre), SHOW BOAT (Fiddlehead Theatre Co), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Dobama). PPU ’14. All the love to Mom, family and friends. For Dad & Grampy. Follow him @Huggybruh and www.RyanGregoryThurman.com

Roles this Season

Tobias in Sweeney Todd
Emily Kron

EMILY KRON: Mac Haydn: Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, The Baker’s Wife. Regional: As You Like It (The Denver Center), Noises Off, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods (Northern Stage), Little Shop of Horrors, Spelling Bee (Playhouse on Park), Struck (Theatre Raleigh), Trouble Tales, Morpheus Quartet, (Williamstown Theater Festival) NY Credits: The Europeans (Atlantic Theater), Sweet Tooth (Cherry Lane Theater), Love in a Tub (LaMaMa), The Gold (NYMF), The Seven Sicknesses (EPBB); TV/FILM: Shades of Blue on NBC, Boss Level for Random House & various sketch comedies for commission. Emily has her own band Em & The Fates and has performed renowned venues, such as 54 Below, BB King, Rockwood Music Hall and more. Love to everyone at the Mac and her parents, M & D for giving her life! Emilykron.com. .

Roles this Season

Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors
Ashley DeLane Burger

Ashley DeLane Burger is psyched to be back at the Mac for her 4th Season! You may have seen her last summer in Pippin (Fastrada), Man of La Mancha (Innkeeper), Major Arcana (Lover), & Beehive (Patty). More frequently she is behind the scenes choreographing – She Loves Me, Sunset Boulevard, & South Pacific (MacHaydn Theatre), Working: 2012 (Berkshire Theatre Group – 2019 BWW Best Choreography!), RENT, Merrily We Roll Along, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Wagner College). Ashley DeLane holds a BA in Theatre, MS in Kinesiology and obtained her CMA at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She is a proud teaching artist, group fitness instructor, dance competition judge & commercial real estate manager (didn’t see that one coming!). She is eternally grateful to be making magic again (especially at a place that feels like home) & wishes to thank John, Eddie, and James for their trust and collaboration and her mother for her never ending support. www.ashleydelane.com

Roles this Season

U/S: Cassie/Sheila in A Chorus Line
Estelle Genovese in The Full Monty

Creative Roles this Season

Associate Choreographer - A Chorus Line
Assistant Director/Choreographer - Forever Plaid
Monica M. Wemitt

Monica was last seen on the MacHaydn stage in CURTAINS. Other credits include Dolly Levi in HELLO DOLLY, Frau Blucher in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Vicky in THE FULL MONTY, Mother Superior in NUNSENSE, Mother Superior in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and Meg in DAMN YANKEES. Broadway & touring credits include LIZA STEPPIN’ OUT starring Liza Minnelli at Radio City Music Hall, HELLO DOLLY starring Carol Channing on Broadway, and Madame de la Grande Bouche in the national tour of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. In the past year, she has pivoted into recording audio books and has recently finished her sixth book! Wishing everyone a terrific time at the show, and sincere gratitude for supporting live theater.

Roles this Season

Jeanette in The Full Monty
Edgar Acevedo

Edgar is the founder of CCYT. He holds a B.S. in musical theatre [from SUNY Fredonia] and an M.A. in elementary education [from The College at Saint Rose]. During his tenure as a New York State certified teacher, he collaborated for three years with the Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Dance Company (Education) to develop a program that integrated dance into the classroom (grades 3 – 5), and taught numerous professional development classes for teachers in active learning. Under the auspices of CCTY, he developed and currently produces the Theatre Arts Programs at the Hudson City School District Intermediate School, the Summer Funshop musical theatre program, and CCYT’s Performance Company. For the past thirty years, Edgar has directed and produced the Mac-Haydn Musical Theatre Workshop.

Neal Kowalsky

Neal is stoked to be back at The Mac. Credits Include: SOUTH PACIFIC (Mac-Haydn), THIEVES (The Public), MY PEOPLE (NYC and Texas), AVENUE Q (Stevens Institute) PETER PANTOMIME (Kaye Playhouse), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (St. John’s University), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Porch Light), WIZARD OF OZ (Porch Light), THE GOD-SHAPED HOLE (OC-Centric New Play Festival, Orange, CA). Neal is the former Artistic Director for Papermill Theatre’s TYA Program, and currently the Associate Production Director and Social Media Director at Shuffles Theatre School (shufflesnyc.com) Thanks Lynne, Monica, John and all at the Mac. http://www.nealkowalsky.com. Love to his family and Katrina. @Nealed_it | #NEALEDit

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Spamalot
Bridget Elise Yingling

Bridget Elise Yingling is more than thrilled to be back at the Mac with her favorite people! Bridget Elise just recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, BFA. Favorite Mac-Haydn credits include: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Millie Dillmount) and 42ND STREET (Peggy Sawyer). Other favorites include LES MISERABLES (Eponine), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Wednesday) and Carnegie Hall. She was also a part of the regional premiere of SISTER ACT with Ogunquit Playhouse and Gateway Playhouse. Next, you can catch Bridget Elise playing the role of Missy in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Huge thanks to John and Monica! MDDJ—All my love! www.bridgeteliseyingling.com

Roles this Season

Little Red in Into The Woods
Velma Kelly in Chicago
Paul Wyatt

Thrilled to be back at the Mac for his fourth season!!! Paul is an actor singer, guitarist, and teaching artist for The National Dance Institute, The Mac Haydn Theatre, and Artistree Theatre Company. Paul has also performed with several NYC artists including Wesley Zurich, Maddy Wyatt, Blake Whyte, David Are, Laith Al-Sadhi, Halle Petro, Jennifer Sanchez, Dana Haynes, Alli Foss, Jac n’ Swallow, Eric Day, and Theresa Kloos. Paul just finished the amazing Big Green Theatre Festival with the Superhero Clubhouse and The Bushwick Starr, centered around climate change and environmentalism. Paul studied at the University of Michigan.

Roles this Season

Sir Robin in Spamalot
Caitlin Wilayto

Caitlin Wilayto is so happy to be returning to MHT to play her dream role! You may have seen her in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Inga), 42ND STREET (Annie), or SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Lina). She is originally from Pepperell, MA and is a graduate from The Hartt School. Other credits: A CHORUS LINE (Judy), GYPSY (Dainty June), WEST SIDE STORY (Velma). She would like to send a huge thank you to her parents, MT13, KG and The Mac for their love and support! Follow me! @ caitwilayt

Roles this Season

Roxy Hart in Chicago
Erin Spears Ledford

Erin Spears Ledford is honored to return to The Mac- Haydn Theatre for her 8th Season. She will join the company in both creative and performance roles. Erin’s past Mac- Haydn directing credits include: The Wedding Singer, Little Shop of Horrors, and Asst. Director on Man Of La Mancha. In 2021 Erin received a Berkshire Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Ilona in Mac- Haydn’s production of She Loves Me. Other memorable Mac roles include: World Goes Round, Rosie in Mamma Mia, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act and Alice in Addams Family. Favorite regional credits include: Mrs. Sowerberry/ Nancy US in Oliver! (National Tour) and Anita in West Side Story (Circa 21.) When she is not treading the boards at The Mac, Erin works as a Teaching Artist with Inside Broadway in NYC. Thanks to JL, MDKR, JS.

Roles this Season

Vicki in The Full Monty

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Kiss Me, Kate
Kate Suppes

Kate Suppes is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn debut this summer! Originally from sunny California, she headed over to the east coast where she earned her BFA in musical theater at The Hartt School. After graduating last May, she quickly moved to NYC to pursue her dream! Since then, she has participated in multiple concerts and cabarets, including readings for new works.

Roles this Season

Mrs. Eynsford Hill in My Fair Lady
Female Ensemble in Nice Work If You Can Get It
Lead Nurse Lt. Genevieve Marshall in South Pacific
Prisoner, Reporter, et al in Chicago
Cinderella's Mother/Granny in Into The Woods
Tina, et al in