The Great Love Story Returns


Often regarded as the greatest love story of all time, this landmark Broadway musical returns to the Mac-Haydn. With a powerful, poignant book, and unforgettable music and lyrics by iconic team Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story changed musical theatre forever.

Leading the production is Director/Choreographer Bryan Knowlton who has been a part of the Mac-Haydn family since 2010. Knowlton is partnering for the first time with Associate Director and Choreographer Elizabeth McGuire, whose choreography was featured in last season’s “The Sound of Music” and “Godspell.” They are joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Matt Levinstein. The production will feature scenic design by Alivia Cross, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Hannah Sadler, sound design by Sean McGinley, hair and makeup design by Emily Allen, and props design by Clay Cates.

The cast is led by a collection of newcomers to the Mac-Haydn. Making their Mac-Haydn debuts are Jared Goodwin as Tony, Paula Gaudier as Maria, Caleb Bermejo as Bernardo, Ariellys Reynoso as Anita, and Griffin Wilkins as Riff.

West Side Story is guaranteed to be a breathtaking, thrilling and timely launch to the 2024 Season. Full of diverse, memorable music including “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere,” as well as the unforgettable ”Dance At The Gym”. This masterpiece of theater promises to make an indelible impression on audiences of all ages.

The musical was inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and was originally produced on Broadway in 1957 with direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Derek Wolfe

Derek Wolfe is a trumpet player based in the Capital District of New York. He is proficient in many styles of music including classical, jazz, afro-cuban, and pop. He performed as principal and lead trumpet in his undergraduate (Crane School of Music) and graduate school (Mead Witter School of Music) classical, jazz, and latin ensembles. Derek has subbed as principal and section trumpet with orchestras from the east coast to the midwest, including subbing as principal trumpet with The Madison Symphony under the direction of John DeMain. Derek is currently the lead trumpet in The Trojan Horns brass band which is frequently seen playing bars and music festivals in and around New York state and teaches privately in the Capital District.

Ian Weidmann

Ian Weidmann is currently pursuing his master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance at the Manhattan School of Music. In his undergrad, he spent two years as the lead alto player for the One O’ Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas and has performed extensively on flutes, clarinets, and saxophones in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In his time at North Texas, he backed world-class musicians across styles, such as Kurt Elling, Chris Potter, Allison Miller, Ignacio Berroa, Arturo Sandoval, and many others. In his free time, Ian enjoys working out, spending time with friends, and seeing shows. His previous teachers include Brad Leali, Tim McWright, Jaleel Shaw, Seok Hee Jang, and Hyunsu Yoon.

Jason Meusel

Jason Meusel is a bassist in his final year of studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is very excited to be a part of the Mac-Haydn Theatre team! He has studied both the double bass and the electric bass for 12 years. Despite most of his training being classical, Jason has found his passion playing in pit orchestras. He has performed around the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. Some of his favorite pit projects include The Scottsboro Boys, Once On This Island, and a performance of the works of Steven Flaherty at Carnegie Hall. This is Jason’s first time at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, and he is looking forward to this season!

Luis Jacome

Luis Jacome is a Drummer/Percussionist with 15 years of experience in theatre, orchestra, band, and jazz. He also has multiple years of work in audio technology, production, and instruction. During his time as a musician, he has enjoyed performing at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Tanglewood, Beijing Concert Hall, Suntory Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, 54 Below, The DiMenna Center, Symphony Space, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, The World Expo in Yeosu, and now Mac-Haydn! Luis has had the pleasure of performing with Josh Groban, Raul Esparza, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Glenn Kotche, Montego Glover, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Sō Percussion, Tom Hewitt, Paris Barclay, Laurence O’Keefe, Renée Neufville, Bobby Previte, and more.
Luis has toured the U.S, Scotland, China, South Korea, and Japan, enjoying each unique culture and connecting through music and food.

Peter Issac
Samantha Landy

Sam is currently a theatre major and theatrical design minor with a focus on costume work at the University of Albany; in the past, she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan where she majored in technical theater. Through her theater experience, she has worked on shows in the positions of assistant costume designer, costume technician, and wardrobe crew; these shows include Taming of The Shrew, The Glass Menagerie, Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, Cinderella, and The Sound of Music. Sam has also worked as a production assistant for the costuming team on Phish’s 2024 New Year’s Eve show. Sam has lived in the Chatham area for the last few years and looks forward to working at Mac-Haydn for her first summer stock experience!

V Hope

V Hope is truly ecstatic to be working with the Mac-Haydn Theatre and this fantastic season for their first summer stock season. They are currently a senior at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, majoring in Theatre Design and Technology with a focus in Costumes and Projections and minor in Jewelry. Some of the recent shows they’ve worked on include Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Wardrobe Supervisor), Marisol (Assistant Costume Designer), Burial at Thebes (Wardrobe Supervisor/SFX Designer), and Come From Away National Tour (Carpenter). They can’t wait to continue working in the theatre and see where it takes them. Find them on Instagram @v._hope._ or check out their website

Alan Highe

Alan Highe is pleased to be joining the Mac-Haydn as Master Electrician/Carpenter for the 2024 Season! As an independent artist from Michigan, Alan has had the opportunity to work nationwide with some of the industry’s best including: Seth Rudetsky, Major Attaway, Allie Trimm, Ray DeMattis, Jackie Burns, John Tracey Eagen, and Alix Korey. Previous credits include Enter Laughing, The Little Mermaid, Honk! Nunsense, The Fantasticks, Grease, Gypsy, The Producers, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jersey Boys, and A Doll’s House Part II. While not traveling coast to coast, Alan spends his free time running D&D games, Disc Golfing, and cuddling with his cat, Anna. Alan would like to thank his friends, family, and wonderful girlfriend Julia for their undying and constant patience, love, and support throughout his theatrical endeavors. @AlanHighe

Creative Roles this Season

Master Electrician/Carpenter - 2024 Season
Marvin Gonzalez

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Marvin Gonzalez (He/Him) is a New York based and born Performer. He is stoked to be apart of one of his dream show making his Mac-Haydn debut. He’s immensely grateful to get the opportunity to share his joy on stage. when not on stage he enjoys cooking, bartending, and being surrounded in nature. Recent graduate of the Institute for American Musical Theatre (IAMT). And Recently seen debut his first professional show in A Chorus Line (u/s Paul). Other notable rolls he’s portrayed (Laurie) Little Women, (Enoch Snow) Carousel, (Baker) Into The Woods. He wants to thank his Family, Agents and Teachers for their support. Living everyday as a big dreamer in action. follow his journey on instagram @Gnz_Marvin or Website at

Roles this Season

Ensemble in West Side Story (Debut)
Bernard Scahill

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Bernard is thrilled to be working at the Mac-Haydn this summer. After a long hiatus from the theatre he is grateful to the team for giving him this opportunity! During the pandemic, Bernard started an outdoor concert company in NYC called “Concerts Under the Stars” that has become a national series, and growing more every year. It is a company founded by musicians for musicians. Broadway National Tour & regional credits include: Les Miserables (U/S Jean Valjean,) Beauty & the Beast (Cogsworth,) CATS (Gus/Growltiger,) Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod,) Wizard of Oz (The Cowardly Lion,) EVITA, Titanic, Forever Plaid and more! At this time Bernard would like to thank John, Brian, & Lizzie for giving him this opportunity. He would also like to thank Erin, Jeff, Gabe, & Paul for their support!

Roles this Season

Krupke / Gladhand in West Side Story (Debut)
Craig Capone

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Craig Capone is thrilled to be joining the Mac-Haydn Theatre family! Favorite roles include Doc in West Side Story at Seacoast Repertory Theater/Portsmouth NH, Mr. Brownlow in Oliver at the Palace Theatre/Manchester NH, Cinderella’s Father in Into the Woods at the Barnstormers Theater/Tamworth NH, Toulon in M Butterfly at the Woodstock Playhouse/Woodstock NY, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at The Players’ Ring/Portsmouth NH. He was nominated for Best Actor in The Priest at the Sanford International Film Festival, and for Best Supporting Actor in Deja Vuers at the Iconic Film Festival. When not acting in film or on stage, Craig can be found on the beaches of Ogunquit, Maine, or Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Roles this Season

Doc in West Side Story (Debut)
Tzintli Cerda

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Tzintli Cerda is an 18-year-old rising sophomore from Milford Massachusetts, currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory. This is her professional debut and she is ecstatic to be working with Mac-Haydn this summer! Her most recent performances have been Lucy in Bright Star and #14 in The Wolves at Franklin Performing Arts Company, Leading Player u/s, and Ensemble in Pippin at Shenandoah Conservatory. Outside of musical theatre, Tzintli has had the opportunity to perform across Europe, sing alongside a professional Mariachi Band, and perform for a Day of the Dead Celebration in Winchester. She would like to thank her family for teaching her to love and embrace her Latin culture, FSPA and Shenandoah Conservatory for making me work harder to become the best performer I can be, and my friends for coming to all my performances. She is so excited to work at Mac-Haydn this summer!

Roles this Season

Rosalia in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in Sister Act
Jamie Camejo

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jamie Camejo, a 20 year old passionate dancer born to Venezuelan parents, entered the world in Miami, Florida. From the tender age of two, Jamie discovered her love for dance, a passion that has only deepened over the years. Training in every style and counting to learn and try new things. Growing up in the vibrant city of Miami, Jamie was surrounded by diverse cultures and rhythms, which influenced her dance style and artistic expression. Her journey as a dancer has been fueled by dedication, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to her craft. Today, Jamie continues to captivate audiences with her mesmerizing performances, showcasing not only her remarkable talent but also her boundless enthusiasm for dance.

Roles this Season

Francesca in West Side Story (Debut)
Benjamin Yantis

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Ben Yantis (He/Him) is happy to be joining Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer! Originally from Harrisburg, PA Ben has been performing for as long as he can remember. Studying at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet through high school, he fell in love with the theatre and dance. He is filled with gratitude that he gets to bring the beauty of theatre and movement to people through shows. He wants to thank the Mac-Haydn staff for welcoming him into such a great environment. Previous theatre credits include: HAIR (Tribe), A CHORUS LINE (Dance Captain/Zach u/s), THE APPLE TREE (Sanjar), SWEET CHARITY (Ensemble), PIPPIN (Ensemble). Precious dance credits: The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince, Snow, Coffee), Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund) BFA Musical Theatre Shenandoah Conservatory. @benyantiss

Roles this Season

Diesel in West Side Story (Debut)
Ana Viveros

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Ana Viveros (she/her) is honored to be joining Mac-Haydn this summer! Ana is a proud Miami-native and just received her BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory this May under the Presidential Scholarship and inaugural Sutton Foster Award. She’s ecstatic to be a part of 3 Mac-Haydn productions: “West Side Story” (Consuelo, U/S Anita), “Sister Act” (Ensemble), and “Rent” (Mimi Marquez)! Recent musical credits include The Company Theatre’s world premiere of “Born To Do This” (Clarisse), Reagle Music Theatre’s “West Side Story” (Consuelo, U/S Maria), and Boston Conservatory’s “As You Like It” (Silvia). Ana would like to thank her partner and friends for their support, and her family for their sacrifices and resilience. A special thank you to the Mac-Haydn team and community for welcoming her with open arms.
To stay connected: / @anagviveros

Roles this Season

Consuelo (U/S Anita) in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in Sister Act
Mimi in Rent
Jordan Speer

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

This is Jordan’s first season with the Mac-Haydn theater and she is beyond excited to join the family! She’s a recent graduate of AMDA NY/LA. Born and raised in the Midwest. Starting off as a competitive dancer she found her love for theater while playing Clara in her elementary school’s production of The Nutcracker. She has gone on to play roles such as Julia Gibbs (Our Town), Patsy (Crazy For You) and Miss Spider (James and the Giant Peach). She wants to thank her family and friends for the endless support and for always pushing her to reach her dreams and well as John Saunders and the rest of the Mac-Hayden team for taking a chance and molding her into the performer she is today!

Roles this Season

Dinah in West Side Story (Debut)
Matt Levinstein

Matt Levinstein (Associate Music Director) is a New York/Boston based MD, Conductor, Multi-Instrumentalist, Orchestrator, Keyboard Programmer, Copyist, and Educator. He is a recent Berklee College of Music Alumni (FA 23′) as a Piano Principal. He graduated with a BM in Professional Music, with concentrations in Musical Theatre Conducting, Arranging, and Music Education. Favorite show credits include Music Director for Berklee’s Broadway Band and Curtain Up (Berklee), Falsettos and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Emerson College), CUT! (Green Room 42), Matilda the Musical (Open Fields Theatre), and Associate Music Director for Beautiful and RENT (Theatre Aspen). He is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn Theatre debut this summer as the Associate Music Director! Read more at, and follow @mattlevinstein on instagram for updates!

Creative Roles this Season

Associate Music Director - West Side Story
Music Director - Sister Act
Associate Music Director - Rent
Music Director - All Shook Up
Associate Music Director - Something Rotten
Johanna Baronowitz

Johanna is a stage manager based out of New Jersey. She recently received her BFA Theatre: Design, Technology, & Management with a concentration in Stage Management from Montclair State University this spring. Favorite credits include: Back to the Future 1st National Tour (Production Assistant), Marie Antoinette (Montclair State University – Production Stage Manager), Spring Awakening (Montclair State University – Assistant Stage Manager), Singin’ in the Rain (College Light Opera Company – Production Stage Manager), Jesus Christ Superstar (College Light Opera Company – Production Stage Manager), Bright Star (Montclair State University – Production Stage Manager), & Something Rotten! (Northampton Community College Summer Theatre – Production Stage Manager). When not in production, Johanna can be found spending time with loved ones or informing her friends about whatever Harry Styles is up to. @johannabaronowitz /

Abbie Ruff

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Abbie Ruff is so excited to be performing at Mac-Haydn Theatre for the first time! SELECT CREDITS: Matilda (Swing/ Dance Captain), West Side Story (Anybodys/ DC), Freaky Friday (Laurel/ DC), Sweet Charity (Dance Hall Hostess), Mamma Mia! (Ensemble) – Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble) – Uptown Players; The Music Man (Ensemble/ Assoc. Director & Choreographer) – Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre; Oklahoma! (Ensemble/ DC) – Riverside Theatre; Anything Goes (Assoc. Director/ Choreographer) – Lyric Stage, Dallas. TCU Alum, Go Frogs! Shoutout to my day ones: ARR, JBR, Renee, and everyone at DU. Endless thanks to Nicole and the whole FSE team. Love to Jack, Willie and Ziggy, and my friends and family. For Simon, keep it cool, buddy boy.

Roles this Season

Anybodys in West Side Story (Debut)
JJ Razzano

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

JJ Razzano, an upstate NY native, is beyond excited to make his debut at The Mac-Haydn Theatre with West Side Story and All Shook Up! You may have seen him locally in Something Rotten (Ensemble), Oklahoma (Curly McClain), and The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia) at Playhouse Stage Co.’s Park Playhouse in Albany. JJ is a proud and dedicated student at NYU Tisch studying Drama in the New Studio on Broadway where he has been apart of many educational productions including Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus) and many film projects. He would like to thank his family, friends, dog, and the cast and crew at The Mac-Haydn Theatre for supporting and inspiring him to continue perusing his passion for the arts!

Roles this Season

On-Stage Swing in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in All Shook Up
Tanner Kirol

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Tanner Jarrett Kirol is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School. He has previously performed in Grease at the Axelrod Contemporary Theatre as well as Surflight Theatre’s 2023 season. As a dancer he has performed with Hamilton Ballet Theatre as a principal, Waterbury Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and STEPS on Broadway. Tanner’s most recent credit (and one of his favorites!) is being a swing for an all male version of My Fair Lady (excluding Eliza and Mrs. Higgins). Tanner’s super excited to be a part of Machayden’s 2024 season, and most of all to be able to kick off the season by performing in a dream show of his: West Side Story.

Roles this Season

Action in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in All Shook Up
Ensemble in Something Rotten
Griffin Wilkins

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Griffin Wilkins is an actor, singer, and dancer hailing from Walpole, MA. He is so excited to join the Mac-Haydn family this summer! Recent credits include Something Rotten (Nick Bottom), Newsies (Race), and Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal) for FSUTheatre; Mamma Mia (Sky), Legally Blonde (Kyle, Ensemble) for NCCA at Jean’s Playhouse; and Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz (Tinman) for 92NY. Florida State Musical Theatre Alum ’23. Go ‘Noles! Huge shoutout to Craig Holzberg and everyone at Avalon Artists Group! He would like to thank his mom, dad, sister, and the rest of his family for their undying love and support in everything he does. Another big thank you to his beautiful girlfriend, his friends from NYC, Tallahassee, and beyond, and the Boston Celtics. Instagram: @griffin.t.wilkins

Roles this Season

Riff in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in Sister Act
Ensemble (Mark U/S) in Rent
Ariellys Reynoso

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Ariellys is a New Yorker who’s bold, fierce, and has hair with a mind of its own. A childhood cultivated in the boogie down Bronx Ariellys found her passion and love for musical theatre. Her favorite part of performing is bringing people of all walks of life together and creating within a community. As a recent graduate of Shenandoah University, Ari as most know her has had the pleasure of being apart of multiple shows as in Siohban (CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME), Dionne (HAIR), and Mother U/S (TUCK EVERLASTING). Ari is so grateful to the cast, crew, her directors, and the entire Mac-Hadyn community for giving her this oppurtunity. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their endless support to follow her dreams.

Roles this Season

Anita in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in Sister Act
Ensemble (Mimi U/S) in Rent
Paula Gaudier

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Paula Gaudier is a proud native Puerto Rican actor recently graduated from Manhattanville University with a BFA in Musical Theater. Off-Broadway: The Beautiful Lady (Ensemble/Akhmatova understudy) at La Mama ETC directed by Anne Bogart. Regional: A Little Night Music (Anne/Petra understudy) at Barrington Stage Company directed by Julianne Boyd. NYC Theatre: Exist: A New Musical (Victoria) at Columbia University directed by Marina Montesanti. Manhattanville College: A Chorus Line (Diana Morales) directed by Beth Burrier; Carousel (Julie Jordan) directed by Beth Burrier. Dedico mi presentación a la comunidad latina que continúa llenando el mundo con su música, baile y sabor. Que nuestras historias siempre sean contadas con propósito de conocer, compartir y amar con orgullo en el corazón.

Roles this Season

Maria in West Side Story (Debut)
Jared Goodwin

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jared Goodwin is quite pleased, to say the least, to be making his Mac-Hadyn debut this summer! Off-Broadway: Howard Young in BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN. After stumbling into performing at 15, he quickly found himself on increasingly large stages: within a year he was showcased as a Critic’s Choice Main Stage Soloist at the Colorado Thespian Convention. Following his graduation from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he was selected to be a part of BROADWAY’S RISING STARS, a talent showcase gathering top performers from the East Coast’s most elite performing schools at The Town Hall in New York. When not in Chatham, he can be found singing everything from Sinatra to Sondheim at the Tony-Honored nightclub 54 Below, or making the occasional appearance at Birdland Jazz Club or The Green Room 42. Love and appreciation go out to his family, his friends, and Ann.

Roles this Season

Tony in West Side Story (Debut)
Roger in Rent
Chatham Berry Farm / Greenhouse Cidery

The Greenhouse Cidery, located at The Chatham Berry Farm, specializes in unique small batch hard ciders. Rotating selection of NY state beers, wines & spirits. Also on site is popular food truck Yummy Kitchen, featuring flavors from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

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Taproom Hours:
Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Yummy Kitchen Hours:
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Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

2309 NY-203, Chatham, NY 12037

Bimi’s Canteen and Bar / Bimi’s Cheese Shop Copy

Welcome to our cozy, friendly, and elegant slice of Main Street. We are a Hudson Valley restaurant, committed to creating a hyper-seasonal menu highlighting ingredients from our community. In addition to charcuterie slates and comforting favorites like Bouillabaisse and baked Mac n’ Cheese, our menu consists of farm-fresh starters and entrees. We always have fish, meat, vegetarian, and Celiac-safe options. Our outstanding downstairs bar is a hidden jewel serving perfect cocktails, a thoughtful wine list, 8 beers on tap, as well as great non-alcoholic drinks. We serve dinner Thursday to Monday, and also a wonderful Sunday brunch.

Reservations strongly encouraged. Please let us know if you are headed to Mac-Haydn so we can get you in and out promptly! Canteen is a gathering place for great food and great friends.

The shop, open 7 days a week, has been a community staple for the last decade. We sell cheeses and provisions, but also offer outstanding breakfast and lunch options — coffee and espresso drinks, grilled cheese and baguette sandwiches, salads, house-made soups, freshly baked cookies and croissants, cold drinks, beer and wine. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Canteen Hours:
Thursday-Monday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Shop Hours:
Bimi’s is open every day.
Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 3:00pm

19 Main Street Chatham, NY, 12037

Jackson’s Old Chatham House

Offering American cuisine, Jackson’s is a staple of the Columbia County restaurant scene. Whether accommodating a large party or date night for two, Jackson’s extensive menu is sure to be the perfect addition to your trip to the theatre.

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

646 Albany Turnpike
Old Chatham, NY 12136
(518) 794-7373

Fernando Flores

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Fernando Flores is an upcoming Junior at the Manhattan School of Music. His musical journey began back in Venezuela in “El Sistema” and continued his artistic studies at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl. Some of his credits include Bye Bye Birdie Ensemble at MSM, The Secret Life of The American Musical as a Principal at MSM, The Freshmen of 54 Below at 54 Below, The Addams Family as Pugsley, Matilda as Trunchbull, Fame as Schlomo. In 2022, He won 1st place at the Schmidt Vocal Arts Chicago Competition. He appears in Telemundo’s soap opera Al Otro Lado Del Muro as young Santiago Juarez. He is thrilled to be performing at the Mac-Haydn Theater this summer and hopes that you enjoy the show.

Roles this Season

Chino in West Side Story (Debut)
Pablo in Sister Act
Ensemble in Rent
Nathan Diaz

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Nathan Diaz (he/him) is beyond thrilled to be joining the Mac family this summer! He is an Orlando, FL native and has been surrounded by fine arts and entertainment his whole life. He just graduated from Shenandoah University with a BFA in Musical Theatre (Go Hornets!) and cannot wait to make the move into the city very soon. Some favorite credits at SU include Paul in A CHORUS LINE, Otto in SPRING AWAKENING, and Jairo in WORKING. He would like to thank God for allowing him to do what he loves, the incredible people here at Mac-Haydn Theatre for having him this summer, his incredible fellow cast members, and his family and friends for their unyielding support.

Roles this Season

Indio in West Side Story (Debut)
Caleb Bermejo

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Caleb Bermejo is incredibly excited to make his Mac-Haydn debut in West Side Story. Ever since he was a kid, Caleb dreamed about being a part of this show and now that it’s come true, he couldn’t be more grateful. Last year, he originated the role of Pilate in a new musical in Texas called “His Story” directed by Broadway legend, Jeff Calhoun. Caleb is beyond thrilled to work with West Side Story Director/Choreographer Bryan Knowlton again at Winnipesaukee Playhouse where he will be playing Usnavi in yet another dream show of his, In The Heights. None of this would be possible without the unconditional love and support from his beloved parents, Marisa and Hector. Huge thank you to the cast and crew for making this an unforgettable experience!

Roles this Season

Bernardo in West Side Story (Debut)
Alexander Agaliotis

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Alex is a 19 year old rising sophomore from Jacksonville Florida that is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with a dance minor at Shenandoah Conservatory. This is his first professional debut and he could not be more excited and grateful to be working with Mac-Haydn this summer! Most importantly, he thanks his family and friends for all their support, as he would not be where he is today without them. The last shows he has performed in are “Pippin”, (Ensemble), “A Chorus Line”, (Mike Costa), “Chicago”, (Featured Dancer), and “Rent”, (Ensemble). Outside of theatre, Alex enjoys playing football, spending time outdoors, and writing poetry! He is so happy to be able to be a part of a beautiful ensemble of people to tell stories that change lives and hopes you leave the theatre feeling moved and inspired.

Roles this Season

Baby John in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in Sister Act
Chris Agaliotis

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Chris Agaliotis is a nineteen year old rising sophomore at Shenandoah Conservatory who is from Jacksonville Florida. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with an added songwriting certificate. This is his first professional debut and he could not be more thrilled to be working with Mac-Haydn this summer! He would like to thank his family, his friends, and the theatre faculty at both Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts and Shenandoah Conservatory for all of their constant support, as he wouldn’t be here without them. The last few performances he has gotten to be apart of are “A Chorus Line” as Alan Deluca at the Dr. Philip’s Center, and “Pippin” as Ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory. Outside of theatre, Chris enjoys playing the guitar, making music, watching animated series, and spending lots of time outdoors. He is endlessly grateful for this opportunity!

Roles this Season

A-rab/Snow boy in West Side Story (Debut)
Ensemble in Sister Act
Clay Cates

Clay Cates is a theatre artist and props maker originally from New Hampshire, now located in NYC. He is thrilled to join Mac Haydn for this wonderful summer of theatre! Previous credits include Properties Design for Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Weathervane Theater, and Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Outside of props, favorite projects include: puppet construction for Avenue Q (SRT) and Little Shop of Horrors (Weathervane), wardrobe supervision for A Christmas Carol (National Tour), work as a camp counselor and on original TYA shows with Upside Arts, and as the stage manager of Senior Rep; a repertory theatre company comprised of senior members of the Seacoast, NH community. When not in the prop shop, you can find Clay enjoying the outdoors, jamming to the Grateful Dead, or practicing yoga. Love to Sarah, Daisy, and Willow.

Creative Roles this Season

Props Designer - 2024 Season
Courtney Kaia

Courtney is filled with gratitude to spend her first summer in Chatham with the extraordinary Mac-Haydn team! A graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Business Administration and a Theatre Arts minor. She served as the Marketing Associate for Cal Poly’s original ensemble Writer’s Block, Marketing Intern at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and most recently as a Workshop Teacher and Brand Ambassador at the Museum of Broadway. Courtney has always dreamed of playing a role in theatrical stories being told, helping to promote these stories, and creating life changing experiences within the world of visual and performing arts. She would not be where she is today if not for her family, friends, golden retriever Poppy, and the Mac for supporting her dreams. “No day but today!” @courtkaia

Belle Babcock

Belle is excited to be back at the Mac this summer after growing up at the theatre. Belle graduated in May from Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Last summer she appeared at the Mac in Footloose (Wendy Jo), 42nd street (Ethel), and The Sound of Music (Baroness). She also recently appeared in Sophisticated Ladies (Terri), Spring Awakening (Anna), and Head Over Heels (Gynecia) at Montclair State, Mamma Mia (Sophie), Urinetown (Hope) and Young Frankenstein (Inga) at Venice Theatre, and Hairspray (Amber) at The Players Centrer in Florida. Love to Mom, Jess, Ama, and her best friends for being the coolest people ever. Love you all! Ladybug hugs to Daddy and Papa<3

Roles this Season

Sister Mary Martin-Of-Tours in Sister Act
Ensemble in Rent
Ensemble in All Shook Up
Portia in Something Rotten
Dinner with Artistic Director John Saunders

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Enjoy once of the areas most beautiful eating experiences while learning about the ins and outs of running a regional Musical Theater organization.
Local 111 is at the center of Columbia County, an area with the best farms in the Hudson Valley. Serving high-quality, locally sourced food & drink.

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JD Urban Portrait Session

Item Number: 105

Starting Bid: $600

Item Value: $1,500

Photo Shoot

A portrait session with renowned Hudson photographer JD Urban. JD has shot many well known people in the arts including Alan Cumming, Ariana DeBose and Madonna!

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Walk-On Role In Something Rotten

Item Number: 104

Starting Bid: $250

Item Value: Priceless

Walk-On Role

Ever wonder what it’s like to be onstage at the Mac-Haydn Theatre? Wonder no more: Your moment of musical theatre stardom awaits thanks to Something Rotten director John Saunders. So bid up, brush up your Shakespeare, and get ready to activate your funny bone!

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Walk-On Role In All Shook Up

Item Number: 103

Starting Bid: $250

Item Value: Priceless

Walk-On Role

Ever wonder what it’s like to be onstage at the Mac-Haydn Theatre? Wonder no more: Your moment of musical theatre stardom awaits thanks to All Shook Up director David Alpert. So bid up, put on your Blue Suede shoes, and get ready to Rock ‘N Roll!

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Al Fresco Dinner and Tickets to the Mac-Haydn

Item Number: 102

Starting Bid: $250

Item Value: $600

Dinner and Theatre Tickets For 6

Al Fresco Dinner and show tickets for six to the performance of your choice at the Mac-Haydn.

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B May – Camo Messenger Bag

Item Number: 101

Starting Bid: $500

Item Value: $1,050

Luxury Accessory

Dedicated to minimalist design philosophy, using restrained design elements and hardware, B.MAY offers a unique point of view in the accessories market. Each piece is crafted from exceptional materials, including hand-painted embossed cowhide, Italian leathers, python, and other exotic skins, and each is an ideal balance of structure, material and color.

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A Luxury Golf And Dinner Experience With The Managing Director

Item Number: 120

Starting Bid: $250.00

Item Value: Priceless

Golf and Dinner in Pound Ridge, NY

Our Managing Director James Rodgers will host you for a unique opportunity to speak to him about the operations of the Mac-Haydn Theatre, life in New York City, navigating the international performing arts scene and his love of golf course design. All while experiencing one of the most fascinating golf courses in the North East followed by a dinner at chef Jean‑Georges elegant Inn at Pound Ridge.

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2024 Subscriptions Still Available

There’s still time!

4 Shows for $170?! Even better, 7 Shows for $280?!

99% of our subscribers from 2023 have already renewed or upgraded there subscriptions in 2024 and we have so many new subscribers this year to date that our subscription sales are up by 12.5% accross the board. What better indication could there be that this is an amazing opportunity to see wonderful musical theater through the entire summer season in 2024.

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2024 Local Auditions Have Arrived


Local submissions for the 2024 season at the Mac-Haydn are now open!.

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2024 Audition Submissions Close


Audition submissions for the 2024 season at the Mac-Haydn are now closed. We are delighted to report that almost 900 actors submitted their materials. Needless to say, the casting team has a busy few weeks ahead of our callbacks in New York City.

Thanks to all those who took the time to submit. We are looking forward to seeing you in action.

Local to the Chatham area and looking to audition? We’ll be sharing details about Local Auditions very soon, so follow us on social media to hear updates!

2024 Audition Submissions Are Live


Audition submissions for the 2024 season at the Mac-Haydn are now live! The deadline to submit is Monday, February 12th at 9pm.

After video submissions, New York City callbacks will be March 6th (Dance) and March 12th – 14th (Principal Callbacks).

Local to the Chatham area and looking to audition? We’ll be sharing details about Local Auditions very soon, so stay tuned!

COVID-19 Protocols for the 2024 Season
COVID-19 Protocols for the 2024 Season

After examining statewide, nationwide, and industry-wide policies, as well as recommendations from the CDC and local health departments, our vaccination and mask requirements for audience members and volunteers during were lifted as of the 2023 season, and will remain the same in 2024. 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.

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 vaccination and mask-wearing policies 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.

With Gratitude,
The Mac-Haydn Theatre COVID-19 Compliance Team

2024 Season Announcement


Surprise! It’s time for our 2024 Season Announcement. Our announcement of the first 5 shows of the 2024 Season will be posted EXCLUSIVELY to Instagram Monday, January 1st starting at 10am.


Please note that 7-SHOW will go on sale when MAINSTAGE SHOW 6 and the LIMITED PERFORMANCE schedule is finalized. 4-SHOW SUBSCRIPTIONS are now available. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES

We wanted to have a little fun with the annoucnement 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 2024!

Don’t have Instagram? No worries. We’ll fill you in with the full season announcement Tuesday morning on Facebook, via Email, and here on our website!

Shows Will Appear Below As They Are Announced!

Click Here For The 2024 Season Page

West Side Story – June 13 – June 23

Sister Act – June 27 – July 14

RENT – July 18 – 28

All Shook Up – August 1 – 11

Something Rotten – August 15 – September 1

2023 Berkshire Theatre Award Nominations
We’re Nominated for 11 “Berkies!”

This week, The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association announced the nominees for the 7th Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as “The Berkies”.

Nominations for the Mac-Haydn are as follows:

Outstanding Choreography

Mandy Modic, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

John Saunders, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

John Saunders, The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play or Musical

Andrew Gmoser, The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play or Musical

Bethany Marx, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Alexandra Haines, The Sound of Music, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Madison Stratton, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Amber Mawande-Spytek, Godspell, Mac Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Andrew Maguire, Jersey Boys, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Gabe Belyeu, 42nd Street, Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical

The Sound of Music, 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 13 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.

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2024 Early Bird Subscriptions On Sale
Subscription Renewals Now Available for Current Subscribers and Founders

It’s hard to believe that the time has come to reserve your seats for Mac-Haydn 2024! After a wildly successful 2023 Summer Season, we can’t wait for summer 2024. Though next summer’s season won’t be announced until the new year, now is your chance to secure your favorite seats at exclusive, Early Bird prices.

2023 7-Show Subscribers and Founder’s Circle members may now renew their Subscription and/or Founder’s Circle Membership for 2024. 4-Show Subscribers will be contacted at a later date with the option to upgrade, and subscriptions will go on sale to the public on December 2.

2024 Subscriptions will remain at our traditional, 7-show structure. This will include a ticket to each of the six (6) Mainstage Musicals, and one (1) ticket to one of our Limited Performances. As soon as the Limited Performance shows are finalized, we will contact you directly for your preference. Until then, your 7th show ticket will appear in a “placeholder” event on your ticket confirmation.

Please note that subcsription seats will only be held until December 1, 2023. Early Bird offers not renewed by that date will be released for sale.

Founder’s Circle Memberships – Time To Upgrade?

Did you love our programming this summer? Would you like to continue to support the Mac-Haydn’s mission? Are you interested in taking your support to the next level? Consider joining the Founder’s Circle for additional perks on top of your season subscription, including:

  • Special Recognition and Billing in our Programs and Pre-Show Announcements, including “Producer” status.
  • Rehearsal Attendance Privileges.
  • Complimentary Seats to our Annual Gala.
  • VIP Parking Spaces at Performances.
  • Exclusive Sponsorship and Naming Opportunities.

In addition to providing support for our primary musical programming, Founder’s Circle Members also directly contribute to the Mac-Haydn’s mission-based auxiliary programming including:

  • Education and Outreach Programs, providing training and performance opportunities for local student actors and musicians.
  • Development of New Musicals, providing writers with the resources and creative space needed to take their early-stage musicals to the next level.
  • Audience Accessibility and Development, benefitting initiatives such as “Pay What You Can” Performances and Student Group Discounts.

Please contact Patron Services Manager Amanda Calvin at 518-392-9292 if you would like more information on becoming a new Founder’s Circle Member.

A Message from John Saunders

John Saunders Reflects on 2023 Season, Encourages Year-End Support

Dear Supporters,

It’s so hard to believe the summer has already come to a close—time sure did fly by this season. As I reflect on the overwhelming attendance and success the Mac saw this season, I am reminded of how grateful I am to each and every artist, staff member, volunteer, and loyal audience member that keeps this magical place running year in and year out. This summer was truly a triumphant one as we welcomed back such large crowds to so many hit shows.

We did have a stumble at the end thanks to that bug that just won’t quit. However, we did manage to sustain our special programming and our highly successful education program which really gives us a great sense of accomplishment and a wonderful sense of closure to the summer. I am so sorry we had to cancel the remaining Wonderettes performances but I can assure you that I will make it up to you next season!

Work is well underway and it looks like another terrific lineup of shows is heading your way for 2024. Planning the upcoming season is a huge undertaking each year and without your support to carry us through the off season, it would be simply impossible. Along with the season planning also comes the constant maintenance and improvement of the theater and our housing.

Your donations to the annual fund mean so much to the young artists who arrive each year to dazzle us all summer. They also mean the world to the staff who are able to ensure the best of the best in all departments each summer. The Mac-Haydn continues to deliver such high caliber theater each year and it is all thanks to you, our audience, who continues to support us and enjoy the offerings all season.

On a personal note, it has been such an honor and a pleasure serving as the artistic director here, and as always, I promise to deliver another hit season for 2024. Thank you for your support, loyalty, and trust year in and year out. It means the world to me.

Have a beautiful fall and holiday season and we will see each other before you know it!

My best always,

John Saunders

Artistic Director

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” “sparkles and shines!”
Lisa Jarish says “The Marvelous Wonderettes” “sparkles and shines” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“Each performer creates a strong, vivid and unique character in their own right, and tells her character’s story through the more than two dozen songs that flow virtually non-stop through the production. Their harmonies are as full as their crinoline skirts”

“Trivers delivers big-time with a trifecta of plaintive and heartfelt vocals…A most worthy debut on the Mac’s stage indeed.”

“Delivering her story through a stunning three-song Prestage reveals her character’s journey through love, heartache, and heartbreak, delivering “Son of a Preacher Man,” and“ Maybe,” with ever-increasing anguish, until finally “Leader of the Pack” shatters her heart and the hearts of her quartet-mates listening to this heart-wrenching, soul-baring vocal confession.”

“Rachel Pantazis…has left an indelible mark on this season with her glorious, powerful soprano voice and her in-depth characterizations”

“(Pantazis’) joy shines through with her performance”

“And then there’s Cydney Gleckner. What a joy she has been at the Mac this summer. She has brought her considerable vocal chops to every production she has graced this season, and as Suzy…she turns in yet another strong signature performance.”

“Gleckner brings down the house as Suzy first pours out her anguish with her marriage with “Maybe I know” and “Rescue Me”, before segueing into demanding “Respect” in a powerful rendition that rivals Aretha Franklin at her best.”

“Ashley DeLane Burger has hit it out of the park with her solid, tight direction and inspired choreography.”

“Annie Watson’s costume design perfectly captures the full flavor of 1950s and the 1960s…Their work is accented and completed by the hair and wig design of Emily Allen, who “Marvelously” coifs the Wonderettes for their prom and reunion appearances.”

“Andrew Gmoser’s lighting, as always, sparkles and shines in all the right places, and takes a dark and almost sinister turn when called for.”

(Saunders and Colarusso) have created a most effective and evocative set for the show.”

“The Marvelous Wonderettes leaves us applauding, smiling, humming, and with warm fuzzy memories of days gone by to hold onto until the 2024 season arrives.”

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Move Over Jersey Boys, The Wonderettes Are Here!


(August 31, 2023–Chatham, NY) The Mac-Haydn Theatre’s 2023 season concludes with 50s and 60s jukebox musical, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” running September 7-17.

Created by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a jukebox blast from the past. It’s the night of the 1958 Springfield High School prom, and the night’s entertainment consists of four best friends; Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy. As they navigate life, love and the Prom Queen competition, the girls serenade with the classics from the decade. Ten years later, the girl group reunites stronger than ever, learning that the power of friendship will always keep them together—bonded forever in four-part harmony.

Ashley DeLane Burger makes her directorial debut with the production, following her work on the 2023 sell-out production of “Jersey Boys” as choreographer, and last season’s “A Chorus Line” (Associate Choreographer) and “Forever Plaid” (Choreographer, 2022 BroadwayWorld Award). She is joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Choreographer Bella DePaola.

The production will feature lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Annie Watson, sound design by Sean McGinley, hair and makeup design by Emily Allen, and props design by Adriana Ayala.

Starring as the four Wonderettes are Stephanie Prestage as Cindy Lou, Rachel Pantazis as Missy, Cydney Gleckner as Suzy, and, making her Mac-Haydn Debut, Adeline Trivers as Betty Jean.

Audiences will hear favorite 50s and 60s hits; featuring over 30 throwback hits like “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Respect” and “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song),” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is guaranteed to have audiences humming along in their seats.

For tickets and information, please visit or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.


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.

Jersey Boys a “fascinating” production
J. Peter Bergman calls “Jersey Boys” “a fine, fine production on every level” in his review for Berkshire Bright Focus

“Maguire is an excellent Valli. He is a joy to watch and to listen to.”

“Kelley does splendidly in this role, even managing to touch my heart with his sincerity and his singing.”

“Watching the group grow in their varied and difficult directions is fascinating theatre.”

“Gabe Belyeu plays lyricist/producer Bob Crewe beautifully. Kevin Weldon makes a sinister, sentimental Gyp DeCarlo totally believable.”

“This production is fascinating to watch. Director John Saunders has given the show drive and energy and still made each character stand out as an individual. He and choreographer Ashley DeLane Burger have brought us the movement and coordination of pop music of the period with a true sense of recognition.”

“Both the play and the musical numbers look great on the Mac-Haydn stage thanks to scenic designer Alivia Cross whose work transforms spaces thanks to the superb lighting by Andrew Gmoser. Emily Allen’s hair and wig design highlights the period of the show as well as do the costumes designed by Claire Mezzetta. This is a fine, fine production on every level.”

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Lisa Jarish says “Jersey Boys” “explodes with perfection” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“In Jersey Boys, Saunders has created another of his signature directorial triumphs, with a full-blooded, full-scale humdinger of a show, a good old-fashioned jukebox musical perfectly“seasoned” with incredible vocals and riveting performances, made all the more impressive and impactful because it is not “too good to be true” but actually true.”

“The Mac has assembled a veritable holy grail of performers to enact the title roles, and I have to confess I may have spent a good portion of the performance with my mouth gaping open, slack-jawed, in absolute awe of the perfection of sound coming from the golden throats of Conor Fallon, Andrew Burton Kelley, John Hannigan, Andrew Maguire.”

“The non-vocal performances of Fallon, Kelley, and Hannigan, each narrating their part of the story, are incomparable. Each embraces and truly personifies the character they represent, bringing a depth and veracity and sincerity to their roles that is essential to a fully-realized production.”

“without a doubt Andrew Maguire steals the show… in his Mac-Haydn debut, no less. As Frankie Valli, Maguire is nothing short of phenomenal, with a voice born to the role, hitting those iconic high falsetto notes with absolute purity and assurance.”

“Belyeu can always be counted to embrace whatever role he undertakes. His performances are unfailingly filled with the sheer joy of being given the opportunity to perform, to portray a character and make it his own.”

“Jacob Atkins plays Joey…AKA Joe Pesci …with an endearing hyperactive enthusiasm perfect for the character, and Kevin Weldon turns in a marvelous but all-too-brief appearance as New Jersey mob boss Gyp DeCarlo”

“Rachel Pantazis creates powerful moments in her scenes with Maguire’s Valli.”

“Kudos to choreographer Ashley DeLane Burger for her success in choreographing and coordinating the perfectly synchronized movements of legs and hands that came to be associated with the Four Seasons.”

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Bill Kellert praises cast AND creatives of “Jersey Boys” in his review for Nippertown

“Mac-Haydn’s Producing Artistic Director, John Saunders, once again takes the directorial reins to steer this mammoth production.”

“Saunders does an admirable job not only directing the show but also assembling a strong technical crew as well as a talented cast of Mac-Haydn vets and newbies to help achieve his goals.”

“Choreographer Ashley DeLane Burger does a wonderful job recreating the feeling of the 1960s.”

“With its many moving pieces, Alvia Cross’s set design creates thirty-some scenes in the first act alone. Andrew Gmoser’s lighting and Sean McGinley’s sound design put you in the vibe of the time. Emily Allen’s hair design and wigs and Claire Mezzetta’s costumes round out the rock and roll era and sweep the audience back in the time continuum.”

“Shorey knows how to get the most wonderful harmonies out of the foursome as well as create beautiful numbers from the full cast. Shorey has proven to be Mac-Haydn’s strongest creative asset, from leading the band to musically directing the cast.”

“Gaudio, who never really wanted to be in the spotlight, rather preferring the background writing music, is masterfully handled by Andrew Burton Kelly. Kelly has a wonderful ability to internalize his emotions in his acting and bring it all to the surface in his vocal performance.”

“Perhaps, as it should be, the night belonged to Mac newcomer Andrew Maguire as Frankie Valli. Maguire has a voice and range that match the real Valli, note for note. His crystal-clear tenor and icy steel falsetto brought down the house song after song, most notably with the heart-wrenching rendition of “Fallen Angel.””

“It should be noted that most of the cast doubles or triples roles throughout the production with ease and finesse.”

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Jeffrey Borak calls “Jersey Boys” “Breathtaking” in his review for The Berkshire Eagle

“Director John Saunders’ production of the jukebox musical “Jersey Boys” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre opens in breathtaking fashion and never lets go for an instant.”

“Beyond the smooth, confident sweep of Saunders’ production, the show’s recreation of The Four Seasons sound is at once astonishing, evocative, singular.”

“Close your eyes as the show’s Frankie Valli, Andrew Maguire, sings and you could easily believe Valli himself has taken over. Maguire’s performance overall is full and rich — an affecting portrait of a young man whose coming of age over time is roughly gained.”

“The performances throughout are strong and convincing.”

“Andrew Burton Kelley is pitch-perfect as Bob Gaudio, whose talent as a songwriter and personal sense of reason and clarity is the perfect counterpoint to Tommy’s lesser impulses.”

“Gabe Belyeu is delightful as Bob Crewe, the Four Seasons’ manager, producer and lyricist. There are equally convincing turns by Kevin Weldon as Gyp DeCarlo, a mobster who takes a liking to Frankie; Bella DePaola as Lorraine, Frankie’s second wife; and Rachel Pantazis as Frankie’s alcoholic first wife, Mary Delgado.”

“Buoyed by music director Eric Shorey’s support, and the bold, imaginative sweep of Saunders’ vision, this youthful, appealing, talented ensemble more than delivers the goods.”

Read the full review

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Adeline Trivers

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Adeline Trivers (she/her) is thrilled to be returning to The Mac this summer! Last year, she made her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut as Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and is overjoyed to be welcomed back this year as a season company member. Recent Film/TV credits include Monarch (Fox) and Double Down (short), an official selection of the Malibu Film Festival. She recently graduated from The New School in NYC with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Journalism and Design. American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC graduate. So much love to my friends and mom and dad who have always supported me and encouraged me to follow my dreams! This one’s for you.

Roles this Season

Nun in Sister Act
The Music of Stephen Sondheim Returns to the Mac-Haydn


A tribute to the late composer Stephen Sondheim will be presented at the Mac-Haydn Theatre August 23 and 25.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential composers in Broadway history, Stephen Sondheim redefined the parameters of musical theatre throughout his 50-year career. For two performances only, a cast of six Mac-Haydn favorites will celebrate the award-winning, culture-shifting work of the legendary composer and lyricist.

The revue features Gabe Belyeu and Madison Stratton, last seen in “42nd Street” this season, Julie Galorenzo (Xanadu, Ragtime), Monica M. Wemitt (Hello Dolly, The Full Monty), James Benjamin Rodgers (Les Miserables, Exiled), and John Saunders (Hairspray, Carousel). Jillian Zack Music Directs and accompanies the cast on piano. The Limited Performance is directed by John Saunders, with Eric Shorey as Music Coordinator.

“Sondheim Tribute Revue” is the second of four cabaret-style productions in the 2023 Mac-Haydn’s Limited Performance Series. Following the two performances are: “Showstoppers” on September 2, and “Still Within The Sound Of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt,” featuring Elizabeth Ward Land, on September 13.

For tickets and information, please visit or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.


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.

Alex Arlotta

Alex couldn’t be more excited to join the MacHaydn on short notice! One moment he’s at Target buying Tide Pods (not sponsored), the next, he’s transported back to the 60’s. In addition to being a MD and keyboardists, Alex just graduated from BerkleeNYC’s masters program in Writing and Design For Musical Theatre. In addition to the student debt, Alex is releasing his first album in a few weeks titled “Gotta Start Somewhere”; available wherever you stream music come Aug-Sept 2023.

Thank you to Ben Weiss for the recommendation, and to Eric, James, Tori, John and everyone for welcoming him into the MacHaydn family. It’s been such an honor, and I hope to return! Also, shoutout to my incredible partner, Taylor! I love you!

If you think I’m cool, feel free to follow me around at:, or on Instagram: @alex.arlotta. Let’s get rockin’!

Kevin Weldon

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Kevin Weldon made his Broadway Debut high above the stage as Peter Allen’s Stunt Double in Legs Diamond. He has worked regionally at GEVA, Stage West, Papermill, Pocono, Falmouth, and Cleveland Playhouses, Goodspeed Opera House, Walnut Street, Bucks County, Carousel, Westchester Broadway, and Actor’s Ensemble Theaters, and over Nine Hundred Performances of the Magnificent Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. As a cabaret performer, he has sung at 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mamas, Eighty-Eights, Rods, Seven Hills Inn, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and is one half of the Cabaret Duo, The Backdoor Boys, performing in the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley for the past fifteen years. He lives in New Concord, and was elected to serve on the Chatham Town Board. So happy to be returning to the Musical Theater after a lengthy hiatus. Special Thanks to The Mac-Haydn for this opportunity.

Roles this Season

DeCarlo & Others in Jersey Boys (Debut)
Jacob Atkins

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jacob Atkins is thrilled to have this opportunity to perform at the Mac-Hadyn Theatre, returning to the role of Joe Pesci. You can find him currently at Elon University in his Senior year where he is getting his BFA in Musical Theatre. Later this year, you can also find him playing Georg in Spring Awakening. Other favorite credits include Pippin in Pippin, Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Edward Bloom in Big Fish. Some interesting facts about Jacob are that he eats fries in 2’s, and he is a Nerd at his core. Special thanks to his loving mom, dad, family, and friends who have always supported him. You can follow him on social media @thejacobatkins_

Roles this Season

Joe Pesci & Others/Frankie Alternate in Jersey Boys (Debut)
Taye Martin

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Taye is so excited to be making his Mac Haydn debut in Jersey Boys!! Some of his select credits include: Palace Theatre, “Rent” (Paul/U.S Collins), “Bye Bye Birdie”, “The Full Monty”. Prather Productions, “Sister Act” (Curtis Jackson), “Joseph and the Amazing… “(Judah), “A Chorus Line” (Richie, Al, Don swing). Quisisana Resort: “Shrek” (Donkey), Skylight Theatre: “Dennis DeYoung’s Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Other than theatre, you can find Taye cooking in the kitchen, making silly tiktoks or making his roommates watch master chef with him! As always, love to the family and the friends! Love y’all the most! You can check Taye out on Instagram and Tiktok: @taye_martin_ or at his website:! Enjoy the show!

Roles this Season

Hal Miller & Others in Jersey Boys (Debut)
Andrew Maguire

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Andrew Martin Maguire is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut in Jersey Boys. Regional/professional credits: Royal Caribbean’s production of Grease onboard the Independence of the Seas (Doody), Source One Fives’s filmed production of The Fantasticks in his hometown of Franklin, TN (Matt), Grandstreet Theatre’s production of Newsies in Helena, Montana (Romeo), and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of Titanic (ensemble). Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University in 2020 at a time when live theatre was impossible. He is so excited to finally be back on stage sharing stories to big crowds of people! Love and gratitude to family and friends who support me in everything. Follow along on instagram @andy_maguire

Roles this Season

Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Debut)
Godspell a “edgy, piercing, gritty, brilliant” piece of theatre
Lisa Jarisch calls “Godspell” “edgy, piercing, gritty, brilliant” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“This Godspell, this gospel according to Compton, is an edgy, piercing, gritty, brilliant piece of theatre, certain to take its place as one of, if not THE, most stellar productions of the 2023 season.”

“Compton has taken the skeleton of the original piece and built an entirely new body of work, maintaining the integrity of the Gospel message while injecting new depths of meaning to the simple parables, stories and teachings that make-up the bulk of the production.”

“The songs remain the same, the plot most assuredly remains true to sharing the Gospel of Matthew, but this is singularly unique and masterful production, filled with contemporary references, exposing an occasional seamy underbelly of the beasts of betrayal, and overall offering gritty, sharp-edged, sometimes sharp-tongued lessons in life, love, and faith.”

“Stephanie Prestage gives the first of the disciple “solos” scattered like good seed through the show, delivering a beautiful rendition of “Day by Day,” probably the most recognizable song associated with the show. Her strong, pure voice swells with her newly-burgeoning love and desire to follow Jesus, and sets the bar high for all the solos to follow.”

“wherever each solo opportunity appears, it fits seamlessly into the production, elevating the high quality caliber of talent that bursts from this production”

“Fallon gives a bravura performance in his vocals and his acting, moving deftly from the enthusiastic first days as a preacher of parables, teller of tales and teacher of morals, to the tortured Son of Man approaching the end predestined for him as the Son of God.”

“It is always a joy to have Mac-Haydn favorite Andrew Burton Kelley grace the Mac-Haydn stage, and in his role as John/Judas he is in his element, giving glorious depth of voice to each and every lyric.”

“Fallon and Kelley have clearly embraced and taken their roles into their hearts, and their souls.”

“As has come to be the norm with virtually every Mac-Haydn offering, the technical quality of the production more than holds its own against the performances in every way.”

“Angela Carstensen’s costume design is, in a word, inspired.”

“Godspell at the Mac is a truly unique, brilliant, thought-provoking, cutting edge work of theater art.”

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Bill Kellert calls “Godspell” “stirring and moving” in his review for Nippertown

“Working with a small cast, every performer is given their moment or two or three to shine, and shine they do. Stephanie Prestage’s Day by Day is stirring and moving. Bella DePaola offers a gutsy, seductive rendition of Turn Back, O Man. Matthew Harper Stevenson offers up a very heartfelt Light of the World. Amber Mawande-Spytek, like many of the cast, returns to the Mac stage to offer her exceptional talents to the production. Jack Koch presents an exceptional We Beseech Thee.”

“Mac-Haydn vets, Conor Fallon and Andrew Burton Kelley have masterfully grabbed the reins of the two icons.”

“Conor Fallon never waivers as the Son of God. Well aware of the fate that awaits at the play’s end, he never loses the humanity of his character or the joy that inhabits his role. Fallon is much like the ringmaster of a very complex circus.”

“As a whole, this cast has risen to the complex simplicity that the show demands.”

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Jeffrey Borak calls “Godspell” “fulfilling and rewarding” in his review for The Berkshire Eagle

“Director Trey Compton and choreographer Elizabeth McGuire hold nothing back in their approach to John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz’ “Godspell” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. They are blessed with an able young ensemble whose members are more than capable of delivering the goods.”

“Compton has pulled out all the stops here with glitz, glamor and a hint of the flower generation in a vibrant, neon-disco-psychedelic setting (evocatively conceived by scenic designer Tania Barrenechea and lighting designers Eoghan Hartley and Andrew Gmoser) that encompasses the entire theater — onstage and in the aisles.”

“This Jesus (an accomplished, gently authoritative, world-smart Conor Fallon) delivers his message through a series of parables, which he coaxes the members of this small community to act out.”

“This evening is at its most fulfilling and rewarding when it is singing and when it is moving to McGuire’s savvy, wonderfully theatrical choreography.”

“Among the production’s highlights are Stephanie Prestage’s “Day By Day,” an object lesson in stage presence; Kassi McMillan’s brassy, belting “Learn Your Lessons Well;” Jake Koch’s lead in “We Beseech Thee;” and Fallon and Kelley’s playful duet, “All For the Best.””

“this “Godspell” manages to fill its two hours in buoyant, abundantly theatrical ways that are, when all is sung and done, all for the best.”

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Bernadette Davis

Bernadette graduated at the beginning of the industry shutdown from West Texas A&M University, but it didn’t stop her from doing what she loves to do. Bernadette has worked at Six Flags as a Stage Manager, The Lost Colony as a technician, CocoMelon on Tour as Asst. Carpenter, and Madagascar as Head Carpenter. Touring has been her favorite job so far because she likes to travel, see all the new places, meet new people and the different ways they work or problem solve. She loves being a jack of all trades. Bernadette is excited to help out the Mac-Haydn as a wardrobe supervisor and see where else her career will take her.

Malachi Brown

Malachi Brown (he/him) is a cellist and composer born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He has studied music composition and cello performance at Old Dominion University and Ithaca College. Malachi has composed for the concert stage, animation, and film thus far in his career. He incorporates many combinations of styles in his music but is always rooted in a type of neo-romantic sound.

Since 2020, Malachi has composed for four films, and has won multiple awards for And Don’t Forget I Love You which has premiered at five film festivals. Malachi is working on two films projected to release in early 2024, including an animated short. In addition to composing and cello, Malachi acts in theatre and film. He has also discovered scriptwriting, accompanying his blossoming skill in filmmaking. He currently resides in New York City.

The Sound of Music “Radiates Joy!”
Lisa Jarisch calls “The Sound of Music” “sheer joy” in her review for Berkshire On Stage

“This is a production without a flaw. From the leading roles, to the briefest appearance of party guests and soldiers, not a foot or a note goes wrong.”

“The entire cast has clearly embraced the essence, the spirit and the meaning of this classic musical, and they put their heart and soul and not inconsiderable talents into every moment.”

“Naughton delivers each number, each note, each lyric, with absolute confidence, and it is clear that her debut at the Mac in this role surely is one of her favorite things. She radiates joy, confidence, poise, and assurance every moment on the stage.”

“If the performances of these young thespians who Saunders has collected are a portent of any kind, the future of live theatre is in most excellent hands and feet and voice with this next generation of up and coming performers.”

““Climb Ev’ry Mountain” is the soaring climax to Act 1, and is gloriously performed by Alex Haines as Mother Abbess. She enthralled the audience with her stunning delivery of this classic signature piece”

“With standard Mac-Haydn style and aplomb, the technical quality of the production is as noteworthy as the performances of the cast.”

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J. Peter Bergman praises the direction and vision of “The Sound of Music” in his review for Berkshire Bright Focus

“the show itself is wonderful, due in part to the Maria of Sarah Naughton who is terrific. Credit goes to an excellent cast and a marvelous director, John Saunders.”

“Emily Allen, Judith Wyatt and Amber Mawande-Spytek are an excellent trio and with the Mother Abbess, played by the superb Alexandra Haines they leave a stunning impression of theatrical professionalism.When Haines sings “Climb Ev’ry Mountain at the end of Act One it is a definitive showstopping moment leaving the promise of grand things to come.”

“Director John Saunders has melded all of these characters (and more) seamlessly and the show profits from his vision and his control.”

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Trixie Starr praises the cast of “The Sound of Music” in her review for Trixie’s List

“Sarah Naughton is a perfect Maria”

“Alexandra Haines, who plays The Mother Abbess, brings the house down with “Climb Every Mountain” – an immaculate performance”

“The Von Trapp children are AMAZING! They know every line, they do not miss a beat, and they are as young as eight-years old”

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Jeffrey Borak calls out Alex Haines’ Mother Abbess in his review for The Berkshire Eagle

“In a performance that is noteworthy throughout her time onstage for its truthfulness and emotional authenticity, Haines delivers “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” not as a showpiece but, rather, with the grace, wisdom and nurturing spirit that shapes the drama of the sequence. In that moment, those hills around the Mac-Haydn certainly do come alive.”

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Tania Barrenechea

Tania is a scenic designer and artisan for the theatre. She received her B. Arch in architecture from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in 2015. Before beginning her MFA, she worked as an architect for 5 years in the architecture studio Vicca Verde in Lima, Peru.

She received her MFA in Scenic Design from the Pennsylvania State University. Production credits include A Little Night Music directed by Phillip Fazio and To kill a Mockingbird directed by Susan Schulman at The Pennsylvania State University. She has assisted Milagros Ponce de Leon in the Production of Miss you Like Hell at the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland and Life is a dream at the Gala Theatre in DC.

She is the Head of Design at the University of Central Arkansas and an Assistant Professor of design at the Film, Theatre and Creative Writing Department.

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - Godspell
Cydney Gleckner

Cydney Gleckner is overjoyed to return to the Mac-Haydn Theatre for her second summer season. In the upcoming fall, she will be a senior at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She made her college MainStage debut her sophomore year as Carrie White in Carrie: The Musical. Other favorite roles include Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and “Bless the Lord” in Godspell. When she is not performing, Cydney enjoys cooking, cycling, playing with her dogs, and driving around in her Toyota RAV4. She wants to thank her parents, Coehl, Rosie, Belle, Jon, Michael, and the entire cast/crew at the Mac. Thank you all for the consistent guidance and endless support!

Roles this Season

Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act
Ensemble in Rent
Natalie in All Shook Up
Ensemble in Something Rotten
The von Trapps are Back at the Mac-Haydn!


(July 13, 2023–Chatham, NY) Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “The Sound of Music” returns to the Mac-Haydn Stage for the first time in over a decade next week, running July 20 – 30.

The legendary story is a timeless tribute to the transformative power of love and music. After proving too high-spirited for her life as a postulant, Maria, an exuberant young governess brings music, laughter and joy back to a broken family—capturing the hearts of seven rambunctious children and lightening the demeanor of their militaristic father. Set in 1938 Austria before World War II, The Von Trapps face insurmountable odds as their beloved homeland confronts the impending arrival of the dangerous Nazi regime.

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders directs for the second time this season, following his fan-favorite “42nd Street” earlier this summer. Choreographer Elizabeth McGuire returns to the Mac-Haydn following her work on “Urinetown” and “The Full Monty” in 2022. They are joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Alessandra Alcala.

The production will feature scenic design by Alivia Cross, making her Mac-Haydn design debut, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Angela Carstensen, sound design by Sean McGinley, hair and makeup design by Emily Allen, and props design by Adriana Ayala.

Leading the production as the spirited and musical Maria is Sarah Naughton, making her Mac-Haydn debut. Naughton has previously worked with companies including Second Stage, Lincoln Center, and A.R.T., in addition to her solo comedy and cabaret acts she has brought to venues including 54 Below. After his critically-acclaimed performance as Dan in last season’s “Next to Normal,” Eric Van Tielen joins the cast as Captain Georg von Trapp.

Ten local child actors join the company as the von Trapp children, split up into two alternating casts which the children have named themselves. In the “Maria’s Mischievous Misfits” cast are Molly Engelhardt (Louisa), Jack Holick (Kurt), Remy Orth (Brigitta), Adelaide Black (Marta), and Tegan Waters (Gretl). In the “G.O.A.T.s (Greatest of All Time)” cast are Riley O’Kane (Louisa), Emmett Mazurowski (Kurt), Quinn McCarthy (Brigitta), Makayla Shores (Marta), and Charlotte Miller (Gretl). Aidan Brennan and 2023 Company Member Rachel Revellese will perform with both casts as Friedrich and Liesl, respectively. A schedule of performances for both casts is available here.

Rounding out the cast are Liz Gurland (Cabaret, Pippin, Urinetown) as Elsa, Arthur Beutel (42nd Street, Footloose) as Max, and Alex Haines (Mac-Haydn Debut) as Mother Abbess.

Based on a true story, this epic classic is both thrilling and inspirational to audiences throughout the world. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the legendary title tune, The Sound of Music promises to bring classic charm and provide a delightful musical experience for the entire family.

“The Sound of Music” features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The story is suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.

For tickets and information, please visit or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.


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.

Alivia Cross

Alivia Cross is MFA in scenic design candidate at Penn State University. She holds a B.A in Technical Theatre and Psychology from Wheaton College, Norton Massachusetts. Alivia is an experienced scenic artist, having worked at various companies including Gulfshore Playhouse and Penobscot Theatre Company. Her recent scenic design credits include Urinetown and Falsettos at Penn State Centre Stage, Jersey Boys and The Sound of Music at the MacHaydn Theatre, and assistant design for Laugh, Cry, Pee, Repeat at The Naples Players in Florida. She is excited to be returning to the Mac-Haydn Theatre as the scenic designer for West Side Story, Rent, and All Shook Up. Alivia is excited to be back in the shop and thanks the entire Mac-Haydn company for continually telling powerful stories.

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - West Side Story, Rent, All Shook Up
Tegan Waters

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

TEGAN WATERS (Gretl) is thrilled to make her debut at Mac-Haydn Theatre. Other local appearances include: The Sound of Music, Home Made Theater (Gretl); Seussical Jr., Debuts Theater Co (Young Kangaroo); Annie Jr., Debuts Theater Co (Molly); Matilda, Master Class Performing Arts (Alice); and The Wizard of Oz, Master Class Performing Arts (Munchkin). Tegan was born in New York City where she started her acting career at age 5 with a national Play-Doh commercial. She now lives upstate where she attends Saint Gregory’s School. When she is not acting or singing, Tegan enjoys gymnastics, ballet, lacrosse, tennis, playing violin and creating beautiful artwork. Tegan also loves hanging out with her family, friends and puppy, Snoop. She is looking forward to traveling more and visiting her Aunt Tara in London.

Roles this Season

Gretl (Maria’s Mischievous Misfits) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Remy Orth

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Meet Remy Orth, a 10-year-old who will be starting 6th grade in the fall. She is thrilled to be playing Brigitta in her debut role with Mac-Haydn Theater, and has previously appeared as Cassie in the CDAI production of “13 Musical”. Remy has also played the following with MCPA, Sebastian in “Little Mermaid Jr.”, Michael Hobbs in “Elf Jr.”, Jay in ”Disney’s Descendants”, Lucille & Jose in “Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.”, and Eric in “Matilda”. She receives voice lessons from Lisa Franklin and is passionate about writing short stories, reading, singing and dancing, playing her double bass, paddle boarding, climbing trees, and playing basketball and softball. Remy is grateful to everyone who supports her creative journey.

Roles this Season

Brigitta (Maria’s Mischievous Misfits) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Quinn McCarthy

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Quinn McCarthy is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. After getting her start in acting at the age 7 in CCYT’s production of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, Quinn began pursuing her passion professionally. Now a 4th grader at Ichabod Crane, Quinn is excited to be performing in her first professional theatre role! Previous credits include MATILDA (Upstage Productions), THE EQUALIZER (CBS), FOR LIFE (ABC) and EVIL LIVES HERE (ID Network). When not performing or training, Quinn enjoys spending time with friends, and playing basketball or softball. Quinn wants to thank her friends and family for always supporting her, and her coaches who inspire and help her grow. IG: @quinnfmccarthy

Roles this Season

Brigitta (the G.O.A.T.s) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Molly Engelhardt

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Molly is excited to join the cast of Sound of Music! This is her first show with MacHaydn and she is thrilled to be apart! Previously she has been in Wedding Singer (ensemble/dance captain) at Playhouse Stage Company, Matilda (Matilda) at Playhouse Stage Company, Beauty and the Beast Jr (silly girl) at Playhouse Stage Company, and was Kassim in her middle school’s production of Aladdin Jr. She has been dancing for 14 years and she started singing and acting when she was 8. She is a competitive dancer at Class Act Dance and takes vocal lessons with Fran Wittmann. Molly would like to thank her parents and family, friends, vocal teacher Mrs.Wittmann and her dance teacher Lorri Leonardi.

Roles this Season

Louisa (Maria’s Mischievous Misfits) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Makayla Shores

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Makayla is excited to be making her debut as Marta VonTrapp in the “Sound of Music” at Mac Haydn this season. Previously she has played Erica in “Matilda The Musical” (Upstate Productions) and The Pied Piper in MC Smith Elementary School’s “Rats”. Makayla began her love of the stage as a three year old when she began dance classes and hasn’t looked back. When not on stage Makayla enjoyed cooking, karate, reading and exploring all things Harry Potter. She is probably one of the biggest Potter Heads you will ever meet. Although this is her first year in theater, she has taken to each role effortlessly and her family can’t wait to see where this journey leads her.

Roles this Season

Marta (the G.O.A.T.s) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Jack Holick

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jack Holick (“Kurt”) is a 6th grade student at Clifton Park, NY. He started in theater at the age of six in Annie Kids (President Roosevelt) and has participated in every musical he could since! He has been involved in productions of Annie Kids (again – this time as Daddy Warbucks), Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (Spoon, Villager), Addams Family (Pugsley), Seussical, Jr. (The Mayor), James and the Giant Peach, Jr. (Karl Kreatour), Frozen, Jr. (Olaf), and HS Musical, Jr. (Ryan). He also participated in his school’s first virtual production during the pandemic, The Big One-Oh! He is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue his learning with such a great company and would like to thank his teachers Mr. Lotano and Ms. Franklin for their support and training. And, of course…to his parents and dog for listening to his constant singing!!! Enjoy the show!

Roles this Season

Kurt (Maria’s Mischievous Misfits) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Emmett Mazurowski

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Emmett is a 7th grade student at O’Rouke Middle School in Burnt Hills, NY. He is excited to make his debut at Mac Hayden Theater. His past school theater credits include Annie Jr (Warbucks), High School Musical Jr (Troy), and Legally Blonde Jr (Grand Master Chad). Local theater productions include Seussical Jr (Mr. Mayor), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown ( Charlie Brown), Frozen Jr (Oaken), Mean Girls Jr (Kevin G) and The Sound of Music (Friedrich). Emmett enjoys playing guitar, swimming, basketball, singing, and spending time with family and friends. He would like to thank his parents and grandparents for all their support. He is very excited to work with this group of talented performers.

Roles this Season

Kurt (the G.O.A.T.s) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Charlotte Miller

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Charlotte Miller is an 8 YO ready for the stage and excited to be a part of the Sound of Music at the Mac-Haydn Theater. She has performed in school plays, Wizard of OZ – Toto, Winnie the Pooh – Rabbit, piano and singing recitals, church choir solos and 3 Nutcracker Shows. She is intelligent, confident, well behaved and a friendly 4’ tall girl. Charlotte has excelled academically, studied Ballet at The Berkshire Ballet – 4 years; Piano at The Music Studio – 4 years; Vocal at Lisa Franklin for 1 year and has studied Figure Skating Ice for 3 years. She is an excellent athlete for an 8yo and has a determination to compete and be successful. She takes things seriously but yet has a tremendous sense of humor. She is a well rounded young lady.

Roles this Season

Gretl (the G.O.A.T.s) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Adelaide Black

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Exuberant, studious soon to be 7th grader, passionate about musical theatre, regularly performing with her school drama class and other theatre groups such as Columbia County Youth Theatre in Chatham, NY, The Playgroup Theatre in White Plains, New York, and Standing Ovations (f/k/a Lighthouse Theatre), highlights of Adelaide’s young career have been performing as Ariel in the “Little Mermaid, Jr.”, Olaf and Young Elsa in CCYT’s “Frozen Jr.”, Alladin in “Alladin Jr.”, The Miller in “Little Red Hen”, Lumier in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”, the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz Jr.”, Violet in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jr.” Adelaide is excited to join the cast of the Sound of Music in the role as Marta, and extends much thanks and love to her parents, grandparents, voice teacher- Jessica Foglia Klein, and Edgar Acevedo, for their ceaseless support and encouragement.

Roles this Season

Marta (Maria’s Mischievous Misfits) in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Alex Haines

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Alex Haines is an Orange County/recent NYC based singer, music teacher, and student advocate. She sings to bring light and sense to the human experience, she teaches to make music accessible to all who feel inclined. So – when you don’t see her in the classroom or on stage, you will probably find her at farmers markets, singing folk music and pop covers with her buddies. Past theatre credits include Being Alive Soloist/Sondheim on Sondheim, Lucille/Parade, Lily/Secret Garden, Fiona/Brigadoon, Joanna/Sweeney Todd, Cosette/Les Misérables, and Nettie/Carousel. A warm thank you to the cast, crew and creative team for welcoming me into this family. And to all of the real life Marias out there, I dedicate my words to you – I hope us retelling this classic brings you comfort and guidance, to remind you to stay true to your magical selves.

Roles this Season

Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Sarah Naughton

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Sarah Naughton is thrilled to be making her Mac-Haydn debut as Maria this summer! Some favorite previous theatrical credits include: “Saturday Night” (Second Stage), “REAL” (The Tank), “Death Comes for the War Poets” (The Sheen Center), “Romeo and Juliet” (Lincoln Center – Clark Studio Theater), “Diamond Alice” (Roundabout Underground), and “AcousticaElectronica” (A.R.T. Oberon, House of Yes). Television: “Blue Bloods” (CBS). Sarah is a comedian whose inventive cabaret acts and solo shows, like “Trapped In The Closet” and “Javanka” have sold out 54Below multiple times. Her newest piece, “Trying,” comes to the City Winery loft space on September 8th. Sarah is also an Earphones-award-winning audiobook narrator. You can check out her work on! For more about Sarah visit All my love to Jeff, Luna, and the bean.

Roles this Season

Maria in The Sound of Music (Debut)
Footloose is “pure fun and joy”
Jeffrey Borak praises ‘Footloose’s “efficiency and integrity” in his review for The Berkshire Eagle

“Under Ledford’s direction, Prestage and Stevenson take their time developing the relationship between Ariel and Ren. The two have a beautifully crafted scene on an old bridge, late at night, that is as gentle and delicate as choreographer Bryan Knowlton’s dance numbers are big, bold and athletic.”

“Stevenson’s Ren has an unadorned, natural freshness and ingenuousness tempered somewhat by his upbringing in Chicago. He is amiable and sincere”

“As Ariel’s father, the silver-haired Dvorsky resists an easy choice to play the reverend as stock caricature. Rather, Dvorsky delivers a touching portrait of a man who, crippled by personal tragedy, is troubled by the ways in which he has gone off his path”

“Liz Gurland is just lovely as the reverend’s witty, loving wife, Vi”

“Jake Koch is a delight as Willard Hewitt”

““Footloose” clearly knows its audience. The show achieves what it needs to achieve with efficiency and integrity to the formula. To its credit, the Mac-Haydn’s “Footloose” offers formula with enrichment. Let’s hear it for the team.”

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Romeo Barkley says ‘Footloose’ is “pure fun and joy” in the review for Trixie’s List

“Footloose is pure fun and joy! You can’t sit in your seat without tapping and bopping along. The high energy cast bursts across the theater’s stage from the very first musical note.”

“The music is easy to sing along to, but the dancing really zings.”

“The cast, music and choreography are so wonderful that you hope the show never ends! The joyful finale Footloose had people out of their seats and ready for a standing ovation!”

“Matthew Stevensen’s presence filled the stage…Stephanie Prestage’s Ariel transfixed the audience as she commanded the stage with utter professionalism and hit every dance move perfectly on cue.”

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Bill Kellert calls ‘Footloose’ “exceptional” in his review for Nippertown

“The Mac-Haydn production has assembled its largest cast, over 30 performers, each of whom is better and more talented than the next.”

“At the helm of this mega production are three enormously talented Mac-Haydn vets: Director Erin Spears Ledford, Choreographer Bryan Knowlton, and Music Director Eric Shorey.”

“Ledford takes the cast through life’s emotional ups and downs in Bomont. She reigns in the drama and plays to the humor while always having her characters appear three-dimensional. Knowlton’s tight, complex choreography is exceptional.”

“Vocally, the show is stolen by Kassi McMillan with her rendition of the classic hit, Let’s Hear It For The Boy.”

“Dvorsky is always a pleasure to see on the Mac stage. His commanding presence and strong masterful voice offer a wonderful facade for this broken man.”

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J. Peter Bergman praises the talent in ‘Footloose’ in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“Ariel Moore, played beautifully by Stephanie Prestage…”

“Rev. Shaw Moore is played with great style by George Dvorsky”

“Rusty, played by Kassi McMillan, one of three talented young women who serve as a sort of Greek Chorus in Act One”

“Mrs. Vi Moore is very nicely portrayed by Elizabeth Gurland whose Act Two song “Can You Find It in Your Heart?” is a highlight of the show.”

“The single set with large “pieces” designed by Erin Kiernan works well under the direction of Erin Spears Ledford.”

“The costumes designed by Bethany Marx give the show a timeless quality and look great.”

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Cut Loose with FOOTLOOSE


(June 29, 2023–Chatham, NY) The Mac-Haydn Theatre continues its summer season of hits with “Footloose,” the Tony and Grammy winning musical based on the decade-defining film of the same name, running July 6 – 16.

Coming to the Mac-Haydn stage for only the second time in its history, “Footloose” follows the story of Ren McCormack, who receives anything but a warm welcome in his new hometown when he learns of the local ban on dancing instituted by the controlling preacher. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, his reputation is on the line as he skirts the law, leading his class down the path to a proper prom night.

Director Erin Spears Ledford and Choreographer Bryan Knowlton, the team that earned rave reviews for their collaboration on last season’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” reunite to helm the production. They are joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Alessandra Alcala.

The production will feature scenic design by Erin Kiernan, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Bethany Marx, sound design by Sean McGinley, hair and makeup design by Emily Allen, and props design by Adriana Ayala.

The theatre is delighted to welcome Stephanie Prestage and Matthew Stevenson as they make their Mac-Haydn debuts in the leading roles of Ariel Moore and Ren McCormack.

Broadway veteran George Dvorsky returns to the Mac-Haydn as Reverend Shaw Moore. After his audience-favorite performance as Cladwell in “Urinetown” last season, Dvorsky will debut his solo show “Something Wonderful,” as part of the Limited Performance Series later this summer in addition to his role as the Reverend. Dvorsky is joined by fellow Mac-Haydn alumni Liz Gurland (“Cabaret,” “Pippin,” “Urinetown”) as Vi Moore.

In supporting roles are Jonah Hale as Chuck, Kassi McMillan as Rusty, Jake Koch as Willard, Jeannine Trimboli as Ethel McCormack, Belle Babcock as Wendy Jo, and Amber Mawande-Spytek as Urleen. The full company features Mac-Haydn actors as well as an ensemble of local actors to round out the cast.

The “Footloose” hit score includes iconic numbers “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” and the iconic title song “Footloose.” With dazzling dance numbers and an electrifying musical score, Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness – and is sure to have audiences inspired to hit the dance floor.

“Footloose” features music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. The stage adaptation is by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, and is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford.
The production features additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.

For tickets and information, please visit or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.


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.

Paxton Brownell

Paxton is thrilled to be back at the Mac! His last show on this stage was in 2019 when he played Edgar in Ragtime. Other recent roles include Sky in Mamma Mia, Jack in Newsies Jr, and Horton in Seussical Jr. When not onstage he enjoys playing guitar and bass, singing, dancing, and playing baseball with his little brother. He previously studied dance at Columbia Elite All-Stars in Hudson and Faxon School of Dance in Chatham. He would like to give a big thank you to Tanya and Lynne for many years of excellent dance instruction. He would also like to thank his previous directors for helping him along the way. Most of all, thanks to John and Erin for giving him this wonderful opportunity.

Roles this Season

Ensemble in Footloose
Jeannine Trimboli

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Jeannine Trimboli is excited to perform with Mac-Haydn for the first time. Recent credits include Solstice (Mrs Jacobs) with Company of Curiosities, Ruthless! The Musical (Judy/Ginger) with Ghent Playhouse, Ma’ Space (Brenda) with Creative Action Unlimited, Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) with Not So Common Players, Slideshow (Kathy) with Bennington Community Theater, and Sunday in the Park with George (Yvonne) with Home Made Theater. Next up you can find her in End of the Rainbow (Judy Garland) at Curtain Call Theatre in the fall.

Roles this Season

Ethel McCormack in Footloose
Amelia Scheriff

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Amelia Scheriff is from just outside of Chatham, and is honored to be making her regional debut on the Mac-Haydn stage where she grew up watching productions every summer. Along with acting, you’ll also see her working in the box office and backstage for The Sound of Music this season! She has been performing for 10 years. Recent select credits include: DONNA (Mamma Mia!), LADY MACBETH (Macbeth), ANNA (Frozen), VELMA KELLY (Chicago), and JO MARCH (Little Women). When not performing, she can be found playing volleyball, writing, and thrift shopping. Huge thank you to her family, John, Erin, Mr. Bintz, and everybody at the Mac who has been so welcoming and supportive. Enjoy the show!

Roles this Season

Ensemble in Footloose
Matthew Harper Stevenson

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Matthew Harper Stevenson is a Virginia native but now resides in NYC. He could recently be seen as Younger Brother in Ragtime (American Stage), Kenickie in Grease (Palace Theatre) and Eugene in Grease again! (Interlakes Summer Theater). After graduating from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Musical Theater and Dance, he would take part in different workshops in the city such as new musicals Like the Wind, Survival of St. Joan and My Pet Dragon. He would like specifically to thank his parents Bob and Laura for their endless support, his sisters Brittany and Erin for their undoubted love and reassurance and his beautiful girlfriend Sarah for inspiring him to be the best he can be every day. I love all of you! @mattsteves_

Roles this Season

Ren McCormack in Footloose
Von Schrieber/Party Guest in The Sound of Music
Cast in Godspell
Norm Waxman & Others in Jersey Boys
Stephanie Prestage

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Stephanie is an actor, singer, and dancer hailing from Clinton, North Carolina. She is ecstatic to be making her Mac-Haydn debut! Recent select credits include: Sandy Dumbrowski (GREASE), Cecily Cardew (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST), Jo March (LITTLE WOMEN), Campbell Davis (BRING IT ON!), Theresa (CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION), Brooke Wyndham (LEGALLY BLONDE), Young Maid (BERNARDA ALBA), and Suzannah (HAIR). She is a proud alum of the University of Michigan’s BFA Musical Theatre Class of 2023. Go Blue! Stephanie wants to thank her fabulous friends and family for supporting and following every story she tells, and her new Mac-Haydn team for an exciting summer. Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting the arts. Insta: @stephprestage /

Roles this Season

Ariel Moore in Footloose
Nun/Party Guest/New Postulant in The Sound of Music
Cast in Godspell
Francine Valli & Others in Jersey Boys
Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes
42nd Street Earns “Magical” Reviews
J. Peter Bergman calls ’42nd Street’ “extraordinary” in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“With her talented company under John Saunders superb direction, Modic has created the most vital, vibrant and enthralling show of this type I’ve seen in years.”

“Most of the characters are “types” and they are played with honesty and gusto. Bella DePaola gives Anytime Annie strength and beauty while Jonah Hale’s Billy Lawlor presents ego without masking sincerity (he’s a tenor).”

“The show’s designers have given Saunders the perfect show he deserves.The wonderful scenic design by Erin Kiernan is gorgeously lit by Andrew Gmoser whose colors illuminate and elaborate the brilliant costumes designed by Bethany Marx”

“Saunders has assembled the best team ever at this theatre. This show is truly worth your time and money, folks.”

Read the full review

’42nd Street’ is “everything a summer musical should be” according to Lisa Jarisch for Berkshire on Stage

“the Mac-Haydn Theatre offers up 42nd Street as its 2023 opener, and it is everything a summer musical should be.”

“Scenic Designer Erin Kiernan has admirably captured the essence of the era with her set.”

“Sometimes it’s lovely to be presented with a show that requires nothing more than your undivided attention to the talent on display, and that is exactly what Director John Saunders offers the audience, wrapped up in a glorious, joyous, pitch-perfect, choreographically-amazing package.”

“Perennial M-H favorite Gabe Belyeu is a quintessential Julian Marsh”

“In her Mac-Haydn debut, Rachel Revellese bursts onto the stage like the rising star Peggy Sawyer dreams of becoming. Her voice is as true and strong as her feet are fleet.”

“One of the best parts of watching a Mac-Haydn show is watching the ensemble revel in their part in the production; their passion for “the biz” is always a joy to behold, and in 42nd Street, it is on display to the nth degree.”

“Costumes by Bethany Marx are superb”

“(Saunders) offers up a rich, delicious feast of swirling bodies, flashing feet, and clever staging, using every inch of the now-extended stage space to it best advantage.”

Read the full review

Bill Kellert says ’42nd Street’ “gets it right” in his review for Nippertown

“50+ years into their storied history, The Mac has long since learned how to get it right. 42nd Street is a testament to that.”

“Supported by the wonderful talent of Music Director Eric Shorey, the performers sing and dance with grace and fluidity.”

“Whenever (Stratton) is on the stage, you can not help but watch her draw the audience into her.”

“Belyeu commands the stage with his presence and self-assured attitude. His comic timing is spot on, and his rich voice fills the theatre.”

“An amazingly strong, talented, supportive ensemble rounds out this wonderful cast.”

Read the full review

Jeff Borak tells audiences to ‘dance their troubles away” with ’42nd Street’ in his review for The Berkshire Eagle

“Mandy Modic has choreographed director John Saunders’ production with unbridled theatricality and creativity and their young cast responds accordingly.”

“Belyeu is convincing and stylistically on point as Marsh”

“Jonah Hale is endearing as Billy Lawlor”

“There is no moment on the Mac-Haydn stage when the attractive young members of this cast aren’t giving their all in those dance sequences”

Read the full review

Go To The 42nd Street Page

Tequila Sunrise

Founded in 2020 and located in Valatie, NY, Tequila Sunrise Restaurant & Bar is a family-owned & operated Mexican restaurant that specializes in traditional authentic Mexican dishes from Oaxaca, Mexico. If you are in the mood for delicious margaritas and authentic & traditional Mexican dishes (such as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and so much more!) then come to Tequila Sunrise Restaurant & Bar!

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1009 Kinderhook Street Valatie, NY 12184
(518) 610–8309

Corey Bacon’s Pizza

Serving a variety of thin crust, New York style pizzas, salads, appetizers and wings, Corey Bacon Pizza is the newest addition to Chatham’s diverse restaurant scene. The restaurant has earned rave reviews from Chatham residents and visitors, and is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite before or after a performance at the Mac-Haydn.

Monday: 11am – 9pm
Tuesday: 11am – 9pm
Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: Closed

15 Dardess Dr, Chatham, NY 12037

RJ’s Restaurant

Owned and operated by José Reyes, RJ’s specializes in seafood, chops, pasta and steak, and has locations in both Pittsfield and Chatham. Reyes has run his own Long Island-based restaurants and catering companies since 2008. Previously, he learned all about five-star dining while working at the Scotto Brothers restaurant in Long Island. “Moving to this area was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life,” said Reyes. “People love the food. I want them to leave happy.”

Sunday: Noon-10pm
Monday: 5 – 10pm
Tuesday: Noon-10pm
Wednesday: Noon-10pm
Thursday: 5 – 10pm
Friday: Noon-10pm
Saturday: Noon – 9pm

1 Church Street Chatham, NY 12037

Sunday Noon–10PM
Monday Dinner only 5pm-10pm
Tuesday Noon–10PM
Wednesday Noon–10PM
Thursday Noon–10PM
Friday Noon–10PM
Saturday Noon–9PM


Mario’s Restaurant

Mario’s opened in 1964, built by Mario Soldato. Approaching sixty years, it is chef and family owned. Creating food and celebrating our connection to it results in a most satisfying experience. Join us for seasonal selected dishes, with emphasis on local ingredients. We will whip up a memorable dinner.

Wednesday – Sunday Opens at 4pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

US-20, New Lebanon, NY 12125

Gnome Bistro

The Gnome Bistro offers breakfast, served all day, as well as lunch and dinner! From pancakes and French toast, to wings or sandwiches, or entrees, you will find whatever you might be in the mood for- anytime of the day! You can find our menu and hours on our website

Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday: 9am-9pm
Saturday: 8am-9pm
Sunday: 8am-8pm

1267 NY-295, East Chatham, NY 12060
(518) 392-1640

Connor Holland

Born in Sicily, raised in Jacksonville, FL, Connor Holland is a trumpet player and educator moving to New York City. Self taught flautist, pianist, and harmonica player, Connor is a versatile performer frequently playing trumpet in orchestras and jazz ensembles. In 2020, he made his solo debut performing the (Mac) Haydn Trumpet Concerto as winner of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Currently most active as a chamber musician, he is a member of Amo Brass, which was awarded 1st place for Brass Quintet at both the Plowman and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions this spring. Most recently serving as the Morse Post-Graduate Fellow for the Yale Music in Schools Initiative, he also completed two masters degrees at the Yale School of Music (MM ’21/MMA ’22).

Megan Trach

Megan Trach is thrilled to join the Mac-Haydn this summer! They played the Reed 1 book for the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof from April 2022-May 2023. Playing for theater is one of their great joys in life and they hope to continue to play in pit orchestras for years to come. Megan received their MM in flute performance from the New England Conservatory in 2022 and their BA from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2020, where they majored in music and minored in environmental science. At NEC, they won the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition on piccolo; they are also a YoungArts winner for classical piccolo. When they’re not practicing or performing, you can find them playing word games, listening to showtunes, or doing overly-complicated nail art. Enjoy the show!

Camille Dietrich

Camille Dietrich is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has premiered as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the North New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Rockland Symphony, and performed solo recitals throughout NYC and the larger New York metropolitan area. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Forest Hills Stadium and broadcast on WQXR classical radio. Camille has expertise in a wide range of musical genres. She is particularly passionate about contemporary music and has performed alongside the world-renown Kronos Quartet and JACK Quartet. Recently Camille performed the world premiere of “The Final Veil ‘ at the Cell Theater and joined the Grammy Award winning 8-Bit Big Band at the 2023 MAGFest gaming festival. Camille’s playing has been featured in the British avant-garde publication The Wire, and Art Forum magazine.

Max Caserta

Max Caserta is a professional guitarist based out of Milford, CT. Max picked up guitar later in life than most. His first experience with a musical instrument was with the flute in elementary school band. After being introduced to the guitar in middle school, he fell in love with it. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Music Education and Jazz Guitar. Max is well versed in many styles including jazz, funk, rock, rnb, soul, gospel and theater. Since graduating, he has been performing professionally and teaching lessons around the tri-state area. These performances include various musical theater shows, jazz festivals and shows, church concerts/services, weddings, and various venues around CT, NY and NJ. This will be Max’s first time working with the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Peter Isaac

Peter Charles Isaac is a consument purveyor of musical styles on Trombone & Bass Trombone. A Rochester NY native, (BM – SUNY Fredonia, MA – Purchase Conservatory) Peter has played in many theater houses and jazz clubs across the world. In New York – Minton’s, Carnegie Hall, Swing 46 – to New Orleans – Royal Frenchman, Spotted Cat, Bourbon ‘O’ bar, but he currently lives in Chicago, where you can catch him singing and playing around the city. A two-time International touring theater musician (“Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”, “Elf”) Peter has had his fair share of the theater scene, and is looking forward to playing trombone in 42nd St. at Mac-Haydn this season. Peter is excited to be in beautiful Upstate NY this summer !!

Emily Davies

Hailing from the Kansas City area with Nashville as her adopted home for two decades, New York City based artist Emily Davies’ style has been fueled by KC’s jazz, Nashville’s Country / Americana, and the deep roots of NYC’s Harlem Renaissance jazz scene. In Nashville, Emily performed with a diverse group of musicians, from rock band Audra and the Antidote to Americana sensation Runaway Home. She also performed with various ensembles at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and with a revolving door of Music City’s singer-songwriters. Emily graduated with a B.M. in Bass Guitar from Belmont University and also holds an M.M. in Jazz Performance / Bass from NYU Steinhardt. Emily has been an adjunct electric bass instructor at NYU and was recently in the Northern Stage production of Spring Awakening. She continues to perform at NYC venues such as 54 Below and Green Room 42.

Sarah Tompkins

Sarah is very excited to be joining Mac Haydn for this summer season! She is fluent in a variety of styles including rock, jazz, r&b/hip-hop, Afro-Cuban/Brazilian and Classical. For the last couple of years Sarah has performed as a theatre musician on the Norwegian Breakaway for The Broadway musicals Six and Burn The Floor. She has performed as a percussion sub for the North American Tour of the Lion King Musical. You can also find her playing at various cabarets at the Green Room 42 and 54 Below in New York City. Sarah has done shows with Astoria Performing Arts Center and many other regional theatres in the LA and New York/New Jersey areas. She has recorded with artists such as Morgan James, Derek Klena, Taylor Louderman, Constantine Maroulis, and more. She would like to thank God and her incredible family and friends for their constant love and support.

Dianne Ives

Dianne Ives resumes her role of Coffee House Manager this summer, bringing the beloved Friday and Saturday evening event back to the Mac-Haydn.

Allie Seebode

Allie Seebode is a rising Junior B.F.A Musical Theater Major at Nazareth University & a native of Delmar, NY. She is excited to return to Mac-Haydn after being a part of the amazing 2023 season. She fell in love with theater at the age of nine when she was cast in their 2013 production of LES MISERABLES, and has continued performing ever since. Some of her favorite credits include: THE SOUND OF MUSIC: (Ensemble/Frau Schmidt u/s), FOOTLOOSE (Ensemble/Urleen u/s) Mac-Haydn Theatre; A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Helena), FOX SISTERS (Katie), ASSASSINS (Sara Jane Moore) Nazareth University. Allie would like to thank her parents, family, friends & everyone involved in this season at Mac-Haydn for all of their love & support. Enjoy the show! @allie_seebode

Roles this Season

Nun/Ensemble in Sister Act
Abirami Senthil

Abi Senthil is absolutely thrilled to be joining Mac-Haydn for the 2024 summer season. As a recent graduate for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Sound Design BFA program, she is eager to kickstart her career here at Mac-Haydn. Primarily an engineer, Abi enjoys riding faders and working with the sound designer to get that perfect mix for a show. She’s mixed a wide-range of shows for other summer stock theaters including Cortland Repertory Theatre, Timberlake Playhouse and STAGES St. Louis, with her favorites being “We Will Rock You”, “Xanadu” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. In her free time, you can find her crocheting, painting and watching TV with her dog, Coco.

Hannah Sadler

Hannah Sadler is a junior BFA Costume Design student at Marymount Manhattan. Past Mac Haydn credits include stitcher for the 2023 summer season. Other credits include, Equity Through Design Mentorship, Mentor Tobin Ost 2022-2024. Costume shop intern at Marymount Manhattan. Marymount Manhattan College Productions Credits include: Uncle Vanya, Assistant Costume Designer, R&H Cinderella Hair and makeup Designer, Carrie the Musical, Wardrobe Supervisor, Stitcher for Head over Heels, SpongeBob the Musical, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Loves Labour Lost. West Side Story is Hannah’s debut professional design and they are so excited to return to the Mac for the summer! Hannah would like to thank her costume professor Vanessa Leuck for her endless support and advice. She would also like to thank her wonderful friends and family for their love and laughs.

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - West Side Story
Max Auerbacher

This is Max’s first year with the Mac-Hayden theater, though he’s had many years of experience in theater tech and design. Most recently, he was the stage manager for a production at Westchester Community College. He also built sets and worked on run crew for the theater program at the University of Rochester. In addition, he was the prop master for TOOP (the opposite of people) an alternative theater troupe at the University of Rochester. He has been working as a lighting technician for Silent G Productions at various locations around Westchester County. He is currently studying electrical engineering in Westchester, NY. Max likes taking things apart and putting things together, but mostly loves taking things apart.

Annie Watson

Annie Watson (they/them) is a recent graduate of Miami University (OH) with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre with a Creative Writing Minor. Annie had previously been working as a costuming intern at Florida Studio Theatre for their 2022-2023 winter season and is thrilled to continue their costuming journey at The Mac-Haydn as a stitcher! Costume construction credits include She Kills Monsters (MU), Head Over Heels (MU), Charlotte’s Web (FST), Something Rotten! (FST) Babel (FST), Network (FST), and the world premiere of Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!) (FST). Costume design credits include The Last Acorn and Other Winning Plays by Young Playwrights (FST). They would like to thank their family for their unconditional love and unwavering support.

Isabelle Sterling

ISABELLE STERLING is from North Haven, Connecticut, and is an incoming Senior, Design/Tech major at Western Connecticut State University. WCSU credits include Noises Off (Props Master), Metamorphoses (Assistant to the Set Designer and Props Master), Big Love (Assistant to the Set Designer/ Props Artisan/ Run Crew), Bat Boy: The Musical (Fly Captain), and Season’s Greetings (Assistant to the Set Designer/ Props Artisan/ Scenic Charge), Allegro (Master Carpenter/ Fly Captain), Marat Sade (Master Carpenter/ Fly Captain), Something Rotten (Master Carpenter/ Fly Captain), Next to Normal ( Master Carpenter), Donkey Show (Assistant Technical Director), and The Crucible (Assistant Technical Director/ Assistant Scenic Designer/ Scenic Charge). This is her second season as a Carpenter at The Mac-Haydn Theatre with her previous credits including the 2023 Season of 42nd Street, Footloose, Sound of Music, Godspell, and Jersey Boys.

Julia Kehrley

Julia Kehrley is a freelance wardrobe supervisor and dresser based in Manhattan. She graduated from SUNY Sullivan and SUNY New Paltz respectively, and has gone on to work across the East Coast. Recent shows include Brooklyn Laundry, The Ally, Shadow/Land, The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. During her free time, Julia likes to play board games with friends and work at an Upper West Side craft beer bar called Craft + Carry. Julia would like to thank the Mac-Haydn, her incredible mentors Andrea Gorzell and Jessica Lόpez-Barkl, her loving partner Alan, and her family and friends (especially Mom, who has always been her number one fan). Enjoy the show!

Tori Moss

Tori is thrilled to be returning to the Mac for her second season! Her first summer at the Mac was 2023 in which she served as the Production Stage Manager for 42nd Street, Footloose, The Sound of Music, Godspell, Jersey Boys, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Tori has stage managed many shows at her alma mater, the Manhattan School of Music, including: Bye Bye Birdie, She Loves Me, The Hills are Alive!, The Secret Life of the American Musical, and Paperboy. Other stage management work: Brighter Than The Sun (Chain Theatre), The Gorgeous Nothings (Life Jacket Theatre Co.), Sober Songs (Staged Reading), One Father, One Son (Staged Reading). She also served as Assistant Production Manager on Most Happy in Concert and Just For Us at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tori can’t wait for another great season at the Mac!

Alessandra Alcala

Alessandra Alcala is a Southern California native and very excited to be on this side of the country for the Mac-Haydn’s 2023 Season! Most recently she served as the Music Assistant/Keyboard Sub for Center Theatre Group’s revival of “The Secret Garden” at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre. Other credits: Great American Melodrama (Resident MD/Composer/Arranger), SLO REP (MD: Xanadu, The Marvelous Wonderettes), Pacific Conservatory Theatre (Asst. MD: The Secret Garden, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, MD: Chicago). She is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Music, and studied Choral Music/Conducting through the Delaware Choral Symposium in Provence, France. When not behind the keyboard, you can catch her playing this weird instrument called the fife – select performances include: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Universal Studios, and Disneyland. Alessandra is a member of Maestra Music and the American Federation of Musicians. @alessandra.alcala

Creative Roles this Season

Asst. Music Director - 42nd Street
Asst. Music Director - Footloose
Asst. Music Director - The Sound of Music
Asst. Music Director - Godspell
Asst. Music Director - Jersey Boys
Adriana Ayala

Adriana Ayala received her BFA in Theatre Design/Technology (props focus) from the University of the West Florida in May of 2022. During college, she was able to design props for three mainstage shows, her favorite being The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Immediately after graduating, she went on to complete a year long props/paint internship at Florida Studio Theatre where she had the opportunity to design props for the children’s theatre season as well as make props throughout the summer and winter seasons. Her favorite thing about props is finding interesting ways to make props and finding items that help enhance the show. She is excited to help enhance the theatre experience here at Mac-Haydn!

Creative Roles this Season

Props Designer - 2023 Season
Mandy Modic Copy

Mandy is excited to join the Mac-Haydn team! Having performed with the National Tour of 42nd Street, she has been looking forward to revisiting the show as a choreographer! Some favorite choreographer credits: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sound of Music, White Christmas, Drowsy Chaperone, Newsies, Head Over Heels, Church Basement Ladies. As a performer, she has worked at various theaters including Marriott Theater, Drury Lane Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Paramount theater, The Wick, Mill Mountain Theater. Mandy enjoys educational theater and has helped build musical theater programs abroad in Shanghai, China and Lima, Peru. She also works as a photographer. Up next, she is choreographing State Fair! Thanks to John, and everyone at the theater for this opportunity! @mandyinmotion

Creative Roles this Season

Choreographer - 42nd Street
Bryan Knowlton

Mr. Knowlton’s extensive career has spanned from Broadway to appearing in multiple National Tours, Film and TV. He is an award winning director/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”) among many others. At present, he is attached as Director/Choreographer to “In My Own Little Corner” starring Chryssie Whitehead, as well as choreographer for two new musicals, “The Only Way Out” written by David Thatcher Maglione in London, UK as well as Trish LaRose’s one woman show “Come On-A My House. He’s currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway in New York City as well as THE HUB and House of Jazz in London. For more information visit

Creative Roles this Season

Director/Choreographer - West Side Story
Mac-Haydn Taps Into Summer With 42nd Street


(June 15, 2023–Chatham, NY) The Mac-Haydn Theatre’s 54th summer season opens with the Tony-winning tap musical “42nd Street,” running June 22 through July 2.

In this classic show-within-a-show, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands her first professional gig in a new Broadway production, led by big-time New York producer Julian Marsh. Set in the height of the Great Depression, the show faces threats of closing—and a serious problem when the leading lady breaks her ankle on opening night.

Artistic Director John Saunders opens the season in the director’s chair, a role he will fulfill two more times this season for “The Sound of Music” and “Jersey Boys.” “There is a joyous sense of fulfillment in a way by bringing “42nd Street” back this summer,” said Saunders. “It was scheduled for our 2020 season and we all know how that went. Now we can finally present this iconic “showbiz” musical packed with optimism just the way we dreamt it many years ago.”

Saunders is joined by Choreographer Mandy Modic, Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Alessandra Alcala. The production will feature scenic design by Erin Kiernan, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Bethany Marx, sound design by Sean McGinley, hair and makeup design by Emily Allen, and props design by Adriana Ayala.

After earning a 2022 Berkshire Theatre Award for his solo show “A Call to Places” last season, Mac-Haydn veteran Gabe Belyeu steps into the iconic role of Julian Marsh, a role originated by Jerry Orbach. He is joined by Madison Stratton as Dorothy Brock, who has been seen previously on the Mac-Haydn stage in “Camelot” (2019), “Spamalot” (2017) and “Major Arcana” (2021).

Making her Mac-Haydn debut, Rachel Revellese is Peggy Sawyer. A rising senior at Syracuse University, Revellese has previously appeared at Interlakes Theatre and is the recipient of numerous regional and national titles in tap dance.

Among the returnees of the cast are Jonah Hale as Billy Lawlor, Bella DePaola as “Anytime” Annie, Kristen Clark Bielefeldt as Maggie Jones, and Brian Wagner as Abner Dillon. Jake Koch and Arthur Beutel make their Mac-Haydn debuts as Bert Barry and Pat Denning, respectively.

42nd Street’s grand return to the Mac-Haydn is sure to deliver an extraordinary night out. Chock-full of Broadway standards including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Dames,” and of course “Forty-Second Street” – this iconic love letter to the theater will have audiences shaking their shoes.

“42nd Street” features music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, and a book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble. The musical is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes. The show was originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick, with direction and choreography by Gower Champion.

For tickets and information, please visit or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.


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.

Kristen Clark Bielefeldt

Kristen is overjoyed to be ‘back at the Mac’ after last appearing as Kitty (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) in 2015. This will be her 3rd time performing ‘42nd Street’ on the Mac-Haydn stage, and it holds a special place in her heart as the first show she ever performed here. In her many summers performing at Mac-Haydn in a variety of roles, her favorites include Mazzeppa (GYPSY), Ms. Medlock (SECRET GARDEN), Ballad Singing Gorilla (SUGAR BABIES) and Ginger (BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS).

Kristen received a BA in Theatre from Wagner College and currently holds the title of Marketing Manager for Columbia Memorial Health. This year she also was honored to become a member of the Mac-Haydn Board of Directors.

She keeps busy with her husband and two daughters, Charlotte & Eloise (who have never seen their mommy perform on stage yet).

HUGE thank you to John & Paul as well as my family for making the possibility for me to perform again a reality.

Roles this Season

Maggie in 42nd Street
Logan Shields

Logan is thrilled to be back at the Mac-Haydn Theatre this season taking on a new administrative role. A Columbia County native, Logan has been attending shows at the Mac for his entire life. Not only did Logan fall in love with theater at the Mac, but made his stage debut in 2011 in “The King and I” as well as “Rodney the Reluctant Dragon.” Currently a senior at Purchase College Logan is majoring in arts management with two minors in sociology and theatre & performance. As a performer, recent credits include: Second Officer (U/S Louis) in “A View from the Bridge,” Performer in “Fornés Fest,” and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Much thanks to Logan’s family, friends, and everyone at the Mac for the abundance of love & support. @logan_shields_

Taylor Sheppard

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Taylor is beyond excited to be spending her summer here at Mac-Haydn Theatre. Hailing from Newnan, GA, (30 mins outside of Atlanta) she is a recent grad from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is very excited to start her post-grad career performing here. Her favorite past roles include: Heather Duke in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, Sally in REEFER MADNESS, Alice in staged reading of a new script for Frank Wildhorn’s WONDERLAND, and getting to Assistant Direct TUCK EVERLASTING, under the direction of original cast member Michael Park, and choreographed by Shannon Lewis. She would like to thank her friends and family for their never wavering and constant love and support. She hopes you all enjoy the shows and has a great time.

Roles this Season

Phyllis in 42nd Street
Eleanor Dunbar in Footloose
Nun/Party Guest in The Sound of Music
Kassi McMillan

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Kassi McMillan is overjoyed to be making her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut this summer! Originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL she currently attends the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and will be a Senior Musical Theatre major this fall. Her favorite CCM credits include Anna in Spring Awakening, Melpomene in Xanadu, and Honoria in Rocket Science. She is the 2019 Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Award Winner for Best Actress as Alice Murphy in Bright Star. In addition to appearing onstage, you can catch her as Gina in Henry Danger on Nickelodeon. Besides theatre, Kassi loves to bake and decorate cakes and play with her three dogs. She would like to thank her parents and sister for their constant love and support!

Roles this Season

Lorraine in 42nd Street
Rusty in Footloose
Frau Schmidt/Nun in The Sound of Music
Cast in Godspell
Jerome Byrne

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

This is Jerome’s first time performing with Mac-Haydn. He is extremely excited for this new and challenging endeavor and can’t wait to get started. This will be his third time performing out of high school. He previously played Mr. Wormwood in Upstage Productions’ “Matilda” and more recently he played Aaron Jablonski in Ghent Playhouse’s presentation of “Invitation to a March.” Jerry lives in a small town in Greene County where he works as a landscaper and asbestos inspector. However, he is actively pursuing a full time career in acting and performing and is determined to continue working his way further and further up the ladder in this industry. He looks forward to learning everything he can this summer.

Roles this Season

Mac in 42nd Street
Cop in Footloose
Zeller in The Sound of Music
Mark Tran Russ

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Mark Tran Russ (he/him) just received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in May and is so excited to make his post-college debut at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Originally from Long Island, he is looking forward to performing so close to home and the city that made him fall in love with theatre. Some of his favorite credits include Godspell (Lamar), Cinderella (Lord Pinkleton), and A Chorus Line (Don Kerr). Besides performing, he also loves skating (both ice and roller), cooking, and coding! He wants to thank everyone at the theatre for giving him this opportunity as well as his friends and family for always supporting him. Enjoy the show everybody!

Roles this Season

Ensemble in 42nd Street
Lyle in Footloose
Ofer Gordon

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Ofer Gordon is an Israeli-born actor and is a recent graduate from The Hartt School’s BFA Music Theatre training program. Previous credits include: William Bates- “Double Helix” (Goodspeed Opera House), Steven Kodaly- “She Loves Me”, Lewis- “Pippin”, George Wickham- “Pride & Prejudice”, Don Pedro- “Much Ado About Nothing”, Ensemble- “Legally Blonde”, Mr. McQueen- “Urinetown” (The Hartt School), Victor- “Cabaret”, Garvin- “Footloose”, Lumiere U.S- “Beauty and the Beast”. (The Woodstock Playhouse). Ofer is very exited to join the Mac-Haydn Theatre family and take part in its summer season. When he is not working, however, Ofer can be found cooking and planning his next trip to the beach.
Special thanks to Kristin Huffman, my family, and Asaf.

Roles this Season

Ensemble in 42nd Street
Garvin in Footloose
Rolf in The Sound of Music
Neal Bechman

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Neal Bechman is incredibly proud and excited to be joining the Mac-Haydn Theatre cast in this incredible season. Making his Mac-Haydn Theatre debut! Neal couldn’t think of a better way to spend his summer, especially in the ensemble of such stellar shows. Neal is a NYC based performer, but a Pittsburgh native, and a graduate of Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts. His favorite credits include 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy, Glory Days, and every cat in Cats in front of his Gramma’s TV. Neal would like to thank everyone at Mac-Haydn Theatre, the cast, and crew; this season is a blast! Shout out to his friends and family whose constant support and love keep him going, love you lots. Socials: @nealbechman

Roles this Season

Ensemble in 42nd Street
Travis in Footloose
Soldier/Party Guest in The Sound of Music
Arthur Beutel

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Arthur Beutel is a classically trained singer based in New York City. His dynamic, high-energy approach to performing in both musical theater and classical styles brings his unique brand of humor to the stage for all to enjoy. He received his Bachelor of Music in Opera from Colorado State University and a Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the University of Connecticut. Arthur is studying classical voice with baritone, Brian Montgomery and musical theater with Chris Citera of the Mike Ruckles Voice Studio. Arthur recently made his off-broadway debut playing Mr.Pinkerton in PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL with Vital Theatre Company at the Soho Playhouse. He spent last summer in Lincoln, NH with NCCA Jean’s Playhouse performing The Sound of Music (Max Detweiler), Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig) and Mamma Mia! (Bill Anderson). Arthur joined The Metropolitan Opera for their final production of Verdi’s AIDA (2022-2023) and in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites (2023).

Roles this Season

Pat Denning in 42nd Street
Principal Clark in Footloose
Max in The Sound of Music
Hank Majewski & Others in Jersey Boys
Jake Koch


Hailing from Wisconsin, Jake Koch is absolutely overjoyed to be returning to Chatham this summer. Last summer, you may have seen Jake in the Mac’s 42nd Street (Bert), Footloose (Willard), The Sound of Music (Franz), and Godspell (“We Beseech Thee”). Jake is rising Senior at Manhattan School of Music and is a proud student of Sam McKelton’s voice studio. He was most recently seen in MSM’s Bye Bye Birdie (Mrs. Peterson), Paperboy (Willie, u/s Paperboy) and Valentino’s Tango (Ensemble, u/s Jesse Lasky). Some of his other credits include The Addams Family (Uncle Fester), Hairspray (I.Q.), Les Misérables (Thénardier) and the world premiere production of Goosebumps the Musical (Zeke). Jake would love to thank John, Eric, Tori, and the entire Mac-Haydn family for another incredible summer at his favorite place! IG: @jakeolantern

Roles this Season

Joey in Sister Act
Ensemble in Rent
Dean Hyde in All Shook Up
Shylock in Something Rotten
Rachel Revellese

Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut

Rachel is so excited to be spending the summer at Mac-Haydn Theatre! She is a New Hampshire born singer, actor, and (tap)dancer who studies musical theater at Syracuse University. She fell in love with theater through tap dance and has won numerous regional and national titles in the style. She is currently an ambassador for the global dance brand SoDanca and can be found dancing on their social media. Rachel has previously been seen in Syracuse Stage’s The Little Mermaid (Swing, Scuttle u/s) and Matilda (Swing) and Interlakes Theatre’s Cats (Jennyanydots) and Grease (Patty, Sandy u/s). She cannot thank her family enough for believing in her endlessly. There’s always a rainbow on the other side of everything, if you reach for it. ig/tk @rachel.rev

Roles this Season

Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street
Lulu Warnicker in Footloose
Liesl in The Sound of Music
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


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, 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

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


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, 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.

With Gratitude,
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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John Hannigan

John is delighted to be returning to the Mac-Haydn stage this summer after helping to close out last season as Smudge in Forever Plaid! This is John’s fourth regional production of Jersey Boys, and he is so excited to continue sharing its amazing story, this time as Four Seasons bass Nick Massi. Favorite productions in New York and regional theatre include Songs for a New World (Milton Theatre), Jersey Boys (Mountain Theatre Company, White Plains PAC), Forever Plaid (Plaza Theatricals), The Last Five Years (Merrick Theatre), Altar Boyz (Porchlight Productions) West Side Story (Heights Players), and Rent (CM PAC). John is a graduate of New York University and calls Brooklyn, NY home. Thanks to Joe, family, friends, and the team at the Mac for their support! @johnnyhannigan

Roles this Season

Nick Massi in Jersey Boys
“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 bringing back the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative this season! For one night per show, ticket prices don’t exist – you decide what to contribute to attend the performance.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN performances will take place on the first Sunday evening performance for 42nd Street, Footloose, The Sound of Music, Godspell, and Jersey Boys.

West Side Story: Sunday, June 16 at 7pm

Sister Act: Sunday, June 30 at 7pm

Rent: Sunday, July 21 at 7pm

All Shook Up: Sunday, August 4 at 7pm

Something Rotten: Sunday, August 20 at 7pm

The PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance for The Fantasticks will be Friday, September 6 at 7pm.

To buy a ticket to a Pay What You Can performance, call the Box Office at 518-392-9292 or email us at Please note, there are limited Pay What You Can seats available and reservations are first come, first served.

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.

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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 is excited to be returning for another summer at The Mac-Haydn. Some of his favorite designs he has put on stage here are Godspell, Xanadu, 42nd Street, and Jersey Boys(which won an award for best sound design). He enjoys spending his summers here in Chatham and working with the creative teams to build incredible shows in such a short period. Sean has a degree in Music Industry and Recording Technology from York College of Pennsylvania. His designs have been seen and heard at The Naples Players, Gulfshore Playhouse, Gable Stage, Timberlake Playhouse, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, The Penobscot Theatre, and Suncoast Broadway Dinner Theatre. As always Sean would like to thank Alivia and his family for their continued support of his dream. For more information on Sean please visit or follow him at seansounds101.

Creative Roles this Season

Sound Designer - Full Season
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 back at the Mac-Haydn Theatre for her second season! Her previous musical theater credits include Xanadu (Mac-Haydn), Waitress (National Tour), as well as various new works in the NYC area. When she is not playing guitar for this season’s awesome shows, Hannah enjoys exploring all the Hudson Valley has to offer – hikes, great dining spots, and farm stands. (She is always open to recommendations!) Back at her home in Jersey City, she works in environmental education while gigging as a guitarist and cellist. To keep up with her balancing these endeavors while making some music of her own, follow her on Instagram at @hannnnahburke. 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

Aidan is very excited to return to the Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer. Aidan, age 15, is going into his junior year at Chatham High School. He has been acting since the age of seven and enjoys spending time with his horse, Archie, when not acting. Some of his favorite roles include Nathan Lukowski in The Full Monty (MHT), Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! (Chatham High production), Winthrop in The Music Man (Columbia County Youth Theater), Bagheera in The Jungle Book (middle school production), Troll and the male swing in Little Women (high school production), Nigel in Matilda the Musical (MCPA), and Feste in Twelfth Night (high school production). 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 their support!

Roles this Season

Friedrich in The Sound of Music
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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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

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

Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music
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 comes from Southern California! She resides in Phoenix, rather her home does! Claire has been on tour for the past couple of years with Cocomelon Live: JJ’s Journey ! and Hits!: The Musical! as Wardrobe Supervisor. She loves being on the road! She first fell in love with live theatre when her family went to go see the 1st American Tour of Beauty and The Beast in L.A. She knew she always wanted to work in Entertainment and didnt care how! Now here she is with a B.A. degree from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design. Claire loves everything in the costume world! She would like to thank her Family and Friends back home and all over the states, for all the love and support through her career.

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - Jersey Boys
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 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 “,” 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 is a freelance woodwind doubler based in the New York City area. Shortly after completing his Master’s Degree in multiple woodwind performance from Montclair State University, he began performing in regional, as well as several Broadway productions. Some recent credits include the orchestras for Hercules, Wicked and Kimberly Akimbo. He spent the last holiday season touring the country as a member of the orchestra for the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas tour. In addition to musical theater productions he has also performed more classical works with ensembles including the Princeton Symphony and the American Repertory Orchestra. This is his second season at the Mac and is very excited to be back working with this great company!

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 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!

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:

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

Trevor is excited to be back for this second summer at Mac-Haydn! Originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, Trevor graduated with his Degree in Musical Theatre and Dance from The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is currently based in New York City. Current roles include Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Mike/Mark US in A Chorus Line, Tiny Tim in Urinetown, and Ralph in Kiss Me, Kate! here at the mac. Trevor would like to thank his amazing friends, family, directors, and everyone else backstage who works day and night to make the mac run as smoothly as it does, and hopes you enjoy the show. You can follow him on instagram @trevorsquiers.

Roles this Season

Andy Lee in 42nd Street
Jeter/Cowboy Bob in Footloose
Eberfeld/Soldier in The Sound of Music
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


Zoe is thrilled to be back dancing on the Mac-Haydn stage, a home away from home! Select credits: Rita in Waiting in the Wings (Off-Broadway), Prissy Von Missy in KC @ Bat (Theatre Row), Sophie (Mama Mia), Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Gloria and Alex U/S (Flashdance), Charlotte U/S (R&H Cinderella National Tour), Five different roles in four separate productions of A Chorus Line including the Japan Tour and playing Sheila on this very stage. After this you can catch her at The REV in Newsies as the Katherine U/S. As always much thanks to the people who keep her sane; Mom, Dad, Jason, Nathan and Flora. Special skills are very limited to, licking her elbow. @ladyz40

Roles this Season

Velma in West Side Story
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:

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

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

Ricky Dobbs is so ecstatic to be back at the Mac-Haydn for another summer. He was seen last summer at the Mac as Mike Costa in “A Chorus Line”, Thalia in “Xanadu”, most famously your intermission 50/50 host, and in other shows across the summer. Some of his other favorite roles include Musidorus in “Head Over Heels” and Buddy the Elf in “Elf the Musical”. Ricky cannot be more excited to be spending another summer in Chatham, NY and is stoked to see so many friendly faces and so many new ones this season. He wants to thank his parents for supporting every journey he goes on and all his friends who constantly push him to be the best he can be. Insta: @Ricky.Hugh

Roles this Season

Ensemble in 42nd Street
Bickle in Footloose
Soldier/Party Guest in The Sound of Music

Creative Roles this Season

Dance Captain for The Sound of Music
Bella DePaola

Bella DePaola is so excited to return to The Mac Haydn Theatre! Past credits include Val (A Chorus Line), Anytime Annie/Dance Captain (42nd Street), Turn Back O’Man/Dance Captain (Godspell), Becky Two Shoes/u/s Penelope Pennywise (Urinetown), Lorriane/Lead Angel/Dance Captain (Jersey Boys), Betty Blast/u/s Ariel/Dance Captain (Footloose), Susan Hershy/u/s Georgie Bukatinski (The Full Monty), and Ensemble (Kiss Me Kate). She is a recent graduate of Pace University’s Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance Programs and was seen in productions like Into the Woods as Jack’s Mom u/s Baker’s Wife, and Pippin as Player u/s Fastrada. Bella would love to thank her family and friends, especially her two parents, for supporting her along her journey. Keep up with her instagram for future adventures: @belladepaola

Roles this Season

Graziella in West Side Story
Dance Captain for West Side Story
Ensemble in Something Rotten
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

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

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.

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

Trey Compton (Director, Godspell) is thrilled to return to The Mac having directed Urinetown last summer. A New York City based director, regional directing credits include: The Fulton, Riverside, Engeman, Millbrook, Lincoln Park, and Cortland Repertory (SALT Award- 2019.) 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, and The Ogunquit Playhouse. He has directed at various Universities and Colleges including Penn, Georgetown, Stephens, Nazareth, and his alma mater, Pace University. Most recently, he was the associate director on Austen’s Pride in concert at Carnegie Hall. Upcoming: Productions of Misery at Fort Peck Theatre and The Fulton.

Creative Roles this Season

Director - Godspell
Eric Shorey

Eric is thrilled to return to MHT for his 3rd season. He is delighted for audiences to experience the incredible talents of the entire company. His music direction at MHT include Urinetown, Next To Normal, Footloose, Godspell, and last season’s smash hit Jersey Boys. He also proudly music directed the Berkshire Theatre Award Winning A Call To Places starring Gabe Belyeu. Elsewhere, Eric has music directed productions of My Way, Scrooge, A Man of No Importance, and numerous concerts and cabarets. As an actor, Eric has been seen across the country and internationally in productions of Cats, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Disney On Classic in Japan, to name a few. Eric would like to thank John, James, and the entire MHT family for their constant support. For Eric and Henry.

Creative Roles this Season

Music Supervisor
Music Director - West Side Story
Music Supervisor - Sister Act
Music Director - Rent
Music Supervisor - All Shook Up
Music Director - Something Rotten
Music Director - The Fantasticks
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 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 or call the box office at 518-392-9292.

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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 is very excited to be back playing Trumpet for the Mac-Haydn Theatre. A rising junior at the Manhattan School of Music, Themba studies classical trumpet under the tutelage of Ethan Bensdorf who is a current trumpet player In the New York Philharmonic. An avid pit musician, Themba has played a wide range of shows such as Cabaret, Something Rotten and Hairspray, his favorite one being The Prom which he performed in December. He can’t wait for everyone to come and hear the opening show of the Mac Haydn season, 42nd Street!

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 or call the box office at 518-392-9292.

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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 (she/her) is thrilled to be back at the Mac for her fourth year, and third as part of the stage management team! Most recently, she was based in Summit County, Colorado, as a teaching artist for VIVO at Theatre SilCo. As a stage manager, Audrey’s credits include the national tours of CoComelon Live! JJ’s Journey (PSM) and Jersey Boys (ASM), Soho Rep’s production of Wolf Play (PA), and the 2021 and 2022 seasons at MHT (SM/ASM). Audrey is also an internationally-produced playwright; recent credits include finalist status for the Jewish Plays Project’s 2022 & 2023 contests, Bay Street Theater’s Title Wave New Works Festival, and the U.K. Premiere of her play alex getting better in June 2022. Audrey holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Ithaca College. She is very grateful to John, James, Eoghan, and the Mac-Haydn team for having her back this year! IG: @AudreyGLang

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.

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 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:

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!, (IG)miasemperteguii

Amber Mawande-Spytek

Amber is a New York Based Performer and is always stoked to be back at the Mac! Her passion is to create waves of art in musical theatre and in the performance industry as a whole, expanding the hearts and minds of theatre lovers everywhere. Her recent credits include Godspell (Uzo), Next to Normal (Natalie), Xanadu (Erato), and Pippin (Leading Player). She has received multiple Berkie Nominations throughout her time here at the Mac-Haydn as well as a recent Nomination for best Actress in a Musical at the New York Theatre Festival. Lots of thanks to her friends and family who are always supporting her endeavors and cheering her on. You can follow Amber on Instagram or Tiktok at @amber.mawande

Roles this Season

Sister Mary Theresa in Sister Act
Joanne Jefferson in Rent
Ensemble in All Shook Up
Minstrel inSomething Rotten
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 Michael Velez is so grateful to be returning to the Mac-Haydn Theatre for their 2024 Season. This will be his fourth season in a row here! You might remember his past roles as Paul San Marco (A Chorus Line), Sancho (Man of La Mancha) and Arpad Laszlo (She Loves Me) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. He recently made his Off-Broadway debut as a Standby/Swing in El Otro Oz at the Atlantic Theatre. Anthony was the recipient of the 2019 National Youth Arts Awards for Best Actor in a Musical as Jack Kelly in Newsies (Pied Piper Youth Theatre). When he’s not on stage, Anthony works as a Teaching Artist for Broadway Bound Kids. He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting his passion for the arts.
IG: @anthonyvelezzz

Roles this Season

Moose in West Side Story
TJ in Sister Act
Angel in Rent
Ensemble in All Shook Up
Ensemble in Something Rotten
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.”

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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.

Phone: 518-392-9292

Press Contact

James Rodgers, Managing Director
Phone: (212) 920-1257

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.

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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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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.

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Join Zoom Meeting:

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 Encore Performances
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


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. *

Come to our Job Postings Page.

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).

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!

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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 back for his 5th season at the Mac! He has been with the Mac since 2019, putting on favorites like Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Next to Normal, Forever Plaid, Xanadu, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, and Oklahoma. Since last season, Eoghan had the honor of working as a ASM on The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. Other NYC area credits: A Chorus Line, Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Elf: the Musical (Argyle Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Gallery Players), The Floorshow (Combustion Collective), and many shows with the Actors Studio Drama School (Pace University). Select regional credits: Mamma Mia, Matilda, Footloose, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). When not stage managing or production managing, Eoghan works as an event manager, scenic carpenter and leathercrafter in the NYC area.

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 this year! Previous Mac-Haydn credits include Gladys in 42ND STREET, a denizen in URINETOWN, Thea in PIPPIN, and Little Girl in RAGTIME. Other credits include A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (National Tour), RADIO GALAXY (Industry Readings), SESAME STREET 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (HBO/PBS), Tess in CRAZY FOR YOU (French Woods Festival), and Timon in THE LION KING (CCYT). Clementine has also danced her own choreography at New York Live Arts and sung at Feinstein’s/54 Below. In April, she made her operatic debut in THE LIVES AND DREAMS OF NIKOLA TESLA (Works & Process at The Guggenheim.) Countless thanks to John Saunders, the entire Mac family, mom, dad, Minnie, and Mo. @clementinekline

Roles this Season

Ensemble in Something Rotten
Andrew Burton Kelley

Andrew Burton Kelley is ecstatic to be returning for his 5th season here at The Mac! Past Mac-Haydn credits include Xanadu (Sonny), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), and She Loves Me (Kodlay), to name a few. Other Credits: National Tour; Waitress. Cruise Ships; Cranival Cruise Lines (Carnival Victory, Production Singer), The Company Men (Man 2). Regional; Waitress (Ogunquit), Grease (Palace Theatre), A Chorus Line (The Argyle, Palace Theatre), Xanadu (Cortland Repertory), Rent (Firehouse Center for the arts), and itch Albom’s original musical, Hockey!-The New Musical (Detroit City Theatre). He is forever grateful to his family, FSE, his amazing wife and fellow actor Rachel, and the sweetest kitten to ever exsist, Eloise. IG;@thereal_abk

Roles this Season

Mark Cohen in Rent
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.

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.

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

A Columbia County native, Amanda (she/her) grew up attending shows at the Mac-Haydn and was ecstatic when Karen Leggett brought her on as an usher in 2015 (the first time MHT produced “Rent.”) Still ecstatic to be here nine seasons later, (again producing “Rent,”) Amanda takes great pride in overseeing the Mac-Haydn’s marketing and patron services departments in addition to her full-time work at the Metropolitan Opera.

As an administrator, Amanda has worked with various companies including Rattlestick Theater and Snug Harbor Cultural Center in New York City, and Upstate Scenic, Inc. here in Chatham. As a producer, she has mounted titles including LIZZIE: The Musical, The Wolves and various original works.

Amanda holds a degree in arts administration from Wagner College, where she minored in journalism. She is a recipient of the Kendris Award in Expository and Journalistic Writing and Outstanding Service in Communication awards for her work as the editor of The Wagnerian.

Endless thanks to the MHT community for being the greatest chosen family in the whole wide world. @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 is thrilled to be returning to Chatham and the Mac-Haydn stage this summer. Originally from Minnesota, Jonah moved to New York City in the fall of 2015 to attend Wagner College where he later graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance. Jonah was last seen on the Mac-Haydn stage in 2022 as a gangster brushing up his Shakespeare in Kiss Me Kate. Other favorite Mac-Haydn credits include Kenickie in Grease, Sammy in The Wedding Singer, Smokey in Damn Yankees, and Santa Clause in Annie. Jonah would like to thank his friends and his family for all of their love and support. Special shout out to fellow Mac-Haydn alumni Jayke Workman.

Roles this Season

Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street
Chuck Cranston in Footloose
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


Alecsys Proctor-Turner is so ecstatic to be back at the Mac, a home away from home. She is a proud Bahamian-American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program, and also has her BFA in Music Theatre from University of Miami(GO CANES!). Previous credits include; Camae in The Mountaintop, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Margaret in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kate in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, and Sylvia Garner in Harlem and Moscow. She wants to thank her dynamic team and her village. And a big shout out to Momma for reminding her daily that her voice matters. And thank you God! Luke 12:48 | Time to get Fabulous, Baby!

Roles this Season

Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act
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 overjoyed to be returning to the Mac for her 4th season! Rachel is a classically trained soprano who has performed nationally and internationally for audiences on land and sea. She has just celebrated her first year as a soprano 2 with America’s Sweethearts NYC, an Andrews Sisters tribute group that travels the country honoring veterans. She also just finished her first NYC workshop of Anne of Green Gables with Open Arts Alliance as Mrs. Barry. Rachel teaches private voice out of her apartment in upper Manhattan and recently returned from music directing youth theatre camps at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Colorado. Favorite roles at the Mac include Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Betty in Sunset Boulevard, the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha, Calliope in Xanadu, and Nikki in Curtains. ABK

Roles this Season

Mary Delgado & Others in Jersey Boys
Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes
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. @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. @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: 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

Roles this Season

Lilli Vanessi (Katherine) Kiss Me, Kate
Elizabeth McGuire

Elizabeth McGuire is a dancer, choreographer, and arts advocate living in NYC. In 2011, Elizabeth Co-Founded ToUch Performance Art, a dance-theater company that specializes in immersive and multi-disciplinary performances, and has produced over 50 shows as Co-Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. She has choreographed at the Signature Theater, the Connelly Theater, AMDA, and the Manhattan School of Music. Elizabeth serves as Executive Director for Broadway Bound Kids, a non-profit dedicated to providing access to arts education in NYC. At the Mac, she has choreographed Camelot, Pippin, Urinetown, Full Monty, the Sound of Music and Godspell. She is thrilled to be back for her FIFTH(!) summer at MHT and is infinitely grateful to John and the community for having her!

Creative Roles this Season

Associate Director/Choreographer - West Side Story
Choreographer - Rent
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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We have an epic line-up for the Summer ’19 Season and we couldn’t be more excited to share these incredible shows with you.

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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 (Louisa) is honored to return to the MacHaydn Theatre this season and to the Sound of Music Production. Previously Riley has taken the stage in Annie (Mac-Haydn), Sound of Music (National Tour) and the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Along with Frozen Jr. (Park Playhouse), and PeteHer Pan (Park Playhouse), Matilda (Masterclass Performing Arts), Les Miserables (Schenectady Light Opera) and many more community theater roles and school productions (Goff Middle School). Riley has found that growing up in theater has shaped her success as a person, on stage, in athletics and academics. Riley is grateful for all the love and support she receives from her theater and music mentors, teachers, coaches, friends and family for their endless support. Lastly, Riley would like to especially thank the production team and the MacHaydn family for this opportunity and all they have done.

Roles this Season

Louisa (the G.O.A.T.s) in The Sound of Music
Emma O’Kane

Emma O’Kane (Ensemble) is overjoyed to return to the Mac-Haydn Theater this season for their production of Footloose. Previously, Emma has been seen in the Mac-Haydn’s productions of Annie and the Pinocchio Show. Her recent shows include, A Little Night Music (Schenectady Light Opera House), The Wedding Singer (Playhouse Stage Co.) and Freaky Friday (Columbia High School). When not on the theatrical stage, she is often seen performing vocally or supporting her sister Riley’s theatrical and vocal performances. Emma would like to thank her music and dance mentors, friends and family for their endless support. Last but certainly not least, thank you to the production team here at the Mac for this incredible opportunity and helping her grow.

Roles this Season

Ensemble in Footloose
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 thrilled to be back performing on the Mac-Haydn stage, now as full company! Some of her recent productions include Something Rotten! (Ensemble, Assist. Dance Captain), Oklahoma! (Young Laurey), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Urinetown (Little Sally), and The Addams Family (Alice). As a dancer, Fiona has trained and competed in numerous different styles, her favorite always being tap. She trained with the Joffrey Ballet, doing their tap summer intensive and most recently performed in Manhattanville College’s Fall Dance Concert. Fiona is working to receive her BFA in Musical Theater from Manhattanville College where she will be performing in A Chorus Line as Sheila this upcoming fall! She would like to thank all of her family, friends and teachers for their support always!


Roles this Season

On-Stage Swing in West Side Story
Ensemble in Something Rotten
George Phelps

George is so excited to have another opportunity to perform at the Mac! Past roles at the Mac include General Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate, and Daryl Grady in Curtains! Other acting credits include Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, J Finch/Zach Smith in Puffs, Thomas Nostradamus in Something Rotten, Plankton in the SpongeBob Squarepants, and George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. When not on stage, George can be found at Crisafulli Brothers Home Services, where he works as a Residential HVAC installation manager. George is excited to be working in another production with his daughter Fiona, and is always forever grateful to his wife Tanya for her constant support and encouragement, and for convincing him to set out on this crazy theater journey in the first place!

Roles this Season

Shrank in West Side Story
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. “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 recently completed her senior year at the college of Saint Rose, where she double majored in English education and special education, with a minor in drama. As a Chatham Native, Lauren 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 and beyond. When not here at the theatre, you can find Lauren pursuing her love of writing and performing her original music. Huge thanks to the whole Mac-Haydn family for so many years of memories, let’s make some more! @lauren_wrigley

Emily Allen

Emily Grace Allen is so happy to be returning to the Mac-Haydn Theatre once again! Emily just graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and is so excited to take the next step in her artistic journey. During the year, she kept busy working and training. She had the opportunity to train at the 30 Rock Wig Shop working on things for SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She also performed as a featured dancer in the ensemble of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Marymount. Coming off of graduation, Emily is so thankful for all the opportunities and the support from her family and peers that have helped her to get to where she is. Sending all the love and gratitude to Mom and Dad, John, Caitlin, and the entire family at the Mac!

Roles this Season

Ensemble in Rent
Swing in The Fantasticks

Creative Roles this Season

Hair/Wig & Makeup Designer - West Side Story
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 playing Cladwell in last year’s URINETOWN, 2019’s LITTLE SHOP, 2018’s ANNIE (Berkshire Theatre Critic Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and 2014’s FULL MONTY. 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. Feature Films: BROS and I’M NOT GAY Instagram: @gdvorsky

Roles this Season

Rev. Shaw in Footloose
Creator and Performer in Something Wonderful
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. She has been designing costumes for select Mac-Haydn productions since 2017, including Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, The Wedding Singer, She Loves Me, Urinetown, Next to Normal, 42nd Street and Footloose. Bethany has also designed for Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and others. She also owns and performs with a children’s party entertainment company serving central New York. She enjoys spending time with her husband and step-daughter, and their four cats. She holds a BFA from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Creative Roles this Season

Costume Designer - Rent
Costume Designer - Something Rotten
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 is so excited to be back at The Mac for another season! This will be his 6th Season at the Mac! In the off-season, He started a new job working for the University of Evansville in Indiana as the Assistant Technical Director/ Scene Shop Manager. He has loved teaching students carpentry skills for the stage as well as some rigging techniques. Cody looks forward to going back in the fall and further cementing the importance of working at summer stock theatres to hone the fundamentals he teaches during the school year! Before working in Indiana, he was an Assistant Carpenter on the Jersey Boys Second National Tour traveling the country. No matter where he ends up he always looks forward to a summer at The Mac!

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:

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 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 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:

Roles this Season

Mrs. Meeker/Nadler in Funny Girl
Donna in Mamma Mia
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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
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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 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.

Roles this Season

Featured Performer To Sondheim With Love
Julie Galorenzo

Julie is thrilled to be back at the Mac as the Company Manager and performer! Previous MHT credits include Xanadu (Melpomene), Ragtime (Emma Goldman), Funny Girl (Mrs. Strakosh), and Damn Yankees (Meg). Regional credits include: The Spitfire Grill (Effy, Vanguard Theatre Company), Xanadu (Melpomene, Arizona Broadway Theatre), Ragtime (Emma Goldman: Mac-Haydn, BCEFA, Axelrod PAC), The Secret Garden (Mrs. Winthrop, Palace Theatre NH), Legally Blonde (Paulette: CST, UCPAC, various), Oliver (Widow Corney, Palace Theatre NH). Select NYC/Additional: 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). AEA. BA Marymount Manhattan. TikTok & IG: @juliegalorenzocoaching

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! & @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!

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 thrilled to be back at The Mac-Haydn Theatre for the 2023 season! Past roles at Mac-Haydn include: Josephine Strong in Urinetown, 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 appeared as Helen in Fun Home at Hubbard Hall earlier this year. She has performed with such diverse organizations as The MacHaydn Theatre, Hubbard Hall, 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.

Roles this Season

Vi Moore in Footloose
Elsa in The Sound of Music
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). @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.

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