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 is a rising Sophomore B.F.A Musical Theater Major at Nazareth University, and a native of Delmar, NY. She is excited to make her professional debut on the Mac-Haydn Stage. 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: HOOKED ON A FEELING (Amelia) New York Theatre Festival; ASSASSINS (Sara Jane Moore) Nazareth College; LES MISERABLES (Fantine) Stage 700; LITTLE WOMEN (Meg), POLKADOTS (Mrs/Mama Square),YAGMCB (Lucy) Playhouse Stage Co; MARY POPPINS (Mrs Brill) SLOC. Allie would like to thank her parents, family, friends and everyone involved in this season at Mac-Haydn for all of their love and support. Enjoy the show!
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 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.
Eric is thrilled to return to the Mac-Haydn team as the music supervisor and is excited to bring Chatham audiences such an incredible line-up of musicals. As an actor, Eric has been seen across the country and abroad, including productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Maine State Music Theatre, and Florida Repertory Theatre. He has sung with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed in touring productions of Cats, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He would like to thank the entire Mac-Haydn staff for their support, especially John.
Eoghan is back for his 4th season at the Mac! He has been with the Mac since 2019, putting on favorites like A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Next to Normal, Forever Plaid, Xanadu, Beehive, Sunset Boulevard, Grease, Ragtime, and Oklahoma. NYC area credits: Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Elf: the Musical (Argyle Theatre), In My Own Little Corner (Broadway Arts Community), 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, The Sound of Music, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). When not stage managing or production managing, Eoghan works as a scenic carpenter and leathercrafter in the NYC area. Eoghanhartley.com
Amanda Calvin (she/her) grew up in the Columbia County area attending shows at the Mac-Haydn, and now has the honor of working with an incredible team to produce the musical theatre she’s always admired.
A recent graduate of Wagner College, Amanda holds a degree in arts administration with a journalism minor. She served as the president of Completely Student Productions (CSP), a student-run theatre company on campus, where she produced a variety of shows including LIZZIE: The Musical, The Wolves, The Laramie Project, Spring Awakening and various original works. 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, Wagner’s student newspaper.
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. In addition to her work in theatrical administration, Amanda is an avid tap dancer and usually can be found hanging out with her cat, Bella. Many thanks to the MHT team for countless opportunities and laughs. @amandajcalvin
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.
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
This is Cody’s 5th year at the Mac! He is excited to work this summer as the new Technical Director and face all the unique challenges and opportunities that may present themselves. He considers the Mac-Haydn to be a second home and has been drawn back year after year to create a fantastic environment for the actors and audiences to immerse themselves. Post Covid Cody Found himself on the road as Deck Carpenter for the Jersey Boys 2nd National tour traveling across the United States. Most of his favorite work has been done here at the Mac. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is definitely his favorite to have watched and built. He is so thankful to the Mac-Haydn Theatre for all of the amazing opportunities and hopes to have another great Season!
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. juliegalorenzocoaching.com TikTok & IG: @juliegalorenzocoaching
Dee Lashway – Starting as an usher the first year on the fairgrounds and working her way up to Box Office Manager and Administrative Assistant, Dee Lashway has dedicated almost 50 years to The Mac-Haydn Theatre. The theatre has always been an important part of Dee’s life. “I look forward to each new season, meeting the talented cast and crew and visiting again with so many of our long-time patrons”.
Monica M. Wemitt, born in Pittsfield, MA and raised in Chatham, started with the Mac-Haydn Theatre as a volunteer on the Fairgrounds. After Monica moved to NYC., she tended bar, waitressed, & temped in the accounting departments of The Metropolitan Opera Guild, I. M. Pei, and British Telecommunications (BT) as her “survival” jobs. After a rather intense audition, Monica found she was going to be one of 12 women performing with Liza Minnelli at Radio City Music Hall. Later she auditioned and landed the role of Ernestina Money with Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! when she made her Broadway debut. She later landed the 3rd National Tour of Beauty & The Beast & toured for four years. Monica was approached to be the office assistant and gal Friday at Mac-Haydn in 2004. She was later made the Company Manager/Asst. Producer in 2013 and still performs at Mac-Haydn as often as possible. Monica discovered her interest in voice over work during the last two years and has started recording books for Audible. She is currently finishing up her sixth book.
John Saunders is honored to be working alongside this fantastic cast, crew, box office team, ushers, coffeehouse gang, and the amazing volunteers. As an actor here: 1776 ( Adams), MY FAIR LADY (Higgins), CAROUSEL (Jigger), THE SECRET GARDEN (Archie), and HAIRSPRAY (Edna). As a director here: THE BAKER’S WIFE, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE FULL MONTY, LES MISERABLES, CHICAGO, OLIVER! and many others. Elsewhere: National Tours: MY FAIR LADY, OLIVER!, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Regionally: The Papermill Playhouse and Northshore Music Theatre. Tremendous gratitude to his fellow directors, designers, and choreographers for the incredibly dynamic and brilliant work they present here. Enjoy the show!