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
MAC-HAYDN THEATRE TAPS INTO THE START OF 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 www.machaydntheatre.org 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 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 SeasonMaggie in 42nd Street
Mac-Haydn Theatre Debut
Originally from Upstate NY, Belle is going into her senior year at Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is excited to be back on stage at the Mac-Haydn after appearing in Annie as Molly, and Baby June in Gypsy. Regional credits include: Mamma Mia (Sophie), Into The Woods (Cinderella), Urinetown (Hope), and Young Frankenstein (Inga). Other credits include: Hairspray (Amber), Little Women (Amy), Cinderella (Ella), Brigadoon (Kate), Pippin (Player), and Head Over Heels (Gynecia) at MSU. Belle is the co-owner and main princess performer for Belle’s Princess Parties in both NYC and Sarasota FL. Love to Mom, Jess, Ama, her kitties at home, and her MSU class and teachers for always supporting her. Ladybug hugs to her Daddy and Papa in heaven. @bellebabcock
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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.
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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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
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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).
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Hailing from Wisconsin, Jake Koch is a rising Junior at Manhattan School of Music. He was most recently seen in Manhattan School of Music’s Paperboy (Willie, u/s Paperboy) and Valentino’s Tango (Ensemble, u/s Jesse Lasky). Some of his other credits include One Way (Ensemble, u/s Theo, u/s Cal), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Jr.), The Addams Family (Uncle Fester), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Charlie Brown), Hairspray (I.Q.), Les Misérables (Thénardier) and the world premiere production of Goosebumps the Musical (Zeke). Jake would love to thank John, Tori, and the entire Mac-Haydn team for such an incredible summer and his family and friends for their constant love, laughs, and support! Enjoy the show! IG: @jakeolantern
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
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.
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
Bella DePaola is so excited to return to The Mac Haydn Theatre for year 2! Last year she had the pleasure of being Val in A Chorus Line, Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown (U/S Penelope Pennywise), Susan Hershy in The Full Monty (U/S Georgie Bukatinski), and ensemble in Kiss Me Kate. This year, she made her Pace University Musical Theatre Mainstage debut in Into the Woods as Jack’s Mom (U/S Baker’s Wife, assistant choreographer), performed at 54 Below in The Golden Project, and was in a workshop of a new musical created by Nathan Tysen and Nippe Ankarblom. Other past credits include Chicago (Velma Kelly), Curtains (Roberta), and Oklahoma! (Skidmore Sister). 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
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.
Clementine Kline is thrilled to be back at the Mac, with tap shoes this time! Last season you saw her as a denizen in URINETOWN. Previous Mac-Haydn credits include Thea in PIPPIN and Little Girl in RAGTIME. Born and raised on the Lower East Side, she has always loved performing. Credits include: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (National Tour 2018 & 2019), SESAME STREET 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (HBO/PBS), RADIO GALAXY (Reading). She has also loved playing Tess in CRAZY FOR YOU (French Woods Festival), Timon in THE LION KING (CCYT), and Young Fiona in SHREK (CCYT). Clementine has danced her own choreography at New York Live Arts, and sung at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Thanks as ever to John Saunders, the entire Mac family, and mom & dad. @clementinekline
Roles this SeasonGladys in 42nd Street
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.
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!
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, and Next to Normal. Bethany has also designed for Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and others. She holds a BFA from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bethany teaches courses in costume design, construction, and history and designs two to three productions annually for SUNY Oneonta. She also enjoys making costumes and cosplaying with her husband and daughter.
Madison is thrilled to be back at the Mac this season! Past credits at the Mac-Haydn include Camelot (Guenevere), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine Colgate), and Spamalot (Lady of the Lake). Madison resides in New York City and has performed Off Broadway in such shows as Brigadoon (New York City Center Encores!), Mack and Mabel (New York City Center Encores!), High Button Shoes (New York City Center Encores!), Chick Flick: the Musical (Westside Theatre), and Baby (Theatre Row) among others. www.madisonstratton.com
Roles this SeasonDorothy Brock in 42nd Street
Brian D. Wagner is happy to be back for his 6th season at the Mac! He was most recently seen in URINETOWN (Senator Fipp) and THE FULL MONTY (Ensemble.) Other select Mac credits include HELLO DOLLY (Horace Vandergelder), RAGTIME (JP Morgan), FUNNY GIRL (Flo Ziegfeld), ANNIE (Drake), ANYTHING GOES (Eli Whitney), MAN OF LA MANCHA (Governor) and SUNSET BOULEVARD (Cecil B. de Mille.) Other favorite roles include Man in Chair (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE), Doctor Berensteiner (A NEW BRAIN) and Dick Deadeye (HMS PINAFORE).When not treading the boards, Brian can be seen selling real estate around Columbia County as well as directing a team of data engineers at an advertising agency based in NYC! As always, my love to Tim for his support in all I do onstage and off.
Gabe Belyeu is ecstatic to be back home at the Mac for another season! Last year you saw him as Zach in A Chorus Line, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Dr. Madden in Next to Normal, and Harold in The Full Monty; as well as his Berkshire Theatre Award winning performance in his cabaret, A Call to Places. Over the past year, Gabe was featured in The Great Gatsby at Ivoryton Playhouse and starred in Scrooge the musical at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Other favorite roles at the Mac include Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Christopher Belling in Curtains, Tateh in Ragtime, Arthur in Camelot, and Roger DeBris in The Producers, to name a few. Keep up with Gabe at www.gabebelyeu.com. As always, thanks to friends and family for their unwavering love and support.