Leigh Barrett* (Rose) has been seen at the Lyric Stage in Company, Sondheim on Sondheim, City of Angels, Grey Gardens, Souvenir, Nicholas Nickelby, Big River, Animal Crackers, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mikado, Nuncrackers, and Sunday in the Park with George. Recently Leigh appeared in Mud Blue Sky with Bridge Rep. Other area credits include Closer Than Ever, Ragtime, Threepenny Opera, Indulgences, Side by Side by Sondheim, The World Goes ‘Round, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Wild Party (New Rep), Passion, Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elegies, A Class Act, Adding Machine (SpeakEasy Stage), Marry Me a Little, Jacques Brel (Gloucester Stage), Alice, Sound of Music (Wheelock Family Theater), Company (Moonbox Productions), Gypsy, Picnic, John & Jen, You Never Know, Pal Joey (Stoneham Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Singing in the Rain, and Sweeney Todd (North Shore Music Theatre), and Car Talk, the Musical! (Central Square Theater). She is the proud recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards and two IRNE Awards. She is an independent vocal/acting coach in Reading. Love to HB and my boys Nick and Matt! LeighBarrett.com
Kirsten Salpini (Louise) is returning to the Lyric Stage after last season's Murder for Two. Boston area credits include: The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theatre), Jonah and the Whale (Stoneham Theatre), The Snow Queen (New Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Arts After Hours). Kirsten is also a pianist and singer/songwriter, working for Carnival Cruise Lines, Bobby McKey's, Hershey Park, and more. She is a film & commercial actor locally, and teaches with Watertown Children's Theatre. Up next: She Loves Me and The Irish...and How They Got That Way at Stoneham Theatre. B.F.A. Musical Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory. kirstensalpini.com
Kira Troilo (June) returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing in last season’s Camelot. Recent local performing credits include Sister Act (NextDoor Theater), Hairspray (Palace Theatre), The Color Purple (Speakeasy Stage), The Wiz (Fiddlehead Theater Company), Les Misérables (Woodland Theater), A Chorus Line (Emerson Umbrella), and Parade (FUDGE Theatre Company). Recent choreography credits include The Little Mermaid, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Evita, Chicago, and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Weston Drama Workshop). She is also a founding board member of the Regatta Players in Central Mass. Kira graduated with a B.F.A. from Emerson College.
Steven Barkhimer* (Herbie) previously appeared at the Lyric Stage last season in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Warrior Class, and before that in Superior Donuts, The Underpants, and Book of Days (IRNE Award). A Resident Acting Company member of the Actors Shakespeare Project, he was recently in ASP’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Winter’s Tale, and appeared this summer at Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine, in The Fantasticks. Steven wrote music and lyrics for Stoneham’s original musical, Lobstergirl, and is the author of a series of original songs called Time Was. He is the director of award-winning productions of The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare and Fully Committed, is also the author of Windowmen (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding New Script; IRNE Award, Best New Play; Kennedy Center Award, Best New Play).
Brady Miller* (Tulsa) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Recently, he has performed in the Boston area in A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theater) and on the national tour of 42nd Street. Other credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, Swing! (Little Theater on the Square), and Fiddler on the Roof and South Pacific (Porthouse Theater). Brady is a 2015 B.F.A. graduate of Ohio Northern University. He is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. Many thanks to Rachel and the Lyric Stage team for this wonderful opportunity. For mom and dad! www.bradyamiller.com
David Alea (Yonkers/Bourgeron-Cochen/Ensemble) is a current senior musical theatre major at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and is making his Lyric Stage debut. Previous credits include West Side Story (Summer Rep Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Summer Rep Theatre), Catch Me if You Can (BoCo), and Sister Act (Theatre By The Sea). He would like to thank his incredible family, friends, and his amazing cast and crew!
Todd Yard (Uncle Jocko/Kringelein/Pastey) returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing last season in Company. His recent credits include Barnum, The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions), Showboat, Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre), A Little Night Music (NextDoor Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vokes Players) and La Cage aux Folles (The Umbrella). Todd graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts musical theater program, and currently works as a software architect designing and developing cloud-based video solutions for a global client list.
Remo Airaldi* (Pop/Cigar/Offstage Announcer) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady. He has appeared in over sixty productions at the American Repertory Theater, including last season’s Night of the Iguana, Lilly’s Revenge, Cabaret, Endgame, Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Island of Slaves (IRNE Award—Outstanding Actor), The Miser, Henry IV and V, and Waiting for Godot. Other credits: Seven productions with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company including last summer’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Exposed (Boston Playwrights’ Theater), Mistero Buffo (The Poets’ Theatre), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Central Square Theater), The King of Second Avenue (New Rep), Camino Real, Eight by Tenn, No Exit (Hartford Stage), and productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, American Conservatory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Serious Fun Festival, Moscow Art Theatre, and Taipei International Arts Festival. He is Lecturer in Theater, Dance and Media at Harvard University and was the Monan Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College.
Kathy St. George* (Mazeppa/Cratchitt) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in Light Up The Sky, Follies, Blithe Spirit, Adrift In Macao, The Gig, and Laughter On The 23rd Floor. Broadway: Fiddler On The Roof directed by Jerome Robbins. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Six national tours. Kathy received the 2012 Elliot Norton Best Actress Award for The Divine Sister (SpeakEasy Stage). Also: Mame, Dear Miss Garland, Menopause The Musical, 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Stoneham), Showboat (Fiddlehead), Violet, Significant Other, Ruthless! (SpeakEasy Stage), 9 TO 5 (NSMT). IRNE Awards for Das Barbecue (New Rep) and And Now...Miss Judy Garland. Regional: Riverside Theatre, Barter, Long Wharf, Kansas City Starlight and more. B.S., M.Ed. Salem State University. kathystgeorge.com
Jordan Clark* (Electra/Ensemble) returns to the Lyric Stage where she was previously seen in Camelot, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Light Up the Sky, and Death of a Salesman. Recent credits include Mrs. Packard (Bridge Rep), Significant Other (SpeakEasy Stage), Journey to the West, Arabian Nights (Central Square Theater), The Trumpet of the Swan, Pinocchio, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Wheelock Family Theatre), You for Me for You, She Kills Monsters (Company One), and Blue Window (Brown Box Theatre Project). Jordan holds a degree in Vocal Performance from The University of the Incarnate Word in her hometown of San Antonio, TX.
Shannon Lee Jones* (Electra/Ensemble) returns to the Lyric Stage where she last appeared in Working. Broadway: Angelique in the original La Cage aux Folles. Tours include: A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Funny Girl, and the first national tour of La Cage aux Folles. Local Credits: Billy Elliot (Ocean State Theater), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theater), Carnival (Gloucester Stage, Into the Woods w/Rachel York, Reagle Music Theater; World Goes Round & Cabaret at New Rep; My Fair Lady, Stoneham Theater: Best Little Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Foothills Theater ), and A Chorus Line (North Shore Music Theater). Regional : Mamma Mia, Gypsy, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes, and Mame (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Cabaret (Barrington Stage), Guys and Dolls (Long Wharf Theater). Television & Film: The Judge, Guiding Light, All My Children, and The Irving Berlin Special at Carnegie Hall. Shannon teaches the Alexander Technique at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Anna Chensny (Agnes/Renee/Ensemble) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits include 42nd Street, Show Boat, Crazy for You (Reagle Music Theatre), Bernstein’s Mass (Boston Conservatory), Pride and Prejudice (Footlight Club), and Footloose! (Pittsburgh CLO). Anna is currently pursuing her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Many thanks to Rachel, Dan, all of her teachers, and Mom.
Davron S. Monroe* (Georgie/Weber/Goldstone/Cow) is returning to the Lyric Stage after having appeared in Camelot, Company, My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Musical theatre credits include: Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, Songs for a New World (premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café, Cinderella, Streakin’!, a ’70s musical revue, Sweet Charity, Brigadoon, and Show Boat. Cabaret: The All Night Strut. Opera: fully staged or concert/scene productions of Carmen, Treemonisha, Porgy and Bess, La finta giardiniera, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du régiment, L’élisir d’amore, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Gondoliers, Aida, and Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Monroe premiered the role of Thomas Edison in Juventas’s New Music Group production of Light and Power. He has also appeared with many orchestral and vocal organizations, such as Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), the First Church UU, Belmont, the Brevard Music Center (finalist, Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards), Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony (young artist), Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble, New England Voices, the Longy School Orchestra, and many other organizations throughout the greater Boston area. Davron is the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for up-and-coming local actors.
Margot Anderson-Song is making her Lyric Stage debut. She appeared in Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre Company) last fall and has been in several Emerson and Boston University film projects this year. Margot began her acting career at age 5 when she played Baby Bear for director / playwright Jack Neary. Margot has also performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie for Boston Children’s Theatre. Some of her favorite productions have included Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jr., and most recently, Peter Pan. Margot is a USGA ranked gymnast, a competitive dancer, and loves to play piano. She hopes to make it to Broadway soon!
Cate Galante (Young Louise) is making her Lyric Stage Debut. Previous acting credits include Dear Edwina Jr., Flat Stanley (Stoneham Youth Theatre) and Cinderella (Concord Youth Theatre). Recent productions include Beauty in the Beast (Watertown Children's Theatre) and Children of Eden (Bedford High School) for which she earned a TAMY Award in the category of Rising Star. A Bedford, MA native, Cate is a sixth grader at John Glenn Middle School. In addition to acting, Cate plays soccer, dances and loves a great book. Cate is appreciative of the cast members of Gypsy for taking her under their wings. Special thanks to her family and friends for always supporting her!
Jessica Quaranto (Newsboy/Balloon Girl) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent experience includes an adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Performing Arts Connection) and Reagle Summer Theater (Reagle Music Theatre). Jessica has been dancing for seven years between the Dance Wright and Step by Step Studios. She is a proud member of the Next Step Dance Company (NSDC) dance team competing at Walt Disney World in 2018. She also holds an advanced Junior Brown Belt in Karate / Krav Maga.
Ben Choi-Harris (Newsboy/Clarence) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Ben recently performed in Beauty and the Beast and The Music Man (North Shore Music Theatre) and previously in Charlotte’s Web, Billy Elliot The Musical, Akeelah and the Bee, A Year with Frog and Toad, and The Trumpet of the Swan (Wheelock Family Theatre). Sincere gratitude to Rachel and the Lyric Stage, and especially for the opportunity to join this terrific cast and production team.
Rachel Bertone (Director/Choreographer) makes her directorial debut with the Lyric Stage after previously choreographing their productions of Company, Camelot, City of Angels, Big River, and Animal Crackers. Direction/Choreography: Carousel (IRNE Award Best Choreography), The Wild Party (IRNE Award Best Musical), Barnum, Show Boat, Musical of Musicals, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Creative License. Choreography credits: West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Les Misérables, A New Brain, Floyd Collins, Lucky Stiff, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Assistant Director credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, South Pacific, and Bye, Bye, Birdie. She has performed with several theaters and dance companies including the Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Fiddlehead, Liars & Believers, Boston Ballet and Prometheus Dance. She serves on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory, A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University, Emerson College, and holds a B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory. Up next, Rachel will be directing and choreographing In the Heights and Cabaret. Special thanks to Spiro Veloudos for his mentorship and continued collaborations.
Dan Rodriguez (Music Director) returns to the Lyric Stage after playing and conducting The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Dan’s other recent area credits include Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, (Huntington Theatre Company), 42nd Street, Show Boat, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reagle Music Theater), The Lily's Revenge, Pippin, The Blue Flower (American Repertory Theatre), Barnum, The Wild Party, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (Moonbox Productions), and many other area theaters, as well as work at the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, and other schools. His work has earned him four IRNE Awards for Best Music Direction.
Janie E. Howland (Scenic Design) has most recently designed Lyric Stage’s Company and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Other recent productions include Sonia Flew (Wellesley Rep), The Importance of Being Earnest (Odyssey Opera), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Boston Children’s Theatre), Arcadia (Nora Theatre), Home Game (Ohio Star Theatre), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Center). Off-Broadway: Simon Says. Work seen at CONSENSES conceived by Sally Taylor. Other venues include Emerson Majestic, New Rep, Weston Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Speakeasy Stage, A.R.T. Institute, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210. Brandeis University M.F.A.; Co-founder CYCO SCENIC; four-time Elliot Norton Award winner, four-time IRNE Award winner; adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. janiehowland.com
Rafael Jaen (Costume Design) has been designing costumes for more than 25 years. His most recent works include Company, Buyer and Cellar (Lyric Stage), Krazy Kat (Bowdoin College), Bat Boy, Comedy of Errors (UMass Boston), Edith Can Shoot Things,and Hit Them (Company One). He serves at the USITT Board of Directors, and he is the national Design-Technology Chair for the Kennedy Center KCACTF. He is the recipient of the UMass Boston Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Salem State Life Achievement Award in the Arts, and the Kennedy Center (KCACTF) Golden Medallion for Excellence in Theater Education. He is an Associate Professor at UMASS Boston, and he is the author of SHOWCASE by FOCAL Press, Digital Costume Design and Collaboration by Routledge, and co-author of two chapters in Fashioning Horror, Dressing to Kill on Screen and Literature by Bloomsbury. Member USA 829/IATSE. rafaeljaen.biz
Franklin Meissner, Jr.** (Lighting Design) is pleased to return to the Lyric Stage after designing the lighting for Company, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd (IRNE Award), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Avenue Q, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Understudy. His work has also been seen Off- and Off-Off Broadway in NYC, at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (IRNE Award), New Repertory Theatre (three IRNE Awards), Wheelock Family Theatre (Elliot Norton award), The Boston Conservatory, Stoneham Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Northeastern University, Central Square Theater, the North Shore Music Theatre, the South Shore Music Circus, Sanders Theatre, various corporate events and colleges around the state, and at 40 Carnegie Hall performances. Mr. Meissner is a member of United Scenic Artists. For Abby – “You'll be swell, you'll be great. Gonna have the whole world on a plate!” FranklinMeissner.com.
Andrew Duncan Will (Sound Design) previously designed Murder For Two, Company, Sondheim on Sondheim, Dear Elizabeth, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, and One Man Two Guvnors for the Lyric Stage. Recent local sound designs include productions for Boston Public Works, Stoneham Theatre, Fresh Ink, Hasty Pudding, SpeakEasy Stage, Lyric Stage, Bad Habit Productions, Flotsam Productions, Gloucester Stage, Puppet Showplace Theater, Company One, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare, The Poets' Theatre, and A.R.T. Institute. Andrew received an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Boston University.
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association