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The Greasers and the Pink Ladies are back at Rydell High! Put on your leather jacket and bobby socks and get ready to travel back in time to the rockin’ 50s! Featuring all of the songs you know and love from the hit movie, including “You’re the One That I Want,” “Grease (Is the Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Greased Lightning,” and more. Nonstop comedy, rock and roll, and killer choreography make this an unforgettable sing along favorite.
- Director: Igor Goldin**
- Choreographer: Phil Colgan
- Musical Director: Corinne Aquilina
- Scenic Designer: Nate Bertone
- Costume Designer: Tiffany Howard
- Lighting Designer: Jose Santiago
- Sound Designer: Kevin Heard
- Wig Designer: Alfonso Annotto
- Assistant Musical Director: Daniel Mullarney
- Arrangements: Brian Cimmet
- Associate Set Designer: Richard Ouellette
- Production Stage Manager: Laura Jane Collins*
- AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Matt VanSlyke*
Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
“You’re the One That I Want,” “Sandy,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “Grease” by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
Grease is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
* indicates Talkbacks § indicates Signed Performances
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Artistic Staff / Musicians
Nate Bertone (Scenic Designer): is a New York City based theatrical storyteller. Nate works as a director, designer, and writer. He is thrilled to make his debut at Finger Lakes MTF with Grease! In the last several years, he has contributed to more than 40 productions across the country, including Singin’ in the Rain, Disney’s Newsies, Mamma Mia, (Broadway Sacramento) The Jungle Book, (The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati) Shrek, Sister Act, (North Shore Music Theatre) The Addams Family, Titanic, (Arizona Broadway) Gypsy, Once, Elf, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, (Engeman). He recently assisted On and Off-Broadway, including Superhero (Second Stage), A Bronx Tale (Broadway), and the Susan Stroman-helmed Crazy for You (Lincoln Center). As a Director, Nate has recently worked on Polkadots (TCT), Into The Woods (Cap21/Molloy), Entangled (Salem Theatre Company) and his new play with music, Letters From War, at North Shore Music Theatre. Proud faculty member at Manhattan School of Music. natebertone.com @natebertone
Robert Bridge (Drums) is a Professor of Music at Onondaga Community College where he is chair of the music department. Robert has degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M.E.), Southern Methodist University (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A. and “Performer’s Certificate”). Robert performs regularly in the Syracuse area with the Society for New Music and Symphoria and can be heard on commercial recordings of both groups. His compositions for percussion are published by Warner Brothers and Kendor.
Terrance E. Caviness Jr. (Trumpet) is Director of Bands at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, New York and adjunct Professor of Music at SUNY Oswego. Mr. Caviness conducts the Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble at Syracuse University and is an active guest conductor and clinician. He maintains a very successful private trumpet studio and is an active professional musician, performing with the Syracuse Symphony, Symphoria, Merry-go-Round playhouse and numerous other local and touring groups.
Phil Colgan (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to FLMTF after appearing in West Side Story (Action) and Saturday Night Fever (Cesar) in 2015. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Phil is currently co-dance captain and swing for the national tour of Hamilton. Past production credits include Newsies (Associate, Pittsburgh CLO), Catch Me If You Can (Director & Choreographer, NYU), Carrie (Choreographer, NYU), Broadway Bares: Strip U (Associate, “Fine Arts”), and The 2012 Young Choreographer’s Festival. Phil was named a finalist for The 2017 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence (A.C.E. Awards). Past performance credits include productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, The Fulton, Maine State Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, and the opening number of The 2017 Tony Awards. Phil also teaches at studios across the country including Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC and is currently represented by Bloc Talent Agency. Many thanks to family, FLMTF, Corinne, Igor, and Brett for having me back. www.philcolgan.com
Laura Jane Collins* (Production Stage Manager): returns to Auburn for her third season with FLMTF! This season, she is happy to be a part of the productions of both Grease and South Pacific. Previous MGR/FLMTF productions include Murder For Two, Anne of Green Gables, and Ghost – The Musical. Regional credits include: The Humans, Native Gardens, Elf -The Musical, Next to Normal, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, How I Learned To Drive, Stupid F***ing Bird, The Piano Lesson, Chinglish, Scorched (Syracuse Stage). The Foreigner, Third, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Around the World in 80 Days, 4000 Miles, and Lend Me a Tenor (Hangar Theatre). Laura has also worked with Rochester City Ballet, Dir. David Palmer: Ballet on the Edge, Slightly Sinful, The Nutcracker.
Igor Goldin** (Director): Previously at FLMTF: Austen’s Pride and Sweeney Todd (SALT Award nom, Director of the Year). Most Recent: Adam Gwon/Michele Lowe’s new musical The Proxy Marriage (Goodspeed 2019 Festival of New Musicals), Austen’s Pride (ACT of CT), Newsies (Engeman), Matilda (w/Mara Greer, Regional Premiere, Tuacahn). NYC: Yank! (Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), With Glee and A Ritual of Faith (both New York Times Critic’s Picks). 11 new musicals for the New York Musical Festival (3 NYMF Awards for Excellence in Direction). Regional: 26 Pebbles (World Premiere) and A Christmas Story (both at The Human Race Theatre); Gypsy, Oklahoma, 1776, Memphis, West Side Story (“Encore” Theatre Award, Best Director), The Producers, Evita, The Music Man (“Encore” Theatre Award), Twelve Angry Men, South Pacific (Engeman); Crossing Swords and tick, tick…BOOM! (American Theatre Group); Academy (Tuacahn New Works Festival); Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (La Mirada/McCoy Rigby). Coming Up: Passing Through (Goodspeed/Norma Terris), Austen’s Pride (Seattle 5th Avenue) and Matilda (Engeman). Top 5 Finalist for the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. Proud SDC member. Thanks to Brett, Michael, Phil, Corinne, our Cast and the entire FLMTF family for their hard work, dedication and positivity. Love to Jeff.
Kevin Heard (Sound Designer): is delighted to be back at FLMTF. Previously for the Festival: Ghost, Parade, and From Here To Eternity. His other sound design credits include: Broadway (as Associate): All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, Sylvia. Off-Broadway: The Hello Girls, Midnight at The Never Get, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, In & Of Itself, The View Upstairs, The Total Bent, Clinton The Musical, Long Story Short, The Underclassman. Along with dozens of productions at regional theatres across the US, Kevin designed the sound for the International Premieres of Fun Home (starring Lea Salonga), Kinky Boots, and Matilda in Manila, Philippines. Kevin also works as the Associate Producer for BenDeLaCreme Presents. HeardAudio.com
Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer): is elated to be in her 11th season at FLMTF/MGR! After receiving her MFA from Texas Tech University and then teaching college for 5 years in Missouri, Tiffany found a happy home here in both the summer and Youth Theatre shops where we take on the task of teaching a whole new generation about the power of theatre. Tiffany recently worked on the NYC workshop of From Here to Eternity this January. You may have seen some of her work in recent seasons, including Beehive!, the SALT Award-nominated Holiday Inn, Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, Parade, Best Little Whorehouse…, and Crazy for You. Favorite designs from past seasons include: Always… Patsy Cline;Oklahoma!; West Side Story; Lost Highway, The Hank Williams Story; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and Cabaret. Thank you to the amazing Costume Shop for all the work and laughter—and for making such good looking shows in such a short amount of time! And a huge shout out to the Wardrobe Team (lead by Ashley Wilson) who makes miracles happen every day! Couldn’t do this without all of you! As always, a huge thank you and all my love to Geoff Howard – the best darn husband a girl could ask for.
Carl Lovell (Guitar) was brought up in a musical family. He played guitar in his family band for weddings and dances, and he had private lessons for several years while in school. After college, he has performed with many local bands and musicals such as Salt City’s Jesus Christ Superstar; Syracuse Stage productions of Hairspray and Avenue Q; Syracuse Symphony and Symphoria Pops concerts; and Famous Artists’ Matilda, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Motown the Musical. Between shows, Carl has backed up musical touring acts including Wayne Newton, The Platters, and The Drifters. He also teaches guitar at YMCA in Syracuse, and performs at festivals, the New York State Fair, Turning Stone Casino, and ceremonies and memorials throughout the region.
Daniel Mullarney (Assistant Musical Director) is a Cayuga County music director and music educator. He has worked as an Assistant Music Director for Guys & Dolls and Mamma Mia! at Merry-Go-Round and is assisting on Grease and Grand Hotel this year. He is also the music director for their Musical Theatre Intensive Camp. Dan has taught acting workshop classes and assistant music directed at The Hangar Theatre and Ithaca College. Dan has a Masters in Conducting Musical Theatre/Opera from Ithaca College and is always beyond grateful to be a part of the Merry-Go-Round family.
Darryl Pugh (Bass): Education: BM Berklee College, MM Eastman School ; Professional: 33 years as bassist with Syracuse Symphony; Founding & current member of Symphoria bass section. Charter member of CNY Jazz Orchestra; Adjunct bass instructor at Colgate U, Hamilton College, LeMoyne College, Onondaga Community College,Syracuse University; Two adult sons,lives in Syracuse with spouse: Mary Ellen
Jose Santiago (Lighting Design) is happy to be returning to MGR for his seventh show here. Past designs include: Parade, Holiday Inn, Mamma Mia! (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Spamalot, Evita, Hairspray (North Shore Music Theatre); Rent, Anything Goes, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Sister Act The Musical, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas (Gateway), Of Mice and Men (Bay Street Theatre); Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles, Crazy for You (The Wick Theatre); Shrek, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Matilda (5 Star Theatricals). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University. www.jsantiagodesign.com
James R. Spadafore (Reeds): Jim is excited to be playing in the pit with such outstanding conductors and musicians. As a freelance musician, James has performed with the likes of Marvin Hamlish, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr.,Don Rickles, Ben Vareen, Bob Hope, Petula Clark, The Fifth Dimension, The Spinners, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. As a pit musician, Mr. Spadafore has performed with the national touring companies of City of Angels, The King And I, Chorus Line, Peter Pan, Big, Chicago, The Producers, Hairspray, Spamalot, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful: The Carol King Story, and Motown the Musical. Mr. Spadafore is currently a member of the “Stan Colella Orchestra” and has performed at Syracuse Stage, Syracuse Drama, The Del Lago Resort and The New York State Fair Stages. James resides in Liverpool, N.Y. and wishes to thank his parents Pat and Fran, his three children Joel, Crista, and Sam and his significant other Betsey who inspires him each and every day.
Nolan Todd (Assistant Stage Manager): is grateful to be returning to the Festival for his third consecutive season for both Grease and South Pacific. Regional: Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical, Guys and Dolls, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Collegiate: Bonnie & Clyde, Spring Awakening, Company, 9 to 5, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bells Are Ringing, Grease, Dance Concert. Nolan also recently returned to the Stage Management Mentor Project at the 2019 USITT Conference in Louisville, KY. He assisted in the coordination of the project and stage managed the New Products Showcase. Most recently, Nolan accepted a stage management apprenticeship at The Juilliard School in NYC beginning this Fall. Proud member of EMC & The Stage Managers’ Association. Love & thanks to Regan, Momma, Dad & Brandon. @ntodd_portfolio || nolantodd.com
Matt VanSlyke* (AEA Assistant Stage Manager) has been an ASM with Merry-Go-Round Playhouse since the summer of 2013 and is thrilled to be spending another summer with the Festival. Other MGR credits include: Mamma Mia, Holiday Inn, Ghost: The Musical, Parade, Guys & Dolls, Million Dollar Quartet, Crazy for You, From Here to Eternity, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Outside MGR Matt has been an SM PA for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and SMed Leading Ladies and The Price at Gulfshore Playhouse in Florida. In NYC Matt has Stage Managed a Workshop of From Here to Eternity with MRG, King Lear with Titan Theatre Company, and Stage Managed readings at The New York Theater Workshop and Lark Play Development Center. Matt is a graduate of Ohio University with BFAs in Acting and Stage Management. Many thanks to his team and crew for remembering the bottom of the list. Ball Change.
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society