Biographies

Lora Chase (Stage Director & Choreographer)

Lora is a graduate of Emerson College where she taught in the Theater Arts Department. She began her musical career at Emerson as an undergraduate student. During the 30+ years since that time, Lora has directed, choreographed and/or been musical director for more than 250 productions in area theaters; most currently Diamond Studs at Turtle Lane Playhouse in Newton, and Pirates of Penzance at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. In 1987 she received a special award from the Massachusetts House of Representatives "in recognition of her unique and selfless contributions to New England theater." Lora has directed and choreographed ten shows for the Savoyard Light Opera Company.



Chris Cardoni (Stage Director)

Chris has been involved in over 130 community, educational, and professional productions in 25 years as an actor, director, set designer, makeup artist, etc.  Chris has directed musicals for the Newton Country Players, Weston Friendly Society, and Turtle Lane Playhouse.  Recent productions include Anything Goes at Turtle Lane and She Loves Me in Weston.  His set design work can be seen most recently in the Newton Country Players' 1997 production of On the Town.  As an actor, Chris has received several awards and nominations from the New England Theater Conference and EMACT, including Best Actor.  Chris is Advertising Director for Bradford Furniture, and his voice can be heard in Bradford's commercials on TV and radio.



Scott Gagnon (Stage Director)

Scott received his MFA in stage directing from Emerson College in 1995.  Among his directing credits are Assassins with the Boston Center for the Arts, Damn Yankees with Curtain Call Theatre, Dial M for Murder with the Footlight Club, Really Rosie with the Arlington Center for the Arts, Laughing Wild and Tomfoolery at Emerson's Circle Theatre, and a number of shows at MIT, including Wierd Romance, The Philadelphia, Into the Woods, and G&S's Ruddigore.  Scott has served as a panelist for the Clauder Competition, a nationwide playwriting contest, and as an adjudicator for the American College Theatre Festival.  From ACTF he received the prestigious Region One Critics' Award as Critic of the Year for the New England Region.  Scott has written four original plays and his most recent, Black Sox, a musical  about the 1919 World Series, received its first public staged reading in New York October 26, 1998.



Willis Traphagan (Music Director & Conductor)

Prof. Traphagan received his early musical training in New York State, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from Boston University. He is a senior professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Fine Arts, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and music analysis, and also serves as Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music. During a long career as a professional orchestra musician, Prof. Traphagan performed regularly with such orchestras as the Boston Pops, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Opera, and the Boston Ballet. As a conductor, he served as Music Director and Conductor of the Nashua (NH) Symphony Orchestra for several years. Besides serving for ten years as Music Director and Conductor for the Savoyard Light Opera Company, he is Conductor and Music Advisor for the Concord Hill Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director and Conductor of Harmonie, a faculty chamber ensemble in residence at the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Fine Arts. Also active as a recording artist with Harmonie, Prof. Traphagan most recently completed work on a full length CD of Rossini's Zelmira Harmoniemusik, which is available on the Titanic label.



Fred Frabotta (Music Director & Conductor)

Fred has served as musical director for more than 50 musical theater productions for New England theater companies.  In recent seasons, he musically directed SLOC's The Most Happy Fella (1997), Kismet and Candide at the White River Theater Festival, Peter Pan at Theater at the Mount, Carnival at Turtle Lane Playhouse, and the world premiere of Morning Song at Forum Theater in Worcester.  In addition he has appeared in character tenor roles with the Opera Company of Boston, Providence Opera Theatre, Merrimack Valley Light Opera, Summer Opera Theatre (Washington DC), and Salisbury Light Opera.  Fred earned his Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Catholic University of America.



Philip Lauriat (Music Director & Conductor)

Philip Lauriat has over twenty years expeerience in opera and musical theater, both as a singer and music director.  As a conductor, he has been in consant demand since making his theatrical conducting debut with the Raylynmor Opera's Amal and the Night Visitors in 1996.  He has since been Music Director for La Boheme, Cosi Fan Tutte, Let's Make an Opera, Into the Woods, The Little Prince, A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine.  In July, 1998, he conducted Le Nozze di Figaro at the East Slovakian State Opera, Kosice, Slovak Republic.  Mr. Lauriat is also a lyric tenor who has performed Rudolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Sam in Susannah, Belmonte in The Abduction of the Seraglio and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte.  He has sung with such companies as The Cincinnati Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, Longwood Opera, Merrimack Lyric Opera, Midland Music (MI) and other companies throughout New England and the Midwest.  Having studied conducting and voice at The Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College, Mr. Lauriat was the first studnt to win both the singing and conducting competitions at Westminster.  He currently teaches both voice and conducting privately in Boston and Temple, NH, where he resides.



Michelle Leibowitz (Choreographer)

Michelle received her B.A. in Theater at SUNY, Binghamton, and has been active in the arts ever since.  Besides being a choreographer and director, she has also acted in Play It Again Sam, Rumors, How to Succeed, and Stepping Out.  She is currently a drama teacher at Hopkinton Middle School, and a director and choreographer with the Hopkinton public schools.



Jennifer Condon (Choreographer)

The Gondoliers marks Jennifer's second  crack at choreographing a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, the first being Ruddigore with the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players.  Jennifer also choreographed productions of Tomfoolery at Emerson and the Red Hot Revue at the Footlight Club.  Jennifer's true love is performing and has appeared as Bonnie in Anything Goes, Ado Annie in Oklahoma! both at Turtle Lane Playhouse, Claire in On the Town at Newton Country Players, Lola in Damn Yankees at the Curtain Call Theater, and Corinna in The House of Blue Leaves at the Footlight Club.



Muriel Hervy (Producer, Properties, Set Construction...)

Muriel has been involved with the Savoyard Light Opera Company since 1986 in virtually every capacity except on stage -- we're still working on that!  She is also active with the Concord Players.



Mark Guetersloh (Producer, Lighting Designer, Tech Director)

Mark has found himself wearing many different hats during his 8 year association with the Savoyards including  those of Lighting Designer, Technical Director, Set Crew, Board member, and most recently as Producer.   He never seems to learn.



Kurt Lanza (Set Construction Chief)

Kurt has been working (playing, actually) behind the scenes for SLOC for twelve years now, mostly building sets.  He also occasionally gets involved with Concord Players productions.  The keep the cash coming in, he works (plays, actually) with computers for a small firm in Littleton.



Philip Drew

A long-time performer and past president of the Savoyard Light Opera Company, Philip has appeared on stage in every Savoyard production since 1988, and assumed the role of Producer for the 1996 production of Ruddigore. Philip is also president of the Brown Bag Opera, an organization that brings condensed versions of operas to schoolchildren throughout the state.



Tina Zolla (Asst. Stage Director/Stage Manager)

Tina's first musical theater experience was as Assistant Stage Director in the Savoyard Light Opera Company's 1995 production of The New Moon -- and she's caught theater fever! She served as Assistant Stage Director and Stage Manager for Pirates of Penzance at the Regent Theatre (which also included a cameo role as Queen Victoria), and on the Lighting Crew for SLOC's The Most Happy Fella (1997).  She returned to SLOC as Stage Manager for 1999's Of Thee I Sing.


Scott Henderson (Technical Director, Lighting Designer)

Scott started in theater many years ago as the Assistant Lighting Designer at the Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois. Taking time out to raise kids, cats, dogs, and to race rats, he is finally back behind the stage.  He has been active with the Savoyard Light Opera Company for a number of years as Technical Director, Lighting Designer, and crew.  Recent lighting designs include La Boheme for Raylynmor Opera, The Most Happy Fella and The Gondoliers for SLOC, and Yeomen of the Guard and Charley's Aunt  for the Sudbury Savoyards.  Scott has served as Technical Director with the Savoyard Light Opera Company for Yeomen of the Guard (1994), The New Moon (1995), Ruddigore (1996) and The Gondoliers (1998)..


Brian Harris (Set Designer)

Brian has been involved with the Savoyard Light Opera Company in one capacity or another (or often in several capacities at once) since 1986, serving as set designer for all but two of those years. He has also appeared on stage with the Savoyards as Leonard Meryll in Yeomen and Strephon in Iolanthe. His numerous other roles with the Company include past president, database manager, webmaster, and honored ancestor (gee, I feel old) in the Savoyard Gallery of Ancestors. Brian studied set design at Bates College while obtaining a degree in Physics.


Mike Bromberg (Lighting Designer)

Mike has designed lights for dozens of Gilbert & Sullivan productions and many others; including the Savoyard Light Opera Company's 1994 production of Yeomen of the Guard and 1995 The New Moon. He has studied lighting design with Russ Swift and Jules Fisher, and is a Contributing Writer on lighting for Stage Directions magazine. He is often seen behind the rehearsal piano, and on stage in such roles as Bunthorne, Tarara, and Dick Deadeye. Outside of theater, Mike designs circuits, plays piano, draws maps, and climbs mountains (over 500 at last count).



Bryce Denney  (Rehearsal Pianist)

Bryce grew up near Houston, Texas, and began playing the piano at age 6.  He graduated from Oberlin College in 1997 with degrees in piano performance and physics.  When not playing piano he is designing microchip circuits at TLW Inc. in Newton, playing the clarinet, singing, or hiking.  He has been the Music Director for Finian's Rainbow and Camelot, and rehearsal accompanist for several musicals.



Deb Poppel

Deb has appeared in twelve Savoyard fall shows since 1981, and several SLOC concerts.  She has served two non-consecutive terms on the Board of Directors, including a year as President.  Deb directs, sings with, and arranges music for Boston Uncommon, a women's a cappella close harmony ensemble (they appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 1997), and has spent over 20 years as an actuary at John Hancock, where she often has to call upon her acting skills.
 



Susan Schmidtz  (Costumer)

A twenty-five year resident of Carlisle, Susan and family have been attending SLOC shows for about 19 years.  She's been sewing since she was eight years old, and especially enjoys doing costumes.  She's on the research staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and a Black Belt in the Tae Kwon Do Karate Club.
 



Amy E. Allen

Amy made her debut with the Savoyard Light Opera Company in the 1998 production of The Gondoliers.  She performs locally with the Sudbury Savoyards and the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players.  Her roles with these two groups include Melissa, Kitty Verdun, Josephine (with both!), Phoebe, Mad Margaret and Gwendolyn Fairfax.  Amy trains locally with Valerie Schleppi and plans to pursue an education at the New England Conservatory next spring.


Julia Badala

Julia made her debut with SLOC in our 1996 production of Ruddigore. A native of Lynnfield, Mass, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the U-Mass, Lowell, where she studied vocal performance and business. Her many opera scene credits include Amahl's mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Aenncche in Der Freischutz. Other recent performances include singing Think of Me and Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from The Phantom of the Opera, and appearing as a singer/dancer in Mame.



David Ballard

David made his theatrical debut in 1996 in the Concord Players' production of South Pacific, and recently appeared in the First Parish Youth Theater's production of Children of Eden.  Currently a student at the Concord Middle School, he plays the flute in the school band.  He is active with Boy Scout Troop 132, and was the 1997 winner of the art contest to design the official T-shirt for the CROP walk for the hungry in Concord.



Kevin Ballard

The Most Happy Fella was Kevin's first show, quickly followed by his appearance in the First Parish Youth Theater's production of Children of Eden, an area premiere of the latest musical by Stephen Schwartz.  A student at the Concord Middle School, he plays the trumpet in the Stage Band and school band, and studies Piano as well.  Active in Boy Scout Troop 132, he is also involved in the Math Team and Science Olympiad.



Sarah Ballard

Sarah has performed in numerous community theater productions with such groups as SLOC, The Concord Players, The Pittsburgh Savoyards,  and others.  She particularly enjoys doing musicals and light opera, and has performed leading roles in several G&S operettas.  She also sings with the Concord Madrigals, and holds a degree in Theater Arts from Stephens College.  Sara lives in Concord with her husband, Stoney, and three sons -- the two youngest, twins Kevin and David, have also appeared in SLOC productions.



Rick Barnes

Rick returned to the Savoyards in 1994 after a fourteen year absence, having first appeared in the 1980 productions of Pinnafore/Trial by Jury. He has appeared as Lieut. Cholmondely in Yeomen (1994) and Old Adam in Ruddigore (1996), a role he last played in 1968 at MIT. He has appeared in several productions in Acton's Theatre III and Open Door Theater; his roles including Billy in Anything Goes, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!, Jeff in Brigadoon, Papageno in Magic Flute, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. In real life he out races technological obsolescence as a radar engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, enjoys married life with his wife of three years (and high school sweetheart), Nancy, and dotes upon his three daughters (Jennifer, Bonnie, and Cindy) and Nancy's two children (Kristina and Karl).



Craig A. Beebe

Craig has been featured dancing in numerous musicals including Anything Goes and Crazy for You at Turtle Lane Playhouse, 42nd Street and Carousel at the North Regional Workshop, 42nd Street with The Talent Company, and in dance shows with Tapworks and Orchesis.



Patrick Beeson

Patrick made his on-stage debut in SLOC's 1997 production of The Most Happy Fella.  He had previously worked behind the scenes on musicals including Carnival, Grease, South Pacific, and My Fair Lady, as well as serving as Music Director for the United Parish Church of Upton, Massachusetts.



Martha Birmbaum

Martha has been happily driving to Carlisle from Cambridge for several years just to perform with SLOC.  She was in Yeomen of the Guard (1994), The New Moon (1995), The Most Happy Fella (1997), and has served on the SLOC Board of Directors.  Martha also sings with the Longy Chamber Singers and the Charles River Trio.  In her spare moments she toils for a living in Boston's financial district.



Katy Blair

Katy made her first appearance with SLOC with the 1997 production of The Most Happy Fella.  She has participated in community theater since the age of 5, when she debuted as Piglet in the Middlebury College Farm Players' production of Winnie the Pooh.  She has taught and acted in community theaters in Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  Some of her favorite roles were Amanda in Private Lives, Lillybelle in A Curious Savage, Sandy in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Pegeen in Mame.



David L. Bobick

David made his SLOC debut in the 1997 production of The Most Happy Fella. He has performed in many productions in Boston and San Diego, including his two favorite roles:  Ladislav Sipos in She Loves Me, and Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls.



David M. Brooks

David has appeared with the Savoyards in 10 productions since 1988.   His other music background includes many years of barbershop harmony (SPEBSQSA),  five years of G&S with the Sudbury Savoyards , and eleven years of singing choruses at the Berkshire Choral Institute at Sheffield, MA.
 



Jackie Buchwald

Jackie lives in Carlisle, and is studying to be a Veterinary Assistant at Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA.  Jackie studied dance for six years at "A Dancer's World" in Sharon, MA.
 



Kathleen Carter

Kathleen made her debut with SLOC in 1999's Of Thee I Sing.  A native of Chelsea, MA, and later a resident of Exeter, NH, she performed with the Exeter Players in The Music Man (Ensemble), Cabaret (Lead Tag Girl), Pirates of Penzance (Kate), House of Blue Leaves (Bannanas Shaughnessey).  Currently, she resides in Concord and is a choir member. cantor, wedding/funeral soloist, and children's music coordinator at St. Bernard's, Concord, as well as a member of the Concord Chorus.  She studies voice at Longy School of Music with Karyl Ryczek and has studied with Susan Larson.



Murray Cion

Murray started his musical theater career with the Princeton Triangle Club, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in Spree de Corps.  With the Princeton Savoyards he sang the roles of Bunthorne in Patience and Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance.  More recently he has appeared as Hines, the "time-study man" in The Pajama Game, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, the Duke of Dunstable in Patience, and Harry Beaton in Brigadoon, in community theater around the Boston area as well as with the Longy Opera Ensemble of Cambridge.  Murray has also been very involved with barbershop singing, and competed on the international barbershop stage on four occasions with the Sounds of Concord.  Currently he sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and the Halalisa Singers.



Rebecca A. Consentino

Rebecca made her SLOC debut in 1998 with The Gondoliers, which is either her seventeenth or eighteenth G&S production (confusing details of Vesuvial arithmatic are available upon request).  Favorite past roles include Rose Maybud in MIT G&SP's Ruddigore and the Witch in Into the Woods at her alma mater, Emmanuel College.  When not on stage, Rebecca spends most of her time at Boston University's College of Communications, where she is a graduate student and teaching assistant.



Meghan Conway

Meghan made her Savoyard Light Opera Company debut in 1998 with The Gondoliers.  She has also performed with the Lowell House Opera at Harvard College, and Quisisana Summer Theater in Maine.  In the summer of 1997 she trained and performed with OperaWorks in Los Angles.  Meghan lives in Cambridge.  She studies voice with Dan Sullivan.



Lynda D'Amour

Lynda made her debut with the Savoyards in the 1996 production of Ruddigore. Lynda has spent the last 12 years roaming the nightclubs of New England as lead vocalist as several cover and original bands. She has also performed as a featured vocalist for the North Shore Music Theater at their first annual "Show of Shows." And if she doesn't end up on the cutting room floor, she may be seen in the movie Shakespeare's Sister, which was filmed in Boston. She also appeared in The Pirates of Penzance at the Regent Theater in Arlington


Zoe Daniel

Of Thee I Sing (1999) marks Zoe's fourth show with SLOC.  She was previously seen in The Gondoliers (1998), Ruddigore (1996)  and as a featured dancer in The Most Happy Fella (1997).  Zoe grew up actively participating in the Pittsburgh Savoyards and has performed in 10 of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Zoe has performed with the Sudbury Savoyards  (in their G&S productions as well as their summer theater ventures) and was Assistant Director for MIT's production of HMS Pinafore.  Her favorite past roles are Amy Spettigue in Charley's Aunt and Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest.



Laurie Davidson

The Most Happy Fella (1997) marks Laurie's debut with SLOC.  Some of Laurie's recent roles include Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me, the Narrator in Joseph, Sarah in Company, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Sister Robert Anne in Nunsenses I and II.  Other favorite roles include Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and Rizzo in Grease.  Along with performing in countless other musicals and reviews, Laurie also sings professionally in the Boston area.



Catherine Davis

Catherine Davis made her SLOC debut as Dance Captain in The Most Happy Fella (1997).  She has been awarded the EMACT award for Most Outstanding Dance Captain.  Having danced since she was eight, Cathy has enjoyed performing in shows, competitions, and fundraisers, directing and participating in the Dance Society throughout high school, college, and grad school.  A fan of the stage, she looks forward to many more nights "under the hot lights."



Sherie Davis

Sherie happily made her SLOC debut in our 1997 production of The Most Happy Fella.  Prior to this she had appeared in various shows with the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players, the Arlington Street Church Players, and Emerson College.



Mary DeGarmo

May has "trod the boards" with the Savoyard Light Opera Company for ten consecutive seasons. Former Board member and president, she was elected to the Gallery of Ancestors in 1993. A Carlislian for 24 years, she spends her daylight hours as an executive assistant in an educational consulting firm. To foster the development of young people into future musical audiences, Mary has served for four years on the Board of the Brown Bag Opera.
 



Elissa Dill

Elissa has dome many musicals, the most recent being The Sound of Music, in which she played the Mother Abbess. A competitive singer, she has been able to sing at Carnegie Hall with the All-Eastern choir.
 



Christina Fiorentino

Christina is a local resident who attends CCHS.  She is a very dedicated student who hopes to pursue a career in the arts.  Christina studied ballet for eleven years, including summer studies at Brinasky Ballet School and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts.



Art Dunlap

Having made his first foray onto the musical stage four years ago this autumn, Art finds that he has now appeared in nine of the fourteen works on which Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan have known to have collaborated.  He has not been seen in Ruddigore, Sorcerer, Princess Ida, The Grand Duke or Thespis......yet.



Jay Dzigas

A graduate of Penn State University, Jay appeared with the Penn State Thespians, the University Resident Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Center Stage and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Among his favorite musical productions in which he appeared and/or directed are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Side by Side by Sondheim, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also appeared in many local productions, including the role of Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance (Regent Theatre, 1996) and J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business (Westborough Players, 1996). He finds his degree in meterology/astrophysics from Penn State to be quite helpful in differentiating stage right from stage left.



Linda Goetz

Linda made her SLOC debut with Of Thee I Sing (1999).  Previously she played Rosie Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie, and Shiela in A Chorus Line at Turtlelane Playhouse in Newton.  Some favorite roles include Lady Thiang in The King and I, Lilly St Regis in Annie, Tzietel in Fiddler on the Roof, Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off and Velma Kelly in Chicago.



Laura Schall Gouillart

Laura grew up near New Haven and is a graduate of Wellesley College. She spent several years as an art dealer in Paris before beginning vocal studies there with Jerome Pruett. Since returning to this area in 1985, she has studied with Elisabeth Phinney in Boston, and is a former soloist with the Master Singers of Lexington. Laura has been with the Savoyards since their first Carlisle season, singing the lead contralto roles in Patience, Mikado, Yeomen, and other shows.   Laura wrote, produced and directed the SLOC 25th Anniversary concert "Fa-la-la...TZING-BOOM!", and also wrote the revue "Oh Joy, Oh Rapture!" which was SLOC's 1998 spring concert, staged at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  She has also appeared with the Sudbury SavoyardsTurtle Lane Playhouse in Newton and Lowell Opera House.  Past operatic performances include the Sorceress in Dido and AEneas, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro and Il Trittico.  She lives in Concord with husband Francis, and children Emily and Gregory.



Bob Guillette

Bob lives in Methuen with his wife Norma, six cats and a basset hound named Sherlock. He performed in Iolanthe, Gondoliers, and Pirates of Penzance with the North Shore Light Opera Company, and in SLOC's Yeomen (1994). He also sings with the Methuen Community Chorus and is a cantor and choir member at St. Monica's Church in Methuen.



Douglas Hodge

Doug's Alma Mater, U-Mass, Dartmouth, has been a great influence on his theatrical ability, with roles including Tommy in Brigadoon and Tulsa in Gypsy.  Since then, Doug has performed with the Lincoln Players, On Tap of Acton, and Online Repertory of Milford.   He has appeared with the Reagle Players of Waltham in Brigadoon, Joseph, and The Will Rogers Follies.



Craig Howard

Craig made a happy (and long overdue) return to SLOC with 1997's The Most Happy Fella, having played old Uncle Oscar in Little Mary Sunshine (1990).  Craig has performed leading roles with numerous area theater groups, most notably the Weston Friendly Society (of which his has also served as President), the Newton Country Players, Waltham's Reagle Players, Turtle Lane Playhouse and the Concord Players.  Some favorite roles include Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Beauregard (Mame),
King Arthur (Camelot), Juan Peron (Evita), Ben Stone (Follies), Oscar (The Odd Couple), John Dickinson (1776), Don Quixote (Man of LaMancha), and Nathan Detroit (Guys & Dolls).  By day, Craig masquerades as a Speech-Language Pathologist for a Massachusetts public school system.



James Hunt

James made his debut performance with the Savoyard Light Opera Company in the role of Joey in 1997's The Most Happy Fella.  He has recently appeared in Tom's Celebrity Cafe and Tales of Wonder.  Favorite roles include the Poet in Kismet, Lancelot in Camelot.



David Jedlinsky

The Gondoliers (1998) marks David's first production with the Savoyard Light Opera Company.  Previously he has been seen with the MIT G&S Players and the Sudbury Savoyards.  He performed such roles as Ko-Ko, Sir Despard Murgatroyd, Guiseppe Palmieri, and Mr, Goldbury.  He has no life outside of Gilbert & Sullivan.



Rollin Jeglum

Rollin has played Fleetfoot in SLOC's Little Mary Sunshine (1990), Boatswain's mate in Pinafore, and has been in most Gilbert and Sullivan choruses. He has also been in various musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and Lancelot. His hobby is electric vehicles.



Victor Jones

Victor appeared "in drag" in the 1995 Mes Amis production of The Pirates of Penzance, and, with more sober countenance, in SLOC's The Yeomen of the Guard (1994). Earlier, he appeared in Victory Players' productions of Trial by Jury, The Gondoliers, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance (Oakland, CA, circa 1945). When not venerating the Gilbert and Sullivan aesthetic, Victor spends his time professing the elegant beauties of electromagnetic theory at a college in Cambridge.



David Kay

Dave Kay is an ancestor from 'way back. (From 1990, to be precise, with the Sudbury Savoyards production of "the restored Ruddygore.") This is his first show with SLOC, but he has been haunting the Savoyards' chorus for a decade. His artistic achievements on stage consist of designing sets for Gondoliers and Mikado that did not fall down, and being conked by a falling cloud in Iolanthe (not his set). He hopes he has not been typecast for head trauma parts. In fake life, he is the author of several "...For Dummies" computer books and does marketing communications and Web stuff for cash. For fun, he melts glass and studies human and animal tracks.



David Kehs

With 1997's The Most Happy Fella, David returned to the SLOC stage after a thirteen year absence, having last performed as Luiz in Gondoliers (1984). In the interim, he has performed in many G&S and other productions with the Sudbury Savoyards, the Waltham Theater Workshop, and Arlington Friends of the Drama.  In his current home town of Waltham, Dave has been part of the Reagle Players' productions of Mame, Hello Dolly!, Brigadoon, 1776, Me and My Girl, My Fair Lady, and 42nd Street, as well as the last nine editions of the Christmas spectacular.  In Boston, Dave sings with the chorus of Opera UnMet.



William D. Kelly, Jr.

Bill, a dancer from Concord, NH, made his SLOC debut in 1997's The Most Happy Fella.  He works at a drug addiction treatment and research center and as a fitness instructor.  He recently finished recording his first album of original music, Bronze Lullabies.



Kurt Kendall

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Kurt earned dual B.S. degrees in Music and Natural Science from The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.  Since moving to Boston more than three years ago he has been actively involved in various musical groups including the Sudbury Savoyards and the MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players.  Kurt makes his debut with the Savoyard Light Opera Company with The Gondoliers (1998).  He has performed in productions of Princess Ida, HMS Pinafore, Yeomen of the Guard, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, and Carmen.  Kurt also enjoys performing sacred vocal repertory and is an accomplished pianist and organist.  When not making music, he pursues academic interests as an amateur ornithologist and naturalist.



Julie Kingman

As a lifelong fan of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Julie has long been haunted by a desire to appear in one. This desire was realized as she appeared in SLOC's 1996 production of Ruddigore and again in 1998's The Gondoliers. An accomplished folk dancer, Julie has been a member of Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble for many years, where she has played the roles of director, choreographer, and costumer, along with her primary position as dancer. With Mandala Julie has performed extensively throughout the Northeast, as well as at festivals in Canada and Europe. She has had the rare opportunity of performing at Carnegie Hall and at Jacob's Pillow, and can be seen in the movie Once Around.



Victor Kruczynski

Victor hails from Worcester where he has performed extensively for 10 years with the Worcester County Light Opera Company.  His appearances include roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Me and My Girl, Breaking Legs, Beau Jest, and Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?  His is also performing in the ongoing original historical play Abby written by Worcester playwright Jane Dutton.  While at Holy Cross College, he began his theatrical endeavors in productions of Little Mary Sunshine and 1776.  While not on the boards, Victor pays the bills as an instructor for a computer training company, and he also directs a church choir in Shrewsbury.



Michael Lapomardo, Jr.

Michael made his SLOC debut in 1997's The Most Happy Fella, reprising the role of Tony, which he first played in 1993 for the Worcester County Light Opera Company, and returned in 1999 as Fulton in Of Thee I Sing. He has been active in community theater for 25 years in the Worcester area.  His musical credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Migaldi in Evita, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Michael in I Do! I Do!, Amos in Chicago, and various musical reviews. A graduate of Northeastern, he is president of Antonelli Construction Co., Inc. in Worcester, and lives in Shrewsbury.



Nancy Laws

Loving musicals and variety with many shows and challenging roles to her credit, Nancy made her SLOC debut with the 1997 production of The Most Happy Fella.  She previously appeared in Red, Hot and Cole, Tomfoolery, and has played Jonesy in How to Succeed, Agnes Gooch in Mame, and Lady Thiang in The King and I.



Edward LeClair

Edward last appeared on stage professionally in 1974 as Stanley in A Streetcar named Desire. He believes that this experience helped his greatly in portraying a demented servant in SLOC's 1996 Ruddigore. From 1963 to 1974 Ed worked in the Boston professional theater, principally with David Wheeler. He also did several seasons of musical comedy at Weston, VT.



Walter Locke

Ruddigore (1996) was Walter's first Gilbert and Sullivan Show, but he remembers learning "When I was a Lad" (from HMS Pinafore) on his dad's knee. His only stage experience since then (not counting that silly junior high musical) has been as a member of the Christmas Revels Chorus in Cambridge and as a member of the ensemble in Mes Amis production of Man of LaMancha in his home town of Arlington.



Todd Allen Long

With The Gondoliers (1998), Todd makes both his SLOC and his Massachusetts debut.  A recent transplant from Washington, DC, Todd has performed with the Washington Savoyards, the Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC) and the Arlington Players.  He was also part of the 2nd Great Gilbert & Sullivan Sing-Out in 1997, performing several lead roles.  Favorite past roles include Strephon in Iolanthe, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and Pluto, God of the Underworld, in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.



Claudine Lott

Claudine has been attending SLOC productions since she was nine, and is excited to finally participate in 1999's Of Thee I Sing.  She has danced for most of her life and is currently attending Concord Academy where she is a member of the dance company.  Claudine has travelled to New York and Italy with the company to perform original modern dance pieces, and has also studied with choreographers Bill T. Jones and Mark Morris during summer programs at Skidmore College.



Patricia McDonald

Patricia, a mother of three sons, resides in Hudson, New Hampshire. She sings for the church choirs, healing services and homeless concerts and Gilbert & Sullivan sing-alongs in the area. She has performed with SLOC since 1991.  She sings with joy as a soprano at St Pat's Choir in Nashua.  Her music education continues with piano lessons at the East Derry School of Music.



Eric Miller

Eric has appeared in four SLOC shows: My Fair Lady (1993), The New Moon (1995) and Ruddigore (1996), The Most Happy Fella (1997) and Of Thee I Sing (1999).  As Treasurer of SLOC, he encourage everyone to get involved with this fun loving, non-profit organization.



Larry Millner

Larry is a resident of Carlisle, who made his SLOC debut in Of Thee I Sing (1999).  Larry performed in and co-directed musicals long ago in college and graduate school.  He performed most recently in the really cool 1998 Nashville Opera Association's sold-out run of Verdi's Aida.



Joyce Minosh

Joyce lives in Westford and is married with four children. Joyce has appeared in Sorcerer, Pinafore, Pirates, and Ruddigore with both SLOC and The Sudbury Savoyards. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines for 12 years and served also as Vice President. She enjoyed singing with a french chorus for a year in Paris in 1989. She has also served on the SLOC Board of Directors as Secretary.



Ron O'Reilly

Ron O'Reilly lives in Carlisle with Laurie and McCloud, where he works as Outreach Coordinator for the Council on Aging and for Hospice. He also tells and gathers stories from families and groups as principal of the ECHOES collaborative, consultants and producers of oral history. In Ruddigore (1996), his third SLOC appearance, he finds that one Pict is worth a thousand words, acting in a Blue Funk as the first and most savage of the Bad Baronets.



Claire Owen

A resident of Carlisle and a student at Concord-Carlisle High School, Claire appeared in her first SLOC show as a dancer in The Most Happy Fella (1997).  She is a member of the Acton-based Commonwealth Civic Ballet Company.



David Owen

A native of Plymouth, England, David and his family moved to Carlisle from Unionville, PA. Here at last he has a job without the globe trotting which prevents so many would-be singing and dancing executives from enjoying the fruits of committing to a production like this.   David has been involved with the Savoyard Light Opera Company since 1994. He is also involved with the West Concord UCC, the Carlisle Boy Scouts,  and he can often be found in his workshop, immersed in obscure, sometimes amazing, electrical and mechanical projects.  He is a current member of the SLOC Board and relishes the many opportunities this provides for learning and growth.



Ruth Owen

Having served as House Manager for two years, Ruth has fulfilled her goal of joining husband David on stage in Of Thee I Sing (1999).  Music and Gilbert and Sullivan have always been a part of her life, with early memories of her parents performing in G&S productions put on by their church in the North of England.
 



Tony Parks

Tony fell in love with Gilbert & Sullivan at the age of eight when he saw the Baird Puppets (of Sound of Music fame) do Pinafore on TV.  He dreamed of being a G&S performer, but thought he was inelegible, not having large protruding eyeballs.  By the time he was disabused of this notion, he had survived a thirty-year career as a square dance caller.  In 1997 he joined the chorus of the Sudbury Savoyards for Yeomen of the Guard, and in 1998 appeared in their productions of Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore, the later as the Carpenter's Mate.  The Gondoliers (1998) marks Tony's debut with the Savoyard Light Opera Company.  By day he is a proofreader.



Donna Kearney Dewitt

A Milford resident, Donna has been performing throughout Massachusetts for several years. She is an avid performer of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, having portrayed the majority of the G&S ingenues. Her favorite non-G&S roles include Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, Fiona in Brigadoon, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Eliza in My Fair Lady, and Marianne in The New Moon.  She appeared as Josephine (HMS Pinafore) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) in the Boston First Night productions with the Janus Opera Company. Donna is a graduate in Music from the University of Massachusetts and has sung with the Miami Opera Company's Apprenticeship Program, and recently sang as a featured concert performer at Nichols College. She is currently employed by Raytheon Company.



Christopher Porth

Christopher has appeared four times with the Savoyards, as Basac in The New Moon (1995), Richard "Dick" Dauntless in Ruddigore (1996), Herman in The Most Happy Fella (1997), and as John P Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing (1999). Other roles include Smudge in Forever Plaid at the park Plaza Boston, Jacquot  in Carnival, Kodaly in She Loves Me, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti, Twimble/Womper in How to Succeed in Business, and the title role in Sweeny Todd. He sings with his wife Vanetta as part of Going Baroque, a vocal quartet based in Boston and New York. When away from the real world of family and friends, Chris teaches music in Hopkinton.



Lonnie Powell

Lonnie has a bachelor's degree in voice from the Indiana University School of Music.  As the tenor soloist with the Wellesley Choral Society, he has performed Mendelssohn's 22nd Psalm, Shubert's Mass No. 6 in E-Flat, and Beethoven's Mass in C.  With the Wellesley Players, he appeareed as Neville Craven in The Secret Garden, Ralph in HMS Pinafore, and Charles in Pippin.  With the Sudbury Savoyards he appeared as Cyril in Princess Ida and Fairfax in Yeomen of the Guard.  And with the Sherborn Players he has appeared as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado and Tito in Lend Me a Tenor.



Edna Rabinovitz

Edna has been studying voice for several years with Robert Honeysucker at the Longy School of Music and has sung in boston choral groups.  As a member of AEA and AFTRA, she has performed in several theaters in and around Boston including Lyric Stage, Public, Charlestown, Groton and Suffolk among others.  After getting a Master of Education in Theater Arts at Lesley College, she now includes storytelling in her repertoire.



Linda Eddy Rings

Linda is an Early Childhood Specialist for the Cambridge Public Schools. She is married to Robert and they have a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Shannon. Linda appeared in the Savoyards productions of  The Gondoliers (1998), The Most Happy Fella  (1997), Ruddigore (1996), The New Moon (1995), Yeomen (1994), Iolanthe (1991), HMS Pinafore (1993) and My Fair Lady (1993), as well as Sudbury's and First Night's The Pirates of Penzance, and Trial by Jury in Brookline. From 1980 to 1990 she directed Lexington Youth Summer Theater.



Eileen Ross

Eileen is married to Alex and lives in Westford. She has three working and often visiting children. Her musical past includes operetta choruses in Chattauqua, NY and college musicals. Recent glorious fun with SLOC was experienced in  Of Thee I Sing, The Gondoliers, The Most Happy Fella, Ruddigore, Yeomen of the Guard, My Fair Lady, and The New Moon.



Ellen T. Spear

Ellen's most recent performance was with the Sudbury Savoyards as The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury (1998).  Also with the Sudbury Savoyards she has portrayed Kate in The Yeomen of the Guard, Princess Ida in Princess Ida, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Kalyba in Utiopia, Ltd., and Zorah in Ruddigore.  With SLOC (and their former manifestation, the Maynard Savoyards), Ellen has played Melissa in Princess Ida, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Celia in Iolanthe, and Saphir in Patience, and served as a chorus member in many G&S productions.  Ellen studies voice with Martha Warren.



Bill Spera

Bill has portrayed the Padre in Man of La Mancha with both the Hovey and Regent Theatres. He recently portrayed the Major-General in Pirates of Penzance at the Regent Theater. Bill has also appeared in Company, Street Scene, Little Shop of Horrors, and Godspell. Bill studied voice with faculty from both the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory of Music. His non-musical stage credits include Barefoot in the Park, The Crucible, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Count Dracula, Bone Chiller, and Spontaneous Combustion. Bill is a proud member of Los Lohos, national finalists in the Lever Brothers "Singing in the Shower" content.



Ben Stevens

Ben has appeared twice with the Savoyard Light Opera Company, in H.M.S. Pinafore (1992) and The Most Happy Fella (1997).  Other favorite roles include Jacey Squires in The Music Man (Turtle Lane Playhouse), Charley Dalrymple in Brigadoon (Weston Friendly Society), and Romaine in Ten Nights in a Bedroom (Newton Country Players).  By day, Ben is an engineer working for Raytheon.



Jesse Strachman

Jesse made his debut with the Savoyard Light Opera Company in The Most Happy Fella (1997).  Past favorite roles include Arpad in She Loves Me, Angus MacGuffie in Brigadoon, and Jamie in My Fair Lady, all with the Weston Friendly Society.
 



Jon Saul

Of Thee I Sing was Jon's first outing with SLOC.  He has also performed with the Sudbury Savoyards in their productions of HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe, as well as the American premiere of Gilbert's Foggerty's Fairy in the summer of 1999.  He is a lifelong resident of Wayland, except for a few fabulous years at college.
 



Graham Taylor

Retired as Vice Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Graham is now active as an educator / organizer and as Lincoln-Sudbury School's head ski coach. He has added some musical theater to his life for the joy it brings and to attempt to mitigate the aging process.  He has appeared in three editions of Say It With Music, an Irving Berlin revue with the Reagle Players, and My Fair Lady with the Westborough Players.  He is also a member of the Concord Chorus.



Laurie Tema-Lyn

Laurie has appeared with SLOC in four  productions including Of Thee I Sing (1999).  She first fell in love with Of Thee I Sing in college when she played Diana Devereaux.   Away from the spotlights she enjoys her role as President of the Board of SLOC. Laurie is the owner of Practical Imagination Enterprises , a consulting firm specializing in product innovation, consumer research and coaching and has written a book combining her two passions of creativity and cooking. She lives in Carlisle with McCloud, Impromptu, and Ron.



Laura Teplitsky

Laura was born and educated in the former Soviet Union.  A graduate of the Leningrad State Conservatory, Laura has explored nearly every possible field in her career as a pianist and a teacher.  A pianist of great technical ability and deep musical instincts, Laura has performed in the United States and the USSR in solo and duo piano recitals, chamber music, and numerous piano and strings, wind and voice concerts.  At the beginning of her professional life, Laura worked as a pianist with the Operetta company in Odessa, Ukraine, where she participated in productions of Man of LaMancha, My Fair Lady, and Kiss Me Kate.  As a teacher, Ms. Teplitsky has inspired students at the prestigious Phillips Academies in Exeter, NH and Andover, MA, and in her private studio in Bedford, MA.



Gary Theis

Ruddigore (1996) marked Gary's debut with SLOC and his first venture into the wonderful world of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Gary spent his formative years learning to speak English in Downer's Grove, Illinois, for which he begs indulgence for his dubious attempts at an authentic British accent. Gary's theatrical experience dates back to supporting roles in high school and college musicals. He made his operatic debut with the Boise Civic Opera Company singing the baritone role of Schaunard in La Boheme. He has also appeared as Prison Warden Frank in Die Fledermaus (Newton Opera) and in the Barbershop quartet in The Music Man (Arlington). During business hours, Gary servers as a mild mannered executive recruiter for the electronics industry, and is thankful his clients have no idea what he does for fun.



Susan Walsh

Susan earned a Master's Degree in music/vocal performance from UMASS Lowell, where she appeared as Guenevere in Camelot and Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute. She has appeared in twenty-one shows at the Turtle Lane Playhouse, most notably as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Meg Brokie in Brigadoon and Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods. Last summer she played Eva Peron in Evita with Stage Door Productions in Groton and most recently appeared as Ruth in The Pirate of Penzance at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. She has appeared in SLOC productions as the man-crazy Clotilde in The New Moon (1995) and as a physically challenged Mad Margaret in Ruddigore (1996). Susan also sings with her professional vocal group "Joyful Noise", specializing in Christmas and holiday music.



Laura Weiss

Laura hails from western Massachusetts where she participated in a variety of theatrical productions.  Her credits include:  Julie in Carousel, Marian in The Music Man, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as The Pajama Game, Where's Charlie, The Mikado, and Brecht on Brecht.  A former student of Hartt College of Music, Laura also performs at benefits, funerals, and weddings.
 


Updated:  05-December-1999 BAH