Creative Team

Director: Brady Amoon is directing her first musical with this production of The Fantasticks. She has previously worked in aspects ranging from performer to producer with Penguin Repertory Company, Helen Hayes Theatre Company, The Black Cat Theatre, Talegate Productions, Frenchwoods Festival, SHADES, Elmwood Playhouse and other various community & educational theaters. Brady has trained at CAP21 and studied with various artists, including Moises Kaufman, Philip Bosco, and Loni Ackerman.
 
Producers: Beth Alson and Brady Amoon
 
Musical Director: Sheldon Forrest was born in Hollywood, CA & began playing piano at age 3. During his years in Orange County he studied classical piano with Allen Giles, counterpoint and jazz arranging with Andrew Charlton, & jazz harmony/ improvisation with Alan Rowe. He played also for the Doc Rutherford Jazz Band at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA). Sheldon moved to San Francisco in 1991, where he played piano in the David Hardiman Stage Band & worked as a teaching assistant & vocal coach for singing classes at City College of San Francisco, was house pianist for 5 years at North Beach landmark Caffe Trieste's Saturday Concerts. Sheldon performed in numerous musicals: "Assassins,"  "Street Scene,"  "Threepenny Opera," & "Falling Through A Hole In The Air" at City College; "A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine" at Masquers Playhouse; & "Fantasticks," "Into the Woods," and "Guys & Dolls" at The Joe Sent Me Club. While in San Francisco Sheldon also played at numerous SF piano bars and other venues: Martuni's, The Blue Muse, Finocchio's, Piaf's, The Swallow, The Gate, Company, The Herbst Theater, The Masonic Auditorium, Grace Cathedral--plus several appearances at functions of Le Chaine Des Rotisseurs gastronomic society. and a cabaret show at The Empire Plush Room at the York Hotel.  He also recorded a CD, "Unexpected Broadway" with singer Lua Hadar. Sheldon moved to NYC in 1998 where he has primarily played in piano bars, restaurants & clubs: Danny's (4 years), Marie's Crisis (3 years) plus Eighty Eights, Ecco L'Italia, Swing 46, Limelight, Jack Rose, Elysee Cafe Theater, Pegasus, La Rivista, Buona Sera, Caffe Taci, Caffe Pane e Cioccolato--and directed cabaret shows such as tributes to Barry Manilow, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Peggy Lee, Cole Porter, Nina Simone, Dorothy Fields & Tom Jobim at venues like Helen's, Encore, The Triad, The West Bank Cafe, Danny's Skylight Room, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, Mama Rose's, & Dillons. Sheldon has made 2 appearances with cabaret singer Maude Maggart, has volunteered for groups such as Vocal Ease, Hearts & Voices, & Artists Who Care, has played in the rock groups J.C. Bosco & Unique Duo, has been a supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera, has played 2 years in Bryant Park's "Piano in the Park" festival, has accompanied cabaret group The Kitchenettes at Festival Dallo Sciamano Allo Showman in Darfo-Boario, Italy, has co-written the instrumental "Seeing God" for the independent film "The Letter," and wrote the commercial jingle "A Real Connection" for Time Warner Cable. See www.sheldonforrest.com.
   Choreographer: Erika K. Crocco has been involved with all areas of the theater since the age of 6. Though it is performing she enjoys the most, she has directed, produced, choreographed & done everything in between. She recently choreographed Godspell where she also portrayed Gilmer in a NJ run last Fall. Favorite roles include Carrie in Carousel, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Dorothy in The Wizard Of OZ, Rachael in Sadie A 911 Dedication, Charlotte in Charlotte's Web, Supefyin Jones in Lil' Abner, and Candy Star in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.  In 1999 she released a Rock Opera CD. She is currently portraying the role of Caroline Hart on the Internet soap opera Rocklandcountysoap.com and is doing the role of Annabelle in Paganini Speak No Evil which will premier in NY in October. She will also be in an independent film later the summer entitled Life In Front Of Ray's Deli. In her spare time, she teaches music & acting to children in NJ. She thanks God for her talents and her family for their support in allowing her to follow her dreams. She wishes to remind everyone if you Reach High, Dream Big, and Work Hard, nothing is impossible.

Student Choreographer: Patricia Seitz
Stage Manager: David Rigano is a BA Theatre Major at Marymount Manhattan College with a concentration in Directing. At MMC he assistant directed the one-act play "Loyalties." He has also directed "The Traveler" and "Dream Girl" for the Frenchwoods One-Act Festival, and his own play "A Day in the Life Of..." at Fleetwood Stage in New Rochelle, NY. His biggest project to date was directing his own full-length musical, "Hot Cocoa," at New Rochelle High School. He teaches drama and storytelling and is a professional storyteller. For more information, check out www.DavidRigano.com.
 
 
The Narrator: Douglas Cochrane
 
 The Girl: Bekah Vega is beyond excited to be playing Luisa.  A recent graduate of New York City's LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, she will be a BFA acting student at Boston University's School of Theatre this fall.  Recent shows include Into the Woods, Hotel Paradiso, The Serpent, Titanic, Inherit the Wind, and Songs for a New World (which Bekah also co-directed).  She has participated in community theatre programs, student films, and commercial work, in and around New York City, for most of her life.
The Boy: Joel Maki is thrilled to be reprising one of his favorite roles in this production of The Fantasticks. He has worked regionally throughout New England, toured the Northeast coast, and just finished an extensive Asian tour. Past shows include Footloose, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Chicago, The Fantasticks, Babes In Toyland, and The Sound of Music. Joel has recently worked for The Company Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theater, Spirit Cruises, American Family Theater and Troika Entertainment. Joel has also performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus alongside the Boston Pops, under the direction of both Keith Lockhart and John Williams.
 
Douglas LelandThe Girl's Father: Douglas Leland (Madraton Productions) and co-founder Window Productions. He directed THE RITZ by Terrence McNally @ Juiliard’s Rose Centre/Mario Cantone in Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG TRILOGY/GEORGE M! (choreographed by Mercedes Ellington)/and Howard Crabtree’s WHEN PIGS FLY with Stanley Bojarski (choreographed by Tony Stevens). His production of Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART was featured on ABC's NIGHTLINE.       He Co Founded and Co Produced The Annual Gay Pride Series in NYC and was Co Producer and Assistant Director of the All Star AIDS Benefit of Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s ELEGIES FOR ANGELS PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS in 2001 (available on cd from Fynsworth Alley)  He also Co Produced A NEW BRAINDirected and Choreograhed by Baayork Lee.       In NYC he appeared as Buzz in a 911 Benefit @ The Theatre @ St Clements of Terrence McNally's LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, Dad in JEFFREY opposite Bryan Batt as Jeffrey.      Also appeared as Uncle Jimmy in NO NO NANETTE, Capn Andy in SHOWBOAT, Sipos in SHE LOVES ME, and Mr Mushnik in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He specializes in dotty uncles and irate fathers...LOL
          In London…Mr MacAfee in BYE BYE BIRDIE (West End), Arnold in TORCH SONG TRILOGY (in London and Edinburgh) and The Big Bopper in the Original London Cast of BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.\r\n
An alumnus of The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL and donor to their Musical Theatre permanent Library. Douglas Leland is a senior Equity monitor and a proud member of Actors Equity Association. For further information about his acting and/or directing availability or upcoming events of Window Productions contact: Showbuzz2000@hotmail.com  
The Boy's Father: Gregg Lauterbach has a repertoire that ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.  At one end there is Shakespeare: Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Cardinal Winchester (Henry VI, Pt.1) and an upcoming Shylock (Merchant of Venice).  At the other end is John in A.A. Milnes' Monty Pythonesque The Man in the Bowler Hat, and Marc Anthony in Cleopatra: Queen of Denial which featured a Ptolomy who had usurped his sister's crown (and wardrobe).  Likewise his musical experience runs the gamut from Emil deBecque (South Pacific) to Jupiter/Amphitryon (Olympus on My Mind). 
           Gregg has also appeared in several new musicals in NYC, notably as Cardinal Richelieu (Three Musketeers), and as D.L. Van Holden (You Never Can Tell!!). Regional credits include Horace Vandergelder (The Matchmaker), Dr. Chumley (Harvey), and Voltaire/Pangloss/Govenor (Candide).  Movies: A Beautiful Mind, XX/XY, and Kinsey.  TV: CSI, Ed, Sex and the City.
          Mr. Lauterbach also has a classical repertoire that includes half a dozen major Handelian operas and oratorios, most of the Mozart baritones, Mendelssohn's  Elijah and two dozen Bach cantatas among other things.
 In between acting and singing gigs, Gregg runs Lyre Press Ltd. a custom music publishing service specializing in transposing, arranging, and putting manuscript into legible typeset format. 
Lyrepress@aol.com
 
 
The Actor: Laurence Cantor
The Man Who Dies: Alexander Casanovas
 
The Mute: Tana Hintz is very pleased to make her first appearance onstage in the “Fantasticks.” She became passionate about theater during her last year of college.  Since then, she has worked at the Black Cat Theater in Nyack, serving as stage manager and sound and/or light board operator for “Inspector Hound,” “Two Rooms,” and “Jeffrey,” and is currently becoming active as a sound technician at Elmwood Playhouse.  She looks forward to more shows in the future!  She wishes to thank her friends, family, and everyone in the cast for their support – it sure has been quite an adventure! 
 
Technical Designers:
 
Set: Tom Olori
Lights:  Ronald M. Katz was very active in the world of theatrical lighting two decades ago. Since then he has lived in a cave in New Rochelle, New York subsisting solely by candlelight and eating grubs. Most recently he designed lighting for the world premiere of the musical "Hot Cocoa." Ron designed lighting for numerous light opera companies (ask him anything about Gilbert & Sullivan) and was the assistant lighting designer for several
Broadway shows. Ron designed several productions for the Hunter College Theatre Department including "Gypsy," "Company," "The Tempest" and "Twelfth Night." He spent several years as the Resident Lighting Designer for Hospital Audiences, Inc. In that role he created the lighting for productions featuring Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the original cast of the Broadway Musical "Nine," the cast of the Broadway Musical "Dreamgirls," Theodore Bikel, Margaret Whiting, Arthur Prysock and Bob Berky. Ron is thrilled to have been asked to join the production team of "The Fantasticks" and hopes you can see everything.
 
Special Thanks:
Elmwood Playhouse
Renata Lorenc
 
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