Meet the Cast
Ariana is a multi-hyphenate artist from/based in NYC. She is delighted to be making her debut with Cap Rep! Ariana has danced with creatives such as Al Blackstone, Billy Griffin, Jena VanElslander, & Yancy Greene for NYC-based projects. In 2021, Ariana directed/choreographed her original dance narrative, Love & Other Stories. Her work has also been shared through New York Theatre Barn & Jazz Choreography Enterprises. Ariana is deeply grateful for the gift of movement. Much love for mom! Break legs!
Gabrielle Bazinet Douglas is a graduate of Rider University where she studied Musical Theatre and stage management. Recent credits include Other World, Mamma Mia! (Bucks County Playhouse), Seared (MCC Theatre), and White Christmas (Rider). She grew up studying dance in her hometown of Albany and is so excited to be doing a show with her dog! All my love to my sweet Toto, my besties, and my Lance.
Adia Bell (she/her) is absolutely thrilled to be making her Capital Rep debut! Regional: The Music Man (Arizona Theatre Company). Chicago: Children of Eden (Cadillac Palace Theatre), Skates: The Musical (Studebaker Theater), Shakesfest: A Shakespeare Community Cabaret (Chicago Shakes), Groundhog Day (Paramount), Cinderella (Paramount), The Color Purple (Drury Lane). She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Arizona. Representation: Gray Talent Group. All her love to her amazing mom! Follow her adventures @adia_bell
Josh DeMarco couldn’t be happier to be returning to theRep this winter for The Wizard Of Oz! Josh is an Albany native and has been involved with TheRep for 5 years now! Previous credits include: Jersey Boys, The Full Monty, Shakespeare in Love, She Loves Me and Mamma Mia! Other credits within the community include: In the Heights, How to Succeed…, Damn Yankees, All Shook Up and others. Please enjoy the show!
Conor is thrilled to be making his Capital Rep debut in Oz! He is originally from Albany, it’s wonderful to return home. After all, “there’s no place like home”. Professional Credits: Crazy for You (Bay Area Musicals-*Bay Area Critics Theatre Circle Award Nomination), Frozen, Beauty and The Beast (Disney Cruise Line), Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot (Ogunquit Playhouse), How To Succeed in Business…(Virginia Musical Theatre) Billy Elliot (North Carolina Theatre), The Wizard of Oz, Billy Elliot (Fulton Theatre), Cats (Cortland Rep). BFA in Musical Theatre- Coastal Carolina University. Proud member of Actors Equity. Thanks to everyone at TheRep and The Movement Agency! Love to all my family! For Nene! www.conordevoe.com
Alex Domini: Made his Capital Repertory debut in A Christmas Story. Select regional: Ogunquit, Gateway, McCarter, Weathervane Rep. Opera festivals: Glimmerglass YAP, Opera North. Concerts: The Who’s Quadrophenia at the Metropolitan Opera House (starring Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe), Wolf Trap Opera, The National Baseball HOF. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Education: The Hartt School and MSM Precollege. Proud AEA union member. Alex now lives in DC and gives Segway tours all around the national mall when he’s not in Oz! Huge thanks to HKA, Maggie & Freddy, and all the family and friends who got me to where I am today.
Katie Fay Francis (Almira Gulch/Wicked Witch) is honored to make her Capital Repertory Theatre debut for this spellbinding adventure! National Tours: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Regional: The Foreigner, An Iliad, Big River (Utah Shakespeare Festival), The Buddy Holly Story (Tuacahn), Gentleman’s Guide, Shout! (Mason Street Warehouse), Once (Northern Stage), Singin’ in the Rain, Mystery of Edwin Drood, You Can’t Take It With You (Lyric Repertory). BFA in Acting from Utah State University. Endless gratitude and love to Hudson Artists Agency and to Katie’s wonderful husband Scott! Instagram: @katiefayfrancis. www.katiefayfrancis.com.
Last seen in Cap Rep’s JERSEY BOYS Kyle Originates from Bridgeport, CT, He earned a BFA degree in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts. Kyle has toured both nationally and internationally in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Go Diego Go Live!, and Thomas and Friends Live! He’s performed regionally in theaters across the country, his favorite credits include Twist: An American Musical, under the direction of Debbie Allen (Alliance Theater, Pasadena Playhouse), Hairspray (Courthouse Repertory Theater), Matilda (Virginia Stage Company), The Wild Party (Barrow Group Theater), and Oliver (Paper Mill Playhouse), Parable of the Sower Opera (Touring). Follow- @thekylegarvin
Taylor Hoffman (she/her) is excited to be making her Cap Rep debut! Most recently, Taylor played Small Alison in FUN HOME at Yale School of Drama. Other favorite credits include Tracy in HAIRSPRAY (Consortium Actors); Martha in HEATHERS (Gatehouse Theatre); Suzy in WAIT UNTIL DARK, and Ilse in SPRING AWAKENING (Theatre Institute at Sage). BS: Russell Sage College. Thanks to my friends and family for the unconditional love and to the WIZARD OF OZ team for having me!
A Capital Region native based out of Historic Troy, NY, David has been working as a professional actor, director, and theatre educator for nearly twenty years. He is the Artistic Director of Troy Foundry Theatre, most recently co-devising and directing their World Premiere Musical, City of Myth: Ilium Sings and creating, as well as co-devising and curating last season’s hit production and World Premiere of Where There’s Smoke: Ilium Burns. David is also a Core Adjunct Professor at Siena College and is a former Associate Artistic Director for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company, serving 8 years in that capacity and positioning it as one of Saratoga Springs’ cultural pearls. David also serves as a Teaching Artist and Capital Region Liaison for Brooklyn-based Stages on the Sound. David has worked with Capital Repertory Theatre in several capacities, most recently in many of their new works through Next Act, and on stage as Burbage in their critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare in Love. David has his MFA in Directing from Temple University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Halo Douglas (Toto) is a 5-year-old Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix with a cute bark and an adorable personality. She can be seen causing a ruckus at the dog park, cuddling with her mom and dad, and playing with her sister Phoebe the Doodle. She is thrilled to make her performance debut and hopes to continue her career as a doggy superstar. Though she be but little she is fierce.
Barbara N. Howard is thrilled to be back on the Cap Rep stage! Mrs. Howard has had many notable experiences and extraordinary opportunities. The most momentous performances in her career have been the portrayals of Carrie Watts (Trip to Bountiful); Caroline (Caroline or Change); and Nell Carter (Ain’t Misbehavin): Carolyn Whitlock (Dead & Breathing). In addition, she also received the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) Outstanding Achievement Award for her portrayal as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. Mrs. Howard believes that her purpose is to empower and inspire people through knowledge, the gift of song, and storytelling. Currently, she is the producer of Storytime (in its third season), artist ambassador for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, an Associate Artist for Cap Rep and the associate artistic director of Black Theater Troupe of Upstate New York.
KEVIN MCGUIRE Broadway, National, International Tours: LES MISERABLES (Jean Valjean) , THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA( M. Andre, Phantom) THE SECRET GARDEN( Uncle Archie), JANE EYRE( John Eyre, Assistant to director John Caird) Kevin was named the First Associate Artist at Capital Repertory Theatre. At theREP: MAN OF LA MANCHA, RED, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OTHER DESERT CITIES, CAMELOT, SHE LOVES ME, THE SECRET GARDEN, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE FULL MONTY, THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY. Kevin was most recently seen this year at Capital Repertory Theatre in the critically acclaimed play, THE TRUE, as Charlie Ryan. In 2015 Kevin directed the critically acclaimed HAMLET here at theREP starring David Kenner. In New York, 2019 (pre-pandemic) Kevin appeared in the Heartbeat Opera’s DER FREISCHUTZ as Kuno, receiving rave reviews from the New York Times for his first Opera ever!
Off Broadway: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY( original cast), BIG MAGGIE( original cast ) THE SEAGULL, HAMLET( CSC), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE GILDED AGE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Goldoni’s IL CAMPIELLO, WAITING FOR GODOT( director Alan Schindler), ROMEO AND JULIET ( New York Shakespeare Festival) Kevin is a company member at The Irish Repertory theater in New York. Denver Center Theater Company in the American Premiere of Nick Dear’s FRANKENSTEIN and SWEENEY TODD. Shakespeare Theater DC HENRY IV PART ONE, HENRY IV PART TWO (dir Michael Kahn) Hartford Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Williamstown Theater Festival (receiving his equity card in 1979) Troy Foundry Theater (American Premiere of Richard Dresser’s 100 YEARS). Edna Trunblat in HAIRSPRAY. Kevin played George in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and to this day his favorite role
Kevin was Artistic Director of The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York.
Three seasons with The Juilliard Acting Company on Tour America. Born and raised in the Capital District. Education: St. Mary’s Academy, Hoosick Falls, NY, The Hoosac School, The Juilliard School.
Taylor Hilt Mitchell (Hunk/Scarecrow/Dance Captain) is soaring “somewhere over the rainbow” because he’s back with his Cap Rep family and playing a dream role! Audiences might remember him at Capital Repertory Theatre as Norm Waxman and others in Jersey Boys this past summer, Eddie/Dance Captain in MAMMA MIA! or the Chief Male Elf in A Christmas Story. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Tumbling Carpet), The Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkin City), Suessical: The Musical (Wickersham Brother/Vocal Captain). Regional: Actor’s Playhouse: It Shoulda Been You (Brian), Carousel (Enoch Snow, Jr.), Evita (Dance Captain), Memphis (Perry Como, Dance Captain, Associate Choreographer). Proud graduate of Catholic University and proud AEA member. www.taylorhiltmitchell.com @taylorHmitchell Thankful.
Wesley (he/him) is over the rainbow to be where happy, little bluebirds fly. Cap Rep debut! Select credits: A Chorus Line (New York City Center, National/Japan Tours), West Side Story (Axelrod Performing Arts Center), The Oldenburg Suite (original cast album), Rent (Media Theatre), Cabaret (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Sweet Charity (BCCPA), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Clear Space Theatre), Damn Yankees! (Park Playhouse). He would like to extend thanks to the Cap Rep team for welcoming him with open arms. Special thank you to Maggie and Freddy for their trust and support. Endless gratitude to family and friends. For Justin. Follow @wesleycappiello or www.wesleycappiello.com.
Shannon is thrilled to be back at theREP! Previous Cap Rep credits include Jersey Boys (Mary Delgado), The Crucible (Abigail), Man of La Mancha (Antonia), and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Shannon is a resident company member of Troy Foundry Theatre (TFT) where she most recently appeared in their original musical City of Myth; Ilium Sings. Some other favorite stage credits include The Mouth, Not I (TFT) The Damned, Where There’s Smoke; Ilium Burns (TFT); Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker (NYSTI); Sally Bowles, Cabaret (Park Playhouse); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Walnut Street Theatre/ Riverside Theatre.) Shannon is a member of Hold on Honeys, an indie-folk vocal trio and is a proud member of Actors Equity. www.shannonrafferty.com @holdonhoneys
(Capital Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director) has worked on and off Broadway and in numerous regional theatres, directing more than 100 productions. As Producing Artistic Director of Capital Rep since 1995, she directs plays and musicals each season, including Shakespeare in Love, Nora, Red, Ring of Fire, The Secret Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird, Grand View, Metamorphoses, Terra Nova, The Irish And How They Got That Way, and Jersey Boys. A great proponent of history and the power of theatre to ignite young imaginations, Maggie has written and co-written several plays for Capital Rep’s On the Go Theatre for Young Audiences tours, including Pure Poe, They Built America: the Immigrants Who Built the Erie Canal, Friend of a Friend (with Jill Rafferty-Weinisch), Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella! (with Margaret E. Hall). She is the recipient of the Norman E. Rice Award for Excellence in Arts Education, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Chamber of Commerce and was named a Woman of Excellence by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. She holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University.
FREDDY RAMIREZ (Choreographer) is an Associate Artist at The Rep and Assistant Artistic Director at The Northeast Ballet Company. A former Broadway performer and In Forward Motion Dance Company member Freddy now calls upstate NY home. He most recently choreographed Jersey Boys, The Irish and How They Got That Way, Full Monty, She Loves Me, Mamma Mia, Camelot, A Christmas Story, Gypsy and the Secret Garden at the Rep. Other Directing and Choreography credits include Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Shop of Horrors & Nunsense for numerous regional and repertory theatres. Freddy has also been the Choreographer for into the Woods, All Shook Up, Aida, Pippin and Les Miserables at the School of Performing Arts Broadway program at Proctors Theatre. In addition to the musical theatre world Freddy has created choreography for plays including Shakespeare in Love, Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley, the Word Premieres of The Naked Influence and Some People Hear Thunder, and for national and international dance companies. His dance works have been performed in Germany, Italy and here in the US.
Eric Svejcar is a composer and music director based in New York City. At Capital Rep he arranged and performed in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris and its off-Broadway run at the Zipper Theatre. Compositions include Caligula, An Ancient Glam Epic (NYMF Audience Award winner), A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream (featured in the documentary Midsummer In Newtown), The Murder of Isaac, White Noise, and the musical podcast Loveville High with lyricist David Zellnik. He adapted and arranged Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. which has been performed by thousands of schools around the world. On Broadway, he conducted the Roundabout/Deaf West revival of Big River and played in the pits of The Little Mermaid and A Chorus Line (City Center). Off-Broadway he orchestrated Evil Dead, The Musical, and music directed numerous productions at the York Theatre including Marry Harry and the Musicals In Mufti presentations of Big, Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill, and Jerry’s Girls. He was a solo pianist with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and played piano and sang backup for Debbie Gibson at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Graduate of the Indiana University School of Music.
Stephanie Klapper counts amongst her greatest joys, working in live theatre with Maggie and the Capital Rep family. Stephanie Klapper Castings’s award-winning work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, on film, television, and streaming media. With the return of live theatre, recent projects include: Dracula (The Rep); The Rat Trap; The Daughter in Law; Chains (for Mint Theater); The Lucky Star; Goldie, Max, and Milk; The New Golden Age (all three for the Volt Festival at 59E59); Grace, the musical (Ford’s Theatre) Elf Quest, the audio movie; Ranked, the musical/HBO Documentary; Candide (Cincinnati Symphony / Philadelphia Orchestra). Stephanie, along with her exceptional team, is dedicated to continuing to expand and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business and is passionate about arts education. Connecting creative, caring people to each other to make extraordinary things happen is a driving force. Teaches for NYU’s New Studio on Broadway and USC’s dept of Theatre/Musical Theatre; participant NYU Tisch Women’s Mentorship Program and Fordham HS for the Arts. Member of the National Board of Governors for Casting Society and Board Member for Casting Society Cares. Co-host of the podcast Someone’s Thunder. For Bob and Florence.
Frank J. Oliva is a Cuban-American Stage Designer. He’s thrilled to be working with Capital Rep for the first time on this magical production. Recent work includes world premieres and new productions with The Weston Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Two River Theatre, Ars Nova, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Kitchen Theatre and The Cincinnati Symphony. Associate Designer on the recent Broadway productions of Death of a Salesman, Hangmen, Oklahoma!, and West Side Story. Theatre Designer for Netflix’s “Marriage Story”. Forthcoming projects at The Olney Theatre and Miami New Drama. Frank is the recipient of a 2022 Silver Palm Award, the 2021 OperaAmerica Director/Designer Prize, a 2017 Innovative Theatre Award and was nominated for a 2018 Audelco Award. His work has been featured in several publications and was exhibited at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design. Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and United Scenic Artists. Proud graduate of New York University. www.frankjoliva.com
HOWARD TSVI KAPLAN For twenty-five seasons Mr. Kaplan has been the Resident Costume Designer for the Sarasota Opera, where he has designed over 120 productions. His recent endeavors include designing the costumes for Blithe Spirit (Which he won Best Costume Award for Berkshire Area Broadway World Award) for Capital Rep; My Fair Lady, and Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Barter Theatre ; Streetcar Named Desire, Werther, and The Consul for Florida Grand Opera. Design credits include twelve years as the principal designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College; THE MIKADO at Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Man of La Mancha for the Olney Theatre for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.He was a resident designer for both The Alley Theatre, where he designed the American Premiere of…HENCEFORWARD, written and directed by Alan Ayckborn; and The Asolo Theatre, where he designed the World Premiere of Horton Footes’ Talking Pictures.
Rob Denton (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Capital Rep where he last designed Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors. Rob’s recent designs include Jersey Boy (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Fun Home (TheaterWorks).Chicago, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins (The Muny); The Cake (Repertory Theatre St Louis); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); The Marvelous Wonderettes (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Will Roger’s Follies (Goodspeed Musicals); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Under the Stars); Tosca and La Bohème (Opera San Antonio).Some of Rob’s upcoming designs include: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). @rdentexdesign
Nathan W. Scheuer (projection designer): Nathan is thrilled to be returning to CapRep, where he has previously designed Fly, The Irish…, and His Eye is on the Sparrow. Other select projection credits include Somnium (Rosin Box Project), Traffic & Weather (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Oslo (RepSTL), Guys & Dolls, Matilda, Gypsy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Muny), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Seussical (TUTS), A Charlie Brown Christmas; Live! (National Tour), A Taste of Things to Come (Broadway in Chicago), The Evolution of Mann (The Cell), Freaky Friday, The King in Concert, Johnny & June (New Theatre), Miss You Like Hell, Water by the Spoonful (TheatreSquared), Spamalot (Arkansas Rep) Lord Tom (The York). Nathan has also designed for artists like Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Selena Gomez, and Alice Cooper, as well as working with New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Lincoln Center Festival, Alvin Ailey, San Francisco Opera, and Center Theatre Group. Proud member of USA 829. www.nwscheuerdesign.com
Kylee Loera is a professional video designer, associate video designer, and content creator/video editor for live theatre, dance, and musicals based in New York. She’s excited to work at the Capital Rep! Kylee has also worked at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center, The Muny, The 92 YMCA Theater in NYC, Signature Theater, Theatre Row, Arts Emerson, MCC Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Triad, Metro and New Jewish Theatre, as well as the Delaware Theatre Company.
Jeffrey Salerno (He/Him) Jeffrey is thrilled to be making his Capitol Rep debut with Wizard of Oz. Most recently Jeffrey sound-designed Side by Side by Sondheim with Northern Stage in VT. Off-Broadway credits include Associate Sound Designer to Nathan Leigh on Space Dogs (MCC). Other regional credits include The Agitators & Pippin(Playhouse on Park) What the Jews Believe & Associate Design for Godspell(Berkshire Theatre Group). Jeffrey would like to thank his fiancé Melanie, his cat Thomas, and his friends and family for their love, support and constant music recommendations. For more information about him, visit www.jeffreysalerno.com.
Kristine Schlachter (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be joining Capital Rep. for her first production. Recent: Off-Broadway: Avenue Q, Emperors Nightingale (Nom. Off-Broadway Alliance Award), The Brothers Paranormal (World Premiere) Regional: Holiday Inn, The Glass Menagerie, Long Days Journey Into Night, Singing In The Rain, Big River, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, It’s A Wonderful Life, The 39 Steps, Shakespeare’s Will, Sheepdog NYC: As You Like It, The Marriage of Figaro, Raisin in the Sun, The Great Society, FAME!, Cyrano De Bergerac, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Roaring Girl, Her Portmanteau, Tartuffe, Allegro, The Secret Garden. BFA Syracuse University. Special thanks to my family for all your support.
Shayne David Cameris is a local boy and is THRILLED to be back with theREP. Credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre- Jersey Boys: (Bob Crewe/2nd ASM), Fly: (Reynolds), Cinderella: On the GO! (King et. al), Sleepy Hollow: On the GO! (Brom Bones), Camelot (Guilliam/Percussionist), Blue Sky Boys (CJ Caldwell); Lake George Dinner Theatre-Buyer and Cellar (Alex More) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Henry et. Al); Troy Foundry Theatre-Where There’s Smoke: Ilium Burns, The Prohibition Project: Ilium Was, Catastrophe Carnivale and New World Order; Saratoga Shakespeare –Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Mistress Quickly et. Al), The Winter’s Tale(Clown), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dull); Theatre Voices-The Birthday Party (Stanley). Creative Associate with Troy Foundry. Love to JSC. www.sdcameris.com
Michaela Savoie is thrilled to be working for Capital Rep Theatre! Prior to working on The Wizard of Oz, Michaela has worked backstage for Dracula, The True and Jersey Boys.
Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children’s books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. One of the most successful novels in American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sold out instantly, became a cultural sensation, and sold over three million copies before entering the public domain in 1956. Baum wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works, including 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and 55 novels. He made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. Baum’s writings remarkably anticipated innovations including television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high-risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work).
Harold Arlen (1905-1986) wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30’s and 40’s, including the entire score to the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Songs such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Last Night When We Were Young” are just some of the standards that live on today and have distinguished Harold Arlen as one of the Great American Composers of the 20th Century.
Born and bred in New York, Harold Arlen began his career as an accompanist in vaudeville and appeared occasionally as a band vocalist on records, often singing his own compositions. During his career he wrote over 500 songs, including “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and “I Love a Parade” (all with lyrics by Ted Koehler). Arlen had a long and productive partnership with Johnny Mercer with many resulting hits, including “That Old Black Magic,” “Blues in the Night,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” and “One For My Baby (and One More for the Road).” His Broadway musicals include Bloomer Girl, St. Louis Woman, House of Flowers, Jamaica and Saratoga. Films include The Singing Kid (1936), Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), The Petty Girl (1950), My Blue Heaven (1950), The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953), and Gay Purr-ee (1962). With Ira Gershwin he wrote the songs for 1954’s A Star is Born, starring Judy Garland, including the Oscar-nominated “The Man That Got Away.” Arlen won an Academy Award for the song “Over the Rainbow,” voted the 20th century’s No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
One of America’s greatest lyricists for stage and screen, Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended CCNY. Also a book writer (usually with Fred Saidy), director, and poet, Harburg wrote lyrics for more than 550 songs, including “It’s Only A Paper Moon” (with Harold Arlen), “April in Paris” (with Vernon Duke) and “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” (with Jay Gorney). His landmark musicals were Bloomer Girl (with Arlen) and Finian’s Rainbow. Yip was the final editor and wrote lyrics and continuity for the universally loved film The Wizard of Oz.
Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) was nominated for nine Oscars and won for Best Original Score for his work on the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz. As a young man, he studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin, where he also taught. He worked as a musical director for Arthur Hammerstein and later began writing music for the producer’s nephew, Oscar Hammerstein II, including some for the operetta Rose Marie. In 1929, he was signed to a contract by Louis B. Mayer; he spent the last 20 years of his life at MGM studios working on films, including Rose Marie, A Night at the Opera, Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Madame Curie, Idiot’s Delight, Northwest Passage, Mrs. Miniver, Mutiny on the Bounty, National Velvet and What Every Woman Knows.
Peter Howard (1927-2008) was an American musical theater arranger, conductor and pianist. Howard served as either music director or dance music arranger for 38 Broadway shows, including Chicago; Fosse; Carnival; The Sound of Music; Hello, Dolly!; 1776; Annie; Baby; My One and Only; Barnum; The Tap Dance Kid; Swinging on a Star; and Crazy for You. His movie work includes Stepping Out, Zelig, Mame, Annie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. A number of his songs have been heard on Sesame Street. For many years, he toured the United States and Europe in his one-man show, Peter Howard’s Broadway or Crazy for Musicals.
Larry Wilcox (1935-1993) orchestrated over 25 Broadway shows and tours, including The Yearling, The Three Musketeers, Singin’ in the Rain and Aspects of Love. He arranged and conducted recordings for the Boston Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, Shirley MacLaine, and Dionne Warwick. Mr. Wilcox also arranged nightclub acts for Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Ann-Margret, among others.
John Kane is an accomplished British actor and writer. An associate actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kane played Puck in Peter Brook’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside Ben Kingsley, Alan Howard and Frances de la Tour, before turning to comedy script writing. He began writing for Terry Scott’s sketch show Scott On, before taking over the reins on a project for Terry Scott and comic actress June Whitfield, which began as Happy Ever After and later turned into the longer-running series Terry and June, for which he wrote the entire first series and much of the subsequent run. His TV acting credits include Tommy in the 1974 Doctor Who serial Planet of the Spiders.
Kane also created sitcoms Me and My Girl (1984–88) with Richard O’Sullivan and Tim Brooke-Taylor, All in Good Faith (1985–88) with Richard Briers and Aztec drama The Feathered Serpent (1976–78). He also wrote for, among others, Never the Twain, Smuggler, and Rings on Their Fingers, and he wrote the “Six Napoleons” episode of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with Jeremy Brett in the title role. Turning to the stage, Kane wrote the RSC’s adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the West End Cole Porter tribute A Swell Party and the words and music in 2005 for The Canterville Ghost at the Southwark Playhouse. He also wrote the television film The Vamp starring Shelley Winters, children’s cartoon Britt Allcroft’s Magic Adventures of Mumfie, and won a CableACE Award for his screenplay Daisies in December, starring Joss Ackland. He collaborated with composer David Bass on a children’s opera Kids Court, which was premiered in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2007 by the North Cambridge Family Opera Company. He continues to write and act on both stage and screen.
Tom grew up in the business. His dad, Moose Charlap, wrote the classic “Peter Pan” that Mary Martin made famous on Broadway and on TV. His brother, Bill, is a leading Jazz pianist. Tom’s first gig after college was leading the group at The Tavern on the Green in Central Park, NYC. He’s played Broadway shows in NY and on the road and spent a year in the Woody Herman band.
Rick Hambright loves playing at CapRep! He is the retired chair of the East Greenbush School District Music Department. He is a woodwind doubler who has performed with the national tours of Grease, The Full Monty, The Drowsy Chaperone, Avenue Q, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Locally, he has worked with Park Playhouse, Cohoes Music Hall, MacHaydn Theater, and Artistree in Woodstock, VT, as well as playing with Manhattan Transfer, The Shirelles, Engelbert Humperdink, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and many others when they have come to the Capital District. Rick has played or conducted dozens of musicals hundreds of times! All my love to Josh for a speedy recovery!
Harry Lumb is a Schenectady-based guitarist and orchestrator specializing in musical theater; he has played at many theaters on the East Coast. This is Harry’s fourth production here at Capital Rep, and the fourth he has contributed musical arrangements to; he hopes to enjoy many more productions in the future.
Ian Kerr-Mace holds degrees in music from Rutgers University, the University at Buffalo, and SUNY Schenectady. As a drummer, he can be heard on releases from Brave Cove Records, No Sleep Records, Z Tapes, and Fivekill Records; has toured throughout the USA + Canada. As a low brass player, he can be heard on releases from Infrasonic Press and MSR Classics; has held positions with Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Schenectady Symphony, and Imperial Brass. Has also appeared in orchestras for Addams Family, Anything Goes, Bully No More, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys And Dolls, Hello Dolly!, Jersey Boys, The Music Man, Tarzan.
Tim recently celebrated his 50th year of playing musicals and was very happy that it happened during “Jersey Boys” at CapRep. Seven years – USAF bandsman. National tours: Opera a la Carte, The Dallas Brass, John Tesh, Michael Crawford, Brian Setzer, Ricky Fante, Guys & Dolls. TV appearances: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Soul Train. Broadway: Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes, Hairspray, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, Beauty and The Beast and more. Lead Trumpet for Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Frankie Avalon, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Rachel Zegler, Sutton Foster, Lindsey Mendez, Joe Piscobo, Kirstin Chenoweth, Laura Bell Bundy, Jim Walton, Christian Borle, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers. Background musician in SMASH, The West Wing, Red Dragon, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. With “The Wizard of Oz” being his 4th CapRep show, Tim hopes to get his “Five-Timers Jacket” the next time he comes back. JDS – Miss ya, buddy – get well soon!
CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE has a rich, local history of excellent entertainment and strong community relationships. Established in 1981, it came into existence through the dedication and perseverance of a group of Albany business, community and civic leaders. Donated labor, materials and expertise transformed the National Biscuit Co., a two-story-and-basement industrial building, constructed in 1888, located at 251 North Pearl Street, into what was to become the home of Albany’s first professional resident theatre.
Outreach was made to The League of Theatre Artists, a group of diverse actors, directors and playwrights, who spent summers at Art Awareness in Lexington. Working together, these artists, community leaders and an army of volunteers founded Capital Repertory Company. This initial investment of time and resources created the highly acclaimed, award-winning Capital Repertory Theatre with an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, and a history of producing more than 5,000 performances, employing more than 1,500 professional artists.
In all programs and services, theREP serves its mission by embracing the community as a source of inspiration. We embrace cast, crew and audiences from every background to expand the horizons of thought and understanding of the human condition through the power of theatre.
Personal Responsibility Statement: Proctors prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.