SCOT ALLAN (Ensemble) is excited to be back on the Gateway Stage after appearing in Thoroughly Modern Millie and last season’s Evita and 42nd Street. National Tour credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie (u/s Jimmy Smith), Grease! starring Frankie Avalon (Eugene). Regional credits include: Footloose, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theater). Originally from Boston, Scot holds a BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory. Many thanks to Robin and especially Mary; where would I be without you?
LAURA LEE ANDERSON (Ensemble) is happy as a clam to be doing her first show at the Gateway! Past achievements include: tapping in cowhorns (Will Rogers Follies National Tour), gogo dancing (1966, Off-Broadway) and Kit Kat Girl-ing (Cabaret, Trump Plaza). She is a recent and proud member of Actor’s Equity as well as an alumnus of Point Park University, Broadway Theatre Project, and Macy’s Santaland. Love to Pattyloo, Denny, Bunz and Soupy. P.S. Laura’s headshot looks nothing like her. “Sugar, sugar, step, step kick – present!”
STEVEN TED BECKLER (Vittorio Vidal): proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, 18 years. Broadway: The Most Happy Fella - Lincoln Center (Pasqualle cover), Beauty and the Beast (Weds. mat. Gaston, Beast cover). National Tours: The Producers (Franz Liebkind & Roger Debris cover), Beauty and the Beast – Los Angeles (Beast standby, Gaston cover). Off-Broadway: Little Kit (The Vineyard). Regional: Carousel (Billy Bigelow), 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), A Chorus Line (Don), Chess, Into the Woods, Big River, Showboat, Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Fiddler, South Pacific, Cabaret.
ABBIE BRADY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be working with Mitzi Hamilton again! National tour: Oklahoma! 1st National (Gertie Cummings), Hawaiian tour of A Chorus Line (Kristine), Regional: North Carolina Theatre; A Chorus Line (Judy Turner), West Side Story (Teresita), Funny Girl and Mame with Loretta Swit, Arts Center of Hilton Head; Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl, and Babette US). Appearances include: Star Search, performances with Judy Collins and Jeff Foxworthy. Graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. “Hearts” and hugs to the Millie cast, who forever changed my life! For my parents, sisters and niece Emma! Thank you Lord for all your blessings.
PAUL CASTREE (Oscar) made his New York City Opera debut this spring as Jake in The Most Happy Fella. He most recently appeared on Broadway in All Shook Up, and was thrilled to work with Twyla Tharp in Billy Joel’s hit musical Movin’ Out (lead vocalist stand-by). Paul originated the role of Bobby C. in the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, and was an original cast member of Footloose (Garvin), The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Grease! (Eugene) starring Rosie O’ Donnell. Paul was featured in the concert and subsequent recordings of The Actors Fund’s Dreamgirls (Nonesuch Records) and Hair (Ghostlight Records) which was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award. National Tour: Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). Off Broadway, Toronto and L.A. productions of Forever Plaid (Jinx), L.A. Ovation award, Canada’s Dora award – Best actor in a musical. On television Paul was featured in the HBO documentary All Aboard (three 2006 Emmy nominations) and played Lea Thompson’s brother, Chris Duffy, on Caroline in the City.
IRA DENMARK (Herman): Regional Theatre: Leo Frank in Parade, Myron Berger – Awake and Sing, Baker – Into the Woods, Otto Kringelein – Grand Hotel, Ladislov Sipos – She Loves Me, Mendel – Falsettos, Treasurer Cooley – Anyone Can Whistle, Bela Zangler – Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Man of La Mancha (Sancho Panza), Carnival (Jacquot), Anything Goes (Moonface Martin), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), 42nd Street (Bert Barry) and Passion (Lt. Lombardi). Television: Stacked, Ally McBeal, General Hospital, Passions and Port Charles. Ira is a member of the Actors Studio, The Musical Theatre Guild and Actors’ Equity Association.
MARY GIATTINO (Assistant to the Choreographer/ Dance Captain/Ensemble) is so happy to be back on stage after just choreographing Gateway’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Gateway credits include 42nd St. (Choreographer/Lorraine), Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun, A Chorus Line, Meet Me in St. Louis and The King & I. This past May, Mary was the Assistant Choreographer to Randy Skinner, on Of Thee I Sing, at City Center, starring Victor Garber. Other credits include; White Christmas (L.A. Co-Asst. Dance Captain/Swing), 1st Nat’l Revival Tour of 42nd Street (swing), Radio City Rockette. Many thanks to Paul, Robin, and Mitzi for this wonderful opportunity. Mary is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. All my love to Rick and my amazing family.
JAMES GINNEVER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this cast of Sweet Charity. Other credits include National Tour: Cats, Regional: Will Rogers Follies, Damn Yankees, Grease, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, West Side Story – Pepe, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat – Asher. Thanks to Family and Friends.
MURISA HARBA (Ursula/ Ensemble) graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with a BFA in Theatre Studies and a minor in Dance and Art History. Last seen in The Rivals at the Huntington Theatre, Murisa is ecstatic to make her debut at Gateway! Murisa’s favorite roles have included Rose of Sharon in Grapes of Wrath, Jenny in Company and Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus, which she toured with the National Players during their Summer Shakespeare Festival based in Maryland at the Olney Theatre Center. Murisa also holds medals in Latin Ballroom dances, Samba, Rumba and Cha-cha from Massachusetts’ Bay State Challenge Competition. Murisa created, directed, choreographed as well as played the Red Queen in the new musical, White Rabbit, which premiered at the Huntington Theatre last May and then again in Amherst last August. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Bobbie and Gavin for everything!!
KAREN HYLAND (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Gateway after performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie and the spectacular Holiday Spectacular!! Recent credits include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Gemini) at Repertory Theatre of St Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Radio City Christmas Show (green polar bear/Barbie), European Tour of Grease (Patty), National Tour of Joseph... (wife), Atlantic City company of 42nd Street (Phyllis), and Anything Goes (Charity). Much thanks to Robin, and everyone at Gateway! Enjoy the drummer!!! He’s really good!!!
IAN LIBERTO (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Gateway. National Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Regional: Cabaret (Emcee), Oklahoma (Will Parker), 42nd Street (Andy Lee), Beauty and the Beast, Grand Hotel. Ian is a graduate of Millikin University. Much love goes out to his friends and family for their unrelenting support!
MICHAEL NEWMAN (Ensemble): Credits include Prince Music Theatre: Dave in Dreamgirls, Randy in Gemini: The Musical (staged reading); Arden: Hero (u/s) in Forum; Virginia Musical Theatre. Mike holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of the Arts, and is a graduate from the Governor’s School for the Arts. Many thanks to Mitzi, Forrest, Cletus, Pete, and Mom.
APRIL NIXON (Helene): a 1998 Olivier Award Nominee, is honored to be a part of the Gateway family! April’s B’way credits: Tommy (Acid Queen), CATS (Tantomile), and Smokey Joe’s Café (performed all 4 women). Nat’l Tours: The Wiz (Starring Stephanie Mills, Glinda u/s), Fosse (Principal), Damn Yankees (Lola/Opp. Jerry Lewis). April is proud to have worked with New York City Opera in Candide, La Rondine, & Cinderella (Starring Eartha Kitt). April has also appeared at City Center’s Encore Series in Purlie (with Blair Underwood), Golden Boy (Alfonzo Rebiero), and The Pajama Game. Off-B’way: Lonestar Love (u/s Ms. Quickly). Film: Man on the Moon (with Jim Carrey). TV: The Wire (principal), The Dave Chapelle Show (principal), and Law & Order: SVU (principal). April has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls (JoAnne/Deana u/s), We Will Rock You (Las Vegas) etc… April thanks her mother Valarie for all of her love, support, and money. April thanks her beautiful daughter Samaria, and God for everlasting love! April is a proud member of Actor’s Equity!! Enjoy the show!
ANTUAN RAIMONE (Ensemble) is happy to be making his first appearance here at the Gateway Playhouse. Antuan recently completed Kiss Me Kate (Paul/DC), Lyceum Arrow Rock Theatre and has been blessed to travel around the world once with both Stiletto Entertainment and PGT, Inc. B.F.A., Missouri State University. Favorite credits include: Smokey Joe’s Café (Ken Ard), American Heartland Theatre; Sweet Charity (Brother Ray), STAGES, St. Louis; School House Rocks Live (Willis), Coterie Theatre. Antuan would like to thank his family for their love and support and God for this wonderful gift; may I use it in the way you have meant it.
BRANDON RUBENDALL (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut! Past theatre credits include Falsettos (East Coast Tour), Crazy For You (Fulton Opera House). A few of his favorite roles include 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Grease (Danny Zuko), and Children of Eden (Japeth). He has performed at various theme parks (Hershey Park, Six Flags Great Adventure) as well as sailing the high seas as a featured dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He would like to thank his family for their constant support: “Thanks Mom, Todd, and Nicole!”
KIIRA SCHMIDT (Charity) is thrilled to be joining the Gateway family! She was last seen in the Kennedy Center’s production of Mame starring Christine Baranski and Harriet Harris. Kiira has toured with the North American companies of Fame, Crazy For You, and most recently A Chorus Line, playing the role of Cassie. Other regional credits include: Damn Yankees; I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Grease; Anything Goes; Gypsy; The Spitfire Grill; among others. Internationally, Kiira has danced throughout the Czech republic and Spain with the Florida based modern dance company, Vital Spark. She wishes to gratefully thank Mitzi for this opportunity, and as always, lots of love to her friends and family.
LEAH SPRECHER (Nickie) is excited to return to the Gateway stage after performing the role of Anytime Annie in last season’s production of 42nd Street. Favorite past credits include: the 42nd Street National tour and Cinderella at Paper Mill Playhouse. This fall/winter you can see her in Pirates of Penzance at the Goodspeed Opera House. Many thanks to Gateway for this wonderful opportunity!
MELISSA SYBIL (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Gateway. She was last seen in Gateway’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Happy to be back home in Bellport, Melissa just finished the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies. She has performed with the Rockettes in St. Louis, Detroit and NYC. Regional Theater credits include: Crazy for You (Patsy), The Music Man and Carousel. Melissa has her BA in Writing from CUNY Hunter College. A million thanks to Mom, love to my family and MG.
RICHARD E. WAITS (Big Daddy Brubeck), an Actors Equity member, started his career in a television commercial with the legendary Ginger Rogers. Mr. Waits is glad to be making his Gateway Debut in a “Fosse” show directed by “Fosse legend” Mitzi Hamilton! Currently, Mr. Waits can be heard on the upcoming lost treasures CD of Bob Merrill’s Prince of Grand Street. Other credits include; the rock musical Ministry of Progress; the soulful Diedra Murrays’ Best of Both Worlds (Sweet Daddy); A Tale of Two Cities (featured); The Prince of Grand Street (Jim), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Swing (Everett), Dreamgirls 20th Anniversary Concert and CD (featured), La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob), Pippin (Leading Player); Dreamgirls (Curtis); Fangs (Ty and Curtis); A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig/Charity Collector); Ain’t Misbehavin (Andre). Many thanks to; his agent Shirley Faison. Dance teachers; Amanda Turner, Diana Laurenson, Richard Pierlon. Acting teacher “guru”; Sande Shurin, Laura Stanczyk. Voice teacher; Mark Planner. Friends, colleagues and family; Linda Twine, Paul Castree, Chris Willis, Jeff Feuer, Frank Minieri (Il Cantinori Restaurant), the “other” family, and to “coco” without you I am nothing!
KATY WOOD(Ensemble) just returned from the North American Tour of 42nd Street. This year she also performed on a USO Tour to Italy, Turkey, and Egypt. Katy has performed in regional productions of Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, La Cage Aux Folles, Fiorello, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She earned her BA in Dance from Barnard College, Columbia University. Katy has appeared in ...Millie and 42nd Street at Gateway and is excited to return for Charity.
BRAD YORK (Ensemble) a native of Portland, OR, is thrilled to be back at Gateway after appearing in Oliver earlier this season. NYC and regional credits include: Iron Curtain (World Premier - The Prospect Theatre Co.); The Grinch in Seussical the Musical (Fulton Opera House); Reg in Full Monty (The Gateway Playhouse); Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes (Arizona Broadway Theatre) and Sparky in Forever Plaid. National Tour credits: 1st Officer Murdoch in Titanic '03. Brad is a graduate of Linfield College (BA/Music) and Arizona State University (MM). Thanks and love to my family back in Oregon. Robby…48888…always!
PAUL ALLAN (Producer) has been involved in theatre since before he can remember. In the early days of Gateway, he spent his summers following around his grandfather who had his hands full trying to make ends meet - running a theatre in the 60’s. Paul grew up here, looking forward to each summer and being able to do more each year. By the time he was a teenager he was beginning to take charge of maintaining this 7 acre complex as well as becoming an integral part of the back stage crew. In the 80’s as a young Gateway producer, Paul spent part of the winter months working in NY on many off-Broadway shows - serving as technical supervisor, production manager, and/or show carpenter. At the same time he co-founded a touring company whose shows traveled throughout the US and other countries worldwide. The set rental company was also founded at this time and Gateway scenery is constantly being trucked to various theatres across the country. The main focus, though, is still the productions he produces here for our patrons. This season began with his 158th production, as well as a new generation of producers added to the Gateway Family—Paul’s first son, Luke.
MITZI HAMILTON (Director/Choreographer) is best known for her association with Michael Bennett’s legendary A Chorus Line. She provided the inspiration for the character of Val, and performed the role in the original London Company and then on Broadway. Subsequently, she went on to direct and choreograph over 30 productions of A Chorus Line in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Ms. Hamiltons’ performance career includes eight classic Broadway shows. Her directing credits are: Damn Yankees; Jesus Christ Superstar; I Do, I Do; Stepping Out; The Boyfriend; Gypsy; Sweet Charity; Evita; Grease at The Muny in St. Louis, The Sound Of Music at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Ohio and Bob Fosse’s Chicago with John Davidson. Mitzi is delighted to return to Gateway Playhouse where she directed A Chorus Line. She would like to thank everyone at the theatre for their dedication and special talents. She dedicates this production to the memory of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.
FRED BARTON (Musical Director) is happy to return to Gateway, having arranged and led the band for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Sugar. Fred made his NY debut in 1982 as arranger/performer/ pianist in the internationally acclaimed Forbidden Broadway; in 1985 the show won its first Drama Desk Award and plays on into the 21st century. Fred followed with Miss Gulch Returns!, a one-man performance of original songs that still plays to critical and popular acclaim across the country and generated a popular CD. Mr. Barton’s third off- Broadway project, Whoop-Dee-Doo!, played a season each in N.Y. and London, won two Drama Desk awards, and was recorded by RCA Records. On Broadway and on tour, Fred has conducted Anthony Quinn in Zorba, Harold Prince’s Cabaret revival, Cy Coleman’s City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follieswith Marla Maples Trump, and Camelot starring Robert Goulet. He has accompanied and/or arranged for Madeline Kahn, Lucie Arnaz, Andrea McArdle, Patti LuPone, Matthew Broderick, Betty Buckley, Mimi Hines and Tovah Feldshuh among many others. Fred was Associate Composer of the hit series “The Magic Schoolbus” starring Lily Tomlin, and contributed music for Michael Moore’s “The Awful Truth”. Fred’s orchestrations are played by symphony orchestras around the country, and he has orchestrated a number of albums: “A Bag Of Popcorn And A Dream” (a collection of rare songs by Wright & Forrest), “A Wrinkle In Swingtime” (a big band collection with singer Elena Bennett), “My Place In The World”(for Broadway singer Neva Small), and “Torch Goddess” (for Broadway singer Karen Murphy). See www.fredbarton.com for more.
ROBIN JOY ALLAN (Casting and Artistic Director) has been the Casting Director at Gateway for the last twelve years. Four years ago, she became the Artistic Director at Gateway which includes not only several Manhattan excursions to cast all productions, but involves planning advertising strategies for all productions, hiring creative staff, designing season ads, posters and booklets, overseeing artistic aspects of each production, costumes, sets and wigs, overseeing Children’s Theatre, beautifying the Gateway property from choosing paint colors for actor housing, to adding new perennial floral additions to the Gateway landscape. Prior to moving back home into the wonderland setting of her childhood, she did thrive in Corporate America, spending five years in Los Angeles, casting several TV pilots, MOW’s and feature films. You’ll find her name on the feature films; Parenthood, When Harry Met Sally, Lord of the Flies, Side Out and Ghost. Along with her Artistic and Casting Director duties, she is the force behind Gateway’s Acting School Division, where she teaches the advanced classes. This is her most impassioned work. Her daughter Hayley, inspires her every day. She hopes her effort is good enough to honor her family, and their amazing effort all these years to bring theatre with integrity to Long Island.
KIM HANSON (Lighting Designer). A veteran of many Gateway Productions (Ain’t Misbehavin, Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, Camelot, Gypsy, Groucho, Peter Pan, Smokey Joe’s Café, Annie Get Your Gun, and his first show at Gateway the unforgettable Baby), Kim is glad to be back for this production of Sweet Charity. Some National and International Tours he has designed include, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Sophisticated Ladies, Song and Dance, and Evita. Kim has been resident designer for Chen and Dancers, and The New American Ballet Ensem- ble and has provided lighting and production management for various artists such as Ray Charles, Barbara Cook, Gregory Hines, Bobby Short, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Robert LaFosse, and Darci Kistler.
KELLY TIGHE (Scenic Designer) Off Broadway: Almost Heaven. Regional: Aida, Cats, The Full Monty, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Gateway Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy, My Fair Lady (Contra Costa Musical Theatre); Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph/Dreamcoat (Ohio’s Carousel Dinner Theater); West Side Story, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Diablo Light Opera Co.); Around The World In 80 Days, The Pavilion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Center Repertory Co.); The Laramie Project, A Midsummer Nights Dream (PPAS/ NYC). Mr. Tighe served as the resident Scenic designer for Western Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse (The Music Man starring William Katt and Josie DeGuzman, and the world premiere of Will’s Women starring Amanda McBroom), as well as Center Rep in the San Francisco Bay Area. Television: Sunday Night Woah! (starring Mo Rocca) for Animal Planet as well as several spots for Verizon, Kit Kat, Disney, and the Oxygen network. Awards and recognitions: Northern California’s “Shellie”, Drama-Logue, and the S.F. Bay Area’s Outer Critic’s Circle. Kelly resides in New York City.
LESLEY NEILSON-BOWMAN (Costume Designer) has worked as a professional costume designer since 1992. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been seen at CT Reperatory Theatre, Boston Post Road Stage Company, SOHO Repertory Theatre, Judith Anderson Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Syracuse University, The Blue Heron Theatre, The Centennial Theatre Festival, and Long Wharf Stage Two. She served as resident costume designer for the Downtown Cabaret Theatre Children’s Co. in Bridgeport Ct. from 1996-2005, as well as continuing to design numerous shows for the Cabaret’s mainstage. Lesley lives in Washington Ct. with her husband Peter, and boys Ian and Zachary.
CONNIE BAKER (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to Gateway Playhouse, where she was Stage Manager for The Fantasticks as well as Holiday Spectacular 2005 at the Patchogue Theatre. She is pleased to be working again with Director Mitzi Hamilton, whom she has worked with on many productions literally full circle around the world. She recently was Stage Manager of I Love You, You’re Perfect at the Carousel Dinner Theatre, where she’s also served as PSM on Footloose, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Other credits include the 2005 Elan Awards in NYC honoring Susan Stroman, as well as the 2004 Elan Awards, the Off-Broadway show NEWSical, Penguin Rep, Actor’s Fund HAIR at the New Amsterdam and Broadway Cares Nothing Like A Dame at the Marquis in NYC. She is married to John Sabo and mother of Kristine Ogena, and a proud member of Actors’Equity Association. Many thanks to Paul and Robin Allan for bringing our family into the Gateway family.