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MARY POPPINS

NORTHERN STAGE  Presents
Directed by Chad Larabee
Choreographed by Keith Coughlin 
Set Designer Ken Goldstein
Costume Designer Karen Ann Ledger
Lighting Designer Travis McHale
Sound Designer Ben Montmagny
Wig Designer Robert Pickens
NORTHERN STAGE, White River Junction, VT

CAST

SEAN BELL (Bert) couldn’t be more excited to be part of Northern Stage’s Mary Poppins! He has performed in numerous theatrical productions in NYC and across the country. On television he has appeared in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Amazon’s Z. Many thanks to his ever-supportive friends and family and all the awesome people at blocNYC! Visit www.SeanWBell.com for more information about previous and upcoming projects and follow him on social media if you feel so inclined. No pressure.


KYLE BRAND (Ensemble) is a New York City based actor and director/choreographer. Regionally he has been in Hartford Stage’s A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas and was a part of Goodspeed Musicals’ “Festival of New Artists” in the stage reading of Lincoln in Love with music by David Friedman. He has also been in numerous productions at the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. He has assistant directed Mark Waldrop on A Funny Thing... at Paper Mill Playhouse and The Sound of Music at the Olney Theatre Center. His directing credits include Altar Boyz (Playhouse on Park), Damn Yankees (Monomoy Theatre) and will return to The Hartt School to direct their production of Titanic. His choreography credits include Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, Cabaret (Monomoy Theatre), Spamalot (New London Barn Playhouse), Barnum, and Spring Awakening (The Hartt School). He holds his BFA in Music Theatre from the Hartt School.


ERIC BUNGE (George Banks) As Managing Director since March 2013, Eric is part of Northern Stage’s leadership team responsible for day to day operations and for guiding the Barrette Center for the Arts from dream to reality. Northern Stage performance credits include roles in Twelve Angry Men (2013) and Clybourne Park (2014). Eric founded the Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, MN in 1988 – served as Managing Director until 2010 and as Project Manager/Owner’s Representative during the 2006/07 construction of Commonweal’s new home. In 2011, he joined the Great River Shakespeare Festival of Winona, MN as their first Managing Director and led a successful reorganization process. Eric and Gayle; daughters Kelley(19), and Jayne(15), are pleased to call the Upper Valley their new home.


TONY CONATY (Neleus/Ensemble) Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tony is overjoyed to be back at Northern Stage after choreographing 13 for their Summer Musical Theater Intensive. He recently graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Credits include Bud Frump in How to Succeed..., Jack in Into the Woods, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. Much love to my family this holiday season. www.TonyConaty.com


GREGORY DASSONVLILE (Ensemble/Dance Captain/U/S Bert) is ecstatic to be returning to Northern Stage, this time on Cherry Tree Lane in the beautiful Barrette Center for the Arts, having last been seen in White Christmas in 2013. His credits include: National Tour: Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Ensemble; U/S Dr. Frankenstein). Regional: Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Opera House), Funny Girl (Riverside Theatre), The Music Man (Ogunquit Playhouse), Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Seussical (Weston Playhouse), and They’re Playing Our Song and Gyspy (Ivoryton Playhouse). He would like to thank Northern Stage, Carol, Chad, and Keith for sharing this gift of a show and their endless support, his family, and endless amounts of love to Graham and Raina. BFA Syracuse University. Follow him on Instagram: Dassaburg.


DIANA DIMARZIO (Mrs. Corey/Miss Andrew) Broadway: The Visit (Annie), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), National Tours: The Light in the Piazza (Signora Naccarelli), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Man of LaMancha (Aldonza), Evita (Mother), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit). Regional: Williamstown Theater Festival - The Visit (Annie), June Moon (Goldie), Ten Cents a Dance, and McCarter Theater; American Conservatory Theater- Sweeney Todd; Colonial -The Gondoliers; Arrow Rock - Man of La Mancha; Westport Country Playhouse -The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim; International: Bavarian Radio Orchestra Sweeney Todd (Cast recording), Carmen (Frasquita). Soprano soloist with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Opera (Sweeney Todd) Richmond Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Agean Chamber Orchestra (in Ephesus), New Composer’s Forum (Lincoln Center), Carnegie Salutes Carnegie (Pittsburgh Civic Arena), Music of the Italian Cinema (Symphony Space). Broadway cast recordings: The Visit, Sweeney Todd. Film & TV: Find Me Guilty, The Sopranos. Recipient of National Italian American Foundation Grant. Graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University. dianadimarzio.com


ROMANEY GRANIZO-MACKENZIE (Ensemble) is in 9th grade at Hanover High School and excited to be in her third show at Northern Stage. She has previously appeared in White Christmas (Child Ensemble) in 2013, and A Christmas Carol (Young Fan) in 2014. She performed at the New London Barn Playhouse this summer in Sound of Music (Louisa), also as a Junior Intern for her second year. She recently acted in Taming of the Shrew at her school as Gremio, as well as participating in When in Rome with Trumble Hall Troupe as a muse. She would like to thank Carol for this opportunity and all staff for making this show so beautiful!


ELLIE HACKETT (Ensemble) is very excited to be back for her second show at Northern Stage! She was seen last year as Young Belle and Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Ellie has also appeared in The Music Man, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and Hello Dolly! at the New London Barn Playhouse and has been a member of their Junior Intern Company for three years. Favorite roles include Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew and Celia in As You Like It (Junior Intern Company), as well as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Richmond Middle School). Ellie is fifteen years old and is a freshman at Hanover High School. In her free time, she enjoys doing ballet and playing the piano.


PETER HACKETT (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman) is the Avalon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Theater at Dartmouth College. From 1994 – 2004, Mr. Hackett served as Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Cleveland Play House. Of the over 80 plays he produced at the Play House, six moved to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters earning national distinctions including Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and the AT&T On-Stage and Obie awards. In addition to over twenty productions at the Play House, Mr. Hackett has directed at professional theaters across the country and abroad. He most recently directed A Christmas Carol at Northern Stage, Gypsy at the New London Barn Playhouse, and Steve Martin’s The Underpants at the Monomoy Theater on Cape Cod. His production of Joe Sutton’s Orwell in America, premiered at Northern Stage last spring, will open next fall at the 59E59 Theaters in New York.


SUSAN HAEFNER (Winifred Banks) is making her Northern Stage debut. Recent credits include Juliana in The Other Place at Weston Playhouse and Brooke in Other Desert Cities at Shaker Bridge Theatre. Earlier in 2015 she appeared as Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, a sold out and extended run at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her Broadway credits include State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street. Tours include Billy Elliot (national tour and Toronto) and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis (national tour and London’s West End). Susan is a long-time Weston Playhouse Theatre Company member and has appeared regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Barter Theatre, and Florida Studio Theatre. She received her MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.susanhaefner.com.


CAROLINE HAMILTON (Jane Banks), a 6th grader at Hartford Middle School, is honored to be joining the cast of Northern Stage’s Mary Poppins in the inaugural season of the Barrette Center for the Arts in her hometown of White River Junction. Caroline’s prior experience includes playing Patrice in Northern Stage’s 13, the chorus of Chandler Center for the Art’s performance of Cinderella, and Miss Hannigan in Dothan Brook School’s production of Annie. Caroline has also performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Pentangle Arts Council and Yes, Virginia at Dothan Book School. Caroline has been an avid gymnast since the age of three, plays lacrosse, sings in the school chorus, and plays the clarinet. She has been creating music and singing duets with her uncle since she was two, where began her love of music and the stage! She lives in Vermont with her parents and two older brothers, who are all incredibly excited to be along for the ride.


STEPHEN HUMES (Robertson Ay) is truly honored to return to the Upper Valley and to be a part of such a milestone season at Northern Stage. Audiences may remember him as the Steward in last year’s production of Into the Woods. New York: Take Ten Theatre Festival. Selected Regional: Monty Python’s Spamalot (New London Barn Playhouse), The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Last Train to Nibroc (Lyric Repertory Co.), Songs for a New World (Jimmy Fund), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Powerhouse Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (CT Free Shakespeare), and As You Like It (Valley Shakespeare Festival). Ithaca College: Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Gone Missing (Man 1), Mere Mortals (Chuck II/Degas), and The Shadow Box (Mark). Stephen is a native of Connecticut and currently resides in NYC. He would like to thank Carol Dunne and the incredible team at Northern Stage for making this production possible. “This one’s for you Mom! (As requested).” BFA: Ithaca College


EMILY KRON (Mary Poppins) Recent Credits include: Into the Woods (Northern Stage), As You Like It (The Denver Center), Spelling Bee, Cabaret (Playhouse on Park), Last Five Years (Westchester SB), The Europeans (Atlantic Theater), Red Light Winter (Primary Stages), Trouble Tales, Morpheus Quartet (Williamstown Theater Festival), Gardenplays (NYTW), Sweet Tooth (Cherry Lane Theater), Love in a Tub (LaMaMa), Brenda (NYCFringe), The Seven Sicknesses (EPBB). Emily has her own band, Em & The Fates, where she’s performed renown venues, such as 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, BB King The Bitter End, The Highline Ballroom, and more. Infinite thanks to Northern Stage for being an incredible home and for giving her the opportunity to play Mary Poppins; seven year old Emily is freaking out. Training: BA Middlebury College. Emilykron.com. Always, love to M & D.


HENRY LANG (Ensemble) is celebrating his 10th year of involvement with Northern Stage. He appeared in last season’s A Christmas Carol and played a Munchkin several years ago in The Wizard of Oz. Last summer, Henry performed in the dance corps of Once On This Island at Arkansas Repertory Theater. Favorite credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Hanover High), Horton in Seussical (NCCT), and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (New London Barn). Offstage, Henry competes on the swim team. He hopes to pursue a career in journalism or genetic counseling. Many thanks to Henry’s family, friends, and teachers for their support. Hugs to Carol!


BEN MANNING (Michael Banks) is a 10 year old 4th Grader at the Upper Valley Waldorf School. He lives in Quechee with his parents, older brother, and younger sister. Ben enjoys skiing, climbing, unicycling, reading comics, and all things Star Wars. This is Ben’s second performance with Northern Stage, and he’s so excited to be in Mary Poppins this holiday season.


CHRIS MCNIFF (Northbrook/Ensemble) is a 2013 Barnie Alum and is elated to be back steppin’ in time with Carol and Keith at Northern Stage! Chris just finished making his NYC debut in Oh, Kay! with Musicals Tonight! at Theater Row on 42nd Street. Earlier this year, Chris could be seen on the National Tour of Memphis. Other credits include Arkansas Repertory Theater, Artpark, The Prizery, and HJT. BFA, Elon University. Thank you to friends, family, MT14, and LKF for their endless support. Let’s go fly a kite! www.chrismcniff.com


KATE MELODIA (Annie/Ensemble) Very happy and grateful to return to Northern Stage!! Recently co-choreographed for the Tamburitzans in Pittsburgh, (show will be playing at the Symphony Space theater in New York). White Christmas at Northern Stage, My One and Only at Cohoes Music Hall, and multiple shows in Pittsburgh (choreographed – Legally Blonde and Carousel, to name a few). Family matters so much - Love you Mom, Dad, & Olivia. Friends, I love you. Leo, I love you. Carol, your call means the world – thank you for being so supportive.


MEREDITH MORHUN (Jane Banks), age 14, is in the 8th grade at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover. This is Meredith’s fourth holiday show at Northern Stage. Previously, she was in Annie (July), Peter Pan (Jane) and A Christmas Carol. She has also appeared in White River Toyota’s television commercials as Lady Pete. Other than performing, Meredith loves to play ice hockey and spend time with her family and Black Lab, Logan. Meredith would like to thank her parents, hockey coaches, teachers, and both Carol and Chad for this wonderful opportunity to perform in the new theater.


LIZZY NICHOLS (Fannie/Ensemble) is thrilled to be spending her holidays in her Northern Stage debut with Mary Poppins! Earlier this year Lizzy played the title role in Peter Pan and Fastrada in Pippin at the Tibbits Opera House, created a solo show in NYC, and got married! Other theaters she has worked at include Paper Mill Playhouse, NSMT, and Ogunquit Playhouse. Thanks to my husband, family, and friends!


NEVA RAE POWERS (Mrs. Brill) has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, recitalist, teacher, and arts administrator as well as a stage director, musical director, choreographer, and producer in both the USA and Europe. Before departing for Europe in the 1980’s, Ms. Powers appeared in the Broadway productions of King of Hearts, Peter Pan, Barnum, and Can-Can as well as dozens of roles off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Since returning to the USA theatre in 2005, Ms. Powers toured the country with the Broadway production of Little Women (Aunt March), starred in Grey Gardens (Big/Little Edie) for the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (CEA recipient), Other People’s Money (Bea Sullivan) for the John W Engeman Theatre, The Beautiful Lina Cavalieri for Teatro Grattacielo (both in NY), The Clandestine Marriage (Mrs. Heidelberg) for the Centenary Stage (NJ), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig) for Syracuse Stage, and Man of La Mancha (Housekeeper) for the Pioneer Theatre. Ms. Powers has starred as Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Kevin Kline Award for Best Performance in a Play), the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (CEA and Acclaim Award), the American Stage Theatre (St. Petersburg), the Northlight Theatre (Chicago), the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, and for TheatreWorks (Hartford CT). Ms. Powers is the only actress to play “Flo” in both Temperley’s Souvenir and Peter Quilter’s adaptation of her life in Glorious (Fulton Theatre, PA and Phoenix Theatre). Miss Powers is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is honored to be a part of Mary Poppins for Northern Stage.


ANGELICA RICHIE (Katie Nanna/Miss Smythe/Ensemble/U/S Mary Poppins) is thrilled to be making her Northern Stage debut this holiday season with this magical show! Previous favorites include National Tours: ELF (1st National), Damn Yankees! (u/s Gloria) New York: La MaMa Experimental Theater Co., ALMA NYC. Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Gateway Playhouse, Arizona Broadway, Starlight, SD. Training: Upright Citizens Brigade Improv, UCLA Musical Theater. Thanks to everyone at NS for this gift and her family and friends for their endless encouragement.


DOROTHY STANLEY (Miss Lark/Bird Woman) is thrilled to “feed the birds” on the new Barrette Center stage and blessed to appear in yet another Northern Stage production! Audiences may remember her as the ditsy neighbor, Dottie, in Good People and Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods, as well as appearances at Opera North, the Barn Playhouse, and Shaker Bridge Theatre in NH. This summer’s Guys and Dolls marked her 22nd production at The Weston Playhouse. Broadway credits include 17 productions. She has also appeared in 4 National Tours, and over 100 regional productions. She’s honored to sing Walt Disney’s favorite song, which relates to what she does for the feathered friends who visit her, year-round, in Vermont.


MILLIE STANLEY (Willoughby) An AKC recognized Canine Good Citizen and registered Therapy Animal, Miss Millie has aspired to work at Northern Stage ever since seeing Mom perform in Good People at the Briggs Opera House. She made her debut co-starring with Mom at the Westchester Broadway Theater (Elmsford, NY) in 42nd Street. Other credits include A Little Night Music (New London Barn Playhouse), My Fair Lady (Opera North), and most recently Guys and Dolls (The Weston Playhouse). She’s thrilled to add Mary Poppins to her resume and to perform on the new Barrette Center stage. She was adopted by Ms. Stanley from “Broadway Barks” in 2007 and lives with Mom and Dad in Mt. Holly, VT.


WILL STEDINA (Michael Banks) is a newcomer to Northern Stage and is very excited to be part of this extraordinary production in the brand new theater. Will is 9 years old and a 4th grader at Stockbridge Central school where he played the role of Wilbur in last year’s Charlotte’s Web. In his free time he enjoys soccer, football, skiing, baseball, and playing piano. Will is very thankful for his family and their support. He is also exceptionally grateful to Chad, Eric, and the rest of the cast and crew of Mary Poppins for their infinite guidance and direction.


JACOB TISCHLER (Policeman/Von Hussler/Ensemble) is tickled to return to the Northern Stage team. National Tour: Flashdance: the Musical (Jimmy). Northern Stage: White Christmas (Mike/Ensemble). New London Barn Playhouse: Forever Plaid (Sparky), Spamalot (Prince Herbert), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lucas Brickman), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), and Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest). In Spring see him sleuthing in The Hound of the Baskervilles, right here at Northern Stage!


TAYLOR WRIGHT (Ensemble) is a Dallas, TX, native and a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University. Credits include: Mary Poppins (New Bedford Festival Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate! (New London Barn Playhouse), Gypsy (Hangar Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor (Atlantic Stage), HAIR, A Chorus Line, The Rocky Horror Show (Coastal Carolina). Thanks to the team at Northern Stage for having me! Enjoy the story, enjoy the show! www.jtaylorwright.com