Meet the Tibbits Summer Theatre Tech Crew!
This group of people are not the ones on stage, but they certainly contribute to what happens there! Have you ever watched a performance and thought “Ooh, those are cool lights!” or “That painting is so realistic!” or even, “Wow! That set change worked flawlessly!” (ok, maybe that’s just for those of us who are theatre nerds…) Regardless, those reactions are all because of our behind-the-scenes crew–our costumers, painters, designers, props people, stage managers…they really make the magic happen!
Time for introductions!
Mark R. Abrahamson: Production Stage Manager
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Damn Yankees, Footloose, The Fox on the Fairway (8th season) Other Productions: Mark resides in Chicago where he has stage managed professionally for several theater companies including Fox Valley Repertory, Provision Theater, Circle Theater, Metropolis Performing Arts Center and Quest Theater Ensemble to name a few. Training: Studied Stage Management at SUNY Cortland. He would like to thank his wonderful cast and crew for their hard work and dedication and his wife, Lindsey Dakota for all she does to keep him sane. “Break legs and enjoy the show!”
Kat Brown: Assistant Stage Manager, Popcorn Theatre Stage Manager
Tibbits 2017: All productions (1st Season). Favorite Productions: The Haberdasher at Community College of Rhode Island (aka CCRI) (Stage Manager), The Rocky Horror Show at CCRI (Assistant Stage Manager) Training: Community College of Rhode Island. “I’m really excited to be starting at Tibbits this summer! Thank you, Justin, for always pushing me to work harder and to be better.”
SCENE SHOP CREW
Curran O’Donoghue: Technical Director
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Damn Yankees, Footloose, The Fox on the Fairway (1st Season). Favorite Productions: The Pajama Game, Carousel, The Mikado at the College Light Opera Company. Training: Clark University. “Everybody’s got a lesson to teach. Keep your ears open.”
Frank Blackmore: Scenic Designer
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Damn Yankees, Footloose, The Fox on the Fairway
Productions: Carnegie Mellon University: Ragtime, Cohoes Music Hall: Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, Aida, Plaid tidings, Annie, Les Miserables, Shenandoah University: Into the Woods, Bless Cricket…Training: BFA – Shenandoah University, Current MFA candidate – Carnegie Mellon University. “I would like to thank my parents who always supported me and to my beautiful wife who inspires me every day. R.I.P. Bill Blackmore”
Leon Kriser: Popcorn Scenic Designer
Tibbits 2017: Assisting with all shows (6th season), Popcorn Design (2nd season). Favorite Productions: The Princess and the Pea, Guys and Dolls, The Addams Family, all at Tibbits. Also designs for many plays and musicals with Tibbits Young Audiences.
Michael Brauer: Carpenter
Tibbits 2017: All productions (1st Season). Favorite Productions: Sweeney Todd, Romeo and Juliet, King Ubu, Mary Poppins. Training: Northern Illinois University. “Enjoy the show!”
Brandon Apmann: Carpenter
Tibbits 2017: All productions (2nd season)
PAINT & PROP SHOP CREW
Ryan Dziedziech: Scenic Artist
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Damn Yankees, Footloose, and The Fox on the Fairway (1st Season). Favorite Productions: The Good Soul of Szechuan, and The Winter’s Tale at Purchase PAC. Training: SUNY Purchase. “I’m filled with excitement, anxiety, and gas to be here. Thank you to Charles Burr for the job!”
Hannah Cormier: Properties Master
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Damn Yankees, Footloose, The Fox on the Fairway (1st Season). Favorite Productions: The Addams Family at Forest Roberts Theatre; The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at the Panowski Black Box Theatre, and The Producers at Lake Superior Theatre. Training: Northern Michigan University. “Everything is gonna be A-ok.”
Erin Sagnelli: Assistant Properties; Properties for Popcorn Theatre
At Tibbits: All productions (1st Season). Favorite Productions: Into the Woods, The Laramie Project and Carrie: the Musical all at CCSU, Iolanthe at Simsbury Light Opera Company. Training: Central Connecticut State University. “Enjoy the show.”
Catie Blencowe: Lighting Designer
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Damn Yankees, Footloose, and The Fox on the Fairway (1st season). Favorite Productions: The Rocky Horror Show at Sam Houston State University, Macbeth at The Young Actors Guild, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches at The University of Arkansas. Training: University of Arkansas, MFA Candidate and Sam Houston State University BFA. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” -Albert Einstein
Connor Michael: Master Elec. / Light Board Operator, Lighting Designer for Popcorn Theatre
Tibbits 2017: All productions (3rd Season). At Tibbits: A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Pippin, and 57 other student and community productions. Training: Spring Arbor University. “I am very excited to make my professional debut at Tibbits Opera House. I want to thank my mom, dad, sister, and T-TAB for everything they have done to get me to this point.” I am thrilled to be back at Tibbits.
COSTUME SHOP CREW
Marc, Lizzy, & Khaliyah (sitting)
Marc W. Vital II: Costume Designer
Tibbits 2017: The Cemetery Club, Footloose (3rd Season). At Tibbits: Peter Pan, Alone Together Again, Boeing Boeing, Oklahoma! Favorite Productions: Peter Pan, Godspell, Boeing Boeing. Training: The University of Alabama, The University of Missouri-Kansas City. “We can build a beautiful city-not a city of angel-but a city of men…”-Godspell
Elizabeth K Theune: Stitcher, Costume Designer for Popcorn Theatre
Tibbits 2017: All productions (1st Season). Favorite Production: Unnecessary Farce at UW-Stevens Point. Training: Pursuing BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. “I am a Senior, with the intent of graduating in December with a costume design emphasis.”
Khaliyah Copeny: Costume Designer
Tibbits 2017: Damn Yankees, The Fox on the Fairway (1st Season). Favorite Productions: 1776 at CSAS, Fiddler On the Roof at The Chattanooga Theatre Center. Training: Chattanooga School for the Art and Sciences. “History is subjective. The teller of it determines it.”