Tyler Garofalo has been performing since the age of five. She has studied all styles of dance and has performed in such musicals as Oklahoma, The Music Man, Annie, Carousel, The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun. She has been a dance instructor for preschoolers through adults for over 16 years and has choreographed award winning routines for her competitive dance teams at The Dance Company in Wilmington, MA. She has directed and choreographed annual musicals for the Manchester Memorial fifth graders for the last eight years. One year, she wrote the script to accompany songs written by Mark Burrows for Happy Birthday Hans! In addition, Ms. Garofalo currently teaches third grade and teaches dance lessons through the Manchester Parks and Recreation department. As an arts educator, Tyler hopes to give students the same opportunities to be on stage that she so enjoyed as a young performer. She is most excited to make magic happen onstage.
Music Director (Vocal)
Sara Rhuda is a recent graduate of MERHS and now attends NYU Tisch's School of The Arts studying musical theatre in the New Studio on Broadway. She gets to sing and dance all day long in the most magical city in the world and feels SO unbelievably lucky to be doing what she loves. She most recently directed Pippin at MERHS for her SCORE project. She's been singing as long as she can remember and performing in the community since 5th grade and her favorite shows include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and her performances at Manchester Summerstage in Oklahoma!, Wizard of Oz, and Anything Goes. Sara has been studying singing and dance for several years and is thrilled to share everything she's learned with the students of MERSD. She is excited to work behind the scenes in such a company that she's been doing shows with since seventh grade. Read more about Sara at sararhuda.com
Music Director (Orchestra)
We are also thrilled to announce that Abby Frost will be returning to Summerstage this summer as Music Director, orchestra. Abby has been the Music Director for some of our favorite Summerstage productions including, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. We are so grateful for the talent and experience Abby brings to our team.
Jenny grew up with The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Grease always on the TV, and in the audience for dozens of musicals at NSMT. She has been attending Summerstage productions since 2001, and officially became a part of the team in 2008. Jenny began by working with the stage crew, doing everything from painting sets and creating props to operating spot lights to moving sets backstage. After working as Stage Manager for the Manchester-Essex Drama Department beginning in 2008, in 2010 she became our Stage Manager where she worked through Music Man, Oklahoma and The Wizard of Oz. She rejoined Summerstage in 2018 as the Technical Director. Jenny is a graduate of Emerson College with a BA in film production.
Assistant to the Directors
Sophia Collins is a recent graduate from MERHS and is currently studying at Salve Regina University with a double major in Secondary Education with a History concentration and a minor in Theatre Arts. She has spent the last 9 years on stage with Manchester Summerstage, most recently as Belle in their production of Beauty and the Beast. Sophia is so excited to move behind the scenes this summer as Assistant to the Directors as this show, The Music Man, was the first show Sophia was ever a part of and it holds a big place in her heart! Sophia is actively training in Vocal and Acting Performance in various choral ensembles, vocal lessons, acting classes, theatre performances in Salve Regina’s theatre club, as well as being a part of their Main Stage spring show. Manchester Summerstage has shaped Sophia into the performer she is today and she hopes to have a similar impact on the rising cast members.
Lighting & Sound Design
Robert is a Sophomore at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Manchester Summerstage alumnus. He started his Summerstage career as Winthrop in The Music Man after 5th grade, and ended his acting career as Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown after 12th grade. Robert also spent 6 years as a lighting, sound, and stage technician (for MERHS Drama Club and later Summerstage after graduation). He loves acting and tech-ing equally with all his heart. He loves music, and spends time DJ-ing (non-professionally) at school and also plays Field Hockey at George Washington University for their club team ranked 8th in the nation.