Meet our Team

Tyler Garofalo, Director/Choreographer

Tyler has been dancing since kindergarten and started teaching dance lessons as her first job in high school.  She has continued instructing dancers, both recreational students and competitive performers at the regional and national level.  Tyler has performed in Oklahoma, The Music Man, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, Annie, and The Sound of Music.  This year marks her fifth year as director and choreographer for Manchester Summerstage (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, and summer theatre camp).  Tyler has also directed the fifth grade musical at Manchester Memorial School for the past ten years; once even writing the book for Happy Birthday Hans to accompany music by Mark Ronson.  She spent last spring and summer creating virtual performances, video editing, and sharing musicals in a new way.  When not directing, choreographing, dancing, or watching musicals, Tyler teaches third grade.  She is currently enjoying her latest (and most important) accomplishment, mom to Carly and Dewey.

Abby Frost, Music Coordinator

Abby is serving in her third year as Director of Choirs at Ipswich High School. An experienced music and drama educator, Ms. Frost has taught at the middle, high school, community, and collegiate levels since 2003. She also serves as Choral Conductor for First Church in Wenham, where she leads the Senior and Junior choirs in regular worship and biannual works with orchestra. Ms. Frost also has extensive experience as a director, vocal coach and musical director for opera and musical theater productions; she has served as Music Director for productions at Ipswich High School, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Miles River Middle School, Manchester Summerstage, and Stebens Childrens Theater, and served as chorus master for Luther College Opera Theatre. Her own stage credits include straight theater, musical theater, and opera, and many years of choral singing with Lorelei Ensemble, Boston Cecilia, Tanglewood Symphony Chorus, Tucson Chamber Artists (now True Concord), Tucson Symphony Chorus, and she served as president of Nordic Choir of Luther College under Weston Noble. Ms. Frost has presented at the All-State Convention for the National Association for Music Education and for the Massachusetts chapter of ACDA, and she served as guest conductor and clinician at the state and regional level with singers of all ages. Prior to her time in MA, Ms. Frost has led singers in the Tucson Girls Chorus, the University of Arizona Vocal Jazz Ensemble, public schools of Mason City, Iowa, and sacred choirs in both Tucson, AZ and Decorah, IA. Ms. Frost earned a dual music education/performance degree from Luther College (IA), a Masters in Choral Conducting from University of Arizona, and National Board Certification. A native Minnesotan, Ms. Frost lives in Ipswich.

Sophia Collins, Music Director

Sophia is currently studying at Salve Regina University with a major in Music Education and a minor in Theatre Arts. She spent 9 years on stage with Manchester Summerstage, most recently as Belle in their production of Beauty and the Beast in 2018. Sophia is so excited to be Music Director this summer after growing up in this program! She is actively training in vocal and acting performance in various choral ensembles, vocal lessons, acting classes, and theatre performances. Sophia is also training to be a vocal instructor and is so ready to take everything she is learning in her courses and applying it to this summers production!

Jenny Hersey, Stage Manager

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 MSS 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.