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.