HMMS MUSICAL STAFF BIOS

Director - Kristen Chapman, is excited to be a part of her 14th show. Kristen currently teaches 6-8 chorus, 6/7 general music. When she isn't with her students making music she can typically be found at any of her son's events, music or sports and most recently has taken up a second residence in a hockey arena. Her past shows include:
Music Man Jr - 2004
Once on This Island Jr - 2005
Aladdin Jr - 2006
Guys and Dolls Jr - 2007
Willy Wonka Jr - 2008
Annie Jr - 2009
Seussical Jr - 2010
Mulan Jr - 2011
High School Musical Jr - 2012
The Little Mermaid Jr - 2013
Beauty and the Beast Jr - 2014
Disney's Alice and Wonderland Jr. - 2015
Lion King Jr. - 2016

Assistant Director - Leslie Rench, is excited to be a part (officially) of her 10th show. Leslie is recently an "empty-nester" with her eldest graduated from Champlain College three years ago now, and now off to pursue his career on the West Coast, and her second and third children off at college one at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and University of Connecticut. Leslie's middle son will graduate from RPI and her daughter from UCONN this year, it's a big Spring for her to be certain!  Leslie teaches fifth grade at White River School and lives with her husband Dave in Quechee, VT. Leslie is also our costumer extraordinaire on top of the many other duties she performs in this role.

Costume Angel - Rosemary Whitman is excited to be a part of another of our shows, Rose began working with us several years ago now and like so many wonderful souls hasn't left us!  When she isn't costuming something, for us, the high school or for Hanover's shows, she is usually with her beloved husband Norbert and/or her grandbabies!  She truly is an angel among us!  Thank you for your dedication to your craft and the kids!!!

Choreographer - This year our choreographer is coming to us live via Skype (ah the blessings of the computer age).  Cassandra North is a Hartford Graduate from the class of 2016 and is currently a freshman in Rhode Island at Roger Williams University.  Cass has sweetly devoted several hours to learning the choreography pieces and was "present" for the audition and selection process.  We miss having her here in person but are so happy to continue our work together for another year.  We love you Cass, thank you!

Stage Manager - AJ DeFelice is a freshman at Hartford this year and you'd probably recognize him if he stepped onto stage.  He is no stranger to our productions having had a leading role in all three shows he appeared in while a student here at HMMS.  He played Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast Jr, the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland Jr, and has double duty as Mufasa and Grown Simba in his final role for Lion King Jr.  We are excited to work with AJ in this capacity as the theater is a passion of his and he brings that love to everything he does.  Hopefully he will want to do this again for the next few years...

Props Mistress - Kenna Hausler is a senior at Hartford High School and is returning for her job of props mistress.  We love that Kenna is back for another year with us, she lives in Wilder with her Mom and Dad.  Kenna was in Mulan Jr., High School Musical Jr. and Little Mermaid Jr. while she was a student at the middle school.  We will miss her when she heads off to school in the 2017-18 year.  She's not yet settled on a school but whatever she does we are positive she will be fantastic at it!

Assistant Props Mistress - Paige Blish will reprise her role as assistant props mistress this year, looking to take the reins next year when Kenna leaves her position.  Paige is working to learn all that is required of a skilled props mistress to include finding varying levels of oddities.  Paige was a backstage superstar in her time at the middle school and like AJ and Kenna and others before we hope she's around for the next few years of her high school time.

Set Design/Construction Leader - Jeff Potter, assured me we have a couple more years still to build sets together and I do have an imagination when it comes to that whole, bigger is better mentality, especially on a limited middle school budget. Fortunately for me Jeff has a great imagination and he doesn't back down from a challenge, and my scribbled drawings, can be challenging to say the least! Jeff's worked with us since Willy Wonka Jr. and I can only imagine the beauty that lies in wait in those unassuming pieces of lumber.

Ticketmaster - Lisa Thompson, is back to reprise her role with us, I believe she will have some wonderful helpers with her but this is a thankless jobs in many ways and she has handled it with grace and grit!  Thank you Lisa for volunteering another year.  Lisa works full time and runs herself from one child's activity to another, sports or music they keep her on her toes.  Her son Michael is a sophomore this year at HHS and her daughter Erin is in 7th grade.

Assistant Ticketmaster - Tonya Cameron has volunteered to help Lisa with this monumental task and we couldn't be more grateful.  Tonya works at Dartmouth and is super supportive sports, and musical mom, her son Nick is a Sophomore at HHS and her daughter Bailey is in 8th grade this year.  Tonya and her husband Loren can be found at any of the various sporting fields, rinks or courts when they aren't both working their day jobs.

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