WHO WE ARE...
Try-City Stage is a new name for some very familiar faces in our area. Our talented local production company includes -
Bill Thomas (Artistic Director) - Bill started his "show business" career at the age of ten as an Irish Step Dancer and singing in a boys choir at church. He went on to become the Connecticut State Champion Dancer until he was injured playing high school football. So...let's give singing a shot! He attended Hartt College of Music where he performed major roles in all four years while also performing roles with the Connecticut State Opera in Hartford, CT. Having won several vocal awards in the east by age 21, he was the youngest soloist to perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, MA. Moving to NYC, he has soloed at Carnegie Hall, has sung with NYC Opera, and has performed over 50 leading roles in musicals, operas, operettas, oratorios, and cabaret performances in NYC and throughout the east coast, receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post, BACKSTAGE, Show Business, and BILLBOARD and was also featured in the centerfold of the American Way magazine.
While still performing in NYC, Bill started as a temp with Macy's Department Store in Herald Square. After a brief period of time, he worked his way to Corporate Senior Executive and stayed with the company for 17 years. In 1995 Bill received "Special Congressional Recognition" for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community. Locally, Bill has directed 11 shows and is best known for his portrayals of Emile de Becque in South Pacific, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Currently, he is the founder of TRY-CITY STAGE, a real estate professional at Hawks Nest Realty in Port Jervis, and the managing director and soloist with The Jimmy Sturr Singers for the past 10 years.
Bill has been a resident of this area for 19 years and...HOPES YOU CAN SUPPORT THE ARTS and...TRY-CITY STAGE!
Melissa Thomas (Choreographer) - Melissa began her career singing with the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choir. She continued studying the performing arts at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Bowling Green State University before her move to NYC, where she received her professional training from the city’s best. Her professional credits span the Dinner Theatre & Summer Stock circuits and include performances at the Duplex Cabaret, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Memorable roles include “Marian” in The Music Man, “Annie” in Annie Get Your Gun and “Babe” in Pajama Game. Locally she appeared in Baby at Forestburgh Playhouse, Noises Off and Something’s Afoot at Tusten Theatre and Mystery of Edwin Drood at Museum Village Playhouse. Melissa choreographed the past 15 Presby Musical Productions and is the resident choreographer for Delaware Valley and Port Jervis High Schools for which she has received critical acclaim. She also teaches dance classes and offers theatre dance workshops in the area. Melissa received the Helen Hayes Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography in 1999 and was also honored with Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding & Invaluable Service to the Community. She is delighted to be on board with Try-City Stage.
Sandy Stalter (Music Director) - Sandy graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Theater Arts. After graduate school she moved to New York City and worked for many years as an actress, pianist, and recording studio singer. Currently Sandy works as vocal coach for the Delaware Valley Middle and High School drama clubs; teaches private voice lessons through her company, OnStage Productions; and is lead singer and keyboard player for the Northern Lights Band. During business hours, Sandy operates her own travel agency, OnStage Travel based in Milford, PA where she lives with husband George and daughter Kelsey, a theater student at Syracuse University.
Kim Golden (Lighting Director) - Kim has directed and produced over 42 projects, including most recently 42nd Street and Hello Dolly, in this, her 25th year as director and advisor of the Delaware Valley High School Drama Club. In addition to directing, she has appeared in 18 Presby Players productions, including Bye, Bye Birdie, How to Succeed in Business…, South Pacific, Evita, and Into The Woods. She has served as lighting director and stage manager for Presby, CTG, and Pike Co. Arts Alliance. Kim received her B.S. in Music Education from Millersville University, and a M.Ed. from Wilkes University. She has also trained in lighting design and acting at Muhlenburg College, and studies theater dance with Melissa Thomas. 2008-2009 marks Kim’s 33rd year of teaching general classroom music at the Delaware Valley Elementary School.
Steve Davis (Technical Director) - With well over 200 productions over the past thirty-some years, Steve has done everything from produce and direct to help actors change costume. As a performer, favorite roles include Dindon (La Cage aux Folles), Governor and Mayor (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), and Sherrif Earl (All Shook Up) for the Forestburgh Playhouse; Major-General (Pirates of Penzance, Sidney Lipton (God's Favorite, and Abbot Costello (Monky Business) for Creative Theatre (and/or) Muddy Water Players; Harry MacAffee (Bye Bye Birdie) and Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof) for Presyby Players and Caldwell Cladwell (Urinetown) and Oscar (Curtains) right here at Try-City. He has directed such shows as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Funny Thing...Forum, Accomplice, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Damn Yankees. He designs and builds sets for both the junior and senior high productions of Delaware Valley High School as well as at various theaters and is also technical director and a member of the board of both Forestburgh Playhouse and CT-MWP. Steve lives in Milford with wife Lorelei and sons Dan and Josh.
Dana Zielazny (Scenic Artist) -
Dana has been involved with theatre since she was nine years old. Primarily
acting and dancing, she was involved with Preseby Players and Delaware Valley HS
Drama throughout her high school years. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of
Arts in Technical Theatre with a concentration in Set Design and Scenic Art from
Indiana University of PA. She was involved with the Presby Players for 15 years,
most recently The Fantasticks (The Mute, Scenic Artist), Fiddler on the Roof
(Scenic Artist) and Oklahoma (Dancer, Scenic Artist). She was a member of her
university's dance company for two years.
She recieved a Barbizon Honorable Mention at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her Set Design for a new play, POCKETS, which was also choosen as one of the six plays to perform during the festival. Currently she is living in West Chester, PA and is very excited to be able to come back up to her home town to be involved with Try-City Stage.
LeeAnn Soriano (Graphic Artist) -
Jim Quinlan (Accompanist) -Jim Quinlan is a resident of Westtown, NY. He traveled with Up with People for two years as a musical director and founded The Playhouse Children's Theater before earning his degree in English Education from SUNY New Paltz. He currently teaches English in the Pine Bush School District and can regulary be heard playing piano at The Bradstan Inn in White Lake, NY. He frequently accompanies local musicals and is thrilled to be a part of Try-City's debut musical.
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