"Count Portabello Porcini"
"Margaret Ann Olsen"
Swing, Assistant Dance Captain
Swing, Assistant Dance Captain
Swing, Dance Captain
Berton has had a lifelong love affair with popular music. As the lead guitarist of the rock group The Knack, Berton co-wrote their hit single, “My Sharona”, which was awarded Billboard magazine’s 1979 Song of the Year, and their first album set a record for going Gold in two weeks. From The Knack, Berton went on to session dates and tours with such disparate performers as The Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Bette Midler, The Cowsills, and Sarah Brightman. In 1993 he joined the respected Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where he met his partner in crime, Rob Meurer.
Beginning his career with Jim Henson and the Muppets, Mark Saltzman won seven Emmy Awards for his songs (including “Caribbean Amphibian”) and sketches for “Sesame Street”. For the movies, he wrote “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” and “Three Ninjas Kick Back”. For TV, the WGA-Award nominated “Red Sneakers” with Gregory Hines, and the Emmy-winning TV musical “Mrs. Santa Claus” starring Angela Lansbury, and scored by Jerry Herman. Mark’s stage musical “The Tin Pan Alley Rag” was presented by New York’s Roundabout Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse and throughout the country. Member of Dramatists Guild, graduate of Cornell. More: MSaltzman.com
Rob’s musical theatre collaborations with Berton Averre have been seen in productions and festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and regionally, as well as featured in the ASCAP/Disney Workshop. Rob came to prominence in 1980 through his keyboard and arranging work on Christopher Cross’ Grammy-sweeping debut album, and has toured internationally with major acts. He was Music Director for Shelley Duvall’s celebrated Showtime series, “Faerie Tale Theatre”, and been awarded gold and platinum records as well as being thrice cited for excellence by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. More: RobMeurer.com
Mr. Herman has appeared on Broadway in “Contact”, “A Chorus Line” (Mike), “Leader of the Pack”, “Song and Dance” (First National Tour), “Big Bad Burlesque” (off-Broadway), “Die Soldaten” (NYC Opera), and was the associate choreographer for Michael Bennett’s pre-Broadway workshops of “Scandal”. Mr. Herman has directed and/or choreographed World Premier musicals all over the country. He choreographed “George Lucas Super Live Adventure”, Jane Fonda workouts, “Tabalugo and Lilli”, and the 1987 National Tour of “Dreamgirls”.
Mr. Verastique was in the original Broadway companies of “Contact”, “Chicago”, “Victor/Victoria”, and “Carousel”. Other Broadway credits include “Miss Saigon”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936”, and the world premiere productions of “Hearts”, “Jekyll and Hyde”, “Spirit”, and the Broadway workshop of “Fosse”. Rocker danced six years in American Ballet Theatre, spent four years on the television series “Fame”, and was the male lead in the award-winning music video “Nasty”, opposite Janet Jackson. He has choreographed for stage and screen all over the country.
Linda Madonia has been a Music Director and Conductor in the Chicago area for the past 30 years. Selected credits include: “The Man That Murdered Sherlock Holmes”, and “The Producers” (The Mercury Theater); “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, and “Double Trouble” (Porchlight Music Theatre — where Linda also serves as an Artistic Associate and Chair of the Education Committee); “Leo on Ice” for Leo Burnett (Chicago Theater); and, “Forbidden Broadway: SVU” (Royal George Theater). For the past ten years, Linda has been the music director for Chicago’s equity “Joseph Jefferson Awards”. Linda owns American Eagle Productions, a touring theatre company that takes shows and workshops directly into schools, and has been doing so for twenty-four years, presenting 250 shows a year.
Natasha has over 30 years of professional experience in performing, choreography, broadcasting, writing and directing both domestically and internationally (“Cats”, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “Joseph and the Amazing Techni-color Dreamcoat”, TV series “Fame”). She is Musical Theatre Faculty/ Director/ Choreographer at The University of Texas Austin and Artistic Director for New Musical Development, producing workshops for new musicals such as “Princesses”, “ZM” (Zombie Musical), “Giant Steps”, “Midsummer Nights”, and “Persuasion”. She is on the producing team for the new Broadway shows “Half Time” (formerly “Gotta Dance”) and “The Prom”.
Richard Friedman has served as Theatre at the Center’s General Manager since 2011. He has held leadership positions at many arts organizations, including nine years as Managing Director of Northlight Theatre, and stints at Organic Theater, Art Resources in Teaching, and The Institute for the Arts in Boston, MA. He is founder of the Illinois Arts Alliance and is the former President of the Board of CAN TV in Chicago. He has produced multiple commercial theatre productions and is also a published poet.
Vasi is a multi-award winning Creative/Commercial Producer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Film. Credits include: “Passing Strange” (TONY and Drama Desk awards); “The Housewives Of Mannheim”; William Finn’s, “Make Me A Song” (NY New World Theater); “Masked” (NY Daryl Roth 2); “The Chocolate Tree” (NAMT); and in development, “The Amanda McBroom Project”. Films currently in development are “Sissyman”, “A Stonewall Riot Story”, and “The Girl With Pink Hair”. Vasi has shepherded and executive produced several new works selected for various festivals such as NAMT, 59E59, Edinburgh Festival, and Lincoln Center Summer Festival. She was executive producer and GM at Theater 47, an Off-Broadway theater in NYC.
Don is a multi-talented comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer. He is a veteran of fifteen feature films and television productions. He is currently the Producer of the 2016 feature film, “The Things We’ve Seen”. Don is the Founder and Director of the Stray Dogs Improv Group, which has harnessed the power of young comedians to raise tens of thousands of dollars for charities since 2008. Don has also educated young people in the US and overseas for 20 years and was named the 2014 American Legion Indiana State Educator of the Year.
Behind the Scenes
Scenic Design, SCOTT ADAM DAVIS
Costume Design, BRENDA WINSTEAD
Lighting Design, DENISE KARCZEWSKI
Projection Design, ROSS HOPPE
Sound Design, BARRY G. FUNDERBURG
Sound Design, MICHAEL J. PATRICK
Properties Design, BRITTNEY O’KEEFE
Wig Design, KEVIN BARTHEL
Production Stage Manager, KRISTI J. MARTENS
Production Manager, BRIAN CLAGGETT
Main Title Illustration, GLEN HANSON
The Royal George Theatre
1641 North Halsted Street (just north of North Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60614
The Royal George Theatre is 4-stage complex in the heart of Lincoln Park (located across the street from the world-famous Steppenwolf Theatre). Additional features include a popular eatery (the Balena Restaurant), walk-up box office, online tickets (Ticketmaster), full service bar, and valet parking.