Friday, August 1st, 2014

Theatre Staff

John Stephens - Executive Director and Producer

Mr. Stephens was appointed to the position of Executive Artistic Director on October 21, 2008 after spending 3 seasons as Director of Marketing for The Little Theatre On The Square. John spent 10 years with The Decatur Park Singers serving as Road Manager and the Director of The Decatur Young Park Singers. From 2001 until 2006 John taught at St. James Catholic School in Decatur, IL and served as head choreographer for the Lincoln College Express in ­Lincoln, IL during that time as well. John was born and raised in Glasford, IL and graduated from Lincoln College with his Associates degree and attended Millikin Univeristy majoring in Vocal Music Education. John’s passion for theatre started at a young age as the Ringmaster in the Illini Bluffs First Grade Circus program (the only speaking role in the entire show) and has grown from there. If you look really close, you might catch John on stage from time to time. John was last seen as Melvin P. Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and Reuben, one of the brothers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. John is a frequent soloist at area churches and concert series events. John currently resides in Sullivan with his partner Timmy Valentine. Together they own and operate the Harrison Street Inn.

Therese KincadeAssociate Artistic Director

Therese was named the Associate Artistic Director in May of 2013. Therese joined the staff of The Little Theatre in the fall of 2011 as the Tour Director booking and directing musicals into schools in the Midwest.

She started her acting career at The Little Theatre as the Reverend Mother in Nunsense in 1998 a role she will be reprising in October 2013. More recently she has been seen on stage as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and Violet in 9 to 5. In addition, she has been featured at LTOTS in Anything Goes, The Music Man, Oklahoma, Footloose, Baggy Pants Burlesque, Annie, Showboat and White Christmas. She also serves as the artistic director for our Theatre for Young audiences during the summer season. Therese especially enjoys teaching acting in our education program to middle school students, high school students and adults.

Therese has been directing the highly acclaimed spring musical at Charleston High School since 2001. And because she doesn’t have enough to do, she and her husband, Bob, have owned and operated What’s Cookin’ Restaurant in Charleston, IL since 1980.

Lori HarbaughBusiness Manager

It’s hard to believe, but this year marks Lori’s 30th season with The Little Theatre On The Square. She is a lifetime resident of Sullivan who has been known to show up on stage from time to time. These days she’s more likely to be found in her office shuffling mounds of paperwork, ensuring that things continue to run smoothly behind the scenes. Her performance bug has been satisfied for the last nine years by her work with “The Prairie Winds”, a local group who entertains weekly at area nursing and retirement homes. Lori wants to send a huge “thank you” to her wonderful, dedicated box office staff for their loyal support and hard work over the years. We couldn’t do it without you!

Heather Weber

Heather Weber - Education Director

Heather began her dancing with the Royal Academy of Dance where she later taught with a focus on classical ballet, character dance (Hungarian, Russian and Polish folk dance), free-movement studies, tap, jazz, and musical theatre. In ‘99, she received her Elementary Grade Certificate, with one of the Nation’s highest scores (doc. in the R.A.D.’s Dance Gazette), along with her Primary Grades teaching certification. Through her training with RAD, she completed many master classes with Petrus Bosman, Cynthia Harvey and David Howard and throughout central Illinois, choreographed numerous musicals, show choirs, bands, and promotional events. Professional credits: TLTOTS: 9 to 5, The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmeier), Grease (Cha Cha), Chicago, The Full Monty (Estelle), Hair (Mom, Tribe), White Christmas, Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque, Annie, Show Boat, Best Little Whorehouse in TX (Angel), Aladdin, Funny Girl, & West Side Story. Tours: TLTOTS’s S.T.A.R. tour’s premier seasons, the Brat Pack (back-up dancer/temp. lead vocalist) and also appeared with Weird Al Yankovic on his Poodle Hat Tour (Anarchy Cheerleader – Smells like Nirvana). Commercial/Bill Board: Busey Bank, Manolo’s Pizza, Horizon Hobby, & Dallas & Co. She received her education in theatre arts at Parkland College, (Five Kinds of Silence (Janet), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Omnes), Cabaret (Fritzie/Kost U/S)). Directing: TLTOTS: The Wizard of Oz Jr., Seussical Jr., Beauty & The Beast, Jr., Honk! Jr. Heather is thrilled to return to TLTOTS as the Education Director after a short stint on the beach, working in a lighthouse and stand-up paddle boarding. Thank you for supporting the arts!

Mallory Murphy - Company Manager, Marketing & Special Events Coordinator, Box Office Assistant

Mallory has been a member of the TLTOTS family year-round for three years now. She got her start at The Little Theatre at the ripe old age of nine with her first role as Violet Beauregard in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1995, and from that point on, performed every chance that she got.

She later went on to study music theatre and creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She eventually made her way back to her theatre home in 2011 as a box office assistant and advertising sales manager. She then performed on the children’s educational tour through TLTOTS performing four shows for nine months all over Illinois.

Since then, Mallory has worn several different hats around the theatre including spot light operator, house manager, drama instructor, dance instructor, sound board operator, assistant stage manager, company manager, and most recently added: coordinator of fundraising, marketing and special events…and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

David J. Scobbie - Technical Director/Production Manager

David is thrilled to be back on a full time basis at his home away from home, The Little Theatre. Dave most recently was the assistant technical director for Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University. Dave is a 2009 graduate from Webster University in St. Louis where he majored in technical theatre with an emphasis in sound design. Dave first started at The Little Theatre as Sound Designer in 2006 and has been working here on and off since. His favorite shows include Honky Tonk Angels and Les Miserables.

Donna Newcome - Second Act Gallery and Box Office
Donna has the great honor of running The Second Act Gallery which opened in mid September. She truly enjoying seeing both the artists with their work as well as the patrons admiring it.

2009 marks her sixth seaon working with the Little Theatre. She say working with because we really do all work together. When it is show time, you do whatever is needed to be done, whether it be taking tickets, working the box office or ushering people to their seats.

Donna comes to the Theatre by way of the County Clerk’s office. She held the position of Chief Deputy County Clerk for 9 years. Donna feels truly blessed to have a job she loves working with people she adores.

Angelo Torre and Iggy Torr

Angelo Torre - Properties Design

Angelo is happy to be back in Sullivan at the theatre he considers home. He returns after a 10 year absence. Angelo has toured the continent with various shows including The King & I and How to Succeed in Business. For the last 10 years he has been in NYC on Broadway and television. For TV he’s done props, scenery and lighting for Conan O’Brien, Martha Stewart, several soap operas, the Kennedy Center Honors and The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Theatrically, Angelo’s worked on such Broadway shows as You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Kiss Me Kate, Top Dog/Underdog, Into The Woods, Grey Gardens, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Smell Of Success, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Curtains and a bunch more. He’s worked with folks such as Brian Stokes Mitchell, Drew Carey, Brooke Shields, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Christina Applegate, David Hyde Pierce, Harvey Fierstein, Christine Ebersol, Wayne Knight, Mos Def, Jeffery Wright and on and on and on. Angelo and his pal Iggy the dog want to thank Miki, John and Lori for EVERYTHING they’ve done for us and we hope you enjoy the skit.

Arlene Denning

Arlene Denning – Ticket Office Manager

Arlene returns to The Little Theatre On The Square for her 17th season. In the real world, she is a kindergarden elementary teacher at Lovington Grade School. After school, she continues teaching at Sullivan Preschool. Between her busy schedule and the schedule of husband John, she hopes they can coordinate their free time and “get away” a little.

Jerry Reynolds

Becky Zimmerman

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