Meet Danny

The leader of the Burger Palace Boys will be portrayed onstage by Grant Grace. See Grant and the rest of the cast this summer in Grease!

Meet Sandy

This classic leading lady will be portrayed onstage by Shannon Hegarty. A recent graduate of Hilton Head Prep, Shannon will be attending Belmont University this fall to study musical theater. Her favorite credits include Cosette in Les Mis (HHP), Beth in Little Women (MRT) and Ariel in The Little Mermaid (HHP).

Meet Kenickie

This tough, fast-talking Burger Palace Boy is portrayed on stage by Alex “Suave” Syragakis. Known for bringing energy and charisma to the stage, Suave embodies the greaser attitude and transports you back in time. He was last seen on stage as Frank Butler in HHIHS’s Annie Get Your Gun this past March.

Meet Rizzo

MSYT veteran Skylah Sturgis is returning to the Low Country to portray this iconic leader of the Pink Ladies. She is currently a theater performance major at Florida A&M University where she has worked on several shows.

Meet Doody

Hilton Head Christian Academy junior Daniel Harrington brings his boyish charm to the Burger Palace Boys in MSYT’s upcoming production of Grease. Daniel is appearing in his third MSYT show and was most recently seen on stage as Captain Von Trapp in HHCA’s spring production of the Sound of Music. When not on stage, Daniel is never far from the athletic field, participating in three varsity sports.

Meet Marty

The beauty among the Pink Ladies, Marty views herself as sophisticated and older than the other girls, but reveals her true self when she opens her mouth. Recent Hilton Head Prep graduate Caylin Campis joins the Main Street family to bring this character to life in the upcoming production of Grease, opening June 20th. Caylin’s recent credits include Eponine/Fantine in Les Mis and Amy in Little Women the Musical. She will be attending the College of Charleston in the fall perusing a degree in Musical Theatre and Education.

Meet Roger

Hilton Head native Logan Naddy is returning to the Main Street stage to bring this comedic member of the Burger Palace Boys to life. No stranger to theatrics, Logan is appearing in his tenth MSYT production while on summer break from LSU where he is pursuing a degree in musical theatre. In his free time he can be found entertaining his friends both on and off the stage with his charming antics and endless supply of witty banter.

Meet Jan

Hilton Head Christian Academy sophomore Elliott Lentz shows her versatility as she embraces this brass, loud-mouthed member of the Pink Ladies. Elliott, appearing in her sixth Main Street Youth Theatre production, recently appeared in Evita at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and stared as Maria in HHCA’s spring production of The Sound of Music.

Meet Sonny

This Burger Palace Boy is portrayed on stage by Justin Stone, appearing in his fourth MSYT production. Justin is a junior at Hilton Head Prep and has become a key member of their theatre program. Past roles include Marius in Les Miserable and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid.

Meet Frenchy

Hilton Head Island High School sophomore Delaney Yurco joins Main Street Youth Theatre for the sixth time by bringing this spirited member of the iconic Pink Ladies to life with her perky and fun-loving personality. Delaney has also been seen on stage with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and May River Theatre. She most recently appeared as Winnie in HHIHS’s production of Annie Get Your Gun.

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle McElroy – Director

Michelle McElroy is excited to be returning to the Main Street Youth Theatre family after directing All Shook Up in the summer of 2016. She is the theatre director at Hilton Head Christian Academy where she also teaches middle school humanities. Michelle has worked locally in a multitude of roles with May River Theater, Hilton Head Jazz Camp, Southeast Summer Theatre Institute and the Island School Council of the Arts driving her passion to connect a local community of fine arts professionals. Grease will mark her fourteenth directorial credit; favorite credits include The Sound of Music (2018, HHCA), Little Women the Musical (2017, MRT), All Shook Up (2016, MSYT), Guys and Dolls (2016, HHCA), and Beauty and the Beast (2015, HHCA). While Michelle loves producing shows, her favorite component of the process is helping kids and teens discover their God-given talents and love for theatre. Michelle would like to thank the MSYT Board of Directors for their support and hopes you enjoy the show!

Cynthia Cullen – Music Director

Cynthia Cullen is the Programming and Ministry Operations Director at Hilton Head Island Community Church. She and her husband Todd moved from New York City in 2007 to start HHICC. Cynthia earned her Bachelors of Science in Sacred Music with a Major in Piano Performance and a Minor in Voice at Liberty University. She has toured the US as a keyboardist and music director, has produced records for independent music artists and has served as a music director in various churches for the last 25 years. She now enjoys playing electric guitar, songwriting and performing at her church. She also serves as a Board Member for Hilton Head Dance Theatre. She and her husband Todd have two children, Sydney and Sean and enjoy living on HHI. Cynthia is thrilled to be music directing her first theater show alongside Michelle and Jamal!

Jamal Edwards – Choreographer

Jamal Edwards is a graduate of The University of Alabama where he studied dance and received his B.A. in dance. He is currently a dance teacher and choreographer for Hilton Head Dance School. He has performed in many of the schools productions such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Terpsichore. Jamal has also choreographed for Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Christian Academy, May River Theater and Main Street Youth Theatre. He is thrilled to be back at Main Street with this awesome cast.

Jean White – Stage Manager

Jean White is thrilled to be back with MSYT for another rockin’ summer! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College. Favorite credits include: Little Women, Steel Magnolias, Guys and Dolls (Sidney Blackmer Outstanding Actress), Arcadia (Metrolina Theatre Award nom.), and Little Shop of Horrors (Best Supporting Actress, Catawba College). US Premiere: By Grace: The Musical.

Meet Marty—the beauty among the Pink Ladies, Marty views herself as sophisticated and older than the other girls, but reveals her true self when she opens her mouth. Recent Hilton Head Prep graduate Caylin Campis joins the Main Street family to bring this character to life in the upcoming production of Grease, opening June 20th. Caylin’s recent credits include Eponine/Fantine in Les Mis and Amy in Little Women the Musical. She will be attending the College of Charleston in the fall perusing a degree in Musical Theatre and Education.

Hilton Head native Logan Naddy is returning to the Main Street stage to bring this comedic member of the Burger Palace Boys to life. No stranger to theatrics, Logan is appearing in his tenth MSYT production while on summer break from LSU where he is pursuing a degree in musical theatre. In his free time he can be found entertaining his friends both on and off the stage with his charming antics and endless supply of witty banter. Catch Logan and the rest of the gang is MSYT’s Grease, running June 20-July 1. Get tickets now at MSYT.org.

The auditions schedule for the upcoming Main Street Youth Theatre production of Grease has been released. Auditions will take place at Main Street Theatre Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Callbacks will take place on May 9 and 10 as needed.

More information about auditions can be found at the MSYT.org auditions pageMain Street Theater is located at 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

Please note that Grease the musical contains adult content.

Main Street Youth Theatre is kicking off the 2018 show season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, with eight showtimes starting March 2. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the MSYT website tickets page (http://msyt.org/tickets).

Originally presented as a television extravaganza, this famous fairy tale has been re-fashioned and set to music by two great masters of the musical. The characters are given greater depth plus a more human quality, and it is only through Cinderella’s innocent faith in a miracle that allows her wish to go to the ball to come true. Musical highlights include “In My Own Little Corner”, “A Lovely Night”, “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and “Impossible.”

MSYT celebrated its 20th anniversary season in 2017 with the retrospective show This is Our Story, featuring a tribute to the late Judy Gallagher. The 2018 season will feature two shows in addition to Cinderella, with one in the summer and one in the late fall. Learn more at the http://msyt.org.

It’s a big year for The Main Street Youth Theatre. It actually began as a small group of interested islander’s then became The Hilton Head Community and Youth Theater in the early ’90s until 2006 when the name was officially changed to The Main Street Youth Theatre. Productions were originally staged at the community playhouse located in Dunnagan’s Alley with rehearsals at Hilton Head Prep. It was founded with a goal to create a family-centered community-based theater where the performers are local children, parents and community
adults. The mission included an objective to educate young local performers in all aspects of the theater, and to encourage family involvement in this activity. By exposing youth to a true theatrical experience, the Main Street Youth Theatre would provide an avenue to increase their self-esteem as well as enlighten and educate them through the power of live performance. 20 years later with nearly 70 production credits, that goal and mission remains intact.

Kitty Kats

With 2017 bringing this milestone anniversary, its board members have been charged with creating a celebration that will include past alumni and current cast members. “The Main Street Youth Theatre has had such a positive impact on so many young lives”, Board Chairperson Cindra Seamon notes. “So many alumni remain involved in some aspect of theater whether community-based or otherwise and we have numerous alumni that have gone on to embrace the arts as a career. Either way, the theater has left such a positive mark and we have so much to celebrate.” The widespread impact has been with adults as well. From parents of the young thespians to volunteers as well as board members, countless hours and endless encouragement have been invested. So many adults have played key roles in the success of the organization; one in particular whose legacy continues and is given special honor this year is Judy Gallagher. Judy’s love of theater and in particular the Main Street Youth Theatre was evident in the numerous productions she performed in as well as her dedication to the organization off the stage. She had a passion and a joy seeing our area youth pouring their hearts into every production and wanted to see that continue long into the future. Her contribution has been significant and no 20th anniversary celebration would be complete without a special thank you to Judy.

So what does the future hold for Main Street Youth Theatre? The immediate future includes the spectacular 20th anniversary show entitled “This Is Our Story; Celebrating 20 Years” and auditions are scheduled for October 18th & 19th from 6pm-8pm at the Seahawk Cultural Center. This musical revue will pay homage to some of the favorite past shows and include special appearances from MSYT alumni. The show will run from November 30th thru December 3rd (only five shows) and all are encouraged to “save the date”. Tickets can be purchased now by going to www.msyt.org.

The 2018 season promises to bring an even more exciting line-up for our youth. The current board is dedicated to maintaining the goals and mission of the theater and looks forward to providing stellar theatrical experiences to many generations to come. Congratulations Main Street Youth Theatre… 20 beautiful years. Judy would be proud.

MSYT is a nonprofit organization established in 1997. For more information about MSYT go to MSYT.org, Facebook.com/MSYouthTheatre or email infomsyt@gmail.com.

Main Street Youth Theatre Summer Workshops for Young Actors

Main Street Youth Theatre is pleased to offer two summer workshops for aspiring, young actors. These workshops will be conducted by Dan Brown who just closed his Directing debut with Main Street Youth Theatre of The Wizard of Oz.

Acting for Young Actors

The Acting for Young Actors camp is meant for both children who are new to the stage, and actors with multiple productions under their belts. In this camp acting will be approached in two different ways. The rst is through theatre games. These games are designed to promote spacial awareness along with cooperation and theatrical creation. The second way that we will be approaching theatre is through rehearsing and performing short scenes. Children will be divided into groups of 2-3 to learn scenes selected for them based on their experience. The rehearsal process for a show will be condensed into a process for learning a scene. On the final day of camp, parents will be invited to come in and watch the scenes. Assisting Dan will be Grant Grace,who played the Scarecrow in MSYT’s recent production of The Wizard of Oz.

  • Cost: $125
  • Session I: July 31-August 4, 9:00-12:00
  • Session II: August 7-August 11, 1:00-4:00 Each session must have at least eight participants.

Audition Bootcamp

Audition Bootcamp is a camp designed to prepare actor for auditions through preparation of prepared materials and cold reads. By then end of the camp actors will have two 16-bar songs of contrasting styles audition ready, along with two 30 second monologues of contrasting styles. Actors are asked to come with at least one song and monologue prepared.

  • Cost: $150
  • Session I: July 31-August 4, 1:00-4:00
  • Session II: August 7-August 11, 9:00-12:00 Each session must have at least eight participants

Registration

To register for these workshops please email Dan Brown at msyt.camps@gmail.com. A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. For questions and other details regarding these workshops, please email Dan Brown at msyt.camps@gmail.com.