In an area like ours where we are proud to boast a strong arts culture, “firsts” are hard to come by. But The Main Street Youth Theatre is presenting not one but two area “firsts” with their upcoming production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Of particular interest is the unique collaboration with The May River Theatre.  These two dynamic production companies decided to join forces on this musical for a number of reasons.  MSYT Board President Cinda Seamon explains, “The May River Theatre has been without a home for some time as the Ulmer Auditorium is part of the Town of Bluffton’s renovation project.  We saw this as a way to help out another important entity in our area and join forces on this powerful musical.”  Jennifer Green, May River Theatre Board President adds, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to combine our efforts and resources and bring our community something totally unexpected.”

And unexpected is just what you will find with “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”.  This is the first time this musical has been produced in our area and while some may be familiar with Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel or the 1996 Disney animated film, the show brings the story to life on stage with an unforgettable blend of both.  Masterfully crafted from the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), this sweeping, grand-scale musical features music by Menken, lyrics by Schwartz and a book by Peter Parnell. It is the classic story of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre Dame who desires to one day be a part of the outside world.  It is a story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.  Memorable songs include “Out There”, “God Help The Outcasts” and “Someday”.

The show brings together an impressive blend of adult and young adult talent; part of Main Street Youth Theatre’s recipe for success.  “Each year we want our line-up to consist of a Spring Junior Production (up to age 14), a Summer blockbuster that will primarily feature high school age students and a Fall musical with a blend of adults and youth,” Seamon explains. Leads roles include Daniel Cort as Archdeacon Frollo, Grant Grace as Quasimodo, Jacey Robinson as Esmeralda, Keegan Crotty as Phoebus and Daniel Derrer as Clopin.  An additional 25 cast members round out the ensemble and choir which are paramount to the storyline and complex musical numbers.

The show’s production team includes Travis Marshall Hornsby (Director), Josh Wall (Music Director), Sonya Jacobs (Choral Director) and Dawn Rosa Miller (Choreographer). There will be 10 performances total at the Seahawk Cultural Center in the Hilton Head High School; October 17ththru 28th; evening performances at 7pm and 2pm matinees on Saturday & Sunday (10/21 & 10/28).

Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students and are available online at MSYT.org and MayRiverTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 843-689-6246.

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.

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. Be sure to see Delaney and the rest of the gang in MSYT’s Grease running June 20-July 1. Get tickets at MSYT.org/tickets.

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.