Christa Fortney was involved in many aspects of performance (dance, chorus, piano, and theatre) in her younger years, and has been apart of the Lowcountry community theatre scene since 2015. In South Carolina, she has been seen onstage in various works through May River Theatre, Main Street Youth Theatre, and Coastal Stage Productions. Most recently she performed as Pickles in The Great American Trail Park Musical (CSP). Her time behind the scenes includes stage manager of The Miracle Worker (MRT), costumes/lighting/front of house manager for Christmas Belles (CSP), and costumes for No Time for Sergeants and Smoke on the Mountain (MRT). Her time away from the stage is spent drafting plans as a residential designer, planning parties, and spoiling her dogs – Roscoe & Daisy. Christa would like to thank her husband Thaddeus Miller for continued support and the entire cast and crew for extreme dedication.
Keegan Crotty is 17 years old and is a senior at Heritage Academy. He started his career on the island at 8 years old with Main Street as Avery in the production of Charlotte’s Web, and was ensemble for the Main Street Productions of 13, Music of the Night, and Guys and Dolls. He then attended Hilton Head Prep and had starred in productions such as The Little Mermaid as King Triton, Comedy of Errors as Algernon, James and the Giant Peach as the Grasshopper, Almost, Maine as Steve, Chad, and Pete, and Les Miserables as Jean Valjean. Keegan is most excited to make his return to the Main Street Theater with his role as Phoebus, and wants to thank his cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the show. He would also thank his friends, family and Peggy Trecker White for all their continued support.
Musical Director Josh Wall is thrilled to once again be working with the Main Street Youth Theatre on their production on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Josh had the great pleasure of acting as Musical Director with MSYT in December of 2017 on MSYT’s 20th Anniversary show, “This Is Our Story.”
Currently, Josh is chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and Director of Choral Activities at Hilton Head Island High School where he teaches choir, musical theatre, music appreciation, and Teacher Cadets. Also, Josh serves as the Music Director for the Beaufort Theatre Company. Josh holds a Bachelors of Music Education and a Masters of Choral Music and Education from Winthrop University.
As a percussionist, pianist, or vocalist, Josh has been a featured performer with the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the Winthrop/Carolina Wind Orchestra, York County Choral Society, Charlotte
Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in Hilton Head, Josh was the Director of Choral Activities at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, South Carolina. Choral groups under Josh’s direction have consistently received Superior Ratings at state and national choral competitions.
Since landing in the Lowcountry, Josh has been highly involved with the Seahawk Stage Company at Hilton Head Island High School by music directing musicals including, “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Bring it On!”, “Into The Woods,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” With the Beaufort Theatre Company, Josh had the pleasure of being Music Director for “Forbidden Broadway,” and “Mamma Mia.”
Josh is grateful to Cinda and the MSYT board for providing him with the opportunity to collaborate with this highly talented creative team and cast. Much love and gratitude to his parents for driving him to piano and music lessons and for their unending love and support. Break legs everybody!!!
Jacey Robinson returns to the stage as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is Jacey’s 18th production and 6th production with MSYT. Favorite roles include: Elsa in The Sound of Music (HHCA), Jane in Tarzan (HHCA), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (MSYT), Kitty Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (ACCC), Lorraine in All Shook Up (MSYT), and Wednesday in The Addams Family (MSYT). Jacey is a senior at HHCA and hopes to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre in college. She recently attended Interlochen Academy’s Musical Theatre Intensive in Michigan! Jacey’s also directing HHCA’s production of Into the Woods Jr. opening November 1st! Jacey is thrilled to have the opportunity to play this unique role of Esmeralda and can’t wait for everyone to see it! She’d like to thank Travis and MSYT for this opportunity and her family for always supporting her!
Grant is excited to return for his fourth production with Main Street Youth Theatre, and in collaboration with May River Theatre, as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame! You may have seen him as Danny Zuko in Grease, or the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He would first like to thank God for blessing him with the opportunities he has received, and his family for their unconditional support. Enjoy the show!
Daniel has appeared in close to 25 productions around the Lowcountry and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board at MSYT. Daniel is brimming with excitement to play the sinister Archdeacon Frollo in what he feels is one of the most beautifully written and powerful scores in existence. Some of Daniel’s other favorite credits include Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”, Don Quixote in “Man of LaMancha”, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in “Jekyll and Hyde” and Gomez in “The Addams Family”. Come see Daniel and a cast of 45 other talented actors and singers in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, Oct 17-28 at Hilton Head High School’s Seahawk Cultural Center. Get your tickets today!
Dawn Rosa Miller grew up as a “competition dancer” at In the Spotlight in Waldwick, NJ. As the long-time owner of Bluffton School of Dance, she has won numerous awards for her choreography with the BSOD Performance Program and has proudly watched her students move on to dance both professionally and at the collegiate level. Dawn was honored to have Jodie Dupuis as a mentor and has worked with the May River Theatre since 2004 as a Performer, Dance Captain, Assistant Choreographer and Choreographer. Some of her favorite MRT memories include Cabaret, Pajama Game, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweet Charity, Can-Can and her most recent, The Drowsy Chaperone. Dawn is also the very proud mom of two independent and beautiful little girls and stepmom to two amazing boys. She would like to thank MRT and Main Street Theatre for this awesome experience and her husband Ty for supporting her love of dance and theatre.
Travis Hornsby, director for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, marks his directorial debut with Main Street Youth Theatre and the 3rd show he has directed with May River Theatre and is his 8th collectively. Previous directing credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Great American Trailer Park Musical, The 39 Steps, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Cactus Flower and an original adaptation of Christmas Carol. Holding a BA in Theatre, he continues to work professionally and lives in Orlando, FL. He is excited to be returning again to The Lowcountry and would like to thank the board for the opportunity to do what he loves with folks that he continues to admire daily. Special thanks to his brother Brian and family.
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).
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.