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Hey MSYT fans! Main Street Youth Theatre is asking you for suggestions for shows you’d like us to consider producing for our 2020 Season.

We usually produce three musicals in a year with the following format:

  • The Spring show is primarily cast with young children
  • The Summer is primarily cast with high school and college age young people
  • The Fall show is generally cast with all ages

Please send your suggestions to our playreading committee at: PhilHarrisAP@gmail.com.

Grant is excited to return for his fifth production with Main Street Youth Theatre, this time in the director’s chair for Mulan Jr. You may have seen him as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 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!

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!

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).

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.