Tammy Meyers finishes her tenure as director of EHS's theatre program with this, her 53rd show. Highlights of that career include Mainstaging twice for Florida State Thespians, representing Florida for the Jimmy Awards in NYC, numerous State Critic's Choices Awards and the students writing their own musical during COVID. Above all, she relishes in the fact that THOUSANDS of students have had the opportunity to shine on stage. She appreciates the love and support of her family, Chris, Mio, Calypso and Brayden who sacrificed so much time while she created her art. She also couldn't have done it without Rollo, Erin, Bob, Ellen, and Jacob who believed in her, even when she was a bit "OUT THERE". The hundreds of parents who brought dinner
( MISSY!) and contributed in so many ways (TODD!) can not be thanked enough.
Why SpongeBob? It really speaks to her artistic vision as a director where the process of creation revolves around teamwork, mutual respect, acceptance of differences, and believing in yourself.
What's next? She loves being in the media center and hopes to see some ancient Greek ruins someday. She has plans that involve adventure, quiet, change, and watching EHS drama thrive under the new director.
Choreographer/Costume DesignerCalypso Haddad
Calypso May Haddad is a director, choreographer, educator and artistic collaborator working primarily in the world of musical theater. Named after Jacques Cousteau's ship, Calypso is a third-generation hippie born and raised alongside the alligators in sunny Gainesville, FL. She trained with Dance Alive! National Ballet, held a Performing Arts Scholarship at Santa Fe College and graduated magna cum laude from Elon University earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Calypso has over 13 years of teaching experience and was previously employed by Millennium Dance Complex Orange County, The Arts and Learning Conservatory of Costa Mesa, and Alachua County Public Schools as a Dance Instructor, Arts Integration Advisor, and High School Thespian Troupe Director. Calypso recently graduated with her MFA from Florida State University where she taught beginner and advanced jazz dance, mentored undergraduate choreographers, and was employed as a graduate research and production assistant for the School of Dance. She has created works for FSU School of Theatre, FSU School of Dance, The Hippodrome State Theatre, The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, The Young Actors Theatre and a multitude of schools throughout the United States. Calypso is passionate about arts education and community collaborations that strive to make dance and theatre more proactive, inclusive, and conscious.
Musical DirectorDiana Rollo
Diana Rollo has been active in choral music education for over twenty years and currently serves
as the Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Fine Arts, World Languages, and Academic Magnet
Coordinator. Prior to this position, she held choral director positions at Buchholz High School,
Lincoln Middle School, and most recently, Eastside High School, where she also served as the
IB Music Instructor and Student Activities Director. Choirs under her direction consistently
receive Superior Ratings at performance evaluations at the district and state levels. Ms. Rollo’s
choirs have accepted invitations to perform at multiple university choral festivals, Universal
Studios, and Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional. In addition to her choral work, Ms.
Rollo has served as musical director for high school theatre productions at Eastside and for
Alachua County’s summer theatre program, performed as a soloist for community and school
concerts, and has taught private voice lessons, working with singers at the college, high school,
and middle school levels.
Ms. Rollo received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Master of Music
degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Florida School of Music. She is a member
of the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida
Vocal Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women.
Musical DirectorErin Cook
Erin Cook has been involved in theater since age five, playing many roles in school performances, community theater, college level, and two years with a touring troupe called King’s Players. She has sung in local bands and is currently the director for both Eastside Choirs and the sponsor for Eastside’s Gospel Choir. Prior to coming to Eastside, Mrs. Cook served as Principal of Cornerstone Academy, Gainesville, while also directing many musicals and choirs from K5 to graduation. She previously had a private music studio with students studying voice,and guitar. Mrs. Cook enjoys singing in local ministries: 1000 Voices of Florida and Grace Encouragement Ministries.
Mrs. Cook’s choirs have sung at Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional and at the Heritage Festivals at Carnegie Hall in NYC. This year, Eastside’s Chamber singers will be singing at Carnegie Hall in April. Mrs. Cook studied voice and cello in undergraduate school and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Vocal Association.
With 50 years + of stage experience, it has been Mrs. Cook’s dream-come-true to work with Ms Meyers, Mr Lytton, Ms. Rollo and Calypso on such a brilliant production as SpongeBob and to work with the amazingly talented students at Eastside.
Stage ManagerLily Jefferson
Lily is a senior in the IB Program and hopes to pursue technical theatre in the future. Previously, she has stage managed Eastside’s The Tempest, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Little Prince. She’s worked for the Gainesville Community Playhouse, she’s operated lights for American Idiot, and sound for Monty Python's Spamalot and Shrek The Musical. She wants to thank her family for always supporting her dreams.
Technical DirectorDaniel Lytton
Daniel Lytton is an avid theatre educator and a passionate director who has been involved with both stage acting and technical theatre from a young age. He has a degree in Theatre Education from Ball State University, and has directed many shows in the process. This includes A Christmas Carol, Honk Jr., Almost, Maine, and much more! This is his first year at Eastside High School. He is incredibly excited to be taking over the theatre program and cannot wait to continue the theatre culture created at Eastside. He is the current English 2 teacher at Eastside High School, and he will be taking on more theatre classes and directorial privileges within the next year.
Light DesignerEric Bennett
Eric is a senior in the IB Program and has been done the lighting for many past productions, including Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Little Prince, and hopes that this production will be his finest work.
Asst. Stage Manager Duaa Ali
Duaa is a junior in the IB program. This is her first time backstage.
Student Musical Director/ Tech GuruTerry Ford
Terry is the GO TO person to practice music/ set up sound systems/ solve the myriad of problems we encounter. He is immensely appreciated by the cast and crew.
Dance CaptainEarly Whitaker
Early has a joyful way to teach the moves of the choreographer and always goes above and beyond to be a team player.
Lead Scenic ArtistsElena Frenock/ Xavier Thomas
in addition to shining on stage, these two share their abundance of talent as scenic artists.
Scenic ArtistSophia Menet
Scenic ArtistKaitlin Venuto
Poster DesignerYihan Wang
Asst. Stage ManagerPolina Antonenko
Prop ArtistRose Concannon
Backstage CrewBri'Nae Hanna
Projection Artist Xavier Thomas
Associate ChoreographerLandry Feldmeier