is so excited to bring All Shook Up to audiences here at Royal Star Theatre! She is a founding member of the company and currently serves on the board as the Director of Financial Development. In life, she wears many hats: Author, Playwright, Performer, Copywriter, Choreographer, Cat-Mom, but the one she loves wearing most is her Director hat. Stories can be told through multiple mediums, but telling one on the stage brings a whole new spark to the journey. Her favorite directorial credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (City Gate Productions), The Addams Family (Maggie’s Little Theatre), The Wedding Singer (RST), and Hairspray (Sewanhaka High School). All Shook Up is a story about love, acceptance, and following your dreams. She thanks her family and friends for always believing in her and her dreams. She hopes this show will spark the dream you have inside of you, and encourage you to follow it. www.amandamontoni.com
Music DirectorDaniel Tomlin
is excited about his first endeavor with Royal Star Theatre. He has extensive musical direction experience as well as choral teaching experience as a HS choral director for 20 years. The last ten were in Cairo, Egypt where he also musically directed: We Will Rock You, Seussical (also played Horton), Aida, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, and Evita (and many more in Egypt and prior). Upon moving to NYC, he musically directed City College’s productions of Into the Woods and Urinetown. Daniel earned his BMus from Ohio University in choral music education and his MEd in higher education and counseling. He is currently an Academic Advisor at School of Visual Arts NYC.
is a graduate of Molloy College/CAP21 and the current Marketing Officer on the board of Royal Star Theatre. Past choreography credits: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Royal Star Theatre), Bye, Bye, Birdie (Broadway Blockbuster's), and Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day). Past performance credits: Wednesday Addams/Dance Captain in The Addams Family Musical (Maggie's Little Theater), Holly in The Wedding Singer (Royal Star Theatre), Nostradamus in Something Rotten! (Herrick's Players), Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: the Musical (Molloy/CAP21) and Scuttle in The Little Mermaid (Broadway Blockbuster's). Enjoy the show!
Stage ManagerAbigail Persaud
is a senior double majoring in Communication Arts and English at St. John’s University. She is thrilled to be Stage Managing for the third time at Royal Star Theatre as she accomplishes her fifth show with the company. She thanks her family for their unwavering support, especially her parents whom she is eternally grateful for. She gives a heartfelt “thank you … thank you very much” to RST, especially the phenomenal creative team. Congrats to the outstanding cast and everyone who worked diligently behind the scenes to make this show another RST hit!
Assistant Production CoordinatorJK Larkin
is beyond excited to be working on his first show with RST since joining the board! He currently holds the position of board secretary and is working on expanding his skillset into scenic design, construction, and production coordination. Previous Royal Star credits include You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Little Women, and the two Valentine's Day Revue shows. Thank you to the whole board for taking on the workload (that is including me), and to my family and partner for all of their support.
Production CoordinatorMaryellen Pierce
is a Co-founder of RST and has been the Director of Artistic Development since it started in 2015. During her 52 years of being involved with high school, community and professional theater, she has been a Theater Arts teacher, dancer, choreographer, actress, director, producer, production coordinator, stage manager and set designer. She has directed several productions for Royal Star Theatre. This includes two revues - Broadway Around the World & Melody of Love, two book musicals - Young Frankenstein & Seussical and co-directed comedy skits in No Strings Attached, a virtual show while theaters were closed because of Covid. She has also directed elsewhere including 26 musicals at The Mary Louis Academy and 30 productions for FSF Community Theatre Group. She has also won two Josie Awards for Best Director. Kudos to the directors & cast of All Shook Up for putting on a great show.
Book WriterJoe DiPietro
has won two Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award and 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony noms – Best Book, Best Musical), Memphis (Tony winner – Best Book, Best Score, Best Musical.) All Shook Up, Living on Love. Off-Broadway: Clever Little Lies, The Toxic Avenger, The Thing About Men, Over the River and Through the Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. His most recent play, “Hollywood,” recently debuted at LaJolla Playhouse. Other recent regional credits include: The Second Mrs. Wilson (Long Wharf Theatre & George Street Playhouse) Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse,) Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Arts Emerson,) The Last Romance (Old Globe,) Creating Claire (George Street Playhouse.) He sits on the board of Only Make Believe, a charity dedicated to bringing interactive, therapeutic theatre to chronically ill children.
Original Creative Team
ALL SHOOK UP
Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY ®
Book by JOE DIPIETRO
Originally Produced on Broadway by Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Kukoff, Clear Channel Entertainment, Harbor Entertainment, Miramax Films, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Stanley Buchthal, Eric Falkenstein, Nina Essman/Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Jean Cheever, Margaret Cotter, in association with Barney Rosenzweig, Meri Krassner, FGRW Investments, Karen Jason, Phil Ciasullo Conard. Originally produced for Goodspeed Musicals, Michael P. Price, Executive Producer, Sue Frost, Associate Producer.