The Rocky Horror Show Creative

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Steven Beemsterboer
Steven’s a theater artist with directing, performing, writing, and media/set design experience. Recent credits with Spotlight include director for Mamma Mia and Drew in Rock of Ages. Steven studied Theater and New Media at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. He gained experience Off-Broadway as a performer in Theatre Smash at The York Theater and assistant director for Purgatory in Ingolstadt at The National Dance Institute. Local roles include Ren in Footloose, Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, Kenickie in Grease, Judah in Joseph, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, Frankie Epps in Parade, Lucas in Addams Family, Aladdin in Aladdin, Rolf in Sound of Music, Troy in High School Musical, and Tommy Djilas in Music Man. Steven has an adorable 2-year- old daughter and a beautiful partner (Rylee, Phantom) that he loves with all his heart. During the day, he is a PM and Estimator for Chicago structural steel erector Metropolitan Steel.
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Joseph Amato
Music Director
Joe is thrilled to continue his work with Spotlight! You may remember him as the music director for Spotlight Arts Collective’s winter 2023 production of Joseph…Dreamcoat and Lonny in the Spotlight fall 2022 production of Rock of Ages. A Lockport native, he lived in central Illinois since completing his Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2011. For the last 7 years, Joe was the middle school and high school choir and theatre director in Shelbyville, IL. While teaching in Shelbyville, Joe also returned to EIU to receive his Masters in Music Education, completing the degree in 2018. Currently, Joe is a junior high and middle school choir director at an area school. As a director, Joe led productions of High School Musical, Footloose, The Little Mermaid, Godspell, The Addams Family, Arsenic and Old Lace, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol Radio Play, We Will Rock You, and Beauty and the Beast at Shelbyville High School. Onstage, some other favorite roles include Gomez Addams (The Addams Family), Lazar Wolf (Fiddler), and Bobby Strong (Urinetown). A big thank you goes out to his wife Emily and son Jamie for all their love and support!
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Kelsey Zakrzewski
Great Scott! This is Kelsey’s second major production with Spotlight Arts Collective and she is so excited to be back with another amazing production staff and incredible cast. In her off hours, she continues to teach dance classes at The Dance Company as she has for the last 11 years, focusing on contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. Her choreography was most recently seen in “Moana Jr” (2022), “Mamma Mia” (2021), as well as many spring musicals in the Lincoln Way Area. Dance has been a passion as long as she can remember. She is grateful to have never lost the spark as she continues to find inspiration in her students and theater friends. A huge thank you to the whole production staff and cast who put so much of themselves into this show to make it something truly special...and weird! All the love!
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Erin McIntyre
Stage Manager
Erin McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre from North Central College, specializing in stage and production management. With over 15 years of community and non-profit theatre experience, she aims to create an educational, welcoming, and fun theatre environment for community members of all ages and experience levels. Past credits include Summerplace Community Theater, North Central Community Theater, Lincoln-Way North High School, and Wheaton Drama. She recently tech directed Spotlight Arts Collective’s SpongeBob Jr. and is honored to be stage managing RHS with this great production team, cast, and crew. Big thanks her family for all the support and to Steven for the opportunity to be involved in one of her favorite productions. She hopes you will enjoy our strange and wonderful journey together!
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Assistant Director
Amanda Herman
Amanda is super excited to be working with such a great cast and production staff for this production of Rocky Horror! Amanda has been performing in theater over the last 20 years. She most recently played Regina in Spotlight Art Collective's Rock of Ages. Although she loves performing, her ultimate joy is working with kids and developing their love for the stage. Amanda has previously directed shows at Spotlight Arts Collective, Martino Jr. High, The Drama Group, and Lincoln-Way Central High School. She is most proud of developing the Musical Theater program at Martino Jr. High School where she also teaches 7th grade English and Reading. She hopes you enjoy the show!
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Technical Director
Tim Tholl
Gina Barrett
Gina enjoys making those on stage look their very best and prefers to be a behind the scenes kind of person. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with her BFA in Fashion Design. Gina has been involved with costumes in many plays, musicals, and madrigals in the area over the past 10 years. This is Gina’s second production with Spotlight, and m she has enjoyed working with this cast and production staff! Enjoy the show!
JoAnne Robertson
JoAnn, aka "Mama Makeup" is a certified makeup artist. She has been doing makeup for over 20 years for countless shows with numerous theatre groups. She has worked in costuming & costume design for over 10 years. She has been involved with children’s theatre camps and teaching theatre makeup workshops and classes at schools. She would like to thank Spotlight for this wonderful opportunity to once again work with such an outstanding organization, production staff, artistic staff and talented cast. Thanks to Steven and Tammy for the invitation to share my love of The Rocky Horror Show. Love and thanks to all my family and friends who fill my life with joy. "it's nice to be important, but more important to be nice." TPTS
Tamara Heerde
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Sara Martin

Original Creative Team

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, Rocky, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man complete "with blond hair and a tan".

The show was produced and directed by Jim Sharman. The original London production of the musical was premièred at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) on 19 June 1973 (after two previews on 16 and 18 June 1973). It later moved to several other locations in London and closed on 13 September 1980. The show ran for a total of 2,960 performances and won the 1973 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical. Songs in the musical include "Time Warp" (co-written by O'Brien and Richard Hartley), while the costumes were designed by Sue Blane. Its 1974 debut in the US in Los Angeles had a successful nine-month run, but its 1975 Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre lasted only three previews and forty-five showings, despite earning one Tony nomination and three Drama Desk nominations. Various international productions have since spanned across six continents as well as West End and Broadway revivals and eight UK tours. Actor Tim Curry, who originated the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the original London production, became particularly associated with the musical.