The Prom Creative

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Tommy Desalvo
Tommy is thrilled to be directing The Prom! This is his 15th year as the Drama Club’s director and producer. He has directed Curtains, Bad Auditions By Bad Actors, Steel Magnolias, Put On A Happy Face, Our Place, Elephant's Graveyard, The Addams Family, Noises Off, The Wiz, Picnic, All Shook Up, Almost Maine, Legally Blonde, Moon Over Buffalo, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spelling Bee, Guys & Dolls, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Bye Bye Birdie, Pippin, Grease, Soap Opera, and All in the Timing with the Strawberry Hill Players. Tommy works at the Childcare Learning Centers but has been active in theatre for the last 20 years. He is on the Curtain Call Board and has been involved in many productions there, most recently Groundhog Day.
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Assistant Director
Stephen Emerick
Stephen is very excited to be a part of The Strawberry Hill Players’ production of The Prom! Steve has worked with the drama club on Our Place (2019), Put On A Happy Face (2020), Steel Magnolias (2022), Curtains (2022), and A Piece of My Heart (2022). Break legs and burn gels to the cast, crew, and creative team! Stephen is a Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer, as well as Digital Media Manager at Curtain Call. His recent projects include Groundhog Day (Musical, 2023) Charlotte Roth - JFK [Official Music Video] (2022), The Art of Longing and Belonging (Short, 2020), Discarded (Short, 2021), and Be Careful Out There (Short, 2021). Recent clients include The Ridgefield Theater Barn, Westport Country Playhouse, Easton Country Day School, BKaspr, and Flat Vernacular. His short films have been screened at the NY Short, New Haven Int'l, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Mystic Film Festivals.
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Caitlin Roberts
Caitlin is a local choreographer, performer and dance educator from Norwalk, Connecticut. She holds a degree in Dance with a Choreography concentration from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Caitlin has choreographed over a dozen musical productions at various local theater companies and High Schools throughout the tri-state area. She has also performed with local theaters such as Curtain Call in Stamford, The Wilton Playshop, Downtown Cabaret in Bridgeport and Richter in Danbury. Her other performance credits include dancing with Velocity Dance Company, Tapperlesque, Connecticut Ballet and performing in several music videos, flash mobs, film and television productions.
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Musical Director
Jerold Goldstein
Jerold was last seen in New York in FACE THE MUSIC for the ENCORES series at the City Center in NYC and before that he played Mushnik in the national tour of with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared on Broadway in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, with Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos, and in the musical AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND. He was featured in the national tour A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM starring Rip Taylor (standing by for Mr. Taylor) and co-starred with Dick Van Patten in SCANDALS at Theatre Virginia. Jerold played Chico Marx in both ANIMAL CRACKERS at Arena Stage, Washington and THE COCOANUTS at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He won Philadelphia's prestigious Barrymore Award for his performance in GUN METAL BLUES at the Wilma Theatre, was in the Kennedy Center's long-running production of SHEAR MADNESS and toured Europe as Bert Barry in 42ND STREET. On television he has been featured on NBC’s LAW AND ORDER and CBS’ HACK. As a composer, Jerold's shows (written with William Squier) have been performed around the country. They include: BABALU and MUSIC IS MY FIST -- their send up of the Rat Pack -- which was featured twice at Steve McGraw’s, their holiday musical THE THREE SCROOGES and their newest musical, ROUTE 66 (music: Fred Stark), has been performed in concert at the Stamford Center for the Arts and the inaugural Kansas City Crossroads Festival of New Musicals and in a full production at the University of Maine. Individual songs that he has composed include ‘Garland of Hope,’ performed at New York’s Famed Palace Theatre in the BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition, and ‘Where’s the Party Tonight?’ (Lyrics: W. Squier) the theme song for the ABC-TV late night show, WHERE’S THE PARTY? For more info:
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Stage Manager
Laura Sanchez
Laura is excited to be in her Junior year at Stamford High and it is her second year at Strawberry Hill Players. She is currently the stage manager for the spring musical, The Prom. She assistant stage managed last year’s spring musical Curtains, she also assistant stage managed The Pajama Game at Curtain Call. She was the stage manager for the fall play “A Piece of My Heart” along with this year’s Senior Scenes. She’s really excited and happy to be working with such an amazing and talented cast. She has worked in a few productions in the past. Overall, she would like to thank her family, Tommy, Stephen, Connor, and the amazing cast/crew that are making this musical possible.
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Assistant Stage Manager
Connor Hoch
Connor Hoch has always had an interest in theater but never found a desire for the stage. Since he was nine years old he always took the backstage position in school. Whether it was for the seasonal chorus performances or talent shows he was always the one behind the curtain, contributing to the backstage suites. This continued all the way through middle school doing running crew for productions like Elf Jr. but when it came to high school he decided to focus on his education. But now during his senior year he accepted the role as the assistant stage manager and he couldn’t be more excited.
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Strawberry Hill Players Advisor
Annie Dunn
Annie Dunn has been an English teacher at Stamford High since 2017 and this is her first year as the Strawberry Hill Players club advisor. Last year, she became advisor of the club’s improv comedy troupe, SHIP, and is also advisor to the newly founded Book Club. She first became involved in drama while attending Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, where her favorite memory was starring as Chip in Beauty and the Beast. She also attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA where she helped build sets for the school’s production of The Pirates of Penzance at the Hanover Theater. She would like to thank her family for introducing her to theater in the first place through Oklahoma! with Mama, Phantom of the Opera with Dad, and A Chorus Line with Mom. She also thanks her friends for continuing to support her musical obsession by always being down to go see a Broadway show or simply watching one at home. Finally, she thanks the cast and crew for all their hard work, dedication, and all the times they made her laugh (it was many). We hope you enjoy the show!
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Head of Sound
Miles DeSantis
Miles is a junior at AITE and this is his third show as a member of the SHP. Previously he was an A2 in Curtains and the head of sound for A Piece of My Heart. He is very excited to continue in that role during The Prom. Miles has also been involved in sound engineering at Curtain Call where he worked on Groundhog Day and The Wizard of Oz. He'd like to thank his friends and family for helping him along the way and the cast for their incredibly hard work in making this production as special as it is.