THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Janene DePalo
Music Director: Marilyn Fiordaliso
Assistant Directors: Ellen Margolies, Linda Rishty
Technology Director: Amedeo Ciminnisi
Set Designer: Hugh Mahon
Costume Designer: Barbara Anderson
Photographer: Barbara Anderson
Creative Consultant: Susan Allen
Videographer: Russ Crespolini
Choreographer: Gaby Margolies
Graphic Designer: Max Brown
Playwright: Paul Stefany
Janene DePalo, Director
School House Rock Live, Jr. is Miss DePalo’s sixth production. Her other directing credits include Edna May’s Musical Theatre Camp for CTL and Annie Jr., Schoolhouse Rock Jr., and Seussical Jr. for Riker Hill Elementary School. After performing in various roles throughout her life, she wanted to bring her love for the theater to her students at Livingston High School and now at Riker Hill.
Miss DePalo currently teaches fourth grade at Riker Hill in Livingston, NJ. She loves directing shows for CTL and can’t wait to begin Schoolhouse Rock!
Marilyn Fiordaliso, Music Director
Marilyn Fiordaliso is a private piano and voice instructor who has taught Livingston area musicians for over 35 years and is a proprietor of the Fiordaliso Music Studio. She is a member of MENC, The Voice Care Network, American Choral Directors Association and the NJ Music Educators. She has been a freelance piano accompanist since 1960 for choirs, community choruses, Newark Academy, Papermill Playhouse Summer Conservatory, Livingston Community Players (LCP), Florham Park Players and Playhouse at East Hanover.
She has done extensive work with LCP as Music Director, Development Chairperson, creator of Subscription Series, manager of School Ticket Sales, Director of Summer Singers Program and has worked backstage in every technical area. Marilyn joined CTL for their maiden voyage as the music director for Edna May’s Musical Theatre Camp in 2007.
Barbara Anderson, Costume Designer and Photographer
Barbara Anderson is returning to CTL for the second time as the production photographer to chronicle the pre-show preparation and performance of Challenges… Bring Us Together. After 25 years of freelance and hobby photography, and 10 years of covering publicity in various Livingston schools and sports teams for publication in the West Essex Tribune, Barbara has taken on professional work as proprietor of B.A.A. Photography L.L.C. with her husband.
Anderson is creative and well known for her photography and amazing montage presentations. She is very happy for the opportunity to work with her favorite photo subjects — theatrical children who love being in the spotlight.
Barbara Anderson is also a gifted costume designer and she is delighted to return to the stage with CTL with her second production. Anderson’s creative imagination and keen eye for design makes her a key member of the CTL production team.
She was involved throughout her teenage years on the stage as well as leading numerous costume committees and later made dozens of costumes for her daughters and friends for personal use and for the Mount Pleasant Middle School stage. Barbara also spent many years professionally making window treatments and custom clothing as well as doing clothing alterations.
Linda Rishty, Assistant Director
Linda Rishty is thrilled to return to CTL for the third year as an assistant director. She is no stranger to the theater and has appeared on and off stage in community theater both at the JCC and with LCP for 15 years. She has directed many students but her two major accomplishments are her children, both of whom possess the acting instinct.
Rishty’s expertise is shared backstage at the Livingston middle school plays as a production volunteer and she has taught acting in after school programs in town. Rishty is a founding member of CTL and has served as vice president for three years.
Ellen Margolies, Assistant Director
Ellen caught the theatre bug in middle and high school where she performed in numerous musical productions. Her children helped to spark her interest again several years ago where she performed with her daughters in community theatre at the JCC and with the Livingston Community Players. Ellen finds her role as Assistant Director at CTL most rewarding.
The energy and enthusiasm that the children bring to rehearsals is overwhelming. During the school year you can find Ellen working in the school district as a substitute teacher and teaching a theatre workshop at Kushner Academy. In the summer, Ellen directs the camp musical at Gesher which is located at Kushner Academy.
Amedeo Ciminnisi, Technology Director
Amedeo Ciminnisi has been involved in theatrical productions at Livingston High School for 20 years. For the past 10 years, he has held the position as sound director, prior to which he was the pit orchestra director. As a teacher, he instructs the course in music technology and recording as well as the symphonic band.
A professional musician, he has been a member of the Garden State Brass Ensemble, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Richard Nader Rock and Roll Review, and numerous musical orchestra pits throughout the state.
Currently, Mr. Ciminnisi can be seen performing with the Somers Dream Orchestra, an eighteen piece swing band, and Steppin’ Out, a corporate party band. Mr. Ciminnisi is excited to be a part of this, his second show as sound director and crew manager for CTL. CTL is delighted to welcome him back as an integral member of the production team and unbelievable teacher and mentor for the crew.
Hugh Mahon, Set Designer
Hugh Mahon is a founding board member of CTL and an award winning set designer. His maiden voyage with CTL was with his good friend and playwright Paul Stefany on CTL’s first production, Edna May’s Musical Theatre Camp. Hugh has brought excitement to the stage in many productions including LCP’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor, The King and I, The Sound of Music and JCC productions of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Seussical.
He has been recognized by his peers with a Perry Award for set design for a musical. As an artist and Livingston teacher Mahon is proud to advise and work together with CTL.
Maxwell Brown, Graphic Artist
Maxwell Brown is a tenth grade student at Livingston High School. He enjoys graphic designing. Two of his pieces are currently touring around New Jersey with the Artworks Foundation, and he has created graphic design pieces for Arts Unbound.
Maxwell participates in the high school theater program and is rehearsing for its spring show. Previously part of the CTL family, he did sound for Edna May’s Musical Theatre Camp.
Susan Allen, Creative Consultant
During her youth, Susan Allen participated in a variety of theater productions, both on stage and in the creation of costume designs. While raising her children (who are now adult boys), Susan utilized her creative design skills as both a mom and a teacher.
She often costumed her children for organized themed events and as a nursery school teacher she wore many hats doing the same to costume her students. Susan is very excited about the opportunity to be involved with CTL and working with the wonderful children in the cast and crew of School House Rock Live! Junior.
Russ Crespolini, Videographer
Russ Crespolini is a full time journalist and part time actor/writer/producer/director. Russ is thrilled to bring his skill set to Children’s Theater of Livingston as videographer for their fabulous production of School House Rock Jr.
Russ has been seen locally as Horton in the JCC Metrowest production of Seussical, and as the title character in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Other roles include Archie in The Secret Garden and Nicely Nicely Johnson for the Cranford Dramatic Club as well as Chauvelin in the Florham Park Players’ Scarlet Pimpernel.
An independent film maker in his spare time, Russ began recording special events and theater productions at the behest of those who wanted someone “who knows how these things work” behind the lens. His first full length film, about New Jersey community theater, will be premiering at the end of April. You can see samples of this film and some of his previous work at www.massiverooster.com.
Gaby Margolies, Choreographer
Gaby Margolies is excited to be choreographing once again for CTL; her first year was with Edna May’s Musical Summer Camp. Gaby has been studying ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz for the past 14 years at Miss Michele’s, where she competes on several teams.
She has also been a Teacher’s Assistant at Miss Michele’s. Gaby has also performed in theatrical productions at Livingston High School, Livingston Community Players, and the JCC, and will be seen in The Music Man at LHS in the spring.
Paul Stefany, Playwright
Paul Stefany first introduced his original songs and plays to the young performers of Heritage Junior High in the fall of 1975. Through the years these songs and plays have involved, encouraged and, inspired generations of Livingston students making Mr. Stefany a character like the one in Mr. Holland’s Opus.
After moving on from junior high Mr. Stefany’s writing shifted to developing elementary educational materials, including: choral songs about family relationships; songs about math, language, science, school-themed projects and even a CD about geography; puppet shows about character education; a huge catalog of material for children’s video series and a soon to be released CD with songs about young life issues.
Recently, Mr. Stefany returned to the theatrical world with MPM’s March 2006 production of Good Buddies and the March 2007 production of The Evergreen Lodge and Makin Moves in March 2008. Stefany was also the music director for The Sound of Music at Heritage. Stefany is in rehearsal for one of his original plays, Good Buddies, at MPMS in March of 2009.
In spite of the intense desire for theatrical writing, Mr. Stefany is most proud of the love and support of his family: wife-Glady, and children-Ruthie, Philip & Jessica. Mr. Stefany is both excited and proud to be return to CTL with his second original musical play.