Theater: Producers Club Theatres
Address: 358 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
|Cost:$15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors or Call: The Westminster Choi at 609-921-2663|
Russell Fischer Man 1RUSSELL FISCHER (Man 1) : Last appeared in The Actor's Company production of The
Wiz (Scarecrow). Regional: The Sound of Music (Kurt), Children of Eden (u/s
Young Abel, Papermill Playhouse), West Side Story (Phoenix
Productions), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas, Chautauqua Opera). Westminster: The Laramie
Project, And The World Goes 'Round, Anything Goes (Purser/u/s Billy),
Is There Life After High School? (Man 1), Smile (Tommy French). National
Tour: Big - The Musical (Billy), '98-'99.
Thanks to family, friends, cast &
Kareen Foster Woman 1Kareen Foster has just recently completed the Professional Music Theater Workshop this summer with instruction from Theatre Artists such as Paul Gemignani, Lonni Price, Carolann Page, and Joanna Merlin. She has been a part of the Actors Company for the past three years featured in Closer Than Ever, Godspell, The Wiz, and now Starting Here, Starting Now. She is currently completing her senior year at Westminster Choir College.
Peter Wright Music DirectorPeter Wright is the son of Charles and Frances Wright of Bridgeton, New Jersey where, in the same house in which he grew up, his father still lives and teaches.
Mozart and Gershwin scores lived side by side on the music rack of the piano on which he took instruction from his father, who was equally at home with concert music and with show tunes. It was thus natural enough for the son also to develop an appreciation of the classics and of the "standards".
He earned his bachelor's degree at Juniata College, providing while he was there music for the entertainment of nearly every Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions club within a 25-mile radius of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. He went on to earn graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where his assistantship involved him for four years as an opera coach.
Following a brief tour of duty teaching general music classes to middle school students, he found his life's work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, now a professional school of music within Rider University. Hired as a faculty member in 1965, he began a four-year stint as acting dean in 1971. He has since continued to wear various administrative hats at Westminster and is now in his 40th year, serving as associate dean.
He has maintained his interest in the music of Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers, et al, throughout his years at Westminster. He was at the keyboard for five musical comedy productions at Princeton's McCarter Theater. For ten years he was the pianist for the Inn Cabaret, a semi-professional group of performers who entertained frequently at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, spent a week at the George Street Theater in New Brunswick, and went as far afield as Vail, Colorado. He also worked for a number of years as the pianist for "Liz and Roo", a duo who presented themselves as a night club act featuring slightly over-the-hill housewives.
At Westminster Choir College, he conceived, produced, and played for a total of seven "showcases," in which faculty and staff were persuaded to let down their hair and perform music of a less serious nature than that which had traditionally prevailed on the campus. These were succeeded by an all-Gershwin evening and an all-Porter show, featuring faculty performers and the Westminster Singers choral ensemble.
Peter was among those who helped to establish a student exchange program between Rider Colege and Westminster in the mid-1970's, years before anyone dreamed that a merger would take place. A lifelong theater motivated his taking an initial leading role in the development of a new Westminster in music theater, which boasted an enrollment of 47 students by the beginning of its third year of operation. His face has now become familiar to many of the administration and staff on the Lawrenceville campus, and he is a recent recipient of a Frank Elliott award for service to Rider University.
Retired from full-time administration as of July 1, 2006, Peter continues in a part-time capacity in pursuing special projects assigned by Dean-Director Robert L. Annis. After 30-plus years of absence from the classroom, he will revisit that aspect of his life by teaching the fall 2006 course, "History of American Music Theater".
David Bengali Lighting DesignerDavid Bengali (lighting designer) directs and designs in the New York and New Jersey area.
He was worked recently with The Democracy Cell Project (Fear Up),
Stolen Chair Theatre Company (Stage Kiss, The Man Who Laughs), Jamal
Jackson Dance Company (United We Stand, Images of a Union), Women's
Interart (Your Mom's Feet), Westminster Choir College Actor's Co. (The
Wiz), Balinese American Dance Theater, Prospect Theatre Co, New Jersey
Opera Theater, and Princeton Summer Theater.
regularly with the prop department at the McCarter Theatre (NJ).
Tilt Angel (NJ Rep), Move It And It's Yours, Love To All, Lorraine
Theatre, NJ), The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd, (WCAC, NJ), Proof, Miss
Connections (Princeton Summer Theater, NJ). Properties: A Stone Carver
(SoHo Playhouse, NYC) Madame Butterfly, Sweeney Todd (Princeton
NJ), Family Idol (West Burney Theater, NYC) Pretty Fire, Rosemary & I