Wakefield Repertory Theatre (WRT) announced today that Ashland-native and Connecticut-based theatre director Eric Langmeyer joined the Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre (WRYT) as its new Artistic Director for the 2018 production of “Alice in Wonderland.”
Langmeyer, a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing and a minor in education, has worked in theatre education for 20 years. He started his career teaching in Beverly and Danvers public schools before moving and teaching outside Washington DC, as well as Baltimore, Chicago, and most recently West Hartford, Connecticut.
Eric enjoys wearing many hats – director, choreographer, costumer, and producer. Selected previous directing credits include: The Wiz, Godspell, Pippin, Aida, Once On This Island, Zombie Prom, Addams Family, Charlotte’s Web, Fiddler on The Roof, Music Man, Guys & Dolls, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Charlie Brown, Cinderella, Spamalot, A Christmas Carol, Seussification of Romeo & Juliet, The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Crazy Tales, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, Still Life With Iris, Orphan Trains and the East Coast premiere adaption of the children’s fantasy novel Iron Ring.
Eric says, “I am excited to meet and greet the students soon and have some fun with this show. Theatre is built on collaboration. I start every production with an easy formula, telling the students, ‘I give you something small and you make it bigger on your own.’ And they do, by working together toward a common goal. Everything we do in theatre is an act of collaboration. In rehearsal, everyone and every idea counts.”
Joining Eric on the staff will be Noa Barankin of Lowell, MA as Choreographer and Elaine Appleton of Lynn, MA as Production Manager. Noa is an award-winning choreographer, dance and music educator, professional dancer, musician, and is currently the Assistant Director and Choreographer at Arlington’s Bishop Elementary School managing, directing, and choreographing their 200-person annual musical production. Elaine is a middle school performing arts educator in Lynn public schools teaching technical theatre, history of theatre, Shakespeare’s contributions to theatre, stage craft, makeup, costuming, and lighting design. Elaine also runs the Drama Club at Lynn’s Pickering Middle School.
Rob MacRobbie, President and Head of the Staffing Committee of Wakefield Repertory Theatre says, “I’m excited for this year’s youth program. We have assembled a very talented team of theatre professionals dedicated to teaching the youth of our communities the theatre arts.”
WRYT is a six-week theatre program that teaches children about theatre — from onstage singing, dancing and acting, to behind-the-scenes set design work, lighting and costuming — while putting together a musical theatre production. With a staff featuring educators and theatrical professionals, WRYT strives to create a supportive environment that welcomes all into the WRYT family.
Wakefield Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization started in 1991 by former Wakefield High School theatre teacher Ron Chibaro and Tom Merchant who organized the Wakefield Community Education program for many years. WRT is dedicated to bringing great community theatre to Wakefield and its surrounding towns. The 2018 Summer Program will produce its 34th full stage youth musical production and 89th stage show for the organization. Past youth shows include Peter Pan, Annie, Seussical the Musical, and Shrek.
For more information about Wakefield Repertory Theatre visit www.wakefieldrep.org.