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The Supporting Cast

Written by Fuse Staff

When the curtain falls it’s the actors who take a bow, but no Ithaca theater production would be possible without the behind-the-scenes collaborations of students, faculty, and staff from IC's School of Music and Department of Theatre Arts.

From set design and construction, to costumes and makeup, to the pit orchestra, to marketing and promotional efforts, it takes hundreds of hours and dozens of dedicated people to prepare any mainstage production for opening night.

“Working on The Count is both exciting and challenging. It’s great to stage a brand new show, but it’s going to be a lot of hard work to get it up on its feet for the first time.”

–Britney Smallwood ’08,

Stage Manager

Bringing a new show like The Count of Monte Cristo to life is a special challenge for all involved—the script and the music may be written, but there's no production plan to follow. Bumps and surprises are an inevitable part of the process, putting cast and crew flexibility and on-the-fly problem-solving abilities to the test. Creative, hands-on learning opportunities like this one, however, are what makes Ithaca's theater program— and its graduates—some of the best in the country. Besides participating in main-stage productions, IC theater majors hone their skills in student-produced and student-directed plays, in local and regional theaters, and through study abroad. The payoff for all this intensive, performance-based training is real world success. Here are just a few of our talented alumni:

Matt Cavenaugh ’01 ›› Actor; originated the role of Bud in Urban Cowboy; currently featured in Grey Gardens on Broadway.

Eric Jordan Young ’93 ›› Actor; featured on Broadway in Chicago, Dessa Rose, and Seussical: The Musical; currently touring in his one-man show, Sammy & Me.

Kerry Butler ’92 ›› Actor; featured on Broadway as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors; also featured in Hairspray,

Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, and as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Tony Meola ’76 ›› Sound designer; winner of a Drama Desk Award for sound design for The Lion King; Broadway shows include Wicked, The Wild Party, Sweet Smell of Success, Footloose, Moon over Buffalo, The King and I, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and She Loves Me.

Kevin Greene ’06 made it into the top five finalists on the hit NBC reality show, Grease: You’re the One That I Want. Greene starred as Kenickie in the College’s production of Grease in 2005.


Check out the Department of Theatre Arts notable alumni page for an impressive list of Ithaca-trained talent.




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