SCOTT CALCAGNO (Director) Scott is happy to return to the Drury Lane where he has most recently directed Seussical the Musical last spring. Other Drury Lane credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and, for the last 10 seasons, A Christmas Carol. For Warner Bros and Rail Productions, Scott is the current director and writer of The Polar Express Train Ride™, a live theatrical production aboard a moving Amtrak train out of Chicago’s Union Station and New Orleans’ Passenger Terminal and on the Whippany Express outside of NYC. Other credits include: Legally Blonde (Civic Theatre), Second City Divas (Mercury Theatre), Bye, Bye Birdie (Long Lake Theatre), and Unmasking What Matters, a one woman show for Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera actress, Sandra Joseph. Scott is the also the director for the youth acting program for Drury Lane, RegardingActors.com.
ERICKA MAC (Associate Choreographer) Ericka has served as Associate Director/Choreographer for the U.S. premieres of Ride the Cyclone(MCC Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Seattle’s ACT Theatre); the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical(Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis); The Little Mermaid, Madagascar (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); the world premiere of Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Marriott Theatre); Company (Writer’s Theatre) and The Polar Express (Warner Bros./ Rail Events). Choreography credits include: Mamma Mia (Jeff nomination for Best Choreography) and SchoolHouse Rock Live! (Marriott Theatre), Parade (Writer’s Theatre) as well as for high schools, colleges, conference events and commercials. Ericka has performed in Chicago at The Rosemont Theatre (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Writer’s Theatre, Peninsula Players Theatre, and played Ellie in Showboat at The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ericka has served as an Adjunct professor & taught master classes at Elmhurst College, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University and The Joffrey Ballet. Ericka is a voiceover artist for companies such as Motorola, ESPN, Embassy Suites, John Frieda and The American Dental Association.
ROBERTA DUCHAK (Music Director) returns to Drury Lane after musical directing South Pacific. Drury Lane MD credits include: 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Jeff Nomination), Crazy for You, Hazel, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables (Jeff Nomination), West Side Story, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver, The Sound of Music (Jeff Nomination), Sweeney Todd (Jeff Nomination), Ragtime (Jeff Award),Spamalot (Jeff nomination), Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Miss Saigon (Jeff nomination). Chicago MD credits: Brigadoon (Goodman), The Story of My Life directed by Richard Maltby Jr. (Biograph); The Original Grease (ATC), The Little Mermaid (Chicago Shakespeare), and Rocky Horror (Mercury) and musical supervisor for A Little Night Music at Writers. Roberta has two busy vocal studios in the Chicago area. She was the vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman for the film Les Misérables. Acting credits: Broadway: Ragtime (Mother); National Tours: Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, Magnolia and Ellie in Showboat and Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee (Chicago and national tour companies).
KEVIN DEPINET (Scenic Designer) Kevin Depinet returns to the Drury Lane where he has last designed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He has designed for the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Paramount Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre and The Mark Taper Forum. Broadway credits include Associate Designer for August: Osage County, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Of Mice and Men. National tours credits include Camelot and Ragtime. Mr. Depinet has also designed for the National Theatre of Great Britain in London, the Discovery Channel, Netflix, 21st Century Fox, and Disney.
LYNDA MYERS (Costume Designer) Lynda’s design work has been seen on most of the stages in the Kansas City area, including Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Coterie Children's Theater, and Missouri Rep, as well as productions at Mixed Blood and the Guthrie Studio in Minneapolis. She's most proud of her work as Resident Costume Design Assistant, collaborating with countless artists on more than 70 productions at the Guthrie Theater and Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. Lynda joined Drury Lane as the Costume Shop Manager last fall.
RYAN O'GARA (Lighting Designer) Selected – National Tour: A Night with Janis Joplin, Vocalocity, Walking Dead Experience, The Little Prince. Selected – NYC: Tail Spin, play/date, Lady Day, Moses of Egypt- New York City Opera, Knuckle Heads Zoo, Black Violin, Chix 6 and THE RIDE, various productions for Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Drury Lane- Chicago, TUTS, Signature Theatre DC, Laguna Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Lincoln Center Festival, Capital Repertory Theatre and Bristol Riverside Theatre (2016 Barrymore Award). Associate Lighting Designer for over 25 Broadway productions, currently: Donna Summer, Come from Away, Bronx Tale and Hamilton. O’Gara graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. www.ryanogara.comg.
Ray Nardelli (Sound Designer) Previous Drury Lane credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Joseph, 42ndStreet, Rock of Ages, The Gin Game, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, Camelot, The Game’s Afoot, Spelling Bee, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain, Xanadu, Hairspray, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Meet Me in St. Louis, Buddy Holly, and The Full Monty (Sound Designer) and Oliver, Xanadu, Sweeny Todd, and Ragtime (Associate Sound Design). Regional theatres include The Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theater, The Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, Congo, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and American Girl Theatre. Memberships include USA #829, ASCAP, and IATSE #2.
Claire Moores (Wig Designer) is pleased to join Drury Lane for this production of Little Shop of Horrors. Drury Lane designs include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Joseph, 42ndStreet, The Gin Game, Chicago, Crazy for You, and Smokey Joes Cafe. Ms. Moores is a wigmaker and makeup artist with over 35 years’ experience at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has worked on touring shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Showboat. Her film experience includes Public Enemies, Road to Perdition, High Fidelity, and Amityville Horror. She has designed wigs for Pine Mountain Music Festival and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and has served as wig master for American Players Theatre.
SAMMI GRANT (Dialect Coach) is thrilled to be returning to Drury Lane having previously coached Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, and Crazy for You. Other Chicagoland theatres she has worked with include: Goodman Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Remy Bumppo, The Gift Theatre, Windy City Playhouse, Strawdog Theatre, Steep Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, and many more. Her TV coaching credits include: The Exorcist (Fox) and Patriot (Amazon Prime). Sammi also works as a voiceover artist and is represented by Big Mouth Talent. She would like to thank her mom for her support.