Reagle Music Theatre 617 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452
www.ReagleMusicTheatre.com phone: 781-891-5600 fax: 781-647-5584
NATIONAL ALLIANCE for MUSICAL THEATRE
Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Susan Carity Conkey treasurer Nicholas Iacuzio clerk Connie Braceland assistant clerk David Casavant president
Yolanda M. Cellucci Raymond Ciccolo Thomas Dusel Joanne Emanuelson
Keith Gilbert Clarke Keenan* Diane P. LeBlanc * Auxiliary Members
Robert Marcou Louis Nocera* John C. Peacock Jennifer Vitone
Daniel Adamian Emanuel Azenberg Gemze de Lappe
Dan Goggin Mary Rodgers Guettel Shirley Jones Lee Meriwether
Sarah Pfisterer Debbie Reynolds Scott Wahle
Reagle at a Glance Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit theatre company that attracts nearly thirty thousand patrons annually. Since 1969, Reagle has strived for excellent production values in sets, costumes, lighting and orchestra. However, our ticket prices are more than half that of a Broadway theatre ticket. Since the inception of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards in 1997, Reagle Music Theatre has won over three dozen awards, including five Best Musical prizes in the Large Theatre category. That category also includes the American Repertory Theater, the Huntington Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, and the Ogunquit Playhouse. Each year, Reagle’s Summer Musical Theatre Camp enrolls dozens of children from the ages of 8 to 16. Need-based scholarships are offered to numerous campers, allowing everyone to experience the magic of Reagle’s camp. The camp includes workshops taught by stage and screen professionals. For Reagle’s innovative Actors in the Classroom program, a team of professional actors and a coordinator visits selected Waltham High School English classes for two to three weeks, performing, teaching, coaching and mentoring students as they attempt to encounter and interpret dramatic text. Similar programs are offered at the Elementary level. As part of its partnership with the Waltham Public School system, Reagle Music Theatre has contributed more than $500,000 in capital improvements and educational programming to the Waltham Public Schools.
Independent Reviewers of New England Awards 2012 Best Choreography – Larry Sousa (Bye Bye Birdie)
2010 Best Actress – Rachel York (Into the Woods) Best Direction – Stacey Stephens (Into the Woods) Best Choreography – Todd Michel Smith and Judine Somerville (Hairspray) Best Costume Design – Stacey Stephens (Into the Woods)
2009 Best Musical – La Cage aux Folles Best Actor – David Engel (La Cage aux Folles) Best Actress – Rachel York (Hello, Dolly!) Best Supporting Actor – R. Glen Michell (Mame and La Cage aux Folles) Best Music Direction – Dan Rodriguez and Jeffrey P. Leonard (Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles) Best Choreography – David Scala (La Cage aux Folles)
2008 Best Actor – Eric Kunze (Joseph...Dreamcoat)
2006 Best Solo Performance – Patti LuPone: The Lady with the Torch Best Supporting Actress – Maryann Zschau (Thoroughly Modern Millie) Best Direction – Frank Roberts and Troy Magino (Thoroughly Modern Millie) Best Choreography – Eileen Grace (The Will Rogers Follies)
2005 Best Actor – Kirby Ward (Crazy for You) Best Actress – Sarah Pfisterer (Carousel and The Sound of Music) Best Supporting Actor – Scott Mikita (Crazy for You) Best Supporting Actress – Cheryl McMahon (Crazy for You and Carousel) Best Ensemble – Crazy for You Best Direction – Kirby Ward (Crazy for You) Best Music Direction – Jennifer Honen Galea (Crazy for You) Best Choreography – Eileen Grace (Crazy for You)
Independent Reviewers of New England Awards 2004 Best Musical – The Music Man Best Actor – Scott Wahle (The Music Man) Best Featured Actress – Cheryl McMahon (The Music Man and Grease) Best Music Direction – Jeffrey P. Leonard and Karen Gahagan (The Music Man) 35 Years of Excellence Award – Robert J. Eagle
2002 Best Musical – Singin’ in the Rain Best Direction – Kirby Ward (Singin’ in the Rain) Best Choreography – Peggy Hickey (Singin’ in the Rain)
2001 Best Supporting Actor – John O’Creagh (1776)
2000 Best Musical – My One and Only Best Actor – Kirby Ward (My One and Only) Best Direction – Eileen Grace and Robert J. Eagle (My One and Only) Best Choreography – Eileen Grace (My One and Only) Best Musical – Crazy for You
You Should Have Been There Award – The Will Rogers Follies Best Actor – Scott Wakefield (The Will Rogers Follies)
Moss Hart Memorial Awards 2003
Honorable Mention – Singin’ in the Rain
Honorable Mention – A Man for All Seasons
Moss Hart Memorial Award – 1776
Notable Theatre Professionals Bruce Adler Ann-Margret Lucie Arnaz Brent Barrett Stephen Bogardus Maureen Brennan* Ayla Brown Patrick Cassidy Susan Cella Nat Chandler* John Davidson Gemze De Lappe* Crandall Diehl George Dvorsky David Engel Bob Fitch* Merwin Foard Bob Freschi* Laurie Gamache* Mitzi Gaynor Steve Geary Sara Gettelfinger Anita Gillette Robert Goulet Nancy Hess John Hillner* Rick Hilsabeck* Mary-Jane Houdina* David Hugo Fred Inkley* Shirley Jones* Donna Kane Eric Kunze Lorenzo Lamas Vicki Lawrence Stephen Mark Lukas Patti LuPone
John MacInnis* Andrea McArdle Gerry McIntyre Donna McKechnie Lee Meriwether Dana Moore Patti Page* Marissa Perry Rick Pessagno Sarah Pfisterer* Debbie Reynolds Eden Riegel Jana Robbins Randy Rogel* Jamie Ross* Holly-Anne Ruggiero Ivan Rutherford David Scala Richard E. Schreiber* Angie Schworer Todd Michel Smith Judine Somerville Larry Sousa* Sally Struthers* Lara Teeter Tommy Tune* Leslie Uggams Scott Wahle* Beverly Ward* Kirby Ward* Edward Watts* Victor J. Wisehart* Edward J. Wilson* Leslie Woodies* Harry Woolever* JoAnne Worley* Rachel York*
* Denotes individual who has worked with Reagle on more than one occasion
A Brief History of Reagle AN EXCELLENT USE OF AN EMPTY SCHOOL THEATRE In the summer of 1969, a group of Waltham High School students decided to put on a musical. Following a
successful Spring 1969 production of The Music
Man, the youthful theatre enthusiasts (under the leadership of Robert J. Eagle) began
their plans for a summer theatre. Not only would this give the students
something to do over the long summer months, but Superintendent James Fitzgerald thought it was an “excellent use of an empty school theatre.”
With help from Mayor Richard F. Dacey, the Waltham City Council
appropriated funds for a youth theatre program. Subsequently, that first
production — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel — opened to critical acclaim, and The Reagle Players (re-named The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston in 2010) were established.
When the second season rolled around without a city appropriation,
the determined Players began an endless cycle of fundraising activities to support another season, presenting three productions in the brand new Robinson Theatre at Waltham High School.
A GROWING ORGANIZATION In 1975, after several years of effort and community fundraising, air
conditioning was installed in the Robinson Theatre.
Numerous other improvements to the Robinson Theatre have been undertaken by the Reagle Music Theatre as finances permitted.
The theater’s audience and talent pool began to grow
in the mid to late seventies. As the imaginary Waltham
boundaries disappeared, talented performers from other communities began to join, including many adults.
ANNUAL MUSICAL REVUES Like most performing arts groups, the financial condition of the Reagle
Music Theatre has always been precarious. Many seasons end in debt, but
eventually, generous donations and benefits help the organization return to solvency.
As a way to lessen
accumulated debts, the Reagle Music Theatre began a dinner
theatre at the Chateau Family
Restaurant in 1978. For four years, Remembering the 40’s — a nostalgic
tribute to the 1940s — entertained audiences as they dined at the Chateau. Remembering the 40’s is still presented today, though now on a much larger scale in the Robinson Theatre.
Another annual favorite, ChristmasTime, has been thrilling audiences
since 1982. A Little Bit of Ireland is performed to great acclaim each March, and Say It With Music: A Salute to Irving Berlin is also frequently produced.
BROADWAY AT YOUR DOORSTEP Since its inception, producing artistic director Robert J. Eagle has
sought the highest standards of professional production. In addition
to world-class performers and directors, every component — including
choreography, sets, costumes, and orchestra — is of the highest quality.
Additionally, Reagle Music Theatre owns the Broadway or touring
sets for Singin’ in the Rain, Crazy for You, and 42nd Street and the original Broadway costumes for Hello, Dolly!, Crazy for You, and A Chorus Line.
Original Broadway choreography is used for most shows, and full orchestras
using professional musicians are always employed for Reagle productions. Additionally, Reagle has enjoyed collaborations with Jerry Herman, Ted
Chapin, Baayork Lee, Mary Rodgers Guettel, Agnes de Mille, Gemze de Lappe, and many other theatrical luminaries.
AN AWARD-WINNING PROFESSIONAL THEATER In 1984, Reagle Music Theatre hired its first professional performer
through Actors’ Equity Association, Bob Fitch, to reprise his original
Broadway performance of Rooster Hannigan in Annie. Since then, dozens
of Broadway performers and members of Actors’ Equity have been employed
by Reagle. Additionally, many aspiring professional performers have received their Equity cards by performing in Reagle productions and have gone on to have successful careers on Broadway and in regional theatres.
In 1991, Reagle Music Theatre was accepted into the National Alliance
for Musical Theatre, and it has since been recognized as a professional theatre company.
In 2009, the company decided that a new name was necessary. “Reagle
Players” just seemed too quaint for an award-winning professional theater company that employs major Broadway talent. So, a new name was devised. The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston more accurately reflects the
mission of the company and matches the standard of excellence that Reagle strives to maintain.
The company’s employment opportunities span from a year-round
staff of about a dozen to hundreds of musicians, designers, technicians, stagehands, and members of various theatrical unions.
The image of Waltham as a city has been raised remarkably in the eyes
of the thousands who now patronize Waltham businesses, restaurants, and hotels because of Reagle Music Theatre.
CONCERT SERIES In 2002, Reagle began a successful concert series and, as a result,
performers like Patti LuPone, Robert Goulet, Debbie Reynolds, Patti Page,
Shirley Jones, Ann-Margret, Mitzi Gaynor, Vicki Lawrence, Tommy Tune, Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Lucie Arnaz, and Leslie Uggams have graced the Reagle stage.
EDUCATION FIRST For decades, Bob Eagle observed English classes in which dramatic
literature was treated as words on a page. The students knew very little
about what they were reading because most English teachers are not trained in theatre. Hence, Actors in the Classroom: a program in which professional actors coach and mentor the students through Shakespeare, Miller, Wilson, Ibsen and other dramatic literature. The
program has been extremely successful, and praise has come from Waltham administrators, teachers, students, parents,
and the actors themselves. Similar programs have also been offered at the Elementary and Middle School levels.
With Reagleâ€™s theatre camps, students have the
opportunity to work with Broadway professionals, who conduct master
classes several times throughout each program. The camps are held in the
winter, spring and summer school vacations. The winter and spring programs
are four days long, but the summer program is a four-week camp, concluding with a showcase.
From the outset, Reagle has always maintained strong education values.
The company has also made major improvements to the Robinson Theatre
at Waltham High School, including an extension to the stage, the addition of counterweight systems, new lighting equipment, and new backstage facilities.
Donations Make a donation in honor or celebration of an important milestone, or in memory of a loved one! We need your help to keep Reagle Music Theatre’s shows going at a professional standard! If you can, please assist us by making a tax-deductable donation to our award-winning, not-for-profit regional theatre.
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