MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry has directed the Annisquam Village Players annually since 1990, and what a fabulous experience it has been! Working with casts and crews ages 5 to 90 -with backgrounds as varied as doctor, lawyer, judge, artist, CEO, student, businessperson, professional actor, and everything in between- has been a blast.
And each year is a totally different experience from the one before. Since 1990, we have produced many of the Broadway classics from musical theater, and have had only one repeat show-The Sound of Music, which was written here in Annisquam. (Please see the history of the AVP on this website.)
When not directing, Terry has been a judge on the Massachusetts Land Court since 2002, and before that a real estate lawyer for 32 years. By the way, there is much similarity between the courtroom and the stage. Didn’t Shakespeare write that, “All the world is a stage.”
In order to keep in shape for the active rehearsal schedule, Terry has run the Boston Marathon almost every year since 1991 (as well as the New York City Marathon and the Washington D.C. Marine Corps Marathon). The characters he has met along the racecourse could easily fill the AVP stage. And to keep it all in perspective, Terry has written two mystery novels, which he hopes to eventually publish when he has the time to work on edits.
Mary Curtis, Co-Director
Mary has been with AVP since 1993. She played the lead in Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, The King & I, Carousel, Robert & Elizabeth, Blythe Spirit, Anything Goes, with The Dover Foundation in Dover, MA, as well as serving as their director for 10 years. While a member of the Chorus Pro Musica, she sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and in Symphony Hall. She wrote music for The Vincent Club of Boston. She directed for the Wellesley Players. She co-wrote two musicals successfully produced in local theater. Mary has published 17 novels and is a member of The Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild.
Nancy Bornhofft, Board Member-at-Large
‘Spose this should be more than a one liner ~~ tho I could write a book, remembering the year I had 10 members of my family, including an exchange student, either on stage or backstage, or on my porch, where Daughter Lisbeth put together paper maché palm trees for the South Pacific set! Five grandchildren were in the cast.
As for me, formerly a classical pianist, in 1993, I was irresistibly persuaded by grandaughter Betsy (Maria in The Sound of Music and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific) to try a new career as music director and/or pianist for 8 wonder-filled years of the best in musical theatre! I continue to enjoy as a cheerleader, and marvel at the achievement in professional quality of AVP productions, under Terry and Mary’s direction, with outstanding on stage and backstage talent and commitment.
Victoria Fortune, Board Member, Secretary
Like many members, Victoria was led to the AVP through her children. She was involved in community theater throughout her own childhood, then got sidetracked by life, until her daughter Denby landed a role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2009. The next thing she knew, Victoria was part of the cast as well. Having rediscovered an old passion, she quickly became addicted and has been in every production since, with the exception of Peter Pan, for which she took a backstage role. Some of her favorite parts have been Lily in Annie, Annie Oakley in Annie Get your Gun, and Roxie in Chicago. Her son, Talman, and daughter, Kryn, have also joined the ranks of the AVP, and she is thrilled that all three of her children love theater. Wanting to do more to support an organization that has brought her and her children so much joy, Victoria joined the board in 2010.
When not on stage, or performing secretarial duties for the AVP, Victoria is a writer and editor, and an avid dancer and skier.
Linette French, Board Member, Ticket Master
Having no desire or (ability) to appear on stage with the Annisquam Village Players, Linette decided it would be fun to get involved by becoming the “ Ticket Master” of Annisquam. Progressing from hand-written lists and charts to using the computer, she has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children and their parents. Everyone has been so patient and understanding with her, as she endeavored to give each of them the “Best Seat in the House.”
Linettes’s only appearance on stage was as a nun (in the back row) in the opening scene of the AVP’s first production of The Sound of Music!!!!!
Val Gilman, Board Member, Set Designer
Board Member Val Gilman got involved with AVP in 2009 because her then 9-year-old son, Jared, had his AVP debut as “Sandy the dog” in Annie. Her personal involvement in AVP summer theatre began as a chorus member in Annie Get Your Gun, and more recently, she played the role of Auntie Em in Wizard of Oz, and, Mrs. Darling, in Peter Pan. A former six-year member of the Gloucester School Committee, Val accepted a spot on the AVP board because she believes that family performing arts opportunities are alive and well here in Annisquam.
Kathryn (Chicki) Hollett, Board Member, Set Designer
Chicki’s first connection with AVP was working on the set of the 1992 production of The Sound of Music and she has been designing the sets ever since. She has seen amazing growth through the years for the cast, the crew and even for the audience. It’s a joy for her to be around creative people, working with Mary and Terry, and in her case, getting a great summer workout without going to the gym. She has tried to retire several times but Terry’s standard response is “Overruled.” Next year , Judge ?
Paul was enticed to join (aka conscripted!) by Terry and Pete for AVP’s production of Fiddler On The Roof in 2007 when daughter Gillian and son Quenton first joined the cast. They, along with youngest daughter Rhiannon and wife Karen have been an enthusiastic part of the cast and crew ever since.
Paul has taken tremendous pleasure in the deep fun, frivolity and friendships developed through AVP and the opportunities for music, dance and theater for his entire family. He believes all families should have this incredible experience!
Paul enjoys supporting the reach and appeal of AVP and its future productions. During this time he’s also been known to be a high technology business development executive, a coach for his children’s sport teams, an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts and to engage in kumites.
Over a decade ago, Pete wandered onto Lighthouse Beach, where the notorious Whittier/Sands family made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Since that time, Pete has played a whaler, wise man, butcher, gangster and wizard in Carousel, Brigadoon, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate and The Wizard of Oz. On the AVP Board, he spends his time trying to rationalize the budget process, supplying unhealthy snacks and making bad jokes.
His greatest pleasure has come in the rehearsal and backstage process. Watching and sometimes joining the toddlers, teen-aged, middle-aged and well-aged to create the raucous, supportive, inspirational cauldron of an AVP production, swirling from spring’s nervous auditions to August’s exuberant performances. These are joys Pete wishes everyone could experience at least once in their lives…. and they can!
Keith McCarthy has been involved with AVP every summer since 2004 when he made his AVP debut in Brigadoon. In 2009, Keith joined the board and has been an active member since, recruiting production staff, working on sound issues, marketing, advertising in the program, updating the website, making copies (lots of copies!), and taking on a portion of the general grunt work that goes on behind the scenes.
In addition to his AVP work, Keith teaches 6th grade English, directs the musicals and plays, and serves as the English/Reading Department Coordinator at Rockport Middle School. In his spare time, he also narrates audiobooks for audible.com, serves on the board of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, and chairs school accreditation site visit teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
He loves reading, writing, hiking, paddle boarding, gardening, wood working, DIY projects around the house, and learning how to do new things. He is a firm believer that there is no teacher in the world quite like Youtube (except for, you know, an actual teacher) and over the past few years Keith has used Youtube as his mentor as he’s learned how to play the piano, fix the plumbing in his house, train his dogs, install a hardwood floor, and make Concord grape jelly, among many other things.
Tom wandered in off the street one day while we were rehearsing for The Wizard of Oz. He looked cold and hungry and we let him in. Because we have been feeding him and giving him shelter, he keeps coming back. In exchange for offerings, Tom helps AVP by building sets and playing the odd character part in our plays. We don’t know what Tom does when he’s not with AVP because he’s always here.
When Stevie became Treasurer of the AVP in 1992, little did she think she’d still be at it 20 years later! She’s still loving her involvement with the Players as much as ever, especially because the shows just keep getting better and better every year.
Evy Stewart lives in Annisquam where she has her pottery studio. She has participated in the AVP plays since Brigadoon initially lured to the tryouts by her granddaughter and she counts her summers by the season’s play. She both joins the players on stage, works on the scenery and props, helps back stage, and braves the ride on our prize-winning 4th of July floats. She is a member of Chorus North Shore and sings with the Annisquam Village Church Choir.
Daphne started her days at AVP with Damn Yankees. At least one of her daughters -Charlotte, Abby, and Gracie- have been involved in each show since… and so has their mom!
She organizes the Bi-annual AVP Porch Tour Fundraiser. Porch-goers saunter through Annisquam Village, socialize with neighbors and meet new friends. The tour highlights private porches with fabulous views of Lobster cove, Annisquam river, and Ipswich bay. The tour concludes with a sunset porch serenade from the cast of the AVP’s current summer show!
When not recruiting porches, hawking tickets, helping prepare the float for the Horribles Parade, hanging signs at the 128 rotary, painting sets in Chicki’s garage, taking photos, and putting together the behind-the-scene’s video for the Cast Party – Daphne is preparing for her World Famous Christmas Display of “Barbie World” – which attracts visitors from around the globe!
Anne Williams, Board Member
Anne has enjoyed being part of the theater scene since her high school days when she helped with costumes for the play The Boyfriend. She’s been involved with AVP since 2003 when her daughter, Daria Whittaker, was performing in the show and a massive cast required lots of costume help. Since then Anne’s assisted with AVP’s costume needs and she loves the entire process of costuming a show. But mostly she enjoys being a part of the friendly, fun and talented AVP community.
Anne is currently the Public Relations Coordinator for Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston and lives in Rockport with her husband John (AVP, Brigadoon), daughter Daria (AVP 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and son Alex.