SHOW DIRECTORS & MANAGERS
Mary Curtis, Co-Director
This is Mary’s 20th year with the AVP. She played the lead in Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, King & I, Carousel, Robert & Elizabeth, Blythe Spirit, Anything Goes, 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 2 musicals successfully produced in local theater. Mary has published 17 novels and is a member of The Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild.
Terry Sands, Director
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. In the past 23 years, 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.)
When not directing, Terry has been a judge on the Massachusetts Land Court for the past ten years, 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.
Seania McCarthy, Production Manager/Stage Manager
Seania is thrilled to be part of the AVP production of Peter Pan. She divides her time between being a mother of three sons (Aedan 20, Rowan 18, and Liam 16), running the family’s Mom & Pop shop of R3 Sons Fun Emporium in Rockport, and doing tours of Dogtown and Rockport. This will be Seania’s fifth year as Production Manager and is excited to be working once again with such a talented group of people.
Kristina teaches in the music department at The Waring School in Beverly, and as an artist-in-residence at The Rockport Elementary School, she conducts The Youth Choir at the Rockport Congregational Church and directs the women’s acapella ensemble, ‘Leven.
Having performed with various companies -including the North Shore Music Theater, Washington Opera, Kansas City Opera; and having taught performers from toddlers to adults -mixed with a gratifying dash of family life with her thespian husband, Gene, and three daughters- Kristina is ever intrigued by the process of crafting a compelling performance with singer/actors of any age and experience. She collaborated with the AVP in The Music Man, Carousel, and Brigadoon, and The Wizard of Oz.
This will be Deej’s fifth season with the AVP, and absolutely loves working with the cast and crew each year. Meeting Terry and Mary has been a gift. She loves the process, the history, the community and heart of all of it.
Donna “Deej” Viau began dancing and doing theater work at an early age. President of her high school drama club, then a theater major in college before transferring to dance, she received her BFA in Dance from UMASS at Amherst in 1982.
Deej danced with The African/Caribbean Dance Company, Cle Douglas Dance Theatre in Boston as well as VIVA Dance Company of Cape Cod. She was artistic director and choreographer of her own non profit dance company, DanceVisions that performed all over New England- donating all profits to various charitable groups.
Deej combined her love of dance with fitness and was a certified instructor for nearly 15 years. She has taught her own self-designed class POWER DANCE fitness all over the North Shore. For twelve years she has been the Jazz, Creative Movement and Fitness instructor at the Hamilton Wenham School of Dance, teaching 15 classes per week. She is also currently teaching at Eastern Point Day and Brookwood. Deej has also done residencies, enrichment and grant programs teaching her Dance/Theatre/Fitness programs at the Gloucester Prevention Network, Sandy Bay, Fuller School, East Gloucester Elementary, Little Sprouts and Art Harbor.
Deej resides in Gloucester with her two sons and artist husband Bob Viau, where they have a business together, StudioVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio.