Directors & Managers

 

Mary Curtis, Co-Director

Mary’s has been with AVP since 1991 . 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 McCarthy (Production Manager) is thrilled to be part of AVP.  She divides her time between being a mother of three sons (Aedan, Rowan, and Liam), running tours of Dogtown and Rockport, working with husband Dan at their graphic design studio Twin Lights Design and as choreographer and technical director (a job shared with Dan) of the Rockport Middle School.   Seania has been the AVP  Production Manager since 2010 and is excited to be working once again with such a talented group of people.

 

Deej Viau, AVP ChoreographerDeej Viau, Choreographer

Deej has been with AVP since 2008, 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.

For many years she 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. 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, Art Harbor, Eastern Point Day School, Brookwood, Harborlight Montessori and Hamilton Wenham High School.  She has been teaching at Hamilton Wenham School of Dance since 1999 and became the new owner and artistic director of HWSD in 2017.

Deej resides in Gloucester with her two sons and artist husband Robert Viau, where they have a business, StudioVO: Commercial and Fine Art Studio.

Wendy Betts  (Choral Director) is delighted to be working for the first time with the very talented cast of AVP.  She is amazed at everyone’s diligent work ethic and their joy and comaradery in all the hard preparation of mounting a summer show.  Congrats to their leaders!
Wendy has lived in Rockport for 21 years with husband Hank, daughter Brittany (for  5 years), and their two loving Maine Coons, Ruby and Lily.  Wendy is Organist/Director of Music Arts at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Topsfield.  She is choral director for the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus and maintains an active voice, organ, piano studio for students of all ages.  She is founder/director of SharetheMusic, which for 20 years performed the great American Songbook composers in fund-raising staged concerts and diverse programs throughout the North Shore and Boston. In the winter months you can find her inviting various singers to her home for nights of sight-reading piles of vocal music.  Let her know if you are interested.  Yes, you must be an excellent note reader! Her son Bill and family (meaning three wonderful grandchildren!) live in Beverly.