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Ms. Alex Keith - Director

Once On This Island, Jr. is her 6th production with the VMS Drama Club and 4th as Director.  She teaches 6th grade Reading on the Blue Team.  Ms. Keith is an alumni of the VMS Drama Club, where she participated in The Sound of Music, Footloose, and Carousel.  She is so excited to work with the students and staff on this excellent production!

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Ms. Gabrielle Horvitz- Director and Vocal Director

Once On This Island, Jr.  is  Gabrielle's 13th Production with the Voorhees Middle School Drama Club. She has graduated with a B.M. in Classical Vocal Performance from Temple University and has performed with the Temple University Opera Department productions with the Boyer School of Music. She is owner and main private voice teacher of Gabrielle Horvitz Voice Studio LLC . As a private voice teacher she teaches young performers Broadway and Classical Voice and contemporary pop. Gabrielle is also a resident of West Berlin and is an alumnus of the VTC, VMS  the VMS Drama Club, Eastern High School and their theater department. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). 

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Mr. Zach Schwindt - Tech Director

Mr. Schwindt is the Tech Director for the production of Once on this Island. He is very excited to be involved with his 2nd production here at VMS.

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Mrs. Tara Johnson - Production Manager

Tara Johnson is a sixth grade literacy teacher at VMS. She has helped the Drama Club as a show supervisor for six years, and she is excited for her 4th year as production assistant for Once On This Island, Jr. When Mrs. Johnson isn’t helping the Drama Club, she is usually spending time with her family, baking, reading, or watching the Philadelphia Eagles. In high school, Mrs. Johnson worked on the costume committee for the school’s Drama Club.  Mrs. Johnson is looking forward to this year’s production of Once On This Island, Jr.

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Mr. Dante Bratelli - Choreographer

Dante Brattelli is a professional performer based on the east coast. Dante has been active in the professional industry for the past decade working from Off-Broadway stages in New York City to regional theaters in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When not onstage, Dante spends his time teaching master classes to aspiring performers from elementary schools to universities. This is his 6th production with the VMS Drama Club and he is excited to be back working with the talented company of Once On This Island, Jr. 

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Ms. Taylor Dansky - Assistant Choreographer

Ms. Dansky is a nurse at VMS.  She helped as an assistant choreographer for the Drama Club previously and is excited to be choreographer for Once On This Island, Jr.  This is her 5th year helping with the VMS Drama Club.  Some shows she has choreographed in the past include Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Lucky Stiff, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 

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Ms. Wendy Farquhar

Once On This Island, Jr. is Miss Farquhar's second production with the VMS Drama Club.  She teaches 6th grade math on the Red Team.  She is very excited to be working with the very talented students here at VMS.

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Ms. Rachel Lewis

Ms. Lewis teaches 6th grade Language Arts on the Red Team at VMS. Once on this Island Jr. is Ms. Lewis's first production with the VMS Drama Club and she couldn't be more excited to work with our talented students and staff on this year's production!

 

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Ms. Amanda Sura- Costumer

Once On This Island, Jr. is Amanda's 11th production with the VMS Drama Club.  She is a 2009 Graduate from Montclair State University, with a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a minor in English. She currently works as a teacher in Hammonton School District. She also does the costumes for Carusi Middle in Cherry Hill. Her heart has belonged to theatre for as long as she can remember. Some of her favorite past roles include; Lucy Vanpelt- YAGMCB, Rosie- Bye Bye Birdie, Gertrude McFuzz- Seussical, The Baker's Wife- Into The Woods and Amber in Hairspray! She has been the Art Director for Voorhees Theatre Company's summer program for the last 10 years