The Little Mermaid - November 16 - November 19, 2023

Jamestown Community Theatre

 Crew Who's Who 

  • Mary Schachtel Wright head shot

    Mary Schachtel Wright

    Co-Director/Artistic Director Emerita

    Growing in NYC, Broadway was her backyard. She acted off Broadway in a musical of Tom Sawyer and pursued acting, including a role on daytime tv & commercials. Mary returned to her college major, education. She taught for 40 years & also directed school plays. In 1990, Mary & music teacher, Patti Vandal, were given $500 in start-up money by the Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force to stage a play with the youth of Jamestown. Mary & Patti insisted on a cast and crew that included both adults & children to foster positive relationships between generations. The first show was Peter Pan & included about 45 cast members. A success ensued & for almost 30 years, Mary and Patti directed casts, which sometimes included over 100 people! At times, Mary acted in the plays, going back to her roots on stage. Taking a siesta from theatre for 7 years, she has returned to co-direct The Little Mermaid, Mary is delighted to be back & see a new generation of JCT participants.

  • Ricky Martin head shot

    Ricky Martin

    Co-Director/Artistic Director

    Ricky’s JCT directing credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeInto the WoodsPippin, and Seussical (co-director Iris Bohensky); he has also directed Angels in America and Godspell. His favorite acting credits include Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee, Nick in Fame, and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Ricky is also a choral singer, having sung with the Studiosi Cantandi in Berlin and the Stonewall Chorale in NYC. He has performed at venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and St. John the Divine Cathedral. Works sung include Bach's Matthäus Passion, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn's Paukenmesse, Monk's Songs of Ascension, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Many thanks to the JCT Board, cast, crew, audience, and community members who help make the magic happen. Much love and thanks to family and friends. 

  • Eileen Donnelly head shot

    Eileen Donnelly

    Stage Manager

    Eileen is the current vice president of the JCT Board and has been volunteering with their shows since her children became involved in productions, dating back to Shrek. This is her second show as Stage Manager, having also done so for Little Women. She is so grateful to have daughters who love performing because it brought her to JCT. 

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