Little Shop of Horrors - June 05

Merrillville High School Choir

 Crew Who's Who 

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    Tom Dobes

    Technical Specialist

    Tom Dobes (Sound Design & Sound Board Operator) has been involved with RMT/M&M shows for eleven years, beginning with Brigadoon in 1998.  Over the years, Tom has also served as technical director for many  Merrillville High School drama/musical productions, choir concerts, and for outside organizations who rent Reinhart Auditorium.  M&M/Ross love having Tom around because he can fix just about anything. Tom is the one responsible for the live internet broadcast of our 1940s style radio shows.  He devised a wireless way to control a battery-operated set of LEDs for Cinderella’s carriage.  He single-handedly keeps all 30 of our cordless mics usable.  Tom also does all the technical work for Indiana Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker and Peter Pan.   Currently, Tom is working in IT at the University of Chicago

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    Keith Barnard

    Stage Manager

    Keith started working with RSMT in 2015 with The Phantom of the Opera as chorus and stage crew. Other Ross credits include Scrooge, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Little Mermaid,  and Hunchback of Notre Dame.  MHS productions Keith served as stage crew include Into the Woods, The Dead Prince, Animal Farm, and served as Stage Manager, in charge of the fly, for Sister Act.   Leap of Faith, Keith was Stage Manager in charge of everything backstage including making it rain on stage.

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    William Akins

    Vocal Coach

    William “Will” Akins hails from Merrillville, Indiana. Will was in his first musical, RMT's Scrooge as a chorus member and the very next show he was a supporting character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Since that time, he became actively involved in Ross Music Theatre, he also led the casts of Cabaret and Raisin in the Sun at Vincennes University.  Some of Will’s on-stage credits with Ross include Music Man, Les’ Miserables, and The Little Mermaid. Mr. Akins also has worked as a stage manager, fight choreographer, make-up artist, and production assistant. Will previously taught theatre, voice, and piano while in college. Mr. Akins also also was recently called back to join the national cast of Aladdin as the Genie standby, although he did not receive the part he was very gracious for the the opportunity! He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a men's music fraternity.

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