Our Staff

William Endslow

Program Director/Show Director/Artistic Director

Mr. Endslow is a Boston area Theatre Educator, Director, Actor and Set Designer. He has been involved in educational and community theatre since 1976 and is the Artistic Director of The Five Star Theatre Company. Mr. Endslow has taught master classes and workshops in acting and directing for such organizations as: The New England Conservatory , Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters, The New  England Theatre Conference, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. Mr. Endslow won the Samantha’s Buddy Award from the Samantha’s Harvest Foundation and was named the Massachusetts Downs Syndrome Congress “Educator of the Year”. He was also the recipient of “The Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator of the Year Award” presented by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education.

Mr. Endslow was the inaugural Department Chair for the Fine and Performing Arts at Reading Memorial High School. He taught in Reading for thirty one years and directed the RMHS Drama Club for nineteen years.

 

A graduate of Salem State University with a Masters Degree from The Massachusetts College of Art, Mr. Endslow is a former President of The Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

 

Mr. Endslow has returned to acting himself and can now be seen in various commercials and films.

 

He thoroughly enjoys his time with the incredible students and staff of The Five Star Theatre Company and looks forward to our next production of Disney’s, The Lion King, JR!

Kristin Killian

Music Director

Miss Killian just retired after her 36th year in the Reading Public Schools where she was the Director of Choral Music and Department Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at the Reading Memorial High School. Prior to teaching at RMHS, she taught music and directed the shows at Parker Middle School.

 

Miss Killian was also resident Music Director for the RMHS Drama Club where she musically directed all of the club’s shows since 1997. While she has officially retired, she is delighted to be coming back this fall to music direct Chicago; High School Edition with her longtime directing partner, William Endslow while resident director Natalie Cunha enjoys maternity leave.

 

Miss Killian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Lowell, her Masters Degree in Education [Lesley University], and her Administrative License from the Merrimack Academy. She brings over forty years of experience in community and educational theatre to The Five Star Theatre Company, where she has been Music Director since its 1993 production of Annie.

 

Miss Killian loves working with all the great kids, staff, and Counselors at Five Star. Having grown up in a musical family and spending summers performing in musicals with her three siblings, Miss K loves to see the fun kids have here at Five Star and is always thrilled to work with the staff and Counselors.

 

Miss K dedicates this summer’s show to her Dad - Mr. Wayne L. Killian, not just her parent but her musical mentor, too. While she didn’t realize it at the time, watching him conduct the pit orchestra for Masconomet’s musicals when she was a little girl was surely the beginning of her life-long love affair with musical theatre. THANK YOU, DAD! I have no idea where I would be without you. I love you so much!

Nancy Katz Stone

Choreographer

Mrs. Stone is so excited to be back as choreographer for her 26th summer with The Five Star Theatre Company! She has  choreographed for Reading Memorial High School, Parker Middle School (where she celebrated her 25th production this past spring) Coolidge Middle School, Dunn Middle School in Danvers, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, and The North Shore Music Theatre’s Education Program.

In the past, Mrs. Stone has also directed shows for the JCC of Peabody, Coolidge Middle School and Parker Middle School. As a performer, she has been seen on stage with The Five Star Theatre, Spotlighters of Lynnfield, Marblehead Little Theatre, Amesbury Dinner Theatre, Turtlelane Playhouse and The North Shore Music Theatre.

Mrs. Stone is currently the bookkeeper for Skipping Stone, LLC in Peabody and is thankful for the flexibility she is given to be able to return to Five Star every summer. She is excited to continue teaching Zumba at The Enchanted Dance Academy in Winchester and Venturing Theatricals in Reading.

 

She would like to welcome all the kids, returning and new, and is so excited to work with everyone again this year!!! Hakuna Matata!!!

Lori Loussedes

Head Counselor

Lori is very excited to be back for her twenty- third year at Five Star! She holds a Bachelor ’s and Master ’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University, and is a first grade teacher at the Early Learning Center in Chelsea, MA.

 

Lori attended Reading Memorial High School where she was very involved in theatre directed by Mr. Endslow. Lori has been engaged in all aspects of theatre, including stage managing at Lesley University and North Shore Music Theatre, as well as teaching drama at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.

 

In addition, Lori has worked on the annual shows at Coolidge Middle School in Reading for over 20 years. After welcoming her son Ty in November, Lori assistant directed Coolidge’s production of Freaky Friday this past January.

Stephen MacDonald

Stage Manager/Set Build and Design

Stephen is excited to be back at Five Star  this summer after many exciting directing, stage management and  technical  projects.  Recent stage management credits include The View Upstairs with SpeakEasy Stage company and Curious George and the Golden Meatball at North Shore Music Theatre. Stephen also returned to his design, building and  painting  roots  this  past  year creating props for Oklahoma!, Hairspray, and Jekyll & Hyde at NSMT.

 

Along with his professional credits, Stephen directed and designed the Coolidge Middle School production of Freaky Friday and the Parker Middle School production of The Music Man Jr. Furthering his passion for theatre education, Stephen continues to teach classes and direct for his own theatre education company, Venturing Theatricals & Studios. Stephen is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Natalie Cunha

Theatre Education Coordinator

Natalie Cunha is excited to again be working with The Five Star Theatre Company as the Theatre Education Coordinator! Natalie first got an opportunity to teach as a Five Star Theatre Counselor in 2002 and was a Counselor for many years following.

 

After receiving a BFA in Theatre from Salem State University, and a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, Natalie has become the drama teacher at RMHS and the RMHS Drama Club Advisor.

 

As an actor Natalie still performs locally. Natalie has also directed many shows in Reading and surrounding towns, favorite titles include: The Little Prince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Honk!, Legally Blonde, Black Comedy, Mamma Mia, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Laurie Doherty

Costume Coordinator

“Look beyond what you see.” - Rafiki

The costumes are what you see as the curtains open, but the actors bring them to life. Without the amazing stars of Five Star, the costumes would simply be clothes. Mrs. Doherty is going on twelve summers of helping to make the story come alive, and she has enjoyed each one.

During the school year, Mrs. Doherty is a First Grade Certified Instructional Aide in Tewksbury. She holds a BA in English and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UMass Lowell. She lives in Tewksbury with her husband, John, and her daughters, Shealagh and Erin, both former Five Star participants.

 

Hakuna Matata! Five Star is a wonderful way to spend the summer!

Hailey Dixon

Costumer

Hailey is so excited to be back this summer for Lion King! Starting in 2012, she has been a part of the Costume Design and Coordination Team for seven summers. Hailey is currently the general manager for Crave Cafe & Bakery in Beverly, MA

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2020 PROGRAM DATES

Auditions

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Program

June 29 - July 24, 2020

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 pm

Show Dates

Thursday, July 23, 7:30 pm

Friday, July 24, 7:30 pm