Mainstage

The Mainstage is where the vision of our founder, Megan Friese-Kaufman came to fruition with their first production in 2014.  The Mainstage program has grown to such an extent, that in only 6 years, it has branched into a Junior's program for elementary aged children, and most recently, an Encore program for thespians 18 and up.  Mainstage remains dedicated to Middle and High School students.

Mainstage presents two full-scale Broadway productions each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.  In fact, these shows have become so popular, that they are very often double cast, meaning each production has double the number of cast members needed.  Essentially, the shows are so good we have to do them twice - three performance over the course of one weekend for what we refer to as "Cast A" and second weekend of three performances for "Cast B".  Each show, has six performances, and it seems each performance just gets better and better. 

The talent of these young people will leave you breathless.  From the outstanding vocals, to the well synced choreography, and detailed sets, the Mainstage productions are not to be missed. 

We will producing The Addams Family in October 2021.  Check our auditions page for info once available.   Because we will be producing shows with small casts for the time being, you will want to stay sharp and bring your absolute best audition.  You may even want to consider attending Broadway Boot Camp to get a leg up on some of the numbers.    Check our tabs above for Classes and Audition info!

Past Mainstage Productions

Fall 2020
Fall 2020
Fall 2019
Fall 2019
Spring 2019
Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Fall 2018
Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Fall 2017
Fall 2017
Marci McCosh

Technical Director

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Marci has a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership.  She taught visual arts, media production, & graphic design with the Nassau County School district for more than a decade.  She has been working in local productions creating sets, props, costumes & visual aids for more than 20 years.  She resides in Callahan with her husband & 2 children.

Lisa Allen

Co-Director - Choreography

Lisa began her 40 year dancestuying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Acrobatics, and Modern.  While in the US Navy, Lisa assisted in dance  overseas for the MWR programs, thereafter opening Lisa Allen Dance works.  Lisa continues her training traveling throughout the Southeast and NYC to study with top professionals. As the  founder of the Dance Works Dazzlers Competitive Team, Lisa is proud to showcase their National Award winning performances throughout the Southeast.  Lisa has also performed for dinner theatres, The Boomtown Blues Band and is a member of the Continental Queens, a trio of community leaders that love to perform and give back to the community.

Megan Kaufman

Managing Director

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President, Founder and Managing Director for Mainstage, Megan is also the Owner and Vocal Instructor of The Friese Studio of Music.   Mrs. Kaufman has Bachelors of Music from The College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University - Chicago, and a Masters of Music - Vocal Performance from The University of North Florida

 

Jan Shiff

Secretary

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Jan is the Vice President and Operations Director for The Friese Studio of Music and Performing Arts.  She is also the Treasurer for Saltwater Performing Arts. She has a Bachelor's of Business degree from Northern Illinois University and 25 years experience in corporate operations and mergers and acquisitions.