R. O’Donnell (Artistic Director/Executive Producer) has starred as Brazillia R. Kreep in Kreepy Hallow, Jean-Pierre Beunet in The Orchard of Hide and Seek, Waldo Fern in The New Variety Show, Scrooge in A Kreepy Christmas Carol, and as the Mad Hatter and ring master Belvedere Brumbleton in JCT’s celebrated Alice Isn’t All There. At 14 years old, he ran away with the Sells and Grey traveling tent circus. He co-wrote the off-Broadway musical comedy One & One for which he received 3 ASCAP awards. On Broadway, he co-wrote Radio City Music Hall’s critically acclaimed Manhattan Showboat. As a choreographer, O’Donnell staged Dick Hyman’s Joan And The Devil, and Walter/McDowell’s Rapunzel And The Dragons at the famed Greenwich Village institutions 13th Street Repertory Company, and Actors’ Playhouse, respectively. In Chicago, he co-founded both the New Variety cabaret and the professional theater company New Age Vaudeville. At New Age Vaudeville O’Donnell wrote two of its biggest cult hits: An Evening With Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts –The Neighbors Next Door, and The TV Dinner Hour (featuring improv guru Del Close). O’Donnell worked as Executive Producer and host (hence the title) of the variety/comedy television show R. Rated on Fox, Chicago. Widely regarded as a brilliant slice of the Chicago comedy scene, R. Rated featured, among others, Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Mick Napier (Annoyance Theater), and Stephnie Weir (MADtv). O’Donnell also produced and directed comedy segments featuring Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade) for Fox, Chicago’s variety special Twisted. Additionally, he directed a series of improvised commercials (featuring Besser in a stylistic homage to Ernie Kovacs) for McDonald’s, Toyota, Jiffy Lube, and Ameritech. O’Donnell’s stand-up comedy work has seen him featuring for celebrated comics Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Brian Regan, Rick Overton, and the late great Bill Hicks.
Angela Conzone Dwyer (Executive Music Director/Choreographer) has starred as Ichaboda Krane in Kreepy Hallow, the voice of Misty Cauldron in The Orchard of Hide and Seek, Peggy Page in The New Variety Show, Matilda Pift in A Kreepy Christmas Carol, and as Mrs. Zizzlebot and The Queen of Hearts in JCT’s celebrated Alice Isn’t All There. Angela has a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Fredonia and a Master’s Degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, both in Music Education. She teaches K-6 Vocal/General Music in the Ogdensburg City School District, is the Choir Master at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Assistant Choreographer at Julie’s Dance Studio, and is a private piano/voice teacher. She has been the Musical Director of Nunsense (Fulton, NY), and Choreographer of both Peter Pan (Oswego, NY) and Once Upon a Mattress (Potsdam, NY). Some of her acting credits include Once Upon a Mattress, Camelot, The Music Man, Nunsense, The King and I, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. Having met during summer theater, Angela and Christopher are excited to be working together both on the production team, and on stage. The couple lives in Ogdensburg with their daughters, Rozalyn and Eliana.
Stephen Chambers (Props/Set Dressings) is a nationally recognized, award-winning fine artist who has successfully worked in a wide variety of mediums. From mass-produced commercial sculptures to oil paintings, this versatile artist is comfortable creating whatever the artistic vision requires.
Ryan C. McNally (Arrangements/Orchestrations) has orchestrated Kreepy Hallow, The Orchard of Hide and Seek, A Kreepy Christmas Carol , and the new songs for A Christmas Carol. and is a junior at Ogdensburg Free Academy. His interests in music and song writing came when he was nine years old, when he would play songs by ear on the upright piano that was in his house. Seeing his musical interests, his parents saw that he took piano lessons. Then in 4th grade he began playing the alto saxophone for band class. Over the following years his ability to play both excelled. His first musical compositions were written solely for the piano, and it wasn’t until his uncles Tom and Mark McNally spurred his interests in playing music with others that he began incorporating other instruments and lyrics to his compositions. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, he, his uncles and brother recorded albums together, with the band name “Camp Jammers.” Outside of the band, Ryan enjoys writing and recording songs on his own, and with friends from band class. He most recently orchestrated music for OFA’s production of “Steel Magnolia’s” and Lisbon’s production of “Orphans in Candy land.”
Christopher Dwyer (Technical Director/Production Coordinator) has starred as Bartholomeu Van Tassel in Kreepy Hallow, Perry Page in The New Variety Show, Bob Cratchit in A Kreepy Christmas Carol, and as Mr. Zizzlebot, Tweedledee, and The King of Hearts in JCT’s celebrated Alice Isn’t All There. Currently, he lives in Ogdensburg, NY with his wife Angela and daughters Rozalyn and Eliana. Originally from Chittenango, NY, Christopher has done just about every job there is to do in the theater. He co-directed the Hermon-DeKalb Drama Club’s productions of Ax of Murder, The Principal’s Apprentice, Night Chills, Zombeo and Juliet, and Seusspeare: Meets the MacBeths. Christopher’s acting credits include Romeo and Juliet, Annie Get Your Gun, Babes in Arms, Grease, The King and I, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. He has also written a play, served as Stage Manager, and run both sound and lights boards. He is thrilled to be the Technical Director for JCT.
Sadie Smith (Stage Manager) is returning as stage manager, having done so for Kreepy Hallow and The Orchard of Hide and Seek. Sadie’s acting credits include American Idle, Ax of Murder, The Principal’s Apprentice, Night Chills, and Seusspeare: Meet the MacBeths. She recently finished a two-year Liberal Arts degree at SUNY Canton and is currently attending SUNY Potsdam to complete her Bachelors. She is very proud to be involved in her third show with JCT.
Ryan Woodard (Sponsorship Director/Assistant Technical Director) has starred as the town crier in Kreepy Hallow, Bob the Troll in The Orchard of Hide and Seek, Elmer Fiddle in The New Variety Show, Fezziwig in A Kreepy Christmas Carol, and as Tweedledum in JCT’s celebrated Alice Isn’t All There. He began playing guitar as a teenager, but his passion was culinary so he attended Paul Smith’s College for Baking and Pastry Arts. A DJ gig at the college’s radio station brought him back to his first love – music. After college, Woodard was able to merge his cooking and musical interests while working in local restaurants by connecting local musicians and bringing in live performances.
Karen Fischbeck Carmany (Costumes & Makeup Designer) is a dietitian currently working with children at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. This is the third show Karen has costumed for JCT and she enjoys all the creative energy the different casts have brought to each show.
Ann Losurdo (Costumes) is a retired middle school Spanish teacher who has been sewing since the age of 13. In addition to fashioning everyday wear, Ann is the queen of Halloween costumes, prom gowns, and bridesmaids’ gowns. In her copious free time, she enjoys quilting, singing with Concinnity (an all-women a cappella ensemble), and traveling the world.
Hannah Gardner (Costume Assistant) is a 6th grader at Kennedy Elementary School. She loves to sing and is currently in chorus. Hannah also loves to draw and is happy to be helping out at JCT.
Dr. Fr. Michael O’Donnell (Rector) is rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ogdensburg, NY, he is a best-selling author, researcher, and international lecturer with a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He is best known for his National Adolescent Wellness Research Project, co-conducted with family strengths scholar Nick Stinnett, Ph.D, a professor at University of Alabama. Their research has been the focus of numerous features from media outlets such as USA Today, Better Homes and Gardens, Ebony, Jet, CNN Evening News, the Associated Press, CBS Interactive Business Network, and ABC’s nationally syndicated radio program The Best of Our Knowledge. In 2013 he and his communications team, along with Atomic Enterprises LLC, were awarded a national Telly Award (from among 12,000 entrants including Universal Studios, HBO, Showtime, and Warner Bros.) for their video promotion of the Marian House (Soup Kitchen) for Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.
Bill LaMere (General Manager) is a native of Ogdensburg and graduated form Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1967. He married his childhood sweetheart Sheila Murray in 1968. Bill entered the US Army in 1968 and was trained as a combat medic. He spent 20 years in the military, was educated as a nurse, and attended Southern Illinois University for healthcare administration. His military assignments included Vietnam, Texas, Washington, Washington, D.C., and Germany. After the military, Bill worked as an operations manager for a pharmacy company in Maryland, and as a regional operations manager for a respiratory infusion company in Rochester, NY. In 2000 he relocated to Heuvelton, and was employed for the past 14 years at United Helpers River Ledge as a nurse, and staff development educator. Sheila and Bill have five children (one deceased) and three grandchildren (all girls).
Sheila Murray LaMere (House/ Box Office Manager) was born in Ogdensburg, NY, and graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. After high school she attended a nursing program and obtained her license as a practical nurse. Sheila married her childhood sweetheart Bill LaMere in 1968 and had five children. She has dedicated the majority of her life to raising her family and attending to numerous foster children. Sheila is an active leader at St. John’s Church, assisting ushers, greeters, lay readers, and Christian Education (Sunday school and vacation bible school).