June E. Desmond – Jessie
June is happy to be returning to the M&D stage. She was last heard as the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. She loved the experience, but likes being seen as well as heard. Some of her favorite roles at M&D include: Kate Monster in Avenue Q; Vernadette Sims in The Dixie Swim Club; and Mrs. Pascal in The House of Yes.
In regards to playing Jessie: “As an individual who lives with depression and anxiety, the opportunity to bring to life a character who has dealt with both has been a rewarding challenge. There are aspects of the character that I can identify closely with that I have to be careful not to internalize, or the character of Jessie gets lost in my own struggles. Acknowledging those struggles openly is a matter of reducing the stigma of mental health problems. Remember, there is always hope, even when it seems there isn’t, and ask for help, even if you don’t think you need it. It saved my life.”
June would like to say a special thank you to Mary Bastoni for her commitment to the truth of her character, and Melissa O’Neil for making a safe space to work through and live the life of Jessie. And as always, thanks to her family and friends who support her while she pursues her passion. Also, to the audience for supporting live theatre.
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Mary Bastoni-Rebmann – Thelma
Mary’s bio coming soon!
Melissa O’Neil – Director
Melissa’s bio coming soon!
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Lori Jean (LJ) Rowe – Stage Manager, Lighting Designer
LJ began working with M&D during its 2012 season. She is currently the Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer, and one of the team of stage managers. When LJ is not backstage, you can often find her in the booth running the sound and/or light board. LJ has worked on over 60 productions in New Jersey, New York, Kansas, and New Hampshire. She is proud to be a part of such a wonderful theatre company.
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Deborah Jasien – Set Designer
Deborah is a local entrepreneur with a 40-year background in professional theatrical design and production. She is the Owner/Maker at Fields of Ambrosia: BATH-BODY-AROMA and has been the Resident Set Designer for M&D Playhouse for the past 10 years, while also serving on the board of directors in some capacity for that time, as well. She is a past board member for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, is currently Executive Committee President of The White Mountain Independents, and is a representative for the North Conway Village Association and Mount Washington Valley Celebrations through the MWV Chamber of Commerce.
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Mary-Ellen Jordan – Costumer
A high school job giving tours in a 17th c. house led to a lifetime interest in history and costume for Mary-Ellen. Through the years she sold antiques, wholesaled vintage clothing, and costumed her own children and many of their friends for sundry Halloweens. She holds a BFA from the University of Southern Maine where she took costuming classes and a work-study job in the costume lab, assisting in several USM theatre productions. For 15 years, she designed and built the costumes for Fryeburg Academy’s one-act play entry in the Maine State Drama Festival. Her previous work here at M&D includes The Jacksonian, Be My Baby, Lovers and Other Strangers, House of Yes, and most recently, The 39 Steps. It has truly been a privilege working with such a talented group of actors and directors, and we all wish them well in their new home here in the village.