Here’s part of what makes our camp extraordinary. Meet our awesome StageworX directors~
Annie Paglusch – Annie has been involved with camp since she was 11 years old. When not at camp, she is a fifth grade teacher at Regency Place Elementary, a dance instructor at Miller Marley, director of the Miller Marley TiniTainers, and a group fitness instructor at Lifetime Fitness and Raw Power Yoga. Annie has performed and/or choreographed at OTMS, BVNHS, Blue Valley Rec, Blue Valley Youth Players, The Lewis & Shirley White Theater, Theater in the Park, Barn Players, and the Chestnut Fine Arts Center. She loves spending time with friends and family and singing/dancing along to Beyonce and Usher.
Emily Wilson – When not at camp, Emily teaches 6th grade in the Blue Valley school district. She has written three preschool musicals and is currently working on a fourth! As an actor, she has performed in many shows with the Lewis and Shirley White Theater, Theater in the Park, Chestnut Fine Arts Theater, and the Barn Players. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, hanging out with her husband and dog child, and dancing in store aisles.
Lindsay Davis – Lindsay Davis is excited to be back on the Stageworx staff again for her 7th year! This school year will mark her 10th year teaching Kindergarten at Rosehill Elementary school. She earned her Elementary and Music Education degree from KSU and her ME from ESU. Lindsay earned a 2015 Chick-fil-a Teacher of the Year award and enjoyed lots of chicken for a year! Outside of camp and Kindergarten, Lindsay enjoys daily shows at home with her loud twin girls, Lylah and Piper, along with the family director, David.
Allison Friedrich – Allison is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom to her 3 children, ages 9, 7, and 5. Even though she’s not currently using her degree in music education, she enjoys subbing in her kids’ school district during the school year. She also works as an event coordinator at a church in Blue Springs. She is the co-writer of four musicals geared towards the 5-8 year old set (and used in Troupe camp!) and loves that she has spent the last 16 summers at camp doing what she loves best – encouraging and cultivating the talents of young people.
Tori Friedrich – Outside of camp, Tori loves her job writing Language Arts curriculum, but not as much as she loves being with her husband and three little boys. Before having children, she taught music in K-8 classrooms. She has co-written four elementary-age musicals with her co-director, Allison, and considers camp the best part of her year!
Paula Brekken – Paula, mezzo soprano, lives in Olathe, KS with husband Mike of 15 years and their 3 daughters. She is honored for this to be her 15th summer of camp! Currently she is in her 15th season with the Grammy winning Kansas City Chorale, is choral assistant at Olathe Northwest HS, and has been director of music at Crossroads Church in Overland Park for 22 years. In January of 2007 Paula was chosen to participate in the professional choral workshop in New York through the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute with distinguished conductor Helmuth Rilling at Carnegie Hall. Upon graduation from UMKC Paula taught vocal music in the public schools in Missouri and Kansas for 7 years at the middle and high school levels. She is the recipient of the very first Prelude Award given to exceptional music teachers from the Missouri Choral Directors Association, and the Outstanding First Year Teacher Award, given by the Missouri Teachers Association.
Jessica Luppino-McCarty – Jessica is a fifth grade teacher at Forest View Elementary in the Olathe School District. She has spent every summer with her Camp Center Stage/StageworX family since 1998, and couldn’t imagine spending her summer any other way. When Jessica is not teaching decimal division or directing shows, she enjoys playing piano and teaching her Border Collie new tricks.
Studio Dramatic Theater:
John Mulvey – Besides working at StageworX, John has also been busy as a professional actor, appearing at such venues as Theatre for Young America and also performing with the improvisational and sketch comedy groups Out on a Limb, The Argon Ship, and also at Comedy Sportz. As a theater educator, John has taught acting classes at Longview Community College and KC Young Audience’s Community School of the Arts, and currently teaches acting classes for Theatre for Young America. He attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree.
Jeff Yarnell – Jeff has been a drama teacher in the Blue Valley school district for the past 23 years. He also spends time working with his improv team, The Argon Ship. Jeff and his wife Mary have worked on dozens of shows together over the years. Among their favorites are And Then There Were None, Noises Off and The 39 Steps.
Studio Musical Theater:
Amy Alderman – Amy (Arnott) Alderman is so happy to be returning as the choreographer for Studio Musical Theatre, for her 4thyear at StageworX! She grew up dancing and performing at Miller Marley Studios of Dance and Voice. She has been performing around the Kansas City area since the age 10 in venue’s such as The Theatre in the Park, The White Theatre, and with MTKC. After graduating college she decided to pursue her dream of performing professionally. She moved down to Florida and began working as a Puppeteer. Soon after you could see her performing at Universal Studio’s Orlando, she helped open the “Elmo and the Bookaneer’s” show at Sea World, and was an Equity performer at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. She was back in Kansas for 7 months- just in time to meet her husband- before she up and moved to New York City! While in New York she went to several auditions and landed a few Runway Shows before she realized that she missed Kansas and her family! Since returning home in 2010, she has taken up the family tradition of choreographing! She choreographed her first show in February of 2011 and has yet to slow down with Footloose being her 20th show to choreograph! StageworX is what Amy looks forward to each year! Hanging out with some of her best friends, working on musicals, and teaching middle school aged kids how to perform! Who could ask for anything more?
Jon Copeland – When not at camp, Jon teaches drama at Mill Valley High school in Shawnee. He has worked as an actor, choreographer and/or music director at many theaters including Martin City Melodrama, the American Heartland Theater, the Coterie, TYA, TTIP and World’s of Fun. In his free time he enjoys watching old movies with his lovely wife Heidi and their adorable cat family.
David Davis – David is so proud to be on the Stageworx staff for his 12th summer! David earned his BME from KSU in 2006 and his ME from MNU in 2011. This school year will mark his ninth year wrangling all things choir and theater at Harmony Middle School in Blue Valley. David is a 2008 Kansas State Horizon Award winner and in 2014 was a semi-finalist for the prestigious GRAMMY Foundation music teacher of the year award. David has performed and directed in many capacities including musicals, barbershop choruses, choirs, and the worship team at his church. Outside of work he has a recurring role as the father of two adorable twin girls, Piper and Lylah, in a show brilliantly directed by his wife Lindsay.
Kym Gibbs –Kym has been a professional accompanist for almost 30 years, accompanying shows all over the metro area, including one summer away at Interlochen. Her main gig, though, for the last 16 years and counting are spent accompanying at Spring Hill High School. When not sightreading somewhere, Kym and her husband Jerry enjoy a lot of time watching their daughter, Tyler, play softball and playing with their two Shibas Whiskey and Naya.
Sarah Peterson – Sarah has enjoyed spending summers at camp since 2006! She is the assistant director of the Miller Marley Entertainers and has worked as a choreographer, assistant director, and/or performer at Rockhurst High School, Mill Valley High School, Spring Hill High School, Olathe East High School, Mill Creek Middle School, Harmony Middle School, Christian Youth Theater, Blue Valley Youth Players, Blue Valley Rec, Shawnee Mission Theater in the Park, and The Lewis and Shirley White Theater. After spending eight years as the CEO of the Peterson Family, she headed back to the classroom this year as a middle school speech and drama teacher at Harmony Middle School! When Sarah is not dancing, you will find her with her husband cheering for their three kids at a baseball game, a dance recital, or whatever “show” they are putting on at home!
Chris Frye – Chris currently teaches art at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Gardner, Kansas. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1998 and his Masters of Arts in Education from Avila University in 2005. He has taught visual arts to area youth since 1998. He exhibits his artwork throughout the Kansas City area and beyond.
Skip Gordon – Skip brings many years of experience to StageworX as he has been a resident tech director at many schools and venues. Past projects have included stints at Blue Valley West High School and Shawnee Mission South High School. You will often see Skip at the many various performance locations for the KC Fringe Festival where he has worked for several seasons in an official capacity as a tech wizard.
Jerry Howard – Jerry teaches Art, Graphic Design and Sculpture at Mill Valley High School and he is also Assistant Director of Theater there where he brings to fruition the ideas and concepts of the great Jon Copeland. He says: “I love working with kids in theater and I really enjoy the challenges of designing and building sets and also building props for shows.”