Shoreline Theatre Company (STC) started in the Spring of 2018 as a discussion with The Branford Parks and Recreation Department to try and fill a void in our community as we felt more performing arts opportunities should be available for people of all ages. Our first show, Hairspray, had a cast of 60 from 10 different towns ranging in age from 13-70. We also offered a summer theatre camp experience for 2nd through 8th graders that concluded with performances of Aladdin Jr. Due to the success of the summer theatre camp, we then offered a Winter camp opportunity with the production of Elf Jr. In one year our number of campers have doubled for this Summer's production of Alice in Wonderland Jr.
The community has been very supportive of us and we look forward to offering a wide array of shows with different sizes of cast members and immersive experiences for audiences in the future. We hope that STC continues to influence and inspire everyone that experiences a production with us whether it be onstage, behind the scenes or as a spectator.
Thank YOU for supporting THE ARTS!
- Mike Martone Jr. & Colin Sheehan
Meet The Team
Mike Martone Jr.
Branford (Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director) graduated from Branford High School in 2001 where he was fortunate to play in Crazy for You!, Lil’ Abner, and especially the role as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. He attended Western Connecticut State University where he obtained his B.S. in Music Education. Mike performed in several operas as a member of the WCSU Opera Ensemble. Credits include; Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, King Kasper in Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as several others. Mr. Martone graduated with high honors and was awarded the Ruth P. DeVillafranca Certificate which is given to the most promising music educator as deemed by the music faculty. He also has his M.S. in Music Education from WCSU again graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mike also created and directed a summer music camp for young performers for the last several years as well as performed in a couple plays with a theater company himself.
Branford (Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director) is thrilled to be directing on a stage that he is VERY familiar with as a BHS graduate ('03) and the current Director of The Branford High School Performing Arts' Spring Musical. He continued his studies at Wagner College ('07) with a B.A. in Theatre and Speech Performance. Colin founded the charity MusiKids CT, Inc. giving away over $25,000 in scholarships. In 2003, he made his Broadway debut in the closing night production of Les Miserables. In ’99, Colin appeared numerous times on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and worked for 3 seasons on “The Wendy Williams Show.” Colin has produced, directed, hosted, and performed in the tri-state area and abroad with Broadway Cruises, Nickelodeon Cruises, and R Family Vacations Cruises. Colin is also a philanthropist and has raised funds and awareness for many Branford organizations, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Pulse of Orlando, Make-A-Wish, and many more. For years, Colin worked for the Tony and Olivier and Award-winning Seaview Productions. Other directorial credits include Her Song at the Ivoryton Playhouse and Artistic Director of Tabor Arts Branford. For more information, visit ColinSheehanEvents.com.
Branford (Choreographer) is thrilled to be a part of the creative team at Shoreline Theatre Company. Paola has been co-owner of StudioOne Dance Center in Branford for the past 10 years. Aside from teaching and operating her studio, Paola has choreographed numerous musical theatre productions such as James and the Giant Peach and
The Little Mermaid at Walsh. She also serves as choreographer for Artful Living Productions in Killingworth where she choreographed productions of Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and The Music Man. She is also currently working on Beauty and the Beast. Paola received a B.S. in Corporate Communications at SCSU. She resides in Branford with her husband Bill and her daughter Bella
(Set Designer) is excited to be back for Shoreline Theatre Company's second year as part of the creative team. She comes from North Branford with a Bachelor of the Arts in Studio Art from the University of Rhode Island. You may have previously seen her work in Tabor’s Peter Pan, Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., and Seussical Jr., as well as Aladdin, Jr., Hairspray and Elf Jr. with the Shoreline Theatre Company. Kristin is also recently finished designing for Sister Act with Shared Stage Productions in May and will be working on Alice in Wonderland Jr. with the STC camp. She is honored to be a part of the Shoreline Theatre family and looks forward to many more shows.
(Director of Branford Parks & Recreation Department)
(Assistant Director of Branford Parks & Recreation Department)
Chris Lemieux (Guest Director & Summer Camp Director) is an actor, director, writer, and avid DnD player/game master. He graduated from BHS in 2009 and from Pace University in 2013 as a BFA Actor. He is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. As an actor, Chris toured with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has been seen in world-premieres in NYC and LA. Locally, Chris appeared as Bottom in Legacy Theatre's production of Midsummer Night's Dream and STC's production of The Producers as Leo Bloom. He has assisted or directed the summer camp productions for STC since Aladdin Jr. and directed the production of Peter and the Starcatcher and a digital production of a Star Wars/Christmas Carol mash-up called Space Wars: Christmas Carol in which he co-wrote. Chris is currently a Theatre teacher at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven. He also runs multiple Dungeons and Dragons programs at Branford Parks and Recreation.
Our Summer Staff
Katie Spaulding: Head Counselor/Music
Alex Hernandez: Head Counselor
Sadie Ostad: Choreographer
Ariel Cobden: Digital Content Producer
Lenora Longway: Counselor/Stage Manager
Denis Ramic: Counselor/Stage Manager
David Rosenthal: Counselor/Assistant Director
Saura Malahiazar: Counselor/Rehearsal Pianist
Ben Clouse: Counselor/Assistant Director
Sophia Coppola: Counselor/Assistant Choreographer
Amelie Parczany: Counselor/Dance Coach
Bella Rarick: Counselor