MIRIAM KATES (set construction) is a recent transplant from Colorado, although she is originally from northern New Jersey. She has a Masters degree in electrical engineering and is currently employed as the sorcerer's apprentice for John Siemiarowski at Electrical Wizardry, Inc.


JONATHAN KEOGH (large banners) has previously worked for us on crowd management. He began his special-events career as a child, helping his father work on the Gimbelsí Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is now the production coordinator for the Philadelphia Flower Show and also operates his own company, United Signs.


FRANK J. MAY (set construction) has been an audience member for a number of past shows, along with his wife and daughter. This year he called to offer his help and was immediately given assignments such as painting and assembling various set components, including the roof of the brick house. Frank runs a small family business manufacturing and repairing dental instruments (Frank J. May, Inc.).


TONY POLIAFICO (illusion worker) joined the company last year, enabling some of the backstage magic to happen then and now. Tony is completing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Temple University.


MARK R. SELLERS (special effects designer) is a pilot and occasional lawyer who lives and works in the Awbury Arboretum. He designed the shrunken head for last yearís Portrait of Evil and the self-lighting candle for the present show.


JOHN SIEMIAROWSKI (associate producer, head carpenter, head electrician) has been an indispensable part of our productions ever since he assisted with set design, construction, lighting, and special effects for Sťance at Midnight. As Master of Electrical Wizardry, he has rarely heard a wild idea of Jay's or Danielís that he hasn't been able to bring to life. His daughter, Leah, was a child ghost in Sťance at Midnight and a damsel in distress in The Curse of Anubis. His son, Jake, made a cameo appearance in Hogwarts for Sale!


BECCA STALLINGS (scriptwriter, crowd control) joined the crew in 1998 as a prop-painting assistant and attendance taker. In 1999, for Side-Show Spectacular, she served as head plastering assistant, off-set Rat Boy wrangler, and attendance taker. She was one of the scriptwriters for Hogwarts for Sale! as well as an elf makeup artist. For 3001: The Shadow Planet, in true show-business tradition, she stepped into the role of narrator at the last minute to replace an ailing cast member. In real life, she is a data manager for the Pittsburgh Youth Study and is the mother of the cast mascot, Nicholas Adric Efran.


RIVKAH WALTON (set construction, crowd management) has been working with the group for the last three years, doing everything from painting scenery to mixing special-effects chemicals. The other 51 weeks of the year she is a sculptor and nonprofit administrator.



Tony Abrams

Richard Fernandez

Steven Hatzai

Sharon Ross

Jordu Schell

Molly Schenker



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