Our Directing Teams

 

Erin Adams- Junior Company Director

Erin is so excited to be on the directing team for Cricket Theatre Company: Junior Crickets and to have the privilege of teaching creativity, teamwork, and a love of theatre to Cricketeers. Erin had performed for 7 years in productions at Middle School North, Lake Zurich High School, and Cricket Theatre Company. She had taken dance for 7 years at Denise Sabala Dance Company and uses those skills to choreograph dances for musicals at Seth Paine Elementary School, Middle School North, and Cricket Theatre Company.  She has been choreographing with Cricket Theatre for 6 years and directing for 4 years. Some recents directing/choreo credits: Charolette’s Web (Cricket), Madagascar Jr. (Seth Paine), Frozen Jr. (Skyline Studios), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Cricket), Wonder (LZMSN), Annie Kids (Cricket), Addams Family YAP (Cricket), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Cricket), The Drowsy Chaperone (MSN), Elf Jr. (Cricket), and James and the Giant Peach (Cricket). Erin is a science teacher at Fremd High School and is excited to keep theatre in her life.

Vince O'Brill- Little Crickets Company Director

Vince started with Cricket Theatre as a costume director in 2016. He is honored to co-direct again this year and teach performers how to become the best actor or actress they can be. Since beginning theatre in middle school, Vince has acted, worked tech, produced, costume directed, and directed. Shows that he has directed include: The Little Mermaid Jr., Frozen Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Pan!, and The Jungle Book. In high school he was the Vice President of Drama Club his Junior year, and President in his Senior year. Vince started and runs an after-school Drama Club in West Chicago and is sharing his love and knowledge of theatre with his students. He studies elementary education at DePaul University and is hoping to become a role model for his future students. Vince is thrilled to co-direct and be a part of this wonderful theatre company.

Bridget Euker- Little Crickets Company Director

Cricket Theatre Company is Bridget's passion project that she has pursued since its inception in 2013. She is not only a director for the Junior Company, but is also the web content manager, social media manager, and on the Board of Directors for Cricket. Before this, Bridget developed her love for theatre in school, community, and professional theatre productions for 18 years. She has used this experience to direct and choreograph 30+ productions, some highlights of which are: The Lion King Jr., Aladdin Jr., Anything Goes YPE, Cinderella G2K,  and Mary Poppins Jr. Bridget recently acquired her BS in Elementary Education and will be adding her creative flair to a classroom soon! Bridget looks forward to using her theatre experiences outside of Cricket (Skyline Studios, Apachi Day Camp, Big City Day Camp, Trilogy Dance, ITheatrics Professional Development) to develop her directing style and continue her love for theatre each and every day!

Dan Euker- Junior Company Director

Dan Euker’s return to Cricket Theatre might be the greatest comeback since the return of Michael Jordan in 1995. He is absolutely thrilled to be able to join friends, family, and community in embracing the arts once again this summer.  Dan had his first theatrical experience in the 1st grade at Seth Paine, playing the magical wizard Merlin in a class play about the alphabet. Over 15 years later, and over 50 shows later, Dan has fully embraced the fine arts in any medium: singing, acting, directing, or even helping out on tech. Before his brief hiatus from the directing scene, his directing experiences were Cricket Theatre’s Frog and Toad followed by James and the Giant Peach. Over the last few years, he has tried to help out wherever he can: auditions, workshops, audition prep, whatever might be useful to the Lake Zurich theatre community. When he’s not at Cricket Theatre, Dan is a Technology Specialist at Screenflex Portable Partitions in Lake Zurich. All in all, Dan is very excited to be back on the Cricket Team, and hopes to keep theatre in his life for many years to come.

Riley Cook- Senior Company Director

Riley is super excited to join Cricket Theater’s team of directors! Riley has been aware of Cricket since its inception, but joined the team for the first time as Music Director for the 2019 Winter Intensive, A Christmas Story. As a performer, Riley was in his first show in 2011 in Oklahoma, a show directed by none other than Crickets own, Dillon Dreiling! After this first show, he did not get on stage as an actor again until 2015 in the LZHS production of Anything Goes. He went on to be in two more shows in high school, Honk! Jr, and Catch Me if You Can. As a musician, Riley was involved heavily in choir at LZHS, performing in every ensemble they would let him, including Bare Voices and Concert Choir. This led to him pursuing a degree in Choral Music Education at Carthage College. Since attending Carthage, he has performed in prestigious concert halls and churches with Carthage Choir, such as Chicago’s Symphony Center, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Marks Basilica in Venice, Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, St. Stephens Cathedral in Budapest, and competed and won the 56th International Choir Competition in Spittal an der Drau Austria in the summer of 2019. Riley is beyond excited to work with the amazing people at Cricket and create some amazing art on stage! 

Dillon Dreiling- Senior Company Director

As a director for Cricket Theatre Company Dillon is thrilled to be able to teach, as well as learn, how to develop the creative talents that musical theatre is able to cultivate with actors. Dillon has performed in several musicals himself and has been directing and choreographing shows for over 9 years. Past shows Dillon has directed include: Mary Poppins, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, as well as many more! He currently works at the Museum of Science and Industry developing science programs. Dillon is continuously inspired by being part of such a fantastic theater community like Cricket Theatre Company. 

 

 

Mary Beth Euker- Senior Company Play Director

Mary Beth Euker, one of the directors and founding members of Cricket Theatre Company is a director by night and lawyer by day. Her true love is theatre. She's been directing for over ten years, solely in the arena of children's theatre.  She has co directed numerous shows including: A Year with Frog and Toad Kids, Elf Jr., Peter Pan Jr., Seussical Jr., The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast Jr., Little Shop of Horrors, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and Oklahoma.  She has also directed a straight drama, the Illinois premiere of "Wonder". She has also costumed a number of different shows. She has been in two productions of Woodstock Musical Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs. Cratchit and swing roles of Belle and Sally. She also was featured in the ensemble of Urinetown at Devonshire Theatre in Skokie.  Mary Beth has also had the honor of serving as a theatre critic for the Northwest Herald newspaper. She hopes to continue to direct, produce and be on the stage for a long time.

Adam Lamb- Senior Company Play Director

Adam Lamb, performance director, is excited to take his directing talents to Cricket Theatre. Receiving his B.A. in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in acting and directing from Northern Illinois University, Adam has trained under renowned acting and directing coaches such as Alex Gelman, (founder of Organic Theatre Company,) Kathryn Gatley (founder of Gatley/Poole Conservatory) and Dr. Patricia L. Ridge among others. He has been acting since the age of 9 and directing since the age of 18. He looks forward to his future in Cricket Theatre and being able to develop the acting abilities of the young talent of Cricket and direct wonderful shows. In addition to Cricket, Adam has worked as an actor and director in various theatre companies in and around Chicago.

Annika Sundberg- Senior Company Music Director

Annika, music director, is a jack-of-all-trades musician that is thrilled to be joining the Cricket team! She fell in love with musical theatre at Lake Zurich High School, where she was able to play in the pit orchestra and be a student music director. In between shows, Annika continues to work with kids through private music lessons and accompanying. Annika studied viola and organ performance at Oberlin Conservatory, and will soon graduate with a Master’s in viola performance from DePaul. She has directed two shows with Cricket: Bring It On! and Little Shop of Horrors. Annika always loves doing musicals - the intensity and energy of the music provides joy that not much else can compete with!
 

Kate Zwiefelhofer- Fireflies Company Director

Kate has been a part of Cricket theater since 2016 After majoring in Music Theater in college, she started as a Music Theater actor appearing for 15 years  with such theaters as Illinois Theater Center, The Magic Valley Little Theater, Dilettante Theater Group and Stone Table Theater. For the last 18 years, her focus has shifted and she has been directing and music directing children's productions such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, The Shoemaker and the Elves and The Nutcracker. Kate has Directed for the Junior Musical Playhouse, CYT, Seth Paine Elementary School and was on the Board and Directing Team of Young Actor's Studio Chicago. Kate is married to Jim and has two children, Sam (a Cricket Actor since 2014) and Brody, and is the Children's Pastor at Alpine Chapel.

Kelly Gross- Fireflies Company Director

Kelly has been a part of Cricket Theatre since its very beginning! This is Kelly’s second summer as a Cricket director! She was a Co-Director of the Fireflies production of Music Man Kids last summer. She has also been a stage manager for numerous Cricket shows, including Lion King Jr; Elf Jr; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Addams Family. She is graduating this May with a Bachelor’s degree in Acting from Illinois State University where she has performed many productions, including The Wolves (#13), Sweat (Jessie), Vinegar Tom (Alice), An Enemy of the People (Petra), All’s Well That Ends Well (Mariana), and even performed as a Bike Flyer and dancer in the Gamma Phi Circus! She can’t wait for another summer of sharing her love of theatre with some of the most talented young people around!

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