My hope is to enjoy my retirement years to their fullest and I plan to that in a variety of ways, by enjoying my family, volunteering in my grandchildren’s classrooms and most importantly by performing again. As a retired teacher and principal of 30+ years, I have found that acting and music help to engage children, supports the learning environment and makes people happy! It certainly has enriched my life! I hope our audience enjoys the show.
Kathryn Adkins has taught acting and voice at Cabrillo College in Aptos for 20 years. She is known for her creative interpretations of musicals including The Mikado, Seussical and Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat. Her work has included teaching stage combat, voice and diction, stage movement, beginning acting technique, and private and class voice. Kathryn has performed many lead roles for Cabrillo Stage and has directed and performed for South Bay Musical Theater and Lyric Theater of San Jose. She sang with Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, and toured with the Tandy Beal dance company.
Acting Treasurer; Director at Large
“As I am retiring little by little, I am realizing that I will be having way too much time on my hands. I’ve spent the last 50 years in the accounting world. I would like very much to do something for my community and my age group by being with all these wonderful talented people, enjoy their company, their performances and help the organization get off to a good start.”
Carole with a business accounting background switched careers to personal development in the 80’s. She taught classes in self esteem and practiced and taught hypnotherapy in Santa Cruz for twenty years. In retirement she discovered a singing voice and love of performance with the Mid-County Choraliers, the Follies and currently performs with Hats Off, NextStage Production’s performing troupe.
Director at Large
Marc has enjoyed the past 36 years in the Santa Cruz area in a rewarding career as a Pediatric Dentist and as a loving husband and father of two.At age 50 he decided to pursue his true passion of musical theater. Over these many years he has performed in Carmel with The Pacific Repertory Company and Forrest Theater Guild,in Salinas with The Western Stage and most recently in Aptos with Cabrillo Stage. Marc has even had the pleasure of being directed by Kathryn Adkins our Program Director space as the Mayor of Whoville in the musical Seussical. Marc feels very strongly about the mission of NextStage because it will provide the avenue the opportunities for people 50 yrs + in our community to pursue their passion in the performing arts.
Lynn enjoyed a twelve year professional career in Broadway Theatre, after which she moved to Los Angeles to have a family. She retired to Santa Cruz in 2004 to be closer to her granddaughters and reacquainted herself with her love of theatre and performance. Over the past several years she has been a Santa Cruz Follies performer, assistant director, and director of productions at the Market Street Theater. At Cabrillo Stage, a professional theatre, Lynn helped develop the Cabrillo Theatre Guild. In 2012 she brought a replication of the renowned Stagebridge Senior Theatre to Santa Cruz, which has now become Next Stage Productions. Lynn is an artist, teacher, business professional and creative aging advocate.
Gretchen retired to Capitola in 2010 after a career in Computer Aided Design. While still in San Jose she revived her lifelong love of musical theater by working and performing in community theater with, among others, Saratoga Drama Group, Sunnyvale Community Players, and Lyric Theatre. Gretchen was thrilled to discover NextStage Productions. It allows her to continue working and playing in the theater. NSP has enriched her life as it has for so many other seniors. In addition to serving on the board Gretchen also performs with the NSP Players and takes almost every class offered. She truly believes in life-long learning.