PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHIES

Here are some of the wonderful professionals we work with!

 

Al Galletly - Music Director
Al has been Music Director for well over a dozen WCT productions including Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, Annie Jr., Camp Rock, Mulan, Music Man, Mary Poppins, and Hairspray.  Al's real 'day job' for the past 16 years is Music Director at Wilton Presbyterian Church. In his former life he was VP-Public Affairs for GTE (now Verizon).  Al and his wife, Jan, live in Ridgefield.  

 

 

Barbara Speare - Music Director
Originally hailing from the west, Barbara earned her BFA at Stephens College, MM from the University of Southern California, and has performed extensively from coast to coast.  Upon moving to Wilton with her husband Jon, she taught the middle school students at Our Lady of Fatima Regional School and directed the annual musical ranging from Guys and Dolls to Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  She continues to perform in the area, most recently as music director for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Wilton Playshop.  

 

 

Craig Gehr, LX Lighting LLC - Lighting Design 
Craig has been working as a lighting designer for concerts, dance, theater, and political events for over twenty years.  He has been working with Wilton Children's Theater for over ten years and is looking forward to another succesful season with the group.  Craig is the proud owner of LX Lighting LLC.

 

 

Ginny Ruggieri - Director
Ginny has worked with WCT for over 14 years.  Other shows she has directed include Pippin, Mere Mortals, A Visit to the Bronx, and Godspell.  She has also performed in A Mulberry Street Musical, Godspell, Super Star, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Hiroshima, and others.  Ginny also enjoys working with her daughter, Kristin, at her store, Attitude Dance, in Norwalk.

 

 

Jim Durkin, In Phase Audio - Sound Design & Implementation
In Phase Audio first started working with WCT in 1989.  In Phase Audio provides on-location sound systems for diverse applications, including all types of music, theater, public speaking, festivals, and sporting events.  Although the firm covers a wide geographic area, IPA spends much of its time in Wilton operating sound systems at Middlebrook and Wilton High School graduations and other school events, as well as the Wilton Memorial Day Parade, and WCT Summer Stage.  

 

 

Judy Abbatiello - Choreographer
Judy is a graduate of the High School of the Performing Arts, NYC. She has danced professionally throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Far East with numerous tours. She was a guest teacher at Carnegie Hall, NYC and the Andre Eglevsky School of Ballet, NY. She is owner and director of the Monroe Dance Academy, which is celebrating its 35th year in business. Judy has been with WCT since 2004 - her first show was Anything Goes. Judy has choreographed shows for Downtown Cabaret, Polka Dot Playhouse, Wilton Playshop, Newtown High School, Monroe Middle School and Children’s Repertory Theater at UB.  She is currently resident choreographer for Two Planks Theater Company in Monroe.  

 


Skip Ploss - Director
Skip has worked with WCT for over 10 years; his first show here was High School Musical in 2007. Besides WCT, Skip has been working in Community Theater for over 25 years in and around Wilton. He first appeared as an actor in the long-running Selected Scenes from Gilligan’s Island (a series he co-wrote and staged in the family garage in California in 1968 at the age of 8). Then The Night Before Christmas and The Mikado (both at South School in New Canaan in 5th and 6th Grade), See How They Run and The Hasty Heart (in Newtown) and Witness for the Prosecution at The Wilton Playshop in 1991. Skip continued to work at the Playshop as producer, director, set and graphic designer, board member and President. He has directed, written, designed, crewed and/or appeared in over 35 plays and play readings in lower Fairfield County. His directorial credits outside of WCT include: Arsenic and Old Lace, Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which he directed at The Wilton Playshop, spring 2017), Camping With Henry and Tom (staged reading), 1776, The Foreigner, The Nerd, Wenceslas Square, The Hound of The Baskervilles, Crossing Delancy (staged reading), Candida, and Relative Values