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JARED M. RIDDLE (Jesus of Nazareth) stared in the title role in M&M Productions/RMT' s 1996 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which played to sold out houses. Among his many academic accomplishments, Riddle holds a B.A. in theatre from Indiana University where he was president of the Omega Eta Chapter of the national theatre honorary , Alpha Psi Omega, and where he received the outstanding senior in theatre award. He has performed as Charlie (Brigadoon), Bill Sikes (Oliver), and The Pharaoh (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) for M&M/RMT. Other regional credits include: Audrey II: the voice of the plant (Little Shop of Horrors), Vemon (They're Playing Our Song), Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Scrooge (Scrooge), Long John Silver (Treasure Island), Hennesy/Captain (Dames at Sea), Johnny Cantone (1940's Radio Hour), Elvis (Elvis: The Concert), Sir Henry (Once Upon A Mattress), and Jack in the regional premiere of Into the Woods. Riddle, a member of the NCTE (National Council of Teacher's of English) is on the faculty at Ivy Tech State College and has been selected to participate in the Ivy Tech Academy of Instructional Excellence. In addition, he will be listed in Who' Who in America this year . Riddle also has created and implements Success by Six, a preschool program for Gary Housing Authority. He would like to thank Brian, Mom & Dad, his Ivy Tech family, the 2001 Master Teachers, and Ood for an overabundance of blessings.

BOB LAMARE (Judas) Bob is no stranger to the stage. Most commonly known, in the area, as the lead singer of the country music group Rambliní Hearts, he has appeared on stage as an opening act for some of the biggest names in country music. He took his singing and songwriting talents to the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee and recorded Heartbreaker, his first CD released on an Independent label in the fall of 1996. As a solo artist, Bob released his latest collection of tunes in the Spring of 2000, which includes the two singles ìBrand New Meî and ìEverythingís Not Anything ì, which have received regional radio play. Aside from performing, Bob owns and operates a recording studio and has established Rudger Records, his own independent record label. Bob has appeared in other theatrical productions in the area playing such roles as Danny in Grease, Billy Early in No No Nanette, King in The King and I, and his most recent role as the curly headed cowboy Curly in Ross Music Theatreís production of Oklahoma in the summer of 2000. He sends his love to his parents for their never ending support. ì Thanks to the guys in the band for understanding my other interests and missing a show or two so I can dance and sing.î And finally, he sends out a big thank you to the fans who have supported him and his music over the years.


MICHAEL J. REINHART Director, Sound/Light Design, Technical Director) , is currently the director of RMT and M & M Productions winter musical, he is also the technical director, in charge of lighting design and sound design for all RMT and M & M Productions live shows. In addition Mike is the production manager and editor for M & M Video productions.Mike has been video taping special events, corporate videos, Training and special interest videos since 1981, the year he founded Studio 3. Mike has been involved with community and or school live productions since he was 8 years old. Starting out on stage in the chorus of his fathers production of " Flower Drum Song". Since that time he has played a wide variety of parts from Ebeneser Scrooge to Motel the tailor in addition to working on hundreds of shows in a technical capacity.Mike attended Valparasio Technical institute where he majored in electrical engineering then went to Indiana University where he majored in Theatre/English education. While at IU Mike was a member of the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers where in addition to performing with the group also served as a their technical director for some performances.Mike taught computer at St. Peter and Paul School in Merrillville IN and then at St. Mary School in Crown Point IN. While at these two schools he helped or directed their spring plays and musicals. In addition Mike has volunteered his services and M & M's equipment to several local high schools. In 1989 M & M Productions produced an original play " Courtship in the Park" written by Mike. That play was asked to be a guest production at two down state theatres. Since then Mike has directed "Your a Good Man Charlie Brown", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Scrooge", "Cotton Patch Gospel", "BIG" the musical.


JERAULD J REINHART (Musical director, Conductor, Set Design, RMT Founder) What does a 25 year old college graduate do when he gets out of the Air Force and obtains his first teaching job? If he loves theatre, has studied under famous conductors and directors at Indiana University's prestigious School of Music, he immediately starts to think musical productions. In 1954, attracted to "the Region" by its proximity to Chicago theatre, Jerauld Reinhart found the peaceful, friendly community of Merrillville, Indiana and began a long relationship with the school and community as high school choral director for 39 years and Ross Music Theatre director for 29 years.

In 1964, wishing for a creative way to spend the summers, Reinhart asked the Optimist Club of Merrillville to sponsor a summer theatre for young people. The high school gym was the only stage big enough for Reinhart's spectacular spring and winter choral concerts so the theatre productions started on the gym stage and progressed to the gym floor.

Meanwhile, Reinhart had been pushing for an artistic and well-equipped auditorium in which to present school and community events. Backed by the school and community, he sought out the advice of his mentors at IU and the high school auditorium--now the Reinhart Auditorium--opened in 1972 with "Kiss Me, Kate." Productions got larger, casts and choruses grew, orchestras grew, as well as Reinhart's eight children, who trouped along every summer. The youngest appeared on stage at age 3.

Since many young children wanted to be "on stage," Mrs. Margilee Reinhart founded the Ross Summer Youth Theatre in the 1980s. After RSMT's 25th anniversary show--"Hello Dolly"--both theatres were temporarily sidetracked in 1989 by school renovation and Jerry Reinhart's summer heart by-pass surgery. Not missing a day of school, Reinhart bounced back and as soon as renovations were complete in the auditorium, the theatre was back in business. The children's theatre rejoined its parent organization and productions began again in 1994 with "Oliver."

Reinhart's son Michael and his wife Melinda began M&M Productions in 1992 and now has combined with RMT for the successful productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "The Wizard of Oz," "Scrooge," "Cotton Patch Gospel," and "The Music Man." The merger, which has enabled 2-3 shows a year, is an independent, non-profit, non-subsidized venture supported solely by ticket sales. The theatre group's goal is to present professional quality productions at a community theatre price.

Jerry Reinhart is very proud of his on stage family as well as his own family--some of whom pursued theatre activities. Many alumni are returning with their children, even their grandchildren, to our stage.

Forty-four years later, the 1998 RMT/M&M Productions show "Brigadoon" celebrates Reinhart's 30th summer production. Although he has retired from the classroom, Jerauld is still auditorium director and has directed and produced more than one hundred professional quality shows at the high school and community theatre level. Hfe has provided musical leadership to thousands of people and entertainment to over 100,000. Jerauld Reinhart is truly the "Music Man" of Merrillville.


MELINDA A REINHART ( Mary Magdalene/Choreographer) Melinda graduated Bloomington, Indiana in 1989 with a Bachelors in Music Education--voiceconcentration. While at IU, Melinda had the distinct privilege of studyingwith renown soprano Camilla Williams. Also, she performed and touredwith the Singing Hoosiers and Varsity Dancers. The Singing Hoosiersrecorded the Grammy nominated "A Disney Spectacular" with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on Telarc Records. Melinda has also performed with Ross Summer Music Theatre, under the direction of Jerauld Reinhart, longtime director of the Merrillville High School choirMelinda is certified K through 12 grades, and is currently the choral director/music teacher at a Northwest Indiana public grade school and High School. She also directs the plays and musicals at her high school. She is the choreographer for all of the M & M Production and Ross Music Theatre's productions. In addition, Melinda is currently director of the Chancel Choir at Augustana Lutheran Church in Hobart.

GEOFF GOOCH Light design/asst. Technical Director This is Geoffrey s seventh year with M & M Productions/Ross Music Theatre and the end of his first with Star Plaza Theatre. His lighting credits include shows such as, Brigadoon, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, The Music Man, Oklahoma, and Big. In addition to lighting, Geoffrey has taken the opportunity to perform on stage. His favorite roles include Jud in Cotton Patch Gospel, Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.