Proudly Celebrating 30 Years of Theatrical and Academic Excellence!
RICK & TERRI D'ONOFRIO
Producing Artistic Directors
Since receiving their B.F.A. degrees in 1983 from Valdosta State College, Rick and Terri D’Onofrio have directed, choreographed, and performed for theatres throughout the Southeast and Midwest. These honor graduates have been seen on a wide variety of stages, from Walt Disney World to regional theatre to Opryland USA to National tours (and many, many, many dinner theatres in between!).
In addition to their performing and directing credits, Rick and Terri have taught drama workshops for The Nashville Academy Children’s Theatre, The Florida Orchestra, the State Thespian Conventions of Florida and Georgia, and for dozens of schools and performing arts centers. These enrichment workshops have inspired and motivated hundreds of students by building self-confidence through theatre training. In fact, Rick and Terri’s most famous student is Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys who credits them in his book for mentoring him as a performer.
The D’Onofrio’s are the creators of Stages Productions, a professional theatre ensemble that specializes in bringing classic fairy tales to over 150,000 people each year. Since 1988, the Tampa Bay based company has been “Building Tomorrow’s Audience Today” by helping to redefine professional standards in children’s theatre. Stages goal is to stimulate the cultural, intellectual and ethical development of young people by making drama an integral part of education.
The D’Onofrio’s have developed and produced over two dozen original musical adaptations of classic fairy tales. In addition, the company was commissioned to create three Artist-in-the-Schools shows that teach water conservation to thousands of Florida students. They are especially proud of their work on “The Art of FCAT”, an instructional video that directly correlates going on theatre field trips to state-wide testing. Although the state of Florida has moved on to the Florida Standards Assessment testing, the video is still relevant. In a time when so many arts programs are being cut from schools, this DVD proves the worth of a well rounded education that includes music, theatre and dance.
Stages is proud to be accredited by dozens of school boards throughout the Southeast, and is a member of the Florida Professional Theatre Association and Theatre Tampa Bay. These nationally recognized organizations promote excellence in professional theatre.
In 2000, Rick fulfilled a lifelong goal by earning his Masters degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. In 2008, The Museum of Science and Industry and Stages Productions teamed up to present Disaster Dave Saves the Day. This multi-media show about natural disasters teaches valuable lessons on emergency preparedness by combining music, videos and scientific demonstrations. Stages newest “green” production entitled The Ugly Duckling’s Journey to Away emphasizes the three R’s of waste management (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). This fun filled musical teaches the audience “if we want our county clean, we should try to be more green”.
As Stages Productions celebrates another season, Rick and Terri continue to grow and learn and take on new challenges. In 2013, Stages collaborated with The Florida Presenters Consortium to produce the new off Broadway musical entitled Freckleface Strawberry. This hit show is based on the New York Times best-selling book by actress Julianne Moore, and teaches valuable lessons about being different, bullying and learning to love yourself….freckles and all! It was the first production of the show in Florida, and enjoyed a successful tour of performing arts centers throughout the state.
Stages recently partnered with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts to create a new project that teaches early literacy skills to pre-K students. Entitled Mother Goose: Prime Time Rhyme, this musical just completed a two week run in May of 2014 to open the new education wing at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
Thank you for your strong support of educational theatre by attending a Stages Productions play!
Musical Director / Sound Track Producer
Ron Williams is a veteran performer and producer and has been the Musical Director for Stages Productions since 1993. The close collaboration between Ron and Rick D’Onofrio has produced several wonderful original musical scores as well as exciting arrangements of existing bodies of work. Classical training in piano, voice, composition and conducting at Taylor University and the University of Central Florida, as well as with several private teachers, along with his vast performance experience in styles ranging from classical to opera to jazz to pop to country to oratorio to gospel … you name it … has well prepared him to direct the musical endeavors for Stages.
In 1995, Ron founded LRM Studio Productions (http://www.lrmsp.com), a full service recording studio specializing in creating custom audio recordings for individuals with a variety of needs. Originally based in Orlando, the studio has since moved to Lakeland, Florida, sharing office space with Shepherd’s Community United Methodist Church where Ron is the Director of Music and his wife, Chris, is Worship Leader.
One serious limitation to Ron’s ability, however, is that he simply can’t dance. But through years of hard work with Rick and Terri as well as being married to a classically trained dancer, Ron has managed to master (rather mediocrely, to be quite honest) the Scissor Kick. Just ask him to do it for you sometime. It’s really quite entertaining … especially after the third or fourth kick when he falls over on his face.
Rhonda has a B.S. degree in Music Education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has had the awesome privilege of teaching vocal music in grades 6-12 at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo since 1992. Rhonda has not only conducted award winning choirs, but has also been music director for dozens of musicals and revue shows throughout the South. Some of her goals as a teacher are to help students identify their wonderful talent and to work hard to develop that gift. She is continually amazed at the creative abilities in these young people and truly loves seeing the progress they make each year. Rhonda genuinely cares about each student’s voice and is adamant about teaching good technique to bring out the best in every child. She thanks you for the opportunity to educate your child in the art of musical theatre.
Tom has been connected with music in Tampa Bay nearly all his life. Having grown up in this area, he has served as Music Director for St. Jerome Church, Indian Rocks Beach, since 1989. Tom oversees the direction of 6 choirs at St. Jerome, and has led several choir tours to Europe. Tom is an organist, pianist, clarinetist, vocalist, and choral director, who holds a degree in organ performance from Oberlin College in Ohio, and a master’s degree in sacred music from St. Joseph’s College which is in Renssellear, Indiana. Tom has been involved with many local musical theatre projects over the years, including a recent Broadway revue with Clearwater Central Catholic High School’s students and faculty. He performs locally with a nine piece dance band, “Aqua Groove,” and has recently collaborated to form a “Carpenters” tribute show, “CTS.” Tom has been a previous member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and is currently a part of the acclaimed local chamber vocal ensemble, “Herald.” Tom resides in Seminole with his wife and three children.
Erica is an accomplished singer/songwriter in the Tampa Bay area. She has been performing since the age of 7 and studied musical theater at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Upon moving to Florida, she soon met Rick and Terri D’Onofrio and has had the good fortune of touring with Stages Productions frequently over the past 14 years. A recording artist, Erica has released 3 albums; Because You Called in 2004, The Way Here in 2011 and most recently, a Christmas album, My Gift to Bring in 2013. Erica serves as Assistant Music Director at St Jerome Church in Largo. She is also a requested National Anthem singer at sporting and political events across the Bay area. Most days, she can be found singing jazz and the blues with her band at various restaurants and events, or at the beach with her husband and 2 children. For more information, please visit ericadiceglie.com
Terri Rick (no relation to Rick and Terri) studied costume design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her original costumes have been seen on a wide variety of stages; from community theatres to professional companies, from high schools to drama camps. Terri’s credits include such shows as Funny Girl, Crazy For You, Sugar Babies, South Pacific, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aladdin, Seussical and Grease. She has worked with Stages Productions for over 10 years, and has costumed many of their summer musical theatre camps as well as their professional shows.