Proudly Celebrating 34 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 University, 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 to National tours. (and 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 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.
Stages has developed and produced over 20 original musical adaptations of classic fairy tales. In addition, the company was commissioned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to create three Artist-in-the-Schools shows that teach water conservation to thousands of Florida students. Stages is proud to be accredited by dozens of school boards throughout the Southeast, and is a member of the Florida Professional Theatre Association, Theatre Tampa Bay and the Central Florida Theatre Alliance. 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 “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”.
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! 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 enjoyed a two week run in May of 2014 to open the new education wing at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Stages 2015 collaboration with the Broward Center is entitled The Three Little Pigs; Healthy Habits Adventure. This exciting audience participation musical promotes healthy living, exercise and eating by the my plate guidelines.
In 2015, Rick accepted the job of Managing Director at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. The 900 seat venue supports Pasco County School events, offers Community rentals and presents National Touring companies for educational field trips and the public. The CFA’s first in-house produced show entitled “Always Patsy Cline” was so successful that it enjoyed two runs at the theatre and won several Broadway World Awards. In 2016, The Florida Theatre Conference recognized the D’Onofrio’s with a special award for their “Outstanding contributions to Florida theatre for youth programs.”
As Stages celebrates its 34th season; Rick and Terri are proud to operate a Florida based company, employing Florida artists for over 30 years. It has been an honor to serve over 40 counties and dozens of venues throughout the state. We strongly believe that an arts education is the key to building our creative community of tomorrow. Thank you for helping us to achieve this goal by supporting 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.