Introducing the men and women that will be leading the musical charge for our 2017-18 Season!
Darrin Newhardt (The Hunchback of Notre Dame and TBA) has become a popular music director and vocal coach in San Antonio. While living in Los Angeles, Darrin was the Music Director for the Drama-Logue Award-winning production of Into The Woods for the Actor’s Co-Op. After moving to San Antonio, he was the Music Director The Men of Eastwood and for the Globe Award-winning Divas of Eastwood with the Renaissance Theater Guild.
Some of his other favorite shows have been Ragtime and The Last Five Years for The Playhouse San Antonio, West Side Story and The Little Mermaid for The Woodlawn Theater, and James and the Giant Peach for the Magik Theater.
As a Director, Mr. Newhardt has directed Rockin’ at Rockville High for Six Flags Fiesta Texas and many of the Christmas and Halloween shows for Sea World San Antonio. Darrin is also the Music Director at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. He rounds out his musical endeavors teaching private voice and piano lessons. He can be found every Saturday night at the Woodlawn Theater as the pianist for the award-winning cabaret show Broadway Nights.
Nicholas Ponting (All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914) made his music directorial debut last year with All Is Calm: A Christmas Truce of 1914 and is thrilled to serve this production for the 2017-18 season. Mr. Ponting is also the Resident Designer for The Playhouse and an active performer, seen on the Russell Hill Rogers stage as well as theaters throughout the Pacific Northwest. A Washington native, Ponting holds degrees in both theater (scenic design) and music (voice) from Western Washington University.
Jane Haas (Little Women) holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music as well as a Masters degree in Administration. Ms. Haas spent 30 years in public school music education, teaching both elementary and upper-level choirs. Her students have won many awards and represented their schools in National Choir competitions all over the United States at National Kodaly Conventions, including the event in San Antonio in 2002, where Ms. Haas was the National Conference Chairman.
Ms. Haas’ experience with theater began when she moved to New Braunfels in 1980 and started working with Circle Arts Theater. Elizabeth Elliot, the theater director, was a great teacher and involved in every aspect of every show. Ms. Haas was the MD for many shows there, but their productions of Into the Woods, and Annie were premiers in this area. Ms. Haas began working with The Playhouse in the early 1990s as MD for a production of The Man of La Mancha. Since then, she has been the MD for dozens of shows on The Playhouse stage. Ms. Haas works as a contract accompanist for UTSA and many public schools in the area and is the organist at Grace Lutheran Church.
Josh Pepper (IF/THEN and Assassins) is the Director of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church. He is also a freelance theater music director, accompanist, and private piano instructor in San Antonio. Mr. Pepper earned his BM (piano performance) from Tennessee Tech University, an MM (piano performance) from Louisiana State University, and attended UTSA for graduate studies in piano pedagogy.
Josh has worked with opera companies in Des Moines, Pensacola, and Shreveport as a rehearsal pianist, opera outreach music director, and chorus master. After several years of operatic immersion, and summers in New York as a theater music director at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, he moved to San Antonio to freelance as a performer and educator.
Locally, he has had the pleasure of working with the Woodlawn, the Vexler, and The Playhouse theaters. His most recent shows include The Addams Family, Carrie the Musical, Evita, Guys and Dolls, Master Class, Memphis, Peter Pan, Pippin, and Sweeney Todd.
Andrew Hendley (Mamma Mia!) has played piano for musical theater since 2001. Mr. Hendley has been a Music Director and pianist at The Woodlawn, The Playhouse SA, The Cameo, Stone Oak Youth Theatre, and SeaWorld. Mr Hendley is a 24-year veteran of music education in public schools and is currently at Woodridge Elementary in AHISD and is an active member of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish Choir.
A few of his favorite shows include La Cage Aux Folles, Beehive the 60’s Musical, Altar Boyz, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Spring Awakening, The Who’s Tommy, and Sweeney Todd.