Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the NAC Orchestra. He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the San Francisco Symphony, and made numerous appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. Maestro Everly will conduct over 90 performances in more than 22 North American cities this season.
As Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS, Maestro Everly proudly leads the National Symphony Orchestra in these events on the National Mall. Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, he was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored.
Among his recordings are In the Presence featuring the Czech Philharmonic and Daniel Rodriguez and the soundtrack to Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Maestro Everly is a recipient of the 2015 Indiana Historical Society Living Legends Award. When not on the podium you can find him at home in Indianapolis with his family.Read full NAC bio ›
Aloysia Gavre, artistic director
Rex Camphuis, technical director
Sagiv Ben Binyamin
Fusing together elements of cirque acrobatics, classical dance and contemporary theatre, Troupe Vertigo brings audiences on a spellbinding journey through the world of artistic movement. Consisting of world-class aerial artists, contortionists and ballet dancers, the Los Angeles-based company was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Aloysia Gavre, formerly of the internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil, and Technical Director Rex Camphuis, whose background is with the fabled Pickle Family Circus. Troupe Vertigo, whose “dizzying acts defy gravity and leave its lucky audiences in awe” (Los Angeles Times), has performed with major orchestras across North America.
Troupe Vertigo’s 2018–2019 season includes performances with the Indianapolis, Vancouver, Phoenix, Baltimore, Tucson Symphony, Utah and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. They also make their debut with the NAC Orchestra. The company is known for their collaborative custom thematic programs with symphony orchestras from Cirque Goes to Broadway, Cirque Goes to Hollywood, and Cirque Dances featuring The Firebird, to complete cirque-ballet presentations of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Cinderella.
The ensemble premiered its first offering, Big Top for a New Generation, in 2010 at the Ford Amphitheater and has gone on to present Nighthawks: A Film Noir Circus, inspired by American jazz, Edward Hopper paintings, and crime novels. In 2016, they brought Tableaux, featuring five women grappling with the constrictions of society, to life at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Husband and wife team, Aloysia Gavre and Rex Camphuis frequently bring their gifts and knowledge to the film and television industry, most notably with Rebel Wilson’s aerial performance in Pitch Perfect 2 and with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in the film Water for Elephants.
Troupe Vertigo’s facility is also home to Cirque School Los Angeles, which inspires an appreciation for the circus arts for “Anybody with Any Body.” Cirque School uses training, performance and community outreach to foster passion for the circus arts in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Encompassing over 50 weekly classes for the public, student performances, team building workshops, pre-professional intensives, and television and film projects, Cirque School thrives as the premiere cirque training program in Los Angeles.
Christina DeCicco is thrilled to be back with Troupe Vertigo and Maestro Everly, and making her first appearance with the NAC Orchestra. She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and more. On Broadway, she starred as Eva Peron in the 2012 revival of Evita opposite Ricky Martin, as Arachne in U2’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and as Sister Mary Robert (understudy) in Sister Act, The Musical.
She has toured the U.S. as Glinda in the Stephen Schwartz hit Wicked. Off Broadway, she played Cindy Lou Huffington in The Marvelous Wonderettes and regionally DeCicco has played Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins and Eponine in Les Misérables, among others. Getting ready for her most exciting role yet as “Mommy” beginning in October 2019! She received a Bachelor of Arts from Wagner College.
Ben Crawford began his Broadway career when he covered the roles of Javert and Jean Valjean in the original revival of Les Misérables. This season, he is delighted to star as the iconic Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera as the show begins its 31st year on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), Shrek The Musical (Shrek), Big Fish (Don Price, Ed Bloom understudy) and On the Twentieth Century.
Other credits on stage include Evita (Che), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden), Titanic (Frederick Barrett), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), A New Brain (Gordon), Oklahoma! (Jud), Oliver! (Bill Sykes), Merrily We Roll Along, Irma La Duce, and Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM and Jasper in Deadland (Mister Lethe).
Ben Crawford has performed in concerts across the United States and in Canada, most recently with the Edmonton Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Naples Philharmonic. He made his debut with the NAC Orchestra in 2011, and returned last fall to sing in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Pops concert.
Ben Crawford also appears in the film The Standbys, a documentary focusing on the trials and tribulations of Broadway swings, standbys and understudies. He resides in New York with his wife, Kate, and daughter, Charlotte.
Ron Remke is currently performing at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, in Cocktail Cabaret in the historic Cleopatra’s Barge. He recently completed a two-year run of BAZ: Star Crossed Love at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, and you may also have seen him in the final cast of the iconic Donn Arden’s Jubilee! at Bally’s, Las Vegas, when it completed its 34-year run.
Remke is a frequent soloist with symphonies throughout North America including The Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony, among others. He has appeared several times with the NAC Orchestra since making his debut with the ensemble in 2014, singing in the Pops show All That Jazz. Last season, he was a soloist in the Orchestra’s The Best of Broadway show.
Also a sought-after performer on the high seas, Ron Remke has visited over 70 countries while singing onboard Silversea and Regent Seven Seas cruise lines. He has appeared in numerous regional theatrical productions and toured the nation with Kiss Me, Kate. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Penn State and his debut CD, Broadway Classics, is available on iTunes.
Since graduating from the National Theatre School, Manon St‑Jules has led a bilingual carreer, performing in classical and contemporary plays for big and small companies in Toronto (Canadian Stage, Festival of Classics, Theatre Direct, Pleaides), Montreal (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Centaur Theatre, Segal Centre, Usine C) and Sudbury (Sudbury Theatre Centre, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario). In Ottawa, she’s performed for the NAC, GCTC, Arts Court, Théâtre la Catapulte and Compagnie L’Atelier, as well as regularly hosting concerts with the NAC Orchestra and contributing to events like the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala.
St‑Jules’ work on-camera includes dramatic as well as comedic parts in film, television and commercials, as well as various multimedia projects. Selected credits include Amélie et Compagnie (TFO), Noël en boîte (feature), St‑Nickel (UnisTV), Il était une fois dans le trouble (Vrak), Vies Parallèles (Canal D), Inheriting Trouble (Discovery), 20h17, rue Darling (feature), Les deux pieds dans la marge (SRC), and Les Bougons (SRC).
Along with regular voice work, Manon St‑Jules has also written and translated plays and librettos. Produced work includes Louis Riel: une bande dessinée théâtrale (RustWerk Refinery), Bourré! (Tapestry), L’Hôtel (La Catapulte), Charlotte et le marchand de musique, Pierre et le loup and Presto Mambo (Platypus Theatre).Read full NAC bio ›
Tobi Hunt McCoy is enjoying another year as Season Stage Manager with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In past seasons, McCoy stage managed the Lord of the Rings Symphony, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Christopher Plummer in 2001 and Colm Feore in 2014, and much of the Orchestra’s educational and Pops programming. In 2014, she co-produced the Pops show On the Air with Jack Everly for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a show they produced in 2007 for the NAC Orchestra.
Additional professional duties have included cheering on Luke and Princess Leia with Charlie Ross, Émilie Fournier and Erik Ochsner during the Star Wars Pops concert; dressing up in 1980’s finery for All Night Long – Music of the 80s; bracing the backstage doors against the almighty power of Richard Strauss, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the air conditioning system at Montreal’s La Maison Symphonique; providing air-guitar support during the Led Zeppelin tribute concert; and duck wrangling for the Mysterioso Pops concert.
She is excited to be back teaching English and Drama at Lisgar Collegiate.Read full NAC bio ›