Curtain Up, Light the Lights

Mepham Alumni in the Entertainment Industry

From Scuttlebutt - Summer 2000

Gerard Quinn '41
- Actor, teacher, technical director, set designer at Clare Rose Playhouse, St. Joseph's College

Roone Arledge '48
- ABC News and Sports.

Ralph Donnelly '50 - 50 years in motion picture industry.

Nancy "Chickee" James Kulp '50 - Showgirl, actress, model in her youth. TV, films.

Ronald Ondrejka '50 - Conductor with many symphony orchestras: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Santa Barbara.

Joel Oliansky '53 - Director/Writer: The Law, Masada, The Silence at Bethany, Counterpoint, The Competition, Bird. Directed episodes of Quincy, Cagney and Lacey. Emmy award winner.

Karl Strommen '57 - Staff composer/arranger with Warner Brothers Pub.; music writer with Columbia Pictures, Boosey & Hawkes, Shawnee Press. Musical re-arrangements for Riverdance.

Stephen Abbott '58 - Stagehand, electrician and lighting director in TV and theater. Lighting director on The Guiding Light. Emmy award winner.

Annette Chimento Macaluso '58 - Singer and husband Don, performed in Man of LaMancha, My Fair Lady, Atlantic City, Waldorf Astoria, etc.

Ellen Dinerman Little '58 - Movie producer; president and CEO of First Look Pictures. Produced recent film, Ivanhoe.

George Kreisberg '58 - Writer. Credits include: Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Entertainment Tonight.

Tom Priestley '58 - Cameraman/director of photography. Credits: Midnight Cowboy, French Connection, The Exorcist, Amadeus, Kramer vs. Kramer (Tom's favorite), The Thomas Crown Affair. In 1985, Tom went behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia for five months to film Amadeus.

Fred Travalena '60 - Comedian, entertainer, impressionist.The Tonight Show, Letterman, Larry King. Web site:

Seth Poppel '61 - Sold Celebrity Yearbook Archives to Supplied images of celebrities to TV, magazines, newspapers.

David Holtzman Michaels '63 - TV producer.

Arlene Rabinowitz Schulman '65 - Associate Director at New Jersey Repertory Company.

Storm (Elliott) Field '66 - TV Weathercaster.

Kathryn Gold Wallack '67 -Writer/Producer with Barney Cohen of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats. Credits: Friday the 13th, and material for Martin Sheen, George Segal, James Woods.

Eliot Goshman '68 - Record producer; Taragon Records,specializing in pop and oldies CD reisssues.

Margaret Danz '70 - Works on daytime soap opera, All My Children, wardrobe.

Deborah Miller '70
- Director for various TV shows. Now with Rosie O'Donnell.

Bruce Leonard '70 --Sound effects for the Conan O'Brien Show; David Letterman Show and others.

David Dachinger '73 - Recording engineer/mixer/scorer for albums, film and TV production, ads. Web site:

Debbi Dachinger '76 - Actress/singer. ReSound, Insomnia, True Colors, Gypsy. Film: Ides of March.

David Gross '76 - Owns David Gross Entertainment, a management, marketing and consulting firm. Web site:'

Rick Suchow '76 - Songwriter/bassist. Credits: "What Goes Around" (Ringo Starr). Web site:

Judd Sunshine '76 - Pres. of Sunrise Productions, a Western New York booking agency; soloist/member of musical groups.

Tom Lisanti '79 - Freelance celebrity profile magazine writer Femme Fatales, In Theatre, Filmfax.