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June 19, 2014

They run the show

Spotlight Playhouse's production of 'Music Man' hits the stage

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Cary got the theater bug from her mother Deb Cary, one of the founding members of Spotlight Playhouse.

Cary has been involved with community theater in Haverhill since she was 11, including as a teen actor with Pentucket Players, then with Spotlight Playhouse. She co-produced last fall’s production of “Lend me a Tenor” at City Hall, then was named producer of “The Music Man.”

“They trusted me,” Cary said with a smile. “I’m also on the production team as producer for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ a comedy, which will be presented this fall.”

“It takes a lot to put on a show like this,” Cary said. “We have a house manager, musical director, set designers, painters, stage manager, sound designer, hair and makeup, graphic designer, spotlight operators, stage crew, as well as five parents who help back stage. These are the people you never see and many of them do multiple things that are needed to put on a good show.”

A 2006 graduate of Haverhill High School, Cary earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. Michael’s College then an MBA from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. “The MBA helped transition me into finance and marketing, which helps as a producer,” said Cary, whose day job is working as an accounting administrator at Harvard Medical School.

“The people are really wonderful and I’ve made some great friends, which keeps me coming back,” Cary said.

Pothier, 44, began taking dance lessons at age 5 and got involved in community theater in 2006, serving as a cast member in various productions with the Colonial Chorus Players in Reading. She also choreographed five shows with ACT Andover and two shows for Whittier Tech’s drama program.

“The Music Man” is Pothier’s first show with Spotlight Playhouse.

“It’s always been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl so when they asked me to be part of it, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Pothier said. “It’s a show that’s been dear to my family. We watched it together on holidays like some families might watch ‘The Wizard of Oz.’”

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