Socastee High School Performing Arts Presents
March 5th - 8th
Broadway's Big Fat Musical Hit!
Socastee High School Choral Director
Farrah Beaudry, director of show Choirs for Socastee High School, is a native of the Myrtle Beach area. Born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC, Beaudry now resides in the Socastee area with her husband of 10 years, Tim. Beaudry is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at CCU. She started her career as chorus and drama director of Georgetown High School in 2000. During her time there, she directed musical revues of Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and the musical Cinderella. She also became lead teacher of the BEACH Drama Gifted and Talented Program. Beaudry joined Socastee High School’s faculty in 2006 as director of show Choirs including the nationally acclaimed Socastee Singers. She has experienced much success in this district. Her choirs have received many first place national show choir awards in competitions in New York, NY and Orlando, FL. Her groups have performed many community concerts in venues with crowds as large as 10,000. Since she joined the performing arts at SHS, they have presented Alice in Wonderland, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Tarzan, and now Shrek the Musical. As a high school graduate of Socastee in 1995, Beaudry is now happy to serve the school that gave her the passion to pursue music education.
Socastee High School Director of Dramatic Arts
Matthew Hayward was born in Kingstree, SC , but raised in Summerville, SC. While in high school at Stratford High, Matt performed in over 25 different plays and musicals. He got his first professional acting role with the Dock Street Theater. Hayward continued to act at this theater as well as the Flowertown Theater throughout his high school years. Hayward left Summerville and moved to Conway, SC where he earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts from Coastal Carolina University. Once he graduated, he moved down to Orlando, Florida where he was a puppeteer for the Sesame Street stage show. He was also a contracted actor for Marvel where he portrayed the role of Dr. Doom. Matt Hayward is currently the Drama Director for Socastee High School and has performed as an actor for the Murder Mystery Dinner Show at House of Blues for the past three years . Hayward is also an assistant director for the Georgetown BEACH Gifted and Talented Drama Program with Farrah Beaudry for the last 9 years. To date, Matt Hayward has been in over 52 different plays and musicals, 3 TV shows, 2 movies, and has written 9 plays.
Fun Facts (or as he calls them “MATT FACTS”): Matt is also a DJ as well as a renowned magician (he performed as a Magician under Americas Got Talents Jimmy Rook).
Brandy Leviner, originally from Bennettsville, SC, first fell in love with dance at the young age of 7. She grew up learning and growing in all styles of dance at Crystal McInnis School Of Dance. She has been a con- temporary, jazz, & hip hop choreographer since 2004. Since then, her choreography has won many top awards at competitions and conven- tions throughout the Carolinas. In 2007, Brandy began dancing professionally when she signed her first contract with Holland America Line aboard the MS Maasdam. She has also performed and sailed the high seas on the MS Noordam. She was a part of Caroline Lewis Jones contemporary company, UNBOUND, in Columbia, SC. Brandy currently calls Myr tle Beach her home, performing nightly In the The Carolina Opry & Good Vibrations Shows. Brandy has choreographed for Socastee High School’s show choirs, SHREK the Musical last year, and has had the best time working with HAIRSPRAY the Musical this year!
Kevin Jones, a native of Toronto, Canada, has spent the past twenty-three years working in professional theatre as an actor, musical director, director, and choreographer. His many credits include the Broadway first and fourth national tours of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, the Asian tour of Annie, the European tour of Annie Get Your Gun, three productions of Evita, and two of Phantom.
Kevin is an alumnus of Western University in Canada, where he received his degree in Music Education (piano performance) and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where he received his certificate in musical theater performance.
As a vocal and acting coach, Kevin has coached hundreds of actors into Broadway shows, national tours, and regional theater productions. He currently boasts excellent students live-and-in-person here in Myrtle Beach and also nationally via Skype and FaceTime (www.kjpas.com).
For the past seventeen years, Kevin has served as the artistic director of the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio Summer Performing Arts Camps, providing professional-level theater training in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Kevin is delighted to announce that this summer he will be bringing the camps to Myrtle Beach (see the ad in your playbill)!
Kevin continues to work professionally as an actor, filming television commercials and shooting print advertisements, and as a singer/pianist performing regularly at Thoroughbred’s Restaurant here in Myrtle Beach.