Mike Lopinto, originally from New Orleans, is a true Renaissance man. He has written, directed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, directing shows including Curtain Up! (2022), Showbiz Centennial (2020), The Drowsy Chaperone (2018), Magic of the Musical Stage (2018), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (2018-19 co-winner of the American Prize for Musical Theatre), Showbiz Harmony (2016), Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (2015), Showbiz Showstoppers (2014) and Sweeney Todd (2013), for the Southern Miss School of Music and Rock of Ages (2017), James and the Giant Peach (2018-19 co-winner of the American Prize for Musical Theatre), Sister Act (2019), Broadway in the ‘Burg (2021) and Sincerely, Stephen Sondheim for the Hub City Players, For the Hub City Players, he produced The Play That Goes Wrong (2022) and the winner of the 2019 Best of the Pine Belt, Steel Magnolias (2018).
He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at Southern Miss and currently serves as the assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Arts Administration at the same. Lopinto brought a new level of recognition to arts programs in Mississippi, most notably the acclaimed symphony orchestra at his alma mater. While there, he coordinated events with classical celebrities from Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming and Sir James Galway, to pop icons Dionne Warwick, the Pointer Sisters, and Patti LaBelle, as well as directing the award-winning Symphony Galas and later, the College of Arts and Letters Galas. He is the artistic director of FestivalSouth® that has reshaped summers in the Hub City and, the creative director of Consult M, a multifaceted arts development organization that has worked regionally with Mississippi Opera and the Natchez Festival of Music.
On stage, his theatrical credits include Les Misérables (Thenardier), Hairspray! (Edna Turnblad), The Producers (Roger DeBris), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Cats (Old Deuteronomy), A Catered Affair
(Mr. Halloran), Annie (Daddy Warbucks), Carousel (Mr. Snow), Die Fledermaus (Frosch) and many more.
Lopinto is the director of the coronation for the Mystic Krewe of Zeus, and his voice can be heard at all Southern Miss games as “The Voice of The Pride” and on commercials across the South. Learn more about Consult M at consultm.net.
Tammy Mansfield, with a degree in Music Theory and Composition and an M.M. in Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, divides her time as a music director & arranger, accompanist, pageant & audition coach, costumer, and stage manager. Her music director credits include Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Disney’s High School Musical, The Wiz, The Good Doctor, and Once On This Island (Hattiesburg High School), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Pearl River Community College), Grease, Beauty and the Beast, 100 Years of Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables and A Catered Affair (Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera), Company (Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company), Marat Sade, Violet, As You Like It, and Next to Normal (Southern Miss Theatre), Robin Hood (Just Over the Rainbow Theatre), The Producers, Once On This Island, Guys and Dolls, Seussical Jr., Hairspray Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Once On This Island, Jr., and Aladdin, Jr. (Jefferson Performing Arts Society), Spring Awakening (Marquee Award Nomination for Best Music Director), Legally Blonde, The Class of ‘70 Something, Rapunzel (TheatreThirteenNOLA/Rivertown Theaters), Neutral Ground (Gulf Coast Theatre On Tap), A Christmas Carol, The King and I, Godspell and High School Musical (Jones County Jr. College), Peter and the Starcatcher (Le Petit Theatre) Rock of Ages and Sister Act (Hub City Players), A Whole New Cabaret and A Classical Christmas (Hattiesburg Community Theatre). Her onstage credits include HCLO’s dinner theatres, Back to Bacharach and David and Sentimental Journey, Cats (Grizabella), FestivalSouth/Hub City Players’ LOL Cabarets, James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Sponge), Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn), Broadway in the ‘Burg, and Sincerely, Stephen Sondheim, USM Theatre’s [title
of show] and Theatre13’s Legally Blonde (Paulette - Big Easy Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actress). In 2011, Mrs. Mansfield was the music director for the award winning JPAS Theatre Kids production of Seussical, Jr. for the Jr. Theatre Festival in Atlanta
and has also worked with theater camps for ENCORE Dance Studio, The Dance Project, and the Parkway Heights UMC Arts Academy. She has written & arranged 3 original shows for the USM’s
Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company - Showbiz Showstoppers, Showbiz Harmony, and Showbiz Centennial – and for their 2021 Viral Video Project, she composed an original song, “Live Your Life Out Loud.” Tammy is honored to have served as music director and arranger for the New Orleans National WWII Museum Victory Belle productions, A Merry Canteen Christmas and A Swingin’ Christmas. Since 2007, she has been the music director and arranger for the Hattiesburg Mystic Krewe of Zeus Coronation. Tammy is a founding member of the Hub City Players professional theatre company, winner of The American Prize Musical Theater Performance for James and the Giant Peach. She shares her life in Hattiesburg with supportive hubby Steve and Emma the neurotic Labrador.