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.
Wes Hanson is a New Orleans native, whose career all over the entertainment industry kept his wife, Debbie, and him in Los Angeles for over 20 years. During that time, they raised a family, and Wes worked at all of the big amusement parks, lots of movies, commercials, casinos and more, including seven years running a puppet ministry, 12 years a scout leader/trainer, and seven years as shop instructor at Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design. Since moving back closer to home in 2008, he has been on staff at the USM Theatre department. He has enjoyed the local theatre scene there as well, having worked with William Carey Dinner Theatre, Mississippi Opera, USM School of Music and HCLO, for whom he recently directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His first show with Hub City Players was designing and building the set for James and the Giant Peach. This arc has led him to directing, designing and constructing The Play That Goes Wrong. He thanks you for supporting the arts. (That’s right. All of them.)
Production Stage Manager
Samantha Clark is a clinical pharmacist at Forrest General Hospital and has been involved in local theater productions in various capacities for the past several years. She was in the ensemble for The Wizard of Oz, served as stage manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was the costumer for Return to the Forbidden Planet with Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera. She was Assistant Director of The Play That Goes Wrong, and she is excited to work with this immensely talented group.
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.
Chris Word is Director of Choral Activities at Purvis High School in Purvis, MS. A native of Memphis, TN, he grew up in Starkville, MS and earned a BMEd from The University of Southern Mississippi. During his tenure in the pageantry arts, he has been on staff for numerous Scholastic A Regional Finalists, WGI Scholastic Percussion Finalist, and Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a clinician, drill writer, choreographer, and adjudicator throughout the southeast. His theater choreography credits include Phantom of the Opera (2018-19 co-winner of the American Prize for Musical Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (2018-19 co-winner of the American Prize for Musical Theatre), Rock of Ages (The Hub City Players), Showbiz Harmony (Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company), Mary Poppins (Additional Choreography), Once Upon a Mattress, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He was the music director for Once Upon a Mattress and She Loves Me and directed Steel Magnolias (Winner of the 2019 Best of the Pine Belt "Best Local Theatre Production”) for The Hub City Players.
Brett Barnes is a performing artist with a passion for music, theatre, dance and art. Originally hailing from Boston, Mass., he is an avid freelance photographer ranging in styles from city and landscape to weddings, fashion and avant-garde. He has performed in several productions around the Southeast, including the debut show of the Hub City Players, LOL, a Comedy Cabaret. Barnes has performed in and choreographed several Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company (SOMTC) productions, including, Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Magic of the Musical Stage, Turandot, Showbiz Centennial, the Viral Video Project, and Guys and Dolls. He has also worked with the Natchez Festival of Music, Opera Mississippi and FestivalSouth as both consultant and choreographer. Notable projects for those include A Little Night Music, Motown Downtown Revival and Sister Act. His choreography has also appeared off Broadway and has won awards, including the SOMTC production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which received the American Prize for Musical Theater (2018-19)