MEET THE TEAM
Chris Sabol, Producer, Drama Club Advisor, and Musical Director
Mr. Sabol is the choir, orchestra, and musical theatre teacher at Monmouth Regional High School. He has musically directed over fifty shows in the tri state area including Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, In the Heights, Sweeney Todd, The Last Five Years, Spring Awakening, Company, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Next to Normal, and RENT. For Monmouth Regional High School, he has musically directed Shrek, Songs for A New World, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cabaret, Footloose (2016 Basie Award Nomination, Best Musical Direction), and Freaky Friday (2019 Basie Award Nomination, Best Student Pit Orchestra). Mr. Sabol obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts Administration from Wagner College, and a Masters of Music Education from Boston University. He is also excited to begin his doctoral journey at American University in their Education Policy and Leadership Program this fall. He has performed with various music ensembles such as concert and chamber choirs, concert bands, and jazz ensembles. He is currently the President of the New Jersey All Shore Chorus.
Jennifer Mitchell, Director
Mrs. Mitchell has been a teacher at Monmouth Regional High School for over 25 years and she has taught every grade and level of English, as well as one Drama class for a Maternity Leave. She is the current advisor for the GSA (actual title: the Grand Poobah of the GSA; but to her GSA kids... “Mom MItch”), as well as the Debate Club and the Writing Club. She has been in theater since she was 5 years old when she was the best darn chipmunk in the OG Youth Summer Theater Program under Dexter Davison. She has spent many years in front of the curtain performing in many musicals (Tootles in Peter Pan, Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Pappy Yokum from L’il Abner, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz, the Witch in Hansel and Gretal...uh oh, there seems to be a theme here…) and is more than excited to spend her time behind the scenes working with these wonderful young actors and actresses. Her favorite credentials for being a director before this is the last 18 years of her life “directing” her two amazing sons. She was delighted to direct last spring's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and is looking forward to directing both shows this season!
Gerald Romano, Director of Bands
Gerald Romano has been the director of bands at Monmouth Regional High School for the last 19 years, and has been an educator in the New Jersey Public School system for a total of 29 years. He has performed professionaly as a trumpet player in the group Total Soul, as well as the 1960s hit-making group "The Happenings." Gerald also played trumpet on Broadway for the 1987 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, as well as the 1994 revival of Guys and Dolls. Mr. Romano obtained a degree from the prestigious University of Miami music department. He is a well renowned Jazz educator, who has led the Monmouth Regional Jazz Ensemble to many awards for various competitions, as well as sitting on the Jazz Faculty for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. He is the recepient of the 2016 Monmouth County Arts Educator Award.