Debby Lennon – Musical Director
Debby Lennon is an experienced and talented vocalist, actor and teacher who has been featured across the nation. She has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for 35 seasons and has been a featured soloist for multiple groups. She has also performed in multiple operas throughout St. Louis, has held roles in productions with the Muny, Stages St. Louis and many others, and has won multiple “Best Actress” awards. Debby played Ms. Andrew in Variety Theatre’s 2019 production of Mary Poppins and joined the Variety Children’s Chorus as a featured soloist in our 2019 holiday concert.
Debby is celebrating her twentieth year as adjunct voice professor and director of The Vocal Jazz Program and The Webster Jazz Singers at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also a vocal coach at St. Joseph’s Academy and maintains a private voice studio. Debby is thrilled to work with Variety Kids again as the Variety Children’s Chorus director!
Caleb McCarroll – Assistant Musical Director
Caleb McCarroll studies at Webster University in the Music Direction for Musical Theatre program. He is an up-and-coming music director and accompanist based out of the Kansas City area. His main areas of focus include Sondheim and new works. As a pianist and vocalist, he is a frequent performer of new works, including instrumental chamber music and choral ensembles. Caleb has a heart for reaching the younger generation through music and the arts, and is excited to return to work with Variety Kids this year.
Dawn Gilbertson – Director of Variety Dance
Dawn Gilbertson is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, small business owner, volunteer and mother. She studied at Monona Academy of Dance in Wisconsin and has degrees in Finance, French and Dance from the University of Iowa. Dawn performed at The Muny for several productions and has been an instructor at COCA. She started performing with The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011 and performed with them for seven seasons. Dawn has taught, choreographed and/or performed with Variety Theatre for eight productions.
Dawn currently sits on the board of directors for The Big Muddy Dance Company. She is also an active member of Variety Women. Dawn’s work with Variety comes from her desire to share the joy of dancing with others. She is excited to witness the commitment the kids have to singing, theatre, arts and everything they do.
Rebecca Hartman – Variety Dance Instructor
Rebecca Hartman is delighted to be continuing her work with Variety! She has been teaching all styles of dance for over five years now, and it has become one of her biggest passions. Along with teaching, Rebecca is a choreographer, dance captain, and musical theatre performer. You might have seen her in Variety Theatre’s 2019 production, Mary Poppins, in the ensemble. Rebecca is currently pursuing a BFA in musical theatre from Webster University.