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RYAN RUGE (Director) is thrilled to return to The Barn Stage Company, having directed their Camelot In Concert this past March. As a graduate of the prestigious University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a degree in Musical Theatre, Ryan has enjoyed a career in professional performance on both domestic and international stages. More recently, he spent two seasons as the resident Assistant Director and Associate for 3D Theatricals, assisting on their acclaimed productions of Side Show, Beauty And The Beast, The Full Monty, Once On This Island, The Addams Family, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oklahoma. In addition, Ryan directed a fully staged workshop reading of the new musical Invisible in May. He is currently contracted with Disney in Japan and will be acting as a guest director for an international musical theatre workshop that will take place in Tokyo this December.
JOHN MARIO Di COSTANZO (Musical Director) joins the Barn Stage Company for his fifth collaboration after James and the Giant Peach, Carousel, Chess and Camelot. Among Barn Stage’s numerous Inland Theater League awards for the 2016 production of Chess was a coveted Founder’s award for John Mario as Music Director. He has been noted for his electrifying virtuosity as a conductor of Symphonic, Operatic and Popular orchestral repertory and his affinity for accompaniment of singers thoughout the Classical and Pop world. His exciting 2012-2014 conducting schedule as the principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho’s Songs of the Silver Screen Tour, included appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Dallas Pops, Baltimore Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony and also notably his Avery Fisher Hall and his Chicago Symphony Center debut. John Mario is completing his third highly-acclaimed season as the Music Director & Conductor for Temecula’s own Temecula Valley Symphony and The Coachella Valley Symphony of Palm Desert California.