Ghost Light Players is a community theater group, based in MetroWest Massachusetts, which offers a place for members of the MetroWest community to experience and enjoy the theatrical arts. We produce high-quality musical, traditional, cabaret-style and other theater shows for our audiences, as well as offer a fun, educational and inspirational experience for our cast and crew.
Kat Alix-Gaudreau, Artistic Director
Kat Alix-Gaudreau attended UMASS Amherst, earning a BA in Theater in 1999. Kat has worked in lighting and costume design and has produced a number of theater projects. More recently, she has directed Into the Woods, Grease, Almost, Maine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Foreigner, Love Comics, Much Ado About Nothing, The House of Blue Leaves, Godspell and Macbeth. Kat has worked in the Boston film and TV production industry and was recently an adjunct professor of theater at Framingham State University. Currently, Kat is the Executive Director of the River’s Edge Arts Alliance in MetroWest.
“To me, the best part of theater is the process – that’s where you learn, where you can be surprised, and where you can really grow beyond what you thought you could do. That’s the fun part – that’s the magic of theater.”
Kim Beauchemin, Managing Director
Kim Marie Beauchemin, or “K” as she is often called, is rumored to have actually appeared on stage in high school, but now she prefers the cool, dark mystery of the backstage. She is known for her organizational and management skills and has brought her talents to various community theater and film productions in the Boston area. She pays the bills as a software program manager, but loves spending her free time hiking and stage managing theater productions. Kim is also an active member of First Church in Marlborough.
“I love seeing people overcome their own fear and doubt, and watching them succeed in creating magic. If I can be some small part of that, help them in the smallest way, well, that’s why I do this.”
Cliff Dike, Executive Producer
H. Clifford Dike is a long-time theater enthusiast. Growing up in Connecticut, Cliff was lucky to regularly attend performances at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford as well as Broadway shows in New York City. When he came to the Boston area to attend law school he had to put his theater interests on extended hiatus. Cliff graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and became a member of the Massachusetts Bar in 1994. Since that time he has had the great pleasure of rekindling his love for theater. He has performed in a variety of shows and has worked behind-the-scenes on projects like Into the Woods and Grease. He has also collaborated with both Kat and K on a number of independent films – both in front of and behind the camera. Cliff particularly enjoys helping a show develop, come together and take on its own life – from the initial idea to the final production. When he is not involved in theater activities, Cliff, a former judge, is the managing partner of a small general practice law office in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
“All the world’s a stage … so, go get up on one, have some fun and put on a show!”
Michelle Leibowitz, Board Member
Michelle is thrilled to be joining the board of Ghost Light Players. Michelle received her B.A. in Theatre at S.U.N.Y. Binghamton and has been very active in the field of Performing Arts Education and in area community theaters ever since. Besides acting, dancing and singing in many theatrical productions in regional and community theaters in the area Michelle has also Directed and Choreographed for many community theaters as well as high schools in the area. Some of Michelle’s favorite directorial/choreography credits include: Urinetown – Choreographer, Ghost Light Players; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Director/Choreographer, Newton Country Players; Nunsense II – Director/Choreographer, Washington Street Players ; Pippin – Director/Choreographer, UnCommon Theater; Cabaret – Director/Choreographer, Hopkinton High School. Michelle has also been in several movies produced by Sideshow Cinema. One of Michelle’s greatest passions is teaching the art of theater and dance to others.
“There is no better feeling in the world then when you see someone who was struggling with a dance move or a certain area of an artistic performance, finally make that break through. When they really, truly ‘get it’ and suddenly what was once hard work becomes effortless. That moment is amazing to behold.”
Jess Brennan, Board Member
Jess Brennan has been doing theatre since she was six years old. Since then she has been in many productions on and off the stage. She is a part of the Siena College (in Loudonville, New York) class of 2012 where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Creative Arts, focused in theatre. Some of her most recent credits include Bach at Leipzig (stage manager), Urinetown (poor ensemble), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] (soundboard operator), Romeo and Juliet (stage manager), and Macbeth (assistant director/assistant stage manager). Currently Jess is applying to graduate schools for theatre.
“Theatre: bringing people together since 384BC.”
Jacob McDonald, Junior Board Member
Jacob fancies they have progressed somewhat since their first “real” theatrical role as Napoleon Bonaparte in the fifth grade. In the years since, Jacob has busily gobbled up all the on- and offstage experience they could get their hands on. Jacob has had the privilege to work (as an actor, producer, crew member, assistant director, house manager . . .) with community theatre groups throughout Central MA. Jacob has notably served as director, music director and stage manager for Clinton High School’s Drama Club – giving a little bit back to the school system that gave them their “big break.” Jacob loves singing, and playing a lot of instruments not-very-well. They are also a big reader, and an even bigger buyer of books.
“Theatre is ephemeral like life is ephemeral. No moment will ever be precisely recreated. Theatre, then, is like a curated version of life – selected for the most beauty, the most humanity, and the most jazz hands.”