Rock of Ages Creative
Chris created the five-time Tony-nominated musical “Rock Of Ages,” the 27th longest running show in Broadway history. Since its inception, “Rock Of Ages” has employed nearly 4,000 people with productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, 3 National Tours, the West End, as well as productions in Australia, Scandinavia, Toronto, Tokyo, Korea, Philippines, Mexico, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and a home at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Chris also co-wrote and executive produced the major motion picture adaptation of his musical starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Catherine Zeta Jones. Before that, Chris wrote and directed the feature film “Barry Munday,” starring Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Chloe Sevigny, Malcolm McDowell, Cybill Shepard, and Billy Dee Williams.
Musical DirectorMark Scarpelli
Rock Of Ages is Mark’s debut as music director at the Alban. He is actively involved in the Kanawha Valley with a number of community theatre groups, most recently, The Contemporary Youth Arts Company (CYAC), George Washington High School Theatre Of The Nevertheless and JADCO Dance Company. These organizations have afforded him the opportunity to compose the music for a number of musicals, ballets and operas, most notably, in collaboration with playwright, Dan Kehde, they have penned together: Mary, Norman Rockwell’s American Paradise, Mercy, Dachau, the international award winning, Jack The Ripper and the opera Lincoln. He is also in collaboration with Daniel Boyd adapting “Space Preachers” for the musical stage. You could catch locally Mark performing with his Beatle’s tribute band, “Rubber Soul” and his live band/ Karaoke project - “PianOke”. When not writing for the stage, Mark enjoys time with his family and grandkids.
Assistant DirectorNatasha Allen
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in Athens Ohio with a focus on Stage Management. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Agriculture. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three cats, taking dance classes, volunteering with the humane society, performing and assistant directing for various productions in Charleston WV and occasionally working as a princess or villain for Putnam Princess Parties LLC. This is her first production with the Alban Arts and she is proud to be part of such a wonderful cast and crew!
Grant Edward JacobsAssistant Musical Director
In 2019 Grant concluded a five year touring stint with WV-based rock band The Company Stores, in order to focus on his teaching career and opportunities to be more involved in local Charleston music. He is in his ninth year teaching, his fourth year teaching at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, where he currently serves as a Title 1 Math Interventionist. Grant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies from the University of Louisville, and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in education policy from West Virginia University. In 2020, Grant hopes for more opportunities to work within the musical theatre community, begin promoting his new local music production collaborative, and record his first solo album of original songs. None of this would have been possible without the support of his friends, family, and school community. A special thanks to Mark Scarpelli for his encouragement to keep trying new musical endeavors… LET’S ROCK Y’ALL!
Rock of Ages is produced with special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.