Abigail Perry is the choreographer for Big Fish making this her second musical production at Socastee High School. As a 2013 graduate of SHS, she is happy to be back "home" and to have this exciting opportunity to bring a production to the stage that she often acted on herself. Under Farrah Beaudry's direction, Abigail performed with the Socastee Singers during all four years of high school and served as Dance Captain during her senior year. She was a featured dancer in Suessical and Little Shop of Horrors. In 2012, Abigail was cast as Brooke Wyndham and dance captain in Legally Blonde. As a senior, she landed her favorite role, Jane, in Tarzan. Now Abigail is the choreographer for Socastee Singers, Select Girls, and Bellas and Fellas where she continues to pursue her passion. As a student at Coastal Carolina University, Abigail was a member of the dance team, Coastal Chicks. Now she has changed paths and is pursuing a license in Cosmetology, which is another passion of hers. During the past three summers, she has been a featured dancer and dance captain for the longest running show on the Grand Strand, "High Steppin' Country." She also served as Assistant Choreographer for Legally Blonde Jr. and choreographed Little Mermaid Jr. for Georgetown County’s B.E.A.C.H Gifted and Talented Drama program in the summer 2016. Abigail would like to thank her mom and dad, Rhonda and Tony Perry, for giving her a passion for performing, and her dance teacher, Bryan Beaman, for encouraging her to continue to pursue her dreams and never stop dancing.
Director of Socastee High School Dramatic Arts
Matthew McCarty, director of SHS Dramatic Arts, was born and raised in Surfside Beach. He first found his love for the performing arts as a Socastee Singer from 1996-1998. After graduating from Socastee High School in 1998, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts from Coastal Carolina University. While studying at CCU, McCarty met his future wife Kristi and the couple now resides in Myrtle Beach with their dog, Rusty. He started his teaching career at Socastee in 2006 and this is his 8th year in the classroom. In addition to his teaching position, McCarty is also a licensed Realtor, part time Travel Agent, and Actor. He has been performing regularly for the last 14 years at the House of Blues in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. He also serves as the Assistant Director for the BEACH Drama Gifted and Talented Program for Georgetown County Schools. He returned this year to Socastee after pursuing other career opportunities. McCarty spent the last year and a half as an Admissions Services Representative at the Golf Academy of America helping incoming college students find local housing and hosting special events for school recruitment. Although he loved his job at the GAA, he could no longer deny his passion for the Theater and returned home to his alma mater when the opportunity presented itself. McCarty has helped direct 7 mainstage shows here at Socastee. His Drama students have won numerous group and individual awards at the Horry County Drama Festival year after year for their one act productions. McCarty is very pleased to be back again as part of the production team and looks forward to another great show.
Kevin Jones, a native of Toronto, Canada, has spent the past twenty-five years working in professional theatre as an actor, musical director, director, and choreographer. His many credits include the Broadway first and fourth national tours of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, the Asian tour of Annie, the European tour of Annie Get Your Gun, three productions of Evita, and two of Phantom. Kevin is an alumnus of Western University in Canada, where he received his degree in Music Education (piano performance) and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where he received his certificate in musical theater performance. As a vocal and acting coach, Kevin has coached hundreds of actors into Broadway shows, national tours, and regional theater productions. He currently boasts excellent students live-and-in-person here in Myrtle Beach and also nationally via Skype and FaceTime (www.kjpas.com). For the past nineteen years, Kevin has served as the artistic director of the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio Summer Performing Arts Camps, providing professional-level theater training in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, and here in sunny Myrtle Beach! (see the ad in your playbill, and pick up a brochure at concessions!) Kevin is also the musical director for the Palace Theater here in Myrtle Beach and their parent company, Spirit Entertainment. He is delighted to return for his 3rd Socastee High School show, having musical directed Hairspray and The Little Mermaid.
Socastee High School Show Choir Director
Farrah Beaudry, director of Show Choirs for Socastee High School, is a native of the Myrtle Beach area. Born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC, Beaudry now resides there with her husband of 13 years, Tim. Beaudry is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She started her career as chorus and drama director of Georgetown High School in 2000. During her time there, she directed musical revues of Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and the musical Cinderella. She also became lead teacher of the BEACH Drama Gifted and Talented Program. Beaudry joined Socastee High School’s faculty in 2006 as director of Show Choirs including the nationally acclaimed Socastee Singers. She has experienced much success in this district. Her choirs have received many first place national show choir awards in competitions in New York, NY and Orlando, FL. Her groups have performed many community concerts in venues with crowds as large as 10,000. Since she joined the performing arts at SHS, they have presented Alice in Wonderland, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Tarzan, Shrek the Musical, Hairspray, and The Little Mermaid. As a high school graduate of Socastee in 1995, Beaudry is now happy to serve the school that gave her the passion to pursue music education.