Bill Starr (Director and Choreographer) is celebrating his 25th production with CTA this year, bringing live theater to children and keeping his motto of “Keeping live theater ALIVE”. He has appeared in 15 original Broadway shows. Bill has been the recipient of the Bay Area Theater Critics Outstanding Achievement Award and also was nominated for the 2017 Theater Bay Area “Outstanding Direction” and for a Top Honors Award. This year he has directed such shows as 42nd Street in Saratoga, Murder & Mayhem – an English Farce, Spamalot in Woodside and begins 2020 with Once Upon A Mattress in Saratoga. Bill works at Stanford University in the Stanford Live Department which oversees and produces artists from all over the world at the Bing Concert Hall.
Bill Keck (Musical Director) was Musical Director of Beach Blanket Babylon (BBB) at The Fugazi Theater in San Francisco for the last 26 years. Bill studied piano under Soulima Stravinsky, son of the Russian composer. He has accompanied Rich Little, Carol Lawrence, Mel Torme, Jim Bailey and Sylvia Syms, among others. He toured nationally with singer John Gary, including appearances with the San Antonio, St. Louis, and San Francisco Symphonies, and served as a guest conductor with Milwaukee’s Music Under the Stars. Bill and BBB created a sensation in London in 1997 while performing at Covent Garden. In 2000, Bill conducted French chanteuse Raquel Bitton in a series of concerts beginning with a Carnegie Hall appearance in New York City. In 2004, he led the BBB 30th Anniversary Galas with Helgi Tomasson, director of the San Francisco Ballet and Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. In 2005 he and BBB gave a special performance for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Bill has been working with CTA since 1995. He dedicates every performance to the memory of his beautiful wife Starry…one of a few of CTA’s Honorary Members and a Fan Forever.