Neverland Children’s Theatre was founded in 2014 by Cheryl Burns and Shael Norris. Neverland started out as the Guiteras Elementary School Theatre Company but later turned into Neverland. Cheryl and Shael’s goal when they first started Neverland was to create a non-profit musical theatre program for children who are dedicated to fostering creativity, self-expression, and teamwork through the art of performance.
Currently in our sixth season, we are in the midst of producing a brand new production with a working title of “Tower Bells”. Over the past six years we have produced 9 shows, including Winter Cabaret, Bring The Magic Back*, Alice in Neverland, Neverland Express, and Neverland Rocks.
Our 2020 Neverland Artistic Team:
Director – Cheryl Burns
Music Director – Stephen Piper
Lyricist- Nicky Piper
Choreographer – Sherry Winn
Assistant to the Directors: Amanda Chase
Writer: Bill Dukes
Guest Teacher: Ali Angelone
Intern: Hailey Winn
CHERYL BURNS – PRODUCER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cheryl has had the pleasure of working with every student who has been part of Neverland Children’s Theatre and is looking forward to creating new theatrical experiences for them this year. Cheryl has been Executive Director of Art Night Bristol Warren & the Community String Project, a senior staff member at Just Dance! and former Company Manager of the Island Moving Co., Newport’s Contemporary Ballet Company. Cheryl holds her MFA in Theatre and has Directed, Choreographed and performed in many productions. She has been a member of Americans for the Arts, DanceUSA, National Dance Education Organization and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She lives in Bristol with her children Benjamin and Emilie.
SHERRY WINN – CHOREOGRAPHER
Sherry Winn is the owner/Director of Just Dance! located at 569 Main Street Warren, RI. Sherry has 42 years of dance experience and is a mother of three children who understands how precious each child is and treats every child as if they were her own. Sherry is a certified in all areas of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, acrobatics as well as cardio dance. She also has her certification in Personal Training, Kids & Teen fitness, Water Rowing, and Pilates I&II. Sherry is extremely involved in the Bristol Warren Community, including working with the Bristol Warren Education Foundation, Pop Warner, Bristol-Warren Arts Nights, as well as teaching Pre School Dance for The Warren Recreational Department and numerous charities. Sherry also places emphasis on giving back to the community and each year she and the students raise money for a different cause or charity. The entire recital theme annually is produced around the charity of that year.
STEPHEN PIPER – MUSIC DIRECTOR
Stephen Piper is a classically trained singer who studied Music Theory and Voice at Hobart College. Early in his music career, he performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and made a living as a solo piano player throughout the Eastern US and later in Dublin, Ireland. An amateur composer, Stephen has returned to music to be the musical director of Neverland Children’s theater company where he composes and performs original music and trains children in elements of music and singing.
AMANDA CHACE – STAGE MANAGER
Amanda Chace stepped on stage for her first dance recital at age 10 and quickly fell in love. Throughout her school years, she performed in many recitals, musicals, and festivals. She later became the student choreographer for her high school theater company. She has also taken classes from many different master choreographers. Today Amanda is an elementary school teacher and dance teacher at Just Dance!. She enjoys teaching and sharing her love of dance with all of her students.