MOVE Productions opened in March 2019 by Mary, John, Victoria, and Olivia; four family members whose love of the performing arts and entrepreneurship collided, exploded, and formed into a theater company right in their own backyard.
The word MOVE isn’t just a word to them. It’s an acronym. MOVE stands for Mary, Olivia, Victoria, and Elizabeth. Three of the four sisters founded the company, while the fourth finishes high school and fills in when needed. This is the acronym they grew up with. There was no better way to name their company.
“We are a family owned youth theater company comprised of all Barrington High School alumni. Now we wanted to give back to our community by starting this fun and personalized theater company!” - Their first summary of MOVE Productions
The arts filled their lives growing up, whether it was acting, singing, dancing, backstage, direction, choreography, or on-camera work. This passion drove them to add to the already vast performing arts presence in the Chicagoland area. Fast forward to today and they aren't only teaching; they still pursue opportunities to further their industry expertise.
After the first year of business, the community overwhelmed them with love and support! Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid hit the stage as MOVE’s first full year of productions. Enough Disney? We don’t think so either. Last summer’s production of Seussical marked their second annual summer show and first ever non-Disney musical! This was also the first show they performed in masks! The MOVE family did not let 2020 get them down and they went on to produce two more shows safely in masks; Descendants the Musical in the Fall of 2020, Annie Jr. Spring of 2021. Then three more with optional masks when the guidelines changed; Wizard of Oz Summer 2021, Frozen Jr. Fall 2021, and Junie B. Jones Jr. Spring 2022. 2022 brought more theater fun including Moana Jr., marking their 3rd annual summer production, and Aladdin Jr (and a MOVE baby was added to the team!). They can not wait to see what 2023 brings!
The show must go on! 💙
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is co-founder of MOVE and director of our productions. She is an alumni of Barrington
High School and earned a BA in child psychology from The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. While pursuing her degree she was in several student-run productions; and played Serena in Legally Blonde, Holly in the Wedding Singer, and Velma in West Side Story.
Before college, Mary took part in countless productions through school and community theater. Including, two consecutive summers as an ensemble member of Schaumburg’s Street Theatre who performed at parks throughout the suburb. A few of her favorite roles were; Henrietta in The Hollow at Barrington High School, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty at Schaumburg Park District. After realizing that, sadly, she really couldn’t get a job as a real life princess she decided to complete her schooling.
She continued her love for theater through teaching the performing arts; first at Gymboree and later at Arlington Heights Park District. There she grew the drama program exponentially over the past couple of years and directed productions of: Annie, Willy Wonka, The Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Seussical the Musical, 101 Dalmatians, Grease, Snow White, Frozen, and Alice in Wonderland.
It was through directing that Mary found her true passion. She loves the entire process from classes to auditions to performance. Her degree in psychology has given her the tools to teach a deeper level of character development. Her goal is to bring people with common interests and talents together and make something special happen. She is elated to begin this new journey with MOVE!
is co-founder of MOVE and will be assistant directing and choreographing our productions. She is an alumni of Barrington High School where she participated in Orchesis was a Broncette. She has been a dance teacher and choreographer for over 5 years and currently works professionally in the film industry.
Victoria has trained in acting for stage as well as on-camera. Her resume includes over 17 years of dance; training and competing with Goldens Work of Art Dance Company and Inspire. While in Orchesis she had the opportunity to work with Giordano Dance Company. Her areas of discipline include; Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Modern, and Hip Hop.
Her acting training includes classes taught by Kevin Long, Actors Training Center under Sara Sevigny and she has completed Improv class levels 1-5 at The Second City. She has also taken private voice lessons under Kathleen Goll-Wilson.
Victoria has enjoyed many years of community theatre on stage and off. Off stage, she has worked on productions as costumer, make-up artist, assistant director, stage manager, set decorator and choreographer. On stage, some of her favorite roles have been; Cinderella with Putting on Productions, Mrs. Cory in Mary Poppins with Hott Productions, and Ermengarde in Hello Dolly with Music on Stage, just to name a few.
On Camera, Victoria has recently played the lead in three short films which are now in post-production. She has also acted in informational videos, commercials, and industrial films for fortune 500 companies.
Victoria is very excited to work with all the amazing talent we have here in the Northwest suburbs!
is co-founder of MOVE and serves as Stage Manager for our productions. She attends Harper
College and is an alumni of Barrington High School and there she participated on stage, backstage, and on and off camera with BHS-TV. She also served as Vice President of Drama Club and is a member of The International Thespian Society.
Her training includes; Improv at Improv Olympics and Comedysportz, scene study at Piven, and acting classes at Harper College under Kevin Long. While at BHS, she took three and a half years of theatre classes, attended numerous workshops during trips to Stratford Festival in Canada and the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, which ranged from stage combat to costuming.
Olivia played Agnes in Women and War which had the high honor of being chosen to perform at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. She has done many, many shows in the surrounding communities. Olivia’s first experience on a professional set was playing a child running in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Which lead to her interest in film, as well. She is currently pursuing a degree in film production and will be transferring to DePaul University.
She was the leader of a team of students who won 2nd place in Verizon Wireless’ PSA film contest on dating violence. She played Mags in BHS-TV’s Star Wars spoof, interviewed many students and staff members about school happenings and is proficient in Final Cut Pro. Olivia was instrumental in costume design and played a small part in Longo Productions’ feature film, Expiration Date which premiered at the Catlow Theatre.
Olivia is very thankful and excited to start a Youth Theater Program in her own community!