Michael Melcher has enjoyed a long career as an actor, director and vocalist. A distinguished graduate of the US. Air Force Flight School, he earned an Achievement Medal for his work with the Fort Bragg Children’s Theater. During his time in North Carolina, he participated in the workshop for Blessed Are the Peacemakers and directed the premier of Amanda and the Northern Lights. During this time, he was the featured male vocalist for the Miss North Carolina and Miss Mississippi State Pageants. As part of the American Musical Theatre Festival, he performed in the original workshop for Floyd Collins.
Some of his favorite roles include Billy in Carousel, George in Sunday in the Park with George, Padre in Man of La Mancha, Jimmy in The Rainmaker, Magic Mirror in Snow White and Mr. Sowerberry in Oliver. Classical credits include performances with the Berks County Opera and the Pennsylvania Opera Theatre in Rigoletto, Cosi fan tutte, Iolanthe and Magic Flute. Michael has directed numerous shows for high school and college programs as well as for community and professional theater companies- including Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Babes in Arms, Fantasticks and Annie, to name a few.
Michael served as the Executive Producer for the workshop and premier of Harry Connick Jr’s new children’s musical, The Happy Elf in Bethlehem, PA. He performed the role of the Mayor of Bluesville in both the production and in the original cast recording of The Happy Elf. He has served as the Theater Department Head for the Pennsylvania Art and Music Day Camp in Elkins Park, PA and as the Executive Director for both the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre and Scranton Cultural Center. He is a professional auctioneer and fundraising consultant who has worked with many outstanding organizations, including The 1964 Cleveland Browns, Alex’s Lemonade, American Lung Association, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society.
Michael is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Communications and Theatre. He is currently working on a Masters in Education and Arts Administration. Michael is currently the Arts and Culture Specialist for Eyewitness News where is offers a weekly featured segment, Beyond the Screen. As one of CaPAA of NEPA’s theatre directors, Michael also serves as a producer, set designer and more throughout our regular and summer seasons.