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The Performers in our International Theatre

The American Magic-Lantern Theater is a two-person troupe of international theatre performers, drawn from the following:



Terry Borton
The Magic Lantern used in our International Theatre by Magic Lantern Showman, Terry Borton Terry Borton, producer of our international theatre, and its lead performer, is a fourth-generation lanternist who grew up watching magic-lantern shows as a child.

"My great-grandfather had an 1869 kerosene magic lantern. My father had vivid memories of his neighborhood shows at the turn of the century. When I was a kid, my father used that same lantern to put on shows for us, telling the old stories in great-grandpa's dramatic style -- the style I use in our shows now." (See Borton Family Magic-Lantern History. )

After ten years of giving amateur magic-lantern productions, Borton formed a professional troupe, The American Magic-Lantern Theater, in 1992.

Before devoting full-time to the magic lantern, Borton had a wide background in the modern media. For fifteen years he was Editor in Chief of the children's newspaper, Weekly Reader, which, with a circulation at that time of eight million, was the largest newspaper in the world. As company spokesman he appeared regularly on network TV news programs and radio talk shows.

He is the author of two books and hundreds of articles, is the lead performer on two records of poetry readings, has written scores of radio scripts, and is executive producer of "KIDS-TV," a children's TV show. Borton holds a doctorate in education from Harvard, and is currently just completing a scholarly reference book on the magic-lantern and America's foremost magic-lantern artist, Joseph Boggs Beale, whose slides are featured in our international theatre shows. A second book for the general public is in draft. (See Before the Movies and Cinema Before Film.)


Nancy Stewart
Soprano and lead singer, Nancy Stewart, is equally at home in opera, operetta, musical theater, oratorio and recital. She has performed leading roles with several opera companies and has been the featured soloists of many  orchestras.  She is Director of Music at St. Francis of Assisi, Director of  the award winning German choruses The Edelweiss and The Turners Singing Society and Director of the Greater Meriden Community Chorus. She performs regularly with the Greater Hartford Opera Ensemble. She is a faculty member of St. Joseph College where she teaches voice and continues her vocal study with Josh Greene of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She has been performing with our international theatre company for twenty years, since its inception.



Jacqueline Alvarez McKiernan
Jacqueline Alvarez, International Theatre performer. Jacqueline Alvarez McKiernan, soprano and pianist, was graduated from The Indiana University School of Music, and received her Masters in Music from The University of Hartford's Hartt School. She performs at numerous events in the Northeast, is cantor and assistant organist at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in West Hartford, CT, teaches piano and voice, and is the Major Donor Manager for Connecticut Public Televison. She has performed with our international theatre for ten years.



Julie Hamula
Julie-Anne Hamula, singer/pianist, is a soprano who has most recently been seen as Tormentilla in The Poisoned Kiss with Bronx Opera, Magnolia Hawks (Showboat) with Opera Naples,  Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. She was recently the Grand Prize Winner of the Jenny Lind Competition, and The Connecticut Concert Opera's American Opera Idol Competition.


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