Dinner Theatre

Meet the Cast

PATTI J. HYNES-MCCARTHY (Writer/Producer)

Patti prides herself on growing up “Minnesotan” in a small northern Minnesota town (Pillager, Minnesota) and graduating from a high school class of 36 students. She attended the University of Minnesota at Morris and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre/Speech/Secondary Education. She then completed a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Theatre from North Dakota State University where she met her handsome husband, Tom and married in 1982 and moved to Coon Rapids. With a strong acting background, Patti never quite pictured herself as a playwright, but began writing scripts for The Seasons Dinner Theatre in 1989 and has to date written 20 original scripts which she will someday publish. Along with her husband, she has co-produced, directed and performed in numerous shows both original and published. She feels her Minnesota roots have been especially helpful in developing scripts that strongly appeal to The Seasons Dinner Theatre audiences. Patti also enjoyed a 16 year history working in human resources and health care. She takes great pride in her two outstandingly smart and handsome boys, Christopher and Jonathon, her daughter-in-law Rojina, and her beautiful little girl, Josephine Mae, who not only loves all the girly girl things Patti likes, attends and enjoys theatre like a pro!

THOMAS G. MCCARTHY (Director/Producer)

A Duluth, Minnesota native, Thomas has been acting and directing for the past, well, for a long time. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English from the University of Saint Mary’s in Winona, Tom went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Speech with an emphasis in Theatre from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and the credits equivalent of a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in Speech Communications. Tom has been a teaching professor in Speech Communications at Anoka Ramsey Community College for the past 24 years and finished a Doctorate of Education at St. Thomas University in 1997. Along with his wife, Patti, Tom began performing and directing theatre at The Seasons at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids and developed the theatre production company, The Seasons Players, that has been providing entertainment of a professional level for the past 25 years. Tom’s been listed in the Who’s Who of American Teachers and has also received the prestigious Golden Chalk Award at Anoka Ramsey Community College. A father first, Tom adores his children, Christopher, Jonathon, Josephine Mae and daughter-in-law, Rojina.