Theater

Melissa has been seen on stage in various capacities.  As a singer and actor, she has been in numerous musicals including Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Pippin (Catherine, ensemble), Into the Woods (Witch), Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright), Les Miserables (ensemble), and more. 

 

In 2011, Melissa joined the band at the American Music Theater, where she was a cellist in the band for six original shows, and over 500 performances.  This special opportunity allowed her to mix multiple passions, as the band was presented on stage, often with spotlights and features.  

Joining director, Saskia Bankert, Melissa co-directed a number of youth theater camps with Growing Stages, a small scale educational production company.  Currently, she is the head of the preschool department at the West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts where she teaches basic theater arts to pre-K and elementary students across Chester County.  In June of 2015, Melissa made her directing debut in Little Shop of Horrors with the teen cast at the Jennersville YMCA. In the summer of 2018, she and husband, Chris Salerno, co-wrote and directed the first annual Patriot Glee Camp held at General Wayne Elementary for grades 4-6.  

Melissa has also played in the pit orchestra for many shows, including the Broadway tours of Matilda: the Musical, Cinderella, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the premier of the chamber edition of Ghost, in addition to Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklohoma, Annie Jr., The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Carousel, South Pacific, Spitfire Grill, and many more.  Additionally, Melissa has shared the stage as a soloist with Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth and Jonathan Groff.  

 

 

American Music Theater

Christmas Show: Home for the Holidays, 2011

American Music Theater

Christmas Show: The First Noel, 2013