About Us & Meet Our Dream Team

Inspiring Dreams Through Excellence in the performing arts!

Bethany Smith, bethany@thelegacytheatre.org

CO- Owner of The Legacy Theatre & Founder of Legacy Dream

Bethany Hayes Smith moved to Atlanta with her husband, Mark, from New York City, where she lived for seven years as a professional singer, actor, dancer, and choreographer.  While in New York City, Bethany starred in a solo cabaret of new works entitled: Uncharted Territory. Favorite regional acting credits include Into the Woods  (Witch); Smokey Joe's Cafe (Shimmy Girl); Annie (Lily St. Regis); King David (Bathsheba) and The Taffetas (Kaye). She had the privilege of performing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre with Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Bethany has toured the world on Carnival, Princess, Cunard and Saga Holidays cruise lines as a principal vocalist and dance captain. She is also an award-winning choreographer and a member of Dance Educators of America. She has choreographed for various professional theatres, universities, theme parks, special events, show choirs, and dance teams. One of her favorite "gigs" to date was performing for the NBA's Indiana Pacers as an Indiana Pacemate! Some of her favorite Legacy roles include Kira in Xanadu and Roxy in Chicago. She is the co-founder and owner of The Legacy Theatre and Legacy Dream and the proud wife of Mark Smith and Mom of Desmond and Xavier!  Watch Bethany's entire story here: 

LIVE with Bethany Hayes Smith

Mark Smith, mark@thelegacytheatre.org

CO- Owner of The Legacy Theatre & Artistic Director

Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX where he received a BA in

Acting and Directing. He has performed with California Theater Center(Sunnyvale, CA) Mill

Mountain Theater(Roanoke, VA), CPCC Summer Theater (Charlotte, NC) and Jenny Wiley

Theater (Prestonsburg, KY).  After their marriagein 2004, Mark and Bethany moved to Georgia, where Mark served as the Theater Arts teacher at Landmark Christian School in Fairborn from 2004-2008.  Favorite regional directing credits outside of Legacy include the Southeastern Premiere of Alan Mencken's King David , the World Premiere of Going with Jenny at Theatrical Outfit and Peter Pan at Jenny Wiley Theatre.  Mark has directed over 50 productions at Legacy.  Some of his favorites include the World Premiere of Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, 1776, Jane Eyre, Tarzan, and Godspell.  In 2014 Mark received ACU's Distinguished Alumni Citation. His greatest achievements are marrying Bethany Hayes Smith and being the Dad of Desmond and Xavier. 

Samantha Hayes

Dream Director & Teaching Artist-

Musical Theatre, Advanced Acting, Music Theory, Audition, Voice, Director of 1 Act Play

Samantha is thrilled to be joining the Dream Team at Legacy! A native of Terre Haute, IN, Samantha received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University, where she was seen in City of Angels, Runaways, and Dogfight. Additionally, she worked regionally with Tent Theatre and Crossroads Repertory Theatre. Since graduation, Samantha has taken to the road touring with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and Missoula Children’s Theatre, where she discovered a passion for not just performance, but teaching as well. She is so excited to share this love of theatre with the Dreamers at Legacy! samanthaghayes.com

Tyree Thornton

Teaching Artist- Guest Choreographer 

Tyree Thornton is delighted to be returning to Legacy as part of the Dream Team!  Tyree was last seen on stage in Matilda as dance captain and an ensemble member. Tyree has starred in Beauty and the Beast and Hairspray productions here at The Legacy so he is no stranger. Tyree recently did work at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach in the Grand Bahamas as a dancer/entertainer. Tyree plans to make his way on to cruise-ships and eventually Broadway. Tyree send a huge thanks to everyone that has helped his dreams come true. A special thanks to his mom and little brother for being his biggest fans.

Torre Randel 

Teaching Artist- Asst .Team Coach, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Turns & Leaps 

Torre Randel, originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, graduated in 2017 from the American Musical Dramatic Academy with a degree in Dance Theater. She has spent the last 3 years performing and teaching in New York, New Jersey and across the east coast. Most recently you could catch her dancing on the west coast tour

of “ Shall We Dance” with the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. When she is not dancing or teaching she enjoys going to the beach, and all things makeup. She is so exited to start the season as apart of the dream team! 

Mandy Corbett

Teaching Artist - Dream Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Leaps & Turns

You may recognize Mandy from this summer's hit Matilda as Mrs. Wormwood!   She has performed all over the US.  Favorite roles include: Brooke in Legally Blonde (Cumberland Co Playhouse) and Lisa in Mamma Mia (Sierra Repertory Theatre).  Mandy is so excited to share her love of the arts with Legacy students!  She has also been featured in several films and music videos.  

She values relationship more than most things and believes that stories have the power to transform lives. .www.mandycorbett.com 

Cristina Mariano

Teaching Artist- Musical Theatre 

Cristina Mariano is beyond thrilled to be apart of the Legacy Dream Team! Growing up in Peachtree City, she is no stranger to the Legacy. Starting at the age of six, she took classes with Bethany and Mark and also preformed in many professional and Dream shows. She has taught Acting/Improvisation classes with Mr. Mac since 2016. Cristina also choreographs and directs different shows at McIntosh High School. Currently, she is a Musical Theatre major at Kennesaw State University. In her spare time, Cristina is usually binge watching Friends on Netflix or traveling the world with her family and friends. Her passion has always been teaching theatre to the next generation of theatre lovers and she is so honored she gets to do that in the place she found her love for theatre! 

Hannah McClain Hildebrand, hannah@thelegacytheatre.org

Office Manager/Admin. Education Director

Hannah McClain Hildebrand grew up in Sharpsburg, GA just right down the road from Legacy. She graduated from The University of West Georgia is 2012 with a degree in Marketing & Real Estate as well as a Sales Certificate. She has been working at Legacy for the past nine years. She previously worked in the box office and helped with marketing but now is the Administrative Educational Director for Legacy Theatre. She has been in this role for the past three years. Hannah loves working at Legacy, building relationships with everyone and can’t wait for all of the exciting adventures to come while working here! She biggest joy is her daughter, Sophia! 

Robbie Kirkland

Faculty Manager/Production Stage Manager

Robbie Kirkland (not Mark Smith) is a professional actor who has been performing for over 20 years. He studied vocal performance at Point University, and traveled with their A capella singing group. He was the improvisation troupe leader for Newnan Theatre Company's N.I.T.W.I.T.S., where he also performed in numerous productions, as well as managing the box office. He has also worked as an Extra and Stand-In in several television series, and films (The Walking Dead, Drop Dead Diva, Life As We Know It, Parental Guidance and others). He was a Long-Term Sub ("not a real teacher") for Fayette County in the subjects of Drama, and English. Robbie has enjoyed performing in several productions at the Legacy Theatre (Peter Pan, Footloose, Rocket Boys, 1776, Junie B. Jones and various others), but you see him now as Production Manager for most of the shows. He assists Mark Smith, the Artistic Director, with the productions, and manages the facilities of Legacy Theatre.

Melanie Frazier

Box Office Manager

Melanie Frazier has been with The Legacy Theatre as Box Office Manager since 2014.  She has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, The American Red Cross, and is a current CASA volunteer as well as a licenced Master Cosmetologist in both Georgia and California.  Melanie has invested countless hours in project management, event planning, promoting volunteerism, and has served on numerous councils and committees.  In 2009, Melanie along with her husband Chris were named Volunteers of the Decade by Moses House Ministries for their efforts in working with teen moms and their babies.  Melanie has a deep love of The Arts, Disneyland, and dogs.

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