Janie Scott (Director / Choreographer) brings a wealth of professional performing experience to her many years of work at Cabrillo Stage. Her professional career provided her the opportunity to work directly with many musical theatre greats including Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Trevor Nunn and Michael Bennett. She was seen in the original National and International touring companies of A CHORUS LINE as both Maggie and Diana Morales as well as the Broadway production of PETER PAN as Wendy. After working on the Broadway production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, she joined the original LA Company of CATS. Along the way she has performed in numerous productions in Summer Stock, Dinner Theatre, Regional Theatre, NY industrials and television. She has choreographed for Opera San Jose, The Barn Theatre in Michigan, The Diamond Circle Theatre in Colorado The Dupree Showcase Theatre in Los Angeles and several silicon valley Industrial shows. She started her work at Cabrillo stage in 1987 as choreographer for My Fair Lady. Since then she has directed and/or choreographed Annie, Some Like It Hot, Honk, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Swing, Hairspray, A Chorus Line and La Cage Aux Folle, while squeezing in her own occasional return to the stage. In 2000 she appeared as Peter Pan in the Cabrillo Stage production of PETER PAN and in 2003 she was seen as the lead in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN In 2002 she returned to the New York stage to perform in the CONCERT REUNION OF MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, under the direction of Tony award winning director Kathleen Marshall. Janie has just completed her last year as professor at San Jose State University after 26 years with the School of Music and Dance and the Theatre Department. During her time with SJSU she has directed and choreographed over thirty productions and has trained and mentored many of her students to success in their own professional performing careers.
Max Bennett-Parker (Musical Director / Vocal Director) is a mainstay at Cabrillo Stage, with performance credits in Forever Plaid, Anything Goes, A Night at the Nutcracker, and Lunch. He was delighted to be in the cast of the recent revue Shakespeare Deconstructed, curated by Tom Lehrer. He has worked as music director with Spotlight Stage, Kids on Broadway, SF State, as well as Cabrillo Stage's Summer 2013 production of Escaping Queens. He has provided original music for KOB's productions Trash Town and Hui Liang & the Magic Brush, as well as Sidereal Theater's production of Toni Press-Coffman's Touch. He performs and tours regularly with the local effusive pop band James Rabbit, most recently touring the west coast behind their 2013 album Marvels.
Jim Culley (Scenic Designer) This is the second season that Jim Culley has designed for Cabrillo Stage. He designed Cabaret and Swing when he was here last. Since then Mr. Culley has retired from San Jose State where he taught for more than 25 years. As their residency designer he taught stagecraft, scene design, Flash animation and CAD drafting. He also designs for San Jose Children's Musical Theater designing four shows each season. Among his favorite designs are his production of Tommy, Ragtime, and Les Miserables. Mr. Culley and Janie Scott have worked together for many years as colleagues at San Jose State University. He notes that she is a great director and choreographer. Returning to Cabrillo Stage for the summer where the production staff and other designers are very professional, it's a real pleasure to design here again this summer.
Sean Nicholl (Lighting Design) just completed his MFA at the University of Connecticut. Last year, he served as Cabrillo's Master Electrician for La Cage aux Folles, Okalhoma! and LUNCH! Recent credits include – Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Three Musketeers, His Girl Friday and O Beautiful (Lighting Design), The Winter's Tale (Assoc. Lighting), Odysseus D.O.A. (Asst. Lighting), I'm Connecticut (Asst. Projection); Hartford Stage Company: Hedda Gabler (Asst. Lighting); Mark Morris Dance Group (Lighting Supervisor); New Harmony Theatre: Avenue X, Harvey, The Crucible (Lighting Design).
Ashley Grambow (Costume Design) is proud to be working with Cabrillo Stage Company's design team as the ALTAR BOYZ costume designer. She has previously costume designed for THE GRAPES OF WRATH at SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, as a student, and is excited to be costume designing her first show outside of university.
Michael Meek (Sound Designer) his in his third season with Cabrillo Stage. He is a student in the music department at Cabrillo College and is the teaching assistant for the recording arts program. He has been the intern to the engineer at Kuumbwa Jazz for the past year. Michael has worked as the ASM for La Jolla Playhouse’s 2004 production of Continental Divide: Mothers Against and Daughters of the Revolution. He is a drummer and sound engineer.
Marcel Tjioe (Resident Technical Director) has been working for Cabrillo Stage for the last four years. He has had a great time crucifying Jesus, hanging Judas, melting the Wicked Witch, killing all The Plaids and scaring the dickens out of Scrooge. Some of the other local companies Marcel has worked for include American Musical Theatre of San Jose, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He has also worked internationally in Germany (Capitol Theater in Düsseldorf) and Austria (Seefestspiele Mörbisch). Marcel was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He is a German citizen and he lives in Santa Cruz with his beautiful wife Myriam and 6 year old daughter Sofia. He is the Performing Arts Technician for Cabrillo College.
Michael D. Ward (Stage Manager) Michael D. Ward (Stage Manager) is excited to be making his Cabrillo Stage debut on this production. As a proud AEA member he has had the pleasure of working on numerous productions at Arena Stage in Washington, DC (The Velocity of Autumn, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, Camp David), as well as assisting with both theatrical productions and corporate events around DC during his almost 4 years in the area, from The Kennedy Center to Theater J. He attended the University of Evansville receiving a BS in Theater as well as completing a semester abroad working with The Florence International Theater Company. Most recently starting his own event company, MDW Designs planning and coordinating events and weddings all over the country. Many thanks to all who allowed him to follow his dream and achieve his goals, it wouldn't have been possible without each and every one of you.
Curtis Reynolds (Mark) is a senior at New York University studying Musical Theatre in the Steinhardt Vocal Performance program. At NYU Curtis has been seen in Little Fish (Robert), Carousel, Sweet Smell of Success, Godspell (Jesus), Urinetown, Fiorello!, and Children of Eden. This is Curtis' second production with Cabrillo Stage after performing as Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles last summer. Curtis grew up in Nebraska where he developed his love for theatre appearing in over 25 productions at the Beatrice Community Players, a local community theatre. Favorite credits there include Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy), Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), and Edges. Eternal thanks to his family and friends for their unending support.
Jomar Martinez (Luke) is happy and thankful to be back at Cabrillo Stage for Altar Boyz. Jomar was last seen in the world premiere of The Snow Queen at San Jose Rep where he also originated the roles of the Troll, the Old Crow, and the Reindeer in The Snow Queen workshop. Recent credits include Oklahoma! (Cabrillo Stage), Anything Goes (Cabrillo Stage), Sugar (WVLO), A Christmas Carol (SJ Rep), and Tartuffe (Shady Shakes). Jomar trained at San Jose State University with the musical theatre troupe Company One and graduated with a B. A. in Musical Theatre this past May. Jomar would like to thank his close friends and family for all the support and love.
Brian Conway (Juan) appears in commercials, television and films. Favorite Stage Credits Include: Paul in A Chorus Line (Plan B Entertainment Tour, Cabrillo, Broadway By the Bay), Carlos/Dance Captain in The World Premier National Tour of The Magic School Bus (Maximum Entertainment/BACT), Damn Yankees directed by Seinfeld's Jason Alexander (Reprise!), Sonny in In The Heights (Palo Alto Players), Thalia/Sonny understudy in Xanadu (The Retro Dome), Chino in West Side Story (Moonlight, PCPA) Benny in Dora The Explorer (Fox Theatre), Angel in RENT (VH1 Save The Music Benefit, Palo Alto Players) Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun (Moonlight), Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Linus in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Grove), Lyle in Footloose, Annie, Aida (Tuacahn), All Shook Up (Musical Theater West), Flower Drum Song (American Musical Theater), Oliver, The Who's Tommy, Big River, and Phantom. "God Put The Rhythm In Me!"
Jordan Sidfield (Abraham) Jordan Craig Sidfield (Abraham) is excited to be returning to Cabrillo Stage representing his people (shalom!). He has been performing since age 7. His previous roles include Charley/The Dauphin in "Du Barry Was A Lady" (42nd Street Moon), Will Parker in "Oklahoma!" (Cabrillo Stage), Moritz in "Spring Awakening" (All About Theatre), Riff Raff in "The Rocky Horror Show" (Flat Rock Playhouse), Laurie in "Little Women the Musical" (CSU Fullerton), Robbie Hart in "The Wedding Singer" (CSU Fullerton), and many more. Sidfield is also a singer/songwriter. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
Jamen Nanthakumar (Mathew) Jamen Nanthakumar, originally from San Diego, is currently studying Musical Theatre at Pace University in New York City (Class of 2016). There he has appeared in Lysistrata Jones (Tyllis), Queens Boulevard (Vijay), and Spring Awakening (Ernst). He has also appeared in numerous concerts in New York at locations such as 54 Below and The Public Theatre (Joe's Pub). Other credits in San Diego and Los Angeles include The King and I (Lawrence Welk Theatre and Landis Performing Arts Center), Evita (Kit Carson Amphitheatre and Lawrence Welk Theatre), the world premier of Pilgrim (Ricardo Montalban Theatre), Zorro (Staged Reading Tour LA, SF, NY). Jamen has dabbled in the world of film and television as well. Audiences may have seen him on Veronica Mars or in the feature film Crossing Over (The Weinstein Company). He has also begun to write for the musical theatre under the tutelage of Ryan Scott Oliver.
Cabrillo Stage: Altar BoyzPromo July 2014
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