Janie Scott (Director/Choreographer) has directed and choreographed over 40 productions from New York to Michigan, to Los Angeles to Cabrillo Stage. Along the way she’s worked Summer Stock, Dinner Theatre, Regional Theatre, Opera San Jose, Santa Clara Summerfest, industrials and film as a performer, director or choreographer. For Cabrillo Stage she has directed and choreographed Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Swing, Honk! and Some Like It Hot. She has also choreographed for Cabrillo’s productions of Annie, Peter Pan and My Fair Lady. Her professional performing career provided her the opportunity to work with many musical theatre greats including Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Trevor Nunn, and Michael Bennett. She was seen in the 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 as Rumpleteaser. In the last decade she has also managed to squeeze in the occasional return to the stage. In 2000 she appeared as Peter Pan in the Cabrillo Stage production of Peter Pan and in 2003 she returned to the New York stage to perform in the 20th Anniversary Concert Reunion of Merrily We Roll Along, under the direction of Tony Award winning director Kathleen Marshall. In 2006 she took the lead role at Cabrillo’s Annie Get Your Gun. Janie is also a Professor in the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University. As artistic director of Compnay One for over 21 years, a musical theatre performing company in residence at SJSU, she has trained many performers who have gone on to National and International tours as well as Broadway.
Daniel Goldsmith (Musical Director)is a classically trained pianist. Also known as “Piano Dan,” he is a native Santa Cruzan and has been a member of the Cabrillo Stage family for over 10 seasons. Beginning his Cabrillo Stage career as the accompanist for West Side Story (2003), he continued with productions of The Music Man, Jesus Christ Super Star, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret and others. He has been a frequent accompanist of classical musical ensembles and last summer he served as vocal director for the West Valley Light Opera production of Bells Are Ringing. Daniel is grateful to Cabrillo Stage for the opportunity to be Musical Director for this season’s production of La Cage Aux Folles.
Dustin Leonard (Managing Director/Production Manager) has had the honor of working with Cabrillo Stage since 1998, including Annie, Honk, Peter Pan, Music Man, The Last Five Years, Scrooge, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret, just to name a few. Dustin has directed, produced and starred in a number of shows in the Monterey Bay area, most recently directing Beautiful Thing for MBR Theatre, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors & West Side Story for Cabrillo Stage. Dustin's diverse directing credits include The Laramie Project, Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Outsiders and Romeo & Juliet. A versatile performer, Dustin has been in shows as diverse as Shakespeare's R&J to Guys & Dolls. His credits include both on and off stage at The Monterey Bay Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage. Dustin's most beloved performances on stage have been Mercutio in the return of the West Coast premiere of Shakespeare's R&J adapted by Joe Calarco, Jeff in The Sum of Us, Mark in Mass Appeal and the Barber in Cabrillo Stage's Man of La Mancha. Dustin has been an active promoter of Youth Theater in Santa Cruz for 16 years, and is the Managing Artistic Director for Hooked On Theater's summer youth workshop. His musical direction and management credits include West Side Story, Honk, Annie, Crazy for You, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver and many more.
Lena Mason (Stage Manager) has been part of Cabrillo Stage for many years as a Front of House Manager. 2006 marked Lena’s first year behind the scenes, as production stage manager for Guys And Dolls, as well as 2007’s Kiss Me Kate, 2009’s The Wizard of Oz and 2010’s Swing! and Scrooge. Her professional stage managing experience includes 11 years with Actors’ Theatre Eight Tens @ 8 Festival, and such productions as Center Coast Theatrework’s Angels in America, Cabrillo College’s God’s Country, Rashomon, A Man For All Seasons, Twelfth Night, Ghostlight Theatre’s Hunting for Moby Dick, Watsonville Taiko and five years with the Seventh Sense Fashion Show. She has also stage managed at the Mello Center for such performers as Tandy Beal, Bruce Lee, Phil Collins and The New Music Works, amongst others. Lena has worked at Cabrillo College in the financial aid department for 17 years.
William “Skip” Epperson (Resident Scenic Designer) has been teaching theatrical design and backstage theatre for the past 21 years at Cabrillo College and currently serves as the Theatre Arts Program Chair. Holding a MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented directors, designers, and technicians across the country, and has had many artists appear on his designs as actors, singers, and dancers. His work has appeared on the stages of many theaters and venues including Cabrillo Theatre Arts, Henry Street Playhouse, Washington and Lee University Theater, Santa Cruz Actors Theater, Santa Cruz Bible Church, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage. Skip is the proud recipient of a 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Together with his beautiful bride of 28 years, Mary Jo, his most precious productions have been his four children—Sara, Zack, Anna-Katherine, and Genevieve—ages 25 to 8.
Kyle Grant (Lighting Designer) Recent design credits: Jason Invisible (John F. Kennedy Center); The Winter’s Tale (Texas Shakespeare), AribaLIVE 2013; Corner of the Sky; Kafka on the Shore; HUM; Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante (Balanchine Trust); Wonderful Life. Other credits: The Julliard School of Drama; The Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Laramie Project Cycle, directed by Moisés Kaufman; Stickfly (Bway). Upcoming Designs: A Few Good Men. Favorite Cabrillo Stage designs include A Chorus Line, Full Monty, Cabaret, and Little Shop of Horrors. Kyle graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Maria Crush (Costume Designer) has been working with Cabrillo Stage since 1988 and designed shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun, Funny Girl, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Some Like It Hot, West Side Story, The Music Man, The Full Monte, Hairspray, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line and A Night at the Nutcracker. She has designed costumes for West Bay Opera, New Music Works and Cabrillo College Productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Three Penny Opera, A Man For All Seasons, School for Scandal, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, Oedipus Rex, The Importance of Being Earnest and Seussical. Other credits include Bernstein’s Mass and The Tender Land with the Cabrillo Music Festival. Additionally she has designed for the Actors’ Theater. She is the costume shop manager at Cabrillo College as well as the resident costume designer for Cabrillo Stage, received the Gail Rich Award in 2007 and was also nominated in 2009 for a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
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 six years. He has had a great time crucifying Jesus, hanging Judas, melting the Wicked Witch, scaring the dickens out of Scrooge, killing all The Plaids and then resurrecting them. 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, daughter Sofia and son Gabriel. He is the Performing Arts Technician for Cabrillo College.
Tony Panighetti (Albin) returns to Cabrillo Stage after performing in past productions of Some Like It Hot (Jerry/Daphne), Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie), Scrooge (Scrooge) and Hairspray (Edna Turnblad). After graduating from AADA/West, Tony received a Backstage West Garland Award for his performance as Mozart in PCPA Theatrefest’s Amadeus. Since, he has performed up and down California as well as the high seas of Alaska, Canada, Europe, and the Bahamas with Crystal Cruise Line’s Repertory Theater at Sea. Some of his Bay Area credits include Jerry/Daphne in Sugar (42nd Street Moon), Reverend Parris in The Crucible (San Francisco Playhouse), and he has alternated as both Man #1 and Man #2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Theater On San Pedro Square, Sierra Repertory Theater, Willows Theater Co.). Mr. Panighetti has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for over eleven years.
Curt Denham (Georges) is thrilled to join Cabrillo Stage for this exciting season. Bay Area appearances have included Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Georges in La Cage Aux Folles (Broadway By The Bay), The King in The King & I, Horace in Hello Dolly, and Georges in La Cage (Diablo Theatre Company), and Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Contra Costa Musical Theatre). Other regional companies: Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Theatre By The Sea, TheatreWorks, 42nd Street Moon, Sierra Repertory Theatre and Center Repertory Theatre. Curt can be seen in the upcoming production of Annie at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida.
Robert Coverdell (Cagelle-Chantal) returns to Cabrillo Stage for his second season. Last year he set sail, making his maiden voyage as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. Other credits include Mary Sunshine in Chicago (PRCT), Bobby in A Chorus Line (Arizona Broadway Theater), The Lead Tenor in Singing in the Rain (Arizona Broadway Theater), and Alonzo in Cats (The Palace Theater, NH). Originally from Half Moon Bay, Robert is excited to be back on the West Coast, and to be going to UCSC for his masters and credential in order to become a high school science teacher. He would like to thank his family for their love and support during both the worst and “the best of times.”
Alex Alvarez (Cagelle-Hannah) makes his Cabrillo Stage debut in La Cage. He is a graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and has performed in many musicals across the bay area and southern California including Rent, Chicago, Spelling Bee, The Wiz and Footloose! His favorite roles have included the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Judas in Godspell, and the leading player in Pippin. Alongside performing, Alex also enjoys cultivating young talent by directing/teaching children’s theatre (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mulan Jr.) and choreographing for high school glee clubs. He was last seen performing the National Anthem for the San Francisco 49ers, and is set to star as Donkey in Diablo Valley Theatre’s Shrek this fall. Much love to all who have supported him thus far.
Zendrex Llado (Cagelle-Phaedra) returns for his fifth Cabrillo Stage production, after performing in last summer’s A Chorus Line. He has taken part in various local productions with All About Theatre and Soquel High School’s Knights of the Square Stage including: Rent, Bat Boy, Fame, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty And The Beast, Guys And Dolls, The Producers, Footloose, Anything Goes and Sweet Charity with AAT, and Cabaret and Urinetown with Soquel. Zendrex is a graduate of Cabrillo College with an A.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences and an A.A. in Music. He currently attends San Jose State University as a Dance Major and Musical Theatre Minor, while partaking in Janie Scott’s Company One. Zendrex is very grateful to be in such a fabulous production of this fierce musical.
Danny Dwaine Wells II (Cagelle-Mercedes) is a vibrant performer, bringing dynamic movement and colorful expression to the stage. Drawing from extensive performance experience, he pushes the limits of expressive Arts. Dwaine is an alumnus of the San Diego State University BFA Dance program and a graduate of Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. His debut performance with Cabrillo Stage marks the beginning of an exciting creative journey. He looks forward to taking to the stage in these spectacular costumes and 3.5 inch heels.
Hugh Haiker (Cagelle-Nicole) is honored to be performing with Cabrillo Stage for the fourth consecutive season in his fifth production for the company. This season marks Hugh’s 30th year in musical theater, starting when he performed in a local production of Music Man in Southern California. He moved on quickly to a long career at Disneyland and various professional and semi-professional productions along the way. This is a particularly meaningful summer for him, as it will also be his last show before leaving to do his Ph.D. in communication studies at The University of Denver. Previous shows Hugh has performed in at Cabrillo Stage are Swing!, Scrooge, Hairspray, and A Chorus Line. Hugh would like to thank his fiancé, Rich, for his enthusiastic support and patience, and all of those at Cabrillo Stage who have made this a profoundly enriching experience.
Antony Avila-Dillon (Cagelle-Dermah) is excited to be a part of La Cage, which he sees as a beautiful story involving family, acceptance, love, differences in life styles and just enjoying life. Antony’s last few shows include All About Theater’s Grease (Roger), Fame (Nick Piazza) and Spring Awakening (Hanschen). Cabrillo Stage credits include Scrooge (Bisset the Butcher), Cabaret (Kit Kat Boy), Anything Goes (Sailor) and My Life = Art (Student) at PCPA. “We have people in our lives to remind us that love is there. But the only one who can truly love you is you.” A shout to my Mommy for giving me this girlish figure. Love you, family.
James Edison Pierce (Cagelle-Odette/Panther) is a recent graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Musical Theater and Minor in Dance. The last two years he has spent with Janie Scott’s on campus musical troupe, Company One, as well as performing in various dance concerts and theater workshops at SJSU. Other Regional credits include A Christmas Carol (San Jose Repertory Theatre) and A Chorus Line (Cabrillo Stage) as well a performing for the Miss California Pageant 2011. James sends his love and sincerest thanks to his parents, and all of the people who have helped him grow, learn, and perform. James dedicates this performance to Camila, and sends his love up to her.
Matt Dunn (Cagelle-Bitelle) appears in his seventh consecutive production with Cabrillo Stage. He most recently portrayed Pinchie (Harpo Marx) in the 2012 Holiday production of A Night at the Nutcracker. Past Cabrillo Stage credits include A Chorus Line (Pit Singer), Plaid Tidings (Sparky), Hairspray (Brad), Scrooge (Nephew) and Swing! (Featured Dancer). Other Professional credits include: The Fantasticks (The Mute), The Full Monty (Dance Instructor/Tony), La Cage Aux Folles (Mercedes), Pageant! (Miss Industrial Northeast), Peter Pan (Tokyo Disneyland), Featured Entertainer (Disneyland Resort, Anaheim). Regional credits include: Paul in A Chorus Line, Che in Evita, The Emcee in Cabaret, Jack in Into The Woods, Billy in 42nd Street, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, Tom Sawyer in Big River. Training: Master Acting Workshop with Kevin Kuhlke (Tisch School of the Arts at NYU), Meyerhold Biomechanics with Kathleen Baum (Syracuse University), Post Modern Movement with Stacy Dawson Stearns (NYU Experimental Theatre Wing/CIA).
Janice Engelgau (Cagelle-Babette) is elated to be performing as the sole female Cagelle. This fall Janice will begin her senior year at San Jose State University pursuing a bachelor in musical theatre. Most recently she appeared in Nerds! as Penny (Company One). Prior she performed in A Country Doctor (San Jose Repertory’s Emerging Artist Program), The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Spotlite Stage Company), Purple Thunder (Company One), The Phil Mattson Jazz Festival in 2010 at Carnegie Hall, and West Side Story (West Valley Light Opera). She is currently choreographing Seussical (Los Gatos Youth Theatre). Janice dares you to open your eyes and pick her out of the Cagelles. She dedicates her performance to her family and friends.
Sammy Lopez (Jacob) is a recent graduate from Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program and ecstatic to be joining Cabrillo Stage this summer. Originally from Pasadena, California, he is now an NYC based actor. Favorite past credits include Rent (Syracuse Stage), A Thousand Cranes (Syracuse Stage Children’s Tour), As You Like It and A New Brain (SU Drama).
Curtis Reynolds (Jean-Michel) is a junior at New York University studying Musical Theatre in the Steinhardt Vocal Performance program. At NYU Curtis has been seen in Godspell (Jesus), Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry/Old Man Strong), Fiorello!, and Children of Eden. He will also be seen in the ensemble of Steinhardt’s Fall 2013 production of Sweet Smell of Success which will induct Marvin Hamlisch into NYU’s Musical Theatre Hall of Fame. 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 Benson), Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), Something’s Afoot (Geoffrey), and Edges. There, he also directed the youth production of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. last summer. Eternal thanks to his family and friends for their unending support.
Robin DiCello (Jacqueline/Pit Singer) graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Theater Arts in 2011. Residing in Campbell, she currently works as a Behavioral Therapist teaching children with Autism. Robin’s favorite roles include: Lulu (Miss Saigon) at PAP, Georgie Bukatinski (The Full Monty), Mrs. Cratchit, (Scrooge) at Cabrillo Stage, and Lucinda (Into the woods) at SVPA. She would like to thank her friends, family and Jarrod for their endless support and love. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Enjoy!
Danielle Williams (Anne Dindon/Pit Singer) will be a senior at San Jose State University this fall, majoring in Musical Theatre and will be spending the next year abroad in England. She recently appeared in Company One’s production of Nerds! (Louise), To Kill a Mockingbird (Jean Louise Finch) and Emma (Emma) at San Jose State, A Christmas Carol (Female Understudy) at San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Annie Get Your Gun (Ensemble) with Scotts Valley Performing Arts Association. She is grateful for the chance to work with such a talented cast and would like to thank her family and friends for their unyielding love and support.
Benjamin Holck (Mr. Dindon/Pit Singer) grew up in Livermore and moved to Santa Cruz in 1990. An educator, choreographer, vocal coach, actor, and free-lance artist, he has twenty-three years experience directing musicals and teaching liveperformance to youth. As Artistic Director for non-profit Santa Cruz Performing Arts, he enjoys passing on the art of theater to future generations. Currently he is in production for The Little Mermaid. He has studied classical voice privately and at Tanglewood University, as well as acting at Hayward State and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Ben has worked with playwright/director, Wilma Marcus on the Eight Tens @ 8 and was most recently seen as Doctor Frank-N-Furter in Mountain Community Theatre’s production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. He has appeared in numerous Cabrillo Stage productions, including leading roles in Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, and Scrooge. Being openly gay, Ben finds it ironic to be cast as the homophobic Senator Dindon, but says that his experience growing up in a conservative town has given him the opportunity to observe homophobia first hand. Ben is a huge fan of La Cage, and excited to be back with Cabrillo Stage and working with director Janie Scott.
Mindy Pedlar (Marie Dindon/Pit Singer) appeared as the fiancé’s mother, Evangeline Harcourt, in last summer’s production of Anything Goes. Other productions with Cabrillo Stage include The Wizard Of Oz (Glinda/Auntie Em) and Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly Tate) where she first had the opportunity to work with the talented Janie Scott and Tony Panighetti. You might also have seen Mindy in the Cabrillo productions of The Mikada (Katisha) and The Importance Of Being Earnest (Miss Prism). Ms. Pedlar has also performed with South Bay Musical Theater, The Western Stage, West Valley Light Opera, Mountain Community Theater and the Actors’ Theater. Other favorite roles include the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Anna in The King & I, Sarah in Quilters, Vi Moore in Footloose, Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take It with You and Rebecca in Middle Of Nowhere, an original two person drama. A resident of Aptos, Mindy welcomes you to Cabrillo Stage and feels that, as far as theaters go, “There’s no place like home.”
James Tennessen (Mr. Renaud/Pit Singer) has been a regular performer most recently with Temple Civic Theater and Killeen Center for the Performing Arts on the Texas theater circuit, as well as with the San Jose Civic Light Opera. James’ credits include Oliver, Miracle on 34th Street, Sound of Music, South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, George M, Funny Girl and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. James has also performed with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus as a founding member and is an accomplished soloist having performed in numerous cabarets, the Temple Symphony Chorale, United Universalist Church, and Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel. James resides in Felton with his partner and their two children.
Joyce Michaelson (Madame Renaud/Pit Singer) was last seen at Cabrillo Stage playing Prudy Pingleton/ Jail Matron in the 2011 production of Hairspray. Earlier this year she starred in Handy Dandy at The Cabrillo Theatre Festival. Favorite roles include Fagin in Oliver! (SVPA), Vera Charles in Mame (SVPA), Rose Steiner in Rose’s Dilemma (Lampshade Productions), Aida in Over the River and Through the Woods (Actor’s Theater), Snoopy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (SVPA) and Queenie in Honk! (SVPA). She was a member of the improv troupe Loose Cannon Theater for seven years and served as Artistic Director for two years at SVPA. Many thanks to Janie, Lena, Daniel and my husband Tim.
Jarrod Washington (Francis/Pit Singer) is appearing in his seventh production at Cabrillo Stage. His past Cabrillo Stage roles include: Horse in The Full Monty, 2011, Lead Vocalist in Swing!, 2010, Tom Jenkins in Scrooge, 2009 and 2010, The Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, 2009, and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, 2008. Jarrod feels so blessed and honored to be a part of such an amazing and talented cast and crew. He also is extremely grateful to Cabrillo Stage for once again giving him a chance to be on stage and do what he loves. When he’s not performing or at rehearsal, Jarrod works as the Inside Partner Development Manager for the Northwest/Northeast United States and all of Canada at Moonblink Communications. Moonblink is a Value-Added Distributor of Wireless, WiFi, and IP Surveillance Equipment. Jarrod would especially like to thank his family, friends, the entire Cabrillo Stage staff, God , and his fantastically gorgeous girlfriend, Robin DiCello, for all their love, support and hard work. Thank You.
Philomena Block (Collette/Pit Singer) joins Cabrillo Stage for the first time this summer. Some of her favorite performance credits include: Alex in On The Verge, Miss Adelaide in Guys And Dolls, Penny in Urinetown, and Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She is currently attending CSUC where she is double majoring in Musical Theatre and Psychology. She is so grateful for this opportunity, and would like to thank Alex, Kendra, Naomi, and JPR for their support.
Jorge Torrez (Etienne/Pit Singer) is a Salinas native currently living in Aptos studying vocal performance at Cabrillo College. In his spare time, he enjoys assisting the Cabrillo Youth Chorus as well as studentdirecting the Cabrillo student vocal ensemble, Il Dolce Suono. Some of Jorge’s solo vocal performances include Ariel Ramirez’s Missa Criolla with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana with Cabrillo’s Cantiamo! Other credits include: Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Randy Dexter in Curtains, Jeter in Footloose, and Jacey Squires in The Music Man. Jorge makes his Cabrillo Stage debut this season and would like to thank his friends and family for their endless love and support.
Marc Grossman (Tabarro/Pit Singer) has performed the past ten seasons with The Western Stage in Salinas, appearing as the Captain in Anything Goes, Ken in Lisa Loomer’s The Waiting Room, Harry Esterbrook in Inherit the Wind, Gangster #1 of the dynamic duo in Kiss Me Kate, Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Lindsay Woolsey in Mame, Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, and most recently as Daryl Grady the nefarious murdering theater critic in Curtains. Marc has also appeared with The Forrest Theater Guild and Pacific Repertory Theater productions of My Fair Lady and Fiddler on The Roof. Marc hails from the Santa Cruz area where he has performed at Cabrillo College most recently appearing as Marvin in Sweet Charity and the Mayor of Whoville in Seussical. La Cage Aux Folles will be his first sojourn with Cabrillo Stage and is his excited to be guided by the directorial skills of Janie Scott.
Kip Allert (Pepe/Pit Singer) recently made his Santa Cruz acting debut playing Jordan in Prison Coach at the Eight Tens @ 8 Festival, 2013. Kip has produced and directed many plays and musicals, including Grease, Footloose the Musical, Dracula, Little Shop of Horrors, Much Ado About Nothing and You Can’t Take It With You, as an instructor of Drama in the Pajaro Valley School District. He is also a firm believer that weekends that include doing improv with his pals at the Fun Institute are better than weekends without improv. As the lead vocalist and guitarist for the high-energy, party band Beat Street, Kip can be found performing danceable rock and soul cover songs at events, clubs, and private parties. Kip grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Annie Ritschel (Angelique/Pit Singer) has most recently been seen touring the county’s schools as Katherine of France in Shakespeare To Go’s abridged production of Henry V. She has previously worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz as both an acting intern in 2012 summer season, and a bird in their winter musical A Year with Frog and Toad. Other notable roles include the Button Man in The Peer Gynt Project, Juniper in Dead Dog’s Bone, Madonna Sostrata in The Mandrake, and Electra in Orestes: Terrorist. In the completion of her M.A. in theatre arts, she is the proud twice-alumnus of the University of California at Santa Cruz.