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Lunch
Music by
Steve Dorff
Lyrics by
John Bettis
Book by
Rick Hawkins
  • Production Team
  • The Cast
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  • Gypsy Robe
Andrew Ceglio
Andrew Ceglio (Director/Choreographer) is a native of San Jose who currently resides in Capitola. Andrew began as a Director and Choreographer in 2008 with Cabrillo Stage’s production of Forever Plaid. He returned to Cabrillo Stage in 2009 to direct I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (brought back the following year by popular demand) and Stage’s inaugural winter production of Scrooge, which was also brought back in 2010. Other regional directing credits include: SVPA’s production of Into the Woods and his own adaptation of The Little Prince with Tabard Theatre of San Jose. As a choreographer, Andrew’s most recent work was seen in Cabrillo Stage’s production of The Full Monty and Kirby Prep School’s fall musical Curtains. In addition to his own theatrical career, Andrew is also a private acting coach who began this year as Founding Artistic Director and Producer for “Spotlight Stage,” a new local theatre company which focuses on mentoring upcoming talent and showcasing local professional artists. After a successful run of their first youth production, Starmites, Andrew will be directing and choreographing their upcoming production of The Wiz, which will premier in February of 2012. www.spotlightstage.com
Jon Nordgren
Jon Nordgren (Producing Artistic Director / Musical Director) is in his tenth year with Cabrillo Stage and fourth season as the Artistic Director. Since 2002, he has also served as the Director of Bands at Cabrillo College. He was formerly Director of Jazz Studies and Director of Bands at San Joaquin Delta College and Show Orchestra Director at Las Positas College. Jon has adjudicated and presented clinics at music festivals, lectured for the United States Academic Decathlon, and conducted honor bands throughout California. Jon has enjoyed a rewarding career as a freelance woodwind musician, conductor, and arranger including stints with the Santa Cruz Symphony, Princess Cruise Lines and for 13 years at Steve Silver’s musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon...! He has performed in concert with Manhattan Transfer, The Ink Spots, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Little Anthony, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Bobby Rydel, Joanne Castle, Julius LaRossa, Donald O¹Connor, Jack Jones, and the Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus. As musical director, his credits include countless productions spanning over the past 35 years. Jon would like to thank his family for their support, his brother Scott, for his inspired collaboration, and his daughters Cassie and Linnea, for their unending enthusiasm for art, music and theater. Jon would not be here if it weren’t for a couple of the greatest fans Cabrillo Stage ever had, his parents, Ardean and Lucille.
Dustin Leonard
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.
Skip Epperson
William “Skip” Epperson (Scenic Design) has been teaching theatrical design and backstage theatre for the past 17 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 who’s who - PRODUCTION STAFF Cabrillo Stage • Winter 2009 27 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 24 years, Mary Jo, his most precious productions have been his four children–Sara, Zack, Anna-Katherine, and Genevieve–ages 21 to 4.
Kyle Grant
Kyle Grant (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be back in Santa Cruz and with Cabrillo Stage once again. For Cabrillo he has previously designed The Fantasticks! and Little Shop of Horrors. Kyle is currently pursuing his BFA in Lighting Design at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he has recently designed ‘Master Harold’…and the Boys, Fences (for the renowned Ms. Michele Shay) and Picnic. Other bay area theatrical credits include PYT, CMT and MBRT. Kyle is also designing a new work for the international choreographer and Kennedy Center fellow, Mollye Maxner, to premiere in Brooklyn, NY in 2010.
Maria Crush
Maria Crush (Costume Design) has been working with Cabrillo Stage since 1988 and designed such shows as The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha, Funny Girl, The Sound of Music, Oliver, The King & I, Peter Pan, Honk, Some Like It Hot, West Side Story, The Music Man, Cabaret, Scrooge, The Full Monty, and Hairspray. She has designed costumes for West Bay Opera, New Music Works and Cabrillo College Productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Three Penny Opera, Rashomon, School for Scandal, The Visit, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, Oedipus Rex, The Importance of Being Earnest, Seussical, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Three Sisters. 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, won the Gail Rich Award in 2007 and was also nominated in 2009 for a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Michael Meek
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
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.
Max Bennett-Parker
Max Bennett-Parker (Mackenzie) has been a prominent member of the Santa Cruz area performing arts community since arriving in 2007. In addition to performing in such Cabrillo Stage productions as Forever Plaid, Anything Goes and A Night at the Nutcracker, he has worked as music director with Spotlight Stage, Kids on Broadway, Watsonville High School, 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 new album Marvels.
Nicholas Ceglio
Nicholas Ceglio (Bum) has performed in a number of shows with Cabrillo Stage, the most recent being last winter's A Night at the Nutcracker, where he had the pleasure of playing the iconic role of Groucho Marx. Nicholas just made his final escape from a full-time office job of 8 years. he also recently returned from his first jaunt around the United States and Canada as the guitarist in a rock-n-roll band. He would like to dedicate his performance to his grandmother Josephine..
Samantha Pistoresi
Samantha Pistoresi (Mona) is performing in her third production with Cabrillo Stage. She was most recently seen as Laura in the 2013 production of Escaping Queens and as Bebe in the 2012 production of A Chorus Line. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a Theatre Arts Major and a Dance Minor. Her most recent roles on the Santa Clara stage were Urleen in Footloose, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, and YFL/ Shrink/Prosecution in 9 Circles. Other credits include performing as the opening act for Earth, Wind, and Fire and Huey Lewis and the News at the San Jose Center of Performing Arts during the Annual Golden Circle Fundraiser. Samantha is originally from Fresno, California. Her love for theatre began with Children's Musical Theatreworks Fresno where she both appeared on stage and choreographed productions. Thank you to her family and friends for constantly supporting her in all her theatrical endeavors!
Ashley Rae Little
Ashley Rae Little (Sophia) is a professional musical theatre actress and Bay Area native. Cabrillo Stage audiences will recognize Ms. Little from Penny in Hairspray, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and many others. She is a proud alumni of Company One at San Jose State, TAI and TSA at American Musical Theatre San Jose, and Perry-Mansfield in Colorado. Ms. Little has worked with numerous theatrical companies including 42nd Street Moon, Broadway By The Bay, American Musical Theatre San Jose, CMTSJ/Marquee Productions, Guggenheim Entertainment/The Retro Dome, and most recently completed her first summer and HAUNT seasons at California's Great America. Favorite past credits include: Peppermint Patty (SNOOPY!!!); Gladys Bumps (Pal Joey); Cindy Lou (The Marvelous Wonderettes); Doralee (9 to 5); Green Girl (SHOUT!); Luisa (The Fantasticks); Fantine (Les Miserables); Lady Larkin (Once Upon A Mattress); Ariel (Footloose
Sherry Hursey
Sherry Hursey (Carol) is an award winning actress, who may be most recognized as, Al's gal, Ilene, on the hit series Home Improvement, or Kirsten's Dunst's mom in the blockbuster film Bring It On. Other favorite television credits include: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, Touched By An Angel, NYPD Blue, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, CSI, Nip/Tuck, Mrs Lambert Remembers Love, Lyin' Eyes, Hit and Run, Friendly Fire and Prince Of Bel Air. Favorite stage credits include William Finn's In Trousers, her New York debut, The Education of Randy Newman and the Off-Broadway hit Beehive, a 60's musical. Sherry's voice can be heard in films such as Shrek, Madagascar, Polar Express and Monsters vs. Aliens. Ms Hursey created and starred in the family television musical, Lilly's Light and she is the co-owner of Smile TV, an all-positive network. Sherry is thrilled to join the cast of Lunch, as she was part of the original production, and claims it to be her favorite musical theater experience ever.
Steven Guire Knight
Steven Guire Knight (Robert) is delighted to be back with Cabrillo Stage after getting hauled off the ship as Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes in 2012. His previous stage experience includes roles in authentic recreations of Handel's Giulio Cesare (Curio), Scarlatti's Cunegonda (Aladino), and the Pellegrina Intermedii by Minnesota's baroque opera ensemble, Ex Machina. An avid choral musician and early music enthusiast, he has studied medieval music with the ensemble Sequentia, recorded with the Rose Ensemble (of which he was a founding member), and toured with the Dale Warland Singers. He also performs locally with Ariose Singers.
Adam Stanton
Adam Stanton (Kyle) is honored to be working on his third show with Cabrillo Stage. Adam originated the role of Johnny in Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens in 2012, and was assistant director for this year's restaging. Since moving to Santa Cruz four years ago, Adam has had the honor to act, direct, design, and play music for several companies in the area. Adam most recently played with Jewel Theatre in the first two shows of their current season: Arcadia and Pump Boys and Dinettes. He has also been seen at Cabrillo College in Three Sisters, The Mikado, directing Death for the Cabrillo Theatre Festival 2013, and most recently, directing the Performing Arts Collective's winter show Dinner with the MacGuffins. He also enjoys working with youth theatre companies, playing saxophone in All About Theatre's 42nd Street and for Spotlight Stage in Charlie Brown; also designing/ building the Audrey II plant in Spotlight's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Adam is the founding executive/artistic director of Jacks of All Trades Theatre, a newborn company that will continue producing new and classic works in 2014.
Kristin Schmitz
Kristin Schmitz (Bonnie) is making her Cabrillo Stage debut. Previous credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Broadway By the Bay), The Santaland Diaries and NINE (City Lights Theater Company), Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), and the national tour of Strega Nona—the Musical (Bay Area Children's Theatre). She has also toured throughout the Bay Area with her three-woman show, 3 Woman, 1 Woman Show (with three women), including performances at SF Sketchfest and Pixar Animation Studios. Kristin holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University.
Marcus Boardman
Marcus Boardman (Father Michael) has been performing throughout the Central Coast for the better part of 14 years. Most recently spending three years training and working as a professional wrestler under students of "The Playboy" Buddy Rose (Rival Forge Wrestling). Favorite past stage roles include Septimus Hodge in Arcadia (PCPA Theaterfest), Ensemble/Jesus understudy in Godspell (PCPA Theaterfest), Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (Project L), Ensemble/ Roderigo understudy in Othello (PCPA Theaterfest), Rabbit Robert in Wind in the Willows (The Western Stage), and Tall Boy in The Chalk Circle (PCPA Theaterfest). In 2004, Marcus was selected to sing second Tenor in the NY premiere of John Rutter's Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall. Marcus is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and has also taught children's theatre here in his home town of Santa Cruz. Lunch will mark his first time back on stage in a musical since his father passed away in 2008.
Adam Saucedo
Adam Saucedo (Mateo) appears in his fourth performance and second season with Cabrillo Stage. He was seen this past summer in Escaping Queens as Herman, in last winter's A Night at the Nutcracker as Clyde Ratchette, and last summer as Alan Deluca in A Chorus Line. Adam has performed at The Western Stage in Salinas, at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, and throughout Monterey County. He has also performed in Orange County at California State University Fullerton, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater, and at Huntington Beach Playhouse. He was seen recently at The Western Stage in Crazy for You, Luna, as Fred Casely in Chicago, Richard Chavez in Let the Eagle Fly, Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors, and Darrel Curtis in The Outsiders. Other TWS credits include, Kiss Me Kate (Gremio), Meet Me In St. Louis (John Truett), Anything Goes (Male Quartet), Sweeney Todd (Trio), Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and the world premiere of Rain of Gold (Victoriano). Some of his favorite roles while at Cal State Fullerton included Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Officer Muñoz/ Pancho Vargas in City of Angels, and Trapp in Dead Man Walking. Adam has enjoyed his experiences with Cabrillo Stage, and would like to thank them all for the opportunities. As always, he thanks his family, friends, and mentors for their continued love, patience, and support.
Richard Dwyer
Richard Dwyer (Vince) appears in his third professional production, first having been in Cabrillo Stages Christmas production of A Night at the Nutcracker playing the Irish cop, Seamus McReilly O'Reilly and his most recent being the part of Andrew Carnes in this past summer's Cabrillo Stage production of Oklahoma! Prior, he appeared mostly in community theater in a variety of parts, including Zip Whittle in Don't be Afraid of the Dark and a slew of different characters in such shows as Pfeiffers People and Sketch O' Frenia. The part he credits for his soirée into professional theater is the part of Office Krepke, in of all things, a 2012 high school production of West Side Story. Being a part of a high school cast with so much energy and enthusiasm gave him the courage to go on to bigger things. Richard grew up in Dublin Ireland, and emigrated to the U.S. to be with his wife in 1990. He often dips into his dry Irish wit to add flavor to the characters he portrays. Richard is a prolific musician, playing and singing anything from pub to choral music to Celtic traditional music. He is extremely grateful to his family for their patience, encouragement and love.
Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson Jr. (Tyrell/Gospel Soloist/Ensemble) is an actor, musician and Hip Hop artist/producer celebrating his first role at Cabrillo Stage. For over 14 years, Ron has appeared in theatre, independent films, TV pilot projects and full length music albums for Sony BMG and Universal Music Group, to name a few. Some favorite roles include: Gonzo in 7,8,9 (El Teatro Campesino ), Gabriel John Utterson in Jekyll And Hyde (musical), Big Daddy Pollit in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (MCTC) and Robert in Proof (MCTC). Ron was also a touring ensemble member of C.A.S.T (Clean And Sober Theatre) in Tucson, Az . He Holds two degrees from Gavilan College in Theatre Arts and TV/Film Production, and is a graduate of the two-year MCTC Theatre Conservatory Program in San Diego. He is best known for his work under the Hip Hop alias "Philasifer," releasing conscious Hip Hop albums as far back as 2000. He also currently teaches Hip Hop Theatre for the School of Arts and Culture in San Jose. Watch for Ronald in The Confessional by Digital Moon Pictures, releasing early next year.
Danny Dwaine Wells II
Danny Dwaine Wells II (Ernie/Ensemble) is a vibrant performer, bringing dynamic movement and colorful expression to the stage. Drawing from extensive performance experience, he returns to Cabrillo Stage renewed and honored to be part of such a magnificent cast. Dwaine is an Alumnus of the San Diego State University's BFA Dance program and uses every facet of his training to bring his character to life. Most recent credits include; Hairspray (Duane/ Dance Captain), La Cage Aux Folles (Mercedes/ Dance Captain), Footloose (Lead Dancer), Dreamgirls (Dance Captain), 42nd Street (Ensemble).
Bobby Marchessault
Bobby Marchessault (Bill/Ensemble/Mackenzie Swing) is back for his third season at Cabrillo Stage after performing in Hairspray (Corny Collins) and A Chorus Line (Don). He was previously seen onstage in Southern California in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin), Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas) and at Disneyland in Playhouse Disney: Live On Stage (Jamie) and Snow White: An Enchanting New Musical (Dwarf). He spent four years touring the U.S. and abroad with The Young Americans, teaching arts in public schools, and spent two summers performing dinner theater in Northern Michigan. In his off stage life he leads Missio Dei Community in Santa Cruz, and sometimes gets the privilege of teaching and directing youth productions. He is extremely grateful for the support from his wife, Rachel, their two little boys, and to Christ for this opportunity.
Makai Hernandez
Makai Hernandez (Pete/Ensemble) is returning to Cabrillo Stage for a sixth time! Professional credits include: Oklahoma! (Ensemble), Cabaret (Hitler Youth), Wizard of Oz (Munchkin), Scrooge 2009 and 2010 (Ebby/Ensemble), and Shakespeare Santa Cruz's Wind in the Willows (Bedraggled Weasel). Makai has also performed with several local community and children's theater companies. Currently Makai is a member of the chamber and jazz choirs at GBK Prep School, under the direction of Drew Lewis.
Kiana Hamzehi
Kiana Hamzehi (Ensemble) is joining Cabrillo Stage's Lunch for her first professional production. She is a junior at Santa Cruz High School and has been performing for six years. She made her most recent appearance in Lucky Stiff with All About Theatre as the Emcee. Other past credits include Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors (Spotlight Stage), Mitchell Mahoney in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Santa Cruz High School), Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes (All About Theatre), Ida in Honk! (All About Theatre), and Mama Euralie in Once On This Island (All About Theatre). Her very first stage appearance was as Kelsey Nielson in Kids On Broadway's High School Musical.
Kara Jonsson
Kara Jonsson (Ensemble) was recently seen in Cabrillo Stage's productions of Oklahoma! and A Night at the Nutcracker as a singing and dancing country girl and maid turned ballerina. Other credits include Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide) and Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) with Aptos High School's Drama Department, as well as Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan) with Spotlight Stage. She is a Captain of the Aptos High School Dance Team, and has previously performed and competed with Steps Dance Studio. Kara has also choreographed for her school's spring musical, show choir, as well as Spotlight Stage's Mainstage production and Summer Intensive. Next year Kara will be attending college for a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre.
Joyce Michaelson
Joyce Michaelson (Ensemble) was previously seen in La Cage Aux Folles and Hairspray (Prudy Pingleton/Jail Matron) at Cabrillo Stage. Earlier this year she starred in Handy Dandy at the Cabrillo Play Festival. Favorite roles include Rose in Rose's Dilemma (Lampshade Productions), Fagin in Oliver! (SVPA), Vera Charles in Mame (SVPA), Aida in Over the River and Through the Woods (Actors Theater), and Queenie in Honk! (SVPA). She was in the improv troupe Loose Cannon Theater for seven years and served for two years as Artistic Director of SVPA. She will be appearing next at Center Street Stage in The Best of The Rest Play Festival. Thank you to the cast and crew of Lunch, especially Jon, Andrew, Katie and the Emilys! For Tim.
Mindy Pedlar
Mindy Pedlar (Ensemble) last appeared as Marie Dindon in this past summer's production of La Cage Aux Folles. She is thrilled to be a part of bringing this amazing new musical, Lunch, to life. This is Mindy's fifth season with Cabrillo Stage, and she feels fortunate to again be working with some of the talented cast members of her favorite Cabrillo Stage production, The Wizard of Oz (where she had great fun flying as Glinda/ Auntie Em). Mindy has appeared in many productions in both the Los Angeles and South Bay areas. Favorite roles include the Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Anna in King & I, Katisha in The Mikado, Lilly in Secret Garden, Sarah in Quilters, Penny Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You, Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Mindy also teaches adult ballet classes and wants to thank all her students for their love and support and their ongoing passion and dedication to the art form that is Ballet. Enjoy the show!
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith (Ensemble/Sophia Understudy) has performed on stage as well as on camera all over the Bay Area for over ten years. Besides acting she has also directed productions like Lend Me a Tenor and Big River (San Bentio Stage) as well as assistant directed several productions with ENCORE/Kid's Rule! Children's Theater Camp (San Benito Stage). Other credits include Les Miserables (Monterey Peninsula College), Louise in Fox on the Fairway, Lucy Harris in Jekyll and Hyde (Fifth Wall), Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (San Benito Stage), and Little Red in Into the Woods (South Valley Civic Theater). Immediately after Lunch, Sarah will play Myrtle Mae Simmons in Harvey with San Benito Stage.

Cabrillo Stag: Behind the Scenes of Lunch

December 2013
 
Kara Jonsson
Kara Jonsson (Ensemble) was recently seen in Cabrillo Stage's productions of Oklahoma! and A Night at the Nutcracker as a singing and dancing country girl and maid turned ballerina. Other credits include Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide) and Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) with Aptos High School's Drama Department, as well as Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan) with Spotlight Stage. She is a Captain of the Aptos High School Dance Team, and has previously performed and competed with Steps Dance Studio. Kara has also choreographed for her school's spring musical, show choir, as well as Spotlight Stage's Mainstage production and Summer Intensive. Next year Kara will be attending college for a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre.

What is the Gypsy Robe:
An old Broadway tradition, a "Gypsy" is a member of the dancing and singing chorus of a musical who moves from one show to the next, much like gypsies of old. A robe is awarded to a member of the chorus, which then becomes the ҧood luckӠcharm of the show. The winner adds a piece of memorabilia from their show to the robe, and then it is passed on to the next production.

At Cabrillo Stage the Robe is traditionally awarded to a chorus member, and once in awhile to a unique lead, who exemplifies the spirit of Cabrillo Stage through dedication and commitment to the production. The Robe selection process, chosen by the director and producer, also takes into consideration someone who has the greatest number of Cabrillo Stage credits in the cast. The winner, awarded on opening night, must wear the Robe and bless the stage, the scenery, the props and all the cast members before each performance in order to bring the production luck.

Photo by Kevin Johnston
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