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A Night At The Nutcracker
Book & Lyrics by
Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore
Music by
Steve Dorff
Original Music By
Ed Alton
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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) is one of the founders of Hooked On Theater, and has directed, produced and starred in a number of shows in the Monterey Bay area. Dustin most recently directed Beautiful Thing for MBR Theatre, 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 MBR Theatre, 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, Prez in The Pajama Game, 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 15 years, and is the Managing Artistic Director for Hooked On Theater's summer youth workshop. His musical direction and scenic design 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 ԍaster HaroldՉand 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 Design) This is Michael’s second 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, and is pleased to be on the production team for Cabrillo Stage's 2012 Summer Season.
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.
Nicholas Ceglio (Felix T. Filibuster) has been performing for Cabrillo Stage audiences as far back as 2000, and he is extremely thankful for being given the opportunity to play such an iconic character. Past Cabrillo Stage credits include Peter Pan (Cecco), West Side Story (Snowboy), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Man 2), and Scrooge (Bob Cratchit). Nicholas is currently writing and performing music in Los Angeles (georgeglass.bandcamp.com). He would like to thank his brother Andrew, his mother Marie, and his Grandmother Josephine for all their love and support.
Max Bennett-Parker (Pepponi) Performance credits include Tommy, The Music Man, Footloose, and Les Mis, as well as the Cabrillo Stage productions Plaid Tidings, Forever Plaid, Scrooge and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. An accompanist and private music instructor, Max has also worked as music director for such shows as Tommy, Starmites, The Wiz, Sideshow, Peter Pan and Wendy and Into the Woods. He has recorded and toured with local pop-soul band James Rabbit since 2004.

Matt Dunn (Pinchie) is appearing in his sixth Cabrillo Stage production. His most recent credits include A Chorus Line, in which he was heard but not seen as a pit singer. This time around he will be seen but not heard! Other Cabrillo Stage credits include 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), 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). Matt dedicates his performance to his Mom...I know you'll be laughing in Heaven!

David Jackson (Eddie) has been doing theatre around the Bay Area for some time. He is currently musically directing 42nd Street at All About Theatre. You may have seen him last summer in Anything Goes as a dancing sailor. Other recent roles include Koko in Cabrillo Theatre's The Mikada. You may remember him as Young Ebenezer and Nephew in Cabrillo Stage's first season of Scrooge. Other credits at Cabrillo Theatre include Vittorio Vidal/Charlie in Sweet Charity, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a Wickersham Brother in Seussical. Other memorable roles with Cabrillo Stage include Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar and ensemble roles in Kiss Me Kate, Wizard of Oz and Cabaret. He has performed with West Valley Light Opera in shows such as Aida (Radames) and Big River (Tom Sawyer); Brad in Rocky Horror Show with Actors Theatre Center in San Jose and Solyony is Checkov's Three Sisters. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.
Ariel Buck (Edie) is so excited to be performing in her second Marx Bros. show, having played a similar role in A Night in the Ukraine when she was 15! Past Cabrillo Stage shows: Escaping Queens (Laura), The Last 5 Years (Cathy Hiatt), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2, 2009 and 2010 productions), Cabaret (Frauline Kost), Scrooge (Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchit), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). Ariel holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. From 2003 to 2005 she worked as a performer and recording artist for Disney in Tokyo, Japan (Encore! 5 and 7). Other Regional Credits: A Christmas Carol (Ensemble/Meg u/s) NorthShore Music Theatre, Ragtime (Mother) Marquee Productions, The Little Prince (Fox/Snake) Tabbard Theatre, and Plain and Fancy (Ruth) The Barn Theatre. Ariel has performed locally as a vocalist with The Choral Project and most recently with The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus as a soloist in Enchantedly Wicked: An Evening with Stephen Schwartz. Ariel is a local Dialect Coach and Voice Teacher as well as the Founding Executive Director of Spotlight Stage, a new youth and adult theatre company in Santa Cruz (www.SpotlightStage.com). During the school year Ariel also spends her days as an Instructional Aide for children with disabilities.
Lizz Hodgin (Constance Stuffington) is the Director of Musical Me/ Music Together, a founding member of Miracles Santa Cruz, a brand new local theatre troupe for performers with special needs, and she is happy to be her mother's clone. She was last seen in the title role of the Cabrillo College production The Mikada. Lizz has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCSC and has performed with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Berkeley Contemporary Opera, Santa Cruz Surf City Opera, in many NYC cabarets, etc., etc., etc.
Adam J. Saucedo (Clyde Ratchette) is thrilled to be in his second performance of his first season with Cabrillo Stage. He was seen this summer in A Chorus Line as Alan Deluca. Adam has performed at The Western Stage in Salinas, 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. Adam was seen last year at The Western Stage in The Outsiders as Darrel Curtis, Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors, Richard Chavez in Let The Eagle Fly, and as Fred Casely in Chicago. 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), the world premiere of Rain of Gold (Victoriano), and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Some of his favorite roles while at Cal State Fullerton included Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Officer Barrel in Urinetown, Lt. Muñoz/ Pancho Vargas in City of Angels, and Trapp in Dead Man Walking. Adam has enjoyed his experience with Cabrillo Stage and would like to thank everyone for this opportunity. As always, he thanks his family, friends, and mentors for their continued love, patience and support.
Eleanor Hunter (Ilona) is thrilled to be back at Cabrillo Stage for her tenth show. It all began back in 2004 when she played Maud Dunlop in The Music Man. Since then she has been in the ensembles of Kiss Me Kate (also understudy for Kate), The Wizard of Oz and Cabaret. She took on the role of the Sour Kangaroo in Cabrillo Colleges production of Suessical the Musical. She was one of five singers in the musical Swing! and played Florinda in the SVPAA production of Into the Woods.She then undertook a role traditionally played by a man, The Spirit of Christmas Present, in Scrooge. Following the holidays she reprised her British accent to play Miss Peake in Agatha Christie's Spiders Web. She played the sassy lady Estelle Genovese in The Full Monty. This winter she'll bring back the sass as she struts her stuff as Ilona, the sexy bad girl of A Night At The Nutcracker.
Kevin Johnston (Nikolai Rasputin) is pleased to make his return to the stage for the first time in a decade. He previously appeared in Cabrillo Stage's Peter Pan as a Pirate, an Indian and a Tree. Other credits include Billy in Anything Goes, Prez in The Pajama Game, Lt. Cable in South Pacific and George Gibbs is Our Town (Aptos High School); Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof (Scotts Valley Performing Arts); Raul in Extremities (USC School of Theater). In his time away from acting he has designed lighting for over 100 productions, including Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens, The Last 5 Years and Scrooge. Most recently he served for two years as Theater Manager and Technical Director for Aptos High School's brand new Performing Arts Center where he also directed a production of 12 Angry Men. Kevin's first role was Fritz in The Nutcracker at the age of seven. While working as a stagehand for the New York City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker he hid behind a giant Christmas tree for 168 measures.
Richard Dwyer (Seamus McRiley O'Reilly) has been seen in community theater productions such as Uh-Oh Here Comes Christmas, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Zip Whittle). His most recent role, and the one he is proudest of, was Office Krepke in the Pacific Collegiate Schools high school production of West Side Story. Watching the passion and excitement of the students gave him the inspiration and courage to audition for this show, and his first part in a professional production. His other stage appearance is as lead singer in a three part Celtic band called Innisfree. One of the fillers he performs for that part is something he calls A Tour Of Ireland, which is a collection of the different accents heard around Ireland. It was also what he used in his audition to get the part of Seamus McRiley O'Reilly. Along with his previous role as Officer Krepke, it could be that he is already being typecast, but if that gets him parts on stage, then that's just fine with him.
Kirsten Livingston (Dancer #1/Maid) grew up dancing in Santa Cruz and danced as a Principal Dancer with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater for several years. She has trained at many prestigious schools including School of American Ballet in New York, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and San Francisco Ballet. She has taught Ballet in many schools all over Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties including The Studio School of Classical Ballet, Elaine's Dance Studio, Steps Dance Studio, Pacific Arts Complex, and Carmel Academy of Performing Arts. She is the proud mother of three children.
Kara Jonsson (Dancer #2/Maid) is thrilled to make her Cabrillo Stage debut with A Night at the Nutcracker. Previously she has performed in such shows as Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan) with Spotlight Stage, Fiddler on the Roof (Choreographer, Chava) with Aptos High School's Drama Department, and The Sound of Music (Louisa) with Scotts Valley Performing Arts. She is also a part of the Aptos High School Dance Team, and previously performed and competed with Steps Dance Studio. Kara has trained in many different styles of dance, and hopes to pursue musical theatre in the future. She sends out a big thank you to all those who have loved and supported her throughout the years.

Cabrillo Stage: Behind the Scenes of A Night At The Nutcracker

December 2012
Max Bennett-Parker (Pepponi) Performance credits include Tommy, The Music Man, Footloose, and Les Mis, as well as the Cabrillo Stage productions Plaid Tidings, Forever Plaid, Scrooge and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. An accompanist and private music instructor, Max has also worked as music director for such shows as Tommy, Starmites, The Wiz, Sideshow, Peter Pan and Wendy and Into the Woods. He has recorded and toured with local pop-soul band James Rabbit since 2004.

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 “good luck” charm 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.

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