Based on the play"Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs
Original Music By Ed Alton
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Kikau Alvaro (Director & Choreographer)is returning to Cabrillo Stage after directing and choreographing last summer’s production of Anything Goes. He most recently provided choreography for Big River at TheatreWorks, where he has also choreographed The Trouble With Doug for their 2012 New Works Festival, musically staged Fly By Night, and was the Associate Director/Musical Staging for [title of show]. He has worked with the Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose for the last ten years, creating original work for productions of Godspell, Oklahoma!, High School Musical, Babes In Arms, Once on This Island, Drowsy Chaperone, The Secret Garden, Chicago, Avenue Q, and A Chorus Line. Mr. Alvaro made his New York directing debut with a one-act piece called Life Recital, which was featured in a new works festival called “New Life Crisis.” He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and holds a Theatre Arts degree from San Jose State University. Upcoming Projects: Shrek with Diablo Theatre Company in the Fall.
Alice Hughes (Music Director) has been teaching voice, conducting musicals, and choirs in the Santa Cruz area since 1981. She has served as Musical Director for over 12 musicals at Pacific Collegiate School, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley Performing Arts her favorites include: West Side Story, Hello Dolly, The Princess and the Pea, The Wind In The Willows, Honk, Les Misérables and Jane Eyre. She has also served as Vocal Director in several Cabrillo Stage productions, Wizard Of Oz, A Night At The Nutcracker, Kiss Me Kate and Guys And Dolls. She is the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Pacific Collegiate School, where she also serves as the head of choral activities. Ms. Hughes also teaches weekend seminars and workshops for church choir directors and is the co-producer and director on six compact disc recordings. Santa Cruz audiences will remember her onstage in the Cabrillo Stage productions: The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols), Annie Get Your Gun (Foster Wilson) and Into The Woods (Baker’s Wife) as well as other productions in the Santa Cruz area.
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.
Katie Key (Assistant Production Manager / Production Stage Manager) Katie’s first experience with Cabrillo Stage was as a Deck Manager for the 2007 season’s Kiss Me Kate. She has since Stage Managed Forever Plaid, Cabaret, The Last Five Years, Plaid Tidings, and Anything Goes at Cabrillo Stage. Other productions Katie has Stage Managed include Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Under Covers, Life as Normal, How to Build Your Boat, When Things Stopped, Nora and The Moon Came Down. Katie has designed lights for The Effects of Suburbia on an Otherwise Normal Brian, Sweeny Todd, The Pillowman, Once On This Island, Woyzeck, Weren’t You That Girl, Giants, Nijinsky in Asylum, The General of Hot Desire, Iphigenia 2.0, and Mountain Language. She has written and directed the show’s Breech, Have a Brownie, and I Need. Her other directing work includes My California, Crave, The Importance of Being Earnest, Suddenly Last Summer, Enchanted April, and The Crucible.
William "Skip" Epperson (Resident Scenic Design) 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.
Alice Hughes (Aunt Eller) has been performing, teaching voice, conducting musicals and choirs in the Santa Cruz area since 1981. Santa Cruz audiences will best remember her from the Cabrillo Stage production of The Full Monty (Vicki Nichols). Other Santa Cruz credits include: Foster Wilson in Annie Get Your Gun (Cabrillo Stage), Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (Cabrillo Stage), A My Name Is Alice (Actor’s Theatre), Bread! The Musical (Ortiz Productions), My Fair Lady and The King & I (Cabrillo Stage.) She has served as Musical Director for over 12 musicals at Pacific Collegiate School, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley Performing Arts. Her favorites include: West Side Story, Hello Dolly, The Princess And The Pea, The Wind In The Willows, Honk, Les Misérables and Jane Eyre. She has also served as Vocal Director for several Cabrillo Stage productions, Wizard Of Oz, Night At The Nutcracker, Kiss Me Kate and Guys And Dolls. She is the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Pacific Collegiate School, where she also serves as the head of choral activities. Ms. Hughes is the co-producer and director on six compact disc recordings.
Matthew J. Taylor (Curly) After graduating from Westminster Choir College, Matthew taught high school choir in Harlingen, TX, before spending a year on the National Tour of Cats as The Rum Tum Tugger followed by the national tour of Damn Yankees as Joe Hardy. Other local and regional credits include Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Stage Manager in Our Town, Claude in The Baker’s Wife, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Flaminio Scala in The Glorious Ones, and as Curly and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! Matt also appeared as Andres in Bizet’s Carmen and as Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha, both with the Princeton Festival. Matthew is currently attending Oklahoma State University and is working on a Masters in choral conducting.
Emily M. Marsilia (Laurey) has been studying and working professionally in the musical theatre world for many years now, having just finished working for Disney Cruise Line (Disney Dream) performing in their three main stage productions: The Golden Mickeys, Believe and Villains Tonight. A California native, Emily headed East where she recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Musical Theatre from Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University; credits there include The Producers, Nine, Rent and The Drowsy Chaperone. Favorite roles include Les Misérables (Eponine), Into the Woods (Cinderella) and Cats (Demeter). She’s thrilled to be back working with Cabrillo Stage after a long hiatus, where she appeared in Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate and Guys And Dolls at Cabrillo Stage.
Wes Sims (Ike Skidmore) This is the first time Wes has acted in musical theater since his high school days in Naperville, Illinois, where he played Harold Hill in The Music Man. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Radio, Television, & Film, Wes pursued a career in television news that took him to Denver, Houston, San Francisco, and Salinas/Santa Cruz. Before retiring in 2011, Wes worked as a mentor to broadcast journalism students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Since returning to his home in Aptos, Wes produces special reports for Central Coast Public Radio KUSP, serves as a public affairs director for his church, and plays clarinet in the Watsonville Community Band.
Jordan Sidfield (Will Parker) is a recent graduate of CSU Fullerton’s Musical Theater BFA program, and he is no stranger to performing and the stage. Most recently he choreographed and played the role of Moritz in All About Theatre’s first adult production of Spring Awakening at the Rio Theatre. Favorite roles include: Laurie in Little Women (CSU Fullerton), Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (Flat Rock Playhouse), Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer (CSU Fullerton), NYC Man in I Love You, Because (CSU Fullerton), and Action in West Side Story (All About Theatre). Aside from theater, Jordan is also a local musician, and recently began writing his own songs. Sidfield sings everywhere with his ukelele. You can catch him singing downtown or at Scopazzi’s in Boulder Creek on Sunday nights. Jordan also teaches private voice, acting, and ukelele lessons at Performing Arts Unlimited in Live Oak. Thank you for supporting live theater!
Kevin Johnston (Jud Fry/Pit Singer) has previously appeared in Cabrillo Stage’s A Night at the Nutcracker as Nikolai Rasputin and 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 in Our Town (Aptos High School); Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof (Scotts Valley Performing Arts); and Raul in Extremities (USC School of Theater). On the other side of the curtain he has designed lighting for many productions in NYC, LA, and Santa Cruz, 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 Performing Arts Center where he also directed a production of 12 Angry Men. He is very grateful to his parents for all their support and love over the years, and to Alexi for encouraging him to get back on stage.
Vanessa Vazquez (Ado Annie) is boldly returning to Cabrillo Stage (The Full Monty) for her second time, because she just couldn’t say no. Ha! Her show credits include: Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Santa Cruz u/s), Bat Boy (Shelley), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Holy Ghosts! (Mrs. Wall), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), Snoopy! (Snoopy), Suessical (The Cat), Oleanna (Carol). Vanessa is on a long form improv team in Santa Cruz called Humor Force Five. She has also studied improv at CSz LA and The Groundlings. http://vanessa-vazquez.com.
Andrew Ceglio (Ali Hakim) is honored to be back with Cabrillo Stage after appearing as Billy Crocker in last season’s Anything Goes. More recently, Andrew portrayed the role of Kleinman in Woody Allen’s dark comedy Death, with the Cabrillo Theater Festival. Some past Cabrillo Stage credits include: Jamie Wellerstein in Last Five Years, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Other credits include: Jon in Tick, Tick…Boom with Theatre On San Pedro, Tateh in Ragtime with Marquee Productions, Man #2 in Songs For A New World with Odyssey Theatre, and Snoopy in Charlie Brown with Jewel Theatre. In addition to his “on stage” theatrical career, Andrew is a director and a private acting coach. In 2011, he founded Spotlight Stage, a new local theatre company which provides professional theatre training to youth performers ages 10-17.
Briana Michaud (Gertie Cummings) marks her tenth production at Cabrillo Stage with Oklahoma! after having starred in Anything Goes and Cabaret, and appearing in both productions of Scrooge, as well as roles in The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. She also recently headlined All About Theatre’s premiere adult production of Spring Awakening. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Santa Cruz, California, with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts, as well as a Cabrillo College graduate with an Associates Degree in Theatre Arts. She works as a director/choreographer/private instructor for the local children’s theatre company, All About Theatre. Many thanks to her beautiful, loving and very talented fiancé Tim (she looks forward to becoming “Mrs. Buxton” in May 2014!) and her family for their continual love and support. She sends an abundance of love and thanks to the casts & crew of Cabrillo Stage 2013 for allowing her to continue participating in the magic of their phenomenal productions. It’s always a “Beautiful Morning” working with this company! XOXO
Richard Dwyer (Andrew Carnes) appearances in his second professional production at Cabrillo Stage, having been seen in the 2012 Christmas production of A Night at the Nutcracker where he played an Irish cop, Seamus McReilly O’Reilly. Before that, 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 Pfeiffer’s People and Sketch O’ Frenia. The part he credits for his entry into, professional theater is playing Officer Krupke, 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 gets to portray. Outside the theater, he is a prolific musician, playing and singing anything from Pub music, to choral music to Celtic traditional music. He is extremely grateful to his family for their patience, encouragement and love.
Glenn Davis (Cord Elam) is a French teacher at Overfelt High in San Jose. He has played the roles of a rabbi and wise man in Santa Cruz Bible Church’s 2012 production of Journey to Bethlehem. In previous SCBC productions he has played the Innkeeper in The Innkeeper’s Dilemma, and Zecheriah, Joseph and a wise man in The Christmas Rewind. His past Cabrillo Stage performances have been as Man One in Kiss Me Kate, and Benny Southstreet in Guys And Dolls. He appeared as a brother and the butler in Cabrillo College’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Glenn’s first appearance in a musical was in his High School production of Oklahoma!, in which he played Jud in the dream ballet, and sang in the chorus. He’s been in Bye Bye Birdie, Brigadoon, sung bass, baritone and tenor in high school, college and church choirs, and mixed and male groups: The Richmond Revelers, Schola Cantorum, For Heaven’s Sake, The Eclectic Company, From Every Nation, and currently sings in the Barbershop Gold Standard Chorus as well as The Redwood Four (quartet).
Sutton Arabe (Ensemble/Sam) is returning to Cabrillo Stage for his second show. He has recently appeared in UCSC and Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s co-productions of Honk! (Pinkfoot/Ensemble) and Henry V (Montjoy). Sutton made his directing debut this past winter with Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Other credits include Anything Goes (Sailor Quartet), I Dream of Chang and Eng (Chang), and Footloose (Reverend Shaw). Sutton has also had the pleasure of working with the Broadway playwright and founder of Chicano Theater, Luis Valdez, in his play Mummified Deer directed by his son, Kinan Valdez. Sutton played the role of the deer dancer, Cajeme, a role shared only with Lakin Valdez and Oklahoma’s very own director, Kikau Alvaro. He is originally from Southern Orange County and is a recent Theater Arts MA graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Ashley Bawdon (Ensemble/Emily) is enjoying her second production of Oklahoma! She played Dream Laurey in her first production at her performing arts high school over ten years ago. Since then, she has been lucky enough to study voice with Daniel Hughes in the Bay Area, acting with Ray Virta and Phillip George in NYC, and dance with Cynthia Murray, Cynthia Thole, and Lindsay Chambers, also in NYC. Ashley is known on this coast for such roles as Betty in Will Rogers Follies, Ariel in Footloose, a member of the “tribe” in CLTC’s Hair, and the Maureen understudy in Rent. In New York, she has played Caroline in Stay, Carl, Stay; Effie in Life and Limb; and Alice in Closer. Ashley was lucky enough to work with NBC Universal in Law and Order twice, and with Kevin Lima in the Disney movie Enchanted. Other credits include: Latin dancer in the Indie flick Wonderwall, and lead in a Lufthansa Airlines online special. She has also spent three wonderful seasons as a Soprano II in The Choral Project in San Jose, and three years as a gymnastics coach for the most wonderful kids around at, West Valley Gymnastics School in Campbell.
Mary Theresa Capriles (Ensemble/Susie) has been dancing since age three when she began studying ballet (Royal Academy of Dance method), then later trained at the San Francisco Ballet School. Mary Theresa fulfilled a lifelong dream when she played Cassie in A Chorus Line at Broadway by the Bay last fall. With TheatreWorks, she appeared in Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), Another Midsummer Night (Peaseblossom) and Once in a Lifetime (Ensemble). She has also been seen with Marquee Productions in Chicago (Mona), Hairspray (Velma) and Chess (Svetlana). Mary Theresa performed in The Kids of the Kingdom at Walt Disney World and as a Special Events Dancer at Tokyo Disneyland. She also traveled throughout the U.S. and Soviet Union with Impact Productions dancing in Toymaker’s Dream. In addition, she performed at Great America in Evolution II and In Concert, and more recently as the Vampire Queen in Fangs in 2010. Mary Theresa majored in musical theatre at Northwestern University where she worked with Dominic Missimi and Sheldon Harnick.
Tegan Dixon (Ensemble/Armina) works locally as a substitute teacher in the Santa Cruz school districts. After a lifetime of dance, music and much of her youth spent doing musical theater, she is excited to make her return to Cabrillo Stage for the first time since the production of Annie in 1999. Favorite credits include Carmen (Bay Shore Lyric Opera), How to Succeed in Business (Mountain Community Theater), and Grease (Mountain Community Theater). Tegan was also the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Soloist Award at the Monterey Jazz Festival. During her time at UCLA as a World Arts and Cultures major, she continued her foray into music working with producer James Lugo on original songs. Now that Tegan is back in Santa Cruz, she is looking forward to more opportunities to be involved in the beautiful local arts community!
Connor Fatch (Ensemble/Slim) is a graduate of Emerson College’s School of Performing Arts in Boston. Connor recently moved home to California where during the school year, he works in elementary schools throughout the state bringing history to life with California Weekly Explorer’s “Walk Through” programs. In New England, he worked with Summer Theatre at Salem (Into the Woods), Turtle Lane Theatre (Godspell), and could often be seen onstage at the Cutler-Majestic Theatre at various showcases and events.
Teddy Fenster (Ensemble/Mike) is delighted to be spending his summer in his fifth Cabrillo Stage show. When he was nine, he first experienced musical theatre in Cabrillo Stage’s The Music Man as a boy of the town. He also performed in Cabrillo Stage’s Anything Goes as a dancing sailor and their second production of Scrooge as an Urchin and Principle Dancer, as well as their production of Cabaret as a Kit Kat Boy. His favorite roles include William Barfee in GBK’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Charlie Brown in their You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. In the fall he will be returning to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York where he studies political science and dances with Vassar Reparatory Dance Theatre.
Sophia Handley (Ensemble/Desiree) started in theatre playing Annie in the Monterey Bay Repertoire Theatre (MBRT) in 2008. She enjoyed it so much she hasn’t stopped since. She has been in Sound of Music (MBRT), Aristocats (All About Theatre), Once on This Island (AAT), Wizard of Oz (MBRT), Annie Get Your Gun (Scotts Valley Performing Arts), Scrooge (Cabrillo Stage) and most recently Les Misérables (AAT). Sophia is in 7th grade at New Brighton Middle School where she enjoys playing volleyball, softball and tennis.
Camille Hayes (Ensemble/Virginia) is currently an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts. She recently appeared in Santa Clara University’s production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf as Lady in Brown. Other credits include Santa Clara University productions of The Three Musketeers and Little Shop of Horrors. Camille would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support, guidance and encouragement.
Makai Hernandez (Ensemble/Corky) is returning to Cabrillo Stage in Oklahoma!, which will mark his fifth production with the company, having previously performed in The Wizard of Oz, Scrooge (both the 2009 and 2010 productions), and Cabaret. Makai was also a part of Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s production of The Wind in the Willows. From a young age Makai has enjoyed being a part of youth and community theater companies around the Santa Cruz area, getting the chance to work with directors such as Andrew Ceglio, Clifford Henderson and Tandy Beal. Makai is currently a student at the Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prep. School, where he studies music and theater under the direction of Drew Lewis and MaNae Taylor. Through the GBK Chamber Choir, Makai has had the chance to perform in Los Angeles and Boston. On his choir trip to Anaheim this spring, Makai was honored to receive an award for his singing at the Heritage Festival. Makai cannot wait for what the future will bring.
Isaac Hulter (Ensemble/Jess) was first introduced to theater when he played Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Scotts Valley Jr. Theater. Through them he connected with CYT Santa Cruz where he played roles ranging from Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, to Harold Hill in The Music Man. He has been studying lighting, sound, stage managing and directing through CYT and Cabrillo College.
Lanie Iannucci (Ensemble/Aggie) is a professional dancer and choreographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the Artistic Director of RELEASED dance coalition, a modern performing company. Most of her life Lanie focused on ballet and modern dancing, but it wasn’t until 2006 that she began to consider and pursue musical theatre. Lanie made her first musical theatre entrance as choreographer for San Jose Lyric Theater’s production of Naughty Marietta. Lanie’s most recent performance on stage was for San Jose Lyric Theatre’s production of Brigadoon where she was assistant choreographer and performed as the fishmonger and lead dancer. Lanie grew up in Banta, California and graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Psychology. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Lanie also works as an information architect designing software for AppSense. Being raised a farm girl herself, the role of Aggie, a farmer’s daughter, is very special to her.
David Jackson (Ensemble/Joe) has been acting in theatre locally and elsewhere for some time. His most recent role was Eddie in Cabrillo Stage’s A Night at the Nutcracker. You may remember him as Young Ebenezer/Nephew in Cabrillo Stage’s Scrooge, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar and ensemble roles in Kiss Me Kate, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret and Anything Goes. He has performed in the Bay Area with West Valley Light Opera in shows such as Aida (Radames) and Big River (Tom Sawyer). He has also played the role of Brad in Rocky Horror Show with Actors’ Theatre Center in San Jose, and Solyony in Checkov’s Three Sisters. He has also directed and musically directed for various local companies. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.
Kara Jonsson (Ensemble/Rosie) was recently seen in Cabrillo Stage’s winter show A Night at the Nutcracker, as well 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 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.
Katelyn Laird (Ensemble/Vivian) has recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with degrees in Theater Arts and Marine Biology. She performed on the UCSC Mainstage in Orestes Terrorist, I Dream of Chang and Eng, Peer Gynt, and in the UCSC Opera production of The Araboolies of Liberty Street. Previously, she performed with All About Theatre (Santa Cruz) in Oliver!, 42nd Street, Seussical, Sweet Charity, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Footloose and A Chorus Line. She played Snow White in the ballet Snow White and Neptune’s daughter in The Triumph of Neptune with Jo’s Dance Studio, and has performed in dance productions at Cabrillo College. She has a background in dance and has studied ballet and other styles for over twelve years. Katelyn has avidly trained and performed comedy improvisation, most recently with TheatreSports in Vancouver, B.C. and in the California Bay Area. She is primarily a film actor and model, and her most recent work was in a film selected for the Santa Cruz Film Festival.
Kirsten Livingston (Ensemble/Lucy) grew up dancing in Santa Cruz and danced as a Principal Dancer with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater for several years. This is her third Cabrillo stage performance. She played Baby June in Gypsy at the age of 12 and returned to Cabrillo Stage in the winter 2012 production of Night at the Nutcracker. She has trained at many prestigious schools including School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. She performed in many performances of the Nutcracker with San Francisco Ballet. She has taught Ballet at many studios in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for over 20 years. Currently she performs as “Valentina Ballerina” at Burlesque venues all over the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the proud mother of three children.
Jomar Martinez (Ensemble/Jake) is excited to be returning for his second season with Cabrillo Stage. Jomar is currently a (super) senior at SJSU pursuing his B.A. as a Special Major in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen in SJREAL’s A Breach Outside the Furnace Walls Again, Again (The Machine), Company One’s NERD! (Lloyd), and Sugar (Butch) at WVLO. Some of his other work includes an original adaptation of A Christmas Carol at San Jose Rep, Anything Goes (Luke) at Cabrillo Stage last season, and Wonder of the World (Glen) with SPOTLITE student company at SJSU. Jomar would like to extend his thanks to his family, friends, and loved ones.
Gavin Mazzia (Ensemble/Maverik) is nine years old and going into fourth grade at Westlake Elementary. Gavin has been enjoying musical theatre for several years now. He has played: Aladdin in Aladdin, Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, O’Malley in the Aristocats, Captain Shang in Mulan, Prince Philip in Sleeping Beauty, and Agwe in Once On This Island, all with All About Theater. Gavin is very excited to be playing Maverik in Oklahoma!, his first outing in a professional theatre company. In his spare time, Gavin enjoys baseball. His Little League team is heading to the playoffs this season. He also enjoys nearly all other sports, playing piano, and spending time with his friends. This summer along with Oklahoma, Gavin will also be enjoying Junior Guards and surfing—please excuse the sand in his hair.
Conor McClure (Ensemble/Tom) is excited to be performing in his first show with Cabrillo Stage! Previous roles include Mike in A Chorus Line. Santa Cruz locals may have seen him perform previously in the past four years as Prince Charming in Tandy Beal’s Mixed Nutz, as well as UCSC’s Random with a Purpose. He was previously the choreographer and instructor for the UCSC Tango Team and now teaches ballroom professionally at Dance Boulevard in San Jose. He will be returning to Santa Cruz in the fall as part of the 418 Project’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase.
Noelani Neal (Ensemble/Kate) has done numerous musical productions across California and Hawaii and is returning to Cabrillo Stage for the second time as Vivian in Oklahoma! Last summer at Cabrillo Stage she had the privilege to take on the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line. In addition to this, some of her recent favorite roles include: Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), Chicago (Hunyak), and The Sound of Music (Liesl). Noelani has just graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in Theatre Arts, Dance, and Musical Theatre, and will be looking to become a certified nutritionist over the next couple years in addition to performing. Mahalo nui loa to her friends and family for supporting her in all that she does!
Zach Schanne (Ensemble/Fred) received a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Theatre from Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. A New Jersey Native, Zach lists some of his favorite performances as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), She Loves Me (Arpad), and Assassins (John Hinckley). At Rider University, Zach studied under some of the top Broadway minds, including Ben Vereen, Nikki Snelson, Judy Kuhn, Mariann Cook, Claudia Catania and Robin Lewis. In Santa Cruz, Zach works as a private voice/acting coach and as a Resident Director with All About Theater.
Vanessa Williams (Ensemble/Ellen) performs locally in Monterey and Santa Cruz. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has performed in many opera chorus performances such as Dido and Aneas and Trial by Jury. This is her first production with Cabrillo Stage.