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Oliver!
Music, Book & Lyrics by
Lionel Bart
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Dustin Leonard
Dustin Leonard (Director) 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 a broad range of shows from Shakespeare's R&J to Guys & Dolls. His credits include both on and off-stage roles 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 17 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.
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.
Brance Souza
Brance Souza (Choreography) Words cannot even begin to express how excited Brance is, to have the opportunity to finally work 'on the other side'. As a choreographer, this is Mr. Souza's first full-scale production to date with Cabrillo Stage. You may have seen him in previous summers as a performer in Hairspray (Record Shop Kid), Cabaret (Kit Kat Boy/Featured Dancer), and Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/Featured Dancer/Principle Dancer Understudy). He has also choreographed for local theatre company All About Theatre, having worked on The Drowsy Chaperone, Kiss Me Kate, and Once on This Island. Currently, Brance is living in Los Angeles attending California Institute of the Arts, where he has one more year until he is graduated with a BFA degree in Dance Choreography and Performance, training under Laurence Blake, Rebecca Lemme and Julie Bour, to name a few. He would like to thank his friends, family, and colleagues for their continued love and support, for without whom, none of this would be possible.
 
Charles Murdock Lucas (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to join Cabrillo Stage for this production. Recent: Oh, Lady! Lady!!, The Pirates of Penzance, Die Fledermaus (Ohio Light Opera), Arms and the Man (Southern Oregon University), Honky Tonk Angels (Virginia Stage Company), The High Water Mark (Luna Stage), The Winter's Tale, Camelot, The Comedy of Errors (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Groton School), A Midsummer Night's Dream, and These Shining Lives (Duke City Repertory Theatre). Upcoming: Whodunit... the Musical (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), Poulenc's La voix humaine, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief (Eastman Opera Theatre). Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A. J. Fletcher Opera Scene Design Fellow. 2012 USITT Scene Design Award Sponsored by Rose Brand. Exhibited Il tabarro and Krapp's Last Tape in 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Select designs published in SCENE DESIGN AND STAGE LIGHTING 10th Edition by R. Craig Wolf and Dick Block. Special thanks to Dina, friends and family.
Kyle Grant
Kyle Grant (Lighting Design) Recent design credits: Jason Invisible (John F. Kennedy Center); The Winter's Tale (TexasShakespeare), 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 (Broadway). 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
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.
Katie Key Katie Key (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.
Andrew Ceglio Andrew Ceglio (Fagin) is happy to be back with Cabrillo Stage after appearing as Ali Hakim in last season's Oklahoma! Andrew recently portrayed C.S. Lewis in Freuds Last Session with SEETheatre in Santa Cruz. Cabrillo Stage audiences will also remember Mr. Ceglio from past productions such as: Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, 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. Andrew is also a Producer, Director, Choreographer and Private Acting Coach. In March, Andrew took up residence as Artistic Director for Spotlight Stage Youth Conservatory, a new company providing professional theatrical training to the youth of Santa Cruz.
Tenaya Carr
Tenaya Carr (Oliver) is thrilled to be joining with Cabrillo Stage for his first time. Previously, he has performed with All About Theatre, where most recently he played Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. He also played Big Jule in Guys & Dolls, was an ensemble member in Seussical, loved the sweets as Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka, and played Daniel in Once On This Island. His very first experience on the stage was getting to play Colonel Hathie and various other creatures in The Jungle Book Kids when he was 6. Along with acting, making up stories verbally and written is a favorite past time for Tenaya.
Briana Buxton
Briana Buxton (Nancy) Oliver! marks Brie's 11th production with Cabrillo Stage, having starred in productions of Anything Goes and Cabaret, appearing in both productions of Scrooge The Musical, as well as roles in Oklahoma!, 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 a Cabrillo College graduate with an Associates Degree in Theatre Arts, a cum laude graduate of the University of Santa Cruz, California, with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts, where she is working on her Masters Degree. Brie works as a director/choreographer/ private instructor for local, children's theatre company, All About Theatre. Many thanks to her beautiful, loving and very talented husband Tim (in May 2014 she became 'Mrs. Buxton') & her family for their continual love and support. Love and thanks to the casts & crew of Cabrillo Stage 2014.
Nicholas Ceglio
Nicholas Ceglio (Bill Sykes) has been performing with Cabrillo Stage as far back as 2000. Past credits include Peter Pan (Cecco), West Side Story (Snowboy), Scrooge (Bob Cratchitt), I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change (Man 2), A Night at the Nutcracker (Groucho), and most recently LUNCH (Bum). Nicholas currently resides in Los Angeles where he spends his time writing and performing music.
Devon DeLeon
Devon DeLeon (Artful Dodger) is very excited to return to Cabrillo Stage for his second production after appearing last summer as Little Joey in Escaping Queens. Most recently, Devon appeared as Schroeder in Charlie Brown and in Little Shop of Horrors, both with Spotlight Stage. Devon has performed in several productions with All About Theater and credits include Charlie in Willie Wonka, Mr. Abner Dillon in 42nd Street, Chef Louis in Little Mermaid and the sinister Monsieuu D'Arque in Beauty and the Beast. Devon has been performing in Santa Cruz youth theater productions since 2006 and at age 10 landed his first big role as Winthrop in The Music Man. He has been hooked on theater ever since. Devon is 14 and will be attending Harbor High School in the Fall.
Kevin High
Kevin High (Mr. Bumble) is excited to be back home in Santa Cruz with Cabrillo Stage in this exciting production of Oliver! Previously, Kevin starred as Dave in The Full Monty at Cabrillo Stage as well as productions in Seattle and Los Angeles. Television credits include: Modern Family, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, The Neighbors, Save Me and How I Met Your Mother. Favorite L.A. theatre: The Cuban and the Redhead, Great Expectations: The Musical, the West Coast premiere of Tennessee Williams' A House Not Meant to Stand, and a stint in drag in a gender-bent version of As You Like It. Other favorite performances: A Streetcar Named Desire (MCT), The Wizard of Oz and Christmas Dreamland (AMTSJ), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Pac Rep), True West (Pear Ave), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Paint Your Wagon (Sierra Rep). Kevin is also a voice over artist and a proud member of Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA. For Jerry - my rock, my soul mate, my world.
Nany Williams
Nancy Williams (Widow Corney) is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, has been awarded "singer of the year" in Cleveland, Ohio and has been a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions. Ms. Williams is known for her ability as a fine actress and singer and has sung professionally in many leading roles in Germany, New York, with the San Francisco Opera and The Monterey Opera Association. Her favorite roles are: Violetta in La Traviata, Madama Butterfly in Madamn Butterfly, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Nancy has sung extensively in musical theater productions on the Monterey Pennisula with Pacific Repertory Theater, Monterey Pennisula College Theater and the Wharf Theater. She is beloved as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and is known for the comedic renditions of the damsels, Josephine, Yum Yum, and Mabel by Gilbert and Sullivan. She now brings her talent to Cabrillo Stage and makes her debut as the Widow Corney.
Steven Knight
Steven Guire Knight (Mr. Brownlow) is delighted to be portraying his third character with a twosyllable last name for Cabrillo Stage, having appeared as Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes and Robert Lerner in LUNCH. His previous theatrical 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. A long time, professional, choral musician and early music performer, 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 performs locally with Ariose Singers, and sings Gregorian chant for fun.
Gabrielle Aguirre
Gabrielle Aguirre (Ensemble) is 14 years old and is in 9th grader with Ocean Grove Charter School. Professionally, Gabrielle has been in 3 productions with Cabrillo Stage. She has been in SVPA's production of Into The Woods and locally Gabrielle performs with CYT Santa Cruz. Gabrielle is trained in classical ballet and has had the privilege and opportunity to receive vocal and acting training from her mentors Andrew Ceglio, Ariel Buck and Bobbie Ward.
Samuel Aguirre
Samuel Aguirre (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) is 8 years old and is in 3rd grade with Ocean Grove Charter School. Locally, Samuel performs with CYT Santa Cruz and has been in 4 shows. Getting the role of Mowgli in Jungle Book was Samuel's favorite role. This is Samuels first show with Cabrillo Stage and he is very excited to be a part of it.
Tiffer Aguirre
Tiffer Aguirre (Ensemble) is 16 years old and a 10th grader with Ocean Grove Charter School. Tiffer is trained in classical ballet and has been invited this summer on a full scholarship by Ballet Austin, SF Ballet, Kirov and Ballet San Jose. He has accepted the offer from Ballet San Jose's all male dancer initiative program and will be trained by world-renowned dancer, Manuel Carreno. Tiffer has been in two professional productions (Wizard of Oz and Scrooge) and Oliver! marks his third show with Cabrillo Stage. Regional theater credits include: SVPA's Into The Woods. Locally, Tiffer performs with CYT Santa Cruz and is a member of HYPE ( High School Youth Pursuing Excellence) leadership program.
Sophie Albro
Sophie Christine Albro (Workhouse) is a 10 year old student at St. Lawrence Academy in Felton, CA where she has performed in many school plays and skits, including Daniel and the Lion's Den and King Midas and the Golden Touch. She also performs many times a year with the St. Lawrence Youth Choir. Sophia studies classical ballet and was cast as an Angel and a Gingersnap in two productions of Agape Dance Academy's Nutcracker! She studies gymnastics, trampoline, and cheer, performing with her cheer team at the Vargas Academy Gymfest in May 2014. This is Sophia's first production with Cabrillo Stage and she is thrilled to be cast as a workhouse kid in Oliver!
Bella Anderson
Bella Anderson (Bet/Workhouse) Oliver! is Bella Anderson's first professional theater experience and she is honored to be a part of Cabrillo Stage. Some favorite roles with All About Theater include her most recent as Janet van de Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone, Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical and Young Cosette in Les Miserables. Other local credits include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd treet, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music, all for Santa Cruz Performing Arts. Bella currently dances with Pacific Arts Complex and recently took on the role of choreographer for several full-scale musicals including The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid (SCPA), and this summer's Annie Jr. (AAT).
Sutton Arabe
Sutton Arabe (Ensemble) is one of thirteen students to be the first to graduate from UC Santa Cruz's brand new Theater Arts Master Program. He was most recently seen in Broadway By the Bay's production of Evita and Veronica Tjioe's original play The Last Croissant. Past credits include performing roles in Shakespeare Santa Cruz and UCSC co-productions of Henry V (Dauphin), Honk!(Pinkfoot), Philip Gotanda's I Dream of Chang and Eng (Chang), Luis Valdez's Mummified Deer (Cajeme, the Deer Dancer) and Cabrillo Stage's Anything Goes and Oklahoma! S utton is so excited and thankful to be given this opportunity to be doing what he loves for you today!
Alexi Baker
Alexi Baker (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back for her third show with Cabrillo Stage, having previously performed as Martha in 2010's Scrooge: The Musical and as a Munchkin in 2009's Wizard of Oz. She is so proud to be working, once again, with such an amazing group of people. Alexi has spent the last two years studying Musical Theatre at Cabrillo College where she most recently performed as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Kathryn Adkins. Other credits include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Annie in Annie, Ermangarde in Hello Dolly, the Newspaper Boy in Working (Aptos High School), Ensemble in RENT and Agatha in Guys & Dolls (All About Theater). Alexi grew up in Santa Cruz County and plans to move to New York to continue her studies in Musical Theatre. She wants to thank her family as well as her loving boyfriend Kevin, for being so supportive.
Coby Bayani
Coby Bayani (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) has been a student of All About Theatre in Santa Cruz for the past four years. He's performed in several shows with AAT including their recent productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and 42nd Street. Coby is also a company dancer with Pacific Arts Complex (PAC) in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. He started dancing at 4 years old doing tap, hip hop, and technique. He's currently a member of the Omega and Beta hip hop crews at PAC.
Jacob Bayani
Jacob Bayani (Fagin Boy/Artful Dodger Understudy) has been a student of All About Theatre in Santa Cruz for the past five years. He's performed in several shows including their recent productions of Sweeney Todd and 42nd Street. J acob is also a company dancer at Pacific Arts Complex (PAC) in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. He started dancing at the age of 8, doing tap, hip hop, jazz, and ballet. Jacob is a member of the Omega and Beta hip hop crews at PAC and was also the featured dancer for Aptos High's Spring production of Anything Goes.
Scott Boynton
Scott Boynton (Ensemble) deeply appreciates the opportunity to perform with Cabrillo Stage for the first time. He most recently performed in Cabrillo College's As You Like It as Silvius and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Chip Tolentino. For the past two years Scott has worked behind the scenes as a scenic carpenter with Cabrillo Stage helping to build sets for Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, and Oklahoma! Other credits include Scotts Valley High School's productions of Grease, The Curious Savage, and Urinetown. Scott has also performed in Scotts Valley Performing Arts' productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Sound of Music, Honk, and,his first appearance on stage, Oliver! with Kara Jonsson, Makai Hernandez, and Joyce Michaelson. Scott will be attending Chapman University this fall to earn a B.A. in Theater.
Skyler Bridgman-Ford Skyler Bridgman-Ford (Workhouse) is thrilled to be performing for you this summer in Cabrillo Stage's Oliver!. An Aptos native, Sky has appeared in several school plays since his first theatrical role in All About Theater's 2008 production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. His acting credits also include Santa Cruz Montessori's James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Robin Polse's An Odyssey. Most notably, he played Oliver 'Daddy' Warbucks in Montessori's 2012 presentation of Annie. Sky has participated in the Cabrillo Youth Chorus program and currently studies piano and voice privately. In addition to singing and acting, he enjoys playing baseball for Aptos Little League, exploring computer technologies, studying physical science, building contraptions and digging holes. Presently, he is a middle school student at Pacific Coast Charter School.
Isabela Butler
Isabela Butler (Workhouse) has been appearing onstage in musicals for a year now. She has participated in two shows put on by All About Theatre: Guys & Dolls and Shrek the Musical where she appeared as Shrek. This is her first Cabrillo Stage production. Isabela grew up in Santa Cruz, California and currently takes dance lessons at Pacific Arts Complex. Committed to her dream, Isabela looks forward to a long career on the stage.
Courtney Crotwell Courtney Crotwell (Workhouse) is 11 years old. She lives in Aptos, attends Mar Vista Elementary School and will be in the 6th grade next year. She studied piano for two years, and also plays guitar and ukulele. In 2013 she began taking voice lessons. Courtney loves movies and sports, especially softball. Courtney loves to make her friends laugh and she is about as silly as an 11-year-old girl should be. Oliver! is Courtney's first time on stage. Although this is a beginning step, with her music playing and singing skills, audiences are sure to see and hear much more in the future from Miss Courtney Crotwell.
Ella Ella Currie (Workhouse) began performing when she was 8 years old in All About Theatre's production of Seussical the Musical. She went on to perform in Into the Woods as Pinocchio with Scotts Valley Performing Arts and starred in Mountain Community Theater's production of Miracle on 34th Street as Susan Walker. Most recently, she played Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing and Kaa the Snake in The Jungle Book at Pacific Collegiate School. Ella was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to California when she was 5 years old. Ella is a seventh grader at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz.
Glenn Davis Glenn J. Davis (Ensemble/Knife Grinder) is a French teacher and Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach in East San Jose. He currently sings in an award-winning Barbershop Quartet, The Redwood Four, as well as the Santa Cruz Barbershop Gold Standard Chorus. He played the part of Cord Elam in last year's Cabrillo Stage production of Oklahoma! Other Cabrillo Stage shows include: Kiss Me Kate and Guys & Dolls. His first show in California was Cabrillo College's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Glenn grew up in Orange, Connecticut and began singing in the high school choir and musicals, such as Oklahoma! and Bye Bye Birdie. At the University of Richmond, Glenn sang in the University Choir, Schola Cantorum, and a male ensemble, Richmond Revelers and also appeared as Angus McGuffie in Brigadoon. Glenn has sung in other local ensembles, male and mixed, including For Heaven's Sake, From Every Nation and The Eclectic Company.
Zyriz De La Torre Zyriz De La Torre (Fagin Boy/Workhouse /Charlie Understudy) has spent the last three years performing on stage with CYT. His first performance was in the production of Narnia at age 10, followed by roles in The Jungle Book, and most recently as a Wickersham Brother in Seussical the musical Jr. When he is not on stage, Zyriz can be found directing his own plays at home with his two younger siblings. Zyriz is a self-taught musician of piano, guitar and percussion. Zyriz has grown up in Santa Cruz County, where he has combined his passion for acting and love of music to find his home on stage in Musical Theater.
Sophia DeLeon Sophia DeLeon (Workhouse) is 13 and has been performing on stage since 2006. She was recently seen in her favorite role of Young Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde with SCPA Teen Theater in 2013 and also as Trix the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone with All About Theatre. Past credits with All About Theatre include Arista in Little Mermaid, Hot Box Girl in Guys & Dolls and the Doctor and Dancer in the fun-filled, tapping, extravaganza 42nd Street. Other performances include ensemble in Beauty and the Beast which earned her the Gypsy Robe Award, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Honk, The Music Man, Once on This Island, and Aladdin. Sophia currently takes several dance classes with Pacific Arts Complex and attends Tierra Pacifica Charter School. Oliver! is her first professional production with Cabrillo Stage.
Lindsey Duran Lindsey Duran (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be performing with Cabrillo Stage. This is her second time performing in Oliver!, her first being a Fagin Boy at the age of 10. Lindsey is normally seen behind the scenes with Cabrillo Stage as an ASM. She previously worked on La Cage Aux Follies, A Chorus Line, Hairspray and Swing. She most recently performed as Isle in All About Theatre's adult production of Spring Awakening (2013). Lindsey is an alumni of Manhattanville College (BA Theatre & Education). There she performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince) and The Laramie Project (Reggie Fluty). When she is not on stage, Lindsey directs and choreographs with children theatre companies in the area. She most recently worked with Theatre in the Mountain's production of The Little Mermaid Jr. (Director). This performance of Oliver! is dedicated to Mr. Soares. "I love and miss you."
Richard Dwyer Richard Dwyer (Ensemble/Dr. Grimwig) This is Richard Dwyer's fourth appearance with a professional production, his first having been in Cabrillo Stage's Christmas production of A Night at the Nutcracker as the Irish cop, Seamus McReilly O'Reilly and his most recent being the part of Vince in Cabrillo Stage's LUNCH. Between that, he was Andrew Carnes in the 2013 production of Oklahoma! The part he credits for his sortee into professional theater is the part of Officer 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. In this show, he gets to reunite with some of those actors and he's so excited to have this opportunity. Richard is so grateful to his family for their patience encouragement and love.
Ryan Fish Ryan Fish (Ensemble) is honored to be working with Cabrillo Stage for the first time on this year's production of Oliver! He has been dedicated to the performing arts for the last four years at his high school, Pacific Collegiate School. He sings tenor in his school's Callista Choral, is in the PCS Fusion Dance Company, has studied drama and has been in leadership of their Thespian Society. Performance credits include 42nd Street, Hello Dolly, Singin' in the Rain (Roscoe Dexter), and West Side Story (Big Deal), as well as straight plays: Almost Maine, The Unexpected Guest, Dearly Departed, and Harvey. After watching Cabrillo Stage shows throughout his childhood, he is thrilled and grateful to be joining them on the stage.
Ryland Gordon Ryland Gordon (Ensemble) is excited to be performing in his first show at Cabrillo stage. He has been involved in community theatre organizations around the Santa Cruz Area for over 8 years, putting on shows like Les Mis (Valjean), Cabaret (Emcee), and Urinetown (Bobby Strong). Ryland recently graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School and just finished his first year at Cabrillo College where he is studying Theatre Arts with the goal of someday attending an arts college on the East Coast and pursuing a stage career. This is his first professional experience, but he hopes you'll be seeing a lot more of him.
Maxwell Gross Maxwell Gross (Workhouse) is 9 years old and going into 4th grade in the fall. Oliver! is his first experience with Cabrillo Stage. He started in theater at the age of 7, performing as Iago in Aladdin Jr. with All About Theater. He continued on as Cheshire Cat #1 in Alice in Wonderland Jr. also with All About Theater. He also acted as Frances in A Bug's Life and has taken acting classes with WEST Performing Arts Academy, where he played Mr. Wunderman in Comic Book Heroes.
Marc Grossman Marc Grossman (Ensemble) has been performing over the past decade with The Western Stage in Salinas, appearing as the Captain in Anything Goes, 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 Daryl Grady, the nefarious murdering theater critic, in Curtains. Marc has also appeared in The Forrest Theater Guild and Pacific Reparatory Theater productions of My Fair Lady and Fiddler on The Roof . Marc hails from the Santa Cruz area where he has performed at Cabrillo Community College most recently appearing as Marvin in Sweet Charity and the Mayor of Whoville in Seussical. Oliver! will be his second sojourn with Cabrillo Stage after last season's La Cage aux Folles. Marc is very appreciative for all the years of support from his beloved family and friends.
Makai Hernandez Makai Hernandez (Ensemble/Noah Claypole) is thrilled to be a part of this summer's production of Oliver! In recent years he could be seen performing in Cabrillo Stage's productions of LUNCH, Oklahoma!, Cabaret, Scrooge, and Wizard of Oz. Other favorite productions include Spotlight Stage's Starmites, The Wiz, and Little Shop, as well as GBK's Little Women, Curtains, Almost Maine, and You Can't Take It With You. Makai is entering his final year at GBK where he is a part of the award winning Jazz and Chamber choirs who recently had the privilege of singing in Carnegie Hall, all under the direction of Drew Lewis. Makai is also the recipient of vocal soloist awards from the Folsom Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, Capitol Jazz Festival, and World Strides Heritage Competition.
Eleanor Hunter Eleanor Hunter (Ensemble/Mrs. Bedwin) is very happy to be returning to Cabrillo Stage this summer as an Ensemble member and Mrs Bedwin in Oliver! Eleanor has performed in many productions with Cabrillo Stage as an ensemble member, and in many small roles. These shows include The Music Man, Kiss Me Kate, The Wizard of Oz, Swing!, Cabaret, Scrooge, The Full Monty, and A Night At The Nutcracker. Eleanor is a UCSC graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree and has been working as a Musical Director and voice teacher for teens in Santa Cruz for the past 10 years. It's a thrill and a privilege to be returning to Cabrillo Stage this summer, the fun is just beginning!
Ginger Hurley Ginger Hurley (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) is excited to be returning to Cabrillo Stage. She first appeared here when she was only eight years old as Tiny Tim, in Cabrillo Stage's Scrooge. Ginger is very active in the Bay Area musical theatre community and has performed in over 20 shows with six different theater companies from Spotlight Stage and All About Theatre to West Valley Light Opera and Children's Musical Theater of San Jose. Her roles have varied from the lead in Annie, to Snoopy and Sally, in productions of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, to Edith in Pirates of Penzance, The Lion in The Wiz and Susan Waverly in White Christmas. When Ginger isn't on stage or singing around the house, she is preparing for it with private vocal lessons from Alice Hughes, acting lessons from Andrew Ceglio, and ballet at Winslow School of Dance. Ginger will be in the 7th grade this year.
Danielle Imai Danielle Imai (Fagin Boy) is grateful and extremely excited to perform in Cabrillo Stage's summer production of Oliver! Currently a sophomore at Pacific Collegiate School, she enjoys her classes in choir, drama, and history. Although this is her first Cabrillo Stage production, Danielle has been dancing since the age of seven and singing in various choral groups since she was six, including ACDA's Coastal Region Honor Choir and CCS Honor Choir. Her past experiences with theater have been ensemble roles in her school's spring musicals: West Side Story, Hello Dolly, and Singin' in the Rain.
Kevin Johnston Kevin Johnston (Ensemble/Long Song Seller) has previously appeared in Cabrillo Stage's Oklahoma! as Jud Fry, A Night at the Nutcracker as Nikolai Rasputin, Hot Dog Cart Operator in LUNCH, and Peter Pan as a Pirate, an Indian and a Tree. Other credits include William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Cabrillo College), 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, L.A., and Santa Cruz, including Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens, The Last 5 Years, and 2010's Scrooge. 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.
Kara Jonsson Kara Jonsson (Ensemble/Milk Maid) is thrilled to back with Cabrillo Stage for another wonderful show. She was recently seen in Cabrillo Stage's productions of LUNCH, Oklahoma! and A Night at the Nutcracker. Other credits include Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney) and Guys & Dolls (Miss Adelaide) with Aptos High School's Drama Department, as well as Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan) with Spotlight Stage. Kara has also choreographed for her high school's performing arts department, Monte Vista Christian Vocal Arts, and Spotlight Stage. This fall Kara will be attending Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University for a BFA in Musical Theatre.
Logan Kirk-Williams Logan Matthew Kirk-Williams (Workhouse) is nine years old and has been performing locally since the age of three. He began his theatre experience performing in Much Ado About Nothing with SVPAA's Youth Shakespeare Program. Over the years, he has performed in three other Shakespearean performances, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet. His latest shows have been musicals with a local company, All About Theatre. These include Aladdin, Jr., and Alice In Wonderland, Jr. where Logan enjoyed playing multiple roles. Logan wakes up singing and dancing. He is thrilled to be participating in this wonderful production experience at Cabrillo Stage!
Mikaela Nicole Kirkpatrick Mikaela Nicole Kirkpatrick (Workhouse) You may have seen Mikaela this Fall in AAT's production of The Drowsy Chaperone in the role of Kitty. Previously she has been seen in roles that include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Seussical as the scene-stealing Cat in the Hat, Fame as Lambchop, Anything Goes as Charity, Honk as Ida's duckling, Little Pig-tailed Girl in Charlie Brown, The Music Man as Zaneeta, Once on this Island as Little Ti Moon, Aristocats as the Alley Cat, Sleeping Beauty as Frumpfel. Mikaela has studied dance at Elaine's for the past 9 years. Recently has started to study voice with Bobbie Lynne Ward. Mikaela loves the theatre and says the happiest place on earth is under the lights and on the stage!
Diana Knight Diana Knight Guire (Ensemble) After more than 30 years of being a dedicated member of audiences, is astonished, thrilled, and humbled as she makes her Cabrillo Stage debut. Inspired by both her husband and daughter to pursue a dream at any age, she finds that it does take a village of supportive friends and wonderful mentors to make imaginings come true. Diana would especially like to thank Alice Hughes, Andrew Ceglio, and Melissa Wiley for sharing and passing on essential building blocks of their extraordinary voice, acting, and dance mastery. She sends love to her family and friends, gratitude to cast and crew for keeping it real and fun, and a heartfelt thank you to Cabrillo Stage for opening the door to opportunity.
Owen Warrick L'Heureux Owen Warrick L'Heureux (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) is pleased to be making his debut with Cabrillo Stage.Previously, he performed with All About Theatre under the direction of Lindsey Chester, playing Oliver Warbucks in Annie Jr., Edgar in Aristocats, and a Wickersham Brother in Seussical the Musical. Owen also enjoys working as a stage hand and pitches in on his younger sister Ella's shows. He plays the viola and is a member of a string quartet. Owen enjoys playing in and beyond the waves and can often be found boogie boarding across the water. He is interested in geology, architecture, marine biology, martial arts and movie making.
Kirsten Elizabeth Livingston Kirsten Elizabeth Livingston (Ensemble) was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She trained with many prestigious ballet schools including School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. She danced for two years as a soloist and two years as a principal dancer with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater. She made her debut with Cabrillo stage as a young girl playing Baby June in Gypsy. She returned many years later in A Night at the Nutcracker and Oklahoma! She teaches and choreographs locally at ballet schools in Santa Cruz and Carmel. She is also the mother of three children.
Cayden Loftus Cayden Loftus (Workhouse) This is Cayden's first production at Cabrillo Stage. He has been studying theatre for three years and is currently a 5th grader at AFE. His most recent performance was Shrek the Musical (Humpty Dumpty/Knight/Guard/Cow) at All About Theatre. Cayden has been in six productions with All About Theatre and his favorites include: Mulan (Fa-Zhao/Shan Yu), Seussical (Ensemble) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Pastry Chef). Cayden has also performed with Mountain Community Theater in It's a Wonderful Life (Tommy Bailey/Newspaper Boy) and West End Studio in Wagon Wheels-a-Rollin (Bandit) and The Search for Delicious (Mildew/baker/dwarf). Cayden studies voice with Alice Hughes and he is thrilled to be performing in Oliver! and hopes you enjoy the show!
Cheyenne Loftus Cheyenne Loftus (Ensemble/Charlotte) This is Cheyenne's first production at Cabrillo Stage. She has been studying theatre for nine years. Most recently, Cheyenne performed in Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) and An Absolute Turkey (Mitzi Soldignac) at Soquel High School, where she is a freshman. Cheyenne has also participated in productions with All About Theatre including Lucky Stiff (Dominique DuMonaco), Les Miserables (Ensemble) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice). Last summer, she performed in the Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre's final production, Fiddler on the Roof (Ensemble). Additionally, she was featured in Santa Cruz Performing Arts Teen Theatre's Cabaret (Fritzy), and their Musicals Throughout The Decades Showcase. She takes vocal lessons with Kathryn Adkins. Cheyenne is honored to be performing with Cabrillo Stage this summer.
Talia Loftus Talia Loftus (Workhouse) This is Talia's first production at Cabrillo Stage. She is currently a 7th grader at AFE and has been studying theatre for three years. Her most recent performance was Shrek the Musical at All About Theatre where she has been in productions including Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Flatware, Milkmaid) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Nightingale, Advanced Dancer). Talia has performed with other companies in the area including Santa Cruz Performing Arts Teen Theatre's Bonnie and Clyde (Ensemble) as well as Liliana Moraru Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre's production of Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze). She currently studies dance at Pacific Arts Complex and takes voice lessons from Alice Hughes. Talia is full of joy that she gets to perform for you in Oliver! Enjoy the show!
Gavin Mazzia Gavin Mazzia (Fagin Boy/Workhouse/Oliver Understudy) is enthusiastic to play Oliver's understudy, Charlie, and an ensemble member in Cabrillo Stage's Oliver!. Last summer he played Maverick and ensemble in Cabrillo Stage's Oklahoma! For All About Theater he has played Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone, Aladdin in Aladdin, Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and O'Malley in Aristocats. In his spare time, Gavin plays the piano and his favorite styles are jazz and blues. He can also be found surfing or boogie boarding at nearby beaches with some of his amazing friends. One of his favorite ways to spend his time is playing baseball. This year his team has won all but one game, and that was a tie. His future aspirations are musical theater and baseball. He feels lucky this summer because he gets to be in a show with his sister, Halley Rhouault.
Joyce Michaelson Joyce Michaelson (Ensemble/Mrs. Sowerberry) This is Joyce's fourth Cabrillo Stage production, having appeared in LUNCH, La Cage Aux Folles and Hairspray. Favorite past roles with other companies in Santa Cruz include Rose in Neil Simon's Rose's Dilemma (Lampshade Productions), Sister Molly Egan in Handy Dandy (Cabrillo Play Festival), Aida Gianelli in Over the River and Through the Woods (Actors Theater), Fagin in Oliver! (SVPA), Vera Charles in Mame (SVPA) , Queenie in Honk! (SVPA), Jack's Mother in Into the Woods (MCT and SVPA), and Snoopy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (SVPA). She appeared in The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof and Sound of Music with SVPA, where she was a past Artistic Director, and spent 7 years performing with Loose Cannon Theater Improv Troupe.
Lauren Monaco Lauren Monaco (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) is excited about her first appearance with Cabrillo Stage. Lauren's theatrical experience include the role of Ursula in the recent Theater in the Mountains production of The Little Mermaid and The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical The Musical in the 92nd Street Theater Academy in NYC. When she is not singing (or practicing her evil laugh) she enjoys traveling around the world with her family, goofing off with her friends, playing with her brother Andrew and snuggling with her dog Raider.
Palmer Morrison Palmer Morrison (Workhouse) is thrilled to be in his first Cabrillo Stage production. He has been involved in theatre since he was five years old. He performed at UCSC in Mixed Nuts and many shows with WEST End Theatre including Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and The Lion King. Palmer also plays piano and guitar. His other hobbies include singing, reading, skiing, gymnastics, and baseball.
Risa Mykland Risa Mykland (Workhouse) has been performing since she was eight. She has done many shows with All About Theatre and Santa Cruz Performing Arts, and her favorite (so far) is The Drowsy Chaperone (All About Theatre), in which she played The Man in the Chair. Risa is an incoming Freshman to Soquel High School in the fall.
Dylan Ouse Dylan Ouse (Workhouse) has been ecstatically tapping across the floor since she found out she'd been cast in Oliver! T his is her long anticipated musical debut with Cabrillo Stage as part of the 'Workhouse Scene" and she is very excited to show off her skills. When Dylan isn't in rehearsal you can find her taking dance classes at Pacific Arts Complex, on the beach participating in Jr. Lifeguards, or spending time with her house bunnies, Max and Jass. One day Dylan hopes to play Penny in Hairspray, the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz and Young Nala in The Lion King as well as becoming a professional dancer, and choreographer, while teaching dance and horseback riding.
Sara Pedro Sara Pedro (Workhouse) has been acting, singing, and dancing since she was 9. Her first part in a musical was Kelsey in High School Musical 2 with Kids on Broadway. She went on to play Lionel in Cinderella (Kids On Broadway), she was an advanced dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie and she played a Bird Girl in All About Theater's production of Seussical. Sara also performs as a singer in Aptos Junior High's Rock Band, and she is a member of No Limits competitive dance team. She spends her free time doing gymnastics, reading, jumping on the trampoline, and listening to music. She plans to perform in musicals at Aptos High School next year and continue to pursue her love of singing, dancing, and acting.
Jessica Pierini Jessica Pierini (Ensemble/Strawberry Seller) is a 16 year old Cabrillo and Independent Studies student. She is currently studying to be a musical theatre major and plans on transferring to Cal State Fullerton. Performing since she was six years old with several companies, she has recently played the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Fantine in Les Miserables, both with All About Theatre and Belle in Beauty and the Beast with Hooked on Theatre. She has also been working behind the scenes, most recently as an Assistant Director to Santa Cruz Performing Arts Teen Theatre's production of Bonnie and Clyde. To continue her behind the scenes work Jessica has been hired by Hooked on Theatre to Assistant Direct their summer production. Jessica's extremely excited to be working in her first ever Cabrillo show and can't wait to audition for more shows in the future.
Kalen Ramirez Kalen Ramirez (Fagin Boy / Workhouse) has been performing with Santa Cruz theatre companies for over six years. Kalen's past credits include Father and X-Ray in Holes (West Performing Arts), Shermie in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Spotlight Stage), Jafar in Aladdin, Emperor and an ancestor in Mulan, Papa Ge in Once on this Island, Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Mowgli in The Jungle Book (All About Theater). Kalen lives in Scotts Valley, California and will be attending sixth grade at New Brighton Middle School this coming September. This show marks Kalen's first appearance with Cabrillo Stage.
Halley Rhouault Halley Rhouault (Ensemble/Rose Seller) is overjoyed to be the Rose Singer for Cabrillo Stage's Oliver. Halley will be a sophomore at Pacific Collegiate School where she enjoys participating in voice and theater programs taught by Alice Hughes and Cindi Gorski. Halley has been in many shows by various local theater companies. Some of her favorite roles were in All About Theater's 42nd Street, where she played Dorothy Brock, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, playing Millie Dillmount. She also enjoyed playing Fraulein Kost in Santa Cruz Performing Arts's Cabaret, and playing Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly for Pacific Collegiate School. Haley will help musically direct several shows this summer. She is grateful for this opportunity to be the Rose Singer, and to be in a show with her brother Gavin, who is Oliver's understudy and Charlie.
Miranda Robinson Miranda Robinson (Workhouse) has been performing on stage since she was 6 years old. She has performed in many children's theater productions with local companies including All About Theatre, Spotlight Stage and Hooked on Theater along with Children's Musical Theater San Jose. She has also performed with West Valley Light Opera and Scotts Valley Performing Arts. Some of her favorites roles have included Belle in Beauty and the Beast (All About Theatre), JoJo in Seussical (All About Theatre) and Annie in Annie (Hooked on Theater). In addition to performing in theater, she also enjoys dancing, especially tap dancing. Miranda will be a sophomore at San Lorenzo Valley High in the fall and is excited to take part in her first Cabrillo Stage show.
Sadie Rose Sadie Rose (Ensemble) has been actively involved in the performing arts community of Santa Cruz since the age of 8. She has been in over 20 productions with All About Theatre, including the portrayal of Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown, Serena in Legally Blonde The Musical, Frenchy in Grease, and Star-To-Be in Annie. She has worked as a choreographer, dance captain and assistant director at AAT, and just accepted a job as choreographer at Little People's Repertory Theater. Sadie starred as Snoopy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Spotlight Stage. She was last seen at Cabrillo Stage in The Wizard of Oz. From 2010 – 2013 she performed in the Cabrillo College Dance Concerts and participated in the American College Dance Festival. In 2012, Sadie founded Santa Cruz Performing Arts Teen Theatre, providing teens with a broad range of theatrical experience.
Mirannda Silveira Mirannda Silveira (Workhouse) is delighted to participate in her first production with Cabrillo Stage. Her recent performances include Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Spotlight Stage, Mayzie LaBird in Seussical at All About Theater and Macbeth, at Scotts Valley Youth Shakespeare. Additional credits include Annie Get Your Gun with Scotts Valley Performing Arts Association where she was awarded the Gypsy Robe, 42nd Street, Fame, and numerous other shows with AAT. Mira has extensive experience working backstage and especially loves working with the younger kids. While performing at the Anaheim Heritage Festival with PCS's Women's Choir Bella Voce, (directed by Alice Hughes), her choir received Gold and Mira was elated to record at the Disney Studios. She has over 10 years of dance experience in every style and she looks forward to a career in theater.
Morgen J. Smith Morgen J. Smith (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) will debut with Cabrillo Stage in the summer production of Oliver! She has performed with Santa Cruz's All About Theatre as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, the Genie in Aladdin Jr., Mulan in Mulan Jr., Ti Moune in Once on This Island Jr. and began her theatre experience, when she was six, as the Candy Man in Willy Wonka Jr. Morgen has performed with the Cabrillo Youth Chorus, Santa Cruz Montessori school choir and in many school plays. She shares the stage, and performs her originals, with her dad's band, RST, during their annual Key West tour.
Michael Stark Michael Stark (Ensemble/Mr. Sowerberry) is excited to be performing in his sixth production with Cabrillo Stage, having appeared as Marley's Ghost in both the 2009 and 2010 productions of Scrooge, as Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar, as Harry/Baptista in Kiss Me Kate, and as Harry the Horse in Guys & Dolls. Michael also performed recently as Pooh-Bah in Cabrillo College's production of The Mikada. Some of his other recent credits include performances at MCT as George in Moon Over Buffalo, as well as multiple roles in Jekyll & Hyde. He has also been on local stages recently as Craig Cutter in Elf Empire's production of Murder in Reel Time, and as Hugo Burch in Spider's Web at the Market Street Theatre. Michael feels very thrilled and privileged to be working with all of the tremendously talented people involved in this production of Oliver!
Siena Stearns Siena Stearns (Workhouse) is honored to make her debut on the Cabrillo Stage. Since age five, she has enjoyed acting, singing, and dancing in local theater productions with All About Theatre and Spotlight Stage. Her favorite roles have included the title characters in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Willy Wonka, Dragon and Pinocchio in Shrek, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Baloo in The Jungle Book and Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls. She has also studied acting with Andrew Ceglio, voice with Alice Hughes, Bobbie Ward, and Lindsey Chester, and dance with Scott Nicholls. Siena will be entering the sixth grade at New Brighton School in the fall. She is delighted to take part in this production of Oliver! this summer.
James Tennessen James Tennessen (Ensemble) James makes his second appearance at Cabrillo Stage, previously appearing in 2013 in La Cage Aux Folles (Mssr Renaud). James has also appeared in several Cabrillo Theater Arts program productions: Africa Lives In Me, Touring Ensemble (An original show - co-writer, co-director, narrator and vocalist), and Shakespeare's As You Like It (Mssr LeBeau). James' stage appearances include: Rebel Without A Cause, Plaza Suite, and Miracle on 34th Street (Mr. Macy). Musical Theater credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Funny Girl, George M, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, Sound Of Music and Oliver! James has also been active in the community as a guest soloist at The Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel, in numerous cabarets and Temple (Texas) Symphony Chorale. James, an early member of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, toured across the country on their groundbreaking 1981 National Tour.
Peyton Turowski Peyton Turowski (Workhouse) is very excited to be part of this production of Oliver! She has previously performed with Spotlight Stage in The Wiz, Peter Pan and Wendy, Little Shop of Horrors, and as Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She has also performed with CYT in The Jungle Book. Peyton is in eighth grade at Scotts Valley Middle School. When she isn't on stage, Peyton enjoys playing goalie for her soccer team. Peyton would like to thank Andrew Ceglio for introducing her to the world of theater and for teaching her to believe in herself.
Sabrina ValldeRuten Sabrina ValldeRuten (Workhouse) is 11 years old and is looking forward to middle school this Fall. Sabrina has taken tap and ballet at Elaine's Dance Studio and gymnastics at SCGC. She has played a wise person in Christmas Extravaganza at Baymonte, the head angel at St. Andrews and most recently starred as Vicky Victim in The Trial at SLE. Outgoing by nature, she enjoys making funny faces, baking, riding her bike, putting on skits, knitting, playing the piano & ukulele and being with her friends Tessa, Emma, Cassidy and Jessica. Sabrina is interested in pursuing acting, singing and dancing and is very excited to be a workhouse child in Oliver!
Morgan Watts Morgan Watts (Workhouse) has been in a number of shows with local youth theater groups. Her favorite roles are Flounder in The Little Mermaid and Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka Jr., both with All About Theatre. She has also performed in Peter Pan (Hooked on Theater) and other All About Theatre credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Guys & Dolls, 42nd Street, Mulan Jr., Annie Jr., TheJungle Book Jr., Once on This Island Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr. and A Year With Frog and Toad Jr.
Lindsey Wildman Lindsey Wildman (Fagin Boy/Workhouse) is very excited to be participating in Cabrillo Stage's production of Oliver! as a Fagin boy and Workhouse Child. The first time she took the stage at 3 years old in The Nutcracker as one of the Snow fairies, she knew performing was what she wanted to do. Her recent stage experiences include roles in The Wizard of Oz, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Dr. Dolittle. She has been in shows with Santa Cruz Performing Arts, as well as a few with Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation. Her favorite role to date is Annie in Little Orphan Annie with Santa Cruz Performing Arts at the age of 11. She currently attends PCS and is in Bella Voce Women's Choir and is a 3 year member of CSS Honor Choir.
Kiara Fishman Kiara Fishman (Ensemble) This is Kiara's first Cabrillo Stage performance. She was recently featured in the role of Lina Lamont in last spring's production of Singing in the Rain at Pacific Collegiate School, where Kiara will be a Junior this fall. She has been active in PCS's theater program since she arrived there in 2009, with roles such as Mary Winrod in The Rimers of Eldritch, Annie in Annie, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland as well as roles in West Side Story and Hello, Dolly. In addition to theater she has studied dance at Vargas Academy, Dancenter and most recently, Pacific Arts Complex as well as voice training with Alice Hughes. Earlier this summer she played the role of Gypsy in a student-produced and written production of It's Not Illegal In International Waters at PCS.

Cabrillo Stage: Oliver Promo

July 2014
 
Kirsten
Kirsten Elizabeth Livingston (Ensemble) was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She trained with many prestigious ballet schools including School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. She danced for two years as a soloist and two years as a principal dancer with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater. She made her debut with Cabrillo stage as a young girl playing Baby June in Gypsy. She returned many years later in A Night at the Nutcracker and Oklahoma! She teaches and choreographs locally at ballet schools in Santa Cruz and Carmel. She is also the mother of three children.

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.

 
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