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WizardofOzPoster
Music and Lyrics by
Cole Porter
Book by
Sam and Bella Spewack
  • Production Team
  • The Cast
  • Press
  • Gypsy Robe
Janie Scott
Janie Scott (Director & Choreographer) returns to direct after last yearճ Guys And Dolls. Janie graced the Cabrillo Stage in 2005 as the star of Annie Get Your Gun, and also Peter Pan in 2000. She also directed and choreographed Honk! and Some Like It Hot for Cabrillo Stage. Janieճ professional career provided her the opportunity to work directly with many musical theatre greats including Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Trevor Nunn and Michael Bennett. She was seen in the original National and International touring companies of A Chorus Line as both Maggie and Diana Morales as well as the Broadway production of Peter Pan as Wendy opposite Sandy Duncan. After working on the Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, she joined the original LA\ Company of CATS. In 2002, she returned to New York to perform in the 20th Anniversary production of Merrily We Roll Along, under the direction of Tony award winning director Kathleen Marshall. Janie has performed summer stock, dinner theatre, regional theatre, industrials and film over the years. Janie co-directs The Master Conservatory, a Musical Theatre Training program in San Jose with John McCluggage. Janie has been a professor in the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University for the past 18 years.
Jon Nordgren
Jon Nordgren (Producing Artistic Director, Music Director) is in his second year as producer with Cabrillo Stage. Since 2002, he has 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, Great America, Princess Cruise Lines and for 13 years at Steve Silver's musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon...! He has performed in concert with the likes of The Chordettes, Manhattan Transfer, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Little Anthony, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Bobby Rydel, Joanne Castle, Julius LaRossa, Donald O'Connor, Jack Jones, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus. As musical director Jon's credits include many productions spanning over the past 33 years. Jon would not be here if it werenմ for a couple of the greatest fans Cabrillo Stage ever had, his parents, Ardean and Lucille; and without the unending support of his wife, Kristin, and his four children.
Dustin Leonard
Dustin Leonard (Production Manager) has had the honor of working with Cabrillo Stage since 1998, including Annie, Honk, Peter Pan, Music Man, The Fantasticks & Forever Plaid, just to name a few. Dustin is the Managing Artistic Director and founder of The Monterey Bay Repertory Theatre and has directed, produced and starred in a number of shows in the Monterey Bay area. Dustin most recently directed Little Shop of Horrors and 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. His credits include both on and off stage at MBR Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage. Dustin has managed and produced diverse shows such as A Street Car Named Desire, Christmas Carol, Art, Carousel and many more.
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Lena Mason (Production Stage Manager) has been part of Cabrillo Stage for many years as a Front of House Manager. 2006 marked Lena's first year behind the scenes, as production stage manager for Guys And Dolls. Her professional stage managing experience includes 11 years with Actors Theatre Eight Tens @ 8 Festival, and such productions as Center Coast TheatreWorks Angels in America, Cabrillo College's Gods Country, Rashomon, Man For All Seasons, and Twelfth Night, Ghostlight Theatre's Hunting for Moby Dick, and five years with the Seventh Sense Fashion Show. She has also stage managed at the Mello Center for such performers as Tandy Beal, Bruce Lee, Phil Collins and The New Music Works, amongst others. Lena has worked at Cabrillo College in the financial aid department for 12 years.
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Charlie Smith*** (Set Design) Radio Golf (Yale, LA, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, McCarter, Bay), The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony Award; LA, Bշay, West End, Natլ Tour), Gem of the Ocean (Tony Nom; Bay, Chicago), Assassins (Bay), Drowning Crow (Bay), Bare (Off- Broadway), The IT Girl (Off-Broadway), The Property Known as Garland (Off-Broadway), Beauty and the Beast (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Berlin, Madrid), 135th Ringling Bros. Circus (Nat Tour), Dora Pirate Adventure (Nat Tour) Showstoppers (Lincoln Center) Bingo (Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, SF), The Fantasticks (Cabrillo Stage), A Wonderful Life (Papermill Playhouse). Upcoming projects: Grumpy Old Men (Bay), Writing Arthur (Bay), King Lear (West End), A Wonderful Life (Theatre Under the Stars). He received his training in architecture at Lankiest did Torino and in set design at New York University. A member of United Scenic Artists, Mr. Smith lives in New York where his studio, Charlie Smith Design Associates, is based.

***Member of the United Scenic & Costume Artists 829

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Thomas G. Marquez** (Costume Design) is an acclaimed designer of theatre, film and Television, and is currently working on the sit-com The Bill Engvall Show at NBC Studios in LA. But that doesn't keep Tommy in one place! He designed AMTSJ's Christmas Dreamland and Valley Musical Theatre's Beehive, for which he won the 2007 Los Angeles Critics Circle Cabrillo Stage Staff Award. Regional theatre credits include Cabrillo Stage's 2006 Guys And Dolls, Sweet Charity at Musical Theatre of Wichita, and Gypsy at AMTSJ. Current theatre credits also include Swing! (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), the West Coast premiere of Never Gonna Dance (Musical Theatre West), Once Upon A Mattress, Phantom and Chicago (Musical Theatre of Wichita), Sweet Charity and Chicago (Northshore Music Theatre), the world premiere of Lullaby Of Broadway (Tiffany Theatre), Showboat, Swing and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Musical Theatre West), Dreamgirls, Carousel, Into The Woods and Damn Yankees (CLOSBC); Bingo (World Premiere -Hermosa Beach Playhouse) and Evita, Pippin, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, City of Angels, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Grease and Singing in the Rain (AMTSJ). Marquez was nominated for the prestigious La Ovation Award for his designs of Once On This Island and Crazy For You (drama-logue award). Television credits as design assistant include: The Wonder Years, Third Rock From the Sun, That 80s Show, and What I Like About You. He has designed for such films as Bit Players starring Verne Troyer (Mini- Me; Sundance Film Festival), Outpatient, and the award winning Die Mommy Die starring Charles Busch. He is currently designing a tour of Love Sweet Love that features the music of Burt Bacharach, and continues to earn praise for his appearance on Bravo TV's Project Jay.

** Member of IAT SE Film & TV Costume Artists Local 705

Alice Hughes
Alice Hughes (Vocal Director) has been teaching voice and conducting adult, youth choirs and musicals in the Santa Cruz area since 1981. Her recent musical directing credits include: Les Miserables (school edition), Cats, Jane Eyre, Guys and Dolls, and Anything Goes (Pacific Collegiate School), Mame (Scotts Valley Performing Arts) Sideshow, Music Man and Guys and Dolls (Kids on Broadway). She is the choral director at Pacific Collegiate School and also teaches weekend seminars for choir directors and workshops for choirs in the western states. She has a degree in choral education from the Conservatory at the University of the Pacific. Ms. Hughes has also served as co-producer and director on six compact disc recordings with her church choirs. These recordings are sold throughout the U.S. and abroad, and are sung entirely acapella, featuring amateur adult and youth choirs. Santa Cruz audiences will remember her as Foster Wilson in the Cabrillo Stage production of Annie Get Your Gun and as the baker's wife in Into The Woods. She has also performed locally in A My Name is Alice (Actors Theatre), Bread! The Musical (Ortiz Productions), My Fair Lady, and The King and I (Cabrillo Stage)
Dohn Grube
Dohn Grube (Properties Master) has a Bachelor of Music from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Design from the University of California, Davis. He has taught at the University of California, Davis and The Western Stage at Hartnell College. Since 2004 he has taught at Cabrillo College Theater Arts Department and has been Prop Master for Cabrillo Stage. In his spare time he paints abstract and realistic portraits. Look him up: LeoPeriwinkle.com.
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Ron Koinzan (Technical Director) is very pleased to be returning for his 8th year at Cabrillo Stage. When he is not spending his summers in California he resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa where he is the technical director for the theatre department at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to that, he served as the technical director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Some of his additional credits include the School of Music at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska Summer Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Celebration Arts, and the Redwood Curtain.
Teressa B.

Teressa Byrne* (Lilli/Kate) was born and raised in Monterey County and is delighted to be performing so close to her hometown, Carmel. Spring 2007: Maury Yeston's Phantom (Christine Daa) at Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Escondido Center for the Arts and San Bernardino's historic California Theatre. Numerous regional stage credits include: PCPA Theaterfest - Guys and Dolls (Sarah), Brigadoon (Fiona), My Fair Lady (Eliza), My Way (Woman 2); the Hollywood Bowl's Sound of Music (Sister Sophia); Los Angeles Reprise! - Kismet, Brigadoon, On The 20th Century; Terrence McNally's Master Class (Sharon) at Berkeley Rep, the Odyssey, the Fountain at Ensemble Theater Santa Barbara; Seven Brides (Milly), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), The Countess (Effie Ruskin). Opera: Ballo In Maschera (Oscar), Andrea Chenier, Tosca, Carmen, Gioconda (Laura). Concert: joint soloist with tenor Peter Girardot in the 2006 Northern California recital tour of the Ensemble di Teatro Massimo di Palermo, appearing with international Operas Krassimir at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, Easter recital at the U.S. Ambassadorial Residence in Valetta, Malta. She is a member of SAG, AEA, and AFTRA-e. Other credits: indie film, industrials, commercials, variety. BA UCLA. For Joseph - ғtrange, dear

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Joe Kinyon
Joe Kinyon (Fred/Petruchio) was last seen in Berkeley Opera's Girl of the Golden West, as the Sheriff. Joe has performed leading roles with various opera companies in the Bay Area including: Opera San Jobs's, North Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and Sonoma City Opera. Among the roles credited to his name are: the title role in North Bay Opera's 2006 production of Macbeth, as Joey in Cinnabar Opera's Most Happy Fella, Emile de Becque in Saratoga Drama Group's production of South Pacific, Valentin in Ground's Faust with both Berkeley Opera and Livermore Valley Opera, the title role of Berkeley Opera's Spring production of Eugene Ongin, Escamillo in LVO's rendition of Carmen (a role he previously performed with Berkeley Opera) and Count Almaviva in Sonoma City Opera's interpretation of The Marriage of Figaro. A Bay Area native, Mr. Kinyon has studied voice for seven years with Carl Franzen.
Jill Reasoner
Jill Reasoner (Lois/Bianca) is an experienced dancer who is working to break into the musical theater scene. Jill recently finished a run of Open the Door, a jazz dance concert, with Visual Rhythm Dance Company. Jill has also played Winnie in Annie Get Your Gun with Saratoga Drama Group and Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with West Valley Light Opera. She has performed in three shows with director Janie Scott in San Jose State's resident musical theater company, Company One and has performed as a featured dancer in three operas with Opera San Jose. Jill graduated in 2006 from San Jose State with her BA in Dance and Musical Theater. She would like to thank her parents for their unconditional support, her Grandmaw Dart for her inspiration, and her fiance's for his constant love.
Andrew Will-Woodward
Andrew Willis-Woodward (Bill/Lucentio) is tremendously excited to be returning to Cabrillo Stage after last appearing as Kurt in their production of The Sound of Music 11 years ago. Since then he has appeared in dozens of productions around the Bay Area. His recent credits include the Emcee in Cabaret at Stanford University, Radames in Aida at CMTSJ, and Vince in Convenience at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. He has studied at a variety of conservatory programs, including the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Theater Arts Institute at the American Musical Theater of San Jose, and CAP21 at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford in 2006, and he is currently working as a software engineer.
Just Torres
Justin Torres (Paul) has only recently started acting in the San Jose area. He has acted in a few productions at San Jose State including The Laramie Project and Of Mice and Men. His first introduction to musical theatre came from joining the musical troupe Company One, also directed by Janie Scott, where he has played Justin (Asylum) and Chap Bill (Return of the Pirates). As of recently, he was in West Valley Light Opera's production of Honk! as The Cat. Justin would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support. He would also especially like to thank director Janie Scott, without her he would have never discovered a true love for musical theatre.
Alexis Martz
Alexis Martz (Hattie) has been in many productions by All About Theatre. Alexis always loved to sing but never opened herself up to pursuing it. After entering, and winning, first place in a California all-state singing competition, she couldn't get enough. Alexis then decided to test her waters and go into a more open field. She Joined All About Theatre and landed the leading role of Nancy in Oliver Twist. She has been cast in many plays since then such as Bye Bye Birdie and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. She has also played the Sour Kangeroo in Suessical the Musical, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, and most recently Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Growing up, and constantly moving throughout Washington state was difficult for her, but the move to California really gave her options with her passion for singing, that she is currently pursuing and hopefully has a lot to do with in the future.
 
Glenn J. Davis (Gangster 1) is appearing in his second Cabrillo Stage production. He played Benny Southstreet in Guys And Dolls last summer. In the 2005 Cabrillo College production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he played the brother Levi and the Butler. He has been singing around the county with the mixed vocal ensemble For Heaven's Sake for the past six years. Glenn has done solo, ensemble and choir work at Santa Cruz Bible Church. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia, where he appeared as Angus McGuffie in Brigadoon with the University Players in 1981. During his college career he sang with the University Choir, Schola Cantorum and a male a cappella group called the Richmond Revelers. Glenn was also in high school productions of Bye Bye Birdie and Oklahoma!
 
Michael Gomes (Gangster 2) discovered acting at Chico State University where he obtained his BS degree in geology. Upon graduation from college Michael continued to pursue his newfound love of acting. He has performed in several plays around the Santa Cruz area in the Actors Theatre and the Cabrillo College fall and winter seasons. Michael has also performed in several short films and full-length features productions. He has most recently trained with Sara Albertson, for the last two years, where he learned acting for the camera. Michael continues to act and audition on a regular basis.
 
Burr Nissen (Pops/Priest) has performed several principal roles with Cabrillo Stage. The first being the Beadle in Sweeney Todd, then as the Beadle in Oliver. Other roles were in Funny Girl, Man of La Mancha, Some Like it Hot, and Guys and Dolls. He performed in Summer Theatre at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Over the years, Burr has had roles with Theatreworks, American Musical Theatre San Jose and 42nd St. Moon in San Francisco. Burr and his wife, Susan, play bagpipes with the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums of San Francisco. This past St. Patrick's Day the group performed at Disneyland. During the school year he works as a Guidance Counselor for Eastside Union High School District's Adult Ed Department.
 
Dan Galpin (General) has been a part of Cabrillo Stage productions since Oliver! in 1995. He has also been seen in Funny Girl, Annie, Peter Pan, and The Music Man. He has also performed on the same stage with Cabrillo Opera in Yeomen of the Guard and The Magic Flute, and with Cabrillo College in The Robber Bridegroom and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He's also performed with Cabrillo Cantiamo and Symphonic Chorus. Recently he performed as Papageno in The Magic Flute with Mission City Opera (2006), and Tolloller in Iolanthe (2007) and as Simon in Naughty Marietta (2006) with San Jose Lyric Theatre. He has spent the past three seasons performing in the Opera San Jose chorus and at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in South San Francisco in various capacities. When he is not performing, he works as a software engineer at VeriSign in Santa Cruz.
 
Jon-Mark (Gremio) is glad to return to Cabrillo Stage for another season, this year as Gremio. You may remember him as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Cabrillo Stage 2006 award winning production of Guys & Dolls. Previous roles include: Tom (School House Rock Live), Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Horton the Elephant (Suessical the Musical), Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), Mr. Beaver (Narnia) and Alloysius A. Aesop (Aesops Fabulous Fable Factory). He serves as Minister of Music at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in San Jose, continues to direct for local theatre companies, All About Theatre and Ariel Theatrical Productions, and vocal coaches for Harbor High School Drama. He holds the Master of Music degree from Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee) and the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California).
 

Andrew Roubal (Hortensio) is proud to return for his fourth consecutive year with Cabrillo Stage, after being seen in Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun and The Music Man. Andrew has been performing all his life and dancing since the age of three. He has appeared in The Music Man and Damn Yankees with AMTSJ. He has also appeared in SinginIn The Rain and A Chorus Line with MCT. Andrew has choreographed shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver and 42nd Street for All About Theatre. Last year Andrew directed and choreographed All About Theatre's summer 2006 production of A Chorus Line and is proud to return again this summer directing and choreographing Sweet Charity. Andrew has also performed as world famous Disneyland Cast Member with the Character and Parade Department. Andrew has completed two years as a Musical Theatre student at California State University, Fullerton and has been seen in their productions of Cabaret and Seussical. Andrew has recently been accepted into the University's BFA program in Musical Theatre and will be among only ten people to receive a BFA in Musical Theatre in his class. Andrew thanks his family for their never-ending love and support

 
Michael Stark (Harry/Baptista) returns to Cabrillo Stage for his second season, having appeared as Harry the Horse in last years Guys and Dolls. Michael pursued an acting career for many years in San Diego and Los Angeles, including performances with the LA Connection Comedy Improv Troupe. Locally, he has performed with the a cappella group Naked Voices and the Santa Cruz Improvathon. Other recent performing experience included entertaining his students as an instructor in the Computer and Information Systems Dept. at Cabrillo College from 1999-2003. Michael is excited to be back for another summer at Cabrillo Stage and is looking forward to playing another character named Harry.
 
Christopher Albrecht (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with Cabrillo Stage for his third show, Kiss Me Kate. You might remember this 6նӠdancer from The Music Man and Guys and Dolls. He is currently studying dance at UCLA, and has been involved with many theater and dance performances while at school such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, ACS Benefit and the undergraduate dance concert WAC Smash. Other credits include Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Grease, Stage Door, and Guys and Dolls at Harbor High School. Christopher would love to thank his parents (and Thomas and Laura) for their endless love and support ever since his debut to the stage with his highly acclaimed role of Dancing Lollipop in the second grade. He would like to dedicate this show to Aimee, Kate and Hilary because he loves them so very much.
 
Cassie Blake (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining Cabrillo Stage. For the last three summers she has entertained at Paramount's Great America, where she hosted Tuned into Karaoke, and played the roles of Florence and Doris in The School of Rock Live in Concert. She received her BA in Creative Arts with a Musical Theater minor in 2006 from San Jose State University. While there, she was a member of Janie Scott's Company One for four years and is thrilled to be working with her again. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support.
 
Lindsey Chester (Ensemble) grew up on the stages of North Yorkshire in England, where she appeared in over 30 stage productions from the age of 5 to 16. Some of her starring roles include Nancy in Oliver, The Witch in Into the Woods, Lola in Damn Yankees, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Maria in West Side Story. She spent most of her youth singing in Cathedral choirs, bands and performing on the stage. Having studied Neuroscience at Edinburgh University obtaining her BSc., she moved to the United States and is reliving her childhood dreams. Currently, Lindsey is a director of children's theater in Santa Cruz County. She has had the pleasure of directing at many of the local schools and is Artistic Director of All About Theatre, a local company for children. Most recently you would have seen her in Dido and Aeneas with the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra (2007), Cabrillo Stage's Guys and Dolls (2006) and The Music Man (2004). Other roles include Sheila in Hair (2000 & 2002), and in Tom Foolery (2001). She is honored to be working with such a talented cast and group of staff this summer in Kiss Me Kate.
 
Jazon Escultura (Ensemble) graduated from San Jose State University in 2006 with a B.A. in dance. Since then he has been a member or two different dance companies; University Dance Theater, a modern dance company directed by Gary Masters, and Visual Rhythm Dance Company, a theatrical jazz company directed by Judy Pearson. Visual Rhythm recently premiered Open The Door at the San Jose Repertory Theater. Kiss Me Kate marks Jazon's second show here at Cabrillo Stage. Last year he was part of the ensemble for Guys and Dolls and is glad to work with both Janie Scott and Cabrillo Stage once again.
 
Paul Hughes (Ensemble) Kiss Me Kate is Paul's fourth show with Cabrillo Stage, the previous three being Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and Peter Pan (Michael Darling). He also performed in Cabrillo College's Joseph and the Amazing... (Judah). Paul has also appeared in ten shows with Pacific Collegiate School including Les Miserable (Enjolras), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger, Gus), and Play It Again, Sam (Allan Felix). He also has performed in four shows with All About Theatre, including Bye Bye Birdie (Albert Peterson) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy Smith). He has also worked with Mountain Community Theatre, starring in their production of How to Succeed in Business... (J. Pierrepont Finch). He also starred in the UCSC short film Ultramat (Eric). In addition to his performance experience, Paul has worked as production stage manager on two shows and co-directed one, Metamorphoses. This fall, Paul will attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, to pursue a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Musical Theatre.
 
Eleanor Hunter (Wardrobe Lady /Ensemble) is a native of Santa Cruz and a graduate of UCSC with a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance. While at UCSC she studied with Brian Staufenbiel and Patrice Magginis and was a member of the University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers where she was also featured as a soloist. Her roles with the UCSC Opera Department include La Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Mrs. Gobineau in Menottiճ The Medium. Eleanor also played the role of Maud Dunlop in the 2004 Cabrillo Stage production of Meridith Wilson's The Music Man. She currently teaches voice in Santa Cruz and works as a Musical Director for All About Theatre, a non-profit youth theater company in Santa Cruz. Recently Eleanor sang the role of the Spirit in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra. In Kiss Me Kate she is playing the part of the Wardrobe Lady and also enjoying the challenge of understudying the role of Kate. She looks forward to an enthusiastic and fulfilling summer with Cabrillo Stage!
 
Courtney Iventosch (Ensemble) has been dancing for fifteen years, studying tap, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and modern. She began her training at the Oakland Ballet School and spent most of her years training at Pamelot in Auburn, California, with Pam Harrold and Debbi Sampson. She is furthering her dance and musical theatre studies at San Jose State University. She has had featured dancing roles in Oklahoma and Babes in Arms and recently choreographed Music and Mores productions of Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. Courtney was a recipient of Break the Floor Production's Tap Scholarship in 2006. She has just completed her first year in San Jose's State University's Company One, under the direction of Janie Scott, and looks forward to her second year of musical theatre training with the company. Courtney was in her first film last summer, Living Now, a MIMBolide benefit film for muscular dystrophy, directed by Sarah Barbulesco, in which she had a lead female role. She is delighted to be in her first performance with Cabrillo Stage
 
David Jackson (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut with Cabrillo Stage in this year's production of Kiss Me Kate. Although this is his debut with Cabrillo stage you may have seen him as Joseph, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Cabrillo College's fall show of 2005. His credits include, Brad in Rocky Horror Show with Actors Theatre, Radames in Aida with West Valley Light Opera, and Tom Sawyer in Big River also with West Valley Opera. He has also sung with Cabrillo College's Cantiamo! chorus, Symphonic Chorus, and Jazz Singers. He is currently a student at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. He wants to thank his family and friends for their ongoing support.
 
Kate Kumada (Ensemble) is excited to be back at Cabrillo Stage for her fifth season, also having appeared in Annie, Peter Pan, Honk!, and last summer's Guys and Dolls. Other credits include a Royal Dancer in Musical Theater Wests, The King and I, and Rumpleteazer in CMT's Cats. She currently attends San Jose State where she is majoring in Creative Arts and enjoys plenty of dance classes. She dedicates her performance to her dad who she loves always.
 
Mitch Lang (Ensemble) has performed professionally on the Las Vegas stage in shows such as Siegfried and Roy in Beyond Belief, Melinda The First Lady of Magic, Spellbound The Illusion continues, and Glitz starring Allen and Rossi. He also performed with Magician Sherry Lukas in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Monte Carlo; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand. Mitch also performed with Miss Lukas in Worlds Greatest Magic 4 for television filmed at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. For several years Mitch also performed on Holland/America Cruise ships. Mitch grew up in Davenport, Iowa where his love for the stage began in the high school musical theater productions of Mame and How to Succeed in Business... His musical theater credits also include Lil Abner and Gypsy where he played Tulsa.
 
Emily Marsilia (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in yet another Cabrillo Stage production, having last appeared in their 2006 production of Guys & Dolls (Streetwalker/Havana Dancer). Emily performed in her first Cabrillo Stage show in the 2005 production of Annie Get Your Gun. Favorite productions include Les Miserable (Eponine) with Pacific Collegiate School, 2nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie Alvarez), How To Succeed in Business... (Rosemary), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy Brown), and Cats (Demeter), for which she was nominated Best Supporting Actress by AMTSJ. Dancing since the age of four, Emily has competed in many different styles of dance with KAR Dance, I Love Dance, Tahoe Nationals, and Starlight Productions. She is now getting into the field of choreography (West Side Story, Honk!) and teaches dance classes for All About Theatre's Summer Program
 
Megan Terry (Ensemble) received her bachelors degree in Creative Arts from San Jose State University. During her time at SJSU she trained in musical theater with Company One under the direction of Janie Scott. She grew up dancing in Lakeport, California where she performed in many recitals, festivals, and high school musicals. She is pleased to return to Cabrillo Stage for a second year as dance captain and performing in the ensemble. Much love to her family and Philip.
 
Annie West (Ensemble) has been dancing since the age of five. From that point on her interest in the art grew stronger, and to her surprise led her on adventures not only across the United States but to other countries as well. Annie began her intensive ballet training under the instruction of Jeff and Cathy Giese (Ballet Idaho) and Elizabeth Nesi (Cincinnati Ballet) through the age of 16. At that point she began to study musical theatre and discovered a newfound obsession with jazz dance, becoming heavily involved in the theatre. Taking her talent to the collegiate level, Annie spent two years at the University of Montana working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Pursuing her lifelong passion of dance and dreams of international travel, Annie moved to the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires, and studied Tango for six months. Annie now studies at San Jose State University as a dance major, and as a member of Janie Scott's Company One, played the part of Mad Dog in Pirates: Money or Mutiny. Last summer Annie performed as a Hot Box Dancer in Stage's Guys and Dolls.
 
Jennifer Williams (Ensemble) is a recent graduate from San Jose State University where she just received a B.A. in Dance. She has danced under the direction of Gary Masters, Fred Mathews, Janie Scott, Heather Cooper and Jill Yager as well as having been a 2-year company member in University Dance Theatre and other numerous student concerts. Jennifer grew up in San Diego where she began dancing at the age of three and participated in theatre throughout high school. This is her first appearance at Cabrillo Stage and she is extremely honored and excited about this amazing opportunity! Jennifer sends much love to her mom and dad
Reviews: Date:
Kate The Great - Traci Hukill, Metro Santa Cruz 7/25/2007
Kiss Me Kate - Stacey Vreeken, Sentinel 7/27/2007

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Lindsey Chester (Ensemble) grew up on the stages of North Yorkshire in England, where she appeared in over 30 stage productions from the age of 5 to 16. Some of her starring roles include Nancy in Oliver, The Witch in Into the Woods, Lola in Damn Yankees, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Maria in West Side Story. She spent most of her youth singing in Cathedral choirs, bands and performing on the stage. Having studied Neuroscience at Edinburgh University obtaining her BSc., she moved to the United States and is reliving her childhood dreams. Currently, Lindsey is a director of children's theater in Santa Cruz County. She has had the pleasure of directing at many of the local schools and is Artistic Director of All About Theatre, a local company for children. Most recently you would have seen her in Dido and Aeneas with the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra (2007), Cabrillo Stage's Guys and Dolls (2006) and The Music Man (2004). Other roles include Sheila in Hair (2000 & 2002), and in Tom Foolery (2001). She is honored to be working with such a talented cast and group of staff this summer in Kiss Me Kate.

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

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



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