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WizardofOzPoster
Book & Lyrics by
Joe DiPietro
Music by
Jimmy Roberts

Originally Produced in New York by James Hammerstein, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard • Original Direction by Joel Bishoff • Originally Produced by the America Stage Company, James N. Vagias, Executive Producer

  • Production Team
  • The Cast
  • Press
  • Gypsy Robe
Andrew Ceglio
Andrew Ceglio (Director/Choreographer) is a native of San Jose and has found much joy and success working as a local artist in the Bay Area for the past eight years. He began his training under Professor Janie Scott of San Jose State University and her troupe Company One, where he spent two years. Andrew made his directorial debut right here at Cabrillo Stage with last season’s production of Forever Plaid. Shortly after, Andrew teamed up with The Tabard Theatre Company of San Jose, where he adapted and directed the classic tale by Antoine De Saint Exupery, The Little Prince. Cabrillo audiences may remember him as Mr. Beinstock in Some Like It Hot, Henry in The Fantasticks, Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors and Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. Andrew is thrilled to be back and honored to be collaborating once again with the amazing team here at Cabrillo Stage. Andrew would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support, and he looks forward in continuing to bring the arts to theatre lovers everywhere, be it on stage or behind the scenes.
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Drew Lewis (Music Director) is returning to Cabrillo Stage after working as music director and pianist for last summer’s production of Forever Plaid. He has been involved in theater around Santa Cruz for eleven years, playing in pit orchestras and working as music director for a variety of theater productions. Most recently he directed GBK Preparatory School’s production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Drew is the music teacher at GBK Preparatory School in Santa Cruz and directs the three award winning choirs and teaches musical production with the school’s drama teacher. He is a member of the California Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), the California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA) and is a board member of the Central Coast Section of the CMEA.
Dustin Leonard
Dustin Leonard (Production Manager) has had the honor of working with Cabrillo Stage as Production Manager on the last eight productions, including Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, The Fantasticks, Guys And Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss Me Kate, Forever Plaid and Jesus Christ Superstar. 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.
Skip Epperson
William "Skip" Epperson (Scenic Design/Props Master) has been teaching theatrical design and backstage theatre for the past 17 years at Cabrillo College and currently serves as the Theatre Arts Program Chair. Holding a MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented directors, designers, and technicians across the country, and has had many artists appear on his designs as actors, singers, and dancers. His work has appeared on the stages of many theaters and venues including Cabrillo Theatre Arts, Henry Street Playhouse, Washington and Lee University Theater, Santa Cruz Actors Theater, Santa Cruz Bible Church, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage. Skip is the proud recipient of a 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Together with his beautiful bride of 24 years, Mary Jo, his most precious productions have been his four children Sara, Zack, Anna-Katherine, and Genevieve ages 21 to 4.
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Mark Hopkins (Lighting Design) has been with Cabrillo Stage since 1992. He has designed scenery and lighting for many local theatre companies including Bear Republic Theater, SEET Theatre, and Friends Of Gus. He recently has designed scenery for Cabrillo Stage’s Little Shop of Horrors and lighting for Forever Plaid. He has also designed Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra’s production of The Three Penny Opera, as well as lighting for Jewel Theater’s Starting Here, Starting Now.
Maria Crush
Maria Crush (Costume Design) has been working with Cabrillo Stage since 1988 and designed such shows as Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha, Funny Girl, The Sound of Music, Oliver, The King & I, Peter Pan, Honk, Some Like it Hot, West Side Story and Music Man. She has designed costumes for West Bay Opera, New Music Works as well as Cabrillo College productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Three Penny Opera, A Man For All Season, Rashomon, School For Scandal, The Visit, Twelfth Night, Magic Flute, Oedipus Rex, Importance of Being Earnest and Suessical. 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 and won the Gail Rich Award in 2007 and was also nominated in 2008 for a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
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Melisa Totten (Stage Manager) is proud to be returning to Cabrillo Stage this summer after working as an assistant stage manager/deck manager for last summer’s Jesus Christ Superstar. In the last two years at the Cabrillo drama department she has been a stage manager, carpenter, set designer and electrician for many productions including Seussical, The Importance of Being Earnest, Anonymous and Fight Dreams. She graduated from UCSC PRODUCTION STAFF - Love...Change 16 Cabrillo Stage • Summer 2009 in 2006 with a major in art and minor in theater arts, where she focused on Scenic Design. Melisa hopes to travel the world designing sets one day. She would like to thank Cabrillo Stage for asking her to work with them again this summer; Meg, Enzo, Chris, and Rachel for their continuing support and interest in her work; Danny, Hillary and Jocelyn for helping advance her theater skills; Becky and Carsten for being flexible and helping her live; Mom, Dad, Mary, Michael and Ashley for believing in her and supporting all her ventures as she attempts to reach for the stars.
Marcel Tjioe
Marcel Tjioe (Technical Director) comes to Cabrillo Stage after working in professional theatre for the last eleven years. Some of the 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 work internationally in Germany (Capitol Theater in Dճsseldorf) and Austria (Seefestspiele Mճrbisch). Marcel was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He is a German citizen and has lived in Santa Cruz for the last 5 Years with his wife Myriam and daughter Sofia. He is the Performing Arts Technician for Cabrillo College.
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Ron Koinzan (Master Carpenter) 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.
Max Bennet
Max Bennett-Parker is originally from Fresno, CA. Max’s regional credits include Les Mis (Valjean), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Grease (Teen Angel), Tommy (Capt. Walker), Anything Goes (Moonface) and others, with such companies as Good Company Players, Children’s Musical Theatreworks, and Roosevelt School of the Arts (his alma mater). In addition to performing, he has served as vocal coach for shows ranging from Into The Woods, Sideshow, and Tommy. He’s played keyboards with bands based in the Central Valley, including Los Hooligans, The NoTones, Beach Party Blockade, and currently with the Santa Cruz outfit, James Rabbit. This is his second Cabrillo Stage production after last summer’s Forever Plaid.
Ariel Buck
Ariel Buck is thrilled to be returning to Cabrillo Stage after playing Audrey in the 2007 production of Little Shop of Horrors. Recent Bay Area credits include The Fox/Snake in The Little Prince (Tabbard Theatre) and Mother in Ragtime (CMTSJ Marquee Productions) Other favorite roles include Meg (understudy) in A Christmas Carol (NSMT), Ruth in Plain and Fancy (The Barn Theatre, IN) Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore (Emerson) Clara in Passion (TBC) And two years as a Lead Singer in Tokyo Disney’s Encore! She would like to thank her cat for being so supportive!
Nick Ceglio
Nicholas Ceglio is making his third appearance at Cabrillo Stage. You may have previously seen him as Celle in Peter Pan (2000) and Snowboy in West Side Story (2003), Nicholas currently lives in Los Angeles where he plays in a rock band (myspace.com/deathtoanders).
Sara Stein
Sara Stein was most recently seen as Pocahontas in Marquee Production’s When You Wish in San Jose. Past favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast (CMTSJ alumni), Susan in Tick, Tick, Boom! (TOSPS), Violet in Sideshow (CMTSJ), and Ruth in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Marquee Productions). After attending The Boston Conservatory for a time, Sara returned to the Bay Area to focus on a career in early childhood education until she was offered the opportunity to perform as a singer/dancer for Holland America Cruiselines. Sara now lives in San Jose and is attending school to become a veterinary technician. Her love of dance and music will not be forgotten as she pursues her dreams of helping homeless and neglected animals throughout the world.
Sky Wilson
Ariel Buck is thrilled to be returning to Cabrillo Stage after playing Audrey in the 2007 production of Little Shop of Horrors. Recent Bay Area credits include The Fox/Snake in The Little Prince (Tabbard Theatre) and Mother in Ragtime (CMTSJ Marquee Productions) Other favorite roles include Meg (understudy) in A Christmas Carol (NSMT), Ruth in Plain and Fancy (The Barn Theatre, IN) Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore (Emerson) Clara in Passion (TBC) And two years as a Lead Singer in Tokyo Disney’s Encore! She would like to thank her cat for being so supportive!

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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