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WizardofOzPoster
Written and Originally
Directed & Choreography by
Stuart Ross
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by
James Raitt
  • 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 seven years. He began his training under Professor Janie Scott of San Jose Sate University and her troupe Company One, where he spent two years. Audiences may remember Mr. Ceglio from his work in the Santa Cruz area and right here on the Cabrillo Stage. In 2005, he paired up with the Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company as The Emcee in Cabaret. And in 2006, he reprised the role of Snoopy with Jewel Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Cabrillo audiences may remember him most of all as Mr. Beinstock (Some like It Hot), Henry (The Fantasticks), and Seymour in last summer’s hit Little Shop of Horrors. He is thrilled to be back and honored to be on the other side of the table making magic with the amazing team here at Cabrillo Stage. Some other credits include: Wonka (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), Jon (Tick, Tick…Boom), Lewis (Pippin) and Tateh (Ragtime). In addition to on stage credits, Andrew is also an accomplished voice-over artist and his voice can be found as many characters on games for the Xbox and PS2 game consoles: Jake (Time Crisis 3), Redmond (Whiplash), Hyuga (Phantasy Star Universe) and Sgt. Hatter (Virtual On Marz). Andrew would like to thank his family and friends for all of their 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) has been involved in community theater for the past 10 years playing in pit orchestras and working as music director for a variety of different community and school productions. Most recently he worked as musical director for the Scotts Valley Performing Arts’ production of Oliver and for GBK Prep School’s production of She Loves Me. Drew is the music teacher at GBK Preparatory School in Santa Cruz and directs their 3 choirs and teaches the musical production with the school’s drama teacher. He is a member of the California Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and 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 3.
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Mark Hopkins (Lighting Designer) has been with Cabrillo Stage since 1992. He has designed scenery and lighting for many local theatre companies including Bear Republic Theater, SEE Theatre, and Friends Of Gus. He recently has designed scenery for Cabrillo Stage’s Little Shop of Horrors, and Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra’s production of The Three Penny Opera, as well as lighting for Jewel Theater’s I Do, I Do.
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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Katie Key (Stage Manager) is currently a senior studying Directing and Lighting Design at New York University. Her first experience with Cabrillo Stage was as Deck Manager for the 2007 season’s Kiss Me Kate. She is thankful and excited to be involved with her second production at Cabrillo Stage. Other productions Katie has Stage Managed include Nora and The Moon Came Down. Katie has designed lights for The General of Hot Desire, Iphigenia 2.0, and Mountain Language. Her directing work includes The Importance of Being Earnest, Suddenly Last Summer, Enchanted April,and The Crucible. Katie is currently interested in solo performance work and to date she has written, work shopped and performed four of her pieces and she is currently working on her fifth.
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) 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.
Max Bennet
Max Bennett-Parker (Frankie) is a student at Cabrillo and this is Max’s first production with Cabrillo Stage. He originally hails from Fresno, where his 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 the 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, to Sideshow, to Tommy. He’s played keyboards with bands based in the Central Valley, including Los Hooligans, The NoTones, Beach Party Blockade, and currently with Santa Cruz outfit James Rabbit.
Tad K.
Tad Kistner (Jynx) a native of San Jose, is thrilled to be joining the group at Cabrillo Stage. A former student of Janie Scott’s Company One, Tad has recently been seen in Ragtime with Marquee Productions, and Hair with Stagelight Productions. In his spare time he enjoys playing the ukulele, searching for candy stores and going to Disneyland.
Scott K
Scott Kowaleski (Smudge) has been performing on stage in the greater bay area since 1994. Some of his former credits include Bye, Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson), Damn Yankees (Rocky), Annie (Drake), Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol, Smokey Joe’s Café, and The Little Princess. This is Scott’s first show with Cabrillo Stage and he is excited about the opportunity. His full time employment is web development for Intuit. He’d like to thank his friends, family, cast members new and old, coworkers, and anybody else that has ever supported his passion for the arts.
Billy James
Billy James Robinson (Sparky) is making his first appearance at Cabrillo Stage and is having a wonderful time doing it. He was last seen in California as a member of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, though he calls the east coast his home. Some favorite credits include roles in: L’il Abner, Grease, The Fantasticks, Snoopy, Red Dawg, M*A*S*H, and Oliver. He worked for ten years as a performer in different venues at Universal Studios, Florida, where he wrote a one-man show that can still be seen today. He lived in Australia for over three years and came back to record a solo album of original songs called “Back From The Rainbow’s Edge,” which will be available later this year, along with a companion book, (info at BillyJamesRobinson.com). He loves animals and is an active environmentalist, supporting the Alliance for Climate Protection with proceeds from everything that has his name attached to it. He would like to thank the wonderful production staff here at the Cabrillo Stage especially: Mr. Dustin Leonard, Mr. Drew Lewis, my new found brothers the “Plaids” and especially our director Mr. Andrew Ceglio, who always knew when to let go of the reigns and when to pull them back hard. This show is for you Mr. “C.
Sky Wilson
Billy James Robinson (Sparky) is making his first appearance at Cabrillo Stage and is having a wonderful time doing it. He was last seen in California as a member of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, though he calls the east coast his home. Some favorite credits include roles in: L’il Abner, Grease, The Fantasticks, Snoopy, Red Dawg, M*A*S*H, and Oliver. He worked for ten years as a performer in different venues at Universal Studios, Florida, where he wrote a one-man show that can still be seen today. He lived in Australia for over three years and came back to record a solo album of original songs called “Back From The Rainbow’s Edge,” which will be available later this year, along with a companion book, (info at BillyJamesRobinson.com). He loves animals and is an active environmentalist, supporting the Alliance for Climate Protection with proceeds from everything that has his name attached to it. He would like to thank the wonderful production staff here at the Cabrillo Stage especially: Mr. Dustin Leonard, Mr. Drew Lewis, my new found brothers the “Plaids” and especially our director Mr. Andrew Ceglio, who always knew when to let go of the reigns and when to pull them back hard. This show is for you Mr. “C.

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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