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Scrooge2010 Poster
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Leslie Bricusse
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Andrew Ceglio
Andrew Ceglio (Director) 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 nine years. Andrew made his directorial debut right here at Cabrillo Stage with the 2008 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. More recently, Andrew was thrilled to be apart of Cabrillo Stage’s successful summer season where he directed and choreographed the musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Cabrillo audiences may remember Andrew as The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Seymour in Little Shop..., 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 the 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. Andrew would also like to dedicate this wonderful production to his late Grandfather Carmen Gingerelli.
Trevor Little
Trevor Little (Choreographer) Scrooge marks Trevor’s 9th production with Cabrillo Stage, having directed The Wizard of Oz last summer. He made his professional debut with Cabrillo Stage at the age of 15 in Fiddler On The Roof, followed by roles in Sweeney Todd, Man Of LaMancha, and Annie. Inspired by his experience with Cabrillo Stage, and with the encouragement of long time Artistic Director Lile Cruse, Trevor attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music to continue his studies in Musical Theatre. He returned two years later to take a leading role as the Cat in Honk!. After graduating, Trevor moved to the other side of the table to choreograph Cabrillo’s hit production West Side Story followed by Little Shop of Horrors in 2007. Other acting highlights include the regional theater premiere of The Wild Party with Speakeasy Stage of Boston, Adam/Aron Trask in East Of Eden (Western Stage), The Emcee (Cabaret) Nathan Leopold (Never The Sinner), The Screams of Kitty Genovese (world premiere), Oliver! (Westchester Broadway) and Charles Guiteau in Assassins (UCSC). As Director and/or Choreographer: Alice in Wonderland, Goblin Market, The Wild Party, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, UCSC’s Queer Fashion Show, and the New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative. Trevor is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Jon Nordgren
Jon Nordgren (Producing Artistic Director, Music 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.
Alice Hughes
Alice Hughes (Assistant Musical Director) has been teaching voice, conducting musicals, and choirs in the Santa Cruz area since 1981. She was musical director for the Shakespeare Santa Cruz productions of Princess And The Pea and Wind In The Willows. She has worked for Cabrillo Stage as vocal director and performer. She is the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair at Pacific Collegiate School (PCS), where she is also the head of choral activities. Ms. Hughes teaches weekend seminars and workshops for church choir directors in the Western states. Ms. Hughes is the co-producer and director on six compact disc recordings. Other recent musical directing credits include: Honk! (Scotts Valley Performing Arts) Starmites (PCS), No No Nannette, (PCS), and Les Miserables (PCS). Onstage she performed 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 (Actor’s Theatre), Bread! The Musical (Ortiz Productions), My Fair Lady (Cabrillo Stage), and The King and I (Cabrillo Stage.
Dustin Leonard
Dustin Leonard (Managing Director / Production Manager) has had the honor of working with Cabrillo Stage since 1998, including Annie, Honk, Peter Pan, Music Man, The Fantasticks, Forever Plaid, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wizard of Oz, 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.
Skip Epperson
William “Skip” Epperson (Scenic Design / Props Supervisor) 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 who’s who - PRODUCTION STAFF Cabrillo Stage • Winter 2009 27 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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Kevin Johnston (Light Design) has been designing lights in Santa Cruz County since 1997. Some of his favorite local shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, A Streetcar Named Desire (Mountain Community Theatre) Cabaret (Bay Shore Lyric Opera) Jungle Book (Little People’s Repertory) and The Pajama Game (Monterey Bay Repertory). While studying at the University of Southern California School of Theatre he designed lights for Falsettos, Equus, Rimers of Eldritch, Waiting for Godot, Extremities, Savage in Limbo, and Private Eyes. His NYC designs include Beware Bernadette! (Harmony Theater Group) Cut Loose (Naganuma Dance/Hydroflo) and A Brooklyn Nutcracker (Brooklyn Music School). He has been involved with Cabrillo Stage since 1999 as an actor, sound engineer, monkey flyer, and master electrician. He is currently the theater manager at his alma mater, Aptos High School.
Maria Crush
Maria Crush (Costume Design) has been working with Cabrillo Stage since 1988 and designed such shows as The Wizard of Oz, 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 The Music Man. She has designed costumes for West Bay Opera, New Music Works and Cabrillo College Productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Three Penny Opera, A Man For All Seasons, Rashomon, School for Scandal, The Visit, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, Oedipus Rex, The Importance of Being Earnest and Seussical. Other Credits include Bernstein’s Mass and The Tender Land with the Cabrillo Music Festival. Additionally she has designed for the Actors’ Theater. She is the costume shop manager at Cabrillo College, won the Gail Rich Award in 2007 and was nominated in 2009 for a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Skyler Kirby
Skyler Kirby (Sound Design) has been with Cabrillo Stage for four years now. At age 20 he started his own music label Supply & Demand Entertainment. From live sound to studio recording, from rap to jazz, Skyler has been around it all behind the mixing board. Having just graduated from Cabrillo College, Skyler is looking forward to continuing his career in the music recording business.
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 Düsseldorf) and Austria (Seefestspiele Mörbisch). 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.
Tony
Tony Panighetti (Scrooge) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Cabrillo Stage after performing in past productions of Some Like It Hot (Jerry/ Daphne) and Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie Davenport). After graduating from AADA/West, Tony received a Backstage West Garland Award for his performance as Mozart in PCPA Theatrefest’s Amadeus. Since, he has performed up and down California as well as the high seas of Alaska, Canada, Europe, and the Bahamas with Crystal Cruise Line’s Repertory Theater at Sea. Some of his Bay Area credits include Beaumarchais in Benjamin Franklin In Paris (42nd Street Moon), Reverend Parris in The Crucible (San Francisco Playhouse), and he has alternated as both Man #1 and Man #2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Theater On San Pedro Square, Sierra Repertory Theater, Willows Theater Co.). Tony also portrayed Neil in the short film X-Y which received an Audience Award at the 19th Cinequest Film Festival.
Nick
Nicholas Ceglio (Bob Cratchit) is thankful for being given the opportunity to reprise the role of Bob Cratchit for Cabrillo Stage. He has been performing with the company on and off since as far back as 2000. Currently living in Los Angeles, Nicholas finds solace in writing and performing music in his rock band (GeorgeGlass.bandcamp.com). He would like to thank his brother Andrew, his mother Marie, and his Grandmother Josephine for their unflailing support.
Ginger
Ginger Hurley (Tiny Tim) may only be eight years old but has already caught the showbiz bug, having performed the leading role of Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad and most recently Amaryllis in The Music Man (All About Theatre). Other productions include The Aristocats, Once on this Island, Seussical the Musical and Sleeping Beauty (All About Theatre). Ginger comes from a family of performers as her sister and mother are currently performing in the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker at the S.C. Civic. Ginger attends the third grade in Scotts Valley, plays piano, wants to be a doctor when she grows up and won honorable mention for her examination of how the body heals at the 2009 Santa Cruz Science Fair.
Mike
Michael Stark (Marley) is excited to be performing in his fifth production with Cabrillo Stage, having appeared as Marley in last year’s production of Scrooge, as Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar, as Harry/Baptista in Kiss Me Kate, and as Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls. Michael pursued an acting career for many years in San Diego and Los Angeles, including performances with The L.A. Connection comedy improv troupe. Locally, he has performed with the a cappella group Naked Voices and the Santa Cruz Improvathon. Michael feels very thrilled and privileged to be working with all of the tremendously talented people involved in this production of Scrooge.
Max
Max Bennett-Parker (Young Scrooge) performance credits include Tommy, The Music Man, Footloose, Les Mis, Anything Goes as well as the Cabrillo Stage productions Forever Plaid and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. An accompanist and private music instructor, Max has also worked as music director for such shows as Tommy, Fiddler, Sideshow and Into the Woods. He has recorded and toured with local pop-soul band James Rabbit since 2004.
Bri
Brie Michaud (Ghost of Christmas Past/Hearty) is happily returning to Cabrillo Stage for the second annual production of Scrooge, marking her eighth show with the company— Sound of Music, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Wizard Of Oz, Scrooge and (her favorite!) this past summer’s production of Cabaret as Sally Bowles. Brie also recently portrayed Nickie Pignatelli in Cabrillo College’s production of Sweet Charity and is currently choreographing for All About Theatre’s winter production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. A third year UCSC Theatre Major, Brie hopes to continue making and enjoying the magic of musical theatre and envisions herself someday teaching in the theatre department at Cabrillo College (fingers crossed!). A big, delicious THANK YOU to her loving family, Cabrillo Stage/ College families, most cherished friends and her beloved Timmy. Enjoy the show and have a Happy Holiday Season!
Eleanor
Eleanor Hunter (Ghost of Christmas Present/Jocelyn Jollygoode) Once upon a time (six years ago) Eleanor began a magical journey with Cabrillo Stage which began as Maud Dunlop in The Music Man. From there she had many quests to fulfill before she could arrive as the magnificent and magical Christmas Present. She jaunted through the kingdom of Shakespeare in the realm of Kiss Me Kate. She then enteredthe Jungles of Nool as the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical. Less than a year later she found herself in the Merry Old Land of Oz in The Wizard of Oz. Swing! was the thing as she experienced WW II from the U.S.O. side of things, then oh dear, she was shipped offto Berlin and hid away in a Cabaret. Onward and upward in status, she was adopted by royalty and traipsed her way Into The Woods as Florinda in search of beautiful princes. They didn’t pick her, so she knew it was her time to move on. Now we find her in majestic 1843 London, England. Eleanor is elated to embody the Christmas spirit as she plays not only the Ghost of Christmas Present, but its alter ego Jocelyn Jollygoode. Eleanor’s story doesn’t end here. Keep watch, as her fairy tale is always evolving.
Eleanor
Elizabeth Shipton (Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come/Beggar woman) is thrilled to be doing her third Cabrillo Stage production, and especially excited to be playing Christmas Future again. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and currently studying music at Cabrillo. Her most recent role was as Helene in Cabrillo College’s production of Sweet Charity. Prior to that she played Helga in Cabrillo Stage’s production of Cabaret, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in Scrooge last Christmas. Lizzie would like to thank the Cabrillo Stage family for such great opportunities and experiences.
Alexi
Alexi Baker (Martha Cratchit) has been performing since the age of four and has never known a love greater then she feels for acting on stage. She most recently performed in the Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Viola), Hello Dolly (Ermengarde), Wizard of Oz (Munchkin), Guys and Dolls (Agatha), and Annie (Ms. Hanagan). She has performed in many shows at Aptos Junior High and High Schools, and taken classes at Cabrillo College for improvisation and acting for commercials/film. She has performed in many different choirs and taken dance courses for seven years. She has performed with All About Theatre and Cabrillo Stage and has had wonderful experiences with both companies. She plans to study theatre in college and hopes to be involved with Cabrillo Stage for years to come.
Jacob
Jacob Baker (Peter Cratchit) has been in various performances since the age of 4. He learned to dance tap, jazz and ballet from Sundance Studio in Colorado Springs, CO starting at 4, and then continued on with Elaine’s Dance Studio at the age of 8. From 2007 to 2009 Jacob performed with Ben Jammin Theater Co. Among those performances were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Augustus Gloop), Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), and various theater activities such as studying monologues, improvisation and musicals. He also performed in Ben Jammin’s Holiday Harmony. Jacob is also active in the Aptos Jr. High theater, and played Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. This is Jacob’s second Cabrillo Stage performance. Two summers ago he was fortunate to play a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. He is happy to be performing here again and hopes to continue in his acting in the future.
Lea
Leah Cofer (Ensemble) has performed with The Knights of theSquare Stage during her high school years at SoquelHigh Schoolin which she performed in over six plays. In her junior year, she played the part of Columbina in Scapin and Josephine Strong in Urinetown in 2008. As a senior, she performed as Luella Bennett in The Diviners and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret in 2009. Leah also works at the Bloomsbury Tea Room as the Mad Hatter in multiple Alice and Wonderland tea parties and helps host and perform in Murder Mysteries.
Jennifer
Jennifer Taylor Daniels (Mrs. Fezziwig) is a jazz and bluesvocalist who has been performing in Santa Cruz for adecade.She has appeared at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and been afeatured performer at the Santa Cruz AIDS Project’s World AIDSDay Memorials. She was also the only actual woman to performin A Gay Evening In Mayfor three years. Her first show forCabrillo Stage, Little Shop of Horrors, was one of the shows onher “BucketList.” She was featured in last summer’s productionof Swing! Jennifer has also been seen on stage in Hairat the Rio Theater.
Robin
Robin DiCello (Mrs. Cratchit) is excited to be returning to the Crocker Theater to be apart of Cabrillo Stage’s winter production of Scrooge. Robin is a fulltime student at the University of California Santa Cruz and works part time with children with special needs. You may have seen her as Mrs. Fezziwig and Jocelyn Jollygoode in Cabrillo Stage’s 2009 production of Scrooge. Favorite roles include: Frenchy (Cabaret), Dione (Hair), Little Sally (Urinetown), Lucinda (Into the Woods). Robin feels blessed to be working with such a talented group of performers and technicians. Robin would like to thank her family for all their support and love. She would also like to thank her boyfriend, Jarrod for his ongoing enthusiasm and encouragement. Hope you enjoy the show, and that all your Christmas wishes come true—God bless us, everyone!
Gina
Gina DiRado (Isabelle/Helen) is thrilled to be performing in her first production with Cabrillo Stage. Gina recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Musical Theatre. She performed several roles with SCU Opera Theatre including Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and won the University’s 2006 Concerto/Aria Award as well as the 2009 Award for Achievement in Opera Performance. Favorite musical theatre roles include Cinderella in Into the Woods (Scotts Valley Performing Arts), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Shadow Box Players), Urleen in Footloose and Sandy u/s in Grease (Desert Foothills Theatre), Step Sister in Rodgers & Hammersteins’s Cinderella (Stagebrush Theater), and Emma u/s in Jekyll and Hyde (Fountain Hills Theater). Gina would like to thank her family, friends, and her “Nugget” for their continued love and support.
Matt
Matt Dunn (Nephew) is honored to be returning to Cabrillo Stage, having appeared in this year’s production of Swing! (Dancer). Professional credits include: The Mute in The Fantasticks, Dance Instructor/Tony in The Full Monty, Mercedes in La Cage Aux Folles, Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant, Peter Pan at Tokyo Disneyland, and various “furry” characters in parades and shows at Disneyland in Anaheim. Regional credits include: Paul in A Chorus Line, Che in Evita, The Emcee in Cabaret, Jack in Into The Woods, Billy in 42nd Street, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, Tom Sawyer in Big River, and many more! Training includes A Master Acting Workshop with Kevin Kuhlke (Tisch School of the Arts at NYU), Meyerhold Biomechanics with Kathleen Baum (Syracuse University), Post Modern Movement with Stacy Dawson Stearns (NYU Experimental Theatre Wing). A big thanks to Cabrillo Stage, to my friends and family, and especially to my better half for allowing me to follow my dreams! Happy Holidays!
Hugh
Hugh Haiker (Bisset the Butcher/Ensemble) Hugh is thrilled to be returning to the Cabrillo Stage this winter after his appearance in the highly successful summer production of Swing! This year marks 25 years of professional performing for Hugh, which started at Disneyland where he performed in parades, stage shows, the originating cast of Fantasmic!, and many other venues over a span of ten years. Most recently, Hugh choreographed for a production that marked SJSU’s 150th anniversary. Other recent performances include Tommy, Cabaret, Hello Dolly!, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A Christmas Carol, all at The Western Stage. Hugh spends his time outside of theater life researching and designing programs to promote diversity, equity, and social justice.
Marina
Marina Hallin (Kathy Cratchit) is a Santa Cruz native and has been acting since the age of nine. She is an 8th grader at Scotts Valley Middle School and is very excited to be performing in hersecond Cabrillo Stage production. Marina got her start with Santa Cruz based All About Theatre. She has had supporting roles in Cinderella, Moby Dick The Musical, Peter Pan, Once Upon a Mattress and CATS. She has also had lead roles as TiMoune in Once On This Island and Gertrude McFuzz in Seusssical. In addition to her All About Theatre experience Marina played a Munchkin in the Cabrillo Stage production of The Wizard of Oz. Her most recent role was as Gretel in the Scotts Valley Performing Arts production of Into The Woods. Marina has also performed in many singing recitals and competitions. In addition to being on stage, Marina enjoys singing, travel, putting on productions with her friends, shopping, bike riding and playing with her three puppies. Acting is a very important part of Marina’s life, and she looks forward to being in many productions to come. She hopes you enjoy this year’s production of Scrooge and have a wonderful holiday season.
David
David Jackson (Ensemble) has been doing theatre around the Bay Area for some time now. You may remember him as Young Ebenezer and Nephew in last year’s production of Scrooge. He just recently played Vittorio Vidal/Charlie in Cabrillo Theatre Arts Sweet Charity. Other memorable roles with Cabrillo Stage include Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar and ensemble roles in Kiss Me Kate, Wizard of Oz and Cabaret. David played the lead in Cabrillo Theatre Art’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and also as a Wickersham Brother in Seussical. He has performed with West Valley Light Opera in shows such as Aida (Radames) and Big River (Tom Sawyer). He also has played the role of Brad in Rocky Horror Show with Actors’ Theatre Center in San Jose. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.
Nadia
Nadia DeLeye Lewis (Mrs. Dilber/Ensemble) is happy to return to Cabrillo Stage for her 2nd production—her first being last summer’s Cabaret, where she played Kit Kat Girl, Texas. Television credits include Diff’rent Strokes (Shari), Amen (Lynette), ABC After School Special’s A Desperate Exit (Dominique). Other TV credits include guest starring roles on What’s Happening Now (syndicated), Aaron’s Way (NBC), and Mr. Belvedere (ABC). As a vocalist and session singer in Los Angeles, Nadia has recorded with Howard Hewitt, Kevyn Lettau, Michael Ruff, and Flim and the BBs. She’s toured Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan and has shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, Carl Anderson, Al Jarreau, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Chaka Khan. Nadia would like to thank her husband, daughter, and family for all of their love and support.
Damien
Damian Prentice (Ensemble) is honored to make his debut with Cabrillo Stage’s production of Scrooge. Damian’s very first acting experience was with local children’s theater group, Kids on Broadway. He was eleven, and is now 16. He found his passion for musical theater when part of the ensemble cast for Ragtime. Every year since 2005, Damian has found his way on the stage performing mainly with local youth theatre groups and the Santa Cruz High School production Cinderella in which he played the Herald. Some of Damian’s favorite roles are: Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Kids on Broadway), Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls (All About Theatre) and Tyrone Jackson in Fame, The Musical (All about Theatre). Damian recently performed as part of the ensemble with Cabrillo Theatre Arts in Sweet Charity. He would like to thank the Cabrillo Theatre Arts and Cabrillo Stage for welcoming him so warmly. He attends Delta Charter High School and plans to pursue a career in the performing arts. He would like to thank his mother for supporting his passion and Ben Jammin’, his very first director, for making theater so much fun
Brance
Brance Souza (Punch & Judy Man/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with Cabrilo Stage, this marking his third show after performing this past summer in Cabaret (Kit Kat Boy/ Ensemble). Mr. Souza was born and raised in the small town of Los Banos where he began performing at the age of 10. Brance performed with local theatre groups, including his high school, until he graduated in 2007. Recent roles have been Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods ( SVPAA), Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (AAT), Ren McCormick in Footloose (AAT), Liver Lips Louie/Principle Dancer in Guys and Dolls (AAT), and Ensemble/Featured Dancer in Wizard of Oz (Cabrillo Stage). Brance attends Cabrillo College as a full-time student majoring in Business and Marketing. He has hopes of transferring to Cal State Fullerton in fall 2011. He would also like to take this opportunity to his friends and family for all of their continuedlove and support!
Macy
Macy Tolleson (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Cabrillo Stage debut! She has appeared in past productions of Anything Goes, Footloose, Cats (Victoria), and Beauty and the Beast (Babette) with All About Theatre and most recently enjoyed playing the role of Betsy in Sweet Charity with Cabrillo Theatre Arts. Macy has studied ballet, tap, ballroom and contemporary since the age of four, and currently dances with Monterey Bay Academy of Dance and Steps Dance Studio in Watsonville. Having been homeschooled since kindergarten, she is now a student at Cabrillo College majoring in music and absolutely loves it. Macy plays the piano and cello and is a member of Cabrillo’s chamber ensemble. She would like to thank her incredible mentors and teachers who have been a huge inspiration, and gives special thanks to her family for all of their love and continued support!
Zina
Zina Urquhart (Miss Dilber/Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in her second Cabrillo Stage production. Most recently, she performed in Cabrillo Stage’s production of Cabaret and is a regular performer with West Coast Voices, one of the vocal jazz groups at Cabrillo. Zina has performed professionally with Opera San Jose, playing the role of Betty Parris in their production of The Crucible. Other notable roles include Monica in Gian Carlo Menotti’s, The Medium, and Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, both with the UCSC Opera Program. Zina currently teaches full time with Santa Cruz City Schools as the choral director for Mission Hill and Santa Cruz High School, teaches elementary music at Westlake and Bayview, and serves as musical director for the Santa Cruz High School spring musicals.
Geo
Geoffrey Ward (Mr. Fezziwig) is very excited and flattered to be reprising his role as Old Fezziwig. Geoffrey is no stranger to the stage. As a member of SAG and AFTRA, Geoffrey has been involved in theater, film, and music since the late ‘70s. Geoffrey started his career in theater as Takaberry in Sunnyvale Community Theater’s production of How to Succeed... He later went on to star in San Jose Civic Light Opera’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Heather MacRae, while at the same time leading a top 40’s rock and roll band for 12 years. Moving to Southern California in the early ‘80s to complete his Bachelors’ degree in communications and to pursue acting, he would regularly have 5 & under parts (bit parts) on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives and the action series, Vegas. Geoff eventually moved back north where he married and settled in Scotts Valley. There he opened a digital sports photography business, Quick-Pix/ Sportshots. Today, Geoffrey is a 5th grade teacher at Baymonte Christian School in Scotts Valley where he resides with his wife Bobbie Lynne and his two children, Blake and Blaire. Geoff would like to thank his family and friends for their ongoing love and support.
Jarrod
Jarrod Washington (Tom Jenkins) is no stranger to the musical theatre world. He has been performing in shows since he was eight years old. Some of his favorite roles include, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, John in Miss Saigon, The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors, and Horton The Elephant in Seussical The Musical. This will be Jarrod’s Fifth Cabrillo Stage Production in a row, having been featured in last summer’s Swing! Jarrod feels extremely blessed to be a part of the Cabrillo Stage family and community. Some of Jarrod’s hobbies include beatboxing, playing the sax, and making music with his hip-hop group Mean O’ Lion. Jarrod would like to personally thank Cabrillo Stage for yet again, giving him such a magnificent opportunity to shine. Jarrod would also like to thank God, his family, his friends, and his oh so perfectly beautiful girlfriend, Robin, for their unwavering support.
Dan
Dan Wilson (Mr. Pringle/Ensemble) is pleased to reprise his roleas Mr. Pringle this season. Born in Los Gatos, he has performed in a wide variety of productions since he was young. As the musician “Dan Cato,” he plays many different electronic and acoustic instruments, performing and recording original material. Dan has released his full length solo album Miniature Cities this year, available at his website http://dancatomusic.com and on iTunes. Past local Santa Cruz theater roles include: Jack (Into the Woods) and Constable Jones (Spider’s Web).
Sky
Skye Wilson (Mary/Ensemble/Dance Captain) is delighted to be back for more Scrooge! This past October, she had the incredible honor of playing the Witch in Into the Woods at Scotts Valley Performing Arts. You may have also seen her last summer in Cabrillo Stage’s Cabaret as Kit Kat girl Fritzie, or last season in The Wizard of Oz and Scrooge 2009. A Bay Area native, she has been performing since the age of 3. Favorite roles include Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), Dolly (Hello, Dolly!), Diane (Hair), & Maggie (42nd Street). Skye received her B.A. summa cum laude in Music & Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University in 2009. While at school, she performed extensively and served as the choreographer for several productions. Other career highlights include a trip to El Salvador with SCU’s Social Justice & The Arts Immersion team, and performances with the University Choir in Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna on tour with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating, Skyehas enjoyed singing with the Ariose Singers & the eXperimentalChoirin Santa Cruz, as well as teaching dance & music. Sheworks in Silicon Valley and will be featuredin The Tabard TheatreCompany’s production of Sondheim’s Follies in March 2011.
Gabriella
Gabrielle Aguirre (Urchin/Child) is 10 years old and grateful to be performing in this year’s production of Scrooge. This marks Gabrielle’s second professional show, having appeared in Cabrillo Stage’s very first winter production of Scrooge last winter. Gabrielle has performed in several local youth theater, church musicals, choir and dance productions. She was most recently cast as a mouse in SVPA’s production of Into The Woods. Gabrielle enjoys theater, singing and dancing. She currently dances ballet for IAD. Gabrielle is excited and thrilled to be working again with a tremendously talented cast, great director, inspiring choreographer and vocal director—an overall great stage company!
Beau
Beau Baiocchi (Urchin/Child) This is Beau’s first production with Cabrillo Stage. He was most recently seen as a mouse in Into the Woods with Scotts Valley Performing Arts. Other credits include Bugsy Malone (Louie), Seussical (Horton), Sleeping Beauty (Prince), Once Upon a Mattress (Prince Dauntless) and Once On This Island(Beauxhomme), all with All About Theatre.Beau would like to thank his parents and big bro for supportinghim.He is elated to be performing in Scrooge.
Isabelle
Isabelle Beckmann (Urchin/Child) is excited to be a part of this year’s production of Scrooge with Cabrillo Stage. She has been performing in musical theater since the age of seven when she played in The Wizard of Oz. More recently she has been performing in productions with All About Theater. Her roles have included (Andrea) in Once on This Island, (Abigail) in Aristocats, (Bird Girl) in Seussical, and an ensemble role in Cats. One of her favorite roles has been (Marion Paroo) in The Music Man. Other recent roles include (Esther) in the Twin Lakes production of Esther-Ordinary Faith. She loves to sing and perform on stage and this past summer she won a local talent competition for vocals and was awarded the Youth Focus 2010 California State Junior Ambassadress title. Isabelle is a 7th grader at Scotts Valley Middle School. Beyond school and theater she also studies piano and voice and is working toward her black belt in Tae Kwan Do. She also loves to bake and snow ski.
Teddy Fenster (Ensemble/Urchin) has performed with many theater groups in the Santa Cruz County. Most recently he was in Cabrillo Stage’s Cabaret as a Kit Kat boy and in the production of Spitfire Grill as Caleb Thorpe at Georgiana Bruce Kirby, where he will be a junior in the coming fall. He was also in GBK’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown as Charlie Brown. Teddy has been in two other GBK musicals: Aida where he played the only male Nubian and in She Loves Me as Arpad Lazlo. He also played the Artful Dodger in SVPA’s Oliver! Before that he was in KOB’s Ragtime as the Little Boy and also in their Wizard of Oz as the Tinman. His very first acting experience was as an ensemble member in Cabrillo Stage’s The Music Man. He plays guitar and sings in both GBK’s Jazz and Chamber choirs. At the moment Teddy would like to pursue a career in audio engineering but as he knows all things change, this may be a temporary notion.
Sophia
Sophia Handley (Urchin/Child) has been interested in performing since the age of 2 when she snuck on stage at a crowded amusement park. Her mother was holding her and she promptly kicked her mother so hard, she put her down. When she did, Sophia ran on stage and stood in front of the karaoke microphone...waiting. What choice did they have? They let her sing and she brought the house down with her version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Since then she has surrounded herself with music through violin, guitar, and voice lessons. Her theatre experience includes her role as Annie in MBRT’s Annie, Mother Abbess in MBRT’s Sound of Music, Marie in AAT’s Aristocats, a young girl soloist in AAT’s Once On This Island and the Tin Man in MBRT’s Wizard of Oz. She was awarded a Double Grand Champion by Youth Focus in 2008 and was given an outstanding performance award through All About Theatre in 2009. Sophia was also a guest soloist with the Watsonville Band in their spring 2009 concert series that culminated at the Golden Gate Park Band Festival, where a visiting conductor called her a “showstopper.” At 9 years old, she was the youngest performer in the band’s 60 year history.
Makai
Makai Hernandez (Ensemble/Urchin) is extremely excited to be a part of this, his fourth show with Cabrillo Stage, having been seen in The Wizard Of Oz (Munchkin,Winkie), Scrooge 2009 (Peter Cratchit, Ebi), and most recently in Cabaret (Hitler Youth/Ensemble). Makai is a familiar face from many local children’s theater and dance productions, and has also appeared in SVPA’s Oliver (Oliver), Honk! (ensemble), The Sound Of Music (Kurt von Trapp), Into The Woods (Ensemble), and with Shakespeare Santa Cruz for their holiday show Wind In The Willows ( Rabbit, Weasel). Makai attends eighth grade at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School where he enjoys playing his violin in orchestra and singing with his classmates in chorus.
Aviva
Aviva Keynton (Urchin/Child) is thrilled to be back performing with Cabrillo Stage where she previously performed as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and as Kathy Cratchit/Jenny in the 2009 production of Scrooge. Aviva has been performing since the age of 3. At 14, she has performed in many productions in the Santa Cruz area; she was seen as Little Red’s Granny in Into the Woods and Beaky the Duckling in Honk! with Scotts Valley Performing Arts, as a Bird Girl in Seussical with All About Theatre and with Shakespeare Santa Cruz in Wind in the Willows. Aviva is an 8th grade student at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School. Besides exploring her acting talents, Aviva is an accomplished musician and dancer playing both violin and viola and studying voice and ballet. Aviva feels so lucky to have the chance to work with this talented cast.
Nashon
Nahshon Marden (Ensemble/Urchin) is thrilled to be returning to Cabrillo Stage after making his stage debut in The Music Man (Ensemble/Winthrop u/s) in 2004. Other past performances include Annie Get Your Gun (Ensemble) with Cabrillo Stage, Crazy For You (Bobby Childs), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), High School Musical (Troy), and Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo Brown) all with Kids On Broadway. As an assistant choreographer, Nahshon has worked on Annie, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz under Curtis Caudill with MBR Theater (now known as Hooked On Theater). Since the age of 5, Nahshon has trained as an acrobat with Mr. Caudill at Motion Pacific dance studio. He recently began studies in both ballet and jazz. He now assists in teaching the acrobatics classes. He would like to take this chance to thank Mr. C, Mom, Kiki, and Dad for their undying love and support!
Omar
Omar Rodriguez (Ensemble/Urchin) is relatively new to musical theatre, and is super stoked to be part of this Cabrillo Stage production. He was a part of the Aptos High drama department and has played roles such as King Theseus in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roberto the Migrant Worker in Working, Judge Benjamin Cohen in To See the Stars, and Stanley the Waiter in Hello Dolly. Omar is also an accomplished Guitar Hero and Rock Band vocalist/guitarist, real guitarist and enjoys playing Pokémon in his spare time.
Melisa
Meliza San Jose (Urchin/Child) started singing on stage in 2004 when she was 5 years old. Her natural vocal talent led to additional public performances in 2005 and 2006. She has also enjoyed involvement with Twin Lakes Church (TLC) annual music camps since 2007. Meliza sang with the TLC’s Christmas Kids choir in 2008 and in 2009 was the lead vocal for Silent Night in ten concert performances. Meliza also participated in a hula worship team in 2009 and took up ballroom dancing that same year. This past summer she appeared with Scotts Valley Theatre and their presentation of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Currently, she is taking piano lessons and is singing with the Santa Cruz Bible Adult Choir.
Brandon Brandon Martin (Urchin/Child) is happily returning for another season with Cabrillo Stage. Brandon, 13, has always been interested in performing. His most recent accomplishments were the 2009 production of Scrooge and performing with the Cabrillo’s Children’s Choir for the grand opening of the Crocker Theater. He has also been in The Wizard of Oz at Cabrillo Stage as a Munchkin, as well as The Wizard of Oz with Ben Jammin’s Academy as the Wizard. Brandon is excited to be back for more.

Matt Dunn
Matt Dunn (Nephew) is honored to be returning to Cabrillo Stage, having appeared in this year’s production of Swing! (Dancer). Professional credits include: The Mute in The Fantasticks, Dance Instructor/Tony in The Full Monty, Mercedes in La Cage Aux Folles, Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant, Peter Pan at Tokyo Disneyland, and various “furry” characters in parades and shows at Disneyland in Anaheim. Regional credits include: Paul in A Chorus Line, Che in Evita, The Emcee in Cabaret, Jack in Into The Woods, Billy in 42nd Street, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, Tom Sawyer in Big River, and many more! Training includes A Master Acting Workshop with Kevin Kuhlke (Tisch School of the Arts at NYU), Meyerhold Biomechanics with Kathleen Baum (Syracuse University), Post Modern Movement with Stacy Dawson Stearns (NYU Experimental Theatre Wing). A big thanks to Cabrillo Stage, to my friends and family, and especially to my better half for allowing me to follow my dreams! Happy Holidays!

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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