Trevor Little (Director & Choreographer) The Wizard Of Oz marks Trevor's 8th production with Cabrillo Stage as well as his joyous return to California after a ten year stint on the East Coast (too cold), proving that there is, in fact, no place like home. 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, both directed by Dustin Leonard. 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 (Producing Artistic Director, Music Director) is in his eighth year with Cabrillo Stage and third season as the Artistic Director. 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, 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, The Ink Spots, 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. & Barnum Bailey Circus. As musical director, his credits include dozens of productions spanning over the past 35 years. Jon would like to thank his daughter Cassie and his brothers Scott and David for their inspired collaboration, and his daughter Linnea, for her unending support and enthusiasm. He would not be here if it weren't for a couple of the greatest fans Cabrillo Stage ever had, his parents, Ardean and Lucille.
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.
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.
Ethan Hoerneman (Lighting Design) previously designed the lighting for the Cabrillo Stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Honk!, and Some Like It Hot. In the Bay Area, he has also designed theatrical lighting for Theatreworks, Opera San Jose, The Willows, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, Teatro Vision, Children's Musical Theater of San Jose and a number of other theater companies. In the past thirteen years he has designed animation, projections, lighting, and scenery for more than 350 productions across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a graduate of the InterArts and Technology program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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.
Skyler Kirby (Sound Design) has been with Cabrillo Stage for four years now. At age 20 he started his music label Supply & Demand Entertainment. His first album released was earth or Success the artist Sleyv. As a student of James Durland, Skyler has excelled in the music department at Cabrillo, from live sound to studio recording, from rap to jazz; he's been around it all behind the mixing board, and is looking forward to continuing in the music recording business after college.
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, as well as 2007ճ Kiss Me Kate. Her professional stage managing experience includes 11 years with Actors Theatre Eight Tens @ 8 Festival, and such productions as Center Coast Theatreworkճ Angels in America, Cabrillo College's God's Country, Rashomon, A 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.
Alice Hughes (Vocal Director) has been teaching voice, conducting musicals and choirs in the Santa Cruz area since 1981. She has been both a vocal director and performer for Cabrillo Stage and was musical director for the Shakespeare Santa Cruz productions of Princess and The Pea and Wind In The Willows. 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 also teaches weekend seminars and workshops for church choir directors in the Western states. She is the co-producer and director on six compact disc recordings. Other recent musical directing credits include Honk! (Scotts Valley Performing Arts) Starmites, No, No, Nanette, and Les Miserables (PCS). Santa Cruz audiences will remember her onstage performances as Foster Wilson in Annie Get Your Gun and as the Baker's Wife in Into The Woods at Cabrillo Stage. She has also performed locally in A My Name Is Alice (Actor's Theatre), Bread! The Musical (Ortiz Productions), My Fair Lady and The King And I (Cabrillo Stage).
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.
Maureen Wilhelm (Master Charge Artist) is back for her 17th season with Cabrillo Stage. Some of her favorite past productions to paint include Into the Woods, Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls and Little Shop of Horrors. Its always great to work with such a talented group of artists and crafts people.
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.
Monique Hafen (Dorothy/Winkie Soloist) happily makes her second appearance at Cabrillo Stage, having been last seen in 2008ճ production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other recent credits include Foothill Music Theatre's Bat Boy: The Musical (Ruthie, Ned) as well as Santa Clara University's Songs For A New World (Woman 2) and Hair (Dionne). Other favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horror, Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. A Las Vegas native, Monique is going into her senior year at Santa Clara University, where she has dedicated her studies to theatre with a minor in musical theatre. Throughout the school year, Monique makes various appearances with SCU's Improv Team, Inoperable Humor. Monique wants to extend all her love and respect to those many people in her life who have helped her to develop her talents and pursue her ambitions, thank you.
Ashley Little (Dorothy/Winkie Soloist) is a California native, born and raised in the Bay Area. She began dance training at age 3 with Lana Wright, formal singing lessons with Heidi Henderson at age 7 and performing in musical theatre at age 6. Ms. Little has attended the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and boarding school in Woodstock, Connecticut where she choreographed throughout the school year. Ms. Little is a graduate of both Teen Stars Academy and Theatre Artists Institute at American Musical Theatre San Jose where she received the Triple Threat Award and was trained by Gary Martinez, Anthony LoCascio, Dottie Lester-White, Greg Fritsh, Marc Jacobs, and many others. When not on stage Ms. Little works as a show choreographer and director for many youth theatre companies in the Bay Area, including All About Theatre and smARTS Unlimited in Livermore. Her past credits include: Mary (Jesus Christ Superstar), Mrs. Potts/ Madame de la Grande Bouche understudy (Beauty and the Beast), Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors), Janet (The Rocky Horror Show), Amneris (AIDA), Lady Larkin (Once Upon A Mattress), Ariel (Footloose), Fantine (Les Miserables), Annie (Chicago), Dorothy (The Wiz), Kate (Oklahoma!), Charlotte (Oliver), and many others.
Andrew Ceglio (Hunk/Scarecrow) is honored to be back with Cabrillo Stage after appearing as King Herod in last season's Jesus Christ Superstar. Favorite past roles include: Jon in Tick, Tick Boom with Theatre On San Pedro, Tateh in Ragtime with Marquee Productions, Seymour in Little Shop with Cabrillo Stage, Man #2 in Songs For A New World with Odyssey Theatre, Willy Wonka in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory with Tabard Theatre, and Snoopy in Charlie Brown with Jewel Theatre. Aside from his work on the stage, Andrew is also an active voice over artist and can be heard on a number of video games for the Xbox and Playstation game consoles. Some credits include: Redmond in Whiplash, Jake in Time Crisis 3, Sgt. Hatter in Virtual On Marz, and Hyuga in the critically acclaimed remounting of Phantasy Star Universe. Andrew would like to thank the amazing staff at Cabrillo for all of their hard work, dedication and support. Also, many thanks to the family and friends who continue to support him in his artistic endeavors. Andrew would like to dedicate his performance to his wonderful Grandmother Josephine. Enjoy!
Andrew Roubal (Hickory/Tinman) is excited to return for his fifth show with Cabrillo Stage, after being seen in Kiss Me Kate, Guys And Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun and The Music Man. He has also appeared in The Music Man and Damn Yankees with AMTSJ. Andrew has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from California State University, Fullerton. There he has performed in Guys And Dolls as Benny, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown as Linus, City of Angels, A New Brain, Seussical and Cabaret. During his training at school he performed in a group called The Preeminents and toured California singing, dancing, and representing his University. Andrew has had the pleasure of working at Disneyland, where he was a performer in their world famous Character and Parade Department. Andrew has been a director and choreographer for All About Theatre for five years. He is honored to direct and choreograph All About Theatre's 5th Anniversary production, Guys And Dolls. Most recently he has performed in Front and Center at the Honda Center in Anaheim, performing with such stars as Stevie Nicks and Reba McEntire. Andrew thanks his family for their love and support!
Jarrod Washington (Zeke/Lion) is 23 years old and has been performing in musical theatre since he was 10. He is thrilled to be back at Cabrillo Stage to perform again, after playing the part of Judas in last summer's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Jarrod got most of his musical theatre experience performing with the Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose. Some of his favorite roles include John in Miss Saigon, horse in The Full Monty, The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors, The Hawker in Tommy and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical. This is Jarred's second time playing the Lion in The Wizard of Oz. The first time was when he was 12 years old and it was his first lead role ever. Jarrod is extremely excited to revisit this wonderful character. In his everyday life Jarrod works as a fire and water restoration specialist for Servpro of Campbell. In his free time, Jarrod performs with the hip hop group Mean Ol Lion. You can check him out at www.meanollionsden.com. Jarrod would like to thank God, his family and his friends for all their support. Jarrod would also like to thank the Cabrillo Stage staff and crew for giving him yet another opportunity to perform with such a wonderful, professional and all around talented company.
Karin Babbitt (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch) was born and raised in the Hollywood Hills and entered the theatre and television world at the ripe old age of three. Karin most notably has been a professional stand-up comic since 1979, and has appeared on many nightclub stages around the country, on stand up comedy TV shows and on film. She has also enjoyed a career as a screenwriter on a few short-lived but highly paid sitcoms. Karin is proud of her B.A. and Masters degrees in Theatre Arts, and is glad that she got a teaching credential too. Fulfilling a desire to mentor future entertainers and designers, she has been the drama and video productions teacher at Scotts Valley High School for the past eight years, while occasionally teaching stand-up comedy privately and through the San Francisco Comedy College. Locally she has a great time performing in shows such as Scotts Valley Performing Arts You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Mame and Honk! Last winter, Karin was honored to be part of Shakespeare Santa Cruz's Wind in the Willows. To be performing at Cabrillo Stage is a dream come true!
Benjamin Holck (Professor Marvel/Wizard) is a free-lance artist and teacher. He has over 20-years experience, teaching live performance classes to youth of all ages. Currently, he is the Artistic-Producing-Director for his own non-profit, The Ben Jammin Academy of Performing Arts. With his new Academy, Holck has
built a solid livelihood for himself as a director, choreographer, teacher, performer and all-around charismatic motivational force. Ben Jammin is also a founder and has been the Artistic Director for local non-profit, Kids on Broadway, and has taught in their outreach program, bringing the performing arts to at-risk youth at Barrios Unidos and the Boys & Girls Club. Ben is also a SPECTRA Artist, and is active in various after-school programs where he has produced dozens of musical theatre productions. As an actor, Ben has performed with The Easy Street Players in San Jose, and in the Eight Tens@Eight Play Festival in Santa Cruz. Last year Ben played a leading conspirator in Jesus Christ Superstar, and more recently, appeared at the Human Rights Day Celebration as Oscar Wilde where he performed selections from Harvey Fiersteinճ Torch Song Trilogy.
Mindy Pedlar (Aunt Em/Glinda) last appeared with Cabrillo Stage as the lovely assistant Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. Mindy has performed in many musicals enjoying such roles as the Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Anna in The King and I, Anna Smith in Meet Me In St. Louis, The Widow Corney in Oliver and Lily in The Secret Garden. Last year she appeared as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest at Cabrillo College and as Rebecca in The Middle of Nowhere, a two person drama presented at the Actor's Theater in Santa Cruz. She also thoroughly enjoyed her role as the feisty, bible carrying widow, Ethel Smith, in one of the winning original plays at this year's Young Playwright's Festival. Mindy is grateful to be a part of the talented and creative group of individuals that will take you on a magical journey to Oz. She dedicates this performance to her father, Miles S. Middough, in appreciation of the music he has added to her life from the very beginning.
Darin Dailey (Uncle Henry/Emerald Guard) returns to the theatre after a brief (20 year) hiatus from the stage. If you were in Richmond, Va. any time from 1981 to 1986 you may have caught Mr. Dailey performing on stage at Va. Commonwealth University where he earned his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. His roles there included Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress, and Richard in The Lady's Not for Burning. Other credits there included Jesus Christ Superstar, Susanna and Narrow Road to the Deep North. Mr. Dailey has also apprenticed and performed at The Lakewood Theatre in Skowhegan, Me. and The Barn Theater in Augusta, Mi. His summer stock credits include; Chicago, South Pacific, 42nd Street, The Most Happy Fellah, Brigadoon, La Cage Aux Folles, Biloxi Blues and of course, his most famous role, the roller skating gorilla in Sugar Babies. You may recognize him from his most recent, and longest running appearance in Santa Cruz County as a FedEx delivery courier. He has been with them for nearly 10 years and still his agent insists on Mr. Dailey staying there. Darin is delighted to be making his debut at Cabrillo Stage this year.
Briana Michaud (Tree/Ensemble) is proud to announce that this is her fifth show with Cabrillo Stage. After appearing in The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors and last summerճ Jesus Christ Superstar, she is thrilled to once again be a part of the team for The Wizard of Oz. Brie has worked and performed throughout Santa Cruz County for the last 17 years and looks forward to many more. She would like to thank her family for the continual support and patience, her castmates for making this a memorable experience, and Tim Buxton for everything. Hoggify.
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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