MAN OF LA MANCHA Program

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MAN OF LA MANCHA Program
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Special thanks to Kathy Brombacher and Moonlight Stage Productions for their assistance on this production.
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Paul Garman, Executive Director/Producer
presents
59th
Season
Book by DALE WASSERMAN
Music by MITCH LEIGH • Lyrics by JOE DARION
Starring
DAVIS GAINES
LESLI MARGHERITA
RICHARD GOULD
JUSTIN ROBERTSON
DAMON KIRSCHE
KARENSSA LEGEAR
JASON WEBB
STEVEN GLAUDINI
DYNELL LEIGH
SAM ZELLER
Featuring
VENNY CARRANZA • MICHAEL GUARNERA • JAY DONNELL • ISAAC JAMES • PATRICK ROBERT KELLY
AJ MENDOZA• RAMONE OWENS • JEBBEL ARCE • BRAD FITZGERALD • CHRISTOPHER HAMBY
ANDRE POLO
Artistic Director
Technical Director/Set Designer
STEVEN GLAUDINI
Lighting Designer
KEVIN CLOWES
Sound Designer
STEVEN YOUNG
JULIE FERRIN
Wig Designer
Costume Designer
Stage Manager
MARK TRAVIS HOYER
Costume Coordinator
CATHLEEN EDWARDS
STANLEY D. COHEN
TODD PROTO
Assistant Stage Manager/
Production Manager
MARY RITENHOUR
MATTHEW SMEDAL
CARLOS MENDOZA
NICK DEGRUCCIO
Musical Director
Choreographer
Director
Associate Producer
IN HONOR OF DON GARMAN
Show Sponsors:
DON & JUDY MCNULTY BLACK, STANLEY COHEN, FRIENDS OF KEN REINER
Youth Performances Underwritten by
ARTS COUNCIL FOR LONG BEACH
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSON
F E B RUA RY 1 0 - 2 6 , 2 0 1 2
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach
Man of La Mancha is presented by arrangemen t with TAMS-WITMA RK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington A venue, New York , NY 10022
Original Production staged by Albert Marre
Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
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Musical Numbers
Place: A prison in Seville, Spain, and in the imagination of Don Miguel de Cervantes
Time: 1594
ACT ONE
MAN OF LA MANCHA (I, DON QUIXOTE)
Don Quixote, Sancho
IT’S ALL THE SAME
Aldonza, Muleteers
DULCINEA
Don Quixote, Muleteers
I’M ONLY THINKING OF HIM
Antonia, Housekeeper, Padre
WE’RE ONLY THINKING OF HIM
Carrasco, Antonia, Padre, Housekeeper
THE MISSIVE
Sancho
I REALLY LIKE HIM
Sancho
WHAT DOES HE WANT OF ME?
Aldonza
LITTLE BIRD, LITTLE BIRD
Quixote, Anselmo, Pedro, Muleteers
BARBER’S SONG
Barber
GOLDEN HELMET OF MAMBRINO
Don Quixote, Sancho, Barber, Muleteers
TO EACH HIS DULCINEA (TO EVERY MAN HIS DREAM)
Padre
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST)
Don Quixote
Intermission (fifteen minutes)
ACT TWO
THE COMBAT
Don Quixote, Aldonza, Sancho, Muleteers
THE DUBBING/KNIGHT OF THE WOEFUL COUNTENANCE
Innkeeper, Don Quixote, Aldonza, Sancho
Aldonza, Multeers, Fermina
THE ABDUCTION
Aldonza
ALDONZA
Sancho
A LITTLE GOSSIP
Aldonza
DULCINEA - REPRISE
Don Quixote, Aldonza
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) - REPRISE
Don Quixote, Sancho, Aldonza
MAN OF LA MANCHA (I, DON QUIXOTE) - REPRISE
Padre
THE PSALM
Company
FINALE
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Cast
DAVIS GAINES*
LESLI MARGHERITA*
JUSTIN ROBERTSON*
RICHARD GOULD*
DAMON KIRSCHE*
JASON WEBB
STEVEN GLAUDINI
KARENSSA LEGEAR
DYNELL LEIGH
SAM ZELLER*
VENNY CARANZA*
MICHAEL GUARNERA*
JAY DONNELL
ISAAC JAMES
ROBERT PATRICK KELLY
AJ MENDOZA
RAMONE OWENS
JEBBEL ARCE
BRAD FITZGERALD
CHRISTOPHER HAMBY, ANDRE POLO
GARY LEE
Miguel De Cervantes/Don Quixote
Aldonza
Manservant/Sancho Panza
Governor/Innkeeper
The Duke/Dr. Carrasco
The Padre
The Barber
Antonia
Maria/Housekeeper
Pedro
Anselmo/Mule
Juan/Horse
José
Tenorio
Pablo
Paco
Manolo
Fermina
Captain of the Inquisition
Guards
Onstage Guitarist
About MAN OF LA MANCHA
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The Show Written Because of a Mistake
The Song that Almost Didn’t Happen.
MAN OF LA MANCHA is arguably one of the most beloved classic titles in the musical theatre canon. But who
would have guessed that the show was born out of a
supposition by the press? Dale Wasserman, the author of
the libretto for MAN OF LA MANCHA was in Spain on
holiday when a local newspaper ran the story, “Dale
Wasserman in Spain to research a movie version of Don
Quixote, to star Yves Montand.” While no such picture
was in the works, Wasserman did become interested in
why adaptations of Cervantes novel were never quite
successful in their depictions of the title character. Part of
it had to do with the repetitive qualities of Quixote’s
adventures and while brooding on this question,
Wasserman ended up becoming much more interested in
Miguel de Cervantes and his life than the author’s famous
knight-errant. Many mistakenly believe that MAN OF LA
MANCHA is an adaptation of Don Quixote. At its core,
this show and the teleplay that it was adapted from “I,
Don Quixote,” are an exploration of Cervantes’ life using
scenes from “Don Quixote” to give us deeper insight into
the man behind the myth. In fact, in his novel, “The Impossible Musical,” Wasserman states that Cervantes is the
Man in the title of the musical, not Quixote.
To dream the impossible dream...The final rehearsal for
the teleplay, “I, Don Quixote”, ran eight minutes too long
and something had to be cut. The impossible dream
speech was the likely candidate and went. Until actor Lee
Cobb playing Don Quixote/Cervantes got the script
revisions and was furious. He marched up to Wasserman
and demanded that the speech be restored. The tired
and dazed author asked what speech the actor was
referring too and Cobb replied, “The (expletive) speech.”
“What (expletive) speech?” “The (expletive) impossible
dream speech.” Space during Act One was found for this
delectable indelible speech and the broadcast came off
without a hitch. Can you imagine Wasserman, Darion and
Leigh’s masterwork without this crucial speech, that they
turned into a crucial song? “The Impossible Dream (The
Quest),” the inspirational song that has been covered by
literally hundreds of artists from Richard Kiley and Brian
Stokes Mitchell to The Temptations and Frank Sinatra, that
has been translated into different languages across the
globe and more than withstood the test of time, much like
Cervantes’ Don Quixote himself.
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Cast Profiles
DAVIS GAINES (Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote)
Davis performed the title role in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in over 2,000 performances
on Broadway, in Los Angeles (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom) and San Francisco (where he received the Bay Area’s Critic’s Award for Best Actor). Broadway/National
Tours: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Raoul), WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, CAMELOT (w/
Richard Burton), HELLO, DOLLY! (w/Carol Channing), THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN
TEXAS (w/Alexis Smith). Off-Broadway: THE DEATH OF VON RICHTHOFEN AS WITNESSED
FROM EARTH (The Public), ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE (Manhattan Theatre Club), ASSASSINS (Playwrights Horizons), THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (Encores), THE NEW MOON (New
York City Opera), SHE LOVES ME and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. Regional: CAMELOT
(Sacramento Music Circus), 1776 (Musical Theatre West), PARADE (Mark Taper Forum), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
(Pasadena Playhouse), DAMN YANKEES (George Abbott, dir.), ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (w/Kate Reid), THE RINK (w/
Lainie Kazan), TWO INTO ONE (w/Tony Randall). Other: SWEENEY TODD (Reprise, New York Philharmonic, San
Francisco Symphony/”PBS Great Performances”). Film: “Warlock: The Armageddon” TV: “Desperate Housewives,”
“Charmed,” “Chicago Hope,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Bodies of Evidence,” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Davis has sung for
five U.S Presidents and his voice can be heard on over 30 cast recordings and compilation albums.
www.davisgaines.com
LESLI MARGHERITA (Aldonza)
Lesli won the 2011 LA Ovation Award for starring as Kate/Lili in KISS ME, KATE at Reprise
Theatre Company, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in ZORRO THE
MUSICAL, on London's West End. She reprised her role this fall to open the Shanghai, China
company of the show. She was last seen at MTW as Erma in ANYTHING GOES. Lesli trained
at UCLA, and was then chosen to star in the TV series "Fame LA,” directed by Kenny Ortega.
She has gone on to star and recur on numerous TV shows, films and pilots including "Suite Life
On Deck,” "Charmed,” "NYPD Blue,” "The District,” "The King of Queens,” "JAG,” "Fighting
Fitzgeralds,” "Nikki,” "On The Lot,” produced by Steven Spielberg, Joel Schumacher's “The
Number 23,” “Boogeyman 2,” and she can be heard on several animated films and TV shows,
most recently “Disney's Cinderella 3” and “Sponge Bob.” Recent theatre credits include Julie in SHOWBOAT
(Goodspeed), Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (La Mirada), Lady of the Lake in SPAMALOT (Music Circus), Ilona
in SHE LOVES ME (CLOSBC), SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE (The Blank), and Gloria in Jason Alexander's production of
DAMN YANKEES (Reprise). Other favorite national tour and regional theatre shows include starring in: AIDA, BEEHIVE,
WEST SIDE STORY, ZORBA, REEFER MADNESS, GREASE, A CHORUS LINE, and GYPSY. Her critically acclaimed nightclub act, ALL HAIL THE QUEEN, continues to play to sellout crowds in LA and NY. www.leslimargherita.com
JUSTIN ROBERTSON (Manservant/Sancho Panza)
Justin is so happy to be back. He has appeared with The Pasadena Playhouse, Reprise, Musical Theatre Guild, Performance Riverside, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Fullerton CLO, Casa
Mañana, Theatre Under the Stars, Milwaukee Rep, Moonlight Amphitheatre, and Music Theatre
of Wichita. But his first professional appearances were for Musical Theatre West. Additionally, those involved in MTW’s PHANTOM (1993) received his sketch of fellow cast members as
a closing gift, starting a tradition that begat an illustration career (squigsink.com). Justin, aka
Squigs, was hailed by the New York Times as an heir to the legacy of caricature legend Al
Hirschfeld, and his Broadway Ink sketches are featured weekly on leading theatrical website,
Broadway.com. Also, look for Squigs' art in MTW's upcoming FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. An
Oregon native and longtime LA resident, he currently calls NYC his home. This one is for loved ones who, as impossible
as it may seem, continue to dream.
RICHARD GOULD (The Governor/Innkeeper)
A founding member of San Francisco’s Magic Theater, his work in the Bay Area included pioneering work with the Berkeley Stage Company and leading roles with the California Shakespeare Festival. Regional work includes Carl Magnus in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Long Beach
CLO, the Auctioneer and Firmin in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Sweeney in SWEENEY
TODD at P.C.P.A., Richard in RICHARD III at Theatreworks in Colorado and Father Zahoria in
ZORBA at the Berkeshire Festival. Film and TV roles include work in “Nash Bridges,” “The West
Wing” and numerous voiceovers. He most recently appeared as Pickering in MY FAIR LADY,
Judge Turpin in MTW’s SWEENEY TODD, Hopkins in 1776 and Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS
CAROL.
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Cheryl and Raymond Hiland, Long Beach
Ron & Grace Hinders, Torrance
Richard Hochberg, M.D., Long Beach
Philip & Hanna Hodgetts, Westminster
Chris Hogan, Long Beach
Bonnie Hopper, Rochester, NH
Hornblower Cruises and Events, San
Diego
Carol Horowitz, Los Alamitos
Robert and Viola Hoting, Long Beach
The House of Blues Anaheim, Anaheim
Dr. Glenn & Joyce Howard, Long Beach
Heidi Hummel-Grant, Westminster
Joseph Hunt, Long Beach
Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington
Beach
The Huntington Beach Playhouse,
Huntington Beach
Jack & Mary Jo Huntsinger, Long Beach
Susan Hyman, Long Beach
In-Out-Burger, Irvine
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Nola Irvin, Long Beach
George & Gwyneth Irwin, Seal Beach
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Christiaan Jacobs, Long Beach
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Lauren Knapp, Garden Grove
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Cynthia LaMotte, Huntington Beach
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Upland
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Vonda Lia, Long Beach
Joe & Chris Libeu, Long Beach
William Linder, Long Beach
Rahla Lindsey, La Canada Flintridge
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Cast Profiles
DAMON KIRSCHE (The Duke/Dr. Carrasco)
Damon is delighted to return to MTW, where appeared as Dr. Lyman Hall in 1776 and Bert
Healy in ANNIE. Last season, Damon received a Barrymore Award nomination for his creation
of Joseph Pujol, the tragic-comic hero of the world premiere musical A PASSING
WIND (Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts). This January, he headlined an
evening of Broadway standards and rarities in the FRED BARTON PRESENTS… Series at NY’s
Metropolitan Room. Regional: OKLAHOMA! (Curly)—CLOSBC, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Carl
Magnus)—South Coast Repertory; numerous appearances with LA’s Reprise and NY’s Encores
series. Recent concerts: Eric Whitacre’s PARADISE LOST: SHADOWS & WINGS (Logos)—
Carnegie and Walt Disney Concert Halls, with KELLI O’HARA IN CONCERT (Music Theatre of
Wichita). Proud Member, LA’s Musical Theatre Guild. Damon sings and records with big band “Dean Mora and his
Orchestra.” Film/TV: “Gods and Generals,” “Star Trek: Voyager.” Training: Juilliard.
JASON WEBB (The Padre)
Jason is grateful to be returning to Musical Theatre West. Recent performances: MTW: 1776
(Robert Livingston); CLOSBC: SHE LOVES ME (Georg Novak), SEUSSICAL (Mayor of Whoville),
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Simon Zealots), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Perchik); Glendale Centre:
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Adam), 1776 (John Dickinson), LUCKY STIFF (Harry
Witherspoon); Performance Riverside: CURTAINS (Lt. Frank Cioffi), WEST SIDE STORY (Tony),
EVITA (Ché), DAMN YANKEES (Joe Hardy); Candlelight Pavilion: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
(Rev. Oglethorpe), LUCKY STIFF (Harry Witherspoon), OKLAHOMA! (Curly), ANYTHING GOES
(Billy Crocker). Jason also originated the role of Sam Harris in the new Richard Sherman musical, PAZZAZZ! He has performed internationally in EVITA, McCoy/Rigby & Park Ave NYC, and
with the BYU Young Ambassadors. Thank you to this great cast, company, and staff. Thanks to Mom and Dad, In-laws,
5 wonderful children, God and my angel wife, “My Perfect Rhyme”. Thank you for supporting live theater.
STEVEN GLAUDINI (The Barber)
Steven is happy to be back on stage with MTW, you may remember him in our highly acclaimed production of 1776 as John Adams (L.A. Stage Ovation Award/Backstage Garland
Award). Selected favorite regional credits include: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Finch), DAMN YANKEES (Mr. Applegate), TRIUMPH OF LOVE
(Harlequin), CABARET (Emcee), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...FORUM (Pseudolus and Hysterium), SOUTH PACIFIC (Billis), RAGTIME (Houdini), and OLIVER! (Fagin). Steven’s “day job” is
Artistic Director of Musical Theatre West where he has directed several shows. Steven is
thrilled to share the stage with so many talented friends and colleagues. Steven resides in Los
Angeles with his wife, actress Bets Malone.
KARENSSA LEGEAR (Antonia)
Karenssa is thrilled to be back in La Mancha and making her MTW debut. Karenssa first
explored LA MANCHA last Fall at the Welk Resort Theatre where she also performed in THE
SCARLET PIMPERNEL, MUSIC AND MEMORIES, and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Last year
Karenssa had the thrill of playing Christine Daae as well as her nemesis Carlotta in back to
back productions of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Kopit &
Yeston’s PHANTOM. This year Karenssa will be hitting high C’s on the high seas with Holland
America Line. Karenssa holds an AA degree in Theatre and a BA degree in Music from
UCLA. Many thanks to Carlos, Steve, Nick and the entire MTW family. www.KARENSSA.com
DYNELL LEIGH (Maria/Housekeeper)
Dynell is happy to be back at MTW, having previously appeared as Emma Goldman in RAGTIME, Gen. Cartwright in GUYS & DOLLS, and Mae in THE PAJAMA GAME. Favorite roles
include Ruth in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Duchess in ME AND MY GIRL, Mrs. Potts in BEAUTY
AND THE BEAST, Charlotte Cardoza in TITANIC, Aunt Eller in OKLAHOMA!, Nurse/Mrs./Harriet
in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Hesther in EQUUS, Martha in STRANGE SNOW,
and Mrs. Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN. Love to G. Thanks to Steve, Nick, Paul, friends and family
for their continued support and (as always) to Michael, for everything…………
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Cast Profiles
SAM ZELLER (Pedro)
MTW Debut! Sam’s national and regional credits include Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES, Kerchak in DISNEY’S TARZAN, Edna in HAIRSPRAY, Horton the Elephant in SEUSSICAL, Che in EVITA,
Gaston in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Miles Gloriosus in A FUNNY
THING...FORUM. Sam also played Captain Hook in the national tour and the Tony-nominated
Broadway revival of PETER PAN with Cathy Rigby. Sam is a proud member of the Musical Theater
Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. For a full list of credits, including TV and film, please visit
www.samzeller.com. Thank you, always, Donnie.
VENNY CARRANZA (Anselmo/Muleteer)
Venny is very happy to be returning to the MTW stage where he was last seen in THOROUGHLY
MODERN MILLIE. B'way/ Nat’l. Tour: A CHORUS LINE (1st Revival Broadway National Tour),
CAMELOT, WE WILL ROCK YOU, SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL (w/Cathy Rigby), HAIR. Regional:
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, GREASE, THE WHO’S TOMMY, A FUNNY THING...FORUM,
CRAZY FOR YOU, THE MUSIC MAN, ZORBA, MY ONE AND ONLY, ANYTHING GOES, THE
PAJAMA GAME, THE WIZARD OF OZ and FOOTLOOSE. TV/Film: “Jack and Jill,” “Scrubs,”
CCSN Commercial: Spokesperson (Las Vegas). Proud member of AEA!!! Thanks to the MTW family, my Parents, Family and Friends, Scott, MSA, and God. I love you all, Ciao!
MICHAEL GUARNERA (Juan/Muleteer)
Michael is happy to be making his debut with his friends here at MTW. Los Angeles audiences
would most recognize him as Don Lockwood in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Other credits include: Broadway/Nat'l Tours: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CAROUSEL, EVITA, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, PIPPIN,
CAMELOT. Regional: WEST SIDE STORY, BRIGADOON, A CHORUS LINE, KISS ME KATE,
GREASE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. TV/Film: “Charlie’s Angels II,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Bruce Almighty,” “The District,” “Alias,” “NCIS,” “Desperate Housewives,” among others. Special thanks to
Dynell, Tony, Rose, and Antonello. Love you guys. Gina, this one's for you!!!
JAY DONNELL (Jose/Muleteer)
MTW Debut! Select Credits: National Tour: MISS SAIGON. Regional: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
(Four-Eyed Moe), KISS ME, KATE (Paul), LOVING REPEATING, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE (Adrian),
JOSEPH... (Napthali), RENT (Benny), 25TH ANNUAL..SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), SOUTH
PACIFIC, SIDE SHOW (Jake) and others. TV/Film: “Lost Tapes: Poltergeist” (Animal Planet),
“Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean” (Iconoclastic Features). Special thanks to MTW
family, Nick, Steve, Matthew, Carlos, KSR, Cast and Crew!
ISAAC JAMES (Tenorio/Muleteer)
After last being seen in MTW's SWEENEY TODD, Isaac James is thrilled to be sharing the stage
with yet another incredibly talented cast. Other credits include: Trevor Greydon in THOROUGHLY
MODERN MILLIE, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS, Eric in PHANTOM, Joey in THE MOST HAPPY FELLA,
Orin in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and Johnny Brown in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN.
Also a professional photographer Isaac runs a successful photography business based in Pasadena, for more information visit www.isaacjamescreative.com. He would also like to thank his
family and friends for their continuous support. L2J.
PATRICK ROBERT KELLY (Pablo/Muleteer)
Patrick is elated to be returning to the Musical Theater West stage. Some past credits include;
Perchik (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Danny (BABY), Bill (KISS ME, KATE), Smokey (DAMN YANKEES),
Andy Lee (42ND STREET), the Boatman (SUNDAY IN THE PARK...). He would like to thank the creative team and cast of MAN OF LA MANCHA, the MTW staff, and Nicole.
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Cast Profiles
Musical Theatre West Star Supporters
AJ MENDOZA (Paco/Muleteer)
A.J. is thrilled to be making his MTW debut while returning to one of his favorite shows! Some
past favorite roles include: The Padre in MAN OF LA MANCHA (Welk Theatre San Diego),
Apostle/Judas understudy in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (2010 National Tour), Walter the Fox
in THE PARTY ANIMALS LIVE! (Touring: Bahrain, Guam, Hawaii, Japan) Inspector O’Day in
PAZZAZZ! (Lobero Theatre), Jack in INTO THE WOODS (Main Street Players), Riff Raff in THE
ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Citrus Little Theatre), and The Artful Dodger in OLIVER! (Limon/Carr
Prod.). Much thanks to this brilliant cast and crew. And endless love to Mom, Dad and Micki!
RAMONE OWENS (Manolo/Muleteer)
Ramone is thrilled to be making his debut with Musical Theatre West. Ramone was last seen in
DREAMGIRLS at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Some of his regional credits include: A
CHORUS LINE (Larry), HAIR, THE PRODUCERS at NBFT; SHE LOVES ME (Bus Boy) at CLOSBC.
Other credits include: SWEET CHARITY (Daddy), THE LIFE (Lacy), 42ND STREET, and WEST SIDE
STORY. Ramone is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory holding a BFA in Musical Theater. He
is very grateful for this opportunity and hopes you all enjoy the show. Let's LIVE!
JEBBEL ARCE (Fermina)
Jebbel is ecstatic to make her MTW debut. LA credits include: GUYS & DOLLS and CINDERELLA (Cabrillo), BRIGADOON (FCLO), ALL SHOOK UP (3D Theatricals), MISS SAIGON
(Moonlight). Jebbel has also recently appeared as a featured dancer with the Broadway cast
of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT on "America's Got Talent," and performed at the Billboard Awards. Mucho amor to family and friends and many thanks to Steve, Nick, Carlos, and
the rest of the creative team for allowing to her to live the "Impossible Dream.”
BRAD FITZGERALD (Captain of the Inquisition)
Brad is excited to return to MTW after appearing here in 1776, ME AND MY GIRL, SINGIN’
IN THE RAIN and 42ND STREET. Other area appearances include SHE LOVES ME, FIDDLER ON
THE ROOF (MENDEL), OKLAHOMA, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN AND KISS ME KATE with
CLOSBC; A CHORUS LINE (Zach) and SWEET CHARITY (Oscar) at the Curtis Theater; SEVEN
BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Benjamin, Adam u/s), and CABARET (Cliff) for the Torrance
Theater Company; and GUYS AND DOLLS and 1776 (Dr. Lyman Hall) for the Norris Center.
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Production Staff Profiles
MELANIE CAVANESS (Properties)
STANLEY D. COHEN (Stage Manager)
MAN OF LA MANCHA marks Melanie’s 26th production
as co-prop(tart) mistress with MTW. Some of her favorite
shows (and cast and crew) include THE FULL MONTY,
RAGTIME, THE PRODUCERS and HAIRSPRAY. She has
had the pleasure of co-designing properties for THE
ANDREWS BROTHERS, WINTER WONDERETTES, and the
premier of SUMMER OF LOVE for MTW, and most recently GUYS & DOLLS for The Norris. Melanie would like
to thank her husband Bill for enduring all of her long hours
away from home; Gretchen, her “partner in crime,” and
Mary, for allowing her this wonderful outlet to create!
Stan is excited to return to MTW where he previously has
stage managed HAIRSPRAY, CATS, SWEENEY
TODD and THE PAJAMA GAME. Stan is the production
stage manager for Moonlight Stage Productions in
Vista. Highlights have included HAIRSPRAY, MISS SAIGON, OKLAHOMA!, 42ND STREET, LES MISÉRABLES,
WEST SIDE STORY and RAGTIME. Other credits: THE
FULL MONTY, GUYS & DOLLS (San Diego Musical Theatre); THE HISTORY BOYS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Cygnet
Theatre). He thanks Nick, Carlos, Matt, Steve, Paul and
Mary for the wonderful experience.
GRETCHEN MORALES (Property Mistress)
MARY RITENHOUR (Assistant Stage Manager/
Production Manager)
MAN OF LA MANCHA marks the 26th show that
Gretchen has had the pleasure of designing props for
Musical Theatre West. It has been a great honor to have
worked on such awesome MTW productions as RAGTIME,
THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, SWEENEY TODD, THE FULL
MONTY, THE WEDDING SINGER, HAIRSPRAY and most
recently WINTER WONDERETTES. Gretchen is currently
working as an adjunct instructor at Cypress Community
College, where her designs include ROMEO AND JULIET,
THE WEDDING SINGER and most recently HAIRSPRAY.
Never ending thanks to Melanie, co-prop designer for
these productions.
Cast Profiles
CHRISTOPHER HAMBY (Guard)
Christopher is excited to be in his first production at Musical Theatre West. Christopher is currently
attending Fullerton College and plans to transfer in the fall to Cal State Fullerton to pursue a BFA
in Musical Theatre. Working with Musical Theater West has been an experience to remember.
Thank you cast and crew for all your contributions on and off stage.
ANDRE POLO (Guard)
Happy to make his debut with MTW! Andre is currently studying Theatre at Fullerton College.
Love to my parents, friends and teachers for always believing in me. Thank you to the MTW’s
production team for this opportunity and learning experience. Enjoy the show!
Mary started working with Musical Theatre West as the
Properties Mistress for ANNIE in 1989. Since 1997 she
has served as the Assistant Stage Manager on each MTW
production. Of the 94 shows she’s been a part of she’s
seen a wide array of musical comedy, but she counts
CHILDREN OF EDEN, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, RAGTIME and
THE FULL MONTY among her favorites. Mary is currently
accepting bribes to keep from making public some of the
stories she’s heard over the years. If this applies to you
and you’re short on cash, anything pumpkin will do.
ACTOR’S EQUITY ASSOCATION (AEA)
Founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United
States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential
component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide
range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and
is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity
emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
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Production Staff Profiles
"Ricochet," "Midnight Train," and "Changing Partners," sold
records in the tens of millions. His opera based on the
characters Archy and Mehitabel was turned into the
Broadway Musical SHINBONE ALLEY. On the more serious
side, his work with composer Ezra Laderman includes the
oratorio operas GALILEO AND DAVID WEPT and the
cantatas A Handful of Souls and The Questions of Abraham. He has received a variety of awards including the
Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle
Award, the Gabriel Award, the Ohio State Award, and
the International Broadcasting Award.
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signer, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Lighting
Designer. In addition to MTW, Kevin has worked as a
Technical Director for McCoy-Rigby Entertainment,
Stagelight Family Productions and spent five seasons with
CLO of South Bay Cities. Kevin is instructor of Scene Design and Technical Production at Fullerton College. Thanks,
Paul. We did it again.
STEVEN YOUNG (Lighting Designer)
Steven returns to MTW, where some of his favorite designs include HOT MIKADO, THE KING & I, 1776 and
RAGTIME, among others. Steven’s lighting has been
PAUL GARMAN (Executive Director/Producer) honored with three LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards,
Paul began his association with MTW in 1963 as a pernumerous Garland Awards, the LA Drama Critics Award,
former when the company was known as Whittier Civic
and the Angstrom Lifetime Achievement Award. Recent
Light Opera. He continued performing throughout high
productions include CAROUSEL for Reprise, GOD SAVE
school and at UCLA. He has served as producer for MTW GERTRUDE at [email protected] Court, PUTTING IT TOsince the mid-1970s. Prior to that he served seven years
GETHER for South Coast Repertory, and Havok Theatre
as the company's President. Of the 164 MTW major
Company’s THE STORY OF MY LIFE. For more information,
productions, Paul has been involved with all but 16, pro- please see www.syoungld.com.
ducing over 120 of them. Through his guidance and leadJULIE FERRIN (Sound Designer)
ership MTW has grown from an amateur community
Ms. Ferrin is excited to be back with MTW and MAN OF
organization to a nationally respected regional theater
LA MANCHA, a show she has never done before!
group, entertaining over 60,000 patrons annually and
garnering critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2007 Julie most recently opened PETER PAN starring Cathy
Rigby at Madison Square Garden and took a great
the organization was presented with the L.A. Drama
Christmas vacation! Upcoming designs include; A CHORUS
Critics’ Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in theater
LINE with 3D Theatricals, MISS SAIGON with McCoy
and has won numerous L.A. Stage Ovation awards over
Rigby Entertainment and a few others. Ms. Ferrin is presithe years. Paul received the Arts Community Leadership
award from the Arts Council for Long Beach in 2002 and dent of Sound Advice LLC, a sound design, engineering
Arts Education Hero of the Year Award from the Carpen- and rental company. Please visit
ter Performing Arts Center in 2008. He has been inducted www.soundadvicedesigns.com for more information. Thank
you for supporting the arts and keeping theatre alive.
into the La Serna High School Hall of Fame and was
honored as Distinguished Alumni of Whittier by the WhitTODD PROTO (Costume Coordinator)
tier Historical Society.
Todd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in costume design
from Emerson College in 2000 and has worked as a
STEVEN GLAUDINI (Artistic Director)
designer in both Boston and Los Angeles. Favorites for
Steven is thrilled to be on the wonderful team at MTW.
Steven had spent the two years prior to joining the MTW Musical Theatre West include RAGTIME, SHE LOVES ME,
family as an Equity Agent for KSR in Studio City. Steve is KISS ME, KATE, GUYS & DOLLS, HOT MIKADO, and
an Award-winning director and cites these shows as favor- PIRATES OF PENZANCE. He has taken a hiatus from
ites: MTW’s recent hits ANNIE with Andrea McArdle, LITTLE theatre to act as Art Director for Emet Studios, which is
SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PRODUCERS, ALL SHOOK UP, completing work on its first project, “Hexere,” an on-line
THE FULL MONTY, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and THE gothic horror card game based on literature, lore, and
gypsy Tarot. “Hexere” is set for release later this year
PAJAMA GAME. Other favorites include: HAIRSPRAY,
and will be free-to-play with additional elements for
MISS SAIGON, CATS, LES MISÉRABLES, WEST SIDE
STORY, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, CABARET, TRIUMPH OF purchase.
LOVE, COMPANY, CHILDREN OF EDEN, SWEET CHARITY,
MARK TRAVIS HOYER (Wig Designer)
SHE LOVES ME, CAROUSEL, and the Los Angeles PreMark brings more than eighteen years of experience in
miere of MY FAVORITE YEAR for the Musical Theatre
Guild. Steven was honored to receive the 2004 Ovation theatrical wig design to MTW. He has worked on numerAward for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of John ous national Broadway tours. Favorites include WICKED,
RENT, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and THE LION
Adams in 1776, a role he recently recreated at MTW
KING. He is a member of the International Alliance of
and was honored with a Backstage Garland Award.
Stage and Theatrical Employees, Local 706, and lives in
KEVIN CLOWES (Technical Director/Set Designer) Long Beach with his partner, Bob, and their three dogs.
Kevin is happy to be working on his 73rd production with
MTW. Over the years, his duties have included Set De21
Production Staff Profiles
NICK DEGRUCCIO (Director)
MTW: 1776, RENT, THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, GUYS &
DOLLS and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Three-time recipient of
the LA Ovation Award for Direction, 2008 LA Drama
Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre, 2009 BackStage Garland Award for an
Outstanding Season of Work, THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Laguna Playhouse and Colony Theatre: LA premiere, Ovation Awards for Play, Direction, Ensemble), JEKYLL & HYDE (Cabrillo Music Theatre: Ovation
Award for Direction), 1776 (Performance Riverside: 5 LA
Ovation Awards including Direction and Production),
CINDERELLA (The Ordway), PUTTING IT TOGETHER, A
YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (South Coast Repertory),
CAUGHT (World Premiere), DOG SEES GOD, KISS OF
THE SPIDER WOMAN (LA Ovation Award for Production), THRILL ME and THE STORY OF MY LIFE (Havok
Theatre Company), SIDE SHOW (Colony Theatre), THE
SPITFIRE GRILL (Laguna Playhouse: OC Weekly Award
Best Musical), ZANNA, DON’T! (West Coast Ensemble:
LADCC Award for Direction), BAD APPLES (Rubicon Theatre: World Premiere), A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE and
THE WILD PARTY (MTG), BASIC TRAINING (2nd Stage),
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Rubicon Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse), THE LAST FIVE YEARS and I DO! I
DO! (Pasadena Playhouse), THE FULL MONTY (San Diego
Music Theatre), BEEHIVE (El Portal) www.nickdegruccio.com
CARLOS A. MENDOZA (Choreographer)
Carlos is thrilled to be making his debut at MTW, especially with one of his favorite shows. A graduate of The
United States International University in San Diego, he
earned his BA with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Since
that time, he has worked extensively as a director, choreographer, producer and artistic director. Selected theatrical credits include ANNIE, MISS SAIGON, PAJAMA
GAME, CATS, HOT MIKADO, I LOVE A PIANO, AIDA, MY
FAIR LADY, NINE, JOSEPH, and ANNA IN THE TROPICS.
He has won San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of WEST SIDE STORY and RAGTIME. One of his
main projects has been creator/producer of THE NEW
MAMBO KINGS, a musical revue with a blend of Latin
culture thru voice, music and dance. As artistic director, Mr.
Mendoza guided Starlight Musical Theatre for two seasons (’09 – ’10) and now currently serves for Hispanic Arts
Theatre (HAT). When not working in theatre, Mr. Mendoza
is a cruise director for the Holland America line. For more
information, visit www.carlosmendozaonline.com
MATTHEW SMEDAL (Music Director)
Previously with MTW: 1776. Associate Music Supervisor in
Charge of Casting the upcoming Maury Yeston Musical
PEONY PAVILION. Music Director for three Barnes and
Noble Nook commercials (“Jane”) with Jane Lynch. Regional Music Direction: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
(Cabrillo Music Theater), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Ogunquit
Playhouse), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (North Shore Music
Theatre, IRNE nomination for "Best Music Director"), BAT
BOY and HELLO AGAIN (Musical Theatre Guild), THE
WIZARD OF OZ and SCROOGE (West Virginia Public
Theatre), GYPSY (w/ Kim Zimmer) and OKLAHOMA!
(Augusta Barn Theatre). Assoc. Music Direction/Conducting:
MAN OF LA MANCHA (w/ Brent Spiner & Julia Migenes)
(Reprise ), THE KING & I (w/ Deborah Gibson) (Cabrillo).
Assoc. Music Direction: TWO BY TWO (w/ Jason Alexander, Faith Prince, Megan Hilty and Vickie Lewis), FLORA,
THE RED MENACE (w/ Eden Espinosa) (all for Reprise).
Many thanks to everyone at MTW.
www.matthewsmedal.com
DALE WASSERMAN (Book)
Dale Wasserman served the theatre for over 50 years. In
earlier days he roamed America as a hobo, riding freight
trains and thereby avoiding any formal education whatsoever. At nineteen he gravitated into the theatre where he
cut his teeth on every conceivable job - stage manager,
lighting designer, director and producer among them. At
age 33 he walked off the Broadway musical he was
directing, abruptly deciding to become a writer. Since
then, he has produced a continuous body of work for the
theatre, film and television. MAN OF LA MANCHA was a
multiple Tony-winner and among the longest-running
Broadway musicals of all time. ONE FLEW OVER THE
CUCKOO'S NEST, also a Tony-winner, played to packed
houses for 4 years in New York and 5 years in San Francisco leading, of course, to the famous film. Mr.
Wasserman’s many other credits include screenplays
for THE VIKINGS, CLEOPATRA and A WALK WITH LOVE
AND DEATH, as well as countless TV dramas.
MITCH LEIGH (Music)
Pianist, Arthur Rubenstein has said of Mitch Leigh, "He's the
most brilliant composer writing for music today." Leigh
earned his bachelor's degree in music from Yale in 1951
and his master's in music in 1952, studying with Paul Hindemith. Since then he has worked as a composer, a producer, a director, and a businessmen. He is the only living
composer whose work was included in the Metropolitan
Opera's Centennial Celebration. Among Leigh's awards
are the Drama Critic's Circle Award, the Contemporary
Classics Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame for
"The Impossible Dream," and the first Yale Arts Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition. In 1957
Leigh formed Music Makers, Inc., a radio and television
commercial production house, where as creative director,
he won every major award within the advertising industry.
In September 2001, Yale University named their new
School of Music building after him and his wife, Abby.
Thank you to the underwriters of our Great American Songbook Fundraiser held
January 22, 2011 at the beautiful Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Carpenter Performing Arts Center • Choura Event Services •
Judy McNulty Black • Barbara Bixby Blackwell • Fran and Steve Conley
Robert Dominguez • Paul Garman • Thomas P. Gillespie
Golden State Water • Marnos Lelesi • Lucia Kos
Richard and Gigi Meese • Joe and Edna Moore
Dottie Reiner • Rossmoor Pastries
SAVE THE DATE! GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, MARCH 10, 2013
JOE DARION (Lyrics)
Mr. Darion left a legacy of musicals, cantatas, pop songs,
operas, librettos, and masses when he died in June 2001
at eighty-four. His lyrics for "The Impossible Dream" in
MAN OF LA MANCHA won Darion the 1965 66 Tony
award for best lyrics of the Broadway season. Other
popular songs that he was the lyricist for, such as
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April 13-29, 2012
The sleeper hit of our 20082009 Season returns in an
ALL NEW EDITION!
Back by popular demand, new
shows, new songs and new
stars are put through the
wringer in this
laugh-a-minute satire on all
things musical theatre.
You’ll rediscover why
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
ran for 26 years in New York!
CONCEPTION AND LYRICS BY Gerard Alessandrini
HONORARY PRODUCER -Kathy Baker Campbell
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - K.C. Wilson
Musical Theatre West Tribute Donations
One of the most touching ways to pay honor or tribute to a friend, family
member or loved one is to make a donation in their name to a favorite charity
or non-profit. Musical Theatre West is honored to have received the following
tribute donations between
January 1– December 31, 2011:
In Memory of Eileen Allen
James Allen
In Memory of Bob Maxwell
Robert & Linda Maxwell
In Memory of Larry Allison
Eunice N. Sato
In Honor of Thos McGee
Marilyn Briggs
In Memory of Bob Baier
M. Lynn Forrester
In Memory of Alice Meyer
Dennis Jones
David Meyer
In Memory of David Brown
Kay Wittmack
In Memory of Steve Canut
A.L & C. Canut
In Honor of the Class of Â55
E. Benson
In Honor of Dad
Susan Masback
In Memory of Ruth V. Enakoff
Marcia Spieler
John & Elizabeth Taormina
Paul Garman
In Memory of Jackie Endreson
Mary Evans
In Memory of Don Garman
Craig & Debby McManigal
Lenore Garman
Bonnie Hopper
Robert & Janet Osborn
In Honor of Paul Garman
Martin Levitt, Bea Frankel
and Jamie Smith
In Memory of Wayne Grisham
Mille Grisham
In Memory of Foster Hooper
Mari Hooper
In Memory of Lillian F. Levin
Doris Zeif
In Memory of Dick Littman
Reno Littman
In Memory of Robert Maney
Paul Garman
In Memory of Kenneth Miller
Paul Garman
In Memory of Emily Mitchell
John C. Lindbeck
In Honor of Joe Moore
Los Angeles Turner, Inc.
In Memory of Pat Mills
Jeffrey & Linda Schleiger
Paul Garman
In Memory of Clara Ringel
Leonard Ringel
In Memory of Ken Reiner
Diane Booth
Lois Bourgon
Howard & Elaine Davis
Celsa Endaya
Francis & Joanne France
Jim & Nancy Gaines
Paul Garman
Art & Shirle Gottlieb
Mari Hooper
Wesla Kerr
Laura C. Killingsworth
Alexander & Marnos Lelesi
Richard & Gigi Fusco Meese
MDI Manufacturing & Design
MTW Footlighters
John Montgomery
Donald Neville
Louis & Carole Owens
Tony & Jan Paleno
Terence & Cynthia Pritchard
William Schwartz
Dr. & Mrs. Ralph M. Simonian
Marcia Spieler
Clint Stickney
Don & Marlene Temple
Daniel Thomas
Gerry Udell, Inc.
Wahl Corporation
Lorraine Ward
Melissa Woessner
In Memory of Skip Rowland
Paul Garman
In Honor of Richard Neri & Kurt
Schulzman
Tamara Achauer
In Memory of Dr. Michael and
Beverle Singer
Drs. Stephen & Cynthia Lamotte
Paul Garman
In Memory of Janet Kaller Spelling
Ruth Kaller
In Memory of Helen Thomsen
Margo Bishop
Mary Ibbetson
Jacquelyn Riegel
Paul Garman
In Memory of Betty Totten
Peter & Susan Hardash
In Honor of John D. Walker, Jr.
Patricia Walker
In Memory of Becky Wells
Claudia Albert
Carol Borowick
Paul Garman
LaVonne Hamilton
In Memory of Madalyne Ursanno
Paul Garman
Daniel Thomas
For information on making a tribute donation please call (562) 856-1999 x227
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REINER READING SERIES
staged readings of great musicals
The first production of the Reiner Readings Series, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, was a great success, and kicked off this season’s Series as a great way to be introduced to lesser-known works
of the musical theater canon. We invite you to join us for the next two shows in
he series’ second season:
Sheldon Harnick and Jerry
Bock’s Pulitzer Prize Winning
Fiorello!
Directed by Patrick Pearson
From the composer and lyricist of “Fiddler on the
Roof” comes the musicalization of the life of
Fiorello LaGuardia, one of the greatest mayors in
American history. Before becoming a three-term
mayor of New York, LaGuardia had to beat out the
corruption of Tammany Hall and win the hearts of
the immigrant voters in the Big Apple.
MARCH 11, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Jule Styne, Betty Comden and
Adolph Green’s Bells Are Ringing
Directed by James W. Gruessing, Jr
Ella Peterson, telephone operator at Sue’s Answer
Phone, is in love with the voice at Plaza 0-4433.
Come and remember a time before cell phones and
voice mail, where operators were standing by to
take messages and maybe even change lives. This
classic show originally starred Judy Holliday features
the standards “Just In Time” and “The Party’s
Over.”
MAY 20, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Performances at the University Theatre (CSULB campus, 7th Street entrance)
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
562.856.1999 x4 • www.musical.org
This series generously underwritten by Ken & Dottie Reiner
SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
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Help us build a foundation
for the future of MTW.
MTW PRODUCER’S CLUB
A
For a $2,000 annual donation to the MTW Producer’s Club,
members receive:
•
•
Become a charter member of the
MUSICAL THEATRE WEST
LEGACY SOCIETY
If Musical Theatre West has been an important part of your life, you can help create this same experience for future generations by including us in your estate plans. Leaving a bequest will ensure that musical theater remains a vital part of the Southern California arts community.
The Musical Theatre West Legacy Society honors individuals who, by including MTW in their longrange financial and estate plans, choose to create a personal legacy and help to ensure MTWÊs financial
strength for future generations. Gifts include bequests via a will or living trust, life insurance and retirement plan assets. Future plans can include gift annuities and charitable trusts as well. These gifts may
entitle you to an estate tax deduction equal to the amount of the gift, thus reducing your taxable estate.
In most instances federal estate tax regulations place no limit on the amount of your estate tax deduction for qualifying gifts, thus encouraging bequests made to a charitable cause such as MTW.
Whatever the size of your estate, a bequest allows you to determine how your assets will be disbursed
after your lifetime. A charitable gift to Musical Theatre West through a bequest may also reduce probate
costs and increase the assets you leave to your loved ones. If you have remembered Musical Theatre West
in your estate plans and wish to be honored as a member of the Legacy Society, please contact Paul
Garman at (562) 856-1999 x227 so your name can be added to the growing list of patrons who are joining the Legacy Society.
"Long Beach is fortunate to have MTW as
part of “Our Town”. It provides something
for all of us The arts are strong in Long
Beach and made more so by the contribution of such a variety of entertainment for
all ages. Thank you MTW. We are grateful. May you be here forever!”
- Dr. Frances Grover
Legacy Society donations will
help ensure the maintenance
and expansion of MTW facilities,
the continued quality of our
mainstage productions, and fuel
the growth of our Youth Education and Outreach programs.
MUSICAL THEATRE WEST LEGACY SOCIETY CHARTER MEMBERS
Cindy Costello • Lucy Daggett • Don & Lenore Garman
Paul Garman• Sheldon & Shell Whitney Grossman
Dr. Frances Grover •Sara Wenkle Kaplan
Len & Tommye Lovett • Cheryl A. McNulty
John Montgomery • Joe & Edna Moore • Ken & Dottie Reiner
Helene Rose • Virginia Waters • Jerry Wulk
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MUSICAL THEATRE WEST EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER.
Reserved paid parking in the Carpenter Center lot
Access to the members-only Producer’s Club lounge
before performances and during intermission
• “White-Glove” service from the MTW Box Office,
including VIP exchange privileges, waiving of service fees,
and additional special discounts on the best seats in the house!
• Paul Garman’s concierge service, arranging tickets to
Broadway shows and theatre happenings in Los Angeles
•
Exclusive “Behind-the-Scenes” events (recent events included a
private table reading of World Premiere of Summer of Love )
• Invitations to Meet-the-Cast dinners and Opening Night parties
Interested in becoming a member of Musical Theatre West’s most exclusive club?
Please call Executive Director/Producer, Paul Garman at 562.856.1999 x227
MTW PRODUCER’S CLUB 2011 MEMBERS
Don & Judy McNulty Black
Allen Cagle
Kathy Baker Campbell
Cindy Costello
Howard & Elaine Davis
Jim & Nancy Gaines
Lenore Garman
Paul Garman
Denne & Anne Goldstein
Robert & Susan Green
Frances Grover
Jon & Amanda Hall
Liz Handley
Bill & Pauline Henry
Mary Ellen Kilsby
Betty Anne Kirkpatrick
Len & Tommye Lovett
Rita Jensen Michener
Joe & Edna Moore
Larry & Shari Nemirow
Richard Neri & Kurt Schulzman
Ken & Dottie Reiner
Jacquelyn Riegel
Arlene Solomon & Sidney Schulman
Earl Shea
Joan Wells
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Help us build a foundation
for the future of MTW.
MTW PRODUCER’S CLUB
A
For a $2,000 annual donation to the MTW Producer’s Club,
members receive:
•
•
Become a charter member of the
MUSICAL THEATRE WEST
LEGACY SOCIETY
If Musical Theatre West has been an important part of your life, you can help create this same experience for future generations by including us in your estate plans. Leaving a bequest will ensure that musical theater remains a vital part of the Southern California arts community.
The Musical Theatre West Legacy Society honors individuals who, by including MTW in their longrange financial and estate plans, choose to create a personal legacy and help to ensure MTWÊs financial
strength for future generations. Gifts include bequests via a will or living trust, life insurance and retirement plan assets. Future plans can include gift annuities and charitable trusts as well. These gifts may
entitle you to an estate tax deduction equal to the amount of the gift, thus reducing your taxable estate.
In most instances federal estate tax regulations place no limit on the amount of your estate tax deduction for qualifying gifts, thus encouraging bequests made to a charitable cause such as MTW.
Whatever the size of your estate, a bequest allows you to determine how your assets will be disbursed
after your lifetime. A charitable gift to Musical Theatre West through a bequest may also reduce probate
costs and increase the assets you leave to your loved ones. If you have remembered Musical Theatre West
in your estate plans and wish to be honored as a member of the Legacy Society, please contact Paul
Garman at (562) 856-1999 x227 so your name can be added to the growing list of patrons who are joining the Legacy Society.
"Long Beach is fortunate to have MTW as
part of “Our Town”. It provides something
for all of us The arts are strong in Long
Beach and made more so by the contribution of such a variety of entertainment for
all ages. Thank you MTW. We are grateful. May you be here forever!”
- Dr. Frances Grover
Legacy Society donations will
help ensure the maintenance
and expansion of MTW facilities,
the continued quality of our
mainstage productions, and fuel
the growth of our Youth Education and Outreach programs.
MUSICAL THEATRE WEST LEGACY SOCIETY CHARTER MEMBERS
Cindy Costello • Lucy Daggett • Don & Lenore Garman
Paul Garman• Sheldon & Shell Whitney Grossman
Dr. Frances Grover •Sara Wenkle Kaplan
Len & Tommye Lovett • Cheryl A. McNulty
John Montgomery • Joe & Edna Moore • Ken & Dottie Reiner
Helene Rose • Virginia Waters • Jerry Wulk
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MUSICAL THEATRE WEST EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER.
Reserved paid parking in the Carpenter Center lot
Access to the members-only Producer’s Club lounge
before performances and during intermission
• “White-Glove” service from the MTW Box Office,
including VIP exchange privileges, waiving of service fees,
and additional special discounts on the best seats in the house!
• Paul Garman’s concierge service, arranging tickets to
Broadway shows and theatre happenings in Los Angeles
•
Exclusive “Behind-the-Scenes” events (recent events included a
private table reading of World Premiere of Summer of Love )
• Invitations to Meet-the-Cast dinners and Opening Night parties
Interested in becoming a member of Musical Theatre West’s most exclusive club?
Please call Executive Director/Producer, Paul Garman at 562.856.1999 x227
MTW PRODUCER’S CLUB 2011 MEMBERS
Don & Judy McNulty Black
Allen Cagle
Kathy Baker Campbell
Cindy Costello
Howard & Elaine Davis
Jim & Nancy Gaines
Lenore Garman
Paul Garman
Denne & Anne Goldstein
Robert & Susan Green
Frances Grover
Jon & Amanda Hall
Liz Handley
Bill & Pauline Henry
Mary Ellen Kilsby
Betty Anne Kirkpatrick
Len & Tommye Lovett
Rita Jensen Michener
Joe & Edna Moore
Larry & Shari Nemirow
Richard Neri & Kurt Schulzman
Ken & Dottie Reiner
Jacquelyn Riegel
Arlene Solomon & Sidney Schulman
Earl Shea
Joan Wells
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REINER READING SERIES
staged readings of great musicals
The first production of the Reiner Readings Series, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, was a great success, and kicked off this season’s Series as a great way to be introduced to lesser-known works
of the musical theater canon. We invite you to join us for the next two shows in
he series’ second season:
Sheldon Harnick and Jerry
Bock’s Pulitzer Prize Winning
Fiorello!
Directed by Patrick Pearson
From the composer and lyricist of “Fiddler on the
Roof” comes the musicalization of the life of
Fiorello LaGuardia, one of the greatest mayors in
American history. Before becoming a three-term
mayor of New York, LaGuardia had to beat out the
corruption of Tammany Hall and win the hearts of
the immigrant voters in the Big Apple.
MARCH 11, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Jule Styne, Betty Comden and
Adolph Green’s Bells Are Ringing
Directed by James W. Gruessing, Jr
Ella Peterson, telephone operator at Sue’s Answer
Phone, is in love with the voice at Plaza 0-4433.
Come and remember a time before cell phones and
voice mail, where operators were standing by to
take messages and maybe even change lives. This
classic show originally starred Judy Holliday features
the standards “Just In Time” and “The Party’s
Over.”
MAY 20, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Performances at the University Theatre (CSULB campus, 7th Street entrance)
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
562.856.1999 x4 • www.musical.org
This series generously underwritten by Ken & Dottie Reiner
SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
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15
April 13-29, 2012
The sleeper hit of our 20082009 Season returns in an
ALL NEW EDITION!
Back by popular demand, new
shows, new songs and new
stars are put through the
wringer in this
laugh-a-minute satire on all
things musical theatre.
You’ll rediscover why
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
ran for 26 years in New York!
CONCEPTION AND LYRICS BY Gerard Alessandrini
HONORARY PRODUCER -Kathy Baker Campbell
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - K.C. Wilson
Musical Theatre West Tribute Donations
One of the most touching ways to pay honor or tribute to a friend, family
member or loved one is to make a donation in their name to a favorite charity
or non-profit. Musical Theatre West is honored to have received the following
tribute donations between
January 1– December 31, 2011:
In Memory of Eileen Allen
James Allen
In Memory of Bob Maxwell
Robert & Linda Maxwell
In Memory of Larry Allison
Eunice N. Sato
In Honor of Thos McGee
Marilyn Briggs
In Memory of Bob Baier
M. Lynn Forrester
In Memory of Alice Meyer
Dennis Jones
David Meyer
In Memory of David Brown
Kay Wittmack
In Memory of Steve Canut
A.L & C. Canut
In Honor of the Class of Â55
E. Benson
In Honor of Dad
Susan Masback
In Memory of Ruth V. Enakoff
Marcia Spieler
John & Elizabeth Taormina
Paul Garman
In Memory of Jackie Endreson
Mary Evans
In Memory of Don Garman
Craig & Debby McManigal
Lenore Garman
Bonnie Hopper
Robert & Janet Osborn
In Honor of Paul Garman
Martin Levitt, Bea Frankel
and Jamie Smith
In Memory of Wayne Grisham
Mille Grisham
In Memory of Foster Hooper
Mari Hooper
In Memory of Lillian F. Levin
Doris Zeif
In Memory of Dick Littman
Reno Littman
In Memory of Robert Maney
Paul Garman
In Memory of Kenneth Miller
Paul Garman
In Memory of Emily Mitchell
John C. Lindbeck
In Honor of Joe Moore
Los Angeles Turner, Inc.
In Memory of Pat Mills
Jeffrey & Linda Schleiger
Paul Garman
In Memory of Clara Ringel
Leonard Ringel
In Memory of Ken Reiner
Diane Booth
Lois Bourgon
Howard & Elaine Davis
Celsa Endaya
Francis & Joanne France
Jim & Nancy Gaines
Paul Garman
Art & Shirle Gottlieb
Mari Hooper
Wesla Kerr
Laura C. Killingsworth
Alexander & Marnos Lelesi
Richard & Gigi Fusco Meese
MDI Manufacturing & Design
MTW Footlighters
John Montgomery
Donald Neville
Louis & Carole Owens
Tony & Jan Paleno
Terence & Cynthia Pritchard
William Schwartz
Dr. & Mrs. Ralph M. Simonian
Marcia Spieler
Clint Stickney
Don & Marlene Temple
Daniel Thomas
Gerry Udell, Inc.
Wahl Corporation
Lorraine Ward
Melissa Woessner
In Memory of Skip Rowland
Paul Garman
In Honor of Richard Neri & Kurt
Schulzman
Tamara Achauer
In Memory of Dr. Michael and
Beverle Singer
Drs. Stephen & Cynthia Lamotte
Paul Garman
In Memory of Janet Kaller Spelling
Ruth Kaller
In Memory of Helen Thomsen
Margo Bishop
Mary Ibbetson
Jacquelyn Riegel
Paul Garman
In Memory of Betty Totten
Peter & Susan Hardash
In Honor of John D. Walker, Jr.
Patricia Walker
In Memory of Becky Wells
Claudia Albert
Carol Borowick
Paul Garman
LaVonne Hamilton
In Memory of Madalyne Ursanno
Paul Garman
Daniel Thomas
For information on making a tribute donation please call (562) 856-1999 x227
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Production Staff Profiles
NICK DEGRUCCIO (Director)
MTW: 1776, RENT, THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, GUYS &
DOLLS and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Three-time recipient of
the LA Ovation Award for Direction, 2008 LA Drama
Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre, 2009 BackStage Garland Award for an
Outstanding Season of Work, THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Laguna Playhouse and Colony Theatre: LA premiere, Ovation Awards for Play, Direction, Ensemble), JEKYLL & HYDE (Cabrillo Music Theatre: Ovation
Award for Direction), 1776 (Performance Riverside: 5 LA
Ovation Awards including Direction and Production),
CINDERELLA (The Ordway), PUTTING IT TOGETHER, A
YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (South Coast Repertory),
CAUGHT (World Premiere), DOG SEES GOD, KISS OF
THE SPIDER WOMAN (LA Ovation Award for Production), THRILL ME and THE STORY OF MY LIFE (Havok
Theatre Company), SIDE SHOW (Colony Theatre), THE
SPITFIRE GRILL (Laguna Playhouse: OC Weekly Award
Best Musical), ZANNA, DON’T! (West Coast Ensemble:
LADCC Award for Direction), BAD APPLES (Rubicon Theatre: World Premiere), A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE and
THE WILD PARTY (MTG), BASIC TRAINING (2nd Stage),
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Rubicon Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse), THE LAST FIVE YEARS and I DO! I
DO! (Pasadena Playhouse), THE FULL MONTY (San Diego
Music Theatre), BEEHIVE (El Portal) www.nickdegruccio.com
CARLOS A. MENDOZA (Choreographer)
Carlos is thrilled to be making his debut at MTW, especially with one of his favorite shows. A graduate of The
United States International University in San Diego, he
earned his BA with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Since
that time, he has worked extensively as a director, choreographer, producer and artistic director. Selected theatrical credits include ANNIE, MISS SAIGON, PAJAMA
GAME, CATS, HOT MIKADO, I LOVE A PIANO, AIDA, MY
FAIR LADY, NINE, JOSEPH, and ANNA IN THE TROPICS.
He has won San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of WEST SIDE STORY and RAGTIME. One of his
main projects has been creator/producer of THE NEW
MAMBO KINGS, a musical revue with a blend of Latin
culture thru voice, music and dance. As artistic director, Mr.
Mendoza guided Starlight Musical Theatre for two seasons (’09 – ’10) and now currently serves for Hispanic Arts
Theatre (HAT). When not working in theatre, Mr. Mendoza
is a cruise director for the Holland America line. For more
information, visit www.carlosmendozaonline.com
MATTHEW SMEDAL (Music Director)
Previously with MTW: 1776. Associate Music Supervisor in
Charge of Casting the upcoming Maury Yeston Musical
PEONY PAVILION. Music Director for three Barnes and
Noble Nook commercials (“Jane”) with Jane Lynch. Regional Music Direction: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
(Cabrillo Music Theater), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Ogunquit
Playhouse), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (North Shore Music
Theatre, IRNE nomination for "Best Music Director"), BAT
BOY and HELLO AGAIN (Musical Theatre Guild), THE
WIZARD OF OZ and SCROOGE (West Virginia Public
Theatre), GYPSY (w/ Kim Zimmer) and OKLAHOMA!
(Augusta Barn Theatre). Assoc. Music Direction/Conducting:
MAN OF LA MANCHA (w/ Brent Spiner & Julia Migenes)
(Reprise ), THE KING & I (w/ Deborah Gibson) (Cabrillo).
Assoc. Music Direction: TWO BY TWO (w/ Jason Alexander, Faith Prince, Megan Hilty and Vickie Lewis), FLORA,
THE RED MENACE (w/ Eden Espinosa) (all for Reprise).
Many thanks to everyone at MTW.
www.matthewsmedal.com
DALE WASSERMAN (Book)
Dale Wasserman served the theatre for over 50 years. In
earlier days he roamed America as a hobo, riding freight
trains and thereby avoiding any formal education whatsoever. At nineteen he gravitated into the theatre where he
cut his teeth on every conceivable job - stage manager,
lighting designer, director and producer among them. At
age 33 he walked off the Broadway musical he was
directing, abruptly deciding to become a writer. Since
then, he has produced a continuous body of work for the
theatre, film and television. MAN OF LA MANCHA was a
multiple Tony-winner and among the longest-running
Broadway musicals of all time. ONE FLEW OVER THE
CUCKOO'S NEST, also a Tony-winner, played to packed
houses for 4 years in New York and 5 years in San Francisco leading, of course, to the famous film. Mr.
Wasserman’s many other credits include screenplays
for THE VIKINGS, CLEOPATRA and A WALK WITH LOVE
AND DEATH, as well as countless TV dramas.
MITCH LEIGH (Music)
Pianist, Arthur Rubenstein has said of Mitch Leigh, "He's the
most brilliant composer writing for music today." Leigh
earned his bachelor's degree in music from Yale in 1951
and his master's in music in 1952, studying with Paul Hindemith. Since then he has worked as a composer, a producer, a director, and a businessmen. He is the only living
composer whose work was included in the Metropolitan
Opera's Centennial Celebration. Among Leigh's awards
are the Drama Critic's Circle Award, the Contemporary
Classics Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame for
"The Impossible Dream," and the first Yale Arts Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition. In 1957
Leigh formed Music Makers, Inc., a radio and television
commercial production house, where as creative director,
he won every major award within the advertising industry.
In September 2001, Yale University named their new
School of Music building after him and his wife, Abby.
Thank you to the underwriters of our Great American Songbook Fundraiser held
January 22, 2011 at the beautiful Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Carpenter Performing Arts Center • Choura Event Services •
Judy McNulty Black • Barbara Bixby Blackwell • Fran and Steve Conley
Robert Dominguez • Paul Garman • Thomas P. Gillespie
Golden State Water • Marnos Lelesi • Lucia Kos
Richard and Gigi Meese • Joe and Edna Moore
Dottie Reiner • Rossmoor Pastries
SAVE THE DATE! GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, MARCH 10, 2013
JOE DARION (Lyrics)
Mr. Darion left a legacy of musicals, cantatas, pop songs,
operas, librettos, and masses when he died in June 2001
at eighty-four. His lyrics for "The Impossible Dream" in
MAN OF LA MANCHA won Darion the 1965 66 Tony
award for best lyrics of the Broadway season. Other
popular songs that he was the lyricist for, such as
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Production Staff Profiles
"Ricochet," "Midnight Train," and "Changing Partners," sold
records in the tens of millions. His opera based on the
characters Archy and Mehitabel was turned into the
Broadway Musical SHINBONE ALLEY. On the more serious
side, his work with composer Ezra Laderman includes the
oratorio operas GALILEO AND DAVID WEPT and the
cantatas A Handful of Souls and The Questions of Abraham. He has received a variety of awards including the
Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle
Award, the Gabriel Award, the Ohio State Award, and
the International Broadcasting Award.
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signer, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Lighting
Designer. In addition to MTW, Kevin has worked as a
Technical Director for McCoy-Rigby Entertainment,
Stagelight Family Productions and spent five seasons with
CLO of South Bay Cities. Kevin is instructor of Scene Design and Technical Production at Fullerton College. Thanks,
Paul. We did it again.
STEVEN YOUNG (Lighting Designer)
Steven returns to MTW, where some of his favorite designs include HOT MIKADO, THE KING & I, 1776 and
RAGTIME, among others. Steven’s lighting has been
PAUL GARMAN (Executive Director/Producer) honored with three LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards,
Paul began his association with MTW in 1963 as a pernumerous Garland Awards, the LA Drama Critics Award,
former when the company was known as Whittier Civic
and the Angstrom Lifetime Achievement Award. Recent
Light Opera. He continued performing throughout high
productions include CAROUSEL for Reprise, GOD SAVE
school and at UCLA. He has served as producer for MTW GERTRUDE at [email protected] Court, PUTTING IT TOsince the mid-1970s. Prior to that he served seven years
GETHER for South Coast Repertory, and Havok Theatre
as the company's President. Of the 164 MTW major
Company’s THE STORY OF MY LIFE. For more information,
productions, Paul has been involved with all but 16, pro- please see www.syoungld.com.
ducing over 120 of them. Through his guidance and leadJULIE FERRIN (Sound Designer)
ership MTW has grown from an amateur community
Ms. Ferrin is excited to be back with MTW and MAN OF
organization to a nationally respected regional theater
LA MANCHA, a show she has never done before!
group, entertaining over 60,000 patrons annually and
garnering critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2007 Julie most recently opened PETER PAN starring Cathy
Rigby at Madison Square Garden and took a great
the organization was presented with the L.A. Drama
Christmas vacation! Upcoming designs include; A CHORUS
Critics’ Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in theater
LINE with 3D Theatricals, MISS SAIGON with McCoy
and has won numerous L.A. Stage Ovation awards over
Rigby Entertainment and a few others. Ms. Ferrin is presithe years. Paul received the Arts Community Leadership
award from the Arts Council for Long Beach in 2002 and dent of Sound Advice LLC, a sound design, engineering
Arts Education Hero of the Year Award from the Carpen- and rental company. Please visit
ter Performing Arts Center in 2008. He has been inducted www.soundadvicedesigns.com for more information. Thank
you for supporting the arts and keeping theatre alive.
into the La Serna High School Hall of Fame and was
honored as Distinguished Alumni of Whittier by the WhitTODD PROTO (Costume Coordinator)
tier Historical Society.
Todd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in costume design
from Emerson College in 2000 and has worked as a
STEVEN GLAUDINI (Artistic Director)
designer in both Boston and Los Angeles. Favorites for
Steven is thrilled to be on the wonderful team at MTW.
Steven had spent the two years prior to joining the MTW Musical Theatre West include RAGTIME, SHE LOVES ME,
family as an Equity Agent for KSR in Studio City. Steve is KISS ME, KATE, GUYS & DOLLS, HOT MIKADO, and
an Award-winning director and cites these shows as favor- PIRATES OF PENZANCE. He has taken a hiatus from
ites: MTW’s recent hits ANNIE with Andrea McArdle, LITTLE theatre to act as Art Director for Emet Studios, which is
SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PRODUCERS, ALL SHOOK UP, completing work on its first project, “Hexere,” an on-line
THE FULL MONTY, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and THE gothic horror card game based on literature, lore, and
gypsy Tarot. “Hexere” is set for release later this year
PAJAMA GAME. Other favorites include: HAIRSPRAY,
and will be free-to-play with additional elements for
MISS SAIGON, CATS, LES MISÉRABLES, WEST SIDE
STORY, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, CABARET, TRIUMPH OF purchase.
LOVE, COMPANY, CHILDREN OF EDEN, SWEET CHARITY,
MARK TRAVIS HOYER (Wig Designer)
SHE LOVES ME, CAROUSEL, and the Los Angeles PreMark brings more than eighteen years of experience in
miere of MY FAVORITE YEAR for the Musical Theatre
Guild. Steven was honored to receive the 2004 Ovation theatrical wig design to MTW. He has worked on numerAward for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of John ous national Broadway tours. Favorites include WICKED,
RENT, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and THE LION
Adams in 1776, a role he recently recreated at MTW
KING. He is a member of the International Alliance of
and was honored with a Backstage Garland Award.
Stage and Theatrical Employees, Local 706, and lives in
KEVIN CLOWES (Technical Director/Set Designer) Long Beach with his partner, Bob, and their three dogs.
Kevin is happy to be working on his 73rd production with
MTW. Over the years, his duties have included Set De21
Production Staff Profiles
MELANIE CAVANESS (Properties)
STANLEY D. COHEN (Stage Manager)
MAN OF LA MANCHA marks Melanie’s 26th production
as co-prop(tart) mistress with MTW. Some of her favorite
shows (and cast and crew) include THE FULL MONTY,
RAGTIME, THE PRODUCERS and HAIRSPRAY. She has
had the pleasure of co-designing properties for THE
ANDREWS BROTHERS, WINTER WONDERETTES, and the
premier of SUMMER OF LOVE for MTW, and most recently GUYS & DOLLS for The Norris. Melanie would like
to thank her husband Bill for enduring all of her long hours
away from home; Gretchen, her “partner in crime,” and
Mary, for allowing her this wonderful outlet to create!
Stan is excited to return to MTW where he previously has
stage managed HAIRSPRAY, CATS, SWEENEY
TODD and THE PAJAMA GAME. Stan is the production
stage manager for Moonlight Stage Productions in
Vista. Highlights have included HAIRSPRAY, MISS SAIGON, OKLAHOMA!, 42ND STREET, LES MISÉRABLES,
WEST SIDE STORY and RAGTIME. Other credits: THE
FULL MONTY, GUYS & DOLLS (San Diego Musical Theatre); THE HISTORY BOYS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Cygnet
Theatre). He thanks Nick, Carlos, Matt, Steve, Paul and
Mary for the wonderful experience.
GRETCHEN MORALES (Property Mistress)
MARY RITENHOUR (Assistant Stage Manager/
Production Manager)
MAN OF LA MANCHA marks the 26th show that
Gretchen has had the pleasure of designing props for
Musical Theatre West. It has been a great honor to have
worked on such awesome MTW productions as RAGTIME,
THE ANDREWS BROTHERS, SWEENEY TODD, THE FULL
MONTY, THE WEDDING SINGER, HAIRSPRAY and most
recently WINTER WONDERETTES. Gretchen is currently
working as an adjunct instructor at Cypress Community
College, where her designs include ROMEO AND JULIET,
THE WEDDING SINGER and most recently HAIRSPRAY.
Never ending thanks to Melanie, co-prop designer for
these productions.
Cast Profiles
CHRISTOPHER HAMBY (Guard)
Christopher is excited to be in his first production at Musical Theatre West. Christopher is currently
attending Fullerton College and plans to transfer in the fall to Cal State Fullerton to pursue a BFA
in Musical Theatre. Working with Musical Theater West has been an experience to remember.
Thank you cast and crew for all your contributions on and off stage.
ANDRE POLO (Guard)
Happy to make his debut with MTW! Andre is currently studying Theatre at Fullerton College.
Love to my parents, friends and teachers for always believing in me. Thank you to the MTW’s
production team for this opportunity and learning experience. Enjoy the show!
Mary started working with Musical Theatre West as the
Properties Mistress for ANNIE in 1989. Since 1997 she
has served as the Assistant Stage Manager on each MTW
production. Of the 94 shows she’s been a part of she’s
seen a wide array of musical comedy, but she counts
CHILDREN OF EDEN, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, RAGTIME and
THE FULL MONTY among her favorites. Mary is currently
accepting bribes to keep from making public some of the
stories she’s heard over the years. If this applies to you
and you’re short on cash, anything pumpkin will do.
ACTOR’S EQUITY ASSOCATION (AEA)
Founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United
States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential
component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide
range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and
is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity
emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
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Cast Profiles
Musical Theatre West Star Supporters
AJ MENDOZA (Paco/Muleteer)
A.J. is thrilled to be making his MTW debut while returning to one of his favorite shows! Some
past favorite roles include: The Padre in MAN OF LA MANCHA (Welk Theatre San Diego),
Apostle/Judas understudy in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (2010 National Tour), Walter the Fox
in THE PARTY ANIMALS LIVE! (Touring: Bahrain, Guam, Hawaii, Japan) Inspector O’Day in
PAZZAZZ! (Lobero Theatre), Jack in INTO THE WOODS (Main Street Players), Riff Raff in THE
ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Citrus Little Theatre), and The Artful Dodger in OLIVER! (Limon/Carr
Prod.). Much thanks to this brilliant cast and crew. And endless love to Mom, Dad and Micki!
RAMONE OWENS (Manolo/Muleteer)
Ramone is thrilled to be making his debut with Musical Theatre West. Ramone was last seen in
DREAMGIRLS at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Some of his regional credits include: A
CHORUS LINE (Larry), HAIR, THE PRODUCERS at NBFT; SHE LOVES ME (Bus Boy) at CLOSBC.
Other credits include: SWEET CHARITY (Daddy), THE LIFE (Lacy), 42ND STREET, and WEST SIDE
STORY. Ramone is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory holding a BFA in Musical Theater. He
is very grateful for this opportunity and hopes you all enjoy the show. Let's LIVE!
JEBBEL ARCE (Fermina)
Jebbel is ecstatic to make her MTW debut. LA credits include: GUYS & DOLLS and CINDERELLA (Cabrillo), BRIGADOON (FCLO), ALL SHOOK UP (3D Theatricals), MISS SAIGON
(Moonlight). Jebbel has also recently appeared as a featured dancer with the Broadway cast
of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT on "America's Got Talent," and performed at the Billboard Awards. Mucho amor to family and friends and many thanks to Steve, Nick, Carlos, and
the rest of the creative team for allowing to her to live the "Impossible Dream.”
BRAD FITZGERALD (Captain of the Inquisition)
Brad is excited to return to MTW after appearing here in 1776, ME AND MY GIRL, SINGIN’
IN THE RAIN and 42ND STREET. Other area appearances include SHE LOVES ME, FIDDLER ON
THE ROOF (MENDEL), OKLAHOMA, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN AND KISS ME KATE with
CLOSBC; A CHORUS LINE (Zach) and SWEET CHARITY (Oscar) at the Curtis Theater; SEVEN
BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Benjamin, Adam u/s), and CABARET (Cliff) for the Torrance
Theater Company; and GUYS AND DOLLS and 1776 (Dr. Lyman Hall) for the Norris Center.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
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Musical Theatre West gratefully recognizes the following donors who
have helped us support our mission this past season.
(Those listed have contributed $50 or more between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011)
HONORARY LIFETIME PATRONS
Charles & Mary Hanson, Whittier
Beverly Harris, Whittier
GUARANTOR ($25,000+)
Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer
Foundation
Arts Council for Long Beach
Kathryn Baker Campbell, Huntington Beach
Carpenter Performing Arts Center,
Long Beach
Musical Theatre West Footlighters
Fred & Charlene Gamm, Huntington Beach
Musical Theatre West Guild
Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors
Ken & Dottie Reiner, Long Beach
BENEFACTOR ($10,000+)
Howard & Elaine Davis, Long
Beach
Estate of Sara Wenkle Kaplan
Arlene Solomon, Long Beach
Joan Wells, Long Beach
Virginia M. Waters Trust,Long
Beach
SPONSOR ($5,000+)
Steven Moyer, Aloha Restaurants,
Irvine
Patti Beckman, Irvine
Bradford Portraits, Costa Mesa
Cindy Costello, Long Beach
George & Gloria Deukmejian,
Long Beach
Forbidden City, Long Beach
Jon & Amanda Hall, Long Beach
Edison International, Rosemead
Craig & Deborah McManigal,
Ontario
Joe & Edna Moore, Hacienda
Heights
Richard Neri & Kurt Schulzman,
Long Beach
CELEBRITY ($2,500+)
Stanley Cohen, Escondido
Steve & Frances Conley, Cupertino
Patricia J. DeRouen, Cypress
Dr. Wayne & Karen Freeman,
Long Beach
Lenore Garman, Laguna Beach
Dr. Donald & Terry Marté Greco,
Long Beach
Susan Green, Long Beach
Patricia Grisham & George Kent,
Reno
Elizabeth Handley, Long Beach
Bill & Pauline Henry, Santa Monica
Mari Hooper, Long Beach
Carole Jones, Long Beach
Keesal, Young, & Logan
Laura Killingsworth, Long Beach
Lucia Kos, Long Beach
Don Black & Judy McNulty Black,
Seal Beach
Larry & Shari Nemirow, Seal
Beach
Edward Parker, Los Angeles
Marian Pincombe, Long Beach
Earl Shea, Seal Beach
Hank & Marcia Snapper, Long
Beach
Don & Marlene Temple, Long
Beach
Dr. Sandy & Susanna Witzling,
Long Beach
STAR ($1,000+)
James Allen, Bellflower
Barbara Blackwell, Long Beach
Rosemarie Boll, Cerritos
Kozell & Sally Boren, Long Beach
Bunim-Murray Productions, Van
Nuys
Gary & Judy Cooper, Long Beach
Lucy Daggett, Long Beach
Janice DeRouen, Cypress
Bob & Janis Dominguez, Long
Beach
Jan Foster, Long Beach
Claus & Cheryl Fuerth-Marx, Long
Beach
Carlos & Esperanza Garcia,
Hacienda Heights
Paul Garman, Laguna Beach
Thomas & Susan Gillespie, Long
Beach
Anne & Denne Goldstein, Encino
Dr. Robert & Susan Green, Lakewood
Stuart & Adrienne Green, Long
Beach
William & Sheila Hanley, Long
Beach
Mary Lu Hauser, Long Beach
Chris & Michele Hoff, Huntington
Beach
Jim & Marjorie Howard, Hacienda
Heights
Jet Blue Airways, Long Beach
Gene & LeAnn Johnson, Long
Beach
Cam Doherty Killingsworth, Lake
Forest
Mary Ellen Kilsby, Claremont
Betty Anne Kirkpatrick, Long Beach
Nancy Koblensky, Los Alamitos
Alexander & Marnos Lelesi, Long
Beach
Mel & Marian Locke, Hacienda
Heights
Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long
Beach
Judith Matsen, Buena Park
Richard & Gigi Meese, Long Beach
Rita Michener, Long Beach
John Montgomery, Whittier
Duane & Dona Morris, Westminster
Shirley & John Nyquist, Long
Beach
Steve & Karen Paquette, Capistrano Beach
Jacquelyn Riegel, Laguna Beach
Susan Rose, Long Beach
Robert Sciortino, Long Beach
Seaport Village, Avalon
Ken & Cheryl Simpson, Orange
Henry & Julia Taboada, Long
Beach
Garrett & Marjorie TeWinkle,
Seal Beach
Avalee Ann Wagner,Long Beach
Kathleen & Jerry Waletzko,
Garden Grove
Dr. George Wong Jr. M.D. & Mrs.
Wong, Westminster
LEADING ROLE ($500+)
Robert & Cynthia Adams, Irvine
Jefferson Asher, Encino
Advanced Wellness Center
Kym Anderson, Long Beach
Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach
Linda Barnett, Anaheim
Michael Betts, Long Beach
Robert & Donna Betts, Long Beach
Shari Bischof, Huntington Beach
Margo Bishop-Kluth, San Clemente
Dr. Myron J. & Paula Bloom, Long
Beach
Robert & Marty Bolling, Seal
Beach
David & Virginia Bousquet,
Fullerton
Timothy Heinemann & Linda
Brown, Ballwin, MO
Richard & Martha Bushnell, Mission
Viejo
Patricia & Glenn Carey, Fullerton
Joseph & Kathleen Casanova, Long
Beach
Cecil & Bev Cook, Long Beach
Norma Cowles, Huntington Beach
Beverly Culbertson, Long Beach
DR. PHIL Show, Hollywood
Kinde Durkee and John Forgy,
Long Beach
Judith Edson, Long Beach
Sam Elias, Santa Monica
Toni Ellis, Huntington Beach
Ronald & Alice Enyeart, Sedona
Farmers & Merchants Bank, Long
Beach
Flowers by Vickie, Long Beach
Victoria Foote, Pacific Palisades
Ned & Barbara Gaylord, Long
Beach
Mel & Gary Gerber, Laguna
Niguel
Sheldon & Shell Whitney
Grossman, Huntington Beach
John & Anna Guerriero, Hacienda
Heights
John & La Vonne Hamilton, Long
Beach
In Memory of Larry Hansell, Seal
Beach
Ken & Sue Hawkes, Whittier
Michael & Diane Henshall, Long
Beach
Sue Holleman, Bridgewater
Marjorie Holmes, Long Beach
Hotel Vitale, Long Beach
Leslie & Aaron Kern, Seal Beach
KI Aesthetics, Irvine
Margaret Kinal, Long Beach
Louise Lakoff, Long Beach
The Laguna Playhouse, Laguna
Beach
Dwayne & Karen Larson, Long
Beach
Don & Beverly Lohmeyer, Laguna
Hills
Long Beach Opera, Long Beach
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra,
Long Beach
Len & Tommye Lovett, Long Beach
Ted & Mary May, Lakewood
Michael & Dorothy McDermott,
Long Beach
Lavonne McQuilkin, Long Beach
Scott & Mary Mighell, Long Beach
Scott Mighell & Vicky O`Rear,
Shreveport,LA
Terry & Irene Mulholland, Lakewood
Ron & Kara Nelson, Long Beach
Jane Netherton, Long Beach
John & Antoinette Palazzo,
Placentia
Lynette Rausch, Long Beach
Michael Repp & Joe Justo, Long
Beach
C J Reynolds, Long Beach
Larry & Sande Rice, Long Beach
In Memory of Clara Ringel, Long
Beach
Frederich Roos, Cerritos
Robin Rouse, Aliso Viejo
Ted & Shirley Schnee, Lakewood
Securitas Security, Anaheim
MUSICAL THEATRE WEST
•Enriches the cultural life of the community through musical theater;
•Preserves musical theater as a unique American art form;
•Cultivates and educates the audience of tomorrow
through education and outreach programs.
Musical Theatre West is a California 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation
and all donations are tax-deductible.
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MTW Star Supporters (continued)
Ruth Connell, Long Beach
Peggi Correia, Fountain Valley
Creative Cakery, Long Beach
Larry & Sally Curry, Long Beach
D' Aquino Winery, Duarte
Henrietta Daniels, Long Beach
Jan Darsam, Cypress
Florence Dartt, Seal Beach
Stephanie Davis, Signal Hill
Mrs Monte Davis, Long Beach
Claire Davis, Culver City
Dorothy Deatherage, Long Beach
Gwen and Ruel Del Castillo, Irvine
Miles & Dolores Devine, Long Beach
Rosemarie Dicsko, Vista
Donna M. Dietz, Seal Beach
Susan Dill, Huntington Beach
Gloria Dollins, Downey
Jerry Donevant, Seal Beach
Doris Donohoe, Long Beach
Eva Dover, Mission Viejo
Doris Drew, Long Beach
Judith Duma, Seal Beach
John and Dawn Duncan, Long Beach
Ronald & Linda Durkee, Rossmoor
Joanne Echevarria, Lakewood
Barbara Eckert, Seal Beach
Kathy & Bill Edwards, Long Beach
Walter & Erika Eidam, Long Beach
El Portal Restaurant, Pasadena
Elements Kitchen, Pasadena
Kathleen Elkins, Seal Beach
Jacqueline Ellery, Long Beach
Celsa Endaya, Cerritos
William & Lynn Englehart, Long Beach
Donna English, Lakewood
Robert & Terry Erickson, Seal Beach
Shirley Eslick, Cypress
Pat Estrellas, Anaheim
Cleo & Mary Evans, Long Beach
John & Joycelyn Fawaz, Manhattan
Beach
Joyce & Hayley Feldman, Long Beach
Gabriel & Ernestine Fernety, Long Beach
Edward Ficarra, Long Beach
Terry and Elizabeth Fiskin, Long Beach
Mary Ann Fitzpatrick, Long Beach
Dave & Barbara Flanders, Yorba Linda
Tibor & Charl Foki, Long Beach
Tim & Janet Foley, Rancho Palos Verdes
Sara Forster, Los Alamitos
Annemarie Forster, Long Beach
Barbara Foster, San Pedro
La Moyne Freed, Long Beach
Bernice Friedland, Seal Beach
Janice & Clarence Fuqua, Seal Beach
Barbara Gallegos, Huntington Beach
Miriam Garland, Long Beach
Lynn & Nanci Gee, Long Beach
Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
Ruth Gerber, Newport Beach
Margery Gilbert, Long Beach
Luann Giusiana, Yorba Linda
Judy Glasser, Cypress
Nancy Glenn, Long Beach
Ron & Sandra Glickman, Westminster
Goldstar.Com, Altadena
Golf N' Stuff, Norwalk
James & Susan Good, Yorba Linda
Shirley & Arthur Gottlieb, Long Beach
Margaret Gould, Los Altos
Deena Gribben, Rancho Palos Verdes
Millie Grisham, La Mirada
Robert & Joan Gross, Long Beach
Marvell Gum, Long Beach
Craig Gump, Santa Ana
Sharon & Lynn Hamilton, Seal Beach
John & Elizabeth Hancock, Long Beach
Ralph & Mary Hand, Long Beach
Donald & Carol Hardwick, Newport
Beach
Gayle Harris, Long Beach
Joyce C. Harris, Long Beach
Marion Harrison, Huntington Beach
Arline M. Harsh, Bellflower
Dr. Ronald & Sylvia Hartman, Lakewood
Janet Hawk, Long Beach
William and Mary Hawk, Pasadena
Ken & Sue Hawkes, Whittier
Ann Hayden, Long Beach
Betty Healy, Long Beach
Mel Heckman, Huntington Beach
Richard & Monica Heckman, Westminster
Chuck & Nancy Hegelheimer, Long Beach
Bernard & Jeane Hein, Garden Grove
Cynthia Heistand, Los Angeles
Eleanore Helvin, La Mirada
Barbara Hennessy, Long Beach
Jordan Hermansader, Long Beach
Craig & Diana Herron, La Habra Heights
Cheryl and Raymond Hiland, Long Beach
Ron & Grace Hinders, Torrance
Richard Hochberg, M.D., Long Beach
Philip & Hanna Hodgetts, Westminster
Chris Hogan, Long Beach
Bonnie Hopper, Rochester, NH
Hornblower Cruises and Events, San
Diego
Carol Horowitz, Los Alamitos
Robert and Viola Hoting, Long Beach
The House of Blues Anaheim, Anaheim
Dr. Glenn & Joyce Howard, Long Beach
Heidi Hummel-Grant, Westminster
Joseph Hunt, Long Beach
Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington
Beach
The Huntington Beach Playhouse,
Huntington Beach
Jack & Mary Jo Huntsinger, Long Beach
Susan Hyman, Long Beach
In-Out-Burger, Irvine
iO West, Hollywood
Nola Irvin, Long Beach
George & Gwyneth Irwin, Seal Beach
Island Packers, Ventura
J & L Jewelry, Long Beach
Christiaan Jacobs, Long Beach
Kathleen Jardine, Brea
David & Barbara Joel, Long Beach
John Anson Ford Theatres, Los Angeles
Marjorie Johnson, Long Beach
Bill & Loanne Johnson, Buena Park
Dorothy & Liana Juliano, El Monte
Maryn Kaczorowski, Long Beach
Steve & Shirley Kahn, Seal Beach
Ruth Padway Kaller, Seal Beach
Wallace Kaneshiro, La Palma
Nancy Kasabali, Huntington Beach
Teachers of Los Angeles Unified School
District, Cypress
Beth Keely, Cerritos
Betty Keller, Long Beach
Sam & Donna Kelly, Garden Grove
John Kendall, Seal Beach
Mr. & Mrs. Keys, Long Beach
Bud & Merna Klecker, Garden Grove
Ted & Barbara Klein, Long Beach
Shirley Klein, Long Beach
Philip & Verra Klinkert, Long Beach
Max & Nancy Klotzsche, Orange
Lauren Knapp, Garden Grove
Irena Kohn, Long Beach
Don Krokus, Signal Hill
James & Theresa Kruger, Palos Verdes
Estates
Harry & Linda Kusuda, Cerritos
La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla
Robert & Eleanor Lake, Los Angeles
Shirley Lamm, Long Beach
Cynthia LaMotte, Huntington Beach
Ken & Elizabeth Ward Land, Maplewood
Hank & Bonnie Landsberg, Sierra Madre
Rachel Lantz, Westminster
Karen Larson, Costa Mesa
Sylvia Law, Long Beach
Roxanne Lawrence, San Pedro
David & Mary Ann Lebow, La Mirada
Richard & Barbara Lederer, Long Beach
Karen & Larry Lee, Long Beach
Irene Leib, Lakewood
Carl Leong, Whittier
Marian Lerner, Long Beach
Robert & Hannah Levine, Los Alamitos
Lois Levine, Westminster
Martin Levitt, Jamie Smith,Bea Frankel,
Upland
Charles Lewis, Laguna Woods
Robert & Linda Lewis, Anaheim
Vonda Lia, Long Beach
Joe & Chris Libeu, Long Beach
William Linder, Long Beach
Rahla Lindsey, La Canada Flintridge
Joan Lindsey, Long Beach
Natalie & Joe Lissak, Lakewood
Reno Littman, Palm Desert
Jerome & Flora Loeb, Long Beach
Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach Playhouse
Marilyn Lonsdale, Long Beach
Dr. & Mrs. James Loos, Long Beach
Nicki Lopez, Orange
Barbara Lopp, Long Beach
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Los
Angeles
Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles
Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos
Barbara & Manuel Loureiro, Long Beach
Richard & Darlene Lunde, Los Alamitos
Chic & JoAnn Lundgren, Long Beach
Richard & Shirley Lyddon, Long Beach
Beverly Lyon, Long Beach
Janice Lysiak, Orange
Jack & Kathy Lythgoe, Fullerton
Pamela Mah, Long Beach
John & Marianne Malloy, Long Beach
Rosie Maloof, Long Beach
Guy Martin, Long Beach
Susan Masback, Burbank
Fred Masback, Long Beach
Judy Mattson, Long Beach
Tom & Karen McBride, Long Beach
Vic & Patty McCarty, Long Beach
James McClure, Santa Ana
Douglas McConaghy, Los Alamitos
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Los Angeles
William McDonald, Long Beach
Warren McElroy, Signal Hill
Hugh & Catherine McHugh, Long Beach
James & Ann McKown, Anaheim
David McMahon, Long Beach
Arthur & Evelyn Meacham, Long Beach
Medieval Times, Buena Park
Darlene Mee, Long Beach
Barbara Metzger, Whittier
Phyllis Metzger, Long Beach
Robert & Joan Meyer, Long Beach
Janice Miklas, Los Alamitos
Phyllis Miller, Long Beach
Robert Miller, Long Beach
Roberta Miller, Cypress
Julia Mills, Long Beach
Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
Charlotte Mitchell, Long Beach
Alan & Joann Miyamoto, Torrance
Dick & Joan Moe, Rolling Hills Estates
Art & Barbara Moncrief, La Mirada
Aura Monfort, Seal Beach
Linda Monsen, Long Beach
John T. Moriarty, Long Beach
Richard Mosely, Long Beach
Sherill & Cathy Moses, La Mirada
Jim & Joy Mullen, Long Beach
Edward & Enette Murachver, Long Beach
Bruce & Pamela Murray, Seal Beach
Leonard & Joalyn Mushin, Cerritos
Music and Arts, Cypress
Music Theatre International
MUZEO, Anaheim
Marcia Myers, Long Beach
Dennis Nakamura, Artesia
Ralph Nantais, Long Beach
Michael Napoli, West Hollywood
George & Dolores Nason, Long Beach
Robert & Cheryl Nay, Chino Hills
Margaret Nerio, Huntington Beach
Newport Landing, Newport Beach
Joe & June Nichols, Buena Park
Michael & Dianne Nisbet, Huntington
Beach
Barbara Noble, Los Alamitos
Diane & Phillip Norris, Lakewood
Dr. and Mrs. J Nicholas Nowak, Westminster
Esther & Robert Nugent, Lakewood
Betty Jo Shane O`Bleness, Seal Beach
Alice O`Keefe, Anaheim
Beverly & William O`Neill, Long Beach
Lincoln & Patricia Odell, Long Beach
Diane Oliver, Glenbrook
Patricia Omel, Long Beach
Ray & Vickie Orlando, Huntington Beach
Martha Osgood, Huntington Beach
Dorothy Palaski, Seal Beach
Beverly Pandora, Long Beach
Richard & Elaine Paradzick, Laguna Hills
George & Lynn Pardon, Cypress
Roberta Parkes, Los Alamitos
Nancy & Andrew Parleto, Los Angeles
Sandra Paskus, Buena Park
Doris Patterson, La Canada Flintridge
Carl & Lenore Pearlston, Torrance
Barbara Peck, Long Beach
Lois & Wayne Pecora, Yorba Linda
Fred & Ann Peitzman, Torrance
Nancy Phillips, Garden Grove
Frances Pianelli, Long Beach
Cynthia Piazza, Signal Hill
Riley Pike, Long Beach
Pink's Famous Hot Dogs, Los Angeles
Maurice Pollack, Los Angeles
Robert & Gloria Porter, Huntington Beach
Gloria Powers, Los Alamitos
Jean Preston, Long Beach
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Patricia Price, Mammoth Lakes
Marguerite Pritchard, Glendale
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Mary Quigley, West Hollywood
Jack & Darlene Quinn, Long Beach
John & Margaret Rash, La Habra
Joanne Raynesford, La Palma
Leela Reasoner, Long Beach
Shary Reed, Seal Beach
Ralph & Arlene Rees, Seal Beach
Joan Rehnborg, Laguna Beach
Sharon C. Reinhart, Huntington Beach
Kathleen Reno, Long Beach
Gloria & Harold Ressler, Anaheim
Mildred Reynolds, Long Beach
Cecil Rhodes, Long Beach
Mary Rich, Sue Magee, Yolanda
Sandova, Floy Niles, Robin Rouse,
Huntington Beach
Irene Rich, San Pedro
Bonnie Richmond, Irvine
Julio Rivera, Huntington Beach
Robert & Marjorie Rivera, Long Beach
Yolanda Robinson, La Mirada
Melinda Roney, Long Beach
Duane Rose, Long Beach
Barry Rosenberg & Herb Nomura, Signal
Hill
Rosie O'Grady's, NY
Josephine Rossello, Long Beach
Rossmoor Car Wash, Los Alamitos
Deann Roth, Bellflower
Ryna H Rothberg, Laguna Woods
Rosie Rubin, Garden Grove
June Rubin, Los Alamitos
Dale & Erin Rudat, Riverside
Diana Rummel, Long Beach
Barbara Bernice Rush, Montebello
San Diego Zoo
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Cast Profiles
DAMON KIRSCHE (The Duke/Dr. Carrasco)
Damon is delighted to return to MTW, where appeared as Dr. Lyman Hall in 1776 and Bert
Healy in ANNIE. Last season, Damon received a Barrymore Award nomination for his creation
of Joseph Pujol, the tragic-comic hero of the world premiere musical A PASSING
WIND (Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts). This January, he headlined an
evening of Broadway standards and rarities in the FRED BARTON PRESENTS… Series at NY’s
Metropolitan Room. Regional: OKLAHOMA! (Curly)—CLOSBC, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Carl
Magnus)—South Coast Repertory; numerous appearances with LA’s Reprise and NY’s Encores
series. Recent concerts: Eric Whitacre’s PARADISE LOST: SHADOWS & WINGS (Logos)—
Carnegie and Walt Disney Concert Halls, with KELLI O’HARA IN CONCERT (Music Theatre of
Wichita). Proud Member, LA’s Musical Theatre Guild. Damon sings and records with big band “Dean Mora and his
Orchestra.” Film/TV: “Gods and Generals,” “Star Trek: Voyager.” Training: Juilliard.
JASON WEBB (The Padre)
Jason is grateful to be returning to Musical Theatre West. Recent performances: MTW: 1776
(Robert Livingston); CLOSBC: SHE LOVES ME (Georg Novak), SEUSSICAL (Mayor of Whoville),
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Simon Zealots), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Perchik); Glendale Centre:
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Adam), 1776 (John Dickinson), LUCKY STIFF (Harry
Witherspoon); Performance Riverside: CURTAINS (Lt. Frank Cioffi), WEST SIDE STORY (Tony),
EVITA (Ché), DAMN YANKEES (Joe Hardy); Candlelight Pavilion: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
(Rev. Oglethorpe), LUCKY STIFF (Harry Witherspoon), OKLAHOMA! (Curly), ANYTHING GOES
(Billy Crocker). Jason also originated the role of Sam Harris in the new Richard Sherman musical, PAZZAZZ! He has performed internationally in EVITA, McCoy/Rigby & Park Ave NYC, and
with the BYU Young Ambassadors. Thank you to this great cast, company, and staff. Thanks to Mom and Dad, In-laws,
5 wonderful children, God and my angel wife, “My Perfect Rhyme”. Thank you for supporting live theater.
STEVEN GLAUDINI (The Barber)
Steven is happy to be back on stage with MTW, you may remember him in our highly acclaimed production of 1776 as John Adams (L.A. Stage Ovation Award/Backstage Garland
Award). Selected favorite regional credits include: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Finch), DAMN YANKEES (Mr. Applegate), TRIUMPH OF LOVE
(Harlequin), CABARET (Emcee), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...FORUM (Pseudolus and Hysterium), SOUTH PACIFIC (Billis), RAGTIME (Houdini), and OLIVER! (Fagin). Steven’s “day job” is
Artistic Director of Musical Theatre West where he has directed several shows. Steven is
thrilled to share the stage with so many talented friends and colleagues. Steven resides in Los
Angeles with his wife, actress Bets Malone.
KARENSSA LEGEAR (Antonia)
Karenssa is thrilled to be back in La Mancha and making her MTW debut. Karenssa first
explored LA MANCHA last Fall at the Welk Resort Theatre where she also performed in THE
SCARLET PIMPERNEL, MUSIC AND MEMORIES, and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Last year
Karenssa had the thrill of playing Christine Daae as well as her nemesis Carlotta in back to
back productions of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Kopit &
Yeston’s PHANTOM. This year Karenssa will be hitting high C’s on the high seas with Holland
America Line. Karenssa holds an AA degree in Theatre and a BA degree in Music from
UCLA. Many thanks to Carlos, Steve, Nick and the entire MTW family. www.KARENSSA.com
DYNELL LEIGH (Maria/Housekeeper)
Dynell is happy to be back at MTW, having previously appeared as Emma Goldman in RAGTIME, Gen. Cartwright in GUYS & DOLLS, and Mae in THE PAJAMA GAME. Favorite roles
include Ruth in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Duchess in ME AND MY GIRL, Mrs. Potts in BEAUTY
AND THE BEAST, Charlotte Cardoza in TITANIC, Aunt Eller in OKLAHOMA!, Nurse/Mrs./Harriet
in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Hesther in EQUUS, Martha in STRANGE SNOW,
and Mrs. Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN. Love to G. Thanks to Steve, Nick, Paul, friends and family
for their continued support and (as always) to Michael, for everything…………
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Cast Profiles
SAM ZELLER (Pedro)
MTW Debut! Sam’s national and regional credits include Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES, Kerchak in DISNEY’S TARZAN, Edna in HAIRSPRAY, Horton the Elephant in SEUSSICAL, Che in EVITA,
Gaston in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Miles Gloriosus in A FUNNY
THING...FORUM. Sam also played Captain Hook in the national tour and the Tony-nominated
Broadway revival of PETER PAN with Cathy Rigby. Sam is a proud member of the Musical Theater
Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. For a full list of credits, including TV and film, please visit
www.samzeller.com. Thank you, always, Donnie.
VENNY CARRANZA (Anselmo/Muleteer)
Venny is very happy to be returning to the MTW stage where he was last seen in THOROUGHLY
MODERN MILLIE. B'way/ Nat’l. Tour: A CHORUS LINE (1st Revival Broadway National Tour),
CAMELOT, WE WILL ROCK YOU, SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL (w/Cathy Rigby), HAIR. Regional:
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, GREASE, THE WHO’S TOMMY, A FUNNY THING...FORUM,
CRAZY FOR YOU, THE MUSIC MAN, ZORBA, MY ONE AND ONLY, ANYTHING GOES, THE
PAJAMA GAME, THE WIZARD OF OZ and FOOTLOOSE. TV/Film: “Jack and Jill,” “Scrubs,”
CCSN Commercial: Spokesperson (Las Vegas). Proud member of AEA!!! Thanks to the MTW family, my Parents, Family and Friends, Scott, MSA, and God. I love you all, Ciao!
MICHAEL GUARNERA (Juan/Muleteer)
Michael is happy to be making his debut with his friends here at MTW. Los Angeles audiences
would most recognize him as Don Lockwood in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Other credits include: Broadway/Nat'l Tours: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CAROUSEL, EVITA, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, PIPPIN,
CAMELOT. Regional: WEST SIDE STORY, BRIGADOON, A CHORUS LINE, KISS ME KATE,
GREASE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. TV/Film: “Charlie’s Angels II,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Bruce Almighty,” “The District,” “Alias,” “NCIS,” “Desperate Housewives,” among others. Special thanks to
Dynell, Tony, Rose, and Antonello. Love you guys. Gina, this one's for you!!!
JAY DONNELL (Jose/Muleteer)
MTW Debut! Select Credits: National Tour: MISS SAIGON. Regional: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
(Four-Eyed Moe), KISS ME, KATE (Paul), LOVING REPEATING, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE (Adrian),
JOSEPH... (Napthali), RENT (Benny), 25TH ANNUAL..SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), SOUTH
PACIFIC, SIDE SHOW (Jake) and others. TV/Film: “Lost Tapes: Poltergeist” (Animal Planet),
“Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean” (Iconoclastic Features). Special thanks to MTW
family, Nick, Steve, Matthew, Carlos, KSR, Cast and Crew!
ISAAC JAMES (Tenorio/Muleteer)
After last being seen in MTW's SWEENEY TODD, Isaac James is thrilled to be sharing the stage
with yet another incredibly talented cast. Other credits include: Trevor Greydon in THOROUGHLY
MODERN MILLIE, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS, Eric in PHANTOM, Joey in THE MOST HAPPY FELLA,
Orin in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and Johnny Brown in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN.
Also a professional photographer Isaac runs a successful photography business based in Pasadena, for more information visit www.isaacjamescreative.com. He would also like to thank his
family and friends for their continuous support. L2J.
PATRICK ROBERT KELLY (Pablo/Muleteer)
Patrick is elated to be returning to the Musical Theater West stage. Some past credits include;
Perchik (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Danny (BABY), Bill (KISS ME, KATE), Smokey (DAMN YANKEES),
Andy Lee (42ND STREET), the Boatman (SUNDAY IN THE PARK...). He would like to thank the creative team and cast of MAN OF LA MANCHA, the MTW staff, and Nicole.
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Cast Profiles
DAVIS GAINES (Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote)
Davis performed the title role in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in over 2,000 performances
on Broadway, in Los Angeles (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom) and San Francisco (where he received the Bay Area’s Critic’s Award for Best Actor). Broadway/National
Tours: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Raoul), WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, CAMELOT (w/
Richard Burton), HELLO, DOLLY! (w/Carol Channing), THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN
TEXAS (w/Alexis Smith). Off-Broadway: THE DEATH OF VON RICHTHOFEN AS WITNESSED
FROM EARTH (The Public), ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE (Manhattan Theatre Club), ASSASSINS (Playwrights Horizons), THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (Encores), THE NEW MOON (New
York City Opera), SHE LOVES ME and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. Regional: CAMELOT
(Sacramento Music Circus), 1776 (Musical Theatre West), PARADE (Mark Taper Forum), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
(Pasadena Playhouse), DAMN YANKEES (George Abbott, dir.), ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (w/Kate Reid), THE RINK (w/
Lainie Kazan), TWO INTO ONE (w/Tony Randall). Other: SWEENEY TODD (Reprise, New York Philharmonic, San
Francisco Symphony/”PBS Great Performances”). Film: “Warlock: The Armageddon” TV: “Desperate Housewives,”
“Charmed,” “Chicago Hope,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Bodies of Evidence,” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Davis has sung for
five U.S Presidents and his voice can be heard on over 30 cast recordings and compilation albums.
www.davisgaines.com
LESLI MARGHERITA (Aldonza)
Lesli won the 2011 LA Ovation Award for starring as Kate/Lili in KISS ME, KATE at Reprise
Theatre Company, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in ZORRO THE
MUSICAL, on London's West End. She reprised her role this fall to open the Shanghai, China
company of the show. She was last seen at MTW as Erma in ANYTHING GOES. Lesli trained
at UCLA, and was then chosen to star in the TV series "Fame LA,” directed by Kenny Ortega.
She has gone on to star and recur on numerous TV shows, films and pilots including "Suite Life
On Deck,” "Charmed,” "NYPD Blue,” "The District,” "The King of Queens,” "JAG,” "Fighting
Fitzgeralds,” "Nikki,” "On The Lot,” produced by Steven Spielberg, Joel Schumacher's “The
Number 23,” “Boogeyman 2,” and she can be heard on several animated films and TV shows,
most recently “Disney's Cinderella 3” and “Sponge Bob.” Recent theatre credits include Julie in SHOWBOAT
(Goodspeed), Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (La Mirada), Lady of the Lake in SPAMALOT (Music Circus), Ilona
in SHE LOVES ME (CLOSBC), SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE (The Blank), and Gloria in Jason Alexander's production of
DAMN YANKEES (Reprise). Other favorite national tour and regional theatre shows include starring in: AIDA, BEEHIVE,
WEST SIDE STORY, ZORBA, REEFER MADNESS, GREASE, A CHORUS LINE, and GYPSY. Her critically acclaimed nightclub act, ALL HAIL THE QUEEN, continues to play to sellout crowds in LA and NY. www.leslimargherita.com
JUSTIN ROBERTSON (Manservant/Sancho Panza)
Justin is so happy to be back. He has appeared with The Pasadena Playhouse, Reprise, Musical Theatre Guild, Performance Riverside, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Fullerton CLO, Casa
Mañana, Theatre Under the Stars, Milwaukee Rep, Moonlight Amphitheatre, and Music Theatre
of Wichita. But his first professional appearances were for Musical Theatre West. Additionally, those involved in MTW’s PHANTOM (1993) received his sketch of fellow cast members as
a closing gift, starting a tradition that begat an illustration career (squigsink.com). Justin, aka
Squigs, was hailed by the New York Times as an heir to the legacy of caricature legend Al
Hirschfeld, and his Broadway Ink sketches are featured weekly on leading theatrical website,
Broadway.com. Also, look for Squigs' art in MTW's upcoming FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. An
Oregon native and longtime LA resident, he currently calls NYC his home. This one is for loved ones who, as impossible
as it may seem, continue to dream.
RICHARD GOULD (The Governor/Innkeeper)
A founding member of San Francisco’s Magic Theater, his work in the Bay Area included pioneering work with the Berkeley Stage Company and leading roles with the California Shakespeare Festival. Regional work includes Carl Magnus in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Long Beach
CLO, the Auctioneer and Firmin in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Sweeney in SWEENEY
TODD at P.C.P.A., Richard in RICHARD III at Theatreworks in Colorado and Father Zahoria in
ZORBA at the Berkeshire Festival. Film and TV roles include work in “Nash Bridges,” “The West
Wing” and numerous voiceovers. He most recently appeared as Pickering in MY FAIR LADY,
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Cast
DAVIS GAINES*
LESLI MARGHERITA*
JUSTIN ROBERTSON*
RICHARD GOULD*
DAMON KIRSCHE*
JASON WEBB
STEVEN GLAUDINI
KARENSSA LEGEAR
DYNELL LEIGH
SAM ZELLER*
VENNY CARANZA*
MICHAEL GUARNERA*
JAY DONNELL
ISAAC JAMES
ROBERT PATRICK KELLY
AJ MENDOZA
RAMONE OWENS
JEBBEL ARCE
BRAD FITZGERALD
CHRISTOPHER HAMBY, ANDRE POLO
GARY LEE
Miguel De Cervantes/Don Quixote
Aldonza
Manservant/Sancho Panza
Governor/Innkeeper
The Duke/Dr. Carrasco
The Padre
The Barber
Antonia
Maria/Housekeeper
Pedro
Anselmo/Mule
Juan/Horse
José
Tenorio
Pablo
Paco
Manolo
Fermina
Captain of the Inquisition
Guards
Onstage Guitarist
About MAN OF LA MANCHA
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The Show Written Because of a Mistake
The Song that Almost Didn’t Happen.
MAN OF LA MANCHA is arguably one of the most beloved classic titles in the musical theatre canon. But who
would have guessed that the show was born out of a
supposition by the press? Dale Wasserman, the author of
the libretto for MAN OF LA MANCHA was in Spain on
holiday when a local newspaper ran the story, “Dale
Wasserman in Spain to research a movie version of Don
Quixote, to star Yves Montand.” While no such picture
was in the works, Wasserman did become interested in
why adaptations of Cervantes novel were never quite
successful in their depictions of the title character. Part of
it had to do with the repetitive qualities of Quixote’s
adventures and while brooding on this question,
Wasserman ended up becoming much more interested in
Miguel de Cervantes and his life than the author’s famous
knight-errant. Many mistakenly believe that MAN OF LA
MANCHA is an adaptation of Don Quixote. At its core,
this show and the teleplay that it was adapted from “I,
Don Quixote,” are an exploration of Cervantes’ life using
scenes from “Don Quixote” to give us deeper insight into
the man behind the myth. In fact, in his novel, “The Impossible Musical,” Wasserman states that Cervantes is the
Man in the title of the musical, not Quixote.
To dream the impossible dream...The final rehearsal for
the teleplay, “I, Don Quixote”, ran eight minutes too long
and something had to be cut. The impossible dream
speech was the likely candidate and went. Until actor Lee
Cobb playing Don Quixote/Cervantes got the script
revisions and was furious. He marched up to Wasserman
and demanded that the speech be restored. The tired
and dazed author asked what speech the actor was
referring too and Cobb replied, “The (expletive) speech.”
“What (expletive) speech?” “The (expletive) impossible
dream speech.” Space during Act One was found for this
delectable indelible speech and the broadcast came off
without a hitch. Can you imagine Wasserman, Darion and
Leigh’s masterwork without this crucial speech, that they
turned into a crucial song? “The Impossible Dream (The
Quest),” the inspirational song that has been covered by
literally hundreds of artists from Richard Kiley and Brian
Stokes Mitchell to The Temptations and Frank Sinatra, that
has been translated into different languages across the
globe and more than withstood the test of time, much like
Cervantes’ Don Quixote himself.
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Musical Numbers
Place: A prison in Seville, Spain, and in the imagination of Don Miguel de Cervantes
Time: 1594
ACT ONE
MAN OF LA MANCHA (I, DON QUIXOTE)
Don Quixote, Sancho
IT’S ALL THE SAME
Aldonza, Muleteers
DULCINEA
Don Quixote, Muleteers
I’M ONLY THINKING OF HIM
Antonia, Housekeeper, Padre
WE’RE ONLY THINKING OF HIM
Carrasco, Antonia, Padre, Housekeeper
THE MISSIVE
Sancho
I REALLY LIKE HIM
Sancho
WHAT DOES HE WANT OF ME?
Aldonza
LITTLE BIRD, LITTLE BIRD
Quixote, Anselmo, Pedro, Muleteers
BARBER’S SONG
Barber
GOLDEN HELMET OF MAMBRINO
Don Quixote, Sancho, Barber, Muleteers
TO EACH HIS DULCINEA (TO EVERY MAN HIS DREAM)
Padre
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST)
Don Quixote
Intermission (fifteen minutes)
ACT TWO
THE COMBAT
Don Quixote, Aldonza, Sancho, Muleteers
THE DUBBING/KNIGHT OF THE WOEFUL COUNTENANCE
Innkeeper, Don Quixote, Aldonza, Sancho
Aldonza, Multeers, Fermina
THE ABDUCTION
Aldonza
ALDONZA
Sancho
A LITTLE GOSSIP
Aldonza
DULCINEA - REPRISE
Don Quixote, Aldonza
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) - REPRISE
Don Quixote, Sancho, Aldonza
MAN OF LA MANCHA (I, DON QUIXOTE) - REPRISE
Padre
THE PSALM
Company
FINALE
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Paul Garman, Executive Director/Producer
presents
59th
Season
Book by DALE WASSERMAN
Music by MITCH LEIGH • Lyrics by JOE DARION
Starring
DAVIS GAINES
LESLI MARGHERITA
RICHARD GOULD
JUSTIN ROBERTSON
DAMON KIRSCHE
KARENSSA LEGEAR
JASON WEBB
STEVEN GLAUDINI
DYNELL LEIGH
SAM ZELLER
Featuring
VENNY CARRANZA • MICHAEL GUARNERA • JAY DONNELL • ISAAC JAMES • PATRICK ROBERT KELLY
AJ MENDOZA• RAMONE OWENS • JEBBEL ARCE • BRAD FITZGERALD • CHRISTOPHER HAMBY
ANDRE POLO
Artistic Director
Technical Director/Set Designer
STEVEN GLAUDINI
Lighting Designer
KEVIN CLOWES
Sound Designer
STEVEN YOUNG
JULIE FERRIN
Wig Designer
Costume Designer
Stage Manager
MARK TRAVIS HOYER
Costume Coordinator
CATHLEEN EDWARDS
STANLEY D. COHEN
TODD PROTO
Assistant Stage Manager/
Production Manager
MARY RITENHOUR
MATTHEW SMEDAL
CARLOS MENDOZA
NICK DEGRUCCIO
Musical Director
Choreographer
Director
Associate Producer
IN HONOR OF DON GARMAN
Show Sponsors:
DON & JUDY MCNULTY BLACK, STANLEY COHEN, FRIENDS OF KEN REINER
Youth Performances Underwritten by
ARTS COUNCIL FOR LONG BEACH
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSON
F E B RUA RY 1 0 - 2 6 , 2 0 1 2
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach
Man of La Mancha is presented by arrangemen t with TAMS-WITMA RK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington A venue, New York , NY 10022
Original Production staged by Albert Marre
Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
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Message from the Producer
Welcome to MAN OF LA MANCHA. MTW is pleased to bring this timeless classic to our stage
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Season Sponsors: The Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation and Ken and Dottie
Reiner.
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