Meet the Cast of Sister Act

The cast of Sister Act: the Musical features actors from all over Orange and Los Angeles County and they’ve been making us laugh non-stop the past month of rehearsals. Based on the 1992 hit film, this high-energy musical comedy features music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. It’s inspiring, upbeat, and hilarious!

A quick synopsis of the show: When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found; a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community.

Our producing partnership with Southgate Productions continues with Jonathan Infante & Rovin Jay directing. Get to know the cast that might just take you to heaven —

Summer Greer

Summer Greer | Deloris Van Cartier

Summer is more than excited to bring the fun of Sister Act to life with such an incredible company! Her most recent performance was in the Ovation Award-nominated production of Parade at the Chance Theater and she also spends time as a member of both the world-renowned Mt. Sac Chamber Singers and the Downbeat Award-winning jazz ensemble, Singcopation.  Having been a performer throughout her entire life, Summer is thrilled to be a part of an exciting and spirited show like this and would love to thank all that have helped and supported in creating this fabulous production!

 

 

Amy Glinkas

Amy Glinskas| Mother Superior

Amy is excited to make her debut with Southgate Productions in Sister Act!  Since receiving her Music degree in Vocal Performance from CSUF, each Xmas season Amy music directs for Mixed Company, a caroling group based in OC and performs with The Mistletones, a musical comedy quartet.  In 2016, she got to perform her dream role of Mrs. Potts in Beauty & the Beast. Amy also looks forward to traveling to Florida this spring to reprise her role of Iowa Housewife in Menopause, the Musical.  When not performing, Amy teaches private voice and piano from her home studio in Orange.

 

Anthony Cloyd

Anthony Cloyd | Eddie

Anthony is thrilled to be a part of his first show with Southgate Productions and the Curtis Theatre! An alumni of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, Anthony thanks his professors for their invaluable insight and relentless push for excellence. He has performed off-Broadway (Hesitation Waltz), internationally (Festival of The Lion King), and currently can be seen on tour as T.K. in The Amazing Food Detective: Game On!

 

 

 

Enrique Munoz

Enrique Munoz | Curtis

Enrique owns a comic book store in downtown Fullerton called Comic Hero University. He loves performing and wishes he could do more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian J. Cook | Joey/Monsignor O’Hara

Mr. Cook is delighted to return to Southgate Productions after portraying Senex in last season’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  He was recently seen as George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton (named Best Theatrical Ensemble of 2017 by OC Weekly). Other credits include Mrs. Bumbrake & Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher, Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, The Baker in Into the Woods and the titular character of Queeny Todd: The Demon Beautician of Texas.

 

 

Evan Pascual

Evan Pascual | TJ

Evan is thrilled to be performing in Sister Act for Southgate Production. His recent credits include Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Duane (Hairspray), and Ensemble (Catch Me If You Can). He is a student at Cal State Long Beach, majoring in Computer Science, but hopes to pursue theater as well in the future. He wishes his cast a great show and hopes to work with them in other shows down the road.

 

 

 

Jake BurnettJake Burnett | Pablo

Jake is thrilled to be working with Southgate on Sister Act. Although it is his first show with this company, he has recently appeared in Catch Me If You Can at the Attic Community Theater and Secret Garden at the Chance Theater. Thanks to the cast and crew of Sister Act for a fun experience and to my family and friends for always coming to see my shows!

 

 

 

Lauren Louis

Lauen Louis | Sister Mary Robert

Lauren is a Musical Theatre student at CSUF. She spends her extra time as an AGVA performer at Disneyland Resort playing Pocahontas in Mickey and the Magical Map, Elena in Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival, and works as a dancer for Teatro Martini. Her favorite credits include Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Extraordinary Girl (American Idiot), and Dorothy (the Wizard of Oz). She is so excited to get the opportunity to play Mary Robert! She’d like to thank her family, Jo, Jon Infante, Rovin and her friends for all of the endless love and support!

 

 

Tanya ThompsonTanya Thompson | Sister Mary Patrick

Tanya is beyond excited to have the opportunity to work with the magical folks of Southgate Productions and the Curtis Theatre again! Recent productions include A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (co-choreographer); How to Succeed…Trying (choreographer); Bonnie and Clyde (Stella); Into the Woods (Stepmother); Piano Party 2 (Tanya); Assassins (Sarah Jane Moore). Tanya would like to thank her family for their love and the nurturing of her passion as well as the F.E. for the joy and positivity they contribute to her life. You are amazing humans and are so loved.

 

 

Megan Cherry

Megan Cherry | Sister Mary Lazarus

Megan is excited to have the opportunity to work with Southgate Productions again having last been seen in their production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Domina. Previous theater credits include: Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (Performance    Riverside), Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (Musical Theater West), M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias (NTAC) and Golde in Fiddler On The Roof (HBPH).  Megan has also done a national tour of Around the World in 80 Days as well as a European tour of West Side Story as Anita (understudy). Megan would like to thank her husband Steve for his love and support and dedicates her performance to her beloved Henry.

 

Allison

Allison Aoun | Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours

Allison Aoun (Mary Martin-of-Tours) is an OCSA  alum, USC graduate, and finalist in LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2017. Regional: The Christians– Mark  Taper Forum at CTG; Two Gentleman of Verona (Lucetta)- Looseleaf Theatre Co.; A Little Night  Music; A Connecticut Yankee (Evelyn) and     Wonderful Town– Berkshire Theatre Group. Other favorites: How to Succeed… (Smitty); Nunsense (Leo/Dance Captain); …Charlie Brown (Lucy); Bye, Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputin); Grand Hotel and The Most Happy Fella (dir. John Rubinstein). Allison was previously seen on the Curtis stage as a      Protean in Southgate’s …Forum and as Mary in The Olinda Story. Proud EMC. Visit http://www.allisonaoun.com for more!

 

Dahna Lane

Dahna Lane | Sister Mary Theresa

Dahna is quite jubilant to again be part of Southgate Productions at the Curtis Theatre.   Some of her favorite past shows include:  Brigadoon (Meg),  Nunsense (Sister Hubert), and the raucous The Toxic Avenger (Mayor Babs/Ma Ferd).  Fun fact: this show marks her 10th “religious part” in a musical, of which 8 were in a habit. (insert penguin joke here)  Finally in a quick note to Dave, “Nothing!!”

 

 

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Kailey Hewitt | Tina/Nun/Ensemble

Kailey is so excited to be performing with Southgate Productions again!  Some favorite past roles include Miss Mouse in Aesop’s Fables (Enrichment Works), Geminae in A Funny Thing Happened… (Southgate Productions), Elizabeth in Frankenstein the  Musical (Art in Relation), Belle/Glinda in Celebrate You! (Musical Theatre West), Beth in Little Women (Spreckels Theater), The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (Marin Summer Theater), Chloe in Arcadia (Cinnabar Theater), First Woman in Metamorphoses (Rider University), and Tricia in Dog Sees God (Boxcar Theatre). She is a graduate of Rider University where she received a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theater.

 

Lily Bryson

Lily Bryson | Michelle/Nun/Ensemble

Lily Bryson, a Southern California native, is very excited to be making her Curtis Theatre debut in Sister Act. Lily recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre in May of 2017 from Cal State University Fullerton. She is grateful to have met many hardworking and amazing people in the cast and crew as well as have the love and support from family and close friends. Lily would also love to thank Jonathan Infante and Jo Monteleone for this wonderful opportunity and welcoming her into the Southgate family.  www.lilybryson.com

 

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Megan Ferry is no stranger to the worlds of theatre and music. Classically trained by prestigious vocal instructors in Los Angeles and Manhattan, Megan also received her BA in  Theatre Arts from CSUF. Her favorite credits include: Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Out of the Frying Pan, Once Upon a Mattress, Little Women, and Oklahoma! Megan starred in her own concert entitled It’s Grand to Be Singing, and recently collaborated in a benefit concert raising over $45,000 for a musician’s battle with cancer. Megan is thrilled to be returning for her third production here at the Curtis Theatre.

 

Alexandria Marshall

Alexandria Marshall | Nun/Ensemble

Alexandria is very excited to be making her first debut on the Curtis Theatre stage. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre, Alexandria has been focusing on building a  career in Orange County, California. This is her first time on stage since graduating from TCU. Some of her favorite past theatrical productions include; Spring Awakening, Seussical, The Pajama Game, High School Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Alexandria would like to thank the entire cast and crew for this FABULOUS experience and her loving family for their support.

 

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Kelly Martin | Nun/Ensemble

Kelly is so excited to be joining Southgate for another great production! She has been performing for 20 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Some of her favorite shows have been High Fidelity (Liz), Side Show (u/s Violet), Into the Woods (Florinda), and The Last 5 Years (Cathy).  She doesn’t want to make a bad “habit” of nun puns, but she does “Pope” you enjoy the show!

 

 

 

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Zoe-Raven Stevens | Nun/Ensemble

Zoe-Raven is delighted to make her Southgate debut in Sister Act with this fantastic cast and crew. Some of her favorite roles include Aida in Aida, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Dionne in Hair. She wants to thank her family and friends and especially her love, Spencer, for all of their support!

 

 

 

Leena Fritz

Leena Fritz | Nun/Ensemble

Leena has been performing in the city of Brea for many years and is ecstatic to be a part of her first Southgate production. She has been classically trained in voice and involved in musical theater for more than 8 years. She has held principal roles in community theater as well as Hope International University’s musical productions. These roles include Ursula in The Little Mermaid and Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie along with many others. She thanks the never-ending support of her mother, sister, and grandparents, to them she is forever grateful.

 

Terry Dopson

Terry Dopson | Ernie/Ensemble

Terry Dopson has performed in over 30            productions in Southern California. Highlights include Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Boys From Syracuse, Fagin in Oliver!, and The Company Man in Tales From The Canyon: The Olinda Story. Terry holds a BA in Music from the University of La Verne. Terry also works full time at the University of La Verne as the Coordinator of Finance Administration and University Business Travel.

 

 

Francis Gacad

Francis Gacad | Cab Driver/Ensemble

Francis Gacad is grateful, excited, and beyond thrilled to be in his third Southgate Production. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, he has spent his spare time dabbling in photography with numerous freelance projects and playing video games. He likes long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain. He would like to extend his thanks to his family for their never-ending support. Last but not least, he hopes you enjoy the show!

 

 

Jeff Mempin

Jeff Mempin | Drag Queen/Ensemble

Jeff was recently seen at the Curtis Theatre for Southgate Production with A Funny Thing Happened … Forum. Favorite past performances include the part of Linus in the Camino Real Playhouse production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and as the Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance at the Star Theater in Oceanside. Other notable performances include Miss Saigon for the Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Hello Dolly for Downey CLO, Joseph … Dreamcoat, My Fair Lady, and Peter Pan for Saddleback CLO, West Side Story for the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, and countless productions (9) for the Tustin Area Council for the Fine Arts’ Broadway in the Park. Daytime work includes office work for Myers-Stevens & Toohey in Mission Viejo. Jeff wishes to thank his family and friends for coming to see the show, and to JC for the love and support.

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Derick Taylor-White | News Reporter/Ensemble

A native of Southern Missouri, Derick Taylor-White is ready to “Spread the Love Around” with this talented cast! He was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway cult favorite Spandex: The Musical (Male Swing) in  Minneapolis with original NYC choreographer /director, Liz Piccoli. Other past favorites include Ragtime (Younger Brother), Footloose (Ren McCormack), The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis), and Bare: A Pop Opera (Zack). Much love to family and caring husband, Brad.

 

 

Arcadio Vasquez

Arcadio Vazquez | Cop/Ensemble

Arcadio is excited to be in his first professional theater production! When he’s not dancing like a bum, Arcadio is working as a Math Intervention Specialist at Options for Youth. It has been quite an experience transitioning from math problems to singing and dancing almost every day, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. Arcadio would like to thank his friend Zoe for telling him about the auditions and his girlfriend Cristina for holding him accountable and making sure he practiced! Keep an eye out because this won’t be Arcadio’s last time on stage.

 

 


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Sister Act: the Musical performs February 10-25, 2018. Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our website or call the Box Office at 714-990-7722 Tues-Fri 12PM-3PM. Have questions? Contact us! 

 

Meet the Cast of The Olinda Story

 The cast of William Mittler’s Tales from the Canyon: The Olinda Story features a diverse blend of Curtis Theatre veteran actors and those who are stepping on our stage for the very first time. Mittler’s play, first commissioned by the California Council for the Humanities, shares the intricacies of life in Brea as told by some of its earliest residents. Just like this story allows us to get to know the characters of Brea, we invite you in to learn more about the actors in this historic piece —

Allison Aoun

Allison Aoun | Mary

Allison Aoun (Mary) is an OCSA alum, recent USC graduate and finalist in LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2017. Regional credits: The Christians- Mark Taper Forum at CTG; Two Gentleman of Verona (Lucetta)- Looseleaf Theatre Co.; A Little Night Music; A Connecticut Yankee (Evelyn) and Wonderful Town- Berkshire Theatre Group. Other favorites: How to Succeed… (Smitty); Nunsense (Leo/Dance Captain); …Charlie Brown (Lucy); Bye, Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputin); Grand Hotel and The Most Happy Fella (dir. John Rubinstein). She has played the title roles in The Principle Wife (Premiere) and Charlotte’s Web and originated roles in A Song for Christmas and Class of ‘90. Allison was also seen on the Curtis stage as a Protean in …Forum with Southgate Productions. Most recently she played Verges/Ursula U/S in Alchemy’s production of Much Ado! Proud EMC. Visit http://www.allisonaoun.com for more!   

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James Menke | Walter

James A. Menke is excited to perform at the Curtis Theatre for the first time and is honored to be a part of such a talented cast. James is continuing his theatrical studies and has been a part of productions of 12 Angry Men, Man Trouble, The Twilight Zone, The Revenger’s Tragedy and Look Homeward Angel. He is a husband and father and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be doing what he loves.

 

 

 

Charlotte Pulley

Charlotte Pulley | Young Mary

Charlotte is an 11 year old 6th grader at Macy Elementary. Her very first play was on the Curtis Theatre stage when she was only five years old. She’s been in love with acting ever since! She’s had the honor of performing with Stagelight Family Productions, Broadway on Tour and Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater! Favorite roles include Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Tweedle Dee in Alice and Wonderland, Twin 2 in Peter Pan, a roadie in School of Rock, and Young Shrek/Papa Grumpy Dwarf in Shrek the Musical.  Charlotte is also extremely proud of her role in the short film The Voices of Warriors. Charlotte studies acting, dancing, singing and puppetry at Stagelight Performing Arts, Musical Theater Orange County and Phantom Projects. She’s thankful for all her teachers and directors, particularly her amazing vocal coach Miss Rene and her incomparable acting coach Miss Danielle. Charlotte is thrilled to be a part of The Olinda Story and is happy to add this amazing cast to her ever growing theater family.  When not performing, Charlotte can be found reading, drawing, or hanging out with her cat, Crookshanks.

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Owen Switzer | Young Walter

Owen, a 5th grader at Brookhaven Elementary, is excited to make his Curtis Theatre debut in Tales from the Canyon.  Favorite previous roles include Billy in School of Rock, Flounder in The Little Mermaid  and Chip in Beauty and the Beast. He feels lucky to work with such an incredibly talented cast and would like to thank Jesse for giving him the opportunity to play Young Walter. Thanks also to mom and dad for the support and love.

 

 

 

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Mario Vargas Jr. | Old Man of the Hills

Mario is one vivacious old fellow who couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this production; his first at Curtis Theatre! Thus far in his theatre career, he has taken on roles such as Giuliano in Charles L. Mee’s Big Love, Fabian in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Peter Pan in Peter & Alice. More credits include: Cabaret (Herman/KitKatBoy), The Women of Lockerbie (Bill Livingston), Look Homeward Angel (Eugene Gant),Parade (Ensemble), The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble), and Urinetown (Ensemble).After the past few years in the wonderful theatre department at Fullerton College, Mario eagerly looks forward to the new experiences in theatre and performance that await him.

 

 

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Rick Kopps | Station Master

This is Rick’s first appearance at the Curtis Theatre. He took part in over a dozen plays with the Rude Guerrilla theater company in Santa Ana, and several productions with the Monkey Wrench Collective theater group in Fullerton. Rick has also appeared at the Open Stage West in Los Angeles, Theater Out in Santa Ana, Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach, STAGEStheatre in Fullerton, Chapman University in Orange, Newport Theatre Arts Center in Newport Beach, the Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest and the Attic Community Theatre in Santa Ana.

 

 

Ash Armstrong

 

Ash Armstrong | Ailene

This is Ash Armstrong’s first production at the Curtis Theatre and she is extremely excited. She is studying Acting at Fullerton College and is soon transferring to complete her training. Ash has been a part of many projects and shows such as Big Love by Charles Mee (Thyona) and W.A.S.P (PAT) by Zan Hall. She is thankful to the cast and crew for making this production happen.

 

 

Bianca Turner

Bianca Turner | Isabell

Bianca Turner is ecstatic to be making her Curtis Theatre debut as Isabell in Tales From the Canyon: the Olinda Story. She currently studies musical theatre at Orange County School of the Arts and has performed in over thirty five shows. Some of her favorite roles include Val (A Chorus Line), Snoopy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Arista/Princess (The Little Mermaid), Gingy (Shrek), and Core Dancer (Tarzan). Bianca would like to thank her teachers, friends, family, and Jake. She feels so incredibly blessed to be performing alongside such talented and dedicated artists. “Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”

 

Heather Enriquez

Heather Enriquez | Minnie

Heather Enriquez is a 20 year veteran of OC theater, recently returned to the stage after a lengthy hiatus to raise her own little troupe of artists. Her credits include Monique in Monique and Mrs. Rogers in Twilight Zone at STAGEStheatre, Louise and Mitzi in M*A*S*H at HB Playhouse, and Eleanor in Big Love at Fullerton College, where she is working towards her BFA in Theater Arts. Heather is excited to be a part of this fun project, and wonderful cast and crew. She is very proud to be sharing the stage with her daughter, Emmy, in this show. Heather would like to thank Bailey and Eric for their love and support during this process.

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Cory Chapman | Robert

Cory Michael Chapman is excited to be performing in The Olinda Story at the Curtis and would like to thank the following people: Mom for always going the extra mile to make his life special; Chris for inspiring him to have the courage to blaze his own path; Cleo for their strength and patience; Dad for teaching him the value of hard work; Aunt Debbie for paving the way for future generations of free spirits; Jake for being an example of confidence; Grandma Judi for the purity of her love; Grandma Marie for being the water and sun he needed when he was a young sprout; Nick for constantly challenging him to learn more about the world we live in; Tyler for reminding him to be himself; Krystal for having the strength, love, and will to break down the walls he built and barricaded himself in – may you forever be The Breaker of Walls; Grandpa Jack for passing down his sense of humor; the teachers he’s had, whether the lessons were in a classroom every week or during a single encounter on a train, they’ve shaped his life and perspective of the world vastly.

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Kira Rubeshaw | Estella

After her time at Elon University, Kira is thrilled to be home to celebrate her hometown’s hundredth birthday in this remarkable production. Some of her favorite credits include The Little Mermaid (Adella, Princess u/s), Hello Dolly (Ensemble), Bad Seed (Claudia Fern), Oklahoma (Ensemble), and How to Succeed… (Ms. Jones). Thanks to all those involved with creating this production.

 

 

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Mo Arii | Sophie

Mo is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and a founding member of STAGEStheatre in Fullerton and serves on the board. Previous roles include Masha in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (STAGEStheatre), Karen in Dinner With Friends (STAGEStheatre), Poole in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Maverick Theater), and Chris in Rumors (Curtis Theatre). When not on stage, Mo teaches theater and filmmaking to elementary students and works as a corporate role player. She’s grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talent group of amazing people!

 

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Emmy Girten | Young Ailene

Emmy Girten is thrilled to be making her Curtis Theatre debut with such a fun cast and crew and in such a great show. Emmy’s previous credits include Titan Filmworks short I Only Cried Twice and Twilight Zone at STAGEStheatre. This is the second time Emmy has shared the stage with her mom, Heather. Emmy would like to thank Bailey and Eric for their help and love during this process.

 

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Loralee Barlow-Bowes | Hennie

Loralee is happy to be doing her first show at the Curtis Theatre! She couldn’t be happier to be working with Jesse Runde and the amazing team here. She is a born and bred Fullerton native and is honored to have the opportunity to work on this historically driven piece. Favorite past credits include Andy (Honky) Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Hero (Much Ado About Nothing) and Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice). You can see her further theatrical skills in costuming this December in “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play” at the Costa Mesa Playhouse. She sends all her love to her friends and family and she dedicates this show to her ever loving husband Tucker.

 

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Rose London | Older Isabell

Rose is delighted and grateful to be making her debut here the Curtis Theatre! She was most recently seen on stage at the Whittier Playhouse playing M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. Last year she was Lilliane La Fleur at Costa Mesa Playhouse. Prior to that she was at West Covina Playhouse as Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond.  And, earlier, at Stagedoor Repertory Theater as Mrs. Crummles in Nicholas Nickleby and Big Momma in the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Stages Theater.  She has been doing theater since God was a child and some of her most favorite roles include: Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Othello in Othello, Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins, Mame in Auntie Mame and Joanne in Company. She thanks her son Wes and his wife Carly, and her incredible sister, Bess, for their loving support.

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Tracy Marquis | Frank

Roughly a decade ago, we told this story. The Olinda Story. Right here at the Curtis Theatre. Reprising one of the roles he played in the first time around, Tracy is deeply honored to be playing Frank Johnson again in the current production. Tracy first began braving stages, and some pretty frightening (frightened) audiences as a (frightened) musician. He started his adventure in theater in the 2005 production of “So Alone” by William Mittler and has been in over 60 plays since that time. 40 of them in a 5 year period. Mostly acting, but also directing, writing, A.D, Sound design, and writing & recording soundtracks. He was also in two movies and one commercial. Recently, a song he arranged and played guitar & bass on was up for a Grammy. Favorite roles include Drill Sergeant Williams in “Tracers”, Billy Rath in “So Alone”, George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and the main guard in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Tracy has worked as a finisher and faux painter for 30 years. He also has a record coming out soon and works part time selling vinyl records.

Coleman Summers

 

Coleman Summers | Stoch

Coleman Summers is an actor currently attending Fullerton College. He has appeared as W.O. Gant in Look Homeward, Angel, Harry Dangle in One Man, Two Guvners, & Will in Sentences, a role he originated. Outside of theater, Coleman has acted in embarrassing YouTube videos, embarrassing student films & writes poetry he doesn’t share

 

 

Terry Dopson

Terry Dopson | Company Man

This is Terry’s 10th production at the Curtis Theatre. Previous leading roles include Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Boys From Syracuse, Fagin in Oliver!, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde: The Musical, and The Oz Gatekeeper in The Wizard of Oz. Terry holds a BA in Music from the University of La Verne. Terry was a member of the ULV Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Irene Messoloras and Terry was a member of two barbershop quartets, Mixed Nuts and Optional Ending, under the direction of Carol Stephenson. Coincidentally, Terry now works as the Coordinator of Finance Administration and University Business Travel at the University of La Verne. As a Brea native, Terry is grateful to be part of the Brea Centennial through this production. He always wanted to grow a deeper connection to his community and this production was the perfect opportunity.

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Avery Long | Ensemble

Avery’s first experience with theater began at age 4, but her family would say she’s been a performer since day one.  She loves theater because she can sing, dance and be with friends.  She attends Rolling Hills Elementary School where the arts and musical theater have been a huge part of her education.  Her experience with theater also includes plays with Stagelight and Sunny Hills Youth Theater.  Her greatest challenge so far was playing Edward Rutledge in “1776″ and her favorite role was playing Jane in Mary Poppins. She looks forward to being part of “Tales From the Canyon” as her own family roots go far back into Brea’s history.

 

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Camryn Logoteta | Ensemble

Camryn is 11 years old and is proud to be a part of The Olinda Story.  She is enjoying this new experience and learning more about her hometown.  Camryn began performing at the age of four with Stagelight Family Productions as well as several school and church play productions.  Most recently, she performed in The Little Mermaid and is also currently playing the role of Ms. Teavee in her school Willy Wonka Jr. show.  Earlier this year, she had the opportunity to join the cast of The Giver with Phantom Projects Theatre Group and always looks forward to her Saturday morning classes with her Phantom family.  Camryn also enjoys working in other avenues of the entertainment industry.  She is truly very thankful to her family, friends, Phantom Projects, and Stagelight for all their love and support.

 

Emily Boliver

Emily Boliver | Ensemble

Emily Boliver is excited to be back at the Curtis Theatre to perform in another production, especially in a play as important to her and her community as this one! A few of her most notable credits in both musical theatre and theatre include: Hostess/8th Actor in Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth (Fullerton College) Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stagelight Family Productions), Sophie in Annie (Stagelight Family Productions), Miss Lark in Mary Poppins (Stagelight Family Productions), and Medusa in The Wedding Feast (Fullerton College). She is currently studying Theatre Arts at Fullerton College and working as a Hostess at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Brea. Emily would like to thank her Mom, Dolly, for everything she has done to support Emily’s dreams and life. She would also like to thank her best friend, Manny, for always being there for her and giving her the advice she needs to succeed in life and theatre! She would lastly like to thank her Grandparents, Pat and Ray, for being her #1 fans. They have seen every production of her’s and she is very grateful for their support!

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Daniel Camacho | Ensemble

Daniel is excited to make his Curtis Theater debut as part of The Olinda Story!  Daniel received his BA in Film and Theatre at CSULB, and has studied with Steppenwolf Classes West, SITI Company, and iO West among others!  Most recent work includes Turtle Talk with Crush at the Disneyland Resort and the Wild West Stunt show at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Credits also include shows at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, Disney’s Flashback, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, Huntington Beach Playhouse, and more!  He also plays music, and for his latest, check out his Instagram @dcamacho13!  Daniel would like to thank his friends, family, and incredibly supportive mentors who have helped guide him along the journey!

Drew Cazares

Drew Cazares | Ensemble

Drew is so excited to be a part of this play! Drew goes to Rolling Hills Elementary, where he has participated in musical theatre. He has performed in 1776 as Billy, Hans Christian Anderson as the title role, A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as an Oompa-Loompa, and Mary Poppins as a Button Person. Drew also participates in theatre at Hope International University. He has been in The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins as Michael Banks. In his off time, he likes to play drums, guitar, and takes voice lessons. He also likes to read the Percy Jackson series. He is currently taking golf lessons, which he enjoys. Drew would like to thank all of his friends, family, and directors that have encouraged him along the way.

Chris Treister

Chris Treister | Ensemble

Chris is a rookie actor, having joined the ‘I Didn’t Start Acting Until My 40’s’ club this year. After being invited to the stage by the incredibly talented, award winning director, Gary Krinke (Thank you Gary!!), Chris appeared as ‘Coach Dunbar’ in HSMT’s production of Footloose. He then followed up that performance with a turn as ‘King Triton’ in The Little Mermaid this summer, here at the Curtis Theatre, with Stagelight Productions. He’d like to also give a huge thank you to Janice Kraus and Art Ortiz for their faith & support! The Olinda Story holds special meaning to Chris, as he grew up on a little street called Olinda Dr, in the neighborhood of Olinda Village, nestled in Carbon Canyon. He spent his childhood at Olinda Elementary School, where the original Olinda School bell still hung in the quad, and he spent countless hours stomping around through Carbon Canyon, catching snakes, avoiding cattle & mountain lions, and listening to the coyotes sing him to sleep at night. Chris would like to give a final big thank you to Bill Mittler, for penning this beautiful script, and to Jesse Runde, Tiina Mittler, and Victoria Cervantes, for giving me the opportunity to participate in this wonderful project.

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Garry Hobday | Ensemble

Garry is pleased to be joining this talented cast of “Tales From the Canyon: the Olinda Story”.   This will be Garry’s fourth appearance at the Curtis Theatre.  Earlier performances included “All Shook Up”, “The War of the Worlds-A Radio Play”, and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.  Garry has done numerous voice-over commercials for radio, television and the internet.  In addition, he has served as Emcee, announcer, for many community and charity events gaining him the unofficial title of the “Voice of Brea”.  Garry’s theatrical credits include “Into the Woods,” where he appeared on stage for the first time with his daughter Dyan.  He has also appeared in, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “The Nerd”, “Peter Pan-A New Musical”, “Scrooge, The Musical” and “Suspense Radio”.  Last year, Garry contributed a voice over for an Award Winning Student Film, “Finding Me”. Garry thanks his Wife Debbie and his entire Family for their support and encouragement.

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Jennifer Siglin | Ensemble

Jennifer Siglin is a proud Brea resident and is excited to be appearing in The Olinda Story alongside her son, Owen. She has appeared in several local area productions including multiple productions of It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play and The Twilight Zone, plus the premiere of Fledgling, a new play by local writer Colleen McCandless, all at Stages Theater in Fullerton; as well as War of the Worlds and Bye Bye Birdie here at the Curtis Theatre. She is the proud mother of three children (all of whom have been bitten by the acting bug). In her day job, Jennifer is a graphic designer at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. She is also a calligrapher and sometime artist; you can see her work on instagram as @laughingbeagle. Love to Terry, Owen, Edie and Isla.

Jay David

Jay David | Ensemble

Jay David feels beyond blessed for the opportunity to be performing in his Curtis Theatre Debut! Following his training at the South Coast Repertory, Jay has performed in  theatre and film productions bringing to life various roles including MoMo (Waitin for the C Bus) and Claudius (Hamlet). Jay David would love to thank Jesse Runde and the whole crew and cast for such a wonderful experience to display his passion.

 

 

Katt McLaren

Katt McLaren | Ensemble

Katt is very happy to be working with such talented people bringing to life this story of our great city during this celebration of Brea’s centennial. This is Katt McLaren’s first show with the Curtis and hopes it won’t be the last. You may have seen her recently as Margaret in Alchemy theater company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, or Her directorial debut at Stage Door Rep with The Shadow Box. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show.

 

 

 

Mark Rosier

Mark Rosier | Ensemble

Mark Rosier (George, Drunk Man, Company Man #2) Mark is thrilled to be performing in his first production on the Curtis Theatre stage and he would like to thank Jesse Runde and the entire crew at The Curtis for the opportunity. Among his favorite past productions are The Elephant Man, The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nicholby and Clive Barker’s Frankenstein In Love Or The Life Of Death. Mark is a theatrical reviewer for The Fullerton Observer who enjoys attending theater as much as performing in it. Mark would like to dedicate this show to his wonderful parents who have always supported his crazy ambitions.

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Nick Broome | Ensemble

Nick is beyond grateful to take part in this story at the beautiful Curtis Theatre. Thank God Brea is so interesting! Graduated from Orange Lutheran High School, he has performed in shows such as “Guy’s and Dolls”, “You can’t Take it with you” (Ed Charmichael), “The Man who came to Dinner”(Dr. Bradley), and “Seussical”. Currently studying at Santiago Canyon (credits there include “Check, Please, and other Dating Adventures”, and “Sixty Second Singles”) and Santa Ana college. Soon to appear in El Don Production’s Theatrical release of the new thriller, “The House the Devil Built”, with a premiere screening at The Frida Cinema, in Santa Ana, 10-27-17. All the thanks and love to the fam bam (that means you bea!) Ever thankful. Enjoy!

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Owen Siglin | Ensemble

Owen Siglin, 15, is a high school freshman and Brea resident and is excited to be in The Olinda Story alongside his mom. Owen appeared as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and has also performed in The Little Mermaid and The Music Man with Brea’s Youth Theater program. Additionally, he performs weekly puppet shows and short productions and story times for children in his volunteer position at the Yorba Linda Library. In high school, Owen is in the Global IT Academy (GITA, learning computer coding), takes Japanese, and plays baseball. His favorite subject is math.

 

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Ryan Gatus | Ensemble

Ryan is extremely excited to be a part of this talented cast and wonderful show! He has been pursuing theater for many years and has been involved in a wide variety of shows including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Proposals, Leading Ladies, Dogg’s Hamlet Cahoot’s Macbeth, and Kill Me Deadly to name a few. Ryan is currently a theater major and yes, has already made his peace with a life of rejection and financial instability. He thanks his past relationships for the preparation. He would also like to thank his friends for constantly pushing his creativity, his family for their unconditional flow of love and support, his many teachers for their mental / emotional / spiritual insight, and Michelle Obama for, well, obvious reasons. Ryan’s ultimate goal in theater is to shine more light on other POC artists, as well as to work on Asian American visibility in the arts. He is determined to use his artistic platforms to highlight brown voices in a world so white.

Sam Hattersley

 

Sam HattersleyEnsemble

Sam is very excited to be sharing this wonderful story. Sam has been involved with theatre for close to six years, both onstage and off. He has been apart of shows such as Phantom of the Opera, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Diviner’s, and many more! Sam is currently attending Fullerton College in hopes to major in acting.

 

 

Steven Biggs

Steven Biggs | Ensemble

Steven Biggs received a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Fine Arts (Performance) from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Some of the roles he has played include The Sheriff in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Col. Vershinin in Three Sisters, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Henry II in The Lion in Winter, M. Gallimard in M. Butterfly, and  Klingon Commander Kralk at Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.  He last appeared on the Curtis theatre stage as The Mysterious Man/Narrator in Into the Woods. Steve teaches theatre courses at Fullerton and Chaffey Community Colleges.  He is also a member of Hollywood’s Theatre of NOTE where he co-produced the Garland Award nominated Holy Ghost.  He also does a killer Jimmy Stewart impression.  

Samantha Wybrant

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Samantha Wybrant is so excited to be performing in her first official play here at the Curtis Theatre! She will be attending Fullerton College in the Spring to pursue Theatre Arts. Samantha feels very honored to be a part of this incredible show with such an amazing and talented cast and crew! In her free time, she enjoys reading a good book, photography, and spending time with family and friends. Sam would also like to thank all the wonderful people involved in allowing her this fantastic opportunity, as well as her Mom, sisters, and friends for all their love and unwavering support.

 


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Tales from the Canyon: The Olinda Story performs Nov 3-12, 2017. Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our website or call the Box Office at 714-990-7722 Tues-Fri 12PM-3PM. Have questions? Contact us!