An Interview with Click, Clack, Moo Actor Liana Costable

Fun. Educational. Theatrical.

TheatreworksUSA is all this and more. They deliver incredible theatre productions around the nation for young audiences and their families. With each literary- and historically-based show, they spark dialogue on cultural and social issues. Theatreworks instills a lifelong appreciation for the arts in children that often aren’t receiving that education and exposure in school. Their current touring production of Click, Clack, Moo, based on the popular children’s book by Doreen Cronin, is a hilariously “mooooo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise. When Jenny visits her grandpa, he declares the farm a tech-free zone and confiscates her laptop. The cows type and send their demands via email; the hens go on strike — what will happen next?!

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Cast of “Click, Clack, Moo” (Top Left – Liana Costable) Source: TheatreworksUSA

Before their tour arrives in Brea for Click, Clack, Moo, Liana Costable, the actor who plays Jenny, typed up her thoughts on the show and emailed them on over (just like those cows!)

Who or what is your biggest inspiration for the theatre you create?


I am definitely most inspired by our young audiences. In Click Clack Moo I play Jenny, a 12-year-old girl visiting her granddad at his farm. As an adult actor playing a child, I was excited to create a character that the children could relate and connect to. In particular their vivid imagination, creativity, and ability to stand up for what’s right motivated my choices in this role.

What’s the rehearsal process like before you go on tour?

The rehearsal process flew by! Over the course of two weeks, we learned the hour-long musical as well as our duties as assistant stage managers. We worked with a fantastic creative and production team at Theatreworks USA who taught us the keys to success on the road- providing guidance and tips on staying healthy, safe, and energized for our daily morning shows.

 

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I hope audiences leave feeling a little more connected to the people around them, more willing to speak up and in return, more open to listening to differing views.  

What’s your favorite part of performing for a live audience?

I love hearing the audience’s reactions! Every audience is different and seeing how people react in different parts of the country is really exciting!

Do you have any lucky charms or pre-show rituals you always do before going on stage?

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Before every show, I rub a locket that my boyfriend in the US Army gave me a few years ago. While we are apart and pursuing our own careers at the moment, having the locket reminds me of him and his support for not only my career but also for protecting this country and the people we are performing for.  

If your show was an animal, what animal would it be?

A cow of course!

What do you hope we walk away from the show feeling?

Click Clack Moo focuses on teamwork, compromise, and standing up for what you believe in. I hope audiences leave feeling a little more connected to the people around them, more willing to speak up and in return, more open to listening to differing views.  

 


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TheatreworksUSA in Click, Clack, Moo performs April 8, 2018, at 3pm and 5pm. 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! 

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An Actor’s Take: ‘Sister Act’ Rehearsal Journal

One of the cast members of Sister Act took some time to share their rehearsal journal (and some backstage secrets) with us. 

Meet your backstage guide, Terry Dopson

Terry is a Brea resident and he has been having a blast in his first Southgate Production. Terry DopsonHowever, Terry is no stranger to the Curtis Theatre as he has performed in over 10 productions at the Curtis. Most recently, he played The Company Man in Tales from the Canyon: The Olinda Story. Terry holds a BA in Music from the University of La Verne where he was heavily involved in choral music, barbershop singing, and musical theatre. Some of Terry’s favorite roles include Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Boys From Syracuse, and Fagin in Oliver!. In addition to his theatrical and musical pursuits, Terry works as the Coordinator of Finance Administration and University Business Travel at the University of La Verne.

Wednesday, February 7th

Tonight was our first dress rehearsal with all of the lighting, audio, projections, costumes, make-up, wigs, set pieces, and props.

Something that I have loved about working with Southgate is the high level of production value. All of the technical elements are visually stunning. However, it makes things very busy backstage.

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Above is our scene change chart for the show. If we are not performing on stage or changing costumes, then we are moving the set pieces. There is not much time to “hang out” backstage. Even if you have the luxury to “hang out” in between scenes, Jonathan Infante, our director, urged the cast to help everyone out as much as possible. He said, “If you have nothing to do, go over choreography with your cast members, help someone with a quick change, ask Stage Management if there is something you can do.”

Fortunately, I think that sentiment paid off. Tonight’s rehearsal went smoothly. However, we still have a few details that need to be polished. Southgate Productions has a reputation for putting on high-quality shows. Therefore, the hard work comes with the territory. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thursday, February 8th

Last night we were told that we would have a small audience for our invited dress rehearsal. However, it turned out we would have an audience of 70 people for our dress rehearsal. Everything became a lot more real after that announcement. Fortunately, it was an amazing run of the show. Having the audience gave us an extra boost of energy that we needed. 

I have to admit that backstage there was not much to report on. But for good reason; everyone in the cast and crew was really focused on doing their job. As I mentioned earlier, everyone has a lot of responsibilities on and off the stage. We like to chat and hang out while getting ready for the show. However, once places are called, everyone is “in the zone.” 

My favorite part about Sister Act is the energy of the show. It feels like one big dance party from start to finish, with some really tender and funny moments weaved throughout. I can’t help but have the biggest smile on my face.

Performing this show is a blast…and I think the audience is going to have a blast too!

Opening Weekend: Friday, February 9th – Sunday, February 11th

I consider myself a very lucky actor. I have performed in many shows and I have had many memorable experiences on stage. However, opening weekend of Sister Act was one of the best show weekends I have ever experienced.

On Friday night, all of the cast, crew, and creative team got together in the green room just a few minutes before places. The creative team gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved. I definitely felt the love and camaraderie in the room. Jonathan once again reminded everyone to make sure we do everything in our power to help one another.

 

It feels like one big dance party from start to finish, with some really tender and funny moments weaved throughout.

All of our shows this weekend were sold out and the audience was super responsive. Offstage we were buzzing with excitement because the audience was so engaged with the story. Not only did we love what we were doing, but also we got the message that we were doing it right.

The last 3 weeks of rehearsal went by in a flash. It is fulfilling to know that we put together a challenging show in a short amount of time. This would not have been possible if it were not for the level of professionalism that the cast, crew, creative team, and theater staff have exhibited. 

Thank you so much to the Curtis Theatre staff for letting me share my perspective on production week for Sister Act. If you attended our opening weekend, thank you so much for your support. We still have two more weekends of shows. “Boogie” on down to the Curtis Theatre before we sell out for the rest of the run!

 

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You can catch up with Terry and see what else he’s writing on his own blog.


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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 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

 

Megan Ferry - HeadshotMegan Ferry | Rapping Nun/Ensemble

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!