ENTER THE GUARDSMAN
Music by Craig Bohmler
Lyrics by Marion Adler
Book by Scott Wentworth
Based on "The Guardsman" by Ferenc Molnar
Directed and Choreographed by Art Manke
Musical Direction by Colin Hannon
After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for a pair of world-renowned actors and what was thrilling has already become routine. Cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and...enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his greatest fear. In the timeless world of "back stage," we see an intimate and witty musical about romance, truth-telling and keeping your performance fresh in the long run.
"The most accomplished new book musical to arrive on or Off-Broadway…" –Theatremania
This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.
Art Manke (Director/Choreographer) directed Jewel Theatre's hit revival of What the Butler Saw last season. Upcoming productions include I Hate Hamlet for Salt Lake City's Pioneer Theatre Company, and Peter and the Starcatcher for South Coast Repertory. His productions of The Three Musketeers, Bach at Leipzig and A Year With Frog and Toad have been seen locally at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. He is a co-founder and former artistic director (1991-2001) of A Noise Within, L.A.'s acclaimed classical theatre company. Other credits include work with the Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Players Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Artists Repertory Theatre, among others. He directs for television, holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre and is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. He is the co-author of a stage adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love, and has just completed a new musical based on the life of the legendary Pearl Bailey, called Pearl's in the House.
Colin Hannon (Musical Director/Pianist) performs regularly in the Santa Cruz area. Most recently he was musical director and pianist for Lori Rivera's Summertime Sondheim revue at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, musical director for Santa Cruz Shakespeare's inaugural season productions of As You Like it and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and musical director and bandleader for the UCSC Theater Arts production of RENT with director Danny Scheie. He is a staff accompanist at UCSC and he is the musical director at the United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz. Colin also maintains a private teaching studio and tunes pianos. He received an MA in music from UCSC in 2004.
David Arrow* (The Playwright) is making his first appearance with Jewel Theatre while it's his second time working in Santa Cruz; playing in Romeo and Juliet and Burn This at Shakespeare Santa Cruz a few seasons ago. Bay Area appearances include work at A.C.T., the Magic, Aurora, San Jose Stage, and this summer with the Stanford Repertory Theater. His work in New York includes productions at, among others, Circle in the Square, HERE, Ensemble Studio Theatre and the McGinn/Cazale, and most recently, at the Cherry Lane Theatre in the world premiere of Vacuum. He has appeared in the films Joseph's Gift, Igby Goes Down, Hostage, Rules of Love, and the starring role in The Dot Man. Television credits include Jon Benjamin has a Van, Days of Our Lives, Growing Pains, Passions and the HBO series 12 Miles of Bad Road. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He lives in NY.
Danielle Crook* (Wardrobe) is a Santa Cruz native and thrilled to be appearing in her first Jewel Theatre production. Recent local appearances include Rose/Estelle in Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw with the Cabrillo Theater Festival and The Girl in the Painting in For Art's Sake with the Eight Tens At Eight Festival. Favorite roles include Maria Reiner in The Sound of Music, Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Spirit of Norway in Song of Norway, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, and Aeneas (a trouser role, with beard!) in the bay area premier of baroque opera La Didone. She has been featured on the national TV networks the Food Network, the Travel Channel, MTV, and the Fine Living network, and in short films, commercials and industrials in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. She grew up in Aptos and studied music at UCLA (BA) and SJSU (MA). She currently teaches voice lessons, music appreciation/history, and conducts choir.
Allen Darby (ASM) is making his Jewel Theatre debut. A San Francisco native, this is his second show in the Bay Area after moving back from Los Angeles last year. Recent credits include: As You Like It (Marin Shakespeare Company), Kiss Me, Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Julian Po (The Blank Theatre), and Henry VI: Part 1 (The Production Company). Allen received his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern California and also trained at the British American Drama Academy and A.C.T. Love to Dad, Claire, and Emma.
Steven Guire Knight (Wigs) is thrilled to be making his Jewel Theatre debut in Enter the Guardsman. Local audiences have seen him in recent Cabrillo Stage productions of Anything Goes (Henry T. Dobson), Lunch (Robert Lerner), and Oliver! (Mr. Brownlow). He will also be appearing as Senator Fipp in Cabrillo Stage's upcoming production of Urinetown. Previous theatrical experience includes roles in authentic recreations of Handel's Giulio Cesare (Curio), Scarlatti's Cunegonda (Aladino), and the Intermedii della Pellegrina by Minnesota's late, lamented baroque opera ensemble, Ex Machina. A long-time choral musician and early music performer, he has studied medieval music performance with the ensemble Sequentia, recorded as a founding member of the Rose Ensemble, and toured with the Dale Warland Singers. He performs locally with Ariose Singers.
David Ledingham* (The Actor/The Guardsman ) is thrilled to debut at Jewel Theatre in the role he previously played at San Jose Repertory Theatre. In 2013 he performed in 1776 at A.C.T. directed by Frank Galati, whom he worked with previously in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath at the Royal National Theatre in London and La Jolla Playhouse. He starred in the Broadway National Tour of Lincoln Center's Tony winning The Light in the Piazza as Signor Nacarelli. Recent credits include Chinglish at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Venus in Fur and opposite Sandy Duncan in Becky's New Car. His off-Broadway credits include The Comedy of Errors, The Trojan Women and Quartet (at Brooklyn Academy of Music). He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, the Asolo Theatre and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He starred in the film Final Judgement, on TV in Law & Order, One Life to Live, Bold and the Beautiful, etc. He lives part of the year in Aspen Colorado where he is the Artistic Director of the Aspen Fringe Festival and performs and directs for Theatre Aspen.
Marcia Pizzo* (The Actress) was last seen as Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband at Marin Shakespeare Company where she also appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Servant of Two Masters. Other Bay Area credits include The Happy Ones at the Magic Theatre; Wilder Times and Eccentricities of a Nightingale at the Aurora Theatre Company, the latter for which she received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award nomination; Round and Round the Garden, Rock'n'Roll, and A Mother with Olympia Dukakis at A.C.T.; the West Coast Premier of The Pitman Painters at TheatreWorks; Restoration Comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and The Tempest at California Shakespeare Theater; The King And I, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, and Annie for the Mountain Play; the World Premier of First Day of School at SF Playhouse; The Women at Marin Theatre Company; and Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Theatre on the Square. She is a graduate of the A.C.T. Advanced Training Program.
Diana Torres Koss* (The Dresser) was most recently seen onstage by Jewel Theatre audiences as Rhetta in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart. Her previous onstage work for Jewel includes Blithe Spirit (Madame Arcati), House of Blue Leaves (Bunny), Company (Joanne), Starting Here, Starting Now (Woman 2) and Peggy, The Musical (staged reading.) She created some original music and designed sound with her husband, John Koss, for Jewel's Arcadia and Saint Joan, co-directed Blithe Spirit with Julie James, directed the comedy hit Sylvia, accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do!, and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. Regional roles: Theatreworks - Prism (Being Earnest), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Mary Todd Lincoln (A Civil War Christmas); Palo Alto Players - Margaret (Light in the Piazza); San Jose Stage Company - Pennywise (Urinetown), Betty (Great American Trailer Park Musical). Diana is a teaching artist for the non-profit Starting Arts, and is a director, music director, piano teacher, and vocal and acting coach for performers in the Bay Area. She is a proud member of Actors Equity since 1993. Thanks to Julie and John.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association.