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GUYS AND DOLLS

A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows

NOV. 12 - DEC. 6, 2015

With memorable songs and fun-loving characters, you won't want to miss what many consider to be the perfect musical comedy. Guys and Dolls won a bevy of awards as the celebrated showpiece about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of
Broadway.


"One of the funniest and melodious shows in seasons. Everything about it seems practically perfect." – Variety


This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; Arts Council Santa Cruz County; and Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Dramaturgy Information. Click Here for an extensive dramaturgical packet about Guys and Dolls created by Melodie Ellison for the California Regional Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls (used here by permission).


DIRECTED BY:

Linda Piccone (Director) is delighted to be working at the Jewel Theatre Company with this great cast and terrific production staff.  She has been directing around the bay area for such theatres as Hillbarn in Foster City, Palo Alto Players, California Conservatory Theatre San Leandro, Los Altos Conservatory Theatre, and Bus Barn Stage Company where she has just received a 2015 Theatre Bay Area Nomination for Best Direction (along with choreographer Lee Ann Payne) for Trailer Park the Musical. Also an actor, Linda can't believe her luck that Theatre Bay Area has also honored her with a 2015 Nomination for Best Featured Actress in Sunday in the Park With George which she performed with Foothill Music Theatre. She would like to thank Julie James for this wonderful opportunity.


CHOREOGRAPHED BY:

Lee Ann Payne (Choreographer) is thrilled to be a part of Jewel Theatre's newest chapter. With Jewel, Lee Ann has performed in Peggy! The Musical, Company, The Great Nebula in Orion and A Betrothal, The World Goes 'Round, and Gunmetal Blues. She played numerous roles in The Snow Queen with San Jose Rep and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival/Co-choreographer, and was most recently with The Little Theatre on the Square as a vocalist in Swing! and in Hairspray as Velma Von Tussle/Choreographer. Lee Ann is grateful to Julie for the opportunity to work with such a great company. Lee Ann is also grateful to work with the best Nathan Detroit she knows, her husband Chris Reber..




MUSICAL DIRECTION BY:

Ben Dorfan (Musical Director) is a native of Santa Cruz, CA. He studied music composition at Oberlin Conservatory and piano with Gene Lewis, Ivan Rosenblum and Frederic Lacroix. Ben has accompanied musical theater productions for Pacific Collegiate School, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, All About Theatre, Kids on Broadway, Mt. Madonna School and most recently music directed the spring 2015 production of Guys and Dolls for Watsonville High School. Currently Ben is on staff at Pacific Cultural Center and works as a piano accompanist for Pacific Collegiate School and St. Joseph's Church.



VOCAL DIRECTION BY:

Diana Torres Koss (Nicely-Nicely, Vocal Director) is always thrilled to return to Jewel Theatre and is especially excited to be performing in the brand new Colligan Theater! She composed 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 huge comedy hit Sylvia, accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do! and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. 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. Proud member of Actors Equity since 1992.




THE PLAYERS:

Jenny Angell (Hot Box Girl/Ensemble) recently graduated from the musical theatre program at Marymount Manhattan College and is very excited to be here. Since graduating, she has performed as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, VT) and Sally Simpson in Tommy (OMG in Walnut Creek, CA). New York credits include Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress (MMC @ The York), and NEO 11 (The York Theatre Company). www.jennyangell.com




Philomena Block (Hot Box Girl/Agatha/Ensemble), is thrilled to work with Jewel Theatre Company and excited to revisit Guys & Dolls since playing Miss Adelaide in her high school's production! She recently graduated from CSU Chico with BAs in Musical Theatre and Psychology. Other favorite roles include: Alex in On The Verge, Patsy in Monty Python's Spamalot, Thea in Spring Awakening, Colette in La Cage Aux Folles, Fanny in As It Is In Heaven, and most recently Female Swing in Avenue Q at Berkeley Playhouse. Philomena is a Santa Cruz native who spends her free time writing comedy, tweeting at her friends, and teaching creative writing to kids across the Bay Area with the non-profit - Society of Young Inklings. Enjoy the show!


Lucas Brandt (Benny Southstreet) is thrilled to be making his Jewel Theatre debut. Recent credits include Contstantine in Big Love, Squint in Congressladies, and Man in The Play About the Baby, all at UC Santa Cruz. Other notable credits include: George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life… (SSC/UCSC), Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, and Beard of Avon (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), and Guys and Dolls (Berkeley Playhouse). Lucas has also had the pleasure of working with Cal Shakes, San Jose Rep's Emerging Artist Lab, Boxcar Theatre, and Shotgun Players. Lucas would like to extend his gratitude to his friends, family, and the Theater Arts faculty at UC Santa Cruz for their undying support.



Bob Brown (Arvide Abernathy) is excited to be making his first appearance with Jewel Theatre. He teaches accounting full-time at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose and got the acting bug about 6 years ago, taking acting classes at Gavilan College. His favorite role was Harry McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie at Gavilan in 2013 and also appeared as Senex in the 2011 Gavilan production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other roles included Judge Harper in Miracle on 34th Street and Mr Lawrence in Little Women with South Valley Civic Theatre in Morgan Hill and Reverend Moore in Footloose with West Valley College last spring. He is looking forward to working with this talented cast. He thanks his wife Karen for her patience with the informal rehearsals at home.


Cornelia Burdick Thompson* (Sarah) is a proud third-generation member of Actor's Equity Association. Although she has primarily been a performer, she has found great joy in directing Blithe Spirit and You Can't Take it With You for Palo Alto Players. She also directed The Sound of Music at Hillbarn Theatre (for which she won the Subscriber's Choice Best Director Award). A graduate of the MFA program at American Conservatory Theatre, Corie has been seen by west coast audiences as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Anna in The King and I, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Marian in The Music Man and Marsinah in Kismet. In New York she played Carlotta in Theatreworks USA's The Phantom of the Opera, Elizabeth in Only a Kingdom, Emilia in The Winter's Tale (Lincoln Center) and Sue in All My Sons. When not in a theatre, Corie worked as a book designer for Klutz in Palo Alto and authored a top selling book, "My Very Own Horse". She is a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl) and currently coaches and teaches beginning riding for the Stanford Riding Academy at the historic Red Barn at Stanford University.

Marcus Cato (Lt. Brannigan) is appearing for the fourth time with Jewel Theatre. Previously he has appeared in Harper Regan, Geography of a Horse Dreamer and Blithe Spirit. For the newly reformed Santa Cruz Shakespeare, he has performed in As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Marcus has also appeared in numerous productions with Shakespeare Santa Cruz over a 30 year period including Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard II, Macbeth, and Wind in the Willows. Marcus acted in over 15 productions with the now disbanded Bear Republic Theater in the 70's and 80's including an award-winning production of Signals that toured throughout California and performed at La Mama ETC in New York City. Other local credits include directing and acting for the 8 Tens at 8 play festival. He worked for over 35 years as an Arts Administrator with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal & Company and Bear Republic Theater..

David Ledingham* (Sky Masterson) returns to the Jewel after playing the title role in Enter the Guardsman in 2014. Credits include 1776 at A.C.T., directed by Frank Galati (and previously for Galati in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning The Grapes of Wrath at the National Theatre in London and La Jolla Playhouse), starring in the Broadway National Tour of Lincoln Center's Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza as Signor Nacarelli, Off-Broadway in The Comedy of Errors, The Trojan Women and Quartet (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and Chinglish (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Favorite roles include Sir Robert in An Ideal Husband (Paper Mill Playhouse), Sergius Seranoff in Arms & the Man (Asolo Theatre), Minnesota Slim in Lumberjacks in Love (Milwaukee Rep), Tito Merelli in Lend me a Tenor, Victor Fleming in Moonlight & Magnolias and opposite Sandy Duncan in Becky's New Car. He starred in the film Final Judgement, on TV in Law & Order, One Life to Live, Bold and the Beautiful, etc. He is the Artistic Director of the Aspen Fringe Festival and most recently starred in Venus in Fur at the Wheeler Opera House in 2015.

Julie James* (Miss Adelaide) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has acted in several shows including Complications from a Fall, Harper Regan, What the Butler Saw, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Arcadia, One for the Road, Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and Raised in Captivity. She has also performed with several other theatres, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University.


Kurt Meeker (Big Jule) Theatre: The Liar, Macbeth, (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Once in a Lifetime, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Playboy of the Western World (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The Tempest, Of Mice and Men (PCPA Theatrefest); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon (The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI); Reckless, Lulu (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); O Pioneers! (Theatreworks); Uncle Tom's Cabin (SF Mime Troupe/Lorraine Hansberry Theatre); Chicago (cabrillo Stage). Film: Opal, The Ugly Duckling, Six Against the Rock. Television: Rescue 911, Missing Reward, Starman. Kurt lives in Santa Cruz and teaches Theatre Arts at Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA.



Judith Miller (General Matilda B. Cartwright) has had the pleasure of playing many diverse characters for Bay Area theater audiences. Her most recent roles were Harriet Gottlieb, the grieving mother, in Dead Man's Cell Phone for Los Altos Stage Company and Juliana Smithton in The Other Place for Dragon Productions Theater Company in Redwood City. As a resident actor at San Jose Stage Company, her roles have included Haley in the critically acclaimed production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child, Emma Parker/ Ensemble in Bonnie and Clyde, the Musical (Theater Bay Area nomination for "Best Ensemble"), Patricia Pickel, the foley artist in It's a Wonderful Life Radio Show, and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Judith has also worked with San Jose Repertory Theatre, Woodminster Musical Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and has provided voice over work for various dance programs for The Margaret Wingrove Dancers..

Bryan Moriarty (Angie the Ox) is thrilled to be working with Jewel Theatre Company again! His last production here was in Mary Stuart, where he played the Earl of Kent, among other characters. Bryan is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at San José State University. In addition to his stage acting work, Bryan is also a screen actor and a podcaster. He co-hosts two series: Nerds on Film and Nerds on History through his Podcast channel, nerdonomy.com, which are available on iTunes. Bryan wishes to thank all of his family and friends for supporting his creativity, and sends his love. RECENT STAGE CREDITS: Soloist in Kiss Me, Kate, Courfeyrac in Les Misérables (South Bay Musical Theatre) Bob in Loose Knit (San José State University).


Noelani Neal (Hot Box Girl/Ensemble) is excited to be back in the Santa Cruz area making her Jewel Theatre Company debut in Guys and Dolls! In California you may have seen her as Rosamund in Where's Charley? (42nd Street Moon), Rapunzel in Into the Woods (San Francisco Playhouse), Cassie in A Chorus Line, Kate in Oklahoma! (Cabrillo Stage), Sasha in Young Frankenstein (Palo Alto Players), or as Featured Dancer in Mary Poppins (Palos Verdes Center for the Performing Arts) and White Christmas (Hillbarn Theatre). Out of state credits include Hunyak in Chicago, Liesl in Sound of Music, Durla/Ft. Dancer in BLWIT (Maui Onstage), Cha Cha in Grease, and Johanna in a staged concert of Sweeney Todd (Seabury Hall). She would like to thank you all for coming and hopes you enjoy the show!


Christopher Reber* (Nathan Detroit) happily returns to Jewel Theatre after playing Jim in Pump Boys and Dinettes in 2013. He also appeared in Arcadia (Chater) and Gunmetal Blues (Sam) for Jewel. In the Bay Area, Chris has been seen as Harry in Company and Wes in Jerusalem at SF Playhouse; Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher at TheatreWorks, and A Christmas Carol 2.0 at San Jose Rep. New York credits include Betty & the Belrays (Joe) at Theater for a New City and The Time of Mendel's Trouble (Murray) at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. He played Bardia in Till We Have Faces at Oxford and Cambridge. His film and TV appearances include The Tiger Woods Story and 18 Wheels of Justice. Mr. Reber earned his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a proud member of Actors Equity.


Jery Rosas (Joey Biltmore/Ensemble/Dance Captain) is thrilled to make his Jewel Theatre debut with this cast! Recent roles: Gavilan Theatre's Evita (Che), Limelight Actor's Theater's Boeing Boeing (Robert Lambert). Other roles: SCP's Pippin (Leading Player), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), A Chorus Line (Greg); WVLO's Crazy For You (Bobby Child), White Christmas (Phil Davies), and Sugar (Jerry/Daphne); SBMT's Promises, Promises (Mr. Kirkeby), Teatro Vision's Hero (Junior), Bless Me, Ultima (Andrew); Santa Clara Players' Nana's Naughty Knickers (Tom O'Grady), and Dragon Theatre's staged reading The Killing Jar (De La Cruz) and a lot more. Future productions: Lend Me A Tenor (Max) for Limelight Actors' Theater summer '16. Special thanks to the production staff and cast for a fun, amazing and exciting experience. Love and thanks to Munster and friends, Zohar Dance teachers, and family for putting up with his wacky schedule! Most importantly, THANK YOU for supporting the Arts! www.jeryrosas.com

Audrey Rumsby (Hot Box Girl/Ensemble) is delighted to be making her 5th appearance with the Jewel Theatre Company! She's had a great time with JTC, performing in Complications from a Fall, Harper Regan, and What the Butler Saw. She also served as assistant director for Arcadia and dialect coach for Woman in Mind and Harper Regan. Recent projects include Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), and Confederates (Theatreworks). She is a recent graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where she played the title role in Richard II, and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. After graduating, Audrey was cast as a harpist and dancer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Welcome Ceremonies. Audrey is a founding member of San Jose Youth Shakespeare, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to educating young people through the production of full-length Shakespeare plays.

Jordan Sidfield (Harry the Horse) is proud to be making his debut with Jewel Theatre Company and here at the Colligan Theater. Sidfield is far from a stranger to the stage. Sidfield's professional theatre credits include, but are not limited to, Abraham in Altar Boyz and Will Parker in Oklahoma with Cabrillo Stage, Charley/The Dauphin in Du Barry Was A Lady with 42nd Street Moon, an Ancestor in The Addams Family with San Jose Stage, and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from CSU Fullerton and is an Equity Membership Candidate with Actors Equity Association. Sidfield would like to thank his family, Sacha, friends, fans and mentors for all of their constant support and to you, for supporting live theatre! Find out more about Jordan and his other projects at www.jordansidfield.com


Diana Torres Koss* (Nicely-Nicely, Vocal Director) is always thrilled to return to Jewel Theatre and is especially excited to be performing in the brand new Colligan Theater! Previous roles for Jewel include Muriel (Woman in Mind), The Dresser (Enter the Guardsman), Rhetta (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Queen Elizabeth (Mary Stuart), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Bunny (House of Blue Leaves), Joanne (Company), Woman 2 (Starting Here, Starting Now) and Peggy's Mother (Peggy, The Musical - staged reading.) She composed 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 huge comedy hit Sylvia, accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do! and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. Other 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. Proud member of Actors Equity since 1992.


Domonic Tracy (Rusty Charlie) has been surrounded by art for as long as he can remember. From watching telenovelas at his grandmother's to being in school plays, it seems that a career in the arts was destined to be. He is grateful for every opportunity to express himself, and is truly grateful for the opportunity to perform with Jewel Theatre Company. A Pittsburg native, he recently received his B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest role was as Stine in the Cinnabar Theater's production of City of Angels. Other previous work includes playing Roger in UCSC's production of Rent and touring with the University's traveling Shakes-to-Go production of As You Like It. Domonic would not be where he is today without the support of his family and friends, and will never be able to thank them enough for helping his dream become a reality.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.