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PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Book, Lyrics, and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann

November 7- 24, 2013

PUMP BOYS is pure country fun – a slice of life musical about four good ol' boys who work at a gas station and two outgoing waitresses from the neighboring Double Cupp Diner, located somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. With tunes that are an exuberant mixture of country rock/pop and musical theatre, and a cast of characters you'll love to laugh with, PUMP BOYS will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

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.


 

DIRECTED BY:
Julie James

MUSICAL DIRECTION BY:
Diana Torres Koss

CHOREOGRAPHY BY:
Lee Ann Payne


THE PLAYERS:

Matt Bohn (Eddie) has been playing electric and upright bass since 1975. Over the years he's played many different styles of music including: jazz, classical, western swing, world beat, bluegrass, folk, and yes, show tunes. Some of the more recent productions for which Matt has filled the bass chair are Always, Patsy Cline and Westside Story. When Matt is not busy rehearsing for or performing in a show, he is working in his 'upright bass' shop where he services upright basses that come to him from near and far. He also enjoys cooking and flyfishing.

 

Julie James (Director / Prudie) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has directed several shows, including The Lover, Company and Raised in Captivity, and acted in Arcadia, Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and One for the Road, among others. 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

 

Scott MacDiarmid (Jackson) is pleased to be making his return to the stage after performing with the Jewel Theatre Company as Larry in Company in 2010. Scott has worn many hats in the S.F. Bay Area music and theatre scene including musical director (The Rocky Horror Show, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), musician (Tommy, Rent, Legally Blonde, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma!, Gilligan's Island the Musical), actor/singer/dancer (42nd Street, Chess, Follies, South Pacific, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd), videographer, SCUBA instructor, graphic designer, and photographer (www.dedicatedlight.com).

 

Vince Montre (Boomer) Born in Paris France, Vince started playing the guitar in 1987 and has not put it down since. After studying music at the French National Music School in Paris, Vince started performing with cover bands in France and abroad. In 2001, he moved to Detroit, Michigan where he continued performing on a weekly basis. Several hundred live performances gave Vince an opportunity to learn various music styles and develop his versatility: pop, rock, funk, country, hard rock, blues, metal, jazz, and classical. Vince recently relocated to the Bay Area where he now teaches guitar full time, parallel to his performing career.

 

Christopher Reber (Jim) was seen last season in Arcadia and Gunmetal Blues at Jewel Theatre. His Bay Area credits include 42nd St. Moon's Three Sisters, and San Jose Rep's A Christmas Carol 2.0. NYC credits include Betty and the Bellrays, Life During Wartime, and The Time of Mendel's Trouble. Regional credits include Inherit the Wind, Carnival, 1776, Evita, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Illusion, Romance/Romance, A Romantic Comedy, The Mound Builders, Our Country's Good, The Frog Prince, and Biloxi Blues.

 

 

Brent Schindele (L.M.) just completed a run as Max Mencken in It's...Superman! at 42nd St. Moon in San Francisco, and is pleased to return to Jewel Theatre, where he played multiple characters and the piano in Gunmetal Blues last year. In his native Los Angeles, Brent recently starred as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, the Captain in Incident at Vichy, Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, Bob Wallace in White Christmas, and Johnny Blue in the world premiere of South Street at Pasadena Playhouse. Other recent favorite roles include Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Curly McLain in Oklahoma!, Lancelot in Camelot, Radames in Elton John's Aida and the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel; he also played keyboards as the lead character in the holiday rock musical Striking Twelve for the Ensemble Theatre in Santa Barbara. Brent played Peter, Simon the Zealot and keyboards for the Broadway tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and helped create the leading-man parodies for the Off-Broadway hit The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!. He starred as Tony in the national company of West Side Story, and at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Adam Stanton (Slick) is making his second appearance with Jewel Theatre, the first being Arcadia. Since moving to Santa Cruz four years ago, Adam has had the honor to act, direct, design, and play music for several companies in the area. He has been seen at Cabrillo College in Three Sisters, The Mikado, and most recently, directing Death for the Cabrillo Theatre Festival 2013. Adam originated the role of Johnny in Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens last year, and was assistant director for this year's restaging. He also enjoys working with youth theatre companies, recently playing saxophone in All About Theatre's 42nd Street and for Spotlight Stage playing saxophone in Charlie Brown and designing/building the Audrey II plant in Little Shop of Horrors. Adam is the founding executive/artistic director of Jacks of All Trades Theatre, a newborn company that will continue producing new and classic works in early 2014.

 

Diana Torres Koss (Musical Direction / Rhetta) was most recently seen onstage by Jewel audiences as 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, 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.

 

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.