The Light in the Piazza
book by Craig Lucas
music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer
directed by Kent Nicholson
January 24, 2014 - February 23, 2014

Light in the Piazza

Filled with sunshine, light as a summer breeze, this exhilarating musical follows the Italian travels of Margaret Johnson and her stunningly beautiful daughter, Clara. When a dashing young Italian captures Clara’s heart, Margaret is compelled to reveal the secret about her daughter. Even as she struggles with concern about Clara’s future, she must decide whether or not to release her hold—and bravely give the young lovers her blessing. Early in his career, playwright Craig Lucas found a home at SCR, which produced five of his plays in five years. Now he returns for the 50th Season with this award-winning play boasting one of the most celebrated scores of the decade by Adam Guettel (grandson of the iconic composer Richard Rodgers).

Previews: January 24–30, 2014
Opening Night: January 31, 2014
Regular Performances: February 1-23, 2014

Recommendation: Appropriate for middle school and above. This production includes herbal cigarette smoking.

Running Time: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.

The Light in the Piazza is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals:

Craig Lucas has written numerous plays, including Prelude to a Kiss (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee) and Three Postcards , which had their world premieres at SCR; and Blue Window, Marry Me a Little and Reckless , all of which were staged at SCR. Others include Missing Persons, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, This Thing of Darkness (with David Schulner), Small Tragedy (Obie Award), The Singing Forest (Steinberg New Play Award), Prayer for My Enemy, The Lying Lesson and Ode to Joy . His screenplays include Blue Window, Longtime Companion (Sundance Audience Award), Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Secret Lives of Dentists (New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award) and The Dying Gaul . His libretti include Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys . Lucas directed the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza at the Intiman Theatre as well as Harry Kondoleon’s final play, Saved or Destroyed (Obie Award for Direction) and the movie Birds of America . He is the recipient of a Laura Pels/PEN Mid-Career Achievement Award, Greenfield Prize, Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and NEA, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships. He is thrilled to be back at SCR.

Adam Guettel is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His musical, The Light in the Piazza , with a book by Craig Lucas, premiered on Broadway in 2005, following a world premiere at the Intiman Theater, and a second engagement at the Goodman Theater (where it received three Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Musical). The Light in the Piazza was produced at Lincoln Center Theater and received six 2005 Tony Awards, including two for Guettel (Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations) and a Grammy nomination for best cast recording. The Light in the Piazza also received five Drama Desk Awards, including two for Guettel (Best Music and Best Orchestrations). He also wrote music and lyrics for Floyd Collins , which received the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and earned Guettel the Obie Award for Best Music. Floyd Collins has been presented at Playwrights Horizons, Prince Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Old Globe, the Bridewell and Southwalk theatres in London and elsewhere. His other works include Love’s Fire , a collaboration with John Guare (The Acting Company), and S aturn Returns , a concert at Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. His film scores include Arguing the World , a feature documentary by Joe Dorman, and the score for Jack , a documentary for CBS by Peter Davis (1994). Guettel is currently adapting the Danny Boyle movie, Millions , as a stage musical, and writing a musical based on Days of Wine and Roses with screenwriter and playwright, John Logan. His works are available on Nonesuch Records.

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Joseph Almohaya
Joseph Almohaya (Ensemble) is honored to be making his SCR debut in The Light in the Piazza. Recently he was seen at Welk Resorts Theatre in San Diego alongside Ava Barber, Arthur Duncan and Mary Lou Metzger of “The Lawrence Welk Show” in A Welk Family Christmas directed by Cheryl Baxter. His other notable credits include In the Heights (San Diego Repertory), South Pacific (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Man of La Mancha (Welk Resorts Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (San Diego Repertory), Kiss Me, Kate in Los Angeles (Reprise!), The Producers (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Rent in New York (Westchester Broadway Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley (North American tour). In addition to performing in Los Angeles, New York and around the country, Almohaya has also had the pleasure of sailing to far off locales as a performer in The Show Room at Sea (Holland America Line). He holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and master of fine arts from the elite Musical Theatre Program at San Diego State University. 

David Burnham
David Burnham (Fabrizio Naccarelli) was last seen at SCR as Jason in Ordinary Days, and most recently received an Ovation Award nomination for his portrayal of Joe Gillis in Musical Theater West’s Sunset Boulevard. He was last seen on Broadway in Wicked, playing Fiyero, a role that he originated in the workshops of the show. He was in the original Broadway cast of The Light In The Piazza, performing both on the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast “Live From Lincoln Center.” Burnham is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award as well as the Garland Award for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the national tour of Piazza. He replaced Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drama-Logue Award), and also toured as Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar. In New York City, he starred in the off-Broadway musical The Best Is Yet to Come—The Music of Cy Coleman. He was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature The King and I, and has recorded two solo albums, his self-titled CD and “One Day.”

Patti Cohenour
Patti Cohenour (Margaret Johnson) is honored to reprise the role she portrayed as the alternate in the Lincoln Center production of The Light in the Piazza. She has originated numerous roles on Broadway including Signora Naccarelli in Piazza, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music revival, Christine in Phantom of the Opera (also Canada), Rosabud in Drood (also London), and Mary Jane in Big River. Additional credits include Adeline in Sweet Adeline for NYC Encores!, Magnolia in Hal Prince’s Showboat, Mimi in La Boheme and Isabel/Mabel in Pirates of Penzance for the New York Shakespeare Festival, and Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir for Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) and San Jose Repertory Theatre. She recently won a Gregory Award for her portrayals of Edith and Little Edie in Seattle’s 5th Avenue/ACT Theatre co-production of Grey Gardens, and will be portraying Charlotte in the upcoming 5th Avenue production of A Room with a View. Cohenour is a recipient of a Tony nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, a Jeff Award nomination, the Clarence Derwent Award, and a Theatre World Award. 

Julie Garnye
Julie Garnyé (Ensemble) is making her SCR debut. Her recent credits include the 2013 Academy Awards telecast (in the Les Misérables segment), both Les Misérables and Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl, Lorna Luft’s Pink Party (with Liza Minnelli) and Open All Night: The Music of Lance Horne (with Tony Award-winners Alan Cumming and Alice Ripley). She is the only person who performed in Chess in Concert and An Evening with Stephen Schwartz on both coasts. Her Broadway credits include Hair (Actor’s Fund), Chess (Actor’s Fund), Children of Eden and Broadway by the Year 1978. She toured nationally in Cats (Jennyanydots, Grizabella) and appeared in the London West End production of First Things Last (Garrick Theatre). On regional stages, she has performed in Bat Boy, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Bye Bye Birdie. Her film and television credits include Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Lyria), “The Closer” and The Little Richard Story. She studies with vocal teacher Edward Sayegh.

Mary Gutzi
Mary Gutzi (Signora Naccarelli) is thrilled to be making her SCR debut in a role that she also performed at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She has a career as an actor/singer/director and educator that spans more than 40 years and has taken her to 49 of the 50 states, as well as Canada and Europe. She has been seen on Broadway and regional theatres in such productions as Les Misérables, Ragtime, Sunset Boulevard and Cats. Gutzi had a recurring role as Dodds in the ABC television series “Last Resort” and was recently seen in a pivotal role in “Hawaii 5-O.” She has taught musical theatre for three years at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and continues to provide performance coaching to her many students all over the U.S. including the Hawaiian Islands. Gutzi is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Melina Kalomas
Melina Kalomas (Franca Naccarelli) is thrilled to make her SCR debut. Her theatre credits include the first national tour of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein; national tours of Les Misérables (as Madeleine) and Camelot (as Nimue); Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory); A Man of No Importance (Lillian Theater, with Good People Theatre Company); The Light in the Piazza (South Bay Civic Light Opera); Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Des McAnuff); The Melody Lingers On, opposite Kathryn Crosby (El Portal Theatre); La Boheme (Opera Pacific); Shenandoah (West Virginia Public Theatre); Gypsy and Oklahoma (Moonlight Amphitheatre); and Desert Song (Fullerton Civic Light Opera, where she won a Drama-Logue Award for Best Supporting Actress). Her television credits include “As the World Turns” and NBC’s “Grimm.” Kalomas earned her BFA from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

John-David Keller
John-David Keller (Priest) is a member of SCR’s resident acting company. He has been with the company since 1973 as both an actor and director. He has directed A Christmas Carol for its entire 34-year history. Among his other SCR directing credits are Godspell, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, In Fashion, The Real Inspector Hound (SCR’s first Equity show), Peg O’ My Heart and Tomfoolery. He has also acted in more than 100 productions at SCR. He recently appeared in the production of Anton Chekov’s Ivanov at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the The Antaeus Company. Keller is the concert host for the Orange County Philharmonic Society’s fifth grade concerts. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and The Antaeus Company.

Martin Kildare
Martin Kildare (Roy Johnson) previously appeared at SCR as Max in The Real Thing. He has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King, A Raisin in the Sun, Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector and The Herbal Bed; off-Broadway in Pride’s Crossing (Lincoln Center Theater), Honor and the River (Theatre Row), Candida (Pearl Theatre Company) and Labor Day (Manhattan Theatre Club); and as Bill Austin in the national tour of Mamma Mia!. Regionally he acted with more than 20 companies including the Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, Folger Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Studio Arena, and the California, Alabama and Utah Shakespeare festivals. His television credits include “Desperate Housewives,” “Enlightened,” “Big Love,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order,” “Las Vegas,” “Numb3rs,” “CSI: New York,” “Hit the Floor,” “Ed,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Journeyman,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Deadline” and others. He received his BA from Stanford University, his MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre, and has participated in international fellowships at Theatre des Amandiers in Paris and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Erin Mackey
Erin Mackey (Clara Johnson) is originally from Fullerton and is making her SCR debut. She was last seen on Broadway as Oona O’Neill in Chaplin: The Musical. Her other Broadway credits include Anything Goes (Hope), Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked (Glinda). She also performed as Glinda in the Chicago and Los Angeles companies of Wicked. She recently appeared as Christine in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of Phantom. Her film and television credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Family Affair,” “Do Over” and The Parent Trap. She has had the pleasure of performing with the Long Beach Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Pops and Florida Orchestra and can be heard on the original cast albums of Chaplin and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Madison Mitchell
Madison Mitchell (Ensemble) is humbled and honored to be making her SCR debut in this beautiful show alongside this talented cast. Her theatre credits include the national tours of Cats (30th anniversary, Demeter) and regional productions of Oklahoma!, Monty Python’s Spamalot! (Musical Theatre West), Legally Blonde (3-D Theatricals), Jo March in Little Women and Luisa in The Fantasticks. Mitchell recently originated the role of Celeste in the world premiere of Higher Education, created by Tony Award-winning producers Tim and Pamela Kashani. She also had the pleasure of performing alongside Patrick Cassidy in the 29th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E. LA) and with The Vixens at the 64th Annual Emmy’s Creative/Governor’s Ball.

Christopher Newell
Christopher Newell (Giuseppe Naccarelli) is honored to make his debut at SCR and explore his Italian heritage. His Los Angeles theatre credits include Part of the Plan (aka The Dan Fogelberg Musical), Oklahoma (Musical Theatre West) and 1940s Radio Hour (Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities). His New York credits include Moonlight and Magnolias (42nd Street, Studio), For Christ’s Sake (Dodger Stages), Henry V and The Tempest (American Globe) and Matthew Passion (St. John Theatre). Regional credits include Les Misérables (Arkansas Repertory), Biloxi Blues and The Pirates of Penzance (St. Michaels Playhouse) and Meet Me In St Louis (Westchester Broadway Theatre). He was in the Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Minskoff Theatre) and the first national tour of Oklahoma! His television and film credits include “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “A Girls Guide to Depravity,” Kill on Sight, War Bride and Vena Amoris. On the commercial front, he’s been in ads for Toyota, Bosch and Acura, among others. He also sings with the classic/pop group A.R.I.A. He will star this spring in a new film entitled Extraction about the exploits of a mercenary preacher.

Perry Ojeda
Perry Ojeda (Signor Naccarelli) made his SCR debut last season in The Fantasticks. He has appeared on Broadway in On the Town, Blood Brothers and Imaginary Friends; in London’s West End in Dolly West’s Kitchen; and off-Broadway in Die, Mommie, Die! and Babes in Arms (New York City Center ENCORES!). He has performed at hundreds of regional theatres across the country including The Old Globe, Goodspeed Opera House, San Jose Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Center Theatre Group, Arena Stage, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, St. Louis’ The Muny, GeVa Theatre Center and The Blank Theatre as well as in several national tours. On television and in film, Ojeda has been featured on “Imagination Movers,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Eli Stone,” “Days of our Lives,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” The Day Lincoln Was Shot and the award-winning short, Pride. He received his training at Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan (School of Music in the Musical Theatre Program) under Brent Wagner. He has also studied voice with Ira Siff and Virginia Stewart and acting and comedy with Lesly Kahn. More at

Louis Pardo
Louis Pardo (Ensemble) is honored to be performing in SCR’s The Light in the Piazza. He most recently was seen portraying animation icon Ub Iwerks in When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney. His other stage credits include West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony (A-Rab) and the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (understudy for Simon and Judas). His other regional work includes the Southern California regional premiere of Avenue Q (Princeton, Rod); Pippin (Pippin), The Full Monty (Jerry); The Who’s Tommy (Cousin Kevin) and Evita (Che). He has also been in readings for Chess (Freddie), Bells are Ringing (Dr. Kitchell) and City of Angels (Munoz). Pardo also performs with the educational touring company of The Imagination Machine and in the spring will portray Iago in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at Disney’s California Adventure. 
Creative Team
Kent Nicholson (Director) is happy to return to South Coast Repertory after directing How to Write a New Book for the Bible last season. His directing credits include shows for Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, the Weston Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, TheatreWorks and Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival. Musicals he has directed include critically acclaimed productions of Lizzie, Saint Ex, Grey Gardens, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Long Story Short. Other credits include 9 Circles by Bill Cain, Small Tragedy by Craig Lucas, Satellites by Diana Son, Five Flights and Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock. A noted developer of both new plays and musicals, Nicholson has worked as a director and producer on world premieres of works by artists as diverse as Liz Duffy Adams, Adam Bock, Sheila Callaghan, Dave Eggers, Richard Greenberg, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, and Stephen Schwartz to name a few. He currently serves as the director of musical theatre and literary associate at Playwrights Horizons in New York.

Dennis Castellano (Musical Direction) has musically directed the SCR productions of The Fantasticks, Cloudlands, Ordinary Days, Putting It Together, An Italian Straw Hat, A Little Night Music, A Christmas Carol, Happy End, Sunday in the Park with George and A Chorus of Disapproval. His other recent credits include The Producers, Monty Python’s Spamalot (both with Gary Beach), Sugar, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, The Music Man (with Shirley Jones), Crazy for You, Annie Get Your Gun and Funny Girl (Sacramento Music Circus); Oklahoma!, Hairspray, Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The King and I (Musical Theatre West); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls (McCoy Rigby Entertainment); and Me and My Girl and A Chorus Line (The Music Theatre of Wichita). Castellano serves as the head of the music theatre program at the University of California, Irvine, and is very proud of his many students performing on musical theatre stages around the country.

Kelly Todd (Choreography), a UCLA theatre graduate, has directed, choreographed and performed in musicals in Los Angeles and New York. She is a proud resident artist at the Chance Theater, where some of her favorite projects have been West Side Story, for which she received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) 2012 Special Award for Fight Choreography, and Triassic Parq in 2013 and Jerry Springer: The Opera in 2011 both of which won the Ovation Award for Best Musical in an Intimate Theatre and garnered her Ovation Award nominations for Best Choreography and the professional world premiere of The Girl, The Grouch, and The Goat by the Tony Award-winning composer of Urinetown, Mark Hollman. She was named Southern California’s Choreographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by StageSceneLA. Other credits include Ivy and Bean, The Musical, Absurd Person Singular and Seussical at SCR, The Who’s Tommy at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and two world premieres, Keep Movin’ On, featuring the music of Sam Cooke, and What’s Going On, featuring the music of Marvin Gaye

Neil Patel (Scenic Design) previously designed The Language Archive, On the Jump, Hurrah at Last and Collected Stories at SCR. His designs are well-known on and off Broadway and at regional theaters and opera houses in the United States and abroad. Patel designed the original productions of Water by the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize), Side Man (Tony Award Best Play), Dinner with Friends (Pulitzer Prize), Collected Stories, American Night, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Adoration of the Old Woman, Quills, The Grey Zone, Reasons to Be Happy, The Mercy Seat, Some Girl(s), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, A Question of Mercy, The Language Archive, [title of show], Madame Mao, Anna Karenina, Pilobolus’ Shadowland, the HBO series “In Treatment” (Peabody Award), and the feature film Some Velvet Morning (TriBeCa Films).

Leah Piehl (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she designed The Motherf**ker with the Hat and the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Robin Hood and The Borrowers. Her other select credits include The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group); Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theatre/Center Theatre Group); The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theater); Stardust (REDCAT); Intimate Apparel (LADCC winner Best Costume Design); The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse, Ovation nominated); The Doctor’s Dilemma and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (A Noise Within); Paradise Lost (Intiman Theatre); Futura, The Pain and the Itch, Tartuffe (The Theatre@Boston Court); bobrauschenbergamerica, Tree (Inside the Ford); Boom, Men of Tortuga (Furious Theatre Company); Saudade (UCLA Live); Full Still Hungry (Ford Amphitheater); LoveWater (The Open Fist Theatre Company); Robots vs. Fake Robots, Boomerang Kid (The Powerhouse Theatre); 911 (REDCAT); and Someone in Florida Loves Me (Paradise Factory, NYC). She recently designed the feature film All Stars. Her work has been featured at MOMA, Art Basel Miami, and 2010 Whitney Biennial. Piehl teaches at USC; she has a BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA in costume design from CalArts.

Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design) has designed regionally for SCR, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage and Evidence Room. His New York design credits include The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Performance Space 122 and Kitchen Theatre Company. He is the lighting/video designer for ChameckiLerner Dance Company (Costumes by God, Visible Content, Hidden Forms, I Mutantes Seras, Por Favor and Não Me Deixe), which has performed in the United States and Brazil. Awards have included the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, an Ovation award, multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a “Drammy” for best lighting, as well as a Lucille Lortel nomination for The Good Negro at The Public Theater. Chu is on the lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

Michael K. Hooker (Sound Design) s thrilled to return to SCR having previously designed Becky Shaw, Goldfish and Our Mother’s Brief Affair. On Broadway, he designed Looped, starring Valerie Harper, as well as the Looped national tour, starring Stephanie Powers. Regional credits include Sunday in the Park with George at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sweeney Todd at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as shows at Pasadena Playhouse, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He spent six years as senior media designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he produced sound for Disney theme parks worldwide, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. Recent Disney projects include music production for the Disney Dream cruise ship. Currently, he serves as head of the sound design program at the University of California, Irvine.

Philip D. Thompson (Dialect Coach) teaches voice and speech at the University of California, Irvine, and works as a voice and dialect coach for professional and university productions. He is certified as a master teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. This is his 23rd production at SCR. He has served as resident coach for 14 seasons at Utah Shakespearean Festival. He has coached at Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others, including numerous productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He is the past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

Jamie A. Tucker (Stage Manager) is excited to be in his 12th season at SCR. ucker completed his MFA in dance, specializing in stage management, at the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Since coming to SCR, he has stage-managed or assisted on 63 productions. Some of his favorites have been the world premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain, The Violet Hour and The Dazzle; Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; and Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade. Other favorites include Elemeno Pea, Jitney, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Anna in the Tropics, The Trip to Bountiful, A View from the Bridge, Chinglish, Death of a Salesman and Hamlet. He has had the pleasure of working seven seasons on La Posada Mágica and six seasons at the helm of A Christmas Carol. If you can’t find him in the theatre, he is likely to be riding his bike through the canyons of South Orange County. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Jennifer Ellen Butler (Assistant Stage Manager) has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for 11 seasons and more than 40 productions. Her other theatre credits include Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, California Shakespeare Theatre, TheatreWorks, Perseverance Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She has also stage managed operas for Long Beach Opera and Pacific Repertory Opera. Butler has a BA in theatre arts from University of California, Santa Cruz and has been a member of Actors’ Equity since 2007.
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