Nikita Burshteyn (Tommy Ross) is thrilled to be making his debut with Ray of Light Theatre for this production of CARRIE the Musical. Currently a student at College of Alameda, Nikita has been in many other productions. His most recent work was with Contra Costa Civic Theatre where he was involved with two productions, back to back, beginning with the performance as Cain and Japheth (Children of Eden) followed by Henry (Next To Normal). Earlier credits include Matt (The Fantasticks) and Georg (Spring Awakening), both at the historic Altarena Playhouse.
Samantha Cardenas (Norma) is thrilled to be making her Ray of Light debut! She recently received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California. Favorite roles include Cosette (Les Misérables), Jemima (Cats), Angel City 4 (City of Angels), and Papagena (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte). Samantha was also originated the role of Brittany Polk in the original musical Reality Check!, which made its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. She would like to express the utmost gratitude to ROLT and to her friends and family who always support and encourage her.
Jessica Coker (Miss Gardner) is so happy to be back with her ROLT family for this production. Previous Ray of Light credits include Jerry Springer the Opera (Shawntel), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta) and Songs for a New World (Woman 2). Jessica also premiered her first solo cabaret show Sing But Don’t Tell with ROLT’s Cabaret Spotlight Series. Other favorite projects include Tales of the City at ACT, 8-track Sounds of the 70’s at TOSPS and Asphalt Beach at Theatreworks. Jessica is a founder and original member of the San Francisco based cabaret group B.O.O.B.S. (www.boobs-cabaret.com) and a solo recording artist with TIBC. So much love to her new husband Rob.
Molly Clancy (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of CARRIE in her Ray of Light Debut! Past credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Starving Artists Shakespeare Company), Ophelia in Jump: A Love Story (School of Theater of Cruelty) and Do It Live’s Groundworks staged readings and sketch comedy nights. Molly graduated with a BA in Theatre from San Francisco State, where she received a book award for distinguished achievement in directing. Love to Lo, Shmo and Chlo!
Chloe Condon (Frieda) is excited to come back the Victoria Theatre after being sassy and pregnant in ROLT’s Jerry Springer the Opera! Recent credits include Babe in Crimes of the Heart (Altarena Playhouse), Linda English in Pal Joey (42nd Street Moon), Woman #2 in My Way- A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Diablo Theatre Company), Penny in Hairspray (Broadway by the Bay) and Kira in the SF premiere of Xanadu (New Conservatory Theatre Center). She can next be seen as Sally Brown in Snoopy!!! at 42nd Street Moon, and will then be sporting a pink wig as Frenchy in Grease with Diablo Theatre Company! Chloe is a graduate of SFSU and recipient of the Clarence Miller Scholarship in recognition of “outstanding work in the area of musical theatre”. www.ChloeCondon.com
Danny Cunningham (Mr. Stephens) is delighted to be performing with Ray of Light for the first time. Danny just wrapped up filming Season Two as Robby in the web series, The Ethical Slut. A retired professional dancer, Danny returned to performing in Broadway by the Bay’s Gypsy and Hairspray. Other Bay Area credits include Diablo Theatre’s Legally Blonde and Contra Costa Conservatory Theatre’s Sylvia. Danny has toured nationally and internationally with productions of West Side Story, A Chorus Line and Meet Me in St. Louis. A DeSales University graduate with a BA in Dance, Danny began his professional career as a principal dancer with The Dance Alloy. Danny serves as an adjudicator with Showstopper National Dance Competition.
Maria Duzon (Ensemble) is thrilled to perform in her third ROLT production, following The Full Monty and Jerry Springer the Opera, eliciting another round “you’re singing in what?!” reactions from her small-but-mighty fan club (love you, Mom). She was recently seen as Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee and Marta in Company; but — as a Puerto Rican soprano named Maria — she is really just biding her time until she can one day sing in West Side Story. Maria would like to thank her friends, family, and you, dear audience member, for supporting the wonderful, cultish world of SF theater.
Dan Hurst (George) grew up in the Bay Area doing theatre with Peninsula Youth Theatre and St. Francis High School. Dan graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. Some of his recent Bay Area credits include Ray of Light’s The Full Monty; The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio) with Notre Dame de Namur, Cats (Munkustrap), A Chorus Line (Don), and Hairspray (IQ) with Broadway by the Bay; and Sweet Charity with Center Rep. Along with performing, Dan has also choreographed for Peninsula Youth Theatre, the PYT Alumni Association, St. Francis High School and Hillbarn Summerstage.
Olivia Hytha (Helen) is super-stoked to be making her San Francisco debut with Ray of Light Theater in this awesome production! Past favorite roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Diablo Theatre Company), Anybodys in West Side Story (Tri-Valley Rep), Dainty June in Gypsy (Contra Costa Civic Theater), Ruthie Taylor in Bat Boy the Musical (Altarena & Tri-Valley Rep), Baby June in Gypsy (Altarena), Laurie in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Willows) and Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street (Town Hall). Olivia trains with A.C.T. Young Conservatory, studies voice with Betty Schneider and dances with Katie’s Dance Company. She is currently a student at Berkeley High School.
Riley Krull (Chris Hargensen) is proud to make her Ray of Light debut! Bay Area credits include: the World Premiere of Being Earnest with TheatreWorks (Cecily); the World Premiere of Another Way Home with Magic Theatre (Nora); the title role in Sugar with 42nd Street Moon; Spring Awakening with Altarena Playhouse; Legally Blonde with Diablo Theatre Company (Margot); The Little Foxes with Tides Theatre (Alexandra), and The Underpants with Custom Made Theatre Company (Louise). Riley is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For upcoming performances, videos and more: www.rileykrull.com
Sean Libiran (Ensemble) is truly thrilled to be performing with Ray of Light for the first time in this show, and even more excited to be in a show that isn’t West Side Story or Cats. He made the transition from dance to musical theatre two years ago, and has since been seen in Chicago (Featured Dancer) and West Side Story (Pepe/Dance Captain) with CCCT; Legally Blonde (Carlos) with Diablo Theatre Company; Cats (Pouncival/Quaxo) with Woodminster; West Side Story (Action) with TVRT and Cats (Skimbleshanks) with Broadway By the Bay.
Courtney Merrell (Sue Snell) is thrilled to make her San Francisco Theatre debut with Ray of Light this season. A recent transfer from New York, her previous credits include Moll in The Cradle Will Rock, Cherie in Bus Stop, Titania/Hippolyta in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ophelia in Hamlet and Rose/Snake/Fox in The Little Prince, all with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival; Viola/Cesario in Twelfth Night with St. Louis Shakespeare; and Athena in The Odyssey with the McCarter Theatre. She has a BMus and a BA from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. Thanks to everyone at ROL for this incredible opportunity!
Forest Neikirk (Billy Nolan), a recent graduate from the University of San Francisco, is extremely excited to be a part of CARRIE the Musical. First finding his love of theater at the Waldorf School of Buffalo, he has been lucky enough to have always found venues for following his passion, and support from his friends and family. Some of his past projects include Spring Awakening (Melchior), Godspell (Judas) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon). He would like to thank you for coming to see CARRIE the Musical, and hope that you enjoy watching it as much as he has enjoyed working on it!
Cristina Ann Oeschger (Carrie White) is ecstatic to be performing with the cast of CARRIE! A junior at Carlmont High School, Cristina is a member of the Carlmont Choirs, and played the role of Rusty in Footloose her Freshman year. She played the role of Nina in In the Heights at CMT this past spring, and also appeared in CMT Marquee’s production of Les Miserables last fall. Other favorite roles include Elle in Legally Blonde (BBBay), Patrice in 13 The Musical (BBBay) and Annie in Annie (ETC). After high school, Cristina hopes to major in musical theater and pursue a career in New York!
Matt Ono (Stokes) is delighted to make his Ray of Light debut! Past credits include the first national tour of The Magic School Bus: LIVE! (Liz) with Maximum Entertainment Productions. Favorite credits include Cinderella (Prince Christopher) with CCPA, The Wiz (Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper) with Berkeley Playhouse, Ivy and Bean (Eric/Dad) with BACT. “Givin it to the gods” for his friends and family. Enjoy!
Heather Orth (Margaret White) is delighted to be making her Ray of Light debut! Favorite past roles include Rose in Gypsy (Broadway by the Bay, Sierra Repertory Theatre), Mama Morton in Chicago (NDNU OnStage), The Stepmother in Cinderella (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Grizabella in Cats (Broadway by the Bay), Nettie in Carousel (Sierra Repertory Theatre), The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (NDNU OnStage), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Sierra Repertory Theatre), and butch lighting-designer extraordinaire Shirley Markowitz in The Producers (Foothill Music Theatre). All my love to Mom, Til, Nia-face, and the indefatigable Tony. www.HeatherOrth.com
Danny Quezada (Freddy) This is Danny’s first show with Ray of Light and he can’t express how excited he is. He is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), class of ’08. He currently works for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre and has been a Performer Educator for the last 5 years. Within the last year has performed with TVRT, Masquers Playhouse and CCCT performing in roles such as Sparky (Forever Plaid), Ethan (The Full Monty), Laurie (Little Women), Jay (Lost in Yonkers) and Baby John (West Side Story).
Maurice Andre San-Chez (Ensemble) holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from the University of Texas El Paso, most recent credits include the Berkeley Playhouse’s production of The Wiz, Bay Area Children’s Theatre Production of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, Pageant the Musical with RobbieWayne Productions where he played Miss West Coast, and as Various Characters for the Youth Aware Educational Theatre program with the New Conservatory Theatre Center, where he is also a teaching artist. Andre is a proud member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Thanks go out to Dad, Best Friend Stephanie, and Delta Lambda Phi for continued love and support. Andre is thrilled to be making his Ray of Light debut in CARRIE the Musical!
Kathryn Sullivan (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be making her Ray of Light debut in CARRIE the Musical. Most recently she was seen as Cynthia in In the Hands of the Raven at Arrowhead Productions. Her favorite roles include Lola in Damn Yankees, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Gladys in Pajama Game and Anna in Closer. Kathryn is a founding member of Found Theater Co., a Philadelphia-based company that creates original ensemble-based work by means of research and play. Kathryn loves teaching theater and dance to the youth of San Francisco and sends much love to Mum, Andy & Nickle. H.O.Y.
Jef Valentine (Mr. Stephens) Valentine returns to Ray of Light Theatre, where he previously appeared in The Rocky Horror Show. He has also appeared with San Jose Stage, Thrillpeddlers, Broadway by the Bay, Theatre Rhinoceros, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, Foul Play Productions, Artful Circle and Oregon Cabaret Theatre, among others. www.jefvalentine.com
Aaron Vanderbeek (Ensemble) is delighted to make his Ray of Light debut in CARRIE the Musical. Most recent credit is the World Premiere of A Match Made in Hell (The Devil’s Minion) with Sir Windsorbach Productions. Aaron is a proud veteran of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, where he first discovered his love for the stage. In early 2014 he will perform the role of Jacey Squires in The Music Man at Berkeley Playhouse. Thanks to my family and friends for their unending support, and to everyone that loves and supports musical theatre!