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Feb. 14, 2015

Presenting our 2015 Directors and Choreographers

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jcsJesus Christ Superstar
Directed by Erik Scanlon
Musical Direction by Ben Prince
Choreography by Alex Rodriguez with Mentor Josh Prince (Broadway’s Beautiful and Shrek)
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Directed by Eliza Leoni
Musical Direction by David Möschler
Choreography by Nicole Helfer
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rocky2Special 15th Anniversary Event!
The Rocky Horror Show

Directed by Jason Hoover
Musical Direction by David Brown
Choreography by Bobby Bryce
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Jan. 20, 2015

ROLT earns 10 SFBATCC Award Nominations

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ROLT sends big congratulations to all the SFBATCC nominees and a special shout out to ours. The awards will be held March 9th at the Victoria Theatre. More info:

Triassic Parq
Wendy Kaufman: Costume Design
Joe D’Emilio: Lighting Design
Alex Kirschner: Direction
Annie Dauber: Set Design
Original Script
Original Music

Yeast Nation
Amanda Angott: Costume Design
Joe D’Emilio: Lighting Design

Oct. 16, 2014

#TBT “How do you make five guys and a cast of sixteen sound like a thirty-piece orchestra with full chorus?”: Robbie Cowan on Orchestrating Sweeney Todd

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"Did someone say 'impossible task?' I got this"
Robbie “Did someone say ‘impossible task?'” Cowan

This week’s #TBT comes from Robbie Cowan, who music directed and orchestrated our 2012 production of Sweeney Todd, transforming the original thirty-piece orchestration into a five-piece chamber version. His work on the show was called “luminous” and “in the same class as the best of Ligeti, Part, and Adams,” and earned him a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination. Robbie also music directed our Triassic Parq this summer, and is currently the conductor and music director on the second national tour of Anything Goes.

Sweeney-Todd - long
Swing your razor wide.

When I saw ROLT’s Tommy, I was impressed with the production values. A small, regional theatre with practically no outside funding put on a show whose spectacle rivaled that of most touring productions I was seeing come through town? I just couldn’t fathom how they managed.

A short time later, I found out first-hand. When I was asked to music direct Sweeney Todd, I was tasked with creating an orchestration that sounded as rich and full as audiences would expect but was made of only five players. How do you make five guys and a cast of sixteen sound like a thirty-piece orchestra with full chorus?

This scrappy theater company taught me the value in embracing your limitations. Instead of lamenting a lack of resources, you instead use those boundaries as creative inspiration. The director Ben Randle and I created an orchestral design that was intimate and kept people on the edge of their seats, where fewer players made for a more transparent interpretation of the score. At the end of the experience it wasn’t the reviews and accolades that I appreciated–it was the understanding that with the right people and the right attitude, almost anything is possible.


And just because we can’t resist, here’s Robbie “auditioning” for our production of Into the Woods last year:

Sep. 18, 2014

Triassic Parq Nominated for 11 TBA Awards!

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Theatre Bay Area’s TBA Award finalists have been announced…and Triassic Parq is an eleven-time nominee:

Overall Musical Production
Alex Kirschner for Direction
Robbie Cowan for Musical Direction
Wendy Ross Kaufman for Costume Design
Annie Dauber for Set Design
Joe D’Emilio for Lighting Design
Lewis Rawlinson for Principal Male Actor in a Musical
Alex Rodriguez for Featured Male Actor in a Musical
Chelsea Holifield for Featured Female Actor in a Musical
Monica Turner for Featured Female Actor in a Musical
Acting Ensemble in a Musical

Congratulations to all the finalists!

If you missed it, catch our live-tweets of the nomination rollout–and #fakebwaytrivia–on our Twitter feed!

Jun. 04, 2014

Triassic Parq is a TBA-Recommended Production!

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Ray of Light’s Triassic Parq, now playing at the Eureka Theatre, has been selected as a TBA Awards Recommended Production by the awards program adjudicators.
May. 22, 2014

Celebrate Harvey Milk Day with ROLT and a Great Cause

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Today we celebrate Harvey Milk Day.


Harvey Milk made greater freedom of expression possible for everyone. Triassic Parq, with its themes of acceptance and human sexuality, would not be possible without Harvey and activists like him.

To show our gratitude, we’re donating 25% of all tickets sales to the Harvey Milk Foundation through Monday. 

See great new theatre in San Francisco and support a great San Francisco cause all at once! Buy tickets now.


May. 16, 2014

Ray of Light Wins Three SFBATCC Awards

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Congratulations to all the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award-winners, and especially our own David Möschler (music director, Into the Woods), Lauren Rosi (choreographer, Into the Woods), and Erik Scanlon (specialities-projections, CARRIE the Musical)!

We live-tweeted the ceremony, as always. Follow us on Twitter at @roltheatre!

Apr. 29, 2014

ROLT Alum James Monroe Iglehart Nominated for a Tony!

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James Monroe Iglehart, beloved Bay Area actor and director of Ray of Light’s 2005 Bat Boy, has been nominated for a Tony for his work in Broadway’s Aladdin. James has earned deservedly rave reviews for his performance as the Genie. Congratulations, James!

See the full list of this year’s nominations here:

Apr. 22, 2014

What the #1$@ is Triassic Parq?

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We know you may have some questions…

Mar. 20, 2014

Ray of Light Nominated for SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards

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We’re delighted to be nominated for Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for our 2013 season!

The Nominations:

Into the Woods
David Möschler (Music Director)
Lauren Rosi (Choreographer)

CARRIE the Musical
Amanda Folena (Choreographer)
Cristina Ann Oeschger (Principal Musical-Female)
Heather Orth (Featured Musical-Female)
Ben Prince (Music Director)
Erik Scanlon Productions (Specialties-Projection Design)
Entire Production

More information on the awards, including the May 5th gala, at