Nikki Arias (Stepmother) is thrilled to return to Ray of Light after the raunchy epicness that was Jerry Springer the Opera. Recent works include Boxcar’s memorable productions of Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Hedwig #5) and Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette) and the San Francisco premiere of Xanadu: The Musical (Melpomene) at NCTC. Nikki has 14 Lamplighters productions under her operetta belt. Other favorites include Into the Woods (The Witch), Oliver! (Nancy), Hair (Dionne), West Side Story (Rosalia) and Rocky Horror Show (Columbia). ACLO’s production of Sweeney Todd earned her a local award for her take on the Beggar Woman.
Derek Travis Collard (Narrator/Mysterious Man) is thrilled to return to Ray of Light with this production of Into the Woods. Recent shows include The Fullhttp://rayoflighttheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/tedzoldanwebversion.jpg Monty with Ray of Light; Knuffle Bunny, Pinkalicious and A Year With Frog and Toad with Bay Area Children’s Theatre; A Christmas Carol and She Loves Me (CenterREP); Little Shop of Horrors (Shellie Award Winner), Hairspray and Oliver! (CCMT); Jubilee, Wildcat and High Spirits (42nd Street Moon). Other Regional credits: Angels (Pre-Broadway), Christmas Carol, Nunsense A-Men, The Gold Wuthakee (Lincoln Center), A Funny Thing Happened … Forum, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Funny (Old Globe Theatre), Pageant, Sweeney Todd, Rocky Horror Show, Drood!. Moose Barooo!
Marisa Cozart (Baker’s Wife) is returning to Ray of Light Theatre after last being in Assassins (Housewife/Ensemble). Other credits include: Maria in The Sound Of Music (Tri-Valley Rep), Woman #2 in Songs for an New World (Diablo Theatre Company), Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown (Tri-Valley Rep) and Miss. Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Contra Costa Civic Theatre). Outside of theatre Marisa works for Safeway in their HR department and attends SFSU. For D and S.
Jerry A. Deal (Steward) is ecstatic to be returning to the stage. Jerry hails from the farmlands of Northwest Ohio where he caught greased pigs and maneuvered manure spreaders. In San Francisco he’s been seen in NCTC’s A Queer Carol. Prior to San Francisco he performed nationally with Playhouse Merced, Townsend Opera Players, Millbrook Playhouse, Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals, as well as Columbus Children’s, Mill Mountain and Wagon Wheel Theatres. Favorite productions have been Fully Committed, Cabaret and A Funny Thing… This fall Jerry will be reprising his role as Sister Mary Amnesia in Kay Meek Theatre’s production of Nunsense A-Men! in Vancouver, Canada.
Danielle DiPaola (Florinda/Sleeping Beauty) is beyond thrilled to return to the Eureka with Ray of Light and feels so blessed to be working on her favorite show of all time. As a little girl, Danielle dreamt of moving to Disneyland and working professionally as a princess, so this is almost her fairy tale ending. She has appeared in productions with CCCT and Broadway by the Bay and tries to bring as much dramatic flair to the Eventbrite HQ on a daily basis as her coworkers will allow. Danielle holds a BA in Theater from St. Mary’s College and has also studied extensively at A.C.T. @danideesf
Austin Ferris (The Baker) is honored to be making his ROLT debut and to be performing in one of his favorite shows. He was last seen in Gutenberg! The Musical and Emo! The Musical with Beards Beards Beards: A Theatre Company. Other credits include Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), and West Side Story. By day, Austin works as an elementary and middle school PE teacher at North Star Academy, where he also works on the school musicals. Austin often journeys into the woods on weekends to work on his family’s mountain vineyard and to hike, swim and hide his food from bears.
John Flaw (The Wolf) was born in the back of a bus and raised by a pack of urban raccoons in the rough-and-tumble streets of Brisbane, California. John currently writes and performs with local band Vagabondage (www.vagabondageband.com) and can be found behind a microphone as a regular cast member and writer for old-timey radio comedy troupe 915 Cayuga (www.915cayuga.com). When he’s not soaking up attention on stage (or putting html links in his bio) he can be found communicating with woodland creatures and emptying countless bottles of cheap hooch.
Angela Jarosz (Cinderella’s Mother/Granny) performs with San Francisco Bay Area companies including San Francisco Parlor Opera, Opera on Tap, The Lamplighters, Bay Area Classical Harmonies and San Francisco Waffle Opera. She has recently been recognized as a first round finalist in the Classical Singer Vocal Competition. Favorite roles include Lucy in G.C. Menotti’s The Telephone, Clorinde in Isouard’s Cendrillon, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mlle. Silberklang in Mozart’s The Impresario and Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Angela holds degrees from Roosevelt University as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; she continues to study with the esteemed Jane Randolph.
Michelle Jasso (The Witch) is delighted to return to ROLT, having last appeared as the Beggar Woman in their 2012 production of Sweeney Todd. Last seen as one of eight (count ‘em!) Hedwigs in Boxcar Theatre’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Michelle most recently directed the cabaret showcase Anywhere But Here for Goat Hall Productions. Michelle has appeared locally with Custom Made Theatre Company, Wily West Productions, SF Theatre Pub, SF Olympians Festival and with Cutting Ball Theatre; nationally she has sung leading and supporting roles with Portland Opera, with Opera Grand Rapids (MI) and with Ensemble Green in Los Angeles.
Allison Meneley (Little Red) is thrilled and grateful to be playing one of her favorite roles in her Ray of Light debut! She was last seen as a bitter Princess in “Disenchanted” (OMG! Productions) and as Maureen with Pacific Coast Rep’s production of “RENT”. As a University of California Irvine Alum, Allison is proud of all she has learned in her theater career, especially during her stay in NY where she trained and performed with some of the best mentors in the theater world! It is due to the love of her friends and family that has gotten her to where she is now and she couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative! So this performance is for all of you who have supported me for so long! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you! Quick Lesson from Little Red: “Don’t talk to strangers!”
Courtney Merrell (Cinderella) 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, Rose/Snake/Fox in The Little Prince, all with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival; Viola/Cesario in Twelfth Night with St. Louis Shakespeare; 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!
David Naughton (Cinderella’s Prince) comes from a talented family of entertainers. He studied acting at the Shelton Studios in San Francisco, and his credits include: Beyond Therapy (Bruce), Zombie Vixens from Hell (World Premier), Eurydice (Orpheus) and now Into the Woods. He is honored to be a part of this fun story and superb cast. Enjoy the show!
Caitlin O’Leary (Lucinda/Snow White) is completely thrilled, not only be making her San Francisco debut with Ray of Light, but also to venture “Into the Woods” for the second time (the first as Sleeping Beauty/Granny with Broadway by the Bay)! A graduate of CSUEB’s Theatre and Dance Department, Caitlin was the first recipient of the Carol Channing Friends of the Arts Scholarship. She has performed in many shows throughout the Bay Area, most notably the West Coast Premiere of 9 to 5: The Musical (Violet Newstead, CMTSJ), Chicago (Velma Kelly, CSUEB), White Christmas (Ensemble, DTC), and Hairspray (Brenda, CCMT).
Melissa Reinertson (Rapunzel) is delighted to be a part of Into the Woods. Recent graduate of the UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program. Favorite productions: Meet Me In St. Louis (Rose Smith), Company (April), A Chorus Line (Val/Bebe), Angels In America (Hannah, Ethel, Henry), Les Miserables (Ensemble), Singin’ In the Rain (Kathy u/s, Ensemble), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). Thank you to all of my teachers for the inspiration and gifts. Hugs and kisses to my family and TFT Class of 2012.
Nancy Sale (Jack’s Mother) is a longtime Bay Area actor and a 2010 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee for Best Actress in a Musical (White Christmas, Martha Watson, Diablo Theatre Company). Other favorite roles: Julie Jordan, Fiona, Miss Mona, Ethel (On Golden Pond), Lettice (Lettice and Lovage), Lady Bracknell, Jack’s Mother (Into the Woods with my own son, Jack , as Jack! @ CTA Theatre), Mother Kate (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Irene Malloy, Countess De Lage (The Women). Since retirement as a public school Drama teacher, Nancy has also found exciting times in commercials and film.
Kyle Stoner (Jack) is so grateful to be making his first appearance with Ray of Light in one of his absolute favorite musicals. Since he began performing in the spring of 2010, he has appeared with various companies including Lamplighters, Napa Valley Broadway Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse, Diablo Theatre Company, and most recently in CARNIVAL! with 42nd Street Moon. Favorite performances include Rolf (Sound of Music), Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tulsa (Gypsy), Yvan (ART), and as himself in the world premiere of The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged).
Bill Tankovich (Cinderella’s Father) is thrilled to be a part of his third production with Ray of Light, previously accompanying them to hell and back in Jerry Springer: The Opera and workin’ hard for the money in The Full Monty. Most recently Bill played a villainous drug dealer in Chetty’s Lullaby which told the tragic demise of Chet Baker, and Juror #12 in Teatro Vagon’s powerful production of Twelve Angry Men. Special thanks to Mike S. for removing the fear and helping me go Into the Woods.
Ted Zoldan (Rapunzel’s Prince) is thrilled to return to ROLT, where he appeared in 2011′s Assassins. A proud alumni of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has also appeared with Bay Area companies such as Cinnabar Theatre, New Music Theatre SF and The Lamplighters. Favorite roles include Jimmy in 110 in the Shade, Barfée in …Spelling Bee, Hysterium in …Forum, Harry in Company and the title role in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Ted is also a director (San Francisco Pocket Opera, Opera San Jose), playwright and a founding member of San Francisco Waffle Opera.