Maita Ponce (Mary) is delighted to be making her Ray of Light debut as Mary. She was last seen onstage as Christmas Eve in New Conservatory Theater Center’s “Avenue Q” and JB Presents’ “Best of Broadway”. A recent Bay Area resident, Maita performed lead for five years in Hong Kong Disneyland’s “The Golden Mickeys”. She has also done theater productions back in Manila: Trumpets’ “The Little Mermaid”, “Joseph the Dreamer”, “First Name”, New Voice Co.’s “Into The Woods”, Dulaang Sibol’s “Sinta!”, “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Once on this Island”. Her acting work also extends to film and television: “Bulong”, an exhibition film in 2008 Cannes Film Festival, “San Lazaro” in 2011, music videos for Pinoy rock bands and children’s television shows: ABS-CBN “Hirayamanawari” and “Bayani” where she sang the show’s theme. Maita dedicates her hardwork to her beautiful daughter, Sinta.
Janelle LaSalle (Jesus) is delighted to be making her performance debut at Ray of Light Theatre. Credits include Beauty and the Beast (Belle) with Berkeley Playhouse, Chicago (Velma Kelly) with Palo Alto Players, Dreamgirls (Deena Jones) with BBBay, Avenue Q (Gary Coleman) with NCTC, and Memphis (Felicia) with The Tabard Theatre (TBA Best Actress Nominee). As a professional recording artist, Janelle had produced two original albums and her music has been featured on national radio and television. This performance is dedicated to her favorite co-star: her unborn child due later this year. “Mommy and daddy can’t wait to meet you little Jelly Bean and already love you so very much.” www.janellelasalle.net
Melinda Campero (Simon) is excited to be a part of this bad ass cast of women! She was recently seen as Columbia in Ray of Light’s Rocky Horror Show – a role she’ll be reprising in 2018. Prior to that, she played Lisa in Debbie Does Dallas the musical with OMG! I love that Show! Productions and SF Oasis, and groupie-turned-rockstar Cristal Anderson in Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls at SF Oasis. Other past ROLT productions include Heathers (New Wave Girl), Yeast Nation (ensemble) and The Full Monty (Susan). She’s also been seen in independent San Francisco productions of Falsettoland (Trina), A New Brain (Rhoda & Homeless Lady), A Little Night Music (Charlotte & Fredrika) and The 25th Annual Spelling Bee (Logainne). Other favorite roles: Ronny (HAIR), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors), Kit Kat girl (Cabaret) and Housewife (Assassins).
Sarita Cannon (Priest) is delighted to return to the ROLT stage, having sung the role of Penny in the company’s production of Honk! in 2005. She has performed with several groups in the Bay Area, including Lamplighters Music Theatre, North Bay Stage Company, Goat Hall Productions, Opera Cultura, Oakland Opera Theater, and Lyric Theatre of San Jose. A champion of new music, Sarita has premiered works by Mark Alburger, John Bilotta, and Hector Armienta. She also sings with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and cantors at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley. By day, Sarita is associate professor of English at San Francisco State University.
Jennifer Mitchell (Priest) is delighted to make her Ray of Light debut in this show. Her recent credits include The Music Man (Marian) and Oklahoma! (Laurey), Broadway by the Bay; Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and Les Misérables (Cosette), Woodminster; A Christmas Carol (Catherine Hastings), Center REP; Beach Blanket Babylon (Snow White); Patience (Patience), Lamplighters; Le nozze di Figaro (Barbarina), Opera San José; The Light in the Piazza (Clara) and Carousel (Julie), Spreckels Theatre Company; The Boy Friend (Polly) and Where’s Charley? (Kitty), 42nd Street Moon. Jennifer also teaches voice privately. For more info: www.jenniferalexismitchell.com
Angel Adedokun (Peter) is a performer, songwriter, and bilingual vocalist. Angel has worked with the Latin company MundoBeat Entertainment and was featured as lead singer of Indianapolis Salsa band Grupo Bembe under the stage name Angelita. In 2015, Angel moved from Indianapolis to California and has since jumped into musical theatre. Her favorite stage credits include Hairspray (Lil Inez), SILENCE! The Musical (Ardelia Mapp), Annie (Lily St. Regis), and Iron Shoes “Second Girl”. Angel is stoked to return to the Ray of Light family and would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support! www.Angelnicole.us
April Deutschle (Apostle) is so thrilled to be joining Ray of Light for the first time. She is a local actor and clown here in the Bay Area. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Academy of Art University and is a resident performer with the witchy burlesque troupe Hex in the City, where you can see her perform outrageous solo acts such as eating massive amounts of whipped cream, to throwing up green blood. April wants to thank her father for his massive amount of support, love, and for always playing the JCS soundtrack. THE FUTURE IS FEMALE!
Madeline Lambie (Apostle) is honored to appear in this all-female cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. This is Madeline’s second production with Ray of Light, where she was last seen in the ensemble cast of Reefer Madness. Madeline regularly performs in Bay Area R&B singing group Ja Ronn & FLOW and has appeared in several local showcases by JB Presents including Holiday Big Band Bash and Best of Broadway. She thanks her mom and dad for traveling from Portland to see her in every show.
LeighAnn Cannon (Apostle) is excited to be making her Ray of Light debut! She has been performing in the Bay Area since she was a young girl, and holds a BA in both acting and directing from Muhlenberg College. Most recently she was seen portraying Varuca Salt in the BACT tour of Willy Wonka, as well as playing multiple roles in the new anthology play The Grateful Deadly at The Exit Theatre. Other credits include Katherine in Max Gutmann’s What You Will (Pear Theatre), originating Rose in Boxcar Theatre’s The Speakeasy SF, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus (Hillbarn Theatre), Raz (original) in Hanna Pesha’s The Cave at Slutsk (Theatre of Yugen), Jesus Christ Superstar (Coastal Rep.), and Bertha in Hello, From Bertha (Muhlenberg College).
Audrey Baker (Apostle) is honored to be performing alongside this talented cast of brilliant, powerful, beautiful women. You may have seen at Ray of Light as a reefer zombie in Reefer Madness, or a lamb in SILENCE! The Musical. Additionally, Audrey played Kate Monster/Lucy in NCTC’s Avenue Q the last two seasons, Muriel in NCTC’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Julie in Faultline Theater’s production of Tinderella; The Modern Musical. A Cal Berkeley graduate and Bay Area native, Audrey spends her days working in communications and public relations for social change.
Amy Alvino (Priest) is thrilled to make her Bay Area Debut with this amazing company! OFF-BROADWAY: Dream Street (Original Cast, Laura/Cassie). NYC THEATRE: Urinetown, (Hope Cladwell: NYC Innovative Theatre Award Nomination). REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Titanic (Ensemble: 5 Helen Hayes Nominations), Chalice Theatre: South Pacific (Nellie), Once Upon Bedtime (Capital Fringe), Songreader (Capital Fringe, Original Cast), Temple Theatre Company: The Addams Family (Morticia), Yorktown Stage: All Shook Up (Mayor Matilda Hyde), A Christmas Carol (Sally), Paramount Theatre: Annie (Grace), Noises Off (Brooke). RECORDINGS: Stage Star Records: The Music Man (Mrs. Squires). EDUCATION: Elon University and T. Schreiber Studio Acting Conservatory.
Rachel Witte (Apostle) is thrilled to be making her west coast stage debut in Ray of Light Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Favorite past roles include: Cinderella (Into the Woods), Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), Logainne (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Sally Bowles (Cabaret) and Kathy (The Last Five Years). Rachel is a proud New Jersey native! She is so grateful to her friends and family for their endless love and support. This one’s for you, Peg & Chas!
Cecily Schmidt (Apostle) is excited to be back with Ray of Light after appearing in Reefer Madness last season. Other recent credits include Phèdre with Cutting Ball and Spelling Bee with Bay Area Musicals. She holds a BA in Theatre and Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley. She is incredibly grateful to be sharing the stage with this badass tribe of women. This is for the woman who does it all, my mom.
Jillian Bader (Priest) grew up in the Bay Area, and has recently returned after 10 years away. During that time she performed at various theme parks and theatres in southern California and Orlando, and spent a year at sea singing on Azamara Club Cruises. Some of her favorite roles include Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Sarah (Guys and Dolls), Maureen (Rent) and Rona (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). She’s thrilled to be a part of this fantastic show, and would like to thank her incredibly patient new husband for watching our puppy while she’s at rehearsal!
Crystal Liu (Apostle) is grateful to make her Ray of Light debut in this bold production. Recent performance credits include NCTC’s YouthAware program, Tuck ‘n’ Roll Players’ Cyberotica!, and Theatre Rhinoceros’ Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Crystal holds a BA in theatre from Yale University, as well as several awards and nominations for her work as a playwright focusing on queer Asian America. She is also a member/accomplice of the Thrillpeddlers (currently incarnated as ‘Palace of Trash’) and thanks them for their love, support, and beauty.
Heather Orth (Caiaphas) returns to Ray of Light after previously appearing as Margaret White in CARRIE (BATCC Award nomination) and Jan-the-Unnamed in Yeast Nation. She most recently has been seen in Peter and the Starcatcher at Hillbarn Theatre, The Secret Garden at 42nd Street Moon, and Sister Act and James and the Giant Peach at Berkeley Playhouse. Other favorite roles include Rose in Gypsy (Broadway by the Bay and Sierra Repertory Theatre), the Edies in Grey Gardens (Custom Made Theatre Co., TBA Award nomination & BATCC Award), and Luce in The Boys From Syracuse (42nd Street Moon, TBA Award).
Courtney Merrell (Pilate) cannot think of a better way to honor her Christmas birthday than to condemn Jesus to death as Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. Before donning a laurel wreath, she played Kathleen and other supporting roles in Ragtime at Berkeley Playhouse. She finished 2017 reprising the role of Janet in Rocky Horror Show with Ray of Light Theatre, and looks forward to returning to the lab in the fall. Before that she was Tammy in Debbie Does Dallas with Oasis SF and Cathy in The Last Five Years at PianoFight. A regular performer in the Bay Area, some of her favorite projects include originating the role of Bryce in The Cable Car Nymphomaniac with FOGG, and playing Sue in CARRIE the Musical and Cinderella in Into the Woods, both with Ray of Light. Other credits include Jan-the-Sweet in Yeast Nation (Ray of Light), Renate in The Diplomats (Dark Porch Theatre), Ophelia in Hamlet and Cherie in Bus Stop (OST Festival). “So much love to my ROLT fam, my Midwest fam, my EB fam, my midbestie, my Cher, and my Catcho.”
Kathryn Sullivan (Apostle) is grateful to be joining Ray of Light again for this very special production. Past credits include: Lola in Damn Yankees, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Gladys in The Pajama Game and Anna in Closer. Kathryn is a founding member of Found Theater Co., a Philadelphia based theater company. Kathryn teaches yoga all over the Bay Area. She sends much love to Mum, Andy & Nickle.
Christen Sottolano (Annas) is ecstatic to be a part of this all-female production of Jesus Christ Superstar. You may have seen her in Ray of Light’s recent productions of Reefer Madness (Sally) and The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom). Moving here from Nashville four years ago, Christen first joined the company as Patron Services Manager and can’t imagine SF without her ROLT family. When she’s not performing, Christen is passionate about her job as a fundraiser in education, hiking as many mountains as possible, and let’s be real – hugging the heck out of the ones she loves. Much love to family and friends for flying across the country (and world!) to support.
Sara Altier (Priest) most recently appeared in ROLT’s production of The Rocky Horror Show last fall. She assistant directed Reefer Madness (ROLT) and assistant produced Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (OMG! I Love at Show & Oasis). She spends her days on the Internal Comms team at FLEXPORT and would like to thank her #1 gal, Eleanor Roosevelt, the pug.
Jocelyn Pickett (Judas) is thrilled to return to the Ray of Light Theatre stage in this all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar. You last saw her here in The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta. Previous ROLT credits include Queenie in The Wild Party, Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical, and the female swing for LIZZIE. By day, she is a drama specialist at Bullis Charter School. She thanks Patrick for his constant support. Enjoy the show! #womenrock.
Jill Jacobs (Apostle) has appeared on stage in both NY and LA. She moved to Oakland in 2016 to fulfill her dream of teaching high school! She currently teaches Theatre, English, and Hip Hop Dance at a public high school in the East Bay. She is thrilled to be in her very first production with ROLT. Past credits include: Singin in the Rain, Kathy Seldon; Bat Boy, Meredith Parker; and The Fantasticks, Louisa. Much love to my family and my family of students.
Hayley Lovegren (Herod) was born and raised in the Bay Area. Past credits include A Taffetta Wedding, 1776 (Tabard Theatre Company), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, She Loves Me (Foothill Music Theatre), Oliver! (Broadway By the Bay), the world premieres of Max Understood (Paul Dresher Ensemble), and The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (Fogg Theatre Company). She screamed her head off at the Victoria in the west coast premiere of Silence! The Musical, a musical parody of Silence of the Lambs (Ray of Light/Cloud 9), and then rocked out all summer in Lizzie (City Lights Theatre Company). She was most recently seen in Sondheim on Sondheim (3 Below). Hayley has performed in SF Sketchfest and Chicago Sketchfest with 3 Woman Show. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University, and an MFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory.