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May. 05, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Mischa Stephens

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1-valjeanAs we get closer to opening night of Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe will be introducing you to our amazingly talented cast. Each week pop on by to meet some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

We’re thrilled to welcome Mischa Stephens back to Ray of Light after playing Jan-the-Wise in Yeast Nation last fall. He’s also recently appeared as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (Tri-Valley Rep and SBMT), Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (WVLO), Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (WCP), and Houdini in Ragtime (SBMT).

Join us as we learn a little more about Mischa, aka Ram’s Dad/Big Bud/ Coach Ripper:

 

4-batman1. Mischa is an Australian citizen, which makes being a double agent WAY easier. NSA, you can stop reading this now. Seriously, please stop, we can hear you breathing and it’s very distracting.

2. Mischa used to work at Google, which isn’t really that interesting anymore since the guy sitting next to you right now probably works there. Hi, Frank!

3. In 2006, Mischa dressed up like Borat to go see the Borat movie. People lined up for selfies and autographs thinking he was Sacha Baron Cohen. He has not grown a mustache since.

4. He loves the classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers so much that he adapted an episode for the stage and directed it in a blackbox theater on a shoestring budget of $50. If you haven’t seen this show and you’re looking for a cheap way to give yourself a nervous breakdown (from laughter…probably), it is on Netflix. Go watch it now.

5. Mischa’s first role was Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof when he was 15. The rest of the cast was between 10 and 13 years old, so it made sense. Very adorable sense. And no, you cannot see the DVD, it is locked in a vault guarded by falcons with lasers. Very adorable lasers.

Don’t miss Mischa in Heathers this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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May. 01, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…James Mayagoitia

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1521284_10100339577191429_791396265_nAs we get closer to opening night of Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe will be introducing you to our amazingly talented cast. Each week pop on by to meet some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

We’re thrilled to welcome James Mayagoitia to Ray of Light. James has most recently appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Boxcar Theatre), A Chorus Line (SFSU), I Never Lie (99 Stock Productions) and Candide (Lamplighters Music Theatre).

Join us as we learn a little more about James, aka Boy #1.

1. James is a classically trained singer and originally planned on being an opera singer.

2. James co-founded a local theatre company called 11th Hour Ensemble with some colleagues from SFSU.

3. In addition to acting, James has a full-time job as an office assistant. Additionally, he also directs, assistant directs, stage manages AND teaches. Whew!

4. James is a huge foodie. He loves everything about food and drink, including where it comes from, how it’s made, its history and of course, its flavor. He’s so happy to live in San Francisco where he has access to some of the best food and drink in the world!

5. James is a Burner! He attending Burning Man last year and had the time of his life. If you’re going this year, swing by his camp, Orphan/Endorphin for a cool drink!

Don’t miss James in his Ray of Light debut this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

Apr. 27, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Andy Rotchadl

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image2As we get closer to opening night of Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe will be introducing you to our amazingly talented cast. Each week pop on by to meet some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

We’re thrilled to welcome Andy Rotchadl to Ray of Light AND the Bay Area–he’s a recent transplant from Minnesota. Since he moved here, he’s been involved with many theatres in the area: SF Playhouse, CMT San Jose, and Los Altos Stage.

Join us as we learn a little more about Andy, aka Kurt’s Dad / Veronica’s Dad / Principal Gowan.

1. As we mentioned above, Andy is new to the Bay Area! He grew up in Mankato, MN, a small college town of fifty thousand people about an hour and a half south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. If you see him out and about, say hi! We hear Midwesterners are friendly 🙂

2. Andy is no stranger to the stage, he’s been performing since he was a child in the children’s chorus at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

image53. Currently, Andy is attending Notre Dame de Namur University. He’s studying voice with an emphasis in musical theatre.

4. As you miiiight have guessed, Andy is musically inclined. In addition to singing and acting, he also plays the guitar. Fun fact: he used to be in a classic rock cover band!

5. Andy is a proud motorcycle rider. PSA: Don’t be one of those jerks who changes lanes quickly without looking!

Don’t miss Andy in his Ray of Light debut this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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Apr. 24, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Lizzie Moss

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IMG_0134As we count down to the opening of the Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe thought it would be fun to introduce you to our amazing cast. Tune in every week to say hello to some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

We’re thrilled to welcome Lizzie, a Bay Area native, back to Ray of Light — she appeared in the West Coast premiere of Yeast Nation last fall. Lizzie’s other recent credits include Les Miserables, Dreamgirls and Evita.

Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Lizzie Moss, aka Heather McNamara.

1. Baby, she was born this way. And by this way, we mean with only one kidney. That’s right — Lizzie only has her right kidney, because her left one never developed.

2. Lizzie suffers from Ophidiophobia and PeeWeeHermanphobia. That is correct, she has a crippling fear of snakes and PeeWee Herman.

3. Try as she might, Lizzie’s unable to wink with her left eye. Could this somehow be tied to her missing kidney? We are clearly not scientists, but this does pose an interesting question…

4. The two main food groups in Lizzie’s food pyramid are avocados and cheese.

5. Shhhhh….Lizzie is actually a mermaid.

Don’t miss Lizzie take the stage as Heather McNamara in Heathers: The Musical this May! Heathers runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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Apr. 22, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Abby Peterson

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abby2As we count down to the opening of the Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe thought it would be fun to introduce you to our amazing cast. Tune in every week to say hello to some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

Heathers is Abby Peterson’s Ray of Light debut, but is no stranger to the stage. She’s appeared in Spring AwakeningJesus Christ SuperstarAvenue Q and Les Miserables, to name a few.

Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Abby Peterson, who plays Girl #3.

1. Abby is bilingual! Her dad is deaf so she is completely fluent in sign language.

2. Marie from the Aristocats is Abby’s favorite Disney character. Full of sass, but remains a lady.

abby13. Abby’s two favorite places in the world are Disneyland (is this a trend? We smell a cast outing…) and Monterey.

4. You won’t find Abby hanging in the theatre after hours, she’s completely terrified of ghosts!

5. Abby’s favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards are her favorite go-to movies when she wants to chill out.

Don’t miss Abby in Heathers: The Musical this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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Apr. 20, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Nick Quintell

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image_1As we count down to the opening of the Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe thought it would be fun to introduce you to our amazing cast. Tune in every week to say hello to some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

Although this is Nick’s Ray of Light debut, he is no stranger to the stage. Most recently, he has appeared in Forever Plaid (PCRT), James and the Giant Peach (Bay Area Children’s Theatre), and Zombie the Musical (Awesome Theatre).

Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Nick Quintell, who plays Ram Sweeney, one of the bullies at Westerberg High.

1. A baby born with teeth sounds like something right out of a horror movie, but it happens and Nick is proof! He entered the world proudly sporting one tooth.

2. If you’re looking for a buddy to roadtrip to Disneyland with, Nick will always be your guy. He’s a huge fan. Special shoutout to Donald Duck and Dumbo, who are his favorite characters.

image_23. This summer, Nick will be taking his first ever trip outside of the continental U.S. He’s traveling to Shanghai, China with Bay Area Children’s Theatre to perform in Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach.

4. Nick has very strong feelings about baseball and football. He’s a diehard A’s and Steelers fan.

5. Some of Nick’s very favorite things include: gummy bears, long walks on the beach, getting caught in the rain, and warm hugs.

Don’t miss Nick as Ram Sweeney in Heathers: The Musical this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

 

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Apr. 16, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Jessica Fisher

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Jessica and her daughter, Carmina.
Jessica and her daughter, Carmina.

As we count down until the opening of the Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musical, we thought it would be fun to introduce you to our amazing cast. Tune in every week to say hello to some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Jessica Fisher, who plays Ms. Flemming/ Veronica’s Mom. Jessica is a San Francisco native who started playing the piano at the age of three. She grew up thinking she was destined to be a concert pianist, but one audition for San Francisco School of the Arts changed everything–she was accepted as a vocal major, did her first musical freshman year, and the rest is history (and we’re so glad)!

1. Do NOT mess with Jessica. She has black belts in two different style of martial arts.

2. Jessica is a competitive rower and one of the captains of the East Bay Rowing Club women’s team based in Oakland. Most mornings she wakes up at 4:30 to practice. We’re not quite sure how she manages to survive on such little sleep. Late night rehearsals + early mornings = one tough act!

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Jessica and her wife, Valerie.

3. Jessica and her wife Valerie have been married three times!  They celebrate two of their wedding anniversaries and their dating anniversary EVERY year. Jessica says, “If you’re as lucky in love as we are, you should celebrate as often as you can!” (We agree 100%.)

4. According to Jessica, her 19-year-old daugther, Carmina, is pretty much the most AWESOME human being on the planet. And, she was totally worth every second of the 2 1/2 days of labor she went through!

5. Jessica is half Puerto Rican. Trust her on this one–those hips don’t lie.

Don’t miss Jessica in  Heathers: The Musical this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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Apr. 14, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Teresa Attridge

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10390246_10202497503412920_1987420121213495340_nAs we count down until the opening of the Bay Area premiere of Heathers: The Musicalwe thought it would be fun to introduce you to our amazing cast. Tune in every week to say hello to some of the faces you’ll see on the first day of senior year at Westerberg High!

You may remember Teresa from the West Coast premiere of Yeast Nation last fall, where she played Jan-the-Sly or in NCTC’s Avenue Q where she played Christmas Eve earlier this year.

Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Teresa Attridge, who plays Girl #2 (her favorite number, how lucky!)

1. Teresa saw The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King not once, not twice, but fourteen times in theaters.

2. Don’t let her on-stage persona fool you. In 2008, Teresa was the top creative writing student in California according to the National Coalition of the Teachers of English, then went on to win Outstanding Honorable Mention at Nationals.

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Teresa in anime form.

3. Teresa’s spirit animal is Pikachu.

4. The first time Teresa ever sang in front of an audience was when she was six. She stole the microphone from the emcee at a luau and refused to give it back.

5. Teresa likes her burritos with carnitas, refried black beans, mild AND medium salsa, guacamole, no cheese, and no sour cream. You know, in case you ever feel like buying her a burrito.

Don’t miss Teresa’s return to Ray of Light in Heathers: The Musical this May! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

Mar. 15, 2015

2015 Season Casts and Production Teams

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We are proud to present our 2015 casts and production teams! We’re lucky to have so much talent both on stage and off this year.
Buy a season pass to see their work!

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Heathers: The Musical

Cast
Heather Chandler: Jocelyn Pickett
Heather Duke: Samantha Cardenas
Heather Mcnamara: Erin O’Meally
Veronica Sawyer: Jessica Quarles
Jason Dean: Jordon Bridges
Kurt Kelly: Paul Hovannes
Ram Sweeney: TBD
Martha Dunnstock: TBD
Ram’s Dad/Big Bud/Coach Dean: Mischa Stephens
Ms. Flemming/Veronica’s Mom: Jessica Fisher
Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Principal Gowan: Michael Monagle
Boy 1: James Mayagoitia
Boy 2: TBD
Boy 3: TBD
Girl 1: Abby Peterson
Girl 2: Lizzie Moss
Girl 3: TBD

Production Team
Director: Erik Scanlon
Musical Director: Ben Prince
Choreographer: Alex Rodriguez
Assistant Director: Alexis Wong
Technical Director: Daniel Cadigan
Set Designer: Angrette McCloskey
Lighting Designer: Joe D’Emilio
Costume Designer: Katie Dowse
Sound Designer: Anton Hedman
Stage Manager: Eduardo De Lobos
Props Designer: TBD

Learn more about Heathers: The Musical

LIZZIE

Cast
Lizzie: Elizabeth Curtis
Alice: Taylor Jones
Emma: Jessica Coker
Bridget: Melissa Reinertson

Production Team
Director: Eliza Leoni
Musical Director: Dave Möschler
Choreographer: Nicole Helfer
Assistant Director: Maro Guevera
Technical Director: Daniel Cadigan
Set Designer: Kelly Tighe
Lighting Designer: Joe D’Emilio
Costume Designer: TBD
Sound Designer: Anton Hedman
Stage Manager: Laraine Gurke
Props Designer: TBD

Learn more about LIZZIE

The Rocky Horror Show: Special 15th Anniversary Event

Cast
Frank-n-Furter: D’Arcy Drollinger
Brad Majors: Ryan Cowles
Janet Weiss: Chelsea Holifield
Magenta: Tielle Baker
Columbia: Mary Kalita
Riff Raff: Paul Hovannes
Rocky: TBD
Dr. Scott/Narrator: Steve Hess
Eddie: Madeleine Pla
Usherette: TBD
Phantoms: Joshua Beld, James Mayagoitia, Lewis Rawlinson, Kathryn Sullivan, Christen Sottolano, Janice Engelgau, RJ San Jose, Melinda Campero

Production Team
Director: Jason Hoover
Musical Director: David Brown
Choreographer: Bobby Bryce
Assistant Director: Jennifer BeVard
Technical Director: Daniel Cadigan
Set Designer: Kelly Tighe
Lighting Designer: Joe D’Emilio
Costume Designer: TBD
Sound Designer: Anton Hedman
Stage Manager: Lori Fowler
Props Designer: TBD

Learn more about The Rocky Horrow Show

Mar. 06, 2015

An Exciting Update On Our 2015 Season

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If you’ve been part of the Ray of Light family for some time, you know that we’re dedicated to bringing new and unique productions to San Francisco. We recently received the rights to a new musical that has never been performed in the Bay Area, but fits perfectly here. The decision was difficult, especially because were thrilled to bring Jesus Christ Superstar to life, but we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to present our audience with Heathers: The Musical this summer.

After its stellar run at New World Stages in New York, we knew we had to bring Heathers to San Francisco. The many emails and phone calls we received from friends and patrons about how “ROLT-ish” the show was only furthered our desire to share it with our audiences. Based on the cult classic film, Heathers takes a wicked stab at being the weird kid at school, the allure of the outcast boy, and of course, taking down the almighty clique one murder at a time. I am confident you will fall in love with the show, just as we have.

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Heathers will be running in place of Jesus Christ Superstar, from May 22 – June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Single tickets for Heathers: The Musical will go on sale on March 23, but if you’re extra excited about this news and want to secure your seats ASAP, you can do so by buying a season pass.

Again, we’re so grateful for your your continued support. Should you have any questions, comments, or just want to know where you can stock up on scrunchies before Heathers opens, our (internet) door is always open. Check in with us on Facebook or Twitter, or write us an email.

Jason Hoover
Ray of Light Theatre Artistic Director