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May. 21, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Joceyln Pickett

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www.Redblueredblue.comAs we get closer to opening night (TOMORROW!) 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 truly thrilled to welcome Jocelyn Pickett to the Ray of Light stage. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she’s appeared in many shows, including The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Aida, and most recently, Violet. When she’s not on the stage, she spends her days as the Drama Specialist at Bullis Charter School.

Join us as we learn a little more about the Queen of Mean, Heather Chandler.

1. If you run into Jocelyn off-stage, ask her to show you how she can touch her tongue to her nose.

2. Jocelyn has a slight obsession with all things Harry Potter.

www.Redblueredblue.com3. Vroooom, vroom…Jocelyn has her motorcycle license!

4.  Bugs? Gross? No way. Jocelyn thinks insects are magnificent, she loves them!

5. It’s been a childhood dream of Jocelyn’s to live long enough to see life on other planets.

Don’t miss Jocelyn as the Mythic Bitch herself, Heather Chandler in Heathers this month! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd (this Friday!) through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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May. 20, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About….Paul Hovannes

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IMG_24284753146623As we get closer to opening night (THIS WEEK, AHHH!) 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 truly thrilled to welcome recent Bay Area transplant Paul Hovannes to the Ray of Light stage. He made his local debut late last year in a vaudeville-style cabaret with Thrillride Mechanics. And, if you dig him as Kurt…good news! He’ll be returning to the ROLT stage this October to play Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show.

Join us as we learn a little more about Paul, aka Kurt Kelly.

1. As a kid, Paul was a member of the SweeTarts fan club. Membership included an ID card and a rad velcro wallet.

2. He will only allow you to call him Paulie if you do so with a New York accent.

3. Paul has a crested gecko named Underling, who is equal parts cool and adorable.

4.  Paul’s recent obsessions include the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast, Neil Gaiman, and Postmodern Jukebox.

IMG_259650429532235. When Paul grows up, he wants to be Tony Jay.

Don’t miss Paul as Kurt in Heathers this month! Heathers: The Musical runs from May 22nd (this Friday!) through June 13th at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are available at Rayoflighttheatre.com/Heathers.

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May. 19, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Zachariah Mohammed

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Zachariah Mohammed Photo #2 As 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 Zachariah Mohammedto the Ray of Light stage. He was last seen in Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s production of The Music Man. Other theatre credits include RENT (Angel),  Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho), Avenue Q (Rod) and A Chorus Line (Paul).

Join us as we learn a little more about Zachariah, aka Boy #2, aka the Preppy Stud.

1. In his youth, Zachariah played soccer for nine years and never scored a goal. (Whatever, soccer is hard. We still think he’s great)

Zachriah Mohammed Photo2. Sorry, he’s taken! That’s right, Zachariah has been in a loving and committed relationship with Netflix for the past two years.

3. We know you saw his picture and wondered, so yes, it’s true. His hair is full of secrets.

4.  Zachariah is currently studying Business Marketing at Saint Mary’s College of California.

5. In his spare time, Zachariah enjoys deep conversations with his cat, Indiana.

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

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May. 18, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Melinda Campero

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me As 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 Melinda Campero back to the Ray of Light stage after performing in our West Coast premiere of Yeast Nation. She’s also appeared in independent San Francisco productions of A New Brain, A Little Night Music, and The 25th Annual Spelling Bee. Melinda made her Ray of Light debut in 2012 in The Full Monty.

Join us as we learn a little more about Melinda, aka Girl #1.

1. Though she claims she cannot play any sports, Melinda can spin a basketball on her finger. Her record is ten seconds!

2. Before Melinda started singing, she was a band kid and played the tenor saxophone. To this day, reading lyrics and notes at the same time is still hard! #BandKidProblems

Melinda 23. Speaking of band..Melinda earned the double honors of both Prom Queen and Band President during her senior year of high school. Westerberg High school would be very confused about how to classify Melinda!

4. Melinda is in two sororities, Kappa Alpha Theta AND Sigma Alpha Iota. Holler!

5. When she’s not on stage, Melinda fuels her unhealthy obsession with documentary films. If she could spend all day watching documentaries, she would — doesn’t matter the topic as long as it’s well down and she learns something.

Don’t miss Melinda in Heathers this month AND in Rocky Horror this Halloween! 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. 11, 2015

Five Things You Didn’t Know About….Jon Toussaint

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IMG_2577As 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 Jon Toussaint to the Ray of Light stage. He’s performed with many theatre companies across the Bay Area, including Broadway by the Bay, Dragon Productions, Hillbarn Theatre, Saint Francis High School, Woodside Community Theatre, San Carlos Children’s Theater, Stanford University, and Starting Arts.

Having just finished his junior year at Saint Francis High School, Jon hopes his senior year is less shocking than that of Veronica Sawyer!

Join us as we learn a little more about Jon, aka Boy #2:

1. If you’re thinking that Jon looks like an actual high schooler, you’re right! Jon is the baby of the cast, he’s 16 years old. He’s about to finish his Junior year of high school and hopes his senior year is less shocking than Veronica Sawyer’s!

IMG_25792. Jon is known for wearing blue shirts.

3. Jon looooooves to tap dance.

4. Not only does he have talented feet, but he also has a talented nose! That’s right, Jon dabbles in the art of the nose flute.

5. Jon is colorblind, and loves to use it as an excuse.

Don’t miss Jon in Heathers this month! 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. 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.