Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Lizzie Moss

As 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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Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Abby Peterson

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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Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Nick Quintell

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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Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Jessica Fisher

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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Five Things You Didn’t Know About…Teresa Attridge

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.

Teresa in anime form.

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.

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2015 Season Casts and Production Teams

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

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An Exciting Update On Our 2015 Season

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

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Presenting our 2015 Directors and Choreographers

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Directed by Erik Scanlon
Musical Direction by Ben Prince
Choreography by Alex Rodriguez with Mentor Josh Prince (Broadway’s Beautiful and Shrek)
Learn more

 

 

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Directed by Eliza Leoni
Musical Direction by David Möschler
Choreography by Nicole Helfer
Learn more

 

 

rocky2Special 15th Anniversary Event!
The Rocky Horror Show

Directed by Jason Hoover
Musical Direction by David Brown
Choreography by Bobby Bryce
Learn more

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Announcing our 15th Season!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2015 season. Buy a season pass for guaranteed access and benefits!

Jesus Christ Superstar
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice
May 22-June 13
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

The iconic rock opera and Ray of Light come together for an explosive telling of the classic story. Based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, Jesus Christ Superstar imagines the humanity of the man at the center of the movement — and Judas’ role on the sidelines. The timeless score and a hard look at fame, faith and power make this Jesus Christ Superstar a 2,000-year-old story fit for today.

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Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Bay Area Premiere
September 25-October 16
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Lizzie Borden took an axe, Gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done, Gave her father forty-one…
America’s favorite axe-wielding double-murderess comes to the Ray of Light stage for a rocking Bay Area premiere. In 1892, Lizzie Borden was the primary suspect for her father and stepmother’s brutal murder. Though eventually acquitted, Lizzie became a tabloid sensation–and the most controversial figure of her time. Did she do it? And if so, why? LIZZIE imagines the story behind the legend with a cast of four women and a driving rock score, melding this infamous 19th century story with a modern-day twist.

The Rocky Horror Show
Special 15th Anniversary Event: one week only! Season passholders get early access to discounted tickets for this event.

Book and Music by Richard O’Brien
October 28-31
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Come on up to the lab…again. Just in time for Halloween, Ray of Light’s 15th season closes out with a reprise of one of our favorites: Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, live at the Victoria Theatre. Join us for a special engagement full-scale production of the original hit musical that will have you shivering in antici…
Tickets on sale soon

CABARET SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Take Me to Church
March 22, 7pm, Martuni’s Piano Bar
Love it or hate it, almost everyone has wrestled with religion’s role in their lives. Our performers share their own hilarious, bizarre, and occasionally moving religious experiences in the best way: with singing, over cocktails.
Tickets on sale soon

They Had It Coming
July 26, 7 pm, Martuni’s Piano Bar
True crime, urban legends and a combination of the two are the inspiration for this evening of songs. Find out who did it–and why–from Ray of Light performers past and future.
Tickets on sale soon
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ROLT earns 10 SFBATCC Award Nominations

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: http://sfbatcc.org/

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

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

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