Feb. 26, 2020

Congratulations to ROLT’s 2019 SFBATCC Awards Nominees! 

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The 44th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Awards is set to take place on March 30, 2020 at the Victoria Theatre. The awards honor excellence and achievements in the theatre arts and ROLT has been honored with 13 nominations for outstanding work in the 2019 season:

 

2019 SFBATCC Nominees:

Leslie Waggoner, Choreography: American Psycho

Katie Dowsie , Costume Design: American Psycho

Weili Shi, Lighting Design: American Psycho

Jerry Girard, Sound Design: American Psycho

Erik Scanlon, Projection Design: American Psycho

David Moschler, Music Director: Caroline, or Change

Jason Hoover, Stage Direction: American Psycho

Markalia Dyson, Featured Actress: Caroline, or Change

Kyle Ewalt, Featured Actor: American Psycho

Jasmyne Brice, Principal Actress: Caroline, or Change

Kipp Glass, Principal Actor : American Psycho

Entire Production Bay Area: American Psycho

Entire Production San Francisco: American Psycho

 

Thank you to the SFBATCC and congratulations to our family & friends in the Bay Area Theatre Community on their 2019 nominations! 

 

Feb. 11, 2020

Ray of Light Theatre Announces Its 20th Anniversary Season

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Names Shane Ray and Alex Rodriguez Co-Artistic Directors

SAN FRANCISCO — February 12, 2020 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced its 2020/2021 season featuring the re-imagining of some of the company’s most popular female-led productions in celebration of its twentieth anniversary. The 2020/2021 season includes the return of the all-female cast of LIZZIE for a one-night only concert performance, mainstage productions of Heathers: The Musical and CARRIE the Musical. Ray of Light Theatre will also host its first-ever gala fundraiser featuring performances by the all-female cast of Jesus Christ Superstar (2018). Heathers and CARRIE will mark Ray of Light’s move to new performance venues, Z Space and A.C.T.’s The Strand, enabling the company to continue delivering on the high-quality production value it has become known for while offering an improved patron experience.

Ray of Light Theatre also announced a new executive leadership team going into its twentieth year. Founding artistic director, Shane Ray, and Alex Rodriguez will lead the company as co-artistic directors, replacing Jason Hoover after his masterful ten-year run as artistic director. Longtime staff members, Sara Altier and Jessica Coker Mohr have been named managing director and general manager, respectively. The four, who between them have produced theatre for Bay Area audiences for more than five decades, embody the Ray of Light ethos of Blood. Sweat. Musicals. and are committed to fostering the company’s mission and vision for the evolving needs of San Francisco audiences.

“For twenty years, audiences have come to Ray of Light Theatre for bold productions that push boundaries, inform and excite. It’s been an honor to share the Ray of Light stage with Bay Area artists since moving to San Francisco over a decade ago, but it’s my greatest privilege to take on this new role with a company that has become my home,” said Alex Rodriguez, co-artistic director. “The girls are back for our twentieth anniversary season, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this new era for Ray of Light than with these female-led shows.”

“Ray of Light Theatre started in a school gymnasium among friends who wanted more musical theatre in San Francisco, and twenty years later we are readying ourselves to produce our most ambitious season and move into Z Space and The Strand, two venerable San Francisco performance spaces. It’s great to be back with the company in this formal role, and to partner with Alex Rodriguez as we shepherd Ray of Light into its next chapter,” said Shane Ray, co-artistic director. “I also want to thank Jason Hoover for shaping Ray of Light into the company it is today, solidifying our foothold in the Bay Area theatre community these last ten years and setting us up for continued success.”

2020/2021 season details:

LIZZIE in Concert

Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt

Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner

Book by Tim Maner

Summer 2020 – One Night Only!

Back by popular demand (no, really, check our email inboxes), America’s favorite axe-wielding double-murderess comes to the Ray of Light stage for this one-night concert to kick off our twentieth season. LIZZIE imagines the story behind the legend Lizzie Borden — the primary suspect for her father and stepmother’s brutal murder in 1892 — with a cast of four powerhouse women. This show melds the infamous 19th century true-crime story with a driving rock score.

 

Heathers: The Musical

Book, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Direction and choreography by Alex Rodriguez

Music direction by Ben Prince

October 30 – November 21, 2020

Z Space, San Francisco

A smash hit from Off-Broadway to the West End and every community theatre in-between, Heathers: The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, the brainy and beautiful misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. Watch as Veronica falls for the dangerously sexy new kid, J.D., and the fallout as she attempts to climb to the top of the high school food chain. Heathers is a perfect show for 1980’s movie buffs and musical theatre fans alike.

 

20th Anniversary Gala Concert

Spring 2021

Join company staff, alumni and some of the Bay Area’s most talented performers for a gala event that celebrates the Blood. Sweat. Musicals. that Ray of Light Theatre has brought to San Francisco for the past twenty years. Featuring performances by members of the all-female cast of 2018’s smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar, proceeds from this special event will directly support Ray of Light’s future seasons.

 

CARRIE the Musical

Music by Michael Gore

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Book by Lawrence D. Cohen

Spring/Summer 2021

A.C.T.’s The Strand, San Francisco

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel and brought to Broadway in 1988, CARRIE the Musical transports audiences to the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, where we meet Carrie White, a misfit bullied by the popular crowd at school, yet virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving yet cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power. And if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Season passes are now on sale at https://rolt2020-2021seasonpass.eventbrite.com. Season passholder benefits include discounts on single tickets, early access to seat selection, flexibility to exchange tickets for free, exclusive access to join sitzprobe — a music rehearsal with the band and cast — and opening night pre-parties. Passholders also get early access to purchase tickets for LIZZIE in Concert and Ray of Light Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Gala Concert. Stay updated on the release of single tickets, as well as tickets to the season’s one-night concert events, by joining Ray of Light’s mailing list at http://rayoflighttheatre.com/.

About Ray of Light

Founded in 2001 by Shane Ray, Ray of Light Theatre has developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include: American Psycho, Jesus Christ Superstar, Silence! The Musical, The Wild Party, Heathers: The Musical (West Coast premiere), LIZZIE, CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere), Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere), Bat Boy and The Rocky Horror Show. For more information, visit http://rayoflighttheatre.com/.

Sep. 25, 2019

ROLT Receives 20 TBA Nominations!

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Ray of Light Theatre is celebrating 20 Theatre Bay Area Award nominations – a TBA record for ROLT!  The 2019 Theatre Bay Area Awards ceremony is set to take place on November 4 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Best of luck to all ROLT family and nominees for their outstanding work this year and a special thank you to TBA for the honor and recognition. 

 

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical – Danielle Altizio,  American Psycho 

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical  – Kyle Ewalt, American Psycho 

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical – Kirstin Louie,  American Psycho 

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical – Zoey Lytle,  American Psycho 

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical  – Maya Michael Sherer, Hedwig and the Angry 

Outstanding Direction of a Musical -Sailor Galaviz and Jason Hoover,  Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

Outstanding Direction of a Musical – Jason Hoover,  American Psycho

Outstanding Music Direction – Steven Bolinger, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Outstanding Music Direction – Ben Prince, American Psycho

Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role in a Musical – Coleton Schmitto, Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical –  American Psycho 

Outstanding Production of a Musical – American Psycho 

Outstanding Production of a Musical – Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

Outstanding Choreography – Leslie Waggoner, American Psycho

Creative Specialties – Erik Scanlon Video Designer, American Psycho

Outstanding Properties Design – Greens Wal, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Outstanding Properties Design – Peet Cocke, American Psycho

Outstanding Sound Design – Jerry Girard,  American Psycho

Outstanding Lighting Design – Joe D’Emilio, Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

Outstanding Lighting Design – Weili Shi, American Psycho

 

Mar. 27, 2019

ROLT Congratulates our 2018 SFBATCC Awards Recipients and nominees!

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For 43 years, the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle has honored excellence and achievements in theatre arts within the Bay Area. This year’s awards gala was held on March 25th, 2019 at the iconic Victoria Theatre. ROLT was honored with 11 nominations and 4 awards for the 2018 season:

2018 SFBATCC Recipients:

  • Christian V. Meja – Lighting Design – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Theodore J.H. Hulsker – Sound Design – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Heather Orth – Featured Actress in a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Ensemble of a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar

2018 SFBATCC Nominees:

  • Alex Rodriguez – Choreography – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Maggie Whitaker – Costume Design – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Joe D’Emilio – Lighting Design – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Ben Prince – Music Direction – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Eliza Leoni/Shane Ray – Direction of a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Hayley Lovegren – Feature Actress in Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Janelle Lasalle – Principal Actress in a Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Entire Production Bay Area – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Entire Production Bay Area- Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Entire Production SF City – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Entire Production SF City- Jesus Christ Superstar

Thank you to the SFBATCC and congrats to our family & friends in the Bay Area Theatre Community on their 2018 awards and nominations!

 

Jan. 07, 2019

Ray of Light Announces its 2019 Season

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Ray of Light Theatre to present
American Psycho, Caroline, or Change and The Rocky Horror Show
for its 2019 Season

SAN FRANCISCO — January 7, 2019 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced its 2019 season of musicals featuring the satirical thriller American Psycho, the awe-inspiring Caroline, or Change and a new interpretation of the annual Halloween favorite, The Rocky Horror Show. This season of politically and socially relevant musicals follows a critically-acclaimed 2018 season that included the all-female production of Jesus Christ Superstar and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

“We always aim to produce shows that Bay Area audiences won’t be able to find anywhere else, and this season’s lineup of musicals is uniquely Ray of Light,“ said Jason Hoover, artistic director. “American Psycho and Caroline, or Change take place during two distinct eras in American history, yet they both explore themes of identity and class that are still painfully relevant today. And with D’Arcy Drollinger returning to The Rocky Horror Show, we’re so excited to bring a diverse and invigorating season of musicals to The Victoria Theatre stage this year.”

American Psycho
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
May 17 through June 8

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Through an electric score we see Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip. This satire paints a pointed picture of the consumerism and misogynistic attitudes of the 80’s corporate world, a theme still relevant more than 30 years later.

Caroline, or Change
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
September 13 through October 5

Set in Louisiana in 1963, the Tony-nominated Caroline, or Change is a riveting, fantastical and awe-inspiring musical that takes place during one of the most dramatic times in America’s history. Featuring a score that blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, Caroline.. provides a breathtaking medium for playwright Tony Kushner’s (Angels in America) provocative and personal story. Caroline… follows the Gellman family, their African-American maid and her family as they all come to grips with a seemingly crippling deluge of political change, social change and pocket change.

The Rocky Horror Show
Book and Music by Richard O’Brien
October 23 through November 2

Now in its fifth year, Ray of Light’s smash Halloween event returns in a newly imagined interpretation that brings new sets, new choreography and new direction — but the same madness of Transexual Transylvania. With San Francisco icon D’Arcy Drollinger returning to the lab as Frank-N-Furter, Richard O’Brien’s cult classic will have you shivering in antici… this Halloween.

Season subscriptions will go on sale the end of January at www.rayoflighttheatre.com. Individual tickets for American Psycho will go on sale in March, with Caroline, or Change and The Rocky Horror Show later this summer. American Psycho, Caroline, or Change and The Rocky Horror Show will all be performed at the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Nov. 14, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Theatre Bay Area Awards Recipients!

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The Theatre Bay Area Awards are held annually to honor the excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process. This year’s TBA Awards were held on November 5, 2018 at the Herbst Theatre and brought in a crowd of nearly 700 attendees. The ceremony featured 5 performances, including a montage from ROLT’s Jesus Christ Superstar. ROLT Celebrates 5 TBA Award Winners for their outstanding work with Jesus Christ Superstar:

Shane Ray & Eliza Leoni – Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Christian Meija – Outstanding Lighting Design

Ben Prince – Outstanding Music Direction

Hayley Lovgren – Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

Courtney Merrell – Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

ROLT congratulates our friends and family on their nominations, awards, and continued success in the theatre!

Sep. 23, 2018

#Shesus Nominated for 14 TBA Awards

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Ray of Light Theatre’s all-female production of Jesus Christ Superstar receives 14 Theatre Bay Area Award nominations including best production of a musical! 

The annual TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjuctication process. Ray of Light Theatre has been awarded many times for it’s bold, creative musicals, but Jesus Christ Superstar has received the most nominations for an individual ROLT show to date. 

The monumental production is nominated in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Production of a Musical
  • Shane Ray & Eliza Leoni: Outstanding Direction of a Musical
  • Peet Cocke: Outstanding Properties Design
  • Maggie Whitaker: Outstanding Costume Design
  • Eric Scanlon – Video Design: Creative Specialties
  • Christian Mejia: Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Teddy Hulsker: Outstanding Sound Design
  • Alex Rodriguez: Outstanding Choreography
  • Ben Prince: Outstanding Music Direction
  • Hayley Lovgren: Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role 
  • Courtney Merrell: Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role 
  • Heather Orth: Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role 
  • Janelle Lasalle: Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role
  • Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical

Members of the #shesus cast are set to perform at the TBA Awards which will take place on November 5th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. 

Dec. 20, 2017

2018 Season Announcement

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Ray of Light Theatre to Present Jesus Christ Superstar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show for its 2018 Season

 

A Season of Icons and Fame Brought to The Victoria Theatre Stage by San Francisco’s Best Purveyor of Edgy Musicals

 

Jesus Christ Superstar to Feature an All-female Cast

 

SAN FRANCISCO — December 20, 2017 —  Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, today announced its 2018 season of musicals featuring an all-female adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic Hedwig and the Angry Inch and cult classic The Rocky Horror Show. Ray of Light also announced its Cabaret Spotlight Series at Martuni’s Piano Bar featuring Katrina McGraw in a limited-engagement solo performance.

 

“If there were ever three musicals that spoke to who we are as artists, it would be these ones,” said Jason Hoover, artistic director of Ray of Light Theatre. “Jesus Christ Superstar has been on our list for a long time and we’re so excited to retell it with an all-female cast. And with Hedwig.. and Rocky… we’re doing what we do best by bringing cult classics to San Francisco’s diverse and engaged audience. We can’t wait to see everyone in 2018!”

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice

May 18 – June 9

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

 

The iconic rock musical that changed everything then, cast with the gender that’s changing everything now. Based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, Jesus Christ Superstar imagines the humanity of Jesus and Judas’ role on the sidelines in search of the limelight. The timeless score and story make this all-female Jesus Christ Superstar a 2,000-year-old tale fit for 2018.

 

Jesus Christ Superstar will be co-directed by Ray of Light Theatre Founder, Shane Ray, and Associate Artistic Director, Eliza Leoni. Musical direction by Ben Prince and choreography by Alex Rodriguez.

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Book by John Cameron Mitchell

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

September 14 – October 6

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

 

A gender- and genre-bending feast for the eyes and ears, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the tale of one of the Eastern Bloc’s most unique characters…and her small, yet very agitated, appendage…through a pulsing rock score.

 

The Rocky Horror Show

Book and Music by Richard O’Brien

October 25 – November 3rd

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

 

The denizens of Transexual Transylvania, featuring D’Arcy Drollinger, return for the fourth straight year in Ray of Light’s hit Halloween event. Come on up to the lab…again. We can already feel the antici…

 

Cabaret Spotlight Series: Katrina McGraw

You’ve seen hilarious San Francisco native Katrina McGraw steal scenes all over the Bay, from Ray of Light’s Little Shop of Horrors to appearances with SF Playhouse to 42nd Street Moon to the Strand. She brings her wit, charm and serious pipes to her Spotlight Series cabaret, August 26, 7pm at Martuni’s Piano Bar.

 

Individual tickets and Season Passes for Jesus Christ Superstar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show will go on sale in early 2018. For more information, visit www.rayoflighttheatre.com.

 

About Ray of Light

Blood. Sweat. Musicals. Founded in 2001 by Shane Ray in San Francisco, Ray of Light Theatre has developed a reputation for producing bold musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include Reefer Madness (2017), Silence! The Musical (2017), The Wild Party (2016), Heathers: The Musical (West Coast premiere, 2015), LIZZIE (West Coast Premiere, 2015), Triassic Parq (2014), CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010) and The Rocky Horror Show (2015- 2017, 2008). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series. For more information, visit us at www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Nov. 16, 2017

Congrats to our TBA Award winners!

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ROLT celebrates four TBA Award winners. Complete list here.

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE: Little Shop of Horrors

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Anne Norland, Silence! The Musical

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION: Ben Prince, Little Shop of Horrors

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL: Little Shop of Horrors

Oct. 16, 2017

14 Theatre Bay Area Award Nominations!

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We celebrating 14 Theatre Bay Area Award Nominations! Thank you to all the talented people that make our shows such a bloody good time, both on and off stage. A huge congrats to all of our Ray of Light family members who were nominated for their work at other amazing Bay Area theatre companies.

Best Musical- Little Shop of Horrors
Best Musical- Silence! The Musical
Best Direction of a Musical- Jason Hoover, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Direction of a Musical- Jason Hoover, Silence! the Musical
Best Musical Direction- Ben Prince, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Musical Direction- Ben Prince, Silence! The Musical
Best Principal Actress in a Musical- Mary Kalita, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Principal Actress in a Musical- Anne Norland, Silence! The Musical
Best Principal Actor in a Musical- Sam Faustine, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Principal Actor in a Musical- Brian Watson, Silence! The Musical
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical- Katrina McGraw, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical- Brendon North, Little Shop of Horrors
Best Ensemble- Little Shop of Horrors
Best Ensemble- Silence! The Musical