SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
“Oh, the thinks you can think!”
July 8 - August 5, 2017
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
Book by Lynn Ahrens
Direction by Rachel Robinson
Choreography by Matthew McCoy
Musical Direction by David Aaron Brown
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Seussical is fun for the whole family and perfect closer to Bay Area Musicals' second season!
"Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens have crafted wonderful songs for the show."
Daniel Barrington Rubio, Horton
Andrea Dennison-Laufer, Gertrude
*Ariela Morgenstern, Mayzie
Vinh Nguyen, Cat in the Hat
Katrina McGraw, Sour Kangaroo
Kennedy Williams, Jojo
Zac Schuman, Schmitz + Others
Krista Joy Serpa, Multiple Roles
Jesse Cortez, Multiple Roles
Jenny Angell, Multiple Roles
*Denotes a member of Actors Equity Association
Rachel Robinson, Director
Matthew McCoy, Choreographer
David Brown, Musical Director
Jenna Hoag, Assnt. Stage Manager
Stewart Lyle, Set Designer
Ellen Howes, Costume Designer
Cassie Barnes, Lighting Designer
Devon Labelle, Prop Designer
Richard Gutierrez, Wardrobe Master
Stewart Lyle, Technical Director
Piano/Conductor, David Aaron Brown
Keyboard, Ken Brill
Bass, Alex Wilson
Drums, Taylor Rankin
Trumpet, Jason Park
Guitar, Mike Smith & Matthew Wrobel
DANIEL BARRINGTON RUBIO (Horton) is excited to be joining BAM for the first time! Recent Credits: Beauty & the Beast (Mountain Play), Grease (CCMT), & Billy Elliot (Berkeley Playhouse). Other credits: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Lucky Penny), Beauty & the Beast (Broadway by the Bay), Shrek the Musical (Woodminster), The Wild Party (Ray of Light), The Addams Family (Berkeley Playhouse), Ring of Fire (Altarena), Urinetown the musical (Clayton Theatre Company), West Side Story (Broadway by the Bay), & Les Miserables (Broadway by the Bay). He received his training from Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA). He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support as well as the Bay Area Theater Community for giving him a place to master his skills. Up next for him: Love's Labour's Lost with Marin Shakespeare Company.
ANDREA DENNISON-LAUFER (Gertrude) couldn’t be more excited to be making her Bay Area Musicals debut in Seussical! She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, where she received a BFA in theater with an emphasis on music. She was also part of the artistic intern ensemble at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Some of her past roles include Marty in Grease (Contra Costa Musical Theatre), Mrs. Smith in Scrooge in Love (42nd Street Moon), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (Ray of Light Theatre), Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Berkeley Playhouse), Peggy Jones in The Andrews Brothers (Lucky Penny Productions), Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (Berkeley Playhouse) where she was a TBA Award winner for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, and a nominee for Outstanding Female Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Laurey in Oklahoma, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Queenie in Lippa’s The Wild Party, Kate Aspero in Zanna Don’t!, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Susan in Tick Tick Boom!, and Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Big thanks to her amazingly supportive family and her Fairy Godmother.
*ARIELA MORGENSTERN (Mayzie), a San Francisco native, returned home last year after living and performing in New York for the previous nine, and is back on the boards again after having a beautiful baby girl in December. Ariela has gained steady recognition on both coasts in musical theater, cabaret and opera, and was honored to win second place in the Kurt Weill Foundation's International Lotte Lenya Competition. A champion of new music, Morgenstern made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in the premiere of Imant Raminsh's Symphony of Psalms. Favorite roles over the years include Mrs.1&2 u/s, Adding Machine (Off-Broadway); Ms. Wilde, Flashdance the Musical (National Tour), Diana, Next To Normal (Baltimore Center Stage); Franca, The Light In The Pizza (Arena Stage, DC & Theatreworks, CA); Aldonza, Man Of La Mancha (Flatrock Playhouse, NC); Jenny, The Threepenny Opera (West Bay Opera); and the title role in Carmen (San Francisco & Bay Shore Lyric Opera). She currently teaches Musical Theater Acting classes privately and Leadership Communications at the Haas School of Business.
VINH NGUYEN (The Cat In The Hat) couldn’t be happier to be back in the Bay Area for the summer to make his BAM debut. Some of his recent credits include: The Full Monty (Malcolm), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), The Little Mermaid (Jetsam), A Chorus Line (Mark), Cats (Coricopat), Cinderella (Topher), The Nutcracker (Prince), West Side Story (Moose), Chicago, 42ndStreet, The King and I, and High School Musical 2. Vinh is currently pursuing an MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. This fall, he will be in the world-premiere of Mr. Holland’s Opus, a new musical adaptation by B.D. Wong and Wayne Barker, presented at SDSU. As a director/choreographer, some of his credits include: Anon(ymous) (incoming), Foxtales(incoming), The Matsuyama Mirror, Starmites, Narnia: The Musical, and several junior productions such as: Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. Vinh earned his BA in Musical Theatre and Hospitality Management/Recreation from SJSU. Love to mom, dad, Linh, and friends for their endless love and support. Thanks to BAM for this amazing opportunity and to YOU for supporting the arts!
KATRINA MCGRAW (Sour Kangaroo) is a San Francisco native who now splits time between San Francisco and New York. Some past credits include Ensemble in She Loves Me (San Francisco Playhouse) BJ in Smokey Joe's Cafe (Town Hall Theatre Co.) Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Ray of Light Theater) Kate in Zanna, Don’t! (NCTC), Dynaminte in Hairspray (Woodminster Theater and PCPA Theaterfest) Motermouth Mabel in Hairspray (Allenberry Playhouse) Abula Clauda in In The Heights (Cohos Music Hall), Trixy/Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (Merchants Hall and A.C.T's Strand Theater) Dionne in Hair (B.A.M) Katrina would like to give a special thanks to her family blood related or not for all of their constant love and support. Thanks fam!!
KENNEDY WILLIAMS (Jojo) I'm so happy to be a part of the Seussical the Musical at Bay Area Musicals. I'm twelve years old and I'm in the 8th grade. I've been involved in theatre productions since I was five years old. I enjoyed performing in many shows but some of my favorites were Aladdin, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan, Big River, and the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. My favorite production thus far was in Big River and CATS. I hope to attend a college majoring in musical theatre and business one day as well as performing in New York on Broadway. In my spare time I enjoy singing, working on art projects, and just having fun. Thank you to BAM, Missouri Street Theatre, and Lucky Penny for all the love and support.
ZAC SCHUMAN (Schmitz + Others) is now in his second Bay Area Musicals show after portraying John Hinkleu in Assassins this past Sping. Most recently, he was seen as Brian in Avenue Q (New Conservatory Theatre Center). His other favorite roles include: William Barfée in …Spelling Bee (Center REP), Yulnick and Brucey in Little Me (42nd Street Moon), Yankee Pot Roast in...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Cutting Ball Theatre), Crumpet in The SantaLand Diaries (Combined ArtForm), and Jeff in I Love You Because (Lucky Penny Productions). Zac is also a magician and hypnotist. www.zacschuman.com
KRISTA JOY SERPA (Multiple Roles) is delighted to make her BAM! debut. A Modesto native, she studied Vocal Performance at the University of Central Missouri, and since joining the Bay Area scene in 2015 has been seen from Santa Rosa to San Jose. Some favorites include Hope in "Urinetown (Los Altos Stage Company,) Emily in "Our Town" (Altarena Playhouse,) and Little Red in "Into the Woods" (Theatre-At-Large, SFBATCC nominee.) All-time faves include "Pump Boys & Dinettes" (Central Missouri Repertory Theatre) "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Stage 3 Theatre Company,) and "The Sound of Music" and "Les Miserables" (Sierra Repertory Theatre.) She was most recently seen as the title role on tour in "That's Our Snow White!" with East Bay Children's Theatre. It has been a dream of hers to return to "Suessical" since playing the Cat in the Hat as a student...and then having to take over the role of Horton the Elephant, because truly, "anything's possible." Thanks to Matt and Rachel for making dreams come true! To my mersisters, and for Adam, always. Philippians 4:4!
JESSE CORTEZ (Multiple Roles) is making his BAM debut in this Seusstastic show! Winner of Best Showtunes Cabaret 2013 at Martuni’s and alumni of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, past theater credits include Billy Elliot (Berkeley Playhouse), Rock of Ages (Center Repertory Theater), Miss Saigon, West Side Story, and Les Miserables (Broadway by the Bay) and Pearls over Shanghai (Thrillpeddlers). Along with his roommate, Tim Wagner, he just performed his two-man show “Two Nobodies in SF” at Feinsteins at the Nikko. He thanks his family and friends for their support and encourages all children (young and those at heart) to let your imagination run wild and think all the thinks! Find out more at http://www.jessecortezmusic.com.
RACHEL ROBINSON (Director) is honored to be directing Seussical for Bay Area Musicals. Other recent directing credits include Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Altarena Playhouse), Eugene O'Neill: The Rhythms of His Soul (Eugene O'Neill Foundation), Spamalot, and Anything Goes (Berkeley Playhouse). Rachel is also a professional music director, and has conducted shows for many companies throughout the Bay Area, including Berkeley Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, The Speakeasy, Boxcar Theatre, the Sonoma Theatre Alliance, FOGG Theatre, and Altarena Playhouse. Rachel holds a degree in Vocal Performance from New York University, and spent many years as a singer and music director in New York. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, Rachel has enjoyed a versatile career as a director, music director, and teaching artist. Rachel is the founder of Rachel Robinson Music, a studio offering private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages. Specifics set you free. www.rachelrobinsonmusic.com
MATTHEW MCCOY (Choreographer) is proud to call San Francisco home. Before moving here in 2012 Matthew has performed, directed, choreographed, and produced plays, musicals, cabarets, and magic production shows nationally and Internationally. He has worked professionally in the regional theatre circuit as well as in Las Vegas, New York, Paris, London, and Shanghai. Professional Credits Include: Cinderella (Director & Choreographer), The Music Man(Director & Choreographer), Dracula (Director), Little Shop of Horrors (Director), Into the Woods(Choreographer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Director & Choreographer), Bye Bye Birdie(Choreographer), Shrek the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Addams Family the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Mary Poppins (Co-Director & Co-Choreographer), and Fiddler on the Roof (Choreographer). He has recieved TBA Award nominations for his choreography on Nunsense and Peter Pan. Matthew is the Founder & Artistic Director of Bay Area Musicals.
DAVID AARON BROWN (Music Director/Keyboard I) is an award-winning San Francisco-based music director, pianist, composer, and teacher. A Bay Area native, some of his favorite past music directing credits include She Loves Me with San Francisco Playhouse (BATCC winner), The Wild Party and The Rocky Horror Show (BATCC nominee) with Ray of Light, Grey Gardens (TBA nominee, BATCC winner) with Custom Made, and American Conservatory Theater's 50th Season Gala. No stranger to the world of cabaret, he has MD'ed and performed at cabaret venues around the Bay Area, including Feinstein's at the Hotel Nikko, Society Cabaret (San Francisco and San Jose), Angelica's, Oasis, and Martuni's. He is a graduate of Brown University, where he received the Weston Award for Piano Performance.