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BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 MAINSTAGE SEASON

Mainstage Season Kicks Off in November

BERKELEY (September 8, 2021) – Berkeley Playhouse announced its 13­­th mainstage season of musical productions that will kick off this fall.

The 2021-2022 Season begins in November with Into the Woods, the beloved Sondheim musical full of depth and magic. February opens with Head Over Heels, a bold and hilarious love story set to the music of the iconic 80’s band The Go-Go’s. Next up in April is Little Shop of Horrors, the deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical. The season concludes with the YouthStage Spotlight Show production of School of Rock, the smash-hit musical inspired by the popular film.

Executive Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley reflects on the heart and purpose of our work:

“Imagine a bright and true golden thread, as strong as a sailor’s rope—this thread is empathy,” she said. “This thread is always at the core of the stories we tell and how we tell them. When we can see and truly feel another’s story, we can empathize; our awareness grows, and our care for our community is strengthened and emboldened. Now more than ever we are deeply committed to making Berkeley Playhouse an empowering, inclusive, and welcoming place for our artists, students, and patrons."

Berkeley Playhouse Managing Director Mary K. Lins added: “We step into this new season with courage of heart and a renewed dedication to our mission of impacting lives through theater. We can’t wait to open our doors and experience a season of incredible musical theater together.”

New this season is Berkeley Playhouse’s YouthStage Spotlight Show as an add-on to season passes.

“Working with youth is core to our mission and our young performers command the stage with their talent, dedication, and courage,” said Dooley. "I am honored to be directing our YouthStage Spotlight Show and I know audiences will be thrilled with the artistic quality they’ll experience in School of Rock.”

2021-2022 SEASON AT A GLANCE

Into the Woods | November 19 - December 23, 2021
(Press night: November 20)
Book by James Lapine | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Alex Rodriguez

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine brilliantly weave classic Grimm fairytales together in this beloved musical full of depth and magic.

A baker and his wife endeavor to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairytale characters. Adventure ensues and together they learn to “be careful what you wish for.”

Head Over Heels | February 25 - April 3, 2022
(Press night: February 26)
Original Book by Jeff Whitty | Adaptation by James Magruder | Music and Lyrics by The Go-Go’s
Directed by Lauren Spencer

From the visionaries behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening comes this bold and hilarious love story set to the music of the iconic 1980’s
all-female rock band The Go-Go’s.

With songs like “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” and “Vacation,” you’ll get swept up into this 16th-century prose romance where one royal family journeys to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.

Little Shop of Horrors | May 27 - July 3, 2022
(Press night: May 28)
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman | Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Ryan Weible

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years.

Meek floral assistant Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II”—after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to Seymour—as long as he keeps feeding it...

YouthStage Spotlight Show School of Rock | July 16 - 23, 2022
Book by Julian Fellowes | New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Based on the Paramount movie by Mike White
Directed by Kimberly Dooley
Performed by youth actors

Based on the hit movie, School of Rock The Musical follows wannabe rock star Dewey Finn who poses as a prep school substitute teacher to make some extra cash. While there he discovers the talents of his straight-A students and decides to turn them into a rock band to enter the Battle of the Bands.

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE
Our mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through thriving educational programming, a professional mainstage season, community outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

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BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE WELCOMES DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Dana Swint joins the performing arts organization in an important new role

BERKELEY (August 26, 2021) – Berkeley Playhouse is pleased to announce the addition of Dana Swint to its full-time staff. Swint will join the Berkeley Playhouse leadership team as Director of Development & Community Outreach.

Executive Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley, Managing Director Mary K. Lins, and the Berkeley Playhouse Board of Directors are thrilled to have selected Swint as their choice for this new position.

“In viewing Dana’s resumé and then getting to know her further in interviews, we were impressed by her dedication to the arts, education, and social justice,” Lins said. “Dana will be an excellent addition to the Berkeley Playhouse staff.”

The leaders of Berkeley Playhouse and its Board of Directors recognized the need for more efficient community care and outreach to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout all facets of the organization, as well as the importance of dedicated energy toward crucial fundraising efforts. Swint’s position will focus on outreach and development in all facets of our organization, with a main focus on education, community outreach and volunteerism.

“Dana is a thoughtful and dynamic leader whose passion for inclusion, equity, and education fits so well with the Berkeley Playhouse vision and mission,” Dooley added.

Swint expressed that she is excited to join the organization in this role: “I am honored to join this thriving community and contribute to furthering the commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. I am inspired and excited for the opportunity to be of service, as we come together again and uplift each other.”

About Dana Swint
Dana Swint is a born and raised Northern Californian and has lived in the East Bay for 10 years. She attended Mills College, studying Sociology and Education. Dana holds a Masters of Arts in Education, from UCLA, (Social Sciences and Comparative Education, emphasis Race and Ethnic Studies), where she studied with Daniel Solorzano, Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education. Dana’s professional background is in nonprofit program management, and youth development focused on educational opportunity and empowerment. Her most recent leadership position was at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts as the Education Manager and director of a supervised distance learning program for academically at-risk students. Dana is passionate about the arts, education, outreach, and access for all.

About Berkeley Playhouse
Our mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through thriving educational programming, a professional mainstage season, community outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

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BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE WELCOMES PRODUCING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & MAINSTAGE

Melissa Rivera joins the performing arts organization in an exciting new role

 

BERKELEY (May 26, 2021) – Berkeley Playhouse is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Rivera, a California-born Latina performer, educator, and theater professional to its full time staff. Rivera will join the Berkeley Playhouse leadership team as Producing Director of Education & Mainstage.

After an extensive search, Executive Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley, Managing Director Mary K. Lins, and the Berkeley Playhouse Board of Directors confidently selected Rivera as their choice for this new position.

For several months, the leaders of Berkeley Playhouse and its Board of Directors carefully constructed the role of the Producing Director and decided to combine both education and mainstage leadership. Finding the right person to fill this position required searching for a dynamic, creative, highly-qualified, and organized candidate to join their collaborative team. “Melissa Rivera fit the bill perfectly,” said Dooley.

“Melissa brings an impressive and broad range of theater and education experience to this team,” she said. “Her dedication to bringing musical theater to this community and nurturing the young people who learn here makes her an excellent fit for our hybrid organization. Melissa’s guiding values of inclusion, justice, kindness, and professionalism will undoubtedly strengthen this organization, and I'm thrilled that she is joining our staff in a leadership position.”

Berkeley Playhouse seeks to further evolve the hybrid nature of the organization in which staff can work together across all facets of its mission, including providing Bay Area audiences with exciting musicals each season, engaging the youth community with a thriving educational program, and maintaining and enhancing the beautiful Julia Morgan Theater.

Following a year of difficulties and uncertainties in the world and in the theater arts industry, the organization is thrilled to move into this hybrid format and announce Rivera’s addition. 

“Melissa’s effervescent passion for theater performance and arts education will contribute to an exciting, dynamic, fresh chapter for Berkeley Playhouse.” Lins said of the new hire. “We’re delighted to welcome Melissa knowing her wisdom, determination, and oversight will be invaluable in helping Berkeley Playhouse’s artistic vision and educational goals come to fruition.”

Rivera expressed excitement to finally be back home in the Bay Area and to contribute to the community that she understands and craves to support. She is especially thrilled to be doing so by joining the Berkeley Playhouse team.

“I am honored to be joining this esteemed staff and look forward to serving our community,” she said. “I’m confident that this leadership position will allow my theater and education experience to thrive, and I am excited to dive right into the work.” 

About Melissa Rivera
Melissa Rivera is a California-born Latina performer, educator, and theater professional. Her career has given her the opportunity to travel and perform all over the country and Mexico. Although she has primarily focused on musical theatre, she is also experienced in opera, straight plays, youth theater, recitals, and concert style shows. Her classical and contemporary training has allowed her to effortlessly maneuver through an eclectic assortment of roles such as Mimi in Rent and Belinda in Dido & Aeneas. Notable companies she has performed with include: Sight & Sound Theatres, Sacramento Theatre Company, Legends in Concert, Opera Lancaster, and Creede Repertory Theatre.

Melissa has held several leadership roles and non-artistic positions in production, direction, and accounting. She has co-produced a number of community theater productions such as Legally Blonde and Little Shop of Horrors and directed Shrek Jr. for the Branson Regional Arts Council’s summer institute. She became active in casting in 2016 while working as the assistant casting director to Dena Martinez in San Francisco and went on to be the casting director for the Branson Regional Arts Council in Missouri. 

Additionally, she is an active theater educator and voice teacher. She has taught private voice lessons off and on for over 10 years and enjoys running theater workshops and masterclasses in audition techniques, theater fundamentals, and performance coaching. 

Education has always been important to Rivera, therefore she actively works on honing her craft. She participated in the LAByrinth Theater Company’s intensive ensemble in New York where she studied with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stephen Adly Guirgis (among others), and completed a two-month in-depth teacher training course with Sheri Sanders, the creator of Rock the Audition, in pop/rock musical theater audition techniques. 

Rivera holds a Master of Music in Opera & Music Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from San Diego State University.

About Berkeley Playhouse
Berkeley Playhouse's mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area communities through thriving educational programming, a professional mainstage season of high-quality musicals, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work. In support of our mission we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater—a 110-year-old converted church and historic landmark.

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LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA’S IN THE HEIGHTS TO PERFORM AT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE

Performances begin at the historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning April 3, 2020
 

BERKELEY (March 3, 2020) – Berkeley Playhouse continues its 12th season of professional theater with In the Heights , the Tony-Award winning musical from the creator of Hamilton .

In the Heights is directed by Kimberly Dooley, music directed by Nicolas Perez, and choreographed by Allison Paraiso.

From the musical theater sensation behind Hamilton comes this spirited Tony and Grammy Award-winning story packed full of the rhythms of salsa, soul, hip-hop, and R&B.

Usnavi de la Vega, the owner of a small bodega in New York’s Washington Heights, introduces us to a dynamic group of neighbors and friends chasing their dreams and struggling with the pressures of modern life. Set over the course of three scorching summer days, this panoramic snapshot of a vibrant community on the brink of change is an absolute must-see production.

THE CAST: Carlos Diego Mendoza as Usnavi De La Vega , Cristina Hernandez as Nina Rosario , Erick Casanova as Kevin Rosario , Melinda Meeng-Postma as Camila Rosario , Jordan Covington as Benny , Melissa Rivera as Vanessa , Jomar Martinez as Sonny , Sheila Viramontes as Abuela Claudia , Marisol Urbano as Daniela , Alexis Vera as Carla , Tony Wooldridge as Graffiti Pete, Jason Ayestas as Piraguero , Chloris Li as Ensemble , Miles Meckling as Ensemble , Alyssa Fredzess as Ensemble , Malcolm Leon as Ensemble , Lucca Troutman as Ensemble , Jacob Alcazar as Ensemble , Brianna Grey Rodriguez as Ensemble , Adam Turney as Ensemble , and Lydia Clinton as Ensemble .

PREVIEWS: Friday, April 3 at 7 pm, and Saturday, April 4 at 1 pm
OPENS: April 4 at 7 pm
PRESS: April 4 at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning April 3, 2020. Press night will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at
berkeleyplayhouse.org . Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org . Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.­­­


In the Heights — Publicity Photos

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1. Usnavi de la Vega (CARLOS DIEGO MENDOZA) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of in the Heights, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 3 - May 3, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Ensemble member (ALYSSA FREDZESS) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of In the Heights, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 3 - May 3, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Benny (JORDAN COVINGTON) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 3 - May 3, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Memphis — Production Photos

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1. Huey Calhoun (SEAN O KUNIEWICZ) and Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Teenager / Ensemble (HANAH ROSE NARDONE), Huey Calhoun (SEAN O KUNIEWICZ), and ensemble members perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Bessie / Ensemble (MAYA PHILLIPS), Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Ethel / Selma / Ensemble (CHANEL TILGHMAN), and Laverne / Ensemble (JENNIFER FRAZIER) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Bessie / Ensemble (MAYA PHILLIPS), Ethel / Selma / Ensemble (CHANEL TILGHMAN), Bobby (CADARIOUS MAYBERRY), Laverne / Ensemble (JENNIFER FRAZIER), and Double Dutch Girl / Ensemble (KAMARIA MCKINNEY) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. The company performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Wailin' Joe / Rev Hobson / DJ / Trio / Ensemble (MARCEL SAUNDERS) and ensemble members perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSICAL MEMPHIS TO PERFORM AT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE

Performances begin at the historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning February 14, 2020
 
BERKELEY (January 14, 2020) – Berkeley Playhouse continues its 12th season of professional theater with Memphis , the Tony-Award winning story of love, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Memphis tells the story of Huey Calhoun ( loosely based on real-life Memphis disc jockey, Dewey Phillips) and Felicia Farrell as they embark on a journey of love and music while facing prejudice in 1950's Memphis.

 
SYNOPSIS: In Memphis, Tennessee, Huey Calhoun, a white department store employee , discovers his love of rock 'n roll. He discovers Felicia Farrell, a black singer who performs in the segregated night club owned by her brother Delray. Upon being fired from his job, Huey gets a job as a disc jockey for a local radio station. He begins to play the black music. His producer is a little skeptical about the music Huey wants to play, until the ratings come in.

Huey, fulfilling a promise he made to Felicia, plays her songs on his radio show, starting the "Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll". Huey and Felica fall in love, but they must keep it secret because of the backlash they fear from the public. One night, a group of white men catch Huey and Felicia kissing and assault them.

Huey continues to rise in popularity and Felicia is soon discovered by a New York producer. Felicia is offered an opportunity of a lifetime, but Huey struggles with leaving the only home he's ever known—Memphis.

THE CAST: Memphis features: Sean Okuniewicz  as Huey Calhoun , Loreigna Sinclair a s Felicia Farrell , Jourdan Olivier-Verde as Del Ray Farrell , Deborah Del Mastro as Gladys Calhoun , CJ Smith as Mr Simmons , Jon-David Randle as Gator , Cadarious Mayberry as Bobby , Charles Woodson Parker as Mr Collins / Dj / Father / Gordon Grant , Jordan Smith as Buck Wiley / Martin Holton / Photographer , Marcel Saunder as Wailin Joe / Rev Hobson / Dj / Trio / Ensemble , Jennifer Stark as Clara / Mother , Joe Ayers as Frank Dryer / Ensemble , Chanel Tilghman as Ethel / Selma / Ensemble , Z Hansen as Perry Como / Ensemble , Maya Phillips as Bessie / Ensemble , Jennifer Frazier as Laverne / Ensemble , Hanah Rose Nardone as Teenager / Ensemble , Claire Noelle Pearson as Double Dutch Girl / Ensemble , Kamaria Mckinney as Double Dutch Girl / Ensemble , Montel Anthony Nord as Trio / Ensemble , and Jeffrey May Hyche as Trio / Ensemble .

PREVIEWS: Friday, February 14 at 7 pm, and Saturday, February 15 at 1 pm
OPENS: February 15 at 7 pm
PRESS: February 15 at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning February 14, 2020. Press night will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at
berkeleyplayhouse.org . Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org . Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.
Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.

Memphis — Publicity Photos

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1. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) and Huey Calhoun (SEAN OKUNIEWICZ) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) and Huey Calhoun (SEAN OKUNIEWICZ) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

 
A Christmas Story: The Musical — Production Photos

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1. Mother (MARIA MIKHEYENKO), Randy (ADDISON AU), Ralphie (CHRISTOPHER APY), and The Old Man (MATT DAVIS) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Miss Shields (ELIZABETH JONES) and ensemble members perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Jean Shepard (JOEL ROSTER*) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Ralphie (CHRISTOPHER APY) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. The Red Ryder Youth Cast performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. The ensemble performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


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A Christmas Story: The Musical

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NOSTALGIC HOLIDAY MUSICAL  A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL  TO PERFORM AT   BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE

Performances begin at the historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning November 8, 2019

BERKELEY (October 9, 2019) – Berkeley Playhouse continues their 12th season of professional theater for family audiences with A Christmas Story: The Musical, the nostalgic holiday musical based on the popular 80s film.

Featuring music from the Oscar-winning team behind the music of La La LandThe Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story: The Musical tells of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who only wants one thing for Christmas—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

Despite some very legitimate concerns from the adults in his life, Ralphie can’t control his desperate yearning for his gift. Featuring all your favorite scenes from the classic movie, A Christmas Story: The Musical is brimming with hilarious moments and a lively, energetic score. This quirky tale reminds us that the true meaning of the holidays doesn’t lie in material gifts, but in who you spend the day with.

Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning November 8, 2019. Press night will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at berkeleyplayhouse.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

"We're thrilled to continue our season with this wonderful, funny, and nostalgic musical perfect for families to enjoy during the holidays," says Executive & Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley. "This year, we're dreaming big and diving into powerful pieces of theater that tell passionate stories about the family and communities that you will care for, laugh with, and cheer on as they fight for what they believe in."

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

PREVIEWS: Friday, November 8 at 7 pm, and Saturday, November 9 at 1 pm
OPENS: November 9 at 7 pm
PRESS: November 9 at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org. Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.
 


Mamma Mia! — Production Photos

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1. Sophie Sheridan, center - (CHANEL TILGHMAN), Lisa/Ensemble, left - (CLAIRE NOELLE PEARSON), and Ali/Ensemble, right - (JENNIFER FRAZIER) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Donna Sheridan, center - (KATRINA MCGRAW*), Rosie, left - (JILL GOULD), and Tanya, right - (MELINDA MEENG-POSTMA) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Sophie Sheridan (CHANEL TILGHMAN) and Sky (JACKSON THEA) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Left to right: Harry Bright (RYAN WEIBLE), Bill Austin (MATT DAVIS), and Sam Carmichael (BRENDAN SIMON*) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Sophie Sheridan (CHANEL TILGHMAN) and Donna Sheridan (KATRINA MCGRAW*) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. The company performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

 




Mamma Mia!

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media contact: Mary Lins, General Manager
press@berkeleyplayhouse.org | Office: 510-845-8542

BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE TO KICK OFF 12TH SEASON
WITH THE FEEL GOOD HIT MAMMA MIA!


Limited engagement to play historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning September 20, 2019

 

BERKELEY (August 19, 2019) – Berkeley Playhouse opens their 12th season of professional theater for family audiences with Mamma Mia!, an uproarious adventure along the iridescent blue seas of the Greek Isles.

On the eve of her wedding day, Sophie seeks to discover the father she never knew, bringing three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last set foot on 20 years ago. What follows is an unforgettable story full of lively dance numbers, non-stop laughs, and ABBA’s iconic, toe-tapping hits. One of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, you won’t want to miss this feel-good celebration of love, laughter, and friendship.

Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning September 20, 2019. Press night will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at berkeleyplayhouse.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

"I'm thrilled to dive into our 12th season of theater with this joyous, beloved story," says Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy. "Mamma Mia! is truly the ultimate celebration of love, laughter, and community, and is packed full of unforgettable hit songs that the whole family will adore."

"Without a doubt, this production is the perfect opener for our ambitious new season," adds Executive Director and Producer Kimberly Dooley. "This year, we're dreaming big and diving into powerful pieces of theater that tell passionate stories about the family and communities that you will care for, laugh with, and cheer on as they fight for what they believe in."

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

PREVIEWS: Friday, September 20 at 7 pm, and Saturday, September 21st 1 pm
OPENS: September 21st at 7 pm
PRESS: September 21st at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org. Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.
 


Big, The Musical — Production Photos

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1. Young Josh Baskin (JOE KRENN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) and Susan Lawrence (ALISON QUIN) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Susan Lawrence (ALISON QUIN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN), Susan Lawrence (ALISON QUIN), and company perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. George MacMillan (DC SCARPELLI) and company perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

Big, The Musical — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) and Young Josh Baskin (JONAH HOROWITZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. George MacMillan (DC SCARPELLI) and Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Young Josh Baskin (JOE KRENN) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Pippin — Production Photos

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1. Alex Rodriguez (LEADING PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Kamren Mahaney (PIPPIN) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Brendan Simon* (CHARLEMAGNE / PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Anne Clark (CATHERINE / PLAYER) and Kamren Mahaney (PIPPIN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Mary Gibboney (BERTHE / PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Brendan Simon* (CHARLEMAGNE / PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

7. Alex Rodriguez (LEADING PLAYER) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

8. Kamren Mahaney (PIPPIN) and Mary Gibboney (BERTHE / PLAYER) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

9. Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


Pippin — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Player (AVA MAAG), Leading Player (ALEX RODRIGUEZ) and Player (BRIANNA GREY RODRIGUEZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Pippin (KAMREN MAHANEY) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Leading Player (ALEX RODRIGUEZ) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


West Side Story — Production Photos

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1. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) and Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Anita (VIDA MAE FERNANDEZ) and company perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Bernardo (DAVID J. BOHNET) and company perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Riff (DANILA BURSHTEYN) and company perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Anita (VIDA MAE FENANDEZ) and Bernardo (DAVID J. BOHNET) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

7. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

8. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) and Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

9. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) and Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.



West Side Story — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGON) and Tony (WILL SKRIP*), perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGON), Anita (VIDA MAE FERNANDEZ), and Francisca (ALYSSA FREDZESS) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Riff (DANILA BURSHTEYN), Tony (WILL SKRIP*), and Diesel (JOE AYERS) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


The Wizard of Oz — Production Photos

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1. Cowardly Lion (SCOTT TAYLOR-COLE), Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA), Tin Man (NIC SOMMERFELD), and Scarecrow (MATT ONO) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Glinda (MEGAN MCGRATH) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. The Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA) and the EMERALD YOUTH CAST perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Toto (BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ), Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA), Tin Man (NIC SOMMERFELD), Scarecrow (MATT ONO), and The Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Scarecrow (MATT ONO), Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA), Cowardly Lion (SCOTT TAYLOR-COLE), Toto (BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ), and Tin Man (NIC SOMMERFELD) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


The Wizard of Oz — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Dorothy (SHAYLA LAWLER) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Glinda (MEGAN MCGRATH) and Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Glinda (MEGAN MCGRATH) and Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


The Wizard of Oz — The Cast

Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara

DOROTHY (EMERALD CAST)
Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara

 Shayla Lawler

DOROTHY (Ruby Cast)
Shayla Lawler

Megan McGrath
AUNT EM / GLINDA

Megan McGrath

Billy Raphael
UNCLE HENRY / EMERALD CITY GUARD

Billy Raphael

Briel Pomerantz

ELMIRA GULCH / WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST
Briel Pomerantz

Matt Ono

HUNK / SCARECROW
Matt Ono

Scott Taylor Cole

ZEKE / COWARDLY LION
Scott Taylor-Cole

Nic Sommerfeld

HICKORY / TINMAN
Nic Sommerfeld

Aubri Kahalekulu

PROFESSOR MARVEL
Aubri Kahalekulu

Brianna Rodriguez

TOTO
Brianna Rodriguez

Joespeh Alvarado
NIKO / POLISHER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE

Joespeh Alvarado

Nathan Temby
THE GENERAL / POLISHER / ENSEMBLE

Nathan Temby

Ava Maag

TREE / BEAUTICIAN / ENSEMBLE
Ava Maag

Gabrielle Boyd

TREE / BEAUTICIAN / ENSEMBLE
Gabrielle Boyd

Samantha Rasler

TREE / BEAUTICIAN / ENSEMBLE
Samantha Rasler

Zaya Kolia

CROW / POLISHER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE
Zaya Kolia

Bryan Munar
CROW / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE

Bryan Munar

Alicia Piemme Nelson
CROW / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE

Alicia Piemme Nelson

Oscar Tsukayama

FEATURED DANCER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE
Oscar Tsukayama

Kat Bautista

FEATURED DANCER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE
Kat Bautista

EMERALD YOUTH CAST
Chloe Kiparsky

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Chloe Kiparsky

Kelsey Dougherty

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Kelsey Dougherty

Rowen Weeramantry
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Rowen Weeramantry

Josie Dooley
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Josie Dooley

Lila Dooley

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Lila Dooley

Sophia Gilbert

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Sophia Gilbert

Miranda Long

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Miranda Long

Elijah Cooper

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Elijah Cooper

Kate Henderson

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Kate Henderson

Devyn Barrem

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Devyn Barram


RUBY YOUTH CAST
Scarlett Currier

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Scarlett Currier

Allison Dana

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Allison Dana

Jaina Manning
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Jaina Manning

Mia Breidenbach
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Mia Breidenbach

Charlotte Curtin

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Charlotte Curtin

Lila Muise

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Lila Muise

Iris Eyal

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Iris Eyal

Elijah Jimenez

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Elijah Jimenez

Emma Curtin

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Emma Curtin

Nora Dolan

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Nora Dolan

Dreamgirls — Production Photos

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1. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), and C.C. White (KRIS ANTHONY WILLIAMS) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. James “Thunder” Early (MARCEL SAUNDERS), Curtis Taylor Jr. (STEPHEN WILSON), Marty (SHAWNJ WEST), C.C. White (KRIS ANTHONY WILLIAMS) and Wayne / MC / Tuxedo (THE T) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. James “Thunder” Early (MARCEL SAUNDERS) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), and Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

7. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

8. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

9. Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), and Michelle Morris (CHANEL TILGHMAN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

10. C.C. White (KRIS ANTHONY WILLIAMS) and Michelle Morris (CHANEL TILGHMAN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Dreamgirls — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Dreamgirls — The Cast

Marissa Rudd

DEENA JONES
Marissa Rudd

Stephen Wilson

CURTIS TAYLOR JR.
Stephen Wilson

Loreigna Sinclair
LORRELL ROBINSON

Loreigna Sinclair

Marcel Saunders
JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY

Marcel Saunders

Tanika Baptiste

EFFIE WHITE
Tanika Baptiste

Kris Anthony Williams

C.C. WHITE
Kris Anthony Williams

ShawnJ West

MARTY
ShawnJ West

Chanel Tilghman

MICHELLE MORRIS / STEPP SISTER 
Chanel Tilghman

Jennifer Frazier
STEPP SISTER / LES STYLES

Jennifer Frazier

Tiana Paulding
STEPP SISTER / LES STYLES

Tiana Paulding

Elizabeth Jones

CHARLENE / LES STYLES / REPORTER
Elizabeth Jones

Vida Mae Fernandez

JOANNE / LES STYLES / REPORTER
Vida Mae Fernandez

Cadarious Mayberry

TINY JOE DIXON / JERRY / TUXEDO
Cadarious Mayberry

The T

WAYNE / MC / TUXEDO
The T

Montel Anthony Nord
LITTLE ALBERT / FRANK / TUXEDO / REPORTER

Montel Anthony Nord

Isaiah Collins
STAGE MNGR / TRU TONE / TUXEDO / REPORTER

Isaiah Collins

Johnny Davidson

SECURITY GUARD / REPORTER / TUXEDO / TRU TONE
Johnny Davison

Zach Padlo

DAVE / DWIGHT / FILM EXEC
Zach Padlo

Joe Ayers

MR. MORGAN / PHOTOGRAPHER / REPORTER / FILM EXEC
Joe Ayers

Katie Iannitello

SWING
Katie Iannitello

Ella Ruth Francis

SWEETHEART / REPORTER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Ella Ruth Francis

Aurelia Jordan
SWEETHEART / REPORTER / PHOTOGRAPHER

Aurelia Jordan


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