Question about Ed Sullivan Adagio Acrobatic Trio

I received this question via email from a reader. Having no idea what the answer is I’m posting it in case someone else knows.


Could you please tell me if you could find out the name of an adagio acrobatic trio that appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show?

It definitely was not The Bal Caron Trio or The andrea dancers, or the Keoni Dancers or The Saddri Dancers or The Three Wiles or Trio Gypsys. or The Dior Dancers. It was the best adagio act I had ever seen.

It consisted of Two six ft tall men wearing regular black tuxedos and shiny black patent leather dress shoes that tied. The girl was a tiny petite blonde haired girl she wore a black bathing suit outfit with black ballet slippers she must have been a
tiny double jointed contortionist because she was just like rubber. One man circled her around his waist like she was his belt or tuxedo cummerbun wrapped around his waist as her body was facing outward wrapped around his waist tightly and he spun around and around in fast circles while she was wrapped around his waist like a belt or tuxedo cummerbund.

Both men took his turn of doing different acrobatic lifts and spins to her one man used her as a single jumprope and her jumped over her body several times while he was holding onto her two ankles in one hand and in his other hand he
held onto her two wrists and she was in a horizontal position like a real jumprope and her brought her body up and down and around and jumped over her like a jumprope.

One man put her body across his shoulder like the letter T and spun around and around in circles  then she locked her feet
around the other man’s neck and hung upside down on the front of him as he spun her around and they did other adagio lifts and spins and balancing to her even both men used her body as a double jumprope too.

It also was not the three Cottas either In 1951 the trio Hurricanes were on the Ed Sullivan Show maybe it could be them or there was another act called Kay, katchas, and Kay see if it was them or The Hermanos Williams trio or see if you can find out what the name of their act was.

The great trio I saw danced to the music of The Can Can or The Sabre Dance song please find out and email me back soon as I will be looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks.



If you have any knowledge about this, please post a note here on the blog. Thank you!

Once Upon a Mattress – ACT Theatre

Anacortes, WA – Once Upon a Mattress presented by Anacortes Community Theatre (ACT) March 30-April 28, 2007.

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer

Directed by Marilyn Pinquoch
Choreography by Glynna Goff-Eloe

CAST – Once Upon a Mattress 2007
Princess Winnifred – Glynna Goff-Eloe
Prince Dauntless the Drab – Mike Jenkins
Queen Aggravain – Julie Johnson Lindsey
King Sextimus the Silent – David Picht
Lady Larken – Cally Johnson
Sir Harry – Clarence Holden
Minstrel – Tim McLaughlin
Jester – Willow McLaughlin
Wizard – Nello Bottari
Princess # 12 – Taylor Goldstein
Lady Rowena – Valerie Thomas
Lady Lucille – Carol Lee Olsen
Lady Merrill – Kathleen Wolf
Lady Hortense – Mary Purcer
Statue – Venus de Mildred – Judy Crane
Sir Studley – Bil Terry
Lady Beatrice – Rebecca Boggie, Jenny Ives
Sir Harold – Hardy VanRy
Sir Luce – Billy Hendrix
Lady Maybelle – Chris Weiss
Prince (Prologue) – Hardy VanRy
Princess (Prologue) – Rebecca Bogie, Jenny Ives
Queen (Prologue) – Kathleen Wolf
Ladies in Waiting – Kate Clawson, Beth Greatorex, Jenny Ives, Sheryl Laprade

Knights – Sam Gladish, Zach Purcer, Jerry Stewart, Malcolm Taylor, Dan Tibbles, Justin Wheeler, Amandus Wolf

Swamp Ladies Sextet – Beth Greatorex, Sheryl Laprade, Carol Lee Olsen, Mary Purcer, Valerie Thomas, Kathleen Wolf

Director/Musical Director – Marilyn Pinquoch
Producer – Melissa Bridges
Assistant Director – Carla Roberts-Hurst
Assitant Director – Dottie Morgan
Choreographer – Glynna Goff-Eloe
Stage Manager/Props – Anneke DenHann
Costumers – Sandy Meissner, Heather Robertson
Set Design – Cheryl Reid, Billy Hendrix
Set Construction Lead/Props – Billy Hendrix
Stage Crew – Tyler Hutchinson
Lighting Design – Melissa Bridges, Tim McLaughlin, Marilyn Pinquoch
Lighting Technicians – Carrie and Sarah Tisinger
Make Up and Hair – Julie Todd Johnson
Hair Stylists – Jan Trumble, Karen McCallum
Production Coordinator/Set Artist – Cheryl Reid
Front of House – Doris Griffith
Box Office – Mary Seeger
Poster Design and Cast Portraits – Ginny Tomasko
Publicity – Jackie Anderson
Front of House – Doris Griffith
Dinner Theatre – Sandy Meissner, Rick Sohn and Betsy Rogers
Seamstresses: Sandy Meissner, Heather Robertson, Carol Lee Olsen, Edna Witcher, Cally Johnson, Rosemary Trott, Beth Greatorex

Set Construction: Billy Hendrix, Cheryl Reid, Anneke DenHann, Bruce Raine

Pianist/Rehearsal Pianist – Onella Brunner
Keyboard – Juanita Maltsberger

Anacortes Community Theater is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate and entertain our community by providing a quality theatre experience for actors, patrons, and students of all ages.

Production Coordinator – Cheryl Reid
Office Manager – Carolyn Cox
Box Office – Mary Seeger
School of Performing Arts – Elizabeth Lundquist

2007 ACT Board
President – Bob Lundquist
Vice President – Jan Trumble
Secretary – Jackie Anderson
Treasurer – Mitch Everton
Members at Large – Bud Anderson, Nello Bottari, Carrie Tisinger

Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry’s baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen’s supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to ‘shut up’ which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.

Cheepburger Comedy by Dave James


Cheepburger is finally hitting the stage!!!!! Written and directed by Dave James, produced by Carrie James. My home boy don’t put out nothing but the best, so go see it.

This is the WORLD PREMIERE of a new original comedy.

Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center
April 27th at 7:00 pm
April 28th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
$5 admission.

Carrie writes (you are too funny):

So… Dave wrote a play. It’s awesome. It’s based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It takes place in a fast food restaurant called Cheepburger. Hence, it is called Cheepburger. It is a load of fun. You should come. Or else you will regret it. Forever.


Lone Rooster Productions is made up of students from both Port Susan Middle School and Stanwood Middle School. After having great success in past years with well-known shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, Anne of Green Gables, Into The Woods, Guys and Dolls, and Annie, the kids of Lone Rooster are proud to be producing their first brand-new original comedy.

Cheepburger takes place in a chicken-based fast food restaurant, and is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It was written by local teacher and Lone Rooster director Dave James, although the actors, actresses, and tech crew have contributed greatly to the flow and humor of the script during the rehearsal process. The play follows the stories of two young couples. One of the couples has just met, and they seem perfect for each other. But an acquaintance of theirs who doesn’t like to see others end up happy conspires with her trouble-making friends to break them up. The other couple consists of a boy and girl who have dedicated their lives to insulting and ridiculing each other, to the point where their friends conclude that only two people completely in love could possibly spend so much time trying to offend each other. Having realized this, their friends concoct a plot to make them fall in love once and for all.

Many of the characters in the play are employees of the Cheepburger fast food restaurant, but there are also many customers who visit Cheepburger, including a well-to-do lady who thinks she’s in a five-star restaurant, a man who desperately wants roast beef when all they have is chicken, and an entire soccer team who’s trip to Cheepburger ends in an all-out food fight.

In all, about 40 students will make Cheepburger run smoothly both on stage and behind the scenes. Cheepburger will run April 27th at 7:00 pm, and April 28th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. All shows will be at the Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are only five dollars, and are available at Snow Goose Books in Stanwood or at the door.

The Apple Tree – Diary of Adam and Eve Based on Mark Twain


Mount Vernon, WA – THE APPLE TREE opens April 13th. The diary of Adam and Eve “The Apple Tree” is a quirky, touching musical spin on the tale of the world’s first couple, adapted from Mark Twains “Extracts from Adam’s Diary”.

This is a three-person show with myself at the piano. Features Adam, Eve and the Snake – all performed hilariously by seasoned actors. It’s a very cute one hour show that highlights some of the historical and stereotypical differences between men and women – who better to explore this with than Adam and Eve. It’s very funny. I’ve never met anyone who did not like the work of Mark Twain – and his dry wit and sense of humour runs throughout this script. I’ve worked with these actors on other productions and they are VERY fun to work with and to watch.

This is a musical – lots of great interchanges between Adam and Eve with songs sprinkled throughout.

Friday, April 13 2007 – Stanwood High School Theater Performing Arts Center, Stanwood, WA. Dinner and show $20.00 – Show only $10. Dinner at 6pm – show to follow. Catered by Olive Garden of Burlington, WA.

Saturday, April 14th 2007 – The Phillip Tarro Theater at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA. 6pm dessert and coffee – show to follow.

Tickets are available at the door, at Snow Goose Bookstore or online at

The April 13th performance to benefit the Twin City Idlers Scholarship Fund. The April 14th show to benefit the Drama Department Scholarships of Skagit Valley College.

Disney HSM 2007

Disney’s High School Musical run at McIntyre Hall (Mount Vernon, WA) has wrapped. Thanks to all for a very fun run. Special kudos to our tech crew on this show – thank you for all your hard work.

Here on my website I have a whole section just for High School Musical related articles and photos – check out the “High School Musical” link on the right bar navigation.


Disney’s High School Musical
Book by David Simpatico
Original songs by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley; Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd and Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle; David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston.

Music adapted, arranged and produced by Bryan Louiselle

Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by Peter Barsocchini

Theater Arts Guild Production March 23 – April 7, 2007
Produced by Jann Barem, Clarence Holden and Harold Page
Directed by Scott McDade
Musical Direction by Conrad Askland
Choreographed by Donna Carroll and Jennifer Newell
Lighting Design by Steven Craig

Troy Bolton – Ryan McNamara
Gabriella Montez – Miranda Zickler
Sharpay Evans – Havalah Calderon and Adria Finch
Ryan Evans – Cody Adelman
Chad Danforth – Mikel Armstrong
Taylor McKessie – Emma Lynn
Kelsi Neilson – Sarah Damstra and Mandy Vander Mey
Zeke Baylor – Stefan Vanden Kooy
Martha Cox – Kaela Springer
Jack Scott – Mason Eger
Ms. Darbus – Laurie Miller
Coach Bolton – Bruce Vilders

Cheerleaders – Ellis Jones, Haylie Ingman, Carly Richter and Lisa Wallace

Jocks – Jake Updegraff, Justin Lawrence, Connor Crosby, Tyler Luvera, Miles Lee, Jeff Huschka, Michael Peterson

Braniacs – Emily Lester, Alec Hernandez, Madeline Furlong, Lauren Leer, Mathias Struck

Thespians – Pete Grace, Rebecca Wright, Amelia Furlong, Lauren Sigfusson, Chloe Roberts, Emma Ferguson, Nicole Jennings

Skaters – Lindsee Nichols, Demi Fair, Chelsea Hawkinson, Courtney Blunt, Jana Collins, Kyle Mitchell

Wildcat Dancers – Mikalah Barem, Adria Finch, Gina Wallace, Braelyn Whited, Miranda Peterson, Malia Woodard, Felisha Palomera

Wildcat Students – Teylor Wilber, Kiralee Nichols, Ashley Christoferson, Dorothy Howard, Laura Andrich, Emily Watilo, Emily Shapiro and Hanna Ermi.

Voice of Ms. Tenny – Shelby Celia
Voice of Decathlon Moderator – Rebecca Wright

Gabriella Montez – Lauren Leer
Taylor McKessie – Lauren Sigfusson
Zeke – Jake Updegraff
Martha Cox – Miranda Peterson
Ryan Evans – Pete Grace

Producers – Jann Barem, Clarence Holden and Harold Page
Director – Scott McDade
Musical Director/Conductor – Conrad Askland
Choreographers Donna Carroll and Jennifer Newell
Stage Manager – Dave Wright
Set Designer – Scott McDade
Design Consultants – Harold Paige and Steven Craig
Costumer – Cathy Pfahl
Lighting Designer – Steven Craig
Makeup / Hair Designer – Amy Vermulm
Makeup Assistants – Nicole Trepus and Claire Miller
Props Managers – Amanda McDaniel and Suzann McLamb
Director’s Assistant – Shelby Celia
Choreographer’s Assistant – Tessa Bisby
Costume Assistants – D.J. Walker and Cecilia Andress
Dance Captians – Adria Finch and Miranda Peterson
Audio Engineer – Kyle Blevins
Audio Tech 2 – Milton Grambo
Baksetball Coaches – Anton Fero and Bruce Vilders
Volunteer Coordinator – Ann Nelson
Set Construction Lead – Don Willcuts
Set Construction Crew – Mark O’Brien, Phillip Brown, Bob Jones, Joriah Barnett, Walter Pfahl, Aaron Haba, Roger Ragusa, Leif Barem, Glen Huschka, Bruce Vilders

Scenic Painter – Karen Bakke
Set Painters – Elizabeth Haba, Alicia Huschka, Glen Huschka, Elizabeth Risser, Kathy Lester, Karen Gardner-Brown, Kathy Brackett, Clarice Lee, Ebony Lee, Debbie Mitchell and Dave Mitchell

Productin Photographers – Gary Brown and Eric Hall
Program – McDade and Company
Program Assistants – Jann Barem and Harold Paige
Program Photographer – Scott McDade

Fly Lead – Dave Mumford
Fly Crew – Spencer Demarais, Nate Young, Roger Ragusa and Leif Barem
Stage Crew – Chelsea Lankford, Madelynne Nore, Lauren Reilly and Anna Oomen
Light Board Operator – James Yandel
Follow-spot Operators – Wes Furlong and Cameron Craig

Conductor/Keyboard 1 – Conrad Askland
Keyboard 2 – Brianne Weaver
Guitar 1 – Luke Hansen
Guitar 2 and Saxophone – Kyle McInnis
Bass Guitar – Peter Bridgman
Percussion – Oscar De La Rosa
Drums – David Bridgman

Disney HSM – Cast and Musician Photos

Disney’s High School Musical opened at McIntyre Hall on March 23, 2007 for a three week run. Here are some photos of the HSM cast and musicians in rehearsal. Full cast is almost sixty strong and the live pit band is seven musicians (and six keyboards!).

High School Musical Cast at McIntyre Hall – Warmups



HSM Cast in General Rehearsal



HSM Musicians Setting Up In Orchestra Pit


Rhythm Section Compares Notes





Conductor’s Keyboard Rig



Oscar De La Rosa – Percussion


Scott McDade – Director


Cathy Pfahl – Costume Design


Theater Arts Guild Gobo



Jann Barem and Harold Paige


50 Ways to Appreciate Your Tech Crew

Technical crews in the arts are notorious for not being appreciated. They work so hard backstage to make everything work right. If they do their job well, they are almost invisible as everything flows with effortless ease to make the cast look good on stage.

So if you’re involved in musical theater, plays, drama, music bands or anything that uses a tech crew – take time out to let them know you appreciate what they do. Because truth is, things wouldn’t look very good without them!

The Crew is all those people backstage who work so hard to make you look good. They include the guys on the fly rail, the girls who move sets on and off, the prop ladies, the Stage Manager, the guys who mike you up, the lighting guy, the people in the dressing area who help with costumes and make-up and the backstage parent volunteers.

Here are some ways to show your appreciation:

1. Learn their names.
2. Say “Thank you!”
3. Smile at them.
4. Bring them a cookie.
5. Clap when they enter the building.
6. Buy them a flower
7. Leave anonymous “Thank You” notes for them backstage.
8. Compose a poem extolling their contribution.
9. Give them a Starbuck’s gift certificate.
10. Slap them on the back and say “Atta boy/girl!”
11. Post a “Thank you” ad in the Personals section of the Want Ads.
12. Make them feel welcome in the Green Room.
13. Wear deodorant.
14. Decorate a personal water bottle for them.
15. Ask for their autographs.
16. Dedicate a performance to them.
17. Be respectful.
18. Bake them a cake.
19. Tell your friends and family how important the crew is to the
20. Polish an apple and give it to them.
21. Tell them they’re doing a good job.
22. Share a joke with them.
23. Bring a tub of red licorice sticks to share with them.
24. Chat with them.
25. Stay out of their way when they are trying to do their job.
26. Put up a big “Thank You!” poster backstage with all their names
on it.
27. Pick up after yourself.
28. Take their picture.
29. Send them a greeting card.
30. Tell them they look good in black.
31. To the fly rail guys say “Oooo, you’re strong!”
32. Wave at them in the parking lot.
33. Give them a complimentary nickname.
34. Tell them they’re cool.
35. Offer them an Altoid.
36. Take an interest in what they do.
37. Say hi to them when you see them away from the theater.
38. Wear an “I love the Stage Crew” tee shirt.
39. Give them a McDonalds gift certificate.
40. Remember to thank them when you receive your Oscar.
41. Tell them you’ve named a goldfish after them.
42. Knit them a black sweater.
43. Ask them about their favorite backstage story.
44. Be cheerful.
45. Let them read your newspaper.
46. “Groove” with them.
47. Tell them they’re your hero.
48. Respect their “space”.
49. Tell other people nice things about them.
50. Write “Thank You” messages on a banana (peel) with a Sharpie
and give it to them.

Skagit Opera 2007 – The Marriage of Figaro

marriage-of-figaro-program.jpg Mount Vernon, WA (McIntyre Hall) – Skagit Opera presented Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro February 23 to March 4, 2007. I attended the second weekend Friday performance.

I have had many people ask me what I thought of the performance. Maybe in part they think I have an extra edge in reviewing the finer details of the performance and am able to critique with some artistocratic snobbery. When I attend a concert I get lost in the performance if it’s done well, I don’t burden myself with trying to analyze the technical details. It’s only when something is not quite right that I begin to analyze what the source is. On this production of The Marriage of Figaro I was able to fully engage in the show, because there just wasn’t anything glaring that was wrong. It was all around wonderful.

I can describe Skagit Opera’s presentation in one word: FLAWLESS. It was truly incredible. No show is actually flawless, but as an audience member it was an incredible experience. When I blog about local shows I make it a point to not bring up any negative points. If I have something negative to say about a local production I keep it to myself. I want to support local arts, not tear it down. I can tell you that this is the first presentation in Skagit County where I have nothing negative to say, there is nothing I am omitting. Skagit Opera has established themselves as the real deal with lightning speed.

I was a little bummed I didn’t get to go to the pre-lecture on opening night, so it was a great bonus when Erich Parce came out at the beginning of the opera and explained many of the opera plot twists and turns. The plot does get a little complicated and his pre-show synopsis helped keep us all on the same page.


Photos by Gary Brown are available from

Skagit Opera chose to do this opera in English – and I saw they are currently asking for audience feedback on whether to keep the operas in English or perform them in the original language. The choices are apparent – have a show that is easily digested by modern concertgoers, or retain the beauty of the original phrasing and language as the composer intended. For my vote I’m torn on that. I love to hear the original language, to know what I am hearing is authentic. Yet as an audience member, it’s a nice change to just be able to just sit back and be entertained – to digest the opera easily as a show. I never thought I would say this – but I think I enjoy the English shows more. At least then we all know exactly when to laugh. When you hear an opera in a foreign language that’s the point when you can tell who knows the opera and who doesn’t – the people IN THE KNOW realize the exact points where they are supposed to laugh.

Dean Williamson conducted a tight, fast paced show. For as long as this opera is the orchestra and cast kept pretty tight throughout. I could always hear the vocals well over the music thanks to very subtle sound reinforcement by Jerry Fortier. Jerry’s approach is to enhance the sound just below the threshold of noticing that it’s happening. He does this transparently and does it exceedingly well with the Opera shows. The string section was nice and full thanks to Sharyn Peterson’s leadership. In other shows I have usually heard at least one instrument grossly out of tune, there was none of that in this show. Intonation with the orchestra was excellent. I was talking with a friend about this show’s orchestra and they said, “I KNOW, IT SOUNDED LIKE A BROADWAY PIT BAND!” – and I know they meant that as a high compliment to the tightness of this show’s musicians.

Acting was incredible in this Marriage of Figaro. They characters were so animated, and used their acting skills to the hilt in propelling the plot forward. Any subtle elements of the plot that may have been confusing, the actors clarified with their acting. It was like watching professional actors who also happened to sing, whereas with opera you often find great singers that leave a little to be desired in their acting. Not the case here.

Jenny Knapp was an audience favorite in her portrayal of Cherubino. It is such a funloving role, and it’s hard to imagine anyone could play it with such pixy frivolity as she did. She could have pulled it off on acting alone, but her voice was also solid as a rock and hypnotizing in the lower registers.

Matthew Hayward as The Count. I have seen him in other roles where he was the Hero, and it was fun to watch him play the villian. He made us despise him as the count just as much as he made us love him as the Hero. I’d be interested to see his career unfold and the wide variety of roles he will be able to command.

Matthew Curran (Figaro) and Jessica Milanese (Susannah) worked so well as a team with their interactive acting that I wonder if they’ve done this role pairing together before. In particular these two were champions of expressing each turn of the plot with their acting as well as vocally. One of the reasons their acting was so apparent is because you didn’t have to strain to understand their words, and they didn’t make your gut tense up when they went for the high notes. They made it appear effortless so the audience could just get lost in the plot and action. If either Matthew or Jessica happen to read this post I would be interested to know if you’ve worked as a pair before, or if you’ve done these roles before. I’m guessing you have both done these roles before, and give it a 40% chance you’ve also worked as a pair before. It was awesome!

Set design was top notch. I don’t know if the “dancing trees” are considered props or set, but they were very fun in the closing acts too. It is always amazing to me when comedy from several hundred years ago is still funny today – side-splitting funny at that!

Ok, enough gushing over how fantastic Skagit Opera is. I really need to find something wrong with them that I can critique or people will start thinking I’m a shill hired by them to give flawless reviews. SKAGIT OPERA ROCKS!!!

Skagit Opera presents

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Original Italian libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English libretto by Ruth and Thomas Martin

Premiere: the Burgtheater, Vienna, May 1, 1786
Performed now at McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, WA
February 23, 25 and March 2, 4 – 2007


Figaro – Matthew Curran
The Count – Matthew Hayward
Cherubino – Jenny Knapp
Susannah – Jessica Milanese
The Countess – Mieke Rickert
Marcellina – Ellen McLain
Antonio – Daniel Oakden
Barbarina – Megan Chenovick
Don Basilio – Darrell Born
Doctor Bartolo – Ron Wohl
Don Curzio – Scott Rittenhouse

Conductor – Dean Williamson
Stage Director – Erich Parce
Costumer – Carl Bronsdon
Costume Coordinator – Lynne Rittenhouse
Set – Seattle Opera
Set Designer – Curtis Wallin
Hair and Makeup – Mary Bingham
Technical Director – Bruce Weech
Stage Manager – Rebecca Heilig
Accompanists – Glenda Williams, Rhonda Kline, Andres Pelaez, Christina Siemens, Lynne Rittenhouse
Chorus Director – David Cross
Chorus Coordinator – Lynne Rheinhardt
General Director – Ron Wohl
Light Design – Steven Craig
Sound Engineer – Jerry Fortier
Light Operator – Don Willcuts
Fly Captain – Dave Mumford
Stage Crew – Damien Rocco, Quentin Griffith, Josh Herrin, Nate Young
Follow Spot – Cameron Craig, Steve Fisher
Publicity – Bill Arnett, Ellie Slabodnik, Nancy Peterson
Program – Ron Wohl
Photography – Eric Hall, Gary Brown
Lobby Display – Robert Slabodnik
Special thanks to Talisman Productions


1st Violins – Sharyn Peterson, Danae Otterness, Andrea Talley, George Huang

2nd Violins – Christine Wilkinson, Jessica Marshall

Violas – Rachel McGuire, Natalie Muri, Morgan Schwab

Celli – Matthew Rehfeldt, David Jones

Bass – Thomas Mayes
Percussion – Mary-Ellen Hodges
Flute 1 – Kimberly Breilein
Flute 2 – Lindsey Peterson
Harpsichord – Andres Pelaez
Oboe 1 – Jonathan Peterson
Oboe 2 – Jennifer Weeks, Kristen Gillig
Clarinet 1 – Eugene Zoro
Clarinet 2 – Kimberly Fay
Bassoon 1 – Pat Nelson
Bassoon 2 – David Strangland
Horn 1 – Robin Strangland
Horn 2 – Beverly Soler
Trumpet 1 – Malcolm Peterson
Trumpet 2 – Kipp Otterness


Sopranos – Lynne Rheinhardt, Ariane Brandt, Beverly Pearson, Carrie Denny

Altos – Ginny Ramey, Dani Keller, LuAnne Hargis

Basses – Gary Ramey, Dave Cross, Rod Brandt, Eric Hall

Children – Colin Rittenhouse, Paige Rittenhouse, Zoe Slabodnik, Aya Ochiai

Susannah – Megan Chenovick
Figaro – Jonathan Silvia
Antonio – Erich Parce
Barbarina – Ava Trenga-Schein
Countess – Kathy Roche-Zujko


Le nozze di Figaro ossia la folle giornata (Trans: The Marriage [literal, Wedding] of Figaro or the Day of Madness), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, Le mariage de Figaro (1784). Although the play by Beaumarchais was at first banned in Vienna because it satirizes the aristocracy, the opera became one of Mozart’s most successful works. It is now regarded as a cornerstone of the standard operatic repertoire, and Opera America claims it to be the sixth most performed opera in North America. The overture is especially famous and is often played as a concert piece. The contemporary English translation is by Ruth and Thomas Martin.

Casting Process

Note: These notes reflect how I approach the audition process. It may not be universal protocol, but has been consistent for all shows I have worked on.

A couple people have asked me why I didn’t cast certain individuals in different roles. This might be a good time to explain the casting process to eliminate some confusion. It’s important to note that as MD (music director) I do not directly cast parts, I only make recommendations for casting.

Directors are the ones that cast roles. Directors have the vision for a show and all other personnel work to make that vision a reality. When I work on a show as MD (music director), everything I do is intended to be approved by the director before I do it. My entire focus is to bring what I see needs to be done with music in so far as it aligns with the Director’s vision.

During the audition process my job (as music director) is to field candidates that have the technical ability to perform each individual role. I give my list of role possibilities to the director. This is the list the Director has to choose from for casting certain roles. The ultimate decision is up to the Director. Often the Director will have specific questions about some people on the list or ask me to look more closely at additional auditioners that are not on my lists.

A Director is in no way obliged to work only from my lists – but in a good working relationship it is hoped that the Director will take considerations from the MD with heavy weight.

Before auditions I chart out the range of each role and have a feel for the style needed for each part. During auditions I am checking projection, timbre (tone quality) and range to field for different parts. Often I will ask auditioners to sing additional bits to check ranges needed for a specific part.

My considerations in making these lists is only musical. The Director is the one who has the vision as to what chemistry will work best for each part. Often the casting of one part will be co-dependent on the casting of another if the characters interact as a pair.

The reason I am posting this is that I have recently seen a few people give up tremendous opportunities because of what I think is their inaccurate perception of the casting process. Not being cast for a specific role is not a reflection on an individual’s ability, it is just a reflection of that particular audition for that particular role at that time and how those elements fit into the Director’s overall vision. Please read that last sentence again, it’s important to understand.

Although I would like to, it does not seem proper for me to approach these individuals and have them be privy to the entire selection process – which is gruelling for all directors.

My one point I want to relay in this post is this: Throw your hat in the ring as much as you can and with your best work at all times. Do not give in to thoughts that are negative or make you question your drive and talents. Do not take things personal and know that all of us want you to do your best.

I hope this message reaches the right ears, and that others in various productions can extract some inspiration and guidance from this.

Dracula Opens at McIntyre Hall

darkside-avat.jpgSkagit Valley College Theater Department production of Dracula opens at McIntyre Hall Friday, February 9th 2007. Screenplay by Seattle writer Steven Dietz based on Bram Stoker’s original work.

Fair warning – this production may be upsetting to some people. Bram Stoker’s original Dracula creation has many elements in it that were skipped in early Hollywood renditions. It is upsetting if not seen in it’s entirety. It’s supposed to be – it’s horror. It will not be surprising if some people walk out in disgust.


Due to graphic violence and bloodshed, not appropriate for children.


Performance dates:
Friday, February 9 – 7:30pm
Saturday, February 10 – 7:30pm
Sunday, February 11 – 2:00pm
Friday, February 16 – 7:30pm
Saturday, February 17 – 7:30pm
Sunday, February 18 – 2:00pm

Reserved Seating: $10.00
Skagit Valley Students with ID – in the Balcony only: Free

Steven Dietz 1995 adaptation of Bram Stokers classic novel, Dracula, takes the audience on a literary journey that parallels the book. Those who have seen the production on stage or in the theatres with famed movie star Bela Legosi have only seen half the story. Stoker’s book, told through news paper clippings and journal entries flows more like a detective novel then a work of horror. Dietz captures Stokers literary genius, bringing the play to its climatic conclusion.


The cast includes Trey Hatch (Beauty and the Beast, The Merry Wives of Windsor) as Renfield; Lydia Randall (Fame, Seven Brides) as Mina; David Cox (Godot, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors); Christina Stevens (Omnium Gatherum) and Carolyn Hatch (The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe, Comedy of Errors) as vampire Vixens; Alex Muteseki (Omnium Gatherum, Hamlet) as Jonathan Harker; Jared Confroti (Little Shop of Horrors), Miles McGillivray (Antigone) and Suzann McLamb (Li’l Abner, Pirates of Penzance) as Attendants to the Psycho ward.


Director Damond Morris is an adjunct instructor in the SVC Department of Theatre Arts and directed Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in 2005. He is also the Artistic Director and founder of Shakespeare NorthWest which produces “The Skagit River Shakespeare Festival” each August in Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon. Morris directed Hamlet for the Festival in 2006. Some of his directing credentials include Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Waiting for Godot by Beckett, The Inspector General by Gogol, The Odd Couple by Simon, and Salomé by Wilde.

High School Musical Conductor Question

I’m doing HS Musical at Irvington Town Hall Theater in a little over a week. I’m playing and conducting and my old Mx8 midi patchbay has just died. Would you recommend a replacement to control my synth rig, either standalone or computer based is fine? What do you use?
Thank You,
Julius Petty

Hi Julius, I only use a midi patchbay in the studio, not live. When performing live I use 4-5 keyboards to cover different sounds, so no need for a patchbay. (Keyboards used are dedicated weighted piano, Hammmond B3 clone, Synth controlling laptop with virtual keyboard I use for custom FX, and two utility boards for synth, strings etc. ) You can usually daisy-chain up to three midi units together without an audible delay. Off the top of my head I think delay per midi daisy chain “through” is around 3-7 milliseconds. Audible delay usually occurs somewhere around 20 milliseconds for most people. So, you can hook up to three units together before you reach a delay that’s audible. Do you need to link together more than three modules per board?

Hope that helps. We’re just starting to rehearse our production, so let me know if you have any super-duper secret insider tips or errata info on the scores.

Musicians – High School Musical

This is the official page for High School Musical musicians for TAG’s presentation at McIntyre Hall 2007. Bookmark this page for updates and additional information.

*HSM Musician News*
1Â – Each HSM musician responsible to have their own stand light – needs to be a Manhassett style black covered light, available at Hugo Helmer for about $30. Please do not wait until the last minute to get one.

Piano/B3 – Filled
Keyboard 1 – Filled
Keyboard 2 – Filled
Bass Guitar – Filled
Drums – Filled
Percussion – OPEN
Guitar 1 – Filled
Guitar 2 – Filled
Drum Line (4 snares) – OPEN
2 Sousaphones – OPEN
DJ Scratcher – OPEN

2/19 Monday – Drums, Bass, Key1 Only Noon-4pm
2/26 Monday – Drum, Bass, All Keys 9pm-midnight
2/27 Tuesday – Drum Bass, All Guitars 9pm-midnight at MV Pres Church
3/3 Saturday 10am-4pm Full Band at MV Pres Church (Corner of 15th and Broadway, Mount Vernon)
3/6 Tuesday 9pm-midnight – Full Band at MV Pres Church
3/8 Thursday 5-10pm w/castt – TAG on 12th St by Hospital
3/15 Thursday – 5-10pm w/cast – TAG on 12th St by Hospital
3/21 Wednesday – 5-10pm LOAD IN and Rehearsal at McIntyre Hall
3/22 Thursday – 5-10pm Dress Rehearsal at McIntyre Hall


March 23 Friday 7:30pm
March 24 Saturday 7:30pm
March 25 Sunday 2pm
March 29 Thursday DAY SHOW time TBA and 7:30pm – (Two shows)
March 30 Friday 7:30pm
March 31 Saturday 7:30pm
April 1 Sunday 2pm
April 5 Thursday 7:30pm
April 6 Friday 7:30pm
April 7 Saturday 7:30pm – Closing Night
April 8 – NO SHOW – Strike Set if not already done

Script Writing Class – Script to Screen with Brian Young

jetcityfilms.jpgBellingham, WA – Brian Young of Jet City Films will be giving a class this quarter offered by the Northwest Film School in Bellingham. The class is “Script to Screen” and is on narrative feature film development and pre-production. Classes are being held Thursday nights at the school from 6-8pm running for 10 weeks starting January 11th (the syllabus is online.)

Brian Young is something of a living legend in our area. He has already directed several films and you can see trailers of those at the Jet City Films website. Mr. Young is also a VERY seasoned actor who has an understanding of character interactions far beyond his years. When I relocated to Skagit County he was one of the people I heard referred to over and over months before I met him. In person he does indeed stand up to his reputation.

From all accounts I have heard, I think I can say that if you have any interest in learning plot development and script writing, Brian Young is the one to study with.

Scottish Music for Robert Burns Dinner

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Mount Vernon, WA – Vocalists welcome to join us as we prepare music for the Robert Burns supper at Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon WA, on January 20, 2007. Robert Burns is the national bard of Scotland from the late 18th century and the supper is an evening of music and poetry in his honor. Read my page all about the History of Robert Burns and the Burns Supper.

Rehearsals from 7-9:30pm on Sunday 1/7, Sunday 1/14 and Friday 1/19 at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church (corner of Broadway and 15th). We have at least 20 voices in the group already and invite you to join us if you like good choral music and/or Scottish music.

Toast to the Laddies – Men Only – Song in Production
Toast to the Lassies – Women Only – Song in Production
Bonnie Mary of Argyle – Men Only Quartet
Brigadoon Entrance – Full Choir
I’ll Go Home With Bonnie Jean – Full Choir and Tenor Solo
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose – Full Choir
A Scottish Tribute – Full Choir

We will perform at two seperate locations: the actual dinner location and then at the Lincoln Theater to open Act I and Act II of the presentations. World class guitar players will also give presentations. The choir is sponsored by Lyric Light Opera which is gearing up for it’s presentation of Brigadoon at McIntyre Hall in July 2007.

2007 Upcoming Events

Wow, there’s a lot coming down the pike in 2007. Here are things I’m involved in you can pick and choose from if they catch your interest. Contact me if you need more info or follow links.

Disney’s High School MusicalTheater Arts Guild – Already cast – Openings for assistant, stage crew, musicians.
McIntyre Hall March-April 2007

Scottish Choir for Robert Burns Dinner – Contact Me – All Scottish music. SATB fine choral music. All welcome to join.
Lincoln Theater Robert Burns Dinner Jan 20th 8pm – Rehearsals 7-9:30 on 1/7, 1/14 and 1/19/2007 at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by Celtic Arts Foundation

Mount Vernon Presbyterian Chancel Choir – Contact Me – Rehearsals every Wednesday 6-8pm at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. We sing for Sunday services at MV Pres; a mix of classical and chamber music to contemporary Christian and gospel music. A fun blend with a little something for everyone. I do ear training and music reading segments at the beginning of every rehearsal so you can learn as you go along if you don’t read music. Open to the public, all levels of ability welcome. Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church is located on 15th and Broadway across from Skagit Hospital.

BrigadoonLyric Light Opera of the Northwest – Open auditions upcoming, check website.
2007 Performances – McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon, WA July 13-15, 20-22, 27-29
Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, WA September 7-9, 14-16
Fri./Sat. 7:30pm, Sun 2pm – for both venues.

Rocky Horror ShowTheater Arts Guild – Auditions after April 2007, check website for dates

DraculaSkagit Valley College – Already Cast, openings for stage crew, follow link
McIntyre Hall – Feb 9, 10, 16, 17 – 7:30PM; Feb 11, 18 – 2:00PM — McIntyre Hall

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMeta Performing Arts – Auditions January 30-31 2007, visit website
Lincoln Theater, May 2-11, 2007

Personal Assistant – I need a personal assistant. 10-20 hours a week paid position, hours flexible. All tasks trainable. Typing skills and self-motivated.

High School Musical Cast List

Cast list now posted for Disney’s High School Musical presented by Tag.




Troy Bolton

Ryan McNamara

Steven Marrinier

Gabriella Montez

Miranda Zickler

Lauren Leer

Sharpay Evans

Havalah Calderon Adria Finch
Ryan Evans Peter Grace Nate Young
Chad Danforth Mikel Armstrong TBA
Taylor McKessie Emma Lynn Lauran Sigfusson
Kelsi Neilson Sarah Damstra Mandy Vander Mey
Zeke Baylor Steven Marrinier Stefan Vanden Kooy
Martha Cox Kaela Springer TBA
Jack Scott TBA
Ms. Darbus Laurie Miller

Coach Bolton

Bruce Vilders


Haylie Engman

Carly Richter

Lisa Wallace

Ellis Jones


Stefan Vanden Koy

Jake Updegraff

Justin Lawrence

Jordon Lange

Connor Crosby
Tyler Luvera
Miles Lee (ballboy)
Brainiacs Camille Jeeter
Emily Lester
Alec Hernandez
Micaela Baca
Madeline Furlong
Ann-Kristin Becker
Thespians Rebecca Wright
Amelia Furlong
Lauren Sigfusson
Mason Eger
Nate Young
Chloe Roberts
Emma Ferguson
Karissa Nichols
Nicole Jennings
Skaters Lindsee Nichols
Demi Fair
Chelsea Hawkinson
Courtney Blunt
Jana Collins
Kyle Mitchell
Kyle Conyers
Wildcat Dancers Mikalah Barem
Adria Finch
Gina Wallace
Braelyn Whited
Victoria Gomez
Miranda Peterson
Malia Woodard
Felisha Palomera
Wildcat Students Teylor Wilber
Kiralee Nichols
Ashley Christoferson
Hanna Dunning
Dorothy Howard
Laura Andrich
Mandy Vander Mey
Anna Martin
Emily Watilo
Lauren Leer
Emily Shapiro
Hannah Ermi
Jeff Huschka

HSM Cast List to be posted Sunday 12-17-06

20.gifThe cast list for High School Musical will be posted Sunday 12/17/06 at the Theater Arts Guild website.

Amazing talent in this crew, we had 7 callbacks just for the role of Gabriella. That gives you an idea of the difficult job the Director has for casting. We’ve got a great band lined up for the show. I look forward to meeting all of you at rehearsals in January.

A reminder to those that aren’t cast or didn’t get a role: Especially with this show, it is not necessarily an issue of talent. The chemistry between characters is important, and that dictates some of the casting. Competition was fierce in this production because of the large turnout at auditions. We work hard at keeping casting open and encourage all to audition for future shows.

The Skagit Valley is exploding with opportunities for theater and music, so keep a level head, your eye on the prize and keep ploughing on.

And remember: It’s a crowd favorite, everyone loves a good jazz square.