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A Little Princess

A Little Princess is exuberant, lively”  - Read the entire review on Berkeleyside

 This show is now Closed. Up next The Music Man beginning February 13

Treated like a little princess by her adventurer father, young Sara Crewe’s life takes a traumatic turn when her father loses his fortune searching for the mysterious city of Timbuktu – a mission he had been sent on by the Queen Victoria, herself! The dour headmistress of her boarding school, Miss Minchin puts her to work in the school to pay for her keep. However, Sara never loses her grace or virtue, and her imaginative powers help to win the affections of the other students in her boarding school, transforming a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery.

Written by Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa and award-winning book-writer and lyricist Brian Crawley, A Little Princess is based on the classic novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of the The Secret Garden. The score is a lush and upbeat mix of traditional Broadway and African rhythm, with songs like “Bonne Chance,” “Let Your Heart Be Your Compass,” and “Live Out Loud.” Don’t miss this instant family classic!

“We need this kind of family musical to bring parents and children to live theatre.” – Richard Connema of Talkin’ Broadway

A Little Princess

October 30 – December 8, 2013

Julia Morgan Theatre

Music by Andrew Lippa
Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley

A Little Princess was first produced in 2004 by TheatreWorks in Mountain View, CA (www.theatreworks.org), was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2005 (www.namt.org) and received additional development by the Texas State University Musical Theatre Program funded by the Harrison Commission in 2011 (www.txstate.edu).

Directed by Elizabeth McKoy
Choreographed by Staci Arriaga
Musical Direction by
Kevin Roland

Run Time: 2 hours and 45 min

A behind the scenes look at A Little Princess

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL CAST in Alphabetical Order   PRODUCTION TEAM
         
Tierra Allen Featured Dancer   Director ELIZABETH MCKOY
Emily Alvarado Featured Dancer   Musical Director KEVIN ROLAND
Pauli N. Amornkul Featured Dancer   Choreographer STACI ARRIAGA
Ethan Bell Featured Dancer   Scenic Design MARTIN FLYNN
Sophia Campobasso Ensemble   Costumes WENDY KAUFMAN
Jennifer Chong Featured Dancer   Lighting Design MARK HUESKE
Tom Curtin Ensemble   Sound Design MIKE SWEENEY
Jacquline Dennis Featured Dancer   Prop Designer MEGAN LUSH 
Pam Drummer-Williams Featured Dancer      
Lexi Hart Aljana      
Debra Harvey Widow Zuma      
Wilson Jermaine Heredia* Pasko      
Natalie Knipe Ensemble      
Mylissa Malley Featured Dancer      
Melissa Martinez Featured Dancer      
Tyler McKenna* Captain Crewe      
Benjamin Nguyen Mr. Skipworth / Featured Dancer  
Sara Ris Featured Dancer      
Katie Robbins Sara Crewe      
Jocelyn Roddie Featured Dancer      
Leah Russo Miss Minchin      
Michele Schroeder Miss Amelia      
Maura Tang Queen Victoria/Featured Dancer    
Leslie Waggoner Featured Dancer      
         
 *Member of AEA        

 

 

YOUTH CASTS

A Little Princess features two alternating youth casts trained in the Berkeley Playhouse Conservatory. Unless otherwise noted, if a youth is listed as “out” for a given performance the actor playing the same role in the alternate cast will be performing.

YELLOW CAST
                               Featured Roles Youth Ensemble 
Siena Bogatin Lavinia Shira Burns
Niamh Collins Lottie Isabel Cumbelich  
Charlotte Curtin Schoolgirl Hannah Cornejo
Emma Curtin Schoolgirl Rachel Cornejo
Danny DeBare James Rachel Itsekson
Nandi Drayton Becky Anya Van Noord
Lucy Elser Jessie Hazel Ross
Jane Hood Ermengarde  
Sammi Kane Schoolgirl  
Maera Klein Jane  
Malia Lee Schoolgirl  
Charlotte Ying Levy Schoolgirl (Out 6pm 11/23; 11/24; 11/29) 
Tess Rubenzahl Schoolgirl  
Majesty Smith Nora  
     
     
   PURPLE CAST
                               Featured Roles  Youth Ensemble
Chiara Abondolo-Mayo Jane Milo Blue
Tyler Barnes  Lavinia  Sadie Ellis
Madi Chicas  Nora  Maya Ezekiel
Kyle Choate  James  Maya McKenna
Bella Coles Lottie  Jordana Meltzer
Amy Crossman  Schoolgirl   
Aasha Dev  Schoolgirl  
Dakota Dry  Sara   
Eliana Goldfarb  Schoolgirl  
Hadley Julca Jessie   
Sarah Marlin Ermengarde   
Robin Rojas-Cheatham Schoolgirl  
Lucy Swinson Schoolgirl (Out 1pm 11/23; 11/30) 
Lucy Urbano  Becky  
Sofia Valdez Schoolgirl  

 

THE PROFESSIONAL CAST (in alphabetical order)
BRENON ADAMS (Ensemble) is making his Berkeley Playhouse debut! He trained with both PCPA Theaterfest and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and has been involved in many Bay Area theatre productions. Favorite credits include: Grandmaster Chad/Ensemble in Legally Blonde, Roy in A Chorus Line, Ensemble in Annie Get Your Gun (Woodminster), Seaweed in Hairspray (Mountain Play), and Indian in Peter Pan (PCPA Theaterfest).
   
TIERRA ALLEN (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back at Berkeley Playhouse after singing and dancing in The Wiz this summer. She has previously performed at New Conservatory Theatre Centre in Dear Harvey. East coast credits include The Vagina Monologues, Voices in Conflict (Maj. Duckworth), Stop Kiss (Callie), Eurydice (Loud Stone), for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Lady in Green), and devised original work with CoLab Theatre Ensemble. Tierra previously headed the drama department at Boston’s City on a Hill Charter High School. She holds a BA in Theater & Dance from Amherst College.
   
EMILY JEANETTE ALVARADO (Ensemble) is excited to be part of the Berkeley Playhouse family once again. Her most recent credits include Children of Eden (Aphra) with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Sound of Music (Sister Sophia) with Berkeley Playhouse, West Side Story (Teresita) with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Disney’s Aladdin with Berkeley Playhouse. She currently tours all over Northern California as a performer educator for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre. Emily would like to thank her family and friends for all the love and support!
   
PAULI N. AMORNKUL (Ensemble) is privileged to return to Berkeley Playhouse in this incredible cast/creative team! After a 23-year hiatus, Pauli’s recent productions include Cinderella, Enchanted! and Annie (Berkeley Playhouse), The Producers and Spamalot (Hillbarn), A Chorus Line (Connie, Broadway By the Bay), and West Side Story (Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre). Offstage roles have included: physician/international AIDS epidemiologist and UCSF Medical School faculty. Up next, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Bay Area Children’s Theatre),Dissonance (film), and Neighborhood Watchman (web-series). She is indebted to Diane Bissell, Ava Victoria, and family/friends for dance, vocal, and “life” training, respectively.
   

ETHAN THOMAS BELL (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princess. His most recent credits include Damn Yankees with Missouri Street Theatre (Henry), Singin’ in the Rain with Diablo Theater Company (Featured Dancer), Legally Blonde with Missouri Street Theatre (Featured Dancer), The Mikado with Wood Lively Arts (KoKo). He is also a past member of the L.A. recording boy-band (New Academy). Thanks so much for your amazing love my Heavenly Father, Family and Friends.
   
KYLE CHOATE (u/s for James & Villager) is very excited to be performing in his first Berkeley Playhouse MainStage show. Previously, he was in the Berkeley Playhouse TeenStage productions Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. MacAfee), Carnival (Marco the Magnificent), and Into the Woods (Baker). He was also the Assistant to the Director for The Wiz. This is his 12th year performing with Berkeley Playhouse.
   
JENNIFER CHONG (Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princes. Jennifer is a classically-trained vocalist of 10 years and winner of Universal Studios’ American Idol Experience. Her most recent musical theater accomplishment was portraying Vivienne in the Diablo Theater Company Stars 2000 production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Her previous credits include The Wiz (Evilene) and Josephine the Pirate Queen (Quartermaster Shirley), as well as featured appearances in concerts across the Bay Area.She’d like to thank her vocal coach, Henry Torres, and her wonderfully supportive family, without whom she never would have pursued music.
 
TOM CURTIN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be working again with the talented people of Berkeley Playhouse and cast of A Little Princess. This journey follows extraordinary experiences in last season’s productions of Sound of Music (Ensemble) and Guys and Dolls (LT Brannigan). He has enjoyed working on and back stage over the years, performing in productions of Godspell (Jesus) and Fiddler on the Roof (Avram), and collaborating in set design and production for Alameda Children’s Musical Theater. Tom’s immensely grateful to Berkeley Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity, and excited to be sharing the stage with his daughters, Emma and Charlotte.
   
JACQUELINE DENNIS (Ensemble) is honored to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princess. She holds a B.A in Music Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and a B.S Human Development from California State University Long Beach. Jacqueline has worked as a professional cellist for the past six years and is thrilled about the opportunity to expand her performance experiences. Endless thanks to friends and family for their continued love and support!
   

PAM DRUMMER-WILLIAMS (Ensemble) is excited to make her first appearance with Berkeley Playhouse in A Little Princess. She is the recipient of the 2012 SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her incarnation of (Reverend Mother Mary Regina), Nunsense with Novato Theatre Company. She was recently seen as (Loud Stone), Eurydice with The Douglas Morrison Theatre, (Navigational Officer), Return to the Forbidden Planet with Curtain Theatre, (Hattie), Kiss Me Kate and (Katisha), Hot Mikado with the Masquers Playhouse, a (Pick-A-Little Lady), Music Man, and a (Dynamite) , Hairspray with The Mountain Play and (Alice), Big River at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. She dedicates this performance to her daughter Lauren, forever her little princess.

   
DEBRA HARVEY (Widow Zuma / Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut in The Little Princess. Her most recent credits include Anything Goes with Curtain Call Performing Arts (Ensemble), A Christmas Carol with Curtain Call Performing Arts (Ensemble/Judge), and Nunsense with Novato Theater Company (Sister Hubert) which she was nominate and won Principal Female in a Musical of the SFBATCC Outstanding Award. Her other credits include Hairspray with Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (Dynamite), The Hot Mikado with Masquers Playhouse (Katisha). Thanks to my husband and family for their continued love and support.
   
LEXI HART (Aljana) is thrilled to be hitting the Berkeley Playhouse stage for the first time. This Ohio native graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (LA). She has received three ARTY nominations and been rewarded Best Actress (The Wiz). She has been in over 25 productions. Her credits include: Fences, The Voice of the Prairie, Ain’t Misbehavin, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Annie, Ragtime, Fame, Peter Pan, Hairspray, 9 to 5 The Musical, Of Thee I Sing , Cinderella, Singin’ in the Rain, Rabbit Hole, and recently Dearly Departed with Ivory Arts.Her constant inspirations are her Mom, Meryl Streep, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Bette Davis, and above all God. She sends all her love to Ohio! Go Buckeyes!
   
WILSON JERMAINE HEREDIA* (Pasko) is thrill to be joining the Berkeley Playhouse family as Pasko in A Little Princess.  His theatre credits include Angel in the Broadway production of Rent for he which he won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the 1999 Olivier Nomination for the London production. He reprised his role in the 2005 Revolution Studios film.  He recently made his Broadway return in 2011 in the revival of La Cage aux Folles in role of Jacob playing alongside Broadway Veteran Harvey Fierstein.  Current film projects include Red Butterfly (in post production) I Am Bad, and Girl from the Naked Eye. Much love and respect to my new family here in San Francisco.
   
NATALIE KNIPE (Ensemble / Villager) is so excited to perform in her first production at the Berkeley Playhouse! She is currently studying Theater at UC Berkeley, with an emphasis in acting. Her interest in theater started at a young age, when she performed a Shakespeare Medley at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. She has written, directed, and acted in a number of student films in high school. Natalie also has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Youth Coordinator with the Berkeley Playhouse. Many thanks to my family and my incredible acting teachers at Cal, Caitlin and April. 
   
MYLISSA MALLEY (Ensemble) is making her Berkeley Playhouse debut with A Little Princess. Favorite credits include: Avenue Q at Los Altos Stage Company (Kate Monster), 4@15: Still Life at the Golden Age at The York Theatre NYC (Leona), and Legally Blonde with Palo Alto Players (Whitney/Delta Nu). She most recently could be seen performing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in their summer deck shows. Mylissa holds B.A.’s in Dance and Drama from The University of California at Irvine, and is a member of Theatre Bay Area. www.mylissamalley.com
   
MELISSA MARTINEZ (Ensemble) was last seen here as in The Wiz and as the iconic Agatha in Guys and Dolls on the Berkeley Playhouse stage. Melissa has her BFA in Theater Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her favorite roles include Hermiain Midsummer, Jon Tracy’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Solano Repertory Company, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, Solano College Theater, and Agnes in A Bright Room Called Day, The University of the Arts. She would like to thank her family, blood and other, for all their love and support.
   
TYLER MCKENNA* (Captain Crewe) Recent credits include: Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight with Symmetry Theatre Company (Jean François de Saint-Lambert, et al.), Oh, Kay! with 42nd Street Moon (Jimmy Winter), and Guys and Dolls at The Mountain Play (Sky Masterson) where other principal performances include Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, and My Fair Lady. Other work includes productions with American Conservatory Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, and West Coast Arts Foundation. A graduate of the American Conservatory Theater MFA program, Tyler is grateful for this first opportunity to create theater together with his daughter, Maya.
   
SOPHIA CAMPOBASSO NOLAN (Ensemble) is excited to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princess. Her most recent Bay Area credits include The Raven Musical at the Victoria Theatre (Shawndra) and The Full Monty with Ray of Light Theatre Company (Estelle.) She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of California, Riverside. Love and thanks to Brendan, Dad, Mom, Rita, Matthew, SIL and Danny for their unwavering support.
   
BENJAMIN NGUYEN (Ensemble) is delighted to make it back to the stage with his Berkeley Playhouse debut. He received a B.S. in Physiology from UCLA and spent a year in Vietnam writing plays and musicals to teach English to children at an orphanage and leper colony. Favorite credits include Les Miserables (Grantaire), Godspell (singer of “We Beseech Thee”), Peter Pan with Irvington Conservatory Theater (John), Into the Woods with StarStruck Theatre (Jack), and several recent commercial shoots for HP ads in print and television. Benjamin wants to thank his family and friends for their enthusiasm to see him back on the stage!
   
SARA RIS (Ensemble) studied vocal performance at Oberlin Conservatory and dance at Boston Ballet School. After taking a decade-long hiatus from the stage, she discovered that once you’ve got “the bug,” there’s no going back! She’s thrilled to be re-chasing her childhood dream with Berkeley Playhouse. She’d like to thank her mom and dad, friends, sisters and boyfriend for their endless support along the roller coaster ride. Past productions include Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) with Josh Groban, and Into the Woods (Rapunzel). Sara is also half of the country mash-up band SARS with her boyfriend Lars.
   
KATIE ROBBINS (Sara Crewe) is excited to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princess. She was most recently seen as Julie in the world premiere of Brad Erickson’s American Dream at New Conservatory Theatre Center and will next be playing Angie / Dull Gret in Top Girls at Custom Made Theatre Company. Other credits include: The Fantasticks at Altarena Playhouse (Luisa), Sonia Flew at Virago Theatre Company (Jen / Young Sonia), Spring Awakening at Altarena Playhouse (Ilse), and Little Women at Douglas Morisson Theatre (Beth). Much thanks to Mom, Dad and Nikita for their support and love. 
   
JOCELYN RODDIE (Ensemble) is very excited to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princess. She was most recently seen in King Lear with Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park (Earl of Kent), Sylvia with Independent Cabaret Productions (Kate), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with 6th Street Playhouse (Liza). Other favorite past roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. She holds a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and you, the audience, for helping make live theatre possible.
   
LEAH RUSSO (Miss Minchin). Most recently, she performed the roles of Evillene in Berkeley Playhouse’s The Wiz, and Mom in Bridges: A New Musical, and with Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Musical. Favorite regional roles include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in Delaware Park), Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal (Irish Classical Theatre Company), Junie B. in Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Theatre Of Youth), and Hope in Anything Goes (Kavioky Theatre). She graduated with a BFA in Acting from SUNY at Buffalo. Thanks to my loveling Roel.
   
MICHELE SCHROEDER (Miss Amelia) is excited to debut with Berkeley Playhouse in A little Princess. Ms Schroeder received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice from San Francisco State University in 2010 where she performed (Dorabella) Cosìfan tutte. Most recent performances include: (Iolanthe) Iolanthe, (Melissa) Princess Ida, (Phoebe Meryll) Yeoman of the Guard, and (Cousin Hebe) HMS Pinafore with Lamplighters Music Theater. Other works include: (la zia Principessa) Suor Angelia with BASOTI, and (Hansel) Hansel and Gretel, and (Ernesto) Billy Goats Gruff with Opera San José Outreach. Ms Schroeder will be continuing outreach with Opera San José this fall.
   
MAURA TANG (Queen Victoria / Ensemble) has recently moved back to Berkeley after completing her MFA in acting at the University of Washington’s Professional Actor’s Training Program. She received her BA in theater and dance at University of California, Berkeley and now teaches at her alma mater. Some of her favorite roles have included Maria in West Side Story and Erzulie in Once on This Island. She is thrilled to be in her first Berkeley Playhouse production of A Little Princess! And can be next seen performing in the Bay Area Children’s Theater’s production of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
   
LESLIE WAGGONER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Berkeley Playhouse, after performing in The Wiz (Featured Dancer) and Guys and Dolls (Hilary, Adelaide u/s). Past credits include The Full Monty (Pam), Debbie Does Dallas (Roberta) and Grease with Ray of Light; the long-running hit Point Break Live! (Tyler), West Side Story (Anybodys) at AMTSJ and DLOC. Previously, she was a company member of Killing My Lobster, San Francisco’s premier sketch comedy troupe, and performed various shows at the Exit, Magic, Mills College, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and SF Shakes
   

MICHAEL SCOTT WELLS (Captain Crew u/s) Michael is overjoyed to be returning to Berkeley Playhouse, where he was last seen as Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls. Recent credits includes featured ensemble as well as Shrek & Farquaad u/s in Shrek the Musical (Diablo Theater Company), Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart (Altarena Playhouse) and Henry in Next to Normal (Pinole Playhouse). You can also catch him next in A Grand Night For Singing with Diablo Theater Company. Love to the Wells family.

   
 YOUTH CAST (in Alphabetical Order)
CHIARA ABONDOLO-MAYO (Jane) has made a variety of appearances with Berkeley Playhouse including the MainStage production of Cinderella: Enchanted (Chipmunk), and Berkeley Playhouse’s KidStage Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. (Michael/Nana) and The Little Mermaid (Flounder). She has also performed in Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors (Dromio) with California Shakespeare Summer Conservatory Theater. When not acting, she sings in the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, plays the cello, swims, and dances. She is a 4th grader at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional. Chiara thanks all her family and friends for their continued support!
   
TYLER BARNES (Lavinia) is a 9th grader at Maybeck. Her last show was Les Miserables with TYR. Other past shows includeInto the Woods, The Sound of Music, Charlotte’s Web (ACMT), 13 The Musical, The Music Man (KTTS), and Little Women The Musical (Masquers Playhouse). Outside of theater, Tyler loves to sketch cartoons, rhythmically stomp around the floor (aka tap dancing), and play the piano and guitar. She thanks the staff and cast for putting this show together, and letting her act (on stage) like a spoiled brat from 19th century England. Enjoy the show!
   
MILO BLUE (Youth Ensemble) has performed in the Youth Ensemble in the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage productions Cinderella: Enchanted, Seussical, The Musical, Lucky Duck, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and most recently, The Wiz, and Berkeley Playhouse KidStage productions My Son Pinocchio (Jiminy Cricket) and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (Jiminy Cricket). Milo is in 6th grade at Park Day School, and in addition to acting, she is avid player of the role-playing game, Pathfinder, and enjoys bike-riding, reading, and watching Doctor Who. She would like to thank Elizabeth for being a wonderful director and creating such a wonderful environment to learn.
   
SIENA BOGATIN (Lavinia) is a 10th grader at Berkeley International High School. She is thrilled to be in her 15th show with Berkeley Playhouse. She was recently seen as Louisa in The Sound of Music, and Brick in Return to Planet Z. She would like to thank the cast and crew for contributing to making this show come to life. She would also like to thank her friends and family for all of their support. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
   
SHIRA BURNS (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the Berkeley Playhouse for her second production after appearing in The Wiz as a munchkin. She has also performed in several Contra Costa Civic Theater Production plays. Shira likes writing, being in nature and visiting extended family, and is in the 5th grade at The Berkeley School. Shira would like to thank her family, her friends, Elizabeth McKoy and the wonderful staff at Berkeley Playhouse. She hopes you enjoy the show!
   
MADI CHICAS (Nora)is excited to make her Berkeley Playhouse MainStage debut in A Little Princess! She recently was on the Berkeley Playhouse KidsStage in Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. (Aquata / Rosetta) and has been in Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (Adjective), Cinderella (Drizella), and Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt) at Creekside Community Theater. Madi is a 4th grader at Roosevelt Elementary in San Leandro. She keeps busy with commercial, print, and voiceover work, and in her spare time enjoys singing and art. Thanks to family for the love, support, rides, and late nights! Thanks Cristina for listening to me rehearse and sing all the time!
   
BELLA COLES (Lottie) is overjoyed to be in such an amazing production of A Little Princess! She was last seen this past summer in Berkeley Playhouse KidStage’s production of Starmites, (Milady). Favorite credits include: The Jungle Book (Riki-Tiki-Tavi)Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. (Peter Pan) Annie (Orphan) Into The Woods (Cinderella) Honk! Jr. (Ida) Disney’s Alice In Wonderland (Cheshire Cat/Caterpillar). Bella is a 7th grader at Park Day School, and when she is not acting, she enjoys playing ukelele, creative writing, listening to music, and singing. Thanks to Elizabeth, the entire cast and crew for creating such a wonderful show. Much love to her family, and friends.
   
NIAMH COLLINS (Lottie) is delighted to be a part of Berkeley Playhouse’s A little Princess. She has enjoyed working with Berkeley Playhouse, and previous performances with the company including The Sound of Music (Louisa), Annie (Pepper) and Narnia (Ensemble). She currently attends Oakland Technical High school as a sophomore and hopes that everyone enjoys A Little Princess as much as she does. She would like to thank her parents and friends for all their love and support.
   
HANNAH CORNEJO (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the Berkeley Playhouse Mainstage. She is in 6th grade at The Berkeley School. Favorite past shows with Berkeley Playhouse include: The Little Mermaid (Ariel), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally Brown), Alice in Wonderland (Queen of Hearts), Jungle Book (Sniven), andSeussical. She was most recently seen in Starmites! (Eleanor). She thanks her family for their help and support.
   
RACHAEL CORNEJO (Youth Ensemble) has been performing on the Julia Morgan stage since age 4. Formerly a member of First Stage Theater Company, her shows with Berkeley Playhouse include Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Bravado (Rhona, Stacey), 13! (Kendra), Seussical (Mainstage ensemble), Grease (Eugene), and Return to Planet Z (Sarah Palin). Rachael studies piano, violin, viola, and voice, and has soloed at Davies Symphony Hall and toured Europe. She attends Lick-Wilmerding High School as a 10th grader. In addition to performing, Rachael enjoys lighting design, writing, painting, soccer, carpentry, metalwork, and, of course, introducing younger kids to the magic of theatre.
   
AMY CROSSMAN (Schoolgirl) is delighted to take part in her first MainStage production at Berkeley Playhouse. She is nine years old and participated in the KidsStage production of Starmites last summer. Amy is a 4th grader at Park Day School in Oakland. She would like to thank her voice teacher, Ellen Robinson, for helping her get to this point in her musical theater career.
   
ISABEL CUMBELICH (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to participate in Berkley playhouse’s A Little Princess. Her most recent appearances include Bye Bye Birdie with Bentley musical theater program (Deborah Sue Miller), The Adventures of Robin Hood with Bentley school performing arts program (Little John), Enchanted with Kid stock Incorporated (Sir. Lancelot). Isabel can be seen next in any Bentley school musical or show. Thank you to Amy McKenzie for continuous musical support and to Mom and Dad for their love and enthusiasm.
   
CHARLOTTE CURTIN (Schoolgirl) is thrilled to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut alongside her big sister, Emma and dad, Tom. Previous credits include theWiz (Dorothy) in Berkeley Playhouse summer camp, Wizard of Oz (Lullaby League / Beautician) Alameda Children’s Musical Theater, and Nutcracker (Cherub) Alameda Civic Ballet. Charlotte is a student at St Philip Neri Elementary. She loves anything creative and musical, especially singing. She studies ballet and Irish Step dance and is interested in piano, guitar and drums. She also loves to read. Charlotte is very thankful to Elizabeth and Lisa for the opportunity join the Berkeley Playhouse family on stage.
   
EMMA CURTIN (Schoolgirl) is excited to be back at the Berkeley Playhouse where previous credits include Starmites (Eleanor/Starmite) and Sound of Music (Gretl). Emma (8) is in third grade at St Philip Neri Elementary. Other credits include Wizard of Oz (Mayor/Lullaby League), Little Women, Into the Woods (Florinda), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fairy Moth), and Sound of Music with Alameda Children’s Musical Theater; Madame Butterfly (Sorrow understudy) Virago Theater Company, and Nutcracker (Cherub) Alameda Civic Ballet. Emma is an avid reader who studies ballet and Irish Step dance. She is also learning to play violin and guitar. Most of all, Emma loves to sing! 
   
DANNY DEBARE (James / Villager)is excited to perform in his second Berkeley Playhouse MainStage show, A Little Princess. Danny is a freshman at Piedmont High School. He debuted last fall in Berkeley Playhouse’s The Sound of Music (Friedrich). He also performed in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Schroeder) and Suessical (Jojo). In his free time, Danny sings with Piedmont High’s The Troubadours. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support. Danny hopes everyone gets as much joy from watching the show as he has from working on the show.
   
AASHA DEV (Schoolgirl) is excited to have the privilege of working with Elizabeth McCoy again for this production of A Little Princess. Previously, she was seen on the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage in Guys and Dolls (The Girl), and Willy Wonka (Mike TeaVee). Her most recent KidStage credits include Starmites (Diva), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Honk, Jr. (Grace/Blizzard), and My Son Pinocchio (Pinocchio). She is in 6th grade at Julia Morgan School for Girls.
   
DAKOTA DRY (Sara) is thrilled to be in A Little Princess. Previously, she has performed on the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage as Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Molly in Annie, Lucy in Narnia, and most recently, in the ensemble in The Wiz and Oliver. She also played the daughter in The Medea Hypothesis at Central Works. Other singing performances of hers can be found on YouTube. She would like to thank her Berkeley Playhouse family for another magical experience.
   
NANDI DRAYTON (Becky) was last seen on the Berkeley Playhouse stage in The Sound of Music. She is absolutely ecstatic to be part of A Little Princess with so many friends. This past year Nandi ventured into print work, industrials, and PSA working with Marla Dell Talent. She spent her summer at Camp Winnarainbow, playing Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at Cal Shakes Conservatory, and working with awesome kids as a CIT at Berkeley Playhouse’s Summer of The Wiz summer camp. She is an 8th grader at King Middle School. As always, she super appreciates her family for their support.
   
SADIE ELLIS (Youth Ensemble) is excited to make her first appearance in a Berkeley Playhouse MainStage production with A Little Princess. She has been in three Berkeley Playhouse KidStage productions including, The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. (Wendy) and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat, American Idol). Sadie is in 6th grade at Head-Royce School. Sadie would like to thank Elizabeth for the inspiration, and Timmy and Tessa for being the most supportive brother and sister ever!
   
LUCY ELSER (Jessie) is excited to return to the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage after performing in last season’s The Sound of Music (Abby Child). She was last seen in the Berkeley Playhouse KidStage production s Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (Chrysanthemum), and My Son, Pinocchio (Azzura). Lucy is a 7th grader at Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, and enjoys dancing, acting and singing.
   
MAYA EZEKIEL (Youth Ensemble) is excited to be performing in her 14th Berkeley Playhouse production. Recently she was in Peter Pan (Tinkerbell, Vidia, Adella), Bye Bye Birdie (Ed Sullivan). She is twelve and is in seventh grade at Tehiyah Day School. Her favorite things to do are act, sing and talk with friends. Some of her favorite past musicals that she has been in are Berkeley Playhouse’s Alice in Wonderland (Tweedle Dum, Apple) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy). She has also appeared in Berkeley Playhouse’s Seussical, The Wiz and Willy Wonka, all MainStage productions.
   
ELIANA GOLDFARB (Schoolgirl) is thrilled to return to the Berkeley Playhouse in The Little Princess. Eliana is nine years old and is in 4th grade at Escuela Bilingue Internacional. She was recently seen in the Berkeley Playhouse YouthStage production of Dinsey’s Alice in Wonderland (Jiminy Cricket) and the MainStage productionsThe Sound of Music (Marta) and Lucky Duck (Youth Ensemble). She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her.
   
JANE HOOD (Ermengarde) is excited to be back on the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage! This is Jane’s 6th show at Berkeley Playhouse. Previously, you might have seen Jane in Carnival on the TeenStage as The Incomparable Rosalie or in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Veruca Salt on the MainStage. Currently, she is a freshman at Berkeley High School. She wants to thank you all for coming out and supporting local theater! Also, a huge thank you to the cast and crew who made this show possible. 
   
RACHEL ITSEKSON (Youth Ensemble) is overjoyed to return to Berkeley Playhouse for a 3rd time! She made her debut in Lucky Duck (Ensemble), and followed that with Sound of Music (Ensemble). Rachel is in 5th grade at COVA and loves soccer, knitting, playing piano and violin, but most of all, she loves theater!
   
HADLEY JULCA (Jessie) is excited to be playing Jessie in her fourth Berkeley Playhouse show. This is her first time to be cast as ‘a mean girl’ and she has enjoyed the challenge. Hadley was most re recently in the Youth Ensemble in the MainStage production of The Wiz and White Rabbit in Berkeley Playhouse KidStage production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland with. Her favorite thing about Berkeley Playhouse is being in a show is like being part of a family. She wants to thank Elizabeth for always giving her wonderful experiences.
   
SAMMI KANE (Schoolgirl) is proud to make her Berkeley Playhouse mainstage debut in A Little Princess. She recently graduated from Head-Royce lower school, and is currently attending Oakland School for the Arts. Her past performances with Berkeley Playhouse kidstage include Starmites (Trinkulus), Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Jiminy Cricket), Peter Pan Jr. (Smee) and Honk Jr. (The Cat). Other credits include independent film 99% (student) directed by Celik Kayalar of Film Actors Bay Area, Oakland Children’s Hospital radio commercials (voiceovers/vocals), and The Nutcracker (angel/peirot) with Berkeley Ballet Theater. Her favorite hobbies are gymnastics and flying trapeze, and she adores cats!
 
MAERA KLEIN (Jane)is thrilled to be back on the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage. Most recently, she was seen in The Wiz (youth ensemble) and Annie (Kate). Maera is in 4th grade at The Berkeley School. In addition to acting and singing, in her free time she enjoys drawing, writing, reading, being in nature, and hanging out with friends and family. She would like to thank her parents and friends for all their love and support.
   
MALIA LEE (Schoolgirl) started taking classes at Berkeley Playhouse when she was seven. Over the past two and half years she’s performed in eight Mainstage and KidStage shows. Her favorite role was Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She’s a fifth grader who enjoys hugging her dogs, swimming, and eating watermelon. Thanks to her family for their love and Berkeley Playhouse for this special experience. She’s proud to be a part of this community!
   
CHARLOTTE YING LEVY (Schoolgirl) is thrilled to be back on the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage, where she last performed in The Sound of Music as Gretl. She was most recently seen as Small Alice in Berkeley Playhouse’s YouthStage production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Charlotte is in 4th grade at Piedmont’s Beach Elementary School. Charlotte is dedicating her performance to her biggest fans — her parents, two older brothers, and pet chinchilla, Challah.
   
SARAH MARLIN (Ermengarde) is excited to return to the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage. Sarah is currently a 9th grader at Berkeley High School and has been with Berkeley Playhouse since their first show. She is delighted to be working with Elizabeth McKoy yet again and hopes you all enjoy the show!
   
MAYA MCKENNA (Youth Ensemble) is in the fourth grade at Novato Charter School, where music, singing, dance, and theater studies and performance are a cornerstone of the curriculum. Her class most recently wrote and performed Tall Tales of Novato (Slue-Foot Sue). Other theater credits include Native American Folk Tales with Live Oakes Educational Theater (Coyote Pup/Bumble Bee/Narrator). Maya studies Hip Hop at Love2Dance Studio, performing shows at Marin Center Auditorium. Maya would like to thank her family for their love and support, her dad, Tyler (Captain Crewe), for getting her into acting, and her dance teacher, Amiee Dietrick, for making her world a dance floor. :)
   
JORDANA MELTZER (Youth Ensemble) is excited to be in her first main stage production. She is a seventh grader at Julia Morgan School for Girls. Recent shows have included Wizard of Oz at Oakland Hebrew Day School (Glinda), Into the Woods Jr. at Berkeley Playhouse(Rapunzel), and Honk Jr. at Berkeley Playhouse (Dot). In addition to acting and singing, Jordana loves to cook, swim, and hang out with friends.
   
ROBIN ROJAS-CHEATHAM (Schoolgirl) is very happy to be in A Little Princess. Robin is in the 7th grade at Julia Morgan School for Girls. She loves the Berkeley Playhouse family and recently played the roles of Shakra in Starmites, Caterpillar and a Cheshire Cat in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Augustus Glup in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facotory.Robin would like to thank everyone that helps make theatre at Berkeley Playhouse possible for her and so many other kids, and the opportunity to perform within such a creative and loving community.
   
HAZEL ROSS (Youth Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of The Little Princess. She is a fourth grader at Cragmont Elementary in Berkeley. Hazel is passionate about theater, art, skiing and hanging out with her family.
   
TESS RUBENZAHL (Schoolgirl) is a 10th grader at Bentley High School and is excited to be participating in her 21st production with The Berkeley Playhouse. Her most recent credits include Bye Bye Birdie (Mrs. Macafee), and Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) both with The Berkeley Playhouse Teenstage.
   
MAJESTY SMITH (Nora)is excited to make her Berkley Playhouse debut. She currently attends Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts, and has taken classes at the American Conservatory Theater and attended California State Summer School of the Arts. Most recently, Majesty was seen in The Bird Of Prey at the American Conservatory Theater (Street Angel), and will be in Hair this upcoming March at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. When she is not busy with theater she likes to volunteer and spend time with family and friends. Thanks for the support from family, teachers, friends and loved ones.
   
LUCY SWINSON (Schoolgirl) is thrilled to be in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of A Little Princess. Lucy is 13 and goes to Park Day School. She’s been in many Berkeley Playhouse shows but this is her first Main stage and it’s been a blast! Lucy started Berkeley playhouse in second grade as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. She loved it so much that she did more plays including, Honk! (Ida), Peter Pan (Wendy), Alice in Wonderland (Tweedle Dee) and many more! Lucy LOVES to sing and act and hopes to do it the rest of her life. She thanks her family and friends Parker, Hayley and Clara who have been her acting cheerleaders every step of the way.
   
SOFIA VALDEZ (Schoolgirl) is excited to be part of A Little Princess. She attends fourth grade at Maya Lin Arts Magnet School in Alameda. Her past performances have been in Nasruddin’s Donkey at Fairyland Theater, Romeo and Juliet in the Cal-Shakes Summer Conservatory, Little Women at Alameda Children’s Musical Theater, and Rip Van Winkle at Fairyland Theater. Sofia studies and performs with Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir and with Dance Arts Project in Alameda. She thanks her parents for their love and support.
   
ANYA VAN NOORD (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Berkeley Playhouse debut in A Little Princess. This is her first musical theater performance. She is especially excited to have this opportunity because A Little Princess has been her favorite childhood novel. She is in 7th grade at the School of the Madeleine. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Karis and Luke for encouragement love and support.
   
LUCY URBANO (Becky) is over the moon to be performing in A Little Princess. Past credits include The Wiz (Munchkin), and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie), with Berkeley Playhouse MainStage and My Son, Pinocchio (Geppetto), Jungle Book (Rikki Tikki Tavi), Aristocats (Edgar), and Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet) with Berkeley Playhouse KidStage. She is a 7th grader at Oakland School For the Arts. Lucy thanks her family and wonderful people at Berkeley Playhouse for their never ending support. Lucy hopes you never end up at Miss Minchin’s School for Girls, but if you do, stop by and visit her in the attic!
   
C R E A T I V E  
  ELIZABETH MCKOY (Director) is in her 6th season as Artistic Director at Berkeley Playhouse, which grew from the youth company The Imagination Players ten years ago. Her MainStage directing credits include Peter Pan, Cinderella: Enchanted, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Sounds of Music, as well as over 40 YouthStage productions. She served as the Education Director of the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts Education at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, and served on the faculty at the Seattle Children’s Theatre for 5 years. She has commissioned and spearheaded the new musicals Bravado, Born and Raised, and Bridges, which will be done as a stage reading this winter on the Berkeley Playhouse stage. Elizabeth has been a Teaching Artist for many Bay Area school outreach programs, as well as having created curriculum and provided professional development programs for CalShakes, SFMOMA, and the San Francisco Opera.
   
  KEVIN ROLAND (Musical Director) the newest member of Berkeley Playhouse’s production team, Kevin Roland joins us as our new Resident Music Director and will make his Bay Area debut with our production of Andrew Lippa’s, A Little Princess. Kevin has spent the last 13 years in Washington, DC where he served as Music Director, conductor, pianist, accompanist, and entertainer for many theaters and venues all up and down the East Coast. Most recently, Kevin musical directed Cabrillo Music Theatre’s West Coast Regional debut of Legally Blonde. DC Regional Theater credits include My Fair Lady (Manna Nichols & Benedict Campbell) and Music Man (Kate Baldwin & Burke Moses) at Arena Stage. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Wicked (keyboard), Avenue Q (keyboard). Kevin has accompanied such Broadway stars as Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Liz Callaway, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Elaine Paige, and Judy Kuhn among others. Kevin has also performed with such legends as Reba McIntire, John Legend, and Luther Vandross, including an impromptu performance with Bruce Springsteen at President Obama’s first inauguration ball. Kevin has entertained politicians from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Members of Congress to the President himself at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Kevin continues to own and run a thriving piano lesson business back in Washington called DCPiano & Music. Kevin is thrilled to join Berkeley Playhouse to work alongside Elizabeth McCoy and wants to thank Zach, Cassie, P&N for all of their support. www.dcpiano.com 
   
  STACI ARRIAGA (Choreographer) is so excited to be back at Berkeley Playhouse! Her work was last seen here a year ago in The Sound Of Music. Staci has been teaching dance for over 20 years and choreographing musical theatre for the last 16 years. She spent 10 years dancing with The Lisa Clark Dancers (recently scene on Americas Got Talent) and spent 20 years on their faculty teaching tap and jazz. Ms. Arriaga’s choreography has been seen in Solano, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. She has earned two Dean Goodman Awards, an Elly Award and several Arty Awards as well as a Bay Area Critics Award nomination for her work. She has enjoyed working at several theatre companies including Willows, 42nd Street Moon, Napa Valley Playhouse, The Woodland Opera House, Berkeley Playhouse, Missouri Street Theatre and Diablo Theatre Company. Staci would like to thank the entire cast and crew and production staff for all of their hard work and dedication to this show..
   
  MARK HUESKE (Lighting Designer) Mark Hueske’s work has been seen all over the United States. Starting his career doing lighting for theme park productions, Mark went on to earn his B.F.A in lighting design from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Mark has designed for theatre, concerts, dance, and circus. Some of his more notable designs include: Barry Manilow at the Las Vegas Hilton; Teatro ZinZanni; a collaboration with artist Anne Patterson at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; ODC Summer Sampler 2013; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Boxcar Theatre); Best of Playground 2012 and 2013 (SF Playground);The Wiz and Lucky Duck (Berkeley Playhouse); Other Credits: Gypsy, Guy and Dolls, Singin’ in the Rain, All Shook Up, Funny Girl, Show Boat, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cabaret, West Side Story.
   
  WENDY KAUFMAN (Costume Designer) As resident costume designer at Berkeley Playhouse, Wendy thoroughly enjoyed the discovery of Senegal she embarked upon while designing A Little Princess. She holds a B.S. in Apparel Design from the University of Maryland, where she spent many a happy hour interning at their costume history collection. Her most recent credits here at Berkeley Playhouse include The Wiz, Starmites, Alice Jr., and The Sound of Music. You can find her work in “The Costume-Maker’s Art: Cloaks of Fantasy, Masks of Revelation” by Lark Books.
   
  MARTIN FLYNN (Scenic Design) is thrilled to be working with this fantastic team again at Berkeley Playhouse, where he has also designed The Sound of Music, Lucky Duck, and Annie. Martin is an Associate Artist with TheatreFIRST, where he has designed many shows including Orlando, The Drawer Boy, The Grapes of Wrath, and Welcome Home Jenny Sutter, among others. Recently around the Bay Area, Martin has designed A Maze for Just Theater; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at Douglas Morrisson Theatre; Ivy and Bean: The Musical and A Year With Frog and Toad for Bay Area Children’s Theatre; Precious Little, Truffaldino Says No, The Great Divide and The Road to Hades at Shotgun Players; and The Rainmaker, It’s A Wonderful Life, Sly Fox, Pygmalion, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Shellie Award for Outstanding Scenic Design)at Town Hall Theatre. Martin recently assisted designer Douglas Schmidt on the set for Arcadia at American Conservatory Theatre, and is coordinating a remount of 42nd Street at Montclair St. University in New Jersey using set pieces from Douglas’ acclaimed set, which toured the United States, Germany and Asia in 2001 and 2002. He also recently assisted The Pasadena Playhouse with the installation of One Night With Janis Joplin and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Martin has an M.F.A. in Dramatic Arts from U.C.Davis, and lives in Alameda. He would like to dedicate his work on A Little Princess to his son Linus, his girlfriend Angel, and her daughter Masha.
   
  ALICIA LERNER (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Berkeley Playhouse after assisting on The Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and most recently The Wiz. Her other stage management credits include References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (AlterTheatre Ensemble), The Train Driver, Shirley Valentine, Agnes Under the Big Top (Long Wharf Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun, Radio Girl (Goodspeed Musicals),The 2007 – 2009 Shakespeare Festivals, Dancing in the Dark, Working (The Old Globe) and Much Ado About Nothing (La Jolla Playhouse/Aquila Theatre Company). She holds a BFA in Media-Film Studies from The University of California, San Diego.
   
  MEGAN LUSH (Props Master) works as a production artist all over the Bay Area. She has been involved in theatre for over 10 years and film for 4, designing and constructing sets and props. She is in LOVE with art in every form, and it is her mission to learn how to do it all. Her recent projects include props for Requiem for a Heavyweight and Expecting Isabel at Danville Valley Theatre, Hedwig & the Angry Inch and Little Shop of Horrors at Boxcar Theatre, Lucky Stiff at Center Rep, and Annie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Wiz at Berkeley Playhouse. “All the world’s a stage, and I am here to make it look good.”
   
   
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