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Sound of Music – Fall musical radiant with nostalgia, history and drama

Get ready for a drop of golden sun this Fall when this radiant and most beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical lights up the Julia Morgan stage! The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, a high-spirited nun who is sent to become a governess of the stern Captain Von Trapp and his seven troublesome kids. Maria quickly wins over the hearts and minds of the entire family with the joy of music, her spirit of freedom and the lessons of love, but their lives take a sharp turn when their homeland is invaded.

One of the most exciting and dramatic of musicals, The Sound of Music resounds with all your favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes. Long after we’ve bid you Adieu and  “So Long, Farewell,” you’ll still be humming “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Do-Re-Mi”, and “Edelweiss.”

Oct. 25- Dec. 2, 2012

Julia Morgan Theatre

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”
by Maria Augusta Trapp

Directed by Elizabeth McKoy
Musical Direction by Greg Mason

Run Time: 2.5 Hours


Emily Alvarado Sister Sophia, Party Guest      Director ELIZABETH McKOY
Hope Briggs Mother Abbess   Musical Director GREG MASON
Lucas Brandt Herr Zeller/Nazi   Choreographer STACI ARRIAGA
Erica Maier D’Ambrosio      Nun, Party Guest   Scenic Design MARTIN FLYNN
Chad Dickerson Max Detweiller   Costume Designer WENDY KAUFMAN
Hannah Dworkin Sister Margaretta,   Lighting Design MIKE OESCH
  Baroness Elberfeld   Sound Design  MIKE SWEENEY
Casey Ellis Liesl von Trapp, Novice   Prop Designer DEVON LaBELLE
Calia Johnson Sister Berthe, Party Guest        Stage Manager JOSH GARCIA-COTTER
Aubri Kahalekulu Postulant, Ursula, Party Guest      
Stephanie Kahalekulu Nun, Party Guest      
Doug Kaufman Nazi, Party Guest, Priest      
Tim Kniffin* Captain von Trapp      
Susan Mayer Frau Schmidt, Novice      
Melinda Meeng Elsa Schraeder, Novice      
Sean Mirkovich Nazi, Party Guest      
Billy Raphael Franz (the butler)      
Sharon Rietkerk* Maria      
Dorothy Roberts Frau Zeller, Postulant, New Postulant  
Adam Roy Baron Elberfeld,  Lieutenant  
Scott Stewart Admiral von Schreiber, Nazi, Party Guest  
Kyle Stoner Rolf Gruber, Party Guest      
Bessie Zolno Postulant      
*Member of AEA



The Sound Of Music features two alternating youth casts trained in The Berkeley Playhouse Conservatory.


Von Trapp Children

Abbey Kids

Niamh Collins    Louisa  Thomas Bryan-Levy
Emma Curtin (out 11/1 & 11/3 – 7pm)    Gretl  Rachel Chin
Alex Franklin (out 11/1)    Friedrich  Sophie Devaney
Jacob Henrie-Naffaa    Kurt  Lucy Elser
Malia Lee    Marta  Yael Kelley (out 11/23)
Tanaka Ngwara (out 11/15 & 11/17)    Brigitta  Anaya Matthews (out 12/1)



Von Trapp Children

Abbey Kids

Siena Bogatin    Louisa  Rachel Itsekson
Danny DeBare (out 11/17 & 11/24)    Friedrich  Hadley Julca
Nandi Drayton (out 11/8 & 11/10)    Brigitta  Millie Kaufman
Eliana Goldfarb    Marta  Pippa Kennedy
Charlotte Ying Levy (out 11/18)    Gretle  Leela Kiyawat
Caleb Meyers    Kurt  Ben Rotenberg


C A S T    
EMILY ALVARADO (Sister Sophia) is excited to be back at Berkeley Playhouse after having an amazing time in Disney’s Aladdin. She was last seen in West Side Story at Contra Costa Civic Theatre and currently tours all over Northern California as a performer-educator for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs. Thank you for all the love and support!  
SIENA BOGATIN (Louisa von Trapp) is a 9th grader at Berkeley International High School. She is thrilled to be in her 14th show with Berkeley Playhouse. She was recently seen as Archie in 13, The Musical, an orphan in Annie, and Brick in The Return to Planet Z. She’s had a fantastic time working on the show, and hopes you enjoy it as much as she has. She wants to thank her parents and brother for all the support they’ve given her. Sit back relax and enjoy the show!  

LUCAS BRANDT (Herr Zeller/Nazi) is thrilled to make his Berkeley Playhouse debut with such a beautiful and timeless classic. Recent credits include Van in Dog Sees God (Boxcar Theatre), Moonface Martin in Anything Goes (Pinole Community Playhouse) and Trojan Chorus in Into The Wound (Shotgun Players). Lucas is currently attending Diablo Valley College and he plans to transfer to a school on the East Coast to further his theater studies. He would like to thank his friends, family and dogs for their endless support and loyalty.  
HOPE BRIGGS (Mother Abbess) is known for her dramatic portrayals and distinctive voice. Her San Francisco Opera debut as the Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust, the Opera News raved, “In her company debut, as the Duchess, soprano Hope Briggs was stellar, delivering one of the evening’s highlights with her lusciously intoned, lovelorn aria.” Other career highlights include The First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Frankfurt Opera, The Duchess of Parma at Stattstheater Stuttgart, and the title role of Aida. Hope also created the role of Paula in the world premiere of Hector Armienta’s River of Women. She has been the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera International Vocal Competition Award, the Encouragement Award from the Puccini Foundation, and the Marion Anderson Historical Society Scholar.  
NIAMH COLLINS (Louisa von Trapp) is excited to be back at Berkeley Playhouse and to be involved with The Sound of Music. Previous Berkeley Playhouse productions include Narnia and Annie. She has also been involved with two productions of Missoula Children’s Theatre. She is turning 14 this November and is a freshman at Oakland Tech High School. She has been involved with Oakland Youth Chorus and loves to play basketball and volleyball. Niamh (pronounced Neeve) is of Irish heritage and was an avid Irish dancer for several years.
EMMA CURTIN (Gretl von Trapp) is in second grade at St. Philip Neri in Alameda. Past stage credits include: Caroler in Little Women, Florinda in Into the Woods, Fairy Moth in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Gretl in The Sound of Music, all with Alameda Children’s Musical Theater. She was the understudy for Sorrow in Virago Theater Company’s Madame Butterfly and also a cherub in Alameda Civic Ballet’s, The Nutcracker. Emma studies ballet and Irish step dance. She is learning to play violin and piano, and hopes one day to play the french horn. Most of all, Emma loves to sing!
ERICA MAIER D’AMBROSIO (Nun/Party Guest) is delighted to be a part of the cast of The Sound of Music! Erica is a classical singer who loves musical theatre and has enjoyed performing in shows such as The Mikado, The Merry Widow, Evita and Rivets. As vocal director and conductor she has participated in productions including The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, and Godspell. Erica founded Trinity Voice Studio in 2006 and also conducts one of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choirs. She is proud to support singers in their musical endeavors throughout the Bay Area!
DANNY DEBARE (Friedrich von Trapp) is overjoyed to be in his first Berkeley Playhouse Mainstage production. He attends 8th grade at Piedmont Middle School. His most recent production there was Seussical The Musical, in which he played the part of Jojo. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support and for making it possible for him to perform on this stage tonight.
CHAD DICKERSON (Max Detweiler) returns to the Berkeley Playhouse stage after having a blast in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as the hard-of-hearing Grandpa George and the hard-of-head Mr. Salt. Chad was also enthused to perform in this year’s San Francisco Fringe Festival in Antipodes, an intricate new multi-media play. Other favorite roles include Ken Harrison Whose Life is it Anyway, Matt Galloway The Laramie Project, Simon Zealotes Jesus Christ Superstar, and Juror #8 Twelve Angry Men. His psycho-active original play, Alone in the Unknown, is an ensemble piece about the malleability of reality. (aloneintheunknown.com)
NANDI DRAYTON (Brigitta von Trapp) is a 7th grader and recently was a Counselor in Training for Berkeley Playhouse’s Summer of Wonka Camp. She also worked with 4 and 5 year olds at Glitter and Razz Productions. Nandi is very excited to be back on the Berkeley Playhouse stage. She enjoyed several lead roles here including Oliver in Oliver and Annie in Annie. She was the recipient of the 2012 BATCCA award for Best Principle Female in a Musical for her role as Jojo in Seussical The Musical. This past spring, Nandi performed her first dramatic play with Piano Fight Productions as Anna in Octopus’s Garden.
HANNAH DWORKIN (Sister Margaretta/Maria Understudy) is overjoyed to be part of such a wonderful production! She has been in several Berkeley Playhouse shows including Willy Wonka (Mrs. Bucket/Aerial Choreographer), Aladdin (Magic Carpet – Nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress award), Oliver (Old Sally/Flower Seller), Peter PanNanna/Croc/Aerial Consultant). Hannah is also a company member of UpSwing Aerial Dance and Performance Company and Opera Non Tropo. Hannah holds a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education from Columbia University, and is the Associate Education Director with Berkeley Playhouse. By far her most joyous role is being a mother to Genevieve and Shaun.
CASEY ELLIS (Liesl von Trapp/Novice) is a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is thrilled to work with Berkeley Playhouse. She was most recently seen as Olive in The 25th Annual Spelling Bee with the Napa Valley Playhouse. Favorite roles include Sylvia in Sylvia, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Jo in Little Women and the Witch in Into the Woods. Thanks to family and friends!
ALEXANDER FRANKLIN (Friedrich von Trapp) is thrilled to be in another production with Berkeley Playhouse. He was last seen as The Manservant in The Pirates of Penzance, and last summer as Evan in 13 the Musical. Other favorite roles have included Edmund in Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Young Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain and Cubs in Peter Pan. He thanks his parents Cecilia and David, and brother Nico for their endless support. He hopes you enjoy the show!
ELIANA GOLDFARB (Marta von Trapp) is a third grader at Escuela Bilingue Internacional. She is excited to be in her second musical at Berkeley Playhouse. She previously appeared in Lucky Duck. She thanks her friends and family for supporting her.
JACOB HENRIE-NAFFAA (Kurt von Trapp) debuted at Berkeley Playhouse as Michael in Peter Pan at age seven and is very happy to be back on the stage in his seventh Berkeley Playhouse show. He enjoyed being in the youth ensembles of Oliver and Narnia, the Wolf in Cinderella; Enchanted, Nag the Snake in The Jungle Book, and the evil Stromboli in My Son Pinocchio. Jacob is a sixth grader at King Middle School and enjoys climbing trees, riding roller coasters, drawing, and hanging out with his friends.
CALIA JOHNSON (Sister Berthe) is excited to be back at Berkeley Playhouse. She has most recently performed in the national tour The Magic School Bus:The Climate Challenge. She appeared as Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Company’s regional school tour. She performed in Berkeley Playhouse’s Narnia and Singin’ in the Rain. She was also seen in Jerry Springer the Opera (Ray of Light Theater) and OMFG (ODC Theater). Most Thanks to J.C. and many thanks to O.J.
AUBRI NO’EAU KAHALEKULU (Postulant/Frau Schmidt /Party Guest) is thrilled to be doing The Sound of Music with Berkeley Playhouse! Past credits include, Witch/Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Millicent Mallard in Lucky Duck, Rizzo in Grease, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently Violet Beauregard in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She would like to thank Berkeley Playhouse and Elizabeth McKoy for all the wonderful guidance and love they have shown her. She hopes everyone enjoys The Sound of Music!
STEPHANIE KAHALEKULU (Nun/Party Guest) is thrilled to be doing her first musical! She performed previously as a professional Polynesian dancer in Hawaii. She would like to thank Berkeley Playhouse and Elizabeth McKoy for giving her this opportunity and hopes everyone enjoys The Sound of Music!
DOUG KAUFMAN (Nazi/Party Guest/Priest) is thrilled to be making only his second appearance on a Berkeley stage (after Passion Play at Live Oak Theater) as he follows in his daughter’s theatrical footsteps. As a community theater actor in Maryland, Doug appeared in such shows as The Mikado (Koko), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus), The Odd Couple (Oscar), and Importance of Being Earnest (Reverend Chasuble).
TIM KNIFFIN* (Captain Von Trapp) makes his Berkeley Playhouse debut on the heels of playing Bill Starbuck in 110 in the Shade at Cinnabar Theater, Malvolio in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Napa Valley, and Max in Anatol at Aurora Theatre, where he was honored with a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for principle performer in Trouble in Mind. Next up, Tim will be heading back to Cinnabar for the two man Irish musical A Couple of Blaguards opening on New Year’s Eve and The Arsonistsat Aurora Theatre. Tim is a proud member of Actors Equity, and is very thankful to his friends and family for their unrelenting love and support.
MALIA LEE (Marta) is thrilled to perform in her fifth Berkeley Playhouse production. When she was five years old she saw the Berkeley Playhouse’s Peter Pan and was hooked! Since then she’s performed in Lucky Duck, Pinocchio, and Jungle Book. And she was most recently seen as Flounder in Little Mermaid. She has taken classes at Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre and started singing with Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Malia is a fourth grader at Havens Elementary. She thanks her family, friends, and teachers for their love and support!
CHARLOTTE YING LEVY (Gretl von Trapp) began her drama career at age five, playing the role of Baby Elephant in Jungle Book. From there, she moved on to play Jafar in Aladdin, Toulouse in Aristocats, Flora in Sleeping Beauty, and Molly in Annie, Jr. Charlotte is in third grade at Piedmont’s Beach Elementary School. When not performing, Charlotte plays competitive soccer and chess, dances ballet, sings in a choir, and sews and knits. Charlotte is dedicating her performance to her biggest fans, her parents and two older brothers, who have supported her through the long years moving up the thespian ranks.
SUSAN MAYER (Nazi/Novice) was last seen as Maria in her elementary school’s production of The Sound of Music. After taking some time off, she is thrilled to be returning to the stage. She loves early morning bike rides and is looking forward to traveling more with her husband Chris after his upcoming retirement.
MELINDA MEENG (Elsa Schraeder) was last seen on the Berkeley Playhouse stage as the narcissistic Mrs. Mallard & the lisping Queen in Lucky Duck. Other credits include: Annie (Grace Farrell) and Once On This Island (Andrea) at Berkeley Playhouse, God’s Ear (Tooth Fairy) at Shotgun Players, South Pacific (Bloody Mary, Shellie Award) at Contra Costa Musical Theater, The King & I (Lady Thiang) at Diablo Theater Company, and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road(Cheryl, Shellie Award Nominee) at CenterRep. Melinda also has various TV, Voice Over, and Print credits and a B.A. from SFSU. Love to Todd!
CALEB MEYERS (Kurt von Trapp) is in 5th grade at Havens Elementary School in Piedmont. He has previously appeared on Berkeley Playhouse’s Mainstage in Aladdin, Seussical, Born and Raised, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factrory and the KidStage production of My Son Pinocchio. Caleb has also performed with StageKids production of Aladdin at Fairyland. This summer he was on the production team, assisting with costumes, staging and choreography for Grand Lake Montessori’s Harlequin.
TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA (Brigitta von Trapp) is thrilled to be performing in her 5th Berkeley Playhouse production, The Sound of Music. Her experience with musical theater began with the Summer Aladdin Camp, and she has been hooked ever since! Tanaka has performed in a variety of Berkeley Playhouse YouthStage productions, including Charlie Brown (Sally), the Jungle Book (Riki Tikki Tavi), and Honk Jr. (Honk), and she was part of the Mainstage production of Annie(Ensemble) last winter. Tanaka is a 5th grader at Malcolm-X Elementary School in Berkeley.
BILLY RAPHAEL (Franz) recently performed at Berkeley Playhouse as Carl Coyote & Mr. Baa in Lucky Duck. Billy has performed in several shows at Contra Costa Civic Theater including Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Officer Krupke in West Side Story, Uncle Jocko in Gypsy, The Fool in Big River, Marvin in Bleacher Bums, Amos Scudder in Barnum, and Wilson in Harvey. Additional performances include Orgon in Tartuffe, Peter Sorin in The Seagull, Benoit/Alcindorro in La Boheme, and the Stage Manager in Our Town. Billy also performed as a musician in several orchestra pits including: Barnum, Big River, Chicago, & Gypsy at Contra Costa Civic Theater, and Ragtimeat Berkeley Playhouse.
SHARON RIETKERK* (Maria) is making her Berkeley Playhouse debut. Regional credits include: The Secret Garden, TheatreWorks; Xanadu, Rumors, and She Loves Me, CenterREP, Nymph Errant and Strike Up the Band, 42nd Street Moon; Evil Dead the Musical, Willows. Other credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), White Christmas (Judy), and Curtains, Diablo Theatre Company; My Fair Lady (Eliza) and Lolanthe, Lamplighters. Sharon has performed with the South Coast Symphony (The Music Man, Marian), Napa Valley Opera House, Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, and in concert with Faith Prince and Jason Graae. Sharon received a BA in Theater, Honors in Musical Theater from UCI. Member of Actor’s Equity.
DOROTHY ROBERTS (Postulant/New Postulant/Frau Zeller) is a recent Arizona State graduate, and making her Berkeley Playhouse debut. A former Playhouse summer intern, she now stars daily in front of a class of Redwood Day School Kindergarteners. She has studied at Berkeley Rep School of Theater. Although this is her first performance, she is known by her friends to break into musical theater songs at the slightest excuse. She is excited to be working with Elizabeth McKoy and this great team of performers.
ADAM ROY (Baron Elberfeld/Lieutenant) is excited to make his Berkeley Playhouse debut. Credits include: The Music Man (Mountain Play Association) Landscape of the Body (Bigger than a Breadbox Theatre Company) She Stoops to Conquer (Ross Valley Players), As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, Arabian Nights, and Hamlet (College of Marin). Adam is a regular contributor to Monday Night PlayGround.
KYLE STONER (Rolf Gruber/Party Guest) is absolutely thrilled to be appearing in his second show with Berkeley Playhouse (Bert Healy/Annie.) He has worked with various Bay Area companies including Lamplighters, 42nd Street Moon, Napa Valley Broadway Playhouse, Star eQuality Players, and most recently in Napa Valley Conservatory Theater’s production of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. Favorite roles include Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tulsa (Gypsy), Yvan (ART), and himself in the world premiere of The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Look for him next in 42nd Street Moon’s production of CARNIVAL!
BESSIE ZOLNO (Postulant) is performing in her 10th Berkeley Playhouse production, including most recently Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother/ Sleeping Beauty). This year, she also appeared in Otello (Flower Girl/Chorus) with Verismo Opera and Member of the Wedding(Helen Fletcher) at Douglas Morrison Theatre. She studies voice with Erica Maier D’Ambrosio and dance at Shawl Anderson Dance Studio and The Beat School of Dance. She hopes you enjoy the show and is thankful to Elizabeth for allowing her to be part of this fantastic cast.
RACHEL ITSEKSON is thrilled to return for her 2nd Berkeley Playhouse production! She is a 4th grader at Thornhill Elementary, loves the theater and hopes you enjoy the show!    
HADLEY JULCA is thrilled to be in her second Berkeley Playhouse Mainstage show. She would like to thank her director for giving her the opportunity to work with such an amazing community. Elizabeth always says it takes everyone to make a show and it makes me feel like I’m part of a big family.    
MILLIE KAUFMAN loves singing and is very happy to be in the Sound of Music. Most recently she was seen in Lucky Duck with Berkeley Playhouse. She is a seventh grader at Albany Middle School.    
PIPPA KENNEDY is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut, after enjoying Summer of Seuss Camp last summer. She is a third grader at Thousand Oaks.    
LEELA KIYAWAT is a 4th grader at Kensington Hilltop School. She loves theater, singing and playing the piano. This is her debut performance and she hopes to do many more!    
BEN ROTENBERG is a seventh grader at Albany Middle School. He has previously appeared in Berkeley Playhouse’s Mainstage productions of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mike Teavee) and Lucky Duck (Chicken Little).    
THOMAS BRYAN-LEVY is in 5th grade at Prospect Sierra. He has performed with Contra Costa Civic Theater and was a soloist in San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater’s “Rock n Roll Reunion.” Thomas enjoys hip hop dancing and playing lacrosse.    
RACHEL CHIN hopes to entertain the audience. She watches romantic comedies with her mommy and goes on Greek mythological adventures with her brothers. She has portrayed Cinderella, Jasmine, and Kanga.    
SOPHIE DEVANEY is a fifth grader at Emerson Elementary. She is very excited to be in her first Mainstage production at Berkeley Playhouse. She hopes you enjoy the show and hopes to be in many more.
LUCY ELSER is a 6th grader at Martin Luther King Middle school in Berkeley and enjoys dancing, acting and singing. She played Azzura in My Son, Pinocchio.
YAEL KELLEY is thrilled to be performing in her second Berkeley Playhouse production. She previously appeared in Cinderella, Enchanted (Purple Mouse). She is a 3rd grader at Malcolm X Elementary School.
ANAYA MATTHEWS is performing in her 5th Berkeley Playhouse production. She appeared in Aladdin (Genie), Seussical Jr. (Horton), and the Mainstage production of Annie (Ensemble). Anaya is a 5th grader at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley.
C R E A T I V E  
  ELIZABETH MCKOY (Director) is in her 5th season as Artistic Director at The Berkeley Playhouse, which grew from the youth company The Imagination Players ten years ago. Her directing credits include Peter Pan, Cinderella Enchanted, Willy Wonka and The Sound of Music for the mainstage, 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 and the critically acclaimed Born and Raised. She 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 SF Opera.
  GREG MASON (Music Director) has mostly recently appeared as music director for SF Playhouse’s most successful production, My Fair Lady.He has worked with four national Broadway tours and was the music director with New York Philharmonic and AIMS program in Graz, Austria. He has performed and taught across the US and abroad, including Barcelona, Madrid, Hamburg, Lisbon, Vienna, South and Central America, and the United Nations with the Yale Collection of Historic Instruments, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Casals Festival, Festival International de la Cultura, Wildwood Festival, OFAM, the Festival of the Millennium, and concerts which appeared on PBS, NPR, and TV movies. Greg has also coached Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winners; singers with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, La Scala in Milan, among many others. He was the pianist for the American Music Competition at Carnegie Hall, opera classes at Juilliard School, and a master class with Placido Domingo at Metropolitan Opera. Greg has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, and MM and DMA from the University of Illinois.
  STACI ARRIAGA (Choreographer) is happy to be joining Berkeley Playhouse for the first time! 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 America’s 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, one 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 and is looking forward to adding Berkeley Playhouse to that list.
  MARTIN FLYNN (Set Designer) is thrilled to be back at Berkeley Playhouse where he recently designed Lucky Duck and Annie. He also designed Sweeney Todd, My Son Pinocchio, and Grease for the Berkeley Playhouse YouthStage. Around the Bay Area, Martin has recently designed for Shotgun Players (Precious Little, Truffaldino Says No, The Great Divide, Road to Hades); Town Hall Theatre (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pygmalion, Sly Fox); Napa Valley College (The Laramie Project:Ten Years Later, My Way); The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (Blues for an Alabama Sky); Bay Area Children’s Theatre (A Year With Frog and Toad); and TheatreFIRST (Oleanna, Hanging Georgia, Welcome Home Jenny Sutter, The Grapes of Wrath, Anton In Show Business, The Drawer Boy). Martin wants to thank his son Linus for his continued interest in his dad’s work. He also wants to thank his own dad, Joe, for making the effort to come out to California to see so many of his shows.
  WENDY KAUFMAN (Costume Designer) is thoroughly enjoying her new position as Resident Designer at Berkeley Playhouse. The Sound of Music has always had a place in her heart, with the song “My Favorite Things” a favorite of her grandmother’s. Grandma, like this musical, you looked at the world with such innocence. This one’s for you, Gram. Wendy’s work may also been seen in several books, including The Costumemaker’s Art: Cloaks of Fantasy, Masks of Revelation, and Fiberarts Design Book IV. You can find her work on Bansheefashion.com.
  MICHAEL OESCH (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer for dance, theatre, opera, musicals, installation, and film. He designed the Wizard of Ozwith Berkeley Playhouse in 2009. Michael works full time with Smuin Ballet since 2004, where he has designed over 15 world premieres for that company. He has designed lighting for numerous other companies in the bay area including SF Playhouse, The Magic Theatre, Trinity Lyric Opera, Golden State Theatre Productions, 13th Floor Dance, West Wave Dance Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, El Teatro Campesino, Theatre Artaud, Solano College Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, New Conservatory Theatre Center, as well as other companies in the Bay Area. He was recently nominated for a BATCC award for best lighting design of a musical.
  MIKE SWEENEY(Sound Designer/Sound Engineer) The hills are alive — mostly with German lieder, at least while researching this show. But Mike only sings to himself; his place is firmly on the other side of the board, making sure the actors and musicians are happy and heard. After three shows in a row in a barnyard, among the ducks, he is looking forward to revisiting Salzburg, home of Mozart.
  DEVON LABELLE (Props Master) is a theatrical/visual/improvisation teacher who is constantly working to bridge visual and performative art mediums to create an arts-inclusive sensibility in the classroom. Berkeley Playhouse productions include: Pirates of Penzance, (Props Master) My Son Pinocchio, (Director, Props Master) Sweeney Todd, (Props Master) Born and Raised (Props Master) and Honk! Jr. (Props Master). Some favorite Bay Area credits include: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Drawer Boy, (Theatre FIRST), A Year with Frog and Toad and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs(Bay Area Children’s Theatre).
  * Member, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). AEA, founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org