Press Releases 2008
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June 1, 2008
CABRILLO STAGE PRESENTS REPERTORY SEASON OF “HEAVENLY” THEATRE
Company’s Last Season in Cabrillo Theater Will Put Modern Spin On Classic Tale
June 1—Aptos, CA—Cabrillo Stage announces its 27th season of presenting live, professional music theatre with this summer’s repertory productions of Forever Plaid performing in the Cabrillo Schilling Forum, June 27 — July 27, and Jesus Christ Superstar in the Cabrillo Theater from July 11 to August 17.
It will be a summer of “heavenly” theatre as Cabrillo Stage opens their season with Forever Plaid, a deliciously goofy review which centers on four young male singers from the 1950s who are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert, but are miraculously revived for the chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography, the “Plaids” will keep audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great pop hits of the 1950s.
Forever Plaid director, Andrew Ceglio, who starred as Seymour in last year’s critically acclaimed production of Little Shop of Horrors, states that “Forever Plaid is more than just a musical revue, it is a story with many themes including compassion, courage, love and friendship.
“What I love about Forever Plaid,” shares Ceglio, “is the journey the characters go through as they progress through the storyline. The ‘Plaids’ were not a famous boy-band when they were alive, but they continued to perform out of a deep love for what they did. The characters, with all their human flaws, following their dreams, finally realizing that life is what you make it.” With wonderful music and classic comedy, Forever Plaid promises to be a family favorite for all ages.
Cabrillo Stage’s second summer offering is Jesus Christ Superstar, the ground-breaking theatrical masterpiece by the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. One of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre, the rock opera tells the story of the political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus of Nazareth, during the final seven days of their lives, with a power that always leaves audiences captivated
“Director David Cox, a well-known Bay Area opera singer and director who returns to Stage after many years, having starred in Sweeney Todd in 1993. Cox will not only direct Superstar, but will also play the role of Pontius Pilate.
From his initial meetings with Stage’s Artistic Director, Jon Nordgren, both were intent on creating a production of Superstar that would be dynamic, exciting and relative to modern times. “Our vision of the show is a very urban ‘street’ tale where the major antagonizing components are organized religion, politics and the media,” says Cox.
“We are purposefully keeping things rather non-specific in our interpretation of the show, in order to let the audience make what connections and conclusions they wish, hopefully leaving the theater afterwards both talking and thinking,” says Cox.
San Jose actor Adam Campbell, who is also the lead singer of the Bay Area rock band Mean Ol Lion, will perform the role of Jesus. Campbell’s band mate, Jared Washington, is also highlighted in the production playing the role of Judas.
“Superstar will be a very special production,” states Artistic Director Nordgren. “Not only have we assembled an amazing cast, a set by 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship winner Skip Epperson and costumes by Gail Rich Award winner Maria Crush, but audiences will hear the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber score with the full 22-piece orchestra.”
Cabrillo Stage's unsurpassed reputation for presenting Broadway musicals continues to leave thousands of theatre-goers and critics alike cheering. After 27 years, this will be the last summer that Stage will perform in the Cabrillo Theater and Schilling Forum. Summer 2009 will take Stage to the new state-of-the-art theater facility currently under construction at Cabrillo Arts Education Classrooms on Soquel Avenue in Aptos.
WHAT: Cabrillo Stage presents:
FOREVER PLAID, a deliciously goofy review, which centers on four young male singers from the 1950s who are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert, but are miraculously revived for the chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography, the “Plaids” will keep you rolling in the aisle when your not humming along to some of the great pop hits of the 1950s.June 27- July 27, in the Cabrillo Schilling Forum.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Cabrillo Stage creates a modern, urban tale ofthe ground-breaking theatrical masterpiece by the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. One of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre, the rock opera tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, always leaving audiences captivated by its power. July 11 - August 17, in the Cabrillo Theater.
WHEN: Repertory season runs June 27 – August 17, 2007
Thursday through Saturday evening performances at 8pm, weekend matinees at 3pm.
WHERE: Cabrillo College Campus, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA.
TICKETS: Box office opens June 4. Charge by phone: 831-479-6154. Charge online at www.cabrillostage.com
Discount show packages available.
About Cabrillo Stage
Cabrillo Stage is a non-profit, non-union professional summer stock musical theatre company dedicated to presenting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay Area. Producing a diversity of musical theatre works with the goal of educating as well as giving its audiences quality family entertainment, Cabrillo Stage is recognized as one of the three major annual performing arts events in Santa Cruz County. Each summer since 1981, Cabrillo Stage has provided thousands of Santa Cruz county residents and visitors with unforgettable, critically acclaimed productions such as Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, and Funny Girl, to name a few, as well as regional premieres of new musicals such as Honk! Cabrillo Stage is noted for innovative sets, beautiful costumes, an outstanding pit orchestra and talented, professional performers. Cabrillo Stage is committed to providing a nurturing, supportive, artistic environment that allows all of its artisans, professional and non-professional, the opportunity to create musicals with high quality production values. Producing Artistic Director, Jon Nordgren.