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May 22, 2009

CABRILLO STAGE’S 2009 SEASON PROMISES FUN FOR BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS

The Wizard of Oz will wow kids with flying effects while
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will keep adults laughing


Aptos—It will be a summer full of witty laughs and high-flying adventure as Cabrillo Stage presents their 28th season of live, professional musical theatre. This year’s repertory productions are I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change performing in the Cabrillo Schilling Forum, June 26 to July 26, and The Wizard of Oz in the Cabrillo Theater from July 17 to August 16.

The season’s first show, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, is the hit musical comedy that tackles the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.” Four actors play over forty characters in a hilarious series of vignettes that take us through the complexities and absurdity of dating, love and finally marriage—from in-laws and newborns, to trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric kind. Hailed by critics as “Seinfeld set to music,” the show reveals the difficulties and joys of connecting with another person, no matter what age. You’ll be laughing and singing all the way home with this hip and funny escapade. Intended for mature audiences only.

“I first saw this show in 1998 and thought is was profound, insightful and absurd, all at the same time,” states Love...Perfect...Change director Andrew Ceglio, who directed last season critically acclaimed Forever Plaid. “Although the show is a musical comedy it manages to retain humanity, beauty and compassion because of its wonderful characters. The audience will see themselves in these characters, and the comedy flows from how absurd we can all be at times.”

A girl. A twister. A pair of ruby slippers. Cabrillo Stage’s mainstage event, The Wizard of Oz, is the timeless tale of a Kansas farm girl trying to find her way home. Along the way she meets a very unusual cast of characters—the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion—and together they go on a quest to find the Wizard of Oz, each of them seeking what they want most in life. Making their way along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, they venture through a series of hair-raising encounters, including flying monkeys and the Wicked Witch. The stage version includes all the classic film songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Follow The Yellow Brick Road” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard.”

Trevor Little, a dancer/choreographer, who choreographed Stage’s critically acclaimed productions of West Side Story in 2003 and Little Shop of Horrors in 2007, makes his directorial debut with The Wizard of Oz—and gives us not one, but two Dorothys! Little is very excited about his double-casting of the role. “Both actresses are brilliant,” he exclaims, “Ashley Little has very classic qualities and a luscious voice, where has Monique Hafen is a bit more edgy and tom-boyish.” The two actress will rotate every other weekend.

Cabrillo Stage fans will recognize Ashley Little from her memorable performance in last year’s Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene. Dorothy’s trio of cohorts includes many Cabrillo Stage favorites: Andrew Ceglio as the Scarecrow (Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and King Herod in Superstar), Jared Washington as the Cowardly Lion (Judas in Superstar), and Andrew Roubal as the Tin Man (Roubal has been a featured dancer in four of Stages productions).

“Our theatrical offerings this summer have something for everyone,” states artistic director Jon Nordgren. “I Love You...is adult themed laughs, while Oz will be a very unique production for both children and adults.”

Both producer and director were intent on creating a production of Oz that is a bit different then what you may expect. “The show will be edgy and intriguing,” says Nordgren. “Not only have we assembled an amazing cast and design crew but audiences will see amazing flying effects and hear the beloved movie score with a full 20-piece orchestra.”

Cabrillo Stage will be showing The Wizard of Oz at a special time of 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday evenings, as well as 2:00 p.m. matinees on both Saturdays and Sundays. A special children’s performance of The Wizard of Oz is set for Thursday, July 30, at 10:00 a.m., for groups and schools, which will include a backstage tour and meet-the-cast opportunity.

Tickets for the 2009 season go on sale June 3. Special package pricing is available via phone or in person only. For more information please visit www.cabrillostage.com. Ticket office: 479-6154.


WHAT: Cabrillo Stage 2009 Summer Rep Season
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is the hit musical comedy that tackles the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.” Four actors play over forty characters in a hilarious series of vignettes that take us through the complexities and absurdity of dating, love and finally marriage—from in-laws and newborns, to trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric kind. Hailed by critics as “Seinfeld set to music,” you’ll be laughing and singing with this hip, funny and witty escapade. Intended for mature audiences only. June 26 - July 26, in the Cabrillo Schilling Forum.

The Wizard of Oz, a timeless tale of a Kansas farm girl trying to find her way home. Along the way she meets a very unusual cast of characters—the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion—and together they go on a quest to find the Wizard of Oz, each of them seeking what they want most in life. The stage version includes all the classic film songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Follow The Yellow Brick Road” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard.” July 17 - August 16, in the Cabrillo Theater.

WHEN: Summer Rep Season runs June 26 to August 16, 2008
LOVE plays Thursday - Saturday evening at 8 PM, Sun matinees at 3PM
OZ plays Thursday - Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, Sat & Sun matinees at 2 PM

WHERE: Cabrillo College Campus, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA.
TICKETS: 831-479-6154 or online at www.cabrillostage.com
INFORMATION: email to: info@cabrillostage.com

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 Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, and Man of La Mancha, 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.


About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.


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