Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics). The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline. The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show includes the well-known songs “If I Love You”, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals.
BOOK & LYRICS BY
Based on the play
as adapted by
Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Dances by
DR. DAVID FREDERICK &
JASMINE P. CALZADA
DON BLACK & JUDY
DR. RONALD & SYLVIA
DR. MYRON BLOOM
Cast & Crew
JOSEPH ABERGO (ENSEMBLE)
This is Joseph’s MTW debut and he’s very delighted to be part of MTW’s Evita. Recent credits include: Oh L’Amour, Evita, She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha and Footloose. In addition to singing his little Latin heart out on stage, Joseph is an intern for the Trans Services p>This is Joseph’s MTW debut and he’s very delighted to be part of MTW’s Evita. Recent credits include: Oh L’Amour, Evita, She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha and Footloose. In addition to singing his little Latin heart out on stage, Joseph is an intern for the Trans Services Department at the LGBT Center OC. Education: BFA, UC Irvine. Many thanks to his teachers, friends, family, Jake, and Mark and Ashley at KMR!
LOLA ALONSO (ENSEMBLE)
Evita will be Lola’s professional debut. She is over the moon to work alongside this incredible group of actors. She has participated in Musical Theatre West’s Summer Conservatory and loves to sing and dance. She has been a soloist in programs at her school, Bethany Elementary, in Long Beach. She is an avid bike rider, excellent swimmer, and enjoys summer adventures with her parents.
RICHARD BERMUDEZ (CHE)
is beyond happy to be returning to MTW after a far too long hiatus. Richard is a fiery South American happy to be playing his favorite fiery South American character. He has appeared on the MTW stage in such productions as The King and I, Ragtime and Sweeney Todd. Regional: Fredrick Barrett in Titanic the Musical (Moonlight Amphitheater), The King in The King and I (Welk Resort, Craig Noel Nominated), Che in Evita (Candlelight Pavilion, BWW Award), Marius in Les Misérables (Moonlight Amphitheater), Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance (Moonlight Amphitheater, Welk, Candlelight), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Welk, Center Stage), and Nanki-Poo in The Hot Mikado (Starlight Theater). Much love and gratitude to the entire production team and especially Richard’s favorite soon to be PT, Carly.
CARLY CANNATA (ENSEMBLE)
is excited to be making her debut on the MTW stage! Carly is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her favorite roles include Ursula in Sweet Charity and Consuelo in West Side Story. She is incredibly grateful for this opportunity! She is thankful for an amazing family that has been with her since the days of dance recitals to every professional show. Enjoy Evita!
JOVEN CALLOWAY (ENSEMBLE)
MTW debut! He has toured internationally and performed at regional theaters across the country. His favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Hollywood Bowl), Damn Yankees (Goodspeed), Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Madison Square Garden/National Tour), Miss Saigon (TUTS/Riverside, FL), Aladdin A Musical Spectacular and can currently be seen in Frozenat Disney’s California Adventure! He sends love and gratitude to his family, Brian, Mayla, Gus, the ATB Agency and everyone at MTW! www.jovencalloway.com
ABBY CARLSON (ENSEMBLE)
is honored to be making her MTW debut! A graduate of CSULB, she teaches at OCSA, sings in 3DT’s acapella group, WestBeat, and plays/sings in So Rad 90’s Cover Band. Highlights include Jekyll & Hyde (Emma), A Man of No Importance (Adele), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Rudolph... National Tour (Mrs. Claus/Music Supervisor), The Wizard of Oz (US Glinda) and Parade. Thanks to God, Matt, Chloe and everyone involved for making this a great experience!
MEGAN CHERRY (ENSEMBLE)
is excited to be back at MTW having previously been seen in My Fair Lady as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill. Favorite roles include Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Performance Riverside, as well as being one of the glorious singing nuns in 3D Theatrical’s wonderful production of The Sound of Music. Megan has also done a national tour of Around the World in 80 Days as well as a European tour of West Side Story as Anita (understudy). Megan would like to thank her husband Steve for his love and support.
WILLIAM CLAYTON (ENSEMBLE)
was born and raised in Riverside California. He found his way to North Hollywood after graduating with his BFA: Dance Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2016. Since then he has worked with several LA-based choreographers and companies. Last summer he continued his training at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet summer program in San Francisco. He would like to thank all his family and friends for their steadfast love and support.
HAILEY COLLINS (ENSEMBLE)
is excited to join the cast of Evita! She recently was in the children’s choir of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3-D Theatricals). She appeared in a community production of Matilda the Musical as Matilda where she first fell in love with musical theater. Hailey loves to sing and dance and is grateful to her OCSD family. Hailey would like to thank God, her family, and friends for her many blessings!
AYESHA CORTINAS (ENSEMBLE)
is so excited to be making her MTW debut, especially with such an amazing show. Some of her favorite performances include: A Chorus Line at The Hollywood Bowl, Hairspray (Dynamite Swing) at Tuacahn Amphitheater, West Side Story (Consuelo) and Aida (Ensemble) at FCLO, and Dreamgirls at the Candlelight Pavilion. She would like to thank Frank for his unconditional love, her mother for her guidance and Anthony and DDO for being awesome. Prov.16:9
KRISTINA DIZON (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be part of her first MTW production! She grew up in Northern California and is currently a senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at CSU Fullerton. Her favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Rose in Dogfight, Natalie in Next to Normal and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She thanks her family and friends for their love and support; especially her mom for being her best friend. kristinadizon.com
BRYAN DOBSON (ENSEMBLE)
is delighted to be making his debut in a mainstage MTW show. Reiner Reading Series: She Loves Me (Sipos) and Lil’ Abner (Fogbound). European/National Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Brad), Man of La Mancha (Tenorio). Regional shows include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potiphar), Carrie (Stephens), The Spitfire Grill (Caleb), Noises Off (Lloyd), My Fair Lady (Higgins), On Golden Pond (Bill), The Diviners (Ferris). Proud member of Actors Equity.
JILLIAN EASTON (ENSEMBLE)
A Long Beach native, Jillian is thrilled to be making her MTW debut. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence, favorite credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Grease (Rizzo), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), The Sound of Music (Baroness Elsa), Zanna Don’t (Kate) and originating the lead roles of Juliette in City of Light (2015 ASCAP Selection) and Nora Rodriguez in The Baby Project. Grateful for Yael, Mom, and Anthony at DDO. www.JillianEaston.com
ASHLEE ESPINOSA (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be making her MTW debut. Welk Resort Theatre: Cabaret (Sally Bowles). Moonlight: Sister Act (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours), Titanic the Musical (Caroline Neville), Sondheim on Sondheim, My Fair Lady, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Performance Riverside: Legally Blonde (Brooke), Les Misérables and coming in March 2017 Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mille). Singer/Dancer with Holland America Cruise Lines. MFA Musical Theatre, SDSU. Professor of Theatre at Riverside City College. www.ashleeespinosa.com
ZACHARY FORD (MAGALDI)
loves strong women. Previous MTW shows include Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Spamalot and Big Fish. He is a frequent guest with the Reiner Staged Reading Series. Broadway/Tour: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Las Vegas). Some Regional: Dear World starring Tyne Daly at VPAC, Pasadena Playhouse, 3D Theatricals, Cabrillo Music Theatre, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Colony Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, PCPA, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre. Original casts: Heathers, Loving Repeating, Empire Burlesque. Cast Recordings: Loving Repeating, SFSO’s grammy nominated West Side Story, conducted by MTT. Zachary attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, teaches at Relativity School, and is an AEA and Musical Theatre Guild member. Thank you, Larry, David, Hector, the MTW team, the Ford familia, and AMT Artists. www.ZManForZJob.com
DAVIS GAINES (JUAN PERÓN)
Broadway/National Tours: The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (over 2,000 performances), The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Whistle Down the Wind (World Premiere), Hello, Dolly! (w/Carol Channing), Camelot (w/Richard Burton), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (w/Alexis Smith). Off-Broadway: The Death of Von Richthofen (The Public), One Two Three Four Five (Manhattan Theatre Club), Assassins (Playwrights Horizons), The Boys from Syracuse (Encores), and Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Lend Me a Tenor (McCoy/Rigby), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (MTW), Silence! The Musical (LA Weekly Award), Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Man of La Mancha (MTW/Ovation Award) Kiss Me, Kate (Cabrillo/Ovation Nomination), Damn Yankees (George Abbott, director), The Rink (w/Lainie Kazan). Film: “Warlock: The Armageddon.” TV: “Sweeney Todd,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Charmed,” “Chicago Hope,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Bodies of Evidence” and “Murder, She Wrote.” www.facebook.com/DavisGainesActor
JULIET GARBACZ (ENSEMBLE)
is 10 years old and excited to make her MTW debut. Theatre includes: Ragtime (Little Girl) San Diego Musical Theatre, Miracle on 34th Street (Dutch Girl/Elf) Camino Real Playhouse, The Nutcracker (Polichinelle/Baby Mouse) City Ballet of San Diego, A Charlie Brown Christmas (Woodstock) Pickwick Players, Charlotte’s Web (Gosling) SDJT. Film: “Garlic and Gunpowder” (Supporting) Entertainment Factory, “Harrison Smith.” Juliet trains at ABT Gillespie School, taps and plays piano. Love to family, teachers and MTW for this super opportunity.
EDDIE GUTIERREZ (ENSEMBLE)
Off-Broadway: Miss Abigail’s Guide... opposite Joyce DeWitt and Christine Pedi and Twilight the Musical (New World Stages). Regional/Tours/other NYC: Paul in A Chorus Line (Nat’l tour, in concert with Donna McKechnie, and at the Hollywood Bowl) Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere (TheatreWorks) alongside Priscilla Lopez, Moments created with Tectonic Theater Project and Moisés Kaufman and Eddie’s one-man show Loveology, which debuted at Ars Nova. B.F.A. NYU/Tisch. Thanks to KMR! Love to Steven!
MARCOS HERNANDEZ (ENSEMBLE)
is ecstatic to make his debut at MTW in this amazing Andrew Lloyd Webber musical! He recently finished spreading some holiday cheer at the Candlelight Pavilion in A Time for Christmas and is happy to kick off the new year with this beyond talented cast. Some favorite past credits include, Pablo in Sister Act (Candlelight Pavilion), Tumblebrutus in CATS (Lewis Family Playhouse), The Three Pigs in Shrek the Musical (Performance Riverside), M.C. in Chicago (Fox Riverside Theatre).
GABRIEL KALOMAS (ENSEMBLE)
feels delighted and honored to return to Long Beach with MTW. Previous appearances with MTW include Memphis (2016), My Fair Lady (2015), Big Fish (2014), Phantom (1999), Fiddler on the Roof (1998), Singin’ in the Rain (1995) and Camelot (1994). Dedications and gratitude to his beloved parents, siblings, friends, foes, mentors and God.
EMILY KING BROWN (ENSEMBLE)
was last seen as The Queen of Hearts in the World Premiere Musical, The Story of Alice. LA: The Wardrobe in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at MTW (Broadway World Nom), Side Show and Shrek (3DT), and The World Goes ‘Round (NOHO Arts). Selected NYC/Regional: Loose Women of Low Character (PCTF Best Actress Nom), 25th Anniversary of As Is (Theatre Row), Comedy of Errors (Boomerang), Sunday in the Park with George (Old Opera Rep), Taming of the Shrew (SUIS) and Parade as Lucille Frank (Virginia Rep). Isaiah 40:31.
CELESTE LANUZA (ENSEMBLE)
is excited to be joining Evita! Her previous musical endeavor was in Peter Pan as Tiger Lily (Moonlight Productions), and she is now returning to MTW from last year’s West Side Story. Celeste has performed as Anita at Candlelight Pavilion Theater and received an Inland Theater Award, played Lead Pachuca in SD Repertory’s Zoot Suit, and served understudy in The Who’s Tommy at SD Rep. BFA Musical Theater-Dance, University of the Arts; MFA Choreography, UCIrvine.
CHLOE LEATHERWOOD (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be back at MTW! Her most recent credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, dancing for Stiletto Entertainment aboard Holland America Cruise ships, 42nd Street, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, White Christmas and All Shook Up. Television credits include: NBC’s “Good Christian Belles,” “Macy’s Parade” and “Jerry Lewis Telethon.” Chloe has had the honor of assisting choreographers Dan Mojica, Michelle Lynch, Dana Solimando and Chris Beroiz. Love and many thanks to her family and friends.
BILL LEDESMA (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be making his MTW debut and to return to Buenos Aires for a third time. Favorite roles/shows: Munkustrap in CATS, Magaldi in Evita, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Al Deluca in A Chorus Line, Sgt. Fogarty in Chicago (Dir. Rob Marshall), Johnny Cantone in 1940’s Radio Hour. National Tours: The Will Rogers Follies, Pippin and Camelot. Huge thanks to Mom, Joe and ZT. Most of all to TG for your support, understanding and unconditional love. You are my Heart. #SupportTheArts
LANDON MARIANO (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be making his musical theater debut in Evita. He studies voice and dance at Orange County Song & Dance and has performed in numerous venues with them throughout Orange County. Landon also appeared in the 2016 Rose Parade with Disney. When Landon is not in the studio rehearsing, he’s a fun-loving boy, who loves being outside surfing on waves or blocking goals on the soccer field.
ASHLEY MARIE (MISTRESS)
is so excited to be a part of such an incredible cast! She was last seen on the Carpenter stage in West Side Story as Maria and has been fortunate enough to be a part of the Reiner Reading Series in On The Twentieth Century, Li’l Abner and The Boys From Syracuse. Other credits include: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Wendy in Peter Pan. Ashley would like to thank her family, friends, and everyone at MTW for so warmly making her a part of their family.
LUIS MARTINEZ (ENSEMBLE)
Los Angeles native, Luis Martinez, began his performance career as a musician. His love for music lead him to the world of theatre, which inspired him to seriously pursue technical dance training in high school. Since then, he has gone on to train and perform across the country through professional programs in New York, Chicago and throughout Southern California. Luis holds his BFA in Dance Theatre from AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts; for more information please visit facebook.com/eLTigreus.
ISABELLA MEDINA (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to make her MTW debut in Evita! Her favorite roles include The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Jr. (Lucy), Annie Jr. (Annie), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Ursula). Special thanks to her family, Betsy, Michelle and her YADA directors for supporting her dream!
AYME OLIVO (EVA PERÓN)
is honored to return to the MTW family where she was last seen as Diana Morales in A Chorus Line. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BFA in Musical Theater and went on to portray Lisa in the Broadway National Tour of Mamma Mia! Some Regional productions include: Maria in West Side Story (Candelight & Moonlight), Nina in In the Heights (Cabrillo), Marela in Anna in the Tropics (Sierra Rep & PCPA), A Chorus Line (MTW & Cabrillo). You can currently find her at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Frozen Live! Ayme is a member of AEA and thanks God for all the blessings and opportunities in her life. Titus 2:11-14
LOUIS PARDO (ENSEMBLE)
is honored to be making his MTW debut in Evita. Pardo has been performing professionally in Southern California and across the country for the last ten years, and he thanks the stars for every moment. Favorite Credits include: Hair at The Hollywood Bowl (Flow), The Last 5 Years (Jamie), The Full Monty (Jerry), A Year With Frog and Toad (Toad), Biting Broadway (Arnold), The Who’s Tommy (Cousin Kevin), Peter Pan (Smee), Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas). Louis would like to thank his family, friends, and Stephie for their unending love and support.
STEVEN RADA (ENSEMBLE)
recently returned from Madison Square Garden in NYC with the tour of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Regional: Anything Goes (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Anxious in West Side Story and Paul in A Chorus Line (MTW), and Mungojerrie in CATS (SDMT). Steven has also performed in Redcar Newsboys at DCA and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Azusa Pacific University. Thank you to the creative team, his agent Nicole at FireStarter Entertainment and a special thanks to his Mom, Dad, Andrea and Eddie. “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another.”
RILE REAVIS (ENSEMBLE)
is a versatile dancer and choreographer who is very excited for his first MTW production! Rile grew up in Spokane, Washington and graduated from Oklahoma City University’s acclaimed dance program. He has been seen previously in Children of Eden, Damn, Yankees and Oklahoma! at Cabrillo Music Theatre. He was also a dancer on DanceOn Network’s original show “Steady Mobbin’.” Rile would like to thank his parents and siblings for their support and Rebecca for always pushing him to be better and loving him unconditionally.
LISA STONE (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be returning MTW in Evita! Many thanks to her family and friends for the neverending support! Special thanks to Victoria Lavan for being my beam of hope and guidance for the voice and in life. You can also find Lisa on Buena Vista Street with the Red Car Trolley Newsboys at Disney and Caroling with Mixed Company as a bell ringer! 2016 was full of lessons; Here’s to 2017!
JEFFREY CHRISTOPHER TODD (ENSEMBLE)
is thrilled to be returning to MTW! Recent Theatre: The Little Mermaid (National Tour), I Love Lucy: Live on Stage (First National Tour), Romeo + Juliet: Love is a Battlefield (Rockwell), Les Misérables (MTW), Legally Blonde (Performance Riverside), For the Record: Baz (Rockwell). TV: Tobias Gray on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS), “Switched at Birth” (Freeform), “Wizards of Waverly Place” (Disney Channel), “Free Agents” (NBC), “Not Another High School Show” (Comedy Central). www.jeffreychristophertodd.com Instagram/Twitter: @thejeffreytod
SHERI VASQUEZ (ENSEMBLE)
is so thrilled to be making her MTW debut! Previous credits include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance at Torrance Theatre Company, the Pirate Pig Captain in Dora the Explorer Live! , Martha in Guys & Dolls at The Norris Theater, Phantom of the Opera and Oliver! at FCLO, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys & Dolls, Oliver!, Crazy For You at DCLO and, most recently, Addams Family at Costa Mesa Playhouse.