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Rubicon Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Production of Grease!

August 3, 2018

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Rubicon Theatre
1006 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001 United States

Rubicon Theatre Company’s fourth and final youth production of Summer 2018 is a 40th Anniversary production of the classic rock ‘n roll musical Grease, with a book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The production is directed and choreographed by two Broadway veterans — Beverly Ward (Anastasia) and Jamie Torcellini (Cats/Billy Elliott), with Musical Direction by Steven Bernstein. Scenic Design is by UCLA theatre major Oscar Escobedo, costume design is by Sheryl Jo Bedal and sound design is by Kenny Hobbs. Former Rubicon students and current college theatre majors Amber Zepf and Anna Demaria serve as Production Stage Manager and Production Manager, respectively. Grease celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, while Rubicon celebrates its 20th as Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company.

 

The ShowGrease originally opened in a small, Off-Broadway house. New York audiences ate up the raw, teenage energy of the show and the musical moved to Broadway, running for 3,388 performances. The story, set in the 1950s, follows students at Rydell High who are trying to figure out how they fit in among their friends and in the world. Head of the Rydell High T-Birds Danny Zuko is in love with the “new girl” Sandy Dumbrowski, but their romance is ill-fated: he’s a greaser and the coolest guy in town, and she’s a “good girl”. With a score that recalls the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, the characters sing and dance their way through proms and picnics. Grease features hit tunes including “Greased Lightning” and “Summer Nights.”

 

Grease – runs two hours, and is appropriate for ages middle school and up. Performances are Friday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $11 for students, $16 for adults, plus a $4 processing fee. For tickets, call (805) 667-2900 or go to www.rubicontheatre.org.

 

 

About the Cast

 

The cast of Grease consists of twenty-eight students ages 15-to-24. Cast members from the City of Ventura include Daniel Brackett as Danny; Terra Bransfield as Ensemble; Troy Braun as Ensemble; Meghan Carter as Sandy; Riley Conrad as Ensemble; Cassidy Craig as Rizzo; Gabriel Lemus as Vince Fontaine; Bridget Maynez as Ensemble; Madeleine Riddle as Ensemble; Sophie Rocha as Ensemble; Chloe Scofieldas Ensemble; Brooke Stevenson as Frenchy; Molly Sturgeon as Ensemble; Ashlynn Vaglica as Jan; Louis Santia as Sonny; Ren Tallent as Doody; and Talia Walsh as Cha Cha. Maggie Collette from Camarillo is in the ensemble. Gus Graham of Santa Paula plays Roger, while Samantha Hirschorn from Port Hueneme plays Marty. Ojai residents Luke Hamann and Sophie Massey play Kenickie and Patty Simcox, respectively; with Shannon David in the Ensemble. Oxnard is represented by Chris Ehrman as Eugene, Antonio Casares as Teen Angel, and Evalyn Kewley as Ensemble.

 

Meet the Director and Choreographer

 

Beverly Ward started singing before she can remember. Her first professional gig was touring with Anne Miller and Mickey Rooney in Sugar Babies. Since then, she’s played Broadway, London’s West End, traveled with three more National Tours, been a guest soloist at the Hollywood Bowl, sung her original music at Birdland, and raised three wonderful kids with her husband, Kirby Ward.

 

Beverly has worked as a teaching artist with San Diego’s Jr. Theatre, The Bijou Theatre Summer Youth Program, Wiremill Academy and, with Kirby, she has built a long-standing relationship with San Diego Civic Dance Arts Program. Bev believes all young people should take part in the arts – especially the performing arts, where they learn collaborative creativity, healthy expression of powerful emotions, and have the opportunity to create friendships that last a lifetime.

 

Beverly believes good communication skills are key to being an engaged citizen. “Communication is key in life. My goal with the Musical Theatre Intensive is to give these students the tools to communicate a story audience clearly, with enthusiasm, emotion and commitment,” says Beverly. “Then they can use those same skills to express themselves to anyone – their math teachers, or their soccer coaches, or their parents.”

 

Jamie Torcellini is both a director and a choreographer. He has been part of The 39 Step, The Producers, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Tell Me on a Sunday, Pirates of Penzance, My Fair Lady, An Evening of One Acts in NYC, Me and My Girl, How to Succeed…, West Side Story, Life Could Be a Dream, Kiss Me Kate, and many benefits and industrials across the country. He also assisted on both of the “Stuart Little” films starring Gena Davis and Hugh Laurie.

 

Jamie has performed in many Broadway shows since 1980, including CATS (Mr. Mistoffelees), Little Johnny Jones (Standby to Donny Osmond), Me and My Girl (Standby for Jim Dale), Jerome Robbins Broadway, Man of La Mancha (Barber), Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), and the original company of Billy Elliot. An alum of the Rubicon Theatre, he has been seen in The Mystery of Irma Vep, You Can’t Take it With You, Man of La Mancha, Hamlet, and Tuna Christmas. He has been a teacher of Musical Theatre and Tap at AMDA, and Comedy Improv for several institutions, including Notre Dame De Namur.

 

Tickets may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance). To charge by phone, call (805) 667-2900. Or visit Rubicon online atwww.rubicontheatre.org.