San Jose Repertory Theatre

San Jose Repertory Theatre

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WORLD PREMIERE

THE SNOW QUEEN
a new musical
NOVEMBER 27 — DECEMBER 22, 2013

book by Kirsten Brandt and Rick Lombardo
lyrics by Kirsten Brandt, Haddon Kime and Rick Lombardo
music by Haddon Kime
additional music by Rick Lombardo
based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

directed by Rick Lombardo
scenic design by Erik Flatmo
costume design by Frances Nelson McSherry
lighting & projection design by David Lee Cuthbert
sound design by Steve Schoenbeck


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CAST PROFILES

Rhett George (TROLL/RIVER/BIRD SQUADRON/PRINCE/ROBBER/REINDEER/SNOWFLAKE) recently appeared at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia as Benny in their production of In The Heights. Prior to that, he toured the country as Gator in the first national tour of Memphis. His Broadway credits include the original companies of Wicked and Memphis, and the revival of Sweet Charity in which he starred as Big Daddy, with Christina Applegate. Mr. George has two self-written albums titled “Something Better” (2008) and “The Music Will Save My Life” (2009) which are both available on iTunes and CD Baby. Look for his well-received comical character named Gerren Rhett on YouTube where he plays a dance company director. Facebook/Twitter @RhettGeorge. Always keep dreaming! www.RhettGeorge.com

Tim Homsley (KAI/BIRD SQUADRON) is excited to be back at San Jose Rep after playing Eugene Marchbanks in the West Coast premiere of A Minister’s Wife last season. His other Bay Area productions include Sunny Malone in Xanadu, Melchior in Spring Awakening, Mr. Boxer/Pip/Snuff-Box in A Christmas Carol (CenterREP), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Contra Costa Musical Theater), and Miss Texas in Pageant the Musical (Robbie Huddleston Productions). Other regional theatre work includes Puppeteer in The Pirates of Penzance, Chorus in Willful (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Oregon Cabaret Theater). Mr. Homsley received his BFA from Southern Oregon University. He would like to thank his family for all their love and support.

Eryn Murman (GERDA) is ecstatic to return to San Jose Rep after playing the role of Wendla in our production of Spring Awakening in 2011. Other notable credits include Spring Awakening on Broadway, Iphigenia at Aulis at the Factory Theatre - Mainspace in Toronto, Gravity Radio at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Standby, a new musical, at Signature Theatre, and a new play Canon in D Minor at Soho Rep. in NYC, among many other new works she’s been involved in developing. Ms. Murman is a singer-songwriter and fronts her band, 5j Barrow, alongside her cast-mate and partner, Jason Hite. This performance is dedicated with love and endless gratitude to my parents. You can follow her at www.ErynMurman.com and www.5jBarrow.com.

Cindy Im (ROSE/BIRD SQUADRON/PRINCESS/ROBBER GIRL/SNOWFLAKE) is delighted to be making her San Jose Rep debut. Recent credits include 410[Gone] and The Hundred Flowers Project (Crowded Fire Theater), Stuck Elevator and 4000 Miles (American Conservatory Theater), The World of Extreme Happiness (Goodman Theatre), The 24 Hour Plays (Festival Del Sole), Spring Awakening (Center REPertory Company), Tontlawald (The Cutting Ball Theater), Phaedra (Shotgun Players) and the US and French national touring companies of 11 Septembre 2001 (Theatre Dijon Bourgogne/REDCAT Center for New Performance). She will appear next as Viola and Sebastian in the California Shakespeare Theater/Intersection for the Arts' co-production of Twelfth Night. Ms. Im is a recipient of the 2013 TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship for Extraordinary Potential with TheatreWorks, and holds an MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. 

Lee Ann Payne (GRANDMOTHER/WITCH/BIRD SQUADRON/ROBBER MOTHER/WISE WOMAN OF THE NORTH) is excited to make her debut with San Jose Rep. She has appeared locally in productions at TheatreWorks, 42nd Street Moon, Broadway By The Bay and Jewel Theatre Company, among others. Ms. Payne was last seen as Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music (Hillbarn Theatre) and The Blonde in Gunmetal Blues (Jewel Theatre). Other recent roles here and across the country include Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Amy (Company), The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Ninotchka (Silk Stockings) and Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Ms. Payne earned her MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University and is also a local choreographer, director and dance teacher. Thank you Frank Bigoski. For Chris.

Jane Pfitsch (SNOW QUEEN) makes her San Jose Rep debut with The Snow Queen. She appeared on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Roundabout Theatre Company and in the 2007 Tony®-winning revival of Company, directed by John Doyle. Off-Broadway credits include The 39 Steps at New World Stages and Pumpgirl at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other collaborations with John Doyle include Merrily We Roll Along at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Ten Cents a Dance at Williamstown Theatre Festival and McCarter Theatre Center. She received an IRNE Best Actress nomination for Educating Rita at Huntington Theatre Company, and has worked at many other regional theaters, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Virginia Stage Company, and Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. Her film and TV credits include “27 Dresses”and "Elementary.” Ms. Pfitsch studied at the Brown/Trinity MFA program.

Jason Hite (DAISY/OLD CROW/ROBBER/SNOWFLAKE) is thrilled to be back at San Jose Rep after portraying Melchior Gabor in our production of Spring Awakening in 2011. A Bay Area native, Mr. Hite has been seen on the stages of Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Girlfriend – Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nominee), Center REPertory Company (A Christmas Carol, All Shook Up, She Loves Me), Contra Costa Musical Theatre (Hairspray – Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, 42nd St.), and other great companies around the bay. Other notable credits include: Bare (off-Broadway), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company) and a guest appearance on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” You can listen to his music with fellow cast member and partner, Eryn Murman, at www.5jBarrow.com and be on the lookout for the band’s sophomore album "Band of Misfits"to be released in the spring of 2014!

Janice Engelgau (TIGER LILY/BIRD SQUADRON/ATTENDANT/ROBBER/PIGEON/SNOWFLAKE) is honored to be back at San Jose Rep after performing in the workshop of The Snow Queen. Ms. Engelgau’s recent credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Cabrillo Stage), The Laramie Project (SPOTLITE Stage Company), The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (SPOTLITE Stage Company), The Drowsy Chaperone (Children’s Musical Theater San Jose), and West Side Story (West Valley Light Opera). Ms. Engelgau looks forward to playing Kristine in A Chorus Line, winter 2014, at Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre. She will graduate this May from San Jose State University with a BA in Musical Theatre. Ms. Engelgau also works as a musical theatre choreographer in the South Bay with performers of all ages. She dedicates her performance to her parents and siblings for their incredible support and love.

Summer C. Latimer (HYACINTH/LADY CROW/ROBBER/PIGEON/SNOWFLAKE) is delighted to be making her San Jose Rep debut with this outstanding cast and crew. She is a graduate of San Jose State University where she studied under renowned character tenor Joseph Frank. Credits include The Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Sister Dolcina (Suor Angelica), and Lena in the world premiere of The Three Fat Women of Antibes, by Mona Lyn Reese, at San Jose State University Opera Theater; and Philia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Jeanie (Hair), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Cinderella and Cinderella’s Mother (Into The Woods) at Modesto Junior College Theater. Additional appearances include The Music Man (Youth Entertainment Stage Company), Oliver!, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Beauty and the Beast (Modesto Performing Arts), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Newman Performing Arts).

Jomar Martinez (NARCISSUS/ATTENDANT/ROBBER/SNOWFLAKE) is ecstatic to return to the San Jose Rep stage! Mr. Martinez is currently a (super) senior at San Jose State University, pursuing his BA as a Special Major in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen in Company One’s CSI: CVU. Some of his other theatre credits include Oklahoma! and Anything Goes with Cabrillo Stage, A Christmas Carol at San Jose Rep, Sugar with West Valley Light Opera, and Annie at Sunnyvale Community Players. Mr. Martinez would like to extend his thanks to his family, friends and loved ones. Also, keep an eye out for him in Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Tartuffe in January/February 2014.

ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

Hans Christian Andersen (AUTHOR) was a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels and poems, but is best remembered for his fairy tales, or “eventyr.” As a young boy, he was introduced to literature when his father read him “Arabian Nights.” Andersen received a basic education at a local school for poor children and was forced to support himself. At the age of 14, he moved to Copenhagen to seek employment as an actor, and with his excellent soprano voice, was accepted into the Royal Danish Theatre. But his voice soon changed, and thanks to the advice of a colleague, Andersen turned his focus on writing instead. His fairy tales have now been translated into more than 125 languages and have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets and animated films. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales have become culturally embedded in our Western collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, while presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity and expressing themes that transcend age and nationality. (Compiled from Wikipedia.com)

Rick Lombardo (DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/BOOK/LYRICS/ADDITIONAL MUSIC/PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in his sixth season as Artistic Director at San Jose Rep where his productions have included The Death of the Novel, Disconnect, God of Carnage, A Christmas Carol, Spring Awakening, Love in American Times, The Dresser, Black Pearl Sings!, The Weir, and As You Like It. He was previously the artistic director for 13 seasons at New Repertory Theatre in Boston and in 2009 was awarded the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence from the Boston Theater Critics Association for his work. His more than thirty productions there included award-winning productions of The Clean House, Sweeney Todd, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ragtime, and Waiting for Godot. His production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway. His work has also been seen at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, New York City's Town Hall, Opera Boston, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, The Actors Shakespeare Project, Porthouse Theater, and The Berkshire Theatre Festival, among others. He was co-director of the theatre program at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center, and founding artistic director of the off-Broadway Stillwater Theatre Company in New York.  He is an Executive Board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. He lives in San Jose with his wife, actress Rachel Harker, and daughter.

Kirsten Brandt (BOOK/LYRICS/ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR), as a playwright, wrote The Thinning Veil, a multimedia, multisite telematic performance piece; The Waves; The Frankenstein Project;  NU and Berzerkergäng. Her adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre earlier this year. As a director, she directed San Jose Rep’s productions of Next Fall, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (which she also adapted), Legacy of LightGroundswellSplitting InfinityThis Wonderful Life and Rabbit Hole. Regionally, she has directed for The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre and Diversionary Theatre. She is the recipient of numerous KPBS Awards, a Backstage West Garland Award and two San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Ms. Brandt is a faculty member in the Theatre Arts and Digital Arts New Media (DANM) departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is an alumna of University of California, San Diego. www.KirstenBrandt.com

Haddon Kime (MUSIC/LYRICS) is a composer, songwriter and sound designer. His work has been heard in the San Jose Rep productions of As You Like It and The Death of The Novel. Other original musical adaptations include Scapin, and A Christmas Carol. His off-Broadway credits include The Atheist (with Chris Pine), Haymarket, and The Blowin of Baile Gall. His regional work includes By The Way, Meet Vera Stark  and Managing Maxine for the Alliance Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire and The Pillowman for New Repertory Theatre; and Richard III for Georgia Shakespeare. Mr. Kime is the winner of the 2004 & 2007 IRNE awards for best original music/sound design as well as the recipient of a 2009 TANNE Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence. www.HaddonKime.com  

Erik Flatmo (SCENIC DESIGN) previously designed the set for A Picasso at San Jose Rep. He has designed scenery for theatre and opera companies across the country, including American Conservatory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre (Florida), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Magic Theatre, South Coast Repertory, TheatreWorks and Yale Repertory Theatre. His work in opera includes San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, Opera San Jose and Opera Santa Barbara. His work in dance involves collaborations with choreographers Joe Goode, Trajal Harrell and Robert Moses. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and teaches set design at Stanford University.

Frances Nelson McSherry (COSTUME DESIGN) is pleased to return to San Jose Rep. In 2011, she designed costumes for San Jose Rep’s A Christmas Carol and in 2010, she designed Black Pearl Sings! which received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for costume design. She is delighted to be working with Rick Lombardo again, having designed more than 20 productions with him at New Repertory Theatre. Other favorite New Repertory Theatre shows include Cabaret; Eurydice; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Wild Party; The Pillowman; Romeo and Juliet; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Threepenny Opera. She has also designed at New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Lyric Stage Company. Ms. McSherry currently teaches theatre design at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and she is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

David Lee Cuthbert (LIGHTING & PROJECTION DESIGN) returns to San Jose Rep, having designed lighting for A Minister’s Wife last season. Mr. Cuthbert has designed lighting, media and/or scenery on numerous plays at San Jose Rep including, but not limited to, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Next to Normal, The Death of the Novel, God of Carnage, Love in American Times, Legacy of Light, Spring Awakening, Secret Order, As You Like It, The Dresser, Groundswell and The Kite Runner, for which he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Mr. Cuthbert lit Billy Crystal’s Tony Award®-winning 700 Sundays on Broadway and its international tours and his work has also been seen at Opera San Jose, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Intiman Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater and Arizona Theatre Company. He is the theater arts department chair and a professor of design at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Steven Schoenbeck (SOUND DESIGN) is happy to be designing at San Jose Rep where his sound designs include (but are not limited to) Next Fall, One Night With Janis Joplin, A Minister’s Wife, Disconnect, Freud’s Last Session, The Understudy, Spring Awakening, The Dresser, Secret Order, Groundswell, The Foreigner, The Immigrant, Enchanted April and Humpty Dumpty. Mr. Schoenbeck’s sound designs have also been heard in productions with TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theater, SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, Culture Clash and Edinburgh’s Assembly Theatre, amongst others. He’s also designed sound for short films, animation, and mixed numerous musicals. Currently, Mr. Schoenbeck is the Resident Sound Designer and Sound Supervisor at San Jose Rep.

Dolores Duran-Cefalu (MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD) was music director/keyboardist for A Minister's Wife, Next To Normal, Spring Awakening, The Marvelous Wonderettes and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee here at San Jose Rep. She just finished music directing Guys and Dolls at Broadway By The Bay. Earlier this year, Ms. Duran-Cefalu was music director for Stuck Elevator at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) San Francisco, and also played some Book of Mormon shows. She has played for several touring shows in San Francisco, including Wicked, Shrek, In The Heights, and Mamma Mia!, and has music directed or played more than 60 different productions. Ms. Duran-Cefalu has two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations, and is currently Music Director for California's Great America. She's written 2 fun holiday shows, loves being a soccer mom, and studies animation in her free time.

Cid Pearlman (ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER) most recently collaborated with Joan Jeanrenaud, formerly of Kronos Quartet, and poet Denise Leto on a project titled Your Body is Not a Shark. It premiered at ODC Theater, in San Francisco in 2013. Her work has been presented by numerous venues, including Joyce SoHo, Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), and the Getty Center. From 1991 to 1999, Ms. Pearlman was the artistic director of San Francisco’s Nesting Dolls. In 1999, she relocated to Los Angeles, establishing herself as an independent choreographer and curator. Now in Santa Cruz, Ms. Pearlman teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College. From 2009 to 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia, teaching at Tallinn University and collaborating with Estonian dance artists. Her most recent work has been supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Rainin Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. www.CidPearlman.org

Emily Intersimone (ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR) is a pianist and composer from Santa Cruz, California. She was the music director for the workshop production of The Snow Queen at San Jose State University, and is currently the resident composer for Red Egg Theater. She has a Masters in Jazz Composition from New York University and a degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Southern California, and has studied with Grammy®-winning musicians including Gil Goldstein (Esperanza Spalding, Michael Brecker) and Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets).

Laxmi Kumaran (STAGE MANAGER) is enjoying her ninth season at San Jose Rep. In the summer months, Ms. Kumaran stage manages at California Shakespeare Theater. Before moving to the Bay Area, she stage managed in Chicago for a variety of theatres, including Goodman Theatre and the Court Theatre. Some of the directors with whom she has had the pleasure of working include Rick Lombardo, Timothy Near, Patricia McGregor, Liesl Tommy, Richard Seer, John McCluggage, Kirsten Brandt, Barbara Damashek, Jonathan Moscone, Michael Butler, Joel Sass, Robert Falls, Mary Zimmerman, David Ira Goldstein, JoAnne Akalaitis, Robert Woodruff, Karin Coonrod, Gary Griffin, and David Cromer. Ms. Kumaran has taught stage management classes at the University of California Santa Cruz; San Jose State University; Northern Illinois, DePaul, and Northwestern Universities;  and currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicole S. Langley (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) joins San Jose Repertory after stage managing Marin Shakespeare Company's A Comedy of Errors and All's Well That Ends Well.  Other credits include seasons as the resident stage manager for The Willow's Theatre Company's cabaret and with Hapgood Theatre Company.  A graduate of San Francisco State University, she continued her education interning at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut.  Enjoy the show.