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Chromolume Theatre’s name comes from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Sunday in the Park with George, about an artist struggling to make art meaningful in 19th Century France. Chromolume Theatre was founded by two struggling artists in 2003 with its primary mission to present the American musical on an intimate level in an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying way. With growth and change, Chromolume Theatre’s mission has evolved with a new dedication to presenting Broadway’s forgotten gems and off-Broadway’s undiscovered treasured, and shining a light on productions that deserve a second look. Chromolume Theatre also provides opportunity for artists to shine who have not had such an opportunity in the past, as well as a dedication to diverse and multi-cultural casts and crews.

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Altar Boyz

Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Conceived by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport

April 4 – May 11, 2014
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Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz will delight you as they perform their signature hits such as “Rhythm In Me,” “The Calling,” and “I Believe.” The Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. Will they deliver a message of unity or go their separate ways as many of their boy-band brethren have? Attend their final concert and find out!

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Craig McEldowney, Matthew


Craig is stoked to get to work with KTR and his Chromolooligans again– he recently played Leaf in Kristin’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and played Ben in Chromolume’s production of LOVE SONGS – A Musical last summer. He is an LA-based actor, songwriter, and musician. He recently completed a critically acclaimed run as Thomas in The Story of My Life at Coachella Valley Rep. Recent LA credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Crown City Theatre, LOVE SONGS – A Musical (world premiere) at the Attic, and ÆSOPERA in the Hollywood Fringe. Selected regional and tour credits include We Will Rock You (P Diddy – Las Vegas), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas – Regional / European tour), Grease (Doody – US National Tour), Ragtime (Younger Brother – Regional). You may have seen him as a scumbag on TV on “Law & Order: SVU”, “One Life to Live”, “All My Children”, or elsewhere in the zeitgeist. Craig is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, and a member of AEA. You can find out more on twitter at @craigmceldowney and online at www.craigmc.org

Michael Marchak, Mark

 

Originally from Rhode Island, Michael has a degree in theatre and a minor in chemistry from USC. This is Michael’s first show with Chromolume Theatre. He was last seen on stage in San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of White Christmas where he was in the dance ensemble and part of the quintet. Before that, Michael preformed in Sweeney Todd and in Legally Blonde (Aaron) at Moonlight Theatre. Other regional credits include: A Chorus Line (Mike/Mark), Sound of Music (3D Theatricals), The Real Love (Pasadena Civic Auditorium), Once Upon a Mattress (Cabrillo). Watch out for Bizaria, a short film he was the lead in as it hits film festivals all around. Michael is thrilled to return to his Catholic roots and spread the Word. Enjoy! “You’ve got talent. Don’t give up.”

Jason Chacon, Luke

 

Jason is thrilled to be back working with Chromolume again! He most recently was seen in their production of Musical of Musicals: The Musical as Jitter. Other recent credits include Pinkalicious (Mr. Pinkerton) and A Christmas Carol (Scrooge). In addition to musical theater, Jason is also a comedian and improviser who can be seen around town on random nights at random times. He would like to thank his family for all their support and enthusiasm and all his friends for being so…friendly. You can find Jason on Facebook or follow him on twitter @mrjchacon

Joey Acuna, Juan

 

Joey Acuna has been blessed to be working consistently in the Los Angeles Theater scene in shows like West Side Story(Chino)-Hudson Theater, Headshots:The Stageplay (Troy: the high schooler)-Actor’s Playpen, Chorus Line(Mike Costa)-Hollywood Fight Club, Sweet Charity-Knightsbridge, Cabaret-The Met, and plays a various array of funny characters in 30 Minute Musicals productions such as Home Alone:The Musical and currently Transformers:The Musical. Joey spent 3 years playing “Casey” the host of Playhouse Disney at Disneyland’s California Adventure and has been in a few theater for Children tours such as: Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Pirate Adventure-Nickelodeon, The Adventures of Jamie and Red the Reading Pirate-Kaiser Permanente’s ETP, and several shows with Open Window Entertainment. This is his first show working at Chromolume Theatre and thanks them for giving him the opportunity to live out his long time dream of being in a pop-Boy Band! “As Juan would say ‘Gracias!!!'” This has been an amazing experience for Joey and wants to thank all of you for coming out and sharing this with him!!

Tyler Vess, Abraham

 

Tyler was born in San Diego, California. At a young age, his love for music inspired him to learn many instruments as well as write music. Music has always been there for him, through thick and thin, and he hopes his music will one day have the same affect. Tyler’s most recent productions include: Bare: A Pop Opera (Matt), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) and Songs for a New World (Man 1). This will be Tyler’s first production with the Chromolume Theatre and he is very excited to be working with such an amazing director and cast.

Holland Noel, Matthew u/s

 

Holland began his acting career at the age of 10 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He has played key roles in many popular musicals/plays throughout his career such as Our Town (George), The Fantasticks (Matt), High School Musical (Troy), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie), A Christmas Story (Ralphie) and Seussical (Jojo). In addition to acting Holland has studied piano, voice, and dance. He would like to thank his friends and huge family back home for all their love and support . Enjoy the show!

Kyle Shepard, Mark u/s

 

This is Kyle’s first production with the Chromolume Theatre. He received his Bachelors Degree in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh Pa. He has performed on many stages in the Pittsburgh Region. In Los Angeles, Kyle was part of the World Premiere Ecstasy: The Musical directed by Kay Cole and is part of the Original Cast Recording. He has been in national and international commercials, films, television and internet campaigns. Kyle would like to thank Kristin, Samantha, James, Lauren and the entire production for believing in him to play this part and casting him to fulfill a dream role. He would like to dedicate this performance to his Family for always loving and accepting him just the way he is, and to his guardian angel, Laura, who he knows wouldn’t miss this performance for the world! “God doesn’t make mistakes and he made me” ~Mark

Justin James, Luke u/s, Asst. Dance Captain

 

Justin is thrilled to be to making his debut appearance with the Chromolume Theatre. He is also excited to be working with Director Kristin Towers-Rowles again. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with her previously in Kiss Me, Kate (Stagehand #3) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Matt). Justin began performing in musicals in the ensemble of Urinetown at the Morgan-Wixson Theater, which won a 2010 StageSceneLa Award for Outstanding Musical Production. He most recently performed in SVCAC’s production of Bare: A Pop Opera as Zach. Justin is beyond grateful for the love and support of his family and friends, especially his mother, for always encouraging him to pursue what makes him happy.

Charles F. Martinez, Juan u/s, Dance Captain

 

Charles is happy to finally put to good use his past experience as a real life Catholic altar boy (9 yrs) for the role of Juan. Originally from Bay City, Texas, he relocated to Los Angeles after earning a B.A in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. As both an actor and dancer he has appeared in film, television, music videos, and of course, theatre. Some of his recent shows include Legally Blonde (KiKi), Les Miserables (Courfeyrac), and La Cage Aux Folles (Chantal). He has also danced professionally with the Sypher Elite and ACFCLA Dance Company. He wishes to thank the production team and his fellow Altar Boyz for helping to fulfill his lifelong dream of being in a boy band, even if it is a boy band for Christ. :-/ j/k Jesus, you know I love you! Thanks also to his family and friends for their constant love and support. You guys are the best! For more information visit www.charlesfmartinez.com

Charles Simmons, Abraham u/s

 

Charles is excited to be making his first Chromolume Theatre appearance in Altar Boyz. This will be his first show since moving from Tacoma, Wa where he worked with the Dash Center for the Arts as a Director/Choreographer for the Performing Company Reality Check Juniors (RCJ), Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Seattle Theater Group, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and Harlequin Theater. His most recent shows include Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon) Dir. Linda Whitney, Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor Jr.) Dir. Jimmy Shields, and Hairspray (Seaweed J.Stubbs) Dir. Jon Douglas Rake. He is currently dancing with the Hip Hop performing group Boogiezone Breed under the Direction of Elm Pizarro. Charles would like to thank his friends, family, and community for their never ending love and support on this new adventure.

 

Kristin Towers-Rowles, Director

 

Kristin is very excited to be directing again with Chromolume. Kristin recently directed the runaway hit and Eddon Award Winning Musical of Musicals, the Musical for Chromolume Theatre. Other directing credits include: RENTOliver!25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeLittle Women, The Musical (Sustaining Sound/Co-Artistic Director). As an Actress: Breakthru Musical Theatre Performer of The Year 2011 (StageSceneLA) Training: AMDA (NYC) International/Nat.Tours include: Phantom of the Opera/Les Miserables in Concert (Christine/Cosette), The Mikado (Yum Yum), World Premiere National Tour of The Christmas Box (Angel). Recent LA/Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Kate/Lilli +BroadwayWorld Best Actress Nom). Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie *Best Actress “Scenie”), Victor/Victoria (Norma *Best Featured Actress “Scenie”), Once Upon A Mattress (Fred). BroadwayWorld Nominated Cabaret show, “A Lovely Lineage”. (about growing up MGM Star, Kathryn Grayson’s, Grand-Daughter) at Sterling’s at The Federal/Mbar/Sun City. www.kristintowers-rowles.com

Richard Berent, Musical Director

 

Richard is active in L.A. as musical director, pianist, teacher, and composer. He is on the music faculty at Academny of Music and Dramatic Arts (AMDA). His children’s musical Goldilocks is currently running at Theater West. He is musical director for the annual REAF celebrity AIDS benefit in San Francisco. Recent musical director credits include The Secret GardenGirl Crazy, and Into The Woods. He last worked with Chromolume Theatre last year in the critically acclaimed production of Musical of Musicals, the Musical, which was remounted in March of this year.

Samantha Marie, Choreographer

 

Samantha graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Dance Major, and Theater Arts Minor. Samantha grew up on the stage and began working in theater at 5 years old and has been a member as SAG since 1997. As a young actor she appeared in national commercials, TV shows, and lent her voice to animation. Her passion for performance grew in the Seattle area where she was on several dance companies including Westlake Performing Group, and Cruz Control. Samantha has danced in several music videos along with assisting choreographer Christina Woodard at the Edge in Hollywood and is an active member of the dance company Breed. As a stage manager, she has worked on The CrucibleThe ClubIn Love With Night, Theater and Dance Showcases, and Beats By Dre Conventions. She is currently the production manager of the dance department at Loyola Marymount University and the Assistant Theater Manager at Chromolume Theatre. She has recently choreographed Musical of Musicals, The Musical!I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now ChangeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeePinkalicious, and is thrilled to have been able to work with such a wonderful and talented group of actors on Altar Boyz.

Daniel Ingram, Scenic Design

 

Daniel has returned to the world of professional theatre after teaching high school drama for seven years. Daniel’s most recent designs include the highly successful Disassembly (Theatre of Note), In The Next Room (The Lounge Theater), AND co-designing renovations for The Attic Theatre space itself. In addition to being Chromolume’s Technical Director, Daniel has worked as a scenic carpenter and/or running crew for Musical Theatre West, A Noise Within, and When You Wish theatre companies this season. Daniel would like to thank James Esposito for his insights and contributions to the Altar Boyz set, and Lauren Peters for taking the lead on the dance-room gentrification.

Wes Jenkins, Costume Design

 

Wes Holds an M.F.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Costume Design from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Costume design credits at Lindenwood include A Midsummer Night’s DreamYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. B.F.A. in Design/Tech Theatre from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. Costume design credits at Otterbein include While We Were BowlingMiss Witherspoon, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Professional Design credits include The WizHigh School Musical, and Brigadoon for Music Theatre Louisville; Faust and Otello for Utah Festival Opera, and Edward Bond’s Restoration for St. Louis Shakespeare. He was included in the summer 2012 issue of USITT’s TD&T magazine for his thesis production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. He currently works as a second-hand in the costume shop at LA Opera in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Craig Batory, Lighting Design

 

Craig is from Los Angeles and has been involved in technical production for over ten years. He is excited to be a part of the Altar Boyz cast and crew and he wishes to extend his gratitude to everyone who helped support the show and to you, the audience. Enjoy.

James Esposito, Sound Design

 

James is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre. Scenic design credits include all three incarnations of Do Lord Remember MeLove Songs – A Musical and Musical of Musicals, the Musical for Chromolume Theatre. Sound design credits include Do Lord Remember MeMusical of Musicals, the MusicalSecrets Every Smart Traveler Should KnowMerrily We Roll AlongCapsized FloatsamGreek Tragedy and Strip, the latter of which he also directed. On stage, his credits include Company (Bobby), City of Angels (Munoz), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Thurio), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Fiddler on the Roof (Twice!), Cinderella and Chess just to name a few.

Lauren J. Peters, Stage Manager

 

Lauren J. Peters is so excited to be working with such amazing people on such a special project. Originally a performer, Lauren started out working in theater at the age of 3 and continuing in various capacities through the years, finding stage management her favorite place in the theater in high school, she has been working as a stage manager for 10 years around the Los Angeles area. She has worked on shows such as: Forever Plaid & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in San Pedro at the Warner Grand Theatre for The RelevantStage theater company, where she met Kristin Towers-Rowles, and they started their friendship which has led her to have the wonderful experience of working with Kristin on 4 shows, Little Women at Stage 52 for Sustaining Sound Theatre Company, The Musical of Musicals, The Musical at The Attic Theatre for Chromolume Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood for Kelrik Productions return to Los Angeles. Serving on the Advisory Board for El Segundo’s Broadway in The Park in 2009 working on The Sound of Music and in 2010 on The Music Man, Lauren feels like the luckiest girl in the world to be getting the opportunities she has been getting and being able to work with such amazing people over the years. Studying at El Camino College, Lauren will be graduating this May with her Associate of Arts degree in Social Behavior. Lauren is also the Assistant Technical Director for Chromolume Theatre. Continuing her resident Stage Manager position at Chromolume Theatre she is so excited to be working on Altar Boyz. Lauren would like to thank her friends for their continued support and for providing her with laughter and her mom, Nance for her continued support, love and encouragement in all of her adventures. Lauren hopes you all enjoy the show!

Alysha Bermudez, Asst. Stage Manager

 

Alysha is currently attending Los Angeles City College where she has received a certificate in Technical Theatre – Entertainment Technology. She has Stage Managed and operated the Sound Board on numerous productions at LACC Theater Academy. She recently did Sound design for In the Heights at Casa 0101.This is her first production at Chromolume Theatre and she is very excited to be part of this production.

Ken Werther, Publicity

 

Ken has been a staple in the Los Angeles performing arts community since 1982. Embassy Television, Lorimar Television; Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas Theatres, Mark Taper Forum); Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Miramontez/Werther Company. Currently: The Whipping Man (West Coast Jewish Theatre), Shakespeare UnScripted (Impro Theatre), L.A. Deli (Marilyn Monroe Theatre), 2014 SoCal Dance Invitational (Ford Amphitheatre), The Yellow Boat (Coeurage Theatre Company), Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival, Brimmer Street Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre. Personalities: Erich Bergen, Daniel Tatar, Sean Galuszka, Sheena Metal (LATalkRadio.com), Brian Beacock, Matt Morillo, AJ Jones, Mack & Poppy. Web series: McCracken Live!. Producer: The Good Boy (2011) and All Your Hard Work (2012). Various benefit events. www.kenWerther.com.