Mission

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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Saturday Night

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Philip G. Epstein and Julius J. Epstein

may 14 – june 20, 2004
stella adler theatre

Saturday Night tells the unassuming story of a group of Brooklyn boys trying to make good in the stock market in 1929. Unfortunately, one of them, Gene, is so eager to climb the social ladder and impress his sweetheart, he invests his friends’ money in a swank apartment near the Brooklyn Bridge, even going as far as to sell his cousin’s precious automobile!

 

Based on a play by two brothers responsible for the classic film Casablanca, Saturday Night features a fetching, tuneful Broadway-style score that hints at Stephen Sondheim’s triumphs to come while staying firmly rooted in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition. Saturday Night is a nostalgic charmer that will appeal to everyone and is a must for Sondheim fans.

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Nathan Moore, Gene

 

Saturday Night marks Nathan’s debut in the LA theatre world. A recent graduate of Elon College, Nathan is represented by Bicoastal Talent Agency. He is pleased to be working with such a talented group of people both behind the scenes and on stage. Nathan would like to thank his family back in Florida, his friends, and the Lord God for the many blessings in his life.

Jennifer Bangs, Helen

 

Jennifer is thrilled to be working with such a terrific cast and crew! Favorite roles include: Hodel (Fiddler On The Roof); Lucy (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown); Constance (The Three Musketeers); and an original one-woman show Well. A graduate of NYU, she would like to dedicate this performance to Sylvester, her best friend of 18 years.

Adam LeBow, Hank

 

Training: Yale, Williamston Theatre Festival, NYC’s T. Schreiber Studio and LA’s David Kagen School of Film Acting. Screen work includes independent films, pilots, daytime drama, and commercials. His most recent LA stage appearance was in the hit comedy Play Things at the Hudson Theatre, which he also produced.

Gwen Copeland, Celeste

 

Gwen comes from The Great Northwest and is happy to be working with a fastanstic crew and cast! Gwen was last seen in a staged reading of Sunday Dinner, playing the soon to be daughter-in-law of Marcia Wallace (Bob Newhart Show). This is her second time working at the Stella Adler Stages, where she appeared in a production of Medea during the fall of 2002.

Kevin Henry, Artie

 

Kevin recently appeared in George M! at Fullerton CLO and My Fair Lady at Saddleback CLO. His original songs appear on TV shows, including Friends, and he regularly performs live with his band. His album, East on Sunset, won him an LA Music Award and is available at www.KevinHenry.com.

Thomas Colby, Ray

 

Thomas is very excited to have you read this. Thomas has worked in many Theatres in Chicago including, The Royal George, Bailiwick, Circle, Stage Left, Torso, Apple Tree, BTE, CDW, ITC and the Chicago Playwright Center. A recent transplant to LA, Thomas worked at the Jewel Box, the Powerhouse and Knightsbridge Theatres. Other highlights include Paul in Dressing Room Divas (Chicago and Off-Broadway casts), being, being “the Blob” in the musical version with the same title at Live Bait and having the rare opportunity to play the role of Lucien P. Smith in The Boys Next Door at the Avenue Theatre. You can see Thomas in the film festival winning Experimental Me.

Christopher Chen, Ted

 

Chris comes to L.A. from Cleveland via Brooklyn (Park Slope). He toured with the national/international company of Guys and Dolls. Favorite roles include Jigger (Carousel), Smudge (Forever Plaid), Paul (A Chorus Line) and Harry Beaton (Brigadoon). A veteran commercial actor (bookin.biz), Chris has also appeared in various indie films and tv shows (christopherchen.com). Always for possibility…

James Daly, Dino

 

James Daly is happy to be appearing in his first production with Chromolume Theatre Company. James’s favorite former roles include Billy Lawlor (42nd Street), Sal (Victor, Victoria), The Lion (The Wizard of Oz) and Danny (Baby). James would like to thank his family and friends for all their support and especially all of their money to pay his rent.

Gabriella Sacci, Mildred

 

Gabriella is a third generation performer born and raised in New York City. Her current film credits include, 13 Going on 30Sticks and Inches and Seconds. She has also appeared recently on Sex and the CityWhoopiDays of Our Lives and in the Off-Broadway hit, Who Killed Woody Allen. Currently, Gabriella is the co-host of a brilliant pilot called Simply Fun. She would like to thank Chromolume Theatre Company for this incredible opportunity and the cast and crew for this wonderful experience.

Alex Back, Bobby

 

National Tours: Big RiverThe Scarlet PimpernelSouth Pacific. Off Broadway: Class President Sean Spencer in 80s Prom; an interactive expereince. Regional: Jack (A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ)), Tony Brockhurst (The Boyfriend), and Prince Charming (Cinderella). Film, TV: Law and Order S.V.U.The History Channel’s Combat Jump.

Alissa-Nicole Koblentz, Florence/Dakota Doran

 

Alissa-Nicole was last seen as the Opera Diva in Phantom at Performance Riverside. Other favorite roles include; Fraulein Kost (Cabaret Candlelight Pavilion); 6th ExhibitSide Show (Colony Theatre), Sister Berthe (Sound of Music Saddleback CLO), Alma Hix (Music Man Candlelight Pavilion). She holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory. Love to Tom and family.

James McMurray, Featured Vocalist/Clune

 

James is proud to be involved with the Los Angeles premiere of Saturday Night. He thanks: Jon Engstrom, Chromolume Theatre Company, Will Willoughby and Stephen Sondheim, whose music has given him such joy. James is co-artistic director of The Rose Alley Theater in Venice where he just finished a sold out run of Michaelangelo’s Models, which he co-produced and directed. He co-hosts “The Insider’s Garden” on HGTV.

James J. Stevens, Pinhead

 

Jim hails from the core of the Big Apple (New Jersey). He is so grateful to have been chosen to work with such a talented cast and director. He is studying hard at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and would love to thank his teachers for their patience. Also, thanks to Mom and Dad.

Richard Cline Cunningham, Mr. Fisher/Lieutenant

 

This is RCC’s second Sondheim musical. In film, RCC’s worked with Terry Rossio (award-winning writer of Pirates of the CaribbeanShrekThe Mask of Zorro) and Stephen Langford (Malcolm and EddieFamily Matters). On TV, you’ve seen RCC on the History Channel, The Travel Channel and Showtime.

Jeffrey Wolf, Mr. Fletcher/Attendant

 

Jeff has not had this much fun on stage since the last time he worked on stage! He has had the pleasure of playing some of the best characters written for the stage. He would list them, but he only has 50 words allotted for this bio. Thanks to his supportive family and his loving wife. Enjoy! And remember…

Jon Engstrom, Director, Choreographer

 

Jon Engstrom has worked throughout the United States and overseas. His production of 42nd Street in Germany was voted by the International Press as one of the two most popular musicals in Europe. He directed and choreographed the first staged production of a new musical version of Little Women. Other productions that Jon has directed and choreographed for major venues include: West Side StoryEvitaFiddler on the RoofSingin’ in the RainMeet Me in St. LouisMameGuys and DollsThe Will Rogers FolliesHello DollyMy Fair LadyNo, No, NanetteInto the WoodsAnything GoesOliverOklahomaSweet Charity and Can-Can . Jon has also choreographed productions of Bye, Bye, BirdieAngry Housewives and The Grass Harp. Jon’s efforts have been acknowledged by numerous awards including: 8 Drama-Logue Awards and 2 Robby Awards. Jon’s career started with a Ford Foundation Scholarship. He went on to become a soloist with San Francisco Ballet. He was an original member of Eliot Feld’s company and also guest artist with Lar Lubovitch before moving on to “The Great White Way” where he was a featured dancer in five Broadway musicals: No, No, NanetteThe Pajama GameVery Good EddieWhoopie! and 42nd Street and two National Tours: Chicago and Seesaw. Jon has been fortunate to work with such notable director/choreographers as: Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Donald Saddler, Alan Johnson & Danny Daniels.

Gary Gray, Musical Director

 

Gary Gray is active as an accompanist, musical director and occasional conductor. Mr. Gray holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Pacific and a Master of Music degree in Accompanying from the University of Southern California. He is on the staff of the Music Department at Santa Monica College. Aside from his academic pursuits, Mr. Gray frequently busies himself in musical theatre, having accompanied or musically directed over 50 productions. As musical director, he received a Drama-Logue Award for Best Musical direction for The Fantasticks, which he also co-produced. He has also musically directed several productions for the SMC Theatre Arts Department and has taught the SMC Musical Theatre Workshop. During April, 1997, he traveled with SMC’s production of Once On This Island to the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gray has also served as conductor for the Santa Monica College Opera Theatre productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus. In his “spare” time, Mr. Gray also programs the internet musical theatre radio station TheatricallyChallenged.

Julie Kenyon, Assistant Choreographer

 

Julie is thrilled to once again be working with Jon, after acting as Dance Captain for his recent production of Annie Get Your Gun in San Diego. In addition to working as Dance Captain on shows such as Music ManBye, Bye Birdie, and Pippin, Julie has performed in shows on both coasts and in Europe. Favorite credits include Anything Goes starring Rachel York and Sally Struthers (Reprise!), Grease (European tour, as both Marty and Patty), The Mikado and Turnadot (NYC Opera), and Anything Goes starring Chita Rivera (Paper Mill Playhouse). Julie recently worked as choreographer for the upcoming film Little Black Book, starring Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter, and can be heard as the voice of Cindy on the MTV cartoon Daria. Thanks to family and friends, and to Jon for this amazing experience!

Vali Tirasoaga, Scenic Design

 

Originally from Romania, Vali received a B.F.A. in Design for the Theatre from Concordia University of Montreal, and an M.F.A. degree in set design for stage, film and television from the University of Florida. His design credits include: You’re A Good Man, Charlie BrownThe Rose TattooThe Wake of Jamie FosterJoe Turner’s Come and GoneBing, Bang, Boom. He has also designed costumes for Bing, Bang, BoomTalking With…The Problem and Mrs. California. In parallel with designing, Vali has worked as a College Assistant Professor teaching set design, costume design, and stagecraft classes. Currently, Vali is designing sets for Annie Get Your Gun for Sierra Repertory Theatre.

Erin Welty, Costume Design

 

Erin began her costuming career at a young age; in grade school she would rather pick the clothes for the plays than sing in them, and it has taken off from there. As a recent graduate from California State, Fullerton, Erin has expanded her design experience to include scenery and lighting design as well. Costume design credits include dance concerts, The WizFameBye, Bye Birdie, and Scarpin. Erin makes her Hollywood debut with this production.

Joe Spangler, Lighting Design

 

A native of the Rocky Mountains with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Montana State University, Bozeman, Joe has designed most recently for The Laramie Project and Oliver among many others. This summer will mark his second appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a designer and performer.

Ron Wyand, Sound Design

 

Ron’s sound designs can be heard throughout Southern California. His recent designs include: Lee MillerThe Angel and the Fiend for the J. Paul Getty Museum; Newport Theater Arts Center’s production of Camping with Tom and HenryThe Women at the Hudson Avenue Theater; Quilters and Cabaret for the Huntington Beach Playhouse; The Crumple Zone in Los Angeles and Seattle for Dad ‘n’ Pop Productions, The Price for A Noise Within; The Rose Tattoo at Long Beach Playhouse and Ernest In Love at the Fremont Center Theater. Ron has received numerous design awards including a Backstage West Garland Award for The Interact Theater’s production of The Cherry Orchard. He is the resident Sound Designer at the Long Beach Playhouse, a member of the Production Staff at A Noise Within and is an Audio Engineer at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center’s James Armstrong Theater.

Inga Agrest, Stage Manager

 

Inga graduated from the University of South Carolina with M. M. in Opera/ Theatre Directing in 2002. During her graduate studies she served as assistant director for the Studio Lirico production of La Indfidelta Fidele in Italy; and as assistant director and stage manager for Dido and AeneasSour Angelica and Gianni Schicchi productions at USC. She has also directed the production of Boyarinya Vera Sheloga. Inga recently moved to Los Angeles and worked as a stage manager for the LA Jewish Theatre production of Eva Peron and the Fourth ReichSaturday Night marks her second show with Chromolume Theatre Company.

Aracyn C. Etie, Assistant Stage Manager

 

After a successful three year run with Broadway’s Cats, Aracyn traveled throughout London with a production of Chicago. Once back in the States, she joined the crew of such shows as Movin’ OutSwan LakeFiddler On The Roof and Rent, just to name a few. Deciding she wanted a change of pace, Aracyn made the coastal change and headed for Hollywood. Within weeks of her arrival, she landed her first major role as Julia Roberts’ stunt double in the film Runaway Bride…Ahh..you were impressed there for a minute, right?! But, who am I kidding. I’m the kid from Vegas who found her love for theatre in high school. After taking part in college productions for years, I decided to move to LA to follow my dream. I’d like to say thank you to my family and friends for their supports and to Chromolume Theatre Company for this opportunity. Peace.