107th Season
Don’t let the parade pass you by

CURRENT PRODUCTION

May 24, 31
June 7, 13, 14, 21
All Performances begin at 2:00 p.m.
Book by MICHAEL STEWART Music and Lyrics by JERRY HERMAN. Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by THORNTON WILDER. Original Production Directed and Choreographed by GOWER CHAMPION

Directed by JAY MANLEY
Musical Direction by MARK DIETRICH
Choreography by ZOË SWENSON-GRAHAM

Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc.

Ticket Information
HELLO, DOLLY! Art by Tomas Makinen

HELLO, DOLLY!, the blockbuster Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallaher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences of all ages again and again.

Jerry Herman’s feel-good score includes such memorable songs as “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Elegance,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and the title song “Hello, Dolly.”

Run Time is approximately: 2 hours and 40 mins with a 20 minute intermission

Characters (In Order of Appearance)

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi – Dyan McBride*
Ernestina – Danya El-Kurd
Ambrose Kemper – Jesse Lumb
Horace Vandergelder – Randy Nazarian*
Ermengarde – Katie Rose
Cornelius Hackl – Max Kligman
Barnaby Tucker – Zachary Frangos
Minnie Fay – Julia Ludwig
Irene Molloy – Jen Brooks
Mrs. Rose – Maxine Sattizahn
Rudolph Reisenweber – Michael Walraven
Judge – Paul Hogarth
ENSEMBLE
Amanda Conran
Alexandra Fry
Merrill Grant
Ben Gurvis
Anna Joham
Michael Kessell
Miranda Long
Makena Mitchell
Carl Robinett
Steven Samp
Katie Wickes

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, or the Mountain Theatre, is a 3750-stone seat, open-air venue in Mount Tamalpais State Park, in Marin County. It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from its 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. The theatre is remote, therefore, remember to come prepared! Cell phone signal can be spotty. Bring water and whatever you need to protect you from sun exposure. CLICK HERE for a list of suggested things to bring with you to enjoy the show.

For Directions to the Amphitheatre 

Jay Manley, Director (Artistic Staff)Jay Manley, Director

Jay Manley is an award-winning director whose musicals and plays throughout the Bay Area have garnered repeated praise and numerous awards from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Dean Goodman “Choice” Awards. He founded Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos, California, to present classic and new musicals on the campus of Foothill College. He was the recipient of a 2006 special citation from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle “…in recognition of his distinguished career as founder and artistic director of Foothill Music Theatre.” At Foothill College where he chaired the Theatre Arts Department, he also established the Foothill Theatre Conservatory, a flourishing pre-professional actor training program. For the last 30 years, Jay has led popular theatre tours to New York, Ashland, London, and other major theatre production centers, through his company, New York Theatre Tour: www.nytheatretour.com. Jay’s extensive knowledge of American musical theatre history has made him a sought-after speaker and lecturer. Jay earned a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University and holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He lives in the East Bay.

Mark Dietrich, Musical Director (Artistic Staff)Mark Dietrich, Music Director/ Conductor

Mark Dietrich is a Computer Science professor, piano instructor, audition coach, and small business owner, having retired from the military in 2006 and from IT/tech in 2017. Credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Oklahoma! (x3); The Full Monty; Man of La Mancha; Next to Normal; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; The Honky Tonk Angels; Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical; The Taffetas (x2); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Forever Plaid; 1776; Pitch Perfect; Dogfight; Footloose; Guys & Dolls; Legally Blonde (x2); Young Frankenstein; Avenue Q; RENT. Assistant MD/Associate Conductor/Pianist favorites: Next to Normal; The Fantasticks; Rhythms of His Soul: The Eugene O’Neill Story, Mamma Mia; Little Shop of Horrors. Special thanks to my #1 fans (my kids): Ellen, John, Mary, and Julia.

Zoë Swenson-Graham, Choreographer

Zoë returned to the states in 2015 after living in London for nearly 7 years, where she worked as an actor, dancer, and trained as a stage combat instructor and fight choreographer. She is thrilled to be returning to the Mountain Play, after choreographing HAIR & the fights for West Side Story and Peter Pan. Before leaving London, she was the leading role in the English Premiere of Neil LaBute’s Autobahn at The Kings Head Theatre, London. Other acting credits include: Our Town (Emily). The Trojan Women (Helen), The Toll(Edinburgh Festival), and Twelfth Night (Viola). She received an Off-West End Best Actress nomination for At the Broken Places, a new American play that premiered in London. She has served as a stage combat choreographer and teacher around the UK, including the Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the British American Drama Academy. Since returning to the Bay, Zoe has choreographed for and taught with the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Oakland School of the Arts, Sierra Repertory Theatre Company, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Ross Valley Players, YMTC, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, and Stapleton School of the Arts.

Michelle Navarre-Huff, Costume Designer (Artistic Staff)Michelle Navarre-Huff, Costume Designer

Michelle “Mishka” received her Master’s Degree in Costume Design from Western Illinois University and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, holds a B.A. in French and a minor in Art and Theatrical Design from Central University of Iowa. Mishka resides in Olympia WA and is the Costume Shop Manager/ Staff Designer for University of Puget Sound and owns her own Costume rental and production house – Costume Atelier Masque & Pettycote. She has worked in numerous theatres from Olympia to Seattle including Tacoma Actors Guild, Theatre 9/12, Olympia Family Theatre and specializes in large cast Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite productions include: Mr. Burns; A Post Electric Play, The Force of Habit, Spring Awakening, The Secret Garden (musical), Metamorphoses, The Cradle Will Rock and dressing interpretive docents for and exhibit – Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Seattle Science Center. In her spare time Mishka loves to paint and her work can occasionally be seen in Washington area venues.

Becky Parker-Geist, Properties Designer (Artistic Staff)Becky Parker-Geist, Properties Designer

Becky works bi-coastally Off Broadway in NY and in the Bay Area, filling a wide range of production roles (props, scenic, lights, production management, costumes…). In NY she has worked with Ars Nova Theater, NY Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, etc., and in the Bay Area: Mountain Play, A.C.T., Alter Theatre, Marin Ballet, etc. She also runs her own audiobook production company, Pro Audio Voices. Becky’s great passion is to help great stories come alive through theatre and voiceover. Becky is President of Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn. and the Professional Connections chapter of BNI. She lives in San Rafael has three adult daughters and a granddaughter.

CURRENT PRODUCTION

May 24, 31
June 7, 13, 14, 21
All Performances begin at 2:00 p.m.

Book by MICHAEL STEWART   Music and Lyrics by JERRY HERMAN
Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by THORNTON WILDER

Directed by JAY MANLEY
Musical Direction by MARK DIETRICH   Choreography by ZOË SWENSON-GRAHAM
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc.

Ticket Information

HELLO, DOLLY!, the blockbuster Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallaher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences of all ages again and again.

Jerry Herman’s feel-good score includes such memorable songs as “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Elegance,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and the title song “Hello, Dolly.”

Run Time is approximately: 2 hours and 40 mins with a 20 minute intermission

Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, or the Mountain Theatre, is a 3750-stone seat, open-air venue in Mount Tamalpais State Park, in Marin County. It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from its 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. The theatre is remote, therefore, remember to come prepared! Cell phone signal can be spotty. Bring water and whatever you need to protect you from sun exposure. CLICK HERE for a list of suggested things to bring with you to enjoy the show.

Characters (In Order of Appearance)

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi – Dyan McBride*
Ernestina – Danya El-Kurd
Ambrose Kemper – Jesse Lumb
Horace Vandergelder – Randy Nazarian*
Ermengarde – Katie Rose
Cornelius Hackl – Max Kligman
Barnaby Tucker – Zachary Frangos
Minnie Fay – Julia Ludwig
Irene Molloy – Jen Brooks
Mrs. Rose – Maxine Sattizahn
Rudolph Reisenweber – Michael Walraven
Judge – Paul Hogarth
ENSEMBLE
Lily Bogas
Amanda Conran
Alexandra Fry
Merrill Grant
Ben Gurvis
Anna Joham
Michael Kessell
Miranda Long
Makena Mitchell
Alex Muñoz
Carl Robinett
Steven Samp
Katie Wickes

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Jay Manley, Director (Artistic Staff)Jay Manley, Director

Jay Manley is an award-winning director whose musicals and plays throughout the Bay Area have garnered repeated praise and numerous awards from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Dean Goodman “Choice” Awards. He founded Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos, California, to present classic and new musicals on the campus of Foothill College. He was the recipient of a 2006 special citation from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle “…in recognition of his distinguished career as founder and artistic director of Foothill Music Theatre.” At Foothill College where he chaired the Theatre Arts Department, he also established the Foothill Theatre Conservatory, a flourishing pre-professional actor training program. For the last 30 years, Jay has led popular theatre tours to New York, Ashland, London, and other major theatre production centers, through his company, New York Theatre Tour: www.nytheatretour.com. Jay’s extensive knowledge of American musical theatre history has made him a sought-after speaker and lecturer. Jay earned a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University and holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He lives in the East Bay.

Mark Dietrich, Musical Director (Artistic Staff)Mark Dietrich, Music Director/ Conductor

Mark Dietrich is a Computer Science professor, piano instructor, audition coach, and small business owner, having retired from the military in 2006 and from IT/tech in 2017. Credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Oklahoma! (x3); The Full Monty; Man of La Mancha; Next to Normal; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; The Honky Tonk Angels; Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical; The Taffetas (x2); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Forever Plaid; 1776; Pitch Perfect; Dogfight; Footloose; Guys & Dolls; Legally Blonde (x2); Young Frankenstein; Avenue Q; RENT. Assistant MD/Associate Conductor/Pianist favorites: Next to Normal; The Fantasticks; Rhythms of His Soul: The Eugene O’Neill Story, Mamma Mia; Little Shop of Horrors. Special thanks to my #1 fans (my kids): Ellen, John, Mary, and Julia.

Zoë Swenson-Graham, Choreographer

Zoë returned to the states in 2015 after living in London for nearly 7 years, where she worked as an actor, dancer, and trained as a stage combat instructor and fight choreographer. She is thrilled to be returning to the Mountain Play, after choreographing HAIR & the fights for West Side Story and Peter Pan. Before leaving London, she was the leading role in the English Premiere of Neil LaBute’s Autobahn at The Kings Head Theatre, London. Other acting credits include: Our Town (Emily). The Trojan Women (Helen), The Toll(Edinburgh Festival), and Twelfth Night (Viola). She received an Off-West End Best Actress nomination for At the Broken Places, a new American play that premiered in London. She has served as a stage combat choreographer and teacher around the UK, including the Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the British American Drama Academy. Since returning to the Bay, Zoe has choreographed for and taught with the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Oakland School of the Arts, Sierra Repertory Theatre Company, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Ross Valley Players, YMTC, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, and Stapleton School of the Arts.

Michelle Navarre-Huff, Costume Designer (Artistic Staff)Michelle Navarre-Huff, Costume Designer

Michelle “Mishka” received her Master’s Degree in Costume Design from Western Illinois University and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, holds a B.A. in French and a minor in Art and Theatrical Design from Central University of Iowa. Mishka resides in Olympia WA and is the Costume Shop Manager/ Staff Designer for University of Puget Sound and owns her own Costume rental and production house – Costume Atelier Masque & Pettycote. She has worked in numerous theatres from Olympia to Seattle including Tacoma Actors Guild, Theatre 9/12, Olympia Family Theatre and specializes in large cast Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite productions include: Mr. Burns; A Post Electric Play, The Force of Habit, Spring Awakening, The Secret Garden (musical), Metamorphoses, The Cradle Will Rock and dressing interpretive docents for and exhibit – Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Seattle Science Center. In her spare time Mishka loves to paint and her work can occasionally be seen in Washington area venues.

Becky Parker-Geist, Properties Designer (Artistic Staff)Becky Parker-Geist, Properties Designer

Becky works bi-coastally Off Broadway in NY and in the Bay Area, filling a wide range of production roles (props, scenic, lights, production management, costumes…). In NY she has worked with Ars Nova Theater, NY Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, etc., and in the Bay Area: Mountain Play, A.C.T., Alter Theatre, Marin Ballet, etc. She also runs her own audiobook production company, Pro Audio Voices. Becky’s great passion is to help great stories come alive through theatre and voiceover. Becky is President of Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn. and the Professional Connections chapter of BNI. She lives in San Rafael has three adult daughters and a granddaughter.

PREVIOUS PRODUCTION

Ross Valley Players and the Mountain Play Association present

Book by JOE MASTEROFF
Music by JERRY BOCK
Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK

Based on a Play by Miklos Laszlo. Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. Originally Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince In Association with Lawrence N. Kasha and Philip C. McKenna. Original Orchestrations by Don Walker

Adapted by Frank Matosich, Jr.

Directed by NICOLE HELFER

November 14 – December 22, 2019

“…a lovely message that is beautifully delivered,” Marin IJ

Inspired by the same source material as the classic films The Shop Around The Corner and You’ve Got Mail, this musical theater treasure is about perfectly ordinary people in a story you may have heard before, but never quite like this. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, She Loves Me brings the magic of a soaring score by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) & Jerry Bock (Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof) to a classic story by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret).  Hearts will be captivated by the plights of Georg, Amalia, and their co-workers in the Parfumerie. These characters remind us that the most important things in life are not the work or making money, but family, friends and those we truly love.

Join the Ross Valley Players and The Mountain Play this winter for a delightful musical treat. This          Co- Production partners the talents and passion of two of the oldest Marin County community theatre companies to provide a new experience for their audience.  The friendship of these companies has long been behind the scenes, but in November 2019, it steps center stage with She Loves Me.

SHE LOVES ME

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

www.MTIShows.com

Cast of SHE LOVES MEArpad Laszlo: Alex Cook
Ladislov Sipos: Patrick Barr
Ilona Ritter: Chelsey Ristaino
Steven Kodaly & Waiter: Anthony Maglio
Georg Nowack: Max Kligman
Mr. Maraczek: Ron Dritz
Amalia Balash: Marah Sotelo
Keller: Michael Walraven
Busboy: Alex Munoz

Ensemble –
MacKenzie Cahill
Dana Cherry
Sophie de Morelos
Katie Rose

Ross Valley Players Barn is a 99 seat in-doors beautiful theatre. It is ADA accessible. For wheelchair reservations please call (415) 456-9555 ext. 1. The seats are brand new and very plush. Concessions include hot and cold beverages and wine and beer. The box office will open one hour before the performance begins and the house opens at 1/2 hour.

Director: Nicole Helfer
Vocal Direction: Jake Gale
Stage Management: Ben Vazquez
Costume Design: Michael Berg
Set Design: Tom O’Brien
Properties Design: Becky Parker-Geist
Lighting Design: Tina Johnson
Scenic Artist: Dhyanis Carniglia
Sound Design: Billie Cox

PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS

November 14 – December 22, 2019

Ross Valley Players and the Mountain Play Association present

Book by JOE MASTEROFF
Music by JERRY BOCK
Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK

Based on a Play by Miklos Laszlo. Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. Originally Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince In Association with Lawrence N. Kasha and Philip C. McKenna. Original Orchestrations by Don Walker

Adapted by Frank Matosich, Jr.

Directed by NICOLE HELFER

“…a lovely message that is beautifully delivered,” Marin IJ

Inspired by the same source material as the classic films The Shop Around The Corner and You’ve Got Mail, this musical theater treasure is about perfectly ordinary people in a story you may have heard before, but never quite like this. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, She Loves Me brings the magic of a soaring score by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) & Jerry Bock (Fiorello!Fiddler on the Roof) to a classic story by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret).  Hearts will be captivated by the plights of Georg, Amalia, and their co-workers in the Parfumerie. These characters remind us that the most important things in life are not the work or making money, but family, friends and those we truly love.

Join the Ross Valley Players and The Mountain Play this winter for a delightful musical treat. This          Co- Production partners the talents and passion of two of the oldest Marin County community theatre companies to provide a new experience for their audience.  The friendship of these companies has long been behind the scenes, but in November 2019, it steps center stage with She Loves Me.

SHE LOVES ME

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

www.MTIShows.com

Cast of SHE LOVES MEArpad Laszlo: Alex Cook
Ladislov Sipos: Patrick Barr
Ilona Ritter: Chelsey Ristaino
Steven Kodaly & Waiter: Anthony Maglio
Georg Nowack: Max Kligman
Mr. Maraczek: Ron Dritz
Amalia Balash: Marah Sotelo
Keller: Michael Walraven
Busboy: Alex Munoz

Ensemble –
MacKenzie Cahill
Dana Cherry
Sophie de Morelos
Katie Rose

Ross Valley Players Barn is a 99 seat in-doors beautiful theatre. It is ADA accessible. For wheelchair reservations please call (415) 456-9555 ext. 1. The seats are brand new and very plush. Concessions include hot and cold beverages and wine and beer. The box office will open one hour before the performance begins and the house opens at 1/2 hour.

Director: Nicole Helfer
Vocal Direction: Jake Gale
Stage Management: Ben Vazquez
Costume Design: Michael Berg
Set Design: Tom O’Brien
Properties Design: Becky Parker-Geist
Lighting Design: Tina Johnson
Scenic Artist: Dhyanis Carniglia
Sound Design: Billie Cox