The Wedding Party for A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Happy Couples

Bryce Chaddick (Theseus) is grateful to Noelle and Stacie for their unending support! Recent roles: Edwin Drood (Chrisparkle), Company (Bobby), Corpus Christi (Judas), Seagull (Treplev). Directing Credits: Threepenny Opera, Hair, Investigation..El Salvador, Medea, Bed & Sofa, Noises Off. Graduate of Boston Conservatory & UC-San Diego.  

 

Sarah Benjamin (Hippolyta) is thrilled to be making her acting debut at PVTC after teaching in both the after school and summer camp program for the past three years. Favorite roles in Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Los Altos Stage Company), Agatha in Smash (Dragon Productions), Miss Poppenghul in Moonlight & Magnolias (Dragon Productions),  Clara in Coney Island Christmas (City Lights Theater Company), and Miranda in The Tempest (Pear Avenue Theatre). She received her BA in Drama from UC Irvine, where she studied abroad in Spain and Ecuador. For more:sarahcbenjamin.com 

William J. Brown III* (Demetrius) is thrilled to be joining PVTC this summer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival. As an actor he has performed all over the Bay Area as well as internationally.  He can next be seen on August 8 in ASF's New Works Festival (www.arabianshakes.org).  William is a member of Actor's Equity Association.

 

Alanna McNaughton (Helena) is pleased to be back with the PVTC community this summer performing and working with the children’s conservatory. She was last seen at PVTC in Noëlle GM Gibb’s devised piece Persephone, and as Jennie Mae in The Diviners. Alanna attends Boston University and is pursuing a dual BFA/BA in Theatre Arts and Political Philosophy. 

 

Lydia Cuffman (Hermia) is thrilled to be playing the ever-fierce Hermia in this innovative production! Favorite recent shows include Les Miserables (PVTC), Hairspray (Brenda, RCCT), and Legally Blonde (Margot, RCCT). When she is not screaming at people in the forest, she is using a considerably calmer voice to teach history to the amazing students at Sequoia High School. Many thanks to Brice for his endless support and enthusiasm.

 

Matt Waters (Lysander) is grateful to have the opportunity to play the role of Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the second time in his life. Over the past few years, he has appeared on stage at PVTC in Les Mis (Enjolras), The Diviners (C.C.), Oklahoma! (Curly), and Our Town (George). And earlier this month, he directed the high school students of PVTC's youth conservatory in Into the Woods. Other recent roles include Lt. Cioffi in Woodside Community Theatre's Curtains and Patrick Dennis in Hillbarn Theatre's Mame. By day, Matt is a 6-8th grade math teacher at Woodside Elementary where he also heads up the annual 8th grade operetta.

 

 

 

Witnesses

Don Gustafson (Egeus) is enjoying his first time performing in a play… that is not to say that it’s his first time onstage. No its not. He’s performed with PVTC in many musical roles. You may remember him as the patriarch Tevye, the one handed Captain Hook, the self loving Sun King; as not queen, not duke, not prince, but as the Cowardly Lion, or rolling through the Oklahoma! plains as Jud and most recently a truly wonderful role, as the Chief of Police Javert, in Les Miserables. He is excited to be performing in his first Shakespeare; it has been a lot of fun.  As an extra bonus Noelle is letting him sing during the wedding scene. Thank you to, Margie, his wonderful wife for all her support and encouragement. 

 

Daniel Griggi (Philostrate) is thrilled to be a part of PVTC's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Although his first production at PVTC, Daniel is no stranger to the stage and currently studies acting at Emerson College. He'd like to thank the wonderful cast and Noëlle for the opportunity. 

 

The Entertainment

Ashley Pogue (Peter Quince) is delighted to make her Shakespearean debut, especially that it's here at PVTC. Ashley has grown up through the PVTC program and in recently you have seen her play a "woman of the night" in Les Mis and a banjo-playing goddess in Persephone (an incredible show created by Noelle and Kevin). Ashley is very grateful to be apart of this project with a number of close friends. 

 

Mark Goodman-Morris (Snug/Lion)

is a regular on PVTC MainStage -- It's just a coincidence that the Artist Director, Cheryl Goodman-Morris (Titania), is his life partner, and the Director (Noelle G-M Gibbs) is his daughter  -- he is very proud of them and his creative get-it-done son-in-law, Kevin Gibbs. He loves playing juicy character roles. At PVTC he played the Innkeeper (Les Mis), Ferris (The Diviners), Old Man Carnes (Oklahoma!), and Smee (Three) (Peter Pan). He really likes Snug. Mark hopes to have Snug's hair as he grows into his lion years. Mark is in his 29th year as the Pastor/Head of Staff of Valley Presbyterian Church.

 

Andrew Saier (Bottom/Pyramus)has been acting at PVTC since he was about eight, starting with The Music Man. Since then he has appeared in multiple productions here, including Our Town, The Diviners and most recently Les Miserables as Grantaire: for some reason, he keeps getting cast as loud obnoxious jackasses, but he's not complaining too much. This is actually his second time performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream, having previously played Theseus in a high-school production. In his spare time, he writes every day, comes up with terrible puns, and is trying to make a career in voice-over work.

 

Angela Khalipa (Snout/Wall) is an HR Business Partner at a tech company and is very excited about making her acting debut in this production. In her free time, she enjoys playing poker, dancing, traveling, and planning her upcoming wedding.  A big thanks to the whole cast for being so encouraging and fun!

 

 

 

Andrew P. Quick (Flute/Thisby) hails from the Raisin Capital of the World and is excited to return to PVTC for his second show.  When not dressing as a women and can be found dressed as a clown while working with Circus of Smiles.  Andrew considers it a blessing to get to share the stage with such a talented and silly group of actors.

 

John Kissel (Starveling/Moonshine/Flute US) has been acting at PVTC since Oklahoma!, He co-starred in The Diviners, and has attended two summer camps. He goes to Lick-Wilmerding High School and will be a sophomore. He hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Beatrice (Starveling’s Dog) is over the moon to be making her stage debut. She can usually be found keeping her home safe from the terror that are flies and leaves.  Favorite hobbies include belly rubs, licking noses and eating treats.

 

The Blessers of the Wedding

Cheryl Goodman-Morris (Titania) is so happy to be a part of this wonderful ensemble, happy to be playing Titania, and happy to be part of helping Noelle Gibbs' dream of bringing a site specific A Midsummer Night's Dream to PVTC. Abaru, Noelle!

 

Mark Bowles (Oberon) has been a certifiable Shakespeare nut since seeing Angus Bowmer play Shylock at Ashland in 1964. In 2007, he spent a month at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, learning Shakespearean acting, and is delighted to check the Oberon box on his lifelong bucket list.

 

 

 

 

Carter Burr-Kiven (Puck) is a young lad born and raised in the Bay Area, and is very excited to be doing his first show with PVTC. In his spare time, he enjoys filmmaking, improv, singing, playing with his dogs, and a good bowl of ice cream. In the fall, he will be starting his sophomore year at Stanford University.

 

John Max Byrne (Changeling Boy) has been acting in PVTC children's shows for years, but this is his first MainStage role. John Max is also currently playing Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty at PVTC's summer camp. Past shows include Guys and Dolls JR. and Suessical Jr. He is also part of the year-round Performance Ensemble program.

 

Charlynn Knighton (Mustardseed) has thoroughly enjoyed working behind the scenes at PVTC and is thrilled to now join her friends on stage. Over the past few years, she has had the privilege to work as the Props Manager at the late San Jose Repertory Theatre and two seasons at Millbrook Playhouse as the Props Designer. Some of her favorite shows she has worked on have been Life Could be a Dream, The Snow Queen, Crimes of the Heart, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, The 39 Steps, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When she's not teaching at PVTC, Charlynn works as a props artisan at Theatreworks and is planning on returning to school in the future to get her masters in Theatre for Youth. Until then, she looks forward to the adventures ahead in theatre in the Bay Area.

 

Holly Lindley (Moth) is delighted to join the PVTC family in this production of Midsummer after spending the last two decades performing in theaters around the Bay Area. This summer has been filled with so much Midsummer magic thanks to this incredible cast, and Holly is thrilled to share this experience with you! When she's not on stage, she can be found at the beach, at concerts, and spending time with her incredible family. 

 

Raissa Marchetti-Kozlov (Peaseblossom/Costumes) is back again! She was recently seen in PVTC's production of Les Mis where she was part of the female chorus (and costume crew). She sometimes can be seen (loudly) singing in her car on the way to/from work/rehearsal/life. She currently works for the Latin American Apps department at Google and she had an opportunity to tour with Cats but had to drop due to allergies. She wants to dedicate this show to the four "F"s- her fairies, her family, her friends and her fans. 

 

Maddie Rostami (Cobweb) is delighted to be a part of this wonderful ensemble. She is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University, where she studies Theatre and Cognitive Science. Maddie is so thankful for the the opportunity to perform with the MainStage and direct with the Children’s Conservatory programs this summer!

 

 

 

 

Live Music

Shane Turner (Composer, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel) is an incoming 10th grader at Menlo-Atherton high school. He enjoys writing and playing music (and can be found constantly humming and singing around the PVTC campus). Most of the soundscape of the scenes in the forest were designed by him, including writing one of the fairy songs and playing all the magic sound effects. He does a mediocre Sinatra impression but he plays mean church bell, so you hopefully will hear him on the patio at some point. He hopes you enjoy the show--and the champagne.
 

Servants of the House of Theseus

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AJ Diggins (Servant to the House of Theseus/Scenic Painter) is excited to be working with PVTC again! Having been a guest artist the last three years teaching an art/design class with the students of the PVTC Summer Conservatory and having been the scenic painter for Oklahoma!, Persephone, The Diviners, and Les Miserables, he is thrilled to not only paint the set again, but take on the position of Servant of the House of Theseus.

 

Chris Lonergan (Servant to the House of Theseus/Understudy to Starvelng) is working on his third PVTC show. His was previously in PVTC’s Les Miserables in 2015 and Oklahoma! in 2013. He would like to personally thank PVTC for bringing out his inner thespian. 

 

Maddie Napel (Servant to the House of Theseus) is thrilled to be returning for her second summer with PVTC, where she is currently directing Sleeping Beauty KIDS. During the year, she studies Theatre and Sociology at Northwestern University, where she is also the Executive Director of Seesaw Theatre, a group dedicated to creative inclusive theater experiences for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental differences. Maddie would like to thank the PVTC community for creating such a loving and supportive environment.

Daniel Zdeblick (Servant to the House of Theseus) is an odd person who can't quite decide what he's doing with his life. Some of the time he thinks he wants to study engineering at rice, but he does really enjoy being a Servant to the House of Theseus. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Grace Zdeblick (Servant to the House of Theseus), a junior in high school, is proud to serve at the House of Theseus. A performer at PVTC for 10 years, she has fallen in love with the program and has played such roles as Papa Ge in Once on This Island, the Stepmother in Cinderella, and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. She is thrilled to be your guide on this mystical adventure this evening and hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show!

 

Wedding Planners

Noëlle GM Gibbs (Director) is grateful to the cast & crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their willingness and dedication. Noëlle has been part of PVTC for 22 years and has directed MainStage productions of Proof, The Servant of Two Masters, The Wizard of Oz, Distracted, and Persephone. Noëlle received B.A.’s in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego, with emphasis in directing and choreography and has worked at TheatreWorks, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Magic Theatre. She trained at the Accademia dell'Arte in Italy and received the 2014 TITAN Directing grant through Theatre Bay Area. Currently, Noëlle is the head of the Drama Department at Crystal Springs Uplands School, as well as Associate Artistic Director of PVTC.

 

 

Hans and Marilee Saier (Tech Directors) have been a part of PVTC since The Music Man, over 20 years ago, through Les Miserables, this past spring. They enjoy helping to make the magic happen through lighting, sets, seating, Camo, or whatever or wherever the director/s ask or need help with. 

 

Stacie Doherty (Stage Manager) is completing her fourth season here at PVTC as the Artistic Administrator and Resident Stage Manager. Stacie received a B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego.  She worked as the Theatre Manager for four years at the Birch North Park Theatre in Southern California and has stage managed for a variety of productions and festivals. Here at PVTC, she has worked on both Children Conservatory and MainStage productions.  She would like to congratulate and thank the cast, crew, and production staff of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for all their hard work. She would also like to thank her loving husband for all of his support.

 

Kevin Gibbs (Aesthetic Design/Lighting Design) has been dabbling in every aspect of design at PVTC for the past six years, including sound for The Servant of Two Masters; projections for The Wizard of Oz; media for Distracted; special lights and sound for The Diviners; the set and original script for Persephone; and set design for Les Miserables. By day Kevin designs products for one of those Silicon Valley tech companies, but that’s all he can say. He enjoys cooking, hanging out with his beautiful dog, Tundra, and traveling to new places.

 

 

Jenny Earlywine (Hair & Makeup Design) has been a makeup and hair designer in the Bay Area for over 10 years and has worked for Bowditch Middle School, Crystal Springs Uplands School and many others. She is the resident hair and makeup designer for NDNU where she also teaches the Hair and Makeup class. this is her first production with PVTC and is having a wonderful time working with the whole company. 

 

Audra Batter (Costume Design) is exited to be apart of her first PVTC production. She graduated from Cañada College with her associates degree in Fashion emphasizing in costumes and received her BA in Theatre Production from Notre Dame de Namur University on an emerging artists scholarship.  She interned at The Space theatre in the Isle of Dogs, London and recently costumed Hillbarn Theatre's summer children's conservatory program and worked on The Addams Family at Hillsdale High School. She has received a certificate of merit in costumes and an Irene Ryan nomination for acting (both for her work in NDNU's Dracula) from ACTF (American College Theatre Festival).

 

 

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