33 1/3 - House of Dreams

Written by Jonathan Rosenberg and Brad Ross
With additional contributions by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco
Directed and Choreographed by Javier Velasco
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Steve Gunderson
Produced in association with R&R Productions, LLC -- Brad Ross, Jonathan Rosenberg, Michael Kruke, 33 1/3 HOD SD, LLC -- Jerri-Ann & Gary Jacobs, Ramesh Narasimhan, George Weisz and The San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts

August 1 – August 25, 2019 on The Lyceum Stage

Previews: August 1 – 6, 2019

Press Opening: August 7 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Creative Team

Director & Choreographer: Javier Velasco
Musical
Direction & Arrangements: Steve Gunderson
Conductor: Tamara Paige

Associate Music Director: Bill Doyle
Scenic Design: Sean Fanning

Costume Design: Jennifer Brawn Gittings

Lighting Design: Philippe Bergman

Projection Design: Blake McCarty

Sound Design: Matt Lescault-Wood

Production Manager: Chelsea Smith

Stage Manager: Mark Stevens

Assistant Production Manager & Company Manager: Sarah Zimmerman

Casting Director: Kim Heil

 

Cast

Stan Ross: Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper* 

Dave Gold: Jacob Caltrider*

Vera: Aviva Pressman*

Mitzi: Bethany Slomka*

Larry: Michael Parrott*
Angela: Micah Fong
Tina/Lola: Christine Hewitt*
Sonny: Bear Manescalchi*

Ensemble: Annie Barrack, Sky Frank, Ron Christopher Jones*, Collin Leydon*, and Dave Rivas

*Appearing Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association 


SDSCPA Student Ensemble: Jacob Bader, Paul Chairez, Tuesday Denekas, Kiara Geolina, Kennedy Harris, Harmony Hernandez, Danika Hughey, Olivia Kuykendall, Alex Meeder, Janae Parson, Joshua Penrod, Zach Robertson, and Annabelle Skala

 

Band

Onstage Drums: Defarest Files (SDSCPA Student)
Woodwinds: Alvin Paige (SDSCPA Student)
Woodwinds: Chaz Cabrera
Trombone: Chanel McCoy (SDSCPA Student)
Violin: Chesner Delosreyes (SDSCPA Student)
Violin: Kristin Ebuengan (SDSCPA Student)
Violin: Miranda Estrada (SDSCPA Student)
Violin: Irie Morales (SDSCPA Student)
Violin: Kathleen Santillo (SDSCPA Student)
Viola: Laurel Valdez (SDSCPA Student)
Viola: T’yara Lesueur (SDSCPA Student)
Viola: Angel Rodriguez (SDSCPA Student)
Viola: Geneva Taylor (SDSCPA Student)
Cello: Michel Santillo (SDSCPA Student)
Cello: Ysabel Labto (SDSCPA Student)
Cello: Samantha Bambao (SDSCPA Student)
Cello: Carlos Morales (SDSCPA Student)
Bass: Christian Pinelo (SDSCPA Student)
Upright Bass: Kishia Bautista (SDSCPA Student)
Upright Bass: Dorothy Sevillano (SDSCPA Student)
Keyboards: Bill Doyle
Electric Bass: Jake Wong (SDSCPA Student)

 

Synopsis

The hit musical about the birthplace of some of the greatest songs of all time.  33 1/3 - House of Dreams tells the story of the legendary Gold Star Recording Studios and its co-founder, lead engineer and hit maker Stan Ross.  In Hollywood for 33 1/3 years, Gold Star was the birthplace of some of the greatest pop and rock hits of all time. Experience the creation of the music of a young Phil Spector and his Wall of Sound, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Ritchie Valens and many, many more. You won’t believe the 30 song playlist, which includes rock n’ roll classics such as “Summertime Blues,” “La Bamba,” “Good Vibrations,” “Be My Baby,” “Unchained Melody,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and, yes, even “In A Gadda Da Vida.” Thirty actors, dancers and a live band will raise the roof of The Lyceum this summer!

 

 


Stan Ross at the mixing board of Gold Star Recording Studios.

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B-Roll


https://youtu.be/FUl3NzAEcJg

 

 

Photos

Co-creators Brad Ross and Jonathan Rosenberg.

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Director and choreographer Javier Velasco (left), and Musical director and arranger Steve Gunderson. Photo credit Daren Scott.

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Production Photos

Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper as “Stan Ross” and Aviva Pressman as “Vera Ross” in 33 1/3 – House of Dreams. Photo credit Jim Carmody.

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Paul Chairez, Sky Frank and the cast of 33 1/3 – House of Dreams. Photo credit Jim Carmody.
 

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Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Aviva Pressman and the cast of 33 1/3 – House of Dreams. Photo credit Jim Carmody.
 

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Students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in 33 1/3 – House of Dreams. Photo credit Jim Carmody.

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Ron Jones as “Bobby Day,” Michael Parrott as “Larry” and Christine Hewitt as “Tina” in 33 1/3 – House of Dreams. Photo credit Jim Carmody.

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Headshots


Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper*
(Stan Ross)

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Jacob Caltrider* (Dave Gold)

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Aviva Pressman* (Vera)

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Bethany Slomka* (Mitzi)

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Michael Parrott* (Larry)

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Micah Fong (Angela)

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Christine Hewitt* (Tina/Lola)

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Bear Manescalchi* (Sonny)

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Annie Barrack (Ensemble)

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Sky Frank (Ensemble)

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Ron Christopher Jones* (Ensemble)

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Collin Leydon* (Ensemble)

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Dave Rivas (Ensemble)

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*Appearing Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association 

 

 

Bios

Jonathan Rosenberg (Co-Creator): A native of The Bronx, for 30 + years Jonathan Rosenberg, in addition to being a psychologist and teacher, has worked as an entertainment writer, radio personality and a lead singer/songwriter. In 2014, he turned his attention to playwriting and broke attendance records at the San Diego Fringe Festival for his musical, Long Way to Midnight. In the coming months, Jonathan will have two World Premiere musicals opening: 33 1/3 - House of
Dreams, and Americano (Phoenix Theatre in Arizona). Jonathan received his bachelor’s from City College in New York, his Master’s from the University of Michigan, and his Doctorate from Alliant University in San Diego.

Brad Ross (Co-Creator): Brad is the co-writer of 33 1/3 - House of Dreams and a practicing dentist in San Diego, California. Raised in Burbank, California, the story of 33 1/3 - House of Dreams centers around his father Stan Ross – co-owner and lead engineer at Gold Star Recording Studios, Hollywood. Brad participated in interviewing many artists, producers, songwriters, musicians, arrangers, music historians, and ex-employees who recorded at Gold Star. His passion for sharing the stories and music of Gold Star inspired Brad to collaborate with his patient, Jonathan Rosenberg to develop this project. Brad is a graduate of Oregon State University and USC School of Dentistry.

Javier Velasco (Director and Choreographer): At The REP: Directed Suds, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, Everybody’s Talkin. Choreographed Fun Home, Evita, In The Heights, Tommy, Great American Trailer Park Musical, Hairspray, Threepenny Opera, Corridos Re-Mix, Zoot Suit, Violet, and others. He is responsible for the original musical staging and choreography of Suds in New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Actors Theatre of Louisville. As Artistic Director of the San Diego Ballet, he has choreographed over 100 ballets for the company. His production of The Toughest Girl Alive premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2011. Awarded a Creative Catalyst Fellowship from the San Diego Foundation to create new work, his musical Eternally Bad premiered at the Moxie Theatre. Javier’s daily tribulations as the Artistic Director of a not-for-profit dance company can be read at dance-to-the-piper.blogspot.com.
STEVE GUNDERSON (Musical Direction and Arrangements): co-created and did musical arrangements for: Suds (dozens of productions worldwide including Off Broadway, Old Globe Theatre), Off Broadway’s critically acclaimed Back To Bacharach & David, Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson (San Diego REP), More Magic (Stage West in Canada). He won the Creative Catalyst Grant for The Artificial Woman (composer, co-written with Amy Gerstler). He composed scores for Dixie Highway, Rock Candy, The Brontes. Craig Noel Award and Desert League Award for Musical Direction. At San Diego REP he provided original music and arrangements for several productions of A Christmas Carol. As an actor: major roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, National Tour, Off Broadway. Multi-Craig Noel Award winner including Actor of the Year. Thanks to Javier, Brad, Jonathan, Tamara, Bill, Kim and Sam for making this happen. Love to Kaore and Wilbur.

Tamara Paige (Conductor):

Sean Fanning (Scenic Designer)

Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Designer):

Phillippe Bergman (Lighting Designer):

Matt Lescault-Wood (Sound Designer and Audio Supervisor): Previous credits include: Sweat, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Fun Home, Into The Beautiful North, Evita, Roz and Ray [2017 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], Hand to God, Beachtown (San Diego REP); Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, A Behanding In Spokane, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Spring Awakening, Pageant, Sons of the Prophet, My Fair Lady, Shockheaded Peter, SPAMALOT (Cygnet); Eurydice [2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], ENRON, Eternally Bad, The Kid Thing, BLISS, Voyeurs de Venus, Yoga Play (Moxie); Big River (New Village Arts); Henry V [2014 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee] (New Fortune); MixTape [2015] (Lambs); Lizard Boy, Loneliest Girl in the World, This Beautiful City, Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Diversionary). Matt is the Resident Sound Supervisor of The REP, and has a Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology from SDSU.

Blake McCarty (Projections Designer):

Mark Stevens (Stage Manager): Mark is honored to be working on 33 1/3: House of Dreams with this terrific team. At The REP: Violet, Walter Cronkite is Dead, Zoot Suit, Hairspray, Always Patsy Cline, SUDS and Death and the Maiden. Fullerton CLO: Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Man of La Mancha, 1776 and Brigadoon. Starlight: Hot Mikado, The Wizard of Oz. Ten years at the Welk Resort Theatre as Resident Stage Manager for more than 50 productions. Proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Andrea Gutierrez (Assistant Stage Manager): Andrea Gutierrez is excited to be working with San Diego Rep! A fourth generation San Diegan, Andrea spent several years working in parades at Disneyland before receiving her BA from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. She then returned home to work as a stage manager with local youth theatre groups, and spent several years working at North Coast Repertory Theatre as the theatre school’s stage manager, the main stage production assistant, and later as the theatre’s supervising house manager and volunteer coordinator. Andrea received her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Communications, and currently works at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) as their Production Manager. Most recently she stage managed Gabriel for North Coast Rep. Some other productions she has worked on include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (North Coast Rep), Into the Woods (Starlight Theatre), Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse), Rafta! Rafta! (Old Globe), Hairspray (ACT Youth Theatre), and Spring Awakening (American Rose Theatre). She is grateful for the opportunity to help bring the Arts to people in her hometown.

Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper* (Stan Ross): Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper has appeared Off-Broadway in Rothschild & Sons, Lonesome Traveler, and Julius Caesar. Regional appearances include Matilda (5-Star), Sweeney Todd, Once, Shakespeare In Love (South Coast Rep), King Lear (Rubicon), End Of The Rainbow (Laguna), Our Lady of 121st Street (RedHouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SBCCLO), Side Show (La Jolla), and at NCRT: Of Mice and Men, Side By Side By Sondheim, Sherlock Holmes, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and the world premiere of Words By: Ira Gershwin (SDCC Craig Noel nom). His TV credits include “Fuller House” (Netflix, WB) “Superstore” (NBCUniversal) and “Casual”(Hulu). He attended LaGuardia HS and received a BFA from NYU. He is a proud Equity member. nicholasmongiardocooper.com 

Jacob Caltrider* (Dave Gold): Jacob is thrilled to be returning to the REP as a part of 33 1/3. His San Diego credits include: Manifest Destinitis and Violet, SDRep; Rocky Horror, Spring Awakening, Assassins, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol and The History Boys, Cygnet Theatre; West Side Story, San Diego Musical Theatre; Homos or Everyone in America, Marry Me A Little, Harmony Kansas, Twist, Yank! and The Daddy Machine, Diversionary Theatre; Spelling Bee, and A Christmas Carol, North Coast Rep; An American Christmas, Les Misérables, Twelfth Night, and The Festival of Christmas, Lamb’s Players; The Grinch and Rocky Horror, The Old Globe. 

Aviva Pressman* (Vera): Aviva Pressman is an actor, singer, clown, calligrapher, and Voiceover Artist based in LA. She played “Mrs. Claus” in the National Tour and Madison Square Garden productions of Rudolph: The Musical, has performed for Amazon all over the country and internationally, is a frequent performer at Sacramento Theatre Company, and has an LADCC Award for her work on Astro Boy and the God of Comics. Additionally, her voice can be heard in commercials, animes, and even a toy you may have in your home. Aviva is excited to make her San Diego debut in 33 1/3: House of Dreams!

Bethany Slomka* (Mitzi): Bethany couldn’t be more thrilled to be back at The San Diego Rep, after having been seen as Tracy Turnblad in the Southern California regional premiere of Hairspray (Craig Noel nomination). Select Favorites: Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (The Welk, SDMT), Sister Mary Patrick (Moonlight Amphitheater, SDMT), Maureen in Rent (The Welk), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), DeeDee in Suds (NVA), and The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (SDMT). Bethany would like to thank Steve, Javier, and everyone at the Rep for the incredible honor of being a part of this new work. Dad, Mom, A & C, C, D - you are all my support system and I wouldn’t be where I am without you all. Thank YOU for supporting live theater! Luke 12:22-26

Michael Parrott* (Larry): Originally from San Diego, Michael is overjoyed to be returning to San Diego Repertory Theatre. Favorite credits include: Faetopia, The Weatherman, Seafoam Sleepwalk (La Jolla Playhouse); Jesus, Moses (Sight and Sound Theatre); Evita, Hand to God (San Diego Repertory Theatre); OZ, Festival of Christmas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Lamb’s Players Theatre); Cats (San Diego Musical Theatre); The Nutcracker, The Full Monty (New Village Arts); A New Brain, Thrill Me (Diversionary Theatre); O Wondrous Night (SeaWorld San Diego).

Micah Fong (Angela): Micah Fong is thrilled to be a part of her second production at San Diego REP after performing in their production of Evita in 2017. She is a recent graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where her roles included “Elle Woods” (Legally Blonde), “Diana Morales” (A Chorus Line), “Erma” (Anything Goes), “Delores” (Working), and “Annie” (Chicago). Micah is currently a student at Wellesley College, pursuing a degree in Women’s & Gender Studies.

Christine Hewitt* (Tina/Lola): Christine Hewitt makes her debut at San Diego REP in the premiere of 33 ⅓. She became involved with the project in 2017 and reprised the role of Tina/Lola in the workshop with San Diego REP in January. Recent San Diego Credits: Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher, SDMT), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake, Cygnet Theatre/Moonlight Stage), Tomfoolery (Lead Player, NCRT), All Shook Up (Miss Sandra, Moonlight). 1st National Tour: Sunset Boulevard (Dir. Trevor Nunn, The Really Useful Company). Notable Credits: Eleanor: An American Love Story (Lucy Mercer, Historic Ford’s Theatre, D.C.), Nunsense (Sr. Amnesia, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Singin’ In the Rain (Lina Lamont, North Carolina Theatre).

Bear Manescalchi* (Sonny): Bear Manescalchi is honored to be back at SD Rep for 33 1/3: House of Dreams!  He earned his BFA in Musical Theater from AMDA LA.  Having spent the previous year performing at Universal Studios Japan, he’s happy to be back in his home state of California. Bear played “Pablo” three times regionally in Sister Act and performed on the Disney Dream as a Mainstage Singer. Other regional theatre credits include A Christmas Carol at The Welk Resort, Everybody’s Talkin’ at SD Rep, and Seussical at 3D Theatricals. Big thanks to his wonderfully supportive family and friends, DA, CB, KM.

Annie Barrack (Ensemble): Annie is a San Diego native who is currently attending San Diego State University to obtain a B.A. in Acting and Musical Theatre. While there, she has been a part of many productions with her latest being Hookman, in collaboration with Moxie Theatre. She also is currently working with Bobby Cronin on his original musical 'Till Death Do Us Part as the principal character. This show will be produced at The Don Powell theatre in the  spring of 2020. She is so excited to be making her professional debut with San Diego Rep and 33 1/3- House Of Dreams!   

Sky Frank (Ensemble): Sky Frank: Sky is beyond excited to be at the Lyceum with SD REP for his second time after doing Evita just two years ago. Born and raised in San Diego California, this past fall he attended his freshman year at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Sky’s recent credits include Newsies (Moonlight Amphitheatre), and Oh What A Lovely War (MMC). His colorful high school experience at SDSCPA gave him the chance to perform in shows such as A Chorus Line (Mike), Chicago (Ensemble), and with the role of “Moonface Martin” in Anything Goes. Sky was also honored to be the recipient of The Rising Star Award at the 2017 Jimmy Awards.

Ron Christopher Jones* (Ensemble): Ron is happy to be back performing at the San Diego Rep. He was last seen in A Christmas Carol, and Bessies Blues. Regional credits include Horse in The Full Monty, at SDMT, Andre in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at NCRT, How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre, and Play On! at the Pasadena Playhouse. Favorite roles include Scrooge in Christmas is Coming Uptown, and Mr. Magix in My One and Only. Ron is the 2018 winner of Best Actor, and Best Fight Choreographer, at the San Diego Film Awards. Ron is the production manager for San Diego Musical Theatre, overseeing all artistic aspects of their shows. He is the proud father of 4 year old Maisie, and is married to soon to be acupuncturist, Marylynn Jones. In what little spare time Ron has, he likes playing golf, and darts. Please visit his website, ronchristopherjones.com

Collin Leydon* (Ensemble): SD REP DEBUT!!! Past Theatre: (NY) I Got Fired, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure; (Regional) All Shook Up, The Full Monty; Television: “The Perfect Stanleys” (Fox). Thanks to his H.P., parents, brother, and girlfriend for all their love and support. And thanks to Kim and the rest of the SD Rep creative team for allowing him the opportunity to perform in this brand new work! 

Dave Rivas (Ensemble): Dave Rivas Kim Fowley/William Shatner/Others- Dave proudly returns to SDREP to perform in 33 1/3, a show he’s had the pleasure of working on over the years since its inception. Dave has previously appeared at SDREP in El Henry, Oedipus El Rey, and Water and Power. He is also a founding member of and producer of Amigos del REP, a volunteer Latino based group that promotes and develops new theatrical works.  Dave is also an accomplished voice over actor/coach and sound engineer. He has lent his voice(s) to hundreds of t.v. & radio commercials and video games. He produces audio and theatrical works from his home studio, DaveyBoy Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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