Beauty and the Beast
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
DALE ALPERT (Maurice) is delighted to return to High Street Arts Center – having previously tread these boards in Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Inherit the Wind, Harvey, Little Shop of Horror, and The 39 Steps. He’s also appeared at other Ventura County venues, including Conejo Players Theatre (How To Succeed … ), Camarillo Skyway Playhouse (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Fantasticks), and many others. Hats off to a wonderful director, production staff, cast, and crew. As always, love to Maxine and Aaron.
ANDY AMES (Fish Man, Cronies, Ensemble) most recently appeared in Oliver and Christmas Magic, here at High Street Arts Center, and is thrilled to be back in Beauty and the Beast! He’s done several HSAC youth productions, most recently portraying Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Jr. and King Triton in The Little Mermaid, Jr. Andy can be seen as Edgar in five episodes of Season 6 of NBC’s Parenthood. He’d like to thank Ken, Kathee, all the staff, and the cast members for their support!
JESSICA BELL (Babette) is ecstatic to be in her third community theatre production! She’s been taking professional singing lessons since 2012, and recently played Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at Conejo Players Theatre; Cinderella in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde — and is so happy to add Babette to her ongoing list. Ooh la la!
JENNIFER BLIMAN (Doormat, Wolf, Ensemble) can’t believe it, but this marks her 10th show here at High Street Arts Center! She is most recognized for her gymnastics, as well as playing a variety of musical instruments. Favorite roles include Curly, the Lost Boy in Peter Pan (Conejo Players Theatre); the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof (HSAC); Agatha in Guys and Dolls (HSAC); and most recently in Fagin’s Crew in Oliver! (HSAC). Jennifer is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA since 2009 and has appeared in numerous national commercials, TV, and film. She plays the French horn professionally in orchestras; records for film and TV; and was a performer at Disneyland. www.jenniferfrenchhorn.com
ELLA BORING (Chip) is delighted to be playing one of her dream roles in High Street Arts Center’s production of Beauty and the Beast! This is Ella’s third on-stage role at HSAC; you may have seen her as part of Fagin’s Crew in Oliver!, or as Chef Louie in The Little Mermaid, Jr. Ella also loves working backstage for productions at HSAC. She’d like to thank Kathee Boyer, Ken Rayzor, and the entire production of Beauty and the Beast for making High Street like a second home.
MARY ALICE BRADY (Aristocratic Lady, Flower Vase, Ensemble) is so excited to perform in her first Disney musical! You last saw her perform at High Street Arts Center in Christmas Magic — and as Ethel McCormack in Footloose, Widow Corney in Oliver!, in Annie Get Your Gun; and Gen. Cartwright in Guys and Dolls. She also enjoys choreographing for the junior musicals at HSAC, and is currently choreographing Beauty and the Beast, Jr. So much thanks to Ken, Kathee, Tami, Amie, and Nick for this opportunity! And big thanks to her husband DJ for being so amazing! When Mary Alice is not acting, she is a very busy realtor with Aviara Real Estate in Westlake Village.
SHAYDE BRIDGES (Silly Girl) is so excited to be in her second show at High Street Arts Center! Favorite previous roles include: The 6th Exhibit in Side Show (Conejo Players Theatre), Ensemble in Godspell (CPT), Humpty Dumpty in Shrek the Musical (CPT), and Godmother in Cinderella. Shayde would like to thank her family and friends for being so supportive of her following her dreams. She’d also like to thank the rest of the cast and crew for doing such an amazing job on this show! And last but not least, she’d like to specifically thank Lucas for being her rock and biggest supporter. Enjoy the show!
WILLIAM CARMICHAEL (Monsieur D’Arque, Ensemble) is delighted to be returning to the High Street Arts Center stage in this classic Disney production. Last seen here as Oliver Warbucks in Annie, and previously as Franz Liebkind in The Producers, Will is grateful for the opportunity to return and to join such a wonderful cast! Some other favorite roles include Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Frank Cioffi in Curtains. Enjoy the show!
CHRIS CARNICELLI (Baker, Ensemble) is back at High Street Arts Center after doing The 39 Steps. A 27-year stage veteran in Ventura County, he has also directed, written, and acted in over 25 plays for Ventura County’s Gypsies-in-a-Trunk Players theater troupe, and will be directing Beauty and the Beast, Jr., for HSAC’s 2016/2017 Winter Camp program. His children’s books, “Something’s in the Forest!” and “Charlie’s Halloween Party,” are available at Amazon.com. You can currently read his movie reviews (and more) in Moorpark’s Community Link newspaper. Thanks Ken! www.carnicelli.net
JACK CLEARY (LeFou) is beyond excited to be returning to High Street Arts Center in one of his dream roles! Jack’s first ever show at HSAC was Beauty and the Beast, Jr., in which he played Lumière. Other favorite roles include Willard Hewitt in Footloose and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Jack would like to thank his wonderful cast, production team, parents, brothers, and friends for their never-ending support!
MAYA GALIPEAU (Beggar Woman/Enchantress, Napkin, Ensemble) is thrilled to return for her second show on the High Street Arts Center stage after last year’s Oliver!. Recent credits include Ensemble in Bring it On! and Dance Captain in Disney’s Camp Rock (Panic! Productions); and Ensemble in 13 the Musical, Falcon in Mulan, Jr., and Magic Carpet in Aladdin, Jr. (Conejo Players Theatre). Thank you to Ken, Kathee, Megan, Nick, Tami, Amie, Barbara, and the fabulous cast and crew for their inspiration and hard work; to vocal coach Dawn Walters; and to LACHSA for her dance training. Enjoy the show!
NOAH GODARD (Shepherd Boy, Wolf, Ensemble) is a 7th grader at Chaparral Middle School, where he performs piano in the jazz band and oboe in band. Favorite roles include: Artful Dodger in Oliver! (High Street Arts Center), Jeter in Footloose (HSAC), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. (HSAC), Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Jr. (HSAC), Lumière in Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (HSAC), Archie in 13 the Musical (Conejo Players Theatre) and the Grasshopper in James & the Giant Peach, Jr. (CPT). “Thanks to everyone for this ‘enchanted’ experience!”
JESSICA GONZALES (Hat Seller, Napkin, Ensemble) is ecstatic to be a part of High Street Arts Center’s Beauty and the Beast. She’s been doing theatre since she was 8 years old, and has appeared in many productions including Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula), The Phantom of the Opera (Madame Giry), and Grease (Sandy Dumbrowski). She’s also a counselor for HSAC’s junior production of Beauty and the Beast. Now in her first year of college, she’s decided to major in Musical Theatre to pursue her passion. She is more than grateful to be a part of this production.
HALEY HALLMAN (Silly Girl, Napkin) is thrilled to be working with High Street Arts Center again after appearing as Urleen in Footloose! Some of her other favorite roles include Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night Dream (TOHS Theater Department) and Patrice in 13 the Musical (Conejo Players Theatre). She’s currently a student at Thousand Oaks High School, where she is involved in choir, the dance department, and the theater department. She’d like to thank Ken, Nick, Tami, and Amie for this amazing experience. “Enjoy the show!”
DAVE HATFIELD (Gaston) is so happy to be a part of this production, and to work with so many great artists. Past credits include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (MCPAC), Ensemble in The Producers (High Street Arts Center), Big Jule in Guys and Dolls (HSAC), Van Helsing in Dracula (MCPAC), Christmas Magic (HSAC), and Ralph in Reefer Madness (Conejo Players Theatre). He thanks his wonderful wife, Katie, for always being so supportive, and he hopes you enjoy the show! www.facebook.com/daveahatfield
MICHELLE HOLLAND (Sausage Curl Girl, Napkin, Ensemble) is excited to be back on the High Street Arts Center stage. She’s appeared in a multitude of shows at HSAC, including Footloose (Rusty) Oliver! (Charlotte/Bet) and in multiple “Jr.” shows — and also recently appeared as Lucy in 13 the Musical at Conejo Players Theatre. She’d like to thank her parents for their unending support, and everyone involved at High Street for creating such an amazing community — and with it, so many fantastic opportunities!
BROOKE JOHNSON (Lady with Cane, Plate, Ensemble) is very grateful to be making her debut at High Street Arts Center. Favorite roles include Carlotta Giudacelli in The Phantom of the Opera (MHS) and Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie (MHS). She has also contributed to multiple projects with 48 Hours Theatre Company. She’s currently a student at Moorpark Community College, working toward her AA in Theatre.
TAMI KEATON (Mrs. Potts) has been seen on many stages around the county. Favorite roles include: Stella Deems in Follies (Conejo Players Theatre), Madam Thénardier in Les Misérables (High Street Arts Center), Miss Hannigan in Annie (HSAC), The Bogle in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Elite Theatre Company), Gay Wellington in You Can’t Take It With You (CPT), Mrs. O’Malley in Funny Girl (Cabrillo Music Theatre) and Grace Hoylard in Bus Stop (CPT). “There are those movies that touch our hearts and effect our lives forever — who knew that mine would be an animated feature. This is a story that tells us it’s wonderful to dream of a different life. To embrace that which is unusual and enchanted about us all … Shawn, Arryck and Sharon – this is for you.”
CHRISTOPHER MAHR (Lumière) is no stranger to High Street Arts Center, both onstage and off. “What an honor it is to play such an iconic role — and in a show that I hold near and dear to my heart! I’m blown away by the talent that I share the stage with; and love each and every soul on the production staff. I’ve done some shows before; hope you enjoy this one! I’d like to thank Mom and Dad (and also my Mom and Dad).”
NICK NEWKIRK (The Beast/Prince) is delighted to be back on the High Street Arts Center stage for this incredible show. Nick’s recent performances include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Camarillo Skyway Playhouse), Dan in Next to Normal (CSP), Javert in Les Misérables (HSAC), Radames in Aida (HSAC), and Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (Conejo Players Theatre). Nick would like to thank the best production team around: Ken, Kathee, Tami and Amie. But most importantly, “to my lovely wife Krystle, who has put up with my horrible schedule. Thank you for always supporting me. I love you!!”
SONNY NGUYEN (Candle Man, Wolf, Ensemble) is enchanted to be back in his second show with High Street Arts Center. Past roles include Samurai Ancestor in The Addams Family (HSAC), Freddie/Ensemble in Bye Bye Birdie (Camarillo Skyway Playhouse), and Qian Po/Matchmaker in Disney’s Mulan, Jr. (Conejo Players Theatre). He’s a Music Education (with choral emphasis) major at Cal State Northridge. He’d like to thank the production team, cast, crew, and friends for all the support! “A big shout-out to my closest friends: JT, Mike TooSilly, Thomas, and Troy!”
ANDREW NUNEZ (Egg Man, Wolf, Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this production and to be sharing the stage with so many talented cast members. This is his second show at High Street Arts Center; most recently, he’s been in several productions at Conejo Players Theatre. He’d like to thank his family for always supporting him, and his close friends for always pushing him to pursue his dreams — and he hopes that you’ll enjoy watching the show as much as he has enjoyed being part of it.
BECCA PEYTON (Madame de la Grande Bouche) is very excited to be performing with such a talented cast in Beauty and the Beast after taking a year off to have her son. Favorite roles include Amalia in She Loves Me, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Nancy in Oliver!. In addition to doing theatre, she is a private vocal coach in Camarillo. Becca would like to thank the production staff for this opportunity, and her husband for all his love and support.
LAUREN RACHEL (Silly Girl) is extremely excited to be a part of this production at High Street Arts Center! Lauren has choreographed and performed all over Ventura County over the past few years. Credits include Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner and Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse; Jimmy’s Mom/Ensemble in Reefer Madness, Crow/Co-Dance Captain in The Wizard of Oz, Young Christine in Follies, Marvel Ann in Psycho Beach Party, and How to Succeed… at Conejo Players Theatre; and Little Victoria in The Shame of Tombstone, Guys and Dolls, Jekyll and Hyde, Les Misérables, and The Producers here at HSAC. “Thank you so much to the incredibly talented cast and crew, and my amazing family and friends for all their love and support. I hope you enjoy the show!”
JEFF RAUM (Cogsworth) is a Moorpark resident, recently seen here at High Street Arts Center as Fagin in Oliver!. Past roles include: Scrooge, Marley, Don Quixote, Malvolio, Merlin, and Jesus. He works as a muralist/decorative artist and his creations can be viewed at jeffraum.com. He also conducts free mediation classes at Soul Body Yoga here in Moorpark.
ISABELLA SCOTT (Milk Maid, Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her debut on the High Street Arts Center stage! She has been performing in local productions for about six years. She’d like to thank the cast and crew for making this a wonderful experience, and her parents for supporting her in all her endeavors!
KENDYL YOKOYAMA (Belle) is honored to be back at High Street Arts Center as a part of this spectacular production! A professional dancer, Kendyl has been involved at HSAC as a co-choreographer for Oliver! and The Little Mermaid Jr. — and was seen onstage in Christmas Magic 2015, as a Stepp Sister in Dreamgirls, and as July in Annie. In regional theatre productions, Kendyl was a Snake/Storyteller in Children of Eden (Cabrillo Music Theatre) – during which she was honored with the Selvin Scholarship – and was also in the ensembles of CMT’s Evita, Mary Poppins, and Oklahoma. Other favorite roles include Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Shoemaker’s Elf in Shrek. In April, she will be in CMT’s production of Sister Act. Now 17, Kendyl is currently exploring her future options and applying to colleges while she continues doing commercial and film work. Kendyl wants to thank God, her family, mentors Vanessa Townsell and Maggie Danielsen, and the entire multi-talented production team of Beauty and the Beast for their belief and confidence in her, their love, and their support.