Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cast for THE ODD COUPLE Announced

THE ODD COUPLE will be onstage at SCT from May 4–29, 2011

From Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man — We had two evenings of great audi­tions for The Odd Cou­ple, and a ter­rific cast has been assem­bled for this clas­sic Neil Simon com­edy. It is time­less. The cast list follows:

The role of Oscar Madi­son will be acted by MICHAEL STRATFORD, who also played the Sher­iff in “Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas”

Oscar Madi­son is being played by MICHAEL STRATFORD, an actor that you have seen as the Sher­iff in The Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas”, in Kiss Me, Kate as one of the gang­sters, in Dearly Departed as the Rev­erend with irri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome, and lastly as Max Bia­ly­stock in The Pro­duc­ers! Michael is a mul­ti­ple Willie Award winner.

Felix Ungar is being played by SEAN BOCARDO, who was last seen in Dearly Departed, in a role for which he won a Willie Award.

Mur­ray is being played by a new­comer to SCT. I would like to wel­come JOEL KESTER, and truly hope that we will be see­ing more of him in the future.

Speed is being played by JAMES SNYDER, also seen in Dearly Departed, Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat, and Okla­homa! James has also a been a big help back­stage since his arrival at SCT.

Roy is being played by JOSEPH TOON, last seen as Will Parker in Okla­homa. Joseph has graced our stage in many pro­duc­tions, most notably in The Pro­duc­ers, The Full Monty, and Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat.

Vin­nie will be played by SIDUS CHOUP, who first took the SCT stage in Okla­homa!, and then worked back­stage in sup­port of Run For Your Wife.

CHRISTINA CHAVEZ NELSON, is back on our stage after an absence of many years, play­ing Gwen­dolyn Pigeon. Wel­come back, Christina!

RACHEL TIMOSH is back, act­ing in her first non-musical role, as Cecily Pigeon. Rachel has a gor­geous voice, and has thrilled our audi­ences with her singing in I Remem­ber Mama and Okla­homa!

I am also very pleased to wel­come a new direc­tor into our fold at SCT. J. LEE VOCQUE comes to us with lots of direct­ing expe­ri­ence both here in California’s Cen­tral Val­ley, and more recently in Florida. I am happy to wel­come him and his lovely wife, Karene, who is also stage man­ag­ing the show for us.

Wel­come to all — The Odd Cou­ple is going to be a laugh riot!


Now Play­ing — SCT New­comer Bran­don Chaf­fin, a stu­dent from Delta Col­lege, plays the part of Lit­tlechap in STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFF, at the 2312 Rose­marie Lane the­atre through April 3, 2011

For STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFF, play­ing March 9 through April 3, direc­tor Judy Caruso Williamson has cho­sen two young actors new to SCT for the roles of “Lit­tlechap” and “Evie.”

Sonja Phipps por­trays all four women in the life of Chaffin’s “Littlechap”

Bran­don Chaf­fin brings tremen­dous enthu­si­asm to play­ing the “Lit­tlechap” char­ac­ter. A recent grad­u­ate of Ben­jamin Holt Prepara­tory Acad­emy, he is cur­rently enrolled at San Joaquin Delta Col­lege. He began act­ing in mid­dle school, and greatly appre­ci­ates the­atre as a com­bi­na­tion of art forms. He is a self-taught singer and musi­cian who plays the gui­tar, piano and saxophone.

Sonja Phipps is a grad­u­ate of Lodi’s Tokay High School and an expe­ri­enced actress and singer, hav­ing played lead­ing lady roles in numer­ous pro­duc­tions at Kiley’s Din­ner The­atre, includ­ing A…MY NAME IS ALICE, STAR SPANGLED GIRL, OUT OF ORDER, and IT MUST BE LOVE. She attrib­utes her desire to take the stage at SCT as a result of want­ing to work with Direc­tor Judy Caruso Williamson for the first time. Sonja has also sang with choral groups at Delta Col­lege and at other local venues. She has two chil­dren, and works in her family’s Lodi and Stock­ton busi­nesses, The Music Box stores. Her cur­rent life phi­los­o­phy? “I may not be get­ting any sleep, but I’m hav­ing a won­der­ful time!”

Direc­tor Judy Caruso Williamson has been active at Stock­ton Civic The­atre since she was 16 years old. Whether act­ing, direct­ing, doing chore­og­ra­phy or work­ing with the Foot­lighters vol­un­teer group, Judy greatly enjoys  every­thing she does at the the­atre. The set is beau­ti­fully exe­cuted by SCT vet­eran direc­tor Al Muller, and the eight piece orches­tra is being con­ducted by Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man.

EMERGE 7 Women 7 Stools — CAST

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We are proud to present images of the EMERGE 7 Women 7 Stools cast. This tremen­dously suc­cess­ful orig­i­nal musi­cal, pre­sented by Moonie Pro­duc­tions and hosted by SCT in its the­atre at 2312 Rose­marie Lane, Stock­ton, will be onstage April 7 through 10, 2011. The show fea­tures a four piece band and seven remark­ably tal­ented actresses, includ­ing SCT’s own Sara St. Pierre, who most recently played the lead roles in our 2009–2010 hol­i­day pro­duc­tions of OKLAHOMA! and CINDERELLA. Tick­ets are $25 and are avail­able at the SCT Box Office (209) 473‑2424, or 24/7 online at For group rates, call (209) 507‑4059. Box Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tues­day through Fri­day, and through April 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m Thursday-Saturday and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sun­days. Don’t miss this great new musical!

A Thank You — “The Stockton Record”

Sonja Phipps plays four roles oppo­site new­comer Bran­don Chaf­fin, as Littlechap’s women in Stock­ton Civic Theater’s cur­rent pro­duc­tion of “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off” onstage through April 3, 2011

From Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man — “As any­one who works in a non-profit the­atre knows, get­ting the word out to the pub­lic about what you do is absolutely essen­tial to suc­cess. To have a local news­pa­per that is will­ing and happy to sup­port and offer cov­er­age and reviews of pro­duc­tions is a huge asset. We have that locally in The Stock­ton Record. Over the past few years we have cemented a very pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship with The Record, and I want to pub­licly thank Robin Nichols, Don Blount, Lori Gilbert, JoAnn Kirby, and Tony Sauro for all that they con­tribute to our suc­cess by giv­ing us pre­view arti­cles and reviews, whether good or not. I really trust and appre­ci­ate their con­struc­tive crit­i­cism. This is also impor­tant for our patrons, and helps keep us in the fore­front of the Arts com­mu­nity in our area. Please accept our great grat­i­tude and my per­sonal thanks from the bot­tom of my heart.”

Tech Weekend” is Here for STOP THE WORLD

From Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man — For those who don’t know what “Tech Week­end” is for any pro­duc­tion, this post may be of inter­est for you. Start­ing on Sat­ur­day, March 5, the tech­ni­cal rehearsal will  begin for Stop the World — I Want to Get Off. This is a process that every show goes through, where all of the ele­ments of a pro­duc­tion come together. Set, light­ing, and cos­tume prob­lems are all worked through.

Terry Smith, Light­ing Designer

The Light­ing Designer sets light­ing cues for the show. In this case, there are about 120 light cues. The tech­ni­cal week­end of any show is almost always tedious and slow mov­ing. The cast has had two months to rehearse and pull the show together, but the tech­ni­cal crew has one week­end and two dress rehearsals in which to get every­thing they do into motion. It is an inte­gral part of any production.

Putsy Hong, Stage Man­ager — The Stage Man­ager is respon­si­ble for bring­ing many of the tech­ni­cal details of a pro­duc­tion together.

On Sat­ur­day, all the tech­ni­cal aspects will be worked out, and on Sun­day after­noon there will be a tech­ni­cal run-through with all of the ele­ments in place.  On Sun­day night, the cast sings with the full orches­tra for the first time. That rehearsal pulls all of the musi­cal ele­ments together. On Mon­day and Tues­day evenings, we hold dress rehearsals with full tech, make-up, hair and orches­tra, and on Wednes­day evening the first per­for­mance with an audi­ence at the show’s Pre­view. Our offi­cial open­ing night is Fri­day, March 11. It takes a lot of work and a lot of ded­i­cated peo­ple to make a show hap­pen, and it could not be done with­out all the tech­ni­cal sup­port in place. We greatly appre­ci­ate all of those kind folks who donate three months of their lives to make a musi­cal hap­pen at SCT. I hope this post has given you insight on the “Tech Week­end” process. Ques­tions? Feel free to ask News & Cues Online!