Actress New to SCT Plays Key Role in “Stop the World”

Direc­tor Judy Caruso Williamson and actress Sonja Phipps study STOP THE WORLD script

For the lead­ing female role in Stop the World — I Want to Get Off, run­ning March 9 through April 3, direc­tor Judy Caruso Williamson has cho­sen Sonja Phipps, an actress new to the SCT com­pany, but well suited to the mul­ti­ple roles of Evie and the three other major love inter­ests in the main char­ac­ter Littlechap’s life.

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 has also sang with choral groups at Delta Col­lege and other local venues. Sonja 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!” Sonja also says that one of the main things that drew her to this pro­duc­tion was the oppor­tu­nity to work with Direc­tor Judy Williamson.

Judy Caruso Williamson has been active at Stock­ton Civic The­atre since she was 16 years old. Whether act­ing, direct­ing, chore­o­graph­ing, or work­ing with the Foot­lighters vol­un­teer group, Judy enjoys  every­thing she does at SCT, and expresses great appre­ci­a­tion for the under­stand­ing and sup­port of her hus­band Mar­vin and their entire family.

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