By: Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements & Orchestrations by: Ethan Popp
Directed by: Dennis Beasley
Rock stars with big egos, and scantily clad groupies with big hair, party to the flashing lights and pounding sounds of Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, REO Speed Wagon, Twisted Sister, Night Ranger, White Snake and many more. Rock of Ages is a raw and raucous story of the quest for fame, money and love intertwined with a power struggle from outside forces.
Meet the Cast of ROCK OF AGES:
Alisa Aistrup (Ensemble)
This is Alisa’s second show at SCT. She has been involved in Kudo’s Children’s Theatre as well as nine productions at Bear Creek High School. She participates actively in her school’s speech and debate team as well as in the NSPA National Poetry Lit Magazine competitions. She would like to thank the cast and crew of Rock of Ages for creating an enchanting atmosphere on stage and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Cindy Braden (Regina)
In the past few years Cindy has been in several productions at SCT and other local theatres. You could say that theatre is her coping mechanism for a mid-life crisis. She appreciates that participating in theatre gets her off the couch and out of her head. She is truly grateful for the friends she has met in the theatre. Andiamo!
Cole Bryant (Lonny)
This is Cole’s 10th show at SCT. Stage credits include Chicago, Les Miserables, Young Frankenstein, Godspell, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, and Disney’s Mary Poppins.
Brent Alan Dirksen (Stacee Jaxx)
Brent is excited to return to the stage at SCT having previously been seen in Hair and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. He has a BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento and ultimately hopes to make it into film.
Christopher W. Hamby (Drew)
Chris is a Modesto native, this is Chris’ first show with SCT. Past credits include: Finch, How to Succeed (NCRT); Gaston, Beauty and the Beast (PHM); and Max, Lend me a Tenor (CTP). Chris attended MJC and Cal State Fullerton. He would like to thank his uncles for their support of following his dreams.
Bri Heinrich (Ensemble)
Bri is totally psyched to be a part of Rock of Ages. This is her third show here at SCT. Bri is a math teacher at Lincoln High and mom to two great girls, Stevie and Jayne, who she hopes to make proud. Bri would like to thank her husband, family, and friends for their support!
Esther Henderson (Sherrie/Assistant Choreographer)
This is Esther’s ninth production at SCT. Her previous credits include Hair (Shelia Franklin), You Can’t Take It With You (Essie Carmichael), and Annie (Ronnie Boylan). She has also been seen on stage at Showbiz Theatre Co. most recently as Rita Boyle in Prelude to a Kiss and as Columbia in Rocky Horror: Asylum and ensemble in She Loves Me. Esther is the assistant choreographer for Linden High School’s ACE Show Choir.
Robert Hull (Pit Singer)
Robert works at Cesar Chavez High School as the accompanist for their choir program. He is also a pianist for Church of the Presentation and recently was the music director for SCT Jr’s production of All Shook Up. Over the last couple years he has been a member of the pit for SCT shows such as Company, Hair, and Mamma Mia.
Brogan Keener (Ensemble)
Brogan is an incoming senior at Lincoln High school, and is very happy to participate in this iteration of Rock of Ages, his third show at SCT. Previously, he appeared in Nice Work If You Can Get It and SCT Jr’s All Shook Up. Brogan hopes to continue his participation in future shows at the theater including this season’s Matilda and Gypsy. Till then, he has speech and debate, as well as school, to keep him occupied.
Ashlyn Kelley (Ensemble)
Ashlyn is a local actress who has appeared in Stockton Civic Theatre productions of Hair, Mamma Mia, Addams Family the Musical, and Disney’s Mary Poppins. She has also acted at Showbiz Theatre in Alice, Rocky Horror (2018), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has a BA in Theatre from Sonoma State University and is currently studying to become an esthetician. She’d like to thank her family, friends, and Robert for their love and support.
Jenny Key (Constance, Ensemble)
Jenny is excited to be performing in her fourth SCT production. Jenny thanks her husband James for all his love and support.
Doan Kieu (Mayor, Ensemble)
Doan is excited to be doing his second show with SCT. He previously appeared as Mr. De Pinna in You Can’t Take It With You. He has performed in numerous plays, operas and musicals all over California. His directing credits include: Bus Stop, Cherry Orchard, No Exit, Zoo Story, Rumors, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was the artistic director of Pigeon Players Theatre in San Jose and was a board member of Anaheim Community Theatre. He received his Bachelors in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University.
Zachary Lee (Pit Singer)
This is Zac’s first theatre experience, however singing in a choir was one of many extracurricular activities and hobbies of his since high school.
Christopher “CJ” Martin (Joey Primo, Father/Ensemble)
“CJ” is making his return to the SCT stage after several years. He was last seen as the Constable in Fiddler on the Roof. He works as the Technical Director for SCT and as Facility Manager for the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln High School. He’d like to thank his wife and daughter(s) for letting him out of the house occasionally so he can have fun onstage again.
James McCraw (Ensemble)
This is James’s fourth theatre show, and his first out of high school. He loves dancing, acting, football , and basically anything that will get him out the house. You’ll see James on the TV screen one day.
Laura Means (Justice, Mother)
Laura is thrilled to be making her SCT debut! Previous credits include Gary Coleman (Avenue Q) and Paulette (Legally Blonde). Big thanks to the creative team and cast for the safe place to land. Bigger thanks to her momma. A bushel and a peck, always!
Scott Minor (Hertz)
Having performed in community theater for over 35 years both in California and his native Illinois, Scott is delighted to be returning for his twelfth show at Stockton Civic Theatre. He has appeared in such SCT hits as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cinderella, Run for Your Wife, I Remember Mama and most recently A Comedy of Tenors. Scott is Director of Library and Learning Resources at California Northstate University in Elk Grove.
Mishell Quial (Pit Singer)
Though this is Mishell’s first show here at SCT, she is no stranger to the arts. At the age of 10 she took the stage in her first musical, Noli Me Tangere. She has since been in cultural musicals, church productions, and majored in music for three years in her undergrad. She was a member of the drama club in high school, and the drama team secretary in college. Now a full-time teacher, she utilizes the arts to introduce concepts in a less traditional yet more comprehensive way to students.
James Reed (Franz)
James was last seen on stage as Claude in Hair. Other notable roles include Igor (Young Frankenstein), Phil Davis (White Christmas), and Spike (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike). He has also directed and choreographed many shows for SCT including Spamalot, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, and, most recently, Ripcord. He loves drinking coffee and one day wants to pet a unicorn.
Gavon Self (Ensemble)
Gavon was born and raised out in the country, and has been doing theater and choir for most of his life. Rock of Ages is his first show in six years and he is very excited to be back in the game.
Richard Sepulveda (Ja’keith Gill, Ensemble)
Richard made moves to be here and is excited to be joining SCT again for Rock of Ages. You may recognize him from SCT’s smash hit Mamma Mia. He hopes you enjoy the show as much as he does. Long live rock!
Joe Smith (Dennis)
Joe has been involved at SCT since 1997’s production of Music Man. He has performed in a number of shows since. Most recently Joe was seen in last season’s Annie, A Comedy Of Tenors, and Ripcord. He won the 2018-2019 Outstanding Supporting Actor Willie Award for Benjamin in Ripcord. Joe is excited to be rocking out onstage to the music he grew up loving. Joe and his wife were also awarded the Fred Bollinger award from the SCT Board.
Tayler Thompson (Waitress #1, Venus Club dancer, Ensemble)
Tayler Thompson is an Elly nominated singer, dancer, and actress. This is her first show at SCT. She is well known around Stockton for her work at That’s Showbiz. She has appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone as Trix the Aviatrix, The Rocky Horror Show as Columbia, and most recently, Lizzy Fields in Baby the Musical. She would like to thank her director for the opportunity to be in this cast and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Delainey Willing (Venus Club dancer, Ensemble)
Delainey Willing graduated from University of the Pacific in May of 2019. Rock of Ages is her first performance with Stockton Civic Theater. While attending UoP, Delainey appeared in Theta Alpha Phi’s productions of High School Musical and Legally Blonde. In addition to acting, Delainey enjoys dancing and competitive figure skating. She is also a published author with several of her poems appearing in both regional and national publications.
Production Staff Bios
Dennis Beasley (Director)
Dennis has had a fantastic time with this group of talented actors. Some favorite shows that he has directed are: Take Me Out, Six Degrees of Separation, Evita, and Les Miserables. Most recently, he directed Hair and The Addams Family here at SCT. Dennis has worked at theatre companies all over the country including Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, The Western Stage, Oregon Musical Theatre Festival, South Coast Rep and The Utah Shakespearean Festival. He holds an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine and received his BA in Theatre from UCLA.
Amy Dahlstrom (Music Director)
Amy has been a pit musician since 2014. Most recently, she music directed The Drowsy Chaperone at Showbiz Theatre Company, and Hair at SCT. Amy received her degree in Music Education with emphasis in piano performance from UOP, and has taught music ranging from kindergarten to high school in Lodi and Lincoln Unified School Districts.
James Reed (Choreographer)
James has choreographed many shows here at SCT, and most recently choreographed last season’s production of Hair. He is excited to bring the 80s back on stage with some iconic dance moves. He hopes to see all you rockin’ out during the show with those fists in the air.
Kevin Bautch (Scenic Designer)
Kevin is excited to be making his SCT design debut with Rock Of Ages. He is a technical theatre professor at Delta College where he has designed scenery and lighting for 50 productions over the past 10 years. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from Illinois State University, and has designed also for Livermore Valley Opera, Little Theatre of the Rockies, Festival 56, Illinois State University, and The Little Theatre on the Square among others.
Val Cichocki (Scenic Artist)
Val has been the resident Scenic Artist for over four years, and serves as Assistant Technical Director for the Stockton Civic Theatre. She has helped to create many award-winning sets for not only SCT, but the Stockton Opera, the University of Pacific Opera, and St. Mary’s High School Theatre. Some major productions were Shrek the Musical, A Little Night Music, Dido and Aeneas, Mamma Mia! and Hair.
Kathie Dixon (Costume Designer)
Kathie most recently co-designed costumes for Nice Work If You Can Get It, Annie, Hair, Company and Mamma Mia with Cathy Hastings at SCT. She has won Willie Awards with Cathy for Addams Family, A Little Night Music, Mary Poppins, 1776, White Christmas, and Spamalot and shares three Elly awards for The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, and 1776. She has designed costumes for James and the Giant Peach at Showbiz Theatre Company and co-designed Midsummer Night’s Dream with Cathy at University of the Pacific. Kathie has been involved with SCT summer theatre instructing youth in costume design and construction.
Cathy Fiore Hastings (Costume Designer)
Cathy’s most recent shows as costumer were Nice Work If You Can Get It, Annie, Hair, Company and Mamma Mia. Before that, she shared a Willie Award for Addams Family, A Little Night Music, Mary Poppins and 1776 with Kathie Dixon for Outstanding Costume Design. She has also won Willie Awards for Chicago, White Christmas, and Spamalot. Involved in theatre for over 30 years, Cathy has designed costumes for SCT, UOP, Delta College, Tokay Players, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and Bear Valley Music Festival.
Craig Vincent (Lighting Designer)
Having spent much of his life acting, Craig found a love for the behind-the-scenes aspect of the entertainment industry a few years ago. He recently finished his degree in Technical Theatre and currently works as a professional stagehand and videographer. He is thrilled to once again be working on a show here at SCT and especially with his favorite light board operator, Kat Russow, who keeps the show looking great every night.
James Gonzales (Sound Designer)
James worked most recently with SCT on Hair, Company, The Addams Family, and A Little Night Music. His education is in music performance and he has a background in audio engineering having worked with groups ranging from Dave Brubeck to Maroon 5 to Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger.
James Key (Sound Designer/Assistant Director)
James has been involved with SCT, both on-stage and off, since his role of Clown 2 in the 2015 production of 39 Steps. He loves the theater, almost as much as he loves his amazing wife, Jenny Key!
R. Israel Rodriguez (Stage Manager)
Israel has formal training in technical theatre. Rock of Ages marks his 15th theatre production in the Stockton community since December 2016. Israel previously stage managed Ripcord here at SCT and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter and the Starcatcher at Showbiz Theatre. Outside of his onstage credits, Israel has worked as a costume designer, assistant sound designer, props designer, wardrobe crew chief, deck manager, fly crew, dresser, shift crew, make-up crew, and sound board operator.
Elizabeth Smith (Props Designer)
Liz is excited to be working on such a fun show with this amazing cast and crew. Liz recently designed props for A Comedy of Tenors as well as backstage crew for Annie. She is happy to be back with the SCT family and loves that she now gets to share the experience with her husband Joe and their children Gianna and Liam.
Melissa Esau (Wig Designer)
Recently seen in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Addams Family and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Melissa was a panelist for the Eleanor Project’s “Her Story” Women in the Arts.