3-D Theatricals Presents Reimagined R&H Classic OKLAHOMA
Known for stylish award-winning productions and their signature flair for bringing to the stage thoughtfully reimagined interpretations of musical theatre spectaculars, 3-D Theatricals of Los Angeles and Orange County takes on Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!... with a new point of view.
The groundbreaking musical that originally ushered in the Golden Age of musicals will be presented in all its glory and (then some) June 16 - 25 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA (with its official opening on June 17); and June 30 - July 9 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA..
Despite some early skepticism when Oklahoma! first opened on Broadway in 1943 to rave reviews and sold-out houses, it ran for over five years and 2200 performances. It was not only the first collaboration between Rodgers (Music) and Hammerstein II (Book and Lyrics) and proudly reinvented the musical theatre genre, but it pushed boundaries and created new theatrical devices. The play was also the first to introduce a dream ballet, and because of their agreed-upon writing structure, the writing team's lyrics were conceived before the music, allowing them to cohesively fuse song with story. And how about that score? Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', The Surrey with the Fringe On Top, I Can't Say No and the glorious title tune Oklahoma! are just a few choice gems from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Great American Songbook.
3-D Theatricals' Executive Producer and Artistic Director T.J. Dawson was passionately interested in revitalizing this historic musical by making it even more authentic for today's audiences so they can better connect to the characters. "The people in this story aren't unlike us, says Dawson. "The world these characters lived in was like our own today... contemptible, complicated, and emotional. While we stay true to the story about rival farmers and ranchers fighting over fences and land rights just before Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1906, we also stay true to the social period in which the show is set... the law-of-the-land, family life, and the story's pivotal romantic rivalries. We're just digging deeper and differently into the text in order for our racially-diverse cast to accurately and unapologetically represent realism, heartache, hard work, love, and tragedy."
THE 53-MEMBER COMPANY OF PERFORMERS is led by Julia Aks as Laurey, Zachary Ford* as Curly, Tracy Rowe Mutz* as Aunt Eller, Rufus Bonds, Jr*. as Jud Fry, , Kelley Dorney* as Ado Annie, Tom Berklund* as Will Parker, Drew Boudreau as Ali Hakim, Cloie Wyatt Taylor* as Gertie Cummings, and E.E. Bell* as Andrew Carnes. *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
JULIA AKS (Laurey) Julia Aks is known as one of Los Angeles' most versatile performers with work spanning opera, TV, film, theatre, Shakespeare, aerial, and dance. She frequently sings at LA Opera, with recent roles including Helen in WONDERFUL TOWN (starring Tony Award-winners Faith Prince, Roger Bart, and Nikki M. James) and covering the leading role of Nicklausse/Muse in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN. She has also sung and performed with The Industry, the Independent Shakespeare Company, and new cross-disciplinary works with Fugitive Kind Theatre. On screen, she can be seen serving drinks on Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., being chronically unemployed as Kelsey in the horror comedy feature CLINGER (Slamdance Official Selection), and trying to keep it together as host Stephanie on the transmedia series PERSONAL SPACE (starring Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch and Nicki Clyne). More info at www.juliaaks.com
Zachary Ford* (Curly) appeared last with 3DT in the Ovation winning PARADE. Tour: SPAMALOT (Las Vegas). Some Regional: DEAR WORLD starring Tyne Dale at the VPAC, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and SPAMALOT (Musical Theatre West), CAMELOT (Pasadena Playhouse), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Cabrillo Music Theatre), LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Colony Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, PCPA, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre. Original casts: HEATHERS, LOVING REPEATING, EMPIRE BURLESQUE. Cast Recordings: LOVEING REPEATING, SFSO's WEST SIDE STORY, conducted by MTT. Zachary attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, teaches at Relativity School, and is an AEA and Musical Theatre Guild member. www.ZManForZJob.com
Tracy Rowe Mutz* (Aunt Eller) First things first--you made it! Happy to have you here! Now to business... 3DT: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Alice), SEUSSICAL (Mrs. Mayor), INTO THE WOODS (Jack's Mother), SIDE SHOW (6th Exhibit), and RAGTIME. MTW's Reiner Reading Series: AMOUR (The Whore/Claire), LIL' ABNER (Mammy), ON THE 20TH CENTURY (Leticia), and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE. Other OC: HAIRSPRAY (Velma), GUYS & DOLLS (Adelaide), OKLAHOMA! (Ado Annie), A CHORUS LINE (Val), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Herod). Voiceover: SPIELBERG PRESENTS FREAKAZOID (Stef) and TINY TOONS for Warner Bros.; THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY (Marcella) and WINNIE THE POOH for CBS. Fun film credit: FOOTLOOSE with Kevin Bacon. Tracy studies Construction Technology at Fullerton College.
Rufus Bonds, Jr.* (Jud Fry) Rufus Bonds Jr, Actor, Director, Writer. Performed in London the title role of Porgy in PORGY AND BESS at the Regent's Park Open Air Theater. Carnegie Hall welcomed Mr. Bonds as the Baritone- Soloist for Duke Ellington's Scared Music. Broadway: RENT, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and PARADE winning the Drama Desk Nomination Best Supporting Actor. National tours include THE COLOR PURPLE as Mister, THE LION KING as Mufasa, MISS SAIGON as John. Regional: MAN OF LA MANCHA as Don Quixote, ...SUPERSTAR as Pilate, SISTER ACT as Curtis to name a few. Directing projects include Once On This Island, Tarzan, The Wiz, Into The Woods and The Wizard of Oz. Mr. Bonds is an Eugene O'Neill Semi-finalist for his play The Sisters of Rosewall High. "Faith"
Tom Berklund* (Will Parker) Broadway: A CHORUS LINE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY. National Tours: THE NORMAL HEART Regional: BENT; The Mark Taper Forum, LEAP OF FAITH; The Ahmanson Theatre, NIXON IN CHINA; Walt Disney Concert Hall, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!; The Actors Company Theatre, WEST SIDE STORY; Portland Center Stage, HIGH BUTTON SHOES; Goodspeed Opera House, MEET ME IN ST LOUIS; Paper Mill Playhouse, CABARET; Houston Theatre Under The Stars. Film/TV: Upcoming KINGS, FEUD, LOOKING, ROYAL PAINS, PARTNERS, TED 2, CHRONIC, DISNEY'S ENCHANTED, BREAKING FAST, ROSIE LIVE, THE 81ST ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, THE David Letterman SHOW. Training: BFA University of Michigan.
Kelley Dorney* (Ado Annie) Kelley is thrilled to make her 3DT debut! L.A. credits: LEND ME A TENOR and FIRST DATE (La Mirada), CAROUSEL (MTW), MARILYN! (Alex Theatre), SUPERHUMAN (CTG), PROMISES, PROMISES and STATE FAIR (MTG), SERIAL KILLER BARBIE and ADAM AND EVE AND STEVE (NoHo Arts Center), and NUNSENSE (Crown City Theatre). Tours: FANCY NANCY and CLICK CLACK MOO (Theatreworks USA) and Disney Cruise Lines. London: PBS Concert Special: A TALE OF TWO CITIES and LOVE NEVER DIES workshop (Really Useful Group). She can be heard on both cast albums. Proud member of the Imagination Machine and Actor's Equity. Graduate of Emerson College.
Drew Boudreau (Ali Hakim) Drew is happy to be back at 3DT after playing Sheriff Earl in ALL SHOOK UP. Recent credits include Tyrion in GAME OF THRONES: THE MUSICAL, and Vice Principal Panch in 25TH...SPELLING BEE. He's the founder of College Audition Professionals, helping high school students get into their desired college theatre programs. Drew has done improv with Improv Shmimprov for colleges, corporations and cruise lines around the globe. Every Thursday night you can catch him hosting the wildly popular Bingo & Trivia game show in Downtown Fullerton. You may have seen him wearing overalls as a member of the Imagination Machine children's theatre. IG: @drewboudreau.
E.E. BELL* (Andrew Carnes) Ed happily returns to 3-D Theatricals, where he was honored to be in their Ovation Award winning production of PARADE. Favorite roles include Nicely Nicely Johnson in GUYS AND DOLLS, Psudolus in A FUNNY THING..FORUM, and the very merry Mr. Fezziwig in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Television roles include such shows as HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, GLEE, THE MENTALIST, and Bob Rooney on "MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. Younger audiences know him from DRAKE AND JOSH, THE AMANDA SHOW, and GOOD LUCK CHARLEY. Feature films include WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, AIR FORCE ONE, HERBIE: FULLY LOADED and most recently the The Coen Brothers' HAIL CAESAR!
Cloie Wyatt Taylor* (Gertie) Cloie Wyatt Taylor is thrilled to be working with 3DT. A New York University Tisch School alum, CWT received her training from the Atlantic Theater Company and CAP21. Past credits include: SUPERSTORE, the role of "Mariah" in TWELFTH NIGHT, and the sassy singing/dancing donkey, "Samson," in the Troubie's production of LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE. @alwayscloie on Twitter and Instagram
FEATURED IN THE ENSEMBLE: Dustin Ceithamer as Slim, Corky Loupe as Ike Skidmore, and Matt Merchant* as Cord Elam (Merchant* also serves the production as Fight Captain). *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
THE VOCAL ENSEMBLE: Elizabeth Adabale, Arron Aguayo, Vincent Aniceto, Emily King Brown*, Jason Chacon, Natalli Dorn, Amy Glinskas, Jordan E. Jackson, Stefan Miller, Nick Morganella, Jessica Ordaz, Eran Scoggins, Allyson Spiegelman, Molly Stilliens, Kevin F. Story, and Laura Thatcher,
THE DANCE ENSEMBLE: Katie Rose Cunin, Caitlyn Faucher, Danielle Kohberger, Missy Marion, Christina Papandrea, Dylan Pass, Matthew Ryan, Juliana Saenz, Justin Matthew Segura, Dustin True, Stephanie Urko, and Estevan Valdez* (Dance Captain). *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
THE YOUTH ENSEMBLE: Johnisa Breault, Olivia Curry, Barrett Figueroa, Tyler Jenkins, Emilie Lafontaine, Wyatt Larrabee, Joaquin Zachary Law, Angelina Pendleton-Mendez, Caroline Moulios, Kayla Joy Smith, Grace Briella Wilcox, and Kaitlin Yamano.
THE CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAMS: T.J. Dawson (Director), Ryan Ruge (Assistant Director), Julie Lamoureux (Musical Director), Leslie Stevens (Choreographer), Greg Sample (Assistant Choreographer), Michael Polak (Fight Coordinator), Los Angeles Musicians Collective (Musical Contractor), Lisa Palmire* (Production Stage Manager), Terry Hanrahan* (Assistant Stage Manager), Jene Roach (Technical Director), Justen Asher (Assistant Technical Director), Jean-Yves Tessier (Lighting Designer), Andrew Nagy (Projection Designer), Julie Ferrin** (Sound Designer), Alexandra Johnson (Costume Designer), Peter Herman (Wig Designer), Gretchen Morales and Melanie Cavaness (Properties Co-Designers), and Caitlin Muleder (Dialect Coach). *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association. **Denotes Member of United Scenic Artists.
THE 3-D THEATRICALS STAFF: T.J. Dawson (Executive(Producer/Artistic Director), Gretchen Dawson (Co-Founder/Marketing), Daniel Dawson (Co-Founder), Jeanette Dawson (Co-Founder), Terry Hanrahan (Production Manager), Gigi Fusco Meese (Director of Community Relations), David Jordan Nestor (Company Manager), Jennifer Nelson (Box Office Manager), Box Office Associate (Grace Teddy), Amber Snead (Casting Coordinator), Justen Asher (Rentals and Warehouse Manager), and Michael Sterling (Publicity & Public Relations).