Lena Hill's LENA & FRIENDS Set for The Lemon Room @ ZajacStudio Tonight
The lemon room @ ZajacStudio is delighted to welcome Lena Hill as she makes her cabaret debut accompanied by LA favorite musical director Cassie Nickols. The evening includes tunes ranging from the legit standards of Rogers & Hammerstein to the newest showstoppers from recent Broadway seasons. This diverse set of songs gives Lena a chance to show a voice that has no limits, a shimmery and vibrant head voice to a belt that could peel paint off the walls!
Three of Lena's cast-mates from last season's award winning and LA Critic's Pick production of 'Company' join her in duets from shows like Chess, Carousel, and Wicked. Jon Hand, Zeffin Quinn Hollis, and Ben Rovner are all actors with extensive musical theatre credits now based in Los Angeles. The four capitalize on an intuitive and electric ensemble built through twelve weeks of sold out performances earlier this year at the Crown City Theatre.
The performance is tonight, November 19th, 2013 at 8:00pm. the lemon room @ ZajacStudio is the new exclusive private performance venue for ZajacStudio Los Angeles. Conveniently located near the 101, 170, and 405 freeways in Valley Village. Full details emailed to confirmed attendees only. To RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 766-5974 with your name, number in party, phone and email address.
About The Players & lemon room @ ZajacStudio:
Lena Hill (originally from Weatherford, Texas) has sung with the Fort Worth Symphonic Chorus which performed at the Meyerson Symphony Hall with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall with the New York City Pops. She also performed in the Angel Chorus for the choral presentation of PARADISE LOST: SHADOWS AND WINGS at the Disney Concert Hall and was in the world premiere of the same musical at Theatre @ Boston Court which was nominated for 10 Ovation Awards. She has had the honor of performing in two world premier musicals at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS and THE VERY PERSISTENT GAPPERS OF FRIP. She has performed in many national and regional commercials. http://www.lenahill.com
Jon Hand (a Medford, New Jersey native) spent two years studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse where he created/workshopped a new screenplay MARK AND AMY and took part in a musical review, HEART AND MUSIC. Originally from New Jersey, Jon was in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Penn State University for three years, before finishing his degree at the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music. In January 2014, Jon will join the cast of LES MISÈRABLES for Fresno Grand Opera starring Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean.
Zeffin Quinn Hollis (Wichita, Kansas native) has appeared as a principal artist in many of the world's significant opera houses including Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Delaware, Toledo Opera, New Orleans Opera, Hungary's Szeged & Pécs National Theaters, and the Lviv National Theater (Ukraine). Hollis is quite identifiable in the top echelon of new music, working on composers' premieres of the likes of Jake Heggie, Tobias Picker, Tarik O'Regan, and New York City Opera's famed VOX Festival, which showcases new works. Also, Hollis has led two broadcast productions for Mezzo Television; as John Proctor, in The Crucible; and Maguire, in Tobias Picker's European premiere of Emmeline. Both of these award-winning productions were directed by the renowned director of the Hungarian State Theater, Róbert Alföldi, and broadcast to over 40 countries on Mezzo Television. An accomplished director and acting coach, he is the founder of Singing Actor's Lab in Los Angeles. For more information on Hollis, visit http://www.zeffin.com.
Ben Rovner (Naperville, IL native) most recently headed the Crown City Theatre's critically acclaimed production of COMPANY. He has received many theater awards from Stage Scene LA. Other credits include Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, Kenny in FUDDY MEERS, Flip in THE APPLE TREE, and Edward Kynaston in COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY. Ben co-wrote and starred in the smash hit A BIG GAY NORTH-HOLLYWOOD WEDDING and produced and played Jack in BOYS LIFE. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3697378/
Cassie Nickols - Musical Director Pianist and Los Angeles native, began her piano studies at the age of three. She was "Most Outstanding Graduate" in May 2010 from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Bernadene Blaha. Her performances and musical experiences range from solo classical piano recitals to rock concerts at clubs such as The Knitting Factory, the Key Club, and the Whisky a Gogo; from Greek Folk Dance and Music Festivals to pit orchestras; from chamber music performances to movie recordings. Cassie was the musical director for The Repertory East Theatre's production of Cabaret in 2011 and the pianist for My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, The Fiddler on the Roof, and The Wizard of Oz at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall, CA. She was the keyboardist for the west coast premiere of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, one of her favorite productions, performed at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles. Cassie was the keyboardist/ bassist/ vocalist in the rock band Relax to Paris for six years through her high school and undergraduate schooling and has recently taken pleasure in performing Greek music on the keyboard and accordion. Cassie recognizes the importance of versatility in music and utilizes her knowledge of different musical backgrounds in her performance and teaching.
Nancy Dobbs Owen has danced both nationally and regionally with ballet and modern companies and as a ballerina and a Meg cover in the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. LA choreography includes Skeleton Stories (Best Choreography Nomination, BroadwayWorld.com) and Have You Seen Alice at Theatre of NOTE, Assassins with Sight Unseen Theatre, M. Butterfly, Sweeney Todd (Seven Ovation nominations) and Working (Outstanding Choreography, Small Theater) all at the Production Company, The Snow Queen (Memorable Choreography, Small Theater) at the Fremont Centre Theatre as well as additional choreography for I'd Rather Be Right at the Hudson Theater, Dolls! at the Santa Monica Playhouse and Pacific Opera Project's recent critical and commercial hit production of The Mikado. She made her LA directorial debut in August 2012 directing and choreographing SkyPilot Theatre's smash hit War Bride, which received rave reviews, an extension and 7 StageScene LA awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Play. Nancy is a founding member of Weyward Sisters Productions, a multimedia Production Company focused on creating beautiful, thought provoking, emotionally bare work in film, theater, music and visual/fine art. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and an associate member of SDC. http://www.nancydobbsowen.com
For over forty-five years, ZajacStudio has earned a coveted reputation for providing a precise and reliable method that builds a strong and consistent vocal technique. Known for unearthing talent, building voices from inception, the proven teachers guide their well trained singers through the inherent difficulties of a performing career. Students have traveled from as far as Hong Kong to work with these down to earth and practical technicians, and they encompass every genre including pop, musical theatre, and opera. Using their exceptional approach, her clients have garnered both critical and popular success working on Broadway, London's West End, and in opera houses all over the world. Her client list also includes recording artists and a long list of top celebrities. http://www.zajacstudio.com