Thousand Oaks Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Thousand Oaks.

Interview: Darrin Ingram of SAGE at Conejo Players
by Cary Ginell - August 05, 2023

On July 30, Ingram premiered his play, Sage, a deeply personal slice of life about an old man on a park bench and the various characters that he encounters, either in passing or who come to sit beside him on the bench....

Interview: Mary Beth Webber of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
by Cary Ginell - March 10, 2023

The classic 1964 musical Fiddler On the Roof arrives in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, March 9 and prior to opening we had a chat with Mary Beth Webber, who plays the part of Yente in the show. Mary Beth is jubilant and honored to join this amazing cast and crew as she makes her national tour debut. Her...

Interview: Cary Ginell of CAREFULLY TAUGHT (BOOK) at
by Cary Ginell - December 05, 2022

Cary Ginell's insightful new book, 'Carefully Taught' looks at 40 musicals, both on Broadway and off, that deal with events and personages in American history. A fun read, educational and highly entertaining. Shows include '1776,' 'Hamilton,' 'Shenandoah,' 'Parade,' 'Hair,' 'Assassins,' and many mor...

Interview: ANASTASIA's Willem Butler Talks Life After BroadwayWorld's NEXT ON STAGE & Making His Touring Debut
by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 25, 2022

Willem Butler, winner of BroadwayWorld's first ever season of Next on Stage, is currently shining bright on stages across the country as Dmitry in the National Tour of Anastasia. A recent graduate from Elon University, Anastasia is Butler's touring debut! Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Willem B...

Interview: Jonalyn Saxer of NEWSIES at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - July 03, 2022

Jonalyn Saxer grew up in Oak Park dreaming of becoming a star on Broadway. After making her debut in 'Bullets Over Broadway,' Saxer has continued from one show to the next, shining with her superb dancing abilities and versatile singing and acting. This July, she returns to her home town to play the...

Guy Noland of SOUTH PACIFIC at Fred Kavli Theatre
by Cary Ginell - March 21, 2022

Guy Noland is currently in a second career as an actor and having the time of his life. During his early years, Guy found himself looking like 'a million other' young stage actors, but the 9/11 tragedy sent his career in a new direction as he became an award-winning documentary director for the Salv...

Anna Kotula of THE BELLE OF AMHERST at Elite Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - February 28, 2022

Anna Kotula reprises her one-woman show as poet Emily Dickinson in 'The Belle of Amherst,' playing from March 3 - 13 at the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard...

Matt Faucher of JERSEY BOYS at Fred Kavli Theatre
by Cary Ginell - February 21, 2022

Matt Faucher has a knack for playing Nicks. After performing on Broadway and on the national tour of 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,' Matt is now doing the same thing with a different Nick - the Four Seasons' Nick Massi. Cary Ginell does an exclusive interview with Matt about this unique and im...

Gerard Alessandrini of SPAMILTON at Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks
by Cary Ginell - February 18, 2022

Read a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway's master parodist, Gerard Alessandrini, who dismembers 'Hamilton' with his 2016 spoof 'Spamilton.' The show plays at the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks from March 1 - 6. 'I laughed my brains out!' said Lin-Manuel Miranda when he saw this show. You will too....

Aleks Pevec & Justin Michael Wilcox of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Fred Kavli Theatre
by Cary Ginell - February 09, 2022

It's always nice when we see a show that has never been performed in Ventura County so we were looking forward to seeing 5-Star Theatricals' Something Rotten!, the 2015 sendup of Shakespeare that answers the question: 'What if Shakespeare had a rival?' As you will read in our upcoming review in The ...

David Krassner of RENT at Agoura High School
by Cary Ginell - February 29, 2020

Director David Krassner brings a deep theatrical resume to his new role as drama director at Agoura High School, which is currently staging 'Rent,' which made its debut nearly a quarter century ago....

Gilles Chiasson of RENT at Agoura High School
by Cary Ginell - February 20, 2020

Theater veteran Gilles Chiasson, who performed in the original New York Theatre Workshop, Off-Broadway, and Broadway productions of 'Rent' now is in charge of the Performing Arts Education Centers at Agoura and Calabasas High Schools. We talked to him about his experiencing performing in New York wi...

Kennedy Caughell of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at American Theatre Guild
by Cary Ginell - February 12, 2020

An exclusive interview with Kennedy Caughell, a stunning multi-talented redhead who is currently starring as Carole King in the national touring musical, 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' in Thousand Oaks at the Fred Kavli Theatre....

Scott Bell of BANDSTAND at American Theatre Guild
by Cary Ginell - November 08, 2019

'Bandstand' is a show that fell through the cracks, never sustaining the kind of buzz it deserved on Broadway. But a national tour is different from the Great White Way, and the producers of 'Bandstand,' which won a Tony Award two years ago for Best Choreography, is playing to ecstatic audiences in ...

Josey Montana McCoy & David Aron Damane of BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - November 06, 2019

An interview with Josey Montana McCoy (Huck Finn) and David Aron Damane (Jim), stars of Rubicon Theatre Company's current production of 'Big River.' The immersive, atmospheric production has been critically acclaimed by press and audiences alike and has been extended for an additional week, until No...

Kirby & Beverly Ward of BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - November 04, 2019

In Part 2 of our interview, Kirby & Beverly Ward talk about how they decided to stage 'Big River' in the round at the Rubicon Theatre Company. The result is a production of intimacy and atmospheric beauty....

Beverly & Kirby Ward of BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - October 29, 2019

An interview with Beverly and Kirby Ward, producers and directors of the new production of 'Big River' at the Rubicon Theatre Company....

Trent Mills of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 24, 2019

Trent Mills is one of those versatile young actors who can do it all - a 'five-tool' player who can act, sing, dance, do drama, and comedy and do it all well. Mills is starring as Marcellus Washburn in 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'The Music Man,' which plays through Oct. 27 at the Thousand Oak...

Antonia Vivino & Adam Winer of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 23, 2019

In 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'The Music Man,' Antonia Vivino and Adam Winer take on the roles of River City teens Zaneeta Shinn (the mayor's 'oldest girl') and Tommy Djilas (the 'wild kid from the wrong side of town'). We interviewed them about their characters' back story and the energetic ...

Adam Pascal of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 11, 2019

In Part 2 of our interview with Adam Pascal, Adam talks about two traumatic Broadway experiences: going on with 'Rent' right after the sudden death of Jonathan Larson and having to do 'Aida' two days after the 9/11 tragedies....

Adam Pascal of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 01, 2019

Broadway star Adam Pascal (the original Roger Davis in 'Rent') comes to Thousand Oaks to play flim-flam man Harold Hill in 5-Star Theatrical's new production of 'The Music Man,' which opens Oct. 18 at the Fred Kavli Theatre. Cary Ginell interviews Pascal about his approach to the show, which he has ...

Mariah Tobin & Dakota Heer of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - August 19, 2019

Mariah Tobin and Dakota Heer play Corie and Paul Bratter, two newlyweds who are moving into a fifth floor Manhattan walkup, only to find the apartment has no furniture, no bathtub, and a gaping hole in the skylight. And it's February. Neil Simon's 1966 classic never had better players in Tobin and H...

Anna Kotula, Steve Grumette of THE BELLE OF AMHERST at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - August 14, 2019

Actress Anna Kotula reprises her sold-out performance as Emily Dickinson in William Luce's 'The Belle of Amherst' in a new production staged on August 31 at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura. The show features a champagne reception in which Dickinson's famous 'black cake' recipe will be served ...

Patrick Ortiz of WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - July 30, 2019

Patrick Ortiz, who plays Bernardo in 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'West Side Story,' comes into the show with experience, having played Chino in the Broadway revival and a Shark gang member on the national tour....

Sami Staitman of THE GREEN ROOM at Sargent Theatre, NYC
by Cary Ginell - July 26, 2019

Girl-next-door makes good! Calabasas High School graduate Sami Staitman, who is entering her sophomore year as a musical theatre student at Pace University in New York, has already landed her first Off-Broadway starring role in the theatre-themed musical, 'The Green Book,' which opens September 27. ...

Larry Raben of WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - July 17, 2019

An interview with director Larry Raben, who is utilizing new choreography (Karl Warden), ethnic-accurate casting, and a more athletic approach to the look of 'West Side Story' to bring it into the 21st century. 60 years after its debut, the Bernstein/Sondheim classic still packs relevant punch in to...

Jonathan Sharp, Jack Stewart, Luna Montana Hoetzel of CAMELOT at Pacific Festival Ballet
by Cary Ginell - May 14, 2019

Pacific Festival Ballet of Thousand Oaks will be premiering its new ballet version of Camelot, the original 'Game of Thrones' in two performances on May 18 at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Directed and choreographed by Kim Maselli and featuring new music by Eric Allam...

Jordan Schneider, Nick Santa Maria of 1776 at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts
by Cary Ginell - February 01, 2019

In McCoy Rigby Entertainment's production of '1776,' director Glenn Casale utilizes a mixture of young and veteran performers. In the show, seasoned actors like James Barbour (Edward Rutledge) and Peter Van Norden (Benjamin Franklin) co-star with young newcomers like Jordan Schneider (Lyman Hall) an...

Julie Makerov and the Fine Art of Balancing Music and Life
by Ellen Dostal - November 05, 2018

How does a busy soprano balance career, family, motherhood, and art? If that soprano is Julie Makerov, it's all about scheduling and planning ahead of time. Makerov, who will be appearing as one of four soloists with LA's Verdi Chorus this weekend at First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, sa...

Patrick Cassidy of SHREK at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 19, 2018

5-Star Theatricals' new artistic director Patrick Cassidy talks more about his vision for the future regarding the company's forthcoming seasons of musicals....

Patrick Cassidy of 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 09, 2018

Newly appointed artistic director Patrick Cassidy, son of Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy, puts a lifetime of theatrical experience to work as he begins his first season helming 5-Star Theatricals' musical theatre program in Thousand Oaks....

John Loprieno, Nichole Jackson, And Members Of The Cast of CLUE: THE MUSICAL at Moorpark College
by Cary Ginell - July 27, 2018

An inventive costume, makeup, and wig design highlights Moorpark College's production of 'Clue: The Musical,' playing through August 5 at the school's black box theatre....

Be My Guest As Choreographer Cheryl Baxter Opines On Choreographing The Classic Disney Musical Beauty & The Beast at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
by Valerie-Jean Miller - July 24, 2018

Disney's Classic Film and subsequent Broadway Musical are not easy to recreate and to do justice to as well, both to the animated film version and the original stage production. Five Star Theatricals has opened this past weekend at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/Kavli Theatre with a most lavish,...

Susan Egan & Yvette Lawrence of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - July 06, 2018

For the first time in 22 years, Susan Egan takes to the stage in her pioneering role as Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast.' 5-Star Theatricals' production (July 20-29) is being directed by Yvette Lawrence, who took over the role of Belle after Egan vacated it in Los Angeles over two decades ago. We spo...

Paul Panico, Erik Sternad, Joelle Vessels of NEXT TO NORMAL at Panic! Productions
by Cary Ginell - June 12, 2018

An interview with mental health professionals Erik Sternad and Joelle Vessels of Interface Children & Family Services and Panic! Productions co-executive director Paul Panico about the mental illness displayed in its recent production of 'Next to Normal.'...

Mazie Rudolph & Fred Helsel of NEXT TO NORMAL at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - April 30, 2018

Mazie Rudolph knows where Diana Goodman is coming from in Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer Prize Winning musical 'Next to Normal.' In this revealing interview, Rudolph and director Fred Helsel talk about mental illness and Mazie's own journey into rediscovering her own traumas from the past....

Alan Waserman of OTHELLO at Playhouse 101
by Cary Ginell - February 21, 2018

Alan Waserman plays Shakespeare super-villain Iago in Playhouse 101's production of 'Othello.'...

Brian Robert Harris of FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - January 22, 2018

The recent women's march and #MeToo Movement have suddenly made Alan Ball's comic-serio play 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' even more relevant than it was in 1993 when it made its debut. Read about how Brian Robert Harris came to direct the show at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse....

Timothy Reese of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at YA4Ever
by Cary Ginell - December 26, 2017

An interview with director Timothy Reese, who discusses the process of a first read-through of 'Heathers: The Musical' - which opens January 5 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks....

A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL at Santa Susana High School
by Cary Ginell - December 12, 2017

A talk with the actors who portray the Klingon equivalents of Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present in Lit Live's West Coast premiere of 'A Klingon Christmas Carol,' playing at Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley beginning December 14....


The World Goes ‘Round in Thousand Oaks The World Goes ‘Round
The Karyn Jackson Theatre (12/6 - 12/23)
A Faery Hunt Enchanted in Thousand Oaks A Faery Hunt Enchanted
Corriganville Park (2/17 - 2/17)
A Faery Hunt Enchantment in Thousand Oaks A Faery Hunt Enchantment
A Faery Hunt Enchantment (1/20 - 1/20)
To Kill a Mockingbird in Thousand Oaks To Kill a Mockingbird
Bank of America Performing Arts Center [Fred Kavli Theatre] (6/25 - 6/30)
The Cher Show (Non-Equity) in Thousand Oaks The Cher Show (Non-Equity)
Bank of America Performing Arts Center [Fred Kavli Theatre] (12/9 - 12/10)

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