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Lamplighters Music Theatre is a San Francisco based non-profit theatre company founded in 1952 to produce the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan and other works of comparable wit, literacy and musical merit. Our company strives to enrich the lives of current and future theatre-goers with productions of the highest artistic quality, and to offer performance opportunities in the unique style of classic music theatre to established and emerging artists alike. Through youth training, programs in schools and community outreach, the Lamplighters aspire to develop young talent and encourage people of all ages to explore the comic appeal and deep musical rewards of this repertoire.

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Baker Peeples, Resident Music Director
Barbara Heroux, Artistic Director Emeritus

STAFF

Sarah Vardigans, Managing Director; Joanne Kay, Operations Manager;
Phil Lowery, Production Coordinator; Melissa Wortman, Costume Shop Manager;
Ellen Kerrigan, Education Director; Diana Dorman, Music Librarian;
Kissa Mercado, Development Assistant

Orva Hoskinson ✝, Ann Pool Mac Nab, Co-Founders

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

James MacIlvaine, President; F. Lawrence Ewing, Vice President
Richard Drossler, Treasurer; Keith Doerge, Secretary;
Mark Fuller, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, Anson B. Moran, Laura Oliphant,
Baker Peeples, Christopher M. Sunseri, Trustees;
Chris Uzelac, Company Representative

HONORARY TRUSTEES
J. Geoffrey Colton, Gini Stephens Frings, Jerry D. Gere,
Jill R. Thompson, David Barry Whitehead.

IN MEMORIAM:
Spencer S. Beman, Dr. Ronald Cape, Read Gilmore, John Martin Kahl,
Dr. Richard E. LeBlond, Adrian McNamara, Gilbert P. Russak,
June Wilkins Searcy, Daniel E. Stone, John J. Vlahos, Bernard E. Witkin.

 

 




Meet the Lamplighters


Baker Peeples  

BAKER A. PEEPLES (’75) Resident Music Director. Baker has sung almost all of the Gilbert & Sullivan tenor leads, as well as Eisenstein/Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Tassilo (Countess Maritza), Paris (La belle Helene), Karl Franz (The Student Prince), and the Defendant in our KQED Trial by Jury. Baker has conducted every Lamplighters Gala since 1986, as well as hundreds of performances of Gilbert & Sullivan and other operettas and musicals. He sang onstage with the San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine’s Liebeslieder Walzer. A favorite of Pocket Opera audiences, he has also appeared with numerous other Bay Area groups. Baker was voted best male singer in the 1995 and 1997 International G&S Festivals for his portrayals of Hilarion and Alexis. He and his wife Ellen Kerrigan oversee the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera a la Carte program, which takes live opera to 130 Bay Area schools. He is music director for the Lamplighters/San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gilbert & Sullivan scenes program, and maintains an active voice studio in San Francisco.

Sarah Vardigans  

SARAH VARDIGANS (’06) Managing Director. For 27 years Sarah worked as Company and Touring Manager for numerous performing artists from all over the world, including Luciano Pavarotti, Boston Ballet and Rudolf Nureyev, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Circus, Astor Piazzolla, and 10 years with San Francisco Ballet. She has also managed international touring Broadway productions of A Chorus Line, Evita, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and The American Dance Machine. She currently moonlights as Stage Manager for the Music at Kohl Mansion Chamber Music series and the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

James MacIlvaine  

JAMES MACILVAINE (‘78) Board President. Jim has proudly performed in all the G&S choruses including Utopia Limited and the concert version of The Grand Duke with the Lamplighters.  He has also been seen as the Carpenter’s Mate in HMS Pinafore, Scynthius in Ida and the Notary in The Sorcerer. Other Lamplighter performances include countless Galas and the Gas Lamp Spring productions of Candide and Showboat. Over the past thirty years with the Lamplighters, this ‘hobby’ has allowed Jim to travel to Buxton, England to perform (and win) at the G&S Festival, record the company’s CD at Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, perform all over the Bay Area, meet and marry his wife Judy and raise two tremendously talented daughters around the company. During the day, he plays to the part of the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Oakland.    

Barbara Heroux  

BARBARA HEROUX ('74) Artistic Director Emeritus. In over 40 seasons with the Lamplighters (which is astonishing since she’s only 39), Barbara has played virtually every role, from singing in the chorus to General Director and everything in between. She is delighted that directing Patience completes the set: she can now boast that she has directed all 13 G&S comic operas. Favorite Lamplighter roles include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Rose Maybud and Mad Margaret (Ruddygore), Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard), Donna Lucia (Where’s Charley?), and the title roles in Patience and Hello, Dolly! The winner of four BATCC awards, Barbara has also performed and/or directed for Midsummer Mozart, Cinnabar Opera, West Bay Opera, 42nd Street Moon, Livermore Valley Opera, BBBay, DLOC and others, and has been one of the guiding forces behind at least 30 Lamplighter Galas. She spends most of her time now as Executive Director of Volti, the award-winning 20-voice professional chamber chorus specializing in leading-edge contemporary music.


Nicolas Aliaga  

NICOLAS ALIAGA (’99). Nicolas has worked at Pocket Opera for the last seven years as Production Manager and stage director, and had recently been named their Associate Artistic Director. He was the assistant director for Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Michigan Opera Theatre and has worked as an assistant director at San Francisco Opera Center and Opera San Jose. In 2013 he directed Gianni Schicchi for Sacramento Opera.

Autumn Allee  

AUTUMN ALLEE (’08). Autumn was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Lawrence University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Louisville, where she was an Apprentice Artist with the Kentucky Opera. She made her principal debut with the Lamplighters in the role of Pippa in The Mikado.

Joey Alvarado  

JOEY ALVARADO (’16). Joey, a San Francisco native, is a Senior Business Analyst for a gigantic financial services firm. He caught the musical theatre bug three years ago and has since been blessed with such fun roles as Bobby (Company), Bernardo (West Side Story) and Jacob (La Cage Aux Folles).

Jordan Amann  

JORDAN AMANN (’15). Jordan is a soprano from Winter Park, FL. She recently completed her Bachelors of Music at Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in voice at the SF Conservatory of Music, appearing in various opera and musical theater productions there.

Ariel Andrew  

ARIEL ANDREW ('16). Ariel obtained her BA at the University of Tampa and is currently obtaining her MA in Vocal Performance at CSU East Bay. This past summer she was part of the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany and performed several roles such as The Third Lady (Zauberflöte) and Katisha (The Mikado).

Chloë Angst  

CHLOË ANGST (’15). Chloë holds a BM in vocal performance from CSUS. She has been seen most recently as Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music (CCCT). Some of her favorite roles have been Belle in Beauty and the Beast (WLA) and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (FCT).

Kobi Appel-Bernstein  

KOBI APPEL-BERNSTEIN (’16). Prior to the joining the Lamplighters, Kobi has been in nine shows with Berkeley YMTC. Favorite past roles include Motel (Fiddler on the Roof), Archie (13), and Paul (Company). Thanks to my community for indulging the strange schedules that go along with theater, and as always to my parents for their love and support.

Adeliz Araiza  

ADELIZ ARAIZA (’11). A Mezzo-Soprano and San Francisco native, Adeliz began in the chorus of The Gondoliers, continuing with The Mikado, Princess Ida, and in the 60th Anniversary, Diamond Jubilee. She also sang Juliet's Waltz from Romeo and Juliet in our Spring event, Hidden Treasures.

Magnus Asbo  

MAGNUS ASBO (’11). Magnus comes to the Lamplighters from choirs in the North and East Bay, where he sings music with several medieval and classical ensembles.

George Ashworth  

GEORGE ASHWORTH (‘11). After filling audiences with dread for an entire scene in his debut as The Yeomen Of The Guard's headsman and assisting production for Engaged and Trial By Jury, George exploded back onto the stage in the choruses of HMS Pinafore and The Gondoliers.

Jennifer Ashworth  

JENNIFER ASHWORTH (’01). Since joining Lamplighters 15 years ago for A Little Night Music, Jennifer has had the good fortune to play almost every Gilbert & Sullivan soprano lead. She is proud to have been a part of such productions as Candide, Carousel and The Secret Garden, and looks forward to this summer's show, HMS Pinafore. Jennifer performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the SF Opera Guild, SF Lyric Chorus, the Bay Choral Guild, Pocket Opera and made her solo debut with the SF Symphony last December. She co-founded Presto! Interactive Opera, which performs a Christmas spectacular at Grace cathedral, and, for the past 17 years, has directed the MAD Band, an instrumental program for 4th - 8th graders.

Kristin Avila  

KRISTIN AVILA (’14). Kristin has a BA in Theatre from USC. Favorite shows: Spamalot, CCCT; On The Town, John Rubinstein, USC. Favorite choreography: Starting Here, Starting Now, The White Barn; Hairspray, Bancroft Musical Theatre. www.KristinAvila.net.

Amanda Renee Baines  

AMANDA RENEE BAINES (’12). A graduate of San Diego SU, Amanda won 1st place in the 2012 Avocational Division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, enjoys both recital work and concertizing and has performed in many venues throughout the Bay Area.

Simon Banaag  

SIMON BANAAG (’01). While completing an internship for KCRA, Simon realized he needed to fulfill a Public Speaking requirement. Terrified, he realized he could fulfill this by performing with Cal State’s Drama Department and the rest is history. Favorite roles include Harry Beaton (Brigadoon), Arab (West Side Story), and Paul (Company).

Stacey Bauer  

STACEY BAUER (’09). Stacey is a freelance musician who has performed in orchestras of the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, New York, Florida, Mexico, LA and finally home in the Bay Area where she plans to stay for a long while. She holds a BM from UC Santa Barbara and MM from Juilliard.

Jeff Beaudoin  

JEFFREY BEAUDOIN (‘87). After his debut in The Pirates of Penzance, Jeff has appeared in all of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas from Trial to Utopia plus Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, La Périchole, Where’s Charley? and many Galas. He was Scynthius in our award-winning Princess Ida in England.

Joshua Beld  

JOSHUA BELD (‘09). Joshua graduated from SFSU with a BM in Vocal Performance. His performance work ranges from opera to burlesque and everything in between, and he has been featured with the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, Grace Cathedral, and the Twilight Vixen Revue.

Michael Belle  

MICHAEL BELLE (’11). Recent credits include lead roles in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflote, The Yeomen of the Guard, and in 2008 he debuted as a soloist in Porgy & Bess at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Michael studies with Antonio Nagore in Antioch.

Sharon Beltracchi  

SHARON BELTRACCHI (’14). Sharon is a recent Stanford graduate excited to be performing with the Lamplighterts! She is an avid Gilbert & Sullivan fan, and also performs with Stanford Savoyards and Lyric Theater of San Jose.

Elijah Berry  

ELIJAH TAYLOR BERRY (’15). Recent credits include Tomfoolery (Piedmont Players), as Scaramba in Souza’s El Capitan (Lyric), and Ruddygore (Lamplighters). You’ll see him soon as Franzy in Edith Stein (Tabbard). Eli wishes to express his gratitude to the cast of The Mikado; Ellen, Baker, and Kat Feller among them, for his inclusion and their friendship.

Tim Bessie  

TIM BESSIE (’15). Although he thought singing was 'for girls' when he was 13, at 15 Tim nonetheless joined his high school choir, leading to a life-long love of song and singing. Tim has performed in various college and community light opera choruses. In recent years he has sung with The San Francisco Choral Society and The San Francisco Lyric Chorus.

Elizabeth Bivens-Logan  

ELIZABETH BIVENS-LOGAN (’15). Elizabeth holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Webster University and an MM from the University of North Texas. She sang as a Resident Artist with Winter Opera of St. Louis for their 2014-2015 season and as Kate in their recent The Yeomen of the Guard.

Jack Beuttler  

JACK BEUTTLER (’14). Companies designed for include Project B, ODC, Gerald Casel Dance, LINES Training Program, Post:Ballet, LEVYdance, and Dance Theater SF. He's currently the Production Manager for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho and a freelance designer in SF.

Jack Beuttler  

JACOB BOTHA (’16). Jacob is a South African born baritone from the United Kingdom who now lives in the United States (so generally confused!). He has worked in theatre in South Africa, Asia, Europe and the UK for the last 16 years and has been fortunate enough to be part of many interesting projects. Favorite roles include Anatoly in Chess, Joe Cable in South Pacific, Lumiere in Beauty And The Beast, Cat in Honk! and Cinderella's Prince in Into The Woods. Favorite tours include the international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar to Athens and South Korea for The Really Useful Group and Arts Asia Pacific. Jacob made his US debut in June this year in the comedy musical, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change for TheTribe Productions.

David Bowes  

DAVID BOWES (’81). David attended the Manhattan School of Music and the SF Conservatory. He became a member of Philharmonia Baroque in 1982 and was with the American Bach Soloists from 1991-2011. David is in training to be a Feldenkrais Practitioner. Dividing his time between San Francisco and Santa Rosa, he and his hubby coddle cats and train tomatoes.

Ben Brady  

BEN BRADY (’14). Lamplighters roles include Il Ducato in The (New) Mikado, Martin in Candide and and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He studied vocal performance at the University of Michigan and regularly performs all over the Bay Area. Recent roles include Mephistopheles in Verismo Opera’s Faust, Tonio in Pocket Opera’s I Pagliacci and Plunkett in Pocket Opera’s Martha. Ben also plays with a rock band, Suits of Steel. Check them out at suitsofsteel.com.

Kelly Brodie  

KELLY BRODIE (’14). Kelly is completing her BA in Music Performance at Sonoma State and plans to sing her way around the world. She thanks voice teacher David Burnakus for encouraging bel canto and her loving parents who have always supported and applauded her musical career.

Jacob Bronson  

JACOB BRONSON (’15). Since arriving in the Bay Area last year, Jacob has performed with the Douglas Morrison Theatre in Candide and Waffle Opera's Gianni Schicci. Recent major roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Princeton in Avenue Q, and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd.

Ellen Brooks  

ELLEN BROOKS (’00). Ellen has enjoyed over four decades in the theater as director, lighting designer and actress, recently portraying the outrageous Florence Foster Jenkins (the worst singer in the world) in Glorious!, the Republican matriarch Polly Wyeth in Other Desert Cities and Julia Morgan in the premiere of Arches, Balance and Light. She received BATCC nominations as best featured actress for the indomitable Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and for the quirky Berthe in 6th St.Playhouse’s Boeing, Boeing. Her directing credits include our own Mikado in 2004, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill (2015), Oh Coward, A Doll’s House, The Infernal Machine, Spoon River Anthology, Starlite, America The Movie, On Golden Pond, Afternoons with Sappho, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hamlet, Saint Joan, The Medea and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well… among many others. She was also Lamplighters lighting designer from 2000-2008. Ellen spent 21 years performing Japanese Kyogen (classical comedy) and Noh as a company member of Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco, for whom she adapted/directed both Chekov’s The Bear and Internment of the Heart, based on haiku from the Japanese internment camps. She was an actress in the commedia dell arte era of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and holds a Masters in Directing from SFSU.

Kathi Brotemarkle  

KATHI BROTEMARKLE (’92). After first appearing in My Fair Lady, Kathi has played many principal roles including Phyllis (Iolanthe), Lady Psyche (Princess Ida), Tessa (The Gondoliers), Saphir (Patience), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), and Minnie Fay (Hello Dolly!).

Jan Brown  

JAN BROWN (’02). Jan has been involved in some aspect of (Musical) theater since her teens, has been Stage Managing for thirteen years and directing since 1999. After six summers at Piedmont Light Opera Theater, she came to the Lamplighters to Stage Manage Patience.

Keith Bucher  

KEITH BUCHER (’77). Keith studied at Northwestern University, the SF Conservatory of Music, and started his musical career in the US Marine Band. From 1978-87 he was a fixture in the pit orchestras for major San Francisco musical theatre productions and is currently a freelance musician

Walt Burge  

WALT BURGE (’13). Walt is thrilled to return to the Lamplighters family after having been a chorus member in Ruddygore (’16) and Die Fledermaus (’13). His most noteworthy prior performances were: singing his wife down the aisle and performing an American gospel solo for Pope John Paul II.

Melissa Butcher  

MELISSA BUTCHER (’10). Past shows include The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard. Melissa can also be found singing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. More than anything, she is grateful beyond words for the support of her family and friends.

Rob Cadwaller  

ROB CADWALLER (’16). New to the Bay Area from Massachusetts, Rob is diving into the San Francisco performing arts scene. Rob has been an actor and singer for most of his life, having performed in everything from oratorio to one-act straight plays. By day, Rob develops iPhone apps for Raizlabs Corporation.

Tricia Callero  

TRICIA CALLERO (’16). Tricia is thrilled to be in her first production with the Lamplighters. Some favorite roles incluse Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Matteress, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Guinevere in Camelot, and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. She has also been seen as a soloist in Her Majesty's Royal Opera at Dickens Fair and represented her hometown of Pacifica as Miss Pacifica 2008.

Pamela Carey  

PAMELA CAREY (’91). Pamela is Director of Music at Saint Hilary Parish where she also teaches music in their elementary school. She is on the faculty at Dominican University and is a freelance violinist performing throughout the Bay Area. She has several dogs and 2 cats named Gilbert and Sullivan.

Audrey Carstensen  

AUDREY CARSTENSEN (’10). Audrey is excited to be performing with the Lamplighters again after a five year hiatus! In between, her favorite role was Mrs. Squires in The Music Man. When not hailing the bridegroom and the bride, she can be found wrangling data at Scribd.

Abigail Colyer  

ABIGAIL COLYER (’07). A former student of Baker Peeples, Abigail received her BM in Vocal Performance from SF Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Pamela Fry. She has performed with BASOTI, Opera Academy of California, Opera San Jose, and San Francisco Opera.

Kathleen Conner  

KATHLEEN CONNER (’73). Kathleen has performed with Monterey, Santa Rosa, Berkeley and Napa Symphonies and Pocket Opera. She coaches woodwind ensembles at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, is artist-in-residence at School of the Arts, and is on the faculty at the CMC.

Elana Cowen  

ELANA COWEN (’14). Elana, mezzo-soprano, has performed with many companies internationally including on the West Coast: Opera San José, Philharmonia Baroque, LA Philharmonic, Bay Area Children’s Theater and San Francisco Lyric Opera to name a few. She has performed roles in musical theater and opera alike. Operatic roles performed include Olga in Eugene Onegin, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Lidio in L’Egisto and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. Recently, Elana performed the roles of Ganymede in My Fair Galatea with Pocket Opera and Baroness von Krakenfeldt in The Grand Duke with the Lamplighters.

Peter Crompton  

PETER CROMPTON (’00). Set designs for the Lamplighters include The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, The Yeomen of the Guard and Princess Ida. He has designed for Festival Opera, Marin Theatre Co, Opera San Jose, DLOC, West Bay Opera, and Santa Barbara Grand Opera, among others.

Nicholas Dahlman  

NICHOLAS DAHLMAN (’12).(’12). Nicholas has played a role in fifteen of the last eighteen Lamplighters productions, most recently as Nick Elendime (the new security guard) in the 2016 Gala, A Night at the Mint. He will shortly appear in The Doctor In Spite of Himself, Pocket Opera's March production. He lives and works in Walnut Creek.

Diane D'Angelo  

DIANE D’ANGELO (’91). Diane joined the company in the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. Subsequent roles include Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Buttercup (HMS Pinafore), Leila (Iolanthe), Lady Macbeth (Rosencrantz & Guilderstern’s Execellent Adventure), among others.

Gwyneth Davis  

GWYNETH DAVIS (’88). Gwyneth has played with most orchestras and opera companies in the Bay Area, and, with the Eloquence String Quartet, provided music for hundreds of weddings. She lives in Sebastopol with her partner and Labradoodle. A former pastry chef, she enjoys performing on viola da gamba and baroque cello with the Alphabet Baroque Club.

Giovanni De Leon  

GIOVANNI DE LEON (‘14). Favorite roles include Dido and Aeneas with SOTA, CATS with YPTMTC, and performing the music of Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall. Giovanni is a senior at the San Francisco School of the Arts where he is double majoring in Classical Voice and Musical theatre. During his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, dancing and writing music.

Peter De Vries  

PETER J.L. DE VRIES (‘97). Peter has performed in The Yeomen of the Guard (’97), Ruddygore (’00), The Mikado (’08), Patience (’10), Trial by Jury (’11), Princess Ida (’12), The Sorcerer ('13), Ruddygore ('16) – as well as two Galas ('14 and '15). His daughter, Sophia, is now officially a Lamplighter too! (G&S Scenes '15).

Rachel Deatherage  

RACHEL DEATHERAGE (’15). A Bay Area native, Rachel's recent performances include Bernstein’s Candide with DMT and Livingston Sound’s Russian River Opera. She is currently preparing Fiordiligi for The Lakeside Opera’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Mike Dederian  

MIKE DEDERIAN ('92). Mike appeared onstage with the Lamplighters for fifteen years, before a move to Portland made the commute impractical. He joined the Gala committee as a writer in his second year, and, through the magic of the internet, he is able to continue that association today.

Michael Desnoyers  

MICHAEL DESNOYERS (‘10). Michael has performed leading and supporting roles across the Bay Area, favorites including Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Albert (Albert Herring), Tamino (Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Belmonte and Pedrillo (Entführung), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), and Nanki-Poo (The Mikado). As a concert soloist, he has sung Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Michael is featured on the Lamplighters’ CD recordings, singing the role of Cyril in Princess Ida and the role of Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe. michaeldesnoyers.com

Glenn D’mello  

GLENN D'MELLO (‘12). Glenn was recently seen as Lt. Munoz in the musical City of Angels at Studio ACT. He resides in San Francisco; has performed Improv; salsa for half time shows at Raiders games; and amateur ballroom competitions. He has an engineering degree.

Diana Dorman  

DIANA DORMAN (‘72). Since joining us for Ernest in Love, Diana has played principal clarinet in all our productions. She also performs with the SF Opera Center Orchestra, Pocket Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Cinnabar Theater, toured nationally with Western Opera Theater for 13 years and performed with SF Opera, including the recording of R. Strauss' Capriccio.

Poppea Dorsam  

POPPEA DORSAM (‘00). Poppea is a faculty member of USF and teaches at the SF Community Music Center and her private studio. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University. Undergraduate studies were completed at Oberlin University.

Robert Dorsett  

ROBERT DORSETT (’95). A 3rd generation San Francisco performer, Robert has appeared with Berkeley Opera, Diablo Light Opera, Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera, Altarena Playhouse, Stanford Savoyards and the Lamplighters. Roles include Major Shelley in The Secret Garden and David in Company.

Kevin Dunning  

KEVIN DUNNING (’07). A transplant from New York transitioning into a career in the creative arts therapies, Kevin’s experience ranges across many facets of the New York theatre, from actor to director, stage and house manager, even executive assistant!

Elizabeth Durst  

ELIZABETH DURST (‘12). Elizabeth received her BFA from Boston University. She fell in love with G&S at the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA. This fall she will be attending Edinburgh Napier University to study international festival & event management.

Judy Epstein  

JUDITH EPSTEIN (’92). Since her debut in Iolanthe, Judy has appeared in numerous Lamplighter choruses and other Bay Area opera companies, including La Perichole (Lamplighters), The Gondoliers, (Stanford Savoyards), A Little Night Music (N. Bay Opera), and Camelot (Piedmont Light Opera).

Lawrence Ewing  

F. LAWRENCE EWING (’89). Over the past twenty-seven years with the Lamplighters, Lawrence has had the great opportunity to play many roles from the G&S canon – several of which he has played in multiple productions.  He is thrilled to be performing the role of Coco (formerly known as Ko-Ko) in this “new” production. Other favorite roles include Lord Chancellor (Iolanthe), Sir Joseph Porter (HMS Pinafore), Major General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Bunthorne (Patience) - for which he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award nomination for best actor, Robin Oakapple (Ruddygore), Cornelius Hackl (Hello Dolly!), Charley (Where's Charley), as well as a variety of roles in Lamplighters’ own Gilbert & Sullivan: Up With A Twist. As a professional dancer, Lawrence toured nationally and internationally for twelve years with Dance Through Time, a San Francisco-based historical dance company. He has set choreography for productions at ACT, Marin Theatre Company (Bay Area Theatre Critics Award nomination for best choreography for Syncopations), Pocket Opera, SF Opera's Opera a la Carte, and for several Lamplighter productions. Lawrence also enjoys performing as part of Lamplighters’ Education Outreach program, Get On Board, which provides assembly performances in schools throughout the Bay Area. Lawrence serves as Vice President of the Lamplighter Board of Trustees, and is the Executive Director of Marin Ballet in San Rafael.

Josepha Fath  

JOSEPHA FATH (’89). Josepha, is so happy (Modified, Rapture!) to be a violinist with the Lamplighters. She currently performs with California Symphony, SF Opera's Merola, and can be seen and heard in many other symphony orchestras around the Bay Area. Josepha teaches at both the SF Community Music Center, and the French American International School.

Ben Fatum  

BEN FATUM (15). Ben splits his time between designing (Samuel Johnson Jr. Performing Arts Center) and teaching (CHS, Woodside Priory). He is also a member of the AV team for the Fine Arts Museums of SF. Special thanks to his interns and electricians

Samuel Faustine  

SAMUEL FAUSTINE (’14). Samuel, an SF native, performs a variety of genres ranging from baroque opera to modern musical theater. Sam has recently performed the roles of Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors (Ray of Light Theatre) and Curly McLain in Oklahoma (Broadway by the Bay). His most recent Lamplighters credits include Candide in Candide, Robin Oakapple in Ruddygore, and Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. Sam is an active member of the Bay Area’s choral and sacred music communities, most notably performing with Volti, Gaude, and Grace Cathedral where he sings counter-tenor in addition to tenor. He received his Masters in Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Samuelfaustine.com for more!

Katherine Feller  

KATHERINE FELLER (’10). Kat is a local soprano, born and raised in San Francisco. She has Musical Theater and Vocal Performance degrees from CSU Chico. Some of her favorite roles have been Adele in Die Fledermaus, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Clothilde in Norma. A Lamplighter since summer of 2010, The (New) Mikado, Ruddygore, and The Grand Duke are her most recent appearances with us.

George Fernandez  

GEORGE FERNANDEZ (’97). George completed Musical Theatre Conservatory at Notre Dame de Namur University. He sang tenor as part of the Grand Princess Cruise Passenger Choir, is an avid Argentine Tango dancer and studies ballroom dancing.

Megan Fleischmann  

MEGAN K. FLEISCHMANN (’11). Megan is thrilled to be returning to the Lamplighters after her debut in HMS Pinafore. She has received training from ACT, Lamplighters/San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes program, and the SF Opera Guild. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with the High School Honors Choir and is a YoungArts winner in theater. Megan’s most recent performances were Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof and Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera.

Adam Flowers  

ADAM FLOWERS (’97). Adam has performed leading roles in Opera houses and Symphony halls across North America, Hawaii and Japan.He is currently a member of the SF Opera Chorus and received his BA in Creative Arts with a minor in Journalism from San Jose State University.

Christopher Focht  

CHRISTOPHER FOCHT (’67). Chris was in 4th grade when he saw his first Lamplighters show. After joining the company as a teenager, he is now into his 48th year and has performed in every G&S show multiple times, as well as playing Francisco (The Gondoliers), Sir Rupert (Ruddygore), and others.

Amy Foote  

AMY FOOTE ('10). Amy has toured with her chamber group, Nonsemble 6, performed at The South By Southwest Music Festival with the electro-pop group, Blackbird Blackbird, recorded an album with the indie-rock band, Night Genes, and started her own soul-folk trio, Puddin + Jam.

Aaron Gallington  

AARON GALLINGTON (’15) Aaron is distinguishing himself throughout California as a powerful and communicative vocal artist. He keeps an active performance schedule throughout the west coast. Visit aarongallington.com to learn more about his upcoming engagements.

Dan Galpin  

DAN GALPIN (’10). Dan made his Lamplighters debut in The Yeomen of the Guard, after previously performing the work with SJ Lyric Theatre (Fairfax), Stanford Savoyards (Fairfax), and Cabrillo Opera (Jack Point). Favorite opera roles include Tamino (Zauberflote) and Basilio (Figaro).

Elena Galvan  

ELENA GALVÁN (’13). Roles include Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dalinda in Ariodante, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Nannetta in Falstaff. Elena holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College.

Sonia Gariaeff  

SONIA GARIAEFF (‘03). Sonia made her Lamplighters company debut in 2003 as the title role in Iolanthe. Since then, she has performed extensively throughout the Bay Area and United States. Other Lamplighters roles include Little Buttercup, The Duchess of Plaza-Toro, Katisha and the Fairy Queen. Additional career highlights include the role of Nicklausse with Virginia Opera, her Young Artist Apprenticeship with Portland Opera, and her Bay Area professional opera debut as a roller-skating Cherubino with Berkeley Opera. She is a three time Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist.

Mason Gates  

MASON GATES (‘03). Tenor Mason is a Bay Area native. He received his Bachelor's of Music from Brigham Young University in Utah, and his Master's of Music from the SF Conservatory of Music. Two-time recipient of the encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mason was also a festival artist at Utah Festival, as well as a Vocal Fellow at the esteemed Music Academy of the West. Recent operatic roles include the title role of Albert Herring, Basilio/Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), El Remendado (Carmen), The Man with Old Luggage (Postcard from Morocco), Spoletta (Tosca), Grigori (Boris Godunov), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), and Edwin the Defendant (Trial by Jury). He has most recently been seen performing with Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, and Utah Opera. Equally comfortable on the concert and recital stage, Mason has been a featured soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Mount Diablo Symphony, the Masterworks Chorale, and Utah Symphony Orchestra, performing such concert works as Handel's Messiah, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette, Mozart's C Minor Mass, and Mozart's Requiem.

Joe Giammarco  

JOSEPH GIAMMARCO (‘05). Joe has performed numerous supernumerary roles with SF Opera over the past 17 years, including the role of the Foreman in their 2014 production of Show Boat. He creates, and often runs, the supertitles projections seen at Lamplighters performances.

Jeffrie Givens  

JEFFRIE GIVENS (‘15). Since making her stage debut in 2009, Jeffrie has performed in 15 shows, including a one-woman show called Retard!, and she is grateful for every chance she gets to perform. She couldn’t have chosen a more fun show than The Grand Duke for her Lamplighters debut.

Emily Gladstone Cole  

EMILY GLADSTONE COLE (’08). Emily also sings, dances, and acts with PEERS and the Dickens Christmas Fair, and works as a Cyber Incident Handler for HP. She thanks her husband David, and her two cats, for their snuggles and encouragement.

Max Glass  

MAX GLASS (‘14). Max has been serious about singing his entire life except for a short 30-year break after retiring from a childrens chorus. During the break he took time to learn how to read music. Abandoning all formal music education, he artfully compensates the lack of theory by singing loud.

Isaac Goldberg  

ISAAC GOLDBERG (‘15). An east-coast transplant, Isaac grew up in Vermont and graduated from Brown University in 2013. He is excited to be joining the theater community in the Bay Area, where he can also be seen performing in Syncopation, Dropbox’s oldest coed a cappella group.

Steve Goodman  

STEVE GOODMAN (’14). Steve, a lifelong East Coaster, arrived here recently from Baltimore, where he performed many operatic and most leading G&S baritone roles, appearing with the Young Vic Theatre, Baltimore, Annapolis and Peabody Operas, and Opera Vivente.

Drew Green  

DREW GREEN (’11). Drew is a junior at the SF School of the Arts and has been in music, theatre, dance and chorus all his life. This is his second year participating in the Gilbert & Sullivan program at Summer Music West. Drew also studies with Baker Peeples.

Beth Guido  

BETH GUIDO (’14). Beth was last seen in Coastal Repertory's production of The Winter Wonderettes as Missy. Other favorite credits include Peter Pan (Wendy) and Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt).

Andrew Gustafson  

ANDREW GUSTAFSON (’10). Andrew premiered as Augustus on the Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp award winning show, Charlie and the Golden Ticket. His debut with the Lamplighters was in The Pirates of Penzance as a pirate and policeman. 

Patrick Hagen  

PATRICK HAGEN (’16). Patrick, a lyric tenor originally from Northern New Jersey, has been lauded for his “rich, sweet tone” and “expressive” vocalism. He received a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the Pennsylvania State University studying under Richard Kennedy and completed his Masters at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Barbara Honn. Patrick has been seen in a multitude of operatic productions, including Menotti’s The Consul (The Magician) Puccini’s La Boheme (Rodolfo) and Tosca (Spoletta), Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Don Basilio), Copland’s The Tender Land (Martin), and Britten’s Albert Herring (Albert). Patrick is currently performing with the SF Opera Chorus and performs educational outreach throughout the Bay Area.

Gabrielle Haigh  

GABRIELLE HAIGH (’16). Gabrielle, soprano, appeared in December singing Angel (Handel's Joshua) with Philharmonia Baroque. She earned her Bachelor's from Cambridge University in 2014, where she sang solos in Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel’s Birthday Ode to Queen Anne with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. Favourite roles include Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Julia (The Grand Duke).

Jane Erwin Hammett  

JANE ERWIN HAMMETT (’83). Jane was last seen on our stage as Sari Linden in Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet. Recent Lamplighters directorial assignments: The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Secret Garden and several Galas, including You Can’t Bite City Hall. Other directing credits include The Marriage of Figaro, Orpheus in the Underworld and Roberto Devereux for Pocket Opera, plus The Pirates of Penzance, The Elixir of Love and The Daughter of the Regiment for the SF Opera Guild’s Education Outreach program. Since her Lamplighter debut as Mabel, Jane has sung nearly every comic heroine in the G&S canon, many other operetta and musical comedy leading ladies on our stage, plus numerous leading roles for West Bay Opera and Pocket Opera. For nearly four years she performed across the US with two national companies of The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Harold Prince).

Mary Hargrove  

MARY HARGROVE (‘90). Mary is principal flute with Nederlander Broadway productions in San Jose as well as the  Masterworks and Stanford Chorales. She plays flute and piccolo for Opera San Jose, Ballet San Jose, and the San Francisco Opera Merola program.

Lacey Harms  

LACEY HARMS (‘16). Lacey is thrilled to be making her Lamplighters debut. Previously, she has performed the roles of Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Carolina (Il Matrimonio segreto). She has also appeared in the ensembles of Les Mamelles de Tirésias, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, and La Rondine. A Kansas City native, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Master’s Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tim Hart  

TIM HART (‘85). Tim was Dick Deadeye in last year’s HMS Pinafore. He was very active with us in the ‘90’s, appearing in 13 shows and 10 galas. Favorite roles include his award-winning Pooh Bah, and Arac in our Princess Ida which triumphed in England! He dedicates his performance to his son, Ben.

William Harvey  

WILLIAM HARVEY (’95). William has been tootling on the Cornet-a-pistons with the Lamplighters for two decades. He also serves at Principal Trumpet with both Oakland Symphony and Opera San Jose, and is an adjunct faculty member at the UC Berkeley. William lives in Oakland with his wife, fellow Lamplighters musician Josepha Fath and their little Charlie.

Sonia Hauser  

SONIA HAUSER ('14). Sonia is a sophomore at Lowell High School in San Francisco. She’s been interested in clothing design from an early age. She has been sewing for the last four years.

Hilary Hecht  

HILARY HECHT ('14). Hilary has a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from UC Davis. She plans to pursue a master’s in operatic performance; at which conservatory, she does not know yet. One of her dreams is to tour around the world, playing Carmen in Georges Bizet’s famous opera.

Nicole Helfer  

NICOLE HELFER ('16). Choreography credits include Mountain Play’s recent West Side Story and last year’s Peter Pan, plus Miss Saigon, Kiss Me Kate (SFBATCC nominee), West Side Story (TBA Award winner), and In the Heights (TBA Award winner) for Broadway By The Bay; the West Coast premiere of School of Rock with Oakland School for the Arts; Lizzie with Ray of Light (SFBATCC nominee); Dogfight for OMG Productions; Tarzan for Contra Costa Musical Theater (Shellie nominee); RENT for Pacific Coast Rep; Measure For Measure and A Chorus Line for SF State University; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Shellie nominee) for Willows Theatre Co; Click Clack Moo and Pinkalicious for Bay Area Children’s Theater. Currently, Nicole teaches at the Ballet School in Walnut Creek and is theatre faculty at Oakland School for the Arts. She would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support.

Hannah Heumann  

HANNAH HEUMANN ('15). Hannah is a recent graduate of Los Gatos High School and is thrilled to join the Lamplighters. Her favourite past roles include Laurie (Oklahoma), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Jack’s Mother (Into the Woods), and Maria (The Sound of Music).

Amy Himes  

AMY HIMES (’12). Amy is a Certified Fundraising Executive who has provided fundraising leadership and support for Bay Area cultural organizations for over a decade. She is also a singer and theatrical director, and holds a MA in Theatre Arts. She lives in San Jose.

Haley Hoffdahl  

HALEY HOFFDAHL (’15). Haley is a graduate of Boston University. She has performed in musicals with Stockton Civic Theatre and Delta College including A Year with Frog and Toad, Side by Side by Sondheim, Cabaret, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Kiss Me Kate and The Full Monty.

Paul Hogarth  

PAUL HOGARTH (‘15). Paul comes to the Lamplighters with decades of choral experience, and one year (so far!) of theater where he played a Nazi in The Sound of Music and a political consultant in The Best Man. Paul is an avid piano player, and will be singing a one-man cabaret show in June.

Anne Hubble  

ANNE HUBBLE (‘84). Anne debuted with the Lamplighters as Lady Jane (Patience). During the next few years she performed regularly with the troupe: Dame Hannah (Ruddygore, twice!), Dame Carruthers (Yeomen), The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (Gondoliers), as well as many Galas. Following professional advice Anne advanced her vocal studies, and transitioned into the Dramatic Soprano Fach. She performed professionally with various companies, both domestic and international. In recent years she retired from professional pursuits, and acted as her father’s caregiver. She is happy to be “returning to the fold” in the role of Catiscià.

Giovanna Hutchison  

GIOVANNA HUTCHISON (’14). A graduate of San Jose State University, Giovanna has been singing soprano lead in Opera San Jose’s outreach program for the past several years. Mainstage performances include Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Gianetta (L’Elisir d’Amore), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Betty Paris (The Crucible) and Gretel with Bel Cantanti Summer Opera Theater among others.

Nora Hylton  

NORA HYLTON (’15). Nora is in the 8th grade at Children’s Day School. She recently appeared as Sherena in the African American Shakespeare Company’s production of Cinderella. She also sings with CDS’s Clef Hanger chorus and plays first violin with the Sunset Youth Orchestra.

Evelyn Ivy  

EVELYN IVY (’11). Evelyn has been a makeup assistant in the past few Lamplighter Galas. She is also the makeup artist for The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite, and works for Pocket Opera, most recently Pagliacci and The Magic Flute, as well as Madam Butterfly with Livermore Valley Opera.

Judy Jackson MacIlvaine  

JUDY JACKSON MACILVAINE (’70). Judy joined the Lamplighters as prop mistress and costume volunteer while a junior at Presentation High School. Since then she has performed in every G&S operetta and many others, and has designed new costumes for several productions.

Cabiria Jacobsen  

CABIRIA JACOBSEN (’15) Cabiria has received praised for her “mezzo of richness and power” (Opera Magazine), and for her “wonderfully limber physicality” (Opera News). Recent credit: Alto soloist/Coronation Mass/Carnegie Hall. Upcoming: Mercedes/Carmen/Anchorage Opera.

Loretta Janca  

LORETTA JANCA (‘88). Loretta has worked throughout the Bay Area as an actor, musician, director, choreographer and writer for a diverse range of groups. She played Eliza Doolittle in the first Lamplighter production of My Fair Lady back in the day, and was on several Gala writing committees.

Kathleen Johannessen  

KATHLEEN JOHANNESSEN (’77). A Bay Area native, Kathleen is a freelance musician. She received a BM from College of Notre Dame and an MA in Musical Performance from CSU Humboldt. Her interest in G&S began when she saw her piano teacher as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance.

Lindsey Rae Johnson  

LINDSEY RAE JOHNSON (’14). Lindsey hails from Minnesota. She has a BA in Music from Luther College, a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and has performed with, among others, the SF Symphony Chorus, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Fort Worth Opera.

Shelley Lynn Johnson  

SHELLEY LYNN JOHNSON (’75). Shelley has worked with companies all over the Bay Area, playing lead roles including, Aldonza (Man of la Mancha), the title roles of Evita and Mame, Sara Jane Moore (Assassins), and Golde (Fiddler on the Roof). Shelley is also a stage director and acting coach (actingforsingers.com).

Laurien Jones  

LAURIEN JONES (‘90). Laurien has performed with Diablo Ballet, Pocket Opera, Western Opera, Masterworks Chorale, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and California Symphony. She is a chamber musician and soloist.

Kristen Jones  

KRISTEN JONES (‘03). Kristen is a teaching artist at schools throughout the Bay Area, and is co-founder of Presto! Interactive Opera. She is currently a teaching artist for the SF Opera Guild and New Conservatory Theater, and is the soloist at the Ninth Church of Christ Scientist, SF.

Katy Juneau  

KATHRYN JUNEAU (’87). Katy received her BM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She enjoys playing with a myriad of music groups in the Bay Area including orchestra, chamber music, music theatre and opera and comes from a family tradition of music and G&S.

Monroe Kanouse  

MONROE KANOUSE (’65). Monroe actually remembers when the Lamplighters were founded in 1952. His first professional connection was when he played substitute second piano in performances at the Harding Theater in the mid 1960’s. In more recent years, since 1986, he has conducted some runs of most of the repertory. He was the permanent conductor of Oakland Opera from 1981 through 1986. He made his San Francisco Opera House conducting debut leading four performances of The Nutcracker for the San Francisco Ballet in 1979. He led over 20 productions of Sacramento Opera from 1981 to 1998, and has also conducted for the Milwaukee, San Diego, Baltimore, Lake George, West Bay, and Livermore Opera companies. His last conducting appearance with the Lamplighters was with 2012’s production of The Mikado. He was a member of the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1992 to 2003, where he conducted the annual opera production. He has composed a comic opera, Gambling Jones, and an opera, Voices of Calafia, dealing with California’s mythic queen. He has just put the finishing touches on an opera for children, Coyote and the Human People.

Andrew Kaufman  

ANDREW KAUFMAN (’15). Drew is a scenic and lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera. His designs have been seen across the country and internationally. Upcoming designs include Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. www.akaufmandesign.com

Joanne Kay  

JOANNE KAY (’07). Joanne has business and marketing degrees from Glasgow and Paisley Universities, a Master of Makeup Diploma, and is currently studying Dick Smith’s 3D Makeup Course. She moonlights as a freelance graphic designer and FX makeup artist. prettybloodycreepy.com.

Don Kemp  

DON KEMP (’64). Don joined the Lamplighters, first in a technical capacity, then in the chorus of the 1965 production of Die Fledermaus and the 1967 production of Iolanthe. After a long hiatus on the East Coast, he returned to the Lamplighters in the 2002 production of Patience.

Ellen Kerrigan  

ELLEN KERRIGAN (’70). Ellen was honored as winner of the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Following her victory in the San Francisco Opera Auditions Grand Finals, she was chosen to participate in the Merola Program and spent the following year as an Adler Fellow.

Susanna Ketron  

SUSANNA KETRON (’12). Susanna is officially hooked on the Lamplighters, after joining for Princess Ida. Favorite roles include Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, performed with One World Symphony, NYC.

Veronique Kherian  

VERONIQUE KHERIAN (’14). Past credits include: Livermore Valley Opera, La Traviata (ensemble); West Edge Opera, La Bohème (ensemble); and San Francisco Opera, Nixon in China (supernumerary). By day, she is a food blogger and photographer at Miss Cheesemonger. She studies voice with Dr. Julia Nielsen.

Jennifer Kiernan  

JENNIFER KIERNAN (’88). Jen attended Lamplighters shows as a child in the 1970s, and joined the company as soon as she was able, as a dresser, a makeup artist/designer, and eventually as a member of the cast. She sings with the choir at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, and spends as much time as she can with her awesome teenagers, Ben, Rachel, and LJ.

Kenneth Kiernan  

KENNETH W. KIERNAN (’11). Ken got his start performing in New York City with the Gilbert & Sullivan group The Blue Hill Troupe. Along with the G&S canon, his favorite past roles include Jack (Into the Woods), Young Ben Stone (Follies) and Dick (Lady, Be Good).

David Kirby  

DAVID KIRBY (‘98). David paints faces for several theatre and opera companies, most recently Rigoletto with West Bay Opera, The Pirates of Penzance with Lyric Theatre, and Return of the Deadeye with the Lamplighters. During the day, he sells whoopee cushions and builds wookiees.

David Kirby  

CAMILLE LAKE (‘16). Camille has been studying music for the last twelve years, starting with local Jazz shows before moving on to musical theater, where she most recently played the role of Pop in Chicago. She is thrilled to expand her horizons as part of the Lamplighters alongside so many talented singers.

Koldedon Lambright  

KOLEDON LAMBRIGHT ('14). At Ball State University, Indiana, (BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, 2015), Koledon has worked on many shows, including Major Barbara, 42nd Street, Music Man (asst. designer to Kathryn Rohe) and Frankenstein (Las Vegas Stagecraft Award, KCACTF).

Eliza Leoni  

ELIZA LEONI ('08). Credits include roles with Impact Theater and Ray of Light. Eliza has also appeared in cabarets at Martuni's, Cafe du Nord and the Eureka. She is a graduate of Willamette University’s theatre program and thanks her dove-like family. elizaleoni.com

Ellen Leslie  

ELLEN LESLIE ('14). Ellen holds degrees in Voice and French from the University of Denver, a Master’s in Voice from the SF Conservatory of Music, and loves playing characters with a flair for the dramatic, including Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel). ellenlesliesoprano.com

Mandy Leung  

MANDY LEUNG ('16). Mandy recently appeared as Eileen Evergreen in West Valley Light Opera’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, Tuptim in Tri-Valley Rep’s The King & I, and Mary Sunshine in CCSF's Chicago. She also appeared as Star-To-Be in Annie (WVLO) and as a featured soloist in Italian Family Festa San Jose, Sondheim in Concert and Sing For Your Supper.

Miriam Lewis  

MIRIAM R. LEWIS (‘04). Miriam has costumed many shows for the Lamplighters. Also A Little Night Music (Goat Hall), The Paris Letter (NCTC), Floyd Collins / City of Angels (SFSU), Sweeney Todd (Ray of Light), and, most recently, She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange (Crowded Fire).

Steven Logoteta  

STEVE LOGOTETA (‘15). Steven earned a BM from the University of the Pacific and a MM from Indiana University. He has performed throughout the greater Bay Area including numerous symphonies, musical theater productions, and chamber ensembles.

William Loney  

WILLIAM LONEY (‘08). Favorite Lamplighters moments include singing in the cockney quartet of My Fair Lady and playing Nanki Poo in the 2009 Gala. He made his radio debut as a soloist with the men’s a cappella group OpusQ. Another favorite role is Noah Claypoole in Oliver (Theatreworks).

Siri Louie  

SIRI LOUIE (‘16). Nationality: Canadian, eh? Highest Elevation Impromptu Solo Performance: “Here Comes The Sun,” around 19,100 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro’s crater rim, to celebrate the sunrise warmth, the view, and the fact that she hadn’t tripped and fallen in. Siri feels elated to join the Lamplighters.

Phil Lowery  

PHIL LOWERY (’94). Phil has enjoyed a decades-long affiliation with the Lamplighters as director, production/stage manager, Lord High Janitor, and occasional performer. He directs operas, operettas and musicals for other Bay Area companies; he teaches middle school theatre at Children’s Day School, and he is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, where he appears in this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Winter’s Tale.

Hestia Lucchese Warren  

HESTIA LUCCHESE WARREN (’94). (‘02) Chorus. Tia's first show with the Lamplighters was The Pirates of Penzance in the summer of 2002 and she has been hooked ever since. She teaches First Grade at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley.

Kathryn Ma  

KATHRYN FOX MA (’04). Kathryn, a.k.a. “Marina’s Mom”, has held various jobs, including stage crew, costumes, props, wigs, and working magic. Credits include The Secret Garden, HMS Pinafore, The Merry Widow, Ruddygore, The Da Vinci Coda, Gondoliers, Lord of the Things, and The Mikado.

Molly Mahoney  

MOLLY MAHONEY (’12). Mezzo-soprano Molly returns as Lady Angela after being seen with the Lamplighters as Melissa/Princess Ida, Pitti-sing/The Mikado and the title role in Iolanthe. Upcoming in 2017, see Molly in West Edge Opera’s Snapshot and in the summer festival as Clizia in L’arbore di Diana. Molly has been singing with Big Bands since she was ten years old and continues her love of this musical era with her debut album, Two for the Road, featuring familiar favorites and rare gems from the Great American Songbook.

Douglas Mandell  

DOUGLAS MANDELL (’05). Douglas is the tenor section leader at St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere, and has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale. Among his favorite roles are Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, the Magician in The Consul, and the Governor in Candide.

Amber Marsh  

AMBER MARSH (’13). Amber began her private vocal training at the Colburn School in LA and was a featured soloist on Engelbert Humperdinck's Greatest Hits Album. She is now in her last year at the SF Conservatory of Music, studying vocal performance under Barbara Honn.

Charles Martin  

CHARLES MARTIN (‘97). Charles first appeared with the Lamplighters as Pish-Tush in our 1997 Mikado, and has since performed many bass-baritone roles with the company including Private Willis, Arac, Senator Jones, Horseman War, Sir Despard Murgatroyd, Dick Deadeye, the Mikado, the Sergeant of Police, Jigger Craigin, the Pirate King, the Usher, and the Zombie Rapper in our 2010  Gala. He has also appeared with CCMT and Pocket Opera. Charles studies voice with Baker Peeples, moonlights as a software engineer, and enjoys the romance of travel and the occasional extreme athletic event.

Daniel Matis  

DANIEL MATIS('16). Daniel, aka “Dan the Plumberman” was most recently seen as Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof, and the Apostle Paul in The Road to Damascus. Before taking 25 years off from theatre he was seen in such roles as Curly in Oklahoma, Billy Bigalow in Carousel, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

James Mayagoitia  

JAMES MAYAGOITIA ('14).  James is a classically trained singer, actor, dancer, director and teacher based out of San Francisco and can be seen on various stages throughout the Bay Area. He is also a founding member of 11th Hour Ensemble: an ensemble based, physical theater company.

Leontyne Mbele-Mbong  

LEONTYNE MBELE-MBONG ('98). Other Bay Area favorites: Ruth in Raising in the Sun (African American Shakespeare Co); Rose in Fences (Altarena); Mayme in Intimate Apparel (ARTY, best supporting actress - Solano College); The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (ACT First Look).

Craig McAmis  

CRAIG MCAMIS ('03). Craig received his bachelor’s in music from the University of the Pacific and a Master’s from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is a performer and teacher in the greater Bay Area with two teaching studios and a full schedule of performances.

Flora Mendoza  

FLORA MENDOZA ('16). Flora, mezzo soprano, is thrilled to be in her inaugural production with the Lamplighters. She relocated to the Bay Area last year, leaving behind her old stomping grounds of New York City. She misses the pizza, but not the weather!

Jennifer Mitchell  

JENNIFER MITCHELL (’13). Jennifer has sung Annina (La traviata) with Livermore Valley Opera, the Novice (Suor Angelica) with Opera San José, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Chloé (Daphnis et Chloé). She also performs the role of Lucy (The Billy Goat’s Gruff) with OSJ Outreach. Jennifer has sung with the OSJ Chorus since 2011. Upcoming performances include Kathy (Company) at Los Altos Stage Company and Featured Ensemble (Evita) at Broadway by the Bay.

Charles Monson  

CHARLES ELLIOTT MONSON (’13). Charles gleefully makes his Lamplighters debut as a member of the Dragoon Guard, and you’ll easily recognize him as the tallest member of the Patience cast. Charles is a Bay Area native with varied interests in the performance arts, from clowning around as 'Redwood' in the San Francisco drag scene to studying the classical repertoire as both a singer and pianist.

David Möschler  

DAVID MÖSCHLER ('15). David is an award-winning freelance conductor and musical director based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent music direction credits include ACT and Guthrie Theater (Mr.Burns: A Post Electric Play), SF Playhouse (Promises, Promises), Mountain Play (West Side Story), Douglas Morrisson Theatre (Candide), West Edge Opera (Hydrogen Jukebox), San Jose Rep (One Night with Janis Joplin), Shotgun Players (WoyzeckAssassinsThe Threepenny Opera), Ray of Light (The Rocky Horror Show, LIZZIE, Into The WoodsAssassins), Broadway by the Bay (Evita), and Center REP (Spring Awakening), among many others. David has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and The American Prize for Conducting, as well as a TBA Award for Oustanding Musical Direction in 2015 for HMS Pinafore with the Lamplighters. He is Resident Musical Director for YMTC Berkeley, has worked on the music staff for College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, and has served on the faculty at Academy of Art University and SF Conservatory of Music. In 2013 he founded the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, which he conducts every month. davidmoschler.com.

Robin Murray  

ROBIN MURRAY ('15). Recent work includes RENT! with Pinole Community Players and Peter Pan and Godspell with Missouri Street Theatre. Robin is a French and Theatre major at Solano Community College and a graduate of the SCC Actor Training Program (c/o 2012).

Ashley Myers  

ASHLEY MYERS ('15). Ashley is pleased to return to the Lamplighters and looks forward to future collaborations. She has studied at San Joaquin Delta College and San Francisco State University. When not on stage, Ashley is an Administrator Extraordinaire for several companies within California. 

Kimberly Nearon  

KIMBERLY NEARON ('15). Kimberly was last seen playing Sarah Brown in Diablo Theater Company’s production of Guys and Dolls. With a BFA in Music Dance Theater from BYU, Kimberly has performed in several musicals, directs and choreographs local shows and teaches private voice.

William Neely  

WILLIAM NEELY (’78). Recently seen with the Lamplighters as the Prince of Monte Carlo (The Grand Duke) and Sir Roderic (Ruddygore), Bill has sung most of the baritone roles in the G&S repertoire, as well as Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (Merry Widow) and Carl-Magnus (A Little Night Music). He has also performed with many groups around the Bay Area such as Cinnabar, Berkeley, Livermore, West Bay, North Bay and Pocket Operas, in such roles as Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Don Giovanni; Voltaire/ Pangloss, Scarpia, Count Almaviva, Sharpless, Escamillo, Ford and Malatesta. Bill teaches his online music appreciation course, Adventures in Classical Music at Udemy.com. Check out the course at musicappreciationonline.com.

Wm. H. Neil  

WM. H. NEIL (’65). If Bill had not already had a family of his own, he would have found a delightful surrogate in the Lamplighters. In what other opera company could he have seen families begun and generations grown up on the same stage? And the audience as part of the same family? Not in any history he knows of. And so. Even if his talents decline to the point where his last role is as Bunthorne's solicitor, he will still take the same pure pleasure in the company as ever.

Katelyn Neumann  

KATELYN NEUMANN (’13). Katelyn completed her BA in Vocal Performance at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and her MM in Vocal Performance from Cal State, Northridge. She has been a recurring soloist for the 1st Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo.

Daniel Norberg  

DANIEL G. NORBERG (‘14). Performances include: Pocket Opera (Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin; Parpignol/Waiter in La Bohème), Coastal Rep. (Margaret Mead, et al. in HAIR; Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd), and The Western Stage (Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas).

Lynn Oakley  

LYNN OAKLEY (’80). Lynn is also a violinist in Villa String Quartet, Villa Sinfonia and Villa Chamber Orchestra, Marin Oratorio and other groups. She and her husband Roy are founders of the Villa Sinfonia Foundation, a non-profit music organization for students of all ages and abilities that has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall (twice,) and around the world.

Yasushi Ogura  

YASUSHI OGURA (’09). Yasushi is concertmaster of the Napa Valley Symphony and Pocket Opera. He often performs for Broadway shows in SF, and acts as guest concertmaster with various regional orchestras such as California Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Sacramento Symphony.

Erin O'Meally  

ERIN O’MEALLY (’15). Erin, known for her electrifying stage presence, is a lyric soprano from the Jersey Shore. She has performed in a wide variety of genre ranging from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire. Her most noted performances are Cherubino in a concert version of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Concerts at the Presidio, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea at SFCM in 2015, #2 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations in 2013 and “La Chatte” in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges performed at the Boston Conservatory in 2013, where she completed her undergraduate degree. While performing is her passion, she also enjoys working as a voice teacher in the Bay Area.

Michael Orlinsky  

MICHAEL ORLINSKY (’16). Michael, Baritone, has performed over 50 roles in his steadfast career. He has sung roles with many companies in the Bay Area; including West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, Solo Opera, Contemporary Opera Marin, the San Francisco Opera Guild and more. With Main Street Opera in Chicago, he sang the roles of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Father Hansel and Gretel. Michael works often with New Music as a composer and performer. He has composed a Requiem. Michael earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago. www.mobaritone.com

Hana Packard  

HANA PACKARD ('17). A native of Kyoto, Japan, Hana graduated from Mills College, receiving five Biggerstaff scholarship Awards and the Donna Petersen Vocal Prize. She pursues performances around the SF Bay Area and summer studies in Italy including, “Cieli Vibranti,” in Breno.

Bryan Pangilinan  

BRYAN PANGILINAN (’10). Bryan trained in Pilipino folk dance for 25 years, and was Music Director for the LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble. After studying vocal performance at SFSU, he has performed with several Bay Area theatre companies including Ray of Light, CCMT and KulArts.

Liz Pasha  

LIZ PASHA (’07). After six years and many adventures, Liz is proud and grateful to be back on the boards with the Lamplighters clan.

Kurt Patzner  

KURT PATZNER (’77). Kurt has performed with every major orchestra in the Bay Area, is a member of the Santa Rosa, Berkeley, and Marin Symphonies, and is on the faculty at The College Preparatory School in Oakland. He has a wife and three sons, all of whom are musicians.

Norman Peck  

NORMAN PECK (’77). Norman currently holds the Principal Percussion Chair with the Santa Cruz County Symphony and West Bay Opera. He plays jazz with a big band, teaches a large class of private students, and provides instrumental contracting services to a variety of clients.

Baker S. Peeples  

BAKER S. PEEPLES (’04). "Little" Baker has been a G&S addict since the womb, obviously. While some Lamplighter offspring have graced the stage, he is the only to fall into the pit. Baker regularly performs with Symphony Silicon Valley, the Oakland Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. He also teaches at Reeder Music Academy in Danville. In his life, Baker has played 10 of the G&S shows, but Patience? Never! Well, hardly ever. 

Timothy Pickett  

TIMOTHY PICKETT (’13). Timothy recently played Seth and Shem in the Contra Costa Civic Theatre production of Children of Eden. His repertoire spans classical, operetta, and musical theatre. He loves to talk gender and sexuality, grocery psychology, and videogame theory.

Sarah Heilbron Pipkin  

SARAH HEILBRON PIPKIN (’99). Sarah performed in Ruddygore, The Gondoliers, Greece; the Musical, and The Mikado, before taking a decade to dabble in offstage adventures. Presently, Sarah appears on the Party City website, energetically publicizing birthday party tutorials.

Kelcey Jay Poe  

KELCEY JAY POE (’01). Kelcey has sung, danced, and choreographed throughout the Bay Area, with West Edge Opera, N. Bay Opera, Pinole Playhouse, Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Lyric Theatre, and Altarena Playhouse. She thanks her husband, Phil Lowery, for getting her into this.

Ben Porter  

BEN PORTER (’16). After years of singing with barbershop quartets and choruses, Ben celebrated his first theatrical performance with last year’s The (New) Mikado. In the world of competitive barbershop, he’s won at the division and district levels and finished in the top ten at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International competition. He would like to thank his ever-supportive partners, Alex and Cameron, and his long-suffering neighbors on Langton Street for the “sometimes slightly off-key singing.”

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JOEY POSTIL (‘13). Joey is a lighting designer based in San Francisco. The Pirates of Penzance in 2014 was his first production designing for the Lamplighters. Feel free to explore more of Joey's lighting explorations at joeypostil.com

Richard Pryor  

RICH PRYOR (‘83). Rich has been seen in almost every G&S done by the Lamplighters (except The Grand Duke). He has appeared as the Solicitor (Patience), MacGrave (Czardas Princess) and has performed elsewhere as Bert Healy (Annie), Jamie (My Fair Lady) and Allen (Play it Again Sam).

JC Quimpo  

JC QUIMPO (‘16). Born and raised in the Philippines, JC joined English Declamation and Vocal Solo Classical competitions in which he won multiple Provincial and Regional Championships. He earned his Bachelors degree in Philosophy at the Santo Niño Seminary where he held positions such as Music Director, Choir Coordinator and Tenor Section Leader. He is thrilled to be back on stage and excited to part of the Lamplighters family.

Colin Raab  

COLIN RAAB (‘16). A G&S Scenes participant since 2013, Colin has also performed in Stanford Savoyards productions of HMS Pinafore, The Sorcerer, and The Mikado, as well as shows by the Hillbarn Conservatory. He attends Menlo School, studies voice with Pierce Peter Brandt, and dance at Dance Arts Center.

Samuel Rabinowitz  

SAMUEL RABINOWITZ (’13). Samuel graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Political Science and received his Master’s from Manhattan School of Music. Recently he has performed with the Lamplighters as Robin Oakapple in Ruddygore, Maximilian in Candide, and as a member of the chorus for San Francisco Opera in Don Carlos, Die Meistersinger, and Les Troyens. Other credits include the title role in Don Giovanni, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Marcello in La bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and, with the Lamplighters, as Strephon in Iolanthe, and Frank in Die Fledermaus.

Karma Raines  

KARMA RAINES (’95). A long time Gilbert & Sullivan fan, previous G&S roles include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard with West Wickham Operatic Society, UK, and Aline in The Sorcerer with the Stanford Savoyards.

Taylor Rawley  

TAYLOR RAWLEY (’16). Taylor is elated to be making his Lamplighters debut. Previous roles in the 2016 season include Ferrando (Così fan Tutte), Mr. Rushworth in the west coast premiere of Mansfield Park, and Gonzalve (L'Heure Espagnole) with the Opera Academy of California. As a specialist in the repertoire of Benjamin Britten, Taylor has performed the title role in Albert Herring, Jemmy Twitcher (The Beggar's Opera), and The Prologue (The Turn of the Screw). Taylor graduated with a double major in Voice and French and Francophone Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and will graduate in May from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he is a student of renowned soprano Patricia Craig. 

Elisabeth Reeves  

ELISABETH REEVES (’13). Elisabeth works as the Company Coordinator for Hot Rod Shop in Alameda and sings with the Vocal Art Ensemble in Davis, CA. She has worked on the crew of several Lamplighter shows - in particular Die Fledermaus ('14), Candide ('15) and Ruddygore ('16).

Courtnee Rhone  

COURTNEE RHONE (’16). Courtnee graduated from Dillard in New Orleans with a BA in Vocal Performance. She moved to California to further her career and attend CSU East Bay this fall for her MA in Music. She performs with Diablo Choral Artists and Pacific Masterworks Chorus. Recently, Courtnee debuted with Verismo Opera as Nella in Gianni Schicchi.

Kaia Richards  

KAIA RICHARDS ('14). Kaia is finishing up her doctoral degree in voice performance from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. She holds a BA in music from Cal State University of Hayward and a Master of Music in voice performance from Indiana University.

A.C. Roberts  

ALAN ROBERTS (‘12). Alan sang his first solo at age ten. He has been involved with multiple musical theatre troupes and performed in productions of The Mikado (his Lamplighters debut in 2012), Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus, Three Penny Opera, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Princess Ida, to name a few.

Deborah Rosengaus  

DEBORAH ROSENGAUS (’14). Deborah has performed in Tokyo's Santori Hall, Disney Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Last November she was a featured soloist at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Deborah has given recitals in Mexico, Europe and across the U.S. and is a member of chamber ensemble Camerata Sospiro. She performs with many local Opera companies and holds a BM from USC and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music.

Cary Ann Rosko  

CARY ANN ROSKO (’06). Mezzo-soprano Cary is delighted to appear with the Lamplighters once again. Previous roles with the company include Dame Hannah (Ruddygore), Old Woman (Candide), Fairy Queen (Iolanthe), Lady Blanche (Princess Ida), Tessa (The Gondoliers), Phoebe Merrill (The Yeomen of the Guard), Lady Angela (Patience), Iolanthe (Iolanthe), Katisha (The Mikado), Cousin Hebe (HMS Pinafore), and Julie (Show Boat). Favorite operatic roles include Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Siebel (Faust), and Olga (Eugene Onegin). Cary’s contemporary opera credits include Tobias Picker’s Emmeline (Aunt Hannah), Mary Watkins’ Dark River (Sheriff’s Wife), Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles (Dargelos/Agathe), Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Reporter), and Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s La Curandera (Dionisia).

Kathy Rosner-Galitz  

KATHY ROSNER-GALITZ (’12). Kathy debuted with the Lamplighters in The Sorcerer. She also was in Die Fledermaus, Candide, HMS Pinafore and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Galas. This year she won first place in the SF Bay Area NATS Competition, Late Bloomer Category, and sang 8 seasons with Sacramento Opera and other choirs before moving to the Bay Area.

John Rouse  

JOHN ROUSE (‘77). John began his career with the Lamplighters in patter roles, notably Ko-Ko, the Duke of Plaza-Toro, Robin Oakapple, and Grosvenor. Since becoming a tenor, he has sung Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Camille in The Merry Widow, and roles in several Galas. Opera credits include Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Don Jose (Carmen), as well as apprearances with West Bay Opera and Pocket Opera.

Sam Rubin  

SAM RUBIN (‘15). Sam has sung with Marin Shakes, SF Opera Conservatory, Galatean Players, Knox Theatre’s Live at the Apollo and with Pacific Collegeum. He plays Rocket in The Rocket Family Chronicles and is in pre-production on Samlandia, an opera-theatre fusion he’s written.

Alison Sawyer  

ALISON SAWYER (‘15). Alison is a horn player, music teacher, and new mother. She teaches with Berkeley Unified School District, is a graduate of SF Conservatory of Music, and holds a masters in horn performance from Northwestern University and a masters in teaching music from USC.

Lucy Schoening  

LUCY SCHOENING (’74). Lucy was principal flute for the Artea Chamber Orchestra and performed with San Francisco Symphony and Pocket Opera. She teaches fifth grade and is the mother of two sons.

Michele Schroeder  

MICHELE SCHROEDER (’09). Mezzo-soprano Michele is thrilled to play the role of Lady Saphir in Patience. Performances with the Lamplighters include: Pizzi in (The (new) Mikado), Lisa (The Grand Duke), the title role in Iolanthe, Edith (The Pirates of Penzance), Melissa (Princess Ida), Cousin Hebe (HMS Pinafore), Phoebe Meryll (The Yeomen of the Guard), and Paquette (Candide). Michele received her Bachelor of Music at SF State University (2010) where she performed the role of Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte). In 2012 Michele attended BASOTI where she performed La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), and opera scenes as Dame Quickly (Falstaff), Angelina (La Cenerentola), and Carmen (Carmen).

Kathryn Schumacher  

KATHRYN SCHUMACHER (’98). Kathryn has performed in The Grand Duke, The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore and The Yeoman of the Guard. She has also performed with the SF Symphony, Diablo Light Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre, and is General Manager of Yankee Pier in Lafayette, CA.

Corynne Scott  

CORYNNE SCOTT ('14). Cory is pursuing vocal studies at Sonoma State University. A performer through and through, when not at class or rehearsal, she is often found in bedazzled costumes, working as a children’s birthday party entertainer.

Tara Scown  

TARA SCOWN ('16). Tara is a San Francisco native currently majoring in music at UC Berkeley. She has enjoyed singing in the US premiere of Karl Jenkins’ The Bards of Wales at Carnegie Hall and performing Beethoven’s 9th under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. Tara is thrilled to be in her first show with Lamplighters!

Shakira Searle  

SHAKIRA SEARLE ('15). Shakira was born at a very young age, and has been alive ever since. Despite an initial inability to walk or speak, she has triumphed to become a responsible adult, learning as much as possible and singing anything she could along the way.

Tom Segal  

TOM SEGAL ('14). Tom has performed, choreographed and directed locally, nationally and abroad. Other Bay Area directing and choreography credits include SF Opera, Ensemble Paralelle, Word for Word, Marin Theatre Youth Co, Berkeley Playhouse, and The Rat Pack show.

Tom Segal  

ANDREW SERRANO ('16). Andy is excited to be performing in his first production with the Lamplighters. He holds a Minor in Music from CSU Northridge and has also performed with several other regional theaters including Hillbarn, Los Altos Theater Company, West Coast Round-Up and the Dicken’s Christmas Fair with Her Majesty’s Royal Opera.  

Tom Segal  

ALEXANDRA SESSLER ('10). Alexandra is a member of the SF Symphony Chorus. Recent engagements include the title role of Princess Ida with Lamplighters, Sara in Armienta's La Llorona with Opera Cultura, and Elizabeth Keckley in Cepelak’s Lincoln and Booth with Golden Gate Opera.

Pete Shoemaker  

PETE SHOEMAKER (’14). Pete has had a diverse theatrical career that includes leading roles in plays, musicals and ballets. He is “back in the saddle” now that his kids are grown and is delighted to be working with the Lamplighters for the third time, having been in The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore the last two years.

Zach Sigman  

ZACH SIGMAN (’14). Zach has been working in theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 20 years for companies such as San Jose Rep, American Musical Theatre, Theatreworks, Opera San Jose and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 

Arie Singer  

ARIE SINGER ('02). Arie has been a proud participant in more than 20 Lamplighters productions, and is a founding member of the Lamplighters Guild.

Bobby Singer  

BOBBY SINGER (’13). Bobby recently performed with the Thrillpeddlers in their revivals of the Cockette shows Pearls Over Shanghai and Hot Greeks. Thanks to Sam Palmer for helping me find my voice, and Dalton for not dragging me to heavy metal concerts.

Mithuna Sivaraman  

MITHUNA SIVARAMAN (’16). Mithuna has performed such roles as First Spirit (The Magic Flute) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and is currently a roster singer with Opera on Tap and Phènix Opera Co. She is also member of the SF Symphony Chorus. In her “other life,” she works in the field of international tax – she was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013.

Ashten Smith  

ASHTEN SMITH (’15). Ashten was a finalist in the David W. Scott Memorial Vocal Competition, the David Weiss Competition and the Classics Alive Competition. She performed at Davies Hall with Skywalker Symphony and was a featured soloist with the Bakersfield Master Chorale.

Allison Spencer  

ALLISON SPENCER ('14). Allison is happy to return to the Lamplighter’s stage after her time in The Pirates of Penzance. She received her Bachelor of Music from Sonoma State University where she studied under Ruth Ann Swenson. She recently got back from Le Chiavi, the Institute of Bel Canto Studies, where she learned to master the art of bel canto. Other roles include Eurydice from Heroines, Silvia from L’Isola Disabitata, and chorus member in Riders to the Sea.

Jonathan Spencer  

JONATHAN SPENCER (’90). Favorite Lamplighter roles include the Major General and Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Pooh-Bah (The Mikado),  Judge (Trial by Jury)Lindquist (A Little Night Music), Sir Arthur Sullivan (G&S: Straight Up ...), and The Playwright (Enter the Guardsman).

Rachel Spund  

RACHEL SPUND (’16). Rachel is currently a senior at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she has participated in many exciting productions, such as Mozart's Don Giovanni and Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. Rachel is thrilled to perform in her first show with Lamplighters, and hopes to take part in many more in the future. 

Robby Stafford  

ROBBY STAFFORD (’09). A San Francisco native, Robby’s favorite roles have included Don Pasquale with Sonoma City Opera, Mozart’s Figaro with Livermore Valley Opera, the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffman with West Bay Opera, and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with the Lamplighters. Robby has enjoyed singing Bach, Handel, and Monteverdi with many leading Baroque orchestras, and directed a performance of Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame at Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco, where he is Cantor and Director of Music Liturgy.

Carl Stanley  

CARL STANLEY (’81). Carl performs professionally with orchestras and theater groups throughout the Bay Area. He first played bass with the Lamplighters in the mid 1970’s. He currently serves as Orchestra Personnel Manager and Education Coordinator for the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

Brianna Stutzman  

BRIANNA STUTZMAN (’14). Brianna is a recent graduate of Westmont College with a BA in Music. She was a participant at the American Institute of Musical Studies summer opera studio program in Graz, Austria, and a scholarship recipient at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts. She would like to thank her family for all of their support.

Gregory Sykes  

GREGORY SYKES (’93). Gregory holds a BM from UC Berkeley. He has performed with the Berkeley, Napa, Oakland East Bay, Santa Rosa and Vallejo Symphonies and has played in the pit for numerous dramatic troupes, most especially the Lamplighters! Thanks for all the memories!

Kristen Tansey  

KRISTEN TANSEY (’15). Kristen received her Bachelor of Music degree from UC Santa Barbara in 2013. Past shows range from musicals to operas and favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), Poppea (Damigella), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna).

Peter Tedeschi  

PETER TEDESCHI (’14). Peter has appeared with Verismo Opera (Carmen/Lucia di Lammermoor), Ensemble Parallèle (Great Gatsby), Contemporary Opera of Marin (Send for Mr. Plim), Solo Opera (Bastien und Bastienne), and Ina Chalis Opera/Goat Hall (Amahl and the Night Visitors).

Sarah Terman  

SARAH TERMAN (’14). Prior to The Mikado, Sarah previously stage managed Lamplighters' production of Candide and our 2015 Gala. She has also staged managed several productions at West Bay Opera and Lyric Theatre, including almost the entire G&S repertoire. She holds a BA in Drama from Stanford University.

Genie Tjahjadi  

GENIE TJAHJADI (’14). Genie completed her degree in music (voice/piano) from Point Loma Nazarene. Recently she was awarded 2nd place in the Art Song Division and 4th in the Aria Division of the 2014 SF NATS Competition. Recent roles include Suzuki, Dorabella, Daphnis, Medea, and Ramiro. She studies with Sheri Greenawald and Susanne Mentzer. 

Talia Trozzo  

TALIA TROZZO ('14). An SF native, Talia is a graduate in music from Sonoma State, where she studied classical voice with Ruth Ann Swenson. She performed the role of Diana Morales in A Chorus Line at Napa Valley Opera House, and Maurya in the Sonoma State University Riders to the Sea.

Francis Upton  

FRANCIS UPTON V ('15). Francis is studying at CSU East Bay and will achieve a BA in Music. He has been in many productions including The Threepenny Opera (Mr. Peachum), Sweeney Todd (Mr. Fogg/ensemble), and Beauty and the Beast (Mon. D’Arque).

Chris Uzelac  

CHRIS UZELAC (‘04). Lamplighters: KoKo, Grosvenor, Jack Point, Boatswain, Giuseppe Palmieri, Florian, John Wellington Wells, Samuel, Grand Duke Rudolph, Sir Joseph Porter. Lamplighter Galas: Harry Patter, Datum, Jekyll/Hyde, Sherlock, D’arth Vader. Lamplighters Recordings: Princess Ida, The Sorcerer, The Pirates of Penzance, The Grand Duke, HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Cat in the Hat, Seussical (Ray of Light), Charley Kringas, Merrily We Roll Along (Altarena), Charles Guiteau, Assassins (Custom Made). Chris has helped write seven Galas and sits on the Board as Company Representative.

Robert Vann  

ROBERT VANN (’10). Robert enjoys an active vocal solo career throughout Northern California. Concert performance highlights include solos in Carmina Burana with Sacramento Ballet, The Coffee Cantata with the California Baroque Ensemble and Bach’s Cantata No. 61 with the Apollo Symphony & Chorus. A performer with more than twenty stage roles to his credit, recent opera/musical theater engagements include the role of Nadir in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Pollione in Bellini’s Norma (with Pocket Opera), Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Seviglia with California Opera and has performed most of the tenor roles in the Gilbert & Sullivan canon with the Lamplighters and Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. Robert can be heard on three of Lamplighters recordings (The Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer, and Princess Ida) and can be seen in the feature film, My Brothers Shoes, with R & R Stage & Screen. He resides in Sacramento, CA with his wife, soprano Carley Neill.

Hannah Velichko  

HANNAH VELICHKO (’11). Hannah joined the Lamplighters building costumes for HMS Pinafore, and has spent many hours since in the costume shop. She holds a BA in Technical Theatre (Costume Design) from SFSU and an AS in Fashion Design from Cañada College. She has designed for Pocket Opera and King’s Academy, and constructed for several others. 

Sarah Velichko  

SARAH VELICHKO (’11). Sarah recently graduated from SFSU with a BA in Technical Theatre and Costume Design. She was first introduced to the Lamplighters family when she helped build costumes for HMS Pinafore, and has since performed with them in several shows.

Nick Volkert  

NICK VOLKERT (’08). Nick has performed with the Lamplighters in The Grand Duke, The Secret Garden and as Freddy in My Fair Lady. He sings classically in and around his native Bay Area. Other pursuits include cartooning, playing the violin, and long hikes with his dog, Lily.

Tom Wagner  

TOM WAGNER (’15). A fixture in the local traditional music scene as a founder of the a capella trio Oak Ash & Thorn and Celtic groups Greenbridge and Tinkers Damn, Tom has also sung with San Jose, SF, and Philharmonia Baroque symphony choruses.

Winton White  

WINTON YUICHIRO WHITE (’14). Winton is a published composer graduated from SF Conservatory of Music in music composition. Artists that performed his works include Afiara String Quartet, Mobius Trio, SF Chamber Orchestra, SF Choral Artists, SF Renaissance Voices, and more.

Patricia Westley  

PATRICIA WESTLEY (’16). Patricia holds her MM Opera Fellowship and BFA in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Oklahoma. Recent roles include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Morgana (Alcina), Sandrina (La finta giardiniera), Laurie (The Tender Land) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). This year, Patricia was selected as a finalist in the ‘Grand Concours’ competition for excellence in French singing and won the Encouragement Award in the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2014. www.patriciawestley.com

Layla Wilkinson Wallerstein  

LAYLA WILKINSON WALLERSTEIN (’15). Layla, 11, has always loved musical theater, and has been in various classes and programs including Lamplighter’s Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes camp for the last two years, and the children’s chorus at the SF Community Music Center for the past four.

Rick Williams  

RICK WILLIAMS (’78). Rick has performed every Gilbert & Sullivan patter role with the Lamplighters, often multiple times. He won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Ko-Ko (The Mikado) and appeared as Gama in our award-winning Princess Ida. He performed Higgins (twice) in My Fair Lady and Fredrik in A Little Night Music, for each of which he was nominated for BATCC Awards. Other roles with the Lamplighters include Dick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore), Baron Zeta and Njegus (Merry Widow), Pangloss (Candide), Andy (Show Boat), Frosch (Die Fledermaus), Horace (Hello, Dolly!), Spettigue (Where’s Charley?), Lutz and Toni (Student Prince) and George Grossmith in Gilbert & Sullivan à la Carte. Rick is the winner of three other BATCC Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, for the title role of Man of La Mancha and twice for John Adams in 1776, all with Willows Theatre, as well as the 2010 Arty Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama (Dodge in Buried Child, with Bay Area Stage). He has appeared with Shotgun Players, Ross Valley Players, 42nd Street Moon, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Berkeley Contemporary Opera, Peninsula Civic Light Opera, Piedmont Light Opera, Hayward Little Theater, and the Palo Alto Players.

Michael Wirgler  

MICHAEL WIRGLER (’79). Michael is a retired music teacher from Oakland Public Schools where he taught for more than 30 years. He is currently conductor of The Golden Gate Park Band and the Alameda Community Band. He joined the Lamplighters as a clarinetist in 1979, and it has been an important part of his life ever since.

Phil Wong  

PHIL WONG (’14). Phil is an actor, musician, and educator based in Oakland. When he’s not involved in theatre, Phil can be seen attempting to be funny at the various comedy open mics around the Bay or monkeying around at the Athletic Playground.

Daniel Wood  

DANIEL WOOD (’07). Daniel graduated from UCLA, founded the horn quartet QUADRE and has performed over 700 concerts with them throughout the US. He recorded, composed and produced 3 albums with the group and is faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts.

Melissa Wortman  

MELISSA WORTMAN (’80). Melissa has also designed costumes for American Conservatory Theater, Circus Circus Hotels, KITKA, Abydos Theater, Dance Through Time, Marin Ballet, and numerous private clients. She is the resident costume designer for Bracebridge Dinner Theater created by Ansel Adams, and held annually in the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. Melissa is the recipient of 5 BATCC nominations, 2 BATCC awards, 2 Drama Logue Awards, and a TBA Award.

Hyunju Yang  

HYUNJU YANG (’16). Hyunju just received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Southeast Missouri State University. Credits include Lady Thiang in The King and I, Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde, Cecco in Peter Pan, Bird Girl in Seussical, Tituba in The Crucible, Witch Sister in Macbeth, Ensemble in On The Town and in Annie. Love to her supportive family and friends.

Paul Zawilski  

PAUL ZAWILSKI ('83). Paul was The Usher in Trial By Jury ('89), Lt. Duke of Dunstable in Patience ('95), Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe ('96), and conducted a few performances of The Pirates of Penzance ('98). He has also performed with Berkeley Opera, Oakland Opera, Pocket Opera, and SF Opera.