An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with the human personality creates a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of Man's evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.
Mark Almy is the lead character Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde, supported by Tim Bruneau as Sir Danvers Carew, both are COD music adjunct faculty. Current COD student Natalie Gilbert has the role of Emma Carew, and former student Kaley Smith is playing the character Lucy Harris. The show is directed and choreographed by Sha Newman. The musical direction is by Darlene Romano.
Others in the cast are: Lou Galvan, Ashton Loyo, Rick Doerfler, Dale Jean Covington, Ramon Martinez, Kelly McDaniel, David Middleton, Stacey Mills, Carrick O’Dowd, Marcos Perez, Jake Phillips, Deborah Rubin, Judi Russo, Rick Schaffner, Vince Urbani and Raul Valenzuela.
The haunting score features music by Frank Wildhorn (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse (Victor/Victoria, Doctor Doolittle, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). Songs include "Once Upon A Dream," "This Is the Moment," "Someone Like You," "In His Eyes" and "A New Life." This COD Performing Arts production is fully staged and features the complete Broadway orchestration.
The performances are Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.; Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $20-$35 per person. To purchase tickets go to www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=499, at the McCallum Theatre Box Office, or by phone at 760.340.ARTS or 76.340.2787. The McCallum Theatre is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert.
Actor Background Information:
Mark Almy is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has taught at University of Redlands, Riverside Community College, California State University San Bernardino and College of the Desert. He has been teaching at COD since August 1999. He trained with Janet Parlova and Marcie Stapp of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Dewey Camp of San Francisco State University; Mark Haffner of San Francisco Opera; and William Vendice of Los Angeles Opera. Artist-in-residence at Orlando Opera and an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, Almy has sung over 100 roles in opera and music theater, including Don Giovanni, Figaro, Rigoletto, Sweeney Todd, Javert, King Arthur, and Don Quixote. After studying at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, he made his European debut at the Opera of Toulon, France.
Tim Bruneau holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Conducting and a Master’s Degree in Voice. He received additional vocal training with Marilyn Horne, Beverly Sills, Gerard Souzay, Barbara Cook and Jane Randolph. Bruneau has sung under such legendary conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Ricardo Muti, and performed and recorded with Leontyne Price, Renée Fleming, Frederica Von Stade, Suzanna Guzmán, and Rod Gilfry. His private students have appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Paris Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Broadway productions of The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera. Bruneau serves as the Artistic Director of California Desert Chorale, the Coachella Valley’s premiere choral ensemble. Bruneau has been an adjunct faculty member at COD since August 2009.
Natalie Gilbert is a music major at College of the Desert and has been performing professionally since she was very young. Her first big performance was when she was eight years old, singing The Star Spangled Banner for a Portland Trail Blazers basketball game. As Gilbert grew older she sang for many sporting events affiliated with The Rose Garden including boxing matches, and motocross games. During her high school career, she performed with The Portland Opera in three different shows. After graduating, Gilbert moved to Los Angeles and studied voice with Edward Sayegh and Seth Riggs. She is now working with Tim Bruneau.
Kaley Smith has been in many COD productions. She can be remembered her for her roles as Eva Peron in Evita and Marian Paroo in The Music Man (DTL winner). In other COD productions, she also played Nedda in Pagliacci, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Patience in Patience, Zerbina in La Serva Padrona, Julia Jellicoe in The Grand Duke (DTL winner), Mimi in La Bohême, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Jo March in Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical. Her regional credits include: Cosette in Les Misérables, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Sally in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.
Dale Jean Covington (Poppy/Ensemble) holds a BA degree in music. She has numerous vocal releases on the Internet and is a veteran to musical theatre. Regional credits include the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Polly Brown in The Boyfriend, Lucy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Mrs. Pugh in Annie, the Queen in Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, Meet Me In St. Louis, Carousel, A Christmas Carol, Broadway A La Carte, Guys and Dolls and Camelot. Dale was featured as the Christmas Angel in Christmas Around The World and music director of Christmas Carolers. Covington appeared at the McCallum Theater in last season’s COD production of Anything Goes.
Rick Doerfler (Lord Savage/Old Man/Dance Captain) has performed in numerous College of the Desert shows including Shenandoah with Howard Keel, The Music Man and last year's COD production of Anything Goes. Doerfler also performed in the Top Hat Theatre's production of Les Miserables, and various other music revues throughout the Desert, including 20 years with the Mario singers.
Lou Galvan (Sir Archibald Proops/Spider) may be remembered for past performances on the McCallum Stage as Jacob in La Cage aux Folles, the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz as well as COD productions of The Fantasticks, Shenandoah, Kismet, A Chorus Line, You’re a Good Man Charlie
Brown, Die Fledermaus, The Music Man, Anything Goes and, most recently, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with the Palm Desert Stage Company. He is twice the recipient of "Best Lead Actor" awards and a "Best Supporting Actor" award from the Desert Theatre League. Galvan has his own Rock Band “Alyce Bowie” performing at various nightclubs in the valley.
Frank Haggard (John Utterson) has a diverse background in music, dance and theater. At age sixteen he joined the singing and dancing group, the Young Americans. He then became a professional dancer before pursuing a career in vocal music. Companies Haggard has performed with include Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Providence and State Theater Mainz, Germany. With his daughter, Grace, Haggard has performed for various service organizations, country clubs and theatre companies. This year marks his 5th year teaching voice at Idyllwild Arts Academy. He also sings at several area churches and temples.
Ashton Loyo (Flossie/Ensemble) is a student at College of the Desert studying music and theatre. She performed in several productions at Cathedral City High School, including Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and You Can't Take it With You, portrayed Minnie Faye in Hello Dolly and performed on her varsity dance team. At COD, Loyo played Barbara Cahoun in The Happiest Days of Your Life, performed in the student-directed One Acts and, most recently, in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.
Ramon Martinez (Bisset/Ensemble) is a history major at College of the Desert. His COD credits include Rev. Edward Peck in The Happiest Days Of Your Life, Licki Rake in C.O.D. Live!, Repair Man in Soap Opera and Pride and Prejudice. He also has been a part of the stage crew for A Flea In Her Ear and Anything Goes. Other credits include Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, Ed in You Can’t Take It With You, Carousel, 42nd Street and High School Musical 2.
Kelly McDaniel (Lady Beaconsfield) graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she premiered as Sally in A Hand of Bridge. She played leading roles in The Beggar's Opera, Midsummer Night's Dream, Marriage of Figaro, Alcina, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Hansel &
Gretel. McDaniel received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in music from California State University, Long Beach and has since performed as Aline in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer as well as Sweeney Todd, which she has been in five times! Most recently she toured and recorded The Messiah in America with the Orange County Mormon Chorale, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's classical chart.
David Middleton (Poole/Priest/Ensemble) is a Coachella Valley native. Early stage work includes a few years with a folk music trio and Riverside Opera Association’s production of The Pearl Fishers by Bizet. He joined the California Desert Chorale in 2007. Middleton’s interest in the arts have included stone carving, paper sculpture and cabinetmaking, all of which contribute to his current career as an Architectural Draftsman. His many clients in the Design field keep him busy with his 2D and 3D CAD skills from his home here in Palm Desert, where, as a child, he played in the foundation of the COD campus.
Stacey Mills (Kate/Ensemble) is a native of Palm Desert since 1964 and is the niece of rock icon, hall of fame inductee, Sammy Hagar, lead vocalist of Van Halen. She played the LA club circuit with her band Xboyfriend in the early ‘80s at such venues as the Ice House, the Whisky a Go Go and the Ambassador Hotel. Stacey has given vocal instruction for the past 10 years and is presently the coordinator for the Indio Festival Vocal Competition. She is presently singing in churches all over the Coachella Valley including her home church. After home schooling and graduating her two children, who are now working musicians, Mills is continuing what she first began 30 years ago, studying musical theatre at COD. Jekyll & Hyde will be her first musical theatre performance.
Carrick O’Dowd (Orderly/Ensemble) is a music major at College of the Desert majoring in vocal performance. He has been in multiple shows, including You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Forever Plaid (Francis) and The Diary of Anne Frank. Jekyll & Hyde is Carrick's first COD production.
Marcos Perez (Detective/Ensemble) is appearing in his first production since his college years in the Philippines almost 20 years ago. He had his first voice lesson several years ago, and has been training with Tim Bruneau for the past year.
Jake Phillips (Newsboy/Ensemble) is a sophomore at the Marywood-Palm Valley High School where his theatre credits include Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical and Otto Von Brunno in Bullshot Crummond. Jake won a Desert Theatre League Award for his performance as The Artful Dodger in Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Oliver! and received a nomination for his portrayal of Tom of Warwick in Camelot. Most recently, Phillips won first place in the regional English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition and competed at Lincoln Center in New York for the National ESU Competition in April.
Deborah Rubin (Nellie/Ensemble) is a Breast Imaging Specialist at Eisenhower, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University and Alpha Omega Alpha from Temple Medical School. She has appeared as Marie Dindon in La Cage Au Folles, Agnes Gooch in Mame, Two Ladies in Cabaret, Bebe in A Chorus Line, Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Electra in Gypsy, Patty in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Sister in Damn Yankees, Alma Hicks in Music Man, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Tintanbula in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Judi Russo (Rosie/Ensemble) began private voice study at the age of sixteen. She played Mrs. Molloy in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and has been performing as a soloist and choral singer ever since. A native of Milwaukee, Judi graduated with a degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin. Tim Bruneau has been her private vocal coach for the last four years. She is currently a member of the California Desert Chorale, in which she has appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions. Russo caught the theater bug last year when she appeared in COD‘s production of Anything Goes.
Rick Schaffner (General Lord Glossop), musical roots include playing trumpet in symphony and singing gospel quartet, vocal jazz, and a variety of church music. In California he has sung with Inland Master Chorale and Los Angeles Master Chorale, and is now a member of the California Desert Chorale and vocal student of Tim Bruneau. Schaffner has sung under the baton of Paul Salamunovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle, and Jon Robertson of the Redlands Symphony. His favorite performances as a soloist include Schubert's Mass in G, the Requiems of Duruflé, Fauré, Mozart and Brahms, as well as Beethoven's Mass in C and Ninth Symphony. A frequent Handel Messiah soloist, Schaffner also recently sang the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with San Fernando Valley Master Chorale.
Vince Urbani (Bishop of Basingstoke), is a native son of Philadelphia and recently transplanted to the desert. Favorite roles include Roger de Bris in The Producers, Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Eli Whitney in Anything Goes, Alfie Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, Farleigh in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Old Deuteronomy in CATS and Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye, Birdie. Theatrical affiliations include The Surflight Theatre, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Candlelight Music Dinner Theatre and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County, PA. Film credits include the role of a mental patient in 12 Monkeys, and behind the scenes in Dead Poets Society where he employed his talent on set as a professional hairstylist.
Raul Valenzuela (Simon Stride), has performed in COD productions of Anything Goes, The Music Man, Evita, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Gypsy, South Pacific, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Cenerentola and Les Contes D’Hoffman. Additional credits include Palm Desert Stage Company productions of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, Lend Me A Tenor and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum as well as Josyln Players productions of Dear World, and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Most recently he appeared in Stanley Walden’s new musical review Butterfly Madam with Script2Stage2Screen productions and a staged reading of You Are Here. Valenzuela has been a member of the California Desert Chorale since 2009.