PERFORMING UNCOMMON ACTS OF THEATRE IN ORANGE COUNTY, LA, AND BEYOND SINCE 2013
Alchemy Theatre Co.
Keith Ahlstrom as Adam
Keith is excited to perform Much Ado About Nothing for a second time! This is his first time performing in an outdoor environment, and he is excited for the new experience. He hopes that you enjoy the show!
Daniel Conder as DOGBERRY
"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come." [As Dogberry, Master Constable of the Watch, Daniel seems to have confused Messina’s Watch with George R.R. Martin’s Night’s Watch. But how good is Game of Thrones, right? DRAGONS! Anyway, Daniel is a fan of stuff, and loves his wife Katt (Margaret), especially for putting up with his idiocy. M.T.F.B.W.Y.]
Jessica Amezola as JEMA
Jessica has performed in multiple productions at Fullerton College, including Jane Eyre as Mrs. Fairfax and The Women of Lockerbie as Olive. She has been part of the college's directing program as well. Jessica was Cleopatra in the The Miss Beauty Bard Contest Green Show last summer as part of the Alchemy Theatre Company’s 4th Annual Shakespeare in the Park Production, and is excited to return.
Wade Williamson as LEONATO
Wade Williamson has been actively involved in the local Orange County theater scene for the past 30 years. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s acclaimed School of the Arts Department of Theatre & Dance, he has served as an actor, stage manager, director, technician, designer, producer, and even artistic director. Recent acting credits include The Authority Figure/Actor #6 in Stinky Cheese Manand Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Chance Theatre), Michael Novak in God of Carnage (Modjeska Playhouse), Oliver in As You Like It (Alchemy Theatre Company-Huntington Beach), Robert Lee in The North Plan & various roles in The Twilight Zone (STAGESTheatre), Agent Polk in The Sting (Maverick Theater), and Clark in Spoken Allowed (Chapman University’s OC-Centric New Play Festival). Wade is a Resident Artist at Chance Theatre in Anaheim, CA.
Green Show Cast and Crew
PRODUCER/CHOREOGRAPHER Kathleen Switzer
Kathleen is an Orange County native, currently residing in Fullerton. She graduated with her B.A. in Theatre from the California State University at Fullerton, and earned her M.A. in Theatre from the California State University at Los Angeles. Kathleen is the Theatre teacher at El Dorado High School in Placentia, where she has produced and directed more than 50 theatrical productions over the last fifteen years. She was named Orange County Teacher of the Year and a finalist for California Teacher of the Year in 2015. Although her schedule doesn't leave much room for personal projects, she enjoys performing any chance she gets, particularly as a member of the Alchemy Theatre Company's du Fromage shows.
Emily MacAgy as BALTHASAR
Emily is very excited to be working with the Alchemy Theatre Company for the first time. This is her third Orange County production, having previously appeared in Newport Theatre Arts Center’s How The Other Half Loves (Mary Detweiler), and Costa Mesa Playhouse’s Rumors (Claire Ganz). Other credits include The Dark Side of the Moon (Ensemble), Curtains (Ensemble), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Usherette), Les Misérables (Ensemble, u/s Eponine), A Very Potter Musical (Draco Malfoy), and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Mother). Special thanks go out to her ever-supportive and loving parents.
STAGE MANAGER Ingrid Musa
Ingrid is a recent graduate of Diamond Ranch High School and will be heading off to Cal State Northridge in the fall. She has been stage managing for three years. This is her first production with the Alchemy Theatre Company. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with such an incredible cast. Many thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support.
Adam Ferry as GEORGE SEACOAL
Adam has been involved in theatre for over ten years. Starting at OCC where he earned his AA and finishing at Cal State Fullerton where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Directing. During, and since, that time he's learned multiple trades including stage management, design, and prop making. He regularly involves himself in the world of science fiction and cosplay (specifically Doctor Who) and has his own prop making store on etsy.com. Adam has been involved with the Alchemy Theatre Company since its beginnings with their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2013.
Tom Royer as ANTONIO
This is Tom's first appearance with the Alchemy Theatre Company, but it truly feels like home as this production reunites him with several actors that he enjoys working with. Tom's recent roles include Judge Turpin in Theatre Out's imaginative reimagining of Sweeney Todd and Squire Allworthy in Tom Jones. Other favorites include The Rocky Horror Show (Criminologist), The Diviners (Ferris Layman), as well as multiple roles with The Gourmet Detective dinner theatre. Many thanks to EB, the whole Alchemy family, and to his lovely wife, Carolyn.
Jesse Runde as BEATRICE
Jesse is a Founding Ensemble Member of Alchemy Theatre Company. She has directed, devised, produced, and designed for the company throughout it's five-year history. She is a producer of the forthcoming Truck Theatre Project. Jesse is an Associate Faculty Member at Fullerton College, and has taught at Irvine Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, and the University of Oregon (Graduate Teaching Fellow). She teaches classes in directing, acting, dramatic literature, theatre history, theatre design, technical theatre, and fine arts. Her work has been seen on stages throughout Orange County (STAGEStheatre, Cal Rep, Shakespeare by the Sea, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Garden Grove Playhouse, Fullerton College, Saddleback College, Insurgo Theatre Movement, The Cabrillo Playhouse, The Gem Theater, Mysterium Theatre, The Hunger Artists Theatre, Vanguard Theater). She is an alumna of the California State University at Long Beach (B.A. Theatre Arts), and the University of Oregon (M.A. Theatre Arts). The University of Wales at Aberystwyth published her Master's Thesis as an article in Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts.
Jonathon Vanphravong as MESSENGER/FRIAR FRANCIS
Jonathon Vanphravong is proud to be working with the Alchemy Theatre Company. Jonathon, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently migrated to Los Angeles to pursue a professional career in television. He is grateful for his family and friends for their love and support. He would like to thank all those involved in Much Ado About Nothing for making it one of his most rewarding experiences.
Loralee Barlow-Boyes as CONRADE
This is Loralee's fifth production with Alchemy Theatre Company and her fourth summer joining them for Shakespeare in the Park. She has recently become a company member with Alchemy and is very honored to continue her work with them not only on, but off the stage as well. Loralee is very pleased to be playing her first villain. Her past credits include Helena in A Midsummers Night’s Dream, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, Miep Gies in The Diary of Anne Fran, and Andy Honky Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She sends her love to her family and friends, especially her Husband Tucker, who makes summers like these possible for her. This performance is dedicated to Melness.
COSTUME DESIGNER Rome Fiore II
Rome is a diligent and hardworking costume designer who is currently attending Fullerton College. He has worked on and constructed for numerous shows at the college theater, such as Revenger's Tragedy and Big Love. In addition, he has helped costume for small productions, an opera, and individuals clients. In the following months he will be working in the costume shop to assist in constructing the upcoming shows at South Coast Repertory.
PRODUCER Jon Sparks
Jon is proud to be a company member of Alchemy Theater Company. Jon came to the company through the works of Alchemy Du Fromage, the fundraising branch of Alchemy. For the past two decades, he has performed, directed, and produced shows all over Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Additionally, Jon is an accomplished wig master, having worked at Disneyland as well as many local theaters.
R. Benito Cardenas as WATCHMAN 1
Born and raised in Delano, California, Benito graduated Cum Laude from CSU, Fresno with a BA in Political Science with hopes of becoming a lawyer. Then he decided to be an actor. Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Thanks to the Alchemy Theatre Company for this opportunity as well as my family and friends for their love and support. Mom, Dad, Nana, Tata, Abuelito and Abuelita, this is for you. Theatre: Disney's Viva Navidad!, The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare Shorts, Medea, As You Like It, Snoopy! The Musical, Our Lady of 121st Street, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, How the Other Half Loves, Tracers, Anna in the Tropics, and Tartuffe. Film: Jesuscat (Or How I Accidentally Joined A Cult) and The 7 Greatest Bathroomsin Los Angeles.
Katt McLaren as MARGARET/THE SEXTON
Welcome fair gentles to the Alchemy Theatre Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing! A play of all mirth and no matter...well, perhaps a little matter. As well as merriment, sabotage, and an almost-murder. This is Katt's first production with Alchemy and she is very happy to (finally) be doing a show with her better half (Daniel aka Dogberry). She dedicates this show to her beautiful mother for always supporting her love for theatre. Enjoy the show.
DIRECTOR EB Bohks
EB has had a blast working with the Alchemy Theatre Company for the second summer in a row! Last year she directed their Green Show, Miss Bard Beauty, written by Marianne Almero. She is a Wig, Hair, and Makeup Designer in and around Orange County as well as a Licensed Cosmetologist. Past directing credits include: Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, Somewhere Around Here by Marianne Almero, Am I Blue by Beth Henley, Tower by Joshua Lilio, Test-Tube Lives by Jason Sheetz, Helium Leak by David Anis, and What We Do With It by Bruce MacDonald.
Players (in order of appearance)
HOUSE MANAGER Amanda Rilsager
Amanda has been seen active in Orange County and LA County Theatre as an actor, tech, and playwright. She has appeared in shows by Mysterium Theatre, Whittier Community Theatre, Stage Door Repertory Theatre, Huntington Beach Playhouse, New Voices, and others. She holds a BA in English from Biola University and earned her MA in Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, Amanda teaches English and runs the Drama Club at Richard L Graves Middle School in Whittier, as well as pursuing her passion for writing.
DIRECTOR Matt Caballero
Matt began his theatrical studies at Fullerton College, where he has appeared in such shows as Jane Eyre, Blood Wedding, Parade, and The Revenger's Tragedy. He developed a love for directing, and hopes to continue collaborating with a multitude of artists and storytellers around the globe. This is his first time working on a show with the Alchemy Theatre Company, and he hopes you have as much fun experiencing the Green Show as he and the cast have had putting it together!
Mischief and merriment await in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, the original battle of the sexes. This witty romantic comedy shows how love brings out the best and worst in all of us. Fun-loving bachelor Benedick returns from a victory at war only to find himself caught up in another battle: a war of wits and words with the acid-tongued, headstrong Beatrice. Though they've each sworn off romance, their "merry war" of clever insults reveals the growing attraction between them. Meanwhile, Benedick's fellow soldier, Claudio, is head over heels for Hero, the governor's daughter. They will soon be wed ... if the treacherous Don John doesn't ruin everything first. Passionate and blindingly funny, Much Ado About Nothing is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written, and now you can see the play at the Huntington Beach Central Park Amphitheater.
SET DESIGNER Dan Malarky
This is Dan’s third season working with the Alchemy Theatre Company in various capacities and was recently named a Company Member. Credits with Alchemy include the scenic design for Waiting for Godot (both the Theatre Out co-production and the Hollywood Fringe Festival Revival) and As You Like It, as well as carpenter and technical adviser for the mammoth set piece featured in Journey to the West. When not working in wood and paint in the name of Alchemy, Dan can be found working in wood and paint in the scene shop at Pacific Coast Entertainment.
Casey Moriarty as DON PEDRO
This is Casey’s second production with the Alchemy Theatre Company, having appeared as both of the Antipholus twins in last year's production of Comedy of Errors. His favorite roles include Laertes in Hamlet, Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well, and Michael Minetti in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Much love to Jake La Rosa and Derek Hobson. Follow Casey on Instagram at @actor_casey_moriarty.
Jaclyn Stickel as HERO
Jaclyn Stickel is a Southern California native and a 2016 graduate of the University of Arizona, School of Theatre, Film, & Television, where she received her Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. While in Arizona, Jaclyn performed with Arizona Repertory Theatre, playing Pam in the The Full Monty and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, among many other roles. During college, Jaclyn trained in stage combat and is now a certified actor-combatant in unarmed, broadsword, and rapier/dagger. This past winter, Jaclyn co-directed a production of A Christmas Carol (adapted by The TRIP Theater) at her alma mater, La Habra High School, which was performed by a bilingual cast in both English and Spanish! Jaclyn is very excited to be doing Shakespeare again, especially with such a wonderful group of people, and sends a huge shout out to her family and her best friend Hailey for always being endlessly supportive.
Samuel Hattersley as WATCHMAN 2
Sam has been doing theatre going on six years now. His most recent show was The Revengers Tragedy and he has been in such shows as The Rocky Horror Show, The Phantom of the Opera, The Diviners and more. This is actually Sam's fist Shakespeare show. It's been such a fun time with this cast!
STAGE MANAGER Fermin Bello
Fermin is thrilled to work on his very first Alchemy Theatre Company show with such a talented group of cast and crew members! He is fresh to the stage after taking a two year hiatus and couldn't be more excited to have Much Ado About Nothing be his welcome back to the magical world that is the theatre. Fermin is looking forward to continuing to work in the theatre and make this his full-time career! Thank you to EB, Mom, my entire family, and Chipotle.
HOUSE MANAGER Amy Lauren Gettys
Amy holds a BA in Drama from the University of California at Irvine and is a graduate of the South Coast Repertory Conservatory. When not on stage, she photographs theatre across Orange County. Her theatrical photographs have appeared in Backstage West, the Orange County Register, the Fullerton Observer, The Daily Pilot, the Coastline Pilot and the Huntington Beach Independent. Amy has been seen on stages throughout Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area such as the Irvine Barclay Theatre, U.C. Irvine, STAGEStheatre, Stage Door Repertory Theatre, Mysterium Theatre, Westminster Playhouse, The Cabrillo Playhouse, Modjeska Playhouse, Woodminster Amphitheatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Santa Fe Springs Playhouse, and has performed with the Alchemy Theatre Company at Theatre Out, Huntington Beach Park, the Fullerton Sculpture Garden, and in the arts district in Santa Ana. She has also contributed significantly to Alchemy by serving as their unofficial photographer and occasional house manager over the years.
Paul Kim as CLAUDIO
Paul is excited to be performing Shakespeare as his debut with the Alchemy Theatre Company. His previous Shakespeare credits include Julius Caesar as Marc Antony and Hamlet as the dubious Prince of Denmark. He will be playing Malcolm in a forthcoming production of Macbeth with the Shakespeare Center of L.A. Born and raised in SoCal, Paul received his B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and hopes to one day pursue a MFA in Acting.
Allison Aoun as VERGES
Allison is an OCSA alum and recent USC graduate. Regional credits: The Christians- Mark Taper Forum at CTG; A Little Night Music; A Connecticut Yankee (Evelyn) and Wonderful Town at Berkshire Theatre Group. Other favorites: How to Succeed… (Smitty); Nunsense (Leo/Dance Captain); …Charlie Brown (Lucy); Bye, Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputin); Grand Hotel and The Most Happy Fella (dir. John Rubinstein). She has played the title roles in The Principle Wife (Premiere) and Charlotte’s Web and originated roles in A Song for Christmas and Class of ‘90. Allison was recently a finalist in LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2017 and a Protean in …Forum with Southgate Productions. Her latest role was Lucetta in Two Gentleman of Verona with Looseleaf Theatre Co! Proud EMC. Visit www.allisonaoun.com for more!
Dylan Gray as Daniel
Dylan has training in acting, singing, and a few different forms of dancing. He has performed in Fullerton College's Dogg's Hamlet and Cahoot's MacBeth as well as many musicals, including Legally Blonde, 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and more. Enjoy the show!
Kelsey Somerville as URSULA
Kelsey is thrilled to continue to be a part of the Alchemy Theatre Company's productions; even more so now because this is her first time taking the stage with them instead of managing it. She has been professionally stage managing musicals, straight plays, and live concerts for the past 4 years. Some credits include Comedy of Errors, Les Miserables, Willy Wonka, In To The Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and Journey to the West. Kelsey is also the production stage manager for a nationally touring Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road. She hopes you enjoy the silliness of this amazing show; for man is a giddy thing and this is my conclusion; wouldn't have it any other way.
Jeff Lowe as BENEDICK
This will be Jeff’s second time playing Benedick and many-th time performing for the Alchemy Theatre Company. Jeff is one of the Founding Ensemble Members of Alchemy Theatre Company and welcomes you all to this wonderful and fun annual event. If you feel like you’ve seen Jeff in a prior production that you loved, just ask him after the show. If you feel like you’ve seen Jeff in a prior production you hated, you are mistaken; that was someone else. Jeff would like to thank OneOC and the city of Huntington Beach, and a big thanks to all the new Alchemy Company Members, his friends, and family, without whom, none of this would be possible. Jeff feels like he has been talking in the third person…
Hello, and welcome, to Alchemy Theatre Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing!
When I was about 9 years old my family and I walked down the street to a little park at the end of our block to see Shakespeare in the Park, The Taming of the Shrew! From then on I was hooked; outdoor theatre was amazing in my book! But, if you had told me then that I would be directing Much Ado About Nothing in a park one day...I never would have believed you. I was beyond excited when approached to direct this show!
This production has taught me so much and I have everyone involved to thank! Thank you all for going with my crazy ideas and somehow making them a reality (let's be honest...probably witchcraft). Cheers to you!
Now grab a drink, get comfy, and enjoy the show!
Sawyer Dolson as BORACHIO
Sawyer Dolson is no stranger to theatre in Orange County. Having studied at Fullerton College, he's appeared in shows such as Noises Off! as Lloyd Dallas and Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt. As a playwright, Sawyer has written and directed his show Alive and Kicking. He's currently working on a new, untitled piece. Sawyer is excited to perform with the Alchemy Theatre Company in his first outdoor Shakespeare show.
Matt Mullin as DON JOHN
Matt is extremely excited to be working with the Alchemy Theatre Company this summer. This will be his first time working with the Alchemy Theatre Company. He has been acting, playing music, and playwrighting for the past 6 years. He is heavily involved in Fullerton College’s Theatre Arts Department, acting as the Theatre Ambassador President in the coming Fall Term, and has had roles in many of their productions. Some credits include Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, and The Revenger's Tragedy. He wrote music for and starred in Look Homeward, Angel. One of his recent scripts also was featured in Fullerton College’s Best of Fest Night of Performances as part of the annual Director’s Festival. He looks forward to utilizing his acting skills and playing music for this spectacular piece. He hopes you enjoy the show, for you should laugh when you are merry and claw no man in his humor!
Much Ado About Gratitude
Platinum Level Contributors
Gerry & Gail Forster
James & Lisa Lowe
Sorpotimist International of Fullerton
Gold Level Contributors
Debbie & Lee Roberts
Silver Level Contributors
An Anonymous Playwright
Gary & Beth Sanchez
Jill Cary Martin
Kathy & Paul Pensa
Stephen & Cory John
Bronze Level Contributors
Chuck & Jane Runde
Deva & Terran Gregory
Jay & Ian Williamson
Loralee Barlow Boyes
Special Thanks To:
Leslie McCarthy, Pamela Gentler , Fullerton Insurance Services, The Switzer Family, Faye Robinson, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Diamond Ranch High School, El Dorado High School, Jim Lowe, The White Dress in Corona Del Mar, The Stickel Family, Valerie Fryer, Randa Wren, Fullerton College, and Kevin Clowes