Dance-Along Nutcracker 2014 — Cast and Creators

CAST AND CREATORS

Joe Wicht as (aka Trauma Flintstone) as Uncle Drosselmeyer
Joe Wicht returns for his eighth appearance in the Dance-Along Nutcracker®. In previous years, he’s been Captain Drosselmeyer (2013) Nutcrackers of the Caribbean, the Nutty the Cavalry Nutcracker (Blazing Nutcrackers! 2009) Scrooge/Drosselmeyer (2008), the Rat King (2007), Mother Goose (2006), Patty Andrews (2003) and a Jewish mother (1999). Joe/Trauma is a prominent figure in the local cabaret scene, running Bijou (an eclectic variety show, now in its eighth year). With Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Joe co-produces the Cabaret Showcase Showdown and produced “Pardon My Southern Accent,” a centennial concert celebrating Johnny Mercer’s words and music. He’s been a drag queen and stage actor for many moons. He’s married to armchair entomologist Bill ‘the Bug Guy’ and together they look after a menagerie of 19 critters (mostly invertebrates).

Flynn De Marco as Mr. Stahlbaum & Director
Flynn De Marco has been performing since his star turn in the Cromwell Valley Elementary School production of The Fat Cat. Since then he has performed in many productions in SF with The Sick and Twisted Players, Theater Rhino , Artfull Circle Theater and others. In 2000, he moved to New Orleans to found the Running With Scissors theater company. While with “Scissors,” he won a Big Easy Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as a dual Best Director Award for Bad Seed and Sordid Lives with his theater partner Richard Read. Returning to San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina, he adapted and directed a stage version of the horror classic, Bride of Frankenstein alongside his husband, Richard Board. Soon after, he was welcomed into the Thrillpeddlers fold with roles in Pearls Over Shanghai, Shocktoberfest: Kiss of Blood and Vice Palace which he associate directed. Honored to be a part of this functionally dysfunctional family, he also serves as Thrillpeddlers’ company manager and wig master.

Kathy Hennig as Mrs. Stahlbaum
Kathy Hennig is a veteran of twenty-three Dance-Along Nutcrackers appearing in the clarinet section of the band until her inaugural appearance this year as a cast member. For many years working behind the scenes as a co-producer, concert master, drum major, and band officer, in this year’s production Kathy appears as Mrs. Stahlbaum. Her prior “acting” credits include “No, I Don’t Know Who Ate the Last Cookie” and “You Look Great in that Outfit.” Joking aside, Kathy studied Music and Arts Administration, with the goal of becoming a school Band Director. Life, however, had other plans for her. Upon Kathy’s relocation to San Francisco, she became more involved in the business aspect of the arts. Kathy holds a Master’s in Non-profit Administration, and has served on the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, the board of director for the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association and the Jon Sims Endowment for the Arts Foundation. She studied orchestral conducting with Marty Stoddard and voice with Gary Hanna. With the utmost appreciation of the support shown to her by the cast and band, Kathy is in eager anticipation of her acting debut.

Zelda Koznofski as Clara
Zelda is an SF Bay Area musician and artist. She has acted in original plays and movies produced by Santa Cruz troupe PLether Productions as well as SF troupe Thrillpeddlers, in adaptations of 20’s era Grand Guignol horror/comedy theater and tributes to psychedelic gender-bending Theater of the Ridiculous from 70’s era Cockettes’ musicals. She starred in the independent film, Humans Being. Zelda sings jazz standards and original rock music with numerous collaborators throughout the Bay Area.

Noah Haydon as Fritz
Noah is very excited to be in this production! Noah recently won a Theater Bay Area Award for his choreography for PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI. He has also been in commercials for MTV, Long’s Drug Store and Jamba Juice. Noah’s provided voiceover work for Microsoft, Bagel Bites and Banana Republic. Noah’s favorite shows and roles include CABARET (The Emcee), PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI (Petrushka) HOT GREEKS (Pandora), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Snoopy), RAGTIME (Harry Houdini), GYPSY (Tulsa), A CHORUS LINE (Mark), PIPPIN (Lewis), SHOCKTOBERFEST 14 (Salome, Chorine #1) and TINSEL TARTS IN A HOT COMA (Sally Snack). Noah would like to thank the talented cast, the awesome band, his friends, his family, and Bobby for all the love and support.

Pete Nowlen, Artistic Director/Conductor
Pete Nowlen takes the podium as the 11th conductor of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Mr. Nowlen has a broad range of conducting experience. He has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1988 and its Director of Concert Bands since 2002 and has taught at CSU Sacramento since 1990. He is also Artistic Director of Sacramento’s VITA Academy, Camerata California (a chamber choir) and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra, and Artistic Advisor of Nevada County’s Music in the Mountains.

Carolyn Carvajal, Choreographer
Thirteen-year Dance-Along Nutcracker® veteran Carolyn Carvajal apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet and began her professional career with the San Francisco Ballet. As a principal dancer with S.F. Dance Spectrum, she performed the works of Carlos Carvajal and associates with the Arthur Fiedler Pops Concerts and in numerous Bay Area dance showcases. For 12 years she toured extensively with Dances Through Time, expanding her knowledge to include social dancing of the past 500 years. Carolyn retired from the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1998 after 29 years on the Opera House stage. Currently, she maintains a busy teaching and choreographing schedule with San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus and Shan Yee Poon Ballet School.

June Bonacich, Creator
Frosty’s Hawaiian Holiday is the brain-child of June Bonacich who created the story, wrote the script and lent her creativity to assist with musical arrangement of the production. June is a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied Composition with Elenor Armer. She now teaches musicianship and composition in the pre-college division of the Conservatory. She has been playing percussion with the band for 5 years and also plays percussion and second violin with the Community Women’s Orchestra in Oakland. She has had orchestral works performed by CWO as well as the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Her Concerto for Bassoon Quartet will be premiered by CWO on May 17 of this coming year. The occasional playwright, “Group Therapy”, a musical that she wrote for the Lesbian Gay Chorus of San Francisco was performed in Chicago during the Gay Games in 2005 as well as several performances in San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco with her wife Joselle Monarchi and their six furry felines.

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
Named the “Official Band of the City of San Francisco” in honor of its 25th anniversary in 2003, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is the first openly gay music organization ever, inspiring the formation of lesbian and gay bands, choruses and performing troupes around the world. Founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade, the Band debuted marching behind Supervisor Harvey Milk’s convertible in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. The Band has been making music to build understanding between gay and non-gay communities for 35 years.

The Band serves the Bay Area from Santa Clara to Contra Costa and Marin counties with 15-20 annual performances in support of civic and community services, low-income seniors, schools, safe places for LGBT youth, health services, and human rights organizations. Thanks largely to the support of individual donors, SFLGFB has presented community concerts featuring major wind band repertoire free of charge since 1993. This year marks the 28th anniversary of its Dance-Along Nutcracker®, a Bay Area holiday tradition each December.

Named the Most Absolutely Fabulous Contingent of the 2006 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and awarded for Absolutely Fabulous Music Contingent in 2009, the Band performs for hundreds of thousands at parades throughout the year, including San Francisco’s Chinese New Year’s Parade, the Corte Madera 4th of July Parade and at pride parades throughout the region, including Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Marin, Reno, Los Angeles and Fresno. Some of the Band’s credits include performances at the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Seeing Gertrude Stein Exhibit, the filming of the Oscar-winning Gus Van Sant film Milk, the unveiling of the Harvey Milk Statue at City Hall, the Hayward Gay Prom, the Union Square Grand Reopening, the 9/11 memorial ceremony, the Jewish Community Center, Clarendon Elementary School’s Gay Awareness Day, the 5th anniversary of the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center and the Lucasfilms company picnic at Skywalker Ranch. Members have performed in the Inaugural Parade of President Barrack Obama and at both Presidential Inaugurals of Bill Clinton and at Gay Games in Chicago as part of the Lesbian & Gay Bands Association’s (LGBA) massed bands. Website: www.sflgfb.org.

2014 DAN Honorary Board
Mario Benfield Commander, Alexander Hamilton Post 448
David Chiu President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Nancy Corporon Artistic Director Emeritus
Joe D’Alessandro President & CEO, San Francisco Travel Association
Anna Damiani District Representative, Office of Senator Mark Leno
Flynn DeMarco Actor/Director, San Francisco
Commander Zoe Dunning Board Co-Chair, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Michael Patrick Ellard
Joe Wicht Femcee, Founder, Bijou at Martuni’s
Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis Marriage Equality USA
Raymond Donald Hong Correspondent, Outlook Video
Senator Mark Leno 3rd Senate District
Jadine Louie Artistic Director Emeritus
Linda Lucero Executive/Artistic Director, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Loren McGlade & Carl Smith Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts
Molly McKay Gary Nathan President, Castro Lions Club
Rev. Karen Oliveto, Ph.D. Senior Pastor, Glide Methodist Church
William R. Sauerland Artistic and Music Director, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco Director, Vocal Music, Lick-Wilmerding High School Associate Music Director, Pacific Boychoir Academy
Dave Studach Founder, Bay Area Distance Runners (BADR)
Dr. Betty Sullivan Founder, Betty’s List Co-editor & Co-publisher, San Francisco Bay Times
Jennifer Viegas Co-editor & Co-publisher, San Francisco Bay Times
Gary Virginia Founder, Krewe de Kinque