Cast and Creators
Ruby Vixen as Clara
Ruby is the alter ego of Bay Area artist, singer, and costume designer Tina Sogliuzzo. She’s performed and MC’d with Red Hots Burlesque, The Diamond Daggers, Seduction Feroce, Macabaret, Burlesque Moulin, Hubba Hubba Review, Baxtalo Drom, and Little Minsky’s, as well as working on productions and performing with SF’s own Grand Guignol Horror Theater Troupe “The Thrillpeddlers.” When she’s not on stage she can be found creating costumes for other fabulous Bay Area performers and productions. This is her third Dance-Along Nutcracker®.
Flynn De Marco Co-Creator as Captain Nutcracker, Father Stahlbaum
Flynn has been working in theater since elementary school. He is an accomplished cake decorator, ukulele player, painter, costumer, teacher, director and actor. You might call him a Renaissance Man, although he would call himself a Jack of All Trades. He has performed in the Dance Along Nutcracker® for the past six years and this will be his fourth year directing this talented cast of actors, dancers and chorus members. He couldn’t think of a better way to spend his holidays than performing with his SFLGFB family.
Dee Nathaniel as Fritz
Dee has performed in the Bay Area for nearly 5 years with various troupes including Ham Pants Productions and Thrillpeddlers. She’s very excited about her first performance in Dance Along Nutcracker. She will be featured in the upcoming Thrillpeddlers musical, Amazon Apocalypse.
Drew Todd as Dr. Ratopolis
Drew is so happy to be a part of the Dance-Along Nutcracker® as the villainous Dr. Ratopolis. He performed with Marilynn Fowler earlier in 2016 in the Oasis production of Stale Magnolias. Other favorite roles have been the Captain in Dames at Sea and Candy Delany in And Tell Sad Tales of the Deaths of Queens.
Marilynn Fowler, Choreographer as Moonshadow, Mother Stahlbaum
Marilynn is a San Francisco native who in 1988 began her professional dance career simultaneously with the Box Dance Troupe and Voice Farm’s Oblong Rhonda. Her list of musical theatre credits include The Cool Ones, Hillbillies on the Moon, Women’s Prison Christmas, Club Inferno, Rocky Horror Superstar, Rocket Girl, Way Out West, and Scalpel: The Musical. She has worked with the Sick & Twisted Players, the Tuck & Roll Players, Artfull Circle Theatre, the OneAct Theatre Company, the Thrillpeddlers, and countless drag luminaries.
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 Chamber Choir of California and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. Pete is the Artistic Advisor of Nevada County’s Music in the Mountains and he has been the guest conductor of the Sacramento Symphony, Auburn, Camellia and Viridian Symphony Orchestras among others. Pete was a member of the French horn section of the Sacramento Symphony for 10 years, and has performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the other major orchestras of northern California. He served for several years at the co-principal horn of the International Orchestra of Italy.
Heidi Beeler. Co-creator / Script
The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker marks Heidi’s Ninth year writing the script for the Dance-Along Nutcracker. Her other shows have included: The Nutcracker of Oz, Nutcrackers of the Caribbean, Blazing Nutcrackers, Clara’s Magical Mystery Tour and Bah Humbug! A member of the band since 1991, Heidi plays in the trumpet section, frequently appearing in over-sized head gear despite the advice of her chiropractor. She also performs with Dixieland Dykes +3, The Fog Horns brass quintet and is a former member of City Swing. She is a freelance writer from the East Bay, and her column, Brass Tacks, is published periodically in the SF Bay Times.
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 (SFLGFB) 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 is in its 38th year of making music to build understanding between gay and non-gay communities.
The SFLGFB 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 and community partners, since 1993 SFLGFB has presented Community Concert Series featuring major wind band repertoire.
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 of people 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 2015 Panama-Pacific Centennial Celebration, 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 Lucas Films company picnic at Skywalker Ranch. Band members have performed in the Inaugural Parade of President Barrack Obama and at both Presidential Inaugurals of Bill Clinton. The band has also performed at Gay Games in Chicago as part of the Lesbian & Gay Bands Association’s (LGBA) massed bands.
As a Bay Area holiday tradition, 2016 marks the 31st anniversary of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s Dance-Along Nutcracker®.