Performers and Crew

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Deidre Parmenter

Deidre Parmenter has been an active participant in Ventura County Community Theatre since 2004, returning to her passion after a long hiatus. Since rejoining the fray as Assistant Director in Into the Woods, Jr at Conejo Players Theatre, she has performed, directed, produced, stage managed, and worked crew on over 25 productions.  In addition, she has served two terms as Business Advisor prior to her current position as President of Conejo Players Theatre.…Read More

Deidre Parmenter has been an active participant in Ventura County Community Theatre since 2004, returning to her passion after a long hiatus. Since rejoining the fray as Assistant Director in Into the Woods, Jr at Conejo Players Theatre, she has performed, directed, produced, stage managed, and worked crew on over 25 productions.  In addition, she has served two terms as Business Advisor prior to her current position as President of Conejo Players Theatre. With CPT, she has helped implement children’s audition workshops and other outreach programs.

Deidre looks forward to sustained involvement and continued growth in this fabulous theater community!

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Ken Patton

Ken has always been passionate about words, theater and music.  He has worked on a myriad of productions in both Ventura and Los Angeles Counties lending his talents as a director, producer, costume designer, and performer as well as a producer and story consultant for various independent features.  Currently, Ken works freelance as a production manager, event manager, and Consultant.…Read More

Ken has always been passionate about words, theater and music.  He has worked on a myriad of productions in both Ventura and Los Angeles Counties lending his talents as a director, producer, costume designer, and performer as well as a producer and story consultant for various independent features.  Currently, Ken works freelance as a production manager, event manager, and Consultant.

Ken has just completed work on a play titled Mine, as well as the book and lyrics for the musical Dirty Martini, with music composed by Paul Duffy.  Both projects have workshop performances slated for August 2014.

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Courtney Potter

Courtney Potter has been performing since the age of 6 … and there’s footage of her singing at a televised wedding between two Cabbage Patch Kids to prove it. She’s trod the boards all over California in shows slowly becoming too numerous to mention — and with noted companies including Glendale Centre Theatre, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Conejo Players Theatre, High Street Arts Center, and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.…Read More

Courtney Potter has been performing since the age of 6 … and there’s footage of her singing at a televised wedding between two Cabbage Patch Kids to prove it. She’s trod the boards all over California in shows slowly becoming too numerous to mention — and with noted companies including Glendale Centre Theatre, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Conejo Players Theatre, High Street Arts Center, and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. She’s a mezzo-soprano with a big ol’ belt (who can swing soprano if need be); she does voiceover; she’s a published writer; and she can make a mean tabouli.

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Rachael Pugh

Rachael Pugh is a Southern California based Actress/Singer and sometimes dancer.  Born in LA, raised in Chicago, Rachael’s home has always been the stage.  Whether on it, behind it, or underneath, if it has a light and an audience, you can find her nearby.  She is classically trained in voice and acting.  In addition to performing, Rachael has worn the hats of Music Director, Producer, Pit Musician (keys), all in the name of Ventura County Theater! Read More
Rachael Pugh is a Southern California based Actress/Singer and sometimes dancer.  Born in LA, raised in Chicago, Rachael’s home has always been the stage.  Whether on it, behind it, or underneath, if it has a light and an audience, you can find her nearby.  She is classically trained in voice and acting.  In addition to performing, Rachael has worn the hats of Music Director, Producer, Pit Musician (keys), all in the name of Ventura County Theater!  While she plays bass and rhythm guitar and even a little trumpet, piano is her strongest instrument after her voice.  Pugh has also released an album and several recordings with her husband, Kevin. 
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Michael Rothbart

Michael Rothbart is a pianist currently studying Choral Music Education at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. He studies piano with Althea Waites. He has also studied with Cassie Nickols, who has worked with Cabrillo Music Theatre. Born and raised in LA, he began his classical studies at the age of 8, and also has a strong background in musical theatre, having seen many musicals.

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Michael Rothbart is a pianist currently studying Choral Music Education at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. He studies piano with Althea Waites. He has also studied with Cassie Nickols, who has worked with Cabrillo Music Theatre. Born and raised in LA, he began his classical studies at the age of 8, and also has a strong background in musical theatre, having seen many musicals. Last year he was musical director for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, as well as a production in Pico Rivera.

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Christanna Rowader

I am a Los Angeles-based actress, a singer trained in the arts of opera and musical theatre, and a creative writer. I am a lover of science fiction/adventure and could only wish that I was an astronaut in some futuristic life. I’m a perfectionist in life and steer clear of boredom. I love to work hard, play hard, but most importantly dream hard!…Read More

I am a Los Angeles-based actress, a singer trained in the arts of opera and musical theatre, and a creative writer. I am a lover of science fiction/adventure and could only wish that I was an astronaut in some futuristic life. I’m a perfectionist in life and steer clear of boredom. I love to work hard, play hard, but most importantly dream hard!

My main goal in life is to be in the new Star Wars movies as a Jedi. 😉

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Gary Saxer

Gary has been performing in the Conejo Valley for over 35 years. You may have seen him in previous Cabrillo Music Theatre in shows like The Scarlet Pimpernel (Jessup), Ragtime (Henry Ford), and The Music Man (Jacey Squires). He is an Honorary Lifetime member of the Conejo Players Theatre, where he played Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, and Marcellus in The Music Man, plus many more.…Read More

Gary has been performing in the Conejo Valley for over 35 years. You may have seen him in previous Cabrillo Music Theatre in shows like The Scarlet Pimpernel (Jessup), Ragtime (Henry Ford), and The Music Man (Jacey Squires). He is an Honorary Lifetime member of the Conejo Players Theatre, where he played Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, and Marcellus in The Music Man, plus many more. He has also trod the boards for the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company, where he has been helping them to present all the pair’s shows, and where his tenor voice gets a real workout.

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Sandy Shanin

Sandy Shanin (Music) has composed music for five musicals, including, Curses  (with Harriet Belkin), Women in Love (with Meredith Stiehm), The Spark: Hannah Senesh and Shahrazad: Heads or Tales (both with Noelle Donfeld) and Ohio (with Ken Gardner and Sara B.

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Sandy Shanin (Music) has composed music for five musicals, including, Curses  (with Harriet Belkin), Women in Love (with Meredith Stiehm), The Spark: Hannah Senesh and Shahrazad: Heads or Tales (both with Noelle Donfeld) and Ohio (with Ken Gardner and Sara B. Ware).   Some of these works have been finalist or semi-finalist in the O’Neill National Theatre Conference, Chicago Stages Festival.  Her musicals have had staged readings in Los Angeles, and  Chicago and/or London.  Shanin has released an album of affirmation songs, I Live in This Moment.  Her lyrics (Jocheved) were included in the oratorio entitled Women of Valor by composer Andrea Clearfield. It was recently recorded and released on Albany Records (performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony).  Her passion is writing songs for causes, including SongsOfLove.com.  Sandy is married to Bill Lasarow, publisher of Visual Art Source online and ArtScene visual art digest.  They are proud parents of Eliana Lasarow.

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James Castle Stevens

Having pursued a career as a professional actor, and having performed in local theater for many years, my passion and experience has led me to directing. Recent directing credits include IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), PRELUDE TO A KISS and AMADEUS at Santa Paula Theater Center, THE MUSIC MAN at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Ojai Art Center Theatre, LEND ME A TENOR at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, and BARNUM and BELL BOOK & CANDLE at High Street Arts Center.…Read More

Having pursued a career as a professional actor, and having performed in local theater for many years, my passion and experience has led me to directing.

Recent directing credits include IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), PRELUDE TO A KISS and AMADEUS at Santa Paula Theater Center, THE MUSIC MAN at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Ojai Art Center Theatre, LEND ME A TENOR at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, and BARNUM and BELL BOOK & CANDLE at High Street Arts Center. I have directed in Los Angeles County as well.

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Natalie Storrs

A Camarillo native, Natalie works in regional theatre, film and commercials. She holds a BA in theatre from USC, from which she graduated Cum Laude on an academic scholarship, and spent a year studying classical acting at the British American Drama Academy in London. Locally, she was has been seen in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s productions of “Legally Blonde” (Vivienne Kensington) and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Lucy).…Read More

A Camarillo native, Natalie works in regional theatre, film and commercials. She holds a BA in theatre from USC, from which she graduated Cum Laude on an academic scholarship, and spent a year studying classical acting at the British American Drama Academy in London. Locally, she was has been seen in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s productions of “Legally Blonde” (Vivienne Kensington) and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Lucy). She was recently honored with a San Diego Critics Circle nomination for ‘Best Female Lead Performance in a Musical’ for her 2012 portrayal of “Rosemary” in “How to Succeed…” (Welk Theatre San Diego). Natalie is also a private vocal and acting coach, and especially loves working with young performers!

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Kristen Wisneski

Hello there! I am an aspiring performer who would not be able to breathe without theater. The stage is my home and I feel completely whole when I am performing. I hope to someday transition from the small stage to the big stage… Broadway is my ultimate goal! I know with hard work, motivation, passion, and some Kristen gusto I can get there soon.…Read More

Hello there! I am an aspiring performer who would not be able to breathe without theater. The stage is my home and I feel completely whole when I am performing. I hope to someday transition from the small stage to the big stage… Broadway is my ultimate goal! I know with hard work, motivation, passion, and some Kristen gusto I can get there soon. I have been fortunate to play wonderfully diverse roles, from Morticia Addams to Mrs. Clackett to Olive Ostrovsky, and I can’t wait to fall in love with the next character I play. Performing is all I ever want to do. I am thrilled about what the future holds and life in general.

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1 Comment

  1. Celeste Russi
    3 months ago

    Hi Lloyd we worked together at Cabrillo Music Theatre production of Bye Bye Birdie. I’d like to contact you about a possible musical director position:) if your available or interested
    Thanks

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