My mom says that great things come in small packages. I hope she is right! Ever since I could form words from sounds, I’ve been singing my heart out. From my early beginnings at 2 as an amateur stock pot singer (yes I sang in a pot) to my first real gig as an original cast member of the American Girl’s Revue in LA at 9, I have aspired to perform in the Big Apple. Since then I have been in 30 plays, musicals, and benefit concerts. I’ve sung national anthems (go Lakers!), tapped, been en pointe, jazzed it up, and hung from cubes as an aerialist. But nothing has been more meaningful then bringing smiles to people’s faces, young and old, through words, song and dance. Here’s to doing it in NYC someday!
An L.A.-based actress, Heidi is thrilled to work in Ventura County every chance she gets. In VC: she has played Cindy in Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds (Conejo Players), Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum & Sue Bayliss in All My Sons (Panic! Productions). Favorite roles include a pretty awful Jane Russell impersonation for a live old-time radio show, Veronica, God of Carnage, (received a Broadway World leading actress nomination), Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Mrs. Forrest in Psycho Beach Party. You could say creeps and lowlifes are a strength. Often finding herself undead, crazy and/or evil, Heidi served as comic relief “Creepy Redneck” for the L.A. Haunted Hayride, as well as various zombies, undead housewives, and mental patients for live events & film. By day Heidi works as an Executive Assistant at NBC Universal.
Joined the great group at Conejo Players Theatre in 2003 performing in ‘Camping With Henry & Tom’; then ‘Whose Wives Are They Anyway?’, ‘Nude With Pineapple’ followed by ‘Bad Seed’. Also appeared in ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ for the Vagabond Players at Hillcrest Center for the Arts. A graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts, I started my professional career on main stage as Nels in ‘I Remember Mama’ with Mable Albertson. Several national commercials, TV variety shows, lots of stage, etc. over the years – but VC community theatre continues to be FUN and CHALLENGING!!
Jennifer Bliman has acted in numerous stage productions and has recently returned back to the stage a year ago and hasn’t stopped. Her VC stage roles include the arrow-shooting Lost Boy named Curly in Conejo Players’ “Peter Pan”, the horn-playing-back-flipping “Who” in High Street’s “Seussical”, and was in the ensemble for High Street’s Aida and Les Miserables. Jennifer is also heard in Ventura County playing the French horn in the orchestra pit for Cabrillo, Conejo Players, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Young Artist’s Ensemble, and Moorpark College. For the past four years, Jennifer has performed on the French horn as Cabrillo’s pre-show entertainment, which actually launched the Kabrillo Kids’ pre-show entertainment before the big shows! Jennifer holds a B.A. from UCLA and M.M. from USC.
I’m Farley Cadena. Maybe you’ve heard of me? (Just pretend.)
I act. I sing. I wife. I mom. I volunteer. I snark. I brag (about my kids).
I am a life form evolved to live off Musicals, TV, Harry Potter, Disney, Jazz & Sour Candies.
Also, I am a buoyant, waggish, efficacious, indefatigable, self-made thousandaire. And I’m short. And youthful. Although I’ve play an awful lot of old folks. Hmmm….
I done did lots of shows. The musical type. Yup.
Oof. I’m tired. There’s other stuff, too. I think I’ll stop here. Thanks for reading.
I’m a 24 year stage veteran all over Ventura County who has acted, written, and directed over 21 plays for Ventura County’s Gypsies-in-a-Trunk children’s theater troop. I spent six years with the Pinki’s Playhouse rep company, and I’ve also written several screenplays and plays.
Whether it’s Melodramas, musicals, children’s theater, or straight dramas, I’ve been in them. My hero is Lon Chaney, Sr. and I have been described as “The Man of a Thousand Faces” when it comes to character makeup.
My children’s books, Something’s in the Forest! & Charlie’s Halloween Party are available at Amazon.com and you can currently read my movie reviews and other columns in Moorpark’s Community Link newspaper.
I’ve heard tell that my laugh is singularly definable and I’ve actually been asked to come out to a play just to get the audience laughing along. Isn’t that something?
When not producing content for the Walt Disney Studios, David has found a home in the theatre community of Ventura County. As the director of over 10 shows since 2007 for ARTS, a performer for both ARTS and SVCAC and the resident videographer for Cabrillo Music Theatre, David keeps himself pretty active on the theatre scene. Some of his favorite shows David has taken the helm of are The Drowsy Chaperone, Once On This Island, Legally Blonde and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. David is also writing his own original musical, The Superhero Diaries, to be produced in the near future.
James received a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Cal State University - Channel Islands and he received world class instruction in all aspects of theater when he was selected to participate in the Rubicon International Theater Festival Apprenticeship Program. He has been acting since he was a child, appearing in numerous school plays and playing in the concert and jazz bands while in high school.…
James received a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Cal State University – Channel Islands and he received world class instruction in all aspects of theater when he was selected to participate in the Rubicon International Theater Festival Apprenticeship Program. He has been acting since he was a child, appearing in numerous school plays and playing in the concert and jazz bands while in high school.
His many stage credits include: The Yeomen of the Guard (Sir Richard Cholmondeley), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster), Bye, Bye Birdie (Maude), Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle/Reporter), Man of La Mancha (Barber), Li’l Abner (Mayor Dogmeat), Trial By Jury (Jury Foreman). He has also performed in the movies 9 Full Moons, God Bless America, and Sycophant. James is a tenor who also plays the clarinet and bass clarinet.
Kimberly Demmary has been working the boards for over 10 years. And she has loved every minute of it! She is a 5 times, 4-Star Theater Award winner, and twice produced playwright. Her two plays, Game of Life and Seatbelts Required has been produced in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Kimberly has been fortunate enough to play some outstanding characters but her favorite roles include the lovable but risqué pooch Sylvia in Sylvia and the totally emotionally damaged older sister Janet, in her play Seatbelts Required.
Joshua Finkel MFA is an award winning director, acting coach, and Broadway/Hollywood actor who gives helpful advice in his Coach’s Corner column on VC On Stage. Mr. Finkel owns and runs his Creative Combustion Acting Studio in Studio City as well as the ANMT Performers Workshop in North Hollywood. Joshua is on the theater faculty at CLU and will be teaching spring break master classes at the Rubicon in Ventura. On Broadway, Joshua starred as Molina in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” opposite Chita Rivera, as Thenardier in “Les Miserables,” and as Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast” at Cabrillo (Scenie Award), among many others.
Recent VC Directing Projects : “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (Panic! Productions)
I was born in the UK and emigrated to the USA in 1975. I have lived in Thousand Oaks for 24 years which is our slice of Paradise. I have been fortunate to appear on most of the major stages in Southern California. My favorite roles have been Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” C. S. Lewis in “Shadowlands,” Claudius in “Hamlet,” and Roscoe Dexter in “Singin’ In the Rain.” My passions are Shakespeare and Gilbert and Sullivan and I love to teach theatre craft.
After over 45 years working in West End Theatre, and headlining on cruise ships, I truly believed that my ship had sailed (quite literally) and I began my retirement. However, living here in Ventura County has allowed my thespian sails to get a second wind.
After being offered a small role in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s “King and I”, I was recharged. The show was Broadway quality and right here in my own backyard. I did several more Cabrillo shows including “Cinderella”, “The Sound of Music”, “Annie”, “Once upon a Mattress” and most recently, “1776” where I played Stephen Hopkins. During this time, I also got offered the dream roles of Grandpa Potts in Simi ARTS’ “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Tarara in VC Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Utopia”.
My latest gift is playing the role of Otto Frank in Lloyd Cooper’s new, original musical “The Diary”. Otto’s role as the warm, caring and overly-protective Jewish father offers a new challenge for me as an actor. Additionally, he gets to sing some wonderful and haunting songs.
Although I am the publisher of this webzine, I may as well promote my musical activities. I have played flute since the age of 8 and performed in just about every configuration possible: college marching band (Go Bruins!), symphony orchestra, concert band, flute choir, soloist, and leader of the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra. In musical theater, I have played in Ventura County shows including “Annie,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Music Man,” and “Les Miserables.” In addition to flute, I also play piccolo, alto flute, and a multitude of recorders. I play Trevor James flutes and a Gemeinhardt grenadilla wood piccolo.
Brian has been acting for 20 years and directing for 10. He spent two years as artistic director at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, (2012-13)
Brian’s philosophy is that theatre should confront and involve its audience as viscerally as possible, not just enlighten and entertain them. He believes that if the audience is too comfortable, something is going wrong. As an actor, he depends very much on Meisner, Adlerian script analysis, and improvisation.
Brian also coaches actors, and is open always to new clients. To discuss your goals and how he can help you achieve them, feel free to e-mail him anytime.
Janelle Loren, a valley girl born and raised, was a shy little girl whose parents enrolled her in a musical theatre camp at three years old to break her out of her shell. Not only did it work but she hasn't stopped performing since. Janelle attended Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley where she was on Dance Team, in Show Choir, and played numerous leading roles in the musicals.…
Janelle Loren, a valley girl born and raised, was a shy little girl whose parents enrolled her in a musical theatre camp at three years old to break her out of her shell. Not only did it work but she hasn’t stopped performing since. Janelle attended Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley where she was on Dance Team, in Show Choir, and played numerous leading roles in the musicals. Some of her favorites are Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Gladys (Pajama Game), and Liesl (Sound of Music). She continued her musical theatre education when she was accepted to UCLA as a Musical Theatre Major in their prestigious Theatre, Film, and Television Department. On the day of her college graduation, Janelle signed with Todd Eskin at Across The Board Talent Agency. Since graduating in June 2015, Janelle has been kept busy performing in four Cabrillo Music Theatre shows including Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Children of Eden. She also originated the role of Jessica in Venice Beach The Musical at the Greenway Court Theatre. To keep up with Janelle and all of her performing endeavors you can visit her website at http://www.janelleloren.com.
When I was five, I went to a piano lesson and heard someone singing. I told my mom that I wanted to start singing lessons … and the rest is history. Ever since then, I’ve been enjoying life as a performer. I love acting, musical theater, basketball, needle point, school, reading, and so much more! Some of my roles include Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Grace Farrell in Annie and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. I also enjoy performing around town with Kabrillo Kids.
Andrew has had the chance to take part in numerous productions around Ventura County, with such companies as Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, Young Artist’s Ensemble, Conejo Players, Panic! Productions, and the Actors Repertory of Simi (as well as the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center). Though his comfort in in comedy, improvisation, and musical theatre, he’s always looking for a chance to show his “serious” side as well. Though the career of an actor is a tough one, he can’t see himself doing anything else, and will always consider himself a student of the art.
Jackie Nicole is a born-and-raised Ventura County resident who got her start in the community theatre in the ARTS production of The Sound Of Music at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. After that she went on to play other local theatres such as the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse and the Conejo Players, and moved from ensemble to leading roles such as Maria in West Side Story and Peter in Peter Pan. Having now earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from CSUN, Jackie is actively pursuing a career in performance, whether it be on stage or screen.
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!
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.