Taking Stock: Who We Talked To In 2016

BY CARY GINELL

As each year comes to a close, we like to look back at some of the highlights of the past year in musical theater and plays in Ventura County. 2016 was the fourth year in which VC On Stage presented more interviews and profiles with Ventura County talent than any other publication, print or online. In addition to reviewing dozens of shows throughout Ventura County, we also got to know a number of performers and folks behind the scenes, who were happy to talk about their craft. Some of our interviews were with people who just arrived on the Ventura County scene; others have been here for years. Here is a list – in alphabetical order – of the 49 talented individuals we found especially interesting in 2016. To revisit any of these articles, it’s only an easy click away, using our Page 1 search bar (type your query into the box with the magnifying glass on the right side of our home page). 

Beth Alison  Actress: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Talia Asseraf  Actress: Hamlet (Curtain Call Youth Theatre)
Siena Avila  Actress: A Christmas Carol (Thousand Oaks Repertory Company), The Sorcerer (Ventura
County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company)

Julie Alice Auxier  Actress: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Louis Baker  Actor: Ragtime (Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi)
Katherine Bottoms  Actress: Peter and the Starcatcher (Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi)
Kristen Bramson  Actress: Phantom of the Opera (Moorpark High School)
Isa Briones  Actress: Evita (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
David Colville  Actor: The Wizard of Oz (Conejo Players Theatre)
Juan Carlos Cantu  Actor: In the Heights (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center)
Sandra Cantu  Actress: In the Heights (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center)
Tatiana Cantu  Actress: In the Heights (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center)
Molly Ann Cunningham  Actress: Hamlet (Curtain Call Youth Theatre)
Matthew Dailey  Actor: Jersey Boys  (Theater League)
Leah Dalrymple  Actress: The Drowsy Chaperone (California Lutheran University)
Jonathan Drahos  Director (Rubicon Theatre Company)
Scott Dreier  Actor/Creator: Doris & Me (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center)
Ryan Driscoll  Actor: Children of Eden (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Joshua Finkel  Director/Founder (Creative Combustion Acting Studio), Actor: Parade (Panic!
          Productions)
Michael Fischer
  Actor/Director: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (YA4Ever)
Joseph Fuqua  Director: Twelfth Night (Fearless Shakespeare Program at the Rubicon Theatre Company)
Marc Baron Ginsburg  Actor: Evita (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Nick Glaab  Actor (Newbury Park High School)
Parker Harris  Actor: The Fantasticks (Camarillo Skyway Playhouse)
Katy Jarvis  Actress: The Fantasticks (Camarillo Skyway Playhouse)
Meghan Jones  Actress: Ragtime (Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi)
Michael Kennedy  Actor: The Little Mermaid (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Kimberley Kiley  Stage Manager: Ragtime (Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi)
Michelle Lane  Actress: Next to Normal (Pico Playhouse)
Bart Leininger  Incoming Chair, Board of Directors (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Lyrissa Leininger  Actress: The Little Mermaid (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Janelle Loren Actress: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Brian McDonald  Director: In the Heights (Rubicon Theatre Company)
Marissa Margolis  Actress (Westlake Elementary School)
Malissa Marlow  Actress: The Drowsy Chaperone (California Lutheran University)
Harrison Meloeny  Actor: Next to Normal (Pico Playhouse)
Steve Perren  Actor: Parade (Panic! Productions)
John Pillsbury  Co-Founder (Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company)
Rebecca Pillsbury  Co-Founder (Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company)
Jared Price  Actor: The Wizard of Oz (Conejo Players Theatre)
Larry Raben  Director: The Little Mermaid (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Kevin Repich  Actor: The Drowsy Chaperone (California Lutheran University)
Landen Starkman  Actor (Calabasas High School)
Jenny Sullivan  Director: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Rubicon Theatre Company)
Natalia Vivino  Actress: Children of Eden (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Beverly Ward  Actress: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Rubicon Theatre Company)
Kirby Ward  Actor: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (Rubicon Theatre Company)
Lewis Wilkenfeld  Artistic Director (Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Kristen Wisneski  Actress  (Thousand Oaks High School)
Next week, we’ll announce the 4th Annual Vee-Cee Awards for performance excellence. Stay tuned!!

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