Directed by Jennifer Richardson
CSULB Theatre Arts presents The Rona Tango: A Mini-Musical Medley
Directed by Jennifer Richardson
Music Directed / Music Production by Kyle Puccia
Choreographed by Christopher Albrecht
Video Edited by Jennifer Richardson
Dance Captain: Julia Russell
CAST Abigail Toler, Elijah Cineas, Hannah Edel, Jackie Nisall, Jason Rivera, Kyomi Wong, Maryann Montalbo, Nini Cheng, Rhiannon Lewis, Rory Smith, Roxana Solis, Spencer Moore, Zach Liong
Director’s Note: This music video was devised by students during the COVID-19 pandemic Spring Semester of 2021. It was recorded by students on their own devices from California to Florida to Taiwan. The framing song is "Cellblock Tango” from Chicago. The theme is around the idea of isolation and reaching out of isolation with confessions -breaking free, finding power, finding peace, finding love, finding joy. Where isolation comes from prison cells in Chicago, for these students in this video, isolation comes from the individual realities of living in a pandemic. Some stories are imagined. The lenses through which we see these confessions are social media, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or metaphorical, like a bathroom stall mirror or an imagined confrontation with a couch.
The Ugly Duckling
Friday, March 9, 7 pm | Saturday, March 10, 3 pm and 7 pm
Please join us as we share a musical fable about discovering personal identity, learning to love yourself, and finding your flock.
CSULB, Theatre Arts Building, Room 24/26
The Ugly Duckling is a 45 minute show with no Intermission.
NOTE: The theatre can be cold and the temperature is controlled by the University. Please dress accordingly.
Friday, February 2
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
CSULB, Theatre Arts Building, Room 241
Bring sheet music or track. 32 Bars. Style is a hybrid legit/contemporary. (One song in blues / swing style not listed online.)
Be prepared to move!
Clips from show can be found here: www.helenslater.com/uglyduckling/.
Ugly Duckling (Ruth or Ray) – transgender or LGBTQ+ – sings
Narrator – non-singing
Mother – two solos
King (or Queen) of the Geese – blues solo
Sister Sibling of Ugly Duckling (Ella) – solo lines
Male Sibling of Ugly Duckling (Joey) – solo lines
2 – 4 Ensemble – solo lines
About the show:
Subtitled An Urban Journey of Self Discovery and Finding Your Flock, our Ugly Duckling will be a transgendered or LGBTQ+ human discovering their sexuality and finding the flock where they fit. MFA Acting grad Jennifer Richardson, is directing this show as part of the Affinity Series for the CSULB Main Season Spring 2018.
Rehearsals: Feb 5 – March 8 | M-F 6-10 pm – Theatre Arts Building
Performances: March 9-11 – Times TBA
Director: Jennifer Richardson, MFA Acting Grad | firstname.lastname@example.org
Movement: Julie Granata-Hunicutt, MFA Acting Grad
Music Director: Michael Rothbart, CSULB Music Department
Set and Costume Design: Ulyana Chava, MFA Design Grad
Words and Music: Helen Slater
These students teach ME so much! It is a joyful thing to teach acting, to help students express themselves, to find their voices, to find their flocks.
Part of the MFA program involves performing in mainstage shows at California State University Long Beach. In Fall 2016 I stepped in when director Joanne Gordon lost one of her chorus girls in Stop The World starring Alexandra Billings. In Spring of 2017 I played Maddie Emerson in Good Boys and True directed by the Head of Acting at CSULB, Hugh O’Gorman. This Fall 2017 I participated in WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret, directed by Dr. Joanne Gordon. And in the Spring 2018, I’ll be taking on the role of Sylvia Stein in End Days.
I received a Norris Grant to attend a Teacher Training lab Winter 2017 at HB Studio in New York City under the tutelage of master teachers Carol Rosenfeld and Brian Mulligan.