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Musical Theatre Schedule

2021 - 2022 Musical Theatre Season

Please join us for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A collaboration between the SCC Musical Theatre Program and the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre.

  • Director: Shannon Noelle Green, Ph.D.
  • Musical Director: Kira Zeeman Rugen, D.M.A.
  • Performance dates in the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center:
  • April 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm
  • April 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm
  • April 23 matinee at 2 pm
  • Free Admission and Open to the Public (with limited seating).

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A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder poster featuring a piano. Text in the image is on this web page.

 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a high-style, British romantic farce set in Edwardian era London. The plot centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk in 1907 London, who is informed after the death of his mother that he is ninth in line to inherit the Earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family. After the ruling Lord dismisses Monty’s claim of being a relative, the eight D’Ysquiths ahead of young Mr. Navarro begin dying in natural and unnatural ways. Meanwhile, Monty is desperately trying to woo money-minded, social-climber Sibella Hallward — until he finds himself drawn to the lovely Phoebe D’Ysquith. This musical comedy craftily intertwines several convoluted storylines, with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs.

The original Broadway production ran from 2013-2016, winning 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2014; it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical). Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. (Presented with permission from Music Theatre International).

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Cast/Crew Bios

(in alphabetical order)

Alex Aiken (Miss Marietta Shingle, Ancestral Portrait & Ensemble; Understudy for Sibella Hallward) is very excited to be a part of SCC's production of A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder. The last show they rehearsed for at SCC was Once Upon Mattress, and Alex would have played the Wizard in that production had COVID not happened (2020). Alex was born and raised in Arizona and has been doing theatre, both onstage and backstage, for 20 years. In their spare time, they enjoy drawing and working on freelance art commissions as a job. Alex would like to thank their mother and grandmother for initially getting them involved in theatre. They also wish to thank all the teachers and directors they've worked with over the years, as well as Dr. Green and Dr. Rugen, for the opportunity to play Miss Shingle (among other roles) in this production. “Long Live the Earl!”

Elizabeth Bridgewater (Sibella Hallward) is currently a Music Education student enrolled at Mesa Community College. Elizabeth is part of both MCC’s Concert Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble. You may have recently seen her in roles such as Sleeping Beauty in Disenchanted (2019 & 2021), and in the production of A Beautiful Noise at Fountain Hills Theater (2021). She had the great opportunity to see A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Fountain Hills Theater in 2020; and ever since, she has wanted to perform in this show – so Elizabeth is delighted to be playing Sibella. Elizabeth has also had the privilege to be in such productions as Into the Woods (Cinderella's Stepmother) at Mesa Encore Theater, and Seussical (The Mayor's Wife) at Zao Theater in Gold Canyon, Arizona. She thanks Scottsdale Community College for allowing her to be in such an amazing musical, plus she would like to thank her family for being so supportive of her goals. Enjoy the show!

Hector Coris (The D’Ysquith Family) was last seen in Stage Left’s production of The Gods of Comedy (2022) and Mesa Encore Theater’s Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Best of Broadway. He was killed 135 times before during the 2020 production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at Fountain Hills Theater. Hector has starred opposite TV and film stars Bronson Pinchot (Annie), Debby Boone, Charles Shaughnessy (42nd Street) and Peter Scolari (Man of La Mancha) with Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Hector originally hails from NYC where he received the award for Best Male Vocalist of 2010 by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs. Other Valley stage haunts include Stray Cat, MCC, Hale and TheaterWorks. www.HectorCoris.net

Matthew Gross (The Magistrate, Mr. Goodsall, Lord Asquith’s Physician, Ancestral Portrait, Pub Owner & Ensemble; Understudy for Monty Navarro) is a sophomore at SCC in the Musical Theatre Program. During his high school career, Matthew’s favorite roles were Mal Beineke in The Addams Family and Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose. He was recently seen in the horror play, Let the Right One In, with the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre (2021) and is excited to be performing in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Matthew looks forward to performing in future SCC productions, and he’d like to thank his parents for supporting him through all of his musical theatre endeavors.

Nicholas Gunnell (Montague “Monty” Navarro) is thrilled to be performing on the SCC mainstage for the first time. This will be Nick’s second time portraying the role of Monty Navarro, and he could not be happier! Nick played Monty at Fountain Hills Theater in 2020, alongside co-star Hector Coris. He was recently seen as Bert (Mary Poppins) and Fred (A Christmas Carol) at Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert, Arizona. Other credits include: Huckleberry Finn (Big River), Albert Kummer (Dear Ruth), Will Bloom (Big Fish), Mary Sunshine (Chicago), and Bobby Strong (Urinetown – AriZoni Award Winner). Nick has performed all over the Valley with Mesa Encore Theater, Hale Centre Theatre, and Fountain Hills Theater. Nicholas will soon be gracing the stage in the starring role of Phantom in Mesa Community College’s Phantom of the Opera during the 2022-2023 year. Nick would like to thank his family, especially his wife, Amber, and his son, Walter, for the love and support he receives from them.

Noah Guzman (Tom Copley, Mr. Cross, Lord High Steward, Ancestral Bust & Ensemble) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University. He is settling into his new position at Deluxe, an entertainment media subtitling/translation company. He was last seen on the SCC mainstage as both Luke and Ares - god of war in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical in Fall 2021. Noah has been involved in community theatre since 2014; and while at ASU, he performed in a one-act play with Binary Theatre. Noah’s favorite roles include Corny Collins in Hairspray, Luke in The Haunting of Hill House, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and Chino in West Side Story at Valley Youth Theatre. This last year has made Noah determined to return to the stage and continue growing as a performer. When he’s not rehearsing for a show, Noah reviews movies and co-hosts a film podcast called Plot Devices.

Hailee Haynes (Lady Eugenia D’Ysquith, Mrs. Hetherington, Pub Owner’s Wife, Sibella’s Maid & Ensemble; Understudy for The D’Ysquith Family) is a Musical Theatre major at Scottsdale Community College. She began her on-stage training in 2016 at Christian Youth Theater and continues to hone her voice and acting craft at SCC and through masterclasses at the Phoenix Theatre Company. Hailee has performed in musicals for Christian Youth Theater, Actors Youth Theater, Dream City Church, and now SCC. Her favorite role so far was playing The Aristocratic Lady in Beauty and the Beast; she also enjoyed portraying Mrs. Dodds and The Oracle in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at SCC (Fall 2021). Hailee’s first lead role was at an acting master camp, where she played Pinocchio; she is grateful for the confidence and performing skills she gained from that experience. Hailee took a huge leap of faith when she joined musical theatre, since it forced her to step out of her comfort zone. But now she realizes that there is no other profession she would rather pursue. Hailee wants to thank her family for supporting her as she follows her dreams.

Michael Henry (Chief Inspector Pinckney, Mourning Man, Newsboy, Ancestral Portrait & Ensemble; Understudy for The D’Ysquith Family) is currently a freshman at Scottsdale Community College, majoring in Creative Arts. Michael was last seen starring as Percy Jackson on the SCC mainstage in our fall 2021 production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Michael has been performing and acting ever since the age of eight, plus he has experience as a voice actor in online shows, while also holding a job as a Seasonal Mascot. He has been seen on stage in a variety of musicals and standard plays around the Valley, and Michael greatly enjoyed playing the title role of Shrek in DC Ranch Homestead Theatre’s production of Shrek, along with playing Smee in Peter Pan. Michael would like to thank his family, particularly his father and both of his grandfathers, along with his best friends, Noah and Lewis, for their constant inspiration and love.

Alex Kass (Fight Choreographer) is very excited to be a part of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at SCC. Alex got his start from training with the renowned Randy Messersmith at SCC, so this feels like coming back home. Alex has been a Fight Director for several years, training in many theatres across the country. His fight choreography has been featured in several Arizona productions, including: Let the Right One In (Stray Cat Theatre), Rhinoceros (Now/Then Theatre), American Psycho: The Musical (Stray Cat Theatre); and he was the Assistant Fight Director for Macbeth at Grand Canyon University. This cast and crew have been a joy to work with, and Alex hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Hale Larsen (Tour Guide, Phoebe’s Maid, Newsboy, Mrs. Pebworth, Ancestral Portrait & Ensemble) is a Musical Theatre major at SCC and wishes to continue their education through a university theatre program. This is Hale’s second production at Scottsdale Community College, and they are also involved with SCC’s Chamber Singers Choir and Dance Department. Hale performed previously at Paradise Valley Community College in I Love You, You’re Perfect; Now Change (Veronica) and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Cherry). Hale’s main goal in life is to be a performer and put a smile on people’s faces while doing it.

José Martinez (Mr. Gorby, the Butler; Dr. Brownlee, Ancestral Portrait & Ensemble; Understudy for The D’Ysquith Family) is a second-year Acting Major at Scottsdale Community College. He has been involved in several productions, including War of the Worlds (as Secretary of the Interior, et al) and Twelfth Night, in which he played Sir Andrew Aguecheek plus served as the Dramaturg for the production. Jose has had previous experience in other plays and musicals while he was a student at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale, including: Big Fish: The Musical (Ensemble), The Sound of Music (Ensemble), Curtains (Oscar Shapiro), You Can’t Take It With You (Donald), and Radium Girls (Dr. Von Sochocky). Jose won a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Ensemble (shared with the cast of Big Fish), and he was nominated for an ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Award for his supporting role performance in Curtains. Jose is extremely excited to be participating in his first musical on the SCC mainstage! Lots of love to my mom, my brother, and the fabulous cast and crew.

Ivana Martinic (Phoebe D’Ysquith) is elated to be making her debut on the SCC mainstage as Phoebe D’Ysquith in this production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Ivana was recently seen in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Cratchitt. With vocal performance degrees from Eastman School of Music and the University of Utah, as well as having performed on stages across the country and internationally, Ivana has a rich background in opera and musical theatre. A few of her favorite roles include: Cunegonde in Candide (Ohio Light Opera), Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Ohio Light Opera), Lisette in La Rondine (University of Utah), and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites (La Musica Lirica).

Maddie McDonald (Assistant Stage Manager & Choreographer) is a dedicated choreographer, teacher, and artist. Born in Kennesaw, Georgia, and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona, Maddie has been performing in some capacity for her entire life: cheerleading, gymnastics, theatre, and dance. Dance was a later-found passion but is now her chosen “medium;” Maddie is currently working towards her AAFA in Dance at Scottsdale Community College. Previously, she danced with Canyon Movement Company in Flagstaff; she is currently a dancer with Instinct Dance Corps at SCC. Maddie’s training includes Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, and Jazz, and she has taught dance in Flagstaff, Winslow, and Scottsdale. She has found her voice in dance, specifically through choreography. Maddie was the Choreographer and Backstage Manager for The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical on SCC’s mainstage in Fall 2021. Maddie recently won 1st Place in both Performance and Choreography in the Artist of Promise Competition (2022). As an artist, Maddie strives to spread acceptance and positivity and desires to help people be the best version of themselves through creativity.

Sarai Phillips-Dunlap (Miss Evangeline Barley, Ancestral Portrait, Miss Hayes, Servant Selina Chard & Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of her first production with Scottsdale Community College. Sarai graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance and Opera from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She performed at Meredith and with the Opera Company of North Carolina (now called North Carolina Opera) for two years. In the Valley of the Sun, she has performed in Zao Theater’s productions of Hello Dolly, Suessical, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Ragtime. Sarai has also performed in Miscast at Brelby Theatre in Glendale, Arizona, plus in Backstage, Choose Your Own Original Musicals and the DarkSide Cabaret as part of Skilderverse Theater Group.

Meghan Ramos (Stage Manager) can almost always be found a bit too caffeinated inside a theater. When she isn’t making coffee, she is doing improv within the Bridge Improv Theatre’s Mainstage Cast, or with the improvisational comedy team “Hot Girl Summer,” or with The Torch Theatre’s Franklin Institute. Meghan has previously Stage Managed and produced shows for Mesa Encore Theater, Fountain Hills Theater, and ASU (partnered with Southwest Shakespeare Company). Meghan wants to thank the production team and cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for being wonderful artists and even better people.

Allison Rugen (Warning Woman, Ancestral Portrait, Servant Hilda, Newsboy & Ensemble) is in 10th grade at Chaparral High School, where she currently sings soprano in choir. Allison trained as a synchronized swimmer for five years, plus studied violin for several years, and she has enjoyed singing in church and school choirs. A few of Allison’s past roles include Thalia - daughter of Zeus, and Bianca - daughter of Hades, in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical in 2021 at SCC; the wife of Jacob and an Egyptian in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gracie Shinn in The Music Man, the Color Blue in Schoolhouse Rocks, Mary in Miracle at Midnight, and a Wickersham in Seussical. She enjoys being a part of the ensemble cast in musical productions, and her favorite musical is Anastasia - which she saw live on Broadway. Allison’s preferred pastime is reading! In her spare time, she enjoys nature photography, such as capturing a photo of a beautiful sunset or images of clouds.

Benjamin Rugen (Prison Guard, Ancestral Portrait, Ancestral Bust & Ensemble) is a senior at Chaparral High School who is interested in pursuing math or chemistry in college. Benjamin has been involved in music for his whole life, playing various roles in shows, such as the Minotaur; Cyclops; and Hades (god of the dead) in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (SCC, 2021); Vlad Vladikoff in Seussical, Zebulun and an Egyptian in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Color Yellow in Schoolhouse Rocks, and Joseph in Miracle at Midnight. The Rugen Family has season tickets to Gammage’s Broadway series, and he enjoys seeing those shows; his favorite musical is Hamilton. Benjamin is a die-hard Arizona Cardinals football fan, and he has always enjoyed playing flag football. In his spare time, he plays Minecraft and other video games. Benjamin takes Culinary Arts at Chaparral High, so one of his newer hobbies is baking scrumptious desserts to tempt family and friends.

Zakary Scott (Prison Clerk, Pub Patron, Newsboy, Weightlifter, Dr. Pettibone, Medical Examiner) already earned his Associate of Arts degree, but he is now enrolled at SCC in the School of Film+Theatre. Zak was last seen playing Mr. Brunner (a.k.a. Chiron, wise centaur) and Poseidon, god of the sea, in SCC’s mainstage production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical in Fall 2021. Zak also enjoyed playing General Montgomery Smith in the War of the Worlds production at SCC. Zak would like to thank Don Williams, his acting instructor for the last few semesters. Zak has learned a great deal from Don and continues to hone his acting skills every week in his SCC classes. Zak would also like to thank Dr. Green, Dr. Rugen, and his family.

Meet The Directors

Director: Shannon Noelle Green, Ph.D.

Shannon Noelle Green, Ph.D.Dr. Shannon Noelle Green is an educational psychologist, actor, director, and writer/editor. She is currently an adjunct professor in musical theatre at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, and she is a native Phoenician who has studied and trained in Boston, Massachusetts and Europe. During her time with the British American Drama Academy in London and Oxford, England, Dr. Green studied under many distinguished stage/film actors and directors, including Oscar and Tony Award-winning actors, Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father and Silence of the Lambs) and Jeremy Irons (The Lion King); the late Sir Alan Rickman (Harry Potter films); Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve); Mick Barnfather (Commedia dell’Arte), and stage and film director/producer, Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!). Dr. Green also trained with professional Shakespearean actors, such as Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love), and Italian-British actress Paula Dionisotti, from the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. In London, Dr. Green performed in the ensemble of Fear and Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht at the Tricycle Theatre. While in Italy, she was a student of Italian literature and cinema at L’Università di Padova (Padua and Venice) and L’Università di Firenze (Florence), in addition to having an internship at Cinecittà, the illustrious film studios in Rome.

Dr. Green became eligible in 2015 for SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television & Radio Artists). She has appeared in Please Tell Me I’m Adopted! TV/Web-series comedy, Season 1: Episode 5 starring Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham from the TV sitcom “Happy Days”) - filmed in Los Angeles and available on Amazon Prime Video in March 2017. Around the Valley, some of her favorite roles included Patsy in Patsy’s Bridal Shower at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa; Raising Arizona Kids Report: Channel 12 News/Television; All in the Timing at the Herberger Theatre; and Annie in The Norman Conquests: Round & Round the Garden at Desert Foothills Theatre in Scottsdale.

Dr. Green has successfully commingled her work in the arts with educational psychology. As an educator, Dr. Green worked at Phoenix Country Day School, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, Arizona School for the Arts, and New School for the Arts teaching middle school and high school theatre, English/Language Arts, Creative Writing, SAT preparation, and study skills seminars. In these positions, she directed Grease, A Chorus Line, and Fame, along with numerous plays. Over the years, she has worked as a private tutor and freelance writer/editor.

As an Educational Psychologist, Dr. Green has conducted home visits and research for the Late Adolescent Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment Inventory (LA-HOME) © under the tutelage of Professor Robert H. Bradley. She spent several years as a Doctoral Research Assistant at ASU, primarily conducting research on vulnerability and resilience among various populations, youth and parents in families impacted by mental illness and substance use, and focusing on the ways in which students’ home lives affect self-regulated learning during mid-to-late adolescence.

Dr. Shannon Noelle Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Italian from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from Arizona State University in 2008, and graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2018. Dr. Green enjoys “drama” in her everyday life as the grateful mother of two teenage sons; the family of three resides in Phoenix with three birds and one dog.

Music Director: Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen, D.M.A.

Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen, D.M.A.Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen is a conductor, composer, singer and professor from Scottsdale, Arizona. As a college professor, she is currently choral and musical theatre faculty at Scottsdale Community College, in Arizona. Dr. Rugen’s former positions include the Director of Choral Activities and Music Director for Musical Theater at Arizona Christian University, where her choirs performed with Andrea Bocelli in live concert and with the renowned Irish Band, The Chieftains. In turn, at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Rugen taught music history, conducting, and music education courses. During her time as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, Dr. Rugen conducted Schola Cantorum (a choir comprised of undergraduate music majors) and Choral Union, the 100+ member community choir. Now in her twenty-third year as a music educator, Dr. Rugen has greatly enjoyed being the Music Director of Broadway shows such as, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma, Les Misérables (School Edition), Grease and Once Upon a Mattress.

Dr. Rugen is the founder and Artistic Director for Solis (Choir of the Sun), a professional choir. Now in their eleventh season, Solis’ collaborations include high-profile performances with The Eagles, Phoenix Symphony for Zelda, Symphony of the Goddesses, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, plus performing with composer Ramin Djawadi for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. As a professional singer, Dr. Rugen is in her eighteenth season as a soprano with the Phoenix Chorale, with whom she has won two Grammy Awards. Furthermore, she has performed with Norvis Early Music in Durham, England; at Carnegie Hall’s Young Artist Concert Series with Ton Koopman; at Korea’s Incheon International Choral Festival; and she toured with Anúna (Ireland’s National Choir) under Michael McGlynn throughout Ireland, Japan and China.

Dr. Rugen’s compositions (found at the Fred Bock Group/Gentry Publications and MusicSpoke.com) have been performed around the world. High profile commissions and performances include the Phoenix Chorale, THE CHORAL PROJECT, Vox Musica, Northwest Oklahoma State University Singers, CU Boulder, Cor Cantiamo, University of Redlands, Kansas City Chorale, the Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Brieuc Cathédrale (Children and Youth Choir) and the Master Chorale of Flagstaff. She was recently named as the 3rd Prize Winner in The American Prize, professional choral composition division and a 2021 semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for performance of American Music Composition.

Dr. Kira Z. Rugen received her Bachelor of Arts at Weber State University in 1998 where she studied choral music, viola, and voice. She earned her Master’s in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University in 2002. She then graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and a cognate in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University in May 2013. Dr. Rugen is the proud mother of two teenagers and two dogs, and she enjoys traveling with her husband and family.