DATE: September 4th 2016
TIME: 2:00 & 8:00pm
LOCATION: 42051 Main St Temecula, CA
VENUE: The Old Town Temecula Community Theater
CHESS in Concert 2016-09-04
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CHESS in Concert

At the height of the Cold War, two Chess champions play against each other, and compete for the same woman. With music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, a book by Richard Nelson, and lyrics by Tim Rice, CHESS has “one of the best rock scores ever produced.” – TIME MAGAZINE. With hits like “Pity The Child“, “One Night in Bangkok“, and “I Knew Him So Well“, Chess in Concert will feature an all-star cast, a live orchestra and a choir on stage. Don’t miss The Barn Stage Company’s follow up to their highly successful presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in Concert, which had audiences on their feet, calling it “the best thing they’ve ever seen in Temecula!”
Produced by The Barn Stage Company

September 1, 2, 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
September 4, 2016 at 2:00pm

Creative Team

J. SCOTT LAPP (Director) has been working in the theater business for over 28 years. He is an alumnus of the 2009 Director’s Lab West, a 2011 SDC Emerging Artist and a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Recent projects include working with Disney Theatricals and Paper Mill Playhouse on the World Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre DameHe is currently in New York working on a new musical, Freedom Riders at the New York Musical Festival. Upcoming projects include directing the Tokyo Production of Murder for Two and a New York Lab of Prince of Egypt!

JOHN MARIO DI COSTANZO (Conductor/Musical Director) is a veteran opera conductor serving three seasons as Music Director of the legendary Tri Cities Opera of Binghamton, NY, former training grounds for opera stars such as Richard Leech and Placido Domingo, and also the oldest Resident Artist Training Program in the USA. Besides conducting three opera productions a year, his duties encompassed Resident Artist Training Program classes, workshops, and hosting the local NPR radio show Operalogues. SUNY Binghamton also appointed John Mario as a full-time Visiting Professor of Music for the Masters of Music in Opera program. He is the former Artistic Director of Long Island Opera, where he led LIO’s first production of its renaissance–La Traviata in June 2010. From the pit over the past decades, he has led dozens of productions as guest conductor in companies across the US, including Sarasota Opera, Toledo Opera, Syracuse Opera, and Opera Southwest.

APRIL HENRY (Choreographer) is an Actress, dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor currently in Southern California. She has been a co-director, choreographer, and dance captain for many theater productions, youth theater productions, and outreach projects. Recent works have been through Lamb’s Player’s Theater, as well as Lambs Players Educational outreach program, vocal projects for Pt Loma Nazarene University, and SDC College. She has also had the joy of setting musicals with Classical High, North County School Of The Arts, Temecula Valley Players, while continuing to pursue performing throughout Souther California. Select recent stage credits include Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse; McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s National Tour Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical. “The greatest art In the world is the art of storytelling”

RACHEL PFEIFER GREEN (Choir Director) has been involved in Orange County musical theater for over twenty five years as a musical director, teacher, and performer. She has musical directed such shows as Cats, Once Upon A Mattress, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Women, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, The Fantasticks, and Annie. She also musical directed a youth production of the original work A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Musical, in which she wrote all the music and which has been published by Eldridge Publishing. Rachel is no stranger to the Southern California stage as an actress, having performed in the area since childhood. Favorite credits include: Mary Poppins (Mrs. Brill), Little Women (Marmee), Ragtime (Mother), A Little Night Music (Charlotte Malcolm), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), 1776 (Abigail Adams), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), Company (Sarah.) Rachel has sung in a Christmas Oratorio entitled “Gloria”, filmed in Jerusalem, and written by Hollywood composer Lex de Azevedo. Rachel has sung with the Mitch Hanlon singers at the Hollywood Bowl, where she has performed with such actors as Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Irons, Lea Michele, John Schneider, Michele Lee, Eric McCormack, Jeffrey Tambour, and Marilyn Horne. Rachel earned her music degree with honors from Brigham Young University and and her master’s degree in vocal performance from Cal State Long Beach. She runs her own private voice and piano studio in Temecula. She has been a voice instructor for McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts, and has vocal coached Olympic gymnast and Tony-Award Nominee Cathy Rigby, recently preparing Cathy for her final national tour as the title role in the musical Peter Pan.


MICHAEL McCORRY ROSE (Anatoly Sergievsky) was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder and prior to that as “Fiyero” in Broadway’s Wicked. In New York, Michael has appeared in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Birdland, and 54 Below.  Regional credits include The Paper Mill Playhouse, Yale Rep, Primary Stages, Capital Rep and Project Shaw.  Originally from San Diego, he holds a B.A. in Mass Communication Studies from U.C.L.A.   

LOUIS PARDO (Freddie Trumper) is honored to be making his move as Freddie in The Barn Stage Company’s production of Chess.   Pardo has been performing since he was 14 years old in everything from a youth mariachi band that he played trumpet  and sang lead vocals, to experimental theater pieces, plays, new play readings, and good old fashioned musicals.  Favorite Credits include:  Hair at The Hollywood Bowl (Flow), The Last 5 Years (Jamie), The Full Monty (Jerry), A Year With Frog and Toad (Toad),  Biting Broadway (Arnold),  The Who’s Tommy (Cousin Kevin), Peter Pan (Smee), Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas)  Louis Would Like to thank His Family, friends, and Stephie for their unending love and support.  A special thanks to Jordan and J. Scott for their faith and their love of the art.  

RENA STROBER (Florence Vassy) is thrilled to be making her Barn Stage Company debut in this gorgeous production of Chess. She made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables (Cosette) and went on to travel the country as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof with Topol & Harvey Fierstein. Off-Broadway favorites include White’s Lies opposite Betty Buckely, My Life with Albertine (Playwrights Horizons)and her 1-woman show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls! Regional favorites include Zhivago at the La Jolla Playhouse, (Tonia)  Side by Side by Sondheim (North Coast Rep) Stoneface (Pasadena Playhouse) and Heathers: The Musical. Since moving to LA 6 years ago she has become the voice of dozens of cartoon and video game characters for Disney, Netflix, Sony, Nintento and Play Station. Rena is also a recurring guest star on Disney’s Liv & Maddie and as been seen on Shameless, Big Bang Theory and stared as Rita in the musical feature film Waiting in the Wings. When Rena isn’t recording or playing on stages around the country, she teaches voice at the Academy of Music for the Blind where she works with blind children ages 5-19 years old.

ELIZABETH BRACKENBURY (Svetlana Sergievsky) is a classically trained singer who takes pride in her versatility. Best known for her musical comedy she is equally at home in pop, rock, and jazz. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before heading to Los Angeles where she received her BA from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and School of Theatre. She was most recently seen as Louise in La Jolla Playhouse’s workshop of The John Birch Society and as Kelly in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, both directed by Christopher Ashley. Brackenbury has performed numerous times at the Hollywood Bowl in such shows as Showboat, The Music Man, and Mame, including singing with Roger Daltrey of The Who for his induction into the Hall of Fame. She has also performed leading roles in LA Opera’s The Merry Widow (Olga); Pasadena Playhouse’s Vanities, A New Musical (Joanne), directed by Judith Ivey; Reprise!’s Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #1/Elaine), directed by Jason Alexander; ICT’s west coast premiere of A Year With Frog and Toad (Turtle); Theatre Works’ Peter Pan; and the pre-Broadway run of Rock of

DANIEL GUZMAN (Alexander Molokov) Executive Producer of the feature film: First comes like. Release 2016. National Commercials: Home Depot and Chevy. TV: Criminal Minds and The Closer. Film: Visible Scars and My Sisters keeper. Broadway: Cyrano the musical. Les Miserables. National Tours: Camelot (Dinadan). Jesus Christ Superstar  (Herod). Les Miserables (Grantaire) . Evita (Magaldi & us Che). : Water & Power @ Mark Tapper Forum, Five Hollywood Bowl shows.

JON LORENZ (Walter de Courcey) is an actor, director, musical director and composer thrilled to make his Barn Stage debut. He recently completed a run as George in Ion Theatre’s acclaimed San Diego premiere of Sunday In The Park With George. He co-created San Diego’s long-running hit 80s musical, Mixtape and last year’s acclaimed production of Oz: An American Musical Fairy Tale at Lamb’s Players Theatre. His musical Alice was part of the Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Festival and optioned by Universal Stage Productions.

EDRED UTOMI (The Arbiter) Barn Stage debut! Recent Credits: Cecco (Pirate) in Peter Pan, TJ in Sister Act, Shrek the Musical (Moonlight), Jim in Big River (Performance Riverside), Rudolph…Reindeer Nat’l Tour (McCoy Rigby), My Mañana Comes (SD Rep), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Peerless (Old Globe), Weatherman (La Jolla Playhouse). BA Theatre, USD. Huge thanks to Barn Stage for this incredible opportunity. Infinite thanks to God, family, and friends for all the love over the years. 🙂


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