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Interview: Nik meets director/actor/play write Khalia Davis
Tonight on Youth Theatre Podcast interview, Sagnik Nag Chowdhury  interviews Khalia Davis. As an actor, Khalia has performed with companies including Bay Area Children’s Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Berkeley Playhouse and California Shakespeare Theatre. Now based in New York, she is also a teaching artist for Atlantic Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Group, and New York City Children’s Theater. She also taught for PYT!  Khalia recently adapted and directed the online production of “A Kid’s Play About Racism,” A groundbreaking online performance for families that explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it, which performs August 1 & 2, and can be streamed for free on Broadway on Demand..
49:33
July 29, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars Episode 8: Finale in Frostopia
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents the conclusion of an EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 8: Finale in Frostopia By Talia Lawit Our heroes finally make it to Frostopia, and prepare to face the dreaded dragon Glenn, in hopes of finding their long lost father.  Episode 8: Finale in Frostopia by Talia Lawit Narrator: Jonathan Murphy Todd: Max Venuti Ola: Loryn Hatten Nellie: Meg Fischer Venuti Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Megan: Talia Lawit Michael: Brian Miller Melissa: Arielle Shimoni Miles: Anna Richardson Martin: Disha Kumar Billy: Brian Miller Ernst: Nic Rouleau Glenn: Jonathan Murphy Frostopian #1: Tessa Prodromou Frostopian #2: Naomi Eason Dad: Matt Nielsen
15:10
July 19, 2020
Interview: Elowyn meets lighting designer Travis McHale
Tonight on Youth Theatre Interview, Elowyn Ingler interviews lighting designer Travis McHale. Travis is a professional lighting and set designer. His designs have been seen on the stages of major regional theatres, Off-Broadway, on tour internationally, at Carnegie Hall,  television nationwide, and around the world for Splendor Seven Seas Cruise Lines.  He has been an associate designer on a wide range of projects including Broadway shows and national tours.  Travis also designs for IMCD Lighting which creates the lighting for over 120 fashion shows annually during New York Fashion Week.
35:06
July 9, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars Episode 7: Blistering in Blazeopolis
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 7: Blistering in Blazopolis By Anika Raman Without navigator Sean Nolo, our heroes find themselves lost again. When their ship is impounded on the fiery planet of Blazeopolis, it will take all their skill and a little luck to find their way off again! Episode 7: Blistering in Blazopolis by Anika Ramen Narrator: Jonathan Murphy Guard 1: Talia Lawit Guard 2: Ash Prodromou Ola: Loryn Hatten Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Billy: Brian Miller Nellie: Meg Fischer Venuti Ernst: Nic Rouleau Tina: Anika Ramen Todd: Max Venuti Guard 3: Naomi Eason Guard 4: Anna Richardson
10:30
July 5, 2020
Interview: Ben meets actor Davied Morales
Tonight on Youth Theatre Interview, Ben Siegel interviews Davied Morales, an actor and rapper from San Jose. Davied is a recipient of the Leigh Weimers Award for emerging artists. He has performed around the Bay Area at SF Playhouse, City Lights, Shotgun Players, Northside Theatre Company and TheatreWorks. You can follow him on any Social Media @activepoet where he frequently posts about his music and upcoming projects he is working on! Davied is also the host of the upcoming Theatre Bay Area "Together We Rise" virtual fundraiser on Monday, June 29 at 6:30pm. 40% of live donations on the evening will go to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, 50% will go to TBA. Also, as part of TBA's values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, 10% of donations made during the event will go to the NAACP. Tickets are available for every income level. For more information visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/hqI/
26:40
June 29, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars Episode 6: Pitstop on Paloozatopia
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 6: Pit Stop on Paloozatopia By Disha Kumar Although they thought they were finally on the right track, our heroes are forced to make a pit stop to refuel on the party planet, Paloozatopia. Will they be able to avoid the lure of infinity pools and EMO music? Or will they forget their dreams of Frostopia over an ice cold jug of apple juice. Episode 6: Passing Through Paloozatopia by Disha Kumar Narrator: Jonathan Murphy Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Ernst: Nic Rouleau Sean Nolo: Matt Nielsen Billy: Brian Miller Nellie: Meg Fischer Venuti Raver #3: Talia Lawit Raver #2: Anna Richardson Zion: Disha Kumar Ola: Loryn Hatten
09:35
June 28, 2020
Interview: Nik meets playwright and director Jeffrey Lo
Tonight on Interview, Sagnik Nag Chowdhury meets Jeffrey Lo. Jeffrey is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. He is the recipient of the 2014 Leigh Weimers (Lee Why-mers) Emerging Arist Award, the 2012 Emerging Artist Laureate (Lah-ree-eight) by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director's TITAN Award. His plays have been produced and workshopped at The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. His play Writing Fragments Home was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright's Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwright's Conference. Jeffrey has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory and is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and SF Playground. He is also the casting director for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
47:28
June 25, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars Episode 5: Castaway in Congo
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 5: Cast Away in Congo By Arielle Shimoni Landing on yet another wrong planet, our heroes know they are truly lost in space, despite Sean Nolo’s claims to know what he’s doing. Congo is a jungle planet, where animals and peace prevail - but is the planet as peaceful as it seems - or does danger lurk within the jungle brush? Episode 5 Cast (in order of appearance): Narrator: Jonathan Murphy Penthry: Max Venuti Nellie: Meg Fischer Venuti Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Ernst: Nic Rouleau Sean Nolo: Matt Nielsen Billy: Brian Miller Mulberry Bush: Katherine Goldman Emerald: Meagan Donovan Aqua: Roberta Inscho-Cox Fawn: Arielle Shimoni
11:17
June 21, 2020
Interview: Samantha meets Randy Adams, Tony-Award Winning Broadway Producer
In tonight's interview, Samantha Belding talks with Tony-Award Winning Broadway Producer Randy Adams.  Randy is a founding partner of Junkyard Dog Productions (JYD), a theatrical producing company dedicated to the development and production of new musical theatre.  JYD is currently represented on Broadway with Come From Away which is the winner of the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Helen Hayes and Dora Award for Best Musical of 2017.  The National Tour of Memphis (by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan) completed a successful multi-year run following an almost three year run on Broadway. Memphis is the winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical of 2010. First Date premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue /ACT Theatre prior to its Broadway run at the Longacre Theatre.  Since its inception in 2006, JYD has also produced Make Me A Song, The Music of William Finn off-Broadway at New World Stages (Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics Circle nom.) and in London and Vanities, A New Musical at Second Stage Theatre.  Prior to creating JYD, Randy was the Managing Director at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto from 1984 to 2006.  
1:00:12
June 18, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars Episode 4: Misdirected to Monkiarond
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 4: Misdirected to Monkiarond By Naomi Eason After saving orphanage bully Penthry from the "Planet of Delights" our heroes blasted off again, but once again appear to be lost in space. The latest planet seems to be a living toy box - but how did it get to be that way? What will Daleea, Ernst, Nellie, Sean Nolo, Billy the Sword of Vexation and Penthry need to do before they can resume their search. Episode 4 Cast: Narrator: Jonathan Murphy Ernst: Nic Rouleau Penthry: Max Venuti Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Nellie: Meg Fischer Venuti Sean Nolo: Matt Nielsen Billy: Brian Miller Timmy/Tammy: Naomi Eason Fluffles: Raissa Marchetti-Kozlov Chino: Anika Ramen Chloe: Tessa Prodromou Robert(a): Roberta Inscho-Cox
08:09
June 14, 2020
Interview: Roni meets actress Emily Kristen Morris
In tonight's interview, Roni Gal Oz talks with actress Emily Kristen Morris. Originally from the Bay Area, Emily has performed regionally and internationally. She recently closed out the National Tour of "Something Rotten," playing the role of Bea. Regionally she has performed at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Gateway Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, NYMF, and Summer Rep Theatre Festival.
53:00
June 11, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars Episode 3: A Not So Delightful Planet
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 3: A Not So Delightful Planet By Anna Richardson When we last left our heroes, they had just obtained Billy, the legendary and irritating "Sword of Vexation" and had blasted off again with space adventurer Nellie Badgers, pilot and rogue Sean Nolo and orphanage bully Penthry. They approach a new planet, one that Nolo promises to be Frostopia, where there long-lost father was last seen. But is it? Episode 3 Cast (in order of appearance): Narrator: Jonathan Murphy The Sword of Vexation: Brian Miller Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Sean Nolo: Matt Nielsen Penthry: Max Venuti Nellie Badgers: Meg Fischer Venuti Ernst: Nic Rouleau Snow: Megan Donovan Charles: Loryn Hatten Marian: Katherine Goldman Fred: Anna Richardson Guard 1: Ash Prodromou Guard 2: Talia Lawit Guard 3: Arielle Shimoni
09:11
June 7, 2020
Interview: Val meets film and TV professional Gabrielle Makower
In this week's interview, Val Zvinyatskovsky meets film and TV professional Gabrielle Makower. Gabrielle is a film-maker and screen writer, whose short film “Contentment” was a quarterfinalist for a Los Angeles International Screenplay Award. Gabrielle has worked on numerous television shows, including Saturday Night Live and The Affair. She is currently assistant show runner for HBO’s The White House Plumbers and was personal assistant to Justin Thoreaux  and assistant show runner on Apple TV’s The Mosquito Coast. Sound Designer: Val Zvinyatskovsky Original music: LJ Simpson
38:14
June 4, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars: Episode 2 - Tested in Templetopia
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents and EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 2: Tested in Templetopia By Tessa Prodromou When we last left our heroes, they had blasted off to search for the legendary "Sword of Vexation" with space adventurer Nellie Badgers, pilot and rogue Sean Nolo, student of the galaxy Conroy and orphanage bully Penthry, who had blackmailed them into taking him with them. As they approach the planet Sean insists mark the location of the sword, what dangers will they face? Episode 2 Cast (in order of appearance): Narrator: Jonathan Murphy Ernst: Nic Rouleau Penthry: Max Venuti Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Sean Nolo: Matt Nielsen Conroy: Raissa Marchetti-Kozlov Arthur: Tessa Prodromou Nellie Badgers: Meg Fischer Venuti Stu: Jonathan Murphy The Sword of Vexation: Brian Miller Kevin: Naomi Eason Lonny: Disha Kumar
11:10
May 31, 2020
Interview: Sophie meets professional dancer and dance journalist Mary Callahan
Sophie Davies meets professional dancer Mary Callahan. Mary has danced on stages and sets across the country - Tincluding the National Tour of "Bullets Over Broadway," TV's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a Neon Trees music video and New York Fashion Week. Mary is also a professional writer, discussing dance both in national publications and her blog “The Dance Journalist.” 
34:16
May 28, 2020
Sailing Into Icy Stars: Episode 1 - Escape from Mundanea
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents and EPIC RADIO ADVENTURE that will be broadcast weekly over the summer! SAILING INTO ICY STARS Join orphaned twins Daleea and Ernst as they flee their drab and depressing prospects on the planet Mundanea, with the help of a rogues gallery of space misfits. Will they find the planet Frostopia? If they do, will they find their long lost father? Sailing Into Icy Stars was written by students in PYT's Play writing Master Class, and features the vocal talents of many of our illustrious alumni! Episode 1: Escape from Mundanea By Ash Prodromou Meet our heroes, orphans Daleea and Ernst, readying themselves to face another day in the Salt Mines. But when an unlikely piece of information falls into their hands, will they be able to act on it? Or will orphanage bully Penthry stand in their way?  Episode 1 Cast Narrator/Mrs. MacDonalline: Jonathan Murphy Daleea: Gabrielle Filloux Ernst: Nic Rouleau Penthry: Max Venuti Nellie Badgers: Meg Fischer Venuti Sean Nolo: Matt Nielsen Conroy: Raissa Marchetti Kozlov Bartender: Ash Prodromou Orphans: Disha Kumar, Tessa Prodromou, Anika Ramen, Arielle Shimoni Directed by Karen Simpson Sound Design by Mike Cobb
14:47
May 23, 2020
Interview: Theo meets professional voice actor Jonathan Murphy
Theo Gardiner inteviews professional voice actor Jonathan Murphy (aka Jonathan Cormur). Jonathan's most notable client is 2K Games, where he did motion capture as “Jesse” in Mafia III. For 6 years, he did the voice over for California’s Great America show intros, in park announcements, the Halloween Haunt, and the new Gold Striker ride. Other commercial work and voice over clients include Electronic Arts, 2K Games, Verizon, Oracle, BacciZ Apps, AndyZ, and Main Street Burgers. Producer: Karen Simpson Sound Design: Mike Cobb Original Theme Music: LJ Simpson
31:06
May 21, 2020
The Frog Prince: The Radio Play
The classic story of a prince who angers the wrong witch and has to cure a curious curse, featuring an original script by Karen Simpson. The Frog Prince: Sanved Doshi Prince Hal: Anika Ramen Heinrich: Talia Lawit The Witch: Eliza Lyon Wallace, A Palace Guard: Ella Dooley Clarence, A Palace Guard: Elowyn Ingler Princess Isolde: Elowyn Ingler Lady Felicia: Ella Dooley Queen: Anika Ramen King: Eliza Lyon Majordomo: Talia Lawit Prince Eric: Talia Lawit
40:05
May 18, 2020
Interview: Roni meets Gabrielle Filloux from the National Tour of "The Office: The Musical"
On this week's Youth Theatre Podcast Interview, Roni Gal-Oz interviews Gabrielle Filloux. Gabrielle toured North America in the National Tour of "The Office: The Musical," playing cat-loving, uptight Angela Martin. Gabrielle talks about auditioning in New York, training your voice to belt, training your voice to scream on stage and what it's like portraying a character so many people associate with a particular actor.  Produced by Karen Simpson Sound Design by Mike Cobb Original Music by L.J. Simpson
40:04
May 14, 2020
Interview: Ben meets Tony-Award Nominee Anika Larsen of "Beautiful," "Avenue Q" and "Rent"
Ben Siegel inteviews Tony-Award Nominee Anika Larsen. Anika has performed on Broadway in such shows as "Rent," "All Shook Up, " Avenue Q" and "Xanadu." She was nominated for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony-Awards for her performance as Cynthia Weil in "Beautiful." Anika has performed extensively in New York and across the US in the National Tours of "Xanadu," "Avenue Q," and "Rent." Anika was also co-founder of Jaradoa Theater, a company whose mission was to promote mercy, beauty and truth through performance and service.Her solo album, "Sing You to Sleep,"  is available at Amazon.com and on the ITunes store. Producer: Karen Simpson Sound Design: Mike Cobb Original Theme Music: LJ Simpson
46:08
May 7, 2020
Interview: Samantha meets Emily Borromeo of The School of Rock and Sprout's Sunnyside Up Show
In tonight's interview, Samantha Belding interviews Emily Borromeo.  Emily is an actress and singer who has appeared on Broadway and in the National Tour of "The School of Rock," performed in the original cast of the Joe Iconis Off-Broadway musical "Broadway Bounty Hunter," and has numerous other Off-Broadway and regional theater credits. Emily has also appeared in numerous television shows including "Sneaky Pete" and "Tell Me a Story," and served as one of the hosts of Sprout TV/NBC Universal's Emmy nominated "Sunny Side Up Show." Emily also competed in NBC's "The Sing Off" with her acapella group "Element." 
53:17
April 30, 2020
Interview: Sagnik meets Brian Miller of Great America and Disney World
Sagnik Nag Chowdhury interviews Brian Miller about his dedication to comedy and performing, which has led him to create and perform content for theme parks ranging from Great America to Disney World. He has been in more than 1,600 performances of the "Frozen" show at Disney World, and also appears in the "Hoop Dee Do Review."  Local audiences might remember "The Magic Hat" show at Great America, which Brian wrote and starred in. He has also directed and choreographed several shows at Peninsula Youth Theatre, including "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast." Brian will be teaching a comedic acting masterclass on Saturday, April 25. For more information visit www.pytnet.org
36:17
April 23, 2020
Radio Play: The Elves and the Shoemakers
The students of Peninsula Youth Theatre present The Elves and the Shoemaker" - a radio play taken from the original script by Karen Simpson and directed by Caitlyn DeRouin. When Cobb's Cobblers falls on hard times, it's up to the Elves to step in and save the day! But that was a lot easier back in the old days - in 2020 they'll need a SWOT analysis, marketing plan, trending buzz and, of course, amazing design!
54:05
April 20, 2020
Interview: Val Z. meets Nic Rouleau, of "Book of Mormon" and "Hello Dolly"
In the first of our "Interview" episodes, current Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) performer Val Zvinyatskovsky interviews Nic Rouleau.  Nic Rouleau made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon. Rouleau began as a standby for original star Andrew Rannells and eventually took over the role of Elder Price, leading the show’s first Broadway replacement cast. He went on to play Elder Price in the Chicago and West End productions, as well as touring with the show across the U.S.  He recently starred as Cornelius Hackl in the national tour of "Hello Dolly" starring Betty Buckley and directed by Jerry Zaks. Other credits include Emmett Forrest in the national tour of Legally Blonde and Cowboy Woody for the Disney Cruise Line's Toy Story: The Musical. He performed on the 2012 Tony Awards, and had a guest starring role in an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Before his professional career began, Nic performed in 25 Peninsula Youth Theatre productions, playing such iconic roles as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and Tony in West Side Story.
40:57
April 16, 2020
The Importance of Being Earnest - Reader's Theater
Peninsula Youth Theatre actors take on an abridged version of Oscar Wilde's comic classic, about the perils of taking on another persona to make mischief under another name. Directed by Elizabeth McClelland, and recorded 4/1/2020.
57:57
April 13, 2020
Death by Dental Floss - the radio play
Go back in time and listen to a good, old fashioned radio drama! Death by Dental Floss is a spoof of a good old British murder mystery. Can crafty sleuth Dame Agatha Ramsbottom find the fiend who finished off noted cad Ffreddy Fford Forsythe on the premiere train trip of the Islington Indirect? Find out, in Death by Dental Floss! Death by Dental Floss was written and directed by Karen Simpson, and features a cast of young actors from Peninsula Youth Theatre.
47:35
April 8, 2020