A SHIRTWAIST TALE-The Klezmer Musical


  Jacqueline Andersen (SADIE) has most recently been seen as Mary in the newly composed chamber opera, Death of the Hired Man at Goat Hall in S.F. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Music from CSUH where she studied opera. Favorite opera roles have included Antonia in Tales of Hoffman, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Focusing primarily on musical theatre lately, she has recently performed as Amalia in She Loves Me and Jenny in Company, both with the Masquers Theatre Co., and as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella with the Novato Theater Company. She has also played Vi Moore in Footloose with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and been in the Fantasticks as the Featured Dancer. Other shows include Showboat with The Lamplighters, Oliver with the Willows Theatre, Jekyll and Hyde with Contra Costa Civic Theatre. She sings with the Opera Piccola carolers each season and is the long-time soloist at Northbrae Community Church . Ms. Andersen teaches piano and voice out of her home in the East Bay where she lives with her three awesome children.
  Scott Alexander Ayres (ARON) played the father in Oasis and Mr. Bishop in Polyxena in Orbit, part of Cerberus Barking, with No Nude Men Productions at the Exit Theater. Scott played multiple male roles in Elvis in Space II: Elvis Rex, part of the 2006 San Francisco Fringe Festival, at The Exit Theater. Scott’s past roles include Goldsmith in Old Man in the Cave, part of The Dark Room’s Twilight Zone- the Plays Festival, Season III. He was Ben Korman in The New Conservatory Theater Center’s production of Theater District. He has also been seen as Mike Dillard in Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley’s production of Working, the Doctor in Perchance to Dream, in The Dark Room’s Twilight Zone- the Plays Festival, Season II, and was an ensemble member in Open Stage Repertory Theatre’s production of Tomfoolery. Scott is delighted to be a part of A Shirtwaist Tale.
  Judy Breakstone (BUBBE) has sung and performed with two Jewish choruses - Shorashim and the East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus - and often leads services at her Berkeley synagogue. A Shirtwaist Tale is her first acting experience, and she's having so much fun she wants to do more. She lives in Berkeley in an empty nest. She spends much of her days working as a financial advisor and insurance agent, which provides a fair amount of drama, but not much opportunity to sing. She wants to thank Judith for giving her this great opportunity to be a Jewish Bubbe, in anticipation of the time when her 3 children will be ready for her to play the role for real.
  Sabrina Brown (ROSE) began her singing career as a child, and managed the completion of a Master's of Music degree from San Francisco State University because she still loves to sing after all these years. She completed her Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University where she worked with various groups, from operas to chorales. Previous show credits include Cinderella, The Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, Phantom of the Country Opera, and soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Humboldt Light Opera Company. And if you did not see her there you may have caught her in Ferndale Repertory Theater's production of Chaps! But more recently her studies had her performing in France as a member of SFSU's Chamber Choir, and in her second solo recital last May. She hopes to been seen for many years to come in the Bay Area and beyond.
  C. Conrad Cady (MORRIS) has played in two other Judith Offer shows before: He was the lecherous Jack Az in two separate runs of Casino!, and he played Sylvester, the devil, in Devil's Due. He is a frequent actor in local community theatres, and lives in Castro Valley with his wife and two daughters. At his "day job" he is a Managing Partner at a computer consulting firm. Conrad is an aficionado of Alexandre Dumas (the author of The Three Musketeers) and runs the most popular English-language web site on the subject (http://cadytech.com/).
Katie Carney (Choreographer, PEARL) is delighted to be working with Judith and Anniversary Productions for the 4th time.  She appeared, choreographed (twice), and directed (once) Judith's original Oakland-based musical Casino; and last summer originated the role of Sydney Devil in Devil's Due at the Front Street Theater in Danville .  Katie's stage career began in 5th grade, when she played "The Tree" in the school Arbor Day Festival.  She couldn't understand why no one wanted the tree to dance.  Something about "roots."  Where's the artistic freedom??  After college in Baltimore, Katie was a principal dancer with the Johns Hopkins Dance Companay and created fabulous roles like "Frog", "Bat", and "SeaHorse."  She was bitten by the theater bug (and leaped into the realm of mammals) with a movement role as a horse in Equus.  She finally became human when she starred in John Patrick Shanley's Psycopathia Sexualis and the off-Broadway premiere of David Hare's The Blue Room.  Moving to Los Angeles, Katie's film/TV credits (any of which you can see if you stop the VCR at EXACTLY the right moment) include Homicide: Life on the Street; Terminator 3: Sea Biscuit; and Sex and the City.  Now a happy northern CA transplant, she has acted/danced/sung frequently with Fremont's Stage One, and worked behind the scenes with SF's renowned Brava Theater and A.C.T.  She thanks Judith for the 'promotion' from stalking the underworld to walking the streets of Lower East Side Manhattan (or is that the same thing??) -- and if anyone knows the casting director for the new Sex and The City movie, Katie and her enormous designer shoe collection would appreciate an introduction.  (Check out her blog at www.tiaratuesday.blogspot.com)  Enjoy!
  Susan Cohn (ALVA BELMONT) is new to the formal stage. A estate planning, business and intellectual property attorney, Susan's prior dramatic experience includes successful complex litigation and raising two delightful teenaged boys. Susan dedicates this performance to her beloved paternal grandmother who stitched at the Triangle Waist Factory before coming to The Promised Land of California.
  Paulette Eisen (ZLATA) grew up performing Yiddish songs with her father, and her mother was an ILGWU member. During her time at Concordia University in Montreal, she appeared in numerous productions, including her role as Domina in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Maisie, in The Boyfriend, and ensemble work in O What A Lovely War and America Hurrah.  She later  performed at the Whittier Community theater in California. There she was cast as Janet  in Witness For The Prosecution and was part of the ensemble cast for an original musical called Revue, Revue!  Her last role before she was cast as Zlata in the current production of A Shirtwaist Tale, was as Golda in the Redondo Beach community Theater’s production of Fiddler On The Roof.
  Michael Fallon (CLANCY), actor, singer, and musician is a Oakland resident, who has done various community theatre projects in the bay area.  Michael has studied with Marcia Kimmel, voice coaches Helen Dillworth, and Judy Hubbel.  Michael has also participated in the Musical theatre workshops of  Jim Orin and Peggy Gorham.  This summer Michael and his wife Beth and two children, Auguste and Olivia, have taken up the study of the art of Fencing, with Harold Haynes, at Alameda's Pacific Fencing Club.  Michael is a life long student of history and a member of Oakland's Painters local #3.   Michael believes most people have forgotten and take for granted the struggles and lives sacrificed, in the labor movement, so that others can have better lives.
  Holli Hoffman (LIFSHA, CLARA LEMLICH, JAIL MATRON) is very excited to be in her first Yiddish Theater production.  She performed last year as Mrs. Cratchit, in San Ramon Community Theatre's A Christmas Carol.  She also performed last year as a nun and Frau Zeller in The Sound of Music at the Douglas Morrison Theatre in Hayward. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner and lives in San Ramon with her husband Michael.  She would like to thank her husband and her children, Timothy, Brittany and Joalien, for being so supportive of her musical theater endeavors.
  Jeremy Litwin (YITZOCK).  Bass/Baritone Jeremy Litwin is pleased to be a part of this Judith Offer production.  Previous roles include Garvey Preacher in Oakland Opera’s production of Malcolm X, Usurier in Oakland Opera’s La Belle et la Bete, Bogdanowitch in Livermore Valley Opera’s production of The Merry Widow, Carrefore in Oakland Opera’s production of White Darkness, and most recently participated in Great Moments in American History, an Oakland Opera Theatre workshop.  He has also performed with such prestigious groups as Festival Opera, Masterworks Chorale, and is currently a member of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, under the direction of Lynne Morrow.  Aside from his operatic endeavors, Jeremy is also a singer/songwriter, and has been performing his original works for over 10 years in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest.
  Mark O'Neill (O'BRIEN).  From community theatre, college plays, dance performances, along with children's performance and theatre groups, Mark O'Neill, has done much, except for a musical; and now he has accomplished that, as well! Mark's theatre skills go from comedic plays to Shakespeare. Not only in the acting arena, he has also done sound tech and stage crew on a number of plays. He produced, narrated and was the talent for a television documentary on the male's role in birth control responsibility, Things Father Never Told You, which won one of the earliest of the ACE Award's (Award for Cable-casting Excellence) for an educational documentary. The first ten years of Mark's life was in Phoenix, AZ when most of the surrounding areas were still farm land (he is old!) Then he finished his growing up in San Francisco (His sixteen year old son might not quite agree on the growing up part of his life), and has lived primarily in the Bay Area from Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, Santa Cruz and Contra Costa Counties.
Randy Perrin (POLANSKY) is somewhat less self-involved and angry than his stage persona. His most recent experience in the footlights was in Temple Sinai’s production of The Megillah According to the Beatles in which he played King Ahasverus, and – despite his inclination to the contrary – followed the script and chose Esther for his wife. Randy has also spent some time in a coffee shop, singing songs about the more-than-interesting, modern, political landscape.
  Zach Simon (MAX).  This is Zach's second performance for Anniversary Productions, having played Matt in Devil's Due at The Village Theatre in Danville last year.  Zach's past roles include Fagin in Oliver and part of the ensemble cast in Among Friends and Clutter, both at Imagine Theater for the Performing Arts.  Zach also played the title character in Lindsay Barret's Center Stage cast of Parry Hotter and the Prisoner of Alcatraz, as well as in Phantom of the Opry, and he had a key role in the student-written play Imagine with the Berkeley Repertory Theater.  Zach also had lead roles in the Pine Valley Performing Arts' renditions of Backstage and Hooray for
  Meredith Slater (DVORAH) A Bay Area native, Meredith just graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Theater & Dance as well as a minor in Music. Since graduation, she has taken up various hobbies such as looking for jobs, paying bills, and typing in third person. Meredith plans to continue performing and attend graduate school in the near future. She was happy to have been given the opportunity to be a part of A Shirtwaist Tale. Meredith hopes that the role of Dvorah will be one of many roles in her future. She gives special thanks to her family and her girlfriend, Rachel.


  Brandilyn Davidson  (Music Director, Clarinet) a virtuoso clarinetist, holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from The University of North Texas. She is regarded as a renowned teacher and band clinician in her home state. Since moving to the Bay Area 2 years ago, Brandilyn has had numerous engagements performing as a soloist, most recently with the gypsy-klezmer band Fishtank Ensemble. She currently can be seen performing at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco every Friday afternoon.  Brandilyn also has a passion for teaching and manages a privately-run music studio on Piedmont Avenue, where she trains woodwind students and coaches small ensembles, including her newly formed jazz clarinet quartet. In addition to private lessons Brandilyn also co-conducts the Urkhardt Memorial Concert Band and was just appointed Band Director at COVA Conservatory, the new music-oriented charter school in the Oakland hills.  Brandilyn is honored to be chosen as the clarinetist and Musical Director for A Shirtwaist Tale, and looks to Benny Goodman as her inspiration to fulfill the role of band-leader and performer simultaneously.
  Pamela Brawley (Bass Clarinet).  Pam began playing clarinet only 5 short years ago and is now one of the community’s most active amateur musicians. Pam is currently performing with the Walnut Creek Concert Band, the West County Winds, and the Castro Valley Community Band. She has also made appearances with the Urkhardt Memorial Concert Band, Alameda Community Band, and the Alameda School of Music.  Pam’s other interests include photography, videography. participating in a hand percussion class, directed by Kelly Takunda Orphan, and co-running an American Sign Language (A.S.L.) social in Berkeley for the Deaf/deaf, hard-of-hearing, and A.S.L. students.  A Shirtwaist Tale is Pam’s second musical theatre performance. She debuted her bass clarinet skills in a recent production of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Kathy Maier. Pam is a former student of Anna-Louise Burdett and is currently studying jazz performance skills with Donna Viscuso and clarinet pedagogy with Brandilyn Davidson.
  David Olachea (Piano).  David began his piano studies at the age of eight with his father.  His other teachers were Charles Eiferle, James Gardner (now conductor of the Pro Art Symphony Orchestra) and  lastly, Justin Blasdale, a great friend and mentor with whom David studied most extensively.  David has played solo recitals and performed with other musicians at various venues in the Bay Area.  He has played a number of benefit recitals including a fund-raiser for the Oakland Opera.  He was presented by Bridges Foundation in a benefit recital for the Diablo area schools' music departments--a sold out performance.  David's 2002 recital at Valley Center for the Performing Arts raised $6,000 for the Justin Blasdale Memorial Scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  In addition, David served as music director and performer at an international film festival at Stanford University.  David has taught piano for over 17 years.  He lives in Alameda and works from his studio in his home.
  Shauna Revelli (Violin).  At an early age of 2½, Shauna began her studies on the violin and piano at the Holy Names College Preparatory Music Department. Surrounded by the many students in her mother’s studio, violin became second nature for Shauna. She has participated in a number of Honors Recitals through Holy Names College Preparatory Music Department and has taken part in various segments of the East-Bay Music Festival. She has been an active participant in Berkeley Youth Orchestra, Oakland Youth Orchestra, Cal-Berkeley Summer Orchestra and the Holy Names University Symphony Orchestra, where she is currently concertmistress. Shauna performed in the pit-orchestra in Head-Royce’s production of Music Man, West Side Story, and Bye Bye Birdie and Holy Names High School’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar and was in the very first production of A Shirtwaist Tale in 1999. Shauna has also been a part of many different chamber music groups and has kept busy with numerous weddings, parties, and other gigs in string quartet settings. While attending Saint Mary’s College, Shauna was the string coach, teaching both violin and cello in the Lafayette Public Schools.  Shauna is currently in the process of finishing the teaching credential program at Holy Names University and is currently doing her student teaching at Monroe Elementary School in San Leandro. Prior to her student teaching, she has kept busy teaching first grade for two years, bringing both academics and music to the classroom, which is something she enjoys doing.


Jon Gourdine (Lighting Designer/Lighting).  Jon has worn numerous hats including Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Playwright.  He has done children’s theater in the Bay Area since 2001.  After a brief stint as the wrongly accused Tom in To Kill a Mockingbird, he decided to give back to the community and began working with area youth in both the theater and dance worlds.  He currently teaches a Modern/Jazz dance class at the Fairfield Community Center and is the director of an upcoming youth production, Legend of Sleepy Hollow which will be performed at the Fairfield Center for the Creative Arts in November. His credits include: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Phantom of the Old Opera House, Charlotte’s Web, The Wizard of Oz, Westside Story, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


  Anida Weyl (Costumer) comes from a family of tailors.  Her Great-Grandfather, Issac Kleinberger, received a patent in June, 1911, for a pair of split pants for women, or what we today might call "cullottes."  Anida has been sewing since she was 10 when her stuffed animals demanded proper attire.  Her recent costuming endeavors include: Oliver!, Urinetown, the mortals' costumes for A Midsummer Night Dream, The Lion King, and Fiddler on the Roof.  She has also assisted in the Basoti Program this Summer.  Look for her costumes in the Spring production of StageDoor Conservatory's A Phantom Tollbooth.