Jeff was born and raised in Monterey County and developed his love of theater by attending The Western Stage in the 80’s and 90’s as a season ticket holder. He became a California Arts Scholar when he attended California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 1999, and placed 1st in the Chapman Shakespeare Festival in 2000 in the category of Outstanding Male Monologue. He attended the University of California, Irvine where he earned a BA in Drama and was able to focus on his love of Musical Theater playing roles such as Che in Evita, Javert in Les Miserables, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Judas in JC Superstar. He returned to Monterey County in 2009 and began working with the Department of Social Services shortly thereafter while also directing the children’s musical theater productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and recently The Lion King in South County through Sol Treasures. He is an active member of The Stage Hands having just served a 2 year term as the organization’s president, and he continues to work in theater in both King City and Salinas. He recently earned a MA in Psychology focusing on Mental Health Administration and works as a Social Worker with the In Home Supportive Services program by day, while singing and acting by night.
Erica Horn has been performing and teaching music since1980. She received a Bachelors of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from California State University at Fullerton. As a student of Kalman Bloch, then principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Erica had the honor of playing next to her teacher on several occasions. Additionally, Ms. Horn later studied with Yehuda Gilad, at the Colbern School, Bil Jackson at the Aspen Music Festival and Anthony Gigliotti at the Philadelphia Orchestra Summer Woodwind Chamber Music Festival. While in Southern California Ms. Horn performed with the Pacific Symphony, South Coast Symphony, Newport Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Civic Light Opera, Long Beach Ballet and the Long Beach Municipal Band among many others. Currently Ms. Horn is principal clarinet for Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra and the Monterey County Pops. She performs with Espressivo in Santa Cruz, is Chamber Players Music Director for Youth Music Monterey County, maintains a private studio.
Michael began acting in the eighth grade and over 200 productions later, hasn’t stopped. Receiving his B.A. from Whitman College, Michael went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West and was a member of the first graduating class in 1976. He and his wife Kathy then decided to travel the country in their truck and camper, audition for various regional theaters before ending up in New York where Michael studied at the Herbert Berghof Studios with Uta Hagen and Michael Beckett. Returning to California in 1983, he became a member of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Company from 1983 to 1986 working and studying with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company from England. In 1987 Michael was cast in The Normal Heart at the GroveMont Theatre which began a 27 year stint as actor-in-residence for what is now the Pacific Repertory Theatre.
Michael began teaching acting in 1988 for local adult actors and in 1995 started teaching at C.S.U.M.B. with Luis Valdez in the Teledramatic Arts Department. He then was hired to teach “Accent Reduction” and Public Speaking for interpreters at M.I.I.S. in 1996 when he was also hired by M.P.C. to teach for the off campus drama program at Seaside High School. In 1998 he was asked to transfer to Carmel High School and has been there ever since.
Michael is also a published author having just completed co-authoring Improving the Interpreter’s Voice. He is also the author of SPEAK like an AMERICAN, an accent reduction program for those who wish to sound more like or be understood by Americans.
Michael is a firm believer in the craft, believes training is invaluable and aspires to always improve in all aspects of the art. Theater is what excites and motivates him to be his best self.
He is a member of Actor’s Equity.
A native of Montery, California, Dramatic/Verdian Soprano, Leberta Lorál is a highly regarded concert and operatic soloist. To critical acclaim, she has performed a broad spectrum of concert works, ranging from the Baroque to Contemporary periods. Her core repertoire comprises pieces such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat” and the “Mass in B minor”, Händel’s “Messiah”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater”, Mendolssohn’s “Elijah”, Saint/Saëns’s “Christmas Oratorio” and the Fauré “Requiem”, as well as, 20th century compositions such as Vaughan-Williams’s “The First Nowell”, Mabalot’s “Songs of Rumi”, and Thompson’s “Songs of Passion”. Additional concert repertoire being prepared is Strauss’s “Four Last Songs” and Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”. Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Serena in Porgy and Bess and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel. An additional role being prepared is Venus (Tannhäuser). A regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has appeared numerous times as a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Concert Series at Hollywood Bowl, Southeast Symphony, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Following her European début in Bremen as Serena in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, Ms Lorál was invited to perform in a series of concerts in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. In conjunction with her sincere commitment to a better society, Ms Lorál performed in an AIDS benefit concert entitled “Divas Simply Singing”, with Hollywood notables like Sheryl Lee Ralph and Alfre Woodard, in which she was hailed as “simply phenomenal”. She served as the inspiration for “Songs of Rumi” and “Song of Songs” by young, up and coming American composer, Frederick Bayani Mabalot, who dedicated these works to her.
In February 2011, Ms Lorál was the soloist in Mahler’s “Rückert-Lieder” in Munich, Germany in the Herkulessaal der Residenz and the Stadtsaal Fürstenfeldbruck with the Symphonisches Orchester Münchens Andechs (SOMA) with Maestro Andreas Pascal Heinzmann. Past engagements also include concerts in Sydney, Australia in October 2011 where she performed the works of Maestro Frederick Bayani Mabalot at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Holiday 2011 AIDS benefit concert in Los Angeles, CA.In August 2012, she was in concert again with Maestro Mabalot at Herbert Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and in December 2014, Ms Lorál was invited by Mr George Shirley to sing in his annual Heritage Holiday Concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan and he invited her again to return to Ann Arbor in December 2016. On September 11, 2015, and in January 2016, Ms Lorál performed in sold out concerts with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo, Susanne Mentzer.
In February 2017, Ms Lorál was a featured soloist in the 20th Annual Conference of the African American Art Song Alliance where she performed the works of composer Richard Thompson (richardthompsonpiano.com) and Undine Smith Moore.
In March 2018, Ms Lorál was honoured to perform Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass (for the Homeless) with The Camerata Singers in three concerts that raised $10,000! No tickets were sold, instead, attendees were asked to “pay what you can”. All proceeds were benefiting the homeless and were distributed equally between Dorothy’s Place in Salinas, CA and Gathering for Women in Monterey, CA. Ms Lorál was invited to appear with them again in May 2018.Future 2018/2019 engagements include exciting collaborations with Gentry Tennyson (John Gentry Tennyson), a project with Pauline Troia based upon the 8 different types of love according to the ancient Greeks, and, she is especially thrilled to be asked by Maestro Mabalot to perform with him in Washington in 2019!
Pauline Troia, pianist. A native of Chicago, Pauline studied music at the Conservatory of the Chicago Musical College and at Northwestern University. Recently retired from accompanying for both I Cantori di Carmel and the Camerata Singers, she has also served for many years as rehearsal pianist for the adult and youth choruses of the Carmel Bach Festival. She plays services at Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel Valley and is pianist for the annual Sing-a-Long Messiah at the Carmel Mission. She is a resident of Pacific Grove, CA.