Fresh from their film debut in “Shakespeare High,” the students of Los Angeles’s PUC schools are here to help you conquer your “Shakesfear” with their rollicking musical adaptation of The Tempest! Full of magic, romance, and revenge, this interactive adventure mixes Frankie and Annette-style beach party songs with the Bard’s original text. This surfboard and sun interpretation is a perfect intro to Shakespeare for kids and offers an educational blast for the entire family!
Approximate Running Time: 1:45; with intermission
Sarah Rosenberg (Rosie) has been a teacher for over thirty years in the public school system, and has been a writer/director of Off-Broadway Plays/Musicals for Children. Highlights over the years include: writing and directing Dreams Over Drugs, a multi-media program/musical that performed at schools throughout the nation, and was honored by the White House, the US Senate, Congress and The United Nations; serving as President of the Southern California Drama Teachers’ Association, where she helped shape programs for students grades 5-12 in dramatic competition; being documented in Shakespeare High, a movie that premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in 2011, executive produced by Kevin Spacey, that showcases minority youth competing in the prestigious So. California Shakespeare Festival; coaching state and national winners in speech/debate at schools around the country; co-heading every summer the Individual Events Program for the Stanford National Forensic Institute; writing and directing the Off-Broadway musical Fools in Love that played to rave reviews and was invited to perform at BAM. Throughout her career, Rosie recognizes the power theatre has in enriching the lives of young people. She is blessed by her children, John and Jessica.
Biography: Eric Luke has worked in the entertainment industry for twenty years as a writer, director, and producer for Paramount, Disney, MGM, and Fox. His credits include the screenplay for the Paramount feature film Explorers, and directing the top-rated Disney TV movies, Not Quite Human II and Still Not Quite Human.
His independent work garnered an Aegis Award for his documentary My So-Called Digital Life, broadcast on PBS. He co-produced, scripted, and edited the federally funded MATRIX Numericon series in addition to composing and performing the soundtrack. Other projects include the score and lyrics for the musical Fools In Love.
Eric has volunteered for many years doing voice-over for books-on-tape for the Braille Institute. He is the co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of the award-winning podcast Extruding America.
Tom Fusco is the professor of Stagecraft and Technical Director for the Department. He received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.F.A. in Technical Production from Boston University. He spent several years working as a Technical Director at such theatres as the White River Theatre Festival, VT, The Children's Theater of Maine and Portland Stage Company, ME. Recent design credits include Love is the Devil with Paule Turner's Court, Hard Candy with Melanie Stewart Dance Company. At Rowan, Fusco also serves as Faculty Advisor to Campus Players and Once Upon a Stage. A proponent for the use of multimedia in the classroom, Professor Fusco's work can be seen at his website: http://users.rowan.edu/~fusco
"Sarah Nuernberger studied visual art at UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture. While studying visual arts, Ms. Nuernberger also took classes in entertainment and set design at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. Ms. Nuernberger has worked as a visual artist and educator, teaching high school and middle school visual art."
Nicki is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut as a Line Producer. When not working with the fabulous Tempest Toss'd team she is working for Manhattan Theatre Club where she currently assists Artistic Director, Lynne Meadow. She has helped with numerous on and Off-Broadway productions including, Good People, Time Stands Still, The Whipping Man, Ruined, and Master Class. She has also worked at the Summer Play Festival, where she worked on Matthew Lopez's Tio Pepe, and Joe Iconis' The Black Suits.
Deborah is no stranger to Shakespeare, having played Patty Quince in Fools in Love with Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas in the LA Musical Theater Festival in 2009. She also performed the role in NYC in MTG's long Off-Broadway run which included performing at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her favorite roles include: Felicity in Shadow Box, Dorothea in Eleemosynary, Louise in HollywoodArms and Mama in I Remember Mama. She is thrilled to be working with Lou and Rosie's "kids" again!!
No music tracks are available for this show yet.