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Livia Genise Productions presents: “A Tribute to the Life and Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein”

From 1943 thru 1956, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, two prolific musicians in their own right, collaborated on some of the most powerful and influential musicals of the 40’s and 50’s, including “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.”  Their work together garnered them thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammy Awards
“A Tribute to the Life and Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” stars Livia Genise, Renée Hewitt, David King-Gabriel and Derek Rosenlund on vocals and narration. They are backed up by Mark Reppert on Musical Direction and Keyboards, Steve Fain on Bass, Daryl Fjeldheim on Sax, Clarinet & Flute, and Steve Sutfin on Drums. Sound Design is by toom Frederick of Cabin Fever Sound. With musical arrangements by Brent Olstad and a script by Charles Cherry (featuring 40 songs the two made famous) you are guaranteed a performance reverberating with the glorious Sound of Music!
Sponsored by Louis and Pat Franks, “A Tribute to the Life and Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” plays Fridays and Saturdays, February 15, 16, 22 & 23 @ 8 PM and Sundays, February 17 & 24 @ 2 PM. All performances are at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd. (at Siskiyou Blvd.) in Ashland. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by check or cash at Paddington Station in Ashland and online at Tickets are also available, space permitting, at the door. Oregon Trail Cards will be honored at the door, cash or check only.
What: “A Tribute to the Life and Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein”
When: Fridays and Saturdays, February 15, 16, 22 & 23 @ 8 PM and Sundays, February 17 & 24 @ 2 PM
Where:  Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd. (at Siskiyou Blvd.) in Ashland
Outlet: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by check or cash at Paddington Station. Tickets are also available, space permitting, at the door. Oregon Trail Cards will also be honored at the door, cash or check only
Performer Biographies
Livia Genise ~ Vocals & Narration
A former Broadway actress Livia Genise has both directed and/or starred in many local productions, including “Solomon’s Blade,” “Sweet Charity,” “The Last Five Years,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “A Question of Words,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” “The Producers,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “All the King’s Men,” "Funny Girl,” “Rags,” “Gigi,” “Cabaret,” “Shenandoah, “The Lion in Winter,” “Sockdology,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Master Class.” Genise has co-starred in Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s runaway hits, “Once” as Baruska and in “Noises Off” as Dotty.
Renée Hewitt ~ Vocals & Narration
Originally from the Bay Area, Renée Hewitt performed in such places as the Great America Theme Park and “Beach Blanket Babylon’s 20th Extravaganza.” She was recently seen as Paulina Escobar in “Death and the Maiden” for LGP. Hewitt’s performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre as Rona Lisa Piretti in “The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee” and as Lela, Ginger Rogers mother in “Backwards In High Heels.” At the Camelot Theatre, Hewitt played roles such as Fiona in “Brigadoon,” Aldonza in “Man Of La Mancha,” Annie in “The Miracle Worker” and The Player in “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.” She has also directed two productions: “Les Misérables” and “Spamalot.”
David King-Gabriel ~ Vocals & Narration
David King-Gabriel’s just appeared at CTP as Tito Morelli in “Lend Me a Tenor, the Musical.” Roles at CTC include Albin in “La Cage Aux Folles,” Vittorio Vidale and Daddy Brubeck in “Sweet Charity,” Judas Iscariot in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Jean Val Jean in “Les Misérables,” Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Max Bialystock in “The Producers” and Spotlights on Billy Joel, Musical Theatre, Simon and Garfunkel, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett, among others. For Livia Genise Productions, King-Gabriel appeared as Freddie Trumper in “Chess,” in a variety of roles as Actor One in “God’s Country,” the Frank Sinatra vocals in “Tribute to the Life and Music of Frank Sinatra” and both narrator and on back-ups and duets in its Tribute to Patsy Cline.
Derek Rosenlund ~ Vocals & Narration
Derek Rosenlund is happy to be making his second appearance with Livia Genise Productions.
He has previously acted locally at the Camelot and Randall Theaters, in productions of “Jeckyll and Hyde,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Les Misérables,” and “Evita.” Rosenlund also sings locally with the Siskiyou Singers. He has performed in 25 other productions outside of the Rogue Valley, and has a Bachelors in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Production Bios
Charles Cherry ~ Script
Charles Cherry is an actor, director, designer, and writer. He's been active in Rogue Valley theatre for 25 years. Cherry was Technical Director and Stage Manager for Livia Genise Production of "Chess" and wrote the scripts for Tributes to the Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
Tom Frederick ~ Sound Design
Sound engineer Tom Frederick (Cabin Fever Sound) has worked over 1500 shows!  Since first starting at the Ashland Armory in 1989 with David Shaw productions, Frederick has worked 8 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and nearly 20 years with St. Clair Events.  He also enjoys recording musical artists at his home studio in Ashland.
Brent Olstad ~ Arranger
A prolific arranger and pianist, Brent Olstad finds time, apart from working for “Joni and Friends” (serving people affected by disability), to play piano for a variety of groups, including the Rogue Valley Gospel Group, the Jefferson State Chorale Coalition, and the High Society Orchestra. He also plays at many venues either as an accompanist or playing solo piano. He has arranged many of LGP’s productions, including the Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline tributes.
Musician Biographies
Steve Fain – Bass
Steve Fain has played bass music in theatre, jazz, folk, worship and rock venues throughout the Rogue Valley for the past 20 years. He is also a conservation geneticist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service and is partial to wolves and bears – Oh My!
Daryl Fjeldheim ~ Tenor & Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute
Daryl Fjeldheim has performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Craterian Ginger Rodgers Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Rogue Music Theatre and Camelot Theatre.  He is also a private woodwinds teacher.  Fjeldheim has a BA in music from California State University Northridge and did additional studies at LA Jazz Workshop.
Mark Reppert ~ Musical Director/Keyboards
Mark Reppert studied conducting, composition, piano, and music history at the University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in Music History and a master's degree in Piano Performance from California State University, Chico, graduating with distinction. Reppert began his teaching career in California in 1975 and has taught all manner of music from kindergarten to adult, including band, orchestra, elementary music, college music appreciation, community choir, and high school and middle school choir. Moving to Oregon in 1998, Reppert was the director of choral music at North Medford High School.   He retired from teaching in 2008 and has been an active musician in the Rogue Valley since, serving as music director at the Camelot Theater ("Sweeny Todd," "Cabaret," "Gypsy," "Les Misérables") and accompanist throughout the valley. In nine-year tenure as their director, Siskiyou Singers has performed many major works such as the Christmas Oratorio of Bach, the Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein, and the Maria Theresa Mass of Haydn, the Dvorak Mass in D and has presented world premieres of three works by local composers.
Steve Sutfin – Percussion
As a musician, Steve Sutfin has traveled and performed a wide variety of music working with various groups for over 45 years. He got his first taste of Musical Theatre in Los Angeles and Seattle and found the diversity and camaraderie very rewarding. Since moving to Southern Oregon, Sutfin has been fortunate to become more involved in theatre that has included a few acting roles.

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