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CMT Rising Stars Presents


February 22 – 25, 2018 • Featuring local performers ages 8-14

Tickets on sale January 19 – 10 a.m.

This winter, our Rising Stars bring the rollicking comedy of Once Upon a Mattress back to the Montgomery stage!

In this musical version of “The Princess and the Pea,” by Hans Christian Andersen, Winnifred is a quirky, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless, whose domineering mother has declared he must find a “true” princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry. Queen Aggravain never expected an applicant like this – but Princess “Fred” quickly starts making friends and winning hearts.

By turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this spin on the familiar themes of royal courtship and comeuppance will delight the whole family. You’ll never again look at fairy tales quite the same!

Just a few of the catchy melodies you’ll still be humming the next day: “Many Moons Ago,” “Shy,” “Normandy”

Tony Panighetti


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Tony Panighetti has been a theatre teacher and a professional actor for over 20 years. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West he received A Backstage West Garland Award for his performance as Mozart in PCPA Theatrefest’s Amadeus. Since then, Tony has performed up and down California, as well as the high seas of Alaska, Canada, Europe, and the Bahamas with Crystal Cruise Lines Repertory Theatre at Sea.

In the many years he has spent working as a teacher, Tony has taught every age from pre-kindergarten to teenagers. His projects have included studio classes, audition workshops, special needs performance programs, after school outreach programs, and summer camp acting classes. Tony has worked for California Theatre Center, South Coast Rep, and is currently a teacher for Starting Arts.

Once upon a millennium, Tony performed in his first SJCMT Mainstage show as the Devil in “Damn Yankees”. He went on to do 4 more shows that season and was honored as the second recipient of the Brian Alfred King award. After spending many summers teaching and staging at CMT summer camps, directing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in 2008, and performing in an alumni show, he is thrilled to return as the director of “Once Upon a Mattress”. Happy 50th anniversary CMT!!!

Jennifer Gorgulho


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Jennifer Gorgulho is ecstatic to come full circle and work with the Rising Stars after choreographing  Phantom (Main Stage) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Marquee)! She has a BFA in Dance from SJSU. Choreography credits: Big Fish, Young Frankenstein, Miss Saigon (PAP), West Side Story, Spamalot (CLTC), The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! (TABARD),Irene (WVLO), and The Mystery…Drood (AMHS). Performance credits: NewsiesHairsprayMary Poppins & White Christmas (CMTSJ),The Little Mermaid(Andrina) & Addams Family (PAP),  Shrek (DTC), A Chorus Line (Connie), Hairspray (Lou Ann), and SWING! (CS). Enjoy the show!

Paula Keane

Vocal Director

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Paula Mulcahy Keane is a proud alumni of CMTSJ. She performed in 15 productions beginning with her first show in1970! She continued her education at UCLA where she majored in theater.

Paula has over 30 years experience as an accomplished vocalist and actress, performing all over the world. She signed her first European record deal with RCA in 1988, where she recorded 2 albums and had 2 top ten hits – including “I’ve Got This Feeling” from the movie Dance Academy, in which she also co-starred. In 1990, she recorded another album for Virgin Records with Giorgio Moroder (Flashdance), which included the 1990 World Cup theme song “To Be Number One” as well as a European Tour.

Back In Los Angeles she continued to sing on many soundtracks, commercials, and in the studio with artists such as Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias. Notable commercials include NIKE, directed by David Fincher and Folgers, starring Randy Travis. On TV and Film she has worked with Tom Hanks in “That Thing You Do’, Bette Midler in “For The Boys” and Ray Romano in “Men Of A Certain Age”. She was a featured vocalist for Disney Special Events for 5 years where she performed at The Hollywood Bowl, and Disney Hall.

While raising her 3 children, she decided to shift her focus to performing arts education and private vocal coaching. Unhappy with the lack of music and arts in schools, she created an afterschool enrichment program (Picadilly), which after 13 years still provides public elementary school children the opportunity to explore their creativity through acting, singing and dancing. Paula was also the Program Director for Picadilly’s Summer Of Performing Arts for middle school through high school students.

Paula has over 20 years of coaching experience including working with her own 2 boys through the rigor of advancing from High School into a College arts related program. She is now a coach for College To Career Acting with Wendy Kurtzman.

Paula is the director of the Vocal Program at The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys where she works with dancers and continues her private coaching in both acting and voice from her studio in Tarzana, California.

Auditions: December 12-13
Callbacks: December 14-16
Ages: 8-14*
Registration – Closed