May 3 – 6, 2018 • Featuring local performers ages 8-14
Our spring Rising Stars production is Seussical the Musical, a charming “mashup” of several Dr. Seuss stories, mainly “Horton Hears a Who,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.”
Horton the Elephant hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover, and commits himself to protecting it – and all the tiny Whos who live on it. Young Jojo, son of the mayor, struggles to fit into Whoville society. Poor, plain Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love: the kind and compassionate, preoccupied and oblivious Horton. Through mishaps and victories, these colorful characters finally find what everyone seeks – their places in their world.
In this “fantastical” musical for all ages, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are tested, proven and celebrated. Because, as everyone knows, “A person’s a person, no matter how small!”
From rousing production numbers like “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” and “Biggest Blame Fool” to poignant ballads like “Solla Sollew” and “Alone in the Universe,” these songs will stay with you!
Claire Alexander grew up dancing at her mother’s studio in southern California. After moving north to attend SJSU and receiving her BA in modern dance, she began teaching and choreographing for many Bay Area studios and schools. Claire fell in love with musical theater shortly after college when she had the opportunity to perform in Hairspray (2010) with CMT Marquee Productions; she’s directed, choreographed and performed in many CMT shows since. It’s here that Claire has met some of her dearest friends and collaborators. She loves that CMT feels like a second home, and enjoys working and making connections with all of the families involved. She has attended the National Dance Institute’s teacher training program, and continues to find opportunities to further her education and training in dance and theater. When she’s not choreographing, Claire is a full-time real estate agent with Keller Williams and loves to help people achieve their home buying and selling goals. She’s an active leader in the San Jose arts community, and is a graduate of the San Jose Leadership Council’s Community Leadership Program.
It has been a full circle for this mother of three, who believes that every circumstance prepares an individual for a greater journey in life. Born and raised in Baguio City, Philippines, Pamela’s mother who was a dedicated educator, allocated her humble budget to giving Pamela lifetime skills. Pamela and her mother took many jeepney rides to ballet and jazz classes at the Velarde School of Dance, voice and piano trainings with some of Philippine’s finest teachers. At 10, she was a full scholar in ballet. When the family migrated to the United States, new opportunities emerged. In 1995, Pamela wrote and released a pop R&B music album with an independent label. Her single, No Reason, received airplay in local jazz stations and she found herself opening for Grammy awardees such as Eric Benet, Joe Sample, Isaac Hayes and Tower of Power. She supported herself through college by singing professionally around the bay area with a Top 40’s band. After obtaining her college degree in Business Management from San Jose State University, she took a quick pause from music to practice as a Certified Public Accountant at several big-5 Accounting firms. It was her first child who re-introduced her to her first love, music. It didn’t take too long to find herself back into the swing of things. She became the children’s music and drama director at GSCC church. She furthered her voice training with Lorna Emata-Goodwin and Seth Riggs, founder of SLS technique. Armed with renewed passion, she opened up PnC, a small music school in Milpitas, CA, which quickly became home to many young students and teachers. She branched out to teaching Voice, Music Fundamentals and Music Theater Basics at St. John the Baptist and St. Victor. Her credits as a vocal director and choreographer for community theater include Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Brown, High School Musical and Junie B Jones. She joined the CMTSJ Marquee in their production of Billy Elliot, giving her the opportunity to work with Kevin Hauge and Claire Alexander. She believes in continued learning and dedicates time to further her performing arts studies by attending classes in New York City. Pamela’s diverse background and influences in music is as eclectic as what you will find in Seussical!
Cast list posted March 12