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April 25 - May 12, 2024

Book by John O’Farrell & Karey Kirkpatrick
Music & lyrics by Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick

Directed by Randy O’Hara

Something Rotten

“the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

This smart, subversive musical comedy mashes up the crass commercialism of today’s Hollywood with the people and plays of Shakespeare’s London, to ask fascinating, funny questions about commercial success, popular success, artistic success, and personal success. And beneath the rapid-fire Shakespeare jokes, the show comically deconstructs itself and musical theatre as an art form, exploring what makes musicals tick and why we love them. The show was nominated for ten Tonys, nine Drama Desk Awards, and twelve Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but they’re stuck in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting, all at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters. Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences… in the beginning of the first act! It’s become clear that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical!”

Cast & Production

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Show Cast
Ensemble/Portia u/sTrixie Aballa
Ensemble/HelenaChristine Baker
EnsembleBekah-Lynn Broas
ShakespeareJulio Chavez
Nigel BottomAndrew Cope
Brother JeremiahDan Demers
The Minstrel, Robin, EnsembleJon Gary Harris
EnsembleNoah Itzkovitz
PortiaJill Jacobs
EnsembleSamantha Kenbrandt
Ensemble, Peter Quince, Valet in Act 2Nick Kenbrandt
Acting Ensemble, HoratioHelena Levin
EnsembleMackenzie Macdonald
ClaphamJohn Mannion
NostradamusCaitlin Mcginty
ShylockJason Nunan
EnsembleCurtis Pollard
Ensemble, Tom Snout, Nick u/sSteve Roma
Nick BottomBrandon Savage
Ensemble, Francis Flute, Messenger, Doorman, Clapham u/sMauricio Suarez
BeaMelissa WolfKlain*
Creative team
DirectorRandy O’Hara
Music DirectorJad Bernardo
ChoreographerLeslie Waggoner
Scenic DesignerHunter Jameson
Costume DesignerPam Lampkin
Hair/Wigs/Makeup DesignerStephanie Dittbern
Properties DesignerRosie Issel
Lighting DesignerPamila Gray
Sound DesignerJeff Mockus
Intimacy CoordinatorMaya Herbsman
Master ElectricianAya Matsutomo
Master CarpenterEric Olson
Carpenter/Scenic Charge ArtistPaulino DeLeal
Stage ManagerRachel Nin
Assistant Stage ManagerDave Issel
Production AssistantAdria Olson
Wardrobe AssistantAmy Jewell
Audio Technician and MixerAlan Chang
Spotlight OperatorLouise Martensson
First Hand StitcherCourtney Morgan

Headshots & Bios

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Trixie Aballa
Christine Baker
Bekah-Lynn Broas
Julio Chavez
Andrew Cope
Dan Demers
Jon Gary Harris
Noah Itzkovitz
Jill Jacobs
Samantha Kenbrandt
Nick Kenbrandt
Helena Levin
Mackenzie Macdonald
John Mannion
Caitlin McGinty
Jason Nunan
Curtis Pollard
Steve Roma
Brandon Savage
Mauricio Suarez
Melissa WolfKlain*

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Thank you to our season sponsor

In My Opinion

By Alan Hafter

Welcome to post-black plague Renaissance, circa 1595. Now imagine you’re a little-known playwright, and you’re continuously out shined by the rock-star of the Renaissance, William Shakespeare, complete with a reputation for selfishness and narcissism. Your acting company is struggling and you are tasked with finding an edge against the Bard to survive. What do you do? Hire a seer.

In Something Rotten! You will find two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, on the advice of a soothsayer, writing the first ever musical with acting, singing and dancing. You will love how the best lines from Rent, Pippin, Les Miserables, On the Town, Annie and the Rockettes! come together in this 16* century musical-fresh hysterical and irreverent. It was originally touted as the funniest thing to arrive on Broadway since The Book of Mormon.

Something Rotten! is a great excuse to come out and enjoy a very entertaining day or night of music, dancing and laughter, and with a PG-13 rating-it’s fun for the whole family!

Trixie Aballa

Ensemble/Portia u/s

Trixie Aballa (she/her) is beyond excited to be joining Hillbarn for her 3rd show! You might have last seen her in SQREAM at Oasis. Favorite credits include: Mimi in RENT (MMTC), Ensemble in Elf (Hillbarn) and Little Sally in Into the Woods (SFSU). She would like to thank her friends and family for all the love and support. Enjoy the show! IG @trixayyee

Christine Baker

Ensemble

Christine Baker (she/her) is a Bay Area dancer & instructor originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Favorite Hillbarn credits include The Producers (Usherette/Ensemble), Cabaret (Helga), West Side Story (Jet Girl), and Funny Girl (ensemble). Other theatre credits include Sister Act (BBBay) and On the Town (SBMT). Choreography credits include Big Fish at SCP. She seasonally teaches Pop Grooves at Zohar Dance Company & is a member of 401 Dance Company in Oakland. IG @mjluver1984

Bekah-Lynn Broas

Ensemble

Bekah-Lynn Broas (she/her) has been a local actor in the Bay since 2021 performing with various companies like SF Playhouse (As You Like It), 42nd Street Moon (She Loves Me) and 3 Girls Theatre (The Pennsylvanian.) Her most recent show was with New Conservatory Theater and their Youth Aware program, performing for thousands of young local Bay Area students. Bekah Lynn is a transplant from Denver, CO where she trained at The Denver Center and worked in the regional theater community. In 2022, she continued her training with A.C.T’s Summer Training Congress. When she’s not in rehearsal or onstage, Bekah Lynn works as a professional photographer around the Bay! Big love to Daniel – Mahal Kita.

Julio Chavez

Shakespeare

Julio Chavez (he/him) is excited to be back with Hillbarn, where he was last seen as Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins. Credits: Usnavi in In the Heights (Custom Made), Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, McDermott in American Psycho (Ray of Light Theatre), Wolf in Into the Woods (Woodminster), and Red Shades (Z Space). Julio would like to thank Jill and his family for their loving support. “Los amo de aquí al infinito.” IG @juliochavez

Andrew Cope

Nigel Bottom

Andrew Cope (he/him) previously performed at Hillbarn Theatre as Sam Byck in Assassins and Neal Tilden in The 1940s Radio Hour. He regularly performs around the Bay Area, with recent theatre credits including Buddy in Elf (Los Altos Stage Company), Emmett in Legally Blonde (Foothill Music Theatre), Squidward in The SpongeBob Musical (Palo Alto Players), and also previously played Nigel in Something Rotten (West Valley Light Opera). 
IG @andrewthecope

Dan Demers

Brother Jeremiah

Dan (he/him) is excited to be a part of the Something Rotten cast at Hillbarn Theatre. He recently worked with Hillbarn to produce over 90 shows during his tenure as former Executive Artistic Director (2011-2021). You may have seen him in such shows as Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Val), Anything Goes (Eli Whitney), The Producers (Max Bialystock), and A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (Pseudolus) and many more.  Dan is so grateful for this opportunity to share the stage with such an amazing cast of truly remarkable creatives. He wishes to thank you for coming out to support live theatre and his family and friends for their love and support.

Jon Gary Harris

The Minstrel/Robin/Ensemble

Jon (he/they) is a singer and dancer ecstatic to make his first appearance on the Hillbarn Theatre stage in Something Rotten! Most recently, he had the splendid pleasure of appearing in Pacifica Spindrift Players’s productions of Spring Awakening (Ernst) and The Boys in The Band (Bernard). And this summer he’ll make his Mountain Play Theatre debut reprising his role as Angel/The Referee in Kinky Boots. IG @kokirikid

Noah Itzkovitz

Ensemble

Noah (he/him) is thrilled to be returning to the Hillbarn Mainstage! You may have seen Noah in Hillbarn’s Newsies (Les) or A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). Recent credits include Hillbarn Teen Company’s Head Over Heels (Musidorus) and San Mateo Drama’s Pippin (Pippin). Noah thanks his parents for their support of his theatrical endeavors. Enjoy Something Rotten!

Jill Jacobs

Portia

Jill (she/her) After teaching Shakespeare to high school students for the last 8 years, Jill is thrilled to be in a musical inspired by the Bard. This is Jill’s first show with Hillbarn and she couldn’t be more excited! Her past productions include, Follies (SF Playhouse), Gypsy (Gypsy Rose Lee, Mountain Play), Hello Dolly! (Ermengarde, Mountain Play), and Cruel Intentions, Rocky Horror Show, American Psycho, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Ray of Light Theatre). Jill was also recently recognized for her choreography for Spring Awakening (ROLT) and later this season you can spot her choreography again in ROLT’s Legally Blonde. Jill is a graduate of CSUF’s Musical Theatre BFA program and today she is a proud public high school English teacher. Jill is so grateful for her loving family and for her husband Julio. Julio, te amo mucho! www.jilljacobs.net

Samantha Kenbrandt

Ensemble

Samantha (she/her) Previous shows with Hillbarn include Elf (Matthews/Ensemble), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past) and Hunchback…(Gargoyle/Ensemble). Other past favorite Bay Area shows include Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne, BBBay and 6th Street Playhouse), Saturday Night Fever (Annette, BBBay) and Bright Star (Lucy, PAP). She loves this opportunity to share the stage with her husband, Nick, and fulfill her lifelong dream of being a dancing egg. “Thank you for continuing to support the arts!”
IG @Samahildeb

Nick Kenbrandt

Ensemble

Nick (he/him) has performed with Hillbarn in Elf (Chadwick), Assassins (Hinckley), and Once (Bank Manager). He’s best known for playing Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (PAP, 6th Street Playhouse, BBBAY), the latter production of which earned him a Theater Bay Area award. He’d like to dedicate this show to his wife, Sammi, and their two kitties, Kronk and Yzma.

Helena Levin

Ensemble

Helena (she/her) Helena is thrilled to be making her debut on the Hillbarn stage; she really believes nothing is amazing as a musical! Most recently she was in Sqream at Oasis, where she has also performed as Anya in Buffy, Baloney, or as back up in literally any number that a drag queen asks her to be a part of! She’s also grateful to be a member of the Peaches Christ family, performing in Terror Vault since 2018, and a number of drag parodies at the Castro theater with PCP. You may have seen her singing in cabarets throughout San Francisco, or just walking around the Castro in extra AF outfits. If you haven’t, that’s okay, you can see them all on IG, @caBarbiePrincess

Mackenzie Macdonald

Ensemble

Mackenzie (she/her) is ecstatic to be making her Hillbarn Theatre debut in Something Rotten! Past productions include Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical at Ray of Light Theatre (Cecile US/Ensemble), Bright Star at Woodside Musical Theatre, and Be More Chill at Vanderbilt University (Chloe). Next up you can see her in Legally Blonde at Ray of Light Theatre!

John Mannion

Lord Clapham

John (he/him) Hillbarn (The Producers, Perfect Arrangement, Gypsy), Pear (For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday), Sunnyvale (Sweeney Todd, Big Fish), Coastal Rep (Bright Star, Rumors), Tabard (Odd Couple), Foothill (Drood, Roe, Diary of Anne Frank), Custom Made / Z Space (Shoshana in December). Decades ago, he was a musical theater director (Stanford), improv/sketch performer (Mumblypeg, ComedySportz), and rock musician/vocalist. John thanks his talented wife and daughters, extended family, coaches, fellow performers, and Hillbarn for their inspiration. FB john.mannion.1291

Caitlin Mcginty

Nostradamus

Caitlin (she/her) is thrilled to be back on stage after a 5 year hiatus! Last seen as Reno Sweeney in Hillbarn’s production of Anything Goes, she took time off to pop out a kid and wait out a global pandemic. Other roles Caitlin has loved portraying are Mary in Mary Poppins, Diana in Next to Normal (BBBay) Rona in Spelling Bee and Amneris is Aida (BBBay). HUGE thank you to her husband, Richie, for holding down the fort at home so she can sing and dance again.

Jason Nunan

Shylock

Jason (he/him) Born in Philadelphia, Jason attended the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Mask & Wig Club before moving to Washington, DC where he earned an MFA in Drama at Catholic University. On the Hartke stage he performed The Angel in Gideon and the Prince in Romeo and Juliet. In New York City he studied at the T. Shrieber Studio and performed in Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park – well, Prospect Park! He appeared most recently as Mr. Price in Redwood City’s production of Kinky Boots and he is a founding member of the Jad Bernardo Fan Club. IG @jasonn917

Curtis Pollard

Ensemble

Curtis (he/him) is ecstatic to make his debut at Hillbarn Theatre in Something Rotten. He has performed throughout the Bay Area with recent credits in Hair (Margaret Mead), Annie Warbucks (Simon Whitehead), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy/ Linus Understudy) at Landmark Musicals in San Francisco and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour/Orin Understudy) at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley. He has been studying theatre with ACT for 4 years and dance at ODC in San Francisco for 3 years.
IG @curtis_mtheater

Steve Roma

Ensemble

Steve (he/him) is excited to be returning to the Hillbarn stage. He previously appeared on stage in The Producers (Hillbarn), Something Rotten (WVLO), Urinetown (SCP), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (SBMT) among other Bay Area productions. He is so thankful for the support of his friends and family during the rehearsal and performance process, as well as the talented cast and crew who have poured their hearts into this production. Psalm 119:105

Brandon Savage

Nick Bottom

Brandon (he/him) is thrilled to be back on the Hillbarn stage, previously appearing in Elf! (Walter Hobbs), Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright), and alongside the Teen Company in Head over Heels (Basilius). Other recent credits include White Christmas (Phil Davis) at CRT and Next to Normal (Dan) at PSP. Thanks and love to Lauren, Chloe, Riley and Jack. IG @justbsavage

Mauricio Suarez

Francis Flute

Mauricio (he/him) is incredibly excited to make his Hillbarn debut! A Bay Area native, his notable roles include Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd, NTC), Pirelli (Sweeney Todd, CRT), Mercury (Out of This World, PSP), and The Duke/Pedro/Dr. Carrasco (Man of La Mancha, Custom Made). He has also worked backstage and understudied for theatres all over the bay, including TheatreWorks, SF Playhouse, and Berkeley Rep. Para mi familia, encantate con todo mi corazon.

Melissa WolfKlain

Bea

Melissa (she/her) is thrilled to be back on the Hillbarn stage where she previously appeared as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl! Recent credits: Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Val in A Chorus Line (both SF Playhouse), the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Mountain Play) and Mary in Merrily We Roll Along (42nd Street Moon). Up next: Being Alive at Theatreworks and back at Hillbarn as Patsy in Always…Patsy Cline.
IG @melissawolfklain 

Actors Name

Character

Brigitte (she/hers)  is a native Bay Area actress and theatre maker. When Brigitte is not on the stage she is taking your calls managing the Hillbarn Box office. Brigitte Is very excited to be back performing on the Hillbarn stage with such an incredible wealth of bay area talent. Some past roles include Ensemble/swing in Kinky Boots (ROLT), Kelly Manning in The Mad Ones & Heather Chandler in Heathers (PSP), Ali in Mamma Mia (San Jose Stage Co), Poppy in Noises Off (Hillbarn Theatre), Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (LASC).