San Mateo High School Drama

2019-2020 Season

Much Ado About Nothing (Live Stream)

Friday, May 22, 2020 at 7:00 PM


Matilda Cast List


(in order of appearance)

ERIC INK Joe Gloss
TOMMY Harrison Meek
ALICEMaren Sawamura
HORTENSIACharlotte Kehrberg
NIGEL HICKS Alastair Rao
LAVENDERMolly Zwiebach
MUM/ENSEMBLELucy Ballinger
MR. WORMWOODCatcher Sanchez
MISS HONEY. Carolyn Burch
Anything Goes Cast List



RENO SWEENEY, a showgirl turned evangelistSophia Edwards
FRED, a bartenderEvan Harris
BILLY CROCKER, Whitney’s assistant Jonathan Hagen
ELISHA J. WHITNEY, a Wall Street billionaire Adam Hilt
MRS. EVANGELINE HARCOURT, a society widow Keya Pardasani
HOPE HARCOURT, her daughter, a beautiful debutante Katie Maupin
SIR EVELYN OAKLEIGH, Hope’s fiancé, a British nobleman Daniel Solomon
MOONFACE MARTIN, Public Enemy Number 13 Michael Picchi
ERMA, moll to Public Enemy Number One Alison Hagen
THE PURSER/1st Sailor QuartetAlastair Rao
JOSHUA/2nd Sailor Quartet Jack Barrett
GABRIEL/3rd Sailor QuartetJoe Gloss
NICKY/4th Sailor QuartetGreg Moore
BEAU/Dancing SailorRaphael Cruanes
SONNY/Dancing SailorNicholas Seyfried
PURITY, one of Reno’s AngelsDana Chilton
CHASTITY, one of Reno’s AngelsCarolyn Burch
CHARITY, one of Reno’s AngelsElana Bender
VIRTUE, one of Reno’s AngelsMolly Zwiebach
FAITH, one of Reno’s Angels Daria Amit
VERITY, one of Reno’s Angels Emily Burke
MERCY, one of Reno’s Angels Jill Curry
MODESTY, one of Reno’s AngelsCharlotte Kehrberg
LUKE, a gambler Catcher Sanchez
JOHN, his friendLucy Ballinger
HENRY T. DOBSON, an evangelical ministerEvan Harris
A REPORTERAlex Prezeau


HER NURSEMahal Bilaoen
MADEMOISELLE, a teacher Shilpa Suresh
BUNNY, a student Caroline Robbins
LILY, a studentAtiya Shah
MIMI, a student Eden Bahatt
SASHA, a student Maren Sawamura
MR. VIRGIL SMITH, a touristZachary Lichaa
MRS. SMITH, his wife Nicolette Aarons
VIOLET SMITH, their daughter Aradhana Babu
JUNIOR SMITH, their sonDaniel Shapiro
MRS. HUTTON, a rich ladyIsobel Napoleon
MRS. ROCKEFELLER, another rich lady Almarah Urman
MRS. DE BEERS, a third rich lady Sofia La Bove
MONSIEUR BROSSE, an artist Rushaad Mistry
MISS BLOSSOM, a spinster ladyAudrey Simmons



CHEEKY, Mrs. Harcourt’s dog (looking for a good dog actor!)

Much Ado About Nothing Cast List

(in order of appearance)

LEONATO, principal of Messina High Lucy Ballinger
HERO, her daughter, a cheerleaderAlexandra Prezeau
BEATRICE, Hero’s cousin, the student body president Jillian Curry
A MESSENGER, freshman. Abe Bredl
DON PEDRO, captain of the football teamMichael Picchi
CLAUDIO, star football player, who loves Hero Jonathan Hagen
BENEDICK, star football player, who hates women.Joe Gloss
BALTHASAR, a DJ Nicholas Seyfried
DAWN JOHN, Don Pedro’s Goth sister Rachel Frankl
ANTONIA, Leonato’s sister, the assistant principalNicolette Aarons
CONRAD, a friend of Dawn John’s Ethan Staneart
BORACHIO, Dawn John’s friend and Margaret’s boyfriendZachary Lichaa
URSULA, Hero’s friend, a cheerleader Caroline Burch
MARGARET, a cheerleader and Borachio’s girlfriendEmily Burke
DOGBERRY, the school security guard Adam Hilt
VERGES, Dogberry’s partnerAudrey Simmons
FIRST WATCHMAN, a student hall monitorSofia LaBove
SECOND WATCHMAN, a student hall monitor Maren Sawamura
THIRD WATCHMAN, a student hall monitor Eliza Middlekauff
“FRIAR” FRANCIS, head of the activities committee.Elana Bender
DEAN SEXTON.Almarah Urman


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About SMHS Drama

San Mateo High School is the home of one of the Bay Area’s finest and most comprehensive high school drama programs. Offering courses in Drama, Musical Theatre and Cinema and Society, students are exposed to the dramatic arts in multiple forms and formats. Coursework provides students with hands-on academic opportunities in acting, directing, design and choreography (often in conjunction with San Mateo High’s highly acclaimed dance and music departments).In addition to its high-level classroom work, San Mateo High School produces 3 exceptional quality shows each year in the newly renovated state-of-the-art on-campus performing arts center. Boasting multiple awards from both San Jose Stage Company’s Top Honors and American Musical Theatre of San Jose’s Honors, San Mateo High School has developed a reputation for excellence in drama education and performance. By providing a robust drama curriculum, San Mateo High School is developing students’ skills in numerous areas emphasized by California’s recently-implemented Common Core curriculum, including real-world problem-solving, collaborative learning and communication.Most importantly, San Mateo High School’s drama program provides students the opportunity to develop a time-honored craft: telling stories, using a toolkit comprised of their voices, bodies and imaginations, while testing their maturing senses of reasoning and emotion. And, by making high-quality productions accessible to the greater San Mateo-Foster City-Burlingame community, San Mateo High’s drama students are educating the next generation of audience members.

2020 – 2021 Board of Directors

Stephanie Wozniak (Artistic Director)
Kim Pitzer (Treasurer)
Jodi Zwiebach (Parliamentarian)
Linda Oberstein (Publicity/Outreach)
Dina La Bove- Administrative Assistant

Christina Simmons (President)
Jennifer Gloss (Vice President)
Martha McKenna (Recording Secretary)
Ellen Fellenz (Corresponding Secretary)
Shari Yoshihara (Historian)

Join the Drama Boosters

Join the Drama Booster

We hope you’ll join the San Mateo High School Drama Boosters and help support our wonderful drama program.Your financial support will help us fund our shows this year. Our program is almost completely self-funded, so every donation—large or small—is important. You’ll receive benefits, too—a discount on all of the tickets you purchase to SMHS drama performances (20% off).As a booster, you’ll receive advance notice of all of our shows and social events. You can also hear about opportunities to lend your skills (carpentry, sewing, tickets, sales, etc.) to our productions. You don’t need to have a student in the cast or on the crew—all with an interest in the drama program are welcome! Fill out the Booster Membership form  and mail it in with your support check.Join us at our monthly booster meeting the second Thursday of the month in the Multipurpose Room at 7:00 PM.

Come to our monthly booster meeting the second Thursday of the month in the Multipurpose Room at 7:00 PM.


And Then There Were None

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Drama Director

BRAD FRIEDMAN — Brad is celebrating his 26th year as the Drama director at San Mateo High School and his 29th year teaching. He has produced and/or directed 77 productions here, including Evita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Urinetown, Hairspray, The Wedding Singer (the 2011 winner for Best Musical at the SJSC Honors Program), Guys and Dolls, Rent, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Hello, Dolly! (winner of Best Musical in the 2006 AMTSJ Honors Program), 42nd Street (which received 14 nominations at the 2010 SJSC Honors Program), The Laramie Project, Seussical (nominated for Best Musical in the 2005 AMTSJ Honors Program), Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Secret Garden, The Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma, The Mousetrap, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Lucky Stiff, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Gypsy, The Miracle Worker, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Into the Woods. Brad was the recipient of the 2005 Art Share award as theatre educator, and in 2007 received the Bravo Award from Hillbarn Theatre for excellence in theatre education. He is a graduate of Lowell High School and UC Berkeley and has acted and/or directed for a number of theatre companies, including Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, The Eureka Theatre, Peninsula Center Stage and Broadway by the Bay. He is especially proud to have acted with many of his present and former students in such BBBay productions as Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Peter Pan (Smee) The Boyfriend (Percy Brown) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potiphar). His favorite production at SMHS was The Drowsy Chaperone, directed by his good friend Virginia Musante, and featuring Brad as The Man in the Chair. In addition, Brad has directed City of Angels, Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Peter Pan, Jr. for Hillbarn Theatre and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Pinocchio, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for BBBay’s YTC program. For sixteen years Brad hosted a weekly television game show, Bay Area Quiz Kids, seen on KRON-TV (Channel 4) every Saturday at 2:00pm. He currently writes a blog about murder mysteries and musicals, which he hopes you will check out at:

Musical Conductor

ATTILIO TRIBUZI — Attilio Tribuzi (Musical Director) has been teaching music since 1986. Since 1992 he has been at San Mateo High School and has conducted Jazz Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Chorus classes in addition to directing over 30 musical theatre productions. His groups have won numerous awards through the years and have toured from Florida to Hawaii. He is currently the SMUHSD Coordinator for the Visual and Performing Arts, as well as Master of Ceremonies for the SMUHSD’s In Concert series. Mr. Tribuzi studied music at San Francisco State University as an undergraduate and earned his Master’s degree at CSU Hayward, graduating summa cum laude at both institutions. He studied trumpet performance with Joe Alessi, Jay Rizzetto, Don Reinberg and Glen Fishtal, and conducting with Edwin Kruth, LeRoy Roach and Timothy Smith.Mr. Tribuzi has composed numerous pieces for his amateur and professional performing groups, and has written a children’s musical entitled To the Moon and Back. In addition, Mr. Tribuzi has also worked as Musical Director for Broadway by the Bay’s theatre productions (where he has won a Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Award), and has been an adjudicator and conductor for honor bands. He wishes to thank Robyn, Heather, and Antonia for their love and support.

Musical Conductor

RICK REYNOLDS — Rick Reynolds (Music and Vocal Director) teacher the Musical Theater class at San Mateo High School.


ROBYN TRIBUZI — Robyn is excited to be a part of history by participating in the opening season of the new San Mateo Performing Arts Center! As a teacher, Robyn has taught dance at both the high school and college level for the past 30 years. She has been the Director of Dance for the San Mateo High School Performing Arts Department for the past 13 years and has grown the program from 90 students to over 185 students. As a performer/choreographer, she has worked at many theater companies throughout the Bay Area including Diablo Theater Company, Opera San Jose, Notre Dame de Namur, Palo Alto Players, American Musical Theater of San Jose and Broadway by the Bay. At BBBay she has worked on over 30 productions and had the opportunity last spring to direct as well as choreograph the musical “Cats”. She has won two Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Award for her choreography in Miss Saigon andCrazy for You, and just spent the past 6 months coaching Broadway-bound James Monroe Igelhart, who will use his newly acquired tap skills this spring starring as the dancing Genie in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Favorite projects include: A Chorus Line (BBBay), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (AMTSJ, BBBay), Ragtime (BBBay) and Motherhood (Heather and Antonia).

Class Syllabus

Drama One
The purpose of Drama One is to give you a chance to become better performers, theatre scholars and critics. Advanced Drama students have the opportunity to deepen their acting skills, as well as take a leadership role as improvisation team leaders and scene directors. Our curriculum is aligned to the state and district standards for theatre in which you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in order to pass the class.Download Drama One Syllabus

Film Studies
The purpose of this class is to make you talk and think and write about art – in this case, one particular art form that we call film – and how it reflects the society in which we live. I never want you to stop enjoying watching movies; however, I hope that after this year will watch them more critically and with a better understanding of how form and content are interrelated.Download Film Studies Syllabus

Musical Theater
The purpose of Musical Theatre is to teach the history and structure of this most American form of drama. This is done through a minimum of lecture, a bit of research, and primarily through your performance of a variety of projects. For those of you who are new to this, the materials you will need are: water to drink, comfortable clothes so that you can sing and move as needed, a small recorder (if possible) to record songs you will need to sing, and a pencil to mark your materials.Download Musical Theater Syllabus


Foster City Rotary Club

All shows performed at the
San Mateo Performing Arts Center

600 N Delaware St, San Mateo, CA 94401

Contact Information

Box Office

(650) 558-2375

Stephanie Wozniak - Director

Booster President

Christina Simmons