San Mateo High School Drama

2017-2018 Season

Disaster! Cast List


PROFESSOR TED SCHEIDER, an earthquake specialistD’Angelo Reyes
JACKIE NOELLE, an aging lounge singerRhiannon Jones
BEN/LISA, Jackie’s 10-year-old twinsAlison Hagen
TONY DELVECCHIO, owner of the BarracudaRalph Shehayed
MARIANNE WILSON, a journalist Makena Reynolds
CHAD, a lonely playboyWilliam Lipton
SISTER MARY DOWNY, a nun with a gambling addictionTeagan Reynolds
LEVORA VERONA, a fading disco diva with a dogIsabella LaBove
SCOTT, waiter, Chad’s best friend/ ANDREWJoshua Moussa
JAKE, the security guardDylan Bockholt
WORKMAN 1/ NEIL, Helen’s wealthy husbandDaniel Solomon
WORKMAN 2 (V.O)/ TAXI DRIVER/ DEREK, a passengerTommy Consunji
COTTON CANDY VENDOR/RODDY, a passengerTrevor Chan
CHEF/JOHN, a passengerJeremy Pitzer
OLIVIA, a passengerAbhaya Krishnan-Jha
KAREN, a passenger/MAIDGeorgia Pertsch
TRACI, cocktail waitress/MAIDKelly Burke
HELEN, a wealthy wife/SANDRA, a blinded womanSarah Gloss
PIT SINGERSDaria Amit, Gali Benjamin, Grace Borgeson,
 Sophia Edwards, Lee Kedem, Marionne Sevilla, Erika Woolen, Zoe Ziv



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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.

2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

Brad Friedman (Artistic Director)

Dina La Bove (Treasurer)

Jennifer Gloss (Corresponding Secretary) 

Josephine Reyes (Parliamentarian)

Dina La Bove (Administrative Assistant)

Matthew Gloss (President)

Sue Dooley (Vice President)

Martha McKenna (Recording Secretary)

John Hagen (Historian)

Ann Woolen (Community Outreach)

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 (old Flex Theater) at 7:30 PM.

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


And Then There Were None

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Drama Director

BRAD FRIEDMAN — Brad is celebrating his 25th year as the Drama director at San Mateo High School. He has directed fifty-two productions here, including 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 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, Brad received the Bravo Award from Hillbarn Theatre. 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) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potiphar). In addition, Brad has directed City of Angelsfor Hillbarn Theatre and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,Pinocchio, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for BBBay’s YTC program. For the past fifteen years Brad has hosted a weekly television game show, Bay Area Quiz Kids, seen on KRON-TV (Channel 4) every Saturday at 2:00pm.

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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Brad Friedman - Director

(650) 558-2348

Booster President

Matthew Gloss