So Much Drama:
A performance for 11th grade students
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Kate Eastwood Norris, actor
Cody Nickell, actor
Sam Ashdown, actor
Angela Janas, actor
J.P. Scheidler, fight coordinator
The world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, finds new life in a magical meeting of theatre and music. World-class actors and musicians from Gulfshore Playhouse and the Naples Philharmonic will tell this epic fable of feuding families and star-crossed lovers in this special performance.
Radu Paponiu is the assistant conductor to Andrey Boreyko and the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. A native of Romania, Radu recently completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, Radu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. Radu also served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York.
Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu served as assistant conductor for the Aspen Opera Theater Center’s full production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age seven, moving on to study privately with Carmen Runceanu and Stefan Gheorghiu. After coming to the US at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu was accepted to the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance. Radu was appointed assistant conductor of the American Youth Symphony in spring 2011.
Kate Eastwood Norris
Kate Eastwood Norris
Kate Eastwood Norris is delighted to return to Gulfshore Playhouse, where she was last seen as Phyllis in Body Awareness. Other favorite credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Arena Stage; Studio Theatre; Folger Theatre; Portland Center Stage; Santa Cruz Shakespeare; Round House Theatre; the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2011-12; Florida Stage; Two River Theatre; Delaware Theatre; Arden Theatre; Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre; Syracuse Stage; the Wilma Theatre; and special appearances with the Alaskan and Baltimore symphonies. Eastwood Norris is a company member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and has received two Helen Hayes Awards and Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for her acting. Eastwood Norris is also a teacher of Shakespeare, performance and clown for students of all ages. She recently completed a master’s in humanities and the creative life with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Cody Nickell is thrilled to return to the Gulfshore Playhouse stage. Nickell was most recently seen here for a third time in the one-man show, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, and during his time as artistic associate directed and acted in over 12 productions. He has performed at theatres all over the country, including Studio Theatre; Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Santa Cruz Shakespeare; Portland Center Stage; Shakespeare Theatre Company; Barrington Stage Company; Two River Theatre; the Wilma; the Arden Theatre; PlayMakers Repertory Company; Syracuse Stage; Folger Theatre; and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Nickell is a recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and nominated four times for a Helen Hayes Award. His work extends beyond the theatre to films, TV and voice-overs. Nickell is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama.
Sam Ashdown is so happy to be returning to the Gulfshore Playhouse after appearing in The Merchant of Venice last year. Regional credits include the Nashville Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet); the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (The Bungler); People’s Light and Theater Company (Sense and Sensibility); three seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Henry V; Julius Caesar; Henry IV Part 2; Taming of the Shrew; King Lear; Sense and Sensibility; Henry IV Part 1); Northlight Theatre (Tom Jones); TimeLine Theatre Company (To Master the Art); Writers Theatre (The Liar); Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Romeo and Juliet Short Shakespeare!); American Players Theatre (Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night); Montana Shakespeare in the Schools (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Film/TV credits include the feature film Ruin Me. He is also a founding member of the short film production company, Strange Trio Productions. Ashdown has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Angela Janas has appeared in the Gulfshore Playhouse productions of The Merchant of Venice. Her off-Broadway credits include Stuffed (Westside Theatre); Hamlet; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Macbeth; and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (the Acting Company). Regional: The Lion in Winter (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Romeo and Juliet; The Three Musketeers; King Lear (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); In Game or Real; The Winter's Tale (Guthrie Theater); and Arcadia (Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Janas has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the actor training program of University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater.