Striking A Chord - A Benefit Concert
CRIS O’BRYON (Music Director) is a Music Director and Vocal Coach/Performer and works both onstage and in the orchestra pit. Select projects: Miracle on 34th Street, Ragtime (SDMT); End of the Rainbow (Intrepid); Bonnie and Clyde, Chasing The Song, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Farnsworth Invention (LJP); Odyssey, The Constant Wife, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe); Big Fish, Phantom, Footloose, Legally Blonde (Moonlight); Forbidden Broadway (Tour); Storyville (SD Rep); Twelfth Night, The Foreigner, Festival (Lamb’s Players); The Odd Couple, The Fantasticks (North Coast Rep). Cris leads College and High School Master Classes, and produces and directs cabarets, concerts and vocal competitions. Recently, Cris has begun touring with The Midtown Men, and continues his work as a voiceover artist, and maintains a private vocal instruction studio at www.vocalcoachstudio.com
JANE MITCHELL (Mistress of Ceremonies) is a 27-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist and author well known for in-depth interviews of athletes for the TV program “One on One” which aired on Channel 4 San Diego for 15 years. Her first experience with ALS came in 1991 when she returned home to care for her father during his battle with the fatal disease. After joining the newly-formed San Diego ALS Association Chapter in 2002, Jane used her TV platform to shine a light on Lou Gehrig’s disease. She chairs the Advisory Council and in 2015 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jane enjoys life with her 4-year-old daughter Lily and 93-year-old mother Ann. Her professional services include helping others with personal video biographies. For more visit www.JaneMitchellOneOnOne.com
CAMERON CHANG just finished his first year as a BFA Musical Theatre Major at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio where he had the privilege of playing “Rocky" in Damn Yankees, “Matthew" in Private Eyes and “Dorje" in a staged reading of Kwatz! Next Fall, he will be in Adding Machine: The Musical at Otterbein. Last year, Cameron was the recipient of the Ben Vereen Award for Best Actor for his role as “Aldolpho" in The Drowsy Chaperone, where he went on to be a finalist of the Best Actor in the Jimmy Awards in New York. Currently, Cameron is "King Leo" in King Leo’s New Clothes at LEGOLAND California and a “Squire" (improv performer) at the LEGOLAND Hotel. Enormous thanks to Megan for this wonderful opportunity.
MADI RAE DIPIETRO is 17 years old and just finished her junior year at Canyon Crest Academy. She has enjoyed performing with CCA Envision theatre for the past 3 years. Some of her favorite roles at CCA include “Rusty" in Footloose, "Eva 1" in Evita, and “Candy" in Zombie Prom. Some of her other theater credits include ANNIE on Broadway (2012-2013), Little Miss Sunshine at the La Jolla Playhouse (2011), and How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe (2011).
SHAUN T. EVANS is a long-time actor/director with performance credits spanning nearly four decades. Recently, he originated the role of “Henry Peavy” in the new play, Hollywood, at the La Jolla Playhouse. Other local and regional credits include “Jim” in Big River (Western Stage, Willows Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions), Aida (Starlight), Smell of the Greasepaint, Roar of the Crowd (Starlight), Master Harold and the Boys (Living Light Productions), Festival of Christmas, Cyranno de Bergerac (Lamb’s Players), Ragtime, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables, RENT. Shaun was the Founder of the ground-breaking and history-making company, California Youth Conservatory Theatre. He is honored to be here in support of Megan Spector and her remarkable efforts to make a difference.
CHARLIE GANGE has been a working Professional Musician and Actor for about 10 years now. Charlie has acted in various San Diego Theatre venues such as Diversionary, New Village Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, Moonlight, ion, Lamb’s Players, and the Ocean Beach Playhouse. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at SDSU in 2015 where he participated in Chamber Choir, the Opera, as well as winning the 2015 Orchestration Competition for his Full Symphonic Reorchestration of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Charlie also composes Electronic Music under the Stage Name “Deractor” which has received nearly 20,000 hits on SoundCloud. Charlie currently works at the Hard Rock Hotel as a Guest Services Supervisor as well as a regular Performing Artist for the Sales and Catering team.
ERROLYN HEALY has been performing professionally since the age of nine. She has worked with theaters across Southern California and the country including Starlight CLO, Moonlight, Indianapolis Civic, The Little Theatre of the Square, and The New Group Theatre. As a cabaret performer Errolyn and her accompanist/musical director Cris O’Bryon have sold out shows at venues including Cabaret at The Merc, Martinis Above Fourth, and 98 Bottles. She recently released her first full-length solo CD "Moonlighting” with SBE Records. Errolyn holds a degree in Vocal Performance from the DePauw University School of Music and works as a private vocal coach in Encinitas. She is also a part-time teacher in the Encinitas Union School District and mom to twin boys Mitch & Glenn.
DANIEL MYERS is honored to take part in Striking a Chord to help beat ALS. He had the pleasure of working with Megan in the past as her estranged Uncle in CYC's Secret Garden, and in several other benefit concerts around San Diego. Daniel is currently a member of USD's Scholarship choir, Choral Scholars, and toured with them throughout California and Europe. He has performed with many theatre companies in San Diego County including J*Company, Junior Theatre, CYC, SD Lyric Opera, Starlight, Moonlight, 6th@Penn/Ion, SD Shakespeare Society, SD Opera, SD Rep, and others. Daniel recently won San Diego Campus Superstar, a college-student singing competition sponsored by Hillel. He hopes tonight’s concert will bring the cure for ALS a step closer to fruition.
ALLISON SPRATT PEARCE is honored to help Striking a Chord fundraise for ALS research. Allison holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre from Elon U. and an M.F.A. from The Old Globe/USD in Drama. She teaches at USD, Grossmont College, Music Theatre College Auditions (MTCA) and privately. Her Broadway credits include: Curtains, Good Vibrations and Cry Baby. Off Broadway: Enter Laughing. Locally: "Janice" in Come From Away, “Victoria" in Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse), "Jane" in Emma, Phoebe in As You Like It (The Old Globe), “Louise" in Gypsy (Craig Noel Award), “Eliza" in My Fair Lady (Cygnet), “Emily" in Disgraced (SD Rep). Coming up: “Katherine" in The Last Wife at Cygnet and "Anita Bryant" in The Loneliest Girl in the World at Diversionary.
JOSH PINKOWSKI is incredibly honored to be a part of this benefit. Josh began acting at 15, first starring as the titular role in Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He later went to the prestigious LAMDA drama school in London. During his time at LAMDA, Josh performed in numerous classical and contemporary plays and was nominated for the Stephen Sondheim award. Josh graduated from LAMDA in 2015. Since graduating he has appeared in three feature films; Text Me When It’s Over directed by the Fine Brothers and Momentum directed by Jeremy Vineyard in which he played the lead role of “Cameron". He also played the lead role of “Link" in Debunkers, Inc directed by Matt Thompson. He now lives in Los Angeles.
KELLY RAE PRENDERGAST is a senior Musical Theatre major at Rider University. Rider credits include A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Angel), A Country Cabaret, All Shook Up (Natalie), Of Thee I Sing (Mary), and White Christmas (Betty). Additional credits include “Liesl" in The Sound of Music (San Diego Musical Theatre), "Ilse" in Spring Awakening (American Rose Theatre), and “Logainne" in Spelling Bee (San Diego Junior Theatre).
JAZMINE ROGERS is a very passionate performer, enjoying many forms of entertainment including singing, dancing, and acting. Jazmine is a continuously requested national anthem vocalist for local events such as the San Diego Padres, San Diego Gulls, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year she was awarded the title of “Campus Superstar 2016,” a vocal competition for San Diego county college students, in which she took home the grand prize. Catch Jazmine in the live show, LegoFriends to the Rescue, as “Andrea", at Legoland, where she performs year-round. Jazmine also performs with “America’s Best Dance Band,” Liquid Blue, both nationally and internationally. Jazmine feels honored to be a part of this amazing event and pleased to support such a great cause.
DEBORAH SILVER is thrilled to be performing with her niece Megan in honor of her sister Marjie! September 2016, Deborah’s second CD, The Gold Standards, produced by Steve Tyrell, debuted #1 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart, #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums Chart, (new artists in all genres), #2 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart, #10 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and on the prestigious Billboard Top 200, staying on the charts for 3 weeks. She can be seen at Lincoln Center this October. Deborah has received rave reviews from critics including Rex Reed and Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal. Deborah Silver donates 100% of all funds from her first CD “Pure Silver” to a cure for ALS. For more information please visit: www.deborahsilvermusic.com
MEGAN SPECTOR is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy who has been performing since the age of 5. Favorite credits: The Test - A New Musical (Katie Brady), Sweet Charity (Canyon Crest Academy), The Secret Garden, Spring Awakening, Into The Woods (CYC), LEGO Friends Live Holiday Show (LEGOLAND CA), Fiddler on the Roof, Annie (Moonlight), Snoopy! The Musical, Annie (Pickwick Players), and The Wizard of Oz (Broadway San Diego National Tour). She is currently working at LEGOLAND as “Emma” in the LEGO Friends: To the Rescue show. Megan’s most important role is the one she is in right now, as the driving force behind the Striking A Chord Benefit Concert. Megan’s love for her Aunt Marjie, who has ALS, is the inspiration for this benefit concert. All proceeds will go to the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter. Megan thanks the performers, Cris O’Bryon, Jane Mitchell, and so many others who contributed to the event.