In August of 2012, Nouvelle Adaptation Productions in association with the Secret Rose Theatre presented the World Premiere of “I, CALIGULA : An Insanity Musical” in Los Angeles.
Book and Lyrics: Kai Cofer
Music and Orchestrations by: Cody T. Gillette
Director: Kai Cofer
Music Director: Cody T. Gillette
Producers: Kai Cofer, Cody T. Gillette, Florence Canicave
Choreographer: Heather Lipson Bell
Heather Lipson Bell (Choreographer), Choreographer, Dancer, Actress, & Educator, she works nationally on both stage & screen and specializes in Outreach & Special Needs programs. With a BFA from the Boston Conservatory, credits include New York & Los Angeles Philharmonics; Los Angeles, Dallas, Palm Beach & Boston Lyric Operas; South Dakota & Pasadena Symphonies; the Hollywood Bowl; City Ballet of Los Angeles; & La Danserie. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of Teatro Filarmonico and Asst. Director/Co-Choreographer with LA Opera Education Department. For more information please visit www.heatherlipsonbell.com.
Dory Schultz (Caligula),Tenor Dory Schultz is a Master of Music student at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. Originally from Los Angeles, Dory is thrilled to work with Kai and Cody again after providing the voice of Benedetto for The Count of Monte Cristo. Favorite previous roles include Tamino, Pseudolus, Basilio, and Damon (Acis and Galatea). Dory was most recently seen at MSM as the ghost quartet tenor in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles. Dory has also studied at UCLA and Aspen. To learn more about Dory, please visit www.doryschultz.com.
Elizabeth Harmetz (Cesonia), Soprano, is a versatile singing actor with significant experience in both the Operatic and Musical Theater genres. A sampling of her range include performances as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Princess Zara in Utopia, Limited, Musetta in La Boheme, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, and Sonia in Godspell. It was also Elizabeth’s privilege to participate as Mercedes in the recording of Cody & Kai’s original musical drama The Count of Monte Cristo and to have collaborated in a number of projects with Cody in the past including as Eliza in My Fair Lady. When not performing she can be found “changing the world through Voice” as Director of Education for Vocal Awareness and teaching Voice in her private Culver City studio. Please visit www.elizabethharmetz.com.
Josh Shaw (Skipio), Tenor, maintains a busy schedule as a tenor, director, and set designer. As Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Project he has directed and designed productions of Trouble in Tahiti, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, and La traviata, and Sweeney Todd (October). Favorite roles include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. You can learn more about Josh and his many artistic endeavors by visiting the Pacific Opera Project website www.pacificoperaproject.com.
E. Scott Levin (Marco), Bass/Baritone. In 2007, Scott moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Thornton School of Music, USC. There he sang the roles of Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Leporello in Don Giovanni. He has sung with many companies including Los Angeles Opera, Intimate Opera, Center Stage Opera, UCLA Opera, OperaWorks, Celestial Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, and in September, he reprised the role of Leporello with Pacific Opera Project. Scott has been a member of the choir at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles since 2007 and a featured soloist several times in the Los Angeles Bach Festival. In the 2011 LABF, he performed Bach Cantata no. 82, “Ich habe genug” at the Prism Concert and as the bass soloist in the finale concert of The B Minor Mass. At the end of the year, he will join the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for their Winter Festival Season.
Kelly Derouin (Drucilla), Soprano, holds a BA in Theatre Arts from California Lutheran University. With a decade of acting experience and classical vocal training, Kelly is thrilled to be originating a role in her first full-length opera as Drusilla, a power hungry incestuous nymphomaniac. Her mother will be so proud! LA Theatre: US Marianne in Tartuffe (Theatricum Botanicum), Tsarina Alexandra in world premiere musical Tsarina, Mrs. Scrooge in Mrs. Scrooge the musical (West of Broadway Productions). For full bio, please check out www.kellyderouin.com.
Kevin Dalbey (The Director/Tiberius), Baritone, is a longtime member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and founding member of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from CSU Long Beach. Kevin has sung for many film scores, sung solos at the Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, the Hollywood Bowl and many other venues. He was also featured on the fully orchestrated demo for “The Count of Monte Cristo” (Cofer/Gillette) in the role of Fernand. He currently resides in the San Fernando Valley, and has a wide reputation for being an excellent sight-reader and versatile recording studio artist.
Carissa Lynn Gipprich (Nurse) received her degree in theatre and music from Pepperdine University, and has since appeared in various stage productions in Hollywood. Currently, you can see her appear weekly in LA’s longest running show, “Point Break LIVE!” at the Dragonfly as well as “Show Girls in Drag” at MJs in Silverlake. Carissa is very excited to be part of this unique project.
Meredith Overcash (Halicon) is an up and coming actress in the greater Los Angeles area. Born and raised in West Virginia, she made her acting debut as Fern in the Children’s Theatre of Charleston production of Charlotte’s Web. Throughout high school and college, she portrayed a multitude of roles, from the Virgin Mary in Mary: A Rock Opera to Fraulein Kost in Cabaret. Favorite roles include Shen Te/Shui Ta in The Good Woman of Setzuan and Cardinal Barberini in Galileo. Although she has portrayed a variety of different roles, she has always embraced characters that violate gender stereotypes.