ABOUT THE PROJECT

 

We've been to Transylvania and Skid Row. Now it's time to take Tenacious Theatrics to West Covina, California! This show will follow the traditional 'cabaret' format, where you'll hear how each song from the hit CW show 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' affects our performers. You'll hear your favorite numbers, some uncommon numbers, and also get to know our performers on a semi-personal level!

 

If you call them crazy, you're just calling them in love. BLAM!

 

(We said blam).

A DONATION THAT COUNTS

Although cities are opening back up from their lockdowns, so many artists are still out of a job and won't be able to return to industry work for a while. This cabaret was put together with a passion for music and theatre from the creative team and actors. So, although the show is free to watch, we are humbly accepting any donation you can make, all of which will go to the cast and crew who were able to put this together, and towards Tenacious Theatrics' future productions.

You can donate here.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR FEEDBACK

 

After viewing our show, we kindly ask that you take our 'post-show' survey. This has questions about the quality of the show, what you'd like to see next, and more!

THE SURVEY WILL GO LIVE AFTER THE PREMIERE OF THE SHOW

THE TEAM

Producers - Cynthia Huie, Lyle M. Rose, Mike and Lynn Brady, Kathleen Rowe, Jill Rubinoski, Patrick Ewing, Dr. Chan Shun Hung, Benita Calloway, Ranaye Miles, Larry and Liz Surbey

Director/Musical Director/Arrangements/Casting/Video Editing - Leonard W. Rose

Production Manager/Choreographer - Mackenzie Surbey

Artistic Supervisor - Claire Brady

THE CAST

AARON PENZEL

"What'll It Be?"

Aaron Penzel is from Edison, NJ (his own personal West Covina) and is now a New York City based performer who received his BA in Theatre from Binghamton University. Aaron is thrilled to be back with Tenacious Theatrics, having been last seen as Eddie in the Rocky Horror Online Cabaret. Recent virtual credits include: The Last Five Years (Jamie), Annie (Rooster Hannigan), and The Virtual Stage Co.'s Seussical: The Virtual Musical (Mr. Mayor). Other favorite credits include: Ordinary Days (Jason), Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Spring Awakening (Moritz), and 54 Below Sings: Ed Sheeran. He would like to thank his amazing family and friends for their constant support through all of his endeavors, both virtual and staged. See more at: www.aaronpenzel.com

AUSTIN RUBINOSKI

"Settle For Me"

Austin Rubinoski is an Ohio native, currently residing in Maryland and is excited to be back with Tenacious Theatrics! Austin holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Rockford University and his previous credits include: Man 1 in Little Shop of Horrors and Brad in Rocky Horror with Tenacious Theatrics, Across the Universe and Villains with The Campy Cabaret, various ensemble roles with The Ohio Light Opera, Tommy Ross in Carrie, Maximillian in Candide, and Link Larkin in Hairspray.  Austin wants to thank his family, amazing girlfriend Kaitlin, the Harbin’s, and his friends for their love and support.

CHRISTIAN CIERI

"Time to Seize the Day"

Christian Cieri is very excited to be a part of his second Tenacious Theatrics Show! Based in New Jersey, he graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Digital Media Studies while receiving voice lessons from the Eastman School of Music. Past credits include Barnaby Tucker (Hello, Dolly!), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Seymour Krelborn (Little Shop of Horrors), and the Know-It-All (Polar Express). Christian would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support! Instagram: @ccieri46 Website: www.christiancieri.com

CLARICE BRUCH

"Without Love You Can Save the World"

Having at least one, and probably being one to someone else, Clarice is very excited to be working on the ‘Crazy Ex’ cabaret! Originally from Bellevue, WA, Clarice is currently in Glasgow studying Musical Theatre Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. More at claricebruch.com 

GIA ERICHSON

"You Stupid Bitch"

Gia Erichson is super excited for her first show with Tenacious Theatrics! Gia is a NYC based actress, musician, and improvisor who holds a BFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Arts and Design. Gia was most recently seen touring with Artspower National Touring Theatre. Other favorite credits include: Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray),  Natalie Haller (All Shook Up), and numerous improv shows with the Upright Citizens Brigade! Gia would like to thank her friends at Tenacious working so hard to keep the arts going during this crazy time, as well as her roommate for putting up with constant filming and recording. Follow her on tiktok @likeachiapet to see how she spends too much of her time! 

HANNAH WEAVER

"I'm the Villain In My Own Story"

Hannah Weaver (@hannahweaver001) is so thrilled for this opportunity to perform material from one of her favorite TV shows! Since graduating from Lafayette College with a BA in Theatre & Psychology, Hannah has performed with companies like Disney Cruise Line, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Feld Entertainment, VStar Entertainment, and 92Y. She toured around to 26 countries and almost 50 states before settling in NYC, where she currently produces and co-hosts a podcast, performs in virtual productions, works in film development, teaches children music, and patiently waits for the return of live theatre!

JOSHUA LAWSON

"Angry, Mad"

Joshua Lawson (He/Him) is a beautiful performer and the most talented little angel alive (according to his mom)! Much love and appreciation to Tenacious Theatrics, Mr. Robert “Bobby” Biggs, Simon Kenny, Ms. Deborah Ross, Michelle Lawson and John Strickland, and the Lawson clan. https://www.joshualawson.org, Insta: @jlawson27.

JUSTIN HANKS

"Let's Have Intercourse"

Justin Hanks' stage credits include Seussical the Musical (Horton), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), Children of Eden (Father), and Great American Trailer Park Musical (Norbert). He is honored to be back with Tenacious Theatrics after the amazing Little Shop Cabaret (Orin). If you'd like to see more from him, check out his virtual variety shows with Queen City Vaudevillians!

Justin Kent

"Greg's Drinking Song"

Justin currently resides in Savannah, GA with his wife, son, dog, and fat cat. He is the co-founder of, and performer with Odd Lot Improv, which has been performing in Savannah for over a decade. Pre-COVID he played Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha, a role he desperately wishes to revisit. This is his 3rd production with Tenacious Theatrics, playing Dr. Scott in Rocky Horror, and Multiple roles in Little Shop Of Horrors. He's very happy to be in another Tenacious Theatrics production! 

KAITLIN HARBIN

"I'm a Good Person"

Kaitlin is a musical theatre performer from Southern Maryland. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from Rockford University. Her recent (virtual) credits include: Drawing Cats Productions Comedy Cabaret, various performances with Eleanor’s New Deal Cabaret and Virtual Stage Co’s Show Stopper Series. Some of her favorite roles pre-pandemic include: Carrie White (Carrie), Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act), Kira (Xanadu) and Pickles (The Great American Trailer Park Musical). Special thanks to her family and boyfriend Austin for their never ending support and Tenacious Theatrics for this experience! 

KRISTEN BROCK

"Research Me Obsessively"

Kristen Brock is an upcoming senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Montclair State University and is based out of New York City. Some of her favorites roles include: Mary Lane (Reefer Madness), Ariel Moore (Footloose), Millie Dillmount (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Jovie (Elf) and Janet (Rocky Horror Picture Show). She won the Central Florida Applause Awards for her portrayal of the Witch (Into the Woods) and made her broadway debut with the Jimmy Awards in 2018. Kristen is so excited to be doing what she loves in times as hard as these, and is thankful to have the opportunity to be performing again. www.kristenbrock.com 

McKENNA LYONS

"West Covina"

McKenna is thrilled to be teaming up with Tenacious Theatrics once again! She was last seen in their Rocky Horror Online Cabaret as a Phantom. McKenna lives in Savannah, GA, where she is an active member of Savannah Stage Company. She is so thankful for the artists she gets to work with who are dedicated to keeping art alive and serving folks like you! You can follow her on Instagram @mckennalion, and Tiktok @mckmill!

NATE MYLES

"Don't Be a Lawyer"

Nate Myles is elated to be making his Tenacious Theatrics debut! Graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design, Nate moved to New York in late 2016. While in NYC he performed in a production of Oliver! The Musical (Mr. Sowerberry) and Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man) with Greenwood Lake Theatre, Bone Soup with the Black Lady Theatre and Co-Directed a production of Nick Payne’s Constellations. Nate is also a vocal recording artist, with music streaming on all digital music platforms! He would like to thank the cast and crew for an amazing experience and stupendous production!

VALERIE AMERICA LAVELLE

"His Status Is... Preferred"

Valerie is so excited to be in her second Tenacious Theatrics show! Valerie has directed and acted in shows around Savannah, GA for several years. Some of her favorite roles have been Mae Coleman in Reefer Madness, Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show, and Diwata in Speech and Debate. You can follow her on Instagram @valerieamericalavelle and keep on eye out for her podcast Mixed Discussions, highlighting multiracial people and families.

Wylie Gavin Lyall

"First Penis I Saw"

“Gavin” is jazzed to be back with the Tenacious family working on The Crazy-Ex Girlfriend Cabaret!  A native of Central Mississippi, Gavin lives in New York where he trained at Marymount Manhattan College in Musical Theatre Performance.  Most recently, Gavin appeared as Dr. Frank N’ Furter in Tenacious Theatrics digital production of Rocky Horror, and as multiple characters in The Hal Prince Tribute (NYC), working under 5 time Tony Award nominee Pat Birch.  Big thanks to: Damon (for that first shot), Professor Johnson (for the push), Bethany (for the light), and Mom & Dad (for everything).  Shall we get psycho, Darlings?