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Kai COFER
Writer, Director, Actor

WRITING BY ADAPTATIONS

Musicals and Operas

The Game of Love, Based on Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos
Alice! Based on Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Tess! Based on Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Sleeping Beauty, Translation and new libretto from the Opera by Engelbert Humperdinck
Ham And Cheese, An Absurd Opera Based on the works of Samuel Beckett
Insanity! Based on Caligula by Albert Camus
Devlin, Based on The Book Of Eden by Ken Pollicard
Macbeth, An Improv Opera based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Monte Cristo, An Opera based on The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Invisible, Based on The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Princess And The Goblins, Based on The Princess And The Goblin by George MacDonald
Dance Wolf Dance, Based on Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse (Current project)

Plays for Children

The Hobbit Adventure, Based on The Hobbit by J.Rr. Tolkien
Beauty And The Beast, Based on the fairy tale
Lion, Witch, Wardrobe, Based On The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis
Oz! Based on The Wizard Of Oz by Frank Baum
East Of The Sun West Of The Moon, Based on the fairy tale
Mary Poppins (Spencer), Based on Mary Poppins By L. P. Travers (Additional material)
Great Expectations, Based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Christmas Carol, Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Plays For Adults

Peer, Based on Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
Hello Doll, Based on A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen
Hedda, Based on Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
No Bed Of Roses, Based on Dance Of Death By August Strindberg
Malibu, Based on The Seagull by Anton Chekov
He Vs She, Based on Anatol by Arthur Schnitzler
The Scarlett Burka, Based on The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Movie Scripts

Waiting For Life, Based on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Madeleine’s Ghost, Based on The House Of Usher by E. A. Poe
Helen’s First Trojan, Based on The Iliad by Homer
Drive In Movie Massacre, Original work

DIRECTING, DESIGNING

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, Mclean High School, Mclean, VA (Director)
South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mclean High School, Mclean. VA (Director)
Summer Of The 17th Doll by Ray Lawler, Great Falls Players, Great Falls. VA (Director)
Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim, Mclean Center Stage, Mclean. VA (Director)
Anything Goes by Cole Porter, Springfield Players, Springfield, VA (Director)
The Magic Horn by Charlotte Chorpenning, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Director)
The Time Machine by Charles Wagner, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Director)
A Toby Show by Aurand Harris, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Director, Designer)
Cinderella by Hotchner, Picture Book Players, Glen Echo, MD (Director)
Little Princess by V. Koste, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Director, Designer)
Mary Poppins by Spencer, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Director, Designer)
Princess And The Pea by Hotchner, Picture Book Players, Glen Echo, MD (Director)
The Wind In The Willows by Metzger (Designer) Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Producer)
Sherlock Holmes by Charles Wagner, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD (Producer)
A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Betrayal by Harold Pinter, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Director)
The Tape Recorder by Pat Flower, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Director)
The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Hedda by K Cofer, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Phaedra by Racine, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Little Red by Clevenger, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Director)
12th NIGHT by William Shakespeare, Indiana University Bloomington, IN (Director)
Elves And The Shoemaker by Chorpenning, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Producer)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Monroe County Civic Theatre, Bloomington, IN (Director)
Two Gentlemen Of Verona by William Shakespeare, Monroe County Civic Theater, Bloomington, IN (Producer)
Lion, Witch, Wardrobe by K. Cofer Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Thesis Project Writer, Director, Designer)
Alice! by K. Cofer, Georgetown Hill, Potomac, MD (Director, Designer)
Beauty And The Beast by K. Cofer, The Vine Theatre, Bethesda, MD (Director, Designer)
The Golden Fleece by A.R. Gurney, The Vine Theatre, Bethesda, MD (Director, Designer)
The Miser by Molière, The Vine Theatre, Bethesda, MD (Designer)
Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan, Victorian Lyric Opera, Rockville, MD (Director)
Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan, Victorian Lyric Opera, Rockville, MD (Director)
Mame by Jerry Herman, Potomac Community Theatre, Potomac, MD (Director)
The Quilling Of Prue by M. Fingergale, Theatre Americana, Altadena, CA (Director)
Lion, Witch, Wardrobe by K. Cofer, Theatre Minimal, North Hollywood, CA (Director)
Alice! by K. Cofer, LCGRT, North Hollywood, CA (Director, Designer)
Rur by Karl Capek, LCGRT, North Hollywood, CA (Designer)
Ibsen’s Ghost by J M Barry, LCGRT, North Hollywood, CA (Director)
The Brothel by Frances Mizrahi, LCGRT, North Hollywood, CA (Designer)
Othello by William Shakespeare, Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood, CA (Director)
Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan, LCGRT, North Hollywood, CA (Designer)

EDUCATION

INDIANA UNIVERSITY (B.A Theatre 1992) Bloomington, IN

ACTING

Professional Theater Actor since 1967.

Professional Film and Television actor since 1993.

 

Cody T. GILLETTE
Composer, Arranger, Pianist

Published Compositions, Recordings
(brief selected sample of works that have been publicly performed and recorded)

Music for Horn, Vibrapohone, and Four Celli, based on Indian Ragas and Rhythmic Patterns.
Vocalise, Instrumental Duet for Violin and Piano.
Trio Phantasmique, for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon.
Embrace the New World, Song Cycle for Soprano, Tenor, Piano, based on children’s poems.
Bittersweet Carnival, Dance Theme and Variations for Piano.
Variations on War and Peace, Sound Sculpture, Song for My Son, Child’s Play, music for Dance.
Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, commissioned for the theatre.
Lost Love Letters in the Sand, featuring members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Century Chamber Players, recorded and performed at Maui OnStage, Wailuku, Hawaii.
Original Music for That Pesky Rat, book by Lauren Child, Choreography by Teresa Heiland, for Loyola Marymount University Dance Tour.
Original music for percussion and synthesizers for Karen McDonald, Choreographer.
Currently writing a Children’s Musical based on The Princess and the Goblins, by George MacDonald; adaptation and lyrics by Kai Cofer.
Currently writing opera based on ancient legends of Sarajevo in collaboration with Ethnomusicolgy Department and Bosnian Studies at University of Washington, using musical examples collected on wax cylinder recordings transcribed by Bela Bartok.

Education

PhD Candidate Psycho-Acoustics; University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Studies in Psychology of Music, Science of Acoustics, and Music Technology.
Areas of Specialization: Evolution of Music in World Cultures and Relationship to Human Speech; Aural Illusions; Director of Program: Dr. James Carlsen; Mentor: Bernice Laden.
Master of Music San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
Composition and Piano; Composition with John Adams, Elinor Armer; Piano with Mack McCray, Nathan Schwartz; Area of Specialty: Vocal Accompaniment and Coaching, Chamber Music; Mentors: Timothy Bach, Paul Hersh.
Bachelor of Music San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
Composition and Piano.
Additional Studies (Two years B.M. program): Cal Arts, Valencia, CA
Composition with Leonard Stein, Alan Chaplin, Mort Subotnick, James Tenney, Harold Budd; Piano with Leonid Hambro, Susan Vrocek, Milton Stern.
Scientific Papers
Presentation of research to Doctoral Committee, University of Washington, Dr. James Carlsen, Chairman, on “The Perception of Tritones: Ascending or Descending?” based on continued inquiry into work on aural illusions surrounding the interval of the tritone, devising and testing theory to explain results in work of Dr. Diana Deutsch, University of San Diego.

Honors and Awards

Cabaret Gold Award for Best Musical, Music Director “She Loves Me”, San Francisco, CA.
Full Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts.
European Studies Scholarship (two years study and travel in France, Austria and England accompanying opera singers), Private Arts Foundation and Music and Arts Institute, San Francisco.
Finalist (as coach and performer) in San Francisco Opera’s Merola program competition, performance on stage of War Memorial Opera House, S. F. Opera.
Accompanist for Keith Purdy, Tenor, winner of Pavorotti Competition, and Sharon Davis, Soprano, “Miss Nevada” entrant in Miss America Pageant.
Selected by National Scholarship Competition to participate in extended masterclasses (three week intensive private training) by Gwedolyn Koldovsky, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

Master Classes

Accompanied extended master classes (six months) for Blanche Thebom, Prima Diva Mezzo-Soprano of New York Metropolitan Opera Company, in San Francisco, CA.
Also accompanied masterclasses taught by Luciano Pavorotti, Renata Scotto, Jess Thomas.

Festivals, Competitions

Accompanist for auditions for Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Merola Opera Program, Sing-It-Yourself Messiah (San Francisco Conservatory of Music in collaboration with S. F. Opera).

World Premieres

Performance as pianist at East/West Cultural Integration Studies Institute, John Cooper, Director.
“Songs of Orpheus”, Song Cycle by New York composer Arnold Freed.
“Song of Pegasus”, Opera/Ballet in Two Acts by Ron McFarland, as coach/accompanist/orchestral pianist with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra led by Dennis DeCouteau, Conductor at Forest Meadow Amphtheatre, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA.
“Songs of Sonia”, based on life of Sonia Johnson, excommunicated by Mormon Church, at Hellman Hall, San Francisco, CA and at Jesuit Seminary, Berkeley, CA.

Musical Theater Direction / Band Direction / Orchestral Arrangements
(extended engagements)

ChiChi Theatre Club, San Francisco, CA: “Irving Berlin in Revue”, “We’re in the Money”, Barry Koron, Director, awarded four stars by San Francisco Chronicle.
Chez Jacques: “Fear and Loathing in Love and Marriage”, Phil Rahyer, Director.
Los Altos Conservatory Theatre, Los Altos, CA: “Marat Sade, the Musical”, “Stop the World I Want to Get Off”, “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris”; Doyne Mraz, Director.
Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, CA: “Richard’s Cork Leg” by Brendan Behan, including teaching cast songs in Gaellic with help of the Clancy Brothers.
Intersection Theatre: “She Loves Me”, Michael Pullizano, Director.
Maui OnStage, Wailuku, HI: “Masterclass” by Terence McNally, with Carmen Gardner as Maria Callas, as Music Director, Pianist, Actor; “Chicago” (Terri Smith, Choreographer, protégé of Bob Fosse), “The Fantasticks”, John Langs, Director.
Maui Academy for Performing Arts, at Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahalui, HI: “Narnia”, “Peter Pan”, Donna Breeden, Director.
“Phantom”, John Luth, Director; “The Wiz”, Sue Laudon, Director.
“Piaf”, Arranger, Pianist, Music Director for Multimedia presentation based on life of Edith Piaf, including live performance with orchestra, at Potrero Hill Theatre, Patty Butler, Director.

Producing Credits

Larkspur Cabaret Theatre “Singer/Songwriter Series”, extended run (one year), producer, spotlighting major Cabaret, Jazz and Musical Theatre talent from San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia Sheehan, Theatre Director.
The Galleon Spotlight Series, San Francisco, CA: Producer, Pianist, Showcase Talent.
Martuni’s, San Francisco, CA: Management of artistic talent, Hiring of singers, pianists.
OZmosis Records, Owner specializing in vocal talent in Musical Theatre, Jazz and Singer-songwriter originals including full production of CDs from inception of concept, to hiring of musicians and arrangers, recording and distribution such well-known jazz and musical theatre artists as: Scotty Wright, Rod Sherrell, Frank Jackson.

Music Industry / Entertainment Business Experience

Emerald City Studios, San Francisco: Owner, Producer, Recording Engineer, Professional, five-room Recording Studio with 9-ft Hamburg Steinway, specializing in classical, opera, art song, film music and jazz, 15 years.
Emerald City Supper Club, San Francisco, CA: Largest Jazz Supper Club in San Francisco with Swing Dance Floor, featuring up to 17-piece Swing Bands, including the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and fully staged theatrical/vocal presentations from Hamburg, Germany, and Paris, France such as “Ciara”.
Recently, working with Entertainment Agencies in Los Angeles including Classy Act Entertainment, MusicMakers and More, Best of the Best, and World Class Productions, as classical and jazz soloist and music contractor.

Employement

Loyola Marymount University: Music Director; Accompanist for Ballet, Modern Dance; Digital Audio mixing and editing; Composer for Dance Tour; Fundamentals of Music, Instruction and tutoring.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Staff Coach, Accompanist, Vocal and Chamber Music; Timothy Bach, Director.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Assistant Lecturer, Tutorer of Theory, Presentations on “Symmetry of Time and Design in Structure of Music of Bela Bartok”.
San Francisco State University: Staff Vocal Accompanist, Choral Accompanist.
College, Anna Carol Dudley, Vocal Instructor.
College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA: Staff Accompanist, Onnie Taylor, Director, Vocal Department; Michael Morris, instructor.
San Francisco Community Music Center: Staff Accompanist for Dorothy Barnhouse.
Olympic Club of San Francisco: Choral Accompanist.
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA: Assistant Music Director, Musical Productions; Accompanist for Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance (two years); ;Faye McNally, Music Director; William Ball, Director and Founder of A.C.T.
World Explorer Cruises (S.S. Universe), based in Juneau, Alaska: Accompanist for Opera performances, Classical Piano Soloist.
Delta Steamship Lines, Dance Band Leader, Classical Piano Soloist.

 

Mika KRSTIC
Orchestrator

Mika Krstic born in Belgrade, Serbia, is a television and film composer with deep European musical roots. Mika was raised in a musical family in an environment that nurtured his outstanding musical potential. At the age of two, Mika showed an affinity for music and soon started violin and piano lessons. Mika comes from a long line of professional musicians. His great-grandfather was a violinist. His grandfather was a renowned conductor/director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and of the national choir as well as a renowned TV and motion picture composer in Eastern Europe. Mika's father is one of the top jazz pianists in Europe and a professor of jazz history. He had a constant exposure to music throughout his youth and intensively studied composition with both his grandfather and father since a very early age.

Mika

 

Mika's violin professors were pupils of well known Moscow Conservatory professors such as Leonid Kogan. At the age of fifteen Mika was chosen as one of the top ten finalist in the world's leading violin competition, the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Also at the age of fifteen he was invited to the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to study at the Academy of Music, Belgrade, where he earned a masters degree in classical violin. He also studied at the Conservatory van Amsterdam where he earned a master's degree in jazz piano.

In 2006, Mika moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a composer. He currently works for Warner Bros/Telepictures composing music for the Tyra Show, Judge Pirro, Beyond Twisted, Extra TV and TMZ. He composed music for the short film "Devils" and is currently working on his first high budget feature film in the United States, "Delivered".

Mika had several very successful recitals in the Los Angeles area, where he has performed many of his own original compositions, playing both violin and piano. Also, Mika has performed with several orchestras including the Santa Monica Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the YMF Symphony Orchestra.  In Europe, Mika scored three movie soundtracks and produced nine albums. Mika lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Liz.

 

FULL DEMO CAST

Richard CRAY                                                Monte Cristo

Kristofer SUNDQUIST                                    Maximillian

Dory SCHULTZ                                               Benedetto

Jay STEPHENSON                                         Danglars

Andrew FERNANDO                                       Abbé Faria

Kevin DALBEY                                               Fernando

Jonathan SHARP                                           Morrel

Nicholas MONGIARDO-COOPER                  Edmond

Andreas BECKETT                                         Villefort

Marco INFANTE                                              Albert

Richard SUSAN KINSEY                                Caderousse

Elizabeth HARMETZ                                      Mercedes

Cody GILLETTE                                             Lucien

Katherine SHEAFFER                                    Eugenie

Katherine SHEAFFER / Joy WEISER            Haydee

VanNessa HULME                                          Heloise
                       

CHORUS

Katherine SHEAFFER                                    Soprano

VanNessa HULME                                          Alto

Kevin DALBEY                                               Tenor

Kevin DALBEY                                               Bass                                   


Recorded in Venice, California 2009 – 2010

 

 
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