Free Summer CyberTheatre Exploratorium Launches June 22

After two weeks of exploring and planning with a small group, we are ready to launch our Summer Cybertheatre Exploratorium.  Participation is open to anyone who is interested.  Mondays will be theatre games and exercises, with drop-ins welcomed.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be focused on exploring antiracist performance material, and we are hoping for a sustained commitment to that work. Please join us and/or spread the word on social media and email etc. 

The disruption of social systems by Covid-19  has created a global time and space for reimaging and reinventing.  As we enter into the challenge of reinventing the theatre for Zoom and other remote architectures, we also have the opportunity to imagine a path towards anti-racism and systemic justice. Using the tools of theatre, we will create a Brave Space, to facilitate a process that honestly examines and challenges the culture of White-Eurocentric Dominance that entangles us all.

Hope to see you there.

Michael A. Mufson
Professor of Theatre Arts, Palomar College

Palomar Pioneers of Cyber Theatre Present Haunted in Quarantine & This Tiny House On Zoom May 15 & 16

Theatre makers all over the world are reinventing live theatre for the Zoom format.  Not to be daunted by the seismic upheaval of this brave new world, Palomar Theatre Arts students have been working to bring you two original works for this unique moment. 

Haunted in Quarantine

Imagine you’re stuck in your house 24/7. I know you can…. Now, imagine your house might be haunted….!!! Haunted in Quarantine follows the Zoom meetings of an online support group for people who believe their houses are haunted as they are forced to shelter at home. Although influenced by recent generations’ love for the horror genre – this is not horror.  People have enough fear right now.  We set out for a fun event and have discovered so much more in the haunting metaphors. (Contains mild adult language.)

This Tiny House

A poetic theatre work for the Zoom format inspired by stories collected from our community about how Covid – 19 is affecting us. Theatre has the capacity to remind us that we are not alone. So we are mining your stories for the common threads, themes and through-lines that may help us to make some sense out of all this.  In the tradition of the Greek Chorus, which always represents the greater community in Greek theatre, we are crafting the source material you have provided into a poetic expression of language, rhythm and gesture.  This Tiny House will  explore and expand the expressive boundaries of the Zoom container, reimagining the theatre, just as all of us are called upon to reimagine the possibilities of our world during and after the pandemic. It’s not too late to add your story. Click on this link to open the collector

All Performances Are Free. Click Here to Register. 

  • Friday, May 15 @ 7PM (PST) Haunted Quarantine and This Tiny House 
  • Friday, May 15 @ Midnight (PST) Haunted Quarantine only  
  • Saturday, May 16 @ 7PM (PST) Haunted Quarantine and This Tiny House
  • Saturday, May 16 @ Midnight (PST) Haunted Quarantine only

Box Office Instructions

Performances are free and donations are gratefully accepted to the Palomar Performing Arts Circle. Click here to secure your tickets now. 

Zoom is Easy To Do: 

  1. Download the software on your phone, tablet, or computer. Click Here. Install Zoom 
  2. Receive a special link and code from your event host
  3. Log in at the designated time to attend your event 

Watch a short video(s) to help you with the final steps – or

Share Your Covid-19 Story for our Rapid Response Theatre Projects

It Can’t Happen Here Cast Announcement

It Can’t Happen Here Cast

Thank you to all who auditioned. I had some really difficult choices to make and you were all great. Please note that some of the ensemble roles may change due to costuming limitations or other factors.  Also – there is a lot of narration by the ensemble that is yet to be assigned.

Please reply to me at to acknowledge that you accept your role.

Make sure to arrive for first rehearsal at the Studio Theatre on this Monday, March 16, ready to start at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted in your schedule conflicts). We will have printed scripts for you.


Actor Character (Act•Scene – for single appearance characters)
Austin Thatcher Doremus Jessup
Dylan Winston Shad Ledue; Townsperson (1•1)
Macy Weinfurter Mary Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Osvaldo Rodriguez Buck Titus;  Townsperson (1•1); Heckler
Philip King Sugui Julian; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Samantha McCain Lorinda
Susie Burchill Sissy Jessup; Townsperson (1•1)
Thomas Welsh Phillip Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Zoe Daniels Emma Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Eli Questenberg Fowler; Townsperson (1•1); Minute Man (2•2;4•4;4•5);
Connor Nolen Edgeways; Swan; Minite Man (2•2;4•4;4•5); Mob (3•3);
Adrian Munõz Pollikop; Townsperson (1•1);  Man 2 (2•1);Minute Man (3•3;4•4); Border Guard (4•3;); President’s Guard (4•5); Prison Guard (5•1)
Drew Titus Tasbrough; Man 4 (2•1); Minute Man (2•2; 3•3; 4•4; 4•5); Priest (3•1); Border Guard (4•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Seargeant (5•2)
Jovyn Anderson Crowley, Bishop Prang; Man 1 (2•1); Mob (3•3); Minute Man (4•4); Doctor (5•1);
Matthew Jackson Buzz Windrip; Townsperson (1•1); Mob (3•3)
Uriel Najera Pascal; Townsperson (1•1); Man 3 (2•1); Mob (3•3);  President’s Guard (4•5); Minute Man (4•4)
Elizabeth Pearson Crowd Member 2 (1•1); Woman 2 (2•1); Jamie Johnson (2•3); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Minute Man (4•4); Driver (5•3)
Judith Pulido Townsperson (1•1); Woman 1 (2•1); William Dooley (2•2); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5);
Kadijah Pointer Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch; Lee Saranson; Mob (3•3); Farmer (5•3)
Gabriella LeBaron Crowd member 1 (1•1); Woman 3 [formerly Man 5] (2•1); Mob (3•3); Dimick (4•4); Minute Man  Book Burner (4•4)


It Can’t Happen Here Casting Timeline

What an amazing and energizing night of callbacks!  Thank you all for you time and passion.  Casting this piece is a big puzzle, and so I am taking a little longer than usual to put it all together.  I plan to have the cast finalized, with all the ensemble parts assigned and schedule conflicts worked out by 5PM on Thursday (tomorrow).  Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at

Callbacks – It Can’t Happen Here

Thank you to all who auditioned.  The following people are called back.  Doors to the Studio Theatre will open at 5:30PM and we will begin at 6:00PM.  Please wear clothes appropriate for movement.

Adrian Munõz
Austin Thatcher
Cameron O’Hare
Connor Nolen
Drew Titus
Dylan Winston
Eli Questenberg
Elizabeth Pearson
Jovyn Anderson
Judith Pulido
Kadijah Pointer
Laura Holzinger
Macy Weinfurter
Matthew Jackson
neha curtiss
Osvaldo Rodriguez
Philip King Sugui
Rhea Mursalin
Sally Dean
Samantha McCain
Susie Burchill
Thomas Welsh
Uriel Najera
Valerie Garza
Zoe Daniels
Gabriella LeBaron

It Can’t Happen Here Audition Information

It Can’t Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis
adapted by Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen
Directed by Michael Mufson

OPEN CALL: March 9, 6:30-9:00 PM Studio Theatre. (sign-up for a time-slot  at the bottom of this page)

Please prepare a one-minute contemporary, dramatic monologue

CALLBACKS: March 10, 6-11PM

REHEARSALS: Monday, March 16 – Thursday May 7.
Monday-Friday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM. Some weekends possible.
Technical Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 10AM – 10PM
Dress Rehearsals Monday, May 4 – Thursday May 7, 5PM-11PM


Friday, May 8 • 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 9 • 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 10 • 3PM
Thursday, May 14 • 4PM
Friday, May 15 • 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 16 • 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 17 • 3PM

DESCRIPTION: A chilling adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s famous 1936 novel portraying how populist, fascism could take hold in the USA. As The New York Times describes it, “At a moment when instability seems to be the only constant in American politics, “It Can’t Happen Here” offers an alluring (if terrifying) certainty: It can happen here, and what comes next will be even ghastlier than you expect.” This is a cautionary tale and call to action for all who are concerned about the future of our democracy.


Doremus Jessup: A journalist and editor of Fort Beulah’s only newspaper, The Daily Informer. His journey from a naïve liberal to resistance fighter is at the core of the play.

Lorinda Pike: A young widow who runs a tavern. She is politically outspoken and a fearless advocate for democracy.

Emma Jessup: Married to Doremus. Mother of three grown children. Wise, loyal and supportive, her family is her world.

Philip Jessup: Doremus and Emma’s son; an opportunist and  supporter of the new, fascist order.

Sissy Jessup: Doremus and Emma’s youngest daughter. Bold and courageous, she is radicalized against the rise of the demagogue Buzz Windrip and his American, fascist regime.

Mary Jessup Greenhill: A charming and vivacious woman, defined primarily by her family relationships. Daughter of Doremus and Emma. Married to Dr. Fowler Greenhill and Mother of a young son, David.

Julian Falck: A young, college educated man. He infiltrates the Windrip’s populist, paramilitary group, Minute Men. Develops a romantic relationship with Sissy Jessup.

Dr. Fowler Greenhill: A good physician and good person. Married to Mary Jessup.  He risks his life to stand up for Justice.

Shad Ledue: A bitter, “forgotten man,” whose viscous, amoral actions propel him to power in the ranks of the Windrip regime.

Buzz Windrip: A charismatic demagogue who leverages his election on fear and false promises into an American fascist dictatorship.


Brigadier General Herbert Y. Edgeways • Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch • Crowd Member 1 • Crowd Member 2 • Frank Tasbrough • R.C. Crowley • David Greenhill (Offstage) • Radio Announcer (Offstage) • Bishop Prang • Buck Titus • Man 1 • Man 2 • Man 3 • Man 4 • Man 5 • Woman 1 • Woman 2 • Minute Men (Multiple; N/S) • Private William Dooley (N/S) • Emcee • Lee Sarason • Heckler • Karl Pascal • Jaime Johnson • John Pollikop • Priest • Voice (Offstage) • Effingham Swan • Guards (Multiple; N/S) • First Minute Man • Second Minute Man • Dimick/Presidential Aide • Doctor • Voice 1 • Voice 2 • Voice 3 • Sergeant • Prison Guard • Man Moving Press 1 (N/S) • Man Moving Press 2  • Farmer 


Mamma Mia Cast List!

Congratulations to the cast of Palomar College Performing Arts Department’s production of “MAMMA MIA” opening March 6th!

First rehearsal is Sunday, December 8 from 6-8pm in the Brubeck Theatre.

Everyone is called to the first rehearsal.  If you have a conflict please contact Tony at 

Thank you to all who auditioned!



DONNA:    Lori Tinkle

SOPHIE:    Emma Tarr

TANYA:      Jadyn Ponder

ROSIE:       Jennifer Young Sager

LISA:           Rhiann Glaudini

ALI:             Kaitlyn Rogers

SAM:           Elias Questenbeng

HARRY:      Cory Young

BILL:            Connor Nolan

SKY:            Matthew Javier

PEPPER:     Christopher Eastman

EDDIE:         Luis Flores Torres

FATHER ALEXANDRIOS:  Michael Johansson



Osvaldo Rodriguez

Matthew Jackson

Dylan Winston

Michael Johansson



Camille Redman

Isabel Sica

Gabriella LeBaron

Micaela Kwiatek

Samantha McCain

Welney Huang

Zoe Daniels

Elizabeth Greenwood

More Audition Slots Added for Mamma Mia Auditions!

If you have not secured an audition time slot, come in between 1pm-4pm and we will do our best to work you in.
Mamma Mia!
Book by Catherine Johnson,
Music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Directed by Kathy Brombacher
Music Direction by Ellen Weller
Choreography by Valerie Clark
Seeking a cast of actors, singers and dancers to play age ranges from 17 to 50. All roles are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
AUDITIONS: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1-5pm (by appointment- actors sign up for a 5 minute block.To sign up for an time and for future audition notifications, click here)
DANCE CALL: 5-7pm everyone who auditions is called for a Movement/Dance call.
CALLBACKS: (by invitation) Sunday, November 24th.
At 12 noon-1pm: Dance Make-up;
From 1-3pm Vocal Callbacks, 3-5pm Readings
Here’s what you need to know to prepare for auditions:
*Bring two headshots and 2 theatrical/musical/dance resumes to the audition and fill out audition paperwork on site.
*Bring a schedule of possible conflicts with the rehearsal schedule (work, classes, etc.): you must list conflicts on the audition paperwork.
*Perform a one-minute song selected from “soft rock” hits or rock musicals is required for the audition. (You will be timed).
*Bring piano sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist
CALLBACKS will be at the invitation of the director, musical director and choreographer team members. You may be asked to sing, dance and/or read from the script and score for these callbacks.
Casting will be announced within one week of the callback auditions.
ORIENTATION MEETING: Saturday, December 7 • 2PM – 4PM
REHEARSALS begin in January and will tentatively be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 AND Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm. During tech week there is a long Sunday rehearsal. A full rehearsal schedule will be available to peruse at the auditions.
Friday, March 6 • 7PM
Saturday, March 7 • 7PM
Sunday, March 8 • 2PM
Thursday, March 12 • 4PM
Friday, March 13 • 7PM
Saturday, March 14 • 7PM
Sunday, March 15 • 2PM
All actors must attend each rehearsal specified for their character and each performance, including a possible pick-up rehearsal between performance weekends.
Actors cast in the musical will be required to register for a 2-unit class in theatre at Palomar College.
Donna Sheridan: (age around 40)
Owner of the Taverna on the Greek Island of Kalokairi, Donna is Sophie’s mother who never married; she is the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos”. A natural beauty, she works hard to keep the Taverna open and to give smart advice to her daughter; A strong rock vocalist/strong mover/actress.
Sophie Sheridan: (age around 21)
Donna’s strong-minded daughter who wants a traditional wedding (which her mother never had), and a father to walk her down the aisle. Bright and an adventuresome risk-taker, she is emotionally complex but truly loves her fiance, Sky and understands her mother’s sacrifices for her. Belt/soprano and superb dancer.
Tanya Cresham-Leigh: (age around 40)
Tanya is one of Donna’s best friends and a member of the “Dynamos”; she married into wealth a few times and has a sassy, witty, flirtatious personality. Superb rock singer/dancer/comedian.
Rosie Mulligan: (age around 40)
The third member of Donna’s Dynamos, Rosie is single, free-spirited and a renowned author. Confident, kooky and sometimes shy, she is a strong inventive comic actress. Must move well and sing confidently.
Lisa: (Age 18-25)
Sophie’s bridesmaid/ close friend; impish, impulsive; must be strong dancer – featured ensemble.
Ali: (age 18-25) Sophie’s other bridesmaid; energetic and kooky. Strong dancer/ featured ensemble.
Sam: (age around 45)
May be Sophie’s father; he left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman; successful architect; confident but out of his depth returning to Donna’s Taverna at Sophie’s invitation; an actor who sings and moves well.
Harry (age around 45) May be Sophie’s father; British financier; conservative now but loved rock and roll in his youth. Must have British accent; an actor who sings/handles comedy/ moves well.
Bill (age around 45) May be Sophie’s father: is by profession a travel writer ; has a rough charm and honesty; handles comedy well; an actor who sings/moves well.
Sky (age around 25) Sophie’s fiancé; athletic, attractive; left a successful business to help Donna with the Taverna and marry Sophie; thoughtful, sensitive ; moves and sings well. Featured ensemble.
Pepper (male, age around 25): Sky’s friend; works at Donna’s hotel; charming, loves to flirt; dances well, ideally has acrobatic skills. Featured ensemble.
Eddie (male, age around 25): Another friend to Sky/ worker at the hotel. Relaxed and helpful; strong dancer/singer.
Pastor Alexandrios: (age 40-60); a male or female ensemble member who officiates at Sophie’s wedding. Also in the ensemble as a villager/friend of the family.
Ensemble: (ages 20-45) Dynamic dancer/singers/actors with acting strengths to play Greek Islanders who are supporting Donna and Sophie as they prepare for Sophie’s wedding day.

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