Bohemian Arts to bring [title of show] to the Merc in Temecula

TEMECULA, Calif. — Bohemian Arts Presents’ inaugural live musical theatre production debuts with three performances of [title of show] at The Merc on Friday & Saturday, July 23 & 24, 2021 @ 7:00 PM and Sunday, July 25, 2021@ 2:00 PM.

All Tickets are $20 and are available at Purchase Tickets online early as there is limited seating and shows sell out quickly for The Merc (42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590), located in front of the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.


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ABOUT [title of show]: This one-act musical comedy follows Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, who hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. The show sees their trials and tribulations of putting on their own original musical with their actor friends. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to musical theatre — a uniquely American art form — and to the joy of collaboration. [title of show] is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. Note: This show is intended for audiences ages 13 and up. Due to use of adult language, viewer discretion is advised.

ABOUT Bohemian Arts: This is the first live, fully-produced musical presented by non-profit arts organization, Bohemian Arts, although The Bohemians have presented original content online throughout 2020 including Quarantine Cabaret; The Theatre Project; and 24 Hour Plays, among other arts education videos all accessible on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and YOUTUBE.

[title of show] PERFORMERS:

Boston Antunez (JEFF) is thrilled to return to the Temecula stage once again. Born and raised in Temecula, Boston appeared in numerous local theatre productions from a young age, and after a three year stint out of state, he is glad to be back with his fellow performers! Working on this production has been very gratifying and rewarding after the loss of theatre due to the pandemic. You might also recognize Boston from The Theatre Project original web series presented by Bohemian [title of show] is such a special piece of theatre and Boston is elated to share the stage with such a talented bunch in Bohemian Arts’ inaugural production. Boston is also thrilled to serve as the choreographer and a performer! He is in the process of obtaining his BFA in Musical Theatre at AMDA, Los Angeles, and he is glad to be back for the summer. Boston can’t wait to see you on opening night! Notable credits include: A Chorus Line (Bobby Mills); Bye Bye Birdie (Harry MacAfee); and Mamma Mia (Ensemble).  

Carissa Fagan (HEIDI) is so excited to be performing as Heidi in her first Bohemian Arts production. Carissa is an ambitious 21-year-old currently studying to obtain a BFA in Musical Theatre at MSJC and is transferring to California State University, Long Beach. Recent/favorite credits include Dog Sees God (CB’s Sister); All Shook Up (Miss Sandra); Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle); Tarzan (Jane); Beauty & the Beast (Belle); Bonnie and Clyde (Bonnie); and Emily in A Christmas Carol. She has a Macy Award Winner for Best Actress in a musical for Bonnie and Clyde, and has recently been nominated for three Inland Empire League Awards (ITL) for Miss Sandra in All Shook Up; Jane in Tarzan; and Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray. Carissa earned an ITL for Miss Sandra in All Shook Up. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and making her own music. Carissa is currently writing her debut album. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Christopher Romero Sosa (HUNTER) is excited to be a part of Bohemian Arts’ production of [title of show]! Some previous credits include Spring Awakening (Moritz) and Into the Woods (Jack). He is a rising senior at UCLA, studying in the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program. Christopher would like to express gratitude to the phenomenal production team along with his fellow cast members and hopes the audience enjoys the show! Instagram: @its.hipstopher

Moana Poyer (SUSAN) is excited to return to the Temecula stage as Susan! She is currently attending Pennsylvania State University with intent to graduate Spring 2022. Moana has been grateful to have worked closely with Bohemian Arts in multiple programs including Quarantine Cabaret; 24-Hour Plays; and hosting alongside Boston Antunez on an original series, The Theatre Project. Notable credits include Mean Girls: Special Edition Concert (Adult Woman Track); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti); and All Shook Up (Sylvia).

[title of show] PRODUCTION TEAM:

Sean Barnett (Director) is thrilled to be at the helm of this incredibly funny and heartwarming musical comedy. This is his first show directing and producing as Artistic Director of Bohemian Arts. As a Temecula local, Sean has directed and associate directed numerous productions such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown for Temecula Presents; and Songs For Hope for Temecula Valley Players. He has also gained numerous credits in the Southern California area as an actor with roles including: Titanic the Musical (Jack Thayer); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear); 13 the Musical (Archie); and Newsies (Crutchie). He would like to thank the entire Cast and Creatives: Victoria Patton, Michelle Gray, Boston Antunez, Moana Poyer, Mia San Angelo, Emily Schwank, @TemeculaTheater Family, and his family at Bohemian Arts for giving him the opportunity to craft this unique experience onstage.  Enjoy the show!

Victoria Patton is an experienced Music Director as well as an accomplished stage performer. She most recently appeared in Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater with Limon Carr Desert Theatricals. Old Town Temecula Community Theater credits include My Fair Lady (Eliza); Curtains (Georgia); Assassins (Squeeky); Annie (Lily); Seussical (Mayzie); and Anything Goes (Reno). Victoria is the Music Director for Temecula Valley High School’s musical productions; other local music direction credits include James and The Giant Peach; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Temecula Presents); Young Frankenstein; A Christmas Carol (Temecula Valley Players): and Jekyll and Hyde (Fine Arts Network). Victoria also teaches voice and piano.

Boston Antunez (Choreographer / JEFF) is thrilled to return to the Temecula stage once again. Born and raised in Temecula, Boston appeared in numerous local theatre productions from a young age, and after a three year stint out of state, he is glad to be back! Working on this production has been so gratifying and rewarding after the loss of theatre due to the pandemic. [title of show] has been such a gift to us all and it has been an honor and privilege to share the stage with his close friends! Not only is Boston glad to be on stage once again, he is also in the process of obtaining his BFA in Musical Theatre at AMDA Los Angeles. Notable credits include: A Chorus Line (Bobby Mills); Bye Bye Birdie (Harry MacAfee); and Mamma Mia (Ensemble).

Michelle Gray (Piano Accompanist) is very excited to be working with Bohemian Arts! Michelle studied Music at UCSD and is an accomplished pianist and keyboardist. She has music directed and accompanied numerous musical theatre productions. Favorite music director credits include Tarzan; Zombie Prom; Pippin; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; and Sweeney Todd. Michelle has worked with several Southern California regional theatre companies such as Moonlight Stage Productions, San Diego Musical Theatre, and Welk Resorts Theatre. In her spare time, Michelle teaches private piano and vocal/audition coaching lessons and creates custom soundtracks for auditioners, theatres, and choirs. Michelle dedicates each and every performance to her loves, Parker and Shirley.

Mia San Angelo (Co-Stage Manager) is truly excited to join Bohemian Arts for their first show. She has been a part of many productions both onstage and off. Her most notable acting credits include Carrie the Musical (Carrie); Evil Dead the Musical (Annie Knowby); and The Tinwoman (Sammy Borden). When it comes to working behind the scenes, Mia directed Almost Maine with the Great Oak Theatre Company and stage managed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with the Norris Performing Arts Center. She is currently earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and an Associates degree in Deaf Studies, hoping to use this knowledge in her pursuit of the arts.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Emily Schwank (Co-Stage Manager) has worked in stage management for about two years now. She previously stage managed Frozen and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and she has been an assistant stage manager for multiple other shows. She recently graduated from Chaparral High School, and has committed to UCLA. Emily would like to thank her family for always encouraging her to do what she loves. Enjoy the show!

Submitted by Bohemian Arts

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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

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