Meet Max Cadillac. I have known Max professionally for the past five years in San Diego. Our paths have crossed with me providing public relations & marketing, and with him either performing in professional theatre productions, choreographing and/or costuming…and most recently modeling as my photography subject for an action-packed, fun editorial shoot, as Max embarks on his new journey – the sky’s the limit – and seize NYC – a.k.a. The Big Apple!
This past September, our photo shoot (for his new modeling “look book”) with Max took place during the day at a cool park as well as a suburban cul-de-sac and street in the Rancho Penasquitos area of San Diego. Max posed. I snapped away.
Take a gander at Max’s photographic versatility (and read our interview Q &A which follows)!
Q & A with Max Cadillac
SJF: Max, please give us the run down…tell us where you have performed professionally
MC: I have a true love for musical theatre and have been working hard throughout my field of choice – performing, choreographing, and costuming in San Diego. I’ve performed with Cygnet Theatre (Pageant, Gypsy), Moonlight Stage Productions (The Wizard of Oz, Music Man, Big Fish), San Diego Musical Theatre (White Christmas, Sound of Music, Cats, West Side Story), and most recently in The Tragedy of Carmen with the San Diego Opera.
SJF: Besides being a dancer, you’re also a choreographer. Where have you been the creator of all things dance?
MC: Over the last year, I have expanded into costuming under the wing of costume designer Janet Pitcher.
SJF: Why NY? Does it have a special meaning for you?
MC: Though I am proud to be a native San Diegian, I’ve always felt like my home town was ‘Broadway to Bloomingdales’ in The Big Apple. My parents and family are from the tri-state area and having growing up bi-coastal going to summer camp in the Poconos, I have always loved New York the most. Not only that, but there are so many more opportunities for theater in New York than Southern California. The fantasy of moving to the city and booking the first audition sounds splendid, but the reality of planning his move to New York has been a long awaited plan since high school.
SJF: Tell us about your performing and where you have studied
MC: The drive to perform has always been there. I have attended performing arts schools since middle school. I first attended Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy before transferring to Coronado School of the Arts for high school. It was there I learned his passion could become a career, and I pursued a degree in Theater. I attended a California State University to pursue my degree, but he realized within the first month this was not the right program for me. So within that first semester, I applied, auditioned, and was accepted into AMDA in Los Angeles for musical theatre. It was a program that mainly focused on acting, singing, dancing, and allowing their students to explore many aspects of the performance world on and off stage.
SJF: What was one of your favorite roles?
MC: Everyday is another chance to create and perform, but I really enjoyed my most recent performance as Lillas Pastia in the San Diego Opera’s The Tragedy of Carmen. The creative team wanted to make a whole new vision for the classic opera, so with only six cast members, sets and costumes spanning many different decades, and direction like no one has seen before, It was a true collaboration of artists working together to feature the best of their talents. And although my character did not have any songs or dialogue, I threw myself into the physicality of the character. To quote the lead of Carmen herself, she wrote me a lighthearted opening night letter saying “Thank you for stealing my show. Now own it” and that is exactly what I did. The recreation of a classic role is something I am extremely invested in, always trying to adapt and tell a relatable story for the audience, and one day I hope to originate a role in a musical, play, opera, or film. Any medium that gives actors the freedom to shape and mold a character like that sounds like a dream role to me, and I would even love to write my own musicals and movies in order to ensure true artistic freedom.
SJF: Dream roles?
MC: I have many! Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone, Molina in Kiss of The Spiderwoman, Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and an all time favorite from the first musical I ever saw on Broadway one day playing Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.
SJF It’s been a pleasure Max. Anything else you’d like to share?
MC: On a personal note, I’d would like to thank you, Susan for all of your support, love, and laughter working together over the past 5 years and would like to leave your readers with this thought; If you love something, Do Not let it go! Hold onto whatever drives your passion, and love what you do. Theater, like the world can seem very small at times, but never limit yourself within your chosen field and always remember it is much more fulfilling to focus on the journey than the finish line.
SJF: Best wishes on your journey to the BIG APPLE!
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San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) “The LOCAL way to see Broadway”, announces the first production of their 2015 season, WEST SIDE STORY, February 13 – March 1, 2015 (press opening on Saturday, February 14) at their new home, the Spreckels Theatre on Broadway in downtown San Diego.
The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and Book by Arthur Laurents.
PRODUCTION TEAM: Director: James Vasquez; Choreography: Randy Slovacek; Musical Director: Don LeMaster; Lighting Designer: Amanda Zieve; Costume Coordinator: Janet Pitcher; Production Manager: Bret Young; Stage Manager: Stanley Cohen.
JAMES VASQUEZ (Director) ) is happy to return to San Diego Musical Theatre after directing last year’s CATS at the North Park Theatre. He has directed Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre for the last 5 years, while restaging the original choreography for the last 12 years. Also at the Globe, he directed Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, served as Associate Director of Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy, and provided musical staging for Boeing-Boeing and the 2013 Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He received San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas and the West Coast premiere of [title of show] (Diversionary Theatre) and won the award in 2010 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include Marry Me a Little, Birds of a Feather, Pippin, and Next Fall (Diversionary), and Pageant, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet), as well as developmental workshops at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. Mr. Vásquez is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures. His film, Ready? OK!, won the Best Film award at Seattle, North Carolina, and San Diego film festivals. Daisy 3’s latest feature film, That’s What She Said, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama.
RANDY SLOVACEK (Choreographer) returns to San Diego after choreographing the acclaimed SDMT production of Chicago The Musical (San Diego Theater Critics Award nomination) in 2013. His choreography has been seen across the country, from the 11,000 seat Muny Theater in St. Louis to 99 seat off-Broadway theaters in NYC. Credits include choreographing the National touring company of Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing; the world premiere of Plane Crazy off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre; and regional productions of A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song, Sweet Charity, and Chicago the Musical among others. He has contributed choreography for star-studded benefit performances such as Lerner, Loewe, Lane & Friends for the S.T.A.G.E. benefit in Los Angeles; Donna McKechnie In Concert in NYC; One Singular Sensation celebrating the genius of Michael Bennett in Kansas City; and Olivia Newton-John’s Grace and Gratitude concert based on her celebrated CD of the same name. Thanks to husband Michael for love and support.
DON LE MASTER (Musical Director/Conductor) A native of San Diego, Don has been a working musician in the world of theatre for 30 years. He has been the resident musical director for SDMT, since its inception. He has musically directed and conducted many shows: A Christmas Carol, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Cabaret (San Diego Rep), American Rhythm, Boomers (Lamb’s Players), Superstar, Once On This Island, Ragtime and 1776 – Ovation nomination (Performance Riverside), and many others at Moonlight, Cygnet, Starlight, South Bay Cities, North Coast Rep and McCoy Rigby. The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, honored Don with an Outstanding Musical Direction Craig Noel award for the Full Monty and just recently The Sound of Music. Don performs at Martini’s Above Fourth with the fabulous Ria Carey and a solo gig at The Imperial House. “Without music my life would be a mistake.”
WEST SIDE STORY CAST –
Jacob Caltrider* (Tony); Jessica Soza (Maria); Kikau Alvaro* (Bernardo);
Natalie Nucci* (Anita); Jeffrey Scott Parsons* (Riff)
*Member of Actors Equity Association
SDMT West Side Story Cast;
Top, Left to Right : Jacob Caltrider, Jessica Soza, Kikau Alvaro; Bottom Center: Natalie Nucci, Bottom Right: Jeffrey Scott Parsons
JACOB CALTRIDER* (Tony) is thankful and proud to be making his debut with San Diego Musical Theatre! Selected Credits include: Spring Awakening, Assassins, Parade, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors,Sweeney Todd and The History Boys– Cygnet Theatre; Marry Me A Little, Harmony Kansas, Twist, Yank! and The Daddy Machine – Diversionary Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Christmas Carol – North Coast Repertory Theatre; An American Christmas, Les Misérables, Twelfth Night and The Festival of Christmas – Lamb’s Players; How The Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Rocky Horror Show – The Old Globe.
JESSICA SOZA (Maria) “Jessica Soza’s bell-clear Soprano and natural grace manages to win from the first minute to the viewers.” (Iris Moebius, Broadway World Germany). Having toured Europe last year as MARIA in the International Tour of West Side Story, Jessica is grateful to return home to Southern California and make her U.S. Debut in the role with SDMT. She performed to sold-out houses in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Israel, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland and London where she made her West End debut. Jessica gives thanks to God and her family for their undying love and support. www.jessicasoza.com
NATALIE NUCCI* (Anita) Broadway/National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (u/s Christine , Jolene, Muriel); Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl, u/s Mary) Hollywood Bowl: Sondheim 75th Birthday Tribute (West Side Story/Sweeney Todd ), Music Man. Reprise Theatre: Strike Up The Band, Kismet, On The Town, Applause!, The Most Happy Fella, Anything Goes. SDMT: Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie). Welk Resort: West Side Story (Anita), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Chicago (Velma), Anything Goes (Reno). Love to my Family. CSUN’s Peter Grego: you cast me in WSS as Jet and Shark—YOU dared us: “leave our guts on stage”; permanently lighting my fire: thank you.
JEFFREY SCOTT PARSONS* (Riff) “What a pleasure to do one of my favorite musicals with one of my favorite theatre companies.” Jeff is known to San Diego audiences for his portrayals of Phil Davis in White Christmas, Skimbleshanks in Cats (SDMT), Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Bobby Child in Crazy for You (Moonlight Amphitheatre), as well as his appearances in Romance/Romance and Dames at Sea (NCRT). With Musical Theatre Guild in Los Angeles, he’s been in Triumph of Love, Sweet Smell of Success, and Wonderful Town. He’s a loyal member of AEA and holds a degree from BYU. Follow him on Twitter @jeffreysparsons Love to the fam!
KIKAU ALVARO* (Bernardo) SDMT debut! He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Favorites: Les Miserables, (Grantaire); Chicago, (The Jury); The Full Monty, (Keno); and the 50th Anniversary production of Flower Drum Song. In addition to performing, Kikau is a director, choreographer, and teacher. Upcoming projects: The Great American Trailer Park Musical (SDSU) and All Shook Up (San Diego Junior Theatre). Proud member of AEA! Thank you to Derrick. Follow Kikau on twitter and instagram: @kikautown.
*Member of Actors Equity Association
Danielle Airey, Kevin Aquino, Max Cadillac, Hanz Enyeart, Manny Fernandes, Meagan Flint, Jay Gamboa, Devon Hadsell, Siri Hafso, Danny Hansen, Jenny Henkel, Krysty Hernandez, Andrew J. Koslow, Danielle Levas, Jacob Narcy, Joy Newbegin, Leah Roth, RC Sands, Ernest Sauceda, Taylor Simmons, Joshua LaMonte Switzer, Diana Vaden, Eric von Metzke, Andrea Williams and Dan Windham.
TICKET INFORMATION: Single tickets for SDMT’s production of WEST SIDE STORY are $35.00, $45.00, $55.00 and $65.00. Children 16 and under save $10. There are discounts for Seniors and Students. Equity and Actor’s Alliance may purchase up to 2 tickets at half price. Group discounts for parties of 10 or more are available by calling the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. For individual tickets contact the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740 or visit SDMT online at www.sdmt.org.
SCHEDULE: WEST SIDE STORY show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. There is parking in the Spreckels garage and the NBC Building. Both are accessed via Broadway Circle.
For more information and tickets call San Diego Musical Theatre’s Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. The San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office is located at 4652 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111. Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Tickets purchased through the Spreckels Box Office are through Ticket Master.
San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) is an award-winning, nonprofit theater company that seeks to bring vibrant musical theatre to the San Diego community. The mission of SDMT is to impact audiences by producing a range of classic and contemporary musical productions that engage and enhance the overall theatre experience. By partnering with professional actors, musicians, and technicians SDMT infuses momentum and energy into one of the only true American art forms. SDMT’s vision is to create an environment where high-quality musical theatre thrives in San Diego for generations to come. San Diego Musical Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.