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The Wayward Artist Presents

ORDINARY DAYS

Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon

Directed by Brooke Aston

Music Direction by Stephen Hulsey

Stage Managed by Jenelle Huck

In collaboration with The Frida Cinema

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Michael Serna, John McQuay, and Costa Mesa Playhouse! John Spiak, Tracey Gayer, and Grand Central Art Center, Bob West and CSUF, Department of Theatre and Dance

Director's Note

Thank you for giving your time to our production of Ordinary Days, a filmed presentation of a theatrical event. In analyzing the show, the theme that struck me, again and again, was that of collective trauma. When an entire society is faced with a tragedy or traumatic events like the Challenger explosion, the Rodney King beatings, or a global pandemic what does that experience do to us as individuals? As our composer paraphrases “Beautiful Comes from Reflection”. I appreciate how this show allows us to explore the current experience of living through a global pandemic by reflecting it in another collective trauma that left an indelible mark on our society. This production is dedicated to the memory of Michael Gallardo, a friend, and Orange County Theater community member who passed away from COVID in December 2020.  

I would also like to thank The Wayward Artists, Craig Tyrl, and the board for asking me to helm this project. It has truly allowed me to intersect the skills I have happened upon in isolation with my love of the theater. Our designers Mauri, Natalie, Lauren, Sarah, Rin, and Cam not only met the needs of this production but each took every opportunity to be “extra” with everything they were responsible for. I love EXTRA! Thank you -to Maya; to our incredibly dedicated cast; to Sydney, who brought her keen eye and knowledge; and to Stephen and Jenelle who brought an expectation of excellence to absolutely everything. This has been such a joy.

- Brooke Aston

Cast

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Joslynn Cortes

Claire

Joslynn Cortes is super excited to be making her Wayward Artist debut as Claire in Ordinary Days! Joslynn is based in Los Angeles, California but she will always be a Jersey girl at heart. Since receiving her BFA from AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts NY/LA, she toured the caribbean as a Specialty Vocalist on Celebrity Cruises, performed in countless virtual cabarets due to the pandemic and has been featured on synth pop band Coleurs album as a featured vocalist and writer. Some of her favorite performances include Eva Peron (Evita), Queen Aggravain (Once Upon A Mattress), Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones the Musical), Fiber (Nick Nutrition and his Wonder Dog Fiber [Tour]), Katisha (The Hot Mikado) and Fermina (Man of La Mancha). Alongside her passion for performing, Joslynn also teaches voice through her own business, Vocal Love. Vocal Love specializes in affordable, custom voice lessons that aim to build confidence, knowledge and maintenance of one’s voice! Joslynn would like to thank The Wayward Artist, Brooke and the entire creative team behind this production for such an incredible opportunity! Muchísimas Gracias a Dios, mi familia y mi amor!

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Allen Everman

Jason

Regional credits include:  Leo Frank in PARADE *Ovation nomination (Chance Theater), Jerry in THE FULL MONTY (3D Theatricals), Tateh in RAGTIME (Candlelight Pavilion), The Baker in INTO THE WOODS (Lewis Family Playhouse), and Bobby in COMPANY (IVRT).  Off stage, Allen works as a professional musical director/conductor and pianist.  His most recent MD credit is THE SECRET GARDEN at 3D Theatricals in Cerritos.  In addition to having musically directed over 50 musicals throughout Southern CA, Allen serves as musical coordinator for St. Dorothy’s Parish in Glendora and is a member of the Citrus College music faculty.  Love to ‘M’! 

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Kimberly Tiongco

Deb

Kimberly is completely overjoyed to be back in the theater and making beautiful art! She holds a BA in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton. Her favorite credits include: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier), Les Misérables (The Factory Girl), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West/ Miss Gulch), Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie), and All Shook Up (Miss Sandra). Kimberly would like to thank this wonderful production and creative team for this opportunity and would also like to thank this amazing cast for their brilliance. Lastly, she wishes to thank her family and friends for their continuous love and support throughout this crazy journey. @kimmieanne

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David Albulario

Warren

DAVID ALBULARIO began singing at his grandfather’s church in Ojai. As a kid, he toured with The All-American Boys Chorus throughout Europe and the U.S., and in high school earned a “Best Actor” MACY Award. David studied music with the late Paul Salamunovich, Artistic Director of the L.A. Master Chorale; and at California State University Fullerton, with Dr. Vance Wolverton and John Alexander. David was Music Director of The All-American Boys Chorus for 10 years, and directed them for the Hollywood Bowl, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Shrine Auditorium, the Crystal Cathedral, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the William Hall Master Chorale, the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, Disneyland, and Walt Disney World. He produced and directed musical revues: “Voices Unbound & Unplugged,” “Ren & Friends,” and “In Harmony” (which featured Ordinary Daysdirector, Brooke Aston!). He has appeared in productions at New York City’s Lincoln Center, San Jose Repertory Theater, Second Generation, and directed the play President Horn at DreamCatcher Productions in NYC. He now serves as resident artist for Chris Wade Music Productions, and as Artistic Director of New Heights Productions in Santa Ana. Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, and Renée! 

Creative Team

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Brooke Aston

Director

Brooke Aston is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton's Musical Theater program, and performs and directs variety and theater, along with singing acapella and in bands. She began traveling as a performer at the age of 16, and has called California, New York, and Las Vegas her home while touring, doing regional theater, working on cruise ships, and singing in bands. Her long performance career has been dotted with opportunities to direct, write, and produce many variety shows, including a cabaret with the 5th National Tour of All Shook Up, Ruby Lewis' Blue Eyed Soul with Broadway Knights, a fundraiser at Tuacahn Performing Arts, and her own headliner shows. She recently directed The Wizard of Oz at Mysterium and All Shook Up for Southgate Productions in Brea, CA. Performance experience includes a national tour of All Shook Up, visiting Bulda at Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, multiple appearances at The Hollywood Bowl, and opening for bands like The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. She has experience on camera as the host of a daily morning show, in web series, and has participated in and produced numerous media projects during the pandemic. She strives to facilitate her collaborators' process through empathy, encouragement, and clarity both in vision and communication.

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Sydney Fitzgerald

Video Editor

is grateful to bring this amazing story to light through the many roles she plays at The Wayward Artist. Sydney started at The Wayward Artist as a Resident Stage Manager and now currently works as the Company Production Manager. Sydney is also the Artistic Director at Sproutin’ Studio, a local media production company dedicated to creating content with students and young artists for auditions, reels, websites, and personal projects. 
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Mauri Anne Smith

Scenic Designer

Mauri Anne Smith was delighted to work on the set design for Ordinary Days!  Not only was it her first design for The Wayward Artist but it was her first project since Covid-19 shut down theatres last year!

Mauri earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University, where she was recognized by the Kennedy Center for her set design of Step On A Crack. She then went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts from California State University Fullerton. Since then, she has been designing and teaching around Orange County. Mauri is forever grateful to have found a home here at The Wayward Artist.

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Stephen Hulsey

Music Director

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Jenelle Huck

Stage Manager

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Lauren Zuiderveld

Sound Designer

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Sarah Amaya

Costume Designer

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Rin Mizumoto

Lighting Designer

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Camille Roberts

Assistant Lighting Designer

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Natalie Silva

Properties Designer

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Maya Braunwarth

Assistant Stage Manager

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