Fountain of Youth

February 9, 2009 4:20:12 PM PST
Get rejuvenated with the cast of the new musical, "Fountain of Youth."

About the show:
One drink can change everything. And not in the way you expect.

After an unwitting sip from the Fountain of Youth, two Florida retirees suddenly become young and gorgeous...with grown grandchildren, elderly neighbors and decades of shared history. Follow these unlikely heroes on a comic journey through fresh temptations, unexpected opportunities and hard choices-plus interference from a lovestruck sprite. It's a refreshing take on what it means to be young, old, or both. Join us for a workshop production of a new musical comedy for the whole family.

Hoover Theater
Rose Garden District, San Jose.
February 12 - 22, 2009


R.C. Staab (Lyricist, Librettist, Producer), since moving to San Francisco several years ago, has had his musical, RM3 (with music by pop composer Ben Folds) produced at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2007 and The Union of Socialist San Francisco produced at the Phoenix Theatre in 2006. In April of this year, he is collaborating with Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrmann on a fully staged workshop production of a new musical, Shadows of Pompeii in conjunction with 42nd Street Moon Theatre at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco. He has written several short theater pieces, is a regular contributor at a local writers group and has written for newspapers and magazines. Thanks to his lovely wife, Valari, whom he promises to spend more time after the play's run is over and the next one in April.

Isaac Benelli (Tristan) is a Bay Area local. He studied jazz voice and music at De Anza College and then Classical voice for three years at San Francisco State. In the last year he performed at AMTSJ (Beauty and the Beast) and City Lights Theater Company (Rapunzel). His favorite role performed to date has been Tony in West Side Story. He would like to thank, with all his heart, his wife Sarah and his son Julian. Without their support none of what he has accomplished would be possible.

Sarah Aili (Young Emma) is delighted to work with this talented crew of folks in Fountain of Youth. Ms. Aili has appeared on stages around the Bay Area including Foothill Summer Theatre in The Pajama Game (Babe Williams), Broadway By the Bay in Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and has worked with TheatreWorks in Saint X, Grey Gardens, and Merrily We Roll Along and with The Berkeley Repertoire Theatre in The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, and To the Lighthouse. She earned her B.F.A. with San Francisco State University and has trained with the San Francisco Academy for the Performing Arts, American Conservatory Theatre, Mills College, American Musical Theatre Art Institute and CalArts.

Michael O'Dell, (Music Director/ Pianist/ Arranger), is a former Berklee College of Music student (jazz studies) and a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland (Bachelor of Music Degree in composition). Michael has music directed, accompanied, arranged, conducted, and composed for a plethora of shows (musicals and cabarets) in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tampa areas. Among his favorites gigs: Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, On The Town, A Little Night Music, A New Brain, and Last Call (the new George Furth/Doug Katsaros musical) and the west coast premiere of Meshuggah-Nuns with Director/ Writer/ Composer Danny Goggin.

Now based in NYC, Michael just served a Music Director/ Pianist/ Arranger for Louise Van's cabaret show, The Diva From Down Unde" at Don't Tell Mama and the The Duplex where he had two of his cabaret songs premiered by Ms. Van. This past fall had the premiere of Michael and Christopher Bell's 10-minute musical comedy, An American Musical, at Center Stage NYC. In August 2008, he and Kristen Caven had staged reading of their fairy tale-based musical, The Souls of Her Feet (the first part of the musical trilogy, Shoes, a Mirror and Big Pink Rose) in NYC. Michael composes video greeting cards for the San Francisco-based company, The Hi Note. When in NYC, Michael is the featured jazz pianist at Alta Voce Italian Restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Right now, Michael is also working on the premiere of his new one-act musical, A Curious Thing, at Center Stage NYC on February 10th, 2009. Michael also notates/ transcribes music for clients and drinks Peets coffee.