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2009-2010 Season

Year in Review


Summary Mainstage • 7 Shows (1 Subscriber-Only) • 2 Comedies, 3 Dramas, 2 Musicals • 3 World Premieres • 21,207 Paid Admissions • 2,113 Subscribers • 171 Performances


Summary Education and Outreach Programs for Youth • 2 Student Matinees (Trying and Doubt) • 4 Summer Camps/Presentations (1 World Premiere) Students Ages 6 - 22 - Stinky Feet Theatre Project - Musical Theatre Camp - Theatre Camp - Acting Intensive • 17 Public Performances • 70% of Students on Full or Partial Scholarship • 3,555 Attendees


Summary Education and Outreach Programs for Youth and Adults • 10 After-School and Weekend Class Programs for Youth and Adults - Fall 2009 – 3 Sessions - Spring 2010 – 5 Sessions - Summer 2010 – 2 Sessions

• 181 Participants • Wednesday “Talkback” Series – 14 Post-Show Discussions with Attendees


Summary Artists and Artisans Contracted (Seasonal) • 45 Actors (30 Adults/15 Children) • 10 Musicians • 10 Directors and Choreographers • 28 Designers • 76 Crew


Summary Volunteer Auxiliary Events • 5 Grandes Dames Luncheons and Holiday Boutique - Pierpont Inn, Ventura (October, 2009) - Courtyard Marriott, Oxnard (December, 2009 Holiday Boutique) - Topa Tower Club, Oxnard – (February, 2010 Valentine’s Event with Spouses or Friends), - Four Points by Sheraton Ventura, (April, 2010) - Marriott Ventura Beach (July, 2010)

• Evening Fashion Show • 705 Attendees • “Calendar Girls” Project - 2,000 Sold


Summary Jewel Club • Director’s Previews with Coffee and Desserts in Private Homes - Host Steve Snyder (October, 2009) - Lois and Roy Fischman (March, 2010) - Lynn and Al Geller (April, 2010)

• Table Reading/Designer Presentation (Jan. 2010) • Interview with Playwright Quinn Sosna-Spear - Hosts by Jan and Hal Wasserman (April, 2010)

• Private Performance with Irish Actor Conor Lovett - Steve Snyder (June, 2010)

• 240 Attendees


Special Events

Summary

• Broadway Cabaret with Stars of Phantom of the Opera Teri Bibb and Davis Gaines • 382 Attendees • Patron Trip to New York Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2010 • 40 Attendees • Opening Night Galas Hosted by Marriott Ventura Beach, Randy Encinas and Doug Halter, My Florist Café, Four Points Sheraton, Rod Houck, Island Packers, Milano’s, Tutti’s, and The Greek at the Harbor


The Season Daddy Long Legs (World Premiere)

October 14 – November 8, 2009


Daddy Long Legs Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon Book by John Caird Based on the Novel by Jean Webster Directed by John Caird Starring Robert Adelman Hancock and Megan McGinnis Set and Costume Design by David Farley Lighting Design by Paul Toben Sound Design by Jonathan Burke Original Cast CD Produced by Paul Gordon and Rubicon Theatre Company


Daddy Long Legs "Skillful storytelling, enticing songs and superb performances..." - The Independent "One of the most enthralling, entertaining and moving love stories I've seen on the American musical theatre stage." - LA Stage Scene "...betwitchingly conveys the rushes of young love." - Variety


Daddy Long Legs â€œâ€Śa completely winning performance by Megan McGinnis. Hancock brings a romantic dapperness to Jervis " - Los Angeles Times "Glows with life-affirming spirit...the stars are aligned for success!" - Ventura County Star "Caird has written a gorgeous, remarkably fluid adaptation...Gordon's wonderfully melodic songs cut straight to the heart. An unqualified success!" - Montecito Journal


Daddy Long Legs Title Sponsors Sandra and Jordan Laby and San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts Barbara Meister and Barbara Automotive Group Co-Sponsors Shelley and Rick Bayer Elise and Bill Kearney Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Time Warner Cable Ventura County Star


The Season A Rubicon Family Christmas (World Premiere)

December 2 – December 27, 2009


A Rubicon Family Christmas Conceived and Directed by Brian McDonald Musical Direction and Arrangements by Gerald Sternbach Starring Joan Almedilla, Dina Bennett, Teri Bibb, Trey Ellett, Anthony Manough, Brian Sutherland , and a Chorus of Local Young People


A Rubicon Family Christmas Set Design by Brian McDonald Lighting Design by Brian McDonald Sound Design by Jonathan Burke Costume Coordination by Sheryl Jo Bedal


A Rubicon Family Christmas

“A tuneful stocking stuffer…a holiday revue packed with musical cheer.” – Ventura County Star

“…the best and brightest live ‘Holiday Special’ in town… splendid performances and marvelous music. “The Rubicon is THE place to go for music of the season.” –Stage Scene LA


A Rubicon Family Christmas “A Christmas show not to be missed! You may come in as a Scrooge, but you’ll go out filled with the spirit of Christmas Present . Until the stirring ‘Ave Maria’ by Teri Bibb (it probably rang out up and down Ventura’s Main Street) brought tears to the eyes of the enthralled hushed audience, it was roaring laughter and loud cheering all the way. The cast entertained from the rousing opening medley to the rousing closing number.” - The Breeze


A Rubicon Family Christmas Title Sponsors Loretta and Mike Merewether Co-Sponsors Marriott Ventura Beach Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Time Warner Cable Ventura County Star


The Season Doubt January 27 – February 21, 2010


Doubt Written By John Patrick Shanley Directed by Jenny Sullivan

Starring Joseph Fuqua, Lauren Patten, Collette Porteous and Robin Pearson Rose Set Design by Alan E. Muraoka Lighting Design by Jeremy Pivnick Sound Design by Kenneth Hobbs Costume Design by Pamela Shaw Production Stage Manager Kathleen M. Parsons


Doubt

“Porteous is joltingly real as a mother who protects her son in her own powerful way. An intelligent, nuanced actor, Fuqua blends the contradictions well. Rubicon's Doubt will leave audiences pondering the many shades of uncertainty.” – Ventura County Star


Doubt “ A stunning Doubt at the Rubicon.” – - Casa Magazine “This taut, compelling production of Shanley’s thought-provoking 2004 play is a reminder of how great drama can help us face the maddening ambiguities of life.” - Santa Barbara Independent


Doubt Title Sponsors Janet and Mark Goldenson Artist Underwriter Dr. Norma Beck Opening Night Gala Sponsors Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Four Points Sheraton Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Time Warner Cable Ventura County Star


The Season Trying March 11 – April 4, 2010


Trying Written by Joanna McClelland Glass Directed by Jenny Sullivan Starring Winslow Corbett and Robin Gammell

Set and Costume Design by Thomas S. Giamario Costume Design by Catherine A. Parrott Sound Design by David Beaudry Prop Designer T. Theresa Scarano Production Stage Manager Kathleen M. Parsons


Trying “Trying, and sweetly succeeding. With Trying, the Rubicon’s Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil demonstrate yet again why the pulse of art remains so essential in our lives.” - Ventura County Reporter “…leading roles brought to vivid life by the real life father-daughter team of Robin Gammell and Winslow Corbett. The Rubicon’s production, superbly directed by Jenny Sullivan, is a welcome reminder not only of what great roles Glass has created for two gifted actors, but also of just what a fine piece of playwriting Trying is.” - Stage Scene LA


Trying Title Sponsors Loretta and Mike Merewether Micheline and Albert Sakharoff Co-Sponsor Sheeler Moving and Storage Community Sponsor Nancy and Richard Francis

Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Ventura County Star


The Season Crimes of the Heart April 21 – May 16, 2010


Crimes of the Heart Written by Beth Henley Directed by James O’Neil Starring Tasha Ames, Faline England, Kara Revel, Jason Chanos, Ross Hellwig and Tina Van Berckelaer Set and Lighting Design by Thomas S. Giamario Costume Design by Marcy Froehlich Sound Design by Karyl Lynn Burns and Kenneth Hobbs Prop Design by T. Theresa Scarano Production Stage Manager Linda M. Tross


Crimes of the Heart “A sparkling new production of this modern classic.” – The Independent A fine revival. - Stage Mage “The play is peppered with grains of eccentricity, extending from Thomas S. Giamario’s effective set to nonstop gab and quirky bits of business. Henley’s [play] packs a lot of humor into the old kitchen.” – Ventura County Star Indy Award for Direction James O’Neil Indy Award for Acting Faline England


Crimes of the Heart Title Sponsors Lori and Dr. Richard Reisman Co-Sponsors Hilford Moving and Storage Helen Yunker Community Sponsors Roto-Rooter E.J. Harrison & Sons/Harrison Industries Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Ventura County Star


The Season In All Honesty (World Premiere)

June 2 – 13, 2010


In All Honesty Written by Quinn Sosna-Spear Directed by Devin Scott Starring Dan Gunther, Robert Lesser, Nancy Nufer, Carla Tassara, Wesley Gerard-Ozer and Zander Young

Set Design by David King Lighting Design by Tim Christianson Costume Design by Ellen Sheppard Sound Design by Steven Burkholder Rop Design by T. Theresa Scarano Production Stage Manager Kathleen M. Parsons


In All Honesty “An engaging coming-of-age comedy with some quirky twists, the well-cast show plays to the strengths of promising you playwright Quinn Sosna-Spear in her professional debut. “ –Los Angeles Times “A collaboration between a gifted young Santa Barbara writer and a group of very talented local actors.” – The Independent

“…directed with a deft touch by Devin Scott. Playwright Sosna-Spear is heading off to USC to major in screenwriting. Remember the name.” – Ventura County Star


In All Honesty MEDIA SPONSORS Gold Coast Broadcasting Time Warner Cable Ventura County Star


The Season Tea at Five August 25 – September 19, 2010


Tea at Five Written by Matthew Lombardo Directed by Jenny Sullivan Starring Stephanie Zimbalist

Set Design by Neil Prince Lighting Design by J. Kent Inasy Costume Design by MarcyFroehlich Prop Design by T. Theresa Scarano Production Stage Manager Heather Verhoef


Tea at Five “Five Stars for T ea at Five. Once again, the Rubicon has hit a home run. Zimbalist gives a powerful and polished performance." – Ventura Breeze “Zimbalist is vigorous and amusing as the early Hepburn, she is equally compelling as the aging Hepburn of the second act. Zimbalist has got the moves and the moxie down pat.” – Ventura County Star “In Jenny Sullivan's impeccably staged revival, Zimbalist is at the top of her game…captivating!” — Los Angeles Times


Tea at Five Title Sponsors Janet and Mark Goldenson Marriott Ventura Beach Artist Underwriter Anonymous

Opening Night Gala Sponsors Polaras LLC The Greet at the Harbor Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Time Warner Cable Ventura County Star


Co-Producers Daddy Long Legs TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, Ohio Michael Jackowitz David Elzer

In All Honesty The Good Company Mentor Theatre Company


Tours Daddy Long Legs

• The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California

• Northlight Theatre, Skokie, Illinois • La Mirada Theatre, La Mirada, California (McCoy-Rigby Entertainment)

• Laguna Playhouse, Laguna, California • Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, Florida (Second Company)

Booking Agent for Next Season •Gary McAvay, CAMI Theatricals, New York


Major Annual Sponsors Season Sponsors Janet and Mark Goldenson Sandra and Jordan Laby Barbara Meister and Barber Automotive Group Loretta and Mike Merewether Micheline and Albert Sakharoff Hotel Sponsors Marriott Ventura Beach

Media Sponsors Gold Coast Broadcasting Time Warner Cable Ventura County Star


Education Outreach • Student Matinees

Study Guides Classroom Visits Talkbacks •Classes for Adults •Classes for Young People •Wednesday Evening Talkbacks


Summer Youth Camps and Performance Opportunities Theatre Camp Dates June 21 – July 6, 2010 Ages 9 - 14

Directed by Brian McDonald Musical Direction by Thom Culcasi 3 Performances July 5-6, 2010 1 Special Performance for Boys and Girls Clubs Sponsored by Marion Witte and the Angel Heart Foundation Sponsored by Jan and Hal Wasserman


Summer Youth Programs and Performance Opportunities Acting Intensive Ages 14 – 22 Camp Dates June 21 – July 18, 2010

4 Performances July 15 – 18, 201 0 Sponsored by Dr. Norma Beck


Summer Youth Programs and Performance Opportunities Musical Theatre Camp Ages 14 – 22 Camp Dates July 12 – August 15, 2010

Book by Cheri Steinkellner New Music and Arrangements by Georgia Stitt Directed by Brian McDonald Musical Direction by Thom Culcasi Choreography by Carolanne Marano 10 Performances August 6 15, 2010 1 Open Dress Rehearsal for Underserved Audiences Underwritten by Marion Witte and Angel Heart Foundation


Hello!, My Baby (World Premiere)


Hello!, My Baby


Hello!, My Baby Title Sponsors Loretta and Mike Merewether/Merewether Community Fund* Co-Sponsors Barbara Meister and Barber Automotive Group Marion Witte and the Angel Heart Foundation

*Administered by Ventura County Community Foundation


Kids for Kids Benefit August 16, 2010

The 2nd Annual Kids for Kids Benefit Concert A Fundraiser for Rubicon Youth Programs


Awards and Recognition Los Angeles Drama Critics‘ Circle Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence”

Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards - 5 Nominations Angela Goethals , Featured Actress, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Joe Spano, Leading Actor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Lillias White, Leading Actress in a Musical, The Best is Yet to Come Billy Stritch, Musial Director, The Best is Yet to Come Best Season (1 of only 5 in Southern California) -New Artistic Directors Invited to Present at Ovation Awards Ceremony


Awards and Recognition Indy Awards - 5 Awards James O’Neil, Director, Crimes of the Heart Faline England, Actress, Crimes of the Heart David Zippel, Director, The Best is Yet to Come Lillias White, Actress, The Best is Yet to Come Megan McGinnis, Actress, Daddy Long Legs


Awards and Recognition Ventura County Reporter “Best of Ventura County” – 4 Awards Best Theatre Best Show 1st Place Daddy Long Legs 2nd Place Fiddler on the Roof 3rd Place – tie for Doubt


Exhibition A Trio of Designers • Research, conceptual discussions, video interviews, drawings, models, photographs and designs for Rubicon by and about Costume Designer Marcy Froehlich, Scenic and Lighting Designer Thomas S. Giamario, and Prop Designer/Set Dresser T. Theresa Scarano. • Curated by Alicia Maris of Kiboke Designworks


Board and Community Leadership • Renegotiated mortgage on building - monthly payment at lower level • Task Force - local business leaders provided input and advice related to model • Two new board members – - Jeffrey P. Smith and - Barbara Meister


Capacity Building • CBP Project Supported by Irvine Foundation Arts Regional Initiative • Managing Director duties split between new Interim MD/CFO Patricia Baldwin and Development Associate Amber Landis • Box Office Upgrade Complete - 39% of Single Ticket Sales Online - Less Staff Time/Reduced Hours • Ongoing Administrative Training through TCC • Strategic Business Plan –process to be complete by end of year


Finance • 2-Year Turnaround Plan to Eliminate Debt Implemented • Completed First-Year of Plan on Track and Reduced Debt by more than 50% ($490,000) (End of Fiscal Year September 30) • Fulfilled Commitment to Subscribers for Pre-Paid Shows • Final FY End Report to Board at October Meeting


Marketing and Sales • Focus on Web Based Marketing, Grass-Roots Promotions and Press, with Some Direct Mail • Regular E-mail Communications with Patrons • Paid Attendance by Show

- Daddy Long Legs

3,307

$117,692

- A Rubicon Family Christmas - Doubt - Crimes of the Heart - Trying - In All Honesty - Tea at Five

3,484 2,520 3,049 2,908 2,284 3,558 21,110

$124,355 $ 86,077 $114,787 $104,223 $ 72,964 $132,752 $752,850


Geographical Information % ATTENDEES BY AREA (SUBSCRIBERS AND SINGLE TICKET BUYERS) West Ventura County East Ventura County Ventura County Total Los Angeles Santa Barbara CA Other Out of State Out of Country

60.21% 9.72% 69.93% 15.4% 8.17% 2.96% 2.75% .05%

28,375 Active Single Ticket Buyers and Subscribers in Database


Geographical Information % DONORS BY AREA

West Ventura County East Ventura County Ventura County Total

69.79% 7.82% 77.61%

Los Angeles Santa Barbara CA Other Out of State Out of Country

9.08% 5.85% 2.89% 4.58% .02%

5,132 Active Donors in Database


In Memorium

Dorie Alvarez, Volunteer and Friend Ruth Davidson, Subscriber, Contributor and Friend Rojean Disparte, Actress (The Boys Next Door) Mary Gloisten, Subscriber, Contributor and Friend


In Memorium Harold Gould, Actor (Old Wicked Songs, Defying Gravity, Tuesdays with Morrie) “Men must endure their going hence, even as their coming hither” – William Shakespeare, King Lear


In Memorium

David “Spanky” Reynoso, Hair and Makeup Designer, Actor (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me) Beverly Stuart, Volunteer Crew Member, Usher and Friend


Year in Review 2009-2010 Season