Altar Boyz

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Promotional image for "Altar Boyz." Courtesy of Diversionary Theatre

  • SHOW SUMMARY

    Altar Boyz
    August 9 – August 19, 2012

    Book by Kevin Del Aguila
    Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker
    Conceived By Marc Kessler andKen Davenport
    Choreography by Michael Mizerany
    Directed by Noah Longton

    Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz will delight your audiences. As they perform their signature hits such as ‘Rhythm In Me,’ ‘The Calling,’ and ‘I Believe,’ the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. They finally deliver a message of unity, that ‘there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice.

  • Mathew. Is Matthew excited to bring the “Raise The Praise” tour to San Diego? Is the Pope Catholic? Matthew cannot believe the tour is already coming to an end! Thanks be to God for bringing the boyz all the way from Ohio to save the souls of the all who seek salvation here! When he’s not leading the boyz in musical Mass, Matthew enjoys volunteering his time at the Catholic animal rescue and grooming shelter, Jesus Shaves, in his hometown of Greeneville, Ohio. This will be a night you will never forget! Get ready to praise the roof!

    Juan. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Juan’s style is inspired by all things smoldering and spicy! He has been swaying his hips for the ladies ever since he was a small boy. JAJAJAJA! When not on the road and entertaining his fans, he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Donkey Breeders of North America – an organization he founded to ensure donkeys and asses of all kinds are loved and preserved worldwide. Juan would like to thank God for bringing the Boyz into his life. He dedicates every performance of this concert tour to the nuns who raised him and the mama y papa he knows he’ll find someday. ¡Salud!

    Mark is truly blessed to be spreading the word of our good Lord with his best friends in the world. An avid sports fan, he can be found in the front row of every men’s Olympic diving and gymnastics meet. He would like to give a special shout-out to Sony Records for flying them out to San Diego. He would also like to give an extra special shout-out to his best friend Matthew for taking him on such a fabulous journey. No matter who you are, you are not alone.

    Abraham. Abe wishes to give a quick shout-out to all of his bubbellahs and chavvers at the Temple Israel back home in Greenville, OH! He’s beyond stoked to be bringing the Raise the Praise Tour through SD! Abe’s hobbies include: writing, dancing, praising, bargain shopping, and being included. Favorite colors are blue and gold; like his shoes and bling! So you best check ya self before ya wreck yo’self, cuz he’s got some suprizzles for y’all in the shizzle!

    Luke enjoys kickin’ it in the house of G-O-D. He drives the van.

  • Michael Mizerany (Choreographer) is the Associate Artistic Director for the San Diego-based Malashock Dance and teaches advanced modern dance at The Malashock Dance School. Michael studied dance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and then joined The Modern America Dance Company (MAD/CO) in 1986. After three seasons with MAD/CO, Michael relocated to Los Angeles to join Loretta Livingston & Dancers and, in 1996; Michael joined the internationally renowned Bella Lewitzky Dance Company for their final season of touring. He has also served as a guest artist with such companies as Yorke Dance Project, Francisco Martinez Dance Theater, and Los Angeles Chamber Ballet. Michael has been nominated a record seven times for the Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance, winning the prestigious award in 1995 and 1996 for his solos Tin Soldier and Bump in the Road, respectively. Additionally, Michael was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award for his portrayal of the misogynistic antagonist in John Malashock’s dance film The Soul of Saturday Night. He has danced in venues across the nation, including Orange County Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Michael has choreographed extensively, and his works are in the repertory of such companies as MAD/CO, San Diego Civic Dance Company, Michigan Dance Collective, Visionary Dance Theatre and Malashock Dance. Recently, his male duets, Far From Eden and Let Me Into Your Skin, premiered at Diversionary Theater’s Dance/Theatre event to much critical acclaim.  Most recently, he was nominated for a Craig Noel Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Diversionary Theater’s Dooley.

    Sean Laperruque (Music Director/Conductor/Keys I) is a freelance musician (violin/viola/piano/keys) in the San Diego area, and has been thrilled to work on this show with Noah Longton’s production team and our talented Altar Boyz. Sean is currently serving as Principal Violist for the City Ballet of San Diego Orchestra, having recently played NutcrackerSwan Lake and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with that company. Sean was recently Concertmaster with Cygnet Theatre (Parade) and San Diego Musical Theatre (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Past performances include: Rigoletto(2012; violin; California Italian Opera Festival),Sweeney Todd (2012; violin/viola; Francis Parker Upper School), Spring Awakening(2011; violin/keys; American Rose Theatre). He is very proud to have played keys, violin and viola with SD Junior Theatre since 2008 in:Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oliver!, Les Misérables, The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sean has also played violin with Moonlight Amphitheatre (Dames at Sea, Peter Pan, The King and I). In the non-profit community, he has served as Concertmaster of Notre Temps String Ensemble, and was Principal Violist and a violinist in the USD Symphony. He attended the USD Chamber Music Festivals, with Master Classes (violin, viola, piano), annually from 2007-2010. Sean also maintains a private studio of violin, viola and piano students. Sean earned his B.S. in Bioengineering from UCSD, minoring in Music (violin performance) and playing Violin I with the La Jolla Symphony.

    Noah Longton (Director) Is making his directorial debut in San Diego. Noah received a B.A. in Directing at the University of Northern Colorado where he directed Altar Boyz and The Little Dog Laughed and assisted on Falsettos and Crumbs from the Table of Joy. Most recently Noah helped produce and direct Ronnie Larsen’s new one man show Two Dead Clowns in San Francisco. As an actor Noah has appeared in numerous shows in the San Diego area including Edward II, Dooley, Heddatron, Sextet, and The New Century.

  • PRESS RELEASE

    Contact: Noah Longton noahlongton@gmail.com

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