(Ed. Note/Disclaimer: Westlake Revelations founder Neil Ticktin is a member of the Board of Directors for Cabrillo Music Theatre.)



On the heels of one it’s most successful shows in its 30+ year history (The Little Mermaid), Cabrillo Music Theatre today released the below announcement about its new Managing Director, a greatly expanded Board of Directors with a new Chairman of the Board and new Board members, as well as a re-launched 2016-2017 season (Evita, Sister Act and Peter Pan).

For more information on Cabrillo Music Theatre, see http://www.cabrillomusictheatre.com — read below for full details.

Full Announcement


A New Managing Director and a reinvigorated Board of Directors
Steer Cabrillo Music Theatre into the new season:

Broadway in Your Backyard at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza!

July 25th, 2016… Thousand Oaks, Calif… After a relaunch of the company, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Board of Directors proudly announces new staff and board leadership, and a relaunched 2016-2017 season of shows. The new season features three Cabrillo shows, all in the 1800-seat Kavli Theatre, with two Cabrillo debuts and one classic favorite not seen in nearly 15 years. All of Cabrillo’s productions are locally produced, auditioned and rehearsed in Southern California, and performed exclusively at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Taking the helm as Managing Director is Will North, a veteran Actor-Director with experience in all aspects of theatre production, and a long-time member of the Cabrillo Family. North takes the job with plenty of support from Cabrillo Music Theatre’s newly-expanded Board of Directors. New Board Members include Iona Blackwell, James Engel, Courtney Herring, Paige Loter, Alexis Peraino, and Neil Ticktin. They join existing Board Chair Bart Leininger, Vice-Chair Ray Mastrovito, Secretary Cindy Murray, and Treasurer Peter Tompkins, as well as Peter Mogg and Paul Panico. Artistic Director Lewis Wilkenfeld steps down after ten years in the position, and takes a role on the Executive Advisory Board.

“I am very excited about Cabrillo’s future prospects,” says Bart Leininger, Chairman of Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Board of Directors. “Over the last few months, we have created new energy within Cabrillo. We have doubled the size of our Board with individuals with new ideas and perspective, and have hired Will North, our new Managing Director, who shares our core beliefs within Cabrillo.” Adds Leininger, “Cabrillo Music Theatre will continue to produce top quality shows, and expand its community outreach program, which I believe is second to none.”

Managing Director Will North shares Leininger’s enthusiasm. “Potential. This is the first word that comes to mind when I survey the talented artists and technicians, the hard-working, committed board members and staff, the supportive and enthusiastic community, and the beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.” Adds North, “We begin this journey with a spectacular ’16-’17 season—starting with the winner of 7 Tony awards, EVITA, which Cabrillo has never produced—continuing with SISTER ACT based on the hilarious 1992 comedy—and concluding with the favorite of kids and adults everywhere, we will fly off to Neverland next summer in PETER PAN.”

With a new Managing Director and surging Board strength, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s future looks brighter than ever!

The CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE 2016-2017 season:

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s premiere! See the Webber/Rice Classic in a whole new light!
October 14-23, 2016
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Stand back, Ventura County! The revolutionary Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical is produced by Cabrillo Music Theatre for the very first time! Argentina’s controversial First Lady is the unlikely subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA’s songs include “Buenos Aries,” “High Flying, Adored,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and the electrifying “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.” The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait, as complex as the woman herself! You haven’t experienced EVITA until you’ve experienced Cabrillo Music Theatre’s EVITA!

The Riotous Comedy Movie becomes a Rockin’ Stage Experience!
April 21-30, 2017
Music By Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard

Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the regional and Civic Arts Plaza debut of SISTER ACT! SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It’s Las Vegas in the 1970s, and When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, SISTER ACT will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s SISTER ACT is reason to rejoice!

Welcome back to Neverland! The timeless classic returns to the Civic Arts Plaza in a brand new production!
July 14-23, 2017
A Musical Based on the Play by Sir J.M. Barrie
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Morris (Moose) Carlap
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Originally Directed, Choreographed and Adapted by Jerome Robbins

This classic musical for all ages gets a brand new production by Cabrillo Music Theatre! Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, PETER PAN is more than just a family favorite – it’s one of the most beloved musicals of all time. In this high-flying Tony Award-winning musical, Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Cabrillo Music Theatre’s PETER PAN will have audiences flying!


WILL NORTH. Having spent over 20 years both onstage and backstage, and having gained valuable career experience in both the creative and financial aspects of entertainment, Will is energized to bring all of his passion, talent and experience to the helm of Cabrillo Music Theatre as the new Managing Director.

His career began as a performer. Will (AEA, SAG/AFTRA, ASCAP) has performed over 100 roles on stages from NYC to LA and many places in between including the Cinderella Castle Stage Disney World, and the Celebrity Cruise ship Galaxy (where he was also Company Manager). He holds an MFA in Acting Pedagogy from the University of Alabama, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Jacksonville University. Will has also performed in concert with Alexis Gershwin at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, and several years as the male entertainer for the Miss Mississippi Pageant, in addition to appearing with several symphonies.

Will is an award winning director (having directed such shows as: OKLAHOMA, SWEENEY TODD, CLOSER THAN EVER, GUYS AND DOLLS, NO EXIT among others). And his work as technical director includes over a dozen additional shows. Will served as the resident technical director/production manager of Marymount Los Angeles for 6 years.

On the business side of entertainment, Will was brought to Los Angeles to assist Mr. Sam Haskell (former VP of Worldwide TV for the William Morris Agency). Will worked closely with Sam on many projects including producing the Miss America Live telecast and reality show, the Duke of Edinburgh Award national ceremonies, and managing events for Martingale Music recording artist Mary Haskell.

Will has also worked closely with the marketing team of Fortune 500 company, Mattel, since 2005 in both LA and NYC, as a presenter for media and key accounts.

Eventually transitioning to producer, Will worked for Abel McCallister Designs as producer of experiential event marketing for top brands such as Patron, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Duke Spirits. He was also Associate Producer for the NAACP award nominated show, VISIONARY MAN at the Hudson Theatre in LA, in addition to other projects around the country. Will’s expertise and experience was also valued as he was twice invited to judge the National Distinguished Young Women’s Scholarship Competition.


BART LEININGER (Board Chair) is the Chief Financial Officer, Founder, and Principal Engineer of Ashworth Leininger Group (ALG), an environmental engineering and consulting firm located in Camarillo, California. Bart has been an enthusiastic supporter of the arts all of his life as a performer, a backstage hand, and cheerleader for his family in their own artistic endeavors. Bart combines his love of the arts and his experience in business to further the mission of Cabrillo Music Theatre – to “Bring Broadway to your Backyard” and to support the wonderful outreach programs provided by the many talented people associated with Cabrillo.

IONA BLACKWELL is a longtime (29 years) resident of Malibu and a supporter of live theatre in the Los Angeles area. Along with her husband, she has attended performances at the Ahmanson and the Pantages and then, about six years ago saw an ad for a Cabrillo show. She fell in love with not only the quality of the performance, but also attitude and excitement emanating from the performers and staff, and has been a season member and donor ever since!! Iona is a retired computer programmer: she met her husband when they were both computer programmers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory nearly 40 years ago. She left that field about 20 years ago to devote her time to actively managing her rental real estate portfolio, and is currently retired.

JAMES ENGEL is a Realtor and Property Management company owner from Arleta, Los Angeles. Grew up overseas with an appreciation for theater and arts, and remembers his last play being “Noises Off”. Father of 4 kids , James wants to make sure today’s youth get a chance to engage in arts and theater in a world full of tech and pokemons. He is honored to join Cabrillo Music Theatre and be a part of its outreach efforts to youth, Thousand Oaks and surrounding communities and our military families.

COURTNEY HERRING is a Voice Teacher And Audition Coach of 8 years and the mother of 2 young boys. She grew up performing in numerous theatres around Southern California, as well as professionally nationwide. Having previously worked for Cabrillo, Courtney is honored to be a new member of the Board of Directors. The past 3 years she and her family lived in Minnesota where she continued her voice business and learned from various theatre companies. She hopes to bring her knowledge from a lifetime of theatre to this wonderful company.

PAIGE LOTER is a freelance artist and toy designer with a life long passion for theatre and education through the arts. She holds a leadership position in Conejo Valley Homeschoolers, a local non-profit organization, where she works to create educational opportunities and social activities for homeschooling children. Paige spent her childhood very active in community theatre and holds a BA in Theatre from the University of California San Diego and you can frequently find her volunteering as part of the backstage crew for theatrical productions around the Conejo Valley.

ALEXIS PERAINO, MD is a physician in Internal Medicine with a practice located in Westlake Village. She grew up in the Conejo Valley, and returned 10 years ago with her husband to raise their family. Alexis has been dedicated to the arts and dance since her youth, and now she enjoys watching her children grow and explore their passion for the arts. The arts are an important component of our community and she is honored to join The Board of Directors as they work to strengthen and enhance Cabrillo Music Theatre and it’s impact on our Thousand Oaks Community.

NEIL TICKTIN is a serial entrepreneur with 30+ years’ experience in publishing, events and strategic consulting. Ticktin has been a consummate volunteer for Cabrillo Music Theatre for years. He’s the founder of “Westlake Revelations” (an award-winning blog), and a visible community leader for decades having led LVUSD’s technology strategy, conducted election candidate forums, a Boy Scout leader, Soap Box Derby founder, and YMCA lead volunteer. Named one of the “Top 25 Local People” by both the Agoura and Thousand Oaks Acorn, and Westlake Village’s “Citizen of the Year,” Neil is well known in our community-at-large.


CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE’S 2016-2017 Season includes EVITA (Fall 2016), SISTER ACT (Spring 2017) and PETER PAN (Summer 2017). This season all three high-flying musicals will be produced in the 1,800 seat Kavli Theatre. For membership and ticket information, call 805-497-8613 X 6 or visit http://www.cabrillomusictheatre.com

Performances are held Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. A post-show discussion with cast and staff follows the first Saturday matinee of each production.
For membership information, please call the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office at (805) 449-2787; and for group sales of 10 or more, please call (805) 497-8613. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA.

About Cabrillo Music Theatre

Cabrillo Music Theatre is the Ovation Award-winning Resident Musical Theatre Production Company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and a non-profit theatre organization. For over three decades, Cabrillo has been enriching the cultural life of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and the surrounding areas by providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theatre. It is Cabrillo’s mission to provide the highest quality musical experience, to foster educational opportunities, and to promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California. By creating opportunity for up-and-coming performers and artists, Cabrillo has launched hundreds to success in theatre, movies, television and music, including Adam Lambert, Katharine McPhee, and Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block. In addition, Cabrillo Music Theatre goes “Beyond the Footlights” with Outreach programs to give back to the community, and to provide enhanced theatre experiences for all audiences. Since the inception of “Beyond the Footlights,” over 44,000 underserved children, in-need seniors, and active military have enjoyed Cabrillo Music Theatre’s productions at no charge. In addition, Cabrillo provides ASL signed performances of every production; talkbacks with cast and staff; and Cabrillo’s Animal Rescue program, which raises funds and awareness for homeless and abused dogs and cats.

For more information about Cabrillo Music Theatre’s “Beyond the Footlights” programs call (805) 497-8613 x1 or write to info@cabrillomusictheatre.com