Ohlone College FALL 2021 LIVE, In-Person, Theatre Production: ANIMAL FARM
George Orwell's Novel Adapted by Ian Wooldridge
November 12-13, 18-20*, 8pm
ASL Interpreted November 19
Animal Farm decorative graphic, red barn with image of windmill shadow in background and silhouette of pig.
What happens when the ideals of equality are manipulated and corrupted to gain power? George Orwell's satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism. It has given the world at least one immortal phrase: "Some are more equal than others." This dramatization remains faithful to the book's plot, and intent, and retains both its affection for the animals and the incisiveness of its message. Enjoy Ohlone’s award-winning Theatre & Dance Department production of Animal Farm. Watch the characters come to life on the Smith Center stage. Limited, socially distanced, indoor seating. Masks & proof of vaccination required. No exemptions.

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Animal Farm Performance

CAST (in alphabetical order)

ALESHANI ALTAN (SQUEALER) is excited to join Ohlone College for her first play. Her background is based in ballet, jazz, and choir, and she transitioned to musicals at the age of 13. Some of her favorite shows include Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Shrek the Musical. Her favorite role has been Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde Jr. She is excited to experience something completely new with Animal Farm. Enjoy the show!

ISRAEL AVILA (BOXER) is ecstatic to be a part of Ohlone’s production of Animal Farm! He has previously worked on The Phantom of The Opera (Ensemble), Wendy & Peter Pan (Knock-Bone Jones), Parrhesia (Edmundo Piñon) and The Reluctant Vampire (Baller 1). He hopes you enjoy the show!

TIM BALAJADIA (SNOWBALL / BENJAMIN) is delighted to be performing in this production Animal Farm! He had previously performed in the Stage 1 production of Hairspray and Phantom of the Opera and the Ohlone College production of Wendy & Peter Pan, The Reluctant Vampire and Chicago. He is grateful to his friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank all those involved in Animal Farm for making this one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

JOEL BUTLER (MAJOR) is glad to return to the Ohlone stage, previously he appeared as Joseph Buquet in Phantom of the Opera. Favorite roles include John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet with Northside, Wizard in Once Upon a Mattress with WVLO, Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland with WokeAF, King Louis XIII in Three Musketeers with Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Eddy in Lost in Yonkers and the Creature in Frankenstein both with Broadway West, and Harold Bride in Titanic The Musical with Stage 1. He earned a BA in Drama from CSU Stanislaus and has trained with Made Up Theatre for improv. He has taken classes from Kevin McDonald and Rob Paulsen. He thanks his husband for the love and support.

DAPHNE CHAN (ANIMAL 2, FOUR PIGS) is excited to be performing in her first-ever production. She has been studying acting here at Ohlone, and she is a second-year student. Daphne is majoring in Theatre Arts. 

DAVID CORI (MR JONES / PILKINGTON) began his theater career sixteen years ago right here at Ohlone College in their fall production of The Laramie Project. Since then, he has performed in a number of productions with West Valley Light Opera; his most recent include Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, and Spamalot. He has studied acting at Berkeley Repertory Theater and ACT in San Francisco. He also contributes to the training of police officers in the South Bay as a role player in live simulated interviews. In February 2021, he retired from his professional (non-acting) career and can now commit more time to his acting passion. He is very excited to be returning to the Jackson Theater at Ohlone for this production of Animal Farm.

ZEUS CUTHBERT (CLOVER) is very excited to be portraying Clover in Ohlone College's production of Animal Farm. Zeus had previously worked with the Student Repertory Theater Company as an actor for two years and has also been part of the Playwrights Foundation under Amy Muller. As Zeus's first time in a large-scale production, she is ecstatic to show off her skills to a larger audience.

ANNIE KORUGA (PIGEON, ANIMAL 3, ONE HEN) (they / them) is a second-year student at Ohlone College. Animal Farm is their first show with Ohlone -- as a political science student and political organizer they are very excited about the message of this show! Previous to this, Annie acted in productions of The Jungle Book and Oliver Twist.

BOB LANE (STORYTELLER) Since moving to California in 1997, Bob has performed with a number of Bay Area Theaters, including Las Positas College, Bus Barn Theatre Company, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Broadway West Theatre Company, Chanticleers Theatre, Custom Made Theatre Company, and Act Now! He has also taught drama, including Performing Shakespeare, at Irvington High School here in Fremont, and Berkeley High School, Cal State – East Bay, in workshops, and through educational programs for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and other organizations. Bob is delighted to be a part of the hardworking and talented cast of Animal Farm here at Ohlone College.

MANASE MISA (NAPOLEON) is 21 years old, and Napoleon will be the third role he’s taken on at Ohlone College! Animal Farm is a style of show that feels like a new experience for Manase, and he’s had an amazing time bringing the show to life with his talented castmates. He hopes everyone in the audience will enjoy the show!

JOSIAH PETTY (DOGS, THREE GEESE) is delighted to be performing in Animal Farm with Ohlone College. He has previously played the role of a Nazi and Party Guest in The Sound of Music, the G-Man in You Can't Take It With You, and Wilbur in Charlotte's Web, all at Fremont Christian School. He is currently studying in Ohlone's pre-nursing program, and is a Care Manager at Aegis Living.

STEVE STILSON (UNDERSTUDY – MR JONES / PILKINGTON) is proud to be an understudy for the role of Pinkerton in Animal Farm at Ohlone. He comes to Ohlone after working in the lighting department for Once on This Island for Sunnyvale Community Players and The Phantom of the Opera at Ohlone. He also performs keyboards and vocals and does audio and video at various churches. He appeared as an extra in two movies while working as a Software Engineer during the day. In the past, Steve has worked as an announcer on Christian radio and as an editor of his college newspaper.

SALVADOR “CHAVA” SUAREZ (MOLLIE / MINIMUS) has been performing in theatre since he was in eighth grade. He has played roles, such as Scuttle in The Little Mermaid or Miles Gloriousus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This is Chava’s first time doing a show with Ohlone, and he couldn’t be more excited. He hopes you enjoy the show from all the hard work put in by the cast.

BRANDON TRAN (MOSES) is excited to be a part of Animal Farm! His credits include Murt the Bat (Wendy & Peter Pan), Anticlus (Horseplay), Ensemble (The Reluctant Vampire), and Father John (Parrhesia). Film Credits include: DM/Mitch/Bandit/Knight/Maldak (Final Role), Bradley (Tuesday Night: Blood Sacrifice Ritual), Elevator Operator (Reaped).

REBECCA TWYMAN (YOUNG ANIMAL, ANIMAL 1, TWO SHEEP) is delighted to be performing in her first mainstage show at Ohlone College. She has performed in Ohlone College’s Student Repertory Theatre for the past three years, where she acted and directed student-run short plays during the annual performance of Ohlone College’s Playwrights Festival. She has also acted in student films presented by Ohlone College’s Film Department. Some of her favorites include Final Role and Do You Hear That?, which she wrote, directed, and starred in. Rebecca is looking forward to continuing to perform in future projects at Ohlone College.


PRODUCTION STAFF (in alphabetical order)

FRED ALIM (Scenic Designer, Masks and Puppets Design)

GILLIAN BONG (Costume Design Assistant, Masks and Puppets Design


LISA DANZ (Costume Designer, Masks and Puppets Design) 

JASPER GONG (Special Effects Designer/Master Electrician)

BLAIR JACKSON (Live Sound Engineer)



MATTHEW O'DONNELL (Lighting Designer/Technical Director)

TIM ROBERTS (Songs and Incidental Music Composed by)

ALEXA SIMON (Projections, Assistant Stage Manager)

NAOMI WIEMKEN (Stage Manager) 


DANNY WOLNICK (Assistant Director, Sound Effects Designer, Assistant Stage Manager)

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