Chicago: Teen Edition - January 20

Riverside Unified School District


This incredible, collaborative event was made possible by so many individuals and organizations. We are grateful for so much support and would like to especially thank:


RUSD Board of Education, who championed and fostered the RUSD Arts Plan, which made these events possible. Thank you to all RUSD Board Members and Cabinet. Special thanks also to Superintendent Renee Hill, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Dan Sosa, and directors Dr. Jamie Angulo, Dr. Jennifer DeAnda and Dr. Steve Kong. A very special thank you to retired Board Member Kathy Allavie.

Live Nation, for mentoring students in the Live Tech program, providing the venue, and all the technical, logistical, and production support since the inception of the Honors Musical. Special thanks to Ryan Turley, Nikki Hutchinson, Sean Monique Faustina-Smolak, Sean Yates, Lee Turner, and their teams.

Riverside Fox Theater Foundation, and Executive Director Cynthia Wright, for supporting the Live Tech program, and helping to develop an extraordinary backstage experience.


City of Riverside, especially Margie Haupt, for supporting and nurturing this program.


Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation, and President Lauri Byers, for providing annual financial support for the Honors Musical program.


Honors Musical Creative Team, who provided countless hours of dedication, creativity, musicality, and rehearsal time to prepare students for this production. A huge thank you to Dominque Araiza-Cauldwell, Emerald Gonzalez, Michelle Grotness, Anna Hightower, Janie Hilland, and Maria Hong. They are true rock stars.


RUSD Performing Arts Teachers, for shaping, teaching, and preparing students to audition and perform in this district-wide production. A special thank you also to the teachers who shared rehearsal space, equipment, time, costumes, and their incredible expertise, including: Brian Gallagher, Arwen Hernandez, Pete Jackson, Spenser Kalnin, Chris MarkerMorse, Jessica McCarty, Julie Olson, Jordon Smith, and Katie Williams.

RUSD Staff, who assisted with so many logistical details! A million thanks to Norma Barles, Ray Batarse, Molly Becker, Blanca Calderon, Mia Cisneros, Diana Donis, Mike Kaspar, Heather Kerr, and Ivan Santiago De La Rosa who pulled together so many of the pieces. Special thanks also to Edrai Hernandez, Eric Loucks, Eli Muñoz, the teams at Publications, Maintenance and Operations, and custodial staff at North High School and Ramona High School.


VIP Reception Hosts, the North, King, and Poly Boosters, who hosted the beautiful VIP reception.


RUSD Theater Students, who, in addition to the students listed in the program, helped with setup and ushering.


RUSD Parents, who have supported students to participate in this experience and fostered a love of the arts.

Honors Musical Professional Artists, who mentored, rehearsed, coached and/or performed with students, including Emily Barrett, Alastair Edmonstone, David Etterbeek, Douglas Graham, Alexander Knecht, Alix Korey, Edgar Melendez, Gregory Nabours, Steven Schmidt, Chris Wade, and Yaegel T. Welch. Special thanks also to photographers Steven Hicks and Theresa Savage.


Annemarie Guzy
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Riverside Unified School District

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