My colleague Chris Smith wrote in his column today about the musical theater show that will be held Monday as a benefit for Montgomery High drama’s trip to Scotland next year.

I wanted you to get to see the talented alumni who are coming back to perform in “Vikings Raid Broadway, A Musical Theatre Gala.”

The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater, 4400 Day School Place in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20 for students, $35 in advance of $40 at the door. A preferred ticket at $60 includes a reception with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at Copperfield’s or brownpapertickets.com.

Here are the performers:

Cecilia Senocak is a senior at New York City’s Circle in the Square Theatre School and the recipient of Sacramento State’s Lenaea Festival Silver Award for Musical Theater.

Kelly Brandeburg recently received her bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from The New School University. She has appeared in many East and West Coast theatrical productions.


Seth Clayton is a member of Pipeline Theatre Company, a non-profit production company in New York City. His local acting credits include the Sixth Street Playhouse.


Tyler Reilly received a 2009 Best Actor nominee by the Independent Reviewers of New England for his role in “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

Patrick Varner is a Boston University sophomore acting major who won gold, silver, and bronze awards at the Lenaea Festival for musical theater and acting. He was also the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Scholarship for the Arts Award from Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. Here he is shown in last season season’s Sixth Street Playhouse Production of “Rent.”


Last but certainly not least, Paul Staroba is associate conductor of the current Broadway hit “A Little Night Music.” His credits include serving as the orchestra pianist for Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and as the music director for “Broadway Backwards IV,” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Florence Henderson.

Montgomery Drama instructor Susane Byrne has said Staroba is about to become one of youngest musical directors in Broadway history.

As Chris Smith points out, Santa Rosa has two high schools, Montgomery and Elsie Allen, who will send drama students to perform at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival next August.

— Robert Digitale