Take a moment to get to know two of the performers at our upcoming Ross Valley Players 85th Season Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 18th. The sold-out event will also include performances by the Swing Society with Bernie Lussier, Peter Lavaroni, Lynn Jiavanniello, and Steve Shuster as well as two-time Emmy Award winner Rita Abrams with a surprise guest.
Charles Woodson Parker is honored to be invited to perform at this year’s Ross Valley Players Fundraising Gala. Charles graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston Conservatory. Last year, he won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Tier 3) for Boeing, Boeing at Altarena Playhouse. He’s also been recognized in local papers for his roles in Ruddigore (Robin), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern), The Hairy Ape (Long), and the Mikado (Poobah) with Roleplayer Ensemble Theater and Assassins (John Hinkley Jr.) with Ray of Light. Recently, Charles has been pursuing film and voice over work with a Wawanesa commercial last year and a voice over for a language learning app recorded just this week. He would not be doing what he loves today without the support of friends and family and he wholeheartedly thanks each and every one.
Scott DeTurk graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Music in composition. He has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and the San Francisco Bay area, where he has worked extensively in theater, film, television and recording as a composer, lyricist, arranger, orchestrator, and musical director. Scott has fifteen published musicals, including Western Star, published by Music Theater International; A Boy Called Lizard and now Yo Ho Ho (A Pirate’s Christmas), both recently published by Samuel French; and twelve musicals published by Pioneer Drama Services. Scott has collaborated on the award-winning musical The Ghost & Mrs. Muir as well as Dorian, Pest Control, The Thief, Born & Raised, Stressin’ Out and Insanity, all of which have had professional productions.
Scott has worked as a writer and composer for numerous commercial clients including: Disney, Hughes Aircraft, Maxtor, Time Warner, HBO, ESPN and ABC Television. As a musical director and accompanist he has worked with numerous Broadway performers and celebrities and is currently the musical director for the theater program at Marin School of the Arts and Community Congregational Church. Scott currently lives in San Rafael where he and his very talented wife, Kristine, run a performing arts program, Academy De Turk.