Colin Raab - Performing Arts

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Colin, a high school student in the Bay Area, CA, jumped into acting at the start of middle school. Being a strong scholar, he 
maintained exemplary grades while doing adult community theatre that required late evening rehearsals during the school year. Currently he participates in a fabulous school drama program under the direction of Steven Minning and has performed with Lamplighters Music Theatre and Bay Opera Collaborative in the summer.

Colin has an unusual breadth of experience with the Gilbert & Sullivan oeuvre for a young actor. He is a baritone (E2-G4) and has studied voice with Sam Faustine and Pierce Peter Brandt. Directors praise Colin for his serious work ethic.

Complete list of theatre productions

  • The Pirates of Penzance (Chorus) - 9/2018 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Bay Area Opera Collaborative directed by Doreen Finkelstein
  • The Pirates of Penzance (Chorus) - 8/2018 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Lamplighters Music Theatre, stage director Nicolas Aliaga Garcia, music director David Drummond.
    • Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) - 2/2018 Play produced by Menlo School directed by Steven Minning
      • The Yeomen of the Guard (Chorus) - 8/2017 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Lamplighters Music Theatre, stage director Jane Erwin Hammett, music director Baker Peeples
        • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless) - 11/2016 Musical produced by Menlo School directed by Steven Minning. 
          CSR-Landless-in-Drood-2016
          • The (New) Mikado, Una Commedia Musicale! (Chorus) - 8/2016 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Lamplighters Music Theatre, stage director Ellen Brooks, music director Baker Peeples
            • Avenue Q (Newcomer) - 11/2015 Musical produced by Menlo School directed by Steven Minning.
              • West Side Story (Chino) 7/2015 Musical produced by Hillbarn Theatre Conservatory Summer Stage directed by Virginia Musante. 
              • Beauty and The Beast, Jr. (Gaston) – 3/2015 Musical produced by North Star Academy directed by Maureen McVerry. 
              • The Legend of the Secret Knight (Squire George) – 8/2014 Children’s Theatre Festival produced by Notre Dame de Namur University directed by Karen Byrnes. 
              • Anything Goes (Bishop Henry T. Dobson) – 8/2014 Musical produced by Hillbarn Theatre Conservatory Summer Stage directed by Virginia Musante. 
              • Fiddler on the Roof, Jr (Mendel) – 3/2014 Musical produced by North Star Academy directed by Maureen McVerry. 
              • The Mikado (Chorus, Koko's Assistant) – 2/2014 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Stanford Savoyards directed by Evan Schaeffer and Rachel Whalon. 
              • The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio) – 11/2013 Play produced by North Star Academy Shakespeare Program directed by Neva Hutchinson. 
              • The Sorcerer (Hercules) – 5/2013 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Stanford Savoyards directed by Jeremy Erman. 
                The Yeomen of the Guard 2017
              • HMS Pinafore: The Next Generation (Chorus, Wesley Crusher) – 2/2013 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta produced by Stanford Savoyards directed by Ravi Soundararajan and Jan Heiman. 
              • Henry V (Shakespeare, narrator role) – 10/2012 Play produced by North Star Academy Shakespeare Program directed by Neva Hutchinson.
              Also


              CSR-DickensFair-2016



              Voice /Acting / Violin Training


              Voice

              Colin's voice instruction began in 3rd grade (through 8th) with the North Star Academy chorus under the direction of Lauren Mayer.

              He is currently studying with Sam Faustine and had been a student of Pierce Peter Brandt - Performance Singing

              "Pur diceste, o boca bella" and "Elégie" (5min)

              Colin sings Antonio Lotti's "Pur dicesti, o boca bella" and Jules Massenet's "Elégie" accompanied by Sharon Davis during the Menlo School Classical Recital in February 2019.

              "Prayer of the Children" (5min)

              In this video the Menlo School Chamber Choir under the direction of Karen Linford sings "Prayer of the Children" by Kurt Bestor. Video recorded by Seth Rosenblatt.

              "O Waly, Waly" (3min)

              In this video Colin sings Benjamin Britten's "O Waly, Waly" accompanied by Sharon Davis during the Menlo School Classical Recital in February 2018.

              "Whither must I wander" (5min)

              In this video Colin sings Ralph Vaughan Williams "Whither must I wander" accompanied by Sharon Davis during the Menlo School Classical Recital in January 2017.

              Voice & Acting

              San Francisco Conservatory of Music

              Colin participated in the two week Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Program every June between 2013-2016.
              Run by Lamplighters Music Theatre at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the program culminates with a performance of about 36 scenes from different operettas which feature the various youth actors.  

              In 2016, as the Colonel in Patience.

              "When I first put this uniform on" (2min)


              In 2016, as Giuseppe in The Gondoliers.

              "In a contemplative fashion" (2min)


              In 2015, as the Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers.

              "From the sunny Spanish shore" (5min)

              "In enterprise of martial kind" (4min)


              Acting

              Hillbarn Theatre Summer Conservatory - a month-long, full day summer program featuring master classes and culminating in a fully staged & costumed musical production. 2014 & 2015
              Erica Wyman-Abrahamson - private acting workshops. 2012-2013

              Hamlet Soliloquy (3min)

              Colin delivers Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" monologue in his North Star Academy 8th grade English class during a poetry module, December 2014.  Preparation time was less than a week including three fifteen-minute lunch sessions with Ms.Tagano.

              The video clip includes:
              • 0 - 1:34       Introduction by Mia Tagano, TheatreWorks Playing with Poetry Teaching Artist
              • 1:35 - 3:14  monologue

              Violin 

              Since 2015, Colin has participated in the Menlo School Orchestra currently under the direction of Leo Kitajima (formerly Vicky Greenbaum). He participated in the Peninsula Youth Orchestra under the direction of Sara Salsbury between 2012-2016.