META Performing Arts Presents

Stand and Deliver

SEPT. 29TH - OCT. 14TH, 2017

Screenplay by Ramon Melendez & Tom Musca
Adapted by Robert Bella
Directed by Lindsey Bowen



Stand and Deliver

A true story about a modern miracle.

In 1982, a new troublemaker hit Garfield High. He was tough. He was wild. He was willing to fight. He was the new math teacher and together with one class, they proved to America they could… Stand and Deliver.

Stand and Deliver is a dramatic comedy about the real-life story of math teacher Jaime Escalante and his personal mission of challenging his students to rise to their full learning potential. This award-winning, underdog story challenges all of us to reflect on our personal and cultural beliefs about class, ethnicity, education, and our shared American Dream - The pursuit of happiness. And even though Stand and Deliver is now nearly 30 years old, it is just as relevant as ever to the expectations we create for our students, our community, and our nation.

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Fri, 9/29 @ 7:30 PM
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Stand and Deliver|  Photo Gallery

Stand and Deliver|  Directors and Cast

Lindsey Bowen

Lindsey Bowen Director

Lindsey is a graduate of Emerson High School, SVC, and Western Washington University.  A long-time local theater fixture, she has appeared on virtually every stage in the Skagit Valley, playing  such varied roles as Katherine in Proof, Frumesarah in Fiddler on the Roof, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret.  Lindsey co-directed Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and solo directed The Outsiders, one of META’s memorable recent plays.  Lindsey is a professional photographer who lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Joe and children Adia and Alex.


Gabe Guevera

Gabe Guevera | Assistant Director

Gabe is a BEHS graduate who recently attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied acting.  He appeared in numerous shows for the highly regarded BEHS Drama Department including Seussical as The Cat.  He also played in Back to the 80’s for TAG, and in META’s The Outsiders, where he gave us an unforgettable turn as Dally.  Gabe intends to resume his education in pursuit of a career in acting.


Johnny Landin

Johnny Landin | as Jaime Escalante

Johnny is an Employment Specialist for Work Source. This is his first production. Johnny was drawn to Stand and Deliver’s message, especially the character of Angel. Johnny has volunteered at the local YMCA to coach basketball for 7 years. He dedicates his efforts to Mrs. Joanne Sumrall, his middle school teacher, and Mr. David Braddock, his high school math teacher and foster father.


Jeremiah Moreno

Jeremiah Moreno | as Angel Guerra

Jeremiah is a 16-year old student at MVHS. Stand and Deliver marks his first theatrical stage appearance. Jeremiah is a member of the decorated MVHS Concert Choir, Undertones and Synergy a cappella singing groups. He’s also a member of the Bulldog football team and writes music in his spare time. He intends to study music production after graduation.


Alondra Lopez

Alondra Lopez | as Claudia Camejo

Alondra is a freshman at Skagit Valley College. She appeared in been in several shows at Mount Vernon High School, including Bowlin The Musical. Alondra also enjoys hiking and dancing. She is very excited to be a part of Stand and Deliver.


Efrain Villa

Efrain Villa | as Francisco “Pancho” Garcia

Efrain is a student at Skagit Valley College aiming for a transfer degree in Fine Arts with which he will pursue his dream of acting professionally. He recently appeared in SVC’s King John and Twelfth Night. Efrain is grateful and excited to be a part of this show.


Angelique Perez

Angelique Perez | as Lupe Escobar
Angelique is a senior at Mount Vernon High School who most recently appeared in Bowlin’! by the MVHS Drama Department. She also played in Artificial Adventures in Sarcasm. Angelique loves writing and participating in poetry slams and readings. She’s also a Peer Educator for the Teen Counsel of Planned Parenthood. She intends to go to college and pursue a career in counseling/mental health services.


Adamaris Rodarte

Adamaris Rodarte | as Ana Delgado
Adamaris is a 17-year old senior at Mount Vernon High School. Stand and Deliver is her third appearance on the stage. A strong advocate and believer in women’s rights and volunteer service, Adamaris is an active member of her student body. After graduation she intends to study pre-med at the UW to qualify for chiropractic school.


Stepheny Lopez

Stepheny Lopez | as Rafaela Fuentes
Stepheny is a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School. This is her first acting experience. She is a member of the MVHS Band (as clarinet) and serves as President of LEAP. Stepheny's dream is to become an attorney.


Carlos Roque

Carlos Roque | as Javier Perales
Carlos is excited to be in another exciting META production! Past shows include A Christmas Carol, Willy Wonka, and Once Upon a Mattress. He currently attends Burlington Edison High School as a sophomore where he performed in Cheaper By the Dozen and in In The Heights. His other hobbies include painting and hiking.


Victor Gonzalez

Victor Gonzalez | as Tito Guitano
Victor is a 21-year old DACA recipient born in Mexico Tepic Nayarit. Victor is currently attending Skagit Valley College where he currently serves as Student Body President. He will soon transfer to Western Washington University to pursue a teaching degree. A member of the Dreamers Club at SVC, Victor is an advocate for lower income students attempting to reach higher education.


John Camarillo

John Camarillo | as Dr. Ramirez
John is thrilled to return to META in Stand and Deliver. He recently delivered a much-loved performance as Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, Marius in BEHS and BAAY's production of Les Misérables, And Evan Hansen In ACT's music review. John hopes to make a career out of theatre and fulfill a dream of playing Alexander Hamilton. Special thanks to Mrs. Holly Wood, my family, Sierra, and most importantly, God, for giving me the courage to follow my dreams.


Nate Wheeler

Nate Wheeler | as Dr. Pearson
Nate, who also doubles as our Stage Manager, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. Now a veteran META performer, Nate first came to us for The Outsiders and has since appeared in Romeo and Juliet, CATS, and Our Town. He also recently performed in Redfoot Theatre’s recent production of The Winter’s Tale. A member of the National Honor Society as well as MVHS’ Synergy, Concert Choir, and Undertones. Nate intends to go to college to prepare for a career the performing arts.


Glen Hoff

Glen Hoff | as Principal Molina
Glen is a longtime Mount Vernon attorney and sponsor of META’s shows. After a 36-year hiatus – having last appeared as Mr. Hall, the Innkeeper in Meadowdale High’s production of The Invisible Man – he returns to the stage for us here.


Melissa Bellos

Melissa Bellos | as Raquel Ortega
Melissa most recently appeared as Fraulein Kost in NWART’s production of Cabaret. She started acting at Sedro Woolley High School and continued in community theater, appearing in SCAT’s Godspell. When not acting she is enjoying life as a mother and a “yiayia” to grandchildren Lola and Greyson. Melissa is a legal assistant in Mount Vernon.


Brian McFarland

Brian McFarland | as Chuco
Brian is a US Army veteran who served in South Korea with the 69th Air Defense Division. Brian is a karaoke fanatic who enjoys visiting his mother’s native Philippine Islands, and exploring new countries. He once trekked across Australia (ask him about that trip). Brian works for Rehabco Inc. as a caregiver for special needs persons. He intends to pursue additional education to continue working in health care.


Leo Rosas

Leo Rosas | as Gang Member
Leo is a real life reformed gang member who has been arrested 19 times. Leo changed his life to protect his younger brother and show him a better way. He now counsels young people on how to avoid the life. He joined Stay and Deliver to continue his work. Leo now works in landscaping and to return to school to learn welding.


Caleb Doherty

Caleb Doherty | as Gang Member
Caleb is junior at Mount Vernon High School. His goal is attend college and study forensic science to pursue his dream of becoming a police detective. Stand and Deliver is his first stage production. In his free time he enjoys reading, video games, and spending time with friends.


Francisco Sanchez

Francisco Sanchez | as Gang Member
Francisco is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. Has is an active member of the community. You may recognize him from past musical performances. Stand and Deliver is his first acting experience.


Jose Saenz

Jose Saenz | as Gang Member
Jose is a junior at MVHS. His previously appeared in The Hidden Truth, a production staged by the Migrant Leaders Club of Mount Vernon. He enjoys meeting and talking with new people, talking “all night” about “anything.” He intends to pursue a degree and then someday start his own business.


Juan Garza

Juan Garza | as Hector Delgado
Juan is a well-known local radio personality. As Primo Juan, he pioneered local Spanish language radio programs KAPS, KBRC, and KSVR. Juan is also a musician who has played locally for 20 years. Juan is the father of two girls, both of whom graduated college, and the proud grandfather of four grandchildren. He works as a court certified interpreter.


Paul D. Mantikoski

Paul D. Mantikoski | as Security Guard
Paul is a veteran who served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and a photojournalist in the Air Force Reserves. He comes from a theatrical family and is a former member of the National Forensics League. Paul has performed in several local productions including The Fantasticks, The Music Man and Grease while in high school and college. Paul and his wife Jax recently settled in Mount Vernon and look forward to being a part of this community.


Adonica Lopez

Adonica Lopez | as The Secretary
Adonica is a Safety Compliance officer and investigatory for the Department of Labor and Industries. A 1993 graduate of BEHS, Adonica is the mother of four and grandmother of one. She auditioned for Stand and Deliver because of the message, and to cross another adventure of her “bucket list.” Adonica lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Octavio.


Hugo Santiago

Hugo Santiago | as Armando
Hugo is currently a sophomore at Skagit Valley College. He is the vice-President of DREAMers, belongs to the Calling All Colors Club, and also Maestros Para el Pueblo, a club that serves students who aspire to teach. Hugo supports his education by working as a server at a local restaurant. Upon graduation Hugo plans to transfer to WWU and pursue a teaching degree.


Asia McDermott

Asia McDermott | as Student
Asia is a sophomore at Sedro-Woolley High School. She was born in Mount Vernon and lives in Sedro-Woolley. She is active in drama at SWHS. Her favorite previous performance was in Bye Bye Birdie. This is her first META play.


Julian Trevino

Julian Trevino | as Student
My name is Julian Trevino. I am a senior at Mount Vernon High School. This is my very first experience in a dramatic production. I do have stage experience as a dancer. Dancing is my passion. I am very excited to have this opportunity to perform. No one will stop me from my goals.


Chase Deaver

Chase Deaver | as Student
Chase is a freshman at Stanwood High School. She has previously appeared in Alice in Wonderland by Premier Dance Academy. A member of the SHS Cross Country team, Chase also pursues photojournalism as a hobby. Chase’s ambition is to go to college at UW and then attend medical school.


Jennifer Ramirez

Jennifer Ramirez | as Student
Jennifer is a sophomore at Burlington-Edison High School. Stand and Deliver is her second play, having appeared in In The Heights at BEHS. She is Activities Director of her class, and is also a member of the Key Club and the Multicultural Club. Jennifer intends to go to WWU to study English and Communications.


Moses Marlin


Moses Marlin | as Student/Punk
Moses is a 16-year old sophomore at MHVS. Moses has a long history with META, having appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, CATS, The Little Mermaid, Our Town (as in a lead role) and many more. He has also performed in the Tempest and Julius Caesar in productions staged Massachusetts and New York. He is very excited to help us bring Stand and Deliver to life. Moses intends to study film making in college.