BEYOND THE MOON (Gallery of Heroes Show)

Joseph Domencic & Christina McCann (Book, Music & Lyrics)


Through dramatic sketches and musical vignettes, Pittsburgh CLO’s Gallery of Heroes program takes its 50-minute mini-musicals to area schools to educate and enlighten students about great historical figures such as Galileo Galilei, George Washington, Roberto Clemente, the Wright Brothers and Harriet Tubman. Highlighting the lives and accomplishments of significant historical figures, Gallery of Heroes offers an entertaining alternative to traditional lectures and books. BEYOND THE MOON, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, features a 16-year-old student with “astronaut-ical” dreams of being the first person to set foot on Mars.


DAVID CABOT (Director) has been an actor and educator for 25 years. BA Theatre Arts Point Park University 1990, MFA Acting University of Minnesota 1993. Since returning to Pittsburgh in 2002 he has directed shows for Point Park University, Playhouse Jr. and Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12.

JOSEPH DOMENCIC (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a composer and actor based in Pittsburgh, whose work includes the children’s musical The Next Galileo (2015 Gallery of Heroes) and incidental music for Mountain Playhouse’s The Glass Menagerie. He has music directed and acted with Sundance Theatre Lab, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, The Acting Company and numerous professional theatres and schools in western PA. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne University and The New Actors Workshop, Joseph currently teaches at Seton Hill University.

MARK DOMENCIC (Music Director) is a performer and music educator in the Pittsburgh area.  He has worked with numerous organizations, including Pittsburgh Musical Theater and St. Vincent Summer Theatre.  A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University, Mark is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon, Community College of Allegheny County, and Act One Theatre School.

CHRISTINA McCANN (Book, Music & Lyrics) has appeared regionally with Pittsburgh Public Theater (My Fair Lady, Camelot) and Pittsburgh CLO (six productions of A Musical Christmas Carol and six Gallery of Heroes productions). She has also performed with St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Frog Prince Creative, Front Porch Theatricals, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, Theatre Factory, and Kelly Simon Productions. Christina sings regularly with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus, most recently in this season’s Tosca. She is a proud member of AEA and AGMA.


BRETT CUDDY (Man 1, Neil Armstrong/others) is a senior Vocal Performance major at Seton Hill University. He is the assistant conductor of the mixed choir and the handbell choir, and, after graduation, plans to study choral conducting at the graduate level.

GABE DeROSE (Man 2, Jose Hernandez/others) is excited to work with Pittsburgh CLO in the Spark Festival to bring this work from page to stage! Gabe is currently touring in the CLO Gallery of Heroes tour Arriba, Arriba: The Roberto Clemente Story. He is also a graduate of Point Park University for Musical Theatre.

ALEX MANALO (Maya) is a Musical Theatre graduate from Point Park University. She has worked with several theater companies throughout the city such as CLO, Gallery of Heroes, MTAP, Carnivale Theatrics, Front Porch Theatrics, Pittsburgh Playhouse, City Theatre, and Stage Right. Hats off to the amazing cast and crew of CLO's Spark Festival. IG: alexmanalo_

RACHEL PARKER (Woman 1, Mae Jemison/others) is a musical theatre major at Point Park University. She was most recently in The Gift of the Magi at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. See her next in Ragtime this summer at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

DANIEL PIVOVAR (Man 3, Robotics Scientist/others) is very excited and grateful to be a part of SPARK! Off-Broadway: The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. Pittsburgh credits: In the Heat of the Night with Pittsburgh Playwrights, Violet with Front Porch Theatricals, Romeo and Juliet with PICT and ¡Arriba!¡Arriba! and STEEL with the Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes. Much love to B and W.

Gabe DeRose, Daniel Pivovar, Rachel Parker, Brett Cuddy | Photo: Matt Polk

Gabe DeRose | Photo: Matt Polk

Rachel Parker, Brett Cuddy, Daniel Pivovar | Photo: Matt Polk

Alex Manalo | Photo: Matt Polk

Christina McCann, Joseph Domencic | Photo: Matt Polk

Joseph Domencic, Mark Fleischer | Photo: Matt Polk