September 8 – October 15, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm & Sunday @2pm
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Director Shirley Johnston
Musical Director Kirk Valles
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical
Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi spoof musical with a hilarious and fearsome plot and a collection of great songs – Oh! And lots of foliage!
Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with. Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams?
With a musical score by Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer known for Disney’s A Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas, Little Shop of Horrors original production ran on Broadway for five years.
“It leaves the audience feeling just like Audrey II between victims — ravenous for more” – The New York Times
Meet the Cast
- Connor Boyd: Seymour Krelborn
- Dani Leandra: Audrey
- Steven Jensen: Mr. Mushnik
- Brooke Henderson: Chiffon
- Myranda Young: Crystal
- Stephanie Nesbitt: Ronette
- William B.J. Robinson: Audrey II
- Edgar Diaz-Guitierrez: Orin Scrivello, DDS
- Alex Contreras: Ensemble
- Dennis Dizon: Ensemble
- Joseph DaSilva: Ensemble
- Kaivan Mohsenzadeh: Ensemble
- Raymond Stradford: Ensemble
- Lenelle Wylie: Ensemble
- Eva Playman: Youth Ensemble
- Natasha Segui: Youth Ensemble
- Madeline Tulagan: Youth Ensemble
- Julia Van Skike: Youth Ensemble
The program is available here.
Press images are not yet available for this production.
CONNOR BOYD (Seymour Krelborn) is honored to make his Coronado Playhouse debut as Seymour! Regional Theatre: Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar (Concert Edition), Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone (San Diego State University), Adam in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Narrator in The Laramie Project (Trinity Theatre Company). Film: DD in The End of Fun, Eric in Mirror Image, Grayson in The Final Days of Elliot Morrison (San Diego Film Award Nomination 2017).
DANI LEANDRA (Audrey) is thrilled to make her Coronado Playhouse debut as Audrey! Some Previous credits include: Heather McNamara in Heathers The Musical, Sister Mary-Luke in Nunsense, Camila Rosario in In The Heights, Woman 3 in The Things We Never Say (SD Fringe ), Sally Brown (YAGMCB), Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in Spelling Bee and Paulette in Legally Blonde. Dani would like to thank the artistic team for this opportunity! She would also like to thank her family, friends and girlfriend for their constant love and support.
STEVEN JENSEN (Mr. Mshnik) has appeared at Coronado Playhouse in concerts, cabarets, and fourteen plays since 2010. Those include Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest, Spamalot, Sugar, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. A sample of plays elsewhere: Who Am I This Time?, King Lear, and Macbeth at Vanguard; The Tempest at Poor Players; Edward II at Diversionary; Julius Caesar at New Village Arts; Medea and The Oresteia at Sixth@Penn; Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, and others at CYT; The Gondoliers, Candide, Die Fledermaus, The Mikado, and others at Lyric Opera San Diego.
BROOKE HENDERSON (Chiffon) is very excited to make her Coronado Playhouse debut. Her previous credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe 2012-2016) Ragtime (San Diego Musical Theater), and The Music Man and Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions). Her youth theater credits include Ragtime (Sarah’s friend, J*Company) The Wiz (Addaperle, J*Company) 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Parks, ACT San Diego) Tarzan (Young Terk, Moonlight Youth Theatre) and many more. She would like to thank her mom for driving her to all the rehearsals and the amazing cast and crew of Little Shop.
MYRANDA YOUNG (Crystal) is excited to be making her debut at Coronado Playhouse! Her recent credits include They’re Playing Our Song (Lamplighters Community Theater), Legally Blonde as Pilar and In The Heights as Vanessa (Sweetwater Summer Theater Institute). Myranda would like to thank the artistic team for this amazing opportunity. She would also like to thank her family, best friend, boyfriend, and cat Louie for letting her sing at the top of her lungs 24/7.
STEPHANIE NESBITT (Ronette) is happy to return to Coronado Playhouse! Recent appearances include Play It Again, Sam (Onstage Playhouse), Marlena Madison in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Onstage Playhouse) and Bird in A Year with Frog and Toad (Coronado Playhouse, Aubrey Award Winner). Other appearances in San Diego include Dolores in Sugar (Coronado Playhouse) and Florinda in Into the Woods (Pickwick Players, Santee). She would like to thank her family for always loving her, even when she was a precocious and strange child who asked for a Venus flytrap for her birthday after seeing a particularly entertaining film!
WILLIAM B.J. ROBINSON (Audrey II, voice) is thrilled to make his debut with Coronado Playhouse! He is the host of KPBS Spectrum, a TV program all about arts and culture. BJ is also an educator, composer, director, and performer. Since moving to San Diego in 2009, he has musically worked with Southwestern College, All Saints Episcopal Church, the University of San Diego, Grossmont College, J Company Youth Theater, The North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe, Cane Toads Productions and Rag Lady Productions. Recently, BJ played the title role in Great White Bear’s The Yellow Hell of Vincent Van Gogh, part of the SD Fringe Festival!
EDGAR DIAZ-GUITIERREZ (Orin Scrivello, DDS) has been performing in San Diego for two years now and has been seen in many shows such as Avenue Q (Princeton), Evita (Magaldi), Les Miserables (Enjolras), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Ritchie Valens), Rope (Noah), Vanya, Sonya, Masha, and Spike (Spike) and others. He has performed all over San Diego from Onstage to Coronado to Patio Playhouse. Most recently he was seen at Patio Playhouse in Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince/ Wolf 1). He is thankful of his two #1 fans, his mother and grandmother.
ALEX CONTRERAS (Ensemble) is excited be in his first show at Coronado Playhouse and in one of his favorite musicals! His recent credits include Davis in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Patio Playhouse), The Lover in The Who’s Tommy (OB Playhouse), Chris Cringle in Beau Jest (Patio Playhouse), Wally Ferguson in 1940’s Radio Hour (Patio Playhouse), Ernst in Spring Awakening (Palomar College), Mr. Mayor in Seussical The Musical (Cal State San Marcos), and Brian in The Breakfast Club (Cal State San Marcos). Alex also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts from Cal State San Marcos. In his spare time, Alex loves to cosplay with his group ‘SD Wizards’ and has roleplayed as both Harry Potter and Marty McFly.
DENNIS DIZON (Ensemble) is excited to be making his second appearance at Coronado Playhouse after performing in The Test earlier this year. Some credits include: Piragua Guy in In the Heights (VAPA), Joe in The Test (Coronado Playhouse), and Man #1 in Songs for a New World (Breakthrough Workshop Theatre). Aside from musical theatre, Dennis also participates in singing competitions, including Star to Be in New York City, as well theatre intensives including the Broadway Dreams Foundation. He’d like to thank the cast, crew, and the artistic team for an amazing experience!
JOSEPH DASILVA (Ensemble) is originally from Venezuela. He’s an Architect graduated from Universidad de Los Andes, where he collaborated in various theatrical performances. He worked in the Department of cultural affairs in his student board, bringing together art and politics to the alumni. He has participated at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 3 different occasions with Frontiera, Circumstantial Evidence (as sound director) and most recently in Specific Gravity, all with the Circus Collective of San Diego. He also participated in the Atlas Intersections Festival in Washington D.C. and is currently part of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus performing in both Baritone section and as a soloist.
KAIVAN MOHSENZADEH (Ensemble) is excited for his debut on the musical stage at Coronado Playhouse. This is Kaivan’s first time on a community theater stage and he hopes to be a part of many more productions in the future! Many thanks to all the wonderful cast and crew that has helped in making this production a success!
RAYMOND STRADFORD (Ensemble) Originally from the south, Raymond Stradford is thrilled to be making his reintroduction back into theater after moving to California in early 2016. After a long-awaited hiatus he is excited to be a part of the ensemble and cast for Little Shop of Horrors.
LENELLE WYLIE (Ensemble) is a biology teacher and aquatics coach at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa. She’s been lucky enough to play some fun roles at Visionary Dance Theater including Evilene in The Wiz, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray and Charlemagne in Pippin. She is thrilled to be in the Coronado Playhouse’s production of Little Shop of Horrors with such a talented cast and crew! She would like to thank her husband, daughters and parents for all of their support in everything that she decides to take on!
EVA PLAYMAN (Youth Ensemble) is delighted for her debut performance at the Coronado Playhouse. Her recent credits include Shrek, Fairly Tale Creature (Christian Youth Theater), Comedy of Errors, 1st Merchant (San Diego Theatre Arts School), Elf Jr., Chadwick & Sarah (Ocean Beach Playhouse), and several additional productions with Christian Youth Theater. Eva also enjoys singing (lead singer) & performing with her band, The Mad Hatters. She is truly thankful to Shirley and all those associated with Coronado Playhouse for making this production & experience simply amazing!
NATASHA SEGUI (Youth Ensemble) is excited to make her Coronado Playhouse debut in one of her favourite shows, Little Shop of Horrors! Her recent credits include: The Voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Junior Theatre), Sarah in Ragtime (J*Company), and Leading Player in Pippin (Junior Theatre). She is thankful to be working with the fantastic artistic team, cast and crew of this show!
MADELINE TULAGAN (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to make her debut at Coronado Playhouse! Recent credits/awards include Christine in Halo Halo (Asian Story Theatre), Young Nala in The Lion King Jr. (Coronado Middle School), Matthews in Elf Jr. (Ocean Beach Playhouse), the Witch in The Wizard of Oz (Islander Youth Theater), featured soloist in Kids Musical Live! (Ocean Beach Playhouse) and first place in 6th grade solo division (Musical Theatre Competitions of America). Many thanks to Ms. Shirley, Mr. Kirk, the artistic team, cast, and crew for this experience, and also to her APA teacher, Linda Kullman, her vocal coach, Chrissy Burns, and her family for their support!
JULIA VAN SKIKE (Youth Ensemble) is excited to return to Coronado Playhouse after having a magical time in Seussical last fall. Favorite roles include Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street (SDMT), Children’s Ensemble for The Little Mermaid (Moonlight Stage Productions) & Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web (Pickwick). Other favorite productions include Billy Elliot & Annie (CYC) and A Christmas Carol (ACT). Julia is also a proud member of Theatre of Peace. Special thanks to Shirley, Kirk and the entire Coronado Playhouse family.
SHIRLEY JOHNSTON (Director) began her career in Musical Theatre here in San Diego at the famous Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park. She has also worked with San Diego Comic Opera, San Diego Lyric Opera, Lamb’s Players Theatre, The Coronado Playhouse, Sledgehammer Theatre, Vista’s Broadway Theater, San Diego Junior Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Ocean Beach Playhouse, Onstage Playhouse, Moonlight Stage Productions, and Dicapo Opera in New York City. Some of her favorite roles: Rosie Bye Bye Birdie, Brenda Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Charlayne Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fortune Teller Sideshow, Bonnie Anything Goes, Charlotte A Little Night Music, Lucy Avenue Q, Cassie A Chorus Line, and The Witch in Big Fish. Currently Shirley teaches Musical Theatre Dance at Culture Shock Dance Center as well as directing and choreographing for various theatres here in San Diego and in New York City. Most recently she directed and choreographed Pippin for San Diego Junior Theatre and next up is Smokey Joe’s Cafe for Onstage Playhouse. Shirley would like to thank the production team and the Coronado Playhouse, the remarkably talented cast and crew and last but never least, her husband Robert.
KIRK VALLES (Music Director) teaches vocal and general music in the San Diego Unified School District and is Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Avenue Q, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Nunsense, Always Patsy Cline, Godspell (in concert), Spamalot, Into The Woods, Sleeping Beauty, Tommy and I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change are some of Kirk’s latest shows as musical director. Kirk also maintains private piano and voice coaching in the San Diego area. Kirk is honored to be working with this AMAZING cast, band and production team for Little Shop Of Horrors. A special thank you to Shirley, Barron, Chris, Vanessa and the Coronado Playhouse. Much LOVE to my babies Ana, Brooke, and Jocelyn.
KATHY PARKS (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on one of her favorite shows with such an awesome cast and crew. She has worked backstage on many shows with Coronado Playhouse, Pickwick Players and Trinity Theatre Company. Thank you Shirley for keeping this fun, Lynneah for all your help, and much love to my sons Sean and Connor Boyd.
LYNNEAH MOJICA (Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew as their ASM. She would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for their constant support and inspiration.
CHRIS POWELL (Producer) is excited to be at CPH! Work at Coronando Playhouse: Assistant Director for the award-winning productions of Sleeping Beauty and the Rose Taboo, Best little Whorehouse, Grease, Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Dames at Sea and The IT Girl. Also, produced Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Cabaret shows at CPH. Other shows that he has been a part of (Diversionary Theatre) are the critically acclaimed productions Thrill Me!, YANK ! The musical, The Busy World is Hushed , Torch Song Trilogy, The New Century, Dooley, Corpus Christi and many others.
STACY MYCORN (Producer) is honored to be working on this production of Little Shop of Horrors. A Playhouse Board Member for the past two years, Stacy is a long-time Coronado resident and theatre lover. Having been a valued judge for both the Blue Ribbon and Aubrey judging teams for several years, she was eager to support her local community theatre. Stacy works with fellow board members on CPH events, marketing and play selection. She overseas the Playhouse’s community partnership program.
JAMES BOYD (Set Designer)
STAN SOTH (Set Designer) After a thirty year Health Care career in Alaska, Stan retired and began a slow migration to warmer climes. In 2010 he found a new dream home in Imperial Beach and soon after that he found a new, wonderful family at the Coronado Playhouse. He has designed and helped build a number of sets for CPH, occasionally as Master Builder. He has fabricated many custom props and costume elements. He is thrilled by and very proud of this opportunity.
CAITLIN LAMAR (Sound Designer) is ecstatic to be joining the Coronado Playhouse family with their production of Little Shop of Horrors. Her latest work was seen in the Summer in the Park season at Patio Playhouse where she sound designed Into the Woods and sound designed/live mixed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!
JOSH OLMSTEAD (Lighting Designer)
SHELLEY CRICKETT (Costume Designer)
PAM STOMPLOY-ERICSON (Wigs & Make-Up)
JOE FITZPATRICK (Puppeteer) began working with puppets in 1992 at The Museum of Art with an exhibit titled: Extended Personae: The Art of Puppetry. Joe has performed at The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, North Coast Rep, the Nighttime Zoo and numerous museums, schools and libraries. Joe has 16 shows that feature marionettes, hand puppets and shadow puppets that he performs regularly at the puppet theater in Balboa Park. He was puppet master for The Tempest and Macbeth at The Old Globe.
PAMELA EVERETT (Props Designer) is thrilled to be the Resident Properties Designer at CPH and to have the opportunity it affords to work with this amazing production staff and cast! Pam has been with CPH for 12 years assisting with too many shows to list and has received numerous Blue Ribbon and Act Awards over the years. In May, Pam received a 2017 Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League for volunteerism with CPH. Thank you to the Board and everyone involved at CPH for this great honor. Thank you to my wonderful loving family, Dennis and Amanda for enabling me, putting up with me (and the mess at home) and for their assistance in making everything happen.
ANTHONY ZELIG (Lighting Operator)
JOUBIN ANTHONY ZADE (Follow Spot Operator)
THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS MUSICIANS
Kirk Valles: piano
Martín Martiarena: bass
Kalani Mojica: guitar
Sebastian Bucio: drums/ percussion
OPENING NIGHT MEMBERS’ MINGLER
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate open nights at Coronado Playhouse!
You’re a loyal supporter of The Community’s Theatre and we want to show our appreciation. Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers before every opening night of each new main-stage production. Mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy the ambience and excitement of opening night.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.
Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.
During the run of this production, Coronado Playhouse, The Community’s Theatre, is also raising money and awareness to benefit The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Please bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to any performance as a donation. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank feed 400,000 people per month in partnership with 400 nonprofit community partners that operate feeding programs. Food donations are distributed to area food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, senior centers, faith-based organizations, schools, and day centers for the elderly and disabled. According to a 2014 U.S. Census Community Survey, almost 470,000 people in San Diego County live below the poverty level and 140,000 of them are children.
Items most needed include canned meats and tuna, peanut butter, canned soups, fruits, vegetables and beans. Also on the list spaghetti, cereal, rice and macaroni and cheese.
Go to the The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank website for more details.