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A Little Night Music

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When:
April 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2016-04-01T20:00:00-07:00
2016-04-01T22:00:00-07:00
Where:
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
USA
Cost:
Thursday: $20, Friday: $25, Saturday: $27, Sunday: $23
Contact:
Coronado Playhouse Box Office
619-435-4856

ALNM

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

April 1 – May 8, 2016

Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm
Sunday @2pm

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by High Wheeler
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

Directed by Jennie Gray Connard
Musical Direction by Kirk Valles
Choreography by Jennie Gray Connard

This hilarious and heartbreaking story of regret and desire centers around an actress and the men who loved her. The men, and their jealous wives, agree to join the actress and her family for a weekend in the country. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

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Meet the Cast

The Liebersleider Singers:
Mrs. Nordstrom – Jazley Genovese
Mrs. Anderssen – Ciarlene Coleman
Mrs. Segstrom – Ferril Gardner
Mr. Erlanson – Kit Fugrad
Mr Lindquist – Richard Morrison

Madame Armfeldt -Dianne Gray
Frid, her Butler – Wilfred Grant T. Paloma
Fredrika Armfeldt – Eliana Payne
Henrik Egerman – Chris Chiles
Anne Egerman – Krista Wilford
Fredrik Egerman – Barron Henzel
Petra – Taylor Henderson
Desiree Armfeldt – Debbie David
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm – Danny Ingersoll
Countess Charlotte Malcolm – Susan Bray

The Playbill

The program is available here: ALNM Program

Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 23, 2016

CONTACT:

Coronado Playhouse Box Office (619) 435-4856
boxoffice@coronadoplayhouse.com

Coronado Playhouse’s 70th Anniversary Season Continues with A Little Night Music Benefitting Deaf Community Services of San Diego April 1-May 8, 2016

Coronado Playhouse is the longest running community theatre in San Diego County and Coronado’s oldest arts organization. The 2016 season marks 70 years of entertainment, service and outreach to Coronado and Southern California audiences.

The Anniversary season continues with the Tony Award®-winning musical, A Little Night Music. This hilarious and heartbreaking story explores the tangled web of affairs centered around the renowned actress, Desiree Armfeldt, and the men who love her. The men, and their jealous wives, agree to join the actress and her family for a weekend in the country. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, this Stephen Sondheim classic takes its story and theme from Ingmar Bergman’s highly respected film, Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) and includes Sondheim’s most beloved and covered song, “Send in the Clowns”.

During the six-week run of performances April 1-May 8, 2016, Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, is raising money and awareness for Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc. Deaf Community Services is the only non-profit agency in San Diego that serves deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened children and adults. Clients include seniors with hearing loss, individuals who use cochlear implants or hearing aids, deaf infants and children whose parents are seeking advice and guidance, and members of the Deaf community. For more information visit www.deafcommunityservices.org.

A Little Night Music special events include:

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package Friday, April 1 at 6:30p.m. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The delicious catered meal will be served from 6:30-7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Industry Wine Tasting Pre-Show Mixer Thursday, April 7 at 6:30p.m. This pre-show mixer includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres pairing and admission to the show. Join us before the show to mingle with other theatre lovers. Open to the public.

dcs_atCPH_2Sign Language Interpretation Performances Sunday April 17th at 2 p.m. and Friday April 29th 8 p.m. two sign language interpreters will join the production so that deaf and hard of hearing patrons can enjoy Sondheim’s classic

Backstage Pass Coronado Playhouse members receive a complimentary guided walk backstage 15 minutes prior to each show and see the pre-show activity behind the curtain. Non-members can deduct the cost of their tickets and become members to join the tour.

The cast features: Susan Bray (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Chris Chiles (Henrik Egerman), Ciarlene Coleman (Mrs. Anderssen), Debbie David (Desiree Armfeldt), Kit Fugrad (Mr. Erlanson), Ferril Gardner (Mrs. Segstrom), Jazley Genovese (Mrs. Nordstrom), Taylor Henderson (Petra), Barron Henzel (Fredrik Egerman), Danny Ingersoll (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Richard Morrison (Mr Lindquist), Eliana Payne (Fredrika Armfeldt), Wilfred Grant T. Paloma (Frid), Dianne Smith Gray (Madame Armfeldt) and Krista Wilford (Anne Egerman).

The production team includes award-winning director Jennie Gray Connard (Director and Choreographer), Kirk Valles (Musical Director), Katy Skyrud and Barron Henzel (Producers), Manny Bejarano and Jennie Gray Connard (Costumers), Barron Henzel (Set Design), Chad Oakley (Lighting Design), Kathy Parks (Stage Manager), Alex Heath (Sound Design), Jack Connard (Sound Operator), Pamela Everett (Props and Dressing).

For more information and to purchase tickets please contact the box office at 619-435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com.

DATES: April 1 – May 8, 2016

TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $20-$27 Active Duty Military, Student and Senior discounts. Excellent group rates are available.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Please contact Box Officefor media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.

Reviews

ArtRocks247

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Coronado Playhouse through May 8, 2016

In keeping with the title of this Tony award winning musical, Coronado
Playhouse assembled a talented group of voices and musicians that wowed the
audience at this intimate community venue.

Desiree Armfeldt (Debbie David) is a renowned yet mature actress with an
overflowing treasure trove of ex-lovers and wannabes. The fireworks ignite
when two such contenders, Fredrik (Barron Henzel) and Carl (Danny Ingersoll)
engage in battles over her affection and attention. The catch is that they
are both married: one to a child bride, Anne (Krista Wilford), who has
remained a virgin; and the other to an age appropriate spouse, Charlotte
(Susan Bray), intent on winning her husband back by making him jealous with
an affair. The interplay is absurdly comical and very entertaining.

The dialogue is sharp and witty and performed adroitly by the cast. The
hallmark of the production is the music performed by a live orchestra and
actors who can really sing the Stephen Sondheim tunes, including the classic
“Send in the Clowns”. It was a tribute to the performers that the audience
was in a state of almost perpetual smiles.

Do yourself a favor and come see A Little Night Music. You’ll be glad you
did.

Lu Magdaleno
ArtRocks247

Cast Bios

Susan BraySUSAN BRAY (Charlotte) SPONSORED BY KEVIN BRAY is very happy to be making her debut on the Coronado Playhouse stage in one of her favorite musicals. She recently was seen at OnStage Playhouse as Louise opposite Debbie David in Always, Patsy Cline. In the San Diego area, Sue has done several shows at PowPac, including God Committee, Greetings and I Do, I Do, I Do for which she received the Aubrey Award last year for lead actress in a comedy.


Chris ChilesCHRISTOPHER CHILES (Henrik Egerman) is happy to make his Coronado Playhouse debut in A Little Night Music. Mr. Chiles has appeared in numerous productions on the East and West Coast including Marius in Les Miserables (2015), Che in Evita Charity Works (2015), Madonna SDGMC (2012), Emcee in Cabaret at Cohoes Music Hall NY (2011), and Laurie in Little Women (2010). Mr. Chiles is excited to share his passion for the Arts and hopes for PEACE in our world through Music and Arts!


Ciarlene ColemanCIARLENE COLEMAN(Mrs. Anderssen) is thrilled to be debuting at Coronado Playhouse! Some previous credits include Refuse, or the Golden Door with ion theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (WoW Festival 2015) Mindset, or Allegory of the GamerCave with Nomads Theatre Company (Gam3rCon 2015). While she is not acting, she is preparing to graduate from UC San Diego and composing music for her own personal projects. She hopes you enjoy this amazing show!


Debbie DavidDEBBIE DAVID (Desiree Armfeldt) SPONSORED BY ARY AND JAKE DAVID; OUTER SLOBOVIA THEATRE GUILD was last seen by SD audiences (in her dream role) as Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline at OnStage Playhouse. Some of her favorite and best roles she performed here at CPH, including; Beatrice Stockwell in The Drowsy Chaperone, Miss Mona in TBLWIT, The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, and now “the one and only Desiree Armfeldt”. She is grateful to her dear friend Jennie for her belief and pushing her to be the best she can be in every way. Thanks to everyone at CPH, especially Barron, and to her boys for always supporting “Mommy’s play-dates”.


Kit FugradKIT FUGRAD (Mr. Erlansen) This is Kit’s second outing with Coronado Playhouse. His favorite past roles include: Javert – Les Miserables (Avo Theatre), Trekkie Monster – Avenue Q (CPH), Sweeney Todd – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Avo), Pontius Pilate – Jesus Christ Superstar (Temecula Valley Players). Kit graduated from the professional physical theatre program at Dell’Arte International, Blue Lake, CA, and received a BA in Theatre Arts from UC-Riverside.


Ferril GardnerFERRIL GARDNER (Mrs. Segstrom) SPONSORED BY RON AND TINA COLE; SEAN LIBIRAN is happy to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing as Lucy in Avenue Q (Aubrey Award and Blue Ribbon Award,) and Ms. Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie last season. Ferril is a raving Sondheim fanatic and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this cast. She would like to dedicate her performance to the memory of her father Mike Gardner who also performed here at Coronado Playhouse.


Jezley GenoveseJAZLEY GENOVESE (Mrs. Nordstrom) is happy to be performing with Coronado Playhouse for the second time. Past favorite roles include Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate, and Mama Morton in Chicago. Jazley is a senior in high school and will be enrolling this fall in a BFA Musical Theatre program on the East Coast. Jazley would like to thank Jennie, Kirk, Manny and the entire cast and crew for a wonderful experience!


Diane GrayDIANNE GRAY (Madame Armfeldt) SPONSORED BY BILL GROVE; FRANCES BROWN is delighted to be back on the Coronado stage. She was last seen in Avenue Q as Mrs.Thistletwat. After that she was cast as Susan Slater in Patio Playhouse’s production of Becky Shaw. You are about to see a wonderful show with beautiful Sondheim music, a talented cast, directed by an award winner, Jennie Gray Connard. Dianne wishes to thank the handsome loving and supportive man in her life, Bill Grove.


Taylor HendersonTAYLOR HENDERSON (Petra) is so humbled to be back at Coronado Playhouse for their 70th season! She was last seen on the CPH stage as Gary Coleman in Avenue Q A Las Vegas native, Taylor is happy to now call San Diego her home. Past credits include: New York- She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3D! (NY Fringe); California- A Civil War Christmas (Diversionary), All Shook Up (Moonlight), and RENT (SWC). Love always to her family and friends near and far for their constant support. Inspire! Aspire!


Barron HenzelBARRON HENZEL (Fredrik Egerman/Set Design) SPONSORED BY THOMAS FITZPATRICK Favorite credits: Frog and Toad, Sleeping Beauty, Pageant, Much Ado, Pump Boys, Angels Among Us (CPH); Grease (OnStage) (Aldea Award); They’re Playing Our Song (Scripps Ranch); Snoopy!!! (Pickwick); The Busy World is Hushed, Torch Song Trilogy, Handsome Men (Diversionary); Trolls, Miss Mcinerney’s Acquaintances (6th@Penn). He co-produced Sugar, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sherlock Holmes*, TBLWIT*, The Drowsy Chaperone*, Cinderella* and The IT Girl at Coronado Playhouse. Barron is an art director and president of the board of directors at CPH. XO, Debbie, BFF & TF. *Aubrey Award


Danny IngersollDANNY INGERSOLL (Carl Magnus) is so excited to be playing one of his bucket list roles/ shows. Returning to Coronado Playhouse always feels like coming home. Some of his favorite roles have been Aldolpho, Daddy Warbucks, Buddy Fidler, Julian Marsh, Seymour, Sylvia St. Croix, Drs. Fine/Madden, The King of Siam, and the Cowardly Lion. (Google character names for show titles) Danny is also San Diego’s Realtor for the Arts.


Richard MorrisonRICHARD MORRISON (Mr. Lindquist) is a voice teacher and music director, and is generally seen behind a piano and/or in the orchestra pit. But he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sing the magnificent Night Music score. Next up: conducting Sweeney Todd (more Sondheim!) at San Diego Junior Theatre this summer. Thanks to Jennie, Kirk, Cherylyn, and Kurt.


Headshot.2WILFRED GRANT T. PALOMA (Frid) Wilfred earned an AA in Visual & Performing Arts at SD City College & is pursuing a BA in Theatre Performance: Acting & Musical Theatre at SDSU. Past stage credits: Man 2 in The Things We Never Say at the SD Fringe Festival, Kenickie/Teen Angel in Grease, Usnavi in In the Heights (SWC/Saville), Betty in Three Penny Opera (UCSD), Man 1 in Songs for a New World (OnStage), Angel in Rent (SWC), Stephen in Sheila (OB Playhouse), Dash in The Wallet (Saville), Snail in A Year With Frog & Toad, Man 1 in Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem, Carnival!, & Chicago (all at Coronado Playhouse).


Eliana PayneELIANA PAYNE (Fredrika) is so excited to be working again at Coronado Playhouse! She was last seen at CPH as Cindy in SUDS The Musical. Favorite credits include: Kaa in The Jungle Book, Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Cat in HONK Jr., Tiger Lilly in Peter Pan, Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, Narrator in Charlotte’s Web, Brenda/Gym Coach in Hairspray. Thank you to her family, Jennie, Kirk, Anna, and especially God.


Krista WilfordKRISTA WILFORD (Anne) SPONSORED BY EMMA M. AH SING is thrilled to make her Coronado Playhouse debut with A Little Night Music. Past credits include: Belinda in Queen of Carthage (City Opera), Trouble in Tahiti & The Most Happy Fella (Point Loma Opera Theatre), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Cosette in Les Miserables. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University. www.kristawilford.com


Creative Team

Jennie

JENNIE GRAY CONNARD (Director/Choreographer) is incredibly grateful to be bringing such a beautiful and elegant show to the CPH stage. Director/choreographer credits include;
Godspell in Concert, Avenue Q, Spamalot, Pageant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Acting credits include: They’re Playing Our Song, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sleeping Beauty, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Taffeta Christmas, Gypsy, Inherit the Wind. Jennie feels so blessed to have worked with this dream of a cast including her BFF, Barron, her Bestie, Debbie and her Mommy, Dianne. Jennie wishes to thank Manny Bejarano for his incredible vision and patience, the incomparable, Kirk Valles for being her creative partner, Barron and Katy for… well for EVERYTHING and her husband and children for being her reason.


Kirk VallesKIRK VALLES (Musical 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, Godspell, Spamalot, Into The Woods, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors and Sleeping Beauty are some of Kirk’s latest shows. Kirk also maintains private piano and voice coaching in the San Diego area. Kirk is honored to be working with the amazing cast of A Little Night Music and this lovely orchestra. A special thank you to Jennie and Barron and CPH. Much LOVE to my babies Ana, Brooke, Jocelyn and G.


cph logoCORONADO PLAYHOUSE (Producer)


MANNY BEJARANO (Assistant Director)


MANNY BEJARANO, JENNIE GRAY CONNARD (Costume Design)


ALEX HEATH (Sound Design)


WADE MORRIS (Assistant Sound Design)


CHAD OAKLEY (Lighting Design)


BARRON HENZEL (Set Design)


BILL CONNARD (Master Builder)


JACK CONNARD (Sound Tech)


DARYL DALEY (Light Tech)


PAMELA EVERETT (Props & Dressing)


KATHY PARKS (Stage Manager)


Show Events

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package Friday, April 1 at 6:30p.m. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The delicious catered meal will be served from 6:30-7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Industry Wine Tasting Pre-Show Mixer Thursday, April 7 at 6:30p.m. This pre-show mixer includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres pairing and admission to the show. Join us before the show to mingle with other theatre lovers. Open to the public.

dcs_atCPH_2Sign Language Interpretation Performances Sunday April 17th at 2 p.m. and Friday April 29th 8 p.m. two sign language interpreters will join the production so that deaf and hard of hearing patrons can enjoy Sondheim’s classic

Backstage Pass Coronado Playhouse members receive a complimentary guided walk backstage 15 minutes prior to each show and see the pre-show activity behind the curtain. Non-members can deduct the cost of their tickets and become members to join the tour.

Partnerships

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 A Little Night Music we are proud to partner with Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc. in an effort to bring much needed exposure and donations to this worthy cause.DeafCommunityServices

Learn More

Debbie

Spotlight on DEBBIE DAVID appearing as Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music
1) Favorite Role performed at CPH?

Playing Desiree has been a dream come true. However, I’d have to say that playing Beatrice Stockwell in The Drowsy Chaperone will always hold a special place in my heart. It was my first show at CPH, and where I met so many people who have become an important part of my life, both on and off the stage. Also, she has the best entrance ever written for the musical theater (lounging on a bed that comes out of a wall!! Come on!).

2) Favorite Role performed ever?

Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline. It was by far the most challenging and exhausting role I have done to date, but the trade off was immense. We touched so many people with that show, and Patsy was just an incredible STAR, in every sense of the word. Playing that role was truly a gift.

3) Dream Role yet to play?

Auntie Mame. The play, not the musical. I grew up waning to be Rosalind Russell. It’ll happen…some day.

4) You’re currently playing Desiree Armfeldt in ALNM and your fabulous, by the way… What’s your favorite moment on stage during the production?

We are midway through the run at this point, so it’s difficult to say, because it changes every week! Anytime I am on stage with Barron Henzel, of course! But I really love when Danny Ingersoll makes his first entrance as Carl Magnus. He is so funny and perfect in this role, and I love the interaction between him, Barron, and myself in our scenes. I’ve been doing shows with Danny for about 13 years now, and he really shines in this production. I am so happy to be working with him again.

5) You sing one of Sondheim’s most famous songs ever in this show – Send In The Clowns. Scary or thrilling?

BOTH. I’ve been performing for a long time, and I have a “pre-show routine” that I go through every night. I will walk through my blocking , dialogue and songs backstage before every performance, just to get it all fresh into my brain. However, I have found that “Send in the Clowns” (and the scene leading into it) is not something that I am able to rehearse much, because the scene is different every night, depending on my interaction with Barron. It’s one of the joys of working with him. It sounds really corny, but he is so “real” and looks me in the eye the entire time, which is sometimes rare with fellow actors. So what the audience is seeing is a REAL conversation between us. Even though the dialogue is always the same, the emotions that it invokes are different every night, depending on whatever else is going on in my head (OUR heads)..or what kind of day I’ve had..or whatever. So, knowing that “Clowns” is the ONE SONG that everybody knows from the show, and not fully knowing how you’re about to deliver it on a particular night is scary to the “control freak” in me..and thrilling to the actor. I’ve had more than one person come to me after a performance and say “I’ve never seen the song done it its context. Wow!” (or words to that effect). I love that. I love being the person to bring that to the audience. I am very lucky.

6) In one word – why should people come to see ALNM?

ONE word?? Have you met me??? Ok……JENNIE. That’s the word. Our Director is wonderful in so many ways, but she has a gift that I can’t quite put my finger on. She has managed to assemble a cast, crew, and production team of people who just FIT. The show is beautiful to look at and beautiful to listen to. The voices are fantastic
(wait til you hear our Quintet!), and these actors are excellent. The orchestra that our Musical Director, Kirk Valles has put together is outstanding. The costumes are perfect and the set is exactly right for our production. None of this happens without the leadership of someone like Jennie. She has taken this magnificent Sondheim work and turned it into a gigantic feather in CPH’s hat, and I couldn’t be more grateful to her for letting me be a part of this experience.

Author: Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse, the oldest, longest-running community theatre in San Diego County, has been dedicated to providing quality entertainment to the Coronado community since 1946. The 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre, overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the beautiful Coronado Community Center. The current venue opened in 2006 with state-of-the-art equipment and a full service bar. We produce five main productions each year - with the best local talent and production teams available - which entertain, educate and enrich our patrons. In addition, we offer showcases, special events, classes and educational opportunities for students and adults to thrive in the local artistic community. We draw upon local creative and technical talent to give Coronado and San Diego residents vibrant, creative and safe training in the theatrical arts.