Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September, 2018 at 7pm
& Sunday 2 September, 2018 at 2pm
Director: Vanessa Dinning
Musical Director: William BJ Robinson
Book: James Goldman
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Everything was possible.
In Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s legendary musical masterpiece, the iconic Weismann Theater, now a crumbling shell of its former glory, is about to be demolished to provide precious New York City parking space. Broadway impresario Dimitri Weismann arranges a reunion of the actors, singers, dancers, and personalities who peopled his famous Follies in the years between the World Wars, as a farewell tribute to the doomed building. In a shabby yet sparkling atmosphere of bittersweet nostalgia, a wide variety of faded glamour girls – the famous Follies beauties of years gone by – laugh, reminisce, brag, boast, express regret, and perform the musical numbers which made them famous, trailed by the ghosts of their younger selves. Against this volatile atmosphere of drunken remembrances, a decades-old love quadrangle receives a revival when Follies dancers Sally and Phyllis, and their respective husbands, Buddy and Ben meet again.
Follies is about the past, revisited, embraced, rejected, relived, denied. It is about the effects the past has on the present and the future. A true theatrical event, considered by many to be one of the greatest musicals ever created, Follies features a host of some of Sondheim’s most brilliant and memorable songs including “Losing My Mind,” “Could I Leave You?” “I’m Still Here” and “Broadway Baby.”
CAST INCLUDES: Kylie Acuña, Michelle Arias, Sue Boland, Susan Bray, Debbie David, Ryan Dietrich, Walter DuMelle, Krista Feallock, Pablo Gamino, Jaga Glassman, Kim Hendrix, Allison High, Steven Jensen, Lesley Knoth Pearson, Raymond Lynch, Victoria Mature, Leslie Miller, Jonathan Nussman, Sarah Robinson, Stephanie Sabin, Michael Sokol, Madeline Tam-Love, Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur, Krista Wilford
$20 each, Open Seating.
RAYMOND LYNCH (Dimitri Weismann) was seen last year as Father Chenille in Drinking Habits and as the poet, Sigfied Sassoon in the staged reading of Not About Heroes. He has performed Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles ( Mark Taper Forum and others), regional Shakespeare festivals and repertory, performing 49 Shakespearean roles. Locally, he’s worked at Coronado Playhouse in Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, at Lamplighters, Vanguard, Vista’s Broadway Theatre, and as Beethoven with the San Diego Symphony. First job: The Old Globe in a show directed by Craig Noel. Later cast by Sir Richard Attenborough in Robert Downy Jr.’s Chaplin. Television (with a fond memory of playing Hotlips’ fantasy Bridegroom in M*A*S*H), film and commercials. He is a proud Army veteran.
DEBBIE DAVID (Sally Durant Plummer) is excited to be returning to her old “stomping grounds” here in Coronado to be a part of this fantastic concert experience. CPH audiences may recognize Debbie from her turn as Desiree in A Little Night Music, or the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, or Miss Mona in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Recently, she was seen as Melpomene in Xanadu-the Musical, and the one-woman show Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, both at Onstage Playhouse. She would like to thank Vanessa for including her in this project, and for her unwavering friendship and support. Enjoy the show!
KRISTA WILFORD (Young Sally) is thrilled to be back at CPH! Most recently she made her debut at the 2018 Mainly Mozart Festival in Thamos, King of Egypt. She has sung alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Chita Rivera in Epcot’s Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World, FL. Locally she has worked with San Diego Opera (Opera Exposed!), City Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts, Point Loma Opera Theatre, SeaWorld, and Legoland. Favorite roles include Anne (A Little Night Music, CPH), April (Company), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Trio Soprano (Trouble in Tahiti), and Sally Brown (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown).
KIM HENDRIX (Phyllis Rogers Stone) is thrilled to be working on her first show at Coronado Playhouse! She lived and worked for many years in New York, and has performed all over the country. Some favorite roles include: Jennyanydots in Cats, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Frankie in Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune, and Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Most recently, she has directed Lion King at Young Actors’ Theatre, as well as performed as Miss Hannigan in Annie, and Emma Goldman in Ragtime. She has also done several shows at Off-Broadway Live in Santee the last two seasons. Kim thanks her husband and children for all their support and patience!
MICHAEL SOKOL (Buddy Plummer) (Baritone) has had great success in opera and musical theatre here in the United States and in Europe, in venues from the Metropolitan Opera, to the Philadelphia Orchestra, to Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Mr. Sokol grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where as a child he was a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir for many years. He received his university degrees from Arizona State University, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University. As a performer in theatre and opera, he has performed roles from Mozart’s Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Marcello in La Boheme and Shaw’s Henry Higgins in Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Very active in the creation of new music theatre, he created the role of Frank Lloyd Wright in the world premiere of Darren Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s opera Shining Brow and the role of the Magician in the American premiere of Stephen Oliver’s Mario and the Magician. An expert in the comic masterpieces of Gilbert and Sullivan and Offenbach, he has appeared in and directed over 17 of their respective works. San Diego audiences saw him this season in concert with his wife Angelina Réaux in her centennial celebratory recital of Leonard Bernstein’s vocal concert music entitled I Hate Music, in the WWI Christmas Armistice event All Is Calm, and as the Sergeant of Police in San Diego Opera’s Pirates of Penzance. Michael is also the founder and director of the San Diego Summer Gilbert and Sullivan Workshop which begins its fifth season this June.
JONATHAN NUSSMAN (Young Buddy) is a singer whose varied interests include opera, theater, and art song, with a special emphasis on contemporary and experimental music. As a performer of new works he frequently premieres pieces by composers from around the world, as well as his own original compositions. In addition to appearing in more than twenty world-premiere operas and theatrical works, he has performed extensively in more traditional repertoire, with notable roles including Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Larry Foreman (The Cradle Will Rock), and Sid (Albert Herring). He is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. www.jonathannussman.com
WALTER DUMELLE (Ben Stone) has had the good pleasure of singing in a wide variety of genres (opera, concert, musical theater) over the past 35 years across the country. Recent highlights include: Sunday in the Park with George/Boatman (ion theatre), La traviata/Baron Duphol (SD Opera), 8 Songs for a Mad King/King (Bodhi Tree Concerts – winner of BEST IN FEST at the 2017 SD Fringe Festival), Il barbiere de Siviglia/Bartolo (Opera de Tijuana). In 2012 with his wife Diana, they founded and continue to run Bodhi Tree Concerts (www.bodhitreeconcerts.org). Upcoming engagements include a return to Mikado/Pooh-Bah this September with Bodhi Tree Concerts.
PABLO GAMINO (Young Ben) Music Major at Southwestern College. I have been part of all Vocal Performance groups such as the Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir, Concert Choir and the Jazz Vocal Ensemble. I have won the privilege of singing the National Anthem at the Southwestern College graduation ceremony opening doors to many other performances around campus and San Diego. I have performed for News Channels and the San Diego famous December Night’s at Balboa Park. I have musical experiences of vocal performance singing in several genres of music such as Musical Theatre, Classical, Contemporary and Jazz.
RYAN DEITRICH (Roscoe) is thrilled to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut! Previous Credits include: Off-Broadway: She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D (Assistant stage manager); Moonlight Stage Productions: The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis), The Music Man (Quartet); SDMT: 9 to 5 (Ensemble), Ragtime (J.P. Morgan); Welk Resort: Sweet Charity (Herman), Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod); UCSD: The Threepenny Opera (Filch); San Diego Reparatory Theater: In the Heights (Pit singer), Dirty Little Secrets (Back up vocalist); Roustabouts Theater: Anyone Can Whistle (Magruder). A big thank you to my family, friends, and mentors for your constant love and support.
LESLEY KNOTH PEARSON (Carlotta Campion) holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from UCLA and an Ed.D. in Education from Alliant International University. She worked as a volunteer Assistant Talent Coordinator for Dick Clark Productions in Los Angeles for the Country Music Awards and American Music Awards. Acting credits include: Frankie Dubberly in Southern Hospitality, Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, Babe in Pajama Game, First Witch in Macbeth, Frastrada in Pippin, Golde in Fiddler On the Roof, Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn in The Music Man, Chris in Rumors, Penelope Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You, Suzanne in Dearly Departed, Nurse Purgon in The Imaginary Invalid, Zipporah in Milk and Honey, Sally Applegate in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Joanne in Company, and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet for which she won an Aubrey Award. Lesley is also a director, producer, choreographer and works as a voice actors for audio books. She co-founded Westminster Youth Theatre, is a member of Vanguard Theatre’s Board and a founding member of San Diego Shakespeare Society.
VICTORIA MATURE (Stella Deems) is a classically trained singer who has won national competitions and sung internationally. Locally, Victoria has performed with the San Diego Opera Chorus, and as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. She lived in Italy for several years singing at funerals, on mountaintops, in concert halls, and if it wasn’t for that avalanche, she would have sung in an igloo… Victoria earned her B.A. in Music from the University of California at San Diego. She is also a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique and has enjoyed the roles of Fight Choreographer, Director, Producer, and Costumer. Victoria was particularly proud to have had the opportunity to utilize all those skills on a 3rd and 4th grade production of Macbeth complete with staff battles and sword fights. She has starred in one feature film, playing Rosalind in As You Like It. At the Coronado Playhouse, Victoria has starred in a Wilde, and a Coward and several Shakespearean plays.
JAGA GLASSMAN (Emily Whitman) is an award-winning Jazz singer and songwriter, film actress and visual artist. Her oil paintings have been featured in the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and her graphic artwork, and painting on stone has been exhibited in the UC San Diego Faculty Club, and SD Polo Club, where she also performed with her Jazz band. Her latest album Jaga’s Jazz, a Celebration of Love is available on iTunes and Amazon. Her diverse educational background includes a JD from USD, and a BA in Biology. She studies acting/vocal studies with Lorenzo Rodriguez (SAG/AFRA) and dialects with Vanessa Dinning.
STEVEN JENSEN (Theodore Whitman) has appeared in musicals, operettas, and concerts with Coronado Playhouse, Lyric Opera San Diego, CCT, Lamplighters Theatre, Bodhi Tree Concerts, Pacific Coast Chorale, and others. Here at Coronado Playhouse, he has performed in fifteen plays, including recently King Charles III, Little Shop of Horrors, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Tartuffe, Sugar, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Romeo and Juliet, and Monty Python’s Spamalot.
SUSAN BRAY (Harriet Walker) is thrilled to be in Follies, one of her favorite Sondheim shows. Susan was last seen at Coronado Playhouse in A Man if No Importance and before that received the blue ribbon award from Coronado for best actress in a major support role in a musical for playing Spiker in James and the Giant Peach. She has been seen at Onstage Playhouse, PowPac and Coronado. Susan would like to thank Vanessa for this wonderful opportunity and thanks her husband Kevin, for giving her the love and support to continue her therapy, theatre!!
SUE BOLAND (Solange LaFitte) was last seen in King Charles III and A Man of No Importance and is pleased to be in this, her 10th Coronado Playhouse production. San Diego Credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, Meet Me in St. Louis, Cabaret, Grease, Stepping Out, My Fair Lady. (Welk Theatre) Nunsense, Little Women, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls, Most Happy Fella, (Moonlight) Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, (Starlight) ThreePenny Opera, (SD Rep).. Sue, Coronado resident is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, NYC and is a retired CPA.
STEPHANIE SABIN (Heidi Schiller) has a 25+ year career of performance, teaching and production. As a trained classical vocalist, she maintains a thriving vocal studio in San Diego. Her original solo concert Les Chemins de L’Amour has been performed in the United States and abroad, most recently at Coronado Playhouse in 2017. In 2014, she was involved in the world premiere of Katie Luther: The Opera, as Artistic Director and the title role and in that same year also had the privilege of co-authoring, coordinating and lead teaching a new education outreach program for San Diego Opera having prior served as Composer-in-Residence for SDO’s Words and Music! education outreach program. Stephanie is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is currently the San Diego Chapter Board President. As a Music Director, Conductor and Stage Director, credits include: Once on this Island (Pacific Ridge School), Violet: In Concert (Coronado Playhouse), Avenue Q! and Kiss Me Kate (Canyon Crest Academy), Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma (St Augustine High School). She has been a featured performer in various venues including the Utah Festival Opera, Opera Idaho, Lyric Opera of San Diego, San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera.
MARY ROSE VADEBONCOEUR (Young Heidi) is thrilled to be returning to Coronado Playhouse for Follies! Past credits include Maria (Sound of Music), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie) ,Young Vi (Violet in Concert), Patrice (13). Thanks to Vanessa and BJ for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing show.
MADELINE TAM-LOVE (Margie/Ensemble) is excited to be working with Coronado Playhouse again as a part of this production of Follies: in Concert. She studied musical theatre at Southern Utah University and most recently was in Coronado Playhouse’s King Charles III and Batboy: The Musical at the OB Playhouse.
ALLISON HIGH (Young Emily/The Spirit of True Love/Ensemble) is beyond excited to be in her first Coronado Playhouse Production (CPH). She has been involved with Christian Youth Theater (CYT) for 5 yrs., she has been in 10 productions, and her favorite and most memorable show was Little Women as Mrs. Moffat. Allison really enjoys theater, which she has such a strong passion for. She loves to sing, act & dance. She would like to thank her voice teacher, Vanessa Dinning for giving her this amazing opportunity.
KYLIE ACUÑA (Young Carlotta/The Spirit of First Love/Ensemble) is honored to be performing at Coronado Playhouse. She has previously been seen in The Last Wife (Bess) at Cygnet Theatre, Write Out Loud’s Twainfest, Bugsy Malone Jr. (Tallulah) at Ocean Beach Playhouse, and Garden Girl (Lily) at SD Fringe. She would like to thank her Mom for being the driver while she chases her dreams!
KRISTA FEALLOCK (Young Stella/The Spirit of Young Love/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this production with Coronado Playhouse. Some of her past productions have been O Wondrous Night! (Baby Goat, Sea World San Diego), The Witchettes (Gladys, LEGOLAND), A Year with Frog and Toad (Turtle, North Coast Repertory Theatre), Into the Woods (Little Red, Star Theatre), and Peter Pan & Wendy (Peter Pan, SDSU). BA in Theatre Performance: SDSU. For Krista, www.kristafeallock.com. Thankful for this opportunity, enjoy the show!
LESLIE MILLER (Young Solange/The Spirit of Pure Love/Ensemble) is excited to be in her second production here at Coronado Playhouse since Hamlet. For the past several years, she has been heavily involved in various local San Diego theater productions, with the most recent being directing Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Vanguard Theater. She also enjoys voicing audiobooks, including award winning Veronica’s Grave by Barbara Bracht Donsky. www.LeslieSMiller.com
SARAH ROBINSON (Young Harriet/Ensemble) was born and raised in San Diego, California. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Psychology from UC San Diego and recently earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Favorite stage credits include Meet Me in St. Louis, Heaven Can Wait, Guys and Dolls, Company, Who Am I This Time? And Other Conundrums of Love (Vanguard Theater), and Back to the 80s (Scripps Performing Arts Company). When she’s not on stage she is behind the scenes designing costumes and directing. Regular patrons have seen her work in Altar Boyz, Much Ado About Nothing, and Next to Normal. She is grateful to be on stage at Coronado once again and to work with this amazing team! Thanks to God, family and Michael.
Creative & Production Team
VANESSA DINNING (Director & Producer) English-born and professionally trained in acting, voice/dialect and classical music in London, Vanessa pursued a successful stage, TV and radio career throughout the UK working at The Royal National Theatre, The Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Covent Garden’s Theatre Museum, The King’s Head Theatre, Cabaret at No. 3 The Green, The Canal Café Theatre, various drama schools and touring. Since moving to San Diego in 2007, she has worked at North Coast Rep Theatre School (Beatrice the Butterfly and The Comedy of Errors), Coronado Playhouse (The Importance of Being Earnest, Sherlock Holmes Most Excellent Adventure, By Special Arrangement, Altar Boyz, The 39 Steps, King Charles and A Man of No Importance), Scripps Ranch Theatre (Sleuth, Outside Mullingar, Baskerville), Write Out Loud (Lincoln and Shakespeare and TwainFest), Cygnet Theatre (My Fair Lady, The Vortex, Hayfever, When The Rain Stops Falling and Shockheaded Peter), Moonlight Stage Productions (My Fair Lady, Shrek, Titanic, The Musical and The Little Mermaid), Welk Theatre Resort (The King and I, Cabaret and My Fair Lady) San Diego Musical Theatre (Billy Elliot), Vanguard (Hamlet, Macbeth and Company), Bodhi Tree Concerts (HMS Pinafore, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers and All Is Calm), Lamb’s Players Theatre (Once) and San Diego Symphony all in various capacities as an actor, a director, a singer and a voice and dialect coach. Vanessa sings with The Folklore Guild, SACRA/PROFANA and All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Hillcrest and is a board member of Coronado Playhouse. She maintains a private studio teaching voice, signing, dialect and cello and is a teaching artist for San Diego Junior Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre and Coronado Arts Academy. NEXT UP: Noises Off (Southwestern College), Melancholy Play (Innermission Productions), All is Calm (San Diego Opera) and Pride and Prejudice (Cygnet Theatre)
WILLIAM BJ ROBINSON (Music Director) Recent credits include: Earlie Lally in A Man of No Importance (Coronado Playhouse), Hud in Hair (OB Playhouse), Bob Ruby in Herbert Siguenza’s Beachtown (San Diego Repertory), the Singer in It Had to Be You (POWPAC), Audrey II (voice) in Little Shop of Horrors (Coronado Playhouse), and Vincent Van Gogh in The Yellow Hell of Vincent Van Gogh (San Diego Fringe Festival). BJ is also the host of KPBS Arts, airing Saturdays at 5:30PM on KPBS. He has also worked with Southwestern College, All Saints Episcopal Church, The North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe, Rag Lady Productions, Patio Playhouse, and San Diego Repertory.
ANTHONY ZELIG (Lighting Designer, CPH Resident Lighting Operator & Follies Projections Operator) is honored to be a part of the Coronado Playhouse family and to be involved with this concert of Follies. Recent CPH experiences include designing lights for A Man Of No Importance and helping produce and run lights for Next to Normal.
BARRON HENZEL (Projections Designer)