Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September, 2018 at 7pm
& Sunday 2 September, 2018 at 2pm
Director: Vanessa Dinning
Musical Director: William B.J. Robinson
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.”
$20 each, Open Seating.
Performers & Creative Team
VANESSA DINNING (Director) English-born and professionally trained in acting, voice and classical music in London, Vanessa pursued a successful stage, TV and radio career in acting, direction, theatre education, cabaret, voice teaching and dialect work 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 and A Man of No Importance), Scripps Ranch Theatre (Sleuth and Outside Mullingar), 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) San Diego Musical Theatre (Billy Elliot), Vanguard (Hamlet, Macbeth and Company), Bodhi Tree Concerts (HMS Pinafore, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers and All Is Calm), and San Diego Symphony as an actor, a director, a singer, a voice teacher and a dialect coach. Vanessa sings with The Folklore Guild, SACRA/PROFANA and at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Hillcrest as well as being a proud board member of Coronado Playhouse. She maintains a private studio teaching voice, signing, dialect and cello, teaches Musical Theatre at Pacific Arts Dance Center and is a teaching artist for San Diego Junior Theatre and Cygnet Theatre.
WILLIAM B.J. ROBINSON (Music Director)
Producer: Coronado Playhouse