1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
January 18 – February 24, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 2pm
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Director: Justin Allen Slagle
Music Directors: Larry Wilson & Amanda Graham Hyden
Choreographer: Mary Allison Dunsmore
A Musical Fable of Broadway
“The show that defines Broadway dazzle.” —The New York Times
Guys and Dolls begins with a bet. Nathan Detroit bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson that Sky cannot persuade Save-A-Soul Missionary, Sister Sarah Brown, to accompany him on a trip to Cuba. While Sky works his charms on the wary Sister Sarah, Nathan is doing his best to stay outside the matrimonial clutches of his long-suffering fiancée, Miss Adelaide, and at the same time, is trying to set up the biggest crap game in town as the authorities breathe down his neck!
Set in New York City in the mid-20th century, Guys and Dolls is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and scantily clad showgirls, and one of the greatest musical scores in the history of American theatre. Larger-than-life characters-Nicely Nicely Johnson, Benny Southstreet, Harry The Horse, Big Jule-join Nathan, Sky, Sarah and Adelaide to deliver hit song after hit song, including Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat, If I Were a Bell, and Take Back Your Mink.
Meet the Cast
- David Guthrie: Nicely-Nicely Johnson
- Scott Kolod: Benny Southstreet
- Olivia Torres: Sarah Brown
- Steve Jensen: Harry the Horse
- Adam Sheldon: Lt. Brannigan
- Dave Rivas: Nathan Detroit
- Alyssa Anne Slagle: Miss Adelaide
- Christopher T Miller: Sky Masterson
- Tom Welch: Arvide Abernathy
- Cecile Pham: Hot Box Girl/Mimi
- Cassiopeia Guthrie: General Matilda B. Cartwright
- Daniel Hall: Big Jule
- Tyra Carter: Hot Box Girl
- Gabriella Cerebros: Hot Box Girl
- Bailee Coleman: Hot Box Girl
- Vladymir Wong: Ensemble
- Victor Reveles: Ensemble
- Liam Sullivan: Ensemble
- Heather Barton Tjalma: Mission Band
- Lindsey Davies: Mission Band
- Miguel Vasquez: Ensemble
- Peter Mamonis: Ensemble
- Payne! Smith: Ensemble
The program is available here.
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TYRA CARTER(Hot Box Girl) is ecstatic and blessed to make her debut at Coronado Playhouse. She is currently studying theatre arts at San Diego City College. Tyra is also known for her performances including Gary Coleman from Avenue Qat OB PLAYHOUSE, as well as Chicago(2017), Rocky Horror Show(2018) and Midsummer Night’s Dream(2018) from San Diego City College. She would like to thank her mother for pushing her to pursue her dreams.
GABRIELLA CEBREROS(Hot Box Girl) is so excited to make her debut on the Coronado Playhouse stage. Other appearances include ensemble roles in In the Heights(2016), Thoroughly Modern Millie(2015) and Legally Blonde (2014) with UCLA’s HOOLIGAN Theatre Company.
BAILEE COLEMAN(Hot Box Girl) is very excited to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut. Some of her past credits include: Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Babette in Beauty and the Beastand Tammy in Hairspray. She’d like to thank her family, boyfriend, and friends for their endless support and the artistic team for this wonderful opportunity.
LINDSEY DAVIES(Mission Band) is blessed to have played the lead roles of Cinderella in Cinderella, Laurie in Oklahomaand Louisa in Fantasticks,all at SDCC. She also had the pleasure of playing a supporting lead role in Mikadoas Peep Bo at SDCC as well as 11 shows in Christian Youth Theater (CYT) growing up. She is excited to be in Guys and Dollsat Coronado Playhouse for the first time ever.
CASSIOPEIA GUTHRIE (General Cartwright) is enthused to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut! Cassiopeia was most recently seen in Jesus Christ Superstar (2018), Beau Jest (2017; Aubrey: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy), and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2013), all at Patio Playhouse, where she also serves on the board. Cassiopeia is thankful to her family and friends (especially David, Xander, and Jasper) for the love and support. Enjoy the show!
DAVID GUTHRIE (Nicely Nicely Johnson) is thrilled to be returning to Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar and Kevin in In The Heights this past Summer. Other appearances at CPH include Sugar (2016), Chicago(2014) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas(2012). Elsewhere: Les Miserables (413 Project) and I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change! (Patio Playhouse). David thanks his family for their love and support.
DANIEL HALL (Big Jule) is thrilled to join CPH for Guys and Dolls. Previously seen at Lamplighters (1940’s Radio Hour,Dames at Sea), Onstage Playhouse (I Hate Hamlet, Social Security) and Black Rabbit Theater. Principal and featured roles at Lyric Opera San Diego (Amahl and the Night Visitors, Pirates of Penzance), Starlight (Oliver!,The Sound of Music) and San Diego Opera (Chorus).
STEVEN JENSEN(Harry the Horse) has performed in seventeen Coronado Playhouse shows since 2010, including King Charles III, Hamlet, Spamalot,The Drowsy Chaperone, Tartuffeand Little Shop of Horrors. Many plays elsewhere, too, including Edward II(Diversionary), Macbethand Who Am I This Time?(Vanguard), The Tempest(Poor Players), She Loves Me(Lamplighters), Julius Caesar(New Village Arts) and multiple operettas (Lyric Opera San Diego).
SCOTT KOLOD(Benny Southstreet) was born in Vegas and has always been a gambler! Benny is a favorite role. Scott began his acting career in New York during the 1960’s in the Broadway Musical, Flower Drum Song. He has continually performed since. He recently played Gomez (Addams Family) atthe Historic Lyceum Theatre. Other favorite roles: Pilate/King Herod(Jesus Christ Superstar); Mysterious Man/Narrator(Into The Woods);Thenardier(Les Miserables) andMushnik(Little Shop of Horrors).
PETER MAMONIS JR.(Ensemble) is proud to be a part of the G&Dcast for his premiere theatre credit and honored to share his talents at Coronado Playhouse. Peter has been performing with the San Diego Civic Dance Arts for nearly a decade and has danced down Main Street USA in Disneyland as well as the Toyland Paradein North Park. Special thank you to Deborah Hardesty and Mary Allison Dunsmore for this incredible opportunity.
CHRISTOPHER T. MILLER(Sky Masterson) is thrilled to revisit the Coronado Playhouse stage for this coveted role, following previous appearances in The Addams Familyand Songs of Burt Bacharach. Chris has performed extensively around the region and (occasionally) the world; highlights include two tours of Evita, an Assassinsbenefit concert (Cygnet, 2009), both leads in Jesus Christ Superstar(OB Playhouse / Star Rep, 2018) and the American in Chess(LJSC, 2005). Loving gratitude to my wife Keri for her gracious support.
CECILE PHAM(Hot Box Girl/Mimi) is a longtime lover and dabbler in the performing arts and is excited to come back to Coronado Playhouse. Previous productions include Christmas Eve in AvenueQ(OB Playhouse), Connie in A Chorus Line(Coronado Playhouse), Liat in South Pacific(CCT), ensemble in Hello Dolly(CCT) and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood(UCSD Muir Musical). Classically trained in ballet, she has appeared in Nutcrackerand Alice in Wonderlandwith Pacific Arts Dance.
VICTOR ERTÉ REVELES(Ensemble) is currently awaiting transfer at Southwestern College. Local: In The Heights (Sonny @ Patio Playhouse), Some-BODY and Sina and the Eel (Body/Tetuna @ Playwrights Project), La Pastorela del Plata (Popo / Crespo u/s @ Teatro Mascara Magica). SWC: American Idiot (Will), Godspell (John the Baptist / Judas), In The Heights (José, Usnavi u/s). VAPA: Miss Saigon (John), Pippin (Lewis), West Side Story, Les Miserables. CSU Chico: Inkprov, The Off- Broadways. Intern at OnStage Playhouse in 2013-2014. Victor extends this to his family and friends who have shown him love and support, even when irrationality was common.
DAVE RIVAS (Nathan Detroit) proudly returns to CPH in the show that made him want to be an actor. He first saw the movie, Guys and Dollsat age 8. CPH shows include Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest andTito in Lend me a Tenor. Dave is a voice actor and produces theatrical, commercial & podcast sound at his studio, DaveyBoy Productions. Dave is also a producer of theatre group, Amigos del REP.
ADAM SHELDON (Lt. Brannigan) is very happy to make his debut on the CPH stage and to work with all involved in this production. Selected Regional credits: Wait Until Dark, Bell Book and Candle, Lend me a Tenor (2 productions), Importance of Being Earnest, Our Town,Barefoot in the Park, Miracle on 34thStreet. In addition to many local film short credits, he is a voice over artist and directed and produced for several theater and film productions.
ALYSSA ANNE SLAGLE(Miss Adelaide) is thrilled to be appearing in her dream role with this stellar team at Coronado Playhouse. She was last seen at CPH as Mrs. Beineke inThe Addams Familylast year. Favorite roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Kevin in To Gillian on her 37th Birthday (AACT award/regional winner) and Sandy in Grease (AACT award). Alyssa holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UCSD and studied at BADA. She would like to dedicate this performance to her grandparents, who are watching from above and give a huge shout out to her Aya fam!
PAYNE! SMITH(Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut at Coronado Playhouse. This is his second show in SoCal after moving from Oregon, the first being Patio Playhouse’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Most recently, Payne! has been seen in Camelot Theatre’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valanceand in CTP’s Snow Queenand Seven Dreams of Falling. Payne! has also choreographed several shows, including Pippin, Rent, Music Man, and My Fair Lady.
LIAM SULLIVAN (Ensemble) is happy to be making his debut on the Coronado Playhouse stage in the classic show Guys and Dolls. You may have recently seen him performing on The Ghost Cruise at Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat event. Some of Liam’s favorite roles include Lurch in Addams Family and Bill Sikes in Oliver (Star Repertory Theatre) as well as Tony Kirby Jr in You Can’t Take It With You (Palomar College).
HEATHER BARTON TJALMA(Mission Band/Ensemble) is elated to be back at Coronado Playhouse. She was last seen on the CPH stage as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and as Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Recently you will find her dancing at Culture Shock or performing musical improv at FCI. Special thanks to her hubby for his continued encouragement at finding new challenges in life and to the artistic team for the opportunity to join this show.
OLIVIA TORRES(Sarah Brown) is thrilled to make her debut with Coronado Playhouse. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor of Science in physiology and neuroscience and a minor in theatre. Her credits include Skriker (Old woman)/Hag in The Skriker (UCSD), Athena in The Odyssey(UCSD), and Ophelia in Hamlet (Shakespeare Ensemble Co.). She would like to thank God for the many blessings in her life, including being part of this amazing show.
MIGUEL F. VASQUEZ (Ensemble) is stoked to work with the cast and crew of Guys and Dollsas his first time appearing at Coronado Playhouse. Previously with the San Diego Civic Dance Company and Innervision dance group, he is grateful to be part of this production and hopes you have fun too.
TOM WELCH (Arvide Abernathy) is making his debut with Coronado Playhouse. His performances elsewhere: appeared as Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Motel inFiddler on The Roof, Al inA Chorus Line, Rusty Charlie inGuys & Dolls, Gherardo inGianni Schicchi, Peterman inRSVP, Man of La Mancha, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Patience, Don Carlo, Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and San Diego La Jolla Symphony Chorus.
VLADYMIR WONG(Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut at Coronado Playhouse. He is currently studying dance and musical theatre at San Diego City College where he performed in TheRocky Horror Show(2018) as Frank-n-Furter’s understudy. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream(2018) and Chicago(2017). In his spare time he enjoys modeling, drawing and dancing.
Photos by Pete Shaner
JUSTIN ALLEN SLAGLE (Director) is an award-winning actor and director and is pleased to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut. Select local directing credits include: God of Carnage (OnStage Playhouse), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (TCCS), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (TCCS, Broadway Players), Little Women (RVCS) and The Music Man (CYT). An accomplished theatre educator Justin is passionate about keeping the Golden Age classics alive for the next generation, who think that High School Musical is “classic” theatre.
LARRY WILSON (Co-Music Director) has served as music teacher/professor for over 40 years, the last 30 of which were at San Diego Christian College. He has musically directed, accompanied and/or conducted over 25 musical theater productions for both the college and CCT/CYT. Favorites include Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, The Mikado, Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and (an unexpected favorite!) Seussical! He is the choir/orchestra director for his church in El Cajon. He and his wife Kay have a married son and a married daughter along with six beautiful grandchildren.
AMANDA GRAHAM HYDEN (Co-Music Director) is delighted to be musically directing Guys and Dolls at CPH. Amanda has performed as actress, pianist, conductor, and musical director in a variety of productions, including An American Christmas, Lamb’s Cabaret (LPT), The Mikado, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, Snoopy!!! and Oklahoma! (SDCC). She has also served for many years with the worship ministry at New Vision Christian Fellowship. She has a degree in music from San Diego Christian College. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband, Brent and their daughter, Tiana. She would like to thank her family, friends, and music teachers for their continued support and inspiration in her music endeavors. Soli Deo Gloria.
MARY ALLISON DUNSMORE (Choreographer) is a native San Diegan & is thrilled to be returning back to CPH after many years. A graduate of AMDA in NYC. Professional credits include Story Salad Productions (2004), Disney Cruise Line (2004/2005, 2007), Starlight Bowl: The Wizard of Oz (2006), Crazy for You (2008), My Fair Lady (2008), Moonlight: Hairspray (2011), My Fair Lady (2014). In addition to dance, she also has circus training in Spanish Web. She’s currently a teacher & choreographer with SDCDA & a member of their Young Adult Ensemble. Many thanks to my family for their love & support, especially My Boys! (Romans 16:27)
ANTHONY ZELIG (Resident Producer) is proud to be a part of the wonderful team bringing you this production of Guys and Dolls. Anthony spent 24 years in New York, working on and off Broadway as well as surviving a career as a personal assistant to high-net-worth individuals. He is very happy to have made his way to San Diego and found a home at Coronado Playhouse. Previous CPH credits include designing lights for three 2018 shows: A Man of No Importance, Follies in Concert and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as helping produce Next to Normal. Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!
MARCENE DRYSDALE (Costume Designer) has been costuming shows at Coronado Playhouse for three years. Shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical the Musical, Sugar, The 39 Steps, The Addams Family and A Man of No Importance. She has also costumed several shows throughout San Diego such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, The Drowsy Chaperone, Aida, and Spring Awakening. Thank you to my seamstress, Kelly Fox, who is always there to sew a last-minute costume piece.
PAM EVERETT (Resident Props Master) is thrilled to be working with this extraordinary cast and crew. She has been volunteering with CPH for over 14 years. In addition to Props and Set Dressing, she creates the table and lobby decorations. She is also one of the House Managers and a CPH Board Member. Thank you to my wonderful family for joining in the fun and helping make CPH the GREAT Theatre it is.
Photos with the exception of Ms. Dunsmore, by Pete Shaner
OPENING NIGHT MEMBERS’ MINGLER
Friday, January 18, 2019 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.
During the run, Coronado Playhouse is raising money and awareness to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home- away-from-home” for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals.