Friday 2 & Saturday 3 MARCH, 2018 at 7PM
& Sunday 4 MARCH, 2018 at 2pm
Presented by THE PROSECCO PLAYERS
For only three performances
A journey from heartbreak to hope.
Coronado Playhouse presents The Prosecco Players in Songs For A New Year, a journey through the magnificent works of award-winning musical theatre composer & lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Featuring his unforgettable songs, in Songs For A New Year you’ll hear favorites from Songs for a New World, The Last 5 Years, Parade and The Bridges of Madison County as well as his little known musical version of Urban Cowboy and 13.
The Prosecco Players are a troupe of artists who create performance opportunities throughout Southern California. Songs For A New Year will feature Weston Bennett, Natalie Moran Clegg, Megan Maher, Austin McKinley and Kelsey Young, vocals and Jordan Liberman, piano.
$20 each, Open Seating.
WESTON BENNETT is a full-time wedding photographer who fell in love with musical theatre when he landed his first lead role in 5th grade, Pinocchio. His favorite credits include playing Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Point Loma Nazarene University and singing in the chorus of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse. Weston often sings with local choir SACRA/ PROFANA, leads worship at a San Diego church, and enjoys a good old karaoke night any day of the week. Weston is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse after performing in last year’s cabaret series, for this year’s cabaret season with The Prosecco Players.
NATALIE MORAN CLEGG, a native Southern Californian, is best known for her vocal quality, comedic character roles, and her musical and theatrical dedication. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and studied at Oxford University. Natalie has performed at venues including the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She has also performed with LA Opera, the LA Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, and recently performed with San Diego Opera in The Pirates of Penzance. Several of her operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Papagena and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Natalie performed in the World Premiere of Disney Theatrical Productions’ Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse and has sung the role of Maria in West Side Story. Her training programs including the Tyrolean Opera Program (Austria), the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo (Italy), Riverside Opera Program, and the LA Vocal Lab. Natalie also performs with choral ensembles SACRA/PROFANA and Folklore Guild and does session work for tv/radio commercials. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of The Prosecco Players’ Coronado Playhouse debut and is grateful to her friends, parents, and husband for their support! www.nataliemoranclegg.com
MEGAN MAHER is a San Diego native with a background in music and theater dating back to childhood. After high school, she attended the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Musical Theater Performance. Ever since, Megan has voraciously pursued careers in both performance and teaching. She has earned credits at the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Sears, Int. among others. These days, if she’s not busy getting musical with The Prosecco Players, you might find her instead teaching music throughout San Diego, or perhaps singing with local choir, Folklore Guild. She is a typical Taurus who is just as happy in her sweats watching Housewives as she is jumping out of a plane with nothing but a prayer and a parachute (and instructor) strapped to her back. Megan shares her home with her beautiful daughter Briar, crazy dog Bandit, and adorable pig Kosher, in addition to the World’s Most Supportive Husband. Thanks for putting up with all those rehearsals, honey. You are a prince! Thanks as well to this rag tag group of artists, my fellow Players. You have made this experience pure magic.
AUSTIN McKINLEY is a recent graduate from Point Loma Nazarene University who started singing in choir and performing in musical theatre productions while in high school. At PLNU, he sang for four years with the Point Loma Singers, participated in Pointless – an all male a cappella group – as well held the roles of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Jesus in Godspell. He looks forward to continuing his singing and acting endeavors with The Prosecco Players because good friends, a guitar or piano, and a stage are always fun ways to reconnect with the enjoyment of creating music. He’s thankful to be singing with such wonderful musicians tonight and is excited for future opportunities to share the music with others. Enjoy!
KELSEY YOUNG graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2009 where she earned a B.A. in Music with a focus in Voice and a minor in Theater. While at PLNU, Kelsey sang with the upper-division chamber choir Point Loma Singers for 4 years and the Point Loma Jazz Ensemble for 3 years, both for which she served as the Soprano section leader. Kelsey has played leading roles in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado and in a number of stage plays including Eugene O’Neill’s Thirst and George Bernard Shaw’s How He Lied to Her Husband. From August 2009 to August 2010, Kelsey lived in Vienna, Austria with her husband studying German and absorbing the rich musical culture of Austria, Germany, and eastern Europe. Kelsey has been employed by the prestigious San Diego Children’s Choir since her return to the states in 2010, and currently serves as Operations Assistant and Neighborhood Choir Director. She also sings with two professional choirs in San Diego County, both of which she is a charter member: SACRA/PROFANA (Soprano) and Folklore Guild (Soprano/Chorus Manager). She is also a member of the Cathedral Choir and Schola at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.
JORDAN LIBERMAN (piano) is a proud Prosecco Player. He grew up in Chicago, where he was classically trained as a pianist and violist. He performed with the Danville Symphony Orchestra and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra while studying Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He then earned his Masters in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. While there, he joined San Diego Theatersports. He played viola with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra for many years and embraced his inner nerd when he played viola in a Doctor Who Fan Orchestra video. Since then, he has returned to improv theater and performed with numerous groups, including “String Theory”, “aCHORDing To Us”, and “The Musical Suspects”. He has been teaching musical improv and regularly performing with Finest City Improv’s house musical team “Minor Suspension” for almost 2 years. He is also composed music for an original show in the San Diego Fringe Festival last year. Jordan is grateful to his Grandma Aldora and Grandpa Harry for getting him started with his first music lessons and instruments. He extends many thanks to his mother Jean and late father Mitchell for always supporting his musical path. And a very special thank you to his husband Jeremy, for always encouraging and supporting his creative endeavors and all the associated craziness that comes with them!