1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
November 8 – December 15, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 2pm
Please note: There is no performance on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Jennie Gray Connard
Music Direction by Kirk Valles
Choreographed by Marc Caro and Jennie Gray Connard
Thank You for the Music!
“A certified hit…. A giddy guilty pleasure.” – Variety
Donna lives on a Greek island where she runs a small hotel. Her daughter, Sophie, is preparing for her wedding, dreaming of her father walking her down the aisle. One problem: she doesn’t know who he is! Sneaking a peek into her mother’s old journals, Sophie discovers that her dad is one of three possible guys. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she’d thought!
Fall in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. This sunny, funny, sensational story, with a book by Catherine Johnson, is told through the magic of ABBA’s timeless music and explosive dance numbers. Music and lyrics are by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the musical writing team and the “guy-half” of ABBA, that brought us the hits you know and love, like “Dancing Queen,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money Money,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and the title song “Mamma Mia!”
Jennie Gray Connard is back at the Playhouse to both direct and choreograph, teaming up with Music Director Kirk Valles. This unstoppable pair have delivered countless shows together, both at O.B. Playhouse where Ms. Gray Connard serves as Artistic Director, and also at CPH, where productions include A Little Night Music, Spamalot and Avenue Q.
Meet the Cast
Chrissy Burns – Donna
Dawn Marie Zuniga-Williams – Tanya
Heather Deerfield – Rosie
Barron Henzel – Sam
Steve Jensen – Bill
Thomas Fitzpatrick – Harry
Olivia Lucci – Sophie
Connor Boyd – Sky
Nicola Barrett – Lisa
Alyssa Austin – Ali
Tyler Kirk – Pepper
Patrick Mayuyu – Eddie
Sarah Ball – Women’s Ensemble
Brittany Carillo – Women’s Ensemble
Claire Christy – Women’s Ensemble
Bailee Coleman – Women’s Ensemble
Kristel Nichols – Women’s Ensemble
Luke Barbarita – Men’s Ensemble
William Corkery – Men’s Ensemble
Quike Moreno – Men’s Ensemble
Nic Payton – Men’s Ensemble
The program is available here.
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ALYSSA AUSTIN (Ali) is so excited to be back at Coronado Playhouse after doing her first show in San Diego here 3 years ago, playing Sheila in A Chorus Line! Select local credits: Carla in Nine (Lamplighters), Columbia/The Usherette in Rocky Horror Show (OB Playhouse), Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Patio Playhouse), Texas in Cabaret (ion). Alyssa is the author of “35 Days of Confidence,” and founder of PoisedandProfessional.com. Love to MY mamma!
SARAH BALL (Ensemble) is excited to be performing again at Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Gad in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Some of her favorite past credits include The Addams Family (Ballerina Ancestor), Beauty & the Beast (Silly Girl), Alice! A Wonder-Full Musical (Delilah/Red Queen), Aladdin (Sheba), and High School Musical (Cheerleader). Sarah would like to thank the artistic team for this opportunity, TYP, Karyn Overstreet Vocal Studio, and her friends and family for their constant love and support.
LUKE BARBARITA (Ensemble) is excited to make his debut at Coronado Playhouse. Previous shows include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Crucible, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and many others at San Diego Junior Theatre.
NICOLA BARRETT (Lisa) recently appeared in Bare: In Concert at Coronado Playhouse. Some of her favorite roles include: Janet – The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Out), Sandy – Grease (Encore Theatre), Thea – Spring Awakening (ACT West Coast premiere), Brooke Wyndham – Legally Blonde, Nancy – Oliver Twist (YAT). Nicola is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse and would like to thank Chef Brian (Little Piggys Bbq) for giving her the time off to audition. “Much love to all of my dancing queens.”
CONNOR BOYD (Sky) is thrilled to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage once again. Other appearances at CPH include Boland in Dogfight, Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (2018) and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (2017). Elsewhere: Adam in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Trinity Theatre Company), Tom in Murder Ballad (10th Ave Theatre), Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone (SDSU Don Powell Theater).
CHRISSY BURNS (Donna) is thrilled to return to Coronado Playhouse in Mamma Mia. She was last seen as Claire in Bare: In Concert. Other roles here include Queenie in The Wild Party, Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz & Veronica in The Hollow. Chrissy has also directed award-winning musicals here including Chicago, Ruthless, 42nd Street & Sweet Charity. She was even married on the CPH stage in 2016. Chrissy looks forward to directing Catch Me If You Can here Fall 2020. @SingWithChrissy
BRITTANY CARRILLO (Ensemble) is making her Coronado Playhouse debut! She recently appeared in The Little Mermaid at Grossmont College. Other shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Honk, Bye Bye Birdie (P.L.A.Y.), and Hairspray as Penny. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her goals and aspirations. A special thanks to Brianna, Dyl, Adi, Leo, Jake, Jon, Ryan, and Erik for their never ending support and love!
BAILEE COLEMAN (Ensemble) is so happy to be returning back to Coronado Playhouse after recently playing a Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls. Previous credits elsewhere include: Logainne – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chava – Fiddler on the Roof, Babette – Beauty and the Beast, and Tammy –Hairspray. She’d like to thank her family, boyfriend, and friends for their endless support and the artist team for this wonderful opportunity!
WILL CORKERY (Ensemble/Father Alexandrios) is excited to be returning to Coronado Playhouse after Dogfight. He is returning to the San Diego theater world after graduating from San Jose State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include William Barfeé in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Joey in Zoot Suit, Otto in Spring Awakening, and Shrek in Shrek the Musical. Other shows include Marat/Sade, Urinetown (SJSU), and West Side Story (City Lights Theatre Company).
CLAIRE CHRISTY (Ensemble) is excited to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut. Recently appeared as Heather Chandler in Heathers the Musical at San Diego City College and Assistant Dance Captain and Mer-Sister in The Little Mermaid at Grossmont College. A big thank you to everyone for their continued belief and support.
HEATHER DEERFIELD (Rosie) is excited to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage! Previous CPH roles include Latrelle – Sordid Lives and Geneva – Dearly Beloved. Heather performed most recently at OB Playhouse as Grandma Rosie in The Wedding Singer, and she enjoys her role as board president of Pickwick Players Theatre in Santee. Heather truly enjoyed working with this talented cast, and production team. Thank you to her wonderful husband, family and friends for their support.
THOMAS FITZPATRICK (Harry) is excited to work with this group of super troupers, and thanks them for the music. Tom is an award-winning actor and director. Recent credits include The Fantasticks (Point Loma Playhouse), A Man of No Importance, The Addams Family and Fly By Night (Coronado Playhouse). He has also performed at Diversionary, Avo, The Broadway and SD Lyric Opera, and has performed and directed at CPH, Pickwick, OnStage and Lamplighters. Love to Barron, family & friends!
BARRON HENZEL (Sam) Favorite CPH acting credits include: A Man of No Importance (Aubrey) A Little Night Music, Frog and Toad (Aubrey), Sleeping Beauty, Pageant, Pump Boys and Dinettes. He produced A Chorus Line, Sugar, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Aubrey), TBLWIT (Aubrey), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aubrey), Cinderella (Aubrey) and The IT Girl. He designed and built many CPH sets as well as various Playhouse visuals, including this program. Many thanks to Jennie, Kirk and this wonderful company. And thanks to Tom for sharing in this great experience. He is dedicating this performance in memory of his mom, the best Mamma a boy could want.
STEVEN JENSEN (Bill) Twenty Coronado Playhouse shows, most recently The Winter’s Tale; also Guys and Dolls, King Charles III, Hamlet, Spamalot, Tartuffe, Little Shop of Horrors, Romeo and Juliet, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Plays elsewhere include Man of La Mancha at Oceanside Theatre Co, Edward II (Diversionary), The Tempest (Poor Players), Macbeth and Who Am I This Time?(Vanguard), She Loves Me (Lamplighters), Julius Caesar (New Village Arts), and The Gondoliers (Lyric Opera San Diego).
TYLER KIRK (Pepper) is happy to be making his San Diego stage debut in Mamma Mia! He was last seen in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown as Linus for Dare to Defy Productions. Tyler would like to thank his friends and family for their continuous encouragement and support. Thank You For The Music.
OLIVIA LUCCI (Sophie) is grateful to be back at Coronado Playhouse! Recent credits: All Shook Up (San Diego Musical Theatre), Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (OB Playhouse), Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret (Coronado Playhouse), and the Placard Girl in Reefer Madness (OB Playhouse). Dancer at Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Seaworld San Diego, and AMDA, LA graduate. Special thanks to entire cast and crew, and to her supportive Dad for being the best ever! She dedicates each performance in loving memory of her amazing Mom. Love you forever and always.
PATRICK MAYUYU (Eddie) Recent credits: Joseph – The Hour of Great Mercy (Diversionary), Frank –Melancholy Play (InnerMission), Dr. Parker – Bat Boy (OB Playhouse), Mike – A Chorus Line, Juan – Altar Boys, Boy Bear – Avenue Q (Coronado Playhouse). Patrick has performed locally at San Diego REP, OnStage Playhouse, ION Theatre, as well as the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. He is a proud company member of InnerMission Productions as well as a co-founding member of MaArte Theatre Collective.
QUIKE MORENO (Ensemble) Coronado Playhouse debut! Currently a B.A. candidate for theatre and dance at UCSD. Credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom, Brad u/s), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Tom Snout, Cobweb), and Chicago (Ensemble) at the Saville Theatre. He would like to thank his family and friends for the never-ending support. This show is for you all. Ma, Pa, thank you for the music, los amo. Instagram: @quikeisboring
KRISTEL NICHOLS (Ensemble) Stage: Featured dancer, Pin Up (Stratosphere Las Vegas). Featured dancer, Bite (Stratosphere Las Vegas). Dancer, Speed European tour (Holiday on Ice). Dancer, Triumph (Las Vegas Hilton). Dancer/Magicians Assistant, Steve Wyrick Real Magic (Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas). Dancer/Dance Captain (Holland America Cruise Line). Film: Featured dancer, Think Like a Man Too (Sony Screen Gems).
NIC PAYTON (Ensemble) recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Theatre. He is very excited to make his return to the stage after a brief hiatus from performing. This is his first performance with Coronado Playhouse and is very thankful that he gets to perform alongside this wonderful cast.
DAWN MARIE ZUNIGA-WILLIAMS (Tanya) last role was at Lamplighters as Mama Maddelena/Sarraghina in Nine. Her favorite roles include Lyn in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Fred in Once Upon A Mattress, Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom, Texas in Cabaret, Lucy in Snoopy!!!, and Miss Hannigan in Annie. She’d like to thank the cast, crew, musicians, and production team for their dedication and hard work, and her lovely wife Adriana for being so supportive.
JENNIE GRAY CONNARD (Director/Co-Choreographer) is an actor, director, choreographer who has been working at San Diego theatres since childhood. Favorite productions she has directed include; Spamalot (Aubrey award for choreography) Avenue Q (Aubrey award for direction) A Little Night Music, A Year With Frog and Toad (Aubrey Award for production) Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair. She is the Owner/Artistic Director of the OB Playhouse and Theatre Company.
KIRK 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, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, A Man Of No Importance, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Nunsense, Always Patsy Cline, Godspell, Spamalot, Into The Woods, Tommy, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror and American Idiot are some of Kirk’s latest shows as musical director. Kirk also maintains private piano and voice coaching in the San Diego area. Kirk is honored to be working with this amazing cast, band, and production team for Mamma Mia! Much love to my babies Ana, Brooke, G and Jocelyn.
MARC CARO (Co-Choreographer) is thrilled to be choreographing his first show at CPH! Choreographic credits include: She Loves Me (SRT); In The Heights (Patio Playhouse, Aubrey Award); Reefer Madness (OB Playhouse); Seussical, Newsies Jr., Tuck Everlasting (SDJT); Xanadu, Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz (YAT). Previous CPH credits: Llewellyn in The Old Man and The Old Moon (Aubrey Award), Wickersham in Seussical (Blue Ribbon Award) and Mark in A Chorus Line. Other credits include: She Loves Me (SRT), Shockheaded Peter and Supers (Cygnet), Avenue Q and Reefer Madness (OB Playhouse), La Posada Magica (HAT) and The MENding Monologues (InnerMission Productions).
CHRIS POWELL (Producer)
KATY SKYRUD (Producer)
KATHY PARKS (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be working this delightfully fun show with some of her very favorite people. She thanks her sons Sean Paul and Connor Boyd for bringing her into the theatre world, and Dayan and Jennifer for always being her two Dynamos. She hopes the audience has as much fun watching the show as the cast/crew has had creating it.
SHAUN TUAZON-MARTIN (Set Design)
MARCENE DRYSDALE (Costume Design)
JOSH OLMSTEAD (Co-Lighting Design) is excited to make Mom proud and connect with his Swedish ancestry by lighting this production based on the best of ABBA’s music. Thanks to Anthony Zelig—Coronado Playhouse’s Hyperion, Greek god of light—for collaborating and bringing this spectacle to its gold-tinged, sun-drenched Greek reality. Also, thanks to the support team of fiancé Joey, family, mentors, and friends that have given Josh the opportunity to learn and create in this community. Past favorite lighting designs include: Coronado Playhouse – Next to Normal (2018), Fly by Night (2017, Blue Ribbon Award), Hamlet (2016), (Frog and Toad (2015, Blue Ribbon Award), and Sleeping Beauty (2014). OB Playhouse – Rocky Horror Show (2018), Avenue Q (2016) and Urinetown (2017). OnStage Playhouse – Heathers the Musical (2017).
ANTHONY ZELIG (Co-Lighting Design and Operator) is excited to be re-teaming with his mentor, Josh Olmstead and working with such an amazing group of people. Previous Playhouse credits include designing lights for last season’s A Man of No Importance (Aubrey nom), Follies: In Concert, Joseph… and this season’s Bare: In Concert and The Winter’s Tale, as well as producing this season’s productions of Guys and Dolls, Bare: In Concert, Cabaret, The Old Man and The Old Moon, Dogfight and The Winter’s Tale. Anthony is looking forward to returning to the stage, after a 20 year absence, as Miss Agatha Trunchbull in CPH’s Matilda The Musical this January.
JACK CONNARD (Sound Design)
STAN SOTH (Master Carpenter)
BILL CONNARD (Set Construction)
BERTHA TSAI (Assistant Costumer, Seamstress)
CONNOR MURTAUGH (Sound Mixer)
OPENING NIGHT MEMBERS’ MINGLER
Friday, November 8, 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 for The Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non- profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. It focuses on water quality, beach access, beach and surf spot preservation, and sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems.
Please visit sandiego.surfrider.org for more information.