January 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
SINGLE TICKETS: Thursday $22, Friday $27, Saturday $28, Sunday $25. Active Military, Student & Senior Discounts. Great Group Rates.
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Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book, Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.

January 17 – February 23, 2020

Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 7pm & Sunday @ 2pm

Please note: Evening performances are an hour earlier than normal. Children tickets for 12 and under are $12.50 for all performances.

Directed by Rayme Sciaroni

Musical Direction by Nina Gilbert

Choreography by Alyssa Anne Slagle

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination in this high-energy romp.





Meet the Cast

  • Matilda Wormwood: Luna Olivieri, Reese McCulloch
  • Miss Agatha Trunchbull: Anthony Zelig
  • Miss Honey: Aislinn Lowenberg
  • Mr. Wormwood: Justin Allen Slagle
  • Mrs. Wormwood: Kaitlin Sten
  • Michael Wormwood: Jameson Johnston
  • Mrs. Phelps: Elise Feyedelem
  • Bruce Bogtrotter: Owen Schmutz
  • Lavender: Leah Rojas
  • The Escapologist/Doctor/Sergei: Jacob Sampson
  • The Acrobat/Ensemble: Grace Rice
  • Rudolpho/Ensemble: Victor Reveles
  • Children’s Entertainer/Ensemble: Roberto Castillo, Jr.
  • Amanda Thripp: Maggie Pacleb
  • Nigella: Ava Mendoza
  • Alice: Gigi Haas
  • Tommy: Hayden Hartpence
  • Eric Anton: Schneiderwind
  • Youth/Adult Ensemble: Alexandra Adsit
  • Youth/Adult Ensemble: Hourie Klijian
  • Youth/Adult Ensemble: Camelia Tzadok

The Playbill

The program is available here.

Cast Bios

ALEXANDRA ADSIT (Youth/Adult Ensemble) is thrilled to be in another one of Rayme Sciaroni’s shows and her debut show at Coronado Playhouse. Some of her favorite roles have been Jovie (2017) and Emily Hobbs (2018) in Elf Jr. at OB Playhouse. At San Diego Junior Theatre: Mercy Lewis in The Crucible (2018), Pigtails in Newsies Jr. (2018), Spirit of the Ocean in Moana Jr. (2019) and Patty DiMarco in School of Rock (2019).

ROBERTO CASTILLO JR (Children’s Entertainer/Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in his first musical at Coronado Playhouse. Past performances include Jesus Christ in Reefer Madness: The Musical (OB Playhouse), Amos Hart in Chicago and Piragua Guy in In The Heights (San Diego City College). He would like to thank the audience for supporting community theater and the arts, and his friends for their never-ending encouragement.

ELISE FEYEDELEM (Mrs. Phelps) is enjoying not only her first show with Coronado Playhouse but her first show since graduating AMDA College of the Performing Arts. Elise has appeared in multiple LA productions including Timeless (Richard Israel) and Make Them Hear You (Scott Thompson). She was also featured in San Diego shows like You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Center Stage Productions), Addams Family (Star Repertory Theatre) and Grease (Center Stage Productions).

GIGI HAAS (Alice) is thrilled to be making her debut on the Coronado Playhouse stage. This past summer, Gigi starred as Matilda in Matilda the Musical with Junior Actors Company alongside a cast of over 80 kids! Other memorable roles include Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka, Jojo in Seussical and Iago in Aladdin. Gigi is grateful to everyone who has believed in her even though she is only seven years old.

HAYDEN HARTPENCE (Tommy), a San Diego native, is 12 years old and is thrilled to make his Coronado Playhouse debut. He’s enjoyed being in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Old Globe, CYT and on Nick Jr.’s Mutt & Stuff. Hayden enjoys playing baseball and is grateful to the production team for giving him this incredible opportunity. Hayden sends love to his parents, sisters and grandparents for helping him shine. @haydenhartpence

JAMESON JOHNSTON (Michael Wormwood) is excited to make his debut at Coronado Playhouse. Favorite roles include Freddy in School of Rock with San Diego Junior Theatre, Mr. Greenway in Elf Junior at OB Playhouse, Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island and Narrator in The Outsiders. Jameson loves working with this talented cast and crew and hopes you enjoy the show as much as he is enjoying being in it!

HOURIE KLIJIAN (Youth/Adult Ensemble) is delighted to be a part of Matilda. Other credits include An American Christmas, Les Misérables and Christmas on my Mind (Lamb’s Players), Gabriel (North Coast Rep), Gypsy (Cygnet), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Sound of Music (SDMT), Music Man, Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Fiddler on the Roof (Moonlight), Mystery of Edwin Drood (OnStage Playhouse) and numerous vocal/tap performances. She gives her thanks to God and her family!

AISLINN LOWENBERG (Miss Honey) is excited to make her stage debut at Coronado Playhouse. Other performance credits to her name include numerous featured vocalist roles with La Jolla Symphony and Chorus as well as the role of Maria in Twelfth Night with UCSB Opera Program. She currently teaches 8th grade science and directs the middle school theatre program at Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School.

REESE MCCULLOCH (Matilda) is thrilled to make her debut at Coronado Playhouse with a show she has been dreaming about performing in for years! You might have seen her perform regionally as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2017) and as Melissa Peters and Elly Randolph u/s in Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas (2018) (The Old Globe) or Young Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre (413 Project). She has also played an orphan and Annie u/s in Annie (Patio Playhouse, 2018), Young Nala in The Lion King (2018) and a Lost Boy in Peter Pan (2017) (Mt. Helix Academy) and Children’s chorus in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (CYT, 2015).

AVA MENDOZA (Nigella) is excited to be in her first show at Coronado Playhouse. Favorite roles include Mulan (Scripps Theatre Arts), Young Nala (CYT) and Ocean Spirit (SDJT). She played the lead role, Christine, in the short film, Kain Na (Let’s Eat). Something cool she did recently was a photo shoot campaign for Adidas. Hobbies include singing on her piano and ukulele. Ava is beyond thrilled to be playing the female Nigel, aka Nigella!

LUNA OLIVIERI (Matilda) is excited and grateful to be on the Coronado Playhouse stage as Matilda after appearing as a Cool in Schoolhouse Rock Live, Team Love in Godspell and a Ghost Duster in Addams Family last season. Luna believes that art, freedom and creativity can change people for the better. Singing and acting are her ideal ways to express herself completely. Matilda is her favorite musical!

MAGGIE PACLEB (Amanda Thripp) is excited to appear in her first Coronado Playhouse show. She has been a part of the ensemble team for Junior Theater’s Moana Jr. and CYT’s Lion King Jr. When she is not on stage, she enjoys Jiu Jitsu, singing, writing stories, drawing and craft.

VICTOR REVELES (Rudolpho/Ensemble) is excited to be back at Coronado Playhouse! He first performed at CPH last year, in Guys & Dolls! Notable roles include Alto/Tall Man in Animales Nocturnos/Nocturnal  and Sonny in In The Heights (Patio Playhouse), Body/Tetuna in Some-BODY/Sina and the Eel (Playwrights Project) and Popo/Crespo u/s in La Pastorela del Plata (Teatro Mascara Magica). SWC: Will (American Idiot), John the Baptist/Judas (Godspell) and José, Usnavi u/s (In The Heights). Victor wants to thank his family, blood and chosen, for supporting him in what he wanted to be when he grew up.

GRACE RICE (Acrobat/Ensemble) is excited to be joining Coronado Playhouse again for her second production! She appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last season. She has performed in various theatre and film productions around San Diego County and the St. Louis area including Beauty and the BeastFootloose and Seussical. She wants to thank her amazing husband for his support and encouragement in all her crazy endeavors!

LEAH ROJAS (Lavender) is so excited to be making her debut at Coronado Playhouse! Some her favorite past credits include Seussical (Young Kangaroo), Alice In Wonderland (Tulip), Beauty and Beast (Enchanted carpet) and School Of Rock (Ensemble). Leah would like to thank God, the artistic team, Maraya Voice Studio and her family for always being there for her and supporting her.

JACOB SAMPSON (Escapologist/Doctor/Sergei) marks this production as his seventh with Coronado Playhouse, most recently seen last season in The Old Man and The Old Moon. Jacob is a native San Diegan and lifelong theater junkie. He received a BFA in theatre arts from Stephens College before moving to NYC where he worked as a properties carpenter/artisan. Jacob spent two summers with the Santa Fe Opera as a properties carpenter and now works in the prop department at The Old Globe. He thanks you for your continued support for the arts.

OWEN SCHMUTZ (Bruce Bogtrotter) returns to Coronado Playhouse with a bounce in his step, after performing as James in James and the Giant Peach. He is so very grateful for the opportunity to play Bruce and to act alongside so many talented artists. Many thanks to the cast, crew and to Rayme Sciaroni and Nina Gilbert. An eternal thanks to his mentors, Leigh Scarritt and Shirley Johnston.

ANTON SCHNEIDERWIND (Eric) is 12 years old and thrilled to be back at CPH after appearing in Joseph last year. He has also done productions at SD Junior Theatre, CYT and OB Playhouse. Some of his favorite roles include Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, Strongman in Pippi Longstocking, Jake in Beat Bugs and Villager/Monster in Moana. Anton is very excited to work with Rayme and be a part of Matilda!

JUSTIN ALLEN SLAGLE (Mr. Wormwood) is an award-winning actor and director, recently seen as Leontes in CPH’s production of The Winter’s Tale. Justin helmed the West Coast Premiere of Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic for The Eastern (Broadway World Best Play Winner). Select local credits include: Acting: Paul/Carstairs, Ten Out of Twelve (Lamplighters); Joel, Beau Jest (SRT); Justin Hicks, The Fox on the Fairway, Denny, The Violet Hour and Paul in the award-winning To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (OnStage Playhouse). Directing: Guys and Dolls (CPH), God of Carnage (OSP), Beauty and the Beast (TCCS). Justin is slated to direct Anything Goes this season at Coronado Playhouse. @iamslagle www.theeasternsd.com

RUBY SPENCER (Hortensia) is thrilled to be performing at Coronado Playhouse for the first time. She is an avid singer and performer and could not be more excited to share her love of the stage with all of you! Her favorite prior roles include Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at Welk Resorts Theatre and Young Brooklyn in Brooklyn the Musical at Moxie Theatre. When she’s not singing, Ruby can be found making art, writing songs and plays, and staging her own living room dramas. She loves spending time with family and friends, and is very grateful for all the support and encouragement they provide.

KAITLIN STEN (Mrs. Wormwood) is grateful to be back on stage for the first time in 10 years! She thanks her amazing friends and family (especially Dave & Lex) for encouraging her to get back out there and do what she loves so much – perform! Lastly, a big hug to the cast and crew for creating a fun collaboration.

CAMELIA TZADOK (Youth/Adult Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning to the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing as Mamillius in The Winter’s Tale! Matilda will be her first musical. Camelia is in ninth grade at Coronado High School and outside of theatre enjoys riding her horse, playing guitar, and painting. She would like to thank the wonderful cast and the outstanding people at CPH for this amazing experience!

ANTHONY ZELIG (Miss Agatha Trunchbull) is super thrilled to be back on stage after a 20-year absence. Recently, Anthony produced five of the six shows in Coronado Playhouse’s 2019 season, did the lighting design on multiple productions and, during 24 years in NYC, worked behind the scenes On and Off Broadway. In a previous life, Anthony had long, lustrous, black hair and had a career playing classic villains on national tours and at Shakespeare festivals. He is most excited to be reuniting his eyebrows following their 1994 divorce. Much love to his fellow “maggots” in the cast and on the production team.

Creative Team

RAYME SCIARONI (Director) is honored to be back at Coronado Playhouse directing Matilda. Past CPH shows include his original holiday production of Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem, followed by Sugar (Aubrey Award for Best Choreography), Singin’ In The Rain and The Addams Family (Blue Ribbon Award for Best Director of a Musical). Having presented his cabaret show at CPH, he continues to perform in his own cabaret shows with performer friends at Martini’s Above Fourth. Two piano solo piano CDs, “A Quiet Kind of Christmas” and “Paisley Piano” are also a part of his repertoire along with a 5-time award winning novel, “Dinner for God” (available on Amazon). He currently teaches as an Artist in Residence, Music Theatre/Vocal Performance at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). Rayme wants to thank this spectacular and supportive cast for all of their hard work and gives a big shout out to the production team and everyone else behind the scenes that make Matilda another member of a wonderful family.

NINA GILBERT ​(Music Director)’s background ranges from Kenya (Peace Corps), where she directed her students in ​You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown​, to Carnegie Hall (Associate Conductor, New York Choral Society), to Boston (Education Director, Boston Lyric Opera). In San Diego since 2016, Nina has music-directed ​Avenue Q​ (New Village Arts), The Fantasticks​ (Point Loma Playhouse) and Dogfight for CPH. Nina has offered NPR music commentaries and lectured on the history and science of chocolate. She serves as music director for the Congregational Church of La Jolla. Her degrees are in music and conducting, from Princeton, Indiana and Stanford.

ALYSSA ANNE SLAGLE (Choreographer) is excited to be on the artistic team, choreographing once again. Alyssa was last seen here at the Playhouse as Adelaide in the musical Guys and Dolls (2019) and Alice in The Addams Family (2018). Recently, she co- produced and costume designed the West-Coast premiere of Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic with The Eastern. Alyssa holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UCSD and attended BADA in Oxford, England. She is currently working on her greatest feat: a new baby girl coming this March! She would like to thank her family for all of their love and support.

JOE KAO (Producer) is a new addition to the Board of Directors at Coronado Playhouse. Aside from theater, he is a small business owner and has worked in many restaurant/retail establishments. He has performed at Coronado Playhouse in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Old Man and the Old Moon. Joe is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a talented artistic team, cast, and crew. Thank you for supporting live theater!

TONY CUCUZZELLA (Set Designer) is happy to be back at Coronado Playhouse previously having designed The Addams Family in 2018. His work has been seen around San Diego most recently with Backyard Renaissance at Tenth Avenue Arts and La Jolla Playhouse. He has designed for San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Comic Opera and Diversionary Theatre. Tony is currently Technical Director for Palomar College’s Performing Arts Department where he will be designing Mamma Mia! in March 2020.

LISA SAMSON (Costume Designer) is a recovering theatre mom with a passion for theatre and costuming that dates back to her childhood days at San Diego Junior Theatre.  Costuming Matilda is one for her bucket list, bringing new challenges and opportunities for creativity, not to mention the chance to hang out with the fabulous Rayme again. Other recent projects include Macbeth and The Old Man and the Old Moon at Coronado Playhouse and Seussical at SDJT.

CHLOE OLIANA M CLARK (Lighting Designer) is a recent graduate of San Diego State University. She is extremely happy to be working Coronado Playhouse again. With CPH she has previously designed for Much Ado About Nothing and The Addams Family. Along with that, her previous design works include R+J, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Coyote on a Fence and Anon(ymous) at SDSU. She has also previously designed with The Roustabouts Theatre Company, Playwrights Project and Scripps Ranch Theatre.

PAM EVERETT (Resident Prop Designer)

EDWARD KHRIS FERNANDEZ (Production Stage Manager) is a San Diego based stage manager. Formerly Los Angeles based, Edward has moved to attend San Diego State University’s School of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Selected credits include: Vietgone (LA Premiere – East West Players), Samsara (LA Premiere – Coeurage Theatre), Men on Boats (LA Premiere – Son of Semele), Bach, Rock, & Shakespeare XVI (The Greek Theatre), Urinetown: The Musical (Glendale Theatre) and Assassins (Young Artists Forever). He will be working with Diversionary Theatre on their production of Plot Points in the spring. Member of the Stage Management Association. For more: edwardkhrisfernandez.com

RACHAEL VANWORMER (Dialect Coach) Previous dialect coaching: The Secret Garden and The Mousetrap with the Theatre School at North Coast Rep. Rachael is also an actor, director and teaching artist. She has worked as a director for The Secret Garden and Yo Vikings! and directed and/or choreographed fifteen productions for the Summer Performance Camps with the Theatre School at North Coast Rep. Her teaching work includes The Playwrights Project, Arts for Learning San Diego, Canyon Crest Academy and she heads the Education Department for Write Out Loud.  As an actor she has performed on local stages for the last fifteen years.


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Show Events

Friday, January 17 at 5:30 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 ambiance and excitement of opening night.

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Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and Coronado and using our public platform to help those in need.  

During the run of Matilda The Musical, Coronado Playhouse is raising money and awareness to benefit Traveling Stories.

Traveling Stories is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to empower children to combat poverty by helping them to fall in love with reading.

For more information, visit https://travelingstories.org/