May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
SINGLE TICKETS: Thur.-$22, Fri.-$27, Sat.-$28, Sun.-$25 - Active Military, Student & Senior Discount & Great Group Rates. SPECIAL FAMILY RATES AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW.
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May 17 – June 16, 2019
Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 7pm & Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm

Book, Music and Lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.

Director: Desha Crownover
Music Director: Ian Brandon

“How does the moon stay so bright?”

“This is a story of time and tides and quests, the sort of fable on which mythologies and religions are founded … [PigPen] asks us to appreciate the finer arts of wild storytelling, while speaking to the childish mind in all of us.” – The New York Times

The Old Man has kept his post as the sole caretaker of the moon for as long as he (or his wife, the Old Woman) can remember. Each night, Old Man must fill up the moon with liquid light. He and his wife have been doing this same routine for so long, they’ve forgotten who they are and why they started filling up the moon in the first place. When his wife is drawn away by a mysterious melody sparking memories of their shared past, the Old Man must decide between duty (and routine) and love (and adventure). Luckily for audiences everywhere, he chooses the latter, and what follows is an imaginative sea-faring epic, encompassing apocalyptic storms, civil wars, leviathans of the deep, and cantankerous ghosts, as well as the fiercest obstacle of all: change.

Created and performed by PigPen Theatre Co., and heavily flavored with folk music and shadow puppetry, The Old Man and the Old Moon will be directed by Playhouse favorite Desha Crownover (Seussical, The 39 Steps and Macbeth). Renowned for her mastery in creative storytelling and her expertise with theatre for young audiences (as Artistic Director for San Diego Junior Theatre), Ms. Crownover is the perfect choice to bring this award-winning theatrical tale to the CPH stage.


Children 12 and Under: 50% off the full adult price for all performances


Meet the Cast

  • Dani Balmat: Young Woman, Fish Monger + guitar/banjo
  • Daryl Daley: Mickey, Callahan
  • Heather Barton: Bartley, Boatswain 1
  • Jacob Sampson: Old Man
  • Joe Kao: Mabelu, Ben + piano/accordion
  • Kira Blaskovich: Old Woman, Captain, Patron
  • Marc Caro: Lewellyn, Boatswain 2
  • Russell Clements: Matheson, Fine Lady + violin
  • Ryan Burtanog: Perry, Butcher, Bartender
  • Santiago Valencia-Northrup: Cookie, Soloman, Rooster, Clerk + guitar/percussion

The Playbill

The program is available here


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Cast Bios

DANI BALMAT (Young Woman/Fishmonger) is excited to make her Coronado Playhouse debut in The Old Man and The Old Moon. Other credits include Heathers the Musical (Off Broadway Theatre Company), Into the Woods and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (San Diego Junior Theatre).

KIRA BLASKOVICH (Old Woman, Captain, Patron, Boatswain 2) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse with such a fun team! Since moving to San Diego she has had the pleasure of working with Coronado Playhouse and Lamplighters Theatre. Previously, she has enjoyed working with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theater, American Conservatory Theater and Labyrinth Theater Company. An actor, teacher and writer, she is blessed with the constant love and support of her husband and daughter. Kira received her BA from Berkeley and her MFA from ACT.

RYAN BURTANOG (Perry/Butcher/Bartender) is excited to return to the Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Fester in The Addams Family and Horton in Seussical the Musical. Select credits: South Pacific (San Diego Musical Theatre), The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables (STAR Repertory), In the Heights, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Patio Playhouse), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse), The Test (San Diego Fringe Festival), La Pastorela de Plata (Teatro Máscara Mágica), The Me Nobody Knows (SDSU), Broadway Rocks! (San Diego Symphony).

MARC CARO (Llewelyn) is delighted to be back at Coronado Playhouse with this talented group of artists. Previous CPH credits: 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).

RUSSELL CLEMENTS (Matheson/Fine Lady 1) is ecstatic to be back at CPH! Past credits include Character Actor in Bullshot Crummond (Onstage Playhouse), Actor 1 in Baskerville (Scripps Ranch Theater),  Paige/Achmed in Magic in this Soul, Pepper/Robert in Untold (SD Fringe), Banquo in Macbeth,Oatcake in Much Ado About Nothing, Clown in The 39 Steps (CPH), Derrick in Know More!, John N in Failure: A Love Story, Pappy in And Then They Came for Me, Faustus in Tragical History of Dr. Faustus and others.  Phil 4:4

DARYL DALEY (Callahan/Mickey/Fine Lady 2) is happy to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing in The Addams Family last year. Other appearances at CPH include Girl Bear in Avenue Q, Turtle in A Year with Frog and Toad, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Beauty in Sleeping Beauty or the Famous Rose Taboo as well as ensemble roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical the Musical, Godspell, Spamalot, TBLWIT and The Drowsy Chaperone.

JOE KAO (Mabelu/Ben/Dog) is excited to be returning to Coronado Playhouse for such a creative production led by an incredible creative team. Past shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Coronado Playhouse (2018) and Mamma Mia at Encore! Theater (2019). He would like to thank the cast, crew and the production team for their support and Dr. Julie Wong for her past training. Thank you for supporting live theater. Instagram @itsjoekao.

JACOB SAMPSON (Old Man/Scenic Designer): This marks Jacob’s sixth production with CPH, most recently designing Macbeth. 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. Thank you for your continued support for the arts.

HEATHER BARTON TJALMA (Bartley/Boatswain/Rebel/Sailor) is over the moon to be playing with this amazing group of performers. She was last seen on the CPH stage in the ensemble of Guys and Dolls. Previous CPH credits include Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and as Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. She would like to thank the director and creative production team for allowing her to be part of this playful adventure. She looks forward to her next project with CPH and hopes you enjoy the show.

SANTIAGO VALENCIA-NORTHRUP (Cookie/Solomon/Rooster/Clerk) is honored to be making his debut with Coronado Playhouse. He is a San Diego-based actor, percussionist and motivational performer. Previous credits include Angelo (Measure for Measure), Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew), and Don Jon (Much Ado about Nothing). He has traveled around the world with the ensemble percussion group Crew over the last year and is glad to get back into the full of acting with such an inspiring show. Santiago would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him, as well as his mentor, Chris Rubio.

Creative Team

DESHA CROWNOVER (Director) is an award-winning stage and musical director with over 75 shows to her name, ranging from intimate black-box style plays to fully-staged musicals. She has had the opportunity to direct, teach, and perform across the country for the past twenty-five years where her work has been commended by such theatre notables as Edward Albee, Ming Cho Lee, Patricia Zipprodt, and Timothy Near. She holds a Master’s degree in Theatre from SDSU and a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Performing from UCSD and has served on the teaching faculty of SDSU, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian Schools teaching music, acting, theatre history, public speaking, and speech and debate. Her work as a playwright has been produced at UCSD, SDSU, and Santa Fe Christian Schools, as well. Desha currently serves as the Artistic Director of San Diego Junior Theatre where she has taught and directed for the past twenty years. She is honored to be back at CPH where she has directed Seussical, The 39 Steps and last season’s Macbeth.

IAN BRANDON (Music Director) recently moved to San Diego from London where he worked as a Music Director, Composer, Vocal Arranger, Orchestrator and Actor in the West End and on the London Fringe. Musical Direction credits include: Cabaret (Coronado Playhouse), Ragtime (Arena Stage, Washington D.C.), Spring Awakening (Chelsea Theatre), Ishq (Sadlers Wells), Violet (Young Vic), Scales of the Unexpected, (Edinburgh Festival, European Tour), Children of Eden, Once On This Island, The Wiz (Bridewell Theatre), Her Aching Heart (Hope Theatre), Forever Plaid, Starting Here Starting Now, Working (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and Pippin (The Kings Head & Arts Depot). He has written original music for numerous short films, plays and recordings and his songs have been performed in the West End and Off-Broadway.

ANTHONY ZELIG (Resident Producer, Lighting Board Operator)

CHAD OAKLEY (Lighting Designer) At Coronado Playhouse: Set Design: Cabaret. Lighting Design:  Cabaret, King Charles III, Altar Boyz, A Chorus Line, Sordid Lives, A Little Night Music, Chicago, 42nd Street. At other theaters: Lighting and Set Design: Xanadu, Spike Heels, Spring Awakening, Play It Again Sam, Coyote on a Fence, Buddy, The Buddy HollyStory (OnStage Playhouse), And then There Were None (Pickwick Players). Lighting Design: Cabaret (Ion theatre), Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, As Bees In Honey Drown, November, Blithe Spirt, the Glass Menagerie (OnStage Playhouse) and many more…

LISA SAMSON (Costume Designer, Seamstress)

STAN SOTH (Master Carpenter, Set Construction)

KATHY PARKS (Resident Production Stage Manager)


MATT LESCAULT-WOOD (Sound Consultant)

Show Events

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

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Our Community Partner for the run of the show is Emilio Nares Foundation, whose main mission is to support children with Cancer in many ways such as providing transportation to and from treatments for families without the means to get to the many appointments needed.

We will be collection funds and raising awareness of this essential local non-profit.  There are many ways to help, you can visit their site to see by clicking here.