June 27, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse Theatre
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
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Coronado Playhouse
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events_400x325_romeo2ROMEO AND JULIET

June 27 – July 20, 2014
Thurday, Friday, Saturday @8pm
Sunday @2pm

18th Annual Free Classic Series
Made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Tom Haine
Fight Choreography by Michael Mizerany & Tyler Jones

Love endures…as does the timeless classic of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In this modern, fast-paced interpretation, we root and weep for the young lovers whose dreams are shattered by the realities of life and family. Bitterness and recrimination are juxtaposed with the poetry of attraction and desire, making the story as relevant today as when audiences first experienced it.


Meet the Cast

  • Romeo:  Jacob Hoff
  • Juliet: Danielle Bongiovanni
  • Paris: Isaac Rojas
  • Benvolio: Rebekah Bonney
  • Tybalt: Tyler Jones
  • Mercutio: Steve Smith
  • Abraham / Apothecary: Julia Ackerman
  • Peter: Michael Mussman
  • Gregory / Watchman: Rickey Phatsenhann
  • Sampson / Friar John: Walfred Rodas
  • Nurse: Lesley Pearson
  • Capulet: Ray Lynch
  • Lady Capulet: Liza Wismer
  • Montague: Martin White
  • Lady Montague: Sandy Hotchkiss
  • Friar Laurence: Steve Jensen
  • Prince: Chris Marler

The Playbill

Download the program here: Romeo and Juliet Program


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Headshots by Tony Eisenhower.

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May 23, 2014
Broadway World:

Coronado Playhouse to Present SLEEPING BEAUTY and ROMEO & JULIET this Summer

May 22, 2014
M.G. Perez-Media Coordinator
(619) 261-1200

Coronado Playhouse Box Office
(619) 435-4856

Coronado Playhouse launches the Summer of Love Sleeping Beauty or The Famous Rose Taboo and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

This summer, dreams really do come true and the passion of young love is alive at Coronado Playhouse with two classic love stories that have very different endings.

The musical version of the romantic fairy tale, SLEEPING BEAUTY or The Famous Rose Taboo, book and lyrics by Barbara Fried and music by Norman Sachs, opens the Summer of Love series with a limited run June 12th -June 22nd for young audiences and families. This is the ultimate heartwarming story of love conquering all complete with the beautiful princess, handsome prince and fairy godmother. SLEEPING BEAUTY or The Famous Rose Taboo has been adapted for the stage, with charmingly lyrical songs and plenty of hilarity. The show has a total running time of just under an hour and a half, a perfect pace for the entire family and the young at heart of all ages!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, continues the Summer of Love and is our 18th annual FREE Classics production made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado. The timeless love story runs June 27th-July 20th and is a fast paced, modern interpretation of the feud between Capulets and Montagues. Audiences will experience Shakespeare’s original text in a contemporary setting with the lovelorn Romeo and Juliet and their families dressed in current day attire as the bittersweet tragedy unfolds on the streets of what could be any major city in the world. There is open seating at each performance and limited free tickets with reservations available for patrons.

During both productions, Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, is raising awareness and money to benefit the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. The House was specifically designed to provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children – including 47 bedrooms, hot meals and a children’s play area for siblings – so families can focus their attention on supporting their sick or injured child instead of worrying about day-to-day needs. Every year, more than 1,500 families are helped and the need for overnight services far exceeds its 47-room capacity. For more information on programs please visit www.rmhcsd.org.

Saturday June 14th, the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale comes to life with a Family Day of Fun prior to our matinee performance. Join us from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Coronado Playhouse courtyard. Enjoy a bounce house, face painting, prizes and meet your favorite characters from the story before seeing them on stage.

Coronado Playhouse is one collection spot for the Ronald McDonald House’s annual Red Shoe Day event Thursday June 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., during which supporters can drop cash donations in iconic, big red shoes. We will also fill the shoes with donations throughout the run of Romeo and Juliet.

Directed by Thomas Fitzpatrick and Musical Direction by Kirk Valles, Sleeping Beauty or The Famous Rose Taboo features a veteran cast of top local performers. The cast includes Jennie Gray Connard (Fairy Godmother), Daryl Daley (Princess Beauty), Debbie David (Scary Fairy), Barron Henzel (Fairy Godfather), Joey Kirkpatrick (Prince Charming), Meredith Russo (Royal Page), Alisa Williams (Queen) and Cameron Williams (King).

Enjoy the show and a Sleeping Beauty Princess/Prince Package that includes a tiara or crown, crayons, coloring page, juice box, a cookie and a photo opportunity with Sleeping Beauty, herself. The special package is only $5 additional per guest while supplies last with a portion of proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

DATES: June 12-June 22, 2014

TIMES: Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 pm (no Saturday evening performance June 14th) Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm (show runs approx 80 min)

TICKETS: $14 for adults and teenagers, $10 for children 12 and under

Directed by Tom Haine, Romeo and Juliet features Jacob Hoff (Romeo), Danielle Bonjiovanni (Juliet), Isaac Rojas (Paris), Rebekah Bonney (Benvolio), Tyler Jones (Tybalt), Steve Smith (Mercutio), Julia Ackerman (Apothecary), Michael Mussman (Peter), Rickey Phatsenhann (Gregory), Walfred Rodas (Sampson/Friar John), Lesley Pearson (Nurse), Ray Lynch (Capulet), Liza Wismer (Lady Capulet), Martin White (Montague), Sandy Hotchkiss (Lady Montague), Steve Jensen (Friar Laurence) and Chris Marler (Prince).

DATES: June 27-July 20, 2014

TIMES: Thursday-Saturday 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm TICKETS: Free to the public but reservations are required.

To learn more about ticket prices and reservations, or show sponsorships, contact the box office at 619-435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com.

Cast and production members are available for interviews and video opportunities. Still pictures of the production can also be provided. Please contact M.G. Perez for specific media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and is San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.



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Cast Bios

Photo by Tony EisenhowerJulia Ackerman (Abraham/Apothecary)has worked in theatre, film, and commercial/television projects in San Diego. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and New York in the Studio Program. Most recent roles include Alice in You Cant Take It With You with the Lake San Marcos theatre company, and Jaime in a short series of films by Constellations Casting in Carlsbad. Favorite roles include Vicky in Symphony of the Night (San Diego Film Festival) with Indie Luv Studios, and May in Last Train to Nibroc (Different Stages Theatre Company). She is currently working with a small production company called Classified Productions in La Jolla doing film, commercial and voice over work.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerDanielle Bongiovanni (Juliet) is going into her junior year at Coronado School of the Arts. With CoSA she has been in The Grapes of Wrath, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and Legally Blonde: The Musical. As a Shakespeare fanatic, she hopes to continue keeping his work alive. Danielle would like to thank Kim Strassburger for sparking her love for The Bard, everyone involved in the production for the wonderful experience, and her friends and family for their support.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerRebekah Bonney (Benvolio) is delighted to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut.  Most recently Rebekah has been seen in Trinity Theatre’s 12 Angry Men, as well as in various Playwright Festivals and Melodramas with the North Park Vaudeville Theatre.  Rebekah holds a B.A. in Theatre from Messiah College, and would like to thank all the emeralds in her life for their amazing support!

Photo by Tony EisenhowerJacob Hoff (Romeo) is excited to be on the Coronado Playhouse stage for the first time. Jacob has worked locally as Lt. Adams in South Pacific (Lawrence Welk Theatre) and in Washington State where he played Berger in Hair and Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs, among other great roles. This performance is dedicated to his Mom and Grandparents who’ve always pushed him to do better.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerSandy Hotchkiss (Lady Montague) is co-director of the Talent To aMuse Theatre Company. Acting credits include: Fonsia Dorsey in The Gin Game, Madame in The Maids, Bessie in Marvin’s Room, Joy Gresham in Shadowlands Jeanette in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Rebecca the Fairy in William S Gilbert’s Foggerty’s Fairy. She is active in commercial work and appeared as a Dancing Grannie in a video with Travis Pastrana promoting the X Games in LA.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerSteven Jensen (Friar Lawrence) has enjoyed appearing in CPH plays before, among them: Cinderella, The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Some plays elsewhere: Macbeth and King Lear (Vanguard); Edward II (Diversionary); The Tempest (Poor Players); Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); The Oresteia and Medea (Sixth @ Penn); Detained in the Desert (Teatro Máscara Mágica); The Gondoliers (Lyric Opera SD).

Photo by Tony EisenhowerJ Tyler Jones (Tybalt) was most recently seen in Mud Blue Sky at Moxie Theatre. He has also performed locally with Intrepid Shakespeare (Macbeth), ion (Punk Rock), La Jolla Playhouse (Accomplice: San Diego), National Comedy Theatre, and others. Tyler is a proud graduate of The Florida State University School of Theatre.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerRaymond Lynch (Capulet) Off-Broadway, Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum and other theatres), regional Shakespeare festivals/ repertory. Locally: Vanguard, Vista’s Broadway, and as Beethoven with the San Diego Symphony. First job: The Old Globe in a show directed by Craig Noel. Later cast by Sir Richard Attenborough in the film Chaplin. Wide range of television, film, commercials.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerChris Marler (Prince) This is first time Chris has appear on the Coronado Playhouse stage.  Prior Shakespeare performances include Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.  When not visiting friends and family in Coronado, Chris calls Arizona home.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerMichael Vegas Mussman (Peter) is ecstatic to make his Coronado Playhouse debut. Most recently, he performed at an improve show at National Comedy Theatre. In 2006, he wrote, directed,and performed at an improv show a one-act play, Serial Killers Convention, at 6th and Penn Theatre. Previous credits include, Stage Door, Heaven Can Wait, and several other shows with San Jose Children’s Musical Theatre. He thanks Patricio and the entire Vegas family for their love and support.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerLesley Knoth Pearson (Nurse) holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (w/a Minor in Children’s Theatre) from UCLA and an Ed.D. in Education from Alliant International University. She worked as a volunteer Assistant Talent Coordinator for Dick Clark Productions in Los Angeles for the Country Music Awards and American Music Awards.  Credits include:  Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, Babe in Pajama Game, Zipporah in Milk & Honey, Frastrada in Pippin, Golde in Fiddler On the Roof, Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn in The Music Man, Chris in Rumors, Suzanne in Dearly Departed, Nurse Purgon in The Imaginary Invalid, and The First Witch in Macbeth. She is co-founder of Westminster Youth Theatre, a member of the Vanguard Theatre Board and a founding member of The Shakespeare Society of San Diego.  She also records audio books for Wolcott & Sheridan in N. Hollywood; and performs as a vocalist on several CD’s by David Brauner. She is currently an Administrator in the San Diego Unified School District Early Childhood Education Programs.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerRickey Phatsenhann (Gregory / Balthasar), a San Diego native, is proud to be a part of the cast of Romeo and Juliet in his first performance at the Coronado Playhouse. Rickey’s theatre experiences include Flower Drum Song with the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre and Godspell at the Ocean Beach Playhouse. When he’s not acting, Rickey enjoys singing, playing guitar, and exercising his civil liberties.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerIsaac Rojas (Paris) is making his Coronado Playhouse debut. He is a recent graduate of California Baptist University where he majored in Theatre. Credits include: CBU: Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Mr. DePinna (You Can’t Take It With You), Simon Stimson (Our Town), Wiley Post (Will Rogers Follies), Nervous/Short man (The Great Divorce), ensemble (Macbeth). Awards: Irene Ryan Nominee for Twelfth Night, Inland Theatre League nominee for You Can’t Take it With You, Inland Theatre League winner for Twelfth Night.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerSteve Smith (Mercutio / Fight Choreography) is an actor, director, and teacher with a BA in Theatre from the Florida State University. When he’s not working on classical texts, he most enjoys helping create brand new works–you may have seen him in readings, workshops, and festivals at Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, San Diego Fringe, or elsewhere. Next up, he’s directing a new play as part of the Out on a Limb Festival, July 18-27 at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerLiza Wismer (Lady Capulet) is thrilled to be making her debut with The Coronado Playhouse. She graduated from the theatre department of San Francisco State University where past productions include Biloxi Blues, Rocky Horror Show, Waiting for Godot, The Cherry Orchard and many others. Currently, Liza teaches high school English and loves to expose her students to drama as much as possible. Liza dedicates this performance to her daughter – Juliette Coco.

Walfred RodasWalfred Rodas (Sampson / Friar John) wanted to be a famous clergyman with the hope of one day leading his own cult, unfortunately Walfred could only afford one year of clergy school. Instead Walfred attended and recently graduated from SDSU. In his spare time Walfred enjoys reading about balloons. If Walfred were to have a dog (which he probably won’t because he lacks the responsibility to own one) he would name it Banana.

Photo by Tony EisenhowerMartin White (Montague) is very happy to be in this production of Romeo and Juliet as Romeo’s daddy, Montegue. He previously played the King of Bohemia in Sherlock Holmes’ Final Adventure. Last year he played Prospero in The Tempest and was seen in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Many thanks to Director Tom Haine  for putting up with his acting and to his wife, Claire, for just putting up with him.

Creative Team

Photo by Tony EisenhowerTom Haine (Director) Prior Shakespeare productions include: Macbeth, King Lear, Cymbeline, Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and The Tempest. Tom’s directing credits include King Lear, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler, You Can’t Take It With You, Bury the Dead, and Dearly Departed. He has received classical acting training from the Old Globe’s Jonathan McMurtry, Dakin Matthews, and Brendon Fox. Tom, a government attorney by day, is also a 2010 graduate of the British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Oxford Program.

Chris Powell (Producer) is excited to be producing his first full production the Coronado Playhouse. He just got done being part of T. Fitzpatrick/B. Henzel Team on Sleeping Beauty. Other shows with this team are the award winning productions of TBLWIT, Grease, Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Dames at Sea and The IT Girl. Other shows include the critically acclaimed productions of Thrill Me!, YANK! The Musical, The Busy World is Hushed, Torch Song Trilogy, The New Century, Dooley and Corpus Christi (Diversionary Theatre).

Michael Mizerany (Choreographer) has choreographed extensively including Altar Boyz, Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge and Thrill Me (Diversionary Theatre), Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens and A Midsummer Night’s Fever (Ion Theatre), Carnvial! and Suds (The Coronado Playhouse) and Spring Awakening (Cygnet Theatre). Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the LA Stage Scene “Scenie” Award for Outstanding Choreography for Altar Boyz, the Bravo San Diego Award for Outstanding Choreographer of 2012 and The Blue Ribbon Award for Suds.

Derek Orlowski (Cellist/Drummer) has been a cellist for over 11 years and has been a  professional freelance cellist for the past four years. He also plays for fund raisers and is a part of his church’s worship team. He is a member of the string quartet, Simply Strings, and a member of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestera and Soloist Ensemble, which was recently honored as semi-finalist for youth orchestras in The American Prize competition.

Samuel Joseph Disalvo (Lighting Technician) is proud to be back and assisting on his 12th play, Romeo and Juliet, at the Coronado Playhouse. He is thankful to be working for the first time under Director Thomas Haine. Prior plays at the Playhouse include, Suds, The Tempest, Pageant, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and Sleeping Beauty. He wants to thank friends and family for their support.

Chad Oakley (Co-Lighting Designer) Recent work at CPH: Co-Lighting Design, Chicago, Lighting Design, Pageant (Aubrey Award), Co-Lighting Design, 42nd Street (Aubrey Award). OnStage Playhouse: Director, The Violet Hour; Assistant Director, Lighting Design, It’s Just Sex. Pickwick Players: Lighting Design, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Director, Pippin. Chad has done over 80 lighting designs or set designs for every ACT theater in town.

Alex John (Co-Costume Designer) This is her third show as costume designer with the Coronado Playhouse. She has done Chicago and Ruthless the Musical. She just completed 9 to 5 (Onstage Playhouse). She previously worked in theater as a dancer, choreographer, stylist, model and even a dresser. She has studied dance since the age of 2.  She studied fashion design and merchandising at Mesa College. She just starting back as a Burlesque dancer. When San Diego had a hockey team she was a dancer with the San Diego Gulls cheer leaders group, dancing wearing special ice shoes. Currently she works back stage coordinating models for fashion shows.  She also enjoys being a stylist & window designer.

Pat John (Co-Costume Designer) The other Co-designer for 9 to 5 (Onstage Playhouse). Chicago and Ruthless the Musical (Coronado Playhouse). Her primary roll is Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. She studied fashion design and theater at Mesa College and even got to intern with her teacher traveling with her company to trade shows.  Spending six years with the costume department at Sea World gave her a chance to work directly with a variety of seamstresses and actors.  All of this while working full time as an insurance agent, going to school and coordinating fashion shows.  She has worked with a number of professional fashion shows with Mesa and Fashion Group International as well as directly with some designers.  She enjoys the excitement of back stage and the energy of the actors, crew and audience of each show.  It is so wonderful to meet the new people and catch up with those she has already met.  So for now she remains Retired but never Bored.

Show Events

Pre-Show Entertainment

15 minutes before each curtain! Join us for pre-show entertainment by  Coronado High School performer Natalie Lusitana!

Natalie Lusitana (pre-show entertainment) is entering her senior year at Coronado High School.  She has been taking classes, performing and crewing at San Diego Junior Theatre in Balboa Park for the past four years.  Her performances include The Sound of Music, Doctor Dolittle, Disney on the Record and Into the Woods.  She also has been coached for the past 3 years by Diane Alexander, Soprano, a Coronado local.  Natalie has performed the National Anthem in Coronado for the Coronado Miracle League Opening Ceremonies, Coronado Little League Closing Ceremonies and Village Elementary’s Harvest Hoedown.  Natalie is very excited to have been asked to perform for you at this performance.  Singing and Theatre are her passion!!

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sponsor_ronaldmcdonaldCommunity 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 using our public platform to help those in need.

For this production, please help support our partnership with the San Diego Ronald McDonald House.

More information regarding our partnership will be posted here.