September 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Price Description: $20 Thur. $25 Fri. $27 Sat. $23 Sun $3 Active Military, Student & Senior Discount & Great Group Rates.
Coronado Playhouse Box Office


Seussical the Musical

September 2 – October 9, 2016

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

*Dates vary. See calendar for details.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Co-Conceived by Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Directed by Desha Crownover
Musical Direction by Michael Anthony
Choreography by Erin Petersen

All your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, and more. The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged, in this colorful romp, and emerge triumphant.

Meet the Cast

Jacob Sampson Cat in the Hat
Ryan Burtanog Horton the Elephant
Ferril Gardner Sour Kangaroo
Eileen Parks Young Kangaroo
Wilfred Paloma Wickersham Brother
Ryan Luster Wickersham Brother
Marc Caro-Willcox Wickersham Brother
Meredith Russo Mayzie
Sophia Johnson Gertrude
Alex Dunbar Mr. Mayor
Daryl Daley Mrs. Mayor, Bird Girl
Drew McMullen JoJo
Oliver Caro-Willcox General Schmitz
Kylie Young Bird Girl
Jazz Ruiz Bird Girl
Trevor Johnson Yertle the Turtle/ Vlad Vladikoff /Grinch
 Julia Van Skike Cindy Lou Who
Ashley Stewart Who/ Fox-in-Socks/  Fish

The Playbill

The program can be downloaded here: Seussical Program


Press images are not yet available for this production.


August 5, 2016

M.G. Perez-Media Coordinator
(619) 261-1200
Katy Skyrud, Producer
(619) 838-5252
Coronado Playhouse Box Office
(619) 435-4856

Coronado Playhouse’s 70th Anniversary

Young Audience Production of

Seussical The Musical

Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego


Coronado Playhouse is the oldest, longest running community theatre in San Diego County and Coronado’s oldest arts organization. The 2016 season marks 70 years of entertainment, service and outreach to Coronado and area audiences.


“Oh, the things you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical spectacular.


During the six-week run of performances September 2 – October 9, 2016, Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, is raising money and awareness to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. The House is 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.


The cast features: Jacob Sampson (Cat in the Hat), Ryan Burtanog (Horton the Elephant), Ferril Gardner (Sour Kangaroo), Eileen Parks (Young Kangaroo), Wilfred Paloma (Wickersham Brother), Ryan Luster (Wickersham Brother), Marc Caro-Willcox (Wickersham Brother), Meredith Russo (Mayzie), Sophia Johnson (Gertrude) Alex Dunbar (Mr. Mayor), Daryl Daley (Mrs. Mayor, Bird Girl), Drew McMullen (JoJo), Oliver Caro-Willcox (General Schmitz), Kylie Young (Bird Girl), Jazz Ruiz (Bird Girl), Trevor Johnson (Yertle the Turtle/ Vlad Vladikoff /Grinch), Julia Van Skike (Cindy Lou Who), Ashley Stewart (Max).


The production team includes Desha Crownover (Director ), Michael Anthony (Music Director), Erin Petersen (Choreographer), Katy Skyrud (Producer), Marcee Drysdale (Costume Design), Jacob Sampson (Set Design), Michael Barahura (Technical Director/Lighting Design), Larry Namer (Sound Design) Megan Barahura (Rehearsal Stage Manger), Maddy Ringer (Production Stage Manager), Pamela Everett (Props and Dressing).


For more information and to purchase tickets please contact the box office at

619-435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com.

DATES: September 2 – October 9, 2016

TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.,

Saturdays 2:00 p.m. 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8; 7:00 p.m. 9/3, 9/17, 10/8.

TICKETS: $10-$27 All children 12 and under $10; Active Duty Military, Student and Senior discounts. Excellent group rates are available.


Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Co-Conceived by Eric Idle

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss


Seussical The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


Please contact M.G. Perez  for specific media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.




YouTube Interviews…

Seussical the Musical: A Delight for the Whole Family!

More…                                                                                                  –Coronado Times



Oh the places this ‘Seussical’ goes!

  More…                                                                               –Union Tribune



Cast Bios

Ryan Burtanog 08RYAN BURTANOG (Horton) is excited to make his Coronado Playhouse debut! He recently performed the role of Dad/Proctor in the new musical, The Test, which premiered at this year’s San Diego Fringe Festival. Star Repertory: The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Seussical, The Addams Family, Hairspray. He also performed in the OnStage choir in the American Premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse.

Marc Caro-Wilcox 09MARC CARO-WILLCOX (Wickersham Brother) is thrilled to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut. Marc is a choreographer for Helix High School’s show choir program. He recently relocated back from SF where was employed at the New Conservatory Theatre Company as Choreographer for the youth conservatory program. Previously, he has studied under the direction of Spencer Powell, (Visionary Dance Theatre) and Katie Pipes, (KO Dance Co.). Credits include: Willy Wonka (Choreo-Young Actors Theatre), The Wiz, (Director-VSPA), Hairspray(Seaweed), and A Chorus Line (Mark). Enjoy the show; we’ll see you in Solla Sollew.

Oliver-1OLIVER CARO-WILLCOX (General Schmitz/Jungle/Who /Lorax) is incredibly excited to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut! Past credits include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Eugene in Grease, and The Pharoe in Joseph. Oliver would like to thank his family for always being supportive of his passion.

Daryl Daley 10DARYL DALEY (Mrs. Mayor/Bird Girl) Sponsored by Norm & Darlene Daley is excited to be performing in Seussical again after appearing in this show 12 years ago (under the direction of Mr. Anthony, no less)! Other appearances at CPH include Girl Bear in Avenue Q (2015), Turtle in A Year with Frog and Toad (2015), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2014), Princess Beauty in Sleeping Beauty or the Famous Rose Taboo (2014), and ensemble roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2015), Spamalot (2014), TBLWIT (2012), and The Drowsy Chaperone (2011).

Alex Dunbar 14ALEX DUNBAR (Mr. Mayor) This is Alex’s first show at CPH, and couldn’t be more excited doing Seussical again as The Mayor. Alex just did Evita at OnStage Playhouse. His favorite overall part was Leaf in Spelling Bee (Grossmont). He would like to thank his mom Anne and sister Betsy for being so supportive.

Ferril Gardner 09FERRIL GARDNER (Sour Kangaroo) is happy to be back on stage at Coronado Playhouse. Past credits with CPH include Ms. Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music, and Lucy in Avenue Q. Ferril would like to thank her wonderful friends and family for their love and support, and to dedicate her performance to the memory of her father who was a true fan of Dr. Seuss.

Trevor Johnson 09TREVOR JOHNSON (Yertle the Turtle /Vald Valdikoff /Grinch)

Sophia Johnson 11SOPHIA JOHNSON (Gertrude) is very excited to be a part of her first production at Coronado Playhouse. Previously, she took part in musicals at Coronado School of the Arts such as Big Fish (Sandra Bloom) and Chicago (Velma Kelly). She is a year-round performer at LEGOLAND California Resort where she has been employed for over a year now.

Ryan Luster 11RYAN LUSTER (Wickersham Brother) is making his Coronado Playhouse debut in Seussical. Previous credits include Les Miserables, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats, Urinetown, Chicago, Yours Anne, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Thank you to Desha, Mike, and Erin for this wonderful opportunity!

Drew McMullen-1DREW McMULLEN (JoJo) is thrilled to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut with Seussical as Jojo! He is a proud participant in J*Company Youth Theatre where he has been in many shows including: Once on this Island, Seussical (Jojo), Mary Poppins, Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz. Additionally, Drew performed Legally Blonde (Dewey) with ACT San Diego. Drew is an avid show-goer, lead singer in his rock band, and loves to read, swim and hang out with his family and friends. A special thank you to Joey Landwehr for his incredible guidance and support. Drew sends his love and gratitude to his family and friends for always being there to watch him grow and learn. Anything’s Possible!

Wilfred Paloma 07WILFRED PALOMA (Wickersham Brother) earned an AA in Visual & Performing Arts at SD City College & is graduating with a BA in Theatre Performance: Acting & Musical Theatre at SDSU in 2017. Recently worked & studied at Steppenwolf West under master teachers Jeff Perry, Alexandra Billings, Kim Rubinstein, Monica Payne, and Eric Hunicutt. Past stage credits: Kilroy in The Camino Real (Steppenwolf West), Man 2 in The Things We Never Say at the SD Fringe Festival ‘15, Kenickie/Teen Angel in Grease, Usnavi in In the Heights (SWC & Saville), Betty in Three Penny Opera (UCSD), Man 1 in Songs for a New World (OnStage), Angel in Rent (SWC), Stephen in Sheila (OB Playhouse)Dash in The Wallet (Saville), Snail in A Year With Frog & Toad (Aubrey Award: Major Support)Man 1 in Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem, Carnival!, & Chicago (all at Coronado Playhouse). Directors Credit: The Buddy Holly Story (AD) at OnStage.

Eileen Parks 13EILEEN PARKS (Young Kangaroo) is delighted to debut with Coronado Playhouse. Other credits include Annie in Annie (CYT, ACT), Wizard of Oz (Moonlight Stage Productions), Charlotte’s Web (Pickwick Players), Miracle on 34th Street (Lake San Marcos Players), Mary Poppins (Junior Theatre), and Into the Woods (CYC). Thank you Karyn Overstreet and Tamlyn Shusterman for vocal and dance training. Thank you Desha, Michael and Erin for putting together such a fun and talented cast!

Jazz Ruiz 14JAZZ RUIZ (Bird Girl) has worked with many different companies throughout California such as, Food Network, Paramount Pictures, FOX, Netflix, MOB Media and has performed regionally with Lambs Players. Credits include: West Side Story (Consuelo), Rent (Ensemble,u/s Maureen), Joseph and the…(Wife,u/s Narrator), Oliver (Nancy), Honk (Ida) and others. A special thank you to her Mom and Dad, Kaylabree, Grandparents, Aaron and Susan De Leon. www.jazzmruiz.com

Meredith Russo 03MEREDITH RUSSO (Mayzie) Sponsored by Thomas Fitzpatrick and Barron Henzel is thrilled to be part of the wonderful world of Suess! Credits include Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense (Pickwick), Spats Palazzo in Sugar, Miss Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Doatsey Mae in The Best Little… & Maggie Jones in (Coronado Playhouse). Other favorite roles–Miss Strict in Zombie Prom (Pickwick), Rizzo in Grease (OnStage) and The Witch In Into the Woods (OnStage and Pickwick). Thanks to the production team, Squirrel, Dad, Sisters and the gang!

Jacob Sampson 09JACOB SAMPSON (Cat in the Hat) This is Jacob’s Coronado Playhouse debut. He was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from SCPA. After high school, Jacob moved to Missouri to attend Stephens College where he studied theater. The last couple years he has spent living and working in New York City making plays but is happy to be back on the West Coast. Jacob would like to thank the production team and staff at the CPH for making this show happen. And thank you for being here to support live theater and the arts. Enjoy the show.

Ashley Stewart 05ASHLEY STEWART (Max & Others) Sponsored by Patty Fay is excited to be performing for the first time at Coronado Playhouse. Recent credits include Evita (OnStage Playhouse) and Mack and Mabel (Lamplighters Theatre).

Julia Van Skike 16JULIA VAN SKIKE (Cindy Lou Who) is beyond thrilled to be in her first show with Coronado Playhouse! She previously appeared as Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web (Pickwick Players), Keeley Gibson in Billy Elliott (CYC), Polly in A Christmas Carol (ACT), Electra in Cats (CYC), Tessie in Annie (CYC), Gretl in Sound of Music (CYT), as well as performing at December Nights, the Zoo Centennial Celebration and other shows around town.

Kylie Young 13KYLIE YOUNG (Bird Girl) recently graduated from UCSD, majoring in Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include: Ariel in Footloose, A dancer in Spamalot, and Kate in Pirates of Penzance. She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her in all of her performing endeavors!

Creative Team

Desha Crownover 11DESHA CROWNOVER (Director) is an award-winning stage director with over 75 shows to her name, ranging from intimate black-box style plays to fully-staged musicals for audiences of over 800. 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, 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. She 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.

Michael AMICHAEL ANTHONY (Music Director) is thrilled to return to the CPH after a rousing success with Thoroughly Modern Millie last season. He has served as a conductor, director, educator, and performer with many local theaters including: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Junior Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, J Company, Diversionary, Joan Kroc Performing Arts Initiative, and Starlight Theater. Mike holds degrees in Music Education (U of M), and Musical Theater (Boston Conservatory) and has played keyboards for national/regional tours of A Chorus Line, Showboat, Bells are Ringing, Little Shop of Horrors, A Greater Tuna Christmas, among others. He currently serves as an educator for the Joan Kroc Performing Arts Initiative, Broadway Arts Academy and CA State Arts Board. Awards include, NYTA’S Best Director (2004-2007), Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle (Performer), San Diego Billie Award (1999-2009) and AATE’S Special Merit for The Lorax and an Aubrey Award Nominee. A cancer survivor, Mr. Anthony feels blessed to return to his passion, thanking his SD family for their continued love and encouragement.

ERIN PETERSEN (Chorographer) is pleased to be joining the Coronado Playhouse team! She frequently finds herself running around town choreographing and directing young artists from J* Company, Character Kids, Kalabash School of Music & the Arts, Intrepid Theatre Company and San Diego Junior Theatre. She can also be seen on stage with Intrepid Theatre Company where she serves as a company member as well as their Education Program Manager.

KATY SKYRUD (Producer) delighted to work with Desha, Michael and entire production team and watching as everyone’s imagination interweaves to create such a magical show. Katy has co-produced with fellow board member Barron Henzel on many award winning productions at CPH such as The IT Girl, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Sherlock Holmes, TBLWIT, and Sugar. Other Producer credits at CPH include Sleeping Beauty, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem and A Year With Frog and Toad. She would like to thank her family for always being such good sports.

Jacob Sampson (Set Design) See cast bios.

MICHAEL BARAHURA  (Lighting Designer) CPH: Avenue Q [Aubrey Award]. Other credits: The Gin Game [Aldea Award], The Violet Hour (OnStage Playhouse), Sunset Park, The Liar (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Parallel Lives, The Gin Game, The Imaginary Invalid (Talent to aMuse), And Then There Were None, Pippin (Pickwick Players), It’s…Superman!, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, James and the Giant Peach, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Metamorphoses, The Crucible, Ragtime, Chicago, Dames at Sea, Lucky Stiff (San Diego Junior Theatre).

MARCEE DRYSDALE (Costume Design) is the Head Costumer at Young Actors Theatre. Her costume credits include Sugar and Thoroughly Modern Millie at Coronado Playhouse. Fiddler on the Roof, Spring Awakening, Addams Family, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Aladdin, Legally Blonde, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Oliver, Guys & Dolls, Footloose, and Hairspray at Young Actors Theatre. She also costumes shows at San Diego area high schools and those credits include Alice in Wonderland, Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, High School Musical, and Xanadu. She handles all costume rentals at YAT and can be reached at CostumesbyMarcene@gmail.com.

LARRY NAMER (Sound Design)

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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 using our public platform to help those in need.

During the six-week run of performances we are partnering with Ronald McDonald Charities in an effort to bring much needed exposure and donations to this worthy cause.