SLEEPING BEAUTY or the Famous Rose Taboo


June 12, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Coronado Playhouse Theatre
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Adults $14, Children $10
Coronado Playhouse
(619) 435-4856

Sleeping Beauty or the Famous Rose TabooSLEEPING BEAUTY OR THE FAMOUS ROSE TABOO

June 12 – June 22, 2014 Thur, Fri, Sat* @7pm Sat & Sun @2pm

(*No evening performance June 14) Young audiences. Limited engagement. Book and Lyrics by Barbara Fried Music by Norman Sachs Directed by Thomas Fitzpatrick Musical Direction by Kirk Valles Kids of all ages will delight in this musical retelling of the classic fairy tale, with a decidedly modern twist! This off-Broadway hit is filled with action and wit to entertain children and adults. Be enchanted as Sleeping Beauty is awakened from the Scary Fairy’s spell by the handsome Prince Charming, with the help from their bumbling Fairy Godparents. ~80 minutes. Buy Tickets!

Special Packages

During Sleeping Beauty or The Famous Rose Taboo we will be selling PRINCESS / PRINCE PACKAGES: Get your own prince or princess a special package that includes a tiara/crown, crayons, coloring page, juicebox and a cookie for only $5 add on. A portion of the proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Get your tickets now and don’t forget to add on your princess / prince package! Select the “Princess / Prince Package” add on after you select your seats, using the link below. Buy Tickets!

Meet the Cast

  • Page: Meredith Russo
  • Fairy Godmother: Jennie Gray Connard
  • Scary Fairy: Debbie David
  • Queen: Alisa Williams
  • King: Cameron Williams
  • Prince Charming: Joey Kirkpatrick
  • Fairy Godfather : Barron Henzel
  • Sleeping Beauty: Daryl Daley

The Playbill

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Photo Credit: Barron Henzel

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May 23, 2014 Broadway World:

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2014 CONTACTS: M.G. Perez-Media Coordinator (619) 261-1200 mgperez@coronadoplayhouse.com Coronado Playhouse Box Office (619) 435-4856 boxoffice@coronadoplayhouse.com

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

Jennie Gray ConnardJennie Gray Connard (Good Fairy) is delighted to return to Coronado Playhouse as a fairy.  Young audiences may remember her as The Fairy Godmother in CPH’s production of Cinderella in 2010.  Jennie is incredibly grateful to have been able to perform on San Diego stages since the age of 8 years old.  She is an alumna of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and San Diego Junior Theatre.  Youth theatre is a passion of Jennie’s and she feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach, direct and choreograph young students at various schools, theaters and studios around town.

Daryl DaleyDaryl Daley (Princess Beauty) is happy to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing as Mary Sunshine in Chicago earlier this season. Growing up performing at the San Diego Junior Theatre, Daryl is glad to once again be a part of theatre geared towards young audiences. Other appearances at CPH include TBLWIT (2012) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2011), elsewhere: Grease, Onstage Playhouse; Zombie Prom, Pickwick Players.

Debbie DavidDebbie David (Scary Fairy) was last seen at the Coronado Playhouse as Miss Mona in TBLWIT. Other San Diego credits: The Drowsy Chaperone (Coronado Playhouse); Wonder of the World, Self Help, Murder Among Friends, Company, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Proof, Vanities (PowPAC); Once Upon a Mattress, Little Mary Sunshine (Scripps Ranch Theater); Pirates of Penzance (Avo Playhouse,Limon/Carr Prod.); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (OnStage). Debbie is on the Board of Directors at the Coronado Playhouse, and is a proud graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Barron HenzelBarron Henzel (Fairy Godfather) co-produced TBLWIT (Aubrey), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aubrey), Cinderella (Aubrey) and The IT Girl at Coronado Playhouse. He assistant directed Dames at Sea (Lamplighters). Favorite acting credits: Pageant, Much Ado, Pump Boys, Angels Among Us (Coronado Playhouse); Grease (OnStage)(Aldea Award); They’re Playing Our Song (Scripps Ranch); The Busy World is Hushed, Torch Song Trilogy, Handsome Men (Diversionary); 1776, H2$, Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde (Starlight); Trolls, Miss Mcinerney’s Acquaintances (6th @ Penn); various film and commercial work. Barron is a Star Award recipient; and, offstage, he is an art director and president of the board of directors at CPH.

Joey KirkpatrickJoey Kirkpatrick (Prince Charming) is very excited to be working at the Coronado Playhouse once again! He was last seen in Chicago as Fred Casely (2014) and TBLWIT as an Aggie Boy (2012). Other performances include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Rent at SPAC.

Meredith RussoMeredith Russo (Page) is thrilled to be back “home” at Coronado Playhouse playing the role of The Page. Most recently seen as Velma Kelly in Chicago (Coronado Playhouse), Miss Strict* in Zombie Prom (Pickwick), Doatsey Mae in TBLWIT & Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (Coronado Playhouse). Other credits include: Rizzo* in Grease (Onstage), The Witch in Into the Woods (Onstage), Donna in A Taffeta Christmas (Pickwick/OnStage), Bonnie* in Anything Goes! (Patio), Adela in The It Girl (Coronado Playhouse) and Amy in Company (PowPac). *Aubrey Award

Alisa WilliamsAlisa Williams (Queen) is excited to be making her acting debut at Coronado Playhouse opposite her real life King, Cameron. She is thrilled to be working again at CPH with the Fitzpatrick/Skyrud team after choreographing TBLWIT, Cinderella, The Drowsy Chaperone and The It Girl. Alisa is a third grade teacher and has been working in San Diego theater for over twenty years as an actress/choreographer at Scripps Ranch, Starlight, OnStage, PowPac and is a resident artist and instructor with Pickwick Players. Favorite roles include Marty in Grease, Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Cheryl in A Taffeta Christmas.

Cameron WilliamsCameron Williams (King) is making his Coronado Playhouse debut after watching his wife, father, brother, and sister all participate in their productions.  He is the Artistic Director for Pickwick Players, where he enjoys both acting (Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and Linus in Snoopy!!!) and producing (Little Shop of Horrors and Seussical).  Other favorite roles include The Baker in Into the Woods (OnStage Playhouse) and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress (Scripps Ranch Theatre).  By day, Cameron is an eighth grade language arts and history teacher and avid fan of all things Harry Potter.

Creative Team

Thomas FitzpatrickThomas Fitzpatrick (Director) played Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty or The Famous Rose Taboo (many many moons ago) and is excited to return to Coronado Playhouse to direct this Young Audiences production. He directed CPH’s award winning and critically acclaimed productions of TBLWIT, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella and The It Girl. Tom has performed in productions at Diversionary, Lyceum, Avo Playhouse, The Broadway, SD Lyric Opera, OnStage etc. In addtion, he played Charlie Brown in Pickwick Players’ mentoring project Snoopy!!!. Other directing credits include Zombie Prom (Pickwick), Grease (OnStage), A Taffeta Christmas (Pickwick/OnStage) and Dames at Sea (Lamplighters).

Kirk VallesKirk Valles (Musical Director/Accompanist) teaches vocal/general music in the San Diego Unified School District, is director of music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and is an accompanist at CSUSM.   Recent shows include: 9 to 5 The Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (OnStage Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin (Pickwick Players), Cowgirls (PowPac) and TBLWIT (Coronado Playhouse) for which he received an Aubrey Award for Best Musical Direction.  Kirk also teaches private voice and piano throughout San Diego.   He is delighted to be working with the outstanding cast of Sleeping Beauty or The Famous Rose Taboo, Coronado Playhouse, and Thomas Fitzpatrick.  Love you Ana, Brooke, and Garner.

Chris Powell (Stage Manager) is excited to be working again with Tom Fitzpatrick and the Coronado Playhouse. He has been involved in the award-winning Fitzpatrick/Henzel 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). He is thrilled to be part of this incredibly talented Sleeping Beauty company.

Show Events

Family Fun Day:

sb_familyday_buttonSaturday, June 14, 11am-2pm

The Sleeping Beauty fairy tale comes to life with a Family Day of Fun. Join us in the Coronado Playhouse courtyard Saturday, June 14, 11am-2pm and then catch our matinee performance of Sleeping Beauty or The Famous Rose Taboo. Events for the whole family including face painting, a bounce house, prizes and more! Meet a few of your favorite characters from Sleeping Beauty before seeing them on stage! Matinee performance immediately follows this event. Great fun for the whole family! Get your show tickets now!

Ticket Prices

Adults: $14

Children 12 and under: $10

PRINCESS / PRINCE PACKAGES: Get your own prince or princess a special package that includes a crown, crayons, coloring page, juice box, a cookie and a photo op with Sleeping Beauty, herself, for only $5 add on. A portion of the proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Select the “Princess / Prince Package” add on after you select your seats, using the link below.

Buy Tickets!


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.