Thoroughly Modern Millie


September 11, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Playhouse Box Office

Thoroughly Modern Millie

September 11 – October 18, 2015 Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm Sunday @2pm

New music by Jeanine Tesori. New lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Book by Dick Scanlan and Richard Henry Morris.

Directed by Marisa Musgrove Musical Direction by Michael Anthony Choreography by Fred DeBerg Let us take you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City. “Moderns” were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there. Winner of 6 TONY Awards! Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East; her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage; and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name – or so he tells her. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. From explosive tap numbers to a Fred and Ginger routine on a window ledge this is the perfect show for theatres looking to show off the dance skills of their performers. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie! Buy Tickets!

The Playbill

Download our program here: Millie Program FINAL LO

Meet the Cast

  • Kay Marian McNellen: Millie Dillmount
  • Sidney Franklin: Jimmy Smith
  • Laura Lothian: Miss Dorothy Brown
  • Meredith Russo: Mrs. Meers
  • Forrest Reed: Trevor Graydon
  • Patrick Mayuyu: Ching Ho
  • Jeremiah Deinla: Bun Foo
  • Ferril Gardner: Miss Flannery
  • Heather Barton: Muzzy Van Hossmere
  • Daryl Daley: Alice
  • Carmina Vasquez: Gloria
  • Taylor Henderson: Lucille
  • Madeleine Williams: Ethel
  • Ariana Ramirez: Rita
  • Alex Lee: Ruth
  • Maia Larom: Sarah
  • M.G. Perez: Male Ensemble
  • Edger Diaz-Gutierrez: Male Ensemble
  • Luke Peterson: Male Ensemble
  • Frank DeBerg: Male Ensemble
  • Noah Hartwell: Male Ensemble


September 8, 2015

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August 21, 2015

Coronado Playhouse Presents:
Thoroughly Modern Millie
partnered with San Diego Habitat For Humanity

Raised hemlines and bobbed hair welcomed the 1920’s Jazz Age in New York City. Rewriting the rules of love, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas who travels to the big city on her way to a new career and she hopes a potential rich husband. This six time Tony® Award-winning hit musical is written by Richard Morris with songs by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan. It is based on the 1967 film of the same name with frisky flappers, a dragon-lady villainess, and mystery and mayhem that explode into a surprise fairy-tale ending. Thoroughly Modern Millie runs September 11-October 18, 2015 at Coronado Playhouse.

During the six-week run of performances Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, is raising money and awareness for San Diego Habitat for Humanity. This 2015 season, our community partnerships continue the commitment to help those in need. Along with collecting donations, the cast and crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie will raffle a large scale children’s playhouse they constructed to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing homes for ownership by low income families. Please go to www.sdhfh.org to find out more on how you can help support the many programs including new construction houses, critical repairs for existing homeowners, housing solutions for veterans and the Habitat children’s playhouse program.

Other Thoroughly Modern Millie special events include:

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package Friday, September 11th at 6:30pm. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The delicious catered meal will be served from 6:30-7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Millie Mayhem LGBT OUT Night for theatre lovers in the LGBT community will be Thursday September 17th. All are welcome for this pre-show mixer beginning at 6:30 p.m. The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine, cocktail specials and admission to the show.

A Speakeasy Happy Hour Friday, September 25 at 6:30pm. Only $35 per person for show admission, appetizers and drink specials. Show starts at 8pm. Tell ‘em Muzzy sent you.

Boas and Beads Get in the spirit and join the fun with a boa and string of flapper pearls for $5 while supplies last. Take the perfect picture and post to your favorite social media account.

Real Raffle Rave Ongoing raffle of a Mega Millie Coronado gift package. Buy your tickets for a chance to win vintage baubles from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers and deluxe hotel accommodations. The grand prize winner will be announced and notified after October 18th.

The cast includes: Heather Barton (Muzzy), Daryl Daley (Alice), Frankie DeBerg (Male Ensemble), Edgar Diaz-Gutierrez (Male Ensemble), Sidney Franklin (Jimmy), Ferril Gardner (Miss Flannery), Noah Hartwell (Male Ensemble), Taylor Diana Henderson (Lucille), Jeremiah Deinla (Bun Foo), Maia Larom (Sarah), Alex Lee (Ruth), Patrick Mayuyu (Ching Ho), Laura Lothian (Dorothy), Kay Marian McNellen (Millie), M.G. Perez (Male Ensemble), Luke Peterson (Male Ensemble), Ariana Ramirez (Rita), Forrest Reed (Trevor), Meredith Russo (Mrs. Meers), Carmina Vasquez (Gloria), Madeleine Williams (Ethel).

The production team includes: Marisa Musgrove (Director), Michael Anthony (Music Director), Katie Wallace (Assistant Director), Fred DeBerg (Choreographer), Tannya Sloter (Stage Manager), Barron Henzel (Co-Producer), Jennie Gray Connard (Co-Producer).

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 11, 2015– October 18, 2015

TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $20-$27

Active Duty Military, Student and Senior discounts. Excellent group rates are available.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.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 as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.


M.G. Perez-Media Coordinator (619) 261-1200
Coronado Playhouse Box Office (619) 435-4856



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Cast Bios

Heather Barton 11HEATHER BARTON (Muzzy) is elated to be back with Coronado Playhouse. She was last seen on the CPH stage as Jewel in The Best Little Whore House In Texas. A few other California theatrical ventures include Lee in Cowgirls at PowPac and Martha in Spring Awakening at The Welk. She has also been performing regularly at Finest City Improv Theater since the start of 2015. Heather would like to give special thanks to her man Justin, who makes life like a holiday.

Daryl Daley 10DARYL DALEY (Alice) is happy to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing as Turtle in A Year With Frog and Toad and Girl Bear/Nicky’s Left Arm in Avenue Q earlier this season. Other appearances at CPH include Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2014), Princess Beauty in Sleeping Beauty or the Famous Rose Taboo (2014) and ensemble roles in Spamalot (2014), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2012) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2011).

Frank DeBerg 05FRANK DeBERG (Ensemble) is proud to be a part of his first show with Coronado Playhouse. His recent experience consists mostly of writing and directing original shows such as Thankful and A Work in Progress. He is happy to be back in the role of performer, this being his first acting role since Geeks the Musical (Ion Theatre) and Measure for Measure (University of La Verne).

Jeremiah Deinla 03JEREMIAH DEINLA (Bun Foo) is excited to make his debut at Coronado Playhouse in such an exciting show! His other credits include Papa Ogre/ Papa Bear in Shrek (2014), and Pilot in The Little Mermaid (2014) at South County CYT. He was also in the ensemble in Hairspray (2014) at Young Actors Theatre.

Sidney Franklin 08SIDNEY FRANKLIN (Jimmy) is delighted to be making his debut at Coronado Playhouse. Favorite credits include Chasing the Song and The Car Plays at La Jolla Playhouse, touring show of Lifted with the Playwrights Project, Breaking Waves with Actors Alliance, and White Christmas with San Diego Musical Theatre. Television/Film credits include Stalked at 17 (Lifetime), Sons of Anarchy (FX), and a recurring role on Faking It (MTV). http://sidneyfranklin.com

Edger Diaz 08EDGAR DIAZ-GUTIERREZ (Ensemble) is happy to be back at Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Princeton in Avenue Q. In his second show at Coronado Playhouse he is happy to work with old and new friends, and as always, thanks his two #1 fans! His Mother and Grandmother!

Ferril Gardner 05FERRIL GARDNER (Ms. Flannery) is thrilled to be back on stage at Coronado Playhouse. She was last seen here earlier this year as Lucy in Avenue Q for which she received an Aubrey Award from ACT San Diego. Past favorite roles include Mrs.Forrest in Psycho Beach Party with the Ocean Beach Ensemble Experiment, and Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors with Pickwick Players. Ferril would like to thank her incredibly supportive family and friends.

Noah Hartwell 16NOAH HARTWELL (Ensemble) is so excited to be making his debut with Coronado Playhouse! Past credits include Mary Poppins (Chimney Sweep/ Dance Ensemble), Hairspray (Link Larkin), and West Side Story (Big Deal). He will soon transfer to Brigham Young University, Provo to get a BFA in Musical Theatre. Noah loves going to Disneyland with his two best friends and is exceptionally good at making smoothies. Enjoy the show!

Taylor Henderson 06TAYLOR HENDERSON (Lucille) is happy to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing as part of the award-winning Laker Girl ensemble in Spamalot! last season. She was most recently seen as Lovely Lady #1 in Les Misérables with Encore Entertainers in LA. She has also been seen in Chicago! (Ensemble/Harrison), It’s A Wonderful Life—The Musical (Shirley/Dance Captain), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Reporter #1/Ensemble). Thanks to her incredible family & Karyn! Glory to God! www.taylordhenderson.com

Maia Larom 07MAIA LAROM (Sarah) is excited to be back at Coronado Playhouse after her debut in A Year with Frog and Toad. Her favorite past roles have been Evillene in The Wiz and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as ensemble roles in Shrek the Musical, A Little Princess, and Flight of the Lawnchair Man. She studies in the musical theatre program at SDSCPA.

Alex Lee 05ALEX M. LEE (Ruth) is excited to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut.  Favorite roles include Lucy in Grossmont College’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Rapunzel in San Diego Junior Theatre’s alumni production of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale; and Choir Soprano in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She wants to thank Marisa and the rest of the team for giving her this wonderful opportunity.

Laura Lothian 07LAURA LOTHIAN (Miss Dorothy Brown) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse, having last performed as Lili in Carnival! (2013). Some of Laura’s favorite past productions include Damn Yankees (Woodland Opera House), The Rocky Horror Show (Sacramento Guild Theatre), 42nd Street (CSU Sacramento), and two productions of A Chorus Line (Magic Circle & San Diego Musical Theatre). Thank you all for supporting this wonderful organization! Enjoy the show!

Patrick Mayuyu 06PATRICK MAYUYU (Ching Ho) was last seen being a Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q. At CPH: Spamalot, Chicago, 42nd Street, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Drowsy Chaperone. Elsewhere: In the Heights (San Diego REP), Altar Boyz (Diversionary), Marat/Sade, Chicago (ion Theatre), Rent, Rocky Horror, Spelling Bee (OnStage), Flower Drum Song (SD Asian American Rep), The MENding Monologues (InnerMission). Love and thanks to friends and family.

Kay Marian McNellen 06KAY MARIAN McNELLEN (Millie Dilmount) is so excited to be appearing in her first show at Coronado Playhouse. Recently graduating with her BA in Theatre Performance from SDSU, Kay has appeared in various shows around San Diego resulting in 5 Aubrey nominations for the 2014-2015 season. Some of her recent credits include Snow White in Disenchanted (Onstage Playhouse), Alyson in Bingo: the Winning Musical (PowPac), and May Dison in Postmortem (Scripps Ranch Theatre). She’d like to thank her family and the theatre community for their continued support!

M.G. Perez 07M.G. PEREZ Ensemble) is tapping his way back to the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing in last year’s production of Spamalot (2014) His other roles at CPH include Grobert in Carnival! (2013) and Mayor Rufus Poindexter in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2012). M.G. won a 2015 Aubrey Award as producer of the sold out hit Avenue Q earlier this season and serves as Vice President for the CPH Board of Directors and media coordinator for all productions.

Luke Peterson 02LUKE PETERSON (Ensemble) Thoroughly Modern Millie is Luke’s first show at Coronado Playhouse and he has had a blast dancing in this show. Luke’s other theatre performances have been at his school SCPA and CYT where his favorite roles were Franz (The Sound of Music) Pirate (Peter Pan) Tin Man (Wizard of Oz) Jafar (Aladdin) Ensemble (Footloose). Luke has been doing jazz and tap for a long time. Luke also loves going to Disneyland.

Ariana Ramirez 15ARIANA RAMIREZ (Rita) is so excited to be working with Coronado Playhouse for the first time! She wants to specifically thank the Artistic Team for this amazing opportunity. Ariana has recently appeared as Mimi in Ostage’s production of Rent. Ariana is also a recent Graduate of San Diego Christian College, earning a Bachelors in Music with an emphasis in Musical Theater.

Forrest Reed 03FORREST REED (Trevor Graydon) After a decade long hiatus from performing Forrest is ecstatic about joining the Thoroughly Modern Millie cast and debuting at the Coronado Playhouse. With an extensive singing/acting background, he has performed in many musicals over the years including the role of J. Pierepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, Flint in Something’s Afoot, and ensemble roles in West Side Story and Crazy for You.

Meredith Russo 03MEREDITH RUSSO (Mrs. Meers) recently played The Witch in Into the Woods, Velma Kelly in Chicago (CPH), Miss Strict* in Zombie Prom (Pickwick), Doatsey Mae in The Best Little… and Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (CPH). Other credits: 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 (CPH) and Amy in Company (PowPAC). Thanks to the production team, Squirrel, Dad and Sisters. *Aubrey Award

Carmina Vasquez 08CARMINA VASQUEZ (Gloria) is a San Diego native who loves to perform and entertain. She is happy to be back at the Coronado Playhouse after last appearing in Chicago the Musical and 42nd St. Other performance credits include Grease (OnStage Playhouse), Pippin (Pickwick Players @ Moxie) and The Tik-Tok Man of OZ (Winki Con Convention.) She is excited to join this fun cast and hopes you thoroughly enjoy!!

Madeleine Williams OPMADELEINE WILLIAMS (Ethel) is thrilled to be returning to the Coronado Playhouse stage almost seven years after her first performance as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. She has been performing in theatre and dance across San Diego as well as her hometown Columbus Ohio since the age of four, and some of her favorite roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago and Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice.

Creative Team


Marisa Musgrove 09Marisa Musgrove (Director) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse working in such a gorgeous venue on such a gem of a show! After growing up on the stage, she has spent the last 6 years directing, choreographing, teaching musical theater around San Diego and completing Graduate School to earn her teaching credential. She would like to thank the wonderful staff at the playhouse for making this such an incredible experience, and the cast and crew for sharing all their remarkable talents. Working with you all on Millie has been such a great joy!

Michael Anthony (Music Director) is thrilled to making his debut with CPH.  He has served as as a conductor, director, educator, and performer with many local theaters including: Old Globe Theater, San Diego Junior Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, J Company, Diversionary, Joan Kroc Performing Arts Initiative, and Starlight Theatre. Mike holds a 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. As a 5-time cancer survivor, Mr. Anthony feels blessed to return to his passion, thanking his SD family for their continued love and encouragement. 

Fred DeBerg (Choreographer) is pleased to be making his debut at Coronado Playhouse. A seasoned performer of over 30 years, Fred devotes his life-experiences in theater arts to teaching dance to students of all ages at the his studio, Spotlight Dance Arts, at San Diego Unified Schools through the Visual and Performing Arts program, Dancing with Mr D, and at San Diego Christian College as the Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology teaching Dance Technique. So, it is with great pleasure that Fred has joined the creative staff to share with you Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Jennie Gray Connard (Co-Producer) Thoroughly Modern Millie marks Jennie’s 10th production at CPH. She has performed, choreographed, directed and produced and is thrilled to be back. Jennie’s most recent project was A Year With Frog & Toad, a co-production with Pickwick Players where she served as co-producer and choreographer. Other director/choreographer credits include; Pageant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spamalot, Avenue Q. Acting credits include: They’re Playing Our Song, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sleeping Beauty. Jennie is very grateful for the opportunity to produce with her best friend, Barron Henzel for the first time.

Barron Henzel (Co-Producer) co-produced Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Aubrey), 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: Frog and ToadSleeping Beauty, 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); Trolls, Miss Mcinerney’s Acquaintances (6th @ Penn); various film and commercial work. Barron an art director and president of the board of directors at CPH. XO BFF & TF.

Tannya Sloter (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working alongside such amazing talent both on and off the stage. No stranger to theater, Tannya has served as a stage manager for the last 10 years throughout San Diego County and has seen more than 50 beautiful productions come to life. Her favorite productions include: Avenue Q (Coronado Playhouse), Spring Awakening (CYC), Dearly Beloved (Coronado Playhouse), and Spelling Bee (YAT). Tannya would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous support and the cast and crew for welcoming her into the Thoroughly Modern Millie family.

Marcee Drysdale
(Costumer) Marcene is the Head Costumer at Young Actors Theatre. Her costume credits include Fiddler on the
Roof,SpringAwakening,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@outlook.com.

Alex Heath
(Sound Design) is a San Diego native who has been involved in music and performance since an early age. He graduated from the San Diego School of Creative Performing Arts in 2009 where he was named Jazz Musician of the Year. He then went to Chico State University where he completed his degree in Recording Arts. He recently worked on sound for Coronado Playhouse productions of Spamalot, Mistletoe, Music & MayhemAvenue Q and A Year with Frog and Toad.

Xavier Luevano (Lighting Design) Is back at the Playhouse after completing designs for Boeing
  and Tartuffe. Recent work includes: Red (Trinity Players), 84 Charing Cross Road (Lamplighters) and Always, Patsy Cline (Onstage Playhouse). Currently, Xavier works at Steele Canyon High as a student mentor in technical theatre application and as a facility technician.

Show Events

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package Friday, September 11th at 6:30pm. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The delicious catered meal will be served from 6:30-7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Millie Mayhem LGBT OUT Night for theatre lovers in the LGBT community will be Thursday September 17th. All are welcome for this pre-show mixer beginning at 6:30 p.m. The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine, cocktail specials and admission to the show.

Real Raffle Rave Ongoing raffle of a Mega Millie Coronado gift package. Buy your tickets for a chance to win vintage baubles from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers and deluxe hotel accommodations. The grand prize winner will be announced and notified after October 18th.

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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 run of the show, Coronado Playhouse is dedicated to raising awareness and money to benefit San Diego Habitat for Humanity. This year, you can help support local non-profit organizations through our partnerships with:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • American Heart Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
  • PAWS of Coronado
  • San Diego Habitat for Humanity
  • San Diego Humane Society