May 29, 2016
OUR MAY CABARET IS BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Join Vanessa for an evening of songs from Musical Theatre, TV and Film all specially arranged for this evening’s performance.
Featuring Vanessa Dinning
Musical direction by Kirk Valles
Musical arrangements by Jason Carr, Vanessa Dinning,
Jim Tompkins MacLaine and Kirk Valles
$20 each, Open Seating.
With a six-piece live band, Vanessa and her special guests will perform songs by Carly Simon, Kate Bush, Charlie Chaplin, Kander & Ebb, Maltby & Shire, Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown and more… Newly orchestrated, specially arranged, or “mashed-up” you’ll have a great night hearing your some of your favorite numbers – and perhaps a few you don’t know – presented in a whole new way.
The Playhouse’s cabaret-style set-up and licensed bar make this the perfect venue for Vanessa Dinning: By Special Arrangement.
Also featuring: Weston Bennett, Debbie David, Steven J. Jensen and Lesley Pearson
VANESSA DINNING (vocals/arranger) English-born and professionally trained in acting, voice and classical music in London, Vanessa pursued a successful stage, TV and radio career in acting, direction, theatre education, cabaret, voice teaching and dialect work throughout the UK working at The Royal National Theatre, The Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Covent Garden’s Theatre Museum, The King’s Head Theatre, Cabaret at No. 3 The Green, The Canal Café Theatre, various drama schools and touring. Moving to San Diego in 2007, she became Artistic Director of San Diego Shakespeare Society, a position she held for three years, producing and directing performance and outreach programs. Recently she has worked at North Coast Rep Theatre School, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Write Out Loud, Cygnet Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Vanguard and San Diego Symphony as an actor, a director, a singer, a voice teacher and a dialect coach. Vanessa has sung with Pacific Coast Chorale, TPCC Chancel Choir, Folklore Guild, SACRA/PROFANA and San Diego Opera Chorus as well as being a proud board member of Coronado Playhouse. You can see Vanessa next in the role of Amy in Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy Company at Vanguard Theatre this July. www.VanessaDinning.com
KIRK VALLES (musical director/piano/arranger) teaches Vocal and General Music in the San Diego Unified School District and is Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. A Little Night Music, Avenue Q, Godspell, Spamalot, Into The Woods, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors and Sleeping Beauty are some of Kirk’s latest shows. Kirk also maintains private piano and voice coaching in the San Diego area. Much LOVE to my babies Ana, Brooke, Jocelyn and G.
WESTON BENNETT (vocals) Weston Bennett is a professional photographer in San Diego with a passion for music, especially musical theatre. Some of his favorite credits include playing Chip Tolentino in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Point Loma Nazarene University and singing in the chorus of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the La Jolla Playhouse. Weston often sings with local choir SACRA/PROFANA, leads worship at two local churches, and enjoys a good old karaoke night any day of the week. Weston is thrilled to be playing violin and singing with his dear friend Vanessa, and would like to thank her for inviting him to join her on stage for her fabulous cabaret.
DEBBIE DAVID (vocals) was last seen by SD audiences playing “the one and only Desiree Armfeldt” in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music here at Coronado Playhouse. Prior, she stormed the stage (in her dream role) as Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline at OnStage Playhouse. Some of her favorite and best roles she performed here at CPH, including; Beatrice Stockwell in The Drowsy Chaperone, Miss Mona in TBLWIT, The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot.
STEVEN J. JENSEN (vocals) has appeared in thirteen CPH plays, most recently Sugar, Tartffe, Romeo and Juliet, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Many plays and musicals elsewhere, including Edward II (Diversionary), Julius Caesar (New Village Arts), The Gondoliers (Lyric Opera San Diego), King Lear and Macbeth (Vanguard), and The Tempest (Poor Players), all while teaching high school chemistry.
LESLEY PEARSON (vocals) 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, The First Witch in Macbeth, and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. She is co-founder of Westminster Youth Theatre, a member of the Vanguard Theatre Board and a founding member of San Diego Shakespeare Society. 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.
SARAH SUTTON (violin) Born in Oxford, England, Sarah Sutton was exposed to music at a very young age. After moving to San Francisco, she began taking violin and piano lessons, and later pursued a Bachelor of Music from the University of California, Irvine. Since moving to San Diego, she accompanied and eventually directed children’s church choirs and Del Mar Heights Elementary school choirs and musicals. Sarah has played violin in numerous musicals at theatre companies including SDJT, SDMT, J company, ACT, Coronado Playhouse and recently the Poway Symphony. Her favorite pastimes include playing music with her friends, walking on the beach with her Dogs and husband Todd, traveling and being with her family. Much love to Todd, Ramsay and Ben – my life would not be complete without you lot.
SHARON TAYLOR (cello) began her musical studies at the age of 10. She later earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance under the instruction of Thomas Stauffer at San Diego State University. After graduation, Sharon then advanced her performance studies with Yao Zhao, principal cellist of San Diego Symphony. She has performed throughout San Diego with local theaters such as San Diego Musical Theatre and Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, among others. She has also traveled and performed in other countries such as Bolivia and Mexico. She is currently employed at The Violin Shop where she also maintains her cello studio.
CHARLES ERMER (bass) Baltimore native Charles Ermer studied double bass at the New England Conservatory of Music and received a Master of Music degree in double bass performance from Carnegie Mellon University. He has performed with the California Chamber Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and was acting principal bass of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has played jazz bass for the Jeremy Fisher Trio and bass guitar for the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Charles Ermer is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325 and the International Society of Bassists.
TIMOTHY MAGUIRE (flute, alto saxophone) hails from Macomb, IL originally. He holds a BA in Music Education (Instrumental) from Western Illinois University and an MA in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa. As a countertenor, Timothy was the first soprano with the Grammy-Award winning choral ensemble, Chanticleer, from 2003-2005. He has also sung with the Bach Collegium of San Diego, SACRA/PROFANA, Pacific Camarata, South Coast Chamber Choir, and has been an alto section leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral for almost a decade. As a flutist, Timothy has performed locally at St. Paul’s at various services and events as well as with Point Loma Nazarene Opera Theater and the San Clemente Choral Society. Timothy is a certified paralegal and is currently working on completing his CA teaching credential. In the meantime, he is doing legal temp work and works as a server at the Corvette Diner. In his remaining “free” time Timothy is an active member of the San Diego Pool League; has been a member of the San Diego Harmony Ringers; an avid Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu junkie; addicted to his Kindle; and, is in the process of moving to Imperial Beach with his partner, John, and the lovely Miss BoJangles, their cranky old black cat. Timothy is very excited to be starting a new chapter living on the beach with a Pacific Ocean view from their back door and finding a job as a music teacher!
ANDREW KREYSA (percussion) is a native of Frederick, Maryland and has been performing on percussion instruments for nearly 25 years. Andrew is an avid chamber musician as well as a frequently sought out soloist; recent notable performances include the world premier of Joseph Water’s quadruple concerto, Suite Noir, with the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as Russell Peck’s triple percussion concerto, The Glory and The Grandeur, performed with the San Diego State University Wind Ensemble in downtown San Diego at Copley Symphony Hall. Mr. Kreysa serves as instrumental percussion faculty at Westview High School. He holds a Master’s of Music degree from San Diego State University and has aspirations to pursue a doctorate either in music theory or percussion pedagogy. Andrew lives in San Diego and maintains a full private teaching studio.
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