RUTHLESS! The Musical

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  • 1835 Strand Way Coronado, CA 92118-3005
  • (619) 435-4856

ruthless the musical

Ruthless! Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical.  Anything includes murdering the leading lady!  This aggressively outrageous musical hit, garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.

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Characters and Original Cast

Cast List

Tina Denmark Chase Anichini
Judy Denmark/Ginger Del Marco Kendra Leori Truett
Louise Lerman Jada Garland
Lita Encore Kat Fitzpatrick
Myrna Thorn Andrekka J. Lanier
Miss Block Dawn Marie Zuniga-Williams
Sylvia St. Croix Danny Ingersoll
Eve Sarah LeClair
Tina Denmark Understudy Mackenzie House


Crew List

Director Chrissy Burns
Assistant Director Billy Stevens
Musical Director Rick Shaffer
Producer Luc R. Pelletier
Choreographer Jennifer Solomon-Rubio
Stage Manager Jacob Koehnen
Asst. Stage Manager
Stephanie Biggs
Costume Designer Alex John
Set Designer Daniel Verango
Sound Design Rick Shaffer & Jacob Koehnen
Lighting Design Kelly Prow
Lighting Operator Dann Enriquez
Sound Operator Jacob Koehnen
Properties Erica Orr
Crew Lead Jacob Koehnen, Stephanie Biggs
Graphic Design Barron Henzel, Luc R. Pelletier
Photography Adriana Zuniga-Williams
Publicity Manager Luc R. Pelletier
House Manager Chris Fowler
Board Liaison Barron Henzel



Chase Anichini and Danny Ingersoll in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013 Chase Anichini in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013
Danny Ingersoll as Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013. Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013.
The hilarious cast of Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013 Kendra Leori Truett as Judy Denmark in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013
Kendra Leori Truett as Ginger Del Marco in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013 Kendra Leori Truett and Andrekka J. Lanier in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013
Kendra Leori Truett and Chase Anichini in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013  The hilarious cast of Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013
 Kendra Leori Truett as Judy Denmark in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013  Kendra Leori Truett and Danny Ingersoll in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013
 Danny Ingersoll in Ruthless! The Musical. Running January 25-March 3, 2013



Act I
  • Prologue – Orchestra, Sylvia
  • Tina’s Mother – Judy
  • Born To Entertain – Tina
  • Talent – Sylvia
  • To Play This Part – Tina
  • Teaching Third Grade – Miss Thorn
  • Where Tina Gets It From – Judy, Sylvia
  • The Pippi Song – Louise
  • Kisses And Hugs – Tina, Judy
  • Teaching Third Grade (Reprise) – Miss Thorn
  • Talent (Reprise #1) – Sylvia
  • I Hate Musicals – Lita
  • Angel Mom – Judy, Tina
Act II
  • Entr’acte/Montage – Orchestra, Judy, Tina
  • A Penthouse Apartment – Eve
  • It Will Never Be That Way Again – Ginger
  • I Want the Girl – Sylvia
  • Parents And Children – Ginger, Tina
  • Ruthless! – Ginger, Sylvia, Tina
  • Talent (Reprise #2) – Tina
  • Ruthless! (Reprise) – Company
  • Unkie’s Muncle – (performed by Bernadette Peters and used as a recording in the production)(Based on the 1994 Los Angeles cast recording)

Press Release

January 15, 2013


Company Name: Coronado Playhouse Contact: Coronado Playhouse Box Office, (619) 435-4856 Fax Number: (619) 435-2866 Address: 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118 Email Address: boxoffice@coronadoplayhouse.com Web Site: www.coronadoplayhouse.com



CORONADO, Calif. -What would you do for the role of a lifetime? In the case of Tina Denmark, an adorable 8-year-old with a consuming drive for stardom, the real question is: “What wouldn’t you do?” Ambition runs amok in Ruthless! The Musical. This outrageous musical hit is a hysterical send up of the entertainment business. You’ll laugh, cry and be on the edge of your seat from the suspenseful start to a truly unforgettable finish.


Winner of a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award, Ruthless! The Musical opened off-Broadway at the Players Theatre on March 13, 1992 and closed January 24, 1993 after 342 performances. It was directed by Joel Paley with musical direction by Marvin Laird. The central role of Tina was played by future Broadway actress Laura Bell Bundy, and featured Natalie Portman and Britney Spears as understudies.


Ruthless! The Musical was then produced in Los Angeles at the Canon Theatre, where it opened on November 15, 1993. A recording was made by the 1993 Los Angeles cast on Varese Sarabande and released in 1994.


Company for Ruthless! The Musical:
Director Chrissy Burns, Musical Director Rick Shaffer, Choreographer Jennifer Solomon-Rubio, Assistant Director Billy Stevens and Producer Luc R. Pelletier lead the award-winning creative and production team. This is the team that brought you 42nd Street last season.


The show features: Chase Anichini (Tina Denmark), Kendra Leori Truett (Judy Denmark/Ginger Del Marco), Danny Ingersoll (Sylvia St.Croix), Kat Fitzpatrick (Lita Encore), Andrekka J. Lanier (Myrna Thorn), Dawn Marie Zuniga-Williams (Miss Block), Sarah LeClair (Eve) and Jada Garland (Louise Lerman). Mackenzie House will understudy Tina Denmark.


Ruthless! The Musical’s production design team includes Alex John (Costume Design), Daniel Verango (Set Design), Kelly Prow (Lighting Design), Rick Shaffer (Sound Design), Erica Orr (Properties), Jacob Koehnen (Stage Manager) and Barron Henzel (Board Liaison).


Performances and Pricing:
Opening Night is Friday January 25, 2013, offering dinner at 6:30pm, and performance at 8:00pm at Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado 92118.


Run Dates: January 25 through March 3, 2013 Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm Tickets :      $20 on Thursday; $25 on Friday; $28 on Saturday; $23 on Sunday Student, Active Military, Senior (62+): $3 discount on all ticket prices (with valid ID) Groups: Discounts are available for parties of 8 or more. For questions about groups, call the Box Office at (619) 435-4856. Season Tickets: A great way to get ticket discounts and to have reserved seating for all shows in the 2013 season! Check out our website at www.coronadoplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at 619-435-4856.


SPECIAL EVENTS: Opening Night Dinner and Show Special. Join us for a special opening night event. Attend dinner and a show for the low price of $50 per person. Coronado’s Consummate Catering is providing a buffet meal at the Playhouse from 6:30pm before the January 25 performance at 8:00pm.


Ruthless! The Musical Happy Hour and Show:  Join us for a fun night of appetizers and cocktail specials. Consummate Catering is once again providing a wide array of finger foods and Harry is serving up some signature drinks from the bar. $35 includes show admission, appetizers and drink specials. February 14th starting at 6:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm.


Out Night at Coronado Playhouse: Happy Hour and Show: Coronado Playhouse and RAGE are teaming up for an Out Night at Coronado Playhouse on Thursday January 31st at 6:30pm; a hosted cocktail hour with light appetizers for San Diego’s GLBT community.


Director Chrissy Burns, Musical Director Rick Shaffer, Choreographer Jennifer Solomon-Rubio, and cast members are available for interviews. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Chrissy Burns at ruthless2013sd@yahoo.com.



Coronado Playhouse, the oldest community theatre in San Diego County, is dedicated to providing quality entertainment. The new venue, which opened in 2006 with state-of-the-art equipment and an intimate, 100-seat cabaret-style theatre equipped with a full service bar, still overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay. The theater offers five productions each year featuring local talent and production teams.



Reviews by San Diego Theatre Reviews:

…Each one brought something fresh and funny – and my smile ached by the end of the evening. by Rosemarie Ballard

…the whole cast is superb. by Kathy Carpenter


…The ten year old amazing Chase Anichini (as Tina Denmark), is worth the trip, she is a dynamo!

…Kendra Leori Truett (as Judy Denmark/Ginger del Marco) had to show two completely different characters in the same play…and the audience loves her.

…Danny Ingersoll (as Sylvia St. Croix) was a wonder in so many fun costumes…funny and lovable.


Hold onto your hat. It’s “Ruthless! The Musical,” and it’s a hoot of a production now through March 3rd at Coronado Playhouse.    More…

by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison


Cast Profiles

Chase Anichini (TINA DENMARK), who turned 10 just before opening night, is thrilled to be playing the tap-dancing villain Tina Denmark in Ruthless! The Musical. Chase is a highly energetic 4th grader who has been singing since she could talk and dancing since age 2. She has extensive training in tap, jazz, ballet and rhythmic gymnastics. Her passion for musical theatre was sparked in Annie Jr. (Orphan) in early 2010; later that year she landed her first principal role playing the Stepmother in Disney’s Cinderella Kids. During the past 2 years, she has performed in multiple shows at San Diego Junior Theatre including A Year with Frog & Toad (Flower), Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Little Pearl), and Honk! (Fluff). Chase is an Honor Roll student who loves science and history. Recently, she co-authored Baffle That Bully!, a book for kids about overcoming bullying and believing in yourself. She would like to thank Ms. Chrissy for offering her the role of Tina, her wonderful coaches Ms. Leigh, Ms. Michelle, & Ms. Becky, her parents for encouraging her love of the arts, and her big sister for being such an incredible role model.

Kat Fitzpatrick (LITA ENCORE) Not only is Kat excited to be making her debut performance at the Coronado Playhouse, she is also pleased to be working once again with the wonderful artistic team of Chrissy Burns and Rick Shaffer. Her favorite roles include strong matriarchal characters such as Granny in Pippin and Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie at Pickwick Players, Marian in Swingtime Canteen at OnStage Playhouse, Mette Gauguin in Asian Story Theatre’s original show The Musical Paul Gauguin, and Prudy Pingleton in San Diego REP’s production of Hairspray. She also enjoyed playing the evil Commissioner Doyle in Annie Warbucks at Christian Community Theater (CCT), Ms. Amalgam/Guidance Counselor (the Caterpillar!) in Alice, and Sonia in Godspell, also at CCT. Kat’s regular job is teaching preschool in El Cajon.

Jada Garland (LOUISE LERMAN) is excited to be working on Ruthless! The Musical. This is the first time Jada is working with Coronado Playhouse. She has been in many productions including Ever After a Fractured Fairytale (Stepsister), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Sherry Contrary), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), and will be performing Little Mermaid (Flotsam) in May. Jada would like to thank all the cast and crew for making this production possible. She would also like to thank her family for their love and support.

Danny Ingersoll (SYLVIA ST. CROIX) is happy to be back at the Coronado Playhouse, where he played Julian in 42nd Street and Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone last season. Some of his other favorite roles include Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Buddy in City of Angels, Vittorio in Sweet Charity, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Che in Evita, and The King in The King & I. He has hauled his cookies to the Avo Playhouse, Moonlight Theatre, Starlight Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, Pickwick Players, PowPAC, Patio at Kit Carson, and Lyceum Theatre, but he has a special fondness for the Coronado Playhouse. He would also like to thank the boys at home, Luc and Bert for basically, everything. Also a local REALTOR, he donates a portion of all commissions to the Arts Organization of the client’s choice. It’s a great way to help support Coronado Playhouse, while also having a very positive home buying or selling experience!

Andrekka J. Lanier (MYRNA THORN) is a southern belle implant from Virginia, Marine wife, and mother of three boys. Although she is somewhat new to California, she is no stranger to the stage and was recently featured in Bye Bye Birdie (Pickwick Players). She looks forward to participating in more productions in southern California and refining her acting skillset. She is a licensed social worker and adjunct professor. When off stage, Andrekka enjoys wine tasting, exploring the local community, reading and the occasional nap. This is her first show with Coronado Playhouse, but hopefully not her last.

Sarah Alida LeClair (EVE) studied music performance under Jacalyn Bower-Kreitzer and Mary Mackenzie, stars of the Metropolitan Opera stage, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. Favorite roles include Jenny Diver (The Beggar’s Opera), Mary Stone (The Devil and Daniel Webster), Amneris (Elton John’s Aida) and The Witch (Into the Woods). Sarah most recently got a chance to use her background as a classically trained pianist in PowPac’s Cowgirls, playing and singing on stage as pianist-turned-country singer, Rita. She is thrilled to be joining the cast for her first production at Coronado Playhouse.

Kendra Leori Truett (JUDY DENMARK/GINGER DELMARCO) is a San Diego native and has been performing here for some time. She was last seen at the Coronado Playhouse in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party and is a regular in The Mystery Dinner Theater Cafe. Kendra has been in numerous San Diego bands and burlesque groups, including the Caburlesque Kittens as BB Bazoomba. Favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Kendra is also a photographer and will soon be finishing a Master’s in Fine Arts degree. She is utterly grateful to this production team for such an amazing opportunity.

Dawn Marie Zuniga-Williams (MISS BLOCK) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse, where audiences may remember her as Lin in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other favorite roles include Fred in Once Upon a Mattress, Rosamund in Robber Bridegroom, Miss Hannigan in Annie, and Texas in Cabaret. In the “real world,” Dawn Marie is a Registered Dental Assistant, loving wife to Adriana, and proud mother of Lorelei and Noah.

Crew Profiles

Chrissy Burns (Director) is thrilled to be directing this production of Ruthless! The Musical. She is a multi-award winning Director with productions including 42nd Street, Sweet Charity, and Nunsense, to name a few. She has worked as an actor in dozens of theatrical productions throughout San Diego including Lambs Players, Moxie, Diversionary Theatre, Fritz, Starlight Theatre, CCT, Scripps Ranch Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, here at Coronado Playhouse and many more. She was most recently seen in the cast of miXtape, the hit 1980’s musical with Lambs Players at the Horton Grand Theater Downtown. Chrissy also works as a Singing Telegram Specialist and Marilyn Monroe Look-a-Like Entertainer. As the Director and Producer of the Caburlesque Kittens  she appears in live Broadway-style Burlesque shows as “Ophelia Kitty” at San Diego’s premiere venues and events. She celebrates every day as a Manager at San Diego’s own 1950’s Disneyland also known as the Corvette Diner. Chrissy also teaches Musical Theater and Voice Lessons at Infinity Dance Arts in El Cajon. She would like to thank Jessica for “the beautiful poetry that is our life.”

Luc R. Pelletier (Producer) is pleased to return to the Coronado Playhouse after producing Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party and 42nd Street, both recipients of Aubrey Awards. He also produced The Crucible (Pickwick Players), and Swingtime Canteen (OnStage Playhouse). Luc received a BSN from Fairfield University and an MSN from Yale University. An advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse, he works as an Administrative Liaison at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. He is thankful to Chrissy for this opportunity and to SMVH colleagues who support this part of his life. “Love to the boys at home, Danny and Bert!”

Rick Shaffer (Musical Director/Sound Design) Ruthless! The Musical marks his sixth production for Coronado Playhouse. Rick’s other San Diego theater credits include dozens of musical and dramatic productions for such theatre companies as Pickwick Players, Diversionary Theatre, Scripps Ranch Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, PowPAC, Lamplighters Community Theater, Compass Theatre, and the Honors Theatre Project of the San Diego Unified School District’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Jenn Solomon-Rubio (Choreographer) is a choreographer, performer and teaching artist, based in San Diego. She has been highly recognized for her choreographic work in San Diego and Los Angeles. In 2008, she opened her own performing arts studio in El Cajon called Infinity Dance Arts (www.infinitydancearts.com). Jenn takes much pride in sharing her knowledge and love of performing with others. She is currently pursuing an extensive certification program through Dance Masters of America, a nationally accredited dance education organization. Jenn is thrilled to be doing another production at Coronado Playhouse.

Billy Stevens (Assistant Director) is proud to be making his Coronado Playhouse directing debut, assisting one of his dearest friends, Chrissy Burns. Captivated by the stage at a young age, Billy enjoys being involved in any aspect of the theater; whether in front of an audience or behind the scenes. “There is something magical about taking a play/musical and bringing it to life for an audience to enjoy and I want to be a part of that magic any way I can.” Billy has spent the last ten years directing over 30 shows and showcases for schools and theater camps around San Diego and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. He wishes to thank Chrissy for all the opportunities she has given him and for the talent and creativity she inspires, his friend Melanie for all her support and JD for being his unexpected prize. He dedicates this show to all his friends who have stuck by him this last year and taught him it’s ok to be a little RUTHLESS.

Jacob Koehnen (Stage Manager) is not only a nine year veteran of the local theatre scene, he is also an Eagle Scout and an honors student who is always ready to lend a helping hand. His recent productions include The Crucible for Pickwick Players, Curse of the Starving Class for Triad Productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Coronado Playhouse, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown for Scripps Ranch Theatre. He always enjoys the cast he works with and always hopes to work with them again.

Daniel Verango, Jr. (Set Design) is a graduate of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has participated in set construction and theater throughout his high school and college careers. Previous works for the Coronado Playhouse include sets for the productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. This is Daniel’s third production with the Coronado Playhouse and he extends his sincerest gratitude to Luc, Chrissy, and the entire team of Ruthless! for all their hard work.

Kelly Prow (Lighting Designer) recently graduated with honors from The Art Institute of California San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation. She is extremely excited to be working with this production group again; it’s a great way to start off the year! Break a leg!

Erica Orr (Properties) is working for the first time at Coronado Playhouse, and she is very excited to be working on this production of Ruthless! The Musical. She recently graduated from San Diego State University with a Theatre Arts degree and immensely enjoys working in the theatre behind and in front of the stage. Erica has worked in many different areas of a theatre production but her specialty lies in scenic and props, and she wouldn’t want it any other way. The theatre allows her to be creative in many different avenues and has always been a part of Erica’s life. It makes her very happy that she can make a career out of one of her life’s passions.

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