All This and Moonlight – March 13 through April 11, 2009

All This and Moonlight

A comedy by Charles R. Johnson

March 13 – April 11, 2009

A delightful romantic comedy about a photographer who cannot forget a former girlfriend. In fact, her memory haunts him and even accompanies him on his new dates, and we all know, ‘two is company, three’s a crowd.’ A play reminiscent of the sophisticated comedies of the forties and fifties, All This and Moonlight will have you thinking back to your first true love.


Wyatt Ellison (Ned) is thrilled to be back working with SRT after a wonderful experience in The Dining Room. He recently performed as Biff in the Sea Lion and Otter Holiday Show at SeaWorld, as a substitute teacher at various local schools (both roles being nearly interchangeable), and as Ned in Carlsbad Playreaders’ Beau Jest. Wyatt is a 2008 graduate of SDSU, with an M.A. in Integrated Performing Arts (music, theatre and dance). He continues to seek his niche in the performing arts field, whether in theatre, television, film, direction, education, dance or some creative blend of all the above. Wyatt is currently seeking a (sustainable) performing career in San Diego and Los Angeles. Thank you to Brigid, my fiancée, and to my family for their enduring love and support!

Leah Garland (Alice) was last seen performing in staged readings for the Playwrights Project at Cygnet Theatre. She recently relocated to San Diego from New York where she was an Assistant Professor of Theatre at SUNY Geneseo. Leah’s favorite roles include Nora in A Doll’s House and the Innkeeper in Milan Kundera’s Jacques and His Master. Leah holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, and is thrilled to be a part of this SRT production.

Samantha Ginn (Andrea) is thrilled to be making her SRT debut! Samantha graduated from Sonoma State University with her B.A. in acting. Some productions credits include Lobby Hero (PowPAC), Noises Off (Whittier Centre Theatre), Resilience of the Spirit Festival (Compass Theatre), and most recently an actor mentor for The Velveteen Rabbit (North Coast Rep Theatre School). She hopes her hypersensitive character will not discourage you from saying hello after the show!

Aimee Janelle Nelson (Ellie) is pleased to return to Scripps Ranch Theatre. She was recently seen at SRT in Red Herring and The O’Conner Girls. Other recent credits include The Women (The Old Globe), Anton in Show Business (6th at Penn), Hay Fever, Bedroom Farce (Moonlight Stage Productions), The Shape of Things, The Good Doctor (Carlsbad Playreaders), and The Tin Soldier (North Coast Repertory).

Frances Regal (Nora) is proud to make her SRT debut in this ridiculously fun play and with such funny and talented people, on stage and back. Frances was last seen in If I Were Your Superhero at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre in the Playwrights Project’s Plays by Young Writers ’09. Other recent performances include Anmei in The Joy Luck Club (S.D. Asian American Rep.), Mindy in a staged reading of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (New Village Arts), as Jenny Chow in The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, and as the Narrator in Beau Jest (Carlsbad Playreaders). Thanks to Charlie and the production team at SRT for their exceptional work. Love and devotion to her soulmate Justin Snavely for giving her so much support that she has a life sans souci.

Greg Wittman (Rick) is proud to be making his SRT debut. Recent San Diego performances include Golden Boy and Fool For Love with New Village Arts, Bedroom Farce with Moonlight at the Avo, the Patté award-winning A Hundred Birds at 6th@Penn Theatre (now Compass Theatre), and as Chris in the Carlsbad Playreaders’ Beau Jest. Greg is currently appearing in a Listerine Whitening TV commercial. Other television highlights include Scrubs, and commercials for Hanes (with Michael Jordan), Visa, Certs and Acura. “Greg’s team” is the Chicago Cubs.

Production Staff

Charlie Riendeau (Director) has directed 25 shows in southern California, including Banning, Beaumont, Hemet, San Jacinto, Temecula, Murrieta, and Carlsbad, as well as at SRT, where he last directed The O’Connor Girls, and before that Red Herring. Last summer he directed Barefoot in the Park for the Broadway Theatre in Vista. You also may have seen him in two SRT productions as an actor: he appeared as Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace, and as Henry II in The Lion in Winter. Charlie holds a degree in Theatre and has done extensive work with Reader’s Theatre International, including a performance in London. Other acting credits include On Golden Pond, Bedroom Farce, and Hay Fever for Moonlight at the Avo; Off the Ground, Prelude to a Kiss, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Uncle Vanya at New village Arts; Plaza Suite and The Lion in Winter (for which he got a Patté Award for best performance) at the Broadway. Charlie has been in eight shows at North Coast Rep including his favorites, Talley’s Folly, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Heiress.

Sharla Mandere (Co-producer and Choreographer) has been seen in stage productions at SRT such as Play it Again Sam, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, but now has experienced a new avenue of theatre in co-producing. This has been a wonderful experience, and she feels very blessed to learn about this part of the production process. Her choreography has also been seen around San Diego and Bay Area stages. Sharla’s next role will be a new experience for her as well – as a mom! Much love to her husband Sean – I can’t wait until we meet the new addition to our family in August!

Meghan Kaheny (Co-producer) is pleased to be working together with friend and fellow performer, Sharla Mandere in SRT’s production of All This and Moonlight. In recent roles, Meghan co-produced SRT’s The Dining Room and was last seen acting on stage in The O’Conner Girls and Play it Again, Sam. Meghan would like to thank playwright, Charles R. Johnson, for his attention to the show’s development as well as Allan Salkin and Jill Drexler for their encouragement. Thank you to friends and family for their kindness and support, and to her nieces, Olivia and Clara, for singing Sleeping Beauty whenever necessary.

Jenn Tyrer (Stage Mgr/Asst. Dir.) is back for the hat-trick at SRT, and is happy to be working with Charlie Riendeau again, having recently worked with him on Barefoot in the Park at the Broadway Theater in Vista. She recently had a blast stage managing The 12th Annual Patte Awards for Theater Excellence, and was the S.M/A.D. for The Shadow Box, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at SRT. Jennifer was the Coordinating Stage manager with Triple Espresso for six years, touring and opening the show in 15 different cities across the U.S. and in Ireland. After All This and Moonlight a break is planned, then she’ll see where the wind carries her next. Charles, “I also have a problem. I’m not sure which side is running this Village.” Be seeing you.

Production Photos

From left to right: Leah Garland (Alice), Francis Regal (Nora), Wyatt Ellison (Ned),
Aimee Nelson (Ellie), Greg Wittman (Rick), Samantha Ginn (Andrea)