Holiday Spirits

Holiday Spirits

by Jim Caputo
Directed by Jim Caputo
November 9 – December 9, 2012

“I loved this show … the latest instant classic by award-winning playwright Jim Caputo”
– Michael Polin, San Diego Theatre Reviews

Scripps Ranch Theatre is proud to continue its 34th season with “Holiday Spirits,” a play written by Jim Caputo, an award-winning playwright and veteran SRT director and actor. The show will be directed by Jim Caputo and features Kevin Six, Sherryl Wynne, D’Ann Paton, J. Tyler Jones, Maelyn Gandola, Benjamin Cole, Sara Lynn Andrzejewski, Haig Koshkarian, and Elouise Potomac. The show opens Saturday, November 10. There will be a preview performance Friday, November 9. Shows run Fridays through Sundays through December 9 at SRT’s Legler Benbough Theatre on the Alliant University campus.


Cast

Sara Lynn Andrzejewski (Tammy 1, Sister Moon, Newlywed Laura) was last seen at the Westchester Playhouse as Sheila in The Boys Next Door. Some of Sara Lynn’s favorite performances were at the Howard Brubeck Theatre as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, at the Coronado Playhouse as April in When Angels Appear, and as Suzy in Wait Until Dark at A.C.T. Sara Lynn has also appeared in several films and television shows including Charmed and That Thing You Do.


Ben Cole (Elvis 2, Baba John, Newlywed Ron) is proud to return to Scripps Ranch Theatre after last season’s Almost, Maine. Other local acting credits include Moby Dick at San Diego Opera, Coming Attractions at Moxie Theatre, and The Mystery Plays at ion Theatre. Look for Ben next in Punk Rock at ion Theatre opening in early February. After that he’ll be directing Romeo and Juliet at North Coast Repertory. For more information about Ben, visit www.benjoelcole.com.


Maelyn Gándola (Babe Too, H.S. Laura) is delighted to return to SRT where she was last seen in this season’s opening production of Perfect Wedding. A San Diego native, Maelyn has performed and directed all over the county. Recent credits include Somewhere in Between (Ocean Beach Playhouse), And Then There Were None (Carlsbad Playreaders), The Vagina Monologues (Diversity Arts), and Someone Might See (Experimental Theatre Co). Maelyn is the Artistic Director of Carlsbad Playreaders. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts – Directing and Communications, from BYU.


Sherryl Wynne (Laura) has been performing on Orange County and San Diego stages for more years than she cares to admit. She was last seen at SRT in the role of ‘Trudy Heyman’ in our 2010 production of Social Security. She also appeared in Barefoot in the Park at the Broadway in Vista. Other favorite performances include roles in Steel Magnolias, Picnic, The Diary of Anne Frank, ‘Almost, Maine,’ and Don’t Dress for Dinner. As always, Sherryl thanks Andy and Sarah for never making fun of her to her face.


J. Tyler Jones (Elvis 1, Babe, H.S. Ron) has a BA in Theatre from Florida State University. Since moving to San Diego two years ago he has appeared in new play festivals produced by SRT, Playwrights Project, and New Village Arts. Favorite non-San Diego roles include Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You may also recognize him as the kindly young man who sold you tickets at The Old Globe.


Haig Koshkarian (Leo, Elvis 3) is thrilled to be appearing for the first time at SRT. He has performed at a number of San Diego theaters including 6th@Penn/Compass, PowPAC, North Coast Rep, Community Actors Theatre, Mira Mesa Theatre Guild, and North Park Vaudeville. Favorite roles include Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross and Salim in Welcome to Ramallah. In a previous life he played major roles at Grinnell College where he minored in theater and speech.


D’Ann Paton (Realtor) has appeared previously at SRT in Over the River and Through the Woods and The O’Conner Girls. Most recently she appeared in Heddatron at ion Theatre, where she also appeared in Grapes of Wrath and The Cripple of Inishman. Other San Diego productions include What’s Wrong with this Picture and The Cemetery Club at The Broadway Theatre in Vista, Dark of the Moon at The Old Globe, The Elephant Man at San Diego Rep., The Heiress at The Old Town Theatre, Full Circle at the Cassius Carter and Enchanted April at Lamb’s Players Theatre. D’Ann is a member of SAG and The Actors Alliance of San Diego.


Elouise Potomac (Monica, Tammy 2) proudly makes her first appearance with SRT in Holiday Spirits. Though new to this theater family, Elouise has performed in San Diego for many years at Starlight, Moonlight, North Coast Rep., Pt. Loma Actors, North Park Vaudeville, and CCT. Earning her M.A. in Drama from SDSU, she has also studied acting with Lorenzo Rodriguez and Samuel Warren, voiceover with Dru Scott, and improv with Kip King. She appeared as “Maria Israel” in the Lighthouse episode of Ken Kramer’s About San Diego. Elouise appreciates all of her roles, but her favorites have been the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz and Kate in Sylvia.


Kevin Six (Ron) has been acting, directing and writing for the stage for over 30 years. He has appeared at Compass, The Old Globe, Fritz, the Marquis, Swedenborg Hall, Intrepid Shakespeare and San Diego Junior theatres as well as on several industrial and commercial film projects. Kevin was the 2009-11 Playwright in Residence at Swedenborg Hall. His play Love, Unrequited, in Three Galleries won the 2008 Scripteasers’ Script Tease of Short Plays, while his play The Cake Women was published by Smith and Kraus. Another play, Love Negotiated, was produced to critical success in 2009; it will be published by Next Stage Press in early 2013.


Production Staff

Jim Caputo (Playwright/Director) has won many writing awards such as The Ashland New Play Festival, The Fusion Theatre’s Seven, The Palm Springs International, The Theatre Oxford, The Theatre Conspiracy, The NY Public Television Competition and Hollywood First Stage, among others. His plays have been produced in New York City, Ashland, Hollywood, Orange County, Palm Springs, San Diego. Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa and Mississippi. His teleplay, Brief Encounter was produced by and distributed to public television stations across the country. His short movie, Amy’s Wish, has been accepted by three film festivals this year, and his play, Bingo King, will be performed in Ireland next year. Jim is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Martin Astl (Production Manager) is pleased to continue his association with SRT, having served as Production Manager for a number of shows including Not Now, Darling and Deathtrap. He is also looking forward to the upcoming season with San Diego Opera, where he has been a supernumerary since 2008.

Elise Meehan (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to her third production here at SRT, having previously stage-managed Through the Woods and The Dining Room. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UCSD and works at several theatres throughout north county. Thank you Allan and Jill, my folks for their love and support, and Nathan – the best ASM around.

Melissa Coleman-Reed (Costume Designer) Costume design credits include: Perfect Wedding, California Suite (Scripps Ranch Theater); Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, Ragnarok, The Break-Up Break-Down (Circle Circle dot dot). Makeup and blood effects: Angels in America (ion Theatre company). Stage credits: Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, The Break-Up Break-Down (Circle Circle dot dot); As Much as You Can (Diversionary); U.S. Drag (ion). Melissa’s training includes: SITI Company; Chekhov Studio International; The Actor’s Temple; Old Dominion University. She is a company member of Circle Circle dot dot.

Nathan Harper (Assistant Stage Manager) is currently a freshman at UCSD and is excited to be making his Scripps Ranch Theatre debut! He has been involved in technical theatre since his freshman year of High School at Guajome Park Academy where he was the stage manager for all of the school performances (favorites include The Visit and My Life in the Silents). He has also worked as a stage hand with Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista.

Steve Murdock (Sound Designer) has been a resident of San Diego for 13 years, and previously designed sound for SRT’s productions of Chapter Two, Not Now Darling, Painting Churches, Crimes of the Heart, Rounding Third and How The Other Half Loves and Almost, Maine.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for many SRT productions over the years and also has designed lighting for many other San Diego theaters.

Zane Alcorn (Stage Crew), a senior at Scripps Ranch High School, has been volunteering at SRT for over a year and in June he helped crew for the first Out on a Limb new-play-development project. He has performed at SRHS in 12 shows, including playing the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress.

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