Move Over, Mrs. Markham

Move Over, Mrs. Markham
by Ray Cooney and John Chapman
May 31 to June 30, 2019

By the authors of Not Now, Darling. A hilarious and hectic British farce revolving around the misunderstandings, mix-ups and mistaken identities that ensue when different sets of hopeful lovers all converge in the put-upon Markhams’ bedroom. A wild zany free-for-all.

“Funniest show I’ve seen this year!” – Kathy Carpenter
“They do farces the best at Scripps Ranch Theatre!” – Joey Landwehr, KUSI Theatre Preview


Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham) Singer, actor, writer and director, Leigh has her masters in classical vocal performance. She has sung across the country in Operas and Oratorios. As part of her graduate work, she co-founded an all-female chamber ensemble through the Institute of Chamber Music. She recently moved to San Diego after working as an actor and stand-up comedian in NYC (Gotham Comedy Club, Creek and Cave, Broadway Comedy Club). She recently directed the 2019 Out on a Limb school outreach show for SRT, and is in the process of developing an autobiographical one-woman musical called Fractured. Find out more at

Colette Culbertson (Sylvie) Shortly after graduating from high school in Texas, Colette moved to Southern California and began doing theatre at Palomar College and California State University San Marcos. Move Over, Mrs. Markham is Colette’s first production with Scripps Ranch Theatre. Favorite San Diego credits include: Sisters in the System (The Playwrights Project); Murder Mystery Troupe Member (American Immersion Theatre); Hope (Tenth Avenue Arts Center); Circle Mirror Transformation (Point Loma Playhouse); and Assistant Stage Managing Abundance for Backyard Renaissance.

Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow) was last seen as the bellboy Raymond MacKay in Return Engagements here at SRT. Other recent roles include Hal Carter in Picnic, and Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike here at SRT. Adam has appeared on Days of our Lives and stars in the upcoming film Dollhead, and as rock singer environmentalist Storm Draynein the Port of San Diego commercialsOther favorite theatre credits include Noises Off (Garry) and The Odd Couple (Felix Unger). Adam is a graduate of SDSU and the British American Drama Academy (BADA) at Oxford University, England. Thanks to family and friends for your support!

John DeCarlo (Henry Lodge) is very excited to be returning to Scripps Ranch Theater with Move Over, Mrs. Markham. John was last seen at Scripps Ranch in The Lion in Winter more than 10 years ago. Elsewhere: Amazons and Their Men, Beautiful Thing, and The Moors (Diversionary); Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid); Mauritius; Man from Nebraska and Bug (Cygnet). Stage Kiss; Off the Ground; Golden Boy; Julius Caesar; Summer and Smoke; The Heidi Chronicles; The Seven Year Itch; Death of a Salesman; Ah, Wilderness; Of Mice and Men; Comedy of Errors; Brilliant Mistake and Buried Child (NVA).

Jill Drexler (Olive Harriet Smythe) is delighted to be working with Fran again and with such a fun and talented cast. Her recent credits include Herland and Coming Attractions at Moxie; 4000 Miles at ion; True West at Cygnet; Ring Round the Moon and Moon Over Buffalo at the Avo; and Lend Me a Tenor and Buried Child at North Coast Repertory. Recent credits at SRT include The Season of Love, Beau Jest, and Lettice and Lovage. She is the recipient of the San Diego Critics Circle, Patté and Billie awards. Ms. Drexler is the Artistic Director of SRT and would like to thank all those who give generously of their time and/or their financial support to keep the theatre alive.

Alex Guzman (Philip Markham) is delighted to be returning to Scripps Ranch Theatre. His favorite acting credits include: Native Gardens (Old Globe Theatre); Bachelorette (Backyard Renaissance Theatre); Homos, or Everyone in America (Diversionary Theatre); Awake and Sing (New Village Arts); The Normal Heart and Lydia (ion Theatre); La Posada Magica (Hispanic Arts Theatre); The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (SRT); Seminar and The Taming of the Shrew (InnerMission Productions); The Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions); ENRON (Moxie Theatre); and Angels in America: Parts 1 & 2 (Palomar College). He would like to thank Fran, the entire cast & crew, and his beautiful wife.

Kate Rose Reynolds (Linda Lodge) was last seen at Scripps Ranch Theatre in Communicating Doors. Other San Diego credits include: Cardboard Piano (Diversionary Theatre); Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); Arcadia (Cygnet Theatre). Elsewhere: Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Arabian Shakespeare Festival, SF); Mario Fratti’s The Academy (Theater for the New City, NYC); Silent Sky, Black Comedy, Private Lives (Bristol Valley Theatre, NY). She also stars in the independent horror film Soul to Keep, currently streaming on all platforms. Next up, she makes her directorial debut with the San Diego premiere of Straight, at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center in July.

Christopher Szabo (Walter Pangbourne) believes he is best known for his role as Ash in Evil Dead the Musical at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. Some of his favorite roles include Ryan in One Slight Hitch, Zeke in High School Musical, and Jedi Raven in Star Wars: The Dark Resurgence. He can usually be found auditioning for local musicals and films, but on rare occasions you’ll find him on the streets driving people in Uber or slinging pizzas at Domino’s.

Kylie Young (Miss Wilkinson) is making her debut at Scripps Ranch Theatre. A graduate of UCSD with a B.A. in Theatre, some of her favorite roles include: Janet in Rocky Horror Show; Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde; and Kate in Pirates of Penzance. She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her in all of her performing endeavors!


Production Staff

Francis Gercke (Director) is the artistic director of Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, currently the Theatre in Residence at La Jolla Playhouse. He has directed three previous productions at Scripps Ranch Theatre: California Suite by Neil Simon; Loves and Hours by Stephen Metcalfe; and Tribute by Bernard Slade. He has been fortunate to work on stages throughout San Diego; recent credits as a director include Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, Smokefall, Tarrytown, and The Elephant Man. He is a recipient of the San Diego Critics Circle Award for acting and directing and is also a teacher at Palomar College and privately through ActorsApproach.

George Moy (Production Manager) is a native of New York City and has been a freelance clarinetist involved in the performing arts for decades. He has performed on three continents and throughout the U.S. in Cameron McIntosh’s production of Oliver! George relocated to San Diego in 2009 where he was the General Manager at Diversionary Theatre. Previously at SRT he managed the productions of Loves and Hours, and Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville. He continues to perform as a clarinetist in the San Diego area and sings baritone with InaChord Men’s Ensemble.

Ruth Russell (Stage Manager) was most recently seen as Daisy Lawrence in SRT’s production of Return Engagements and Mom in La Jolla Theatre Ensemble’s None of the Above. SRT was Ruth’s first SoCal theatre home when she moved to San Diego in 2007, and she’s proud to be part of her seventh show here. Favorite credits include: The Crucible (Abigail), Dracula (Lucy), The Seagull (Masha) and Quilters: The Musical (Daughter). Ruth is the voice of the news for Cox Communications’ internal podcast, and once worked on a film with her nickname twin, Rufio. She’s a certified yoga instructor and loves homemaking with her husband and sweet dog.

Alyssa Kane (Set Design/Set Dressing/Props) is pleased to be working with SRT for the first time! She recently designed both set and costumes for two original pop-up productions at UCSD’s Che Cafe Collective. Alyssa is currently the scenic design intern for Yoga Play at Moxie Theatre, and costume designer for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at OB Playhouse. While typically behind the scenes, Alyssa is also a performer and start-up team member in burlesque/variety troupe “The Nude & Rude Revue,” touring annually around southeast Alaska. She’d like to thank Rogelio Rosales for making her vision of the Markhams’ flat come to life.

Robert May (Sound Design) Robert is a free-lance sound designer whose credits include: The Miss Firecracker Contest (New Village Arts); Halpern and Johnson (Portland Stage Company); The Rainmaker, The Last Five Years, Halpern and Johnson (North Coast Rep); Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Scripps Ranch Theatre); The Gingerbread Lady, Shirley Valentine (Renaissance Theatre); Playwrights Project, and various productions at San Diego Junior Theatre. Robert is also an award-winning director and actor.

Rogelio Rosales (Set Construction) is very pleased to be working on his third show at Scripps Ranch Theatre. He designed and built the set for She Loves Me, and was in charge of set construction for Dancing Lessons and Return Engagements. He looks forward to continuing his gratifying relationship with SRT.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including For Better, The Season of Love, Loves and Hours, The Fantasticks, Sleuth, The Heir Apparent, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Holiday Spirits, She Loves Me, and many more. An accounting professional by day, Mitchell also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.

Pam Stampoli-Ericson (Costume Design) has been a costumer and make-up artist for what seems like several lifetimes. She was resident costume designer for Lyric Opera San Diego for over two decades and a free-lance costume/wig/make-up designer with a plethora of San Diego theatres. Pam is also a principal make-up artist with San Diego Opera, and has designed make-up and wigs with La Jolla Playhouse. Her “day job” is managing her family’s business, The Costume Shop. Pam is pleased to be working again with SRT, having just costumed Return Engagements.

Jillian Frost (Dialect Coach) is very pleased to be working at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Jillian has worked as a dialect coach at many local theatres, including Lamb’s Players Theatre, North Coast Rep, Backyard Renaissance, New Village Arts, Intrepid Theatre, Diversionary, New Fortune and Cygnet Theatre. Jillian has an MFA in theatre from California Institute of the Arts and studied at Circle in the Square, New York.

Marguerite Hartman (Asst. Stage Manager) has been working in event operations and communications for nearly 10 years. Having participated in theatre in high school, she now has decided to apply her skill set to the stage with SRT.

Production photos

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham), Kate Rose Reynolds (Linda Lodge)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Alex Guzman (Philip Markham), Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: John DeCarlo (Henry Lodge), Kate Rose Reynolds (Linda Lodge)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow), John DeCarlo (Henry Lodge), Alex Guzman (Philip Markham)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham), Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow), John DeCarlo (Henry Lodge), Alex Guzman (Philip Markham)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow), Alex Guzman (Philip Markham)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham), Alex Guzman (Philip Markham), Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow),  Colette Culbertson (Sylvie)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Kylie Young (Miss Wilkinson), Alex Guzman (Philip Markham)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham),  Jill Drexler (Olive Harriet Smythe), Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Alex Guzman (Philip Markham), Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham),  Jill Drexler (Olive Harriet Smythe), Christopher Szabo (Walter Pangbourne), Adam Daniel (Alistair Spenlow), John DeCarlo (Henry Lodge)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Christopher Szabo (Walter Pangbourne), Leigh Ellen Akin (Joanna Markham)