The Fantasticks – Nov/Dec, 2016

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Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones
November 11 – December 18, 2016

The 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, The Fantasticks tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity.

The show’s original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical. The musical was produced by Lore Noto. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991. The poetic book and breezy, inventive score, including such familiar songs as “Try to Remember,” helped make this show so durable. Many productions followed, as well as television and film versions. The Fantasticks has also become a staple of regional, community, and high school productions virtually since its premiere, with approximately 250 new productions each year. It is played with a small cast, two- to three-person orchestra and minimalist set design. Among many revivals, the show re-opened off-Broadway in 2006. As of 2010, its original investors have earned 240 times their original investments. The musical has played throughout the U.S. and in at least 67 foreign countries.

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Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm



Drew Bradford (Matt) is making his Scripps Ranch Theater debut! He is a recent graduate of Vanguard University with a degree in Business Marketing. Regional credits include The Addams Family, Peter Pan (Curly), The Music Man, All Shook Up, Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay), Moonlight Stage; 42nd Street, San Diego Musical Theatre; Big Fish, Young Frankenstein, Performance Riverside. Enjoy the show!


Devin Collins (Mortimer) – SRT debut! Select San Diego credits: New Village Arts: Oklahoma! (Andrew Carnes); Welk Resort Theatre: The Producers (Franz Leibkind), …Forum (Senex), The King and I (Cpt. Orton/Sir Ramsay), Fiddler… (Constable/Rabbi); Moonlight: Annie, My Fair Lady, The Music Man; Barn Stage Company: Urinetown (Officer Barrel); Starlight Musical Theatre: Damn Yankees (Sohovik), Urinetown (Robbie the Stockfish), The Sound of Music (Herr Zeller), Sweeney Todd, Ragtime. Other favorites: You’re a Good Man… (Charlie Brown), A Year With Frog and Toad (Toad), The Boys Next Door (Arnold Wiggins), and South Pacific (Luther Billis). Devin holds a BA in Theatre from USC.


Dagmar Krause Fields (Henrietta) was last seen in the Elephant Man at Oceanside Theater Company and Emelie at New Village Arts, Unnecessary Farce (Northcoast Rep), Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions), Regrets Only (Diversionary Theatre), I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid Shakespeare) and Lost in Yonkers (Oceanside). Favorites at Moonlight: Blithe Spirit, Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, The Foreigner, Magic Fire,Hay Fever, and Radio Gals. Favorites elsewhere:TheDining Room (SRT), Into the Woods (Lambs Players), Morning’s atSeven, Amy’s View, Man of LaMancha, and TheLast Night of Ballyhoo, (North Coast Rep), and The American Dream (Renaissance Productions). Love to Marv, Khara, Matt, Eric, Taylor, Ava, & Ayden.


Olivia Hodson (Luisa) has spent most of this year at the Welk Resort Theatre, performing in Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) and Jesus Christ Superstar (female dance ensemble). Other San Diego credits: Into the Woods (Cinderella) CYC; Peter Pan (Peter) Star Theatre Co.; Tarzan (Terk) Moonlight Youth Theatre; Bye, Bye, Birdie (Kim MacAfee) NCSArts; and Almost, Maine (Glory) LCC Theatre. A huge thanks to Ted, Terry and SRT for this opportunity to portray a role that constantly challenges and inspires her! Much love to God and her family for the unceasing support. Enjoy this timeless piece of theatre! Follow her @Oliviachodson. .


Ralph Johnson (Hucklebee) returns to Scripps Ranch Theatre after appearing in Inherit The Wind and I Do! I Do! back in the 1990s. In the past year he has appeared in Titanic, The Musical with Moonlight State Productions, Noises Off! with Vista’s Broadway Theatre, Lucky Stiff with Grossmont College Theatre, and Ragtime with San Diego Musical Theatre. With thanks to Ted, Terry, and Jill for this opportunity. What a journey. What a ride.


Rudy Martinez (El Gallo) SRT debut. Previous roles included Che in Evita, Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, The Baker in Into the Woods, Mike in Working and The Balladeer in Assassins. Two seasons singing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. When not performing, Rudy is the creative force behind Man Bakes Cake, custom cakes and sugar art.


Eric Poppick (Bellomy) San Diego Theatre: BUG,In The Heat Of The Night (ion theatre); Beau Jest, Barefoot in the Park (AVO); An Enemy of the People (Intrepid Shakespeare Company); To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone (New Village Arts); The History Boys [Patté Award] (Cygnet); Morning’s at Seven (North Coast Rep); The Heir Apparent,The Sunshine Boys, How the Other Half Loves, Deathtrap, Not Now, Darling (SRT); One for the Road (Lyceum); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse). Also numerous theater, film and TV credits in L.A. Eric has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MA in Directing from The State University of New York.


Mariel Shaw (Choreographer, Mute #1) is delighted to be back at SRT for The Fantasticks. Other local credits include: On Air, The Heir Apparent (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Nunsense (Pickwick Players); Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (City Ballet); Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast (CCT). Mariel received her undergraduate degree from UCLA, and her master’s degree from USD. Special thanks to her WD-40 Company tribe for their support.


Eden Young (Mute #2) is 15 years old and a sophomore at Classical Academy, while also working towards her Associates Degree at Palomar College. Some of her previous roles include: Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland (MYT); Violet Beauregard in Willy Wonka and Mimi in Guys & Dolls (Star Theatre Co.) Eden currently is studying jazz and ballet, while in her free time she loves cooking and practicing ASL – she would love to interpret a musical one day!


Production Staff


Ted Leib (Director and Sound Designer) San Diego directing credits include The Dark at the Top of the Stairs for SRT, and Boeing, Boeing and The Musical of Musicals for Oceanside Theatre Company. Previously, in Orange County: Pirates of Penzance (STAGES theatre); Bug (Hunger Artists); Bus Stop (Vanguard); Forever Plaid and The 12 Plays of Christmas (Orange County Pavilion). Ted’s sound-design credits include eight shows for SRT and six for Oceanside Theatre Company, plus Spelling Bee for Intrepid Theatre Company. As an actor Ted has appeared in over 30 stage productions in San Diego and Orange Counties, including last summer’s Titanic for Moonlight Stage Productions, and the upcoming Good People here at SRT. He also serves currently as SRT’s Producing Director.


Terry O’Donnell (Musical Director/Conductor/Pianist) has served as musical director, conductor or pianist for regional theaters including Cygnet Theatre, The Old Globe, Moonlight Stage Productions, Starlight Musical Theatre, Theatre in Old Town, Welk Resort Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. Selected musical direction: Spring Awakening, The Who’s Tommy, Follies, Crazy for You, Little Women, Beehive (Drama-Logue Award for musical direction), Forbidden Broadway (with national company), Assassins, Triumph of Love, Song of Singapore, Master Class, Bat Boy, Honk!, and five years with Forever Plaid. Recent music direction projects include Gypsy with Cygnet Theatre and In the Heights with Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. Dr. O’Donnell is Professor Emeritus of Music and Theatre at San Diego State University (1973-2008). He is a founding faculty member of the award-winning SDSU Master of Fine Arts Musical Theatre degree program.

Melissa Morgan (Harpist) began her harp career in the pit in Once Upon a Mattress with the Dallas Repertory Theatre. That early introduction to the art form was a life-changer. She now is a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Genre fluid, harp innovator Morgan has had fun playing Celtic, Jazz, Classical, New Age, Latin, Rock, Original, Underwater, Experimental, Hospice, Healing, Sacred and Ceremonial music. Her current muse, the Blue Mermaid, is soon to be revealed. Her website is

Allan Salkin (Production Manager) moved to San Diego from Princeton NJ in 1994 and has been affiliated with SRT since 2002 in a variety of capacities, including Publications Manager (currently) and Producing Director. Allan served as Production Manager for last season’s The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. He also is an actor whose favorite roles include Tevye in three different productions of Fiddler…, Matt in Talley’s Folly (opposite his wife, Marty), and a 75-year-old Italian grandfather in SRT’s production of Over the River and Through the Woods in 2010.

Jesse Gundersen (Stage Manager) is excited to finally debut as a Production Stage Manager. He has fulfilled the role of Assistant Stage Manager at SRT twice now, in both The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Previous theatre (acting) experiences include Chris Keller in All My Sons and Malcolm in Macbeth, as part of the Mesa College Theatre Company. Jesse also has experience as a stagehand for Evil Dead: The Musical at the 10th Avenue Arts Center, and is working to become proficient both onstage and backstage.”

Violet Ceja (Sound Mixer) is excited to be working on her first show with Scripps Ranch Theatre. She also works at Moonlight Amphitheatre and has been the Sound Designer and Mixer for Moonlight Youth’s productions of Alice in Wonderland, Once on This Island, and Into the Woods. Violet currently attends MiraCosta College where she has been designing sound for their Theatre Department. Violet recently completed her Associates Degree in Recording Arts Production, and is in the process of finishing her Design and Technology Associates Degree.

Mary Allison Dunsmore (Choreographer) is a native San Diegan. She is a graduate of AMDA, NY, and is currently on staff as a teacher and choreographer with San Diego Civic Dance Association. Mary Allison also has choreographed multiple productions for both CYT and CCT. Some of her favorite roles include: Zaneeta in The Music Man; a dancer with Disney Cruise line; and Shelley in Hairspray. She was most recently seen as a dancer in My Fair Lady (Moonlight). Mary Allison would like to thank Ted for this wonderful opportunity, and also this amazing cast of talented performers! “Love to my boys at home for all your support and patience!”

Roslyn Lehman and Renetta Lloyd (Costume Design), a mother/daughter team, have been designing costumes for 20 years in the San Diego area, having credits with Scripps Ranch Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Oceanside Theatre Co., Premiere Productions, North Coast Rep, Mira Costa College, and others. “It is ‘Fantastick’ to be involved with this production!” Their specialty garments and costumes can be found at .

Charles Peters (Props Master) is an award-winning director and actor and has twice toured nationally. In San Diego he has worked professionally as a director, actor, sound designer and consultant at ion theatre, New Village Arts, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Intrepid Theatre Company, OnStage Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, Carlsbad Playreaders and more. For further information visit .

Charmaine Reed (Supervising Stage Mgr.) is back with SRT in this new unique role. Charmaine was most recently Prod’n Stage Manager for SRT’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and is currently PSM for Playwright’s Project at The Old Globe (January 2017). Other SM Credits include: Rope the Musical (East Coast Offramp Productions); Amazons and Their Men and Tru (Diversionary Theatre); Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Beau Jest (SRT); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe Theatre); Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and Suessical The Musical (CSUSM); Fiddler on the Roof (Pacco Arts and Patio Playhouse).

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Design and Set Construction) This play is Bob’s eighth set design project for SRT. With a BFA in Theater from Southern Oregon University, Bob has worked with many theater groups throughout the country, designing and/or building more than 150 productions. Bob also works with Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, co-teaching a Theater Design class and mentoring a Woodworking Club, in addition to designing for their musicals and plays. Bob resides in Poway with his wife, a costumer for several theaters, and his son, Adam, who often assists him with his set-construction duties.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including Sleuth, The Heir Apparent, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Holiday Spirits, a feminine ending, How the Other Half Loves, Social Security, Painting Churches, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lettice and Lovage, The Gift Teller, Out on a Limb, Postmortem, and more. Mitchell is an accounting professional by day and also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.