Current Production

A Co-Production with Coronado Playhouse

See how far a little magic can take you!

Friday, June 9 – Sunday, July 2, 2017
Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 pm


Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the book, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl

Director Teri Ang
Musical Director Michael Anthony
Choreographer Alisa Williams

From the Tony-Award nominated song-writing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight and the TV hit Smash!)
James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure of enormous proportions. But where will they go in their giant peach and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out …

Pickwick Players beckons you to crawl inside the giant peach along with James and take a peek. Find yourself with James in the center of this gigantic peach with human-sized insects – each with equally over-sized proportions – like the Green Grasshopper, the gentle Ladybird, Spider, Centipede and Earthworm, and take this amazing journey across the ocean.

“Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.” – Roald Dahl



Denise BlaseDENISE BLASE (Ladybug) After a 10 year hiatus and recent move to San Diego, Denise is thrilled to back on the stage. She has appeared in numerous musicals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Carrie in Carousel, Philia in A Funny Thing…Forum, Dainty June in Gypsy and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. Denise has worked as a music director, accompanist and vocal coach for theatre productions, and is currently a teaching artist with San Diego Junior Theatre. She and her husband run a music enrichment program, California Music Works, bringing music and movement to preschool aged children. She also teaches private piano and voice lessons out of her home studio in Golden Hill. Denise would like to thank her husband and two children for their love and support!

Sue BolandSUE BOLAND (Sponge) In 1994 Sue moved to Coronado and joined the cast of Guest in the House at the Coronado Playhouse, the first of 6 Playhouse productions. Additional San Diego Credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, Meet Me in St. Louis, Cabaret, Grease, Stepping Out, My Fair Lady. Nunsense, Little Women, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls, Most Happy Fella, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, Three Penny Opera, Sound of Music, Oliver and The Red Mill. With REGIONAL productions of Funny Girl, Cabaret, Barefoot in the Park, Music Man, and Man of La Mancha, to name just a few. Sue is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, NYC and is a retired CPA.

Susan BraySUSAN BRAY (Spiker) is happy to return to the Coronado Playhouse stage after last appearing as the guitar toting Bitsy Mae in Sordid Lives and before that as Charlotte in the award-winning A Little Night Music. She is looking forward to this wild ride and would like to thank Teri for the opportunity and her husband for all of his love and support!!


Lucas GoodmanLUCAS GOODMAN (Green Grasshopper) is absolutely enthralled to be making his debut at the Coronado Playhouse!!! Some of his most recent productions include Oklahoma! (Mira Costa College), Waiting for Godot (Patio Playhouse), and Into the Woods (Westview High School). He is currently studying theatre at Mira Costa College, and strives to pursue a professional acting career in the future!

Sofia GurrolaSOFIA GURROLA (Ensemble) is delighted to make her Coronado Playhouse debut in James and the Giant Peach! She has been involved in musical theatre since she was seven. Her favorite roles include Hope Langdon in Something’s Afoot! (Pickwick Players), Young Fiona in Shrek, Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka, Molly in Annie (CYT), and Duffy in Annie (CYC). Sofia thanks Teri, the artistic team, the cast, crew, her voice coach Karyn, and her family and friends for all their support.


Zack KingZACK KING (Earthworm) Born and raised in San Diego, Zack King has been involved in the Arts all his life. He began playing music and writing when he was young. He begin dancing in 2008. Versed in Hip Hop and modern dance, Zack is currently a dance major and a theater minor at San Diego State. Intrigued by the art of performance, Zack began acting in 2015. This is his first musical and he looks forward to exploring and refining the aspects of earthworm that makes this character so much fun.

Skyler Jude MarkmanSKYLER JUDE MARKMAN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back onstage after a four-year hiatus! A Bay Area theatre native, Skyler was last seen as Amber VonTussle in Hairspray with Redwood City Community Theater. Other roles include Thea (Spring Awakening), Ellie Greenwich (Leader of the Pack), Kim MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie), and Genie (Aladdin). They would like to thank the entire production team and cast for this experience, their family for the support, and fiancée “for reminding me why I do this”. Enjoy the show!

Bob McMainsBOB McMAINS (Centipede) For the past thirty years, Bob worked with teams to co-create and perform daily with the animals in Sea World shows. Shows include, jumping off Shamu in Shamu Celebration, New Friends, Dolphin Didcovery, Shamu’s World Focus, Shamu’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Clyde and Seamores Spooky Kooky Castle, Sea Lion’s Live, and Sea Lion’s Tonight. San Diego native, Bob’s other performances include Friday Night Refugees at the Ruse Marquis Theater. From 6-18 years of age, Bob played the part of right hand man to his father at the family bakery, Standlee’s Cake and Party Shop.

Tara Beth PalmerTARA BETH PALMER (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after more than a decade. Favorite roles include Sheila in Hair, Sister Berta in A Sound of Music and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the day she works as a RN in the San Diego area. Many thanks to her husband Clay for the love and support. Also thanks to Karyn Overstreet Vocal Studios. She holds a BA in Theatre from The University of MD and an MFA in acting/music from the California Institute of the Arts. Thanks to the JATGP creative team and the cast and crew for the amazing experience.

Sandra RuizSANDRA RUIZ (Ensemble)is thrilled to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut. Local credits include: Bocón (Bocón: Community Arts Organization), Seven Spots on the Sun (Innermission Productions), Lydia (ion Theatre), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Cygnet Theatre); In the Time of the Butterflies, Corridos REMIX, Earthquake Sun (San Diego Repertory Theatre); ENRON, Expecting Isabel(Moxie Theatre); Our Lady of the Tortilla (Onstage Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mandell Weiss Theatre), 4.48 Psychosis (Galbriath Hall Theatre). Born and raised in San Diego, Sandra received her BAs in Theatre and Human Development from UCSD.

Alysa SalacupALYSSA SALACUP (Ensemble) This is Alyssa’s 3rd show with the Pickwick players and her debut at the Coronado Playhouse! You may have seen her last as Blanche in Little Mary Sunshine or Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. She’s very excited to be “Shaking It Up” for all of you!

Owen SchmutzOWEN SCHMUTZ (James) is fired up to make one of his favorite characters come to life on stage in his debut with the Coronado Playhouse! Credits include Young Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (OB Playhouse) Mr.Greenway and Charlie in Elf Jr (OB Playhouse), Ensemble in Ruthless (Moxie Theatre), Brundibar in the opera Brundibar, Clark U/S in All I Want For Christmas (Lambs Theatre) and Quaxo in CATS (Lyceum Theatre). When he’s not acting Owen can be found singing in cabaret shows with Miss Leigh Scarritt’s Stars of the Future, or training in Musical Theatre Dance with Shirley Johnston. Both women have become truly important mentors in Owen’s life. Many thanks to the wonderfully talented cast of James and the Giant Peach, to the beautiful Coronado Playhouse and to the dedicated direction from Teri Ang (director) Michael Anthony (musical director) and Alisa Williams (choreographer).

Kendall SkyeKENDALL SKYE (Ensemble) caught the theatre bug at the ripe old age of 6 when she was cast as a Lost Boy in CYT’s production of Peter Pan, and soon after as Annie. She later joined Visionary Youth Theatre and was cast for the role of JoJo in Seussical where she was awarded Outstanding Performance Best Female Actress. She then grabbed a cane and aged for the VYT role of Berthe in Pippin. Professionally Kendall has performed with the San Diego Old Globe Theatre as Gymslip in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and loves singing, dancing, and playing the guitar. She’s very excited to be in her third performance with Pickwick Players after playing Maud in last summer’s Little Mary Sunshine, and Lettie in Something’s Afoot… Enjoy the show!

Kira VineKIRA VINE (Spider) is excited to make her debut at Coronado Playhouse. She is also a stage manager, writer, and director. Favorite acting credits include The Taming of the Shrew, The 3.5 Star Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), The Sound of Music (Liesl), and the U.S. premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. Most recently, she was seen at OnStage Playhouse as Holly in Next Fall. Thanks and big love to the entire production team for this epic peach of a show.



Creative Team

Teri AngTERI ANG (Director) last directed Little Mary Sunshine at Pickwick Players over the summer 2016. She is excited to direct this co-production here at the Coronado Playhouse. Her most recent directing gig was Lyle, the Crocodile at San Diego Junior Theatre where she has directed numerous productions. By day, Teri is a theatre teacher at Horace Mann Middle school. Theatre education has been a passion of hers for over 30 years. Teri is activity involved in San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance (SDTEA) and community theatre around San Diego.

Michael AnthonyMICHAEL ANTHONY (Music Director) is thrilled to return to the CPH after rousing successes with Seussical and Thoroughly Modern Millie last season. He has served as a conductor, director, educator, and performer with many local theaters including: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Junior Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, J Company, Diversionary, Joan Kroc Performing Arts Initiative, and Starlight Theater. Mike holds degrees in Music Education (U of M), and Musical Theater (Boston Conservatory) and has played keyboards for national/regional tours of A Chorus Line, Showboat, Bells are Ringing, Little Shop of Horrors, A Greater Tuna Christmas, among others. He currently serves as an educator for the Joan Kroc Performing Arts Initiative, Broadway Arts Academy and CA State Arts Board. Awards include, NYTA’S Best Director (2004-2007), Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle (Performer), San Diego Billie Award (1999-2009) and AATE’S Special Merit for The Lorax and an Aubrey Award Nominee. A cancer survivor, Mr. Anthony feels blessed to return to his passion, thanking his SD family for their continued love and encouragement.

ALISA WILLIAMS (Choreographer)

HEATHER DEERFIELD (Co-Producer, Pickwick Players)

KATY SKYRUD (Co-Producer, Coronado Playhouse)

KATHY PARKS (Stage Manager)

MEGAN BARAHURA (Stage Manager)

KIRSTEN GIARD (Set Design, Sound Design)

LAURA SUTTON (Costume Design)

LARRY McNAMER (Sound Design)

PAM EVERETT (Properties/House Dressing/Set Dressing)