Festival of Christmas


Lamb's Players Theatre, Coronado
November 29 - December 29

Lower Priced Previews Available November 29th - Dec 5th!


For 2013 we present Catch A Falling Star - a brand new script by Kerry Meads. Eden found it - the remote miner's cabin tucked away in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevadas, where her father spent one magical Christmas.  She's brought in a musical group, trucked them up the hillside -- determined to film a musical Christmas card "on location!" Under a canopy of stars --she's determined to create the perfect gift.  However her nanny didn't show, the kids are loose, cell phone reception is out on a cliff and the lead singer hasn't shown.


Hilarious Mishaps and Mayhem ensue, but the Magic and Music of Christmas outshines them all. 


Appropriate for ages 5+

Bryan Barbarin
Bryan's credits at Lamb’s include OZ, You Can't Take It With You, WIT, Around the World in 80 Days, The Music Man, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, Harvey, An American Christmas, Godspell, The Fantasticks, Hello, Dolly! Regional: Parade (Jim Conley), Man of La Mancha (Sancho), The Threepenny Opera (Crooked Finger Jake), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah), Sideshow (Jake), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey 2). Bryan now works full time as lead singer of The Routine, a Rock N' Roll band based in San Diego. You can find them at www.Theroutineband.com.

Anton Fero
Anton is stoked to jump back into mixtape. He is a proud husband of a local gal and they've enjoyed raising their first mini-Fero, Eden and excited about the newest mini-Fero, Gwen who joined us on May 3rd this year. Anton is currently the Associate Pastor at Catalyst Church SD downtown. Their family is moving to Portland, OR to plant a church next summer. They are blown away at everything God is orchestrating in their life with their call to serve the city of Portland. Tours: Altar Boyz, Little Women, 12 Irish Tenors. SD: SDMT-Footloose, Lambs-Mixtape, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler, Festival of Christmas. For more info on the their move to Portland go to thecommonplacepdx.org

Caitie Grady
Caitie has been in over 30 Lamb's productions since 2010! LPT favorites include Silent Sky, Equivocation, Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, American Rhythm, Quilters, Wit, Big Fish, Oz, Les Miserables, Mixtape, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, and "100 Hours of Stories", the play reading marathon that won Lamb's Players Theatre a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Recently, Caitie appeared as Tzeitel alongside Danny Burstein and Susan Egan in "To Life! Bock and Harnick on Broadway" with the San Diego Symphony, under the baton of Rob Fisher. Caitie has also appeared at Cygnet Theatre as Rose in Dogfight, and has participated in Cygnet's staged readings of Hair, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Evita. Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is a proud member of Actors Equity. All my love to Charlie!

Katrina Heil
Katrina Heil last appeared with Lamb’s in Festival of Christmas: Catch a Falling Star. Other San Diego credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas ’12, ’15, ‘16 (Old Globe), reading of The Nether (Diversionary Theatre) The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Fancy Nancy, Dinosaurs Before Dark, Addams Family, Snoopy!, Little Mermaid Jr. (San Diego Junior Theatre), and The Nutcracker (San Diego Civic Youth Ballet). Training at Neisha’s Dance Academy, SDCYB, and Junior Theatre. Vocal work with Karyn Overstreet and Cris O’Bryon. She is in seventh grade and enjoys piano, clarinet, reading, writing, swimming and playing with her brother Tristan.

Jon Lorenz
70+ productions at LPT. 15 years as an LPT Resident Artist. Co-creator of MixTape (LPT) & Pump Up the Volume (SDMT) (book, musical arrangements). Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Musical Radio Play (music, lyrics) premiered at SDMT in 2016. Oz, an American Musical Fairy Tale (book, music, lyrics) premiered fall 2015 at LPT and was nominated for five Craig Noel Awards. Alice (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, optioned by NBC/Universal Theatricals in 2013. Musical Direction, Original Songs & Arrangements, Sound Design include: Big River (New Village), First Date (SDMT), Traditions of Christmas (CCT), Wit, Twelfth Night, Joseph, Mixtape, Guys & Dolls, Pete n’ Keely, Festival of Christmas 2007-17 (Lamb’s Players). Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. Other Projects: A Room With a View & Scottsboro Boys (Old Globe), A New Brain (Diversionary), Rocky Horror Show (Cygnet), and Sunday in the Park With George (Ion). Thanks to the fire in my heart: Julie, Hudson Fox & Macy Flynn.

Rik Ogden
Rik is in his 21st season with Lamb's and was heard in this year's production of Big Fish. Other recent shows include American Christmas, American Rhythm, West Side Story, Les Miserables, miXtape, Boomers, Festival of Christmas, Quilters, Godspell and too many more to list here. He has also worked for many other theatre companies throughout Southern California including SDMT (Full Monty, First Date, Bye Bye Birdie); SD REP (Christmas Carol), NC REP ( Last Five Years, Cabaret, Man of La Mancha); NVA (Big River), Moonlight, Diversionary, SD Junior, and many more. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Rik has a degree from UCSD and teaches at Giacoletti music in Carlsbad. When not doing theatre he plays in the country band Free Beer. Y'all come back now, ya hear!

Nathan Peirson
a graduate of Biola University, Nate is Lamb’s Director of Production. He has been with Lamb’s since 1982 working as photographer, set construction, lighting designer and performer.

Anise Ritchie
Glory Devine
Anise Ritchie is thrilled to return to Lamb’s Players stage- Coronado in BIG FISH. She appeared in Angel’s Arms and Boomers. San Diego Rep. Violet, Tommy, La Jolla Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse NJ The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Ahmenson Theatre LA Leap of Faith, Moonlight Amphitheatre Tommy, The Old Globe Sammy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Geffen Playhouse LA Nightmare Alley, Starlight Suds; Theaterworks (Bay Area) Once on this Island, Caroline Or Change, Sparks, California Conservatory Theatre (BA) A Grand Night for Singing, Smoky Joe's Café, Woodminister Amphitheatre(BA) Sophisticated Ladies, Sierra Rep. Beehive-The 60’s Musical, Columbia Actors Repertory, North Coast Rep., Lorraine Hansberry (SF) Ain’t Misbehavin, Eubie, The Dance On Widows Row, Townsend Opera Players, Showboat, Portland Civic Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Little Shop of Horrors. Anise has toured Europe singing opera and gospel and has been heard on radio and television commercials. Proud member of Actors’ Equity

Dave Rumley
David is excited to be returning to Lamb’s Players for Big Fish. His past LPT performance credits include Mixtape, Quilters, Festival of Christmas, Guys and Dolls, The Fantasticks, American Rhythm, Hello Dolly!, 1776, Into the Woods, Godspell, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. In addition, David performs regularly with the North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Cygnet Theatre and has been heard in past performances with the Theatre in Old Town, Moonlight Stage Productions, J*Company, and CCT. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from San Diego State University and is currently a faculty member with The New Youth Orchestra as the head of percussion studies. Outside of performing, David runs a successful photography business. He is extremely proud to be an Associate Artist with LPT.

Oliver Shirley
An Associate Artist with Lamb's for over twenty years with nearly fifty productions. He received a BA in Music from SDSU and a MA in Music from UCSD, where he studied with world renowned Double Bassist Bertram Turetzky. Oliver toured nine years with the US Navy Band and has played for U.S. Presidents Carter, Ford, Reagan, Bush and many foreign dignitaries. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with jazz trumpet great Clark Terry. Oliver also played the world premiere of a jazz version of "A Midsummer Nights Dream", written and directed by drum legend Max Roach. Oliver played double bass with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra for five years, three as Principal. Favorite LPT productions include Boomers, 1776, Quilters, Pippin, Mixtape, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, American Rhythm, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, She Loves Me, My Fair Lady, Private Lives, The Mystery of Edward Drood, Joe vs the Volcano, Festival of Christmas '13, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and West Side Story.

Avery Trimm
Avery is delighted to be back at LPT as a part of this original production. You last saw Avery in the ongoing tradition of "Festival of Christmas" as Ellie in "Catch a Falling Star". She attends middle school in Escondido and enjoys horseback riding, dance, modeling, hanging with friends and being challenged in class. Favorite credits include: Wendy Darling in “Peter Pan” (BBTA) for which she won the National Youth Theater Award- Lead Actress, Ellie in “To Catch a Falling Star”, Posey in “Christmas on my Mind”, (Lamb’s Players, Festival of Christmas), Young Terk in “Tarzan” & Ginger in “Zombie Prom” (Center Stage Productions). Many thanks to this amazing artistic team, the great cast, her family, friends and instructors for supporting her dream of performing.

Joy Yandell Hricko
Joy is excited to be spend Christmas, once again, with her Lamb’s Players family and with all of you! Recently, Joy had the honor of playing Mrs. Wilkinson in San Diego Musical Theatre’s acclaimed production of Billy Elliot and Violet Newstead in 9 to 5! She also had her New York Debut this past summer as a member of the new civil rights musical, Freedom Riders at NYMF. Favorite credits include; Jersey Boys, Dracula the Musical, MiXtape (Craig Noel Award), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, American Rhythm, Cabaret, I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, Beehive, the 60's Musical (Patté Award), On the Road to Woodstock, Annie Get Your Gun, Dancing at Lughnasa and Man of La Mancha. Heavenly Father, Mommy, Michael, Waverly and Charlton, thank you! Luke 2:10

Mike Buckley
Set Designer
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 200 productions at Lamb's in addition to many shows at such companies as San Diego Rep, The Laguna Playhouse and the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Recent favorites include sets for The Explorer's Club, Beau Jest, and Shadowlands here at Lamb's and set and lights for Godspell at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre, scriptwriting and design. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at Lamb's Coronado Theatre and then the Horton Grand Theatre and his set for The Hit earned Mike his fifth Patte Award. As an actor, Mike has appeared in many shows at Lamb's. Favorites include The Nerd, The Hit, Joseph…, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, Boomers and My Fair Lady. He also appeared in Crazy For You at Moonlight. TV credits include Wicked, Wicked Games as well as several commercials. Mike also designs residential interiors through his business Weekend Makeover.

Rachael Campbell
Lighting Designer
Rachael began her theatrical journey in the early 90s as a volunteer for LPT. She graduated from UCSD with a BA in theatre in 2002. Her LPT credits include Festival of Christmas 2009 on LPT’s Coronado Stage and miXtape at the Horton Grand. She is excited to be back with another original work and to be incorporated as part of the creative team that she learned so much from. She currently owns Key Light Concepts, a design company, and works around the country in many aspects of corporate production. In her off time, she is a volunteer track and field coach for Boulder Creek High School.

Patrick J. Duffy
Sound Designer
Patrick was last seen as Bernado in West Side Story here, and his other favorite roles have been MacDuff in Macbeth at Intrepid, and Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Ion. Other stage credits here at Lamb's include Pete N Keely, The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘04 & ‘10, Festival of Christmas ‘08, The Voysey Inheritance, An Ideal Husband, Cold Comfort Farm, South Pacific, and Rehearsal for Murder (which he also stage managed and sound designed). He recently won the Craig Noel "Outstanding Sound Design" award for Les Misérables, and his other sound credits here are MIXTAPE, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07 and ‘15, American Rhythm ‘06 at the Lyceum, The Secret Garden, and Enchanted April. When not on stage or designing, he can be found building sets or as Lamb’s Audio Master. Patrick is thankful for all His blessings in his life, and wishes you the same. Thanks for coming by, enjoy!

Courtney Fero
Courtney feels honored to be back at Lambs Players! Previous San Diego roles include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and Rumpleteazer in CATS (Moonlight), Anne in Little Night Music (Cygnet) and Luisa in the Fantasticks (Lamb's Players). But, her most favorite role to date is being married to the amazing Anton Fero and Mommy to their precious miracle, Eden Marie. Graduate of UC Irvine's BFA program. She wants to thank her family for their support and God for his greatness and undeserved blessings.

Jason Heil
Stage Manager
LPT Associate Artist: Beau Jest, Dinner With Marlene, The Miracle Worker, Fiddler On The Roof, Wit, See How They Run, Joe vs. the Volcano, The Glory Man, Harvey, Joyful Noise, The Glass Menagerie, Room Service, The Voysey Inheritance, An American Christmas (’07,’08,‘09,'15,16), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), Sea of Souls, Passion, Angels in America (ion theatre company), Hand to God, Violet, Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), School for Lies, Dracula (North Coast Rep) The Woman in Black (CSUSM) and work at Moonlight, Starlight, Compass. Off-Broadway: Sea of Souls. Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Repertory Theatres and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid), Lion In Winter, Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell (Moonlight), Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts). MFA: UC Irvine.

Jon Lorenz
Musical Director/Original Songs & Arrangements
70+ productions at LPT. 15 years as an LPT Resident Artist. Co-creator of MixTape (LPT) & Pump Up the Volume (SDMT) (book, musical arrangements). Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Musical Radio Play (music, lyrics) premiered at SDMT in 2016. Oz, an American Musical Fairy Tale (book, music, lyrics) premiered fall 2015 at LPT and was nominated for five Craig Noel Awards. Alice (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, optioned by NBC/Universal Theatricals in 2013. Musical Direction, Original Songs & Arrangements, Sound Design include: Big River (New Village), First Date (SDMT), Traditions of Christmas (CCT), Wit, Twelfth Night, Joseph, Mixtape, Guys & Dolls, Pete n’ Keely, Festival of Christmas 2007-17 (Lamb’s Players). Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. Other Projects: A Room With a View & Scottsboro Boys (Old Globe), A New Brain (Diversionary), Rocky Horror Show (Cygnet), and Sunday in the Park With George (Ion). Thanks to the fire in my heart: Julie, Hudson Fox & Macy Flynn.

Michael McKeon
Properties Designer
Michael is an avid Designer, Painter, Builder, Sculptor, Photographer, Videographer, Teacher and "Maker of Things." In San Diego theaters, he has worked as a Scenic Designer/Builder, Scenic Artist, Properties Designer, Multimedia/Video Designer and Technician and Stage Manager for numerous productions and special events. Some favorites: Killer Joe (SDTCC Craig Noel Award - Compass); Pageant, A Christmas Carol (Cygnet); SideMan (Diversionary); American Song (SDTCC Nom.), Quality of Life, End of the Rainbow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre); Seminar, Taming of the Shrew (Innermission); Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella (StageHouse); For Lambs: Silent Sky, Mixtape, Trying (SDTCC Nom.), Joe vs. The Volcano (SDTCC Nom.), 39 Steps. Thanks to all! Check out his work at MichaelMcKeon.com

Kerry Meads
Playwright and Director
Kerry wears many hats as actor, director, and playwright. She is the director of Lamb’s Educational Outreach. On staff at Lamb's since 1976, she now serves as Lamb’s Associate Artistic Director. As resident playwright, her work includes Boomers, American Rhythm, Dracula, My Asparagus Is Growing Fine and LPT’s annual Festival of Christmas. Her directing credits include MIXTAPE, Guys & Dolls, Trying, An Ideal Husband, Pretty Fire, Thunder At Dawn, Private Lives, The Boys Next Door, Amadeus, Beau Jest, The Foreigner and You Can’t Take It With You. As a performer she has been seen in such productions as The Great Divorce; Quilters; Tartuffe; Godspell; She Loves Me; A Woman of No Importance; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Till We Have Faces; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Into The Woods; Hello, Dolly!; Boomers, The Hit, Leaving Iowa, Harvey , The Music Man and See How They Run and Dinner with Marlene.

Jeanne Reith
Costume Designer
Jeanne's work as a designer this year in San Diego includes Shadowlands for Lambs Players, On the 20th Century for Cygnet Theatre, The Perfect Arrangement and Buddy Holly for Intrepid Theatre, She designed last year's Lambs production of American Rhythm for which she received a Critics Circle, Craig Noel Nomination. Her work has achieved theater critics awards in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Other productions awarded for costume design include her original designs for The Wonderful World of Oz, A Servant Of Two Masters, The Light in the Piazza, Little Foxes, Joyful Noise, Metamorphosis, and two dozen other productions. Besides designing she currently teaches at San Diego Mesa College.

Associate Artistic Director, Kerry Meads is writing a new Festival of Christmas entitled Catch a Falling Star. We sat down with Kerry to learn a little more about her process
So you've written 14 Festival scrips...currently working on the 15th?

Is it that many? I’ve lost track.

And now you’re writing a new one?

Crazy – I know. If I said it once, I’ve said it a 100 times. “I’m done – I’ve got nothing left.” But then another story works its way into my psyche – and then … another Festival of Christmas lands on the stage.

What inspires your stories?

Lots of things … Once Upon a Christmas, a fantasy, was inspired by a piece of music --- Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances” … Christmas on My Mind grew out of a question “What does Emmanuel, ‘God with Us’, look like in the 21 have probably been sparked by my personal memories of Christmas and my family, but I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me “That’s MY family on stage!” … And there was Angel’s Arms that centered on a 19 block --- which was really going on for me at the time when I first wrote it in 1982. Yikes … that’s 31 years ago.

So each script is totally different?

Yeah … I’ve mixed it up with a different time period, a different part of the country, a different family dynamic ---but obviously, Christmas is at its heart. There’s a formula of sorts to it. I look for an element of Nostalgia, Family, Romance, Humor, Hope, Magic, Mystery and Music … Music is the key actually ---discovering characters and a plot line where singing together makes sense – that’s the biggest challenge. A play with music has a unique sense of reality that is generally not associated with musicals.

What inspired “Catch a Falling Star?”

I’m not sure – but after working with our summer drama camps, I was struck once again with how open and imaginative children are. I was reminded how much I enjoy writing for children. They’re so open … to play, to wonder, to believe. And they have a unique philosophy of life that seems to come out when they’re “held captive” in a car seat on their way to school, or at night when they’re being tucked into bed and they start riffing on the meaning of life out of nowhere. Raising two boys, I never ceased to marvel at how bold they were with questions and the way their thoughts bounced around, all the while making perfect sense.

And the premise of the story is …

Let’s see -- it revolves around Ella Eden and her two children --Ethan and Emilia. Ella has arranged to “film” a musical Christmas card of sorts --- the perfect gift for her father. (Ella is a perfectionist and it’s intriguing to me to explore a character who is very different from myself.) Ella’s father was a rising star in the West Coast Jazz scene of the 50’s, but when Ella was born, he gave up playing music to support his young family. Ella has compiled some of his favorite Christmas music and a band comprised of a few friends to make it all happen.

The challenge is that she’s decided to film “on location” in a remote miner’s cabin, over a hundred years old, at the base of the Sierra Nevadas. Her father spent one Christmas there in 1947. Ella’s pursuit of perfection in an imperfect world creates hilarious opportunities for mishap and misunderstanding. Family situations with a “mission” can be frustrating and funny. We’ve all been there. So that’s the premise – it’s got nostalgia, family and a reason for the music.

And where’s the humor?

The humor comes from different cell phone conversations in “the cherry picker”, the kids always needing something, people going up and down the hill to use “the facilities”, batteries dying, breaking strings, falling through floorboards and to top it all off --- the lead singer is late –really late.

What’s the music like?

It will be a wonderfully eclectic blend of traditional carols and original works. I’ve been blessed to collaborate with an amazing pool of talented musicians over the years. I’m putting together a “Christmas Jam” of musicians --- Leonard Patton, Erik Cederberg (my cherished eldest son), Taylor Peckham, Rik Ogden, Dave Rumley, Greg Campbell, Nate Peirson, Cris Obryon to name a few– all coordinated by the inimitable Jon Lorenz---the music director for Festival. I marvel at the way musicians collaborate with such joy—supporting and giving selflessly to one another’s ideas. They’re fearless in their approach to improvisation – what a gift.

So any final thoughts?

I guess I really think of Festival of Christmas as a gift to the community. It amazes me how many people have made Festival a part of the family tradition at Christmas for years. I try to create a theatrical experience that will delight and engage children, be “cool” enough for teenagers, be savvy enough for their parents and heartwarming for grandparents alike -- all at once.

And it’s a gift for me to have opportunity as a playwright to imagine, explore and discover Christmas through the unique voices of the characters I create. I get to see them “come to life” on stage. Through them, I wrestle with hope. Thank goodness hope always wins!

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Tues at 7:30pm $22$42$52
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Thurs at 7:30pm $22$42$52
Fri at 8pm $28$48$58
Sat at 4pm $32$52$62
Sat at 8pm $28$48$58
Sun at 2pm $32$52$62

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