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 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. Always remember, home is where the heart is.

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 is a staff member at Lamb's Players, and All I Want for Christmas marks her 25th Lamb's production in the past 5 years! LPT favorites include Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Quilters, Wit, Oz, Les Miserables, Mixtape, The Servant of Two Masters, 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. Caitie also recently appeared as Rose Fenny in Dogfight at Cygnet Theatre, and participated in Cygnet's staged readings of Side by Side by Sondheim and Evita. Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory.

Katrina Heil
Katrina Heil: LPT Debut. Other theatres: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Little Mermaid Jr. (San Diego Junior Theatre), The Nutcracker (San Diego Civic Youth Ballet). Training at Neisha’s Dance Academy, SDCYB, and Junior Theatre. Vocal work with Cris O’Bryon and Karyn Overstreet. She is in the third grade and enjoys soccer, reading, writing, swimming and playing with her brother Tristan.

Rik Ogden
Rik is in his 18th season with Lambs and was most recently seen in An American Christmas and Les Misérables. Previous shows include: Quilters, Festival of Christmas, Music Man, miXtape, Godspell, Boomers, Guys and Dolls, Secret Garden, American Rhythm, Into the Woods and many, many more. He has been in productions for theaters throughout Southern California including: SD Rep, SDMT, Diversionary, the Theatre in Old Town, North Coast Rep, Moonlight Amphitheatre, and others. Rik has a degree in music from UCSD, teaches guitar and woodwinds at Giacoletti Music School in Carlsbad, CA and is proud to be an Associate Artist with Lamb's Players.

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 has traveled the world singing and acting for many years. Just coming from a Gospel concert in Portland, Oregon, Anise is excited to join Lamb’s Players for another run of BOOMERS. “It’s been 6 years since I last performed Boomers at the Horton Grand Theatre, and boy I am proud to be a cast again with this great cast. Look out 2014, here we come…Again!” Regional credits: Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre “Leap of Faith” and Broadway workshop/ St James Theatre NYC. San Diego Repertory Theatre and Moonlight Theatre “Tommy”. Geffen Playhouse LA,“Nightmare Alley”. Starlight Musical Theatre “Suds”. Old Globe Theatre: “Sammy”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (Auntie Who 07, 08, 09, 10) Lambs Players: “Boomers”, TheatreWorks “Once on this Island”, “Caroline or Change”, “Sparks”, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre “Dance On Widows Row”, “Blue”, Woodmeister Theatre: “Sophisticated Ladies”, Townsend Light Opera “Showboat”, California Conservatory, “A Grand Night for Singing”, “Smoky Joe's Cafe', Sierra Repertory Theatre: “Beehive”, San Francisco Workshop: “AfterShocks”, Portland Civic Theatre, “Little Shop of Horrors”. National Tours: Ain't Misbehavin', Menopause The Musical. European Gospel Tour: Emmitt Powell and the Gospel Elites, New Beginnings Gospel. She has appeared in many television commercials and has recorded many radio spots. Anise is proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Dave Rumley
David's most recent Horton Grand productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mixtape, Godspell and Boomers. Other past LPT performance credits include 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 (where he most recently finished the world premier of Everybody's Talkin') 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. David 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 honored and delighted to be back at LPT as a part of the ongoing tradition of Festival of Christmas! You last saw Avery when she was 5, performing as “Posey “ in “Christmas On My Mind” with her big sister. Now all grown up and in 6th grade, she attends middle school in Escondido and enjoys horseback riding, dance and modeling. Some of her credits include “Young Terk” in Tarzan & “Ginger” in Zombie Prom. Many thanks to this amazing artistic team, the great cast, her family, friends and instructors for supporting her dream of performing. Merry Christmas everyone!

Joy Yandell
Joy is elated to return to MiXtape as part of the original cast that lit up the stage with 80’s favorites for over 3 years, earning her the San Diego Critic’s Circle Award in the role of Alison. Joy feels like family at Lamb’s, performing in several of their amazing productions, including Festival of Christmas – Christmas Stars and Catch a Falling Star, An American Christmas, as well as regular appearances with the Lamb's Cabaret series and as a vocalist on the BEST of Festival Christmas CD. Her most recent performance with Lamb’s holds a special place in her heart, with her phoenix return to stage as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, after a devastating accident. Regional credits include the Original Cast of Jersey Boys and Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, the Musical at the La Jolla Playhouse; Sally Bowles in Cabaret with Cygnet Theatre; Beehive, the 60's Musical with Miracle Theatre Productions (Patté Award); Annie Get Your Gun with Welk Resort Theatre (San Diego Playbill Award); I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Welk Resort, Candlelight Pavilion, Starlight); Man of La Mancha, Defying Gravity (North Coast Rep.) Holy Spirit, you’re the reason that I sing! Michael, Waverly, Charlton, Maga and my angel in Heaven, Daddy…If you fall, I will catch you. I’ll be waiting.

Mike Buckley
Set Designer
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 190 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 West Side Story and Les Misérables here at Lamb's and set and lights for In The Heights at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre 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 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.

Michael McKeon
Properties Designer
I’m an avid Painter, Sculptor, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Videographer and "maker of things." In San Diego theaters, I’ve 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); SideMan (Diversionary); Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella (StageHouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre); For Lambs: Mixtape, Trying (SDTCC Nomination), Joe vs. The Volcano (SDTCC Nomination), 39 Steps. Thanks to all! Check out my 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.

Jeanne Reith
Costume Designer
This marks Jeanne's 25th year as a Costume Designer with Lambs. Her work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards. Productions awarded for Costume design included: Servant of Two Masters. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Till We Have Faces, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Joyful Noise, Tarantara! Tarantara!, Dr. Faustus, Little Foxes, The Winslow Boy, and Metamorphoses. In 2008 a Patte Award for costumes was presented to her for the entire season including Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance, The Hit, Boomers, The Light in the Piazza, Festival of Christmas: Angel’s Arms and An American Christmas. Besides continuing her service and collaborative work at Lambs she currently teaches fashion programs including Patternmaking and Sewn Product Business at West City Continuing Education in Point Loma.

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!

Festival of Christmas seat map

Prime ASec ASec B
Tues at 7:30pm $22$42$52
Wed at 7:30pm $22$42$52
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

For readability, seat numbers are shown for every other seat

Seniors (66 and over) $5 Off

Youth (5 thru 17) & Active Military (with ID) - Half Price

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