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 Players include 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!, Mix it Up and Hip Pocket (Lamb’s Educational Outreach) Regional: Man of La Mancha & Parade (Cygnet Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Crooked Finger Jake), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah), Sideshow (Jake), Dreamgirls (Jerry), La Posada Mágica (Eli/Buzzard), Christmas is Coming Uptown (Christmas Past), Ragtime (Gang Member), The Wizard of Oz (Winkie), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey 2). Bryan works with the band The Routine. Theroutineband.com. Voice-Over: Legends, Spellforce 2, and Runaway 2. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

Anton Fero
Anton is so excited to be a part of an original work! He recently relocated to San Diego a year ago from NYC. He married a local girl (best decision of his life and they had their first child in OCT) and together they shared the stage in Guys and Dolls here at Lamb’s. Tours: Altar Boyz, Little Women, 12 Irish Tenors. In SD he recently played Ren in Footloose with SDMT and worked with Lambs Players in Fiddler on the Roof and mixtape. He gives all the praise and glory to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Caitie Grady
Caitie is a happy staff member at Lamb's, and has performed in over 20 of our productions in the past 4 years! LPT favorites include: Twelfth Night, Quilters, Fiddler on the Roof, Wit, Mixtape, Around the World in 80 Days, The Servant of Two Masters, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man. Elsewhere: Side by Side by Sondheim (Cygnet Theatre Company), Death of a Late Summer Songbird (Cygnet, Intrepid, and Diversionary readings), Emancipated (reading - The Old Globe); A Day in the Life (Playwrights Project); The Children's Hour (Carlsbad Playreaders); Working (Metro Stage Company, Boston); The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (6th @ Penn). 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.

Jon Lorenz
Actor, Director, Composer, Music Supervisor. LPT Resident Artist: Amadeus, 80 Days, Voysey Inheritance, Inspector Calls, Winslow Boy, Detective Story, Hamlet, Joseph, Secret Garden, Smoke On the Mountain, Chaps, Festival of Christmas (13 and counting!). Co-creator of MixTape (book, musical arrangements). Alice (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, currently optioned by Universal/NBC Theatricals. Original songs/arrangements: Festival of Christmas 2007-13, Traditions of Christmas (CCT). Score/sound design: Wit, Ideal Husband, The Hit, Room Service. Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. LPT Musical Direction/Supervision: Mixtape, Guys & Dolls, Pete n'Keely, Joe Vs the Volcano, Fantasticks, Hometown Christmas and Festival of Christmas 2007-12. Directing: Mix It Up, Athens High (LPT), Love's Fire, Scaffolding (CSU Fullerton), Alice, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie (CCT). Old Globe: A Room With a View, Scottsboro Boys (Music Assistant). Special Love and Gratitude to Julie, Hudson and our new daughter Macy Flynn.

Rik Ogden
Rik is in is 17th season with Lambs. Fresh off an extended run of the hit musical MIXTAPE, his other credits include: Guys and Dolls, Servant of Two Masters, Festival of Christmas, Music Man, American Christmas, Godspell, Glass Menagerie, Boomers, Hello Dolly, Secret Garden, American Rhythm, Into the Woods, South Pacific, Private Lives, 1776, Joseph, My Fair Lady. Rik has been in productions for theatres throughout Southern California including, SD Repetory Theatre, Diversionary, the Theatre in Old Town, North Coast Rep, Moonlight Amphitheatre, SD Junior Theatre and Coast Kids - over 100 shows in all. Rik has a degree in music from UCSD and currently teaches guitar and woodwinds at Giacoletti Music School in Carlsbad, CA. and is proud to be an Associate Artist with Lamb's Players.

Leonard Patton
Leonard has worked as a professional singer, actor, and composer in San Diego for many years and has been a familiar face in many LPT productions including MIXTAPE, Hello Dolly, Godspell, Boomers, Festival of Christmas, and Pump Boys and Dinettes and is also a regular performer in Lamb’s Players Sunday Evening Cabarets. Leonard holds the first master's degree in jazz studies from SDSU as a vocalist. Leonard is also listed by San Diego critic, George Varga, as one of the "3 Faces To Watch In Pop In Jazz in 2014". Leonard's highly anticipated new jazz project, "A Beautiful Day", featuring a stellar New York City rhythm section is set to be released this summer. Leonard also enjoys being a worship leader, a producer, a songwriter, a teacher, an avid sports fan, a husband, and a father of 3. "Thank you Lamb's Players for the opportunities you given me! I've been truly blessed!"

Nathan Peirson
a graduate of Biola University, Nate is Lamb’s Director of Craft & Design. He has been designing lights for over 20 years. He is also a busy actor, photographer and musician and amateur luthier. As a performer Nate has been seen many of Lamb’s Christmas productions from the main stage to An American Christmas at the Hotel Del Coronado.

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
recently played drums for mixtape, Godspell and Boomers at the Horton Grand Theatre. His past LPT performance credits also include Quilters, Guys and Dolls, The Fantasticks, American Rhythm, Hello Dolly!, 1776, 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 organization’s resident percussion instructor. David is extremely proud to be an Associate Artist with LPT.

Oliver Shirley
An Associate Artist with LPT for over twenty years with over forty productions. Received a BA from SDSU and a MA from UCSD. Studied with renowned Double Bassist Bertram Turetzky. He toured the world nine years with the US Navy Band and has played for Presidents Carter, Ford, Reagan and Bush, as well as many foreign dignitaries. Performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with jazz legend Clark Terry. Oliver has also played with Louis Bellson, George Shearing, Barney Kessell, Rob McConnell, Charles McPherson and Max Roach. Bassist for five years with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, three years as Principal. He has played over seventy five local theater productions. A few favorite LPT productions: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, Joseph, American Rhythm, Guys and Dolls, 1776, Quilters, Mixtape, Festival of Christmas '13 and of course Boomers. PEACE, MAN!

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
Is humbled by the Grace of God to perform once again! Lamb's appearances include the original cast of MiXtape for which she was awarded the San Diego Critics Circle award for her performance as Allison, Festival of Christmas '09, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and An American Christmas, as well as regular appearances with the Lamb's Sunday Night Cabaret series and as a vocalist on the BEST of Festival Christmas CD. Joy has performed in San Diego since the age of 5 and is blessed to have been raised on the stages of its amazing theatres and alongside brilliant performers, visionaries and craftsmen. Thank you to all who support this beautiful playground, loving family, friends and new friends to come! “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22. God Bless and have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Jeanne Barnes Reith
Costume Designer
Jeanne’s creative work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards, for 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 Jeanne was presented a Patte Award for her 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. Her career has included designs in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Canada, and 140 productions for Lambs Players. She currently teaches Fashion at San Diego Mesa College and West City Continuing Education.

Mike Buckley
Set Designer
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 190 productions at Lambs Players 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 Wit and The Foreigner here at Lambs and set and lights for Balm In Gilead at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre and design. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at LPT’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 LPT. Favorites include The Hit, Joseph…, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, 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 has most recently been seen on stage in Pete N Keely. Other stage credits here include The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘10 & ‘04, 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). As a resident Sound Designer, his sound credits here at Lamb’s are MIXTAPE, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07, 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: WIT, Fiddler on the Roof, 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), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Angels in America (ion theatre company), Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), work at North Coast Rep, Moonlight, Starlight and all incarnations of Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse & NYC/London Readings). Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Rep, A Noise Within, and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid Shakespeare), Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell (Moonlight), Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts), Twelfth Night (Actors’ Rep, OH), and Brilliant Traces (Finishing the Hat, L.A.). MFA: UC Irvine.

Jon Lorenz
Musical Director
Actor, Director, Composer, Music Supervisor. LPT Resident Artist: Amadeus, 80 Days, Voysey Inheritance, Inspector Calls, Winslow Boy, Detective Story, Hamlet, Joseph, Secret Garden, Smoke On the Mountain, Chaps, Festival of Christmas (13 and counting!). Co-creator of MixTape (book, musical arrangements). Alice (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, currently optioned by Universal/NBC Theatricals. Original songs/arrangements: Festival of Christmas 2007-13, Traditions of Christmas (CCT). Score/sound design: Wit, Ideal Husband, The Hit, Room Service. Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. LPT Musical Direction/Supervision: Mixtape, Guys & Dolls, Pete n'Keely, Joe Vs the Volcano, Fantasticks, Hometown Christmas and Festival of Christmas 2007-12. Directing: Mix It Up, Athens High (LPT), Love's Fire, Scaffolding (CSU Fullerton), Alice, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie (CCT). Old Globe: A Room With a View, Scottsboro Boys (Music Assistant). Special Love and Gratitude to Julie, Hudson and our new daughter Macy Flynn.

Michael McKeon
Properties Designer
is an avid Photographer, Videographer, Painter, Sculptor and “maker of things.” Since 2008, Michael has had the honor to work with Lamb’s as a Craft Master, Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Properties Designer, Multimedia/Video Designer and Technician, Stage Manager and Front of House Associate for various shows and special events at LPT. Other scenic design credits include: Killer Joe - San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award (Compass), Side Man (Diversionary), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Shakespeare Company)

Kerry Meads
Playwright and Director
wears many hats as actor, director, and playwright. Kerry is the director of LPT’s Educational Outreach. On staff at LPT since 1976, she now serves as LPT’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.

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

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Seniors (66 and over) $5 Off

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

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