One Of Our All-time Favorites Returns!

The Joyous Bluegrass Gospel Celebration 




by Connie Ray

directed by Kerry Meads

musical direction by Jon Lorenz


October 6 thru November 19


Directions/Parking - LAMB'S Coronado

Lamb's Players Theatre

1142 Orange Ave, Coronado


The Great Depression is finally coming to an end and the Sanders Family Singers are back on the road once more... true the bus has turned over, uncle Stanley is fresh out of prison, and sister June can't really sing... but after this night Mt Pleasant Baptist Church will never be the same again!


The entire family will enjoy this delightful ensemble piece packed with classic bluegrass gospel music.


Running Time: 2 hours & 15 minutes, including one Intermission

Age recommendation: 7 and above

Beau Brians
Dennis Sanders
Beau Brians is an actor and producer from Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Hamilton College in New York, Beau moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time and has appeared in a number of features, TV & stage shows. Beau is also a Speaker & Host for live shows, including the Annual World Autism Festival in Vancouver & LifeFest in Hollywood. Favorite stage credits include Pirates of Penzance(Kaiser Black Box), Les Miserables(Diamond Head Theatre) & originating the role of Claudio in Claudio Quest(Chance Theatre). He’s so excited to be making his Lambs Debut - and in such great company! Follow him online @EpicBeau. Philippians 3:7

Annie Buckley
Denise Sanders
Annie Buckley has appeared in her three years of American Christmas. She is a junior at Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). Her most recent credits include Ragtime (San Diego Musical Theatre), Shelley in Bat Boy (CoSA), and Little Red in Into The Woods (Star Rep). Other credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe, 2011/2012), Louisa in The Sound Of Music (San Diego Musical Theatre), Duffy in Annie (Moonlight), Nancy in Oliver! (PPJT) and other theater companies (Write Out Loud, CYC, San Diego Junior Theatre, ImpAct). She performed with Heather Headley at the 50th anniversary of the San Diego Zoo. She would like to thank her parents and grandparents for their support. Thanks also to her wonderful voice coach, Nancy Snow Carr.

Deborah Gilmour Smyth
Vera Sanders
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s resident ensemble since 1979 . Originally from the East Coast, she has lived all over the United States and went to school at San Francisco State University where she studied music and theatre. One of San Diego’s most active performers with over 200 productions to her credit, she is a seven-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Martha in Intrepid Theatre Company's Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Vivian Bearing in Lamb’s production of Wit and Outstanding Female Performance in a Musical for her performance as Mother in Ragtime at Starlight Musical Theatre, for her role of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at Lamb’s Players, and for her role of Mrs. Lovett at Cygnet Theatre. She has been honored with Backstage West and numerous Patte awards for performance, original music, sound design. At Lamb’s Players Deborah has performed in over 160 productions, directed over 70 productions, sound designed, written original music, or musically directed over 80 productions. Deborah enjoys the opportunity to be involved in an amazing ensemble that is the Lamb’s Players family. Deborah and her husband, Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, make their home in Coronado.

Steve Gouveia
Stanley Sanders
Steve is thrilled to be working at Lamb’s Players and to be back in his hometown of San Diego! Credits include: Jersey Boys (Original Broadway Cast—2006 Tony Award, First National Tour, La Jolla Playhouse), The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (La Jolla Playhouse), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (The Apollo Theatre Center, Stage West), It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Cabaret (San Diego REP), Little Shop of Horrors, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Pageant (Cygnet Theatre), Sweeney Todd (The Fritz Theatre), and Hair (Starlight Theatre). As a musician, Steve has played with Pete Townshend, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, Alex Lifeson of Rush, John Wesley of Porcupine Tree, Larry Gatlin, Micky Dolenz, Jung-Ho Pak and many others. He has been seen on The Today Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The 60th Annual Tony Awards, and at many Rockers On Broadway concerts. His solo album Shine, is also available wherever you buy music nowadays, or he’d be happy to put it on a mixtape for you (if you can actually find a tape).

Brian Mackey
Mervin Oglethorpe
Brian was last seen at Lamb's in Silent Sky, as well as The Angel's Arms, Equivocation, Dinner with Marlene, The Nerd, An American Christmas and Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, The Glass Menagerie, History Boys, Chistmas Carol (Cygnet – Resident Artist); Abundance (Backyard Renaissance Theatre); All My Sons, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical, An Enemy of the People (Intrepid Theatre); In the Heat of the Night, The Woolgatherer, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Jack Goes Boating, All in the Timing, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath (ion theatre); In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (San Diego Rep); The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed, Baby with the Bathwater, As Much As You Can, Corpus Christi (Diversionary); A Christmas Carol (’07, ’08, ’09), Little Women (North Coast Rep); Born Yesterday (AVO Playhouse); Night Sky (Mo’olelo); The Heidi Chronicles, Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); Side Man (BANG!). Brian was awarded the 2011 Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year.

Rik Ogden
Burl Sanders
Rik is in his 21st season with Lamb's Theatre. Recent shows include: American Rhythm, American Christmas, West Side Story, Les Miserables, miXtape, Festival of Christmas, Quilters, and many more. He has also performed with other companies throughout SoCal including New Village Arts (Big River), SDMT (First Date, Full Monty, Bye Bye Birdie), SD Rep (Christmas Carol), North Coast Rep, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Coronado Playhouse, and others. Rick has a degree in music from UCSD, is proficient on multiple instruments, and teaches at Giacoletti School of Music in Carlsbad, CA. He is very proud to be an Associate Artist with Lamb's Theatre and hopes you enjoy "Big Fish!"

Katie Sapper
June Sanders
Katie is pleased as punch to be back at Lamb's with such a lovely cast and crew! Past credits: Moonlight- Sunset Blvd (Betty), Titanic (Kate McGowan), Lion in Winter (Alias), SDMT- Damn Yankees (Gloria), Cygnet- Bad Jews (Melody), Rocky Horror Show (Swing), SD Rep- Violet (Violet/Young Vi understudy), La Jolla Playhouse- Kingdom City *world premiere (Crystal), Weatherman *premiere workshop (Cathy), Diversionary- A New Brain (Nancy/Waitress), bare: A Pop Opera (Ivy). BA in Musical Theatre at Saint Mary's University MN. Thank you so much to Kerry, Jon, and the incredible cast and crew! Love to Mom and Dad, and Ringo. For my blowfish.

Jesse Abeel
Dennis Sanders/Understudy

Kent Brisby
Burl Sanders/Understudy
Kent Brisby is happy to be standing by, just off stage at Lamb’s. Lately focusing on new works, Kent most recently appeared in the premieres of THE GEEZE AND ME, and of THE PITCH, the latter starring Paul Rodriguez. Favorites among 70 other roles include A FEW HOURS IN HELL, RED WHITE & BLACKLISTED, SPOKESONG, and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Kent is a playwright himself with more than two dozen plays and musicals produced.

Greg Campbell
Performer, Stage Manager, Audio Design, Audio Master, Sound Design Greg Campbell first came to Lamb's Players in 1992 as the character Stanley in Smoke on the Mountain, and in 1993 stage managed An American Christmas at Grainger Hall. In 1996 he returned to the stage in Chaps. Over the years as Audio Master he worked on shows from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Metamorphases. Currently Greg is a regular at Nate's Garden Grill in City Heights as a solo artist. He can also be seen from time to time as a member of the Stone Soldiers band fronted by western artist and sculptor Mark Martensen. An American Christmas is one of his favorite shows and welcomes the opportunity to be part of the cast again.

Patrick J. Duffy
Paster Oglethorpe/Understudy
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!

Kellen Gold
​Kellen is excited to be a part of this show! She has enjoyed working on Lamb's productions as an assistant stage manager since 2016. An SDSU graduate, she previously studied at Saint Martin's University, and University of San Diego. Past credits include Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Leon in Eye of the Beholder (SMU), Laurent in Tartuffe (Coronado Playhouse), and Laura in Year of the Woman (SDFF). She holds a black belt in goju-ryu karate.

Amanda Graham Hyden
Vera Sanders/Understudy
Amanda is delighted to be performing with Lamb's Players. She has previously appeared in the Cabaret concert series with LPT. Amanda has performed as actress, pianist, conductor, and musical director in a variety of productions, including The Mikado, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, Snoopy!!!, and Oklahoma!. She has a degree in music from San Diego Christian College, where she has served in the department for nearly 10 years. When she is not working at LPT, she loves to spend time with her husband, Brent and their daughter, Tiana. She would like to thank her family, friends, and music teachers for their continued support and inspiration in her music endeavors. Soli Deo Gloria.

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 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.

Jemima Dutra
Costume Designer
Costume design credits for Lamb's Player's Theatre include: Mixtape, Hip Pocket for LPT's educational outreach touring show, Trying, See How They Run, The 39 Steps, You Can't Take it With You, Festival of Christmas "All I want for Christmas..."and co-costume design of The Foreigner and Festival of Christmas "Northern Lights". Costume design credits at other venues include: All This and Moonlight, and An Inspector Calls at Scripps Ranch Theater, Old Wicked Songs and Talley's Folly at North Coast Rep, and Side Man for Bang! Productions. Jemima has worked at Lamb's for 10 years in the costume department as seamstress, a cutter/pattern maker, and assistant to Jeanne Reith, she has also worked backstage as Assistant Stage Manager on Boomers and Godspell. She has been featured in 944 magazine, The Social Diary, and ArtPulse TV. Jemima would like to thank her wonderful husband Jeff and their daughters Amelia & Charlotte

Rachel Hengst
Properties Master
Properties and PA Rachel Hengst has worked with Lambs Players Theater since 2013. She made her professional theater debut in Mixtape as the Assistant Stage Manager and has learned so much since then. Her Prop Design credits include Lamb's Player's productions of You Can't Take it With You, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, the latest incarnation of Mixtape, The Nerd, Miracle Worker, Dinner with Marlene, Beau Jest, Shadowlands, Silent Sky, and Big Fish. She thanks her family for their endless support and for God's guidance in her life.

Jon Lorenz
Musical Director
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 and more. Co-creator of MixTape (book, musical arrangements). Looking Glass Girl (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, optioned by NBC/Universal Theatricals in 2013. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (book, music, lyrics) premieres fall 2015 at LPT. Original songs/arrangements: Festival of Christmas 2007-14, Twelfth Night (LPT), Traditions of Christmas (CCT). LPT Musical Direction/Supervision: Mixtape, Joseph, Guys & Dolls, Pete n'Keely, Joe Vs the Volcano, Fantasticks, Festival of Christmas 2007-14. Score/sound design: Wit, Ideal Husband, The Hit, Room Service. Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. I must Take Them With Me Anywhere: Julie, Hudson Fox & Macy Flynn.

Maria Mangiavellano
Stage Manager
For Lamb's, Maria has stage managed the world premiere of OZ!, The Glory Man, and mixtape, in addition to An Inspector Calls; Enchanted April; Godspell; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; Boomers (x 3); The Voysey Inheritance; The Secret Garden; An American Christmas (x 15); American Rhythm (X2); Metamorphoses; Dial M For Murder; South Pacific; The Great Divorce; 1776; Dr. Faustus; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; The Fantasticks; Joyful Noise; Hello, Dolly!; An Ideal Husband; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (X2); and Festival of Christmas. Elsewhere she has stage managed The Rocky Horror Show and Dogfight for Cygnet Theatre Company; Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Pageant, and Man of La Mancha for North Coast Repertory Theatre and six productions for Moonlight at the Avo Playhouse and Moonlight Amphitheatre. She has also stage managed for San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company, and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from UCSD.

Kerrie McCann
Sign Language Consultant

Kerry Meads
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.

Nathan Peirson
Light Designer / Technical Director
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.

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