Now in its 40th Year!




written & directed by Kerry Meads

musical direction by Jon Lorenz


Thru December 30


Lamb's Players Theatre

1142 Orange Ave, Coronado


Performances before Christmas are all but Sold Out. Call the LAMB'S Box Office for any available tickets 619.437.6000 (Tue - Sat noon to 7) Tickets still available for Dec 26 - 30.


The San Diego Tradition That's Different Each December! 


This year's delightful new FESTIVAL story - NORTH OF NORMAL: A FARGO CHRISTMAS - is packed with gorgeous music of the Season!


What do a rising star, a real estate mogul, a precocious child and an octogenarian all have in common? They are looking at the same “dream” property to be their new home by Christmas.  As you might suspect, this leads to hilarious misunderstandings and joyous discoveries. 


Running Time: Just over 2 hours, including an Intermission


Age Recommendation: FESTIVAL is appropriate for all ages. (Due to the intimacy of the theatre we are unable to accomodate children below the age of 5)


Jim Chovick
Jim has appeared in 39 productions with LPT: You Can't Take It With You (twice); Wit; See How They Run; Joe vs The Volcano; Guys & Dolls; Harvey; Joyful Noise; Room Service; Boomers (twice); The Voysey Inheritance; Amadeus; Rehearsal for Murder; The Winslow Boy; 1776; A Man For All Seasons; Ring Round the Moon; My Fair Lady; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; A Woman of No Importance; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Festival of Christmas '99, ’04, '06, '14, ‘15 and 17 and 12 productions of An American Christmas. Other San Diego Theaters: The Old Globe, The Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), San Diego Musical Theater, New Village Arts, Moxie Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Co. (Resident Artist), Ion Theatre, Playwrights Project, Sledgehammer, Moonlight Amphitheater, Evoke Dance Theater, Starlight, The Avo@Moonlight, 6th@Penn, The Ark, CCT, Mystery Cafe, Scripps Ranch Theater and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patte’, Bille and Robby.

Steve Gouveia
Jackson Gleason
Steve was recently seen as the Siren in Shockheaded Peter at Cygnet Theatre. Other 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), Mixtape (Lamb’s), Little Shop of Horrors, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Pageant, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Cygnet Theatre), Sweeney Todd (The Fritz Theatre), and Hair (Starlight Theatre). As a musician, Steve has worked and played with Pete Townshend, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, John Wesley of Porcupine Tree, Alex Lifeson, 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 in New York. Love to his beautiful fiancée, Tricia.

Caitie Grady
Caitie is grateful to have been cast in over 30 Lamb’s Players productions since 2010! Favorites include Silent Sky, Equivocation, Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, American Rhythm, Wit, Les Miserables, Mixtape, Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, and "100 Hours of Stories," the play-reading marathon that landed Lamb’s a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest theatrical performance. Recently, she performed 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 Fenny in Dogfight, and in Cygnet’s concert readings of Hair, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Evita. BFA: The Boston Conservatory. Proud member of Actors Equity, and happy fiancée to Charles Evans Jr.

Lauren King Thompson
Carter Mason
Lauren is delighted to spend another Christmas season at Lamb's! Previous LPT Credits: You Can't Take It With You, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, and Pete 'n' Keely and Festival of Christmas (2015, 2016). Other credits include: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1st & 2nd National Tours); Animal Crackers, Gypsy, Hay Fever, and The Vortex (Cygnet Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird, The Miss Firecracker Contest (New Village Arts); First Date, Last Night in Town, and Joseph...Dreamcoat (SDMT); Divine Sister (Diversionary); A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Musical (Intrepid Theatre); Oklahoma (Moonlight Stage Productions); Stepping Out, Hairspray (Welk Resort Theatre); and Annie, Hello Dolly (Starlight). Lauren received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Cal State University, Fullerton.

Michael C Louis
Michael Printz
Michael is proud to return to Lamb's Players where he spent a spectacular summer in Big Fish as Will Bloom and performed last year in American Rhythm. Michael was most recently seen in Diversionary’s West Coast Premiere of Homos, or Everyone in America. Other SoCal credits include Spamalot (Lancelot) at Moonlight Amphitheatre, Last Night in Town (Ben) with SDMT, The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) and On the 20th Century (Bruce Granit) at Cygnet, Metamorphoses (Orpheus) at Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre, The 39 Steps (clown) at Glendale Centre Theatre and Grease (Danny Zuko) at Cabrillo Music Theatre. New York City credits include Titus Andronicus (Marcus), world premiere of The Haunted Train (Dr Barnes) and Chien de Moi at La MaMa ETC. TV: Devil in the Details on Investigation Discovery. Michael is a BFA grad of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Matthew Patrick Davis
is pleased to be returning to Lamb’s Players Theatre, having previously appeared in 1776 and Hometown Christmas. Broadway: Side Show. Selected Regional: Side Show (Kennedy Center); The Nightingale, Limelight, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse); Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Walt Disney Concert Hall); Haunted House Party (Getty Villa); Four Chords and a Gun (Bootleg Theater); The Complete History of America (abridged) (Falcon Theatre) *LA Ovation Award winner; Cinderella Christmas, South Street (Pasadena Playhouse); A Funny Thing…, Sunday in the Park… (Reprise). TV: Throwing Shade, Jane the Virgin, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Bang Bang, Tosh.0, Sam & Cat, Community, Sarah Silverman Program, Greek, Days of our Lives, Veronica Mars, Joan of Arcadia. Davis writes & performs original comedy songs & musicals at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Katie Porter
Jasmine Allen
Katie is thrilled to be returning to Lambs. Regional: CHILDREN OF EDEN (Lead Storyteller, Cabrillo Music Theatre), AMERICAN RHYTHM (LPT), SISTER ACT (Cabrillo Music Theatre), RAGTIME (SDMT), KISS ME, KATE (Hattie, TACFA/The Chance Theater). Proud USC alum. Thanks and love to her Nebraskan, Trojan and Californian families., @katienporter

Benjamin Roy
Robert Allen
Benjamin Roy is extremely excited to be back with Lamb’s Players Theatre performing at his favorite time of the year. He began his performance career at the early age of four, singing in the Bayview Baptist Church choir. Since then, he has developed a love for theater. His credits include, “Purlie” SDSCPA, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” Grossmont College, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Intrepid, “All Shook Up” Moonlight, ”The Music Man” Moonlight, “Oz” Lambs Players, “Ragtime” SDMT, “Big River” NVA, “American Rhythm” Lamb’s Players, “Buddy Holly” Intrepid. “God gave me a gift and I intend to use it for his glory in whatever way I can.”

Kaitlyn Thomas

Joy Yandell Hricko
Dawn Gleason
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

Heather M. Brose
Stage Manager
Recent PSM credits include: FOC '15, '16, '17, Big Fish, American Rhythm (sub), West Side Story, MIXTAPE (sub), Smoke on the Mountain, Lambs Players Theatre; Pageant, A Behanding in Spokane, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, It's a Wonderful Life, Private Lives, Cygnet Theatre; Vietgone, Hand to God, Disgraced, My Mañana Comes, Uncanny Valley, Steal Heaven, RED, In the Heights, The Mountaintop, Clybourne Park, Tortilla Curtain, Doubt, Water & Power, SDREP; Alice Chan, La Jolla Playhouse; Salome and The Father directed by Estelle Parsons for The Actors Studio starring Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest; and Stephen Sondheim’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Hollywood Bowl. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

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.

Patrick J. Duffy
Sound Designer
Patrick was last seen as Bernardo 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!

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, Big Fish, The Explorer's Club, and Smoke on the Mountain. She thanks her family for their endless support and for God's guidance in her life.

Jon Lorenz
Musical Direction
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.

Kerry Meads
Written and Directed
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.

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.

Festival of Christmas 2017 North of Normal seat map

PrimeSec ASec B
Dec 10 - 24 Sat 4:00 & Sun 2:00$78$68$48
Dec 10 - 24 Tues - Thurs 7:30 & Sun 6:00$58$48$28
Dec 10 - 24 Fri & Sat 8:00$68$58$38
Sat 4:00 & Sun 2:00$68$58$38
Fri & Sat 8:00$58$48$28
Tues - Thurs 7:30 & Sun 6:00$48$38$22

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

Festival of Christmas 2017 North of Normal special offers
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