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Stockton Civic Theatre Presents The 358th Main Stage Production

I REMEMBER MAMA Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Martin Charnin Book by Thomas Meehan Additional Lyrics by Raymond Jessel Based on the Play, "I Remember Mama" by John Van Druten and Stories by Katherine Forbes This version of the Play was originally produced on Broadway by Alexander Cohen & Hildy Parks Set Design Rexford Reynolds Lighting Design Terry Smith Costume Design Cathy Hastings & Maria Bechtold Sound Design Daryn Alsup Musical Direction Paul Kimball & Jim Coleman Choreography Jennifer Hastings Stage Managers James Reed & Elaine Saculla

Directed by JIM COLEMAN

This production of I REMEMBER MAMA is made possible by special arrangement with THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN THEATRE LIBRARY 598 Madison Ave., NYC, NY 10022 Rated G


The Playbill of Stockton Civic Theatre

2009–2010 Season

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ichard Rodgers' I Remember Mama began as a play by John Van Druten, based on the fictionalized memoir “Mama’s Bank Account” by Kathryn Forbes. The story focuses on the Hansens, a loving family of Norwegian immigrants living on Steiner Street in San Francisco in the years after the great earthquake, and it is through the oldest daughter Katrin’s eyes that we watch the struggles, hopes and dreams of the family unfold. There are many parallels to what is happening today in the economy and the resulting struggle for families to make it through difficult times. Melissa Esau, playing the title role, says “I Richard Rodgers opened this SCT Season playing a Swede in The Producers, and am closing it as a Norwegian in Mama!” Melissa is one of the best known actresses, singers and dancers on the SCT stage. She made her debut in Our Town in 1974, and last year played the part of Ulla in The Producers. In recent years, Ms. Esau has begun exploring new areas of production such as direction and costuming, last Season receiving a Willie Award for Best Direction of a Musical in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She also received the theater’s coveted Applause Award at the most recent Bravo Awards Dinner. She will be directing the theater’s 2010 holiday production of Oklahoma!(November 16-December 12, 2010) Director Jim Coleman, who also serves as Artistic Director, directed four SCT shows before joining the theatre staff. He lived and worked in New York for 27 years. Professional Broadway credits include musical direction for Sweeney Todd and Mame with Angela Lansbury, and Anything Goes with Patti Lupone. At Paper Mill Playhouse and the State Theatre of New Jersey, he directed or conducted more than 25 musicals and plays. He has toured the country with Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and A Little Night Music, as well as conducting at the New York City Opera with Beverly Sills, and regional opera companies in the United States and China. Since becoming SCT’s Artistic Director, he has directed Picnic, Cabaret, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The Full Monty, Dearly Departed, Annie Get Your Gun, The Producers, and now, I Remember Mama.


The Artistic Director

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elcome to the final production of our 2009-2010 Season. We are proud to bring you the last show of Richard Rodgers’ illustrious career. I Remember Mama has been around for over 70 years, most memorably as the play that introduced Marlon Brando to the world of theatre, when he played the role of Nils. Rodgers & Hammerstein were the original producers of the play, and it always remained in Rodgers’ mind that it was the perfect material on which to base a musical. The film arrived in 1947, with Irene Dunne in the title role, and there was a TV series in the 50’s which starred Peggy Wood. Oscar Hammerstein had died before he and Rodgers could collaborate on Mama, but Rodgers persevered and collaborated with Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan. I saw the show in NYC when it opened in the late 70s and have always wanted to direct it. It is surprisingly relevant today with the economic times in which we are living…the struggle to support a young family, the lack of jobs, and the love and strength that we get only from family. Liv Ullman created the role of "Mama" in the musical…not a good choice, as she could not sing a note…but she sold tickets until audiences spread the word that she couldn’t sing, and the show died a premature death. For this SCT production, we have a wonderful cast. I am thrilled to take you to the world that was San Francisco in 1910, and into the lives of the Hansen family. I sincerely hope you enjoy the trip.

Board of Directors President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lorrie Docter President-Elect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allison Lafferty Immediate Past President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marvin Williamson Vice President, Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allison Lafferty Vice President, Educational Programs . . . . . . . . . . Dominée Muller-Kimball, Ed.D. Vice President, Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Ceresa Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Holmes Artistic Committee Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Crocker Vince Brown • John Cammack • Art Godi

Treganza

by Jim Coleman


Cast Of Characters Mama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Esau Papa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Kell Katrin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taryne Moyse Aunt Jenny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kathy Brewer Aunt Sigrid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Che Franklin Aunt Trina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Walker Uncle Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott A. Minor Peter Thorkelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Brewer Mr. McGuire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shawn Carrington Nils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Anderson Johanna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Melhuish Christine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carlie Buchanan Dagmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alyssa Origer Dame Sybil Fitzgibbons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judy Miller Lucy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monica Ambalal Doctor/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wesley B. Foreman Nurse/Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Napolitano Timosh Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . Layla Yu, Roberta Ward, Nic Wagner, Shabaz Choudry Special thanks to Gro Bondevik for Norwegian dialect coaching.

Orchestra Chris Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trombone Nick Auriemmo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Percussion Cathy Ettle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woodwinds Ashley Kimball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Violin Barbara Maters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flute Margaret Perry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piano Hal Willenborg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trumpet Kyle Wong. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . String Bass


SYNOPSIS OF SCENES ACT ONE Scene 1 The kitchen and parlor of the Hansen house on Steiner Street, in San Francisco, Spring, 1910 Scene 2 The kitchen and parlor of the Hansen house, June 21, 1910, evening Scene 3 The kitchen and parlor of the Hansen house, mid-November, 1910, early afternoon Scene 4 The hospital, later that day Scene 5 The Hansen kitchen and parlor, ten days later, early afternoon Scene 6 The Hansen kitchen and parlor, early December, 1910, a Friday afternoon ACT TWO Scene 1 The Hansen back porch, Spring, 1911, evening Scene 2 The Hansen kitchen and parlor, later that night and the following morning Scene 3 The Lobby of the Fairmont Hotel, a few hours later Scene 4 Uncle Chris' ranch, mid-May, 1911, late afternoon Scene 5 The Hansen kitchen and parlor, three days later, evening Scene 6 The Hansen kitchen and parlor, June, 1911


MUSICAL NUMBERS Act One Overture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Orchestra I Remember Mama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katrin A Little Bit More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mama, Papa & Children A Writer Writes at Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katrin & Mama Ev'ry Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mama, Papa, Children & Guests You Could Not Please Me More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mama & Papa Stuffed Cabbage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nils, Christine, Dagmar & Johanna A Most Disagreeable Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenny, Sigrid, Trina & Thorkelson Lullaby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mama Easy Come, Easy Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uncle Chris, Children & Ensemble It Is Not The End Of The World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Papa & Children Act Two Mama Always Makes It Better . . . . . . . . . . Johanna, Nils, Christine & Dagmar When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mama Mama Always Makes It Better - Reprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children Fair Trade Ensemble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dame Sybil & Ensemble Fair Trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mama &Dame Sybil It's Going To Be Good To Be Gone . . . . . . Uncle Chris, Sigrid, Trina & Jenny Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mama You Could Not Please Me More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Papa


Meet the Cast

Monica Ambalal–Lucy “I would like to thank Hilary for encouraging me to audition, and my mom, Chiara, for listening to all of my ‘beautiful’ practicing throughout the years.” Although this is Monica’s SCT stage debut, she is no stranger to the orchestra pit, having played cello at SCT, UOP, Delta College and the former PIC Summer Theatre Program. Monica holds a Masters degree in Musicology and Ethnomusicology and in addition to acting and playing cello, sings with the Stockton Chorale and is an Instructor in the Music Department at Delta College.

Patrick Anderson–Nils A student at Lincoln High School, Patrick has been active in the SCT, Jr. program, playing the part of the “Cat in the Hat” in Seussical the Musical, Jr. and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Jr. He has been a dancer for 9 years and also plays the violin.

Kathy Brewer–Aunt Jenny “I dedicate this performance to the memory of my mama, Beverly, and to the memory of my friend Virginia Gallagher.” Kathy has graced the stage at SCT many times in the past, beginning her journey in 1991 with Into the Woods and more recently appearing in Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and this season’s production of Hats! When not on stage, Kathy is Office Manager for Crossover Christian Fellowship.

Rick Brewer–Peter Thorkelson “I would like to thank my two SCT mentors: Sy Kahn, for giving me a start here, and Helen Kastner for her support. God bless you both and may you rest in peace.” For the first time in 12 years, Rick and his wife, Kathy, are appearing onstage at SCT together. Rick began working in SCT productions in 1991 in I’m Not Rapapport. He has since acted in Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose and Annie Get Your Gun. Rick has also worked with the theatre company at Alder Market and the Tokay Players.

Carlie Buchanan–Christine “I would like to thank my family for their support and director Jim Coleman for giving me the opportunity to work with the wonderful people here at Stockton Civic Theatre.” A seventh grader at Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Carlie is making her debut at SCT. She has performed in musical theatre productions for young people, including Pirates of Penzance and Annie. A young lady with diverse interests, she is on a competitive soccer team (Cal Cougars) and the Lodi Track team. She loves to sing, play the piano and guitar, compose songs, and take part in musical productions.

Shawn J. Carrington–Mr. McGuire “Any day you can do something you love is a good day." Shawn has been active with SCT since 1994, when he debuted in You Can’t Take It With You. Over the years, he also performed at Smiler’s Comedy Playhouse


and Kiley’s Dinner Theatre. Most recently, Shawn played Horse in The Full Monty, Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun and Brother Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A five-time nominee, he received Willie Awards in 1996 and 2000. A Chicago native, Shawn still enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs! Shahbaz Choudry–Ensemble “I’ve always dreamed of playing Aladdin in a play or actual movie.” A guitar player, Shahbaz is no stranger to the stage, although this is his first performance with Stockton Civic Theatre. A Cutco salesman, Shahbaz enjoys playing in a band and working out at the gym. He would love to make it in the music or acting businesses. If not that, he would be content being successful with a family of his own!

Melissa Esau–Mama “I opened this season as a Swede and am closing it as a Norwegian. Special thanks to my good friend Gro Bondevik for all her help and great teaching with the dialect!” Melissa is a real trouper who has played a wide variety of roles during her tenure with Stockton Civic Theatre. She began acting at SCT in its 1974 production of Our Town, and she recently played Ulla in The Producers. This season, when Kimberly Romberger left the production of Hats for emergency medical reasons, Melissa stepped into a leading role in Hats with three hours notice. She has received the coveted Applause Award at SCT’s annual Bravo Awards Gala, as well as Willie Awards for Best Director and Best Choreographer for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

Wesley B. Foreman Dr. Anderson/Ensemble “The root word of ‘ameture’ is ‘amor,’ meaning love, and God knows I love the theatre and acting with SCT.” Wesley has played a wide variety of characters in Ensemble parts with SCT. A Heald College graduate, he is an Accounting Technician for the State of California. When not on stage, you can find Wesley at Renaissance Faires and practicing conversational Klingon.

Ché Franklin–Aunt Sigrid “I am grateful for the support of all my friends, who are my family.” A retired Nurse and Performing Arts graduate of Boston University, Ché came onto the SCT stage in 1991 in that year’s production of Into the Woods, and that was just the beginning! Since that time, there have been roles in Nunsensations, The Children’s Hour, Cinderella, Mame, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Damn Yankees, just to name a few. When not performing, she and her pet cats live a quiet life.

Jason Kell–Papa The 1994-95 production of Big River was Jason’s first experience with SCT. Since then, he has performed in Mame, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is very musical, playing the drums, guitar, banjo, mandolin and keyboard. He is excited about working with Jim Coleman and James Reed, and thanks members of this community who make it all possible.


Amanda J. Melhuish–Johanna “Endless thanks to my mom, whose boundless support and enthusiasm have always [encouraged] me to do my best in every aspect of my life. I love you mom.” As Amanda prepares to enter her senior year in the T B program at Modesto High School, she can also claim credit for being a veteran performer. Among her credits at SCT are roles in The Children’s Hour and Annie Get Your Gun. She has also performed in The Sound of Music, The Mikado and Urine Town, and placed first in the Variety category of the Modesto High School Talent Show. Most important, she has accomplished all this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA!

Judy Miller Dame Sybil Fitzgibbons “I’d like to dedicate my performance to my mom and dad who are no longer with us. They always encouraged me to do and be whatever I wanted to be. My first audience.” A first time performer at SCT, Judy is no stranger to the stage, having performed with the American Musical Theatre Academy (Oklahoma), Sierra Rep (Three Penny Opera) and San Francisco State (The King & I). Retired from a career with PG&E, Judy can now devote more time to her hobbies, which include playing piano and guitar, oil painting, volunteer teaching at the Tuolomne County Library and teaching Hebrew to Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. Scott Minor–Uncle Chris “…like any 10 year old would do, I ate my mistake.” (After cooking fried eggs in vinegar instead of oil.) Scott’s first experience with SCT was in the

2008 production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, playing the Governor. He became hooked on “the SCT experience” and although he now resides in Sacramento, he continues to participate in SCT productions. When not acting, Scott is Director of Library and Learning Resources at the California Northstate College of Pharmacy.

Taryne Moyse–Katrin “Thank you friends and family.” Taryne was last seen on the SCT stage as Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. She is a Costuming & Marketing major at San Joaquin Delta College, as well as an artist at Trader Joe’s. She is a Willie Award recipient and received the William Karraker Youth Award. In addition to acting with SCT, Taryne has graced the CSU Chico stage in productions of The Witch, Into the Woods and A Chorus Line, as well as The Music Man at Delta College.

Rachel Napolitano-Timosh Nurse/Ensemble “I love my family, and want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive.” A medical assistant in “real life,” Rachel is making her debut with Stockton Civic Theatre. She is a graduate of University of the Pacific, majoring in Vocal Performance, and has been seen in Orpheo et Euridice, La Vie Parisienne, Suor Angelica and Hansel and Gretel. In her spare time, she reads horror/romance novels while caring for her family and seven animals.


Alyssa Origer–Dagmar “I want to thank my family for everything they do for me and a special thank you to Grandma Chris.” A fourth grade student at Maxine Hong Kingston Elementary School, Alyssa has appeared in the SCT, Jr. productions of Seussical the Musical, Jr. and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. She has performed with Dance Connection for the past seven years.

Nick Wagner–Ensemble “To my loved ones and family inside and outside of SCT, I love you all.” A theatre major at San Joaquin Delta College, Nick first performed at SCT as a member of the Ensemble for Cinderella, under the direction of Al Muller. He next appeared in the chorus of The Producers, directed by Jim Coleman. Nick hopes to someday receive his Masters in Fine Arts in Performance.

Carol Walker–Aunt Trina "Art not Apathy" Carol majored in Music Education at the Pacific Conservatory, and is now a classroom music teacher with Lodi Unified School District. Her first appearance at SCT was as Sweet Sue in Sugar, for which she received a Willie Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She has performed many times in the chorus at Stockton Opera’s productions, and is a long-time member of the Stockton Chorale, where she won the Holton-Dragon vocalist competition. She also sings with the Stockton Master Chorale. Carol and her husband of 18 years, Bill, have three children: Vanessa, Victoria and Rachel.

 Roberta Ward–Nurse/Ensemble "Thanks to the cast and crew for their wonderful love and support. I couldn’t have done it without you!” Roberta first came to SCT through the summer youth theatre program with Dorothy Mulvihill. Her first major adult role at SCT was as Ella in Charley’s Aunt directed by David Motroni. She also appeared in Cinderella and Annie Get Your Gun.

Layla Yu–Ensemble "I would like to thank all of my teachers, directors, friends and my family for their great encouragement and amazing support! Musical theatre will always be a part of my life, and I am always looking forward to using my talent to give back to our community. And last but not least, thanks to my parents for being wonderful taxi drivers all these years!" A busy student at Middle College High School, Layla sings with the Stockton Chorale, has traveled around the world and swims competitively. Amazingly, she found time to play the part of Belle in SCT, Jr.'s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. this past summer.

Jim Coleman Director and Musical Director Before joining the SCT Staff as Artistic Director, Jim Coleman also directed Sweet Charity (1997), Anything Goes (2000), Guys and Dolls and South Pacific (2005). Jim lived and worked in New York for 27 years. His Broadway credits include: musical direction for Sweeney Todd and Mame with Angela Lansbury, and Anything


Goes with Patti Lupone. For the Paper Mill Playhouse and the State Theatre of New Jersey, he conducted and directed over 25 musicals and plays, as well as touring the country with Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and A Little Night Music. He conducted at the New York City Opera with Beverly Sills, and for regional opera companies in the United States and China. Since becoming affiliated with SCT, he has directed Picnic, Cabaret, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Full Monty, Dearly Departed, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Producers. Joseph M. Toon Assistant Director “I feel privileged to be working alongside such a great director and friend.” Joseph made his SCT debut in 2003 in Babes in Arms and has graced many productions since. Recently, he played the Pharoah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Carmen Ghia in The Producers and Malcolm in The Full Monty. A graduate of the Theatre Arts program at UOP, Joseph is a substitute teacher for Stockton Unified School District. In addition to acting, Joseph has also been an Assistant Director. Jennifer Hastings Choreographer Jennifer has been dancing and performing for over 30 years. She graduated from United States International University in 1992 with a degree in Musical Theatre. She has appeared with Delta College, Townsend Opera Players, Stockton Civic Theatre, UOP, Fallon House Theatre, and was an 18 year member of Ballet San Joaquin. She can often

be found at Renaissance Faires dancing with Siamsa, a Scots-Irish dance troupe. Rexford Reynolds Scenic Designer Rex has designed sets and lights for well over 100 shows. A graduate of the MFA theatre design program at the University of Hawaii, he has worked in several states as a designer for community, educational, and dinner theatre. In Hawaii and Guam, he designed sets and lights for hotels featuring Polynesian entertainment. In addition he served as artistic director for Lodi Theatre for Youth, a resident company that teaches young actors how to perform in musical theatre, and as a freelance designer for the University of the Pacific and St. Mary’s High School drama departments. His credits for musical productions include designing and directing Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Annie, Brigadoon, Oliver!, Nunsense, Grease and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as designing sets and lights for various operas. Paul Kimball Musical Director Paul is thrilled to be back in the SCT pit. He has conducted many shows, most recently Cinderella. He has won numerous Willie Awards and was the recipient of the 2008 Elly Award for Music Direction of The Music Man at Delta College. He teaches choir, orchestra, and piano at Lincoln High School, plays horn in the Stockton Symphony, and is the conductor and music director of the Saint John’s Chamber Orchestra. He is married to Dominée Muller-Kimball. The couple has two daughters, Alyssa and Ashely.


Daryn Alsop Sound Designer “I love you all!” Daryn has provided sound design for every show at SCT since Damn Yankees. He feels honored to extend the talents of each actor and actress to the ears of the audience. He has been blessed with friendships, cast and crew alike. Maria Bechtold Costume Designer Maria has been working with SCT for years. She has costumed many wonderful plays, the last being The Children’s Hour and Cinderella. She has been sewing for over 30 years, and has partnered with Cathy Hastings on many SCT productions. Maria has also costumed plays for Delta College, Tokay Players, and others. She and Cathy have received several awards for their costumes including this past season’s Best Costune Design Willie Award. Cathy Hastings Costume Designer Cathy has been involved in theatre for 25 years, working not only with SCT, but also with UOP, Delta College, Tokay Players, Livermore Shakespeare Festival and Bear Valley Music Festival. Her recent productions at SCT include Cinderella, Annie Get Your Gun, The Producers and Are You Being Served?

James Reed Co-Stage Manager “I would like to thank my family and friends for their endless love and support. Special thanks to Horst for being my rock and holding things together!” James began acting at SCT in 2003, as a chorus member in Fame. He continues to prove his versatility with roles on stage (Full Monty, Annie Get Your Gun, Caught in the Net and Charley’s Aunt), serving as show choreographer (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Full Monty and The Producers), and last season made his directorial debut with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He received a Willie Award for Best Choreographer for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (along with Jennifer Hastings) and was honored as a 2006 Manteca City Ambassador and 2007 California State’s Young Man of Achievement. When not at the theatre, James is Artist in Residence for SJCOE and Starbucks. Elaine Saculla Co-Stage Manager A past member of the SCT Board, Elaine can be found both on-stage and backstage. In addition to Co-Stage Managing this production, she has worked as property mistress and held other positions for many shows. On stage you have seen her in Everything in the Garden and Charley’s Aunt. When not acting, Ms. Saculla is an officer at Bank of Stockton.


PRODUCTION STAFF

Director Jim Coleman Assistant Director Joseph Toon Choreographer Jennifer Hastings Musical Directors Jim Coleman & Paul Kimball Costume Designers Cathy Hastings & Maria Bechtold Props Nancy Bowles, Mary Fornaciari, Sarah Kinberg, Theresa Whittington Technical Director Terry Smith Assistant Technical Director Jessica Wallin Stage Managers Elaine Saculla & James Reed Sound Designer Daryn Alsop Sound Assistants James Snyder, Nancy Bowles, Theresa Whittington, Mary Fornaciari, Carrie Baldwin Deck Managers David Baldwin & Andie Daste Light Board Operator Christian Stoner Running Crew James Snyder, Andie Daste, David Baldwin, Liz Baldwin, Miguel Chicas, Dalton Harris, Brandon Uria Dressers Dorothy Okura, Mary Fornaciari, Nancy Bowles, Theresa Whittington, Shauna Buchanan, Carrie Baldwin Set Construction Larry Streeter, Dave Morlan, Emily Kirby, Stephanie Graham, Adam Hernandez, Chris Small, Kong Hang, Christina Roberts, Shawn Carrington, Rick Brewer, Jason Kell, Jeremy Stegmann, Melissa Hirahara

Program Design & Photography Jim & Suzi Treganza Front Cover Front Cover Photograph of Ms. Esau as "Mama" by Kevin Richtik

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his year, Caroline Beebe retired from day to day operations at the portrait photography studio she founded in 1980.  During a career that spanned 60 years, she received many awards and recognitions, but she says her favorite part of being a photographer was still making people smile. Wonderful friends of Stockton Civic Theatre, she and photographer Kevin Richtik have generously donated high quality professional photography to SCT for marketing and other "high end" projects.    Kevin, the studio's longtime photographer and digital artist, will continue as operator of Caroline studio.   He started with Caroline in 1986, carrying her camera bags at weddings!   With her encouragement, he attended the world renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and was hired by a leading studio in Southern California. In 1997, however, Kevin and Caroline reconnected and he returned to Stockton.  Over the past thirteen years, he has used his remarkable artistic talent to create beautiful portraits of families, children and business leaders from across California's Great Central Valley. Says Kevin, "My goal is to continue the tradition of quality and craftsmanship that Caroline established–creating beautiful custom designed portraits for clients that touch their hearts and warm their homes."


Theatre Information Stockton Civic Theatre

2312 Rose Marie Lane Stockton, CA 95207 Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209.473.2424 Business Office . . . . . . . . . . 209.473.2400 FAX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209.473.1502 Website. . http://www.sctlivetheatre.org Email . . . . . . . . . . info@sctlivetheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Tuesday–Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Two hours before all shows

If You Are Late

You may, at the discretion of the House Manager, be seated in a late-seating area until intermission, when you may claim your assigned seat.

Please Get Unplugged!

Before the lights go down, be sure to turn off pagers, celluar phones, alarms, and other noisemakers.

Laugh, Cry, Applaud

However, we ask that you please don’t talk, eat or drink during performances. Refreshments are available during intermission. Savor this Performance We hope that your experience at Stockton Civic Theatre will be one to remember, but we ask that you please not use recording devices. Our agreement with copyright owners strictly forbids the use of sound, video or photographic equipment. As such, we are required to ask patrons to check such equipment with the House Manager before entering the theatre.

Come Back With Friends Or Let Us Visit You

Group Discounts Special rates are available in advance for groups of ten or more. Call 209.473.2424 to make group arrangements. Guest Speakers If your club or class would like a speaker for a meeting or special event, call 209.473.2400.

Stockton Civic Theatre Staff

Artistic Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Coleman Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Rogers Director of Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Treganza Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Smith Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlie Kirby Box Office Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ariceli Corona Assistant Technical Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Wallin Legal Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Hakeem Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Weed, CPA


Sustaining Members & Sponsors Stockton Civic Theatre’s Sustaining Members, Sponsors, and other financial supporters are vital to our success. Become a donor today knowing that you are an important part of our growth and commitment to excellence. We sincerely apologize to those whose names were omitted from the last program. Careful attention has been paid to ensure a complete and accurate list of our valuable contributors. The names shown here are contributors for the current Season, which began July 1, 2009 and ends on June 30, 2010. All individuals who gave during that period, including those whose contributions accompanied their Season Ticket purchase for the 2010-2011 Season, are included. If your name has been inadvertently omitted or misspelled, please call 473-2400 to correct the error.

SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP ANGELS’ CIRCLE $1,000 - $4,999 George & Norena Badway Norman Bray Dino & Joan Cortopassi/ Cortopassi Family Foundation Patty Fensterwald Paul & Ruth Flowers Art & Joyce Godi Bethany King/CA Webster Foundation Chris & Charlie Kirby John & Beverly McCarthy Dean & Bea McNeilly Jene & Evelyn Pankow Frankie Parker Bill & Joan Topp Jim & Axine Woodward

BENEFACTORS’ CIRCLE $500 - $999 Ross & Marilyn Bewley Angela Brusca/Bank of Stockton Fred Cain Nick Elliott & William Grotemeyer Robert & Lucille Emmons John & Kathy Gray Brian & Allison Lafferty Hakeem, Ellis & Marengo Tammy Hunt Marian Jacobs Hugh & Janet Jory Larry & Georgia Mills Chris & Lynn Parker David & Liz Rea Veray Wickham

PRODUCER’S CIRCLE $240 - $499 Laurence & Joanna Ashlock Vanadeane Brooks Richard & Sharon Ceresa Roy & Dolores Collins Prasad & Aditi Dighe Robert & Lorrie Docter Mary & Robert Eberhardt Judy Flynn Jeff & Debra Hightower George & Putsy Hong Robet & Carol Jordan Sarah King George & Carol Lerner Carolyn McDougall Frances Meredith Agnes Mohrmann Al & Camilla Muller Ben & Jane Reddish Pat & Coraleta Rogers Elaine Saculla Mark & Linda St. Pierre Larry & Deborah Streeter Dean & Phyllis Trachiotis Bobbie Wallinger Gordon & Dorothy Wells

MEMBER’S CIRCLE $120 - $239 Douglas & Alice Abel Barbara Arismendi Dawn & David Bacon J. David & Anna Bernard Gordon & Marilyn Bettencourt William & Dorothy Biddick Janet Bonner Donna Brown & Colleen Foster

Mary Bullard Max Carroll/Cherokee Memorial Park & Funeral Home Wayne & Margaret Castle Heidi Cortelyou Betty Croce Steve & Teresa Culbertson Marcia & Al Davidson Dan Dozier Shirley Dozier Margaret Dutschke Ken & Nancy Evans Marilyn Field Elaine Fineran Lawrence & Karen Frank Lawrence & Janice Friedman Jim & Charlene Furnas Phil & Carole Gilbertson William & Jeannette Gorham Ivan & Yolanda Hamlow Joyce Harris & Stan Steele Robert & Dorothy Henning Robert & Sonia Highfill Larry & Ann Hildebrand Gerald & Mary Hyatt Karl & Christina Irvin Thomas & Kathleen Keeling Franz & Bernie Kegel Philip & Jackie Korbholz Don & Evelyn Lamond Betty Lane Joseph Lawrence Cathy Lewis Marilyn Liversedge Philip Lizotte William & Jo Anne Lynch Lynn Lyon Douglas & Wanda Martin


Mary Millar Mike & Daryl Morrsion John Moyer Erna Murphy Linda Nelson Marian Nelson Stephan & Rita Peterson/PR Office Supply Guy & Sharon Petzold Stan & Dorothy Sandelius Robert & Mary Lou Schaeneman Robert & Aurene Schene Anne Sheldon Robert & Alice Sellenberger Carolyn Steinmetz Deanne Sullivan Dan & Lynne Terry Pat & Stan Thomas Sharon Waugh Jeffrey & Sarah Wentworth William & Elaine Werner Frank & Barbara Whitney Ron & Barbara Wilson Mel & Linda Wingett Warren & Margo Wise Tom & Joan Wright Bill & Kim Yee Patricia Zuckerman

ACTOR’S CIRCLE $50 - $119 Clinton & Dylis Alexson John Armistead George & Beverly Blum Robert & Judy Bonfilio Archie & Monique Boyajian Judith & Rex Buethe John & Virginia Bylsma Robert Calcagno John Cardoza Irene Case Wayne & Margaret Castle Susan J Caulfield Ann Chargin Becky Clover Mel & Harriett Corren Larry & Marion Cox Nick & Pam Curtin Elizabeth Cutter Lawrence & Alma Dericco Dan & Helen Dullard Elmore Ernst Angie Ferrero Richard & Ann Filson David & Donna Fletcher Oscar & Betty Francis Judith Gaal

Marlene Godsey William & Jeanette Gorham Donna Goyette Violet Hickinbotham Darlene Hieb Marlene Hnath Mayko & Tom Horita Roger & Lois Hulsey Susan & Marcela Hutak Karl & Christina Irvin Lisa Johnson Carol Jolly Jim & Nora Keating Michael & Nadia Khoury Lilly & Al Kite Susan Lenz/Iacopi & Lenz Julie & Lawrence Low Dorothy Levy Robert & Honey Lilieinstein Jim & Joan Limbaugh Charles Limpus Mike & Diana Machado Sara Lee Madden Carolyn Mallett George & Marian Malloy Alan & Jean Marsden Karen McKee Les & Marie Medford Lawrence & Patricia Meredith Bill& Ann Michelsen Elaine Morozumi Donna Opelt Vincent & Katherine Owyoung Robert & Carolyn Padden John & Gwinnett Paden Robert & Totty Palmer Yvonne Perrin Jay & Barbra Roek Helen Schneider Presley & Elysia Shuler James & Joanne Shannon Henry & Joan Shea Wendi Sherman Dave & Terri Sorgent David Standtner Diane Stauffer Stockton Arts Foundation Ann G. Stone Marjorie Temby Jean Tom Mervin & Linda Vater Eleanor Vogel Estella Walker William & Elaine Werner Barbara Wunderlich Nishka Yudnick

OTHER DONATIONS SPECIAL GIFTS

Rod & Barbara Crocker EMMI Physician Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Paul Guerrero Frankie Parker Harry Wallinger

SPONSORS

John Phillip John Butorac A.G. Spanos Cortopassi Family Foundation Bank of America Bank of Stockton Bank of the West Guaranty Bank Community Bank of San Joaquin Wells Fargo Bank Bank of Agriculture & Commerce Farmers & Merchants Bank United Way of San Joaquin County/Michael & Karen Hall

GRANTS

City of Stockton


The Economics of Community Theatre One might assume that with nearly all seats filled at every performance, a not-for-profit theatre would have plenty of money. Unfortunately, the revenue from tickets covers only about 40% of the theatre’s total expenses. And, without the generosity of the many volunteers who donate their time and talent—from the actors and set builders to the ushers and stage crews—it would not even cover that. For other needs, we must reach out to the community for funding of operating expenses such as insurance, building maintenance, office supplies and postage; as well as the many educational and cultural programs we offer beyond our main stage. If we are to continue to offer this expanded program of theatre arts, we must turn to you.

Become a Sustaining Member as an Individual For 55 years, we have been bringing artistic, live theatre to the Stockton area. If you are not already a member of our theatre family, won’t you please consider joining us now? Just complete the form at the bottom of this page and return it with your gift. Consider Sponsorship by Your Business Businesses have many opportunities to sponsor special events or productions. For more information call 473-2400. Your contributions are tax deductible!

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