Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music & Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby

Directed by Sean Murray

Jul 5 - Aug 13, 2017

Low-priced Previews Jul 5 - 8, 2017

Hooray for Captain Spaulding! When a celebrated painting goes missing from Mrs. Rittenhouse's fancy house party in honor of African explorer Captain Spaulding, her guests set out to find the thief in a series of madcap antics and exploits. Based on the original Marx Brothers Broadway hit and film classic, this adaptation of Animal Crackers is an outrageous, rollicking, laugh-out-loud musical comedy, complete with audience participation!

"Delicious...A nonstop riot - a profusion of puns, gags, and hysteria with only an occasional pause (or maybe, gasp) for breath." - The Washington Tribune


Bryan Banville
(John Parker/Horatius Jamison (Zeppo)/Butler)
Bryan cannot wait to share this madcap comedy with you! He is a proud Resident Artist of Cygnet with previous credits including: On the Twentieth Century, The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair Lady, Assassins, and Man of La Mancha. Other selected credits include - Old Globe: Camp David and Anna Christie; La Jolla Playhouse: Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Project (workshop); San Diego Rep: Violet; SDMT: The Producers (Leo Bloom), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Singin’ in the Rain, and La Cage aux Folles; Moonlight Stage Productions: Titanic (Frederick Fleet), The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), Spamalot, Mary Poppins, and Catch Me If You Can; San Diego City Ballet: The Artificial Woman (workshop); Welk Resorts Theater: Plaid Tidings; Farmer’s Alley Theatre: Forever Plaid; The Barn Stage Company: Songs for a New World; New Village Arts: Plaid Tidings (‘12/’13); Ion: Passion. Love to his best friend and wife, Katie!
Randall Eames
Randall holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University with a degree in Theatre Arts. Favorite roles include: Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Norbert in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, one of the guys in The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Abridged, Farmer Brown in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and Willard in Footloose. He would like to thank his friends, family and fellow actors for their support and for constantly raising him to new heights. "Everybody's got the right to their dreams."
Chaz Feuerstine
(M. Doucet/Wally Winston/Sgt. Hennessey/Butler)
Chaz is beyond grateful to be making his Cygnet debut with this amazing team and cast! Regional: Joe Hardy in DAMN Yankees, Joe in 9to5 (SDMT), Riff in West Side Story, Frank in 7 Brides, Miss Saigon (Candlelight Pavilion), The Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (Broadway at The Gardens), Smudge in Plaid Tidings (Welk Resort), Cliff in Cabaret, Corny Collins in Hairspray (Barnes Theatre), Titanic, Shrek, Big Fish, Addams Family (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Les Miserables, Carousel (Musical Theatre West), The Secret Garden, Les Mis (Performance Riverside). He holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from CSUSB. Lead Male Singer on board Silversea Cruise lines. Red Car News Boys at Disneyland’s CA Adventure. Love and thanks to all.
Russell Garrett
(Hives/Roscoe E. Chandler)
Russell is excited to make his Cygnet Theatre debut! Local appearances include The Producers (Roger DeBris) at San Diego Musical Theatre and 18 roles in Another American: Asking and Telling at Diversionary Theatre. Broadway and National Tours include The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as well as tours of Show Boat, My Fair Lady, and A Chorus Line. Other New York appearances include Pageant (original cast) and Bent Off-Broadway and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His many regional appearances include My Fair Lady (Higgins), The Scottsboro Boys (The Interlocutor), 42nd Street (Julian Marsh), Amadeus (Emperor Joseph ll), Around the World in 80 Days (Phileas Fogg), and The Music Man (Harold Hill). Russell also works around the country as a director and choreographer. His many shows include Chicago, Cabaret, Gypsy, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The 39 Steps. Many thanks to Sean, Bill and the Cygnet team for this wonderful opportunity!
Melinda Gilb
(Mrs. Rittenhouse)
On the On the 20th Century, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, The Receptionist (Cygnet Theatre); Singin’ in the Rain (Original Broadway cast); Back to Bacharach and David (Original Off-Broadway cast); Suds (Original cast and co-author); The Pirates of Penzance (1st National tour); Original Mama Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Suds and The Robber Bridegroom (Old Globe); Walter Cronkite is Dead, Violet, Miss Witherspoon, Always Patsy Cline (San Diego Rep), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award-Best Actress); Hello Dolly, Miss, Annie, (Starlight Theatre); The Smell of The Kill, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Rep); She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3-D (Diversionary Theatre); The Melinda and Steve Show (with Steve Gunderson in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego). At On Stage Playhouse directed Always Patsy Cline. Guest-star on Becker (CBS).
Samantha Wynn Greenstone
(The Professor (Harpo)/Guest)
Last seen at Cygnet as Dr. Johnson in On the Twentieth Century. Previous male roles have included: Mr. Bumble, The Cowardly Lion, General Ghengis Khan Schmitz, Cheroah (formerly known as Pharoah) and King Antiochus in some Hanukkah musical. San Diego credits: Grandma in The Addams Family (Moonlight Stage Productions), Fruma Sarah/Moses in Fiddler on the Roof (The Welk), The Women in Five Course Love (Scripps Ranch Theatre), and bare: a Pop Opera (Diversionary). Regional: Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Alma Hix in The Music Man, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins (Sierra Rep); Dolly Parton in A Time For Christmas (Candlelight Pavilion). Training: The Second City.
Josh Odsess-Rubin
(Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho)/Butler)
Josh is delighted to be back in San Diego! Cygnet: Bad Jews (Liam), When the Rain Stop Falling (Gabriel Law). Regional: The Imaginary Invalid at A Noise Within; The Comedy of Errors at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare; My Name is Asher Lev at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati; As You Like It at Shakespeare Orange County; A Christmas Carol at Sierra Rep; Richard II at Yale Rep; The Nina Variations at Cincinnati Playhouse; Play It Again Sam, Theophilus North at Winnipesaukee Playhouse; King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night at New Swan Shakespeare. NYC: Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, Culture Project, Dixon Place, NYC Fringe, among others. Favorite musical credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Munroe) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hysterium). MFA - UC Irvine, BA - Yale University. Many thanks to Sean & Robby, and to his family for their amazing support.
Amy Perkins
(Grace Carpenter/Mary Stewart/Girl A)
Amy was last seen on our stage as Anita/Lily Garland understudy in On the 20th Century. More Cygnet credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss), Spring Awakening (Martha), Parade (Monteen), and A Christmas Carol (Female Understudy). Other San Diego credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) at Intrepid Theater Company, Annie (Boylan Sister) at Moonlight Amphitheater, and American Rhythm (Female Swing) at Lambs Players Theater. Catch Amy this fall as Margot Frank in Moxie Theater's production of The Diary of Anne Frank. "Big love and gratitude always to my family and my Jordan."
Spencer Rowe
(Emmanuel Ravelli (Chico)/Butler/Male A)
Spencer is thrilled to be back in San Diego and making his debut at Cygnet in Animal Crackers. He was last seen in La Mirada Performing Arts Center’s production of Man of La Mancha. Originally from Union N J, Spencer has performed in several regional productions as well as National and European tours of West Side Story, A Chorus Line and Saturday Night Fever. Other credits include Billis in South Pacific, Joey in Sister Act at Musical Theatre West, Eddiein Lost In Yonkers at The Old Globe, Sonny in Godspeed Opera House’s production of City of Angles andShane in the award winning play The Engine of Our Ruin at The Victory Theatre. Film: After School Special starring Sarah Paulson and Wes Bentley, The Devil’s Advocate starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, Two Hundred Thousand Dirty starring rap/pop artist Coolio and starred as Richard Valle in Death Benefit.
Lauren King Thompson
(Arabella Rittenhouse/Mrs. Whitehead/Girl B)
Lauren was previously seen on the Cygnet stage in Gypsy, Hay Fever, The Vortex and the concert reading of Hair. Other credits include the 1st and 2nd National Tours of How the Grinch Stole Christmas; You Can't Take it With You, Guys and Dolls, Joseph...Dreamcoat, The Music Man, Festival of Christmas, and Pete 'n Keely (Lambs Players); First Date, Joseph...Dreamcoat (SDMT); Divine Sister (Diversionary); To Kill A Mockingbird, The Miss Firecracker Contest (New Village Arts); A Midsummer Nights Dream: The Musical (Intrepid Theatre); Oklahoma (Moonlight); Stepping Out, Hairspray (Welk Resort Theatre). Lauren received her BFA in Musical Theatre from California State University, Fullerton.

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Designer Showcase - Jul 11th @ 6:30PM
Go behind the scenes of Animal Crackers with the design team to get a glimpse into the process of creating this exciting production. Begins at 7:00pm, with Happy Hour beforehand. This is a FREE event. RSVP Required. Please contact the box office at 619-337-1525.
Out Night @ Cygnet - Jul 12th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Theatre on Tap - Jul 14th @ 7:00PM
Join Cygnet for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's show is required to attend. Must be 21 to partake.
Friday Forum - Jul 14th @ 8:00PM
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.
Stage Chat with Rob Lutfy (Pre-Show)
Jul 19th & Jul 26th @ 6:30PM
Enhance your theatre experience! Join Associate Artistic Director Rob Lutfy on the Elaine Lipinsky patio before the show for a casual chat to learn more about the show.
Wine Tasting Night - Jul 20th @ 6:30PM
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Stage Chat with Rob Lutfy (Post-Show)
Jul 21st, Jul 28th & Aug 4th @ 8:00PM
Enhance your theatre experience! Join Associate Artistic Director Rob Lutfy in the theatre after the show for a casual chat to learn more about the show!
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