ANIMAL CRACKERS

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

Directed by Sean Murray

Jul 6 - Aug 13, 2017

Low-priced Previews Jul 6 - 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

Cast

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
(Understudy)
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. www.joshorubin.com.
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." www.amy-perkins.com.
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.

 

Creative Team

Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: On the 20th Century, Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Show, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Fool for Love, True West, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa ‘09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa ‘04 (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic’s Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle.
Terry O'Donnell (Music Director/Conductor/Pianist)
Dr. O’Donnell has served as musical director, conductor, or pianist for regional theatres including Cygnet Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre San Diego CLO, Moonlight Stage Productions, Theatre in Old Town, Welk Resort Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. Selected musical direction for Cygnet Theatre includes: On the 20th Century, Gypsy, Dogfight, and Spring Awakening. Other selected music direction credits include: The Who’s Tommy, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, Beehive (Drama-Logue Award for musical direction), Forbidden Broadway (with national company), Assassins (west-coast premiere), Triumph of Love, Song of Singapore, Little Women, Follies, Master Class, Urinetown: the Musical, The Most Happy Fella, Legally Blonde, In The Heights, and five years with Forever Plaid. Dr. O’Donnell is Professor Emeritus of Music and Theatre at San Diego State University (1973-2008). He is a founding faculty member of the award-winning SDSU Master of Fine Arts Musical Theatre degree program. He is Board of Trustees Past President for Arts for Learning of San Diego.
Russell Garrett (Choreographer)
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!
Craig Campbell (Stage Manager)
Craig returns to Cygnet after having worked on: On the 20th Century, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Hay Fever, The Vortex. Other local area credits include: Damn Yankees, White Christmas, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story (SDMT); Peter Pan, The Music Man (Moonlight); The Tallest Tree in the Forest, Kingdom City, The Who and the What (La Jolla Playhouse). National tours: Forever Plaid, Guys & Dolls, All Shook Up. Craig is an Emmy award winning Producer & Production Manager for several home makeover and lifestyle shows with HGTV, Style Network, Travel Channel and VH1.
Bonnie Durben (Properties Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: 57 productions; Diversionary Theatre: Mystery of Love and Sex, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, She-Rantulas, Baby with the Bathwater, A New Brain, Amazons and Their Men; Mira Costa Theatre: These Shining Lights, Romeo and Juliet, Seven, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Urinetown; Moonlight Theatre Productions: Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic, The Addams Family, Music Man, Shrek, All Shook Up, Big Fish; Intrepid Theatre: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Quality of Life, Hamlet, and I Hate Hamlet; Scripps Ranch: Skin Deep. Member of the Society of Property Artisans and Managers.
Sean Fanning (Scenic Designer)
Sean is a Southern California based scenic designer and Resident Artist of Cygnet, where he has designed over twenty productions including On the 20th Century, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Dogfight, Hay Fever, The Vortex, The Whale, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Maple & Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Parade, and many more. Elsewhere: Full Gallop (Craig Noel Award Nomination), A Doll’s House, Plaid Tidings, Kingdom (The Old Globe); Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson, Honky, In the Heights, (San Diego Repertory Theatre); My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre Company); Brownsville Song (Moxie Theatre); Now or Later, the World Premiere of The Boy Who Danced on Air (Diversionary Theatre); West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre); The Improv at Harrah’s and Menopause The Musical (Harrah’s Las Vegas). He holds an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. See more of his work at www.seanfanningdesigns.com.
Andie Fitch (Assistant Stage Manager)
After graduating from San Diego State University, Andie Fitch went on to complete a nine month internship at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA working on 4 different main stage shows. She then returned to San Diego and has been fortunate enough to find her place at Cygnet Theatre, working on Gypsy, the August Wilson repertory shows, Bad Jews, and most recently, On the 20th Century. She is excited to be back as the ASM on Animal Crackers. “All my love to Chad.”
Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Designer)
Cygnet: Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Dirty Blonde; The Old Globe: Skeleton Crew, Knowing Cairo; La Jolla Playhouse: The Grift, El Henry, Honey Bo and the Gold Mine; San Diego REP: Over twenty productions, including Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Oedipus El Rey, Venus in Fur, Clybourne Park, The Who’s Tommy, In the Next Room, Threepenny Opera, Don Quixote, Intimate Apparel. Resident Costume Designer and Design Ambassador for MOXIE Theatre. Other San Diego credits: North Coast Repertory, Diversionary, New Village Arts, ion, among others. Regional: A Noise Within, Crossroads, Shakespeare Theatre New Jersey, The Western Stage. Accolades include the 2015 FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence in Costume Design, four Craig Noel Awards, a Patté Award, and NAACP Theatre Award. Ms. Gittings teaches Fashion Illustration at the Art Institute of CA, and creates custom costumes for private clients through her company LEO DUO. MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; BA from UCLA. Love to Chris, Ollie, and Theo. www.icostumedesign.com, www.leoduo.com.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for Shockheaded Peter, On the 20th Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Stupid F**king Bird, The Rocky Horror Show, When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera and Disneyland. Peter currently teaches wig and makeup at SDSU.
Maria Mangiavellano (Assistant Stage Manager)
Maria is delighted to be working with Cygnet Theatre again on Animal Crackers. She was last with Cygnet this past fall as Assistant Stage Manager of the wonderful Wilson Rep. Past Cygnet shows stage managed were The Rocky Horror Show and Dogfight. Most of her work in San Diego in the last 14years has been with Lamb’s Players Theatre. Favorite productions there include: The world premiere of OZ!, Shadowlands, Beau Jest, Wit, Metamorphoses, 1776, Around the World in 80 Days, An American Rhythm (2X), The Glory Man, Enchanted April, Thunder at Dawn and many others. Locally, she has also Stage Managed for Moonlight Stage Productions, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre and, long ago, La Jolla Playhouse. She holds an MFA in Theatre from UCSD.
Kyle Montgomery (Lighting Designer)
Kyle became involved with Cygnet Theatre while attending SDSU and after graduating with his BA in Design and Technology for Theatre has continued to freelance as a designer and assistant designer at: Cygnet Theatre, The Old Globe, Pacific Coast Entertainment, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND. Past design credits: Equality CA Awards Dinner, Jack Hanna Weekend, A Christmas Carol, Company, Hair. Assistant LD: Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, They Don’t Talk Back, The Metromaniacs, My Fair Lady and The Motherf**ker with the Hat.
Dylan Nielsen (Sound Designer)
Dylan is happy to return to Cygnet for his third design having previously worked in On the 20th Century and Gypsy. Dylan is a graduate of UCSD where he received a degree in computer science and music. Other credits include: The Odyssey (The Public), In the Heights (Muir Musical), Spelling Bee, Scenes from an Execution, Sin Eaters, Rhinoceros (UCSD).
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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 Theatre and Duck Foot Brewing Co. 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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