GYPSY

Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents

Directed by Sean Murray

Jul 14 - Sep 4, 2016

Low-priced Previews Jul 14 - 22, 2016

Indomitable stage mother Rose chases vicarious success and stardom as she pushes her daughters through the vaudeville circuit. When Dainty June flees the act to elope, Rose vows to make introverted Louise into a star. Boasting one show-stopping song after another - like "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Let Me Entertain You" - this classic musical was inspired by memoirs of the legendary burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee.

"The quintessential American musical" - Hollywood Reporter

Cast

Scotty Atienza (Newsboy)
Scotty is excited to perform with Cygnet Theatre in Gypsy! Scotty is an associate artist with Lamb’s Players Theatre, where he enjoyed 100 performances as Gavroche in the critically acclaimed Les Miserables. Also at Lamb’s, Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights and The Nerd. Elsewhere: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Old Globe; Manifest Destinitis (World Premiere), San Diego Repertory Theatre; Green Eggs and Ham; San Diego Symphony. He has appeared in nine productions with Christian Youth Theatre, and won the CYT Director's Choice Award for Best Actor 12 and Under for his role as General Genghis Kahn Schmitz in Seussical. He was also nominated for a 2015-16 National Youth Arts Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor (Junior Division) for his role in CYT’s Aladdin. Scotty thanks God and his family for their love and encouragement.
Emily Sade Bautista (Baby Louise)
Emily is honored and excited to make her debut at Cygnet Theatre. She has had the opportunity to be part of productions at The Old Globe, Coronado Playhouse, Pickwick Players and Cygnet. Emily recently performed the National Anthem for Chula Vista's Mayor State of the City Address and is one of the youth finalists for In the Spotlight at the SD County Fair this summer.
Josh Bradford (Newsboy)
Regional credits include The Music Man (Youth Ensemble) The Who’s Tommy (Young Tommy) and The Wizard of Oz (The Mayor of Munchkin City/Flying Monkey) - Moonlight Stage Productions, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Ladybug Who) - Old Globe Theatre and Lord of the Flies (Perceval) - New Village Arts. Other credits include: The Addam’s Family (Pugsley) and Winter’s Tale (Mamillius) with Vanguard University, Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit), Tarzan the Musical (Young Tarzan), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin) and Willie Wonka (Charlie Bucket) with Moonlight Youth Theatre, A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim) with Temecula Valley Players and Ensemble roles in big! The Musical, Charlotte’s Web, Once upon a Mattress, Aladdin Jr., The Music Man and The Wiz. When Josh is not on stage, he enjoys attending his brothers’ productions. He is excited to join this talented cast and hopes you enjoy the show.
Max Cadillac (Yonkers/Georgie/Pastey)
Max Cadillac is overjoyed to return to Cygnet after trying to snatch the crown in Pageant as Miss Industrial Northeast! Recent Regional shows include; White Christmas at San Diego Musical Theatre, Hello, Dolly at The Welk Resort, and both Big Fish and The Music Man at Moonlight Amphitheater. Max has been performing in his hometown, and teaching dance at San Diego Junior Theatre has been incredible. The amount of joy and growth he sees from all of the students inspires him even more. Thank you so much to this incredible cast, crew, and team at Cygnet, and especially my incredible musical family and friends that fill my life with so much music and love.
Giovanni Cozic (Newsboy)
Giovanni is thrilled to be making his Cygnet Theatre debut. He recently appeared on stage in the world premiere musical Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse) and in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe). Mr. Cozic has been a student at San Diego Junior Theatre for over six years, where he has been a part of 12 productions. His hobbies include golf, cooking, geography, and brushing up on U.S. history. Much love and special thanks to his parents, brother Pierre, the Gypsy team and his entire SDJT family for their support and encouragement.
Gabriella Dimmick (Baby June)
Gabriella is a 10 year old homeschooler who is so excited be playing Baby June! Ms. Dimmick has been performing since the age of 4. She has enjoyed playing Gretl in The Sound of Music (San Diego Musical Theater), Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas ’13 & ’14 (The Old Globe), Molly in Annie, Jr. (ACT San Diego) and Sarah Ruth in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (SD Jr Theatre). Ms. Dimmick loves piano, violin and dancing. Favorite dance roles with California Ballet include Bon Bon/Baby Mouse in The Nutcracker, Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland, Vampire Victim in Dracula, LadyBug in A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Pamela Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Ms. Dimmick was awarded two “Best Actress, Elementary Awards” at this year’s Shakespeare Festival for her roles of Mote in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Rosalind in As You Like It.
Sophia Dimmick (Balloon Girl)
Sophia is thrilled and honored to be a part of her first Cygnet production! Ms. Dimmick is a 12 year old who is both an accomplished harpist and dancer. Favorite theater roles include Janee in South Pacific (Welk Theater), Scallops and Gymslip in How the Grinch Stole Christmas ’12-’14 (The Old Globe), and most recently Tigger in Winnie the Pooh (Trinity Theater). Ms. Dimmick has also been seen in numerous California Ballet productions including The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Fringe Festival, and The Great Gatsby. At this year’s Shakespeare Festival, Ms. Dimmick received a “Best Actress, Jr. High” Award for her portrayal of Berowne in Love’s Labour's Lost. When not homeschooling, Ms. Dimmick enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good book with her dog, Benedict, at her side.
Hanz Enyeart (L.A./Stage Hand/Boucheron)
Recent credits: Up Here, The Grift (La Jolla Playhouse), Chicago, Edgar & Annabel/Far Away (ion theatre), Bobby in Cabaret, Rudolph in Hello, Dolly! (Welk Resort Theatre), A-rab in West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre), Grandmaster Chad in Legally Blonde (Performance Riverside), Matthew in Altar Boyz (Diversionary Theatre). Theme Parks: Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Legoland. Thank you Sean, Jacob, David, and Terry!
Manny Fernandes (Herbie)
Manny has appeared in over a dozen productions at Cygnet. Favorites include: True West (San Diego Critics Circle nomination), Fool for Love, Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Assassins, Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, Mauritius, Communicating Doors, Escanaba in da Moonlight. Select local credits include Big River, Return to the Forbidden Planet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men (SDCC Award), Same Time Next Year, Sailor’s Song, Golden Boy (SDCC Award), Simpatico (New Village Arts); Outside Mullingar, Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Carol, Cabaret (San Diego Rep); Anna in the Tropics (Moonlight); West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre);Extraordinary Chambers (Mo'olelo); Jeffrey, Boys in the Band, Never the Sinner, Fifth of July, Diversionary Theatre; Arcadia, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rivals, (North Coast Rep). Film: Ozark Savage, 29th & Gay.
Matthew Garbacz (Newsboy)
Matthew is thrilled to be in Gypsy with Cygnet Theatre. Credits include: Michael in Billy Elliot (CYC Theatre), Gavroche in Les Misérables (2 year regional tour with Theatre Royale), Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas (Pickwick Players), Ensemble in Les Misérables (North Coast Rep), and several musicals with SD Jr. Theatre; his favorite being, Dr. Doolittle. Matthew loves to tap and studies voice with Karyn Overstreet Studios. He also enjoys tennis, soccer, guitar, piano and saxophone. Thanks to my Mom, Dad, Luke, Juliet and to Sean Murray for this super opportunity!
David Kirk Grant (Uncle Jocko/Father/Mr.Weber/Mr. Goldstone/Cigar/Phil)
David is honored to return to Cygnet. Past shows here include Parade, Man of La Mancha (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination), and Company. Mr. Grant’s touring credits include 42nd Street, The Music Man, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance. His regional credits include How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe, Kiss Me, Kate (Pasadena Playhouse), Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (SD Rep), Aida (Tuacahn Amp.), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Smoke on the Mountain ( LPT), I Do! I Do!, Chess, Juan Perón in Evita, Footloose ( Moonlight Amp), Ring Of Fire, and Big Fish. He was a co-star on NBC’s “The Office”and recently finished the upcoming feature film The Thin Line. Mr. Grant is a proud member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association.
Danny Hansen (Tulsa/Driver/Stage Hand)
Past credits: (Cygnet) The Rocky Horror Show; (Moonlight) Big Fish, Shrek, Music Man, All Shook Up, Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, South Pacific; (Cabrillo) Mary Poppins; (SDMT) West Side Story "Big Deal", Annie Get your Gun, Irving Berlin's White Christmas; (Welk) Hairspray "Brad", Chicago. Huge thank you to Cygnet and the amazing company it is, all the love to James, Candy, and Fonzie.
Hourie Klijian (Balloon Girl)
Hourie is delighted to be a part of Cygnet Theatre’s wonderful production of Gypsy. Other credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe Theatre), Les Misérables and Christmas on my Mind (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Sound of Music (San Diego Musical Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, and Shrek - The Musical (Moonlight Stage Productions), Annie and Disney’s Peter Pan JR. (San Diego Junior Theatre), A Gala Musical Review (Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company), and Celebrity Sonnets, and she has made solo vocal performances at a number of venues in San Diego, including Coronado Playhouse’s Strike Up The Band! Cabaret. She sings regularly in her church choir and loves watching old musicals during family movie night. She thanks and gives her love to God and her family.
Linda Libby (Rose)
Previously at Cygnet: (My Fair Lady, Company, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man From Nebraska, Cabaret, Hedwig & the Angry Inch), Ion Theatre (Grey Gardens, Gypsy, Body Awareness, Request Programme) Lamb’s Players (Pump Boys & Dinettes, South Pacific, Boomers.) San Diego credits include: La Jolla Playhouse (Ether Dome), Mo’olelo (Milvotchkee, Wisconsin, Adoption Project, Remains), NCRT (Little Women, Cabaret), San Diego Repertory (Exit Interview, The Good Body, Women Who Steal, King Lear, Merchant of Venice, How I Learned to Drive, The Women, Six Women with Brain Death) Linda was the first woman to receive the Craig Noel San Diego Critics Circle Actor of the Year Award 2013. Film: Box of Moonlight. TV: Terriers. Linda is a founding member of the San Diego Actors Alliance and a member of Actors Equity Association. She teaches at Southwestern College and is a proud founding member of Bayfront Charter High School. For Lizzie. lindalibby.wix.com/lindalibby.
Marlene Montes (Mazeppa/Waitress/Stage Mother)
Marlene is incredibly grateful to be performing again with Cygnet! Theatre credits include: Cabaret (Cygnet Theatre); In the Heights (Performance Riverside); The 1940’s Radio Hour, The Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Full Monty (New Village Arts); The World Goes ‘Round, South Pacific, Tommy, Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon (Moonlight Stage Productions); The Marvelous Wonderettes (The Music and Theatre Company); The Pajama Game (Starlight Theatre); The Boys Next Door (Oceanside Theatre Company); The Spitfire Grill, Baby (Carlsbad Playreaders). She has also performed in regional theatres and theme parks nationwide. Marlene proudly received a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from The University of Arizona. Thank you family and friends for your constant love and support. Most of all, I thank God for everything I have.
Dallas Perry (Kansas/Stage Hand/Photographer)
Dallas is honored to be making his Cygnet debut this summer! Recent credits include Shrek The Musical as the Brick's Pig (Moonlight Amphitheater), Into The Woods as Jack (SDSU), and The Drowsy Chaperone as George (SDSU). Dallas is currently attending San Diego State University where he is studying theater performance. He would also like to give thanks to his family, friends, and mentors from CYT for their constant wisdom, love, and support, as well as Gypsy's artistic team for trusting him with this incredible opportunity!
Claire Scheper (Baby Louise)
Claire is beyond thrilled to spend the summer with the Gypsy cast in her Cygnet debut. She is an upcoming 7th grader at School of the Madeleine. Her favorite roles include Susan Waverly in White Christmas (SDMT), Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun (SDMT), Dorothy in Wizard of Oz (CYT), Annie in Annie (CYC), and Young Cosette in Les Misérables (CCT). Claire would like to sincerely thank Mr. Sean Murray, the cast, crew, her friends and family!
Bailey Sonner (Marjorie May/Stage Mother/Stripper/Showgirl/Renee)
Bailey loves flowers, cows, and Disneyland, and is extremely stoked to work with Cygnet for the first time. Favorite credits include: Sillabub in CATS The Musical (San Diego Musical Theatre, Norris Theatre, Lewis Family Playhouse), Thea in Spring Awakening (Barnstage Company), Patty Simcox in Grease (Welk Resort Theater), and Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! (Welk Resort Theater). Overflowing love to my family, today and every day. And one million thank yous to Sean and the rest of the team. Lastly, love to Buffy, Cassie, Twink, and Tilly for always believing in me. Enjoy the show!!
Allison Spratt Pearce (Louise)
Allison was last seen as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Eva Peron in the Evita reading at Cygnet. Original casts & recordings of Broadway and Off B-way include: Enter Laughing, Cry Baby, Curtains, Good Vibrations. Selected Credits: Maria in The Sound of Music nominated for a Craig Noel Award, Sally in Cabaret (National Tour), Janice in Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse), Pheobe in As You Like It (The Old Globe), Viola in Twelfth Night (Old Globe tour). Graduate from Elon (B.F.A in MT) & The Old Globe/USD (M.F.A in Drama). Allison has been in numerous national commercials, films and television. She teaches privately: For more information visit: www.allisonsprattpearce.com.
Lauren King Thompson (Agnes/Miss Cratchitt/Stripper/Showgirl/Understudy June)
Lauren is delighted to return to Cygnet after appearing in Hay Fever and The Vortex. Previous credits include: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1st & 2nd National Tours), You Can't Take It With You, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Festival of Christmas, Pete 'n Keely, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man (Lamb's Players), To Kill A Mockingbird, The Miss Firecracker Contest (New Village Arts), A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Musical (Intrepid), Divine Sister (Diversionary), Joseph...Dreamcoat (SDMT), Oklahoma (Moonlight), Stepping Out, Hairspray (Welk). Lauren received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Cal State University, Fullerton.
Kendra Truett (Electra/Stage Mother)
Kendra Truett is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Cygnet cast! A San Diego native with degrees in art and theater from SDSU and an MFA in photography from AAUSF, she's been in burlesque (you may have been bedeviled by her alter-ego, BB Bazoomba, at The House of Blues and The American Comedy Club) and bands all over SD, and often appears as Marilyn or some other titillating vixen as a singing telegram extraordinaire. Credits include: Murder at the Howard Johnson, Laundry and Bourbon, Tartuffe, Ruthless, The Wild Party, Man of La Mancha, Working, Little Shop, and The SD Fringe Festival. She's also been a regular for years at the Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater. She’s madly in love with her puppies, Jezebelle and Harlot, and thanks them in advance for not eating her shoes tonight.
Katie Whalley Banville (Dainty June)
Cygnet Theatre: Company (April), A Christmas Carol (Choreographer), Man of La Mancha, Parade, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Spring Awakening (Asst. Choreographer). Regional credits: The Old Globe - A Doll’s House; ion theatre company - Gypsy (Louise, Craig Noel Award Recipient), Passion (Clara); Moonlight Amphitheatre - Big Fish (Jenny Hill), Shrek (Gingy), Music Man, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can;San Diego Musical Theatre - Chicago, White Christmas, Singin’ in the Rain; Lamb’s Players - Mixtape. BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. www.katiewhalley.com.
Marci Anne Wuebben (Tessie Tura/Stage Mother)
Marci is thrilled to return to the Cygnet stage after her portrayal of Desiree Armfeldt in the award-winning production of A Little Night Music. Marci is returning after a five year stint as an original cast member in the long running 80's hit, Mixtape with Lamb’s Players Theatre. A veteran performer, favorite Regional Credits: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Boomers (Lamb's Players Theatre), The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre), The Magic Fire (KPBS Patte Award), I Do! I Do!, Radio Gals, (Moonlight Stage Productions), She Loves Me (Laguna Playhouse), Anything Goes (Welk Resort Theatre), Company (Performance Riverside), and I Hate Hamlet (The Broadway Theatre). Marci has been an Esthetician and Make Up Artist for over fifteen years with her business: The Beauty Spot. Visit www.marcisbeautyspot.com. Marci is an Associate Artist with Lambs Players Theatre and a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Catalina Zelles (Baby June)
Catalina is thrilled to make her Cygnet Theatre debut in Gypsy! A singer, actor, and dancer, she was most recently seen in The Welk Theatre's production of Fiddler On The Roof (Bielke). Favorite regional roles include The Old Globe Theatre's How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Scallops), Star Repertory Theatre's Les Miserables (Little Cosette) and Annie (Molly), Carlsbad Community Theater's The Music Man (Winthrop), and North Coast Repertory Theater's Seussical (JoJo). Other theatre credits include Tarzan (Moonlight Youth Theatre); Peter Pan (Star Theatre); Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and Miracle Worker (North Coast Repertory Theatre). A member of the San Diego Shakespeare Society, she was a featured performer at Celebrity Sonnets 2014-2015 and won best actress at the SD Shakespeare Student festival 2014-2016. She thanks Karyn Overstreet, Roy Mote, Cygnet Theatre and, most of all, her Nana for their support! She hopes to Entertain You!

 

Creative Team

Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: 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)
Dr. O’Donnell has served as musical director, conductor, or pianist for \regional theatres including Cygnet Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, “Starlight Musical Theatre” San Diego CLO, Theatre in Old Town, Welk Resort Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. Selected musical direction: Spring Awakening, The Who’s-Tommy, Follies, Crazy for You, Little Women, Beehive (Drama-Logue Award for musical direction), Forbidden Broadway (with national company), Assassins, Triumph of Love, Song of Singapore, and Master Class, Bat Boy, and Honk!, and five years with Forever Plaid. Recent music direction projects include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Intrepid Theatre Co., and Legally Blonde with Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. 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 Immediate Past President for Young Audiences of San Diego.
David Brannen (Choreographer)
David has been an actor/director/choreographer in town for over 25 years. For Cygnet Theatre, David has previously choreographed The Rocky Horror Show, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Parade, Assassins, and Cabaret, receiving a San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for his choreographic work on Cabaret both at the Theatre in Old Town and North Coast Repertory Theatre. For 3 years, David restaged the original choreography of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre. Other choreography credits include: Starlight Musical Theatre: Oklahoma, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Urinetown, Company, Sweeney Todd; Sierra Repertory Theatre: Suds, Oklahoma, Something’s Afoot; Moonlight Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Route 66, Pump Boys and Dinettes; Lyric Opera San Diego: Fiddler on the Roof, Babes in Arms, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, Man of La Mancha, Blame it on the Movies, HMS Pinafore.
Sean Fanning (Lighting Designer)
Sean is a Southern California based scenic designer and Resident Artist of Cygnet, where he has designed over twenty productions including The Whale, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Maple & Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Shakespeare’s R&J, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, The Norman Conquests, Noises Off, and many more. Elsewhere: Globe for All, A Doll’s House, Plaid Tidings, KINGDOM (The Old Globe); Honky, In the Heights, Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Repertory); West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre); Menopause The Musical (Harrah’s Las Vegas); Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Globe/USD). He holds an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. See more of his work at www.seanfanningdesigns.com
Ryan James Heath (Stage Manager)
A Christmas Carol, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, The Whale, Sons of the Prophet, The Motherf***ker with the Hat, Maple and Vine (Cygnet Theatre), Alice Chan, Kingdom City, Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse), Pericles, Reckless, Antigone (Old Globe/USD MFA Acting), Dinner with Marlene (Lambs Players Theatre), The Divine Sister, Birds of a Feather, The Pride (Diversionary Theatre), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Freedom of Speech (MOXIE), Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), I Hate Hamlet (The Western Stage). Ryan has earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from San Diego State University.
Rachel Hengst (Puppet Artisan/Prop Assistant)
Rachel is delighted to work with Cygnet Theater again. Recent prop design credits include Lamb's Players productions You Can't Take It With You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Mixtape,The Wizard of Oz, and Dinner With Marlene. Other credits include Cygnet Theater productions of A Christmas Carol and The Rocky Horror Show. She also contributes to Lamb's Players Theater as an Assistant Stage Manager. She thanks her family for their endless support and for God's guidance in her life.
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 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, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK! Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Dylan Nielsen (Sound Designer/Audio Mixer)
Dylan is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego. Previous credits as a designer include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ASL Musical), The Last 5 Years (Safe Haven), In the Heights (Muir Musical), and many new works developed at UCSD. Assistant/Intern credits include: Macbeth (The Old Globe), Cymbeline, The Odyssey (The Public Theatre), and West Side Story (Lamb’s). He is excited to be making his Cygnet design debut with the entire team on Gypsy.
Jeanne Reith (Costume Designer)
In her 25-year career as a Theatrical Costume Designer Jeanne has dressed over 350 productions. She has served as Resident Designer for theatres in Los Angeles, Glendale and Santa Barbara, and at Lambs Players Theatre Coronado. As a Resident Artist for Cygnet Theatre some of her designs include: Little Foxes, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Company, Man of La Mancha, Copenhagen. Costume designs Awards she received include: Craig Noel, Patte, LA Weekly, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and Critic Circle. Jeanne also teaches Fashion History, Draping, Patternmaking, and other fashion related classes at San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Continuing Education, West City.
Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer)
ygnet Theatre: Design and installation of lighting system for the original Cygnet space in Rolando, When the Rain Stops Falling, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest/Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003). Off-Broadway: The Pianist of Willesden Lane. His other credits include The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, architectural features, and lighting systems for new venues.
Syd Stevens (Properties Designer)
Syd is a multitalented fine artist, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia designer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. Syd has contributed to numerous theatre productions, music videos, television productions, TV commercials and has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera on motion picture film productions. Syd is an accomplished fine artist and has had many public art, photography and digital multimedia exhibitions. He is also a community activist and covers current local events as a photojournalist and blogger. Other theatres include: Bailiwick Theater, Diversionary Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Moxie Theatre, Northwestern University Theater Department, The Old Globe, San Diego Jr. Theatre, SDSU Department of Theatre, UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance. Syd has two National Youth Theatre Awards for Outstanding Set Design.
Whitney Carter (Production Assistant)
Whitney is thrilled to be returning to Cygnet Theatre this summer. She interned on last year’s production of Dogfight. Whitney just graduated cum laude from the University of Redlands with a BA in Theatre Arts where she had the opportunity to stage manage a production of Little Shop of Horrors. She will be attending the University of California, Irvine starting in the fall to pursue her MFA in Stage Management. She would like to take this opportunity to thank her family, friends, teachers, and colleagues for all of their support.
Beatrice Collins (Assistant Costume Designer)
Beatrice is very honored to be joining the Cygnet family for their production of Gypsy! Approaching her second year at San Diego State as a part of their Costume Design and Technology program, she has assisted on several productions including The Drowsy Chaperone last spring, and also has been able to design the San Diego State's opera production of Dido and Aneas. She looks forward to working with this great team and "world, get off my runway!"
Michael Ekema-Nardella (Assistant Lighting Designer)
This is Michael's first production at Cygnet. His previous design credits include: Sylvia, The Strange Case of Dr. Jykell & Mr. Hyde, Ragtime, and Almost, Maine.
Andie Fitch (Assistant Stage Designer)
Andie is thrilled to be starting her professional stage management career at Cygnet. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in General Theatre Arts where she stage managed various productions such as Water by the Spoonful and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. And she just finished a nine month stage management internship at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa where she was fortunate enough to work on shows such as Pinocchio and Amadeus. She is very thankful to be assistant stage managing Gypsy and hopes to work with this wonderful cast and crew in the future.
Emily Small (Assistant Scenic Designer)
Emily is pursuing an MFA in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. Coming to San Diego with a Bachelors degree from Fresno State in Sculpture, She designed with the FS University Theater for Othello and Cabaret. Emily currently holds a summer internship in Properties Construction at the Old Globe Theater.

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Social Media Night - Jul 22nd @ 8:00PM
Enjoy a unique theatre experience during the performance. Share your thoughts on the show as you tweet from your seat. Follow @CygnetTheatre to get behind the scenes information, live as it's happening. Follow and interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram before the show and at intermission!
Out Night @ Cygnet - Jul 27th @ 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 29th @ 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 29th @ 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.
Wine Tasting Night - Aug 4th @ 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.
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