CRITICS & AUDIENCES ARE CHEERING FOR JOE
"Terrific!" (the production)
"Multi-talented!" (the cast)
"Superb!" (the band)
"Engaging!" (Sean Cox)
"A Knockout!" (Eileen Bowman)
"Hilarious!" (John Rosen)
"Memorable!" (TJ Johnson, Jim Chovick & Jason Heil)
"Delightful!" (the show)
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Danny is so happy to return to the Lamb’s stage! Previous LPT credits include Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet) and Joe Vs the Volcano (Luggage Salesman). National tours: Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Carol. Some other favorite credits include Hello Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), Wonderful Town (Frank Lippencott), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino), Happy Days: A New Musical (Chachi), and most recently Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim). He holds a BA in Theatre from Azusa Pacific University. Danny would like to thank Debbie, Robert, Colleen, and Maria for this great opportunity to perform and to the cast, crew, and orchestra! Also, thanks to Mom, Dad, his family, friends, and especially Heather! www.DannyBoman.com
Eileen was recently seen at Lamb's in Festival of Christmas - Northern Lights. She was also seen in Pete 'n Keely for which she was nominated for a Critic's Circle award. Other Lamb's appearances include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls for which she won the Critic's Circle Award, and Dee Dee/Patricia/Angela in Joe Vs The Volcano. Theatre-goers may have seen her as Velma in Hairspray at the Welk Theatre, Miss Rona in Spelling Bee at the North Coast Rep, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain both at Starlight Musical Theatre just to name a few. She played Grandma Who for 14 years in the The Old Globe's How the Grinch Stole Christmas directed by Tony award-winning director Jack O'brien. Eileen spends lots of time in Los Angeles doing commercials and television. She dedicates her performance to her sweet perfect husband of 21 years and to her wonderful family, to Mommy and Daddy I love you !!!!!! God is so good!!
Chorus / Hostess / Waponi
is always grateful to be working at Lambs Players Theatre. She spent her high school summers performing children’s theatre in Missoula, Montana as well as advanced acting camps for Lamb’s Players in National City. She was most recently seen at Cygnet Theatre in the musical Parade as Essie/Rumblin Trio Soloist. Previous credits: Lamb’s Players Theatre: Book of the Dun Cow (Dun Cow), An American Christmas (Laurella Tolman), Music Man (Gracie U/S). Moonlight Theatre: Hairspray (Lorraine), Miss Saigon. Starlight Theatre: Miss Saigon (Yvette), Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl), Pajama Game (Mara), Ragtime, Nine, My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz, High School Musical. Performance Riverside: Aida. She has her BA in Theatre from Cal State Fullerton, and is thankful to her family and friends for their love and support.
Jim has appeared in 35 productions with LPT: Wit; See How They Run; Joe vs The Volcano; Guys & Dolls; Harvey; Joyful Noise; Room Service; Boomers (twice); The Voysey Inheritance; Amadeus; Rehearsal for Murder; The Winslow Boy; 1776; A Man For All Seasons; Ring Round the Moon; My Fair Lady; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; You Can't Take It With You; A Woman of No Importance; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Festival of Christmas '99, ’04 and ‘06; and 11 productions of An American Christmas. Other San Diego Theaters: The Old Globe, The Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), New Village Arts, Moxie Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Co. (Resident Artist), Ion Theatre, Playwrights Project, Sledgehammer, Moonlight Amphitheater, Evoke Dance Theater, Starlight, The Avo@Moonlight, 6th@Penn, The Ark, CCT, Mystery Cafe, Vantage Theater and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patte’, Bille and Robby.
Lamb’s Players: The Glass Menagerie, The Servant Of Two Masters, Music Man. Intrepid Shakespeare Company: Artistic Director and Co-Founder (with wife Christy Yael), Acting and/or Directing credits include The Turn Of The Screw, An Enemy Of The People, Richard II, The Crucible (with Moxie), Romeo and Juliet, King John, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth. Director of Intrepid’s successful education program “Shakespeare For A New Generation”. Local credits include: Three Days Of Rain (Compass), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Lyceum), The Invention Of Love, A Little Night Music, the west coast premiers of The Receptionist and Dying City (Cygnet), Sweeney Todd (Fritz Theatre), The Elephant Man (North Coast Repertory/Associate Artist). Regional Credits include: Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Nevada Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory, Los Angeles Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Performance Riverside, Theatre 40, Bank Theatre in Philadelphia. Sean is the recipient of multiple awards for his work in the theatre.
Nicki is honored to be back at Lamb’s Players after completing her junior year at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. This past semester she studied classical acting at the London Dramatic Academy. Nicki was most recently one of the core 20 actors in Lamb’s Players 100 Hours of Stories, setting a new Guinness World Record! Other performance experiences include Lamb’s Players Theatre: Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Joe vs. the Volcano, An American Christmas (2004-2010); The Kennedy Center: American Voices Musical Theatre Master Session with Sutton Foster, The Music of John Bucchino; Catholic University: Finian’s Rainbow, Sweet Charity, The Drowsy Chaperone, Marvin Hamlisch and Cy Coleman Reviews (Kennedy Center—Millennium Stage); SD Junior Theatre: Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Into the Woods; Francis Parker: Always…Patsy Cline, And The World Goes Around, A Piece of My Heart; Cygnet Theatre: A Little Night Music; Starlight Musical Theatre: Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, The Roar of the Greasepaint. She was honored to have been a 2011 National High School Musical Theatre Awards Nominee for the Jimmy Awards in New York City. www.nicoleelledge.com
Noah is thrilled to be returning to Lamb's again (and to his home town) after joining the January remount of Fiddler on the Roof! A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Noah's recent credits include: Principal Swing covering 18 roles at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Fred Jones (Scooby Doo Live!, 1st NA Tour), Melchior (Spring Awakening, LoS Portland), Freak/Eric Harris (Columbinus, Playwrights Horizons). Peace and love to the family both blood and otherwise. "Nani, Bumpa, Mom, Dad, Scott, Molly, the Yellows, and everyone else who's supported me along the way, you will always hold my deepest gratitude."
Caitie is a happy staff member at Lamb's, and has performed in over 20 of our productions in the past 4 years! LPT favorites include Les Miserables, Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Quilters, Wit, Mixtape, Around the World in 80 Days, The Servant of Two Masters, The Book of the Dun Cow, and The Glory Man. She has also worked with Playwright's Project, Sixth at Penn, Write Out Loud, and Boston's Metro Stage Company, and performed in readings at Cygnet, The Old Globe, Intrepid, Diversionary, and Carlsbad Playreaders. Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Thank you for supporting the arts!
Kyrsten is thrilled to be back at Lamb’s after appearing in Joe vs The Volcano, Pete N' Keely, and Fiddler on the Roof. Her San Diego credits include: Cats (San Diego Musical Theatre), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Intrepid Shakespeare), Sweeney Todd (Moonlight Stage Productions), King O' The Moon (North Coast Rep), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Welk Resort Theatre), and Into the Woods (SDSU Theatre). Kyrsten earned her BA in Vocal Performance from Whitworth University and her MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.
Dr. Ellison/Chorus/Waponi Tribe
LPT Associate Artist: WIT, Fiddler on the Roof, See How They Run, Joe vs. the Volcano, The Glory Man, Harvey, Joyful Noise, The Glass Menagerie, Room Service, The Voysey Inheritance, An American Christmas (’07,’08,‘09), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Angels in America (ion theatre company), Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), work at North Coast Rep, Moonlight, Starlight and all incarnations of Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse & NYC/London Readings). Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Rep, A Noise Within, and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid Shakespeare), Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell (Moonlight), Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts), Twelfth Night (Actors’ Rep, OH), and Brilliant Traces (Finishing the Hat, L.A.). MFA: UC Irvine.
Antonio T J Johnson has worked in three productions at Lambs Players. South Pacific, The Fantastiks, and Glory Man. Antonio has been an award winning Actor, Singer, songwriter, Director, and producer for over thirty years in San Diego. Antonio is currently working on a number of writing projects.
Brian Rickel is so very happy to be back on stage with Lamb’s Player’s Theatre. Previous LPT shows: Malvolio in 12th Night, Joe vs. the Volcano and Around the World in 80 Days. San Diego credits include Macbeth (Intrepid Shakespeare), All My Sons (Intrepid Shakespeare) and his solo show, Judevine: A Solo. Brian recently directed Bill Irwin & Mark O'Donnell's Scapin for Grossmont College. Favorite regional roles include Martin Dysart in Equus, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleante in Tartuffe and William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Brian is on faculty in Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts Department and holds an MFA from CSU Fullerton. Originally from Sacramento, Brian now makes his home in San Diego. www.brianrickel.com.
John Rosen (Mr. Kirby) is happy to be back performing at Lamb’s Players with so many good friends. Lamb’s: Fiddler on the Roof, Around the World in 80 Days, Joe vs the Volcano, Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Harvey, The Fantasticks, Room Service, The Winslow Boy, American Rhythm and Charley’s Aunt. REGIONAL: A Catered Affair and The Constant Wife for The Old Globe. LOCAL: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Ella, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for San Diego Rep; Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and To Forgive Divine for North Coast Rep; Bunbury, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Looking for Normal for Diversionary; and other shows in the too distant past for Sledgehammer, Bowery, and Gaslamp Quarter Theatres.
Rik is in is 18th season with Lambs and was most recently seen in An American Christmas and Les Misérables. Previous shows include: Quilters, Festival of Christmas, Music Man, miXtape, Godspell, Boomers, Guys and Dolls,Secret Garden, American Rhythm, Into the Woods and many, many more. He has been in productions for theaters throughout Southern California including: SD Rep, SDMT, Diversionary, the Theatre in Old Town, North Coast Rep, Moonlight Amphitheatre, and others. Rik has a degree in music from UCSD, teaches guitar and woodwinds at Giacoletti Music School in Carlsbad, CA. and is proud to be an Associate Artist with Lamb's Players
is thrilled to be back for another wonderful Lamb's production! Taylor has been working locally as a keyboardist, musical director, arranger, and orchestrator for the past three years, and made his professional debut as a musical director for Lamb’s last summer as Asst. Musical Director for The Music Man. Just before joining the team for Guys & Dolls, Taylor spent the past four months, downtown rocking out behind the keys at Lamb’s smash hit Mixtape as the Keyboardist/Conductor. He would like to thank Kerry, Colleen and Jon for the opportunity to get to work with them on this fantastic production, his family for their constant support and God for His many blessings.
recently played drums for Mixtape, Godspell and Boomers at the Horton Grand Theatre. His past LPT performance credits also include Quilters, Festival of Christmas, Guys and Dolls, The Fantasticks, American Rhythm, Hello Dolly!, 1776, Into the Woods, Godspell, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. In addition, David performs regularly with the North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Cygnet Theatre and has been heard in past performances with the Theatre in Old Town, Moonlight Stage Productions, J*Company, and CCT. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from San Diego State University and is currently a faculty member with the New Youth Orchestra as the head of percussion studies. David is extremely proud to be an Associate Artist with LPT.
An Associate Artist with LPT for over twenty years with nearly fifty productions. He reeceived a BA in Music from SDSU and a MA in Music from UCSD, where he studied with world renowned Double Bassist Bertram Turetzky. Oliver toured nine years with the US Navy Band and has played for U.S. Presidents Carter, Ford, Reagan, Bush and many foreign dignitaries. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with jazz trumpet great Clark Terry. Oliver also played the world premiere of a jazz version "A Midsummer Nights Dream", written and directed by drum legend Max Roach. He was a double bassist with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra for five years, three as Principal. Favorite LPT productions include Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, American Rhythm, Guys and Dolls, 1776, Quilters, Mixtape, Pippin, Into the Woods, Secret Garden, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, She Loves Me, My Fair Lady, Joe vs the Volcano, Festival of Christmas '13 and of course Joseph..." Go, Go, Go Joe!
Jeanne Barnes Reith
Jeanne’s creative work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards, for Servant of Two Masters. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Till We Have Faces, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Joyful Noise, Tarantara! Tarantara!, Dr. Faustus, Little Foxes, The Winslow Boy, and Metamorphoses. In 2008 Jeanne was presented a Patte Award for her entire season including Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance, The Hit, Boomers, The Light in the Piazza, Festival of Christmas: Angel’s Arms and An American Christmas. Her career has included designs in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Canada, and 140 productions for Lambs Players. She currently teaches Fashion at San Diego Mesa College and West City Continuing Education.
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 190 productions at Lambs Players in addition to many shows at such companies as San Diego Rep, The Laguna Playhouse and the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Recent favorites include sets for Wit and Les Miserables here at Lambs and set and lights for Rent at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre and design. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at LPT’s Coronado Theatre and then the Horton Grand Theatre and his set for The Hit earned Mike his fifth Patte Award. As an actor, Mike has appeared in many shows at LPT. Favorites include The Hit, Joseph…, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, and My Fair Lady. He also appeared in Crazy For You at Moonlight. TV credits include Wicked, Wicked Games as well as several commercials. Mike also designs residential interiors through his business Weekend Makeover.
has freelanced as an audio engineer for the last decade working both locally and nationally. Engineering credits include shows at La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet, Lamb's Players Theatre, and various projects in New York including New York's Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). In the past few years her employment has expanded to design and assistant design work. Broadway assistant credits include Memphis, Guys & Dolls (2009), and The Farnsworth Invention. Regional assistant credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Limelight, Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse); and Wonderland (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and The Alley Theatre). She is thrilled to have the opportunity to design at Lamb's and is very grateful that God has blessed her with amazing opportunities and supportive family and friends.
Deborah Gilmour Smyth
SFX Sound Designer
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s Players resident ensemble since 1979 . Originally from the East Coast, she has lived all over the United States and went to school at San Francisco State University where she studied music and theatre. One of San Diego’s most active performers with over 200 productions to her credit,she is a six-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Lamb’s 2013 production of Wit and Outstanding Female Performance in a Musical for her performance as Mother in Ragtime at Starlight Musical Theatre, for her role of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at Lamb’s Players, and for her role of Mrs. Lovett at Cygnet Theatre. She has been honored with Backstage West and numerous Patte awards for performance, original music, sound design. At Lamb’s Players Deborah has performed in over 160 productions, directed over 70 productions, sound designed, written original music, or musically directed over 80 productions. Deborah enjoys the opportunity to be involved in an amazing ensemble that is the Lamb’s Players family. Deborah and her husband, Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
Adaptation, Music & Lyrics
Playwright and composer Scott Hafso has worked as director, musical director, conductor and performer. A native of southern California, he resides in Seattle, WA, where he is on faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama. He earned an MFA in Theater (Playwriting) at the University of Washington, in addition to a Master of Music from the UW School of Music. He has served as musical director for The Who’s Tommy, conceived and directed the review 'S Wonderful: The Music of Gershwin and Porter, as well as his stage musical adaptation of the film Joe vs. the Volcano, created with Darcy Phillips. Other recent plays directed include Mad Forest, Blithe Spirit and Bat Boy: the Musical. His plays include The Ranger Ned Story, Comics, The Prince of Melville, Little Demons, The Holidays and Toby’s Big Thought. He directs the 25th Anniversary production of his musical, Howard Buys a Motorhome, at the Fringe Theatre Festival in Edmonton, Canada, in August 2012.
Musical Director, Arranger. LPT Musical Direction/Supervision: Mixtape, Joseph, Guys & Dolls, Pete n'Keely, Joe Vs the Volcano, Fantasticks, Hometown Christmas and Festival of Christmas 2007-14. Co-creator of MixTape (book, musical arrangements). Looking Glass Girl (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, and optioned by NBC/Universal Theatricals in 2013. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (book, music, lyrics) premieres fall 2015 at LPT. Original songs/arrangements: Festival of Christmas 2007-14, Twelfth Night (LPT), Traditions of Christmas (CCT). Score/sound design: Wit, Ideal Husband, The Hit, Room Service. Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. Directing: Mix It Up, Athens High (LPT), Love's Fire, Scaffolding, All in the Timing (CSU Fullerton), Alice, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie (CCT). Old Globe: A Room With a View, Scottsboro Boys (Music Assistant). LPT Resident Artist: Amadeus, 80 Days, Voysey Inheritance, Inspector Calls, Winslow Boy, Detective Story, Hamlet, Joseph, Secret Garden, Smoke On the Mountain, Chaps, Festival of Christmas. Special Love & Gratitude the muses & music makers: Julie, Hudson Fox & Macy Flynn.
has stage managed the world premiere of mixtape, in addition to An Inspector Calls; Enchanted April; Godspell; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; Boomers (x 2); The Voysey Inheritance; The Secret Garden; An American Christmas (x 6); American Rhythm; Metamorphoses; Dial M For Murder; South Pacific; The Great Divorce; 1776; Dr. Faustus; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; The Fantasticks; Joyful Noise; Hello, Dolly!; An Ideal Husband; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and Festival of Christmas. Elsewhere she has stage managed Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Pageant, and Man of La Mancha for North Coast Repertory Theatre and six productions for Moonlight at the Avo Playhouse and Moonlight Amphitheatre. She has also stage managed for San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company, and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from UCSD.
Projection Engineer/Properties Design
is an avid Photographer, Videographer, Painter, Sculptor and “maker of things.” Since 2008, Michael has had the honor to work with Lamb’s as a Craft Master, Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Properties Designer, Multimedia/Video Designer and Technician, Stage Manager and Front of House Associate for various shows and special events at LPT. Other scenic design credits include: Killer Joe - San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award (Compass), Side Man (Diversionary), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Shakespeare Company)
a graduate of Biola University, Nate is Lamb’s Director of Craft & Design. He has been designing lights for over 20 years. He is also a busy actor, photographer and musician and amateur luthier. As a performer Nate has been seen many of Lamb’s Christmas productions from the main stage to An American Christmas at the Hotel Del Coronado.
Adaptation, Music & Lyrics
Darcy is a pianist, composer, and producer located in Victoria, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Since 1995 Darcy has been keyboardist and vocalist for Universal recording artist Jann Arden, appearing on “The Tonight Show,” and “Good Morning America”, accompanying her on stages throughout the world, and performing on several of her recent recordings. He has composed original scores for numerous television and film productions, including the TV series’ “In the Nick of Time”, and “Shiver”, for Great North Productions. His original score for the feature film “The Road to Saddle River” (with Michael Becker) won the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association’s Score of the Year award. In the recording studio, Darcy has supported many recording artists both as session keyboardist and as producer, and on the stage he has had the pleasure of accompanying such great artists as Sarah Maclachlan, Big Miller, and Tommy Banks. He has worked alongside his friend Scott Hafso for many years, and bringing “Joe” to the stage has been a true labor of love.
Colleen Kollar Smith
LPT: miXtape (co-creator), Guys and Dolls, Music Man, The Fantasticks, Godspell, Joseph..., Light in the Piazza, Book of the Dun Cow, American Christmas. Intrepid Shakespeare Company: Midsummer the Musical, Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Private Lies, Moonlight Stage Productions: Leading Ladies, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell. USD: Gone Missing. Colleen will graduate this summer with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Favorite roles to date: wife to the remarkable Lance Arthur, and Mom to the one and only Carmen Scotland (Scottie) and the newest addition to the Smith Family Singers - Pepper Rae.
is LAMB's Producing Artistic Director. He joined the staff of Lamb's Players Street Theatre as an actor and director in 1976. In 1978 LAMB'S opened its first resident theatre in National City, and then in 1994 brought the old performance space in Coronado's historic Spreckel's Building back to life as its new home. Robert has directed more than 150 productions for LAMB'S, and performed in over 100, including favorite roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1776, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Boys Next Door, and the one-man show Damien. He and his wife, director, actor, composer, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
"Joe Banks (Sean Cox) is the factory worker in this musical fable. Joe has always done what he was told – and has become a sick (not to mention cowardly, hypochondriacal and lonely) person in the process. When Dr. Ellison (Jason Heil) tells him he has five months to live and should “Live It Well,” Joe summons the courage he didn’t know he had and quits – and invites office secretary Dede (Eileen Bowman) to dinner.
This is the beginning of a wild-haired adventure that will start when driver Marshall (Antonio “TJ” Johnson, in a gem of a scene) takes him to get some new duds (after all, “It’s The Clothes That Make The Man”) and ends (almost) with the leap into that volcano. Along the way, he’ll meet the colorful natives of Waponi Woo, find increasingly adventurous girlfriends (all played splendidly by Bowman) to match his spiffy new threads, and discover a reason to live, love and be grateful.
Cox is usually seen in the classics (he and his wife Christy Yael run Intrepid Shakespeare Company), but he proves equal to the task, and makes a great foil for Bowman, one of the best musical comedy actors around. Most of the cast play multiple roles; all are splendid actors, and Colleen Kollar Smith has given them some fine choreography as well.
It’s a fun ride, and Lamb’s gives JOE vs THE VOLCANO...THE MUSICAL! a terrific production!"
Jean Lowerison - SDGLN
"Sean Cox, co-founder of Intrepid Shakespeare Company, can sing and dance. Who knew? And he does both well as the newly awakened Joe. Eileen Bowman shows remarkable versatility as Dede, Angelica, and Patricia (her rendition of "Dede's Song" a special treat).
A gruff, sprawling, hilarious John Rosen heads the supporting as Mr. Waturi, Joe's primeval boss, and as the Waponi Chief (whose costume and headress are decked with crushed Orange Crush cans - costume designer Jeanne Reith's imagination runneth freely). Jason Heil (Dr. Ellison), Antonio Johnson (Marshall), and Jim Chovick (Graynamore) do memorable work.
Like The Wizard of Oz, the musical goes from black-and-white to Technicolor. Along with Robert Smyth's smart direction and Jon Lorenz' musical direction, Michael McKeon's projections on a huge rear screen - an endless ocean, a tropical storm, a gigantic moon - are a major ally. But everything points to Joe's leap into the lava. Can the creative minds at Lamb's get it right?
Mystical, curling smoke, two ladders, Nathan Peirson's red-on-red-in-red lighting, and Stephanie Celuska's booming sounds make the leap heroic."
Jeff Smith - SD Reader
"With all the problems a saga like Joe vs The Volcano can present, Lamb’s Players Theatre under the deft direction of Robert Smyth and some outrageously wonderful costumes and head dresses by designer Jeanne Reith, gets the story pretty well defined. The sum total of the extras that go in to making it a visual and auditory spectacle outweigh the goofy plot.
More than helpful in the execution of location changes and visual landscapes are Michael McKeon’s projections, Stephanie Celustka’s and Deborah Gilmour Smyth’s theatre rumbling sound design and Mike Buckley’s minimalist set design not to mention the snappy chorus of dancers by an enthusiastic ensemble/chorus who perform everything from tap, to an hysterically funny ‘bottle dance’ with orange crush cans (the native’s favorite drink) balanced on their heads to Irish line dancing to local native dance rituals. (Choreographer, Colleen Kollar Smith)
Smyth has assembled a multi talented cast with the likes of Cox, who heads up his own theatre company, Intrepid Shakespeare, and who is completely invested as Joe, the extremely talented Eileen Bowman who takes on the part of no less than three of the women in Joe’s life and John Rosen who is a kick as Joe’s abusive boss, Mr. Waturi and the more colorful Waponi Chief. Jim Chovick is Joe’s wealthy benefactor and T.J. Antonio Johnson who is noted more for his dramatic prowess than as a song and dance man moves around the stage very nicely, thank you.
Jon Lorenz directs the four musicians who manage to fill the theatre nicely with what the limited musical score allows and Nathan Pierson’s lighting design enhances Joe’s nautical journey. Ironically, the number that is the most engaging, sung by Joe with a ukulele, is “The Cowboy Song” written by Shanley.
Though the movie was a flop, there are those that follow Joe vs The Volcano somewhat like a small cult, so don’t make up your minds until after you’ve seen Lamb’s production. You just might become a follower too. Enjoy! "
Carol Davis - examiner.com
"Robert Smyth briskly directs a 13-member cast of energetic actor/singers, backed by a superb band. The shifting locales are marked by attractive, humorous projections, and the costumes are a hoot, especially on the orange soda-loving Polynesian-Jewish-Celtic island of Waponi Woo.
As Joe, Sean Cox is engaging, in a Tom Hanks kinda way, and Eileen Bowman is a knockout as his three love interests. The music is pleasant, the lyrics clever. It’s lightweight summertime fluff that fairly flies by."
Pat Launer - Center Stage, Jazz88
"The show opens with Caitlin Grady singing a haunting beautiful rendition of “The Flower,” that leads into “Ad Te Domine” by the entire company, which combined is worth the price of admission!
Joe Banks, trapped in monotony, learns he is afflicted with a ‘brain cloud’ and is on his way out. He quits his job and finds the courage to ask out his co-worker, Dede (actor Eileen Bowman, in the first of her incarnations, balances the comical and emotional in a way few can.)
Joe goes on to take the offer of a wealthy merchant to “Live Like A King” and then… jump into a volcano. Every question you may or may not have about what follows is answered quite delightfully in Lamb’s production!"
Elizabeth Guiten - Eagle & Journal
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