AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS

Now in its 21st Year! 

 

December 17th - December 26th

6:30pm nightly in the Ballroom of the Hotel del Coronado

 

written & directed by Robert Smyth

musical direction by Deborah Gilmour Smyth

choreography by Colleen Kollar Smith

  

An American Christmas is a holiday event unique in the nation. 

 

Step inside the gorgeous Ballroom of the historic Hotel Del and you are back in 1912 for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration! This remarkable 3-hour evening is filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a delectable 5-course holiday meal. 

Your hosts are the Marshall family who love to celebrate the Season each year at the beautiful Hotel del Coronado. 27 multi-talented performers sweep you up in a festive party that will be the pinnacle of your holidays!

Many guests have come to make AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS an annual part of their holiday tradition. Guest come from around the Southwest and across the nation for this unique event.

Seating is a round tables of 8. Festive attire, with jackets suggested for gentlemen. 

The all-inclusive ticket price includes the evening's entertainment, an hors d’oeuvre party by the windows overlooking the skating rink, a four-course meal at your table, a champagne toast, self-parking, tax and gratuity. 

There is also a wine list at the table and a cash bar in the room.


Tickets are for assigned lettered tables, not for specific seats at that table. Discounted tickets for children ages 5 – 12.

(We regret we are unable to entertain children under the age of 5) 

 

An American Christmas Menu

Soup

Butternut Squash with Roasted Garlic

Salad

Persimmon and Strawberry Salad with Honey and Rosemary

Entrée

Braised Beef Short Rib with Lemon Poached Prawns

Yukon Potato Gratin, Bluelake Beans, Roasted Mushrooms

Dessert

New York Style Cheesecake with Pumpkin Angliase

Jesse Abeel
Gregory Marshall
Jesse Abeel (Dennis Sanders u/s) is excited to be a taking part in this amazing, heartwarming production with such great people. Some Lamb’s credits include: West Side Story (Riff), You Can’t Take it With You (Tony), Les Miserable (Marius), The 39 Steps (Clown 1), Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Music Man, The Music Man, Till We Have Faces, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, and Smoke on the Mountain (2010). He is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a BFA in musical theater. Some CSUF credits: Miss Saigon (Chris), As You Like It (Orlando), Romeo & Juliet (Paris). He also voices the role of Jonathan Park in the audio adventure series The New Adventures of Jonathan Park. Jesse is grateful to God for a good life, an amazing wife – Holly, and more blessings he has space to write down. Thank you friends and family for your support. I love you all! Col. 3:17

Holly Abeel
Prudence Marshall
Holly Abeel is an associate artist with Lamb’s Players and is a graduate of San Diego Christian College with a BA in psychology and music. Lamb’s credits include An American Christmas (2010 & 2011). SDCC: Little Women (Jo). Music: Musical Director for Christian Youth Theatre’s A Little Princess (Spokane), Aladdin (San Diego), Shadow Mountain Children’s Choir (San Diego), Manhattan jazz club (La Jolla), and church music ministry on the west coast and internationally including South Africa, Romania, and Dominican Republic. Holly also enjoys doing administrative work for CYT SD and giving private vocal instruction. “I am so thankful that I get to share not only the beauty of life, but also the precious gift of music with my loving husband, Jesse. You bring me utter joy.

Melissa Baldwin
Fanny Granger
Melissa is an Associate Guest Artist with Lamb's Players Theatre where she has appeared in such shows as "Joyful Noise", "Festival of Christmas", "South Pacific", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and numerous versions of "An American Christmas". Her favorite role is that of wife to Larry and mom to Landen, Isaac, Emma and Madeleine.

Kathleen Calvin
Laurella Walker
Kathleen Calvin 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. Her previous credits are, Lyceum Theatre: Playwrights project (Rosie). Lawrence Welk Theatre: Rent (Mimi). Lamb's Players Theatre: Joe vs. the Volcano (Waponi), 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 a dance instructor in Chula Vista as well as having her own dance studio in Pine Valley. She is thankful to her family and friends for their love and support.

Greg Campbell
Homer Potts
Performer, Stage Manager, Audio Design, Audio Master, Sound Design - Greg Campbell first came to Lamb's Players in 1992 as the character Stanley in Smoke on the Mountain, and in 1993 stage managed An American Christmas at Grainger Hall. In 1996 he returned to the stage in Chaps. Over the years as Audio Master he worked on shows from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Metamorphases. Currently he performs regularly at Nate's Garden Grill in City Heights as a solo artist. Greg welcomes the opportunity to be part of the cast once again.

Jim Chovick
Nelson Marshall
Jim has appeared in 39 productions with LPT: You Can't Take It With You (twice); 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; A Woman of No Importance; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Festival of Christmas '99, ’04, '06, '14, ‘15 and 17 and 12 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), San Diego Musical Theater, 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, Scripps Ranch Theater and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patte’, Bille and Robby.

Patrick J. Duffy
Additional Dancer
Patrick was last seen as Bernardo in West Side Story here, and his other favorite roles have been MacDuff in Macbeth at Intrepid, and Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Ion. Other stage credits here at Lamb's include Pete N Keely, The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘04 & ‘10, Festival of Christmas ‘08, The Voysey Inheritance, An Ideal Husband, Cold Comfort Farm, South Pacific, and Rehearsal for Murder (which he also stage managed and sound designed). He recently won the Craig Noel "Outstanding Sound Design" award for Les Misérables, and his other sound credits here are MIXTAPE, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07 and ‘15, American Rhythm ‘06 at the Lyceum, The Secret Garden, and Enchanted April. When not on stage or designing, he can be found building sets or as Lamb’s Audio Master. Patrick is thankful for all His blessings in his life, and wishes you the same. Thanks for coming by, enjoy!

A.J. Foggiano
Glenn Marshall

Cynthia Gerber
Shannon O'Casey
Cynthia was a member of LPT’s Resident Ensemble from 1988 to 2001 and is now an Associate Artist. most recently she played the role of Margie Swanson in The Festival of Christmas Fargo North of Normal and Silent Sky, The Miracle Worker, The Nerd, An American Christmas and You Can't Take It With You. Prior to that you saw her in Twelfth Night, Quilters, Wit and Lamb's annual Festival of Christmas. Favorite productions at LPT include Harvey, The Hit, Susan and God, The Miracle Worker, Flight, Steel Magnolias, Quilters, Busman’s Honeymoon, Detective Story, See How They Run, Amadeus, Dracula, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Ring Round The Moon. Cynthia is a regular performer with Write Out Loud and last year made her debut with Intrepid Theatre in Perfect Arrangement as Kitty Sunderson. Cynthia studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also enjoying her role as Cannon and Spencer’s mom.

Deborah Gilmour Smyth
Willa Ray Marshall
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s 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 seven-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Martha in Intrepid Theatre Company’s Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Vivian Bearing in Lamb’s 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.

Caitie Grady
Gloria Marshall
Caitie is grateful to have been cast in over 30 Lamb’s Players productions since 2010! Favorites include Silent Sky, Equivocation, Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, American Rhythm, Wit, Les Miserables, Mixtape, Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, and "100 Hours of Stories," the play-reading marathon that landed Lamb’s a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest theatrical performance. Recently, she performed alongside Danny Burstein and Susan Egan in "To Life! Bock and Harnick on Broadway" with the San Diego Symphony, under the baton of Rob Fisher. Caitie has also appeared at Cygnet Theatre as Rose Fenny in Dogfight, and in Cygnet’s concert readings of Hair, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Evita. BFA: The Boston Conservatory. Proud member of Actors Equity, and happy fiancée to Charles Evans Jr.

Ralph Johnson
Samuel Anders
is very pleased to be a part of this American musical theatre classic. He last appeared with Lamb's Players Theatre in An American Christmas at the Hotel Del Coronado. Previous Lamb’s appearances include Hometown Christmas in Perry, Iowa, Room Service, The Voysey Inheritance, Hello, Dolly!, Into The Woods, 1776, and She Loves Me. In the last year he has appeared in Gypsy with Ion Theatre Company, Annie with Moonlight Stage Productions, Our Town with Cygnet Theatre, and Hamlet with Grossmont College. Many thanks to Kerry for this opportunity. What a journey. What a ride.

Patrick Marion
Jedidiah Granger
Lamb's (Associate Artist): West Side Story, Les Misérables, miXtape, The Music Man, An American Christmas (’09 through ’12), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell & Boomers. Cygnet Theatre: My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, Spring Awakening, Company, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret; North Coast Repertory Theatre: The Humbug Holiday Spectacular; American Rose Theatre: Spring Awakening; Coronado Playhouse: Chicago the Musical, Andrew Lippa's Wild Party; Francis Parker School: Annie, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Once On This Island, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Always, Patsy Cline.

Myra McWethy
Agatha Anders

Kerry Meads
Bridget Marshall
Kerry wears many hats as actor, director, and playwright. She is the director of Lamb’s Educational Outreach. On staff at Lamb's since 1976, she now serves as Lamb’s Associate Artistic Director. As resident playwright, her work includes Boomers, American Rhythm, Dracula, My Asparagus Is Growing Fine and LPT’s annual Festival of Christmas. Her directing credits include MIXTAPE, Guys & Dolls, Trying, An Ideal Husband, Pretty Fire, Thunder At Dawn, Private Lives, The Boys Next Door, Amadeus, Beau Jest, The Foreigner and You Can’t Take It With You. As a performer she has been seen in such productions as The Great Divorce; Quilters; Tartuffe; Godspell; She Loves Me; A Woman of No Importance; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Till We Have Faces; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Into The Woods; Hello, Dolly!; Boomers, The Hit, Leaving Iowa, Harvey , The Music Man and See How They Run and Dinner with Marlene.

Lizzie Morse
Ethel Marshall
Lizzie made her professional debut at age 8 in Festival of Christmas. She is a LPT Associate Artist whose credits include Oz (Female swing), An American Christmas (2006 – 2012), and Lamb’s 100 Hours of Stories: The Music Man and Guys and Dolls. Elsewhere: Lilly in the West Coast Premiere of Simon Stephens Punk Rock (ion theatre), Maria in Twelfth Night, Anne Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Cellar Door (New Fortune); The Sound of Music (Moonlight). TV/Film: The Cast Members, Unusual Suspects, The Blackshirts, Going Together. Upcoming: Sunday in the Park with George (ion Theatre). Merry Christmas!

Molly O'Meara
Maggie Marshall
Molly is thrilled to be back working at Lamb's! Other Lambs credits include Maggie in An American Christmas (2011, 2012), Gracie Shinn in The Music Man, as well as a teaching artist for their youth theatre camps. Other credits: Peter in Peter Pan, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Featured Ensemble in Spamalot and Mary Poppins (Moonlight), Stewardess Robinson/Italian Couple in Titanic (Elon University), Dancing in the Black Box (Elon Dance Company), Doctor in Agnes of God (Francis Parker), Blanche in King John (Intrepid Shakespeare Co), Betty in The Crucible (Moxie Theatre/ Intrepid Shakespeare Co), and Clara in The Nutcracker (California Ballet). She’s currently studying at Elon University to receive her BFA in Music Theatre. Molly thanks her family for their continuous love and support.

Grandison Phelps
Jefferson Tolman
Grandison is elated to spend this Christmas season with you in his reoccurring role as “Jefferson Tolman”, in AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS. Grandison has worked with several theater groups in numerous productions, he most recently performed in Cygnet Theatre’s repertory production of 7 GUITARS and KING HEDLEY II. His credits include FENCES, PIANO LESSON and GEM OF THE OCEAN (Cygnet Theatre), CAROUSEL in Concert, (The BarnStageCompany); BULRUSHER and AS YOU LIKE IT (New Village Arts); TWO TRAINS RUNNING (u/s) and KOSHER GROCER (u/s) (Old Globe); SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (La Jolla Playhouse); I’M NOT RAPPAPORT (Patio Playhouse); THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS and GOD’S TROMBONES (Ira Aldridge Players) and JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE and the title role in OTHELLO (Octad Productions) and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Lamb’s Players) to name a few. Grandison wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support. Especially the love and support of his wife without whom doing what he loves would not be possible.

Erika Beth Phillips
Fiona O'Casey
Previous work with Lamb’s Players includes Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Ermengarde in Hello Dolly!, Jamie in Brownie Points, and Fiona O’Casey in An American Christmas, which she has happily played every year since she moved to San Diego in 2004. Locally, Erika has performed with Mo’olelo (A Piece of My Heart, Since Africa, Extraordinary Chambers), Cygnet Theatre (Man of La Mancha) The Welk (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Stone Soup (Miss Julie). She is a Lead Teaching Artist for La Jolla Playhouse and co-directed Excavating Escondido, part of the 2013 WoW Festival. She also teaches for The Old Globe on their Shakespeare Summer Studio and is launching Reflecting Shakespeare: Acting Out, a therapeutic and creative program in Centinela State Prison. For her own company, 3rd Space Theatre Collective, Erika has performed Thistle by Erik Ehn (CSUSM and NYC's La MaMa) and her own piece, Jackie and the BeansTalk, for the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival, winning the award for Outstanding Site Specific Performance. Favorite credits further afield include From Hell She Came (London West End), Women and Wallace (London Fringe), Romeo and Juliet (Nat’l Tour, UK), A Christmas Carol (Nat’l Tour, Germany), Downtown Dysfunctionals (Zipper Theatre, NYC), The Love Talker (Hanger Theatre, NY), Diary Of Anne Frank (Stage One), and Mauritius and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Salem Rep).

John Burt Polhamus
Aloysius MacIntyre
John has developed a varied career embracing opera, musical theatre, oratorio and concert singing, as well as straight acting, in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Asia. A native San Diegan, John has appeared with San Diego Opera, the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Musical Theater, the Bach Collegium San Diego, Welk Resort Theatre, Starlight Opera, the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Repertory Company, Pacific Chamber Opera, and in Lamb's Players productions including "Fiddler on the Roof" (x 2), "1776," "The Music Man," "A Man for All Seasons," "Twelfth Night," "An American Christmas" (x 10!) and "Taran-Tara!" John has performed in London's West End, covering and performing the roles of Al Jolson in "Jolson - the Musical, "Mssr. Lumiere" in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," and "Mssr. Firmin" in Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." He has also toured Europe with Pavillion Opera, Regency Opera, and English Festival Opera.

Brandon Sherman
Benjamin Burnside
Baritone Brandon Sherman started his musical career at a young age, appearing on the theatre stage as Colin from “The Secret Garden.” Mr. Sherman's credits include the roles of Valjean in "Les Miserables," Tom Collins in RENT!, Pooh-Bah in Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado,” as well as numerous others throughout Southern California. Mr. Sherman has been a contracted member of the San Diego Opera Chorus since age 19 and has performed in Carnegie Hall under John Rutter’s baton, as well as internationally in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein. An accomplished pedagogue, Mr. Sherman graduated with a Bachelors in Applied Arts and Science in Voice and has taught private voice for six years as a recognized Associate NATS (National Association of Teacher of Singing) member. As a passionate educator, he is also the Director of Musical Theatre for the Poway School District in an after-school enrichment program, KidzTyme and President of Star Repertory Theatre in Escondido. Mr. Sherman is honored to continue as an Associate Artist with LPT.

Robert Smyth
Ian O'Casey
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.

Rebecca Spear
Renata Marshall

Nick Spear
Grant Marshall

Alexis Rae Tenney
Bright Eyes Walker

Ramona Unwin
Hildegard Tasker
Ramona has performed with Lamb's Players "An American Christmas" for all 24 years. Needless to say it has truly become a family tradition. Throughout the year Ramona teaches harp to all ages and recently started a harp ensemble. She has performed in many unique settings of weddings, churches, parties, hotels, and restaurants. She and her husband Randal, repair and service harps through out Southern California.

Lucia Vecchio
Simonetta Marshall
Lucia is thrilled to be returning to the Lamb's Players Stage! As a Lambs Players Associate Artist she has been seen in: Quilters (Sarah's Daughter), Music Man (Amaryllis), Festival of Christmas ’09, American Christmas ’11, ‘12 & '15; Other credits include: OnStage Playhouse: Diary of Anne Frank (Anne - SD Critic’s Circle Outstanding Young Artist, Aubrey Award); Moonlight Theatre: Oklahoma; Patio Playhouse: The Effects of Gamma Rays… (Tillie - Aubrey nomination); Old Globe: The Grinch '08, Celebrity Sonnets; CYC Theatre: The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), Seussical (Jojo); TV: Parenthood, Modern Family, 1600 Penn; Film: R.I.P.D., A Better Place; Voiceover: Lego Friends (series), Barbie’s A Perfect Christmas. She is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and an improviser in the Comedy Sportz High School League.


Esther Banks
Properties Master

Patrick J. Duffy
Sound Designer
Patrick was last seen as Bernardo in West Side Story here, and his other favorite roles have been MacDuff in Macbeth at Intrepid, and Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Ion. Other stage credits here at Lamb's include Pete N Keely, The Book of the Dun Cow, Smoke on the Mountain ‘04 & ‘10, Festival of Christmas ‘08, The Voysey Inheritance, An Ideal Husband, Cold Comfort Farm, South Pacific, and Rehearsal for Murder (which he also stage managed and sound designed). He recently won the Craig Noel "Outstanding Sound Design" award for Les Misérables, and his other sound credits here are MIXTAPE, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers, The Fantasticks, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph ‘07 and ‘15, American Rhythm ‘06 at the Lyceum, The Secret Garden, and Enchanted April. When not on stage or designing, he can be found building sets or as Lamb’s Audio Master. Patrick is thankful for all His blessings in his life, and wishes you the same. Thanks for coming by, enjoy!

Deborah Gilmour Smyth
Musical Directed
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s 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 seven-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Martha in Intrepid Theatre Company’s Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Vivian Bearing in Lamb’s 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.

Jane LaMotte
Scenic Designer

Maria Mangiavellano
Stage Manager
For Lamb’s Maria has stage managed: Beau Jest, Shadowlands, The Explorers Club, (then please pick up with OZ!), The Glory Man, and mixtape, in addition to An Inspector Calls; Enchanted April; Godspell; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; Boomers (x 3); The Voysey Inheritance; The Secret Garden; An American Christmas (x 15); American Rhythm (X2); 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 (X2); and Festival of Christmas. Elsewhere she has stage managed The Rocky Horror Show and Dogfight for Cygnet Theatre Company; 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.

Michelle Miles
Lighting Designer
Michelle loves to learn and wears a lot of hats. She has worked with Lambs since 2009 as an electrician, lighting designer, production assistant and occasionally carpenter. She is delighted to work with such a wonderful and talented cast and crew. Favorite show credits include: The 39 Steps, Pete 'n Keely, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Quilters and The Servant of Two Masters.

Jeanne Reith
Costume Designer
Jeanne's work as a designer this year in San Diego includes Shadowlands for Lambs Players, On the 20th Century for Cygnet Theatre, The Perfect Arrangement and Buddy Holly for Intrepid Theatre, She designed last year's Lambs production of American Rhythm for which she received a Critics Circle, Craig Noel Nomination. Her work has achieved theater critics awards in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Other productions awarded for costume design include her original designs for The Wonderful World of Oz, A Servant Of Two Masters, The Light in the Piazza, Little Foxes, Joyful Noise, Metamorphosis, and two dozen other productions. Besides designing she currently teaches at San Diego Mesa College.

Colleen Kollar Smith
Choreographed
Lamb's: 100 Hours of Stories, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, miXtape (co-creator), Guys and Dolls, Music Man, The Fantasticks, Godspell, Joseph..., Light in the Piazza, Book of the Dun Cow, American Christmas. New Village Arts: Return to the Forbidden Planet, Nutcracker. Intrepid: Midsummer the Musical. Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Private Lies, Moonlight Stage Productions: Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell. USD: Gone Missing. Colleen is a graduate of the University of San Diego's Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program and is proud to work as the Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre. Favorite roles to date: wife to the remarkable Lance Arthur, and mom to Scottie and Pepper.

Robert Smyth
Created, Written, and Directed
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.


"A lavish holiday feast with a historical twist! The atmosphere is authentic and undeniably merry. Guests leave with all their Yuletide yearnings satisfied!"
- Westways Magazine

"Exceptionally entertaining! Far exceeded my wildest expectations."
David Lansing - Sunset Magazine

"A perfect melding of food, ambience, and showmanship."
- San Diego Magazine

"I love the Hotel Del at Christmastime. It's like you're back 100 years, which is where you should be at Christmas."
- Ray Bradbury

"Twenty-one years ago, Robert Smyth wanted to develop a Christmas dinner show for his Lamb’s Players Theatre, but every holiday script he read was set in the Victorian England of Charles Dickens.

“I thought, what about an American Christmas?” said Smyth, producing artistic director for the Coronado-based theater company. “An American celebration would be unique because we’re a nation of immigrants who bring a lot of traditions together and that creates a unique flavor all its own.”

In 1992, Smyth’s “An American Christmas” debuted at the Granger Music Hall in National City. The Lamb’s Players production featured actors playing members of a large family coming together in 1905 San Diego to celebrate the holidays, with audience members doing double-duty as the family’s invited party guests. The actors in the show not only sang and danced, they also set the tables, served the meal and cleaned up afterward.

Two years later, Lamb’s Players moved from National City to downtown Coronado and Smyth went looking for a new hall to stage his historically themed holiday dinner. Turns out, one of his new neighbors was interested. Dean Nelson, then president of the Hotel del Coronado, attended a performance of “An American Christmas” and the very next morning, he invited Lamb’s to move the gala dinner into the historic hotel’s Crown ballroom.

Since then, “An American Christmas” has grown to become one of the Del’s most popular holiday traditions. This season’s run opens Monday and runs for 9 nights (no performance Christmas Day). The show includes a gourmet five-course dinner served while the Lamb’s cast of 27 performs a three-hour show that includes singing, dancing and audience interaction.

The show’s plot is the holiday reunion of members of San Diego’s affluent Marshall family, circa 1912. Joining widowed family matriarch Willa Ray Marshall (played each year by Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Lamb’s associate artistic director) are her adult sons, daughters and in-laws, nephews and nieces, business associates, neighbors and family friends (not to mention about 350 ticket-holders who are the Marshall’s honored guests each night).

Between courses, the Marshalls entertain with songs, stories, jokes, poems, Champagne toasts, singalongs and dancing. Diners celebrating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are singled out for notice (one couple celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary at the dinner one night, while another couple attended on their wedding night). Each night, one male audience member is named Potato King and feted with a parade (led by Robert Smyth, who plays Willa Ray’s bawdy Irish immigrant cousin, Ian O’Casey). The actors circulate to every table and interact (in character) with guests; they wander the aisles singing barbershop harmony, and they bring small children in attendance onstage at the end of the show to perform a choreographed dance.

Each fall, Smyth updates the script so that the story is always 100 years in the past. In one segment of the show, male cast members read historical facts from newspapers of the day (for example, in 1912 the Oreo cookie was invented and Fenway Park debuted). Gilmour Smyth updates the score each year with popular songs of the day. And the costumers and wigs crew make regular updates to keep up with the times.

This year, all of the men’s costumes will be updated with white waistcoats, which were all the rage in 1912. In last year’s show, female cast members wore elaborate hats to celebrate California’s suffragettes (who won the right to vote in 1911). But in 1912, hats were out of fashion, so costumer Jeanne Reith has retired them from this year’s show. Coming soon are changes to the men’s wigs and facial hair. When World War I began in 1914, men heading into the service shaved off their mustaches and beards so their gas masks would fit securely in the trenches.

Each year there is a special themed tribute in the after-dinner program. In 2009, it was the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. This year, the cast will commemorate the tragic sinking of the Titanic with a poignant reading of the Thomas Hardy poem “The Convergence of the Twain.”"

Pam Kragen - North County Times

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A Turn of the Century Feast and Celebration

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Lamb's Box Office (619) 437-6000
Phone Hours:
Tue - Sat, Noon to 7pm / Sun, Noon to 2
The Horton Grand Box Office opens at 5pm Wed - Sat, opens Sun at 2pm

Discounts:
Under 30? Find out about half-price tickets!
Seniors (65+) and Groups of 10+ – $5 off
For group discounts for more than 10 people please contact Susan Andrews (619) 437-6050 x126