A Very Special Concert for Martin Luther King Day!
The Civil Rights Musical
by Richard Allen & Taran Gray
A CONCERT PRESENTATION
JANUARY 15 & 16 at 7:30pm
LAMB'S PLAYERS THEATRE
1142 Orange Ave, Coronado
OUTSTANDING MUSIC AWARD
New York Musical Festival 2017
SOCIAL RELEVANCE AND IMPACT AWARD
New York Musical Festival 2017
In 1961, 400 ordinary people put their lives on the line to bring attention to the injustice of segregation in an action that would show the world an image of the ‘burning bus America’ whose existence most Americans wanted to ignore.
FREEDOM RIDERS tells the true story of the activists who challenged the legality and optics of the Jim Crow South by riding buses in mixed race groups. The musical features Civil Rights icons John Lewis and Diane Nash, famed newspaper editor John Siegenthaler, and the courageous and diverse riders of the Civil Rights Movement.
“Very Accurate. It brought tears to my eyes.”
Congressman John Lewis
“I walked out of the theater with the same feeling I had when I saw Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton for the first time: wanting to immediately listen to the cast recording on repeat.”
Sam Maher, YesBroadway
Kevin "Blax" Burroughs
is honored to be a part of this concert for a life changing musical. Favorite Performance Credits: In The Heights/Benny (UCSD); Les Miserables/Enjolras, Grease/Teen Angel, Beauty and The Beast/Beast (STAR Repertory Theatre); Hairspray/Seaweed (Southwestern College); Violet/Flick (Coronado Playhouse), and ensemble roles in Hairspray, The Who's: Tommy, Zoot Suit, In The Heights/Benny u/s, Violet/Flick u/s, Evita (SDRep); Sister Act, Peter Pan (Moonlight Stage Productions) and a seasonal performer at LEGOLAND California. Choreographer Credits: Director of Choreographer for STAR Repertory Theatre; The Wiz (Common Ground Theatre); Grease, The Addams Family, Shrek The Musical, Beauty and The Beast (STAR Repertory Theatre); Hot Mikado (SDSCPA); Hairspray (Southwestern College) and others. www.blaxburroughs. wixsite.com/blax
Regional: Summer The Donna Summer Musical ( La Jolla Playhouse ), Hairspray ( San Diego Repertory Theatre) Ragtime ( San Diego Repertory Theatre and Young Actors Theatre), Stars Of The Future ( Leigh Scarritt Productions), The Wiz ( Common Ground Theatre) , Motor City and The Brits ( Carnival Ecstasy ), Clay Aiken Christmas Concert ( Copley Symphony Hall). Education: SanDiego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego Civic Dance Company, American Musical Dramatic Academy, Southwestern College.
Anthony Chatmon II
Recent credits: A-rab in Hollywood Bowl production of West Side Story. As an LA native, Anthony has been blessed to have had opportunities to perform in many of SoCal’s biggest venues. In 2014 Anthony debut as “The maggots” guy in the national tour of Book of Mormon at the Pantages Theater. Then returned to Los Angeles in 2017 as Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf/ Lucinda in the national tour of Fiasco Theatre’s Production of Into The Woods at the Ahmanson Theater. Other credits include John Lewis in Freedom Riders (NYMF/ 54 Below), West Side Story (Philadelphia Orchestra), ILLA: A hip hop musical (NYMF), 17 Again musical (Reading/54 Below). @anthonychatmonjr
is a San Diego native, whom has grown up in theater programs all over the county. She is honored to once again be a part of Freedom Riders. Meagan has been a part of the process since the beginning, and has loved every minute of it. She recently came back from performing in New York for the summer at the NY Musical Festival with Freedom Riders. Meagan would also like to thank Ricky and Taran for always including her on their journeys.
is so thrilled to be making his San Diego performance debut! Recent credits: with Stephen Schwartz in a staged reading of The Prince of Egypt, Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical (Bernard Lafayette), Caroline, or Change (The Dryer/Bus), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Stop Kiss (George), Rent (Tom Collins), The Toxic Avenger (Black Dude), Cabaret (Hans). Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro, Galileo Galilei, Amahl and the Night Visitors. BM (Classical Voice) UNC-Greensboro.
Chelsea Nicole Lapp
is thrilled to be joining so many friends on stage to promote 'Freedom Riders'! She had the pleasure of being Assistant General Manager the first year at NYMF and also recording vocals for all the demos. When not performing, Chelsea is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been seen all over North America. She most recently choreographed 'Little Women' for The Barn Stage Company in Temecula. Love and thanks to Ricky and Taran for including her in this fun night. God Bless. www.chelseanicolelapp.com
Originally hails from the mean suburban streets outside Philadelphia, but is now an LA based Actor, Singer, Songwriter, and, by all accounts, generally nice guy, his TV credits include, The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Revenge (ABC), Rules of Engagement (CBS) and top-4 finalist on The Sing-Off (NBC). However, he spends most of his time on stage in shows such as BAZ: Star Crossed Love (Las Vegas), Dogfight (LA), American Idiot (LA), For The Record (LA), Spring Awakening (LA), and was named "Best Lead Actor in a Musical" by Broadway World LA for his work in BARE (LA). His debut EP of original pop-leaning music is set to be released in a few months and all the while he can be found singing a collection of his originals and a number of covers on his youtube channel. For more information, you can follow him on all the social stuff at @paysonlewis and subscribe to his channel at youtube.com/paysonlewis
Kevin Arthur McDonald
is thrilled to be apart of telling the amazing story of “Freedom Riders”. Although the process was short, He has enjoyed every second of being around the beautiful music, message and these phenomenal performers. Kevin is a Voice Actor and Writer from LA and you can check out more of his original work o at his YouTube Channel “Your Friend Kevin”. Thank you for supporting the Arts!
It was love at first Opening Night foe Eboni when she performed in her first musical in high school, since then she has attended P.C.P.A., become a CNA, recorded music, sang in an A Capella group (SoundWave), and sang in, managed, and arranged music for her female group (EmSeize). You may have recently seen Eboni as Leader in Father Comes Home from the War at Horton Grand Theatre, Marlena Madison in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Horton Grand Theatre and New Village Arts, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q at OB Playhouse, Addaperle in The Wiz at the Lyceum Theatre, or as the female vocalist for Shamu Christmas Miracles at SeaWorld. "Unfortunately, in this world it's hard for people, especially women of color, to live in their truth. I thank God that I've been able to live and thrive in mine with the love and support of my family, friends, and community! Thank you, Ernest and Pamela Muse, for being my everything and lighting my way through this world and the fabulous Leigh Scarritt for believing in me! #BlackLivesMatter
Leonard Patton has worked as a professional singer, musician, actor and composer in San Diego for many years and has been a familiar face in many Lamb’s Players Theatre productions including San Diego’s longest running original musical MIXTAPE, Hello Dolly, Godspell, Boomers, Festival of Christmas and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Leonard holds the first Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from SDSU as a vocalist. Leonard was also listed by San Diego critic, George Varga, as one of the "Three Faces to Watch in Pop & Jazz in 2014." Leonard’s highly anticipated new jazz project, “A Beautiful Day,” was released last year and features a stellar New York City rhythm section, including Grammy Award-winning drummer, Antonio Sanchez who composed the music for the movie, Birdman. Leonard also enjoys being a worship leader, a producer, a songwriter, a teacher, an avid sports fan, a husband and a father of three.
is excited to make his debut at the Lamb's Players Theatre. Known as Ethan Craft from Disney's Lizzie McGuire and The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Clayton went on to graduate from Pepperdine University (BA Film Studies) and play water polo professionally in Europe. He has since starred in various independent films and web series including Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party, Mondays, and Dream Job. Stepping into the musical theatre scene, he recently played Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Garry Marshall Theatre and is looking forward to more projects on the stage. Acts 20:35 @heyclaytron
Erin Vanderhyde graduated from San Diego State University where she received her Bachelors in Theatre. At State, Erin could have been seen In The Drowsy Chaperone as “Trix the Aviatrix” and as Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar the concert. Erin’s most recent productions include The Geeze and Me at the Tenth Avenue Art Center and Violet in concert at Coronado playhouse. Vanderhyde studied abroad this past summer in Italy where she played the role Matron Mama Morton in Chicago at the Torentino Music Festival. Other productions Erin has been in include but not limited too: Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend) Footloose (Urleen)... She has also done multiple shows at Legoland California as well as Alto section leads at Pacific Beach United Methodists Church and Immaculata Parish.
Joy Yandell Hricko
Joy is excited to be spend Christmas, once again, with her Lamb’s Players family and with all of you! Recently, Joy had the honor of playing Mrs. Wilkinson in San Diego Musical Theatre’s acclaimed production of Billy Elliot and Violet Newstead in 9 to 5! She also had her New York Debut this past summer as a member of the new civil rights musical, Freedom Riders at NYMF. Favorite credits include; Jersey Boys, Dracula the Musical, MiXtape (Craig Noel Award), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, American Rhythm, Cabaret, I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, Beehive, the 60's Musical (Patté Award), On the Road to Woodstock, Annie Get Your Gun, Dancing at Lughnasa and Man of La Mancha. Heavenly Father, Mommy, Michael, Waverly and Charlton, thank you! Luke 2:10
(Book, Music & Lyrics)
Richard Allen is a film/tv writer/director and producer. He has worked in the film and television industry for over ten years. Mr. Allen recently worked with Disney/Maker Studios as a SPARK Fellow creating two new pilot TV shows for Disney. He is currently producing and direction two new feature films and a slate of new television shows.
(Music & Lyrics)
Is thrilled to be presenting his musical at the theater that taught him the craft. Son of Evelyn and Nathan Peirson (Lambs Players Staff since 1982), Taran grew up behind the lighting board or hiding and watching from the catwalk of Lambs Players Theater in National City. His earliest memory of Lambs Players was in 1990 (when he was four) playing on the set of Wind In The Willows. Now he’s back playing on the set once more. Taran lives and works in Los Angeles as a music producer. He has worked with new artists on Motown, Universal, Interscope, and assisted Rick Nowels (Anita Baker, John Legend, Adele, Lana Del Rey).
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