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San Diego Musical Theatre to Stage RAGTIME, 2/5-21

San Diego Musical Theatre announces the first production of their 2016 season, RAGTIME, February 5-21, 2016 (press opening on Saturday, February 6th) at the Spreckels Theatre.

This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream. Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

Book by Terrence McNally with Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

PRODUCTION TEAM: Director/Choreographer: Paul David Bryant; Musical Director: Don Le Master; Lighting Designer: Michael Von Hoffman; Sound Design: Kevin Anthenill; Costume Coordinator: Desiree Hatfield-Buckley; Stage Manager: Stanley Cohen*

PAUL DAVID BRYANT (Director/Choreographer) Most recently, Paul choreographed as well as was featured in The Full Monty at the Norris Theatre. Paul's many credits include. Gigi, King and I, Promises Promises, Ain't Misbehavin', Smokey Joes Café, Showboat, Hello Dolly and Ragtime. Paul has directed and choreographed Ragtime over 11 times throughout the country. It is by far his favorite show. Paul is so very grateful and honored, not just because he was part of the original production (Broadway Swing), the 1st and 2nd national tours, but also having the opportunity to be in the same room with the amazing creative team of Frank Galati (director) and Graciela Daniele (Choreographer) Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, (lyrics and music). To watch talents like these come together, create what has become one of the most beloved musicals of the 21st Century, was a gift unto itself.

DON LE MASTER (Music Director) Don has been the resident musical director for SDMT, since its inception in 2006. He has musically directed and conducted many shows for other theatres: A Christmas Carol, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change, Cabaret (San Diego Rep), American Rhythm, Boomers (Lamb's Players), Superstar, Once On This Island, Ragtime and 1776 - Ovation nomination (Performance Riverside), and many others at Moonlight, Cygnet, Starlight, South Bay Cities, North Coast Rep and McCoy Rigby. The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle honored Don with an Outstanding Musical Direction Craig Noel award for the Full Monty and The Sound of Music.


Principal Cast:

Jay Donnell* (Coalhouse); Nicole Pryor* (Sarah); Carolyn Agan* (Mother); Cris O'Bryon (Father); Louis Pardo* (Tateh); Bryan Banville (Younger Brother) (*- Member Actors Equity Association).

JAY DONNELL* (Coalhouse Walker) National Tour: Miss Saigon (Ensemble/John u/s). Select Regional: Side Show (Jake; 3D Theatricals), Kiss Me, Kate (Hortensio/Fred u/s; Pasadena Playhouse), South Pacific (Henry, MTW), Floyd Collins (Ed Bishop; La Mirada Theatre), Les Miserables (La Mirada Theatre), Smokey Joe's Cafe (SDMT), South Pacific w/ Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Hollywood Bowl), 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney; PCPA, Phoenix Theatre, North Coast Rep.), Rent (Benny), Man of La Mancha (MTW), Sleepless In Seattle, The Musical (World Premiere; The Pasadena Playhouse), Five Guys Named Moe (Red Mountain Theatre Company), and more.

NICOLE PRYOR* (Sarah) Performed for 6 ½ years in the Las Vegas company of The Phantom of the Opera. Other stage credits include: Rusty in Footloose, Yonah in Children of Eden and Sarah in Ragtime. Her third album, "The Long way Home", is available for purchase on iTunes. In addition to her performance work, Nicole recently completed a two year stint as an adjunct professor of vocal performance at her alma mater, Pepperdine University.

CAROLYN AGAN* (Mother) National Tour: The Phantom Tollbooth (Kennedy Center). Regional: Ford's Theatre: 25th Annual... Spelling Bee (Olive), Freedom's Song: The Civil War (Northern Wife), A Christmas Carol (Belle, 2010-2015), Parade, 1776, Liberty Smith, Hello! Dolly (co-production with Signature Theatre). Olney Theatre Center: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). Adventure Theatre MTC: Pinkalicious (Pinkalicious), Winnie-The-Pooh (Piglet, Roo, Owl). Keegan Theatre: Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), 1776 (Martha), The Hostage, Bold Girls. Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gents: A Rock Opera. Original Recordings: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Music from the Ballet (Lucy), Pickle-Chiffon Pie (Princess Sunnyskye).

LOUIS PARDO* (Tateh) Louis was most recently seen as Toad in South Coast Repertory's A Year with Frog and Toad Other Credits include: San Francisco Symphony's concert of West Side Story staring Cheyenne Jackson, National Tour: Jesus Crist Superstar Troika (Simon & Judas u/s), Hair Hollywood Bowl Regional: The Last 5 Years Rubicon Theater (Jaime) Avenue Q SoCal Regional Premiere (Princeton/Rod), Pippin Diversionary Theater (Pippin), The Full Monty (Jerry), The Who's: Tommy (Cousin Kevin), Evita (Che)

CRIS O'BRYON (Father) Recent credits: End of the Rainbow (Intrepid); Big Fish, Phantom, Legally Blonde, Beau Jest (Moonlight); The Grift, Chasing The Song (LJP); The Constant Wife (Old Globe); Forbidden Broadway (Tour); Storyville (SDRep); Twelfth Night, The Foreigner, Susan & God (Lamb's Players); Footloose (SDMT); Odd Couple (North Coast Rep); Brooklyn Boy, Moonlight & Magnolias (SRT). Cris maintains a private voice training studio which specializes in an intuitive approach to finding your authentic voice.

BRYAN BANVILLE (Younger Brother) Recent credits: Singin' in the Rain (Production Tenor) and La Cage Aux Folles (SDMT). Sparky in Forever Plaid at Farmers Alley Theatre. The Old Globe Theatre: Anna Christie; San Diego Rep: Violet; Moonlight Stage Productions: The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), Spamalot (Historian/Prince Herbert), Mary Poppins, and Catch Me If You Can; Cygnet Theatre: My Fair Lady, Follies (Young Buddy), Assassins, Side By Side By Sondheim, Evita, and Man of La Mancha (Anselmo); New Village Arts: Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Frankie); Ion: Passion (Count Ludovic/Torasso); Lambs Player's: Mixtape.

Featured Cast: Elliot Weaver (Little Boy); Abby Gershuny (Emma Goldman); Michael Mittman (Harry Houdini); Andi Davis (Evelyn Nesbit); Juliet Garbacz (Little Girl); Kiana Bell (Sarah's Friend); Ralph Johnson (Grandfather); Bryan Allen Taylor (Booker T.); Paul Morgavo (Henry Ford); Ryan Dietrich (JP Morgan); Brandon Pohl (Willie Conklin); Taj Brandon (Little Coalhouse);

Ensemble: Katie Whalley Banville, Annie Buckley, Kevane L. Coleman, Steven Freitas, Brooke Henderson, April Jo Henry, Luke H. Jacobs, Carnell Johnson, Imahni King-Murillo, Dylan Nalbandian, Lane Palhegyi, Rhianna Pfannenstiel, Katie Porter, Ariana Ramirez, Benjamin Roy, Sarah Roy, Jonathan Sangster, Danielle Skalsky, Alexandra Slade, Bethany Slomka, Tanner J. Vidos, Mikaela Villalpando and John Wells.

Single tickets for SDMT's production of RAGTIME are $40.00, $50.00, $60.00, and $70.00. Children 16 and under save $10. There are discounts for Seniors and Students. Equity and Actor's Alliance may purchase up to 2 tickets at half price. Group discounts for parties of 12 or more are available by calling the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. For individual tickets contact the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740 or visit SDMT online at

SCHEDULE: RAGTIME show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. There is parking in the Spreckels garage and the NBC Building. Both are accessed via Broadway Circle.

For more information and tickets call San Diego Musical Theatre's Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. The San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office is located at 4652 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111. Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Tickets purchased through the Spreckels Box Office are through Ticket Master.

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