The Gift of the Magi Cast & Crew
Welton Jones, Director - During his 35 years writing about arts and entertainment for The San Diego Union-Tribune, Welton Jones has on occasion crossed the line and committed theater himself. In the 1960s, he was a founder of the New Heritage Theatre (which later became the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre) directing two world premiere musicals: "The New Black Crook" and "Chinchilla!" while producing several others. For the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Company (now the San Diego Comic Opera) he directed six major productions: "Patience," "Iolanthe," "Orpheus in the Underworld," "Yeomen of the Guard," "Floradora" and "Utopia, Ltd." and wrote two others, "The Savoy Theatre Cat" and the school touring show "Songs for a Queen." Now retired from the newspaper, Jones is working on two novels and a play while joyfully helping SOHO reactivate San Diego's first professional stage.
Spencer Moses currently studies theater at San Diego State University. He enjoys performing musicals and plays and singing with the chamber singers. Previous roles include Speed in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and the tile role in the "Ugly Duckling" at Hope Summer Repertory Theater in Holland, Michigan. (He found wooden shoes to be very uncomfortable). Otherwise, Spencer is delighted to work with all of the wonderful people involved in this historic project.
Christopher Redding is proud to join the cast of "The Gift of The Magi." Not only is he excited to be working in San Diego's most haunted house, but to know that he is also working in San Diego's first ever theatre. Recently you might have seen Chris on the stage of the Casa Del Prado with the San Diego Comic Opera as Bobby Van Husen in "The Boyfriend". He has also performed around San Diego at The Lawrence Welk Theatre and Moonlight Amphitheatre. This fall he had the pleasure of working at the prestigious Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach doing "Crazy For You." Originally from Ohio, he has been all around the world on cruise lines and in various productions on the east coast. He hopes you enjoy this timeless classic and enjoy a piece of history.
Stephanie Saunders is from Manchester, New Hampshire and is a Theater Arts Performance Major at San Diego State University. Within the past year she has performed in "Pump Boys and Dinettes" at Coronado Playhouse directed by Leigh Scarritt, "Me an My Girl" directed by Dan Regis and "A Chorus Line" as Bebe directed by Jack Tygett, both at Starlight Theater. Most recently she was seen in the SDSU production of "110 in the Shade" directed by Rick Simas. Other favorite rolls from back home include Reno in Anything Goes, Val in A Chorus Line, and Erzulie in Once on this Island. She would like to thank Welton and the members of SOHO who made the production possible.
Susan Stuber is thrilled to have this opportunity to perform in such an historic building. She has been seen locally as Patricia Fodor in "Crazy For You"; Florinda in "Into The Woods", Zelda in "Singing in the Rain"; Agatha in "Guys and Dolls"; and "Brigadoon". Some of her other theater credits include "Hello Dolly", "Gypsy", "Damn Yankees", "The Will Roger's Follies", "Die Fledermaus", "Anything Goes", "HMS Pinafore", "The Merry Widow", "Dames at Sea", and "Candide". Susan spends her days teaching vocal music at Washington Middle School in Vista. She thanks her husband David, her family, and friends for their love and support, and to Welton and the SOHO family, from the bottom of her heart.
Ron Ray, Narrator, script adaptor, is glad to be back in San Diego. He comes and he goes, directing for ABC in Australia, Old Globe Atles Best Actor Award for "Tartuff", Los Angeles for film and TV stints, and a singer and parader of girls at the old Hollywood Burlesque Theatre. He insists his best "production" is his beautiful and talented daughter Reegan. Yes, it's good to be back home. Producer's note: Have script, will travel!
Hollace Jones, Musical Director, was founding General Director of San Diego Gilbert & Sullivan Company, now San Diego Comic Opera. With that company and others she conducted all of the 12 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, plus a wide variety of other operettas, musicals and concerts. She has worked as musical director for the Old Globe, Starlight and the Welk Village Theater, also for UCSD, USD, Grossmont College and San Diego Junior Theater, as well as playing nearly two decades of educational outreach for San Diego Opera and Comic Opera. She belongs to the American Guild of Organists and the San Diego Harpsichord Society, is organist and harpsichordist with the San Diego Symphony, and Director of Music at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coronado.
Ingrid Helton, costume designer, has been part of the San Diego Theatre Scene for over 20 years. She most recently served as the Head Cutter/Tailor for the Old Globe Theatre for 18 years. She has designed for over 30 productions, some of which were for the Bowery Theatre, Gaslamp Quarter Theatre, San Dieguito Little Theatre, and San Diego Repertory Theatre, in which she was also the Costume shop manager for 3 years. Ingrid has designed costumes in Walnut Creek at the Center Rep Theatre and she has been awarded the coveted Shelley Award twice for Best Costume Design of the Year. She has served on SOHO's Board of Directors in past years as secretary, Reflections editor, Events and Education Chair. Ingrid founded, developed and chaired SOHO's successful Arts & Crafts Weekend for the first three years and returns this year to chair it again. Ingrid's most recent production is the start of her own business Happy Laugh. Her line of Children Reproduction Vintage Clothing and accessories is breaking into the San Diego Market and can be purchased at the SOHO Museum Shop or at www.happylaugh.com! Ingrid is also the wife of SOHO President Erik Hanson and mother to 4 1/2 year old Delpha Cordelia Hanson.
Anthony R. Wood, Stage Manager, is a native San Diegan who has been involved in local theater for over 30 years. He was one of the founders of the Gaslamp Quarter Theater at 4th and Market, and was stage manager for many productions there. Tony also spent several years stage managing with Welton Jones and Holly Koman at the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Company. He manages a computer facility at UC San Diego as his day gig.
Anthony Gutowski, Scenic Designer, has designed for the Sledgehammer Theatre: Richard III and The Devil River. He was assistant scenic designer at the Sledgehammer Theatre for Alice In Modernland, The Ghost Sonata and Furious Blood. He has also been designing sets for the theatre department at Madison High School. These include: Grease, Nuts, While The Lights Were Out, What I Did Last Summer, Father Knows Best, Come Blow Your Horn, John Lennon and Me, and The Odd Couple (the female version).
Roger Henderson - Some may recall one of Roger Hendersons' earlier efforts in San Diego theatre as the technical director/lighting designer for The Crystal Palace Theatre on the boardwalk in Mission Beach. Since then, his energies have been primarily focused as a Lighting Director and provider of equipment, crews and trucks to a variety of producers world-wide who travel to San Diego to film their projects. His lighting experiences are varied due to the wide range of venues into which these projects have taken him: local theaters, arenas, convention centers, motion picture studios, governmental facilities, etc. After some 30 years lighting for the recorded medium he is becoming increasingly interested in availing himself for more live events which began his career and his passion of light.
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