Jan 4th, 2012 - Dec 15th, 2012
Directed by Kerry Meads
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Jon Lorenz
by Jon Lorenz & Colleen Kollar Smith with Kerry Meads
Choreographed by Colleen Kollar Smith
Ensemble Paula Steiger Bloomer
David S. Humphrey
Karyn Overstreet
Joy Yandell
Spencer Rowe
Joshua Pontsler
Courtney Corey
Stephen Gelpi
Anton Fero
Bryan Banville
Chrissy Burns
Marci Anne Wuebben
Whitney Gelpi
James Royce Edwards
Renee Rebold Kauffman
Jon Lorenz
Caitie Grady
Jesse Abeel
Brad Davis
Season Bowers
Kürt Norby
Leonard Patton
Julean Rai
Nick Spear
Colleen Kollar Smith
Katie Whalley
Keyboards Andy Ingersoll
Keyboards Patrick Marion
Guitar Leo Correia
Guitar William Driskill
Guitar Rik Ogden
Guitar Joseph Pfeifer
Bass Harley Magsino
Bass Oliver Shirley
Drums Brian Dall
Drums Dave Rumley
Props/Video Design Michael McKeon
Set Designer Mike Buckley
Costume Designer Jemima Dutra
Lighting Designer Rachael Campbell
Sound Designer Patrick J. Duffy
Stage Manager Maria Mangiavellano
Assistant Stage Manager Esther Banks
Sarah Marion
Julie Lorenz
Production Assistant Brenna Peirson
Sound Engineer Stephanie Celustka
Assistant to Directors Kali LIndsay
Stage Manager Jason Heil
Stage Manager Marie Jahelka
"If you don't mind the idea of smiling, laughing, and even catching yourself singing along, then MIXTAPE is a great night out!"
- Milo Shapiro ( Stage & Cinema )
"CRITIC'S CHOICE! Lamb's Players gets it right! Thanks to versatile performers, a crack band, Kerry Meads' turn-on-a-dime staging, and the writers' savvy concept. They whip it good!"
- James Hebert ( San Diego Union-Tribune )
"BEST BET! This vibrant, inventive, enormously energetic creation, sung by a spectacular cast, accompanied by a sensational band, is destined for a long and triumphant run!"
- Pat Launer ( Jazz 88 )
"BEST BET! If you're not of the era, just sit back and enjoy the spectacle! What really matters is personality, and this company has it! The band is extraordinary. Cleverly done, excellent performance!"
- Charlene Baldridge ( San Diego Theatre Scene )
"Always entertaining - and memory-provoking. Performed with rampant energy and polish!"
- Jeff Smith ( San Diego Reader )

The U-T's Front Row theater panel (or a good chunk of it, anyway) made like the crew from that '80s Brat Pack semi-classic "St. Elmo's Fire" recently and descended en masse to check out Lamb's Players Theatre's "miXtape."

Although the boisterous, long-running musical revue just went on holiday hiatus, it resumes performances for another month or so (and possibly longer) in early January.

We asked the panelists how this spoofy nostalgia trip lined up with their own memories of the '80s:

Ron Choularton:
Wide-ranging, veteran actor who also publishes the Union Jack, a national newspaper for British expatriates.

"I am so glad I got to see ‘miXtape” at last! It truly was a giant nudge of “histori-musical” proportions. When the superb guitar player launched into the Dire Straits guitar riff leading into “Money For Nothing,” there I was, transported back to the ‘80s in our living room, with my 3- and 4-year-old kids playing air guitars!

What a cast too! May the now-short reprieve of this masterpiece be commuted by Gov. Brown, as this show should never die — at least not until a ‘60s version emerges."

Daren Scott:
Actor, director and photographer extraordinaire (for several local companies), and a member of the ensemble at New Village Arts Theatre.

"The show is like the excitement of bumping into an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time, and the thrill of talking about the great times you had with them, and laughing about the things you did together. You sort of become that person again, if only for a few minutes.

I walked out of the show at least a decade younger. And, after sitting next to Ron Choularton during Act 2, I am convinced he at one time was truly a member of Duran Duran. Well, that’s what he told me anyway."

Antonio “T.J.” Johnson:
Actor, director, teacher and local theater institution with a long list of San Diego credits and awards.

Two strong feelings hit me after I saw “miXtape.” I really enjoyed the show and the enormous energy and commitment of the performers — everything was spot-on. But it made me realize that the MTV era was a very “white” era in music videos, although Michael Jackson was the compelling figure in its rise.

I loved “miXtape” — it borders on genius and should run forever so that I have a surefire San Diego hit to share with friends and family. But I hated the ‘80s.

Elise Kim Prosser:
San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre board member, actor, playwright and marketing professor/consultant.

“(The song) 'Luka' transported me to 1987, when I saw Suzanne Vega perform it acoustically in Greenwich Village. There, she told the audience that it was about a 9-year-old victim of child abuse. It brought tears to my eyes then and now.”

Robin Sanford Roberts:
UCSD-trained set designer for the Old Globe, San Diego Rep and other companies here and around the country (with a Broadway credit for “It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues”).

"I had a great time experiencing the energetic production of “miXtape” with a group of the U-T Front Row’ers. It completely took me back to high school and college — and made me want to put on all my old Madonna records! I still have some favorite mix-tapes, but alas, nothing left to play them on." "
- Jim Hebert ( North County Times )