News Release


Contact: Craig Shafer
(805) 928-7731, ext. 4100

July 2012

PCPA presents
Daddy Long Legs

From the Tony and Olivier Award-Winning Director of Les Misérables and the creators of Jane Eyre, PCPA presents the musical hit, Daddy Long Legs, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and Book by John Caird. It will play in the Marian Theatre August 1 – 19, then in the open air Solvang Festival Theater August 23 - September 9.

Daddy Long Legs is an exquisitely moving story and vivid account of a young orphan girl as she blossoms into a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman. A trustee of the John Grier Orphanage offers a proper education to the 18-year-old Jerusha. The benefactor’s only requirements are that Jerusha never know his identity, and that she write him monthly. She sees him once in shadows and invents a nickname for her mysterious patron—Daddy Long Legs. Her letters to him paint a moving portrait of her lonely life in the orphanage, and the development of her mind and spirit. This new two-person musical boasts memorable melodies and lyrics and an imaginative libretto by an internationally renowned artistic team. Sets and costumes are by Olivier Award-winner David Farley, who recently received rave reviews for his inventive West End and Broadway designs for Sunday in the Park with George. This musical adaptation of Jean Webster's 1912 popular novel explores the nature of friendship and independence and how that changes forever, giver and recipient.

Variety called it “A wholesome tuner in tune with the times.” Stage Scene LA called it “An exquisite gem of a musical…enthralling, entertaining, and moving love story.” The Santa Barbara Independent reviewed its world premiere at Ventura's Rubicon Theatre, “Skillful storytelling, enticing songs, and superb performances.”

Daddy Long Legs is one of numerous adaptations that have been inspired by Jean Webster’s novel, including the popular1955 Hollywood musical of the same name featuring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron as well as films from 1919 with Mary Pickford, 1931 with Janet Gaynor, 1935 with Shirley Temple in Curly Top, as well as Dutch, Japanese, and Korean films produced as recently as 2005.

In 2008, Caird and Gordon approached Rubicon Theater to workshop their new project. Over two weeks and two public performances and much rewriting, Daddy Long Legs was ready to kick off Rubicon’s 2009-2010 season with subsequent dates secured for San Francisco and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Since last September the show has been produced at the Gem Theatre in Michigan, Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio, Arizona Theatre Company, Merrimack Theatre in Massachusetts, and the Skylight Theatre in Wisconsin.

Paul Gordon, in an interview with the Ventura County Star in 2009, said that his goal was to connect with and “amplify the emotional complexity of the novel which he and Caird consider an American classic that is ripe for rediscovery.” -

The Actors
Ephie Aardema* (Jerusha) recently originated the role of Luch Honeychurch in the new musical A Room With A View at the Old Globe in San Diego. That same production was directed by Scott Schwartz (My Fairytale) and choreographed by PCPA's Resident Artist Michael Jenkinson. Ms. Aardema played national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music and appeared Off-Broadway playing the title role in Dear Edwina.

Kevin Earley* (Jervis) has appeared in the Broadway production of Les Misérables as well as its national tour playing the role of Enroljas. Other Broadway credits include Trevor Gradon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Earnest Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities and Prince Sirki in Death Takes a Holiday.

-Complete bios online at * Member, Actors' Equity Association

Daddy Long Legs Designers include David Farley (Scenery and Costumes) and Paul Toben (Lights).  Associate Director is Christina M. Burck.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association


Just the facts…
Box Office (805) 922-8313 Wednesday - Sunday 12:30 - 7pm
Santa Maria Performances
Venue Marian Theatre
800 S. College, Santa Maria, CA
GPS: enter 1100 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, Ca 93454
Tickets $28.00 - $30.00 with discounts for students, children, and seniors,
and preview performances August 1 and 2.
Times 1:30 Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
7pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Solvang Performances
Venue Solvang Festival Theater
420 2nd St., Solvang, CA
Tickets $31.00 - $35.00 with discounts for students, children, and seniors,
and preview performances August 23 and 24.
Times 8:00 pm Tuesday - Sunday
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The 2012 PCPA Summer Season

Little Women
June 14 – July 1 – Solvang Festival Theater

The Rivals
June 21 – 30 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
July 5 - 22 – Solvang Festival Theater

Legally Blonde, the Musical
July 6 - 22 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
July 27 – August 19 – Solvang Festival Theater

Daddy Long Legs
August 1 – 19 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
August 23 – September 9– Solvang Festival Theater

Three Sisters
September 6 - 30 – Severson Theatre, Santa Maria

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