Globe Theatre Celebrates New Conrad Prebys Theatre Center


The Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center,

and ...

The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre


On December 7th, 2009 neither heavy rain nor heavy winds kept Old Globe supporters away from a celebration of the new Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in Balboa Park. The Conrad Prebys Theatre Center incorporates the flagship Old Globe Theatre, with a four-level new building housing the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Hattox Hall, the Viterbi Family Lobby, the Donald and Darlene Shiley Terrace, and the very popular Lady Carolyn’s Pub.

Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys with Noni Senyei

Theatre guests included actors Marion Ross and Paul Michael, Karen and Don Cohn, Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys, Sheryl and Harvey White, Globe Executive Producer and CEO Louis Spisto, Kathy and John Hattox, Deni and Jeff Jacobs, Carolyn Yorston-Wellcome and Bard Wellcome, Susan Ulevitch, Nina and Bob Doede, Colette and Ivor Royston, Dixie and Ken Unruh, Betty and Leonard Kornreich, and Valerie and Harry Cooper.

It was Valerie’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than at the Globe!

Birthday girl Val wore crimson Alaaia with matching parure, Karen Cohn wore a shimmery Naeem Khan, Sheryl White wore a slim fitting butterscotch colored silk gown by Douglas Hannant, Colette Carson Royston arrived in pretty blue velvet Marc Bouwer with lace inset, Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo wore an elegant black dress by Carolina Herrera, and Katherine Kennedy wore a black velvet coat trimmed in gold silk brocade.

Debbie Turner did her hair and makeup by flashlight at home as the power had gone out at her and Conrad Preby's home. A hiccup on the way to their big evening, but Debbie still looked absolutely great despite the challenge. As they say in theatre. 'the show must go on.'

And it did.

Despite a chilly, windy, very windy night, the heat went up quite a few notches when special guests Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot performed. They are the stars of Broadway’s hit South Pacific. For this special gala, they performed a smorgasbord of musical favorites from Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma, Camelot, and of course a slew of songs like Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific. A live orchestra with Ted Sperling conducting provided the accompaniment.

The evening fun of cocktails, dinner, show, and purpose was noted by many. “This evening symbolized the culmination of all the hard work by the Globe Staff and the Old Globe Board of directors” said Karen Cohn. “It was with tremendous excitement that we all came together to celebrate the completion of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The two Broadway stars of "South Pacific," Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot are phenomenally talented singers and were very generous with their time and talent for the evening. What a wonderful evening of great music celebrating a brand new state-of-the-art theatre building! The new White theatre is a very important new addition to the arts and cultural community in San Diego and I think we opened it up with just the right amount of reverence and joy. The entire two story building will be open immediately for much needed educational programs for all students in San Diego. It is a dream come true for all of us in the city who love great theatre and art.” 

Sheryl White had this to add. “The evening was very special for Harvey and me.  It’s not every day you get a Theatre named after you, we feel very blessed and honored!!  Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot are amazingly talented singers and were the perfect first act for this beautiful new theatre.  Eileen Prisby and Todd Schultz did a wonderful job in handling all of the details.  What a night it was!!”

Never one to miss a musical, Katherine Kennedy summed the evening up. "Because the evening was so blustery, rainy, and typically un- San Diego, it was fun and different being all together in the Hall- like a very big New York cocktail party- lots of energy!  The performance was so perfect to celebrate Conrad’s gift- it was beautifully  performed, the selections were  favorites, comfortable hits that we all love. If you saw Conrad during the performance he was definitely enchanted!!"

And the night was enchantingly unique. A special song called In Our House (lyrics by Mark Campbell and music by Jake Heggie) was performed that evening. The song’s lyrics start like this:

“No one is a stranger
In our house.
Everyone is welcome here.
There are many stories
In our house.
Some new and some old,
All so beautifully told.”

And no one is a stranger to the Old Globe. Outreach and education programs enable all to enjoy this world acclaimed theatre.


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Sheryl White and Valerie Cooper... the birthday girl ** Karen Cohn

Don Cohn ** Debbie Turner and Katherine Kennedy aka KK



Jeanne Jones ** Susan Ulevitch

Phil and Ann White ** Debbie Turner, Conrad Prebys with Burl Stiff

Harry and Valerie Cooper

Actors Marion Ross and Paul Michael

Karen Cohn in Naeem Khan ** Burl Stiff with Sheryl White

Marion Ross with Sheryl White ** Don Breitenberg and Jeanne Jones

Peter Cooper with Lou Spisto ** Audrey Geisel getting a 'meet and greet' from Mayor Jerry Sanders

Paul Michael and Audrey Geisel

Paul Michael with Marion Ross ** Rana Sampson and Mayor Jerry Sanders behind her speaking with Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo and John Rebelo

Rana Sampson and Mayor Jerry Sanders behind her speaking with Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo and John Rebelo ** Nicole Brown ** Jill Galvez

Harry and Valerie Cooper

Above and below, Robert Gleason with Valerie Cooper

Actors Paul Michael and Marion Ross with Lou Spisto

Colette Carson Royston and Ivor Royston

Nina and Bob Doede

Burl Stiff with actress Marion Ross

A fun moment, Don and Karen Cohn with Burl Stiff

Mayor Jerry Sanders and Rana Sampson with Marc Matys and Robert Gleason

Karen Cohn ** Drew Senyei

Audrey Geisel with Todd Schultz and Mayor Jerry Sanders

Karen Cohn ** Paul Michael and Marion Ross

Katherine Kennedy with Debbie Turner and Karen Cohn

Actors Paul Michael and Marion Ross

Debbie Turner with Karen Cohn

Victoria Hamilton and Paul Hobson with Karen Cohn

Harry and Valerie Cooper celebrating Valerie's birthday

at one of their favorite places, the Old Globe


A look back to Globe Events

Globe Gala 2009

Globe Guilders Fashion Luncheon 2009

Globe Guilders VIP Party

Globe Gala 2008

Globe Guilders Fashion Luncheon 2008

Globe Gala 2007

Globe Guilders Fashion Luncheon 2007

Globe Gala 2006


To learn more about The Old Globe, please visit


reported by Margo Schwab

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It actually was that rainy and wet that some roads precluded some guests from getting to the Globe Gala. Among them were Lisa and David Casey, and Lou and Judy Ferrero. The Ferreros would have made it...they just needed a boat to get across the flooded roads in Rancho Santa Fe!


Yes it's true, Valerie Cooper went off to Australia and bungee jumped over 630 feet...voluntarily.

As Val says, she can cross that one off the bucket list.

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