In the summer of 2017, Jeff Coffman, a truck driver from Southern California, jumped at the opportunity to make his stage debut by placing the winning bid in Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Be A Star” fundraising campaign.
“I waited until the last 30 seconds of bidding.” Jeff said. Winning the bid meant that he would have the opportunity to perform at Sonoma County’s largest performance venue, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
As if the opportunity weren’t special enough, he would also appear alongside his daughter, Jessica Lee Coffman. Jessica is a professional actress, singer, dancer, and a Transcendence artist. Jeff continued, “It was very important to me to win the bid and get on stage with my daughter.”
In early December, Jeff hit the stage in the “Broadway Holiday Spectacular.” Set to the tune of “Big Spender” from the musical “Sweet Charity,” Jeff was featured as the Big Spender in a spoof about holiday shopping. With a chorus line of seven Transcendence artists — including his daughter, Jessica — Jeff’s cameo drew cheers and wild audience applause as he demonstrated natural stage presence and comedic talent.
“I was scared to death. I don’t know how Jessica does it. It was so exciting and fun. But I don’t think I will ever quit my day job,” said Coffman.
Photos: Jeff Coffman of Southern California (pictured far right) enjoys his moment in the spotlight in his cameo role as the Big Spender in Transcendence Theatre Company’s recent production of “Broadway Holiday Spectacular,” presented on the main stage of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA.