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May 21 – October 23 |
Opens June 21
Musical

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
Book by Hugh Wheeler 
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick 
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman 
Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince 
Director Gary Griffin

On a magical midsummer night, lovers old and new are swept up in a dizzying whirl of romance. “Send In the Clowns” is just one irresistible highlight of this ravishingly beautiful musical.


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Production support is generously provided by Cleveland Friends of Stratford and by Cec & Linda Rorabeck.

Support for the 2016 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Ben Carlson
    Fredrik Egerman
    2016: Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Beralde/La Thorilliere in The Hypochondriac. Ninth season. Stratford: Hamlet, Petruchio, Benedick, Leontes, Brutus, Octavius, Fluellen, Feste, Touchstone, Tranio, Captain von Trapp (The Sound of Music), Charles (Blithe Spirit), Alceste (The Misanthrope), Jack (The Importance of Being Earnest), Chaplain (Mother Courage and Her Children), Burleigh (Mary Stuart). Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: Tanner (Man and Superman); over 25 productions. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Hamlet, Macbeth, Frank in The School for Lies and Pericles. Various favourites: London Road, Canadian Stage; Cloud 9, Mirvish Productions; Our Town, Soulpepper Theatre; Berowne, NAC; Biff, Death of a Salesman, Neptune Theatre; Marchbanks, Candida, Theatre Calgary; Private Gar, Philadelphia Here I Come!, Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia). Film/TV: The Strain, Reign, The Anniversary, Saving Hope, The Firm, Rookie Blue, Warehouse 13, Grey Gardens, Slings and Arrows. Awards: Joseph Jefferson, Hamlet; Dora Mavor Moore, Torvald, The Doll's House.



    Cynthia Dale
    Countess Charlotte Malcolm
     2016: Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music. 13th season. Stratford: Fosca (Passion), Red Queen (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Myra Arundel (Hay Fever), Outside Looking In (concert), Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Edythe Herbert (My One and Only), Nellie Forbush (South Pacific), Maggie (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Maria (The Sound of Music), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Annie Sullivan (The Miracle Worker), Guinevere (Camelot), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew). Elsewhere (selected): Sweet Charity, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Tamara, Pal Joey (1987 Dora Award). Film/TV (selected): The Listener, Christmas Dreams, Triple Sensation, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, Street Legal, Taking the Falls, Barnum, The Cynthia Dale Special, The Boy in Blue, Heavenly Bodies, Moonstruck. Other: Three CDs: To Dream, More and Enchanted.
    Yanna McIntosh
    Désirée Armfeldt
    2016: White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Désirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. 11th season. Stratford: The Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. van Daan), Oedipus Rex (Jocasta), Cleopatra, Elektra, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Trojan Women (Helen), Winter's Tale (Hermione), Cymbeline, Richard III, Little Years, Dangerous Liaisons. Elsewhere: The Seagull (Crow's Theatre); Speaking in Tongues (Company Theatre); This, Syringa Tree, The Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage); Ruined* (Obsidian/Nightwood); Cloud 9 (Mirvish); Stuff Happens (Studio 180); Mary Stuart, Phèdre (Soulpepper); The Monument (Obsidian); Hedda Gabler (Volcano); Belle (Factory/NAC); Generous, Skylight* (Tarragon); Valley Song* (New Globe); Love's Labour's Lost, The Bear (NAC); Lambton Kent (Volcano/Edinburgh Festival); Tartuffe (ART); Trace (co-writer/performer); guest teacher/director (NTS; Humber College). Film/TV: Remedy (Global); Working the Engels, This Is Wonderland, Riverdale (CBC); Hemlock Grove (Netflix); Suits (USA); Listener, Doomstown** (CTV); The Line (TMN); The Sentinel, Finn's Girl, A Raisin in the Sun. Awards:  Dora (*) and Gemini (**) Awards.
    Juan Chioran
    Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm

    2016: Zach in A Chorus Line and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music. 14th season. Stratford: Henry V, Much Ado, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Bartholomew Fair, Three Sisters, All's Well, Shrew, As You Like It, Hamlet, Dracula, Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Bob Kills Theatre); Cabaret, Philadelphia Story, Light in the Piazza (Shaw); Madonna Painter (Factory); New Brain, Piazza (Acting Up Stage); It's a Wonderful Life, Goodnight Desdemona, Much Ado (Canadian Stage); Cymbeline, The Three Musketeers, Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare); Blithe Spirit, An Ideal Husband (Citadel); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Producers (Mirvish); Present Laughter (Soulpepper); Anything That Moves (Tarragon); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Livent); Hedda Gabler (MTC); Rocky Horror (Bathurst Street). Film/TV: Reign, Finn on the Fly, Republic of Love, What's Up Warthogs, The Border, Roxy Hunter, This Is Wonderland, Cheetah Girls, Monk. Training: BFA, U of A. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jeff, Ovation, Carbonell. 



    Rosemary Dunsmore
    Madame Armfeldt
     2016: Mrs. Macready in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: Celia in As You Like It, Helena in A Midsummer's Night Dream, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. Elsewhere (selected): Toronto: Late Company, Tom at the Farm, Festen, Tout Comme Elle, The New Electric Ballroom, The Glass Menagerie. Montreal: Wit, Glorious, Long Day's Journey into Night. She also works as a theatre director across the country. Film/TV: Currently: Orphan Black (Susan Duncan), Between; appeared in over 100 films/TV series. Favourite roles include Katherine Brooke (Anne of Green Gables), title role in Mom PI. Upcoming: The Bequest. Online: Guidestones, Ruby Skye PI. Awards: Dora, Masque, ACTRA Award, ACTRA Nellie, London Telegraph Best Fringe Performance, Maclean's Honour Roll. Et cetera: She teaches at NTS, Canadian Film Centre and many others. She is grateful for a long, varied, rewarding career and glad to be back at the Festival.
    Sara Farb
    Petra
    2016: Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Petra in A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), She Stoops to Conquer (Constance), The Last Wife (Mary), King Lear (Cordelia), The Beaux' Stratagem (Cherry), The Merchant of Venice (Jessica), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers. Elsewhere: Anne Frank, The Secret Annex (Segal Centre); writer/star of one-woman play R-E-B-E-C-C-A (Passe Muraille); Natalie, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary co-production; Tarragon); Adele, The Passion of Adele Hugo (Eastern Front); Edges, UnCovered concert series (Acting Up Stage); The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Jane Eyre, Oliver! (Mirvish). Film/TV: The Firm, The Listener, Covert Affairs, Celine. Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Peter Donaldson Award; Calgary Theatre Critics Award. Training: Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: Sara is the co-writer in residence for Acting Up Stage. "Thanks NLM, my big loving family, and my big loving friends."
    Alexis Gordon
    Anne Egerman
    2016: Eagle, Ensemble in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music. Second season. Stratford: Julie Jordan in Carousel, Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, Clara in Passion. Elsewhere: Celeste #2/Elaine in Sunday in the Park with George (Talk is Free Theatre), Iris in world première of The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory Theatre/Obsidian Theatre); Obeah Opera (Nightwood Theatre); Recurring John, Paradises Lost (Toronto SummerWorks Festival); Starbright Christmas, Canada Sings, Godspell (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre). Film/TV: Principal actor in Motives & Murders, The Worst Thing I Ever Did. Awards: Inaugural female winner: Amy Wallis Memorial Guthrie Award (Stratford), Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Artists (Acting Up). Online: Twitter: @AlexisLGordon. Training: BFA Acting program at University of Windsor. Et cetera: "Love and thanks to my mom and dad, family, friends, mentors, the creative teams and the gang at TH."
    Matt Alfano
    Frid

    2016: Mike in A Chorus Line and Frid in A Little Night Music. Seventh season. Stratford: The Sound of Music,Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Music Man, Moby Dick. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (Dodgers). Elsewhere: Billy Elliot The Musical (MTC); Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Shrek The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Grand Theatre); White Christmas, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); The Waiting Room, Verb.atim, Rain (Helix Dance Project); Eve of St.George (TranscenDance Project). Training: Advanced certificates in RAD, CDTA and ADAPT syllabi. Banff ballet school, RWB School, and an alumnus of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Et cetera: "Much love and peace. Enjoy the shows!"



    Gabriel Antonacci
    Henrik Egerman

    2016: Al in A Chorus Line and Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music. Third season. Stratford: Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy and appeared in Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Bobby in Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray, Donna Feore, Gary Griffin and his cello teachers Ben and Natalie. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin, and their two dogs, Bella and Sophie.



    Sean Arbuckle
    Mr. Lindquist
    2016: Giant Rumblebuffin in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music. 14th season. Stratford: Pericles, The Physicists, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Mother Courage, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, The Trojan Women, Macbeth, The Tempest, As You Like It, Agamemnon, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere: Most recently: The Immigrant (Harold Green) and Sunday in the Park with George (Talk Is Free); London Road (Canadian Stage, Dora Award); Othello (Segal Centre); The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre); Phèdre (ACT); Woman in Mind (Berkshire Theatre Festival); The Spitfire Grill (George Street, world première); The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout); Copenhagen (national tour). Film/TV: 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Defiance, Hope & Faith, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.
    Barbara Fulton
    Mrs. Anderssen
    2016: Mrs. Beaver in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music. 22nd season. Stratford: Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music, Grandma Tzeitel (2013) and Fruma-Sarah (2000) in Fiddler on the RoofElektra, Peter Pan, Elizabeth I/Widow in The Taming of the Shrew, Fatima in Pentecost, Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver!, Jack's Mother in Into the Woods, Mrs. Keller in The Miracle Worker, Sister Helena in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Queen Anne in The Three Musketeers, Peep-Bo in The Mikado and Nicole in Bonjour, là, bonjour. Elsewhere: Aunt March in Little Women (Theatre New Brunswick); Mrs. Webb in Our Town (Mercury Theatre). Film: Stratford's Twelfth Night. Recordings: Stratford's Carousel, CBC/Stratford Festival's The Tempest, Dark Lady of the Sonnets.  Jazz albums: Somebody New and Too Close for Comfort.Awards: Four Tyrone Guthrie Awards.
    Bonnie Jordan
    Malla
    2016: Judy in A Chorus Line and Malla in A Little Night Music. Third season. Stratford: Betsy in Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Chorus in Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chorus in Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street chorus girl in Warehouse 13, dancer on game show Fidèles au Poste. Et cetera: Bonnie wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting and believing in her.
    Bethany Kovarik
    Osa
     2016: Lois in A Chorus Line and Osa in A Little Night Music. Second season. Stratford: Swing in Crazy for You, appeared in The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Mona in Chicago, Atina in The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton Entertainment); Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment, Grand Theatre); Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Asian tour); Summer in the City (Stage West Calgary); Seussical (Citadel Theatre, Young People's Theatre). Film/TV: Warrior, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Bomb Girls, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's New Adventure, principal dance double in Make It Happen and Christmas Dance. Training/Teaching: Proud graduate of Sheridan Institute's prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program and has also taught at the college. Awards: Lindsay Thomas "The Show Must Go On" Award. Et cetera: "Endless thanks to the Talent House team and an abundance of love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Ryan, family and friends. This one's for all the dancers that put themselves on the line." Follow @bethanykovarik on Instagram.
    Ayrin Mackie
    Mrs. Segstrom
    2016: Sheila in A Chorus Line and Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, The Pirates of Penzance, Elektra. Elsewhere: The Wizard of Oz (Toronto and first national tour), Lord of the Rings (world première), The Producers (Mirvish); Shrek the Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Grand); Lies My Father Told Me (Segal Centre); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sweet Charity, Cats, Evita (Drayton); White Christmas, Cats (Theatre Aquarius); The Producers, White Christmas (Neptune Theatre); A Chorus Line, Footloose (Stage West, Calgary/Mississauga); West Side Story (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); The Merry Widow (Opera Ontario); Thick-Skinned (Toronto Fringe Festival). Et cetera: Ayrin is also a certified Kundalini yoga teacher.
    André Morin
    Bertrand

    2016: Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bertrand in A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."

    Stephen Patterson
    Mr. Erlanson
     2016: Unicorn, Ensemble in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music. Sixth season. Stratford: Giorgio (Passion), Sam (Crazy for You), Barber (Man of La Mancha), Captain Walker (Tommy), Snoopy (Charlie Brown), Mordcha (Fiddler on the Roof), Wanderlust, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, Jacques Brel. Elsewhere: Sam Wainright (It's a Wonderful Life) (Aquarius); Jackie (Wild Party), Marvin (Falsettos) (Acting Up Stage); Sir Galahad (Spamalot), Che (Evita), Chris (Miss Saigon) (Drayton); Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC); Bob (White Christmas) (MTC, Neptune); Freddy (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) (North American tour); Marius (Les Misérables) (Broadway); Laurie (Little Women) (first U.S. national tour); Bobby Strong (Urinetown) (Canadian Stage); Jerry (The Full Monty) (Stage West); Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables) (Charlottetown). Recordings: Stephen's CD, Tonight at Eight, available on iTunes. Et cetera: "Love to Robin, Hutton and Wesley." Stephen dedicates this season to his mum, Catherine Patterson.
    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Mrs. Nordstrom
    2016: Maggie in A Chorus Line and Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music. Sixth season. Stratford: The Sound of Music, Carousel, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Elsewhere: For Yes Theatre: Carrie: The Musical. For RMTC: Cabaret. For the Charlottetown Festival: Anne of Green Gables. For the Grand Theatre: Elf. For Ross Petty Productions: Robin Hood. For Theatre Aquarius: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Recordings: Carousel cast recording, Stratford (2015). Training: Music Theatre Performance (diploma) from Sheridan Institute, Theatre Studies in Acting (diploma) from Red Deer College. Et cetera: "I'd like to dedicate this season to Miss Julie, who bestowed upon me a fierce love of dance and performance. Big love and thanks to Bruce and the TH gang, my parents and my partner, Robert - love you!" Online: Twitter: @RiderShaw.
    Cynthia Smithers
    Understudy

    2016: Diana in A Chorus Line and understudy in A Little Night Music. Second season. Stratford: The Sound of Music and Carousel. Elsewhere: The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Third Spirit in The Magic Flute, Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea, seven seasons with Artists of Atelier Ballet, including tours to L'Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Salzburg Festival (Opera Atelier); Bach Mass in B minor (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra); Toronto All-Star Big Band. Film/TV: Magic Flute Diaries (Sullivan Entertainment). Recordings: Shrek's Fairytale Kingdom (DreamWorks/Capcom);  UFOs: A Secret History (History Channel). Training: BMus, Masters of Musicology, University of Toronto; School of Atelier Ballet. Awards: SSHRC; OGS. Et cetera: "Thanks to my family and friends for your unconditional love and ongoing support, Ken for providing a solid artistic foundation in music, Jeannette and Marshall for introducing me to the stage and mentoring me over many, many years, and Rachel at NCA for the encouragement!"

    Kimberly-Ann Truong
    Fredrika
     2016: Vicki in A Chorus Line and Fredrika in A Little Night Music. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Jasmine in Aladdin: The Panto, Eponine understudy/ensemble in Les Misérables (Drayton Entertainment); Rosalia in West Side Story (Rainbow Stage); featured performer/dance captain in Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College, 2015. Awards: Fourth Year Triple Threat Award, Contribution to the Canadian Music Theatre Project Award, Outstanding Achievement in Dance Performance Award (Theatre Sheridan). Online: @trukimmy. Et cetera: "It is an absolute dream come true for me to be performing at the Stratford Festival! I am beyond grateful and would like to dedicate every performance to my incredible family in B.C., as well as my extraordinary friends, who have provided me with nothing but boundless love and support every step of the way. Big thanks to TH and the Sheridan gang."
    Stephen Sondheim
    Composer and lyricist

    Composer and lyricist: A Little Night Music

    Born in New York City on March 22, 1930, Stephen Sondheim was educated at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

    After writing the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954) and working as lyricist on the musicals West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959), he went on to write both music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962); Anyone Can Whistle (1964); Company (1970); Follies (1971); A Little Night Music (1973); The Frogs (1974); Pacific Overtures (1976); Sweeney Todd (1979); Merrily We Roll Along (1981); Sunday in the Park with George (1984), for which he and librettist James Lapine won the Pulitzer Prize; Into the Woods (1987); Assassins (1990); Passion (1994); and Road Show (2008). He also wrote lyrics for Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973).

    Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990), winning an Academy Award for Best Song for the latter, as well as for the television production Evening Primrose (1966).

    His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made a Hat (2011). Among many other distinctions, he has won eight Tony Awards, including one for lifetime achievement. In 2010 the Broadway venue formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed in his honour.

    Hugh Wheeler
    Librettist

    Librettist: A Little Night Music

    Hugh Wheeler was a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He wrote more than 30 mystery novels under the pseudonyms Q. Patrick and Patrick Quentin, and four of his novels were transformed into films: Black Widow, Man in the Net, The Green-Eyed Monster and The Man with Two Wives. For film, he wrote the screenplays for Travels with My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music and Nijinsky.

    His plays include Big Fish, Little Fish (1961), Look: We've Come Through (1961) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966), adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel. In addition to writing the book for A Little Night Music (1973), he co-authored with Joseph Stein the book for a new production of the 1919 musical Irene (1973) and wrote the books for a new production of Candide (1973); Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), based on a version of the play by Christopher Bond; and Meet Me in St. Louis (adapted from the 1949 MGM musical).

    He contributed additional material for the musical Pacific Overtures (1976) and wrote a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill opera Silverlake, which was directed by Harold Prince at the New York Opera. He received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for A Little Night Music, Candide and Sweeney Todd

    Prior to his death in 1987, Wheeler was working on two new musicals, Bodo and Fu Manchu, and a new adaptation of The Merry Widow

    Gary Griffin
    Director
     2016: Director of A Little Night Music. Sixth season. Stratford: West Side Story, Evita, Camelot, 42nd Street, Antony and Cleopatra. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, The Apple Tree, The Color Purple. London: Pacific Overtures (Olivier Award, Outstanding Musical Production; Olivier nomination, Best Director). Off-Broadway: Seven productions for City Center Encores!, Saved at Playwrights Horizons, Beautiful Thing at The Cherry Lane. Chicago: Associate Artistic Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Gypsy, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, As You Like It, Amadeus, Private Lives, Pacific Overtures. Lyric Opera, Chicago: Oklahoma!, The Mikado, The Merry Widow. Regional Credits: McCarter, Dallas Theater Center, The Old Globe, Alliance and, most recently, Stephen Sondheim's Road Show at Signature in Washington, D.C.
    Franklin Brasz
    Musical director
     2016: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival. Musical Director of A Little Night Music. Seventh season. Stratford: Carousel, Man of La Mancha, The Pirates of Penzance, Forum (Stratford/Mirvish), Kiss Me, Kate, 42nd Street, Evita. Concert versions of Passion, Next to Normal. Elsewhere: Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz,  Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Lord of the Rings, Annie Get Your Gun, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Wicked, The Producers, The Lion King, Ragtime, Show Boat, The Threepenny Opera, Cabaret. Illinois and Dorian Opera Theatres, Pine Mountain Music Festival, American Boychoir School. Also, The Tenors; Measha Brueggergosman; gala concerts honouring Dame Maggie Smith, William Shatner, Colm Feore, Des McAnuff. Recordings: Carousel, Crazy for You (Stratford Festival), The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance), Still Dreaming of Paradise (Josh Young). Training: MM, vocal coaching and accompanying, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Debra Hanson
    Designer
     2016: Designer of A Little Night Music. 23rd season. Stratford: Head of design, 1990-1994. Elsewhere:Venus in Fur, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); Atom Egoyan's Così fan tutte (COC); San Diego and St. Louis Operas, NAC, Shaw Festival, CentreStage, Theatre Plus, Toronto Free, Banff Centre, Theatre Calgary. Resident designer: MTC, Theatre New Brunswick. Teaching: McGill, Queen's and Bishop's universities, John Abbott College, Humber College, University of Victoria. Film/TV: Orphan Black, Schitt's Creek, Combat Hospital, Chloe, Casino Jack, Adoration, Away from Her, Outlander, Childstar, In God's Country, I Was a Rat, Verdict in Blood, A Killing Spring, Society's Child, Love Come Down, What Katy Did. Awards: Pauline McGibbon Award (1984), Dora Award (Translations), Dora nomination (Saint Joan), Genie nominations (Cra$h & Burn, New Waterford Girl, The Gospel of John), CSA nominations (The Firm, Bomb Girls), Gemini nomination (Stormy Weather), Gemini Awards (Roxana, Othello).
    Kevin Fraser
    Lighting designer
     2016: Lighting designer of The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeShakespeare in Love  and A Little Night Music. 29th season. Stratford: Stratford designs include Carousel, Pericles, King John, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Shakespeare's Will, Evita, Peter Pan, Forum, West Side Story, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Music Man, Cabaret, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, South Pacific, The Glass Menagerie, Guys and Dolls, Inherit the Wind and many more. Elsewhere: Kevin has designed lighting for many theatre and opera productions across Canada. Recent credits include Great Expectations (Neptune Theatre, Halifax), Footloose and Anne of Green Gables (Drayton Entertainment) and Toxicity (Canada's Wonderland). Training: Kevin is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Awards: Kevin has received five Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations (Toronto) and one Jessie Richardson Award nomination (Vancouver). Online: www.kevinfraserlighting.com. Et cetera: Member of Associated Designers of Canada.
    Peter McBoyle
    Sound designer
     2016: Sound designer of A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love and A Little Night Music. 21st season. Stratford (selected): Over 60 productions including The Sound of Music, Carousel, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Antony and Cleopatra,Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, A Word or Two, Jacques Brel, West Side Story. Elsewhere: Peter has been fortunate to work at most major Canadian theatres, including Shaw, NAC, Citadel, Theatre Calgary, RMTC, Charlottetown Festival and Canadian Stage. Recent and notable projects include Come Fly Away (Broadway, Vegas, tour); Arrabal (BASE/Mirvish); Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, West Side Story,Legally Blonde (tours); Barrymore (Livent); The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Evangeline (Charlottetown/Citadel); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center). Training: BA, MA in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta), Come Fly Away; Dora nomination, Fire. Et cetera: "Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support."
    John Stead
    Fight director
     2016: Head of Stage Combat. Fight Director of Macbeth, All My SonsThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, As You Like It, A Little Night MusicBreath of Kings: Rebellion and Breath of Kings: Redemption. 23rd season. Stratford: Fight director, 200+ productions. Elsewhere: 500+ productions, including 15 seasons with Shaw Festival. Film director: Cyborg Soldier, Troubled Waters, Good Morning Tomorrow, The Waking, The Hot Flash, End Game, Charon's Obal. TV director: Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, XIII, Lost Girl, Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, Mutant X, The Dresden Files, The Adventures of Sinbad. 400+ film/TV credits as stunt coordinator/action director. Teaching: Numerous universities and colleges, including NTS; master instructor, Academy of Dramatic Combat. Awards: Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival); Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF); Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford); Judges' Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival); Best Short First Runner-Up (Ticket to Hollywood International Film and Screenplay Festival); Best Short Award nominee (Directors' Guild of Canada). Online: johnstead.com; IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm0824093/.
    Chris Bailey
    Movement consultant
     2016: Movement consultant for A Little Night Music. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Entertainer with Kenneth Branagh (West End, upcoming); Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout); Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory); the Kennedy Center Honors; and the 2013 Tony Awards. Regional credits include Into the Woods, My Fair Lady,Tarzan, West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie (MUNY); and Dancing Shadows (Seoul Arts Center). As associate choreographer: Promises, Promises, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Evita and Cry Baby (Broadway); Guys and Dolls, Evita and Once in a Lifetime (West End). Film: Ted 2, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
    Sara-Jeanne Hosie
    Assistant director
     2016: Assistant director of A Little Night Music. Second season. Stratford: Assistant director to Robert McQueen on Man of La Mancha. Direction/Choreography: Godspell, Blood Brothers, Altar Boyz, SUDS (Arts Club); Alice vs Wonderland, My Fair Lady (Bluebridge); Into the Woods (CCPA); The Buddy Holly Story, Chickens (Chemainus); Ruthless, Title of Show, Glory Days, Songs for a New World. Actor (selected): Kate in Wild Party, Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos, Mary Poppins, Sally Bowles, Patsy Cline, Fantine, Velma Kelly, Adelaide, Audrey, Ms Shields in Christmas Story, Betty in White Christmas, Rona in Spelling Bee, Nellie in South Pacific. Recordings: Sara-Jeanne has an album of original music entitled In Case You Didn't Know. Online: sjhosie.com. Et cetera: "Thank you to the Talent House, and love to my wonderful Kevin."
    Alyssa Westman
    Assistant designer
     2016: Assistant designer of A Little Night Music and The Hypochondriac. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant designer, King John, Christina, The Girl King; assistant costume designer, Carousel, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet; design consultant, Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: Costume design for Shelley or The Idealist (Fanshawe College); Hippolytos; Dinosaur, A Tranny Tale (Toronto Fringe Festival); The Specimen, A Much Debated Cleaning (Playground). Design assistant: Funny Girl (Segal Centre Performing Arts); As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour). Assistant milliner: Bugzzz - A Cautionary Tale (Out of the Box Productions). Abroad: Drawing programs: Paris (Studio Escalier, 2015); Florence (SACI), 2011; Prague Quadrennial's Six Acts installation; International Students' Work Exhibition, Beijing, 2011. Training: BFA with Honours, York University. Awards: Brian Jackson Award, 2014; Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellow, 2013; Herman Geiger-Torel Memorial Prize, 2012; CASA grant, 2012. Et cetera: Alyssa thanks her loving husband for always supporting her dreams.
    Jareth Li
    Assistant lighting designer
     2016: Assistant lighting designer of Shakespeare in Love  and A Little Night Music Sixth season. Stratford: As assistant lighting designer: five seasons, from The Little Years to, most recently, The Alchemist, Oedipus Rex, The Adventures of Pericles and The Physicists.Elsewhere: Recent lighting design credits include Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company), The Trial of Judith K (Thought For Food Productions), Dusk Dances 2015 (Sylvie Bouchard), Mourning Dove (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Dangerous Liaisons (Red One Collective), The Widow (SummerWorks), Disco Pigs (A Lasting Dose Productions). Associate lighting designer of Just for Laughs (Canadian tour); Gita Govinda (Menaka Thakkar Dance Company). Assistant lighting designer with the Canadian Opera Company for five seasons. Training: York University - Theatre Design and Technical Production. Awards: Guthrie Award, Wally Russell Training Internship. Online: @jareth.li. Et cetera: Instructor at York University; training for his certification as a climbing guide.
    Hilary Pitman
    Assistant lighting designer
     2016: Assistant lighting designer of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and A Little Night Music. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Production electrician: Sherlock Holmes tour (Starvox Entertainment); production assistant: Anne of Green Gables, Chicago, Footloose, Spamalot (Drayton Entertainment); IMPACT Theatre Festival 2015 (MT Space). Training: University of Waterloo.
    William Fallon
    Assistant sound designer
    2016: Assistant sound designer of A Chorus Line and A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant sound designer of TheSound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Elsewhere: Sound designer: The Immigrant (Harold Green), IMPRINTS (Theatre Gargantua), In Transit (Segal Centre - Young Company), As You Like It (Repercussion Theatre) and Cabaret (NTSC). Associate/assistant sound designer: Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Dear Life (National Arts Centre Orchestra); Nìagara - A Pan-American Story (Panamania); Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Aladdin (Disney Theatrical); This (Canadian Stage); Hair (The Grand Theatre). Production sound engineer: The Last Five Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival); The Wild Party, Once on This Island and Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); What Makes a Man (Necessary Angel). Et cetera: William is a member of IATSE Local 58.
    Geoff Scovell
    Associate fight director
    2016: Associate fight director of Macbeth, All My SonsThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, As You Like It, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night MusicBreath of Kings: Rebellion and Breath of Kings: Redemption. Sixth season. Stratford: Associate fight director (selected): Hamlet, The Physicists, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, Crazy for You, King John, Man of La Mancha, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Othello. Assistant fight director: Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Count of Monte Cristo. Elsewhere: Fight director: Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC); The Godot Cycle (Yes Let's Go); Mirandolina (Soulpepper); Romeo and Juliet (ShakespeareWorks). Film/TV: Stunt performer (selected): Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Covert Affairs, Pompeii, Robocop, Reign, Orphan Black, Assassins Creed: Unity, Carrie, Total Recall, Lost Girl. Training: BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: Paddy Crean: excellence in stage combat. Online: @GeoffScovell. Et cetera: This season is dedicated to the memory of Joel Harris.
    Meghan Callan
    Stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of A Little Night Music. 16th season. Stratford: Meghan has worked on many productions at the Stratford Festival, including The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Tommy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Tempest (2010). Elsewhere: Meghan enjoyed working across Canada for the Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre. She has also worked in stage management for corporate clients such as General Motors, Toyota Canada, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian International Auto Show. Training: BFA, York University. Et cetera: Many thanks to Beatrice, Ella and Peter for always making her proud.
    Holly Korhonen
    Assistant stage manager
     2016: Assistant stage manager of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and A Little Night Music. 15th season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ever Yours, Oscar, Cabaret, My One and Only, The Comedy of Errors, South Pacific, Oliver!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Edward II, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anything Goes, Henry VI. Stage manager: Birmingham Conservatory, 2006, 2007. Awards: Recipient of the Tanya Award and three Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Holly thanks all those who have made it possible for her to balance her two great loves, the theatre and her son, Jackson. She is ever grateful for all the love and support that surrounds her. Enjoy the show Steve and Jennica!
    Jocelyn McDowell
    Assistant stage manager
     2016: Assistant stage manager of A Little Night Music. Third season.
    Margaret Palmer
    Assistant stage manager

    2016: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and assistant stage manager of A Little Night Music. 33rd season. Stratford: Maggie has been PSM at the Avon, Tom Patterson and Festival theatres for 25 seasons. Stage-management credits include Henry IV (parts 1 and 2); Iolanthe; The Imaginary Invalid; My Fair Lady; A Man for All Seasons; Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; The Government Inspector; Coriolanus; The Mikado (national tour, London's Old Vic); and Twelfth Night (U.S. tour). Elsewhere: Maggie has worked at the St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto Arts Productions), MTC and the Grand Theatre, where she stage-managed a Dora Award-winning production of A Little Night Music. She stage-managed Eugene Onegin (Manitoba Opera), the first Dream in High Park and the first Dora Awards. She did publicity for the NDWT Company and toured Canada with the Charlottetown Festival. Training: Graduate of the National Theatre School.

    Bona Duncan
    Production stage manager
     2016: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 16th season. Stratford: Stage manager: The Taming of the Shrew, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet. Production stage manager: Studio and Avon theatres. Assistant stage manager: Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Bona is grateful to have worked in many theatres across our country, including TIFT, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, The Grand, NAC, MTC, Banff Centre, Citadel, Tarragon, Centaur. Training: Graduate of the technical production section of the National Theatre School of Canada; BA from Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Dan, and daughter, Georgia.
    Julie Miles
    Production stage manager
    2016: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre, stage manager of The Hypochondriac and assistant stage manager of Macbeth. 19th season. Stratford: Ten seasons as production stage manager (Tom Patterson, Avon and Studio theatres). Stage manager: The Alchemist, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Word or Two, The Thrill, The Homecoming, Jacques Brel, Shakespeare's Universe, Othello, The Measure of Love/Ruth Draper on Tour. Assistant stage management (selected): Noises Off, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Inherit the Wind, Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: In 2014, Julie travelled to Los Angeles with Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two. Production stage manager: The Odd Couple, As You Like It (Soulpepper). Assistant stage manager: Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, Eugene Onegin, Lakmé, Tosca (Opera Ontario); La Bohème, Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company). Training: Graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Roger, Eldon and Annie-Irene.

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