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CHICAGO

CHICAGO

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse 

Music by John Kander 

Lyrics by Fred Ebb 

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Script adaptation by David Thompson

Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore

SIN, DANCE AND ALL THAT JAZZ


Aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and vaudeville star Velma Kelly, two murderesses as sexy as they are cynical, compete for the skills of shady lawyer Billy Flynn and the media celebrity he has promised them both. With its killer score and knock-’em-dead dance numbers, this deliciously lurid tale of murder, greed, adultery – and all that jazz – packs some serious heat.

Production Co-Sponsors:  Enbridge logo  RBC logo

Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen

Support for the 2020 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster

Jennifer Rider-Shaw, Chelsea Preston. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper. 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Dan Chameroy
    Billy Flynn

    2020: Billy Flynn in Chicago and Walker Earle in Here's What It Takes. 14th season. Stratford: Dad in Billy Elliot, Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Wanderlust, Henry V, The Winter's Tale, A Funny Thing Happened..., West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Pentecost, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Camelot.Elsewhere: Life After (Musical Stage, Canadian Stage, YST); Toronto and U.S. tour of Matilda - Toronto Critics Award (Mirvish/Dodger); Of Human Bondage, Idiot's Delight, The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); The Wild Party (Musical Stage); Company (Theatre 20); The Arsonists, Into the Woods (Canadian Stage); The Magic Fire, High Society (Shaw); Beauty and the Beast - Dora Award, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables (Mirvish). Film/TV: Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Dog and Pony, Let's Go Luna, PURST: Secret Agent Binky.Awards: Dan is a multiple Dora and CSA nominee. For backstage laughs follow him on Instagram: @danchameroy.

     

    Chelsea Preston
    Roxie Hart
    2020: Roxie Hart in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sandy in Grease, Amber in Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment); Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Magnus Theatre); Jeanie in Hair, Jessica/Julia in The Last Resort, Cabaret, Hairspray, Mona in Chicago (Mayfield Theatre); Spamalot (Citadel Theatre). Choreography: Romeo and Juliet (Lost & Gone), The Hoof and Mouth Advantage (Teatro La Quindicina). Training: Graduated with Distinction from Grant MacEwan University in Theatre Arts. Online: @preston.chelsea, @girlgangcabarets. Et cetera: Chelsea is proud to be the founder of Girl Gang Cabarets, a feminist variety show in Toronto. A huge thank-you to her incredible parents, Lotte and Bill, for their constant love and support, and to her extended family and friends. Chelsea is sending her deepest love to her sister Nicola and Jeremy on their wedding! Thank you to Donna and Franklin for this experience of a lifetime!
    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Velma Kelly

    2020: Velma Kelly in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. 10th season. Stratford: The Crucible, The Neverending Story, The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), HMS Pinafore (Josephine), A Chorus Line (Maggie), A Little Night Music (Quintet), The Sound of Music, Tommy (Sally Simpson), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Elsewhere: For Yes Theatre: Carrie: The Musical (Chris). For RMTC: Cabaret (Frenchie). For the Charlottetown Festival: Anne of Green Gables (Josie Pye). For the Grand Theatre: Elf. For Ross Petty Productions: Robin Hood. For Theatre Aquarius: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan Institute), Acting (Red Deer College). Online: Instagram @jenridershaw. Et cetera: Thank you, Bruce, TH and Robert. This season is dedicated to the memory of Hugh McRae, a beautiful baritone and a loving grandfather. 

    Sandra Caldwell
    Matron Mama Morton
    2020: Matron Mama Morton in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Sandra is thrilled to be making her Stratford debut! Theatre: Credits include Straight Men (Florida Studio Theatre), Charm (MCC Theater), The Comedy of Errors (Play On Shakespeare Festival); Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (original Broadway cast, Shubert Theatre); Sophisticated Ladies (Dora nomination, Best Supporting Actress). TV: Credits include Law & Order: SVU, The Book of Negroes (miniseries, lead); Little Men (series regular). Film: Credits include Disney's The Cheetah Girls, Murder at 1600, Shall We Dance, Rookie Blue, Good Fences with Whoopi Goldberg and featured in Maya Angelou's directorial debut, Down in the Delta. Full list of credits available on IMDB.
    Steve Ross
    Amos Hart

    2020: Amos Hart in Chicago and Detective in The Miser. 17th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages);  Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).

     

    Eric Abel
    Juror

    2020: Juror in Chicago and Swing in Here's What It Takes. Fifth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Maureen Forrester Award, Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival); Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival); gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: All my love to Mom, Devon, Ian and the TH gang. Performing, with everything I have, for my grandma and my dad - xo.

     

    Gabriel Antonacci
    Aaron

    2020: Aaron in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford: Ed Gammidge in The Music Man, Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in Billy Elliot the Musical, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, 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). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray and Donna Feore. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin Calvert. 

     

    Robert Ball
    Judge
    2020: Judge in Chicago and Brent in Here's What It Takes. Stratford debut. Stage/Theatre: A Little Black Lie - Tarragon Theatre; Songs for a New World - Chestnut Street Playhouse; various review shows - Royal Caribbean Productions; Funkentine Rapture starring Lillias White (vocal director) - CUNY College; Dream Girls - Brooklyn Parks Department. Film/TV: Lead, A Little White Lie (short); principal, Fatal Attraction (TVOne); "Picture" (music video) - Shaggy. Concerts: Blockorama - Toronto Pride, Friday Night Live - ROM, Soul in the City - Casa Loma, Beaches Jazz Festival, Capital Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Jamaica Pride, Pride (London, Ontario), Actors Fund fundraiser and solo cabaret - Triad Theatre, N.Y.C. Opened for: Mary Mary, CeCe Winans, Shawn Desmond, Maestro, Keisha Chante, Mya, Big Freda, Nikki Yanofsky. Recordings: Clark Sisters - Lifetime movie; "On the Dance Floor" and "Can't Forget You" featuring Robert Ball - Gfuzion; Need - EP; "Can't U See" - single.
    Devon Michael Brown
    Harry

    2020: Harry in Chicago and Henry Clerval in Frankenstein Revived. Fourth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); national tour of Laurier (Charlottetown Festival/Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage); Hill Rise in Dancer! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs) (workshop) (Elgin Theatre). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; series lead (Max) in The Next Step; "Dangerous Home" (music video); Ruin; MuchMusic Video Awards. Training: Bachelor's degree from Queen's University, Canadian Dance Company, Louisa Burgess Corbett, Jennie Such. Online: @thedevonbrown. Et cetera: Thank you to my family and Seventh House Talent for their endless support. All my love goes to my beautiful fiancée, Heather, whom I cannot wait to marry at the end of this season.

     

    Celeste Catena
    Mona
    2020: Mona in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Stratford debut. Training: Sheridan College, Music Theatre Performance Program. Awards: Sheridan College Triple Threat Award (2019). Et cetera: Celeste is so thankful to everyone at Stratford who has helped her feel settled, to her Sheridan teachers and classmates for their continued support, and to her friends and family for all of their love.
    Colton Curtis

    2020: Appears in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Fifth season. Stratford: Older Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Hypochondriac, Mark in A Chorus Line. Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pygmalion (Shaw Festival); Mona in Fortune and Men's Eyes (KOVAL Studio); On the Town (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); Excalibur Trilogy (Florence Ballet Company, Italy); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance with Honours, Sheridan College; Shaw Mandate Intensive; Florence Ballet Company; TNB Theatre School. Awards: Maureen Forrester Award (Stratford Festival), David Bloom Memorial Award (Charlottetown Festival), Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award. Online: coltoncurtis.com. Instagram: @coltonccurtis

     

    Amanda De Freitas
    Go-To-Hell Kitty
    2020: Go-To-Hell Kitty in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: Francesca in West Side Story, Water Nymph in The Tempest. Elsewhere: Dynamite in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius, Mirvish, Broadway, U.S. national tour); Candy in Obeah Opera (Luminato); Arista in The Little Mermaid (Capitol Theatre); Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Festival). Film/TV: Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), The L.A. Complex. Online: @Miuzia. Et cetera: Amanda dedicates this season to her loving and supportive family and friends.
    Henry Firmston
    Bailiff

    2020: Bailiff in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Third season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, The House of Martin Guerre. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease (Winter Garden); Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Playlist Dancer/Singer with Carnival Cruise Lines. Four seasons with The Grand High School Project, appearing in Footloose, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family. Training: Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ashley, his parents, and Lucy. Huge thanks to Donna and Franklin, Bruce and the wonderful TH gang, and all the mentors who have helped along the way.

     

    Bonnie Jordan
    Hunyak

    2020: Hunyak in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford:Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs. Dunlop/dance captain in The Music Man, Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line,  A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); 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. Instagram: @bonbondancer

     

    Heather Kosik
    June
    2020: June in Chicago and Swing in Here's What It Takes. Third season. Stratford: Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet: Remixed (workshop), The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre), Jack…Beanstalk: The Panto (Drayton), Rumspringa Break! (Grow) (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan), The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Awards: Alan Lund Scholarship Award, Friends of Confederation Award (Charlottetown Festival), Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award 2014, 2015, 2016 (Sheridan College). Online: @heatherkosik on Instagram. Et cetera: This season is truly a dream come true - endless thanks to Donna and Franklin; Mom, Dad, Kyle, Ryan, Justin, G-ma, and G-pa - your love and support means everything to me. Love to Clover, and especially to my October husband-to-be, Devon. Unbelievably thankful to be sharing the stage with you.
    Bethany Kovarik
    Liz
    2020: Liz in Chicago and Swing in Frankenstein Revived. Fifth season. Stratford: The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere (selected): Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Asian tour); Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton Entertainment); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment, Grand Theatre). Film/TV: Warrior, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Bomb Girls, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, Make It Happen and Christmas Dance. Training/Teaching: Sheridan Institute's prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program. Teacher at Sheridan College. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Training Award; Lindsay Thomas "The Show Must Go On" Award. Online: @bethanykovarik. Et cetera: Immense gratitude to Mom, Dad, Ryan, family and friends, Talent House and the incredible creative teams.
    Amanda Lundgren
    Annie
    2020: Annie in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Daphne in Holiday Inn (Shaw Festival); understudy Cinderella, Ensemble in Cinderella (Neptune Theatre); Ensemble in Guys and Dolls (Capitol Theatre); Michelle, understudy Deena, Ensemble in Dreamgirls (Lower Ossington Theatre); Calonice in Lysistrata (Toronto International Film Festival); Motor City, Epic Rock, The Brits, Studio VIP, Divas, Latin Nights, Towel Animal Theatre (Playlist Productions for Carnival Cruise Lines); The Waiting Room, you hear me see we feel (XDC Dance Collective); Lulu's New in Town (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Film/TV: Deadly Deception, Capella University. Training: Dance, Steps On Broadway International Visa Program; vocals, Sue Dunstan; acting, Jane Moffat. Online: @damanda_13. Et cetera: Love to my husband, Mom, sisters, extended family and friends for always supporting me. Thank you! Daddy, miss you always. Cheers, 10 Talent Management.
    Jordan Mah
    Clerk
    2020: Clerk in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Fourth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Anne of Green Gables and Jesus Christ Superstar (Charlottetown Festival); Mary Poppins (YPT); West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); The Nutcracker and Shumka at 50! China tour (Shumka/SPI Productions). Training: Grant MacEwan University, Theatre Arts. Instagram: Follow me: @Djmah5. Et cetera: Jordan would like to thank everyone at The Talent House, his family, friends and mentors for all the incredible support. Remember: "on the opposite side of fear is opportunity," and "seek discomfort." 24, 8 forever.
    Allison McCaughey
    Swing
    2020: Swing in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac.Elsewhere: Holiday Inn, Shaw Festival; Sousatzka (world première), Teatro Proscenium; Elf, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Theatre Aquarius; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy for You, Drayton Entertainment; Chicago, Stage West; The Producers, Neptune Theatre; Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, Capitol Theatre. Film/TV: American Gods, Warehouse 13, Arranged. Training: Sheridan College - Musical Theatre; York University - MFA (Dance). Et cetera: For Willamina, Michael and the village of helping hands. xo
    Lily McEvenue
    2020: Appears in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Third season. Stratford: The Music Man and member of the Second Track (2018), Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore (2017). Elsewhere: Lily performed in the corps de ballet with Opera Atelier for four seasons, including a European tour to the Royal Opera of Versailles. Other theatre credits include Victoria in Cats (NuMu Theatricals); Ruby Gillis in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment); and Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown Festival). Film/TV: Lily recently played a series regular in the first season of a new Netflix show, Tiny Pretty Things, set to air in 2020. Other TV credits include Reign and Mary Kills People. Et cetera: Thank you to my family for always supporting me and my big dreams, especially my fiancé, Solomon. Huge thank you to my agents at Da Costa Talent Management!
    Chad McFadden
    Fred Casely
    2020: Fred Casely in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. 10th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot (Mr. Wilkinson), Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line (Don), As You Like It, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, The King and I, Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, My One and Only. Elsewhere: Siegfried (COC); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (tour); The Little Mermaid, White Christmas, Mary Poppins (Valentine), Big Band Legends, Annie, 9 to 5 (Bob Enright), Dance Legends, Brigadoon (Harry Beaton), Evita, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Me and My Girl (Drayton); Joseph…, Sweet Charity (Stage West); Beauty and the Beast, Legends (Grand); Guys and Dolls (Citadel, Theatre Calgary, MTC); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Broadway Encore! (Tokyo Disneyland); Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker (Ballet Jörgen). Film/TV: Hairspray, Bollywood/Hollywood, The Other Me, Charms for the Easy Life, Earth: Final Conflict, Mortal Instruments.
    Stephen Patterson
    Sergeant Fogarty, Harrison
    2020: Sergeant Fogarty, Harrison in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford: Unicorn, Ensemble (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Mr. Erlanson (A Little Night Music), 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: Jackie (Wild Party), Marvin (Falsettos) (Acting Up Stage); Sir Galahad (Spamalot), Che (Evita), Chris (Miss Saigon) (Drayton); 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). Et cetera: Stephen is proud to be working this season with his sons, Hutton and Wesley, and his wife, Robin.
    Vanessa Sears
    Understudy

    2020: Angela in Here's What It Takes  and understudy in Chicago. Second season. Stratford: Mum in Billy Elliot, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Emmie in Caroline or Change, Edwina in Passing Strange (Obsidian Theatre Company/The Musical Stage Company); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Young People's Theatre); Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel, Polly Plummer in The Magician's Nephew, Zoe in An Octoroon (Shaw Festival); Narrator in Joseph (Theatre Aquarius); Nicola in Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions); Loretta/LaRain in Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Suits, The Beaverton. Training: High Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre, Sheridan College. Awards: Critic's Pick: Fan Favourite (Mary Poppins), Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Supporting Actress (Passing Strange); Critic's Pick: Outstanding Ensemble (Passing Strange); Dora Award: Outstanding Ensemble (The Wizard of Oz). Online: Instagram: @vanessa_sears. Twitter: @nessasears

     

    Adam Sergison
    Swing
    2020: Swing in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Holiday Inn (Shaw Festival); Otello, Tadzio in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company); Elf (Theatre Aquarius); assistant choreographer and dance captain for Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlie and Swing in Anne of Green Gables, Eddie in Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival); Saturday Night Fever (North American tour - Northcore); The Wizard of Oz (North American tour - Mirvish and Troika); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats (Rainbow Stage); The Music Man, 9 to 5: The Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Drayton Entertainment); West Side Story (Neptune, Vancouver Opera). Film/TV: Carrie, Disney's Camp Rock. Et cetera: Adam is thrilled to be making his debut at Stratford.  He would like to thank Bruce Dean and the wonderful team at Talent House. Thank you for supporting Canadian theatre! Online: @adamsergison.
    Jason Sermonia

    2020: Appears in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Eighth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror, Music Man, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes. Elsewhere: Revivals of Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); The Lion King (Mirvish, Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); We Will Rock You (Mirvish, national tour); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla); Mary Poppins (Drayton). TV: 71st & 66th annual Tony Awards; 37th annual Daytime Emmy Awards; Dancing with the Stars; The Marilyn Denis Show. Film: Honey; Oscar, Best Picture: Chicago. Awards: Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award (2016); Brian Macdonald Choreographer Award (2018). Online: Facebook/Instagram: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Love and many thanks to all my friends, family, T House and beautiful wife, Melanie.

     

    Donna Feore
    Director and Choreographer
    2020: Director and choreographer of Chicago and Here's What It Takes26th season. Stratford: Director and choreographer of Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show (longest-running show in the Festival's history), The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlie Brown, Cyrano de Bergerac, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, My Fair Lady (choreographer). Elsewhere: Recently, director of Bernhardt Hamlet (Goodman Theatre, Chicago). Director/choreographer: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (NAC English Theatre, December 2018; world première, Segal Centre, October 2017). Creative producer/director: Life Reflected: a multimedia orchestral production (world première, National Arts Centre Orchestra, with both Canadian and European tours). Director: Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream (NACO); Yorkville (world première, Blyth Festival); The Very Best of Broadway with Audra McDonald and Marvin Hamlisch; Rock 'n' Roll, It's a Wonderful Life (Canadian Stage); Lecture on the Weather, A Soldier's Tale with F. Murray Abraham (Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Mozart: A Life in Letters (Toronto Symphony Orchestra); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Choreographer: Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company/Opéra National de Lyon); Tosca, Red Emma, Oedipus Rex (Dora Award) (COC). Film/TV: Politics is Cruel, Mean Girls, Eloise, Martin and Lewis, Stormy Weather, Romeo and Juliette, Don Giovanni. Upcoming: Fall of 2020: Director/choreographer of the world premières of Broadway Vacation, The Musical at 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle) and BRUCE (Seattle Rep). Et cetera: I wish to express my gratitude to my incredible team of collaborators who inspire me always. Most importantly, I want to thank my family, Colm, Thomas and Anna, Jack and Lisa, for their unconditional love and support.
    Franklin Brasz
    Music Director
    2020: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival. Music director of Chicago and Here's What It Takes. 11th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, The Music Man, HMS Pinafore, A Little Night Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Funny Thing Happened... (Stratford/Mirvish). In concert: The Fantasticks, Passion, Next to Normal. Elsewhere: Toronto/U.S. tours: Show Boat, Ragtime, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Billy Elliot, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Lord of the Rings, Annie Get Your Gun, Wicked, Threepenny Opera (Soulpepper). London Symphonia's Enchanting Broadway. American Boychoir School, Illinois and Dorian Opera Theatres. Gala concerts honouring Andrea Martin, Eric McCormack, William Shatner, Colm Feore, Des McAnuff, Maggie Smith. Recordings: Carousel, Crazy for You (Stratford cast recordings); The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance); Still Dreaming of Paradise (Josh Young). Training: Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Michael Gianfrancesco
    Set Designer
    2020: Set designer of Chicago and Here's What It Takes. 17th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hosanna, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband - set; The Crucible, A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Sound of Music, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Edward II, The Triumph of Love - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Set for Piaf/Dietrich at Mirvish Productions, costumes for Frame by Frame with Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté for The National Ballet of Canada and Ex Machina, set for the world première of Hadrian by Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor at the Canadian Opera Company, and costumes for Ricciardo e Zoraide at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy.
    Dana Osborne
    Costume Designer
    2020: Costume designer of Chicago, Here's What It Takes and Frankenstein Revived. 20th season. Stratford: Costume designer of 25 productions including The Rocky Horror Show and Guys and Dolls. Set and costume designer: Timon of Athens, Henry IV, Part 1. Elsewhere: Recent credits: Bernhardt/Hamlet (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty); The Hound of the Baskervilles, Androcles and the Lion (Shaw); Bed and Breakfast (Blyth, GCTC, Arts Club, Belfry, Centaur); Flight, The Barber of Seville (Pacific Opera/Opéra de Québec); Art, Picture This, Father Comes Home From the Wars parts 1, 2 and 3 (Soulpepper). Awards: Two Dora Awards and one Sterling Award for Costume Design, 2012 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. Online: danaosborne.ca. Instagram: @danaodesigns.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer
    2020: Lighting designer of Much Ado About Nothing, Chicago, Richard III and The Miser. 16th season. Stratford (selected): Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, The Tempest, Napoli Milionaria!, Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Così Fan Tutte (Israeli Opera, COC); Il Trittico, Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); A Doll's House Part 2 (RMTC/Mirvish); The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage/Stratford); The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); Enron (NAC); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Peter McBoyle
    Sound Designer
    2020: Sound designer of Chicago, Here's What It Takes and Frankenstein Revived. 25th season. Stratford (selected): Over 60 productions including Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, A Word or Two. Elsewhere: Peter has worked at most of the major Canadian theatres and in U.S. cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. His Broadway credits include Come Fly Away and Barrymore, and his tours include Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde and West Side Story. Training: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta), Come Fly Away; Dora nomination, Fire. Et cetera: Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support.
    Stephen Cota
    Associate Choreographer and Co-Assistant Director
    2020: Dance choreographer of Frankenstein Revived, associate choreographer and co-assistant director of Chicago and associate choreographer of Here's What It Takes. 15th season. Stratford: Choreographer: Romeo and Juliet, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Hypochondriac, Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Assistant director: Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show. Associate choreographer: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls. Assistant choreographer: A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013, 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific. Elsewhere: Choreographer, Mary Poppins (The Grand); assistant choreographer, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); White Christmas, Annie (Drayton); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre).
    Éric Charbonneau
    Associate Conductor
    2020: Associate conductor and Keyboard for Chicago. Fourth season. Stratford: Associate conductor and keyboard for Billy Elliot the Musical, The Music Man. Rehearsal pianist for HMS Pinafore. Music Director of the Shakespeare School's Musical Theatre Intensive and the Birmingham Conservatory's 2020 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Elsewhere: Assistant conductor for Sweeney Todd (Opera on the Avalon); music director for Susannah (Peck Productions and London Community Players); JUDY: Stonewalled! (LINK theatre); The Secret Garden (London Community Players); Company (Music Theatre on the Thames); Heathers: The Musical (Musical Theatre Productions); Street Scene (Halifax Summer Opera Festival); The Daughter of the Regiment (Fountainhead Theatre and London Community Players); Mr. Burns - A Post-Electric Play (Wortley Repertory Theatre).
    Stephan Dickson
    Co-Assistant Director and Assistant Choreographer
    2020: Co-assistant director and assistant choreographer of Chicago and assistant choreographer of Here's What It TakesThird season. Stratford: Assistant choreographer: The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Choreographer: My Fair Lady (Capitol), Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia! (SWC), Odd Squad (TVO), Aleck Bell (Tweed & Co.), Hit That Jive Jack (H&S Foundation). Associate choreographer: Grand Hotel (Shanghai). Assistant choreographer: In the Heights (Sheridan), Once on This Island (Acting Up Stage), TIFF Thanks You (Cineplex). Training: Randolph Academy, Canadian Dance Company. Et cetera: Huge thanks to Donna, Steve, Ann, Franklin, the cast, and the crew. Also, thanks to Bruce and the T-House team. Love to my family, friends, Kris, Lil L, Big E, and Cam.
    Cynthia Toushan
    Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Chicago. 24th season. Stratford: Shows include Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. Being a grandmother is the best job I have ever had!
    Krista Blackwood
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Chicago. Seventh season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Stage manager of The Hockey Sweater (Segal Centre/NAC); The Candidate (Citadel Theatre); Bend it Like Beckham (Starvox);Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon); Glenn, Farther West, Great Expectations, Dirt, Long Day's Journey Into Night, High Life (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Anne of Green Gables - The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Shakespeare in Love, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre).
    Kimberly Brown
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Chicago and The Miser. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Billy Elliot the Musical, Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Bakkhai, A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Diary of Anne Frank and She Stoops to Conquer. Elsewhere: Jack of Diamonds (Theatre Aquarius); The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish Productions/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Footloose, South Pacific, Twist and Shout (Drayton Entertainment). Training: Technical Theatre Production, Sheridan College. Et cetera: Kimberly would like to thank Alex for all his love and support and for always knowing that anything was within her reach.
    Katherine Dermott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Much Ado About Nothing and Chicago. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of The Crucible (2019), Brontë: The World Without, Paradise Lost (2018), Michael Langham Directors' Workshop Presentation (2017); apprentice stage manager of Macbeth, The Hypochondriac (2016); Festival Theatre production assistant (2015). Elsewhere (selected): A Doll's House, Part 2 (Mirvish); It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Di & Viv & Rose, Outside Mullingar, The Audience (Mirvish) (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Wilde Tales (Shaw); 1979 (Shaw/GCTC); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare BASH'd); Anne & Gilbert: The Musical, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Sound of Music, Pacino One Night Only (NAC); Tosca, Madama Butterfly (Opera Lyra, Ottawa); This is War (GCTC); A Midsummer Night's Dream (A Company of Fools). Et cetera: In 2016 Katherine was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award by the Stratford Festival.
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Production Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Othello, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Phèdre. Elsewhere: King Lear, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in High Park); A City, Divisadero (Necessary Angel); Cracked: new light on dementia (UW/Collective Disruption); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF).

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