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June 5 – October 24 |
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HERE'S WHAT IT TAKES

HERE'S WHAT IT TAKES

Music and Lyrics By Steven Page

Book by Daniel MacIvor

Additional Music and Lyrics by Craig Northey

Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore

LIVING FOR THE LOVE OF ROCK-’N’-ROLL

With an original score by Canadian Music Hall of Famer Steven Page and book by multiple award-winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, this brand new musical charts the journey of fictional rock duo Walker and Rhodes, from their start as children’s entertainers through their reign as pop stars of the nineties, to their eventual decline and breakup. It’s a roller-coaster ride of creative highs, living-the-life lows, hidden heartbreak – and great music.


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Support for the creation of Here's What It Takes was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.

Support for the 2020 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by BMO

Vanessa Sears, Scott Beaudin, Robert Markus, Sean Arbuckle, Dan Chameroy. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper. 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Sean Arbuckle
    George Rhodes

    2020: George Rhodes in Here's What It Takes and Father, Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. 18th season. Stratford (selected): Guys and Dolls, Julius Caesar, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, The Neverending Story, The Crucible, Pericles, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, The Trojan Women, 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: The Immigrant (Harold Green), London Road (Canadian Stage), Othello (Segal Centre), The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre), Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre), Phèdre (ACT), The Spitfire Grill (George Street, world première), A Christmas Carol, 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, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.

     

    Scott Beaudin
    Young Walker

    2020: Young Walker in Here's What It Takes. Third season. Stratford: Billy Elliot (2019), Little Shop of Horrors (2019), Oliver! (2006). Elsewhere: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre/NAC), Red Rock Diner (Stage West Calgary), Rock of Ages (Stage West), Forever Plaid (CAA Theatre), Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius). Film: Summerhood, Victoria Day, Your Beautiful Cul-de-sac Home, The Dark. TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Haven, Sticks & Stones (TV movie), Really Me, Degrassi: TNG, My Babysitter's a Vampire, Life With Boys, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Ruby Skye: P.I. (web series). Animation: Peep and the Big Wide World, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Arthur, Franklin, 6Teen, Captain Flamingo, Beywheelz, The Dating Guy, Friends and Heroes, Delilah and Julius, Super Why!, Franny's Feet, The Save-Ums!, Totally Spies. Twitter: @scottbeaudin. Instagram: @scott.beaudin. Thanks to his family, biological and chosen, for a life full of music, play and love.

     

    Dan Chameroy
    Walker Earle

    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.

     

    Robert Markus
    Young George
    2020: Young George in Here's What It Takes and appears in Chicago. Third season.
    Robert Ball
    Brent
    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.
    Robin Hutton
    Carla
    2020: Carla in Here's What It Takes and understudy in Frankenstein Revived. Ninth season. Stratford: As You Like It (Hymen), The Hypochondriac, Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), The Adventures of Pericles, Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Crazy for You (Irene), Fiddler on the Roof, 2013/2000 (Tzeitel), Tommy, Wanderlust (Louise), Hello, Dolly! (Irene). Elsewhere: Katherine in Freaky Friday, Emily in Elf, Betty in White Christmas, Maria in The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Emily in Elf, Dance Legends, Little Me (Drayton); Cinderella (Grand); Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC); A Hutton Family Christmas (Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); A Foggy Day, Lady Windermere's Fan, Easy Virtue (Shaw); The Who's Tommy (Germany); Anne of Green Gables, Guys and Dolls (Charlottetown). Et cetera: Robin is grateful to have her family appearing at the Festival this season. She and her husband, Stephen Patterson, are the proud parents of Hutton and Wesley. Go boys, go!
    Vanessa Sears
    Angela

    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

     

    Eric Abel
    Swing

    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

    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. 

     

    Celeste Catena
    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.
    Henry Firmston

    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

    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
    Swing
    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.
    Amanda Lundgren
    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
    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.
    Chad McFadden
    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
    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.
    Chelsea Preston
    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

    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. 

    Steven Page
    Music and Lyrics
    2020: Music and lyrics for Here's What It Takes. Seventh season.
    Daniel MacIvor
    Book
    2020: Book for Here's What It Takes. Second season. Stratford: Playwright of The Best Brothers. Elsewhere: Marion Bridge (Mulgrave Road Theatre, Nova Scotia; Company Theatre, Toronto; Urban Stages, N.Y.C.); His Greatness (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver; Factory Theatre, Toronto; Kazan Theatre, Halifax; Soho Playhouse, N.Y.C.; Finborough Theatre, London, U.K.); New Magic Valley Fun Town (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto; Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg; Neptune Theatre, Halifax; Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque; Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary; Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa). Film: Past Perfect, Wilby Wonderful, Whole New Thing (with Amnon Buchbinder), Trigger, Weirdos. Teaching: University of Guelph, Banff Centre, Western University. Awards: Obie and GLAAD Awards for In On It, Governor General's Literary Award for I Still Love You: Five Plays, the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
    Craig Northey
    Additional Music and Lyrics
    2020: Additional music and lyrics for Here's What It Takes. Stratford debut. Craig Northey is a founding member of renowned Canadian rock band Odds. Formed in 1987, they crossed over into radio success, platinum awards and Juno nominations during the mid-1990s and have maintained their vitality to this day. Craig is also known for his work as a film and television composer (Kids in the Hall, Corner Gas, Hiccups, Young Drunk Punk, This Blows). Some of the people he has toured with, made albums with and/or written songs with are Steven Page, Warren Zevon, Strippers Union, Rosanne Cash, Colin James, Gin Blossoms, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Rankin, Adam Levy, Wide Mouth Mason, Jeremy Fisher and the Waltons.
    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.
    Larry Hochman
    Orchestrations
    2020: Orchestrations for Here's What It Takes. Stratford debut. A 40-year career, encompassing theatre, film, recordings, concerts, television and video games. 18 Broadway shows include Kiss Me, Kate, Spamalot, Addams Family, Pippin, Scottsboro Boys, Jane Eyre, Something Rotten, Hello, Dolly!, The Prom. He has orchestrated over 100 shows, won a Tony Award (Book of Mormon), two Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award, two Clios, five Emmys (composer, The Wonder Pets!). Nine Tony nominations, eight Drama Desk nominations, nine Emmy nominations. 18 films include Disney and Marvin Hamlisch's The Informant! Recordings, concerts: Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Hugh Jackman, Radio City, Boston Pops, N.Y. Philharmonic. Published compositions: "Reason to Be Thankful" (lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), In Memoriam (symphonic poem), Songs of Freedom (Carnegie Hall, N.Y. Pops). Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Alumni.
    Oran Eldor
    Dance Music Arrangements
    2020: Dance music arrangements for Here's What It Takes.
    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.
    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting Designer
    2019: Lighting designer of Hamlet, Here's What It Takes and Frankenstein Revived. 12th season.
    Jamie Nesbitt
    Projection Designer
    2020: Projection designer of Here's What It Takes. Third season.
    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.
    Bob White
    Dramaturge

    2020: Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Dramaturge of Here's What It Takes, Hamlet-911 and An Undiscovered Shakespeare. 12th season. Stratford: Dramaturgy credits include Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Breathing Hole, The Virgin Trial, Bunny, The Last Wife, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Hirsch. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Colony (1997-2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979-1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary; eight Betty Mitchell Award nominations and three wins: "Outstanding Direction" (Calgary). In 2018, Bob was awarded the GE Lessing Award for Career Achievement by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

     

     

    Stephen Cota
    Associate Choreographer
    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).
    Charlene Nafziger
    Associate Conductor
    2020: Associate conductor and Keyboard for Here's What It Takes and Keyboard in Chicago.
    Ann Baggley
    Assistant Director
    2020: Assistant director of Here's What It Takes. Ninth season. Stratford: Ann is very happy to be back at the Festival as assistant director to Donna Feore. Assistant director: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof. Actor: Emily in Our Town, Agnes in The School for Wives, Les Belles-Soeurs. Elsewhere: Assistant director: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, Segal Centre (Montreal) and NAC (Ottawa). Assistant to the Creative Producer/Director: Life Reflected, an immersive multimedia project with NACO. Actor: ensemble, Shaw Festival, six seasons; worked in regional theatres across the country. Et cetera: Ann is also a photographer. Online: annbaggley.wixsite.com/abphotography.
    Stephan Dickson
    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.
    Michael Hart
    Stage Manager
    2020: Stage manager of Here's What It Takes. 24th season. Stratford: Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Timon of Athens, The Adventures of Pericles, Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, The Tempest (starring Christopher Plummer), The Importance of Being Earnest and King Lear (both starring Brian Bedford), The Taming of the Shrew, Fallen Angels, A Delicate Balance, The Duchess of Malfi, The Liar, The Swanne (all three parts), High-Gravel-Blind. Elsewhere: Fully Committed, Silence (Grand), Heisenberg, Liv Stein (Canadian Stage), Constellations (Centaur/Canadian Stage), Body Politic (Buddies), The Death of the King (Modern Times), The Winter's Tale (Groundling 2016), Bombay Black (Factory), Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Pleiades), Saint Carmen of The Main (NAC/Canadian Stage), Romeo and Juliet (NAC), Mother Courage and Her Children (NAC/MTC), Wit (Centaur), Real Live Girl (MTC Warehouse), Hamlet (Neptune).
    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Stage manager of All's Well That Ends Well and assistant stage manager of Here's What It Takes. 14th season. Stratford: Production stage manager: Studio Theatre (2018, 2019). Stage manager: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet (2017), Bunny, Possible Worlds, Hirsch. Assistant stage manager: Tartuffe, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, Macbeth, Rice Boy, Romeo and Juliet (2008), Caesar and Cleopatra, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Apprentice stage manager: Noises Off. Elsewhere: Theatre Sheridan, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Erindale, Theatre Direct Canada/Eldritch Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille/Obsidian Theatre Company, Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Charlottetown Festival. Training: Sheridan College. Et cetera: Much love to Emily and Michael.
    Sam Hale
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Here's What It Takes. Second season. Stratford: Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Picture This, Parfumerie, Riverboat (Soulpepper); Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Lemons…, 52 Pick-Up, The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company); Jerusalem, Mr. Burns (Outside the March); Disgraced (Mirvish/Citadel/Hope & Hell); The Realistic Joneses, An Enemy of the People (Tarragon); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree creations); Into the Woods, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk Is Free); Here on the Flightpath, Hilda's Yard, Aunt Agnes for Christmas (Foster Festival); Fall for Dance North (FFDN/TO Live). Sam has also worked for Hot Docs, dance: made in canada, TIFF and Ryerson University. Et cetera: Sam would like to thank his friends, family, mentors and Nic for all their love and support.
    Holly Korhonen
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2020: Assistant stage manager of Here's What It Takes  and Frankenstein Revived. 19th season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager: Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, Charlie Brown, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ever Yours, Oscar, Cabaret, My One and Only, 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 would like to thank her husband, Steve, and their children, Jennica and Jackson, for all their love and support.
    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
    2020: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre. 20th season. Stratford (selected): Production stage manager: Festival, Avon and Studio theatres. Stage manager: Paradise Lost, The Virgin Trial, A Little Night Music, The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014). Assistant stage manager: Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest (2010), My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: The Virgin Trial, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Soulpepper); Meghan has worked in stage management for the Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre and corporate clients such as General Motors, Toyota Canada, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian International Auto Show. Training: BFA, York University. Awards: 2017 Tyrone Award, Stratford Festival. Et cetera: Thanks again to Ella, Beatrice, and Peter for their love and patience.

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