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May 6 – October 26 |
Opens May 31
Musical

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES


Book by Harvey Fierstein

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Based on the play by Jean Poiret

Directed by Thom Allison

Choreographed by Cameron Carver

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“WE FACE LIFE WITH A LITTLE GUTS AND LOTS OF GLITTER…”  

Georges, the manager of a drag club in St. Tropez, decides to “play it straight” when his son arrives with his fiancé and her ultra-conservative parents. Albin, the club’s star performer and romantic partner to Georges, is dubious about the plan. The ensuing clash unravels truth and consequences with heartwarming grace. Gorgeous and funny, La Cage aux Folles has been delighting audiences since its Broadway première in 1983, when it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Fans of the Oscar-nominated film The Bird Cage (inspired by the French play the musical takes its name and inspiration from) will rejoice in seeing familiar characters on the stage!


“I hope that the audience will see that, despite the glamour and humour in La Cage, the heart of the story is two parents and their son, trying to navigate a family drama and the many facets of love.” —Director Thom Allison


Please note: This musical is presented in English

The 2024 Season is supported by Ophelia Lazaridis.


Production Sponsors:

Laurie J. Scott

Peter & Carol Walters


CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Sean Arbuckle
    Sean Arbuckle
    Georges
    2024: Georges in La Cage aux Folles and Mr. Darling in Wendy and Peter Pan. 22nd season. Stratford (selected): Casey and Diana, Frankenstein Revived, Richard III, Serving Elizabeth, Guys and Dolls, Julius Caesar, 42nd Street, A Little Night Music, The Neverending Story, Pericles, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, Trojan Women, The Tempest, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, Macbeth, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere (selected): Casey and Diana (Soulpepper); The Immigrant (Harold Green); London Road (Canadian Stage, Dora Award); Othello (Segal Centre); The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre); Phèdre (A.C.T.); Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre); A Christmas Carol, The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout); Copenhagen (US national tour). Film/TV:12 Monkeys, Mayday, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Defiance. Training: Juilliard.
    Portrait of Steve Ross
    Steve Ross
    Albin
    2024: Shylock in Something Rotten! and Albin in La Cage aux Folles. 21st season. Stratford: Grand Magic, Richard II, Love's Labour's Lost, Chicago, The Miser, Finally There's Sun, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: Life Without, goldfish (Here For Now); Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure… (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (Dora Award) (TIFT); 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).
    Portrait of Juan Chioran
    Juan Chioran
    Edouard Dindon
    2024: Brother Jeremiah in Something Rotten! and Edouard Dindon, M. Renaud in La Cage aux Folles. 18th season. Stratford: Front Page, Paradise Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, 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, Midsummer Night's Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Citadel Theatre, Podium Concerts, Coalmine, Shaw Festival, Factory Theatre, Acting Up Stage, Canstage, Chicago Shakespeare, Tarragon, NAC, Mirvish. Film/TV: God of Frogs, Murdoch Mysteries, Mother Father Sister Brother Frank, Hudson and Rex, Mother of all Shows, Intersection, Sneakerella, Six Guns for Hire. Voice: Elinor Wonders Why, Paw Patrol, Around the World in 80 Days, D.N.Ace, Hotel Transylvania, Fangbone, Beyblade, A Miser Brother's Christmas, Skyland. Training: BFA University of Alberta. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jefferson, Ovation, Carbonell, Toronto Theatre Critics. Online: Instagram @chioranada.
    Portrait of James Daly
    James Daly
    Jean-Michel

    (he/him)

    2024: Jean-Michel in La Cage aux Folles and Martin in Wendy and Peter Pan. Second season. Stratford: Sir Robin (cover) in Monty Python's Spamalot. Elsewhere: Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors (New World Stages - Off-Broadway); Damn Yankees, Grand Hotel, Oh, What A Lovely War, "Master Harold"…and the Boys, Uncle Vanya, Peter and the Starcatcher, Light Up The Sky (Shaw Festival); Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, Mythic (Segal Centre); Cabaret (Grand Theatre); The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Productions); The Rocky Horror Show (STC); Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Film/TV: Letterkenny, Workin' Moms, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Saving Hope. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play ("Master Harold"… and the Boys). Online: @jamespatrickdaly.

    Portrait of Aidan deSalaiz
    Aidan deSalaiz
    Francis

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2006

    2024: Francis in La Cage aux Folles and Knock-Bone Jones in Wendy and Peter Pan. Sixth season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Caesar and Cleopatra, Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Pentecost, Of Mice and Men, Othello, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Much Ado.... Elsewhere: Baker - Into the Woods (Winter Garden/New Zealand, Dora nom.); Oscar Wilde - The Judas Kiss (Talk Is Free); Jamie - The Last Five Years (Neptune); Emmett - Legally Blonde (Theatre Aquarius); Robbie - Wedding Singer (Stage West, Calgary Critics nom.) Other highlights: The 39 Steps (Chemainus Festival), The Best Brothers (Western Canada Theatre/TNW); Having Hope At Home (Neptune); A Christmas Carol, The Wild Guys (Grand Theatre); Lucky Stiff, Spamalot (Drayton); Red, Cabaret, The Mousetrap (Aquarius); Sherlock Holmes (MTC); Lies My Father Told Me (Segal Centre); Visiting Mr. Green (Harold Green). Training: Toronto Met (BFA - Theatre). Awards: Chalmers Apprentice Award. Et cetera: Love to Billy and my family.

    Portrait of Starr Domingue
    Starr Domingue
    Jacqueline
    2024: Bea in Something Rotten and Jacqueline in La Cage Aux Folles. Second season. Stratford: Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors; Ensemble, Billy Elliot. Elsewhere: Safiya, Dixon Road; Various, Retold (MSC); Ma understudy, Room; Dynamite, Hairspray (Mirvish); Shaw Festival (four seasons) including: Sally understudy, Me and My Girl; Grace, Minnie understudy, An Octoroon. Vonzia (originated), Oil and Water (NAC); Lorrell, Dreamgirls (Arts Club); Mrs. Corry, Mary Poppins, Binti, Binti's Journey (YPT); Charlaine, Ain't Misbehavin' (CanStage); Narrator, Cookin' at the Cookery (Citadel, ASF); The Adventures of a Black Girl... (Harbourfront). Film/TV: Hudson & Rex (Rogers); A Change in Heart (Vortex); Puppy Master, Odd Squad (TVO); Pearl, Hairspray (Newline Cinema); 4Tone, 4Square (Corus). Resident Director: Ain't Misbehavin' (Europe/Broadway tours). Awards: Dora for Red Velvet (Crow's Theatre). Online: Instagram @starrdomingue, @6love_apparel; youtube.com/user/starrdomingue. Et cetera: Dedicated to Kurty. Luv 2 God, Mumma, Fam, SG & KC.
    Portrait of Heather Kosik
    Heather Kosik
    Anne

    (she/her)

    2024: Anne in La Cage aux Folles and Swing in Something Rotten!. Sixth season. Stratford: Richard II, Love's Labour's Lost, Chicago (June, Roxie Hart u/s), No One Is Alone: A Sondheim Celebration, Here's What It Takes (2020), The Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn), Romeo and Juliet: Remixed (Juliet), The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Chris, Mrs. (Winter Garden Theatre); Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto (Drayton); Rumspringa Break! (Grow) (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan); The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival). Film/TV: Richard II (Stratford Festival, 2023). Training: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Awards: Brian Macdonald Award (Stratford Festival). Online: @heatherkosik. Et cetera: Heather moonlights as a photographer; www.kosikphotos.com, @kosikphotos. All my love to my Devon.

    Portrait of Eric Abel
    Eric Abel
    Hanna

    (he/him)

    2024: Hanna in La Cage aux Folles and appears in Something Rotten! Eighth season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived, Chicago, Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, R+J Remixed, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Chris, Mrs. (Winter Garden); Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Panto); Joseph and the Amazing… (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl (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, 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). Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: Thanks to my family, Krista, Bruce and the TH gang for all their support.

    Portrait of George Absi
    George Absi
    Angelique

    (he/him)


    2024: Angelique in La Cage aux Folles and Nibs in Wendy and Peter Pan. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Chris, Mrs. (Winter Garden); Angel in Kinky Boots, The Wizard in Wizard of Oz: The Panto, Understudy in Mamma Mia!, Buttons in Newsies, Ensemble in Sleeping Beauty: The Panto, Jimmy in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Drayton Entertainment); Beauty and The Beast (Neptune Theatre); Narrator in Notre Dame de Paris (Betty Oliphant Theatre). Choreography: Assistant Choreographer: The Prom, Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius); Choreographer at Diamond Tooth Gerties. Film/TV: The Boys, Once Upon A Time, Handmaid's Tale, Full Out, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Let's Go Luna. Choreography for Schitt's Creek, Slumberland, Canada's Got Talent, Ukulele U, Shakin In Them Boots. Online: @georgeabsi. Et cetera: George dedicates this season to the memory of his grandparents.

    Portrait of David Ball
    David Ball
    Phaedra
    2024: Phaedra in La Cage aux Folles and understudy in Wendy and Peter Pan. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Roger Larson in Kelly v. Kelly (Musical Stage Company); seven seasons at the Shaw Festival including Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Guys and DollsThe Next Whisky Bar, Grand Hotel, Sweet Charity, and more; Robbie Ross in The Judas Kiss, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk Is Free); Ren in Footloose (Rainbow Stage); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival). Awards: Extraordinary Award, Saunderson Award - Shaw Festival; Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award - Sheridan College (3-Time Winner); Emerging Artist Award - Barrie Arts Awards. Et cetera: Love to M&D&J&S&E. This one's for all the little boys out there, dancing in their friend's basement in pink plastic kitten heels. Keep dancing. One day they'll let you do it on the Stratford stage.
    Portrait of Devon Michael Brown
    Devon Michael Brown
    Swing

    (he/him)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and Swing in La Cage aux Folles. Seventh season. Stratford: Henry Clerval in Frankenstein Revived, Brother Maynard in Monty Python's Spamalot, Chicago, Nelson Green in Wedding Band (Forum); Billy Elliot, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, Romeo in R+J Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Chris, Mrs. (Winter Garden Theatre); Joseph…Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); National Tour of Laurier Project (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; "Max" on The Next Step; MuchMusic Video Awards. Training: Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from Queen's University. Online: @thedevonbrown. Et cetera: Love to my family. Special thanks to my wife, Heather, for always supporting me. I am so lucky to be able to share this season with you. 

    Portrait of Jeremy Carver-James
    Jeremy Carver-James
    Ensemble

    (he/him)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and La Cage aux Folles. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Come From Away (Australian National Tour/Mirvish); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Segal Centre/RMTC); Rock of Ages, Rocky: The Musical, Ghost: The Musical, Hairspray, Joseph…, Red Rock Diner (Drayton Entertainment); Alberta Kitchen Party (Alberta Theatre Projects); 9 to 5 (Citadel Theatre); Back in '59 (TIP); Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); Shrek (Globe Theatre); Pure '90s (Stage West Calgary); Porgy and Bess (Opera de Montréal); and four seasons at the Shaw Festival. Film/TV: Madam CJ Walker (Netflix/Warner Bros.). Training: McGill University's Schulich School of Music for Vocal Performance. Awards: Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Production of a Musical (Alberta Kitchen Party-2022-Performer/Cowriter). Online: @jcarverjames. Et cetera: Special thanks to the friends, family, Talent House team, and Goonlash for their ongoing love and support.

    Portrait of Josh Doig
    Josh Doig
    Chantal

    (he/him)

    2024: Swing in Something Rotten! and Chantal in La Cage aux Folles. Second season. Stratford: Prince Herbert, French Guard and Minstrel in Monty Python's Spamalot, Swing in Frankenstein Revived. Elsewhere: Tin Man/Iron Man in The Lion of Oz, The Prince in Cinder-Ellie, Mamma Mia! (Tweed and Co.); Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Mamma Mia! (Mayfield); Fender in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (Globe Theatre); Pavlo in Kamp (Eastern Front Theatre/ Neptune Theatre); Rock of Ages (Stage West Calgary); Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); Alice Through the Looking Glass, Ensemble in Canada Rocks!, Mamma Mia!, and Tommy Sloane for three seasons in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Toronto Metropolitan University. Online: @doigjosh.

    Portrait of Jordan Goodridge
    Jordan Goodridge
    Mercedes
    2024: Mercedes in La Cage aux Folles and appears in Something Rotten! Second season. Stratford: Swing in Chicago. Elsewhere: Barry Belson in JerseyBoys (Citadel Theatre); Wally Patton in Sh-Boom!, Drifter in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Evita, Fiddler On The Roof, The Music Man (Drayton Entertainment); Frank in In Studio with Britta Johnson (Theatre Sheridan); Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Oliver (Theatre Norfolk). Training: Sheridan College Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre. Awards: Dance Award, Vocal Music Award (Sheridan College); Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival). Et cetera: BIG thank you to the awesome team at TH, my family, friends, and everyone who has supported me along the way. Love to my pup Diggs, Jada and Timothy.
    Portrait of Alexandra Gratton
    Alexandra Gratton
    Colette
    2024: Colette in La Cage aux Folles and Swing in Something Rotten!. Stratford Debut. Elsewhere (selected): Brigadoon, Playboy of The Western World, On The Razzle, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Damn Yankees (Shaw Festival); The Louder We Get! (Theatre Calgary); Billy and The Dreamerz workshop (Caged Angel Films); Anne of Green Gables, Jesus Christ Superstar, House of Martin Guerre in concert (Charlottetown Festival); Starlight Tours (Canadian Music Theatre Project). Film (selected): Almost There (Sorel Productions); Five Days at Memorial (ABC Signature); Encounter UFO (Eyewitness UFO (Saloon) Productions); Every Little Brunette (music video); Still Call You Mine - Famba (Sony Music Canada). Training: Hon. Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Awards: Highest Achievement in Dance 2014-2017, Sheridan College. Online: Instagram: @alex_gratton. Et cetera: To my parents for their unwavering love, my family and friends for their constant support - thank you. I'm mighty grateful.
    Portrait of Sara-Jeanne Hosie
    Sara-Jeanne Hosie
    Mme. Dindon, Mme. Renaud

    (she/her)

    2024: Mme. Dindon, Mme. Renaud in La Cage aux Folles and Smee in Wendy and Peter Pan. Fourth season. Stratford: AD: Man of La Mancha, A Little Night Music; Choreographer: Private Lives. Elsewhere: Miss Stacy in Anne, Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival); The Villain in the Ross Petty Pantos (five seasons); Myth of the Ostrich, Take Care (Here For Now); Kate in The Wild Party, Charlotte in Falsettos (Musical Stage); Mary in Mary Poppins, Fantine in Les Miserables, Alison in Fun Home (Arts Club); Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (Neptune); Velma in Chicago (Mayfield); Rona in Spelling Bee (Belfry); Les Belles-Soeurs (Nat'l Tour); All Shook Up, Bittergirl (Drayton). Direction & Choreography: Kiss of the Spider Woman (Eclipse); My Fair Lady (Bluebridge); Buddy Holly (Chemainus); Out of Order (Drayton); Godspell, Altar Boyz, SUDS (Arts Club). Online: @sjhosie. Et cetera: SJ owns FAWN at 13 York Street (@fawn.overyou).

    Portrait of Alex Kelly
    Alex Kelly
    Understudy

    (he/him)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and understudy in La Cage aux Folles. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Prince William in Sleeping Beauty Panto, Mikey Thomas in Shear Madness, Rocky Balboa in Rocky: The Musical, West Side Story (Drayton Entertainment); Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Globe Theatre); Jersey Boys, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Stage West); Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You, A Christmas Carol, West Side Story, Evangeline (Citadel); Usnavi in In The Heights, Judas in Godspell (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Brave Rebel Army, Dark Side of the 2000's. Training: Sheridan College BMTP; Banff/Citadel Professional Training Program; NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Online: @aakelly. Et cetera: Special thanks to Talent House. Endless love to my boys Jude and Nash, pup Blue, and beautiful wife Shelley.

    Portrait of Amanda Lundgren
    Amanda Lundgren
    Understudy and Offstage Vocalist
    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and understudy and offstage vocalist in La Cage aux Folles. Second season. Stratford: Annie in Chicago. Elsewhere: Sister Rice in The Amen Corner, Ensemble in Gypsy, Daphne/Ensemble in Holiday Inn (Shaw Festival); Jovie in Elf the Musical, Cinderella understudy/Ensemble in Cinderella (Neptune Theatre); Ensemble in Guys and Dolls (Capitol Theatre); Michelle/Ensemble/Deena understudy in Dreamgirls (Lower Ossington Theatre); Calonice in Lysistrata (2017 Toronto Fringe Festival); Lulu's New in Town (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Film/TV: The Boys, Children Ruin Everything, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Spin. Commercials: Rogers, Hudson's Bay Company, Tangerine, Capella University. Online: @damanda_13. Et cetera: Love to my family and friends, so thankful for you. Miss you Dad <3. I know you can see it all! Kisses to Einarr, our pup and inspiration for @thegildedleash. CHEERS to 10 Talent - the possibilities are endless.
    Portrait of Ayrin Mackie
    Ayrin Mackie
    Babette

    (she/her)

    2024: Babette in La Cage aux Folles and Doc Swain in Wendy and Peter Pan. Sixth season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived, A Chorus Line (Sheila), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Segstrom), Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Sound of Music, Taming of the Shrew, Pirates of Penzance, Elektra. Elsewhere: Mirvish: The Wizard of Oz (Toronto & National Tour), Lord of the Rings (Eowyn), The Producers; Citadel/Theatre Calgary: Crazy for You (Polly), and West Side Story; Drayton: Lucky Stiff (Rita), How to Succeed... (Hedy LaRue), Cinderella (Baroness). Other: Mina Murray in Dracula: A Chamber Musical (INNERchamber concert); Annie in Lies My Father Told Me (Segal Centre). Et cetera: Ayrin is a mama to two incredible kiddos, 5 and 2 years old. She lives in Stratford and also loves teaching Kuundalini yoga...when she has a spare minute!

    Portrait of Anthony MacPherson
    Anthony MacPherson
    Swing

    (he/they)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and Swing, dance captain in La Cage aux Folles. Second season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived. Elsewhere: Matilda (first national tour, Mirvish); The Wizard of Oz (first national tour, Mirvish); Peter Pan in Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty Productions); five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival; Mamma Mia! (The Grand); Priscilla, Rock of Ages (Drayton); Elf, Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera). Choreography: Assistant Choreographer - A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary). Associate Choreographer - Mamma Mia!, Kronborg (Charlottetown). Choreographer - Good Grief (Ship's Company); Sugar Highs (Season 1, Emotion); Assassins, Metamorphoses (Theatre Sheridan); Godspell (FAST). Film/TV: Sullivan's Crossing (CTV); Washington Black (Disney/Hulu); FROM (Epix); The Sinner (USA). Awards: Lindsay Thomas Award (Stratford); Alan Lund Dance Award (Charlottetown); Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award (Sheridan College - 2008-2010). Online: @armacpherson. Et cetera: Big love and thanks to Talent House, Flea, Jeff and my family out East.

    Portrait of Kevin McLachlan
    Kevin McLachlan
    Ensemble

    (he/him)

    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and La Cage aux Folles. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon, Phil Davis in White Christmas, The TroubadourGypsy, Damn Yankees, Holiday Inn, 1922, ShawgroundFairground (Shaw Festival/five seasons); The Dream Catchers, The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival/three seasons); Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions); Pepper in Mamma Mia!, Roger in Grease (Chemainus Theatre); Bystander (Gwaandak Theatre); Greenlandic Physical Theatre (Arctic Winter Games). Published Works: Seasons of Change, an original book of Poetry available on Amazon. Recordings: Coming in to Peace, The Promise, Moments, Small Town, original albums available on all streaming platforms. Training: Sheridan College. Online: koovy.ca, @koovster. Et cetera: Hey Mom, remember when we flew all the way from the Yukon to see a musical here? Well, this time you get to watch me in it.

    Portrait of Jamie Murray
    Jamie Murray
    Understudy and Offstage Vocalist
    2024: Appears in Something Rotten! and understudy and offstage vocalist in La Cage aux Folles. Third season. Stratford: The Music Man, Oliver! Elsewhere: Josie Pye in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical, Tell Tale Harbour, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia!, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Elf: The Musical, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre); The Sound of Music (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Spring Awakening (Argyle Theatre). Film/TV: Paranormal Revenge (CTV Sci-Fi); Dark Side of the Ring (Vice TV) Training: Pace University, BFA Major in Musical Theatre & Minor in Commercial Dance. Awards: Peter Mews Award (Charlottetown Festival). Online: jamiemurray.ca, @jamiemurr. Et cetera: Thanks to the TH team, and to my family for their constant love and support!
    Portrait of David Andrew Reid
    David Andrew Reid
    Bitelle

    (he/him)

    2024: Bitelle in La Cage aux Folles and First Mate Murt in Wendy and Peter Pan. Stratford debut. Elsewhere (Selected): Charlie in Brigadoon, (Shaw Festival/fifth season); Lance Corporal Harold Dawson in A Few Good Men (Drayton Entertainment); Jamal in Escape to Margaritaville (Theatre Calgary); Beadle in Sweeney Todd (Talk Is Free Theatre); David Heard in Choir Boy (Canadian Stage); The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty Prodcutions); Sousatzka (Teatro Proscenium Ltd/Elgin Theatre). Choreography/Movement Direction: Into The Woods (Talk Is Free Theatre); Blackout (Musical Stage Company); Damn Yankees (Assistant/Shaw Festival). TV: Milo Strange in Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC); The Boys (Amazon Studios); American Gods (Starz). Training: Sheridan College. Instagram: @davidandrewreid. Et cetera: Jamaican (Xaymacan) by birth, Canadian (Kanatan) by choice. David is excited to be making his Stratford debut alongside great friends and colleagues. Thanks to the TH gang!

    Portrait of Jason Sermonia
    Jason Sermonia
    Tabarro
    2024: Tabarro in La Cage aux Folles and dance captain, appears in Something Rotten!  11th season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frankenstein Revived, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Little Shop…, Rocky Horror…, Music Man, Chorus Line, Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, JCS, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes. Elsewhere: Miss Saigon, JCS (Broadway); Lion King (Mirvish, Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); We Will Rock You (Mirvish, national tour); Yoshimi (La Jolla); Holiday Inn (Shaw); Mary Poppins (Drayton). TV: 71st/66th Tonys, 37th Daytime Emmys, Dancing with the Stars, Live With Regis & Kelly Las Vegas, Marilyn Denis Show. Film: Honey, Chicago. Choreographer: Discover… Tom Patterson Theatre (Stratford Festival); Great Grand Road Trip (Grand Theatre HSP). Assistant: Chicago (Stratford); The Boys. Awards: Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award (2016); Brian Macdonald Choreographer Award (2018). Online: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Love to my family, friends, T House, Mélanie and Léon.
    Portrait of Chris Vergara
    Chris Vergara
    Jacob

    (he/him)

    2024: Jacob in La Cage aux Folles and Tom in Wendy and Peter Pan. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Boutons in Cinderella, Charlie/Chadwick and Buddy u/s in Elf the Musical, Merrick and Michael u/s in Peter Pan (Neptune Theatre); Angel in Rent (Rainbow Stage); Nam in A Perfect Bowl of Pho (Toronto Fringe, Patrons' Pick Winner); A Christmas Carol (Magnus Theatre); Cannibal! The Musical (Starvox Entertainment, US première and North American Tour); High School Musical (Theatre Aquarius). Training: 9 Week Conservatory, Fiasco Theater (off Broadway, New York). Online: @verbitty. Et cetera: Pinoy ako. Out and proud. Thank you to my family, to my people, to 10 Talent. Endless gratitude for my husband Richard and his unwavering love and support. Trans Lives Matter. Drag is not a crime. What a dream come true.

CREATIVE

    Thom Allison
    Director
    2024: Director of La Cage aux Folles. Ninth season. Broadway: Priscilla, Queen of the DesertStratford Festival: Director: Rent, Northern Tracks: A Canadian Mixtape, Up Close and Musical and You Can't Stop The Beat. Actor: Romeo and Juliet, Into the Woods. Shaw Festival: Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music. Elsewhere: Director: Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Calgary); Seussical, Mary Poppins (Young People's Theatre). Actor: Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy and Rent (Mirvish); Cabaret (Theatre Calgary); Evita (Theatre Calgary/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); The Drowsy Chaperone (The Citadel, National Arts Centre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). TV/Film: Slasher, Coroner, Canada's Drag Race, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Killjoys (Canadian Screen Award), Hudson & Rex, Murdoch Mysteries, Kim's Convenience.
    Cameron Carver
    Choreographer
    2024: Choreographer of La Cage Aux Folles and The Diviners. Second season. Stratford: Richard II. Elsewhere as Choreographer: Alice in Wonderland (Soulpepper/MTYP); Cabaret (Grand Theatre); Sweeney Todd (TIFT) [UK, Toronto and Argentina]; Something Bubbled… (TIFT/Outside the March); Spring Awakening (Redgrave Theatre); La Strada (UK Regional Tour); Manhattan Parisienne with Alain Boublil (The Other Palace). As Director/Choreographer: No Place Like Home (Edinburgh Fringe); Little Mermaid (Theatre Royal Bath); The Addams Family, The Wizard of Oz, Sweet Charity (St. Lawrence College). Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Original Choreography Alice in Wonderland (2023); Dora Award Outstanding Original Choreography Sweeney Todd (2022); Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022; UK Theatre Award for Little Mermaid (Best Show for Young People). Training: Sheridan College MT and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (MA Theatre Directing). Online: www.cameron-carver.com; Instagram @cam_carver Et cetera: Love you mom. xofc.
    Franklin Brasz
    Music Director

    2024: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival. Music director of La Cage aux Folles. 15th season. Stratford: Rent, Chicago, Billy Elliot, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, Funny Thing Happened..., Carousel, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Evita, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance. In concert: Why We Tell the Story, Finally There's Sun, Fantasticks, Passion, Next to Normal, Up Close and Musical (Stratfest@Home). Elsewhere: Show Boat, Ragtime, The Lion King (Toronto/US tours); Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Lloyd Webber's Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Billy Elliot, Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Meridian Hall); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall); The Threepenny Opera (Soulpepper); London Symphonia's Enchanting Broadway; Birmingham Conservatory (Singing Coach), American Boychoir School, Illinois and Dorian Opera Theatres. Recordings: Carousel, Crazy for You (Stratford Festival); The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance). Training: Vocal Coaching/Accompanying, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

    Brandon Kleiman
    Set Designer

    (he/him)

    2024: Set designer of La Cage aux Folles. Seventh season. Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto with work appearing on stages across Canada, most recently: The Tempest (Rusticle presented by Buddies in Bad Times); The Sound of Music (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Boy Falls from the Sky (Mirvish Productions); and Blackout (Musical Stage Co. and Canadian Stage). He was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, and the 2018 and 2020 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. He's also a multiple Dora award nominee and two-time winner. Brandon recently won a Merritt Award for his work bringing Viola Desmond to life in the world première of Controlled Damage. Brandon also teaches in the York University Theatre program. For more information and to see his portfolio please visit www.brandonkleimandesign.com.

    David Boechler
    Costume Designer

    2024: Costume designer of La Cage aux Folles. Sixth season. Stratford: Monty Python's Spamalot, Cabaret, My One and Only, South Pacific. Elsewhere: Eight seasons at Shaw Festival; Cinderella (National Ballet of Canada/American Ballet Theatre); quondam (Royal Swedish Ballet); Red (Canadian Stage/Citadel); La Traviata (Pacific Opera); Prom Queen, Evita (Grand Theatre); The Prom, Hairspray, Holiday Inn, Singin' in the Rain, Mamma Mia, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls (Drayton); Mary Poppins, The Producers (Rainbow Stage); The Vibrator Play (Tarragon); Glorious! (CanStage/Arts Club/Belfry); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Macbeth (Theatre Calgary). Film/TV: Production design: Ukulele U (CBC/Mainframe); Hotel Beyrouth, Ainse va Manu (Sahkosh/TFO); Art director: Donkeyhead (KarmaFilm/Netflix). Awards: Two Betty Mitchells, two Sterlings and a Dora. Online: www.davidboechlerdesign.com. Et cetera: David's other job is in film and television, and vows never to do another Christmas movie as long as he lives.

    Kimberly Purtell
    Lighting Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Lighting designer of La Cage aux Folles. 15th season. Stratford: Frankenstein Revived, A Wrinkle in Time, Hamlet, Private Lives, Mother's Daughter, The Front Page, Brontë: The World Without, Timon of Athens, The Virgin Trial, Madwoman of Chaillot, Breath of Kings: Rebellion/Redemption, Bunny, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Last Wife, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Man of La Mancha, Christina, The Girl King, Waiting for Godot, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Little Years, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Elsewhere: Mirvish, Shaw, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, NAC, Pacific Opera, Arena Stage DC, Opera Philadelphia, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, RMTC, Citadel, among others. Awards: Three Dora's, Pauline McGibbon Award, Montreal English Theatre Award, Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Ottawa Critics' Circle Award, Elizabeth Sterling Award. Kimberly is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada and ADC659.

    Dino Dilio
    Makeup Designer

    2024: Make-up designer for La Cage aux Folles. Stratford debut.  Elsewhere: The DQ theatrical productions 1986-1990 which raised funds to open Casey House AIDS Hospice. Canadian Stages production of Outrageous by Brad Fraser and starring Thom Allison. Film/TV: 29 years as beauty expert on City TV's lifestyle program Cityline originally with Marilyn Denis and Tracy Moore. Previously held key positions in the makeup departments of CBC and City TVOnline: www.dinodilio.com. Et cetera: Whether in the classroom, in his studio, on camera or online, Dino believes that beauty isn't just about products, it's the art of self-expression and empowerment.

    Brian Kenny
    Sound Designer
    2024: Sound designer of La Cage aux Folles. Third season. Stratford: Associate sound designer to Peter McBoyle; Music Man, Rocky Horror, Billy Elliott, Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Kelly vs Kelly (Musical Stage Company); Pollyanna (Theatre Aquarius/Young Street Theatricals); Jersey Boys (Citadel): GROW, Elf, Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre); Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Between Breaths, Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down (Artistic Fraud); Once (Segal Centre); Dear Rita (Charlottetown Festival). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Sheridan College. Et cetera: Brian is a member of IATSE Local 659 The Associated Designers of Canada. With many thanks to my family especially my wife Crystal, endless thanks to Peter for all of his mentorship and friendship and setting endlessly high standards for both of those things.
    Anita Nittoly
    Fight and Intimacy Director

    2024: Fight and intimacy director of the 2024 season. Seventh season. Stratford: Fight director of The Rez Sisters and intimacy director of Serving Elizabeth (2021); Fight director for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Selected Fight/Intimacy Director Credits: 3 Sisters (Soulpepper); Bad Roads (Crow's); WildWoman (Soulpepper); Hamlet (The Rose); Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (TIP); Fall on Your Knees (Canadian Stage/Neptune/NAC); Maggie (Theatre Aquarius); Counter Offence (Segal Centre); Fairview (Canadian Stage); Prodigal (Crow's); Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus (Factory); Our Place (Cahoots/TPM); Kronborg (Confederation Centre). Other: Stage combat instructor, fight director, and sexual choreographer at the National Theatre School. Selected Stunt Performer/Stunt Actor Credits: Law and Order: Toronto, SEE, Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases, Titans, The Boys, Rabbit Hole, What We Do in the Shadows, various Ubisoft motion capture productions. Online: anitanittoly.com.

    Justin Miller
    Drag Consultant

    (he/him)

    2024: Drag consultant for La Cage aux Folles. Third season. Stratford: Drag consultant for Rent, Chicago; creator/performer of Agit-Pop! (Meighen Forum 2022/2023). Elsewhere: Distant Early Warning (Buddies in Bad Times); Justin's darkly comic drag persona Pearle Harbour continues to tour across Canada with Agit-Pop!, Chautauqua, and more; Pearle was recently adapted to screen in the short film Bunker Time! TV: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Queer Pride Inside (CBC Gem - Canadian Screen Award nomination: Best Variety or Entertainment Special). Voiceover: Dragging Mason County, The Big Sting, Animal Person, MeThree, Tremendous Things (Penguin Random House); Peep & The Big Wide World (PBS). Awards: Audience Choice Award (SummerWorks); John Kaplan Legacy Award for a Canadian Stage Performer; 3 Dora nominations in Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Costume Design. Online: pearleharbour.com; Instagram: @pearleharbour. Et cetera: Thank you Thom for bringing me back, always a gay old time!

    Krista Leis
    Associate Choreographer

    (she/her)

    2024: Associate choreographer of La Cage aux Folles. 10th season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha (Assistant Choreographer), The Who's Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, West Side Story (Assistant Choreographer), A Funny Thing..., The Music Man, Fuente Ovejuna, Gigi, West Side Story, The Tempest. Elsewhere: In Studio: The Words and Music of Britta Johnson (Choreographer, Theatre Sheridan), In the Heights (Associate Director and Choreographer, Theatre Sheridan), Snow White: The Panto (Choreographer, The Capitol Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway). Awards: Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie Award, Brian MacDonald Guthrie Award. Online: @krisleis, @themvmtcentre. Krista is also the proud owner of The Movement Centre Pilates and Wellness Studio in Stratford. Thanks as always to her incredible family, the TH gang and her loves Eric and Ging.

    David Chinchilla
    Associate Fight Director

    2024: Associate fight director of the 2024 season. Third season. Stratford (selected):King Lear,Richard III, Little Women. Elsewhere:Hamlet (Hit & Myth Productions); The Amen Corner (Shaw Festival); Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre School); Girl in the Photograph (Chameleon Productions). Selected Film and TV (Acting and Stunts):FUBAR, The Fabric of Christmas, Chucky, Far Cry 6, Mayor of Kingstown, Reacher, Revenge of the Black Best Friend, The Hot Zone, The Boys, Dark Matter, Kill Joys, Teen Titans, Lucky Day, Amazing Race Canada, Frankie Drake. Training: Humber Theatre Performance program, various martial arts schools, acting for film and TV at the renown Pro Actors Lab in Toronto. Online: Instagram: @davidchinchillaofficial. 

    Thomas Alderson
    Assistant Director

    (he/him) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2023.

    2024: Assistant director of La Cage aux Folles. Second season. Stratford: Assistant director of Rent. Director of Kiss of the Spider Woman  for the Langham Directors' Workshop 2023. Elsewhere: Director: The Drowsy ChaperoneSweet Charity (co-director) (St. Lawrence College); Mary Poppins (Yes Theatre); Stag and Doe (Tweed and Company); Carrie the Musical (sold out fundraiser for the AFC). Favourite acting roles include: Brett in Bed and Breakfast  (Orillia Opera House); Bud Frump in How to Succeed… (Drayton); and swinging the original Canadian company of Kinky BootsEt cetera: Thomas is proud to have worked as assistant to many great Canadian directors including Ashlie Corcoran, Tracey Flye, Marcia Kash, Richard Ouzounian, Kate Hennig, Stafford Arima and now the fabulous Thom Allison. He is grateful to them for sharing their knowledge and kindness. Working at the Festival is a dream come true.

    Jung A Im
    Assistant Set Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant set designer of La Cage aux Folles, Wendy and Peter Pan and Salesman in China. Second season. Stratford: Set designer of Shakespeare's Ni**a, costume designer of Macbeth and The Fall of the House of Atreus: A Cowboy Love Song (2023 Langham Directors' Workshop); Assistant set and costume designer of A Wrinkle in Time, assistant set designer of Frankenstein Revived. Elsewhere: Set and costume: Harabogee and Me - Shakespeare in Action (Little Avenue Memorial Park at Weston Toronto); Set: Indecent (National Theatre School of Canada); Costume: I got my life back! (National Theatre School of Canada). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Hong-Ik University, Yon-Sei Graduate School of Human Environmental Sciences. Online: imjunga.com.

    Danielle Fagen
    Assistant Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant costume designer of La Cage aux Folles and Salesman in China. Second season. Stratford: Assistant costume designer of Richard II. Danielle lived in Berlin, Germany for three years working on immersive, experimental and site-specific theatre. She has been working within the film industry as a costumer, background costume coordinator and assistant designer for films such as U.S. vs Billie Holiday, Pet Semetary: Bloodlines and Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation. Danielle also works as a fibre artist and mounted a costume and photography exhibition in both Montreal and Toronto titled Unravelling, depicting mental health struggles represented in various wearable art pieces. Danielle has a BFA in Art History and Film Studies from Concordia University. Danielle has been attending the Stratford Festival annually for 19 years with her family and would like to dedicate her participation in this production to them. Online: @daniellefagendesigns, www.daniellefagen.weebly.com.

    Barbara Morrone-Sanchez
    Assistant Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant costume designer of La Cage aux Folles and Romeo and Juliet. Third season. Stratford: Assistant costume designer for Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade and Love's Labour's Lost (2023); wardrobe apprentice (2022). Training: B.F.A in Theatre Production and Design, York University. Et cetera: Barbara hopes you enjoy the show!

    BC Batty
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    (he/him)

    2024: Assistant lighting designer of La Cage aux Folles, Wendy and Peter Pan and Salesman in China. Second season. Stratford: Grand MagicRichard II.  Elsewhere: The Real McCoy (Blyth Festival); The Lehman Trilogy (Canadian Stage); The Royale (Citadel Theatre); Rockabye, Martyr (ARC);In Studio, Brantwood (Sheridan College); Fixer: A New Musical (Imagination Works); Ralph and Lina (Ahuri Theatre); This Is How We Got Here, I Call Myself Princess, Ipperwash, HUFF (Native Earth); AMAAL, IMPACT 21 (MT Space); SPAWN (Wild Woman Theatre); Other Side of the Game (Obsidian Theatre); Good Morning Viet Mom (Cahoots Theatre); Sea Sick (Theatre Centre). Training: Technical Production (Humber College, 2008). Awards: Dora Audience Choice Award Outstanding Production (Brantwood, 2016). Online: @bcbIV.

    Emilie Trimbee
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant lighting designer of La Cage aux Folles and Wendy and Peter Pan. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lighting designer: Sympathy for the Devil (Soulpepper), NightShift (Citadel+Companie), Antigonick (Shaw Festival- Directors Projects '24), Bright Lights (Shaw Festival- Directors Projects '23), OverRuled (Shaw Festival- Directors Projects '23). Associate lighting designer: Cinderella…If the shoe fits (Theatre Orangeville), Rubaboo (The Grand Theatre/Arts Club), Prodigal (Crows Theatre/ The Howland Company),Indecent (Studio 180/ Mirvish). Assistant lighting designer: Dion (Coal Mine Theatre), Clue (RMTC/The Grand Theatre), The Amen Corner, The Apple Cart, Playboy of the Western World, Gem of the Ocean, Everybody, Too True to be Good (Shaw Festival). Film/TV: Assistant BOH lighting director: Canada's Got Talent (2024). Training: BFA: Performance Production and Masters of Digital Media (TMU). Online: emilietrimbee.com @emilietrimbeedesigns.

    Adam Campbell
    Assistant Sound Designer

    (he/him)

    2024: Sound designer of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and assistant sound designer of Something Rotten!, La Cage aux Folles. Third season. Stratford: Richard II (associate sound designer); DWP 2022 (sound designer); Frankenstein Revived, Rent, King Lear, Les Belles-Soeurs, Chicago, Hamlet and Death and the King's Horseman (assistant sound designer). Elsewhere: Sound designer for Jack! A Beanstalk Panto (Capitol Theatre); A Huron County Christmas Carol, John Ware Reimagined (Blyth Festival); associate sound designer for Orphée+ (Edmonton Opera); composer for BODY, Alone Together, Four, What Happened To Lee (Human Body Expression); Lasterday (Kaeja d'Dance); A Sonata Of Shadows (CCDT); orchestra for 42nd Street, Singin' In The Rain, Piaf/Dietrich, Ain't Too Proud (Mirvish); percussionist with TorQ Percussion Quartet and Ladom Ensemble. Recording: Debut album, Guess I'm a People Too (2019) available on all platforms. Et cetera: Grateful to be working alongside such incredible artists to bring this season to life!

    Brian Scott
    Stage Manager

    2024: Stage manager of La Cage aux Folles. 30th season. Stratford: Several productions including last season's Richard II. Also, The Who's Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford/La Jolla/Broadway), Coriolanus, Shakespeare in Love and the Miller-Plummer King Lear (Stratford/Lincoln Center). Elsewhere: National Arts Centre, Segal Centre, RMTC, Citadel, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Canadian Stage, Catalyst Theatre, Theatre Plus, Passe Muraille, Tarragon, Native Earth and Factory.

    Bruno Gonsalves
    Assistant Stage Manager

    2024: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and assistant stage manager of La Cage aux Folles. 32nd season. Stratford: Production stage manager (six seasons). Selected productions: Much Ado About Nothing, Les Belles-Soeurs, Every Little Nookie, Bonjour, là, Bonjour, Private Lives, The Front Page, Long Day's Journey…, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend, Tartuffe, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Physicists, The Alchemist, The Matchmaker, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well…, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya. Elsewhere: Grand Theatre, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Mirvish.

    Madison Kalbhenn
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant stage manager of La Cage aux Folles and Wendy and Peter Pan. Sixth season. Stratford: Little Women, I Am William, To Kill a Mockingbird; Production assistant for the Avon and Festival theatres. Elsewhere: Chris, Mrs. (Boldly Productions); The Guide to Being Fabulous (Soulpepper Theatre); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Mirvish); Idomeneo, Actéon and Pygmalion, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier); Julius Caesar, The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre); Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Script supervisor for Ross Petty's A Christmas Carol; Stage management intern at Wicked (Broadway). Et cetera: Many thanks to my friends and family, especially my Mom, for all their love and support.

    Erika Morey
    Assistant Stage Manager

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant stage manager of La Cage aux Folles and Salesman in China. Second season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Elsewhere: Boy Falls From the Sky (Mirvish/Past Future Productions); Choir Boy, Forgiveness (Arts Club Theatre); Anne of Green Gables - The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical, Métis Mutt, Spinning Yarns, Ghost Light (Charlottetown Festival); Rose - A New Musical, The Seagull (Soulpepper); The Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera); The Father (Theatre Aquarius). Awards: Anne Selby Award (Stratford Festival). Online: @erikadmorey. 

    Bona Duncan
    Production Stage Manager
    2024: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of Salesman in China. 24th season. Stratford: Stage manager: Frankenstein Revived, 1939, Rez Sisters, Private Lives, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bakkhai, Tartuffe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 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. Assistant stage manager: The Neverending Story, Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like ItTraining: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA, Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel and their daughter, Georgia.
    Ava Robitaille
    Production Assistant

    (she/her)

    2024: Production assistant of the Avon Theatre. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Stage manager for The Tempest (Tottering Biped Theatre); Brock/DART intern (Shaw Festival); Assistant stage manager for Welcome Home (Brock University/Laser Shark Productions); Assistant stage manager for A Midsummer Nights Dream (Tottering Biped Theatre). Training: Brock University. Et cetera: Thank you to my friends and family for your unwavering love and support. 

MUSICIANS

    Anna Atkinson
    Violinist

    (she/her)

    2024: Violinist in Something Rotten! and La Cage aux Folles. Fifth season. Stratford: Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof; onstage musician in Pirates of Penzance, The Grapes of Wrath, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; musician in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Elsewhere: Les waitress sont tristes (Joe Jack et John); Spoon River (Soulpepper); Boblo (Kitchenband/Theatre Centre). Dance: Composer for Nadia, est-ce que ça va? (Tangente). Film: Composer for Eadweard. Audio-visual: Composer/performer for The Inside, The Outside (In the Soil Fest). Awards: Applebaum Award for Musical Theatre Composition (Stratford Festival). Albums: Linaire (2020); Sky Stacked Full (2016); Mooniture (2011). Et cetera: Anna is a songwriter, composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer with collaborations across music, theatre, dance and film. She performs her own music as Linaire: experimental electro-pop combining emotionally lucid lyrics with synths, strings, and lo-fi beats. Online: annaatkinson.com, @linairesongs.

    Ben Bolt-Martin
    Cello

    (he/him)

    2024: Cello for La Cage aux Folles. 21st season. Elsewhere: Principal cello for London Symphonia; member of the INNERchamber String Quartet and Ensemble; composer and cello for Roy Lewis's Moments With You. Film/TV/Radio: Composer of Unexpected Peace (a Dove Tale production, 2024); orchestrator of Sultans of String's Walking Through the Fire; arranger for Dayna Manning's Morning Light and The Bookends' A Celtic Celebration.

    David Campion
    Drum Kit, Timpani, Glockenspiel

    (he/him)

    2024: Drum kit in Something Rotten!, drum kit, timpani, glockenspiel in La Cage aux Folles and Festival Theatre fanfares. 42nd season. Stratford: As a drummer and percussionist, David has performed in over 100 productions at the Stratford Festival. Elsewhere: David can be heard on dozens of recording projects playing in all kinds of styles and genres. He's been timpanist for Tafelmusik, Canada's Juno Award-winning and internationally acclaimed period-instrument orchestra, for 40 years. He performs with local jazz groups, symphonies and many other artists. Et cetera: David enjoys morning coffee in Stratford at the fabulous Revel with Anne, whom he loves very much, and often also with his daughter, Arielle and spouse Dave; son, Dylan, and spouse Julie, and granddaughters Maille and Murphy.

    Éric Charbonneau
    Associate Conductor, Keyboard, Accordion

    (he/him)

    2024: Associate conductor, keyboard, accordion for La Cage aux Folles, keyboard for Something Rotten! Seventh season. Stratford: Associate conductor and keyboard for Rent, Chicago, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Music Man; rehearsal pianist for HMS Pinafore; music director for Never Doubt I Love, Northern Tracks, the Birmingham Conservatory's 2020 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare School's Musical Theatre Intensive. Elsewhere: Conductor of the Stratford Symphony Youth Orchestra. Keyboard for Elf: The Musical (The Grand Theatre). Associate conductor of Call It Love (Eclipse Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Opera on the Avalon). Music director of Susannah (Peck Productions and London Community Players); JUDY: Stonewalled! (LINK theatre); Company (Music Theatre on the Thames); Street Scene (Halifax Summer Opera Festival); The Daughter of the Regiment (Fountainhead Theatre and London Community Players).

    Andrew Chung
    Violinist

    2024: Violinist in La Cage aux Folles. Fifth season. Andrew Chung is a violinist with London Symphonia, while also serving as Artistic Producer. He also performs regularly with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stratford Festival Orchestra. Andrew spent a number of years living in Sydney, Australia, where he was performing with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. He has performed recitals in Australia and Canada, including appearances as part of Stratford Summer Music. On baroque violin, he has performed with Nota Bene Baroque Players, the Aradia Ensemble, and at the Grand River Baroque Festival. In 2010, Andrew started a chamber music series called INNERchamber in Stratford and serves as Artistic Director.

    Mary Jay
    Trumpet

    2024: Trumpet in La Cage aux Folles and Festival Theatre fanfares. 27th season. Elsewhere: Mary is a full-time member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra with a busy season of concerts, outreach performances and educational events. She can be heard each night on the CTV News themes and on the Blue Jays baseball themes. Training: Mary studied trumpet performance at the University of Toronto, in the Royal Conservatory's orchestral training program and in the National Youth Orchestra, but continues to learn with each wonderful player she has the privilege of working with. Away from the horn, Mary rides a horse named Brother, and loves to cook, garden, quilt and crochet! Thanks for supporting live performances!

    Gary Kidd
    Clarinets and Alto Saxophone

    2024: Clarinets and alto saxophone for La Cage aux Folles. 39th season. Elsewhere: Gary is a bass clarinetist with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. He has also been a clarinetist with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Mr. Kidd lives in Kitchener with his wife, Nancy.

    Dennis Kwok
    Flute, Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone

    (he/him)

    2024: Flute, clarinet and soprano saxophone for La Cage aux Folles. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Mean Girls (Mirvish); Escape to Margaritaville (Theatre Calgary); Follies (Royal Conservatory of Music). Training: Humber College. Online: www.denniskwok.ca. Et cetera: Dennis is thrilled to be joining the Stratford Festival team this year!  

    Michael McClennan
    Orchestra Supervisor and Acoustic Bass

    2024: Acoustic and electric bass in Something Rotten! and acoustic bass and orchestra supervisor in La Cage aux Folles. 12th season. Stratford: Crazy for You, Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot the Musical, Chorus Line,Little Night Music, Chicago, Carousel. Elsewhere:Anastasia, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Mirvish), Caroline, or Change, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party (Musical Stage). Writing/Arranging Credits: Charlottetown, Drayton, Shaw, London Symphonia, Stage West. Training: Master of Music Performance, University of Toronto. Former Professor of Music Theory and Bass at Toronto's Humber College. Recordings: Can be heard on dozens of albums as bassist, producer and/or arranger. Michael's own album, Sing in Me Muse, is available to stream, or visit michaelmcclennan.com.

    Janice Owens
    Trombone
    2024: Music Administrator for the Stratford Festival, trombone in Something Rotten!La Cage aux Folles and Festival Theatre fanfares. 11th season. Spurning advice to learn the clarinet, Janice made her start on a third-hand trombone at age 10. Since then, she has enjoyed playing numerous musical theatre productions in Stratford, Toronto and Washington, DC and other performances with Canadian Opera Company, Hamilton Philharmonic, and many others. As a member of the Washington, DC-based Monumental Brass Quintet, she played on 13 tours for the Columbia Artists' Concert Series across 48 states in the US, the White House and at the Kennedy Center. Recordings include Carousel (Stratford Festival), Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival) and Christmas Presence (Monumental Brass Quintet).
    Philip Seguin
    Trumpet, Flugelhorn

    2024: Trumpet, flugelhorn in La Cage aux Folles and Bb and piccolo trumpets, flugelhorn in Something Rotten! and Festival Theatre fanfares. 21st season. With over 100 productions to his credit (Stratford Festival, Windsor Light Opera, Huron Country Playhouse, The Grand Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, et al.), Philip can also be seen and heard as a member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and as a regular guest with The National Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Seguin teaches Classical Trumpet at Toronto's York University.

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