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Avon Theatre
May 4 – October 21 |
Opens May 31
Musical

HMS PINAFORE

Book and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert 
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Director Lezlie Wade

SHIP-SHAPE SENSATIONAL

With witty dialogue, endearing characters, memorable tunes and a hilariously happy ending, these are the silliest shenanigans ever seen aboard a ship! Since its première in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta has delighted audiences with its nautical tale of love across class divides.

This production is dedicated to the memory of former acting company member Richard McMillan and sound engineer Bill Gosling.

Production support is generously provided by Nona Macdonald Heaslip.

Support for the 2017 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Josephine

    2017: Josephine in HMS Pinafore and understudy in Treasure Island. Seventh season. Stratford: A Chorus Line (Maggie), A Little Night Music (Quintet), The Sound of Music, Carousel, Tommy (Sally Simpson), Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Workshop: The Greenwood Tree. 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. Recordings: Carousel cast recording, Stratford (2015). Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan Institute), Acting (Red Deer College). Online: Twitter: @RiderShaw. Et cetera: Thanks to Bruce and the Talent House gang, Dad, Mom and Robert - love you!

    Mark Uhre
    Ralph Rackstraw
    2017: Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Enjolras in the 25th-anniversary production of Les Misérables (Broadway/Toronto, Dora Award nomination); Sky in Mamma Mia! (Mirvish/Royal Alexandra Theatre); Tom Watson in Parade (Acting Up Stage/Studio 180); Jamie in The Last Five Years (Grand Theatre); Buddy in Elf (Neptune Theatre); Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Leopard in Just So (Globe Theatre); two seasons at Festival Antigonish;  seven seasons at the Shaw Festival including The Lady from the Sea, Sweet Charity, Trouble in Tahiti, The Millionairess, My Fair Lady, The Cherry Orchard, Sunday in the Park with George, Star Chamber, A Little Night Music, Follies: In Concert, Overruled, Mack and Mabel and the world-première musicals Maria Severa and Tristan. Mark is also a visual artist: paintings and illustrations can be found at markuhre.com.

     

    Lisa Horner
    Little Buttercup
    2017: General Matilda B. Cartwright in Guys and Dolls and Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore. Third season. Stratford: Fiddler on the Roof, Patience, The Three Musketeers, Good Mother. Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: Wonderful Town, Gypsy, After the Dance, High Society, Something on the Side, Diana of Dobson's; Mirvish Productions: Kinky Boots, Mme Thenardier in Les Misérables, Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch in The Wizard of Oz, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding; Acting Up Stage: Edith/Little Edie in Grey Gardens, The Wild Party. Productions with NAC, Grand Theatre, Factory Theatre, Segal Centre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Charlottetown Festival and Drayton Entertainment. Film/TV: Little Mosque on the Prairie, Majority Rules, Odd Squad. Ikea Winter Sale "Start the Car!" commercial. Awards: Two Dora Awards for Grey Gardens and The Wizard of Oz. Et cetera: "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die" - Thomas Campbell. For Mum and Dad.
    Laurie Murdoch
    Sir Joseph Porter
    2017: Arvide Abernathy in Guys and Dolls and Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Da in Once (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); Colonel John Winslow in the world première of Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival/Citadel, Edmonton); Herr Schultz in Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton); Max in The Sound of Music (Drayton); Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto). Film: Wilson Rogers in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, The Core, Letters, Dr. Cabbie and Door to Door. TV: Two seasons as Alan Duffy on CTV's Dan for Mayor. Recurring roles: Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, The Amazing Spiez, Da Vinci's Inquest, X Files, Cold Squad. Guest appearances: The Mist, Taken, Reign, Copper, Warehouse 13, Psych, Supernatural, Mr. Young, Covert Affairs.
    Steve Ross
    Captain Corcoran

    2017: Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore. 14th season. Stratford: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Grapes of Wrath, Misanthrope, Merry Wives of Windsor, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: London Road, Indian Ink, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Acting Up Stage); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); One for the Pot, Forum (Drayton); The Producers (Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Guys and Dolls (MTC/Citadel/TC); Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages); Three Sisters (ATF). Training: National Theatre School.

    Gabriel Antonacci

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Fourth season. Stratford: 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 Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Bobby in Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray and Donna Feore. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin Calvert. This season is dedicated to his dog Sophie. 



    Matthew Armet

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Sixth season. Stratford: Greg in A Chorus Line, As You Like It, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Next to Normal, Passion. Elsewhere: Siegfried (COC); Cabaret, White Christmas (RMTC); Miracle on 34th Street (Grand); Hairspray, Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown); Hairspray, How to Succeed… (Drayton); Peter Pan, High School Musical (Neptune); Grief: Another Common Bond (co-creator, Winchester Street Theatre); Peter Pan (Ross Petty). Film/TV: Soundcheck: Odd Squad (PBS); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (CBC); Feist music videos "1, 2, 3, 4" and "My Moon, My Man." Training: Canadian College of Performing Arts. Online: Twitter: @mattarmet. Instagram: @mat2eh. Et cetera: Much love to my family and friends, especially those back home in Saskatchewan.

    Devon Michael Brown
    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: National tour of Laurier (Charlottetown Festival/Theatre New Brunswick); Mad Hatter in Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage); Hill Rise in Dancer! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs) workshop (GingerMar). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; series lead (Max) in The Next Step; Ruin; MMVAsTraining:  Canadian Dance Company; Louisa Burgess Corbett. Online: Follow @thedevonbrown on Instagram. Et cetera: Devon would like to thank his family, friends, teachers and Seventh House Talent for their endless love and support.
    Colton Curtis
    Swing

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and swing in HMS Pinafore. Second season. Stratford: Mark in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher (Shaw Festival); On the Town (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, New York); Pip in Great Expectations (Highlands Summer Festival); Excalibur Trilogy (Florence Ballet Company, Italy); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival); Hello, Dolly!, A Doll's House, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Sheridan). Training: Colton is a proud graduate of the Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Awards: Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award (2012, 2013, 2014). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @coltonccurtis. Et cetera: "Endless thanks to Donna, Steve, Laura, Franklin, Lezlie, Kerry and Robin for this opportunity; Bruce, Geoff and the Talent House gang; and to my loving family!"

    Beau Dixon
    Bob Becket
    2017: Big Jule in Guys and Dolls and Bob Becket in HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Narrator in Passing Strange (Acting Up Stage/Obsidian Theatre); Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (Tarragon/Clearwater Theatre); Aaron in TitusAndronicus (Shakespeare in High Park/Canadian Stage); Othello in Othello (Mysterious Entity); Elijah McCoy in The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre); Ralph in Motherf**ker with the Hat (ATP/Calgary); Danny in Road to Paradise (Human Cargo/Crow's Theatre); Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Lunchbox Theatre/Thousand Islands). Film/TV: Untouchable: Power Corrupts (Discovery). Radio/Recordings: Composer for The Big Sleep (Vertigo Theatre), Detroit Folk (solo album/independent), From Here to East City (solo album/independent), available on iTunes. Training: Self-taught. Awards: Two Dora Awards for Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Best New Play, Best Individual Performance for TYA); Calgary Critic's Award (Best Solo Performance). Online: beaudixon.com. Et cetera: Beau dedicates this season to his family.
    Alexandra Herzog

    2017: Mimi in Guys and Dolls and appears in HMS Pinafore. Fourth season. Stratford: Kristine in A Chorus Line, Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Patsy in Crazy for You; appeared in As You Like It and The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Aquarius); Siegfried (COC); Elf (Grand Theatre); West Side Story, The Jungle Book (Neptune); Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins (Rainbow). Film/TV: Principal dancer on Bomb Girls, Suits, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, L.A. Complex, Make It Happen. Training: Sheridan College Music Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Online: Twitter: @alex_herzog_; Instagram: @alexandranicoleh. Et cetera: For my incredible mother and friends who are family.

    Bonnie Jordan

    2017: Carmen in Guys and Dolls and appears in HMS Pinafore. Fourth season. Stratford: Judy in A Chorus Line, Malla in A Little Night Music, Betsy in Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Chorus in Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chorus in Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street chorus girl in Warehouse 13, dancer on game show Fidèles au Poste. Et cetera: Bonnie wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting and believing in her.

    Heather Kosik
    Swing
    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and swing in HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Dance captain for Footloose, Shrek: The Musical; Gloria understudy/featured dancer in Damn Yankees (Theatre Sheridan); featured performer/dance captain in The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival); Apache Dancer/ensemble in Joseph…Dreamcoat (LOT). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Alan Lund Scholarship Award (Charlottetown Festival), Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award 2014, 2015, 2016 (Sheridan College). Online: @heatherkosik. Et cetera: "It truly is a dream to be joining the company at the Stratford Festival. Thank you to my family, friends and teachers for your endless love and support. Thank you, Mom, Dad, Kyle, Ryan, Justin, G-ma and G-pa for always supporting my dream to pursue performing and for making it possible. I love you."
    Bethany Kovarik

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Third season. Stratford: A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton Entertainment); Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment, Grand Theatre); Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Asian tour); Summer in the City (Stage West Calgary). Film/TV: Warrior, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Bomb Girls, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, Make It Happen and Christmas Dance. Training/Teaching: Sheridan Institute's prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program and has also taught at the college. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Training Award; Lindsay Thomas "The Show Must Go On" Award. Et cetera: "THANK YOU, Mom, Dad, Ry, Talent House team, family and friends - all deeply loved." bethanykovarik.com. 

    Jordan Mah

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Second season. Stratford: Butch in A Chorus Line and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Luis in West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); Clara's Dream and Shumka at 50! China tour (Shumka/SPI Productions); Angel in Rent and Fector in Dogfight (Edmonton Fringe); Larry in Company (Grant MacEwan Theatre). Training: Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts. Awards: Sterling Award for West Side Story, Citadel Theatre. Online: Twitter: @Jordan_Mah; Instagram: @Djmah5. Et cetera: Jordan would like to thank Bruce and everyone at Talent House, his family, friends and mentors for all the incredible support. "Life is a whirlwind, so spread those wings and fly!"

    Lily McEvenue
    2017: Swing in Guys and Dolls and appears in HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Three seasons with Opera Atelier (The Elgin Theatre, Glimmerglass Festival, Royal Opera of Versailles); Victoria in Cats (The Panasonic Theatre); Canada Rocks! (The Charlottetown Festival); Ruby Gillis in Anne of Green Gables (The Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment). Film/TV: Reign, Mary Kills People. Et cetera: Thanks to Mom, Dad and all of my generous teachers in life for providing continuous love and support. Also, big thank you to Rachel at NCA!
    Marcus Nance
    Bill Bobstay
    2017: Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls and Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore. Sixth season. Stratford: Carousel, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha,Crazy for You, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar,Moby Dick, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, My One and Only. Elsewhere: Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Floyd Collins, Pal Joey (Shaw Festival); Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast (Grand Theatre); La Bohème, Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mikado (Drayton); Evangeline (Charlottetown); Kismet, Of Thee I Sing (Encores! NY); Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla); Four Saints in Three Acts (Chicago Opera Theater); Dark Star Requiem (Luminato); Porgy and Bess (Toronto Symphony); Elsewhereless (Tapestry). TV/Film: Prodigal Son (Glorious Films), The Producers (Universal), Beatrice Chancy (CBC). Recordings: The Voice Next Door. Awards: Metropolitan Opera winner, Dora nominee. Training: Fresno State University. Online: marcusnance.com.
    Nicholas Nesbitt

    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Third season. Stratford: Bobby in A Chorus Line, First Page in As You Like It, Swing in Fiddler on the Roof and appeared in Tommy. Elsewhere: Twist and Shout, Legally Blonde, Damn Yankees, Footloose, The Little Mermaid, Spamalot, Chicago, The Pirates of Penzance, Aladdin: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty); Greg in A Chorus Line, Cabaret (Rose Theatre); Summer in the City (Stage West Calgary); Booth, Assassins; Victor, Cabaret. Film/TV: Making It (CHUM TV), Nothing to Lose (MuchMusic). Awards: Z103.5 Pop Award (Sheridan College Music Theatre Program). Online: Instagram: @NickNesbitt. Et cetera: Nick is thrilled to be back for another season here at the Stratford Festival. Special thanks to the Talent House gang, Donna, and his incredible family and friends for their constant love and support! xoxo 

    Trevor Patt

    2017: Calvin in Guys and Dolls and appears in HMS Pinafore. Second season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love. Elsewhere: The Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre); Billy Elliot (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival/Citadel); Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage); The Sound of Music, 9 to 5: The Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Robin Hood, High School Musical (Theatre Aquarius); Made in Canada (Smile Theatre); Broadway: Andrew Lloyd Webber (Port Hope); An Evening with Jason Robert Brown (Glenn Gould Studio); Come From Away (CMTP/Sheridan). Training: Proud graduate of Sheridan's Music Theatre Performance Program and George Brown's Dance Program. Et cetera: Love and thanks to the Talent House, Jade, and my family for their constant support.

    Glynis Ranney
    Cousin Hebe
    2017: Agatha in Guys and Dolls and Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore. Fourth season. Stratford: Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Elsewhere: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Talk Is Free Theatre); London Road, The House of Martin Guerre, Passion (Canadian Stage); Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); Side by Side by Sondheim (Grand Theatre); Swimming in the Shallows (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre/Theatrefront); Anything That Moves (Tarragon Theatre - Dora Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (ATF); The Glass Menagerie (PTE); Blithe Spirit (Theatre Aquarius); My Fair Lady (Neptune Theatre); eight seasons with the Shaw Festival, including Mack and Mabel, Tristan, The Constant Wife, Happy End, Floyd Collins, Three Men on a Horse, The Coronation Voyage, Easy Virtue, She Loves Me. Et cetera: Glynis lives in Stratford with her son, Emrys, and husband, company member Mike Nadajewski.
    Sayer Roberts
    2017: Appears in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Marius in Les Misérables (Arts Club Theatre Company); Johnny B. in Red Rock Diner (Drayton Entertainment); Forever Plaid (Starvox); Curly in Oklahoma! and Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! (RMTC); Rolf in The Sound of Music (Gateway); Barrett in Titanic (TUTS). Training: Capilano University in Vancouver, B.C. Online: @roberts.the.sayer.
    Brad Rudy
    Dick Deadeye
    2017: Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls and Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore. 26th season. Stratford: Over 60 productions: Bill Sikes (Oliver!), Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance), Dull (Love's Labour's Lost), Pembroke (King John), Sol (Palmer Park), Edmond Dantes (Count of Monte Cristo), St. John Voranguish (The Swanne),Talbot (Henry VI), Rochefort (Three Musketeers), Common Man (Man for All Seasons), Laertes (Hamlet). Elsewhere: Ted Narracott (War Horse); Mal (If I Were You), Potter (It's a Wonderful Life), Gabe (Dinner With Friends), Mayor Shinn (Music Man) (Theatre Aquarius); Todd (Book of Esther) (Blyth). Director: A Wind in the Willows Christmas, King Lear, The Book of Esther, Falling: A Wake, Girls in the Gang, Our Town. Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries, The Mercer Report, Mutant X, Prince Charming, Maniac Mansion. Teaching: Fanshawe, St. Clair colleges. Awards: Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award. Et cetera: Season dedicated to Harry, Blair and Dermot.
    Cynthia Smithers

    2017: Martha in Guys and Dolls and appears in HMS Pinafore. Third season. Stratford: Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel. Elsewhere: The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Third Spirit, The Magic Flute; Amore, L'incoronazione di Poppea; seven seasons with Artists of Atelier Ballet, including tours to L'Opéra Royal de Versailles and Salzburg Festival; Bach Mass in B minor (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra); Toronto All-Star Big Band. Film/TV: Magic Flute Diaries. Recordings: Shrek's Fairytale Kingdom (DreamWorks/Capcom); UFOs: A Secret History (History Channel). Training: BMus, Masters of Musicology, University of Toronto; School of Atelier Ballet. Awards: SSHRC; OGS. Et cetera: "Thanks to my family and friends (especially Jenn and Mark!) for your unconditional love and support, Ken for providing a solid artistic foundation in music, Jeannette and Marshall for introducing me to the stage and mentoring me over many, many years, and Rachel at NCA for the encouragement!"

    Tahirih Vejdani
    2017: Ruth More in Treasure Island and appears in HMS Pinafore. Second season. Stratford: The Pirates of Penzance, Elektra. Elsewhere: Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre); Suba in Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre); Juliet in Grow Up, Juliet (Short Short Play Festival); Tirza in Paradises Lost (SummerWorks Festival); Grace in Honk! A Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling (Globe Theatre). Film/TV: A Nutcracker Christmas, InSecurity. Voice: Val in Runbow (13AM Games/Nintendo). Training: Graduated with great distinction from the University of Regina's BMus program. Online:  tahirihvejdani.com; @tahirihvejdani. Et cetera: Tahirih has toured professionally with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Elmer Iseler Singers. She is a conductor and music educator with the Regent Park School of Music choirs. "Thank you to all my family and friends for their support and encouragement throughout the years and especially to my dear Alberto."
    Lezlie Wade
    Director
    2017: Director of HMS Pinafore. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant director: Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla/Broadway), Fuente Ovejuna, As You Like It, A Word or Two. Associate director: Henry V. Elsewhere (selected): The Twelve Pound Look, The Yalta Game (Shaw Festival); Obeah Opera (Panamania); Dream a Little Dream (The Grand); Percival Von Schmootz (Sheridan Theatre/CMTP); Elegies (Acting Up Stage); Queen Milli of Galt (Theatre Aquarius); Rent (Theatre Sheridan/Panasonic Theatre); Dog Sees God (Rubinoff Productions); Book of Days (Theatre Emanation). Resident director: Love, Loss and What I Wore (Roth/Rubinoff productions). Resident director/choreographer: The Toxic Avenger (Dancap). Upcoming: Workshop of my musical, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, with collaborator Daniel Green (optioned by Somerled Arts). Awards: Dora nomination, A Man of No Importance (Acting Up Stage), Tom Hendry Award short list, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. Thank you to Kevin for always believing in me.
    Kerry Gage
    Choreographer
    2017: Choreographer of HMS Pinafore. Ninth season. Stratford: Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street,Camelot (associate choreographer); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (choreographer). Choreography: Shrek, Elf the Musical,Miracle on 34th Street, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, My Way (Grand Theatre); Triple Sensation (CBC); I Love You, You're Perfect (Segal Centre); The World Goes 'Round (Drayton); Bat Boy (Bathurst Street Theatre); Laurier, Oh Coward!, Forever Plaid (Theatre New Brunswick); Hello, Dolly! (Stage West). Thirteen seasons at the Charlottetown Festival: creative team, performing and directing the Young Company. Children's Resident Director for The Sound of Music (Mirvish). Et cetera: Thank you to Jay T. Schramek, Lezlie Wade and Bruce Dean; this is a dream come true.
    Franklin Brasz
    Music Director
    2017: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival. Music director of HMS Pinafore. Eighth season. Stratford: A Little Night Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, The Pirates of Penzance, Forum (Stratford/Mirvish), Kiss Me, Kate, 42nd Street, Evita. Concert versions of Passion, Next to Normal. Elsewhere: Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz,  Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Lord of the Rings, Annie Get Your Gun, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Wicked, The Producers, The Lion King, Ragtime, Show Boat, The Threepenny Opera, Cabaret. Illinois and Dorian Opera Theatres, Pine Mountain Music Festival, American Boychoir School. Also: gala concerts honouring Dame Maggie Smith, William Shatner, Colm Feore, Des McAnuff, Gordon Pinsent. Recordings: Carousel, Crazy for You (Stratford Festival), The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance), Still Dreaming of Paradise (Josh Young). Training: MM, vocal coaching and accompanying, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Douglas Paraschuk
    Set Designer
     2017: Set designer of HMS Pinafore and Treasure Island. 28th season. Stratford: Design coordinator for 22 seasons. Credits include: Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, All My Sons, Carousel, She Stoops to Conquer, Man of La Mancha, Hay Fever, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, Merchant of Venice, Evita, West Side Story, Cabaret, My One and Only, South Pacific, The Measure of Love, Ruth Draper on Tour, As You Like It, Patience, Macbeth, Importance of Being Earnest, Collected Stories, Dracula, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, In the Ring, Waiting for Godot. Elsewhere: Director of Design: opening of Olympic Anti-Doping Headquarters; 2011 Arab Games; 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening, Medals and Closing Ceremonies; Opening/Closing of World Handball Championships. Consultant: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Designs for TV, film, opera, ballet, touring productions, international events, and over the past 35 years has created hundreds of productions for regional theatres across Canada and around the world.
    Patrick Clark
    Costume Designer
    2017: Costume designer of HMS Pinafore. 18th season. Stratford: Krapp's Last Tape/Hughie (also Goodman Theatre), The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, King Lear, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus, The Boy Friend, Pericles, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus. Elsewhere: Ours (Opera on the Avalon); Pride and Prejudice, Cats, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Albert Herring (Pacific, Vancouver operas); The Norman Conquests, The Glass Menagerie, Jitters (Soulpepper); Shadowlands, Jane Eyre, Three Sisters (Guthrie); Othello, Much Ado (Chicago Shakespeare); Mrs. Warren's Profession, Hit the Deck, She Loves Me (Shaw); Tartuffe (NAC); Frost/Nixon, Fallen Angels (Canadian Stage); Having Hope at Home, Blithe Spirit (Neptune); Evangeline, Buddy Holly (Charlottetown); Good People, The Price (MTC); The Mousetrap, Sherlock Holmes (Aquarius); Private Lives, The Bricklin, It's a Wonderful Life (TNB). TV: Witness to Yesterday. Training: UNB. Awards: New Brunswick Arts Award, several Merritt Awards and a Jessie.
    Wendy Greenwood
    Lighting Designer
    2017: Lighting designer of HMS Pinafore. Eighth season. Stratford: Lighting designer: Oscar Remembered, The Trials of Ezra Pound, Good Mother, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies. Elsewhere: Romeo and Juliet, Gunmetal Blues, Man of La Mancha, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Glass Menagerie (Globe Theatre); Dream a Little Dream, Annie - The Musical, Miracle on 34th Street (The Grand Theatre); The League of Nathans (Factory Theatre, Dora nomination - Lighting Design); Der Ring des Nibelungen, The Handmaid's Tale, Peter Grimes (associate lighting designer, Canadian Opera Company). Film/TV: Rocky Horror Picture Show 2016 (Theatrical Lighting Designer, Fox TV). Training: BFA Honours, Production and Lighting Design, York University. Et cetera: This one is for you, Marcus - my world is all the brighter and more colourful for having you in it!
    Nick Bottomley
    Projection Designer
    2017: Projection designer of HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island and The School for Scandal. Second season. Stratford: Possible Worlds. Elsewhere: Recent credits include projection design for Let's Not Beat Each other to Death (Accidental Mechanics); When it Rains (2b theatre company); NATION (Heist Theatre); Pop-Up Love Party (Zuppa Theatre); It Is Solved By Walking (HomeFirst Productions); Stella: Queen of the Snow (Mermaid Theatre); Mary Poppins and Billy Bishop Goes to War (Neptune Theatre). Film/TV: New Dreams (BBC). Training: Glasgow School of Art - MSc Visualization. Awards: 2012 SummerWorks Design Award for When it Rains. Et cetera: Nick is chuffed to be back at Stratford. Much love to Jules, Ma and Pa and Tucker.
    Peter McBoyle
    Sound Designer
    2017: Sound designer of Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore and The Madwoman of Chaillot. 22nd season. Stratford (selected): Over 60 productions including A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Love's Labour's Lost, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Antony and Cleopatra, Fiddler on the Roof, A Word or Two, Jacques Brel. Elsewhere: Peter has worked at most of the major Canadian theatres and in U.S. cities such as New York, Las Vegas, 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. Peter teaches Theatre Sound at Humber College. Training: BA, MA in Music (McGill). Awards: Suzi (Atlanta), Come Fly Away; Dora nomination, Fire. Et cetera: "Thanks to Meghan, Ella and Beatrice for their unending support."
    John Stead
    Fight Director
     2017: Fight director of Twelfth NightGuys and Dolls, HMS PinaforeRomeo and Juliet, Timon of AthensTreasure IslandThe School for ScandalThe Changeling, BakkhaiThe Virgin Trial, Tartuffe, The Breathing Hole, The Madwoman of Chaillot and The Komagata Maru Incident24th season. Stratford: Fight director, 200+ productions. Elsewhere: 500+ productions, including 16 seasons with Shaw Festival. Film Director: Cyborg Soldier, Troubled Waters, Good Morning Tomorrow, The Waking, The Hot Flash, End Game, Charon's Obal. TV Director: Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, XIII, Lost Girl, Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, Mutant X, The Dresden Files, The Adventures of Sinbad. 400+ film/TV credits as stunt coordinator/action director. Awards: Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival); Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF); Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford); Judges' Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival); Best Short Award nominee (Directors' Guild of Canada). Online: johnstead.com; IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm0824093/.
    Michelle Bohn
    Associate Designer

    2017: Associate costume designer of HMS Pinafore. Third season. Stratford: As You Like It (assistant costume designer); John Gabriel Borkman, Pericles (assistant designer). Off-Broadway: Costume designer: A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company/The Plastic Theatre). Designer: Richard III, King Lear, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre). Assistant costume designer: The Forest, Three Sisters (Classic Stage Company). Off-Off-Broadway: Costume designer: Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre Project); Brave Ducks, Revolution on the Roof (Fringe NYC). Selected Regional: Costume designer: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Relativity, Rising Water, Kimberly Akimbo (Southern Rep); Coriolanus, Henry V (Shakespeare Festival at Tulane); Orpheus (Tsunami Dance). Film/TV: Costume designer: NOLA; The Red Thunder (short); Good Sister (short). Also worked on The Host, The Campaign and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Training: MFA from University of Missouri - Kansas City; BFA from Concordia University. Online:  michellebohndesign.com. 

    William Fallon
    Associate Sound Designer
    2017: Associate sound designer of Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant sound designer of A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Elsewhere (selected): Sound designer: You Are Here (Thousand Islands/Acting Up Stage); Into the Woods (Thousand Islands); The Immigrant (Harold Green); IMPRINTS (Theatre Gargantua); As You Like It (Repercussion Theatre). Associate/assistant sound designer: Life Reflected (National Arts Centre Orchestra); Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Nìágara - A Pan-American Story (Panamania); Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Aladdin (Disney); This (Canadian Stage); Hair (The Grand Theatre). Production sound engineer: Passing Strange, The Wild Party, Once on This Island and Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); The Last Five Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival); What Makes a Man (Necessary Angel).
    Anita Nittoly
    Associate Fight Director
    2017: Associate fight director of Twelfth NightGuys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of AthensTreasure IslandThe School for ScandalThe Changeling, Bakkhai and The Virgin Trial Second season. Stratford: Assistant fight director: The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, Blithe Spirit, Othello, Measure for Measure, Mary Stuart. Film/TV: Lead stunt double in Dark Matter, stunt actor in KIN; other stunt credits include 12 Monkeys, Ransom, Reign, The Strain. Elsewhere: Fight director and stage combat instructor at the National Theatre School in Montreal.
    Jennifer Stewart
    Assistant Director

    2017: Assistant director of HMS Pinafore. Seventh season. Stratford:Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, The Imaginary Invalid, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale. Elsewhere: Director: The Music Man (site-specific), Bye Bye Birdie (Talk Is Free Theatre); Best of Enemies, The Heiress (Bluff City Theater); Hairspray (YES Theatre). Assistant director: The Wedding Party (Crow's Theatre); The Libertine (TIFT). Actor: Mirvish, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Aquarius, Grand Theatre, NAC, COC, YPT, STC, Rainbow Stage, Lighthouse Festival, Charlottetown Festival. Et cetera: Jennifer is a graduate of the Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan Institute and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15/University of Essex in London, U.K. Thank you to my family and my parents, Bruce and Connie Stewart, who make everything possible.

    Robin Calvert
    Assistant Choreographer
    2017: Assistant choreographer of HMS Pinafore. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Choreography: Cinderella: The Ross Petty Panto (Elgin Theatre); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, Spelling Bee (Drayton Entertainment); Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde (Theatre Aquarius); many productions with The Sheridan College Music Theatre Program, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (director/choreographer), Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening,Pippin, Falsettos and The Music Man. Co-creator of a new rock musical called Livin On the Edge. Training: Ryerson Theatre Dance Program. Et cetera: Many thanks to the astounding Kerry Gage and Lezlie Wade, the Talent House gang, my ma and pa, and my loves Gabriel, Bella and Sophie.
    Brian Scott
    Stage Manager
    2017: Stage manager of HMS Pinafore and assistant stage manager of Treasure Island. 23rd season. Stratford: Brian has stage-managed 25 productions at the Stratford Festival, including The Who's Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford, La Jolla, N.Y.C.), Into the Woods and Noises Off here at the Avon Theatre; the Miller-Plummer King Lear (Stratford, N.Y.C.) at the Festival Theatre; Waiting for Godot and Medea at the Tom Patterson Theatre; and The Odyssey at the Studio Theatre.
    Melissa Rood
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. 17th season. Stratford: More than 30 productions: favourites include Shakespeare in Love, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Last Wife, Christina, the Girl King, Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two and Henry V. Elsewhere: Rood stage-manages for theatre, dance and opera; on new translations and world premières; on one-woman shows to casts of thousands; in Inuktitut and Ummonian; from the Middle East to the Arctic to Southern California. Training: Sheridan College (Technical Production) and University of Waterloo (Social Development Studies). Awards: Proud recipient of the KP Hay Award. Et cetera: For my parents.
    Bruno Gonsalves
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of HMS Pinafore and Tartuffe. 26th season. Stratford: Mr. Gonsalves has worked as a production stage manager, stage manager (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Palmer Park, The Trojan Women, Henry IV, Part 1, Wingfield's Inferno, Cymbeline, No Exit, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, Tempest-Tost, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Wingfield Unbound, The Boy Friend) and assistant stage manager (The Physicists, The Alchemist, The Matchmaker, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet, The Gondoliers, King John, Bacchae, The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya, Bonjour, là, Bonjour). Elsewhere: London's 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.
    Kim Lott
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2017: Assistant stage manager of HMS Pinafore and Treasure Island. 20th season. Stratford: Stage manager credits (selected): The Matchmaker, Titus Andronicus, Evita, West Side Story. Assistant stage manager credits (selected): The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, South Pacific, The King and I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere: Stage manager credits (selected): Ring of Fire, Hana's Suitcase, Annie, Twist and Shout (Grand Theatre); My Fair Lady (Drayton Entertainment). Assistant stage manager credits (selected): The Spitfire Grill, Proof (Grand Theatre); Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opera Ontario); The Who's Tommy (Elgin Theatre). Et cetera: "Every day is an adventure... To my dearest loved ones, who share the journey with me: thank you! Follow your dreams and let's keep celebrating."
    Julie Miles
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre. 20th season. Stratford: Over a decade as production stage manager (Tom Patterson, Avon and Studio theatres). Stage manager: The Hypochondriac, The Alchemist, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Word or Two, The Thrill, The Homecoming, Jacques Brel, Shakespeare's Universe, Othello, The Measure of Love/Ruth Draper on Tour. Assistant stage management (selected): Noises Off, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Inherit the Wind, Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: In 2014, Julie travelled to Los Angeles with Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two. Production stage manager: The Odd Couple, As You Like It (Soulpepper). Assistant stage manager: Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, Eugene Onegin, Lakmé, Tosca (Opera Ontario); La Bohème, Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company). Training: Graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Roger, Eldon and Annie-Irene.
    Anne Murphy
    Production Stage Manager
    2017: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of The School for Scandal. 25th season.

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