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April 17 – November 3 |
Opens May 29
Musical

THE MUSIC MAN

Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Director and Choreographer Donna Feore

ACROBATIC, JAW-DROPPING DANCING!

A charming but fraudulent salesman arrives in River City to work his usual scam. With melodies that include the rousing “Seventy-Six Trombones,” this musical-comedy classic will delight the whole family.

House Program: The Music Man 

Production Co-Sponsors:  

rbc beige   union gas beige

Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin, by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins, and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen.

Production Co-Sponsors: Union Gas and RBC Royal Bank

Support for the 2018 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein and Claire Foerster.

2018 publicity photography by Clay Stang – The Garden 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Daren A. Herbert
    Harold Hill

     2018: Harold Hill in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Onegin (Musical Stage Company/NAC/Arts Club Theatre); Father Comes Home From the Wars I, II, III (Soulpepper); If/Then (national tour); Saint Joan, Intimate Apparel, Dreamgirls, Glengarry Glen Ross, Clybourne Park (Arts Club); The Music Man (TUTS); The Wild Party, Once on This Island (Musical Stage/Obsidian); Floyd Collins, The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street/TIFT/Persephone Theatre); In the Heat of the Night (Vertigo Theatre); Parade (Studio 180/Musical Stage); The Toxic Avenger (Dancap). Film/TV: Designated Survivor, Baroness Von Sketch, Private Eyes, Saving Hope, Falling Skies, Breakout Kings, This Means War, Dreamgirls, Human Target. Training: BFA University of the Arts, Philadelphia; MFA University of California, Irvine; Lonsdale Smith & Co. Acting Studios. Awards: Dora Award, Toronto Theatre Critics Award, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner: The Wild Party; five-time Dora Award nominee. Online: @BDArenherbert

     

    Danielle Wade
    Marian Paroo
    2018: Marian Paroo in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Dorothy Gale in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish/national tour); Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Lorene in Tim Rice's From Here to Eternity (Ogunquit Playhouse); Cinderella in Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions). Film/TV: Bailey Butterfly in The Moblees Live (CBC) and winner of Over the Rainbow (CBC). Training: BFA, The University of Windsor. Online: @daniewade. Et cetera: All of the love to my family and to TH. Thank you for everything, Mom and Dad. xoxo
    Denise Oucharek
    Mrs. Paroo
     2018: Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Second season. Stratford: Ursula/Mother Abbess, Frau Schmidt understudy, The Sound of Music; ensemble/Nettie Fowler understudy, Carousel. Elsewhere: Rosie understudy/ensemble, Mamma Mia! (Littlestar/Mirvish); Anne Parker, Queen for a Day (April 30th Entertainment); Rita, Flying on Her Own (Neptune Theatre); Bird Girl, Seussical (Theatre Aquarius); Frau Zeller/Sister Margaretta understudy, The Sound of Music (Webber/Mirvish); Golde, Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West). Training: BMus and BEd from Queen's University. Awards: 1997 Mississauga Arts Council Award, Emerging Artist, Theatre. Et cetera: A Voice faculty member at Sheridan College and UTM's Theatre and Drama Studies program; teaches/coaches privately and serves as Artistic Director of Theatre Atoms. "Thanks to da Costa Talent; my parents, Anne and Norm; my own Music Man, Anthony; and beautiful children William and Liliana. Enjoy the performance."
    Steve Ross
    Mayor Shinn

    2018: Mayor Shinn in The Music Man and Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show. 15th season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, 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, The Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); 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); The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages); Three Sisters (ATF). Training: National Theatre School.

    Mark Uhre
    Marcellus Washburn
    2018: Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man and appears in Julius Caesar. Second season. Stratford: Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Enjolras in the 25th-anniversary production of Les Misérables (Broadway/Toronto, Dora Award nomination); Sky in Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); 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 (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Leopard in Just So (Globe Theatre). 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: his work can be found at markuhre.com.
    Blythe Wilson
    Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn
    2018: Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn in The Music Man and appears in Julius Caesar. Seventh season. Stratford: Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Nancy in Oliver!, Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera, Dulcie in The Boy Friend. Elsewhere: Spirit of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins (Broadway); Rona Peretti, 25th Annual … Spelling Bee (Connecticut Rep); Milady de Winter, The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music, Antonia in Man of La Mancha (Mirvish); Cathy, The Last Five Years (Canadian Stage); Narrator, Joseph… with Donny Osmond (Chicago Theatre); Eva Peron in Evita, Mary in Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre - Betty Mitchell/Sterling Award nominee); Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lillian Holiday in Happy End (Shaw Festival); Aspects of Love (U.S. tour/Livent). Training: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre School. Awards: 2017 Lindsay Thomas Award.
    Eric Abel
    Linus Britt

    2018: Linus Britt in The Music Man and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. Third season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius), Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival), gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: Proud McMaster University alumnus. Much love to Mom and Dad, Devon, TH gang and all friends and family.

    Gabriel Antonacci
    Ed Gammidge

    2018: Ed Gammidge in The Music Man and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. Fifth 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 Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof  and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Issachar/Butler in Joseph...Dreamcoat, 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.

    Sean Arbuckle
    Constable Locke

    2018: Constable Locke in The Music Man and Artemidorus in Julius Caesar. 16th season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Pericles, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, The Trojan Women, The Tempest, As You Like It, Agamemnon, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere: The Immigrant (Harold Green), London Road (Canadian Stage), Othello (Segal Centre), The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre), Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre), Phèdre (ACT), Woman in Mind (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Spitfire Grill (George Street, world première), A Christmas Carol, The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout), Copenhagen (national tour). Film/TV: 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Defiance, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.

    Aidan Benton
    Michael Squires
    2018: Michael Squires in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (2016), Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats (2015), Chip in Beauty and the Beast (2014), Avon Public School. Awards: Avon Public School Ensemble two-time Provincial Silver Medalist (2016 and 2017). Et cetera: Aidan is thrilled to be performing at the Stratford Festival this season. He would like to thank his parents, grandparents and brothers, Richard and Liam, for their continued love and support. Aidan also would like to express his gratitude to Mr. McIntosh (music teacher) and the Avon Public School staff for creating and supporting opportunities for children to perform and experience theatre.
    Logan Brideau
    Tobias Britt
    2018: Tobias Britt in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Greg Scott in Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz (Drayton Entertainment), JoJo in Seussical the Musical (KW Musical Productions). Et cetera: Logan was a member of the 2015 Show Choir Junior Championship winning team, KW Glee. Logan would like to dedicate his Stratford debut to his supportive family and friends, his vocal coach, Sarah Willett, and Peter, Frank and Stephen at da Costa Talent. A very special thank you to Donna Feore and everyone at the Stratford Festival for this amazing opportunity. Enjoy the show! Online: Instagram: @loganbrideau.
    Devon Michael Brown
    Tommy Djilas
    2018: Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. Second season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Naphtali in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); 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) (Elgin Theatre). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; series lead (Max) in The Next Step; Ruin; Much Music Video Awards. Training: Queen's University, 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.
    Zoë Brown
    Elizabeth Squires
    2018: Elizabeth Squires in The Music Man. Second season. Stratford: Gretl in The Sound of Music. Elsewhere: Susan in Miracle on 34th Street (Neptune); Belinda/Little Fan in A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); Chip in Beauty and the Beast, Honk!, Joseph…, Peter Pan, Aladdin (Drayton); Ivonka in Once, Young Shrek in Shrek, Elf (Grand); Small Alison in Fun Home (Calithumpian); Tootie in Meet Me In St. Louis (CMTP); The Nutcracker (Ballet Jörgen). Film/TV: Anne (CBC, Netflix); Toothbrush Song and Hair music videos (CBC Kids); The Roots of Men (Chris Di Staulo); Lucas (CFC). Awards: RCM Regional Gold Medal Vocalist; ORMTA Provincial winner - piano composition. Et cetera: Zoë gives thanks to Donna Feore, the Stratford Festival, and Daniel at Talent House for this amazing opportunity. She is grateful to be part of the magic again! Hugs always to Mom and Dad!
    Megan Caines
    Gracie Shinn
     2018: Gracie Shinn in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Magician's assistant/dancer in The Illusionists - Live on Broadway, North American tour (Princess of Wales Theatre). Performed in 10 different shows with the professional dance company Bridge to Artists (The Betty Oliphant Theatre). Film/TV: Guest appearance on Star Trek, Degrassi, Family Channel's The Next Step, Disney Channel's Backstage and Hallmark Channel's Magical Christmas Ornaments. Training: Vlad's Dance Company, Emma Walker Acting Studio, Georgette Marshall vocal privates, Sports Seneca gymnastics. Awards: First runner-up Senior Soloist and Top 10 Best Dancer at The Dance Awards, Orlando, 2017. Represented DancerPalooza as a member of the 2017 Beat Squad in Los Angeles. Online: @megancaines_.
    Mariah Campos
    Swing
     2018: Swing in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Mariah is incredibly happy to be making her debut at the Stratford Festival. Elsewhere (selected): Ensemble and Jane understudy in A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty Productions); ensemble and Sherrie understudy in Rock of Ages (Stage West Calgary); ensemble in Footloose, Fiona in Shrek: The Musical, ensemble in Grand Hotel (Theatre Sheridan); British Invasion (Canada's Wonderland). Film/TV: King of the Camp (YTV); Alessia Cara's backup singer (iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards). Training: Sheridan College: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. Online: @ry_campos. Et cetera: Mariah would like to dedicate this season to her family, friends and her wonderful team at Noble Caplan Abrams for being so supportive!
    Colton Curtis
    Eddie Squires

    2018: Eddie Squires in The Music Man and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. Third season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Hypochondriac, Mark in A Chorus Line. Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pygmalion (Shaw); Mona in Fortune and Men's Eyes (Buddies In Bad Times/KOVAL Studio); 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). Training: Honours Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance, Sheridan College; Shaw Mandate intensive; Florence Ballet Company internship; Theatre New Brunswick Theatre School. Awards: Maureen Forrester Award (Stratford Festival), David Bloom Memorial Award (Charlottetown Festival), Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award (2014, 2013, 2012). Online:  coltoncurtis.com. Instagram/Twitter: @coltonccurtis. Et cetera: Thanks to Donna, Laura, Franklin and the team at TH for this opportunity. And big love to my beautiful big loving family.

    Sarah DaSilva
    Amaryllis Dunlop
    2018: Amaryllis Dunlop in The Music Man. Second season. Stratford: Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Elsewhere: Fan in Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol, Lost and Found Theatre. Film: Young Vivien in Level 16. TV: Ransom. Training: In.Motion School of the Performing Arts, dance; Singer's Theatre, vocals; KW Glee, vocals; KWCSS, violin. Awards: Most Promising Music Theatre Young Singer Grade 5-8, National Association of Teachers of Singing. Online: Instagram/Twitter: @sarahjdasilva. Et cetera: Sarah is so excited to be back at Stratford! Special thanks to Lisa Collins, Amanda Brunk, Martha Kalyniak and Melissa Hillifer for amazing training. Huge thanks to Daniel Birnbaum at Talent House for your support and guidance. And lastly, thanks to the best Mom and Dad for always being there for me and helping me achieve my dreams.
    Christine Desjardins
    Alice Britt
    2018: Alice Britt in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady (Capitol Theatre); Aladdin: The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Oh Canada Eh? Productions); Kaa in The Jungle Book (Creativiva Dubai); Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!, Petra in A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar (SCC); Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray (Theatre Ancaster). Film/TV: 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Opening Ceremonies (CBC); Start Here commercial (CTV/Cineplex). Training: Christine is a proud graduate of the Music Theatre Performance program at St. Clair College. Online: @christine.desjardins. Et cetera: Christine thanks her parents and sister, Danielle, for their never-ending love and support; Bruce and the Talent House gang; and the Festival for giving her this incredible opportunity; and sends her love to Nick and Charlie. Enjoy the show!
    Stephan Dickson
    Swing
    2018: Swing in and assistant choreographer of The Music Man and assistant choreographer of The Rocky Horror Show. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Choreographer credits: My Fair Lady, Robin Hood the Panto (Capitol Theatre), Rock of Ages, Rumours and Dreams (SWC), Fare Trade (Bell TV), Odd Squad (TVO), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Rose Theatre), The Full Monty, Peter Pan (CCMP), Tweed: The Musical (Tweed & Company), The Rocky Horror Show (The LOT), Hit That Jive, Jack (H&S Foundation). Associate choreographer: Grand Hotel (Shanghai, China), Forever Plaid (Rose Theatre), Ragtime (CCMP). Assistant choreographer: In the Heights (Sheridan Theatre), Once on This Island (Acting Up Stage), TIFF thanks you (Cineplex Theatres). Training: The Randolph Academy, Canadian Dance Company. Et cetera: Huge thanks to Donna, Steve, Ann, Franklin, Laura, the cast and the crew. Also thanks to Bruce and the T-House team. Love to my family, friends, Lil L and Big E.
    Alexander Elliot
    Winthrop Paroo
    2018: Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Jimmy Bean, Pollyanna workshop, Elgin Theatre and Charlottetown Festival; various lead roles as part of "The CharActors Theatre Troupe," including Troy Bolton in High School Musical and Danny Zuko in Grease. Film/TV: Agent O'Que in Odd Squad. Training: "CharActors Theatre Troupe" (musical theatre and jazz), LB Acting (various on-camera workshops), Tara Litvack (musical theatre repertoire), Renée Salewski (technical voice training). Et cetera: Alexander wants to thank Mom, Dad, Rebecca and all the trainers above for supporting him through this amazing journey, and also Shari at AMI for making it all possible.
    Henry Firmston
    Davey Dunlop
    2018: Davey Dunlop in The Music Man and Swing in The Rocky Horror Show. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease (Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto); Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); appeared in What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Playlist Dancer/Singer with Carnival Cruise Lines. Four seasons with The Grand's High School Project, appearing in Footloose, My Fair Lady, Kyle in Legally Blonde and Gomez in The Addams Family. Training: Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ashley, his parents, and Lucy. Huge thanks to the Talent House gang, and all the teachers and mentors who have helped along the way.
    Mark Harapiak
    Charlie Cowell
     2018: Charlie Cowell in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Sixth season. Stratford: Camelot, Coriolanus, Equus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Man of La Mancha, The Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, The Boy Friend, Alice Through the Looking-Glass and The Winter's Tale. Elsewhere: Pal Joey, Pygmalion and She Loves Me (Shaw Festival); Mary Poppins first national tour (Disney Theatrical); Man of La Mancha (Mirvish); Evita, Camelot (RMTC, Theatre Calgary); The Full Monty, Legally Blonde, Cabaret and The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius); Cruel Tears, McGillicuddy, Hippie, The Thirteenth One and The Ginkgo Tree (Blyth Festival); The Last Resort (Charlottetown Festival); The 39 Steps (Orillia Opera House); Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street (Grand Theatre); Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia!, Footloose, High School Musical, Camelot, Damn Yankees, The Foursome, All Shook Up (Drayton Entertainment); Billy Bishop Goes to War (Rose Theatre).
    Alexandra Herzog
    Sadie Britt
    2018: Sadie Britt in The Music Man. Fifth season. Stratford: Mimi in Guys and Dolls, Kristine in A Chorus Line, Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Patsy in Crazy for You; appeared in HMS Pinafore, As You Like It and The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Choreographer/assistant director of A Chorus Line (Rainbow); Lila Dixon in Holiday Inn (Drayton); Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Aquarius); Siegfried (COC); Elf (Grand Theatre); West Side Story, The Jungle Book (Neptune). 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: Instagram: @alexandranicoleh. Et cetera: For my Uncle Len.
    Evan Alexander Johnson
    Terence Britt
    2018: Terence Britt in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (2016), Edgar in The Aristocats (2015) and The Prince in Beauty and the Beast (2014) (Avon Public School). Film/TV: The Big Fun Crafty Show (2017). Training: Evan plays the piano, drums and trombone. He also trains as a competitive fencer. Awards: Evan received the Becca Shaw Memorial Award for the Arts - Avon Public School, 2017.  He also won first place in public speaking - The Royal Canadian Legion, 2017. Online: Twitter: @evanalexj. Et cetera: Evan lives in Stratford with his mom, dad and two older brothers, Cameron and Drew. Evan dedicates this season to his Granny and Grandad Redshaw and his Grandma and Grandpa Johnson.
    Bonnie Jordan
    Mrs. Dunlop

    2018: Mrs. Dunlop in The Music Man and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. Fifth season. Stratford: Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line, Malla in A Little Night Music, Betsy in Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, 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.

    Nathaniel Keith
    Barney Hix
    2018: Barney Hix in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Boy Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Fun Home (Calithumpian Theatre); The Mask (L. B. Pearson); Mr. Richardson Was Jesse James (Theatre Nemesis). Film/TV: Fire Brigade (The Stereo Division); The Talk (Diply Productions). Training: Nathaniel attends Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts. Et cetera: Nathaniel would like to thank his family for their love and support.
    Heather Kosik
    Zaneeta Shinn
    2018: Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man and Swing in The Rocky Horror Show. Second season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Dance captain for Footloose; Fairy Godmother/dance captain for Shrek: The Musical; featured dancer in Damn Yankees (Theatre Sheridan); Betty/Una in Rumspringa Break! (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan); featured performer/dance captain in The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival); Apache Dancer/ensemble in Joseph…Dreamcoat (LOT). Recordings: Rumspringa Break!, CMTP/Sheridan (2017). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Alan Lund Scholarship Award, Friends of Confederation Award (Charlottetown Festival), Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award 2014, 2015, 2016 (Sheridan College). Online: Follow on Instagram! @heatherkosik. Et cetera: An enormous thank-you to Donna, Franklin, Laura, Ann and Steve for this opportunity; Talent House; and especially to Mom, Dad, Kyle, Ryan, Justin, G-ma and G-pa for your endless love and support - you all mean the world to me.
    Bethany Kovarik
    Mrs. Squires

    2018: Mrs. Squires in The Music Man and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. Fourth season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere: Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton Entertainment); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton Entertainment, Grand Theatre); 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 she has also taught at the college. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Training Award; Lindsay Thomas "The Show Must Go On" Award. Online: @bethanykovarik. Et cetera: THANK YOU, Mom, Dad, Ry, Talent House team, family and friends - all deeply loved. 

    George Krissa
    Ewart Dunlop
     2018: Ewart Dunlop in The Music Man and Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: UnCovered: Dylan and Springsteen (Musical Stage Company), Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Centre, Globe Theatre), Tony in West Side Story (Citadel), The Songs of Sinatra (Drayton), Summer in the City (Stage West Calgary). Film/TV: The Social (CTV), Bed of the Dead (Breakthrough), Civil War Chronicles (AHC), Close Encounters (Discovery ID). Training: Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. Awards: 2017/2018 Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Music Theatre Artists (Musical Stage Company). Online:  georgekrissa.com, @georgekrissa. Et cetera: George is thrilled to be making his Stratford debut! Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Hez, Brian, Dunbar and BRB for all their support!
    Monique Lund
    Maud Britt
     2018: Maud Britt in The Music Man and Flavius in Julius Casear. 11th season. Stratford: Lilli Vanessi/Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Sister Berthe (The Sound of Music), Patricia Fodor (Crazy for You), Housekeeper (Man of La Mancha), Nimue (Camelot), Minister's Wife (Tommy), Max (Cabaret),  Louise (Gypsy), Angelique (The Imaginary Invalid), Elektra, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Evita, Carousel, The Bacchae. Elsewhere: Canadian premières of Mamma Mia!, The Lord of the Rings, The Who's Tommy, Crazy for You, Cats, The Rat Pack and Joseph (also U.S. tour). Favourites include two years as Donna in Mamma Mia! (Broadway tour), Miss Andrew/Bird Lady in Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius), Ulla in The Producers and Victoria Grant in Victor/Victoria (Stage West), Babette in Beauty and the Beast (Neptune/Arts Club), Judy Haynes in White Christmas (Arts Club). Awards: 2017 Brian Macdonald Award. Et cetera: Thanks to Darcy and Heather for the walking lessons, and my beautiful family.
    Carlee MacKenzie
    Lillian Hix
    2018: Lillian Hix in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Music Man (Drayton Entertainment); Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts). Training: Broadway Dance Center (N.Y.C.); Broadway Artist Alliance (N.Y.C.); AK Arts (London); Arc Music Studio (London); O'Neill Academy of Dance (London). Online: @carleemackenziEt cetera: Carlee is thrilled to be part of the Stratford Festival, which fulfills her passion for live theatre. A special thanks to her friends and family for their love and support. Many thanks as well to Kim O'Neill and all the teachers at O'Neill Academy of Dance, Miss Rachelle, Alex Kane and Heather Desouza for all their help with training.
    Robert Markus
    Jacey Squires
     2018: Jacey Squires in The Music Man and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. Second season. Stratford: Fiddler on the Roof and Tommy in Tommy. Elsewhere: Our Town, Sweeney Todd (Shaw Festival), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius), Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Seussical, James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre), UnCovered: Queen and Bowie, UnCovered: Simon & Garfunkel (The Musical Stage Company), Dream a Little Dream, Shrek (Grand Theatre), Chicago, Twist and Shout (Drayton Entertainment), Next to Normal (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary co-production), The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago (Mayfield), Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre). Training: Robert is a graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA program. Online: Twitter: @robert_markus. Et cetera: Robert would like to thank his family, friends, TH and Jen for their constant support.
    Lily McEvenue
    Sadie Britt
    2018: Sadie Britt in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Second season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Armide, The Magic Flute, Der Freischutz and Orpheus and Eurydice (Opera Atelier, Royal Opera of Versailles); Victoria in Cats (NuMu Theatricals); Ruby Gillis in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment); Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown Festival). Film/TV: Reign, Mary Kills People. Et cetera: Thanks to Mom, Dad and all the generous teachers in my life for providing continuous love and support. Also, big thank you to Rachel at NCA!
    Reid McTavish
    Swing
    2018: Swing in The Music Man and appears in Julius Caesar. Third season. Stratford: Swing in Guys and Dolls and A Chorus Line, and La Troupe de Molière in The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Singin' in the Rain (Capitol Theatre); Diesel in West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Neleus in Mary Poppins, Bickle in Footloose (Rainbow Stage). Training: Reid just finished his fourth and final year in the Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Online: @reidmctavish. Et cetera: I am so honoured and excited to be returning to the Stratford Festival with this incredible show. A huge thanks to my entire family for their constant love and support, to the friends I have come to know, to Bruce and the whole TH gang, and for the support from everyone here at the Festival! Enjoy the show!
    Marcus Nance
    Olin Britt
    2018: Olin Britt in The Music Man and member of the Second Track. Seventh season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, 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); Dracula (Innerchamber); 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! N.Y.C.); Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla); Four Saints in Three Acts (Chicago Opera Theater); Dark Star Requiem (Luminato); Porgy and Bess (Toronto Symphony); Elsewhereless (Tapestry). Film/TV: 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.
    Trevor Patt
    Ian Bell

    2018: Ian Bell in The Music Man and Eddie/Dr. Everett Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. Third season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Shakespeare in Love. Elsewhere: The Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, 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); The Last Christmas Turkey (Theatre Orangeville); 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.

    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Alma Hix

    2018: Alma Hix in The Music Man and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show. Eighth season. Stratford: HMS Pinafore (Josephine), 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!

    Sayer Roberts
    Oliver Hix
    2018: Oliver Hix in The Music Man and Brad in The Rocky Horror Show. Second season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore (2017). Elsewhere: Marius in Les Misérables (Arts Club Theatre Company); Johnny B. in Red Rock Diner (Drayton Entertainment); Curly in Oklahoma! and Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! (RMTC); Forever Plaid (Starvox); Barrett in Titanic (TUTS); Rolf in The Sound of Music (Gateway). TV: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Reign (CW). Training: Capilano University in Vancouver, B.C. Online: @roberts.the.sayer. Et cetera: When not singing in four-part harmony and wearing high heels, Sayer is climbing everything in sight with the gang at Pursuit OCR in Toronto or training with any sword he gets his hands on. Heaps of gratitude to the gang at TH and two of the finest parentals around. Cariad, rwy'n dy garu di.
    Genny Sermonia
    Gertrude Hix
    2018: Gertrude Hix in The Music Man  and member of the Second Track. Third season. Stratford: Connie in A Chorus Line, As You Like It, West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac. Elsewhere: Molly cover, performed in Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival); Mary Poppins (Broadway tour); Ross Petty Productions, Globe Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Grand Theatre, Vancouver Opera, Neptune Theatre, Stage West Mississauga, Charlottetown Festival - YoCo, Disney Cruise Line. Film/TV:A Christmas Carol (CBC/Family); Full Out - CSA nomination (Carmel Creek); Odd Squad (PBS Kids); Degrassi: TNG (Epitome); Beauty and the Beast, L.A. Complex, Hellcats (CW); Hotel Noir (Gato Negro); Really Me (Family); Mirror, Mirror (Relativity Media). Training: Sheridan College - Music Theatre Performance. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Training Award (Stratford Festival), E. McFaddin - Dance Award (Sheridan College). Online: @GennySermonia. Et cetera: Thanks for supporting live theatre! This one's for her White Knight, Carlos.
    Jason Sermonia
    Clarence Clayton Hix
    2018: Clarence Clayton Hix in The Music Man and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. Sixth season. Stratford: A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, As You Like It, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes. Elsewhere: Miss Saigon revival, Jesus Christ Superstar revival (Broadway); The Lion King (Toronto and Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); We Will Rock You (Mirvish and U.S. national tour); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse); Mary Poppins (Drayton Entertainment). TV: 71st and 66th Annual Tony Awards; 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards; Dancing with the Stars. Film: Honey (Universal - Billy Woodruff); Oscar-winning movie Chicago (Miramax - Rob Marshall). Awards: Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award. Online: Facebook/Instagram: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Love and many thanks to all my friends, family, T House and beautiful wife Melanie.
    Kimberly-Ann Truong
    Ethel Toffelmier
     2018: Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man and Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show. Second season. Stratford: Vicki in A Chorus Line and Fredrika in A Little Night Music. Elsewhere: Ellen/Gigi understudy and Mimi in Miss Saigon (Broadway); Jasmine in Aladdin: The Panto, Eponine understudy/ensemble in Les Misérables (Drayton Entertainment); Rosalia in West Side Story (Rainbow Stage). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College, 2015. Awards:Miss Saigon, 2017 Tony Award nominee for Best Revival of a Musical. Instagram: @trukimmy. Et cetera: Happy to be back at the Festival. I'm lucky to call this beautiful place one of my homes. Thanks to my friends, family, AJA and TH for the support. My heart is full.
    Thomas Winiker
    Henry Dunlop
    2018: Henry Dunlop in The Music Man. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Friedrich in The Sound of Music, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Darling in Peter Pan, Beast in Beauty and the Beast (The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga), Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Simba in The Lion King (Act One Productions under the direction of Alex Moses). Et cetera: Thomas fell in love with musical theatre at age four and is thrilled to be in The Music Man at Stratford this year. Thomas would like to thank his Mom, Dad and two brothers for helping him to realize his dreams. Thomas would also like to thank da Costa Talent for believing in him.
    Donna Feore
    Director and Choreographer
    2018: Director and choreographer of The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show24th season. Stratford: Director and choreographer of Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Charlie Brown, Cyrano de Bergerac, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, My Fair Lady (choreographer). Elsewhere: Director and choreographer: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (world première, Segal Centre). Creative producer and director: Life Reflected: a multimedia orchestral project (world première, National Arts Centre Orchestra). Director: Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream (NACO); Yorkville (world première, Blyth Festival); The Very Best of Broadway with Audra McDonald, Marvin Hamlisch; Rock 'n' Roll, It's a Wonderful Life (Canadian Stage); Lecture on the Weather, A Soldier's Tale with F. Murray Abraham (Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Mozart: A Life in Letters (Toronto Symphony Orchestra); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Choreographer: Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company/Opéra National de Lyon); Tosca, Red Emma, Oedipus Rex (Dora Award) (COC). Film/TV: Politics Is Cruel, Mean Girls, Eloise, Martin and Lewis, Stormy Weather, Romeo and Juliette, Don Giovanni Unmasked. Upcoming: Director and choreographer of The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (National Arts Centre, December 2018). Et cetera: I wish to express my gratitude to my incredible team and thank my family, Colm, Jack, Thomas and Anna, for their unconditional love and support.
    Franklin Brasz
    Music Director
     2018: Director of Music for the Stratford Festival. Music director of The Music Man. Ninth season. Stratford: HMS Pinafore, A Little Night Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, A Funny Thing Happened... (Stratford/Mirvish). In concert: Passion, Next to Normal. Elsewhere: London Symphonia's Enchanting Broadway. Toronto/U.S. tours: The Lion King, Ragtime, Show Boat, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Lord of the Rings, Annie Get Your Gun, Wicked, The Threepenny Opera. American Boychoir School, Illinois and Dorian Opera Theatres. Gala concerts honouring Eric McCormack, William Shatner, Colm Feore, Gordon Pinsent, Des McAnuff, Dame Maggie Smith. Recordings: Carousel, Crazy for You (Stratford Festival cast recording), The Voice Next Door (Marcus Nance), Still Dreaming of Paradise (Josh Young). Training: Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Michael Gianfrancesco
    Set Designer
     2018: Set designer of The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show. 15th season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hosanna, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband - set; A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Sound of Music, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Edward II, The Triumph of Love - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Designs for the Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Tarragon Theatre, Young People's Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Studio 180, Acting Up Stage, Segal Centre, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. Michael's set design for Cabaret at the Shaw Festival was featured at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
    Dana Osborne
    Costume Designer
     2018: Costume designer of The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show. 18th season. Stratford: Costume designer of 20 productions including Guys and Dolls. Set and costume designer: Timon of Athens, Henry IV, Part 1. Elsewhere: Upcoming and recent credits: Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley (Citadel); A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty); The Hound of the Baskervilles, Androcles and the Lion (Shaw); Bed and Breakfast (GCTC, Arts Club, Belfry, Centaur); The Barber of Seville (Pacific Opera/Opéra de Québec); Picture This, Father Comes Home From the Wars parts 1, 2 and 3 (Soulpepper). Awards: Two Dora Awards for Costume Design, 2012 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. Online: danaosborne.ca. Instagram: @danaosbornedesign.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer
     2018: Lighting designer of The Tempest, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show and Napoli Milionaria! 14th season. Stratford (selected): Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Tartuffe, Macbeth (2009, 2016), A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, Hamlet (2008, 2015), The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 2014), Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It. Elsewhere: The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); A Christmas Carol, Enron (NAC); Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); Così Fan Tutte (Canadian Opera Company); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Liv Stein, Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Mary Poppins, Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage).
    Peter McBoyle
    Sound Designer
     2018: Sound designer of The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show. 23rd season. Stratford (selected): Over 60 productions including Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Henry V, Tempest, A Word or Two. Elsewhere: Peter has worked at most of the major Canadian theatres and in U.S. cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. His Broadway credits include Come Fly Away and Barrymore and his tours include Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde and West Side Story. Training: 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
     2018: Head of Stage Combat. Fight director of The Tempest,  The Music Man, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Comedy of Errors, Brontë: The World Without, Coriolanus and Paradise Lost. 25th season. Stratford: Fight director, 200+ productions. Elsewhere: 600+ productions, including 20 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: Designated Survivor, Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, XIII, Lost Girl, Earth: Final Conflict, Tracker, Mutant X, The Dresden Files, The Adventures of Sinbad. 500+ 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/.
    Stephen Cota
    Associate Choreographer
     2018: Associate choreographer of The Music Man and associate choreographer and assistant director of The Rocky Horror Show. 13th season. Stratford: Associate choreographer of Guys and Dolls; choreographer of Romeo and Juliet, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Hypochondriac; Larry in and assistant choreographer of A Chorus Line; assistant choreographer of The Sound of Music; Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013, 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific; choreographer: Cynthia Dale in Concert:Outside Looking In. Elsewhere: Assistant choreographer of West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); White Christmas, Annie (Drayton Entertainment); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre). Et cetera: Stephen would like to thank his family for their constant support, especially his wife, Rachel.
    Anita Nittoly
    Associate Fight Director
    2018: Associate fight director of The Tempest, The Music Man, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Comedy of Errors, Brontë: The World Without, Coriolanus and Paradise Lost. Third season. Stratford: 2013: assistant fight director; 2017: associate fight director. Elsewhere: Outside the March/The Company Theatre, 2018: Jerusalem. Centaur Theatre, 2018: Successions; 2017: The 39 Steps. Film/TV: Lead stunt double in Dark Matter, stunt actor in KIN; other stunt credits include Teen Titans, 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries. Elsewhere: Fight director and stage combat instructor at the National Theatre School in Montreal.
    Ann Baggley
    Assistant Director
     2018: Assistant director of The Music Man. Seventh season. Stratford: Ann is very happy to be back at the Festival as assistant director to Donna Feore. Assistant director: Guys and Dolls, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof. Actor: Emily in Our Town, Agnes in The School for Wives (with Brian Bedford) and Les Belles-Soeurs. Elsewhere: Assistant director, The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, Segal Centre (Montreal); assistant to the Creative Producer and Director: Life Reflected, an immersive multimedia project with NACO. Actor: ensemble at Shaw Festival for six seasons; worked in regional theatres across the country. Et cetera: Ann co-created Start Stratford Arts and Culture Magazine, an online publication for which she writes and does photography. Online: startstratford.com.
    Stephan Dickson
    Assistant Choreographer
    2018: Swing in and assistant choreographer of The Music Man and assistant choreographer of The Rocky Horror Show. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Choreographer credits: My Fair Lady, Robin Hood the Panto (Capitol Theatre), Rock of Ages, Rumours and Dreams (SWC), Fare Trade (Bell TV), Odd Squad (TVO), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Rose Theatre), The Full Monty, Peter Pan (CCMP), Tweed: The Musical (Tweed & Company), The Rocky Horror Show (The LOT), Hit That Jive, Jack (H&S Foundation). Associate choreographer: Grand Hotel (Shanghai, China), Forever Plaid (Rose Theatre), Ragtime (CCMP). Assistant choreographer: In the Heights (Sheridan Theatre), Once on This Island (Acting Up Stage), TIFF thanks you (Cineplex Theatres). Training: The Randolph Academy, Canadian Dance Company. Et cetera: Huge thanks to Donna, Steve, Ann, Franklin, Laura, the cast and the crew. Also thanks to Bruce and the T-House team. Love to my family, friends, Lil L and Big E.
    Cynthia Toushan
    Stage Manager
    2018: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of The Music Man. 23rd season. Stratford: Shows include A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Camelot, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 35 years as a stage manager; over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager and choreographer, production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Cynthia has worked in many forms of live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies for sporting events and variety-show fundraisers. Et cetera: Love to her fiancé, Paul, daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law, Andrew, and her beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor.
    Krista Blackwood
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Music Man. Sixth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon); Glenn, Farther West, Great Expectations, Dirt, Long Day's Journey Into Night, High Life (Soulpepper); The Mill, parts 1 to 4 (Theatrefront); Anne of Green Gables - The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher, A Christmas Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre); It's a Wonderful Life, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre New Brunswick); Skin Flick, Masked, Happy Days (Neptune Theatre); Generous (Tarragon Theatre); The Last Five Years (Theatre and Company); Noises Off (Atlantic Theatre Festival).
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Music Man and To Kill a Mockingbird. Fifth season. Stratford: Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves, Three Sisters, Bartholomew Fair, Phèdre, Ever Yours, Oscar. Elsewhere: Grease (Irregular Entertainment); King Lear, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in High Park); A City, Divisadero (Necessary Angel); Cracked: new light on dementia (UW/Collective Disruption); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF); Yellowman (Nightwood/Obsidian); Late, Black Medea (Obsidian).
    Gregory McLaughlin
    Assistant Stage Manager
     2018: Assistant stage manager of The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show. Third season. Stratford: Breath of Kings: Rebellion and Breath of Kings: Redemption, production assistant for the Tom Patterson Theatre. Elsewhere: Lear, The Winter's Tale, Measure for Measure (Groundling Theatre); The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Soulpepper Theatre); Bedtime Stories (The Orillia Opera House); Colours in the Storm, Art, Les Misérables (The Grand Theatre); Oleanna (Matchstick Theatre); Bombay Black (Factory Theatre); Our Eliza, By the Dark of the Moon, Making Contact, Diligent River Daughter (Ship's Company Theatre). Film/TV: This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Training: Mount Allison University. Et cetera: Gregory is a feminist, a mental-health advocate and an ally who supports the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
     2018: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre and stage manager of Paradise Lost. 18th season. Stratford (selected): The Virgin Trial, A Little Night Music, The Physicists, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), Tommy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest (2010). Elsewhere: Most recently Meghan was the stage manager of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, directed by Alan Dilworth at Soulpepper. Meghan has worked across Canada for the Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, NAC, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre. She has also worked in stage management for corporate clients such as General Motors, Toyota Canada, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian International Auto Show. Training: BFA, York University. Awards: 2017 Tyrone Award, Stratford Festival. Et cetera: Much love and respect to Beatrice, Ella and Peter for making her so proud and happy.

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