Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Vol 19 No 1 | oct/nov 2011
Dan Remmes Neil Berg Nick Meglin mark steven johnson warner bros. theatre ventures Bill Castellino Based on the warner bros. film written by
Produced with permission of
Sarah Ruhl Directed by
Message fro m the Artistic Director
Autumn is the most dramatic of seasons.
desperate with curiosity
It seems to sound a primitive
When clinical treatment gives
alarm through all of nature:
way to erotic experimenta-
change or lose everything.
tion, the love between the
about the electrical instrument her husband uses to treat hysteria in his patients.
Goslings grow flight feathers,
doctor and his wife faces its
and begin to dream of a south they’ve never seen.
greatest challenge. Change must come and, as in
Squirrels race along the fence-tops, carrying im-
Grumpy Old Men, it comes blanketed in snow.
probably large apples in their mouths, hoarding food for the hard winter ahead. And the children who’ve grown lean and tawny with swimming in the sun now return to the task of making their young minds as supple as their bodies.
Change has come to MTC, too, with General Manager Camilla Holland taking over the administration of the theatre. She started work on one of those unseasonably warm September weeks that almost make you believe winter will never
And isn’t change a part of most plays? In Grumpy
come. Now, as the mornings grow frosty and
Old Men: The Musical at the John Hirsch Mainstage,
night falls with alarming speed, she has settled in,
two neighbours locked in an age-old feud are
and made an impossible change seem as natural
forced to re-examine their pasts and their future
as the new season.
when a vivacious woman moves into their small town. Is it too late for them to change? Or can we all find forgiveness, love and even self-knowledge,
no matter how much time and trouble have scarred us? These are important questions, even if the writers make us laugh at John and Max, and their dizzying re-discovery of desire. Desire, of course, also serves as a catalyst for change at the Tom Hendry Warehouse. in the next room or the vibrator play explores the heartbreaking and hilarious dilemma of a doctor’s wife in the Victorian era. Like Pandora, the wife grows Oct/Nov 2011
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Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver BC Atlantic Theatre Festival, Wolfville NS Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary AB Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC The Belfry Theatre, Victoria BC Blyth Theatre Festival, Blyth ON New York Theatre District Canadian Broadcasting Corporation The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton AB Canadian Opera Company, Toronto ON The Canadian Stage Company, Toronto ON Dora Mavor Moore Award, Toronto ON Drayton Entertinment, Ontario Dry Cold Productions, Winnipeg MB The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa ON The Grand Theatre, London ON Mirvish Productions, Toronto ON Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg MB National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Toronto ON Neptune Theatre, Halifax NS National Film Board of Canada National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal QC Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon SK Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg MB Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg MB Royal National Theatre, London, England The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto ON Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England Royal Winnipeg Ballet The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montreal QC Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON Shakespeare in the Ruins, Winnipeg MB St. Norbert Arts Centre, Winnipeg MB Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto ON Stratford Festival, Stratford ON Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton ON Tarragon Theatre, Toronto ON Theatre Calgary, Calgary AB Theatre New Brunswick, Fredericton NB Toronto Free Theatre, Toronto ON Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg MB Toronto Symphony Orchestra University of Manitoba University of Toronto University of Winnipeg Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Vancouver BC Theatre District, London, England Winnipeg Jewish Theatre Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Theatre, Toronto ON
MTC gratefully acknowledges the support of all corporate and individual donors and foundations, and the assistance of:
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $5.9 million in the arts in Manitoba.
With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council
With the generous support of the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council
Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada, qui a investi 5,9 millions de dollars I’an dernier dans les arts au Manitoba.
Vol 19 No 1 | oct/nov 2011
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Above: An early computer-generated rendering by Paraschuk of the Grumpy Old Men: The Musical set.
Set Designer Doug Paraschuk has created a sense of place and atmosphere for hundreds of theatre, opera, film, television and touring productions around the world. He spent 20 seasons as Design Coordinator at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and was the Director of Design for the opening, closing and medal ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Doug has designed sets for many MTC shows including Fiddler on the Roof, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Transit of Venus. He returns to his hometown to take on the challenge of bringing the great outdoors inside for the world premiere of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical. When you first get a script, what is your process when it comes to designing the set? Whether approaching a large-scale event or a stage play, it’s the same process: you have what story you want to tell, what emotions you’re trying to play on, and what kind of support you can provide to performers. For me, design is primarily sculptural. I tend to work backwards and—sometimes to my own detriment—I don’t focus a lot on the ground plan and the mechanics. I tend to try and think about how this world is going be seen and received emotionally and as a piece of sculpture that can be lit and lived in, and then I start dealing with the nuts and bolts. What sort of research did you do before you started? Because I grew up in Winnipeg, I just tried to deal with how I remembered growing up as a kid and my experiences actually being on the ice fishing 6
because I did that sort of thing. I’ve lived this world a little bit …. I know what it’s like to spend a day in a fishing shack out on the ice, with the camaraderie and the kind of community that is created. Are there specific challenges to designing for a world premiere? What’s unique about this experience is that this is a brand new musical and a new script that has been changing. When you’re working on a new work, it’s always a moving target and it continues to be pretty fluid. That dictates your process. You try to keep things a bit open and a bit loose so you can adapt to the change. What’s the creative vision behind the Grumpy Old Men set? It’s a musical and a comedy, so everything you do needs to be light and buoyant and colourful and have a lot of energy. You’re always trying to impart a sense of fun into everything. Even though
Grumpy O ld Men: The Musical sometimes the winter in Canada and in places like Minnesota can be a bit oppressive, this world is about people who get out on the ice and have fun and love to fish, and therefore, they enjoy that environment. It’s a bit like a little winter wonderland with lots of high-energy people and activities. There are also the dynamics of the musical. There are a few scenes that need to resonate as being a bit more serious, so from a design point of view, the backdrop is a lot more austere, pared down … the colour palette is more muted because you want people to feel that emotional shift. With this play taking place in winter, what are some of the technical challenges you faced with the script? We have to deal with the reality of how we make it snow, and of course, how do we make it snow and keep it safe for the dancers and the actors. Then there’s sculpting snow banks and snowdrifts, because we wanted that to be a part of our world. And we’ve got elements like a snowmobile that drives out over the ice, and ice augers that
drill holes into the ice. There are fun little design challenges in trying to make those things live and feel real. We’re also trying to create the illusion of as much depth as we can with the whole scenic background. We’re using real trees, and actually populating the stage with a forest, trying to create the illusion that this whole scene goes on and on and on forever. That’s part of the magic and part of the challenge of it. What does a well-designed set do for a play? Hopefully it facilitates the telling of the story. That’s all that the scenery is really there to do. The characters, the characterization and the story are the heart of everything. A good set design creates a backdrop, it helps conceptualize the various scenes, provides a sense of atmosphere and time of day. Ultimately, I’ve always looked at it as we’re here to serve the needs of the play. At the same time, hopefully we’re able to embellish the story that the actors are telling.
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by Jeff Gardner
The journey of a new musical from its initial conception to being fully realized on the stage is a long and arduous one. The journey of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical from the big screen to the John Hirsch Mainstage is no exception. How did this trek get started? As all journeys must, it began with a first step. For the producer of a new musical, that step is to find the right source material. I’d been looking for a good property to develop for several years, and due to my very specific parameters, I knew that the search would be very difficult, if not impossible. The first and most important condition was that the material had to have a story that I wanted to tell. That way, I’d be certain to make a show that I would want to see. Specifically, I’ve always enjoyed plays about regular folks, struggling with the same trials and tribulations we all face. In the past few years, I’ve grown a bit weary of stories about show business, animals, monsters, flying cars, and even flying people. However, no matter how much a story might appeal to me, structurally it has to lend itself to becoming a musical. For this to be true, the characters must experience thoughts and emotions that they cannot, or would not, express by speaking. They must be so full of feeling that they’re compelled to burst into song. I also wanted a property with a title that had goodwill and strong recognition. A title that would make people say, “Oh, I love that story!” or “That will make a great show!” and, of course, “Boy, you could sell a lot of tickets with that one!” 8
Finally, I needed to find material that was available. The number of great novels, movies and plays that have been optioned as source material for new musicals is astounding. None of this was on my mind one rainy afternoon in early 2003, as I strolled the aisles of the video rental store (remember those?) looking for some evening entertainment. I happened upon Grumpy Old Men. When I got home and the film started, it only took a few moments to realize that I’d found the perfect property! Is it about “regular folks?” It sure is! Who doesn’t have an ornery “Grumpy” in their family? Who hasn’t ever worried about their finances, or struggled to find a way to keep their home? Hasn’t everybody had a feud with a neighbour? A fight with a friend? Been too shy to ask an attractive stranger on a date? Do the characters have a lot of emotions they cannot speak? Absolutely! John and Max are full of strong feelings about life and love, but, like a lot of “Regular Joes,” they would never openly discuss them. Do we have a good title? Grumpy Old Men is a beloved motion picture, and our title makes people smile whenever they hear it.
Grumpy O ld Men: The Musical Was it available? Amazingly, I was the first to ask. With the cooperation of screenwriter Mark Steven Johnson and Warner Bros. executives Gregg Maday and Raymond Wu, I was able to get the rights. While that first step is certainly a big one, once you have taken it, there are a thousand more before you reach your goal. After you’ve acquired the property, you need to keep marching and develop it into a show. After all, even a fantastic idea won’t leap onto the stage all by itself. Hiring the creative team was one of the easier steps. Neil Berg has been writing some of the best music in New York for the last 10 years, so bringing him on was a no-brainer. I had worked with him on several benefit concerts, and I had seen his hit show The Prince and the Pauper, which played in Times Square to great success. From the first moment I had the idea for this show, I knew he would be the Grumpy composer. Nick Meglin, our lyricist, was the Editor-inChief of MAD Magazine for 35 years (and for a good reason … He’s insane!). His work on that publication kept me laughing for most of my childhood, and the fact that he had already done terrific work in collaboration with Berg on their Christmas musical Tim and Scrooge made him an obvious choice. Dan Remmes is one of the best playwrights around. I produced his hilarious comedy Night Out in San Diego in 1994, and I couldn’t wait to find another collaborative project. I was delighted to get him on board with this production.
next step: the developmental phase. This is where you have actors and musicians help you breathe life into your script. We started with a few friends reading the script out loud in my living room, moving on to private table readings, and then to fully realized readings in Midtown Manhattan to present the work to our theatrical colleagues. No matter how clever you may think you are, nothing can teach you more about your script than having your favourite artists present your work to the public. We had our first public reading in the fall of 2007, and informed by that presentation, we went back to work for another year. Fifteen drafts later, in the fall of 2008, we did another reading, and based on the success of that reading, Steven Schipper expressed his interest in the show. It was the late Sam Lutfiyya who introduced the show to Steven, and Steven to me. Sam was a supremely talented man, but more importantly, he was, as we say in New York, a mensch. His sudden death was not only a loss to those who knew him, but to Canada, the theatrical community, and humanity at large.
Do we have a good title?
Grumpy Old Men is a beloved motion picture, and our title makes people smile
Steven’s enthusiastic response to the Grumpy material led me to take a trip to Winnipeg to visit the facilities here at MTC. It took only a short tour, and a few minutes with the talented staff, to recognize that this wonderfully creative organization would be able to offer real insight into the development of the piece, provide full production support, and joyfully join me in taking that last step—a world premiere.
whenever they hear it.
With the creative team set, I needed to find a General Manager. That’s one of the bigger steps (more like a leap of faith) you take along the way to produce a show, as you need to allow your GM to control the day-to-day operation of your organization. Ken Denison has served as GM and Producer on numerous original shows, and has a depth of experience second to none. The show would never have made it to the stage without his guidance. With a full staff in place, script meetings were held on a regular basis, and after 18 months of hard work and more than 30 drafts, we thought we had a strong enough foundation to start the
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Steven, and recently retired MTC General Manager Zaz Bajon, for sharing in this journey and making this production possible. Also, thanks to you, the public, for joining us on this final step. Without an audience, there is no show. I can’t wait to see the show for the first time, and I hope you’ll enjoy it with me. It’s been a long journey to get here.
—September 2011 Jeff Gardner is the Producer of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical.
November 24 - December 17
D i r ect e D by
“One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.” – romeo Director Steven Schipper re-envisions Shakespeare’s enduring love story, setting the tale in the imagined Verona district of present-day Jerusalem. Staying true to Shakespeare’s language, this incarnation of the play shows how compassion and love, rather than conflict and violence, have the power to heal and redeem us. WARNING theatrical haze and fog
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Steven Schipper, Artistic Director
Camilla Holland, General Manager
In Association With
Grumpy Old Partners LP | Jeff Gardner Executive Producer Ken Denison &
Bud Negley | Robert & Rebekah Mercer | Joseph J. Grano Richard Geyer | One Dwarf LLC/Paul Beyersdorf | Charlton Gronlund | Mrs. Eileen & Dr. Marc Read | The Overland Entertainment Company
Book by music by lyrics by
Dan Remmes neil berg nick meglin Based on the warner Bros. film written by
Produced with permission of
Mark Steven Johnson
warner bros. theatre ventures Directed by
Bill Castellino Orchestrations by Larry Hochman Music Supervision & Arrangements by David Holcenberg
October 13 – November 5, 2011
Grumpy Old Men: The Musical runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
NY Production counsel: Eric S. Goldman, Esq. the Royal Manitoba Theatre centre dedicates this production to the memory of Sam Lutfiyya thank you: Accurate Lawnmower (John Neufeld) | Cabela’s (Michael Pilon) | Gear Up Fishing Program (Frank Soja) International Hope, Inc. (Dorothy Ridd) | Rilda, Kris & Marc Van Hussen Original Artwork in Ariel’s apartment courtesy of Winnipeg Artists Greg Morrison, Amanda Onchulenko & Warehouse Artworks.
Director Music Director Choreographer Set Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Video Creator Assistant Director NY Casting Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Apprentice Stage Manager Apprentice Stage Manager
Bill Castellino Elizabeth Baird John MacInnis Douglas Paraschuk Judith Bowden Scott Henderson John Bent Jr. Deco Dawson Ray Strachan Clemmons/Dewing Casting Evan R. Klassen Sheena Sanderson Leslie Sidley Jessica Freundl Andrew Luczenczyn
The Cast (in alphabetical order)
â€œGrandpaâ€? Gustafson Frank Adamson Ariel Truax Susan Anton Sandra Snyder DeAnn deGruijter Punky Barrels Michelle Fisk Lo & others Timothy Gledhill Fran Lisa Horner Tim Douglas E. Hughes Harry Gerald Isaac Jacob Goldman Cameron MacDuffee Unis Debbie Maslowsky Chuck Barrels Ken Page Karla/Nurse Kimberley Rampersad John Gustafson John Rubinstein Max Goldman Conrad John Schuck Melanie Norton Cailin Stadnyk Bo & others Justin Stadnyk Stan Mark Weatherley setting
Wabasha, Minnesota. Winter. The present.
Musical Numbers Act I
Overture Wabasha Company I Like the Way Things Are John, Max, Jacob, Melanie When No One’s Around John Wabasha (Reprise) Ensemble Heat Wave Ariel Facts of Life Grandpa & Ensemble Parents and Paradise Jacob & Melanie Snyder Comes Along Snyder & Ensemble An Angel Chuck Opportunity Knocks John, Max, Jacob, Melanie & Ensemble Act II
Entr’Acte Opportunity Knocks John & Max Way to Go Stan, Fran, Tim, Unis, Grandpa, Harry My Own Home Punky & Company The Mirror Lies Ariel Max Goldman Comes Along Snyder & Max When No One’s Around (Reprise) Ariel & John Wabasha (Reprise) Grandpa & Ensemble An Angel (Reprise) John Family or Friend Max Best Man John, Max & Company Wabasha (Finale) Company Musicians
Conductor/Keyboard I Elizabeth Baird Woodwind I Janice Finlay Woodwind II Sharon Atkinson Trumpet Dave Lawton Trombone John Miller Violin Ali Rainey Bass Nenad Zdjelar Keyboard II/Trumpet II Rick Boughton Guitar Ron Halldorson Drums/Percussion Rob Siwik Rehearsal Pianist/Copyist Andrew St. Hilaire Contractor Dave Lawton
ARTISTS ET CETERA Susan has been recognized as a multi-
Frank Adamson “Grandpa” Gustafson
MTC Mr. Adamson has appeared in 23 shows at MTC, most recently: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (with TC), Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), Our Town, The School for Wives (with VP), To Kill a Mockingbird (with Citadel), King Lear, The Crucible.
talented international star for more than 35 years in film, television, stage and music. She is renowned worldwide as a distinguished concert performer and recording artist; her very first single, “Killin’ Time,” charted in the top 10, and she received a gold record for her hit, “Foxy,” in Japan.
DeAnn deGruijter Sandra Snyder
OTHER THEATRE Selected: Arsenic and Old Lace, Walsh
(TC); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford); A Delicate Balance, The Wild Guys, The Stone Angel (Persephone); Bat Masterson’s Last Regular Job (Toronto Free); The Norbals, Inquest (PTE); The Seagull (Globe); South Pacific, Brigadoon, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun (Rainbow). FILM/TV The Lazarus Project, The Big White, Population 436, Something Beneath, Six Figures, Reckless Disregard, My Mother’s Ghost, The Arrow, The Terry Fox Story, Corner Gas, Street Legal and five years on Seeing Things.
Susan Anton Ariel Truax
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Broadway credits include: original
production of Tommy Tune’s Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies; David Rabe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurlyburly, directed by Mike Nichols. Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, opposite Harvey Fierstein and directed and choreographed respectively by Tony Award-winners Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchell (Las Vegas); Velma in Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell (Hollywood Bowl); All Shook Up, directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (US national tour); seven years starring in The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular with the legendary Rockettes, directed by the late Joe Layton; Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch touring production of They’re Playing Our Song; A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, co-starring Elizabeth Ashley (US national tour). FILM/TV Susan’s screen work is vast; her career was launched in the late ‘70s, starring in the film Goldengirl, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She has gone on to work in hundreds of film and television projects.
MTC The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC). OTHER THEATRE DeAnn’s past credits include produc-
tions with Stratford, Mirvish, Shaw, YTP, TNB, TC, CS, Neptune, the Toronto Fringe and various other regional venues. TEACHING DeAnn teaches drama for youth in Toronto, served one season as Artistic Director for the Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Youth Program, one season as Intern Artistic Director at Young People’s Theatre (with Allen MacInnis) and two seasons at the Citadel Theatre. FILM/TV DeAnn has done a pile of television commercials, cartoon voices and starred for seven seasons in CBC Radio’s national satires The Muckraker and What a Week. ET CETERA DeAnn is Creative Director at deGroovy
(est. 2000) and Producer of Willem and Marcus! She is honoured to share the stage with her Grumpy colleagues.
Michelle Fisk Punky Barrels
MTC Grumpy Old Men: The Musical marks Michelle’s 21st production at MTC. She is proud to have been a member of MTC’s resident acting company from 1980 to 1984. Favourites from this time include: Grease (with Citadel), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Taming of the Shrew, Nicholas Nickleby, Much Ado About Nothing (with NAC), Cloud 9, The Man Who Came to Dinner and The Duchess of Malfi. Most recently: Larry’s Party (with CS/NAC), The Winslow Boy (with TA), Orpheus Descending (with Mirvish). For a full list of theatre abbreviations, please Refer to legend on page 4
ARTISTS OTHER THEATRE Michelle has performed on regional
stages and in the major festivals across the country, including the Charlottetown Festival, Shaw, 10 seasons at Blyth and 10 at Stratford.
FILM/TV Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, Double Wedding, Majority Rules!, Lullaby for Pi, IKEA “It’s Not a Mistake” Winter Sale commercial.
ET CETERA Michelle would like to dedicate this perfor-
ET CETERA For Mum and Heapie.
mance to Goldie Semple, who would have gotten a kick out of Punky.
Douglas E. Hughes Tim
Timothy Gledhill Lo & others
MTC The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Office Hours. MTC White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone (with
TC), My Fair Lady. OTHER THEATRE Favourites include: Les Misérables,
The Producers (Arts Club); The Drowsy Chaperone (VP, Citadel, NAC); Evita, Strike!, Tune Town (Persephone); 42nd Street (Drayton); Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden (Dry Cold); Hairspray, Forever Plaid, The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Grease (Rainbow); Funny Girl (WJT); Honk! (MTYP). TRAINING Timothy is a graduate of the two-year
OTHER THEATRE Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac
(Stratford); It’s a Wonderful Life (CS); My Fair Lady (Drayton); A Man of No Importance—Dora nomination (Acting Up Stage); 13 seasons with Shaw. FILM/TV The Good Times Are Killing Me, The Hurricane, You Love Me, I Hate You, Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui, Gross Misconduct. ET CETERA Douglas has published and produced
three plays (written with Marcia Kash): Who’s Under Where?, A Party to Murder and Too Many Cooks.
Enriched Performing Arts Program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC.
ET CETERA Timothy is thrilled to be a part of such
a wonderful cast and production. He would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.
Lisa Horner Fran
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Maximillian in Candide, Amiens in As
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan
Wedding (Mirvish); Love, Loss and What I Wore (M. Rubinoff Productions); Wonderful Town, After the Dance, High Society, Gypsy, Diana of Dobson’s (Shaw); Good Mother, Fiddler on the Roof, Patience (Stratford); Assassins (Talk Is Free Theatre); Les Belles-soeurs (Theatre 20); How the Other Half Loves, Hairspray, Little Me (Drayton); Claptrap, Singer, The Dreamland (CS); Fallen Angels (Red Barn Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Grand); Guys and Dolls (NAC, Stage West, Reprise Concerts); Company (Reprise Concerts).
You Like It, Moth in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stratford); Benny in The Desert Song (Shaw); Monsieur Reyer/ Andre in The Phantom of the Opera (Pantages Theatre, Toronto); Zazu in The Lion King (Mirvish). Opera: Alexander in The New Moon (New York City Opera); Njegus in The Merry Widow (San Francisco Opera); Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus (Lyric Opera of Chicago); John Styx in Orphée aux Enfers (Opéra National de Lyon); Bardolfo in Falstaff (Opéra de Lausanne); Goro in Madama Butterfly (Manitoba Opera). ET CETERA There once was a boy who didn’t grow to
be very tall. Although he was very romantic, he made quite a career at character roles. He played many roles and graced many stages. The above is the short list; for the long of it, please visit www.deanartists.com.
MTC First appearance.
MTC First appearance.
OTHER THEATRE The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy
OTHER THEATRE Father in Children of Eden, My One
(TNB); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Grand); Buddy, A Christmas Carol, The Rocky Horror Show (TA); Beyond Eden (TC/VP); Six Characters in Search of an Author, She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Peter Pan, Floyd Collins, Pal Joey, The Invisible Man, High Society (Shaw); Cabaret (Segal); Grease, Buddy, Chicago (Neptune); Fire (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); Oliver!, The War Show, Big River, Blood Brothers, Forever Plaid, Triple Espresso (Drayton); The Foursome (Stirling Festival Theatre); Assassins (Eclectic Theatre).
and Only (West End, London); Guys and Dolls—Theatre World Award, Lion in The Wiz, “Fats” Waller in Ain’t Misbehavin’ original cast—Drama Desk Award, Old Deuteronomy in Cats original cast, Nothin’ But the Blues (Broadway). Other NY: Anyone Can Whistle (Carnegie Hall concert), Call Me Madam, Happiness (Lincoln Center), etc. Concerts: Page by Page oneman show; Caesars Atlantic City; Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
ET CETERA Cameron has been nominated for a Dora
Award (Assassins) and a Merritt Award (Chicago). He is Artistic Director of The Department of Everything and lives on the family farm in Caledon, Ontario with his wife Karen.
Debbie Maslowsky Unis
FILM/TV Max Washington in Dreamgirls, Murray in Torch Song Trilogy, voice of Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas, voice of King Gator in All Dogs Go to Heaven, I’ll Do Anything, Cats video release. Mr. Page also has numerous television credits to his name. TRAINING/TEACHING Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri. Honorary Bachelor of Arts from the American Music and Dramatic Academy, Los Angeles. ET CETERA Mr. Page is happy to make his MTC
debut, and return to the role of Chuck.
Kimberley Rampersad MTC My Fair Lady, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC).
OTHER THEATRE A dozen shows at Rainbow Stage,
including Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls; Honk!, Seussical the Musical (MTYP); Hersteria (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); Soap and Laughter, Yiddle with a Fiddle, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!, Chutzpah a Go-Go, The Rothschilds, 10x10 (WJT); She Loves Me, Into the Woods (Dry Cold). TRAINING/TEACHING Debbie holds a University of Winnipeg theatre degree and teaches/coaches musical theatre students. ET CETERA Debbie can be seen and heard on local
commercials, is featured regularly in concert, and is an MC and/or manager of a variety of special events. She is thrilled to be part of this inaugural musical production of one of her (and her dad’s) favourite movies! Thanks to MTC and to Bill for this incredible opportunity, this wonderful company and to her supportive family for being far from grumpy!
MTC Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Dreamgirls (with TA), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), Lady, Be Good!. Choreographer & Assistant Director: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. OTHER THEATRE We Rise Again! workshop
(Charlottetown Festival); Oliver! (Citadel); Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls (Drayton); Company, Into the Woods (Dry Cold); Legends (Grand); Carol Shields Festival (PTE); Carmen (Manitoba Opera); Seussical the Musical (MTYP); Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café, 42nd Street (Rainbow); Funny Girl (WJT). Associate Choreographer: Hairspray national tour (NETworks Presentations). Choreographer: Honk! (MTYP); Miss Saigon (Rainbow); Head (SIR). Assistant Director: Ruined (Obsidian Theatre Company/Nightwood Theatre); Toronto The Good (Factory Theatre).
ARTISTS FILM/TV Snake River, Shall We Dance?, Nothing But
Conrad John Schuck
the Truth, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, Category 7: The End of the World, Roswell: The Aliens Attack, Falcon Beach.
TRAINING Kimberley is a graduate of the U of M. ET CETERA Kimberley is a past recipient of the Maude Whitmore Scholarship from the Charlottetown Festival and the Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair Scholarship from MTC.
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Broadway: Annie, Annie Get Your
John Rubinstein John Gustafson
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Broadway: title role in Pippin—The-
atre World Award; Children of a Lesser God—Tony, Drama Desk, LA Drama Critics Circle, Drama-Logue Awards; Fools and Hurlyburly, both directed by Mike Nichols; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial—Drama Desk nomination; M. Butterfly; Getting Away with Murder; Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Urban Blight; Cabaret Verboten; Counsellor-at-Law—Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Outer Critics’ and Drama League Award nominations (Pecadillo Theatre Company); originated role of Andrew Ladd iii in Love Letters; 18 months as the Wizard in Wicked (LA). Rubinstein is also an award-winning director of plays and musicals. FILM/TV Film: 21 Grams, Red Dragon, Mercy, Another
Stakeout, Someone to Watch Over Me, Daniel, The Boys from Brazil, Rome and Jewel, Jekyll, Kid Cop, Getting Straight, Zachariah, The Trouble with Girls, The Car. TV: Since 1965, Rubinstein has acted in over 200 TV films and series episodes. Five years as Jeff Maitland iii in Family—Emmy Award nomination; co-starred for two years on Crazy Like a Fox. Recurring parts on Desperate Housewives, Parenthood, No Ordinary Family, Greek, The Wizards of Waverly Place, Angel, Dirty Sexy Money, Day Break, The Guardian, The Practice, Star Trek: Enterprise, Girlfriends, The Young and the Restless and Barber Shop. In the series finale of Friends, he played the doctor who delivered Monica and Chandler’s babies. Director of the Emmy-winning A Matter of Conscience. ET CETERA Rubinstein’s most rewarding experience
has been participating in the lives of his five children: Jessica, Michael, Peter, Jacob and Max.
Gun. Off-Broadway: Juno, The Exonerated, The Streets of New York. West End: The Caine Mutiny. Regional theatre: American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco); Studio Arena Theater (Buffalo); Centerstage (Baltimore); Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Director: Sand Mountain, Rockwell, The Foreigner. FILM/TV Film: mash, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Star Trek iv: The Voyage Home, Star Trek vi: The Undiscovered Country, Outrageous Fortune. TV: McMillan & Wife, Turnabout, The Munsters Today, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Guest appearances: The Golden Girls, LA Law, NYPD Blue, St. Elsewhere, MacGyver, Matlock, The Love Boat, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ET CETERA Thrilled to be making my Canadian debut
Cailin Stadnyk Melanie Norton
MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Selected: Hairspray, Company, Hockey
Mom, Hockey Dad, Funny Girl, Singin’ in the Rain (Arts Club); Honk!, Anne of Green Gables (Globe); The Love List, Fiddler on the Roof (VP); Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone, Theatre Under the Stars, Western Canada Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero Theatre); Waiting for the Parade, Cabaret (Showcase Theatre Festival); Urinetown: The Musical (Belfry). FILM/TV Supernatural, Once Upon a Mattress, Battlestar Galactica, Jeremiah, The Chris Isaak Show. Extensive motion capture career for animated movies, television and video games. TRAINING Graduate of Grant MacEwan University. ET CETERA Cailin received a Jessie Award nomina-
tion for Best Supporting Actress in 2004, an Ovation Award for Outstanding Performance (Female) in 2005, and an Ovation Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance (Female) in 2010. Much love to “Ducky.” Visit www.cailinstadnyk.com for more. Oct/Nov 2011
Mark Steven Johnson
Bo & others
MTC White Christmas, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Fiddler on the Roof, The Wave. OTHER THEATRE Anne of Green Gables, The Full Monty
(Charlottetown Festival); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent, Good News, Fame (Rainbow); Robin Hood, Cinderella (Elgin Theatre); A Little Night Music, Wonderful Town (Shaw); Glorious, Anne of Green Gables (Stage West Mississauga); Canadian Explosion (Stage West Calgary); Camelot, The Mikado (Drayton); Blood Brothers (TA); Emily (Talk Is Free Theatre).
Mark Steven Johnson wrote Grumpy Old Men (Warner Bros.), starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, in 1993, and its successful sequel, Grumpier Old Men, in 1995. He made his directorial debut in 1998 with Simon Birch (Disney), and has since written and directed the hit movies Daredevil (20th Century Fox), starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell, Ghost Rider (Sony Pictures), starring Nicolas Cage, and When in Rome (Disney), starring Kristen Bell.
Dan Remmes Playwright
TV YTV’s King of the Camp. ET CETERA After healing from his broken foot, Justin
spent the summer in PEI, and is excited to return to MTC for another premiere musical. Check out Justin’s clothing line at www.adjusted.ca.
Mark Weatherley Stan
MTC The 39 Steps.
Dan is a winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Playwriting and Screenwriting, among other awards and accolades. His work has been published and produced throughout the US and Canada. Dan’s screenplay Union Square was recently optioned by the producers of the Oscar-nominated film Finding Neverland. Dan serves on the Board of Directors of the NYC-based Mind the Gap Theatre and lives with his wife and two young daughters in Connecticut.
OTHER THEATRE White Christmas, Travels with My
Aunt, The Foursome, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Arts Club); Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone); Lost in Yonkers, 42nd Street, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Drayton); Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); The Number 14 (Royal Alex/international tour); Victor/ Victoria (Stage West Calgary); Tons of Money (VP/TC).
TRAINING Graduate of the University of British Columbia.
MTC First engagement.
ET CETERA Love to my girls Monique and Charlotte.
OTHER THEATRE Composer: The Prince and the Pauper
(off-Broadway’s Lamb’s Theater), The Twelve, The Man Who Would Be King, Tim: A Carol for a Later Christmas, Hexed in the City, Heidi, Fiona: The Mother Goose Musical, Threads. Music Director: Jazz at Lincoln Center (Covenant House Honors Laura Bush, Jon Bon Jovi), Feinstein’s. FILM/TV Composer/Music Supervisor: Goat, starring Armand Assante and Ice-T; Searching for Bobby D., starring Carmen Electra. Jingles: Shock Coffee, United Way.
ARTISTS TRAINING/TEACHING Studied musical composition with Robert Printz, Sue Peters. BMI Musical Writer’s Workshop, mentored by Maury Yeston, Skip Kennon.
Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair and many others. Tours: Fame, The Presidents, Jolson at the Winter Garden, Chess, Nightclub Cantata, Tom Foolery, Esther, Les Misérables.
ET CETERA Neil is the creator of 100 Years of Broadway,
TV Bell’Aria, The Presidents, Martin Mull’s Talent Takes a
the number 1 Broadway touring revue in North America, and a 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient. Neil dedicates everything to his wife, Rita Harvey, and their son, Lucas David Berg.
Holiday!, Rap Master Ronnie, Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, All My Children. ET CETERA A resident of NYC, Castellino has written
seven musicals and belongs to sdc, aea, dg.
In addition to his work on Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, Nick Meglin has also collaborated with composer Neil Berg on the musical Tim and Scrooge, providing both book and lyrics. Two short comedy dramas, Last Rights and Blessings in Disguise, were presented earlier this year in Carrboro, NC. As a freelance writer, Nick is the author of 15 books, including Drawing From Within (with Diane Meglin) and Classical Composers 101 (with Chris Meglin) and over 300 magazine and newspaper articles ranging from NY Sunday Times, Opera News, Tennis Magazine, American Artist, Quarterback, etc. while serving a 30-plus-year tenure as editor of MAD Magazine. He dedicates this production “To Linda Maloof, whose beautiful smile keeps me from becoming grumpy.” Nick is a member of the Dramatists Guild and ascap.
Bill Castellino Director
MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Broadway: The Book of Mormon—
Tony/Drama Desk Award, The Scottsboro Boys— Tony/Drama Desk nominations, Monty Python’s Spamalot—Tony/Drama Desk nominations, Fiddler on the Roof 2004 revival—Tony nomination, A Class Act—Tony nomination. Other selected Broadway: The Addams Family, Jane Eyre. Thirty other regional and off-Broadway shows. FILM/TV The Wonder Pets!—four Emmy Awards (Nickelodeon); 18 films, including Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant! and various Disney films. ET CETERA Larry has been a part of many recordings
and concerts, including those by Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Audra McDonald, Hugh Jackman, Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic. www.LarryHochman.net
David Holcenberg Music Supervisor & Arranger MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE World premieres: Jolson at the Winter Garden, Reflections, Dr. Radio, Some Kind of Wonderful, Cagney!, Dorian Gray, Lizzie Borden, Heartbeats, Miklat, Fishwrap, Holiday for Hope, A House Divided, Assisted Living, The Singing Weatherman, Happy Holidays, The Presidents, Crash Club, Beautiful Dreamer, Rhythm Rox, Another Summer, Breathe, Theatre smash. Also: Tarzan, The Rocky Horror Show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rent, Carousel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Godspell, La Cage aux Folles, The Music Man, West Side Story, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Who’s Tommy, Little Shop of Horrors, Beehive, Evita, Slab Boys, Oliver!, Cabaret, Abyssinia, Rap Master Ronnie, The Last Five Years, The Spitfire Grill,
MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie, The Story
of My Life, Good Vibrations, Mamma Mia!, Titanic, Showboat. Lincoln Center Theater: The Glorious Ones, Dessa Rose. Other: The Phantom of the Opera (Toronto); Ragtime (LA and Vancouver—LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Direction); Newsies (world premiere, Papermill Playhouse/Disney Theatricals); Bingo: The Musical (co-writer). Currently Music Supervisor for Mamma Mia! in North and South America.
ARTISTS ET CETERA In addition to his many theatre credits,
Elizabeth Baird Music Director
John directed and choreographed the Olympic medals ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Whistler, BC and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is thrilled to be working on Grumpy Old Men: The Musical.
Douglas Paraschuk MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Music Director: Jersey Boys (Dodger
Theatricals/Dancap Productions); Hairspray (Drayton); The Drowsy Chaperone (TC); The Full Monty (Rainbow); Mamma Mia! (Little Star/Mirvish); Little Shop of Horrors (CS); Seussical – A Musical (YPT); Fireweeds (Red Barn Theatre); Step Right Up! (Theatre Orangeville); Women Fully Clothed (Edinburgh Festival); God Almighty’s Second-Class Saloon: A Brecht/Weill Cabaret (Factory Theatre); The Second City National Touring Company. TV Music Consultant: So You Think You Can Dance
Canada. Music Director/Composer: Improv Heaven & Hell (TCN), Not to Be Repeated (CTV), It’s Alive, PJ Katie’s Farm (YTV), Killerwhale & Crocodile (BRAVO!), The Bittles, System Crash (YTV), HBO Family 411, Who Knew? (HBO). ET CETERA Elizabeth is a two-time Dora Mavor
Moore nominee for Musical Direction (Seussical – A Musical and God Almighty’s Second-Class Saloon: A Brecht/Weill Cabaret) and a Betty Mitchell nominee for Musical Direction (The Drowsy Chaperone).
John MacInnis Choreographer
MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Credits include: Associate Choreogra-
pher for Broadway’s newest hit The Book of Mormon; Choreographer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which performed in six European countries over the past five years. From 1999 to 2001, he directed and choreographed The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, including its first international production in Mexico City. Other credits include: High Society (Shaw); Big River (Goodspeed Opera House); Damn Yankees (Theater Under the Stars); Once Upon a Mattress (Music Theatre of Wichita); Annie Get Your Gun (Sacramento Music Circus); A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre).
MTC Fiddler on the Roof, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Diary of Anne Frank, Evita (with TC), The School for Wives (with VP), Camelot (with TC/Citadel), Transit of Venus, Burn This. OTHER THEATRE Twenty-two seasons as Design
Coordinator of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he has been involved in more than 60 productions. Doug has designed hundreds of productions for theatres across Canada, the UK and the US over the last 30-plus years. ET CETERA Doug was Art Director for Loreena
McKennitt’s “The Mummers’ Dance” music video and Production Designer for both The Book of Secrets and Ancient Muse world tours. He was Director of Design for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and headed up the design team for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, where he is currently working on another project.
Judith Bowden Costume Designer
MTC Costume Designer: The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice. Set & Costume Designer: Strong Poison, Proof (with Citadel). OTHER THEATRE Eleven seasons with the Shaw
Festival, including recently: My Fair Lady (Costumes); An Ideal Husband, Sunday in the Park with George, Belle Moral (Set & Costumes). Recently, as Set & Costume Designer: Nativity (NAC); La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo (Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant) (Pacific Opera Victoria); Top Girls (Soulpepper); Cloud 9 (Mirvish). Costume Designer: Faith Healer, What the Butler Saw (Soulpepper). Judith’s designs have also been seen at Canadian Stage, PTE, Alberta Theatre Projects, Tarragon, Theatre Calgary and the Grand Theatre.
ARTISTS ET CETERA John has received two Betty Mitchell
Scott Henderson Lighting Designer
Awards for Outstanding Soundscape (Grace, Lion in the Streets) and is a member of iatse Local 63. He is also a founding member of Eternal Rose Theatre.
Ray Strachan Assistant Director MTC More than 40 productions since 1995, including
The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Doubt, A Parable (with TC), Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), Humble Boy, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank (Mainstage); Top Girls, The Shape of Things, Closer, Poor Super Man (Warehouse). Associate Lighting Designer: The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish). OTHER THEATRE Recent credits: Hairspray, Cats
(Rainbow); Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold); Burnin’ Love (PTE); Lawrence and Holloman (Persephone). Scott has designed for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. TRAINING Scott is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre
School and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. ET CETERA Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex
for love and support.
MTC Apprentice Director: The Drowsy Chaperone (with
TC), Bad Dates. Actor: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (with TC). OTHER THEATRE Actor: Catastrophe, Gorilla, The
Crucible, Romance, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Winter’s Tale, The Man Who Wouldn’t Go to Heaven (Black Hole Theatre Company); Remember the Night (Moving Target Theatre); Fen (Sarasvàti Productions); Shock Corridor, The Ingrates, SIR’s Stripped-Down Romeo & Juliet, Criminal Genius (Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival). Director: Madly in Love, A Lie of the Mind (Black Hole Theatre Company); Oleanna (Nomadic Players). TRAINING Black Hole Theatre Company. ET CETERA “From the start it has been the theatre’s
John Bent Jr. Sound Designer
business to entertain people … it needs no other passport than fun.” – Brecht
Clemmons/Dewing Casting NY Casting MTC More than 30 productions since 1998, including The 39 Steps, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), White Christmas, Steel Magnolias, Educating Rita, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Strong Poison, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Syringa Tree, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, Over the Tavern, The Rocky Horror Show (with CS), The Clean House (with VP), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), A Christmas Carol, Crowns (with CS/NAC), Trying, Tuesdays with Morrie, My Fair Lady, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cookin’ at the Cookery (with CS), Evita (with TC), Camelot (with TC/Citadel), King Lear, Wit.
Clemmons/Dewing Casting: Dave Clemmons, csa, Joy Dewing, csa, Alan Lane & Heather Hurst. Current Broadway productions and tours: Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heights, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz; The Voca People (off-Broadway); new Scott Alan musical Home (Flat Rock Playhouse). Selected past credits: The Boy from Oz, Brooklyn, The Civil War, Driving Miss Daisy, Ring of Fire, Wonderland (Broadway); Bat Boy, Bare (off-Broadway); tours of Chicago, Movin’ Out, Jekyll and Hyde and Evita.
OTHER THEATRE The Shadowy Waters (Eternal Rose
Theatre); The Diary of Anne Frank (Segal/Neptune); The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Keely and Du, The Heart as It Lived, Grace (ATP); Lion in the Streets (Sage Theatre); Some Assembly Required (Northern Light Theatre).
Evan R. Klassen
Assistant Stage Manager
MTC White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Jitters, Fiddler on the Roof, The Real Thing, The Innocent Eye Test (with Mirvish), Humble Boy, Evita (with TC).
MTC Wingfield On Ice regional tour, White Christmas, Looking Back – West, Bad Dates, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Educating Rita regional tour, Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel).
OTHER THEATRE Recent credits (selected): Hairspray,
OTHER THEATRE Favourites include: Hairspray, Cats,
Cats, Rent (Rainbow); Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold); Much Ado About Nothing, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TC); The Last Five Years (Act Natural Productions); Bordertown Café (PTE); Rigoletto (Edmonton Opera); Country Legends (Drayton); Candide, Il Trovatore, Transit of Venus, La Bohème, The Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Così fan tutte (Manitoba Opera); three seasons with the Shaw Festival.
Rent (Rainbow); Glorious!, Moonlight and Magnolias (PTE); The Forbidden Phoenix (MTYP); Othello, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR). TRAINING Graduate of the Sheridan College Institute
of Technology and Advanced Learning. Proud member of caea. ET CETERA Thanks to everyone in Wabasha for a
great show! XO, Sid
ET CETERA Evan is celebrating his 10th season of
stage management at MTC. He is neither grumpy nor old.
Apprentice Stage Manager
Sheena Sanderson Assistant Stage Manager MTC The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Looking Back – West. OTHER THEATRE Hairspray (Rainbow); Henry iv Parts MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow); Henry iv Parts 1 and 2 (SIR); The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, North Main Gothic (TPM); The December Man, Lawrence and Holloman, Souvenirs, Little Munsch on the Prairie (PTE); Lenin’s Embalmers, Some Things You Keep (WJT); A Rez Christmas Carol (Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company).
1 and 2 (SIR); King’s Park (Moving Target Theatre Company); The Father, Lenin’s Embalmers (WJT); Kayak (Sarasvàti Productions’ FemFest); Juliet and Romeo, Doctor Faustus: A Fantasy, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, The Distance from Here (U of W); Saint Joan, The Bush Ladies (Theatre by the River); Patience, The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg). TRAINING Jessica is a graduate of the U of W Depart-
ment of Theatre and Film, majoring in Stage Management and Production.
TRAINING Sheena is a graduate of the University of
Winnipeg Department of Theatre & Film Honours Program.
Jeff Gardner Producer Jeff Gardner would like to thank all his friends and colleagues who have supported him on this Grumpy journey, most especially Bud and Thelma Negley, whose faith in his vision at the outset made this production possible. Also thanks to Team Grumpy: Neil Berg, Dan Remmes, Nick Meglin, Bill Castellino,
ARTISTS Ken Denison and the Aruba staff, who have invested so much of their talent, industry, hearts and minds. Finally, extra special thanks go to his loving wife Federica, who has put up with him through this entire mad adventure. Jeff has been a theatre professional for his entire life. From the smallest barn theatre in summer stock to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, he has produced, directed, stage managed, designed and acted with many celebrated theatrical artists such as: Jerome Robbins, George C. Wolfe, Aaron Sorkin, Howard da Silva, Richard Foreman, Colleen Dewhurst, Geraldine Page, Mandy Patinkin and Jason Alexander. Mr. Gardner learned to produce under the tutelage of Nat Habib at the Riverwest Theatre in New York, where he served as an Associate Producer from 1978 to 1984 on numerous shows, including the original production of Nite Club Confidential and the revival of Berlin to Broadway. Jeff was a founding member of the Manhattan Stage Theatre Company, which developed Removing All Doubt, the first full-length play written by Aaron Sorkin. He was an original member of the True Ensemble Theatre Company, which produced the offBroadway revival of Waiting for Lefty (1986), directed by Howard da Silva. In 1996, Gardner, with friend and mentor Robert W. Jones, produced the world premiere of Dan Remmes’ comedy Night Out at the Theatre-In-Old-Town in San Diego. (Thanks, Rob!)
Ken Denison Executive Producer Ken Denison is currently the General Manager of the upcoming Broadway productions of Stormy Weather, A Moment in Time, and the in-development Broadway-bound musical Robin and the 7 Hoods. Mr. Denison is also currently managing The Screwtape Letters, Mark’s Gospel, Almost Heaven, John Denver Holiday Concert, Dr. Zhivago, An Officer and a Gentleman and Al Jolson at the Winter Garden. His experience as a producer and general manager extends over 24 years and 250 shows, including numerous original pre-Broadway and Broadway productions. He oversaw Disney’s Tony-winning production of The Lion King in all its domestic and international markets (Broadway, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Toronto, Los Angeles, Hamburg and national tours). Mr. Denison’s producing credits include the Broadway revival of the Tony-nominated The Elephant Man, starring Billy Crudup and Rupert Graves, and Forever Plaid, the longest-running show in San Diego’s history. As a co-producer, he has been involved in the productions of Sylvia, Shear Madness, Senior Class and Gates of Heaven.
Aruba Productions General Management Aruba Productions develops, manages, produces, and licenses theatrical properties. Current productions include Stormy Weather, A Moment in Time, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Screwtape Letters, Good Ol’ Girls, Mark’s Gospel, Bingo the Musical, Brooklyn the Musical, Dr. Zhivago, An Officer and a Gentleman, His Greatness, and John Denver Theatrical Properties including Almost Heaven, Whisper the Wind and Holiday Concert.
One Dwarf LLC Producer One Dwarf llc is a theatrical production company whose members are Paul Beyersdorf, Chris Bumcrot, Jenny Butch, Jim Gardner, Ethel Gronlund, Eunice Laughlin, Stuart & Marty Malina, Michael Malina and Dion Yeldell.
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Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Ca milla Holland, MTC General Manager
Meet MTC’s New General Manager It’s not an easy task to step into General Manager Zaz Bajon’s shoes, but new Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre General Manager Camilla Holland is more than up for the challenge. A lover of theatre since childhood, Camilla has the credentials as well as the passion to lead the oldest regional theatre in North America with Artistic Director Steven Schipper. She comes to Winnipeg from Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, where she was General Manager for five seasons with Artistic Director Richard Rose. Tarragon and MTC have worked together on several co-productions over the years, including IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play, which launches the 2011/12 Tom Hendry Warehouse season. Prior to Tarragon, Camilla worked at Factory Theatre, Volcano Theatre, SummerWorks Theatre Festival and Young People’s Theatre in various fundraising, marketing and producing roles, and as a funder at the Toronto Arts Council. Currently she’s the Director of Advocacy for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. After she arrived in Winnipeg, we sat down with Camilla and talked about her career in theatre and the arts, and her vision for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. How did you get involved in theatre originally and what attracts you to the art form? I fell in love with theatregoing as a child watching plays at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto. I later worked at their drama camp and fell in love with theatre making. Whether you’re in a room with the top Canadian talent or a group of six-year-olds, the process of “making a play” is collaborative, surprising and illuminating. I also love the communal experience of theatre watching—that we, as audience, are all in the room, in the dark, listening. It’s such a diverse and malleable art form; it can entertain, or provoke, or both. You were very active in the Toronto arts community. What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?
In 2010 I co-chaired Artsvote Toronto, a non-partisan volunteer effort with individuals and organizations from across cultural industries and disciplines, and across the city, to raise the profile of the arts in the October 2010 municipal election. It was a great
community-building activity and involved such a wide range of artists—from street performers to musicians, ceramicists to poets—and it helped lay the groundwork for ArtsVote movements across the country. How do you hope MTC will evolve under your leadership?
Camilla Holland photo by Brent Phillips
I am fortunate to be inheriting from Zaz a strong company, in excellent financial and artistic shape. I look forward to working with Steven, the staff, and the Board of Trustees to build upon the history of this great company, and to ensure MTC remains at the centre of excellence in the arts in Canada, while staying true to Steven’s vision that both the stage and audience are full. Who are your favourite playwrights and favourite plays? I am a fan of Canadian voices—both established and emerging—and look forward to new works by talented playwrights such as Michael Healey, Hannah Moscovitch, Wendy Lill, Brendan Gall, Erin Shields, and many others. I harbour a secret passion for musicals, but I’m quite an omnivore in theatre—I also love big talky plays that inspire
late-night conversations. As a producer, I’m most proud of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, which Richard Rose directed to great acclaim in my first season at Tarragon and then we toured successfully to Montreal, Edmonton and Winnipeg (Tom Hendry Warehouse 2008/09), and remounted twice in Toronto. It was a beautiful and complex play that revealed something new each time I watched it. You’ve recently moved to Winnipeg. What excites you most about living here? Across the country, artists talk about Winnipeg audiences and how wonderful and welcoming they are; this is a town where people are passionate about the arts. I get a thrill every time I talk to a past or present Winnipegger—be it a neighbour, or a shopkeeper, or the car rental chap at the airport—and when I tell them that I’m going to work at MTC, they invariably say, “Oh, I love MTC, I attend most of the plays, and my favourite show was ….” My girls are most excited about the prospect of lots of snow. We’ll see if the thrill holds past March.
The staff and artists of Tarragon Theatre wish to extend their deepest appreciation and thanks to Camilla Holland, our general manager for the past five years. Camilla brought an extraordinary amount of passion, energy and commitment to her time at Tarragon, as well as provided outstanding leadership throughout some of Tarragon’s most exciting seasons. It is perfectly fitting that this co-production of In the Next Room or the vibrator play marks Camilla’s final production with Tarragon Theatre, and her first with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Camilla will be dearly missed. We wish her and her family, and our friends at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre all possible success.
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Setting the Stage That In the Next Room takes place at the dawn of electricity is hardly surprising. Medicine and electricity were intimately linked for centuries prior to the invention of modern hydro-electricity. Though ancient physicians and philosophers could not explain it, they nevertheless recognized electricity’s health benefits in a variety of forms.
Roman physician to Emperor Claudius, Scribonius Largus, prescribes: headache, even if it is chronic and unbearable, is taken away and remedied forever by a live black torpedo* placed on the spot which is in pain, until the pain ceases. *The black torpedo is an electric ray that can deliver a powerful electric shock of up to 220 volts.
Credited as one of the originators of the term “electricity,” English physician Dr. William Gilbert writes his famous work, De Magnete (On the Magnet). In it, Gilbert describes how lodestone, a naturally occurring magnet, can be used as a cure for headaches, insanity and poisoning. This treatment is considered one of the earliest uses of electricity in medicine. (Some people also believed the application of lodestone would cause an unchaste wife to fall out of her bed.) 1746
The Leyden phial is a glass jar or bottle used to accumulate electricity. Scientist Jean Jallabert records the first successful treatment of paralysis using a Leyden phial. He carefully electrifies a locksmith—who injured his arm while forging an iron bar—in order to stimulate muscle regeneration and increase blood flow.
Surgeon Albrecht Middledorf develops various electric cutting apparatuses suitable for surgery. The German doctor introduces the use of galvanocautery. As a substitute for a surgical knife, a platinum wire is placed between the poles of a powerful battery, allowing the wire to become red hot. By the 1870s, this technique is used to remove skin blemishes such as warts, moles and superfluous hair. 1880
Luigi Galvani inadvertently discovers electricity is present within animal tissue, after accidentally stimulating a nerve in a frog’s leg. Later, the term “galvanism” comes to refer to the therapeutic use of direct current electricity. 28
After more than a century of physicianadministered therapeutic massage, the electro-mechanical vibrator is patented by British physician Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville—he champions it as the latest device to treat hysteria.
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Melody A. Johnson as Sabrina Daldry and Trish Lindström as Catherine Givings scrutinize Dr. Givings’ therapeutic device in in the next room or the vibrator play. photo by cylla von tiedemann
The Cadillac of Vibrators, the Chattanooga Vibrator, becomes available at the cost of $200 plus freight charges (at the time, $200 would be half the cost of a small home). 1928
Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin radically shifts the focus of medical research away from electrical and electromagnetic devices to antibiotics and new medications.
Today, electricity and electromagnetism still play a crucial role in medicine. Life-saving devices such as the defibrillator and artificial pacemaker, as well as laser surgery, CAT scans, MRI and the electron telescope all are the legacy of these early forays into electric-powered medical treatments, which paved the way to the betterment of human health. Courtesy Tarragon Theatre
Curtain Calls trists had used the “manual treatment” before this remarkable new invention came out, at the dawn of electricity.
I have always wanted to write a costume drama. With corsets, bustles and gloves. After spending a good part of my youth reading Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë sick in bed while the other kids in my alley were playing ghost in the graveyard, I’ve always had a strange affinity for the 19th century. But I’ve also always been fascinated by what the 19th century novel did not dare show, what it pointedly left out. In the 19th century novel, no one has sex, no one goes to the bathroom, and certainly, no one uses a vibrator. But I was amazed to find, after reading Rachel Maines’ revelatory book, The Technology of Orgasm, that many women (and a few men) were treated with electric vibratory massage to ameliorate the symptoms of hysteria. What perhaps stunned me even more was that gynecologists and psychia-
The play in the next room takes this historical fact as a leaping off point—that many women (and a few men) were treated for hysteria with vibrators at the turn of the century—and moves into other terrain, as we follow the story of an enterprising and well-meaning doctor who treats hysterical women, his wife (who is terribly curious about the treatment), his patients, and the wet-nurse who cares for the couple’s new baby. Though the vibrator may have been the play’s starting point, ultimately I’m more interested in the relationships that expand around the device, and the whole notion of compartmentalization, of what goes on “in the next room”—literally, in the room next to the living room where the vibrations take place, but also in the next room of other people’s minds, and bodies. To what extent does marriage imply a “next room?” Or the relations between employers and employees—particularly, the very intimate and difficult relationship of a mother and her wet-nurse, who, tragically, lost her own child and is now nursing another’s? To what extent was there a mind/ body split in the 19th century? And are we now really any better off? Now that pornography has gone mainstream,
In the Next R oom o r the vibrator play are our bodies and minds any more integrated, in any more radically intimate way? The emotional and bodily restraint that so inhibited our forbears, and that we shrugged off in the last century, is now perhaps somewhat desirable, in the age of no privacy. Perhaps restraint will be the new daring mode, now that so many sexual barriers have been broken down. After being numb to billboards in which everything from jeans to pharmaceutical drugs are sold with sex, I sometimes long for a time when an ankle was breathtaking, a well turned calf, or the touch of a hand across a teapot. But isn’t it still true that the shared look, the glance, across the lit room, is sometimes a more terrifying and thrilling intimacy than anything that goes on in the dark? (Depending on who the company is ….) People coming to the play expecting a sexual spectacle (appropriate to the old Times Square) might be either disappointed or relieved, depending on their predilections. As the 19th century doctors were discrete, so are we—and much of the action happens under a clean white sheet. In that sense, the play is very innocent. As I wrote the play and immersed myself in 19th century personages, I was interested in their radical or willful innocence about sexuality. Innocence on the part of both the doctors and the patients. Vibrators were advertised right alongside electric kettles and irons
in publications like The Ladies Home Journal. Henry James himself was said to have gotten the treatment; one vibrator designed specially for men was called the Chattanooga. The shudder that was produced by the vibrator was called a paroxysm, not an orgasm. Whereas the Greeks and the Chinese and even the Elizabethans seem to know a great deal about how to give women orgasms, after Queen Victoria took the throne, there seemed to be a collective cultural amnesia about such things for 100 years. In the privacy of their own bedrooms, couples may have been even more inventive than we are today, without being inundated by images of what sexuality was supposed to have been. But other couples seem to have been under a dark shroud of silence. Ultimately it is the silence between people, and how they manage to shatter it, that draws me to these characters. And I think as sophisticated as we moderns are, we certainly understand silence between people—and the comedy (or tragedy) that results when two people in adjacent rooms are unable or unwilling to speak.
– Sarah Ruhl, Playwright, IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play originally written for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC), september 2010.
The cast of in the next room or the vibrator play. photo by cylla von tiedemann
Steven Schipper, Artistic Director
Camilla Holland, General Manager
Presents A co-production with
Sarah Ruhl November 3 â€“ 19, 2011
Director Set & Costume Designer Lighting Designer Composer/Sound Designer Assistant Director Assistant Sound Designer Stage Manager Apprentice Stage Manager
Richard Rose David Boechler Rebecca Picherack John Gzowski Jodi Sprung-Boyd Verne Good Kinnon Elliott Michael Duggan
The Cast (in alphabetical order)
Elizabeth Sabrina Daldry Catherine Givings Mr. Daldry Annie Dr. Givings Leo Irving
Marci T. House Melody A. Johnson Trish LindstrĂśm Ross McMillan Elizabeth Saunders Gordon Tanner Jonathan Watton
Place: A prosperous spa town outside of New York City, perhaps Saratoga Springs. Time: The dawn of the age of electricity, and after the Civil War; circa 1880s.
IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play runs approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one intermission. Original Broadway Production by Lincoln Center Theater New York City, 2009
IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play was originally commissioned and produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA Tony Taccone, Artistic Director | Susan Medak, Managing Director In the next room or the vibrator play was developed at New Dramatists In the Next room or the vibrator play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Marci T. House
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OTHER THEATRE Ruined (Obsidian Theatre Company/
OTHER THEATRE Mimi or A Poisoner’s Comedy (Tarragon);
Nightwood Theatre); Hamlet (Havana Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Blue Bridge Theatre Company); The Miracle Worker—Jessie Award (VP); Opening Doors (Elephant Theatre). FILM/TV Party of Five, The District, Arrest & Trial, Jake in Progress, The L Word, Bionic Woman, Reaper, Smallville, V, Supernatural, Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, Caprica, The Farm, Pulling, The Vampire Diaries, Facing Kate, The Playaz Court, Final Breakdown, Elegy, Sheltered Life, A Higher Form of Learning, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Playing for Keeps, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, Charlie St. Cloud, The Big Year. ET CETERA Marci will be performing in Intimate Apparel
(Arts Club) in February 2012.
Melody A. Johnson Sabrina Daldry
Exit the King, (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song, Window on Toronto, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper); Educating Rita (TA); The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cabaret, Trojan Women, The Miracle Worker (Stratford); Assassins (Talk Is Free Theatre/Birdland Theatre); All Shook Up (Theatre North West); five seasons at the Shaw Festival; Love’s Labour’s Lost (NAC); Dancing in Poppies (Grand); Mary’s Wedding (Ship’s Company Theatre); Emily (Charlottetown Festival). Upcoming: Game of Love and Chance (CS/Centaur). TRAINING Trish is a graduate of the National Theatre
School. ET CETERA Trish has received Dora nominations
for Assassins and Mimi or A Poisoner’s Comedy, and a Merritt nomination for Mary’s Wedding. She is a Founding Artist of Theatre 20. As photographer: www.trishlindstrom.com.
Ross McMillan Mr. Daldry
MTC The Glass Menagerie. OTHER THEATRE Little Mercy’s First Murder—Dora
Award, It’s All True, Well, co-creator of Mimi or A Poisoner’s Comedy (Tarragon); Miss Caledonia (Blyth Festival, Grand in 2012); I Think I Can (YPT/NAC); Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre); 7 Stories, Habeus Corpus (CS); Blithe Spirit (Soulpepper); Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Stratford); Our Town (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre); The Seven Lears, Swollen Tongues, The Piper (Necessary Angel). TV Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays. TEACHING/TRAINING Melody is an alumna of the Toronto Second City mainstage and she has directed two award-winning revues. ET CETERA Melody’s other writing credits include An
Awkward Evening with Martin and Johnson (co-written with Bob Martin). For a full list of theatre abbreviations, please Refer to legend on page 4
MTC Selected: The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, Closer, Our Country’s Good, King Lear, The Constant Wife (with Citadel). OTHER THEATRE Copenhagen (PTE); A Christmas
Carol, Present Laughter, Measure for Measure (Citadel); The Designated Mourner, Bosoms and Neglect (Persona Theatre). FILM/TV The Saddest Music in the World (Blizzard Award for Best Supporting Actor), Less Than Kind, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Foodland, We Were Children, Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story sequel. ET CETERA Ross is also an accomplished playwright,
having written The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes (Prix Manitoba 2004), Washing Spider Out, The Ingrates (Harry Rintoul Prize 2007) and The Daffodil Man (TPM 2009). Oct/Nov 2011
MTC Dancing at Lughnasa (with NAC). OTHER THEATRE The Particulars and in General
(Pyretic Productions); Dinner with Friends (TA); A Singularity of Being (Quantum Co-op); Touch the Sky (YPT); 4.48 Psychosis (Aethur of Us); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeareworks); Unless, The Stone Angel, Transit of Venus (CS); Dancing at Lughnasa, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Grand); Confederation—Dora nomination (Video Cabaret); La Bête, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Heidi Chronicles (Citadel); Stone and Ashes (Factory Theatre); Amadeus (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Doc (Globe), Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (Workshop West); four seasons at the Shaw Festival. FILM/TV Murdoch Mysteries, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, The Trojan Horse, Slings and Arrows, Amelia, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, The Boondock Saints, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, 1-800-Missing, North Shore Fish, Mrs. Turtle in the long-running cartoon Franklin the Turtle.
MTC The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard iii, The Blue Room, The Winslow Boy. OTHER THEATRE Loot, Phèdre, The Play’s the Thing
(Soulpepper); In the Wings (Theatre Passe Muraille); The Lady’s Not for Burning, Shop at Sly Corner (Shaw); The Leisure Society (c2c Theatre); Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Flea in Her Ear, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest, The Boor Hug, The Constant Wife (ATF); Load (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Nicholas Nickleby (Globe); The Bond (Gateway Theatre); Kilt (GCTC). FILM/TV Recently appeared on Covert Affairs, Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story and Republic of Doyle. As a film director, his short Last of the Snow has been selected for the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival. He was awarded a Bravofact for his next film, The Pamplemousse, shooting in Quebec City later this fall. Upcoming: Recurring characters in the series Murdoch Mysteries and Good Dog.
Sarah Ruhl Playwright
Gordon Tanner Dr. Givings
MTC Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Strong Poison, Our Town, The Retreat from Moscow, Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), A Christmas Carol, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winslow Boy (with TA), The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes. OTHER THEATRE Favourites include: Three Sisters, In
The Chamber, The Elmwood Visitation (TPM); Death of a Salesman, Lebensraum (WJT); Moonlight and Magnolias, Something Drastic (PTE); The Full Monty (Rainbow); Des Fraises en janvier, La Trappe (Le Cercle Molière); The Mousetrap (Segal); Paradise Lost (Adhere And Deny); Assassins (Dry Cold). FILM/TV Gordon has appeared in more than 20 locally shot film and television productions.
Sarah Ruhl’s most recent play, Stage Kiss, had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2011. Her plays include The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2004, finalist for Pulitzer Prize, 2005), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for best new play), Demeter in the City (nominated for nine naacp awards), Eurydice, Melancholy Play, Orlando, a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Passion Play (Kennedy Center Fourth Forum Freedom Award). Her plays have premiered at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway; off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights’ Horizons, and Second Stage; and regionally at Berkeley Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theater, Cornerstone Theater, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse and the Piven Theater Workshop in Chicago. Her plays are performed worldwide and have been translated into six languages. In 2003, she was the recipient of a Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and a Whiting Writers’ Award, a PEN/Laura Pels award, and in 2006 was
ARTISTS the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Her work is published by TCG and Samuel French, and she is a member of New Dramatists and 13P. Originally from Chicago, she lives in New York City with her family.
Karamazov; No Great Mischief (Neptune); Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors (Theatre by the Bay); Betrayal (TC); Fire (TC/Charlottetown Festival); Inexpressible Island (Savoy Theatre, London); Rising Tide Theatre; Canadian Stage. Richard is founding artistic director of Necessary Angel, 1978-2003, and is Tarragon Theatre’s Artistic Director.
ET CETERA Richard is the recipient of an honourary
doctorate from University of Thorneloe and the 2011 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
MTC Scorched, The Gist, Arcadia, The Monument, Not Wanted on the Voyage, The Glass Menagerie.
Set & Costume Designer
OTHER THEATRE Forests, The Misanthrope, Hush,
Courageous, House of Many Tongues, Another Home Invasion, Molière, Alias Godot, Democracy, Scorched, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion, Léo, Humble Boy, No Great Mischief, simpl, Remnants, Three in the Back, Two in the Head, It’s All True, Prague (Tarragon); Inexpressible Island, Seven Lears, Glenn, Coming Through Slaughter, The Europeans, The Castle, Mein, Tamara (Necessary Angel); No Great Mischief, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (GCTC); nine seasons with Stratford, including most recently The Merchant of Venice, The Brothers
MTC The Innocent Eye Test (with Mirvish), Angels in America. OTHER THEATRE Courageous, The Red Priest (Tarragon);
La Traviata (Pacific Opera); Cinderella (National Ballet/American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Centre/ Boston Ballet); quondam (Royal Swedish Ballet);
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ARTISTS Cabaret, South Pacific, My One and Only, Julius Caesar (Stratford); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Trying, Macbeth (TC); The Devil’s Disciple (Neptune); The Princess and the Handmaiden (YPT); Fire, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (CS); The Importance of Being Earnest (Soulpepper); eight seasons with the Shaw Festival, including The Man Who Came to Dinner, Diana of Dobson’s and Nothing Sacred. ET CETERA David is the winner of two Betty Mitchell
Awards, one Sterling Award and a Dora (costume design, Swollen Tongues, directed by Richard Rose).
ET CETERA John has won five Dora Awards and
been nominated for another eight. He plays jazz and folk around the world, knows the art of Foley, builds custom-designed instruments, writes for dance and television, as well as for musical acts as diverse as the Madawaska String Quartet and Autorickshaw, and constructs and installs sound sculptures. Most recently, he has been working on two solo albums, one of which will feature music written for his custom-made microtonal instruments.
Assistant Sound Designer
MTC First engagement. MTC I, Claudia. OTHER THEATRE For Tarragon: The Clockmaker,
Molière, Alias Godot, Bashir Lazar, Tom Payne, I, Claudia. Other theatres include the Blyth Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, DNA Theatre, Factory Theatre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Mirvish Productions, Native Earth, Nightwood, Nightswimming, Obsidian, Theatre Passe Muraille and Volcano Theatre. ET CETERA Rebecca also designs lighting for dance
and directs theatre with and for young people. She has received two Dora Awards.
OTHER THEATRE Communion, Forests, Scorched (Tarra-
gon); Alphonse (Theaturtle); Eurydice (The Theatre); Jesus Chrysler (Praxis Theatre); Epic of Gilgamesh (Groundwater Productions); The Red Queen Effect, Or, 9 Parts of Desire (Seventh Stage); Buried (Theatre Awakening); assistant sound designer for two seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming: sound designs for Studio 180, Seventh Stage Productions/Nightwood, Native Earth, Praxis Theatre, Hart House, Tarragon Theatre and the Stratford Festival.
MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, East of Berlin,
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, What Lies Before Us, I, Claudia. OTHER THEATRE More Fine Girls, The Fall, Private Jokes,
Public Places, Capture Me—Dora nomination, Well— Dora nomination, I, Claudia, Motel Hélène, Emphysema (A Love Story) (Tarragon); Goodness (Tarragon/ Volcano Theatre); 2 Words for Snow, Mortality—Dora nomination (Volcano Theatre); Exit The King, The Price (Soulpepper); The Clean House, It’s a Wonderful Life (CS); A Doll’s House—Dora Award, Coyote Ugly— Dora Award (DVxT Theatre); Smudge (Nightwood Theatre); Quartet with Julia Aplin—Dora Award (Froth Theatre); The Widow Judith—Dora Award (Guardian Spring Productions).
MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: The Clockmaker,
Molière (Tarragon); That Face (Nightwood Theatre/ CS); Tijuana Cure, Norway Today, Tiny Dynamite (Theatre smash); Dance of the Red Skirts (Theatre Columbus). Assistant Stage Manager: A Whistle in the Dark (Company Theatre); Hana’s Suitcase, Pobby and Dingan, Seussical – A Musical (YPT); The Comedy of Errors (CS). Apprentice Stage Manager: The Optimists, Humble Boy, Care (Tarragon); productions with Canadian Stage, Young People’s Theatre and the Shaw Festival. TRAINING Kinnon is a graduate of the Technical
Theatre Program at Ryerson University.
Michael Duggan Apprentice Stage Manager
MTC The Shunning, Brief Encounter (with VP), The Seafarer, Steel Magnolias. OTHER THEATRE H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan
Society of Winnipeg); The Barber of Seville (Manitoba Opera); Cats (Rainbow); Billy Bishop Goes to War, Saint Joan, Habitat (Theatre by the River); Three Sisters (TPM); The Brothers Grimm (U of M); Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman (U of W). TRAINING Mike is a graduate of the U of W, with a BA
(Hons.) in theatre production/stage management. ET CETERA Mike is happy to be working on back-
to-back shows at the Tom Hendry Warehouse: in the next room or the vibrator play and Mrs. Warren’s Profession.
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The cast of Gypsy
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From May 3 to 7, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) staged the musical Gypsy at the Tom Hendry Theatre. MTCâ€™s 19th Community Play would not have been possible without the partnership of the MBA and the sponsorship of PwC. The MBA/MTC Community Play is an important annual fundraiser for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. MTC is very grateful for the loyal support of the Manitoba Bar Association and its members, without whom we would not have raised more than $800,000 over the years. Presenting Sponsor
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This year, members of the Manitoba Bar Association volunteered their time and energy to share the wonderful music and passionate characters of Gypsy with enthusiastic audiences. Thank you to our talented cast of lawyers: Gail Asper, Kathrine Basarab, Melissa Beaumont, Karlee Blatz, Kalyn Bomback, James Carter, Jessica Cogan, Rachel Cogan, Bonnie Gembey, Sean Hicks, Reannah Hocken, Joan Holmstrom, Bryan Klein, David Kroft, Myong Lee, Tyler Leighton, Hayley Main, Candray Mehkary, Laure Moody, Marika Nerbas, Julia Perron, Laura Perron, Connor James Plysiuk, Amanda Sansregret, Steve Scarfone, Priti Shah, Dan Sherbo, Lyle Smordin, Neil Steen and Hana Laura Yamamoto. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre extends a heartfelt thank you to the talented cast and hardworking crew, as well as our many volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and audience members. Below: Guests enjoy a post-show reception with Gypsy cast members.
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Send in the Clowns: The Music of Stephen Sondheim Starring Len Cariou FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 I 8:00 PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 I 8:00 PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 I 2:00 PM When it comes to the legendary music and lyrics of Broadway great Stephen Sondheim, no one is more uniquely qualified than Winnipeg’s own Len Cariou! Len was the original Sweeney Todd on Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for his role in A Little Night Music which he repeated in the film version opposite Elizabeth Taylor. Len Cariou is a genuine Canadian theatre legend. We are proud to present an all-new show where you will get up close and personal to Sondheim’s classic music as never before, partnered by a terrific cast of singers from Winnipeg’s Dry Cold Productions.
Richard Lee, conductor Len Cariou, performer Dry Cold Productions
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individual giving Greg & Gloria McLaren Patricia McLaughlin Samuel McLaughlin Marilyn McMullan Donald McNabb Holly McNulty Anthony & Joyce McWha Susie Miclash Jim & Karren Middagh Mrs. M.V. Mills Mr. & Mrs. Harry Minuk Jack & Marilyn Mitchell Dr. Catherine Moltzan & Paul Brault Ron & Maureen Monson M.A. Mortimer Ms. Velma Motheral Shelley Muir Don Munro Sharon & Mel Myers Leanne Nause Connie Newman Robert Nickel Angela Noble Sheila Norrie Patrick O’Connor Terry & Karen Ogden Joanne Olchowecki Truus Oliver Dana Orr Theresa Oye Jack Palmer Harry Panaschuk Mr. James Parker Ruth Paul Rene Pelletier Carol Penner Barbara Perreault Ilene Piasta Irvin & Sandra Plosker Jim & Jeanette Popplow Donald & Connie Price Myrna Protosavage Ms. Joanne Prygrocki Ms. Linda Ratynski Margaret Rayter Joyce Rich David & Helene Riesen Don & Sherrill Roach In memory of David Robertson —Viola Robertson Renee Roseman Lottie Rosenstock Pat & Michelle Rowan Ms. Carol Runions Mrs. G. Russell Beverley Ryman Sandra Sadler Leonore M. Saunders, O.M. Ms. Velma Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Scott Jim & Susan Shaw Louise Shaw Ms. Cal Shell Dr. Maurice Shnider & Ms. Sandy Whan Izzy Shore
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In recognition of Bill MacKinnon, FCA, Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants —The Insititute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba In memory of Judge Ronald Meyer —Simone Scott In memory of David Lyle —Unitarian Church Theatre Discussion Group In memory of Dora Mae Luckhurst —Sylvia Guertin-Riley In honour of the anniversary of Marina Plett-Lyle & the late David Lyle —Jacqueline Brignall In honour of two special birthdays and a very special wedding anniversary of Marina Plett-Lyle & the late David Lyle —Margaret & Bob Ferguson. In appreciation of Steven Schipper & his direction of the cast of Les Miz —Balmoral Hall School Ryan Segal Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba In memory of Ray Senft —Richard Yaffe & John Statham In memory of Sybil Shack for the benefit of MTC —Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Shelagh Sinclair Fund —The Winnipeg Foundation In memory of Rae Tallin —Joan Carlson Leslie John Taylor Fund —The Winnipeg Foundation
TRIBUTE GIFTS Elizabeth B. Armytage Fund —The Winnipeg Foundation In memory of Babs Asper —Richard Yaffe & John Statham In memory of Anne-Marie Brownell —Dr. Ted & Margaret Cuddy, Marlene Milne, Myrna Protosavage, Roma Maconachie, Roma Maconachie, Sue & Ken Skinner In memory of Winnifred Burns —Oakenwald School In honour of Terri Cherniack —Roslyn SIlver In memory of Don Dampsy —Doneta Brotchie In honour of Robin Kersey. Thank you for everything —Sheryl Rosenberg
$900 – $1,199
Deloitte & Touche Foundation Canada The Manitoba Teachers’ Society Mitchell Fabrics Ltd.
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A.D. Rutherford & Co. Ltd. Astroid Management Ltd. Concord Projects Ltd. Intergroup Consultants Ltd. Keystone Ford Sales NAV CANADA Party Stuff/U-Rent-It Premier Printing Ltd.
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Cunningham Business Interiors Ltd. Edward Carriere HR Adworks Leon A. Brown Ltd. MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers Mid West Packaging Limited Noble Locksmith Ltd. Patill/St. James Insurance Reitmans (Canada) Limited
Thank you to those who have made a Planned Gift. Your visionary support ensures our founders’ dream will live on for generations.* Gail Aspert Marjorie & Morley Blanksteint Kerry Dangerfieldt Gary Hannaford & Cathy Rushtont Maureen E. Jay Dr. Leonard & Hope Kahane Gordon C. Keatcht Laurie Lam & Larry Desrochers† Leona J. MacDonald Barb Melnychuk Heather Power & Harold Klause Steven Schipper & Terri Cherniack†
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Assiniboine Credit Union Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. Crown Cap (1987) Ltd. Fillmore Riley LLP First Avenue Office Furnishings Manitoba’s Credit Unions Metal-Tech Industries (1989) Inc. Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited Pitblado LLP Pollard Banknote Ltd. Red River Co-operative Ltd. Winnipeg Building & Decorating Ltd.
Many thanks to the generosity of our Endowment Fund donors who gave a gift or fulfilled a pledge payment between September 1, 2010 and September 1, 2011.
$2,000,000 + Government of Canada/ Gouvernement du Canada Canadian Heritage/ Patrimone canadien
t past and current MTC board of trustees/advisory board memberS † current mtc staff * If you have remembered MTC in your will, Please let us know.
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Power Corporation of Canada
Donald Fraser & Judy Little Greystone Managed Investments Inc. Tricia & Denis Hlynka Susan & Keith Knox Rick Lee & Laurie Shapiro Gail Loewen Leona J. MacDonald Susan Millican Norma Anne Padilla Heather Pullan & Tom Frohlinger Joan Wright
$100,000 – $249,999 Morley & Marjorie Blankstein C.M.t BMO Financial Group TD Bank Financial Group $25,000 – $49,999 The late Anne-Marie Brownell CIBC Donald K. Johnson, C.M. Manitoba Hydro Arni Thorsteinson & Susan Glass
$10,000 – $24,999 Ben Moss Jewellers Birchwood Automotive Group Bonnie Cham & Lorne Bellan John F. (Jack) Frasert James R. Gibbs J.K. May Investments Ltd. Bryan Klein & Susan Halprin The Honourable Guy J. Kroft & Hester Kroftt Cam & Carole Osler Gerry & Barb Price George Sigurdson The late Norm & Patricia Stanger Anonymous
$2,500 – $4,999 Margaret Caie Rita & Don Campbell Ian Kirk† Peter & Maureen Macdonald Garry Markham Margaret & Fred Mooibroek Timothy Wildman & Kathleen Gough Dorothy Y. Young $1,000 – $2,499 F. Adams & S. Brodovsky Philip Ashdown George Baldwin Joan & Michael Baragar Cheryl Barker Larry Beeston & Anna Sikora
Dr. Douglas Birt Don & Cheryl Breakey Carol Budnick Sharon Burden† Pamela & Andrew Cooke Werner & Judy Danchura Kerry Dangerfieldt Bob & Alison Darling Esther & Hy Dashevskyt Dick & Joan Dawson Mary Dixon Helene Dyck Roberta Dyck Shannon Ernstt Michael & Lynn Evans Robert & Ginny Filuk Maurice & Dolores Francen Charlie & Bonnie Froebe John & Margaret Graham M.E. Gray In memory of Sharon Greening —Margo Foxford & Giles Bugailiskis Kari Hagness+ Barbara Hamilton Janice Harvey Gary & Maureen Hunter Thomas W. & Mary V. Kirk Soody & Orah Kleiman Myron & Marion Klysh Jack & Yetta Levit In memory of Mae MacNair
Barbara Main Terri & Jim McKerchar Gail Morberg In memory of Liam Murphy —Leigh Murphy Jean & Lisa Neron Anita & Ron Perron Marina Plett-Lyle & the late David Lyle Shelagh & Bill Powell Claude & Pat Precourt Danielle & Kieran Savaget Dr. William & Dr. Renate Schulz Jo-Anne & Ian Seymour Ruth Simkin Jennifer Skelly & Family† Adele Standil Don & Lorraine Swanson Charles R. Vandekerkhove Beverley Vane & Bill Shepherd David Walker & Debbie Shaen-Walker Margaret & Alfred Wikjord Heather & Kitch Wilson Harry & Evelyn Wray Margaret & Paul Wright Anonymous $500 – $999 Susan Algie & James Wagner Judy & Jay Anderson Jack Armstrong & Doris Quinn
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Up to $499 Edward W. & M. Joan Alexander Darla Alsip In memory of Gordon Andersen Leslie Anderson & Ken MacLeod Helen & Ignatius Anyadike Helen M. Arkos Jo-Anne Arnold Margaret & Charles Avent Armand & Judy Baccus Pamela Bachewich Peggy Bainard Acheson Linda Barth Dr. John & Karen Bate Arla Beachell Roma Bellhouse Bruce & Shelley Bertrand-Meadows Penny-Lee Blundon The Bohm Family Marnie Bolland Dr. John Bond Melanie Bourdon Garth & Judy Bradley Billy Brodovsky & Libby Yager Greg & Sylvia Brodsky Dennis Brown Gloria Brown Sharon Brown Marion Bruno G. Burge & K. England Janice Butcher Vera Butterworth Marina Caillier Beverley Cann T & J Carter Jeanetta Casselman Audrey Cassels Betty & Bruce Catchpole Arthur & Donna Chow David Christianson & Vera Steinberger Glen & Lorna Clark Nancy Clendenan Edna & Kevin Closs Katherine Cobor & Gordon Steindel Dawn Colby Christine H. Coltart Heather & Frederick Corbett Chris Cottick Anna Coulter Michael & Sandra Cox Susan Coyne & Albert Schultz Ted & Margaret Cuddy Holly Cumming Dorothy Davidson Freda L. Deane Chloe & Ron Del Bigio John Depape Michael & Allison Dixon Jeanie Dubberley Greg Edmond & Irene Groot-Koerkamp
t past and current MTC board of trustees/advisory board memberS † current mtc staff
Ken Eisner Brenda & Michael Evans Heather Ferguson Ms. D. Ferraton Lee Finch Mr. & Mrs. Gary W.E. Firth John & Clara Fjeldsted Audrey & the late Gordon Fogg Helen Fontaine Janice & Russ Foster Gitta Fricke Richard & Nancy Frost Ms. Linda Garwood-Filbert Lynne Gauld Trish Gibson Carole Giesbrecht Elisabeth Gordon Donald Graham Joyce Graham L.D. Graham Libby Greenfield Mr. J.E. Guthrie J.R. Halaiko Dr. Linda Hamilton & Cst. Grange Morrow Allan & Evelyn Hardy Reid Harrison Mrs. Audrey Hilderman Dorothy Hodgson Bernd & Tanis Hohne Celine Houde
Lorne & Marguerite How Richard & Karen Howell Jeff & Terry Hurtig Phyllis Ilavsky Joanne Instance Lesley Iredale Elizabeth E. Jackson Dr. & Mrs. James C. Jamieson Heather Janik Jordan Janisse & Teresa Cooper Sylvia Jansen Rhea & Dave Jenkinson Wayne & Donalda Johnson Marilyn Juvonen Ausma Kaktins Mrs. Adrienne Katz Penny Kelly Susan Ketchen M.J. King David Kinsley Dawn Kirbyson Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kisil Peter Kohut Albert Krahn Rena Kroeker L. Lam & L. Desrochers† In memory of David Landy —Edith Landy Mrs. I. Lee Gloria Lemke David & Sherrill Levene
individual giving Simon S. Lucy & Leslie Malcolmson Gail MacAulay & Kevin Rollason Allison MacHutchon Allan & Joanne Malenko Nick Martin & Dr. Evelyn Ferguson Gerry & Corinne McCallum Donald McCarthy Pamela A. McKechnie Dr. Liz McKenzie Mr. & Mrs. Quinton McNaught Barbara McNeill Holly McNulty Walter & Marilyn Melnyk Roy & Sharon Millard Marlene Milne Nancy & Bill Mitchell Marcel & Louise Mollot Mary Jean Moniuk Linda Moore Marlene A. Mortimer Judy Naaykens Ken & Jane Nattrass Mr. & Mrs. V. & M. Nelson Glenn & Neva Nicholls Vivienne Nickerson Esther Nisenholt Doris Mae Oulton & Cam Mackie James E. Parker Robb Paterson† Mr. & Mrs. Robert Patrick Leanne Peleck
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Peggy Phillips Donna Plant Keith Powls M. Lois Powne† Joanne Prygrocki Ron & Sylvia Pryhitko Diana & Bryan Purdy Jake & Patricia Reimer Henry & Sheila Riendeau David & Helene Riesen Elaine Roznatoski John S. Russell Michael T. Ruta F.E. Sanderson Grant & Janet Saunders Anita Savage Ivor & Lorna Schledewitz Adolph & Diane Schurek Mr. Hartley Schwark Douglas & Wendy Scott Faye Scott Jim & Susan Shaw Joyce Shead Bryce & Jenna Simes Howard & Sue Simpson M.A. Skaftfeld David Skinner Leslie Slaney Emily Sleeman J. Smyth David Stacey
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TRIBUTE GIFTS In honour of Laurie Lam & Ben Wiebe for their presentations to the Unitarian Church Theatre Discussion Group —Marina Plett-Lyle & the late David Lyle In memory of Dora Luckhurst —Geoff & Margie Luckhurst, Barbara Hamilton & Jim Smith, Dossie Harrison, Kevin & Els Kavanagh, Lee & Carol MacKenzie In memory of Myrna-Lou McGregor —Marina Plett-Lyle & the late David Lyle, Unitarian Church Theatre Discussion Group In memory of Heather Elizabeth Roylance —Leona MacDonald
D I R E C T O R
The ImprovIsed shakespeare Company presents
Nov. 18–25, 2011 a fully improvised shakespearean play! “Downright hilarious… staggeringly brilliant!” —TimeOut Chicago
Feb. 24–25, 2012 "Rick Miller's impersonation of the entire cast of The Simpsons doing Macbeth is both hilarious & awe-inspiring!" —The London Independent
Tickets $14.25 | Evening Performances TICkeTs: 942-8898 or mTyp.Ca
Rick MilleR. PhoTo by Michael cooPeR
Will you answer the call? “Got to be in the know, think out of the box. Gotta be ready when opportunity knocks.” – Grumpy Old Men: The Musical Opportunity comes knocking for Max and John in Grumpy Old Men: The Musical in the form of a beautiful and alluring new neighbour. And it’s about time, certainly for John Gustafson, who seems overwhelmed with so many of life’s problems. He’s involved in a long-standing feud with his neighbour Max Goldman, his daughter’s marriage is on the rocks and the government is after him for income tax money—enough to make anyone a tad grumpy. At the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, we have absolutely no reason to be grumpy. On the heels of a “royally” successful year in 2010/11, we anticipate a wonderful season at both the John Hirsch and Tom Hendry theatres. And while poor John Gustafson fears losing money to the government, opportunity knocks for MTC through the generous matching grant program from the Canada Cultural Investment Fund that provides up to $1 for every dollar donated before the November 30 deadline. Currently, the Endowment Fund sits at nearly $12,000,000 and grows with each new gift. Thanks to donors and the matching grant from the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, MTC’s Endowment Fund produced more than $490,000 last season in invested income that went directly into creating the art you see on our two stages. The Endowment Fund capital is never used, but the annual interest provides much-needed funds to ensure that MTC enjoys the freedom to hire more actors, to produce plays that are artistically rewarding and technically ambitious, to offer accessible ticket prices and to balance our budgets for generations to come. The matching grant is your (and our) opportunity knocking: a chance to increase the value of your gift to MTC and to contribute to the longterm financial security of Manitoba’s flagship theatre. More than 3,700 donors have made a
donation to the Endowment Fund since its inception—nearly 400 this past year—and we are so grateful for each and every expression of support. Founders John Hirsch and Tom Hendry shared an extraordinary vision for MTC and your gift helps us preserve their legacy by continuing to build the Fund. Please make a gift to the Endowment Fund before the matching deadline of November 30. Seize the opportunity today.
To support the Endowment Fund, please contact Garth Johnson at 956-1340 ext. 240 or visit www.mtc.mb.ca. Pledge forms are also available in the lobby.
Education & Outreach
Theatre for Young Audiences & MTC Study Guides Sponsored by
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As a new school year begins, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre welcomes the opportunity to enrich students’ lives through the power of theatre. Every season, MTC offers matinees to selected productions especially for school groups. Our Theatre for Young Audiences student-only matinees are offered at special performance times to accommodate school schedules. Each matinee is followed by a talkback: a post-show questionand-answer session with the cast, where audience members can inquire about the production, the play, life in the theatre and more! This season, we are offering six student-only matinees in November for our production of Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to the generous support of Great-West Life, MTC is able to offer student tickets at the affordable price of $14 (including taxes). Teachers are offered one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 20 student tickets. MTC also provides online study guides for each of our John Hirsch Mainstage productions to assist teachers in preparing their students for theatre
visits. Study guides are tailored to each production, and include resources such as pre- and postperformance classroom activities and discussion questions, background information and glossaries. Did you know study guides are useful reference tools for adults? One of our patrons wrote recently, “The study guide is so very valuable to me! It makes me understand and appreciate a play.” To enrich your theatrical experience, visit www.mtc.mb.ca/studyguides for the most current guides. Thank you to the educators and administrators of the schools who participate, and to Great-West Life for helping us share live theatre with Manitoba’s youth!
To learn more, visit www.mtc.mb.ca/outreach.
New for 2011/12, MTC is offering 100% original study guides, created by working and retired teachers and field experts! 48
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Behind the scen es Honorary Members
His Honour, Lt. Governor Philip S. Lee The Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba His Worship, Mayor Sam Katz
Sharon Burden, Accounting Yvonne O’Connor, Accounting Shelley Stroski, Controller
Gary Hannaford, FCA, Chair Kerry Dangerfield, chair-elect/chair, community relations Patrick Green, Treasurer David Carefoot, Assistant Treasurer Anthony C. Fletcher, LLP, Secretary Robert Eastwood, chair, resource development Shannon Ernst, Chair, Operational Performance Jim McLandress, Chair, Governance & Strategic Planning
Brian Adolph, IT Manager Zaz Bajon, General Manager Emeritus Jennifer Cheslock, Interim outreach coordinator Camilla Holland, General Manager Daphne MacMillan, Administrative Secretary Debbie Neufeld, Reception/Marketing Assistant Alan Waite, Assistant General Manager
Laura Enns, Bookkeeper/Assistant Ian Kirk, Assistant Technical Director Laura Lindeblom, Assistant Production Manager Rick MacPherson, Technical Director, Tom Hendry Theatre Russell Martin, Production Manager Benjamin Ross, Technical Director, John Hirsch Theatre
Trustees David Atkins Brenlee Carrington Trepel David Christie Derrick Coupland Sandy Gousseau Debbie Gray Jeff Lamothe Bruce Leslie Michelle Weinberg Rick Workman Richard Yaffe, LLP Brenda Zaporzan
Advisory Council Lawrence Prout, Chair Gail Asper Morley Blankstein Doneta Brotchie Angus Campbell Albert D. Cohen Gerry Couture Hy Dashevsky Glen Dyrda, FCA John F. Fraser Jean Giguere Charron Hamilton Yude Henteleff Ken Houssin Gordon Keatch Colin R. MacArthur, QC Patrick J. Matthews Claire W. Miller Jeffrey Morton, FCA Hon. Jack Murta Lillian Neaman Shelley Nimchonok Andrew Ogaranko, QC James Pappas John Petersmeyer Jeff Quinton Patricia Rabson Margaret Redmond Susan Skinner Al Snyder Maureen Watchorn
Artistic Jeff Kennedy, Wordplay Coordinator Laurie Lam, Producer Robb Paterson, Associate Artistic Director Steven Schipper, Artistic Director Casey Shapira, Literary Apprentice* Melinda Tallin, Artistic Coordinator
Carpentry Louis Gagné, Layout Carpenter Ray Galinaitis, Carpenter Chris Hadley, Carpenter Brent Letain, Master Carpenter Chris Seida, Scenic Carpenter Lloyd Thomas, Carpenter
Communications Sue Caughlin, Marketing & Communications Manager Doowah Design, Design Bruce Monk, Photographer Brent Phillips, Director of Marketing & Communications Mark Saunders, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Teri Stevens, Publicist & online media coordinator
Development Kristine Betker, Director of Fund Development Garth Johnson, Major, individual & planned Giving Officer Michael Joyal, Development Assistant Stephanie Lambert, Special & Donor Events Coordinator
John Hirsch Theatre Front-of-House Deborah Gay-de Vries, Front-of-House Manager Kim Cossette, Assistant House Manager Jonny Hall, Elfie Harvey, Kelsey Johnson, Sherri Kostecki, Tia Levine, Robyn Milligan, Rachael Neal, Jessica Olson, Amariah Peterson, Angela Rajfur, Jennifer Schmidt, Caroline Shields, Cristin Sinclair, Kevin Stroski, Phyllis Van Drunen, Rita Vande Vyvere, Chelsea Zacharias, Derek Zorniak
Stage Crew Doug Antoine, Stage Crew Arlo C. Bates, Stage Crew John Bent Jr., Head of Sound Laurie Carpenter, Dresser Rob Eunson, Stage Crew Ray Galinaitis, Stage Crew Hart Greenberg, Head Carpenter Alanna Holder-Riches, Dresser Ray Lemieux, Stage Crew Joan Lees-Miller, Head of Wardrobe Kayla McSwain, Dresser Frank Palmer, Stage Crew Claude Robert, Head Electrician John Tomiuk, House Stage Hand Martin Williams, Stage Crew Michael Wright, Head of Sound
Tele-Sales Representative Sandra Rubin
Tom Hendry Theatre Randy Harder, Head Electrician Rick MacPherson, Technical Director Alison Nutt, Head Carpenter Greg Wood, Head of Sound Michael Wright, Head of Sound
Tom Hendry Theatre Front-of-House Kim Cossette, Front-of-House Manager Scott Tweedy, Assistant House Manager Phyllis Hildebrand, Pam Neal, Cristin Sinclair
Andrew Drinnan, Building Superintendent Chris Fletcher, Assistant Building Superintendent
Susan Groff, Head Scenic Artist Lawrence Van Went, Scenic Artist assisted by: Kim Hamin, Kayla McSwain, Becky Oost, Michael Powell
Laurie Fletcher, Patron Services Office Manager Melanie Sexton, Ticketing Services Director Jennifer Skelly, Tessitura Application Coordinator Patron Services Representatives: Katie Adamson, Natercia Doucet, Frances Koncan, Nitsa Ortman, Tori Popp, Michaela Porter, Ali Robson
Peter Baureiss, Properties Builder/Buyer Larry Demedash, Senior Properties Builder Kari Hagness, Head of Properties Andrew Luczenczyn, Properties Apprentice* James Sutherland, Properties Builder
Amanda Isaac, sewer Norma LaChance, Sewer Thora Lamont, Cutter Barb Mackenzie, Sewer Lorraine O’Leary, Head of Wardrobe Lois Powne, First Hand Jackie Van Winkle, Buyer/Accessories Iris Wood, Sewer
Patron Services Office
Beverly Covert, Wigs & Makeup Supervisor
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival & Master Playwright Festival Chuck McEwen, Executive Producer Rob Ring, Interim Festival Director
*Position Funded through the Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair theatre Apprenticeship Program
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