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Vol 20 No 5 | mar/apr 2013

From the Tony and Olivier Award-Winning Director of Les MisĂŠrables and Nicholas Nickleby and the creators of Jane Eyre

Music & Lyrics by

Paul Gordon Book by

John Caird Based on the novel by

Jean Webster

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Jerusha Abbott is the oldest girl in the orphanage, a young woman on the brink of entering an adult world without money or training or love. And then

Karnak,” the now-deceased members of the Saint Cassian Chamber Choir are mounting a raucous post-mortem musical celebration of what might have been.

a miracle: an offer of help from an anonymous

These plays remind us that fate can derail a life

stranger, someone she names Daddy Long Legs.

or set us on a course for happiness. Every day,

He does not save her (she’ll have to do that for

we choose to ride a metaphorical cyclone or take

herself) but he does give her (and us) hope that

a stranger up on an offer, never knowing which

all her intelligence and spirit may not be lost.

decision might bring redemption or ruin. The only

It is a classic coming-of-age story, one many of you will have read when you yourself were young and wondering how you would ever navigate your

choice we really have is whether we embrace life, in all its maddening unpredictability, or struggle against the inevitable.

way into the churning waters of adulthood. Such tales comfort and inspire us: if Jerusha can find

Yours always,

her way, then surely each of us will be able to make the most of what little we’ve been given. But only if we manage to stay alive. The six young characters in Ride the Cyclone are, like Jerusha, balanced precariously on the brink of maturity when they make the unfortunate decision to step right up and try their luck on an ill-fated amusement park ride. Before you can say “the Amazing MAR/APR 2013

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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 le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 154 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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setting the stage Orphanages in the Early 20th Century by Jennifer Bazzell

Megan McGinnis as Jerusha (above) and Robert Adelman Hancock as Jervis (opposite) in Daddy Long Legs. Photos by Jeanne Tanner

THE MANY FACES OF DADDY LONG LEGS The novel Daddy Long Legs was first published by Jean Webster in 1912, aimed at a readership of young women, or “college girls.” In the past century, the book about orphan Jerusha and the mysterious benefactor who sends her to college has been used as raw material for a variety of stage, film and television adaptations.

Jerusha Abbott

of Daddy Long Legs is a young woman growing up in an orphanage in the early part of the twentieth century. At that time, the orphanage system in the United States was a firmly entrenched part of society. As opposed to today, where the preference is to put abandoned children into homes through foster care, historians estimate that in 1900 there were approximately 1,000 orphanages across the country, providing for 100,000 children. Life in an orphanage often came with many difficulties. Such institutions were often modelled on a belief that isolating “problem” people from the general public was beneficial to the individual in question, as well as a way to protect society. Some of the children in orphanages were not true orphans in any sense of the word: their parents were very much alive, but often suffered from a variety of poverty or sanitation-related issues that wreaked havoc on the lives of many people in the lower social strata of the day. Entrenchment in poverty or tuberculosis and other contagious diseases sometimes compelled parents to face a horrible choice: life on the streets with their children, sending their children to a workhouse or hoping for the best with an orphanage. Once placed in an orphanage, many children faced a regimented lifestyle that could include marching drills, strict discipline and rigorous chores and responsibilities. Throughout Daddy Long Legs, Jerusha expresses concern over her status

1952 1935 1919

Mary Pickford stars in a silent film adaptation of Daddy Long Legs, which seems to be more melodramatic than the original novel (beginning with the discovery of baby Jerusha in a trash can). As a college student, Jerusha writes a novel and the income allows her to repay her benefactor. 8

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1931

Janet Gaynor portrays Jerusha in a musical film adaptation that sticks fairly close to the original story. One of the adaptors is Broadway playwright and popular Hollywood screenwriter S.N. Behrman.

The story of Daddy Long Legs becomes the basis of a musical for Shirley Temple – the enormously popular Curly Top. Jerusha Abbott is renamed Elizabeth Blair. Because Shirley Temple is much younger than the main character of Jean Webster’s original story, an older sister, Mary Blair, is added so there is a romantic plotline.

1938

The story moved to The Netherlands in the fourth film adaptation, where Jerusha Abbott becomes Judy Aalders and the benefactor, Jervis Pendleton, is translated to Albert van Woudenberg.

The first musical adaptation for the stage appears under the title Love from Judy. While this adaptation sticks to the basic plot, it adds two other pairs of lovers, an older and oftmarried confidante and an African-American character named Claudette. The music was written by Hugh Martin, who also composed Best Foot Forward, High Spirits and the film Meet Me in St. Louis.

Adapted from an article by Jennifer Bazzell


daddy long legs

as an orphan and keeps it secret from her classmates. During the time period in which Daddy Long Legs was written, the Eugenics Movement was taking place, which had a profound effect on the perception of orphans. Many respected people and even scientists of the day believed that orphans were more likely to suffer from “bad blood” than other children. Influential individuals of the day cautioned would-be adoptive parents from considering a child whose parentage was either unknown or in some way “defective.” Such social crusaders created a situation where children in orphanages faced a difficult task of finding a permanent home. The strikes against them were based solely on the fact that they were in an orphanage in the first place. When she wrote Daddy Long Legs, Jean Webster was involved in a movement for orphanage reform. Progressives of the age encountered many social ills with which they took issue, but abandoned children proved the most emotional rallying call. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt called for a conference on the care of “dependent children.” He also announced his belief that homes were the best place to raise children. Orphanages, already out of favour, continued to decline in status, as society moved more and more away from the idea of the institutional raising of children to home-based solutions.

Famous Orphans Nelson Mandela Eleanor Roosevelt Malcolm X Edward Albee Edgar Allan Poe J.R.R. Tolkien Leo Tolstoy Louis Armstrong John Lennon Marilyn Monroe Babe Ruth Steve Jobs Ray Charles

Little Orphan Annie Anne of Green Gables Batman & Robin Superman Harry Potter James Bond Sookie Stackhouse Tom Sawyer Spider-man Punky Brewster Pollyanna Wolverine Tarzan

Reprinted with permission from Arizona Theatre Company

2005 1955

Perhaps the most famous film adaptation is the musical starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, with music and lyrics by John Mercer. This version takes a lot of liberties with the original story. The setting is moved to an orphanage in Paris. Astaire, as the mysterious Jervis Pendleton, has a chance encounter with orphan Julie Andre and decides to send her to school in New England. As in the original, Julie is required to write letters to her unknown benefactor.

1990

Daddy Long Legs crosses the ocean to become a Japanese anime television series. Again, it sticks quite closely to the original story, covering three years of Judy (Jerusha) Abbott’s life over 40 episodes.

Reprinted with permission from Arizona Theatre Company

The most recent film adaptation is a Korean film, which uses the basic premise but changes much of the structure of the original story. It sticks with the idea of a young woman helped through school by an unknown benefactor but then the orphan discovers that her patron is the young librarian at the television station where she works. He was in love with her at university but lost his memory from a fatal disease. The two fall in love again and spend as much time together as possible before his ultimate demise.

2009–2013

Rubicon Theatre Company, TheatreWorks and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park join forces to develop and produce a new two-person musical based on the book. Written and directed by Tony and Olivier Awardwinner John Caird and composed by Tony nominee Paul Gordon, the show tours the United States before making a move to the West End in London in 2012. In 2013, the musical makes its Canadian debut at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. MAR/APR 2013

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Curtain Calls

Daddy Long Legs Director’s Notes

Daddy Long Legs actors Robert Adelman Hancock and Megan McGinnis with director John Caird.

but it takes her on an extraordinary voyage of intellectual and emotional discovery that mirrors her creator’s own journey in life. Daddy Long Legs author Jean Webster grew up in a privileged East Coast family, cushioned from the hardships that she put her heroine through – but it was her education at Vassar College in New York that made her aware of the terrible inequality between rich and poor, between men and women, between the educated and the ignorant, that so characterised American life in the early 20th century. By showing how an intelligent and imaginative young woman can grow, against all the odds, from an impoverished and potentially embittered orphan into a happy and successful young woman, Jean Webster also proposes that the journey has to be made in the opposite direction by those who are born into any kind of privilege.

by John Caird I am very happy to be returning to Winnipeg for the Canadian premiere of Daddy Long Legs. It’s been a long time since my last visit in 1950. I was two years old and accompanying my parents, as one does at that age, while they moved from Edmonton where I was born, to Montreal where we were to live for the next eight years.

I don’t remember anything more about that trip. I must have slept all the way through Ontario. But how prophetic my infant thoughts proved to be – for here I am back in Winnipeg just as I dreamed I would be! Daddy Long Legs is all about a journey. Jerusha Abbott’s story doesn’t begin quite as early as mine, and doesn’t involve so many miles of track, 10

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Jean Webster has an association of her own with Canada that is both amusing and sad to contemplate. In another echo of her heroine’s predicament in Daddy Long Legs, Webster was for many years in love with a lawyer friend of her family’s who was unfortunately already married. In 1915, he was granted a divorce and Webster was able to marry him. They honeymooned in a remote cabin in the Quebec countryside, where they were visited by former president Theodore Roosevelt, who invited himself to gatecrash the honeymoon, saying, “I’ve always wanted to meet Jean Webster. We can put up a partition in the cabin.” History does not relate how the shared honeymoon worked out, but a year later Jean Webster died of childbirth fever at the age of 39, leaving behind a healthy baby daughter, ‘Little Jean,’ and a remarkable legacy of literary and charitable works that challenged the conventional political assumptions of the time and remain an important contribution to the battle for women’s and orphans’ rights to this day.

photo by Tim Fuller/Arizona Theatre Company

I vividly recall looking out of the window as we pulled out of Union Station and thinking: “I’ll be back one day. When I’ve grown up and become a theatre director, I shall write a musical adaptation of a charming epistolary novel and celebrate its Canadian premiere at a theatre yet to be founded in this beautiful city.”

Only by understanding the true power of charity, and the abiding necessity to help those amongst us who are powerless to help themselves, can we aspire to be human. Only by understanding the talents and needs of others can we earn the right to share in their journeys, to commiserate their failures and to delight in their triumphs.


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Presents

From the Tony and Olivier Award-Winning Director of Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby and the Creators of Jane Eyre

Paul Gordon John Caird Jean Webster

Music and Lyrics by book by

Based on the Novel by

Produced by RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY, CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK, THE GEM THEATRE, NORTHLIGHT THEATRE, SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE, THEATREWORKS, DAVID ELZER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MICHAEL JACKOWITZ

March 14 – April 6, 2013

Director John Caird Music Director Julie McBride Music Supervisor/Orchestrator Brad Haak Additional Orchestrations Paul Gordon Set & Costume Designer David Farley Lighting Designer Paul Toben Assistant Lighting Designer Daniel O’Brien Prop Supervisor T. Theresa Scarano Casting Tara Rubin Casting Additional Arrangements Laura Bergquist Production Manager/Production Stage Manager Christina M. Burck Assistant Stage Manager Sandra McEwing The Cast (in alphabetical order)

Jervis Pendleton Robert Adelman Hancock Jerusha Abbott Megan McGinnis

setting

New England, the first decade of the 20th century.

Daddy Long Legs is performed with one intermission. For booking or licensing information about Daddy Long Legs, please contact: Michael Jackowitz: 917-701-3303 | michaeljackowitz@aol.com or Karyl Lynn Burns: 805-407-7797 | klburns1@aol.com

Daddy Long Legs was developed in the Ann Deal/Fashion Forms® Plays-in-Progress Series at Rubicon Theatre in the summer of 2007. The Scenic, Lighting and Costume Designers of this production are members of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, the professional union for designers and scenic painters for the American theatre. The actors and stage manager are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers in the United States. SPECIAL THANKS: SANDRA & JORDAN LABY (SAN BUENAVENTURA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS), BARBARA MEISTER (BARBER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP), ELISE & BILL KEARNEY, SHELLEY & RICK BAYER, BECKY HARMON & ANN DEAL (FASHION FORMS®)

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Musical Numbers Act I

The Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home Who is This Man? Mr. Girl Hater She Thinks I’m Old Like Other Girls Freshman Year Studies Things I Didn’t Know What Does She Mean by Love? I’m a Beast When Shall We Meet? The Color of Your Eyes Like Other Girls (Reprise) Lock Willow The Secret of Happiness The Color of Your Eyes (Reprise)

Sophomore Year Studies Girl in the Window Display I Couldn’t Know Someone Less The Man I’ll Never Be The Secret of Happiness (Reprise) Christmas in Manhattan Humble Pie Graduation Day Charity I Have Torn You from My Heart I’m a Beast (Reprise) All This Time

Keyboard/Conductor Violin Bass Drums Guitar Cello Contractor

Jerusha Jerusha Jerusha/Jervis Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jervis Jerusha Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jerusha Jerusha/Jervis

Act II

Jerusha/Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jerusha Jervis Jervis/Jerusha Jerusha Jervis Jerusha/Jervis Jervis Jerusha Jervis Jerusha/Jervis

Musicians

Julie McBride Louise Pauls John Ervin Rob Siwik Ariel Posen Karin Erhardt Dave Lawton

Daddy Long Legs original cast CDs signed by the composer are available for purchase in the lobby before the show and at intermission. Please be sure to turn off your cell phones, digital watches and any device that may interrupt the performance. For the safety of the actors and in accordance with the rules of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, the use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of any photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.

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ARTISTS

Robert Adelman Hancock

Jean Webster

Jervis Pendleton

Author

MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Created the role of Jervis in Daddy

Long Legs (St. James Theatre – London, Rubicon Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Cincinnati Playhouse, Northlight Theatre, Cleveland Play House, La Mirada Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, et al.); Mamma Mia! (North American tour); US regional and NYC theatre credits include James Joyce’s The Dead, The Fantasticks, Hair, Route 66, Forever Plaid, A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, COLLEGE The Musical. Upcoming: Love’s Labour’s Lost and Anything Goes for Utah Shakespeare Festival. FILM/TV Royal Pains, True Blood, Guiding Light.

Jean Webster was born Alice Jane Chandler Webster in Fredonia, New York in 1876. She was the greatniece of Mark Twain and the daughter of publisher Charles Webster. She changed her name to Jean after becoming roommates with another Alice at the Lady Jane Grey school. In 1897 at the age of 21, she entered Vassar College and majored in English. Webster wrote eight novels in her lifetime and the first, When Patty Went to College, was published in 1903. Her final novel was titled Dear Enemy, a sequel to her most popular book, Daddy Long Legs. Webster was married to Glen Ford McKinney in 1915 and she gave birth to their daughter Jean Webster McKinney in 1916. Shortly after her daughter was born, Webster died of complications from childbirth at the age of 39.

TRAINING University of Tennessee. ET CETERA Soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic

Orchestra; Associate Artist with the Music Theatre Company of Chicago; Original cast recording of Daddy Long Legs. www.robhancock.com

John Caird Playwright/Director

Megan McGinnis Jerusha Abbott

OTHER THEATRE Originated the role of Jerusha

and has performed Daddy Long Legs in London and at numerous regional US theatres, garnering an LA Ovation Award and Chicago Jeff nomination. Broadway credits include: Éponine in the revival of Les Misérables, Beth March in Little Women, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Parade and The Diary of Anne Frank. US tours: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Leisl in The Sound of Music and Lily in James Joyce’s The Dead. FILM/TV Dear John, Sister, Sister, Wings, Blossom,

Anywhere But Here, A Goofy Movie. TRAINING BA in English, Columbia University.

John is an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Principal Guest Director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. His work in Canada has included Jane Eyre at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and Don Carlos at the Canadian Opera Company, while his production of Les Misérables has toured extensively around Canada at various times in the last 25 years. He will return to COC this autumn to direct a new production of La Bohème. Theatre Craft, his book about directing plays and musicals, was published by Faber & Faber in 2010. For more information about John’s career, go to johncaird.com.

ET CETERA Original cast recordings include Daddy

Long Legs, Little Women, Parade, and Sutton Foster’s album Wish, singing the duet “Flight.”

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For a full list of theatre abbreviations, please Refer to legend on page 4

John Caird photo by Mark Kitaoka

MTC First appearance.

Born in Edmonton and raised for the first eight years of his life in Montreal, John Caird is a freelance director and writer working in theatre, opera and musical theatre all over the world.


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Brad Haak

Composer & Lyricist/ Additional Orchestrations

Music Supervisor/ Orchestrator

Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical Jane Eyre, directed by John Caird and Scott Schwartz. He won a 2009 Ovation Award for his score to Daddy Long Legs and won the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his book to the musical Emma. Daddy Long Legs, written with John Caird, had its first production at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California in the fall of 2009, winning three Ovation Awards. The production has since gone on to play numerous theatres across the country. His other works include Analog and Vinyl, Death: The Musical, Being Earnest, The Sportswriter and Little Miss Scrooge. For more information, please visit www.paulgordonmusic.com.

Julie McBride Music Director

OTHER THEATRE Music Director for Mary Poppins,

Elton John’s Lestat, Chance and Chemistry – A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser (featuring Sir Paul McCartney), orchestrations for Children and Art – A 75th Birthday Celebration of Stephen Sondheim, pianist for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Broadway). As music supervisor and orchestrator for composer Paul Gordon: Jane Austen’s Emma (Old Globe Theater, Arizona Theatre Co.); Jane Eyre (Tokyo); Little Miss Scrooge (Rubicon). Other credits: Assistant Conductor for first US tour of The Lion King; Music Director for Follies – Joseph Jefferson Award for Music Direction; Sunday in the Park with George (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). International credits: Daddy Long Legs (West End); Honk! (Singapore, Manila). Orchestrator for New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. TRAINING Graduate of Northwestern University. ET CETERA www.HaakMusic.com

MTC First engagement.

David Farley

OTHER THEATRE Broadway and other NY credits

Set & Costume Designer

include: American Idiot, Next to Normal, In the Heights, The Addams Family, The Lion King, CHIX 6 (Queens Theatre in the Park); Altar Boyz (Westchester Broadway Theatre); The Happy Elf (with Harry Connick, Jr.); Judas and Me (NYMF); Pride and Prejudice (Eastman Theatre). Regional credits include: Daddy Long Legs (Northlight Theatre, La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Skylight Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, PCPA, St. Louis Rep); Emma (Arizona Theatre Company); Unknown Soldier (Huntington Theatre); Suprema (O’Neill Music Theatre Conference); Room 16 (Goodspeed); Tales from the Bad Years (TheatreWorks Palo Alto). TRAINING/TEACHING Julie holds degrees from the

Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music and the Mannes College of Music. She has served on the faculties of Syracuse University’s Tepper Program and The Juilliard School (Drama Division, MAP).

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MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Broadway: A Little Night Music, 13,

Sunday in the Park with George (Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Set Design with Timothy Bird, Tony Award nominations for sets and costumes, Outer Critics’ Circle Award nomination for costumes). West End: Daddy Long Legs, A Little Night Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Sunday in the Park with George (Olivier Award for Best Set Design – with Timothy Bird). Other theatre: Take Flight, Travesties, Are You There, McPhee? (McCarter Theater); Kiss Me Kate (Stratford); La Cage Aux Folles (set), Terrible Advice, Aspects of Love, Take Flight, The Last Five Years (Chocolate Factory); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (Stockholm); The Rocky Horror Show (Europe); tick, tick… BOOM! (Chocolate Factory/Rubicon/Westport); Macbeth (Sheffield/Japan).


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Paul Toben

T. Theresa Scarano

Lighting Designer

Prop Supervisor

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Recent New York credits include:

The Story of My Life (Broadway); The Judy Show (DR2); Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project); Electra in a One-Piece, The Realm (The Wild Project); Futurity (HERE Arts Center); Romeo and Juliet (Columbia Stages). Regionally, Paul’s work has been seen at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, TheatreWorks, Northlight, Theatre by the Sea and Flat Rock Playhouse, among others. Paul spent three seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, including designs of Caravan Man and Demon Dreams. Paul has served as Associate Designer for Anything Goes, Everyday Rapture, Bye Bye Birdie, Sunday in the Park with George and Pal Joey (Broadway); Play Dead (New York, Las Vegas); and for US tours of Spring Awakening, A Bronx Tale and Annie. www.paultoben.com

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Theresa’s 25-year career includes

stage managing, designing and building for theatre and dance. She served as Scenery Warehouse Manager and Prop Master for San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, Scenery Rental Manager for Santa Barbara CLO and Director of Operations for The Set Company. More recently, she has worked with Reprise Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre Company, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Theatre 150, Opera Santa Barbara, The Welk Resort, CLO of South Bay Cities and Universal Studios Hollywood (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and Prop Master for Grinchmas). TEACHING Originator of Riverside County Juvenile

Hall’s theatre program.

Daniel O’Brien Assistant Lighting Designer

ET CETERA Theresa has designed props and set

dressing for more than 50 shows at the Rubicon. A native of Roswell, New Mexico, she lives in southern California.

Christina M. Burck Production Manager/ Production Stage Manager

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Lighting Designer: Hope, Music

with a View, Aluminum Nights, Milk Carton Molly (Off-Broadway); Tarabulous (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Assistant Lighting Designer: The Elephant Man, The Importance of Being Earnest (Williamstown Theatre Festival); It’s Jewdy’s Show, Project: LOHAN (Off-Broadway). ET CETERA Based in New York, Daniel is thrilled to

be making his Winnipeg debut – his seventh city with Daddy Long Legs. Daniel believes he has finally “discovered the secret of happiness is…” the people who support you, therefore he would like to express his gratitude to the DLL team. He would also like to thank Deborah, Hazel, Lisa, Cooper and all of his friends and family for their love and support. For more of Daniel’s work, see danieljobrien.com.

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MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Production Manager/Stage

Manager: The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman (Rubicon, Off-Broadway). Stage Manager: Little Miss Scrooge, Spit Like a Big Girl, A Time for Love, The Turn of the Screw, Mating Dance of the Werewolf, BeckettFest (Rubicon); Diva on the Verge starring Julia Migenes and The Cherry Orchard starring Alfred Molina (Odyssey Theatre). ET CETERA Christina has served as Production Man-

ager at Rubicon Theatre Company for the past eight years. In addition to production managing their main stage season, she has served as Production Manager for Daddy Long Legs at various theatres across the US and in London.


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Sandra McEwing Assistant Stage Manager

MTC Red (with Belfry), Romeo and Juliet, The 39

Steps, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish). Apprentice Stage Manager, 1985/86 Mainstage season: Barnum (with Grand), The Real Thing, Tsymbaly, Talking Dirty, Hamlet, Filthy Rich.

emceed by Bob Costas. She managed and promoted a charity concert for Scleroderma Research with singer Sheryl Crow at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. Her company also coordinated several charity film premieres, including Evita, Casper and Wild America. For Capps for Congress, she managed a luncheon with First Lady Hillary Clinton as keynote speaker. In addition to her producing work for Rubicon, Karyl Lynn is also an award-winning actress and sound designer.

David Elzer Producer

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Helen’s Necklace

(Belfry); Dionysus in Stony Mountain (TPM); Gypsy (Huron Country Playhouse); The Motor Trade (TC). Assistant Stage Manager: Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story (Belfry/NAC); B-Movie, The Play (Shaw, VP, CS, international tour). Resident Mainstage and regional tour I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Blyth). ET CETERA Sandra is glad to be back at MTC.

Karyl Lynn Burns Producing Artistic Director, Rubicon Theatre Company Karyl Lynn Burns co-founded Rubicon with husband James O’Neil in 1998. Karyl Lynn has overseen over 80 productions, special events and festivals. For more than a decade prior to starting Rubicon, Karyl Lynn was CEO of State of the Arts, an arts management and marketing firm. Clients included Ventura Chamber Music Festival, New West Symphony, Ensemble Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest, Theatre League, Broadway Producer Normand Kurtz, and the late Tony Award-winning playwright Dale Wasserman. An active arts advocate, Karyl Lynn cofounded ArtCom (now the Santa Barbara Performing Arts League). She served on the Conceptual Oversight Group for Working Artists Ventura (WAV), and has served on the Downtown Cultural District Committee for the City of Ventura, and the Events & Festivals and Arts Advisory Committees for the City of Santa Barbara. She is a past President of the Board of Access Theatre, the company that pioneered the term “accessible theatre” and integrated the talents of artists who were disabled and hard-of-hearing with those of actors who were non-disabled. Karyl Lynn worked with students from Oak Meadow School who received the United Nations Global 500 Award for their work on environmental issues. For The Dream Foundation, she produced a PSA directed by Mimi Leder and starring Jeff Bridges. As an event planner, Karyl Lynn and her staff coordinated the 10th Annual Cool Comedy, Hot Cuisine in Santa Monica with Robin Williams, Howie Mandel and Bob Saget,

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David Elzer is the Ovation Award-winning theatrical producer for The Marvelous Wonderettes (Los Angeles & Off-Broadway), The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman (Off-Broadway and at Rubicon), Sister Act: The Musical, Jewtopia (Off-Broadway), The Laramie Project (Laguna Playhouse) and Catalpa and Shyness is Nice (at the Alliance). David’s latest project is the smash-hit, critically acclaimed world premiere musical Having It All. He also produced the LA Drama Critics’ Circle and LA Weekly Award-winning Life Could Be a Dream, which ran at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood and at the Laguna Playhouse. Through his publicity company DEMAND PR, David represents many theatres in Los Angeles including Rubicon Theatre Company, Celebration Theatre, Colony Theatre Company, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Furious Theatre Company, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, NoHo Arts Center, Open Fist Theatre Company, Theatre Tribe and West Coast Ensemble.

Michael Jackowitz Executive Producer

Executive Producer: Séance on a Wet Afternoon, the new opera by Stephen Schwartz (NYC Opera); My Fairytale, a musical about Hans Christian Andersen by Stephen Schwartz (American premiere/PCPA); The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman, devised and directed by David Zippel (Rubicon Theatre Company/59E59 Off-Broadway – 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue). Upcoming: Little Miss Scrooge, a modern re-telling of A Christmas Carol by John Caird, Sam Caird and Paul Gordon (world premiere: December 2013) and Abyssinia: Praise Singer, a musical at Hackney Empire in London (2014). Past productions: revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel


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ARTISTS Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas (Broadway, eight Tony nominations, including Best Musical Revival 2011), Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Off-Broadway: The Food Chain by Nicky Silver; Avow by Bill C. Davis; I Do! I Do! with Donna McKechnie. Rubicon Theatre: tick, tick… BOOM! by Jonathan Larson, My Antonia (2008 LA Weekly nominee, Best Production), It’s Only Life by John Bucchino (2008 LA Ovation Award: Best Book/Music/Lyrics of an Original Work). Michael is managing partner of WitzEnd Productions, LLC with Marvin Kahan and Jeffrey Grove and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute’s Producing Seminar, class of 1996. He serves as Rubicon Theatre’s Director of New Works.

Rubicon Theatre Company Co-producer Rubicon Theatre Company is a non-profit regional theatre company based in Ventura, California. True to the vision of founders Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil, Rubicon offers an environment where artists are nurtured and respected, and commitment and risk are encouraged. Rubicon has received critical and popular acclaim for fresh, invigorating interpretations of classics, dramas, comedies and musicals, and for the presentation of world premieres. Rubicon recently received the LA Drama Critics Award for Sustained Excellence, and has received multiple LA Stage Alliance, Ovation, Garland, NAACP and Indie Awards. Rubicon has presented a diverse repertoire of productions and events with esteemed artists including Ed Asner, George Ball, David Birney, Susan Clark, Dana Delany, Cliff DeYoung, Bonnie Franklin, Joseph Fuqua, Joel Grey, Harold Gould, Larry Hagman, Stacy Keach, Michael Learned, Amanda McBroom, Robert Morse, Ted Neeley, Linda Purl, Jenny Sullivan, Joe Spano, Bruce Weitz, Lillias White and Stephanie Zimbalist. The late Jack Lemmon and John Ritter both made their final stage appearances with Rubicon. Deeply rooted in the region it serves, Rubicon offers extensive outreach and education programs. The company is governed by an active Board of Directors and supported by a Board of Advisors and volunteer auxiliary. www.rubicontheatre.org

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Co-producer Founded in 1960 and recipient of the 2004 Regional Theatre Tony Award and the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is celebrating its 50th season this year. The Playhouse is known for its artistic excellence, commitment to new works, extensive educational programming and as an artistic home for some of America’s best actors, directors, designers and theatre professionals. Since 1992, the Playhouse has been led by Producing Artistic Director Edward Stern and Executive Director Buzz Ward. During their tenure, the theatre has produced more than 25 world premieres, many of which have achieved success nationally and internationally. The Playhouse now attracts nearly 200,000 people annually to its two theatres and maintains a subscriber community of more than 15,000. The Playhouse family includes a board of 55 dedicated trustees, an exceptional full-time staff of 71 and hundreds of talented artists. www.cincyplay.com

TheatreWorks Co-producer Led by Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Managing Director Phil Santora, TheatreWorks is celebrating its 40th season of award-winning theatre in the Silicon Valley. As one of the largest regional repertory companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, it produces eight mainstage productions annually at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, as well as the New Works Festival, play readings and a variety of education outreach programs. Nationally recognized as a premiere breeding ground for new musicals, TheatreWorks presented its 53rd world premiere with this co-production of Daddy Long Legs. Please visit www.theatreworks.org.

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Setting the Stage

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Ride the Cyclone may be about a sextet of teenagers’ fatal run-in with a travelling fair, but the musical itself shows no sign of crashing as it rides the roller coaster of a second national tour. The 2009 collaboration between playwright Jacob Richmond, composer Brooke Maxwell and Victoria’s critically lauded theatre company Atomic Vaudeville was first scheduled for just two weeks of performances, but co-director and artistic producer Britt Candide Small had hopes for an extended tour. She just didn’t know how far the encore would take Saint Cassian’s six saints. “When we first performed Ride the Cyclone in Victoria, we knew it was something special even if it was still rough in conception. People loved the characters and they loved the music – that’s more than half the battle. “We performed it a second time in Victoria after reworking it and that’s when Michael Rubenfeld, producer of the SummerWorks Festival, asked us to bring the show to Toronto.

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We knew it would be expensive, but we wanted it to be seen outside Victoria.” Small went to her independent company’s board and – $25,000 of fundraising later – the musicians and cast were on a plane to the festival. “That really changed everything,” Small says. “The Globe and Mail wrote a great review, we won two festival awards and people started talking about the show – inside and outside the theatre community. A Canadian producer got involved and we were able to do a three-city tour that proved Ride the Cyclone could be integrated into a theatre company’s season and work inside the regional theatre model.” Rave reviews from critics calling Cyclone the next Drowsy Chaperone have encouraged Small, though she’s hesitant to set the bar as high as the Great White Way. “Who knows what the future of the show will be? Sure, Broadway would be great, but right now I’m just happy the show has a life travelling across Canada!


Ride the Cyclone: A Musical The cast of Ride the Cyclone: A Musical. Photo by Tim Matheson

by Matt TenBruggencate

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“Comparisons happen because it’s really tough to create a musical. They aren’t cheap and it’s not like we’ve been in the best economic situation to develop a new show. But sometimes you just do it, you are tenacious. People in the theatre community have been very supportive. It gave us the courage to keep going.”

An extended trip with a team Small describes as “a gang of misfits” has given the artists random chances to collaborate on other performances. Nearly every member of the Cyclone team plays instruments, letting them leap onstage for cabaret evenings and comedy nights in the cities they’ve visited.

Their travels have allowed the diverse group to bring the show to family and friends across the country. Small’s grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins will be in the theatre when the show crashes onto the Tom Hendry Warehouse stage. The Cyclone team has gone dogsledding outside Whitehorse and watched Vancouver Aquarium’s whales.

“We’re hoping to participate in other people’s open mic nights in Winnipeg. We try to get engaged in the wider community wherever we go.”

They’ve even had the chance to push their luck. “Yesterday the cast went to West Edmonton Mall and rode a waterslide called the Cyclone, which features a ‘loop-de-loop.’ Yeah… I was kind of upset when they told me. But they all came back with their heads, so it’s fine.”

For Small, the darkly funny musical stays fresh each performance by creating a temporary, intimate community. “I think this play is about individuals and community; what the individual means in community. It certainly feels like that when we perform it. One of the beauties of theatre is that when you make it consciously theatrical, it embraces the room you find yourself in.”

Matt TenBruggencate is a Winnipeg actor, director and Creative Communications student who blogs at automattictransmission.blogspot.com. MAR/APR 2013

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Curtain Calls

“Thanks for everything, Mom and Dad. You’ve made me who I am.” Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg Sign Libra, the diplomat Involvement Debate team, yearbook club, student council president/ treasurer/secretary/member-at-large Crush Karl Marx Role Model Ocean Rosenberg Favourite ride the bumper cars

“In brightest day, in blackest night…” Ricky Potts Sign Capricorn, the dreamer Involvement Art club Crush Wonder Woman Role Model Superman (Silver Age Kal-El or maybe Flashpoint alternative universe) Favourite ride the Gravitron

“Cheer up folks – grad is almost here!” Noel Gruber Sign Pisces, sign of passion Involvement N/A Crush Me now please. Role Model Jean Genet Favourite ride the Ferris wheel

Constance Blackwood Sign Scorpio, the secret nature Involvement Voted “the nicest girl in homeroom” three years in a row Crush Uranium! What a great town we live in :) <3 LOL Role Model St. Francis Favourite ride the Cyclone

All photos this page by Fairen Berchard

“Hell is other people.”


Ride the Cyclone: A Musical The Saint Cassian Chamber Choir has wowed people in Uranium for well over three generations with their mixture of eclectic music and solid vocals. They were invited to “Uranium Literacy Week” to perform the original song “I’m Hooked on Books,” as well as invited to perform a medley of Broadway hits called “The Mad Wicked Miserable Phantom Cats from Saigon” at the opening of a local Sammy Peppers. This year, the Saint Cassian Chamber Choir participated in the Kiwanis International Classical Choir competition, singing the classic “One” from A Chorus Line. Although they were the only ones competing in their category, they came in second place, as it was explained that “One,” although a classic in some circles, is not considered Classical music. Oh well, better luck next year!

“Non omnis moriar”

Mischa Bachinsky (aka Bad Egg) Sign Leo, sign of aggression Involvement Your mom Crush The beat, the beat, uhh, uhhh, yeah Role Model Wiz Khalifa Favourite ride the shooting gallery

photo by tim matheson

“Edited for inappropriate content”

Jane Doe Sign ? Involvement ? Crush ? Role Model ? Favourite ride ? Opposite: Rielle Braid (Constance Rosenberg), Elliott Loran (Ricky Potts), Kholby Wardell (Noel Gruber) and Kelly Hudson (Constance Blackwood). This page: Jameson Matthew Parker (Mischa Bachinsky) and Sarah Jane Pelzer (Jane Doe).

Thank You! Each season, MTC makes production equipment upgrades and purchases to ensure that our facilities are able to deliver exceptional performances for our audiences. The Winnipeg Foundation has assisted with these purchases over the years. In the current season, with the help of the foundation, MTC replaced our backstage headset communication system at the John Hirsch Mainstage just in time for the complex scene changes of A Few Good Men. The Foundation’s support also assisted us with the purchase of a digital mixing board at the Tom Hendry Warehouse. The sound board’s capabilities as a mixer for live musical performances are fully utilized this season for Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and our final production of the Warehouse season, Ride the Cyclone: A Musical. The community will benefit from this new equipment as it helps our many rental partners, including independent theatre producers, dance shows and community events. Thank you to The Winnipeg Foundation for their generous support of MTC.


Steven Schipper, Artistic Director

Camilla Holland, General Manager

Atomic Vaudeville Presents

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Jacob Richmond

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Brooke Maxwell

March 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 6, 2013

Director Director/Producer Music Director Choreography & Staging Set & Costume Designer/Puppeteer Set Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Sound Engineer Stage Manager

Ocean Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell Rosenberg Constance Blackwood Ricky Potts Mischa Bachinsky Jane Doe Noel Gruber Voice of Karnak

Bass/Cello Drums Guitar Piano

Jacob Richmond Britt Candide Small Brooke Maxwell Treena Stubel James Insell Hank Pine Ingrid Hansen Rebekah Johnson William Porter Lois Dawson

The Cast (in alphabetical order)

Rielle Braid Kelly Hudson Elliott Loran Jameson Matthew Parker Sarah Jane Pelzer Kholby Wardell Carey Wass

MUSICIANS

Sebastian Britneff Andrew Taylor Kiaran McMillan Zachary P. Santella

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The remains of a Vaudeville stage in a warehouse that stores the remaining belongings of the now-bankrupt Wonderville Amusement Park.

Ride the Cyclone: A Musical is performed without intermission. Generously Sponsored by Rat Mask created by Laura Farn (figureheadmasks.com)

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ARTISTS

Rielle Braid

Elliott Loran

Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg

Ricky Potts

MTC First appearance.

MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Credits include: Much Ado About

OTHER THEATRE Notable credits include: John Keats

Nothing (TC); Blithe Spirit, As You Like It (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Smalltown: A Pickup Musical (Theatre SKAM); Dark of the Moon, Wind in the Willows (Phoenix Theatre). As a playwright, Rielle’s first play, Boygirl, premiered four years ago at the Victoria Fringe Festival. TRAINING Rielle is a graduate of the University

of Victoria.

in Influence (Intrepid Theatre); Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla (Electric Company Theatre/Belfry); As You Like It (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Eurydice (The Theatre, SummerWorks); Pretty Little Instincts, Ginger Ninjas (SNAFU Dance Theatre). TRAINING Elliott is a graduate of the Canadian

College of Performing Arts.

ET CETERA Rielle is over the moon to be touring

across Canada with Ride the Cyclone. She has been with Cyclone since its very first workshop, and having the opportunity to grow and perform with this amazing team is a dream come true. Love to Jamie.

Kelly Hudson

ET CETERA Elliott is absolutely thrilled to be hitting

the road once again with such a vivacious crew, sharing this wonderful Dora Award-winning experience with you, our beloved audience. Winner of a Toronto Theatre Critic Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in this very production, Elliott is proud to be an original Ride the Cyclone cast member!

Constance Blackwood

Jameson Matthew Parker Mischa Bachinsky

MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Most recent performances include

Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors, Bell in The Fantasticks (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Sola in Smalltown: A Pickup Musical (Theatre SKAM); Conjure Woman in Dark of the Moon (Phoenix Theatre). FILM Jill Monroe in the awarding-winning mocku-

mentary Tumbling After. TRAINING Kelly is a graduate of the Canadian College

of Performing Arts. ET CETERA Kelly has performed with Atomic

Vaudeville for the past seven years and has appeared in most of their cabarets. In 2009, she was voted Victoria’s Favourite Comedian by Monday Magazine. She is excited to be back again playing Constance Blackwood in this amazing musical and would like to thank Jacob and Britt for continually pushing the boundaries of theatre, making it exciting to be a performer in Canada!

For a full list of theatre abbreviations, please Refer to legend on page 4

MTC Red (with Belfry). OTHER THEATRE The Bomb-itty of Errors – Jessie Award

(Temporary Thing/Twenty Something Theatre); Blood Brothers (Arts Club); Death of a Salesman (VP); Prodigals (Twenty Something Theatre); Singin’ in the Rain (Theatre Under the Stairs); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre at UBC). FILM/TV The Party Never Stops (Lifetime). For his film

company, Whiskaye Films, Jameson has directed music videos for local and international artists. TRAINING BFA in Acting from the University of British

Columbia; British American Dramatic Academy.

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Sarah Jane Pelzer

Carey Wass

Jane Doe

Voice of Karnak MTC First appearance. FILM/TV Carey has performed in a wide array of film/

MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Past projects include Luisa in The

Fantasticks (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Sound Designer and performer in Pretty Little Instincts (SNAFU Dance Theatre, Best of Fringe, Victoria 2009; SummerWorks 2011); soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Prima). TV Bomb Girls. TRAINING Sarah studied theatre and classical voice at

the Phoenix Theatre in Victoria and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.

TV projects and has done voice work for multiple cartoon shows and video games. Some of his credits include Bashnick in Storming Juno (History TV), Beyblade (Corus Entertainment), Wendy (Red Kite Productions) and Eve Online (CCP Games). ET CETERA Carey is overjoyed to be returning to Ride

the Cyclone, having originated the role of Mischa. Carey wants to thank the Atomic Vaudeville family for their constant support, and everyone who has come to the show and shared their positive experience with others. If you want your fortune told, be sure to follow @AmazingKarnak on Twitter!

ET CETERA Sarah is a long-time member of Atomic

Jacob Richmond

Vaudeville and co-founder of multiple-awardwinning SNAFU Dance Theatre. She is the featured vocalist singing songs by Kurt Weill on The Annex String Quartet’s debut album The Roaring Twenties.

Playwright/Director

Kholby Wardell Noel Gruber

MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE Recent credits include: Seymour in

Little Shop of Horrors, Hal in Loot (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Lance Cooper in 500 Words (Green Thumb Theatre – BC Tour); Lawrence in The Andrews Brothers (Cornerstone Dinner Theatre); Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nicola Tesla (Electric Company Theatre/Belfry).

Jacob has written several plays including: The Qualities of Zero (Dora Mavor Moore nomination, Montreal MECCA Award), Small Returns (Theatre Passe Muraille), Legoland (SummerWorks Award for Best Text, New York Frigid Festival Favorite Production, Georgia Straight Fringe Favourite Award) and From Canada to Canada (CBC Radio One Award, Best Comedy). He majored in history and performance at Concordia University and studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. His first book for children was published this year by Bayeux Arts.

Brooke Maxwell Composer/Arranger/ Backtracker/Music Director

TRAINING Kholby graduated from the University of

Victoria’s Department of Theatre (Phoenix Theatre) in 2008. ET CETERA Kholby is very happy to return to Ride the

Cyclone and his Atomic Vaudeville family. He’s beyond excited that some of his closest friends across Canada will finally get to see the show! Kholby was nominated for a Victoria Critic’s Choice Award for the role of Phaeton in Metamorphoses (Phoenix Theatre). He has recently relocated to Toronto.

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Credits include: the English premiere

of And Slowly Beauty (Belfry/NAC); The Cursed Cabaret of Kelowna Day Taylor (Giggling Iguana Productions); a variety of Atomic Vaudeville cabarets; Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre). TV Mr. Right is Stuck in Traffic (W Network).

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ARTISTS TRAINING/TEACHING Brooke studied music at Berklee

ET CETERA Britt’s work as a director has received local

College of Music and Malaspina College and, after paying tuition to various institutions across Canada, eventually graduated with degrees in Literature and Education. In Victoria, Brooke developed an innovative music program at Selkirk Montessori School.

and national awards. She is the Artistic Producer of Atomic Vaudeville and plays in the band Slut Revolver. She also performs and works as a dramaturg and book editor.

ET CETERA Brooke currently works as Music Director

Treena Stubel

for Esquimalt United and is a freelance musician/ composer in the Victoria area. He would like to thank his parents for forcing him to stay in piano lessons.

Choreography & Staging

Britt Candide Small Director/Producer

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Choreographer (selected): Henry

MTC First engagement. OTHER THATRE Director of Janet Munsil’s Circus Fire

and The Ugly Duchess, Jacob Richmond’s The Qualities of Zero, Ride the Cyclone and Legoland; The Fantasticks (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); My Chernobyl (Gateway, Belfry); Firebugs (William Head prison); many new Fringe works. TRAINING/TEACHING Britt studied at NY LaMama’s

Director’s Intensive in Italy and has trained in various physical theatre forms. She completed her MFA in Directing at the University of Victoria with a production of Sophocles’ Electra. She has taught acting, playbuilding, movement and improvisation at the University of Victoria and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

VI, Richard III, Falstaff (Bard on the Beach); Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks, As You Like It (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre). Other appearances: Traitor (Dance Victoria, The Dance Centre); Nemesis in Vanessa (Pacific Opera Victoria); Courtyard for a Bird (Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival); Agnes B (Belfry SPARK Festival, Suddenly Dance Theatre). FILM Fay in the award-winning film Near Silence. TRAINING Treena trained in dance and numerous

movement disciplines throughout Canada and abroad and holds an MFA in Lecoq Physical Theatre from LISPA in London, UK. ET CETERA Treena has created and performed her

original dance theatre works at festivals in Canada and abroad. In 2009, she founded the award-winning Bounce Dance Cabaret to support the creation of new work. She is the recipient of two Monday Magazine Awards and a Chrystal Award.

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MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Credits include: puppets for Little

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Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); costumes for Footloose (Canadian College of Performing Arts); set and lighting design for Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Caitlin Gallupe (Metro Theatre); numerous props, costumes and puppets for Atomic Vaudeville’s cabarets. ET CETERA James has worked on Ride the Cyclone for

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ARTISTS he has the pleasure of puppeteering one of his own creations, the Amazing Karnak. James has puppeteered for kings, queens and heads of state but is most recognized for his work with Atomic Vaudeville. “I am honoured to be here with you this evening.”

March 2013. In her spare time, Ingrid prepares for the downfall of civilization as we know it.

Rebekah Johnson Lighting Designer

Hank Pine Set Designer MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Rebekah has been designing lights MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge

Repertory Theatre, Victoria); Brief Encounters (Tomorrow Collective, Vancouver). TEACHING Hank’s favourite teaching position is a rock

camp for kids every August. ET CETERA Together with James Insell, Hank has

been a part of the design team of Ride the Cyclone since its inception, and this tour marks the fifth re-working of the set, props and costumes. He has worked with Atomic Vaudeville on many projects, and is extremely grateful for their support and commitment to providing fresh, invigorating works. Hank is also a performer and comic book artist known for his grandiose musical productions. His vaudeville-rock band Hank and Lily has toured Europe, the US, and Canada. www.hankpine.com

for nearly 30 years. Her work has been seen across Canada in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, as well as closer to home in Victoria, Nanaimo and Chemainus. Recent credits include Of Mice and Men, Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Harvest (Western Canada Theatre); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Chemainus). She also designs for Victoria-based choreographer Constance Cooke. TRAINING Rebekah holds a BFA (Theatre) and MFA

(Visual Art), both from the University of Victoria. ET CETERA Rebekah is the Business Agent for and an

active member of IATSE 168 (Vancouver Island), and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. rebekahjohnson.ca

William Porter Sound Engineer

Ingrid Hansen Costume Designer

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE William regularly designs for and

works with local and touring productions in and around Toronto. ET CETERA William is thrilled to be working on MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Ingrid creates, directs and performs

new works with SNAFU Dance Theatre, including Pretty Little Instincts at the SummerWorks National Series, Kitt & Jane at the Belfry SPARK Festival, Little Orange Man, which showcased at PUSH and is continuing to tour. She also does ongoing work with the inmate-run prison theatre company William Head On Stage.

Ride the Cyclone again. He first worked with Atomic Vaudeville on their run at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto in November of 2011, and is accompanying them on this Western Canadian tour.

Lois Dawson Stage Manager

TV Ingrid worked for four seasons as a puppeteer on

the children’s television series Tiga Talk! on APTN. ET CETERA SNAFU’s next show, Kitt & Jane: an inter-

active survival guide to the near-post-apocalyptic future was selected for the Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize, hitting Vancouver in the fall of 2013. Little Orange Man hits Calgary’s Festival of Animated Objects

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MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: The Last Days of

Judas Iscariot (Pound of Flesh); After Jerusalem, Play with Monsters (Solo Collective); Re:Union (Horseshoes


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ARTISTS & Hand Grenades/Pacific Theatre); The Pillowman (Wild Geese Equity Co-op); Seussical (Carousel Theatre); Frozen (Shameless Hussy); You Can’t Take It With You, Holy Mo!, Driving Miss Daisy, Refuge of Lies (Pacific Theatre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Project X Theatre). Assistant Stage Manager: Hamlet (Project X Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Chemainus); Viva Verdi (Mobile Productions, Switzerland). TRAINING Lois is a graduate of Trinity Western

University. ET CETERA Based in Vancouver, Lois is delighted

to be joining one of her favourite musicals for this national tour. She can be found online at www. LoisBackstage.com or @SMLois.

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is composed of a collective of writers, performers and musicians supported by the leadership of Artistic Directors Jacob Richmond and Britt Candide Small. The company’s mission is to redefine performance in their community by creating a living and modern theatre environment which combines a variety of performance disciplines and stimulates dialogue with the audience, embracing the concerns and sensibilities of an undefined generation. A Victoria-based performance company that has produced new work locally, nationally and abroad, Atomic Vaudeville’s mandate is to encourage and support the professional development of new and emerging local actors, writers, musicians, artists and performers through: • An annual season of Atomic Vaudeville performances in Victoria; • The commissioning, development and public performance of plays and works by emerging local writers, composers and performing artists; • Sponsorship of and/or participation in Canadian and international festivals in order to showcase new, contemporary, local work. The company was founded by Small and Richmond in 2004 with the production of a monthly cabaret show that has become a beloved cult hit in Victoria, BC. The shows are a short-form mélange of theatre, music, song, dance, puppetry and sketch; an adoption of the rough vaudeville form reconceived for the present age, which attracts an audience hungry for live, entertaining and relevant theatrical art. The show has won numerous local awards including the Monday Magazine 2008 Biggest Big Winner Award, as chosen by the community. Since its inception, AV has produced over 60 cabaret shows in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Bellingham and worked with over 200 local and visiting artists. As well as the ongoing cabarets, AV has been producing an annual summer Sweatshop Festival since 2006 in Victoria. The multi-disciplinary festival showcases local and visiting artists in new and experimental shortform work with a mandate to create a condensed creative space for artists across various disciplines and communities to perform and interact. The ongoing cabaret and festival programming of the company both supports and is informed by the full production of more refined and developed work; work that has established a reputation of excellence for the company nationally. Atomic Vaudeville has produced the plays The Qualities of Zero, Legoland, Ride the Cyclone, The History of Everything and Circus Fire in Toronto, Seattle, Bellingham, Prague, New York, Victoria and Vancouver. Atomic Vaudeville has also been commissioned to create new work for the Victoria Erotica Film and Arts Festival, the Monday Magazine Awards, the Victoria Art Gallery, the Luminara Festival, the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the BC Film Commission Conference. The company was incorporated as a non-profit company in January 2008.

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“Charity, O Charity, I cannot believe how easier it is to give than to let yourself receive.” – Jervis, Daddy Long Legs In Daddy Long Legs, wealthy benefactor Jervis offers financial assistance to the young orphan Jerusha to help her obtain a college education. In the process, Jervis discovers the true meaning of giving and in a very real way: he gains more from his philanthropy than he gave. There are times when we all want to be philanthropists and give back, but few of us are as wealthy as Jervis. We want to help our favourite charity but we believe our resources are limited. In this case, a planned gift may be a good option to consider. Made from your accumulated assets, a planned gift allows you to realize your philanthropic objectives while maximizing financial and tax benefits. It is any gift made with foresight that provides a mutual benefit to the donor and to the charitable organization. For MTC, there are tremendous benefits derived from planned gifts, like having adequate resources to serve our community in the years to come and building a solid financial base to support future artistic excellence. For the donor there are advantages as well. A bequest of money, a percentage of an estate or a gift of real estate or personal property entitles your estate to a tax credit, thereby reducing tax liability.

Robert Adelman Hancock as Jervis and Megan McGinnis as Jerusha in Daddy Long Legs. Photo by Jeanne Tanner

Life insurance is another excellent form of planned giving. By making MTC the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy, the premium paid is considered a charitable donation and entitles you to a receipt for income tax purposes. It’s also possible to donate an existing policy and receive a tax receipt for the policy’s cash value. For a single person, the value of RRSPs or RIFs becomes taxable income at death. This can result in considerable income tax cost to the estate. If the RRSP or RIF has been donated to a charity such as MTC, their value is tax-free. Of course, it is important to consult your financial advisor when considering the benefits of such decisions. By making a planned gift and informing MTC of your decision, you become a member of MTC’s Founders’ Circle and receive recognition for your generosity and vision. In the play Ride the Cyclone, the Amazing Karnak is a mechanical fortune-telling machine that can predict the exact cause, time and place of someone’s death, an admittedly “rather morbid function.” Indeed, many consider planned giving in the same light, rather than thinking about all the positive, mutual benefits of such a gift. In the end, a planned gift is a great way to both give and receive. Information about our Planned Giving program and the Founders’ Circle is available in the lobby or from MTC’s Development Office. You are also encouraged to contact your legal and financial counsel in order to make an informed decision and consider your best options.

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Kerry Dangerfield, Chair Gary Hannaford, FCA, Past Chair David Carefoot, Treasurer Anthony C. Fletcher, Secretary David Christie, Chair, Governance & Strategic Planning Robert Eastwood, Chair, Resource Development Patrick Green, Chair, Organizational Performance Jim McLandress, Chair, Community Relations

Brian Adolph, IT Manager Jennifer Cheslock, outreach Manager Camilla Holland, General Manager Daphne MacMillan, Administrative Secretary Debbie Neufeld, Reception/Marketing Assistant Alan Waite, Assistant General Manager

TRUSTEES David Atkins Derrick Coupland Sandy Gousseau John Guttormson Shawn Hughes John Kearsey Brenda Kriss Jeff Lamothe Judy Wakefield Michelle Weinberg Richard L. Yaffe Brenda Zaporzan

Advisory Council Gerry Couture, Chair Gail Asper Morley Blankstein Doneta Brotchie Angus Campbell 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 James Pappas John Petersmeyer Lawrence Prout Jeff Quinton Patricia Rabson Margaret Redmond Susan Skinner Al Snyder Maureen Watchorn

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Artistic Jeff Kennedy, Literary Coordinator Evan R. Klassen, Artistic Intern Laurie Lam, Producer Robb Paterson, Associate Artistic Director Steven Schipper, CM, Artistic Director Casey Shapira, Literary Apprentice* Melinda Tallin, Artistic Coordinator

Box Office Laurie Fletcher, Patron Services Office Manager Melanie Sexton, Ticketing Services Director Jennifer Skelly, Tessitura Application Coordinator Box Office Representatives: Katie Adamson, Sheena Baird, Robyn Pooley, Victoria Popp, Jessica Ross

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Communications Sue Caughlin, interim director of marketing & Communications Doowah Design, Design Brittany May, Marketing & Communications Assistant Bruce Monk, Photographer Mark Saunders, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Teri Stevens, Publicist & online media coordinator Matt TenBruggencate, writer

Development Garth Johnson, Major, individual & planned Giving Officer Michael Joyal, Development Assistant Stephanie Lambert, Special & Donor Events Coordinator Tele-funding representatives: Kelsey Johnson, Jessy Ross, Sandra Rubin

John Hirsch Mainstage Front-of-House Deborah Gay-de Vries, Front-of-House Manager Assisted by: Sheena Baird, Jonny Hall Jamie Chapman, Kim Cossette, Rylen de Vries, Caroline Graham, Elfie Harvey, Kelsey Johnson, Sherri Kostecki, Tia Levine, Robyn Milligan, Rachel Neal, Jessica Olson, Michael Olson, Kayla Parke-Wilson, Amariah Peterson, Angela Rajfur, Jennifer Schmidt, Cristin Sinclair, Kevin Stroski, Rita Vande Vyvere, Phyllis Van Drunen, Kira Watson, Chelsea Zacharias, Derek Zorniak

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