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2011/2012 THEATRE SEASON

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Marshall Shoctor, Q.C. Chair Arliss Miller Past Chair J. G. Greenough, F.C.A. Treasurer Solomon Rolingher, Q.C. Secretary David D. Bentley, F.C.A. Frederick K. Campbell Jacqueline Charlesworth Marc de La Bruyère Anne Foote (Honourary) Ada Hole C. Ralph Loder Ralph B. MacMillan Sandy Mactaggart (Honourary) Jack McBain Barbara Poole Tom Redl Aroon Sequeira Ex Officio Chris Sheard Kayla Shoctor Ralph Young Dr. Robert Westbury

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Aroon Sequeira President Ralph Young Past President Catrin Owen Vice President Stuart Lee Treasurer Ken Bautista Guy Bridgeman Lesley Cormack Ted Hole Mike House Richard Kirby Al Maurer Lisa Miller Dave Mowat Rob Reynolds Guarav Singhmar Larry Staples

HONOURARY DIRECTORS

Jack N. Agrios, Jan Bentley, Joanne Berger, Christine Bishop, Dan Block, Frank Calder, Gary G. Campbell, Betty Carlson, Donald A. Carlson, Marilyn Cohen, Reg Copithorne, Len Dolgoy, Allison Edwards, Dennis Erker, Grant Fairley, John C. Forster, Frank Gibson, James Gillespie, Jean Hamilton, Brian Hetherington, Gary Killips, Beverlee Loat, Maureen McCaw, Eva McGregor, Susan Minsos, Terry Nistor, Bob Normand, Ray B. Phipps, Ted Power, Jerry Preston, Henry (Hank) Reid, Charlotte Robb, Barbara Shumsky, Esther Starkman, Marianne Takach, Merle Taylor, Mr. Justice Dennis R. Thomas, Brian Tod, John Tweddle, Brian Vaasjo, Chief Justice A.H. Wachowich, Bob Walker, Dr. Marvin Weisler, Bart West, Eve Willox, David Wilson, Doris Wilson, John Yerxa

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GOD OF CARNAGE

A new play by Yasmina Reza Translated by Christopher Hampton March 10 - April 1/12

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM By William Shakespeare April 7 - 29/12

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Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse April 21 - May 20/12


PREMIER

SUPPORTERS

We gratefully acknowledge the significant support of our donors who make it possible for the Citadel to present world-class theatre that is accessible, intelligent, passionate and relevant.

ANNUAL SUPPORT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE ($5000 +)

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PREMIER

SUPPORTERS

We are proud to recognize our Premier Supporters, our partners in the creation of theatre at The Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy. THE HOLE FAMILY • THE JOHN AND BARBARA POOLE FAMILY FUND THE ELDON & ANNE FOOTE FUND • THE ROBBINS FOUNDATION CANADA THE JOSEPH H. SHOCTOR FUND

GOVERNMENT & FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS

DR. JOSEPH H. SHOCTOR, 1922 – 2001

executive producer and founder, the citadel theatre

Joe’s vision brought professional theatre to Edmonton Joe’s dream built The Citadel Theatre Joe’s spirit continues to inspire the theatre we create today Joe’s legacy lives on through a generous gift to The Citadel from his estate

HENRY HOLE, 1884 - 1954 On the Citadel’s 30th Anniversary, a gift was made by the Company of Harry Hole, James F. Hole, Ralph K. Hole and Robert W. Hole on behalf of the Hole family — in honour of their late father, Henry Hole. The Citadel Theatre is proud to honour Henry Hole’s integrity, compassion and leadership in the dedication of this complex to his memory.

To learn more about our Supporter Program and levels of support and benefits, please visit www.citadeltheatre.com or call Sydney Stuart at (780) 428-2142. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of our donors & sponsors.

Thank you to all of our supporters. Charitable BN 11922 7387 RR0001

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THE CITADEL WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE ON

a midSummer night’s dReam

C O U R T E S I E S

Dr. Ghalib Ahmed and the friendly staff at Coast Edmonton House

ELECTRONIC DEVICES No doubt we have all been distracted by a cell phone, pager or watch alarm ringing or lighting up when attending the theatre. For every performance which is unmarred by one of these distractions, we will donate $5 to the Actors’ Fund of Canada. ALLERGY ALERT For the safety of those with allergies, please refrain from the use of perfumes or scented products before coming to the theatre. H E A R I N G A D VA N C E M E N T H E A D S E T S We offer headsets to patrons with hearing difficulties. Ask the usher at the door of the theatre. These are provided free of charge. You will be asked to leave your driver’s license as a deposit until the headset is returned at the end of the performance.

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L AT E S E AT I N G We endeavor to minimize the distraction for our patrons and the actors when seating latecomers. If you arrive late for a performance, you will be seated at the first appropriate moment in the play in designated latecomer seating. You are welcome to move to your assigned seat at intermission. If you must leave the theatre during a performance you will not be allowed to return to your seat until intermission.

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Citadel Theatre Corporate Subscription Program Please support these companies who support us Fountain Tire National Growth Partners Sequeira Partners Inc. The Citadel Theatre is excited to launch a brand new program designed specifically to benefit companies like yours. The Corporate Subscription Program will help you by providing: • A unique way to retain and thank both your clients and suppliers.

• Effective staff incentives and rewards. • An opportunity to publicly show your support and commitment to the ongoing enrichment of our community.

• Promotional recognition to increase branding and awareness. • First class priority service with Citadel Theatre customer service representatives.

For more information on this exciting program, please contact Gynger Callahan at gcallahan@citadeltheatre.com

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he Maclab Enterprises Students Club is a Citadel Theatre/Robbins Academy program that offers a unique glimpse into the world of professional theatre to a wide range of junior and senior high school students from Edmonton and surrounding areas. On the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the productions in our Landmark Group Mainstage series, Students Club members gather to enjoy a small reception before the show and then participate in a highly engaging, interactive presentation / demonstration involving one of the Citadel’s talented theatre artists. Following the performance, students are invited to stay for a lively talkback session with members of the production’s cast and crew. Prior to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Students Club members will be treated to a pre-show presentation exploring the remarkable artistry, inventiveness and capacity for illusion offered by the Citadel’s world class props department. This highly interactive pre-show event not only features the gifted members of the Citadel props team, but also looks at a range of their work from previous productions and reveals some of the secrets behind the stage illusions. If you would like to participate in this unique opportunity, or for more information, please contact spowell@citadeltheatre.com.

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MICHAEL ANTONAKOS, JULIEN ARNOLD, MARC R. BONDY, JUSTIN BOTT, CHRIS BULLOUGH, LORA BROVOLD, ADAM COPE, SOCHI FRIED, JESSE GRIFFITHS, ELLIE HEATH, EMMA HOUGHTON, PATRICK LUNDEEN, ALEXANDER McCOOEYE, DOUG MERTZ, ERIC MORIN, ROSE NAPOLI, JONATHAN PURVIS, JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART, SHANNON TAYLOR With DALIAH AMARSHI, RAFAEL BORRELLI, SARAH EMSLIE, MICHAEL LONG, JEMMA TONKEN, AARON WILLMS, IMOGEN WYNTERS Directed by......................................................... TOM WOOD Set & Lighting Designer. . ................................ BRETTA GERECKE Costume Designer............................................ KELLY WOLF Composer........................................................... LAURA BURTON Sound Designer................................................ OWEN HUTCHINSON Choreographer.................................................. LINDA RUBIN Assistant Director............................................. JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART Fight Director..................................................... JONATHAN PURVIS Vocal Coach....................................................... RYAN SIGURDSON Dance Captain................................................... ELLIE HEATH Stage Manager.................................................. MICHAEL SINCLAIR Assistant Stage Manager.. .............................. ESTHER HOWIE Assistant Stage Manager.. .............................. MONIKA SEILER Child Supervisor (Mar 6-26)........................... MURRAY CULLEN Child Supervisor (Mar 26-Apr 29). . ............... PEG YOUNG The play is approximately 2 ½ hours in length with one intermission of 15 minutes. The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program represents a training partnership between The Citadel Theatre and The Banff Centre. The Citadel engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Production personnel for the Citadel Theatre are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Sponsors

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The

Cast

THE COURT MARC R. BONDY.............................................. Theseus, Duke of Athens SOCHI FRIED...................................................... Hippolyta, his betrothed CHRIS BULLOUGH........................................... Philostrate, Master of Revels DOUG MERTZ.. .................................................. Egeus, Father to Hermia ROSE NAPOLI.................................................... Hermia, in love with Lysander ERIC MORIN....................................................... Lysander PATRICK LUNDEEN......................................... Demetrius, Suitor to Hermia SHANNON TAYLOR......................................... Helena, in love with Demetrius ADAM COPE...................................................... Attendant ELLIE HEATH.. .................................................... Lady in Waiting EMMA HOUGHTON......................................... Lady in Waiting JEMMA TONKEN. . ............................................ Lady in Waiting

MECHANICALS DOUG MERTZ.. .................................................. Peter Quince, a carpenter JULIEN ARNOLD.. ............................................. Nick Bottom, a weaver CHRIS BULLOUGH........................................... Francis Flute, a bellows mender JUSTIN BOTT.................................................... Snug, a joiner ALEXANDER McCOOEYE............................... Robin Starveling, a tailor JESSE GRIFFITHS. . ........................................... Tom Snout, a tinker ADAM COPE...................................................... Master Crumb, a baker JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART. . .............. John Hide, a tanner

FAIRIES MICHAEL ANTONAKOS. . ................................ Oberon, King of Fairies LORA BROVOLD............................................... Titania, Queen of Fairies JONATHAN PURVIS........................................ Puck ELLIE HEATH.. .................................................... Peaseblossom JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART. . .............. Mustardseed DALIAH AMARSHI............................................ Changling Child RAFAEL BORRELLI........................................... Root SARAH EMSLIE................................................. Leaf EMMA HOUGHTON......................................... Moth MICHAEL LONG................................................ Fern JEMMA TONKEN. . ............................................ Cobweb IMOGEN WYNTERS......................................... Blue Flower AARON WILLMS............................................... Moss 24 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM


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A Mid-Season Play’s History A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies and one of his most romantic. Themes of love, individuality, sexuality and magic abound. Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream sometime between 1594 and 1596, towards the beginning of his career with the Lord Chamberlain’s men in London, and at about the same time as Romeo and Juliet, before the famous Globe Theatre was built in 1599. The play is a departure from his earlier works, much of it taking place in nature and containing magical characters, rather than the civic settings and popular figures of his histories. While containing references to Greek mythology, Ovid’s Metamorphosis and other influences, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows an original plot, unlike many of his other plays, and is a testament to Shakespeare’s imagination. Though no concrete evidence remains of its first performances, the play was “sundry times publickely acted” prior to 1600, according to the first printed folio. During puritan rule the play was shown as a ‘droll’ – a comical mini-play attached to jugglers and acrobat troupes in order to skirt around public bans of dramatic performance. For the next two-hundred years, the play became an inspiration for others: The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, The Faeries by David Garrick and Love in a Forest by John Frederick Lampe, but A Midsummer Night’s Dream itself was not often produced. By the late 1800s, the play had been adapted and grown by others as pure spectacle, with massive casts, extraordinary special effects and in one case even live rabbits. Max Reinhardt would popularize the play in America, producing it thirteen times between 1905 and 1934. Hollywood would grab hold of Reinhardt’s production and the play’s popularity in 1935 with James Cagney as Bottom and a fifteen year-old Mickey Rooney as Puck. Since then, the play has been produced and reproduced worldwide and included in school curricula across Canada. The play is even immortalized in the heavens – three of Uranus’ moons are named Titania, Oberon and Puck.

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foreshadowing with Colin MacLean A trip to downtown Edmonton at night was, thereafter, an unpleasant experience. Your footsteps echoed in empty concrete canyons and the approach of anyone else invoked fear. Any suggestion of change or the addition of even modest public art was met with a virulent reaction from citizens who seemed quite content to live in a grubby industrial city just south of a major oil development. It’s been a battle but, like many campaigns, it began slowly and now is gathering, I hope, into an unstoppable force as signified by the buildings that fortify our cultural spirit. Joining the Citadel and Winspear, the redeveloped Winston Churchill Square, the new business and condo towers, and the Art Gallery – will come our proposed new arena and the downtown Royal Alberta Museum. Grant MacEwan is moving its Performing Arts Department to the downtown campus and an exciting new Performing Arts Centre is also proposed. Observes Bob Baker, now in his 13th year as Artistic Director of the Citadel, “People say, ‘Oh, but the traffic. The parking.’ But we can’t continue to say that the downtown isn’t alive enough and then resist the things that make downtown alive. The more people that come downtown – that live downtown – the better it is for our city. We’ll find a way to overcome the problems.” We have always been proud of our Citadel Theatre – with its vibrant red brick and towering glass walls. But, although it was designed with its green gardens, open, graceful levels and welcoming theatres, to be accessible, there has been a feeling that it was a bit of an institution – a place where grand (and expensive) theatre was presented only for the well dressed and the well-to-do.

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In a game-changing announcement, Baker recently presented the Citadel’s plan to rebrand itself for a new decade while preserving its core business of presenting the best theatre. “I don’t think we are as accessible to the community as we should be. I think the time is over when we can be seen only as a theatre where you go to Death Of A Salesman and then go home. I want to animate our space with a variety of drop-in events – one of which will be a play. We want to make it feel more like the Kennedy or Lincoln Centre where there is always something going on.” There have been some pragmatic developments in Canadian theatre that have to be observed. Most of our major regional theatres were established in the late ‘50’s and ‘60’s – the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Arts Club, Neptune Theatre, the late lamented Vancouver Playhouse, Globe and Theatre Calgary. The visionaries who founded these theatres, and the playgoers that supported them, have grown old and many no longer can go to theatre – even if they are still around. The next generation is getting ready to retire and, particularly in Edmonton, spend much of their time elsewhere. Sure, they still go to theatre but only when they are here and buying tickets for individual shows. “Then,” observes Baker, “came a generation where theatre was just not a habit. Luckily that is changing. Look at all the theatrical activity in our high schools and the many young theatre companies that are springing up all over Edmonton. Look at the serious talent that is obvious in our 16 to 20 year olds.”

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foreshadowing with Colin MacLean There have also been some fundamental changes in theatre attitudes. When John Neville founded the Citadel Too in 1975 in the basement of the old Salvation Army building, there was a real demarcation between mainstream and alternative theatre. While Shakespeare was declaimed on the mainstage, Beckett and Tremblay were challenging patrons in the basement. But times have changed and the line between alternative and mainstream has blurred. One of this season’s biggest hits was the Citadel’s gloriously outrageous The Rocky Horror Show which would hardly have been performed for the genteel mainstream audiences of yore. Another problem for the Citadel has been, to paraphrase Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, “Too many shows.” “We have been programming 11 or 12 plays a year. The city is only so big and we’ve been competing with ourselves for the same audience.” Baker cites the example set last Christmas when the theatre had Daniel MacIvor’s This Is What Happens Next in the Rice with A Christmas Carol and The Rocky Horror Show following each other closely upstairs. “Something had to change,” says Baker. So, Edmonton’s great theatrical ship of state is coming about to face a whole series of unpredictable winds. The Rice season, in its present state of small, edgy plays is to be no more – in its place a slate full of events designed to plug into a vibrant new downtown. On Monday nights, Baker is planning to hold a series of cabarets – an art form that seems to be rushing back after languishing for many years. “There are a number of performers in Edmonton who have become local stars,” observes Baker. He is not making any promises for specific shows but suggests that John Ullyatt could capitalize on his hilarious take on Maurice Chevalier as “Lumiere” in Beauty and the Beast to present an evening of the songs of the great french

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entertainer. For years, Susan Gilmour toured the world in her memorable performance as Fantine in Les Miz, stopping the show with her heart-rending delivery of I Dreamed a Dream. Perhaps she could present a song cycle with Don Horsburgh at the piano. Réjean Cournoyer (the Citadel’s Sweeney Todd, Beast) could unleash his burnished baritone in the works of those two masters of cabaret, Jacques Brel and Kurt Weill. “I was watching the show and having such a great time at Rocky... one night and the house band was so good, I thought ‘Why couldn’t we, on a Friday night after the curtain came down, invite the audience to the Rice for a jam session?’” (Orchestra leader Don Horsburgh’s band included jazz legends Mike Lent, P.J. Perry and Sandro Dominelli). “We could call it “After Hours” and try to get a kind of Yardbird experience going. I talked to some of the young staff here and they told me that they like to go to clubs on the weekend but there’s nothing to do from 10 to midnight. I’d just about forgotten about doing that sort of thing. I go to bed at 9:30 nowadays,” Baker chuckled. “I’d also like to try a series of master classes in the Rice. Perhaps a small film society based on our plays. Featured speakers. I’d like to attract small local theatre companies that move from venue to venue and give them a home.” (The improv company Rapid Fire Theatre is already booked into the handsomely renovated Zeidler Hall.)

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foreshadowing with Colin MacLean There will also be a new restaurant with a new bistro menu presided over by local restauranteur Normand Campbell. “The idea is that our subscribers would get first notice of all these activities. We would try to increase their appreciation of how theatre works and their sense of ownership in the production and the theatre. We’ve been doing some research around North America and found that the taste for what goes on beyond the stage and behind the scenes has grown by 28 percent.” You can just look at the special features included on DVDs nowadays or the live, big screen broadcasts from the Met or the many reality shows on TV that provide information on the lives of the performers to an apparently insatiable public. The list of plays for next year certainly exhibits that Baker has not forgotten his core audience. They include Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, the Broadway rock musical, Next to Normal, Baker’s production of Noel Coward’s giddy Private Lives, the international phenomenon The Kite Runner, Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad and Eric Idle’s gut-busting Spamalot, based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As well as the welcome return of Tom Wood’s A Christmas Carol and, at last, a look at the hugely successful Canadian musical, Ride the Cyclone. And, hold the presses, a late announcement, the lonely Mimi, who was stood up by her date and so goes into the audience to select some unsuspecting guy to spend the rest of the evening (or perhaps the rest of her life) with will be back. The show, Blind Date, was a runaway hit in the Rice earlier this year. We will have more on that in our next column in the program for The Sound of Music.

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MICHAEL ANTONAKOS

Oberon

Performing since the age of seven, Michael spent his early teens performing with The Rocky Mountain Shakespeare Company, and in film at The Banff Centre of Fine Arts. In theatres across Canada, he has performed in such shows as Siddartha: The Journey Home for Akasha Arts; Forty Deuce for Big Bone Equity Co-op; The Wild Party for Pint Size Tall Productions; All Shook Up for Theatre North West; A Chorus Line for Ophidian Productions; John & Jen for Tryptic Productions; West Side Story for Uncle Randy Productions; Annie for Chemainus Theatre and Sweeny Todd for Victoria Operatic Society. Selected television credits include Hiccups for CTV; Alcatraz and Fringe for Fox; Reaper for The CW; Psych for NBC; The Guard for Global; Blood Ties for Sci Fi; Men in Trees for Warner Bros.; Intelligence for CBS and Young Blades for Pax. Selected film credits include Odysseus: Journey to the Underworld; The Battle of Burgledorf; Reefer Madness; Postal; Dungeon Siege 2; Good Morning Killer and The Sandlot 2 & 3. This summer he will be playing Ritchie Valens in A Buddy Holly Story for the Arts Club Theatre (Vancouver). Thank you my friends and family for your support, Love & Gratitude.

JULIEN ARNOLD

Bottom/Pyramus

This season at the Citadel, Julien appeared as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and as the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show. Other Citadel Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, The Drowsy Chaperone (co-production with the National Arts Centre), The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Einstein’s Gift, Servant of Two Masters, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Other Edmonton theatre credits include The Scent of Compulsion, Mother of the Year, Happy Toes and The Ambassador’s Wives for Teatro La Quindicina; Spelling Bee for Mayfield Dinner Theatre; Forsooth My Lovely for Acme Theatre; Ilsa, Queen of the Nazi Love Camp for Workshop West Theatre; Alias Godot for Theatre Network and As You Like It and Richard III for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Julien is an artistic associate of Teatro La Quindicina and also the Artistic Director of a brand new company, Atlas Theatre, which operates out of the Lower Hall of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Old Strathcona.

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a midSummer night’s dReam MARC R. BONDY

Theseus

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Marc’s debut performance at the Citadel. Theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Shakespeare by the Sea; All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, Henry V, King Lear and The Scarlet Pimpernel for Stratford Festival; Proof for Sudbury Theatre Centre; Romeo and Juliet for Theatre by the Bay; A Man For All Seasons, Strawberries in January, The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night for Globe Theatre; The Tempest for Persephone Theatre; The Affections of May for Tribal Productions and Twelfth Night and All’s Well That Ends Well for St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. He is an accomplished producer having produced or co-produced several projects over the past 10 years – the most recent being a staged reading of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge for Theatre.IV.Mimmo. Marc is the CEO of Toronto-based Outlook Promotions Inc. – a company he founded in 2006 in order to pay for his “theatre habit.” He is blessed with two beautiful daughters – Leia Rain and Maeve Autumn – who have taught him that love is not something you feel, it’s something you do.

JUSTIN BOTT

Snug/Lion

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Justin’s debut performance at the Citadel and he is honoured to be working with this talented cast & crew. Fave theatre credits include The Great American Trailer Park Musical for Hart House; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Panto Of The Opera for Moonpath; Songs For A New World and [title of show] (Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination) for Angelwalk Theatre; Joseph And The Amazing… and The Wedding Singer for Stage West Mississauga; Blues Brothers for Universal Japan; Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet for Classical Theatre Project and Puttin’ On The Ritz with the Victoria Symphony. Film & TV credits include Curious & Unusual Deaths for Discovery TV; Forensic Factor for NextFilms and What Killed Joe Fisher for Riddle Films. Justin wants to send love to his family & friends who bless him in more ways than he can count. Follow Justin on Twitter and YouTube (@jeybott). www.justinbott.com

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bios LORA BROVOLD

a midSummer night’s dReam Titania

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Lora’s debut show at the Citadel Theatre and she is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful ensemble! Favourite theatre credits include Heroine, Mo and Jess Kill Susie and Fat Pig for Northern Light Theatre; The Liars and Three Days of Rain for Shadow Theatre; Comedy of Errors and Titus Andronicus for Freewill Players; My Name Is Rachel Corrie for Theatre Yes; Goodness for Downstage, Calgary and The Death of Me for Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary. Film, television, and voice credits include The Pharmacist for Pharmacist Film Productions; Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock for APTN and Mass Effect I, Mass Effect II and Dragon Age for Bioware. Lora is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program. Lora would like to thank her family and her partner Collin for their love and support.

CHRIS BULLOUGH Philostrate/Flute/Thisbe

This season at the Citadel, Chris appeared in A Christmas Carol as Swidger and Topper and as Bernard in Death of a Salesman. Other Citadel productions include Julius Caesar, Bird Brain, New Canadian Kid, A Giraffe in Paris and I Love You Forever. Born in Thunder Bay and raised in Fort McMurray, Chris moved to Edmonton in 1995 to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) program at the U of A. Since graduating in 1998, Chris has worked with many professional and independent companies in Edmonton and across Western Canada including Theatre Calgary, the Globe Theatre in Regina and Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse. Upcoming projects include The Tempest and Julius Caesar at this summer’s Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Hawrelak Park. Chris is the recipient of the 2006 and 2008 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards for “Outstanding Performance of an Actor in a Leading Role” for his work in the Freewill Players production of William Shakespeare’s Love Labour’s Lost and Richard III, respectively. Chris has had the pleasure of being part of many other award winning productions including Suburbia for Kill Your Television; Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre for Alberta Theatre Projects and Shimmer with his own wishbone theatre.

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a midSummer night’s dReam ADAM COPE

Crumb/Attendant

Adam is thrilled to be back at the Citadel this season. Adam was born in Calgary, is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta BFA in Acting program, and now calls Edmonton home. Favourite theatre credits include Henry Poe in Nevermore for Catalyst Theatre; Mousseau in The Three Musketeers for the Citadel Theatre and Right Brain in Edmund for Merfolk Productions. Adam is an Artistic Associate with Punctuate! Theatre. With Punctuate!, Adam has played Donny in The End of Civilization and was the co-creator and played Tonk in Vice Versa. Adam will be seen next at the Globe Theatre as The Big Bopper in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Lots of love to his supportive family, and friends.

SOCHI FRIED

Hippolyta

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Sochi’s debut appearance at the Citadel. Theatre credits include The Trojan Women, Hedda Gabler and Palace of the End for Alumnae Theatre; Swoon! for Toronto Fringe ’11; Yichud (Seclusion) for Theatre Passe Muraille/ Magnetic North; Richard III for Hart House; Dead Cat Bounce for Toronto Fringe ’10; 36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls for Birdtown and Swanville; Angelika’s Promise for the Art Gallery of Ontario; Mother Courage and Her Children and Metamorphoses for RTS; Lost Daughter for Gailey Road Productions and We Need Help! for Clay and Paper Theatre. Film and television credits include The First Time for Bravo!Fact; The Boulevardier for EK-Medi and voice of Queen Margaret in Crookback: An Adaptation of Richard III. Sochi is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

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a midSummer night’s dReam JESSE GRIFFITHS

Snout/Wall

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Jesse’s debut appearance at the Citadel. Theatre credits include Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet for Resurgence Theatre Company; Rabbit Hole for The Gladstone Theatre; As You Like It and Two Gentlemen of Verona for Brampton Theatre Festival; Dora-nominated production of Macbeth for Classical Theatre Project; Escape from Grace for Toronto Fringe Festival; The Unseen Hand for Paved Productions and Measure for Measure and The Caucasian Chalk Circle for Ryerson Theatre School. Film and television credits include Urban Legends for Next Film Productions; The Wilkinson’s for CMT; Neighbours, Friends and Families for Dante Media Group and Wondercafe for SmithRoberts Productions. Jesse would like to thank his family and friends for their endless support. Also a special note of gratitude to the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program for this incredible opportunity.

ELLIE HEATH

Peaseblossom/Court Attendant/Dance Captain A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Ellie’s debut performance at the Citadel. Theatre credits include The Frog Prince for Alberta Opera (B.C. Tour); Urinetown for Grant MacEwan; Shark Tumor Collection for Nextfest and The Sound of Music for the Mayfield Theatre. Her writing credits include co-writing the 2010 Nextfest and Fringe production, Call Me A Liar as well as Cadaver, which premiered at the 2009 Fringe. Ellie graduated from the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program. She now lives in Vancouver.

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EMMA HOUGHTON Moth/Court Attendant

Emma’s Citadel credits include The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol and Who Has Seen the Wind. Other recent theatre credits include Sitter for New Works Festival 2012; Howl for Abbedam 2011; Vinegar Tom (483 Final), Tuesdays and Sundays (507 Final), Angels in America (483 Final) and Bolero (483 Midterm) at the University of Alberta; Amy in Little Women for the Rutherford House Players and the role of Annessa in the feature film I Fall Down for Fall Down Pictures Ltd. In 2010 she graduated from Victoria School of the Performing and Visual Arts. She is in her first year of the BA in Drama at the University of Alberta. Emma is thrilled to be performing for you tonight as her favourite faerie tale creature. She dedicates this performance to her mother and father.

PATRICK LUNDEEN

Demetrius

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Patrick’s debut performance at the Citadel. After attending Victoria School of the Performing and Visual Arts, he graduated from the National Theatre School in 2009. Recent theatre credits include Juliet, an adaptation by Jessica Carmichael at the University of Alberta; Love and Dreaming for SeaCoast Studio in Vancouver and Shoot Get Treasure Repeat for Theatre YES. Patrick is co-founder of the Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS), having served as Artistic Director of CGAS as well as Avenue Theatre for close to two years before deciding to return to the stage. Patrick was selected by Edmontonian Magazine as one of Edmonton’s ‘Sizzling Twenty Under Thirty’ in recognition of his work in the emerging arts community. He is thrilled to have been a part of the amazing training program in Banff, and is honored to be on stage here at the Citadel. Patrick would like to thank his parents, family, friends, Jeff Buchsdruecker, Greg Dowler-Coltman and Scott Swan.

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a midSummer night’s dReam ALEX McCOOEYE

Starveling/Moonshine

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Alex’s debut performance at the Citadel. Theatre credits include Nativity and A Christmas Carol for The National Arts Centre; Saint Carmen for NAC/CanStage; Mother Courage for NAC/ MTC; Harvey for Segal Theatre; The 39 Steps for Theatre Aquarius/ Magnus Theatre; Rock, Paper, Jackknife for Talisman/Centaur Theatre; Beethoven Lives Upstairs and The Little Prince for Geordie Productions; Rabbit Rabbit and Me Happy for Summerworks and Of Mice and Men for Montreal Theatre Ensemble. This winter Alex performed his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and The Pendulum, which premiered at Montreal’s Wildside Festival. Alex is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and John Abbot College.

DOUG MERTZ

Egeus/Peter Quince/Prologue

Doug appeared as Sheriff Gilbeau in August: Osage County last season at the Citadel, in his Canadian debut. Since then, he has appeared in Pervert for Northern Light Theatre; Doubt: a parable for Studio Theatre and The Unseen for Chorus Productions in the 2011 Edmonton Fringe, which won the first-ever Critics’ Choice Award. This summer he will make his Freewill Shakespeare debut in Hawrelak Park in The Tempest and Julius Caesar. Doug teaches part-time at the University of Alberta and is the Director of the Foote Theatre School and Young Companies here at the Citadel.

ERIC MORIN

Lysander

Last season, Eric appeared in The Three Musketeers and Little Women: the Musical at the Citadel, and previously in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz for The Elgin Theatre/Ross Petty Prod.; Gabe in Next to Normal for The Arts Club (Ovation Award Nomination); Luke in the 2010 Dora-nominated production of The Altar Boyz; A Christmas Carol for Silvermist Productions/Smile Theatre; Guys and Dolls for Port Hope; Riff and Baby John in West Side Story for The Grand Theatre/Palace Theatre and three seasons for Drayton Entertainment. Eric is a graduate of the distinguished Ryerson Theatre School Program and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as an exchange student where he had the opportunity to take part of a Master Singing Class with Stephen Sondheim. He also is an Alumnae of the 2011 Citadel/Banff Theatre Training Program. This summer Eric will be reprising his role of Lysander in Canadian Stage’s production of Dream. Many thanks to his family, friends and the whole team at the Citadel for their undying love, support and passion. www.ericmorin.ca 42 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM


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Photos by David Cooper Photography

his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is dedicated to Michelle Dias, Lester Myhr, Gina Wilkinson and Larry Yachimec, who were such an integral part of the Citadel Theatre and of the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream the Citadel produced in 2000. The photos below show Larry Yachimec as Bottom and Gina Wilkinson as Titania.

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a midSummer night’s dReam ROSE NAPOLI

Hermia

Rose has had the most thrilling and challenging months of her life in the Citadel/Banff program and is forever grateful to Bob, Tom, James, and all the Banff mentors for giving her this incredible opportunity. Recent credits include The Fan for Odyssey Theatre (for which she was recently nominated for the Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance); Alice in Wonderland and The Full Monty for STC; Half Life for Rose Theatre; The Odd Couple for Upper Canada Playhouse; My Darling, Judith for CPTP; Macbeth for SLSF; Proof for WTF and I Ought to be in Pictures for Showboat. Rose’s new company (with fellow participant, Marc Bondy), Theatre.IV.Mimmo, named in honour of her father, recently produced a staged reading of one of her favourite works: Arthur Miller’s, A View from the Bridge. Rose is currently working on writing a new play: To Smell the Oregano. She looks ahead with great excitement at the budding opportunities that her participation in this program has provided her. Thank you to her family for their constant support through the distance, to Marc: for standing with me through this, and to the thirteen incredible people that shared this experience with me: you’re in my heart forever!

JONATHAN PURVIS

Puck/Fight Director

Last season, Jonathan appeared in The Three Musketeers and Little Women: the Musical. Other Citadel credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Forbidden Phoenix. Other select credits include Beauty and the Beast at the Sudbury Theatre Centre; Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Shakespeare Company; Dying City at the Motel Space; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Beauty and the Beast for Theatre Calgary; The Forbidden Phoenix at LKTYP Theatre in Toronto and MTYP Theatre in Winnipeg; Gnomes and The Princess and the Peabrain at the Calgary Fringe and Almost, Maine, a Jeezum-Crow production. Jonathan is the co-founder of a youtube action channel called Action Playground. Jonathan has trained in stage/film combat across the country with various Fight Masters and Directors from Fight Directors Canada, as well as abroad with the Nordic Stage Fight Society, and he has worked with instructors from the American Society of Fight Directors. He also dedicates extensive study to dancing, gymnastics, martial arts, singing, and acoustic guitar. Jonathan would like to thank Mom and Dad for always pushing him forward and being there when he needed them.

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JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART Mustardseed/Hide/Assistant Director

Jon is a playwright, actor, composer, sound designer, and director. Acting credits include The Goat, or Who is Sylvia for the Citadel Theatre; Guys and Dolls and Richard III for Studio 58; The Palace Grand (understudy) for Electric Company; The Play About the Baby for Theatre Network; Assassins for Studio Theatre; Whale Riding Weather for Zee Zee; Ecran Fumee, Flocons Pour Alicia for Seizieme; Fraises en Janvier for L’Uni Théâtre and The Blue Light for Keyano, as well as many Surreal SoReal productions. Plays include Little Room (nominated for two Edmonton Sterling Awards); Grumplestock’s (co-written and published with the NextFest anthology); Twisted Thing (honorable mention, Larry Corse worldwide playwriting contest); Big Shot, The Survival of Pigeons as Studied by Human Lovers and Dog (nominated for six Edmonton Sterling Awards, including Best New Play, winner of Best Independent Production), and Keeping Peace, which he directed. Jon’s play Le Portrait Gooble is currently on tour with Theatre la Seizieme. Jon has also been nominated for two Vancouver Jessies for his acting, and is artistic director of Surreal SoReal theatre in Edmonton. Jon is a graduate of Studio 58, Vancouver.

SHANNON TAYLOR

Helena

Shannon is thrilled to be back performing in the Maclab Theatre at the Citadel for another season. Last year Shannon played Jo in Little Women: the Musical and Mme. Gallard in The Three Musketeers. Selected theatre credits include Extremities and The Jones Boy for Surface/Underground Theatre; Johnny Belinda and Pygmalion for Montgomery Theatre, PEI; Madonna Painter for Factory Theatre; Schoolhouse and The Last Green Hill for 4th Line Theatre; Emily, The Inspector General and Redemption for Talk is Free Theatre and The Sound Of Music and Inherit the Wind for Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She holds her BFA from Ryerson University and has had the privilege of being a participant of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program for the past two years. Shannon would like to thank Tom for this opportunity and Peter for holding down the fort.

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Tom’s directing credits at the Citadel include The Glass Menagerie, Doubt, a parable, The Sound of Music, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Homeward Bound and Metamorphoses. Citadel acting credits include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, 10 seasons of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Selsdon in Noises Off, John in Shining City (Sterling Award), Martin Dysart in Equus and Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. As a writer, Tom’s credits include North Shore Live; B-Movie, The Play; Claptrap; as well as adaptations of The Three Musketeers, A Christmas Carol, Servant of Two Masters, Vanya, Peter Pan and Pride and Prejudice. He has completed the second draft of his new play Make Mine Love, a comedy set in Hollywood in the 30’s.

BRETTA GERECKE Set & Lighting Designer

Bretta grew up in Winnipeg and has resided in Edmonton for the past fifteen years. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1992, and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design in 1996. Bretta is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has designed world premieres, which have toured internationally to Great Britain, Australia, the U.S. and across Canada. Bretta also works at The Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Workshop West Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Theatre Calgary and The Globe Theatre. She is the recipient of over twenty Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, Jessie Richardson Awards and Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set, Lighting and Costume Design; The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; The Global Women of Vision Award; Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 and was short-listed twice for the Siminovitch Prize. Bretta designed a summer home on Devil’s Lake, Alberta, and continues her work as an archaeological illustrator. Bretta would like to thank her “Poker Girls.”

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a midSummer night’s dReam KELLY WOLF

Costume Designer

Previously at the Citadel, Kelly designed costumes for The Glass Menagerie and Metamorphoses. Kelly Wolf is a set and costume designer who is interested in exploring ways that design can augment the theatrical experience. Her most enjoyable experiences have been projects developed in a collaborative nature. Kelly’s most recent work has been designing the set and costumes for Oklahoma! at Sheridan College, and remounting Sanctuary Song for Theatre Direct (DORA nominated for Outstanding Production in the Opera Division). Other recent design work includes costume designs for Much Ado About Nothing, The Wars and A Christmas Carol (2005-2010) at Theatre Calgary. Kelly designed costumes for The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Stratford Festival and spent seven seasons at the Shaw Festival most recently designing Too True to Be Good. She is an instructor at Brock University, and has been a design mentor at Humber College, Ryerson Theatre School, George Brown College and Sheridan College. Kelly is a graduate of York University (BFA) and the University of Toronto (MA) as well as the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Member of ADC.

LAURA BURTON

Composer

Laura has composed and arranged music for theatres across Canada. Her most recent composition at NAC was for Robin Phillip’s production of New World. Other composing/arranging credits include The Misanthrope and Don Carlos for Soulpepper Theatre Company and A Midsummer’s Night Dream for Canadian Stage Company in Toronto; as well as more than a dozen productions at the Stratford Festival. Favourites at Stratford include Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Inherit the Wind, Memoir, King Lear, Journey’s End and The Critic. She has been honoured with three Guthrie Awards including the prestigious Lou Applebaum Award for most promising composer, two Sterling Awards for musical direction at The Citadel Theatre for The Music Man and Oliver!, both directed by Robin Phillips. Laura has also served as assistant conductor/musical director for more than 30 musicals at the Stratford Festival. US credits include composing at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, music direction at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the national tour of Mikado and HMS Pinafore which including stops at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. and City Center in New York. 48 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM


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a midSummer night’s dReam OWEN HUTCHINSON

Sound Designer

Last season, Owen was sound designer for August: Osage County and Billy Bishop Goes to War. Other Citadel credits include sound designer for The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz and The Forbidden Phoenix, sound consultant on Three Mo’ Tenors and assistant sound designer for Fire. Selected operation credits include Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story (co-production with Theatre Calgary), Vimy, Noises Off, Peter Pan, 3 Mo’ Divas, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Sound of Music, Christmas Carol and The Shape of Things all for the Citadel Theatre. Other highlights include Chicago for Troika Entertainment and Cinderella for St. Albert Children’s Theatre. Owen was born and raised here in Edmonton, and studied Theatre Production at Grant MacEwan.

LINDA RUBIN

Choreographer

Linda’s Citadel credits include 12 seasons of A Christmas Carol, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her latest work was seen in Man of La Mancha for L’Uni Théâtre. Some of her choreographic credits include The Edmonton Opera, Opera Nuova, Studio Theatre, Theatre Network, Workshop West Theatre and many other theatres in western Canada. Linda is engaged in rehearsal direction and mentoring productions for dance companies that include Windrow Production with Amber Borotsik and Jesse Gervais, The Brian Webb Dance Company, Gerry Morita and Mile Zero Dance Company, Kathy Ochoa and Tania Alvarado. Ms. Rubin is a Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, where she taught dance and stage movement in the BFA in Acting professional actors’ training program. Linda is currently engaged in the dance and movement training for The Robbins Academy Young Companies.

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Previously at the Citadel, Michael worked on Rock ‘n’ Roll and Fire (co-productions with Canadian Stage), Intimate Apparel and two tours of Hana’s Suitcase. Some other credits include Cruel and Tender, Glorious and A Little Night Music for Canadian Stage; The Railway Children for Marquis Entertainment; The Sound of Music, A Couple of Blaguards, and ‘da kink in my Hair for Mirvish Productions; Ruined, Intimate Apparel, Consecrated Ground, The Piano Lesson and The Polished Hoe for Obsidian Theatre Company; Hana’s Suitcase tour for Green Thumb Theatre, Vancouver/Geordie Productions, Montreal; and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God for Marquis Entertainment/Mirvish Productions/Obsidian Theatre Company/Nightwood Theatre. Upcoming for Michael is Speaking in Tongues for Company Theatre and Race for Canadian Stage. Michael has also spent two seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and did shows at the Grand (London), Theatre New Brunswick, Factory Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre among others.

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a midSummer night’s dReam ESTHER HOWIE

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Previously at the Citadel, Esther worked on Julius Caesar. Some of her favourite theatre credits include An Inspector Calls and Tons of Money for The Montgomery Theatre; A Doll’s House for Theatre New Brunswick; Seussical for SilverMist Productions, Niagara; Robin Hood, Alice Nocturne, A Christmas Carol, Rage, Mom’s the Word, Cinderella, Twelfth Night, Elephant Wake and Beauty and the Beast for Globe Theatre; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Berlin Blues for Persephone Theatre; The Drawer Boy and the world premiere of Anne and Gilbert for Victoria Playhouse, PEI. She received her BFA from the U of R and currently resides in Regina. Thanks to the wonderful company at Citadel for this opportunity and to her family for their continued support. Enjoy the show!

MONIKA SEILER

Assistant Stage Manager

Monika’s credits include Beckett: Feck It! for Queen of Puddings (in association with Canadian Stage); Other People for Mutual Friends Co-op; Topdog/Underdog for Obsidian/Shaw Festival; I Send You This Cadmium Red for Art of Time Ensemble/Canadian Stage; Billy Bishop Goes to War, Forever Plaid and Russian Play & Essay for Thousand Islands Playhouse; Jake and the Kid for Globe Theatre; Ruined for Obsidian/Nightwood; What the Butler Saw and A Christmas Carol for Soulpepper; The Marriage of Figaro and Idomeneo for Opera Atelier; Talk for Harold Green Jewish Theatre; Eugene Onegin for Opera Lyra; Strong Poison, Pride & Prejudice and Rope’s End for Manitoba Theatre Centre and Beauty & the Beast for Silver Mist. Monika has spent five years with the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal; three years with the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology, and is the Ontario Stage Management Representative for Equity’s Council Policy Advisory Group. Monika is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.


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casual patron over the years, Sandy found the new subscription packages attractive and affordable to both her lifestyle and to her budget, so she decided to take the plunge! 1) What made you decide to become a season ticket holder now? I have lived in Edmonton all my life. I am seventy years old now, but have never been a subscription holder at the Citadel Theatre. I’m on a small fixed income, and the price was just too high for me to consider. Over the years, I have been to a few productions, thanks to the kindness of friends and family who could not use their tickets, and a few great actors who provided me with comps. A few of these shows were; Little Women, A Christmas Carol, The Forbidden Phoenix, Death of a Salesman, The Three Musketeers, and most recently, Blind Date. I think Blind Date was my favourite so far, followed very closely by Little Women. While I was attending Blind Date, one of the Citadel staff informed me of the new subscription pricing that was being offered this season. I immediately signed up. I am thrilled to now call myself a Citadel subscription holder. At these prices, many more people will be able to enjoy the upcoming season’s productions.

2) What are you most looking forward to in the 2012/2013 season? I am really looking forward to seeing The Kite Runner, I read the book not too long ago, and enjoyed it so much. However, recently I had an opportunity to sit in on a meet and greet with the cast and crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What an amazing experience. I had never seen what happens at the very beginning of a production, and felt honoured to be included. So naturally I am also looking forward to seeing the product when it opens next month.

3) Who do you think should become a season ticket holder? Everyone! The three people I talked to about the new pricing — all of whom signed up! Four new subscribers and counting!

4) What does the Citadel mean to you? Here is what theatre means to me: For years I have been taking care of my husband as his health failed, and when he passed away last year, I was at a loss as to what my role was. Why even wake up? No longer a wife, now a widow, life was so different. Everything I enjoyed doing was meant for couples, and there were few places I felt comfortable going alone. However, it is perfectly acceptable to go to a theatre production by yourself. Many people do. My daughter took me to New York. We saw eleven plays in seven days and I had one of those “AH HA” moments. As long as I was watching a play, I was not thinking about my own problems. It is difficult to talk to people when you are newly widowed, but during a show, the cast, crew and other audience members would really appreciate it if you don’t talk. If you cry, everyone assumes you are crying because of the play. Theatre gives you somewhere to go in the evening, and somewhere to come home from. Most importantly, for a few hours, you can forget your own life, and sink into someone else’s.

5) Is there a specific play you wish we would produce? In the future, I would love to see shows such as The Phantom of the Opera or War Horse, but I realize that the size of the stage may hinder productions like these. I think a lovely show named Jake’s Gift would be a great show to present here. Life does get better, very slowly. But trust me, live theatre helps in many ways. In the upcoming season, while sitting in your theatre, I can thank all the Citadel’s cast and crew for allowing me, just for a few hours, to live in your story and escape from mine. I hope the actors never forget that even adults need a bed time story.

Bob Baker, Sandy Moser, Penny Ritco

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STAFF

BOB BAKER

Artistic Director •

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES Doug Mertz

Anna Paquin Director, Citadel/Banff Roman Pfob Centre Professional Kate Ryan Theatre Program Matt Schuurman Brian Dooley Liana Shannon Director, Play Development Amy Shostak Geoffrey Brumlik Linette Smith Director, Artistic & Jennifer Spencer Educational Outreach Eileen Sproule Doug Mertz FTS Teaching Assistants Director, FTS & Rebecca Bissonnette Young Companies Nicola Elbro Don Horsburgh Resident Music Director Sophie Gareau-Brennan Cynthia Hicks Wayne Paquette Paula Humby Academy Associate Spenser Payne Hannah Whittaker Megz Prus Academy Coordinator Michelle Tymchuk Diana Stevenson Jo Wetmore Manager, James MacDonald

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CITADEL VOLUNTEERS

Young Company Instructors Bob Baker Shannon Boyle Robert Clinton Chris Craddock Stephen Delano Don Horsburgh Heather Inglis James MacDonald Doug Mertz Phil Nero Mieko Ouchi Jackie Pooke Linda Rubin Kate Ryan Dawn Sadoway FTS Instructors Christine Bandelow April Banigan Shannon Boyle Tara Brodin Ashley Butler Jessica Carmichael Ellen Chorley Julie Golosky Crystal Hanson Melissa Havin Brad Heintzman Sally Hunt Binaifer Kapadia Meghan Koshman Amy Kucharuk Annette Loiselle Barbara Mah Daniela Masellis Josh Mellott

ADMINISTRATION

Marianne Bouthillier Associate Executive Director

Peni Christopher

Asst. to the Artistic Director/ Company Manager

Laurie McInnes

Business & Legal Affairs

FACILITY

Louis Barron Director

Maintenance Doug de Vries Manager

Andrew Bialobzyski Assistant Manager

Bee Clean Services Security Alberta Crowd Management Building Porters Richard Bukowski Tara Gale

FINANCE

Keith Strong, CA Director

Kaitlyn Kastelic

Accounts Payable/ Receivable

Paul Thorburn

PENNY RITCO

GUEST SERVICES

Executive Director

Jason Magee

Jim Meers

Venue Rentals Manager

Kirstin Piehl

Charlotte Hunt

Box Office Manager

Sydney Stuart

Vincent Meseck

Jenna Pryor

Kimberlee Stadelmann Neil Le Grandeur

House Manager/ Volunteer Coordinator

Josh Wickard

Assistant Box Office Manager

Manager, Media Relations Head of Props Marketing Coordinator Manager, Fund Development

Sales Gynger Callahan Supervisor

Assistant Box Office Manager

Breanne Brown Nathan Coppens Bevin Dooley Sylvia Douglas

School Booking Coordinator

PRODUCTION

Kristen Hiemstra Shar Powell

Debbie Theuss

Cheryl L. Hoover

Director Assistant Rentals Manager Bill Heron Technical Director Guest Services

Supervisors Michelle Bonot Crystal Casanova Kayla Fuller Amanda Gregoire Caitlin Jackson Tara-Lee LaRose Jennifer Liu Alyssa McGowan Terry Schmolcke Mark Stubbings Derek Warwick Guest Services Representatives Mike Anhorn Crystal Cassanova Carol Dreger Jessica Glover Marg Gronnestad Christina Harbak Mark Harding Theresa Hovdestad Jacob Liska Abbie Murison Carly Neis Natasha Prasad Joyanne Rudiak Valerie Smart Debbie Theuss Shirley Tran Al Webb

MARKETING, SALES & FUND DEVELOPMENT

Assistant Head of Props

Props

Angie Sotiropolous Props

Wayne Jeannotte Props

Danine Regenwetter Props

Marc Anderson

Head Stage Carpenter

Andrew Hill

Assistant Head Stage Carpenter

Dan Beggs

Stage Carpenter

Patsy Thomas

Head of Wardrobe Resident Stage Manager Kayla Fulton Assistant Head of Patrick Fraser Assistant Technical Director Wardrobe

Michelle Chan

Stephanie Ripley

Judith Darough

Kyla Maki

Ava Diehl

Owen Hutchinson

Kathleen Morley

Alison Hardy

Margie Berggeron

Perry Harris

Barb Becker

Peter Locock

Jeff Chief

Chris Hayes

Brenda Inglis

Assistant Technical Director Cutter Administrative Assistant Head of Audio

Assistant Head of Audio Audio

Head of Scenic Carpentry

First Hand First Hand Milliner

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Barb Markert

Scenic Carpenter

Michelle Warren

Scenic Carpenter

Jaylene Wiebe

Scenic Carpenter

Lorraine Price

Greg Cardinal

Serge Menard Brian Maxwell

Sheila Cleasby

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Head of Wardrobe Running

Scott George Lafluer

Kayla Fulton

Torstein Colyer

Mary Hyde-Kerr

Assistant Head of Electrics Electrics

Andrea Steinwand

Dresser Dresser

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Head of Scenic Paint

Jacqueline Poissant

Assistant Head of Scenic Paint

Samantha Rumball

Chantel Fortin

Wardrobe Maintenance

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Joyce LaBriola

Payroll Accountant

Jann Smith

Angie Sotiropolous

Linda Bourgon

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Megan Hall

Scenic Paint

Richard Stevens Scenic Paint

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Rosita Vasileva Gladys Wong

Director

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Associate, Robbins Academy Marketing

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The Citadel is grateful for the kind generosity of its volunteers listed below. If you want to volunteer with the Citadel, please call Neil Le Grandeur at 780-428-2137 or e-mail foh@citadeltheatre.com. Johanna Andreoff, Tracy Arnell, Nelda Arnst, Judith Babcock, Trinity Barrow, Donna Bell, Shelley Benson, Erika Beyer, Ursula Blumentrath, Jeanine Bonot, Florence Borch, Ken Borch, Shirley Boven, Loveth Bradley, Jon Brenda, Shirl Brown, Eileen Budlong, Nancy Byway, Collin Campbell, Dee Cartledge, Jessica Chai, Jenny Chai, Joyce Dahl, Carol Dreger, Shirley Dunn, Trina Elash, Trevor Elliot, Janet Fayjean, Linda Ferro, Lil Filewych, Brett Flesher, Jeanette Flesher, Brenda Fraser, Wendy Fraser, Gilberte Gagne, Irene Gagne, Doreen Gagnon, Jeanne Garland, Jackie Genest, Glenda Goodwin, Gerry Gordon, Mervan Gorrie, Myrna Gosnell, Christine Hall, Tomoko Hayashi, Lucie Heins, Tim Heins, Bradley Heller, Marilyn Hemsing, Linelle Henderson, Daniel High, Amelia Hihn, Maria Hollinshead, Ron Homenchuk, Laura Hughes, Judy Hume, Regan Kosior, Darlene Kowalchuk, Kim Lang, Clemence Lavoie, Nicole LeBlanc-Lamarre, Lowella Lee, Louise Leibel, Maureen Letchford, Coral Levang, Ron Levang, Fran Linklater, Jennifer Liu, Mike Liu, Kyle Lobb, Katrina Lucyk, Marlene Lukevich, Tabatha Lyon, Bozena Macek, Dawn Madill, Danielle Maraj, Nicholas Mather, Thomas McLean, Karen Miller, Monica Molina-Ayala, Donna Molloy, Joan Murchie, Sulochana Muthia, Florence Nieberding, Dennis Nolan, Gina Nolet, Wendy Poirier, Joan Poletz, Anna Popowich, Gail Poston, Natasha Prasad, Petra Prendergast, Kevin Przyswitt, Renee Przyswitt, Doreen Pysar, Thor Quaranta, Tracy Renz Augustin, Audrey Ross, Ian Ross, Helen Rusich, Angela Seery, Phyllis Solsberg, Evelyn Stark, Antonia Stiuca, Cheryl Sulatycky, Anna Tandingan, Shahna Tariq, Liz Tweddle, Rose Unguran, Mona Vandersluys, Lynne Vickers, Jane Voloboeva, Maureen Wagner, Allan Webb, Kay Willekes, Denise Woollard, Paul Yates, Lil Yewchuk 57


THE CITADEL/BANFF CENTRE

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM

2011/2012 FACULTY BOB BAKER JAMES MacDONALD BRENDA BAZINET DENNIS CAHILL DON HORSBURGH MIKE KENNARD JULIA LENARDON DAYNA TEKATCH LINDA TURNBULL TOM WOOD HANNAH WHITTAKER Workshop Leaders

PARTICIPANTS Artistic Director/ Scene Study Program Director/Text Scene Study Improvisation Singing/Choral Work An Introduction to Clown Vocal Techniques Movement/Dance Strength & Conditioning/Movement Preparation Techniques Program Co-ordinator NOAH DREW, BRIAN DOOLEY, DAVE HORAK, JONATHAN PURVIS, KELLY ROBINSON, LINDA RUBIN, JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART

MICHAEL ANTONAKOS MARC R. BONDY JUSTIN BOTT LORA BROVOLD SOCHI FRIED JESSE GRIFFITHS ELLIE HEATH PATRICK LUNDEEN ALEXANDER McCOOEYE ERIC MORIN ROSE NAPOLI JONATHAN PURVIS JONATHAN LACHLAN STEWART SHANNON TAYLOR


robbins academy

STAMINA, STRENGTH, AGILITY OF BODY, MIND, HEART

AT THE CITADEL, we do not just put on plays, we build theatre for today, tomorrow and beyond. The Robbins Academy at the Citadel Theatre is the most comprehensive program for creative development in professional theatre in Canada. Offering programs for both emerging and established theatre professionals, the Robbins Academy encompasses five specialized programs under one unique umbrella: THE CITADEL/BANFF CENTRE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM offers a rigorous advanced training program to further enhance and improve skills of established theatre professionals. We would like to acknowledge the generosity and vision of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program founding supporters • The Eldon and Anne Foote Fund of the Edmonton Community Foundation • The John and Barbara Poole Family Fund • Canadian Western Bank and the Pechet Family

PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM We are committed to produce new work on our stages each year, and through the Play Development program, we offer various resources and professional expertise (commissions, readings, workshops, dramaturgy). We are committed to assist playwrights in developing their work to its greatest potential. No matter your age or experience level, the Robbins Academy makes it possible for you to reach your theatre goals and keep you striving for more. THE CITADEL THEATRE YOUNG COMPANIES offers an advanced training and mentorship program for 16-21 year-olds who want to pursue a career in professional theatre. This year-long program offers specialized training in Acting, Musical Theatre, Playwriting and Theatre Production. THE ELDON AND ANNE FOOTE THEATRE SCHOOL is the oldest and largest theatre school in Edmonton. Since 1966, we have provided year-round classes for all ages and experience levels, teaching physical, technical, and creative skills in both acting and musical theatre. ARTISTIC & EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH is a part of the Robbins Academy, offering a variety of audience development activities designed to deepen appreciation of theatre arts and enable our audiences to be informed, engaged ambassadors for the Citadel and the arts.

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Q U ATT R O


THE BANFF CENTRE The Banff Centre Jeff Melanson, President Sarah Iley, Vice-President, Programming Art Nutt, Vice-President & CFO

Board of Governors Jeff Kovitz, QC, Chair — Canmore Jeff Melanson, President — Banff Linda Black, QC, Vice-Chair — Calgary/Canmore Jack Davis — Calgary Joan Forge — Edmonton Jill Gardiner — Vancouver Christiane Germain — Montreal Christopher Hilbert — New York Leroy Little Bear, JD — Lethbridge Ralston E. MacDonnell — Halifax Brenda Mackie — Calgary Trina McQueen — Toronto Susan Peterson — Ottawa Joseph C. Shlesinger — Toronto Arni C. Thorsteinson, CFA — Winnipeg Robert D. Walker — Edmonton

Marketing & Communications Mary Blais, Executive Director Lachlan Mackintosh, Events Marketing Linda Wittchen, Box Office Manager

Office of the Registrar Charlene Todd, Registrar

Theatre Arts Kelly Robinson, Director Casey Prescott, Associate Director, Producing

The Banff Centre is a globally

respected arts, cultural, and educational institution. Our mission is Inspiring Creativity. In The Banff Centre’s powerful mountain setting in the heart of Banff National Park, exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art; share skills and knowledge in an interdisciplinary environment; and explore ideas and develop solutions in the arts and leadership. Arts programs are at the core of The Banff Centre. Programming supports the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives, and provides resources for collaboration and applied research. Training and professional development at the post-graduate level in more than a dozen art forms including Aboriginal arts, music, theatre, dance, opera, literature, ceramics, printmaking, painting, papermaking, photography, sculpture, audio engineering, digital film and video, and new media. Work is showcased in public performances, events, and exhibitions throughout the year, culminating in the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival. The Banff Centre is supported by funding from the Government of Alberta, through Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, Alberta Infrastructure and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Arts programs are supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund.


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