Into The Woods

Into The Woods

A Musical Fairytale with a Twist

July 22 – August 13
Springer Theatre

"The difference between a cow and a bean is a bean can begin an adventure..."

 

 

 

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

  • Fairytales come to life in this musical about finding one’s purpose in the most unlikely of places.

    In order to reverse a curse put on them by the witch next door, the baker and his wife must go into the woods to find four magical ingredients. On their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish of their own. Weaving together popular fairy tales, this musical was the inspiration for the 2014 hit film, starring Meryl Streep. INTO THE WOODS explores what happens when “happily ever after” doesn’t unfold quite as planned.

    Best suited for ages 10 and up.

    “Enchanting isn't a strong enough word for what's on stage.”
    - Los Angeles Daily News

    “A whirl of pure pleasure that just keeps whirling.”
    - The Telegraph


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    Playing at the Springer Theatre
    from July 22 – August 13

    Springer Theatre Performance Times
    All Tuesday performances start at 7:30 pm
    Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm
    Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm (starting the Sunday after opening)

    Running Time: 2.5h (plus intermission)

    Dock Talks
    Join us on the beautiful deck of the Springer Theatre for a chat with the artists from Into the Woods before you see the show! Dock Talks are at 1:30pm on Wednesdays, and 7:00pm on Thursdays.

    Two additional Dock Talks will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 with special guest Lois Kivesto, an academic with a specialty in the work of James Lapine, the book writer for Into The Woods. Lois' talk will chronicle the unique development process for Into The Woods, and give us some insight around how this magical musical came to be.

  • Cast

    Ian Deakin - Mysterious Man / Narrator
    Kristin Galer - Witch
    Nicola Hadjis - Lucinda
    Madison Hayes-Crook - Florinda
    Sara-Jeanne Hosie - Baker's Wife
    Michael Hughes - Rapunzel's Prince / The Steward
    Eric Morin - Cinderella's Prince / Wolf
    Nicole Norsworthy - Little Red
    Ron Pederson - Baker
    Gillian Reed - Rapunzel / Cinderella's Mother
    Katie Ryerson - Cinderella
    Travis Seetoo - Jack
    Shelley Simester - Cinderella's Stepmother / Granny / Giant
    Marcia Tratt - Jack's Mother

    Creative

    Director - Ashlie Corcoran
    Musical Director - Stephen Woodjetts
    Choreographer - Shelley Stewart Hunt
    Set & Costume Design - Drew Facey
    Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay
    Sound Designer - William Fallon
    Stage Manager - Kate Porter
    Associate Director - Rob Kempson
    Assistant Director - Jason Hall
    Assistant Stage Manager - AJ LaFlamme
    Apprentice Stage Manager - Kelsey Rutledge

    Musicians

    Piano - Stephen Woodjetts
    Bass - Bob Arlidge
    Second Keyboard - Erin Puttee
    Percussion - Greg Runions
    Reeds - David Smith



    BOB ARLIDGE
    BASS

    For the Playhouse: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart
    Elsewhere: Forever Plaid, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Godspell, Blue Champagne, Annie, Les Misérables, H.M.S. Pinafore, Man of La Mancha, The Buddy Holly Story (Grand Theatre Kingston); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wellington Street Theatre).

    ASHLIE CORCORAN
    DIRECTOR

    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012.  Director for: Blithe Spirit, The Pirates of Penzance, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Dear Johnny Deere, The Ugly One, She Loves Me, Driving Miss Daisy, Salt-Water Moon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Third Floor

    Elsewhere:  As Director: Mustard (Tarragon Theatre); Das Ding (The Thing) (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/Tarragon Theatre); The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni, Le Lauréat, Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (The Glenn Gould School, RCM); The Bremen Town Musicians, Operation Superpower, The Brothers Grimm, Isis and The Seven Scorpions, Cinderella, The Bear (Canadian Opera Company); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre). As Artistic Producer & Director: Tiny Dynamite, Tijuana Cure, A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash). 

    Upcoming: Das Ding (The Thing) (TIP); Second Nature, The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company); Kiss (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); Bed & Breakfast (Centaur Theatre).

    www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/ashlie-corcoran/

    Ian Deakin IAN DEAKIN
    NARRATOR / MYSTERIOUS MAN

    For the Playhouse: The Last Resort (1997)
    Elsewhere: 13 Seasons at the Stratford Festival including The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Odyssey, Henry IV; King Lear (Lincoln Centre NYC); Much Ado About Nothing, The Miser (City Centre NYC); School For Scandal (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Theatre Aquarius); Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment); Man of La Mancha (TBTB); She Loves Me (Rose Theatre); Sound of Music (Neptune Theatre). Film and Television: Hemlock Grove, Man Seeking Woman, The Listener, Assassin’s Creed/Syndicate.

          “For Robin.”

    DREW FACEY
    SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, Waiting for the Parade
    Elsewhere: Evita, Stickboy, Sweeney Todd (Vancouver Opera); Merry Wives (Bard on the Beach); Das Ding (The Thing) (Canadian Stage/Theatre Smash); Deux ans de votre vie, À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou (Théâtre la Seizième); Romeo Initiative (Touchstone); Whipping Man (Pacific); “Art” (Gateway); Little Brother Little Sister (Caravan); Indian Arm, Penelope (Rumble); Educating Rita (Arts Club); Broken Sex Doll (Virtual Stage); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada). 

    Drew was also the Exhibition Designer for Future Worlds, an interdisciplinary theatrical event at the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of eleven Jessie Awards for outstanding design and twenty-six nominations. 

    www.drewfacey.com

    WILLIAM FALLON
    SOUND DESIGNER

    Elsewhere: As sound designer: The Immigrant (Harold Green); Imprints (Theatre Gargantua); In Transit (Segal Centre – Young Company); As You Like It (Repercussion Theatre); Cabaret (NTSC). As associate/assistant sound designer: A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stratford Festival); Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Life Reflected (National Arts Centre Orchestra); Nìagara – A Pan-American Story (Panamania); Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Aladdin (Disney Theatrical); This (Canadian Stage); Hair (The Grand Theatre). As production sound engineer: The Last Five Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival); The Wild Party, Once on This Island, Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); What Makes A Man (Necessary Angel); Alligator Pie (Soulpepper). 

    William is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

    KRISTIN GALER
    WITCH

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense 2, Blood Brothers. 
    Elsewhere: The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); Mary Poppins (Port Hope); Blood Brothers (Rose Theatre Brampton); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Silvermist); Nunsense (Stage West Calgary/Mississauga); I Love You… Now Change, Oklahoma!, The Odd Couple, (Drayton); Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre London); Leo, The Royal Cadet (Toronto Operetta Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Threepenny Opera (Stratford Festival). 

    Kristin sends gratitude to all at the Playhouse, and love to her family and friends, especially her fiancé Kevin. 

    NICOLA HADJIS
    LUCINDA

    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Sunday in the Park with George, Sweet Charity, The Enlightenment of Percival Von Schmootz, Chess (Theatre Sheridan); 33 ¹/³, Star Stuck, Central Park Tango (Canadian Music Theatre Project); A Dickens of a Christmas (Canadian Children’s Opera Company).

    Proud graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. “For my nieces: listen well and stay young!”

    www.nicolahadjis.com

    JASON HALL
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

    For the Playhouse: Playwright of Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes, Third Floor, Assistant Director of Blithe Spirit
    Elsewhere: A First Class Death (Vault Festival, UK); 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Match (Company of Angels/Latitude Festival, UK); Third Floor (Summerworks/Lower Ossington Theatre); Stand Sentry (Rhubarb Festival/Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); GBS (Toronto Fringe Festival/Theatre 503, UK); Eyes Catch Fire (Finborough Theatre, UK).

    Upcoming: Jason will be the Assistant Director of A Grand Time in the Rapids for the Playhouse’s 2016 season. 

    Jason is the visiting artist for the 2016 season. He is also a lecturer in Playwriting at Brunel University, London, UK. 

    MADISON HAYES-CROOK
    FLORINDA

    For the Playhouse: Rose’s Clothes
    Elsewhere: Disenchanted (Broadway in Chicago), Legally Blonde, Anything Goes (Lower Ossington Theatre), Lord of the Flies (Annex Theatre).

    Upcoming: Disenchanted National Tour

    Professional training includes Randolph Academy’s Triple Threat Program, Open Jar Institute in NYC, Broadway Artist’s Alliance, and work as an Odyssey Theatre Apprentice. Madison would like to extend a huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Jonah, Mike, Stacey, and Puck for their endless support and her numerous teachers for their dedication, generosity and kindness.

    SARA-JEANNE HOSIE
    BAKER’S WIFE

    The Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: The Wild Party, Falsettos (Acting Upstage); Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, Cabaret, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, White Christmas (The Arts Club Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, (The Belfry); Chicago (Mayfield); Guys and Dolls (The Gateway); Little Shop of Horrors (Bluebridge); Odd Couple (Petrolia Playhouse), A Chorus Line, South Pacific (Chemainus Theatre). Direction & Choreography: Associate Director on A Little Night Music, Man Of la Mancha (Stratford Festival); My Fair Lady, Alice vs Wonderland (Bluebridge Rep Theatre); The Buddy Holly Story, Chickens (Chemainus Theatre); Godspell, Blood Brothers, Altar Boyz, Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera (Arts Club Theatre); Ruthless, [title of show], Glory Days, Songs for a New World. 
    Upcoming: Rebecca Northan’s Slipper at ATP 

    Sara-Jeanne has an album of original music entitled “In Case You Didn’t Know”. Many thanks to the Talent House.

    www.sjhosie.com

    MICHAEL HUGHES
    RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE / THE STEWARD

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates Of Penzance, She Loves Me
    Elsewhere: The VPP Christmas Jamboree (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); West Side Story Suite (National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre); All Shook Up (Theatre North West); Anne and Gilbert (Harbourfront Theatre, PEI). 

    Michael is the creator and star of the internationally acclaimed, Canadian Comedy Award nominated, Mickey & Judy. For his performance in the off-Broadway production, Michael was awarded the 2013 New York City Bistro Award for Outstanding Debut. A sought after cabaret and concert performer, Michael was featured on the David Foster & Friends concert tour alongside Sarah McLachlan, Earth Wind & Fire, and Chicago. His award-winning, self-titled album is available for purchase on iTunes.

    www.mickehughes.com

    SHELLEY STEWART HUNT 
    CHOREOGRAPHER

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Waiting For The Parade, She Loves Me
    Elsewhere: Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Under The Stars);The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson (Ruby Slippers), The Drowsy Chaperone (Exit 22 Prod.); Oklahoma!, Spring Awakening (Studio 58); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre Company); I Love You Because (Intimate Theatre Prod.); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Winter Sport (West Vancouver’s official Olympic celebration site multi-media show); motion capture choreography for Barbie: The Princess & The Pauper (Mattel). Selected performance credits:  Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies (Hero Tapper); The Full Monty (Patrick Street Productions); Evita, My Fair Lady (Arts Club/Stanley Theatre); CATS National Tour; Bye Bye Birdie (ABC-TV).

    Based in Vancouver, Shelley is a faculty member in Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Diploma program, and will be starting as the tap instructor at Studio 58 at Langara College in the fall.

    ROB KEMPSON
    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

    For the Playhouse: Associate Artistic Director. Director: Rose’s Clothes, Violet’s the Pilot. Associate Director: Dear Johnny Deere. Assistant Director/Male Ensemble: She Loves Me
    Elsewhere: Writer/Director: SHANNON 10:40 (Videofag); Mockingbird (Next Stage). Co-creator/Director: explicit (Rhubarb Festival, Buddies), #legacy (HATCH, Harbourfront Centre); In My Own Skin (YRDSB); The HV Project (Community Project). Director: IMissYou (hub 14); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Writer/Performer: The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille – Dora nomination); Performer: Hero and Leander (Common Descent/SummerWorks).
    Upcoming: Assistant Director for You Are Here (TIP); Writer/Director for Trigonometry (timeshare).

    Rob is thrilled to be back at the Playhouse again this year, the place where he saw his first ever professional theatre. More info at www.robkempson.com or @rob_kempson on Twitter.

    AJ LAFLAMME
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance
    Elsewhere: Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry New Opera Works); Chimerica, Julie, London Road, The Arsonists, Red, Another Africa (Canadian Stage); All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); The Unplugging, Bingo! (Factory Theatre); Waiting Room (Tarragon Theatre); A Beautiful View, The Africa Trilogy (Volcano Theatre); Kim’s Convenience, Spoon River, La Ronde, True West (Soulpepper); Tainted (Moyo Theatre); Tosca, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, Le Tragedie de Carmen (Highlands Opera Studio); Cabaret,  A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre); Everything Must Go (Andrea Martin). 

    Upcoming: You Are Here: A New Musical (Thousand Islands Playhouse)

    AJ is a graduate of Sheridan College and the University of Toronto.  She is also a writer; her work can be found at www.artbytheft.com

    ERIC MORIN
    CINDERELLA’S PRINCE / WOLF

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. 
    Elsewhere: City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay); Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); The Three Musketeers, Little Women, Midsummer Nights Dream, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Shakespeare in the Park (Canadian Stage); Next to Normal (The Arts Club); The Wizard of Oz (a Ross Petty Production); Footloose (Drayton Entertainment). 

    Upcoming: Assistant Director on A Grand Time in the Rapids, and the North American tour of Catalyst’s vigilante.

    Eric is a multi-disciplinary artist and has worked and collaborated with some of Canada’s most distinguished artists and theatre companies. Eric is a graduate of the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program (2011/12), earned his BFA at the Ryerson Theatre School, and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Earlier this year, Eric was the assistant director for Das Ding (The Thing), which will have its Playhouse debut this fall. His work and involvement in past productions have been recognized for the Dora, Sterling, Jessie, and Ovation Award.

    NICOLE NORSWORTHY
    LITTLE RED

    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pirates Of Penzance 
    Elsewhere: The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); The Barber of Seville (Canadian Opera Company); Annie (YPT);  Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West);  unEarth (Helix Dance Project). Selected film/tv credits: Bomb Girls (Global TV); Nikita (Warner Bros); Suits (USA Network); Frenemies (Disney Channel); Suicide Squad (Warner Bros). 

    Nicole is thrilled to be a part of Into the Woods as Little Red. She is a graduate of The Randolph Centre for the Arts and recipient of the Triple Threat award. Outside of performing, Nicole is an active dance teacher and choreographer. Special thanks to Stephen and Peter, and to her supportive friends, family and Alex.

    RON PEDERSON
    BAKER

    For The Playhouse: She Loves Me!
    Elsewhere: Soulpepper, Stratford, Tarragon, The Canadian Stage Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, Citadel, MTC, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club, Belfry Theatre, FreeWill Shakespeare Festival, Catalyst,  ATP,  Teatro La Quindicina, SummerWorks. Film & Television: MADtv– 3 Seasons (FOX), The Late Late Show (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries, Insecurity (CBC), Degrassi (CTV) SideKick (YTV).

    Ron has a Dora Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical 2016, and Best Actor 2014. He also has Jessie and Merrit Award nominations. He is a recipient of the SummerWorks Performance Award, Sterling Award, RBC Arts Professional Award, and Multiple Canadian Comedy Awards including: Best Improviser 2011. As Founding Member of National Theatre of the World, he is the Artistic Producer of the Theatre Department.

    KATE PORTER
    STAGE MANAGER

    For the Playhouse: Stage Manager: The Pirates of Penzance, The Importance of Being Earnest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables, The Red Priest. Assistant Stage Manager: Don’t Dress for Dinner and Anne & Gilbert. 
    Elsewhere: Wormwood, Sextet, The Amorous Adventures of Anatol (Tarragon Theatre); Rigoletto, Carmen (Vancouver Opera); Tom At the Farm (Buddies in Bad Times); The Dining Room (Soulpepper); The God That Comes (2b theatre company); Tribes (Theatrefront / Canadian Stage); Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) (Theatrefront / Tarragon Theatre / Western Canada Theatre); Noises Off (Western Canada Theatre). Assistant Stage Manager: Semele (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

    Upcoming: Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera)

    ERIN PUTTEE
    SECOND KEYBOARD

    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Legally Blonde, Crazy for You, New Faces 2016 (SLC); Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, The Medium, Dialogues of the Carmelites (University of Ottawa).
    Upcoming: Erin returns as a partial load professor and voice teacher in the Music Theatre Performance program at St. Lawrence College and maintains an active private voice studio in the Ottawa region

    Erin holds a Master’s in Musicology and is a proud member of NATS and ORMTA.

    MICHELLE RAMSAY
    LIGHTING DESIGNER

    For the Playhouse: Dear Johnny Deere, The Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Night, Blood Brothers, Poochwater
    Elsewhere: Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera); Lucio Silla (Opera Atelier); Gertrude and Alice (Independent Aunties/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); The Mountaintop (The Grand Theatre – London); dead reckoning (Blue Ceiling Dance); Mockingbird (timeshare); Road to Paradise (Human Cargo); huff (Native Earth Performing Arts); You Play Beautifully (Theatre New Brunswick); Cannibal the Musical (Starvox); Arcadia (Mirvish Productions/Shaw Festival); Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Sultans of the Street (YPT); The Wanderers (Cahoots Theatre Company); The Stronger Variations (Theatre Rusticle).  

    Michelle has received five Dora Awards, a SATAward and the 2008 Pauline McGibbon Award.

    GILLIAN REED
    RAPUNZEL / CINDERELLA’S MOTHER

    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Grand Hotel, Sweet Charity, The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz, Chess (Theatre Sheridan); My Fair Lady, Nunsense, Annie, South Pacific, Into the Woods, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Brigadoon, Les Misérables, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd, The Producers, Cinderella, Singin’ in the Rain, The Sound of Music (Kelowna Actors Studio); The Selfish Giant (Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre).Workshops/Readings: Atlantis (Canadian Music Theatre Project).
    Training: Sheridan College, Music Theatre Performance

    GREG RUNIONS
    PERCUSSION

    For the Playhouse: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Secret Garden, Oliver, The Music Man, Les Misérables, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Blood Brothers, Poochwater, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone
    Elsewhere: Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel, Camelot, Evita, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, South Pacific.

    Greg plays regularly with the Kingston Symphony and can occasionally be heard leading his own big band.

    http://www.myspace.com/gregrunionsbigband

    KELSEY RUTLEDGE
    APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER

    For the Playhouse:
    Debut

    Elsewhere: Stage Manager: Slip (Circlesnake Productions); Trout Stanley (Severely Jazzed Productions); The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre). Apprentice Stage Manager: The Unplugging, (Factory); Miracle on 34th Street (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival).
    Upcoming: Das Ding (The Thing) (TIP – Apprentice Stage Manager)

    Kelsey is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Production Program and holds a BFA degree in Theatre Performance from Laurentian University.

    KATIE RYERSON
    CINDERELLA

    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Janet Wilson Meets The Queen (World Premiere), Generous, Pomme & ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! (GCTC); Dream a Little Dream (The Grand); The Sound of Music (NAC); The Wizard of Oz (The Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hal & Falstaff, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors (a Company of Fools).

    A born Calgarian and raised in Ottawa, Toronto is now home for this Ryerson Theatre School grad. Katie feels incredibly lucky to be spending the summer in beautiful Gananoque doing one of her dream shows. Love and thanks to this incredible group of artists, Ashlie and the Playhouse team, my family, and Warren. Thank you for joining us, enjoy! 

    TRAVIS SEETOO
    JACK

    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, Cabaret, Juno and the Paycock, Guys and Dolls, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Workshop Performances of 33¹/³, Spring Awakening (Shaw Festival); The Pirates of Penzance, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Stratford Festival); West Side Story (Citadel); The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius); Dear Santa (Upper Canada Playhouse); The Nutcracker (The National Ballet of Canada). 
    Upcoming: Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Productions) James and the Giant Peach (Young Peoples Theatre)

    Travis trained at the National Ballet School, Sheridan College, Slate Family Academy (Shaw Festival), and the Banff Citadel Professional Training Program.  He was the recipient of the Lindsay Thomas Award (Stratford Festival) Newton Award (Shaw Festival), and a Sterling Award. A Kingston native, he attended his very first summer theatre camp at the Thousand Islands Playhouse when he was 11 years old. 

    SHELLEY SIMESTER
    CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER / GRANNY / GIANT

    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance
    Elsewhere: Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival/Citadel Theatre); Man of La Mancha (The Globe Theatre); Sweeney Todd, Elf (Neptune Theatre); Queen Marie (4th Line Theatre); Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz (The Citadel Theatre);  [title of show] (Angelwalk Theatre); Music Man (The Stratford Festival). TV and Film: Reign, Saving Hope. 

    DAVID SMITH
    REEDS

    At the Playhouse: Debut

    David has enjoyed a long career as a woodwind performer, secondary school and university teacher, and puppeteer. He was the leader of the sixteen piece Sounds of Jazz big band for many years, and recently joined the nine piece Swing on Jazz band. 

    MARCIA TRATT
    JACK’S MOTHER

    For the Playhouse: As an actor: The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables, Anne & Gilbert, The Beggar’s Opera, Seven Stories. As director: Having Hope at Home, Dads 
    Elsewhere: Belles Soeurs the Musical (National Arts Centre / Montreal Segal Centre for the Arts); The Wedding Singer (Stage West Calgary); Hilda’s Yard (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Calgary); Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre London); Beauty & the Beast (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); Blithe Spirit (Showboat Festival); Nunsense (Toronto Free Theatre). Elsewhere as director: The Drawer Boy, Sexy Laundry, Having Hope at Home, The Shape of a Girl, Wrong for Each Other, Cakewalk, Educating Rita.
    Upcoming: Belles Soeurs the Musical (Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown PEI).

    “Love always to Dave & Alma.”

    STEPHEN WOODJETTS
    MUSICAL DIRECTOR / PIANO

    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Selected music direction credits:  Man of La Mancha (Globe); Mary Poppins, Singin’ In The Rain (Capitol Arts Centre & Rainbow Stage); Sweeney Todd, Edwin Drood  (Vertigo); The ProducersAll Shook Up (Stage West Calgary); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); Dreamgirls (Manitoba Theatre Centre/Theatre Aquarius/Stage West Calgary); Urinetown (CanStage). Composer credits: Stratford Festival for 14 seasons, original music for the “Wingfield” series of plays, Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); creating the musicals 9 Months, 9 Months Two and Adam and Eve. Directing credits: Carousel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (University of Windsor); Jacques Brel… (National Arts Centre); The Happy Prince (Hermione Presents).

    Mr. Woodjetts is the recipient of four Betty Mitchell Awards (Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Berlin to Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and a Dora Mavor Moore award for Urinetown, all for Outstanding Music Direction – and is currently on the faculty of the Music Theatre program at Sheridan College.

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