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Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

A Swashbuckling Musical Comedy

June 19 - July 18, 2015
Springer Theatre

“I am the very model of a modern Major-General.”

 

 

 

By W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan
Adapted by Ashlie Corcoran and Andrew Kushnir

  • Gilbert and Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is the original swashbuckling blockbuster!

    On his 21st birthday, Frederic is released from his apprenticeship to buccaneers and falls madly in love with Mabel, the Major-General's daughter. But when Frederic discovers he was born February 29 and only has a birthday each leap year, he realizes he is indentured to the pirates for another six decades! Considered by many critics to be the funniest musical of all-time, TIP is thrilled to have this enduring classic set sail on the Springer stage. Silly, romantic, and completely iconic, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is an all-out musical adventure.

    "Riotously funny...it's a sure-fire audience-pleaser!"
    - Courier Times

    "Delightfully complex creation that has captures audiences' funny bones...pure light entertainment!"
    - Broadwayworld.com


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    Playing at the Springer Theatre
    from June 19 - July 18, 2015

    Tuesday to Saturday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8pm
    Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. . . . . . . . .2:30pm
    (No Saturday matinee on opening day of shows)

    Running Time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes including intermission

  • Cast

    Samuel/Coast Guard: Darren Burkett
    Frederic: Adam Charles
    Isabel/Coast Guard: Adriana Crivici
    Edith/Pirate: Kristin Galer
    Kate/Pirate: Andrea Houssin
    Pirate/Coast Guard: Michael Hughes
    Sergeant/Pirate: Benjamin Kyte
    Mabel: Alison MacDonald
    Major General Stanley: W. Joseph Matheson
    The Pirate King: Eric Morin
    Pearle/Coast Guard: Nicole Norsworthy
    Pirate/Coast Guard: Jonathan Purvis
    Ruth: Shelley Simester
    Pirate/Coast Guard: Jacob Wolstencroft

    Creative

    Adaptated by Ashlie Corcoran & Andrew Kushnir
    Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    Music Director: Steven Greenfield
    Choreographer: Shelley Stewart Hunt
    Set & Costume Designer: Drew Facey
    Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay
    Sound Designer: Adam Harendorf
    Fight Director: Jonathan Purvis
    Assistant Director: Alexsandra Marzocca
    Dance Captain: Darren Burkett
    Stage Manager: Kate Porter
    Assistant Stage Manager: AJ Laflamme
    Apprentice Stage Manager: Katie Honek

    Musicians

    Piano: Steven Greenfield
    Reeds: Katie Legere
    Violin: Lisa Draper
    Cello: Jennifer Tindale
    Percussion: Greg Runions
    Rehearsal Pianist: Clare Gordon



    DARREN BURKETT (Samuel/Coast Guard/Dance Captain)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere:  Angelina Ballerina (UK/Australian tour); Mary Poppins, Hairspray, White Christmas, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club Theatre Company); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Delicious Lies, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! (Chemainus Theatre Festival); The Wizard of Oz, A Year With Frog and Toad [Jessie award], Seussical (Carousel Theatre); Glory Days (The Boys Upstairs Co-op).
    Upcoming: Mary Poppins (Western Canada Theatre).
    Other:  Thanks to his family and friends for their never ending love and support, especially in the past few years.

    ADAM CHARLES (Frederic)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Hairspray, Blood Brothers, White Christmas, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club Theatre); Les Miserables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus Theatre Festival); West Side Story, A Chorus Line (RCMT); Glory Days (Boys of Upstairs).
    Other: Adam is so excited to be making his Thousand Islands Playhouse debut with this hilarious show and with this supremely talented team. Big thanks to his amazing family and friends, especially his parents, without whom, he’d never be able to see his dreams come true.

    ASHLIE CORCORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012.  Director for: The Ugly One, She Loves Me, Driving Miss Daisy, Salt-Water Moon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Third Floor. 
    Elsewhere:  As Director: Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN Theatre); 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 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, The Ugly One (Theatre Smash). 
    Upcoming: Don’t Dress For Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Dear Johnny Deere, (TIP) The Bremen Musicians, Operation Superpower (COC); Mustard (Tarragon Theatre); Das Ding (The Thing), (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage).

    Other: http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/ashlie-corcoran/

    ADRIANA CRIVICI (Isabel/Coast Guard)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Lovelash (Entr’acte Studios); Cinderella, If The Shoe Fits… (Cabbagetown Theatre Company); Antigone (Soup Can Theatre); Restoration, Hippolytos, The Provok’d Wife (Theatre @ York); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Henry the IV Part 1, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Murder in the Cathedral (York University); The Endless Pace (Davide Balula).
    Upcoming: The Wedding Singer (Stage West Calgary).
    Other: Adriana is thrilled to be joining the TIP Team for the first time! Adriana is a Toronto based actor and voice over artist, and a graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory. A special thanks goes out to Cory, her family and friends for their continued love and support. @adricrivici www.adrianacrivici.com

    LISA DRAPER (Violin)
    For the Playhouse: The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, The Perilous Pirate’s Daughter, Beggar’s Opera, Anne and Gilbert, Les Miserables, She Loves Me.
    Other: Lisa is delighted to be returning to the Thousand Islands Playhouse for “The Pirates of Penzance” this year. Born and raised in Ottawa, Lisa began her violin studies there at the age of 6. She later moved to London, Ontario where she earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Ontario. In 1992, Lisa moved to Kingston, Ontario, where she currently resides. Over the years she has played in various orchestral and chamber groups including the London Concert Players Orchestra, Quinte Symphony, Peterborough Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Melos Orchestra, and the Kingston Symphony. Lisa also keeps busy playing a variety of engagements with the Limestone Trio of which she is a founding member, and teaching violin in her studio in Kingston.

    DREW FACEY (Set & Costume Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Waiting for the Parade.
    Elsewhere: Sweeney Todd, Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); Blasted (Pi); The Whipping Man, The Seafarer (Pacific); À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou (Théâtre la Seizième); “Art”, Valley Song (Gateway); Little Brother Little Sister (Caravan); The Romeo Initiative (Touchstone); Indian Arm, Penelope (Rumble); Educating Rita (Arts Club); Elizabeth Rex, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra (Bard on the Beach); Broken Sex Doll (Virtual Stage); Waiting for the Parade, Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada); Sherlock Holmes (Chemainus).
    Upcoming: Evita (Vancouver Opera); Das Ding (Theatre Smash/Can Stage).
    Other: Drew is the recipient of nine Jessie Awards for outstanding design and twenty-one nominations. 

    KRISTIN GALER (Edith/Pirate)
    For the Playhouse: She Loves Me, Spelling Bee, Suds, 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 (Silvermist); Nunsense (Stage West Calgary/Mississauga); I Love You… Now Change, The Odd Couple, Oklahoma! (Drayton); Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre London); Leo, The Royal Cadet (Toronto Operetta Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Threepenny Opera (Stratford Festival).
    Upcoming: The Odd Couple (Drayton Entertainment).
    Other: Kristin is a certified personal trainer specializing in in-home personal training (www.kaygtraining.com) and a vocal coach (www.kristingaler.com).  All my love to Kevin.

    CLARE GORDON (Rehearsal Pianist)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere previously: Bath International Music Festival, Bottle Tree Productions, Bristol Opera Company, Hart House Orchestra, Queen’s Chorale Ensemble, She Sings, Two Women Opera Company, Westben Arts Festival.
    Currently: Cantabile Women’s and Men’s Choirs of Kingston, Kingston Chamber Choir, Kingston Choral Society, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Queen’s Conservatory of Music, Queen’s School of Music.

    STEVEN GREENFIELD (Music Director/Piano)
    For the Playhouse: Closer Than EverWaiting for the Parade.
    Elsewhere: Gunmetal Blues (Globe Theatre); The Secret Garden, The Boy Friend (Capilano University); James and the Giant Peach, Busytown, The Wizard of OzSeussical (Carousel Theatre); Red Rock Diner (Arts Club); The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre); Where’s Charley? (Studio 58).
    Other: Born and raised in Calgary, Steven has been based out of Vancouver since 2006. A member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, he is a graduate of Grant MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts program. Steven is a member of the Theatre faculty at Capilano University. He has received a Jessie Award (and six nominations) for outstanding music direction. Thanks to Ashlie and Shelley. Special thanks to family, friends, Jessie and Gotham for their love and support. And thank you for choosing live theatre as your entertainment option today!

    ADAM HARENDORF (Sound Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Educating Rita, Driving Miss Daisy, Third Floor.
    Elsewhere: Cannibal! The Musical (Starvox); Alligator Pie, The Cherry Orchard (Soulpepper); Sweeney Todd, Elf – The Musical, La Cage aux Folles, The Jungle Book (Neptune); James and the Giant Peach (YPT); Lost In Yonkers, Visiting Mr. Green (HGJT); For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Fool For Love (Red One Theatre); The Shepard Plays (Candles are for Burning Co.).

    KATIE HONEK (Apprentice Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Orpheus and Eurydice (Opera Atelier); Sextet (Tarragon Theatre); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: a chamber play (Stratford Festival); Free Outgoing (Nightwood Theatre). As Stage Manager: “Ohio” & Tadeu end their lives in Montague Parkette (Rhubarb Festival: Buddies In Bad Times); Lear (Fanshawe College). As Assistant Stage Manager: Dance Weekend 2013-2015 (Dance Ontario); Treehouse TV’s Big Day Out (Paquin Entertainment).
    Other: Graduate with Joint Honours in Music and Drama at the University of Waterloo. Recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2014, Stratford Festival).

    ANDREA HOUSSIN (Kate/Pirate)
    For the Playhouse: Waiting for the Parade.
    Elsewhere: Munsch Upon a Time (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Waiting for the Parade (Western Canada Theatre); Good Intentions (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Fantastic Mr. Fox (Project X Theatre); Julius Caesar (Studio 58).
    Upcoming: Seminar (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Mirvish).
    Other: Andrea is very excited to be back for her second season at TIP! Special Thanks to Ashlie. Andrea is a Winnipeg-based actor, and a graduate of Studio 58.  @andreahtoro  www.andreahoussin.ca

    MICHAEL HUGHES (Pirate/Coast Guard
    For the Playhouse: 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).
    Other: 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 PlayhouseThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Waiting For The Parade, She Loves Me.
    ElsewhereThe Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson (Ruby Slippers), The Drowsy Chaperone (Exit 22 Prod.); How To Succeed In Business … (Theatre Under The Stars); Oklahoma!, Spring Awakening (Studio 58); …Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre Company); I Love You Because (Intimate Theatre Prod.); Guys & 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).
    Other: Based in Vancouver, Shelley is a faculty member in Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Diploma program. Selected performance credits include Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies (Hero Tapper); The Full Monty  (Patrick Street Productions); Evita and My Fair Lady  (Arts Club/Stanley Theatre); CATS National Tour (Rumpelteazer); ABC-TV’s Bye Bye Birdie (Alice).

    ANDREW KUSHNIR (Adaptation)
    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
    Elsewhere: Small Axe (Project: Humanity/The Theatre Centre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Western Canada Theatre Company); Cock (Studio 180); The Gay Heritage Project (GHP/ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); Passion Play (Outside The March/Convergence/Sheep No Wool – Dora Award Outstanding Ensemble); The Middle Place (Project: Humanity, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, national tour); Frankenstein (Catalyst Theatre, 3 national tours); The Last Five Years (Theatre&Co.); Hair (Canadian Stage); Floyd Collins (Shaw Festival); King Lear (Colorado Shakespeare Festival).  
    Upcoming:  The world premiere of his play Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre) and the national tour of The Gay Heritage Project directed by TIP’s Ashlie Corcoran. 
    Other: Andrew is the creative director of Project: Humanity Inc. (www.projecthumanity.ca) as well as a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program.

    BEN KYTE (Sergeant/Pirate)
    For The Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
    Elsewhere: Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy (Hart House Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Fallen Rock Prod.); The Rocky Horror Show (The Loft Prod); Urinetown (South Simcoe Theatre).
    Other: Special thanks to Ashlie and TIP for this opportunity. Thanks also to my friends and family for their love and support. And lastly, thanks to the audience for supporting live theatre!

    AJ LAFLAMME (Assistant Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: The Unplugging, Bingo! (Factory Theatre); Waiting Room (Tarragon Theatre); London Road, The Arsonists, Red, Another Africa (Canadian Stage); A Beautiful View, The Africa Trilogy (Volcano Theatre); Kim’s Convenience, Spoon RiverLa 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); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (M. Rubinoff Productions); Oklahoma! (Georgetown Globe).
    Other: 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.  

    KATIE LEGERE (Reeds)
    For the Playhouse: The (Post) Mistress (Bassoon, Tenor Sax).
    Elsewhere: Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Sax (Kingston Symphony); Clarinet, Sax, Basson (Grand Theatre). 
    Other: Originally from Prince Edward Island, she holds degrees in music from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto and degrees in Education, Computer Science and Business from Queen’s. Katie has been a musician in Kingston for over 25 years, teaching bassoon at the Queen’s University School of Music. With her husband Chris, (25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, She Loves Me), she is the founder of the Happy Hour Sound Bytes series. For more information: http://www.livemusickingston.ca/

    ALISON MACDONALD (Mabel)
    For the Playhouse: She Loves Me, Spelling Bee, Suds, Marvelous Wonderettes.
    Elsewhere: Sound of Music (Gateway Theatre); The Penelopiad (The Citadel); Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston); It’s a Wonderful Life, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Company, Les Miserables (Arts Club); Seussical (Carousel Theatre); Songs For a New World, The World Goes ‘Round (AMC); Ordinary Days (Relephant Theatre); Back To You (PTE/Musical Theatreworks).
    Upcoming: Elf the Musical (CTF); A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Western Canada Theatre).
    Other: Alison is a recent participant of the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program and a Jessie Award Winning Performer.  She is so happy to back in Gananoque for the summer!

    ALEXSANDRA MARZOCCA (Assistant Director)
    For the Playhouse: Assistant Director Driving Miss Daisy.
    Elsewhere: As Assistant Director: The Ugly One (Theatre Smash). Directing credits include: DASH (Paprika Festival); Behind the Furry Curtain (The Humane Society Toronto); In Kabul (Alumnae Theatre Company); Tunnel Vision (Alumnae Theatre Company);  The Fantasticks (Dalliance Theatre Company);  Black Comedy (Dalliance Theatre Company); Sweet Charity (Blue Canoe Productions).
    Upcoming: The Adventures of a SuperVet Tech (Toronto Fringe Festival).
    Other:  I am thrilled to be back at the Playhouse this summer!  Thank-you Ashlie, for inviting me back to work on such a fun show. And thank-you, Tina Marzocca, for being such a classy lady and the best pal a gal could ask for.  

    W. JOSEPH MATHESON (Major General Stanley)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Luck Be A Lady (Asolo Playhouse, FL); Paulo and Daphne (TheatreWorks); Company (Theatre20); To Kill A Mockingbird, Annie (YPT); Sound of Music (Drayton/Persephone); Legally Blonde (Neptune); Sketching Sunshine (TOV); Assassins (MTC); The Flood Thereafter (Canadian Stage); For the Pleasure of Seeing Her…, Spitfire Grill, Could You Wait…? (Grand, London); Ragtime (1st US Tour); My Fair Lady (Northern Stages, VT); Pippin (Emelin Theatre, NY); Shaw and Stratford Festivals.
    Other: TV and film: Orphan Black, Sworn to Silence, The State Within. Writing: co-lyricist, Louise Pitreʼs On The Rocks (Passe Muraille); Sketching Sunshine (Leacock Museum, TOV). Book/lyrics: Could You Wait…? (TOV, Grand London). Co-creator, four seasons, Laughing Matters (Florida Studio Theatre, FL). Je tʼaime darlinʼ.

    ERIC MORIN (The Pirate King)
    For the Playhouse: Chip Tollentino in The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.  
    Elsewhere: Robert Donnelly in Catalyst Theatre’s World premiere of Vigilante, Dogfight (Fallen Rock Prod.); Footloose (Drayton Entertainment); Falsettos (Acting Up Stage); A Christmas CarolA Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Musketeers (Citadel Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); The Wizard of Ozb(Ross Petty Prod.); Next to Normal (The Arts Club); The Altar Boyz (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia).  Other: Eric is a graduate of the distinguished Ryerson Theatre School Program and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He was also a participant of the 2011 and 2012 Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program. Eric’s work has been recognized and nominated for an Ovation, Sterling and Dora AwardMany thanks to Ashlie and the team at the Playhouse, and he can’t forget his family, friends, and Integral Artists for their undying love, support and passion. www.putMORINtoit.com @putMORINtoit

    NICOLE NORSWORTHY (Pearle/Coast Guard)
    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
    Elsewhere: The Barber of Seville (Canadian Opera Company); Annie (YPT); Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West Mississauga); unEarth (Helix Dance Project); Bomb Girls (Global TV); Frenemies (Disney Channel).
    Other: Nicole 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 her always supportive friends, family and Alex.

    KATE PORTER (Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables, The Red Priest and as ASM, Anne & Gilbert.
    Elsewhere: Tom at the Farm (Buddies in Bad Times); Carmen (Vancouver Opera); The Dining Room (Soulpepper); Sextet, The Amorous Adventures of Anatol (Tarragon Theatre); The God That Comes (2b Theatre Company); Tribes (Theatrefront / Canadian Stage); Don Giovanni (Royal Conservatory of Music); The Secret Garden (Banff Centre for the Arts); Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project)(Theatrefront / Tarragon Theatre / Western Canada Theatre); Noises Off (Western Canada Theatre); and as ASM Semele (Canadian Opera Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music).
    Upcoming: Rigoletto (Vancouver Opera); Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre).

    JONATHAN PURVIS (Pirate/Coast Guard, Fight Director)
    For the Playhouse: Little Shop of Horrors.
    Elsewhere: Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre); I Am For You (Concrete Theatre); Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus Theatre); Spamalot (Citadel); The Penelopiad (Citadel); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel); Beauty and the Beast (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Three Musketeers (Citadel); Little Women: The Musical (Citadel); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Calgary Shakespeare Company); Dying City, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); The Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel, YPT, & MTYP); Beauty and the Beast: The Musical (Theatre Calgary & Citadel); Almost Maine. Jonathan is the co-founder of the web series Action Playground (www.actionplayground.ca).
    Upcoming: Romeo & Juliet/Comedy of Errors (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Evangeline (Charlottetown & Citadel); West Side Story (Citadel).
    Other: Jonathan would like to thank his family and his wife for their endless love and support.

    MICHELLE RAMSAY (Lighting Designer)
    For the PlayhouseShe Loves Me, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Night, Blood Brothers, Up The River, Poochwater.
    Elsewhere:  Other companies she has designed with include: Opera Atelier, Young People’s Theatre, Modern Times, Stand Up Dance, New Harlem, Shaw Festival, Cahoots Theatre Company, Blue Ceiling Dance, fu-GEN, The Theatre Centre, Theatre Kingston, Factory Theatre, Starvox Entertainment, Human Cargo, Theatre Rusticle, National Arts Centre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Mirvish Productions, Gwaandak Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Tarragon Theatre. 
    Other:  She has received five Dora Awards, a SATAward and the 2008 Pauline McGibbon award. 

    GREG RUNIONS (Percussion)
    For the Playhouse:  Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Les Miserables, The Drowsy Chaperone, Blood Brothers, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, Suds: The Rockin’ 60’s Musical Soap Opera, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, She Loves Me.
     Elsewhere:  West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Beauty and The Beast, Godspell, Hair, Man of Lamancha, Guys and Dolls, Cats, Evita, Grease, The Winter Wonderettes (Grand Theatre).

    SHELLEY SIMESTER (Ruth)
    For the Playhouse : Debut.
    Elsewhere: Theatre credits include: Man of La Mancha (The Globe Theatre); Sweeney ToddElf (Neptune Theatre); Queen Marie (4th Line Theatre); Rocky Horror Picture ShowBeauty and the BeastThe Wizard of Oz (The Citadel Theatre); [Title of show] (Angelwalk Theatre).
    Other: TV and Film credits include ReignSaving HopeLast Lodger.

    JENNIFER TINDALE (Cello)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Cellist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra; General Manager with Kingston Community Strings; 1st Cellist with Queen’s Conservatory of Music: Private Cello Instructor; Melos; Viola da Gamba.
    Other: Jennifer enjoys knitting, sewing, gardening and poodle training for Rally Obedience.

    JACOB WOLSTENCROFT (Pirate/Coast Guard)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Dogfight (Awkward Stage Productions); Shrek, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Theatre Under The Stars); The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boy Friend, Twelfth Night (Exit 22).
    Other: Jacob is a graduate of Capilano University. He is a recipient of TUTS’ Aida Broadbent Award. He would like to give a special thank you to Shelley, Steven and Ashlie for this amazing opportunity and he sends his undying love to the family and friends that have been there every step of the way.


  • THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, 2015. Photos by Jay Kopinski. 

    Audience Reactions – Opening Night

     

    Ashlie’s Inside Story

  • REVIEWS

    Actors Deliver in Playhouse’s Take on Pirates
    The Kingston Whig Standard. June 25, 2015
    Before this season began, Corcoran said she felt that Pirates of Penzance was the perfect show for the Playhouse. She might have been right.

    Pirates of Penzance Stealing Hearts at TI Playhouse
    A Fresh News Start. June 30, 2015
    A gang of ruthless pirates/rum runners have landed in Gananoque and are out to steal your hearts at the Springer Theatre from June 19 until July 18. Well, not exactly Ruth-less, for without their dear, slightly addled Ruth (Shelley Simester) there would be no story.

    VIDEOS

    Video Preview of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
    Eastern Ontario Network, June 20, 2015
    Watch a video preview of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, plus an interview with Alison MacDonald (Mabel) and Director Ashlie Corcoran! Click here.

    PREVIEW ARTICLES

    Pirates in the Playhouse
    The Gananoque Reporter, June 16, 2015
    Director Ashlie Corcoran, the Playhouse artistic director, and Andrew Kushnir have adapted the Gilbert and Sullivan classic to set it in the Thousand Islands. The era is now 1926 Prohibition in Ontario, and the pirates are rum runners … 

    Thousand Islands Playhouse presents The Pirates of Penzance
    Inside Brockville, June 17, 2015
    The Thousand Islands Playhouse is being invaded by PiratesThe Pirates of Penzance will be opening at the playhouse in Gananoque on June 19 and will continue to swab the decks until July 18…

    The Pirates of Penzance – Swashbuckling in the Thousand Islands
    A Fresh News Start, June 22, 2015
    … The Thousand Islands Playhouse tackles that great piratical masterpiece, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”. Poor Frederic (Adam Charles) finds himself in a mess…

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