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She Loves Me

She Loves Me

A Musical Romantic Comedy

June 20 – July 19
Springer Theatre

“She loves me, true, she doesn’t show it. How could she, when she doesn’t even know it!”

 

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Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

  • Set in a bustling 1930s parfumerie, coworkers Georg and Amalia are constantly bumping heads. Both escape the stresses of their lives by secretly writing passionate letters full of longing to anonymous pen pals- completely unaware they are actually writing to each other! When Georg discovers who his “Dear Friend” has been from the start, he finds himself re-evaluating their relationship; was it love in disguise all along?
    Based on the same story as the hit films “You’ve Got Mail” and “Little Shop Around the Corner”, this witty and warm-hearted Tony Award-winning romantic comedy is full of show-stopping tunes- a perfect musical gem!

    “Broadway’s most enchanting, bewitching and beguiling musical!”
    - New York Post

    “So charming, so deft, so light, so right!”
    - The Daily News

    “Dear, charming and wholeheartedly romantic”
    - World-Telegram & Sun


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    Playing at the Springer Theatre
    from June 20 – July 19

    Evening Performances: Tuesday through Saturday 8:00pm
    Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:30pm

    Running Time:
 2 hours, 30 minutes

  • Cast

    Female Ensemble: Shannon Coulter
    Mr. Maraczek: Sheldon Davis
    Ilona Ritter: Kristin Galer
    Ladislav Sipos: Douglas Hughes
    Keller/Ensemble: Michael Hughes
    Male Ensemble: Rob Kempson
    Waiter/Ensemble: Alan Kliffer
    Amalia Balash: Alison MacDonald
    Steven Kodaly: Kevin McGarry
    Georg Nowack: Ron Pederson
    Female Ensemble: Antonette Rudder
    Arpad Laszlo: Ken James Stewart
    Female Ensemble: Margaret Thompson
    Dogs: Bunchie

    Creative

    Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    Choreographer: Shelley Stewart Hunt
    Music Director: Greg Gibson
    Set and Costume Designer: Gillian Gallow
    Sound Designer: Michael Laird
    Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay
    Stage Manager: Joanna Barrotta
    Assistant Stage Manager: Monika Seiler
    Apprentice Stage Manager: Théa Pel
    Assistant Director: Rob Kempson



    Musicians

    Musician: Chris Alfano
    Musician: Greg Runions
    Musician: Lisa Draper
    Musician: Jeff Hamacher
    Musician: James Daly



    JOANNA BARROTTA (Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Third Floor.
    Elsewhere: London Road, The Arsonists (Canadian Stage); carried away on the crest of a wave (Tarragon Theatre); paper SERIES, A Taste of Empire (Cahoots Theatre Company); Brothel #9, And So It Goes, Essay/The Russian Play (Factory Theatre); Another Africa (Volcano Theatre/Canadian Stage); Innocence Lost – A Play About Steven Truscott (Blyth Festival); Opera credits include: SVADBA – WEDDING, Beckett: Feck It!, Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); La Bohème, Turandot (Opera Lyra); Acis and Galatea, Actéon/Dido and Aeneas (Korea Tour), Orfeo (Opera Atelier); Hercules, Ariadne auf Naxos, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Götterdämmerung from Wagner’s Ring Cycle(Canadian Opera Company). 
    Upcoming: What Makes a Man (Necessary Angel); Harper Regan (Canadian Stage); Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung (Canadian Opera Company).
    Other: Joanna was the General Manager for the SummerWorks Festival in 2011.

    ASHLIE CORCORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012.  Director for Third FloorThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Salt-Water Moon, Driving Miss Daisy. 
    Elsewhere:  As Director: The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/TarragonTheatre);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: Waiting for The Parade, The Ugly One (TIP), The Bremen Town Musicians (COC), Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN Theatre).

    SHANNON COULTER (Female Ensemble, Dance Captain)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Blood Brothers, Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, She Loves Me, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Full Monty (Rose Theatre).
    Other: Shannon is a graduate of the Sheridan Music Theatre Performance program and recently finished shooting her first feature film Fragile Minds, to be hitting festivals this year. She has toured with Sheatre, Sphere Entertainment and the Little Red Theatre. She wants to thank her family for their endless love and support and love to her fiancé, Brandon.

    JAMES DALY (Musician – Bass)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre); Hairspray, Anne of Green Gables (Peter MacDonald Productions); FAME (Theatre St. John’s); [Hunter-title of show] (Best Kind Productions); Brand New Beat (Rising Tide Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Country’s Good, The Changeling (Nation Theatre School).
    Other: Graduate of the National Theatre School.

    SHELDON DAVIS (Mr. Maraczek)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: A Christmas Carol: the Musical (Neptune Theatre); The Last Resort, The Wizard of Oz (Globe Theatre); Weekend Comedy (Drayton Entertainment); Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary); Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre New Brunswick); Man of La Mancha, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre By The Bay).
    Other: The Listener; Little Mosque on the Prairie; Due South; Bordertown (Television); The Recruit, Sanctuary (Film). 
    Upcoming: Lend Me A Tenor (Upper Canada Playhouse).

    KRISTIN GALER (Ilona Ritter)
    For the Playhouse: Spelling Bee, Suds, Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense 2, Blood Brothers.
    Elsewhere: The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); Blood Brothers (Rose Theatre Brampton); Joseph (Silvermist); Nunsense (Stage West Calgary/Mississauga); I Love You… Now Change, Oklahoma!, The Odd Couple (Drayton); Leo, The Royal Cadet (Toronto Operetta Theatre).
    Other: Kristin is a singing teacher and acting coach, please visit her at www.kristingaler.com. She is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in in-home training – please visit www.kaygtraining.com. Huge thanks to Ashlie, and all the lovely people at TIP for another amazing summer. Kevin, you are my rock and my favourite, I love you.

    GILLIAN GALLOW (Set and Costume Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Storm Warning, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
    Elsewhere: As Set and Costumes: Hirsch (Stratford Festival); King Lear and Thirsty (NAC); God of Carnage (MTC/Vancouver Playhouse); Night (Human Cargo/NAC); Calendar Girls (The Grand Theatre); Appetite (Volcano/TPM). As Costume Designer: The Three Musketeers (Stratford Festival); Venus in Fur (MTC); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Theatre Calgary/MTC); Dust (ATP/Human Cargo); Awake and Sing! (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella (The Grand Theatre). As Set Designer: The Mill (Theatrefront).
    Upcoming: Stuff Happens (NAC); Clever Little Lies  (MTC).
    Other: She is the recipient of 3 Dora Mavor Moore awards.

    GREG GIBSON (Music Director – Piano, Keyboard)
    Playhouse: The Marvelous Wonderettes
    Elsewhere: The Winter Wonderettes (Grand Theatre, Kingston); Sweeney Todd (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Talk Is Free Theatre); Side By Side By Sondheim (Theatre Collingwood); Marry Me A Little (Color & Light/Weston Playhouse); As Intern Musical Director: High Society, Love Among The Russians and Tristan (Shaw Festival); and over 30 other musicals and cabarets in both Canada and the United States.  A graduate of Queen’s University (Bachelor of Music), Greg has worked locally with Cox-Davies Productions, The Kinsmen Club, Theatre Kingston, and the Queen’s Drama Department.  Since 2010, Greg has traveled the world extensively as a Band Leader for Holland America Line cruises.  Check out www.greggibson.org for more info!
    Other: What a joy it’s been to work on such a wonderful show with such an incredible Cast, Crew and Production Team!  Enjoy the show! 

    DOUGLAS HUGHES (Ladislav Sipos)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Ed’s Garage (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre);The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Calgary); Kiss Me Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac (Stratford Festival)
    Other: Doug has worked in theatres across the country, and was a member of the Shaw Festival company for thirteen years.  He received a Dora nomination for his performance in A Man Of No Importance (Acting Up Stage Company), and is co-author (with Marcia Kash) of the plays Who’s Under Where?, A Party to Murder and Too Many Cooks, all published by Samuel French.  TV and film credits include Mayday, Hannibal, Salem Falls and The Good Times Are Killing Me.

    MICHAEL HUGHES (Keller/Ensemble)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    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 and at HMV. Many thanks to Ashlie, Shelley, Rob and the rest of the amazing creative team and cast of She Loves Me, and to my family and friends for their love and support.

    SHELLEY STEWART HUNT (Choreographer)
    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
    Elsewhere:  Waiting For The Parade (WCTC/TIP); The Drowsy Chaperone (Exit 22 Prod.); How To Succeed In Business … (Theatre Under The Stars); 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).

    ROB KEMPSON (Assistant Director, Male Ensemble)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. 
    Elsewhere: Writer/Performer for The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille); Performer for Hero and Leander, (Common Descent/SummerWorks); Co-creator/Director of #legacy (HATCH, Harbourfront Centre); In My Own Skin (YRDSB), The HV Project(Community Project); Auditing Director for Shakespeare’s Nigga (Obsidian). 
    Upcoming: Director of Songs for a New World for the Claude Watson Arts Program at EHSS.
    Other: The services of Rob Kempson were made possible through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Rob is also the Associate Artistic Producer for Theatre Passe Muraille. Special thanks to Ashlie for this incredible opportunity to work with her, and to my parents for letting me steal their car and inhabit their house throughout this process. More info at www.robkempson.com or @rob_kempson on Twitter.

    ALAN KLIFFER (Waiter/Ensemble)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: First Wives Club Pre Broadway Workshop (Marquis Productions); Cinderella (Port Hope Festival Theatre); Pippi Longstocking (MTYP); Grease (Rainbow Stage); All the World’s a Stage of Grief (Second City). 


    Other: Alan Kliffer is originally from Winnipeg, but moved to Toronto after high school and graduated from both The Randolph Academy and The Second City Conservatory. Alan began assistant teaching improv, producing, directing and writing comedy at the young age of 16 and hasn’t stopped since. Alan is excited to join the Thousand Islands Playhouse for the first time and thanks his mother and father for being incredible influences.

    MICHAEL LAIRD (Sound Designer)
    For the Playhouse:  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
    Elsewhere:  Once On This Island (Acting Up Stage); Annie, Cinderella, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Princess and the Handmaiden, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Seussical (YPT/Citadel Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Spamalot!, Sound of Music, Little Women (Citadel Theatre); God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, Stuff Happens (Studio 180/Mirvish); Our Class, The Overwhelming, Blackbird (Studio 180); Great Expectations, Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Speaking in Tongues, Through the Leaves, Festen, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); A Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre); Evil Dead: The Musical (Off B’way & Toronto); A Beautiful View (da da kamera).

    ALISON MACDONALD (Amalia Balash)
    For the Playhouse: The Marvelous Wonderettes, SUDS, Spelling Bee.
    Elsewhere: Penelopiad (Citadel); Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston); Wizard of Oz, It’s A Wonderful Life, Joseph and the Amazing… (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Company, Les Miserables (Arts Club), The Sound Of Music, Secret Garden, Emily (Gateway Theatre); The World Goes ‘Round, Songs For a New World (AMC), Ordinary Days (Relephant Theatre), Back To You (PTE/Musical Theatreworks).
    Other: Alison is a Jessie Award winning performer and recently was a participant of the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program.  She really loves vanilla ice cream.  www.alisonmacdonald.ca

    KEVIN MCGARRY (Steven Kodaly)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Enchanted April, Peace in our Time, His Girl Friday, Come Back Little Sheba (Shaw Festival); The Full Monty, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hart House Theatre); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Bluewater Summer Playhouse); Funny Business the Musical (Good Company Theatre). Film/TV: SAW 7 (Lionsgate), Turn the beat Around (CTV), Being Erica (CBC), Lovebites (TBS).
    Upcoming: Kevin has written the musical Hugh and I: The story of a Playboy, about Hugh Hefner’s early days, and the creation of Playboy magazine. It debuts at the Toronto Fringe July 2nd at the Bathurst Street Theatre.
    Other: Thanks always to my parents. Enjoy the show.

    RON PEDERSON (Georg Nowack)
    For the Playhouse:  Debut.
    Elsewhere: (Selected Credits) The Merchant of Venice, The Three Musketeers (Stratford); Extinction SongThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneInto the WoodsThe Music Man, Oliver, Betty’s Summer Vacation (Citadel Theatre); TartuffeHunchback (Vancouver Playhouse); The Producers (Vancouver Arts Club);  Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Richard III, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It (FreeWill Shakespeare Festival); The Rocky Horror Show (MTC); Little Shop of Horrors (Canadian Stage Company); Mimi (or a Poisoner’s Comedy) (Tarragon Theatre); Shocker’s DelightThe Margin of the Sky (Teatro La Quindicina); Extinction Song (SummerWorks); Impromptu Splendor (NTOW, Theatre Passe Muraille, Barrow Street Theatre, Off-Broadway, European tour). 
    Film/TV: MADtv (FOX, 3 Seasons), Degrassi (CTV), Insecurity (CBC), The Late Late Show (CBS), Sidekick (YTV). 
    Awards: Sterling Award for The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Canadian Comedy Award, Best Improviser 2011; 2012 SummerWorks Spotlight Performance Award forExtinction Song; Jessie Richardson and Robert Merritt Award nominee. 
    Upcoming: The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars (The Theatre Department) at SummerWorks 2014.
    Other: Ron is Co-Artistic Producer of Toronto’s The Theatre Department. Follow Ron on Twitter @ronaldpederson.

    THEA PEL (Apprentice Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse:  1812 and All That.
    Elsewhere:  Persée (Opera Atelier, Royal Opera of Versailles), Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera Atelier); Blue/Orange, The Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston).
    Upcoming:  Educating Rita (TIP), A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper).
    Other:  Théa is a graduate of Queen’s University Drama Department and Queen’s University Faculty of Education. She teaches High School in her spare time. Colour her excited to be back at the playhouse this summer! Many Thanks!

    MICHELLE RAMSAY (Lighting Designer)
    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Night, Blood Brothers, Up The River, Poochwater.
    Elsewhere:  Other companies she has designed with include: 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, 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 four Dora Awards, a SATAward and the 2008 Pauline McGibbon award. 

    ANTONETTE RUDDER (Female Ensemble)
    For the Playhouse: Little Shop of Horrors (Springer Theatre).
    Elsewhere: Bare the Musical (Hart House Theatre); White Christmas, Grease, Nunsense and Hair (Brockville Arts Centre).
    Other: Antonette is thrilled to be back at TIP and a part of an amazing production. A special thanks to her family and friends for all their incredible support and encouragement.

    MONIKA SEILER (Assistant Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Suds, The Clockmaker, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Forever Plaid, The Mollycoddlers, Russian Play & Essay.
    ElsewherePersée Tour to Chateau Versailles, France (Opera Atelier); The Country Wife, A Fond Husband, Munsched! (GBC); Race (Canadian Stage), The Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston); Electro/Acoustic, The War of the Worlds, I Send You This Cadmium Red (Art of Time Ensemble); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel); Beckett: Feck It! (Queen of Puddings/Canadian Stage); Other People (Mutual Friends Co-op); Topdog/Underdog (Obsidian/Shaw Festival); Jake and the Kid (Globe); Ruined (Obsidian/Nightwood); What the Butler Saw, A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper); The Marriage of Figaro, Idomeneo (Opera Atelier), Eugene Onegin (Opera Lyra), Strong Poison, Pride & Prejudice, Rope’s End (Manitoba Theatre Centre). 
    Upcoming: Alcina (Opera Atelier); A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper).
    Other: Monika is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

    KEN JAMES STEWART (Arpad Laszlo)
    For the Playhouse:  Debut.
    Elsewhere:  Avenue Q (Sudbury Theatre Centre); A Christmas Carol (Neptune Theatre); You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Wanderlust (Stratford Festival); The President, Drama at Inish, Serious Money, One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’ Golden Days, Maria Severa-workshop, The Entertainer, After the Dance, Wonderful Town, The Cassilis Engagement, The Circle (Shaw Festival); Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Talk is Free Theatre); Step Right Up!-workshop (Theatre Orangeville); Bunnicula (Theatre Athena).
    Film/TV:  Reign (CBS Television Studios); Cover Affairs (Universal Cable Productions); Away From Here (Independent); Close Encounters (New Road Media). 
    Other:  Ken is a graduate of Randolph Academy for Performing Arts.  “Love and thanks to my mentors and friends, the TH gang, and my inspiring family.”

    MARGARET THOMPSON (Female Ensemble)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Evil Dead: The Musical (Starvox Ent., US Tour); Crazy For You (Theatre by the Bay); Back In ’59 (PSFT and Globus Theatre); The Two Noble Kinsmen (Kinsmen Collective); A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre); The Red Queen Effect (CanStage Festival of New Ideas); Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma!, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Most Happy Fella (Theatre Sheridan).
    Other: Thank you so much to my friends and family and enjoy the show!

    BUNCHIE (Dog)
    Stage Experience: Debut.
    Other: Bunchie is from the Toronto Humane Society and is currently in the foster care of Alan Kliffer. She has stolen Alan’s heart and is really excited to be adopted to her fur-ever home with him when they return to Toronto after the show. To find a humane society near you, visit www.ontariospca.ca

  • Photos

    She Loves me, 2014. Shannon Coulter, Sheldon Davis, Kristin Galer, Douglas Hughes, Michael Hughes, Rob Kempson, Alan Kliffer, Alison MacDonald, Kevin McGarry, Ron Pederson, Antonette Rudder, Ken James Stewart, Margaret Thompson. Photos by Jay Kopinski.

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  • Reviews

    “A Splendid Production!” - 5 stars – North Country Public Radio

    “She Loves Me thoroughly entertaining” - Kingston Whig Standard

    “A Delightful Step Back into 1930s Romance” – A Fresh News Start 

    Preview Articles

    “She Loves Me”: Largest Romantic Musical in Many Years Comes to Playhouse Stage - A Fresh News Start

    “She Loves Me Coming to the Playhouse” – EMC St. Lawrence news

     ”Musical Hits Playhouse Stage” - Gananoque Reporter

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