May 24 – June 22, 2013 Springer Theatre

“You can’t hurry love. No, you just have to wait…”




Created and Written by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson and Bryan Scott

  • We started our 2013 season with a rock’n’roll fairy tale, filled to the brim with great music and characters. After Cindy, a laundromat attendant, receives a letter from her penpal boyfriend ending their romance, her stylish guardian angels arrive on the scene, determined she’ll do more than “wishin’ and hopin’.” You’ll be boppin’ to over 50 well-known songs that topped the 1960’s charts (Respect, You Can’t Hurry Love, Say A Little Prayer and more) in this evening of pure, frothy fun!

    “The best songs of the 60’s!” – Variety


    “All in good fun and quite good fun.”
    – New York Post


    “SUDS is polished to near-perfection… Solid gold nostalgia.”
    – Los Angeles Times

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    Playing at the Springer Theatre from May 24 to June 22, 2013

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

    Running Time:
 2 hours with intermission

  • Cast

    The Man: Daniel Falk Marge: Kristin Galer Cindy: Alison MacDonald Dee Dee: Tracy Michailidis

    Creative Team

    Direction: Greg Wanless Music Director: Sandy Thorburn Choreographer: Ramona Gilmour-Darling Set & Costume Design: Sean Mulcahy Lighting Design: Tim Fort Sound Design: Larry Stafford Stage Management: Jessica Severin Assistant Stage Management: Monika Seiler

    The Band

    Keyboard: Sandy Thorburn Drums: Greg Runions Guitar: Paul Barton DANIEL FALK (The Man) For the playhouse: Blood Brothers. Elsewhere: Aladdin, Cinderella (Diversified Productions); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Silvermist); Rich (MTYP); As You Like It (Canadian Stage); Covert Affairs (USA); Good God (HBO); Monster Warriors (YTV). Upcoming: Snow White (Diversified Productions). Other: Daniel is currently writing the script for a musical adaptation of Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town with Sandy Thorburn and Lezlie Wade. He also writes a regular column for literary humour site McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and maintains his own humour website, Thanks to the missus! TRACY MICHAILIDIS (Dee Dee) For the Playhouse: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy). Elsewhere: Guys and Dolls (Segal Centre); Parade (Studio 180/Acting Up Stage); Light in the Piazza (Acting Up Stage); Fiddler on the Roof, The Fellini Radio Plays (Stratford Festival); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Shaw Festival); Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad (Theatre Northwest); Songs for a New World (Colour and Light Productions); Unity [1918] (Theatre Passe-Muraille); Mary’s Wedding (Magnus Theatre); Into the Woods, Three Sisters (Atlantic Theatre Festival); Anything That Moves (Belfry Theatre); The Secret Garden (Globe Theatre); The Mikado (Weston Playhouse); Anne of Green Gables, Emily (Charlottetown Festival). Other: Tracy is the proud founder of Musical Works in Concert, an initiative dedicated to the presentation and development of original Canadian musicals, which goes into its 4th season at this year’s SummerWorks Festival. KRISTIN GALER (Marge) For the Playhouse: Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense 2, Blood Brothers. Elsewhere: The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish); Joseph (Silvermist); Nunsense (Stage West Calgary/Mississauga); I Love You… Now Change, Oklahoma!, The Odd Couple (Drayton); Leo, The Royal Cadet (Toronto Operetta Theatre). Upcoming: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Other: Visit Kristin at, and check out her personal training business at To Greg, Sandy, Ashlie and everyone at TIP – thank you. Kevin, you are the best – I love you. ALISON MACDONALD (Cindy) For the Playhouse: The Marvelous Wonderettes. Elsewhere: The Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston); The Sound Of Music (Gateway Theatre); Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Wizard of Oz (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Ordinary Days (Relephant Theatre); Back To You: The Life and Music of Lucille Starr (Musical Theatreworks/PTE); Company, Les Mis (Arts Club); The Penelopiad (The Citadel); The World Goes ‘Round, Songs For A New World (AMC). Upcoming: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (TIP). Other: Alison is thrilled to be back in Gananoque for the summer working on such a bubbly, joyful show!  She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts and most recently was a participant of The Banff/Citadel Professional Training Program. Big Thanks to her folks for always being so awesome! For more info please visit GREG WANLESS (Director) For the Playhouse: Founding Artistic Director: 1982-2012. As Director: Little Shop of Horrors (and Voice of Audrey II), Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Les Miserables. Elsewhere: As Actor: Loves Labours Lost (Stratford Festival Company 1976-1980); As Director: Blood Relations (Queens University Drama Department); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Centaur Theatre); Goodbye Piccadilly (Aquarius Theatre). Upcoming: The month of June traveling with my lovely wife…in Spain! Other: Congratulations to Ashlie, Richard and the Playhouse team on the new season. Best wishes to all. SANDY THORBURN (Musical Director) For the Playhouse: As Musical Director: Suds, Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense II, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Miserables, and more than twenty-five other productions. As Director: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Forever Plaid. As sound designer: The Red Priest, The Drowning Girls. Other: Resident Musical Director, creator of Studio S concert series and Sunday Luncheon concert series. Elsewhere: As Director: Joseph ….Technicolor Dreamcoat (Silvermist), Bill Bishop Goes to War (Port Hope Festival Theatre), Beauty and the Beast, two Christmas pantomimes (Port Hope). Upcoming: As Composer/Musical Director: Nobody’s Idol (Toronto Fringe), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Theatre Collingwood, Bala.). Other: Sandy is composer for Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Barb Dwyer, The Red Row and several other musicals. He teaches at the University of Waterloo, Lakehead University (Orillia), and Knox College, University of Toronto, and is organist/music director at Calvin Presbyterian and Deer Park United Church. RAMONA GILMOUR-DARLING (Choreographer) For the Playhouse: 10th season, select shows include Nunsense II, Up the River, Drowsy Chaperone, Les Miserables, Anne of Green Gables, Perfect Pie, and The Secret Garden. Elsewhere: As an Actor: Having Hope at Home (Persephone Theatre); The Secret Garden and Jacob Two-Two (LKTYP); and T.V.’s The Big Comfy Couch (as Loonette the Clown). As Assistant Director: Freedom 85 (Theatre Orangeville); Forever Plaid (TIP & Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); The Sisters Rosensweig (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); As Director: Weightless (Alumnae Theatre). Upcoming: Directing Nobody’s Idol at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other: Workshopping a fantastic new Canadian musical called Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, by Sandy Thorburn, Dan Falk and Lezlie Wade. SEAN MULCAHY (Set & Costume Design) For the Playhouse: Somewhere Beyond The Sea. Elsewhere: Recently, The Whipping Man (Obsidian/HGJT); ELF The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest (Neptune Theatre).  Sean’s work has been seen throughout Canada, the US and in Central America. Upcoming: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Rainbow Stage); Maid For A Musket (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival). Other: Awards: Guthrie, Tom Patterson Award, Pride Toronto Best Group Costume Design, 3 Merritt nominations, (one awarded), 2011 Pauline McGibbon Award nominee. Sean is a member of ADC and a graduate of York University. For additional info, TIM FORT (Lighting Designer) For the Playhouse: Since 1990, Tim has designed lighting for more than 20 shows at TIP, including last summer’s Nunsense II. Elsewhere: Tim has directed more than 100 shows and designed more than 200 at theatres in both Canada and the U.S. He also serves as a professor in Queen’s Department of Drama where he teaches design, directing, theatre administration, and musical theatre. Upcoming: In a few weeks, Tim begins his 26th season as a Producing Director at Vermont’s Weston Playhouse where he will be directing 42nd Street this summer. Other: Tim is delighted to be returning from his sabbatical travels in time to be working with so many old friends at Gan. JESSICA SEVERIN (Stage Manager) For the Playhouse: Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Assistant Stage Manager. Elsewhere: Most recently: La Ronde, A Christmas Carol, Parfumerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Soulpepper); Miss Caledonia (Tarragon); Armide (Opera Atelier, Royal Opera Versailles, Glimmerglass Opera Festival); Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier); Billy Elliot (Mirvish Productions). Eight seasons with Soulpepper, five seasons with Opera Atelier. Productions with Tarragon, Nightwood, Obsidian, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Smith Gilmour, Mirvish Productions, Tapestry New Opera, George Brown Theatre, and Nuit Blanche. Other: Graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. MONIKA SEILER (Assistant Stage Manager) For the Playhouse: The Clockmaker, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Mollycoddlers, Forever Plaid, Russian Play & Essay. Elsewhere: Race (Canadian Stage); The Winter Wonderettes (Theatre Kingston); The War of the Worlds (Art of Time); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel); Beckett: Feck It! (Queen of Puddings/Canadian Stage); 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: Monika will be working at the George Brown Theatre School for its 2013/2014 Season. Other: Monika is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

  • Photos

    Official show photography by Mark Bergin. Click each thumbnail for a larger image.            Alison MacDonald as “Cindy”, Kristin Galer as “Marge”, Tracy Michailidis as “Dee Dee”, and Daniel Falk as “The Man”. Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera, 2013.


    Ashlie’s Inside Story

  • Reviews

    “Toe-tappin’, handclappin’ fun!”, “A must-see show!” -Hendrik Pape, Ottawa Citizen. June 3, 2013 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars “Sparkling cast”, “Cheerful”, “Memorable performances!” -Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig Standard. May 30, 2013. Rated 4 out of 5 stars “Suds is Really as Rocking as They Say!” -Alicia Jessup, blogger. May 30, 2013 “High quality vocals”, “Well worth your time”, “Fun for all ages!” -Mark Bergin, EMC Kingston. May 30, 2013 Rated 4 2/3 stars out of 5 “A Treat for Any Pop Music Lover!”, “Four Powerful Singers” -Connie Meng, North Country Public Radio. May 28, 2013


    Video Preview of SUDS: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera -Eastern Ontario Network, May 24, 2013

    Preview Articles

    Suds Opens a the Thousand Islands Playhouse -103.7 Bob FM, May 24, 2013 Playhouse Opens With A Musical To “Shout” About! -Kingston This Week, May 23, 2013 Good, Clean Fun Coming as TI Playhouse Presents SUDS -St. Lawrence EMC, May 23, 2013 This Production Sings! -The Kingston Whig Standard, May 16, 2013

    Sneak Peek at the Musical, “Suds” -Eastern Ontario Network, May 15, 2013 

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