It took losing everything to learn
how much he was worth.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY CALEB MARSHALL
BASED ON THE FRANK CAPRA FILM
1 TO 18 DEC 2016
George Bailey is the everyman of Bedford Falls whose loyalty and generosity keep him from ever leaving his hometown. One fateful Christmas Eve, he finds himself alone and in trouble. Will he learn that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.
Richard Barlow is a local actor and graduate from Thorneloe University. In Sudbury he has worked with YES Theatre in Spring Awakening and was a founding member of Encore Theatre COmpany where he played Victor in their debut show of Down Dangerous Passes Road. He has also appeared in Hand in Glove and Radical with New Stages Theatre Company in Peterborough, as well as being a featured player in both Comedy Conspiracy and the Durham Improv Group out of Toronto. Richard is excited tomake his debut performance with Sudbury Theatre Centre, and hopes you enjoy It’s A Wonderful Life!
Katrine Brosseau from Chelmsford has always had a love for the arts. Whether it be singing into her make believe microphone at family gatherings or performing funny skits on special occasions, she always knew how to connect with the audience. For the past two years, Kat has developed a love for the stage while performing dance routines with Let’s Dance Studio, but most paricularly she excelled in her musical theatre acts. Here she is now growing closer to her dream of being an actress through the love of theatre.
RICHARD ALAN CAMPBELL
For STC: Miracle On 34th Street
Recent Theatre: The Great War (Dora Award), The Trudeau Plays, The War Of 1812 (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper) and nine more for VideoCabaret; Art (Theatre North West); Hamlet, The Tempest (Driftwood Theatre). Selected theatre: Ruined (Obsidian/Nightwood); It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Taming Of The Shrew (Theatre by the Bay); King Lear, A Comedy of Errors (Driftwood Theatre); The Graduate (The Grand Theatre); Titus Andronicus, Othello and five more (Shakespeare In the Rough). Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Charlie Bartlett. This is for Cedar and Coltrane whose wonderful lives I cherish.
For STC: The Miser
Mark is happy to be back in George Bailey’s shoes, having previously played the role at Theatre New Brunswick. As an actor he’s performed at theatre across the country: Candian Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Blyth Festival, and many others. As a playwright, his plays include Stag and Doe, Bed and Breakfast, The Birds and the Bees, and Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures which premieres in 2017. Next up, he appears in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure with Groundling Theatre.
Mrs. Bailey + others
Yvonne Davidson is new to the Sudbury Theatre Centre stage. She has watched It’s A Wonderful Life since she was a young girl. Yvonne wraps her “Santa” gifts while watching the movie. Yvonne is excited to be part of this production and the talented cast and crew! She wishes all a Merry Christmas!
Ellen is delighted to make her STC debut in this holiday classic! Recent credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd (Neptune); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drayton); Anne Shirley in Anne & Gilbert (National Arts Centre, The Guild); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Manitoba Theatre Centre/Mirvish); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); The Penelopiad (Citadel). Ellen is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the Citadel Banff Program. Enjoy the show!
ROWAN MULLIN SANTONE
Rowan Mullin Santone is a 13-year-old LoEllen Park grade 8 student. His passion for theatre is relatively new and was born from volunteering as a door keeper and watching his brother perform in YES Theatre’s musical theatre productions and playing Le Petit Prince in a school play. He is the captain of his hockey team and also loves wrestling, playing volley ball, running cross-country, and competing at track and field. He is studying grade 4 Royal Conservatory piano.
Robbie O’Neill is happier than a clam at high tide to be in It’s A Wonderful Life under Caleb Marshall’s direction! He’s been working in theatre since the 1970s and co-founded Nova Scotia’s Mulgrave Road Theatre Company. A few favoutires: Christmas@theplayhouse; The Importance of Being Earnest, The Elephant Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, W. O. Mitchell’s The Kite, Nights Below Station Street, and The Dollar Woman. Robbie has worked in venues across Canada and toured both nationally and internationally in his award-winning play Tighten the Traces.
Kelly is a Toronto-based actor, born and raised in the small town of Kingsville, Ontario, Canada’s most southern town. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor BFA Acting Program. Previous credits include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Humber River); Laertes in Hamlet (SLSF); The Antipholous Twins in A Comedy of Errors; Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (CTP); Jim in The Railway Children (Mirvish); An Ideal Husband, The Doctors Dilemma (Shaw Fest). TV: Designated Survivor, The Girlfriend Experience, Reign.
Nicholas Rice is delighted to make his STC debut in It’s A Wonderful Life. He last appeared in Sudbury as Tevye in YES Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof. Other recent credits include Little Shop of Horrors and It Runs in the Family with Drayton Entertainment, Nature of the Beast at Toronto’s Storefront Theatre, and It’s A Wonderful Life with Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. A Winnipegger, Nicholas trained at UBC and moved to Toronto in 1981. He sends his love to Beth Anne and to daughter Neta and son-in-law Trev. He dedicates his performance to Mike Shepherd and to Dr. Bob and Helen Ghent.
Theatre: Toy Story: The Musical (Disney Imagineering); West Side Story (Citadel Theatre); Freezing (Ottawa Panto); Mary Poppins (Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary): Chicago (Stage West Calgary); A Christmas Carol, Everything I Love About Christmas (Upper Canada Playhouse); Cabaret (Rose Theatre); RENT (Panasonic Theatre); Disney Dreams and The Golden Mickeys (Disney). Training: Sheridan. Film/TV: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (Biography); Lucky 7 (ABC); Hemlock Grove (Netflix); Warehouse 13 (SciFi); Suits (USA); Bomb Girls (Global); Make Your Move (CJ Ent.); Being Erica (CBC).
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director/STC Artistic Executive Director
For STC: this is the ninth production Caleb has directed
Caleb oversees all the artistic and administrative facets of STC. He previously spent five season as Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick. Caleb participated in an International Artist Fellowship and served as a resident tour director for Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He holds a BFA Honors Acting from York, an MFA in Directing from Middlesex (UK) and trained with The Stratford Festival’s Conservatory, Moscow’s GITIS Academn and the Banff Centre. He has premiered roles as an actor for the National Arts Centre, Canadain Stage, The Blyth Festival, The Stratford Festival and The Old Vic. He has taught workshops in London, Poland and Germany. Caleb serves as the Caucus Director on the Board for The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and has received the Christioher Plumber Fellowship Award, a New Brunswick Arts Board Excellence Award and the Stratford Festival Eliot Haze Playwright Development Award. Happy Holidays to all!
Set + Costume Designer
For STC: A Christmas Carol
Patrick has worked in theatre and taught in schools across Canada for more than 20 years. He has designed for Stratford Festival, Neptune Theatre, Shaw Festival, Guthrie Theatre and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The recipient of four Nova Scotia Merritt Awards for Set and Costume Deisgn, he was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts. Selected credits include: The Net, Hilda’s Yard, The Musical of Musicals, The Dollar Woman, The Gifts of the Magi, The 39 Steps, Hockey Dreams, Treasure Island, Feelgood and The Bricklin: An Automobile Fantasy.
Set + Costume Facilitator
For STC: Real Estate, Mourning Dove, In Piazza San Domenico, Armstrong’s War
Recent credits: One Night Only (Factory Theatre, Dora Mavor Moore Audience Choice Award 2016); Reframed (Acting UpStage, Dora nominated Best New Musical); Mockingbird (NSTF 2016, Dora nominated Outstanding Ensemble); Blind Date (Tarragon Theatre, Dora nominated Outstanding Production); We The Family (world premiere, by George F, Walker); The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). Upcoming: Brandon will be designing for The Globe Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, the new Lyric Theatre at the TCA in Toronto, and returning to STC to design Moose On The Loose. For more information and a portfolio, please visit www.bradonkleimandesign.com .
Kirsten has designed lighting for: the Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Neptune Theatre, Watermark Theatre, Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Lost&Found Theatre, CrazyLady Productions, Carousel Players, Lundesfarne Theatre Projects, Essential Collective Theatre, Teesri Duniya, Theatre Sheridan, the University of Waterloo, the University of Windsor and Concordia Unviversity. Kirsten attained her B.A. (Drama) from the Unversity of Alberta, and specialized in lighting design at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Sound Designer/Composer/Foley Artist
For STC: RED, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, For Life, Armstrong’s War
Michael is an east coast and Toronto-based composer, sound designer and musical director. Recent credits include: Miracle on 34th Street (Theatre Orangeville); Rearview (TNO/STC Co-production); Marion Bridge, Vigil, You Play Beautifully (Theatre New Brunswick); Angel’s River (Notable Acts Theatre Festival); The 39 Steps (Harbourfront Theatre). Michael is a multiple theatre Nova Scotia award nominee and winner for The Mystery of Maddy Heisler. In 2008 he was awarded the musicians achievement award from the East Coast Music Association. In 2014 he was presented with the Playhouse Honours by the Fredericton Playhouse.
For STC: Rearview (TNO/STC Co-production)
Lauren Foy is a Sudbury-based choreographer, dancer and instructor. She graduated as a bursary student from the Professional Trainning Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2002. She is the Artistic Director of elleQ dance factory, which she formed to support her choreographic work. Lauren is often a choreographer and guest performer for the earthdancers, having worked with the young company for over 10 years. Lauren recently worked on Rearview presented by Le Théâtre du Nouverl-Ontario for their 45th anniversary season.
Annik was born and raised in Sudbury. her passion for theatre began at a young age as her first experiences in the theatre world were made possible by the Students on Stage program. having been bit by the theatre bug, she became a theatre student at the University of Ottawa where she specialized in acting. Annik is thrilled to be putting her studies to good use in her first post-graduate production. She could not be happier for the opportunity to be back on the STC stage.
Delighted to be with STC for the first time, Jennifer will be spending the year working in Sudbury, Montreal QC, Sydney Australia, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, London England and Perth ON. Selected theatres: Classic Theatre Festival, Nnative Earth, Tapestry New Opera, Patria Music, Blyth Festival, Upper Canada Playhouse, Victoria Playhouse, Red Barn, Theate Aquarius, Theatre Orangeville, The Citadel, MTYP, ARC, SIR, Buddies In Bad Times, The Second City, and Port Hope Festival. As always, Jennifer sends her love to her mom.
Assistant Stage Manager
Erika is excited to be joining the STC team for the first time with It’s A Wonderful Life. Other selected credits include: One Thing Leads to Another (Young People’s Theatre); Reframed (Acting Up Stage): Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna); Reflector, Avaricious (Theatre Gargantua); Frankenstein (Theatre New Brunswick); and six seasons at Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Erika has also worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Tarragon Theatre, GCTC, Opera Lyra, and the National Arts Centre, among others. Next, she looks forward to stage managing Alien Creature for Theatre Passe Muraille.