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Gino Bertie Choreographer

 

Selected Credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White (Panto) Annie, Les Misérables, CATS, 9 to 5, Hairspray, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Beauty & the Beast, Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar, Forever Plaid, Twist & Shout, Legends, Canadian, Big Band, Country, and Dance Legends. Miss Universe Canada, Miss World Nicaragua (reality show), Associate Choreographer for Disney Cruiselines. Artistic Director Dare to Dance.

Shae Bourne Ensemble

 

Since the age of 3, dance has been a way for Shae to express herself through movement. Growing up in Vancouver, she attended the Richmond Academy of Dance, training in multiple styles. She has trained for a year each with The Source Dance Company and KTL co. Shae is a dancer and performer with The Darlings Cabaret, a live and interactive cabaret show. Shae looks forward to a thriving career as a dancer.

Darren Burkett Ensemble

 

Darren is thrilled to be returning to Chemainus! Selected theatre credits include: Matilda the Musical (National tour/Mirvish), Angelina Ballerina (International tour), The Pirates of Penzance (TIP), Mary Poppins, Hairspray (ACTC), Buddy, Delicious Lies, Oklahoma! (CTF), The Wizard of Oz, A Year With Frog and Toad [Jessie Award], Seussical (Carousel Theatre). Many thanks to the TH gang and his friends, family for their love and support!

 

Sarah Carlé Ensemble

 

Sarah is honoured to return to Chemainus to join this talented cast and team! For CTF: A Christmas Story, Footloose, Elf The Musical, Les Misérables, The Buddy Holly Story, The Gifts of the Magi and Steel Magnolias. Other credits: The Little Mermaid (Globe Theatre); Into The Woods (CCPA); Les Misérables (Arts Club Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Rep); Nevermore (Urban Arts); Sweeney Todd, Songs for a New World and Falsettos (Gotta Getta Gimmick). Enjoy the show!

Aadin Church Ensemble

 

Theatre: Miss Saigon, Disney’s The Lion King (Mirvish), Ragtime, Guys & Dolls (Shaw Festival), Mama I Want to Sing (Off Broadway – Vy Higginson Production), Dreamgirls (Stage West/MTC), Buddy Holly Story (Drayton), Little Mermaid, Sister Act (Rainbow Stage), Rock of Ages, Peter & the Starcatcher (Arts Club), Top Dog Underdog (7 Tyrants), Refuge (Firehall). Glory to God for giving me the strength to be the best that I can be!

Michael Clarke Ensemble

 

Michael is thrilled to be performing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival for the first time in Rock Legends. Past theatre credits: Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Disney’s The Lion King, One Man Two Guvnors, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and a plethora of productions of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Michael dedicates his performance to his mom Junett. Love you ma! Also to his friends and family for all their love and support.

 

James Darling Keys 2

 

James holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from VIU and has studied piano with Phil Dwyer, Bob Murphy and Steve Smith. He has spent a decade working on cruise ships in lounge bands and showbands. Most recently James has been the keyboardist of the high energy dance band Johnny Inappropriate, the pianist for the NMA big band led by Bryan Stovell, and the organist in Graham Shonwise’s Soul Jazz project.

Jocelyn Gauthier Ensemble

 

For Chemainus: Footloose. Elsewhere (selected): The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), Snapshots (Canadian Premiere), Les Misérables (Arts Club), & Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (TUTS). Film/T.V.: Murder She Baked (Hallmark), Untold Stories (Various), Strawman (Short), & National Commercials (M&Ms, Comcast). Jocelyn holds a BFA in Acting from UBC. Thanks to the Chemainus/Drayton team,her family, and remarkable husband. www.JocelynGauthier.com

 

Emma Hammond Assistant Stage Manager

 

Emma is happy to be back at Chemainus. She missed the beauty of the Island. Over the past few years she’s worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for Pacific Opera, and has fallen in love with Opera. Other past credits include God and the Indian, Social Studies (Firehall Arts Centre, Stage Manager), and Dead Man Walking, Madame Butterfly (Vancouver Opera). She’d like to thank Justin for his love and support.

 

Jeff Johnston-Collins Lighting/Set Designer

 

I am thrilled to be back at Chemainus! Over the past 20 years I have created more than 250 set and lighting designs, toured numerous shows, and run my own scene shop before becoming the Production Manager for Drayton Entertainment in 2007. Thank you to Mark and Alex for this great experience and to the light of my life, Susan. Enjoy.

 

Jenine KroeplinCostume Designer

 

Chemainus debut. Other theatre: Jenine is the Head of Wardrobe for Drayton Entertainment where she has designed costumes for productions such as Marathon of Hope, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Sleuth, 9 to 5: The Musical, Robin Hood, Country Legends and more. Jenine is a graduate of York University’s Technical Theatre Program where she specialized in costume and set design.

 

Michel LaFleche Ensemble

 

I am thrilled to be performing in Rock Legends! I am fortunate to be an original cast member and have loved performing in every production of this wonderful show! I last appeared here in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I have performed on Broadway, in Europe, and all over North America. Select credits: Phantom of The Opera, CATS, Show Boat, Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and A Chorus Line. Chemainus, I’m back!

 

Duff MacDonald Ensemble

 

Theatre: Miracle On 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse), Canadian Legends (Drayton), A Christmas Story-The Musical (The Arts Club), Guys and Dolls (Drayton), The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (US Tour), Legends (Grand), The Foursome (Theatre on the Grand), Les Misérables (Original Canadian Cast). TV/FILM: Incorporated (Syfy), Tru Love, Cinderella Man, The Music Man, Foolproof. His album NAKED is on Spotify, Google Play & Apple Music. www.duffmacdonald.com

James McRae Drums

 

James is happy to be invited back to Chemainus Theatre for this performance! James continues to be involved in a
number of musically rewarding experiences including Impressions of Lightfoot, a project that included musicians Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, and Miles Black. Performances the past year also include work with Mac & McRawfish, Chris Whiteley, Diane Braithwaite, Ryk Ryce, and Gerry Barnum. Visit www.jamesmcrae.ca for more info. Thanks.

 

Caitlynn MillerEnsemble

 

Caitlynn Miller’s career in the Performing Arts has lead her all over the world. After growing up in Coaldale, AB, Caitlynn moved to Vancouver to begin working professionally. Her most recent credits include Princess Cruises, Bud Lite’s Limearita, CW’s Lucifer, The Darlings Cabaret, on tour with The Iconic Superstars Tribute Show.

 

Nico Rhodes Musical Director / Keys

 

A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico has written and performed with orchestra, big band, choir and for musical theatre. Recently Nico orchestrated the world premiere of the new musical The Best Laid Plans (PSP), music directed and orchestrated the hit Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry) and performed his original orchestrations for Tonight…Piaf! with the VI Symphony.

 

Stephanie Roth Ensemble

 

Born and raised in the Dairy Capital of Canada, Woodstock Ontario, she began singing at the age of 10. Since then Stephanie has appeared in theatres across North America in a wide variety of productions ranging from Classic and Contemporary Music Theatre to fronting various pop and rock ensembles. Stephanie is thrilled to be spending the summer in Chemainus with her daughter, Cæleigh and with her favourite bass player and Baby Daddy, Kraig!

 

Brad Shipley Guitar

 

Brad has happily made Gabriola Island his home for the past 13 years and has been a part of musical theater productions for the past 10 years. He is excited for his third summer at Chemainus Theatre after performing in Twist and Shout: The British Invasion and Footloose. He holds a degree in music from VIU and is currently the music director for the Gabriola Chamber Ensemble.

 

Christopher Sibbald Stage Manager

 

Christopher is thrilled to be making his Chemainus debut on Rock Legends this year. A graduate of the University of Victoria’s Theatre Department, he has worked in theatres across the country, including the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals. Now calling Victoria home once again, Christopher works regularly at both the Belfry Theatre and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Ted Simonett Ensemble

 

Some favourite theatre credits include: Anne of Green Gables, Harvey, Art, Me and My Girl, and Billy Bishop Goes to War. Ted’s career began in England over 35 years ago playing Brad in The Rocky Horror Show. Recent TV and Film: The Handmaid’s Tale, Coming In. Ted lives in Toronto but has been visiting Vancouver Island since 1984. It’s a love affair. Please don’t tell anybody.

Justin Stadnyk Ensemble

 

Justin is thrilled to be back after appearing as Ren in Footloose last season! Select Credits: Kinky Boots, Henrik in A Little Night Music (Shaw Fest); Sky in Mamma Mia (Theatre Aquarius); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Fest); Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow Stage); World Premieres of Grumpy Old Men, Boys In The Photograph, and The Wave (MTC); YTV Movie-Musical King of the Camp. www.justinstadnyk.ca Insta/Twitter: @j_stadnyk

 

Braiden Stevenson Ensemble

 

Growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Braiden was always destined for the stage. Now calling Vancouver home, Braiden is a dancer, instructor and motivator. He has travelled the world working for companies such as Tokyo Disney, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines. When not at the studio Braiden can be found coaching CrossFit, helping others to stay healthy and fit!

 

Melanie Thompson Apprentice Stage Manager

 

Recent credits include Sonic Elder (The Chop), FAME: The Musical (Bring On Tomorrow Co.), Silenced (Urban Ink Productions), The Storyteller (Pangaea Arts), Underneath the Lintel (Pacific Theatre), and Shrek: The Musical (TUTS). When not stage managing, Melanie works as a grant writer for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, DreamRider Productions, and other clients in the performing arts.

 

Kraig Waye Bass

 

Kraig is thrilled to be back! He has appeared here in Ring of Fire, Buddy Holly, and Million Dollar Quartet, which he also musically directed. It’s a pleasure to return to Rock Legends as well, having performed as a singer in the original production ten years ago! Kraig works as a musician, actor, singer, songwriter & musical director all across Canada. As always, all my love to Stephanie and little Cæleigh.