"The Leroy Street Theatre’s current production of The Deliverance of Juliet & Her Romeo is the most enthralling, complex, and fascinating adaptations of Shakespeare that I have ever seen." - Jeremy Gardiner
LEROY STREET THEATRE PRESENTS:
the deliverance of
JULIET & her ROMEO
DIRECTED BY: HARRISON THOMAS
JUNE 11TH 2014 @ UNIT 102 THEATRE
In a parched landscape, the cult of the Capulets have come to a small town, to wait and watch as the world around them fades in sin. The residents of this small town? The Montagues, a poor family skeptical of the Capulet's Zeal, a conflicted former minister, and his daughter, Mercutio.
Using the words of Shakespeare to new effect, we follow the love and doom of Romeo, the starry eyed daughter of Montague, and Juliet, the last daughter of the mysteriously barren Capulets. As they try desperately to be together, a series of events are set in play that will leave the world they know changed forever.
CAST AND CREW
ANNE VAN LEEUWEN (Romeo/Co-Producer)
Anne received her Bachelor of Drama from Bishop’s University, and in 2012, successfully navigated a year of training with New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School. Some favourite roles include Sarah Goodwin in Time Stands Still, Connie Dayton in Come Blow Your Horn (OLT), Ann Deever in All My Sons (OLT), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Beach House Theatre); May in Fool For Love (High Horse Theatre Productions); Constance Ledbelly in Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (BU) Viola in Twelfth Night (BU).
Anne would like to thank the cast and crew of the production, and her family and friends for their constant support.
"I’d like to dedicate this show to Maverick Goldsbrough, without whom I would not have known the depth of love to portray this character."
ASHLEIGH KASABOSKI (Juliet/Co-Producer)
Ashleigh is a new member to Leroy Street Theatre and is thrilled to be on board as both Juliet and producer for this very ambitious production. Her recent credits include, Frankenstein (Echo Productions), Clockwork Orange (Echo Productions), The Mouse Trap (The LOT), As You Like it (Bard in the Botanics), The Fragmented Life of Dorothy Lawrence (RCS), Measure for Measure (RCS), King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe), The Penelopiad (RAPA), The Rocky Horror Show (RAPA).
A great big thanks to all those involved who have made our vision a reality and a special thanks to my partner Anne for her strength and Dylan for his support and love.
CHRIS BLADES (Tybalt)
MICHELLE CLOUTIER (Lady Capulet #1)
Michelle lived in New York City for the past ten years and worked in a variety of fields, from Fashion to Finance to the Food Industry. Having recently returned to her native Canada, she has begin to pursue acting and modelling. She just finished filming a feature length movie titled "Mister M" (Release date TBD), but this will be her first time on stage since high school.
MICHELLE D'ALESSANDRO HATT
(Lady Capulet # 3 - Nurse)
A Toronto-based actor, playwright and producer, Michelle holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Waterloo, where she played the role of Juliet many inconstant moons ago. She is honoured to now be playing The Nurse in this exciting adaptation. Other favourite stage roles include: Henrietta in The Sisterhood (Theatre & Company), The Virgin Mary in No More Medea (Cameron House), Nicole in Girls in Chains (Toronto Fringe) and Dorothy in Black Jack Justice (Decoder Ring Theatre for Toronto Fringe). As a playwright, Michelle's plays have been produced in the Toronto Fringe, Summerworks, and New Ideas Festivals. She has also had the good fortune to be mentored by playwright Linda Griffiths through Theatre Ontario and has been a member of the Tarragon Theatre Playwrights' Unit.
Many thanks to the wonderful cast and crew, and to Fraser and River for their love and support.
LAUREN HOREJDA (Mercutio & Apothercary)
Originally from Moose Jaw, Sask. Lauren trained initially at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon resulting in a BFA with honors in Drama. She then moved to London, UK and began a myriad of backpacking adventures throughout the globe while also working in London. She extended her training at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and extensively at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, working afterwards until the visas’ were exhausted.
Selected projects include: Portia(Merchant of Venice) Cheshire Cat(Absolute Alice), Elizabeth Bennet(Pride and Prejudice), Viola(Twelfth Night), Medea(Medea Redux), Tannis(Semi Monde), Mary(Memory of Water), Lady Chiltern(An Ideal Husband), and Helen(BBC Radio).
Lauren is thrilled to be working with Leroy St. Theatre on their imaginative vision of R&J. Watch for her in the title role of Hedda Gabler coming to The Storefront Theatre in late August this summer. Lauren would like to thank Harry, as always, for the love and the trust.
PETER JARVIS (Peter)
Peter is thrilled to be Acting as well as arranging the Music for this Production. Recent Acting credits include: The Winchester House Mystery (Black Tea Theatre) as well as Standing at the Edge (Theatre InspiraTO). He is also an accomplished vocalist and musician, currently playing in the Toronto based band MIDNIGHT VESTA. Peter has a BA with a specialization in Drama from Bishop’s University. He would like to thank his friends and family for their tireless support.
CHRISTOPHER MOTT (Friar)
With over 15 years of professional acting experience, Christopher has done everything from Shakespeare to stunts, improv to choreography. For stage and camera, he has performed in suits, uniforms, tights, tutus, togas, kilts and chainmail. He holds an B.A.(hon.) from the University of Guelph, and is a certified Instructor with Fight Directors Canada, as is an instructor at Rapier Wit Studio, Canada's only permanent school for stage combat. When not acting or teaching actors how to beat each other up, he enjoys reading sci-fi and sci-fact, wandering Toronto and being a cat climbing gym. Previous acting credits include Quince & Egeus in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Feste in Twelfth Night (Urban Bard), Kent in King Lear (Hart House), Errol Flynn & Wild Bill Hickock in Duel of Ages (Next Stage, Toronto Fringe for True Edge Productions). He is also a member of The Rude Mechanicals, a comedy fight team, and plays the title character in Black Jack Justice, a golden-age inspired podcast now in it's ninth season from Decoder Ring Theatre. Fight Direction credits include Oleanna (Jaybird Prod.), After Mrs. Rochester and Gunieapigging (Alumnae), S-27 (Intersection Theatre/Toronto Fringe), A Midusmmer Night's Dream (Urban Bard) and The Duchess of Malfi (Vile Passelit)
EMILY NIXON (Lady Montague)
Emily Nixon is an emerging performer, director, playwright, and puppeteer. As an actor, credits include Elektra in Bosnia (directed by Judith Thompson), KPNBR TV Show (directed by Sky Gilbert), and PRIDECAB (Buddies in Bad Times). She was a part of the Guerilla Shakespeare Squad with Shakespeare in the Ruff and has studied extensively with Patsy Rodenburg. She has traveled to Greece with the tour of War & Peace and has performed in Kolkata, India, in the Jatra-style adaptation of Macbeth. She also voiced Lady Macbeth for a Kathak dance titled Lady Macbeth. She performed at the Puppetmongers' Fresh Ideas in Puppetry festival, Puppet's Up!, and Puppet Allsorts Night of Shorts. She recently wrote Heirloom and co-wrote the original musical And Now, the End, both of which premiered at the New Voices Festival in 2014. This Summer, she will be playing Lady Macbeth at Theatre By the Bay. Emily is a recent graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School's acting program.
CAM SEDGWICK (Benvolio)
Born in Toronto Cam studied theatre performance at Concordia University in Montreal. Having returned to his home city he has appeared in Lower Ossington Theatre's The Mousetrap as Sgt. Trotter and Gerry in B.E.A.R.s production of The Retirement Plan. Cam is pleased to join Leroy Street Theatre for their take on this classic tale. Watch for him in the upcoming Fringe Festival in a Shakespearean adaptation of Pulp Fiction - Bard Fiction at the Tarragon Theatre.
MIKE TANCHUK (Paris)
Mike Tanchuk is a Toronto based actor and creator. Recent theatre credits include Julius Caesar (Unit 102), A Clockwork Orange (Echo Productions) and Frankenstein (Echo Productions). Recent TV credits include Copper (BBC America), Bitten (Space Channel) and Hemlock Grove (Netflix).
Thank you to all involved in Leroy Street Theatre, cast, crew and most importantly my family and my lady for the constant support.
KELLY VAN DER BURG (Lady Capulet # 2)
Having obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Bishop’s University, Kelly has since moved to Toronto to pursue her love for Theatre and is so excited to be a part of the talented and fun cast of Leroy Street Theatre Company’s original production of The Deliverance of Romeo & her Juliet. Other credits include Theodore in Black Tea Theatre’s production of The Winchester House Mystery and Annie in their production of Doubles. On her nights off from waiting tables and auditioning, you can catch her singing in the pop/folk band MIDNIGHT VESTA. You can also see her soon whilst enjoying a cold one in the Fringe Tent performing sketch comedy with the Nightcap Theatre Collective on July 3rd,6th,8th,11th and 12th . Many thanks to her supportive and loving family and friends!
SCOTT WALKER (Capulet)
Scott has studied acting at a variety of different acting conservatories, including the New School of Drama in Toronto and the Atlantic Acting School in New York. He is a founding member of the Unit 102 Theatre and Actor's Company. Scott has acted in a number of productions in Toronto's indie theatre scene, including playing Valdez in Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A-Train, Larry in Patrick Marber's Closer, Austin in Sam Shepard's True West, Aaronow in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, Edmond in Mamet's Edmond, and John in Oleanna. He recently directed Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for Unit 102 and has also directed The Dwarfs by Harold Pinter. Scott has played Capulet before in an all-male production of Romeo and Juliet in New York City and is excited to be returning to the role in a very different production. In his spare time he collects random electronic music, watches The Wire, and plots his impending takeover of the known universe.
HARRISON THOMAS (Director)
Harrison is an Actor/Director hailing originally from Stratford, On. He has been working both professionally and independently since he was 13, when he appeared in the Stratford Festival production of Edward II. Since then, he has sought to perform and create work that utilizes and challenges the traditional sense of classical theatre. He is also thrilled to announce that he will be launching his own company, the Desiderata Collective, this August with a production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. For the present, he would like to thank the whole cast and crew of this show for their talent,work and bravery in an immense undertaking. Also, he would like to thank his ever supportive family, and his wonderful partner, Lauren, whose hard work and sage advice are stamped all over this script. Enjoy the show!
Recent Credits:Upcoming: Hedda Gabler (Director-Desiderata Collective) Shrew (Assistant Director/Curtis/Widow-Red1 Theatre Collective) The Last of Romeo and Juliette (Assistant Director, TalkisFree Theatre), Julius Caesar (Octavius- Unit 102), The Merchant of Venice (Director- The Edge Productions), Absolut Alice (Mad Hatter- Toronto Fringe Festival).
MELISSA WRIGHT (Co-Producer/Production Manager)
Melissa Wright is a Toronto based theatre stage & production manager and a proud graduate of Bishop's University. Past credits include: Time Stands Still (Leroy Street Theatre), Lady Julie (Apuka Theatre), Saving Fats (Alex McCooeye/Jesse Griffiths; The Playwright Project 2013), The Unsatisfactory Supper (Black Tea Theatre; The Tennessee Project 2012), La Duchesse de Langeais (Apuka Theatre; Fringe Festival 2011).
CHRIS BRETECHER (Co-Producer/Set Designer)
Chris Bretecher is an Art Director and Set-designer based in Toronto. Chris graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, and transitioned from architecture to production design while living in San Francisco, and is pleased to be relocated back in Canada. He is also a founding member of the Whisky & Time design team, which collaborates on designs in all areas and scales.
STEVE VARGO (Stage Manager/Lighting Designer)
Steve is a graduate of the Theatre Production program at Humber College, and also studied theatre at George Brown College, with experience both on and off the stage. His past credits as a stage manager include John and Beatrice at Theatre Passe Muraille, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival for Elizabeth – Darcy (2013), Transit Diaries (2012), Bloom, and War of the Clowns (2011). Other credits include: lighting designer for Lady Julie at the Campbell House Museum and Teach Me at the Toronto Fringe, coordinating Madeleine Collective and Musica Reflecta's Peter and the Dinosaurs, mentoring youth at the StArt Art Festival in Scarborough, and designing Something Unspoken during the Tennessee Playwright Project. Steve is excited to be working on some Shakespeare for a change!
KENDRA SPANTON (Set Dresser/Set Designer)
Kendra Spanton is an Intern Architect in Toronto. Kendra loves to travel the globe and has worked as a designer in places as far reaching as Bali, Indonesia to San Francisco, California. She is also one half of the Whisky and Time design team which tackles a range of creative projects from furniture to set-design.