LEROY STREET THEATRE PRESENTS:
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE
DIRECTED BY: HARRISON THOMAS
OCTOBER 28TH - NOVERMBER 8 2014 @ THE GREAT HALL (BLACK BOX)
This unusual performace of Shakespeare's work will be immersive. Once you wander into our enchanted forest you will find yourself surrounded by wonderous and perhaps frightening events. However, our story is meant for all ages and no matter how spooky the scene becomes, remember it is only a dream.
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. 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).
ANNE VAN LEEUWEN (Bottom/Pyramus/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.
ASHLEIGH KASABOSKI (Hermia/Co-Producer)
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.
LAUREN HOREJDA (Titania)
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).
CAM SEDGWICK (Oberon)
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.
SEAN SULLIVAN (Puck)
Sean Sullivan was seen most recently in Potosi in the Toronto Fringe, and The Seagull with the Chekhov Collective. He has performed in twelve plays at the prestigious Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA. Other favourite roles include: solo performer in Baby Redboots Revenge, (directed by his wife, Lynne Griffin, in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and Central Europe, and winner of ‘Best Solo Performance’, San Diego Critics Circle 2013), Norman in The Dresser, and Davey/Leon in Voice of The Prairie. Selected film credits: Wayne’s World, Back To The Future III, Foolproof and The Howling VI. Selected television credits: The Associates, (series regular), Across The River To Motor City, Poor Tom Is Dead, Babylon Five and Quantum Leap.
LINDSAY BAXTER (First Faery)
Lindsay is thrilled to be making her debut with Leroy Street Theatre. She is in awe of her castmates’ talent and is so thankful for this opportunity. Lindsay graduated from Humber with a diploma in acting for film and television. She also has a B.A. from McMaster, a B.ed from U of T and a Masters degree from York University. Past roles include: Miranda in The Tempest (Shakespeare In Action, Shakespeare Challenge), Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew, Second Witch in Macbeth (McMaster) and an ignorant white person (MuchMusic). Finally, Lindsay would like to apologize to Sean for openly idolizing him (she secretly idolizes the entire cast) and for making things awkward.
TREVOR THOMAS (Moth)
BA (H) Graduate of Brock University's School of Fine and Performing Arts. Theatre: Orpheous Descending (B.U.). Our Town (Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects). Elvis & Dick (2014 Toronto Fringe). Trevor would like to thank the folks at LST for providing an opportunity to nurture and grow as an artist, and a reminder just to have fun! Merde!
EMILY NIXON (Faery)
Emily Nixon is an emerging performer, director, playwright, and puppeteer. As an actor, credits include Macbeth (Theatre by the Bay), Romeo and Juliet (Leroy Street Theatre), Elektra in Bosnia (a workshop for a new play 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 has been a two-time performer at Puppetmongers' Fresh Ideas in Puppetry festival and performed at the Puppet's Up! festival. This past Summer, she co-wrote a musical, And Now, the End, which was a part of the SummerWorks Festival.
She is a recent graduate of Ryerson Theatre School's Acting program.
KELLY VAN DER BURG (Helena)
Growing up in Apple Hill ON, Kelly ventured off to Bishop’s University to study Theatre. It was through Bishop’s where she was fortunate to meet Anne, who would bring her on board the Leroy st. Theatre train. She could not be happier to be back with this savvy cast with Leroy’s new and spooky adaptation of A Midsummer Nightmare. Selected credits include Viola (Twelfth Night), Elizabeth Bennet (Pride &Prejudice), Heritage Minutes: The Musical (Nightcap Theatre Collective), Nora Helmer (A Doll’s House) Lady Capulet 2 (Romeo & Juliet). A humongous thanks to my family. And to Pete.
CHRIS BLADES (Demetrius)
PETER JARVIS (Lysander)
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.
MIKE TANCHUK (Snug/Lion)
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.
SCOTT MOYLE (Snout/Wall)
Scott Emerson Moyle is the artistic director of Urban Bard, where his credits include director of Twelfth Night, The Two Noble Kinsmen, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors, and Romeo And (Her) Juliet (produced in association with Headstrong Collective), and the title role in Drunk Macbeth. Other directing credits include Shakespeare M.D. with Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare and As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet with the Lost & Found Young Company. Acting credits include Trent in Smokescreen (Roseneath), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Seaton/Porter in Macbeth (Tempest Theatre Group), and many roles with the award-winning audio drama podcast Decoder Ring Theatre.
TALLAN BYRAM (FLUTE/THISBY)
Tallan Byram's selected credit's include: Sound design for Hedda Gabler (Desiderata and Leroy Street Theatre), The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (Factory Theatre), Homeless Man in Cross Your Heart (Stratford Factory Productions), Candy in And Tell Sad Stories of The Deaths of Queens, and Sound Design in Noir (Klassen & Wicke Productions).
When not acting, Tallan performs as Tallan, M.D., a pop singer that has performed for CMW, Indie Music Week, and all over Toronto and Area. He is currently set to release a new album of original songs early next year, and is planning a tour through the United States and Canada to promote it.
ZACHARY PARKHURST (Starvling/Moonshine)
Theatre: And Now, The End (ANTEup, SummerWorks 2014); Cerulean Blue, Cinderella Pantomime, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Lion in the Streets, The Girl From Maxim's, Antigone, Richard III (Ryerson), War & Peace (Hydrama, RTS Greece Tour); The Icewoman Calls (Mixed Company, Flint, MI); Founding artist of Will on The Water Shakespeare Festival (Enter Stage Right, St. Clair, MI). Film: The End of The Tour (Anonymous Content/Kilburn Media). Co-Writer/Co-Producer: And Now, The End (ANTEup, SummerWorks, New Voices)
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.