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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto at the King's Wharf Theatre

Artist Bios

The Cast

Justin Bott (Widow Twaddle) Justin Bott (Widow Twaddle)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Cinderella: The Panto, Joseph…, The Last Resort. Other theatre: Joseph... (Theatre Aquarius), The Wizard of Oz (Young People’s Theatre, Dora Award Winner for Best Ensemble, Toronto Theatre Critics Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor), Avenue Q (Citadel, Sterling Award Winner for Outstanding Production), The Foursome (Lighthouse), [title of show] (Angelwalk). Film/TV: Commercials for Casper with John Tavares, Sonnet, Westjet, GMC, Giuseppe Pizza, Interstate & Koodo; The Witches’ Ball (Brainpower), Forbidden (Left Outside 4). Much love to Debbie, Ollie and Elvis (the dog). Thanks to Alex Mustakas and The Talent House. Like “Justin Bott” on Facebook, follow him on Twitter/Instagram @jeybott, or go to www.justinbott.com.
 

Mariah Campos (Princess Buttercup) Mariah Campos (Princess Buttercup)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Freaky Friday (Theatre Aquarius), The Music Man (Stratford Festival), A Christmas Carol (The Ross Petty Panto), Rock Of Ages (Stage West Calgary), Footloose, Shrek: The Musical, Grand Hotel (Theatre Sheridan), British Invasion (Canada’s Wonderland). Film/TV: Air Farce New Year’s Special (CBC), Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol (Family Channel/CBC), Alessia Cara’s Backup Singer at the Much Music Video Awards (MTV), King of the Camp (YTV). Mariah has a B.A.A. in Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College. Mariah would like to thank her team at Noble Caplan Abrams, her beautiful family, and her soon-to-be HUBBY for all their love and support! Instagram: @ry_campos
 

Matthew Chenuz (Peter Pan/Ensemble) Matthew Chenuz (Peter Pan/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical. Other theatre: Performer for Disney Cruise Lines (Magic and Wonder), Male Swing in Beauty and the Beast (The LOT), Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (The LOT), Benny in RENT (The LOT), Hanschen in Spring Awakening (The LOT). Film/TV: Pepper in Pepper (Pinelea Productions) and Oskar/Felix in Bizarre Murders (Cineflix). He is a graduate of Randolph College for the Performing Arts and is also pursuing a B.A. from Ryerson University in Creative Industries. Thanks to my family and friends for all their support! @mattchenuz
 

Ben Chiasson (Jack) Ben Chiasson (Jack)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Freaky Friday (Theatre Aquarius), Red Rock Diner (Stage West Calgary), A Splinter in the Heart (Festival Players), Scotland Sings (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables, Tweedle-dee in Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival), Floyd in Floyd Collins, Paolo in Senza Luce, Dogfight (Theatre Sheridan). Sheridan College Bachelor of Musical Theatre graduate. Ben would like to thank his family for their undying support of his dream! Instagram: @benchiasson3


Sheldon Davis (Clarence The Town Crier) Sheldon Davis (Clarence The Town Crier)
Drayton Entertainment:  Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, Anything Goes, Sexy Laundry, The Odd Couple, Weekend Comedy, The Foursome, The Last Resort. Other theatre: The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Angel Street a.k.a. Gaslight (Classic Theatre Festival), Harvest (Thousand Islands Playhouse), The Birds & The Bees (Theatre Orangeville), It’s a Wonderful Life (Neptune Theatre). Film/TV: Killjoys, In Contempt, The Listener, Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Man Who Saved Christmas, The Famous Jett Jackson, Code Name: Eternity, Due South, Bordertown. Special thanks to Darla for all her love and support. Ich liebe dich!


Sam DiGiuseppe (Santa Elf/Ensemble) Sam DiGiuseppe (Santa Elf/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, HONK!, Joseph…, Mamma Mia!, Cinderella: The Panto, Footloose, All Shook Up, Aladdin: The Panto, The Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White: The Panto. Other theatre (selected): We Will Rock You (1st National Tour), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish), West Side Story (Rainbow), Hair (Grand), Chip in ...Spelling Bee (Magnus). Sam received his Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Sheridan College. Thanks to Alex, David, The Talent House, Adam for his love and support, and my amazing family!
 

Stacey Kay (Evilus Maximus) Stacey Kay (Evilus Maximus)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Kings & Queens of Country, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, Legally Blonde, Godspell. Other theatre: Parfumerie (Soulpepper Theatre), premiere of Jukebox Hero (Annerin Productions). Stacey Kay graduated from Sheridan’s Music Theatre Performance Program and is now a recording artist in Toronto. Stacey was a finalist on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. One of Stacey’s career highlights was performing at a David Foster Gala along with Stevie Wonder. Stacey’s new album ‘11 O’Clock Number’ is available everywhere. Follow her on social media @StaceyKayMusic/www.StaceyKayMusic.com.
 

Heather Kosik (Tinkerbell/Daisy/Damsel/Ensemble) Heather Kosik (Tinkerbell/Daisy/Damsel/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, Janet understudy in The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo and Juliet: Remixed, Guys and Dolls, H.M.S. Pinafore (Stratford Festival), Apache Dancer in Joseph… (LOT), Rumspringa Break! (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan), Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival). Heather is a graduate of Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance degree. Thank you to the Talent House, and especially to my family for your constant love and support, I love you. This show is dedicated to my unbelievably supportive fiancé, Devon, who makes everything okay. Thank you for being you. @heatherkosik
 

Tyler Pearse (Santa Elf/Thesis/Knight/Ensemble) Tyler Pearse (Santa Elf/Thesis/Knight/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Jukebox Hero (Ed Mirvish Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Globe Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady (Port Hope Festival), If/Then, Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods (Theatre Sheridan), Chelsea Sunrise (Canadian Music Theatre Project), Seussical The Musical, Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius), A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper Theatre Co.), Oliver! (Stratford Festival). Film/TV: The Next Step, Degrassi New Generation, Copper, Super Why. Thank you to the Talent House Team, and the incredible support system of my family, friends, and partner. Sheridan College, Class of 2018. @tylerpearse 
 

Tim Porter (Super Simon) Tim Porter (Super Simon)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Man of La Mancha, Cinderella: The Panto, The Drowsy Chaperone, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Marathon of Hope, Singin’ in the Rain, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Les Misérables, High School Musical. Other theatre: Cannibal (Starvox), Rooms (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Evil Dead (Original Toronto Production), six seasons with the Stirling Festival, five tours as Rooney Doodle in The Doodlebops, Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre, creator of Hastings! The Musical, and Aleck Bell. Many thanks to Alex, David, Geoff, the Drayton Entertainment team, Bruce and The Talent House, and to his ever-loving and supportive family.
 

Kristen Pottle (Tooth Fairy/Daisy/Ensemble) Kristen Pottle (Tooth Fairy/Daisy/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Red Rock Diner. Other theatre (selected): The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish/National Tour), West Side Story (Banff/Citadel Program, Vancouver Opera), Anne of Green Gables (Associate Choreographer), Jesus Christ Superstar, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Canada Rocks!, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival), The Producers, All Shook Up, Joseph…, Happy Days (Stage West), Crazy for You (Port Hope) and the premiere of Little Miss County Fair (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Kristen is also a Hatha Yoga teacher. Huge thanks to David, Alex and the Drayton Entertainment team, The Talent House, my ever supportive family and husband Simon!


Sash Striga (Sugar Plum Fairy/Ensemble) Sash Striga (Sugar Plum Fairy/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical. Other Theatre: Pilar in Legally Blonde, Woman 2 in World Goes Round (Stage West Calgary), Heidi in NINE: In Concert (Podium Concert Productions), Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone (Randolph Theatre). Film/TV: Aly in Letterkenny, Zora in Star Trek, American Gods, What We Do in the Shadows. Sash is a proud graduate of Randolph College for Performing Arts, and the winner of the 2017 Triple-Threat Award. Sash would like to thank her mom and dad for not laughing at her when she told them she was moving to Toronto to become an actress, her da Costa team, and her love, Will. Instagram: @sashstriga www.sashstriga.com


Curtis Sullivan (King Buttercup) Curtis Sullivan (King Buttercup)
Drayton Entertainment: Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha, Isadore Sharp in Marathon of Hope, Captain in Anything Goes, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Bert Bratt in How to Succeed…, Billy Bigelow in Carousel. Other theatre: Admiral von Schreiber in The Sound of Music, Giuseppe Palmieri in The Gondoliers (Stratford), Giorgio in Passion (Canadian Stage), La Haine in Armide (Royal Opera Versailles, Glimmerglass), Cascada in The Merry Widow (San Francisco Opera), Schaunard in La Bohème (Calgary Opera), Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Opera Columbus, Seoul Arts Center). Film/TV: Magic Flute Diaries (Sullivan), Avenging Angelo (Epsilon), Persée (Atlantic 18). My sincere thanks to Alex and everyone at Drayton Entertainment.


Karen Wood (Mother Nature) Karen Wood (Mother Nature)
Drayton Entertainment: All Shook Up, The Ladies Foursome, Too Many Cooks, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Perfect Wedding, See How They Run, Oliver!, Damn Yankees, Vaudeville!. Other theatre: The Birds and The Bees (STC/Lighthouse Festival), James and the Giant Peach (YPT), All Shook Up (Globe), The Addams Family (Neptune). Karen directed Poor for Essential Collective Theatre. She was also directed by George F. Walker in his play The Ravine (LTP). Karen spent eight seasons at the Stratford Festival and ten seasons at the Shaw Festival. She was dramatic coach for the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Karen is delighted to be back with Drayton Entertainment.

The Creative Team

David Connolly (Original Director & Choreographer) David Connolly (Original Director & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella: The Panto, Red Rock Diner, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan: The Panto, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You. Other theatre: Footloose, First Wives Club, Plaid Tidings, The King and I, Anne of Green Gables. TV: The Moblees, Andrew Lloyd Webberʼs How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, The Doodlebops. David is a Premier of Ontario Award of Excellence recipient. Thank you to Alex and the Drayton Entertainment family.
 

Geoffrey Whynot (Director & Choreographer) Geoffrey Whynot (Director & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Cinderella: The Panto, Amos in Chicago, Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Men, Johnny Angel in Suds, Lucky in Dames at Sea. Other theatre: The Husband in Hello Again (ARTillery Collective), Doc Gibbs in Our Town (Theatre Rusticle), Archie Craven in The Secret Garden (Globe Theatre). Film/TV: Reign, Corner Gas, Queer as Folk. Geoff is an actor, director/choreographer, playwright, and teacher, and is the Founding Director of the Globe Theatre Conservatory. 
 


Nico Rhodes (Music Director) Nico Rhodes (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Ghost: The Musical, Red Rock Diner, Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella: The Panto (Orchestrator/Arranger). Other theatre: Grease, Twist & Shout, Legends … of Rock and Roll (Chemainus), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Arts Club), A Wonderful Life (Chemainus/Persephone), Tonight…Piaf (Vancouver Island Symphony). A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico is at home in any musical environment. Writing/performing with symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, big band, choir and musicals. Recently, Nico released his new duo album “Roots and Grooves” with Juno award-winner Rick Scott. Thanks to Alex and Drayton Entertainment for having him back. Love to Janet.
 

Jean Claude Olivier (Set Designer) Jean Claude Olivier (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Joseph…, Cinderella: The Panto, Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan, Oliver!, Annie and more. Other theatre: Seussical (Aquarius), Cinderella (Ross Petty). A graduate of McGill University and the National Theatre School of Canada, Jean Claude has worked as a Scenic Artist and Set Designer across Canada for over 30 years. His work is often seen in Vancouver, for the Dunbar, Gateway, T.U.T.S., and Royal City Musical Theatre organizations. Awards: Ovation Award (2006 Best Scenic Design, Peter Pan, RCMT), 2006 Jessie Award nomination for Peter Pan (RCMT), Ovation Award (2008 Best Scenic Design, The Drowsy Chaperone, National Arts Centre/Vancouver Playhouse).


Rachel Berchtold (Costume Designer) Rachel Berchtold (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Holiday Inn, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, HONK!, Million Dollar Quartet, Joseph…, Sister Act, Cinderella, Anything Goes, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, and many more. Other theatre: Million Dollar Quartet (Stage West/Mirvish), Aladdin (Silver Mist), The King and I, Crazy For You, Can-Can, Big: The Musical, (Theatre Under the Stars), My Favorite Year, Pride and Prejudice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Our Town, NINE, Nunsense, Into The Woods (Randolph). Many thanks to Alex and Jenine. This one is for my family.
 

Kevin Fraser (Lighting Designer) Kevin Fraser (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, Holiday Inn, Death of a Salesman, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph…, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Footloose, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Big Band Legends, Blood Brothers, CATS and many more. Other theatre: Grand Hotel (Shaw Festival), King Charles III (Mirvish), Treasure Island, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Shakespeare In Love, A Little Night Music, Carousel (Stratford Festival). Kevin is a member of Associated Designers of Canada, and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. www.kevinfraserlighting.com.
 

Amber Archbell (Stage Manager) Amber Archbell (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, The Birds & The Bees, Cinderella: The Panto, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Run For Your Wife, Weekend Comedy, Annie, High School Musical, Moon Over Buffalo, The Drawer Boy. Other theatre: Really Really (Theatre Erindale), The Amish Project (Green Light Arts), The Raft (MT Space), If I Were You, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Queen Milli of Galt, Educating Rita (Aquarius), Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Rhubarb Festival (Buddies).


Loralie Pollard (Assistant Stage Manager) Loralie Pollard (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: The Drowsy Chaperone, Singin’ in the Rain. Other theatre: Disney’s Freaky Friday (Theatre Aquarius), The Penelopiad (The Grand), Come Down From Up River (The Foster Festival), The Birds and The Bees (Theatre Orangeville), A Christmas Story (Sudbury Theatre Centre), 365 Days/365 Plays (Theatre Erindale), Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Dogfight, Legally Blonde (Theatre Sheridan), Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie (Watermark Theatre). Loralie is a graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events at Sheridan College.
 

Charlotte Peters (Apprentice Stage Manager) Charlotte Peters (Apprentice Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Production Assistant since 2017. This production marks her debut as an Apprentice Stage Manager. Other theatre: Possible Worlds, The Golden Fleece, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood’s Latest Adventure (Bishop’s University). Charlotte is a recent graduate of Bishop’s University’s Drama Program. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Maya, and Chris, and to all the mentors she has been lucky enough to have.

 

Christine Watson (Assistant Choreographer) Christine Watson (Assistant Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Joseph…, Cinderella: The Panto, Footloose, Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up, Anne of Green Gables, Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz. Other theatre: Rock of Ages (Fallsview), Spamalot (Aquarius), Dance Legends (Grand), A Chorus Line (Rose). Choreography: KW Glee, A Love Story (Hillside Beach Club), Bye Bye Birdie, The Full Monty, The Sound of Music, RENT (KWMP), Karaoke Dreamer (Bluewater). Film/TV: 88 (Wango Films), Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Universal). Thanks to Alex, David and Drayton Entertainment for all of the opportunities. Love to Mom, Dad, MCJ, and Trev.


Caroline Smith (Writer) Caroline Smith (Writer)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Cinderella: The Panto, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto. Choreographer: Nunsense, Big River, You'll Get Used To It (The War Show). Director: Dads: The Musical. Celebrating almost 40 years as a professional Director, Choreographer and Playwright. Caroline thoroughly enjoys her “sideline” writing career, penning panto scripts, children's plays, revues, and has two full-length plays published by Samuel French. Her comedy The Kitchen Witches was the winner of the 2005 Samuel French Best Canadian Play Award and is in continuous production across Canada and the U.S. Thanks to Alex, David and Drayton Entertainment for making this another unforgettable experience!  

The Band

Nico Rhodes (Music Director/Keys I) Nico Rhodes (Music Director/Keys I)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Ghost: The Musical, Red Rock Diner, Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella: The Panto (Orchestrator/Arranger). Other theatre: Grease, Twist & Shout, Legends … of Rock and Roll (Chemainus), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Arts Club), A Wonderful Life (Chemainus/Persephone), Tonight…Piaf (Vancouver Island Symphony). A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico is at home in any musical environment. Writing/performing with symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, big band, choir and musicals. Recently, Nico released his new duo album “Roots and Grooves” with Juno award-winner Rick Scott. Thanks to Alex and Drayton Entertainment for having him back. Love to Janet.
 

Kevin Dempsey (Drums) Kevin Dempsey (Drums)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings & Queens of Country, Hairspray, Lucky Stiff, Red Rock Diner, Anything Goes, White Christmas, Footloose, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Big Band Legends, The Songs of Sinatra, Country Legends, Swing!. Kevin is happy to be returning to Drayton Entertainment to perform in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto. Kevin is an active member in the Toronto jazz scene and can be heard frequently on CJRT. He has also been on the McMaster University and Mohawk College music faculties for the last 30 years. Kevin has been performing with Drayton Entertainment since 1994.
 

Earl Filsinger (Guitar) Earl Filsinger (Guitar)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, Kings & Queens of Country, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Man of La Mancha, Evita, Big River, Give My Regards to Broadway, Country Legends, Me and My Girl. Other theatre: The Music Man, Camelot (Stratford Festival), Hank Williams Show (Petrolia), Jesus Christ Superstar, High School Musical. Earl has played lead guitar on the Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mary cruise ships touring Europe. He also toured Canada and the U.S. in various bands, and has produced numerous CDs. He and his wife Karen own and operate a music store in Stratford, Ontario. Email: filsingermusic@aol.com.
 

Will Jarvis (Bass) Will Jarvis (Bass)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Joseph…, Sister Act, Smokey Joe’s Café, Snow White: The Panto, Spamalot, Swing!, She Loves Me, Romance Romance, Disney’s High School Musical, Blood Brothers. Other theatre: Rocky Horror Show (Stratford), Grease: The Musical (Irregular Ent.), Jersey Boys, 9 to 5: The Musical (Dancap), Peter Pan (Ross Petty), The Full Monty (Stage West). Will is a busy freelance bassist, composer and educator who has performed with Latin-jazz artists Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D’Rivera, Hilton Ruiz and Hilario Duran. As an educator, Will is on the music faculties of Humber College and Mohawk College.
 

David Myers (Keys II) David Myers (Keys II)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph…, Footloose, Smokey Joe’s Café, Little Shop of Horrors, White Christmas, Peter Pan: The Panto. Other theatre (selected): Secret Garden (Podium), Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins (Aquarius), The Sound of Music, Footloose, Best Little Whorehouse…, All Shook Up, West Side Story, Joseph..., A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Nunsense (Stage West), A Funny Thing... (Sudbury), Company, Sweeney Todd, Candide, Secret Garden (Second Company). A seasoned arranger and composer, David is an audition pianist in Toronto and Stratford, and works at Sheridan and Randolph colleges. He toured for 15 years with the Genesis tribute The Musical Box. www.DavidMyersMusic.ca