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Shear Madness

Artist Bios

The Cast

Jacquelyn French (Barbara DeMarco) Jacquelyn French (Barbara DeMarco)
Drayton Entertainment: Annie, Rocky: The Musical, Shear Madness. Other theatre: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, Elektra, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival), Dora Nomination for her role as Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Acting Up Stage), Bernadette in The Boys in The Photograph (Mirvish/MTC). Film/TV: female inmate in Alias Grace (CBC/Netflix), Jazza Gal on Schitt’s Creek (CBC/Netflix), The Handmaid’s Tale (MGM/Hulu). Born and raised in Newfoundland, Jacquelyn relocated to Ontario and trained at Sheridan College, Oakville, in the Music Theatre Performance Program. Love to Trevor, my Mom and Dad, and my Newfoundland and Toronto families. I hope you enjoy the show.
 

Gord Gammie (Eddie Lawrence) Gord Gammie (Eddie Lawrence)
Drayton Entertainment: Shear Madness, The Crazy Time. Other theatre: Bed and Breakfast (Ship's Company Theatre), Hogtown (The Hogtown Collective), Shear Madness (Persephone Theatre), Little Thing Big Thing (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Lunenburg, Hope and Gravity, For the Taking, Run for Your Wife, Criminal Genius (Festival Antigonish), Hilda’s Yard, Narnia, A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick), Separate Beds, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Charlottetown Festival), The 39 Steps, The Affections of May (Summerside Theatre), Cherry Docs (2b Theatre), Little Thing Big Thing, Skin Flick, Frost/Nixon, Death of a Salesman, Art (Neptune Theatre), Hockey Mom Hockey Dad, Westray (Two Planks and a Passion).
 

Alex Kelly (Mikey Thomas) Alex Kelly (Mikey Thomas)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky Balboa in Rocky: The Musical, West Side Story. Other theatre: Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Globe Theatre), Charlie/Nick understudy in Jersey Boys (Stage West), Mamma Mia!, Billy in Crazy For You, Caleb/Will in A Christmas Carol, A-Rab in West Side Story, Evangeline (Citadel), We Are Canadian, Abegweit Soul of the Island (Confederation Centre), Burnett/Larry in Perry Loved Mary (Old Flame Brewing Co.), Tyler/Vince in Brantwood 1920-2020, Usnavi in In The Heights, and Judas in Godspell (Theatre Sheridan). Special thanks to my fiancée Shelley, Mom, Dad, and The Talent House for their constant love and support!
 

Andrea Risk (Eleanor Shubert) Andrea Risk (Eleanor Shubert)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Amy Hardcastle in One for the Pot, Barbara DeMarco in four productions of Shear Madness, Rosemary in two productions of It Runs in the Family, Judith in Boeing Boeing, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Lucienne in A Flea in Her Ear. Other theatre: Penelope/Mandy/Weever in the world premiere of Something Fishy (Lighthouse/Showboat), Mary in the Canadian premiere of Caught in the Net (Victoria Playhouse), Sybil/Mable/Big/Duff/Brian/Phylis in the world premiere of Freedom 85! (Port Hope/Regent/Lighthouse/Thousand Islands/Bluewater/Theatre Orangeville/Under St. Mark's, N.Y.C.), Mrs. Shubert in Shear Madness (Vertigo Theatre). Andrea was last seen at King’s Wharf Theatre in 2000, and this marks her third production playing Mrs. Shubert.
 

Kevin Sepaul (Nick Rosetti) Kevin Sepaul (Nick Rosetti)
Drayton Entertainment: Shear Madness, Annie Get Your Gun, You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. Other theatre: The Foursome, The Long Weekend, April in Paris, The Woman in Black, The Numbers Game for Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon, Shear Madness at Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon, Stage West Mississauga, and the Charlottetown Festival. Kevin is very pleased to be returning to Kings’ Wharf Theatre and Drayton Entertainment. A Kitchener native, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the University of Windsor. Much love to Sandy and the kids!
 

Robbie Towns (Tony Whitcomb) Robbie Towns (Tony Whitcomb)
Drayton Entertainment: Disney’s Newsies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shear Madness. Other theatre: Mamma Mia! (Citadel), Bittergirl (Globe), Our Man in Havana (Vertigo), Rock of Ages (Arts Club), All Shook Up (Mayfield), Legally Blonde (Savoy West End), Scrooge (Palladium), Lift (Soho Theatre), The Tempest (Theatre Royal), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Persephone), Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Evita (U.K. Tour), Desire Under the Elms (Citizens Theatre), Wild Honey (RCS), [title of show] (Edinburgh Festival). Robbie has two SAT Awards for Outstanding Performance as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and for Our Man In Havana. Twitter/Instagram: @robbietowns
 

The Creative Team

Bob Lohrmann (Director) Bob Lohrmann (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Shear Madness, Lend Me a Tenor, Murder at the Best Western. Other theatre: Shear Madness Resident Director for Kennedy Center production, directed multiple productions in U.S./Canada, trained directors for productions internationally, and has performed all the male roles in the show. Bob has directed at The Charles Street Theatre, D.C., The Lake George Dinner Theatre, and is a charter company member of People’s Light and Theatre Company, Pennsylvania where, over 15 years, he appeared in 35 plays from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to Charley’s Aunt. He has appeared at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, and in Philadelphia at the Wilma, Arden and Walnut Street Theatres. His comedy sketches have been performed at the Manhattan Punchline, New York. Film/TV: Announcer for Nickelodeon’s Finders Keepers. He has written and produced dozens of radio commercials. He lives in Pennsylvania with his husband singer/songwriter and rock musician John Lilley.
 

David Antscherl (Set Designer) David Antscherl (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show, Shear Madness, Run for Your Wife, Look, No Hans!, The Pirates of Penzance, and many more. Other theatre (selected): The Fighting Days and The Drawer Boy (Essential Collective Theatre), The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch (Theatre Beyond Words), The Wind in the Willows (Yellow Door Theatre). Film: Art Director for The Perimeter Institute’s films Quantum Physics and Dark Matter. David’s association with Drayton Entertainment goes back to their second season. David is also recognized for his books on 18th century naval architecture. He lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake with his highly supportive wife, Carol.
 

Nicole Del Cul (Costume Designer) Nicole Del Cul (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Grease, Shear Madness, Run For Your Wife, Weekend Comedy, Big Band Legends, Bedtime Stories, Italian Funerals..., Dance Legends. Nicole is enjoying her 12th season with Drayton Entertainment. She is a graduate of Ryerson University, with a B.F.A. in Performance Production. She has worked across Ontario, as well as at Banff Festival in Alberta. Nicole would like to thank her better half Alex, for his constant love and support, and their two daughters Stella and Adalynn. She would also like to thank her friends and loving family for all of their support over the years. Amore per la mia famiglia.
 

Jeff JohnstonCollins (Lighting Designer) Jeff JohnstonCollins (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Lights: You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show, Shear Madness, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Canadian Legends, Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Twist & Shout, Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Dance Legends. Sets/Lights: Legends of Harmony, The Mousetrap, and more. Technical Director/Lights: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot (North American Tours). For over 25 years, Jeff has created more than 250 designs for theatres across Canada, participated in the Edinburgh Festival, and operated his own scene shop in his hometown of Hamilton. Jeff joined Drayton Entertainment in 2006 and is now the Director of Production. Love and thanks to the light of my life, my wife Susan for her constant support and encouragement. Enjoy!
 

Alan Card (Stage Manager) Alan Card (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Stage Management: Man of La Mancha, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Pirates of Penzance, Boeing Boeing, Peter Pan: The Panto, Robin Hood, Brigadoon, Country Legends, Caught in the Act II: Repeat Offenders, Me and My Girl, Cinderella, One For The Pot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Christmas Show, Crazy For You, CATS, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, It Runs in the Family, Triple Espresso, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Evita, Shear Madness, Forever Plaid. Other theatre: Guys and Dolls, Meet Me in St. Louis, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Carousel, The Sound of Music and West Side Story. This is Alan’s 22nd Season with Drayton Entertainment.
 

Jory McLean (Assistant Stage Manager) Jory McLean (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Shear Madness. Other theatre (selected): Stage Manager: Halfway There, Book Club (Port Stanley Festival Theatre), Apprentice Stage Manager: Gentleman Clothier, Miracle on 34th Street (Theatre Orangeville), A Thousand Splendid Suns (Grand Theatre), Five Alarm, The Ladies Foursome (Port Stanley Festival Theatre). Jory attended the University of Windsor's B.A. Drama program. Jory is looking forward to his new career in Stage Management and can't wait to see what the future will hold.

 

Original Producers

Marilyn Abrams & Bruce Jordan (Original Producers)
Marilyn Abrams (Original Co-Producer) and Bruce Jordan (Original Co-Producer, Director) are the owners and creators of Shear Madness, the longest-running non-musical play in American theatre history. These two New York actors anticipated the trend for interactive theatre and acquired the world stage, film, and television rights to an obscure murder mystery originally titled Scherenschnitt, written by German playwright Paul Pörtner. In 1978, the play made its debut in the United States in a summer stock production in Lake George, New York. Mr. Jordan directed and created the role of Tony Whitcomb, salon proprietor, and Ms. Abrams created the role of Barbara DeMarco, the gum-chewing manicurist. This exuberant duo oversees the Shear Madness companies in cities as diverse as Rome, Budapest, Detroit, Mexico City, Athens, Johannesburg, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, and Madrid. While each occasionally takes time out to pursue other stage and film work, both make frequent visits to Shear Madness cities, where Mr. Jordan directs and maintains the artistic quality of the productions and Ms. Abrams handles sales and marketing. The 40-year-old Boston company is the longest running play in American theatre history with the Washington, D.C. production at the John F. Kennedy Center running in second place. The play has been listed in The Guinness Book of World Records, and Boston’s Warrenton Street, location of the historic Charles Playhouse, is officially known as “Shear Madness Alley”. The Chicago company is the third longest running play in the history of American theatre, completing a Shear Madness Theatrical Triple Crown. Other honors include the Mystery Writers of America Raven Award, The Boston Globe’s Best Comedy of the Year, The Chicago Tribune’s Best Play of the Year, the USO Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Theatrical Arts, and The Philadelphia Daily News’ Best Play of the Year. In October of 1997, Ms. Abrams and Mr. Jordan were the recipients of the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Award, given by the National Comedy Hall of Fame, as the creators of Shear Madness, the first play ever to be so honored.