The classic story is brought to life in this very special holiday experience. Hilarious and sometimes spooky, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been lovingly recreated for the whole family. Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and three seasonal spirits will fill you with holiday joy. Puppets, projections and music add to the spectacle; it will give you the giggles, move you to tears and fill you to the very brim with the cosy, homey Christmas cheer that we all cherish so much.
Matthew Heiti is a writer, actor, director and teacher born on Wembley Drive and now living one street away. He holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. He has published a novel, The City Still Breathing (Coach House Books). His produced plays include Receiver of Wreck (PlaySmelter); Plague: a [sic] love story (Crestfallen); Aviatrix (Lunchbox Theatre); Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld, Mucking in the Drift (STC). He has served as Playwright-in-residence with STC and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, working with emerging writers across Ontario. With STC, he has directed productions of There’s a Mouse in My House and #TheWaterTower, served as associate director on The Romeo Initiative and for five years led the Playwrights’ Junction workshop. As an actor, he has performed with many indie and professional companies in Sudbury, Toronto, Burlington and Fredericton. In his spare time, he is usually working.
ADAM FRANCIS PROULX
Puppet Designer, Creator + Puppeteer
Adam Francis Proulx is an actor, director and celebrated puppeteer originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He is thrilled to be back at STC where he was seen seven Christmases ago in Bunch of Munsch. Adam has worked on stage with such companies as Neptune Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Obscura, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia and Walt Disney World Entertainment. He was in the first Canadian cast of Avenue Q. Recently, Adam was an Artist in Residence with The Puppetsmithery in Australia and he has spent the last three seasons as Assistant Artistic Director of the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. An accomplished puppet builder and theatre creator, Adam’s award-winning, solo show BAKER’S DOZEN: 12 Angry Puppets has played across North America. It was taped for TV and has opened for Rick Mercer. He has built puppets for the Sad Sally book series, Varkade Games, Rogers TV Newfoundland, the CBC’s Gavin Crawford, recording artist Shirley Gnome, the Australian TV series Oh Yuck! and many others. His newest show, Adam’s Unplugged Puppet Party, premiered this summer. Visit AdamFrancisProulx.com or PuckingFuppets.com.
Eric is thrilled to return to the STC stage again to celebrate his favourite holiday. His past performances include A Christmas Carol, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, A Christmas Story and Hockey Dreams. Eric is also part of the Students On Stage program at STC and has appeared in Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows and will appear in the upcoming production of Cinderella. He would like to extend thanks to the cast and crew for making this experience memorable.
Kieran Jensen is a grade 11 drama, vocal and dance major at Sudbury Secondary School. He is excited to be returning to the STC stage, having made his debut as Scut Farkas in A Christmas Story. Other credits include Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows (STC); Oliver!, A Family Story, The Addams Family (Theatre Cambrian); Godspell (Sudbury Performance Group); 12 Incompetent Jurors, Alice in Wonderland (SSS). He also takes vocal and dance lessons outside of school. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Kevin Kelly is a grade 8 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. Kevin loves to sing at concerts and with his voice coach, Susan. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys drawing, reading and playing sports; especially his favourite sport: fencing. This is Kevin’s third production with STC, having performed in Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in The Willows (Students On Stage) and he’ll be seen in the upcoming SOS production of Cinderella. He is thrilled to perform in this production as well!
Kaylee is thrilled to be a part of this season’s Christmas production of A Christmas Carol. Kaylee is a grade 10 student at LoEllen Park Secondary. She has been involved in theatre since she was eight years old and has been a part of STC’s Student’s On Stage program for four years, including productions such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in The Willows. She has four years of singing experience with vocal coach Kelly Perras and has been involved in the Kiwanis Festival for the past three years. She hopes you enjoy this feel-good holiday classic!
Mackenzy is ecstatic and honoured to be in A Christmas Carol. Although this is her first professional production, she is not new to theatre. From The Wind in The Willows at STC to Oliver! with Theatre Cambrian, and multiple school plays, Mackenzy has found a passion for the stage. In addition to multiple drama and vocal development classes with STC, she is also a senior member of the Young Sudbury Singers choir. Mackenzy is a grade 9 drama major at Sudbury Secondary School. Enjoy the show!
Last season, his first as STC’s Artistic Director, John directed Plaid Tidings, Here on the Flight Path and The Birds and The Bees. He has directed and/or choreographed for Huron Country Playhouse, Garden City Productions, Music Theatre Etobicoke, Thistle Theatre, St. Marys Community Players and Hamilton Theatre Inc. As a performer, his favourite roles include Tinman in The Wizard of Oz and The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof (Huron Country Playhouse); Francis in La Cage aux Folles (Vancouver Playhouse); and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl (Garden City Productions [twice], Hamilton Theatre Inc., Orangeville Music Theatre). His marketing and communications expertise has benefited STC, Huron Country Playhouse, Theatre Aquarius, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Presentation House Theatre and Blyth Festival. He has also stage-managed for Theatre Collingwood and Heathcote Theatre and “flew” Peter in Peter Pan the musical at Huron Country Playhouse. As always, this is for Nan.
Set + Costume Designer
This is Brandon’s 10th show with STC. Last year he designed the set for The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. This past summer he designed the set and costumes for YES Theatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach. Brandon was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design and is a recipient of an OAC Chalmers Development Grant. Brandon is a multiple Dora award nominee and two-time winner. For more information and a portfolio please visit brandonkleimandesign.com.
Previously for STC: Here on the Flight Path, Plaid Tidings, The Invention of Romance, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life. Designs elsewhere include the Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Neptune Theatre, Watermark Theatre, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Carousel Players, Hart House Theatre, George Brown Theatre, Theatre Sheridan, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor and Concordia University. Kirsten studied theatre at the University of Alberta, and lighting at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Hilary is delighted to be returning to STC this winter after stage managing Plaid Tidings last season. Elsewhere: Stage Manager: The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (SLSF); Mules (Theatrefront); Tales of an Urban Indian (Talk Is Free Theatre). Assistant Stage Manager: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stratford Festival); Prairie Nurse (TIP). CAEA apprentice credits: Sir John A: Acts of Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion (NAC); The School for Scandal (Stratford Festival); Angels Square (GCTC); The Comedy of Errors (a Company of Fools); Bingo! (Factory Theatre). Training: Algonquin College Theatre Arts 2009 Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2016); Prix Rideau Award Winner Emerging Artist 2010.
Apprentice Stage Manager
Born and raised in Sudbury, Alanna Wrenshall is delighted to be worrying her parents by pursuing a career in Stage Management. Returning for her fifth production with the STC, she is so thankful for this opportunity to learn and herd cats in her hometown. Select credits: Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story, The Birds and The Bees, Here on the Flight Path (STC); Bloom: A Rock N’ Roll Fable, Who Killed Snow White?, Bombers: Reaping The Whirlwind (4th Line Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Robin Hood: The Panto (Capitol Theatre). Happy Holidays!