PLAID TIDINGS2018-11-26T15:51:58+00:00

6-22 DEC 2018

Pay What You Can Matinée Saturday 8 DEC at 2pm
Relaxed Performance Saturday 22 DEC at 2pm

by STUART ROSS

Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas standards are audience favourites like their riotous three-minute-and-eleven-second version of The Ed Sullivan Show featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, as well as a Plaid Caribbean Christmas that puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis! This truly “heaven-sent” holiday treat will lift your spirits with classic music sung in perfect harmony, all tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top!

CAST

MATTHEW BRADLEY
as Francis

Matthew is thrilled to be making his STC debut in Plaid Tidings. A graduate of Randolph College for the Arts, credits include Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer (Stage West); The Boys in the Photograph (Mirvish); Reign (CBS). Much love and thanks to his family, to Bruce and everyone at The Talent House for getting him here. He dedicates his performance to his best friend, Thanos Mantas and his lovely wife Rachel.

BENJAMIN CAMENZULI
as Smudge

Benjamin Camenzuli is a multi-talented singer, actor and musician. He recently appeared in the world premiere of Jukebox Hero The Musical. Other credits include: Grease the Musical (Roger, Irregular Productions); Once the Musical (Swing and Sveç, Mirvish Productions, Neptune Theatre Company, Citadel Theatre Company); Heart of Steel (Next Stage Festival); South Pacific (Luther Bills, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre). Thank you to The Talent House and STC for the opportunity. Benjamin is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.

CHRISTOPHER FULTON
as Sparky

Christopher is very excited to be making his STC debut! But it’s not his first Sudbury rodeo. He has appeared as Tunny in YES Theatre’s American Idiot, Link in Hairspray, and ensemble in Violet and Merrily We Roll Along. Other selected Theatre credits include Scott in Evil Dead the Musical (US tour), Doppelgänger in The Four of Us, Ferdinand in The Tempest, Archer in The Beaux Stratagem and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. Christopher has always been a fan of Sudbury and couldn’t be happier to make another contribution to its artistic community. A big thank you to John McHenry and STC for the opportunity!

MICHAEL HUGHES
as Jinx

Michael is pleased to be making his STC debut! Selected theatre: Portia, Happy Together 1967 (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Into The Woods, Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse); West Side Story (National Ballet of Canada); Anne and Gilbert (Harbourfront Theatre); All Shook Up (Theatre North West). Film/TV: The Rick Mercer Report, Reign. Other: Michael is the creator and star of the award-winning Mickey & Judy. Thanks to John and the creative team, cast and crew! Happy Holidays! michaelhughes.ca

CREATIVE TEAM

JOHN McHENRY
Director/Choreographer

John is STC’s Artistic Director. In his varied theatrical career, John has directed and/or choreographed for STC, Huron Country Playhouse, Garden City Productions, Music Theatre Etobicoke, Thistle Theatre, St. Marys Community Players, Hamilton Theatre Inc.; stage-managed for Theatre Collingwood and Heathcote Theatre; played such memorable roles as The Tinman in The Wizard of Oz, The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl (four times!); “flew” Peter in Peter Pan at Huron Country Playhouse. His marketing and communications expertise has benefited STC, Huron Country Playhouse, Theatre Aquarius, Vancouver Playhouse, Presentation House and Blyth Festival. As always, this is for Nan.

STEPHEN INGRAM
Musical Director/Piano

Stephen is very excited to be working on his first show at Sudbury Theatre Centre. He was born and raised in Hamilton but has made London his home for the last five years during his undergraduate degree at Western University, having graduated last year with a Bachelor of Music Honours in Composition. For the last five years, he has been highly active in the London theatre community as an actor, music director, accompanist and pit pianist. Selected theatre credits include Aleck Bell (Tweed and Co. Theatre); Fun Home, Next To Normal, History Boys (Calithumpian Theatre Company); The Year and Two of Us Back Here, Places (Broken Soil Theatre); Dogfight (Allswell Productions); Memories of the Summer of Love (Stewart McHarge Entertainment).

ROBERT IVEY
Set Designer

Bob is a highly successful theatre designer whose company R + I Design is in high demand. For over 15 years he was scenic designer at STC with founding artistic director Tony Lloyd. His history dates back to the years when STC worked out of the Canada Bread building on King Street and performed at Laurentian University. He transitioned into STC’s new home in 1982 creating spectacular sets until 1990. His impressive career includes teaching in the Technical Theatre Studies program at Cambrian College for over two decades. STC is delighted to welcome Bob home.

MIRANDA DiFLORIO
Costume Designer

Miranda DiFlorio is a Costume Designer/Wardrobe Manager based out of Toronto and a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre Production Program. Recent credits include Costume Designer for Capitol Theatre’s productions of The Little Mermaid and Fiddler on the Roof, Head of Wardrobe for Sudbury Theatre Centre where she also designed productions of The Invention of Romance, A Christmas Story, Armstrong’s War, and The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Wardrobe Mistress for Drayton Entertainment which included seasons with shows such as Footloose, Littler Mermaid, and Les Misérables.

KIRSTEN WATT
Lighting Designer

Previously for STC: 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, 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 NICHOL
Stage Manager

Hilary is making her STC debut. Elsewhere: Stage Manager: Tales of an Urban Indian (Talk is Free Theatre); Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book Live, Treasure Island (Beaches Turks & Caicos); Assistant Stage Manager: Michael Langham Director’s Workshop (Stratford Festival) and much more! Up Coming: Mules (Theatre Front). Training: Algonquin College Theatre Arts 2009. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2016), Prix Rideau Award Emerging Artist 2010, Prix Rideau Award Nominee Stage Management 2010 A Flea In Her Ear (SevenThirty Productions).

JANINE DIAMANTI
Apprentice Stage Manager

This is Janine Diamanti’s first time working with Sudbury Theatre Centre. She graduated in 2014 from Humber College’s Theatre Production program. She has Stage Managed with Bravo Academy, Toronto and Hamilton Fringe as well as Fireworks Festivals and she is looking forward to experiencing the energy of Sudbury Theatre Centre. Aside from Stage Management, Janine has been a lighting designer for a number of musicals from The Last 5 Years at Alumnae Theatre to Alladin and The Little Mermaid for Bloordale Middle School.

MUSICIANS

BRIAN QUEBEC
Bass

Brian has been playing in the pit band at STC for more years than he can remember. Highlights include The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, Showboat and Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been. When not at STC, he teaches music to young and old music students in Sudbury as well as freelancing is musical genres ranging from jazz to pop. Brian is thrilled to be back on stage.

TONY JURGILAS
Drums

Tony makes a comfortably familiar return to the boards at STC. Having performed here in more than a dozen productions he most recently occupied the drum throne in this season’s opener The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. His versatility—encompassing everything from rollicking ditties to rousing anthems—has afforded him the privilege of sharing the spotlight with artists of diverse genres; however, an habitually mirthful indulgence is his weekend warrior classic rock band. Browse his links at jurgilas.com.