SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD : CAST & CREW
Lakeshore Players Dorval is lucky and eternally grateful for all the enormously talented people who donate their time and effort to bring you all our productions.
This is their story.
Corey Castle – Director
Corey has directed numerous productions in and around Montreal, including Cabaret (Théatre Lac Brome and Centaur Theatre), Into the Woods (Concordia University), Blokes, Blokes II, Troubadours Through Time, Mainly Montreal (Centaur Theatre, starring Bowser and Blue), The Last 5 Years, (Hudson Village Theatre), many musicals (Lyric Theatre) and G & S operettas (Montreal West Operatic Society). He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. While there he assisted on the off-Broadway production of the musical Falsettoland.
Dan Anton – Will Hays / Harry Warner
It’s been over 20 years since you’ve seen Dan Anton in Corpse and My Three Angels, as well as, a variety of Café Theatre Productions. Most recently, he and his crew, have provided backstage assistance for the hair designs in Not Now, Darling and Steel Magnolias. When asked how he feels about playing, the villainous role, of Will Hays, he said “Whatever it takes to entertain the audience, even if it means having to make an “Ass” of myself.
Mélanie Desjardins – Puck
Mélanie is excited to back with the Lakeshore Players Dorval for her third season. You may have seen her as Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take it With You and (a little too much of her) as Janie McMichael in Not Now, Darling. Mélanie is thrilled to be working with such a talented and fun group of people.
Joseph Dineen – Joe E. Brown / Albert Warner
Originally from New Jersey, Joe has only been with Lakeshore Players Dorval for 7 years, He was last seen in last season’s Not Now, Darling. You may also recall seeing Joe in past main stage productions of You Can’t Take It With You, And Then There Were None, Fools, and Don’t Dress for Dinner. Joe has also appeared in two of the very popular holiday pantomimes out at Village Theatre in Hudson, playing Granny in Little Red Riding Hood and Madame Twanky in Aladdin. He will be back at the Village Theatre playing Nanny Nickerbocker this Holiday season.
John Elliott – Jack Warner
This will be John’s twelfth appearance with Lakeshore Players Dorval, having recently appeared in last season’s The Mousetrap as Major Metcalf. He has also trod the boards at Hudson Village Theatre, most notably in their production of On Golden Pond, and in addition to appearing in a number of films and on radio, is currently cast in a recurring role as Father Deegan on the new CBC television series This Life.
David Fisher – Max Reinhardt
David’s first foray into Lakeshore Players Dorval was as the Spanish ambassador’s assistant in A Man for All Seasons in 1980. His hair was jet black, at the time. 38 years and two café theatre performances later, he returns to the main stage for another kick at the can. In the meantime, he has appeared with Iona and Hudson Players and has been a Hudson Village Theatre Christmas Pantomime performer for fourteen straight years. He lives in Vaudreuil and has almost learned to spell it. His wife Patty gave him permission to be here.
Steve Gillam – Oberon
This is Steve’s 20th season with Lakeshore Players Dorval, and his 22nd time acting in one of our productions. He is grateful for the chance to work with Corey again (Foursome, Run For Your Wife). Most recently Steve appeared as Linus Larrabee Sr. in Sabrina Fair. He has appeared in many shows produced by other local groups, including Double Act, A Flea In Her Ear, Cinderella, Betrayal, Ring Round The Moon, and The Dining Room. Steve will be directing our winter play, Boeing Boeing – his 9th for Lakeshore Players Dorval.
David Inglis – Cowboy / Extra
Evy Kartus-Solomon – Louella Parsons
As a seasoned actor, Evy has performed in many Montreal area theatres, and is a mainstay in Lakeshore Players Dorval productions. Evy is delighted to be a part of the Shakespeare in Hollywood ensemble and feels fortunate to work with such a talented director, cast and crew. Theatre credits include The Mousetrap, Sinners (both with LP), The Odd Couple (female version) with Village Theatre West, and Absurd Person Singular (Griffintown Theatre) . Her film credits include Secret Insanity (Winding Road Productions) and Fatal Vows – “Episode Pugh” on the Investigation Discovery Channel .
Konstantin Kokosopoulos – James Cagney / Sam Warner
Konstantin hath been a Member of Lakeshore Players Dorval since 2006, and hath appeareth in such LP comedies and tragedies as Fools, Twelve Angry Jurors, Bedtime Stories, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Rehearsal for Murder. He is excited (well, terrified) to embarketh upon his first foray into Shakespeare (well, kinda). Enjoy!
Matt Langton – Dick Powell
Matt is glad to be back for another season with the Lakeshore Players Dorval and with another talented cast and crew. Past theatre credits include: Sabrina Fair, And Then There Were None, You Can’t Take It With You, Mary Poppins. TV/Film: Blue Mountain State, Lance et Compte, After The Ball, and Fatal Vows. Matt is also a big time softball player who captained the Lakeshore Players Dorval team to a QDF Championship this past summer and hit 50 home runs in the CPH league. “Lets go!!!” – Tom Brady
Lia Ludbrook – Lydia Lansing
Lia is in her last semester of her studies in Education at McGill University. Prior to this, she graduated from the John Abbott Professional Theatre Program in 2011. Lia’s favourite recent theatre-related memory is putting on an original play with a group of fifteen children in Malawi, Africa in the summer of 2014. It is her hope not only to continue to pursue her own love of acting but also to continue to inspire this same love of the arts in children.
Conrad MacDougall – Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan) / Extra
Currently in the process of completing his Marketing Degree at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, Conrad finds himself yet again drawn to acting. Having starred in indie films such as Found by Mitchell Stafiej and Centre D’Achat by Laurent Ouellette, joining Lakeshore Players Dorval was the next logical step in expanding his repertoire. Having starred as Charlie Lawson in Not Now, Darling, Conrad is excited to play the role of Tarzan in Shakespeare in Hollywood and looks forward to developing his acting chops.
Andrew McLennon – Daryl
This is Andrew’s first season with the Lakeshore Players Dorval. Andrew has been performing on stage for 12 years and still remains passionate about live theatre. Andrew has performed in many productions. A few of his performances include The Wizard of Oz as Uncle Henry, The Music Man as Charlie Cowell, and Grease as Kenickie. Andrew is honored to be working with the Lakeshore Players Dorval and hopes that you enjoy the show.
Adam Recine – Groucho Marx / Extra
Still buzzing from his last role as Sergeant Trotter in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap Lakeshore Players’ 50th season, Adam makes his 3rd appearance with LP. Adam is particularly excited to be working with director Corey Castle along with the other actors and crew in the production, many of whom he is dear friends with on and off the stage. Adam is thrilled to be sporting the iconic Beaglepuss and is relishing the opportunity to portray comedy legend Groucho Marx.
Alexandra Valassis – Olivia Darnell
Alexandra has studied acting at Dawson College & MSOPA. Her various film & theatrical roles include, Kristie Pittfield in Burden of Evil (Incendo Films), Nehrjas Al Saffarh in Palace of the End (Waterworks) & various others. She’s also the co-founder of Dum Blond Productions where played the infamous whoroin Samantha Jones in Sex & La Cité, a play she co-wrote with Paula Davis & Kathy Slamen. She’s thrilled to be working with Lakeshore Players Dorval for the first time. Enjoy the show everyone!
Luanna Venditti – Producer
Luanna has worked with Lakeshore on stage and behind the scenes. This is the 4th show she’s produced for LP, and she’s loved every one. She also serves on the board as our Membership Director. Her favourite part of a production is sitting backstage during a show to live the magic. She is very proud of all of the hard work put in by both cast and crew!
Lise Fortin – Stage Manager
Lise has been involved in community theatres both onstage and backstage for over 30 years. Among her favourite onstage roles are Linda in Les Belles Soeurs & Diane in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (UW drama dept), Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Great River Players) and Queen Isabella in Edward II and the title role in Macbeth (Upstage Productions). With Lakeshore Players Dorval she has worked mostly backstage, usually stage managing or operating lighting and sound boards.
Gillian Gilbert – Assistant Stage Manager
Originally from the U.K., Gillian enjoyed a misspent youth singing in rock bands (notably with Steve Hackett of Genesis). In Canada, she appeared at Le Festin du Gouverneur and Mount Royal Operatic Society. Since joining Lakeshore Players Dorval, she has appeared in Jane Eyre and has enjoyed numerous roles including props, script assistant, costumes, assistant stage manager with all the magical mysteries of life backstage. Gillian wishes to thank the entire organization for making theatre such a welcoming part of her life. Cheers to all the cast, backstage buddies and crew.
Holli Drum – Assistant Stage Manager
Holli has been a Lakeshore Players Dorval staple for more than 20 years, and a priceless member of the backstage team. In her other life, Holli is also involved with the Girl Guides and Brownies in Dorval.
David Inglis – Photographer – Cowboy / Extra
Dave has been a member of LP for 20 years, and has been involved in every production in some way or other, and serves as LP’s official photographer. Dave’s late parents were 2 of the original members of Lakeshore Players Dorval so suffice to say, theatre is in his DNA. He cannot, however, act according to him (unless stopped by the police), dance nor sing which is why he plays the bagpipes. Dave is proof why anyone with the slightest inclination towards theatre will discover the wonderful camaraderie being involved with LP.
Debbie Wrenshall – Board Operator
Debbie’s first appearance with LP was in 1979, playing Louise in their mainstage production of The Runner Stumbles. After a long hiatus, Debbie returned to our main stage in the role of Juror Number Four in the 2010 production of 12 Angry Jurors. Since then, Debbie has been involved with several LP productions both onstage and backstage. As board operator, Debbie is delighted for the opportunity to return to her techie roots. Big thanks go out to our Stage Manager extraordinare, Lise Fortin, and to all the cast and crew.
Darlene Reynolds – Props
This is Darlene’s 23rd season with LP. As part of the backstage crew she has performed many roles including make- up, Decor, ASM, props and producer. As well she has been on the Board of Directors. Large productions like Anne of A Thousand Days and Separate Tables are among her favourite as there are many actors, and therefore lots of action backstage, with quick costume changes and a multitude of props…it keeps you on your toes! And on with the show!
Jo Ann Pine – Costume Designer
Jo-Ann has been a Member of LP since 1997 and has worked on almost every play since in many different capacities. Jo-Ann would like to thank her older sister Marian, who has worked Front of House (years before she was a member) helped with sewing, baking and everything asked of her. Many thanks to Steve Gillam, who was a tremendous help with costumes/designs, also, the wonderful & talented Brenda Hilton, who came out of retirement to help. THANKS & LOVE TO MARIAN, STEVE & BRENDA!
Brenda Hilton – Costumes Assistant
Brenda graciously came out of retirement to help our team of costumers for Shakespeare In Hollywood. She was reluctant to have a bio in the program, but our producer’s tenacity won out, and she will get the kudos and thanks she deserves. Brenda has been with Lakeshore Players Dorval for more than 25 years, and we are VERY grateful for all of her excellent help.
Steve Gillam – Actor, Set Designer, Costumes Assistant
See ‘Steve Gillam’ above in ‘Cast’ (because he’s taking up enough webpage real estate already)
William Fletcher – Set Construction
Bill is a Lakeshore Players Dorval veteran, coming to the group in 1995 for a role in My Three Angels. Bill has been doing set work with the group since the 2000 season and has been the Production Manager (Mechanical set design, construction, set-up and tear-down) on 27 Lakeshore Players Dorval productions. He was last seen on the Lakeshore Players Dorval stage as Moon in The Real Inspector Hound.
Andrés Macleod – Sound Design
When he’s not playing video games for a living or learning a new instrument, Andrés can be found stage managing or designing for independent theatre across the city. Apart from several years with the Montreal West Operatic Society, credits include To Be (Persephone), Les Miserables (Turtle Island), and a stint playing keyboards in the uproarious, critically-acclaimed Johnny Legdick (Playwright Hero) at the Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival. Lakeshore credits include Jane Eyre, Inspector Hound and And Then There Were None.
Alexander Smith – Lighting Design
Alex is a Montreal-based lighting designer, stage manager and playwright, and is pleased to be back with Lakeshore Players Dorval after designing last season’s Sabrina Fair and Not Now, Darling! Select recent credits include Virgin (Black Theatre Workshop), A Christmas Carol (Geordie Productions). A devoted associated artist of Title 66 Productions (Ludwig & Mae, The History of the Devil), and founding member of Playwright Hero Productions (No One Like Hugh) Alex is also the resident lighting designer of St. George’s School of Montreal.