Whisper on the Wind is about to make its theatrical debut and director Richard Hyde-Finch is eager for accolades. If only the unpredictable actors and audience members would “follow the script” on opening night. This laugh-a-minute comedy shines a whimsical spotlight on the Canadian theatre scene and will have you shouting BRAVO!
* NEW THIS SEASON: Opening night of OPENING NIGHT will begin at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a reception (with refreshments) in our lobby where audience members will be able to meet and mingle with the cast and production team.
SHOW DATES & TIMES
Thursday May 9th, 2019 at *7:30 PM*
Friday May 10th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday May 11th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinee May 12th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Thursday May 16th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Friday May 17th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Saturday Matinee May 18th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Saturday May 18th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
– Cast & Crew BIOGRAPHIES –
Corey CASTLE – Director
Corey has directed numerous productions in and around Montreal, including Cabaret (Theatre 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 Five Years (Hudson Village Theatre), many musicals (Lyric Theatre) and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas (Montreal West Operatic Society, Lakeshore Light Opera). This is Corey’s sixth time directing for Lakeshore Players Dorval. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. While there he assisted in the off-Broadway production of the musical Falsettoland.
Tommy FURINO – Jack Tisdale
This will be Tommy’s third show with Lakeshore Players Dorval. He was most recently seen as PC Ramsden and Bailiff in Rough Justice from last season. His previous show with LPD was Not Now, Darling (Harry McMichael) in 2015. Other favourite theatre credits include I Am Yours (Toilane) and Featuring Loretta (Dave) , both with Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch and Sebastian) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius and Francis Flute), both with Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chapter Two (Leo Schneider) with Pier 21 Productions, and Closer (Daniel Woolf) with Acts to Grind Theatre. He would like to thank all of you for coming out to watch and for your support of theatre.
Jeffrey FREEMAN – Clayton Fry
Jeff moved to Montreal in 2002 from England and quickly became involved in the Montreal West Operatic Society, taking his first Canadian role as the Mikado, followed by Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe and Roddy-Doddy in Ruddigore, before stage-directing Yeomen of the Guard. With a private group, he performed in The Bat Goes To The Ball (Die Fledermaus). Past U.K. roles include, among others, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Mannering in Gaslight, Hook in Peter Pan, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale and Stephano in The Tempest. Jeff stage managed the semi-professional Dorset Opera for two seasons and, with The Riverside Players, he directed an outdoor production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Jeff is looking forward to his first outing with Lakeshore Players Dorval.
Lisa McCORMACK – Cilla Fraser
Lisa is so pleased to be back on stage for this production, having spent the 2018-19 Lakeshore Players Dorval season in Front of House in her new role as Business Manager on LP’s Board of Directors. Previous stage roles include Elmire in Tartuffe and Jean Highwood in Rough Justice during last year’s LP season, as well as the Jester in Hudson Music Club’s META-nominated production of Once Upon a Mattress. When she’s not working, she can usually be found hanging out with her two lovely daughters, Kayla and Reilly – her reason for being. Enjoy the show!
Sterling MAWHINNEY – Michael Craig
Sterling is pleased to be back for another Lakeshore Players Dorval production. Sterling has been lucky to appear in the LP productions of The Cat’s Meow, The Real Inspector Hound, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Rehearsal for Murder, The Mousetrap, Boeing Boeing, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Calendar Girls, and Rough Justice. Other selected credits include Lion in the Streets (Bill) and Seven Stories (Rodney) for Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, Man of La Mancha (Juan) for the Segal Centre, The Crucible (Hopkins) for the Centaur Theatre and Rope (Rupert Cadell) for La Maison Theatre. Sterling most recently appeared in LP’s The Odd Couple, Female Version. Thanks to the cast and crew for all the laughs. Enjoy the show.
Elisa MacLEOD – Libby Husniak / Properties & Décor
Elisa is a graduate of the Dawson Professional Theatre Program. She has worked extensively with groups such as The Montreal West Operatic Society and the Stratford Shakespeare School, and is currently playing Helena in a touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is her second season with Lakeshore Players Dorval, having played Marianne in Tartuffe and Elaine in Calendar Girls during last season.
Mary VUORELA – Ruth Tisdale
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” Mary’s professional stage management credits include On a First Name Basis (starring Norm Foster), The Woman in Black, Brigit’s Reel and Harvest. Acting credits include The Melville Boys, Opening Night (Libby in 1998 and Cilla in 2008), The Long Weekend, Ethan Claymore and On Golden Pond. Directing credits include The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Campbell’s Sutra and Queen Milli of Galt (for Lakeshore Players Dorval in 2009). Mary wishes to thank this supportive and brilliant cast and crew for allowing her to make this hat trick.
Don FLETCHER – Richard Hyde-Finch
Don has been a member of Lakeshore Players Dorval for the past 15 years, last appearing on stage in their 2008 production of Silver Dagger. Since then, Don has been mostly working behind the scenes, building sets for the last 30+ shows with his dad Bill and brother Derek. But after appearing in last year’s Improv Challenge, pitting Lakeshore Players Dorval against Hudson Players Club, it looks like he’s caught the acting bug again. Working with director Cory Castle has been so much fun that it may not be another 10 years before you see him on stage again. He hopes that’s a good thing.
Kevin STELIGA – Tom Delaney
Kevin is excited to be participating in his first Lakeshore Players Dorval production. Kevin appeared in the John Abbott production of You Can’t Take it With You (2016) and The Crucible (2017). He has also performed with the former Espresso Theatre of the Montreal School of Performing Arts, including Archie and Pals (2007), Robin Hood: There Will Be Tights (2008)and The Treasure Pile (2010). Having recently completed the three-year John Abbott Professional Theatre Program, Kevin is looking forward to becoming more involved with community theatre, starting with this wonderful play from Canada’s own Norm Foster. Thanks to the cast and crew for making this such great fun.
Sean BIRD – Co-Producer
This is Sean’s first time producing for Lakeshore Players Dorval, but he’s been helping backstage and front-of-house for the last 10 years. He debuted on the LP stage in their 2014 production of the hilarious comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner. Prior to that, he appeared in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sisters (Room to Grow Productions, 2015) and Whose Wives Are They Anyway? (Hudson Players Club, 2016). He has also appeared in many of the annual murder-mystery dinner theatre productions at Dorval Strathmore United Church, and several Christmas Pantos at Hudson Village Theatre. He is grateful to the outstanding cast and crew of Opening Night for their commitment to bringing you the very best of community theatre. He would like to thank his co-producer, Wayne, for showing him a few of the producing ropes.
Wayne SARAY – Co-Producer
This is Wayne’s second time producing for Lakeshore Players Dorval, after producing and appearing in The Curious Savage (2016). He has appeared in two other LPD productions: You Can’t Take It With You (2013) and Not Now, Darling (2015). He has also produced and stage managed for Hudson Players Club, and appeared in HPC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare by the Lake, 2015), The Great Gatsby (2016), and Samuel Beckett’s enigmatic but compelling Endgame (2017), in which he spent 90 minutes in a garbage bin. Yeah, you had to be there. He is thrilled to share his passion for the theatre with our wonderfully supportive audience, without whom all we’d have are words on a page. He’d like to thank his wife, Sharon, who has always encouraged him to go out and play, the dedicated and talented cast and crew of Opening Night, and his co-producing partner in crime, Sean, for his help in herding the cats.
Susan FREED – Stage Manager
Susan has experience in all aspects of community theatre. She has worked on many Lakeshore Players Dorval shows for more than 25 years. She recently returned to Montreal after completing a BFA in Film Production at York University where she made several short films. Currently she has a feature length screenplay in development. Susan is thrilled to be working with a great cast and crew on yet another wonderful LPD production.
Mélanie DESJARDINS – Apprentice Stage Manager
This is Melanie’s fifth year with Lakeshore Players Dorval and her first time working behind the scenes as apprentice stage manager to the wonderful Susan Freed. She is grateful to be learning from such a pro. In the past, you may have seen on stage as Alice in You Can’t Take it With You (2013), Janie McMichael in Not Now, Darling (2015), Puck in Shakespeare in Hollywood (2015), Gloria in Boeing Boeing (2016), Mary in The Inspector General (2016), and Sylvie in The Odd Couple, Female Version (2019). She’s thankful to be working with such a talented team.
Jean-Claude OLIVIER – Set Designer
Jean-Claude is an award-winning set designer and scenic artist whose work has been seen across Canada for more than forty years. A graduate of McGill University and Université de Montréal, he also studied at the National Theatre School of Canada, and was taught and mentored by noted designer Robert Prévost. He has designed for Les Grands Ballets, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, and he also worked one season at the Stratford Festival. Locally, his work has graced productions by the Segal Centre, the Lyric Theatre, and Hudson Village Theatre, as well as the Beth Israel, Beth Tikvah and Arcadians musical theatre groups, including many Gilbert & Sullivan operettas along the way. In 2006, he won the OVATION Award for Best Scenic Design for Peter Pan (Vancouver), for which he was also received a JESSIE nomination. And in 2008, he received a second OVATION Award for Best Scenic Design for The Drowsy Chaperone, a co-production of the National Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse. He has also worked in Drayton (Ontario), Toronto and Quebec City. Recent Hudson Village Theatre productions include Jack of Diamonds, Savannah Sipping Society, Snow White (the Panto), The Drowsy Chaperone, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Rumors. JC is pleased to be designing again for Lakeshore Players Dorval. Past LPD credits include Amadeus, Anne of 1000 Days, Matchmaker, Pygmalion and My Three Angels.
Alex SMITH – Lighting Design
Alex is a Montreal-based lighting designer, stage manager and playwright, and is pleased to be back with Lakeshore Players Dorval again after designing for The Miracle Worker earlier this season. As a designer, his work has toured as far afield as Halifax, Winnipeg and New York. Additionally, Alex serves as a resident stage manager for Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Department.
Holli DRUM – Assistant Stage Manager
Holli has been a Lakeshore Players Dorval staple for almost 25 years and a priceless member of the backstage team. She and Gillian have worked every LP production over the last several years. In her other life, Holli works with seniors and is very involved with the Girl Guides as a Brownie and Ranger leader in Dorval.
Gillian GILBERT – Assistant Stage Manager
Originally from the U.K., Gillian always loved the theatre and music, singing in rock bands (notably with Steve Hackett of Genesis). In Canada she appeared at Le Festin du Gouverneur and with the Mount Royal Operatic Society before joining Lakeshore Players Dorval. Over the years, Gillian has absolutely loved being part of the “Players” family, appearing on stage in the fabulous Calendar Girls, Shakespeare in Hollywood and Jane Eyre, and behind the curtains with her backstage “sister” Holli and all the wonderful casts and crews over the years. Thanks to you all for making community theatre such a rich and rewarding experience. Now, turn off your cell phones and enjoy the show!
Jim VOYSEY – Board Operator
Jim appeared on stage for the first time with Lakeshore Players Dorval in the 2016 production of The Inspector General as Bobby Frick. Since then he has co-produced four other LPD shows: Crimes of the Heart in 2016 and the META-nominated Calendar Girls in 2018, both with Kosta Kokosopoulos, and Rough Justice last season, with Vicky Kuchlein. He then did double duty as co-producer and lighting board operator for The Odd Couple, Female Version. He returns once again as board operator so he hopes he has figured it all out and won’t leave us in the dark!
Elena CERROLAZA – Props Manager
Elena has been involved with just about every aspect of community theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. She has performed in a dozen Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and has directed Ruddigore, The Gondoliers, and Trial by Jury for the Montreal West Operatic Society. More recently, she has focused on set and prop design and construction. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Lakeshore Players Dorval creative team.
Karen PEARCE – Costume Designer
Karen has been involved in many aspects of theatre production over the years – producer, director, choreographer – but at some point she realized that costuming was a great excuse to expand her wardrobe, engage in a genetically predetermined hoarding tendency (“It’s not my fault, it’s in my genes.”), and stay in shape (weight training!). She’s on her way to having the biggest walk-in closet on the West Island (some people call them garages). If you’re a Lakeshore Players Dorval regular, you will have seen Karen’s work in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Cat’s Meow, And Then There Were None, The Mousetrap, last season’s Tartuffe and Calendar Girls, and this season’s opening production, The Miracle Worker. Karen loves to paint a picture with colour, pattern and sparkle; some say they can recognize her costumes even before reading the program. (She hopes this is a good thing.) Karen is grateful to LPD for their confidence and support.
Liana NAVROZIDIS – Board Operator
Liana’s first encounter with live theatre was as Orphan #2 in a school production of Oliver Twist and, subsequently, Elsa in The Sound of Music. After a life spent as an audience member, she has decided to throw herself into the production side of this wondrous business. Liana is thrilled to be behind the scenes of her first theatrical production, and she thanks Lakeshore Players Dorval for their vote of confidence.
Steve WOODWARD & Bill FLETCHER – Set Construction
Steve Woodward and Bill Fletcher are true Lakeshore Players Dorval veterans. Steve started set-building for LP in the late 1980s and, after a 20-year absence, returned to the fold in 2010 and has worked on every show since then, as well as developing set designs for The Mousetrap and The Curious Savage. Bill came to LPD for a part in My Three Angels in 1995 and is still haunting the wings, serving as Production Manager on more than 30 shows since 2001.
Eric SAUVÉ – Sound Designer
Ahhh, finally, opening night. All those months of preparation are coming to fruition… OPENING NIGHT!!! Already!?! I completely forgot to do the sound cues! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Where’s my laptop… where’s the power supply… where’s the mouse… OH NO! the power just went out… It’s ok, it’s ok, I’ll just hum the songs into my phone, yeah, that’s the ticket… Who’s calling me now!?! I’ve just won a cruise!?! Nice! Ok, the power just came back on. What’s this play about again? Ok, focus… opening night… what could go wrong? Enjoy the show.