From the Producer ...
Welcome to Theatre Erindale's fourth season. And welcome back to our many returning audience members. You helped make last season our most successful yet, and we're delighted that you're joining us for this season's varied, entertaining and sometimes challenging plays.
The support you give us--as a single ticket buyer, as a subscriber, or as a Patron--is tremendously important to us. As audience members, you make an essential contribution to the growth of our student actors, who benefit from your engaged and enthusiastic responses. If you are a Patron, your tax-deductible donation to Theatre Erindale goes directly to our Scholarship and Development Fund to benefit our students. And, just as importantly, your support is helping Theatre Erindale contribute to the cultural life of Mississauga.
So once again, welcome and thank you. We hope you enjoy the season of plays we've chosen for you. We think you'll agree that for Theatre Erindale "The Sky's the Limit!"
From the Artistic Director ...
Welcome to the first production of the 1996/97 Theatre Erindale Season! Our aim is to provide reasonably priced live theatre that's challenging, entertaining, and different from anything else west of Toronto. Whether you're a Member, a Patron, or a single ticket buyer, we're delighted to have you with us and we hope to see you often in the future.
This performance of Story Theatre brings our new third year class together as a performing ensemble for the very first time--though you've seen a number of them individually before. Each year for this debut, we try to find a vehicle that will challenge the student actors not simply to interpret a script, but to draw on all of their theoretical resources in helping to shape multiple aspects of the event. This adaptation by Paul Sills caused a sensation when it first appeared, and under fearless leader Mimi Mekler it has every chance of doing so afresh. We also welcome back Daniel Levinson -- newly qualified as a full Fight Director.
In a few weeks, we open The Gut Girls, a provocative contemporary comedy-drama from the noted British playwright Sarah Daniels -- to be directed by special guest Katherine Kaszas. The New Year will bring Morris Panych's hilarious absurdist hit from Vancouver, 7 Stories. The mainstage season ends with a rare and very challenging presentation. Under the title Mycenae we present three Greek tragedies in condensed contemporary versions adapted by John Barton for the Royal Shakespeare Company and directed by very special guest Simon Johnston. If you were planning to join us for any of these, you can still avail yourself of all the advantages of Membership. Simply turn in tonight's ticket stub at the Box Office and pay the difference. You'll get three more tickets for the price of two!
We're glad you've joined us for this performance, and we hope you enjoy the show!
From the Director ...
Once upon a time, in a town not far from here, a band of poor wanderers met. They had no place to live, but they told each other stories....
"...our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives. It is well known how many lost the will to live, and have stopped trying, because such meaning has evaded them.... The paramount importance of fairy tales... resides in something other than teaching about correct ways of behaving in the world. Fairy stories do not pretend to describe the world as it is, nor do they advise what one ought to do.... The fairy tale clearly does not refer to the outer world,... but the inner processes taking place in an individual." Bruno Bettelheim
adapted by Paul Sills
from the Brothers Grimm and Aesop's Fables
produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
Directed by Mimi Mekler
Additional Material by The Company
Set by James W. Smagata and Mimi Mekler
Costumes by the Cast
Lighting Designer -James W. Smagata
Fight Choreographer - Daniel Levinson
Stage Manager - Nancy Na
Assistant Stage Manager - Angela Vander Veen
Deputy Stage Managers - Claire D'Angelo, Julie Florio
Original music composed by Natasha Alexandra Biljetina
Arranged by Jacqueline Leung
Choreographer - Natasha Alexandra Biljetina
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Battell - Stone
Natasha Alexandra Biljetina - Katerina
Delia Elaine Cicconi - Jade
Terry Costa - Roxy
Michael Kessler - Ethan
Norbert Kliszczewski - Papa Bear
Jacqueline Leung - C.C.
Angela McMillan - Christy
Claire Porter - Angel
Sarah Schwartz - Elsie
Annamieke Wade - Gynjer
Brock Young - Tristan
Fight Captain - Annamieke Wade
The play takes place in a condemned theatre. Time: the present.
There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.
For Story Theatre:
Lighting Technician: Jason Murduck
Audio Technician: Yvette Foster
Program: Margot Thomas
Poster art: Nicole St. Martin
Set and Lights: Sarah Robinson (Crew Chief), Adam Fimio, Trish Elsie, Sasa Jeric
Wardrobe: Annika Caton (Crew Chief), Robin Archer, Tina Yeung, Deborah Pietrantonio, Stephen Gallant, Jenny Kuipers
Properties: Shannon Jardine (Crew Chief), Mary Hajsan, Lisa Sheppard, Helen O'Meara
Front of House and Box Office: Nicole St. Martin (Crew Chief), Melanie Bravetti, Laura Mulhall,
Ben Ceasar, Lisa Quinto, Adam Bailey
Running Crew: Margo Gonzalez (Crew Chief), Kevin Robinson, Kelly Straughan
For Theatre Erindale:
Producer: Nancy Copeland
Artistic Director: Patrick Young
Production Manager, Technical Director: James W. Smagata
Business Manager: Clara Stewart
Public Relations: Maryann Wells
Office Staff: Margot Thomas
Production Assistants: Terry Costa (Box Office), Norbert Kliszczewski
Co-Op Students: Sarah Abusarar, Zenon Dolyckyj
For legal and/or safety reasons all cameras, recorders and
paging devices must be checked with the House Manager.
In consideration for the audience and company, latecomers
are not admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
MICHAEL BATTELL, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Hamilton, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: The Revenger's Tragedy - Piero, Sordido, keeper, Props Crew Chief; The Rimers of Eldritch - Wardrobe Crew; The Relapse; or, Virtue in Danger - Running Crew; Lion in the Streets - Set and Lights Crew.
For Other Companies: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - Isachaar, The Wizard of Oz - Cowardly Lion (Ancaster H.S.); Assassins - David Herold/Billy (Playhouse '82); Jesus Christ Superstar- Apostle (James the Lesser) (Ancaster Arts Council).
Ambition:A full head of hair.
Favourite Saying: "I'm not only the hair club president, I'm also a client." Sy Sperling
NATASHA BILJETINA, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Stoney Creek, Ont.
Other Training: Toronto Dance Theatre, Second City.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Movement Choreographer; Six War Years - Front of House; Les Belles Soeurs - Set Crew Chief.
For Other Companies: Anxiety of Immortality - actor (Sonic Boom-Autumn Leaf Productions); Born in the Grave - crew (Crow's Theatre).
Ambition:To make it to (the) 'Real World'.
Favourite Saying: "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
DELIA ELAINE CICCONI, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Mississauga, Ont.
Other Training: Classical Vocal, Royal Conservatory.
For Theatre Erindale: Les Belles Soeurs - Wardrobe Crew; Six War Years - Front of House Crew Chief; The Relapse - Props Crew; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Set & Lighting Crew.
Ambition: Plenty of it.
Favourite Saying: "Daddy Dear, about the car... I swear it wasn't my fault..."
TERRY COSTA, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Candelária, Pico Azores
For Theatre Erindale: The Revenger's Tragedy, Les Belles Soeurs, Rimers - Production Assistant; Six War Years - Assistant Stage Manager; Junior Projects 1996 - Stage Manager; Scapin - Front of House; Lion in the Streets - Wardrobe; ISPs: Body and Soul - Director and Designer; Sparks in the Park - Stage Manager.
For Other Companies: Ancient Flames - Caiaphas (A.L.L.-Sears Drama Festival) (Oakville Theatrefest); Pippin - player, and ensemble in the extravagant anthology shows Certain as the Sun and Generation X (Arts Loyola Live); Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Phantom, Joseph, Cats - Production Coordinator/Stage Manager (Burlington Performing Arts).
Ambition: To be part of a new age of theatre, and eventually build my own company.
Favourite Saying: Holy doodle! R U all ready 4 this?
MICHAEL KESSLER, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Brampton, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Judge, Preacher; ISPs: Claire Porter's Zoo Story - Jerry; Zaib's 'Dentity Crisis - Robert.
For Other Companies: Anxiety of Immortality - Immortality Assessor (Sonic Boom/Autumn Leaf Productions).
Ambition: Fortune and Glory Kid, Fortune and Glory.
Favourite Saying: "It was an honour just being nominated." "We were robbed."
NORBERT KLISZCZEWSKI, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Warsaw, Poland.
Other Training: Theatre "Ochota" Active training in Poland.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Peck; Revenger's Tragedy - Front of House Crew Chief; Les Belles Soeurs - Set & Lighting Crew; Six War Years - Lighting Crew; Lion in the Streets - Set & Lighting Crew; ISPs: At Home, Sparks in the Park, Zoo Story, Down in the Flood.
For Other Companies: Sand - Dan (Theatre Lab); Assassins (Paradox Productions); 1949, Pippin (Cawthra Park S. S.); The Sears Festival; Freelance production work for numerous companies.
Ambition: To learn everything about the theatre and still always feel a need to learn more.
Favourite Saying: "I am SO sorry."
JACQUELINE LEUNG, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Vancouver, B.C.
Other Training: University of Western Ontario, BSc; Royal Conservatory of Music, ARCT Performance Level.
For Theatre Erindale: Les Belles Soeurs - Wardrobe Crew Chief, Musical Coach, neighbour's voice; Six War Years - Musical Director, pianist; Scapin - Running Crew; Lion in the Streets - Front of House.
For Other Companies: Orchestra - Suzanne Delicias (Theatre Pegasus); Passages - ensemble actor, various roles (Theatre ResourceCentre); World of Colour - Elizabeth (Meeting Place Theatre).
Ambition: The ability to ride the ebbs and flows of life without falling off.
Favourite Saying: "Inhale through nose; exhale through mouth. Relax!"
ANGELA McMILLAN, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Sudbury, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Les Belles Soeurs - Front of House; Six War Years - Props Crew Chief; The Relapse - Set and Lights Crew; Lion in the Streets - Costume Crew.
For Other Companies: Forever Farmdale - Writer/"Lilly" (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Toad Muffin Theatre - Director/Actor (V.E.Y.C. Theatre Troupe); Oklahoma - Assistant Director/"Gertie" (LEP Theatre Company); The Actor's Nightmare - Director (Fringe Nord).
Ambition: To live a full life in theatre, hopefully start my own company.
Favourite Saying: "Due to cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been shut off until further notice."
CLAIRE PORTER, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: London, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Front of House Crew Chief; Les Belles Soeurs - Props Crew; Lion in the Streets - Set and Lights Crew; ISPs: The Zoo Story, Sparks in the Park - Director and Producer
For Other Companies: Opening Night - Libby (L. C. Players); Pump Boys and Dinettes - Rhetta Cupp (Erindale Drama Club); Sweeny Todd (Purple Patches - UWO); Various Murderers and Victims -Mystery Unlimited, Dinner Theatre Co.).
Ambition: To be in a "Mentos" commercial.
Favourite Saying: "I mean, look mother... if I want to live on a beach and walk around naked that's my business-ok!" Janice - The Great Muppet Caper
SARAH SCHWARTZ, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Montreal, Quebec
For Theatre Erindale: Six War Years - Wardrobe Crew Chief; ISPs: Sparks in the Park - Dr. Smirnof; At Home - Carol.
For Other Companies: The Tinker's Wedding - Mary Burns (Wahoo Family Theatre Co.); Dracula The Musical - Mina (John Rennie).
Ambition: To come up with a clever favourite saying.
ANNAMIEKE WADE, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: St. Albans, Vermont
For Theatre Erindale: The Revenger's Tragedy - Costume Crew Chief; 1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Props Crew; The Relapse - Costume Crew; Six War Years - Set and Lights Crew; ISPs: Body and Soul - Jane; 'Dentity Crisis - Edith Fromage.
For Other Companies: Hamlet - Ophelia, A Streetcar Named Desire - Stella Dubois (Champlain College); The Crucible - Abigail Williams (Bellows Free Academy).
Ambition: To get the sugar.
Favourite Saying: "In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women."
BROCK YOUNG, 3rd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: North Bay, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: The Revenger's Tragedy - Set and Lights Crew Chief; Six War Years - Running Crew; Pericles - Publicity; The Farm Show - Publicity.
For Other Companies: Barnum - Co-ordinator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - a brother (T.O.R.O.S.); The Lost Land - Honour, Canada: The War Years - ensemble; The No Frills Revue - "Bud" (The Company).
Ambition: To be absolutely fabulous.
Favourite Saying: "A life lived in fear, is a life half-lived."
NANCY NA - Stage Manager, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Oakville, Ont.
For Theatre Sheridan: Not Wanted on the Voyage - Assistant Stage Manager; Catch a Rising Star - Spot Operator; Pajama Game - Deck Electrician; Lies and Legends of Harry Chapin - Painter, Stage Runner.
Ambition: Stage manager and wardrobe.
Favourite Saying: "Have fun on stage."
ANGELA VANDER VEEN - Assistant Stage Manager, 1st Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Bracebridge, Ont.
Other Training: Technical on hand training with Group Theatre Productions - Bracebridge.
For Other Companies: Thieves Carnival - Costume Co-ordinator, Motivational Videos - Director/Designer (BMLSS); Mark of Cain - Assistant Stage Manager, Props Head.
Ambition: To live a happy life working in theatre.
Favourite Saying: "Dude.... That's righteous!"
CLAIRE D'ANGELO - Deputy Stage Manager, 2nd Yr. Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Oakville, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Front of House; Les Belles Soeurs - Set and Lights; ISPs: At Home (Split Part 1) - Stage Manager.
For Other Companies: Adventures of the Star Brigade Clubhouse - Actor (Front Porch Productions); Merry Munsch - Actor, Live - Actor (Theatre Orangeville).
Ambition: To go straight and choose life.
Favourite Saying: "The truth is another victim of political correctness."
JULIE FLORIO - Deputy Stage Manager, 2nd Theatre and Drama Studies
Home Town: Stoney Creek, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Running Crew; Les Belles Soeurs - Props Crew.
For Other Companies: Barefoot in the Park - Ethel Banks, When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet - Director, Rinse the Blood off My Toga - Sippio, Our Town - Professor Willard (C.N. Players).
Ambition: To be.
Favourite Saying: "But, hey, don't us girls just love that." - Trainspotting.
YVETTE FOSTER - Sound Operator, 2nd Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Haliburton County, Ont.
For Theatre Erindale: Rimers - Assistant Stage Manager.
For Theatre Sheridan: Pajama Game - Deck Audio; Little Shop of Horrors - Followspot Operator
JASON MURDUCK - Lighting Operator, 1st Yr. Sheridan Technical Production
Home Town: Kingston, Ont.
For Other Companies: Macbeth - Stage Manager, Dracula - Lighting Crew, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Sound Design and Technician, A Midsummer Night's Dream - Sound Design and Technician (Theatre 5).
Direction and Design
MIMI MEKLER, Director
Mimi has had the pleasure of directing something for every Theatre Erindale season: Pericles, The Scams of Scapin, and Les Belles Soeurs. When not here, she is the Head of the Acting Discipline at Sheridan College. Her work as actor, director, dramaturge, writer, and adjudicator has taken her from California to Czechoslovakia, and Italy to Israel. Acting highlights include performing in a wilderness music-theatre piece with R. Murray Schafer, touring in several children's shows and interactive "issue" plays, dubbing five films in Prague, portraying both Portia and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, and co-creating a clown/dance piece at Premiere Dance Theatre. Her directing credits include classics, new works for outdoor festivals, and experimental plays, and her own translation of Feydeau's Nip and Tuck. She has been dramaturge for over 60 productions, specializing in developing new plays and revitalizing classics. Mimi has adjudicated throughout Ontario, and in Manitoba and the United States. She holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Theatre from York University, and is an active member of Creative Artists in Schools through the Ontario Arts Council.
JIM SMAGATA, Lighting Designer
Jim is a graduate of Brock University Drama Department. He worked there as a Technical Assistant, and then moved to Alberta to head up the technical side of the Theatre at Grande Prairie Regional College. Jim worked closely with Community Theatre groups as well as the College Players and Drama Department. During his stint at GPRC, he designed lights for a myriad of shows, including Guys and Dolls, The Fantastiks, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, The Hobbit, The Gin Game, and West Side Story. He honed his skills in audio working for the Jazz
and Wind Ensembles and musical artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Moe Koffman and Eric Nagler, to name a few. After nine years, he moved to Nepean, Ontario to become Centrepointe Theatre's Chief of Production Services, rubbing elbows with Christopher Plummer and Sir Peter Ustinov among others. While there, he designed a critically acclaimed production of Into The Woods.
He now is the Theatre Manager here at Erindale College and teaches Stagecraft to 1st and 2nd year students. Last September Jim directed and performed in the Drama Club's highly acclaimed but little seen musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.
DANIEL LEVINSON, Fight Choreographer
Daniel is a certified Fight Director with Fight Directors, Canada. He is very pleased to continue his work with Theatre Erindale. Some of his previous shows have been The Revenger's Tragedy, Lion in the Streets and The Scams of Scapin. This is Daniel's third year teaching the stage combat course to fourth year Theatre Erindale Students. Daniel has taught throughout Toronto and is presently offering classes in Rapier Wit's Studio. He has created fights for such productions as The Outsiders, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Henry V.Some of his past roles have included Joe in Jo(e), Jiri in Gray Zone, David in Dark Ages Romance, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, and Don Juan in Much Ado About Nothing. Daniel's television credits include Tek War, Kung Fu, Marriage Counsellor and yes that is him on Divorce Court.
Patrons of Theatre Erindale
Roger and Janet Beck, Allan Jones, Jennifer McNally,
Robert McNutt, Gordon E. Murphy, Catherine Rubincam,
Dagmar Schoenrank, Leslie Thomson, Patrick Young,
Alison Vallance, Margaret Young
Tim Horton Donuts (12596 Hwy. 50, Bolton), Staff Sgt. Kent (Campus Police),
Brenda Malone, Joanne Massingham, Sonya Grundy, Radio Erindale
Wm. F. White Ltd., Judith Fraser, Daniel Levinson, Christie Lites,