Book by Billy Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day
Music by Green Day
July 29 – August 27, 2016
This project received funding support under the Granville Island Cultural Project Program. See www.giculturalsociety.org for more details.
***WESTERN CANADIAN PREMIERE***
A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Conceived by Grammy winners Green Day, it’s more than just a jukebox musical; it’s the Jesus Christ Superstar of this generation. The friends’ quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on an exhilarating theatrical journey.
RYAN MOONEY (DIRECTOR): As the founder and artistic director for Fighting Chance Productions Ryan is a multi CTC and Ovation Award winning director. Select directing credits include Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, Rent and The Laramie Project for Fighting Chance, The Crucible and Noises Off for the White Rock Players’ Club and Facing East at the Lyric Theatre in London, England. As an actor Ryan has recently been on stage in Parfumerie and Lend Me a Tenor (Metro Theatre), Barefoot in the Park (White Rock Players’ Club – CTC Nomination) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Winner).
ANNA KUMAN (CHOREOGRAPHER): Anna is a sought after performer and emerging choreographer from Vancouver, BC. After graduating from the CapU Musical Theatre Program, she won an Ovation Award for “Best Newcomer” and has gone on to perform across Canada. As a choreographer, Anna’s most recent credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Raymur Mothers (Ovation Award for Best New Work), Spring Awakening (Ovation Award for Best Production Small Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (CTC Award for Best Choreography), Thoroughly Modern Millieand STATIONARY: A Recession-Era Musical. She has also choreographed for elite pre-professional training programs such as Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, and has led the Notre Dame “Dynamo” Show Choir to win many major awards in competitions around North America. In early 2014 Anna and her partner Andrew Cohen co-wrote CIRCLE GAME an indie-rock musical based on the songs of Joni Mitchell. The piece had a very successful workshop presentation at Capilano University in May 2014. Stay tuned for future incarnations! Acting credits include: Snapshots: Red Rock Diner (BC Tour), Hamelin: A New Fable (World Premier), A Musical Scrapbook (Canadian Premier), Hairspray, Mary Poppins, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, The Producers, A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!. For more info, visit www.annakuman.com.
DAVID Z COHEN (ASST. MUSICAL DIRECTOR): David is thrilled to be working on AMERICAN IDIOT, assisting in musical direction. David has performed for over a decade including numerous productions in Vancouver that have made him an Aida Broadbent Award recipient (2014) and Ovation Award Winner (2015). David has also performed instrumentally in local venues, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, and the Olympic Closing Ceremony singing the Canadian national anthem. David is currently appearing on stage as JD in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Fighting Chance). Thanks to Ryan, Clare and Anna! Love and thanks to friends and family, always.
ERIN ELISE WALKER (STAGE MANAGER): Erin has been doing shows with Fighting Chance Productions since RENT in 2012. This is her 3rd time Stage Managing for the company, and is happy to be working behind the scenes again. In her spare time, Erin goes to Harry Potter events and performs burlesque with Geekenders and Kitty Nights. Enjoy the show!
SANDY MARGARET (COSTUMES): Sandy has a BFA from Emily Carr University and has completed courses in Stagecraft at Douglas College. As an emerging scenic and costume designer, Sandy has worked at various institutions such as ArtsUmbrella and Place des Arts and will be designing for the upcoming Tremors Festival. Sandy presently works as a scenic painter at Great Northern Way Scene Shop.
MICHAEL K. HEWITT (LIGHTING): Michael is a graduate of the Technical Theatre Programme at Capilano University and is a Theatre BC Award winner as well as an Ovation Award nominee. This summers’ repertoire series of AMERICAN IDIOT and HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL marks his 9th and 10th shows for FCP. Previous FCP credits include but are not limited to: CARRIE: THE MUSICAL, SPRING AWAKENING, THE WIZ, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and HAIR. Other regional credits include: CABARET (Exit 22), THE CEMETERY CLUB, UNITY (1918) (BST), THE OUTSIDERS (HS Theatre). Michael will be designing the forthcoming production of KAYAK (BST) in the Spring of 2017. For more information and a full portfolio visit: www.michaelkhewitt.com
PETER YOUNG (SOUND DESIGN): Working in the entertainment industry for 30 years, Peter Young is one of Canada’s premier production entertainment specialists. Beginning his career as a studio engineer in 1986, Peter quickly discovered a passion for live sound and found himself immersed in Canada’s live music scene. He worked as a freelance sound engineer for numerous touring artists through the early 90s and fulfilled many demanding roles. One of his early achievements was as audio director for the 1994 Commonwealth Games Harbour Festival, an event drawing over 100,000 people per night over a two-week period. Always challenging himself to develop a diverse skill set, Peter partnered with production company FM Systems to launch and build the west coast division. This expanded growth made FM Systems one of Canada’s largest and most respected production sound companies at the turn of the millennium supporting events up to and beyond 100K in attendance. After a successful decade with FM, Peter sold his interest in the company allowing him to focus on emerging technologies in the live event market. This led to the 2005 launch of Vancouver-based Audio Image Canada whose focus was to provide world class production and audio design services to the ever-changing technology driven entertainment industry. With the advancement of technology for live recording, Peter also found himself immersed in his original passion for recording that originally introduced him to the music industry. AI’s live recording division, Audio Image Live, handled projects that included Nickelback’s “Live at Home” DVD, Joe Satriani’s “Live at the Grove” and Megadeth’s “That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires” DVD. Audio Image Live also recorded and offered live on-site recording & CD duplication for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at GM Place. Identifying the need for effective content distribution strategies in the new digital age, Peter took his diverse skill set and in 2008 founded Alive Drive Interactive (ADI), an internationally based interactive media company that specializes in content distribution and contextual direct-to-fan marketing. Committed to being an industry forward thinker, Peter broke new ground with ADI’s disruptive new media USB technology that drives revenues to the host while creating unique, ongoing media experiences to the fan. Value-added services of ADI include live recording, new media production and event consulting. While ADI keep Peter active in the entertainment and corporate event sectors, he continues to be in demand for his sound design and live mixing talents particularly in live theatre. Recent productions include Spring Awakening and Into the Woods in which he was recognized with 2 CTC awards for best Sound Design. With a highly-respected reputation for successfully managing the sound reinforcement component to events across Canada and around the world, Peter Young continues to be considered an invaluable partner to have on any executive team. From the Oracle Open World in Shanghai to Midnight Oil in the middle of a clear-cut forest on Vancouver Island…from the Chieftains in the Antarctic to the White Stripes in the Arctic, Peter Young has just about done it all…but of course he is always up for a new challenge.
ZIGGY SCHUTZ (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER): Honestly, I think this is as close to my middle-school dreams of being in a band as I’m going to get. I’ve got no complaints. (When not living out her childhood fantasies in the wings of AMERICAN IDIOT, Ziggy spends her time writing and doing odd jobs with various theatre companies. Favourite productions include FACING EAST, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and DOGFIGHT)
MADELAINE WALKER (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER): Madelaine has been working in theatre for 15 of her 21 years, most recently with the UBC Players Club. It’s been a few years since she worked on a musical, so she is stoked to get back into it with AMERICAN IDIOT, combining her punk rock attitude with her love of theatre and musicals. She has worked mostly in stage management and production management, but is always looking to learn more! In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, travelling, and snapchat.”
BRETT DICK (GERARD): Brett Dick is a 16 year old high school student at Brookswood Secondary in Langley. His interest in music started with the Ukulele. Brett spent many years with the Langley Ukulele Ensemble traveling with them to Hawaii twice, as well as Stratford, Toronto, and Nova Scotia. At the age of 10, Brett started learning the guitar and played in the pit orchestra for Brookswood’s production of IN THE HEIGHTS in 2014. Being involved in that production gave Brett the acting bug and he auditioned the next year for a part in the show. He played the role of Jimmy Smith in Brookswood’s production of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in 2015 and this year he played the role of Bobby Strong in Brookswood’s production of URINETOWN. Brett is very excited to havehis first role outside of high school and would like to thank Fighting Chance Productions for this opportunity.
GINA FOSTER (GINA): Gina is delighted to be making her Fighting Chance debut! Recently, she’s appeared in The Who’s Tommy (Arbutus Studios) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Courtenay Little Theatre). Gina is self-taught on the guitar, piano, violin, and saxophone, and is a firm believer in the Oxford comma. She would like to thank the cast, crew, and creative team for their phenomenal work, and her family and friends for their love, support, and chauffeuring skills.
ROSS FOSTER (WILL): Ross Foster loves the stage, however he’s a bit more familiar with jamming in dive bars around Vancouver. He last starred in 2014’s CARRIE: THE MUSICAL with Fighting Chance and feels exceptionally blessed to be a part of AMERICAN IDIOT. He also holds Green Day veryclose to his heart and will not shut up about this show for a long time.
ALLYSON FOURNIER (HEATHER): Allyson is absolutely thrilled to be playing Heather in AMERICAN IDIOT, her Fighting Chance debut! Having graduated from Capilano University with a degree in Motion Picture Arts last year, Allyson now works at a reputable talent agency in Vancouver – specifically with voice actors. Allyson has previously appeared in UBC’s Brave New Play Rites Festival, Awkward Stage’s 24-Hour Musical Theatre Smackdown, and countless other shows in her home town of Kelowna. She’d like to thank Ryan, Clare and Anna for this awesome opportunity, and she would also like to thank her loving family for always believing in her.
MAX FRIESEN (MIGUEL): Max is ecstatic to appear in the western Canadian premiere of American Idiot! His past Fighting chance productions include HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE ROCK MUSICAL, BARE: A POPE OPERA, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. When he isn’t onstage, Max is a behavioural interventionist for kids on the Autism Spectrum, and gives drums lessons to students with special needs.
NICK HEFFELFINGER (TUNNY): Nick is ecstatic to be part of this tremendous cast and crew. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, credits on the island include Hanschen in SPRING AWAKENING (Belfry/Company C), Edward Ferrars in SENSE & SENSIBILITY (Company C), and Igor in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (CCPA). After a summer in Rossland performing as Frederick Flute in SUMMER IS COMING (Gold Fever Follies), Nick made the move to Vancouver and has been keeping busy with various roles in both stage and screen. You may recognize him as Cameron from SEEING DARK, one of 12 new plays in this year’s UBC Brave New Play Rites festival. He also recently took the helm as the director of the short play Anniversary as part of Tomo Suru’s About Love festival this June. Coming up this fall Nick will be appearing as Mark Cohen in Uncle Randy Productions’ presentation of RENT. Thank you so much for supporting live theatre in Vancouver. Rock ‘n’ Roll!!!
TIM HOWE (JOSHUA): The Green Day: American Idiot Tour was the most memorable concert Tim has ever gone to. The stage presence, the noise…the fire! He hopes that this show will live up to his own expectations and he will work hard to make sure that it does. Except, maybe, the fire (fingers crossed). Tim has just recently moved into the big city after receiving his Diploma in Theatre from The University of the Fraser Valley. His favourite shows include Lycus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (UFV), Snoopy in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Secondary Characters), and Jamie in THE LAST FIVE YEARS (SC). Enjoy the show! Buckle. Up.
THOMAS KING (THEO): Thomas King was born and raised in Regina, SK. He grew up as a musician and later studied musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Afterwards, he worked as an accompanist around Victoria, BC and later moved to Ontario to pursue other creative pursuits. This is the first of what he hopes to be many shows since his return to BC. Previous credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Tevye), GRAPES OF WRATH (Pa Joad), GODSPELL (Jeffrey), FOOTLOOSE (Lyle), WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE (Composer/Musical Director), AGAMEMNON (Assistant Musical Director) and SASKATCHEWAN EXPRESS.
RANA LAVIOLETTE (LESLIE): Rana moved to Vancouver in September after graduating with a Theatre degree from the University of Ottawa. There, she had the pleasure of performing in the city’s Youth Infringement Theatre Festival where her crew won the Best of Fest award for THE CALL. This is her second musical in Vancouver after performing in FIDDLER IN THE ROOF at the Highlands United Church in March. She is very excited to be a part of Fighting Chance’s production of AMERICAN IDIOT and hopes you all enjoy the show!
DYLAN LEONARD (BEN): Dylan Leonard is incredibly excited to be performing in his first Vancouver production with Fighting Chance’s AMERICAN IDIOT. He is looking forward to making the transition from playing gigs with his band to appearing on stage with this extremely talented cast. He hopes that you have fun rocking out to AMERICAN IDIOT!
STEVEN MASSON (DECLAN): Steven Masson has been a Green Day fan ever since his dad played some riffs when he was 8, and thus is very excited to be playing the role of Declan in Fighting Chance Productions’ AMERICAN IDIOT. He would like to thank his parents and the extremely talented cast and crew for their hard work, as well as you for supporting local Vancouver theatre. Selected credits include: Henry Barrow in BONNIE & CLYDE (Play On Words Productions), Captain Steve in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Align Entertainment), Johnathan Harker in DRACULA (RCTC), and Lorne in CAT KILLER (Presentation House). Enjoy the show!
MYLES MJ MCCARTHY (SAINT JIMMY): Green Day’s American Idiot album was the first rock concert Myles saw growing up and, out of pure nostalgia, he hopes to rock it justice for you. Graduate of the British American Drama Academy, Graduate of New Image College of Fine Arts, and full-time attendee of grueling The School of Life, Myles continuously pushes his limits, working consistently in Film, Television, Stage, and even a little rock-band project. American Idiot will be the third Fighting Chance Production show, and he is very confident that it will just as positive an experience as the other two (Spring Awakening, Jesus Christ Superstar). Rock on!
LEO PERSONNAZ (CHASE): Leo was born in Paris, France. There he started his career as a young journalist for Disney Channel on a weekly talk-show. Later on he moved to Vancouver to pursue his passion of acting. He then graduated from acting school in 2014. In 2015, he wrote a short film called EVERYTHING FOR ALMOST NOTHING that was selected in a few festivals, and he also helped organize a music festival in Brazzaville, Congo to help young children to go to school in Africa. Recently signed at Leo Management, Leo can wait to see what’s coming next!
MARIELA SHULEY (ALYSHA): Mariela Shuley is very excited to be performing with Fighting Chance Productions in her first musical Vancouver production. She is currently studying at Capitano University for musical theatre and would like to thank her wonderful instructors for helping her grow as a performer and achieve her best over the last two years. She hopes you enjoy AMERICAN IDIOT! Rock on!
TIANA SWAN (EXTRAORDINARY GIRL): Tiana Swan is extremely excited to be performing in AMERICAN IDIOT, her first production with Fighting Chance! Tiana has been doing musical theatre since the ae of 9, and performed in her high school’s choir and show choir for many year. She would like to thank Ryan, Clare and Anna for this opportunity to live out her punk rock musical dreams, and her family for their constant support.
TRISTAN SMITH (JOHNNY): Tristan Smith is a recent VFS grad from Maple Ridge, BC. He’s been acting since the age of 9 and singing for a bit longer. He’s played in bands and sang in choirs but nothings gotten him quite as excited as his Fighting Chance Productions debut in AMERICAN IDIOT. Boom!
EMMA WONG (LIBBY): Emma Wong is delighted to be a part of AMERICAN IDIOT. This is her third show with Fighting Chance Productions, making her FCP debut in CARRIE: THE MUSICAL followed by JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Emma grew up in Squamish, BC, performing with Between Shifts Theatre, Howe Sound Performing Arts Association, and Squamish Academy of Music. Emma is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.