A CHORUS LINE
by Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
August 18th – September 2nd, 2017
Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street
A darkened theatre, a gruelling audition and a ensemble of dancers praying for a job. Multi-award winning A CHORUS LINE tells the story of the gypsies of the Broadway stage. When the director asks each of them a simple question “who are you?” their stories meld together through song, dance and story to provide them and the audience with an audition process unlike any of them have ever experienced. While not all will join the line, none will leave the same as they came in.
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 CATS, INTO THE WOODS, SPRING AWAKENING, SWEENEY TODD, RENT and THE LARAMIE PROJECT for Fighting Chance, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE for United Players, BOEING-BOEING, 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). Next season Ryan will be directing BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, PACIFIC OVERTURES and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK for FCP, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG for United Players and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY for the White Rock Players’ Club.
ARIELLE BALLANCE (MUSIC DIRECTOR): Arielle Ballance is a musical director, accompanist, and performer originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She is thrilled to be a part of A Chorus Line! Most recent musical direction credits include Grease for The Lawyer Show (Carousel Theatre for Young People/Touchstone Theatre), Curtains (Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts), and The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Alberta Opera). This is Arielle’s third show with Fighting Chance Productions, having played keyboards for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ragtime: In Concert.
HALEY ALLEN (BEBE): Haley is excited to be making her Fighting Chance debut in this exciting production of A Chorus Line. She is entering her second year at Capilano University in the Musical Theatre Program, where she enjoys working with the many talented instructors and students. Recent credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Smithers Fine Arts Academy), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Smithers Fine Arts Academy), and choreographer of Beauty and the Beast (Smithers Fine Arts Academy). Besides dancing, singing, and acting, Haley is also a trained gymnast and multi-musician, and enjoys choreographing, drawing, and playing music in her spare time. She would like to thank her family and friends, who have all been very supportive in her decision to pursue Musical Theatre.
JESSE ALVAREZ (PAUL): Last seen as Andrew in the world premiere of Facing East, Jesse is glad to be back with Fighting Chance in one of his dream shows. Recent Vancouver Credits include City of Angels (PIT Collective), Spring Awakening (Phantom Solo Collective), Carry On (Awkward Stage), Bonnie and Clyde(Play on Words), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Align). Favourite international credits: Gary Goldfarb Master Escapist (NYMF), HAIR (SOOP Theatre), Miss Saigon, The Wiz, Godspell (Interlakes Theatre), and 42nd Street (Rodeph Sholom). Other Performance credits include the Winter’s Eve Festival at Lincoln Centre and the Broadway cast recording of Pippin (2013)
JOLENE BERNARDINO (CONNIE): Jolene Bernardino is very excited to be making her FCP debut as Connie Wong! Standing at 5’1”, Jolene is going into her second year at Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and just recently graduated from the Behaviour Intervention program at Douglas College. Like Connie, she hopes to inspire people to embrace who they really are— no matter how big or small! Select performances: Giselle in Carry On (Awkward Stage — OVATION! Award Nomination – Outstanding Newcomer), Vi Moore in Footloose (School’s Out) and Featured Vocalist/Soprano for Coastal Sound Youth Choir. She would like to thank Ryan and the production team for this phenomenal opportunity and her family and friends for their constant love and support! Enjoy the show!
CONOR BRAND (BUTCH): Conor is enjoying his first year of acting and is excited to participate in his third production: A Chorus Line. After playing Juror #5 in Surrey Little Theater’s Twelve Angry Men in February and following up with the role of Perchik in Theater in the Country’s Fiddler on the Roof, Conor is elated to have been given the chance to participate in another production so soon. He is also happy to be in a production with such a heavy music and dance focus, as these pursuits are still new to him and he is keen to hone these skills further.
SARAH CANTUBA (VAL): Sarah is thrilled to be making her debut with Fighting Chance Production in A Chorus Line as Val. She is a second-year student of the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University. She started singing at the age of 4, and studied voice and piano at British Columbia Conservatory of Music in Burnaby. Sarah would like to thank her family and friends for constantly supporting her dreams to be on stage, and the production team for this unforgettable opportunity. Catch her playing Flaemmchen in Arbutus Studio’s upcoming production of Grand Hotel this winter. Enjoy the show!
KADEN CHAD (AL): This is Kaden’s third show with Fighting Chance Productions! Kaden is a graduate of MacEwan University’s Musical Theatre program and Vancouver Film School’s Acting for Film & Television program. Some of his past Theatre credits include Catch Me If You Can: The Musical, Big Fish: The Musical, Sondheim On Sondheim, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Alberto The Dancing Alligator, Ragtime: The Musical, Parade, The Awesome 80’s Prom, and Die Fledermaus.
THOMAS CHAN (FRANK): Thomas is absolutely thrilled to be making his theatrical debut in A Chorus Line with Fighting Chance Productions. He recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Arts degree in Psychology, but has been singing for as long as he can remember. His interest and enthusiasm for musical theatre exploded in high school, and it was absolutely the most obvious fit to combine his love of singing, acting, and his experience in playing piano and percussion: and he has never looked back since. Previous credits include being in the incredibly energetic ensemble of Godspell (Vancouver College). Thanks to Ryan, FCP, and the entire production team for this incredible opportunity and wonderful experience; and to family and friends for their support, and tolerance of his impromptu-hallway-Broadway-numbers-outbursts. It’s… showtime! Verso l’alto.
JUSTIN DANIELS (MARK): Justin is so proud to be a part of such an iconic show with such a talented team. He will be returning to Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program for his third and final year in the Fall. Past credits include West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars), Jesus Christ Superstar (Fighting Chance Productions), Fawlty Towers (Exit 22), and The Secret Garden (Arbutus Studios). Justin would like to thank Ryan, Arielle, Rachael and everyone involved in making this production such a terrific experience. He would also like to thank his family for their continued support while he pursues his passion.
KAILEA DE LEON (LOIS): Coming off of the heels of Fiddler on the Roof, where she played Chava, Kailea is ecstatic to join her third musical: A Chorus Line. Though she thoroughly enjoys singing, acting, and dancing, it took her quite a while to consider musical theatre. She developed a distinct taste for it during her summer course in musical theatre at LAMDA last summer and has been wildly pursuing it ever since. Her goal is to push further and complete the master’s degree in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London. When not in the theatre, Kailea enjoys working in film/tv and spending quality time with her many pets.
LUCIA FORWARD (CASSIE): Lucia Forward is stoked to be a part of this dream show. She has grown up listening to this cast recording and she can’t wait to bring it to life. Lucia played Mungojerrie in Cats! (FCP), for which she won a CTC Award. Other recent credits include Spring Awakening (Tomo Suru Players), The Rocky Horror Show (Geekenders), and 7 Stories (Sour Dog Theatre). Enjoy!
HAILEY FOWLER (JUDY): Hailey has always had a striving passion for musical theatre and couldn’t be more excited to make her FCP debut in one of her favourite musicals! In addition, this is Hailey’s official Vancouver debut, although she has been training here since she was 8. Dance has been an integral part of her life. To this day, if there is music playing it is hard to stand still and NOT bust a move- the same with singing. Hailey trained with Arts Umbrella’s Musical Theatre troupe for 3 years. She is glad to be back at the Waterfront Theatre as the pre-professional program’s Expressions Festival takes place here. She was also a part of the Arts Club Intensive last summer. Thank you for supporting local theatre and enjoy the show! Upcoming: Choreographer 13!(Eternal Theatre Collective) Most Recent: Villager/Ensemble The Crucible (Langham Court), Jetsam in The Little Mermaid (Four Seasons Musical Theatre).
BRODIE KYLE KLASSEN (FRANK): Brodie Kyle Klassen is thrilled to make his musical theatre debut in A Chorus Line with Fighting Chance Productions. He is currently a musical theatre student at Capilano University and will be in his second year there come September. Having completed his first year, he is grateful for the opportunity to put into practice what he has learned so far to this fantastic show. He would like to thank Ryan and FCP for this opportunity, his teachers at Capilano University for their guidance, and friends and family that believe and support him. As a performer, Brodie experiences no greater joy than being a part of and expressing a story for an audience to capture. May you experience the stories the characters of A Chorus Line have to share and be moved.
GREG LIOW (MIKE): Greg has performed in over a dozen productions within the Vancouver music theatre community; notable credits include three consecutive seasons at Theatre Under the Stars in its productions of How to Succeed, Shrek, and Hairspray, Fighting Chance’s Side Show: In Concert and its Ovation award-winning production of Spring Awakening, and Awkward Stage’s 2013 Fringe Festival production of Changing Minds. Greg’s training includes the Canadian College of Performing Arts (2014 – 2015) and Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program (2015 – 2019). Upon graduating in 2019, Greg looks forward to moving back in with his mother here in Vancouver, simultaneously launching his career in theatre and film as a debt-ridden performing artist. When Greg is not performing on stage, he enjoys biking, picking heavy things up then putting them back down, salsa dancing, and practicing massage. Thanks, Mom!
AMANDA LOURENCO (MAGGIE): Amanda fell in love with A Chorus Line in high school, where she got to perform Val’s hilarious monologue Dance 10; Looks 3. She is currently attending the Capilano University Musical Theatre Program, where recently she got to revive her love for the musical by singing Nothing in her first term end show. Words cannot express how thrilled she is to be making her FCP debut in a production of a musical that has had such an impact in her life. Amanda would like to thank the FCP team for this incredible opportunity and all her friends and family for the amazing support. Just like Maggie, Amanda has found her home in the theatre. The acting business is a tough one, but she knows that in the end it will all be worth it because everything she does, she does for love.
ALINA QUARIN (TRICIA): Alina is excited to be back on stage with FCP> She has trained in acting as well as classical and musical theatre voice for the past eleven years and is the recipient of multiple vocal and performance awards. Alina attended Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and is an emerging stage and film actor. Recent credits include Kerri Kowalski in The Awesome 80s Prom, Iola Stover in Parade, Ragtime: In Concert (Fighting Chance Productions), Cabaret (Exit 22 Productions) and The Who’s Tommy (Arbutus Studios.) Alina will be returning to Capilano University in the fall to attend the Arts and Entertainment Management program.
VANESSA QUARINTO (DIANA): Vanessa is thrilled to be performing in A Chorus Line, a show very near & dear to her heart and her first production with Fighting Chance. She has been singing as long as she can remember, and fell in love with ballet after finally being allowed to start classes at age nine. During high school she discovered musical theatre and it immediately drew her in as a way to combine everything she loved about music and dance. In 2015, she graduated from UBC with a “sensible” degree in… English Lit & Creative Writing, but has been lucky enough to be able to share her love for the performing arts as a dance and musical theatre teacher for the past six years and counting. Favourite credits include Iris in Fame, and Cecily in The (Musical) Importance of Being Earnest. She would like to thank her family-family, studio-family, and friends for their relentless support and encouragement.
KAILLEY ROESLER (KRISTINE): Kailley is absolutely thrilled to be making her Fighting Chance Productions debut in such a meaningful show alongside so many talented artists. She is entering her second year of studies in the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University and loves working with her instructors. Like Kristine, Kailley started dancing when she began to walk and hasn’t stopped since. In her “free time”, she loves to explore the great outdoors and choreograph her own work. She would like to thank her family for supporting her as well as her aunt for always having open arms. Lastly, she would like to specially thank her mother for always being in her corner and for letting her enroll in ballet classes all those years ago.
ALISHIA SUITOR (SHEILA): Alishia is thrilled to join the cast of A Chorus Line! Last summer she appeared as Heather Chandler in Fighting Chance’s Heathers: The Musical. Originally from Vancouver, Alishia moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy as a Musical Theatre Performance major. After graduating she performed all over the United States in California, Alaska, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Nashville. Favourite credits include: Swing!, Guys and Dolls, Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family, Mack and Mabel, The World Goes Round and The Wizard of Oz North American tour. She is a proud member of the BC Lions ‘Felions’ dance team. Alishia also co-choreographed The Marvelous Wonderettes at First Impressions Theatre in Deep Cove last season. Huge thank you to everyone at Fighting Chance! Much love to Tanner and to my family for their support. 5-6-7-8!
ERIC VINCENT (BOBBY): A graduate of Capilano University Acting for Stage and Screen program, 2016. Eric Vincent is excited to be a part of his first Fighting Chance production. He’s thrilled to be making his debut in such an iconic musical and would like to thank Ryan Mooney for this thrilling opportunity!
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