Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Book by Alfred Uhry
Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue
In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13 year old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength to love and to become his greatest champion. Daring, innovative and bold, PARADE is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
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). In addition to Parade Ryan will also be directing Die Fledermaus for the North Shore Light Opera Society.
CLARE WYATT (MUSIC DIRECTOR): A freelance pianist, Clare works primarily as a music director and keyboard player for various theatre productions around Vancouver. Past MD credits for Fighting Chance: American Idiot, Heathers, Facing East, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Women, Spring Awakening. Other recent MD credits include: Elbow Room Cafe: the Musical (ZeeZee); Sunday in the Park with George (United Players); Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel); TOMMY (Arbutus); Dogfight (Awkward Stage). Clare has been nominated for one OVATION and three CTC awards, winning for Side by Side by Sondheim (White Rock Players). A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she completed her music training through Conservatory Canada and is on faculty at Vancouver Film School.
ADRIANA RAVALLI (CHOREOGRAPHER): Adriana is very excited to be making her choreographing debut in Vancouver with Fighting Chance. You may have seen her on stage with FCP in Spring Awakening, or more recently on the Arts Club stage in Rock of Ages. Adriana has loved working on such a moving and beautiful show, and she hopes you enjoy!
HENRY BEASLEY (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR): Henry is thrilled to be involved in the mounting of such a powerful, relevant piece of theatre. Henry is an Ovation award winner and CTC nominee and while he’s usually on stage, he’s ecstatic to be a part of the creative team tackling this beautiful show. Previous creative/artistic credits include Assistant Director on The Wizard of Oz at Gateway. Many thanks to Ryan for this opportunity.
JESSICA HILDEBRAND (STAGE MANAGER/PROP MASTER): Jessica is proud to present her first musical with Fighting Chance. Previous credits include Sunday in the Park with George (SM /United Players), West Side Story (ASM / Theatre Under the Stars), Just Watch Me (SM / Walking Shadows), Reverie, (Costume Designer, Prop Master, Scenic Painter/ Urban Engima), Almost Maine (SM / Douglas Theatre), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown ( SM, Set Design, Prop Master / Play on Words), and Legally Blonde (ASM/ Theatre Under the Stars). She won two outstanding technical intern awards for her time with TUTS. (2014 & 2016)
RACHEL KASTEN (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER): Rachel Kasten is excited to join the stage management team for Parade! She is a recent expat to Vancouver and is ready to stay a while after living in 3 U.S. states in 7 years. She is proudest of co-founding South Dade’s (near Miami, Florida) first all-volunteer theatre group, Cutler Bay Community Theater, after discovering a lack of creative outlets in the area. Thank you to her husband, Marc, for taking over bedtime story duty for Emory for a few months so that Mommy can “do her theatre stuff.”
SEAN ANTHONY (HUGH DORSEY): This is Sean’s second production with Fighting Chance and he is very happy! It is an honour to work with such a talented cast and crew! Recent credits include The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment), Fame: The Musical (Bring on Tomorrow Co.) and Sean’s first production with Fighting Chance, Jesus Christ Superstar. He thanks the production team for this wonderful opportunity and, of course, Christine for her unwavering support.
KARLIANA DEWOLFF: Karliana DeWolff is absolutely delighted to be part of the ensemble in FCP’s production of Parade! A recent B.A. graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley, Karliana has taken part in several shows across the Fraser Valley, and is fairly new to the Vancouver theatre scene. Recent credits include the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (Secondary Characters Musical Theatre), ensemble in Les Filles du Roi (Fugue Theatre), and Ella in UGLY: The Other, other Cinderella Story (written by FCP alumna Lauren Trotzuk and Annastasia Unger). Karliana is very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew, and cannot wait for you to see the show!
COLTON FYFE (YOUNG CONFEDERATE SOLDIER/ENSEMBLE): Colton Fyfe is very excited to be performing for his first time with Fighting Chance Productions as the Young soldier in their production of “Parade”. The majority of Colton’s training was started at Capilano University where he graduated from their Musical Theatre program. You may have recently seen him as Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid” with Align Entertainment or in one of his past credits such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat” (Align), Underling in “The Drowsy Chaperone” (Prairie Skies) and Cliff in Exit 22’s production of “Cabaret”. Colton would like to thank the production team for giving him the opportunity to be part of this amazing show.
RACHEL GARNET (MONTEEN): Rachel is excited to be joining the cast of Parade, after having just finished playing the Little Girl in FCP’s Ragtime: The Musical In Concert. Originally hailing from Washington D.C, Rachel’s stage career began after she was cast as Gretl in The Sound of Music when she was only nine. For the next ten years she would go on to pursue performing professionally, doing a multitude of productions in and around Virginia. As an adult Rachel had the opportunity to perform with Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Disney World, and VEE Corporation with whom she just finished her second US National Tour.
RAYMOND HATTON (LUTHER Z ROSSER): Raymond is thrilled to be part of this production of Parade. He is still high off of the very successful run of Ragtime at the Orpheum n February . Previous roles include Frederick Arnott in Enchanted April at Langley Players, and Senex in A Funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum at Whiterock players ; his first musical foray .This fall brought a Co-Director role for Raymond at the Langley Playhouse with George F Walkers two – funny, off beat, one act plays The Bigger Issue and Parents Night. Thanks to the cast and crew of Parade. Good Luck for a successful run.
DEBBIE KAGY (ENSEMBLE): Debbie is excited to be returning for her second production with FCP having just come off playing Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime. Fairly new to town, she is excited to finally feel part of an amazing theater community again. Past credits include Sally Simpson in Tommy (Renegade), Emma in Jekyll & Hyde, a couple random TV shows, and some hidden gems on Netflix. This last year has been one of the toughest and she couldn’t have made it through without her amazing fiance, family, & friends.
KAILA KASK (MARY PHAGAN): Kaila is very grateful to make her Fighting Chance debut in Parade. She has been performing for over ten years, and has loved every minute of it. Kaila recently returned from Tucson, Arizona where she was attending the University of Arizona to study theatre arts. Select stage credits include 42nd Street (Lindbjerg Academy), Annie (Gateway Theatre) and Shrek the Musical (Align Entertainment, CYMC, and Lindbjerg Academy). Kaila would like to thank all of her family for their love and support.
JP MCLEAN (BRITT CRAIG): JP was working his mundane 9-5 job fixing cars when a guy walked in to the shop and he knew by the twinkle in his eye that he loved musicals. Right then and there Ryan Mooney invited me to audition and the rest is history. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to be in Parade. I was born in New Brunswick with entertainment running through my veins. Since then, I’ve graduated from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, cycled gran fondos, ran ultra marathons and performed in many musicals. This is my second performance with Fighting Chance Productions and it’s really something incredible. Enjoy the show!
STEVE MULLIGAN (TOM WATSON): Steve recently returned to the stage in Sunday in the Park with George (United Players). Other favourite shows include Crazy For You, Secret Garden, On the Twentieth Century, Chess and Follies. Steve is thrilled to now be telling this timely and powerful story, and hopes it reminds everyone to speak out in support of diversity, and to stand together against those who seek to divide us. Steve sends eternal gratitude to his amazingly supportive husband Keith, and daughter Emma who almost knows every song by heart!
STEVE OBEN (GOVERNOR SLATON): After spending over 2 decades in the film and television industry as a Costume Set Supervisor, Steve is returning to the boards and to the front of the camera, filling his days with writing, acting, voice over for animation and improv. He currently performs with the improv troupe Queer Prov at XY. As a huge fan of Fighting Chance and the work they produce, he is thrilled to be returning to the stage in Parade. This one’s for Gladys.
RICARDO CUNHA PEQUENINO (JIM CONLEY/RILEY): Ricardo was born in Mozambique, and raised in Winnipeg. He came to Vancouver to study Acting for Film and Television at the Vancouver Film School. He’s a passionate musician playing multiple instruments, and a singer song writer. This will be his first public musical performance since performing Grease The Musical in High school.
ALINA QUARIN (IOLA STOVER): Alina is thrilled to be performing with FCP in her all-time favourite musical. She has trained in acting as well as classical and musical theatre voice for the past ten 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 stage credits include Ragtime: In Concert (Fighting Chance Productions), Cabaret (Exit 22 Productions), and The Who’s Tommy (Arbutus Studios). Love and thanks always to her family and friends for their constant support.
CHRISTINE REINFORT (SALLY SLATON): Originally from Winnipeg, Christine is a graduate of Studio 58 and was the recipient of the Jean and Walter Ball Memorial Scholarship. In June 2015 she was chosen to perform her Solo Show, La Petite Mort at the 3rd Annual Launch Festival for Professional Emerging Artists. Currently she is the Resident Artistic Producer at Solo Collective Theatre and the Audiences Services Manager for Studio 58. Selected theatre credits include The Country Wife, The Romans in Britain (ETC), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Metro) 12 Angry Jurors, Macbeth (SRO), Oklahoma, Kosmic Mambo, Innocence Lost, Elbow Room Café The Musical: Phase 1 (Studio 58), and Small Parts (Solo Collective Theatre). She would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to her supportive family & friends, to the talented cast & crew and to her amazing fiancé, Sean.
LUCINDA SIM (ENSEMBLE): Lucinda is a recent graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and is extremely excited to be making her Fight Chance Productions’ debut in Parade. Lucinda was most recently seen in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Align Entertainment, and spent this past Christmas season performing at The Giggle Dam in Port Coquitlam. Select credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Prairie Skies Musical Theatre Co.), Cabaret (Exit 22 Productions), Shrek and Oliver! (Theatre Under The Stars), and The Wizard of Oz (Gateway Theatre). Lucinda would like to thank her family for their constant support, and the directing team for this wonderful opportunity.
PETER SLADE (JUDGE ROAN/OLD CONFEDERATE SOLDIER): Peter is delighted to be appearing in his second show with FCP in Vancouver, following his recent part as JP Morgan in Ragtime: in Concert. Peter recently relocated from Ontario where previous stage credits include roles as Lane and Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (FP Productions, Hamilton), Poole in Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical (City Centre Musical Productions, Mississauga), the Chairman of the Bank in MaryPoppins and the Admiral in Evita (both with Brampton Music Theatre), and Herr Zeller in TheSoundofMusic (Theatre Unlimited, Mississauga). Recent on-camera performances include a role in a feature film currently in post-production called A Dog in Paris. Peter would like to thank FCP for this opportunity and, of course, his ever-understanding wife, Caroline, for her patience
EMILY SMITH (ESSIE): Emily started off her time on stage with her first role of Ms. Hannigan during her last year of middle school. Since then Emily has played Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s: Cinderella, Fiona in Shrek: The Musical, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast and Wendla Bergman in Tomo Suru Productions recent take of Spring Awakening. She would like to thank her father for the gas money to get out here all the time and hopes everyone enjoys the show!
KERI SMITH (ENSEMBLE): Teacher by day, actor by night, Keri feels so grateful to have found this incredible balance in life where both sides of the scale are filled with so much passion and fulfillment. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Keri has had the opportunity to be in some wonderful shows both locally and abroad. Some of her favourites include Mary Amnesia in Nunsense (FCP), Sara Jane Moore in Assassins (Pipedream) and Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers (FIT). The story of Leo Frank and the musical Parade have tortured and inspired Keri, both as an actor as well as a human being, since the day she learned of it. She feels incredibly honoured to have a small part in bringing his story to audiences in Vancouver and wants to thank Ryan for this experience (amongst many others). A huge kiss goes out to her family for their constant love and always giving me a soft place to land. Love you all so much!
ADVAH SOUDACK (LUCILLE FRANK): Advah is overjoyed to be returning to the stage with this production of Parade and its deeply moving story. Since graduating from the University of Alberta with a Major in Acting, Advah has worked on theatre, film/TV, and voice-over projects here in Vancouver. Most of her work has been in the voice-over industry with credits in Planet Hulk, Gundam Warrior, Gintama, and My Little Pony. Advah would like to thank Ryan Mooney for this wonderful opportunity. A special thank you goes out to Advah’s friends and family for their constant support, understanding, and love. *Advah Soudack appears courtesy of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy*
WILLIAM TIPPERY (FRANKIE EPPS): This is William’s first production with Fighting Chance and is very excited to be working on this beautiful production. Having received his BFA in Acting from Trinity Western University, William has most recently been playing Melchior and Otto in Phantom Moon Collective’s production of Spring Awakening (March 8-11). Other select credits include Benjamin/Joseph U/S in Joseph…Dreamcoat (Align Entertainment), Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof (RCMT), Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone (TWU), and Jack in Into the Woods (Secondary Characters). William can sometimes be found playing Spiderman at children’s birthday parties with My Little Princess Events.
TRISTIN WAYTE (MRS PHAGAN): Tris is thrilled to join the cast of Parade; her second Fight Chance Productions show after playing Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods (2015). Before moving to Vancouver 20 years ago, Tris was active in Victoria’s theatre scene, playing Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music (Victoria Opera Studio), the Witch in Into the Woods (Victoria Operatic Society, VOS), and Grace Farrell in Annie (Stages). She also performed featured and ensemble roles in No, No, Nannette (Langham Court), West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Hello, Dolly, Evita, and Jesus Christ, Superstar (VOS). Locally, she played the Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Footlight), Soul Sister in Jesus Christ, Superstar (Aquarian), and Guido’s Mom in Nine (Pipedream). Most recently, she had the incredible opportunity to play the Nurse/Harriet Pawling in United Players’ Sunday in the Park with George. Off-stage, she balances her time between a career in health care, her family, and creating sugar-art: www.caketris.com.
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