RAGTIME: IN CONCERT
Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Lynn Ahrens, Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty, Based on the Novel by E.L. Doctorow
February 7th – February 11th, 2017
Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street
A Fighting Chance “In Concert” Production
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together — that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. The TONY-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America.
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, 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 Ragtime: In Concert Ryan will also be directing Sunday in the Park with George for United Players.
ADAM DA ROS (MUSIC DIRECTOR): Adam Da Ros is a stage director, music director, and performer from Dawson Creek, B.C. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and has worked at several opera festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent credits include stage direction for The Barber of Seville with Fraser Lyric Opera and Terrence McNally’s Master Class with Opera Mariposa, as well as music direction for Tommy with Renegade Arts Company, and Murder Ballad and CATS with Fighting Chance Productions. Adam currently works in the Artistic Planning department at Vancouver Opera.
MARCEL TREMEL (MUSICAL STAGING): Marcel Tremel is a renowned choreographer, performer, and dance educator of the Vancouver area. He has been performing his entire life having had the opportunity to train and perform in a variety of styles including Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Tap. Marcel has had several exciting opportunities to perform and showcase his choreography over the years, some of the highlights include: touring Western Canada and parts of the United States with a song and dance group called Saskatchewan Express, dancing at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC with Ballet Etoile, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie with the Victoria Operatic Society, being a featured dancer in Royal City Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker, co-choreographing the Canadian College of Performing Arts’ production of Young Frankenstein and the David’s Tea Flash Mob, and starring in CCPA’s production of Lend Me A Tenor. The versatility in Marcel’s training has allowed him to push the boundaries of basic dance routines and create exciting new pieces to share with his community. His work has made him a standout amongst his peers, having been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions for his outstanding choreography. Marcel is currently teaching dance throughout British Columbia, and continues to train and perform as a working professional dance artist regularly around the West Coast.
ANGELA STEIDEL (STAGE MANAGER): Angela currently works as the Front of House Manager for the Massey Theatre Society as well as the Anvil Centre Theatre. Selected previous credits include: ASM for the 99th Grey Cup Half Time show, ASM FIFA World Cup, ASM WBSC Women’s World Softball, Stage Manager The Boyfriend, Twelfth Night (Exit 22). Angela previously graduated from the Art and Entertainment and Technical Theatre diploma programs at Capilano University.
CAMERON ANDRES (LITTLE BOY): Cameron is 13 years old and a grade 12 student at Magee Secondary School. He is thrilled to be participating in this rarely performed musical and working with so many talented artists. Favourite credits for Cameron include Gavroche in Les Miserables and Schwartz in A Christmas Story (Arts Club), Shepherd Boy in Tosca, as well Evita, Carmen, and most recently Hansel and Gretel (Vancouver Opera Company). TV/film credits include Nickelodeon’s EscapefromMrLemoncello’sLibrary and DirkGently for BBC America. Cameron also enjoys competitive gymnastics, violin, and singing in the shower. He doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up – but he knows he’d like to keep singing. Special thanks go to Adam and this show is dedicated to his little brother Everett – who loves ragtime music.
STEPHANIE ARSENAULT (ENSEMBLE): Stephanie is excited to be joining Fighting Chance Productions for the first time! She has always been intrigued by the idea that we can communicate with creativity and art to share our personal beliefs, emotions, and ideas. At age four Stephanie started dancing and went on to obtain her Advanced Ballet examination with the Royal Academy of Dance, was chosen as the BC provincial festival of the performing arts representative for six consecutive years and she was part of numerous shows in BC (including her favourites as Chip in Western Canada Theatres Beauty and the Beast and a tapper in the 2010 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies). Most recently, Stephanie graduated from Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts College program and performed with the Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto before her return back to BC. She now continues her passion by tap dancing with the Rhythm Room and teaching Ballet at UBC.
IAN BACKSTROM (HENRY FORD): Ian Backstrom is excited about his return to Fighting Chance Productions after playing Munkustrap in their production of Cats last year. Recently, Ian has performed as First Lad in The Who’s Tommy (Renegade Arts Company), as Mr. Andrews in Just Watch Me (Vancouver Fringe Festival), and as Walter in Hair (Renegade Arts Company). In addition, Ian sings classically, having sung with UBC Opera and in concerts at Bard on the Beach and with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Ian would like to thank the creative team for putting together such a fun and powerful concert, as well as his family and friends for their continual support. Enjoy the show!
DIANA BALE (ENSEMBLE): Diana’s performance career spans many musical genres. She grew up singing in the churches of her hometown in The Bronx. Her most recent work includes singing with the Universal Gospel Choir and performing in Le Grand Continental in the PUSH Festival in 2015. She is very honoured and thrilled to be a part of Ragtime.
HOLLY BECKMYER (ENSEMBLE): Holly Beckmyer is a soprano, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music educator. Her favourite previous vocal roles include Pierrot in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Belinda in the West Coast Opera Studio’s production of Dido and Aeneas, and Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Vancouver Academy of Music. Holly studied at Vancouver Community College, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and Vancouver Academy of Music. She is currently studying operatic voice with Robyn Driedger-Klassen and recording an album of original folk songs and fiddle tunes.
ASHLEY BURTON (ENSEMBLE): Vancouver Born Vocalist/Semi-professionally Internation Choral Performer. Classical is my Forte! I can sing, I can kind if dance- no wait that’s a lie, I have 2 left feet! NAC Canada/USA Choir(s) (1990-2016), NAC International (2012-2016). Ridge Meadows Orchestra (2011-2013). Member of Vancouver Universal Gospel Choir (2014-2016).
KADEN CHAD (ENSEMBLE): Kaden is thrilled to be singing with the Fighting Chance team in Ragtime! Some of his past musical credits include Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Big Fish: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim, Alberto the Dancing Alligator, and Aladdin. He has a diploma in Theatre Arts at MacEwan University and is currently studying Acting for Film & Television at Vancouver Film School.
CECILLY DAY (SARAH): Cecilly first fell in love with the music of Ragtime while she was living in Victoria. Being such a colossal production, she never dreamed she would have the chance to play Sarah anytime soon and yet here we are a mere three years later! Past credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show Live (Geekenders), Hair (Renegade Arts Company), Company (United Players), MurderBallad (FCP), Hairspray (TUTS) Thank you for your continued support of Vancouver arts.
ARIEL DIAZ (ENSEMBLE): A recent graduate of MacEwan University’s Musical Theatre program (Alberta), Ariel is especially excited to be a part of this Fighting Chance production of Ragtime! A few of her recent performances include Heathers: The Musical (MacEwan University), Curtains (MacEwan University), Nice Work If You Can Get It (MacEwan University), as well as several pantomime productions with Metro Theatre (Vancouver). Ariel is excited to have the chance to celebrate this sweeping, powerfully vibrant chapter in America’s early history! http://brightidiaz.ca/arieldiaz/
GINA FOSTER (ENSEMBLE): Gina is so very excited to be doing this show with such a talented group of people. She made her Fighting Chance debut in AmericanIdiot last summer, and other recent credits include TheWho’sTommy (Renegade Arts Company). Gina would like to thank her friends, family, and goose for their love and support!
RACHEL GARNET (LITTLE GIRL): 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. Rachel is excited to make her Vancouver stage debut in FCP’s Ragtime in Concert, playing a role she’s loved since she was a little girl.
AMY GARTNER (ENSEMBLE/ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR): Amy Gartner is a classical and musical theatre performer hailing from the Alberta prairies. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in vocal performance, from the University of Alberta. Before moving to Vancouver four years ago, Amy caught the travel bug, touring the world as a featured singer onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Recent credits include TheWho’sTommy (Renegade Arts Company), Hair (Renegade Arts Company), Company (United Players), MurderBallad (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Nomination), LegallyBlonde (TUTS). This is Amy’s first foray into Assistant Music Direction, so cross your fingers and send her your positive vibes! She would like to thank Fighting Chance Productions and Adam da Ros for this opportunity.
RAYMOND HATTON (ENSEMBLE): Raymond is grateful to have the opportunity to perform in this play with such an incredible cast . Previous roles include Frederick Arnott in Enchanted April at Langley Players, Sennex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with The Whiterock Players and his recent participation in Rumbles Theatre’s Tremors Festival Summer of 2016 playing the Caretaker in Dry Land . One of his all time favourite roles was that of CJ McDonald in The Good Game .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. Raymond thanks the cast and crew for their hard work, and you, our audience, for supporting live theatre.
CASSANDRA HUSK (ENSEMBLE): Cassandra Lyn Husk recently moved to Vancouver from Victoria. In the past shes performed in productions such as Fish and Bone (eternal Theater Collective) Little Shop of Horrors (Kaleidoscope Theatre) and Crazy For You (Claremont Secondary) as well as many many more. Shes very proud to present this very powerful and relevant piece of work and hopes you enjoy it.
PAULA IRIOLA (ENSEMBLE): Paula is absolutely thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to perform in Fighting Chance Productions’ staging of Ragtime: In Concert. This will be Paula’s first performance since graduating from the University of British Columbia, where she worked with Adam Da Ros on productions of RENT, Fame and Into the Woods. She’d like to thank Adam for this opportunity and her family and friends for their support!
DAMON BRADLEY JANG (ENSEMBLE): Damon is a performing arts performer, instructor, publicist and producer in the lower mainland. Ragtime in concert marks Damon’s 3rd show with FCP after last year’s smash hit CATS and Side Show In Concert in 2012. Other recent credits include Bah Humbug (SFU Culture) The Threepenny Opera (Theatre In The Raw) West Side Story (Theatre Under The Stars) and a short film he starred in Boy Jupiter won an international film contest. He’s had the fortune for working with such companies as: Firehall, Gateway, Applause, Ghostlight, Dreamrider, RCMT, Royal City Youth Ballet, among others. He actively is working with several competitive, recreation and school performing groups. Damon holds a Bachelor degree in performing arts and diploma in musical theatre from Capilano University. UPCOMING performing and co-producing Songs For A New World (Fabulist Theatre) and choreographing Aladdin Jr (Moving Mirror Productions).
JAGEN JOHNSON (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON): After dropping out of the Masters in Psychology program at the University of Alberta to pursue acting (which excited his parents greatly), Jagen attended the Vancouver Film School’s Acting for Film and Television program, from which he graduated in 2013. Since graduating, he has appeared in a number of commercials, TV shows and movies. Making his theatre debut, Ragtime will mark his first time performing in a play or musical. He will also be appearing in the Fighting Chance Productions’ performance of the musical Parade, premiering in April. Jagen is very excited to play around in this new medium and would like to thank Fighting Chance for giving him the opportunity to explore different sides of acting. You can catch him on TV this year in the upcoming seasons of Rogue, Prison Break and on screen in the new movie Monster Trucks. Enjoy the play!
DEBBIE KAGY (EVELYN NESBIT): Debbie Kagy is excited to be performing in her second Vancouver production after having just finished playing Sally Simpson in The Who’s Tommy. Over the years, she has performed in a myriad of productions including Gladys in The Pajama Game and Emma in Jekyll and Hyde. Some of her past film and TV credits include Awake, Rock Slyde, Democracy at Work, and Rolling. Her favourite role was playing the bad ass Spyder in the Gringas web series. Debbie would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support and encouragement.
WARREN KIMMEL (TATEH): Warren was born in South Africa. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Warren has performed extensively in the UK, Europe, and South Africa. He arrived in Canada in 2003 and has been seen locally in Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Billy Elliot (Dad), Les Miserables (Javert), My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), Next to Normal (Dan), Jacques Brel.., Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Evita (Che), and Legally Blonde (Callahan). Warren is excited to be making his debut with Fighting Chance Productions as well as singing this magnificent score for the first time. More about Warren than anyone could possibly have a use for is available at warrenkimmel.com.
KRIS KURUNERI (ENSEMBLE): Kris is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and has performed in both Zimbabwe and in Canada. She most recently appeared in the Renegade Theatre’s showing of Hair in 2016. She also featured in the Burnaby Neighbourhood House performances of Alice and AscensionDay. Kris has also done some short films including MiPhone and Daedulus in 2016. She would like to say thanks a million for coming out and she hopes you enjoy the show!
AMANDA LAU (ENSEMBLE): Amanda Lau is delighted to be working with FCP again after her recent nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” in CATS at the CTC Awards this year. She trains in voice, acting and dance and has studied with the Arts Club, Gateway Conservatory, The Landing and Vancouver Tap Society. Amanda competed at the provincial level placing 2nd in BC Provincial Tap and Stage and Provincial Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship. Credits include Cinders, ByeByeBirdie, The 39 Steps, film, music videos and print ads. In addition to Outstanding Vocal, Musical Theatre Performance and Triple Threat, she has also received dance scholarships across Canada.
RANA LAVIOLETTE (ENSEMBLE): Rana graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Theatre program before moving to Vancouver in September 2015. This is her fourth musical in Vancouver after performing in Fiddler On The Roof (Highland United Church),AmericanIdiot (Fighting Chance), and The Who’s Tommy (Renegade Theatre). She’s excited to be a part of Fighting Chance’s production of Ragtime and hopes you all enjoy the show!
GORD MANTLE (GRANDFATHER): I was born very young, which is just as well because I was quite small. I am now old and am quite large. In between however, my life has been immensely enriched by being involved in the performing arts. I’ve sung, danced, acted, done panto falls, made props, produced, directed, held up a shaky set, pinned an actor into her costume with 2 minutes to go, photographed, written about (well, you get the idea) almost 100 shows. I am very excited to be “back on the boards” after 15 years in the wings and to be working with the amazing Ryan Mooney and this superb company.
BEA MARTIN (ENSEMBLE): Bea is a character animator, certified medical illustrator and jazz vocalist. She started singing as a child and has been an improviser for the last 6 years. In her spare time she sketches, writes short stories and takes a crazy amount of classes, including piano and musical improv.
CLAIRE MCLAUGHLIN (ENSEMBLE): Soprano Claire McLaughlin was born in Vancouver and studied voice locally in her formative years. She studied under Heather Thomson at the University of British Columbia. She performed in many productions with UBC Opera, including Albert Herring, Cendrillon, Louis Riel, Rusalka, Les dialogues des Carmelites, and Die Lustige Witwe, in which she made her debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the role of Valencienne. She performed with Opera Mariposa in their production of Hansel and Gretel as Gretel and was described as “insanely stunning” by The Vancouver Project. Claire has performed across Canada and internationally in Shanghai and Chengdu, China.
KARA MCLACHLAN (ENSEMBLE): Kara McLachlan is excited to make her Fighting Chance debut singing such a moving and relevant show. Most recently Kara was seen teaching children as Marian in The Music Man (TIC), complaining about children in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Stage 43) and yelling at children as Widow Corney in Oliver! (TUTS). You can guess which one of those was her favourite. Select credits include: Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland (Four Seasons); Mimi in Guys & Dolls, Anybodys in West Side Story (VOS); Liane in Cannibal! The Musical (Delcon); Tootles in Peter Pan (Ballet Victoria), and if you don’t blink you can catch her in the recent Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Dance Off’ music video. Much love to Ash.
JP MCLEAN (WILLIE CONKLIN): 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 Ragtime. 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 first performance with Fighting Chance Productions and it’s really something incredible. Enjoy the show!
CHERYL MULLEN (EMMA GOLDMAN): Cheryl is grateful to be part of the Ragtime in Concert Cast with Ryan and his talented team. She’s worked in musical theatre for over 30 years including roles with Chemainus Theatre Festival, Gateway, Full Figure, Carousel, TUTS, Royal City Musical Theatre Companies. Recent TV, Film and Voice Over roles include Supernatural, Shut Eye, Role of Della and Old Spice. Cheryl teaches voice and acting at Lindbjerg Academy. Aside from the inherently beautiful melodies, Ragtime is a most compelling story: one that needs to be heard and considered since its heart-break message sadly rings true today. *Cheryl Mullen appears courtesy of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy*
ADAM OLGUI (HARRY HOUDINI): Adam is delighted to be making his debut with Fighting Chance Productions. Recent credits include The Street Singer in Threepenny Opera (Theatre in the Raw), Thomas in Bull (Rumble Theatre) and Eddie in Habib’s All Night House Party(Western Canada Theatre). Other favorite credits include Bah Humbug! (Vancouver Moving Theatre), Just Watch Me (Vancouver Fringe), Secret Garden, Good Person of Setzuan (Exit 22), Oliver!, Legally Blonde (TUTS), and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Beach House). As a vocalist, Adam’s performance highlights include performing at We Day, as well as singing with the legendary Dal Richards.
RAYMOND PAI (ENSEMBLE): Raymond is thrilled to be making his Canadian stage debut with Fighting Chance’s production of Ragtime, while being a new implant from Monterey, California, USA. His recent stage credits include Don in A Chorus Line, as well as Les Misérables, Flower Drum Song, and Sweet Charity. Raymond would like to thank FCP for this special opportunity and his family and friends for the love and support.
CHRISTINA PLACSKO (ENSEMBLE): This is Christina’s first show with Fighting Chance Productions. She enjoys finding new ways to experience music, and is excited to be taking part in Ragtime. She is grateful for this chance to experience Vancouver arts from a new perspective. Christina’s greatest musical passion has always been voice. As a teen she discovered her undying love for choral music. She has sung in many choirs over the years, and is currently singing with the Coastal Sound Music Academy’s DeCoro.
LANE PRICE (FATHER): Lane is proud to make his Fighting Chance debut with Ragtime! Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Lane moved to Vancouver to study voice & jazz composition at Capilano University. Since then he has performed with various musical groups around Vancouver, and been active as an arranger and composer for choirs, jazz ensembles and musical theatre projects. His main passion is writing & recording gospel jazz-influenced a cappella music. Lane sends his love to his biggest fans: Reanne, Aleena, Naomi, Cadence and baby Sawyer. www.laneprice.com *Lane Price appears courtesy of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy*
ALINA QUARIN (ENSEMBLE): Alina is very excited to make her FCP debut with Ragtime: In Concert. She has trained in classical and musical theatre voice for the past ten years and is the recipient of multiple vocal and performance awards. She attended Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and is an emerging stage and film actor. Recent stage credits include Cabaret (Exit 22 Productions), The Who’s Tommy (Arbutus Studios) and Oliver! (Broadway Bound Performing Arts Studio.) Love and thanks always to her family and friends for their constant support.
MELISSA RATCLIFF (ENSEMBLE): Melissa Ratcliff is pleased to be making her Fighting Chance debut in Ragtime. Her recent appearances include Lt. Comd. Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men, Judge Group in Miracle on 34th Street, and Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana. Upcoming performances include The Voice in Tales of Hoffman.
JANELLE REID (SARAH’S FRIEND): My artistic interest has led me to explore many styles of artistic practices from theatre production to various dance forms to martial arts and acting. I truly love them all. However I loved singing first at an early age and that has not changed. I completed a double major bachelors degree in music composition and theatre performance. From then on I have done dance projects, student films, music accompaniment for dance classes, singing in piano recitals, concerts, choirs, weddings, music recordings, music directing, composing, voice training, musical theatre and singing in music bands. I am grateful for my experiences and love having more opportunities to share music in any way that I can.
MAX REJOUIS (ENSEMBLE): I am currently working for a software testing company, and I’m really excited to be a part of this production. I’ve enjoyed musicals of all kinds. I’ve been singing since I was a child in church choirs and play guitar in my off time. My first stage and acting experience was in Calgary and I’ve enjoyed working with passionate people of all kinds. I’ve been living in Vancouver for 6 years and this will be my first time on stage since being here.
ETHAN SHANKARUK (ENSEMBLE): Ethan had his first dramatic lead role as Tom Lee in Tea and Sympathy (Vagabond) this year and received a CTC nomination as Best Actor for it. Other credits include Oliver! (Playhouse) Bye Bye Birdie and The Music Man (TUTS), Titanic and Sondheim’s The Frogs (Applause) Joseph (Royal City) High School Noir (The Cultch) “Grease” and “Christmas Carol” (Footlight) and as a supernumerary for several Vancouver Opera productions. Ethan has made six TV commercials and has worked in many films and TV shows shooting in Vancouver. He is currently studying Acting for Stage and Screen at Capilano University. He is very pleased to be part of Ragtime, his first FCP show!
ROAN SHANKARUK (ENSEMBLE): Roan has just finished performing in the opera Eugene Onegin with UBC and is in her third year as an Opera Performance major. She has been in over twenty operas and musicals since age ten, including Carmen and The Magic Flute (VO) where she made her professional opera debut as “Third Spirit”. Some favourite credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Annie and The Music Man (TUTS), Titanic (Applause) and playing Miss Elsie Lily in Very Good Eddie (Van Tech). This is Roan’s second FCP appearance after playing Amy March in Little Women and she is very happy to be part of this special concert production!
NAZANIN SHOJA (ENSEMBLE): Nazanin is very excited to be a part of Fighting Chance’s production of Ragtime. Originally from Victoria, where she was inspired to pursue Musical Theatre after performing as Asher’s wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Katrina in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, she moved to Toronto, where she graduated from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She also holds a degree in Performing Arts from the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. She is proud to have performed as Exotica in Fighting Chance’s CTC nominated production of Cats and as the Good Fairy in Metro Theatre’s Ovation Award nominated Pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. Currently based in Vancouver, she is an avid advocate for public engagement in the arts through her role as provincial manager in B.C. for the annual Canada-wide Culture Days celebrations.
ASHLEY SIDDALS (ENSEMBLE): Ashley is excited to return to the theatre arts as a part of Ragtime In Concert. She took a break from theatre to focus on pursuing one of her other passions and is now an apprentice service dog trainer at Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (www.pads.ca). Ashley also does freelance voiceover work recording commercials for radio stations in Dubai. Past theatre credits include Catherine (Waiting for the Parade), Susan (tick, tick…BOOM!), and Shawn Christianson (Smile: The Musical). Thank you to her family and all the other wonderful humans in her life for their love and support.
PETER SLADE (ENSEMBLE): Peter is delighted to be appearing in his first show in Vancouver, having recently relocated from Ontario. Recent 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 Mary Poppins and the Admiral in Evita (both with Brampton Music Theatre), and Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music (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 Fighting Chance Productions for this opportunity and, of course, his ever-understanding wife, Caroline, for her patience in running lines.
TIANA SWAN (ENSEMBLE): Tiana Swan is very excited to be performing in Ragtime, her second production with Fighting Chance after being seen in American Idiot last summer. Tiana has been doing musical theatre since the age of 9. She performed in her high school’s choir and show choir for many years, and since graduating has been focusing on her career as a makeup artist. She is thrilled to be returning to the stage as musical theatre will always be her number one passion. Tiana would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!
BRANDON THORNHILL (COALHOUSE WALKER JR.): American bass-baritone Brandon Thornhill is a well -rounded and diverse performer. Most recently he was seen performing the role of Schaunard in Burnaby Lyric Opera’s La Boheme. He received his Masters of Music in opera at the University of British Columbia where he performed in several operas and concerts. While at UBC, he also collaborated with Vancouver Opera and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Some of his operatic roles include Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Zuniga in Carmen and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Brandon has performed with Vancouver Island Opera, Burnaby Lyric Opera, and performs regularly in Vancouver, Oliver, Penticton, and around BC. He is also the lead singer for the funk/R&B band The Phonix and is a professional voice actor.
MARIE WEST (MOTHER): It is with great excitement that Marie joins the cast of Ragtime to play one of her dream roles. Marie is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NY (though she doesn’t want to say how long ago) and lists performances in such shows as Company Jump– An Andrews Sisters Tribute (CJ Prod’s), Oliver! and Crazy For You (TUTS), The Music Man and Carousel (RCMT), Good News (Rainbow Stage) and The Baker’s Wife (Applause) amongst her credits. Marie has been cultivating her film and television career with roles in such shows as Magic Beyond Words (a JK Rowling biopic), Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II, Fringe, Hot Tub Time Machine and Marley & Me: The Puppy Years. Be sure to check out her other screen credits on imdb.com. *Elizabeth Marie West appears courtesy of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy*
MARK WOLF (MOTHER’S YOUNGER BROTHER): Mark is excited to be a part of Ragtime! Recent shows include Renegade Arts Co.’s The Who’s Tommy (Captain Walker), United Players’ Company (David), and the Lawyer Show’s productions of Hairspray (Link Larkin), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy) and Legally Blonde (Emmett). Mark also had a blast at the Vancouver Fringe this Summer as MIB/Father in Just Watch Me: A Trudeau Rock Musical. Enjoy the show!
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