Cast and Crew

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Natalie Robitaille – Artistic Director

Natalie recently moved to the area from Toronto where she has worked as a professional actor and director for the past sixteen years. Since graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, her career has taken her across Canada, into the United States and even as far as Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam performing with the world renowned touring theatre company DuffleBag Theatre. She has also performed in such productions as A Streetcar Named Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man and most recently was part of The Second City in Toronto.

 

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Patricia Underwood – Producer/General Manager

Raised in Saugeen Shores, you could easily say that Patty knows everyone and everything there is to know about the area’s people and businesses. Thanks to her financial background and managerial skills as a SunLife advisor, there is no better person to stand at the administrative helm of Bruce County Playhouse. Although steeped in the financial industry, Patty also possesses a creative side, which she enjoys through her involvement with the Highschool Musical Theatre Arts Program and the local community theatre group, The Performing Artists of Saugeen Shores. Producing credits include: Grease for the Saugeen District Secondary School, Table Manners and Here On The Flight Path for the Performing Artists of Saugeen Shores.

 

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Brian Grieve – Technical Director

An electrician by trade, Brian was bit by the theatre bug in 2008 when he allowed himself to be convinced to join the local community theatre group. To his great surprise, he thoroughly enjoyed it and has performed in many local productions since! Although Brian enjoys being on stage, he also thrives backstage. A known “jack-of-all-trades”, he can get any set design to work in any space, make any prop from his own designs as well as making sure all aspects of lighting are working. Stagecraft credits include: Grease and Moods of Broadway for the Saugeen District Secondary School and Dance Halls, Dead Tired and Table Manners for the Performing Artists of Saugeen Shores.

 

Andrew G Young - Stage ManagerAndrew G. Young – Stage Manager

Originally from Bruce County, Andrew is a graduate of the Humber theatre program. He works as a theatre creator switching between various roles on and off stage. Andrew’s work has been seen in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Victoria, Vancouver, Yellowknife, and various places across Canada.  Andrew is thrilled to be back home working with the Bruce County Playhouse this summer! Upcoming:  his design work can be seen as part of Fake Nerd Girl by Chloe Payne touring to NewFoundland early 2018. He will also be performing at the National Arts Centre in Table Top Tales, a show he co-created, in 2018. andrew.g.young.com

 

Logan Grahame – Production Assistant

 

The Ladies Foursome

Jill Diane FilionJill Diane Filion*:  “Connie”

Jill Diane Filion grew up in Vancouver and appeared in her first musical, Oklahoma, at age 13 as a featured dancer. Favourite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Marion in The Music Man, Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza and Elsa in The Sound of Music. Jill toured throughout BC for three seasons with the Vancouver Opera Ensemble and was guest soloist with the Vancouver Chamber Ensemble, CBC Radio and the Kelowna Symphony. She was a member of both the touring and Toronto companies of The Phantom of the Opera and the original cast of Ragtime. She has since enjoyed three seasons with the Charlottetown Festival, seven with Drayton Entertainment and two with Theatre by the Bay. Jill is currently on the Voice Faculty at Sheridan College and still attends dance class.

Samantha Colwell-Castles:  “Margot”

Samantha trained as an actor and performed in theatre productions, pantomimes and British farces during her five years in Vancouver, BC.  She performed as Elvira in “Blithe Spirit” (2016) and Maggie in “Hobson’s Choice” (2014) with the Owen Sound Little Theatre and as Annie in “Table Manners” with the PASS in Saugeen Shores in 2013.  Samantha is thrilled to be working under the direction of Natalie Robitaille. Special thanks to her love John, son Flynn and daughter Sammy.  And many thanks, of course to the crew of our show!  She hopes you enjoy…

Naomi CostainNaomi Costain*:  “Dory”

Naomi is thrilled to be doing this amazing play here with Bruce County Playhouse this summer.  Last year she played Paige in the premier of Norm Foster/ Michael Doherty’s four-hander For Life at Sudbury Theatre Centre.  Other favourite shows include Moliere’s Don Juan, Euripides’ Trojan Women, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Stratford), Some favourite roles include Sally in Cabaret (Segal Centre), and Kost in Cabaret (Mayfield), Janet Van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC and Theatre Calgary), Mary Poppins (u/s), Brooke in Legally Blonde, Roxie in Chicago (Neptune), Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph, Ursula in Sweet Charity, and Norma in Victor Victoria (Stage West).

Naomi also works as a choreographer, and has performed in seven seasons at the Stratford festival, most recently as Ann Reilly in 42nd Street and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance.

Dawn SadlerDawn Sadler:  “Tate”

Dawn is thrilled to be returning home to “The Bruce” for her second year!   Hailing from Windsor’s BFA Music Theatre program, Dawn is an actor/singer whose favorite theatre credits include Lizzie/The Actress in BLOOD RELATIONS, Tamora in TITUS ANDRONICUS, Grace in ANNIE and, of course, Justine in The Bruce County Playhouse’s 2016 production of THE LOVE LIST.  Dawn can also be seen in various television and film productions.

Dawn would like to thank her family for their continued love and support in her journey through life and this mad world called the theatre.  Special thanks to Mama (Gayle Sadler), Grandpa and Grandma and her Dad Gary.  Big thank you’s to the cast and crew and Natalie Robitaille.  Enjoy the show!

Natalie RobitailleDirector: Natalie Robitaille*

Natalie recently moved to the area from Toronto where she has worked as a professional actor and director for the past sixteen years. Since graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, her career has taken her across Canada, into the United States and even as far as Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Most recent directing credits include: Pumpkinfest House of Horrors, Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, The Love List by Norm Foster, The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith and Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn. She would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work these past few weeks and hopes you enjoy the show!

* The participation of these artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy.

Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad

Marc BondyMarc Bondy*:  “Teddy”

Marc holds a B.F.A. in Acting (2000) from the University of Windsor and has subsequently trained at the Stratford Festival Conservatory (2001), International Residency at Shakespeare’s Globe (U.K., 2004) and The Banff/Citadel Robbins Academy (2012).   He has worked for 17 years as an actor, director, producer and teacher and has worked at many of Canada’s finest theatres– among them TNB, STC, Regina’s Globe, Persephone, The Citadel, Soulpepper, and the Stratford Festival.  He is excited to be in Southampton making his debut at the Bruce County Playhouse in Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad.   Marc has taught and directed at the high school, university and professional levels and loves working with both student and professional actors.   He has also worked as a producer on staged readings as well as full productions – the most recent of which was a one week Equity workshop of Mrs. Warren by Richard Waugh (an adaptation of GBS’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession) in the fall of 2015.  His love of theatre is only surpassed by his love for his family.   Thanks Eli and Natalie for the opportunity and thank you Tricia, Leia and Maeve for sharing me with the theatre.

Natalie RobitailleNatalie Robitaille*:  “Donna”

Natalie recently moved to the area from Toronto where she has worked as a professional actor and director for the past sixteen years. Since graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, her career has taken her across Canada, into the United States and even as far as Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam performing with the world renowned touring theatre company DuffleBag Theatre. She has also performed in such productions as A Streetcar Named Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man and was part of the touring company and understudy to the Main Stage forThe Second City in Toronto. She would like to thank her family – Lee, Penelope and Abigail for their constant support and understanding while “Mommy gets busy doing the plays”!

Eli HamDirector:  Eli Ham*

Eli is actor, director and teaching artist currently based in Ontario. Directing credits:  Here we Are (Cow Over Moon),  This is How We Got Here (Continuum/Summerworks), Warriors (Live5), The Emotionalists (SummerWorks), Tough Case (Roseneath), The Sabbatical (Springworks), The Duelist (Demanding Satisfaction).    Selected acting credits: Mary’s Wedding, Wilberforce Hotel, Stag and Doe (Blyth Festival), The Hobbit (The Grand Theatre), The Merchant of VeniceA Comedy of ErrorsAn Ideal Husband (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) The Hours That Remain (Gwaandak/SNTC), Macbeth (Humber River Shakespeare), As I Lay Dying (Theatre SmithGilmour), Brave New World (Litmus/ Theatre Passe Muraille) Look Back in Anger (FeverGraph). Film and TV includes: Shadowhunters, Hemlock Gove, Hannibal Reign, Copper, Nikita, The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries, Being Erica. Video games: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. He is a teaching artist with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and teaches/mentors in high schools, colleges and universities throughout North America.  Upcoming: Eli will be part of the directing team for Shakespeare in Hospitals (Spur-of-the-Moment).

* The participation of these artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy.