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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Krista Jackson

John Hirsch Mainstage

"A sweet holiday treat…entertaining, heartwarming and smartly crafted" – CBC
"Joy to the world of Pemberley...fills Santa's bag with charm" – Wpg Free Press

This charming Christmas story, and imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, centres around the Bennets' middle child. Though Mary has the company of her books and piano, she dreams of embarking on her own adventure. A chance meeting over the holidays with Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Arthur, sparks an attraction. A holiday favourite filled with wit and humour, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is sure to delight new audiences and Jane Austen fans alike.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours (incl. 1 intermission)
Production ID: 26826
Start Date: 11/28/2019 3:20:08 PM
End Date: 12/21/2019 3:20:13 PM
Title: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Playwright: By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Krista Jackson

"A sweet holiday treat…entertaining, heartwarming and smartly crafted" – CBC
"Joy to the world of Pemberley...fills Santa's bag with charm" – Wpg Free Press

This charming Christmas story, and imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, centres around the Bennets' middle child. Though Mary has the company of her books and piano, she dreams of embarking on her own adventure. A chance meeting over the holidays with Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Arthur, sparks an attraction. A holiday favourite filled with wit and humour, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is sure to delight new audiences and Jane Austen fans alike.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours (incl. 1 intermission)
Facility: John Hirsch Mainstage
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Lydia Wickham Tess Benger

Tess Benger

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Sally Bowles in Cabaret, The Penelopiad (Grand); The Last Five Years (YRG Productions); Girls Like That (Tarragon); Mamma Mia! (Citadel); Grease (Elgin Winter Garden); Chasse-Galerie (Soulpepper/Storefront); The Philadelphia Story, Cabaret, Top Girls, Sweeney Todd, The Next Whiskey Bar (Shaw); Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Upcoming: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Eclipse); Johanna in Sweeney Todd (TiFT). 

TV Top 10 contestant on CBC’s Triple Sensation season two.

TRAINING A proud graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program.

Fitzwilliam Darcy Eric Blais

Eric Blais

ROYAL MTC A Doll’s House, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Clever Little Lies, The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Good People, Looking Back – West.

OTHER THEATRE Eric has performed with various theatres including PTE, MTYP, TPM, SIR, WJT and Vancouver Playhouse.

FILM/TV Flag Day, Break My Heart 1000 Times, All the Light We Cannot See, Burden of Truth, Cashing in.

TRAINING/TEACHING Eric holds an MFA from York University and is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg.

Mary Bennet Ellen Denny

Ellen Denny

ROYAL MTC Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Stage West Calgary); A Christmas Carol, Chariots of Fire (Grand); Bad Jews (Segal); Life After (CS/Musical Stage); Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Port Hope); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drayton); Anne Shirley in Anne and Gilbert (NAC); Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Great Expectations, Sweeney Todd (Neptune).

ET CETERA Ellen is also a playwright – recently her comedy Pleasureville premiered at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, and she debuted a new one-act musical What Goes Up (bookwriter) as part of Reprint at Toronto’s Globe and Mail Centre (Musical Stage/Yonge St Theatricals).

Elizabeth Darcy Samantha Hill

Samantha Hill

ROYAL MTC August: Osage County.

OTHER THEATRE Broadway and Off-Broadway: Cosette in Les Misérables, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Nellie Bly in the world premiere of Jules Verne. Selected regional: What We May Be (Berkshire Theatre Group); South Pacific (Drury Lane); Les Misérables (Mirvish); The Mousetrap (Cape Cod Playhouse); Gracie (PTE); Spring Awakening (WST); Light in the Piazza (Dry Cold); Beauty and the Beast, Annie (Rainbow).

FILM Most recently seen alongside Emma Roberts and Lea Thompson in Who We Are Now.

TRAINING BFA Acting University of Alberta, BA Theatre University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Though currently living in NYC, Winnipeg will always be my home! Love to my family and everyone at Royal MTC. @samjeannehill.

Arthur de Bourgh Nathan Howe

Nathan Howe

ROYAL MTC Seminar (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE In the Wake of Wettlaufer, Cakewalk, Wing Night at the Boot, Judith, Mr. New Years’ Eve (Blyth); 4000 Miles (Belfry); Salt Baby (Belfry, Globe, SB Collective); Fiddler on the Roof, Treasure Island, Equivocation (Persephone); Matchstick (Persephone/GCTC); Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Pride and Prejudice (Globe); The Frenzy of Queen Maeve (Bzzt! Trap Door).

TRAINING University of Saskatchewan (BFA), Globe Theatre Conservatory.

ET CETERA Nathan is the writer of past Winnipeg Fringe shows The Wild Dog Waits On The Concrete Path, Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another (co-written with Morgan Murray) and Matchstick. Recipient of SATAwards for composition/sound design in Treasure Island, supporting performance in Salt Baby and performance in Equivocation.

Charles Bingley Darren Martens

Darren Martens

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Carol, Alice Through the Looking-Glass.

OTHER THEATRE A Chorus Line, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Misérables, The Producers (Rainbow); Another Way Home (WJT); A Little Night Music, The Addams Family (Dry Cold); Munsch Upon a Time (PTE); Reefer Madness, American Idiot, Heathers: The Musical, Avenue Q (WST); Into the Woods (District Theatre Collective).

TRAINING Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from the U of M, Opera NUOVA Training Intensive, Rainbow Stage Training Intensive.

ET CETERA This performance is dedicated to my late father, Gary.

Jane Bingley Emily Meadows

Emily Meadows

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Reefer Madness (WST); Stronger Together: Opening Doors to Mental Health (Suitcase Theatre); The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival Young Company/Eastern Canada touring company); We All Got Lost (Hamilton Fringe); The Last 48 (Winnipeg Fringe); world premiere of Senza Luce, Into the Woods, The Cradle Will Rock, Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow).

TRAINING Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre from Sheridan, current student of the Second City Conservatory in Toronto.

ET CETERA Grateful five-time Royal MTC Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Scholarship winner. An extra special thank you to my encouraging family and supportive friends. And thank you, Dear Patron, for supporting local theatre!

Anne de Bourgh Robyn Pooley

Robyn Pooley

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Carol.

OTHER THEATRE South Pacific (Rainbow/WSO); Unplugged (Greenkids); Into the Woods (District Theatre Collective); The Dance-Off of Conscious Uncoupling, AfriCanda, Generation Nexxt (Sarasvàti); Neighbours (White Rabbit Productions); The Diary of Anne Frank, Faustus, A Doll’s House (U of W). Assistant Director: A Man Walks Into A Bar (TBTR).

TRAINING Graduate of the Acting Honours program at the University of Winnipeg and Canada’s National Voice Intensive.

ET CETERA Robyn is also a choreographer for local acappella group Those Guys. Many thanks to Royal MTC for the opportunity, to my family for the continuous support, and to my Bernie for your endless encouragement and love.


Artistic Team

Playwright Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson is the most produced living playwright in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Three-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including the Denver Center (The Book of Will), South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), the O’Neill Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service (Silent Sky, Bauer), Playscripts (I and You; Exit, Pursued by a Bear; and Toil and Trouble), and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, and lives in San Francisco. and

Playwright Margot Melcon

Margot Melcon

Margot Melcon is a theatre artist, administrator and writer. She was the Director of New Play Development at Marin Theatre Company for seven years, where she dramaturged over 30 productions – including six world premieres – and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes and commissioning program. She has developed plays with TheatreWorks, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, the Kennedy Center, the New Harmony Project, and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She is currently the Program Executive for Promoting Culture at the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Margot is a graduate of California State University, Chico.

Director Krista Jackson

Krista Jackson

ROYAL MTC Director: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (with Mirvish), Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, Bittergirl: The Musical, Private Lives, The Seagull, The Seafarer. Actor: Myth of the Ostrich, The Threepenny Opera (with SIR), Quills, The Good Sisters (Les Belles-Soeurs), The Sisters Rosensweig, Brighton Beach Memoirs.

OTHER THEATRE Upcoming: Awaken by Tracy Penner (zone41 with SIR); Nell Gwynn (National Theatre School); Perfect Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Selected Directing: Bar Mitzvah Boy (WJT); Dancing at Lughnasa (Shaw); The Lion in Winter, Fly Me to the Moon, Much Ado About Nothing (Grand). Associate Director: All My Sons (Stratford).

ET CETERA Krista is the artistic director of zone41 theatre and served as Royal MTC’s Associate Artistic Director (2016-2019). She is the recipient of the 2015 Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award and the 2013 Gina Wilkinson Prize.

Set & Costume Designer Gillian Gallow

Gillian Gallow

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Carol, Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, Seminar (with Mirvish), Hirsch, Venus in Fur, God of Carnage (with VP), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (with TC).

OTHER THEATRE Hadrian, Louis Riel (COC); Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Physicists, The Three Musketeers, Hirsch (Stratford); The Russian Play, Stage Kiss, An Octoroon (Shaw); Art, August: Osage County, Idomeneus, Orlando (Soulpepper); King Lear (NAC); Mary Poppins (Citadel/TC); The Runner (Human Cargo). Upcoming: The Devil’s Disciple (Shaw); Wolf Hall (Stratford); Marjorie Prime (Coalmine); All the Little Animals (Nightwood).

ET CETERA Gillian’s been nominated for eight Dora Mavor Moore awards receiving four and is the recipient of the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.

Lighting Designer Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson

ROYAL MTC Over 50 productions since 1995, including Bang Bang (with Belfry); The Cottage, John, Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol (2017, 2005), Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, Black Coffee, The Audience (with Mirvish), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Next to Normal, Red (with Belfry), The Seagull,
Top Girls.

OTHER THEATRE Scott has designed lighting for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Most recently he designed Strike! The Musical and Cinderella at Rainbow Stage.

TRAINING Scott is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

ET CETERA In 2018 Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Winnipeg Theatre Awards. He was also nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (Shakespeare in Love – Citadel/Royal MTC). Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for the love and support.

Sound Designer Michael Wright

Michael Wright

ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including The Cottage, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, The Humans, Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot the Musical, Seminar (with Mirvish), Late Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.

OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).

FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust.

ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.

Composer Paul De Gurse

Paul De Gurse

ROYAL MTC Orchestra member: Assassins.

OTHER THEATRE Composition / sound design: The House at Pooh Corner (MTYP); Tribes, The Whipping Man (WJT). Select Musical Direction credits: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act (Rainbow); A Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); Pippin, American Idiot, Avenue Q (WST); The Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold); Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast (Drayton).

TRAINING/TEACHING Paul has a B.Jazz Studies from the University of Manitoba. He is part of the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre, which provides post-secondary music theatre training to Manitoban students.

ET CETERA This show and all future ones are for Tom.

Text & Dialect Coach Shannon Vickers

Shannon Vickers

ROYAL MTC Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (with Arts Club/Citadel), Sense and Sensibility, Hand to God, The Audience (with Mirvish), Myth of the Ostrich, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Good People, The Secret Annex, Venus in Fur, Gone With the Wind, August: Osage County, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Top Girls, Steel Magnolias.

OTHER THEATRE Voice/Text/Dialect Coaching: Tribes, DAI (Enough) (WJT); Village Wooing (zone41); Fly Me to the Moon, Bingo! (PTE); The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (TPM/SAC); The Merry Wives of Windsor (SIR); Fen (Sarasvàti);
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CS).

TRAINING/TEACHING Shannon earned an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy at the University of Alberta. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg and is a certified Associate Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.

Assistant Director Cherissa Richards

Cherissa Richards

ROYAL MTC Actor: Sense and Sensibility, Di and Viv and Rose, A Christmas Carol, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (with Citadel), Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

OTHER THEATRE Director: New Beginnings (Sarasvàti); The Game (Sarasvàti FemFest); Subjection of Kezia & Poof (Shaw); The Power of Harriet T (MTYP). Assistant Director: Ladykillers, Getting Married (Shaw); Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach); The Jungle Book (MTYP). Actor: Intimate Apparel, House at Pooh Corner, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Dracula, Richard III, The Power of Harriet T, Eating Pomegranates Naked, Tough Case, Eternal Hydra, Dirty Butterfly, On the Rocks, The Admirable Crichton, An Ideal Husband, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Upcoming: Assistant Director for Hamlet for the Stratford Festival’s 2020 season in the Michael Langham Workshop.

FILM/TV Actor: Tales From The Hood 3, A Dog’s Journey, Under the Autumn Moon, A Christmas In Tennesee, Max & Shred, The Christmas Heart, Wrong Turn 4, Heater.

TRAINING/TEACHING M.F.A. Acting – York University, National Theatre School, B.A.H. Theatre – University of Winnipeg, Ecole Philippe Gaulier-Clown. Instructor: 1st year Theatre Performance – University of Winnipeg, York University.

ET CETERA A huge thank you to Obsidian Theatre’s Associates Program for their generous support!

Assistant Set Designer Shauna Jones

Shauna Jones

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Lawrence and Holloman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Good People, Prelude to a Kiss (Guild Hall – Whitehorse, YT).

TRAINING Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Practicum program (2019) in Scenic Art.

ET CETERA Shauna would like to extend a sincere thanks for the additional and thoughtful support of the Kingfisher Foundation, and to Royal MTC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this exciting and charming show.

Stage Manager Chris Pearce

Chris Pearce

ROYAL MTC 27th production at the Mainstage, including last year’s Sense and Sensibility; 12 productions at the Warehouse, including August: Osage County and The Seagull.

OTHER THEATRE Three Sisters (zone41/TPM); La Traviata (Manitoba Opera); La Bohème (COC); Butcher, The December Man, The Valley (PTE); A Man of No Importance (Dry Cold); Kindness (MTYP); five productions (Rainbow).

ET CETERA Three seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe. Seasons at the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown festivals and a run in London’s West End. In his free time, Chris volunteers at Save Our Seine.

Assistant Stage Manager Angela Marshall

Angela Marshall

ROYAL MTC Orpheus Descending (with Mirvish), A Christmas Carol, Trying.

OTHER THEATRE 18 seasons with the Stratford Festival, Mirvish Productions, the Grand Theatre, the Globe Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Stirling Festival, Neptune Theatre, Factory Theatre and Theatre Orangeville.

ET CETERA Angela would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support.

Apprentice Stage Manager Karen Sewell

Karen Sewell

ROYAL MTC Backstage Running Crew: Vietgone, Made in Italy (A WCT production), John. Karen also worked as the Production Associate for Royal MTC and Volunteer Manager for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

OTHER THEATRE In Dreams, Mum (Agassiz Theatre); Primrose School District 109 (PTE).

TRAINING U of W Department of Theatre and Film – Stage and Production Management.