Once Poster


A co-production with The Grand Theatre
Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Directed by Tracey Flye

John Hirsch Mainstage

This smash hit comes to us following a sold-out run at the Grand Theatre, where it was called "a compellingly beautiful show" by the London Free Press. Guarantee your seats today for this Tony Award-winning musical about taking chances in life and love!

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Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (incl. intermission)
Warnings: Strong language



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Svec Isaac Bell

Isaac Bell

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Dream a Little Dream, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Grand); The Wedding Singer (Hart House); Once (Neptune); No Chance in Hell (Toronto Fringe); Legally Blonde, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Randolph Academy). 

Andrej Nathan Carroll

Nathan Carroll

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Terry Fox in Marathon of Hope, Honk! (Drayton); The Wizard of Oz (YPT); Chasse Galerie (Storefront); The Drawer Boy (Port Stanley); Once (Mirvish); Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Tempest (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Floyd Collins (Patrick St./TiFT); The Sound of Music (Citadel); Bordertown Café, The Book of Esther (Blyth). As Director: In On It (EmerGENce); Little One (Common Roof). As Music Director: Peter Pan (Bad Hats/Soulpepper).

TRAINING Graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Program.

ET CETERA Three-time winner of Best Ensemble Dora Award (Once, The Wizard of Oz, Chasse Galerie). Twitter: @nnnathancarroll

Emcee Duncan Cox

Duncan Cox

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE South Pacific (Rainbow); “KING”, Together and Aloof, Winnipeg is Beautiful (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (U of W).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Honours Acting Program.

ET CETERA Many thanks to my fantastic family and fabulous friends for your unwavering strength, support and love! You are the reason I can do this and I am eternally grateful!


Ex-Girlfriend Quinn Dooley

Quinn Dooley

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Everything There Is To Know (Musicals Canada); Mamma Mia!, Shout! The Mod Musical (Capitol Theatre Port Hope); Evangeline (Citadel/Charlottetown Festival); Brantwood, A Man of No Importance, Hello, Dolly, Prom Queen, Parade, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Sheridan); A Christmas Carol (Citadel).

TV The voice of Eddie on Little People (DHX Media).

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College, Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance.

ET CETERA Love and thanks to the whole Once team. @quinndooley

Ivonka Isabel Haderer

Isabel Haderer

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Carol.

TRAINING Tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop at Karen Luba School of Dance Inc. (KLSD) since 2013.

ET CETERA Isabel loves to entertain. She is thrilled and so grateful to have this opportunity to perform again at Royal MTC. Isabel would like to thank Directors Karen (Luba) Betz and Brenda Luba and the staff at KLSD as well as MMOC Children’s Choir Director Patrick Mathews. Love and many thanks to Isabel’s family and to her great big circle of friends who always get her where she needs to be.


Bank Manager / Music Captain Jeff Hamacher

Jeff Hamacher

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Once (Mirvish; Mark Rubenstein/Seensee); on-stage musician for Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play (Theaturtle); pit orchestra musician for Anne & Gilbert, Les Misérables, She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse).

TRAINING/TEACHING B.Mus. (UWO), B.Ed. (Windsor), M.Ed. (Queen’s); private teacher of cello, guitar and viola da gamba.

ET CETERA Member of Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Melos Early Music Choir & Period Instruments, Limestone Trio; recording session cellist.


Girl Amanda LeBlanc

Amanda LeBlanc

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Once, Annie (Neptune); Spoon River (Charlottetown Festival/Soulpepper); Bittergirl, Pride and Prejudice (Citadel); Twelfth Night, Anne & Gilbert (NAC); Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur/NAC/Black Theatre Workshop); Dear Johnny Deere (Charlottetown); The Miracle Man, Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion); Dani Girl, Kiss of the Spider Woman (TiFT); The Paper Bag Princess (Grand); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off (Stephenville Theatre); Lig and Bittle, Wrecked (TNB); If You Could Wear My Sneakers, Les Mis (Festival Antigonish).

TV Flashpoint (CBS/CTV).

TRAINING A graduate of Dalhousie University with a Combined Honours in Theatre and Music and Alumna of the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program.

ET CETERA Amanda’s album, Yours, truly was co-produced with Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith).

Eamon Duff MacDonald

Duff MacDonald

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Rock Legends, Twist & Shout (Chemainus); Miracle on 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse); A Christmas Story, The Musical (Arts Club); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe Regina); Legends, Canadian Legends, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (US Tour); My Fair Lady (Drayton); Complet Wrks of Shakespre (abridged) (Tribal Productions); Little Shop of Horrors (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Foursome (original cast) (Theatre on Grand); Les Misérables (Mirvish, first Canadian cast and first National Tour).

FILM/TV Incorporated (SYFY); Cinderella Man; Tru Love; Foolproof; Music Man (Disney).

ET CETERA Duff’s new indie folk album NAKED can be streamed and purchased on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. Visit


Baruska Jane Miller

Jane Miller

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Disco Goalie (National Fringe tour, Winnipeg Fringe); These Are the Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad (Nightswimming Theatre); To Master the Art (Grand); Lake Nora Arms (SummerWorks); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown! (YPT); Shaking the Foundations (Buddies); Fly Me to the Moon (Gravenhurst Opera House); Suds! (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Henry & Alice: Into the Wild (Orillia Opera House).

FILM/TV Erika (short), The Attik (short).

ET CETERA Jane has earned two Dora award nominations, composed the
a capella score for Lake Nora Arms and sings in the a capella quartet Spadina Station ( Next up: remounting These Are the Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad ( at Boca Del Lupo from March 12 to 18. Thanks to Richard!!


Reza Alicia Toner

Alicia Toner

ROYAL MTC Assassins.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Once (Mirvish); The Chasse Galerie (Soulpepper/Red One Theatre); Spoon River (Soulpepper/Charlottetown Festival); Million Dollar Quartet, Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Canada Rocks, Ring of Fire, A Misfortune Workshop (Charlottetown Festival); Cabaret, Legally Blonde, Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes (TA); Assassins (TiFT/Birdland); Ivan vs Ivan, Dear World (TiFT); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Mayfield/Stage West Calgary).

FILM/TV Selected: Nothing Personal (Discovery).

ET CETERA Alicia is also a recording artist and has just released her debut album I Learned The Hard 

Guy Jeremy Walmsley

Jeremy Walmsley

ROYAL MTC Jane Eyre, Harvey, Gone With the Wind.

OTHER THEATRE Once (Mirvish); Buddy Holly Story (Grand); Footloose (Rainbow); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (WJT); Altar Boyz (PTE/WST); Spring Awakening (WST); Miss Saigon (Broadway Live Broadway); Velocity (Persephone).

FILM/TV Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries (CBC); Reign (CW); Private Eyes (Global); Deserted Cities (La Banda Films); Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (Space, Comedy Network); Less Than Kind (HBO Canada).

ET CETERA Jeremy is grateful and thrilled to be returning home to work with such a talented cast at one of his favourite theatres in the country. He would like to thank his wonderful parents for their undying support, love and for insisting that he take piano lessons. He gets it now... Dora Award Winner for Best Ensemble in the Mirvish production of Once.


Billy Daniel Williston

Daniel Williston

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Spoon River, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Soulpepper); Kinky Boots (Mirvish and Australian Tour); Peter and the Starcatcher (WCT); Avenue Q (Stage West); Evil Dead The Musical (Starvox Entertainment); Ain’t We Got Fun (Live Out Loud Entertainment).

TV Dark Matter (SYFY/Bell Media); Heroes Reborn (NBC); Gangland Undercover (The History Channel); Copper (BBC America); Lost Girl (Showcase/SYFY).

TRAINING Soulpepper Academy Graduate, St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Graduate.

ET CETERA Dora Award Winner.

Da Cory Wojcik

Cory Wojcik

ROYAL MTC Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, Hand to God, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, Harvey, Miracle on South Division Street, August: Osage County.

OTHER THEATRE Butcher (PTE); West Side Story, The Producers, The Wizard of Oz (Rainbow); Jungle Book, Jabber, The Big League (MTYP); Another Way Home (WJT); Strike! The Musical (Danny Schur); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit Productions). Director: Mr. Burns (DTC).

FILM/TV A Dog’s Purpose, Radius, The Pinkertons, Mad Ship.

ET CETERA Cory wants to send extra love out to his wife, Heather, and two boys, Mackenzie and Logan.



Artistic Team

Book Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh

Recent work includes Arlington (Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival); Lazarus (New York Theatre Workshop/King’s Cross Theatre); The Last Hotel (Landmark/Wide Open Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Royal Opera House, St. Ann’s Warehouse New York); three installation pieces - Kitchen, A Girl’s Bedroom and Room 303 (Galway International Arts Festival); Ballyturk (Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival, Irish Tour, Royal National Theatre); Misterman (Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival, Galway, Royal National Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse); Other work - Once (New York Theatre Workshop/West End/Broadway/Worldwide); Penelope (Druid, Irish Tour, Edinburgh, London, New York St. Ann’s Warehouse); The New Electric Ballroom (Kammerspiele, Munich, Druid Ireland, London, New York St. Ann’s Warehouse, LA, Australia); The Walworth Farce (Druid, Ireland, Edinburgh, Royal National Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Australian and American Tour); Chatroom (Royal National Theatre, British and Asian Tours); The Small Things (Paines Plough/Menier Chocolate Factory); Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival Traverse, Royal Court Theatre, Irish Rep New York); and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca, World Tour).His work has been translated into many languages and has been performed internationally since 1996. In 2014 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Galway University.


Music and Lyrics Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard is best known for his work with the musical groups The Frames and The Swell Season. By his late teens, Hansard had recorded his first demo and signed a record deal. Over the next decade, Hansard and The Frames continued releasing albums while also becoming one of Ireland’s finest live acts. In 2006, while The Frames readied the release of their sixth effort, The Cost, Hansard unveiled a new side project called The Swell Season. The acoustic-based group featured his collaborations with Czech songstress Markéta Irglová. He and Irglová also appeared as working-class immigrants in the Irish movie Once, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and won an Oscar later that year. In September 2015, Hansard returned with a new album of original material, Didn’t He Ramble, followed by an American concert tour.


Music and Lyrics Markéta Irglová

Markéta Irglová

Markéta Irglová is an Academy Award-winning musician and actor born in Valasske Mezirici in the Czech Republic. In 2004, Markéta met Glen Hansard of the band The Frames and in 2006, she was approached by Glen to collaborate on music for a small Irish film he was being asked to score (Once). Their song “Falling Slowly” was nominated for, and subsequently won, an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Markéta became the first Czech woman to win an Oscar, and at age 19 became the youngest person to win an Oscar in a musical category. Markéta has released two albums and is currently living in Iceland.


Motion Picture Writer and Director John Carney

John Carney

John Carney is a Dublin-based writer-director who came to the world’s attention following the box office hit and critically acclaimed musical feature film Once, which garnered multiple Independent Spirit, Sundance and Raindance awards. Previously, John was a bassist in the Irish rock band The Frames, where he met Glen Hansard. These musical roots continue to be evident in John’s work with his latest production, Can a Song Save Your Life?. Other projects include Dogs of Babel for David Heyman and Nathan Kahane starring Steve Carrell and a feature adaptation of M.R. James’s Casting the Runes for Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.


Director / Choreographer Tracey Flye

Tracey Flye

ROYAL MTC Director: Cabaret (2015), Jane Eyre, The Penelopiad, The 39 Steps. Choreography/Staging: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC). Choreographer/Assistant Director: The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Fiddler on the Roof. Actor: Cabaret (1998, with Grand).

OTHER THEATRE Director: Million Dollar Quartet (Charlottetown Festival); Buyer & Cellar, Venus in Fur (ATP); US national tour of We Will Rock You (Tribeca/NETworks); A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions); We Will Rock You Toronto remount (Mirvish). Director/Choreographer: West Side Story, Hairspray (Rainbow); Rock of Ages, Victor/Victoria, Forever Plaid (Stage West Calgary). Staging/Choreography: Evita, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); King of Thieves (Stratford). Choreographer: Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, West Side Story (Stratford); 10 pantos for Ross Petty Productions. Associate Director: We Will Rock You (South Africa/New Zealand/Asia tour). Resident Director: War Horse (Mirvish/National Theatre); Once (Mirvish). Assistant Choreographer: Mamma Mia! (Toronto/US national tour).

TEACHING Tracey has held an Assistant Professorship in the BFA program at the University of Alberta and has taught at colleges all over North America.

ET CETERA Tracey’s directing/choreography/performing credits span more than 180 international productions. She remains committed to the development of new works.


Music Director Joseph Tritt

Joseph Tritt

ROYAL MTC Music Director: Billy Elliot the Musical, Cabaret, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Royal MTC/MBA), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Royal MTC/MBA). Music Direction Intern: Next to Normal.

OTHER THEATRE Lucky Stiff (Drayton); Madness of George III (Shaw); Shrek The Musical, Rumspringa Break 2nd Workshop Production (Sheridan College); Les Misérables, The Producers (Rainbow); A Man of No Importance, Follies (Dry Cold); Altar Boyz (PTE/WST); Rooms: A Rock Romance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (WST). Associate Music Director: A Christmas Carol Panto (Ross Petty Productions/Elgin Theatre); Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Rainbow). 

TRAINING Graduate of the Shaw Festival Music Direction Internship Program under maestro Paul Sportelli; Manhattan School of Music; University of Manitoba.


Set & Costume Designer Brian Perchaluk

Brian Perchaluk

ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: Sarah Ballenden, Black Coffee, 23.5 Hours, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, A Christmas Story, Harvey, August: Osage County, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Lonesome West, Patience, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, M. Butterfly (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Brian’s work has been featured at theatres across the country, including two seasons each at the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Selected recent credits include: The Whipping Man (WJT); Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Rainbow); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); Gracie, The Flats, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); King Lear, Fidelio (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada); Proud (TPM).

TRAINING Graduate of U of W and NTS.

ET CETERA Recipient of Gemini, Jessie Richardson, Prix Rideau and Winnipeg Theatre Awards.


Lighting Designer Louise Guinand

Louise Guinand

ROYAL MTC The School For Wives, Larry’s Party, Blessings in Disguise, Master Class, Hay Fever.

OTHER THEATRE Over 500 shows across Canada and in the US. Recent productions include A Christmas Carol, The Last Wife (Globe); A Lion in Winter (Grand); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Stratford); Dancing at Lughnasa (Shaw).

TRAINING Louise studied at Queen’s University and National Theatre School.


Sound Designer William Fallon

William Fallon

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Sound Designer: Trap Door (Theatre Sheridan); You Are Here (Thousand Islands/Acting Up); Into The Woods (Thousand Islands); The Immigrant (HGJT); IMPRINTS (Theatre Gargantua); As You Like It (Repercussion Theatre). Associate/Assistant Sound Designer: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stratford); Life Reflected (NAC Orchestra); Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White (Ross Petty Productions); Niágara — a Pan-American Story (Panamania); Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); Aladdin (Disney); This (CS); HAIR (Grand).


Vocal Coach: Paula Potosky

Assistant to the Director: Thomas Alderson

Stage Manager Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, My Name is Asher Lev, Myth of the Ostrich, Late Company, Cabaret, Venus in Fur, The Melville Boys (tour), Wingfield On Ice (tour), Looking Back – West, Bad Dates (tour). Assistant Stage Manager: Billy Elliot the Musical, Jane Eyre, Gone With the Wind, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Educating Rita (tour), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Over 50 productions at theatres around Winnipeg, including: Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College and member of CAEA.

ET CETERA Love to Sean and Murtaugh, my good soup.


Assistant Stage Manager Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Barefoot in the Park, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, The Lion in Winter (Watermark Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, To Master the Art, The Hobbit, Shirley Valentine (Grand); OfflineI, Claudia, The Prince of Homburg, The Last of Romeo and Juliet (TiFT).

TRAINING A graduate of the Technical Theatre Production Program at Sheridan College.

ET CETERA Melissa is thrilled to be working on this great production. Enjoy the show!


Apprentice Stage Manager Ryan Bjornson

Ryan Bjornson

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Apprentice Stage Manager: Madama Butterfly (MB Opera); Tribes, The Whipping Man (WJT); Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow).

TRAINING Black Hole Theatre Company - University of Manitoba.

ET CETERA A special thanks to his friends, family and mentors who have provided endless support.

Original Production Concept: John Tiffany

Child Supervisor: Maggie Nagle