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Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Book by Dennis Kelly | Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Daryl Cloran

In partnership with Arts Club Theatre Company and Citadel Theatre

Western Canadian Partner: IG Wealth Management

January 8 - February 2
Preview: January 8 , January 9

John Hirsch Mainstage

4 STARS Winnipeg Free Press | “Big and energetic”  CBC

Featuring irresistible music, whip-smart lyrics and the wild genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Don’t miss this cheeky salute to the underdog!

Running time: Approx. 2 hour, 45 minutes (incl. intermission)
Warning: Strobe lighting effects, theatrical haze
Age suitability: Recommended for ages 10+ while strongly discouraged for children 5 and under due to subject matter and show length. Questions? Please call 204 942 6537.

In consideration of patrons with medical conditions, kindly refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes, hairspray and other scented products to the theatre. Thank you!


In honour of Matilda's love of books, we're holding a book drive to support the West Broadway Youth Outreach Library. Thank you for your generosity!

• You can drop off new or gently used books at the Box Office.
• Please consider youth age ranges beyond elementary school. Teens and older kids love to read too!

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Matilda Wormwood Anna Anderson-Epp

Anna Anderson-Epp

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

TV Anna provides various voiceover work for Hogie the Globehopper cartoon series and multiple commercials.

TRAINING Multi-award-winning competitive dancer and musical theatre soloist for five years. Anna has studied at MTYP and Encore Studios Dance Academy. She has trained with Julie Lumsden since the age of four, and now also trains with Donna Fletcher.

ET CETERA Anna would like to thank Julie, Donna and all of her dance and musical theatre teachers for their coaching and support, especially Tobi Leveille, Artistic Director of her studio, for her advice and for allowing Anna to take time away from classes to participate in this production. A very special thank you to all of her friends and family who supported her on this journey, but most of all everyone at Royal MTC and her parents for believing in her.

Fun Facts: Anna’s favourite colour is pink and she loves unicorns.

Mrs. Wormwood Lauren Bowler

Lauren Bowler

ROYAL MTC Guys and Dolls.

OTHER THEATRE Recently: Out of Order (Drayton); Cabaret (Royal City Musical Theatre); Jitters, King Charles III, Bittergirl: The Musical, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, One Man, Two Guvnors (Arts Club); Chelsea Hotel (Firehall Arts Centre); Putting on the Ritz (Belfry); Fiddler on the Roof (WCT); The Drowsy Chaperone (VP/Citadel/NAC).

ET CETERA Lauren has been nominated for five Jessie Richardson theatre awards, and spends some time on the side singing with Side One Band, and doing voiceover work. She also owns the Great Wall Tea Co. in New Westminster, where she steeps a mean cuppa. Up next, Lauren weds her delightful fiancé, Kale, after which she hopes to honeymoon for the rest of time. @laurbowl


Alice Sophie Braunstein

Sophie Braunstein

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Seussical the Musical (WST Studioworks).

TRAINING Kickit Dance Studio competitive training in musical theatre, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and lyrical. Winnipeg Studio Theatre Studioworks.

ET CETERA Sophie is thrilled to be part of Matilda The Musical, a production that promotes a powerful message of standing up for what you believe in and for what is right. She would like to thank Royal MTC for this amazing experience, and also her friends and family for their love and support. Enjoy the show!


Nurse / Ensemble Cassandra Consiglio

Cassandra Consiglio

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Disney Cruise Line; West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow).

TV Channel Zero: Candle Cove (Syfy).

ET CETERA A special thank you to my family and friends for their endless love and support.

Mrs. Phelps / Ensemble Sharon Crandall

Sharon Crandall

sharoncrandall.comROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE As You Like It, Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); In the Heights (Arts Club); Shrek, Legally Blonde, The Music Man, Annie, Hair, Big, Bye Bye Birdie (Theatre Under the Stars); Shit (Firehall); Satellites (Solo Collective); Spring Awakening (Phantom Moon).

FILM/TV TV: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix); When We Rise (ABC); Christmas on Holly Lane; Til Ex Do Us Part; Game of Love. Film: The Package (Netflix); Welcome to Marwen; The Marine 5: Battleground (WWE); Action #1

TRAINING Arts Club Actors Intensive, Andrew McIlroy at McIlroy and Associates.

ET CETERA Huge thanks to Melissa and Shannon. Lots of love to Lucas and Sam. Enjoy the show!


Amanda Quinn Derksen

Quinn Derksen

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

TRAINING Voice (Paula Potosky), musical theatre/ballet/jazz (Kickit Dance Studio), intermediate piano, clarinet.

ET CETERA Quinn is thrilled to be making her Royal MTC debut. She was honoured to be awarded the Junior Musical Theatre Scholarship at the 2018 Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival and the VIEW Dance Challenge Triple Threat and Overall Awards. Quinn is passionate about her faith, family, friends, theatre, dance, music, education and her love for animals. She would like to thank her family, friends, dance and vocal instructors, school, teachers, and the Kickit Dance Studio for their encouragement, prayers and support. A great big thank you to Royal MTC for making her dreams come true!


Mr. Wormwood Ben Elliott

Ben Elliott

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE As You Like It, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach); Chelsea Hotel, (Firehall Arts Centre); Good People, Other Desert Cities (Arts Club).

TRAINING Graduate of Studio 58.

ET CETERA Ben is a Jessie Richardson award winner and eight-time nominee.

Bruce Schaefer Engbrecht

Schaefer Engbrecht

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Last year, Schaefer played the lead role of Young Simba in the Winnipeg School Division musical, The Circle of Life.

TRAINING Schaefer has always loved dance, theatre and music. He is a student in the Recreational Division at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, taking classes in tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. He takes acro dance at Monica’s Danz Gym. He has taken musical theatre classes at the Prairie Theatre Exchange school, and acting at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. He is enrolled in Performing Arts classes at Grant Park High School.

ET CETERA Schaefer is thrilled to be performing for the first time at Royal MTC!


Hortensia Hudson Francis

Hudson Francis

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow), Winnipeg is Beautiful (Winnipeg Fringe Festival).

TRAINING Hudson is a competitive intermediate student of Ken Peter Dance Express where she trains in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. She studies voice with Melanie Whyte and plays piano and percussion.

ET CETERA Hudson performed in the Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremonies. She has earned the 5678 Showtime 12 and under Dancer of the Year, the View Dance Challenge Most Potential Award, and the Canadian National Dance Competition Broadway Bound Scholarship. She would like to thank all her family, friends, music and dance teachers for their continuous love and support. Hudson is grateful for the opportunity to perform on the Royal MTC stage!


Acrobat / Ensemble Becky Frohlinger

Becky Frohlinger

ROYAL MTC Gypsy (Royal MTC/MBA), White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof.

OTHER THEATRE Jersey Boys (Dodgers/NCL); Shrek The Musical (The Muny); Shrek The Musical (Rainbow); Les Misérables, Hairspray, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz (The Prizery); A Way to Heaven (WJT).

FILM Shall We Dance (Miramax).

TRAINING Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre Elon, University.

ET CETERA Thank you, Talent House. I owe everything to my biggest cheerleaders: Mom, Dad, Alexandra and Joey. Grateful four-time Royal MTC Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair Scholarship winner.


Rudolpho / Ensemble Julio Fuentes

Julio Fuentes

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, In the Heights (Arts Club); world premiere of The Little Prince (TC); The Little Mermaid (Ovation nominee for Best Supporting Role as Sebastian) (Align Entertainment).

TEACHING Instructor at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver; freelance choreographer, instructor, adjudicator across North America and Asia.

ET CETERA Thanks to family and loved ones for the constant love and support. Joshua 1:9


Tommy / Bruce Understudy Zachary Gordon

Zachary Gordon

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow).

TRAINING Student at Kickit Dance Studio since 2010, with training in musical theatre, jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet and lyrical.

ET CETERA Zachary also plays the trumpet and has performed in school musical productions, choirs and jazz band. A big thank you to all my dance and musical theatre teachers, family and friends for all your support!


Michael Wormwood / Ensemble Corben Kushneryk

Corben Kushneryk

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Mamma Mia! (Citadel); All Shook Up, Jesus Christ Superstar, 9 to 5: The Musical (Mayfield); The Bully Project (Concrete Theatre/Persephone); Shakespeare’s R & J (Kill Your Television/Roxy Performance Series); The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever! (Whizgiggling Productions); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Opera NUOVA).

TRAINING Graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA (Acting) Program and MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program.

ET CETERA Corben is an Artistic Co-Producer with Edmonton’s Impossible Mongoose. His productions The Fall of the House of Atreus and Prophecy have each earned multiple Sterling Awards.


Miss Honey / Ensemble Alison MacDonald

Alison MacDonald

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (Thousand Islands Playhouse/WCT); She Loves Me, The Pirates of Penzance, SUDS, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Les Misérables, Company (Arts Club); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Belfry); The Penelopiad (Citadel); The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden (Gateway); Elf: The Musical, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Songs for a New World, The World Goes ‘Round (Another Musical Co-op); Back To You (PTE).

TRAINING Graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Red Deer College’s Theatre Program and the Banff/Citadel Theatre Program.

ET CETERA Alison is a Jessie Award-winning performer. Currently, she is working on creating music for kids with her music duo The Whoopsie Daisies – you can find a number of their singles on iTunes!


Sergei / Escape Artist / Ensemble Andrew MacDonald-Smith

Andrew MacDonald-Smith

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Crazy for You, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Pillowman (Citadel); Cocktails at Pam’s, Pith!, Witness to a Conga (Teatro la Quindicina); The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance (Edmonton Opera); Forever Plaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Shear Madness, The Wizard of Oz (Mayfield); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Crazy for You, Mary Poppins (TC); The Liars, The Best Brothers (Shadow).

FILM/TV Tiny Plastic Men, Inward Edward, The Man That Got Away.

ET CETERA Andrew has received two Sterling Awards for his performances in Mary Poppins and One Man, Two Guvnors (Citadel), and two Betty Awards for Mary Poppins and Crazy for You (TC). @drewmacsmith


Nigel Johan Malolos

Johan Malolos

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Competitive dance experience, including representing Canada this coming year.

FILM/TV A part of upcoming feature film Molly and Max and is featured in Manitoba Public Insurance’s recent campaign #savethe100.

TRAINING Currently training at Marquis Dance Academy.

ET CETERA Thank you to Royal MTC for this opportunity and a special thank you to my mom and dad for being so supportive.


Eric Nathan Malolos

Nathan Malolos

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Competitive dance experience.

TRAINING Currently training at Marquis Dance Academy.

ET CETERA Thank you to Royal MTC and thanks to my mom, Portia, and dad, Dave, for everything that you do.


Matilda Wormwood Lilla Solymos

Lilla Solymos

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE A Christmas Carol, 2015-2017 (Citadel); Charlotte’s Web, 2017 (Festival Place).

TRAINING Acting: Foote Theatre School; Dance: Shelley’s Dance Co.; Voice: Mhairi Berg; Cantilon Choirs.

ET CETERA Lilla is very excited to share Matilda’s story with audiences of the Western Canadian premiere of Matilda in Winnipeg and her hometown of Edmonton. She would like to thank the wonderful cast and crew, friends and family for all the support. Follow her journey on Instagram @lilla_solymos.


Doctor / Ensemble Justin Stadnyk

Justin Stadnyk

ROYAL MTC Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Fiddler on the Roof, The Wave.

OTHER THEATRE Kinky Boots (Mirvish); Falsettos (WJT); Saturday Night Fever (National Tour); Hairspray, Camelot, The Mikado (Drayton); Rock Legends, Footloose (Chemainus); Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Blood Brothers (TA); Anne of Green Gables, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty (Charlottetown); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent (Rainbow); Robin Hood, Cinderella (Ross Petty).

TV King of the Camp (YTV).

ET CETERA Justin is incredibly happy to be performing back at home in Winnipeg. Thank you for continuing to support the arts! Say hi @j_stadnyk.


Miss Trunchbull / Entertainer John Ullyatt

John Ullyatt

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Crazy for You, Cabaret, Private Lives, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Spamalot (Citadel); The Best Brothers, Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry); Funny Girl (Segal); A Little Night Music (VP); The 39 Steps, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Vertigo); and eight seasons with Freewill Shakespeare.

ET CETERA John is a co-founder of Firefly Theatre and Circus in Edmonton, and is a notable street artist whose works include The Human Fountain and the 21st Century Gargoyles.


Lavender Kaelyn Yoon-MacRae

Kaelyn Yoon-MacRae

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

TRAINING Kaelyn is a full-time invitational student at the Shelley Shearer School of Dance, training in all dance styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, tap and musical theatre. She is also in their Pre Pro Musical Theatre company. She has several years of experience competing and performing in various dance competitions and festivals, and has attended conventions, conferences, camps and master classes, learning from various industry professionals. Kaelyn also has had vocal training with Joy Lazo, Bonnie Wallace, and at the MCMA.

ET CETERA I’d like to thank my whole family for their support and care. Special thanks to my mom, dad and my sister Kaiya for supporting me and helping me through everything. Thank you to EVA, SSSOD, and to all of my teachers for believing in me, with a special shout-out to Joseph Sevillo and Catherine Wreford Ledlow for being such great mentors. Last but not least, thank you to my friends and dance family for all of their love and encouragement!



Artistic Team

Author Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. He remains one of the world’s greatest storytellers and is celebrated annually by the world’s biggest author-based event, Roald Dahl Day – which is recognized across the globe on September 13.

His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961 and was a huge hit. Every subsequent book became a bestseller.

Today, his stories are available in 59 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award-winning production of Matilda The Musical.


Book Dennis Kelly

Dennis Kelly

Work for theatre includes Debris, Osama the Hero, After the End, Love and Money, Taking Care of Baby, DNA, Orphans, The Gods Weep and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas. He has written the book for the new musical of Pinocchio which opened at the National Theatre at the end of 2017, and in 2018 his new play Girls and Boys opened at the Royal Court. His plays have been performed worldwide and to date have been translated into nearly 40 languages. For television he co-wrote and co-created Pulling and wrote and created Utopia, and for film he wrote the screenplay for Black Sea, directed by Kevin MacDonald. He also wrote the book for the Olivier and Tony-winning Matilda the Musical.


Music & Lyrics Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin

Tim is a musician, actor, comedian, writer and director. He’s toured extensively in the US, UK and Australia, performing solo, with bands, and with symphony orchestras. He’s released five DVDs, the most recent recorded with the Heritage Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Screen acting credits include Robin Hood Origins (2018), Secret River (2015) and Californication (Season 6 – 2013). Stage acting credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Sydney Theatre Company) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK/Australia tours). Tim has written extensively for theatre, and is the composer-lyricist of Matilda the Musical (with Dennis Kelly) and Groundhog Day the Musical (with Danny Rubin).


Director Daryl Cloran

Daryl Cloran

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), The Last Five Years.

OTHER THEATRE Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre. Former Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops) and Theatrefront (Toronto). Directing includes: UBUNTU: The Cape Town Project (Citadel/PTE); As You Like It (Bard on the Beach); Liberation Days (TC/WCT); Mary Poppins (Persephone/WCT); Tribes (CS); And All For Love (NAC); Generous (Tarragon); Afterplay (Shaw); and RETURN: The Sarajevo Project (Theatrefront).

ET CETERA Daryl has been awarded the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Director and a Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Director (Halifax). Upcoming: Daryl returns to Royal MTC to direct Made in Italy, as well as directing two interconnected comedies, The Candidate and The Party (Citadel).


Music Director Don Horsburgh

Don Horsburgh

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), White Christmas, Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – A Love Story (with CS/TC/VP), The Constant Wife (with Citadel), Cabaret (2003) (with Grand), Arcadia (with CS).

OTHER THEATRE Music Director: The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hairspray (Rainbow); Crazy for You, West Side Story, Evangeline, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Penelopiad, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women, Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz (Citadel); Aspects of Love, The Sound of Music (US National Tour); and 18 seasons at the Stratford Festival – The Threepenny Opera. Composer: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Pride and Prejudice, Blithe Spirit, and The Constant Wife (Citadel).

ET CETERA Awards: five Doras, four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes and two Betty Mitchells.


Choreographer Kimberley Rampersad

Kimberley Rampersad

ROYAL MTC Choreographer: Bittergirl: The Musical, Legally Blonde (Royal MTC/MBA). Assistant Director: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (2009). Actor: Cabaret, The Penelopiad, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), Judy in White Christmas, Dreamgirls (with TA), Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC), Lady, Be Good!.

TRAINING Neil Munro Directing Internship (Shaw Festival); Mentor Apprentice Program in direction (Obsidian); Bachelor of Arts (University of Manitoba).

ET CETERA Recipient of 2018 Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Production as Director; two Dora nominations for Outstanding Choreography; 2017 recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Prize. For Tiaga and Caitlin.


Set & Costume Designer Cory Sincennes

Cory Sincennes

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Anne of Green Gables, Mamma Mia!, Bittergirl: the Musical, Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival); Once, Mary Poppins, The Rocky Horror Show, Crazy for You, Million Dollar Quartet, Spamalot (Citadel); The Secret Garden, Da’ Kink in my Hair, Liberation Days, Next to Normal (TC); I Think I’m Fallin’, Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry).

TRAINING MFA Theatre Design (U of A), BA Architecture (Carleton University).

ET CETERA Member of ADC,


Lighting Designer Gerald King

Gerald King

ROYAL MTC God of Carnage (with VP), The Rainmaker (with VP).

OTHER THEATRE Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club); The Merry Widow, Dead Man Walking, Otello (Vancouver Opera); Macbeth, As You Like It (Bard on the Beach); Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (NAC); Crazy For You, Ubuntu, The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel); King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing (TC).


Sound Designer Brad Danyluk

Brad Danyluk

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Mamma Mia!, Onegin, Fun Home, Million Dollar Quartet, Bittergirl: The Musical, Avenue Q, Rock of Ages (Arts Club); Cinderella, 42nd Street, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Under the Stars); It’s a Wonderful Life, A Little Night Music, The Music Man, Closer Than Ever, Crazy For You (Gateway Theatre, BC). Resident designer for Patrick Street Productions since 2008.

TRAINING System Design and Optimization (Meyer Sound), Musical Theatre Sound Design and Mixing Masterclass (Tony Meola).

Fight Director Jacqueline Loewen

Jacqueline Loewen

ROYAL MTC Fight Director: Vietgone, Black Coffee, Hand to God, 23.5 Hours, Unnecessary Farce, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Private Lives, A Christmas Story, Gone With the Wind, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer. Actor: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Top Girls. Assistant Director: Other People’s Money.

OTHER THEATRE Selected fight directing: Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); Indigenous Playwrights New Works Workshop (Playwrights Theatre Centre – Vancouver); Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); The Flood Thereafter (CS); Don Giovanni (Manitoba Opera); Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); Prairie Nurse (PTE).

TEACHING Jacqueline has taught at University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser University.

ET CETERA Jacqueline is very pleased to be working with both Royal MTC and such fine performers.


Dialect Consultant Shannon Vickers

Shannon Vickers

ROYAL MTC 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.


Russian Coach Dmitriy Shishkin

Dmitriy Shishkin

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Dmitriy has managed folk groups and is currently the general manager of the literary and art magazine Novy Svet (New World), which publishes Russian-speaking writers and poets living in Canada and the United States.


Assistant Director / Assistant Choreographer Anna Kuman

Anna Kuman

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Direction: Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell (Firehall, Persephone, Arts Club tour); Godspell (Assistant – Arts Club). Choreography: Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty (Arts Club, Belfry, WCT, Persephone, PTE); Miss Shakespeare (Assistant – Firehall); American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show (Fighting Chance Productions); The Threepenny Opera, Raymur Mothers (Theatre In the Raw). Performance: Beauty and the Beast, Red Rock Diner, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, White Christmas (Arts Club); The Producers (Stage West); All Shook Up, Oklahoma (Chemainus).

TRAINING Graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre Program.

ET CETERA Anna worked on Protocol for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Opening Ceremony in Brazil and as Assistant Mass Choreographer for the 2017 AIMAG Opening Ceremony in Turkmenistan. She thanks Daryl, Kimberley and Ashlie for this opportunity; and Andrew – for everything.


Assistant Music Director Aretha Tillotson

Aretha Tillotson

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Hadestown, Mamma Mia!, Bittergirl: The Musical (Citadel); Mary and Max (TC); 9 to 5 (MacEwan University).

TRAINING Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto, Diploma in Bass Performance from MacEwan University.


Assistant Set & Costume Designer Ksenia Broda-Milian

Ksenia Broda-Milian

ROYAL MTC Design Apprentice: The Seagull, Cabaret, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily. Scenic Art Assistant 2013-14.

OTHER THEATRE Recent set, costume and/or lighting designs: Becoming Dr. Ruth (WJT); Bang Bang (Magnus); Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Ring of Fire (Rainbow); Armstrong’s War (WCT); New Beginnings (Sarasvàti); Frankenstein (U of W); Stage Frights (One Trunk/True North Sports and Entertainment). 

TRAINING/TEACHING Training: Banff Centre, Ghost River Devised Intensive, Creative Manitoba, Off the Wall; BAH University of Winnipeg, MFA University of Alberta. Teaching: University of Winnipeg (interim instructor and TA), MTYP, Rainbow Stage Musical Theatre Conference.

ET CETERA Upcoming designs: Arcadia (U of W); Pippin (WST). Grateful for the support of the Kingfisher Foundation, and that of my friends and parents (love you!).


Assistant Lighting Designer James Thurmeier

James Thurmeier

ROYAL MTC Lighting Design Apprentice: Black Coffee.

OTHER THEATRE Women of the Fur Trade (Vault Projects); Evil Dead the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show (Wasteland Productions); Vinegar Tom (U of W).

TRAINING BA Honours in Theatre Production and Stage Management (University of Winnipeg).

ET CETERA James is delighted to be working under Gerald King on Royal MTC’s production of Matilda. He would like to thank his family and his partner Tori for their continued support.


Stage Manager Allison Spearin

Allison Spearin

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Onegin, Saint Joan, In a Blue Moon, The Importance of Being Earnest, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, His Greatness (Arts Club); Hotel Bethlehem (Ruby Slippers); Sexy Laundry (Gateway/WCT); Walk Right Up, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida, The Swanne Part Three (Stratford); Vigil, Kilt, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Neptune); The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Mermaid).

TEACHING Stage Management Instructor, Douglas College.


Assistant Stage Manager Kathryn Ball

Kathryn Ball

ROYAL MTC Mainstage: Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Steel Magnolias, The Shunning, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dreamgirls, Orpheus Descending. Regional tours: Last Train to Nibroc, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Armstrong’s War, Miracle on South Division Street, Ed’s Garage, The Melville Boys, Bad Dates.

OTHER THEATRE Numerous productions with Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and the Globe Theatre (Regina).

TRAINING Theatre Production program at MacEwan University in Edmonton and Bachelor of Commerce at University of Manitoba.


Apprentice Stage Manager Nyssa Beairsto

Nyssa Beairsto

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Soiled Doves: A Burlesque With Boots On (Send in the Girls); Shakespeare in Love, A Christmas Carol (Citadel); Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Nuova); Bright Burning, God’s Ear (U of A); Never Swim Alone (Fringe); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Coriolanus (Freewill).

TRAINING Bachelor of Fine Arts Technical Theatre – Stage Management.

ET CETERA Nyssa is proud to be welcomed onto such an incredible production. Love to my family and friends for their ongoing support.


Apprentice Stage Manager Zahra Larche

Zahra Larche

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Vietgone, The Humans. Assistant Production Manager (2017/18 season).

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Ed & Ed – Trapped!, Outside Mullingar, Neddy Norris Night, Fly Me to the Moon, Newfoundland Vinyl and The Out Vigil (Gros Morne Theatre Festival); Shape of a Girl (Cart Before the Horse). Apprentice Stage Manager: The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools).

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada – Production Program (2017).

ET CETERA A very special thanks to my Royal MTC family, my parents, my family and friends from Gatineau to Tasmania, Ilana Modulevsky, and my graduating class at NTS.

Child Supervisor Liam Naughten

Liam Naughten

Assistant Child Supervisor Adeline Sokulski

Adeline Sokulski