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“The (Post) Mistress is about love, love letters and love of life.” – Tomson Highway
 
In the small town of Lovely, Ontario, every letter passes through the hands of postmistress Marie-Louise Painchaud. Cheeky and cheerful, Marie-Louise delights in living vicariously through the stories shared in letters mailed from all over the world. Featuring piano and saxophone, the musical stylings evoke these faraway places – samba, bossa nova, tango, Dixieland and Berlin Cabaret rap. Uplifting, funny and poignant, this one-woman musical by Tomson Highway (Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, The Rez Sisters) reminds us that in life, you should never mail it in.
 

Generously sponsored by:

Gail Asper Family FoundationThe Asper FoundationBMO


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Warnings: 
Mature themes, recommended for ages 14+




Tickets: $20+GST

The (Post) Mistress is a staged musical captured for the screen. The performance is recorded so you may watch the show anytime, and as many times as you like, until April 25. Running time: Approx. 1 hour, 40 minutes

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Tomson Highway

Playwright

Playwright Tomson Highway
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Tomson Highway

ROYAL MTC Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, The Rez Sisters.

ET CETERA Tomson Highway is a Cree writer and pianist/songwriter from Northern Manitoba. Among many others, his best-known works are the plays: The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and the best-selling novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec with his loving partner of 37 years where, together, they are busy, and very happy grandpapas of two angelic young children. He is working on a hot new book that will be sure to shock the living daylights out of the world. You must read it.

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Simon Miron

Director

Director Simon Miron
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Simon Miron

ROYAL MTC The Cottage, The Dresser.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Pippin, American Idiot (ViC/WST); Freestyle Fantastique, Songs for a New World (White Rabbit Productions); The Last 48 (ArtLaunch); 7 Stories (TBTR); The Last Five Years (Winnipeg Fringe). Acting: The House at Pooh Corner, James and the Giant Peach, Honk! (MTYP); Le Boucher, Le Père, Heyderabad (TCM); Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The Producers (Rainbow); Blithe Spirit (Echo Theatre).

TRAINING/TEACHING Founding member of the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre (ViC). Simon holds a masters from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and trained with Peter Hinton at the Stratford Festival. 

ET CETERA Simon is a francophone Métis artist who self identifies as two spirited. In loving memory of Rita Miron (née Cormier).

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Naomi Woo

Music Director and Piano

Music Director and Piano Naomi Woo
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Naomi Woo

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Naomi is Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about telling stories through music, she is delighted to be making her musical theatre debut.

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Andrew Moro

Set Designer

Set Designer Andrew Moro
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Andrew Moro

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Andy Moro is a mixed-blood interdisciplinary artist and co-founder of ARTICLE 11 with Tara Beagan. A11’s recent theatrical work Deer Woman has met international acclaim. The National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre recently released a digital iteration created by ARTICLE 11 in association with Downstage, Calgary. A11’s performance installations DECLARATION and ROOM have been adapted across Turtle Island. ROOM is presently being reinvented with Making Treaty 7 for a large-scale outdoor iteration in Calgary. Moro’s recent design includes Beagan’s Ministry of Grace for the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, The Third Colour for PTE, Finding Wolastoq Voice at TNB, Dancers of Damelahamid’s Minowin, Spirit & Tradition, Unnatural and Accidental at NACIT and Kaha:wi’s Blood Tides. Upcoming is SkyDancers for Montreal’s A’nó:wara Dance, MTYP’s Frozen River and Lady Day for Theatre Calgary.

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Andréanne Dandeneau

Costume Designer

Costume Designer Andréanne Dandeneau
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Andréanne Dandeneau

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau was born and raised in Saint Boniface, MB and is of Ojibwa/French Métis ancestry. She studied one year in Environmental Design at the U of M; moved to Montréal to pursue post-secondary studies in French (2001); graduated with a Diploma in International Fashion Design from Collège LaSalle (2004). Prior to launching her company in 2005, Andréanne drew from her own contemporary dance experience and began designing costumes for dance troupes. She has been the costume designer for the Nafro Dance Company since 2004; commissioned by the RWB to design an “Alexander McQueen-inspired” haute couture gown (2012/13 season); commissioned by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to design a shawl for Ginette Reno’s performance at their opening ceremony (2014); stylized Lisa Meeches, APTN Host, on Taken for several seasons. She earned the Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business (2016). In 2020, she celebrated 15 years as designer and manufacturer, in Winnipeg. Andréanne is committed to fair trade, environmental stewardship, and ethical business practices. Today she operates as Anne Mulaire and continues to explore her Métis heritage.

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Larry Isacoff

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer Larry Isacoff
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Larry Isacoff

ROYAL MTC Di and Viv and Rose, 23.5 Hours, Armstrong’s War, The Secret Annex, Harvey, Other People’s Money, August: Osage County, The Fighting Days, The Shunning, The Seafarer, Looking Back – West, Bleeding Hearts, Rope’s End, The Retreat from Moscow, Fully Committed, Mating Dance of the Werewolf, The Miracle Worker, Cloud Nine, Bedroom Farce, How I Got That Story, The Affections of May, Mrs. Klein, The Gin Game, Paper Wheat.

OTHER THEATRE Cercle Molière, Globe Theatre, 25th Street Theatre, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, PTE, MTYP, Persephone Theatre, Dry Cold Productions.

ET CETERA Evie Award for Outstanding Lighting Design in 2020. Larry divides his time between engaging theatre projects, sitting on the Board of Directors for Sarasvàti Productions and teaching yoga.

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Chris Coyne

Sound Designer

Sound Designer Chris Coyne
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Chris Coyne

ROYAL MTC The Mountaintop, Fun Home, Kill Me Now (with NAC), The Hound of the Baskervilles 2016 (Tour).

OTHER THEATRE Chris has had the pleasure of working with many local and international theatre groups. Credits include Routes 2016/17 Tour (MTYP); The Hound of the Baskervilles Mar. 2015, Little Thing, Big Thing Sept. 2015 (PTE); EDEN 2013 (Sarasvàti); Bashir Lazhar Mar. 2013 (TPM); Angels in America 2012, Perestroika 2014 (WJT); Three Sisters 2011 (zone41).

TRAINING Chris is a graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.

ET CETERA Chris has been involved in the theatre industry in Winnipeg for many years. Currently working as Royal MTC’s Technical Director at the John Hirsch Mainstage.

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Katie German

Assistant Director

Assistant Director Katie German
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Katie German

ROYAL MTC Mentee in the 2020/21 National Mentorship Program. Assistant Program Director of the 2020/21 Pimootayowin Creators Circle.

OTHER THEATRE Directing/Assistant/Associate: Embodying Power and Place (Nightwood Theatre & Harlem Productions); Katharsis (PTE); Elizabeth Rex (Bunbury Productions); Tiny Treasures, Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); Matilda, Newsies, Tuck Everlasting *Canadian Premiere (Junior Musical Theatre Company). Performance: A Year with Frog and Toad, Seussical The Musical (MTYP); Women of the Fur Trade (Vault Projects); Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, South Pacific (Rainbow Stage); Pippin, American Idiot (WST/ViC); Evil Dead The Musical, The Last Five Years, The Rocky Horror Show (Wasteland Productions); Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold Productions).

FILM/TV Wolf Joe Cartoon (Media RendezVous/Big Jump Media Inc.).

TRAINING Graduate of Grant MacEwan University, Theatre Performance.

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Shauna Jones

Assistant Set Designer

Assistant Set Designer Shauna Jones
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Shauna Jones

ROYAL MTC Women of the Fur Trade, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.

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 her this opportunity.

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Kathryn Ball

Stage Manager

Stage Manager Kathryn Ball
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Kathryn Ball

ROYAL MTC Mainstage: The New Canadian Curling Club, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Steel Magnolias, The Shunning, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dreamgirls, Orpheus Descending. Warehouse: Bang Bang. 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, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and the Globe Theatre (Regina), Sarasvàti Productions, The Little Opera Company.

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

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Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy
Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy photo

Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Women of the Fur Trade, As You Like It, Fun Home, Heisenberg, Shakespeare in Love, Sarah Ballenden, Bittergirl: The Musical. Zoë has worked in the Prop Shop for various productions since 2017 and has worked for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival since 2014. 

OTHER THEATRE Live Stream Show Runner: Seven Visions, Fem Fest 2020 (Sarasvàti). Apprentice Stage Manager: A Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); Falstaff (MB Opera). Head of Props (Watermark Theatre, 2019); Props Apprentice (Grand Theatre, 2018/19 season); Props Coordinator (Sarasvàti’s Fem Fest, 2016-2019).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg with a BA (Hons), specialization in Theatre Production and Stage Management. Prop Builder Practicum: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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Frank Digital

Video Production

Video Production Frank Digital
Frank Digital photo

Frank Digital

FRANK Digital is a full-service video production studio and world-class post production facility, with operations in Winnipeg. Our focus, whether we are producing commercials, documentaries, or television series, is to produce thought-provoking, socially responsible content. FRANK has an affinity for working with organizations that do good in the world and encourage their audience to achieve great things as citizens. With this in mind, we have produced multi-award-winning commercials, documentaries and corporate films for agencies and brands. We know how to conceptualize, create, and deliver creative products that exceed client expectations on all levels. 

Cast
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Krystle Pederson

Marie-Louise Painchaud

Marie-Louise Painchaud Krystle Pederson
Krystle Pederson photo

Krystle Pederson

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

ET CETERA Krystle Pederson is a Cree/Métis singer, dancer, actor and musician with an outstanding career. Krystle is a recipient of the CBC Future 40 Award, shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Arts Awards for Emerging Artist as well as a nomination for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards. Krystle’s list of acting credits includes a supporting role in the Saskatchewan film Run: Broken Yet Brave; Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s The (Post) Mistress, Sum Theatre’s Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, National Arts Centre’s Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show. Red Sky Theatre: Mistatim. Ferre Play Theatre: The Penelopiad. Persephone Theatre: Reasonable Doubt. Currently Krystle is the lead vocalist for Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville, a brand new one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. Krystle has had the great pleasure of taking this musical to New Zealand and has been touring Canada over the past two years. As it has been a long year without performance due to COVID-19, Krystle is very excited to reprise her role as the “(Post) Mistress” as well as have her debut performance with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. Krystle hopes that everyone enjoys the show from the comfort of their homes. So grab a glass of wine, sit back, stay safe and enjoy the show.

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Neil Watson

Tenor Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone Neil Watson
Neil Watson photo

Neil Watson

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

TRAINING/TEACHING Saxophonist Neil Watson has been an active performer on the Winnipeg music scene for more than two decades. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and began to hone his jazz skills by studying with Sasha Boychouk in Winnipeg and Mike Murley in Toronto. In 2004, he returned to the U of M to pursue a Master’s Degree. During this time, he made numerous trips to New York to work with various musicians and absorb the city’s rich jazz scene. While there, he studied with legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, Miguel Zenón, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Sherman Irby among others. Neil graduated with his Master’s Degree in jazz performance in the spring of 2006 and performs regularly with numerous groups including the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, The Ron Paley Big Band, and Marco Castillo’s Brazilian Beats. Neil has shared the stage with Miguel Zenón, Curtis Fuller, Rob McConnell, Dave Young, PJ Perry, Terreon Gully and many other world-class jazz artists. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Neil has taught Jazz Theory, Jazz Pedagogy and directed student and community jazz ensembles at the U of M and is director of The Bridge: Music for Life, a program that offers music instruction in a classroom setting to inner-city children.

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Naomi Woo

Piano

Piano Naomi Woo
Naomi Woo photo

Naomi Woo

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

ET CETERA Naomi is Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about telling stories through music, she is delighted to be making her musical theatre debut.

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Start Date: 4/8/2021 1:09:10 PM
End Date: 4/25/2021 1:09:21 PM
Title: The (Post) Mistress
Playwright: Book, Lyrics and Music by Tomson Highway

Directed by Simon Miron
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Warnings: Mature themes, recommended for ages 14+
Synopsis:

DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL PROGRAM

 
 

“The (Post) Mistress is about love, love letters and love of life.” – Tomson Highway
 
In the small town of Lovely, Ontario, every letter passes through the hands of postmistress Marie-Louise Painchaud. Cheeky and cheerful, Marie-Louise delights in living vicariously through the stories shared in letters mailed from all over the world. Featuring piano and saxophone, the musical stylings evoke these faraway places – samba, bossa nova, tango, Dixieland and Berlin Cabaret rap. Uplifting, funny and poignant, this one-woman musical by Tomson Highway (Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, The Rez Sisters) reminds us that in life, you should never mail it in.
 

Generously sponsored by:

Gail Asper Family FoundationThe Asper FoundationBMO


Digital programming sponsor:




Opening night sponsor:

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