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2015-2016 Season

Season Staff:

Brian Goldenberg, Artistic Director/Producer
Dave Crawford, Associate Producer, Marketing & Alumni Affairs
Tom Kerr, Associate Producer, Director of Production
Theresa Noon, Associate Producer, Human Resources & Production
Sara Fackrell, Company Manager
Lydia Connor, Production Manager
Leah Holah, Marketing & FOH Manager
Cassandra Popescu, Marketing & FOH Manager
Adam Bromley, Technical Director
Alexander DeSouza, Technical Director
Jason Thomson, Technical Director
Madison Madhu, Costumes & Props Manager
Katie Edwards, Show Choir Choreographer
Shawn Boulet, Show Choir Pianist
Tom Qu, Show Choir Pianist

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Sept. 3 - 6, 2015
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, The Last Five Years chronicles the young couple's romance in an exciting way: Cathy's story starts at the end of their relationship, while Jamie's begins on the day they met. 

The Last Five Years, a Drama Desk winner, has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of Time Magazine's 10 best shows of 2001. A testament to the show's longevity and spurred by the show's regional popularity, The Last Five Years enjoyed an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage in 2013 and a film adaptation was released in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Music, Lyrics and Book Written by Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Kathryn Edwards
Music Directed by Tom Qu
Stage Managed by Lydia Connor

Set Designed by Meghan Maguire
Lighting Designed by Madison Madhu
Costume and Props Designed by Sara Fackrell and Cassandra Popescu

Alex Cairns as Cathy (Sept. 4th, 6th)
Brianne Kelsick as Cathy (Sept. 3rd, 5th)
Vincent Perri as Jamie 



Nov. 20 - Dec. 6, 2015
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics by Billy Aronson
Music Supervision and Arrangements by Tim Weil
Dramaturgy by Lynn Thomson 

Directed by Jeff Jones 
Music Directed by Tom Qu 
Choreographed by Danika St. Denis 
Stage Managed by Alex Norton 
Assistant Stage Managed by Emma Ferreira and Ashley Frederick

Set Designed by Patrick Hurlbut
Lighting/Projections Designed by Alexander DeSouza
Costume Designed by Alexandra Caprara
Sound Designed by Adam Bromley and Riley Pynn
Props Managed by Mary-Margaret Annab
Board Operated by Jessie Whyte
Projections Operated by Alexander DeSouza and Riley Pynn
Photography by Sara Fackrell and Cassandra Popescu
Poster Designed by Cassandra Popescu

Alexander Henkelman as Ensemble
Beatrice Campbell as Mimi
Brandon Pereira as Ensemble
Celita Lowe as Ensemble
Chelsey Cons as Ensemble
Danika St. Denia as Ensemble/Joanne (Understudy)
Danny Sylvan as Ensemble/Angel (Understudy)
Duane Taylor as Collins
Emma Houlahan as Joanne
Genevieve Canavan as Ensemble
Hayley Pace as Maureen
Josh Love as Roger
Lauren Westbury as Ensemble
Luc Gaylie as Benny
Natasha Silvestre as Ensemble/Maureen (Understudy)
Pavan Ubhi as Ensemble
Ryan Percival as Mark
Tiana Kralj as Ensemble
Trimaine Blake as Angel 
Zaarin Bushra as Ensemble/Mimi (Understudy)

Conductor/Keyboard played by Tom Qu
Keyboard 2 played by Shawn Boulet
Guitar played by Tyler Carr
Bass played by Brian Kruschel
Drums played by Bob Ben

Alexandra Caprara, Alexander Henkelman, Ashley Frederick, Beatrice Campbell, Emma Ferreira, Emma Houlahan, Hayley Pace, and Luc Gaylie

FOH Staff: 
Beth Ransom, Caren Meaney, Collette Radau, Dan Louie Lizardo, Danny Morrison, Julien Hemmendinger, Kathryn Geertsema, Larissa Dondapaty, Maggie Telegina, Nelvin Law, Paulina Luciani, Stefania Matarazzo, and Thulacy Sriskantha

Buried Child

Buried Child

Jan. 29-Feb. 7 2016
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

In Buried Child, Shepard addresses themes that have preoccupied him throughout his brilliant career: the breakdown of the American family, the dark side of the American Dream, and the necessity to face and come to terms with the past in order to move forward. The play takes place on a farm that is as barren as the family to whom it belongs. Dodge, the head of the clan, is a bitter alcoholic. His wife, Halie, cloaks herself in the mantle of piety but is, in fact, a hypocrite. Their sons, Tilden and Bradley, are broken and disturbed. When Tilden's son, Vince, pays a surprise visit after an absence of six years, no one knows who he is. And then there's the buried child, whose death is the play's underlying mystery.  

By Sam Shepard 

Directed by Theresa Noon
Stage Managed by Beth Ransom
Assistant Stage Managed by Natasha Silvestre and Jessie Whyte

Set Designed by Adele Palmquist
Lighting Designed by Riley Pynn
Sound Designed by Adam Bromley
Costume Designed by Valerie Cameron
Props Managed by Thulacy Sriskantha
Photography/Poster Designed by Cassandra Popescu

Caitlin Mears as Halie
Danny Morrison as Father Dewis
Henry Wells as Bradley
Julien Hemmendinger as Dodge
Ryan Boulet as Vince
Sierra Riley as Shelly
Zack Lovetime as Tilden

Adele Palmquist, Caitlin Mears, Danny Morrison, Duane Taylor, Genevieve Canavan, Henry Wells, Julien Hemmendinger, Riley Pynn, Ryan Boulet, Sara Fackrell, Valrie Cameron, Zack Lovetime, and Zaarin Bushra

FOH Staff: 
Beatrice Campbell, Brandon Pereira, Caren Meaney, Dan Lizardo, Danny Sylvan, Emma Houlahan, Genevieve Canavan, Kathryn Geertsema, Lauren Westbury, Sergio Ordonez, and Thulacy Sriskantha

Vanier Improv Company (VIC)

Vanier Improv Company (VIC)

Oct. 6, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, Mar. 5 (20th Anniversary Show)

Directed by Stephen Purdy
Assistant Directed by Sara D’Agostino
Stage Managed by Ashley Elliott

Aleks Aleksovski
Arianna Dhountal
Ben Van de Mark
Bryan Mark
Chanel McKinnon
Dalia Vainer
Dan Louie Lizardo
Duane Taylor
Hira Vajoo
Julien Hemmendinger
Larissa Dondaparty
Mary-Margaret Annab
Ricardo Romain
Ryan Boulet 
Sergio Ordonez
Soraya Aghbali
Tesla Shaye
Zack Liebzeit

Show Choir

Show Choir

March 18 - 20, 2016
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

Broadway Showtunes and Top 40's Hits! 
Featuring songs by Elton John, Billy Joel, Sia, Gary Jules and Bruno Mars and music from Footloose, West Side Story, Next to Normal, and Jesus Christ Superstar!

Music Directed by Brian Goldenberg
Vocal Directed by Morgan Russell
Choreographed by Katie Edwards
Stage Managed by Lydia Connor
Assistant Stage Managed by Mary-Margaret Annab and Beth Ransom
Lighting Designed by Adam Bromley
Costume Designed by Stefania Matarazzo
Board Operated by Caylea Adair
Photography by Cassandra Popescu
​Poster Designed by Brian Goldenberg

Adam Khafagy
Ashley Hannah 
Cassandra Popescu
Christian Patev
Clara Yazbek
Danny Morrison 
Danielle Taylor
Duane Taylor
Edith Barabash

Lucy Ray

Katie Edwards
Manisha Khan
Natalie Yiu
Navi Mann
Nicholas Mazzitelli
Oyinda Daramola
Rebecca Watt
Ryan Boulet
Stefania Matarazzo
Trimaine Blake
Yasaman Nouri
​Yael Sulkin

Conducted/Trumpet played by Brian Goldenberg<
Piano played by Shawn Boulet and Tom Qu
Guitar played by Jeff Jones
Bass played by Brian Kruschel
Drums played by Bob Ben