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2019-2020 Season

Season Staff:

Brian Goldenberg, Artistic Director/Producer
Dave Crawford, Associate Producer
Kristen Pepper, Associate Producer
Farnoosh Talebpour, Associate Producer
Arielle Branitsky, Assistant Producer
Alanna McConnell, Assistant Producer
Jean-Paul Yovanoff, Assistant Producer
Barbara Morrone-Sanchez, Company Manager
Matthew Sabido, Production Manager
Selena Otello, Alumni Engagement, Archival & Events Manager
Araceli Ferrara, Marketing, Communications & Box Office Manager
Vicky Tan, Marketing, Communications & Box Office Manager
Elizabet Karapetian, Technical Director
Quanah Lawrence, Technical Director
Ethan Mofford, Technical Director
Elizabeth Furlano, Costumes Manager
Kayla Ado, Props Manager
Arielle Voght, Props Manager
Shannon Murtagh, Show Choir Choreographer
Athena So, Show Choir Assistant Music Director

Next to Normal

Next to Normal

OCT. 4 - 6, 2019
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

Next To Normal is a rock musical that delves into the lives of the Goodman family and their struggle with grief, drug abuse, and mental illness. The musical follows the journey of a mother's bipolar disorder and the impact it has on her family. While being a winner of three Tony Awards in 2009, Next To Normal addresses many relevant issues in today's society regarding mental health and relationships. An emotionally-chilling story with powerful contemporary music and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Original Broadway Production Produced by David Stone,
James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, and Second Stage Theatre

Directed by Shannon Murtagh 
Music Directed by Athena So 
Assistant Directed by Kaitlyn Stollery 
Stage Managed by Elizabeth Furlano 
Assistant Stage Managed by Maclean Johnson 

Set Designed by Julia Nelles 
Lighting Designed by Kaitlyn Stollery 
Costume & Props Designed by Perseus Rebelo 
Sound Designed by Shannon Murtagh 
Board Operated by Ethan Mofford 
Photography by Vicky Tan 
Poster Designed by Marisa Gallo

Danny Sylvan as Dan Goodman
Davis Okey as Gabe Goodman
Kaitlyn Stollery as Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden
Kryslyne-Mai Ancheta as Natalie Goodman
Matthew Sabido as Henry
Shannon Murtagh as Diana Goodman

Conductor/Keyboard 1 played by Athena So 
Keyboard 2 played by Diane Vallesteros 
Guitar played by Ravish Kamath 
Cello played by Robert Morris 
Bass played by Clayton Harder 
Drums played by D'Andre Wilson

Catherine Brown, Matt Hall, Jacob Hope, Elizabet Karapetian, Ethan Mofford, Shaun Murtagh, and Davis Okey

FOH Staff:
Araceli Ferrara, Barbara Morrone-Sanchez, Selena Otello, and Vicky Tan

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

NOV. 14 - 24, 2019
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life unaffirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss

Directed by Ryan G. Hinds
Music Directed by Tom Kerr
Assistant Directed by Danny Sylvan
Stage Managed by Darren Fernando 
Assistant Stage Managed by Emily Horton

Set Designed by Emma Jones
Costume Designed by Esther John
Lighting/Sound Designed by Hussein Esmail
Props Designed by Aisling Bird and Nicole McLean
Board Operated by Hussein Esmail and Ethan Mofford
Closed Captioning for Relaxed Performances Operated by Yaffa Segal
Photography/Videography by Vicky Tan
Poster Designed by Araceli Ferrara

Connor McGrath as Vice Principal Douglas Panch
John Stoll as Charlito "Chip" Tolentino
Joshua Hughes as Leaf Coneybear
Kate Counsel as Logainne "Schwarzy" SchwartzandGrubenierre
Kryslyne​-Mai Ancheta as Marcy Park
Matt Hall as William Morris Barfée
Megha Rethin as Mitch Mahoney
Shannon Murtagh as Rona Lisa Peretti
Tristan Moore as Olive Ostrovsky

Aisling Bird, Calvin Pham, Darren Fernando, Emma Jones, Esther John, Hussein Esmail, Mackenzie Cameron, Nicholas Kwok, Riley-Lynn Hickey, Sanne van Mastbergen, and Yaffa Segal

FOH Staff:
Jay Strathy, Mackenzie Cameron, Nicole Mesec, and Taryn Waldorf

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author

JAN. 30 - FEB. 9, 2020
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

Six Characters in Search of an Author is an Italian play originally written by Luigi Pirandello. First performed in 1921, it is an absurdist metatheatrical play about the relationship among authors, their characters, and theatre practitioners.

Content Advisory: Please note that Six Characters in Search of an Author contains mature content, strong language, death (suicide), simulated gun violence, loud sounds (vocal & sound effects), and the use of strobe lighting. Please be advised that actors may come in semi-close proximity of some audience members and there may be vocal audience interaction.

Adapted by Steve Moulds
Play by Luigi Pirandello

Directed by Yasaman Nouri
Assistant Directed by Taryn Waldorf
Stage Managed by Thulacy Sriskantha

Set Designed and Assistant Stage Managed by Mackenzie Cameron
Costume Designed by Sanne van Mastbergen
Lighting Designed by Keira Johnston 
​Props Designed by Ryan McGarvey
Sound Designed by Quanah Lawrence
Board Operated by Ethan Mofford
Closed Captioning for Relaxed Performances Operated by Sarosh Sheilch
Photography/Videography by Nicholas Kwok
Poster Designed by Vicky Tan

Aidan Jackson-Hoag as Son
Alex Boese as Alex/Actor
Amerit Percolides as Amerit/Personal Assistant
Bella Liscio as Girl
Ben Van de Mark as Father
Hailey Perrault as Hailey/Director
Jasnoor Sandhur as Stepdaughter
Le Nguyen as Boy
Sara Masciotra-Milstein as Sara/Actor
Selena Otello as Mother
Yaffa Segal as Yaffa/Stage Manager

Connor McGrath, Hussein Esmail, Mackenzie Cameron, Sarosh Sheilch, and Yaffa Segal

FOH Staff: 
Emma Jones, Hannah Rocca, Maxim Volovik, Sarosh Sheilch, and Tamara Mobarak

My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year

MAR. 5 - 15, 2020
Fred Thury Studio Theatre, 258 Vanier College

Based on the motion picture of the same name, My Favorite Year takes place in 1954 and follows the story of Benjy Stone, a sketch writer for the King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade, a live television variety show. Alan Swann, a one-time movie idol whose career has since declined due to his addiction to alcohol and loose women, is signed on for a guest appearance. The task of keeping Swann sober and celibate until airtime falls to Benjy, who soon finds himself involved in a sequence of shenanigans unlike any he ever experienced before.

Book by Joseph Dougherty 
Music by Stephen Flaherty 
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens 

Directed and Fight Choreographed by Justin Büyüközer  
Music Directed by Athena So 
Choreographed by Sara Masciotra-Milstein 
Fight Directed by Mitchell Brock 
Assistant Directed and Choreographed by Shannon Murtagh 
Stage Managed by Riley-Lynn Hickey 
Assistant Stage Managed by Mackenzie Cameron and Tamara Mobarak  

Set Designed by Sarah Garofalo 
Lighting Designed by Quanah Lawrence and Shannon Murtagh 
Sound Designed by Matthew Sabido 
Costume Designed by Pasha Bardell 
Props Designed by Tessa Burrows 
Fight Mastered and Sword Provided by Naomi Priddle Hunter 
Dresser – Sanne van Mastbergen 
Board Operated by Chloe Currie 
Follow Spot Operated by Giuliana Borsella and Perseus Rebelo 
Closed Captioning Operated by Sara Masciotra-Milstein 
Photography/Videography by Angie Lawrence 
Poster Designed by Araceli Ferrara 

Alexandra Gouvis as Ensemble
Annie Buckton as K.C. Downing
Connor McGrath as Doorman/Ensemble
Connor Williamson as Leo Silver
Ellise Roth as Tess
Ethan Mofford as Sy Benson
Faith Andrew as Belle May Steinberg Carroca
Fiero (Junrui) Yu as Rookie Carroca
John Stoll as Ensemble
Joshua Kilimnik as Benjy Stone
Kaitlin Hicks as Daisy/Ensemble
​Kaitlyn Stollery as Alice Miller (Mar. 6th, 8th, 11th)/Ensemble
Kate Counsel as Countess/Ensemble
Kathryn Irvine as Alice Miller (Mar. 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th)/Ensemble
Le Nguyen as Ensemble
Matt Hall as Uncle Morty/Ensemble
Matthew Sabido as King Kaiser
Megi Kaca as Aunt Sadie/Ensemble
Megan Herman as Ensemble
Mitchell Brock as Herb Lee
Samantha Uhl as Ensemble
Stéphane Arcand as Alan Swann
Selena Otello as Ensemble
Sydney Surajram as Ensemble
​Tristan Moore as Opera Diva/Ensemble
Yaffa Segal as Ensemble
Adrian Ritchie, Alexandra Gouvis, Annie Buckton, Catherine Brown, Connor Williamson, Faith Andrew, Fiero (Junrui) Yu, Giuliana Borsella, Joshua Kilimnik, Kaityln Stollery, Kate Counsel, Katie Irvine, Linnea Debenetti, Sarah Garofalo, Sydney Surajram, and Yaffa Segal

Vanier Improv Company (VIC)

Vanier Improv Company (VIC)

Oct. 8, Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, Feb. 4

​Directed by Jonathan Shaboo
Assistant Directed by Lauren Griffiths 
Stage Managed by Barbara Morrone-Sanchez

Alana Barone
Ethan Mofford
Francesca Falcone
Hailey Perrault
Hannah Rocca
Jayne Ellsworth
Kaitlyn Stollery
Mason Choffe
Matt Hall
Mercedes Clunie
Nicole Mesec
Patrick Campbell
Rahul Prasad
​Zoë Rodney

Show Choir

Show Choir

​Apr. 21, 2020 ​

Vanier College Productions' Show Choir performs its annual concert in March and will feature a mixture of Broadway showtunes and Top 40 hits. Mark your calendars!

Music Directed by Brian Goldenberg
​Assistant Music Directed by Athena So
Choreographed by Shannon Murtagh

Alexis Estropia
Amerit Percolides
Becky Watt
Christian Patev
Dana Akimzhanova
Elizabeth Furlano
Ellise Roth
Hanya Seloum
Jay Strathy
Joanna Criminisi​
Kanishika Nijhawan
Matthew Sabido
Maxim Volovik
Mitchell Brock
Nirojini Lawrence
Perseus Rebelo
Vicky Tan
​​Yaffa Segal