The Queensville Players
40th Anniversary Show
Thank you for joining us in celebrating our 40th Anniversary! We have an amazing show put together for you. Every one of the performers have worked very hard to make this an experience you will not forget. We hope you have an amazing time and enjoy!
We affirm that we are all treaty people and acknowledge that the Stephen Leacock Theatre is located on the land of the Credit First Nations who are the Chippewas of Beausoleil, Rama, and Georgina Island, our closest neighbour. To honour this agreement we will take up our responsibility to be respectful of their traditions, knowledge and inherent rights as sovereign nations. We will respect their relationship with these lands and recognize that our connection to this land is through the continued relationship with these First Nations, and we acknowledge our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.
40th Anniversary Show
There will be a 20 min intermission at about the 1.5 hour mark.
- Reviewing the Situation ~ Greg Gallagher
- So Long Dearie ~ Christina Stevenson
- Let’s Play a Love Scene ~ Brigid Watts
Guys and Dolls
- Adelaide’s Lament ~ Patsi Szabo
- Impossible ~ Kate Ottaway, Jaclyn Dipietro
- Burning Love ~ Russ Clayton
~ INTERMISSION ~
- Amazing Mayzie ~ Karin Simpson (Mayzie), Hope Fleury (Gertrude), and “Bird Girls”
- Notice Me Horton ~ Carli King
- Horton Hears Who ~ Russ Clayton, and “Jungle People”
- Never Fall in Love ~ Jaclyn Dipietro
The King and I
- Getting to Know You ~ Patsi Szabo
- I Just Want To Be a Star ~ Cadina Meadus
40th Anniversary Show
Please take a few moments and get to know the performers you will be watching today.
Gord Annear has lived in Aurora for the past 25 years and worked at IBM for the past 38 years. He started performing in musicals 20 years ago and fell in love with it. He has performed in many different shows including Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Wizard of Oz (Tinman), Oklahoma (Curly) and most recently Mamma Mia (Sam). He hopes you will enjoy the show!
Jade has been a music lover since she was a toddler. There is not a situation that she won’t sing her way through! Jade currently attends Huron Heights Secondary School as vocal major. Jade’s hobbies aside from music and singing include horseback riding and working as a counsellor at Wake Robin Farm summer camp. Jade aspires to join her passion for child development and horse riding by working with children offering horseback riding therapy. This is Jade’s first Queensville Player production. She is looking forward to the onstage experience.
Stacey was born and raised in York Region where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. She is actively finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies, and is excited to be graduating this August. For over 20 years Stacey has been working with children with special needs and their families. Stacey’s hobbies outside of musical theatre include snowmobiling and back woods camping. In high school Stacey was an active participant in the Queensville Players. She is excited to be returning for the 40th Anniversary celebration, and hopefully more in the years to come!.
Jessica Byrnes Cheong
Jessica grew up in New York and moved to Toronto in 2015. She currently lives in Newmarket with her husband and two dogs. She is so happy to have been welcomed to the local theatre scene with open arms, and has cherished connecting with everyone involved in the productions. Some of her favourite local roles include the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. She looks forward to making more memories with The Queensville Players and the incredible people involved in the community!
Russ is so pleased to be part of the QP’s 40th Anniversary Show. He has directed two shows for QP- The Wizard of Oz (2015), and Discovering Elvis (2015). Russ also had the pleasure of playing Horton the Elephant in Seussical The Musical (2010). When not doing community theatre, Russ is an elementary drama and music teacher, and he heads up two bands- The Flailing Shilaleighs (Celtic music) and an Elvis tribute band named “Wreckroom Elvis.” Russ hopes everyone enjoys this musical journey down memory lane.
Jaclyn Dipietro was just 10 years old when she was cast in her first show with the Queensville Players, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She loved the experience and throughout the years was also part of Hello Dolly, Camelot, Brigadoon, Grease, The King and I and even got her first lead role as Cinderella. Jaclyn was also a part of Anne of Green Gables and Annie at the beloved, Red Barn Theatre, which at the time was the oldest summer professional theatre in Canada.
Hope is very excited to be a part of QP’s 40th. Hope has been part of The QP Factor Talent Show supporting Sandgate Women’s Shelter, and is playing the role of Sharpay in QP’s High School Musical which was temporarily put on hold during the pandemic (High School Musical will hit the Stephen Leacock Theatre’s stage this November!). Her last role was Ariel in Newmarket High School’s The Little Mermaid. For fun, Hope also enjoys modeling and acting. She enjoys traveling and sharing her passions. She wants to thank her mom Ashley, her siblings, and her boyfriend, Thomas, for always supporting her passions.
Greg is happy to be back on stage with QP, and the boards of this wonderful theatre! Some of Greg’s previous shows include Annie, Music Man, and Oliver. Since his last time here Greg has worked as a professional actor, while continuing with community theatre. He is also back in school (online) honing his woodcarving skills.
After living in various areas across the GTA and beyond while growing up. Tanya eventually moved to the Georgina area to establish roots and raise a family in 2003. After a 22-year career as a Police Officer in Toronto, Tanya turned in her badge and is now an active, local Real Estate Agent. Tanya has been a part of a number of boards and committees including Jericho Youth Services, Parent Council for Keswick Public School and Newmarket High School, Town of Georgina Safe Streets Committee, Executive member of Udora-Leaskdale Lions Club and Past Chair for the Sutton and District Lions Club.
A former competitive track and field sprint athlete throughout high school as well as in the Masters category, Tanya a bargain hunter by nature, a DIY’er at heart as well as a movie enthusiast. Tanya currently resides in Jackson’s Point with her husband and two children.
Andrew Jackson is thrilled to be singing onstage for the first time since performing at Canada’s Wonderland in the 1980’s. Andrew is a multi-faceted actor who has worked extensively in television, film, classical theatre and animation. He’s played leading, supporting and featured on-camera roles in countless TV shows and films. To see all of Andrew’s contributions to TV and film, visit his IMBd: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0413263/
Charlee has been a performer for as long as she can remember. She truly sang before she could talk and was enrolled in dance lessons at 4 years old. Charlee spent the early part of her community theatre years watching and admiring her mom on stage and then was finally on stage herself at 6 years old in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Charlee has been very lucky to be part of many productions since then including Dorothy in Wizard of Oz (Queensville Players), Liesl in The Sound of Music (Queensville Players), Gypsy in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Brampton Musical Theatre), and Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods (Queensville Players). Charlee is a proud graduate of Huron Heights Secondary School’s Arts Huron, and later from the Sheridan College Performing Arts Program where she played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Currently, she is the Vice President of the Queensville Players!! In December, Charlee will be moving to PEI and is so excited to share the stage with her theatre family one last time!
Cadina has been singing, and playing the flute for most of her life. She is a professional soloist who has also directed both children and adult choirs. Cadina directed QP’s Sound of Music in 2014, and looks forward to other such opportunities. She is also heavily involved in stage props, set design and costumes. She and her family have an extensive collection of costumes for the reenactments they put on for a variety of purposes.
Cadina was nominated for an ACTCO THEA award for her role as The Witch in QP’s Into the Woods in 2017. Other notable roles include: Donna in Mamma Mia, Mayor in All Shook Up, Glinda in Wizard of Oz, Mary in Peter Pan, Golda in Fiddler On the Roof, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Ghost of Christmas Past and Mrs Cratchet in A Christmas Carol, Miss Stacy and Mrs. Blewitt, in Anne of Green Gables, Mrs Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Fantine in Les Miserables, and various other ensemble roles in Annie, My Fair Lady and Beauty and the Beast.
May is a 15 year old student at Port Perry high school in the French immersion program. This year May has enjoyed playing goalie for the Sunderland Stingerz u16A team. She is also a proud member of Durham 4h club and enjoys showing beef cattle. May is very happy to be returning to Queensville Players after a long break due to Covid. She has participated in a few shows in the past and is excited to continue to learn.
Kate is over the moon excited to be making her return to the stage since 2008 during the Queensville Players production of Copacabana. Kate has been a part of the Queensville Players family for many years and has been in productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Brigadoon and Hello Dolly…to name a few. Kate’s love for the theatre has continued to grow since first being on stage. While in her first year of university at Queen’s in Kingston, ON, Kate switched her major to follow her passion of theatre, specializing in theatrical lighting design. Kate feels incredibly lucky to have now made the theatre her career. It is a full circle moment for Kate, as she now calls this venue her official “second home” as the Theatre Services Coordinator of the Stephen Leacock Theatre of Performing Arts. Kate would like to thank the Queensville Players for all the years of wonderful memories created on this stage. Cheers to 40 years!
Karin has been involved in theatre and the Arts in one way or another for most of her life. She has experience in every aspect of community theatre, and since becoming involved with The Queensville Players back in 2010, she has assumed many roles both on and off the stage, and has spearheaded many community outreach programs as well as supports for other non-profit groups.
Karin was nominated for an ACTCO THEA award for her role as The Baker’s Wife in QP’s Into the Woods in 2017. Other roles include: Darlene in Discovering Elivis, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Ghost of Christmas Past / Mrs Cratchet in A Christmas Carol, a Brother in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and most recently as Narrator (Margaret) in That Summer.
Since becoming a member of the Board of Directors 5 years ago, Karin has developed a vibrant Youth Theatre Group, and has directed both musically and for the stage 3 youth shows. Together with Hanna Gillis, Karin has organized 3 QP Factor Talent shows which have collectively raised nearly $10,000 for Sandgate Women’s Shelter.
Karin would like to encourage YOU to get involved with QP! Cheers to 40 years, and many more to come!
This is Gabby’s first production with Queensville Players, and she is thrilled to be a part of it! When she isn’t singing, dancing, or rehearsing lines for her musical productions through Infinity Performing Arts Studio in Barrie, she’s watching YouTube, singing and dancing in her room and playing games with her dad. Gabby’s first community theatre production was an ensemble cast part in Mary Poppins Jr. The theatre bug bit her then, and she’s never looked back! Gabby’s mom says she’s been dancing before she could walk and singing before she could talk. She hopes you enjoy the song she’ll be performing from Annie, Tomorrow (today).
Trinity is thrilled to be appearing for the first time in a Queensville Production! She has always had an enthusiasm for the Arts from a very young age. When she’s not singing, playing piano, or watching YouTube tutorials on how to draw things, she’s day dreaming, going on walks and reading. Her first community theatre experience was in Orangeville when she had an ensemble cast part in Mary Poppins Jr. Trinity has been working so hard on the song she will be performing for you today and she is confident you will be entertained by it. Annie is one of her favourite musicals, so she is excited to be able to sing “Maybe” for you today. ENJOY!!
Christina has had a passion for the Arts her entire life. She spent her childhood summers attending Theatre Camp here at the Stephen Leacock Theatre and ended high school by joining QP in 2015 for the production of Wizard of Oz, followed by two consecutive QP Factor Talent Shows supporting Sandgate Women’s Shelter.
Christina is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier’s MBA program in Waterloo and is about to begin her career in data analytics and marketing. She has an equal passion for enjoying the outdoors through activities such as running, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. Although she no longer lives in Georgina, Christina will always have a soft spot for the arts and makes an effort to return for QP productions to tend to where her heart truly lies.
Brigid has recently moved from The Netherlands to Canada to pursue her Honours Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology and Minor in Childhood and Youth) Degree at Trent University. Her life in Europe gave her the opportunity to experience vast and diverse cultures. She has always loved Singing. She believes singing is the bridge to the soul, and hopes you will enjoy her performances tonight as they will be her very first performance in Canada!
Tyler Winder is a graduate of Sheridan’s performance preparation course. This is his first time back with Queensville Players since his role as Rolf in The Sound of Music in 2014. Prior to that, he was part of the cast of Annie. Other credits include: Mr Phillips/Earl in Anne of Green Gables (Lower Ossington Theatre), Jack Kelly in Newsies (Brampton Music Theatre) Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Sheridan College) Tyler is excited to get back into performing after a very long break.
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