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The Miracle Worker at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Artist Bios

The Cast

Shannon Currie (Annie Sullivan) Shannon Currie (Annie Sullivan)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Bessie Starkman in Steel City Gangster, Gretchen in Boeing Boeing, Violet in It's a Wonderful Life (Theatre Aquarius), Rita in Educating Rita (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Caroline in Dear Johnny Deere, Catherine in Waiting for the Parade (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Cassandra in Iceland (Why Not Theatre), Nina in The Seagull (Segal Centre). Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Royal Blood (Resolve Films), Saving Hope (CTV), Warehouse 13 (Syfy Channel). Shannon is a graduate of the National Theatre School. My biggest thanks to the Drayton Entertainment team, Bruce Dean and the lovely family at The Talent House.

Thomas Duplessie (James Keller) Thomas Duplessie (James Keller)
Drayton Entertainment: The Birds & The Bees, Death of a Salesman, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Thomas can be seen in Drayton Entertainment’s upcoming production of Twelve Angry Men. Other theatre: Provenance/Suitcases (Canadian Stage Workshop), Dog Sees God (Echo Productions). Film/TV: In The Dark (CW), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Man Seeking Women (FXX), Heroes Reborn (NBC), Bitten (Space/Syfy), Reign (CW). Thomas is a graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Thank you to Marti Maraden, David Connolly, Alex Mustakas, and to the cast and crew. Thank you to Bruce and everyone at The Talent House. Enjoy the show!

Marcia Johnson (Viney) Marcia Johnson (Viney)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): New Canadian Curling Club, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (Blyth Festival), The Real McCoy (Factory, GCTC). Film/TV: The Swap (Disney), American Gods (Amazon), American Gothic (CBS). Audiobook Narration: The Waiting Hours by Shandi Mitchell. Audiobook Direction (selected): Children of the Moon (Anthony De Sa), Lear’s Shadow (Claire Holden Rothman), Close to Hugh (Marina Endicott). Writing (selected): Serving Elizabeth (WCT – Feb. 2020), Single Use (Climate Change Theatre Action), Paradises Lost (opera libretto) based on the Ursula K. Le Guin novella. Marcia is the co-founder of CASA, a mentorship program between Canadian and South African female playwrights.

Gabrielle Jones (Aunt Ev) Gabrielle Jones (Aunt Ev)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Birds & The Bees, The Drowsy Chaperone, Harvest, The Ladies Foursome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sexy Laundry, The Crazy Time. Stratford (selected): Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Oedipus Rex, The Boyfriend. Shaw (selected): My Fair Lady, Cherry Orchard, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, Tristan. Other theatre: Les Belles Soeurs: The Musical (Theatre Calgary), The Audience (Mirvish), The Ladies Foursome, The Sound of Music (Aquarius), My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins (Capitol), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse), Cabaret (Stage West), Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Canada/U.S. Tours).

Omar Alex Khan (Doctor) Omar Alex Khan (Doctor)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): The New Canadian Curling Club (Blyth), Oslo (Studio 180/Mirvish), Timon of Athens, The School For Scandal, The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford), The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary), A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wars (The Grand), Glengarry Glen Ross, Romeo and Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Film/TV (selected): The Strain (FX), Mayday (Discovery), Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (Space). Thank you to the Honeybee, for everything. www.omaralexkhan.com

Clara Kushnir (Helen Keller) Clara Kushnir (Helen Keller)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Martha in A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper, 2018), Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird (Stratford Festival, 2018). Film: Clark in Damage Control (Boss and Co., 2018), Mindy in 48 Christmas Wishes (Brain Power, 2017), Jane in Solitude (Pagliacci Productions, 2017). Thank you to my family and friends for their love and support.

Talia Lowell (Martha) Talia Lowell (Martha)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Katherine in The Bully Effect, various roles in How to Survive Middle School (Growing In The Arts), Mother in Coraline, Lucy in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (KW Youth Theatre). Talia will be attending the Eastwood Arts Program in the fall for Dramatic Arts and Dance. Thank you to my family and friends for all your support.

Rob McClure (Captain Keller) Rob McClure (Captain Keller)
Drayton Entertainment: Harvest, It Runs in the Family, The Odd Couple, Looking, Deathtrap, How the Other Half Loves, The Drawer Boy, Caught in the Net. Rob has performed in theatres from Vancouver, B.C. to Halifax, N.S., including the Stratford Festival and The Second City. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Gerry Mendicino (Anagnos) Gerry Mendicino (Anagnos)
Drayton Entertainment: Lend Me A Tenor, Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions. Other theatre: Speed The Plow (Elysian Theatre), 42nd Street (Limelight Dinner Theatre), Moose On The Loose (Sudbury Theatre), A Thousand Splendid Suns (Grand Theatre), Three Men On A Horse, The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), A Baby Boom Blues (original one-man show). Film/TV: King of Kensington (CBC), Polka Dot Door (TVOntario), Sam Ramone in Ready or Not (Global/Showtime/Disney), Uncle Taki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal), Saw VI (Lionsgate), Hairspray (New Line Cinema), Dr. Cabbie (Salman Khan/Entertainment One). www.gerrymendicino.com

Jackie Mustakas (Kate Keller) Jackie Mustakas (Kate Keller)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, The Rainmaker, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, Death of a Salesman, Baroness Notapenny in Cinderella: The Panto, Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Queen Diabolica in Snow White: The Panto, Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, May in The Affections of May, Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Polly Baker in Crazy For You, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Choreographer: Kings & Queens of Country, Dance Legends, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Music Man, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Little Me, The Mikado. Jackie’s favourite role is playing Mom to Hadley and Lukas.

Bryce Wynter (Percy) Bryce Wynter (Percy)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: To Kill A Mockingbird (Stratford Festival), George Beard in The Adventures of Captain Underpants & Friends, Mr. Green in Clue, Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, Ten Ways to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, Leo Gordon in The Bully Effect, Ace of Clubs, Alejandro Ramire in Wimpy: A Re-Twisted Tale of Literacy (Growing In The Arts). Film/TV: Various Roles in Summer Short, Terms and Conditions, and Day Screams (Growing In The Arts).

The Creative Team

Marti Maraden (Director) Marti Maraden (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: The Birds & The Bees, The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman, Harvest, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Odd Couple, Looking, Deathtrap, Tuesdays with Morrie, Sleuth. Other theatre: Artistic Director of English Theatre for the National Arts Centre for eight years. Eighteen seasons as an actor and director at the Stratford Festival. In 2008, Ms. Maraden was a Co-Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Productions include: The Winter’s Tale, The Trojan Women, The Merchant of Venice, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Seven seasons as an actor and director at the Shaw Festival. Director of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Globe Theatre) and many more productions across North America.

Allan Wilbee (Set Designer) Allan Wilbee (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Man of La Mancha, The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman, One for the Pot, Harvest, All Shook Up, Footloose, Chicago, Deathtrap, Tuesdays with Morrie, Sleuth, Twelve Angry Men, See How They Run, The Heiress, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden. Other theatre: Anthony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Elizabeth Rex, Richard III (Stratford), Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing…, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Grand), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Theatre Orangeville), Into the Woods (Theatre Sheridan). Costume Design: Proof (Canadian Stage), Wit (Citadel), The Crucible (Manitoba Theatre).

Jenine Kroeplin (Costume Designer) Jenine Kroeplin (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Legends ... of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Sleuth, 9 to 5: The Musical, Robin Hood, Country Legends. Jenine is delighted to be back for her 13th season with Drayton Entertainment and her 11th season as the Head of Wardrobe. Jenine is a graduate of York University’s Technical Theatre Program where she specialized in costume and set design. She would like to acknowledge her exceptional wardrobe team for all their work this season.

Kevin Fraser (Lighting Designer) Kevin Fraser (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rocky: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, Holiday Inn, Death of a Salesman, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph…, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, Les Misérables, and many more. Other theatre: Grand Hotel (Shaw Festival), King Charles III (Mirvish), Treasure Island, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Shakespeare In Love, A Little Night Music, Carousel (Stratford Festival). Kevin is a member of Associated Designers of Canada, and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. www.kevinfraserlighting.com

Paul Pembleton (Stage Manager) Paul Pembleton (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Stage Manager: Rocky: The Musical, Holiday Inn, Man of La Mancha, The Drowsy Chaperone, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, Singin’ in the Rain, Sister Act, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell (U.S. National Tour), Big Band Legends, The Love List, Harvey, 9 to 5: The Musical, Shear Madness, On Golden Pond, The Heiress, The Mousetrap, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (U.S. National Tour). Assistant Stage Manager: The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins. Other theatre: Suds: The Musical (Carousel Playhouse), The Foursome (Stage West, Mississauga), Steel Magnolias (Stage 237).

Charles Russell (Assistant Stage Manager) Charles Russell (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, Kings & Queens of Country, Million Dollar Quartet, The 39 Steps, All Shook Up, Red Rock Diner, Anything Goes, Sexy Laundry, The Music Man, The Crazy Time, The Wizard of Oz, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Look No Hans!, Godspell (U.S. National Tour), Oliver!, The Love List, Blue Suede Shoes, Harvey. Other theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Charlottetown Festival), Extraordinary, Canada In Love, Dr. Magnificent’s Travelling Medicine Show (Young At Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors). Charles would like to thank Catherine and Norman for their inspiration and continued support, and all the chicks back on the farm.

Joe Bostick (Fight Director) Joe Bostick (Fight Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, One for the Pot, Deathtrap, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Crazy for You. Other theatre (selected): Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Ragtime (Broadway & U.S. National Tours), Les Misérables, Heart of Robin Hood, Dirty Dancing, The Lord of the Rings, Beauty and the Beast (Mirvish), Heart of Robin Hood (National Theatre, Iceland/Grand Theatre, Hong Kong), Beauty and the Beast (Aquarius), Trainspotting (Canadian Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre by the Bay), I Hate Hamlet (Stage West). Trained with S.A.F.D and various Fight Masters. Founding member of Fight Directors Canada. Love to Stephanie, Devon and Jesse.