2-12 DEC 2021
DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL
adapted by JEREMY WEBB
composed by SCOTT MACMILLAN
directed by JOHN McHENRY
starring MATTHEW HEITI
with JOËL GIROUX
Holiday Christmas cheer!
Lovingly recreated for the whole family with puppets portraying the ghosts of Christmas and a fully orchestrated musical score, this traditional telling of the holiday classic will give you the giggles, move you to tears and fill you to the very brim with cozy, homey Christmas cheer.
Matthew Heiti is a writer, actor, director and teacher born on Wembley Drive and now living one street away. He holds a BFA in Acting from X (Ryerson) University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. With STC, he has written Black Dog: 4 vs. The wrld and Mucking in the Drift. Also at STC, he has served as playwright-in-residence, directed productions of There’s a Mouse in My House and #TheWaterTower, was associate director on The Romeo Initiative, and for five years led the Playwrights’ Junction workshop. His latest play will premiere this winter at STC, as Ever Falling Flight, and at Le TNO, as Aéroportée (translation by Miriam Cusson). In his spare time, he is usually working.
Jacob Marley, Puppeteer
Joël Giroux is ecstatic to perform and puppeteer in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol at STC. He is a graduate of the French Theatre program at Laurentian University, where he’s thankful to have trained in theatre performance with Miriam Cusson and Alain Doom, as well as trained in clown performance with John Turner. Recent stage credits include a workshop production of Sombre Divan (TNO) at Zones Théâtrales 2021, as well as Quoi si moi si j’viens du nord, ‘stie (TNO).
Alice is an indigenous nine-year-old girl from Sudbury. She is no stranger to the stage or camera. She has had roles in theatre as Kate in Annie the Musical, in film, House on Fire, and television, Emilie et Compagnie. She is a competitive dancer and attends STC’s Academy classes. Alice would like to thank all her mentors for continuing to support her craft. Miigwetch!
Cole is 11 years old and a Grade 6 student at R. L. Beattie Public School. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and moved to Sudbury three years ago. He loves reading and his favourite book series is Wings of Fire. He has tried many sports and activities but found his passion to be drama, dance and musical theatre. You can also see Cole in STC’s 2022 Students on Stage production of Mining Rocks. In the future, Cole wants to be an actor and be in many musical theatre productions.
Julia is 11 years old and a Grade 6 student at Holy Trinity. Since she was a toddler, Julia has loved to sing and act, so she is very excited to be performing in her first play with Sudbury Theatre Centre. She especially enjoyed getting to know the cast and happy to be part of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.
Brianne is a Grade 7 student at St. Augustin. She has spent many wonderful years learning about acting and singing through STC’s Academy programs and she recently participated in Students on Stage, Cinderella. You will also find her at the pool with Sudbury Synchro, at the gym with Nickel City Ninja Academy or on the ski hill. She is thankful for the support from her friends and family. It has been an absolute pleasure to learn alongside this great cast.
Adrienne is 11 years old and is in Grade 6 at École publique de la Découverte. This is her first performance with Sudbury Theatre Centre and she is really excited to be a part of this production. She has a passion for acting and singing, but also enjoys painting, crafting and watching movies. She would like to thank STC and her family. Enjoy the show!
Jeremy Webb is the Artistic Director of Neptune Theatre and before that of Halifax’s Eastern Front Theatre. He ran his company Off The Leash Creative since 2009. He moved to Canada from his native UK in 1998. He grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. For Neptune so far, he has directed Mamma Mia, Shakespeare In Love, Cinderella (which he also wrote), Noises Off, Little Thing Big Thing and Peter Pan, among others. He has also directed at theatres across Canada including The Mayfield Theatre (Edmonton), Festival Antigonish, and Shakespeare By The Sea. This one-person version of A Christmas Carol has been a great success since 2003, touring Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the USA in schools and theatres since then. Jeremy performed this play over 650 times. His other plays, Shakespeare On Trial and Fishing, have also both toured for years. He is most proud of two “productions” Dylan (6 years) and Samuel (9 years).
Macmillan seeks opportunities in all aspects of music-making, inspiring exploration into genres from rock to blues, classical to choral, Celtic to jazz as well as modern and avant-garde. In March 2019 he premiered his concerto for electric guitar, 12 & Change, with Symphony Nova Scotia and in October 2019 premiered Woodland Revival, a musical happening of forest biodiversity in these challenging times. He was the 2014 recipient of Nova Scotia’s top artist prize, the Portia White Prize. Macmillan has performed his ode to our world’s oceans Celtic Mass for the Sea, with his partner and librettist Jennyfer Brickenden, at Carnegie Hall, the British Isles, Germany, the US and crisscrossing Canada many times.
For more info go to scott-macmillan.ca
John is STC’s Artistic Director. For STC: Quiet! I’m Talking, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Plaid Tidings, Here on the Flight Path, The Birds and The Bees and A Christmas Story. He has also directed and/or choreographed for Huron Country Playhouse, Garden City Productions, Music Theatre Etobicoke, Thistle Theatre, St. Marys Community Players and Hamilton Theatre Inc. As a performer, his favourite roles include Tinman in The Wizard of Oz, The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof, Francis in La Cage aux Folles, and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl (four times!). His marketing and communications expertise has benefited STC, Huron Country Playhouse, Theatre Aquarius, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Presentation House Theatre and Blyth Festival. For Mum.
Set + Costume Designer
This is Brandon’s 10th show with Sudbury Theatre Centre, his last design was the set for The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. In the summer of 2018 he designed the set and costumes for YES Theatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach. Brandon was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design and is a recipient of an OAC Chalmers Development Grant. Brandon is a multiple Dora award nominee and two-time winner.
For more information and a portfolio please visit brandonkleimandesign.com
Previously for STC: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Here on the Flight Path, Plaid Tidings, The Invention of Romance, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life. Designs elsewhere include the Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Neptune Theatre, Watermark Theatre, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Carousel Players, Hart House Theatre, George Brown Theatre, Theatre Sheridan, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor and Concordia University. Kirsten studied theatre at the University of Alberta and lighting at the National Theatre School of Canada.
ADAM FRANCIS PROULX
Puppet Designer + Creator
Adam Francis Proulx is a theatre creator and puppeteer originally from Sault Ste. Marie. He appeared onstage at STC in Bunch of Munsch and in the 2019 production of this very production! Adam’s award-winning solo shows have played across North America and he also builds custom puppets (like the ones you’re looking at today!). He is currently in Halifax playing Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dummy as well as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Pantoland. Upcoming, you can see him on TV in The Fabulous Show with Fay & Fluffy (Family Jr.).
AdamFrancisProulx.com | PuckingFuppets.com
STC: Third Season: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (2019), Plaid Tidings (2018). Elsewhere: Stage manager: The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (SLSF); Mules (Theatrefront); Tales of an Urban Indian (Talk Is Free Theatre). Assistant stage manager: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Stratford Festival); Prairie Nurse (TIP). Other: Company Manager at the Stratford Festival 2021. Training: Algonquin College Theatre Arts 2009. Hilary is thrilled to be returning to the theatre after a long hiatus because of COVID-19. She would like to thank John and STC for employing artists and for working so hard for the theatre to survive this pandemic.
Apprentice Stage Manager
Lily is so pleased to be joining the team for her first production at Sudbury Theatre Centre! Lily is a 2019 graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance with a BFA in Performance Production and Design and has spent the last ten years developing her stage management career. Recent credits include Apprentice Stage Manager of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival, 2021), Stage Manager of Adam’s Unplugged Puppet Party (The Pucking Fuppets Co., 2019), Apprentice Stage Manager of Come Down From Up River (Theatre Orangeville, 2019), and Stage Manager of This Is How We Live (Frantic Assembly, 2019).
Download the bio sheet.
Dickens bio sheet