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DIRECTOR’S NOTES ALEX MUSTAKAS Welcome to Rock Legends, our sequel to Twist and Shout: The British Invasion. Where Twist and Shout featured the British sound between 1964 and 1967, Rock Legends relives the incredible discography from the 1950s through 1970s that forever changed the landscape of modern music. I suppose you could say “America strikes back!” In a similar musical tribute format, our television host Roy Solomon is about to sign off the air after 20 unforgettable years. To help him celebrate this milestone, he features some of the most important and influential rock and roll acts of the 20th century. These artistic pioneers refused to bow to industry pressure and creatively set their own musical trends, and in so doing, became enduring icons of music history. By mixing in fashions, period commercials, outstanding choreography, a stellar band, and some of the finest singers and dancers in the country, we’ve created another nostalgic walk down memory lane featuring the sounds that shaped the minds and attitudes of an entire generation. Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us in one of Canada’s most beautiful settings for professional theatre. Enjoy the show!
ALEX MUSTAKAS Chemainus: Twist & Shout (2015). Other: Alex is the Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, which operates seven theatres in Ontario. He has directed over 100 productions across the country including Beauty and the Beast, Marathon of Hope (world premiere), Spamalot, Les Misérables, and more. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Arts). Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @AlexMustakas.
GINO BERTI Selected Credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White (Panto) Annie, Les Misérables, CATS, 9 to 5, Hairspray, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Beauty & the Beast, Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar, Forever Plaid, Twist & Shout, Legends, Canadian, Big Band, Country, and Dance Legends. Miss Universe Canada, Miss World Nicaragua (reality show), Associate Choreographer for Disney Cruiselines. Artistic Director Dare to Dance. SHAE BOURNE Since the age of 3, dance has been a way for Shae to express herself through movement. Growing up in Vancouver, she attended the Richmond Academy of Dance, training in multiple styles. She has trained for a year each with The Source Dance Company and KTL co. Shae is a dancer and performer with The Darlings Cabaret, a live and interactive cabaret show. Shae looks forward to a thriving career as a dancer.
AADIN CHURCH Theatre: Miss Saigon, Disney’s The Lion King (Mirvish), Ragtime, Guys & Dolls (Shaw Festival), Mama I Want to Sing (Off Broadway - Vy Higginson Production), Dreamgirls (Stage West/MTC), Buddy Holly Story (Drayton), Little Mermaid, Sister Act (Rainbow Stage), Rock of Ages, Peter & the Starcatcher (Arts Club), Top Dog Underdog (7 Tyrants), Refuge (Firehall). Glory to God for giving me the strength to be the best that I can be! MICHAEL CLARKE Michael is thrilled to be performing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival for the first time in Rock Legends. Past theatre credits: Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Disney’s The Lion King, One Man Two Guvnors, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and a plethora of productions of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Michael dedicates his performance to his mom Junett. Love you ma! Also to his friends and family for all their love and support.
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JAMES DARLING James holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from VIU and has studied piano with Phil Dwyer, Bob Murphy and Steve Smith. He has spent a decade working on cruise ships in lounge bands and showbands. Most recently James has been the keyboardist of the high energy dance band Johnny Inappropriate, the pianist for the NMA big band led by Bryan Stovell, and the organist in Graham Shonwise’s Soul Jazz project. JULIO FUENTES Julio, originally from the Philippines, has been singing since his early years. Although dance came later at the age of 19, he has been fortunate enough to travel the world working as a choreographer and adjudicator for the past decade. He has been cast in In The Heights and Mary Poppins (Arts Club), the world premiere of The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), and recently played Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment).
JOCELYN GAUTHIER For Chemainus: Footloose. Elsewhere (selected): The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), Snapshots (Canadian Premiere), Les Misérables (Arts Club), & Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (TUTS). Film/TV: Murder She Baked (Hallmark), Untold Stories (Various), Strawman (Short), & National Commercials (M&Ms, Comcast). Jocelyn holds a BFA in Acting from UBC. Thanks to the Chemainus/Drayton team, her family, and remarkable husband. www.JocelynGauthier.com EMMA HAMMOND Emma is happy to be back at Chemainus. She missed the beauty of the Island. Over the past few years she’s worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for Pacific Opera, and has fallen in love with Opera. Other past credits include God and the Indian, Social Studies (Firehall Arts Centre, Stage Manager), and Dead Man Walking, Madame Butterfly (Vancouver Opera). She’d like to thank Justin for his love and support. Assistant Stage Manager Ensemble Ensemble/Dance Captain Keys 2
JEFF JOHNSTON-COLLINS I am thrilled to be back at Chemainus! Over the past 20 years I have created more than 250 set and lighting designs, toured numerous shows, and run my own scene shop before becoming the Production Manager for Drayton Entertainment in 2007. Thank you to Mark and Alex for this great experience and to the light of my life, Susan. Enjoy. JENNIFER KEE Jennifer is thrilled to be making her debut at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Selected credits: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Legends of Rock and Roll, Twist and Shout: A British Invasion, Canadian Legends (Drayton Entertainment) Ring of Fire, Hair (The Grand Theatre) Country Sunshine, Fiddler on the Loose 2 (Victoria Playhouse), Brit Floyd: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show. Lots of love to Mom, Dad, Mike, Amy and Emma for their continuous support!
JENINE KROEPLIN Chemainus debut. Other theatre: Jenine is the Head of Wardrobe for Drayton Entertainment where she has designed costumes for productions such as Marathon of Hope, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Sleuth, 9 to 5: The Musical, Robin Hood, Country Legends and more. Jenine is a graduate of York University’s Technical Theatre Program where she specialized in costume and set design. MICHEL LAFLECHE I am thrilled to be performing in Rock Legends! I am fortunate to be an original cast member and have loved performing in every production of this wonderful show! I last appeared here in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I have performed on Broadway, in Europe, and all over North America. Select credits: Phantom of The Opera, CATS, Show Boat, Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and A Chorus Line. Chemainus, I’m back! Lighting/Set Designer Ensemble Costume Designer Ensemble
CAITLYNN MILLER Caitlynn Miller’s career in the Performing Arts has lead her all over the world. After growing up in Coaldale, AB, Caitlynn moved to Vancouver to begin working professionally. Her most recent credits include Princess Cruises, Bud Lite’s Limearita, CW’s Lucifer, The Darlings Cabaret, and on tour with The Iconic Superstars Tribute Show. NICO RHODES A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico has written and performed with orchestra, big band, choir and for musical theatre. Recently Nico orchestrated the world premiere of the new musical The Best Laid Plans (PSP), music directed and orchestrated the hit Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry) and performed his original orchestrations for Tonight…Piaf! with the VI Symphony.
Ensemble Drums Ensemble Musical Director/Keys DUFF MACDONALD Theatre: Miracle On 34th Street (Upper Canada Playhouse), Canadian Legends (Drayton), A Christmas Story - The Musical (The Arts Club), Guys and Dolls (Drayton), The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (US Tour), The Foursome (Theatre on the Grand), Les Misérables (Original Canadian Cast). TV/FILM: Incorporated (Syfy), Tru Love, Cinderella Man, The Music Man, Foolproof. His album NAKED is on Spotify, Google Play & Apple Music.www.duffmacdonald. com JAMES MCRAE James is happy to be invited back to Chemainus Theatre for this performance! James continues to be involved in a number of musically rewarding experiences including Impressions of Lightfoot, a project that included musicians Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, and Miles Black. Performances the past year also include work with Mac & McRawfish, Chris Whiteley, Diane Braithwaite, Ryk Ryce, and Gerry Barnum. Visit www.jamesmcrae.ca for more info. Thanks.
STEPHANIE ROTH Born and raised in the Dairy Capital of Canada, Woodstock Ontario, she began singing at the age of 10. Since then Stephanie has appeared in theatres across North America in a wide variety of productions ranging from Classic and Contemporary Music Theatre to fronting various pop and rock ensembles. Stephanie is thrilled to be spending the summer in Chemainus with her daughter, Cæleigh and with her favourite bass player and Baby Daddy, Kraig! BRAD SHIPLEY Brad has happily made Gabriola Island his home for the past 13 years and has been a part of musical theater productions for the past 10 years. He is excited for his third summer at Chemainus Theatre after performing in Twist and Shout: The British Invasion and Footloose. He holds a degree in music from VIU and is currently the music director for the Gabriola Chamber Ensemble.
CHRISTOPHER SIBBALD Christopher is thrilled to be making his Chemainus debut on Rock Legends this year. A graduate of the University of Victoria’s Theatre Department, he has worked in theatres across the country, including the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals. Now calling Victoria home once again, Christopher works regularly at both the Belfry Theatre and Pacific Opera Victoria. TED SIMONETT Some favourite theatre credits include: Anne of Green Gables, Harvey, Art, Me and My Girl, and Billy Bishop Goes to War. Ted’s career began in England over 35 years ago playing Brad in The Rocky Horror Show. Recent TV and Film: The Handmaid’s Tale, Coming In. Ted lives in Toronto but has been visiting Vancouver Island since 1984. It’s a love affair. Please don’t tell anybody.
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BRAIDEN STEVENSON Growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Braiden was always destined for the stage. Now calling Vancouver home, Braiden is a dancer, instructor and motivator. He has travelled the world working for companies such as Tokyo Disney, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines. When not at the studio Braiden can be found coaching CrossFit, helping others to stay healthy and fit! MELANIE THOMPSON Melanie Thompson (Apprentice Stage Manager)’s recent credits include Sonic Elder (The Chop), FAME: The Musical (Bring On Tomorrow Co.), Silenced (Urban Ink Productions), The Storyteller (Pangaea Arts), Underneath the Lintel (Pacific Theatre), and Shrek: The Musical (TUTS). When not stage managing, Melanie works as a grant writer for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, DreamRider Productions, and other clients in the performing arts.
JUSTIN STADNYK Justin is thrilled to be back after appearing as Ren in Footloose last season! Select Credits: Kinky Boots, Henrik in A Little Night Music (Shaw Fest); Sky in Mamma Mia (Theatre Aquarius); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Fest); Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow Stage); World Premieres of Grumpy Old Men, Boys In The Photograph, and The Wave (MTC); YTV Movie-Musical King of the Camp. www.justinstadnyk.ca Insta/Twitter: @j_stadnyk KRAIG WAYE Kraig is thrilled to be back! He has appeared here in Ring of Fire, Buddy Holly, and Million Dollar Quartet, which he also musically directed. It’s a pleasure to return to Rock Legends as well, having performed as a singer in the original production ten years ago! Kraig works as a musician, actor, singer, songwriter & musical director all across Canada. As always, all my love to Stephanie and little Cæleigh. Ensemble Apprentice Stage Manager Bass Ensemble
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