Ma-Anne Dionisio is best known for her role as “Kim” in the Toronto premiere production of Miss Saigon. Some of her other credits include “Kim ” in Miss Saigon in Australia and the UK, “Eponine” in the International and US touring productions of Les Miserables, “Bertrande” in London’s West End production of Martin Guerre, and “Maria” in Stratford Festival’s West Side Story.
Olivia is a graduate of Sheridan’s Musical Theatre Performance Degree Program. She’s so grateful and excited to be performing in Mamma Mia! Much love and thanks to her ever supportive family, friends and to her love Stephen. Her selected theatre credits include Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story (The Grand Theatre), In The Heights (Theatre Sheridan); Judith (Stratford Springworks Festival); Anything Goes (The Grand Theatre HSP)
Rainbow Stage Debut. Selected credits: Ursula/Mother Abbess U/S Sound of Music, Nettie Fowler U/S Carousel (Stratford Festival); Ensemble & Rosie U/S, Mamma Mia! (Littlestar/Mirvish); Rita (singer), Flying on Her Own (Neptune); Bird Girl, Seussical (Aquarius); Frau Zeller/Sr.Margaretta U/S, Sound of Music (Webber/Mirvish); Golde, Fiddler on the Roof & Georgie, Full Monty (Stage West); Woman 2, Songs for a New World (Angelwalk); A Mis-sissauga Arts Award Winner, Denise holds a B.Mus. & B.Ed. from Queen’s University. She is a member of the vocal faculty at Sheridan College & UTM’s Theatre & Drama Studies Program & serves as Artistic Director for Theatre Atoms. Her greatest joy is being Mother to William and Liliana!
Jennifer has played dramatic, comedic and musical leading roles all across Canada. Highlights in Winnipeg include Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot, Diana Goodman in Next to Normal, Pam in Myth of the Ostrich (RMTC), plus Rainbow roles: Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Velma Von Tussel in Hairspray, and Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain. She is trilled to be part of this magnificent cast. For my Amanda.
Kevin most recently appeared in The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions), Stars of David (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), and Les Miserables (Rainbow Stage). He also directed Forever Plaid for Rainbow Stage in 2008. Select theatre credits include the Canadian Premiere of Miss Saigon, the Canadian National Tour of Les Miserables, Forever Plaid in both Toronto and Vancouver, and Big the Musical (Rainbow Stage). He has also traveled the US and Scotland as the lead singer in Celticfusion, a Celtic rock musical.
Originally from Newfoundland, Clint began his performance career as a vocalist in the American cruise industry. This is his Rainbow Stage debut. Theatre: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Perfect Wedding (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Habib’s Unforgettable All Night House Party (RCAT, Western Canada Theatre); Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre); Nature of the Beast (Storefront Theatre); Oil and Water (RCAT, Neptune, Grand, National Arts Centre). TV: Reign; Defiance, Republic of Doyle; Lost Girl.
This is Arne’s first show at Rainbow Stage. Last season he performed in Black Coffee and 23.5 Hours for RMTC, The Last Concert of Richard II with Royal Canoe; produced by Zone 41, and petites danses presented by Gear Shifting Performance Works. He also directed Sargent and Victor and Me for Sick + Twisted/Theatre Projects Manitoba, Lame Is… for Sick + Twisted, and is working on the development of Embargo with One Trunk Theatre, Crazy Bone for TPM, and a dance/theatre piece with Company Link.
Drew Plummer is thrilled to be making his Rainbow Stage debut in Mamma Mia! A recent Sheridan College graduate, Drew’s Theatre Sheridan credits include playing Ren McCormack in Footloose and Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight. This past summer, Drew had the pleasure of performing in the Charlottetown Festival’s Young Company, sharing his love for performing with his fellow Canadians. Lots of love to Bruce and the Talent House team!
Andrea is a Winnipeg-based actor, improviser and producer. Theatre credits include Les Miserables (Rainbow), Kill Me Now, The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad (RMTC), Beautiful Man (TPM), Mr Burns: A post-electric play (DTC), Sunday in the Park With George (Galleryworks), James and the Giant Peach (MTYP). Film/TV credits include My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Stegman Is Dead, The Pinkertons, Wingin’ It, Radius, Steel, Blood Pressure, Men With Brooms. Andrea is a founding member of the local musical improv company, Outside Joke.
Michele is ecstatic to be home, performing in Mamma Mia!. Recent credits include: Sonja (The Life/Call it a Day Productions), Gingy/Sugarplum Fairy (Shrek/Neptune Theatre), Jolene Oakes (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Stephenville Theatre Festival), Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray/The LOT), Spamalot (STF), The Little Mermaid/ Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage.) This one goes to her family and friends especially her Mom who has made countless sacrifices to allow her to continue to follow her dreams.XOXO
Galen is very happy to be back in Winnipeg. Originally from Kingston Ontario, Galen’s family moved to Winnipeg in 2000. He is a graduate of Glenlawn Collegiate and an alumni of Shelley Shearer School of Dance. Selected Credits: A Chorus Line, Crazy For You, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, 42nd Street, Pirates of Penzance and The Hypochondriac (Stratford Festival), The North American tour of Saturday Night Fever (NorthCore), We Will Rock You (Mirvish), Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company) North American tours of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Camelot (Drayton) As well as over 2 dozen other productions across Canada. Galen is also a talented drummer and animator. youtube.com/galen5055
Select Credits: Angel in Rent, Joe Vegas in Fame, Chino in Westside Story, Shrek, A Chorus Line, South Pacific (Rainbow Stage); Mark in Altarboyz (PTE/WST); Jojo in Seussical (YPT); Angelo in Danny King Of The Basement (MTYP); Billy Elliot, The Wave (RMTC); Evita (TC/RMTC); Beauty and the Beast (Citadel/TC); Miss Saigon (Drayton); Mamma Mia (Mirvish) This show is dedicated to Patti, Gilles, my family, and all my students at SSSOD.
Theatre: Bartholomew in Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); Joey Primo in Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing (North American première) (Mirvish); Tap Dogs (2010/2012 North American tour); Munkustrap in Cats, Park Keeper/Bank Chairman in Mary Poppins (Neptune); Pete in Saturday Night Fever (NorthCore); Big Deal in West Side Story (Citadel) Film/TV: 66th Annual Tony Awards, Score: A Hockey Musical (2010 TIFF opener), Once Upon a Mattress (ABC/Disney), Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Columbia Pictures).
Jesse is an actor and fiddler from London, Ontario who made his Rainbow Stage debut in last season’s Ring Of Fire. He is a recurring company member at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia since 2012 including five headlining productions. Jesse has performed at venues such as the Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment, America’s Got Talent, and the Beijing Olympic Stadium. Enjoy the show!
Rebekah is delighted to be spending another summer at Rainbow Stage. Past Rainbow Stage credits include Shrek the Musical, Les Miserables, and The Wizard of Oz. She also appeared in Billy Elliot: The Musical (RMTC) and in 2014 attended the Rainbow Stage Conservatory Actor’s Intensive. Rebekah has choreographed for Celebrations Dinner Theatre and Koba Entertainment as well as apprenticed with Winnipeg Studio Theatre and Dry Cold Productions.
Toronto based Singer/Actor/Dancer originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta. His professional career has taken him all over North America, everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax, NYC and Los Angeles. Grant is very grateful to everyone who has supported him throughout his journey and would like to dedicate the performances of Mamma Mia! to his Father who is no longer with him.
Tyler is thrilled to be returning to Rainbow Stage in this production of Mamma Mia! Tyler’s love of musical theatre began in 2008 at the age of 9 during his summer in Rainbow’s production of Peter Pan. Other credits include Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow Stage) Heathers The Musical (WST), and A Christmas Story (RMTC). Tyler has trained in dance and musical theatre at Ken Peter Dance Express for 10 years, and has studied voice with Donna Fletcher for 3 years.
Lia made her Rainbow Stage debut last season in Shrek, and is excited to be a part of the Rainbow team again. Her training includes: Royal Winnipeg Ballet, School of Alberta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and currently, Shelley Shearer School of Dance. Much love to my family, friends, and instructors at SSSOD for all their continued support.
Sarah is thrilled to be back at Rainbow, appearing earlier this season in South Pacific. Credits include: The Sound of Music, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Rainbow Stage); Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold); Fallstaff, Werther (Manitoba Opera); The Snowman and the Bear, 2015/16 Open House (WSO). Sarah, a 3rd year voice student at the U of M Faculty of Music, trains with the amazing Donna Fletcher. She is the recipient of the 2017 Tudor Bowl and G&S Trophy at the Wpg. Music Festival. Sarah is an alumnus of the Shelley Shearer School of Dance.
Sophie is excited to make her Rainbow Stage debut in Mamma Mia! She recently graduated from the Sheridan College Bachelor of Musical Theatre program. Her performing credits include How To Succeed, Footloose, Shrek, Damn Yankees (Sheridan), West Side Story and A Tribute to FOSSE (Etobicoke School of the Arts). Sophie is the co-founder of the Oakville based youth musical theatre company Innovative Arts, where she choreographs, directs and teaches.
After appearing in Sister Act and Shrek: The Musical, Brett is overjoyed to be returning for another summer in Kildonan Park!
Brett is a company member with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and a spin instructor at Saikel Indoor Cycling Studio. He has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Little Opera Company, and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He would like to thank his family for their continued support and he hopes you enjoy the show!
Catherine grew up in Winnipeg and has performed at the Stratford Festival and played the leading role in many Broadway shows in New York and on tour. She moved to Los Angeles where she ran a mortgage company and became a nurse. In 2013, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She had an awake craniotomy, radiation and 4 kinds of chemo. She is happy to be home and doing what she loves best which includes teaching musical theatre at Shelley Shearer School of Dance! She has two amazing kids and an awesome husband.
Little Shop Of Horrors
Chris George is absolutely chuffed to be making his Rainbow Stage debut this summer. Select theatre credits: The Odyssey (Driftwood), Brave Hearts (Ryan Rep. NYC), Titus Andronicus, Alice in Wonderland (Shakespeare by the Sea), The Pillowman (Rarely Pure). He can also be seen every morning on the hit CBC kids show: The Moblees. Thanks, as always, to his family for their support. For more, visit: www.chrisgeorge.tv
Gabi is best known for playing Fanny Brice in the Segal Centre’s production of Funny Girl and for understudying Girl in the Mirvish production of Once (Dora award- Ensemble). Other faves: Prom Queen (Segal Centre), Fiddler… (Stage West), The Sound of Music, Blood Brothers, Perfect Wedding (Drayton), & To Life (HGJT- Dora Nomination- Outstanding Performance). A beloved cabaret performer, her very own Gabaret was hailed BEST CABARET OF THE YEAR (Times Square Chronicles). Love to the T-House, M, D, J, and t’other J (aka her very own Seymour).
Robb has been an actor and Director in Canada for thirty-six years. He started his career as a member of RMTC’s acting company in 1981 and since then has worked in every Winnipeg theatre company. He has worked in over 175 productions in every region of the country including twenty four seasons at Rainbow Stage. Robb lives in Winnipeg; his work has taken him to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Nova Scotia.
Jesse is an actor and fiddler from London, Ontario who made his Rainbow Stage debut in last season’s Ring Of Fire. He is a recurring company member at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia since 2012 including five headlining productions. Jesse has performed at venues such as the Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment, America’s Got Talent, and the Beijing Olympic Stadium. Open wide and enjoy the show!
Voice of Audrey II
This past year Simon wrote and performed a theatrical adaptation of Symphony Fantastique with the WSO and shortly after welcomed a new addition to his family! Credits include, Director: American Idiot, Young Frankenstein (WST), Lucky Stiff (MDA), Songs for a New World (WRP), 7 Stories (TBTR). Actor: Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold), Am I not King (zone41/RoyalCanoe), James and The Giant Peach (MTYP), South Pacific, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The Producers (Rainbow) and Sunday in the Park with George (RMTC’s SondheimFest).
Lisa is delighted to return for her 6th season with Rainbow Stage. Recently seen in The Little Mermaid; other credits dear to her heart include: Avenue Q, Rent, Hairspray, Crowns, Falcon Beach, and Canadian Idol as a finalist. Currently, Lisa performs with the Ron Paley Big Band and recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Thanks to all family and friends for their support. Dedicated to my late mother, Maureen Bell….
Colleen is delighted to be back for this exciting season. Rainbow Stage: South Pacific with the WSO (Nurse), Shrek (Fairy Godmother/Blind Mouse), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert), Les Misérables (Cosette), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Mary Poppins (Katie Nana/Ensemble). Other: Tunny in American Idiot (WST), Jazz Soloist (WJO), Top 4 Over the Rainbow (CBC TV), Shprintze in Fiddler… (RMTC). Colleen is a Dean’s Honour Roll graduate from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the U of M.
Rochelle is thrilled to be a part of one of her dream shows, Little Shop of Horrors! A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program, Rochelle has spent the last 9 years performing as a lead vocalist in production shows on various cruise lines and now travels as a guest entertainer headliner with her trio group UniQue3. Love to her family & friends and to her husband Ruslan. Rochelle would like to thank everyone at Rainbow Stage and Ray Hogg for this incredible experience!
Ensemble / Plant Puppeteer
Darren is excited to be a part of Little Shop of Horrors! This will mark his 3rd season with Rainbow Stage. Darren’s credits include The Producers, Les Misérables (Rainbow Stage), Alice Through the Looking Glass (RMTC), Another Way Home (WJT), American Idiot, Heathers: The Musical, Avenue Q (WST), A Little Night Music, and The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions). Catch Darren this winter in RMTC’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol.