Ann’s career in theatre began at Rainbow, and she was thrilled to return to direct Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid. Directing credits include Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Musical Theatre Company, Theatre Projects, Dry Cold, Drayton, Great Canadian Theatre Co, Blyth, Persephone, Shaw, and many opera companies. Ann is a graduate of the National Theatre School. Many thanks to Ray for inviting me to work on this ABBA-solutely fabulous musical, and to Brian, Scott, Lisa, Anthony, SMs, cast & crew for making it such fun!
Music Director & Conductor
Anthony is excited to return to Rainbow Stage this summer after conducting Shrek last summer! Anthony has over 150 productions to his credit including: Joseph (Drayton Entertainment); Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre, Regina); Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wedding Singer (Hart House); Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre, London. ON), Godspell (Sheridan College), 13 seasons with Stage West Theatre includes 40 productions such as Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof, Tick Tick Boom, Songs For A New World, Title of Show (Angelwalk Theatre); Myths And Hymns (Talk Is Free Theatre); Seussical (Theatre Aquarius). As a composer, Anthony has written music for Rob Ford The Musical (Toronto), Not In My Backyard (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); Nursery School Musical (performances in Toronto and Houston); The Decameron (Toronto Workshop); award-winning Fringe show I’m Right Here (best musical by Broadwayworld.com). His versatility as a musician has brought him opportunities to work with pop celebrities such as Chantel Kreviazuk, Dan Hill and Josh Groban as well as theatre icons Andrea Martin and Michael Burgess. He is currently on faculty at the Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program and is the artistic director of Voices Rock Canada.
Assistant Music Director
Paul is a Winnipeg based music director, pianist and composer. Selected Rainbow Stage: Little Shop Of Horrors, Sister Act (Music Director), West Side Story (Associate MD) Other companies: Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre, – Merritt award nominee for Outstanding Music Direction), Sister Act (Drayton Entertainment), American Idiot, Heathers, Avenue Q (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Closer Than Ever, The Bridges Of Madison County (Dry Cold) Stars of David (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), Grey Gardens (Associate MD, Acting Up Stage). This show and all future ones are dedicated to Tom.
Rainbow Stage debut!! Broadway/West End: Bombay Dreams (Assoc Choreo); Disney’s High School Musical. Off Broadway: BingoThe Musical!; Executive Decision (Director). National Tours: Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5! (US/UK Tours); Disney’s High School Musical (US/UK Tours, Japan, Australian, Spain); Disney’s HSM 2 (US/UK Tours); Bombay Dreams (US Tour). Regional: The Little Prince; Footloose; The Fabulous Lipitones; Sister Act; Spamalot; The Witches of Eastwick; Mary Poppins; The Little Mermaid; Cutman; The First Wives Club; Anne of Green Gables; Cats; Spelling Bee; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Xanadu. Film/TV: State Like Sleep; The Jews That Wrote Christmas; Diary of A Wimpy Kid 2; The Swinging Nutcracker. www.lisastevens.biz
Scott is excited to be at Rainbow Stage for the summer of 2017. Now in his 18th season designing for Rainbow, Scott has lit 26 Rainbow Stage productions. Most recently, he designed the lighting for the WJT production of The Whipping Man and Sara Ballenden for MTC. Scott is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for their love and support.
Brian is pleased to be designing the sets for “Mama Mia!”. This is his seventh production for Rainbow Stage, previously designing the sets for “Brigadoon”, “Oklahoma”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Music Man”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Les Miserables”.
Brian’s work has been featured on stages across the country, in Europe and the USA. He is a graduate of the U of W and the National theatre School of Canada, and the recipient of a Gemini Award, a Jessie Richardson Award, and a Prix Rideau Award for outstanding set design.
Emily is a sound designer/engineer and owner of Dual Audio Services. Designs include: Jazz Singer (HGJT), Footloose (Sheridan College), Shrek the Musical (RBS), Jacob Two Two (YPT), Into the Woods, Marry Poppins (Neptune); On the Rocks (TPM); The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, The Real World (Tarragon); Arsonists, ‘Art’ (Canadian Stage); Bloodless (Theatre20); Love From Afar (COC); The Admirable Crichton (Shaw Festival).
Little Shop Of Horrors
Director & Choreographer
After 15 years as a high profile concert dancer, actor, singer and music theatre performer, Ray decided to focus his creative energy as a director and choreographer. He has since staged pieces for two European & World tours for CORPUS Dance Projects, at Sheridan College (Chicago, Damn Yankees), Toronto’s Bluma Appel Theatre (The Death of Enkidu), Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage (Cats, The Buddy Holly Story, The Producers, Sister Act, Shrek), Drayton Entertainment’s Huron Country Playhouse & Drayton Festival Theatre (Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity), The Stratford Festival’s Festival Theatre (A Grand Night For Stratford), and at the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre & Festival Theatre (Come Back Little Sheba, Ragtime).
Music Director & Conductor
Paul is a Winnipeg based music director, pianist and composer. Selected Rainbow Stage: Sister Act (Music Director), West Side Story (Associate MD) Other companies: Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre, – Merritt award nominee for Outstanding Music Direction), Sister Act (Drayton Entertainment), American Idiot, Heathers, Avenue Q (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Closer Than Ever, The Bridges Of Madison County (Dry Cold) Stars of David (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), Grey Gardens (Associate MD, Acting Up Stage). This show and all future ones are dedicated to Tom.
17th Season at Rainbow Stage
Donna is a member of the Rainbow Stage Wall OF Fame and proud of her 29 year relationship with the theatre. Last seen in Sister Act, Buddy Holly and Mary Poppins, she has performed coast to coast at the National Arts Centre, Drayton Festival, Belfry Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Persephone Theatre, Stage West Calgary, Theatre Calgary, MTC, PTE, Manitoba Opera, Sarasvati Theatre, Dry Cold and MTYP. As a director Donna’s favourite credits include The Addams Family, A Man of No Importance, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza and Nine (Dry Cold Productions), Brundibar (MCO) and Annie (Rainbow Stage). Donna is an instructor at the U of M Desautels Faculty of Music and the U of W Theatre Department and her favourite role of all time is being mum to Amalia Grace. For James and my own wonderful mum and dad.