Rainbow Stage is committed to promote equal engagement opportunities by inclusive casting of artists who self-identify as diverse in roles where ethnicity, gender, age, the presence or absence of a disability, or any other ground of discrimination prohibited by law, is not prescribed.
Canadian Stage director Rob Herriot is thrilled to be coming back to the Rainbow Stage family to direct this production of Cinderella, following last summer’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Rob did his very first show with Rainbow Stage back in 1985. Since that first magical time he returned to the company in various ways – as an ensemble member, apprentice stage manager and principal character playing the roles of Joe Cable in South Pacific (1997) and Jacey Squires in The Music Man (1998). He credits Rainbow Stage with being one of the major influences in his career. Rob’s primary work is in opera where he has directed productions across North America.
Paul De Gurse
Music Director / Conductor
Paul De Gurse is thrilled to be back at Rainbow Stage. Over the course of his career he has played and conducted for various companies across Canada, including Toronto’s Acting Up Stage Company and Angelwalk Theatre, Southern Ontario’s Drayton Entertainment, Halifax’s Neptune Theatre and Edmonton’s Mayfield Theatre. He loves making theatre in Winnipeg most of all, where he’s had wonderful experiences at the Manitoba Theatre For Young People, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Dry Cold Productions, and 5 seasons with Rainbow Stage. Coming up he is continuing to develop the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre, an initiative he has co-founded which is dedicated to the creation of a full time professional musical theatre training program in Winnipeg. This and all future productions are for Tom.
Alexandra, born and raised in Winnipeg, is a passionate choreographer, director, performer and educator. Most recently, Alexandra choreographed and assisted director Carson Nattrass on the WSO and Rainbow Stage’s A Chorus Line. She has also choreographed for the Stratford Festival’s PAL Benefit, Sheridan’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Rainbow’s Mary Poppins (with Marc Kimelman) and for many award-winning professional dancers across Canada and the United States. As a performer, Alexandra has spent five seasons at the Stratford Festival and has appeared at many regional theatres across the country. She has been seen on TV and in movies, including Suits, Bomb Girls, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, L.A. Complex and Make It Happen. Huge thanks to Carson and the incredible team at Rainbow for having me. Gratitude to my professional mentors: Donna, Robin and Stephanie. Enjoy the show!
Set & Properties Designer
Narda is an award-winning set, costume and lighting designer based in Calgary. She graduated with an MFA in theatre design from the University of Alberta in 2000. Since then her work has been seen on stages across the country including: Stratford Festival, NAC, Grand Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Persephone, Globe Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo, Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Western Canada Theatre. Narda designed the costumes for The Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton for 16 seasons. She also designed the costumes for the feature film Cut Bank. Visit narda.ca to see images of her work.
Scott is excited to be at Rainbow Stage for the summer of 2019. Now in his 20th season designing for Rainbow, Scott has lit 30 Rainbow Stage productions. Most recently, he designed the lighting for the RMTC productions of John and The Cottage, as well as Kiss of the Spiderwoman for Dry Cold. Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Lighting Design at the 2018 Evie Awards. He is grateful to have had several opportunities to work with the late Evelyn Anderson, one of the best performers on this or any other stage. Scott is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and IATSE Local 63 and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for their love and support.
Emily Porter is an ADC sound designer/engineer who has worked on theatrical projects across Canada and the US. She is the owner of Dual Audio Services. For Rainbow Stage: Beauty & the Beast (2018), Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Mamma Mia!, Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek The Musical. Other credits include: Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods (Neptune Theatre); Brighton Beach Memoirs,The Jazz Singer, Kindertransport, Sister Rosensweig (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Footloose (Sheridan College), Jacob Two Two (Young People’s Theatre); Apocalypsis (Associate SD, Luminato); On the Rocks, The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille); The Arsonists, ‘Art’ (Canadian Stage); Bloodless (Theatre20); Love From Afar (COC); St Carmen of the Main (NAC/Canadian Stage); The Admirable Crichton (Shaw Festival).
Nancy’s previous shows serving as Costume Coordinator for Rainbow Stage include: Annie, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Shrek: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, and Strike! The Musical. She is excited to return for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and to be part of the creative team that makes this magical production come alive!
Donna Sharpe is thrilled to be spending her summer in Winnipeg with good friends, and stage managing this production of Cinderella. Donna enjoys working in musical theatre, opera and new works creation. Favorite production credits include Rigoletto, Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, Silent Night, Moby-Dick, Carmen, Magic Flute, Gianni Schicchi, Madame Butterfly, Die tote Stadt, Falstaff, Aida, Otello (Calgary Opera), South Pacific, Mikado, Candide, Pirates of Penzance (Opera in the Village), Million Dollar Quartet (Stage West Calgary), What Gives (Lunchbox Theatre) Chamber Werx, No One’s Safe (Banff Centre), Jukebox Hero (Alberta Tour), Ghost Opera (The Old Trouts Puppet Workshop). Donna also enjoys working with Young Artist Programs for Directors, Artists, and Stage Managers, and teaching in the field of Women’s Health.
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Ali is excited to be back under the dome for her 10th Rainbow Stage Production with the fantastic Company of Cinderella! Select credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek: The Musical, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage); A Chorus Line (WSO/Rainbow); Happy Place, Prairie Nurse, Mission: Munschpossible (PTE); American Idiot: The Musical (WST); Danny & The Deep Blue Sea (The Keep); Morning After Grace, Kill Me Now (RMTC); Seminar (RMTC/Mirvish); Of Mice and Men (Manitoba Opera); Tribes, Another Way Home (WJT); Sister Act (Drayton Entertainment). Much love to Mom and Dad, and especially Paul; I can’t believe he found a glass slipper that fit these size 10’s!
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Ryan is jazzed to be back at Rainbow Stage this summer as an ASM! Ryan worked as an apprentice for Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast. Since last summer, Ryan has stage managed After Jerusalem, Intimate Apparel and Becoming Dr. Ruth with WJT, and was the ASM for The RWB’s Wizard of Oz and Nutcracker. He’s previously worked as an apprentice with RMTC and Manitoba Opera. He trained with the Black Hole Theatre Company at the University of Manitoba. Ryan would like to thank all the stage managers he’s worked with as an apprentice; without their continuing guidance and support, he wouldn’t be here. Shout out to Amy, Brandon, Syd and the family for their endless support!
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER
Katie Hoppa is thrilled to be joining Rainbow Stage for the first time with Cinderella this season as an Apprentice Stage Manager. Katie is a soon to be graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre and Film program, specializing in production and stage management. Some of Katie’s recent productions include: Intimate Apparel (App. SM) with the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Stripped Down Romeo & Juliet (SM) and Timon of Athens (App. SM) with Shakespeare in the Ruins, Reefer Madness (App. SM) with Winnipeg Studio Theatre and Three Penny Opera (Asst. SM) with Sick & Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre.