Creative

Strike! The Musical

Sharon Bajer

DIRECTOR

A veteran of the Winnipeg theatre community, Sharon has been creating theatre across Canada for over 25 years. Sharon was Director-in-Residence at Rainbow Stage in 2014 and has taught at the Rainbow’s Actor’s Intensive for the past 3 years. Sharon was in the original production of Strike! directed by Ann Hodges in 2005. She also proudly served as the President of ACTRA Manitoba from 2004-2007. As well as an award winning actor and director, Sharon is a nationally produced and published playwright and has been a member of PTE’s playwright’s unit for over 10 years. Sharonbajer.com

Jesse Grandmont

Music Director/Conductor

Jesse started playing the violin since the age of 3 and has been fiddling around ever since. Jesse’s performances have taken him across Canada and internationally, playing with artists including Ben Vereen, Jann Arden, Ben Harper, Barrage, and David Rogers. Jesse is currently an active member of the Stacey Kay Band with whom he performed on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. Jesse has performed in top theatres across the country including The Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment, The Grand Theatre and is a recurring cast member at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia as a violinist, singer, actor and dancer. Jesse is thrilled to return to Rainbow Stage this summer. Previous Rainbow credits include Ring of Fire, South Pacific, Little Shop of Horrors and Mamma Mia!

Stephanie (SAM) Manchulenko

Choreographer

Sam is grateful to be choreographing again for Rainbow Stage after a joy filled experience with last summer’s Beauty and the Beast. Select performance credits include Sheila in A Chorus Line, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Chicago and Joseph (Rainbow Stage); Guys and Dolls and White Christmas (RMTC) and two seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Select film credits include Suicide Squad, and Shall We Dance. She has choreographed for Talk is Free Theatre in Ontario (Napoleon, Bye Bye Birdie, Emily), Celebrations, Chai Folk Ensemble, the Confederation Center Young Company in Charlottetown and was assistant choreographer for Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage). Sam is a passionate yoga and meditation instructor who leads yoga teacher trainings and self-discovery workshops in Winnipeg: samtheyogi.com

Douglas Paraschuk

Set & Properties Designer

Douglas has been the Design Coordinator for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for 22 seasons with over 30 production design credits, as well as The Magician’s Nephew and Stephen Fry’s Mythos for the Shaw Festival. Select Director of Design credits include: the 2014-19 Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the Arab Games and the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening, Medals, and Closing Ceremonies, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Men’s World Handball Championships, and David Atkins Enterprises (the Americas). Over the past 35 years Doug has designed for television, theatre, film and touring productions and has created hundreds of productions for regional theatres across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Scott Henderson

Lighting Designer

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.

Kathryn Ball

Stage Manager

Kathryn is thrilled to be back at Rainbow Stage this summer having previously worked on A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Forever Plaid and The Full Monty. Some of her other favourite theatre credits include Matilda and Shakespeare In Love (RMTC and Citadel), Once (Citadel), Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold), Mary Poppins, The Last Resort and The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe Theatre), How The Heavens Go and The Brink (PTE), as well as 19 productions with Manitoba Opera and 7 trips around rural Manitoba with RMTC’s Regional Tour. She hopes you are having a fabulous summer and that you enjoy the show!

Angela Marshall

Assistant Stage Manager

Angela is excited to be making her Rainbow Stage debut. Selected Credits Include: Orpheus Descending, A Christmas Carol and Trying (RMTC), Misery (The Grand Theatre), Home & Away (Theatre Orangeville), The All Night Strut (Stirling Festival), and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Neptune Theatre). Other ASM credits include: 18 Seasons with the Stratford Festival, The Globe Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre, Factory Theatre, Mirvish Productions and Theatre Orangeville. Angela would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support.

Katie Schmidt

Apprentice Stage Manager

Katie Schmidt is a graduate of the U of W Theatre and Film program. Musicals have always been a passion of hers and she is super excited to be working with Rainbow Stage on Strike! The Musical. Recent Apprentice Stage Manager credits include A Doll’s House (RMTC), Still/Falling Tour (MTYP), and Sense and Sensibility (RMTC). While she loves stage managing, you can usually find Katie behind her sewing machine, building props, or binge-watching the newest comic-book-turned-tv-show and cuddling with her cat. Thanks and Love to Mom, Dad, Raya, and Moosie.

Cinderella

Rob Herriot

DIRECTOR

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 Herzog

Choreographer

Alexandra, born and raised in Winnipeg, is a passionate choreographer, director, performer and educator. Most recently, Alexandra choreographed and assisted director Carson Nattrass on Rainbow Stage’s A Chorus Line. This summer she also asst. directed/asst. choreographed Anne of Green Gables at Thousand Islands Playhouse. Her choreography can be seen in 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 US.

As a performer, Alexandra has spent five seasons at the Stratford Festival. She 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. She is also the recipient of a Theatre Ontario Training Grant.

Huge thanks to Carson and the incredible team at Rainbow for having me. Gratitude to my professional mentors: Robin, Marc and Stephanie. Enjoy the show!

NARDA McCARROLL

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 Henderson

Lighting Designer

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

Sound Designer

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 Puttaert

Costume Coordinator

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

STAGE MANAGER

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.

ALI FULMYK

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!

RYAN BJORNSON

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!

KATIE HOPPA

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.