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 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!