Stage Management

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Leslie Watson

Stage Manager

Leslie’s dog, Murtaugh, is absolutely dismayed that she will be returning to Rainbow Stage for her 13th consecutive season, and 21st production. He will spend the summer at daycare, pining for his mom, while she will be collaborating with some of the city’s best artists. Some of Leslie’s favourite past shows at Rainbow have been: Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, and RENT – to name a few – while Murtaugh enjoyed sitting inside Audrey Two as a puppy last summer. They both hope to have some spare time this year to spend with Sean.

Michelle Lagassé

Assistant Stage Manager

Michelle feels privileged to be returning to Rainbow Stage to ASM this great musical. Previous Rainbow Stage musicals which she worked on were Miss Saigon and Footloose. She has ASM’d for the Manitoba Opera on La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Die Fledermaus and The Marriage of Figaro. Michelle has stage managed and assistant stage managed for PTE, RMTC, TPM, Théâtre Cercle Molière and WJT as well as The Shaw Festival, The Globe Theatre, GCTC and The Citadel Theatre. She was the coordinator of the Carol Shield’s Festival of New Works for 14 years, worked on the last 5 Federal Elections and she is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Laura Gow

Apprentice Stage Manager

Laura is a composer and stage manager from Winnipeg who recently completed her B. Mus. (Composition) at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. Past credits include La Traviata (Manitoba Opera), Gracie (PTE), Mamma Mia! (Rainbow Stage), and The Bridges of Madison County (Dry Cold Productions). Outside of stage management, Laura serves as the Director of Production for Manitoba Underground Opera. She has also written a short opera, titled Morgues & Meows, which was performed as part of the 2017 Winnipeg New Music Festival.

Beauty And The Beast

Karyn Kumhyr

STAGE MANAGER

When Karyn was 6 years old, her grandmother decided her eldest granddaughter should be exposed to the arts, and so she bought tickets to take her and her mother to a performance of The King and I at Rainbow Stage. Karyn can still remember parts of that magical night. Going home on the bus, her mother said she was 5 to get her on for free. Karyn marched up to the bus driver and said, “I’m 6 years old and when I grow up I’m going to be in theatre!” Some of Karyn’s favorite experiences since then include stage managing: A Christmas Carol, Next to Normal, Fiddler on the Roof (RMTC); Chimerica (RMTC /CanStage); Small Things, Secret Mask, Unity 1918 (PTE); James and the Giant Peach, Frog and Toad (MTYP); Bump (The Ship’s Company Theatre); The 39 Steps (Harbourfront Theatre), and The Rick Hansen Story at the 2010 Winter Olympics. These many years later Karyn is excited about her first opportunity to work on a show in the theatre where her passion for the arts was first ignited.

Ali Fulmyk

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Ali is excited to be back under the dome this summer on Beauty and The Beast! Select credits include: 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); Danny & The Deep Blue Sea (The Keep); Morning After Grace, Kill Me Now, The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Jane Eyre, Other People’s Money (RMTC); Seminar (RMTC/Mirvish); Fidelio, La Bohème, Don Pasquale, Of Mice and Men (Manitoba Opera); Tribes, Another Way Home (WJT); Sister Act (Drayton Entertainment); Mission: Munschpossible (PTE); American Idiot: The Musical (WST). Much love to my Mom and Dad, and (the beauty to my beast) my husband Paul!

Linsey Callaghan

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Linsey is super jazzed to be back at Rainbow Stage after working as an Apprentice Stage Manager on Les Misérables. Selected credits included: The Humans (Royal MTC); The Birds and the Bees (PTE); James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); King Lear, The Beaux’ Stratagem, All My Sons (Stratford Festival). Linsey is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Production Program. Enjoy the show!

Ryan Bjornson

APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER

Ryan is ecstatic to be back at Rainbow Stage for the second time with Beauty and the Beast. This is Ryan’s sixth professional engagement since graduating from the University of Manitoba in February 2017. Ryan trained with The Black Hole Theatre Company, and has previously worked with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, and Sarasvati Productions. He would like to thank his friends, family, and mentors for their endless support.

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