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Carson Nattrass

DIRECTOR

Carson Nattrass is the Artistic Director of Rainbow Stage. Since 2019, Carson has introduced large-scale Canadian musicals to Rainbow Stage audiences while expanding the company’s mandate to promote Manitoba talent by welcoming Manitoba playwrights and composers to create new musicals for the Canadian and international theatre landscape. Carson previously directed Rainbow Stage’s CASH: RING OF FIRE, A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE and FOOTLOOSE. He has appeared in Rainbow Stage’s SHREK, WEST SIDE STORY, THE PRODUCERS, MARY POPPINS, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, HAIRSPRAY, CATS, PETER PAN, GREASE and MISS SAIGON. In 2013 he was an inaugural participant in Rainbow Stage’s PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. Carson began his post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba before receiving his BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and an education in directing at the Stratford Festival of Canada. An award-winning theatre artist, Carson has worked in theatres from coast to coast and continues to work with Rainbow Stage’s board of director’s, staff and greater theatre community to increase points of access to Rainbow Stage.

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Paula Potosky

Music Director/Conductor

Paula is thrilled to be returning to Rainbow Stage this season wearing a brand new… helmet as Music Director for The Hockey Sweater! She provided music direction for Midwinter Mosey and A Year with Frog and Toad at MTYP, Pizza Party’s production of Chicago and Dry Cold Productions’ Kiss of the Spider Woman. Paula also loves to perform and has played starring roles in Mary Poppins (Mary); Cinderella (Marie); Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown); Les Misérables (Fantine) and Annie (Grace) at Rainbow Stage and has performed many other lead and supporting roles at the RMTC, PTE, WJT, WST and Dry Cold. She is honoured to have the chance to provide an assist to a new generation of performers at Rainbow!

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Jaz Sealey

Choreographer

With his head up and stick on the ice, Jaz is thrilled to be back at Rainbow Stage. A Winnipegger at heart, Grant Park graduate, RWB student and Rainbow alumni it is an honour to be under the dome again. Favourite theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway), Dirty Dancing (Mirvish), Kiss Me Kate, Evita, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope (Stratford). For the past 8 years, Jaz has been an original company member of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway which has granted him the chance to perform on the 1st National Tour, Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View and a special presentation at the White House for the Obamas.

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Brian Perchaluk

Set Designer

Brian is a Winnipeg based designer whose work has been featured on stages across the country, in the USA and Europe, including two seasons at each The Shaw and Stratford festivals and over 75 productions for the RMTC. Previous Rainbow Stage credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, and Brigadoon. Brian is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the National Theatre School of Canada, and the recipient of Gemini, Prix Rideau, Jesse Richardson, and Winnipeg Theatre awards. In 2018 he was inducted into the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame

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Scott Henderson

Lighting Designer

Scott is excited to be back at Rainbow Stage for The Hockey Sweater. Now in his 20th season designing for Rainbow, Scott has lit over 30 Rainbow Stage productions including Cinderella (2019), Mamma Mia (2017), Les Misérables (2015), Rent (2010) and West Side Story (2002, 2015). Scott is a member of ADC/IATSE Local 659 and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for their love and support.

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Chris Coyne

Sound Designer

Chris has had the pleasure of working with many local and international theatre groups. Credits include The (Post) Mistress, The Mountaintop, Fun Home, Kill Me Now (with NAC), The Hound of the Baskervilles 2016 (Tour) (Royal MTC); Routes 2016/17 Tour (MTYP); The Hound of the Baskervilles Mar. 2015, Little Thing Big Thing Sept. 2015 (PTE); EDEN 2013 (Sarasvàti); Bashir Lazhar Mar. 2013 (TPM); Angels in America 2012, Perestroika 2014 (WJT); Three Sisters 2011 (zone41). Chris has been involved in the theatre industry in Winnipeg for many years. He is a graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology and is currently working as Royal MTC’s Technical Director at the John Hirsch Mainstage.

Andrew St. Hilaire

Andrew St. Hilaire

Rehearsal Pianist, Keyboards Programmer, Alternate Conductor

Live musical theatre has returned and it’s great to be back! What a joy to be part of this incredible new Canadian musical with so many talented young stars shining brightly on stage!
Select Music Director credits include: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Annie, Footloose, Cats, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, RENT (Rainbow Stage); Matilda (Citadel Theatre); Pippin, 9 to 5 the Musical, Sister Act (MacEwan University); Carousel, Parade (Opera NUOVA); Assassins, Side Show (Citadel Theatre Young Company); The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions); Bloodless (White Rabbit Productions); Spring Awakening, Hersteria (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); The Last Five Years (Act Natural Productions); The Producers, Beauty And The Beast (Neptune Theatre).

Tyrell Witherspoon

Tyrell Witherspoon

Assistant Choreographer / SWING

Tyrell is elated to be back at Rainbow Stage this summer. Previous Rainbow appearances include: Cinderella, Sister Act, West Side Story, Footloose, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Full Monty, and Miss Saigon. His career has allowed him to work in theatres from coast to coast and perform with the Vancouver Opera, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius, and the Charlottetown Festival. Outside of theatre, Tyrell has worked in TV and film on the CW’s Hellcats, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, as well films Date & Switch, Girl VS Monster, Rags, and Time Cut. He was also the choreographer and dance lead in Skip the Dishes’ 2021 Pride campaign and the choreographer for the feature action film Nobody. Tyrell hopes you truly enjoy your magical experience under the dome!

Nancy Puttaert

Nancy Puttaert

Costume Coordinator

Nancy is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the welcome return of live theatre in Manitoba. Thank you to our audiences for their support. Enjoy the show!

Zahra Larche

Zahra Larche

Stage Manager

Zahra is ecstatic to join the Rainbow team! Select Credits as Stage Manager: The Drawer Boy (Hudson Village Theatre), Miss Julie, The Dumbwaiter (NTSC), Resident SM for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival (2017 & 2018); Shape of a Girl (Cart Before the Horse). As ASM: Calpurnia (RMTC, NAC), Bang Bang (RMTC, The Belfry Theatre). As Apprentice: The Barber of Seville (Manitoba Opera), Buying the Farm, Vietgone, Matilda the Musical, The Humans (RMTC), The Halloween Tree (Geordie). Zahra is a 2017 graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production Program. A very special thanks to my parents, my MTC family, Ilana Modulevsky, Patrick Michalishyn, my NTS classmates, Kathryn Ball, Carson Nattrass, and everyone who made our show possible!

Michelle Lagassé

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 Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Miss Saigon and Footloose. She has Assistant Stage Managed for the Manitoba Opera on La Taviata, Il Travatore, Die Fledermaus and The Marriage of Figaro. Michelle has Stage Managed and Assistant Stage Managed for PTE, RMTC, TPM, WJT, Sarasvàti, Théâtre Cercle Molière as well as The Shaw Festival, The Globe Theatre, GCTC and The Citadel Theatre. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Angela Marshall

Angela Marshall

Assistant Stage Manager

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

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Jazz Marcelino

Apprentice Stage Manager

Jazz Marcelino is an aspiring stage manager living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is her second time apprenticing for Rainbow Stage and is ecstatic to see the company’s live musical theatre magic again. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg in Theatre and Film in 2021 and has stage managed productions for Winnipeg Fringe Festival shows pre-pandemic, Shakespeare Fest and Fem Fest in 2020. Jazz is a first-generation Filipino immigrant who dreams to see Canada coast to coast while working in the beautiful arts. Miscellaneous Jazz-y Facts: She loves a lot of things – sushi, coffee, window shopping, cooking, but most of all she loves spending time with her family.