Canadian Stage director Rob Herriot is thrilled to be coming back to the Rainbow Stage family to direct this production of Wizard of Oz, having directed last season’s Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast in 2018. Rob did his very first show with Rainbow Stage back in 1985. Since that first magical time he has returned to the company in various ways – as an ensemble member, apprentice stage manager and principal characters 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 other focus is directing opera productions across North America.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Alexandra is a passionate choreographer, director and educator. Choreography credits include: Cinderella at Rainbow Stage (Evie Award nomination), NINE at Sheridan College, Kelly v. Kelly at Musical Stage Company (Assistant), Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s A Chorus Line, Stratford Festival’s PAL Benefit, Anne Of Green Gables (with Stephanie Graham), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (with Robin Calvert), Mary Poppins (with Marc Kimelman) and for many award-winning professional dancers across Canada and the USA. Five seasons at the Stratford Festival and a Sheridan College grad, Alexandra is thrilled to create art in Winnipeg, where it all began! Grateful to Carson for having me, my family and DaCosta Talent for the support, and to my brilliant collaborators: Rob and Paul.
Paul De Gurse
Music Director, Conductor
Paul De Gurse is thrilled to be spending his 7th summer with Rainbow Stage. Past favorites include conducting Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act. Over the course of his career he has worked 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. In Winnipeg, he has worked as a music director, composer or sound designer at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center, Manitoba Theatre For Young People, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, and Dry Cold Productions. Coming up he is continuing to conduct musicals in Winnipeg and across Canada, as well as continuing to develop The Village Conservatory for Music Theatre, an initiative he co-founded which is dedicated to the creation of a full time professional musical theatre training program in Winnipeg. This show and all future ones are for Tom.