Windrush 2010 Cast & Crew

Information is as it appeared in the Windrush 2010 program and bios may not be up to date.


A Dollar

Cast Photo for A Dollar @ Windrush 2010

From left to right: Lori Jean Hodge, Laszlo Sijarto, Corey Tomicic, Douglas Connors, Emily Veryard, Noelle Andrews Front: Ragi Ibrahim, Missing: Bishoy Badir

Douglas Connors (Comedian)

A dancer in my soul, a bon vivant, with a slightly skewed sense of humour. Enjoy the show!

Lori Jean Hodge (Old Woman)

Graduate of the Ottawa Theatre School, Lori Jean’s recent theatre credits include singer Estelle in The Radio Show (The Gladstone), chorus fairy in A Midwinter’s Dream Tale (Company of Fools), and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa (OLT). Musical theatre credits: Ronnie in Hair and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Act Out). She sings with Cantarra, a 4-person a capella group.

Laszlo Szijarto (Old Man)

Laszlo started acting for camera in the early 80s, then gave it a rest and dove back in at the turn of the century to play in everything from fetish/fantasy, comedy and musical theatre to film, television and voice work.

Corey Tomicic (Villain)

Corey is a bilingual performer and graduate from U of O’s Theatre program. His background includes acting, singing, dancing and gymnastics, some of which he gets to display in this show.

Emily Veryard (Heroine)

Recently back in Ottawa, Emily is currently working as a high school drama teacher and has a degree in Drama from Queens University. She is Co-Artistic Director of a Newfoundland based theatre company, PushPin Productions, with multiple acting credits including Steph in Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil Labute, and Joyce Tubinitz in Michael Healey’s Kreskinned.

Noelle Andrews (Ingenue)

Bishoy Badir (Stranger)

Ragi Ibrahim (Tragedian)


The Angel Intrudes

Cast photo for The Angel Intrudes @ Windrush 2010

From left to right: Solly Balbaa, Ragi Ibrahim, Jesse Reynolds, Shannon Riley

Solly Balbaa (Man on Street)

Solly is a 26 year old Egyptian/Canadian actor. At age 6, he was inspired by Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone to pursue acting as a career. He took classes at the Ottawa Little Theatre and has since had many speaking roles in plays, films and commercials.

Jesse Reynolds (Angel)

A self-proclaimed socialite, Jesse is known for his fun personality and true desire for entertaining. With training in Theatre Performance from Humber College and experience accumulating since childhood, Jesse is passionate about acting and being on stage and is pursuing a career in film, television and broadcasting.

Shannon Riley (Annabelle)

Shannon is an up and coming actress in Ottawa and will graduate from Algonquin College’s Theatre Arts program in June. You can see her in Algonquin’s production of Hedda Gabler in April.

Ragi Ibrahim (Jimmy Pendleton)


Fourteen

Cast photo for Fourteen @ Windrush 2010

From left to right: Angela Turner, Ellen Manchee, Sonya Nagpal

Ellen Manchee (Mrs. Pringle)

Ellen Manchee has been working in community and semi professional theatre for many years. Last seen in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean with Toto Too Theatre.

Sonya Nagpal (Dunham)

Sonya Nagpal is thrilled to make her acting debut on this stage. She has over 15 years of dance training, but is also a bit of an academic, with a degree in Management Information Systems. In her spare time, Sonya can be found volunteering for the Canadian Liver Foundation, snowboarding down a mountainous slope, or travelling. She would like to thank the theatre family for welcoming her and looks forward to future shows.

Angela Turner (Elaine)

 


The Game

Cast photo for The Game at Windrush 2010

From left to right: James Shaw, Nilton de Menezes, Estri Armitage, Celine Filion

Estri Armitage (Girl)

Estri Armitage is about to graduate from Algonquin College for theatre Arts. Her last hurrah is as Hedda in Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ in April. Have fun today actors :)

Celine Filion (Life)

Celine Filion is excited to be working with Valley Wind Productions. Her selected theatre credits include Mischief City (OTS), Peer Gynt (Third Wall) and A Dollar (OTS). Celine’s work in film includes among others Shattered Lives, Suspicious Anniversary, and Saving Grace. Next for Celine is a show with the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

James Shaw (Death)

After a stunning stage debut at 12 as the Wizard in ‘The Wizard of OZ’, James took a break from the stage and remained well hidden for 25 years. At the age of 37, after taking Shakespearian acting classes through the Ottawa Little Theatre, James jumped back into the theatre community in Ottawa and has since been on stage with The Phoenix Players (A Room With a View, My Three Angels) and the Ottawa Little Theatre (And Then There Were None). Off-stage, James works in life sciences, and is part of a team which produces therapeutics used in the treatment of various forms of cancer. He’d like to thank his wonderful and supportive wife and two beautiful children for tolerating his absences as he pursues his passion.

Nilton de Menezes (Youth)


Hanna and Greta

Cast photo for Hanna and Greta

From left to right: Hayley Doelman, Aileigh Karson, Illish Karson, Ken McDavitt, Christine Emes, Emmanuel Samba || Front (l-r): Madison Ryder, Maya Basudde, Joshua Bajpai

Joshua Bajpai (Tiny Ogre)

Joshua is an 8 year old boy currently in grade 3. Joshua appeared in the NAC’s Christmas Carol as Tiny Tim. He enjoys drama, piano, soccer, Wii and hockey, especially the Senators.

Maya Basudde (Sister Ogre)

Maya has been performing locally for the last 3 years, earning herself an Arts Award for her performance as the Sour Kangaroo in her school’s production of Seussical the Musical. A singer and dancer, Maya sings in church and at community events and dances with Ottawa’s Cultural Arts Studio.

Christine Emes (Stepmother)

Christine is a 26 year old actor from Ottawa. She’s always loved performing but found her passion for acting while studying kinesiology at Western University. There, she experienced her first stage production and discovered that acting would always be a part of her life.

Aileigh Karson (Hanna)

Aileigh is 10 years old and is a force to be reckoned with. She loves to perform and can be comedic or dramatic. Her recent work includes playing John Darling in “Peter Pan”.

Illish Karson (Greta)

Ilish is 12 years old and will take on any role. She is energetic and enthusiastic and recently showed her diversity by playing both Nana and Nibs (lost Boy) in “Peter Pan”.

Ken McDavitt (Father)

Ken is a bundle of energy and fun, but behind all that energy is a committed individual. He has worked on both sides of the camera for over 15 years, taken courses in voice work, stand up and improvisation and loves everything about it, even the long hours and creative chaos.

Emmanuel Samba (Big Ogre)

Emmanuel began acting when he was 14. From then on, he knew he wanted to make it a career. He enrolled into acting classes and began appearing in short films, television shows, theatre, etc. He plans on moving to Toronto to further his acting studies, and later on move to Los Angeles or New York City.

Hayley Doelman (Witch)

Madison Ryder (Blondie)


The Message

Cast photo for The Message @ Windrush 2010

From left to right: Nilton de Menezes, Dyna Ibrahim, Ken McDavitt, Tia Belle-Isle || Missing: Solly Balbaa

Solly Balbaa (Tarik)

Solly is a 26 year old Egyptian/Canadian actor. At age 6, he was inspired by Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone to pursue acting as a career. He took classes at the Ottawa Little Theatre and has since had many speaking roles in plays, films and commercials.

Tia Belle-Isle (Isabelle)

Tia Belle-Isle is a grade 9 student at Canterbury High School. She enjoys brightly-coloured pants and hopes you enjoy the show!

Ken McDavitt (Michael Morse)

Ken is a bundle of energy and fun, but behind all that energy is a committed individual. He has worked on both sides of the camera for over 15 years, taken courses in voice work, stand up and improvisation and loves everything about it, even the long hours and creative chaos.

Dyna Ibrahim (Mandy)

Nilton de Menezes (Rob)


Overtones

Cast photo for Overtones @ Windrush 2010

From left to right: Celine Filion, Jennifer Vallance, Pamela Masey Lachance, Danielle Savoie

Celine Filion (Hetty)

Celine Filion is excited to be working with Valley Wind Productions. Her selected theatre credits include Mischief City (OTS), Peer Gynt (Third Wall) and A Dollar (OTS). Celine’s work in film includes among others Shattered Lives, Suspicious Anniversary, and Saving Grace. Next for Celine is a show with the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Pamela Masey Lachance (Margaret)

Originally from Toronto, Pamela entered the Ottawa acting scene in 2009, debuting alongside a powerful cast in S.C.R.I.P.T.’s music video, “Where Do We Go.” She has also done live dinner theatre with Eddie May Murder Mysteries and is scheduled to be included in the feature film, “Day Four.” This busy Mother of two also works behind the scenes on television shows for Rogers Television, as well studying acting with Claudia Jurt.

Danielle Savoie (Maggie)

Danielle Savoie is currently a first year student in theatre at the University of Ottawa. She has previously acted in two Valley Wind projects, Survive the House, and the upcoming Legend of Oz movie.

Jennifer Vallance (Harriet)

A busy Ottawa actor, singer and writer who enjoyed playing Belinda in Noises Off! at the Gladstone Theatre last fall, and who is appearing in a Mechanicsville Monologues ‘2’ performance with Chamber Theatre in Hintonburg May 2010.


Two Slatterns and a King

Cast photo for Two Slatterns and a King

From left to right: Pamela Masey Lachance, Morgan Blackbyrne, Ania Kwak || Front: Douglas Connors

Morgan Blackbyrne (King)

Being a still very new actor on the Ottawa scene, this is Morgan’s first theatre performance in the Capital Region. Having studied film and video production at York University, Morgan’s first love as an actor and filmmaker is, naturally, the screen. However, there’s nothing quite like the rush of a live performance and a space to play in along with the audience. Currently, Morgan is working on two short films and a graphic novel and looks forward to future opportunities to work within Ottawa’s burgeoning film industry.

Douglas Connors (Chance)

A dancer in my soul, a bon vivant, with a slightly skewed sense of humour. Enjoy the show!

Ania Kwak (Slut)

With a love for laughter and entertainment, Ania Kwak is a performer at heart. Having experienced many things including veejaying, dancing in music videos, playing in orchestras, singing in concerts, acting, and modeling, this seasoned lady will always continue to pursue and enjoy the art of the arts.

Pamela Masey Lachance (Tidy)

Originally from Toronto, Pamela entered the Ottawa acting scene in 2009, debuting alongside a powerful cast in S.C.R.I.P.T.’s music video, “Where Do We Go.” She has also done live dinner theatre with Eddie May Murder Mysteries and is scheduled to be included in the feature film, “Day Four.” This busy Mother of two also works behind the scenes on television shows for Rogers Television, as well studying acting with Claudia Jurt.


The Crew

Event Chairpersons Allan Mackey, Annie-Claude Lapierre, Eduardo Sousa
Asst. Organizers Allie Bell, Andrea Connell, Anik Rompré, Anna-Lisa Ferrari, Tina Mackey
Our Volunteers Kevin Mogk, Emily Adams, William Hart, Samantha Plunkett
Our Technical Crew Ben Hoskyn, Enrico Pradal, Elaine McCausland
Showcase Emcee Allie Bell
Showcase Director Allan Mackey
Assistant Directors Annie-Claude Lapierre, Eduardo Sousa, Ellen Manchee (Fourteen)
Stage Manager Andrea Connell
Choreography Tina Mackey (The Game)
Improv Challenge Host Ian Quick
Sponsors/Supporters Absolute Comedy, Ain’t Seen Noth’n Yet, Bourget Spa, Goya Theatre Productions, Great Canadian Theatre Company, JB Photography, Larry McCloskey, Mid-East Food Centre, Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa Little Theatre, Paramount Pictures, Pauline Brown, and the staff of Ben Franklin Place plus Mike, Kent, Casey and the rest of our friends at the Nepean Sportsplex.
With extra-special thanks to our partners Neuron Mirror Studios.