By Rod Hayward
Directed by Andrew North
“It’s a friendship that needs some fine tuning”
Young Midge Cunningham is reluctant to take piano lessons and her teacher, William Betts, does not have time for a sarcastic student unwilling to learn. Globe Theatre presents the world premiere of Canadian playwright Rod Hayward’s coming of age story, which reminds us all of the importance of following your dreams.
|Britta Johnson||Margaret Cunningham|
|Nathan Pylypuk||William Betts|
|Scott Penner||Set and Costume Designer|
|Wendy Greenwood||Lighting Designer|
|Crystal Skinner||Stage Manager|
|Melanie Vovchuk||Apprentice Stage Manager|
Britta Johnson │ Margaret Cunningham
Globe Theatre: Debut
Other Theatre: The Bob Sketch Comedy Review (Head Writer/ Performer); Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket Theatre); Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Link Canada).
Upcoming: Co-Composer of Brantwood (Sheridan College/Outside the March), Music Director of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March).
Other: A recent graduate of the music composition program at the University of Toronto, Britta has written 5 full-length musicals including Big Box Story (Stratford Festival fundraising gala), Alligator Tears (commissioned by the Blyth Festival), and Life After (Paprika Festival). She has spent a season at the Stratford Festival as a music assistant and has had her work showcased at the Shaw Festival’s Lyric Canada conference.
Nathan Pylypuk | William Betts
Globe Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing
Other Theatre: Tuesdays & Sundays, Music Therapy with Terrance: An Unethical Dilemma (Regina Little Theatre); The Laramie Project, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (Newman Players).
Other: Nathan is a graduate of the 2014 Globe Theatre Actor’s Conservatory. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Saskatchewan and his Grade IX in Pipe Organ through the Western Board of Music (now Conservatory Canada).
Rod Hayward │ Playwright
Globe Theatre: Debut
Other Theatre: Following the success of his first play, And All the Kings’ Horses, Rod went on to write radio drama for the CBC, eventually creating the musical Anglo, the longest running show in the history of Montreal theatre. In addition to those, Rod is the author of several plays for young audiences: his musical, Creation, a tongue-in-cheek look at the historic battle between humans and serpents, Amy’s Story and Letters Home, which has been widely distributed as a pedagogical tool on the issue of sexual harassment.
Other: Rod is currently finishing work on a new play set in Biblical times: The Disciples.
Andrew North │ Director
Globe Theatre: Having Hope at Home, Tuesdays with Morrie, Doubt, A Parable, Rage.
Other Theatre: Stage Management for The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Three Musketeers, The Tempest, A Man For All Seasons, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Country Wife, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, In The Ring, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stratford Festival).
Other: Graduate of the Ryerson Technical Production Program; winner of the Dean’s Award for Directing at Ryerson; winner of two Tyrone Guthrie Awards at the Stratford Festival.
Scott Penner │ Set and Costume Designer
Globe Theatre: Set Designer: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Sleeping Beauty; Set and Costumes: The Last Resort.
Other Theatre: Cymbeline (Stratford Festival); Hair, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Grand Theatre); Lawrence & Holloman, How It Works, Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Richard III, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Hart House Theatre); I Love You Because (Angelwalk, Stage West Calgary); Jesus Chrysler (Praxis Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classical Theatre Project); Our Town, Alice In Wonderland (Watermark Theatre); A Few Brittle Leaves (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre).
Upcoming: The Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre); Therefore Choose Life (Harold Green Jewish Theatre).
Other: Website: www.scottpennerdesign.ca.
Wendy Greenwood │ Lighting Designer
Globe Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Glass Menagerie.
Other Theatre: The Trials of Ezra Pound, Good Mother, Agamemnon, The Flies (Stratford Festival); The School for Scandal (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The League of Nathans (Factory Theatre); Annie – The Musical, Miracle on 34th Street (The Grand Theatre); Falstaff, Peter Grimes, The Handmaid’s Tale, Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Associate Lighting Designer, Canadian Opera Company); fourteen seasons with Lighthouse Festival Theatre.
Upcoming: Dream A Little Dream (The Grand Theatre); Gunmetal Blues (Globe Theatre).
Other: Globe Theatre is truly a home away from home – so excited to be back!
Crystal Skinner │ Stage Manager
Globe Theatre: Assistant Stage Manager: Becky's New Car, Honk! The Musical, Peter Pan, Doubt, A Parable, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Other Theatre: Six seasons at the Stratford Festival, production highlights include: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, A Midsummer Night's Dream: a chamber play, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, King Lear, Harlem Duet; Stage Manager: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Baro Theatre); Ed's Garage (The Grand Theatre); Assistant Stage Manager: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Pride and Prejudice (The Grand Theatre); We Will Rock You, The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish Productions); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oliver! (Drayton Entertainment).
Film/TV: Maria coordinator, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (CBC/Temple Street Productions); International Venue Manager, Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Corporate Events: Clients include General Motors, Toyota, Retail Council of Canada.
Education: Crystal studied technical theatre production at Ryerson University and film production at Vancouver Film School.
Mel Vovchuk │ Apprentice Stage Manager
Globe Theatre: Sleeping Beauty, Man of La Mancha, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, A Closer Walk With
Film and Television: The Amazing Race Canada, 2013 Juno Awards, TV pilot Sabbatical, Canadian Country Music Awards.
Upcoming: Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre).
Other: Thanks to Globe for this opportunity, and for those past and future. So happy to have spent more amazing time at this theatre amongst the talented cast, crew, and all staff, learning so much each and every day. Also much love to my family who supports me always.