Romeo & Juliet

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Cast

 

Paolo Santalucia, Romeo
Darwin Lyons, Juliet
Joshua Browne, Mercurtio
Jeremy LaPalme, Benvolio
Johnathan Sousa, Tybalt
Jesse Phillips, Capulet
Kelly Bolt, Lady Capulet
Doug Watters, Montague
Carolyn Hall, Lady Montague
Eric Finlayson, Paris
Lesley Robertson, Nurse
Mark Paci, Prince
Scott Moore, Friar Lawrence
David DiFrancesco, Sampson/3rd Watchman/Ensemble
Cameron Laurie, Gregory/Peter/Servingman/Ensemble
Kristoffer Pedlar, Abram/Friar John/Ensemble
Alexis Budd, Balthazar/Ensemble
Isaac Lloyd, Paris’ Page/Ensemble
Andy Gidwani, 1st Watchman/Ensemble
Leete Stetson, 2nd Watchman/Ensemble
Erin Wotherspoon, Ensemble
Emily Dix, Ensemble
Nicolette Pearse, Apothecary/Ensemble



Paolo Santalucia, Romeo

 

Paolo Santalucia, RomeoFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: The Crucible (Soulpepper Theatre Company); The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper Theatre Company); Dirt (Soulpepper Theatre Company); Blast Hamlet (Bellrock Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Canopy Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Theatre Erindale); Jane Eyre (Theatre Erindale); Mr. Marmalade (Fly By Night Theatre); Dog Sees God (Fly By Night Theatre).

 

About: Paolo is a Toronto-based actor, and a recent graduate of the 2011/2012 Soulpepper Academy, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s artist residency training program. He is also an alumnus of the University of Toronto’s joint Theatre and Drama Studies program with Sheridan.

 

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Darwin Lyons, Juliet

 

Darwin Lyons, JulietFor Hart House Theatre: Lady MacDuff in Macbeth.

 

Selected Credits: Adele in Hushabye (Toronto Fringe); Maria in Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Iphigenia/Peter/Three in EDGE (Written On Water); Tina in Tough! (Factory Theatre at The Magnetic North Festival); Rosemary in Picnic, Emilia in The Man of Mode (University Players); Wendelyn in Growing Rapunzel (Self-created, The Cameron House); Janine in Scorched, Drachman/Leslie/Douglas in I, Claudia (Studio Series). Film: Marcia (Lead) in Weekend Getaway (Short).

 

About: Darwin is a co-founder of Written on Water Theatre, where she also produces and directs. Directing credits include Something Unspoken (The Tennessee Project) Co-directing credits include Scorched and I, Claudia (Studio Series).

 

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Joshua Browne, Mercutio

 

Joshua Browne, MercutioFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Col in S-27 (Intersection Theatre); Michael in Peter Pan (Stage West); Ponyboy in The Outsiders (Windsor Theatre Festival); Hatch in The Sea; Hart in Unity 1918 (University Players).

 

About: Josh grew up dancing at various studios and schools all over the country. After graduating from U. of Windsor’s Acting program, and making street theatre for a summer in Grand Bend, he spent the past few years wreaking Godzilla-like havoc all over Asia. Finally subdued, though only just, he is excited to be back wreaking Godzilla-like havoc all over the stage. He’s currently working on a stand-up act, and will be directing something sometime soon. He’s also looking for an agent. So call me, maybe. Thanks to the company, my fam for all the support, and especially to Herr Director for giving me the opportunity. Twitter: @joshu_ashua

 

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Jeremy LaPalme, Benvolio

 

Jeremy Lapalme, BenvolioFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre); bittergirl (Theatre Aquarius); Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (T3 Productions); The Wizard of Oz (Fallen Rock Productions); 110 in the shade, Gypsy, Urinetown (Theatre Sheridan); as well as numerous shows with Solar Stage Children’s Theatre.

 

About: Jeremy is a graduate of the musical theatre performance program at Sheridan College and also a proud member of Bain & Bernard Comedy. “Thank you to the entire cast and crew for making my Hart House debut a wonderful experience. Enjoy the show!”

 

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Johnathan Sousa, Tybalt

 

Johnathan Sousa, TybaltFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Richard III (Ryerson Theatre School); Boyfriends (Le Carsonage Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (Ryerson Theatre School). For Film: Rattan (CFC ) and John in Pay No Mind.

 

About: Johnathan is a recent graduate of the Canadain Film Center, Where he had his first short film produced. Johnathan also attended Ryerson Theatre School where he was the recipient of the Lou Thaube memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement and dedication. He is also a co-founder of The Experts Charity Clown CO.

 

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Jesse Phillips, Capulet

 

Jesse Phillips, CapuletFor Hart House Theatre: Claudius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; The Prince, Romeo and Juliet.

 

Selected Credits: Merchant of Venice, Coriolanus, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Oedipus Rex (Canopy Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RBC Festival of Classics).

 

About: Jesse is excited to be working with the folks at Hart House again after so many years. A graduate of the theatre program at George Brown College, he has also worked as an educator in public schools on the accessibility of Shakespearean language.

 

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Kelly Bolt, Lady Capulet

 

Kelly Bolt, Lady CapuletFor Hart House: Hannah Jelkes in Night of the Iguana, Various roles in Lion in the streets, Witch in Macbeth.

 

Selected Theatre: Liz in Feelgood (Theatre New Brunswick); Chelsea in On Golden Pond (Stirling Theatre Festival); Miep in Diary of Anne Frank (Bathurst Street Theatre); Eva in Absurd Person Singular (Alumnae Theatre); Amy in Amy’s View (Alumnae Theatre); Billy in The Collection (Summerworks Festival).

 

About: Kelly graduated from George Brown Theatre School in 1994. After an exhausting search for a professional career in the Canadian theatre scene, Kelly decided to take a break in 2007 and ran away to enjoy sailing around the world for three years with Holland America Cruise lines. Returning to land on a permanent basis in 2010 Kelly began her new career as the Catering Director for c5 at the Royal Ontario Museum and is now thrilled to be back on the Hart House stage for the second time in a year.

 

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Doug Watters, Montague

 

Doug Watters, CapuletFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Sexton in The Lawyer Show 2012; Much Ado About Nothing (Nightwood Theatre); Adam in The Lawyer Show 2011; As You Like It (Nightwood Theatre).

 

About: Doug is delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to work with the cast, director and crew of Romeo and Juliet, and be back at Hart House. While attending McGill and University of Toronto well before the end of the 20th century he acted in as many plays as possible wherever he could. Since then, otherwise occupied as a cab driver, writer, bricklayer, deckhand, bartender, steward, truck driver and lawyer, he has followed a long route back to this youthful passion. He is grateful to Nightwood Theatre and Hart House Theatre for the opportunity to do this.

 

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Carolyn Hall, Lady Montague

 

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Eric Finlayson, Paris

 

Eric Finlayson, Paris & EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Malvolio in Twelfth Night, John/Sylvia/Chorus One in Edge, and Alphonse Lebel in Scorched (Written On Water Theatre); Alan Seymour in Picnic, Hector Hushabye in Heartbreak House, Frederick Fellowes in Noises Off!, Handy in The Man of Mode, and Pompey in Measure for Measure (University Players); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (Studio Theatre).

 

About: Eric is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Windsor. He has participated in the Suzuki/Viewpoints Intensive on several occasions, led by Ellen Lauren, J.Ed Araiza, and Akiko Aizawa of the SITI Company. He spent the last year as a performer with Disney Cruise Lines, sailing the seas of the Caribbean as an actor, dancer, voice performer, puppeteer and pirate trying to find that horizon. For more visit www.writtenonwatertheatre.com.

 

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Lesley Robertson, Nurse

 

Lesley Robertson, NurseFor Hart House Theatre: Cordelia in King Lear.

 

Selected Credits: Julia in Two Gents (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Beulah Binnings in Orpheus Descending, Jo in Little Women (George Brown); Kalike in Lysistrata (Canopy Theatre); Annetta/Violin II in Anne and Gilbert (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Olga in Three Sisters (Queen’s U).

 

About: Lesley graduated from the George Brown Theatre School this past spring, and is very happy to be working on Shakespeare (her favourite literary friend). She thanks the lovely Hart House team for bringing her on board for this production.

 

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Mark Paci, Prince

 

Mark Paci, PrinceFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Freder in Pains of Youth (Workhouse Theatre); Tom Fitzgerald in Wet (Workhouse Theatre); Walton in The Big Game (Rita Wallach-Morgenthau Theatre).

 

About: Mark received a BA from UofT in English Literature and Philosophy. He is also a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. He is excited to be making his debut with Hart House Theatre.

 

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Scott Moore, Friar Lawrence

 

Scott Moore, Friar LawrenceFor Hart House Theatre: Cassius in Julius Caesar; Clarence in Richard III.

 

Selected Credits: Menelaus in Trojan Women, Moon in The Real Inspector Hound (Alumnae Theatre); Coulmier in Marat/Sade (Soup Can Theatre); Deflores in The Changeling, Hitler in Mein Kampf, Tobias in A Delicate Balance (Drama Centre); Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor (Alchemy Theatre).

 

About: Scott trained at the Ryerson Theatre School. He is thrilled to return to the Hart House stage and to be working with such a talented group.

 

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David DiFrancesco, Sampson/3rd Watchman/Ensemble

 

David DiFrancesco, Sampson, 3rd Watchman & EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Angus in Macbeth.

 

Select Credits: Ensemble in Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket Theatre); Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy (Theatre Aquarius); The King of Porn in The Princess of Porn: The Musical (Toronto Fringe); Little John in Robin Hood (Theatre Aquarius).

 

About: David is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program. Recent co-founder of Rarely Pure Theatre currently producing the company’s first show. Thanks to my family and friends for all the love and support.

 

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Cameron Laurie, Gregory/Peter/Servingman

 

Cameron Laurie, Gregory, Peter & ServingmanFor Hart House Theatre: Donalbain/ Young Siward in Macbeth.

 

Selected Credits: Joshua in Performing Occupy Toronto (Docket Theatre); Oliver Cabana in Narcisse (St. Joseph Theatre); Scott Fitzgerald in Angel’s Trumpet, Piotr in The Russian Play (Erindale Fringe); John Donnelly in The Outdoor Donnellys (Blyth Festival); three seasons with the Blyth Festival Young Company.

 

About: A recent graduate of the University of Toronto (Mississauga) and Sheridan College’s joint actor training program, Cameron is both an actor and a musician. When not acting, he devotes his time to singing, songwriting, recording, and touring with Toronto-based indie-punk band Stuck Out Here, which recently released its debut record Last Night, This Morning on Tragicomedy and JuiceBox records.

 

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Kristoffer Pedlar, Abram/Friar John/Ensemble

 

Kristopher Pedlar, Abram/Friar John/EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Yellowface (Marcus).

 

Selected Credits: Prince Amir in Empire of the Magic Beanstalks (Vampire Frog/Toronto Fringe); Vince in Ganga’s Ganja (New Ideas Festival/Alumnae Theatre); Sam in All or None (Handlar/Toronto Fringe); Doctor in Frida and Herself (Anandam/Summerworks/NYC Fringe); Sweet Action in Utah’s Crying (Al Green Theatre) and The Artist in The Magic Paintbrush (Theatre Direct).

 

About: Kristoffer is an actor and writer from Toronto. He was most recently part of the cast of the Toronto Fringe hit Empire of the Magic Beanstalks which was named an “Outstanding Ensemble” by NOW magazine. He is currently at work writing an updated version of Utah’s Crying and adapting All or None into a web series.

 

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Alexis Budd, Balthazar/Ensemble

 

Alexis Budd, Balthazar/EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Barkeep in Sundance (Two Wolves Theatre); Musician in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Theatre Brouhaha); Lou in Horse (Theatre Hetaerae); Foley Artist in We Walk Among You (Artichoke Heart Collective).

 

About: Alexis is a Toronto based actor, director, and musician, and a recent honours graduate from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program. He has also trained at George Brown Theatre School and has studied extensively with both Fight Directors Canada and the Academy of Dramatic Combat.

 

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Isaac Lloyd, Paris’ Page/Ensemble

 

Isaac Lloyd, EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Doctor Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Impromptu Productions); The Arabian Nights (Theatre 5); Run For Your Wife (Domino Theatre); The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Theatre 5). For film: Terror of Dracula.

 

About: Isaac is a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in life sciences and drama. He is delighted to be working with Hart House theatre and hopes this role will be the first of many.

 

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Andy Gidwani, 1st Watchman/Ensemble

 

Andi Gidwani, 1st WatchmanFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Lewis Hayes in Digression (University of Western Ontario); Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross (University of Western Ontario); Trinculo in The Tempest (University of Toronto).

 

About: Andy attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and studied in the Queen’s University Deparment of Drama prior to that. He has also studied with Theresa Sears and David Switzer in Toronto.

 

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Leete Stetson, 2nd Watchman/Ensemble

 

Leete Stetson, EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

 

Selected Credits: Marshal Herrick in The Crucible, Joseph Jung in Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion); Man 1 in Songs for a New World (Charcoal Sketch Productions); Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever (Alumnae Theatre).

 

About: Leete is thrilled to be joining Hart House for one of his favorite plays. He is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Dalhousie University’s music and theatre program.

 

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Erin Wotherspoon, Ensemble

 

Erin Wotherspoon, EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Happy End (Allan McInnis), Man of Mode (David Latham), Way of the World (Jeanette Lambermont-Morey), Quality Street (Todd Hammond).

 

About: Erin is a recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

 

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Emily Dix, Ensemble

 

Emily Dix, EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Assistant Director, The Night of the Iguana, Stage Manager, The Festival of Dance.

 

Selected Credits: Artemis in Universe Inc (Newborn Theatre); Girl in Check Please (Victoria College Drama Society), Angel City 4 Alto in City of Angels (Victoria College Drama), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Four Edges Theatre), Miss Watson in Big: The Musical (SJAMSS), Drunken Mother in Liars (Sears Drama Festival), Bitter in Power Play (Sears Drama Festival).

 

About: Emily is happy to be back onstage after spending the last few years focused on directing. She is currently a student at UofT, studying English, drama and cinema studies. Upcoming directing projects include Plasterface (Newborn Theatre) in November, 2012 and Doubt: A Parable (UC Follies), January 2013. Emily is thrilled to be working again with the great staff at Hart House Theatre. http://www.behance.net/emilydix.

 

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Nicolette Pearse, Apothecary/Ensemble

 

Nicolette Pearse, EnsembleFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Helena/Titania/Snout the Tinker in Theatre A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre by the Bay); Penelope Waits (Queen’s University Drama Department); As You Like It (Queen’s Vagabond).

 

About: Nicolette is a recent graduate of Queen’s University where she studied Theatre and Politics.

 

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