Spelling Bee – Cast and Band


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CAST

John Wamsley, Chip Tolentino / Jesus / Dance Captain

Erin Humphry, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere

Kevin Forster, Leaf Coneybear / Carl dad

Hugh Ritchie, William Barfee

Braelyn Guppy, Marcy Park

Vanessa Campbell, Olive Ostrovsky

Amy Swift, Rona Lisa Perretti /Olive’s mom

Art Carlson, Vice Principal Douglas Panch

Carson Betz, Mitch Mahoney / Dan dad / Olive’s dad

 

BAND

Giustin MacLean,  Piano

Stephen Woodjetts, Keys

Micaela Morey, Reeds

Kyra Krilly, Cello

Pieter Huyer, Drums



John Wamsley, Chip Tolentino / Jesus / Dance Captain

John WamsleyFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Jared in Spain (OPIA Theatre Collective); Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Fat Prince in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Theatre Erindale); Denny in Finger Food (Beck Festival); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tottering Biped Theatre).

About: John is an actor, dancer, and choreographer hailing from Kitchener, Ontario. He is also a recent graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. John is incredibly excited to be making his Hart House Theatre debut in …Spelling Bee…, finally being cast in an age-appropriate role. Catch him watching The Office on Netflix every evening after the show. Check out johnwamsley.ca for more!

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Erin Humphry, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere

Erin HumphryFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Amy in Breathing Corpses (Toronto Premiere, Laura Wade), Kate Richie in Bombers: Reaping the Whirlwind, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Writer in Caryl Churchill’s A Dream Play and Rusty in Footloose

About: Erin is so excited to be playing the role of Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in Hart House Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Erin is a graduate from Randolph Academy’s Triple Threat Program: a singer, actor and spirited mover and is looking forward to what will surely be a long and i-l-l-u-s-t-r-i-o-u-s professional spelling career.

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Kevin Forster, Leaf Coneybear / Carl dad

Kevin ForsterFor Hart House Theatre: Marshall/Al in 7 Stories

Selected Credits: Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank (FSWC); Joe in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Bjorn in Always Abba, and Flotsam in The Little Mermaid (The Lower Ossington Theatre); Jay in New Order (NovelSidwalk); Goneril in Cinderella, and Dopey in Balm In Gilead (Ryerson Theatre School); Clown in Bust-ed (Toronto Festival of Clowns); Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guildenstern in Hamlet (Shakespeare at Play). TV Credit: Fear Thy Neighbor

About: Kevin is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and is thrilled to be working with such an amazing team on this crazy but wonderful show!

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Hugh Ritchie, William Barfee

Hugh RitchieFor Hart House Theatre: Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods

Selected Credits: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Tony in West Side Story, Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap (The LOT); Eddy in Divine Wrecks (Alumnae Theatre); Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret, Balladeer in Assassins (StageWorks Toronto); Macduff/Duncan in MACBETH, Mark Antony in CAESAR (Wolf Manor Theatre Collective). Film: Reign (CW), Marine Disasters, Titanic: The New Evidence, Canada: The Story of UsBlood and Fury, American Lawmen (Discovery).

About: Hugh Ritchie is an actor, singer and musician originally from Brookville, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, earning a BFA in Acting.

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Braelyn Guppy, Marcy Park

Braelyn GuppyFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Director of The Drowsy Chaperone, Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ryerson Musical Theatre Company); All for Beaver Hats and The Ground Beneath Our Feet (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Annie and The Wizard of Oz (Moonpath Productions). 

About: Braelyn is in her graduating year of Professional Communication with a minor in Acting and Dance Studies at Ryerson University. She is so excited and honoured to be making her Hart House debut playing alongside such a talented cast and creative team! She has also been practicing her grammar and spelling emmenslee in preparation for the show.

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Vanessa Campbell, Olive Ostrovsky

Vanessa CampbellFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits : Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5, Mrs. Mayor in Seussical the Musical, Serena in Legally Blonde, Ensemble in Crazy For You (St.Lawrence College).

About: Vanessa is delighted to make Spelling Bee her introduction to the theatre community, here in Toronto, along side such generous and talented performers. As a recent graduate of the Music Performance Program at St. Lawrence College, she is thrilled to see what is next to come. Contact vanessacampbellactor@gmail.com 

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Amy Swift, Rona Lisa Perretti/Olive’s Mom

Amy SwiftFor Hart House Theatre: Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods

Selected Credits: Maggie in Harvest Moon Rising (WOMT); Mother Superior in Sister Act, Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast (The LOT); House Finch in Downtown Jay (Fringe Kids); Princess Brianna in The Stone Princess, Grandmother in The Snow Queen (Solar Stage Children’s Theatre); Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Plain Stage); Lily in The Secret Garden (Silverman Studios); Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde (Columbia Square); Betty in You Have to Earn It (Alumnae Theatre).

About: Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. 

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Art Carlson, Vice Principal Douglas Panch

Art CarlsonFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Scarborough Music Theatre), John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, (Stageworks) Frederick Arnott in Enchanted April (Scarborough Players) Guido Contini in Nine (S.M.T)

About: Art is a Toronto actor, playwright and photographer.  A graduate of the performance program at York University, he is thrilled to be making his debut on the Hart House Theatre stage.

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Carson Betz, Mitch Mahoney / Dan Dad / Olive’s Dad

Carson BetzFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

Selected Credits: Jack in Harvest Moon Rising (WOMT); Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (SMT); Frederick Barrett in Titanic (CMTP); Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (SMT); Albert in The Secret Garden (WOMT); Pippin in Pippin (HUTC); Actor 1 in The Laramie Project (Plain Stage); BJ Gibson in The 1940’s Radio Hour (HUTC); Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance (HUTC).

About: Carson is thrilled to be making his Hart House Theatre debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! A Toronto-based actor, singer, and general Netflix addict, Carson was born and raised in southern Michigan; but recently moved to Toronto from the U.S. to follow his love of maple syrup, moose, and a guy named Dan. Carson holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Huntington University. Head to carsonbetz.com for more info!

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