Into the Woods Jr.

book by James Lapine
music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine

IntoWoodsJRShoware300Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.  Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

June 7-9, 14-16, 2018 – Curtain: 8:00 p.m.
June 10 & 17, 2018 – Curtain: 2:00 p.m.

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Production Team
Producer – Tracy Church | Director – Nicole Vezeau | Musical Director – Roz Keyes | Choreographer – Mel Runhart | Assistant Director – Jessica Watters | Stage Manager – Nikki Meyers

Mambo Italiano

by Steve Galluccio

MamboSW300Mambo Italiano achieves its overwhelming power through a perfect balance of poignant drama and fast-paced comedy. Angelo, at the prompting of his equally repressed sister Anna, has told his very traditionally Italian immigrant parents, Maria and Gino, that he is gay. Hurt, betrayed and mortifiedby Angelo’s coming out, his lover Nino is not unprepared for his widowed Italian mother Lina’s reaction: a full-on operatic barrage of melodrama and hysterical excess so profound it gives even Angelo’s shocked parents pause for second thoughts and prompts a hilarious and touching re-examination of their own outraged response to their son. Seeing their relationship shattered by their families’ reactions of grotesquely overplayed comedy and pathos, Angelo emerges from the drama with his new-found pride intact, while Nino retreats even further into the darkness of his bisexual closet.

Audience advisory: strong language.

November 9-11, 16-18*, 23-25, 2017

Production Team
Producers – Edward Niles & Deb Smith | Director – Edward Niles | Assistant Director – Melissa Gibson | Stage Manager – Brandon Rideout | Set Deisgn – Ian Handscomb | Costume Design – Julie Rutinshauser | Lighting Design – Brandon Rideout | Sound Deisgn – Edward Niles & Brandon Rideout | Properties – Susan Wabb (Lead), Vivian Tattire (Food), Deb Smith, Ian Handscomb, Edward Niles | Set Construction – Ian Handscomb (Lead), Ryan McGarvey, Brandon Rideout, Edward Niles | Set Decoration/Painting – Ian Handscomb, Deb Smith, Ryan McGarvey | Light Operator – Brandon Rideout | Sound Operator – Edward Niles | Costume Sewing – Kaylani Gatchalian

Angelo Barbieri – Darren Brunke | Anna Barbieri – Geneviève Hebert-Carr | Maria Barbieri – Barb Grenier | Gino Barbieri – Peter Mazzucco | Nino Paventi – Mark Boyco | Lina Paventi – Gerri Seffi | Pina Lunetti – Laura McCowan

Avenue Q

book by Jeff Whitty
music & lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

AveQSW300Tony® Award’s 2004 Best Musical, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to nd jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Not recommended for children under 14 years.

Audience advisory: strong language.

February 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 2018

Production Team
Producer – Heather Doucette | Director – Monique Essegern | Music Director – Edward Niles | Vocal Coach – Yolanda Van Grootel | Choreographer – Tasha DiZazzo | Stage Manager – David Rabjohn | Assistant Stage Manager – Debra Eckstein & Rowena Keyes | Set Design/Decor – Ian Handscomb | Costume Design – Monique Essegern & Donna Gunter | Puppet Design/Construction – Monique Essegern | Puppet Construction Assistant – Donna Gunter | Additional Puppet Construction Assistance – Alexander Mantia Mirtha Quattrochi | Christmas Eve’s Wedding Ensemble – Marla Fitzgerald | Puppet Dressers –  Donna Gunter & Mirtha Quattrochi | Rehearsal Pianist – Matthew Willcott | Lighting Design – Greg Poulin & Pauline Poulin | Projections – Christopher Seaman | Sound Design – Margo Rodgers | Sound Technican –Taylor Haggar (lead), Alex Konc & Greg Rabjohn | Properties – Sue Wabb (lead), Monique Essegern, Ian Handscomb, Edward Niles & Deb Smith | Hair & Makeup – Kara Gilbey | Lighting and Video Operators – Zachary Unger & Emily Doucette | Sound Operator – Ryan McGarvey | Stage Hands – Ana Garcia, Chris Garcia, Jaime Martin & Ezra Keyes | Follow Spot Operator – Heather Doucette | Set Construction Crew – Ian Handscomb (lead), Ryan Mcgarvey, Edward Niles, David Rabjohn & Zachary Unger | Scenic Painting/Décor – Ian Handscomb (lead), Melanie Baker, Emily Doucette, Heather Doucete, Ryan Mcgarvey, Edward Niles, David Rabjohn, Kyle Roberts, Deb Smith | Program Design & Lobby Display – Edward Niles

Jess Fodor – Kate Monster | Todd Appleton – Princeton | Alexander Mantia (puppet captain) – Rod & Newcomer | Greg White – Nicky & Bad Idea Bear | Kyle Roberts – Trekkie Monster, Mrs. Thistletwat & Ricky | Allyson Polidano – Lucy | Lisa Ferreira – Bad Idea Bear | Steven Suepaul – Gary Coleman | Olivia Jon – Christmas Eve | Christopher Pezzarello – Brian

Video Projections Voice Recording Artists
Kai Ferreira | Hudson Ordanis | Zoe Ordanis | Cassidy Smith | Lily Willcott | Austin Willcott | Madeleine White | Morgan White | Phil Pizak

Conductor – Edward Niles | Keyboard 1 – Sam Moffatt | Keyboard 2 – Sara Cain | Guitar/Banjo – Erik Moody | Bass – Ezra Sherman | Reeds – Jeff Densham | Drums – Rob Therrien

The Dixie Swim Club

by Jessie Jones, Jamie Wooten, Nicholas Hope

DixieSW300Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these five women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends, proving the enduring power of teamwork, rally `round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. A hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

April 12-14, 19-21*, 26-28, 2018
Curtain: 8:00 p.m. *2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27

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Production Team
Producers – Mel Gibson & Geneviève Hébert-Carr | Director – Eric Newton | Stage Manager – Rowena Keyes | Set Design/Decor – Debra Smith | Costume Designers – Monique Essegern & Donna Gunter | Lighting Design – Greg Poulin | Properties – Julie Rutishauser | Assistant Stage Managers - Kim Gillespie & Ava Hardy

Raissa Chernushenko – Lexie Richards | Sophie Dajka – Dinah Grayson | Kelly Dewey – Sheree Hollinger | Nancy Gleed – Vernadette Simms | Sharon Morari – Jeri Neal McFeeley


Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

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