We made it! Our first full full season: three full productions and two Cabarets. We would like to thank all the audience members, cast, crew, volunteers, donors & sponsors and the Artesian for making our 2012-2013 season a remarkable one! And to our amazing ‘hands on board’, none of this would be possible without you! Thank you!
Andorlie Hillstrom and Robert Ursan
“Well worth checking out…Jodi Sadowsky gives a nuanced and very observant performance as Red Peter – not to mention an energetic one.”
‘Esteemed members of the Academy! You have done me the great honour of inviting me to give you an account of my former life as an ape.’
The Golden Apple Theatre is thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of the critically acclaimed one-woman show Kafka’s Monkey May 8 to 12 at The Artesian on 13th. All shows are 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students, and are available online using the form at left (PayPal or credit card), or at Cobb Swanson Music or Bach & Beyond (cash and cheque only).
Starring Jodi Sadowsky and directed by Ryland Alexander, Kafka’s Monkey, adapted by acclaimed writer Colin Teevan from the short story A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka, is the tale, told by an ape imprisoned in a cage and desperate to escape, of how he became a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage.
“Subtly layers comedy, satire and direct censure of human nature.” – The Guardian
“In just one exhilarating hour Kafka’s Monkey questions our notions of freedom, suggests a Swiftian repulsion with humans and a hankering for the noble savage, the place before language and memory, free from the torture of reasoned thought.” – WhatsOnStage.com
“A short show but one that resonates powerfully in the memory.” – The Telegraph
“Funny, revealing and surprisingly moving.” – The Financial Times
Jodi Sadowsky is thrilled to be making her Golden Apple Theatre debut in Kafka’s Monkey. As one of the founding Board Members of the company, working to produce its first three seasons, Jodi is excited to be moving from behind the scenes, to performing on stage once again. Select theatre credits: See Bob Run (Fringes Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Regina), The Mirror Game, Signe’s Lost Colors, Tune Town, Waiting for the Parade, The Catalan Plays (Persephone Theatre), The Preacher (Winnipeg Fringe), Grace, Wit, Loud and Queer (Globe Theatre). Select Film/TV credits: Vampire Dog, Insecurity, Tall Man, Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Bill Seatons C.L.E.A.N. Filmmaking Guide, The Velvet Devil, renegadepress.com, Incredible Story Studio. Jodi also participated as an actor in the prestigious Women in the Directors Chair program at the Banff Centre. As well, Jodi is the producer of the Regina Fringe Theatre Festival. Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to bring this play to life. And thank you to family, friends and colleagues for all your love and support.
Ryland Alexander (Director)
Ryland Alexander is a professional Actor, Director, and Educator and he is absolutely thrilled to be making his Directorial Debut for The Golden Apple Theatre. Ryland is a graduate of the University of Alberta BFA in Drama (Acting), as well as Rose Bruford College MA in Theatre Practices (Directing). Selected Directing Credits include: Jack and Jill: Deconstruct (The System Theatre), Monster (The Greenwich Playhouse), RENT: Highschool Edition (Teens at the Turn Festival), Baby Britain (Working Titles Festival). Ryland also has extensive experience collaborating on a variety of devised theatre projects. As an actor Ryland has been in over thirty professional production and performed across the country and overseas. Thank you so much for coming out to the show.
Melanie Rogowski (Stage Manager)
Melanie Rogowski is thrilled to be working on her first production with The Golden Apple Theatre. Melanie is a graduate of the BFA Stage Management program from the University of Regina. This season she has been working as the Production Manager for New Dance Horizons. She has worked at the Globe Theatre as an Administrative Assistant, Apprentice Director of Production, and an Apprentice Stage Manager on The 39 Steps, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Copenhagen, and Sexy Laundry. In the summer you might be able to spot Melanie around the big white tent on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River where she will be Assistant Stage Managing Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s productions of Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. She would like to thank Ryland, Jodi, Andorlie, Rob and The Golden Apple board of directors and volunteers for their tireless effort in creating such as successful season.
The Golden Apple Theatre’s production of the hilarious Tony Award-winning comedy God of Carnage at The Artesian on 13th has just completed an amazing, successful run. Many thanks to the talented cast and crew and everyone who came out to see this wonderful, laugh-filled and thought-provoking show, which ran January 31 to February 10.
Winner of the 2009 Tony for Best Play, God of Carnage (by Yasmina Resa, translated by Christopher Hampton) relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of a tony Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident. Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down…
Andorlie Hillstrom directed the show, which featured a fabulous cast and crew:
Originally from Saskatchewan, Darla now lives in Toronto and has worked as a performer, adjudicator and educator for more than 20 years all across Canada. On stage or on screen, Darla is a dynamic and engaging performer. Last year, Darla was selected to be a member of the acting ensemble of the Women in the Directors Chair in Banff, AB. Feature film and TV credits include Vampire Dog, the Stephen King thriller Dolan’s Cadillac, Little Mosque on the Prairie and all six seasons of the CTV hit Corner Gas. Most recently, Darla appeared as Aunt Em in Globe Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Other theatre credits include the world premiere of Joey Tremblay’s The Alice Nocturne, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, A Doll’s House and Pissy’s Wife.
Mark is appearing in his second production with The Golden Apple Theatre. Since graduating from the Globe Theatre’s actor conservatory training program in 2008, Mark has appeared in the Globe’s mainstage productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon, and Robin Hood. He was a co-creator and performer for KaleidoCycle, which premiered as part of the Globe’s 2011-12 Shumiatcher Sandbox Series, and very recently appeared in Live Five Theatre’s production of Farragut North in Saskatoon.
Regan is making her Golden Apple Theatre debut, and is excited to be getting back on stage after a brief hiatus to become a mother for the first time. Regan was last seen playing the Princess in The Princess & The Handmaiden (LKTYP). Her Regina credits include Just So and Cinderella (Globe Theatre). Other selected credits: Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Can Stage), Houdini (The Segal Center), Les Miserables (U.S. National Tour), Anne Of Green Gables (Stage West), Carousel and Man Of La Mancha (Drayton Entertainment). Regan has also performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as three seasons at The Stratford Festival. She was previously a member of the Carter Thor East Acting studio in Toronto. TV/Film Credits: Beautiful Girl (ABC Disney), The Headhunter (independent), Guilty Pleasures (not as scandalous as it sounds: CBC Documentary), and Pinco Triangle (independent).
Geoffrey Whynot is delighted to be returning to Golden Apple, having directed Jacques Brel … to launch the company in 2009. Regina acting credits include Tuesdays with Morrie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Six Dance Lessons …, A Christmas Carol, Just So, and The Secret Garden (all at Globe). Other than Brel, his work as a director in town includes Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Marion Bridge, Anne of Green Gables – the Musical, Stones in His Pockets and Over the River …(Globe). He has also appeared at the Shaw, Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals, toured a one-man show to Poland and Ukraine, and is the Director of the Globe Theatre Actor Conservatory. Please consider being an organ donor.
Esther is thrilled to be working on another production with The Golden Apple. Golden Apple credits include Jacques Brel and Making Love in a Canoe. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: A Doll’s House (TNB), An Inspector Calls (Montgomery Theatre, PEI) Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Metamorphoses, Alice Nocturne, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast (Globe Theatre), Buddy: A Buddy Holly Story, A Skull in Connemara (Persephone Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre), Seussical (SilverMist Productions, Niagara), Anne and Gilbert (Victoria Playhouse, PEI).
You are invited to join Auntie Andi and Uncle Robbie as they show you what they really think of Christmas. Songs, jokes, quizzes, prizes – The Artesian will become a huge Christmas Cracker filled with laughter and noise. A seasonal celebration you won’t want to miss!
Christmas Crackers runs December 23 only, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students, and will be available after December 1 (cash/cheque only) at Bach & Beyond, Mysteria Gallery and Cobb Swanson Music; they’re also available right here at GoldenAppleTheatre.com, using the form at left.
There’s a limited number, so buy now to avoid disappointment!
In Flanders Fields, a new Canadian musical telling the story of John McCrae, author of the iconic First World War poem that gives the show its title, ended a successful run November 18 at the Artesian on 13th.
Robert Gontier, bookwriter and co-lyricist of In Flanders Fields, was in attendance at both the school matinee and evening performance on Wednesday, November 14.
Read a review of In Flanders Fields.
Directed by Golden Apple Theatre co-artistic director Robert Ursan, the show featured Leon Willey as John McCrae, with Mark D. Claxton and Aubree Erickson taking multiple roles. Angela van der Heuvel was Stage Manager, Dannyl Challis was the Lighting Designer, Sonja Clifton-Remple the Costumier, Gerry Weir did the set construction and painting, and Andrew J. Manera was the house technician and lighting operator.
The show was written by Robert Gontier & Nicky Phillips.
Photo courtesy Sharpshooter Photography.
The Cast & Crew
Mark D. Claxton is delighted to be making his debut with The Golden Apple Theatre. Since graduating from the Globe Theatre’s actor conservatory training program in 2008, Mark has appeared in the Globe’s mainstage productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon, and Robin Hood. He was a co-creator and performer for KaleidoCycle, which premiered as part of the Globe’s 2011-12 Shumiatcher Sandbox Series, and very recently appeared in Live Five Theatre’s production of Farragut North in Saskatoon. Watch for Mark in The Golden Apple’s upcoming production of God of Carnage. Huge thanks to Rob Ursan and the rest of the Flanders family for a joyous theatre experience.
Aubree Erickson has loved working on In Flanders Fields with Angela, Leon, Mark, Rob and the Golden Apple team. She has worked with Globe Theatre (Metamorphoses, KaleidoCycle), Persephone Theatre (Urinetown), Winnipeg Studio Theatre (Spring Awakening), Tant per Tant (Buffalos), Dancing Sky Theatre (In the Air) and Wide Open Theatre. She holds a BFA in Music and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the Globe Actor Conservatory Program. Catch her next in Into the Woods, presented by District Theatre Collective as part of SondheimFest 2013 in Winnipeg.
Leon Willey is very happy to be making his Golden Apple Theatre debut as John McCrae. He would like to thank his wonderful cast and crew. He hopes this is a start of a beautiful friendship with Golden Apple. Other theatre credits: Gordon/Dwight in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Jerry in The Full Monty (Persephone Theatre), Freddie Fellows in Noises Off, Reuben in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (WCT), Dandini in Cinderella (MJ Cultural Centre), Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Autolycus in A Winter’s Tale, Gratiano in The Merchant Of Venice, Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare On Sask), Marlo in Dead Peasants (Playwrights Festival), Ain’t We Got Fun! (Live Out Loud Theatre), Guilliam in Temptation (Tant Per Tant Theatre), Billy in Anything Goes, Murder on the Nile (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Bobby Strong/Hotblades in Urinetown (Firehall Theatre), Max in Cabaret (Arts Club Theatre). Film/TV: The X-Files, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cold Squad, Scooby 2, Fantastic 4, Sask Roughriders, etc. Et Cetera: Leon’s year is shaping up to be a great success, with a Christmas show in Moose Jaw (Aladdin), and then off to do Fiddler On The Roof in BC. He would like to send his love to Krista Konkin.
Robert Ursan (Director) was born and raised in Regina. Four degrees and many performances across Canada and Britain later, he returned to Saskatchewan to work and write. Since returning he has directed 64 shows and music directed a further 57. As a teacher, he has taught students who have performed in major theatres in Canada, the UK and the US. As a writer, he has written operas, musicals and plays. His works have been heard on the CBC and from the Brooklyn Academy in New York to the Canadian Embassy in Moscow.
Angela van den Heuvel (Stage Manager) has loved working with Leon, Mark, Aubree and Rob on this production of In Flanders Fields. She is currently in her sixth year at the University of Regina studying Stage Management. Previous productions that she has been involved with include The Medicine Line (Burning Sun Productions), KaleidoCycle (Globe Theatre) Lookingglass, Much Ado About Nothing, Eurydice, The Unseen, String of Pearls, Medea and Radiant Boy (University of Regina) as well as Little Shop of Horrors and My Fair Lady (Regina Summer Stage).
Sonja Clifton-Remple (Costume Designer)’s interest in design and fashion began at age seven when she cut off the sleeves of her t-shirts to design and construct belted maxi-dresses and wrap halter tops for her Barbie dolls. At 10 her mother taught her to sew and signed her up for sewing lessons at the local fabric store. At 18, Sonja dabbled full-time in the worlds of professional modelling, makeup artistry, fashion design, and photography at the internationally recognized Sheridan College in Ontario. She spent many years working with cosmetic companies such as Clinique, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Revlon, and Chanel. In 1994 Sonja enrolled part time in the University of Regina’s Theatre Department, studying Costume Design and Scenography. After university, Sonja continued with fashion and makeup in London, England. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to have a dual career as an award-winning designer and makeup artist in film, television, theatre, fashion, and photography. She has worked with numerous award winning celebrities, artists, and designers from Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Germany, Japan, China, Italy, and Ireland.
Dannyll Challis (Lighting Designer) has been involved in the performing arts for more than 30 years. His love of the arts began while growing up in North Battleford. Dannyll attended Red Deer College and majored in Technical Direction. He currently works as a freelance technician, designer, production and event manager across Canada.
Robert Gontier – Bookwriter & lyricist. Work: In Flanders Fields (Smile Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre); Central Park Tango (Theatre Aquarius readings); Johnny Jackson and His Heavenly Passion (Toronto Fringe). Training: Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project (led by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Craig Carnelia); Craft of Musical Theatre Writing, Lehman Engel Advanced Workshop Series (ScriptLab). Education: MA in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London; BFA in Acting, Ryerson University. Mentors: Leslie Arden, Jim Betts, Sheldon Rosen. Membership: Dramatists Guild of America.
Nicky Phillips – Composer and lyricist. Most recently, composed music for The 39 Steps (Manitoba Theatre Centre). Musical works include In Flanders Fields (Lunchbox Theatre, Smile Theatre) and Central Park Tango (Theatre Aquarius readings). Training includes the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project in Chicago (led by master teachers Craig Carnelia and Lin-Manuel Miranda) and being mentored by Leslie Arden. Nicky is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and is currently working towards a certificate in arranging through the Berklee College of Music. Proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. nickyphillips.com
Robert Ursan enjoys reading books and newspapers, learning about the foolishness of political leaders. But he doesn’t have much free time. Considering the accomplished pianist, director, singer and composer spends every waking hour creating the music he’s become so renowned for, it’s understandable.
“It’s kind of all-consuming,” Ursan laughed. “And yes, I’m just a little bit obsessed by the whole music theatre thing. It really hasn’t allowed me much time for life.”
Or download a PDF version: QC – It’s All for the Show – Rob Ursan.
(Photo by Bryan Schlosser, Regina Leader-Post.)
The Golden Apple Theatre is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 season. All performances will take place at the Artesian on 13th (southeast corner of 13th Avenue and Angus Street.)
November 7-18, 2012
In Flanders Fields is a new Canadian musical by Robert Gontier and Nicky Phillips, based on the life of John McCrae, the Canadian Doctor from the Great War who penned the famous war poem.
January 30 – February 10, 2013
God of Carnage, by Yasmina Resa (translated by Christopher Hampton) presents two sets of parents meeting to deal with the unruly playground behaviour of their children. The conversation that ensues between the parents is quite revealing and at times unruly. “Boys will be boys, but adults are usually worse – much worse.”
A Canadian Premiere!
May 7-12, 2013
Kafka’s Monkey, based on “A Report to an Academy” by Franz Kafka, adapted by Colin Teevan, is a Canadian premiere. Imprisoned in a cage and desperate to escape, Red Peter, a former ape, reveals his rise through the ranks of the beasts to become a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage.
Watch for details in the weeks to come…and thanks to Affinity Credit Union, our 2012-2013 season sponsor!
The Golden Apple Theatre’s evening of music and laughter with three well-known Regina performers: Lyndon Bray, Edward Willett and Robert Ursan (co-artistic director of The Golden Apple Theatre) was a huge success, drawing close to a full house to the single performance at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on Friday, May 11.
Titled An Evening with the “Boys,” the show featured songs and comic sketches performed by Bray, Willett and Ursan.
Lyndon got his start singing at Peacock High School in Moose Jaw when in Grade 9. Four days before the opening of the high school musical South Pacific, he was thrust into a leading role when another actor broke his ankle. The rest has been on-the-job training, really. Lyndon has sung with wedding dance bands, rock ‘n’ roll bands, performed in numerous musical theatre productions and sings and entertains for hundreds of other fundraising functions and events.
Ed grew up in Weyburn but has lived in Regina for many years. He has acted and sung in dozens of plays, musicals and operas across Saskatchewan, both professionally (with Globe Theatre, Persephone Theatre and others), and just for fun (with Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, Regina Summer Stage, and more). He’s a past president of Weyburn’s Crocus 80 Theatre and Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, and currently serves on the boards of The Golden Apple Theatre and the Canadian Chamber Choir, a national auditioned choir with which he also sings. In addition to performing, Ed is a prolific writer with more than forty books of both fiction and non-fiction to his credit: www.edwardwillett.com.
Rob was born and raised in Regina. Four degrees and many performances across Canada and Britain later, he returned to Saskatchewan to work and write. Since returning he has directed 64 shows and music directed a further 57. As a teacher, he has taught students who have performed in major theatres in Canada, the UK and the US. As a writer, he has written operas, musicals and plays. His works have been heard on the CBC and from the Brooklyn Academy in New York to the Canadian Embassy in Moscow.
The Golden Apple Theatre’s production of Making Love In A Canoe has now wrapped up, after playing to enthusiastic crowds for five performances plus a preview.
Created and performed by Regina-born Kyle Golemba, Making Love in a Canoe is a celebration of the finest in Canadian musical theatre.
Kyle has spent the last six years performing in a wide range of productions in theatres coast-to-coast, including four seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. After Canoe, he will be returning for his fifth season to play Andy Lee in 42nd Street. Past Stratford credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Gremio), West Side Story (A-rab), Evita, Fuente Ovejuna, The Music Man, The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as several understudy performances of Che in Evita, Bill in Kiss Me, Kate, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath. Kyle also appeared in the Toronto transfer of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His other credits include Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables for Stage West, Rolf in The Sound of Music for Neptune Theatre, Roy in Anne and Gilbert for the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre, and Prince Christopher in Cinderella for the Grand Theatre. Making Love in a Canoe has been performed across the country, most recently at the prestigious Stratford Summer Music in August 2011.
Here’s a promotional video Kyle and Adam put together:
Kyle Golemba is thrilled to be making his hometown debut with The Golden Apple! Since graduating from college, he’s appeared in such shows as: Anne of Green Gables (Gilbert, Stage West); The Sound of Music (Rolf, Neptune Theatre); Anne and Gilbert (Roy, Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre); and Cinderella (Prince Christopher, Grand Theatre). His film/TV credits include: Queer As Folk (Showtime) and Hairspray (New Line Cinema). After Canoe, he will be returning to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for his fifth season, appearing in The Pirates of Penzance and as Andy Lee in 42nd Street. In previous seasons, he has played Gremio in Kiss Me, Kate, A-rab in West Side Story, and appeared as an understudy as Bill (Kate), Connie (The Grapes of Wrath), Peter (Jesus Christ Superstar), and Che (Evita). He would like to extend his thanks to Andorlie and Rob for inviting him home, as well as to his family for taking such good care of him. Enjoy the show! http://www.kylegolemba.com
Adam White is happy to visit Regina with Making Love in a Canoe, and Golden Apple Theatre. In addition to an on-going cabaret series with Kyle Golemba, Adam has been musical director for Smile Theatre’s three-actor adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, ‘Tis the Season (Smile Theatre), Hair (TYT), A New Brain (Theatre Sheridan), and workshops of several new Canadian musicals. As an actor, Adam has played the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (Empire Theatre), Cosme McMoon in Glorious! (Stage West Calgary and Globus Theatre), and performed in productions of The Full Monty (Empire Theatre) and One Step Forward (TIFT). Thank you for supporting Canadian musical theatre, and to family, friends and Robert for their continuing support. www.adamwhitemusic.com
The Golden Apple Theatre’s production of the Canadian classic, written and composed by John Gray in collaboration with Eric Peterson, was directed by Robert Ursan and starred Ryland Alexander and Wayne Gwillim.
Ryland Alexander is a recently returned Regina-based artist who has had the good fortune of working across the country and overseas. He recently finished filming 13 Eerie with Mind’s Eye Entertainment and enjoyed being a WWI hero by day and a zombie at night during this rehearsal process. Selected credits include: Theatre—As You Like It, A Christmas Carol, Julius Caesar (Citadel Theatre), Keeping Peace (Surreal SoReal Theatre), Are We There…Yet? (Concrete Theatre), Creation of the World and Other Business, Progress and Procrastination, Never Swim Alone (The System Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry IV Part I, The Taming of the Shrew, and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare In The Park). Film—Blood in the Water (Discovery Channel), InSecurity, The Englishman’s Boy, Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (CBC), Hemmorage (Independent). Education—MA in Theatre Practices (Directing) Rose Bruford College, BFA in Drama (Acting) University of Alberta.
Wayne Gwillim is a Toronto-based musician. He grew up on a farm between Strasbourg and Duval—85 km north of Regina—and is a graduate of Luther College High School. Wayne was involved with musical and theatrical organizations while living in Saskatchewan, including Regina Lions Jr. Band, Do It With Class, and Regina Lyric Musical Theatre. After graduation, he pursued studies at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Wayne now makes his living as a freelance music director, arranger, and vocal coach. Recent credits: assistant music director for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions), alternate keyboardist/vocalist for Jersey Boys (Dancap Productions), and several seasons at the Shaw Festival. Billy Bishop marks Wayne’s first professional gig in his home province.