Billy Bishop Goes to War ends successful run

Posted on August 09, 2011

Billy Bishop Goes to War has closed, after a fantastic two-week run at the Artesian on 13th (2627 13th Ave.) November 9-13 and 15-20.

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.