Laurel Smith (Artistic Producer/Director) A theatre director, playwright, teacher, producer and performer with an MA in Drama and an MBA, Laurel has directed at Gryphon Theatre, Capitol Theatre, and the Shaw Festival, among many others. Founding Artistic Producer of the Classic Theatre Festival, Laurel has directed Blithe Spirit, Bell, Book and Candle, The Fourposter, Two for the Seesaw, Mary, Mary, The Star-Spangled Girl, The Marriage-Go-Round, Come Blow Your Horn, Dial M for Murder, Barefoot in the Park, Wait Until Dark, I Ought to be in Pictures, Arms and the Man, and An Inspector Calls, as well as the Listen Up! youth theatre project.
Roger Schultz (Scenic Designer) is happy to be joining the 2017 Classic Theatre production team. His many credits range from Summer Festivals to Regional Theatre and include a number of Canadian premieres. He currently lives in Ottawa, and previous to that in Alberta where he worked and taught extensively throughout the province. He has one forgotten Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, some Betty Mitchell Award nominations, multiple Sterling Award nominations and wins, and most recently a Prix Rideau Award for outstanding set design.
Renate Seiler (Costume Designer) For Classic Theatre Festival: Same Time Next Year, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Arms and the Man, An Inspector Calls, Barefoot in The Park, Wait Until Dark, Come Blow Your Horn, Dial M for Murder, The Star-Spangled Girl, The Marriage-Go-Round. Elsewhere: Open House, the Opera (Popinjay Productions), My Narrator, Chapter Two (Perth Studio Theatre), Jasper Station, It Runs in the Family, Wrong for Each Other, The Affections of May, Kiss the Moon Kiss the Sun (Smiths Falls Community Theatre), My Fair Lady (Perth Community Choir). Renate particularly enjoys using colour to underscore character and plot development.
Wesley McKenzie (Lighting Designer/Production Manager) is a Lighting, Sound and Video designer based in Toronto. Lighting design credits include: The Italian Girl in Algiers and The Rape of Lucretia (MYOpera); Tales of Hoffman (Wilfrid Laurier University); An Inspector Calls, Arms and the Man, I Ought be in Pictures, Wait until Dark and Barefoot in the Park (Classic Theatre Festival); An Ode to Nativity, Elijah and L’enfance du Christ (Pax Christi), Three Women Mourn the Apocalypse (Old Norman Productions).
Maureen Callaghan (Stage Manager) is delighted to return to Perth, having stage managed Come Blow Your Horn in 2014. Recent work includes: Pinocchio, Mixed Programme and YOUDance (National Ballet of Canada); Paul Bunyan and Postcard from Morocco (U of T Opera); Pyramus and Thisbe (Canadian Opera Company) and La Calisto (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy). Maureen trained at the Banff Centre and is one of the resident concert managers for Tafelmusik. She spent almost 10 years with Canada’s National Ballet School.
Matthew Behrens (Associate Producer/Sound Designer) Eighth season with Classic Theatre Festival. A long-time writer for print and radio, stage credits include What’s a Girl to Do, The December 6 Memorial, and Ontario, Yours Too (Burning Passions Theatre), Kafka’s The Trial (TASC), First Sight of First Night (First Night Toronto). In 2014 he published Unions Matter (Between the Lines) and contributes regularly to dozens of print and on-line publications. Matthew is also a community organizer with youth, refugees, prisoners, and torture survivors.
Scott Clarkson (George) Seen here in Arms and the Man, Wait Until Dark, Dial M for Murder, Two For the Seesaw, The Marriage-Go-Round, and The Fourposter, Scott is pretty darned pleased to appear in this show, and in such good company. Some other previous work: The Tin Drum, Pride & Prejudice, Private Lives, Gross Indecency, The Crucible, Hamlet, Much Ado, Twelfth Night, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Thank you CTF and our volunteers, lovely Perth, and my family.
Lana Sugarman (Doris) is delighted to be back in Perth after her turn as Raina in Arms and the Man (*Capital Critics Circle Award for Best Female Actor). Selected credits include: The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre Northwest), The Light in the Piazza (Persephone), Little Women: The Musical, The Three Musketeers (Citadel), Macbeth (Driftwood), and 3 seasons with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Off stage you can find Lana singing mantras and teaching yoga: www.lanayoga.ca. Love to Mom, Dad, and htb.