Cast Spotlight: Ashlyn Cowie

Ashlyn Cowie | Bygone Theatre

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I always sing in my room along to karaoke music, so having the opportunity to sing on a stage with a microphone is very exciting.
What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

My favourite part of the holiday season, is hearing and singing along to all the Christmas music, and celebrating Christmas with family
What’s your favourite Christmas song?

My favourite Christmas song is Holy Night
Why should everyone come see the show?

There is so many talented individuals involved in this show. It’s also a Christmas show which makes it even better.
Anything else we should know?

I have been Irish dancing since i was 5, and have always loved performing, even more so now since i can sing while performing.

Have you gotten your tickets yet? Hurry, they’re selling fast! Buy them online now.

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Cast Spotlight: Moulan Bourke

Moulan Bourke Bygone Theatre

Moulan Bourke Bygone Theatre

Bio: Moulan is a proud graduate of St. Clair College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. She is elated to be sharing the stage with Tom Finn once again. Selected Credits: Mina in Raise the Stakes (Void Room); Dolce Vita, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Jungle Book (Beaches Turks and Caicos); Broke Girls in the City (120 Diner); Trinity Tiller in Little Miss County Fair (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Aquata in The Little Mermaid (Randolph Theatre); White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (Creativiva UAE Tour); Lilah in To a Degree, Sarah in Something for the Buoys (Eli Pasic); Florinda in Into the Woods (Hart House); Laurey in Oklahoma!, Amy in Company, Maggie in Working (St. Clair College); Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Act II); Lily St. Regis in Annie (Stars of Tomorrow).

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I absolutely love Christmas and all of its cheer! Also, I am overjoyed to be sharing the stage with Mr. Finn once again.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

I love the amount of happiness everyone has during the season. Also Christmas treats, fires, and snuggies.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Wintersong – Canadian Tenors

Why should everyone come see the show?

Everyone involved in the show is very talented. This show will have you reminiscing days from your childhood and have you slapping your knees in laughter.

Anything else we should know? 

Feel free to check out my website: www.moulanbourke.com

Come hear Moulan in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas, Friday December 1st. Tickets available online.

Cast Spotlight: Christopher Benjamin

Christopher Benjamin Bygone Theatre

Christopher Benjamin | Bygone Theatre

Bio: Christopher Benjamin completed a Bachelor of Musical Theatre (Honours) in Singapore and a Masters in Teaching in Sydney, Australia. He is a performer, director and facilitator in the arts both internationally and across North America. Favourite credits include: Lockstock in Urinetown (Stephenville Theatre Festival), Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins (Lower Ossington Theatre), Second City Musical Improv Conservatory, Toad in Wind in the Willows (Singapore Lyric Opera) and Co-director, Cinderella: A RATical retelling (Stephenville Theatre Festival). May ugly sweaters and marshmallows fill your holiday with joy.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I’ve been naughty all year long and need a chance to redeem myself; or it’s coal for me from Saint Nick.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Christmas to me is all about singing silly songs and consuming too many calories. So libations are accepted throughout the performance.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

“Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters. This sad melancholy song perfectly represents the loved ones we don’t get to see this holiday season.

Why should everyone come see the show?

We are really tight with Santa so I wouldn’t risk missing this show!!!

Anything else we should know? 

Wanna know who Santa’s favourite singer is?!? Why, Elf-is Presley of course!!! (Dad joke for the WIN).

Get your tickets to ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas online today.

Cast Spotlight: Clea McCaffrey

Clea McCaffrey Bygone Theatre

Bio: Clea McCaffrey is excited to be performing along best friends, and new friends this winter season. Ain’t that what the holidays are about?

Clea is a 24-year-old performer residing in Toronto. She has had the chance to perform with The Drayton Festival in the musical Sister Act under direction of Max Reimer. Clea has performed internationally in the show Fame as Mabel Washington in a tour to Dubai under direction of Alan Kinsella. Clea also works as a vocal teacher and freelance musician in Toronto. In future endeavours, she simply hopes to continue composing, performing, and creating art. ~ Peace is Possible, Theatre is Powerful~

 
What made you want to be a part of the cabaret?
I’m super excited to be performing with my best friends and band mates the wild bbs as the jingle belles this holiday season! I also saw Tom’s pervious cab Fin and Friends and was blown away by the way he put it all together.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?
I really love the sense of community around the holidays. Everyone seems to want to spread joy and love to each other. If we all acted this way throughout the year maybe there would be a lot less hate in this world.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Santa clause got stuck in my chimney. I mean Ella Fitzgerald, sexual innuendos, Christmas, what more do you need?

Why should everyone come to see the show?

It’s going to be so so fun, with unbelievable local talent. It’s just going to be a great place to feel good and start the holiday’s off!

AUDITIONS – Bygone Theatre Presents “Loot” by Joe Orton

Loot Collective Bygone Theatre Toronto

It’s that time again! Bygone Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of LOOT – here’s everything you need to know;

THE SHOW
WHAT: 
Loot, by Joe Orton, directed by Emily Dix
WHEN:  March 8-17th, 2018 (11 performances)
WHERE: Alumnae Theatre mainstage
SYNOPSIS: Only hours before her intended burial, the late Mrs. McLeavy is removed from her coffin by her son, Hal, and his best pal, Dennis, who have together just robbed a bank and need the coffin to stash the loot. Absurdity abounds in the dark, 1965 farce that examines attitudes surrounding death, police integrity, and the Catholic church.

This production is non-union, profit-share, and eligible for the Dora Awards.

CHARACTERS
All characters require the use of a British accent and excellent comedic timing.

HAL – early 20s, British, gay, the son of the recently deceased, full of Catholic guilt

DENNIS – early 20s, British, a sexual deviant & an undertaker

FAY – mid to late 20s, British, a nurse, says she’s a devout Catholic, uses her sexuality to manipulate men

MR. MCLEAVY – middle aged, British, a recent widower, old-fashioned, a devout Catholic, concerned about his son

INSPECTOR TRUSCOTT – middle aged, British, the bumbling police detective, not above bribery and violence, embodies every negative stereotype of the police force

MEADOWS – 20s-30s, a police officer (minor role)

AUDITIONS
WHAT TO DO: 
Email director Emily Dix (emily@bygonetheatre.com) with your headshot and artistic resume, and the subject line “Loot Auditions” to request an audition
WHEN: Auditions will be held on Friday December 8th and Saturday December 9th; callbacks TBA.
WHERE: Audition location will be sent to those selected for an audition

REHEARSALS
Will take place in January and February on evenings and weekends. Expect a total of 80 rehearsal hours before getting into the venue (exact schedule is made up after casting to accommodate as many people as possible).

Cast Spotlight: Amy Holden

Amy Holden Bygone Theatre

Amy Holden Bygone Theatre

Bio: Amy Holden is thrilled to be joining the Jingle Belles in “Twas The Cabaret Before Christmas”! She is a proud graduate of St. Clair College’s Musical Theatre Performance program (2016) and has been working as an actor/singer in Toronto and across Canada ever since. A few of her favourite credits include Mother Superior in Sister Act (The LOT), Dorothy in 42nd Street (Capitol Theatre) and Amy March in Little Women (MToT). Up next, Amy will be playing Lily St. Regis in Annie (Randolph Theatre). 

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

The opportunity to perform alongside two of my best friends and band mates as The Jingle Belles is pretty darn cool. PLUS, I love all things Christmas and new collaborations.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

I really do love all things Christmas. Although, I would have to say receiving gifts and eating Christmas treats take first place……

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

There is no way I could choose just one!! But among my favourites are Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and The Christmas Song.

Why should everyone come see the show?

Because WHO doesn’t love a little lighthearted Christmas spirit???

Want to see Amy onstage? Get your tickets to ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas today.

Cast Spotlight: Hannah Gallant

Hannah Gallant Bygone Theatre

See Hannah Gallant perform in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas on Friday December 1, 7:30pm, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours today!

Bio: Hannah Gallant is a Toronto based actor/improvisor and graduate of York University’s Theatre program. She recently completed the Second City’s Sketch Conservatory program and can often be found improvising around the city with various troupes. Hannah is excited to work with such a talented group of artists and friends on this show and wishes everyone a Happy Holiday! 

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Working with talented, funny, and driven artists who would make any show a blast.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

The Christmas movies

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Santa Baby (sing it in the shower year round)

Why should everyone come see the show?

Because it’s going to be funny, joyful and heartwarming (and who can turn that down)

Anything else we should know?

The cornflakes are complimentary

Cast Spotlight: Jada Rifkin

Jada Rifkin Bygone Theatre

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Thomas Finn is one my favourite performers to work with, and it doesn’t happen often enough. I don’t even celebrate Christmas, and I am willing to do almost anything to ham it up with this awesome human being!

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

My favourite part of the holiday season is watching how much happier everyone around me is. You can see the excitement in preparation for Christmas; the scent of toasted marshmallows and cinnamon, and lovely carollers singing in perfect harmony in their adorable, matching, appropriately-themed outfits makes my weeks. It’s an absolute delight.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

When I was a professional caroller (the most Jewish caroller you have ever seen), my favourite memory of singing carols was when a woman came up to us and told us a story of her son who had recently passed and asked if we could sing something dedicated to him. We chose “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and there isn’t a moment that passes when I don’t tear up thinking about how important that song was for her. It became my favourite Christmas song.

Why should everyone come see the show?

Finn & Friends shows are always a guaranteed night of entertainment and sincere fun. In the incredibly inclusive venue of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, listening to Finn’s voice is worth the ticket price alone.

Anything else we should know?

When I’m not breaking my mother’s heart not singing Chanukah songs, I am also breaking her heart by being an actor instead of a dentist! (Just kidding – she’s very, very supportive). I am currently performing in Curious George & The Golden Meatball, a family musical in Toronto. I’m so thankful that Bygone Theatre, Thomas Finn, and the incomparable Larry Silverberg are teaming up to produce what is going to be a fantastic show.

See Jada onstage Friday December 1st at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Get your tickets now, they’re selling quick!

Cast Spotlight: Sam Burns

Sam Burns Bygone Theatre

Just For Laughs stand-up comedian, Sam Burns, is performing in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas – see him onstage December 1, 2017 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I’ve been doing shows with Thomas for a couple of years now, and it’s always been a blast. So when he asked me to do a Christmas show I had to jump on board.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

I love the food and the booze… and family. In that order.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Big fan of Whams Last Christmas. Very relatable.

Why should everyone come see the show?

The show will be packed with talent and it’s the first day of December so it’ll start your month off right.

Can’t wait to see Sam onstage? Get your tickets now.

Cast Spotlight: Vince Deiulis

Bygone Theatre 'Twas the Cab Before Christmas

Vince Deiulis is the feature of today’s Cast Spotlight, come see him perform onstage December 1, 2017 in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas.

Bio: Vince Deiulis has trained with some of Canada’s brightest theatre talents including: Gil Garratt, Hume Baugh, Maja Ardal and Anna Chatterton. Recent credits include: Nerve (Shining Star Theatrical Co.), Blue Remembered Hills (Good Old Neon), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (The LOT), Out in the Open, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (To Be Determined Theatre Co.). Vince is also a volunteer puppeteer with The Concerned Kids Charity of Toronto.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Tom asked… and who can say no to that face?

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Mulled wine and shortbread cookies.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Any Christmas song that is Dubstep remixed.

Why should everyone come see the show?

You won’t see anything like it. In Toronto or on this planet.

Anything else we should know?

You can follow Vince on Twitter: @VinceDeiulis and Insta: vinnie_edwardo