Cast Spotlight: Kelsey Willmott

Kelsey Willmott Bygone Theatre

Kelsey Willmott Bygone Theatre

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I love performing and why not do it beside the awesome cast. I was in from the moment I saw the last Cabaret of Finn and Friends. Working with singers is different then working with dancers and I was so excited for the chance to choreograph on some amazing performers.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Hmmm this question is always a hard one, the holidays bring people together and its a beautiful thing. However nothing beats curling up on the couch watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas songs during the holiday’s.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

There are wayyy to many to mention and I will sing them out in the middle of stores or where ever they are playing but I think my ultimate favourite would be “Santa Baby”, not my favourite when I was child though!

Why should everyone come see the show?

There are so many Great performers involved in this cabaret and I think the world needs to see more of them. Get yourself into the Christmas spirit and enjoy some pure talent.

Anything else we should know?

I’m sure there is lots I could say about what you don’t know about me but I’ll save them for if you see me after the show. I do teach drop in dance classes here in Toronto If your interested in working on your skills or learning how to walk in your heels and feel sexy. Men or women all are welcome! Also I am part of a show Nov. 23, 26, 28 with High Society Cabaret. Its a fun one where 1930’s Film Noir meets Vintage Burlesque. Make sure to check out “Silent Goodbye” and check out High Society Cabaret online.

See Kelsey’s dancing and choreography skills onstage Friday December 1, 2017. Get your tickets now.

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Cast Spotlight: Heather Motut

Heather Motut Bygone Theatre

You may remember Heather from her role as Teresa in our 2015 production of Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical.

Bio: Heather is a singer, actress, and improviser. Originally from Vancouver B.C, Heather studied at an interdisciplinary performing arts school in Victoria, and has been living and performing in Toronto for 6 years in various productions both on stage and screen. An eager collaborator, Heather enjoys working in ensemble productions, and on the original projects of her fellow musicians.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I’m big into Christmas and all it represents. (I mean love and joy and generosity, not any of that religious or commercial crap, but please buy a ticket to the show, buy so many tickets!) And it’s always a pleasure to work with Tom.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Being with my friends and family and eating too much. Also, openly sobbing through the last 15 minutes of It’s a Wonderful Life.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Fairytale of NewYork

Why should everyone come see the show? Because its gonna get you into the Holiday Spirit! Not the stressful and frantic one, but the good one that feels like magic and hope for humanity!

Cast Spotlight: Emma Ferrante

Emma Ferrante Bygone Theatre

Emma Ferrante Bygone Theatre

Bio: Emma Ferrante is an Ottawa native, and splits her time between performing and directing. Select credits include: Nana in For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Stephenville Theatre Festival, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Lower Ossington Theatre, director for New World, The Future Theatre Festival, and director for Love+Hate, SummerWorks. Emma is excited to be spreading some Christmas cheer with her Wonderful Life pals.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Getting back together with the It’s a Wonderful Life gang. Just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without those goons.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Christmas Eve at the Ferrante’s is full of Italian traditions. The feast of the 7 fishes, watching It’s a Wonderful Life…Watching George Bailey with Bailey’s in our Christmas PJs. Christmas is extra special with the addition of baby Ian.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Barbra Streisand’s “Jingle Bells?”…yes, Question Mark. If you haven’t heard it you’re seriously missing out.

Why should everyone come see the show?

To get in the Christmas spirit!! Yes, I said Christmas! How politically incorrect of me.

Anything else we should know?

Come see Emma singing Christmas Carols at the Christmas Market in the Distillery. Basically, I will be doing everything possible to be obnoxiously Christmassy! DIY presents (thanks Pinterest), baking up a storm, making mulled wine, and listening to Christmas records constantly.

Tickets to ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas can be purchased online here.

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!

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

Cast Spotlight: Julia Carrer

Julia Carrer Bygone Theatre

Bio: Julia was most recently seen performing various musicals at the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort. Her international resume also includes performances in the United Arab Emirates and Jamaica. Some of Julia’s favourite credits include Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (SCC Theatre), Kaa the snake in Jungle Book Live (Beaches Turks and Caicos), Evil Stepsister in Cinderella (Al Quasba Theatre), and Amy March in Little Women (SCC Theatre). She is extremely proud to be performing alongside the talented cast of ‘Twas the Cab’ Before Christmas. 

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I love the spirit of Christmas first and foremost. I also had the pleasure to see one of Tom’s recent cabaret’s and thought to myself “I would love to be up there with this awesome group”. So I was very happy when Tom asked me to get involved.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

I love getting together with family around the holidays. Everyone seems to be so happy and filled with love for one another. That and cookies!

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

My favourite Christmas song is Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I was lucky enough to sing it in my college Christmas show, but not lucky enough to have a kickline behind me as requested.

Why should everyone come see the show?

This cast is phenomenal. There is something for everyone in this show. You are sure to be entertained!

Anything else we should know?

Never give up on your dreams! Something beautiful is right around the corner.

See Julia onstage Friday December 1st, 7:30pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – get your tickets now.

‘Twas the Cab(aret) Before Christmas

We’re excited to announce we’ve added another event to our 2017/18 season!

Silverberg & Finn, in Association with Bygone Theatre present…

‘TWAS THE CAB BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Friday December 1st, 2017
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Begins: 7:30PM
Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., Toronto
TIX: $17 online/ $20 @ door
($15 at door for performing arts workers)

A night of holiday themed music, comedy, dancing and new Christmas music with performances by…
Thomas James Finn
The Jingle Belles: Moulan Bourke, Amy Holden & Clea McCaffrey
Heather Motut
Jada Rifkin
Chris Benjamin
Kevin Finn
Sam Burns
Julia Carrer
Ashlyn Cowie

with Choreography by Kelsey Willmott and Music Direction by Michael Zahorak

***PLUS*** a HILARIOUS reimagining of “Its A Wonderful Life” performed by last years original cast of: Emma Ferrante, Hannah Gallant and Vince Deiulis

“Twas the Cab before Christmas, when all through Bad Times
All the people had gathered to enjoy festive rhymes.
The glasses were filled by the bar staff with care,
In hopes that Finn ‘n’ Friends soon would be there.

When up on the stage, will arise such a clatter
Of singing and dancing and humorous chatter.
Comics and crooners, all with a part
Thrice increasing the size even the Grinchiest heart.

So spring from your work, to a cab give a whistle,
Get over to Buddies like an eggnog-fuelled missile.
December 1st will be a festival of light
Merry Christmas to all, come join us that night!”
– Dillon Goldsmith

Stay tuned for Cast Spotlights!