A Summer... A Fair (Theatre Wakefield)
A Summer... A Fair was Theatre Wakefield's 2017 touring summer theatre show...and your last chance to catch it! This is their last performance.
This musical revue, written and composed by Ian Tamblyn and directed by Mary Ellis, toured small communities throughout the Outaouais. Standing ovations everywhere...don’t miss it!
Sunday, Sept. 10
A Summer... A Fair based on the famous Cantley Picnic (which ran from every summer from 1880 through to 2004). About 300 people attended the opening performance at the end of July, which took place at the site of the original Cantley Picnic. The event included fresh-baked pie sales and the God Knows What square-dance band with caller.
Ian Tamblyn (writer, composer)
A Summer - A Fair is Ian Tamblyn's sixteenth play and the third in a series of Gatineau presentations – A Bridge to the Past and A River Runs through Us were also part of this trilogy. Ian has also written over one hundred soundtracks for theatrical production across Canada. His play Land of Trash recently toured British Columbia with Green Thumb Theatre for Young People and he will be presenting the music for the production of Up to Low next spring at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Mr. Tamblyn has also released thirty-nine albums of his own compositions.
Mary Ellis (director)
Mary has worked extensively as a director, actor and teacher for many years. Her directing credits include Ian Tamblyn’s A Bridge to the Past with Theatre Wakefield, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with A Company of Fools, and the award-winning The Elephant Girls, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe, and toured to London, Dublin and Brighton. Acting credits include Pericles (Company of Fools), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Plosive Productions), and Angel Square (GCTC). She has received many nominations and awards, including the Outstanding Director Prix Rideau Award for The Elephant Girls. Mary teaches at The Acting Company in Ottawa.
Lara Guenette (stage manager)
Originally from Chelsea, Lara spent the better part of three years travelling in Asia where she developed a collaborative after-school theatre program for expat kids. She has an educational background in Stage/ Production Management and has just completed her Teacher Education degree at the University of Ottawa. She is looking forward to finding a way to connect her theatre experience with education and share her passion for literature, the arts, global education, multiculturalism, and more with youth. With over 15 years of experience in professional and community-based theatre organizations, Lara is happy to be working again with Theatre Wakefield.
Karine Desharnais (assistant stage manager)
Karine has been an actor and director in various local productions over the past 15 years. She directed her local high school's version of Charlotte's Web, and has been an actor/singer in the musical Guys and Dolls. She has also been an active member of local Improv and Drama Clubs. She joins this production of A Summer... A Fair as the Assistant Stage Manager. She currently teaches French Immersion, including Drama, at Wakefield Elementary School.
Vanessa Passmore (costumer)
Raised by savvy seamstresses, Vanessa has been creating her own designs since she was young, upcycling and crafting costumes from scratch or trash is one of her many joys and passions. Painter, Live Artist, writer, singer, Steamstress (Steampunk Ottawa) and mother of two she embraces all forms of art and good old fashion play. Though still very new to it, Vanessa is enjoying creating costumes for theatre. And yet it’s a challenge she is embracing, and she’s been overjoyed with being able to give back to her beloved community of Wakefield.
Juliana Weynerowski (set designer)
A native of Chelsea, and recently returned to her beloved Gatineau River, Juliana has a degree in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), and did a stint at the National Theatre School of Canada. Juliana has dabbled in art, costume and set design throughout her life.
Sheena Turcotte* as Lola Foley, Mrs Reid, Horse, Jason, Bessie (cow), Joe Cousineau, Edgar
Sheena is thrilled to be involved in Ian Tamblyn’s latest historical play and to join forces again with the fabulous cast and production team. As fellow cast-member Megan Carty put it, getting paid to play a dancing cow sure feels like winning at Life. Speaking of Life, Sheena dedicates her performance to the new life she created, her baby boy Sidney. And the most special thank you goes out to her family, especially Patrick, Nanny, Poppy and Merrick for all their love and support.
Megan Carty* as Mona Monette, Mrs Milks, Horse, Molly, Bossy (cow)
Megan Carty is thrilled to be back with Theatre Wakefield this summer! She was in A Bridge to the Past, and jumped at the opportunity to reprise her role (among others) as a singing/dancing cow. Megan has worked across Canada as an actor, physical theatre artist and puppeteer, and is founder of the award-winning theatre company Cart Before the Horse in Ottawa. She’s a drama educator at the Ottawa School of Theatre and recipient of a 2016 Zonta Scholarship for emerging female artists. Next season she will be performing in Burn at The Gladstone and Up to Low at the National Arts Centre.
Matt Selic as Maurice Gauthier, Gerald, Ray Foley
Matt Selic is a musician with a keen interest in the traditional folk music of many cultures. A relative newcomer to theatre, this is his third project working with Theatre Wakefield and playwright & composer Ian Tamblyn. He has an interest in a variety of musical instruments and enjoys bringing this musical mosaic into a production. Matt plays guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, button accordion, and harmonica in the production. He lives in Wakefield with his son.
Dylan Phillips as Pat, Frenchy Monette, Bob, Boy One, Maurice’s Father (Gauthier), Hector
Dylan is a singer/songwriter and an actor from the Ottawa area. Dylan performed in A Bridge to the Past in 2015 and A River Runs Through Us in 2016. He has also performed several times in the Ottawa Fringe Festival in shows such as Neil Labute’s The Distance from Here (2011). He plays original folk music with a classical blend across Ottawa in a spectrum of venues, and has been studying classical guitar and, under the close scrutiny and guidance of Ian Tamblyn, songwriting at Carleton University.
Jill Rick as Helen Holmes, Paddy, Betty (cow), Boy Three, Ticket seller, John Blackburn
Since joining Theatre Wakefield, Jill has been in all four of the Blake Field Dinner Theatre Mysteries, and starred as Merit in Corker and as Lady Grace ManlyProwe in the musical Something’s Afoot. And who could forget her heart-wrenching portrayals of Jilline Dion, HRH the Queen, Osama Bin Hidin’, and Summer Melodie Blossom in the Wakefield Idle contests? Jill also plays the upright bass and blows a mean kazoo in her duo How’s My Hair. She has also been a member of the Theatre Wakefield board and involved in TW’s WIFF, Ta Da! Festival and Piggyback Fringe Festival.
Erik Ewing - Meyer as Paul, Father Patrick Corkery, Norman, Bonnie (cow), Boy Two, Father Day, Danny Fleming, Bernard, Reg
This is Erik Ewing-Meyer’s first year with Theatre Wakefield, but not his first production. Earlier this year he was Cinderella’s Prince Charming in Into the Woods. He also played a servant, a pope, an emperor, and a duke while in Cégep. All of his favourite roles have been comedic. In the spring of 2016 he performed in the McGill choir as a baritone, and by summer was participating in Theatre Wakefield’s reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He was also an extra in the movie Stonewall in 2014. This was a great experience that left him with the accomplishment of having the back of his head appear on screens in Hollywood and across the world.
* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).