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We first saw a workshop production of Snapshots: a Musical Scrapbook several years ago at a small theatre in the Seattle suburbs. Stephen Schwartz was attending, and had invited us to a performance. Afterwards, we had dinner with him and shared our impressions of the show. We thought it was a beautiful melding of his music with a story that had resonance for contemporary theatregoers. It seemed like an ideal show for a Vancouver audience, and we began to think of ways to mount a production here.
It took a few years for our production plan to become a reality, but in 2014, we were able to attract an outstanding cast and artistic team, no doubt because of the rewarding nature of the material, both musically and dramatically. The “Snapshots Collective” was formed, and the Canadian premiere of Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook enjoyed a hugely successful run at Studio 1398 in the Fall of 2014. Audiences and critics fell in love with the multi-layered storytelling, the music and the staging, and clamoured for more.
We are thrilled to be back and are excited to bring the 2015 production of Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook to Vancouver’s North Shore. Once again, the exquisite combination of Schwartz’ music and the story’s compelling themes attracted a stellar group of professional artists. Not only do we welcome back some of our original cast and artistic team members, but we are delighted to welcome some new members to our cast and creative teams as well. It has been a joy to work with such a committed group.
We would like to thank our collaborators on this project, both on stage and less visible, who have devoted many hours to making this production possible.
We hope you enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you!
Wendy Bross Stuart
Co-Producer, Music Director, Keyboardist
Sarah, a Studio 58 graduate and recent Jessie Award winner, has been working behind the scenes for the last 10 years in music, theatre, film and TV. Recent credits include set designing Glengarry Glen Ross, A Doll’s House, Grease and The Last 5 Years; and stage managing Kosmic Mambo (Wendy Gorling, David Mackay), The After Party Girls saga (Cheyenne Mabberley, Katey Hoffman, Kayvon Kelly), Private Lives (Kevin Bennett), In A Forest Dark and Deep (Tamara McCarthy), Deer Harper (Kayvon Kelly), Lascivious Something (Fay Nass), 3…2…1… (Kayvon Kelly) and a variety of original works presented at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals, 4Play at Studio 58 and Shift Festival (for which she was also this year’s Production Manager). Her love of music has also carried over into sound design (Grease, Macbeth and her solo show, Live Forever). After being a part of this fantastic show, you can find Sarah working with Carousel Theatre, Hardline Productions, SpeakEasy Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre on their upcoming productions.
Linzi is excited to work with and learn from this talented cast and production team! With a Bachelor of Performing Arts and Musical Theatre Diploma from Capilano University, Linzi is a multifaceted performing arts addict who takes turns being a production manager, stage manager, performer, and theatre instructor.
Linzi’s first show as a Production Manager is Jesus Christ Superstar with Fighting Chance Productions. She will be continuing to work with them through their 2015-2016 season.
Recent SM/ASM credits include: Jeeves Intervenes, Over the River and Through the Woods (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Dancing on the Edge Festival (Firehall Arts Centre); Holmes & Watson Save the Empire (ACE Productions); Tap Day Celebration (West Coast Tap Dance Collective); The Competition is Fierce (ITSAZOO); Time Machine (MACHiNENOiSY) and Crazy for You (Gateway).
Upcoming this December: The remount of Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen that debuted at Presentation House Theatre 2013 (Famous Artists).
Linzi sings Alto/Tenor with VanDeca Choir, and works with children who have autism.
Georgia is thrilled to be a part of the reincarnation of Snapshots! It’s such a beautiful piece, and it’s a blessing to bring it to life on stage with such an incredible cast and crew. Favourite recent credits include Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Globe) and Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (TUTS), for which she won the Ovation and E.V Young Award for Outstanding Performance. You can see Georgia every weekend performing at the Giggle Dam theatre, sharpening her comedic skills and belting her guts out with her ‘Damily’. A sincere thank you to Max, Wendy and Chris for this incredible opportunity… And to her family, friends, and Matt for their constant love and support.
Attending her fifth and final year at Capilano University for a degree in music education, Monica Sumulong has been giving her all to what she does best — play bass. Through overloaded schedules and endless rehearsals, she found her passion in musical performance. Versatile in different styles, she has played with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, a local video game cover band, a few of the big bands and jazz choirs at Capilano University as well as her own jazz trio. With her most recent and exciting involvements of Tatters & Ravens, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (Famous Artists), Secret Garden (Exit 22), My Fair Lady (Royal City Musical Theater), Hairspray and Oliver! (Theatre Under The Stars), last year’s production of Snapshots and an upcoming year of post secondary waiting, Monica is excited to be a part of the remount of Snapshots!
Wendy was born and raised in New York. She is an ethnomusicologist, music director, composer/arranger, piano accompanist and vocal coach. She holds degrees from McGill and UBC (M.Mus. in ethnomusicology) and an advanced teaching license in Japanese shamisen and koto following many years study of traditional music in Japan. Wendy authored two books: Gambling Music of the Coast Salish Indians (National Museum of Man) and Northern Haida Songs (University of Nebraska Press), has over twenty of her choral arrangements published in the U.S. and Canada and recorded four CD’s of Jewish music.
Selected theatre credits (music director, conductor, composer, arranger) include: ten seasons at Theatre Under The Stars, Company (Skycorner), The Last Five Years (Roaring Lion), Ruthless! — the Musical (Ophidian), The One That Got Away (Electric Company), Little Mercy’s First Murder (Touchstone Theatre), Peer Gynt (Blackbird — Jessie Award, Outstanding Production), and The Thing About Men for Presentation House (co-produced by WRS Productions) and the Arts Club On Tour, The Story of My Life at the Revue Stage, Granville Island (co-produced by WRS Productions), The Girl In The Frame (Intimate Theatre Productions) and Magic to Do: a Stephen Schwartz Songbook. She is a founding director of Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, a musical theatre program for talented youth, which just completed its 21st season.
Wendy has received two Jessie Award nominations as well as an Ovation! Award.
Ron Stuart was born in the New York area and educated at McGill University and the University of B.C., where he completed graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology & Sociology. He has taught Anthropology and Sociology at the University of B.C. and at Columbia College for over 40 years. His research interests include the ceremonial activities of the Coast Salish First Nation, and the educational system of contemporary Japan, where he has done field work since 1972. Ron has been involved in international education in both Japan and Canada, and directed the first study-abroad program for Japanese students in Vancouver in 1978. He was on the faculty of the Osaka YMCA College of Languages and Shinshu Tanki Daigaku during periods of residence in Japan between 1974 and 1989.
In addition to his academic work, he has been active in promoting cultural exchange, and served as consultant to Shingakukai Corporation of Nagano for ten years. He has a strong interest in the performing arts, and has produced several CDs and numerous concerts and theatrical events in collaboration with his wife, Wendy B. Stuart. Ron has served on the boards of a number of cultural organizations, and was the co-artistic director of the World Sacred Music Festival from 2000 to 2003. He recently initiated an ethnographic study of youth development in Langa township of Cape Town, South Africa, and produced a documentary on the program founders and their work. The film has been broadcast in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. In December, Ron & Wendy begin a new documentary film project in Cape Town which focuses on the life of an outstanding Xhosa musician and ethnomusicologist.
Christina has been seen working all over the lower mainland and the province. She has designed for Royal City Youth Ballet and Royal City Musical Theatre for 25 years. Her work has been seen at numerous other companies, such as Footlight Theatre Company and 18 shows for Theatre Under the Stars, most recently Legally Blonde and Shrek this past summer. Christina has received numerous awards including four Ovation Awards for Best Costume Design. Best wishes to the cast and crew of Snapshots!
Mark has enjoyed playing for many local theatre productions, most recently Carrie: the Musical (Fighting Chance Productions), Legally Blonde (Theatre Under the Stars) and Cabaret (Pipedream). Personal favorites also include “Pink Floyd’s The Wall” (Live Stage), The Rocky Horror Show (FCP), and Rent (FCP). Mark is classically trained, an active singer/songwriter and session player, has toured with a number of rock bands, and is very active with his current acoustic project the Drive By Poets, and the symphonic metal band Ophelia Falling. Look out for his upcoming shows with Kitty Nights’ Live Rock Burlesque: A Tribute to Queen. Mark can be found teaching at the Mozart School of Music in Burnaby.
Max Reimer’s experience with musicals includes work on over 300 productions as a director, choreographer, producer or performer at most of the major regional theatres in every province of Canada, including choreographing The Boys from Syracuse, the first festival-stage musical at the Stratford Festival (member for 3 seasons), and co-writing/co-directing Encore! that played a command performance for the Duke and Duchess of York at the Charlottetown Festival (member for 7 seasons).
Max served as both the Artistic Director and General Manager at Huron Country Playhouse, Theatre Aquarius, the Vancouver Playhouse and Manitoba Theatre for Young People (interim). Max’s business awards include a Lt. Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in the Arts, a Hamilton Tourism Award, and he was the first mentor of the Canada Council’s John Hobday Award for business mentorship. Max’s artistic awards for directing include a Calgary Critics Award for Chicago and a Jessie Award for The Drowsy Chaperone that went on to play at the Citadel and National Arts Centre.
Jessica Oostergo is a set, costume and props designer from Richmond, B.C. She is a freelance artist with skills ranging from scenic painting to producing, hat decorating, creative collaboration, product design and much more.
Recently Jessica designed a number of productions, including Innocence Lost (Studio 58), The Lawyer Show – Legally Blonde: The Musical (Touchstone/Carousel), 4Play: New Work by Excited Writers (Studio 58) and The Pitmen Painters (United Players). This summer Jessica worked as an Assistant Head of Wardrobe on A Midsummer Nights Dream and Cymbeline, and a Buyer for The Tempest (Bard on the Beach).
Over the past few years Jessica has had the opportunity to design many shows for young audiences: Seussical (Betty Huff), Into the Woods Jr (Betty Huff), Beauty and the Beast (Talmud Torah), The Little Mermaid (Betty Huff), and the entire spring festival for the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, including: Honk Jr, Basically Good Kids, The Adventures of Flat Stanley, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Reluctant Dragon.
Upcoming projects for the 2014-2015 season include work on space suits for Studio 58’s Kosmic Mambo and designs for Charlotte’s Web, Honk Jr and Grease. Jessica is also continuing to develop two independent projects: Chesterfield and Curls: The Musical.
Jessica is a graduate of Studio 58. For more visit: www.jessicaoostergo.com.
Graham is thrilled to be working on Snapshots with old friends and new. Recent favourite design credits include School for Scandal (United Players), Oleanna (Bleeding Heart), Pitmen Painters (United Players), Measure for Measure (Honest Fishmongers), Woman in Black (Yogurt), Jack and the Bean (Presentation House), We are Three Sisters (United Players), Proof (Mnemonic), Cold Comfort (Yogurt), and Justice (Gwaandak Theatre). He won a Jessie Richardson award for his collaborative design work on Jack and the Bean and a CTC Award for lighting Sweeney Todd. Upcoming designs include Butterfingers Angel (TWU) and Private Lives (United Players). www.ockleydesign.com
Chris is a graduate of Bishop’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Theatre (Directing). He has directed close to 100 productions over the past 25 years all across Canada. He is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Awards, for Directing (House), Script Adaptation (The Box) and Ensemble Acting (Pintauro Café) as well as several directing nominations including three Jessie Richardson Awards (The Little Old Man, I Hate You on Mondays and My Game) and three Ovation Awards (The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I). He teaches acting and directing at The University of British Columbia, Bishop’s University, Simon Fraser University and Langara College’s Studio 58, and at the Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Summer Musical Theatre Program.
Chris is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Axis Theatre Company.
Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has come to be known as one of Western Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. He’s appeared at numerous clubs and jazz festivals, been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (A Traditional Christmas, Valentines Pops, Last Night of the Proms), and been featured on both CBC Radio (Tonic, Hot Air, The Early Edition, Sounds Like Canada) and CTV Television, where he lent his vocal talents to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Recent musical theatre roles include Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Royal City Musical Theatre Co.), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Vancouver Playhouse), Beast in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Arts Club) and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary). Steve has an extensive discography, both as a leader and sideman, and is planning a new release for the fall of 2016. He lives in Burnaby with his wife, singer/pianist Siri Olesen, and his two children, Aubrey and Kai. For more information visit www.stevemaddock.com.
Anna is incredibly proud to be part of the Canadian premiere of Snapshots. She recently appeared as Connie in The Arts Club’s production of Red Rock Diner and will be returning to the Arts Club stage in Mary Poppins this December.
Earlier this year Anna co-wrote Circle Game, an indie-rock musical inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell. The project was granted a development residency at Capilano University culminating in an incredibly successful workshop performance. This September, Circle Game headlined a night at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival’s Fringe bar. Plans for future incarnations are in the works so stay tuned!
Recent choreography credits include: Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Rocky Horror Show. Other acting credits include White Christmas, Hairspray, The Producers, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, The Full Monty and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!. Anna is a proud graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at CapU. www.annakuman.com
Warren Kimmel was born in South Africa. He attended Cape Town University where he gained a Business Science degree before being offered a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Performances at RADA include Horner in The Country Wife, Randall P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and he originated the role of Claudio in Lorca’s Death by Ben Benison.
Warren first appeared as The Man in Henry Goodman’s 1996 production of Laughing Wild, which toured to the Bristol Old Vic and London Riverside theatres. His other roles include Frederick in Chris Monks’ production of Pirates of Penzance for the New Victoria Theatre; Lieutenant Joe Cable in the Apollo Leisure English National tour of South Pacific; John Parker in Animal Crackers, directed by Emil Wolk and Greg Hersov at the Barbican Theatre London and the Manchester Royal Exchange; Danny in Grease at the Nico Theatre, Cape Town and Burrs in Julia Smith’s adaptation of The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March for the MousePeople. The MousePeople company was founded by Warren and Julia and in this, their first production, Warren was nominated for a Stage and Television Today award for acting excellence and The Wild Party toured to Edinburgh, London, Scotland, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown. Warren was also instrumental in mounting the English premiere of Reza de Wet’s Crossing at the Riverside Studios in London where he took the role of The Maestro.
Warren has also performed extensively outside of England, playing Elyot in Noël Coward’s Private Lives in Cape Town and taking the role of Gus/Growltiger for the 2002 world tour of CATS to China, Malaysia, Qatar, Norway, Finland, Sweden and South Africa.
Warren arrived in Canada in 2003 and has appeared locally in Jacques Brel Is…. and Tuesdays with Morrie (as Mitch), Evita (as Che), as The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins and as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music for the Mirvish Production Company. Also: Oliver, Annie Get Your Gun, Blood Brothers, Next to Normal, Legally Blonde.
On television, Warren has written and produced the WTF – What the Future documentary series, which has been seen in dozens of countries around the world. He has also appeared in Big Bad World, Stargate, Masters of Horror, The Collector, Murdoch Mysteries and Supernatural.