Meet the Cast and Crew of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

10 Oct

Meet the team of artists bringing this show to life, from the stages of Toronto indie theatres, to Stratford, the UK, and Off-Broadway!

AlexALEX DALLAS (MRS. DILBER) Alex Dallas was a member of Sensible Footwear Women’s Comedy Troupe for 18 years and toured the UK, Canada and the USA with their explosive, bawdy and feminist comedy. She then became Queen of the Fringe touring three solo shows around the world, including L.A. Australia and the Edinburgh Fringe. Her last visit to Campbell House was in Talking Heads by Alan Bennett in Lady of Letters. She is a voice over artiste and has voiced many TV and radio commercials as well as playing Queen Victoria in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.


Christopher Fowler - HeadshotCHRISTOPHER FOWLER (JACOB MARLEY) Christopher Fowler is delighted to be making his debut with the Three Ships Collective and Soup Can Theatre. His past theatre credits include work with Jump Star (Nithy, Ace Detective), Shakespeare BASH’d (The Taming of the Shrew; Love’s Labour’s Lost), Nobody’s Business Theatre (Scheherazade), Humber River Shakespeare (As You Like It; Twelfth Night), Left Foot First Productions (In Pink), Crate Productions (The Fort at York), Theatre New Brunswick (Smokescreen; For Art’s Sake; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), and the Classical Theatre Project (Romeo and Juliet; Othello). Christopher is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. You can tweet with him after the show @christofow.




JohnJOHN FRAY (FRED) John’s happy to get to play with this team! Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! Party-on to those who don’t! Select credits: TV – The Strain, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries. FILM – The Silence, The Cocksure Lads, Father Manning, Becoming Wigglesworth (*won the Brian Linehan Best Actor Award), The ABC’s of Death 2. THEATRE – Northern Lights, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre By The Bay), Turtleneck (Safeword Theatre, *nominated for a My Entertainment Best Supporting Actor Award), The Queen’s Conjuror (Circlesnake).



Tamara Freeman HS 2TAMARA FREEMAN (MARTHA CRATCHIT) Tamara Freeman is extremely excited to be in her first production with The Three Ships Collective, with the support of Soup Can Theatre. Selected theatre credits: Hamlet(s) (Skipping Stones Theatre), Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (A Company of Fools), Miss Shakespeare (Three Sisters Company), The Hungriest Woman in the World (Pencil Kit Productions), and Sense & Sensibility (Amicus Productions).






ThomasTHOMAS GOUGH (SCROOGE) Thomas was first on stage at the age of five, but was certainly acting before that. In the last few years he has appeared frequently in independent theatres in and around Toronto, having worked at various times with Soup Can Theatre, Single Thread Theatre, The Storefront Theatre, safeword theatre, Thought for Food Theatre, Alumnæ Theatre, Hart House Theatre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, Theatre By the Bay (Barrie), and the Kick And Push Festival (Kingston). He often reads at Sing for Your Supper, and also does film, television, and recording work.



Kevin-Hammond-e1535941986983KEVIN HAMMOND (FEZZIWIG/COLLECTOR) Kevin is an actor/director, based in Toronto, where he has been the Artistic Director for both Humber River Shakespeare and Shakespeare in the Rough. He has directed or performed in over 30 Shakespeare productions. Kevin is also a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival where he spent two seasons as an Assistant Director. Guest director credits include Othello and Hamlet for the Arabian Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco, Rough Magic for Theatre Arcturus, and The Taming of the Shrew for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Last summer he appeared in the world premiere of What You Will at Pear Theatre in Silicon Valley.



Mike HoganMIKE HOGAN (YOUNG SCROOGE/OLD JOE)  Mike is a Toronto-based actor from Windsor, Ontario. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA program, Michael is thrilled to be working for the first time with Soup Can Theatre. Selected credits include: Harry/Arthur/Len/Mad Jacko in The Gut Girls (Alumnae Theatre), Brody in Choking the Butterfly (Rarely Pure Theatre), Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (Hart House Theatre), Jaques in As You Like It (Rarely Pure Theatre), Mace/Tamagotchi/Pale Person in Trashman’s Dilemma (New Fangled Stages), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Sweet Nothing Productions).



ChrisLucasCHRISTOPHER LUCAS (GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT) Hailing from the UK, and a (very!!) new Toronto resident; Chris trained as an Actor/Musician at Liverpool Arts Centre and went on to gain a BA (Hons) in Music & Acting Performance at the Royal Welsh Conservatoire of Music and Drama. Since moving to Canada, his Theatrical credits include: Othello (Othello) Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors) and Theo (The Underpants). Selected, previous theatrical credits include: Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar), Gbatokai (Festen), Duke of Buckingham (Richard III), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Porter (Macbeth), Derek (Once a Catholic). He is extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to play the Ghost of Christmas Present in a play which was one of his childhood favourites!



MargoMARGO MACDONALD (MRS. CRATCHIT) Margo MacDonald is a multi award-winning performer and playwright whose work has toured nationally and internationally. Although she’s new to the city, Toronto audiences may have seen her in The Elephant Girls (Red Sandcastle Theatre; One More Night Festival; The Staircase), Shadows  (Videofag), and Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates! (Toronto Festival of Clowns). Outside of Toronto, other recent performance credits include: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Fly Me to the Moon, Pomme & ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! on the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never, and A Mid-Winter’s Dream Tale (all with the Great Canadian Theatre Company); Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing (A Company of Fools); Noises Off and Blood Brothers (Gladstone Productions); Age of Arousal (Bear & Co); The Norman Conquests (Plosive Productions); and The Penelopiad (Citadel Theatre). You can find out more about her work at and follow her on Twitter @margo_thespian


tiffanymartinheadshotTIFFANY MARTIN (BELLE/GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME) Recently: Harlem Duet (Tarragon Theatre) The Amourous Servant (Odyssey) Kink (The Pulp Collective) The Libertine (TIFT) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), The Aeneid (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Love’s Labours Lost (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) The Devil We Know (Blythe Festival), Spelling 2-5-5 (Carousel Players). Other: it all started with a whimsical dream.






William Matthews Headshot 1WILLIAM MATTHEWS (BOB CRATCHIT) William is a Theatre, TV and Voice Over Actor based in Toronto. Selected theatre credits include The 39 Steps at Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Blue/Orange for Theatre Kingston, Ethan Claymore at Magnus Theatre, The Skinny Lie at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. TV Credits include, Murdoch Mysteries, The Umbrella Academy, Reign, Covert Affairs. William was also co-writer of The Full Mounty which has been produced at Lighthouse Festival Theatre and Bluewater Summer Playhouse.



AmyMarieWallaceAMY MARIE WALLACE (GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST) Amy Marie Wallace is an Actor Musician born and raised in Beamsville, Ontario and is now based in Toronto. Graduate of The George Brown Theatre Program, she is also a violinist with a degree in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. Selected theatre credits include: Hastings! The Musical, Salt Water Moon (Tweed and Company Theatre) Strange and Unusual (Theatre Aquarius), Heart of Steel (Next Stage Theatre Festival), The Séance with Nicholas Wallace (Theatre Passe Muraille), Centre of the Universe (Theatre Lab). Selected Film and TV credits include: Wolf (Farlsbarkley Films), Poor Agnes (Splice Films), 11.22.63 (Hulu/Bad Robot), Diaphony (Cinematoscape), Woods (Km4 Prod.).




Kholby Wardell Headshot 1KHOLBY WARDELL (PETER CRATCHIT/COLLECTOR) Kholby hails from the West Coast and splits his time between Toronto and Victoria. He is a theatre, musical theatre, solo and cabaret artist and is known for originating the role of Noel Gruber in the smash hit musical Ride the Cyclone. He has continued with “Cyclone” over its decade long run as it’s played in theatres across Canada and the United States, including its Sold-Out Off-Broadway run in 2016. Favourite recent credits include Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Freddie in My Fair Lady, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. Kholby is the co-recipient of a Best Ensemble Chicago Theater Joseph Jefferson Award for “Cyclone” and a Victoria Critics Choice Nominee for Best Actor for Metamorphoses.



SarahSARAH THORPE (DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER) Theatre artist and co-founder of Soup Can Theatre. BAH – Theatre from York University. Acting credits: Gut Girls (Alumnae), Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings), Behold, the Barfly! (Spoon Vs. Hammer/TO Fringe 2016/TO SketchFest 2017), Comedy of Errors (Confidential Shakespeare Project), The Loyalists (Single Thread), The Threepenny Opera (Hart House), Canadian premiere of Bare (Waters Edge), The Nightwood (Luminato), and the inaugural production of Tomson Highway’s Pimooteewin/The Journey, directed by Michael Greyeyes (Soundstreams). Soup Can credits: directing Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 1 and 2 (TO Fringe 2010 & 2013, Best of Fringe 2010, Next Stage 2012), No Exit, and Marat/Sade; producing Circle Jerk, A Hand of Bridge/No Exit double bill, and Antigone (TO Fringe 2012). In 2015, Sarah wrote, performed in, and co-directed the award-winning solo piece Heretic: a modern retelling of the story of Joan of Arc. Recent recipient of two Ontario Arts Council grants: through Theatre Ontario for a directing mentorship with Alan Dilworth, and a Recommender Grant (recommended by Volcano Theatre) to co-create a new play, American Traditional, about Maud Wagner: the first known non-indigenous female tattoo artist in the US in the early 1900s. 


Justin Haigh Headshot (for web)JUSTIN HAIGH (WRITER/CO-PRODUCER) Justin is a graduate of York University’s Film Production and Screenwriting program but has found a happy home in the world of independent theatre. Justin is proud to be one of the founding members of Soup Can Theatre; his credits include Soup Can Theatre’s previous seven productions, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (Writer/Emcee segment Co-Director/Co-Producer), Marat/Sade (Sound Designer/Set Co-Designer/Co-Producer), Antigone (Co-Producer), A Hand of Bridge / No Exit (Co-Producer, No Exit Dramaturge, Sound Designer, Set Co-Designer), Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (Writer/Emcee segment Co-Director/Co-Producer), The Session – part of Circle Jerk (Writer/Director), and Heretic (Dramaturge/Co-Producer). Justin has also written for CBC Comedy and is the founder of the Spoon Vs. Hammer comedy collective and the writer-director of their critically acclaimed sketch revue, Behold, the Barfly!



KateKATHLEEN HEMSWORTH (STAGE MANAGER) Kathleen is an award-winning stage manager, working predominantly in the Toronto indie theatre scene. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Production program and Humber College’s Event Management graduate program. Other previous stage management credits include Titus Andronicus (Hart House), The Five Points (Theatre by the Bay), The Princess Knight (Solar Stage), Measure for Measure (Thought for Food), Heretic (Soup Can), and World Stage Design (Cardiff, Wales).






PratikPRATIK GANDHI (MUSICAL DIRECTOR) Pratik Gandhi is a freelance conductor based in Toronto.  He has been music director of Soup Can Theatre since its inception, and also serves as music director of the Rouge River Winds.  Pratik is Vice-Chair of the Concert Band division of Musicfest Canada, and syllabus coordinator for the OBA Concert Band Festival.  He has also been selected as a finalist for music director of the Wellington Wind Symphony in Kitchener, for which he will conduct in several concerts during their 2018-19 season.  Pratik is originally from Markham, and received B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from the University of Western Ontario.


Photos of Wendel Wray.

WENDEL WRAY (CO-PRODUCER) Since beginning his theatrical career, Wendel has taken on many different roles. Starting his career as a costume technician, Wendel went on to make his costume design debut in January 2017 for The Gut Girls (Alumnae Theatre,) which he also co-produced. Coming from a multidisciplinary background in the arts, Wendel takes pride in fine tuning a variety of skills in order to better understand his craft. Recent costuming credits include Macbeth’s Head (Toronto Fringe 2017,) and Exiles (Sad Ibsen Theatre, 2016). More recently, Wendel has branched into the world of producing and production management, most recently with All of Me (Theatre Insomnia, 2018), and has further expanded his resume by working as a dog handler on Legally Blonde: The Musical! (Nightwood Theatre, 2017).  In addition to working with other companies, he is the Managing Director and co-founder of Theatre Insomnia, a Toronto-based theatre company mandated to providing a more accessible theatrical experience to artists and audiences alike, by providing a voice to those who have been socially, mentally, and/or physically disadvantaged.


ChelseaCHELSEA DRIVER (COSTUME/PROP DESIGNER) Chelsea Driver is an interdisciplinary spatial designer based in Toronto, ON. She works in film, theatre, opera, and spatial design. Past credits include Post Script: Toronto’s largest pop-up bar (Co-Designer), Space Pirates (set designer and scenic artist) The Sunnyside of the Street (assistant set and costume designer) and Kopernikus (assistant set coordinator). Chelsea holds a degree in Theatre Production and Design from York University and is very excited to be a part of presenting A Christmas Carol with Soup Can Theatre at the Campbell House and hopes you enjoy the show and have a Happy Christmas.

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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Karaoke Singalong & Costume Party!

8 Oct

“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?”

Get in the Halloween spirit with The Three Ships Collective, with the support of Soup Can Theatre!

Fundraiser Poster

Join us on October 24 at The Boat for THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Karaoke Singalong! Sign up to sing your favourite tunes from Tim Burton’s classic Halloween/Christmas crossover, all in support of indie theatre. Proceeds will be benefiting our upcoming site-specific adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, running this December at the Campbell House Museum.


In addition to this karaoke spectacular, there will be more Halloween-themed karaoke afterwards, so dust off your best “Thriller” or “Pyscho Killer” and your sick “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” moves.



As well as…
– Dance Party
– Costume Contest
– Raffle
– Silent Auction

Doors at 8pm
The fun begins at 8:30pm
Tickets are $10 in advance (get ’em here!) and $15 at the door, cash only.

Stay tuned to our Facebook event and social media for updates and more info!

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17 Sep

The Three Ships Collective, with the support of Soup Can Theatre, is holding auditions for our upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL.


This will be a site-specific adaptation running at Toronto’s 19th century Campbell House Museum, adapted by Justin Haigh (writer of Love is a Poverty You Can Sell I and II and “The Session”, part of Circle Jerk; writer/director of Spoon Vs. Hammer’s Behold, the Barfly!) and directed by Sarah Thorpe (writer of Heretic; director of No Exit, Marat/Sade, and Love is a Poverty You Can Sell I and II). In this intimate Victorian setting, audiences will follow Scrooge throughout Campbell House on his ghostly journey of redemption on Christmas Eve.

We are actively interested in seeing artists from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, all gender identities and expressions, all abilities, and all body types.

We will accept submissions from artists ages 18 and up. Please note that the role of Ebenezer Scrooge has already been cast. All actors will be playing multiple roles.  Ability to do a British accent (RP, Cockney) is an asset. We are also looking for actors that can play the violin or fiddle – please note this in your submission.

ROLES TO BE CAST: (as the script is still being adapted, please note that these roles are subject to change)

Jacob Marley – the ghost of Scrooge’s business partner

Ghost of Christmas Past

Ghost of Christmas Present

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Bob Cratchit – Scrooge’s clerk

Fred – Scrooge’s nephew

Fezziwig – Scrooge’s old boss

Young Scrooge

Fan – Scrooge’s sister

Belle – Scrooge’s fiancé

Mrs. Cratchit – Bob’s wife

Martha Cratchit – Bob’s oldest child

Peter Cratchit – Bob’s middle child

Old Joe – a fence

Mrs. Dilber – Scrooge’s maid

Ensemble Roles (party guests, business associates, etc.)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please send your headshot and resume to with “A Christmas Carol – Auditions” in the subject line. We are accepting submissions from both Union and Non-Union artists. Please note in your email if you are interested in being considered for any particular role(s) regardless of gender, your union status, and if there is a specific audition time that works best for you. The deadline to submit is September 23rd at 11:59pm. While we greatly appreciate everyone’s interest in this production, due to time constraints, only those selected to audition will be notified.

AUDITION DETAILS: Auditions will be held on Monday October 1st from 11am-8pm at Campbell House.

CONTRACT & PAYMENT: This production will operate under a profit share. We are accepting both Union and Non-Union artists under a CAEA Artists Collective Policy.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will begin in early November, held 3 times per week. Those auditioning will be asked to fill out a form indicating their availability for rehearsals.

SHOW DETAILS: Audiences will follow the characters throughout all three floors of Campbell House. Please note that the floors are connected with stairs only. There is a ramp leading to the back door that provides access to the main floor. There will be 2 performances per night at 7pm and 9pm (5pm and 7pm only on Dec 16). Performances will run Dec 12-13, 15-16, and 18-22 (dark Dec 14 and 17).

Thank you and break legs!

Illustration by John Leech.

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Coming in December 2018….

18 Aug

Hi everyone! We’ve been off the grid for a bit, but we are busy behind the scenes with grant writing, continuing to seek more funding for our ambitious production of Lear, and tackling other projects. We’re thrilled to say that we are now in pre-production for our next project, coming December 2018 Stay tuned for updates!

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LEAR Update on GivingTuesday!

30 Nov



Happy GivingTuesday – “a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The ‘Opening day of the giving season’, it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.”

We recently received our grant results for LEAR, but sadly we did not receive any grant funding. Between our Fund-What-You-Can campaign that ran in the spring and summer, and a few donations we have received, we have raised just over $4,400 for this production. In the spirit of GivingTuesday, we’re still accepting donations to help us bring this show to life. If you weren’t able to donate to our FWYC before it closed, we accept donations 24/7 through our website, so you still have a chance to help us out! Please donate today – no amount is too small and every little bit helps!

To re-familiarize yourself with our amazing team and plans for this production, check out our FWYC Promo Video and Artist Interview Series, all shot by LD Photo & Video. Thank you for your continued support!

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17 Jul

Our crowdfunding campaign for #LearTO has closed!

THANK YOU to all who donated: Jen Kervin, Gabriel Nylund, Suzanne Thorpe, Katie Saunoris, Gaby Grice, Jim Armstrong, Jeff Dingle, Rebecca Kingsmill, Sophia Fabiilli, Thomas Gough, Eric Hopkins, Andrew Fleming, Chris James, Tom Arthur Davis, Mark Cassidy, Ginette Mohr, Emma Ward, Erin Steele, Chris Jodoin, Janet Beck & Roger Beck, Peter McKinnon, Barbara Fingerote, Emma Mackenzie Hillier, Unspoken Theatre Company, Dale Darling & Steve Coughlan, Kim Barton, Paul Rivers, Sarah Elizabeth, Carlo Adamo, Ian Hoare, Vicki Koitsopoulos, Wayne Johnston, Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Ann & Michael Bedard, Dave & Liz Pelletier, Martin Dewar, Jason Silzer, Karen Singh, Justin McLean, Gerke Haigh-Geissler, L. Aquilina, Maureen Goodspeed, and several Anonymous donors! We’ll be getting in touch with you all soon regarding your prizes.

THANK YOU LD Photo & Video for shooting and editing our promotional video and artist interviews, Fook Communications for assisting us with the graphic design for our postcards, Wendel Wray for your on-going assistance on the administrative end, and Leslie Thorpe-Dermody for stage managing our big shoot day.

THANK YOU to the local theatre companies who donated prizes: Tarragon TheatreBuddies In Bad Times Theatrefu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre CompanyTheatre Passe MurailleCahoots Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre.

THANK YOU to the artists and organizations who helped us spread the word: Truths ‘n’ Lies Theatre, Morro and Jasp, Brian Goldenberg, Canadian Stage, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Minmar Gaslight Productions, Thick & Thin Theatre, House of Rebels Theatre, Physically Speaking, how.dare.collective., The Templeton Philharmonic, Theatre by the River, Seven Siblings Theatre, Kindling Collective, Let Me In Theatre, Portius Productions, The Creation Coffin, Sex T-Rex, The Howland Company, Malfi Productions, Unspoken Theatre Company, Circlesnake Productions, and La Fille du Laitier.

THANK YOU to the cast and crew for your time, talent, and patience: Thomas Gough, Heather Marie Annis, Kwaku Okyere, Kathleen Werneburg, Eve Wylden, Justin Haigh, Melanie Hrymak, Katherine Belyea, Randy Lee, Claire Hill, and Monty Martin.

Between what we raised through the FWYC and donations made directly through our website, we raised a total of $4,279. It’s not enough to get the show on its feet, but it’s a great start, and thank you all for helping us get to this great starting point. Our next step will be to write grant applications and hopefully get the rest of the funding we need that way. For any donors who are to receive production-related prizes, those will be honoured once we have enough funding to put the show on its feet, and we will be in touch as things develop.

Stay tuned to our website, FacebookTwitter Instagram, and sign up for our e-newsletter for further LEAR developments and details on our other projects. We also accept donations 24/7 through our website in case you know anyone who wanted to donate to the FWYC but didn’t get to before the deadline.

Thank you all so much again for your support! Making theatre happen is such a community effort, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you – our wonderful community.

#LearTO #indieTO


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5 Jul

In our final behind-the-scenes video for #LearTO: it’s sound designer Justin Haigh (sound designer/set designer/producer/writer on many of our productions). Check out the video and donate today!

Shot by LD Photo & Video.

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28 Jun

Next in our behind-the-scenes video series for #LearTO: lighting designer Randy Lee (lighting designer/set designer on many of our productions). Check out the video and donate today!

Shot by LD Photo & Video.

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21 Jun

Next in our behind-the-scenes video series for #LearTO: stage manager Katherine Belyea (stage manager on our 2014 production of CIRCLE JERK and 2013 production of A HAND OF BRIDGE). Check out the video and donate today!

Shot by LD Photo & Video.

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14 Jun

Next in our behind-the-scenes video series for #LearTO: projection designer Monty Martin. Check out the video and donate today!

Shot by LD Photo & Video.

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