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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