2017 is well underway, and we here at Tweed & Company are gearing up for our biggest production ever, HASTINGS: A New Musical! HASTINGS is a laugh out loud, stomp your foot, irreverent retelling of the history, fables and legends of our home, Hastings County. This new musical creation is being written by a team of Canada’s top composers, as well as our Tweed & Company Ensemble. Featuring a stellar cast of 9 musical performers, this talented group sing, dance, act, and play all of the instruments in the production, creating a truly unique and exciting experience for our entire audience.
We invite you to join us for an evening of song, celebration and dance, as HASTINGS takes the stage this June/July at the historic Pavilion in Tweed’s Memorial Park. Come and experience the rich history and culture that our area has to offer, told as you’ve never seen it before! Have you lived the County Gold Rush? Feared the Pirate of the St. Lawrence? Heard noted local Author Susanna Moodie speculate and exaggerate on her life in the clearings? Come and encounter all of this and more in what is sure to be the entertainment highlight of the season. And it’s all in celebration of Canada 150!
While there will be many more sneak peaks and special features on the show itself and the progress of the production in the coming months, we currently want to fill you in on the incredible group of people who will be bringing this project to life! We have assembled one of our largest and strongest groups of professional performers to date, with a bit of local talent in the mix as well, to create this thoroughly entertaining and awe inspiring production.
Read on below to see which of your returning favourites are back, see the incredible talent of our new company members, and check out the local talent that will be gracing our new stage at the pavilion! We are also thrilled to be working with some of the country’s best composers on this project, and can’t wait to share their incredible music with our audience. Please read on below to hear all about our incredibly talented cast and composers!
TRICIA BLACK: (ALSO IN CAST)
Tricia Black is an actor, singer, and musician. Tricia can be seen performing at Bad Dog Theatre in Kinsey Fail, Filthy & SONGBUSTER. She is also a member of one of the oldest improv sketch troupes in Toronto, The Sketchersons, performing a brand new weekly sketch show every week. Tricia has studied improvisation and musical improvisation at Second City Chicago, Toronto and iO Chicago. She is also the Artistic Producer of Tweed and Company Theatre, producing original Canadian theatre.
JAMES KING: (ALSO IN CAST)
James King is a multi-faceted artist who hails from North Augusta, Ontario. As an actor he has appeared with a variety of companies across the province including: Godspell, Aleck Bell, All You Need Is Love, The Times They Are A-Changing(Tweed & Co.), Taming of the Shrew, Measure For Measure(St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Laura Secord, All For Beaver Hats(Festival Players of Prince Edward County). Based in Toronto, he has appeared in: Into The Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar(Hart House), Commencement(Toronto Fringe) and has been a featured artist in The Manhattan Concert Series at Soulpepper Theatre. He also is a singer/songwriter and has released his first EP this year “Where Will You Take Me” and performs regularly with his band all over the city. James is delighted to return to Tweed. It is always a pleasure to perform and see all the fantastic friends he has made here. “Buy the ticket -take the ride” -HST.
Trevor Patt is so excited to be working on his first show with Tweed & Co. Theatre! Trevor is an actor, musician and writer, with a deep love for creating new music and telling Canadian stories. He’s currently in his second season as an actor at the Stratford Festival performing in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Trevor has been fortunate to work across Canada with many wonderful theatre companies including the Charlottetown Festival, the Grand Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Drayton Entertainment, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Aquarius, and others. He sends all his love and thanks to Tim, Andre, the Talent House, Jade, and his family.
Last season’s intern musical director at Shaw, and Sound Designer for this season’s The Madness of King George, Joseph is also an alumnus of Rainbow Stage’s Creative Mentorship Program and took to the podium as music Director/conductor for recent shows The Producers, and Les Miserables, as well as Billy Elliott and Cabaret at RMTC. Selected music directing credits: Shrek (Theatre Sheridan), A Man of No Importance and Follies (Dry Cold), Rooms: A Rock Romance (Winnipeg Studio Theatre) and Altar Boyz (Prairie Theatre Exchange). Training includes Manhattan School of Music and the University of Manitoba. This year will see him MDing at Drayton Entertainment and the Grand Theatre. When not Musical Directing he can be found Composing, arranging and Sound Designing for companies across the country.
Originally from Madoc, Andre has been a frequent composer/arranger for Tweed & Company, and has spent the past several seasons at the Stratford Festival honing those skills. He recently played Edmund in The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, Peter Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Oedipus Rex, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo & Juliet. Elsewhere he has performed as Fenton in the Merry Wives of Windsor, and in Man of La Mancha (Theatre By The Bay). Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre), The Full Monty (Moonpath Productions). He is a graduate of the George Brown theatre School and Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival. He also played Aleck Bell in Aleck Bell, as well as creating the musical arrangements for that production, and he is the composer and arranger for Tweed: The Musical.
TRICIA BLACK: (BIO IN COMPOSERS ABOVE)
Tweed & Co: Debut. Credits Include Mamma Mia! (Ensemble/Sophie US – Theatre Aquarius, Western Canada Theatre) Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan: The Panto, Annie, 9 to 5 The Musical, Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Theatre Aquarius). Travelling from Waterloo Ontario, Rachel is thrilled to be performing in beautiful Tweed in a creative and historic new musical! After graduating from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Rachel entertained as a singer/dancer on board cruise ships. Living out her other passion, Rachel has traveled to Kenya five times to volunteer with impoverished children, and is now a director for Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada. She recently became a yoga instructor and also works as a care giver for handicapped adults. www.lifeofrachel.com
Becca is a Nova Scotia native excited to adventure in Ontario! She is an actor, singer, musician who spends most of her time working in Halifax. She attended Mount Allison University where she studied Opera. Becca also spends lots of her time volunteering with the Canadian Improv Games. Recent credits include Marion in The Music Man, Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (QAAW), Anne in Anne and Gilbert (Stage Prophets), Wendla in Spring Awakening, Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Side By Side), Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SBTS), Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Chester Playhouse), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Saints Alive).
MICHAEL COLIN JONES:
Michael, a Graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, is stoked to be back in Tweed again with this incredible company! Previous credits include: I’ll Fly Away, The Times They Are A Changin’ (Tweed & Co.), Joseph… Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Show, Next To Normal, Avenue Q, RENT (LOT), Godspell, Stalkyard Hurts (IANA Theatre Co.), Crazy For You, The Oddyssey, Wicked, Kiss Me, Kate (CCPA), Little Women, Les Mis: School Edition (Neptune Theatre School). Huge thanks go out to the entire cast and team. Enjoy the show! @mcolinjones
JAMES KING: (BIO IN COMPOSERS ABOVE)
Mike Lee is thrilled and honoured to again be working with Tweed & Co! Born and based in Toronto, Mike is a multi-instrumentalist and improviser. He majored in classical music in the Claude Watson Arts Program and has trained extensively in Improv comedy at The Second City Training Centre and Bad Dog Theatre, including Musical Improv, BeatProv, and the inaugural Bob Curry Fellowship. He can also be seem drumming with James R. King & The Midnight Hours. Previous productions with Tweed & Co. include The Times They Are a Changin, and Stalkyard Hurts.
Mark Lesage is a local actor who can’t believe his good fortune to have been invited to work with Tweed & Co. Theatre. “Honestly, I have been in awe of Tim and his exceptionally high calibre troupe for a long time now. I expect to learn a lot.” Mark brings to the stage his many talents and years of varied life experiences. A past participant with the Tweed National Theatre, Mark is currently involved with the Marble Arts Players (Love Letters and his own production, Spaceship Derp). Other recent performances have included On Golden Pond (Belleville Theatre Guild) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Village Theatre). You can also catch Mark at Tweed’s poetry event, First Tuesday Muse, or as a musician with the Charlie Bird Band. His greatest acting ambition is to be a James Brown tribute artist.
This is Joel’s 9th year working with our theatre company and he couldn’t be happier. Some of Joel’s best roles on our stage are, the peaceful Priest in Tweed: The Musical, loveable Maverick in I’ll Fly Away, and of course every celebrity impersonation possible, including “early years” Cher in All You Need Is Love. Joel has toured across Canada more times than he can count with Koba Family Entertainment bringing live theatre to children and has written and starred in his own work in Toronto’s Downtown Theatre scene. Get ready to clap your feet and stomp your hands because we got a show to do! We hope you love Hastings: The Musical as much as we do.
AMY MARIE WALLACE:
Amy Marie Wallace is a Toronto based Actor and Musician. Selected Theatre Credits include Salt Water Moon (Tweed and Co.), Heart of Steel (NSTF/Aim For the Tangent), The Seance with Nicholas Wallace (TPM), Centre of the Universe (Theatre Lab), Or Be Eaten (Silent Protagonist). Selected Film/TV credits include Poor Agnes (Splice Films), 11.22.63 (Hulu/Bad Robot), Diaphony (Cinematoscape), Woods (Km4 Prod.) Amy is a graduate of The George Brown Theatre Program and a classically trained violinist with a Bachelors Honours degree in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also dabbles in Design. As Costume Designer, Peter Pan (Bad Hats Brewery Tour), Heart of Steel (NSTF), and The Wakowski Bros. (Aim for the Tangent/Won Best of Fringe.)
DIRECTED BY TIM PORTER:
Tim Porter is a musical theatre performer, director, writer and producer, and is the founding Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre. As a performer he has travelled extensively across North America, spending six seasons with award winning Drayton Entertainment, six seasons with the Stirling Festival Theatre, appearing in the world premiere productions of Cannibal and Evil Dead in Toronto, and several international tours as Rooney Doodle in The Doodlebops. He is also the author and director of the award winning TWEED: A New Canadian Musical (Broadwayworld Best Independent Production), co-writer and director of Aleck Bell (Stirling Festival, Brockville Arts Centre, Tweed & Co), and director of Stalkyard Hurts(2015 Toronto Fringe Fave). He has also taught at several institutions including St. Lawrence College, The Stirling Festival Theatre, and the Quinte Ballet School. Currently appearing in the world premiere production of Marathon of Hope: The Terry Fox Story at Drayton Entertainment, Tim is an advocate for the creation and incubation of Original Canadian Musical Theatre, and has helped to create and produce countless original works. He was also a nominee for the 2012 premier’s award of Ontario for his work with Tweed & Company, and he sits on the Hastings County Cultural Roundtable.
CHOREOGRAPHED BY RACHEL CLARK: (BIO IN CAST ABOVE)
STAGE MANAGED BY EMILY MEWETT:
Born and raised in Stirling, Ontario, Emily is a sought after Stage Manager in Toronto. Credits include Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Heidi Chronicles, The Just, Parfumerie, Happy Place, Yours Forever Marie-Lou, Eurydice, The Dining Room, A Tender Thing, Angels in America, Christmas Carol (SOULPEPPER). Other Theatre credits include Salt Water Moon (Tweed & Co. Theatre), James & the Giant Peach, Emily’s Piano (Young People’s Theatre), Belleville (The Company Theatre/ Canadian Stage), 6 Essential Questions (Factory Theatre), The Producers, Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do (Stage West Mississauga), Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Oliver (Stirling Festival Theatre). Emily Attended Ryerson University for Theatre Production.
COSTUMES DESIGNED BY AMY MARIE WALLACE: (BIO IN CAST ABOVE)
What an exciting team! We honestly can’t wait to share this beautiful new production with you, and hope that you will all join us this summer for HASTINGS! A New Musical at the Tweed Pavilion, June 28th to July 7. Tickets are available now, so book yours today! Available at the Tweed News, or online at www.tweedandcompany.com. Also, don’t miss THE DARK NIGHT CABARET July 8th at 8 PM at the Marble Arts Centre, as this incredible group is joined by some local talent to perform all of their favourite songs, dances and more! And stay tuned this weekend for the announcement of our new crowdfunding campaign, and be a part of the magic of live theatre. See you at the show!