Cast & Crew
Lindsay Kyte is originally from Reserve Mines, Cape Breton, and has written for stage, television, print, radio, and the web. Her play, Tompkinsville, won two Robert Merritt theatre awards and was named one of the top plays in Nova Scotia in 2016. Kyte has acted and sung across Canada and abroad, and has a Masters of Acting from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where Sir Paul McCartney awarded her degree. Kyte started as a Grafton performer years ago and is thrilled to bring together a family favorite movie and her heritage in this script. Kyte is also associate editor of Lion's Roar magazine and co-producer of the Open Stage series. www.lindsaykyte.com
Lindsay Kyte - Writer
Ryanne is an actor, director, and movement choreographer based in Halifax. Recent directing and choreography work includes: The Blazing World (Villains/Neptune Open Spaces), Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary (Choreographer; Neptune/EFT), Slut, a play aimed at combating rape culture (LunaSea Theatre), and Generations, a theatre development project for seniors (Mulgrave Road Theatre). Recent acting work includes The 39 Steps (Chester Playhouse), Les and Dawn (LunaSea/EFT Stages Fest), The Donohue Sisters (LunaSea), and The Drowning Girls (Neptune/DMV). Ryanne holds a Master's of Fine Arts degree from York University and, along with Mary Colin Chisholm and Martha Irving, is an Artistic Director of LunaSea Theatre. Up next: Ryanne is directing The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons (SarAndipity/LunaSea) in September.
Brad Reid is a multi-instrumentalist who studied jazz saxophone at St. Francis Xavier University, who is now often found juggling horns in the pit orchestra for professional musical theatre productions at Halifax's Neptune Theatre, or the Charlottetown Confederation Centre for the Arts. As a saxophonist, he has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and is a member of the Brogue Saxophone Quartet. As a fiddler with Cape Breton roots, his original compositions and arrangements for the Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet have been recorded and performed on many stages.
Colin is no stranger to Grafton Street Dinner Theatre; he has played many characters (and instruments) over the years and even co-wrote the ABBA production, Take A Chance On Me. When Colin is not on stage he is on his farm in Winsdor with his lovely wife Mallory and new-born son Xavier. Ask him about the organic produce, craft beer and specialty mushrooms he produces. Hope you enjoy the show.
Hailing from Central Hampstead, NB, Audrey Eastwood studied theatre at Acadia University before moving to Halifax. She is the Artistic Co-Director of Terra Novella Theatre as well as one half of the band Guy & Doll. Audrey also organizes the Centre for Alternative Theatre Training (CA-TT), which takes place in Europe each summer. She is the venue manager of the beautiful Bus Stop theatre. You may recognize her from her work behind the bar. Recent credits include Tyrant (Villain's Theatre), Peter & the Starcatcher (Whale Song), and Guy & Doll's Utterly Awkward World Tour (Terra Novella Theatre). Enjoy the show!
Rachel is excited to play a plethora of characters in The Sound of Music Bye, set in one of her favourite places in Canada. Select theatre credits include: Anna in Slut (LunaSea Theatre), The Mother in Goodbye Marianne (Theatre New Brunswick), multiple roles in Nine Compositions (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Liz in Redfish, Petey in Two in the Coop (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Corrie in The Damsel in Distress Who Saved Herself, The Little Boy in The Space Between (Theatre New Brunswick), Dawn in Les & Dawn (LunaSea Theatre), Pedringano/Ghost in The Spanish Tragedy, and Julia in The Duchess of Mei (The Villain's Theatre). Puppetry credits include: Herman in A Herman Tale (TNB), 937 (Two Planks and a Passion), and Code Green (Mermaid Theatre). Thanks to her parents for their constant support and for being her biggest fans.
Jake Willett is a native Nova Scotian who has worked as an actor, singer and playwright in Nova Scotia and Ontario for the last twenty years. Maritime audiences may remember Jake for his past roles with Festival Antigonish, Theatre New Brunswick, Exodus Theatre, and The Doppler Effect. Recent favourite roles include: Richard Smith in Bluenose (EFT Stages work-shop), Klaus in Kamp (workshop production; Bradley-Williams/EFTStages), Orlando (Work-shirt Opera), and Andreas in Tribe of One (Doppler Effect). Jake studied at Dalhousie University in both opera and theatre. His new play In the Shadows is currently in development with LunaSea Theatre, and recently had staged reading series at Eastern Front Theatre Stages Festival. Up next: Jake is performing in A Man Walks into a Bar, being presented by Amblemore Theatre as part of this year's Halifax Fringe.
Raised in Winnipeg, Pauline graduated with music and education degrees from Western University in London, Ontario. The call of the ocean, seafood and music drew her to Halifax, where she met her husband and raised a family. Pauline taught strings in the Halifax schools for many years until her recent retirement. She continues to perform violin with Nova Sinfonia, the PEI Symphony, and chamber music groups with friends, and also sings in community choirs. When she is not sawing away on her violin or singing, Pauline spends time biking, swimming and playing pickle ball. She is happy to join the team at GSDT.
A small-town boy from Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, cellist Benjamin Marmen now calls Halifax home. With a Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie University, completed under the mentorship of Shimon Walt, he is privileged to be a section cellist in Symphony Nova Scotia. You can also listen to Benjamin performing chamber music around the city, and occasionally appearing as soloist with local orchestras. He lives with his wonderful wife Lydia, who is also a cellist, and their son Felix. When not playing music, Benjamin enjoys sewing, rock-climbing, and playing with Felix.
Kevin Parks is pleased to be performing on keyboards in his first Grafton Street production. Kevin brings diverse musical interests and skill sets to the show: arranging and performing jazz, R&B, gospel, pipe organ, spirituals, folk, piano improv, and acting as a choral conductor. Kevin has been Minister of Music at St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax since 2002 and is the University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology. He has been a music director since 2013 for St. Luke's Community Players in Tantallon, working on such shows as Annie, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man and this year's acclaimed production of Nunsense.
SOUND TECHNICIAN - JAMES OMAND
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SAINT JOSEPH STAGE PROPHETS FOR LENDING US OUR COSTUMES.