Cast & Crew
LETTER FROM THEWRITER/DIRECTOR
They say you always remember your first time. This is certainly the case with my introduction to Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. It was in the 90's when I first arrived. The show was Going to the Chapel, a wedding that took place during the Summer of Love and I was the blushing bride. Over the years I came and went, returning to perform in shows, direct shows, work the box office, the bar and everywhere in between. There were always lessons to be learned and laughs to be had. Although I've made a living as a writer, this is the first script I've written and directed for GSDT, and I couldn't be more proud of the work that the cast has poured into it.
It takes a lot of people to get a production to the finish line, and I am so very grateful to each and every one for their help, hard work, and humor. To the Grafton Connor management team I shout a big thank you; Samantha for being the Queen of Oper¬ations, Amanda for being the Queen of Promotions, Melinda for being the Queen of Everything Delicious. We were so lucky to have Ian Sherwood as our music director, in between all of his touring and recording (PS If he's playing in your area, check him out because he is an incredible talent). And then there's the cast- a group of funny, dedicated professionals who took the script and made it their own. From the first read to the opening, it has been a pleasure to see it take shape.
I've always had a tender spot for Grafton Street, for the friendships I've made, the work I've been fortunate to do, and the incredible training I've received. Let me tell you, once you've done this kind of improvisational theatre, not much can throw you! We hope you have a groovy time!
Peace and Love,
Kelly Edwards - Writer & Director
Halifax based singer-songwriter Ian is in a constant state of creative motion. When he's not delivering his signature one-man, high-energy performance across the country, he's often penning tunes for and with other artists and writing music for theatre, film and television. He is a multi-award-winner musician and was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Recently, Sherwood's hit stage show Argyle Street Kitchen Party (created in collaboration with Jeremy Webb), which he musically directed and was featured in, was extended during its summer run at Neptune theatre. Ian is thrilled to be back musically directing his umpteenth show at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre.
Chris Bolton is excited to come back to perform at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre for his fifth show with the company. You may remember him from his past roles as Stuart In Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Fizz in Ahead by a Century; Will in Viva Las Vegas!, and Baron in The Show Must Go On. Raised in The Annapolis Valley, Chris has always been active in the arts community; singing in choir, performing in community theatre, and being involved in the Music program in school. This passion for music and performance then accompanied him to the Vocal Performance program at Acadia University. There, Chris studied ClassicaVOperatic Voice, Musical Theatre, as well as Theatre Acting. Chris' other roles include Fred Voss in CBC's Pure, Rapunzel's Prince in Into the woods, and Chebutykin in Three Sisters.
James started in theatre right here at GSDT in the ABBA production, Take A Chance On Me. He then moved behind the scenes as a sound tech, then in front again as Assistant Bartend¬er, then Lead Bartender. Now he's changing roles again, back to where it all began. Hailing originally from British Columbia, with 18 years in Ottawa in between, James moved to Nova Scotia in 2013. With a background in music and sound engi¬neering, James can usually be found writing, playing, or playing with music.
Kadel is a first timer to Grafton but no stranger to the stage, whether it be playing the piano or acting. He made his first appearance on the stage back in his high school days at the Rebecca Cohen as one of the main characters in The Painted. When he's not at church or on stage, Kadel spends time with his Girlfriend Kyla, and his family whom he loves deeply. Hope you enjoy the show!
Becca is excited to appear in her sixteenth production at GSDT. She has had the joy of playing many delightful characters like Snow White in Once Upon A Crime, Katherine in Someone Wake Paddy O'Brien, Janis in Off The Wall and as Helen in Home For The Holidays. You may have caught her as Eve in Children Of Eden or Anne in Anne & Gilbert with Stage Prophets, Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone with Quick As A Wink Theatre, and Wendla in Side By Side's production of Spring Awakening. Most recently she had the joy of directing and performing as Natalie in Next To Normal with Saints Alive and as Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Wolfville Theatre Collective and Side-By-Side. Becca also spends much of her time teaching voice and piano privately and running her own theatre collective, Side-by-Side productions, with her partners in Halifax! Next you can catch Becca at Neptune Theatre for their Christmas production of Cinderella!
Colin is no stranger to Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. He has played many characters as well as instruments over the years; most recently, The Sound A Music B'ye, and even co-wrote the ABBA production, Take A Chance On Me. When Colin is not on stage he is on his farm in Windsor with his lovely wife Mallory and newborn son Xavier. Ask him about the organic produce, craft beer and specialty mushrooms he produces. Hope you enjoy the show.
Brittney is a local actor and musician from Halifax and is very excited for her Grafton Dinner Theatre debut. Brittney graduated the Dalhousie Acting Program in 2017 with first class Honours and now can often be found teaching theatre to children with Neptune Theatre. Brittney is very excited to be in such a fun and music filled show and has loved working with the cast and staff here! She can't wait to take BRITTNEY WHITAKER, everyone, back to groovy times filled with disco, dancing, -AS CHRISSY CAMPBELL and lots of drama.