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Last Updated: 17-Oct-15 03:32


John Anderson - Lurch
John is thrilled to be making his Dry Cold debut amidst a wonderfully talented cast and crew.  A native Winnipegger and lifelong lover of singing, he found a passion for the stage at Oak Park High School and since then has been an active member of Winnipeg’s vibrant theatre and music community.  He is currently working towards a degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music.  John is delighted to be bringing the quirky, loving Addams Family to life and is deeply grateful to his many inspiring and generous teachers who have helped him along the way.  Recent credits include Patsy Cline, Rainbow Stage (Apprentice Music Director); Fidelio, Manitoba Opera (Soloist); La Boheme, Manitoba Opera, (Chorus); Brundibar, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Brundibar).

Mariam Bernstein – Grandma
Mariam is delighted to return for her 9th production with DCP! As well as directing The Secret Garden, Company, She Loves Me,  DCP roles include several eccentric French women, Aunt March in Little Women, and the deliciously amoral Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.  A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the U of W, Mariam has performed in theatres from Victoria to Halifax, and directed for PTE, MTC WJT, and Groundswell. Recent work includes performances in Angels in America parts 1 & 2 (WJT), directing Dieu de Carnage (Cercle Molière), Ivanov (WJT) and Much Ado About Nothing in the Winnipeg Fringe. Mariam has taught acting at U of W, U of M School of Music Opera program, PTE and MTYP, as well as coaching privately for over 15 years. Many thanks to Reid and Donna for another wonderful musical theatre experience, and to the inimitable Charles Addams!  Ms. Bernstein would like to go on record as not actually being 102 years old. In all other ways, however, she is playing herself.  Love to Darrell, Miranda, and Cinna.

 

Lara Ciekiewicz – Ancestor
Whether being hailed as “mesmerizing” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), “magnificently bell-toned” (Capital Critics’ Circle), or “a clear standout” (San Francisco Classical Voice), soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is making her mark as a dynamic singing-actress.  This season includes appearances as Liù in Manitoba Opera’s TURANDOT, MESSIAH for l'Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, the world premiere of a work by Vincent Ho for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and concerts with SALUTE TO VIENNA in the Unites States.  She is happy to be reunited with her Dry Cold family.  Further recent collaborators include Opera Lyra Ottawa, Pacific Opera Victoria, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, and l’Opéra de Montréal.  Other credits include Micaëla (Carmen); Musetta (La Bohème); Nellie Forbush (South Pacific); Sylva (The Gypsy Princess); High Priestess (Aida); Lyudmila (Ruslan I Lyudmila); Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte); Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte); Alcina (Alcina); Anna (Anna Bolena); and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).  

 

Naomi Forman - Alice

 Naomi is delighted to be back with Dry Cold Productions after appearing in The Light in the Piazza, Nine, She Loves Me and Into the Woods.  Recent engagements for this classically-trained singing actor include Manitoba Opera, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Calgary Bach Festival Society, and The Brandon Chamber Players.   Naomi has gleefully made career of playing off-kilter, kooky characters, and in 2013 with the assistance of the Manitoba Arts Council, she commissioned a set of four songs for soprano called “Crazy” from Canadian composer T. Patrick Carrabré, whose music reveals the fine line between creativity and madness. Forman is a member of the voice faculty at Brandon University and adjudicates at music festivals across Canada.  Upcoming performances include the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival where her production company will present Menotti’s Telephone Operawww.naomiforman.com.  With special thanks to my own dear mom, Wendy (who may or may not be my inspiration for this character).  Love you, mom!

 

Brenda Gorlick – Morticia
This marks Brenda's 6th show with Dry Cold Productions - a company that is near and dear to her heart, and she is no stranger to playing deep, dark sinister (and sometimes sexy) characters.  Some of her faves include: Beggar Woman/Lucy in Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold) Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Lola in Damn Yankees and Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage).  Brenda serves as Associate Artistic director for Winnipeg Studio Theatre - a professional musical theatre company which has produced hit shows such as Avenue Q, Altar Boyz and the world premiere of Hersteria! WST also offers a training wing for emerging artists: StudioWorks and Adults Only Ensemble.  Brenda has been recognized for her contribution to the arts with several awards including Rainbow Stage's Wall of Fame, Award of Excellence - Winnipeg Studio Theatre and nominee for Women of Distinction  Award (YWCA/YMCA).
She is known as the “Flash Mob Queen” having produced random acts of dance across the province.
www.winnipegstudiotheatre, www.brendagorlick.ca

Donnalynn Grills – Ancestor
Donnalynn is thrilled to be a part of this “creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky” family! Previous appearances with Dry Cold Productions include The Light in the Piazza, Nine, The Secret Garden, She Loves Me and A Little Night Music. Equally at home in opera and musical theatre roles and orchestra performances, Donnalynn has had the privilege of performing with MTC, Rainbow Stage, Manitoba Opera, the Fringe Festival, the MCO and the WSO.  She is so excited to be working with this wonderfully talented cast and crew!

Jacqueline Harding – Ancestor
Jacqueline is thrilled to be part of this spectacular production with such an amazing group of artists! Originally from Winnipeg, Jacqueline is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory (Master of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre) and the University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance). Winnipeg credits include: Godspell (WST), A Man of No Importance (Dry Cold), Three Sisters: A Black Opera (Who is John Moe) and The Sound of Music (Rainbow Stage).  Selected Boston Conservatory credits include: The Way of the World (Lady Wishfort), Dancing at Lughnasa (Maggie), Rabbit Hole (Nat), The Break-Up Notebook (Joanie) and The Cradle Will Rock (Ella).  Catch Jacqueline next in Les Misérables
at Rainbow Stage!  www.jacquelineharding.com

Rob Herriot – Ancestor

Rob last appeared as Baldy and Carson in Dry Cold’s beautiful production of A Man of No Importance.  Previously he appeared as Pirelli in Sweeny Todd and directed the 2012 production of Little Women.  He has also performed at Rainbow Stage, most recently in Annie.  Primarily a stage director, he recently directed a brand new production of The Magic Flute for Edmonton Opera.  Other productions include Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, Carmen, La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Barber of Seville, Tosca, Daughter of the Regiment, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and Candide for opera companies across North America.  He is also a frequent guest director and instructor for young artist programs at opera companies and universities.  Immediately following this production he will head to Edmonton’s very successful young artist training program, Opera Nuova, where he will be directing a new production of the Broadway Classic, Oklahoma!  Lastly, he wants to thank Donna and Reid for their tenacity in making this company so successful –Dry Cold is a huge asset to this city.

 

 

Aaron Hutton – Ancestor

Aaron has been dying to get on stage again with Dry Cold, and he is pleased as puke to be joining the ensemble of this ghoulish musical.  You may have seen him pulsating and gyrating and definitely not dead in Closer Than Ever, Follies, Little Women, as Toby in Sweeney Todd and as Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza.  As a familiar face to the local arts scene, Aaron has been a featured soloist with Canzona and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and has performed many times with Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, and most recently in Munsch Upon A Time with Prairie Theatre Exchange.  This summer Aaron will be joining the cast of Les Misérables at Rainbow Stage, which will mark his tenth show with the theatre.  Stay connected at aaronhutton.com and @amjhutton.

 

Elliot Lazar – Ancestor
Winnipeg based actor and singer Elliot Lazar is thrilled to make his Dry Cold debut, joining the zany and talented cast of The Addams Family!  Elliot’s most recent credits include You Were There: A Shadowplay as part of RMTC’s Noel Coward Festival, as well as appearing in both Fidelio and Turandot with the Manitoba Opera.  Last summer he had the pleasure of playing Flounder in the Canadian Premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Rainbow Stage.  Other credits include Bare: a pop opera (Winnipeg Fringe), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown, Edges: a song cycle (WST), and the Canadian Premiere of Way to Heaven (WJT).  Having just completed his third year studying vocal performance at the Desautels Faculty of Music, Elliot has also trained with the Rainbow Stage Conservatory, The Broadway Workshop (NYC), StudioWorks, and Kickit Dance Studio.  On with the show!

Stan Lesk – Uncle Fester
Born in Toronto, Stan has made Winnipeg his home since 1986. He has appeared in countless film, TV, and theatrical roles (almost every theatre across Canada). Theatre audiences were thrilled to see him in RMTC productions such as: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, White Christmas and 24 productions out at Rainbow Stage.  He has been inducted into the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame and is a life member on the Board of Directors.  Recent TV includes: The Pinkerton’s, Less Than Kind and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.  A Co-Producer of documentaries for MTS on demand Stan has produced  X marks the spot and The Cornish library 100th Anniversary.  He is working as a producer on a new Sit Com pilot entitled Rivercrest for SkyWest Productions.  Stan is thrilled to be back on stage with Dry Cold Productions where he was last seen as the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods.

Julie Lumsden – Wednesday
Julie is ecstatic to be a part of the family and back on stage with Dry Cold!  She has just graduated from the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Past Credits include:  Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Rainbow Stage), Beth in Little Women (Dry Cold Productions), Cinderella in Into The Woods (DTC), and Spring Awakening (WST).  Look for her next as Eponine in Rainbow Stage’s Les Miserables this July. When not performing, Julie loves to share her passion with her students at Exhale Dance Studio.  Special thanks to Donna, Mom & Dad, and her own “creepy and kooky” family!

 

Darren Martens – Lucas
Darren is thrilled for his haunting debut with Dry Cold!  After the bucket kicking incident of 2012, Darren barely scraped by with his life and a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba.  Since then, Darren has nearly croaked as many characters on stage including Nicky/Trekkie Monster/Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Rapunzel's Prince/the Steward in Into the Woods, Mr. Marks in The Producers, and most recently, Professor Pim in PTE's touring show Munsch Upon a Time.  To keep up with Darren's adventures and other death defying stunts, follow him on Twitter @DarrenMartens and Instagram @MartensDarren. 

Kevin McIntyre – Gomez

Dry Cold Productions debut!  Born and Raised in Winnipeg Canada, Kevin now makes his home in Los Angeles.  Select theatre credits include the Canadian Premiere of Miss Saigon (Chris) and the Canadian National Tour of Les Miserables (Babet/Marius).  Other favourite roles include “Frankie” in Forever Plaid in both Toronto and Vancouver and “Josh Baskin” in Big the Musical at Rainbow Stage.  He has also traveled the US and Scotland as the lead singer in Celticfusion, a celtic rock musical.  He is happy to be back in Winnipeg to be a part of The Addams Family.

 

Sam Plett – Mal

Sam is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this amazing cast and for the opportunity to perform with Dry Cold Productions once again after last being seen in Sweeney Todd.  Previous credits include Forever Plaid (Harbourfront Theatre and Rainbow Stage); Cats (Theatre Calgary and Rainbow Stage); A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and Miss Saigon (Rainbow Stage); The Gondoliers, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg).  He sincerely hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Chase Winnicky – Ancestor
Chase Is thrilled to be making his Dry Cold Debut in The Addams Family with this wonderfully spooky cast and crew!  Past credits include: QUO VADIS (That Way Productions), The Pirates of Penzance, Into the Woods, The Arcadians, Hot Mikado (MTYP), Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Pajama Game (GCI), Urinetown, Legally Blonde, and assistant choreographer on GODSPELL (WST).  Chase is currently attending his grade 12 year at Glenlawn Collegiate and will be graduating this June.  He has been accepted to, and will be attending his first of 2 years at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario this upcoming fall.  Chase would like to sincerely thank his Mom, Dad, family and friends for all of their endless love and support.  This one’s for Aunty Darlene and Grandma - RIP.   Enjoy the show!

Mackenzie Wojcik - Pugsley

Mackenzie is very excited to be working on The Addam's Family with Dry Cold productions.  Recently, he was seen as Slightly in MTYP's production of Peter Pan.  Other credits include Randy in A Christmas Story (MTC); Christopher Robin and Chorus in House at Pooh Corner (MTYP); The Narrator in Into the Woods (District Theatre) and Guttormur Guttormsson Staged Reading (Nuna Now).  Mackenzie attends Grant Park Middle School.  He is also a former student of MTYP and PTE.  Watch for Mackenzie as The Little Prince in The Little Prince this summer at the Winnipeg Fringe Kidsfringe!  He sends big hugs to his brother Logan, Mom and Dad. 

Robert Boge – Choreographer

Robert is very excited to be working on The Addams Family with Dry Cold Productions!  A noted teacher, choreographer and performer, Robert has danced in 11 shows with Rainbow Stage and has performed in Calgary doing Crazy for you, Annie, New York New York, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Camp Rock the Musical with DDP.  As well he has performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has been seen on stage opening for the Sean Paul concert.   He has choreographed and danced for two time Grammy nominated Hip Hop Star Fresh I.E. and Rob’s film credits include: Shall We Dance (Miramax) and Make It Happen (Mayhem Project).  He also really enjoys Teaching and Operating Kickit Dance Studio.   Enjoy the show!!

Donna Fletcher - Director

Proud co-founder of Dry Cold Productions, Donna is a veteran theatre artist who was inducted into the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame in July 2012.  Her stage credits stretch from coast to coast and include roles with the Charlottetown Festival, National Arts Centre, Drayton Entertainment, The Belfry Theatre, Persephone, Stage West Calgary, Theatre Calgary, MTC, PTE, Manitoba Opera, and MTYP.  Recent Winnipeg engagements include Buddy Holly and Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage), Little Women and Follies (Dry Cold) and taking to the WSO stage with Len Cariou in Send in the Clowns: The Music of Stephen Sondheim.  As a director, Donna’s credits include Annie  (Rainbow Stage), A Man of No Importance, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza and Nine (Dry Cold Productions), Brundibar (MCO), Starbachs (Winnipeg Fringe/Ottawa Chamber Festival), Playing for Time (Millerfest) and HMS Pinafore (G&S Society).  For my Jim and Amalia Grace. 

 

Karyn Kumhyr – Stage Manager
Karyn loves hiking in Nova Scotia; hot summers back home in North Carolina; cooking Mexican for friends and great theatre. Some of her favorite shows ever to stage manage have been Next to Normal, Our Town, Fiddler on the Roof and The Tempest for RMTC; Small Things, The Secret Mask and Unity: 1918 for PTE; The Rick Hansen Story, Frog and Toad for MTYP, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for The Grand; Anne and Gilbert for The Guild Theatre PEI and The Drawer Boy for the Atlantic Theatre Festival.

Larry Isacoff – Lighting Designer
Larry is delighted to be finally working with Dry Cold Productions.  When he’s not lighting a show, you’ll find him teaching yoga.  Really, who knew you could make a living (almost) lighting great theatre and instructing Yoga classes.  Only in Winnipeg.

Andrew St. Hilaire – Music Director
The Addams Family marks Andrew’s debut with Dry Cold Productions and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this wonderful show with its interesting and unique characters performed by such a solid cast of talented actors.  He’s also happy to be working with the multi-talented Donna Fletcher again since doing several productions together at Rainbow Stage including Cats, Annie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and most recently, Mary Poppins.  Locally and across Canada Andrew works professionally as a musician and Music Director.  Select MD credits include: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Annie, Footloose, Cats, RENT (Rainbow Stage), Les Misérables (Assoc. MD - Western Canada Theatre), Spring Awakening, Hersteria  (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Bloodless (White Rabbit Productions), Into The Woods (District Theatre Collective), The Producers and Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre).

Rachel Cameron – Apprentice Music Director
Rachel is very excited to be working on her first show with Dry Cold Productions!  After graduating from the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre and Film program in 2011, Rachel has continued to pursue many aspects of theatre including acting, directing, and choreography.  Rachel continues her studies in piano performance, theory, voice and collaborative musicianship.  She is looking forward to working with many talented people on this project to further her learning and experience.  Recent projects include Snoopy the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (NKCP), The Boyfriend (Dakota Collegiate) and Guys and Dolls (John Taylor Collegiate).  Look for her as the musical director of Chess the Musical (Fantazy Productions) in the 2015 Fringe Festival.

Rachel Young – Apprentice Stage Manager
Rachel is very excited to be working with the cast and crew of The Addams Family!  Rachel is pleased to be working with Karyn Kumhyr as the Stage Management apprentice.  Rachel's love for theatre began during her years at St. Mary's Academy where she stage managed her first show.  She has experience in all aspects of theatre such as performance, lighting, and carpentry.  Rachel continues her studies at the University of Winnipeg where she is focusing on theatre production and stage management.  Rachel has previously worked on university productions such as The Power of Yes and The Laramie Project.

Rebekah Jones – Apprentice Assistant Director
Rebekah Jones is pleased to be returning to Dry Cold Productions as Apprentice Assistant Director, having apprenticed on A Man of No Importance last year. She teaches dance and musical theatre at The Dance Centre and Cooks Creek Dance Academy, and is founding director of the Springfield Theatre Company which is performing in their 5th season this year. Previous credits include Assistant Director for Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s StudioWorks program (Thoroughly Modern Millie, 13, Edges and Legally Blonde), Assistant Director for Avenue Q (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Choreographer for The Music Man (Westgate Mennonite Collegiate), and Apprentice Director for the touring company of Mike the Knight: The Great Scavenger Hunt (Koba Entertainment). Rebekah completed the Teacher Training Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, where she received the Paddy Stone Scholarship for choreography as part of their First Steps choreographic competition.