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LILY YUAN

Founder
Children’s Theatre of Richmond

Producer
G2K Cinderella

Lily is the founder of Children’s Theatre of Richmond and producer of the upcoming show Rodgers and Hammerstein’s G2K Cinderella. Since 2017, Lily has raised $330,000 to produce the sold-out productions of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at Gateway Theatre, Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr at Massey Theatre and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr at Norman Rothstein Theatre. Business Development Bank of Canada featured Lily for her efforts in building a professional theatre group for youth actors and local theatre artists. In 2017, she received “Vancouver’s Outstanding Woman Award” for her volunteer time in building the non-profit organization. Lily is an award-winning art teacher, owner of a local lumber business and Lily Yuan Art Studio and Gallery. In 2019, Lily has expanded the organization from production only to including musical theatre training. She is now working on building a home theater for Children’s Theatre of Richmond and also planning to tour their productions.

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EMILY MATCHETTE

Director
Peter Pan Jr.

Having grown up with a VHS copy of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, it is an absolute joy for Peter Pan Jr to be Emily’s directorial debut with CTORA. This is Emily’s third show with CTORA, previously as assistant director for Beauty and the Beast Jr and choreographer/musical director of Cinderella. Since she was two, Emily has been singing, dancing and acting, which has led her to now teach dance at the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts with students ages eight to seventeen. Emily directed both Fowl Play and The Eleventh Hour with her Bachelor of Performing Arts cohort: Matchstick Productions. Select performing credits include: Ensemble in Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre Company), Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), Lou Ann in Hairspray (TUTS). Choreographer credits include: Cinderella (CTORA), Draining the Swamp (Curious Creations), The Drowsy Chaperone (TUTS - assistant choreographer), The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment - assistant choreographer), Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (Arbutus Studios) and Legally Blonde Jr (Lindbjerg Academy). After Peter Pan Jr, Emily is excited to be assistant directing SHREK the Musical with Align Entertainment. She hopes in this hour or so of Peter Pan, you forget the responsibilities of growing up and enjoy your trip to Neverland.



JESSE ALVAREZ

Choreographer
Peter Pan Jr. 

Jesse is an accomplished singer, actor, and dancer who has performed across North America and Europe. He is a proud musical theatre graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in LA/NY. This is Jesse’s first production with CTORA as a Choreographer.

Select Performer credits include: Paul in A Chorus Line(Fighting Chance), Judah/Dance Captain in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(Align Entertainment), Thuy in Miss Saigon and Judas/John in Godspell(Interlakes Summer Theatre), George in Carry On(Awkward Stage), Angel City 4 in City of Angels(PIT Collective), Georg in Spring Awakening(Phantom Moon Collective), Willard in 42nd Street(Rodeph Sholom), and most recently he was in the ensemble of Kismet(Royal City/New West Symphony Orchaestra).

Choreography credits include: Once Upon A Mattress, BIG(assistant choreographer), and the Wizard of Oz(Interlakes Children’s Theatre), Portal 2: a Musical Parody and Back to the Future: a Musical Parody(GEEKENDERS), Barber from Outer Space(Planet Connections), Just Watch Me(Vancouver Fringe Festival), and Peter and the Starcatcher(Saint Thomas More Collegiate).

Up Next Jesse will be playing Ja’Keith/Mayor in Rock of Ages with Renegade Arts Co and the Ballet dancer in the Canadian premiere of LIFT with Awkward Stage.



BRIAN BALL

Set Design
   Peter Pan Jr.

Brian Ball is looking forward to working with CTORA on this magical production of "Peter Pan". He has always been a kid at heart but when he was an actual kid, he devoured books like peter pan, anything of the fantasy fairy-tale genre, and getting to finally create a world where the magic can come to life is truly an honour. He looks forward to seeing these young actors and dreamers bring to life this timeless story, and he wants everyone to remember: "your never too old to dream, your never too old to wish upon a star, and your never too old or too young to make magic!!!"

Full member Associate Designers of Canada:Set and Costume Design
IATSE 118, Scenic Painter

RECENT THEATRE WORK:
-A Midsummer Night's Dream,set design (Theatre Orangeville,Ontario)
-Mama Mia,set design (StMichael'sUS,Victoria BC)-Jesus Freak,set design (Pacific Theatre Vancouver BC)-Singing in the Rain,set design ( Royal City Musical Theatre,New Westminster BC)-A Funny Thing Happened...Set and Costume Design (BlueBridge Theatre co,Victoria BC)
-Goodnight Desdemona Goodmorning Juliet,set design (Jericho Arts Centre,Vancouver BC)
-Once Upon a Mattress ,set design(CSOPA Chilliwack BC)



GERALD KING

Lighting Design
Peter Pan Jr.

35 years in the industry, selected credits include: Arts Club Theatre -Matilda and Beauty and The Beast. Bard on The Beach - Shakespeare in Love, As You like It, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre - Kuroko. The Citadel Theatre -Matilda and Crazy for You. Vancouver Opera- The Merry Widow, Otello, La Boheme, Evita. Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Fairie Queen. Circle Bright Productions - The 39 Steps.

Other selected credits include shows for: The Solo Collective, Sunset Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Theatre Calgary, The National Arts Center, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Omaha Opera, The National Ballet of Canada, Centaur Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Gerald is a member of The Associated Designers of Canada.



JAMES MENEAR

Sound Design
   Peter Pan Jr.

A veteran of the Vancouver music scene, James has been involved as a Live Sound Engineer and Systems Technician at the professional and independent level. A background in Canadian tour production has transitioned to theatrical sound design and operation as the Head of Sound for The Gateway Theatre. He also teaches Sound System Design and Optimization at the post-secondary level.

Currently on tour as a FOH / Systems Technician with Rock the Rink, his skill set lies in sound system design and implementation. Recently being called upon to supervise the install of the Anvil Center Theatre upgrade to a modern d&b audiotechnik theatrical system.



NICO DICECCO

Stage Manager
Peter Pan Jr.

Nico Dicecco is thrilled to be working on Peter Pan Jr. He is a stage manager, writer, and performer based in Richmond, BC. Some of his recent stage management work includes Rock of Ages (Renegade Arts Co), The Sea (Slamming Door Collective), Dancing Lessons, A Beautiful View, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Naked Goddess Productions), Med'Cine (O. Dela Arts), Beaver Dreams (Lost & Found Puppet Co.), Precious Little, and Wild/Society (star star theatre).



HEATHER ONDERSMA

Director
Children’s Theatre of Richmond
G2K Cinderella

Heather Ondersma has directed over thirty professional productions, primarily in New York. She is a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the co-founder and former co-Artistic director of Flying Fig Theater, a NYC-based company that specialized in telling overlooked women’s stories via both new play premieres and forgottten classics by female playwrights. Heather has directed actors who are now appearing in Broadway’s Frozen, have roles in the television shows Hawaii Five-O, Orange is the New Black, Billions and Law & Order: SVU. Heather has also directed shows in California and in Prague, and had the good fortune to direct in Vaclav Havel’s resident theater.



MICHAEL ABRAHAM

Set Designer
G2K Cinderella

Michael Abraham (b.1965) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, studied in Italy, and currently lives in Ladner, BC, where he paints, and sculpts. Described as ‘Hip’ In Star Magazine, Abraham’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the prestigious Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles. He has created paintings for the Vancouver Opera, and is a core member of the ‘Phantoms in the Front Yard’ artists collective, Vancouver. Abraham’s distinct style blends social commentary and playful imagery. His artworks are in collections world wide, including in the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Rockford Museum of Art Chicago, and the collection of Courtney Cox & David Arquette.



LAURA SHI

Digital Backdrop & Prop Designer
   G2K Cinderella

Laura Shi graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. With a major in Visual Art, Laura has developed interests in graphic design, digital illustration, ceramics and print media. She is passionate about theatre art and has always wanted to be a costume designer.



EMMA SWORDS


Director
The Little Mermaid Jr.

Originally from the England, Emma Swords is a Musical Theatre Teacher/Director with a Master’s in  Education (MA) who is extremely dedicated to children’s learning and the arts. Founder and   Director of ‘Swords Stage School’ and an experienced Director of ten Musical Theatre productions including, ‘Oliver’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘West Side Story’. Emma is a Grade 8 singer and has over twenty-two years of Dance/Drama experience. She has a wealth of teaching experience with students aged 3-18 around the world from her posts in Spain, England and Canada. With her passion for teaching and the skills gained at various international teaching positions, she hopes to promote performance opportunities and enrich the lives of the young people of Vancouver.



 HARRY ZHAO

Choreographer
The Little Mermaid Jr.

Harry has a WDC International accreditation with   the British Royal Dancing Association and is an   accredited ISTD International Teacher. Harry also is the Vice President of the World chinese Association of International Standard Dance Federation and won the 2008 ‘Hong Kong International Open Youth Latin Championship’. In 2009, he represented China in the World Sports Dance Open and won third place. That same year he was crowned ‘Macau Open Professional Latin Star’. From 2008-2012 he has been the ‘World Chinese International Standard Dance’ champion. In 2010 he won the ‘World Sport Dance Championship for Latin dance’. In 2016 he was invited to enter ‘Practitioners - Model Era’ and was named the Chinese representative of Chinese latin dance for his works ‘Fireworks easy cold’, ‘Women flowers’ and ‘Daisy Taiwan’. Harry has more than ten years of teaching experience and has repeatedly participated in the Andy Lau, JJ Lin and Jordan Chan concerts/TV shows. He has also worked as a choreographer for ‘Miracle Dance Forest Conference’, ‘You are the One’ and other programs as choreographer. Harry founded ‘Vision Dance limited’ in 2015 which enrols over 200 students. Harry is hoping to incorporate his background in Latin dance into the musical and produce electrifying choreography.



JOSEPH SPITALE

Director
Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Joseph is thrilled to be directing Beauty and The Beast Jr. Joseph is no stranger to this show or to Disney. In 2016, Joseph played Lumiere at the Woodstock Playhouse in New York. He also performed at Tokyo Disneyland as the lead singer in Minnie Oh! Minnie. In Vancouver, Joseph has done productions with Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver Opera, UBC Opera, TooFly Productions, Exit 22, North Shore Light Opera Society, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Good Noise Gospel Singers. Some of Joseph’s international credits include Marius in Les Misérables, King Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers, Alan in Babes in Toyland, and Fred in A Christmas Carol. Joseph has performed everywhere from Lincoln Centre in NYC, to Off-Broadway, to cruise ships, and all across the USA as the lead in a National Tour. Joseph is an American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) graduate, and a University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Music) graduate. Most recently, as a director, Joseph has directed Gamma Delta Nasty for the New York Theatre Festival. Joseph is a teacher and Artistic Director at Indigo Education. He is excited to bring together his passion for theatre and teaching in Beauty and The Beast Jr!


 JANET WANG

Marketing Director
   Children’s Theatre of Richmond 

Janet joined CTORA as a Marketing Director with many years of experience in education and marketing. Janet enjoys Disney stories and musicals. Working in an organization that provides professional opportunities for young actors and actresses really light up her passion in her life. She assisted producing “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” and hopes everyone enjoys the show.