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Peter Pan

 



Peter Pan

Peter Pan Jr.

Broadway's timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. The travellers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land," Peter Pan Jr. is the perfect show for the child in all of us, who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

DIRECTOR: 
Emily Matchette

CHOREOGRAPHER:
Jessie Alvarez

SHOW DATES:
Nov 29th - Dec 7th, 2019

WHERE:
Norman Rothstein Theatre


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emily matchette

Emily Matchette

Introducing Emily Matchette Director of 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

Jesse Alvarez

Introducing "Peter Pan Jr. " Choreographer: Jesse Alvarez

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

Brian Ball

Introducing "Peter Pan Jr" Set Design: Brian Ball

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

Gerald King

Introducing "Peter Pan Jr." Lighting Design, Gerald King

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

James Menear

Introducing "Peter Pan Jr." Sound Design: James Menear

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 diecco

Nico Dicecco

Introducing "Peter Pan Jr." Stage Manager, Nico Dicecco

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).

 

Peter Pan Jr. Cast



Niki Garcia

Niki Garcia

Introducing Niki Garcia as "Peter Pan"

Niki Garcia, born and raised in Vancouver, realized her passion for acting at the age of 2 and is now a professional actress. Recently just finished recording an episode of her musical talent in tv series , “Healing Powers of Dude” as Mariah. She was in Frequency Episode 4 and Snowpiercer TV series. Niki recently was invited to join renown Langley Ukulele Ensemble and was a member of the Surrey Youth Orchestra for the past 2 years. Niki also studies dance specializing in Ballet, Tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, popping and locking.

Niki is ecstatic to be Peter Pan again in the upcoming production of CTORA. She will be playing Peter Pan at the maitnee show on Nov.30 and Dec.1st, evening show on Dec.6 and Dec 7th.

 

Jordin Yewchuk

Jordin Yewchuk

Introducing Jordin Yewchuk as "Wendy"

Jordin is so happy to be back with the Children’s Theatre of Richmond and to be a part of Peter Pan Jr. Jordin began voice lessons at 6 with Opera singer/20th Century Fox producer Taylore Fox. She’s consistently won gold at Kiwanis and reached semifinals in Youth Talent Search BC two years in a row.

Jordin’s theatre credits include Cinderella (the Herald) with The Children’s Theatre of Richmond, Scrooged (Jacob Marley) with Al Pichler, and several productions with Lights Up, most notably The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). She will play the fairytale character Jill (as in Jack and Jill) in Align Entertainment’s upcoming production of Shrek the Musical and is currently training with Lindbjerg Academy/CTORA for their 2020 production of Annie. Jordin is grateful for her Lindbjerg/CTORA trainers and vocal coach, Phil Vanderveen.

 

lottie sleath

Lottie Sleath

Introducing Lottie Sleath as "Captain Hook"

This is Lottie’s second time stepping onto the stage in one of CTORA’s fabulous productions. Born in London, England, Lottie moved to Vancouver at the age of three and soon become immersed in the world of musical theater.

She’s enrolled on the prestigious Byng Arts program and is also a student at the professional film acting school, VYAS. During the summer, she honed her craft through an intensive musical theater camp at the Theater Under The Stars, where she played Paulette in Legally Blond.

Her recent theater credits include: The Queen in “Cinderella” (CTORA), ensemble in “The Little Mermaid” (FVGSS), Miss Trunchbull in “Matilda” (SASGs), and Rihanna in “School Blues” (Byng Arts).

She delighted to be stepping onto the stage as Hook for lots of swashbuckling fun. Her heartfelt thanks go out to the dedicated CTORA production team, who've given her this chance to bring one of literature’s most-infamous – and most-loved – villains to life!

 

Keiyshia Dior

Introducing Keiyshia Dior Ting as "Wendy Darling"

From the time she was born and raised in Vancouver, Keiyshia has always shown a passion for performing arts. She has been training for Dance starting when she was 3 years old with ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical classes and regularly performing in the year end recitals. It became evident when she was about 6 years old that Keiyshia has potential in other areas of performance. It was during this time when her parents would always hear her singing her heart out to the latest music or broadway musical songs during showers and felt she had talent, so when she turned 7 ( minimum age they accept students ) she immediately started her weekly private vocal training lessons at Vancouver Academy of music.

To promote her growth musically, Keiyshia also is taking regular piano and guitar lessons.

She has participated yearly and won numerous awards in the prestigious Kiwanis Music Festival competitions and is taking yearly exams for Royal Conservatory of music for both Singing and piano. Keiyshia also won the Barbara Clague scholarship award at VAM as the grand prize winner for singing when she was 8 years old for the age group 7-16 years old.

To date, she has participated several times as part of the Chilren’s chorus for the Vancouver Opera shows like Dead Man walking, Turandot and La Boheme. Keiyshia also performed as the Wicked Witch for the Wizard of Oz musical for the Arts connection school.

Keiyshia is very thankful and happy to have landed the Role of Wendy in the upcoming CTORA production of Peter Pan - broadway musical and can’t wait to perform for everyone!

 

cailin yewchuk

Cailin Yewchuk

Introducing Cailin Yewchuk as "The Lost Boy"

Cailin, 7, is super excited to perform in her first Children’s Theatre of Richmond production! She is known to often break out in song or do the splits because she can’t contain herself. Cailin is training in voice with Phil Vanderveen and was featured as a soloist in Al Pichler’s Scrooged in 2018. She has 3 years experience in musical theatre with Lights Up, most recently disguised as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and played the lead in her class play Little Late Riding Hood. Cailin is currently training with Lindbjerg Academy/CTORA to perform in their spring 2020 production of Annie.

 

Gemma Yin

Gemma Yin

IIntroducing Gemma Yin as "Noodler"

Gemma is very excited to be on stage again with CTORA! She is currently twelve and is a grade seven student at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. She moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, at the age of nine. From an early age, Gemma had an interest in the arts. After living in Canada for a year and seeing several professional shows over the lower mainland, she was inspired to be a performer herself. Her first interaction with the stage was being Cogsworth in a scene from Beauty and the Beast in a recital. She took on the role of one of the emcees in Vancouver Kids Fashion Week and the Baby and Family Fair. After being introduced to CTORA, she played Scuttle, the know-it-all seagull in their production of the Little Mermaid jr on November 2018. In the following year, she attended CTORA and Lindbjerg Academy’s theatre classes. In summer this year, she was proud to be part of the Lion King summer camp by CTORA and Lindbjerg of which she was cast as Zazu--- King Mufasa’s fretful adviser. In the new school year, she continued musical theatre with Lindbjerg and will be performing in Annie jr in May 2020.

Gemma is very grateful to be a part of the amazing production of Peter Pan jr and can’t wait to perform in November!

 

ashley nardi

Ashley Nardi

Introducing Ashley Nardi as "Slightly"

Ashley Nardi, age 12, is thrilled perform on stage again with CTORA! In the Spring of 2019, she was excited to perform as Joy, the stepsister in the CTORA Rogers and Hammerstein’s version of Cinderella. In the summer this year, she was proud to be a part of the Lion King Summer Camp by CTORA and Lindberg Academy where she was cast as Simba. Ashley has also been a part of Vancouver Preforming Stars for years where she has played the lead in many musicals such as: Gingy in Shrek Jr., Anne in The Greatest Showman, Edwina in Dear Edwina, Matilda in Matilda and Fiona in Shrek. This Spring she will be performing on stage with VPS as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Ashley enjoys dance and is focusing on her ballet classes this year. In 2019, she was part of media ad campaign for Girl Guides of Canada and can be found on their Fall Magazine Cover and on their website. She was hired for her first ADR voice over work in the summer and enjoys auditioning for roles in the local film industry. Ashley loves drawing, baking, caring for animals, swimming, cycling, golf, cross country running and PIGS!!! Ashley would like to send thanks to VPS and her mentors Rebecca, Chearsy and Katy as well as Lily from CTORA for always being there as she could not be here without their love, care and support.

 

declan quandt

Declan Quandt

Introducing Declan Quandt as " John Darling"

Declan Quandt attends grade 9 at Lord Byng Secondary School where he is enrolled in the Byng Arts Drama Program. Declan enjoys acting, performing, dancing, and playing volleyball. His dance training includes ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop (Arts Umbrella 2014-2019). In 2017, Declan performed in the Alberta Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker, and he found it to be incredibly rewarding, challenging, and inspiring. He is excited to combine song, drama and dance in CTORA’s production of Peter Pan for 2019.

Some of his previous credits include: the lead rat in “The Nutcracker” (Alberta Ballet 2017); Manolo in “The Odd Couple” (Byng Arts 2019); Derek in “School Blues” (Byng Arts 2019); annual dance recitals (Arts Umbrella 2014-2019); and coming up as Fernando in “Framed” (Byng Arts 2020).

Declan is excited to be playing John Darling and accompanying Peter and Wendy on their trip to Neverland. He is thankful to CTORA’s dedicated production team for the chance to perform onstage once again, and to a terrific team and cast that will make for an incredible show!