Part of our 2021/22 Season
Cast & Creative Team
Mrs. Dilber, Hilda Fezziwig, Alto Saxophone, Piano, Ensemble, Understudy - Piano
Citadel: Once. Ruth moved from the U.K. to Edmonton in 2017. Theatre credits include The Children (The Roxy Theatre); TWO (Edmonton Fringe Festival); Silence (Timms Centre); Richard III (Northern Broadsides); Les Misérables (U.K. Tour); Sweeney Todd (Manchester); Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (London); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vienna); and Macbeth (Liverpool). Ruth’s television credits include a recurring role on Coronation Street, and she was a regular member of the BBC Radio Drama team. She feels honoured to be a part of Edmonton’s festive theatre tradition.
Marley, Mr. Fezziwig, Banjo, Ensemble
Julien Arnold is an Edmonton-based actor and director. Previous Citadel Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, The Garneau Block, Ring of Fire, Once, Sense and Sensibility, West Side Story, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Servant of Two Masters, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other selected Edmonton credits include Two (Atlas Theatre), The Finest of Strangers (Teatro La Quindicina), The Taming of the Shrew (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), The Comedy Company (Shadow Theatre), Spelling Bee (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), A Skull in Connemara (Theatre Network), and Suburban Motel (Punctuate! Theatre).
Thank you to Sheiny Satanove.
Patricia is an award winning artist with a multi-faceted career as an arts leader, producer, director, and actor. Recently she won the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, Comedy. She was the Intern Artistic Director with Neptune Theatre in Halifax. She is now the Artistic Programs Associate with Musical Stage Company in Toronto. Citadel credits include: The Fiancée, A Christmas Carol, The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, Shakespeare in Love. Upcoming in Edmonton: The Mountaintop (Shadow Theatre).
Kevin is honoured, mirthful, and ‘spirited’ (see what he did there?) to be back at the Citadel for this wonderful re-imagining of ye olde Dickens yuletide classic! Kevin introduced Theatresports™ to the Winnipeg improv scene back in the 80s. He has toured all over North America as a drummer. He was featured in Spin Magazine for his Metallica Drummer video. Select theatre credits: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Neptune Theatre); The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wedding Singer (Mayfield Theatre). Kevin feels so lucky to be working on this production with such a talented bunch of humans! Enjoy!
Love to Jack, Madison, Christine, and all staff and students at Elmwood School!
Ivy is thrilled to be returning to the Citadel, where her production highlights include Young Jane in Jane Eyre (Collider Festival), Susan Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and Agnes in Slight of Mind (Theatre Yes co-production). You may also recognize Ivy as the 2019 Fringe Theatre Festival co-mascot, Max from Where the Wild Things Fringe. A proud student of Victoria School of the Arts, Ivy enjoys creating through theatre, music, and visual art. Ivy would like to thank her friends, family, and teachers for their support and encouragement.
Fred, Bass, Ensemble
Oscar Derkx is an actor and musician based here in Edmonton. He is also featured in several films, and is a producer for the podcast My Best Friend Thinks She’s Buffy. Selected credits: As You Like It (RMTC/Citadel Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher, Once, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Lost Lemoine (Teatro La Quindicina); Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate! Theatre); The Antyssey (Concrete Theatre); Ride (Lunchbox Theatre). Upcoming: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel Theatre/Arts Club); Evelyn Strange (Teatro La Quindicina).
Thank you to Sean Croal.
Ben, Ghost of Christmas Future, Ensemble
Braydon is an Edmonton-based theatre artist. He is pleased to be coming out of semi-retirement for this production. Select theatre credits include: Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actor’s Theatre); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); To Be Moved, Scaramouche Jones, Subway Circus (Blarney Productions); The Salon of the Talking Turk (Teatro La Quindicina); Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre); Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, The Pillowman (Citadel Theatre). Training: Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Training Program; University of Alberta BFA acting program. Upcoming: Jane Eyre (Citadel Theatre).
Ted has acted, directed, and created for every major theatre in Canada and many around the world including New York, London, and Tokyo. He is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre, and co-founder of The Coal Mine Theatre, both in Toronto. Arguably best known for co-creating one of Canada’s most successful plays, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Ted also wrote hit musical Evangeline (Citadel Theatre, Charlottetown Festival). He has acted in countless TV shows and movies, watch for him on Season 6 of The Expanse and hear him as Dad Tiger on Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including six Doras, a Gemini, a Sterling, a Merritt, a Chalmers, and the key to his hometown, St. Albert!
Ted regularly thanks the universe for his wife Diana Bentley, and his children Theo, Rosie, and Henry!
Singer, Phyllis, Ensemble, Understudy - Belle, Fanny
Chariz Faulmino (She/they/Siya) is a Filipinx-Canadian multi-disciplinary performer based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory. Recent Credits include: Erlking Film, Summer Roadshows (Chris Scott); S.I.S.T.E.R. Remount (Citadel Theatre/Fox Den Collective); Sprouts Festival 2021 (Concrete Theatre); Almost A Full Moon – Collider Festival, Windows Into New Work (Citadel Theatre); Letters To No One & Songs To No One (Dammitammy Productions). They wish you a Happy Holidays & Maligayang Pasko! Thank you to her loved ones who encourage and lift her everyday. To her loved ones who are here in spirit.
Belle, Shopgirl, Ensemble
Daniela Fernandez (she/her) is a Latinx multidisciplinary artist. She is a graduate of the MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program. Over the last year, Daniela has been diving into the world of sound, with the support of local designers. In 2020, she was one of the inaugural recipients of the RBC Horizon Emerging Artists Program at The Citadel Theatre for Sound Design. Recently, she designed The Fiancée (Citadel Theatre) and Hiraeth (Bright Young Things). Daniela can be found performing on stage in Mamma Mia! (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) and sound designing Smoke (Tiny Bear Jaws) this upcoming year. Feliz Navidad y un prospero año nuevo a todos!
Associate Music Director, Barker, Conductor, Piano, Trombone, Ensemble
Born and raised in Mohkínstsis (Calgary), and now proudly calling Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) home, Steven (he/him) is a music director, musician and actor, with credits that span over 85 productions across Canada. Recent credits include Into the Woods (MacEwan), Ring of Fire and Once (Citadel), ‘Max’ in Lend Me a Tenor (Mayfield), The Comedy Company (Shadow), and ‘Jerry Lee Lewis’ in Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club). Upcoming: Peter Pan Goes Wrong and ELVIS (Citadel), Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Calgary), Ring of Fire (Aquarius), and The Wrong People Have Money (Shadow).
Understudy - Emily Cratchit, Hilda Fezziwig, Mrs. Dilber, Phyllis, Singer, Ensemble
Kristi is a disabled theatre artist and the co-founder/co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree. Previous credits include: hiraeth (Bright Young Things); Dear Rita (Confed Centre); Candide (Edmonton Opera); The Silver Arrow and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); The Invisible (Catalyst Theatre); The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); Christina/Philippe (Northern Light Theatre); The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre); Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Freewill Players); The Supine Cobbler, Age of Arousal, and Hroses: An Affront to Reason (The Maggie Tree).
Understudy - Fred, Topper, Ben, Ghost of Christmas Future, Ensemble
Mathew is an Edmonton-based artist, last seen at the Citadel as Mr. Darcy in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Other credits include Bed and Breakfast (Theatre Network), Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre) A Fit, Happy Life!, A Lesson in Brio, I Heard About Your Murder (Teatro La Quindicina), Witch Hunt at the Strand, (Workshop West), Deathtrap (Mayfield), What Gives (Lunchbox Theatre), Nevermore (Catalyst/Persephone Theatre), Our Man in Havana (Bright Young Things). Mathew is a five-time Sterling Award nominee. He won for his performance in Concrete Theatre’s production of Smokescreen.
Topper, Ensemble, Understudy - Ghost of Christmas Present
Graham is thrilled to get out of the house again, and to spend time with everyone here tonight. Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), A Christmas Carol, The Crucible, The Tempest (Theatre Calgary); Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre/ATP); until the next breath (Catalyst Theatre), CTRL – ALT – DEL, The Antyssey (Concrete Theatre); How to Leave, The Curing Room (Theatre Outré/Theatre BSMT); The Fall of the House of Atreus (Impossible Mongoose Productions). Film/television credits include: Wynona Earp, Like Right Now, Dive, King Crow. Happy Holidays!
Fanny, Ensemble, Understudy - Marnie
Priya is delighted to finally return to this wonderful story. Select credits include: A Christmas Carol (Citadel); Slight of Mind (Citadel/Theatre Yes); Queen Lear is Dead (Fox Den Collective); Constellations (Flaming Peanuts); She’s Not Him and He’s Not Her (Empress of Blandings); Meet Me Under the Gnarly Tree (Cardiac Theatre); Chrysothemis, The School For Scandal (Studio Theatre). Priya is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. Endless love and thanks to my family and friends, especially Blaire and Willow.
Nelson, Ensemble, Understudy - Ebenezer Scrooge
Citadel: The Candidate, The Party, A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher, Death of a Salesman, One Man, Two Guvnors, and Beauty and the Beast. Glenn is delighted to be part of A Christmas Carol with these remarkable people. At Shadow Theatre: Outside Mullingar, Mistakes Were Made, The Odd Couple, Sexy Laundry and Flyfisher’s Companion.
Troy O’Donnell ,
Understudy - Marley, Fezziwig, Nelson, Barker, Ensemble
Troy is an actor and director. He is also an Artistic Associate with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Previous Credits Include: The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Hamlet (Citadel Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The 39 Steps (Mayfield); It’s a Wonderful Life, Ten Lost Years, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Northwest); The Umbrella (Quest Theatre); The Early Bloomer, Smokescreen (Concrete Theatre); Anxiety, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, The Righteous Woman (Theatre Yes); An Inspector Calls, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Diary of Anne Frank (Rosebud Theatre).
Ghost of Christmas Past, Ensemble
Lilla (she/her) is a Hungarian-Canadian artist who was born in Budapest. She is thrilled to join the A Christmas Carol family for her sixth year! She started acting at Foote Theatre School at the age of six and has been involved with theatre ever since. Lilla is a 9th grader at Vic and a dancer at DU. Her newest passion is diving 🙂 Previous credits: A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Matilda the Musical (Citadel Theatre/Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Bad Seed (Teatro La Quindicina). Happy Holidays, everyone! Kellemes Ünnepeket!
Ghost of Christmas Present, Santa, Ensemble
John is very familiar to Citadel audiences from South of China in 1996 to Every Brilliant Thing right before the pandemic. Favourite Citadel roles include Cabaret, The Pillowman, Matilda (co-production with RMTC/Arts Club), Beauty and the Beast (co-production with Theatre Calgary), Rocky Horror Show, Death of a Salesman, and Billy Bishop Goes To War. He has worked across the country in many theatres from The Segal Centre in Montreal to The Belfry Theatre in Victoria. For the past year and a half, John has been Head Distiller at Lone Pine Distilling. Merry Christmas!
Emily Cratchit, Ensemble
Patricia Zentilli has performed across Canada in theatre, television, and film. Edmonton Theatre credits include Mamma Mia!, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); The Last 5 Years, The Gravitational Pull of Berenice Trimble (Theatre Network); Matara (Workshop West); Mack and Mabel (Plain Jane); Noises Off, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Little Shop of Horrors, Putnam Counting Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Mayfield). This Spring, Patricia will be playing Judy in Citadel Theatre’s production of 9 to 5: The Musical.
Artistic Director of the Citadel. Daryl has directed internationally in countries such as South Africa and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and across Canada, including: Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Arts Club (Vancouver), Canadian Stage and Tarragon (Toronto). For the Citadel, Daryl has recently directed: The Fiancée, Shakespeare in Love, Matilda, The Silver Arrow, and The Candidate & The Party. Daryl’s Beatles-infused adaptation of As You Like It has played at the Citadel, Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), RMTC (Winnipeg) and is currently running at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
David van Belle ,
David is an Edmonton-based playwright whose works include The Highest Step in the World, Liberation Days, GIANT, and The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. David has been Writer-in-Residence for the Edmonton Public Library, Playwright-in-Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, an ensemble member of One Yellow Rabbit and Creator-in-Residence for Ghost River Theatre. A Christmas Carol couldn’t have been written without many wise and useful observations from his partner Vanessa Sabourin. And this year’s production is dedicated to Harry Van Belle, his dearly loved father, with hope for a gentle journey into the next adventure.
Set & Costume Designer
Cory is an award-winning designer whose set, costume, lighting, and video designs have received both national and international recognition. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent designs include Ring of Fire, Matilda, Once, Shakespeare in Love, Crazy for You, Million Dollar Quartet, Venus in Fur, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Evangeline, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mary Poppins, and Next to Normal.
Leigh Ann Vardy,
Citadel: The Silver Arrow. Recent favourite projects include The Neverending Story (Stratford); The Color Purple, Kamp (Neptune Theatre); The Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre); Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud); The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, Metamorphoses (National Arts Centre); What a Young Wife Ought to Know, and The God That Comes (2b theatre). Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of seven Merritt awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Music Director, Sound Designer
Mishelle is a composer, sound designer, and musician based in Vancouver. Past projects at the Citadel: The Candidate, The Party, and Sweat. Other favourites include: Made in Canada (rice & beans), The Quarantettes (Neworld/The Chop), Shakespeare in Love, Lysistrata, Done/Undone (Bard on the Beach); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Break Horizons: a concert documentary (The Cultch); and Titus Bouffonius (Rumble). Next up: Clean (Neworld); and The Seventh Fire (Delinquent). Mishelle is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and of UBC Theatre. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Gianna Vacirca is a dancer, actor, choreographer and performing artist. She is also an Italian pastaia and the creator of bell’uovo, a bespoke naturally colourful handmade pasta business based here in Edmonton (@bell_uovo). Coming up, Gianna will be performing in Jane Eyre at the Citadel before choreographing Tiny Bear Jaws’ newest play and heading to Toronto for Why Not Theatre’s RISER. Previous Credits Include: Bears (Punctuate! Theatre & Dreamspeakers & Citadel Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Noises Off (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Vague Harvest, Ludicrous Pie, A Second Round of Seconds (Teatro La Quindicina); Blood: A Scientific Romance (The Maggie Tree); Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).
Choreography credits include Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Spamalot, and Shakespeare in Love (Citadel Theatre); Next to Normal (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Enron (National Arts Centre); Home is a Beautiful Word (Belfry/Persephone Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and Footloose (The Mayfield); Candide (Edmonton Opera); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); and new musicals RICH and Rapa Nui (MTYP). Laura has choreographed original musicals Vigilante, Nevermore, Frankenstein, Hunchback, Fortune Falls, and The Invisible for Catalyst Theatre. Laura has received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, five Sterling Awards, a Betty Mitchell and a Lucille Lortel nomination for her work on the Off-Broadway run of Nevermore.
Wayne is a director, producer, stage manager based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). He is the Artistic Director of Blarney Productions. Previous directing credits for the Citadel include: A Christmas Carol, Blackbird, Polaroid Stories; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (co-director); West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Glass Menagerie, Shining City, and Doubt: a parable (assistant director). Much love to Denise and Aimée.
Cynthia (she/her) is a Filipino-settler theatre artist from Amiskwaciwâskahikan. She has developed new Canadian theatre with companies such as the Stratford Festival, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Bad Hats, Studio 180, and Factory Theatre. Cynthia’s new play, TUNE TO A (co-created with Carly Neis and Cameron Kneteman), aims to shine a spotlight on disability representation and allyship – it will be premiering at Azimuth’s Chinook Festival in 2022. Theatre Highlights: The Candidate, The Party, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre), This London Life (Grand Theatre), Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players). Film & TV: From (Epix Studios & MGM International), In The Dark (CW Network), Hudson & Rex (Shaftesbury/Pope Productions), Barbelle (Boss&Co). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Up next Cynthia is joining the San Francisco cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Janine is an Edmonton based Intimacy and a Sterling nominated Fight Director, as well as an Intimacy Coordinator and Stunt Performer. Previous Citadel and Young Company Credits Include: The Fiancée; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; After Juliet; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Bat Boy: The Musical. Previous Theatre Credits Include: Simone el le Whole Shebang (L’UniThéâtre); MacBeth (The Malachite Theatre Collective). Film Credits Include: Under the Banner of Heaven (FXP, Imagine Television); Billy the Kid (MGM International); Black Summer (Netflix); The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw (Gate 67 Films). She is the lucky mother of four.
Michelle is the resident stage manager at the Citadel Theatre and has been privileged to be working with the amazing team here for the last 21 seasons. Some of her favourite past Citadel Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, Every Brilliant Thing, Ring of Fire, Once, The Silver Arrow, Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, Private Lives, Beauty and the Beast, A Few Good Men, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, August: Osage County, The Forbidden Phoenix, Sweeney Todd, Heaven, and Mary’s Wedding.
Assistant Stage Manager
Citadel: Made in Italy, The Garneau Block (Stage Manager); Children of God, Peter and the Starcatcher, and A Christmas Carol (Assistant Stage Manager). Molly’s recent credits include stage managing The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Comedy of Errors, and The Merchant of Venice (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); Last Chance Leduc (Snowflake Productions); Shakespeare’s R&J (Kill Your Television); Bello (Concrete Theatre/ L’UniThéâtre); Bust (Theatre Network); The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux (Northern Light Theatre/ L’UniThéâtre); and assistant stage managing Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre).
Assistant Stage Manager
Gaby is ecstatic to be apart of Citadel Theatre’s Production of A Christmas Carol. Previous Credits include: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Keep Calm & Rock On, Playing with Fire, Class of ’63 (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Happy Birthday Baby J, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Comedy Company, Outside Mullingar, Annapurna, Ten Times Two (Shadow Theatre); La fille du facteur, Mentire, La nuit, la raison dort (L’UniThéâtre); Curtains (MacEwan); Little Women, Carousel (Foote in the Door Productions); Hansel & Gretel (Edmonton Opera). Thank you to those who made it possible for me to be here.
Apprentice Stage Manager
Frances is a stage manager, lighting designer, front of house manager and will be directing for the UofA’s upcoming New Works Festival. She is also the Technical Director for independent company ReadyGo Theatre. Previous credits include: Here There Be Night, Slight of Mind (Workshop West), Brother Rat, I, Animal, Monster (ReadyGo Theatre), The Secret in the Wings, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Richard III (Timms Centre for the Arts). She would like to thank Erik for being her rock every day.