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Cast & Creative Team
Alicia Barban (she/her) is a performer, musician and arts educator from Ottawa. She is also a passionate collaborator, emerging theatre creator & producer, and has recently been involved in the development of several original Canadian projects. Credits include: Co-Creator/Performer in Roll Models (Kick & Push Festival); American Trio in Dead Reckoning (Workshop/LTMT Film Adaptation); Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet (Mayfield Theatre); Rizzo in Grease (Winter Garden Theatre); Evangeline in Gentleman’s Guide (Stage West Calgary); Deb in Ordinary Days (OJS Theatre, Birmingham, UK); and Hope in Urinetown (Assembly Theatre, Edinburgh).
I’d like to thank this cast, crew & creative team for including me in the telling of this beautiful Canadian story; my agent Sarah Matton and the 10 Talent team; and my parents, for supporting my weird little dreams – and for pushing me to go to French Lycée school those many moons ago.
Felix de Sousa,
Felix de Sousa is a 12 year old actor from Calgary, Alberta. He has been acting since he was 7 years old with voiceovers, local, national and international commercials, and digital print ads to his credit. Felix spent much of 2021 filming the upcoming Disney live action movie, Peter Pan & Wendy, playing Bellweather, a new Lost Boy. Felix attends the Calgary Arts Academy where he has been involved with the development and performance of small and large school productions. Almost a Full Moon is his theatrical debut.
Older Tala, Cousin
Chariz Faulmino (She/they/Siya) is a Filipinx-Canadian multi-disciplinary performer based in amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton. Recent Credits include: A Doll’s House Part II (Wild Side Productions); Mamma Mia! (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); C.J. (Skirts-A-Fire Festival); A Christmas Carol, Summer Roadshows (Citadel Theatre); S.I.S.T.E.R.1.0 & Remount (Fox Den Collective). Catch them next: Uptown Girls, Prison Dancer (Citadel Theatre); Songs Of A Prairie Girl (Wild Side Productions); and Everybody Goes To Mitzi’s (Teatro La Quindicina). They are thrilled to bring in the season singin’, Maligayang Pasko!
Chariz shares their gratitude to their loved ones who encourage and uplift them everyday, as well as the special ones who guide her in spirit.
Older Philip, Radio DJ
The Importance of Being Earnest, Damn Yankees, Christmas Carol, Charley’s Aunt, Russian Play, Brigadoon (Shaw Festival); Rose, Father Comes Home From the Wars, Incident at Vichy, The Just, Marat/Sade, Dybbuk, Spoon River, Tartuffe, Crucible, Idiot’s Delight, Alligator Pie (Soulpepper); Vietgone (RMTC); Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Love & Information (Canadian Stage); Jerusalem (OtM/Company); Charlie Brown (MTYP); Onegin (NAC/Musical Stage); Peter and the Starcatcher (Citadel); Passing Strange (Musical Stage/Obsidian).
FILM/TELEVISION: 21 Black Futures, Pretty Hard Cases, Odd Squad
AWARDS: Dora Award (Outstanding Performer – Featured Role)
Special thanks to my incredibly supportive family, and my love, Jenny.
Actor/singer Kaden Forsberg is a versatile artist who crosses genres as a creator and performer. He is known for his stage work as well as writing, arranging and touring with vocal trio: VOLARE TENORS. As a classically trained singer, Kaden brings elevated vocals and stylish interpretations to golden-age Broadway, mega-musicals, pop music and even some opera/operetta. Recent career highlights include the 2021 Lotte Lenya Competition finals, a Canada’s Got Talent appearance with VOLARE TENORS, and getting back in touch with his roots through Classic Country Roads (Chemainus Theatre).
Thanks to my wonderful wife Cassidy Vandersche.
Kendrick is a New York actor thrilled to be making his theatrical debut in Canada with Almost a Full Moon. Originally from Houston, Texas, he’s worked in various regional theaters around the USA, sailed the seas with the Tony Award winning Broadway musical After Midnight and recently completed a residency at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Television credits include The Blacklist, Dr. Death, and Law & Order: SVU. He is forever grateful to his phenomenal support system both near and far. Follow his journey via Instagram: @kendrickmitchellofficial and website: KendrickMitchell.com
Amanda Mella Rodriguez,
Amanda is a Filipino artist who was born in California, USA and moved to Canada in 2015. She started singing at the age of eight, and fell in love with musical theatre after watching The Citadel’s Matilda in 2019. She has played piano, ukulele, and guitar previously. Her newest passion is playing the flute. This will be her first musical production and she is super excited to start. Amanda would like to thank her family, friends, and especially her vocal teacher for being so supportive and helping her get this far.
As a devout lover of new musicals and hearty soups, performing in Almost a Full Moon is true holiday kismet! Luc has over 30 professional credits including The Candidate/The Party, Shakespeare In Love, A Christmas Carol, Arcadia and The Sound of Music (Citadel); Juliet in Shakespeare’s R+J (Kill Your Television); Candide (Edmonton Opera); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre); and directing Legoland and Never Swim Alone (Blarney Productions). Luc is over the moon to also be the Citadel’s Director of Education & Outreach, overseeing the Young Companies, Foote Theatre School and Students Club. Awards: Lieutenant Governor Award for Emerging Artist (2020); Sterling Award for Theatre For Young Audiences (2019) and multiple Sterling Award nominations. Luc grew up on Jackfish Lake, AB.
Thank you to Charlotte and Daryl. And love, as always, to Mom and Dad.
Lyne is an actor, singer, dancer, voice-actor and artistic director, known for her performance as Cassandra in the original Canadian production of Cats (Elgin); Sally Bowles in the Paris production of Cabaret (Mogador); Albertine en Cinq Temps (La Catapulte/TFT- Dora Finalist); La La La Mine de Rien, Kurt Weill (TFT); Gauche (Left Bank-TO); Anita-West Side Story (Huron Country Playhouse). Film/TV: Living in Limbo (Virtual Cabaret), The Anniversary, Rise Up, Mayday, Antigone, Caitlin’s Way, The City, Leo, Night Magic. Lyne has released two CD’s: Break N’ Enter and Get To It.
Thank you to my partner in crime, Matt Zimbel, come rain, come shine, he feeds my soul and my appetite with grace and profound love. My daughters, Michelle and Lisa, who inspire me to be better at everything I do. Merci to my parents who said to me years ago, “Follow your dream… be a dancer, you can always be a doctor later”.
Photo credit: Jean-François Gratton
Patricia Zentilli (she/her) has performed across Canada in theatre, television, film and cabaret. She was most recently seen on the Citadel stage as Judy in 9 to 5 The Musical. Edmonton Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Mamma Mia!, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Alice Through the Looking Glass, What The World Needs Now and Feels Like Home (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). Come hear her sing again in the concert UPTOWN GIRLS – an all women celebration of the music of Billy Joel and Elton John as part of the House Series in the Rice Theatre in January!
Thank you to my daughter Melody who I love more than life itself.
Daryl is the Artistic Director of the Citadel. He 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: Network, A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, The Fiancée, Shakespeare in Love, Matilda, The Silver Arrow, and The Candidate & The Party. Daryl’s award-winning, Beatles-infused adaptation of As You Like It has played at the Citadel, Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), RMTC (Winnipeg), Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is a Dora Award winning and two-time Governor General nominated playwright and screenwriter. Winner of The Herman Voaden Award, and The K.M. Hunter Artist Award. Graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada. Selected theatre credits: The End of Pretending (Summerworks, TPM); Scratch (Factory Theatre, La Licorne, Theatre Plexus, Off-Broadway Players); Sudden Death, (Next Stage, Pyretic Productions); Twisted with Joseph Jomo Pierre (Factory Theatre); Guarded Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Green Light Arts); Want Now (Factory Theatre). Directed, co-created: Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show (Architect Theatre, TPM).
Hawksley Workman is a JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, boasting a catalogue of 17 solo records. He co-wrote and performed an award-winning one-man cabaret theatre show called The God That Comes, which debuted in 2013 to rave critical reviews at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Zealand Festival and Arhus Festival in Denmark. In 2018, Hawksley received a Sterling Award nomination, Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical for The Silver Arrow at The Citadel. And in 2019 had his Stratford debut as Composer for The Neverending Story.
A heartfelt thank you to Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman for her boundless imagination in creating such a beautiful story from a 20 year old Christmas record. I would also like to thank Daryl Cloran, Ryan deSouza and The Citadel’s team for their work and creativity in bringing this story to life. Finally I’d like to recognize all of the grandparents, parents, and loved ones who gather at Christmastime to tell their stories.
Music Director, Original Arrangements, Orchestrations
Ryan is currently in his 22nd season as Associate Music Director at Shaw Festival where he has music directed shows including The Russian Play, A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher and One Touch of Venus. He has also composed for several productions including Chitra, An Octoroon, and Hotel Peccadillo. Ryan has had the pleasure of working on shows across the country with companies that include the Grand Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre New Brunswick, Mirvish Productions, Ross Petty Productions and Stage West Calgary. He has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with pop acts such as Jennifer Hudson, The Tenors, and Andrea Bocelli. He’s thrilled to be in Edmonton working on this show with such amazing collaborators.
Thanks to Daryl, Hawksley and Charlotte for making this diamond out of our COVID adventure and to his wifeand kids for making this adventure possible.
Bill Bridges has been involved in musical theatre for many years. He also has written for, recorded and played with John McDermott, Bowfire, George Gao, The Drifters, Lena Horne, the Shaw Festival and the National Art Centre Orchestras, to name a few. He currently works with Tanya Wills as well as The Wintergarten Orchestra, and is a regular on the weekly TV series Your All Time Classic Hit Parade. He intends to make music until he is very, very old.
Thanks to all you talented folks taking part in this wonderful new show and for inviting me to join your family. I have enjoyed orchestrating and arranging alongside our brilliant musical director, Maestro Ryan deSouza. I always learn so much from him. Having an opportunity to find the notes that will support our cast and please our audience (even if it means staying up all night to do it) is really what we musicians live for. Here’s to a long run!
Set and Props 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. Previous designs for the Citadel include A Christmas Carol, 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, Mary Poppins, and Next to Normal.
Jessica is an artist who explores Set and Costume Design for theatre and UX/UI for the digital world. Recent design credits include Benevolence (Ruby Slippers); Derwent is Different (Green Thumb); Bunny (Search Party); Clean (Neworld); Done/UnDone (Bard); and Same Old Same Old (Belfry). Jessica is a three-time Jessie Richardson Award winner for significant artistic achievement in design, a member of ADC 659, and the Assistant Head of Wardrobe at Bard on the Beach. She is a graduate of Studio 58 where she now teaches Set Design and Design Foundations.
Kimberly is a lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. Recently for The Citadel she designed The Candidate, The Party, and Mamma Mia!. She has designed for Mirvish Productions, Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, among many others. She is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a Montreal English Theatre Award, and an Elizabeth Sterling Award. Kimberly is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Owen is a graduate of the Theatre Production program at MacEwan University, and has been nominated for 3 Sterling awards for his production and design work. Selected design credits include: Arcadia, Sense and Sensibility, Million Dollar Quartet and Make Mine Love (Citadel Theatre, Edmonton); As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); and The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel and National Arts Centre, Ottawa). Operation credits include out of town tryouts of Broadway hits Hadestown and Six. Owen is also a co-founder of Douglas Cat Bed Company.
Love to Christy, Theo and Amos.
Ainsley Hillyard is an Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton)-based artist of settler descent. She is a choreographer, performer and educator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. Select choreography credits include: Mr. Burns: A post electric play (You are Here Theatre and Blarney Productions) Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography; Bears (Pyretic Productions) Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography; assistant choreographer for Hadestown and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel Theatre); and Movement Director for Jane Eyre by Erin Shields (Citadel Theatre).
Photo credit: Marc Chalifoux
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’uni theatre); MacBeth (The Malachite Theatre Collective). Film Credits Include: the 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.
Assistant Director, Fight Director
Morgan works as an actor, fight director, arts educator and Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre. Her focus lies in new work and physical-based theatre. With the Citadel, projects include Clue, The Finacée and 9 to 5 as a fight director, as well as Window into New Work, Delay – The Horizon Lab and Peter and the Starcatcher as an actor. She is so excited to be join the team as an Assistant Director! For more on her past, present and upcoming work check out her website: www.morganyamada.com
Associate Music Director
Jen is an active member of the Edmonton musical community as a sought-after pianist, vocalist, clinician, composer, and arranger. Past favourites include: Six, All Because I’m A Woman (Citadel Theatre); Mamma Mia!, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Sister Act, The Simon & Garfunkel Story. (Mayfield Theatre). Jen has also lent her skills as a musical director, arranger or vocalist to other fun projects like singing backup for Ben Folds, Hawaii Five-0 (CBS), The Nature of Things (CBC), Universal Studios Tokyo, Warframe (videogame), and Edmonton Opera Valentine’s Gala (GlobalTV).
Assistant Music Director
Rachel is an Edmonton-based artist, and Artistic Associate with Teatro la Quindicina. She is so grateful to the Citadel’s Assistant Director program for giving her this opportunity. Select theatre credits include: Clue, The Garneau Block, Avenue Q, The Candidate/The Party (Citadel Theatre); Crazy for You (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary); The Hoof and Mouth Advantage, Barefoot in the Park (Teatro la Quindicina); The Last Resort (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (Plain Jane Theatre); Fallen Angels (Bright Young Things); Legoland (Blarney Productions).
Lots of love and many thanks to Douglas and The Fam.
Stage Manager: The Colour Purple, for the Citadel Theatre; Glory for Chemainus Theatre; The Pansy Cabaret for Guys in Disguise/EIFF; A Grand Time in the Rapids, and Evelyn Strange, for Teatro la Quindicina; Bloomsday for Shadow Theatre; La Boheme for Edmonton Opera; Metronome for WWPT; Titus Buffonicus, The Empress and The Prime Minister for Theatre Network; Craniatrium for Firefly Theatre; Enchanted April, The Retreat From Moscow, and Trying for Theatre Calgary. Gina is a two-time winner of the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes award for Outstanding Achievement in Production.
Assistant Stage Manager
I’m very grateful to be back at the Citadel! Previous credits include The Herd (Citadel Theatre), Woman Caught Unaware (Edmonton Fringe), 87 productions over the past 23 years at Mayfield Dinner Theatre (too many favorites to mention), Return of the Tenors (Edmonton Fringe). The last two years been working with The Edmonton International Street Performers. I’m also honoured to have been nominated twice for a Sterling Award for Individual Achievement in Production. It’s a great pleasure to work with such talented cast and production teams! Enjoy the performance!
Apprentice Stage Manager
Davis Shewchuk (He/They) is an emerging Albertan stage manager with a love for new works. They are passionate about creating anti-oppressive workspaces. He strives to create works accessible to both audiences and artists. Recently, Davis was kept busy as Coordinator of OISTAT’s World Stage Design 2022. Select credits include: Off the Beaten Path and Stories of Arlyrus (The Musicals of Tory Doctor); and Tune to A (Expanse/Azimuth).
Adam has worked as a Child Supervisor, Wardrobe Maintenance /Dresser, Musical Theatre Instructor, and Performer for The Citadel Theatre. He is also a Community Programming Outreach Assistant for the Edmonton Arts Council. Previous theatre credits include: The Bully Project, Are We There Yet? (Concrete Theatre); The Super Groovy ‘70s Show (The Mayfield Dinner Theatre); West Side Story (The Citadel Theatre /Theatre Calgary); Oliver!, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, A Christmas Carol (The Citadel Theatre); Onegin (The Arts Club /Catalyst Theatre); Boy Groove (Azimuth Theatre, Ribbit Productions).