Something Rotten!

Welcome to the Renaissance in this outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Directed by: Kathleen Cassidy
Musical Direction by: Gord McConachie-Anderson
Choreography by: Paula Mercer
Book by: Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics by: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Dates: April 11-13, 18-20 and 24-27, 2024 at 7:30pm. April 14 at 2pm.

This play has a PG13 Rating for mature content and language.

CAST (In Alphabetical Order)

Hallie Acton – Ensemble/Back-up Singer
Hallie is delighted to return to the Roxy stage after taking a break from theatre during her university studies (MA in English at WLU). Past productions include OSLT’s The Children’s Hour, White Christmas, Les Miserables, and Moonstar Theatre’s Seussical and Tarzan. She is very grateful to her family for encouraging her to audition, as she has had an absolute blast working with this lovely cast and crew. 

Tom Albrecht Foreman/Law Clerk
Tom is thankful to be a part of the OSLT community which has helped him to create, to meet talented and dedicated people, and to understand himself better.

James Black Shakespeare
James is excited to be stepping into his first ever role in musical theatre with the OSLT. Coming from a very musical family, he’s looking forward to bringing his love for singing and performing to the Roxy stage! James is currently living in Markdale and works in construction for his family’s contracting business. He can’t wait for you to see the production, and hopes you’ll have as much fun watching it as they’ve had preparing it.

Emily Carter Ensemble/Dancer
Emily made her Roxy debut in Alice and Wonderland, and after a 25-year hiatus, she returned to the Roxy stage this fall with the One Act Plays. Needless to say, she was bitten by the theatre bug and is thrilled to be back on the OSLT stage. Emily is honoured to be on this adventure with an incredible cast and crew! Sending love and gratitude to Scott, her friends and family for their support!

Ben Davidson Peter Quince/Ensemble
Once again Ben is thrilled to find himself in a awesome cast made up of veterans, familiar faces and talented newcomers, all supported by an incredibly creative, skilled and hard working crew. As an OSLT member since 1980, he never ceases to be amazed by the effort and dedication that comes together to provide our community with top notch productions.

Ridgley Dier Tom Snout/Minstrel/Ensemble/Dancer
Ridgley is thrilled to be back on the OSLT stage and part of this fantastic cast! Something Rotten! marks Ridgley’s fifth OSLT production. He made his Toronto debut with Acting up Stage Company in One Song Glory, as a graduate of the Sheridan College Music Theatre Prep Program. Past credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Carousel, Brigadoon, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Fireworks, Bye Bye Birdie, and Director of the Youth Theatre Coalition’s The Little Mermaid Jr. “Shout out to my family and friends for the love and support. Remember, always be true, and most importantly, be you.“

James Giberson Nigel Bottom
James loves all things theatre and is excited to be returning to the stage after his work in St. Mary’s High School production of Little Shop of Horrors. He has been with the Roxy for 7 years and participated in five OSLT productions and two high school plays at St Mary’s. He has also hosted the Owen Sound ghost tours at the Billy Bishop Museum for 4 years. James is excited to be working on Something Rotten! and will do his best to not burst out into song during the show!

Kara Gibson Ensemble/Back-up Singer
Kara is currently a student at Owen Sound District Secondary School (OSDSS) and is active in the school theatre program and rugby team.  Most recently she appeared on the Roxy stage as the Escapologist in the Roxy Young Co. production of Matilda, Jr.  Kara is having lots of fun and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this dazzling musical.

Michael Henkel Francis Flute/Ensemble/Dancer
Breaking convention, he wants to talk to YOU! So glad you came this eve. With a Major in Vocal Performance from U of A and a graduate from Randolph Academy, Toronto, his favourite role has been the Baker, Into the Woods.  Williamsford-born and raised, he’s excited for his debut on the OSLT stage. This cast, this crew, WOW! ‘To thine own Self be true, my friend.”  Strap in, let’s get “ROTTEN” together! Enjoy the show!

Dan Herrick Robin/Ensemble/Queen
Dan Herrick is excited to back under the direction of Kathleen Cassidy and working with such a fun cast and crew. In Kathleen’s previous production West Moon, Dan got to be old sea captain Skipper Bill and it was one of his most memorable acting experiences. This time around Dan plays the roll of Robin a flamboyant actor in Nick Bottom’s troupe. Dan would like to thank his wife Trish and daughter Maeryn for all their help and encouragement with the role. 

Justin Kraemer Snug/Ensemble
Justin is thrilled to share his musical journey starting with violin, piano and clarinet. A life-altering accident led him back to music, discovering a love for singing. From church choir to groups like the Georgian Bay Concert Choir, Justin found joy in vocal performance. Inspired by musicals early in life, landing Snug’s role marks an exciting leap into theatre. While choreography poses a challenge, his tapping skills and growing dance confidence are ready for the stage!

Colleen Martin Ensemble
Colleen performed in her first musical (Oliver!) in grade six and has been smitten ever since.  Local musical theatre fans may remember Colleen from Sister Act (Mother Superior) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Marie/Fork). Colleen is happy to live in a community that supports the performing arts.  She hopes you enjoy this “big glittering musical”!

Emma McConachie-Anderson Portia
Emma is excited to be back on stage for Something Rotten! Previous OSLT productions that she has appeared in include Bite-Sized Theatre: One-Act Plays, Sister Act, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Spamalot. Last year, she was the musical director for OSLT’s production of Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank Kathleen, Paula, Anne, her parents, and the rest of this Rotten! cast and crew for an incredibly fun experience. Enjoy the show! 

Karina McKerroll Ensemble/Dancer
Karina grew up studying Highland, Irish, ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, and tap. She traveled with Celtic Accent, and performed in The Kennedy’s, Gypsy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Fiddler on the Roof. She studied at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Karina recently performed in OSLT’s Gorgeous Gallivanting Goddesses and acted as Production Assistant in The Ladies Foursome. Now… ‘it’s time to tap’… and pirouette, of course. 

Tiffany McMillin Ensemble/Dancer/Dance Captain
Tiffany is thrilled to be back on stage for her second musical theatre production with OSLT! She was most recently in Finger Foods as part of OSLT’s night of One Acts, and in Beauty & the Beast last year. She is grateful to the whole team for putting on such an intricate and exciting show to be a part of. She would like to thank her husband for his encouragement and support.

Lacey Mooney Nancy Nostradamus
Lacey is thrilled to be back on stage for the second time this season! She was last seen as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest this past November. She has been involved in over 20 OSLT productions, including director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last year. She is passionate about sharing her love of theatre through her work with the Roxy Young Company and Roxy Star Company. 

John Prettie Lord Clapham/Puritan/Eye Patch Man/Announcer/Messenger/Horatio/Falstaff
John is thrilled to be in this great musical production! Over the past 3 decades he has not only had many acting roles in shows but has been the producer of many more.  He is a past OSLT board member, volunteers in many ways behind the scenes such as ushering, and is a member of the Playbill Team, helping to select the shows we put on each season. John is responsible for much of the photography for our productions. “Something Rotten!” will be a challenge for him as he gets to play several different characters throughout the play. See if you can recognize him! “Hats off to our director Kathleen Cassidy and the entire team needed to mount this memorable musical.”

Becky Robinson Bea Bottom
Becky Robinson has loved theatre from a young age, and really fell in love with it on this very stage. Since her high school years on the Roxy stage, she had gone to Toronto to pursue an education in and deeper understanding of theatre at Randolph Academy. Starring in some productions in Toronto such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, The Killing Game, Les Belles Soeur, and Smile. She also has her own voice over business and has enjoyed that side of the business for a few years. After taking some time off with young children and family, Becky has made her way back to the Owen Sound Roxy where she feels at home. She says, “Thanks for having me back.”

Kat Ruck Ensemble/Dancer/Dance Captain
Kat as been a part of the OSLT & RYC with various roles backstage with props for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee & Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Assistant Stage Manager for RYC’s Willy Wonka and Stage Manager for the first time this year with the One Acts & the RYC’s The Addams Family. She is excited to be stepping out from the darkness of backstage & into the stage light for the first time with OSLT. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Kassidy Shaw Ensemble/Back-up Singer
Kassidy is thrilled to welcome you to the Renaissance and honoured to bring one of her favourite musicals to life alongside such a stellar cast and crew. She has been in many productions locally, as well as at the University of Waterloo where she completed her BA in Theatre and Performance and English. Past production highlights include University of Waterloo’s Mustard (Thai), Moonstar Theatre’s Seussical the Musical (The Sour Kangaroo), OSLT’s The Children’s Hour (Catherine), and OSDSS’ production of Legally Blonde (Enid Hoopes). Huzzah!

Jamie Smith Nick Bottom
Well, hello all you Rotten people! Thank you all for coming to see this Rotten show! Jamie has had an absolutely Rotten time hanging out with this amazing cast and crew, including his lovely wife Fiona, creating Something Rotten! I hope you have as much fun watching the show as we had doing it! Take care and enjoy!

Fiona Smith Ensemble/Back-up Singer
Fiona has been a part of OSLT for many years and has enjoyed many roles both onstage and backstage. She last appeared onstage in OSLT’s production of West Moon and has recently been the assistant stage manager for OSLT’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is excited to be on stage in Something Rotten! and sharing with such an amazing group of people especially husband Jamie and under the ever-patient direction of Kathleen Cassidy.

Mike Stewart Shylock
This is his first production at the Roxy Theatre. He is very grateful for the warm welcome, and the levity and encouragement from his fellow actors, and the entire staff and crew of “Something Rotten!’’ Fantasies do come true~

James Welwood Brother Jeremiah
James is delighted to be back at the Roxy for this very funny and sparkling production of Something Rotten! James studied theatre performance at York University and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music but pursued a teaching and design career before retirement to Grey County in 2017. His first performance for OSLT was in Born Yesterday.  For him, the talent and passion of the entire company makes being a part of it a joy and honour.

CREW

Kathleen Cassidy Director
A longtime OSLT member, Kathleen has acted, directed and designed lighting for many shows over the last 40+ years. Most recently, she directed West Moon, Spamalot and The 39 Steps, was onstage in Calendar Girls and Sister Act and designed the lighting for Beauty and the Beast. She spent the pandemic on the OSLT Board, chairing the Reopening Committee that paved the way for us all to return to our beloved theater.  A huge thank you to the volunteers who signed on to bring this crazy musical to the Roxy stage.  Hard work and laughter….that is what theatre is all about.

Gord McConachie-Anderson Musical Director/Sound Design and Operator
Another openin’, another show. It’s been a wonderful experience to have the creative team from Spamalot re-united to bring you this raucous romp through Elizabethan London. Gord has been involved in many OSLT productions over the years – on stage (Kiss Me Kate, Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill A Mockingbird), in pit bands (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Brigadoon, Carousel), sound design (most recently for You, Me and a Bit of Driftwood, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and music direction (Spamalot). Many thanks, and much appreciation, to a talented, dedicated and infinitely patient cast, to the hardest working backstage crew that could be assembled, my fellow “boothies” Dale and Yvonne for the laughs and chocolate covered almonds, and to Kathleen and Paula for realizing their visions for this fantastic show. Also, thanks for Fiona and Emma for accompanying me on this journey. It’s a musical, and what a musical it is! Sit back and enjoy the music, the dancing, and the silliness. Huzzah!

Paula Mercer Choreographer
Paula is thrilled to be the choreographer for this hilarious “monster” of a musical. How many Shakespeare quotes dost thou know? How many musical theatre references will you hear? Sit back, relax and enjoy many the many laughs you will have. Thanks to our amazing cast and crew. And a big thank you to my dance co-captains, Tiffany McMillin and Kat Ruck.
Over the past 20 years, her choreography has been seen in many OSLT musicals including OSLT productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Anything Goes and Carousel. She has also recently performed in OSLT’s West Moon and Born Yesterday. Past musical theatre performances include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, Hello Dolly, andThe Drowsy Chaperonein Naples, Fl.

Anne Thompson Producer/Wardrobe Team
Anne became a member of OSLT in 2016 but had been attending performances for many years prior to moving to Owen Sound. She has volunteered as an usher, bartender, assistant stage manager (Red Plaid Shirt), and wardrobe team member (Beauty and the Beast).  In addition, in the past, she has served as Secretary on the OSLT Board of Directors (2021-2022), and on the Playreading Committee. The 23/24 OSLT Season has been outstanding, and she’s very proud to be a part of Something Rotten! which she thinks you will agree, is Something Spectacular!

Dale Albrecht Stage Manager
Dale has been involved with OSLT since 2008. She has most recently been the stage manager for You, Me & a Bit of Driftwood and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She enjoys acting, lighting, and playing with her fellow thespians. Thanks to the cast and crew for making this such a fun and memorable show. Love to Tom and our families.

Tom Albrecht Assistant Stage Manager
Tom is thankful to be a part of the OSLT community which has helped him to create, to meet talented and dedicated people, and to understand himself better.

Stephanie Bumstead Assistant Stage Manager
Stephanie has been a part of multiple shows over the years and is excited to add this to the list.
Stephanie is a semi-professional child herder and art teacher. She likes theatre, books, travel, feminism, destroying the patriarchy, opposing the Ontario Government’s treatment of healthcare and education workers, fighting against Ontario’s exploitation of the Greenbelt, and participation dances; specifically, she does a mean Cha-Cha Slide at school dances. She also loves her husband, Daniel. Hi Daniel! 

Fiona McConachie-Anderson Assistant Stage Manager/Shakespeare Resource
Fiona guarantees that you will not see “Something Rotten!” this evening. Instead, you will witness the dawn of a new theatrical genre: the musical – with bright lights, stage fights and a dazzling chorus!
So “do what is true to you” and enjoy every minute of this Renaissance romp!

Paul Nicholson Set Design/Lead Build Team
Paul worked on his first show in Sault Ste. Marie in the late 1970s. Since then, he has designed, built and/or crewed for over 50 productions at various Ontario community theatres. Design and lead builder credits for OSLT include The Miracle Worker, Spamalot, Ghost Island Light, Noises Off, The Long Weekend, Sister Act, West Moon, Beauty and the Beast, and Gorgeous Gallivanting Goddesses.

Terry Burns Lead Scenic Painting
Terry has been involved in professional and community theatre for 40 years, where she has worked primarily as a stage-manager, administrator, scenic painter and performer. Her affiliation with OSLT began with her role as Owen Sound Poet Laureate (2013-2015), and since then she has been involved in several productions onstage and as a scenic painter.

Debbie Morris Properties Designer/Properties Team Lead
Debbie is Props Lead for OSLT and also enjoys being ON stage when she is not BACK stage. The Roxy is her playground. 
Debbie and Paul love the challenge of creating props that don’t actually exist anymore. 1595 was a long time ago! Many thanks to Kathleen for the opportunity and to Lisa and Joanne for being ready, willing and able. We are a team! Bottoms up!

Cathie Tilley Wardrobe Designer/Wardrobe Team Lead
Catherine, a long-time member of OSLT always enjoys working on a production. She has had a go at just about every job backstage and up in the booth. You last saw her on stage in Please No Flowers, West Moon and Spamalot. The costumes for this play, (nearly a hundred of them) have presented lots of exciting challenges for Catherine and her team. She would like to send out special thank you to Kathleen for her confidence, to the fabulous cast for their cooperation and of course to her magnificent team of wardrobe witches: Karen Giberson, Galyna Lazor, Joanne Perry, Martha Tettenborn, Anne Thompson, and Val Underwood.  Impossible to do it without you!

Kasey Williams Hair Designer/Hair Team Co-Lead
Kasey has been working her magic with hair and wigs for several years. She has designed creations for many OSLT shows, most recently: Spamalot, Noises Off, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sister Act, West Moon, Matilda, Jr.  and most recently, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Something Rotten! provides ample opportunities for Kasey to make the cast look fabulous. She thanks her team, Mary, Carrie, and Val for their hard work, creativity, and dedication.

Valerie Prettie Hair Designer/Hair Team Co-Lead
Val has been an active member serving OSLT for more than 25 years. Throughout that time, she has worn many hats around the theatre, from Hair Design, Stage Management, Set Painting and Décor, as well as Bar Tending and Ushering.  Thanks to Director Kathleen Cassidy and all the team who work together to put this show on the Roxy Stage!  “Sit back and enjoy this hilarious musical comedy.”

Wendy Smart Make-up Designer/Make-up Team Lead
Alongside Hair and Wardrobe, Wendy enjoys helping the actors to complete the look of their characters.  When not painting faces in “The Centre of the Universe” – the make-up room – she likes to usher for events at the Roxy.  Wendy hopes you will “crack up” over this “egg”-stremely silly musical.  There is nothing rotten about this cast and crew.

David Beisel Lighting Design
David is thrilled to be working with the Roxy team again! After several years with the OSLT, David trained at Ryerson Theatre School and has worked in various production roles with Soul Pepper, Toronto Fringe, Summerworks, Paprika, Tarragon Theatre, Opera Atelier and more. David is thrilled to be back in the designer chair and working with our amazing lighting team who bring their passion to the tech booth. When life gives you eggs, make an omelette!

Yvonne Korince Lighting Operator
After decades of work both on the stage and behind the scenes, Yvonne has taken to the Tech Booth to help with lighting another great OSLT show. Past lighting experiences with musicals include White Christmas and Spamalot.  Yvonne gives her heartfelt thanks to David Beisel for letting her shadow his creative design process & his mentorship, and to Kathleen Cassidy & Gary Byers for sharing their never-ending expertise and support to the entire lighting team. It is a treat to be a member of the Something Rotten! team!

Matt Martin Sound Team

Gary Byers Tech Director

John Prettie – Headshot Photography

John White – Promotional Photography

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