Shows

Sarah Ballenden

By Maureen Hunter

In partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation and Louis Riel Institute




On now until Sat, May 13/2017

John Hirsch Mainstage

Against the landscape of the developing Red River Settlement, Sarah Ballenden has developed a thick skin as the Métis wife of a high-ranking Hudson's Bay Company officer. But when a spark of gossip spreads through the Fort, Sarah vows to clear her name.

RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS, 25 MINS (INCLUDING INTERMISSION)\
WARNINGS: THEATRICAL HAZE

 

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Date Time Availability
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Mon May 01, 2017 8:00 PM Monday Mix (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Tue May 02, 2017 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed May 03, 2017 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Wed May 03, 2017 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu May 04, 2017 8:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Fri May 05, 2017 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat May 06, 2017 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
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Mon May 08, 2017 8:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Tue May 09, 2017 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
Wed May 10, 2017 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Wed May 10, 2017 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Thu May 11, 2017 8:00 PM Best Seating BUY
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Actors

Major Caldwell John Bluethner

John Bluethner

ROYAL MTC King Lear, Cyrano de Bergerac (with TC & NAC), You Can’t Take It with You, A View from the Bridge, Macbeth, A Tale of Two Cities, Richard III, Andorra.
 

OTHER THEATRE Henry IV, Part 1 and Part2, Othello, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stratford); Twelfth Night (TC); Douze hommes en colère, Le Riv’nant (Cercle Molière); Play it Again, Sam, Arsenic and Old Lace (Stage West); Circle Mirror Transformation (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (WST); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (SondheimFest); The Bear (ChekhovFest).
 

FILM/TV Trench 11, A Dog’s Purpose, Cashing In, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Lookout, Less than Kind, The Pinkertons.

TRAINING MFA in theatre from York University.


ET CETERA Special thanks to Laurie Lam, Steven Schipper and, as always, my wife, Susanna.

 

Miss Anderson / Bishop Anderson Sarah Constible

Sarah Constible

ROYAL MTC Things We Do For Love, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Penelopiad, Gone With the Wind, The Fighting Days, The 39 Steps, After Miss Julie, Bleeding Hearts, The Threepenny Opera.
 

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Beautiful Man, Reservations, The Monster Trilogy (TPM); Ivanov (WJT); Richard III, Henry V, Othello, The Merchant of Venice (SIR); The Swearing Jar, Strawberries in January, Unity (1918) (PTE).
 

FILM/TV Lovesick, Aloft, Euphoria, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, High Life, House Party, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

John Ballenden Paul Essiembre

Paul Essiembre

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Unnecessary Farce, Things We Do For Love, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Heart of Robin Hood (with Mirvish), Other People’s Money, A Few Good Men (with Citadel).
 

OTHER THEATRE Four seasons at the Stratford Festival, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey, The Duchess of Malfi, Don Juan, Macbeth, Othello, Amadeus. Elsewhere: A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Butcher, The Best Brothers (PTE); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel); The Normal Heart, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (Studio 180); L’Emmerdeur, Le Dîner de cons, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Art (Théâtre français de Toronto); Othello (ATF); Tillsonburg (CS); Zadie’s Shoes, Oui (Factory); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur).
 

FILM/TV More than 50 film and television appearances and extensive work in documentary narration, animation and commercial voice-overs.

Christopher Foss Toby Hughes

Toby Hughes

ROYAL MTC Hand to God, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC).
 

OTHER THEATRE American Idiot (WST); Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Henry V (SIR); The Valley, The Dishwashers (PTE); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (District Theatre Collective); Edward II, The Cherry Orchard (TBTR); Le Jardin (Cercle Molière); The Hobbit, The House at Pooh Corner, Liars (MTYP); The Walworth Farce (Incompletely Strangled).
 

FILM/TV Channel Zero, Trench 11, The Pinkertons, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.
 

TRAINING The University of Winnipeg.
 

ET CETERA Toby is an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare in the Ruins and a founding member of the musical improv company Outside Joke. Toby would like to dedicate this show to the memory of his grandma Ruth, whose family first came to Red River in 1867.

Augustus Pelly Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan

ROYAL MTC Hand to God, Unnecessary Farce, The Seagull, Gone With the Wind, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, A Christmas Carol.
 

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II, Three Sisters (zone41); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE); Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone); Ring of Fire (Rainbow); The Power of Harriet T, New Canadian Kid (MTYP); White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (TPM); One Man, Two Guvnors (TC); The Comedy of Errors (SIR); Edward II (TBTR). 
 

FILM/TV Selected: The Pinkertons, The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, Bunks!, Zooey & Adam, Men with Brooms, Less Than Kind, House Party, Something Beneath, The Crooked E, Inertia
 

ET CETERA His duo Heavy Bell will be releasing their album By Grand Central Station (based on the poetic novel by Elizabeth Smart) this year.

Adam Thom Kevin Klassen

Kevin Klassen

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Chimerica (with CS), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Romeo and Juliet, The Melville Boys (Tour), The Shunning, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Our Town, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, The Dresser, Feelgood (with GCTC), King Lear, Romeo and Juliet.
 

OTHER THEATRE Selected: A Strange Pair (Echo); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Edward II (TBTR); Antony and Cleopatra (SIR); Arcadia (Citadel); Annie (Rainbow); Till It Hurts (PTE); John and Beatrice (TPM); Death of a Salesman (WJT).
 

FILM/TV Channel Zero, The Pinkertons, Barbara Blackwood, Elijah, New in Town, Niagara Motel.
 

TRAINING Citadel/Banff Professional Training Program, University of Winnipeg.
 

ET CETERA Kevin has received awards named after Harry Rintoul and Reg Skene for his work as a playwright. Proud to be telling this story from the (recent) history of the people who occupy this land. Love to Charlene.

 

Margaret Black / Flora Julie Lumsden

Julie Lumsden

ROYAL MTC First appearance.
 

OTHER THEATRE Heathers, Spring Awakening (WST); Little Women, The Addams Family (Dry Cold); The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables (Rainbow); James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); The Flats (PTE); Les Flats (Cercle Molière).
 

TRAINING University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music (Bachelor of Music).

Sarah Ballenden Sera-Lys McArthur

Sera-Lys McArthur

ROYAL MTC First appearance.
 

OTHER THEATRE Off-Broadway: Smoke (Signature Center); Sacagawea: Bird Woman (Urban Stages). In Toronto & regional Canadian theatre & tours: Evangeline (Citadel/Confederation Centre); Where the Blood Mixes (WCT/TA/Theatre Network); In Spirit (Native Earth/Article 11); Mistatim (Red Sky Performance/YPT).
 

FILM/TV Arctic Air, The Englishman’s Boy, Revenge of the Land (CBC); Hard Rock Medical (TVO/APTN); Skye & Chang (APTN); Hard Core Logo 2 (Foundation Features); The Wolf of Waubamik Woods (co-producer, Comcast XFINITY).
 

TRAINING MA in Acting from East 15 Acting School, the University of Essex, UK. Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NYC. 
 

ET CETERA Nakota and German-Canadian from Saskatchewan. Pinamaya to all those who’ve helped me on my journey, especially my mother Rosalyn Huck! @seralys,
@serahyphenlys, imdb.me/seralys, facebook.com/seralysfan.

John Davidson / Sir George Simpson Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

ROYAL MTC Black Coffee, Chimerica (with CS), The Woman in Black, The Seagull, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, The Constant Wife (with Citadel), In the Next Room or the vibrator play (with Tarragon), Travels with My Aunt, A Christmas Carol, Closer, Homeward Bound (with VP).
 

OTHER THEATRE  Present Laughter, Measure for Measure, A Christmas Carol (Citadel); Proud, Dionysus in Stony Mountain, The Daffodil Man (TPM); Copenhagen (PTE); As You Like It, Julius Caesar (SIR); Quo Vadis, Notes from Underground (Winnipeg Fringe Festival).
 

TV Ross was a regular on HBO Canada’s series Less Than Kind.
 

ET CETERA Love to Wanda.

Mrs. Cochrane / Dr. John Bunn Tracey Nepinak

Tracey Nepinak

ROYAL MTC Good People, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes.
 

OTHER THEATRE Old Times (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Richard lll, Stripped-Down Antony & Cleopatra (SIR); Edward ll (TBTR); Fefu and Her Friends, Jail Baby (Sarasvàti); Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout (Firehall Arts Centre); The Moving Gallery, Romeo and Juliet (Urban Indigenous Theatre Company); Silverwing, The Happy Prince, Romeo and Juliet (MTYP); Great Expectations, The Rez Sisters, fareWel (PTE); The Sleeping Land (Globe); Cruel and Unusual Punishment (TPM); The Crisis in Oka, Manitoba (Red Roots Theatre).
 

FILM/TV Lovesick, Road to Iniquity, Earline Muskrat on Cashing In (seasons 1–4), Something Beneath, Elijah, Tipi Tales, A Wilderness Station, The Law of Enclosures, Desire, A Marriage of Convenience, Trial at Fortitude Bay.
 

ET CETERA Thank you Royal MTC (Laurie Lam) for finding my family link to this story.

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Artistic Team

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Playwright Maureen Hunter

Maureen Hunter

ROYAL MTC World premieres: Vinci (with NAC) (2002), Atlantis (with TC) (1996), Transit of Venus (1992), Beautiful Lake Winnipeg (1990). Provincial tour: Transit of Venus (1996).
 

OTHER THEATRE World premieres: Wild Mouth (Toronto, 2008) (Tarragon); The Queen of Queen Street (1989), Footprints on the Moon (1988), Poor Uncle Ernie in His Covered Cage (1986) (Agassiz Theatre); I Met a Bully on the Hill, co-written with Martha Brooks (Winnipeg, 1986) (PTE). UK premieres: Transit of Venus (1993) (Royal Shakespeare Company); Footprints on the Moon (London, upcoming 2017) (Finborough Theatre). US premieres: Transit of Venus (Stockbridge, Mass., 1998) (Berkshire Theatre); Footprints on the Moon (New York, 1997) (White Buffalo Theatre). French premiere: Atlantis (Montreal, 1999) (Théâtre de la Manufacture). Opera: World premiere: Transit of Venus (2007) (Manitoba Opera).
 

ET CETERA Maureen is delighted to premiere Sarah Ballenden at Royal MTC. Thanks to Steven, Camilla and everyone who made this happen. Thanks to Brian Quirt. Thanks to Gary, friends & family. Remembrances: Gord Shillingford, Craig Walls. 

Director Steven Schipper

Steven Schipper

ROYAL MTC Selected: Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev, Unnecessary Farce, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Fiddler on the Roof, the world premieres of Maureen Hunter’s Atlantis (with TC), Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf (with Rubicon), Olaf Pyttlik’s The Wave and Bruce McManus’ A Christmas Carol, and the Canadian premieres of Quills, Proposals (with Mirvish) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).
 

OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA).
 

TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.
 

ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba.

Set & Costume Designer Brian Perchaluk

Brian Perchaluk

ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: Black Coffee, 23.5 Hours, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, A Christmas Story, Harvey, August: Osage County, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Lonesome West, Patience, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, M. Butterfly (with NAC).
 

OTHER THEATRE Brian’s work has been featured at theatres across the country, including two seasons each at the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Selected recent credits include: Les Misérables (Rainbow); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); The Flats, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, Butcher (PTE); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); King Lear, Fidelio (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada); Proud (TPM).
 

TRAINING Graduate of U of W and NTS.
 

ET CETERA Recipient of a Gemini Award for production design, and a Jessie Richardson Award and a Prix Rideau Award for outstanding set design.

Lighting Designer Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson

ROYAL MTC Over 50 productions since 1995, including Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, The Audience (with Mirvish), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (with Mirvish), Good People, Next to Normal, Red (with Belfry), The Seagull, Top Girls, The Shape of Things, Closer.
 

OTHER THEATRE Scott has designed lighting for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Shaw and Stratford festivals.
 

TRAINING Scott is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
 

ET CETERA Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex for love and support.

Sound Designer Michael Wright

Michael Wright

ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including Bittergirl: the Musical, Black Coffee, Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot the Musical, Seminar (with Mirvish), Late Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.
 

OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).
 

FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust
 

ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.

 

Music Composer Ted Longbottom

Ted Longbottom

Ted Longbottom is a Manitoba Métis singer-songwriter. Ted’s songs present a variety of original and traditional folk music, including ballads, reels and hornpipes. His songs narrate the history of the Métis and Aboriginal people.
 

Ted’s music has been featured on CBC, The Discovery Channel, PBS and the History Channel as well as the National Arts Centre. Ted has also performed at music festivals and children’s festivals across Canada and the USA, as well as in schools and Aboriginal communities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

Title Creation: Eric Dizon

Fight Director Paul Essiembre

Paul Essiembre

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Unnecessary FarceThings We Do For LoveThe Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceThe Heart of Robin Hood (with Mirvish), Other People’s MoneyA Few Good Men (with Citadel).
 

OTHER THEATRE Four seasons at the Stratford Festival, including To Kill a MockingbirdThe Comedy of ErrorsThe OdysseyThe Duchess of MalfiDon JuanMacbethOthelloAmadeus. Elsewhere: A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); ButcherThe Best Brothers (PTE); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel); The Normal HeartThe OverwhelmingStuff Happens (Studio 180); L’EmmerdeurLe Dîner de consLe Bourgeois GentilhommeArt (Théâtre français de Toronto); Othello (ATF); Tillsonburg (CS); Zadie’s ShoesOui (Factory); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur).
 

FILM/TV More than 50 film and television appearances and extensive work in documentary narration, animation and commercial voice-overs.

Assistant Director Erica Wilson

Erica Wilson

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
 

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Shattered, Breaking Through, International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues (2016, 2017), Giving Voice (Sarasvàti); Romeo and Juliet, Little Red Riding Hood, Jumping Mouse (Urban Indigenous Theatre Company).
 

TRAINING/TEACHING Past training: MTYP, MTYP’s former Aboriginal training program and PTE. Teaching assisting: Urban Indigenous Theatre Company for two years (2014) then continued on with Native Youth Theatre at MTYP for three years (2016) and community-based workshops with Sarasvàti (2016).
 

ET CETERA Erica also worked three consecutive years behind the scenes of Indspire Awards show, which acknowledges Indigenous achievements within Canada that have taken place in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. She would also like to thank Steven for this wonderful opportunity and the experience working with Royal MTC.
 

Stage Manager Karyn Kumhyr

Karyn Kumhyr

ROYAL MTC Chimerica (with CS), The Woman in Black, A Christmas Story, Ed’s Garage, Next to Normal, The Shunning, Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bleeding Hearts, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, The Tempest, Driving Miss Daisy, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes. Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Foreigner, Doc. Crew: My Name is Asher Lev, The Gin Game, Thimblerig, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Tempest, Side by Side by Sondheim.
 

OTHER THEATRE The 39 Steps (Harbourfront, PEI); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand); Anne & Gilbert (The Guild, PEI); The Jungle Book, James and the Giant Peach, Frog and Toad (MTYP); Rick: The Rick Hansen Story (MTYP, Arts Club, Citadel); Small Things, Altar Boyz, The Secret Mask (PTE); Molière, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (ATP); The Gin Game (Valley Summer Theatre); Bump, Snow Dance (Ship’s Company Theatre); The Addams Family, Urinetown (Dry Cold); The Drawer Boy (ATF).

Assistant Stage Manager Kate Duncan

Kate Duncan

ROYAL MTC First engagement.
 

OTHER THEATRE Kinky Boots (Mirvish); The Marvelous Wonderettes (The Gravenhurst Opera House); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand); Cats (Nu Musical Theatricals); The Magic Flute (Opera Atelier); The Power of Harriet T! (YPT); La Calisto (The Glenn Gould School); Alligator Pie, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper); Lillian Alling (The Banff Centre for the Arts).
 

TRAINING Kate is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.
 

ET CETERA Kate is proud to work managing events for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Apprentice Stage Manager Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy

Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy

ROYAL MTC Apprentice Stage Manager: Bittergirl: The Musical. Props: Black Coffee, Hand to God, My Name is Asher Lev
 

OTHER THEATRE Apprentice Stage Manager: Falstaff (MB Opera). Stage Manager: Vinegar Tom (U of W); Bake Off 2016 (Sarasvàti). Props: The Seduction Theory (Sarasvàti); La Cenerentola (U of M Opera Theatre); The Power of Yes (U of W). 
 

TRAINING Graduating this June from the University of Winnipeg with a BA (Hons), specialization in Theatre Production and Stage Management. 

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About the author
Maureen Hunter was raised with five brothers on a farm near Indian Head, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, then in 1971 moved to Winnipeg for one year. She has lived there ever since. She has earned her living as a writer most of her adult life, initially in journalism, then with the Canadian Wheat Board. In 1983, she gave up writing for others and began writing for herself. Since then, she has written eight full-length plays and has co-written a one-act children's play. Her most recent play, Wild Mouth, premiered at Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, in January 2008.  Her play Transit of Venus, which premiered at Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1992, received its British premiere at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1992 and its U.S. premiere at the Berkshire Theatre, Stockbridge, Mass., in 1998.  Transit of Venus was produced as a full-length opera in November 2007 by Manitoba Opera, with a libretto by Maureen and music by Victor Davies.  Maureen's plays have been produced extensively in Canada, on stages large and small, as well as in Britain and the U.S. and by CBC and BBC Radio. They have been nominated for two Governor General's Awards, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Her work has been published individually and in a number of anthologies.  Her plays include Atlantis, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, Footprints on the Moon, Poor Uncle Ernie in his Covered Cage, The Queen of Queen Street, Transit of Venus, Vinci and Wild Mouth. Most of her plays premiered at Manitoba Theatre Centre, which will also premiere her next play, Sarah Ballenden. - Playwrights Guild of Canada