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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Swift Advance Sales Lead to Extensions as Festival Box Office Opens to Public

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Final casting announcement includes Krystin Pellerin’s Stratford debut

January 5, 2015… Swift advance sales have prompted the Stratford Festival to extend the runs of four productions, just as the box office has opened to the public. Performances of CarouselThe AlchemistThe Physicists and The Last Wife have been added to the schedule.

At the same time, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is delighted to announce that casting for the season is complete.

Krystin Pellerin¸ Christopher Morris and Bahia Watson will make their Stratford debuts in key roles in the 2015 season. They join the following returning company members recently cast in leading and principal roles: Sarah Afful,Sean ArbuckleNigel BennettWayne BestKevin BundyTim CampbellJuan ChioranDavid CollinsAdrienne GouldBrad HodderRuby JoyJosue Laboucane, Cyrus LaneClaire LautierAndré MorinMike Nadajewski,Sarah OrensteinKarack OsbornGareth PotterSteve RossMichael Spencer-DavisSanjay Talwar and Antoine Yared.

The following leads and principals were announced in October: Graham Abbey, Maev BeatyEvan BuliungBen CarlsonShane CartySara FarbJonathan GoadAlexis GordonSean Alexander HaukDeborah Hay, Alana HibbertRandy HughsonPeter HuttAnita KrauseYanna McIntoshSeana McKennaGordon S. Miller,Stephen OuimetteLucy PeacockGord RandTom RooneyStephanie RothenbergTyrone SavageMike Shara,Scott WentworthRobin Evan WillisBrigit WilsonJonathan Winsby, Geraint Wyn Davies and Joseph Ziegler.

“With the addition of these enormously gifted artists, our 2015 Stratford Festival company is complete and poised to begin work together,” says Mr. Cimolino. “It's exhilarating that the audience response to our upcoming season is already so strong that we've added performances.” 

Krystin Pellerin, who has just completed a sensational run as Constable Leslie Bennett in CBC’s Republic of Doyle, will play the lead role of Joyce in John Mighton’s Possible WorldsCyrus Lane will play opposite Ms Pellerin as George. Mr. Lane will also take on the role of Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew. The Possible Worlds cast is rounded out by Sarah Orenstein as Penfield and Michael Spencer-Davis as Berkley. As previously announced, Gordon S. Miller will play Williams.

Ruby Joy, who last season played Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever, returns to take on the lead role of the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Also joining the cast are Sarah Afful as Rosaline, Juan Chioran as Don Adriano de Armado, Josue Laboucane as Costard, and Sanjay Talwar as King Ferdinand of Navarre. As previously announced, Mike Shara will play Berowne, and Tom Rooney, Holofernes.

The following principal casting has recently been confirmed.

·         In HamletAdrienne Gould returns to the company for the first time since 2008 to play Ophelia. Tim Campbell will play Horatio. As previously announced, the production features Jonathan Goad in the title role, Seana McKenna as Gertrude and Geraint Wyn Davies as Claudius and The Ghost.

·         In The Diary of Anne FrankAndré Morin will play Peter van Daan and Kevin Bundy will play Mr. van Daan. As previously announced, the production features Sara Farb in the title role.

·         In She Stoops to ConquerBrad Hodder will play Charles Marlow and Karack Osborn will play Tony Lumpkin. They join leading players Lucy Peacock and Joseph Ziegler.

·         In The Adventures of PericlesSean Arbuckle will play Cleon, Claire Lautier will play Dionyza, and Antoine Yared will play Lysimachus. They join Evan Buliung, who, as previously announced, will play the title role.

·         In The PhysicistsClaire Lautier will play Monika Stettler, and Mike Nadajewski will play Ernst Heinrich Ernesti (alias Einstein), joining leading players Seana McKenna, Geraint Wyn Davies and Graham Abbey.

·         In Oedipus RexNigel Bennett will play Tiresias and Christopher Morris will play Kreon, joining Gord Rand in the title role, and Yanna McIntosh as Jocasta, as previously announced.

·         In The AlchemistWayne Best will play Surly, David Collins will play Lovewit, Steve Ross will play Drugger, and Antoine Yared will play Dapper, joining leading actors Jonathan Goad, Stephen Ouimette and Scott Wentworth.

·         In The Last WifeGareth Potter will play Thom, and Bahia Watson will play Bess. Ten-year-old Jonah Q. Gribble will play Eddie. They join leading actor Maev Beaty.

Rounding out the company are newcomers Alex Black, Ryan BommaritoJessica B. HillJosh JohnstonJames KallShruti KothariEthan Lafleur, Tiffany Claire MartinMelanie McInenly, Denise Oucharek, Cynthia Smithersand returning company members Marion AdlerMatt AlfanoGabriel AntonacciMatthew Armet, Carla Bennett,Daniel BriereJacqueline Burtney, Lally CadeauStephen CotaKeith DinicolIjeoma EmesowumVictor ErtmanisRyan FieldXuan FraserBarbara FultonRyan GiffordDeidre Gillard-RowlingsAlexandra Herzog,Robin Hutton, Bonnie JordanRobert KingJohn KirkpatrickKrista LeisMonique Lund, Jamie MacAyrin Mackie, Chad McFaddenJennifer MogbockDerek MoranMarcus Nance, Cory O’BrienThomas Olajide,Glynis Ranney, Jennifer Rider-Shaw,  Andrew RobinsonKaren RobinsonBrad RudyStephen RussellLaura SchuttJason Sermonia, Ian SimpsonE.B. SmithJane SpidellShannon TaylorBrian Tree, and Rylan Wilkie.

The Festival also has a large number of children in the company this year, all from Southwestern Ontario: Conor BergauerZoë BrownIsabella CastilloAlec DahmerSarah DaSilvaSean DolanGrace EddlestonBrayden Ellis,Adrienne EnnsNatalie FrancisJonah Q. GribbleEffie HoneywellMaddox KellerClara KittmerFelix Kropf-UntuchtGraci LeahyGabriel LongCailyn MannElla McBoyleParker MerlihanEvlyn O’TooleAmelia PhillipsClara SebbenGabriel Sizeland, and Hannah Thomas.

Tickets for the 2015 season are now on sale and can be purchased at www.stratfordfestival.ca or by calling 1.800.567.1600.

The following new performances have been added to the schedule:

The Physicists
·         September 4, 2 p.m.

The Alchemist
·         September 18, 2 p.m.

Carousel
·         October 13, 2 p.m.
·         October 16, 2 p.m.

The Last Wife
·         August 28, 2 p.m.
·         September 5, 2 p.m.
·         September 11, 8 p.m.
·         September 17, 2 p.m.
·         September 23, 2 p.m.
·         September 26, 2 p.m.

The 2015 season, which runs from April 21 to October 18, features HamletThe Sound of MusicCarouselThe Diary of Anne FrankThe Taming of the ShrewShe Stoops to ConquerThe PhysicistsThe AlchemistLove’s Labour’s LostOedipus RexPossible WorldsThe Last Wife and The Adventures of Pericles. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca or call 1.800.567.1600.

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Ann Swerdfager
Publicity Director

Stratford Festival 55 Queen Street PO Box 520 Stratford ON N5A 6V2
Box Office: Toll Free 1.800.567.1600 Local 519.273.1600

2015 Season | April to October
Hamlet | The Taming of the Shrew | Love’s Labour’s Lost| The Adventures of Pericles
The Sound of Music | Carousel The Diary of Anne Frank | She Stoops to Conquer 
The Physicists | Oedipus Rex | The Alchemist | Possible Worlds The Last Wife

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