Cast List and Bios
The Artful Dodger
Bow Street Runners
Julia Thomson, Zoey Russell, Charlotte Cameron, Callie Lloyd, Mackenzie Hubley, Norah Kelly, Becca Davis
Charlotte Cameron, Becca Davis, Shannon Bright, Taylor Power, Maggie Kelly, Mackenzie Hubley, Kassy Boyce, Merren Russell, Zoey Russell, Norah Kelly, Julia Thomson, Callie Lloyd,
Bruce Burrows, Peter Lund, Alex Boyce, Robin Kelly, Ian Cameron, Brian Bright
Alex Boyce, Cora Cameron, Callie Lloyd, Becca Davis
Robin Kelly, Bruce Burrows
Cast & Crew Bios
This is Susan’s 6th year as a St. Luke’s Community Player. She previously appeared in Scrooge’s Tale, Stone Soup, Mudsongs, Annie, and the Wizard of Ox. Susan is excited to be playing as Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver.
Susan lives in Tantallon with her husband, David and enjoys walking, nordic walking, swimming, kayaking and bike riding.
Alex Boyce started musically at the age of 6 when he decided that if his brother could play the fiddle, then he could play the piano. At 10 he joined S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A's Millstream Chorus out of Lower Sackville and was the youngest member in North America... by a lot. In High School he was a part of West Side Story and Guys and Dolls, appearing on stage; and not appearing on stage when he worked back stage. He worked at Neptune Theater in the Front of House, and backstage on sets. Now at the age of 26 he has been playing piano for 20 years, sings in car on his way to work, and devotes his free time to his 3 beautiful Children and occasionally his wife.
In the past Kassy has been in two other plays at St. Luke's: "Annie" and "The Wizard of Oz". She is generally a very shy person loves singing and music. Kassy is learning many instruments mainly bagpipes, piano, and guitar. She is also learning to sing and speak in Japanese and French. She comes from a very musical family as her great uncle is Gary Ewer and looks to get past her stage fright through performing for you here at St. Luke's.
Brian is a stay-at-home Dad to Shannon (also in Oliver) and Meaghan. Born in England, he spent much of his formative years in Ontario and later graduated from Dalhousie and Queen’s Universities. He spent over 30 years working for the Halifax District and Halifax Regional School Boards with a variety of responsibilities. He and his wife, Debbie, have resided in Upper Tantallon for over 20 years. He is a member of the Anglican Parish of French Village choir and sings with the “Cardinal Points”. Brian’s acting debut was in last year’s production of Oz.
Shannon is a grade 9 student at Five Bridges Junior High School. While she has sung at school talent shows, this is her second musical. She enjoys music, art, her dogs and nature. She is currently taking voice lessons and has been a guest singer with the “Cardinal Points”.
Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Bruce's love of singing comes from his parents who were active in church choirs and musical groups in the community. Growing up, Bruce was involved in many church pageants and school plays. Since settling in Nova Scotia, Bruce continued his love of singing as a member of the William Black and St. Luke’s United Church choirs, and the newly formed quartet, The Cardinal Points.
This year’s production of Oliver will be my sixth production with the St. Luke’s Community Players and each one gives me greater and greater pleasure to be involved with theatre in the community. Once you get the bug it never leaves you. After each production the one thing that I take away is the size that your “family” grows. - Bruce
Linda is in her fifth production at St. Luke’s, having also worked behind the scenes at Stone Soup, Mudsongs, Annie and the Wizard of Oz. Linda is the former Office Manager at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and thus she knows all about working with “gifted people”. Linda brings a very positive attitude and a can-do spirit to every production. For Oliver there have been many small details and considerations to attend to and Linda has not missed one, always making others feel they are part of something special.
Charlotte Cameron is 12 years old and is in Grade 6 at Halifax Independent School. She studies dance with Rhythm in Motion in Tantallon and with Elsa Hodder. She is performing for her 3rd year as part of the Rhythm in Motion Competitive Dance Team. This year, she has begun studying French Horn at school. Charlotte has performed with St. Luke's Community Players in Annie and Wizard of Oz.
Cora Cameron is 14 years old and is in Grade 8 at Halifax Independent School. She studies piano and voice with Andre Haines and cello with Hilary Brown. This year Cora was awarded 2nd Trumpet with the Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble and participates with her school band and choir. Cora has performed with St. Luke's Community Players in Annie and Wizard of Oz.
Ian is back sharing his vocal skills with Dr. Grimwig. He first performed with St. Luke's Community Players as Lord Growlie in Wizard of Oz. When not on stage or practicing his various voices, he plays chauffeur ensuring his family gets to rehearsal on time, running to the fabric store for his wife, or carting costumes back and forth.
Teresa Cameron was first pulled from behind the scenes by her children in her role as Auntie Em, Lead General, and Witch in Wizard of Oz. She is excited to be back for Oliver to lend her experiences growing up in a Funeral Home and working for a decade as a Funeral Director to the character of Mrs. Sowerberry. When not rehearsing her character, Teresa put her measuring and cutting skills to use to pull together the wardrobe for the cast.
Becca Davis is currently in grade 8. This is her third play with the St. Luke's Players, following Annie, and The Wizard of Oz. Becca plays 2 ensemble roles as one of the workhouse boys, and as a part of Fagin's gang. On a larger scale, she plays the role of the Strawberry seller in the song "Who Will Buy". Please, enjoy the show.
Elaine got hooked on musical theatre at MSVU where she was in one of the first Canadian productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. There, she was also a part of the musicals Here's Love and Alexander. During this time she also toured Nova Scotia with Shoestring Theatre Company where she played the lead role of Eve in The Apple Tree. While she took a long break to raise her three children she kept her passion alive by producing the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown as a fundraiser for her children's play school in Niagara Falls, ON. In 2005 she approached St. Luke's with her dream of staging a production of Godspell involving the youth of the community. 10 years and 10 shows later......who knew??? Elaine also directed the summer tour of Godspell for the Nichalodeon Theatrical Society in 2013 and is the director for the Cardinal Points quartet. When she's not directing Elaine works full time and fills her spare time taking care of her two cats and three rescue dogs.
Kate, who plays the role of “Charlotte” as well a “boy” in Fagin’s gang is excited to return to St. Luke’s for a third season. Prior to Oliver, Kate appeared as an orphan in Annie and a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. Her theatre experience began several years ago with Unicorn Theatre and Tantallon Elementary School where she played various roles such as “Roquefort” in The Aristocats. When not on stage, Kate spends time practicing her skills with Neptune’s Young Performance Company Summer Program, and with Rhythm in Motion Dance’s competitive team. In addition to musical theatre, Kate enjoys playing guitar. She plans to return to the waterfront this summer for her third year at the International Busker Festival in Halifax. Although performing on stage is Kate’s first love, she finds time to attend school at Five Bridges Junior High where she plays basketball for the school team. She also plays basketball with SLAM and spends many hours at Canada Games Centre swimming and is training to become a swim instructor.
Kate hopes everyone enjoys Oliver and wants to congratulate the cast and crew on a great season. She is grateful for the chance to work with such talented and dedicated people. She is proud to be part of this production and looks forward to future plays with St. Luke’s.
After three years in the Theatre Program at Dalhousie University, Jacob made the difficult decision to switch to Biology and received his Bachelor's degree in May 2014. He is now in the first year of his Master of Science degree studying phytochemistry - specifically, the role of anthocyanins in cell death for pharmacological application in cancer and Alzheimer's research. Saint Luke's Community Players has allowed Jacob to keep his passion for the stage alive through the years. Oliver will be Jacob's 6th production at Saint Luke's, where his recent roles have included villainous con artists such as Canny (Stone Soup, 2010) and Rooster (Annie, 2012), in addition to the clumsy but lovable Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz, 2013). Now that Jacob has "found his brain", he is back to his villainous roots like never before in this years production of Oliver. Enjoy the show... but don't even think about whispering his name: Bill Sikes!
Mike is still a relative newcomer to theater, having recently retired from the RCMP. He has helped out peripherally with a number of projects of the St Lukes' Community Players and provided backing vocals on their production of Godspell. Mike recently held a part in Nickelodeon Theatrical Societies production of the Sound of Music and has been showcasing his vocal abilities in the newly formed vocal Quartet, Cardinal Points. Mikes' sillier side can be seen in his rendering of the character of Mr. Bumble in the current production of Oliver. We hope to see more theatrical forays from Mike in the future.
MacKenzie plays Old Sally (part of Fagins gang and the workhouse kids.) She has performed in Unicorn Theatre's productions of The Wizard Of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood.
This is my first play at St.Lukes and it's been an amazing experience. - MacKenzie
This is Robin's second musical theatre performance, he was also in 'Annie' with the St. Luke's Players a few years ago. Robin has 2 daughters in the cast of 'Oliver!' as well, (Maggie and Norah Kelly), he enjoys the opportunity to participate in this as a family.
Maggie is a Grade 7 student at FBJH, this is her 3rd Musical Production, she was also in 'Annie' with St. Lukes Players, as well as 'Beauty and the Beast' with Unicorn Theatre. Maggie also enjoys singing and playing piano.
Norah is in Grade 4 at Tantallon Elementary School. This is Norah's first time doing theatre. Norah loves to sing. She also enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse.
Callie Lloyd is a Workhouse boy, a part of Fagin's gang, and a street seller in this year's play; Oliver. She is 12 years old and in grade six. Callie enjoys singing, playing the piano, acting, and is also a very competitive dancer. She is on the Amethyst dance performance group. She has been in a few last productions as well. She loves the St. Luke's Community theatre, and we all hope you do too!
Peter is Nova Scotian born having grown up Hantsport in the Annapolis Valley. Peter graduated with an Honour’s Science Degree from Acadia University and worked for over 30 years as an Environmental Geoscientist and one term as Halifax Municipal Councillor. Film, photography and stage acting were always his passions. While in junior and senior high school, he acted in several plays. He also wrote a screen play entitled Dead Man’s Bluff, a murder mystery he directed and starred in. He also worked as a lighting technician at CBC for two years and has completed TV production and photography courses at NS Arts College. Peter continues to be involved in performing arts, having recently played a gestapo agent in Sound of Music at St. Nicholas Church, where he currently sits on the Board of the Nicholodian Theatre Society. Peter is also involved with the Unicorn Theatre where he will be in an upcoming musical.
Natalie is 16 years old and is a Grade 11 Student at Sir John A MacDonald High School. This is her second production with the St. Luke's Community Players. Natalie plays the piano and takes voice lessons with Dana Pardy. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism and dreams someday of playing Nancy on Broadway.
Ron has had a lifelong love of singing, and has only taken lessons off and on for the last ten years. Ron has performed at Unicorn’s Golden Oldies for the last two years and enjoyed that enough to try out for St. Luke’s Players. Ron’s connection with theatre came through his two children Liam and Bridget who have been performing in Unicorn plays for several years, where Ron is part of the crew in the technical booth.
This is Connor’s first theatrical debut. For the previous three years, he sang as a member of the Saint Margaret’s Bay Boys Honour Choir. He feels excited and privileged to have been chosen for the role of Oliver in this production. Currently a grade 6 student at Saint Margaret’s Bay Elementary, Connor enjoys sailing, fencing, and piano. Connor would like to thank Maureen Dunn for encouraging him to sing. Many thanks also to Elaine Forhan and all of the Oliver production team for this wonderful opportunity.
Dana Pardy has an extensive stage background including appearances with Opera Nova Scotia (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Chester Playhouse (Three Penny Opera), Maritime Concert Opera (Cavelleria Rusticana) and Vancouver Theatre Under The Stars (Annie). Her music direction credits include ‘Wind in the Willows' with South Shore Players and 'Annie', 'Stone Soup','Mud Songs and “Annie”' with St. Luke's Community Players.
Dana is an early childhood music educator and, supplemented by her formal studies in Music Therapy, she delivers a unique child-centered music program of her own design at the Giant Steps Children's Centres in Tantallon. Dana is Music Director at St. Luke's Church and operates Studio Tempus, a music education studio, with her partner, Kevin Parks, in Hubley where they live with their three children
Ameilia Parks is excited to back with St. Luke’s Community Players as “The Artful Dodger!” She is 11 years old and finishing grade 5 at Tantallon Elementary where she enjoys participating in school choir and the string ensemble. This is her fourth show with SLCP. Ameilia also played the role of Tessie in “Annie” and the Munchkin Mayor in “The Wizard of OZ.” She has been in several productions at Unicorn Theatre with her most recent role being the opera singing armoire in their production of “Beauty and the Beast” in fall 2014. When not at a theatre Ameilia likes to sing, play the violin, draw, read, ride bike or play with her dog Cookie!
Liam Parks is 17 years old and a Grade 11 student at Sir John A MacDonald High School. “Oliver” is Liam’s third production with St. Luke’s Community Players, also having performed in “The Wizard of OZ” and “Scrooged”. Liam is very artistic and often lends his talents to help with posters and props for the productions. When the St Luke’s choir or house band requires the accompaniment of the African drum, you’ll often see Liam join them. While in Tantallon Elementary School, Liam performed the lead role of “Thomas O’Malley” in the school’s production of “The Aristocats” and was a member of the St. Margret’s Bay Boys Honour Choir.
Kevin Parks has been active in musical theatre all his life: as a youth playing such roles as Joseph in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' and Bob Cratchit in 'Scrooge', to chorus parts in Gilbert and Sullivan and playing in pit bands in University; as repetiteur for 'The Princess and the Pea' with South Surrey Young Theatre Company to collaborative musical direction with his partner Dana Pardy on 'Wind in the Willows' (South Shore Players) and 'Annie' production with St. Luke's Community Players.
Kevin is Music Director at St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax. He and Dana operate Studio Tempus, a music education studio, in Hubley where they live with their three children.
Taylor is 12 years old and goes to Five Bridges Jr High School. She is very excited to perform in Oliver. This is Taylor’s fourth production with the St. Luke’s Players. She is an active member of ST Luke’s Youth Group and is the one behind St Luke’s Reads Malaya. In her spare time she enjoys hula hooping, reading, painting and climbing trees!
Jonathan is in grade nine at Five Bridges Jr High school. He plays Charlie Bates in this production of Oliver. He is also currently playing Sir Clumsy in Unicorn Theatre's production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Some of his favorite roles have been Scott in Dear Edwina (Unicorn Theater), Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Unicorn Theatre) and playing the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Unicorn Theatre). When he's not at the theatre, he likes to play online games with my friends.
Merren is learning German as she has an interest in the culture of the country. She has been playing violin for five years, the clarinet for three, is in her first year of guitar and has been playing the piano for as long as she can remember. She is fond of public speaking and hopes to be a politician when she grows up. Volte for Merren!
Zoey Russell loves to wear her white hat, only removing it when absolutely necessary. She is a strong Dragon enthusiast. In addition to playing video games, Zoey plays the violin, flute and loves to read books and draw. Zoey calls herself a Geek!!
Jim's passion for musicals goes back beyond to his days teaching at Queen Elizabeth High School. He produced 10-12 of the QE Musicals over the years including the Canadian Premiere of The Titanic.
While teaching at DND schools in Germany, Jim produced Anne of Green Gables a memorable event for both the Canadian Armed Forces community and the town’s people of Lahr.
At St. Luke's he has been involved in the productions of the St. Luke's Community Players since the days of Scrooges' Tale in either the Technical Director and/or Producer role. He enjoys working with Elaine and the St. Luke's Community Players.
Besides, the countless hours he devotes to the St. Luke's Community Players, Jim also Co-Facilitates the Communications and Technical Ministry at St. Luke's. Jim is a real team player contributing to and supporting the efforts of others in the various ministries and aspects of St. Luke's congregational life.
Amy is a Technical Writer and the proud mom of two daughters also appearing in "Oliver!": Emma (Bet) and Julia (workhouse gang and Fagin's gang). Amy has appeared as the Wicked Witch in the St. Luke's production of "The Wizard of Oz" and as part of the adult ensemble in "Annie." When Amy isn't screaming and flirting onstage, she is (slowly!) learning to play piano and guitar.
Julia is a grade 4 student at Tantallon Elementary school. She loves cats, singing, and piano. Julia has appeared as an orphan in the St. Luke's production of "Annie" and as a munchkin in "The Wizard of Oz."
Emma is a grade 8 student at Five Bridges Jr. High. She loves singing and playing guitar. Emma has appeared as an orphan in the St. Luke's production of "Annie" and as a friend of Gloria in "The Wizard of Oz."