Two shows added! Madness erupts at your not-so-typical hair salon when the famous pianist upstairs is mysteriously murdered and any number of colorful characters is suspect. Now it’s up to you, the audience, to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this wildly popular comedy that has entertained millions worldwide.
Jaron is an actor, indie producer and an award-winning playwright. He has appeared at Persephone Theatre, Live Five, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Station Arts Centre and the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. He was most recently seen in Vern Thiessen’s Apple at Live Five, and next up he’ll be working on Tent Meeting at the Station Arts Centre in Rosthern. Jaron also sits on the Live Five Board of Directors, represents Saskatchewan on the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association council and recently launched Chasing Our Tales, a staging company that will present world premiere works by Saskatchewan playwrights, right next door in Persephone’s BackStage Stage.
Gordon Gammie is delighted to be debuting with Persephone Theatre. Previous theatrical credits include Little Thing Big Thing, For The Taking, Run For Your Wife, Criminal Genius (Festival Antigonish); Little Thing Big Thing (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Shear Madness, The Crazy Time (Drayton Entertainment); Hilda's Yard, Narnia, A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Separate Beds, The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Shear Madness (Charlottetown Festival); The 39 Steps, The Affections of May (Summerside Harbourfront Theatre); Dating By The Book (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); Cherry Docs (2b Theatre); Skin Flick, Frost/Nixon, Death of a Salesman, Art (Neptune Theatre); Hockey Mom Hockey Dad, Westray (Two Planks and a Passion); Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Lend Me A Tenor (Stephenville Theatre Festival). And if not for Shear Madness there would be no Donna.
Sharmaine was born and raised in Saskatoon, and then spent most of her career based out of Toronto, doing music theatre and straight theatre roles all over the country. Some of her favourite roles include: “Anne” in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival, Theatre Aquarius and tour); “Tinkerbell” in Peter Pan (Elgin Theatre, Toronto); "Frenchy" in Grease (Elgin, Toronto); “Lizzy” in Baby (Persephone); and “Wendy” in Peter Pan (Theatre New Brunswick). She was last seen at Persephone as “Annette” in God of Carnage and “Hope” in Urinetown. When she is not acting, Sharmaine runs a busy business, raises her two kiddos, and is wife to a cuddly (and handy!) husband.
Kevin is a native of Kitchener, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the University of Windsor. Theatre credits include: The Long Weekend, Looking, Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood and the Very big, Very bad Wolf, April in Paris, The Woman in Black. Mine! in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Orlando and Halifax. Shear Madness in St. Jacobs, Mississauga, and the Charlottetown Festival. For Drayton Entertainment: Annie Get Your Gun, The War Show, and The Buddy Holly Story. On a personal note I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for coming out to Persephone Theatre, whether it's your first time or your hundredth time, it is you, the audience, who make theatre magical! Please enjoy. Much love to Sandy and the kids!
Shelley Thompson trained at RADA (UK), the Canadian Film Centre (2015) and was one of eight screenwriter/directors selected for Women In the Director’s Chair, (2017). Thompson’s work in television, radio, film and theatre includes the BBC, the West End and Royal National Theatre (UK); the Shaw Festival, The Globe, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Neptune, Festival Antigonish and more in Canada. She’s played Barb Lahey for 11 seasons of TV’s Trailer Park Boys. Her short film DAWG, (2015) played across North America. Her first feature, Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor, is expected to shoot September 2017. A keen advocate for LGBTQ issues, she’s the proud parent of singer/songwriter T. Thomason.
West End Credits: Legally Blonde (Savoy); Scrooge (Palladium); Lift (Soho Theatre, Off-West End); Other Select Credits: Our Man in Havana (Vertigo Theatre); Rock of Ages (The Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver); Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, It’s a Wonderful Life, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Persephone Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Bath); Evita (UK Tour); Desire Under the Elms, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Wild Honey (RCS, Glasgow); The Iron Curtain (Edinburgh Festival); Johnny Guitar (Leave It To Jane Productions); Like You Like It (IFMT, Cardiff)
Awards: 2011 Olivier Awards (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London); 2015 SATAward for Outstanding Male Performance as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.
Bob Lohrmann is the Resident Director of the record-breaking 30 year Kennedy Center production of Shear Madness in Washington, DC. He has directed over 20 productions throughout the US and Canada and consulted for productions as far ranging as Croatia, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Iceland and Russia. He has performed all the male roles in the show in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Cleveland. Other recent directing credits: Lend Me a Tenor and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (Drayton Festival Theatre) The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (The Charles Street Theatre), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Lake George Dinner Theatre.) He lives in Pennsylvania with his husband and partner singer/songwriter and rock musician John Lilley.
Terri is happy to be back working with Persephone once again after Dear Johnny Deere just a few months ago! Terri is a professional theatre Designer living in Saskatoon, specializing in costumes and props. Although she primarily works in theatre, she has taken on both long and short films and performance art projects. Terri is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan's BFA in Theatre Design program. You can see her work next touring across western Canada with the production of A Soldier's War.
Over the years his designs have been seen at the Greystone Theatre, U of S, Shakespeare on the
Saskatchewan and here at Persephone Theatre. He is pleased to be back as Set and Lighting Designer for Shear Madness. Stephen is a member of Associated Designers of Canada (ADC).
Gilles is thrilled to be working with all at Persephone. Past work: A Christmas Carol (Persephone Theatre), A Midsummers Night Dream (Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan); The Secret Mask (Globe Theatre); Et Le Reflet De Notre Lune Dansera (La Troupe Du Jour),\; Ma Irma (La Troupe Du Jour),The Hound of the Baskervilles (Globe Theatre) Othello (Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan); Sans Pays (Zone Theatres, Ottawa); Farndale Avenue…Christmas Carol (Persephone Theatre); The Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre); Mary’s Wedding, Between The Sheets, Hedda Gabler, My Chernobyl, A Man A Fish, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone Theatre); Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour); Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre). Upcoming productions, Around the world in 80 days and I and You (Globe Theatre). A special thanks to John Butler.