DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND - HELD OVER TO DECEMBER 10th!
Adventure, treasure and a mysterious island beckon! Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the larger-than-life Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling pirates, as Treasure Island regales thrill-seekers of all ages with a coming of age story that is epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. A glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel and a perfect holiday entertainment.
Joshua Beaudry is excited to be in a pirate play! Selected acting credits include: A Christmas Carol (Persephone Theatre), Dominion (GTNT), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Dogbarked (Dancing Sky Theatre), Routes (Concrete Theatre), The Pillowman (Wild side Productions), and Animals and Plants (Theatre Ecstasis). In addition to acting and directing he is a member of the improv troupe The Saskatoon Soaps. Joshua is thrilled he will be back in the new year in Persephone's production of The Butcher.
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Jenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Recent credits include Dead Air (Live Five), Short Cuts (Hardly Art), J. Caesar and Midsummer (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Persephone Youth Tour), and Earth Diver (Sum Theatre). Coming up next you can see her as Caroline in I and You at The Globe Theatre in Regina.
Torien Cafferata is a Saskatoon-based actor, playwright, and producer and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. He is honoured to be back on the Persephone stage and cannot wait to fulfill his lifelong career goal of becoming a pirate. Previous acting credits: A Soldier’s War (Strikes Twice Productions), Dogbarked (Dancing Sky Theatre), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Persephone Theatre Mainstage), Hypneurosis, Project O (It’s Not a Box Theatre), Tightrope (Tightrope Collective), Letters from the Apocalypse (Greystone One-Acts), Run For Your Wife (Magdelene Theatre), Our Country's Good, Eurydice, Into the Woods (Greystone Theatre).
Born in Northern Ontario; Chip studied performance, directing and design at The U of Saskatchewan. His theatre credits include: Angelique (BTW / Tableau D'Hote Theatres); If We Were Birds (Imago Theatre.); The Squirrel Hunter (Scapegoat Carnivale); Much Ado & As You Like It (Repercussion Theatre.); The Mighty Carlins (IndiePro Theatre.); Yukon Style (Talisman Theatre.); Gordon (Sidemart Theatre.); Equivocation, Waiting For Godot & The Caretaker (Persephone Theatre.); Romeo & Juliet (Harbourfront & Stratford Festivals); The Tempest & Midsummer Nights Dream (Ottawa Shakespeare Festival.); Butcher (Centaur Theatre.). Chip's Film & TV credits include: Featured roles in John Smith's Revenge of the Land & Bruce MacDonald's Platinum; Recurring roles on Emily of New Moon & Being Human; Guest appearances on: Made in Canada & The Lexx. He is a META recipient for Best Supporting Actor and two-time MECCA recipient for Best Actor, Enjoy the evening.
Some recent credits: Sheilagh Fielding in The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Eastern Canadian Tour); 4 seasons at the Stratford Festival; 21-characters in The Syringa Tree (Neptune Theatre, Belfry, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Grand); Miss Havisham in Great Expectations; Queen Henriette in Dearest Enemy — a short film adaptation of King Henry IV. Saskatoon audiences may remember Carmen from this past summer at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, where she played Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, and Fabian in Twelfth Night.
Upcoming: Fight On! A Dickensian Tale of Scintillating True Life Adventures, Infinitheatre, Montreal
Originally from Tisdale, Saskatchewan, she currently owns a house in Stratford, Ontario, with her manfriend, James, and their very large, very snugly cat, Henry.
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Theatre credits include The Overcoat (CanStage); Lord of the Rings and Crazy For You (Mirvish); The Number 14 (Axis Theatre); Sweeney Todd, Flying Blind, The School For Scandal (Arts Club); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Citadel) and several shows at Caravan Farm, Leaky Heaven, Tarragon, Stratford Festival and Cirque Du Soleil. For television: Black Stallion, Voyage of the Unicorn, Tin Man, Kung Fu, The Legend Continues and Stargate SG-1. As playwright: For Art’s Sake (Axis, Carousel Players, Geordie, TNB); Don Quixote (Axis, Arts Club, Centaur, Marin Shakespeare); Man From the Capital (Caravan Farm, GCTC); The Apple Orchard (Caravan Farm); Robinson Crusoe and Friday (Axis, Geordie).
Nathan is from Saskatoon! He has his BFA in Acting from The University of Saskatchewan (2011) and is a Graduate of The Globe Theatre Conservatory in Regina (2012). Persephone Theatre Credits: A Christmas Carol, Matchstick (also playwright/song-writer), It’s A Wonderful Life, Equivocation, and The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh. He has been on stage as far West as Victoria, BC, as North as Dawson City, YT, South as Blyth, ON, and as East as Ottawa; with his writing travelling farther East. Keep an eye out for his play The Wild Dog Waits On The Concrete Path on tour this upcoming spring/summer.
Ed Mendez is thrilled to be back on stage after a hiatus from the acting world to focus on theatre administration and family. When not working behind the scenes at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival, he can be found acting in film and theatre and volunteering with a plethora of non-profit boards. Ed holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds it often, as he enjoys the feeling of having such an expensive piece of paper in his grasp. Selected acting credits include: The Cherry Orchard (Theatre Naught/Live Five), Champ de Mars (Persephone Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Many thanks to the audience, Tamara and Diego for their strength and support, and to Miguel Mendez who was born just days before rehearsal!
(Persephone Theatre debut)
Avast, ye scallywags! Born and raised in Zenon Park, Philip Munson moved to Saskatoon and convocated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Saskatchewan. Credits include: Twelfth Night and Richard III (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (Rosthern Station Arts Centre), Madama Butterfly (Saskatoon Opera), Coram Boy, Vernon Godlittle, Our Country's Good, Into the Woods, and Henry IV (Greystone Theatre).
Philip would like to dedicate this performance to his late brother Matt. May they be swashbuckling in the woods with their wooden swords again someday.
Jordie is honoured to be making his Persephone Theatre debut. Jordie convocated last June with a BFA (Honours) in Drama from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds Basic Certification with five international stage combat organizations, was named "Rookie of the Year" for 2016 by Fight Directors Canada, and plans to continue pursuing and expanding on his stage combat training. Jordie's recent credits include work with Live Five/Theatre Naught (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and Greystone Theatre (Cabaret, The Illusion, Brontë, The Golden Age).
Danielle Spilchen is incredibly excited to make her Persephone Theatre debut and as a swashbuckling pirate no less. As a Saskatoon based theatre artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the UofS, Danielle has been active in the Saskatoon theatre community as an actor, director and occasional stage manager. Recently Danielle has returned from a critically acclaimed summer fringe tour where she directed and tour managed SCUM: A Manifesto. Select acting credits include Southern Dandy 75 (Live Five 2017/ Fringe 2015), Short Cuts (2016), Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another (Live Five 2016/Wildside Festival 2015), Richard II (Saskatoon Shakespeare Lab 2015), Our Four Walls (MuD Collective 2015), and Dr. Frightful Presents: Dead Air (Fringe 2014).
Kevin started in Canada with his company English Suitcase. Saskatoon credits: English Suitcase productions of Greek, Whale Nation, Dr Faustus & Macbeth. Persephone credits: Art, A Christmas Carol, The Walnut Tree. Vancouver credits: Peer Gynt. Blackbird Theatre: Mary Stuart. Pi Theatre: Arabian Nigh. The Arts Club Theatre: Private Lives, The Memory of Water. Western Theatre Conspiracy: Blue/Oran. Bard on the Beach: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure. Citadel Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Present Laughter (co-production with National Arts Centre in Ottawa).
Kevin is looking forward to directing The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui for Persephone in January.
Sarah is a director based in Vancouver. She received her M.F.A. in directing in 2003 from U.B.C.Sarah first appeared on the Persephone stage as an actor in her first professional production, hired by Henry Woolf, in the comedy Something’s Afoot. Sarah was thrilled to bring Billy Bishop Goes to War to Persephone in 2009. Sarah’s most recent credits include: The Christians (Pacific Theatre); Mr. Foote's Other Leg (United Players); The Audience (The Arts Club Stanley Alliance Theatre); And Bella Sings (Firehall Theatre); A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Chemainus Theatre); West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars). Upcoming: The Skin of our Teeth (Studio 58) and Cinderella (Theatre Under the Stars).
Sarah is thrilled to be back at Persephone Theatre. She thanks Del Surjik and Johnna Wright for their lovely support.
Born in Rosetown Saskatchewan, Cameron is one of Canada’s most distinguished set and costume designers and a veteran of the Canadian stage. After studying design at the Wimbledon School of Art in London, England, Cameron returned to Canada as the Design Director for the Vancouver Playhouse (1972-81 ) and then Head of Design for the Shaw festival (1980-97).
Porteous has designed over 300 productions for theatre stages across Canada and has also had an extensive career designing for opera, film, and television. “Risking the Void”, a 40 year design retrospective of his life’s work was showcased at the Prague Quadrennial in 2012 and published by Theatre Museum Canada.
Cameron’s awards include a Queens Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian Theatre. He has served on the Canada Council in an advisory capacity and has taught design at Banff Centre for the Arts and Ryerson University.
It has been a privilege to return to my home province to design for the Saskatoon Opera and now Persephone theatre.
Past designs at Persephone include: Canadian Gothic & American Modern, Cruel Tears (1977), On Golden Pond, and more recently, My Chernobyl, and Hedda Gabler.
As Resident Designer for Vancouver Arts Club Theatre recent designs include the scenic designs for Thanks for Giving, Bitter Girl, Million Dollar Quartet and Billy Elliott.
For the Firehall Arts Centre: the lighting for Chelsea Hotel; set-design for Urinetown. Ted is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.
Bonnie happily returns to Persephone after designing the world premiere of the musical, A Misfortune for The Charlottetown Festival. She also designed Mrs Warren’s Profession and Barefoot in the Park for Watermark Theatre. For Persephone, she has designed Hedda Gabler and A Christmas Carol. At The Globe, she designed Man of La Mancha and Sleeping Beauty. She is an educator, as well as a designer and has a particular passion for working with youth, using the arts as way to communicate and elevate self worth. She has twice gone to El Salvador to work with endangered youth, in a program called Es Artes, through CUSO.
Past Sound Design Credits: The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Persephone Theatre Youth Series); Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another, Look//See, Robots Eating Humans (Theatre Howl); Reasons To Be Pretty (Fire in The Hole/Live Five); The Frenzy of Queen Maeve, Vimy (Bzzt! Trap Door Theatre/Live Five). He is super excited to be working on this design with Persephone’s fantastic technical team, who have been offering him plenty of advice, time, support, and expertise through his years as an emerging artist in this city.
Daniel has been working in the stage / film industry for over 20 years in Canada. He has taught stage combat and stunt performing at the International Stunt School in Seattle, The Banff Centre, University of Saskatchewan, and workshops in Atlanta, Quebec, Syndey and Las Vegas. Daniel is a Fight Director for the stage with Fight Director Canada and has worked on many theatrical productions from modern to Shakespeare with all sorts of weapons from unarmed to battle scenes. Recent credits on stage include Persephone’s Equivocation, It’s A Wonderful Life and Christmas Carol and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s Twelfth Night & Richard III. Daniel is happy to take a break from running O’Shea’s Irish Pub downtown to work with Persephone Theatre once again!
Emma Thorpe is a local theatre artist who shares her time between choreographing fights, performing, and stage managing. She holds her Advanced Certification with Fight Directors Canada, has attended the Paddy Crean workshop twice, and is a graduate of both the University of Saskatchewan BFA Acting program and the Triple Threat program at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Recent fight choreography credits include: Don Giovanni (Saskatoon Opera), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Theatre Naught), J Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), The Romeo Project (Persephone Young Company), Toe Tag Crew and Wolves (GTNT Youth Tour), Blood: A Scientific Romance (Sparrow & Finch Theatre), and Macbeth (Embrace Theatre). Emma is so grateful to join the team for what promises to be a swashbuckling good time!
This is Laura’s 25th season with Persephone Theatre. Her first production with the theatre was “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” in 1992 and there have been over a hundred shows since then. She feels extremely fortunate and very grateful to be back for another season. Laura is proud of her long association with the theatre and thanks everyone that has made it possible, past and present. Special thanks to both Tibor and Del for their trust, support and friendship. Enjoy the moment.
Originally from Moose Jaw, Melanie has made Saskatoon her home for the past 3 years. She is delighted to return to Persephone to work on Treasure Island. She trained at the University of Regina where she received a BFA and B.Ed. Select past productions with Persephone include the 2016|2017 and 2017|2018 cross Canada tour of Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story, Bang, Between the Sheets, It’s A Wonderful Life, Hedda Gabler, and Dear Johnny Deere She has also worked with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and the Rosthern Station Arts Centre. Upcoming Persephone productions include Butcher and Pride & Prejudice
McKenna is honoured to be apprenticing on her first ever Persephone production. Born and raised in Saskatoon, and a graduate with a B.F.A Honours from the University of Saskatchewan, she'd like to thank Carla, Julia, Pam, and Natasha for their knowledge and patience. Upcoming credits include Pride and Prejudice (Persephone Theatre).