AND THE DREAM MAKER
A National Stage Company of Canada Premiere Presentation
Directed & Produced By: Tony James
SAMANTHA MADILL as Flavia, COREY MCEWEN as Jack, and COLIN WILSON as Willie
DANIELLE GRESCHNER as Sylvia, MICHELLE O'SHEA as Mammo, and AUBREY COBHAM as Luigi
Under the creative direction of the National Stage Company of Canada comes a Vancouver Island musical premiere starring one of Canada's most exciting rising young stars, SAMANTHA MADILL.
Based on the internationally popular book (a true story) by artist/poet Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker is a story of family, coming of age, the importance of dreaming and—ultimately—love.
The musical explores the world of a small, loving family during World War II. Due to financial hardships, 12-year-old Flavia, her younger brother and mother are forced to relocate and move in with Flavia's grandmother near south central Los Angeles. When Flavia meets her first dream maker, "Uncle Jack." He teaches her to dream, imagine and appreciate the beauty of the unique qualities each person is given. Jack's dream, however, is to fly a plane and serve, his country. His departure is met with mixed emotions, and the temporary (and eventual permanent) loss to the family is met with unselfish love and strength.
The company welcomes you to join them this January at the beautiful Charlie White Theatre for a truly memorable production featuring some of the city's most versatile and dynamic performing artists.
Book: Flavia Weedn | Musical Author:: Doug Haverty | Composer: Shelly Markham | Lyricist: Bob Garrett
'A greeting card come to life musical with a profound statement of self-belief overcoming all obstacles'.
“A show which makes you laugh and cry
and consider your own dreams again.”
*TICKETS ON SALE SOON*
JANUARY 10, 11 & 12, 2022
CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE
SIDNEY, BC. - 7:30 PM
Groups of 10 or more - 10% off
Adult - $47.00 | Senior (65+) - $43.00
Student (13+) - $29.25 | Child (12 and under) - $25.00
Prices include all tax and service charges.
JANUARY 11, 2022
CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE
SIDNEY, BC. - 2:00 PM
Student Matinee Pricing
All seats: $24.00
JANUARY 12, 2022
CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE
SIDNEY, BC. - 2:00 PM
*SENIOR 'TEA' MATINEE*
Senior 'Tea' Matinee Pricing
All seats: $34.50
Tickets available at the
Mary Winspear Centre
Charge by Phone: 250.656.0275
In-Person: 2243 Beacon Avenue
THE ARTISTS | THE BIOS
Samantha Madill has been performing in theatre for seven years and her energy and commitment shines through on stage and in rehearsals. Samantha has been part of ten stage productions. Her favourite roles have been Matilda in Matilda the Musical with Four Seasons, Jane Banks in Mary Poppins with Kaleidoscope, and Molly in Annie with Sooke Harbour Players.
She began dancing Ballet at age 3 and has also trained in Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz, and has won many awards at dance festivals and competitions. She especially loved being part of Dance Performance Group and Hip Hop Crew. She was also excited to be invited to dance in a music video this year in which she contributed to the choreography. She has also been training with a singing teacher for 2 years and won third place singing a trio with her sisters in a community talent show.
Samantha is very excited to be with The National Stage Company Of Canada and grow her acting, singing, and dancing skills.
Michelle O’Shea is a ardent performing arts professional with over 30 years‘ broadcasting, stage and screen experience. Michelle began her professional announcing career even prior to attending college for radio and broadcasting. Subsequently working on-air in many musical formats, Michelle also became adept at audio production; skills she continues to use in voicing and producing audiobooks and audio content.
Realizing the value of improvisation in both her work and everyday life, Michelle trained with Chicago City Limits, and subsequently performed in NYC and throughout the USA with multiple theatre companies including Plays for Living, Freestyle Repertoire Theatre, and the NY Renaissance Theatre. She’s voiced a number of characters for film and TV, including the cartoons Birdy the Mighty and Wild Cardz, and the HBO Film Port of Last Resort.
Behind scenes, Michelle is a consummate production support assistant. She’s provided stage and cast management for companies including Portland Christmas Revels and Synergy Dance. Michelle is thrilled to be working with the talented folks at National Stage Company of Canada.
Corey McEwen is a Victoria born actor who has bene part of the theatre community for several years. He has enjoyed a wide array of roles ranging from Bob Cratchit in 'A Christmas Carol' (Four Season's Musical Theatre), Not yet Dead Fred in 'Spamalot' (Victoria Operatic Society), to name just a few.
Corey has been lucky enough to also work backstage on the recent presentation of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (Four Season's Musical Theatre), where he gained an even bigger appreciation for what goes on behind the curtain.
After being away from theatre for almost 2 years, Corey is excited to be making his return to the stage in this premiere production. To be part of such a hardworking and talented cast and crew is an honor for Corey and he sincerely hopes you enjoy 'Flavia and the Dream Maker'.
Danielle Greschner is a versatile performer and teacher with more years of experience than she cares to admit. Her passion for the performing arts began in her youth when she took piano, voice, and dance lessons. She was introduced to musical theater when her high school performed “Fame.” Shortly after, she attended the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music and played the role of Mrs. Paroo in “The Music Man.”
Danielle has since gone on to attain a Bachelor of Applied Music in classical voice from Vancouver Community College. While studying music, she had the opportunity to sing in several solo recitals and choral ensembles, play the role of Belinda in the opera “Dido and Aeneas,” and sing as a guest soloist with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the VCC Concerto and Aria Contest. While living in Vancouver, she was a member of the Pacifica Singers, who performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She also taught private voice and piano lessons.
Danielle moved back to Victoria in 2017 to complete her teaching degree. Since then, she has performed with UVic Vocal Jazz and multiple local bands. She played the role of Mrs. Salt in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and was part of the ensemble in “Matilda” with Four Seasons Musical Theatre.
Danielle currently works as a high school science teacher in Victoria. She lives with her partner, Peter, and their cat, Winston. She spends her free time walking her cat (yes, on a leash), playing soccer, and writing sci-fi novels. She vows to one day finish writing her werewolf musical.
Aubrey Cobham began his acting career at the ripe old age of three. As a young child he remembers going on stage, starting to sing, and stopping when he saw all the grinning faces staring back at him. It wasn't long after he was leading a platoon of soldiers, complete with cardboard swords, in a Christmas pageant. From then on it was a continuation of choirs in church and school, and always singing or acting. University afforded such opportunities in dramas (Shakespeare) Musicals, and the university choir.
Arriving in Victoria, some 40 years ago, Aubrey dived right into the arts scene by taking an Opera workshop which subsequently led to appearing in more than 20 productions, both in supporting and ensemble roles, with Pacific Opera Victoria.
With more than 20 years in the education field as a celebrated English & Dramatics Teacher, Aubrey found equal pleasure outside the theatre in the film industry where he had the pleasure of working on various projects including the motion picture ‘Little Women’ starring Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder.
Aubrey’s distinguished career continued to flourish over the years including conducting choirs, and directing plays and musicals in Shoreline, Reynolds, and Esquimalt High Schools, where in the latter he had the occasion to meet and work with, amidst a few rather colorful exchanges in the studio, with one Tony James for 4 or 5 years.
Having retired several years ago, Aubrey has found his career engulfing into a unique situation where the teacher is the student, and the student the teacher. He can hardly wait!.
Colin has a passion for performing and comes from a very artistic family that includes opera singers, rock and jazz musicians, authors, directors, and actors. Colin’s introduction to singing began when he joined a local show choir at the age of 3. His love for musical theatre was ignited when he was an ensemble member at the age of 4 in a production of the Wizard of Oz. He has since been cast in over 8 stage productions including Mary Poppins, the Jungle Book, and Alice in Wonderland Jr., with his most memorable opportunities being a street child in Annie, a soloist in a Glee performance, and a singer in the award-winning children’s ensemble, the Victoria Children’s Choir.
Colin is currently studying acting, music theory, and piano, singing with the Victoria Children’s Choir, playing saxophone in his school’s concert band, and studying tap, jazz, and ballet at a local dance studio.
FLAVIA WEEDN - AUTHOR | POET | ILLUSTRATOR | PAINTER
Flavia Weedn began expressing her inspirational philosophy through painting and writings in early 1962. Her talent as an artist, as well as her great ability to express her work in writing with a sense of care and wonder, quickly spiraled her work into the public eye. Her career branched off into three genres: the fine arts, commercial illustration and the literary field. Flavia originals and original graphics have sold the world over to fine art collectors and can be found in the Smithsonian Institute archives, the AT&T Collection and numerous private exhibits.
Her work as a commercial illustrator has been reproduced on magazine covers, national advertising and non-profit promotions and hundreds of fine paper products and collectible gifts in the United States, Canada, throughout Europe, Australia and Japan. Her lines of greeting cards, translated into many different languages, are sent by over 18 million people each year, thus displaying the international appeal of her tender display of human emotion and her philosophy of hope. Weedn has published 10 collections of her writings and illustrations, which have garnered high critical acclaim. Her books are used in school systems and self-esteem programs throughout the world.
Her public acclaim has brought editorial coverage in consumer publications such as Newsweek, People and Glamour and in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. She is also one of the chosen authors to include her work in the National Literacy Campaign introduced by Barbara Bush. Flavia WeednÕs art deals with the simplicity and the beauty she sees in the ordinary things in life. It is her intention to emphasize the value of each individual and to help everyone be aware that he or she has a valuable contribution to make in this lifetime.