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A National Stage Company of Canada Premiere Presentation
Directed & Produced By: Tony James

STARRING 

Canadian Stage Actors, BRENDAN DAWES as Evan Goldman, OLIVIA DAS as Patrice and HAYDEN PAXMAN as Archie

FEATURING

OLIVER PAXMAN as Brett, SAIDI MADER as Lucy and MARIAH & MAKAYLA MADILL as Kendra/Charlotte

ABOUT

Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can’t wait. His life seems full of possibilities -- that is, until his parents get divorced, and he is forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to podunk Appleton, Indiana. If Evan can’t get the coolest kids to come to his bar mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year, not to mention, the rest of his life?

As Evan navigates the world of cool kids and nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak, he comes to understand “What it Means to Be a Friend.” With a bright, catchy pop score from Jason Robert Brown, equal doses of humor and pathos, and a cast of wildly talented teens, 13 is irresistible to grown ups and almost-grown ups alike. 

We welcome you to join us this January for the NSCC premiere of this popular musical by Tony Award-winning Composer, Jason Robert Brown.

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Producer | Stage Director: ​Tony James

Musical Direction: Joe Hatherill

Resident Vocal Coach: Jessica Paxman

Choreographer: Charli Findlay

Resident Associate Dance Captains: Mariah Madill | Makayla Madill

Associate Scenic Designers: Mirella Standbridge | Teresa Lindsay

Executive Scenic Artist: Alicia Shalapata

Executive Production/Stage Manager: Sadie Dufour

Executive MUA/Hair Designer: Amelia Trottier 

Associate Props Manager: Ocean Edgington

Executive Wardrobe Designer: Krishna Buysschaert

Assistant Scenic Construction Provided By:

Pacific Opera Victoria

PERFORMANCE

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JANUARY 7, 2022

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET PREMIERE

(8:00 PM PERFORMANCE)

JANUARY 8, 2022

( 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM PERFORMANCES)

JANUARY 9, 2022

(2:00 PM & 8:00 PM PERFORMANCES)

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VIP BENEFITS:  Invite to private meet & greet | Prime Seats | Comp Beverage | Photo and Autograph

'VIP' TICKET AVAILABILITY (PER SHOW):  Only 100 available. 

GROUP RATES:  Groups of 10 or more receive 10% off. (Discount excludes VIP tickets)

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THE ARTISTS | THE BIOS

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BRENDAN DAWES

Brendan is a grade 8 student with a passion for music. Brendan studies individual voice and music theory, following the Royal Conservatory program, and studies piano in order to build on his natural ability to play by ear.  For several years Brendan was a member of the Victoria Childrens’ Choir and an ensemble choir, and through these experiences, performed with Liona Boyd, the Canadian Tenors and the Peninsula Singers. 

Brendan has explored music theatre through the VOS teen program and has participated as a vocalist in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, where he was awarded Outstanding Solo and Best Performance. Brendan loves to perform, including as the regular anthem singer for the Peninsula Panthers hockey club, a recent opportunity to sing the anthem for the Victoria Royals hockey club, and other public performances such as at a local winery and as an invitational performer for an annual Christmas musical production. 

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OLIVIA DAS

Olivia a 16 year-old student with a growing passion for musical theatre and the arts. From a young age, she always loved putting on living room recitals and performing for her friends and family. She has been pursuing musical theatre from the age of 6.

Olivia started by attending a small theatre class and she has stuck with it ever since. When she is not exploring opportunities amongst the community, Olivia enjoys participating in her school’s choir, acting class, dance club and musical theatre program. 

In 2019 Olivia took part in the Parkland Dance Showcase where she performed five dances of many different genres. Four groups (Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Jazz), and one duet (Contemporary). She has also performed numerous times and is a loyal member of the Parkland Choir. Her recent credits include; Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), Once More, With Feeling, an Unlicensed Parody (Dawn Summers), Grinched the Panto! (Grace Who), and Crazy For You (Irene Roth).

Olivia follows her dreams, and as she continues her theatre career down this road, she will never forget her roots in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

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HAYDEN PAXMAN

Hayden is a passionate performer with a love for music and arts. His training began at the age of 5 when he started piano lessons, and he has been studying ever since. He has spent the past several months preparing for his grade 3 Royal Conservatory examination, and his performance at the Victoria Music Festival. He began dance lessons at age 7 and trained for several years. Hayden is a member of his school choir, and a clarinetist in his school’s concert band.

Hayden’s most memorable role to date is Bruce Bogtrotter in “Matilda the Musical”. Other credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, and he was recently cast in a supporting role (Eddie) in “13” and as LeFou in “Beauty and the Beast”.

SUPPORTING

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OLIVER PAXMAN

Oliver is a Victoria, BC native with a passion for theatre, music, and fine arts. He began dancing at age 3 and being on stage at that young age instilled within him a passion for performance. He took violin lessons for several years before transitioning to piano. He also plays in the percussion section of his school band, which will continue as he begins grade 9 at Claremont High School in the fall.

Oliver’s favourite role has been Michael Wormwood in “Matilda the Musical”. He was an ensemble member in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, and more recently was cast as a lead (Archie) in “13” and as Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”

MAKAYLA MADILL

Makayla lives for theatre. As a child she could be found singing, dancing, making art, and putting on shows for her family. Her passion and dedication are apparent when she is performing on stage. Her journey started with dance at a young age and she has thrived in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. She has been performing in dance festivals and competitions since she was 9 years old and her proudest moments were winning multiple awards for her choreography.

She continues to play piano and thoroughly enjoys her singing lessons. Makayla loves composing songs and is often found at the piano writing and singing. Makayla plans to apply to UVic’s Fine Arts Program after she graduates.

Makayla’s favorite theatre roles have been Morticia in Addams Family with Kaleidoscope, the Narrator in Into the Woods with Four Seasons Musical Theatre and Ensemble in Mamma Mia! with Peninsula Players and she is so grateful to continue her journey with The National Stage Company of Canada.

SAIDI MADER

Saidi is a student at Vic High whose passion for theatre started when she was six years old. Since her first starring role as " Prince" in Cinderella, Saidi has been in over 15 productions.

Some of her favourite roles have been "'Big Kid "in Matilda, "Jack Scott " in High School Musical, "A.J" in Runaways and "Jo March" in an adapted short film of Little Women. Saidi is currently cast as Little Sally in Victoria High's production of Urinetown. 

In her free time, Saidi enjoys music, dance, and shopping at thrift stores.

She is looking forward to seeing great things come out of the National Stage Company of Canada.

MARIAH MADILL

Mariah has an enthusiasm for dancing, singing, costumes and entertaining people that is evident in her performances. She has been dancing since she was 3, played piano for 8 years, and has been thriving in her singing lessons over the last 3 years. She especially loves singing harmonies with her sisters and enjoyed performing at the Sooke Fine Arts Show when she was younger.

Mariah always loves the connections with the cast and crew and really enjoyed being part of Nutcracker in a Nutshell with Sooke Dance Studio, Mamma Mia! with Peninsula Players, and Annie with Sooke Harbour Players. Mariah’s 9 years of Ballet show in her grace and strength in her dancing, and she has also loved Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. Her choreography has been recognized and won awards in dance festivals and competitions, and recently she choreographed and danced in a music video.

Mariah is proud to be a part of The National Stage Company of Canada and will be pursuing a Fine Arts degree at UVIC this year. 

FEATURED

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KATE NIEDJALSKI

LIAM RAHME

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SAMANTHA MADILL

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MAIA NIEDJALSKI

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MATAYA CALLIN

SAMANTHA BROWNLEE

PAIGE ROUSSEL

For complete biographies of our featured performers please visit the 'Company Artist' page. 

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ROBERT JASON BROWN

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Composer, conductor, arranger, lyricist, singer, and pianist Jason Robert Brown was born in 1970 in Tarrytown, NY. He studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and began working in musical theater in New York City in the early '90s, where he concentrated on merging pop/rock sensibilities with the long tradition of Broadway musicals.

His first musical, Songs for a New World, debuted in 1995. Parade, a musical Brown wrote with Alfred Uhry based on the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, eventually winning Brown a Tony Award for Best Musical Score. The Last Five Years followed and was staged in 2002. Brown has composed incidental music for several New York stage productions, and he contributed several songs to the ill-fated Broadway version of Urban Cowboy.

He has also done orchestral and arrangement work for Liza MinelliLaurie BeechmanTovah FeldshuhYoko Ono, and vocal group the TonicsLauren Kennedy released an album of his songs called Songs of Jason Robert Brown in 2003. Brown's first solo album, Wearing Someone Else's Clothes, was released by Sh-K-Boom Records (in conjunction with Ghostlight and Razor & Tie) in 2005. An accomplished pianist and performer, Brown gigs regularly with his two-man band the Caucasian Rhythm Kings. He is married to fellow composer Georgia Stitt.

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