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THE HIT COMEDY FROM CELEBRATED CANADIAN PLAYWRIGHT - NORM FOSTER

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

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SELF
HELP

STARRING 

Canadian Stage Actors, MATTHEW PAXMAN as Hal Savage and JESSICA PAXMAN as Cindy Savage

FEATURING

TENYJAH MCKENNA as Ruby Delvecchio, BRET NEWTON as Jeremy Cash, VICTORIA CALLIN as Bernice & RON CAISSIE as Detective Snow

ABOUT

Self-Help by Norm Foster is a farce like no other.  The Savages, second rate actors give their mistress, the Theatre, the cold shoulder to become millionaire self-help gurus. Sadly their love life is the first thing to go, but they aren’t going to let a dead body give the game away.

They, and their hard-nosed agent, will do all they can to hide the body from the prying investigative reporter, nosy police detective, and anxious housemaid.

We welcome you to join us on the red carpet this March for the NSCC premiere of this hilarious comedy that will have rolling in the aisles in laughter.  

'A ROLLER COASTER RIDE OF FAST-PACED WITTY ASIDES OF BAWDY HUMOR'
St. Albert Gazette

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Producer | Stage Director: ​Tony James

Executive Scenic Designer: Matthew Piton

Executive Production/Stage Manager: Sadie Dufour

Executive Scenic Artist: Alicia Shalapata

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

INFORMATION 

PRICING
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PURCHASE
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MARCH 16, 2022

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET PREMIERE

(8:00 PM PERFORMANCE)

MARCH 17, 2022

( 8:00 PM PERFORMANCE)

MARCH 18, 2022

(8:00 PM PERFORMANCE)

MARCH 19, 2022

(2:00 PM & 8:00 PM PERFORMANCES)

MARCH 20, 2022

(2:00 PM & 8:00 PM PERFORMANCES)

THE ROXY THEATRE

2657 Quadra Street - VICTORIA, B.C. 

***Mature Audience***
Not recommended for patrons 14 years of age or under - PG

*Tickets are NOT on sale at this time.
Please check back for on sale date* 

VIP Section 
$60.00
General Seats
ADULT: $50.00
SENIOR 65+: $45.00 
STUDENT 14+: $30.00 
 

RESERVE 

All tickets are sold through

 The Roxy Theatre Box Office

Phone: 250.382.3370 | In Person: 2657 Quadra Street

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Tues - Sat | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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

'VIP' TICKET AVAILABILITY (PER SHOW):  Only 50 seats available. 

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

SERVICE CHARGES & TAX:  Prices do NOT include ticketing service charges and/or tax

THE ARTISTS | THE BIOS 

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MATTHEW PAXMAN

Matthew is a passionate creative who received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Victoria's Department of Fine Arts. Prior to commencing his degree, he was the recipient of the Kiwanis Acting Scholarship. While at University he studied painting, performance, film making and computer science. He has worked in film both behind and in front of the camera, but his first love is the stage. 

Matthew has been singing in various choirs and involved in community theatre since his childhood. Some of Matthew's leading roles include Seymour from "Little Shop of Horrors", Benedict from "Much Ado About Nothing" and most recently The Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Tony Award winning musical "Matilda".

Outside of theatre, Matthew is the Founder and Creative Director of local video game studio, Wizard Games. It his privilege and pleasure to work with some of the most talented artists and creators on Southern Vancouver Island.

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JESSICA PAXMAN

Jessica is a dedicated performing arts professional with more than 20 years of experience both on and off the stage. She brings passion and musical expertise as a founding member, company performer and resident vocal coach with the National Stage Company of Canada.

Jessica’s musical background is strengthened by more than 15 years of professional vocal training.  In addition to vocals, she is also proficient in piano and guitar. Her passion for music has led her to unique mentorship opportunities, including ongoing work as a music instructor for children of all ages in Victoria, B.C. She is also a private voice instructor. 

In addition to her varied musical expertise, Jessica is a well-rounded performing artist. She spent 6 years studying ballet, modern and Ukrainian dance, and she appeared in a variety of commercials and advertisements with CHEK television in her youth. 

Jessica’s most recent experience includes working as music director on the production Thirteen, starring as Miss Honey in Matilda, and playing Potiphar’s wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 

Jessica lives in Victoria, B.C. with her husband, Matthew, and their four children.

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TENYJAH MCKENNA

Tenyjah brings 20 years of experience to this intrepid group of artists. Her first play was at the age of 9, performing as Tybalt in Hamlet. She recalls her English teacher explaining it to her as playing pretend with a group of friends, and since that one audition, she has been avidly invested in acting both on stage as an artist, or behind the scenes helping with props, or stage managing. Some of her favorite performances include ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Rent’, ‘Once Upon a Mattress’, ‘Dressing for Cancer’, ‘Godspell’ and ‘Matilda’.

A 1st generation Caribbean Canadian, Tenyjah hails from a music oriented family, and has been singing in choirs, gospel and otherwise, since the age of 5. She plays the tuba, oboe, alto saxophone and has graduated from John Abbott College with a degree in Liberal Arts, and a PhD in Social Sciences from Concordia University.

She has taught theatrical storytelling in French for three years and has worked administration for The Black Theatre Workshop.

After having to interrupt her acting pursuits due to illness, Tenyjah returns to her passion of performance with renewed vigor and dedication. She is ecstatic be counted among so many gifted professionals as well as for the opportunity to add a dynamic of performance and visibility to this Company.

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BRET NEWTON

Bret brings a wealth of stage, film and musical experience to his role as a founding member and performer with the National Stage Company of Canada.

Before moving to Victoria, Bret performed in The Most Happy Fella with the Windsor Light Opera and in White Christmas and A Christmas Carol with Orpheus Musical Theatre Society in Ottawa.

Bret’s talent for performing saw him take on a number of supporting roles in indie film. Recent film credits include supporting roles in Happy Medium and Pity Party with local Victoria production company Black Frames Communications.

Bret’s recent experience includes starring as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and as Phinneas Trout in Willy Wonka with Four Seasons Musical Theatre. He also performed in Les Miserables and starred as Tom Collins in RENT with the Victoria Operatic Society. In addition to his performance experience, he co-directed Victoria’s first-ever production of the award-winning musical Matilda.

Bret lives in Victoria with his family.

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VICTORIA CALLIN 

Victoria started her training in the arts at the age of three through ballet and gymnastics classes. Her true love for performing was discovered in elementary school where she was first given the opportunity to perform on stage. She spent her summers attending a performing arts intensive camp, and joined the school district 61 children’s choir, in which she was a part for six years. 

As a teenager, Victoria began performing in musicals, some of which were; “Into The Woods”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Legally Blonde”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, “Once More, With Feeling”, and “Matilda: the musical”. In the past few years she has studied voice and music theory at “The Royal Conservatory of Music”, and is currently earning her diploma at “The Canadian College of Performing Arts”. 

Outside of theatre, Victoria runs her photography business and a performing arts company called “Triple Threat Performers”, where she showcases the talents of other artists on the island and beyond.

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RON CAISSIE

Ron has been singing solos, duets, and ensembles since the age of 7 with performances throughout the US, Canada and parts Europe. Although versed in a wide range of musical styles Ron first found his passion as a solo Gospel artist, along with being part of a Gospel quartet for more than 15 years. Over the early years of his career Ron record 4 albums, one of which was recorded in Nashville, and had the esteemed pleasure of performing at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

While living and working in Peterborough, Ontario Mr. Caissie had the wonderful opportunity to perform in several musicals and plays. Some of his most notable credits include “The Mikado”, “State Fair”, “Honk”, “A Christmas Story”, “Le Cage”, “No Sex Please We’re British” and “Rumors”. Unfortunately, due to life and work, Ron found himself stepping away from the performing arts before he and his husband made the decision to move to the west coast. Upon arriving in 2017, Ron once again found his passion for the performing arts where his has gone on to part of several local productions including “Messiah” with the Vancouver Island Performers Guild, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Matilda” with Four Seasons Musical Theatre and “Rent” and “Shrek” with the Victoria Operatic Society. Most recently Ron was cast in the production of "Catch Me If You Can" with VOS however, the show was unfortunately postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Ron and his husband have found their forever home in Victoria and enjoy spending their time in tending to their dog Mason, cat Maude, Chickens (Lidia, Rachel, Ree, Phyllis, Edna, Pearl, Ginger, Motormouth Mabel, Eunice and Beatrice) and their back yard of gardens. or the Boys’.

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NORM FOSTER - THE PLAYWRIGHT

Norm Foster has been the most produced playwright in Canada every year for the past twenty years. His plays receive an average of one hundred and fifty productions annually making him, by far, the most produced playwright in the history of his country.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario on St. Valentine’s Day and raised in Toronto, Norm attended West Hill Collegiate Institute and then went on to study Radio & Television Arts at Centennial College in Toronto and then Confederation College in Thunder Bay. Upon completion of his studies, he began a radio career that would span 25 years and which would take him from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg to Kingston and finally to Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was in Fredericton in 1980 that Norm was introduced to the world of theatre.

 

Foster fell in love with the theatre right then and there, and two years later he penned his first professionally produced play, Sinners. It was produced by Theatre New Brunswick and directed by Malcolm Black, who would also direct Foster’s next effort, the highly successful, The Melville Boys. The Melville Boys would go on to be produced across Canada and in the United States, including a well-received run off-Broadway in New York. It would become Foster’s signature play, and the one which would bring his name to the forefront of Canadian theatre. Since then, Norm Foster has produced an astonishing output of work. Over fifty-five plays in all, including The Affections of May, the most produced play in Canada in 1991.

Foster’s plays are known mainly for their comedic qualities, but they are not without their serious moments as well. “I find it far more satisfying if I can make an audience laugh and feel a little heartache within the same story. The farces (Sinners, Self-Help) are a lot of fun to write but it’s the stories that touch an audience’s heart as well as it’s funnybone that are the most rewarding.”

Foster has had several plays published by Playwright’s Union Press. They are; Sinners, The Melville Boys, The Affections of May, The Motor Trade, Wrong For Each Other, Office Hours, Opening Night, The Long Weekend, Old Love, Skin Flick, Mending Fences, The Foursome, The Ladies Foursome, The Gentleman Clothier, On a First Name Basis and Ethan Claymore. He has also had his work published in various compilation volumes such as ‘Vintage Foster’, ‘One Act-manship’, ‘Triple Play’, and ‘The Foster Season’. Looking and The Love List are published by Samuel French.

When asked to try and pin down a common theme that runs through his plays, Foster says, “I think for the most part, they’re about ordinary people just trying to get by in life. I never set out with a monumental purpose in mind. I’m not trying to teach an audience a lesson or pass along some profound message, because I don’t think I’m qualified. What I am trying to do is make them feel a little better about this world, and that’s not easy these days.”

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