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2018/19 SEASON


​Moving On​​


Produced by Molly Thom and Liz Best
Directed by Helly Chester

​November 14 – 18, 2018  in the Studio

​Moving On​
This is Kyle’s big moment.  He’s about to pitch his brilliant invention to a wealthy investor.  Just one problem: the investor’s a shyster who bilked Kyle’s friends and family.

​Then there’s the ex-girlfriend in the box, hiding from her pot-dealing brother who’s sworn to do Kyle serious injury. And is it really just business between Kyle and Shelley, who set him up with the shyster?

Moving On

November 14 - 18, 2018

Watch the Trailer Video:

Trailer by Nicholas Porteous

Moving On · Special Events

Opening Night Celebration

​Wed. November 14, 2018

After the show, join cast and crew in the lobby to celebrate the Opening night of MOVING ON.

Panel Discussion

Thurs. November 15, 2018

After performance of MOVING ON
We “pull back the curtain” for a stimulating panel discussion about issues raised by the play.

Comedy with a Social Edge - Panel Discussion

Dave Carley – Playwright
Sue Miner – Director
Drew Carnwath – Actor/Playwright

Writer/Director Talkback

​Sat. November 17, 2018

After Matinee performance of MOVING ON
Not to be missed.

FireWorks Team 2019

Elmar Maripuu, Playwright
Elmar became involved in theatre in the north of England, working as a volunteer on a summer arts program for children in deprived urban areas.  He subsequently joined a company delivering performances and collaborative events in playgrounds, classrooms, seniors’ homes, psychiatric hospitals, and out on the streets.  Elmar currently lives in Toronto, where he works as a software developer.  His full length play Forever was selected for the 2011 HotInk at the Lark festival in New York City.

Helly Chester, Director
Helly studied in NYC at HB Studios and The Sonia Moore Studio. She is an actor, educator, director, and dramaturg. Selected credits: Butley (Courtyard Playhouse), The Channeller (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Orient Beach (American Playhouse), Servant of Two Masters (Columbus Centre Theatre), Blithe Spirit and Quartet (Village Playhouse), Escape from Happiness, I am Marguerite, Radical (Alumnae), Kitchen Witches (Bruce County Playhouse), The Mousetrap (LOT), Hazel (Red Sandcastle); Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival. Recent directing: Murder in the Cottonwoods (Fringe), Moving On (Alumnae).


Casey Romanin, Kyle
Casey began acting when he was six years old in community theatre productions in his hometown of ​ Guelph Ontario and has continued to perform ever since. Casey moved to Toronto to attend York ​University’s theatre programme and graduated in 2016. Having spent the last few years pursuing work in film and television, Casey is very excited to get back to his theatre roots playing Kyle in Moving On.

Lauren Fields, Shelley
Lauren is a BFA acting graduate from the University of Windsor. Having trained and worked with various theatre companies throughout Windsor, Toronto and the GTA, Lauren is thrilled to be part of Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival. Lauren has recently re-located from Windsor to midtown Toronto and would like to thank her colleagues, friends and family for their constant love and support.

Anastasia Pioro, Jodie
Anastasia is a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance: Acting program. Some of her various roles at Ryerson include; Rosaura, The Venetian Twins, Henrietta IscariotThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Callis, The Rover. During her free time she enjoys drinking lots of coffee, spending time with her family and being outdoors. Anastasia is extremely thrilled to be making her first debut as Jodie at Alumnae Theatre!

Conor Bradbury, Drew
For the past decade, Conor had been performing and creating improv and indie theater to gain financial support for his true passion of bartending. He is a founding member of award winning theatre troupe Sex T-Rex (2x Winner Just For Laughs Best Comedy [Montreal Fringe], Second City Best Comedy, Patrons Pick and Best of Fringe [Toronto Fringe]) and is a regular performer (and Bar Manager) at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. He has performed in countless comedy shows and festivals across Canada and the United States (including The Next Stage Festival, New York’s Del Close Marathon, Edmonton’s Improvaganza and a whole wack of Fringe Festivals).

Production Team

Molly Thom, Producer
Director, dramaturg, writer and sometime actor, Molly is best known as the author/director of The Bush-Ladies. She has dramaturged and directed several plays by Shirley Barrie, including; Beautiful Lady, Measure of the WorldI Am Marguerite, as well as The Gambler by Ronald Weihs. And because in the theatre you don’t do just one thing, Molly is the co-founder of Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival and resident director of Shoestring Opera, a company that presents opera for children in schools and theatres.

Liz Best, Associate Producer
Liz is an actor, director, producer and playwright. Acting credits: Surrender, Dorothy (FireWorks    Festival), Inked Heart (FireWorks Festival), Meet the Family (City TV). Playwright credits: The Bay (Big Ideas Festival, PAL Reading). Surrender, Dorothy (FireWorks Festival, Procunier Hall, Palace Theatre in London, February 2019). Directing credits: The Dining Room (Marion Abbott Productions), Crossing Delancey (Encore Entertainment), The Goodbye Girl (Scarborough Players).

Rosalyn Cosgrove, Stage Manager, Assistant Director
Rosalyn is a Scottish director. She graduated from East 15 Acting School in England where she also received a first class honours degree. She has recently moved to Toronto from London where there she was the Associate Director of Herts Inclusive Theatre, a company that specialises in working with children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs. Rosalyn has directed a number of projects including large scale productions, short films and Fringe shows.

Kelsey Laine Jacobson, Dramaturge
Kelsey Laine Jacobson is a current PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto and a faculty member at Queen’s University. She is a director, designer, and dramaturg, and holds an MA in Theatre and Performance from the University of London. Past credits include shows for New Ideas Festival, Humber River Shakespeare, InspiraTO, Kindling Collective, and Fifth Company Lane. She also has several dramaturgy credits as a Junior Researcher at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, UK.

Helena Raposo, Props
By day, Helena works in the television industry and by night (not all nights) she toils at the keyboard writing short stories and plays.  She graduated from Ryerson with a BA, in Image Arts and completed a variety of creative writing courses at George Brown College.  Helena recently joined Alumnae Theatre and worked as a lighting operator in the New Ideas Festival.  She is delighted to be part of the 2018 FireWorks Festival.

Adriana DeAngelis, Costume Designer
Adriana is a recent graduate of York University with a BA in Theatre Studies. She had her work premiere in the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as: Co-Costume Costume Designer for The Concept (YUFFA, 2016), and Costume Designer and Director of David S. Craig and Robert Morgan’s Head à Tête (YUFFA, 2016). Adriana has worked on two Nightwood shows this season as Assistant Production Manager: Unholy, and Calpurnia. Adriana is excited for this year’s FireWorks Festival!!

Haley Duncan, Sound Designer
Haley is a recent graduate of York University’s Theatre productions program and is excited to be back at Alumnae, sound designing for the 2018 FireWorks Festival! In the past she has sound deigned for Theatre@York’s Dream Play, Sarnia’s WODL festival entry piece Willow Quartet which also played in Guelph, and Alumnae Theatre Company’s production of This Will Be Our Last Transmission for the 2017 Fireworks Festival. Recently she also had the opportunity to work on Robert Fothergill’s G_dot Prequel, Let’s Go!. 

Liam Stewart, Lighting Designer
Liam is a director with a camera, a Lighting Designer in the theatre and has a passion for creativity. Liam works in the Film industry as an Electrician, laying cable and powering lights. He learns from the best on set, bringing new insight to the stage. Constantly testing equipment to create new emotions and atmospheres with light. He also enjoys leisurely strolls through the park and writing short films.

Alexis Chubb, Set Designer
Alexis is pleased to be working with Alumnae Theatre on Fireworks for the second year. Alexis has previously worked with Alumnae on August: Osage County. She has also designed Sabrina Fair, Scotland Road, Moonlight and Magnolias, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife with Amicus Productions as well as Tainted Justice, Queen Milli of Galt, and Real Estate at the Village Playhouse. Enjoy the show.

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