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March 8 - March 23, 2024

THE CHILDREN
by Lucy Kirkwood

Director: Lori Delorme
Producer: Cassidy Sadler

*The Studio Theatre

Originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London and later gracing Broadway, this acclaimed play has earned two Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. The Guardian ranked it third on their list of the greatest theatrical works since 2000.
This compelling story revolves around Hazel and Robin, a retired married couple of nuclear physicists residing in a remote coastal cottage. As the world grapples with a major nuclear power station disaster, their tranquil existence is disrupted when Rose, a fellow physicist they haven’t seen in 38 years, unexpectedly reappears. The play draws inspiration from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear explosion in Japan, adding a poignant layer of reality to the narrative.
As the characters delve into themes of morality, guilt, and accountability, Lucy Kirkwood’s three-hander presents a very vivid story of a post-nuclear society through complicated intimate relationships.

This production is generously supported by

*ACCESSIBILITY*

The Festival is held in Alumnae Theatre’s third-floor walk-up studio, which is not currently wheelchair accessible.

The Directors and Producers

LORI DELORME/ DIRECTOR

Lori has acted, directed, written, stage-managed, and even costumed a few folks along the way. She is a co-founder of No Model Types Productions and Just in a Bowl Productions, with whom she co-wrote and acted in two plays, Unsinkable and The Hungarian Suicide Duel, both performed as part of the Fringe Festival across Canada. Previously for Alumnae, Lori has directed Governing Ourselves and B to Z (New Ideas Festival) and Belle Darling Klondike Queen (FireWorks Festival) and co-produced Top Girls. She has acted as dramaturge for Scrambled Eggs (No Model Types), B to Z and Belle Darling Klondike Queen (Alumnae). She is very grateful to be working with such a brilliant, warm and fuzzy team on The Children!

CASSIDY SADLER/ PRODUCER

A director, actor and producer, Cassidy began collaborating with Alumnae Theatre 12 years ago. The Children marks her 13th production with the company. Cassidy is passionate about new works, immersive experiences and experimental theatre. She is a co-founder of Alumnae’s seasonal speakeasy cabaret, the Studio Open Mic. She is a company member of Live History, whose site-specific work can be seen internationally. Cassidy is the Associate Producer at Roseneath Theatre. Additional credits include: The Seqret City and The Curious Voyage (DopoLavoro Teatrale); Back to the Bar (Sidestreet Theatre/Toronto Fringe); A Tonic for Desperate Times (Theatre Gargantua); and The Pride of Life and Mankind (Poculi Ludique Societas/Stan’s Cafe/Metropolitan Museum of Art).

VALERIE CARRIER/
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Valérie’s involvement in theatre started in Montreal where she interpreted various roles, notably Gulnara in La robe de Gulnara with Théâtre Parenthèse. Expatriated in London (UK), she got involved with the French theatre community and played in Ring (Camille), Under Milk Wood, Les Belles-soeurs (Germaine Lauzon), and produced and played Isabelle in The Orphan Muses. Back in Toronto, she performed in short movies, commercial spots, TV shows and web series. Valérie’s prior involvement with Alumnae includes performing in Albertine in Five Times, Boom Baby (2022 FireWorks Festival), String of Pearls, and If We Were Birds. Valérie is also a board member of the Théâtre français de Toronto. This is her first time working as an Associate Producer in Toronto, and she is thrilled to contribute to bringing The Children to life.

THE CAST

​LIZ BEST/ HAZEL

Liz is an actor, director, playwright, and producer. Recent acting credits include: Immaculate Emasculation and I Love You More. Recent directing credits: Better Living (Alumnae Theatre 2023) and History of Visual Sources (FireWorks Festival 2022). Liz is a proud member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Her play, Nested, was performed at the Kincardine Theatre Guild this past February. Next up: her first grandchild due sometime during the run of The Children!

ELIZABETH FRIESEN/ ROSE

​Elizabeth Friesen is a Toronto-based actor, singer, storyteller, playwright, director and dramaturge. She is an out-of-the-box thinker who enjoys creative collaboration and experimentation. As a member of ACT II Studio at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), Alumnae Theatre, Bloor West Village Playhouse, and Haven Theatre, Elizabeth takes advantage of every opportunity to expand her creative skillset. Working directly with creative practitioners like George F. Walker, Matthew Jocelyn, Diana Reis, Jimi Shlag, Kate Lushington, Tim Welham, Diego Matamoros, Aaron Willis and Martha Burns, Elizabeth has gained extensive experience that has proven invaluable. Looking ahead, Elizabeth is scheduled to perform in the 2024 Toronto Fringe Festival. Elizabeth is the loving mother of two incredible young people and eight frisky felines. She spends a good part of every day picking cat hair off her clothing.

PAUL COTTON/
​ROBIN

Paul is very happy to be in his fifth production at the wonderful Alumnae Theatre. Past productions in the space include Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, August Osage County, The Lady’s Not For Burning, and A Measure of the World. Paul would like to thank the wonderful director, cast, and crew for their dedication and humour, and for making this a truly amazing experience.

The Production Team

LESLIE ANN WALCOTT/ STAGE
MANAGER

Leslie Ann “L.A.” Walcott has stage-managed various plays with the Alumnae Theatre during the FireWorks and New Ideas Festivals and on the MainStage with shows including Nested, and she was Assistant Director for The Female of the Species. L.A. is also a Stage Manager Mentor and has led onsite workshops for those interested in stage managing at the Alumnae Theatre. She picked up acting and directing opportunities for a few online Cyber Reads with Alumnae Theatre and with Haven Productions.

BRENDA TOTMAN/ ASSISTANT
STAGE MANAGER

Brenda is happy to return to Alumnae for the third time as an ASM. Previous shows include String of Pearls and Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike. Brenda was also a Stage Manager for the 2022 New Ideas Festival. She has done work on stage and behind the scenes at Stage Centre Productions and Jaybird Productions and has been involved in three Fringe shows. Thanks to Leslie Ann Walcott for her support and a special thanks to the Totman family for picking up the slack at home during rehearsals! Break legs, everyone!

​BINI SHAH/ ASSISTANT STAGE
​MANAGER

Bini works as an IT Analyst during the day and spends her evenings chasing theatre and the arts. She has been a part of Toronto’s artistic community through her contributions volunteering at theatre festivals like The Fringe and other festivals like Elevate, Comic Con, and more. She is an enthusiastic individual dedicated to supporting the facilitation of contemporary arts. With an innate love for poetry and writing, she continues to support the artistic community in her capacity as a manager and coordinator. After a successful run of Smoke Ville in the 2023 FireWorks Festival, she is looking forward to working as part of The Children. Bini aims to engage herself in similar future endeavours with Alumnae as well as other theatres.

DOUGLAS TILLER/
​​SET DESIGNER

Douglas Tiller trained in film, doing everything from coordinating location shoots to working in post-production, but his true passion is woodwork. With a preference for clean, modern lines, he designed and built two local Leslieville businesses, Mercury Espresso and Hitch, and is the owner of Southpaw Built, a local carpentry shop. In his first theatrical experience, he created stage props for the Alumnae production of B to Z and is honoured and nervous to showcase his first fulsome production design for The Children.

ALYSSON BERNABE/ SCENIC
​​PAINTER

​Alysson is a 2019 TMU graduate who does scenic painting, props and set design. Alysson previously worked with Alumnae Theatre as the Set Designer for the 2023 New Ideas Festival and is thrilled to be returning as Scenic Painter!

ARYANA RIZVI/
​SCENIC PAINTER

Aryana Rizvi is a multidisciplinary artist and a recent graduate of the Performance Production program at Toronto Metropolitan University. She has an enthusiasm for eccentric design, bold colours, and puppetry in all forms. Recent credits include Parktopia (Shadowland Theatre), Fun Home (Alumnae Theatre), Rubble (Theatre Passe Muraille), The Alice Cocktail Experience and The Dybuk (Toronto Metropolitan Theatre). Outside of theatre, Aryana is also a figure painter and henna artist.

MELANIE STEVENSON/
PROPS DESIGNER

Melanie (she/her) has been involved in many aspects of theatre (writing, acting, stage-managing, lighting, and theatre research). Now, as a props person for The Children, she’s delighted to combine her love of theatre with her love of thrifting and creative repurposing. She’s particularly happy to be working with the excellent team at the Alumnae Theatre, with its long history of supporting women playwrights and creatives.

MARNIE BRUNTON/ PROPS
PROPS DESIGNER

Marnie Brunton is a new member of the Alumnae Theatre Company and is delighted to be assisting Melanie Stevenson in the sourcing of essential props for The Children. She has a background in aviation and fine arts and is an actor and playwright. Her most recent credits include the theatrical film Dream Scenario and Apple TV’s Jane, playing the role of Lauren. Marnie supports The Jane Goodall Institute.

VISHMAYAA JEYAMOORTHY/
LIGHTING DESIGNER​

​Vishmayaa is a lighting designer and researcher based in Tkaronto (Toronto). She has designed all over the world but calls Scarborough her home. Notable credits include designing for The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Theatre Kingston, and Soulpepper and teaching lighting workshops on BIPOC-centered lighting design. Outside of her design work, she is currently pursuing a JD at Osgoode Hall Law School.

DANIEL SHIELS/
LIGHTING TECHNICIAN​

​Daniel is a North Carolinian turned Torontonian and classically trained musician moonlighting as a lighting designer/technician. He spent much of his university and school years performing in ensembles of all sizes: jazz bands, concert bands, symphonic bands, pit orchestras, and NC State University’s Marching Band. Outside of Alumnae, Daniel works in Information Technology and enjoys road cycling, Dungeons & Dragons, and playing video games with friends.

NATALIYA KOZYRINA/
LIGHTING OPERATOR

​Nataliya Kozyrina is a passionate theatre and film professional. A graduate of the Music and Digital Media Program at St. Lawrence College, Nataliya got involved with Alumnae Theatre as a sound and lighting operator, art assistant, and theatre technician for multiple shows. You can also find Nataliya helping out on CFC film sets, assisting stage-managing at Alexander Showcase Theatre, and dancing at the Underground Dance Studio. She is an emerging artist with a “can do it all” attitude and a great work ethic!

LUCY MUIR//
LIGHTING OPERATOR

Lucy is very excited to be a part of the crew for The Children. This is her second show with Alumnae Theatre Company. Lucy first got involved in theatre at age ten when she was cast in the titular role in her school production of Stuart Little, and she has been in love with the stage ever since. Lucy has been involved in countless productions both as an actor on stage and crew member behind the scenes with theatre companies all over Southern Ontario including Markham Little Theatre, Markham Youth Theatre, Studio 410 in Teeswater, and HAWK Theatre in Lucknow.

ANDREW HONOR/ SOUND
DESIGNER

Andrew Honor is interested in creating aural textures from the found environment and building emotional moments through sound. He has composed music for multiple short and feature films and produced jangle pop music under his Morning Medicine moniker. The Children is his first theatrical sound design project.

​MELIZ POSTA/
​COSTUME DESIGNER

Meliz Posta began her career in the theatre industry as a Producer for Alumnae Theatre’s 2023 New Ideas Festival. Since then, she has garnered production experience in theatre, opera and events with companies such as Roseneath Theatre, Opera Atelier, Studio Lab Theatre Foundation, and Carol Priest Entertainment. Back in her hometown, London, England, Meliz ran her own vintage clothing company, so she is now thrilled to be back at Alumnae for her first time as Costume Designer for The Children.

EILEEN WHITCOMB/
COSTUME ASSISTANT

Eileen was born and raised in East York. She is excited to be part of the production team of The Children. Eileen was an assistant stage manager for Better Living. She wants to pursue an undergraduate degree in theatre production.

HEATHER CAMPBELL/
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Heather has participated in community theatre variously as an actor, ASM, and set designer. She is delighted to be involved in Alumnae Theatre’s production of this important play.

NICHOLAS KOY SANTILLO/
​FIGHT DIRECTOR

​Nicholas is a classically trained actor, receiving an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre from LAMDA and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University in Montreal. He has trained in the martial-dance performance style of traditional Beijing Opera at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) in Beijing and also in Western styles of stage combat — where he is certified as an Advanced Actor-Combatant through Fight Directors Canada. He has been working professionally in the theatre since 2008.

​Accessibility

Alumnae Theatre’s Berkeley Street entrance and the Mainstage Theatre are wheelchair accessible. ​There is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the ground floor.

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