Bil Antoniou is an actor and playwright who has produced four plays including Operation Impervious at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. He is also a podcaster who can currently be heard co-hosting the Bad Gay Movies podcaster with Daniel Krolik and Michael Soulard. Favorite roles include Arcadia (Hart House), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Village Playhouse), A Christian Turn’d Turk (PLS).
Maritime born singer/actor Tara Baxendale has called Toronto home for nearly two decades. She is a graduate of Acadia University (Bachelor of Music) and The Boston Conservatory (Masters in Musical Theatre). Selected Credits: Martha (Lies & Consequences– Rare Day Productions), Mary O’Grady Hunt (Hogtown: The Immersive Experience – Hogtown Collective) (Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble), Sonia (Life x 3– Damsels in De-Stress Productions). On the small screen Tara can be seen as a caroller in 12 Dates of Christmas and heard as the voices of assorted Playboy Bunnies in Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel. Her passion for storytelling through the medium of song inspired her to create a solo cabaret, The Diva Fables, which premiered in 2007.
Toronto native Rick Jones has had a long and varied career in the performing arts. He has previously appeared on Toronto Fringe stages in Life on a Diet, Giants Without Footprints, and Life in the Raw, as has contributed as writer and composer to Millennium Madness Sale!, Life in the Raw, and Seeking Refuge (Paul O’Sullivan Prize winner). He works regularly as a sound designer, composer, and choreographer at the Alumnae and Village Playhouse Theatres in Toronto, recently composed the design for Aromas for Junes Productions, and has also composed for several short films. His on-screen performances have found a home in Canadian Filmmakers, World Comedy, After Dark, Ion, and Cannes Film Festivals. Jones holds a degree in Dance from York University as well as a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, and is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, PGC, and CMTWC.
Peggy Mahon is an actress, voice teacher, singer, director who has worked all over Canada, the USA, London (England), and elsewhere. She specializes in narration and received the TORGI award from the CNIB Talking Books Library. Was nominated for an ACTRA Award for CBC radio drama. Was in the feature film, Dr. Cabbie, and recently shot a short film in Toronto which received the Audience Choice Award in the Milton Short Film Festival.
Charlotte Moore has been a staple of the Canadian Musical Theatre for over three decades, and has just returned from Jerusalem where she appeared as Mother in Soul Doctor – the life and times of Shlomo Charlebach. She has been a champion of new Canadian Musical Theatre Work for her entire career. Favourite roles include: Betty Fox in Marathon of Hope, Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Sally Bowles and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (30 years apart), Mama Rose and Louise in Gypsy (18 years apart), Fantine in Les Miserables (National Tour with Craig Shulman), 3 Seasons with the Shaw Festival, and 9 with Charlottetown (most recently as Marilla Cuthbert). For the Mirvishes she has also appeared in the Original Canadian Cast of Hairspray (Princess of Whales), and as Auntie Em in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Wizard Of Oz (Pantages Theatre and U.S. National Tour). She is a Dora Mavor Moore Award Winner for Janet in The Rocky Horror Show.
Kyle began his life working in theatre after the incredible journey which was My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, directed by Andrew Lamb in 2009. After performing in the Toronto Fringe, the show was picked up by Mirvish and presented at the Panasonic Theatre, where Kyle first got his professional start. He then went on to explore a world of musicals, Shakespeare, Shaw, and cross-country touring over the next ten years. Kyle has been a part of a Dora Award winning ensemble, and has performed in several world premiers. Theatre credits include: Far From the Heart, Be Our Ally(Sheatre); Wife Begins at Forty (Upper Canada Playhouse); Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (Classical Theatre Festival); Scooter Thomas, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick: Young Company); Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Heights (YES Theatre); Arcadia (Shaw Festival/Mirvish); Beneath the Banyan Tree*(Theatre Direct); The Divine (Shaw Festival); If I Were You (Theatre Aquarius); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Classical Theatre Festival); Theory (Tarragon Theatre); Under the Stairs (Young People’s Theatre).
Jillian is excited to be working with this fabulous cast on a brand new musical! She is currently narrating two new Canadian audiobooks, Joy Kogawa’s Gently to Nagasaki and Becky Livingston’s The Suitcase and the Jar. Among her favourite performances are Caroline in Dandelions in the Wind at Daniels Spectrum, Alice in Sexy Laundry, Shirley Valentine and was recently a member of the Toronto Company for Mirvish Productions and two years with the US International touring company of Billy Elliot the Musical as understudy for Grandma. Member of the a cappella trio Daughters of the Rock since 1995. Most recent directing credit, Living Will at the Factory Theatre MainStage (Fringe 2018). Other Directing and Choreography credits include: Deodar’s production of Kipling’s Just So Stories, Stephenville Festival’s, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and Taming of the Shrew, and Debra Hale’s farce The Real Meatballs. Assistant Director for Louis Braille and Fiddler on the Roof. Choreographer for Huron Country Playhouse’s Sound of Music and Picnic; Guilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury and Director/Choreographer for Futuristic Rhythm. A professional actor and member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA since 1979. Voice Over performer, Singer, and Dancer.
Previous credits: Boeing Boeing (Magnus Theatre), Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (Orillia Opera House), Dark Heart (Thought for Food), One Slight Hitch (Upper Canada Playhouse), Perfect Wedding (Lighthouse Festival Theatre & Showboat Festival Theatre), Spirit Horse (Roseneath Theatre), The World Beloved: A Blue Grass Mass (Carnegie Hall), The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook II (Theatre & Company), Love You Forever…And More Munsch (Stirling Festival Theatre), Bluenose (Magnus Theatre), Life in the Raw (Toronto Fringe) and numerous shows with Ottawa’s Eddie May Mysteries. You can also see Brianne in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale as Molly. Thank you to Newton Landry Management for your support, to my husband Andrew and Buster for being the best to come home to. This one is for Mom and Dad: you two better be spending my inheritance.