~ Tom Hiddleston
David Allen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Central East Ontario, whose region includes YMCA Branches in Belleville, Trenton and Peterborough. David became involved in the theatre back in 2019, playing a role in the Belleville Theatre Guild production of “The Sting”. Even though that was his first time on the live stage, David is accustomed to performing as he has competed or danced in Dancing with the Stars Quinte on three occasions, earning first and third-place finishes in the two competitions in which he competed. In 2019 he participated in the Belleville Theatre Guild's One Act Festival and travelled to the Ontario Drama League One Act Festival in Perth where he received an honourable mention in the Best Actor Category. David played the role of Jack in "Conversation Park". He played Danny in "Taking Care of the Browns". David has been married to his college sweetheart wife Elaine for coming up on 36 years, they have three children, Teresa, Carter and Emma.
Adri's play "Some Unsettling News" was one of the three winning entries in The First Annual Belleville Playwriting Competition. It was performed as a staged reading at Theatre in The Wings in April 2022.
“From my early theatre years, I have done all the theatre roles from backstage to on-stage to directing. My first play here in Belleville was “The Throne” by Ian Feltham which was followed by several others at Belleville Theatre Guild and The Old Church Theatre in Trenton.
After I did “Rosewood Art Society, Est 1903” by Peter Paylor, I was hooked on Peter’s writing. I have been in “The Green Thumb Gang”, “Tea With Roger”, “The Consultants” and “Christmas in Rosewood”, all by Peter. He gets little old ladies more than anyone else.”
Ian is a Newfoundlander who has been living in the Quinte area for nearly 20 years. His interest in theatre stems back to just five years before his move to Ontario when he was cast in a lead role in “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” with absolutely no clue what that involved. He soon found out! Community Theatre has since become a passion for him, having acted, directed, and produced in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as with local theatres in the Quinte region. He has written several plays, most notably “A Second Wind”, a full-length play about occupational asthma in the snow crab industry, written while he was a Medical Officer of Health in Labrador. He directed “Tempting Providence” by Robert Chafe at the Pinnacle Playhouse in Belleville which completed its run in February 2020 just before the COVID shutdown.
Shalyn started musical performances and acting at an early age. In her adult life, Shalyn discovered community theatre after moving to the area. After meeting her husband (whom she met in a play), she took a brief hiatus from acting to have a baby and nurture a family. Shalyn is now incredibly happy to be returning to “walk the boards”, at the wonderful and unique Theatre in The Wings. Shalyn played the role of Angela in "Conversation Park". She would like to thank her husband, Jim West, for his support. Cathie Gurr, for her unwavering support and encouragement; and her children, Rowan and Sienna, who continue to be her light and inspiration.
Since her retirement, Lisa Guthro has resumed her childhood passion of acting. She has performed with the Lindsay Little Theatre and the Belleville Theatre Guild. Lisa is thrilled to be a part of the creative energy at Theatre in the Wings.
Christine found her way to The Wings from just around the corner at the Village Theatre Company. She is a woman of few words. When asked to say something about herself, Christine wrote: "Don't worry about me alone backstage, alone in the dark, moving prop after prop after prop...I love it!"
Rachel is delighted to be appearing in her first River & Main production! Rachel has worked with various theatre companies in southeastern Ontario, and her previous credits include She Stoops to Conquer, Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, and In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Her thanks go out to a wonderful and talented cast and crew, and please do enjoy the show!
I was thrilled to be the Stage Manager for “A Christmas in Rosewood”. Being back stage is not a new thing for me. My parents were involved with theatre when I was little, with my mom on stage and my dad back stage, it was an inevitable choice for me. I was the Stage Manager for Lisa Morris when she directed “Cliffhanger” for the Belleville Theatre Guild. I have been Assistant Stage Manager for a couple of one-act plays and made my acting debut in this community in “Finding My Way Back To You” by Judie Preece. I look forward to many more opportunities from our wonderful theatrical presence in this community.
Following a thirty-year withdrawal from theatre, Bill rekindled his love for stagecraft and has been involved in the Quinte Region theatre scene for the past ten years as an actor, director, and "whatever needs to be done" guy. Bill is an accomplished director, working principally with Prince Edward Community Theatre where he directed “God of Carnage”, “The Mousetrap”, “Time Stands Still”, and “Veronica’s Room” and where he is currently directing “Crimes of the Heart” which opens November 12th at Mt. Tabor Playhouse in Milford. His onstage roles include Sydney Brunel, in Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap”, Robert, in David Auburn’s “Proof”, and James in Peter Paylor’s “The Black Chair”.
Having enjoyed working with both Ian Feltham and Peter Paylor in the past, Bill is looking forward to treading the boards at Theatre In The Wings and being a part of “An Evening With Beckett”.
"One of the many joys of retirement is being able to get involved in all aspects of the community theatre scene and I'm truly thankful for that. My husband and I moved from Toronto to Prince Edward County in 1999. I became involved with the Prince Edward Community Theatre group and The Marysburgh Mummers. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know and work with a coterie of talented and creative people. Now my journey continues with the River & Main Theatre Company."
Paulina played the role of Alice in "A Single Step", one of the "Scenes From a Park".
Beth is the author of "The Jackson Nash Mysteries", a series of radio plays produced by River & Main, available on our podcast page. Her play "Beatrice" was one of the three winning entries in The First Annual Belleville Playwriting Competition. It was performed as a staged reading at Theatre in The Wings in April 2022.
Lisa Morris is an award-winning stage and costume designer, an artist, a community builder, and an advocate for the arts. She is a founding member of the company and its current Vice President. Lisa played the role of Marilyn in "Conversation Park. She directed "Best Medicine" and "Queen Victoria's Tea Room".
Margaret Murray is a life-long resident of Belleville, a lover of theatre, and she is feeling blessed to be back on the boards. As a teacher of languages and dramatic arts for 30 years, Margaret values sharing her cherished experiences in the Belleville theatre community so that her students might come to see her play and plays as sources of artistic joy.
Thanks, Lisa, for your direction and for being an amazing human. Thanks, Peter, for writing in general, but especially for giving us QVTR. Thanks Teresa and Nancy for carrying us behind the scenes. Thanks to my fellow cast members, Michael, Jocelyn, Lisa, Barb, J.P. and Rachel. And last but not least, thanks to the audience for your attention. I can only hope your worries are reduced to sore belly muscles from laughing.
Peter has written dozens of plays, including a number that have been produced by River & Main Theatre Company. He is a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada and a founding member of the Quinte Playwrights Collective as well as a founding member of the company and its current President. Peter wrote "Queen Victoria's Tea Room", "Dear Ray", "Taking Care of the Browns", and "Christmas in Rosewood", which he also directed. He directed "Conversation Park".
Judie retired after thirty-two years in education and hit the ground running, well actually writing, acting, volunteering, and travelling. She is a published author and has had several of her plays brought to the stage. In 2016 she was the co-recipient with Kathryn Dalmer of the Adjudicator's Acting Award for her role in Peter Paylor's "Tea with Roger" at the EODL One Act Play Festival and received an EODL Adjudicator nod for Best Actor in "The Consultants", also by Peter, the year following. She is a founding member of River and Main Theatre Company and is proud to be part of the Theatre in The Wings family. Judie directed "A Single Step" in "Scenes From a Park". During the COVID hiatus, Judie was thrilled to bring Nadine to life and video in Peter's "Dear Ray". Judie will be bringing Nadine live to the stage when "Dear Ray" opens at Theatre in The Wings on January 12. Judie's play "The Way Staion" was one of the three winnining entries in The First Annual City of Belleville Playwriting Competition. It was performed as a staged reading at Theatre in The Wings in April 2022.
Wendy has been addicted to the stage since they first let her set foot on it, and has been seen in numerous productions on local stages. In November 2019, with the Belleville Theatre Guild, she was the recipient of the Mae Carmichael Acting Award at the EODL One Act Play Festival. She was then, obviously, incredibly displeased to find herself forced into a long hiatus along with the rest of the (stage) world. She is grateful to finally return to her favourite place besides the airport. "Thank you, River & Main!" Wendy played the roles of Doctor Happy and Christine in "Christmas in Rosewood" and the role of Marie in "A Single Step".
Margaret began writing, mainly fiction, in her twenties. After a lengthy hiatus, she picked it up again and started writing short stories. She noticed dialogue came easy to her and quite naturally led her into writing scenes and one act plays. She joined the Quinte Playwrights’ Collective several years ago providing her with the boost she needed to write more plays. She is grateful to River & Main Theatre Company for picking up “Conversation Park” and thrilled to have it included in Scenes From a Park.
Matthew Sheahan is a local actor, director, producer, playwright, and drama teacher at PECI in Picton, Ontario. He is the current president of the Council of Drama and Dance Educators, and has facilitated workshops and webinars all over Ontario and internationally through the International Drama in Education Association (IDEA). He is a founding member and performer with the improv comedy troupe, the Improvmonauts, and one of the producers of the Sharpen the Acts Festival at the Old Church Theatre.
Simon was born and raised in Belleville and attended summer theatre workshops during my childhood. He is now back in Belleville and was delighted to have joined the cast for the production of Scenes From a Park.” Simon played the role of Ron in "Conversation Park".
I have been doing art ever since I was a child. It has always been a way to express myself and be creative in a very special way. When I was young, I learned the basics that would later grow and expand as the years passed. As I got older, I began to realize it was a passion that grew every day. This brought me to attend graphic design at St. Lawrence College. Later I would continue my art by making designs for rock bands and paintings for various people. I’m still painting and creating in my own style. I am painting and creating even at this moment. I have projects on the go. I don’t plan on ever giving up my passion. My art is my life.
In recent years, Mihal could be seen gracing the stage at the Old Church Theatre and on Zoom with the Belleville Theatre Guild. She is a founding member of the comedy troupe the Improvmonauts and an original and ongoing producer of Sharpen the Acts Festival.
Rick studied theatre in Toronto, and for over two decades worked in regional theatre, touring and new workshop productions, with the occasional foray into film and television. Since moving to the Quinte region in 2002, Rick has worked with Stirling Festival Theatre, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, and Moonpath Productions at the Empire Theatre in Belleville. He has also worked backstage, taught theatre workshops, directed, built sets, and marketed shows to new audiences. Rick directed "Taking Care of the Browns". He is the author of "Best Medicine".