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- By AGATHA CHRISTIE
- Directed by CRAIG HALL
The World's Favourite Whodunit
On a dark and snowy night, seven strangers find themselves trapped in a remote guesthouse. The next morning, the snowed-in guests are joined by a police sergeant who brings news of a grisly murder in London. To the guests’ horror, he reveals that the killer may be in their midst. The game is afoot as the sergeant delves into the histories of the guests to uncover sordid pasts. Can you put the pieces together and solve the murder before the final curtain? Join Theatre Calgary for a brand new production of the world’s longest-running play by its greatest mystery writer.
- DIRECTOR CRAIG HALL
- SET & VIDEO DESIGN SCOTT REID
- COSTUME DESIGN DEITRA KALYN
- LIGHTING DESIGN BETH KATES
- SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION JOELYSA PANKANEA
- VOICE & DIALECT COACH JANE MACFARLANE
- FIGHT DIRECTOR & INTIMACY COORDINATOR BRIANNA JOHNSTON
- STAGE MANAGER, FIGHT & INTIMACY CAPTAIN KENNEDY GREENE
- ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER MEREDITH JOHNSON
- APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER BRIANNA DIODATI
- CAST KIT BENZ, TYRELL CREWS, NATASCHA GIRGIS, CHRISTIAN GOUTSIS, VANESSA LETICIA JETTÉ, ROBERT KLEIN, MATTHEW MOONEY, MIKE TAN
- TC MENTORS PROGRAM CALEIGH CROW - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LARA SCHMITZ - VOICE & DIALECT
Cast and Creative Team
(they/them) Theatre Calgary debut. Kit is a clown, puppeteer, and physical theatre artist based in Moh'kins'tsis on Treaty 7 Territory. They are a graduate of the drama program at Bishop’s University as well as the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Kit also spent several glorious summers training in Pochinko clown at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Past work includes The Jungle Book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (ATP); Yabber: A Musical Junk Tale (Mudfoot Theatre); Iniskim: Return of the Buffalo (Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry); All I Want for Christmas (Lunchbox Theatre).
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: Noises Off, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, One Man, Two Guvnors, A Christmas Carol, Our Town, Enron. Elsewhere: A Few Good Men (Drayton Entertainment); King Lear (Bard On The Beach); Disgraced (Alberta Theatre Projects); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/National Arts Centre), Merchant Of Venice, Three Musketeers (Stratford Festival); Major Barbara (Theatre Calgary/American Conservatory Theater); The 39 Steps, Clue, Deathtrap (Vertigo Theatre); LUCKY in Waiting For Godot (Black Radish Theatre). Film and Television: Horses of McBride (CTV), Hell On Wheels (AMC), Heartland (CBC), Wynonna Earp (Sci-Fi). Tyrell has been a nominee/recipient of Betty Mitchell Awards, and Calgary Critic's Choice Awards. To my loves, Adelaide and Cynthia.
For Theatre Calgary (selected): Humble Boy, Counsellor-At-Law, Sherlock Holmes, Evita, A Christmas Carol. Selected Theatre: In Wonderland, Drowning Girls (Cross Canada Tour), Around the World in 80 Days, Blue Light, Oliver Twist, Oleanna, Stone Angel (ATP); Sherlock Holmes, Ends of the Earth, Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo); Dracula:The Bloody Truth (Vertigo/TNW); Nine Dragons (RMTC, Gateway, Vertigo); Becoming Dr. Ruth (TNW); The Gig (Aquarius); The Coyotes, Abundance, Beggar's Opera (Caravan Farm); A Thousand Splendid Suns (Grand); Titus Andronicus, Richard III (Shakespeare Co.); What You're Missing (Chutzpah Festival); Communion, Palace of the End, Life Skills (Network); Heroine, Love (Northern Light); Humble Boy (Citadel); Speaking in Tongues (Shadow); Trespassers (Belfry, Vancouver Playhouse); Lion in the Streets (Sage); Blues in the Night, Complete Works Abridged (LBT); Suite Surrender, Unnecessary Farce, Fiddler on the Roof, The 39 Steps (Stage West); Amadeus, Macbeth, The Constant Wife (ATF); Speak (Globe); The Barber of Seville (Persephone); Lend Me a Tenor (Arts Club).
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: Noises Off, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Timothy Findley’s The Wars, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Christmas Carol (2000, 2006-07), Macbeth, Counsellor-at-Law, Dangerous Corner, Candida. For 30 years, Christian has worked across Canada, the US, and abroad, as an actor, director, musician, writer, and teacher. He has worked extensively at major theatres all across Canada including; Theatre Calgary, ATP, Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, Hit and Myth, The Citadel Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Globe Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, Ground Zero, Stage West, TNB, and twice toured throughout the UK with Ghost River Theatre. He has been featured in numerous films and network television programs for CBC, Syfy, NBC, YTV, CBS, Hallmark, and many independent productions. He is a produced playwright, composer, teacher, and multiple Betty Mitchell Award winner. Christian is Voice Director and Casting Director at Six Degrees Music and Sound, as well as the Director of the Six Degrees Performance Academy.
Vanessa Leticia Jetté
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Little Women, A Christmas Carol (2019, 2021), Hamlet (Shakespeare by the Bow). Vanessa is a Mexican-Canadian artist working in Calgary! You may have seen her on stages with companies such as Vertigo Theatre: The Extractionist, Clue, Sherlock Holmes and The Vanishing Thimble; Lunchbox Theatre Stage Two series: By the Book; Major Matt Mason: Premium Content; One Yellow Rabbit: BeautifulYoungArtists; and with The Shakespeare Company in Hamlet Frequency. She is forever grateful to her family and to her partner Chris for all their support and she hopes you all enjoy the show.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2011-18), King Lear, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere: The Extractionist, 12 Angry Men, Black Coffee, Blood Relations, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, A Party to Remember, And Then There Were None, Unexpected Guest (Vertigo); Shark Bite, Last Christmas, Hearts and Souls, Outside, Penetration, Ivanka, The Wild Guys (Lunchbox); Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet (Shakespeare Company); King Kirby (Sage); Shakespeare’s Rebel, King Lear (Bard on the Beach); The Outsider, Drinking Habits, Drinking Habits 2, Grease, Damn Yankees, The Sound of Music (Stage West). Robert is truly delighted to be back with the fine people at Theatre Calgary!
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Go). Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Matthew travelled to Canada in January, 2023. He recently performed with Theatre Calgary’s emerging artist programme, Shakespeare on the Go, playing as Bottom, Lysander and Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He graduated in 2020 with a degree in Acting for Stage and Screen from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Other Credits include: Still Game (BBC), The Mad Hatter’s Circus (Tag Live); Harvey (New Celts Productions). Matthew would especially like to thank the staff at Theatre Calgary who have supported him profoundly on his travels. As always, he sends love back to the people of Glasgow, as he attempts to make them proud. He would also like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ralston (his maw and paw) who have made him everything he is, his adoring sister Sarah, and friends; Nicholas, Andrew, Moho, Iqbal, Michael and Dermot. He plans to keep up his attempts in this wonderful city he now calls home.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2017-18, 2021). Mike is a Treaty 7-based theatre artist and photographer. He has worked as a co-creator in devised theatre creation ensembles with Downstage, Theatre Junction, and Ghost River Theatre; an acting ensemble member at the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab workshopping new plays from around the world; and as an actor at Vertigo Theatre: The Extractionist, Murder on the Orient Express; Alberta Theatre Projects: Constellations; Major Matt Mason Collective: Premium Content; Field Work Theatre: Parts & Labour; and Jupiter Theatre: Frankenstein. Mike also works as a documentary photographer for arts and culture organizations (Calgary Folk Fest, Sled Island), events, and independent artists. He lives with his loves, Di, his son Aiden, and their cat babies, Frankie and Prismo.
(he/him) Theatre Calgary debut. Craig has worked across Canada as a director, designer and dramaturg for companies such as Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, The Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Theatre Northwest, Gateway Theatre, Rumble Productions, the Arts Club Theatre, Greenthumb Theatre, Theatre Replacement, The Electric Company, Studio 58, Theatre SKAM, Radix Theatre, Nightswimming and Section 8 Productions. Craig served as Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre from 2012-2022. He has received several awards for his work including trophies for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Set Design and Innovation. Craig is a graduate of Studio 58.
(he/him) For Theatre Calgary (selected): Million Dollar Quartet, TC Returns, A Christmas Carol (lighting – 1999, set & projections – 2019, production design – 2020, 2021), Billy Elliot the Musical, Mom’s The Word: For Crying Out Loud, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Raisin in the Sun. Elsewhere: Pride and Prejudice, Clue (Citadel); Alberta Kitchen Party, Stealing Sam, Disgraced, The New Canadian Curling Club (ATP); Misery, Clue, Murder on the Orient Express, Strangers on a Train, Dracula: The Bloody Truth (Vertigo); Macbeth, Eugene Onegin, South Pacific (Calgary Opera); Our Canada, Class Acts (Alberta Ballet); Better Get Hit in Your Soul, Modern Vaudevillians, Juliet and Romeo (DJD). Scott has also designed for such companies as Quest Theatre, Lunchbox, and The Shakespeare Company. scottreiddesign.com
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: A Christmas Carol (2019, 2021), Million Dollar Quartet, Noises Off, Shakespeare by the Bow (2012-2018, 2021), Blow Wind High Water, The Crucible, One Man, Two Guvnors, King Lear. Deitra is thrilled to be opening the season with this whodunit! She is an award-winning designer who holds a degree from ACAD and has been designing theatre and film costumes for various companies for nearly two decades. Her involvement as a costume designer has allowed her to play with some of the best people in the industry including projects with Netflix, MGM, AMC, HBO, Joe, DDG, Vertigo, Theatre Calgary, ATP, and more. She is a member of IATSE 212 and ADC 659. Happy season opener everyone! Sending all my love to my brood of boys!
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Little Women, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare by the Bow), Ragtime: A Concert Performance, Steel Magnolias. Beth is a an award-winning theatre maker, lighting, set, projection, and mixed-reality designer. Her work has been seen on stages around the world for over 30 years, most recently at the Blyth Festival with James Reaney’s rarely performed Donnelly Trilogy (adapted & directed by Gil Garratt). A leader in new forms of performance, she leads VR Performance creation workshops, and co-created and directed Bury The Wren, a Virtual Reality / Live performance which will next be presented at the Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA). Her favourite production is her son, Aaron. www.playgroundstudios.ca
Theatre Calgary debut. Originally from Kenya, East Africa, Joelysa is a multi award-winning composer based in Vancouver BC. A seasoned professional with 25 years of experience in composition, musical direction, and sound design, her music has been featured in multiple theatre productions, short films, chamber orchestras, and choirs. In the realm of theatre, Joelysa has composed dozens of theatre shows, multiple large scale musicals, and sound designs. Recent credits: Henry V (Bard on the Beach); and Rolling Hills (Sunny Drake Productions and Electric Company Theatre). Upcoming: Transhumanist (Musica Intima), and Fire Never Dies (Electric Company Theatre). www.joelysa.com
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Resident Voice Coach – More than 60 productions since 2000 including Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, Forgiveness, Little Women, The Importance of Being Earnest, Million Dollar Quartet, Steel Magnolias, Admissions, The Louder We Get, Noises Off, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Scarlet Letter, Mary and Max – A New Musical, Honour Beat, 12 seasons of Shakespeare by the Bow and 15 years of A Christmas Carol. Additionally, Jane adapted and directed the 2022 Shakespeare on the Go production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has worked for ATP, Vertigo Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, and various other stages across Alberta. Jane also coaches Voice and Presence through her business Voice Activated. She has taught Voice for the Actor and Acting at such institutions as York University, Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, MRU, UofA, and is currently on faculty in the Drama Division in the School of Creative & Performing Arts at UCalgary.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Fight Direction – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2023); Assistant Fight Direction – Forgiveness, A Christmas Carol (2016); Acting – The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare by the Bow 2013). Brianna is thrilled to be back at Theatre Calgary! Favourite fight direction credits include Teenage Dick, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (ATP); Richard III (TSC); Ministry of Grace (Making Treaty 7); The Extractionist (Vertigo); All I Want for Christmas (Lunchbox, Betty Mitchell nomination); GIANT (Ghost River, Betty Mitchell nomination); A Dinner Party (Bad Knaps Collective). Favourite acting credits include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (ATP); The Tempest, The Three Musketeers (TSC); The Money Shot (Ground Zero, Betty Mitchell nomination); and The Bone House (Apparition Theatre). Watch for her upcoming work in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Vertigo Theatre. Thanks and love to Logan for his love and support!
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Christmas Carol (2020 &2021), TC Returns, The Louder We Get. Select credits include: Many Mothers, Seven Skies: Scenes for Tomorrow; (Many Mothers Collective); Allergic to Water (Wee Witches/Inside Out Theatre); STRUCK (Ghost River Theatre); Naughty But Nice 9, LIVE! (Forte Musical Theatre Guild); Carmen, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Everest, Hansel & Gretel, The Brothers Grimm, Filumena, Turandot (Calgary Opera); Heaven, Calling Out Christmas!, Flight Risk (Lunchbox); Kim’s Convenience (Alberta Theatre Projects/ Arts Club); Assassinating Thompson (Lunchbox/Inside Out Theatre); All That Binds Us (Azimuth); There Goes the Bride, 80’s Solid Gold 1 & 2, Spamalot, Chicago, Love Train, Gameshow (StageWest); The Thin Man, The Hollow (Vertigo); A Love Letter to Emily C, A Chitenge Story, The Tall Building (Handsome Alice). Kennedy is thrilled to be back at Theatre Calgary! She is a Calgary based Stage Manager, a self-proclaimed stationery nerd and theatre brat. When not working she can be found baking, crafting or playing board games.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Little Women, Iceland. Meredith is a Calgary based stage manager who has stage managed with Alberta Theatre Projects, Bad Knaps Theatre, Black Radish Theatre, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, Handsome Alice Theatre, Heritage Park, Inside Out Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Making Treaty 7, Major Matt Mason Collective, One Yellow Rabbit, The Shakespeare Company, Spontaneous Theatre/Arts Club Theatre, Quest Theatre, Verb Theatre and Vertigo Theatre. Meredith wishes to thank the 3 coolest cats in town for wanting to share space with her on a daily basis.
(she/her) For Theatre Calgary: Forgiveness. Brianna is so happy to be back at Theatre Calgary! Other Stage Management Apprenticeships include 9 to 5: The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and One Hit Wonders (Stage West Theatre). Brianna has also worked as an actor across Canada and Spain. Select acting credits include Matilda (La Tourné Teatro - Spain), Carrie: The Musical (University of Lethbridge), and Nunsense The Musical (Music Box Productions). Big thanks to her family and friends for all their love and support.
(she/her) Theatre Calgary debut. Caleigh Crow is a queer Metis theatre artist from Mohkinstsis. She is the co-founder and Artistic Lead of Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre. Previous playwriting topics include: a talking crow and a grocery clerk, the mass coronal ejection of 1859, the Antifa Supersoldier, the intersection between 12th century Franciscan nuns and Britney Spears, remote viewing, witch revenge, SETI and a landlord musical. Most recently she directed Antigone Lives for WhyNot Theatre and TMU’s RiserX project. She is also a sometime actor.
For Theatre Calgary: Iceland, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare by the Bow 2013). Lara is a local actor, educator, and writer. As an actor, Lara’s most recent credits include The Ministry of Grace (Making Treaty 7, Belfry Theatre); and Murder on the Orient Express (Vertigo Theatre). Lara is excited to delve into voice and dialect coaching to further explore how multifaceted and fascinating voice work is! Thanks to Theatre Calgary and Jane for this opportunity.
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