A Hamilton Holiday
Created by Mary Francis Moore and Company
December 7 – December 24, 2022
Following last year’s runaway success, Home For The Holidays, we’re thrilled to present a festive evening of music and stories for the whole family, from around the world and down the street.
A Hamilton Holiday features a spectacular Hamilton-Proud cast of performers, each with their own memories and traditions, that will light up your festive spirit and uplift your heart.
Experience the holiday magic and joy of the season. Come, join in the tradition and celebrate the holidays with your family and friends at Theatre Aquarius!
“The performers are winning in every way. They sing, they dance, they allow us free entry into their world of Christmas memories. They never flinch from taking big risks that make us open our hearts to their choices. Is it delightful? You bet. So, what are you waiting for? Go and be charmed by its magic.” – The Spectator
Holiday photograph by David Fillion
A Hamilton Holiday is proud to partner with Hamilton Food Share. Following each performance, patrons are asked to donate what they can in support of the city’s most vulnerable and their families.
Each $1 donated will provide $5 in food to feed the 13,000 local people who visit food banks each month – 5000 of whom are children.
Get your Tickets to A Hamilton Holiday
On the mainstage at Theatre Aquarius December 7- 24, 2022. Show runs 2 hours 15 minutes with intermission.
“I loved every moment of this Hamilton-inspired theatre piece. What a glorious treat. Oh yes. Don’t miss this one. It’s a Merry Christmas miracle. Go unwrap the best Christmas surprise in town” – Gary Smith, The Spec
Meet the Cast
Amanda De Freitas
Amanda is thrilled to return to Theatre Aquarius for A Hamilton Holiday following a successful run as Go-To-Hell-Kitty in her third season at Stratford festival in Chicago. Favourite credits include:
Francesca in West Side Story, Water Nymph in The Tempest. Elsewhere: Diana Ross in The Soul of Motown (Stage West Calgary); Dynamite in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius, Mirvish, Broadway, US national tour); Candy in Obeah Opera (Luminato and National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals); Arista in The Little Mermaid (Capitol Theatre); Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Festival). Film/TV: Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), The L.A. Complex. Follow Amanda on social @Miuzia.
Nicole was thrilled to make her Theatre Aquarius debut in this season’s Salt Baby, and now she is back to share some of her holiday music and traditions with us. Other selected credits include; My Sister’s Rage, (Tarragon); This is How We Got Here, (Shaw); Müsik Das Für Ende, (Crows/ Soundstreams); TOKA, (Theatre Passe Müraille/ LemonTree Creations); The Rez Sisters, (Stratford); Having Hope: A Hand Drum Song Cycle, (Talk Is Free); Ipperwash, Stag and Doe, Blyth; The Hours That Remain,Magnus; A Man A Fish, (Persephone); Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Charlottetown; The Penelopiad,(Nightwood); Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, (UK Tour); Jerry Springer – The Opera, (West End); Mamma Mia!, (US Tour/ Mirvish). Nicole’s TV and film credits include: Clarice, (CBS); Baroness Von Sketch, Detention Adventure, (CBC); Québexit, Telefilm; Jerry Springer-The Opera, (BBC).
Nicole was grateful to receive a Dora award for Outstanding Ensemble in the Soundstreams/ Signal Theatre production of Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit and the Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts Award from Celebration of Nations in 2020.
Emily is so excited to once again be back on the stage where she discovered her love of theatre. Born, raised, and living in Hamilton, Emily has performed in theatres across Canada. Favourite credits include: Once (Mirvish); Hook Up (Theatre Place Muraille /Tapestry Opera); The Team (ECT/Theatre Aquarius); Little Women (Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre Orangeville, Theatre Sheridan); As You Like It (Canadian Stage); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dauntless City Theatre); Fiddler On the Roof (Persephone); Kitchen Radio, Saint Anne’s Reel (Blyth Festival); five seasons at the Shaw Festival, including Saint Joan, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol, Wilde Tales, Something Bubbled, Something Blue (Talk is Free Theatre). Film/TV credits include: Echoes (Chaos and Light/Montreal World Film Festival). Training: Sheridan College, Lee Strasberg Institute.
Eliza Jane's Bio
This is Eliza-Jane’s Theatre Aquarius debut. A resident of Hamilton, Eliza-Jane recently starred in the Mirvish production of Come From Away. Other credits include: Meditaish (Are You Well?), Screwball Comedy (The Foster Festival), Mamma Mia!, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Confederation Centre for the Arts), Sound of Music (NAC), Elegies (Musical Stage Co.), Spoon River (Soulpepper), Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly (Festival Players of Prince Edward County, GCTC, 1000 Islands Playhouse, Assassins (Birdland/TIFT), The Music Man (Stratford Festival), The Producers (Mirvish/First American National Tour). Eliza-Jane’s Film and TV credits include: Holly Hobbie (Family Channel/Hulu), Gentle Annie (Ind.), Good Sam (CBS), Degrassi Season 14 (Epitome), Challenger (BBC/National Geographic), et al. Trained at the University of Windsor BFA, Queen’s University BEd, Eliza-Jane is a resident of Hamilton, playwright, director, song writer, musician, producer, teacher and parent. You can find Eliza-Jane @ejsvoice.
Following a successful run as Johnny Cash in Ring of Fire, Adam is pleased to be returning to the Aquarius mainstage to spread festive cheer in A Hamilton Holiday. Adam is an Aquarius Theatre School alumni, and is proud to call Hamilton home. Recent credits; Jafar in Disney’s Broadway Tour of Aladdin, Home for the Holidays, The Monster in Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, California Dreaming, Canadian Explosion (Stage West), Les Miserables (Drayton Festival) Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Tommy, Forever Plaid, Evita, Pippin (Theatre Aquarius), Plaid Tidings (Neptune Theatre, Magnus Theatre) The Wedding Singer (Mayfield Theatre), Race Day (Lighthouse Festival) Robin Hood (Elgin Theatre). For Kate, Sam and Frankie.
Meet the Creative Team
Patrick found his love for theatre and music at Theatre Aquarius. Born and raised in Hamilton, Patrick is excited to return to the mainstage for A Hamilton Holiday. Credits include: Home for the Holidays (Theatre Aquarius), Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius, Keys 2/Programmer); A Christmas Carol, O’Flaherty VC, Far Away, Assistant on Grand Hotel, Assistant on Oh What a Lovely War (Shaw Festival); and Into the Woods (The Grand) American Idiot, Bitter Girl, Honky Tonk Laundry, Keep an Eye On Summer (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Fun Home (Calithumpians); Cabaret (Sheridan). Training: Western University, Voice Performance. In addition to music directing, Patrick enjoys teaching voice and music at Sheridan College and the Shaw Festival.
Ivan is very excited to return to Theatre Aquarius. The holiday season is especially important to him as we celebrate bringing live theatre to our Hamilton family. Truly a Hamilton Holiday! Credits include: Home for the Holidays, Blackbird, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, On a First Name Basis, Mamma Mia, If I Were You, Jack of Diamonds, Cabaret, Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Top Of The Pops, Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Seussical: The Musical, A Man For All Seasons, Come Blow Your Horn, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar!, Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Little Match Girl, Four Stars (Theatre Aquarius). Favourite other theatre credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop Of Horrors, Hilda’s Yard, The Crazy Time, Chicago (Drayton Entertainment); Disco Cirque, The British Invasion, America Strikes Back (Charlottetown Festival); The Producers, Glorious, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Joseph… (Stage West); Nicola Subic Zrinski (Opera Mississauga). Ivan works as a set and costume designer for theatre, concerts and events across the country and beyond. He also designs and produces award-winning ballet costumes for international events. Thank you to the fabulous crew!
With over one hundred shows and 26 seasons with Theatre Aquarius,
Beth is very excited to be back! Other theatre credits include Oliver, Sound
of Music, Anne & Gilbert (National Arts Centre), Camelot &
Saturday Night Fever (North American Tours), Dreamgirls &
The Winslow Boy (MTC), Les Miserables, Big Band Legends, Evita,
Elf and many other shows (Drayton Entertainment). Beth is a
graduate of the Theatre Program at University of Waterloo.
Eric is a local Canadian Dancer, Singer, Actor from the greater Hamilton area. For Theatre Aquarius: Hairspray, High School Musical. Elsewhere: LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (Drayton), Eugene in Grease (Chemainus), Charlie Slonge in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival) Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Stage West) and West Side Story (Citadel). Eric is a proud Sheridan music theatre degree graduate, and grew up being a part of the Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Program. He has choreographed Crux, a show in the Toronto Fringe. He is so excited to be working with Mary Francis again and loves being back at Theatre Aquarius. You can find him on Instagram and Tiktok @ericdahl93 and his podcast Before There Were Hashtags on all podcasting platforms. Happy Holidays.
Audiences will remember Greg from Ring of Fire at Theatre Aquarius. Greg lives in Hamilton and.is thrilled to be back at Theatre Aquarius to take part in A Hamilton Holiday. Select other theatre credits include: Bodhran/Percussion, Come From Away, Toronto Production. Greg’s Film and TV credits include Composer: Republic of Doyle, Caught, Absolutely Canadian, Dad and The Fridgebox, The Missus Downstairs. Greg has his Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from McGill University, and he spent four years as Percussionist with the Toronto production of Come From Away. He’s also the conductor and Music Director of The Urban Orchestra, based out of Toronto. Greg is a member of the Traditional Newfoundland group, The Rowdyme
Assistant Stage Manager
For Theatre Aquarius, Jasmyne’s credits include Serving Elizabeth, Ring of Fire, Pat and Skee, Home for the Holidays, Sweat and Elf: The Musical, Cabaret. Other theatre credits include Sweet Delilah Swim Club, Kinky Boots, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story (Drayton Entertainment) Return to Grace (RGA Media – Fallsview Casino). Jasmyne’s film credits include Most Dangerous Game Season 2 (CBS), Reacher (Amazon). Jasmyne is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Technical Theatre Program.
Thank you for supporting live theatre, enjoy the show!
Sonia is an accomplished stitcher, cutter, and the Head of Wardrobe at Theatre Aquarius. Sonia’s career began as a bespoke clothing designer, and she moved into theatre in 2007, taking up a post at the Shaw Festival. Since then, she has worked for Young People’s Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Erindale Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, and for the CBC on So You Can Think You Can Dance Canada, and Over the Rainbow. Sonia is a proud Hamitonian and is thrilled to be part of Theatre Aquarius at this exciting time in its history.
Apprentice Stage Manager
For Theatre Aquarius, Logan’s credits include Serving Elizabeth, Ring of Fire. Other theatre credits include Grow (Grand Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Guild Festival Theatre), When Wendy Grew Up (Litmus Theatre), Mary Stuart, Concord Floral(FSPA), Dido and Aeneas / Aeneas and Dido, L’Etoile(Dalhousie Opera). Logan has a BA, Honours in Stage Design and Technical Theatre from Dalhousie University. Visit Logan’s website at www.loganmcnutt.com.
Mary Francis Moore
Playwright & Director
Mary Francis' bio
Artistic Director of Theatre Aquarius, Mary Francis is an award-winning director, playwright and dramaturg. Recognized for championing new works, Mary Francis has dramaturged and directed numerous plays that have toured across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She has also developed several new musicals with established recording artists Johnny Reid, Amy Sky, Twin Flames and the Estate of Rita MacNeil. Her directing credits at Theatre Aquarius include: The Hours That Remain, Hairspray: The Broadway Musical and Home for The Holidays. She co-wrote the smash-hit play Bittergirl with fellow collaborators, Annabel Fitzsimmons and Alison Lawrence. This acclaimed show was produced across Canada (including Theatre Aquarius), London UK, and showcased in NYC.
Erik Patterson is a versatile musician, having played guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin and keyboard in over 50 musicals in Ontario alone. He can also be found around Toronto accompanying cabaret artists, choirs, singer-songwriters, jazz big bands, and international pop stars. Also a prolific composer, his works are regularly featured and premiered by jazz orchestras, chamber groups and percussion quartets as well as sold worldwide. Erik is proud to be a founding member and main contributor to the Composer’s Collective Big Band.
Selected music theatre credits include: Man of No Importance (Acting Up Stage), Caroline or Change (Musical Stage/Mirvish), Next to Normal (Musical Stage/Mirvish) and Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius).
Mickey is thrilled to again be the Lighting Designer for our Hamilton Holiday show. He is currently the Technical Director and has been the Head of Lighting here at Theatre Aquarius since 2008, working on over 80 productions during that span. Prior to his time here, he has worked as a Lighting Tech, Lighting Designer, or Technical Director at many venues in Southern Ontario including The Hamilton Fringe, Fallsview Casino, Casino Rama, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, fFIDA, Summerworks, The Toronto Fringe, as well as summer festivals at The Regent Theatre in Picton and Bluewater Summer Festival in Kincardine. He attended the Banff Center for the Arts in the summer of 1998, and graduated from the Theatre Arts – Production program at Humber College in 1997.