MAGGIE

Maggie

World Première

Music by Johnny Reid, Matt Murray and Bob Foster. Book and Lyrics by Johnny Reid and Matt Murray. Direction and Dramaturgy by Mary Francis Moore. Musical Direction and Supervision by Bob Foster
April 19 – May 6, 2023

Meet Maggie, a Scottish single mother of three boys. Set between 1954 and 1976, MAGGIE tells the inspirational tale of a fiery school cleaner living in the mining town of Lanarkshire Scotland. After suffering an unthinkable loss, Maggie must rely on her strength, sense of humour and fiercely loyal group of friends to raise her boys and protect them from the harsh and ever-changing world around them. Based on a true story, MAGGIE features a soul-stirring score by award-winning recording artist Johnny Reid. A tribute to Johnny’s Granny and the people of an almost forgotten generation, this exciting new musical is a celebration of family, community and the joy and laughter that can be found, even in the darkest of times.

 

 

Maggie

Get your Tickets to the World Première of Maggie

On the mainstage at Theatre Aquarius April 19 – May 6, 2023.

“‘Maggie’ celebrates not only my Gran and her life but also an entire generation of women who fought through some tough times by keeping faith, hope, love, family, friendship and humour close to heart.”
– Johnny Reid

Cast Announced for the World Premiere of MAGGIE a New Musical

Hamilton, Ontario, January 24, 2023 – Theatre Aquarius and Confederation Centre of the Arts are celebrating Robbie Burns Day by announcing the extraordinary 18-member cast of MAGGIE, a new musical produced in association with Michael Rubinoff and Johnny Reid…

Meet the Cast 

Michelle Bardach

Michelle Bardach

Jean

Michelle's Bio

Aquarius: Mamma Mia

Other theatre: Elf: the Musical (Grand Theatre), Tell Tale Harbour and Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia (Arts Club); Children of God (Segal Centre/The Citadel), Pure 90s (Stage West)

Film/TV: Dancing Through Christmas (Lifetime), Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform), Spirit Rangers (Netflix)

Training: Graduate of Capilano University’s Bachelor of Performing Arts program.

Etc: Michelle is an Indigenous storyteller from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. She is a vocalist in two Indigenous music groups, M’Girl and Tillicum Shantie, and does voiceover in animation, commercials and audiobooks.

Social: Instagram – @michyb123


Dharma Bizier

Dharma Bizier

Maggie

Dharma's bio

Aquarius: Debut

Other Theatre:  Matilda the Musical (Linus Hand Productions), Shout! The Mod Musical (Magnus Theatre), Chelsea Sunrise, My Bonnie Lass, Phantom of the Opera, Kiss Me, Kate (Theatre Sheridan), Erik with a K (CMTP). 

Training: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan College

Etc: Johnny Reid Love Someone National Tour.

Social: @dharmaayla

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. She is a proud bear clan member with mixed Euro-settler, Cree, Beaver and Métis roots from Horse Lake First Nation, AB.



 

Nicola-Dawn Brook

Nicola-Dawn Brook

Betty, Understudy Maggie

Nicola-Dawn's Bio

Aquarius: Mamma Mia!

Other Theatre: 

Canada: Kinky Boots (Mirvish); Mamma Mia, Anne of Green Gables, Bittergirls, Kronborg (Charlottetown Fest); Les Belles Soeurs (Segal Centre); Bend It Like Beckham (St Lawrence Centre); Mamma Mia!, Sound of Music (Drayton Ent); Smarty Pants (Magnus)

West End London: Aspects of Love, Fame, Copacabana, Taboo, Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, When Harry Met Barry

UK Rep & National Tours: Chess, Leader of the Pack, A Happy End, Dames at Sea, A Funny Thing…Forum, Romantic Comedy, Hard Times

Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco, Joya

Film/TV: De-Lovely, Sweeney Todd, Little Matchgirl, X-Factor S3, Alert, Transplant, Graymail

Training: Manchester Capital Theatre, Suzanna Lenir 

Etc: Became a proud Canadian citizen in 2019!

Social: @nicoldawn, www.nicoladawn.com 



Aidan Burke

Aidan Burke

Wee Jimmy

Aidan's Bio

Aquarius: Debut

Other Theatre: Buying the Farm (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), My Bonnie Lass, Stars of Mars, The Phantom of the Opera, and Chelsea Sunrise (Theatre Sheridan).

Etc: Aidan is thrilled to be a part of Maggie! A proud Edmontonian, Aidan caught the theatre bug performing in Oliver! at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, where he would go on to perform in The Wizard of Oz, and six seasons of A Christmas Carol. To subsidize his career, he has also studied the art of making coffee at Starbucks, stocking liquor for Costco, and most recently, delivering mail for Canada Post! He would like to shout out his brothers and sisters at CUPW, and all the working people who make the world go round, this show’s for them. 



Liam Crober-Best

Liam Crober-Best

Ensemble, US Shug, US Tommy

Liam's Bio

Aquarius: Debut

Other Theatre: Bethune (Workshop), The Bluenose (Workshop)

Training: Graduate of Sheridan College Bachelor of Music Theatre Program

Etc: The most love to all my family, friends and this amazing cast and crew!!

Jay Davis

Jay Davis

Ensemble / Constable / US Tam & Dougie

Jay's Bio

Aquarius: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ

Superstar, Jasper Station, Beauty and the Beast.

Other Theatre: Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish), Miss Saigon (West End), I Love You

Because (Angelwalk), Assassins (Birdland/Talk is Free), Next to Normal, The Last Five

Years, Ordinary Days, Dracula, Bittergirl – The Musical.

Film/TV: The Handmaid’s Tale, Titans, Designated Survivor

Training: Sheridan College

Etc: Furniture refinisher @classicrockfurniture, and Michael Buble tribute artist @feelingbuble





Alyssa LeClair

Alyssa LeClair

Ensemble, Josie Cameron, US Betty

Alyssa's bio

Aquarius: Debut

Other Theatre: Blame Canada!, My Fair Lady (Sharon Playhouse), Expensive Cheese, Conversations with My Dad (The Staircase)

Film/TV: Fat Camp (2017 LAFF Premiere), Workin’ Moms

Training: Queen’s University and a Master of Music: Vocal Performance from NYU

Social: @leclairforceone

Jeremy Legat

Jeremy Legat

Uncle Charles

Jeremy's bio

Aquarius: Spider’s Web.

Other Theatre: Peter Pan (Neptune Theatre); The Last Party (Tarragon Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Oliver! (London Palladium); Murder For Two, Crazy For You (Watermill Theatre); Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse); A Third, Thérèse Raquin (Finborough Theatre); Curtains (Landor Theatre); Hamlet and The Canterbury Tales (Cunard’s QM2); Dido, Queen of Carthage (Kensington Palace); Beautiful Thing (Leicester Haymarket); Peter Pan (Richmond Theatre); Spring Awakening (Young Vic); Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? (Soho Theatre); Gompers (Arcola Theatre).

Film/TV: Stardust (Salon Pictures); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC); The Umbrella Academy (Netflix); Chateau Laurier (Amazon Prime); Canoe Man, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, Hustle, Surviving Disaster, Hope and Glory (all BBC); Mike Bassett: Manager (ITV); Endgame (Evolution Films); The House on Arch Lane (Markenfilm).

Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England.

Etc: Composer for web TV series Wimpole Street. Follow @jeremylegat for more.

Lawrence Libor

Lawrence Libor

Shug

Lawrence's Bio

Aquarius: Ring of Fire

Other Theatre:  Brighton Beach Memoirs (Harold Green), ONCE (Citadel Threatre), Cabaret (the Grand Theatre), LIL Red Robin Hood (Ross Petty Panto), American Idiot (West End and UK tour). 

Film/TV (selected):  Take Note (NBC), Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount), Frankie Drake (CBC), Teacup Travels (CBBC)

Training: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


William Lincoln

William Lincoln

Tommy

William's Bio

Aquarius: Hairspray

Other Theatre:  Grease (Winter Garden Theatre), Mamma Mia! (YES Theatre), Chelsea Sunrise, My Bonnie Lass, Phantom of the Opera (Theatre Sheridan)

Training: Graduate of Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance

Social: @lincolngouett

Sweeney MacArthur

Sweeney MacArthur

Geordie Parven

Sweeney's Bio

Aquarius: Debut

Other Theatre (Selected): GROW (Grand Theatre London), Bloodless (Theatre 20); Calendar Girls (Mirvish); Sad Presentments (National Theatre, England); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); 7 Stories (Rose Theatre); The Shakespeare Company (UK Tour); Dear Johnny Deere  (Charlottetown Festival); This Is How We Got Here (Magnus Theatre); Phedre (National Arts Centre); Married Alive (Stage West); Wally’s Cafe (Upper Canada Playhouse)Rocky Horror Show (German Tour).

Etc: This show is dedicated to my mother Doreen who found friendship and laughter during hard times in a ‘steamie’ in Glasgow.





Andrew McAllister

Andrew McAllister

Dougie, Ensemble, US Uncle Charles

Andrew's Bio

Aquarius: Hairspray (Corny Collins)

Other theatre: 8 Seasons at The Charlottetown Festival. The Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and The Beast (Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB); GROW (The Grand Theatre); The Music Man, Darling of The Day, etc (Talk Is Free Theatre); World Premiere of The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary).s

Training: Graduate of The Sheridan College Musical Theatre-Performance Program

Etc: Andrew would love to thank this phenomenal creative team! He is thrilled to be working with some of this country’s best. Thanks to Talent House for endless support. Lastly to the audience, thank you for supporting new Canadian work!

Social: @andrewjamesmcallister

 

Clea McCaffrey

Clea McCaffrey

Ensemble, US Josie Cameron and Theresa

Clea's Bio

Aquarius: Hairspray (one of The Dynamites)

Other Theatre:  Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (RMTC); Sam/Lucy (TIFT); GROW ( The Grand Theatre); Sister Act, Jan in Grease ( Drayton Entertainment); Rumspringa Break! ( Next Stage Festival), Mabel Washington in Fame ( Creativiva Dubai) 

Film/TV: Y:the last man

Training: St. Clair College

Etc: “If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day“ – 2Pac 

Social: Cl.3a_


Jamie McRoberts

Jamie McRoberts

Sadie

Jamie's Bio

Aquarius: Debut
Other Theatre: April Fools (The Segal Center), Into The Woods, For Both Resting and Breeding (Talk Is Free Theatre), Rock of Ages (Stage West Calgary), All Shook Up (Stage West Mississauga), Crazy for You, Beauty and The Beast (The Capitol Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Empire Theatre), The War Show, The Christmas Carol, Drinking Alone, Barefoot in the Park (The Rose Theatre).
Training/Teaching : Jamie is graduate of George Brown Theatre School, She has her Grade 10 in classical Piano from The Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a graduate of Theatre Aquarius’s Performing Arts Program. Jamie has created an APP for youth education in the arts called BizWiz Academy (available on the APP store).

Etc:  Jamie is excited to be releasing her first album this year entitled Bring Me Your ‘A’ Game, which was co-written and produced by Ross Vannelli. You can find it on her website or anywhere you stream music.

 

Kaitlyn Post

Kaitlyn Post

Teresa, US Jean, US Sadie

Kaitlyn's Bio

Aquarius: Debut

Other Theatre:  Fascinating Ladies (Young at Heart Theatre), Pump Up The Volume (CMTP), Sunday In The Park With George (Eclipse Theatre), NINE (Theatre Sheridan)

Training: Graduate of Sheridan Colleges Musical Theatre Program.  

Etc: Kaitlyn would like to thank her family, friends, and her partner Taran for their never-ending support. This one’s for you, Dad.

Aaron Ryder

Aaron Ryder

Ensemble, US Wee Jimmy and Geordie Parven

Aaron's Bio

Aquarius: Debut 

Other Theatre:  One Day (Segal Centre/Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal), Leaving Eden (Shifting Ground Collective), Written in Blood Trilogy (Talk is Free Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Eclipse Theatre), Cabaret (Theatre Sheridan), GROW (Theatre Sheridan/CMTP), My Bonnie Lass (Theatre Sheridan).

Film/TV: Fellow Travelers (Showtime/Fremantle), Finale (short film by Human Moves Media), several national/international commercial campaigns. 

Training: Graduate of Sheridan College Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program.  

Etc: Enormous thanks to Johnny, Matt, Mary Francis, Bob, and Michael, as well as the whole Talent House team. And of course, my family! Enjoy the show!

Julius Sermonia

Julius Sermonia

Ensemble, David, US Constable

Julius' Bio

Role: Ensemble, US David and Constable 

Aquarius: Beauty and The Beast

Other Theatre: Selected: Miss Saigon, The King and I, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Contact, Cats (Broadway); Chicago, Tommy, Camelot, Evita, Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, A Funny Thing…Forum (also Mirvish), Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes (Stratford); Holiday Inn (Shaw); Yoshimi…Pink Robots (La Jolla); Elf, Mary Poppins (Neptune); Shrek (Grand); Marathon of Hope, Damn Yankees (Drayton); The Little Mermaid, Cinderella (Ross Petty); The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC); Sweet Charity (StageWest); Hair (Canadian Stage); West Side Story (Citadel/Theatre Calgary) 

Film/TV: Mother of All Shows (Feature Film), The Boys (Sony/Amazon), Hellcats (CW)

Social: @JuliusSermonia

 

Adam Stevenson

Adam Stevenson

Tam

Adam's Bio

Aquarius: A Hamilton Holiday, Ring of Fire, Home for the Holidays, Pippin

Other Theatre: Jafar in Disney’s Broadway Tour of Aladdin, 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).  

Etc: Adam is an Aquarius Theatre School alumni, and is proud to call Hamilton home. He dedicates this performance to Kate, Sam and Frankie.