Luther is a recent graduate from Harvard Law and hopes to pay his mortgage with his new position as the Attorney General of Ontario. No, wait… Luther is 11 and Stronger, Freer is his first production with Stouffville Theatre Company. He has played many roles in school plays and Christmas concerts over the years. When at school, Luther enjoys drama and languages; his favourite sports are hockey and soccer. Luther is the eldest of 5 siblings and he can probably solve a rubik's cube faster than you.
Jack is honored to be cast in Stronger, Freer. Over the past three years Jack has been cast in several theatrical productions across the GTA including 13 The Musical with Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions and a number of productions of the Confidential Musical Theatre Project. He enjoys both acting and singing on stage and off. Jack has also been cast in primetime TV commercials and hopes to continue his acting career to help put himself through medical school.
Lily is thrilled to be reprising her roles as Mary and Ayanna in Stronger, Freer. Her previous credits also include A Christmas Carol with Motus O Dance Theatre. Lily loves performing with her local children's choir and enjoys her vocal solo opportunities in the community and at her school. The Stouffville Theatre Company family has encouraged and inspired Lily to pursue other performance opportunities. She looks forward to her upcoming role as the orphan Duffy in Annie, with The Lower Ossington Theatre.
Robyn is very excited to be a part of this incredible production of Stronger, Freer. Robyn has been involved with musical theatre from a young age, with some previous roles including: Kendra (13 The Musical), Jane Banks (Mary Poppins), and Baby June (Gypsy). She trains vocally with Irene Illic, and with Laura Halley for her acting. Robyn is excited to be a part of a production from the very beginning, and to have the opportunity to be the first to perform a play. She would like to thank Marianne and Patrick for this amazing experience, and the production team for making this happen. Enjoy the show!
Barb is very excited to join the cast of Stronger, Freer. Barb has performed on stage at Theatre on Main, Theatre Aurora and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. She has also produced, directed and been costume designer with various groups. Barb would like to thank Marianne and Patrick for their vision and the rest of the cast and crew for their outstanding work.
Past performances include: Theatre Aurora: (Acting) Mrs. Crump, That Summer; Jessica Logan, Jitters; Actor 7, The Laramie Project; Actor 7, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. (Producer) Death of a Salesman; Old Love; Speaking in Tongues; A Nice Family Gathering; Down Dangerous Passes Road; Kimberly Akimbo. (Director) The Heart As It Lived; Don’t Dress For Dinner. Other Theatre: Mrs. Paroo, The Music Man; General Cartwright, Guys and Dolls; Mrs. Brill, Mary Poppins; Madam Lycus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Steppin’ Out Productions); Ensemble, Bye Bye Birdie, Shaindel; Fiddler on the Roof (Steppin’ Out Productions); Reba, You Can’t Take it With You (Newmarket Stage Co.); Miss Mullet, Tons of Money; Miss Skillen, Pool’s Paradise and See How They Run; Val, War Brides; Emmeline White, Jasper Station; Peggy, Weekend Comedy (Theatre on Main) Acknowledgements: Barb would like to thank her family and friends who always support her in her theatrical forays.
Bryan has been involved with several theater companies over the past 17 years; some of his more memorable moments include playing characters "Gary /Robert" in Noises's Off, "King Arthur" in Camelot, and "Luther Billis" in South Pacific. Bryan also enjoyes working behind the scenes, a few highlights include directing Twelve Angry Men, creating the award winning "Rain Effects" for Drama at Inish, and co-creating the award winnning Set Design for the first ever production of Renovations. Bryan has thoroughly enjoyed working with Stouffville Theatre Company since its inception and hopes everyone enjoys the show!!!
Taylor is very excited to be playing the role of Elizabeth and Lynn, in the amazing play Stronger, Freer. Taylor has been acting since the age of ten and Stronger, Freer will be her 13th play. Taylor has been in plays such as, Grease, The Outsiders, Hairspray, and Anne of Green Gables. Taylor is a middle child and she lives in Aurora with her mom, dad, older sister and younger brother. She is in grade eleven french immersion at Aurora High School. She enjoys being with friends and family, shopping, dancing, gymnastics, soccer, and of course theatre. Taylor is very happy to be a part of this production and hopes you enjoy the show!
John Sellens – John has been involved in community theatre, onstage and off, for over 25 years, and has been a member of MLT since 2004. His recent appearances with MLT include Storm Warning, 7-10 Split, 84 Charing Cross Road, Old Love, and Trying. Other recent credits include The Affections of May, and rehearsed readings in Stouffville. John received an ACT-CO award for Bedtime Stories, a Theatre Ontario “Thea” award in 2007 for his performance in MLT’s Outlaw, and won Best Lighting Design – Comedy for Old Love in 2014.
After a strong start in community theatre 25 years ago Deborah left the stage to pursue a family and corporate career. In 2016 she joined the Stouffville Theatre Company preforming in supporting roles and director of MOMolugues 2. Deborah would like to thank Marianne and Patrick Lannigan for writting Stronger Freer. Deborah is delighted to part of an amazing cast and crew.
Leonard trained as both actor and theatre technician at Fanshawe College. He is currently rehearsing Happy Family with Other Life for the Toronto Fringe and a new adaptation of Blue Castle for Marion Abbot Productions. Selected credits include Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and Dennis Shepard & Others in The Laramie Project, Marion Abbot Productions; Victor Laszlo in The Movie Experience: CASABLANCA with The Secret Sessions; Islands and Demise of Ordinary Objects with draft89; Charlotte's Web with Touring Players Theatre; and A Comedy of Errors with the Urban Bard. This is Leonard's first show with the Stouffville Theatre Company and he's thrilled to be joining this dynamic team of the exciting premier of Stronger, Freer.
Laura Halley-Morris began her career working at the Charlotte Repertory Theatre in North Carolina. She has studied in both the United States and Canada and has appeared in both films and on television, as well as in many stage productions. Some of her previous credits include, “Shelby” in Steel Magnolias, “May” in The Affections of May, “Elizabeth” in Laundry & Bourbon and “Bobbi” in Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Laura is the Artistic Director and co-owner of Broadway North Youth Theatre, a local educational musical theatre company for youth and is excited to be working on their 5th season of successful programming. Laura would like to thank Marianne and her team for the opportunity to be a part of Stronger, Freer and would like to thank her husband Kris for all that he is and all that he does. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Stronger, Freer is a play that follows a family through 150 years of Canadian history and is playing in Stouffville on June 15, 17, and 18. Tickets are available online here, and from handsome men in Stouffville.
Find out more about our contribution to Stouffville's Canada 150.
Copyright Stronger, Freer — 2017.
Copyright Stronger, Freer 2017