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Our Town

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By Thornton Wilder • Directed by Yo Mustafa

March 21st-24th
7:30 pm + Sat. Matinee 2:00 pm 

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets on sale at oakvillecentre.ca

Cast

Esteban Barrios
Joe Crowell Jr. & Si Crowell

At the age of 10, Esteban, fueled by a passion for drama, is making his debut with WEST. Having portrayed various roles within school, this marks his first foray beyond campus boundaries. Excited to share the stage with seasoned actors, Esteban brings a dedicated work ethic, developed through his studies with the West End Studio Theatre in Oakville, to meet the standards set by the experienced cast in this new theatrical endeavour.

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Heather Cunningham
Chorus

Heather is thrilled to be a part of another WEST production, joining a fabulous cast and crew, and being directed by the incomparable Yo Mustafa.  Favourite WEST productions include Funny Money, Home For Christmas and now Our Town.

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Lucy Ellis
Emily Webb

Lucy Ellis is an actor and singer/songwriter based in Toronto. Along with graduating from George Brown Theatre School in 2022, Lucy has studied contemporary and classical text at Stratford and Shaw, and has trained internationally at RADA and LAMDA in England. Lucy recently appeared as The Handler in Talking With… (West End Studio Theatre), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Sunbeam Theatre Co). Coming up this May, she will be playing Eve in Burn (The Players Guild). She also has a lifelong passion for music - in her spare time, she runs a YouTube channel for her singing and plays live shows around Toronto. Lucy has fallen in love with Our Town in the rehearsal process, and is thrilled to be playing Emily alongside a super talented cast. 

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Kate Hamilton
Chorus

This will be Kate’s second role with WEST; her first being Donna Marie in Blood Brothers in 2017. She’s thrilled to be performing in this beautifully crafted production, amongst an amazing cast and crew.

Previous roles include: A Slice of Saturday Night (Sharon), Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda), Witches of Eastwick (Felicia), Sylvia (Phyllis), Calendar Girls (Annie) and SHREK! (Wicked Witch).

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Adam Hilliard
Constable Warren

Adam Hilliard has appeared in the West End Studio Theatre Company’s productions of Black Coffee and The Crucible. He is thrilled to be back at WEST, and is honoured to be a part of this talented cast and crew.

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Gabriela Hurd
Rebecca Gibbs

Gabriela Hurd is a grade ten student and has been a student at WEST for three years participating in the Film/TV and Stage classes. This is Gabriela’s fourth show with WEST as she has had the opportunity to work as an ASM on shows like Talking With and Home for Christmas. Gabriela is thankful for all the support she gets from those around her. 

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Desmond Lazar
George Gibbs

Desmond Lazar (he/him) is an actor, writer and director based out of Toronto Ontario, who graduated from TMU (formerly Ryerson)’s acting program in ’22. His first play, The Fire, was workshopped by Precipice Productions in 2021 and he made is directorial debut the following year with Hunger, a new play by Ben Yoganathan. Other credits include: Snout, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tottering Biped Theatre); Hookman, Hookman (TMU); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (TMU). This is Desmond’s first time working with WEST, and he is very excited to be stepping into the role of George. You can also catch him next month as Nic in Fiji at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace.

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Christine Ann Marchetti
Mrs. Webb

Christine is thrilled to part of her second WEST production with her son, who plays her son.  In September she performed in WEST’s Talking With.  Before playing Mrs. Webb, Christine was last seen in DLT’s Arsenic & Old Lace, and before that, Myth of the Ostrich. Thanks to Yo and the amazing production staff at WEST and love to her husband and boys for their patience and support.

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Charles Marchetti Plasky
Wally Webb

 This is Charles’s second play.  In 2018 he played Fuller in Home Alone, a radio show (also with his mom, and with his brother). Charles is an accomplished pianist.  He is excited for this opportunity and thanks Yo and the WEST team for being so inviting.

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Rod McTaggart
The Stage Manager

Rod McTaggart is delighted to play this character in this cast in this WEST production. Selected stage dramas include 12 Angry Men, Laramie Project, John Logan's RED, Glengarry Glenn Ross, Death and The Maiden, Mercury Man: The Last Performance of Orson Welles, and Frankenstein. Selected stage comedies include Funny Money, Cheaters, The Curious Savage and Communicating Doors. Thanks to my bride and my family for their unwavering support.

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Cameron Parker
Baseball Player/The Dead

First time performance at West End Studio Theatre; proud to be involved in Our Town. Cameron is a Cast Member who is also known for Film and being a TV acting Teacher Assistant working with students from ages 15+ to support acting. He has filmed and created monologues and scenes with cast members in various theatric performances and worked with a variety of actors and crew members to accomplish a goal in production. His ultimate goal is to work in the Film Industry. 

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Richard Pieterse
Chorus

Richard Pieterse is an actor currently studying at the West End Studio Theatre. It's a thrill and an honour for him to become a part of the cast and crew of Our Town. Collaborating with esteemed Art Director Yo Mustafa and such a talented team is a privilege he deeply appreciates. He is excited and dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to the success of the production in his role.

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Michael Quast
Mr. Webb

You may recognize Michael from past theatre productions in Mississauga and Oakville or even as a host on YTV.  If all three, congratulations!  Your short and long term memory is excellent.  Michael's "day" job focus has been building a rewarding career in branding, marketing and communications.  He helped create and shape the brand juggernaut behind renovator Mike Holmes. In the evenings (and the occasional weekend matinee) Michael embraces his long standing passion for theatre and his wife of 30 years, often at the same time.

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Amin Rahmani
Joe Stoddard

Amin is thrilled to be back in another WEST production following a recent role in 12 Angry Men. Past work with WEST includes The Foursome, The Odd Couple, and The Mumberly Inheritance. Amin is humbled to be in the company of such talented actors.

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Chris Reid
Mr. Gibbs

Chris is grateful for the opportunity to help tell this extraordinary story alongside this remarkable cast. Recent stage credits include West End Studio Theatre’s Laramie Project and 12 Angry Men. Thank you for coming and supporting the arts in your community.

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Anastasia Saluk
Louella Soames/Chorus

Anastasia Saluk is excited to be back on stage after four years! Previous credits include A Murder is Announced, The Good Doctor, and Miracle on 34th Street. She hopes audiences will leave Our Town with a renewed sense of gratitude for their loved ones, as she has done through this wonderful opportunity. Endless love to God, family and friends. A big thanks to the Our Town team for their humour, kindness, and talent. 

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Brian Silva
Howie Newsome

Having enjoyed 12 Angry Men so much, Brian is happy to return to work with the West End Studio Theatre. When not busy appeasing the director with snacks and running his lines, Brian teaches online ESL classes and takes care of his friend’s cat. Special thanks to Yo Mustafa for letting him play the part of a man who drags around an old, possibly senile (yet beloved) horse. 

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Ryk Simpson
Professor Willard

34 years ago Ryk took the stage as Professor Willard in his first ever highschool play. He is thrilled to do so again in his third show with WEST. Past credits with WEST include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and 12 Angry Men. He would like to thank the amazing cast and crew for another phenomenal experience in building a truly remarkable show.

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Paul Wilson
Simon Stimpson

This will be Paul’s fifth show with WEST and his third-ever appearance on stage alongside his long-suffering partner (Kate Hamilton).  Previous WEST shows include Blood Brothers, The Real Inspector Hound, Foursome, and most recently as Juror #5 in Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Men.

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Braden Worton
Chorus

Braden Worton is excited to be working with WEST once more. Credits include Home for Christmas as Jack Bailey, Woodson “Third” Bull in Third, and Rob from Stag and Doe. Braden would like to thank Yo Mustafa and the rest of the cast and crew for being an awesome bunch, and his family for the continued support. YAOW!

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Carla Zabek
Mrs. Gibbs

Our Town is a special play for Carla, not only because it is a magnificent and meaningful Pulitzer prize winning work, but it was the first play in which she was cast, many years ago in grade 9 where she played a townsperson, which is when her love of theatre performance was born.  Two years later she was cast as Emily in Studio Charisma’s production staged at Brock University.  She is thrilled to be able to revisit this beautiful play a third time, playing Ms. Gibbs.  She is very grateful to Yo for casting her in this excellent production and thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew, many of whom she has not worked with before.  Our Town is an excellent reminder to all of us to “realize life while we live it, every, every minute.” 

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Anthony Zita
Sam Craig

Anthony made his acting debut as lead in the U of T Italian production of Non Tutti I Ladri Vengono a Nuocere. He has had several small film parts in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Tuxedo, Between Strangers and over the past year filmed the award winning Food for Thought currently streaming on CBC Screen Gem and soon to be released Nereid. Anthony is excited to be working with WEST again after his role as Mr. Macy in Miracle on 34th Street and 12 Angry Men.

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