Inspired by the music and magic of the beloved Irish Rovers, The Wild Rovers is a mad-cap adventure that sees the famed band whisked away to a fantastical land of Athunia, not to be confused with their sworn enemy, Ethunia, (and yes they are pronounced exactly the same). These fictional countries find themselves on the brink of war and the loveable, hard-working band must help them find a path to peace through song! There will be puppets, there will be no intermission and there most definitely will be no fourth wall.
THE WILD ROVERS MUSICAL
Julia is a singer, actor, dancer & choreographer from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She’s a graduate of Sheridan College with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theatre Performance. Recent credits include: Assistant Choreographer for Come From Away (Gander), Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins and Sophie in Mamma Mia! As a company member of Red Hot Productions, Julia continues her dance training in hiphop, heels and jazz funk. Enjoy the show! @juliaadunnee
Philip has worked with several Newfoundland companies including Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, TaDa! Events, Resource Centre For The Arts, Rising Tide Theatre, Untellable Movement Theatre and many others. He is a co-founder and head writer of Ladies Who Lunch Productions, producing original live radio plays for the theatrical stage. He is one-half of the MusicNL nominated duo The Duds.
A passionate and proud supporter of new musical theatre, Vicki is thrilled to call herself a Wild Rover! Most recently, she was featured in Terra Bruce Productions’ No Change in the Weather. Thanks and love go out to her nearest and dearest, and to her fellow castmates, with whom she is grateful to share the joy of singing these well-loved and timeless Irish Rovers tunes.
Roguish Rick Castley
You may recognize Liam from his heavily plagiarized and critically underrated performance in his self-produced one act backyard play in Grade 3. Since then: The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), The Glass Menagerie (Theatre on the Ridge), Into the Woods (Theatre Sheridan – Class of 2018). On screen: Dying for Admission (Neshama/MarVista Entertainment), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury Films), 2022 White Ribbon Campaign (Untitled Films). For Ma, Da, and K-man. @mrliamlynch
Steve Maloney is an award-winning balladeer and actor, known for his velvet-tinged baritone and expansive range. He has toured his own music to festivals and listening rooms across Canada and can be heard on various NL albums as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He has also been involved in a variety of theatre and film productions as an actor and composer.
Powell is a graduate of the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre program and is beginning his studies at Queen’s University. His previous credits include Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror, Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones in Cats, and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He also received the Best Supporting Actor Award for his work as Pepper in Mamma Mia! Powell hopes you enjoy the show!
Melanie is a singer, songwriter & actor based in St. John’s. She is a Sheridan College Honours Graduate & scholarship recipient and MusicNL award winner. She released her debut album in 2016 and toured across Atlantic Canada. She is part of the stylized duo, The Duds with Philip Goodridge. In 2020 they released their first EP, which is available on streaming platforms, along with her solo work. Melanie is a Resident Artist with Terra Bruce Productions and is thrilled to be playing Princess Hiya!
Sean Panting is a veteran musician and actor from St. John’s. Over the course of a career spanning 30+ years, he has appeared on stage, television and film as various and sundry lawyers, drinking buddies, spies, fast food employees, and scumbags. He has released six full-length albums under his own name, played guitar on a score of others, and written songs on topics ranging from love and despair to vampires, municipal politics, poisonous sandwiches and car trouble.
This is Nicole’s first adventure with Terra Bruce Productions. Other theatre includes 8 seasons at the Shaw Festival, Soulpepper, Tarragon and theatres across Canada and the U.S.A. She currently plays Fox’s mom on Son of a Critch and can be seen on Hudson & Rex, Murdoch Mysteries and many other local and national shows including Saving Hope and Random Passage.
Alex Abbott is a collaborative pianist based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He studied with Marilyn Murphy, Brian Way, and attended the MUN School of Music. Alex has been teaching young pianists and accompanying musical theatre performers for the last 10 years. He is currently the resident rehearsal pianist with Terra Bruce, and plays regularly with NL-based bands The Singles and Judith Morrisey and The Roadside Attractions. Past credits include Into The Woods, and No Change In The Weather.
Sultan has worked in studio session recording and live touring performances across Canada, Europe, and the U.S. with many acts, including Ria Mae (Sony Music recording artist), DRUM! (Juno-nominated musical theatre production), Garrett Mason, Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk), Jim Henman (April Wine), The Junkbeats, Bill Durst (Thundermug), Keith Hallett, Blue Rodeo, and Dolly Parton.
Keith Doiron started his career as a professional musician at 14, playing at jazz festivals with Halifax’s Salsa Picante. He received a scholarship to Humber College. Since 2016, he’s been a vital member of psych rock band Walrus, touring globally with renowned acts. His solo album as his alias Verry Gerry was released in 2023, highlighting his skills as a writer, producer, and instrumentalist. Keith’s passion for music and commitment to excellence drive his artistic journey.
Conductor and Auxiliary Percussion
It’s been many, many years since Kelly-Ann has waved a music wand about! In fact, the last time was when she was completing her B.MUS at Memorial University. Normally found on the performer side of the deck, this departure has been joyous. The arranging process of this project was inspired by many years of performing across multiple genres and rooted in a deep love for harmonies and texture. As conductor of Earth, Wind & Choir and band leader of numerous projects in the pop/rock world, her passion for musical direction in the theatre realm has been fully ignited!
Grant King holds a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master’s degree from Longy School of Music. His guitar trio Big Space won the 2023 ECMA for Jazz Recording of the Year. He is also an award-winning film scorer. He is currently the senior sound and music producer for m5, the agency, where he has composed and produced countless pieces of music for ads. Grant has also performed in many theatre productions and with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
Paul has been contributing to the NL music scene for 40+ years, performing on TV, stage, and film. Credits include: No Change in the Weather – Arranger/MD (Terra Bruce Productions), Dooley Gardens TV series – Co-Composer (Rink Rat). Paul has recorded and toured with many well-known NL artists: Alan Doyle, Cory Tetford, and with arguably NL’s greatest songwriter, Ron Hynes, for the last 20 years of Ron’s life. He is grateful to be able to perform and learn from the Terra Bruce team every day.
Dan Smith is a drummer from St John’s known for impeccable timing and sense of feel, with over 40 years’ experience in blues, pop, rock, country, folk and traditional genres. Dan has been the foundation for a long list of local artists including Shanneyganock, Sean Panting, Mark Bragg, Mick Davis, as well as local and touring productions at the Stephenville Festival. Dan regularly performs with a number of groups including 709, Black Cherry, and Darrell Cooper DC3.
Guitar 1, Traditional Instruments
Josh Ward is a performer. His early years found him playing electric bass in several terrible rock bands, and jamming traditional music with his family. He later went on to study double bass at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was fortunate to get tons of opportunities on stage and in studios, churches, barns, etc. Today you can still find him on stage, in studios, churches, barns, etc., and still with a smile on his face.
Steve Cochrane is from Mount Pearl, NL. Theatre: Birthday Balloon, Woke Island, No Mummers Allowed In, The Innocence of Catherine Snow. Television: The Hardy Boys (Daytime Emmy-Nominated Outstanding Youth Series), The Porter, Ransom, Lost Girl, Taxi Brooklyn, Endgame, Republic of Doyle, The Imperfects, Three Chords from The Truth (Gemini-Nominated Best Comedy or Variety Program/Gemini Winner Best Ensemble). Steve won the Cannes Digital Emmy for Best Cross Platform Fiction for the interactive gaming experience for Endgame.
Jason is the Artistic Director of Loose Canon for whom he has directed over 30 productions. He has also directed several productions for The Abbey Theatre including A Month in the Country by Brian Friel (after Turgenev), Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and at the Shaw Festival Theatre – Tom Murphy’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Also, Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy, Festen by David Eldridge, and Die Probe by Lukas Barfuss, for The Company Theatre, Toronto.
Musical Director, Arranger & Additional Music
Based in St. John’s NL, Kelly-Ann is owner/operator of Rock City Studio and Red Dress Entertainment and is a multiple MusicNL Award Winner and ECMA nominee. Theatre acting credits include We Will Rock You (Mirvish), Cabaret and The Trojan Women (Stratford), Into the Woods and Phantom of the Opera (OOTA), Next to Normal (Best Kind Productions), Evita, Rock of Ages, CATS, Chicago and JCSuperstar (Tada!). Kelly-Ann is a regular featured soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and works as a Resident Artist, Music Director, Vocal Coach and Arranger with Terra Bruce Productions.
Musical Director, Arranger, Additional Music
Josh Ward doesn’t know very much about musical theatre. He has spent the past twenty something years playing in varieties of ensembles though, and in as many different genres as he could get away with. Through all those hours and hours and hours of rehearsals and gigs, he developed a taste for orchestrating and arranging music for groups, and was blessed with many opportunities to try it out in most every style of music. Oh, and he loves a good mash-up.
Graham McMonagle is an award-winning interdisciplinary production designer, performer, and teacher. Working in a range of styles from ballet and music-theatre to text-based theatre from the classic canon, their work has received national and international recognition. Recent collaborators include Pacific Opera Victoria, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Crimson Coast Dance, Terra Bruce Productions, and UVic Phoenix Theatre. They are currently a PhD Theatre History candidate at the University of Victoria.
Leigh Ann Vardy
Leigh Ann Vardy
Recent credits: Come From Away (Michael Rubinoff / Arts and Culture Centre), Richard II, Hamlet 911 (Stratford Festival), Fall on Your Knees (Can Stage, NAC, Vida Brevis), For A Look or a Touch (Pacific Opera Victoria). Current: Noli Timere, (Rebecca Lazier / Janet Echelman); February (Opera on the Avalon). Upcoming: Guilt (Tarragon Theatre / world premiere); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( Neptune Theatre). Leigh Ann teaches and coaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Sound design: Richard II, The Neverending Story(NAC/Stratford Festival); Anne and Gilbert, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It (Stratford Festival); I Forgive You, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, Under Wraps, Afterimage, Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland). Film/TV: Production Sound: Danny (NFB); Misery Harbour (UIP Denmark). Producer/engineer: Hunter Hunter, Spectators (Amelia Curran); Dardanelles, The Eastern Light (Dardanelles).
Puppet Direction and Design
Baptiste works in puppetry, theatre, and film. She is co-founder of Clever Crones, which created the puppet show “The Sleeping Prince” with Waterloo Chamber Players and co-created “Kate Crackerberry” with White Rooster. Baptiste’s live performances span C2C, Artistic Fraud, Caravan, 30for60, and more. She trained with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University. Baptiste served as vice-chair of RCAT, president of the Nickel Film festival, and was a founding director of Perchance Theatre. She is a parent.
Jaimie is very happy to be a part of the Wild Rovers team. For Terra Bruce Productions, Jaimie has stage-managed No Change in the Weather and Let’s Bop! Some favourite past credits include: Betroffenheit with Kidd Pivot, Offensive to Some for Persistence Theatre Company, and Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen for The Firehall Arts Centre. Originally from B.C., Jaimie is now proud to call St. John’s her home. Jaimie is a graduate of Studio 58.
Assistant Stage Manager – Rehearsal
Kelly Lewis is a stage manager who hails from North Bay, Ontario. She holds a diploma in Dance Performance from Holland College and now studies at Memorial University, where she is concurrently pursuing a B.A. in Communication Studies and a diploma in Stage and Screen Technique. Recent credits include Stage Manager for RIG (RCA Theatre), Assistant Stage Manager for Let’s Bop! (Terra Bruce Productions), Hamlet (Perchance Theatre) and As You Like It (Perchance Theatre).
Assistant Stage Manager – Production
Jordan is from St. John’s, NL and holds a BFA from Ryerson University’s School of Performance. Select credits include Come From Away (ACC) Let’s Bop!, No Change in the Weather (TBP), Second Shot (BKP), Area of Uncertainty, The Tempest (Perchance Theatre), The 25th Annual..Spelling Bee, Honky Tonk Laundry, To The Girls (STF), and Once: The Musical (Theatre St. John’s). Jordan is thrilled to be back with Terra Bruce. You can find Jordan on Instagram @jordanvincer.
Alex Abott is a musical theatre performer, pianist, arranger, and copyist from St. John’s, NL. He studied voice at Memorial University and Musical Theatre Performance at Sheridan College. A jack of all trades, Alex has worked on musicals across Canada both as a performer and a pianist. When he’s not on stage, Alex spends his time behind the scenes creating sheet music and vocal arrangements. Notable credits include Music Director on Into The Woods (Rising Tide), Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles (TaDa), and Assistant MD on No Change In The Weather (Terra Bruce)
Courtney is from Musgravetown, NL, In addition to her work with Terra Bruce Productions, Courtney has also worked with the National Arts Centre, Soulpepper, Artistic Fraud, Mindless Theatrics, c2c theatre, Rabbittown Theatre Company, RCAT, the Women’s Work Festival, newfoundlandartistx, Rising Tide Theatre, Red Sky Performance, and Project Humanity. She holds a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from York University. Courtney is excited to be directing Hymnal with Terra Bruce in the spring of 2024.
Brendan Agnew is a production and stage manager who has worked with companies across Canada including Pacific Opera Victoria, Repercussion Theatre, Carousel Theatre for Young People, the Belfry Theatre, Perchance Theatre, and PerSIStence Theatre Company. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria.
Pat Dempsey has been the Technical Director for Terra Bruce Productions since 2019. Prior to that, he held the position of Associate Technical Director at the LSPU Hall where he had worked since 2004. When not “technically” directing, Pat taught Technical theatre at MUN from 2010 until 2022 and designing for video, sound and lights for theatre.
Assistant Technical Director
Mark Feener is a sound designer, engineer and producer currently based out of St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador. A designer and engineer for the past ten years. Select credits include No Change in the Weather (Terra Bruce Productions), Dead Man Walking, Sound of Music (Opera on the Avalon), Circus Glorious (Wonderbolt Circus), Out of it, Eyes of the Gull, Birthday Balloon (Rising Tide Theatre), Abandon Hope Mabel Dorothy (Lighthouse Productions)
A native of St. John’s, in 1993 he and three friends started Great Big Sea, a band which went onto sell over a million and half records over a twenty-year career. The band had twelve gold and multi-platinum albums, and several number one albums in Canada. A musician steeped in traditional styles, Bob can play a dozen instruments, and has written many songs, including the classic Old Black Rum, which has been recorded by dozens of acts around the world. He has played thousands of concerts, made countless appearances on television and radio, managed bands, produced records, created radio specials, and promoted many live concerts. Before joining Terra Bruce Productions, Bob worked at the Stratford Festival as a Composer & Music Director, and works with the producers of the Tony & Olivier award winning Broadway musical Come From Away as a Music Consultant. He has written dozens of magazine articles, essays and several books, including the best-selling memoir Writing Out The Notes.
DAVID MILLER (Associate Producer). Broadway credits include: Paradise Square (Associate Producer – starring 2022 Tony Award Winner, Joaquina Kalukango), GM intern for Sylvia, An American In Paris, Eclipsed, Hughie, Fiddler…, China Doll starring Al Pacino, Dear Evan Hansen(Off-Broadway). Toronto: Sousatzka world premiere. Prior to joining Terra Bruce Productions, David was a Talent Agent at The Talent House. Much love to M&D, M, Z, LC. Enjoy the show!