About the Play
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.
Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.
Stephen Bainborough - Director
Stephen is thrilled to be directing Shrek: The Musical with such an outstanding cast and production crew. He has performed in many local productions: with KCP – Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Me and My Girl; with MAT – Chicago, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; with SST – The 39 Steps, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Urinetown to name a few. He is also a member of the Old Dance Hall Players Improv troupe.
Katie Pergau - Music Director
Katie Pergau has enjoyed many wonderful musical collaboration. She is the Organist at Burton Ave United Church. Katie is the past director of Bravado! Show Choir, has music directed community musicals and is the past ED for the Barrie Music Festival Association. Working with fellow musicians is a passion of Katie’s and she is looking forward to presenting “Shrek” with this most amazing cast!
Heather Dennis - Choreographer
Heather has immensely enjoyed working alongside this dedicated cast and fantastic creative team. Heather has choreographed KCP’s past productions of “Mary Poppins” and “The Wizard of Oz”, as well as “Little Shop of Horrors” for SST. When not teaching dance or creating choreo, Heather can be found across Simcoe County working as an actress. She is a proud collective member of Theatre Georgian Bay, and looks forward to performing in their annual summer Bard on the Bay production in Collingwood.
Jenn Burns - StageManager
Jenn has had the pleasure of working with KCP for 4 years now. Having Stage Managed Mary Poppins, Rythme of Life, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan Jr, Oliver. Last year Jenn was nominated for Best Stage Manager of the Year for the production of Oliver, by ACT-CO. Jenn has been thrilled to have the opportunity to work this year with Stephen Bainborough and Katie Pergau. Jenn couldn’t do this without the love and support of her two daughters Charlie and Meri.
Andree Day - Producer
Andrée’s passion for theatre and her oldest grand-daughter brought her to KCP in 2007. This is her twelfth season with KCP; and Shrek is the 25th show she has produced. You may see her one day in one of KCP’s productions, it is one of her bucket list items to fulfill. She thanks the creative team, production team and all the volunteers who have made this production fabulous. Sit back and enjoy the show!
Brenda Thompson - Set Design
Brenda has a long history with KCP both on and off the stage. Set design and construction has evolved into her main focus (although you will see her behind a sewing machine or back stage as well.) Brenda has recently retired and had planned on travelling this year but put those plans on hold when her favorite director called to do Shrek (who also helped build most of the set pieces). It’s been fun folks! Now back to the travel plans
Kaleb Sauve - Costume Design
Kaleb is excited to be back with KCP for his second show. Most recently, Kaleb designed costumes for Mariposa Arts Theatres production of “Chicago” at the Orillia Opera House. Kaleb is an alumni of Humber College’s Theatre Production program and a current Lakehead University student.
The Cast and Production Crew
Ben Kyte - Shrek
I am excited to be returning to the stage with my friends at KCP! Past credits with the company include Seussical the Musical, The Music Man and Anything Goes! I feel very lucky to be able to play this role, and to do do in such great company. Thank you to Tom, Renee and Wayne for pushing me to audition when I wasn’t sure i could. And thank you to Stephen and Katie for their faith and support. Big thanks to the crew for holding us all together. Love to my family. Love to Amanda. Enjoy the show!
Natasha Paquin - Fiona
Natasha is a medical radiation technologist by day and performer by night! She began her love affair with theatre 13 years ago and it hasn’t abated since. She is overjoyed to be back onstage with KCP for her 10th production. Thank you to Stephen, Katie as well as her fellow cast, crew mates, family and friends for their support and love. Now, sit back and enjoy the magic!
Mike Holland - Donkey
Michael is a performer, and co-owner of Moving Art and is excited to be returning to the stage with KCP! Past credits with KCP include Jesus Christ Superstar, Seussical, and Spelling Bee! He’s excited to take on this role and join such a talented cast and crew. Thank you, Stephen & Katie, for your trust in me. Special thanks to my family and Paul Dunn for their support. Love to Carla and Lincoln you are the reason I’m on the stage. I hope you laugh little man. Thanks for supporting live theatre!
Darryn Stephen - Farquaad
Darryn has spent the last 22 years performing throughout Ontario with Royal Opera Canada, Theatre by the Bay, Theatre Collingwood, & Sunshine Festival Theatre Co. to name a few. Favourite roles include: Jekyll/Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde & Frank-n-Furter in Rocky Horror with stage highlights performing at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre & Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. Darryn is excited to be sharing the stage with his wife Renée and can’t wait to perform for his 6 grandchildren!
Renee Cingolani - Dragon/Mama Bear/Ogre
Renée has spent the last 24 years performing throughout North America with multiple theatre companies, at Epcot Centre and Disneyland Fl., Hershey Park PA, Princess & Norwegian cruise lines, and concert highlights including the Messiah/Berlioz’ Requiem with the KW Symphony & Peer Gynt suite starring Christopher Plummer. Currently a vocalist & musician on the Cirque du Soleil database, Renée is excited to take a break, share the stage with her husband Darryn, and perform for her little kiddos!
Kristen AlaryGamble - Pinocchio
Kristen is thrilled to be a part of Shrek The Musical, and a first timer with KCP. Kristen has been in and out of the community theatre family for the last 10 years, but is always overjoyed, albeit rusty when she returns 🙂 I hope you enjoy my role of Pinocchio, and of course the entire cast (they’re pretty rad!) Thank you for coming and supporting us! And, Ethan- don’t worry my sweet, it’s mommy, I swear! Hippie Check out 😉
Laura Bainborough - Ugly Duckling
Laura is thrilled to be in KCP’s production of Shrek. After finally giving in to her genetic predisposition for musical theatre, she took to the stage as a Laker Girl in KCP’s “Spamalot” in 2013. More recently, she played Hunyak the Hungarian in MAT’s 2017 production of “Chicago”. Laura is so happy to be back on stage even if she has to play the “Ugly Duckling” (Thanks Dad).
Carley has spent the last year studying Baking and Pastry Arts at Georgian College. Some credits include: ensemble in The Wizard of OZ (KCP), Summer Hathaway in School of Rock (Moving Art), ensemble in Urinetown the Musical (Moving Art), ensemble in Shrek the Musical (Moving Art) and Stage Managing for KCP’s “Aladdin Jr” in November. Beattie would like to thank her friends and family for all their support and to the cast and crew for all laughs and memories and for becoming like a second family.
Katie Bekking - Elf
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Aaron Bennett - Wolf
Aaron is thrilled to be a part of his 4th KCP production. His previous role was “Bill Sykes” in “Oliver!” Other productions included: “Wizard of Oz”, and “KCP’s 40th Anniversary Show.” Aaron is happy to be sharing the stage with many talented people, and would like to thank the production team for their efforts in making this show as spectacular as it is. He would like to thank you for coming to see this show, and hopes you enjoy it!
Sandy Bishop - WhiteRabbit
Sandy is excited to play in the swamp in the parts of the White Rabbit and a Dulocian. Recent roles include Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on The Roof (SST), SST’s 50: Our Golden Celebration, Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins (KCP), and Dame in Hats! The Musical (SST). She hopes you enjoy the show!
Paul Disera - LittlePig #3
Paul is very excited to be a part of KCP’s Shrek – The Musical. He returns to the stage after a 30 year hiatus, last performing in the role of Captain Corcoran in Aurora High School’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Paul would like to thank the Shrek Team and Cast for a fun experience, and is grateful to his family for their unwavering support, especially those freaky kids of his that never cease to inspire with their onstage and backstage talents. What makes us special makes us strong! Enjoy!
Kirstie Duke - HumptyDumpty
Kirstie is ecstatic to be a part of another KCP production. This will be her 6th show with KCP, her previous role being “Nancy” in “Oliver!”, and other productions include “Les Miserables”, “Mary Poppins”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “KCP’s 40th Anniversary Show.” Kirstie is grateful for the wonderful cast and production team for putting forth another excellent show. She would also like to thank Stephen, Katie and Heather for all their dedication and hard work. This show will not disappoint!
Thomas Faulkner - Little Pig #1
Thomas broke a promise to his family and himself by just auditioning for this show so, now being a part of a very talented ensemble, he plans to act according to the old adage “Go Big or Go Home”. As always, he is thrilled to be again working with KCP as part of such an extremely talented cast. He draws inspiration from his daughter Amariah, who is already a very accomplished stage and screen performer, and from his wife Danielle whose boundless enthusiasm and positivity somehow keeps grounded.
Dave Fearnley - King Harold
Dave has spent over 35 years performing live music. He is grateful to be included in this performance of Shrek, his third show with KCP. Dave would like to thank Steven for this opportunity to once again enjoy the camaraderie of the great friends he has met at KCP.
Meghan Fox - Dulocian
Meghan is thrilled to be joining KCP again this season! Meghan has been involved in theatre in the Barrie and surrounding area for six years, taking a break while studying at McMaster University. Some of her favourite past roles include Cinderella (BCC), Edwina in Dear Edwina Jr (KCP), Rusty in Footloose(SST) and performing at the provincial Sears Drama Festival in Women and Wallace. She is thrilled to be back with her KCP family this year. Enjoy the show!
Ann Johnston - Fairy Godmother
Ann is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production!! A familiar face to KCP audiences, Ann has performed with the group since 1987. Recent appearances were in Closer Than Ever, A Step in Time (the 40th anniversary show), as the evil nanny Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, ensemble is Les Mis and as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, to name a few. Many thanks to Stephen, Katie, Heather and Jenn for their wonderful leadership. Enjoy this hillarious show!!
Julia Johnston-Brown - Tap Rat
Julia Johnston is a trained music theatre artist known as a triple threat. She has been singing professionally for years in communities all over Eastern Ontario. Julia has sung under the baton of many great music directors including Giles Bryant, Syd Birrell, Jeffrey Huard, Jeannie Wyse, Mitchell Pady and Blair Bailey. She runs three women’s choirs in the Simcoe County region known as “Shout Sister” and teaches children and adults privately in the performance industry at Express Yourself.
Gillian Lacroix - Tap Rat
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Charlie Lilley - Teen Fiona
Charlie is thrilled to be on stage again this year as Teen Fiona and Little Shrek. Charlie has previously been seen in Peter Pan Jr and Oliver with KCP. Charlie would like to thank Stephen and Katie for this opportunity and also her Mom and twin sister for their encouragement and support.
Bob McEwan - Captain of the Guard
Bob isn’t sure whether he was asked to join this production of Shrek because he was nasty enough to be the Captain of the Guard or nice enough to be the Bishop. Either way he’s excited to be part of this amazing cast. Enjoy the show !
Samantha Pergau - Young Fiona
Samantha is a grade 5 student at West Bayfield ES. She is very excited for her first production with KCP. Samantha has sung since she was a baby and is a 3 time winner the Linda Makarenko Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Vocal Performance. Samantha enjoys sharing her love of music by singing at Burton Ave United Church. She is excited to share her performance as Young Fiona. Love to Mom and Dad and sister Abby.
Jen is excited to be back on stage with KCP. Many thanks to Stephen and Katie for the opportunity to bring you her take on the Wicked Witch! Jen would also like to thank her super supportive family, Gary, Brenna and Elliot, for their love and encouragement to get back on stage. She simply couldn’t do it without you! Now fly your freak flag with us and enjoy the show!!
Serena Ruscitti- Tap Rat
Serena Ruscitti has been performing from the tender age of 4. She is trained in all styles of dance, and currently trains with Dark Dance in Toronto. Despite her performance experience this is only her second time doing a KCP show! Serena hopes everyone loves the show just as much as she does!
Kevin Scharf - Little Pig #2
Kevin has been a part of the Simcoe County theatre scene for 20 years, having performed in Barrie, Orillia and Cookstown. He can also be found performing with his improv troupe, The Old Dancehall Players at various venues in the area. Thanks to everyone for making Shrek such an amazing experience.
Julie Underhill - Mad Hatter
Julie is enjoying balancing life between her secondary school administrator job, rehearsals, and working with the KCP board of directors. She would like to thank John for putting up with her lack of contribution to keeping the house running! Loving the opportunity to sing, tap & wear Kaleb’s great costume creations! Thank you to the creative and artistic teams of SHREK for their vision and endless work!
Tabitha Wilson - Ensemble
This is Tabitha’s theatre debut on stage, she has volunteered with KCP for several years. Her days are filled with volunteering as a support helper at a local YMCA child care Centre, and she is also a hostess 3 days per week at our very own The Last Class (TLC) at Georgian College. She loves live theatre and has seen many in Toronto on the big stage as well as enjoying our local theatres here in Barrie and productions by KCP. She sings, dances and enjoys karate and going to the gym.
Meghan Wroblewski - Sugar Plum Fairy/ Gingy
Meghan is delighted to be playing the role of Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy. When not playing a high pitched cookie with a split personality, Meghan can be found teaching Dance, Drama and English at Bradford District High School. When not teaching, Meghan is probably busy at home setting a questionable example for her two impressionable children. Special thanks to her incredible husband, Victor, for being ‘voluntold’ to look after the kids while she pursues her theatrical dreams.
Erica Zoldi - Peter Pan
Erica is thrilled to be back with KCP as Peter Pan for the show. She studies dance at Moving Art and is a member of their Performance team and Senior Triple Threat program. She takes piano and singing lessons as well. Some of her previous show credits include, Dance Captain in Aladdin and ensemble in Rent. Erica would like to thank Catherine Toner, her Moving Art teachers, friends, family and the cast and crew of Shrek for making this such a memorable experience. Enjoy the show!
Venue – Georgian Theatre
1 Georgian Dr.