Production Bios & Headshots
Sunday Costs Five Pesos
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Kevin Hamill has been performing on Winnipeg stages for fifteen years, and has dozens of shows to his credit. In February 2009, he joined the Merlyn Productions Company Staff as Technical Director, and has consistently performed in the plays each season. His most recent appearance was in October 2010 as Stephen Brewster in “Suppressed Desires”.
Kevin has worked with a variety of other local companies, including C.G. Productions and RGI International. With Fantasy Theatre for Children, he has appeared in numerous children’s productions, starred in several plays with G.D. Productions (FTC’s adult arm), and become an alumnus of The Theatre School.
As one half of Chase & Hamill on the local comedy scene, Kevin can be found portraying funny man Lou Costello of Abbott & Costello fame, alongside performing partner John Chase (Bud Abbott).
Kevin made his solo directing début with the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival production of “CINDERELLA! CINDERELLA!”, and co-directed “Snow White the Comedy” at the 2010 Kids Fringe.
OPENING ACT PLAYER / BERTA
Rachell Hodgins is making her third appearance with Merlyn Productions in “Sunday Costs Five Pesos”. During the 2010 Season, she performed in both plays in the October double-feature “WOMAN’S HONOR and SUPPRESSED DESIRES”, followed by “The Boy Comes Home” in November.
Rachell’s theatre beginnings were at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, which led to the Junior High drama program at John Pritchard School, followed by two years in the Kodiak Moments Theatre Ensemble at River East Collegiate.
Currently, Rachell is a second-year student in the University of Winnipeg theatre program. She appeared in the title role of “Snow White the Comedy” with Chase & Hamill at the 2010 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and also worked with the boys on their 2009 Kids Fringe hit “Cinderella! Cinderella!”.
When not acting, Rachell can still be found onstage, having been a singer for various bands since age 16.
You will next see Rachell reprising the role of Mary, when Merlyn Productions re-mounts “The Boy Comes Home” in the first annual Thaw Festival at Aqua Books this March.
OPENING ACT PLAYER / SALOME
Sarah Mickoski is making her first appearance with Merlyn Productions, and is thrilled to join the cast of “Sunday Costs Five Pesos”.
Sarah’s past theatrical appearances include multiple dramatic and comedic scenes with the University of Winnipeg Theatre and Film program. She also danced with the Royal Dance Conservatory and L.A. Dance Academy for 10 years, with a focus on hip-hop and jazz dancing.
Sarah is a Public Relations and Business Administration graduate from the University of Winnipeg. She enjoys many extracurricular activities, and – with a passion for photography and travelling – has taken photos in many countries around the world.
Sarah is excited to continue pursuing acting, and to see what and where her next role will be.
OPENING ACT PLAYER / TONIA
Megean Haber is making her first appearance with Merlyn Productions in “Sunday Costs Five Pesos”.
Megean graduated from the Academy of Acting in 2010, and most recently appeared as Ariel in “The Tempest”.
Megean joined Merlyn Productions in hopes of “putting on a great performance for audiences everywhere”. Now that she’s had a small taste of this goal, she is applying what she has learned in order to introduce herself to the industry as a new contender.
OPENING ACT PLAYER / CELESTINA
Johanna Reinberg is making her first appearance with Merlyn Productions in “Sunday Costs Five Pesos”.
Johanna recently performed in her own production, “Turn”, which she also wrote and directed, and from which profits were donated to orphanages in Canada and Africa. Other productions in which she has appeared include Danny Shur’s “Strike!, the Musical” and “Radyo” by Emily Rose, as well as Gray Academy’s “Fame” and “Urinetown”, where she took the role of Little Sally.
Johanna first discovered the magic of theatre at age 6, when she enrolled in kindergarten theatre classes and got the opportunity to write, direct, and star in her own production, “The Witch’s Daughter”.
Currently, Johanna is a third year Psychology student at the University of Manitoba. Outside of theatre, Johanna can be found in a variety of extracurricular activities such as burlesque dancing, singing, and intense fiction reading.
Johanna thanks the cast and crew for making her feel so welcomed. She dedicates this performance to her dear uncle Aby, whom is watching from above. “Te Extrañamos Tio!”
OPENING ACT PLAYER (FAMOUS ACTRESS)
Kirsten Wattis is making her second appearance with Merlyn Productions, having also performed in “The Boy Comes Home” during the 2010 Season.
Last year, Kirsten performed in a production of “Love Letters”, which she produced at the Park Theatre. This January, she returned to the Park to perform in an adaptation of August Strindberg’s story “The Duel” for StrindbergFest 2011.
On the film scene, Kirsten has acted in two local pictures with Farpoint Films: “The Oldest Profession in Winnipeg” and “The Paper Nazis”.
As a student of the performing arts, Kirsten’s training includes the Onalee Ames Film Studio, as well as ongoing acting classes taught by Dean Harder.
Born and raised right here in Winnipeg, Kirsten is an outgoing girl that has always been drawn towards the arts. Having spent 15 years away from Winnipeg living her dreams abroad in Europe, she returned home to raise her family. Always a firm believer in “following your dreams and passions,” she now feels able to allow herself to pursue her passion in the Performing Arts.
You will next see Kirsten reprising the role of Aunt Emily, when Merlyn Productions re-mounts “The Boy Comes Home” in the first annual Thaw Festival at Aqua Books this March.
OPENING ACT PLAYER (EARNEST YOUNG WOMAN)
Melissa Hiebert is making her first appearance with Merlyn Productions.
Melissa’s recent credits include “The Ghost Sonata” with the U of W, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Shoestring Players, and “Hollywood Hitman” with Slixer Entertainment.
Ever since seeing her first Rainbow Stage show, Melissa dreamed of performing for the rest of her life – and her dream has come true. She began performing at age 3 in church and school programs, and then – appearing in numerous productions in middle and high school – played diverse characters in comedy and tragedy.
Melissa is currently represented by Blair St.Germaine of Inspire Talent Agency. She has trained with Brenda Gorlick at the Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Jessee Havey at MTYP and Shannon Vickers at the University of Winnipeg.
When not acting, Melissa is writing and directing film for her own company, Windy City Productions.
She hopes that everyone enjoys the show!
OPENING ACT PLAYER
Sara Arenson is making her first appearance with Merlyn Productions.
She previously appeared with the Microsoft Theatre Troupe in their production of “Evita!”, in the Manitoba Association of Playwrights High School Playwriting Contest, and in the CKUW radio drama “At the Monarch’s Convenience”.
Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg, and has also taken acting classes at both Prairie Theatre Exchange and the Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio in Seattle, WA.
As a writer and director, Sara has participated in mentorships and readings through the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and workshops with Film Training Manitoba and the Winnipeg Film Group. Her play “The Story of Deborah” was produced in FemFest 2004, and she helped write several episodes of “At the Monarch’s Convenience” in 2009. In 2010, Sara wrote and directed her first short film, “A Question of Taste”, for WFG’s 48-Hour Film Contest.
OPENING ACT PLAYER
Donovan Jackson is making his first appearance with Merlyn Productions.
Most recently, he appeared in the 2010 Winnipeg Fringe Festival show “Adventures in Kidnapping” with Bombtree Productions, and is looking forward to the next festival.
Donovan has had an interest in the arts ever since he was a child – but his interest in theatre started in grade 10, after being forced to do the general audition for the school production that year. He landed the role of Baker in “Into the Woods”, and after that, his life went in a new direction.
Right after high school, Donovan began his education and training. Currently, he is finishing his BA in Theatre at the University of Winnipeg, and is planning to audition for the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto the following year.
OPENING ACT PLAYER
David King is making his first appearance with Merlyn Productions.
Over the past twenty years, David has been involved in both amateur and professional theatre, and has worn many hats, including acting, set construction, and stage management, with theatre companies in Toronto, Ontario and Cornwall, Ontario, as well as Wichita, Kansas.
Now that David lives in Winnipeg, we welcome him to Merlyn Productions. He looks forward to working with the company a lot more in the future, both on stage and behind the scenes.
OPENING ACT PLAYER
Ian Peters is making his first appearance with Merlyn Productions.
Recently, Ian appeared onstage at the Park Theatre in an adaptation of August Strindberg’s short story “The Duel” for StrindbergFest 2011. On film, he appeared in the pilot episode for the sitcom “It’s All About The Angle” with Karoma Productions.
Since 2006, Ian has trained at the Actors Training Centre of Manitoba with Jeff Skinner and Darcy Fehr.
Ian grew up in Steinbach, and moved to Winnipeg in 2001. He loves the creative process, and working with others to bring a story to life.
Anna Woodward has made two appearances with Merlyn Productions, performing in both “Woman’s Honor” and “The Boy Comes Home” during the 2010 Season. As a military brat with her father in the Armed Forces, she has acted from Comox, B.C., to Belleville, Ontario. Now, she is trying her hand at a new position, as Stage Manager for “Sunday Costs Five Pesos”.
Anna started acting in Grade 5, when she played Little Red Riding Hood. Her other recent stage appearances have been in “Fiddler on the Roof” with the Victorian Operatic Society, and “Sweeney Todd” with the Belleville Theatre Guild.
In addition to stage acting, she has taken six years of vocal lessons, and is currently in the Winnipeg Glee Club.
Outside the arts, Anna is working in Winnipeg as an ECE II, having moved from Ontario, where she completed her Social Service Worker Diploma.
You will next see Anna reprising the role of Mrs. Higgins, when Merlyn Productions re-mounts “The Boy Comes Home” in the first annual Thaw Festival at Aqua Books this March.
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