Nominated for 2017 Ovation Awards
Best Lead Actor Male
Best Lead Actor Female
Spring Awakening depicts a dozen young people making their way through the thrilling, complicated and mysterious time of sexual awakening.
PAL Studio Theatre
581 Cardero St Vancouver
Feb 7 to Feb 19 *No performance on Monday the 13th
Box office opens 1 hour before curtain. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.
Evening performances Curtain at 7:30pm.
Matinee Performances Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 18 & Feb 19 Curtain at 2:00pm
Tuesday February 7th at 7pm OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL
Ticket available at Brown Paper Tickets
Students/Low Income $20
Help Out Tomo Suru Productions $50*
*This price includes a ticket a thank you card signed by the cast and a complimentary glass of wine before the show and during intermission!
Tickets for Open Dress Rehearsal February 7*
*Open Dress Rehearsal may require stop/start moments. If this is necessary it will be explained in the evening. This is a full show, no parts will be skipped.
Emily Smith as Wendla
Spring Awakening is Emily's first production with Tomo Suru Players and her first production in Vancouver as well. Some of her previous roles include Fiona in The Giver, Fiona in Shrek: The Musical and Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammersteins: Cinderella. Emily is currently finishing off her grade 12 year and when she's not performing she likes to hang out with her dog Freckles and watch The Voice! Emily is very excited to perform this show in February along with the rest of her amazing cast members!
Henry Beasley as Georg
Henry is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program and is thrilled to be a part of Tomo Suru’s production of Spring Awakening. An Ovation Award winner and CTC Award Nominee, Henry’s previous angsty teen credits include Frankie in Parade (CMTP), Jack in Into the Woods (FCP), and Brad in Hairspray (TUTS). Enjoy the show!
Jenna Newton as Martha
Jenna Newton is very excited be a part of this production. She is a UBC graduate with a BA in theatre and has thrown herself into Vancouver's theatre scene ever since. Her most recent stage roles are; School for Scandal, Abattoir Morning and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Her most recent film roles include; B4IC (Angela Yang), Abril (Diego Puertas), Le Jue Commence (Joey Jackson) and Princess Lamp (Ross Munro). Thank you to Matt, Jack, Donna and Maggie.
Justin Anthony as Hanschen
Justin is an Alberta-born artist and alumni of the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive. His favourite roles to date are Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs and the title character of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Most recently he appeared in Fighting Chance Production’s Canadian Premiere for Now or Later by Christopher Shinn. Justin’s proudest endeavour thus far is as co-writer/producer and actor in the Leo Award nominated sci-fi action film (now web series) Soldiers of Earth. He is represented by da Costa Talent.
Web links: justin-anthony.com; soldiers-of-earth.com; dacostatalent.com/justin-anthony
Kimberly Ma as Anna
Kimberly is excited to be involved in Tomo Suru’s production of Spring Awakening. Select credits include: Tatiana/Princess Sparkle in The O.C.: The Musical (Two Lobsters Productions) and Ayah in The Secret Garden (Exit 22). She has performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, Paralympics Closing Ceremony, and We Day 2014. She is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and has trained with the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver, BC) and with the Hollywood Summer Tour (Los Angeles, CA).
Levi Schneider as Melchior
Levi is a graduate of the acting program from the University of Victoria's theatre department and a CTC award nominee. Select credits include dual set designer & ensemble member in The Rocky Horror Show (Geekenders), Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats (FCP), numerous roles in Lion in the Streets and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (UVic's Phoenix Theatres). He is very excited to be working with such a fabulous team of talented and creative people.
Lucia Forward as Ilse
Lucia Forward is ecstatic to be checking off one of her bucket list shows, Spring Awakening, as the role of Ilse. She is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Recent credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Geekenders), 7 Stories (Sour Dog Productions), Robin Hood: The Musical (Rainforest Theatre), Stuff Happens (Randolph Academy) and Cats (Fighting Chance Productions). Lucia received the CTC award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Mungojerrie in Cats. Enjoy the show!
Nicholas Yee as Otto
Nicholas Yee is a recent graduate of the Phoenix Theatre program at UVic. Previous credits include Hedda Gabler (workingclasstheatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Kaleidoscope Theatre) and original works like the Wyrd Sisters (DamnSpot Theatre) and Café Soap Operas (workingclasstheatre). Originally from Langley, Nicholas has returned from the Island and is excited to be a part of such a great show!
Roberto Lanzas as Moritz
Roberto Lanzas first delved into the world of acting at the age of 17, when he played Don Armado in a production of Shakespeare's "Loves Labour's Lost". Since graduating from New Image College of Fine Arts, some of his credits include playing Macbeth, "The Laramie Project" and "The Dining Room"(playing numerous roles), as well as his latest booking in Theatre West Van's Production of "Arsenic and Old Lace". He is pumped to dive into the role of Moritz, and is looking forward to seeing you there!
Ryan Horton as Ernest
Ryan is overjoyed to be a part of Tomo Suru's production of Spring Awakening. As a local musician in the Vancouver music scene, Ryan has performed on stage at the CityFest festival in North Vancouver, as well as many other local shows. A current student at Douglas College in the Arts program, he looks to continue his education as a part of Capilano University's Musical Theatre program. He looks forward to working with the rest of the supremely talented cast this February!
Keauna Miller as Thea
Hailing from a small town on Vancouver Island, Keauna is adjusting to city life without too much trouble. The excitement of the sky train has not worn off. Past favourite roles include Olive in Spelling Bee (Parallel Players) and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Schmooze Productions). She hopes you enjoy 19th century German angst as much as she does.
Veronica Bonderud as Adult Woman
Veronica was born and raised in Victoria BC, and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She then moved to Vancouver to continue with acting for theatre and film/TV. Past credits include The Little Prince in "The Little Prince" (Kaleidoscope Theatre), Mandy in "Girl vs the City" (Storyhive webseries), and Holly Fisher in "The OC: The Musical" (Pick of the Fringe 2015). Veronica has always loved the message of "Spring Awakening", and hopes it inspires reflection and conversation of adolescence.
Tim Howe as Adult Man
Tim is a graduate of the Theatre Diploma program at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack and owes much of his on-stage success to the professors and staff there. Tim is getting to know the city fairly well doing “American Idiot” (Fighting Chance) on Granville Island and The Who’s “Tommy” (Renegade) on 2nd and Main. “Spring Awakening” is on every actors ‘must-do’ list and Tim is happy to be finally crossing it off.
About the crew
Musical Director - Eric Seeley
Eric is a singer songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator. Professionally he has contributed to various local independent films and video projects, and produces his own music with his solo project Field Well. In theatre, Eric composed an original score for a stage production of the Akira Kurosawa classic Rashomon, performed as a member of the SFU jazz choir, and has himself acted and performed in stage productions, including the musical Lucky Stiff. Eric currently resides in Gibsons, BC.
Costumer - Leah Kasinsky
One part self-taught artist, one part trained costumer, Leah cut her teeth in Victoria's local art scene, completing a costume design specialization from the University of Victoria, and going on the make and perform with giant puppets there. Her other artistic tangents include illustration, abstract painting, sculpture, and pottery.
Producer - Georgia Johnson
Georgia is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She divides her time between Vancouver and Mayne island.
Georgia is deeply engaged in the writing and performing of music and draws from the beauty and soulfulness of this part of the world. She was able to blend her love of music with her rapport with the nature of Mayne Island into her role as line producer on the seminal and critically acclaimed music documentary The Sea In Between with Josh Garrels and Mason Jar Music.
Assistant Director - Sarah Seekamp
Sarah has performed on stage across Canada as well as in Australia. She is a musical theatre triple threat with the vibrancy of a singing diva, and the subtle shadings of Vermeer on her serious acting roles. In 2017 she will be playing the lead in a Vancouver production of Cabaret.
Director - Gerald Williams
Gerald has spent the majority of his life in Asia performing and teaching and has recently returned to his native Canada. He’s excited by stories that deceive, are layered with complex relationships and surprise.
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