Participants 2016/17

Shammy Belmore Young Acting Company

Shammy Belmore is an 18-year-old graduate from Victoria School of The Arts. She spent the last four years training in the schools Advanced Acting and Dance programs, performing in showcases for these classes each year. Shammy has also performed in the Leaps and Bounds student choreographed dance showcase and the student directed one act festival Playworks. Though she loves performing, Shammy has also taken on several stage management roles in her Grade 12 year, working with and under fellow students, teachers and professionals from the community. In this coming year, Shammy hopes to further rediscover and explore her passion for theatre on a new stage.

Matt Dejanovic Young Acting Company

After a knowledge-filled year with the Young Musical Company, Matt is excited for another season of training; this time with the Acting Company. During junior high he was actively involved with plays, but stalled when he hit high school and didn’t want to do musicals. After being dragged to an audition, Matt’s passion for theatre has only grown. Recent credits include Lancelot in Spamalot and Bert in Mary Poppins (Bellerose High School) where he won and was nominated for a Cappie respectively. Last season at the Citadel, Matt played Ram Sweeney in Heathers (Citadel Young Company).

Joseph Dancey Young Acting Company

Joseph Dancey’s theatrical journey began in high-school under the guidance of Noel Taylor, theatre head of W.P Wagner. Joseph has been a part of five different shows being in many different positions from acting to directing. He’s played many roles as an actor at W.P. Wagner such as the tricky Hamlet in Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, written by Tom Stoppard; and John from Smoke Scenes by Nick Zagone. Learning many different characters from comical to dark, Joseph continues to try and expand his knowledge and experience. Joseph loves theatre. He tries to make it his goal to make the audience feel things that they haven’t felt before or sometimes what they don’t want to feel and will put everything he’s got into doing so.

Patrick Dover Young Acting Company

Patrick is positively excited to begin another year with the Young Acting Company, having had a remarkably valuable and splendid term last year. Notable theatre credits include Polaroid Stories (Citadel Theatre) with last year’s Young Company; and Co-Direction of Our Town (Lillian Osborne High School), where Patrick was nominated for a Cappie for Creativity. Not attending school in the fall, Patrick is extremely excited to have so much time available to put towards the theatre world. Any moment Patrick somehow finds outside of the theatre world is spent somewhere between quality time with friends, reading or biking. Patrick is beyond excited to begin another wonderful year at the Citadel.

Jonah Dunch Young Acting Company

Jonah Dunch is a recent graduate of Victoria School, and is attending the University of Alberta to pursue a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Drama and Philosophy. Recent acting credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Kraler) at the 2016 Edmonton Fringe; Once on this Island (Daniel Beauxhomme), Bridges Theatre Projects; and Fractured (Evan) at Victoria School. Jonah also directed David Ives’ Variations on the Death of Trotsky for the Play Works 2016 one-act play festival, and wrote and directed Frank & Ollie for Nextfest 2016.

Gavin Dyer Young Acting Company

Gavin is a new artist in Edmonton, and is really excited to partake in Citadel Young Acting Company! You may have seen Gavin in Everyone We Know Will Be There (Tiny Bear Jaws Theatre Company), Rent (Scona Theatre co.), Book of Timothy (Scona Theatre Co), Rocky Horror (Two One Way Tickets to Broadway), Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre).

Julia-Don Edwards Young Acting Company

Julia-Don is absolutely delighted to be participating in the Citadel Young Acting Company for the 2016/2017 season! Having recently graduated after 13 years at Victoria School of the Arts, Julia-Don will be pursuing a year of general arts studies at the University of Alberta. Past theatre experience includes FracTurRed (Sara, Rachelle), The Lavender Kite (Lila) and Once on This Island (Mama Euralie). Julia-Don made her directorial debut last year at Victoria School’s PlayWorks Festival with Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread by David Ives and, shortly after, conceived and directed That’s What She Said for the 2016 High School NextFest Festival. Julia-Don’s other passions include movement composition and exploration, vocal jazz and ensemble singing and unnecessarily over-intellectualizing simple concepts.

Ayla Gandall Young Acting Company

Ayla is over the moon to be a part of this season’s Young Acting Company, and to be working alongside such talented actors. She is an actor, singer, and improviser in grade 11 at Harry Ainlay, who has been acting since she was 13. Fittingly, her first show, Avalon Jr. High’s, 13 the Musical sparked her passion for theatre. Later appearing in Coraline the Musical (the Cat), Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Larkin), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), and Never Swim Alone (the Lifeguard). Most recently seen in Tuesdays & Sundays (Mary Tuplin) at Harry Ainlay. Ayla is ready and grateful for the challenges ahead.

David Madawo Young Acting Company

David Madawo is honoured to be graduating Victoria School of the Arts and to be a part of Young Acting Company. While growing up in Toronto,he received various training, including the National Broadcasting Association, and Artistic Director of SeaCoast Studios Scott Swan. David has appeared as a lead and supporting role in two film productions that are still under production; he has been in a music video, and various theatre productions. Madawo has been featured in the three-time award-winning music video More, funded by Telus Optik. He's appeared in theatre productions such as Fr ac T ur Ed (Blake), Bridges Theatre Projects (Robert Donnelly/ Nosy Neighbour), Bolero (Man), Lavend er (Ralph), and then appear in small commercial for ADLC entitled W a ter on Earth. He is expected to direct a show that will be his directorial debut in early 2017 for an unnamed project.

Christina Nguyen Young Acting Company

Christina is so grateful for the opportunity to work with talented local artists and mentors in the Young Acting Company this season. She is currently in her second year at the University of Alberta, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in the Drama Honours program. Selected credits include Girl in Wolves (Nextfest, University of Alberta New Works), Wednesday in Addams Family the Musical, Hannah in Consumption, Carla in In the Heights (Scona Theatre Co.) and Young Jane in Jane Eyre the Musical (Two One Way Tickets to Broadway).

Abbey Schwartz Young Acting Company

Heather's theatre training began early; she was taught to love and appreciate theatre from birth. She went to Victoria School of the Arts starting in grade 2, and appeared in every dance and acting performance I could. Heather performed in a City of Edmonton performing arts camp in 2009. She was very active in every production through high school at Strathcona, and has participated in Scona Alumni shows for the past two Fringe Festivals. Some of her greatest education was received last year as part of Young Company’s musical theatre program, and with the role of Heather Duke in Heathers

Ryley Tennant Young Acting Company

Ryley is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Young Acting Company. A recent graduate of Strathcona High School, Ryley has previously been seen in Strathcona Theatre Company’s productions of In the Heights (2014), The Addams Family (2015), and Rent (2016), as well as appearing in Monster at the 2015 Scona One Acts Festival and The Rocky Horror Show with Two One Way Tickets To Broadway (2015). Ryley is ecstatic to begin another year of theatre!

Berkley Abbott Young Musical Company

Berkley Abbott is a recent graduate of Victoria School of the Performing Arts. While there he appeared as Ton Ton Julian in Once on this Island and in the ensemble choir of Sinners and Saints, produced by Catalyst Theatre. He has also appeared with Edmonton Musical Theatre and at the 2014 Edmonton Fringe. He is very excited to be a member of the Young Musical Company.

Emily Bergeron Young Musical Company

Emily is ecstatic to be part of the Young Musical Company! She has loved to perform her whole life and is excited to see what the future holds. Emily has appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone, Departures and Arrivals, Generation Z, Legally Blonde, and Peter Pan. Singing has played a huge part in her life. In 2015, Emily achieved 2nd place in the Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation talent show. Currently in grade 12, Emily serves as Fine Arts Rep and co-captain of the MMM Improv Team. Emily has seven years of voice training and for the past two years has taken musical theatre classes at the Foote Theatre School. Emily is excited to learn all she can from Young Company and to live her passion for musical theatre.

Maddie Chyczij Young Musical Company

Maddie is beyond excited to be a part of the Young Musical Company at the Citadel! After graduating from Strathcona High School earlier this year, she knew that theatre was something she had to have in her life. Maddie has taken voice lessons for seven years, currently as a student with Kim Mattice Wanat. She has also studied over five styles of dance for eight years. Her recent theatre credits include: RENT, The Cappies Chorus, The Addams Family, Once Upon A Mattress, and In The Heights with Strathcona Theatre Co. She is thrilled to be in such an amazing program, and cannot wait to learn.

Nicole Dube Young Musical Company

Nicole Dube is a dedicated aspiring performing artist. Nicole has received training the past year through various workshops and courses. Workshops held by Ron Long and Erika Noot focused on Nicole’s vocal care, pop vocal and belting technique. Musical training includes choral music 15 taught by Stephen Delano. Other training influences come from Linette Smith’s drama 10 class which focused on scene study, stage combat and improv skills. The Scona Theatre Co. production of RENT was Nicole’s introduction to musical theatre.

Shayla Fiveland Young Musical Company

Shayla is ecstatic to be a part of the 2016/17 Young Musical Company during her grade 12 year at Wetaskiwin Composite High School. Throughout her six years of musical theatre, some of her past credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Into the Woods (Stepmother), as well as the one-act play Find Me (Sheila). Shayla has been taking private vocal lessons for the past five years, and was recommended to compete in the Provincial Music Festival for all of those five years! She is a soprano in her school’s Jazz and Concert Choir. Shayla also has had 13 years of dance training. Shayla is very thrilled to participate in the program this year and grow as a musical theatre performer!

Nicholas Giroux Young Musical Company

Back from a recent hiatus, Nicholas is very excited to be back in the acting community, starting with the Young Companies. Also a winner of two Cappie awards in the Edmonton and surrounding area, he’s been in multiple shows such as Grease, Honk, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and more. He hopes you enjoy all the talent the Young Companies has to offer this year!

Emi Gusdal Young Musical Company

Emi is ecstatic to be a part of the Citadel Young Musical Company this year. This is her second year in the program. She enjoyed it so much the first time that she had to come back for round two. Emi is going into her grade 12 year and plans on auditioning for theatre schools come spring. She has been passionate about musical theatre for as long as she can remember and can’t wait to discover even more things that she loves about it. She would like to thank the Citadel for allowing her to pursue her passion. Young Company has been one of the best things to have happened to her and she couldn’t be more grateful. You may have seen her last year in the Young Musical Companies production of Heathers.

Anikka Hanson Young Musical Company

Anikka is honored and positively thrilled to be joining the Citadel’s Young Musical Company, having just graduated from Bellerose High School. Anikka has studied dance since the age of 5 with a focus on tap and ballet. She completed tap training following the Al Gilbert syllabus, choreographed her high school’s musicals, and trained two summers at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has performed with Alberta Ballet, including credits with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Nutcracker. Most recently, Anikka was seen in the Bellerose production of Mary Poppins, and was awarded the Cappie for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for the title role. In addition to her continued dance instruction, Anikka is entering her third year of private voice training. She is beyond excited to continue learning and growing as a performer, and cannot wait for what this year has in store!

Malik Hinton Young Musical Company

After an eventful High School Theatre career came to a close this past June, Malik Hinton is more than enthused to join the Citadel’s Young Musical Company for their 2016/17 Season. He has been seen within Greater Edmonton at The Works Festival, Rapid Fire Theatre, Fringe Festival and, most prominently, leading Eastglen Composite’s production of Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour Krelborn, which landed him the 2016 Cappie for Lead Actor in a Musical! This was a true honour to receive, especially after being nominated in 2015 as protagonist Ugly from Honk! The Musical. 

Cassie Hyman Young Musical Company

Cassie is beyond excited to be a part of this year’s Young Musical Company! Starting dance lessons at age three, Cassie realized that a life in the arts is the only life for her. Cassie is a recent graduate of Victoria school and, in her time at Vic, Cassie has been fortunate enough to take part in two main stage musical productions, Big Fish and Once on this Island. Other credits include She in Compatible, Amanda in Fractured (Directed by Scott Swan) and Clotho in We All Deserve to Die (Nextfest). Cassie cannot wait to find out what this year holds and is incredibly grateful for this amazing opportunity to start a new journey on a new stage.

Arvin Kraushar Young Musical Company

Arvin is an actor, singer, writer, and graphic designer, currently studying at the University of Alberta. Recently graduated from Millwoods Christian School, Arvin received the Cappies award Best Lead Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner for the 2015/2016 season. His other notable credits with the MCS Theatre Co. include: Alice in Wonderland (The Hatter), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah), The Three Musketeers (d’Artagnan), Hairspray (Spritzer), and Les Misérables (Marius).

Barbara Lukowich Young Musical Company

Barbara is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the 2016/17 Young Musical Company. Her theatrical journey began last summer, when Barbara partook in a one-week Musical Theatre Intensive (I Am). She enjoyed the class so much, that she enrolled in the fall/winter Advanced Musical Theatre class (Legally Blonde) and a 2016 summer two-week Musical Theatre Intensive class (Only for Now). Barbara has 13 years of dance experience (Edmonton School of Ballet). She has taught herself how to play piano. Barbara looks forward to a productive and memorable year with the company.

Aurianna McPhail Young Musical Company

Aurianna is very honoured to be in the 2016/2017 Young Musical Company! She is ready to grow as a performer and work on her passion in her grade twelve year. Aurianna’s most recent credits are Mary Poppins and Spamalot (Bellerose Composite High School) and Freckleface Strawberry and BIG The Musical (St.Albert Children’s Theatre). She also co-directed Hairspray Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr. at her past Junior High School. Although she has been singing through many outlets, including choir, she has only started vocal training in the past couple years and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge. Aurianna is eager to expand her love for every aspect of theatre with Young Companies.

Dylan Sharp Young Musical Company

Dylan Sharp is a first year student here at the Young Companies Program at the Citadel Theatre. He has acted in many productions, won multiple awards, and loves the rush of being on stage, with the lights, crowd, and music! The musical arts is his passion, as he would not be the same person without the ability to express himself through singing, dancing, and acting.

Kevin Yue Young Musical Company

Kevin is a vocalist, actor, and trumpet player from St. Albert and is stoked to be a part of this year’s Young Musical Company! Past appearances in musicals include Paul Kane High School’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), Grease (Kenickie, Awarded Cappie for Featured Actor in a Musical), and The Addams Family (Mal), as well as St. Albert Children’s Theatre’s productions of James & the Giant Peach (ensemble), Big: The Musical (Mr. Kopecki, Tom, ensemble), and Freckleface Strawberry (Harry). Outside of musical theatre, Kevin is currently working towards a B.Mus. degree at the University of Alberta, and plays in and around Edmonton with his band, Thursdays.

Isabella Derilo Young Playwriting Company

Isabella Derilo is honoured to be apart of this year’s Young Playwriting Company. As a recent graduate of Strathcona High School and recipient of the Edmonton Public School’s Fine Arts Award and Catalyst Theatre’s Innovative Award, Isabella has been gratefully immersed in theatre. Past credits include productions by Scona Theatre Co. (In The Heights, The Addams Family, RENT), Director (Monster by Daniel MacIvor), Improviser (Canadian Improv Games 2015/2016) and acting, directing, and writing for Nextfest 2015 and 2016.

Chris Kaumeyer Young Playwriting Company

His interest in literature began while reading stories by Ernest Hemingway with his father at a young age. He became interested in theatrical literature after he attended the Citadel production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in 2001. From then on, he began writing plays, and after reading work in Linguistics and anthropology, found an interest in critical theories about literature and its place in human culture. 

Edanya Look Young Playwriting Company

Edanya is beyond ecstatic to be apart of the Citadel’s Young Playwriting Company. Her heavy involvement in Strathcona High School’s theatre company has left her with a handful of credit, which includes productions by Scona Theatre Co. (The Addams Family and RENT), Improviser (Canadian Improv Games 2013-2016), Director (Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley), and writer and director for Nextfest 2016.

Makenzi Miller Young Playwriting Company

Makenzi Miller is a writer and activist originally hailing from Athabasca, Alberta. Her foray into playwriting began in late 2015, when she wrote a piece titled Lavender under the mentorship of Vern Thiessen. Following a Nextfest reading, Miller is currently adapting this piece into a full-length novel: Lavender (And Other Mourning Colours). In August 2016, a debut collection of her poetry entitled GIRL PARTS was published by New York’s Ghost City Press, a week shy of her 16th birthday. When not writing, she can be found attending Grade 11 at Victoria School of the Arts and reviewing books for the small press Maudlin House.

Ryan Drews Young Theatre Production Company

Ryan Drews is absolutely stoked to begin his first time in the Young Theatre Production Company. He loves all parts of theatre production with a passion, but particularly Lighting Design. Introduced to production in his Grade 10 year, he immediately fell in love with it. He currently attends Grade 11 at Lillian Osborne and has worked on many of the school’s productions including: Recording Engineer of Artsfest Band Night, Stage Manager of Bad Auditions by Bad Actors and many other one acts produced at Lillian Osborne. When not  working on a production, Ryan can be found either acting or woodworking.

Mariah Fournier Young Theatre Production Company

Mariah is a recent graduate of Victoria School of the Arts and their Acting and Directing courses. In her Grade 12 year Mariah directed a short one act for the Playworks Festival. She was involved in improv and ensembles while at Victoria, but never managed to get into the technical side of theatre. Because of this she is thrilled to be joining the Citadel Young Theatre Production Company and is excited to learn everything she can.

Jeong Song Young Theatre Production Company

Currently in UofA, Jeong Ung’s journey in theatre has been short but a meaningful one. Making his debut as a rabbi in Thirteen the Musical his journey to theatre continued with plays Mystery at the Twicknam VicarageWhen God Comes for Breakfast Don’t Burn the Toast and The Wizard of Oz. He was also involved in improv throughout his life with him now coaching two different teams. However, his greatest achievement came this year when he was fortunate enough to direct Tuesdays and Sundays with very hungry and talented people. Jeong Ung is enthralled to work with all the talented people in the Young Company.