Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
A witty, fun, “sequel” to the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice. The story focuses on Mary, the bookish, often over-looked middle child, as she navigates a potential romance with Mr. Darcy’s smart but awkward cousin, Arthur.
Directed by NANCY McALEAR
Set & Costume Design by DANA OSBORNE
Lighting Design by OZ WEAVER
Composition & Sound Design by JONATHAN LEWIS
Utterly charming comedy ...
Cast & Creative Team
- Umed AminArthur de Bourgh×Umed AminArthur de Bourgh
This is a play about hope and change and love and new traditions. I think it’s an important piece of theatre given the current political climate. To any children reading this, I implore you to follow your dreams. I feel so blessed to make money doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was 8 years old. I took a leap of faith after reading an actor’s bio telling me what I’m now telling you, and here I am years later flourishing in an environment I chose for myself. You can do it too. I believe in you. Thanks for being here.
- Mikaela DaviesMary Bennet×Mikaela DaviesMary Bennet
Mikaela Davies has worked extensively as an actor, director and creator in Toronto. Having spent a few years at Soulpepper Theatre, (Spoon River, The Crucible, Marat/Sade, Idiot’s Delight, The Dybbuk) Mikaela moved to The Stratford Festival (Breath of Kings, Madwoman of Chaillot, Timon of Athens) where in her second season, she performed the leading role of Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling. She also assistant directed Robert Lepage on his lauded production of Coriolanus at Stratford, and is currently developing a musical.
- Allison Edwards-CreweElizabeth Darcy×Allison Edwards-CreweElizabeth Darcy
Allison is thrilled to make her Citadel debut with such talented artists. TRAINING: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance. SELECTED CREDITS: Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); Da’ Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary, National Arts Centre); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); All Shook Up (Globe Theatre, Stage West Calgary); Othella (Make Art Theatre); Hairspray (Rainbow Stage); Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct); and Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). UPCOMING: School Girls (Obsidian & Nightwood Theatre). Endless love to my family and friends.
- Emma HoughtonLydia Wickham×Emma HoughtonLydia Wickham
Emma is a born and bred Edmonton artist who is delighted to be performing on the Shoctor stage! Recent credits include The Virgin Trial, The Last Wife (Alberta Theatre Projects); Last Chance Leduc (FTA/Snowflake Prod.); Cleave (FTA/Tiny Bear Jaws); You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Parade, The Gondoliers (Opera Nuova); and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Citadel Theatre). Catch her on Telus Optik's The Abracadavers and The Psyborgs and see her next in Miss Teen at Shadow Theatre!
- Mathew HulshofFitzwilliam Darcy×Mathew HulshofFitzwilliam Darcy
An Edmonton based actor, Mathew’s most recent credits include A Lesson in Brio, I Heard About Your Murder, Hey Countess (Teatro la Quindicina); Our Man in Havana (Bright Young Things); Witch Hunt at the Strand, Kill Me Now (Workshop West); What Gives, That Men May Fly (Lunchbox Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Tribes, Eurydice (Studio Theatre); Deathtrap (Mayfield Theatre); East of Berlin (East/West Collective); and Nevermore (Catalyst Theatre). Mathew is a three-time Sterling Award nominee and winner for Smokescreen (Concrete Theatre).
- Cameron KnetemanCharles Bingley×Cameron KnetemanCharles Bingley
Cameron is thrilled to be back in his hometown of Edmonton, and to be returning to the Citadel after nine years. He last performed as Peter Cratchit in the 2009 and 2010 A Christmas Carol companies. Other credits include Gilbert in Anne and Gilbert at the Guild Theatre, as well as Fiddler on the Roof and The Little Mermaid at the Port Hope Capitol Theatre. He would like to thank his Mom and Dad, and send his love and admiration to his incredible wife Cynthia.
- Emma LaishramJane Bingley×Emma LaishramJane Bingley
Emma is a Toronto based, mixed theatre artist who graduated from the National Theatre School, and the Dalhousie Acting Program. Recent credits: Displaced (Ground Cover Theatre); and In Care by Kenneth Williams (Gordon Tootoosis Nῑkᾱnᾱwin Theatre). She is thrilled to debut at the Citadel doing her most favorite things: living in a Pride and Prejudice fantasy and speaking in a British accent! She is so grateful to Nancy, the cast and crew, her family and friends, and to be a settler on this beautiful land.
- Gianna VacircaAnne de Bourgh×Gianna VacircaAnne de Bourgh
Gianna is an actor, dancer, and choreographer from the prairies. This is Gianna’s Citadel debut! She has performed with Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Thou Art Here theatre, The Maggie Tree, L'UniThéâtre, Madfandango Theatre Collective, Punctuate! Theatre, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, Brian Webb Dance Company, Theatre Yes, Northern Light Theatre, Downstage Theatre, The Cultch, and The Theatre Center. This winter, Gianna is heading to Factory Theatre and The Belfry Theatre with Punctuate! Theatre and AAPA’s show Bears. Love to all her families and Oscar, and to all of you for coming! Enjoy!
- Nancy McAlearDirector×Nancy McAlearDirector
This is Nancy’s Citadel directing debut, but not her first time working here. She’s been seen in a number of shows here over the years, including A Christmas Carol, Hello Dolly, Taming of the Shrew, Da, and Ghosts. Recent directing credits include Billy (Les Jours de Hurlement) (L’Unithéâtre); The Romeo Initiative (SkirtsAfire); The Believers (MadFandango Theatre Collective); Talk to Me Like the Rain, and Hello from Bertha (Shaw Festival). Next up, Nancy will be playing Emily Carr for Handsome Alice Theatre in Calgary.
- Dana OsborneSet & Costume Designer×Dana OsborneSet & Costume Designer
Raised on Vancouver Island and now based in Stratford, Ontario, Dana is pleased to be making her Citadel/Albertan debut! She is an award-winning designer who has designed for theatres across Canada including the Stratford Festival (19 seasons), Shaw Festival, Pacific Opera, Globe Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Grand Theatre, Soulpepper, and Centaur. Recent designs include set and costumes for The Hound of the Baskervilles (Shaw), as well as costumes for The Music Man and Rocky Horror Show (Stratford).
- Oz WeaverLighting Designer×Oz WeaverLighting Designer
For the Citadel: Freedom Singer and Craigslist Cantata. Lighting Designer: Selfie (YPT); Maggie & Pierre (Various); BANG BANG (Factory Theatre); Hamlet and All's Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage); LULU v.7, Its All Tru, and Rhubarb Festival 2016 (Buddies in Bad Times). Production Manager: IMPACT Festival (MT Space); The Watershed (TD for Crow’s Theatre); The Cage is the Stage at The PowerBall (Power Plant). Producer: The Dietrich Group; Le Grand Continental, and Until the Lions & Bearing (LUMINATO). www.ozweaver.ca
- Jonathan LewisComposer/Sound Designer×Jonathan LewisComposer/Sound Designer
Since 1997, Jonathan has appeared as a musician in numerous shows at the Citadel, but this is his first time as a designer and composer. Elsewhere, Jonathan has composed for productions at Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, One Yellow Rabbit, Western Canada Theatre, Quest Theatre, Vertigo, and others. He is also a versatile freelance musician, performing on violin and viola, in styles ranging from classical to jazz, Greek to klezmer, and beyond.
- Andrew G. CooperAssistant Director×Andrew G. CooperAssistant Director
Andrew holds his Bachelor of Arts from Thompson Rivers University and is the recipient of the Kamloops Mayor’s Emerging Artist Award. Previous directing credits include The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm, One Day, Mockus, Frankenstein (Chimera Theatre); The Disordered Mind, The Witness, Crossroads (Tranquille Tunnel Theatre); The Three Munsch-keteers (Project X Theatre); and The Grind (Western Canada Theatre’s High-wire Festival). Next, Andrew is creating a new puppet show called The Robber Bridegroom with Chimera Theatre in Kamloops and Calgary.
- Doug MertzDialect Coach×Doug MertzDialect Coach
Doug has coached dialects for numerous shows here (A Christmas Carol– 10 years!, Redpatch, Shakespeare in Love, Million Dollar Quartet)and elsewhere: Vigilante – National Tour (Catalyst Theatre), Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, Parade (Opera Nuova), and many others. Doug has taught dialects for the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, Theatre Alberta’s Drama Works and Workshops by Request, Rapid Fire Theatre, Foote Theatre School and several local high schools. He is the Director of Education and Outreach here at the Citadel.
- Dawn SadowayVocal Coach×Dawn SadowayVocal Coach
Dawn is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice in the Theatre Arts Program at MacEwan University. She is also an active performer, vocal coach and director. Her most recent creative work includes: Last Light Above the World: A War Litany – Actor (RES) and Carmen – Assistant Director (Mercury Opera). Dawn has thoroughly enjoyed working as a Voice and Singing Coach with this exciting group of young actors and would like to thank the very talented Nancy McAlear whose direction continues to inspire actors and creative teams alike.
- Andrea SchurmanStage Manager×Andrea SchurmanStage Manager
Citadel credits include The Humans,Million Dollar Quartet, Red, and Intimate Apparel. Recent credits include The Orchard (after Chekhov) (Shaw). PSM of the Charlottetown Festival (Anne of Green Gables, and A Misfortune), and 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Marquis). Andrea has worked from coast to coast with companies including YPT, Canadian Stage, Obsidian, The Grand, Soulpepper, TPM, Factory, The Globe, Persephone, Mirvish, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Cahoots, Nightwood, Studio 180, Vancouver Playhouse, Neptune, TNB, Tapestry New Opera, and the Stratford Festival. Upcoming: SM Victory and ASM The Glass Menagerie for the Shaw Festival.
- Al GadowskyAssistant Stage Manager×Al GadowskyAssistant Stage Manager
Previously at the Citadel, Al has assistant stage managed The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage), Crazy For You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), The Silver Arrow, West Side Story, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, and apprentice stage managed Avenue Q, Venus in Fur, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Other credits include Anne of Green Gables, Jesus Christ Superstar, On The Road With Dutch Mason, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia!, and Glenda’s Kitchen (Charlottetown Festival); La Traviata, Les Feluettes, Turandot and The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera). Al thanks his family and friends for their continuing love and support.