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Double D Productions (Dave Semple & Donald D’Haene)
In Association With
London Community Players
by French-Canadian writer Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco
at the Procunier Hall
the first two weeks in November, 2014
(Image: Cover – Latest Translation 1991)
Mini synopsis: The story takes place in Montreal, Quebec and centres around the relationship between Hosanna, a drag queen dressed as Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, and Cuirette, an aging “stud” and homosexual biker.
Cuirette: Dave Semple
Hosanna: Donald D’Haene
This production will be a collaborative effort…more announcements to come (if you would like to go on a list re: tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-434-5795 ext 1)
We can state the following are on board Team Hosanna:
Set/Lighting Designer: Mark Mooney
Stage Manager: Anne Mooney
Costume Designer: Whitney Bolam
Makeup Design: Charles Martin, Melanie Richards
Sound Designer: Lisa Desgroseilliers
Props Manager: Katrina Callahan
Poster Designer: Rod Keith
Videographer: Richard Martin
Dave Semple (Actor, Co-Producer)
Dave has been involved in the London theatre community for the last 25 years as an actor and director. He is an educator, singer/songwriter, martial artist, and, most importantly, husband and father. The idea for this show came to him while looking at old photos of past productions. Dave played the role of Cuirette 30 years ago at the University of Windsor in a student production and when he saw the photos he thought, “I’d like another shot at that one.” He immediately thought of Donald and said, “Let’s make this happen.”
Donald life’s been a stage whether on or off. A highlight off: wrestling a Moroccan midget in Amsterdam’s red light district – he won! None of his on stage antics can top that one but he thinks these came close: House of Frankenstein (Elgin Theatre Guild); Lend Me A Tenor (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); A Chorus Line (Purple Patches), Opening Night, 7 Stories, Moon Over Buffalo (LCP), Man In Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone (MTP). For his other stage career, drag persona “Michiel”, he won Mr. Halo 1987 impersonating Marilyn Monroe (Diamond Are A Girl’s Best Friend), top 10 Annie Lennox impersonation, Much Music, 2nd in Scene Magazine’s Marilyn look-a-like contest, and Interactive Male North America Grand Prize Drag Impersonator. He won a Brickenden for Best Musical with Jennifer Fagan (co-directing and co-producing), Brownstone B – Big, Bold & Beautiful! (2008), shared a Ballyhoo Brickenden with John Pacheco for PS Your Cat is Dead (2009), won Brickendens for Best Musical and Best Production with John Pacheco for The Producers (2010).
Mark is amazed (and dismayed) to realize he has been involved with theatre for over forty years. His work on Oklahoma! for Music Theatre Productions was a 2013 DISH nominee for lighting design. Other recent designs include Venue In Fur – Fountainhead Theatre Works/LCP, Skin Deep – Trish West, and Belles – Out of Sight. He has also lit shows for area schools and university theatre groups.
Mark also designs sets (Queen Milli of Galt, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Last Resort – LCP; Jenny’s House of Joy – Theatre Woodstock; Fox on the Fairway - Elgin Theatre Guild, Into the Woods – Theatre Kent), and directs (The Woman in Black, Plaza Suite, The Foursome, The Homecoming, and Ethan Claymore [2006 WODL award winner for best direction and production] – LCP; Fox on the Fairway – Elgin Theatre Guild; I Hate Hamlet – St. Marys Community Players). He also acts on occasion.
Mark is an adjudicator on the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank and also conducts workshops on acting and directing.
Anne has been working in theatre for almost 30 years. Highlights include Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman (WODL Best Actress 1995), Pierrette in Les Belles Soeurs (WODL Ensemble award 2002), Director of The Dining Room (WODL Ensemble award 1998), Director of The Last Resort (Dish Beatnik Award 2011) and Director of the world premier production of The Book Club (Ride a Wild Horse Productions). Stage management gigs include Marion Bridge (LCP), Stepping Out (LCP 2009), The Gondoliers (MTP 2009), Welfarewell (St. Marys Community Players 2011). She is the Community Theatre Coordinator at Theatre Ontario.
Hosanna marks the 20th production costume designed by Whitney, and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of this incredible love story. Special thanks Donald and Dave for inviting her to design the costumes for Hosanna. Other selected costuming credits include: The Matchmaker, Edward II, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Antony & Cleopatra, and The Three Musketeers. Whitney is the owner of The Costume Shoppe, and will be attending Fanshawe College this Fall for the graduate program, Technical Costume Studies.
Charles has been involved on and off with community theatre (acting, directing, stage managing, hair, make up, prop) since 1990 when he played The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Elgin Theatre Guild). He has been involved with two plays that have made it to the SouthWestern Ontario Drama League festival and acted in productions in LOAF and Fringe London.
Melanie is a two-time Dish Award winning, Internationally published, creative and passionate makeup artist. Her skills and affable personality provide clients a dependable and detail-oriented professional fully prepared to create any look required. She has the innate ability to bring out the natural beauty of her subject, no matter the gender, ethnicity, or character portrayal required. Melanie is also an accomplished face painter and FX artist. Melanie is beyond excited to join this amazingly talented cast and crew on what is sure to be a show to remember!
Lisa has been involved with the local theatre community since 2006. Lisa enjoys all aspects of stage production. In the past few years, Lisa has stage managed, operated sound and lights. Recent projects include stage management for Edith Spanner (Iz Productions 2014) and A Different Drummer (Fringe 2013). Sounds is where it all started for Lisa and recent projects include: Skin Deep by Trish West and Queen Milli Queen of Galt for London Community Players. If the sound cannot be found, Lisa can turn it around to something more profound.
Katrina is a London native who has been involved in London theatre for two decades wearing various hats (playwrighting, acting, stage managing, props). Katrina is happy to be part of Hosanna and looks forward to working with the team.
Richard Martin completed three years as a judge of London amateur theatre on both The Brickendens’ Core and Youth Panels.