Introducing the Cast of HIT L!ST
Introducing the Cast of HIT L!ST
Glenn Bladon | Guitarist, Vocalist
This Edmonton, Alberta native has been a professional musician since the mid-70's. Several Canadian/U.N. Forces stage shows have taken him overseas to Germany, Cyprus and Israel as well as the Canadian Arctic. Glenn's musical background includes rock, jazz, blues and musical theatre as well as radio and television productions. Glenn has been a featured performer and writer of Deerhurst Resort’s stage shows since the Shania Twain days (1990).
Serge Charlebois* | Performer
This is Serge’s ninth year performing on the Deerhurst stage. He grew up in Ottawa where he was a competitive ballroom dancer before moving to Toronto to pursue his studies at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Before gracing the Deerhurst stage, Serge travelled across Canada and has been as far as Brazil performing in a variety of musical theatre shows, touring theatre shows and TV commercials. Serge thanks his wife Kasey, inspiring son Xavier, his sibling, parents and friends for their support and love.
Leaynne Connolly* | Performer
As a musical veteran with a deep passion for music and an unmatched chameleon ability, Leaynne has delighted audiences at Deerhurst for many years. Trained in opera early in life, she was also involved in many musical theatre productions which led to her attending Sheridan College. As a performer, she loves to dance, but prefers to "rock it out" and has become a consummate "band leader." Her dream would be to perform a one woman show one day, which just may become a reality. When this "little girl with the big voice" sings you won't want to miss it!
Monica Nowak* | Performer
Monica is so excited to be performing for the third year in a row with this super talented cast. Originally from Pickering, Ontario she is a graduate of Randolph Academy of Performing Arts College and spent the several years living in London, England and New York City singing and acting. Film/TV credits include: "King of the Camp"(YTV), "The Listener" (CTV webseries), "Blood Junkies" (NYC feature film), short film "Ibrain", "Curious and Unusual Deaths"(Discovery). Theatre credits include: "Jasper Station"/ "Race Day"/"Sweet Soul Music" (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), "Perfect Wedding" (Victoria Petrolia Playhouse), "Blood Brothers" (Theatre Aquarius) "Go West" (Broadway workshop). For more information you can visit monicanowak.net
Aislinn Wishart| Performer
Born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, Aislinn is a recent graduate of The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She is thrilled to join the cast of HIT L!ST this year and is currently adjusting to life in Huntsville. Past credits in Toronto include: Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar (The LOT), Into the Woods and Lord of the Flies (Randolph Theatre). She has also appeared in numerous shows on the East Coast and dance productions across Canada as a member of the DancEast Young Company. When not on the Deerhurst stage, she enjoys exploring everything Muskoka has to offer and teaching herself to play guitar.
Kasey Stephan | Performer
Kasey grew up dancing in Alberta before performing internationally with Carnival Cruise Lines and Suncruises. She then attended the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts College in Ontario. Memorable performances include “Grease”, “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Anne of Green Gables” and several contemporary dance company productions in Toronto. Kasey has performed with the Deerhurst cast for seven years and is also the Company Manager, co-writer and co-choreographer for this year’s show, HIT L!ST. When not on stage, Kasey teaches dance and movement and attempts to keep up with her 2 year old son, Xavier the Active. She would like to thank Heather, Mike, Monique and Bernard for being Grandparents of the Year and making it possible for her to return to the stage for her victory lap.
Alyssa Smith | Performer
Alyssa grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo training intensively and travelling all over North America (from NYC to Los Angeles) to compete as a dancer. At 18-years-old she joined the Raptors Dance Pak with the additional opportunity of performing in Spain and Italy for the NBA European Tour. Alyssa has been working commercially as a dancer in Toronto for the last several years with appearances on the SYFY network's "Warehouse 13", MTV with Dan Levy, YTV's "Undercover High" and most recently with Cirque du Soleil in the televised opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan American Games. This is Alyssa's first year performing with the Deerhurst cast and she loves the beauty of the Muskokas immensely. When not on stage Alyssa teaches at her mother's dance studio in Kitchener-Waterloo and in the summertime she's the proud member of an elegant water-ballet troupe known as the "Aqualillies" . She would like to thank her number-one fan who is Grandma Bev as well as mom, dad, grandpa, Nan, Brandon, Robby, Elisa and her two adorable nephews Perrin and Eli for keeping her smiling on-stage and off.
Logan Coey | Drummer
A Muskoka native, Logan has returned from Toronto where he has been actively working as a freelance musician with many different groups. In addition to performing, Logan has also been working towards his bachelor of music degree at Humber College. While at Humber, Logan played a wide range of music varying from jazz, funk, reggae, and latin music through his studies with Don Vickery, Steve Manucso, and Mark Kelso. Previous to Humber, Logan studied with local drummer Richard Jackson.
Will Main | Bassist, Vocalist
Will follows in the footsteps of two generations of musicians in his family who have performed in Muskoka. Will got his start in the "Black Hole Cabaret" while in high school where he won the prestigious "Performer of the Year" award. Will has attended the Humber College Music Program and toured with a number of bands thoughout Ontario. He is thrilled to return to his hometown of Huntsville and perform in this high calibre production of Decades.
John Nobile | Technical Director
John’s musical background includes attending Humber College where his major was arranging. He started performing at age 16 and had his own band “Wave” for ten years, which travelled across Canada. John has been working at Deerhurst Resort for more than 20 years where he played keyboards in the show for three years before moving behind the scenes as Technical Director and sound designer.
*Appears with permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.
Behind the Scenes
Company Manager: Kasey Stephan
Musical Director: Glenn Bladon
Choreographers: Jennifer Johns, Natasha Lowe, Kasey Stephan
Dance Captain: Natasha Lowe
Costume Design/Wardrobe: Natasha Lowe
Music Sequencing and Arrangements: Glenn Bladon, George Guerrette
Written and Conceived by: Glenn Bladon, Kasey and Monica Nowak, Natasha Lowe
Sound technician: John Nobile
Lighting Designer: Philip Cassin
Understudies: Bridget Mantha, Casey Wells, Sierra Neudrof
Additional vocals: Casey Wells, Bridget Mantha
Wardrobe assistants: Madison Joliffe