Homecoming King by Thirty Below Theatre
Book & Lyrics: Dave Deveau
Composer: James Coomber
Director: Mike Mackenzie
What do you do when life is going perfectly? You screw it up. Daniel is a successful businessman. And he’s married to Evelyn. They’re in love. And life continues on, as it has a tendency of doing. But a few years, when Daniel meets Linda, he has to make a choice. Or does he? Can a man navigate two wives and two lives? A musical with grit.
Formed in 2005, Thirty Below Theatre has committed itself to producing the work of Canadian playwrights under 30 both past and present. Past productions include the world premiere of Michel Tremblay’s first play The Train (2005), the internationally screened film Belly (2006), the workshop production of Dave Deveau’s Nelly Boy (2007), the workshop of Dave Deveau’s Map of the West (2008), the workshop production of Dave Deveau’s My Funny Valentine (2009), and the hit production Tiny Replicas in the inaugural Neanderthal Arts Festival (2010).
Mike Mackenzie - Director
Mike is honoured to be directing Homecoming King, and getting to work with Dave and James on this exciting project. He is an honours graduate of the George Brown Theatre School’s Performing Arts Program (2005), and until moving to Vancouver, spent most of his time producing, designing and performing. Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Mike has had the wonderful pleasure of directing several musicals and plays, including A New Brain and Nine for Pipedream Theatre, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later for Homeshark Theatre, [title of show] for Homeshark Equity Co-Op, and Little Me for Applause! Musicals in Concert. Upcoming, he will be directing Elegies: A Song Cycle. He dedicates this show to his family and of course, to Megan.
Dave Deveau – Book & Lyrics
Dave Deveau investigates queer themes in plays that speak to a broad audience: My Funny Valentine (Zee Zee Theatre), Tiny Replicas (Neanderthal Arts Festival, Playwrights Theatre Centre), Map of the West (shortlist: Tarragon National Playwriting Competition, Herman Voaden Competition), Courte Forme (Théâtre la Seizième) and Nelly Boy (Zee Zee Theatre, Theatre Direct). Dave has written the libretti for three short operas for Toronto’s Tapestry New Opera Works: Unfamiliar, Declining and Rest in Peace. He is the 2010 recipient of the Gordon Armstrong Playwright’s Rent Award. As an actor he is more noted for his work in the TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark? A graduate of York University’s Creative Ensemble, he also holds an MFA in Playwriting from UBC. He has just received his first Jessie Richardson award nomination for Outstanding Original Script for his play My Funny Valentine. Upcoming: his play Tiny Replicas has just been optioned for the screen and his latest play, Out in the Open, will start touring through Green Thumb Theatre in October. www.davedeveau.com
James Coomber – Music
James Coomber is a versatile music/theatre artist living and working in Vancouver. He has collaborated as a musical director, composer, conductor, musician, sound designer and actor throughout the theatre and music community. He completed a BFA (Honours) in Music as well as a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University. Selected credits include The Little Mountain Mountaineers (Genus Theatre) as part of Theatre Under the Gun, Waiting for Go. (Theatre Terrific), Twelfth Night (Shadows and Dreams Theatre), 4H Club (Genus Theatre), Harmonia (SFU Mainstage), Exit Commander Kitty (Tigermilk Collective), The Physicists (Genus Theatre), The Visit (SFU Mainstage), Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights (SFU Mainstage). He continues to explore the intermingling of disciplines, studying new approaches to musical theatre, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and music pedagogy for non-musicians.
Jillian Perry - Stage Manager
Jill is a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley, where she studied Theatre. Her most recent Stage Manager positions are My Funny Valentine (Zee Zee Theatre), Tiny Replicas *(Thirty Below Theatre/Neanderthal Arts Festival), Nelly Boy (Zee Zee Theatre), Matters Domestic (Fringe), Heaven and Hell (Vanarts), Whale Riding Weather (Zee Zee Theatre), The 21st Floor (Lyric Stage Project), Macbeth (UFV), Unity (1918) (UFV). Besides Stage managing she has many other theatrical hats; Props, lighting, Actor, and technician. She would like to thank her friends, family, and co-workers for adapting to her crazy schedule! Jill is thrilled to be a part of Homecoming King.
Megan Phillips - Performer
Megan could not be more thrilled to be in Homecoming Kingwith such a talented creative team and cast! Megan has an MA (Musical Theatre Performance) from Mountview Academy in London, UK, and a holds a BA (Music) from the University of Western Ontario. Other training has included Musical Theatre and voice at Circle in the Square (NYC). Selected credits: Fay in Here on the Flight Path (Metro Theatre), Diana in Nine (Pipedream Theatre Project Society), Georgeanne in 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (BR Productions), Gertie in Oklahoma! (Theatre Under the Stars), Helena in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Applause). Teaching experience: choreographer, music director, and director at Take to the Stage! UBC musical theatre company, Music Theatre teacher at Youth Out Loud after-school Musical theatre program, Head of Music and Voice at Buck's Rock Performing Arts Camp in Connecticut for 3 years. Megan is an accredited Journey practitioner - a form of mind/body healing - and has just launched a business as an Arbonne Independent Consultant, and is completing her own solo show project, Breaking Velocity. Love to Mike: couldn't do it without you.
Shantini Klaassen - Performer
Shantini is thrilled to be a part of this project with such a great group of talent. She recently won the 2010 Outstanding Gypsy Ovation Award for her work as Maria Understudy in Footlight's, "The Sound of Music". In the past year she has also been in Fighting Chance's "The Wiz", Applause's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Pipedream's "Nine" and took a turn under the stage playing keyboard for TUTS's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”. Shantini's other credits include "Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular", Nellie in "South Pacific", and Hodel in "Fiddler on the Roof".
Gaelan Beatty - Performer
Meryn Cadell - Dramaturg