The cast

US Tour 2013

Danielle Wade (Dorothy)

After capturing hearts on the CBC television show “Over the Rainbow,” Danielle went on to lead the Canadian company in Oz’s North American premiere. She is thrilled to be reprising her role for the tour! Danielle has completed two years in the fine arts program at the University of Windsor. Other Theatre credits include: Janet (The Drowsy Chaperone) Edinburgh Festival, Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), and Cinderella (Into the Woods) for WLMT. Love

Jay Brazeau(Professor Marvel / The Wizard)

Jay’s career highlights include Hairspray (Edna Turnblad; Mirvish Productions), Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye). Film and TV credits include Watchmen, Double Jeopardy, Jinxed, “The West Wing” and “Supernatural.” Jay has received seven Jessie Theatre Awards, a Pittsburgh Press Critic’s Award for Best Actor of the Year (1987) and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Harlen in the series “Stargate SG-1.” He will be in the upcoming film Horns starring Daniel Radcliff.

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Miss Gultch / The Wicked Witch of the West)

Broadway/Tours: Les Misérables (Cosette and Fantine, only actor in Broadway’s original production to play both!), Miss Saigon (Ellen), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Mama Who), Sunset Boulevard (Betty), big (Susan), The Secret Garden (Lily), Sweet Adeline (Encores!). Off Broadway: I Remember Mama, Under the Bridge, The Ark, Have a Nice Life, Closer Than Ever. Favorites: The Witches of Eastwick, 110 in the Shade (Helen Hayes Award), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (CT. Critics Award), Grey Gardens (Edie).

Mike Jackon (Hickory / Tin Man)

Broadway: Chicago. U.S. tours: Chicago and Contact. Other Theater: Kiss Me Kate, Evita (Stratford Festival), How to Succeed…, Man of La Mancha (Drayton), Seussical, Oklahoma, Joseph…(Aquarius), Anne of Green Gables (Japan), Cats, Starlight Express (Germany). TV/Film: The Producers, Glitter, Once Upon a Mattress, “Missing,” “Queer as Folk.” Choreography: Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Full Monty(Aquarius), La Cage (Neptune), All Shook Up, Joseph…, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Stage West).

Lee MacDougall (Zeke / Lion)

For Mirvish Productions, Lee was Harry in the original cast of Mamma Mia! (Toronto and U.S. tour), and Smokey in Damn Yankees. Selected credits include The Boyfriend (Stratford Festival), Urinetown (CanStage) and Guys and Dolls (Theatre Calgary, Citadel). Also a playwright, his plays include High Life, The Gingko Tree and an adaptation of W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen the Wind. As a director: Glory Days, Beauty and The Beast, The Producers, Joseph, and All Shook Up.

www.Leemacdougall.ca

Jamie McKnight (Hunk / Scarecrow)

Selected theatre credits: Toronto – The Producers, The Toxic Avenger, Hair, Annie Get Your Gun, Go-Go Beach; Stratford Festival – Oklahoma! and King Lear; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Theatre New Brunswick); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Hair ( The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario). In 2008, he
toured as one ofThe Canadian Tenors. Jamie would like to thank his Mom and Dad.

Robin Evan Willis (Glinda)

As a longstanding ensemble member of Canada’s Shaw Festival, Robin has appeared in Heartbreak House (Ellie), One Touch of Venus (Venus), French Without Tears (Diana), The Cherry Orchard (Anya), A Little Night Music (Anne), The Millionairess (Polly) and Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste) among other productions. Credits elsewhere: Goblin Market, Othello, Amadeus, and Man of La Mancha. Robin is a graduate of Queen’s University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Larry Herbert (Uncle Henry / Ensemble)

Stratford Festival 9 seasons, most recently seen as Avram in Fiddler on the Roof and The Minister in Tommy. Other selected credits include, Bobby Child (Crazy for You), Frankie (Forever Plaid) and Adolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone). TV and Film: “Being Erica,” Politics are Cruel and “Road to Avonlea.” Tyrone Guthrie Award.

Chelsey Duplak (Auntie Em / Ensemble)

The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stage West Calgary/Rainbow Stage), RENT (Rainbow Stage), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Rainbow Stage), and Johnny and June (June, Lighthouse Theatre). Graduate of Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance. Thanks to Madeline Paul, da Costa Talent, Mom, Dad and brother.

Josh Assor (Ensemble)

Broadway: Mary Poppins (Disney). .Other credits include: Mary Poppins 1st National Tour (Disney), West Side Story, Cyrano de Bergerac (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow Stage), Aida the Opera (Manitoba Opera) and “The Chew” (ABC Television).

www.joshassor.com

Jordan Bell (Ensemble)

Three seasons at the Stratford Festival: Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened…Forum and Cabaret. Other selected credits include: Action in West Side Story(Vancouver Opera), Malcom in The Full Monty, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival).

John Edwards (Ensemble)

John is thrilled to follow the yellow brick road across the US and Canada! Favorite credits include: Link in Hairspray, Skimbleshanks in Cats, Matt in Living with Henry, Paul McCartney in British Invasion, Big Deal in West Side Story, Aladdin in Disney Dreams, Moose in Hercules. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

Kelly Grainger (Assistant Dance Captain / Fight Captain / Swing)

Kelly began her training 22 years ago in Prince Rupert, BC where she learned and perfected the infamous jazz run, before attending CCPA. Favourite credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Mayzie in Seussical, Demeter in Cats, Georgie in The Full Monty, and Mrs. Hussey in Moby Dick.

Jason Huska (Ensemble)

Select theatre credits: The Wizard of Oz, Mirvish Productions; Cats, Theatre Calgary; The Wedding Singer, Mayfield Dinner Theatre;West Side Story, Neptune Theatre;My Favorite Year, Bathurst Street Theatre.Jason thanks God for the blessings in his life, his family, friends and especially his gorgeous wife Tabitha for their love, support and encouragement.

Nicole Javanna Johnson (Swing)

Nicole is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors Equity Association. Her credits include HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Papermill’s touring production of the Little Mermaid; and regional productions of Disney’s Aladdin, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods and Bye Bye Birdie. Nicole is also Founder & Creative Director of Javanna Productions.

www.javannaproductionsmove.com

Julia Juhas (Ensemble)

Julia is extremely honored to be joining the Land of Oz and all of its unique characters. Recent Theatre credits include: The Who’s Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival), Janet in The Drowsey Chaperone (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Film/TV: “Cracked” (CBC), One Good Reason (Alone.com Productions). For more info please visit www.juliajuhas.com.

Zak Kearns (ensemble)

Zak is over the rainbow to tour with The Wizard of Oz. Theatre: Anne of Green Gables, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival), Cinderella (Grand Theatre), Peter Pan, La Cage aux Folles (Neptune Theatre). Love to his parents for the support. Thanks to the cast and The Talent House. We’re off!

Stewart Adam McKensy (Ensemble)

Selected credits: The Wizard of Oz, The Producers and Hairspray(Mirvish Productions), Ragtime and Trouble in Tahiti(Shaw Festival), To Kill a Mockingbird and My One and Only (Stratford Festival), Songs for a New World (Anglewalk). Much love to Newton Landry, Clarence, family and friends for their love and support.

Julia McLellan (Ensemble)

Julia is so excited to be a part of The Wizard of Oz National Tour. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s PMUST. Other credits include Ariel in Footloose, Maureen in Rent and Laurey in Oklahoma! Julia would like to thank her parents, Mike & TH for all the support

Briana Palmer (Ensemble)

This is Briana’s first national tour and she is thrilled to be part of the Ozcompany! Most recently seen performing on the high seas with Disney Cruise Lines and previously RCCL. Training: CAP21 (NYC). Special thanks to her agent Rachel @ Noble Caplan Abrams and much love and thanks to her beautiful family.

Alana Randall (Ensemble)

Off-Broadway: Vagina Monologues. Select Regional: High School Musical (Taylor McKessie, 1st Canadian cast), Footloose(Rusty), Hair, Hairspray. TV/Film: Frankie in “Hellcats” (CW), “L.A. Complex,” Made…The Movie, Carrie (2013). Randolph Academy of Performing Arts and New York Film Academy graduate. Gratitude to familia and friends for their love & support.

Adam Sergison (Ensemble)

Adam is excited to be on the road with this wonderful Canadian cast! Favourite stage credits include: We Will Rock You (Mirvish), Tadzio in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company), West Side Story (Vancouver Opera) and Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats (Rainbow). Screen: Camp Rock and Harriet the Spy: BlogWars.

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Amanda Stuthmann (Ensemble)

Amanda is elated to join The Wizard of Oz family! Selected credits include: Yellow Girl in Shout!, Vivienne in Legally Blonde, Pam in The Full Monty, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, and Country Soprano in Joseph/Dreamcoat. Thanks to the Oz team, T-House gang, and her family and friends.

Andrew Taylor (Swing)

Trained in contemporary/modern dance, Andrew Taylor began his professional career in 2008. Some of his favourite credits include: The Nutcracker, Cats, La Cage aux Folles and Anne of Green Gables. Andrew is thrilled and honoured to be a part of The Wizard of Oz..

Devon Tullcok (Ensemble)

Mamma Mia! (U.S.Tour); Fame (U.S.Tour); Cats (Canada/Germany); Nights on Broadway (Atlantic City); Pelagie (Canadian Stage); The Music Man, West Side Story, Fuente Ovejuna(Stratford Festival); My Fair Lady, The Admirable Crichton, Mack&Mabel, Hotel Peccadillo, Gypsy, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Happy End, Peter Pan, Lord of the Flies (Shaw Festival).

Jesse Weafer (Ensemble)

Theatre: IQ in Hairspray(1st U.S. National Tour); Hello Dolly and The Tempest(Stratford Festival), We Will Rock You (Toronto), Cirque du Soleil’s Criss Angel Believe (Las Vegas), Film: The Music Man, “IQ” in Hairspray and Mirror Mirror.TV: “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” (top 16 contestant).

Ryan Wilson (Dance Captain / Swing)

Selected credits: Hairspray (Mirvish Productions, 1st U.S. National Tour); Assistant Choreographer for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; appeared in The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, King Lear (The Stratford Festival). Film & TV: “Bomb Girls,” “Hell Cats,” Mirror Mirror, and Carrie (2013). Thanks to Kevin- This one is for you! Enjoy the show.

Sarah Zielinski (Ensemble)

Sarah is elated join the yellow Brick Road. Credits include: Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tuacahn Amphitheatre), Les Troyen (NYC Met Opera). Infinite thanks to God, family and friends.

Nigel (Toto)

Nigel was rescued from the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society by guardian/trainer, William Berloni in 2008. He follows in a long line of Totos trained by Mr. Berloni. In 2009 he appeared as Toto in The Wizopposite Ashanti in New York City. He has been on the “Today Show” and “Dogs 101.” He also appeared in the major motion picture Someday This Pain Will Be Usefulwith Marcia Gay Harden and Toby Regbo.

Loki (Toto Understudy)

Loki was discovered through Cairn Rescue USA in 2008 by guardian/trainer William Berloni. He was about one and a half years old when he was rescued from the puppy mills of Missouri. His first production of The Wizard of Oz was the National Tour in 2009 understudying the role of Toto. In 2010 he took over the role of Toto in that tour and has played Toto all across North America.


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