Creative staff biographies

By Richard O'Brien

John Pacheco (Director/Producer)

For Pacheco Theatre: P.S. Your Cat is Dead, The Producers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Her Wake, Chicago the Musical, Mambo Italiano, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. For London Community Players (LCP): While the Lights were Out, Strangers on a Train, COSI, Spreading it Around, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Igor Saika (Musical Director/Conductor)

For Pacheco Theatre: Chicago the Musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. As an arranger/composer/conductor, Igor has worked with varied groups/artists like Orchestra London, The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, DICE (Battlefield 2: Special Forces and Armored Fury), Black Hand Animation, The Juno Awards, Terra Lightfoot, and Arkells. Special thanks to Simon Goodwin for his assistance in musical preparation for the show.

Mel Stewart (Choreographer/Ensemble)

Mel is thrilled to work once again with Pacheco Theatre. Past choreographic work includes The Producers and Chicago the Musical (Pacheco Theatre), The Full Monty and Cabaret (Fuse Productions), and most recently Jesus Christ Superstar (MTP). Mel runs the Dance Program at Saunders Secondary School, where she has also choreographed countless dance shows and musicals. The Rocky Horror Show is one of her ‘must choreograph’ musicals, and she is delighted to have had a part in its production. Enjoy the show!

Lisa Cardinal (Stage Manager)

Lisa is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew on a show that has been on her wish list for many years! Past stage managing includes LCP’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and OKTC’s Spring Awakening. She is grateful to her husband, Adam, for his constant support.

Rob Coles (Lighting Design)

Mr. Coles has designed lighting for over 100 productions in London and the surrounding area. For Pacheco Theatre: P.S. Your Cat is Dead, The Producers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chicago the Musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mambo Italiano, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Other recent credits include: Talley’s Folly, The Gin Game, Steel Magnolias (LCP), The Full Monty (Fuse Productions), Gypsy, Zorba, The Drowsy Chaperone (MTP) Soldiers Heart, Urinetown, Spring Awakening (Theatre Woodstock) Fat Pig, The Goat – or Who is Sylvia, Company (Fountainhead Theatre). Several of his designs have been nominated for awards and he has received five Brickendens, a WODL award, and a Dish Award for Lighting Design. Mr. Coles is also a director and will be directing the upcoming productions of Present Laughter and Mom’s the Word.

Sue Hall (Costume Design)

Susan is excited to be part of this production with costume design and construction. She previously worked on costumes for the Palace’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In January 2016, she is looking forward to her next role as stage manager for Three Viewings at the Palace Theatre.

Ellie Furtney (Costume Design Assistant)

Ellie Furtney is a recent graduate of Fanshawe College in the Technical Costumes program. She is very excited for her first show with Pacheco Theatre. Select theatre credits include: La Traviata, Barber of Seville (Canadian Opera Company) The Crucible, Tartuffe (Soulpepper Theatre Company)

Marina Agostino (Costume Design Assistant)

Marina Agostino is a freelance theatrical costumer and has worked on projects ranging from mainstream fashion commissions to one-of-a-kind art pieces. Marina graduated this year from the Ryerson Theatre School Performance Production Program, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors. Work includes: Co-Founder of EnPointe (Etsy Shop), Media & Publicity Manager for the Ryerson Theatre School (2015), Head of Wardrobe, Cinderella (2014), Assistant Head of Wardrobe, Cinderella (2013), Wardrobe Supervisor for the Ryerson Theatre School (2013), Head Dresser, The Piper (2013).

Dawn Sands (Hair Design)

Dawn is SUPER excited about having the opportunity to create the hairstyles for one of her favourite musicals!!! “Antici….pation!” Thank you to Pacheco Theatre for this opportunity, and a BIG thank you to the team from The Marvel Beauty School for all of their help. For Pacheco Theatre: Chicago the Musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mambo Italiano, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. For LCP: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Steel Magnolias

Paula Skikavich (Make-Up Design)

Make-up is Paula’s art! It’s a makeup artist’s dream to be doing The Rocky Horror Show! She is also very excited about being the make-up designer for the show. Halloween is her favourite time of the year.

Stephen Mitchell (Set Design)

For Pacheco Theatre: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Mambo Italiano, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

Judy Bayley (Props)

Judy is excited to be working behind the scenes again with Pacheco Theatre, doing props. Her past Pacheco Theatre shows include: P.S. Your Cat is Dead, The Producers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Mambo Italiano. “Come along. The Master doesn’t like to be kept waiting.”

Jen Loop (Props)

Jen is crafty and loves her glue gun! She creates props for Channel Surfing Productions and the Project G Force sketch troupe. The glue gun also comes in handy in a household with two young boys and a husband who is active in theatre and media. Jen is a former Brickenden adjudicator (brickenden.org), and is the web designer for channelsurfing.ca Follow @jeniloop on Twitter.

Lance Mercer (ASM)

Lance Mercer is pleased to work with John Pacheco again! Lance has been privileged to act in a number of LCP plays, including Cosi, Spreading it Around, and Strangers on a Train, and serve as stage manager for Pacheco Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Enjoy the show!

Paul Merrifield (ASM)

Paul has previously appeared in Pacheco Theatre’s productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as Martini and as the Bailiff in Chicago the Musical, and is thrilled to be a part of John’s magic once again.

Michael James Brown (Sound Design)

Michael James Brown has been in and out of theatre in varying stretches and roles since, well, since quite a while ago. He has also been interested in sound from a very early age. Recording it, messing with it, creating it; ask him sometime to demonstrate his mouth trumpet or his 1950s Sci-Fi movie space ship sound. Michael teaches Communications Technology at Huron Park Secondary School in Woodstock, hopefully inspiring a new generation of folks to play with sound. Designing sound for such an iconic show as Rocky Horror was both challenging and rewarding for Michael, tight-roping the thin stretch between classic kitsch and cheesiness. Hopefully ending up on the right side of that line. Enjoy the show! Perhaps even with your eyes closed! Love to Rachel.

Jennifer McCormick (Graphic Designer)

 

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