An award-winning playwright, Mark Tovey is the author of Play on Words, and the creator of a one-man theatre history show, How to Become Ridiculously Cultured in One Evening: A short revue of theatre from Pindar to Pinter. Directing credits include Janus, The Perfect Essay, The Illumination of Dr. Bucke, and The Importance of Being Earnest. This production draws on primary-source research from Mark’s paper “The First Stage: The Officers of the London Garrison and the Theatre Royal” (London and Middlesex Historian, vol. 29).
Joe Lella (Director)
A retired academic, Joe Lella has had extensive ‘night job’ theatre experience. At McGill, he wrote, Willie: A Dream, then played Willie, the great physician, Sir William Osler, across North America. Back in Montreal, as Director, Medicaster Theatre, he staged classic, non-musicals. In community theatre, among other musical comedy roles, he played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and leading Gilbert and Sullivan characters. At Western he has directed Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Modern Day Mikado and was Harold Hill in The Music Man. Recently he played Roy Cohn in Fountainhead’s Angels in America. He sings with London Pro Musica.
Marque Smith (Musical Director)
Marque Smith studied classical piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music and jazz piano at Humber College. Marque has taught music at Royal St. George’s College and has performed at events honouring such world leaders as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Theatre engagements include Evita with Etobicoke Musical Productions, The Secret Garden with The Work Weston Players and Cinderella and Bye, Bye, Birdie with No Strings Theatre, Nine with Musical Theatre Productions, and Rocky Horror Show with Simply Theatre. Marque is a piano teacher, vocal coach, music director, accompanist and recording artist. He lives in London, Ontario.
Brenda Fieldhouse (Costumes)
Brenda Fieldhouse took an interest in costumes and sewing at a very young age as a figure skater and ballet student. In recent years, she has rekindled that interest and coordinated costumes for the Duncombe Rebellion, Emma, and Wuthering Heights, and No Traveller Returns; all Victorian historical productions. Thank you to all who worked on the costumes for Miller and His Men, and especially to Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
Jane Drew (Stage Manager)
Jane Drewis thrilled to be part of such a dynamic and talented cast and crew. Most recently Jane has been writing, producing and directing for Bended Dreams Productions as part of the London Fringe festival. Previous efforts have included “Tess of the D’ubervilles”; writing , costumes and production(London Fringe Festival 2009) and “Little Women” ; writing, costumes (Brickendon nomination) and production (London Fringe Festival 2010). She is currently writing her next gothic romance based on the life of Mary Shelley which should hit stages in 2012. Jane continues to be inspired and supported by her amazing children, Hannah and Harrison.
Michael Gelman (ASM)
This will be Michael Gelman’s first theatrical experience. When he’s not in a creative fury in the kitchen, in front of a piano or behind the lens of a camera, he can often be found at the dog park, book in hand, with Munsun, his pug-cross. With a love for the written word and a great affection for classic cinema, Michael is eager to be a part of “The Miller and his Men.”
Devon Taylor-Black (Dramaturge)
With a strong belief in community and family theater, Devon Taylor-Black is thrilled to be working on this production of The Miller and His Men. She currently works at the Scarborough Museum as the Youth Resource Lead, a job that allows her to work on shows with the Scene Change Youth Theater team. Devon has adapted and directed several of Isaac Pocock’s plays, finding them the most “melodramatic of the melodramas”. This year, due to popular demand, they will again be performing their twenty minute version of The Miller and His Men in late July.
Audiences experienced musical melodrama as it was performed by the Officers of the Garrison when London was a frontier town.
The Miller and His Men
An old miller's beautiful daughter is pursued by two suitors: one aging, but rich; another young but poor. To win her hand, the young man makes a secret pledge: to rid the land of the robbers, and restore the fortunes of the old miller. Little does he know but someone has darker plans for them all. Cheer the heroes! Boo the villains!