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Krystin Pellerin, Christopher Morris & Bahia Watson Join Stratford Festival Lineup; Performances Added

Swift advance sales have prompted the Stratford Festival to extend the runs of four productions, just as the box office has opened to the public. Performances of Carousel, The Alchemist, The Physicists and The Last Wife have been added to the schedule.

At the same time, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is delighted to announce that casting for the season is complete.

Krystin Pellerin¸ Christopher Morris and Bahia Watson will make their Stratford debuts in key roles in the 2015 season. They join the following returning company members recently cast in leading and principal roles: Sarah Afful, Sean Arbuckle, Nigel Bennett, Wayne Best, Kevin Bundy, Tim Campbell, Juan Chioran, David Collins, Adrienne Gould, Brad Hodder, Ruby Joy, Josue Laboucane, Cyrus Lane, Claire Lautier, André Morin, Mike Nadajewski, Sarah Orenstein, Karack Osborn, Gareth Potter, Steve Ross, Michael Spencer-Davis, Sanjay Talwar and Antoine Yared.

The following leads and principals were announced in October: Graham Abbey, Maev Beaty, Evan Buliung, Ben Carlson, Shane Carty, Sara Farb, Jonathan Goad, Alexis Gordon, Sean Alexander Hauk, Deborah Hay, Alana Hibbert, Randy Hughson, Peter Hutt, Anita Krause, Yanna McIntosh, Seana McKenna, Gordon S. Miller, Stephen Ouimette, Lucy Peacock, Gord Rand, Tom Rooney, Stephanie Rothenberg, Tyrone Savage, Mike Shara, Scott Wentworth, Robin Evan Willis, Brigit Wilson, Jonathan Winsby, Geraint Wyn Davies and Joseph Ziegler.

"With the addition of these enormously gifted artists, our 2015 Stratford Festival company is complete and poised to begin work together," says Mr. Cimolino. "It's exhilarating that the audience response to our upcoming season is already so strong that we've added performances."

Krystin Pellerin, who has just completed a sensational run as Constable Leslie Bennett in CBC's Republic of Doyle, will play the lead role of Joyce in John Mighton's Possible Worlds. Cyrus Lane will play opposite Ms Pellerin as George. Mr. Lane will also take on the role of Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew. The Possible Worlds cast is rounded out by Sarah Orenstein as Penfield and Michael Spencer-Davis as Berkley. As previously announced, Gordon S. Miller will play Williams.

Ruby Joy, who last season played Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever, returns to take on the lead role of the Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost. Also joining the cast are Sarah Afful as Rosaline, Juan Chioran as Don Adriano de Armado, Josue Laboucane as Costard, and Sanjay Talwar as King Ferdinand of Navarre. As previously announced, Mike Shara will play Berowne, and Tom Rooney, Holofernes.

The following principal casting has recently been confirmed.

· In Hamlet, Adrienne Gould returns to the company for the first time since 2008 to play Ophelia. Tim Campbell will play Horatio. As previously announced, the production features Jonathan Goad in the title role, Seana McKenna as Gertrude and Geraint Wyn Davies as Claudius and The Ghost.

· In The Diary of Anne Frank, André Morin will play Peter van Daan and Kevin Bundy will play Mr. van Daan. As previously announced, the production features Sara Farb in the title role.

· In She Stoops to Conquer, Brad Hodder will play Charles Marlow and Karack Osborn will play Tony Lumpkin. They join leading players Lucy Peacock and Joseph Ziegler.

· In The Adventures of Pericles, Sean Arbuckle will play Cleon, Claire Lautier will play Dionyza, and Antoine Yared will play Lysimachus. They join Evan Buliung, who, as previously announced, will play the title role.

· In The Physicists, Claire Lautier will play Monika Stettler, and Mike Nadajewski will play Ernst Heinrich Ernesti (alias Einstein), joining leading players Seana McKenna, Geraint Wyn Davies and Graham Abbey.

· In Oedipus Rex, Nigel Bennett will play Tiresias and Christopher Morris will play Kreon, joining Gord Rand in the title role, and Yanna McIntosh as Jocasta, as previously announced.

· In The Alchemist, Wayne Best will play Surly, David Collins will play Lovewit, Steve Ross will play Drugger, and Antoine Yared will play Dapper, joining leading actors Jonathan Goad, Stephen Ouimette and Scott Wentworth.

· In The Last Wife, Gareth Potter will play Thom, and Bahia Watson will play Bess. Ten-year-old Jonah Q. Gribble will play Eddie. They join leading actor Maev Beaty.

Rounding out the company are newcomers Alex Black, Ryan Bommarito, Jessica B. Hill, Josh Johnston, James Kall, Shruti Kothari, Ethan Lafleur, Tiffany Claire Martin, Melanie McInenly, Denise Oucharek, Cynthia Smithers and returning company members Marion Adler, Matt Alfano, Gabriel Antonacci, Matthew Armet, Carla Bennett, Daniel Briere, Jacqueline Burtney, Lally Cadeau, Stephen Cota, Keith Dinicol, Ijeoma Emesowum, Victor Ertmanis, Ryan Field, Xuan Fraser, Barbara Fulton, Ryan Gifford, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings, Alexandra Herzog, Robin Hutton, Bonnie Jordan, Robert King, John Kirkpatrick, Krista Leis, Monique Lund, Jamie Mac, Ayrin Mackie, Chad McFadden, Jennifer Mogbock, Derek Moran, Marcus Nance, Cory O'Brien, Thomas Olajide, Glynis Ranney, Jennifer Rider-Shaw, Andrew Robinson, Karen Robinson, Brad Rudy, Stephen Russell, Laura Schutt, Jason Sermonia, Ian Simpson, E.B. Smith, Jane Spidell, Shannon Taylor, Brian Tree, and Rylan Wilkie.

The Festival also has a large number of children in the company this year, all from Southwestern Ontario: Conor Bergauer, Zoë Brown, Isabella Castillo, Alec Dahmer, Sarah DaSilva, Sean Dolan, Grace Eddleston, Brayden Ellis, Adrienne Enns, Natalie Francis, Jonah Q. Gribble, Effie Honeywell, Maddox Keller, Clara Kittmer, Felix Kropf-Untucht, Graci Leahy, Gabriel Long, Cailyn Mann, Ella McBoyle, Parker Merlihan, Evlyn O'Toole, Amelia Phillips, Clara Sebben, Gabriel Sizeland, and Hannah Thomas.

Tickets for the 2015 season are now on sale and can be purchased at www.stratfordfestival.ca or by calling 1.800.567.1600.

The following new performances have been added to the schedule:

The Physicists

· September 4, 2 p.m.

The Alchemist

· September 18, 2 p.m.

Carousel

· October 12, 2 p.m.

· October 16, 2 p.m.

The Last Wife

· August 28, 2 p.m.

· September 5, 2 p.m.

· September 11, 8 p.m.

· September 17, 2 p.m.

· September 23, 2 p.m.

· September 26, 2 p.m.

The 2015 season, which runs from April 21 to October 18, features Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Taming of the Shrew, She Stoops to Conquer, The Physicists, The Alchemist, Love's Labour's Lost, Oedipus Rex, Possible Worlds, The Last Wife and The Adventures of Pericles. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca or call 1.800.567.1600.


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