North American Regional Premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU Opens in Thunder Bay
Press release by Kyle Peter
Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON is excited to announce the dynamic and thrilling cast for the North American Regional premiere of the musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, featuring the music of Queen with a book by Ben Elton.
Directed by Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director Thom Currie, WE WILL ROCK YOU is the inaugural production of our 2017-2018 season, opening September 8 and running through September 23.
Adam Charles and Jessie Cox, both making their Magnus debuts, will perform the lead roles of Galileo and Scaramouche. Charles' recent credits include Sky in Mamma Mia! (Theatre St. John's) and as Marius in Les Miserables (Western Theatre Canada). Cox has appeared in Anne of Green Gables as both Anne (Smile Theatre) and as Diana (Charlottetown Festival), and can be seen as Olga in the feature film "Stand Up Man." Gabi Epstein joins them as Killer Queen. Also making her Magnus debut, Epstein has been seen as Fanny Bryce in Funny Girl (Segal Centre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow Theatre), and in the original cast of Toy Story: The Musical (Disney).
Amy Sellors as Oz returns to Magnus Theatre, having appeared last season in Here On the Flight Path. Other credits include Patsy Cline in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (Stephenvlle Theatre Festival) and numerous productions at the Stratford Festival. Ryan G. Hinds as Brit has been seen as Hedwig in Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Capitol Theatre), Booker T. Washington in Ragtime opposite Mark Cassius, and #KanderAndEbb internationally. Spencer Hari, a favourite on the Thunder Bay theatre scene, makes his professional theatre debut as Khashoggi. Spencer is widely known for his acclaimed concert performances, both solo and with the TBSO, as The Emcee in Cabaret, Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, and many others.
Completing the cast are Dean Deffett, Jeremy LaPalme, Jade Percival, Matthew Pinkerton, Chelsea Preston, and Alyssa Smith.
Julie Tomaino makes her Magnus Theatre debut as Choreographer for WE WILL ROCK YOU. Her many credits include Crazy For You (Gateway Theatre/Jessie Award winner), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Sheridan), and the television adaptation of "Beaches" (Lifetime) starring Idina Menzel. Assistant Choreographer Robert Allan's recent work includes Pride and Joy and Anne of Green Gables (Smile Theatre), Grand Hotel (Theatre Sheridan), in addition to numerous credits as a performer. Danny Johnson, last seen in Mama's Country Record Collection, serves as Musical Director.
Check out photos for the production below! All photos by Matthew Goertz.
Jessie Cox as Scaramouche
Gabi Epstein as Killer Queen
Spencer Hari as Khashoggi
Ryan G. Hinds as Brit
Adam Charles as Galileo and Jessie Cox as Scaramouche
Ryan G. Hinds as Brit and Amy Sellors as Oz
Chelsea Preston as The Teacher, Ryan G. Hinds as Gaga Kid, and Matthew Pinkerton as GaGa Kid
Adam Charles as Galileo
Chelsea Preston as The Teacher, and Alyssa Smith, Dean Deffett, Jade Percival (Dance Captain), Ryan G. Hinds, Matthew Pinkerton, Amy Sellors, and Jeremy Lapalme as Gaga Kids
WE WILL ROCK YOU runs through September 23, 2017 at the Magnus Theatre, 10 Algoma St S, Thunder Bay, ON