David Mann* (Director/Dramaturge)
David is a veteran of 35 years in professional theatre as an actor, director, dramaturge,
theatre administrator and teacher. David has directed or acted in over 100 professional productions and dozens of new play
workshops, and has been Artistic Director of 3 professional theatre companies (Edmonton’s Workshop West, Nanaimo’s
TheatreOne, and Kelowna’s Sunshine Theatre). For the past 4 years, he has served as Performing Arts Manager of the Evergreen
Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, programming a year-round season of theatre, dance, music, comedy and family performances. Recently,
David appeared in the Wink Theatre Fringe Co-op production of The Maltese Bodkin.
Helen MacCulloch (Writer/Composer/Producer/Musical
in Vancouver and raised in a musical family, Helen studied singing and piano and received her Bachelor of Music Degree and
Teacher Certification from UBC.
Helen taught Elementary School
in North Vancouver for over thirty years and is now retired. She was the first pianist for the Royal City Musical Theatre Company and played for four of their productions.
Helen and her husband have written two children’s musicals that have been performed in several elementary schools.
Helen joined the Maple Leaf Singers in 2003 and is enjoying singing alto in the choir as well as being an assistant
accompanist. Alastair and Helen are now pleased to present their first musical written for a more mature
Alastair MacCulloch (Writer/Lyricist/Producer)
Alastair was born and
raised in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. After meeting Helen, he immigrated to Canada with his daughter Debbie. Alastair
and Helen married in 1995, and have enjoyed collaborating on several children’s musicals as well as writing original
Gail MacDonald (Assistant Musical Director)
Gail was born in Vancouver, attended
John Oliver Secondary School and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Music Degree and Teaching Certification.
She has been an educator for 36 years, having taught Kindergarten through to adults, with a Music and ESL focus.
She has enjoyed performing with such groups as the Gallery Singers and the Kirby Singers, and directing
the Burnaby District Children’s Choir. She currently is teaching high school, performs with
and is the accompanist for the show chorus, The Maple Leaf Singers, and directs the Burnaby Retired Teacher’s
Mixed Choir, Andante. It is her pleasure to once again be a part of Amber Avenues,
and to congratulate the writers, director, cast and crew for all of their superb contributions.
Cayla Brooke (Yvonne)
Cayla is so happy to have been asked to portray Yvonne once again in this the second run of Amber
Avenues. If you are interested in seeing Cayla show her more soulful gospel roots, she is a lead soloist for
the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, recently honoured with a GMA Covenant Awards Seasonal Album of the Year nomination.
The choir will be performing with the one and only Barbra Streisand on her visit to this month as well as their very popular
Christmas concerts mid-December at Christ Church Cathedral. Cayla sizzles as the wonderful Miss Peggy Lee along with
local jazz artist Don Stewart as Nat King Cole in Unforgettable, the Songs of Nat King Cole November
performances include (17th) and (24th). Next year is looking to be a a busy one for Cayla with more
GNVGC concerts, hitting the recording studio, more Unforgettable and her current labour of love
- an Eva Cassidy show with some of Vancouver’s best musicians is in the works with plans
to open in 2013. You can keep tabs by visiting www.caylabrooke.com for dates and locations. “Enjoy the show!”
Alex Crabtree (Matthew)
A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Alex discovered his passion for singing and performing
at a very young age. Alex studied as a voice performance major at Capilano College and VCC, and has toured and recorded with
many professional groups and companies including The British Columbia Boys Choir, UBC Opera, and Vancouver
Opera, and award winning singing group Five Four O.
Alex is currently a soloist in the Pacific Spirit Choir
and West Vancouver United Church Choir, and an anthem singer for professional sports teams such as the Vancouver
Giants and Vancouver Canucks, and also the BC Lions. In addition to singing and song writing, Alex's theatre roles include
Rolfe in The Sound of Music, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors,
and Teen Angel in Grease, as well as Musical Direction for shows including Grease
and a Pantomime version of Cinderella. Alex is very excited to be back on stage for the return of
Amber Avenues, and feels very lucky to be a part of such a great cast and production. "Enjoy
Aaron Lau (Allan)
Aaron is very excited to be reprising his originating
role of Allan in Amber Avenues, and once again embarking on a great adventure with the cast and
crew. A former student of CapU's theatre program, Aaron is a big fan of being part of presenting new musicals to the world
including the late Denis Simpson's High Flying Bird, Feisty Fairy's Quarter
Life and Megakins' Alley Cats. Most recently seen as Benny and Tom Collins in
FCP's production of Rent on Granville Island this summer, Aaron has been spending most of the
past 8 years performing all around the Greater Vancouver area. Favourite credits include: Cowboy Quartet in Will
Rogers Follies (RCMT), Chad Danforth in High School Musical 1 & 2 (URP), Ching
Ho in Thoroughly Modern Millie (TUTS) and Pepe in West Side Story (RCMT).
Aaron has also recently started his own theatre company, Intimate Theatre Productions, whose freshman production, the Western
Canadian premiere of I Love You Because dazzled Vancouver audiences this past February! Please visit
www.IntimateTheatreProductions.com for info on next spring's show!!!
Amanda is a graduate of the musical theatre diploma program at Capilano University and
is now in the process of completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and Education from Simon Fraser University.
Amanda has worked with the educational theatre troupe Tickle Trunk Players, educating children about reading
and writing in a show called Whatever I write written by award winning children's author Kari
Lee Winters. Her favourite credits include Rosemarie in the Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show
(Cornerstone Theatre in Canmore, Alberta) Dorothy in The Wiz (Exit 22), Sharpay in High
School Musical (Uncle Randy Productions) and Tricia in Dog Sees God (Delinquent). She is
thrilled to be working with Optimistic Music Company on a new musical and hopes you enjoy the show!
Dale Jones (Maureen)
A native Quebecoise, Dale now lives in Surrey. A long-time singer, most recently with The Maple Leaf Show
Chorus, she is currently looking forward to spending more time acting. “It is very exciting to be able to revisit Maureen’s
world and work with this talented cast. Thanks so much to them, and the crew and production team for a great experience. Special
thanks to Helen and Alastair for starting it all. Enjoy the show, everyone!
Linda Noble (Susan)
Linda started dancing at the age of four, receiving her membership in the Royal Academy (ballet), and competing in
ballroom dance. Earning her degree from UBC, she studied theatre and education. Throughout her career, Linda has
directed, choreographed, and conducted student performances. She has recorded and written original scripts, stories,
and songs for educators in both English and French. In addition, she has continued to study voice while performing as
a soloist and with various choirs. Linda recently appeared
in the NSLOS production of The Mikado and is thrilled to have this opportunity to repeat the role of Susan.
Sandra Yee (Stage Manager)
Sandra Yee is from London, England. She began working in theatre in 1996 and has since been involved in a variety
of amateur and professional stage, outdoor and site-specific productions as actor, musician and stage manager. Before her
recent move to Vancouver, she completed a BA(Hons) in Theatre Arts, toured with Periplum Theatre's 1000 Revolutions
Per Moment and provided music for the Festival Shakespeare Company's productions of As You Like It
& A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Brighton Fringe.
Alev Giannubilo (Costume Designer)
I have been involved in designing and making costumes
for as long as I can remember. My interest in sewing and design in the beginning was all by trial and error. After High School
when that was no longer enough I attended Bassisit Institute in Portland Oregon and trained in design, pattern making
and merchandising. For work experience I volunteered at the Portland Opera House and fell in love with all aspects of costuming. Back
in Vancouver I opened “Disguise the Limit Costuming “ and made a variety of costumes for all occasions. Oliver,
Wizard of Oz, Annie, Directors, Om Sweet Om, Charlotte's Web and Alice
in Wonderland are some of the productions
and indie films I’ve been involved in. I'm currently working on Cinderella
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association