October 28 – November 7, 2010


In this critically-acclaimed musical, a tuneful menagerie of misfit angst-ridden overachievers, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, compete in the Spelling Bee and learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

With audience volunteers recruited to participate as guest spellers, every show is guaranteed to be as unique as the one before it.

“Quirky and charming”



TREVOR CARTLIDGE (Vice Principal Panch)
Trevor is thrilled to be involved in this production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  This is Trevor's first show with Encore.  Theatre credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, 7 Stories (Rose Theatre), The Mousetrap (Toronto Truck Theatre).  Although Trevor has never participated in a Spelling Bee, he has watched many of them on television and he thinks he is a great speller when the word is shown on the screen.  Trevor would like to thank his lovely wife and two boys for their continued support.

SOPHIA FABIILLI (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre)
Sophia Fabiilli is a recent graduate of the joint actor-training program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. This summer she has been busy performing in the '10|HOTscrawlsFestival (theatrekairos) and as Marcy in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Fly By Night Theatre). She recently shot a short film entitled "Parasite" (ParticularPictures) and is looking forward to playing Corey Bratter in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park this January (Amicus Productions). Sophia would like to thank Encore Entertainment who've been so supportive of all her Spelling Bee endeavors and you for coming to the show! Enjoy!

SARAH HALEY MATTE (Rona Lisa Perretti)
Sarah is pleased to be returning for another exciting show with Encore Entertainment.  Hailing originally from Fredericton NB, she has worked extensively as a performer both in Ontario and on the East Coast.  Previous stage credits include: Blood Brothers, Ragtime, Chess in Concert (all with Encore),  Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Larger Than Life: the Musical, Into the Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Oliver.  Sarah would like to thank her East Coast family (Mom, Dad & sister) for endlessly encouraging her to follow her passion of performing.  She would also like to thank her local family (Michel, Ammie, Alec & Paul) for their constant love and support.

JASON HUSKA (Mitch Mahoney)
Jason is thrilled to be making his Encore debut in Spelling Bee. A graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and recipient of their “Triple Threat” Award, Jason’s favourite credits include: My Favorite Year (Bathurst Street Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Annex Theatre), Cabaret, Footloose, Peter Pan, and Beauty and the Beast (BNTC). In the new year, Jason will be venturing over to Halifax to perform the role of Baby John in Neptune Theatre's production of West Side Story. Jason is thrilled to be working with such a brilliant and hilarious cast and extraordinary creative team. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continuing support. "Keep on Spelling!"

OLIVIA JON (Marcy Park)
This is Olivia's debut on stage with Encore and she is amazed at being with this awesome cast and crew.  Previous credits include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, Little Sally in Urinetown, Liat in South Pacific and Mustardseed in Midsummer Night's Dream.  Along with her stage credits, she has sung in numerous galas/concerts throughout the GTA with performances for Scarborough Players, Scarborough Music Theatre and most recently at Broadway Backwards at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  Backstage with Encore, Olivia has been part of Leader of the Pack, The Sunshine Boys and Chapter Two.  She thanks Mario, Merle, Ellen and Linda (the dream team!) for giving her this opportunity. 

ERIC MIINCH (Chip Tolentino)
Eric is very happy be share his musical theatre debut with such an amazing cast and crew. He graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFA in Acting in 2008, but since then he has discovered his love for comedy. You can see him around the city as a stand-up comedian and also with his sketch troup "Fratwurst." In November, you can catch "Fratwurst" in the Sketch Fest at the Comedy Bar. Special thanks go out to his family, friends and Lauren.
Have an amazing time!!!

ROB REARDON (Leaf Coneybear)
Rob is excited to be heading back to the stage after a three hiatus - especially with such a talented cast and crew!  Past highlights include Gypsy! and Cabaret (Queen's Musical Theatre) and L'elisir d'amore (Queen's Student Opera Company).  In his free time Rob likes spending time with his friends, scuba diving and taking long naps.   

LAUREN TOFFAN (Olive Ostrovsky)
Lauren has wanted the chance to be a part of the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for years. She is thrilled to work with such a wonderful cast and production team on this hilarious musical. She graduated from the University of Windsor in 2009 with a BFA in Acting and she has been very active within the theatre community ever since. She and her sister Heidi have created a musical comedy act and they can be seen in many different venues around the city of Toronto! She would like to thank her friends and family for all the love and support and of course, Eric.
Enjoy the show!

DAVID WICKEN (William Barfee)
David is an average guy who loves performing.  He's been at it for as long as he can remember, both as an actor and musician. Over the last eight years he's performed in over 20 musical productions around the GTA.  This is David's second production with Encore Entertainment, he was last seen as Henry Ford / Ensemble in Ragtime.  Some of his favourite roles include Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Marcellus in The Music Man, Uncle Ernie in Tommy, Bustopher Jones in Cats, Roger in Grease, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! and Enoch Snow in Carousel
David would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support of his theatrical addiction. An extra big hug goes to his wife Andrea who not only supports, but puts up with his obsession.  It's a good thing she loves theatre as well.  Lastly, a big thank you goes out to the production staff of Spelling Bee and Encore who have given David the opportunity to show off his mad skills as a competitive speller! Enjoy!


Mario is an actor, director, and teacher of theatre. Encore patrons will recognize Mario for his roles in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Beau Jest, Jest A Second, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Rumors, Guys and Dolls, Chapter Two, and Same Time Next Year.  Mario’s directing credits for Encore include Les Belles-Soeurs, Blood Brothers, Nunsense, Company, and Joseph, as well as last season’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.  He also directed Assassins, Jesus Christ Superstar,and tick....tick....BOOM!  He is delighted to be working with this talented team of actors, artistic and production staff. 

ELLEN KESTENBERG (Musical Director)
Ellen is thrilled to be back with Encore Entertainment and thanks the entire team, Michael and the musicians for their hard work. Selected musical director credits include Blood Brothers, Ragtime, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Company, Love and Other Stresses, and last season’s Ruthless: The Musical  (all for Encore), plus Cabaret, The Goodbye Girl, and Merrily We Roll Along. Love to Gerry, Laura & Ilana. Next, Ellen will be musical directing Urinetown for Etobicoke Musical Productions.

LARRY WESTLAKE (Choreographer)
Larry is happy to be back with Encore after an absence of a few seasons. Over the years he has been involved on boths sides of the footlights : for Encore he has appeared onstage (Enter Laughing, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls), choreographed (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Love and Other Stresses, Anne of Green Gables) and worked on developing the ever popular A Fiddler, A Phantom and Three SInging Cats. Elsewhere around the province he has been seen as The Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse, Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks and has choreographed such shows as As Thousands Cheer, I Do I Do and The Pajama Game. He runs Capricorn 9 Productions, a non profit theatre company in downtown Toronto. Thanks and love to all!

MERLE GARBE (Producer)
Merle is the founder of Encore Entertainment and Studio 5040 Cabarets.  Some favourite directing credits include Ragtime, Beau Jest, Jest A Second, Fiddler on the Roof, Anne of Green Gables, Chess in Concert, Same Time Next Year, and Ruthless: The Musical, to name just a fewShe wrote and directed Love and Other Stresses and A Fiddler, A Phantom and 3 Singing Cats.  She is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  In her “real life”, she is the President of Advirtours Inc., providing internet photography and virtual tours for the real estate industry.  Special thanks to Alan, Pim, Mario, Ellen, Larry, Linda, Debbie, and our fabulous cast and crew.  And to our potential audience members -- How do you spell B-U-Y-T-I-C-K-E-T-S.

LINDA RAMSAY (Stage Manager)
Linda is thrilled to be back again "playing theatre" with Mario, Ellen and Merle. This is her seventh show with Encore. Amongst her favourites are Joseph, Blood Brothers and Diary of Anne Frank. Linda has also worked in the capacity of Producer, Costume Designer , Assistant Stage Manager and Front of House Manager for Scarborough Music Theatre. A teacher by day, Linda's next endeavour will be producing"The Full Monty". Congratulations and many thanks to the awesome cast of Spelling Bee. You make my job so easy. As always...love to son Robert, my support and inspiration.

DEBBIE CLIMANS (Assistant Stage Manager)
Debbie first fell in love with live theatre when she appeared in a high school production.  Since then she attends as many performances as she can and is in awe of all of the wonderfully talented performers and the dedicated people behind the scenes that make it all happen.  Debbie is making her Assistant Stage Manager debut on this production and is grateful to have been part of the "process".  Much love to Daniel, Marlee and Lauren ... my three 'stars'.

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