Encore Entertainment

The Cast and Crew for Nunsense

  Malorie Mandolidis (Sister Mary Regina)

When Encore Entertainment was in its infancy, Malorie appeared in its very first production, Love and Other Stresses. She’s very happy to finally be back! Over the past ten years, Malorie has performed regularly at the Scarborough Village Theatre in such varied roles as Lucille in The Cemetery Club, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Mona in Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Evy in The Gingerbread Lady, to name a few. No stranger to musicals, she was featured in Godspell, Company, and most recently, a very successful run as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Portraying Mother Superior, Malorie is thrilled to once again don the habit and "resurrect," no disrespect intended, one of her favourites characters. A special thank you to her children, Melissa and Michael, for their constant love and support, as she continues to pursue her passion for live theatre.
   
  Bonnie Gold (Sister Mary Hubert)

Bonnie is delighted to be working for the first time with Encore Entertainment in Nunsense. Over the last eight years, Bonnie has performed in such wonderful musicals as Gypsy (Mama Rose), Once Upon A Mattress (Queen Aggravain), and 42nd Street (Maggie Jones). Most recently she originated a new characterization of the Wicked Witch of the West in a brand new musical version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Bonnie has studied singing, acting and improvisation with some of the most respected teachers in North America, such as Allan Guttman and Uta Hagen. 
   
  Liz Best (Sister Mary Robert Anne)

Liz is very pleased to be doing her fourth show with Encore Entertainment. Two years ago she portrayed Faye in Encore's production of Neil Simon's Chapter Two, last season she played the role of Sarah in Beau Jest, and she reprised that same role earlier this season in Jest A Second. She has also performed in Love and Anger with Glenvale Players, Sylvia at the Curtain Club, Cabaret at the Ford Centre, and Company with Scarborough Players. Liz runs Theatre Kids, a young people's theatre group for boys and girls in grades 4, 5, and 6.
   
Lada Darewych Lada Darewych (Sister Mary Amnesia)

Lada is thrilled to be returning to work with the talented people at Encore Entertainment -- you probably just saw her as Cassie in Rumors. Having also recently appeared in Jake's Women, Lend Me A Tenor, and a new Canadian comedy Life Lands Down, Lada is very excited to be doing a musical again!! Many thanks to Carol for helping Lada rediscover her voice, and much love - as always - to Mom, Dad and Kieren.
   
  Bethany Jillard (Sister Mary Leo)

Bethany is delighted to be working with Encore Entertainment for the first time. Most recently she was seen performing in Scarborough Music Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd. Past roles include Molly in Annie, Cobweb in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Outside of community theatre Bethany has enjoyed success as a competitive dancer and singer, and is currently finishing her grade 12 year at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby. So much activity makes for a hectic schedule, but Bethany seems to thrive under such circumstances and is extremely excited to be joining the cast and crew of Nunsense as Sister Mary Leo!
   
 Mario D'Alimonte

Mario D'Alimonte (Director)

Mario is very familiar to Encore's audience from his recent portrayal of Lenny in Rumors, and his previous roles of Bob in Beau Jest and its sequel, Jest A Second, Bellomy in The Fantasticks, George Schneider in Chapter Two, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Other favourite roles include Petie Maxwell in Love and Anger, Jake in Jake's Women, and the Emcee in Cabaret. Mario directed Encore's production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown last season, and is delighted to be directing Nunsense. Next season he will be directing Encore's production of Les Belles Soeurs.

   
  Donna Corbett (Musical Director)

Donna is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Encore Entertainment on Nunsense. She has been involved in community theatre since arriving in Toronto in 1987,with Broadway North, Scarborough Players, Scarborough Music Theatre, Yorkminstrels, Amicus Productions and Etobicoke Musical Productions.She has musical directed many shows including Godspell, West Side Story ( for which she was nominated for a THEA), and Gypsy. On stage, she has enjoyed playing Aunt Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace, Elsa von Grossenkneuten in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,and her most cherished role as Mary in Rain, for which she was thrilled to receive an Oakville Festival Nomination. She also spent five years as pianist for Yorkminstrels' Show Choir. Donna has Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Queen's University in Kingston and enjoyed her first career as a teacher of instrumental and vocal music. She currently works as a nurse consultant specializing in long term care. Although music is no longer her "day job," she is aware that it is the love of music and theatre that maintains her sanity and sense of humour.(Remind her of that the week before the show!)
   
Merle Garbe (Producer)

Merle is the founder of Encore Entertainment and was most recently seen as Claire Ganz in Rumors. She directed Encore's productions of Enter Laughing, Fiddler on the Roof, Anne of Green Gables, Beau Jest, The Fantasticks, and Jest A Second. Some of her favourite roles have been Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Faye in Chapter Two, Florence in The Odd Couple - Female Version, Trudy in Social Security, Yente the Matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mrs. Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie. She is thrilled to be working with this talented cast and crew on Nunsense. She wants to send a big thank you to the Encore audience (especially the subscribers) who have been so supportive of our efforts over the past four years, and have made our efforts worthwhile by appreciating our work.
   

Laurie Cresswell (Stage Manager)

Laurie is very happy to be working with Encore Entertainment again on this production of Nunsense. She has enjoyed stage managing for several theatre companies, most recently Gwendoline with East Side Players. Favourite productions include Jake’s Women, Nuts, and Cabaret. Beau Jest was Laurie’s first show with Encore Entertainment and was followed last season by You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Fantasticks. Earlier this season, she stage managed Encore's production of Jest A Second.

 

   
  Shari Robinson-Coulter (choreographer).

Shari has been a choreographer and dance/drama instructor in the Toronto and Durham areas for the past 15 years. Previous credits include: The Wizard of Oz, The Boy Friend, Stepping Out, An Evening on Broadway, The Music Man, and Oliver (for which she won the Thea Award for Best Choreographer). Shari has also choreographed for the Skydome, Metro Convention Centre, and the pilot for the TV show, Rickey's Room. Shari is currently teaching jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre at Jean Simone School of Dance in Bowmanville. She is thrilled to be working with the extremely talented Nunsense cast 
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