Created & Directed by Joan Bryans
Jericho Arts Centre: Feb 22 - Mar 16, 2019
Who is this, founding member of the citizen army, gun in hand fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rebellion? Who is this woman stirring the pot to feed the strikers of the great 1913 lockout? A poet, actress, suffragette, who becomes the first female British member of parliament, the first woman cabinet minister anywhere? Constance Markievicz - a woman to be reckoned with!
After the success of Rebel Women, we are back with another theatre verbatim play about a formidable woman battling enormous odds to victory. Changed Utterly is based on the words of Constance Markievicz and some of the principal participants of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, together with the songs and poetry of the day.
Changed Utterly stars Naomi Wong as Constance, with Tyus Bro, Christopher Brown, Carolyn Costigan, Breanne Doyle, Alyssa Hanson-Smith, Gordon Law, Matt Loop, Kurtis Maguire, Celeste Musseau, Lindsay Nelson and Jeremy O'Driscoll.
It is directed by Joan Bryans, with assistant director Frances Herzer, musical direction by Pat Unruh, choreography by Allyson Riley, set design by Chris Bayne, lighting design by Mimi Abrahams, props by Barbara Walsh, and is stage managed by Andy Sandberg.
MEET THE CAST & CREW
Seamus Kananagh, Chaplain
Tyrus is a recent graduate of Capilano University's Acting for Stage and Screen program. He's excited to play Seamus Kavanaugh in Changed Utterly. Recent credits include Puck in Capilano University's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Peter and the Starcatcher.
British Soldier, Ceannt, George William Russell (AE)
Chris Brown grew up doing musical theatre productions in Prince George from the age of 10. He has lived in Burnaby and Vancouver since 2012 when he attended SFU, and performed with the SFU Choir, for 5 terms. In February 2018, Chris performed the role of Paul in the Vagabond Players production of Drinking Habits. Chris is thrilled to have been working with Vital Spark Theatre for the past few months and he hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as he enjoyed preparing for it!
Margaret Skinnider, Felia Larkin, Committee Chair
Carolyn Costigan was born in Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. Her family moved to Canada when she was three years old. She grew up in Canada but spent many summers with family in Ireland. She is delighted to participate in her first theatre production, highlighting the courageous women of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Maisie, Tommy, Ensemble
Breanne is extremely grateful the cast of Changed Utterly. This will be Breanne's first production with Vital Spark- last year appearing in The Suppliant Women (United Players) and as Rose in Nell Gwynn (United Players). She has appeared in the latest season of Untold Stories of the ER (TLC). Breanne is eager to present this story of a woman's triumph and legacy, and believes more stories should be being told that hold women as fierce, capable, and strong heroes; after all, we see these women every day in our lives.
Alyssa is thrilled to be performing in her first show with Vital Spark Theatre. Alyssa is a grad of the SFU Contemporary Theatre who currently teaches acting classes to kids at Inspire Arts Academy and sits as a board member of Alchemy Theatre. Past theatre credits include: She Stoops to Conquer (Metro Theatre), Love's Labour's Lost (Alchemy Theatre), and From Whence He Came (Rice & Beans Theatre). Favorite film credits; The Prince, Arthur's Gift, and Even Lambs Have Teeth. Thank you to the cast, crew and her own family.
James Connolly, General Maxwell
A student of the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts, Gordon is excited to follow his recent role in Nell Gwynn with two favourite and earliest loves - acting and the military: Gordon's actor credentials and a 14-year experience as an officer in the Canadian Army all meld to help him serve this production as military advisor and playing leaders on both sides. Gordon has happily spent hours drilling and training the company in period-appropriate drill, arms and tactics and looks forward to sharing its effects and his performance with you.
Factory Boss, Michael Malin, British Officer
Slàinte! Matt is delighted to be a part of another play from Vital Spark and Joan Bryans. While Matt last worked with Vital Spark as an assortment of faces on the original two runs of Joan's Rebel Womwn, he was most recently seen in United Players' The Life of Galileo, by Bertolt Brecht. A graduate of Vancouver Film School's Acting Program, Matt spends his weekdays planting gardens and pruning hedges so he has opportunities to work with these fantastic people, and rich roles. Thanks to Joan for bringing him along on another touching ride through history!
Cecil Day Lewis, Jim Larkin, Patrick Pearse
Kurtis is proud to be a part of such an important show and has thoroughly relished taking a deeper look at his Irish heritage with Vital Spark. A veteran actor of nearly 100 plays, his most recent work includes roles in Enron, Saint Joan, Possible Worlds, Arsenic and Old Lace, and the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Cultch. TV work includes the series: Fringe, Supernatural, Arrow, The Magicians, Izombie, and Valley of the Boom.Thanks all for your hardwork. Love you, Tasha. "Poblacht na hEireann" people, cuz' here we go!
Sidney Gifford, Eva Gore-Booth
Celeste is thrilled to be working with Vital Spark for the first time bringing this true story to life on the stage. This year she played Theodora in The Haunting of Hill House and Rheba in You Can't Take it With You (Vagabond Players). She would like to thank her family, Eugene, and the wonderful cast and crew.
Maud Gonne, Chicago May
Lindsay originally trained at MacEwan University in Edmonton, and most recently at LAMDA, in London, England, where she got her masters in Classical Acting. Recent credits include A Prayer For Owen Meany (Pacific Theatre/ETC), In the Next Room (ETC), and an adaptation of Macbeth (Shakespeare Canada), touring schools in BC and Alberta. Lindsay was in the original cast of Joan Bryan’s Rebel Women and is excited to join this team to tell another amazing story about amazing women.
Bulmer Hobson, WIlliam Butler Yeats, Daily Mail Reporter
As a native of the Emerald Isle, Jeremy is thrilled to be part of this highly entertaining and informative production. He would sincerely like to thank his fellow cast members and all crew members for what has been a truly memorable experience.
Go n-éiri and bóthar leat.
Naomi Wong is a member of the VFS Sketch Company and can currently be heard online in Dueling Genre’s Dramedy Audio series Geek By Night. Other credits include: Startup.com (Lead), Macbeth (Witch, various), Spring Awakening(Swing), The Wedding Singer (Featured Ensemble), Alone in the US (Alexandra). NYFA Alum. @icclenomi
Joan is delighted to be back at Jericho again presenting a show for the Vancouver audience. Her last venture here was presenting Liz Lochead's Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off. Next up for Joan is directing Persuasion for Metro Theatre. She considers herself very blessed to have worked with such a fabulous team on Changed Utterly, both on stage and off, and hopes you enjoy the show. Slainte!
Assistant Director / Costumes
Frances is delighted to be working with Joan again on yet another original play. Past original Vital Sparks productions: Birthright, Two Years in Nichola, Rebel Women.
Pat plays vielle and viola da gamba, performing in Canada, the USA and Europe, in ensembles for medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. She is music director for the dance/theatre company Historical Performance Ensemble and plays locally with Vancouver Viols, Viol Pleasures, Anima Medieval Music Duo, and Victoria's Ensemble Laude. Pat thoroughly enjoys working with actors, and has composed, arranged and coached for United Players, Metro Theatre, University Hill, Presentation House and UBC. She thanks director Joan Bryans for the chance to explore the varied and interesting music for her productions. As music director for Vital Spark Theatre I have learned much under your wing, Joan!
Joining Powerhouse Theatre Vernon in 1975 and subsequently taking a Theatre BC Set Design workshop at Douglas Colleg, Chris recceived a much coveted Thespian award for Best Set Design for Oleanna at Theatre BC's Mainstage Festival (2000). He has designed several award winning sets for Powerhouse Theatre's entries at the Okanagan Zone Provincial Festivals and in 2017 he designed the set for I Hate Hamlet for Powerhouse Theatre and Nell Gwynne for United Players. Chris is thrilled to design the set Changed Utterly for Vital Spark Theatre.
Mimi is an well established master of the backstage. Stage lighting design credits include resident designer for Vital Spark Theatre, Pascals Saunierís Jazztown ñ Le destin du Jazz-Club!, Girls Like That with Shameless Hussies, Old Man and the Sea, Johnny Greenwoodís Radio Rewrite with Turning Point Ensemble, Somebody Loves you Mr. Hatch and Troll Grandfather with Axis Theatre, Into The Woods and Auntie Mame with West Point Grey Academy. She enjoys creating learning and networking opportunities for others interested in the "dark arts" of the backstage, mentoring, and seeking out interns.
Erika is a lighting and sound designer in her final year of the BFA Theatre Production and Design program at the University of British Columbia. She is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work on this play. Past design credits include: Sound: The Crucible (Theatre at UBC), Doubt: A Parable (UBC Players Club), and Sinophone Staged Readings (Theatre at UBC); Lighting: Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre at UBC), The Bridge (Vancouver Fringe Festival), and Festival of Dionysia (UBC Players Club). erikachampion.wixsite.com/portfolio
With studies in fashion and design from Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand and 20 years of worldwide fashion industry experience, Kate Pierre discovered another avenue for storytelling, namely in Costume Design.In 2016, Kate found herself presented with opportunities to work as a costume designer and costumer in several successful, independent Vancouver based film projects, and then as costume designer for theatre.
Allyson Riley is a professionally trained Ballet dancer. Allyson has danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Programme, the Ottawa Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens., and in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is thrilled to be part of this production as movement coach for Vital Spark Theatre. Previous projects were Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and She Stoops to Conquer.
Having studied at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts, Gordon is excited to follow his recent role in Nell Gwynn with assisting this company with his two favourite and earliest loves - acting and the military: Gordonís 14-year experience as an officer in the Canadian Army, his love of history and passion for acting, all meld to help him serve this production as military advisor. Gordon has happily spent hours drilling and training the company in period-appropriate drill, arms and tactics and looks forward to sharing its effects with you.
Recent credits include: The Suppliant Women and Nell Gwynn with United Players, Box of Freedom with Sonia Productions, Into the Woods and Merry Widow with NSLOS, WYSPA and Amber with Gen Hot, City of Angels with PIT Collective, Almawith East Van Opera, An Inspector Calls with Smoking Gun Collective, Comfort Cottages and Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon with Western Gold, and Any Night with Pacific Theatre.
Upcoming projects include: Unsettled with Theatre Terrific, Jerusalem with United Players, and Deep into Darkness with Third Wheel Productions.
Barbara has been working backstage at Metro Theatre since 2016 as a member of the production teams for Haywire and Crossing Delancey (properties) and She Stoops to Conquer and Busybody (properties and ASM). Changed Utterly will be her first opportunity to work at the Jericho Arts Centre.
Assistant Stage Manager
A devout fan of all things theatre, both on and backstage, Heather's recent forays into the Vancouver theatre field have included playing a lead role in Metro Theatre's Murder by the Book, as well as a summer season of volunteering with Bard on the Beach. Having grown up between England and Ireland, she is thrilled to be involved with such a historically important and innovative play as this, and is delighted to be making her ASM debut with Vital Sparks and Changed Utterly.
Nancy is a Vancouver area photographer specializing in publicity and performance photos for theatre companies. She is a recent graduate of the Langara College Continuing Studies Photography Program.
A graduate of the Royal Melbourne School of Applied Art (Australia), Sandi has designed posters, programmes, brochures and websites for theatre and the film industry in the Lower Mainland, including United Players, Vital Spark theatre and Vancouver Fringe productions. She is also an award-winning costume designer for community and semi-professional theatre, in both Australia and Canada.
Scottish Accent Coach
Front of House
Irish Accent Coach