Jail Baby: Biographies Continued

With less than two months until opening night, it’s time to get excited about the world premiere of Jail Baby!  As a continuation of last week’s entry, we present to you two very talented actors who will be featured in the production. Read on about these local talents and then get your advance tickets today!

Daina Leitold (compressed)Daina Leitold has played the stages of MTC, WJT, SIR, Theatre Calgary, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Winnipeg and Saskatoon International Children’s Festivals, as well as countless Fringe and other independent productions.  She has also performed in many productions for film and television. Daina is a proud founding member of The Talentless Lumps and not afraid to say she’s worked as a mime.

Megan McArton photoMegan McArton recently appeared in The Brink at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Prior to that she spent several years in sunny beautiful Thailand, teaching English and drama, and being a boarding mom at an International School. She is glad to be home and acting again, appearing as Mrs. Smithfield (among others) in the incredibly talented cast of Jail Baby this May!

Fundraising campaign update: Well folks, it’s the home stretch! Our fundraising campaign ends this weekend and we need your help to make our goal! Phone a friend and get them to commit too! Not only will you get some sweet swag when you donate, but you will also be contributing to a theatre project with strong community roots, which tackles increasingly relevant topics. There have been so many stories in the news recently about the justice system, and it is time that we hear the voices of those in the system! Help us realize these goals by showing support for Jail Baby today!

Jail Baby: Biographies

After months of biting our nails in anticipation, Sarasvàti Productions is proud to finally announce our cast for Jail Baby!  We are excited to work with this amazing group of local actors for the world premiere of this new work! This stellar cast will be working with acclaimed director Ann Hodges, who started her involvement with Jail Baby when it was workshopped in 2011 for FemFest. Sarasvàti Productions is also excited to announce their incredible design team who will bring this play to life!

Jail Baby
by Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore
with Nan Fewchuk and Marsha Knight

Directed by Ann Hodges

Set/Costume Design by Abigail Myers

Lighting Design by Dean Cowieson

Sound Design by Chris Coyne

Starring: Ashley Chartrand, Melanie Dean, Shannon Guile, Daina Leitold, Megan McArton, Tracey Nepinak and Cory Wojcik.

Let’s take a look at the two actresses who will be playing the lead role of Jasmine. These two superb actresses will be playing young and present day Jasmine (respectively), and we couldn’t be more excited to see them take to the stage this May!

Ashley Chartrand photoEmerging theatre artist Ashley Chartrand made her Sarasvàti debut in 2008 with our school tour of Ripple Effect. In 2009/2010 she performed in No Offense…, the no-holds-barred play about racism in schools created as part of FemFest 2009. She also appeared in our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues a coule years ago. Ashley is currently studying at the University of Winnipeg.

Melanie HeadshotIf you have seen some of our previous shows this past season, you will recognize Melanie Dean. Melanie was in FemFest 2012 favourite Empty, as well as in our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues just a few short weeks ago!  Melanie was born in The Pas MB, and is a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan, MB). Mel attained her BA at the University of Winnipeg (2002) majoring in Performing Arts and English Literature. Nowadays, she can be found dancing on the Powwow trail somewhere on Turtle Island with her two beautiful children Shanley and Jesse. Mel’s other credits include, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Doug Nepinak’s The Crisis in Oka Manitoba with Red Roots Theatre Company, Doug Nepinak’sThe Life of Ruth and BBQ, William Inge’s Picnic, Dale Lakevold’s and Darrell Racine’s Stretching Hide at the University of Brandon, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, and MTC’s production of Tracy Letts August Osage County.

Fundraising campaign update: To date, we have raised $2,168.20 for our campaign, which will go directly towards Jail Baby. With just over a week left to donate, we need every one of our readers and friends to show your support! We only require 19 donations of $150 or more to reach our goal! So, phone a friend, and get them to donate as well!  Help us make our target today!

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