Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
A classic 60’s Broadway hit comedy! Newlyweds Paul and Corie deal with the challenges of marriage when they move into their tiny, run-down apartment. The honeymoon continues to crumble when Corie tries to set her mother up with their eccentric neighbour by inviting them all to dinner.
Starring Melissa Morris, Ephraim Ellis, Linda Goranson, John Dickhout & Allan Price.
This production is being brought to Theatre Collingwood by The Orillia Opera House and Upper Canada Playhouse.
Melissa Morris (Corie)
Melissa Morris is an actor, singer, musician, composer, playwright, sound designer, and musical director. She has spent seven seasons at the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, having played favourite roles such as Puck (Midsummer’s Night Dream), Sylvia (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Portia (Julius Caesar), Anne Page (Trouble on Dibble Street) and Diana (All’s Well That Ends Well). Recent credits include Jane/Georgiana (Pride and Prejudice-Chemainus Theatre Festival, Ghost of Christmas Present (Ebeneezer- Seven Tyrants), Pianist (A Bit of Business- Keystone Theatre) and her 2 person show, Love Stories: Prescott. Melissa is the composer and musical supervisor for St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and Company of Fools this summer!
Ephraim Ellis (Paul)
For Upper Canada Playhouse: Debut
Elsewhere: Tom in Perfect Wedding (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (The LOT), Hedwig in Hedwig & The Angry Inch (The LOT), Tim on Man Seeking Woman (FX), Paddy Glynn on Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Sam Brownstein in Stage Fright (Serendipity Point Films), Danny Ellis on Falcon Beach (Global TV), Rick Murray on Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV)
Other: Ephraim’s first novel, ‘Archie Hartigan & the Frost Wolf’ is available now for Kindle, Nook, and iPad.
Linda Goranson (Ethel)
Linda has appeared in The Cemetery Club, A Nice Family Gathering, The Odd Couple: Female Version, The Christmas Express, No Sex, Please, We’re British among others at Upper Canada Playhouse. She recently appeared in The Butler Did It at Cow Patti Theatre in Alberta, as well as Vigil at Theatre New Brunswick, Miracle on Division Street at Miracle Theatre in Prince George, Doubt and Moose on the Loose at Magnus Theatre, the movie Don’t Talk to Irene and TV shows Shadowhunters and Schitt’s Creek. She was just seen in Half Life at Theatre North West.
Allan Price (Victor)
Allan has previously appeared at the Classical Theatre Festival in Perth (Come Blow Your Horn and Bell, Book and Candle) and St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott (Maid For A Musket and Hamlet). He has appeared in theatres across Canada, including The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton (The Wizard Of Oz), and Theatre New Brunswick, Fredericton (Treasure Island). Other regional theatre credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs (Cobourg/Peterborough), Little Shop Of Horrors (Red Barn, Jackson’s Point), The Wild Guys (Port Dalhousie), The Right Road To Pontypool (Millbrook), Guys And Dolls, Camelot and Fiddler On The Roof (Theatre Collingwood) and Last Of The Red Hot Lovers (Muskoka Tour). Selected Toronto credits include Gypsy, Funny Girl, Applause, Fiddler On The Roof (Leah Posluns Theatre), Broadway Bound, Death Of A Salesman (Toronto Centre for The Arts), The Secret Of Gabi’s Dresser (Te-Amin), Jewtopia (Diesel Playhouse), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Randolph Theatre), and Hogtown (Campbell House). Recent film/television: The Listener, Suits, American Gods, Odd Squad. Love to Liz – one more to our 50th!
John Dickhout (Telephone Repair Man)
John’s favourite theatre credits include Hank Beavis, The Affections of May; Leo Schneider, Chapter Two; Rudy Sorenson, Wrong For Each Other; Andy, Looking (Port Mansion Theatre, St Catharines); Roger Nash, The Long Weekend (Kingston Grand Theatre/Port Mansion); Owen Melville, The Melville Boys (Garrison Theatre, Fort Erie); and, Colonel Pickering, My Fair Lady (Port Colborne Operatic). Background credits include Designated Survivor (ABC/CTV); Suits (USA/Bravo); and The Handmaid’s Tale (MGM/Hulu/Bravo). John sends his love and hugs to Kristen, Jamie and Lynn for their limitless love and support, and his indescribable gratitude to his donor family for the gift of life. Thank you, Adam!
Donnie Bowes (Director)
Donnie has been artistic director at Morrisburg’s Upper Canada Playhouse for the past 16 years-directing over 50 productions for the theatre including last season’s There’s A Burglar in My Bed, Steel Magnolias and Miracle on 34th Street. Previously he was co-founder & co-artistic director with Jesse Collins at Harbourside Playhouse in Mississauga, where his much-produced adaptation of A Christmas Carol was first staged. He also directed Theatre New Brunswick’s Young Company for several years. Donnie has been an actor and director for the past 30 years at theatres across the country and also directed Theatre New Brunswick’s Young Company for several seasons as well as their mainstage world premiere of The Americans Are Coming
Tristan Goethel (Scenic & Lighting Design)
Tristan has been Technical Director for Upper Canada Playhouse for the past three seasons and has recently designed their productions of Miracle on 34th Street and Steel Magnolias and Barefoot in the Park. He will also design their upcoming productions of Boeing Boeing and Halfway There. He is a graduate of Sheridan College with the following credits for Theatre Sheridan: Chess (Technical Director), A Man of No Importance, In the Heights (Head Carpenter), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Master Electrician). For Drayton Entertainment: South Pacific, Damn Yankees and Twist and Shout (Production Assistant).
Liz Campbell (Stage Manager)
Liz’s recent stage management credits include The Last Wife (The Globe Theatre); There’s a Burglar in my Bed, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Touch and Go, Stag and Doe, Lights, Camera…Christmas!, Lend Me a Tenor, A Bedfull of Foreigners, A Christmas Carol, The Cemetery Club, Murder at the Howard Johnsons, Hotbed Hotel, Not Now Darling, Wife Begins at Forty, The Sensuous Senator, The Odd Couple and The Long Weekend (Upper Canada Playhouse); Grand Hotel, Sweet Charity, A Man of No Importance, A Doll’s House, Brantwood, (Theatre Sheridan); Clybourne Park, Our Class, Parade, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (Studio 180 & Mirvish Productions); The 39 Steps (Thousand Islands Playhouse); well as various credits at Tarragon Theatre, Canstage, SilverMist Productions and The Sudbury Theatre Centre. She is excited to stage manage this production of Barefoot in the Park and would like to thank her husband for all his love and support.