Mary of Shanty Bay

October 5th. – 8th.
By Leah Holder
From Theatre by the Bay
Location: Simcoe Street Theatre, Collingwood

This beautiful and historical story was created from the diaries of Mary Sophia Gapper, who visited Canada in 1828, married Edward O’Brien, and then settled at the ‘edge of the world’ in Oro Township. This is a heartwarming examination of a part of our regional history and the settlement of Shanty Bay.


Leah Holder
Mary Sophia Gapper

Leah Holder is a Toronto-based actor, director/ dramaturg, educator, and is so blessed to be bringing this show back to Shanty Bay and beyond. Leah’s work has been seen in many site-specific and found space pieces across Canada. She is the playwright of Mary of Shanty Bay (TBTB), a member of PGC, graduate of GB, and from NB. More at Thank you Alex D. for the first opportunity. And for Susan Woods.

Daniel Reale
Edward O’Brien

Daniel is a Toronto-based actor, director and educator. He is thrilled to be making his TBTB debut with Mary of Shanty Bay! Selected credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Max the Magnificent, Rage Against Violence (Theatre Orangeville) Three Sisters (Tarragon YPU) The Picture of Dorian Gray (GBTS). He would like to thank TBTB for having him, as well as his family and friends for their unwavering support. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Aidan Gouveia

Aidan is originally from Oakville, Ontario and a BFA graduate of the TMU School of Performance. His work in film, TV and theatre has brought him all over the world including Cuba, France and Belgium. Aidan is thrilled to be making his TBTB debut and wants to dedicate his performance to his late grandparents and Barrie locals Audrey and Jim Hawkins. He knows they would be so proud to watch him walk the boards.

Jessy Ardern
Fanny/Mrs. Parsons/Mrs. Monck

Jessy is an award-winning playwright and actor originally from Winnipeg. She has a BFA in acting from the University of Alberta. Selected writing credits include Prophecy; The Fall of the House of Atreus: A Cowboy Love Song; Harold & Vivian Entertain Guests; and Queen Lear is Dead. Favourite acting credits include Charlotte in Brontë (Studio Theatre), Procne in If We Were Birds (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre), and Ziggy in S.I.S.T.E.R (Fox Den Collective).

Production Team:

Playwright – Leah Holder
Director – Rochelle Reynolds
Stage Manager – Amanda Caliolo
Production Manager – Sabrina Merks
Set Designer – Brenda Thompson
Lighting Designer – Jonathan Killing
Costume Designer – Madeline Ius
Costume Assistant – Selina Jia
Props Master – Lesley Coo
Sound Designer/Composer – Adrian Shepard-Gawinski
Assistant Stage Manager – Iain Moggach