Meet The Storytellers
Performer (The Magician)
Mark Cassius made his Broadway debut in the revival of Shenandoah in 1989. He was an original cast member in the world premiere of Ragtime (1996) in Toronto. Ragtime took him to Broadway for a second time in 1998, and then again in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2012. That production came out of his second season at The Stratford Festival of Canada in 2011 after appearing in 2007 as Mr. Magix in My One and Only. Mark was a cast member of many of Canada’s mega-musicals in the 1990s, such as CATS, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Miss Saigon, and Showboat. From 1997 to 2005, he was a member of world-renowned a capella group, The Nylons. Regionally, he always feels at home in front of Drayton Entertainment audiences; he's appeared in Damn Yankees, The Little Mermaid, Sweet Charity, and Dance Legends.
Writer & Performer
Lacey is Oneida/Mohawk, Wolf Clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation. This singer/songwriter is also an inspirational speaker. Lacey’s debut solo album, 528 was independently produced and released in 2013, which put her on the indie-music radar and kick-started her career as a stage musician, performing her original songs. 528 Volume II M released in 2017 took Lacey across Canada and onto international stages in New Zealand, Australia and the UK in 2018/19. Lacey wrote original compositions for the stage play Deer Woman, written by Tara Beagan, where she also stage managed the production. Lacey’ single “The Shiner” (2020) premiered onAPTN's Amplify series, and she was one of RogersTV Highlight artists. Since Covid hit in 2020, Lacey performed for several online gigs while working on songs for her third album 528 Vol 3 The Moon due out June 2022.
Writer & Performer
Hannah started her musical journey as a toddler singing in the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus where she fell in love with the resonance of ensemble casts. She is a writer, comedian and jazz singer/songwriter who applied the development of Truth and Illusion to her own early recovery with June Cupido’s psychodynamic mentorship. Synchronicity.
Now an Addictions Councillor at the FARM, Hannah has seen how laughter and musical expression can fruitfully benefit mental health and those on a personal journey of wellness.
Writer & Performer
Theatre: An Italian American Reconciliation (Belfry, Victoria) – Richard The Third (YPT, Toronto) - Hana’s Suitcase (YPT, Toronto/Canadian Tour) - Major Barbara (Neptune, Hallifax) – Candide/Queen of the Cadillac/Season’s Greetings (ATP, Calgary) - Tartuffe (Theatre Calgary) – Salt Water Moon (Magnus, Thunder Bay) – The Nerd (Drayton Theatre) – The Hobbit (Carousel tour) – Hamlet (Stratford Festival) – Cruel Tears/Mc Gillicuddy (Blyth Festival) – Brigadoon (Royal City Theatre, Vancouver) FILM/TV: Pixels (Sandler/Columbus) – Genius (Warner Brothers) – Wolves (Copperheart) – Private Capital (CBC) – The Kennedy’s (History Channel), North of Sixty, Murdoch Mysteries, Covert Affairs, The Border.
Six years ago June asked me to write a monologue – I wrote a story. With June, Michael, my wife Lorretta and a host of others we have whittled and weaved a number of journeys into an event that has few precedents. From the moment we are born our lives travel a trajectory that is intrinsically and wholly our own. We are all individuals, on a unique voyage where ‘normal’ has limited applications. I hope you can enjoy a snippet of mine.
Christian Ocampo (Spencer) says,
“This show has healed some of my spiritual wounds.” It’s his first performance since the start of the pandemic. Some of his theatre credits include Daniel Beauxhomme’s understudy in Once On This Island; Benjamin in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He was a dancer in Pony Boy 3 which premiered in The Distillery District. He also produces and writes his own songs. In 2020, he wrote a song called “Lady Corona” and produced a fun family music video which has over ten thousand views on YouTube. Christian studied Performing Arts Prep at Sheridan College in 2014-2015. Now he studies TV and Film acting with coaches from Toronto, hoping to be on shows and films to encourage the Filipino youth and people of Canada.
Writer & Performer
Award-winning actress Lorretta Bailey starred as Eponine in Les Misérables (Royal Alex) Cinderella in Into the Woods (CanStage/Theatre Calgary), and Maria in The Sound of Music (Citadel). She is proud to have developed and performed in the following Canadian productions: June Cupido's: Truth and Illusion (Sheridan, Lowville Festival), Marathon of
Hope (CMTP-Sheridan), Joni Mitchell: River (Vancouver Playhouse), The Wakowski Brothers (Aim for the Tangent, Best of Toronto Fringe), Tweed
the Musical (IANA Theatre). For Smile Theatre she toured Jim Bett’s Extraordinary and premiered Lucy Maud and Anne. She also played Marmee in the Canadian musical Little Women, directed by David Nairn at Theatre Orangeville. Ms. Bailey received an Honors B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta and with Robert Missen, is Co-Artistic Director of
the Lowville Festival. Lorretta loves to mentor aspiring artists, and teaches in the acclaimed Music Theatre programs at St. Clair College and Sheridan. She dedicates this performance to her parents, and family. Love You.
Georgia has performed on stages across the GTA for 25+ years. Favourite roles include Sarah in Ragtime, Dionne in Hair, Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden, Grace Farrell in Annie and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. As always, thanks to my son, Angel for letting mom play.
Duff is very proud to be a part of this important project for the second time around and tell Dan's story for such a worthwhile cause.
Selected credits include: No Change in the Weather (NFLD/Mirvish), Urinetown (Toronto Musical Concerts), Kamp (Neptune/Halifax), Once (RMTC/The Grand Theatre), Drayton Entertainment: Legends, My Fair Lady, Twist and Shout, Canadian Legends, Sorry, I’m Canadian, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American Tour), Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Story - The Musical (The Arts Club), Drowsy Chaperone (Globe, Regina), Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave (Fergus), The Foursome, Les Miserables (1st Canadian Cast/1st National Tour/Mirvish). FILM/TV: The Duff Show (web-series), Locke and Key (Netﬂix), Carter (CTV), Good Witch (Hallmark), Titans (Netﬂix), Incorporated (Syfy), The Music Man (Disney). Visit www.duffmacdonald.com
Allison received her professional training at Sheridan College - Musical Theatre Performance and York University - MFA Choreography.
THEATRE: Damn Yankees, Fairground, Shawground, 1922 in Concert (upcoming in 2022), Holiday Inn, Shaw Festival; A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac, Stratford Festival; Sousatzka, Theatro Proscenium; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American tour), Spamalot, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy For You, Drayton Entertainment; Elf, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Cabaret, Theatre Aquarius; Guys and Dolls, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Capital Theatre; Chicago, Stage West Calgary; The Producers, Neptune Theatre; Fallsview High, Second City. FILM/TELEVISION: The Boys, American Gods, Warehouse 13. CHOREOGRAPHY: Marathon of Hope; Sheridan College, Little Mermaid Jr, The Wizard of Oz; Capitol Theatre, The Little Price; Creativiva, School of Rock, James and the Giant Peach; Bravo Academy.
Spencer Laing is an emerging artist based in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. They grew up on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, but for the last four years had transplanted to Oakville, Ontario while they studied, completing their Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan College in the Spring of 2021. Spencer is an avid lover of all things music and is a huge supporter of community music projects. They are passionate about helping everyone connect to their inner artist through music and stories. They would like to thank June and the Team for bringing this amazing show to life.
Dan is a Sheridan Grad in Human Resources Management. He spent several years in senior roles in the areas of employee services, compensation & HRIS, training and development and recruitment with both Staples and Apotex Canada. He moved to American Express where he held several roles in Global Business Travel in the Meetings and Events and Global Advisory Services divisions, overseeing operations in the USA, Canada, Mexico and India. Currently, Dan is a Career Development Relationship Manager at McMaster University within the Faculty of Science – Science Careers & Co-operative Education Department. Additionally, Dan is also a Life Coach focusing on those in the GLBTQ community who are looking for support, guidance, empathy and compassion in their coming out or everyday journey. Dan values and admires people who also believe in achieving their goals; both professionally and personally. He believes in karma, random acts of kindness and paying it forward. Dan is an avid runner and practices hot yoga and meditation religiously, he currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario.
Alison was an inspiring actress from the days when she was in the theatre program at McMaster University to when she did Tony and Tina’s Wedding in the late 1990s. After that, she returned to school and attended Sheridan College as a student in 2000, and then was hired as an employee in 2005. Alison’s passion is working with students and currently works as an Administrator, and teaches part-time in the Business and Educational Support program since 2016. Alison also enjoys volunteering at the Mississauga Food Bank.
Truth & Illusion
* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy.”
Tuesday 26 April 2022, 7 pm, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice, and the Arts, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto M5S 1X7