In Order of Appearance

Premiere Cast!

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Katrina Teitz - Violet

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Katrina Teitz is an actor/singer/dancer based in Vancouver, BC. She has been in several shows around town after receiving her Diploma in Musical Theatre from Capilano University (2017). Her favourite credits include Next to Normal (West Moon Theatre), Crybaby the Musical (Awkward Stage Productions), Bare: A Pop Opera (Eternal Theatre Collective). She is an aspiring stunt performer with training in flips, tricks, Wushu and a black belt in Karate. Katrina is also a proud cat mama of two and includes this in her bio because furbabies are EVERYTHING. Upcoming projects include Kill the Ripper (Geekenders/Affair of Honor Productions) June/July 2022, The Five Vengeances (Affair of Honor) September 2022. You can find her on all socials at @Katrinateitz

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Cole Smuland - Greyson

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Cole has a diploma in Musical Theatre from Capilano University. He’s spent the last year training in acting for film and television at various studios in Vancouver, and The Girl Next Door marks his return to the stage after the onset of the pandemic. Some of his favourite credits include Crutchie - Newsies (Theatre Under The Stars), for which he received the 2020 Ovation Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance, and Robert Mohr - The Price of Freedom (Arbutus Studio). He loves working on anything original, and he’s honoured to have the chance to help bring such an amazing show to life. When he’s not acting, Cole can be found assisting theatre classes at Arts Umbrella, expanding his knowledge of Star Wars lore, and avoiding his homework.

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Jenaya Barker - Jade

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Jenaya Barker is a Vancouver based musician, songwriter, actor, lipstick enthusiast, and graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre program. This story of love, compassion, and identity sits close to her heart; she is so grateful to bring the premiere of this musical and character to life, and extends an incredible amount of gratitude to the wonderful creative team. She is enthralled with stories of make-believe, and can be found wherever there are fairytales to be told. Stay humble, stay hydrated. Credits include: Nunsense (First Impressions Theatre), American Idiot (URP, Ovation Award Nominee), 9-5 (CapU Theatre) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Under the Stars), as well as three self written/self produced albums out on all streaming platforms.

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Meesh QX - Ash

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Meesh QX is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Vancouver. Meesh is a graduate of North Island College's Fine Arts Diploma program and has an additional background in health science. As such, they enjoy drawing on the perspectives of both disciplines to inform their creativity. Meesh's creative work includes music, acting, visual arts, and film. They have enjoyed presenting their work through communities including the Unit/Pitt Society for Art and Critical Awareness, Arts Club Theatres's LEAP Playwriting Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and the Comox Valley Art Gallery. 

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Emily Matchette - Swing

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Emily is a queer theatre artrist residing on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation) and is hoping you never see her actually perform in this production because that means that someone is injured or sick. A graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University, and the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program at Douglas College, Emily teaches dance and musical theatre at the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts in Coquitlam to students ages two to fifty plus. Select performing credits include: The Mad Hatter/Ensemble in SHREK the Musical (Align Entertainment), Ensemble in Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre Company), Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), and Lou Ann in Hairspray (Theatre Under The Stars).

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Vinny Keats - Swing

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Keats is a classically trained actor and vocalist. Most recently he has focused on writing and producing for the screen. He’s starred in independent films, as well as appearing in a few National Commercials. He has also entertained live audiences as Charlie in Eat Your Heart Out, Sky in Mamma Mia, Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Iago/Romeo in Goodnight Desdemona, Goodmorning Juliet to name a few. Vinny is also a gymnast; you may have caught him flipping his way across the stage in Disney's Newsies.

“Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.” -J.K.

Premiere Band!

Sean Bayntun - Piano/Music Director

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A descendent of Ukrainian, Austrian, and British immigrants, Sean grew up, and currently resides, on the ancestral and unceded lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples (Burnaby). Having grown up steeped in classical music, Sean made his orchestral debut at 16 with the White Rock Symphony, and at 18 performed as a soloist with the VSO. He graduated from UBC with a BMus before attending Rice University (Houston) on full scholarship studying with Dr. Jon Kimura Parker.  With Dr. Parker’s encouragement to explore genres and performance beyond classical piano, Sean played Otto in Design for Living and music directed Bat Boy: the Musical. Returning to Vancouver in 2006, Sean joined a pop/rock band as a keyboardist/writer and began freelancing as a session and performance musician (including a tour with the Canadian Tenors). He currently is an active member of Leisure Club and DAñSE. In 2009, he music directed Songs for a New World (Not Another Musical Co-op), and the following year was the MD for PSP’s production of Bat Boy. As an MD, his many nominations and awards include The Wild Party (Pint-Size Tall), The Light in the Piazza and Herringbone (PSP).

Music is expression and expression is for everyone.

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Mark Richardson - Guitar

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An active guitarist, composer, and music educator, Mark’s most recent theatre productions include The Rocky Horror Show (Studio 58), We Will Rock You (Burnsview Secondary School), Rock of Ages (Magee High School), and 9 to 5; the Musical (Exit 22). With almost fifty theatre productions under his belt, personal favorites include Rock of Ages (Arts Club), Pink Floyd’s; The Wall (Livestage), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Theatre Under the Stars), and RENT (FCP). A graduate of the music programs at both Brandon University and the Vancouver Academy of Music, Mark is very active with the Vancouver symphonic metal band Ophelia Falling, continues to write for the indie rock band Drive By Poets, and regularly plays both live and studio sessions in an alarming number of styles. When not performing, Mark can be found teaching at the Mozart School of Music and his home studio in Burnaby.

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Tahnee Juryn - Bass

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Tahnee Juryn is a multi-talented musician, vocalist, vocal coach, and performer residing in the ancestral unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. Growing up in what is referred to as North Vancouver, and now based in the City of Vancouver, she has established, and is continuing to foster, a diverse and exciting career in the local music scene. In 2017, Tahnee graduated with distinction from Capilano University, holding a BA in Jazz Studies as a vocal major. She has performed with acts ranging from jazz trios to jazz choir and big bands. Most notably, she has performed as the singer and keyboardist for the last six years with the Vancouver-based Rush tribute band The Modern Day Warriors. In 2018, she co-formed a pop/rock group as a bassist and singer, Hot Soup, who are releasing their first EP later this year. This is her first time being involved in a musical, and she couldn't ask for a better crew to work with on such a relevant and thoughtful production.

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Chris Pallot - Drums

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Chris Pallot has been playing drums for as long as he can remember; playing jazz, rock, classical, and metal all through high school. He continued his profession through some years at Douglas College studying classical and jazz. Chris is also an active member of the Vancouver Symphonic Metal Band, Ophelia Falling. Despite having some high school experience, this is Chris' first Professional Theatre Production and is very excited to be a part of it.

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