Rob Werner has been playing violin since a young age. He has performed with groups including the Delta Youth Symphony and Fraser Valley Symphony, and others. His show resume includes playing for Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof, Anne of Green Gables, Little Mermaid, and others. He also plays country fiddle for multiple groups, and when not fighting crime as his alter ego, he enjoys conducting choir at Christ Lutheran Church in Chilliwack.
Emylee is super stoked to be a part of The Wizard of Oz. Though her friends would argue that she spends a little too much time backstage, she intends to take part in many, many more productions. A big thank you to everyone involved, & to those who aren't? ENJOY THE SHOW!
Jen has worked on many shows in a variety of backstage roles. This will be her second show with Secondary Characters, after last summer's 'Oklahoma'. Theatre is a passion of Jen's, and helping assure the show goes smoothly so it can become a passion for others, makes the backstage chaos all worth it! A big thanks to all in 'Oz' for this opportunity, and to everyone joining us on this journey down the yellow brick road.
This is Sarah's first production with Secondary Characters, but she has been a theatre junkie since her first performance in CSOPA's Fiddler in the Roof, when she was nine. Watching the magical elements of the Land of Oz take shape has been her favourite part of this production.
Christy's first foray into musical theatre was as a pit band member for Sardis Secondary's Man of La Mancha and CSOPA's Beauty and the Beast. She graduated from Capilano University's Costuming for Stage and Screen program in 2011 and has been working on costumes in film and theatre ever since. Shows she has designed include Pirates of Penzance for the Chilliwack Opera, several Christmas pantomimes for the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and Exit the King for Ghost Light Projects. In 2013 she won the Community Theatre Coalition award for Best Costume for her work on FVGSS's The Mikado. Christy would like to thank her husband for being totally okay with her turning their house into one giant costume shop.
Matt has often said he is a tether between an artist’s dreams, and the technician’s reality. He has taken part in four of the most recent productions Secondary Characters has brought to Chilliwack in some way. He has built a prop/cast mate (Milky White) from Into the Woods, constructed a small farm in Oklahoma!, created graphics for The Last Five Years, and for The Wizard of Oz he managed all three facets (props, set construction, and graphics). His love for theatre isn’t for the show, but for the people that it brings together, and the technical challenges that it presents. Thank you Emily for introducing him to this circle of people, but most of all for walking with him along the way.
Maria was drawn to work on this show by her passion and love for all aspects of the theatre, it was another step to chasing her dream to become a theatre renaissance woman.This show was a wonderful learning experience for her and she has the entire backstage crew to thank for that. She was first intrigued by the story of Oz as a little girl as she was always fascinated with the possibility of fantastical worlds. It was one of the first stories to inspire her imagination that still resonates with her up until now. Her favorite character is Dorothy, as she is depicted as a sweet, but still strong and able girl with an adventurous heart. She’s loyal and true not only to herself, but everyone she meets.
Ann Griffiths comes to us with 50 plus years’ experience as a drummer and percussionist. After many years away from musical theatre where she played for such productions as Brigadoon, Carousel, and South Pacific she says, “It’s good to be back.” Ann also currently plays with Class Brass, Shallum’s Wall, Cascadia Wind Ensemble, and wherever she has the opportunity. When not playing music, Ann is an event speaker and a published author with a passion to leave a mark that makes a difference.
Jamea Lister is currently a theatre technician at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. His more than 20 years of involvement in theatre has seen him stage manage, sound design, lighting design, do carpentry, occasionally act and operate sound and lighting boards in the tech booth. During the last five Julys he has been the Hall Manager for the Harrison Festival of the Arts. His recent projects include lighting designs for Chilliwack School of Performing Arts production of “Mary Poppins”, and the 2016 production of “Gypsy" produced by the Chilliwack Players Guild.
Vanessa teaches music locally at Cascade Christian School and performs with the Chilliwack Symphony. Vanessa received her bachelors of music from the University of Victoria in 2012. She is excited to be performing with Secondary Characters this summer.
Greg Teaches Classical Guitar, Sax and Banjo at Ebenezer Fine Arts. Greg plays Sax with Cascadia Wind Ensemble (nee Abbotsford Concert Band), Guitar with the Moonliters and plays with Rock and Jazz bands. He also can be seen playing Harmonica, Dobro or banjo at many local jams 2 or 3 times a week.
After a lifetime as a stockbroker, 15 years ago Greg decided he only wanted to play music.
Stacey grew up in Vancouver and has lived in Chilliwack for the past 18 years. She started playing the clarinet during high school and absolutely loved it. Twenty-five years passed and she decided it was time to take up playing again. Stacey joined the Chilliwack Community Band 9 years ago and never looked back. In addition to the CCB she is also a member of the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra and plays in a quintet doing concerts throughout the year. This is Stacey’s fourth time playing with Secondary Characters (Little Women, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma), and her 10th musical in Chilliwack (Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, Gypsy, and most recently, Oliver). “I’m extremely proud and excited to be a part of The Wizard of Oz.” It’s been so much fun!!
Helen has been playing saxophone since she was 12 years old. Over the years she has worked in almost every type of musical setting ranging from orchestra to Big Band; from jazz to Latin; and everything in-between. Her main love however, is rock and blues. She has spent most of the past 20 years working in these types of bands both here on the West Coast and in the Maritimes.
None of her instruments are new. Helen prefers to play vintage saxophones—most dating back to the middle of the 20th century or older.
Helen’s love for vintage horns has led her to research and write about vintage saxophones, and as a result she has acquired an extensive collection of vintage horns: the oldest of which dates back to 1886.
Helen plays all voices of saxophones from soprano through bass. She also doubles on clarinet and bass clarinet.
Although this is her first production with Secondary Characters Musical Theatre, Helen is not new to pit orchestra work. Most recently, in February this year she played for Fraser Valley Stage’s production of Guys and Dolls.
Jan has been an enthusiast when it comes to music. She's been an avid player of the violin for five years, but she also plays 5 other instruments along side of practicing the violin. Jan is a part of the Chilliwack Youth Orchestra directed by Mr. Louwersheimer and Mr. David Voth. She took part in several other school musical productions, including The King and I, White Christmas and Aladdin. What drew her to play the violin for this show was the vivid and beautiful music of the Wizard of Oz.
Madeline has been a part of Secondary Characters for the past 2 years, as the Children's Chorus in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Ensemble in Oklahoma! She loves performing, playing baseball, basketball and hockey in the family room, figure skating, swimming and reading. She loves making new friends and playing games as part of rehearsals for the Wizard of Oz and one day she wants to try Directing. Madeline would like to thank her Mom (Shelley) and Dad, Steffi, Carmen and Nicola for this
By day, Paula Quick teaches Voice, conducts Philomusica (Community) Chorus and instructs choral techniques through the University of the Fraser Valley. But by night, she returns to her “shadowy” past life as a French Horn player. When the opportunity to play in The Wizard of Oz came, she could not pass it up. It is truly one of the most colourful musical theatre scores ever written, and it also offered her the opportunity to play alongside some of the best orchestral players in the GVRD. What could be better than that?
Shianna is 13 years old and is going into grade 9 at Mount Slesse Middle School. Shianna has been in many performances including Secondary Character's production of "Oklahoma", Chilliwack Players Guild's "Gypsy", plays at school and three years of training at Creative Outlet. Shianna enjoys performing because of the feeling it gives her on stage. "There's so much energy from fellow cast members and the audience." She also loves becoming a family with other cast members backstage. Shianna would like to thank her family for driving her to rehearsals every day and her fellow girls backstage for always having her back.
This is Shelly’s fourth show with Secondary Characters. Her previous roles have included The Housekeeper in The Sound of Music and Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods. Thanks go out to family and friends for supporting her love of theatre and to those who gave her this chance to play Aunt Em.
What drew you to work on this show?
Well initially I had wanted to have a free and open summer but then I saw the cast list was missing a Tinman and Scarecrow. One thing led to another and here I am!
What was your primary introduction to the story of The Wizard of Oz, the movie, or the books? And what is your memory of your first impression of the story?
My first introduction to The Wizard of Oz was the movie when I was a child. My earlier impression was that it is a strange story that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
What is the most exciting element of this story for you?
The most exciting element of this story is that I get to be a part of it! (Cheesy but true) I am really excited for the jitterbug dance number!
This is Rachael's first production with the amazing Secondary Characters . She is thrilled to be in such dedicated cast and proud to be learning many new skills.She could not ask for a better way to use her summer because theatre is what she loves. She is grateful for the the entire company for giving her this incredible opportunity. Enjoy the show .
What was your first show ever?
My first show ever...this could be tricky. Technically, the first show I was ever onstage in was "Annie". I was a rotten orphan, and I remember being so nervous that I could barely say my one line (which was "I love you Miss Hannigan"). I'd like to think my acting and ability to curb my nerves has improved since then! However, you could also say I got my start when I was a few months old, because my mom played Mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music" as a guest community performer at a local high school. Since I was so small and my dad stayed at home with my brother and sisters, Mom would just bring me along to the rehearsals and I became the show's unofficial mascot.
What was your primary introduction to the story of The Wizard of Oz, the movie, or the books? And what is your memory of your first impression of the story?
Well, first off, I have to give a shout out to my mom, who would sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to us every single night until I was six or seven. That was my gateway to WOZ. But when I was little we didn't have cable, instead we had a bunch of VHS cassettes of different musicals that I watched in an endless loop on our little 12 inch TV. "The Wizard of Oz" was one of my most beloved tapes. I don't remember my first impression of the movie, but I do remember being SUPER JEALOUS of Glinda's outfit and the Wicked Witch's ability to fly/appear in a cloud of smoke. After all, isn't theatre always about the costumes and grand entrances?
What is your favourite musical of all time, and why?
My favorite musical is anything written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. I could talk about how much I love them for probably an hour, but I need to be brief. R&H have this impeccable skill of creating shows that despite the content, have an overwhelming optimism to it and are a beacon of what is good, kind and pure in this world. They also had this incredible sense of what they could and couldn't get away with in a script. Take "Oklahoma," Curly kills Judd Frye in the last half hour of the show AND YET they figured out a way to twist the plot that a) the audience is happy that Judd is dead, b) Curly is acquitted, and c) Curly and Laurie still manage to leave for their honeymoon on time (with us cheering them on). WHO DOES THAT??? Umm, Rodgers and Hammerstein, folks! And their shows are still so popular that to this day, on every single day of the year an R&H show is playing somewhere in the world.
Makenzi is 16 years old and going into grade 11 at GW Graham School. Makenzi is a performance veteran with five years of ballet training, Concert and Jazz Band experience playing saxophone, three years of vocal jazz, was the junior representative for musical theatre in 2015 at the Chilliwack Lions Music Festival and has recently performed in Newbury Arts Concepts' productions of "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Oliver". When not performing, Makenzi sits at her art desk and paints the hours away. Makenzi would like to thank her parents and friends for their support and Steffi, Nicola, Carmen and Shelley for making this show possible.
This is Shannon Budau's first Secondary Characters production... but it won't be the last! She is pleased to be a part of the riotously fun orchestra, in the percussion section. Shannon also spent some time this summer as the part-time rehearsal pianist. She recently completed her ARCT in Piano Pedagogy and teaches out of her home. This is truly some of the most fun music she has ever played - Enjoy the show, everybody!
Shannon plays French Horn with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra and the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is the Music Director of the Cascadia Wind Ensemble, and was previously the Conductor of the Abbotsford Concert Band. Prior to moving to Chilliwack 15 years ago, she played with various bands and orchestras in Regina, and conducted the Poltava Ensemble of Song, Music and Dance. She first became interested in musical theatre while attending high school, and has had the opportunity to play in the pit orchestra for many musicals. She has participated in most of Secondary Characters’ summer productions. Although she spends a lot of time on musical endeavors, she makes her living as a management consultant with her own company, Canatech Management Services Inc.
Lily is 11 years old and is going into grade 6 at Vedder Elementary School. Lily has been dancing every kind of dance there is for the past 8 years at Project Dance. She has also performed in a Spring Concert and was in Secondary Character's production of "Oklahoma" last year. In her spare time, Lily practices karate at Excel Martial Arts. When asked why she enjoys performing, Lil says "I want to be an actress web nI grow up so I do these things to help me learn so when I audition for things I know how to act. Acting is my passion and I wish to carry on with it my whole life. It's really fun." Lily would like to thank her Mom and Dad because they are always there for her when she needs them.