Danielle Bissonnette (Stag and Doe)
Danielle is ecstatic to be experiencing her first year with Stone Fence Theatre. She studied Theatre and Development at Concordia University where she was instilled with a belief in the power of theatre as a tool for change. Another person's story can change you. It can make you laugh; it can make you think. And when a community laughs and thinks together, it can lead to powerful societal change. Danielle teaches elementary French and the arts and often implements drama in her teaching to encourage the development of empathy and self-confidence.
Chris Hoffman (Stag and Doe)
Chris was born in Pembroke and has lived in the area his entire life. He’s 15 years old and attends Fellows High School in Pembroke. This is his second year with Stone Fence, after starting as a stagehand and working his way onstage in Here Comes the Train! in several small roles. Stag and Doe marks the first major role he’s ever had.
Philip George Hoffman (Stag and Doe)
Philip is excited to return to Stone Fence for his fourth season! His other acting experience includes being a part of an award-winning cast for Fellowes High School’s entry in the Sears Drama Festival in 2011. He went on to study acting for film and television at Niagara College where he was able to act in a variety of student films. When not on the stage, you can find Philip on CogecoTV’s show Live Between Commercials, which he helped create.
Stephanie Keon-Pinkerton (Stag and Doe)
Stephanie returns happily to Stone Fence theatre after an eleven-year hiatus to care for her four children. She works locally as a Kindergarten teacher. In her spare time she performs traditional Irish music, raises farm animals, spins wool and knits, dabbles in photography, and writes a blog about her life as a mother and hobby farmer.
Melissa Lindsay (Stag and Doe)
Melissa is back on a stage after about 15 years, and is debuting in her VERY first play with Stone Fence! She is pleased to take part in Stag and Doe as she recently became engaged herself and appreciates the comical look at "wedding fever". Melissa recently relocated to the Valley – drawn in by whitewater paddling and outdoor education. She is now a passionate teacher for Renfrew County Schools, an avid gardener, mother to her four-legged furry friends and is thoroughly enjoying the beauty of the Madawaska Valley.
Joshua McCoy (Stag and Doe)
Joshua's first appearance with Stone Fence Theatre was in a little show called Country Sparkin' at Sunnydale Acres (2009) and in the years since he has appeared several times and had fun all the way. After appearing as Ewart in Stone Fence Theatre's acclaimed production of Schoolhouse (2012) he went to Ottawa to attend Algonquin College. He has missed being able to work with his friends on stage, but this year he is back in the limelight. When not on stage Joshua is usually helping his father on the family farm near Cobden or in a machine shop and studying Mechanical Engineering, looking forward to achieving his degree.
Kelley Oliver (Stag and Doe)
Kelley Oliver is making his Stone Fence theatre debut! Kelley has been acting for five years doing mainly independent film and television commercials. He co-starred in the short film "The Buckley Brothers" which won Best Comedy at the Lady Filmmaker's Festival in Beverly Hills. This short film has gone on to compete on the national stage in the 2016 edition of CBC's Short Film Face-Off! When he’s not acting, you can find Kelley working events and festivals for Beau's All-Natural Brewing Company, playing saxophone in the Gloucester Community Concert Band, and relaxing playing board games with friends.
Conrad Boyce (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Conrad is a recent immigrant to the Valley – he lives across the lake from Cobden – after a couple of decades each in Uxbridge, ON, and the Yukon. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, he's alternated employment in show biz and journalism throughout his working life. Now semi-retired and looking after the grandkids, he’s just published his second history book about a building near Uxbridge.
Peter Brown (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Lanark-based jazz and blues pianist/singer Peter Brown was the keyboardist for the New Orleans-style band Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo for 17 years. He now leads his own jazz quartet and plays with the Renfrew County blues/rock band, The Rockerfellas. He has released three CDs under his own name, as well as recording with singer/songwriters Terry McLeish, Brock Zeman and many others. He has toured with Canadian blues legend Dutch Mason and with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, among others. For over 20 years, he served as pianist, bandleader and arranger for the Mississippi Mudds theatre company in Carleton Place. This is his eighth production with Stone Fence Theatre, where he is gradually creeping out from behind the piano and onto the stage.
Evan Burgess (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Evan has been playing guitar for 25 years. He is making his debut on the Stone Fence stage, but has been a member of the team for years as Web Master. In addition to playing music he enjoys martial arts and playing outside with his wife and three small children.
Nigel Epps (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Nigel was raised in the Valley and has been involved in theatre since he was about 12. Since he left the Valley in 2004, his theatre experience has been two years of Theatrical Production training, a month working on the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and one year as Vice President of his university drama club. But he’s back for good this time, back in the Valley where it all began, making shows in the community that gave him his start!
John Haslam (High Times at the Heart Institute)
John Haslam has been in the Valley since 1980. He has a beautiful wife and three grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a granddaughter who is the light of their lives. He’s been retired from the world of public health for five years. He’s been a member of Stone Fence Theatre forever. He’s been in the band "Thin Ice" forever as well. He’s into music, of course, and photography.
Shirley Hill (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Shirley is thrilled to be taking part in her second Stone Fence production, where being "type-cast" as a nurse seems to fit her real life! Although she is fairly new to musical theatre, Shirley has enjoyed being part of 18 comical plays with the 'Cobden Community Players', numerous dinner theatre antics with 'Those Phantom Knights' and part of other theatrical, community fundraising efforts in the Valley. Shirley is constantly amazed and inspired by the talents of Ish and the rest of the 'Stone Fence' gang!
Cathy Lyons (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Cathy brings an absolute lack of any stage experience to her first-ever role with Stone Fence Theatre. She is happily retired together with her husband Phil, and loves doing a whole lot of nothing. Cathy thanks Ish and Chantal for their bravery in setting her "inner ham" free.
Elaine Neigel (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Elaine can often be found directing music for Streetlight's Youthwing productions in Pembroke including: Aladdin, Willy Wonka, Stuart Little, Little Shop of Horrors, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Friends and family will say she loves a good laugh, so what better place to find some laughter, than at the Heart Institute!
Fran Pinkerton (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Fran Pinkerton returns to the Stone Fence Theatre stage for the 4th time and is excited to do so. Singing and acting is in her blood so, following the family tradition, she treads the boards again!
Lesley Sneddon (High Times at the Heart Institute)
From Lanark, Lesley loves the huge amount of time she gets to spend in beautiful and friendly Renfrew County with her brilliant cohorts in Stone Fence Theatre. Starting in the (hot but fun!) kitchen, then graduating to high heels and hair spray to put down (and put up with) those "hippies up the line" in 2013, she had so much excitement as Kitty Fox in Here Comes the Train! last season that she's now become a "Heart" patient!
Ish lives on the Bonnechere River near Golden Lake with life partner Kathy Eisner. He started working as a playwright in 1980 with the Upper Madawaska Theatre, with which he co-wrote, wrote or contributed to six shows. With Stone Fence Theatre, he has produced and written or collaborated on 15 shows and dozens of songs. His experience with the now-iconic Wilno Express, writing news features about Valley personalities for the Ottawa Citizen, and working in the community informs what he puts onstage today.
Derek Tolhurst (High Times at the Heart Institute)
Derek started playing bass on the circuit in London, England during the fabulous ‘60s (Del-Fi's, Fairlanes, Impacts). He moved to Ottawa, Canada in late 1967 and played in the Frank Grammon Orchestra – plus many pick-up gigs with travelling blues players. He was co-writer and performer with the Canadian Rock Opera Company Maple Ridge (Louis Riel) that toured Quebec and Ontario in the early ‘70s. After moving to the Valley to teach high school in 1976, he worked with Sundance for almost six years (Derek may have played at your wedding). Lately he’s worked with the Willet Brothers Band, Fran Band, Cari on Band and Blue Dominoes. This is Derek’s second production with Stone Fence Theatre. He loves the challenge of the theatre and is very happy to be back.