Danielle is happy to be returning to Stone Fence Theatre for her second year, after taking part in last year’s production of Stag and Doe. 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.
Born in Boucherville Quebec, raised in Embrun Ontario, Chantal met her husband doing a short film called "The Threshold" in Renfrew with Stmaxmedia films. He introduced her to the Valley and she hasn't looked back since. She studied at Ottawa U and graduated from Ryerson U in Fine Arts. She plays in a band with her husband and loves to sing, dance, act, and play piano (and occasionally the accordion, which brings her back to her French roots!). Her kids inspire her and she hopes to inspire them. For her, theatre is being real, is being true to oneself and not trying to act, but to react. Chantal is grateful for the wide talent in the County and grateful that they have stepped up to be a part of these productions. It means a lot.
Evan has been a member of the Stone Fence Theatre team for years as Web Master. Last year, he joined the Heart band and ended up playing a small role. He loved it and looks forward to taking a much bigger acting role this year as Dr. Robert. In addition to playing music he enjoys martial arts and playing outside with his wife and three small children.
Ambrose Mullin has performed with Stone Fence theatre since its inception, often but not exclusively as Valley Vic, the character he created on Killaloe community radio station CHCR, which he helped found. He lives in Bonnechere Valley beside the farm where he grew up.
Shirley is thrilled to be taking part in her third Stone Fence production, where this year's role is going to be a real acting feat...the overworked and stressed-out healthcare professional! Although she is fairly new to musical theatre, Shirley has enjoyed being part of 19 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 is purrfectly thrilled to be back on stage with Stone Fence. Phil is still looking for a hat that fits her swelled head. In the meantime though, she thanks Ish and Chantal for a second chance to have fun while embarrassing herself in public. She asks you to remember that "to err is human, but to purr is feline."
Derek started playing bass on the circuit in London, England during the fabulous ‘60s (Del-Fi's, Fairlanes, Impacts). He moved to Ottawa in late 1967 and played in the Frank Grammon Orchestra – and did 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 third production and his first big acting role with Stone Fence Theatre. He loves the challenge of the theatre and is very happy to be back.
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!
Clint has lived in the Valley his whole life. He became a part of the Renfrew Highland Pipes and Drums at age 10, and his first onstage performance was in Grade 7, performing a scene from Monty Python. He got back into acting with Opeongo High School's Odyssey Theatre. This is his first time performing with Stone Fence Theatre and he says, “I’m enjoying it and looking forward to more projects in the future.”
Fran Pinkerton has many years’ experience both on stage and in production and direction. She also performs as lead singer with The Fran Band and in a jazz duo. She is happy to be back with Stone Fence Theatre this summer, both on stage and behind the scenes with costumes and props.
In various capacities since 2009, Lesley has been pitching in with Stone Fence – THE place to be for fabulous down-to-earth music, storytelling and silliness – and now can't imagine life without her Stone Fence family (including you, the equally fabulous and down-to-earth audiences)! Earlier this year she "heartlessly" sneaked off to be The Tin Woman in Perth, but you may remember her as last year's baddie Maggie Cratchett, or as the no-nonsense Kitty Fox in Here Comes the Train! in 2015.
Lanark-based jazz and blues pianist/singer Peter Brown 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 ninth production with Stone Fence Theatre.
John Doddridge plays guitar and piano and is a professional piano tuner who moved to a farm near Cobden in 1975. He says, "Tuning pianos has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people. It has made a lasting impression on me and my family.”
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.