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Cast

Danielle Bissonnette

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.

Chantal Elie-Sernoskie

Born in Boucherville Quebec, raised in Embrun Ontario, met husband doing a short film shoot in Renfrew with Stmaxmedia films. He introduced me to the Valley and I haven't looked back since.   Studied at Ottawa U and Ryerson U in Theatre Arts. Love to sing, dance, act, play piano (and occassionally the accordion, which brings me back to my french roots.... my grama is proud!), play with my kids, my animals and inspire others.   I'm a sponge when it comes to culture, I love it all, don't ask me to do a math question though. Love working with Ish and the Stonefence crew year after year, I love to laugh.

Evan Burgess

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. 

Ambrose Mullin

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 Bonnchere Valley beside the farm where he grew up.

Shirley Hill

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

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.

Derek Tolhurst

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.

Nigel Epps

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!

Fran Pinkerton

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

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!

Peter Brown

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. 

Ish Theilheimer

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.