Meet our Creative Team, Cast & Crew

Meet the Creative Team

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Carla Rose Kelly: Playwright, Composer & Producer

She taught Royal Conservatory Piano and Theory for 25 years nurturing award and scholarship winning musicians. As a performing artist, she is a multi-award-winning, and scholarship recipient pianist, and multi-award-winning figure skater including international silver medalist for Precision Skating. She is an international speaker for Music and Medicine, Music Therapy, and Holistic Health Conferences, and is excited to share this musical with her community.


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Calvin J Kelly: Co-Composer

Calvin, now 23 years old, grew up in musical theatre taking on lead roles acting and singing. He began creating songs as early as he could talk, compiling books of compositions over the years. Calvin is a multi-award-winning musician, recipient of 8 vocal scholarships and his first Global Music Award for I'm Alone. He takes every opportunity he can to share his music, whether from mountaintops, open-mic nights, coffee shops, or music parties, Calvin  feels honored to share 7 of his compositions in this musical.

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Jocelyn Bertram: Director & Stage Manager

  

Jocelyn is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Let the Music Come Alive! She has a lifetime of theatre experience, and growing expertise in every aspect of the business. Jocelyn is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance Program at St. Clair College, in Windsor. Her favourite stage credits include; Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You, Flossie in The Boy Friend, and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense. She excels at managing and organization of the whole creative process, including stage craft. Jocelyn has always wanted to work on a new Canadian musical, and is so overjoyed to be working on this project.


Samantha Sendas: Choreographer and Makeup Artist

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Samantha grew up in the competitive dance world and has won numerous awards throughout her career. She has many years of experience in theatre, and recently graduated from St. Clair College Music Theatre Program. Samantha has taught dance throughout various studios around London Ontario, and has performed with and choreographed for Breath in Mvmt and the Beal Dance Program. She is currently the choreographer for the London Dance Festivals 2018 Dance Flash Mob and is thrilled to be on the artistic team as choreographer for Let the Music Come Alive.

Bonnie Szeto: Lighting Designer and Video Producer

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Bonnie’s passion is everything backstage theatre. She is a graduate of the Entertainment Technology Program at St. Clair College, excelling in the lighting department. She has worked at everything from a spotlight operator to lighting board operator to lighting designer. Bonnie has designed lighting for musicals like Musical Theatre: The St. Clair Experience and Grease to concerts like Ria Mae and Scott Helman. She is excited to work on this brand new musical and is honored to be the Lighting Designer and Operator. 

Leigha Bartholomew: Assistant Stage Manager

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Leigha is a recent graduate of H. B. Beal Secondary School and has worked on a variety of shows both onstage and behind the scenes. She has contributed in theatre productions throughout her school career, gaining experience in different mediums and building on her strengths. Her most recent performances have included Jean in August: Osage County and Forever Irene in Concord Floral. Leigha has enjoyed tech work, training in lighting and stage management positions and has contributed backstage in a number of shows, some of which include Assistant Stage Manager for both Beal Musical Theatre’s (BMT) Mary Poppins and Pippin, and Stage Manager for BMT’s Shrek: The Musical. Leigha is passionate about the aspects of what brings a show together and she hopes to one day pursue a career in directing or producing. She is very excited to be working on Let the Music Come Alive and is thrilled to be a part of the team.

Filip Stasiak: Music Director

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Filip Stasiak, double bassist, holds a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Further refining his performance skills, Filip studied at the Orford Arts Centre with world renowned double bass virtuoso Joel Quarrington.

As a performer, Filip is currently a member of the Niagara Symphony, the International Symphony, and works as a freelance player with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and music theatre productions throughout Ontario. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Filip maintains a large private studio in London Ontario and is a double bass instructor in the Music Education Department at Western University.

Dave Schaufele: Front of House Sound Engineer/Sound Designer

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Dave is a highly-skilled Professional Live Sound Engineer from Toronto, Canada with 40 years experience in Live Music, Touring, Corporate AV, Theatre and National Professional Skating Tours. Dave recently relocated to London Ontario with an extensive list of high profile international acts and events to his credit. He holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology and is also a seasoned Professional Performing Musician.

Our Wonderful Cast

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Karissa Kern as "Angelika"

Karissa is extremely excited to be playing the role of "Angelika" in the production of Let the Music Come Alive!  Karissa is 12 years old and attends Confederation Central Public Public School in Sarnia. Karissa's first theatre experience was in 2013 when she was part of the ensemble in The Little Mermaid. Since then, Karissa has been in numerous productions. Some of her favourites include Gretl in The Sound of Music (Theatre Sarnia), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Confidential Musical Theatre Jr. Toronto), Little Red in Into the Woods, Becky in A Little Princess (Act II). Karissa was also a part of the children’s ensemble for Drayton Entertainment's Anne of Green Gables and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Karissa has had 8 years of dance training as well as two years of voice.  Karissa would like to give a special thank you to Carrie Beauchamp and Lissa Hakala who have been an influential part of her journey.  Karissa would like to thank her parents for all of their love and support. She is also grateful to Carla Rose Kelly for giving her this amazing opportunity. Karissa hopes that everyone enjoys the show! 

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Camille Blott as "Bodana", Angelika's dog


Camille has loved theatre since a very young age. As a fresh graduate from the Music Theatre Performance program at St. Clair College, she is simply over the moon to be diving into the industry. She is terribly humble but also boasts winning multiple awards and scholarships related to music theatre throughout the years due to her undying passion for the arts and over-achieving personality. She has played a wide variety of roles such as the forever young Peter Pan, a spooky phantom in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Canadian princess Anne in Anne of Green Gables, and the frilly, silly Dulcie in The Boy Friend. Eccentric and enthusiastic, her favourite thing to do is take on an acting challenge. She practices new roles every single day as a server in a busy restaurant in downtown Toronto. She has never played a dog before but is ready to see if it’s as ruff as they say! Arf!

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Emma Heidenheim as "Faith", Angelika's Mother

  

  

Emma is thrilled to return to her home town of London, Ont.. She is a recent graduate of the St Clair College Music Theatre Performance Program in Windsor, and also a proud graduate of the Beal Performing Arts Program. Some of Emma’s favourite past roles include Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, Brenda in The Pyjama Game and Mme Dubonet in the Boy Friend. Emma also recently had the opportunity to sing with The Windsor Symphony Orchestra in their Wild, Wild West series. Emma is super excited to share this beautiful story and music with audiences, and thankful for the opportunity! 

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Patrick Swallowell as "Matthew", Angelika's Father

  

Patrick has been passionate about the arts from a young age. 

His most recent live theatre performances include Frankenstein in Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Other experience includes working for a dinner theatre group.

Musically, he has been developing his skills as a singer/songwriter over the years and is currently involved with a local cover band that plays classic rock.

Dance is a new addition to Patrick’s repertoire as he has been taking ballroom lessons. He is very excited for this opportunity to entertain his home town of London!

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Jessica Wood as "Grandma Sophia"

From Brantford, Ontario, Jessica has been performing for as long as she can remember, taking part in many plays and musicals in the city throughout elementary and high school. She is now a Toronto based singer, actor and dancer who recently graduated St. Clair College’s musical theatre program. Select theatre credits include Hortense in The Boy Friend, The Pyjama Game, The Rocky Horror Show (St. Clair College), and Wild Wild West (Windsor Symphony Orchestra). Jessica is thrilled to be joining the cast of Let the Music Come Alive and is very excited to be part of the premiere showing of this fantastic new Canadian musical. 

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Jordan Kenny as "Grandpa Gabriel"

  

Jordan is a proud graduate of the Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College class of 2016. He is excited to be participating in this new Canadian production of Let the Music Come Alive as Gabriel/Grandpa Gabriel. Select theatre credits include Graham in Living with Olivia (Alumnae Theatre), Liam in Liam (No Strings Theatre), Tommy in Carrie (Hart House), Oscar in Sweet Charity (Theatre Sheridan), Percival in The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz (Theatre Sheridan), Nikolai in Chess (Theatre Sheridan) and Erik in Grand Hotel (Theatre Sheridan). Select TV credits include Gabe Heikkinen in See No Evil (Investigation Discovery). He would like to thank the cast and crew for allowing him to be a part of this new work and for letting him continue to further his theatrical career. Instagram: @jojo_kenny 

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Ken Caughey as "Mozart" and "Nanny"

  

Ken is an actor from Ottawa, Ontario and a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Program at the University of Windsor. He is delighted to be sharing this story and returning to the world of musical theatre as Mozart and the Nanny. Playing multiple characters in one show is a challenge he adores as he has recently played Piero/Leo in Big Love and Clown 1 in The 39 Steps (University Players). Other favourite past credits include Barney in Choking the Butterfly (Rarely Pure Theatre and The Inspired Acting Lab) and both Romeo & Juliet in a workshop adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (University of Windsor). He will also be at the Dark Crop Performance Festival this summer with Cenotaph Theatre Company. Ken is so grateful for all the support and love along the way and can’t wait to share this new Canadian musical with you all.

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Suchiththa Wickremesooriya as "Fibonacci"

Born and bred in Sri Lanka and trained at Mountview Academy in the UK, Suchiththa has had the immense pleasure of performing a wide variety of plays since graduating, but not as many musicals. His acting work ranges from British farce, to Medieval Theatre, to even a couple of Canadian Premieres. Having spent some time at Western University, he is extremely excited to be back in London and looks forward to sinking his teeth into Fibonacci and his first Canadian Premier of a musical! You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SuchiththaW

Select Credits: Chanka in Creases in My Sari (Alumnae Theatre), Ifty in Pocket Rocket (Lost and Found), Pepper in Mama Mia (Regent Theatre, Oshawa), Benny (u/s) in In the Heights (Solar Stage) and most recently as Fakir in The Secret Garden (Theatre Calgary).

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Samantha Sendas as "Wiinnifred"

  

Samantha is extremely grateful for the opportunity to not only choreograph this show but to also be playing the role of Winnifred. She has been part of many musicals while growing up here in London, Ontario with Music Theatre Productions, The Grand Theatre and Beal Music Theatre. Samantha is a graduate from St. Clair College Music Theatre program where she had opportunities to perform with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and be part of St. Clair Christmas and Spring productions such as 42nd Street, The Pajama Game and had the delight of playing the role of Maisie in The Boy Friend. She most recently had the chance to film an episode for the Canadian TV show Bizarre Murders. She would like to give a shout out to her family for all of the love and support always and for doing whatever it takes to help achieve her dreams!

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Adam Wade Smith as "Beethoven" and "Doctor"

Adam is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College. Originally from Truro, Nova Scotia he is thrilled to be participating in this new Canadian project as Beethoven and the Doctor. Past credits of his include Wyatt in Crazy for You (Theatre Sheridan), Wee Jimmy in the workshop production of My Bonnie Lass (CMTP), and Moritz in Spring Awakening (Neptune Theatre). He is looking forward to expanding his theatre portfolio and experiencing all that the Canadian entertainment industry has to offer.  

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Carla Rose Kelly as "Angel of Music"

  

Carla Rose Kelly feels very honoured to be taking the stage as Angel of Music with all these very talented artists and hopes she can keep up! She is tremendously grateful to the entire creative team, cast and crew for all their expertise, and contributions to the best show possible and to her parents, family and friends, who are always so supportive. I hope everyone enjoys the show as much as we have putting it together for you! Love to ALL!

Meet our Amazing Musicians!

Filip Stasiak: Conductor, Double Bass & Electric Bass

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Filip Stasiak, double bassist, holds a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Further refining his performance skills, Filip studied at the Orford Arts Centre with world renowned double bass virtuoso Joel Quarrington.
As a performer, Filip is currently a member of the Niagara Symphony, the International Symphony, and works as a freelance player with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and music theatre productions throughout Ontario. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Filip maintains a large private studio in London Ontario and is a double bass instructor in the Music Education Department at Western University.

Justin Rivet: Acoustic Guitar

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Justin Rivet began playing guitar at a young age in his hometown of North Bay, Ontario where he enjoyed an active musical education. Justin competed and performed regularly both as lead guitarist, and bassist in a number of rock bands in Northern Ontario and Quebec before moving to London in 2010. Since arriving in London, Justin has enjoyed many performance opportunities throughout Southern Ontario. He was the bassist of a touring Toronto-based indie band and he has performed as guitarist and bassist for multiple events and musical productions with various companies. Highlights include: RENT (2018), Footloose (2017), Heathers: The Musical (2016), Godspell (2016), American Idiot (2015), The Daughter of the Regiment (2015), JUDY: Stonewalled! (2014), and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (2014). Justin is excited to bring his passion for music and performance to this world premiere of the compelling Let the Music Come Alive.

Jillian Sauerteig: Cello

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Jillian began studying cello and piano at the age of 7 in Saint John New Brunswick. During her high school years she was fortunate enough to play with Symphony New Brunswick, the P.E.I Symphony, and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. As an N.B.Y.O member she travelled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall as well as Parma, Italy and Beijing, China to perform and record.  
Jill received a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Western Ontario where she studied with Tom Wiebe. Since completing her degree she has pursued jazz studies at Humber College and extensive Suzuki Education training through the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a performer, Jillian loves to discover new music and has been fortunate to work alongside composers of contemporary music as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In addition to performing Jillian is an active session musician and educator.
Jillian is grateful to her teachers, friends, collaborators, and parents Mike and Jennifer for their continued love and support.

Alyssa Stevenson: Violin

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Alyssa Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and Master of Arts in Music Theory from Western University. She also completed a Master of Music in violin performance at the University of Ottawa. 

Alyssa is an avid performer with a passion for contemporary repertoire. This includes collaboration with dancers for the London Dance Festival and visual artist, Rebecca Mamane on a film project, and string quartet performed at the University of Ottawa. Alyssa has also performed in orchestras and chamber groups and has been seen playing in the Guelph Connections concert series, in the Netherlands as part of the Peter de Grote Festival, and in Whistler as a member of the Whistler Institute Orchestra with mentorship from members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Alyssa has been playing the violin since 2000. Alyssa previously studied with Yehonatan Berick (2016-18), Ashley Vandiver (2017-18), Yosuke Kawasaki (2016-17), Mel Martin (2009-16) and studied Baroque violin with Joseph Lanza (2010-15). Aside from her studies with these musicians, Alyssa has worked with musicians from all over the world in masterclasses, chamber coachings, and private lessons. Most notably, she has played for Jonathan Crow, William van der Sloot, Tom Wiebe, Paul Marleyn, Michael van der Sloot, David Currie, Julia Wedman, Patricia Ahern, and Jeanne Lamon.

Christopher Brown: Piano

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 Christopher is a London local and graduate of the University of Western Ontario. He attended baby music classes and progressed into studying piano at the age of six with Carla Rose Kelly. From this young age, he performed in recitals and competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival, where he has been the recipient of a number of music scholarships. He later took up the clarinet and guitar to play in concert orchestras to further his musical education and branch out into more contemporary music. Christopher has also been involved in theater productions of Anne of Green Gables and Grease, and performed in National Music Festivals. Outside the musical world, he is currently pursuing graduate studies in physics. Christopher is very much looking forward to sharing his love of music with everyone in Let the Music Come Alive.