Thomas Gough (He/Him) – Ebenezer Scrooge
Thomas Gough was first on stage at the age of five, but clearly remembers acting before that. He works frequently in the Independent Theatre in Toronto, having appeared in the last few years with the Alumnæ Theatre, Safeword, Single Thread, the Toronto Fringe Festival, the Storefront, Thought For Food, Theatre Lab, Plain Stage, Unspoken Theatre, and Hart House Theatre, as well as Theatre By The Bay (Barrie) and the Kick And Push Festival (Kingston). He also does film, television, and recording work. In 2018 he won the My Entertainment World Award for ‘Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play (Independent)’ for his performance as ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ in the Three Ships Collective’s inaugural production of A Christmas Carol and is pleased to be returning to the role for the fourth time.
Jim Armstrong (He/Him) – Fezziwig / Barleycorn
Jim Armstrong is delighted to be returning to A Christmas Carol, and to again be working with such a fine cast and crew. Some of his favourite credits include Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Hart House Theatre), Dick in High Park North (Toronto Fringe) Jean in Rhinoceros (Seven Siblings) as well as a member of Soldiers of Song: A Tribute to Canada’s Famous Dumbells. He has also been seen in several locally shot productions, such as The Hot Zone: Anthrax, Impostors, and Man Seeking Woman.
His greatest role yet is that of Dad to Wesley, and husband to Emma.
Chloe Bradt (She/Her) – Martha Cratchit / Gus the Goose-Fetching Lad
Chloe is returning for her fourth year with Three Ships Collective and Soup Can Theatre. After a very early start with modeling she is continuing with some commercial work (appeared in Best Buy, West Jet Airlines, Interac, among others). It was after her first film role at age 6 she decided she loves performance, now including Theatre Sports. She is now a sophomore at Cardinal Carter academy for the arts. Chloe is fully bilingual in French and English. She is also active in other sports and music.Chloe is thrilled to be a part of such an accomplished cast in such a novel venue.
Justine Christensen (She/Her) – Belle / Peter Cratchit
Justine Christensen is a Toronto-born actor, writer, and producer. She is a co-founder of LET ME IN, a platform through which she seeks to produce audience-engaging, socially-conscious theatre by loving remodelling “classic” works for a contemporary audience through remixing, altering, satirizing, and gender-bending. Her favourite acting credits include Rosalind (As You Like It, GBTS Theatre), Kayleen (Gruesome Playground Injuries, Theatre at Eastminster), and Bridget (Cannibal, Nextstage Festival 2019). Justine has appeared in TV series such as The Expanse, Murdoch Mysteries, The Next Step, and The Umbrella Academy. She has worked with Convergence Theatre, Pat The Dog Theatre Creation, and Nightwood Theatre to hone and develop her skills as a producer. Justine is currently working on her own content, including formatting and publishing her Trilogy of Chekhov adaptations with The Playwright’s Guild of Canada. She hopes to move towards writing and directing her own feature films. Thanks for coming out to celebrate the holidays with us. IG @justinextnsn
Marcel Dragonieri (He/Him) – Jacob Marley
Marcel is a Toronto based actor, writer and arts-educator. He is the co-founder of Zanni Arte, a company dedicated to promoting and de-mystifying mask performance to actors and non-actors alike. Under that banner he performed in and co-produced the Fringe Festival hits The Travelling Salesman and his Magical Suitcase of Desires (Best of the Fest, 2011) and A Funeral for Clowns (Patron’s Pick 2012) which remounted at The Toronto Festival for Clowns in 2018. After the success of these shows Marcel returned to co-write and perform in Honest Aesop’s Fables (Tarradiddle Theatre) a modern re-telling of the classic stories that remounted the very next year in both Toronto and Goderich respectively.
Marcel is also a sought after arts-educator, having worked with numerous schools and companies including: The National Theatre School Drama Festival (formerly Sears), City of Toronto: Parks and Recreation, Firebrand Theatre, beyond 3:30, TCDSB Arts and the TDSB Arts Co-op. He holds a BFA from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto and a B.ED from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Some other acting credits include: The Misanthrope (Mirvish Productions), The Witch of Edmonton (Red Light District, Summerworks), Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (Pheasant Plucker’s Mates) and numerous productions in Toronto and across Canada.
Alyzia Inès Fabregui (She/Her) – Tim Cratchit / Little Ebenezer
Alyzia Inès Fabregui is an 11 year old actress based in Toronto. Even from a very early age she has enjoyed performing. Alyzia studied theatre at Randolph College For The Performing Arts and A Christmas Carol is her first theatrical performance. Alyzia has starred in many commercials for major campaigns including Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup and Girl Guides of Canada. Alyzia voices Sadie, a series lead in Super Wish, a Nelvana animation. Outside her love of performing, she is very active and plays many sports. In her free time, she prides herself in experiencing the world through books. You’ll always see her with a paperback in hand!
Diana “Deebs” Franz (She/They) – Mrs. Dilber / Mrs. Fezziwig
Deebs trained professionally as an actor in the UK (MA Acting, East15) where she had the opportunity to work with the likes of Colour House Theatre, Big Time Academy, Inside the Box Theatre, Sabotage Theatre, Bakehouse, A Brands and Northbank Entertainment on a variety of pantomimes, devised theatre pieces, immersive theatre pieces and feature films. Last year, Ship-Shape! (Playtime Playhouse), the digital TYA show Deebs created, wrote, produced and performed in, won the Audience Choice Award for the KidsFest category at the Toronto Fringe. More recently, Deebs participated in the Theatre Entrepreneurs Networking and Training (TENT) program and designed costumes for New Stuff Theatre’s North American premiere of Ladies Day, which was their first time designing costumes for a show they didn’t write or create themself! Outside theatre, Deebs works as a multilingual translator, language professional and writer.
Carolyn Hall (She/Her) – Emily Cratchit
Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (The Grand Theatre, London); Dorothy, Daphne etc. in Test Drive (Lighthouse Festival Theatre); Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Louise in The Underpants (Alumnae Theatre), Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hart House Theatre), Myrrhine in Lysistrata (Canopy Theatre), Estelle in No Exit (Soup Can Theatre); Marybeth in Frances and Marybeth (Factory Studio).
Michael Hogan (He/Him) – Young Ebenezer / Old Joe
Michael is excited to be working again with the Three Ships Collective. Selected Credits: Dr. Blakk/Locke & Lode in Slugterra: Shorts; Draven in Hot Wheels Megadrome; Sidney in Coyote Story; Harry/Arthur/Len/Mad Jacko in The Gut Girls; Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Kat Letwin (She/Her) – Bailiwick / Ghost of Christmas Present
For Three Ships Collective/Soup Can Theatre: A Christmas Carol (2019), Marat/Sade (2011).
Kat Letwin is a Toronto-based Dora award winning actor, writer, and comedian. She’s performed with a multitude of companies and festivals, including Soulpepper (Chasse Galerie, Wildwoman), VideoCabaret (Confederation Pts. 1 & 2), Theatre Brouhaha (Featherweight, Late Night), Toronto Sketchfest (1623, Rulers of the Universe), JFL42 (Dance Animal), and The Del Close Marathon (Northwest Passage). Her voice work can be heard on such podcasts as Dumb-Dumbs & Dragons, Parkdale Haunt, How To Build A Fire, Spooked!, and the upcoming sci-fi narrative comedy Human-B-Gon. For television, Kat can be seen in The Amazing Gayl Pile (CBC Gem), and BRAWL*Stars* (Bell Fibe, premiering January), for which she also wrote.
Christopher Lucas (He/They) – Fred / Augustus Scrooge
Christopher is excited to be back at Campbell House once again and working with Three Ships Collective, having been a member of the ‘Christmas Carol’ ensemble in 2018, and this iteration, he’s thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to bring such contrasting members of the Scrooge family to life. An actor, musician and director, originally from Liverpool, UK, he now calls Toronto home. He is the Artistic Director of Real Canaan Theatre and recently directed their inaugural production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Favourite credits include: Ghost of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol; Othello, Othello; Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors; Theo Maske, The Underpants; and Mark, Calpurnia.
Cihang Ma (They/Them) – Violinist / Ghost of Christmases Past
Cihang Ma (they/them) is an award-winning Chinese Canadian, trans-nonbinary actor and comedian. TV/films they have most recently starred and appeared in include Departure Season 3 (Peacock TV), Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (CBS), The Naughty Nine (Disney+), Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV+), and Hudson & Rex (Global TV).
Cihang’s performing journey began with intensive training in improv and sketch comedy. After stand-out performances in the Second City Bob Curry Diversity Fellowship (2019), and their Second City Sketch Conservatory show, Carpe Into My DM’s (Toronto Fringe 2019 Winner – Best of the Fest), they were awarded the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Award. Most recently, they understudied for the Second City Mainstage Revue: Welcome Back to the Future (2021).
Cihang is thrilled to hit the stage again with this incredible cast and crew! And truly grateful their parents had forced them to practice the violin all those years ago. Please enjoy the show!
Ava Marquis (She/Her) – Tim Cratchit / Little Ebenezer
Ava is very excited to be making her debut with the Three Ships Collective. Ava is a singer, dancer and actor based in Toronto. She has trained in dance since she was 3 years old and has performed in various musical theatre productions and recitals. Theatre credits include: Robin Hood and Shrek the Musical, Jr. (TBCYC). She trains and competes in dance and voice with the BDM Competitive Dance Company @beachesdancemusic and studies singing and acting with Margo Brooke Pellmar. At school she studies in French Immersion and is passionate about everything “arts”, from drama club to reciting French poems in the oratory competition. Special thanks to her family, friends and teachers Stacey-Lea and Margo for their support! Instagram—@avabellemarquis
Melissa MacGougan (She/Her) – Lydia Berryman / Ghost of Christmases Yet to Come / Alice
After having lived in Halifax for 10 years, Melissa is thrilled to be working on a show so close to home. Select theatre credits include Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler, as well as No Man Is An Island and The Loyalist Burial Ground Project (Atlantic Repertory Company) The Wizard Of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Othello, Henry V, As You Like It (Shakespeare By The Sea), Heather’s The Musical (Whale Song Theatre) TV/Film Credits include: These Woods Are Haunted (Discovery), Diggstown (CBC), as well as “the girl in the Corolla commercial” for Atlantic Toyota. Love to Mom, Dad, James, Andrea, Jason, Jack and her cat Babe.
Dan Mousseau (He/Him) – Bob Cratchit
Dan Mousseau is very excited to be making his Three Ships Collective debut as Bob Cratchit in this wonderful, timeless story. Theatre: Three Sisters (Alternate, Howland/Hart House); Perfect Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Seagull, Innocence Lost, It’s A Wonderful Life (Soulpepper); The Story (Common Boots); P@ndora (Youtheatre). Film/TV: Strays, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Workin’ Moms (CBC); Tempted by Danger (Lifetime); Sincerely, Yours Truly (Hallmark). Upcoming: Catch Dan in Prodigal (Howland/Crow’s Theatre) in the Spring of 2023. Other: Dan would like to thank his family, and friends for their constant support, and his beloved dog Merlin.
Sare Thorpe (They/Them) – Director / Co-Producer
Theatre artist and co-founder of Soup Can Theatre. BAH in Theatre from York U. Directed A Christmas Carol, No Exit, Marat/Sade and Soup Can’s original creations Love is a Poverty You Can Sell I and II; produced productions of Gut Girls, Antigone, A Hand of Bridge, Circle Jerk, and Let’s Go! by Robert Fothergill. Selected theatre performance: The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do, Gut Girls, Titus Andronicus, Comedy of Errors, Threepenny Opera, Bare Canadian premiere, and Tomson Highway’s Pimooteewin world premiere, directed by Michael Greyeyes. Selected TV/webseries: SLIP, You’re Never Alone, Slo Pitch. Wrote and performed in the award-winning solo piece Heretic: a modern retelling of the story of Joan of Arc. Currently co-creating American Traditional, a theatre/circus hybrid about women in the tattoo and circus worlds in the early 20th century. More at sarahthorpe.net.
Justin Haigh (He/Him) – Playwright / Assistant Director / Co-Producer
Justin is a Toronto-based writer and theatre artist. After earning a BFA in Film Production and Screenwriting, Justin stumbled into the wonderful world of independent theatre. Justin is proud to be one of the founding members of Soup Can Theatre and has enjoyed working on their productions in a multitude of capacities – including as playwright, director, producer, set designer, sound designer, and dramaturge. Credits include Love is a Poverty You Can Sell, Marat/Sade, Antigone, A Hand of Bridge / No Exit, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig, The Session, and Heretic. Justin has also written for CBC Comedy and is the writer-director of the critically acclaimed sketch revue, Behold, the Barfly!.
Justin is thoroughly chuffed to be returning to the Campbell House Museum for another round of yuletide shenanigans with the Christmas Carol “family”. Justin wishes to dedicate this work to the memory of Bryan Haigh. www.justinhaigh.com
Pratik Gandhi (He/Him) – Composer / Music Director
Pratik Gandhi is a conductor, percussionist, clinician, and researcher based in Toronto. He is Soup Can Theatre’s music director emeritus, and has conducted, composed, and arranged music for many of their best-loved productions, including Love is a Poverty You Can Sell and A Christmas Carol. Pratik is currently music director of the Rouge River Winds and Vice-Chair of the Concert Band division of MusicFest Canada. He is also currently a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto, directing the U of T Wind Symphony for the 2022-23 season. Pratik is very active in Toronto’s new music scene, and is credited as conductor on several recordings of new music, including the Juno-nominated track “Granitic” from Bekah Simms’ debut album, impurity chains. Pratik received B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from the University of Western Ontario, and is currently a Ph.D. student at York University, investigating issues of equity and representation among wind band composers in Canada.
Madeline Ius (She/Her) – Costume / Prop Designer
Madeline is a Toronto based Designer and stitcher. Selected Credits: Costume Design, Directors Workshop Project, Stratford Festival; Costume Design, Mary of Shanty Bay, Theatre by the Bay; Assistant Set & Costume Design, Hamlet, Stratford Festival. Find me online @madeline.ius
Katherine Belyea (She/Her) – Stage Manager
Katherine is a Toronto-based stage manager who really ought to read more Dickens novels. She is delighted to have this opportunity to roam around Campbell House. Previous credits include Love Is A Poverty You Can Sell, Circle Jerk, A Hand of Bridge (Soup Can); Wasp (Safeword); Musik für das Ende, Two Odysseys (Soundstreams); Obeah Opera (Luminato); Bunny, Undercover (Tarragon Theatre); Louis Riel (National Arts Centre); Faust (Theatre By The Bay); Nightmare Dream (IFT). Thanks, everyone!
Madeline Jane (She/Her) – Assistant Designer / Assistant Stage Manager
Madeline Jane is a Saskatoon born performer, designer, and stage manager. She recently graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria BC. Madeline is very excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol and join the beautiful show that has become a Toronto staple! Previous performing credits include Pandemonium (Atomic Vaudeville), The Quest, (CCPA) Urinetown (CCPA), The Little Mermaid (Equinox Theatre). Production credits include SFX makeup Shrek The Musical, (CCPA) stage manager The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (CCPA), and wardrobe design Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (CCPA) IG @made.linejane
Alecia Pagnotta (She/Her) – Production Manager / Assistant Producer
Alecia is thrilled to be joining Three Ships Collective’s production team for A Christmas Carol. Alecia is a Toronto based director, producer, actor and musician. Select credits include Music Director – Into the Woods Jr., High School Musical, and School of Rock (Little Theatre Etobicoke); Composer – Babble (Expect Theatre); Director – Light, Street Hamlet (Emergence Theatre); Misreadings (Ohio Northern University); Assistant Director – The Red Priest (Guild Festival Theatre); Performer – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Charlotte’s Web (Dunes Summer Theatre); Sweet Charity, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Pirates of Penzance, Lysistrata (The Freed Center), Antony and Cleopatra, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Primestock); It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Oil Lamp Theatre) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (BrightSide Theatre); Sleeping Beauty: A Traditional British Panto (Globus Theatre), Milo’s World (4 Score Productions); Training: BFA in Musical Theatre – Ohio Northern University.
John Fleming (He/Him) – Dialect Coach
John is an actor, producer, and dialect coach. He’s coached film & television shows like Umbrella Academy & The Boys, coached dozens of theatrical productions from Dora-winning shows, to big musicals, to previous productions of Three Ship’s Christmas Carol. He’s acted on stage in multiple shows with the Red One Theatre Collective, and on television including Murdoch Mysteries and Frankie Drake. He also produces and stars in action films/TV, including the upcoming BRAWL*STARS. Find more at www.ActionCANFilms.com, and www.johnfleming.ca.