Stephen Flett (Coach Cox) is thrilled to be in Hockey: The Musical! which marks his 14th (and
15th) Toronto Fringe show – he’s doing double duty in the Fringe this year, also appearing in
Sitting in a Tree . Frequent Fringe forays include 2007’s musical In Adequacy, 2006’s It Was Kit ,
and all five of Upstart Crow’s Shakespeare Sports shows including Shakespeare’s NHL . He co-
wrote the Fringe hits Shakespeare’s Comic Olympics and Pseudolus. Steve received his theatre
training at Queen's University (Kingston) and the British American Acting Academy (England).
Recent shows include Nuts’ (East Side Players), Moll (Toronto Irish Players), A Funny Thing
Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hart House), and The Dover Road (Amicus). Steve’s many
Toronto appearances include the award winning The Good Doctor, A Man for All Seasons (East
Side), An Ideal Husband, the role of the Stage Manager in Our Town (Village Playhouse), Lady
Windermere’s Fan (Alumnae), Hamlet (Upstart Crow), The Elephant Man (City Centre), Someone
Who’ll Watch Over Me (Thea award for Best Acting Ensemble in a Drama - Toronto Irish), Out of
Order, Sisters Rosenzweig and The Affections of May which won him a Thea award for Best
Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Amicus).
This is Zahir Gilani’s (Ravi Patel) second consectutive year performing at the Fringe. Last year he
had the honor or working with David Anderson of the Clay and Paper in We Need Help. Zahir has
also recently played the lead character Saeed in The Source at the St Lawrence Centre for the
Arts. His recent Film and Television credits include Atif Rafay in Cold Blood 5 and Samphuran
Dhillon in xPOD. He will also be making a brief appearance in the Indie film Son of Sunshine being
shot this spring and summer in Toronto. Zahir has trained with David Rotenberg and Bruce Clayton
at the Pro Actors Lab. He also just completed his Honours Degree in Philosophy at York University.
Zahir is thrilled and feels blessed to be working with this talented team.
Michael Gill (Shawn Knighty/Kevin Weiler) is very pleased to be a part of this creative new project.
It’s amazing how the two things that have been so prominent in his life, seeming so opposite, have
suddenly come together. Hockey and Musical Theatre, it’s very exciting! Being originally from
White Rock BC, Michael studied voice, acting and dance at the Canadian College of Performing
Arts (Victoria, BC) before moving to Toronto where he also became a graduate of the triple threat
program at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Some of his favorite theatre credits
include the role of Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game (RAPA), Judge Danforth in The Crucible
(RAPA) and Michael in In the Money. (KSTS) He would like to thank his family for their love and
support though they are so far away.
Jennifer Hope (Elizabeth Grey) is thrilled to be part of this wonderful cast in the world premiere of
Hockey: The Musical! at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Since beginning her career at the age of 18,
Jennifer has been seen by over half a million people in 43 states around the United States, and on
5 continents. Past credits include: Guenevere in Camelot, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady,
Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, Emily Arden in State Fair, Maria in West Side Story, Mrs.
Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Elsa Schraeder in Sound of Music. Film credits include
The Royal Tenenbaums and an episode of The West Wing. Career highlights have included
performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, and
performances with Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, and Jason Robards. Jennifer holds a degree
in opera from Rutgers University and has been part of the team of actors developing new musicals
through the Graduate School of Musical Theater Writing at New York University. She has been
called “… a major talent”, “…a performer who combines the best of Barbra Streisand’s pep with
Bette Midler’s bawdiness”, and “a woman with… a lustrous singing voice..." "...worth five times the
price of admission.” She thanks her two oldest and dearest friends, Rick Wilson and Chris
Leidenfrost, and her husband, partner in crime, and frequent costar Matt.
Michael Johnson (Johan Johansen and Kevin Weiler*) is a newcomer to Toronto from the
Haliburton, Ontario region, where he was a frequent actor in productions of Highlands Little
Theatre and The Highlands Summer Festival. He was most recently seen as the Lord Dumaine in
Alchemy Theatre's All's Well That Ends Well, directed by Hume Baugh. He is thrilled to be a part of
this wonderful production.
Christopher Leidenfrost (Pavel Riccardino) is over the moon to be a part of this stellar cast and
making his Canadian debut in Hockey: The Musical! Some past roles include: Nathan Leopold
Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story, Lancelot du Lac Camelot, Pontius Pilate JCS, Richard
Henry Lee 1776, Laurie Little Women, Hero A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,
Robert T. Lincoln The Last of Mrs. Lincoln, Josh Zombie Prom, Bobby Saturday Night, Cat Honk!,
& George Gershwin Mrs. Gould Welcomes George Gershwin. Chris also designs sets and
costumes and runs his own pirate entertainment company - Pirates Inc! (more info @
www.piratesinc.org) Chris dedicates these shows to his family, who have never left his side - Mom,
Dad, Tom and Grandma - I love you always. And to Rick- who continues to impress and inspire me
every day. www.leidenfrosteffect.com
Arnon Melo (Bob Dallas/Marcello), Brazilian native, is fresh from playing a corpse with a twist in
Adrian Keats' film Stiff Luv adding new meaning to 'he shoots he scores!' and a dad with no sex
appeal at all in the film Pedro Levantate directed by Jose Sunsin. Both soon to be at a film festival
near you! He recently was Inspector Legrand in the Kanadjiun Entertainment Production of Pajama
Tops. He is delighted and honored to be part of Off Sides Entertainment's newest production,
Hockey: The Musical! and can't wait to find out what 'icing', 'checking' and 'stick handling' have to
do with sport! He would like to thank Rick Wilson for this great opportunity. To all his cast mates he
wishes the very best. And finally a special thank you to Peter Hawkins for always playing on my
Ted Neal (Richard Dickman/Brian Jones) is thrilled to be a part of Hockey:The Musical! Growing up
in a hockey family, Ted was on skates before he could walk, and on a team before he was even potty
trained. Ted graduated from Humber College's theatre performance program last April and would like
to thank all of his teachers there for giving him the tools he needed to survive in this crazy world. Ted
was last seen on stage as Privet Neal McNeal in the Crate production of The Fort at York, and as
Drew in Mixed Companies production of Showdown. He has also been involved in several
independent Canadian films where he has played an action hero, a young lover, a mime and a
cowboy. After years of 6am practices, flooding the back yard rink, and leaving his high school hockey
practice early to go to play rehearsal, Ted finally feels like it has all fallen into place.
Adam Pellerine (Woody Johnson/Trey McPherson and Oleg Meloski*) is currently a student at the
University of Guelph, working on a degree in Theatre Studies. In the past, Adam has been in several
productions ranging from chorus to lead roles. These productions include, Back to the 80's, Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Jimmy Powers in the
Toronto Youth Theatre production of City of Angels and most recently a Motorwise Guy in the
University of Guelph Curtain Call production of Zombie Prom. Adam is looking forward to being a
part of the Fringe Festival and part of Off Sides Entertainment and thanks his friends and family for
their caring support.
Micheal Bien (Bubba Hamilton) has been performing on the stage and screen since the age of 7. A
graduate of the Randolph Academy of the Arts, Michael is please to be participating in the great
tradition of the Toronto Fringe Festival. As an avid sports fan, (go leafs go!), he is even more
pleased to be part of the world premiere cast of Hockey: The Musical! Some other credits include,
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Archie Andrew’s What The Hell Happened, DeSade, King David and
Miss Persia. Film Credits include, Snapped, Three Beans for George and From Wimp to Pimp.
Lots of love to family and friends. Thank you everyone for supporting the theatre!
David Straus (Travis "Smitty" Smith/Pavel's Father) is a graduate of the University of Toronto Drama
Program. He has been a professional actor and acting teacher for many years. His past Fringe
exploits include The Vile Governess (Lamarre Unger Dramatic Theatre), The Venetian Elopement
(Pea Green Productions/Canadia D’ell Arte), and his own action drama, Superhero. He’s excited to
be a part of Hockey: The Musical!, not just because it’s such a great project and group of artists, but
because he was first bitten by the acting bug in grade 4 when he played the ‘Tinman’ in the Wizard
of Oz, and he has far too few musicals to his credit. You’ll probably see him in a number of upcoming
docudrama television shows (Underworld Gangs, Cold Blood, Paradise Lost) the last one he shot in
South Africa and managed to miss that awful snow storm. Alright, enough gloating--let’s drop the
Kenn Taylor (Brad Stevens) is excited to be a part of Hockey: The Musical! as it marks two firsts—a
musical and a Fringe. A graduate of the U of T drama program and Shakespeare and Company in
Massachusetts, Kenn. has been living the actor’s life for some time now with the usual involvement in
alternate theatre, episodic TV, independent film, and the ubiquitous American Movies of the Week.
Of all the characters played over the years, Kenn. finds it amusing that he is most often recognized
for playing L.D.’s Dad on Degrassi Junior High. Kenn. was last seen on stage as Capt. Markinson in
Sam Tabar’s production of A Few Good Men and, more recently, as the Father in the Canadian
premiere of Dan Dilks’ Last Stop Welland. Recent independent films include Bedheads (an official
selection of the Angelciti Chicago Film Festival) and the soon-to-be-released The Tenant, a Jude
Idada production. Kenn lives with his wife and three children in Toronto.
Chelsey Duplak (Elizabeth Gray*) is all fired up to join the spirited cast of Hockey: The Musical!
Hailing originally from Winnipeg, Chelsey is a recent graduate of the Music Theatre Performance
Program at Sheridan College Institute in Oakville, ON. Selected credits include: Macey in the
original cast of The Barbecue King (Theatre Sheridan), Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz and
Ensemble in Good News (Rainbow Stage), the Mayor's Wife in Pied Piper the Musical (Theatre
Aquarius), and Principal Performer in Double Trouble (Highlands Summer Festival).For the past
two years, Chelsey was the recipient of The Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarship at
the Manitoba Theatre Centre. She received the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Trophy at the
Winnipeg Music Festival in '05 and received the Christopher Award in '07 for Outstanding
Achievement in Acting at Sheridan College Institute. Chelsey would like to thank Rick and Chris
for this wonderful opportunity and the chance to combine hockey and theatre! A special thank
you to her supportive family and friends for being there every step of the way.
The 2008 Toronto Cast *denotes Betty Oliphant Production
Markus Carreiro (Woody Johnson*) Maybe it's the hair, maybe it's the smile, maybe it's the
intellect! ... No it's the Hair. Markus is no stranger to the stage and is excited about joining the
fabulous cast of Hockey: the Musical! Markus attended school at Sheridan College and has been
performing since he was 9. As a professional performer and acting teacher for many years now,
Markus finds it hard to find time to keep such a great physique while still eating horrible fast food,
but somehow makes it work. Other show credits include Tommy, You're a Good Man Charlie
Brown, Les Miserables, Footloose, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to The Forum, The
Elephant Man and Treasure Island to name a few. Markus is also starting a new stand-up comedy
career and is looking forward to future showings throughout southern Ontario. Markus would like
to thank his family and friends for their care and support as well as sleep aides and travel
Jason Zinger (Shawn Knighty*) Originally from Edmonton, Jason trained at Grant MacEwan's Theatre
Arts program, as well as at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.
Some of his past credits include, Sitting in a Tree at the 2008 Toronto Fringe; Elegies, for Angels,
Punks and Raging Queens and Yeti: An Abomanamusical at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe; All My
Sons, Anything Goes, and Winter's Tale, A Rock and Roll Musical. Jason is thrilled to be joining the
cast of Hockey: The Musical!
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