I love this show we’ve put together. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted a mixture of original songs and improvised scenes with a touch of science fiction. I hope people like it as much as I do. I hope people come and see the show on Wednesday, Jan 16th at Comedy Bar at 8pm. I hope I am doing enough to get the word out about this fun and exciting show. I feel blessed to have found such amazingly talented performers, improvisers and songwriters. Let me tell you about them.
Most of the songs you’ll be hearing on Wednesday were written by Ana Trask. We are teaming up to write a new musical that will be at the Toronto Fringe 2019.
Ana is a classically trained pianist. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and received her Grade 10 piano diploma. She has taken several songwriting courses at Berklee College of Music and is always working on improving her craft. She is currently recording her first album, which should be released by the end of the year. In addition to being a musician, Ana works as a copy-editor and ESL teacher. She has a degree in Philosophy and Communication Studies.
Erin Stone is a church administrator by day and a comedic soprano by night! Erin received her masters of music at the University of Western Ontario where she studied opera. Erin can be seen performing in a variety of genres across the city and has performed with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, Opera Five, Confidential Opera, Loose TEA Music Theatre and is a member of the comedic opera improv group “Whose Opera is it Anyway?”. Erin recently performed with “Whose Opera” at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, the Hamilton Fringe Festival and can be seen performing next on January 22nd at 8:00pm at the Social Capital. To find out more information about Erin, visit: www.erinstonesoprano.com
Ken Hall is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner (Best Breakout Artist) and multiple CCA award nominee. You can currently see Ken as his extraterrestrial alter ego ‘Jeff the Grey’ on TBS’s hit show People of Earth. Ken is also an award winning director, actor, and writer and is one-half of the critically acclaimed comedic duo 2-MAN NO-SHOW with Isaac Kessler. Ken has appeared in numerous film and television roles including the award winning feature film Patch Town – The Movie, Mistletoe Over Manhattan (Hallmark Channel), Lost Girl and recently appeared on Conan. He has had the pleasure to work for Cirque de Soleil and has studied Clown with master clown instructors, Philippe Gaulier, Francine Cote and Paola Coletto. Ken has also studied improvisation at The Second City (Toronto), iO Theare (Chicago), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago) and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade (NYC). Ken teaches improv, clown and public speaking at The Second City.
Lara Tai is a phenomenally talented singer, improviser and artist. She is studying Film at George Brown. She produces musical improv jams throughout the city of Toronto.
Scarborough-born improviser Ajahnis Charley based in Toronto and can be found as part of the troupes Pepperoni Pizza Cats, Eña, Notorious, Kinsey Fail and the University of Waterloo Improv Team. He has featured in Bad Dog Theatre shows such as Humans of Improv, The Party Show, and MOVE directed by Kirsten Rasmussen and currently a member of their Featured Players Ensemble.
Brittany Smith is an actor, singer, dancer living in Toronto with her cat and husband. Selected TV/Film credits include: Suits, According To Kids, The Friend She Met Online. Selected Theatre credits include: Medieval Times, HouseCo. You may have also seen her eating yogurt on tv!
Irina Mann has been around the comedy scene for a few years. You can find her at Comedy Bar, Socap, Bad Dog or Second City. When she’s not improvising, she’s making sure all her bills are paid so that she can keep living in Toronto. She’s currently working on graduating the second city conservatory program coming up in June.
I’ll be in the show on Wed. Jan 16th. I wrote 3 out of the 7 songs in this show. I’ve participated in this project called Playwright Biography Project. Anything you could ever want to know about the various plays, musicals or improv troupes I’ve been involved with can found by click this link: Playwright Biography Project
Thank you! Hope to see you all at the show on Wednesday.