Festival Gems is a potpourri of text and song celebrating original works created
for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival over its illustrious history.
This collection features material crafted by Canada's great
composers and authors.
Marion Day can be seen at the Blyth
Festival in two plays this summer: The Hometown Project;
Canadian Writers writing about their hometowns, with music by David
Archibald, and Rope's End; a poignant romantic comedy
directed by Stratford's Lee MacDougall. A veteran of the Stratford
Festival (Juliet, Ophelia, Lavinia, Jessica, Celily Cardew and many
other roles) Marion is delighted, as always, to be performing
original material from the Festival's archives.
was introduced to Classical Music and the joy of singing really high
because of her parents’ obsession with CBC Radio.
She has combined her early dance training with her voice
diploma and created a wonderful Musical Theatre career. She has performed in 7 of Canada’s provinces and even managed
a side trip to Japan (Anne of Green Gables ’91). Christina has enjoyed 7 non-consecutive seasons at Stratford
Shakespeare Festival but her favourite role is Sister Mary Amnesia
in Nunsense; country, legit singing and tap dancing – whee!
Charlene Nafziger is a busy accompanist,
composer/arranger and musical director. Her many seasons with
the Stratford Shakespeare Festival include working as assistant
musical director and keyboardist for “The Music Man”. Charlene has
traveled across the country accompanying for various artists,
including Cynthia Dale. She has had the opportunity to perform
with both the National Arts Center Orchestra and the
Eileen Smith has performed at the Banff, Charlottetown, Sunshine, Showboat and Stratford Festivals. Selected credits include: Drayton Entertainment production of Anne of Green Gables; The Sound of Music, Patience,The Gondoliers Inherit the Wind and Katisha in The Mikado for the Stratford Festival; Ma Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life for The Grand Theatre, London; and over 40 productions with The Canadian Opera Company.