Ridiculously funny theatre! ... or maybe dramatic, depending on our mood.
The director's job is all about collaboration. Every project is about assembling the team that can make it happen. I have always been thrilled with my casting decisions. If they are right, 90% of my work is done. And the fun can begin!
Writing, acting and directing with the Leaping Thespians has been a blast. These women are amazing. I have done a lot of plays over the twenty years and these women make up one of the most positive and awe inspiring groups with whom I have ever had the pleasure of sharing theatre.
Being with this group has been a giant, gleeful, soaring leap for me. Along with being an actor in our productions, I am co-writer of five of our original shows. I am also the creator and producer of the Butch & Femme Fashion Show, and director of the 2016 edition of A Christmas Carol In Gay Apparel.
I have enjoyed a variety of roles including a Bible-totin' battle axe, a malicious magistrate, a nurse with an axe to grind, a pill poppin' yuppie, a pot smokin' senior, an upper class twit, trailer park trash, a bag lady, an obsessive Freudian, a suicidal adulteress, a mad prophet, a stone butch, and two serial killers. Highlights include Bye Bye Baby, Third Street Theatre Series; A Dolls House, Chemainus Theatre Festival; the film, The Portside; and any Leaping Thespians production.
It's been an amazing journey to work with such a dedicated and passionate group. I've been wearing the actor's hat now for 7 years and have played Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, George Noon in Cannibal! The Musical, Andy in Collage: Homage to Kurt Schwitters, and Marie in A Study from Friends.
I have had community theatre on my bucket list for many years now, and the Leaping Thespians have given me the opportunity to work with them! They are a fantastic, fun bunch of women who are real! I can't think of a better group to learn and laugh with! Being a part of A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel has been an honour that makes "work" an enjoyable adventure.
Kari is an artist, dancer, writer, and designer who lives in Vancouver with her wife (Denise) and rescue cat (Amber). You can find her work on Facebook under Lovely Beast Studio. She completed her BA in Theatre Studies at Dalhousie University. She has worked on a number of shows with The Leaping Thespians (including Once Upon A Lesbian, Brides of the Moon, more…) and is absolutely way beyond thrilled to be doing set, props, and photography.
Ciara O Donnell
Tech magician and jack of all trades, Ciara is the resident house tech over at The Rio Theatre, a multi media venue on Commercial Broadway. Moved to Canada 6 years ago from Ireland and took up a career in the theatre, starting with the exhibitions, projection and moving back into her passion for lighting. Ciara will often be found at the back of the booth in tech world, where she is happiest either calling cues, doing video, lights or sound.
My theatrical journey has been exciting and transformational, much like many of the characters I have played. I would like to thank Karen for the life changing opportunity and for her amazing support - as well as some of my closest friends - who truly are the best fan club anyone could ever dream for.
Nancy first played with the Leaping Thespians in 8x10 Glossy, building her roles since then from a shadow behind a sheet through minor characters to a drunken prospector in How the West Was One. The group presented her one-act play, Street Talk, at the now defunct Theatre BC Once-Act Festival. Over the years she has also appeared with White Rock Players, Metro Theatre, and Sidekick Players, but she keeps coming back to the camaraderie she finds with the LTs.
Hailing from the east coast is the lovable Andee Morgan. This Maritimer has performed in Fringe festivals and improv shows from coast to coast, but nothing compares to sharing a stage with the Leaping Thespians. Whether it's ridiculous original drag routines as the Backstreet Boys (best day of her life) or a full fledged theatrical spectacular, Andee loves being a part of this incredible creative collective.
Nina De Lucca
Nina made her debut as the paperclip-loving Barb Scratchit in 2012’s version of A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel then took on the role of judgmental feminist Cole in Women4Women, and used her mad kayaking skills in the Leaping Thespians’ 2013 Fringe Festival show, The Troll And The Three Lesbians Gruff. Special thanks to such a supportive network of family and friends.
I am new to BC, and new to The Leaping Thespians. I'm an old soul that acts like a kid. After having so much fun being a part of the Butch & Femme Fashion Show, when the chance came up to be a part of Once Upon A Lesbian - I leaped at the chance! Since then I have played Eva in Women4Women, and Toady in The Troll And The Three Lesbians Gruff. There is laughter, friendship, love and fun like I've never experienced - and that's just at rehearsal...wait until we're on the stage!
One of the newest cast members of The LTs, Rae Clark has a multitude of talents, as a singer, visual artist, writer, director, and videographer. Rae was most recently seen in Eleanor Rigby: The Untold Story, a play she co-wrote for this year's Pride Festival. Rae is honoured to become part of The LT team.
Mariegold Rondeau is a sex positive, body positive, white, able bodied, gender queer, who is super excited to be working with the Leaping Thespians! Mariegold is queerlesque performer, stripper and performance artist but this is the first play since high school. "I love these folks and will always say yes to another chance to work with the Leaping Thespians!"