By Ben Gurglebop
Between them, these gals have 20 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Roles include leading ladies in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, Shakespeare’s canon and more. Other credits include: performing coast to coast, with multiple seasons in the Canadian Opera Company, at the Blyth Festival, with Drayton Entertainment and …They are delighted to return home.
Marion Day could be seen at the Blyth Festival in two plays last 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 material from this wonderful time frame.
Carol McFadden is active as an educator and musical director. Currently, she is a vocal coach at University of Western Ontario, has been a part time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the theatre divisions of Ryerson University and Sheridan College. She maintains a private studio teaching piano, voice and theory in London, Ontario. As Music Director for regional professional theatres, her selected favorites shows include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Nunsense, Nunsense 2, Forever Plaid, Dads…the Musical,and Once Upon a Mattress. Her accompanying skills are highly regarded and sought after in the classical, contemporary and musical theatre repertoire. In September, 2007, she assumed the duties of Director of Music/Organist at Forest Hill United Church. She graduated with the Master of Voice Pedagogy degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey in May, 2007.
Barbara Dunn-Prosser’s performing career is a versatile one. She has appeared opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Donna Elvira in Rhombus Media’s film of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and has toured southern Ontario with her one-woman show, Come to the Woods, about pioneer artist and writer Anne Langton. Barbara has been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras across North America, and a member of the acting company with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for several seasons. She has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, and performed the role of Carlotta with both the touring and Toronto productions of The Phantom of the Opera. In 2002, she released her CD Till We Meet Again.
Barbara currently teaches voice at the University of Western Ontario and privately in Stratford, Ontario. She is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music, The National Association of Teachers of Singing and has recently completed revising the Voice Syllabus for the RCM and compiling the new series of graded books.
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.
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