Madeleine Caverhill-Ellis is seventeen years old and attends Sir John A. MacDonald High School. She has been in many plays, most recently acting in Neptune YAC's production of Dracula, and Sir John A's An Enchanted Disney Evening. She has also been in shows such as Footloose, Cinderella, Seussical Jr, Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Charlotte's Web, and Oliver! with the Unicorn Theatre. Outside of the theatre, she also enjoys swimming.
From nature reserve hometown, Three Brooks, Hubley, a very shy Ben Feltmate first began performing in grade ten at Sir John A. MacDonald High School, when his mother made him try out for her favourite musical Grease. He landed the role of Johnny Casino an in-his-dreams rock’n’roll star and from then on, he fell head over heels for musical theatre. Ben has played Lumiere in SJA’s Beauty and the Beast and Scrooge in SJA’s A Christmas Carol.
Ben is in his third year of Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University and loving every mathematical moment of it. Ben dreams of designing renewable energy technology, performing on Broadway and combining these passions in mechanical set design; after all, life is too short to spend it doing anything that you don’t love.
-And remember, “It’s All for the Best!”
Nicholas A. Cox
Nicholas A. Cox took to the stage for the first time in middle school in a production of The Music Man and has been addicted to the art ever since. He currently is a student in the Acadia Theatre Company at Acadia University in beautiful Wolfville, NS. His credits there include performances of Jacques and his Master, Antigone, Marat/Sade and Six Characters Looking for an Author. Outside of his work in the theatre he is a contributor to the open mic scene in Wolfville and also performs with his blues-rock band Argyle Saints along with Godspell pit band member Alex Mills. Aside from performing, Nick is an aspiring runner, working toward his first Half-Marathon in the fall. He also coaches a youth softball team when not working his day job at summer camp. Nick wishes for you to enjoy the show that has made his dream of touring a reality!
Zachary Ford is 16 years old and in grade 10 at Citadel High School
in Halifax. He likes to play the piano and saxophone; act, and, sing. He's been
playing the piano since he was 4 and the saxophone since he was 12. Recently he was in his school's production of Urinetown and a production of Beauty and the
Beast which played at the Theatre Arts Guild. He's also been in productions of
Cinderella and Oliver! at a local theatre.
Allison goes to Halifax West High School. Other than musical theatre she likes to spend her time reading, watching movies and Saturday Night Live. She's been working the best job possible during summers at Unicorn Theatre Summer Camp. She's done many shows through her high school and also other community theatre groups but she really enjoys being a part of Godspell. She started with this group last spring and now it just feels like second nature. She thinks it's been great spending her time with this amazing group and she hopes that you'll come out to see their hard work.
Cate Ratcliffe was born in Halifax, and is 21 years old. This past May, she graduated from Mount Allison University, in Sackville, NB. In September, she will be heading up to Toronto, to attend The Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts. She has been performing since she was 4 years old, and loves being on the stage. She has performed with Neptune Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, as well as her schools, including her university. She has been in over 30 major productions, but some of her favourite roles include Millie Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version, Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web, Louisa in The Sound of Music, and Mayzie LaBird in Seussical. She adores singing, dancing and acting, but when she isn’t performing, she enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with her friends. She hopes that you will enjoy the show!
Joe McAllister is sixteen years old and just finished grade eleven at Sir John A. MacDonald high school. He loves to sing, and play his viola as a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He has been involved with musical theatre for the majority of his life and he greatly enjoys every second of it. He has been in productions such as Footloose, Seussical, Oliver, Peter Pan and more. He has also recently been involved with some TV acting. He hopes in the future to have a career surrounding music and performing. He hopes everyone loves Godspell just as much as he does!
Dana Rhyno is sixteen years old, and this is the first show she's been in that
has gone on tour. She has been involved in theatre since she was very young, and has always had a passion for music and singing. Some of her favourite productions have been Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Beauty and The Beast. When not involved in a production she enjoys reading comic books, hanging out with her friends, and finding new music to listen to. Dana would like everyone to know that she has never been part of a more tight-knit, talented, and energetic cast, and has never been in a better production! She hopes you enjoy the show.
Claire Tizzard just finished grade 9 at Madeline Symonds Middle School, and will be heading to Charles P. Allen in the fall. She enjoys all her subjects in school but is most interested in science and math. She hopes to study Archeology or Paleontology in university. Claire also enjoys acting, singing and dancing which she has been doing since she was very young. Claire has been a part of various musicals including The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid and she is also a member of her church choir. Claire enjoys working with the entire cast of Godspell and is looking forward to working with them throughout the summer!
Chelsea Dickie (Stage Manager)
Chelsea Dickie is from South Maitland, Nova Scotia. She began her theatre career in her first few years at Mount Allison University, from which she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama. She is currently enrolled at St.FX University for the next two years to get her Education/Teaching degree, but also hopes to be involved in enough theatre while there to eventually become a full-time equity Stage Manager, or gain an apprenticeship by the time she graduates from X.
Chelsea’s previous theatre experiences involve an acting role in 7 Stories, directing The Browning Version, and Production Managing All for Love, but her true passion lies in Stage Management, where she has been involved in such productions as Spring Awakening, Free Land, Tintamarre’s CAMP!, and Windsbreath Retreat’s A Journey to the Christmas Star.
Sophie Trinacty is currently attending Sir John A McDonald high school. This September she will be entering Grade 12. She is very excited to be in Godspell this year. She has been involved with the arts from an early age and has taken part in many shows in her community, such as Footloose, Peter Pan, and Robin Hood. Apart from musical theatre Sophie is a dancer, and choreographed most of this show. Sophie also likes to play sports such as soccer, and cross country skiing. She hopes that you enjoy the show.
Photo credit of cast headshots to Alexandra Moir.
Elaine Forhan (Director)
Elaine got hooked on musical theatre at Mt. St. Vincent University where she was in their productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Here's Love. She later toured NS in amateur productions of Alexander and The Apple Tree in which she played the lead role of Eve. She is presently director for St. Luke's Players in Upper Tantallon, NS and was honoured to be invited to be a part of TNTS's summer Godspell tour. In her spare time (!) she is a mother to three young adults and works full time.
Kevin MacIlreith (Musical Director and Piano)
Kevin is in his twelfth year as Musical Director at St. Nicholas where he is responsible for picking and playing the music for the services and leading a twenty plus voice choir as well as a ten voice youth choir. Theatre had always been enjoyed from the 'house' side of the stage until last year's successful presentation of Godspell, which set the foundation for this tour, opened up the joy of 'back stage"!Directing this talented troupe and creating with them has been an awesome experience.
Kevin would like to thank Rick for the opportunities that his desire to produce this show, has provided, as well as thanking Elaine and Chelsea for coming on board for this ‘second coming’! You’ve been a joy to work with and the show is better for it. One final and large thank you to his wife Pam for all of her support and lots of love to his biggest fan, his niece Haley.
Rick Ratcliffe (Producer)
Rick Ratcliffe is a resident of Boutilier's Point, Nova Scotia and a graduate of Saint Mary's University. His career as a civil servant ended in 2009 when he retired early, after 30 years of service to Crown and Province. Retirement has brought Rick an opportunity to develop two passions: teaching at a Lakeside Nova Scotia GED preparation program for adults, and outreach through theatre. This production of Godspell is the realization of his dreams born years ago on the stage of Halifax's Neptune Theatre, a Godspell roadshow. This is only made possible with the loving support of his wife Deborah and the talents of the cast and crew you are about to see.
Photo credit of crew headshots to Chelsea Dickie
Matt Flewelling (Guitar)
Matt Flewelling was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. He is 15 years old and just finished Grade 9 at Madeline Symonds Middle School. At school he has played on various sport teams and was also a member of the Grade 9 band and the Jazz Band. In these bands he plays bass clarinet and guitar. Matt enjoys playing hockey, golf and competitive baseball. His biggest interest and hobby is playing music. He has been playing guitar since the age of 9. Matt is excited to be a part of the Godspell Production.
Justin Lechmann (Drums)
Justin Lechmann is an 18 year old who just graduated from Sir John A Macdonald High School. He is going to Mount Saint Vincent University next year and is majoring in Child and Youth Studies. He enjoys playing the drums, guitar, and piano. This is his second time playing drums for a musical, with his musical debut being An Enchanted Evening: A Tribute to Disney at Sir John A. He greatly enjoys the arts and wishes to never lose touch with them.
Alex Mills (Bass)
Alex Mills is currently a student at Dalhousie University, studying commerce. Despite his field of study, playing music has always been Alex's first priority and passion. He started playing music 10 years ago, and goes back forth between guitar and bass. He has also been part of several local rock bands, and has been a principal musician on two albums. As for musicals, Alex has sung in Citadel High's Cabaret and The Music Man.