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VALDA AVIKS
Valda majored in Theatre Arts at the University of Kansas, studied voice for two years and piano for 11 years. When she moved to Toronto two years ago, she first worked at Ryerson and then joined their theatre program. Valda has performed in coffee houses, sung for choirs, a girls" ensemble and soloed at functions for the Latvian Community, including last year's Caravan of Nations pavilion. Valda also plays guitar and loves to do needlework and embroidery depicting Latvian folk art. A good cook, her specialties are desserts and breads. "Not only do I take out a lot of frustration in kneading bread, but I seem to have developed a good set of muscles," she says.

AVRIL CHOWN
Avril's stage work includes "Jesus Christ Superstar" which toured Los Angeles and Las Vegas; principal roles of Catharine and Lillian in "The Me Nobody Knows"; Sheila in the original production of Toronto "Hair" and "Hair" on Broadway. Her extensive television work includes the CBC series" "Good Company" and "Where It's At". She composes her own music and in California recorded an album with "Canadian Rock Theatre". She picks guitar and paints for fun, loves water sports and dogs and gum, embroiders shirts and when she's done ... she faints!

JAYNE EASTWOOD
Jayne is a Toronto girl whose career to date includes TV appearances on "The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour", "Famous Jury Trials", "Forever Amok" and "Party Game". On stage she's played principal roles in a wide range of productions including the revue "Soul and Molly B" and Theatre-in-the-Dell, "Marat Sade" for Theatre II and "Suddenly Last Summer" for Toronto Uniplayers. Playing the female lead, Betty, in the successful "Goin' Down the Road" marked Jayne's introduction to movie roles. Before turning to acting she was a commercial artist and now enjoys drawing and painting whenever she has some spare time.

VICTOR GARBER
A member of the successful "Sugar Shoppe Rock Group", Victor's stage work includes performing selections from "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Godspell" and other works for the Canadian Rock Theatre. He experienced improvisational theatre at the Toronto Workshop Productions and appeared in several musical revues. Victor appeared in several musical revues. Victor appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with the Sugar Shoppe, "The Bobbie Gentry Special" and "The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour". His recent recording "The Canadian Rock Theatre", is yet to be released. Victor devotes any free time writing songs and rehearsing with his new group "The Shop".

EUGENE LEVY
Eugene has appeared in several Canadian films - the latest is "Cannibal Girls" in which he plays a lead role. He has appeared in three comedy specials for the CBC's "Drop In"; played the principal role in "Aspects", "The Taming of the Shrew" for Hamilton Television, and has had extensive stage experience. A guitarist and folk singer, Eugene has appeared in coffee houses in the Hamilton area. In February, he directed the musical comedy "Benjy" at McMaster University and will soon record for RCA. His puppy, Little Alice, is considered to be the cast mascot.

ANDREA MARTIN
Andrea recently returned from Paris, France where she has been studying mime with Jacques Le Cog. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., in Speech and Theatre. Andrea has appeared in the rock musical "Salvation" at the Manitoba Theatre Company, as Lucy in the National Touring Company of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and in major roles in stock companies throughout the U.S. Her television credits include one season with "The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour". Her latest film, "Cannibal Girls", in which she and cast member Eugene Levy play the lead roles, is soon to be released.

GILDA RADNER
Originally from the U.S., Gilda has lived in Toronto for the past three years. A University of Michigan graduate, she majored in Oral Interpretation and began her career as a weather reporter. She has had extensive experience in television, theatre and particularly children's plays. She worked in "Modern Fables" at the Global Village, a mime company touring elementary schools throughout Toronto. Next to "Godspell", Gilda enjoys laughing at old jokes, cooking vegetarian meals and is a Bingo fanatic.

GERRY SALSBERG
In 1971, Gerry's role of Wolf in the film "Wolf Lanigan" won him the Best Actors Award at the St. Jean Film Festival. On stage, he was active in productions both in high school and university. He studied acting for three years with Josephine Barrington, performed with a small theatre group at the Poor Alex Theatre and was with Toronto Workshop Productions for part of their 1969/70 season. Gerry also worked as an apprentice actor at the Red Barn Theatre and performed in the pre-Broadway show "Touch Kiss". An expert puppeteer, he worked with Dora and Leo Velleman for two seasons.

MARTIN SHORT
A former student of social work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Martin has appeared in 10 of their theatrical productions. Last February, he played the lead in the musical comedy "Benjy". His television work includes 12 one-halve hour shows for Hamilton's CHCH-TV, and a comedy special "Smorgasbord". Martin devotes as much spare time as possible doing volunteer work for the Children's Aid in Hamilton. In the future, he plans to form a comedy team with Eugene Levy.

RUDY WEBB
Rudy's singing talents have clinched him engagements in nightclubs both here and in his native Bermuda. He has guested on such TV shows as "Famous Jury Trials", "The Barbara McNair Show" and "Wayne and Shuster" specials, but "Godspell" is his first professional theatre engagement. He was a regular performer on "The Good Company" and "time and Living"; has appeared as a principal in several Canadian and American commercials. Rudy proudly admits that his real hobby is his wife and daughter.

ELAINE-SUSAN LANSITE
Elaine has just completed her first year in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor. She appeared in theatre productions there including "The Flies" and "The Wizard of Oz". On television she played the role of an orphan in "The Littlest Hobo". A student at the Royal Conservatory of Music, she won a silver medal for Speech arts and placed first in the Toronto Hydro Speech contest in 1965/66. Elaine took a two-year course in Obedience Dog Training and has won several awards with her favourite poodle, Cricket.

DEREK McGRATH
Derek performed with the Shaw Festival during the 1971 season. He appeared in the Canadian premiere of "Summer Days", Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8.30" and "War, Women and Other Trivia". In Montreal he appeared in the Canadian premier of "House of Blue Leaves", again in "Summer Days" and "The Entertainers". He also appeared for 2 1/2 years in "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown". Derek plays guitar and composes his own songs. His present project is a musical play with the cast playing the roles of birds - or as Derek puts it, "it's a satire on bird brains!"

RANDI SANFIELD
Randi, who was born in Detroit, studied modern dance and ballet for several years, touring with companies in the United States. In Canada, she studied with the Toronto Dance Theatre and has singing engagements in and around Toronto. She paints, draws with pen and ink,, plays piano and guitar and composes her own music. Two knitted lion cubs, Mumford and Mumforlina, are her lucky mascots which she takes wherever she goes. Mumford has his own tiny suitcase and has just completed a book of his travels with Randi.

ROBIN WHITE
Robin played the roles of Berger and Claude in the Toronto production of "Hair". He began singing with rock groups at the age of 16. Tired of the so-called rat race, Robin lived on a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships for the whole of 1971. During those months, he composed 40 country/folk songs. He now has formed his own publishing company and hopes to produce record albums of his compositions. His future hope is to act in dramatic productions and films.

*** Special Thanks to Tom DiMaggio for providing this program for everybody's enjoyment ***

DON SCARDINO
Don Scardino has been acting for ten of his 24 years. He has appeared on Broadway in "Park", "My Daughter Your Son", "Johnny No-Trump", "The Unknown Soldier and His Wife" and "The Loves of Cass McGuire". He has also played in three movies, "Homer", "The People Next Door", and Don Shebib's "Tip-off". Television audiences have seen him on "The Guiding Light", "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing", "The Name of the Game", "CBS Playhouse", "The Tommy Hunter Show", etc. Most recently, he played Ernest on CBC's "The Whiteoaks of Jalna". He writes music and plays guitar and this year made his own film "Rush", which has been acquired for world-wide distribution. He is an Aquarius, studying to be here now.



 

MARY ANN McDONALD
A Scorpio, was born in Windsor, Ontario, where she began her singing career by performing with her guitar in local coffee houses.  Shortly after, she came to Toronto to "play" in Hair.  After a long stay in the show, Mary Ann stepped bravely into the "Hairafter" which lasted close to a year.  Her performing career continued with several other bands, including "The Refreshment Committee" and "Just Crackers".  Her numerous hobbies include swimming, and just about anything else that will keep her in shape.


used by permission from Wayne St. John

GORDON THOMPSON
Born in Ottawa, Gordon lived all of his school years in Montreal, attended Lower Canada College and then graduated from McGill University.  He started his theatre work in Stratford, Ontario, as an apprentice, and attributes invaluable experience to his training and performing with the Lindsay Summer Theatre.  He has starred in many CBC shows, worked for a season with Theatre Toronto and has done a number of children's shows for TV.  He also had the lead in the movie "Explosion" and his two most recent shows were "The Fantasticks" and "Oh Coward".  Gordon is bilingual, lives with a lot of cats and dogs, collects and refinishes Canadiana furniture (he's very nationalistic!) and he designed and cares for his French-New Orleans-type garden.

NANCY DOLMAN
Nancy participated actively in musicals and bands throughout High School.  At Western University, where she studied philosophy, she became involved in the theatre guild and the University production of "Cabaret".  On her return to Toronto she performed in the Canadian Rock Theatre production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" which travelled to Les Vegas and Los Angeles, and recorded an album with the group at MGM while they were in L.A.  Nancy's hobbies include antique clothes (she had a store called 'Reflections of Ambrosine'), skiing, playing the violin, tennis, and cooking and living at the beach with five other Toronto musicians.

PATTI ELSASSER
Patti attended Lorne Park Secondary School 3 years ago.  Since then she has been a professional clown for a Mall, traveller, waitress, and worked as a flag woman on a road construction job in Alberta (this explains the construction boots she wears!)  In the field of acting she has done only commercials and bit parts for TV and films - including "The Dealing", "Face-off" and "Paper Chase".  "Godspell" is her first live theatre engagement.  She adores every day - rain or shine - and has no favorite season of the year.


The Final Cast of Godspell, June 1973

JIM BETTS
Most of Jim's theatre experience was gained at Victoria College at the University of Toronto where he wrote and directed five of his own musical shows. Professionally he has worked as a regular on the Tommy Hunter TV Show and as a singer with a summer resort music revue group. His interests are presently divided between his work towards an M.A. at the University of Toronto and his preparation of an original musical revue to be produced in Toronto in the near future.

KARL K. BLINDHEIM
Karl, formerly a Grade Two teacher, was born here in Toronto. After graduating from the University of Toronto as a biology major, he worked as a migration researcher. This is Karl's first professional stage appearance but he has done several years of community theatre in Anything Goes, The Boyfriend, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Company. When he isn't breeding his Burmese cats or doing his laundry or making peanut butter sandwiches he is trying to improve his mind! Karl is also a free lance animal illustrator.

BETH ANNE COLE
Beth Anne began her career as a singer while still in school in Ottawa. She trained at University of Toronto, Hart House, and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in England. While in England she performed in pantomime at the Theatre Royal, York, and played leading roles at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and in the Hampstead Theatre Club production of The Fantasticks in London. Since her return to Canada she has appeared with the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. The Georgian Theatre, Theatre Passe Murailie in Toronto, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where she recently played in Oh What A Lovely War. Beth Anne has also sung in supper clubs and lounges and has made numerous guest appearances on CBC television and radio. She is a regular performer on the CBC-TV children's show Mr. Dressup.

DAVE THOMAS
While studying for a Master's Degree in English at McMaster University in Hamilton, Dave appeared in twelve theatrical productions, including The Odd Couple, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Tempest and Frankenstein (a stage adaption of Mary Shelley's book which Dave wrote and acted in with fellow cast member Eugene Levy). He has written some comedy scripts for CBC's The Entertainers (summer edition) and in currently writing and acting for "National Rock Works Company".

CHARLENE SHIPP
Charlene is a Pisces who has been singing as long as she can remember. She has performed in High School musicals and worked with Scarborough Music Theatre for three years in eight productions ... The Fantasticks and Canterbury Tales are her favourites. Between these shows Charlene worked with "The Travelling Band:, a revue group that entertains social and senior citizen groups. Recently Charlene performed with "The Smile Company" touring Ontario. Her interests include Detlev, crochet, old movies, and all aspects of the entertainment world!
 


The program of Godspell as shown in the TV biopic of Gilda Radner, It's Always Something.  The cover is missing the "Scene" title at the top, and the inside page is missing several things, including Andrea Martin's name.

 



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