Introducing the Cast of the Little Years

The Little Years poster

Introducing the Cast of The Little Years:click here

Rina Varley............................................. Kate

Beth Scott.............................................. Young Kate/Tanya

Lynne Karey-McKenna.............................. Alice

Mary-Ellen Shimell................................... Grace

Michael Stusiak........................................ Roger

John Nolan.............................................. Mr. Castle/Mr. York

Michelle Karey-Mckenna............................ Mary

Brando Kotarski........................................ Norman

 

 

 

 

Alice

Lynne Karey-McKenna reflecting on her role as Kate's mother, Alice:

 

Alice
For Mother’s Day, when my son was about 15, he gave me a coffee mug which he had painted on: “let my love of mom be x, then  (2x2 -3x)/x -3-10, Let mom be y  then y > or equal to 0, y2-y-1=0, y=(1+Square root 5)/2 “ My dogs are named Telemachus Rhade and RevBem, named by my children. So I can certainly understand, appreciate and even rejoice in the relationships and time dilemmas’ of Alice and Kate, and all the little things that add up to make our little lives a little less little.  This is my second opportunity to do a Mighton play (I was Clara in Half-Life for Deep Cove Players) and I am so grateful to Sharon, the cast, crew, my family and John Mighton for allowing me to share this moment of time with you.

 

feminine     Mother

 

"My mother wanted me to go to finishing school.'You were born female', she said, 'but you have to learn to be feminine.' "  

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Grace

Grace Mary Ellen Shimell

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This has been Mary Ellen's season of "grace" with the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, playing two characters with that name. As a former teacher, Mary Ellen thanks educators who have helped girls (and boys) reject gender limitations to become all they can, and want to, be.Grace's collage

 

 

 

Mary

Michelle Karey-McKenna as Mary

Mary
Michelle has been involved with theatre as far back as she can remember, both on the stage and behind it. Most recently she was involved in Alchemy Theatre’s production of the Taming of the Shrew and UNBC Musical Production’s The Addams Family Musical. She hopes you all enjoy this thought-provoking journey through time and science!

 

 

Mr. Castle / Mr. York

John Nolan 

John Nolan as Mr. Castle / Mr. York
 

John is a theatre professional of more than 30 years. As a director, actor, teacher and playwright, John cut his creative teeth in BC community theatre before moving on to professional performances with companies like the Nanaimo Festival, (now Theatre One), and the Chemainus Theatre. He has written, produced and directed several original plays and received critical acclaim for many of his leading roles. Twice he received the best actor award at the Theatre BC mainstage for his performances in the one man play Clarence Darrow and RP McMurphy (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest).Eventbright logoClick here for tickets

 

Mr. Castle

Norman

Brando Kotarski as Norman
Brando Kotarski as Norman
After a two year acting hiatus from his days at Garibaldi Secondary, Brando returns to the stage helping out where he can with the cast of "the Little Years". Brando currently, studies audio engineering at douglas college and is singer/songwriter for bands Igetbye and sly-detrick (check em out). He was originally hired as the sound engineer, but the call of the stage was too strong to resist. Brando is honored to be part of such a talented cast  and crew and looks forward to performing with them. Enjoy the show!

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The Little Years: Kate

Meet Rina Varley as Kate:

Rina Varley Kate's collage
Rina is thrilled to be playing Kate, a strong, independent role model with a brilliant mind and a real disease.  Rina herself manages a mental disorder.  "Playing Kate gives me a chance to show that the combination of environmental factors and genetics garner very different outcomes."  Read up on Rina's real-life journey at www.gadtobealive.com

What happens when you have a nonlinear mind, but you are trapped in a linear world?

"I had so much to give. So much love." ~ Kate

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