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Niagara-on-the-Lake: Casts and creatives announced for fall and holidays shows

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Shaw Festival’s 2021 season continues into fall and winter with the American classic Desire Under the Elms, the beloved Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn and perennial Yuletide favourite A Christmas Carol.

“Over the past few months, we’ve had the privilege to create and share theatre with our audiences live and in-person,” said Artistic Director Tim Carroll. “The end of the summer does not signal a close to our collective theatre experience, but a continuation of it.

Today, I’m pleased to reveal the casts and creative teams for The Shaw’s fall and holiday season.”

By Eugene O'Neill

Directed by Tim Carroll
Scenic design by Judith Bowden
Costume design by Joyce Padua
Lighting design by Kevin Lamotte

Music direction, original music and sound by

Claudio Vena

Movement by Alexis Milligan

Fight direction by John Stead

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Previews October 16  Opens October 23  Closes December 12

Julia Course is Abbie Putnam, a young wife caught between duty to her new husband Ephraim Cabot (Tom McCamus) and her growing passion for her step-son Eben Cabot (Johnathan Sousa), in Eugene O’Neill’s tragic masterpiece set on a rural American farmstead.

The Shaw’s production of Desire Under the Elms also features Kristopher Bowman and Martin Happer.

Irving Berlin’s
Based on the film from Universal Pictures

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin ∙ Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge

Directed by Kate Hennig
Music direction by Paul Sportelli
Scenic and costume design by Judith Bowden
Lighting design by Kevin Lamotte
Sound design by John Lott

Choreography by Allison Plamondon
Fight direction by Kevin Kruchkywich
Assistant Directors: Fiona Sauder and
Vanessa Sears
Assistant Choreographer: Carla Bennett

Festival Theatre

Previews November 14  Opens November 20  Closes December 23

Kyle Blair is Jim Hardy, a song and dance man who trades the bright lights of showbiz for the quiet life and a farmhouse. When he meets and falls for local tap-dancing school teacher Linda Mason (Kristi Frank), they turn the farmhouse into a spectacular inn that’s open only on holidays. It’s all blissfully perfect until the unexpected arrival of his old New York song and dance trio – Ted Hanover (Kyle Golemba) and Lila Dixon (Vanessa Sears) – puts a wrench in his plans.

Also checking in at the Holiday Inn are Carla BennettWren Evans, Élodie Gillett, Joshua Graetz*,Gabrielle Jones, Amanda LundgrenJordan Mah, Allison McCaughey, Melanie McInenly, Kevin McLachlan*, Drew Plummer*, David Andrew ReidJennifer Rider-Shaw, Kiera Sangster, Adam SergisonJason Sermonia, Julius Sermonia, Jacqueline Thair, Julia Thompson and Jay Turvey.


By Charles Dickens

Adapted and originally directed by Tim Carroll
Original music and original music direction by Paul Sportelli

Directed by Molly Atkinson
Scenic and costume design by Christine Lohre
Lighting design by Kevin Lamotte

Music direction by Ryan deSouza

Movement and puppetry by Alexis Milligan

Royal George Theatre

Previews November 12  Opens November 20  Closes December 23

Celebrate the holiday season with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption. 

Graeme Somerville stars as everyone’s favourite miser, along with Jason Cadieux, Peter Fernandes, Patty Jamieson, Andrew Lawrie, Marie Mahabal, Marla McLean, Julie Lumsden*, Kelsey Verzottiand Kelly Wong in this enchanting production for the young and young at heart.

Tickets are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) and online at

The Shaw Festival plans to present the aforementioned shows as scheduled; however, performances will only take place if deemed safe to do so. As mandated by the government of Ontario for theatres and many other public gathering places, all Shaw Festival patrons will need to provide proof of full vaccination status with either a Health Canada or CDC authorized vaccine. In addition to following and exceeding the directives of local, provincial and federal governments and their respective public health agencies, The Shaw has implemented a robust Duty of Care initiative. These measures include significant infrastructure improvements and a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of audiences, company members and communities.