Martin Julien (Professor Higgins)
Martin Julien is a Canadian actor and singer with over thirty-five years of experience on the professional stage. Most recently seen in the world premiere of Hamiltonian Reza Jacobs’s musical Under the Stairs at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, he will reprise his role as Sir John A. Macdonald in the National Arts Centre’s production of Drew Hayden Taylor’s Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion for Native Earth Performing Arts this spring. He can also be seen in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film Nightmare Alley in 2020. Martin teaches acting and theatre history for Sheridan College’s Music Theatre BFA program, and holds a PhD in performance studies from the University of Toronto, where he was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow from 2015-2017.
Paula Grove (Mrs. Pearce)
Paula Grove is a Hamilton-born theatre artist who trained at Ryerson Theatre School and York University. She writes, directs, produces, teaches and performs. Selected credits: Edith in Getting Married (Shaw Festival); multiple roles in Scroogissimo! (Artword Theatre) and Mrs. McGee in a special performance of McGee with the HPO last year. Her own original works include a one-woman play There Was and There Was Not (Hamilton Fringe) and a historical show about Hamilton’s Cotton Factory called One Small Drop (Frost Bites). She also sings in concerts and cabarets throughout the area.
Maya Jenkins (Eliza Doolittle)
Maya is thrilled to be playing the role of Eliza Doolittle. She is a recent graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan College and is excited to share the stage with so many new colleagues and fellow Sheridan alum. Past credits include: Sarah in Billy and The Dreamerz (Caged Angel Films); Catherine in The House of Martin Guerre (Theatre Sheridan); Gloria in Kelly v. Kelly (Theatre Sheridan/Musical Stage Co.); and Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (St.Marys Community Players). Love and thanks to family and friends for all the support throughout the years.
John Bond (Pickering)
John is no stranger to the stage in Hamilton, in fact, this year marks fifty years since John first tread the boards. The Hamilton Players Guild production of Oliver saw John cast in the title roll in October 1969. Throughout the years John has continued to perform as a musician and actor. Past accomplishments include such roles as Fagin in Oliver, Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, and El Gallo in the Fantastix. John also spent the better part of the last twenty years performing in a dinner theater troupe across the province John is very excited to be playing the Great hall, and hopes that you all have as much fun as he will.
Nick Settimi (Doolittle)
As a proud born and raised Hamiltonian, Nick Settimi is thrilled to be here tonight with the Brott Music Festival in their version of My Fair Lady! A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Nick Settimi has had the privilege of performing all over Canada and the USA as a Musical Theatre Performer. Select Credits; Upcoming: Pollyanna (Theatre Aquarius) Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, King Arthur: The Panto (The Capitol Theatre) Top of the Pops: The British Invasion, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, SPAMalot(Theatre Aquarius), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wizard Of Oz, 9 to 5: The Musical, Twist and Shout: The British Rock Invasion, Peter Pan, Footloose, All Shook Up, The Pirates of Penzance (Drayton Entertainment), Seussical(Nati’l Tour). I hope you enjoy the show and many thanks to Lou, Tom, Boris, my family and friends.
Daniel Allain (Freddy & Assistant to Lou Zamprogna)
Daniel Allain is from Hamilton, Ontario, and is thrilled to be back with the Brott Music Festival this year along with this incredible cast. Daniel is currently attending Sheridan College for their Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program, entering his fourth and final year. Select theatre credits include: West Side Story (Brott Music Festival), Dancing Under A Blanket (Unwrap Theatre), My Bonnie Lass (Theatre Sheridan), The Celebration of Leonard Bernstein (Oakville Symphony), Grease, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Westwing Players), Footloose, Into the Woods, A Chorus Line (Theatre Aquarius). Thank you to Lou Zamprogna, Tom Oliver, and the Brott Music Festival for this wonderful opportunity to share this beautiful production. Many thanks to Daniel’s incredible friends, family, and teachers for their constant love and support.
Amber Mills (Mrs. Higgins)
Amber Mills is an actor, singer, educator, and the co-founder of the Hamilton Choir Project. She recently produced and starred in the Hamilton debut of the chamber musical, John & Jen. Selected theatre credits include: Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel), Steel Magnolias (Stirling Festival), Anne of Green Gables and The Beggar’s Opera (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (Theatre Prospero), Viola in Twelfth Night (Direct Flight/GromKat), and Billie in Nice Work If You Can Get It (HSC). You can catch her as Kindergarten teacher, Ms Doney on TVO’s Hi, Opie! and spot her teaching in real life as a music specialist at Hillfield Strathallan College. Thank you to Tom Oliver for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their love and support.