Playwrights: Johnny Wideman & Rebecca Steiner
Directors: Andy Houston & Rebecca Steiner
Stage Manager: Leah Harder
ORIGINAL CAST & BAND
Band: Fred Martin, Dwight Steinman, Dave Neufeld, Brent Klassen, Jim Bender, Bruce Bechtel.
Yellow Bellies is an historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale takes audiences across Canada, featuring verbatim interviews, fictionalized scenes, and live music from an often overlooked chapter of Canadian history.
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Friday April 26 - 7:30PM - Floradale, ON // Floradale Mennonite Church
Saturday April 27- 7:30PM - London, ON // Valleyview Mennonite Church
Sunday April 28 - 7:00PM - Waterloo, ON // Waterloo North Mennonite Church
Sunday May 05 - 6:30PM - Lancaster, Pennsylvania // Lancaster Mennonite School, hosted by Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA RESERVE TICKETS HERE
Saturday May 11 - 7:30PM - Vineland, ON // First Mennonite Church
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2019 Tour - Cast
Kimberlee graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Peace and Conflict Studies program with a Drama minor, and received her Master’s of Social Work from Laurier University. Kimberlee developed TOTB's Restorative Justice Theatre Program, running out of Grande Valley Institution for Women and is passionate about using theatre as a tool for constructive social change. She lives in Kitchener, ON.
Johnny Wideman is a playwright, short storyist, dramaturg, actor, facilitator, and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work in Theatre from Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Wideman received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Waterloo, ON, and the University of Sussex, UK. In June of 2011, he founded the grass-roots social justice theatre company, Theatre of the Beat, of which he is now the Artistic Director. In 2012, Wideman’s first screenplay GODART was awarded "Best Low-Budget Feature Film" at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and “Official Selection” at the Polish Independent Film Festival. Wideman’s work has been performed over 260 times throughout the U.S. and across Canada, including: This Prison or: He came Through the Floor, Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft, Forgiven/Forgotten, A Bicycle Built for Two, This Will Lead to Dancing, and Yellow Bellies.
Cedric Martin is Rudy Enns in Yellow Bellies. As a Menno-Actor, Cedric is very excited to be exploring the history of Mennonites in WWII. Cedric is one of the Artistic Directors and Founders of Don’t Look Down Theatre Company. Recent credits for Don't Look Down include: Dan in The Valley, Frank in Never Swim Alone, John in Rose of Youth. Directing credits include: Criminal Genius, Not Good, and Local Man Ruins Everything, as well as Dramaturge for Here lies Henry. Other recent credits: The Baker in Hansel and Gretel, and the Witch in Rapunzel, (Big Kid Entertainment,) Police officer in Street Scene, (Opera by Request.) Film work: Winterbourne: A Horror Anthology, (Stained Glass Media,) Bourne Obstruction, (Kevin O’Connor,) Frost, (Heather McDowell.) Upcoming: Cedric will be directing a production in Toronto this summer with Don't Look Down. When Cedric is not working on theatre he can be found working part-time as a Youth Worker at Toronto United Mennonite Church or spending time with his fiancée, Alyse.
Joseph McLellan grew up exposed to a variety of music and enjoys playing and listening to many different styles. He currently studies classical guitar at University of Waterloo. Outside of school he plays with ensembles ranging from jazz and rock groups to worship groups and everything in between.
Andy Houston is an artist-researcher in intermedia and site-specific performance, and an associate professor and Associate Chair of the Theatre and Performance programat the University of Waterloo. In the last twenty years, he has directed and dramaturged several large-scale site-specific, intermedia productions. As a scholar, he has published broadly in his field and edited a Canadian Theatre Review issue on site-specific performance, as well as a collection of writings on environmental and site-specific theatre in Canada, published by Playwrights Canada Press. For more information see: www.andyhouston.net.
Fran is a graduate from the University of Waterloo’s Drama Program. With theatre always being her passion, she discovered her love for stage management while in school and has had the privilege of working on a variety of productions and touring shows ever since. This is Fran's first production with Theatre Of The Beat and she is grateful for the opportunity and support of her family and friends. Past Stage Management Credits Include (Selected): Mary Poppins (Young People’s Theatre) We Will Rock You, Avenue Q (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Chariots of Fire, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Once (Grand Theatre); Production Assistant (Stratford Festival) Cinderella The Panto, All Shook Up (Drayton Entertainment); Canada 300 (Watermark Theatre); Opera Luminata (OL); Spamalot (SMT).