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CREATIVE TEAM

    


LILY YUAN

Founder
Children’s Theatre of Richmond

Producer
G2K Cinderella

Lily is the founder of Children’s Theatre of Richmond and producer of the upcoming show Rodgers and Hammerstein’s G2K Cinderella. Since 2017, Lily has raised $330,000 to produce the sold-out productions of Disney’s Aladdin Jr at Gateway Theatre, Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr at Massey Theatre and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr at Norman Rothstein Theatre. Business Development Bank of Canada featured Lily for her efforts in building a professional theatre group for youth actors and local theatre artists. In 2017, she received “Vancouver’s Outstanding Woman Award” for her volunteer time in building the non-profit organization. Lily is an award-winning art teacher, owner of a local lumber business and Lily Yuan Art Studio and Gallery. In 2019, Lily has expanded the organization from production only to including musical theatre training. She is now working on building a home theater for Children’s Theatre of Richmond and also planning to tour their productions.

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HEATHER ONDERSMA

Artistic Director
Children’s Theatre of Richmond

Director
G2K Cinderella

Heather Ondersma has directed over thirty professional productions, primarily in New York. She is a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the co-founder and former co-Artistic director of Flying Fig Theater, a NYC-based company that specialized in telling overlooked women’s stories via both new play premieres and forgottten classics by female playwrights. Heather has directed actors who are now appearing in Broadway’s Frozen, have roles in the television shows Hawaii Five-O, Orange is the New Black, Billions and Law & Order: SVU. Heather has also directed shows in California and in Prague, and had the good fortune to direct in Vaclav Havel’s resident theater.




EMILY MATCHETTE

Music Director & Choreographer
G2K Cinderella

Emily is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Douglas College and the Musical Theatre Diploma program at Capilano University. She began as a teacher’s assistant at the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts six years ago, for musical theatre and dance classes, with students ages three to sixteen. After graduating high school, Emily started choreographing song and dance solos and groups for different dance competitions and teaching the Triple Threat day program at Lindbjerg. Select performing credits include: Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), Ensemble in Rent (URP), Lou Ann in Hairspray(TUTS). Recently, Emily was the choreographer for Draining the Swamp (Curious Creations).



MICHAEL ABRAHAM

Set Designer
G2K Cinderella

Michael Abraham (b.1965) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, studied in Italy, and currently lives in Ladner, BC, where he paints, and sculpts. Described as ‘Hip’ In Star Magazine, Abraham’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the prestigious Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles. He has created paintings for the Vancouver Opera, and is a core member of the ‘Phantoms in the Front Yard’ artists collective, Vancouver. Abraham’s distinct style blends social commentary and playful imagery. His artworks are in collections world wide, including in the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Rockford Museum of Art Chicago, and the collection of Courtney Cox & David Arquette.



LAURA SHI

Digital Backdrop & Prop Designer
   G2K Cinderella

Laura Shi graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. With a major in Visual Art, Laura has developed interests in graphic design, digital illustration, ceramics and print media. She is passionate about theatre art and has always wanted to be a costume designer.



 JANET WANG

Marketing Director
Children’s Theatre of Richmond

Janet joined CTORA as a Marketing Director with many years of experience in education and marketing. Janet enjoys Disney stories and musicals. Working in an organization that provides professional opportunities for young actors and actresses really light up her passion in her life. She assisted producing “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” and hopes everyone enjoys the show.



EMMA SWORDS


    Director of Disney’s musical “The Little Mermaid  Jr”

 Originally from the England, Emma Swords is a Musical Theatre Teacher/Director with a Master’s in  Education (MA) who is extremely dedicated to children’s learning and the arts. Founder and   Director of ‘Swords Stage School’ and an experienced Director of ten Musical Theatre productions including, ‘Oliver’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘West Side Story’. Emma is a Grade 8 singer and has over twenty-two years of Dance/Drama experience. She has a wealth of teaching experience with students aged 3-18 around the world from her posts in Spain, England and Canada. With her passion for teaching and the skills gained at various international teaching positions, she hopes to promote performance opportunities and enrich the lives of the young people of Vancouver.



 HARRY ZHAO

Choreographer of Disney’s musical “The Little Mermaid Jr”

Harry has a WDC International accreditation with   the British Royal Dancing Association and is an   accredited ISTD International Teacher. Harry also is the Vice President of the World chinese Association of International Standard Dance Federation and won the 2008 ‘Hong Kong International Open Youth Latin Championship’. In 2009, he represented China in the World Sports Dance Open and won third place. That same year he was crowned ‘Macau Open Professional Latin Star’. From 2008-2012 he has been the ‘World Chinese International Standard Dance’ champion. In 2010 he won the ‘World Sport Dance Championship for Latin dance’. In 2016 he was invited to enter ‘Practitioners - Model Era’ and was named the Chinese representative of Chinese latin dance for his works ‘Fireworks easy cold’, ‘Women flowers’ and ‘Daisy Taiwan’. Harry has more than ten years of teaching experience and has repeatedly participated in the Andy Lau, JJ Lin and Jordan Chan concerts/TV shows. He has also worked as a choreographer for ‘Miracle Dance Forest Conference’, ‘You are the One’ and other programs as choreographer. Harry founded ‘Vision Dance limited’ in 2015 which enrols over 200 students. Harry is hoping to incorporate his background in Latin dance into the musical and produce electrifying choreography.



JOSEPH SPITALE

Director of Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast Jr”

Joseph is thrilled to be directing Beauty and The Beast Jr. Joseph is no stranger to this show or to Disney. In 2016, Joseph played Lumiere at the Woodstock Playhouse in New York. He also performed at Tokyo Disneyland as the lead singer in Minnie Oh! Minnie. In Vancouver, Joseph has done productions with Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver Opera, UBC Opera, TooFly Productions, Exit 22, North Shore Light Opera Society, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Good Noise Gospel Singers. Some of Joseph’s international credits include Marius in Les Misérables, King Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers, Alan in Babes in Toyland, and Fred in A Christmas Carol. Joseph has performed everywhere from Lincoln Centre in NYC, to Off-Broadway, to cruise ships, and all across the USA as the lead in a National Tour. Joseph is an American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) graduate, and a University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Music) graduate. Most recently, as a director, Joseph has directed Gamma Delta Nasty for the New York Theatre Festival. Joseph is a teacher and Artistic Director at Indigo Education. He is excited to bring together his passion for theatre and teaching in Beauty and The Beast Jr!