Summer Teen Theatre Troupe
Blissful Love! Family Drama! Pledges and Heartbreak! Discover Shakespeare’s most famous love story Romeo and Juliet through our Summer Teen Theatre Troupe’s modern, family-friendly adaptation. You’ll never look at teen love in the same way again!
Show goes on, rain or shine | BYO blanket and picnic | Free Admission
Tuesday, July 24 • 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25 • 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 26 • 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Friday, July 27 • 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 28 • 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 29 • 1:00 pm
The Creative Team
Director: Melissa Oei
Melissa is accomplished actor and theatre professional who most recently appeared as “L” in Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View for which she has was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a graduate of the renowned acting conservatory at Studio 58, Langara College’s Film Arts Program and Capilano University’s Theatre Arts Program.
Melissa has taught drama to young people for many years at Bard on the Beach and Carousel Theatre for Young People, including four summers as Assistant Instructor with CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program. Melissa is thrilled to be working with the team at Place des Arts and these 11 wonderful young actors. Production Designer: Marcus Vaillant
Composer/Sound Designer: CJ McGillivray
Music Captain: Elizabeth Punshon
Fight Director: Jonathan Purvis
Production Manager: Laura Reynolds
Assistant Stage Manager and Props: Angel Chamberlain
Devon Chung Kate Cousins
Devon is excited to be performing in Romeo and Juliet for the second time as his sixth theatre production. Devon has been doing improvised theatre for five years and scripted theatre for three years. Recently, he performed in Star Wars Shakespeare as Luke Skywalker and Crybaby the Musical as Father Officer O'Brien.
Kate is thrilled to be working with Place des Arts for Romeo and Juliet. Kate has been in many Shakespeare shows such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night
and other contemporary plays for the last four years with her high school's theatre department, Treehouse Theatre.
Samantha loves performing! She plays piano, flute and trumpet, sings in two choirs and does ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap dance. Sam has appeared in many Young Actors Project videos on YouTube and her most recent stage performances were as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Deborah Sue in Bye Bye Birdie at Charles Best Secondary.
Julia is excited that her first foray into Shakespeare will be Romeo and Juliette. Past credits include Patrice in 13 The Musical, Amy in Little Woman, Mary-Beth in A Christmas Story, Tracey Atkinson in Billy Elliott, Flounder in Disney's The Little Mermaid and Annie in Annie.
Javid Nouripour Elizabeth Punshon
Javid is very much in anticipation for this play. It is his first play in a large production outside of Riverside High School. At school, Javid played in two noteworthy productions, namely Silver's Secret and The Arrangement. He has also played Tom Collins in Rent. Javid also takes part in the unofficial music composition/production group at Riverside.
Elizabeth is very excited to be in Romeo and Juliet; this will be her first production out of high school. Elizabeth has always been a huge fan of the arts. She acts, sings and plays 8 internments! Some shows she has been in include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Delview Secondary Theatre Company), To Sir with Love (Delview Secondary Theatre Company) and The Mute, a show written and directed by Elizabeth herself!
This is Parsa’s first time working with Place des Arts. Parsa is in grade eleven and age 16. He has previously performed in Pinetree’s Crybaby!, their metfest performance of Mobrat Elementary, Shakespeare’s Starwars and more. He is excited to perform and is grateful for the opportunity.
Margi Stoner is ecstatic to be joining the Romeo and Juliet ensemble. They have been a part of The Best Players as an actor in The Government Inspector (2017) and backstage manager of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018) and performed as Julia Glbbs in Our Town (CYT). They hope you enjoy the show! Cassandra Tedesco
Cassandra has lived in Port Coquitlam all her life and has always been a fan of live theater, but never had an opportunity like this to participate. Some of her favorite plays are Waitress and 9 to 5. She is very excited to be part of Romeo and Juliet, as this is her first performance! Shayla Tedesco
Shayla is 17 years old, an honour roll student, and she has lived in PoCo her whole life. Her interests include writing short stories, digitally drawing and creating characters based off fictional universes. In her spare time, she listens to music, watches animated movies and shows, and she adores spending time with her younger sister. Emily Trepanier
Emily is thrilled to be involved with Place des Arts' production of Romeo and Juliet. Previously, she has been in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as Bianca, as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Hippolyta, both with The Best Players. Additionally, she is a lifeguard, a swim coach and a member of the Charles Best swim team and the Coquitlam Sharks Aquatic Club.
Thank you to our 2018 Summer Teen Theatre Troupe sponsors!