Winnipeg Cast

Cory Wojcik as Mike Sokolowski

After appearing in the 2003 University of Winnipeg workshop production of Strike!, Winnipeg's Cory Woycik is thrilled to return to the musical as Mike Sokolowski. Previous theatre credits include: November (WJT), Peter Pan, Wizard of OZ (Rainbow Stage), Head: The Musical, A Midsummer's Night's Dream (SIR), Urinetown (Drycold), Munschapalooza (PTE). Writing Credits: LondonTown (White Rabbit). Film credits: Wild Cherry (Farpoint) and Less Than Kind (Buffalo Gals). 

Erin McGrath as Rebecca Almazoff

Erin is extremely proud to be returning to the cast of Strike! and such a valuable piece of Winnipeg history. Other selected theatre credits include; My Fair Lady (WCT), Winter’s Tale (Tom-Tom), Othello (SIR), Age of Arousal (Theatre Projects Manitoba), Seussical (WCT), Still Desire You (ATP), The Real Thing (MTC),The Universal Wolf (Wpg Fringe Fest), The Skinny Lie (MTYP), Little Women and Cheatin' Hearts (VPP), Cowgirls (The Georgian Theatre Festival), Peter Pan (TNB), The Mystery of Edwin Drood , and Les Belles Soeurs (The Annex Theatre). Erin is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Jeremy Walmsley as Stefan Dudar

Jeremy is thrilled to be joining the cast of Strike! and is very proud to be part of such a great production! Hailing from Neepawa, Manitoba, Jeremy recently moved to Winnipeg and trained at the Academy of Acting for Film and Television. Some of his credits include Matthew in Altar Boyz (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Roger in Rent (Academy of Acting), and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf Coneybear (Winnipeg Studio Theatre). In his spare time, Jeremy works as a musician, playing piano, guitar and drums.

Simon Miron as Moishe Almazoff

Simon trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Grant MacEwan College. He works as a director, music director, vocal coach, drama tutor, choreographer and workshop Leader in Canada and the U.K. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director with White Rabbit Productions. Favorite performances include: The Opera Singer in To the Country (Winnipegger Ensemble), Abe in Altar Boyz (WST), Mark in Londontown (WR), Sparky in Forever Plaid (Rainbow), Bullfrog in Honk (MTYP), Jack Pointe in Yeomen of the Guard (G&S), Brian in Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens and Leo Frank in Parade. (MacEwan)

Tom Keenan as O'Reilly

Tom Keenan is a Winnipeg actor and musician. He has worked with most of this city's major theatre companies, and has toured productions throughout Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Recent screen credits include House Party (Comedy Network), Less Than Kind (HBO Canada), and the lead role in Sean Garrity's feature film Zooey and Adam. He has recently released an album of his songs, entitled RomanticFitness. He would like to dedicate this performance to his Mum and brother Mike. You be able to identify them in the audience by their fists raised in solidarity.

Andrea Del Campo as Emma the Maid

Andrea is delighted to be returning for her second annual Strike!. A graduate of the Theatre program at the University of Winnipeg, Andrea has had the pleasure of performing on a number of Winnpeg stages, including PTE in Munsch Ado About Nothing and MTYP with Rich. She is also a longtime member of Winnipeg's musical improv troupe, "Outside Joke".

Melanie Whyte as Susan Ashdown

Melanie first played Mrs. Ashdown in the 2005 premiere of Strike! and has reprised the role many times. She delighted in the opportunity to play Margaret in Dry Cold Production’s offering The Light in the Piazza this past spring. She has performed with Dry Cold before as Sarah in Sondheim’s Company, as Josephine Strong in Urinetown and in Nine, Into the Woods, She Loves Me and A Little Night Music. Other recent shows include The Full Monty and The Sound of Music for Rainbow Stage. Melanie values the opportunity to remember  Winnipeg history through story and song.

Steven Ratzlaff as Senator Robertson

Steven is an in-demand actor with credits with virtually every Winnipeg company, including The Light in the Piazza, Urinetown (Dry Cold), Last Man in Puntarenas (Theatre Projects Manitoba), Dionysus in Stony Mountain (Winnipeg Fringe), It’s a Wonderful Life, Glengarry Glen Ross, Our Town (MTC), Philadelphia Story (MTC/TC) Essay, Russian Play, Broken Glass, Einstein’s Gift, Funny Girl, Anne Frank and Me (WJT), Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure (TomTom Theatre), Head (SIR), Girl in a Goldfish Bowl (PTE/Belfry), Molly’s Veil (PTE), Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, The Zoo Story, Ashes to Ashes (Master Playwrights Festival).

Arne McPherson as Captain McDougall

Arne MacPherson is a Winnipeg-based actor and director. He has been seen at the Manitoba Theatre Centre (including performing the title role in the world premiere of Shakespeare’s Dog at MTC and the National Arts Centre), the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre , Shakespeare In the Ruins , Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Projects Manitoba. Directing projects include The Threepenny Opera for MTC, many productions for SIR (including the world premiere of Head), PTE, and Theatre Projects Manitoba. Arne’s favourite theatrical experiences were Candy From A Baby and Molotov Circus, the shows he did with his partner Deb Patterson and their kids Gislina and Solmund. Molotov Circus will be mounted in August at Toronto’s Summerworks festival. Arne has served as member of the curatorial committee for Nuna(now) for four years. He recently began work on an international co-production with artists from Iceland and Canada.

Derek Leenhouts as Carmichael

Derek is excited to be appearing in Strike! after being a part of the original workshop of the musical at the University of Winnipeg, where he studied theatre for five years. Since then, he has enjoyed performing in many other theatre productions in Winnipeg including Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, Lucrezia Borgia (White Rabbit/CMTDG), Company, Assassins (Dry Cold), Oedipus Rex, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Theatre By The River), Patience, Yeomen of the Guard (Wpg. G&S Soc.), The Full Monty (Rainbow Stage), Pride and Prejudice (MTC). Derek also sings in the local a cappella group called "Those Guys".

Praise

"One wonders if Evita will impress as much..."

- Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"An improbably compelling piece of musical theatre"

- The Globe & Mail

"There's nothing small in mind, body or heart about Strike!"

- Edmonton Journal

"Strike! Has Important Message for Humanity"

- Winnipeg Free Press

"Strike! makes haters of musicals and history see the error of their ways"

- University of Saskatchewan Sheaf

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