Where age is just a number... a musical theatre number!

MISSION STATEMENT

Well Seasoned Productions is an entertainment production company. We create works focused on the joys, challenges, and celebration of life 50 and better. Come Celebrate With Us!


MANDATE

  • To promote the work of Canadian Theatre Artists who are aged 50 and better
  • To provide work opportunities so that senior entertainment professionals can have career sustainability
  • To inspire, celebrate, and promote vibrant contributions of our senior population
  • To network with other organizations to create a strong and united Canadian identity for all artists
  • To create productions that will entertain and inspire

WSP SERVES ARTISTS BY

  • Creating careers with longevity
  • Changing the perspective of ageing
  • Giving younger artists a place to grow into
  • Striving to alleviate the social isolation and mental health issues that are associated with reduced work opportunities


                                                                             WE ARE WELL SEASONED!

LESLEY BALLANTYNE - Producer and General Manager

Lesley celebrates 40-plus years in the Canadian entertainment business this year. Her talents have allowed her to work as a director, choreographer, performer, producer, teacher, and arts administrator. Her peripatetic career has taken her across Canada, parts of the US, and as far south as the Bahamas. She is a proud Dora Mavor Moore Award winner and a Jessie Richardson Award nominee for On Tap. Lesley is a past Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival Theatre (theatres in Gravenhurst, Port Carling, and Huntsville ON) where she directed and choreographed many of the Festival’s main-stage and touring productions, many of them original Canadian musicals. She has experienced the joys of both performing, and directing and choreographing shows in a range of theatres from small storefront locations to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Recent projects include: Co-producer Voices for World AIDS Day; Project Manager, The Siminovitch Prize; Director, Put Up Your Hand; Director, Brundibar; Co-Producer Confessions of an Operatic Mute, and many rewarding shows for Smile Theatre.

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MARK CASSIUS - Artistic Associate

Mark is a graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre Program, he has been featured on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar, Ragtime, and Shenandoah. Other credits include: Sousatzka at Toronto's Elgin Theatre, Off-Broadway Musical, The Musical of Musicals, Cats, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Miss Saigon, and Showboat. He has performed at both  the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Mark spent eight years touring with the  world-renowned a cappella group, The Nylons. Since leaving the group in 2005 he has been working with many aspiring professionals, instructing them in the disciplines of music and theatre. His work as a music producer, director, writer and teacher continues to inspire those in pursuit of creative excellence.

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SUZANNE VANSTONE - Director of Communications

Suzanne has been involved in the arts for over 40 years, both as a performer and senior administrator. A member of the acclaimed Canadian Opera Company (COC) Chorus for 20 years as well as a freelance classical/opera singer. Suzanne was a director on the board on the Actors' Fund of Canada, a negotiator with Canadian Actors' Equity Association, and served on various committees supporting both artists and arts management. As Senior Communications Manager, Editorial at the COC, she managed publications, including writing, interviewing, editing, and collaborating with a myriad of artists. Suzanne wrote for the COC house program, Prelude magazine,  Arias magazine, and the COC Ring Cycle book. She is particularly interested in new works or re-interpretations of classic repertoire and enjoys exploring ways to creatively link all art forms so that they complement and enrich each other.

TRISH ADAMS - Administration Assistance

I began my career at the age of 4 as a boy in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Madama Butterfly. I have been fortunate to sing, dance, and act across Canada and the Caribbean over the past four decades.

I look forward to continue working into my fifth alongside Well Seasoned Productions.

Trish is a certified fitness trainer and also offers fitness coaching for seniors.

https://www.facebook.com/Fitnessforboomers/

fitnessclassesforboomers@gmail.com



MARK CANDLER - Front of House Manager and Production Assistant

Mark has worked Front of House & Merchandise Sales for Mirvish Productions and Front of House for The Sum of Us for Warrack Productions at the Bathurst St Theatre.

As a singer/dancer Mark has performed on stages across Canada. Regional credits include Guys & Dolls (Harry the Horse) Persephone Theatre, The Play's the Thing (Mr. Mell) Georgian Theatre, Anne of Green Gables (Willie Boulter/Station Master alternate) Charlottetown Festival, Me & My Girl (Ensemble) Drayton, Fiddler on the Roof (Avram/Dancer) Huron Country Playhouse, and The Vaudevillians (Phil) Lighthouse Festival, Port Dover. Toronto credits include Cabaret, 42nd Street, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Asher/Butler/Dance Captain), and Dead Air… the Musical (Jimmy the Page).