Just so there’s no confusion Deadmouse the Musical is not written by Deadmau5 or endorsed by Deadmau5. It is a parody. It was written out of love of house music culture.
Deadmouse: The Musical is a musical about a mouse who wants to be a house DJ but is discriminated against for being a mouse. It does not feature the music or Deadmau5. Think Ratatouille meets Book of Mormon.
Chris Baker as Joel Zimmermouse
Chris Baker (JOEL) is an actor, writer, director, filmmaker and elementary school supply teacher. Occasionally, he finds the time to do other things, like see plays, play softball, and drink scotch. A graduate of Ryerson’s Theatre Acting program, he plans to continue to pretend to do all of these things well. Selected credits: Theatre – Jelly Belly (Carousel Players), 42nd Street (Drayton). Film/TV – InSecurity (CBC), Supernatural (WB), Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser (Wango/Alliance). Chris also wrote, produced, directed and acted in his first short film, SPUN, which premiered at the Zero Film Festival in Toronto in 2014, and followed with screenings in Montreal and New York. SPUN was also officially selected to premiere online as part of The National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival.
Sarah Horsman as Cat
Sarah Horsman (CAT) is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts and recently LAMDA in the UK. Selected credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (STC), The Peter Potter Panto (Moonpath Productions), Freckleface Strawberry (Canadian Premiere Cast), Medea (Studio Theatre), Aida (Broadway Live), HAIR (PMT), Edges: A Song Cycle (PHP),The Maids (Cowardly Kiss), Beauty and The Beast (CHT), Will Rodgers Follies (VOS), The Boyfriend (CCPA), Broadway Series Soloist (Victoria Symphony). Thank you to the Deadmouse team for the opportunity to play and (always) love to Ma and Pa.
Daniel Abrahamson as David Goudda
Daniel Abrahamson is cheesily chuffed to join the talented ensemble of Deadmouse. This is Daniel’s 6th tour of duty at the Fringe. Maybe you saw Hugh and I, which he foolishly composed, produced and starred in last year. Before that, his shows Funny Business and Act Now! received Patrons Pick and Best of Fringe. Other favorite credits include Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (STC) and Austin in I Love You Because (Stage West Calgary), as well as Luke Skywalker in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Storefront Theatre). Thanks for showing up today, for supporting new works and for the beer he hopes you buy him at the tent following the performance.
Jewelle Blackman as the Executive
Jewelle Blackman (EXECUTIVE) is a Toronto based actor, singer-songwriter and violinist. Recent credits include the Acid Queen in Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend’s revival of The Who’s Tommy and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival 2013). Select theatre credits include Caroline or Change (Acting Up Stage), Jacques Brel…, As You Like It, Cabaret (Stratford Festival), We Will Rock You, The Lion King (Mirvish), Dreamgirls (The Grand Theatre/Stage West), The Wizard of Oz (The Grand Theatre), Crowns (Canadian Stage/MTC/NAC), Obeah Opera (bcurrent). Select TV credits include Copper, Wingin’ It, Degrassi, The Ron James Show, The Border, and the CW pilot Awakening. A graduate of Queen’s University and Berklee College of Music, her album Herstory is available on iTunes. Jewelle thanks her family for their constant love and support.
Adam Jesin as Avicheese
Adam co-wrote a number of songs in the show
Adam Jesin (AVICHEESE) Adam has been playing music and performing in Toronto for over ten years. He made his Toronto fringe debut in 2007 as Hugh Bris in the musical production of In Adequacy. He starred as Alex Lurye alongside co-creator Evan Malach in the critically acclaimed A Simple Twist of Faith at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival and has been reprising his role throughout the past year. In 2015, Adam created two parody songs – All About Those Jays and Northern Funk, both of which have received widespread recognition and acclaim and have been mentioned in several local media outlets including the Toronto Star, the CBC, CP24, Virgin Radio 99.9 and Global News. He released his first solo Album, The Waiting Room, in 2012 and will be releasing an EP this summer. Adam also co-wrote many of the songs in Deadmouse.
Devin Herbert as St. Peter
Devin Herbert (ST. PETER/MINION 3) Devin Herbert is thrilled to be making his Fringe debut with such a wonderful group of artists! A graduate of the Randolph Academy, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (M.A. Musical Theatre Performance), Devin’s favourite credits include: La Cage Aux Folles (Neptune Theatre), The Maple Leaves (SpringWorks), A History of Summer (SummerWorks), Othello (Go Play), A Gift for Santa (Stage West), Pride and Prejudice (Annex Theatre), Show Choir! The Musical and Sunday in the Park with George (Edinburgh Fringe). Recently, Devin made his first foray into producing and directing with: December Songs at Theatre Passe Muraille’s CabStage in April. He can also be heard singing with local A Cappella group That Choir. Enjoy the show!
Diana Chrisman as Mom/Minion 2/Fan 2
Diana Chrisman (MOM/MINION 2/FAN 2) is thrilled to be making her Canadian debut in the Toronto Fringe Festival with Deadmouse: The Musical. Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, UK & The Oxford School of Drama. Selected experience includes: Freezing – An Icy Adventure (UK Tour), Super Alice Smith (Trafalgar Studios), The Great British Soap Opera (Jermyn Street & Edinburgh Fringe), The Marilyn Monroe Show (Brighton Fringe Festival), Whitechapel (Pleasance Theatre), The Sound of Musicals (Barbican, London), Me & My Girl (48 Hour Show, London Palladium), Robin Hood, Aladdin & Cinderella (Pantomime) & Production Vocalist aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. She has also recorded rehearsal CDs for Sing Live Ltd, was a vocalist on In The Snow (Times Christmas Carol Competition Winner 2011) & recently produced a Nursery Rhyme CD for children entitled Sing-a-long with Auntie Goose. www.dianachrisman.co.uk
Kati Pearson as Minion 1/Fan 1/Dance Captain
Kati Pearson (MINION 1/FAN 1/DANCE CAPTAIN) is thrilled to be making her Toronto Fringe debut with Deadmouse. Kati is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, is a two-time provincial champion in Advanced Music Theatre (OMFA) and holds Grade 8 Piano and Grade 10 Voice diplomas from the RCM. Selected credits include Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (EMP), Muriel in The Fox on the Fairway (OHTC), and Haley/Woman 2 in Edges (UM – Pacific Northwestern premiere). Kati was nominated for a 2014 Broadway World Toronto Award in the “Best Cabaret Performance” category. Training: BMus, Voice (Queen’s University); MM, Musical Theatre Performance (The University of Montana). Thanks to Dale and the entire Deadmouse team for this incredible opportunity and, as always, love to friends and family for their continued support.www.katipearson.com
Rafe Malach – Writer/Composer/Producer
Rafe Malach (WRITER/COMPOSER/PRODUCER) is so excited to have his musical “Deadmouse: The Musical” appearing in the Toronto Fringe Festival. Rafe started writing songs fifteen years ago and has written over 100 songs since then. His music has been featured on Much Music and on Explore Music with Alan Cross and received a Factor Recording grant from the Ontario Government. In addition, Rafe was one of 50 winners of the Nissan Hypercube contest, winning a Nissan cube for a song he wrote about the car. In 2014, Rafe co-wrote the music for “A Simple Twist of Faith” which appeared in the Toronto Fringe Festival. The show received a NNNN review and was listed as one of Now Magazine’s Outstanding Productions of Fringe 2014. The fringe show had a nearly sold out run and it has enjoyed a number of remounts after that including one at Temple Har Zion which was attended by over 300 people.
Dale Miller – Director
Dale Miller (DIRECTOR) is one of Toronto’s most sought after vocalists. Dale holds bachelors degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education from Acadia University. Favorite credits include James And The Giant Peach (assistant director/associate musical director), Annie (Dora Award Nominee, YPT), Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary), Funny Girl in concert (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Seussical (YPT/ Citadel Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Mayfield), Knickerbocker Holiday (TOT), Les Miserables (1000 Islands Playhouse), The Giant’s Garden (Theatre Orangeville), The Handmaid’s Tale (COC), Forever Plaid (Stage West), Evita (MTC/ Theatre Calgary), Plaid Tidings (Centre in Vancouver), Cats, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret (Neptune Theatre.) In 2012, Dale made his New York and off-Broadway debut starring as Henry in the musical Living With Henry at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He appeared at the ACC singing backup for Josh Groban and was a featured soloist at Roy Thomson Hall for Christmas Eve 2013. Dale also performs in Toronto with his Celtic folk-rock band “up all night.”
Marion Abbot – Musical Director
Marion Abbott (MUSICAL DIRECTOR) is a proud graduate of Musical Theatre Performance at Sheridan College, where she was also part of the faculty for five years. As a performer, Marion’s favourite roles were Rosa Budd in Drood and Cinderella in Into The Woods. Marion recently created The Confidential Musical Theatre Project: the cast performs an entire musical having had no group rehearsal and the audience shows up having no idea what musical will be performed. Within its first year, six ‘projects’ have been performed and it has been franchised to five other cities, including Los Angeles and New York City. www.confidentialmusicaltheatreproject.com Marion is thrilled to be a part of the Deadmouse team and to experience the magic and mania that is The Fringe Festival.
Kiri-Lyn Muir – Choreographer
Kiri-Lyn Muir (CHOREOGRAPHER) With over twenty five years in dance, Kiri-Lyn began her career as a performer in the Toronto production of Cats, continuing in such Toronto based shows as The Wizard of Oz (Elgin Theatre), Joseph with Donny Osmond and Beauty and the Beast (original Canadian company). She also performed at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals’ and on Broadway in Show Boat (1994 Broadway revival), directed by the legendary Hal Prince. Selected projects include Mary Poppins, Hairspray (Port Hope), Cats (Sunshine Theatre), My Fair Lady (Thousand Islands), Sweeney Todd (Regent Theatre), Seussical (Silvermist Productions), Jasper Station (Theatre on the Grand), Drowsy Chaperone (Lighthouse Festival) and Ned Durango (Theatre Orangeville). Kiri-Lyn is a regular guest teacher at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.
Laura Gardner – Designer
Laura Gardner (DESIGNER) Select credits include: The Snow Queen (Sudbury Theatre Centre, Set Design); An Ideal Husband (George Brown College, Costume Design); This Wide Night (Toronto Fringe Outstanding Design, Set and Costume Design); The Mill: Ash, Part 4 (Theatrefront, Costume Design); The Mill, Parts 1 and 2 (Theatrefront, Associate Costume Designer); Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Me Kate (Stratford, Assistant Costume Designer); West Side Story, The Music Man, and To Kill a Mockingbird (Stratford, Assistant Designer); Living With Henry (Toronto Fringe 2011, Set and Costume Design). Training: BFA, York University. Please visit lauragardnerdesign.ca
Hannah Gordon – Stage Manager
Hannah Gordon (STAGE MANAGER) a graduate from Sheridan College’s theatre arts technical production program, Hannah is thrilled to be back stage managing her 2nd Fringe Show! Recent work has included apprentice stage managing on Alice in Wonderland with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Don Quichotte at the Canadian Opera Company and assistant stage manager for The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glenn Gould School. Other stage management credits: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra concerts, Potosi (Good Old Neon Theatre), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Randolph Academy), The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Sheridan).
Kurt Van Der Basch – Illustrator
Kurt van der Basch (ILLUSTRATOR), originally from Nova Scotia, is a Prague-based storyboard artist and illustrator. He began working as a scenic painter on the film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, conceptualizing/illustrating props and sets on Alien vs Predator, and the biographical fantasy film The Brother’s Grimm. Kurt has since applied his drawing skills in production illustrations for music videos for Janet Jackson and Kanye West to drawing storyboards for Cloud Atlas. Kurt’s most recent projects include the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
Orian Israelsohn – Writing Assistance
Orian Israelsohn (WRITING ASSISTANCE) is thrilled to be working on Deadmouse. She is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at the Tisch School of the Arts, the Second City Sketch Comedy Writing Program and the University of Toronto. Recent work includes Tommy Christ and Love in the Dark. Orian would like to thank her parents, Daniel, Jaclyn, David, Luc and Rachel and her grandparents for all their love and support. And now Orian will stop referring to herself in third person.
Mark Sinclair – Bass
Mark Sinclair (BASS) is a graduate of the Humber Music Performance program he has toured the country and beyond on Cruise Ships and with numerous bands covering styles from Rock and Jazz to Roots music sharing the stage with the likes of April Wine, Blue Rodeo and Kim Mitchell. Mark regularly plays with the Celtic band “up all night.”
Ken Bower – Percussion
Ken Bower (PERCUSSION) is not a stranger to musical theatre having played drums for over a 100 productions during his 35 year and counting career. Shows include I Do! I DO! with Rock Hudson and Juliette Prowse, Broadway touring companies for Cats and Evita and A Funny Thing Happened… with Howard Cable conductor. Ken is thrilled to be working on this show.
Here is a video Chris (who plays Joel Zimmermouse) made out of some of our recent rehearsal footage!
It doesn’t give away any of the plot really but gives you a brief snippet of the song of Avicheese the villain and a little look at the cast.
We were kind of going for a villainous Cruella Deville type song for this one.
The Board of Trustees
I don’t believe in vaccinations so I’m spreading disease
I’ll unbotton your blouse,
Make love to your spouse,
No human or mouse,
Could beat me at house,
Please note, this is a parody and not written by or endorsed in anyway by Deadmau5, David Guetta or Avicii.