Meet the Crew
We have wonderful volunteers. Here they are…
Aimee MacLaine – Website Content
I am involved behind the scenes working on data entry and will be helping out at the performances. It is truly an honour to have the opportunity be a part of this troupe.
Albert Lionais – Sound Engineering
Bernie Borden – Board Member, Fundraising & Puppeteer
Hi, my name is Bernadette Borden (Bernie) and I'm a volunteer with the WeirdBeard Troupe. I'm having so… much fun with all of the participants!! Thank you for allowing me to take this amazing journey with the WeirdBeard Troupe. Rock on guys.
Billie Yvette – Life is Sweet & Rolling Hills: Lyrics and Vocals
I'm a singer songwriter who usually works in the folky-bluesy-Canadiana genre, and I wrote and performed Beyoinkse's song "Life is Sweet." It was a joy to sing, whistle and clap my way into this project!
Candace Youden – Choreography
Carol Cunningham – Music Logistics
I’ve been happy to help the Cruise Director, mostly with music development and sometimes as a sounding board for ideas. I’m very glad to be part of this group and project and can’t wait to enjoy the show!
Carolyn Guy – Board Member, Puppet Creator & Website Content
I am the president of the board of directors of The WeirdBeard Troupe. As well, I have created the large butterfly puppet and the bumblebee puppet seen during the transition between scenes. I've assisted with data entry for the website and will be on hand during the night of the performances to assist as one of the crew.
I am excited to be a part of the WeirdBeard Troupe as I am inspired by Joanie Cunnigham's vision for individuals with Down Syndrome.
Courtney DeJeet – Stage Hand & Puppeteer
Derek Gallant – Photography
My name is Derek Gallant and I am the owner of The Winning Shot photography & design. When Joanie talked to me about working with the WeirdBeard Troupe I jumped right in. I feel so honored to part of something so amazing. It’s been a thrill getting to know all those involved in the Troupe. Some of my favorite studio shoots ever, were spent rocking out some tunes and letting the cast members work their magic. Oh and how many photographers get to post on their blog that they have several pigs hanging in the studio for a shoot???
Devin Farrell – Soundtrack Sound Engineering
My name is Devin Anthony Farrell and I am the owner of De.A.F audio. I run a small recording studio and work with local artists to help produce and work on demos. I've jumped on board with this great project recently to help assist with working on the audio tracks and help record the narration. Looking forward to meeting everyone involved!
Heather Kennedy MacIsaac – House Painter
I am still glowing…and it's not from the paint!
Jalen Borden – Pig Paradise: Lyrics and Vocals
Hi my name is Jalen and it was really great getting to sing for the first time at a recording studio. It has been an amazing experience. Thank you WeirdBeard Troupe.
James Munroe – The Voice of Mr. WeirdBeard
I'm a local musician, actor, and voiceover artist who programs and does sound design, arranging, and composition. Joanie captured my imagination and did me a great honour with the offer to voice the role of Mr. WeirdBeard for this wonderfully fun and innovative project. The wily wizard has taken up residence among the multiple personae of my already crowded head Here's hoping you find him as magical and inspiring a character as I do!
Jamie Foulds – Sound Engineering
Jen Halliday – Puppet Maker
Jim Guy – Sound Operator
WeirdBeard is my rainbow connection says kermit the frog and me.
Joan & Vince Cunningham – Endless Babysitting
Joanie Cunningham – Producer
I'm the Cruise Director on the SS WeirdBeard, sailing on the Blacklight Sea.
Kim Long – Board Member
Kyle MacDonald – Website Development
I am the web developer of WeirdBeard. WeirdBeard was an interesting project to work on, kind of popped up all of a sudden for me, but after hearing what it was all about and seeing design, I was pleased to be part of it.
Lorna MacLean – Board Member, Puppet Creator & Logistics
I'm Vice-President on the Board of Directors and co-puppet-maker with Joanie… she dreamed a dream, invited me along and now it just feels like I've been at a never-ending "dress-up party"! When my 2 year old grandson said "Granny, where are all your big nornange pigs gone?" I realized puppets had taken over my house and my heart. Despite the time and labour, the magic we were creating kept us smiling. Making plans for the next show before the first one is over is a sure indication we're having fun and that we're here to stay! So turn down the lights, click on the blacklight and let these great kids take you places they never thought possible.
Maggie Musgrave – Stage Hand & Puppeteer
Maria Georghiou – The Voice of the Beard & Puppeteer
Mathew Georghiou – Website Content
Business and creative advisor, childcare, lawncare, battery charger, …
Maynard Morrison & Bette MacDonald
Providers of moral support, encouragement and some choice scripting.
Mr. Langham – House of Stone: Lyrics, Vocals & Ukulele
I had a blast writing House of Stone on my trusty Ukulele. Now I can't get that song out of my head. I sure wish I could come see it. Break a leg everyone! If you'd like a custom song of your very own, contact me at http://tinyurl.com/mrlangham.
Nigel Kearns – Technical Advisor & Prop Builder
C0-Master of the Dark Side. "May the Foam be with you."
Parker Donham – Script Writer
Robert Huott – Sound Engineering
Steve`s Tattooing – DJ Jazzy Hogg's Tattoos
If you ever need a giant, black-light pig puppet tattooed, these guys get the job done!
Steven Rolls – Creative & Prop Builder
Young Apprentice of the Dark Side
Every now and then a project pops up which makes to say “Boy, do I have to be part of that”. That is exactly what WeirdBeard was for me. I love a creative idea and being able to build so I’ve hung up my computer mouse, jointed the Dark Side and am helping pump out set pieces. “I have never worked so hard of things that will never be seen”
P.S. The building goes much easier once you realize the construction does not have to happen in complete blackness.
Team Possibles – Prop Builders
These members from Team Possibles built our three flower puppets:
- Renee Forrestall
- Marie Forrestall Webb
- Millie Forrestall Webb
- Johnny McNeil
- Cerah MacIntyre
Todd Hiscock – Advisor
Vicki Devoe – Choreography
I bumped into this amazing project unexpectedly and it has been an absolute delight learning to tango as one big happy family. Everyone involved has so much energy and enthusiasm, it's a joy to be a part of every hop, skip and jump along the way!
Wendy McElmon – Graphics
I am WeirdBeard’s Graphic Designer. From the troupe logo, sponsorship package, website and more goodies to come, it’s been a blast and honor collaborating with the crew to help represent this fantastic production and to get our community excited to partake.
The decision to sink roots back into Cape Breton soil, was greeted with this amazing opportunity to be involved with something that makes me really giddy. Growing up and still to this day I admit; no other TV shows made me wiggle quite like Fraggle Rock and the Muppet Show. I have no doubt that our Troupe of inspiring young people will remind our audience to embrace imagination, to sing loud and often, and of course, to dance their cares away, in a whole new way.
Zach Borden – Puppeteer & Stage Hand
Hi my name is Zach Borden and I am 11 years old and my brother sings and my mom helps also. I will be in the back in the dark helping with the puppets and props.