About Us

Saskatoon Summer Players (SSP) is a community-based, non-profit organization whose purpose is to celebrate its distinguished past, and produce and perform musical theatre of professional quality.

From its inception in 1964 to the present day, SSP has been a volunteer-based and volunteer-supported non-profit organization. It has staged high quality full-scale Broadway musicals for the enjoyment of theatre-goers, while providing unique on- and off- stage opportunities for local artists and artisans.

Saskatoon Summer Players began as a group of dedicated amateurs working out of Knox United Church who mounted their first production, “Oklahoma”, in 1964. SSP has presented one “main-stage” musical in late June/early July every year since then, from time to time has produced a second smaller show, and recently has also produced a series of reviews each February. SSP has always drawn on the considerable talents of amateur on-stage performers and off-stage volunteers from the community. All concerned have taken considerable pride in mounting shows of high quality and, often, of professional standard.

About Us - Board & Staff

 

Noah Kelleher (President) 

Governance & Bylaws Committee Chair

Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee Member

Noah Kelleher is excited to be participating on the Board for SSP in the position of Director At Large! Noah first started volunteering with SSP when he was in the 7th grade as a member of the stage crew for the 2008 production of Cinderella. Since then, he has been involved with every other production to date in some capacity. Noah was lucky enough to apprentice under SSP veterans Doug and Enid Jaques and credits them for most of his theatrical knowledge. Studying commerce at the U of S, he has always had a passion for the business side of stage entertainment. He hopes that he can combine his love for theatre with his business-oriented mind to help SSP continue to thrive in the Saskatoon community. Noah is thrilled to be on the Board and strives to positively contribute to the success of his favourite Saskatoon theatre company!


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Cyril Coupal (Vice President)

Governance & Bylaws Committee Member

Dr. Cyril Coupal began with Saskatoon Summer Players in the musical The Pirates of Penzance Saskatchewan. He has been with them ever since, either on stage or behind the scenes building and painting sets. Cyril has found the many varied experiences of live musical theatre quite thrilling and so different from his day-to-day work as an academic at the University of Saskatchewan. As Past President of SSP, Cyril welcomes everyone to be part of the organization as a volunteer and to support our shows by coming out to see them.


 Lynn LeMesurier (Treasurer)

Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee Chair

Personnel Committee Member

Lynn is excited to be participating on the Board of the SSP as a director at large! While she has no experience in the theatre, she has a great passion for the arts and a firm belief that artistic expression makes for better people and a better community & country! Growing up in a small community, her mother always made sure that they got to see live theatre each time it came to town and she was hooked! Self employed for over twenty years in the real estate industry, Lynn has served in varying capacities on two different real estate boards. Lynn is now retired and looking forward to a new and exciting learning experience, serving on this Board.


 Susan Brooks (Secretary)

Personnel Committe Member

Sue is delighted to reconnect with Summer Players after a long hiatus! Her involvement began as an audience member for the 1974 production of the King and I and continued till the early nineties. Sue has sung in choruses, designed costumes, overseen props, built sets, stage managed and produced SSP shows culminating in Oklahoma (1983) when she was President of the executive, producer and stage manager for the show.  That was the year of the great flood and that story is best told over a glass of wine! She also served two terms as Treasurer. Oh yes and she designed one of the original logos. Having portrayed everything from a nun in Sound of Music to a Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls, Sue is a sucker for musical theatre and is looking forward to supporting the creation of more fine productions as a director for Saskatoon Summer Players.


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Personnel Committee Chair

Governance & Bylaws Committee Member

 

Catherine fell in love with musicals after watching The Sound of Music as a young girl in Hong Kong.  She has been a SSP Board member since 2009, witnessing the rapid growth and many changes within the organization. Catherine first joined the SSP family as a cast member in The Pirates of Penzance, SK (2005). She also performed in The Producers (2012), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2013) and several Broadway Bash productions. As set painting coordinator and marketing chair, Catherine was fortunate to work with many talented volunteers in a number of productions. Many thanks to the SSP volunteers and the Saskatoon community for supporting SSP for over 50 years. Great things happen when we all give a little!


 Carol Affleck (Director at Large)

Show Selection & Coordination Committee Member

Fundraising Committee Member

Carol has 30 years of community theatre experience as a Director and an Actor throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as being a founding member of several community theatre companies.  Carol was also a Board member for numerous terms with Lethbridge Musical Theatre (LMT).  Select musical theatre Directing credits include: Guys & Dolls, Annie (New Creation Community Players NCCP, Biggar).  Musical theatre performance credits:  Bye Bye Birdie (NCCP), Showboat and Music Man (LMT).  Select Acting credits: Waiting for the Parade (Saskatoon Gateway Players), Steel Magnolias (The Barn Playhouse).  Carol stepped away from community theatre a few years ago but is excited to be a new Board member with SSP and the challenges ahead.  Carol is “semi-retired” as Artist Services/Youth Tour Coordinator at Persephone Theatre, a position she has held for a number of years.  Carol’s greatest joy in life is her family and her special loves: her grandchildren Juliet and Brenner… as well as her plethora of adopted theatre grandchildren, including (but not limited to): Abigail, Josephine, Judah, Liam, Fred, Eliza, Beau, Scarlett, Sienna, and Xavier.


 Jason Arcand (Director at Large) 

Jason has enjoyed musicals all his life and began with Saskatoon Summer Players as a dancer in The Sound of Music (2011).  He also performed as a cast member in HMS Pinafore (2015), Spamalot (2017), and has recently taken part as the Assistant Stage Manager for Little Women.  He was a dancer for Canada’s Top Country Western Dance Team, The Saskatoon Silver Spurs, and traveled to competitions for many years, and just recently, he has focused more on Ballroom/Latin and is honored to be an instructor at the U of S Ballroom Dance Club, along with teaching students from the College of Kinesiology at the PAC and private classes at the Saskatoon Field House.  Its great to work with so many talented volunteers and he is definitely looking forward to being a director of such a successful organization!


Rod Macpherson (Director at Large)

Rod recently retired from the Business program at SaskPolytech, has acted in or worked in community theatre productions such as Our Town, A Man For All Season, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Odd Couple, and Cotton Patch Gospel (three times).  As a playwright, his short play Best4U was part of Sextet at the 2017 Saskatoon Fringe; Naked Tourist, Sacred Mountain was the second show of Saskatoon's Live Five 2017-2018 season; and Logic appeared at the Script Salon in December, 2017.  A tour of Naked Tourist, Sacred Mountain is planned for 2018.

 


 Anita Smith (General Manager)

Anita stepped into the General Manager position with Saskatoon Summer Players in May of 2014. With a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Regina, Anita has been working professionally in the performance world since 2001. Trained as an actor she has performed in a variety of films, television shows, commercials, and theatre productions. Prior to becoming the GM of Saskatoon Summer Players, Anita filled an assortment of administrative roles with Dancing Sky Theatre, Persephone Theatre, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, the Small Town Drama Festival, Drama Queen Productions, and Flicks International Film Festival for Young People. In 2001 she received the YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award, in 2012 she was named an Artist in Residence at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in honor of the building’s centennial, and in 2016 she was honoured to receive a SATA Best Director nomination for her work on J. Caesar at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.


Tara Oliver-Weiman (Volunteer Coordinator)

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