Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling

June 30 2018

House of M is very proud to present Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling. The fan-favourite musical episode of everyone’s favourite vampire slaying cheerleader comes to the Montreal Comiccon stage with the help of a powerful, young, ambitious, and artistic group! Fans of Buffy, musical theatre, and the geek community at large are invited to Freeman Theatre on the seventh floor of Palais des congrès to discover the wonderful medley created by this passionate band of performers.

"Once More, with Feeling" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) and the only one in the series performed as a musical. It was written and directed by the show's creator, Joss Whedon, and originally aired on UPN in the United States on November 6, 2001. "Once More, with Feeling" explores changes in the relationships of the main characters, using the plot device that a demon—credited as "Sweet" but unnamed in the episode—compels the people of Sunnydale to break into song at random moments to express hidden truths.

Actors

Emanuelle Ranger - Buffy Summers

Emanuelle Ranger is a Montreal-based actress with training in theatre, dance & singing. In 2014, she became a member of Intentional Dreams Productions, a realistic school of acting, where she continues to study with Gilles Plouffe today. She has participated in acting workshops with John Strasberg in New York, Ben Ratner in Montreal, and Dylan Brown in London, to name a few. In her most recent performance, she takes on the role of Alice in Closer, a play by Patrick Marber directed by Davyn Ryall and presented at the Mainline Theatre.

Bryan Libero - Spike

Bryan received his DEC in Professional Theatre Acting at John Abbott College and is also a graduate of Concordia University receiving his BFA in Theatrical Performance. He has appeared at the Segal Centre in their Yiddish productions of The Pirates of Penzance, Tales From Odessa, and Soul Doctor. Other selected credits include: Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Persephone Productions), 33 Variations (Brave New Productions) where he received a META Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble and In the Wings Promotions’ The Who’s Tommy: In Concert and HAIR. He has also made appearances on the Television shows The Art of More and 19-2.

Emilio Ferreira - Demon "Sweet"

Emilio Ferreira is an 18 year old actor. Since he was eight, Emilio was involved in musical theatre and began acting on-screen at age 11. By age 12, Emilio became a full member of ACTRA from working on Television and Netflix series, Blue Mountain State, the Nickelodeon movie Nicky Deuce, starring Noah Munck and Rita Moreno. He also took place in a commercial for Skotidakis and for the National Film Board of Canada. Ferreira further pursued his passion for theatre by joining John Rennie High School’s strong theatre program, Actor’s Studio where he developed a one in a million relationship with his director. Emilio now studies professional theatre at John Abbott college and is developing his craft every day. He aspires to continue in the arts for the rest of his life and to even teach within this field some day.

JADE BOISVERT - TARA Maclay

Jade has been singing since she was a little girl. It is only a few years ago that she had been more involved in her passion for dance and musical theatre. She was part of the ensemble in the 2017 musical production The Wedding Singer by Phoenix Musical and ComUm. Earlier this year, she also played the evil stepmother in Into The Woods by the same company. She has also danced for Productions La Maison des Fous in their latest show Le Temps d'une Chanson. After visiting Montreal Comic-Con for so many years, the project Once More With Feeling is a way to join this geeky passion to her thespian life!

Laurianne Flynn - Willow Rosenburg

Laurianne Flynn had her stage debut at the age of four, where she played the role of young Aurora in The Ballet Ouest production of Sleeping Beauty. She went on to study ballet at l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and performed in multiple shows such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens’s Nutcracker at Place-des-Arts. She discovered her passion for musical theatre in high school and was awarded the Prix Hélène-Ostiguy for Drama in 2016. She continued at John Abbott College where she played Reno in Anything Goes. She is currently studying in Abbott’s Professional Theatre Program.

Tristan Khouri - Xander Harris

Tristan Khouri Started his career in Theater only one year ago at John Abbott Professional Theater program. Though still a newcomer to the art, Tristan has shown his natural talent and ability through his stage work in that short time. Theatrical performances include Anything Goes, Prisoner On Second Avenue, Zoo Story, and 12 Angry Men. Tristan’s resume may be short but we assure you his performance will be otherwise! Becoming Xander for House of M’s production has been the most rewarding experience for Tristan and he would like to express his undying gratitude to the producers for this life changing role. P.S.  Love you forever my darling Scilla <3

Jamie Telfer - Anya Jenkins

Jamie Telfer has a long rich history in Theater, beginning her passion for the art with Comedia del Arte at only seven years old. The theater bug caught, and Jamie pursued her stage career, leading to such roles as Lester (I don’t have a clue), Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Tula (Homosimian), and Tiressias (Oedipus Rocks). Jamie has also competed professionally in the Canadian Improv Games, being a seasoned Improv actor for three years, coaching for an additional two years. Jamie would like to thank House Of M for believing in her and allowing this first opportunity to conquer her fear and sing in front of an audience.

Theodoros Vlachos - Rupert Giles

Theodore Vlachos is a true “Broadway Baby”; becoming a fan of the craft from childhood. At the young age of 18 years old, Theo has been involved in several musicals throughout his five years of high school, notable roles include: Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing), Gus Gus (Cinderella), Pumba (The Lion King),  and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast). His experience in high school led  him to TOPS, a professional showcase for outstanding singers and dancers across the LBPSB high schools, and winning the Voice of Gold singing competition in Montreal.  Today, Theo is a  student of the John Abbott Theater Program in the professional capacity. Theo has always had a passion for theatre, loving the idea of make-believe and diving into his imagination to play a character. The stars are the limit for the talented Giles, next stop Broadway!

CALLI ARMSTRONG - DAWN Summers

RenéeHodgins(Dawn). A longtime Buffy fan from Sudbury, Ontario, Renée is delighted to be working with House of M Productions on Once More With Feeling. In Montreal, she has performed with a variety of companies, including Beautiful City Theatre, Talking Dog Productions, Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre,Chocolate Moose Theatre, Third Space Playback, and Montreal Playback Theatre. Renée has yet to discover any powers to tear down dimensional barriers, but she is cautiously optimistic that she’ll figure out the key one of these days.

Jeremy Lewis - Company

Jeremy Lewis came to theatre at a young age, getting his start with school productions which lead him to study theater at the College level. He has performed such roles as Moon Face Martin (Anything Goes), Archduke/Duchess (Orlando), and Sister Boom Boom (Execution of Justice) with John Abbott College, as well as Riley Lewis (Mostly Scripted) at the 2016 Fringe Festival, among many other notable roles. In addition to being a studying actor, Jeremy writes and composes his own music, which is available on Soundcloud under the name “The One and Only Court Jester”. Thank you House of M productions and Montreal Comic Con for this opportunity.

Gabriel Coles - Company

Gabriel Coles is a Montreal native, he fell in love with stories at a young age in regards to film and television.  After a shift in interest at the age of 17, he fell in love with acting thanks to his introduction to theatre at John Abbott College where he took part in three amazing productions thus far: Anything Goes, Secret in the Wings and Pippin. He intends to grow and learn as an artist and actor with every role he gratefully has the opportunity to step into, with the intention of shedding more light into the world and inspiring people to be more loving with the help of the characters he portrays and the stories they tell.

Veronique Latour - Company

Véronique started theater at the age of ten. She has always been passionate of the performing arts and participates in all the projects that crosses her path. Véronique has performed in high school productions and studied professional theater at CEGEP Saint-Laurent after discovering her love for theater in high school. She continues to implicate herself in various project; always enthusiastic and happy to help in every way can. 

Production

Meixian Fong - Musical Director

Meixian has been playing cello since the age of six and studied privately with Monique Joachim and Mariève Bock. From a young age, she has been involved in the arts through music and dance. Throughout high school and CEGEP she learned how to write and arrange music. While completing a bachelor's degree of education from McGill University, she has pursued more musical activities such as being part of the Orchestre de jeux vidéo (OJV) and the West Island Theatre Association (WISTA)’s productions of Beauty and the Beast (2015) and Shrek: The Musical (2017) as a cellist. ''Once More With Feeling'' is her first time in a professional musical directing role.

Scilla Cornelli - Musical Director

Scilla Corneli studied in classical voice at l’École de Musique Vincent D’Indy and then went on to study at the University of Montreal under Yolande Parent. After completing university, she received vocal training with Lyne Fortin and Gabrielle Lavigne. For many years, she was a chorist member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the direction of Kent Nagano. She now teaches voice privately and as an extra-curricular activity at CEGEP Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. She is a member of l’Association des Professeurs de Musique du Québec (APMQ), Fédération Canadienne des Associations des Professeurs de Musique (FCAPM), Fédération des Associations de Musiciens Éducateurs du Québec (FAMEQ), and the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is also a vocal coach for singers, rock groups, jazz, small and large ensembles, and chorists who have a desire to perfect their voice in their domain, respectively.

Mélanie “Bibi” Ermel - Choreographer

Mélanie or ''BiBi'' 's first contact with the stage was through dance and is still dancing to this day. She then studied to become a Stage Technician. That brought her to specialize in stage Management. She's been exploring the world of Stage Management for over five years now and had the chance to work for Theater companies such as Segal Centre, Geordie Productions and Teesri Duniya. Recently, she toured in the States with a Geordie Productions show: Jabber. She's also been Geordie Productions' Tour Manager for three years. Passionate for what she does she is also involved in many different ways with Phoenix Musical.

JADE BOISVERT

Jade has been singing since she was a little girl. It is only a few years ago that she had been more involved in her passion for dance and musical theatre. She was part of the ensemble in the 2017 musical production The Wedding Singer by Phoenix Musical and ComUm. Earlier this year, she also played the evil stepmother in Into The Woods by the same company. She has also danced for Productions La Maison des Fous in their latest show Le Temps d'une Chanson. After visiting Montreal Comic-Con for so many years, the project Once More With Feeling is a way to join this geeky passion to her thespian life!

Adara Sasso

Adara has always had a passion for makeup, beginning with her family as her canvasses growing up. Her love of imitating looks from her favorite
fictional characters in cosplay became the inspiration for Adara to pursue Makeup Artistry as a career. This goal lead Adara to Inter-Dec College, where she was able to study her passion in a special fix course. WIth each semester, Adara was able to experience and learn more and more in the field, including photoshoots with professional photographers as well as being apart of fashion shows.

Lara Kerba

Lara Kerba is a passionate professional Makeup Artist who was born with a brush in her hand. After finishing high school she attended Inter-Dec College in Montreal where she studied “Makeup Artistry : Fashion and Beauty and Stage and Special Effects Techniques”. Since 2014 she works for MAC as a Makeup Artist and also as a freelance artist. Her experience, customized and refined makeup and talent in listening to her customers/producers make her a distinguished artist in this field. She has performed make-ups for different occasions such as beauty/fashion shows, photo-shoots, video clips and other events such as weddings, parties, Halloween, etc.“ I am a creative person and a team player who put all my attention to details”.

Musicians

Meixian Fong - Cello

Meixian has been playing cello since the age of six and studied privately with Monique Joachim and Mariève Bock. From a young age, she has been involved in the arts through music and dance. Throughout high school and CEGEP she learned how to write and arrange music. While completing a bachelor's degree of education from McGill University, she has pursued more musical activities such as being part of the Orchestre de jeux vidéo (OJV) and the West Island Theatre Association (WISTA)’s productions of Beauty and the Beast (2015) and Shrek: The Musical (2017) as a cellist. ''Once More With Feeling'' is her first time in a professional musical directing role.

Meiling Fong - Violin

Violinist Meiling Fong is passionate about musical theatre. Over the years, she has performed in professional productions such as Les Belles Sœurs: The Musical (Segal Center – Montréal & National Arts Center – Ottawa), as well as independent productions (Captain Aurora II –Fringe Festival). She regularly works with schools and community theatre companies. Classically trained since the age of four, she also performs as a soloist, chamber musician as well as with local choirs and orchestras. Off stage, she pursues a career in marketing and is an avid recreational soccer player.

Kellan Selig - Guitarist

Kellan started playing guitar when he was nine years old, and by the end of high school had set his sights on a career as a professional musician. He first attended Vanier College in Professional Music and Song Techniques, and then Mcgill University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance. Kellan has played with many diverse musical groups over the years and has also been a member of the orchestra for musicals such The Hazards of Love, and West Island Theatre Association’s (WISTA) productions of Bye Bye Birdie and Shrek. He continues to teach guitar privately and play professionally around Montreal as a freelance guitarist.

Guillaume Roux - Drums

Guillaume started playing music when he was really young, just for fun. Even if he mostly wanted to play drums, he learned how to play a fair bit of all percussions. He played in a big band and a few orchestra like more recently with l’Orchestre de jeux vidéos (OJV) and l’Orchestre à Vents Non Identifié (OVNI). He also co-founded Tortuga, a Heavy Rock band, playing mostly video game music. With this band, hehas had the chance to play for a few conventions like Otakuthon, and Nadeshicon.

Wesley Chan - Piano/Synthesizer

Wesley is currently a second year graduate student at McGill University completing his Masters of Science degree in Cell Biology. He began learning to play the piano at the age of six and completed the Secondary V practical examination for piano performance at the McGill Conservatory in 2009. As an extra-curricular activity, he has also learned and performed on the euphonium, tuba, drums and cello in concert bands and other musical groups.