TVAT Cast and Crew

Paul Baines

Paul Baines is an uninvited settler guest in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory and is also an inheritor of colonial privilege and resistance with a lineage rooted in England and Ireland. While this is his first theatre role, he has been performing as a student, educator, and activist for decades with a focus on social and ecological justice. As one of the ancestors of this territory and the British Isles, Paul dedicates his performance to the Atlantic Salmon who feed the bodies, cultures, and spirits of all those reciprocating the gift of life. See the emergence of his current work at

Carling Dulder

Carling’s last time on stage was 7 years ago at the John Candy Box Theatre at Second City Toronto. She has performed at Blackfly Theatre (Too Many Cooks) and the University of Guelph. (Swollen Tongues) She is terrified to be back. Be gentle.

Elaine Day

On stage Elaine has performed in musicals, children’s musical variety shows, and dramas. Behind the scenes, she has done sets, props, makeup, and costumes. There are always new things to learn in theatre. Her ancestor John Heffernan was a poor gardener on Lord George Kingston’s estate. He had to leave Ireland with his wife Lady Elizabeth Kingston because of the scandal surrounding them. They came to Canada with Peter Robinson.

June Govier

June Govier’s acting debut began in 2014 here at Market Hall in the play, “Once Upon A Time.” She followed this up playing, Elizabeth Armour in ‘The Little Lake Cemetery Pageant for three consecutive years. June dons her animal costume in the yearly Peterborough Winter Solstice Lantern Parade, playing a variety of animal characters. Her stage work also includes parts in “Austin and Ally,” “Matilda,” “Hercules,” and most recently, she played The Wicked Witch of the West in the Edmison Heights production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Nathan Govier

I began doing theatre at Peterborough’s Union Theatre in the early 1990s, appearing in a dozen or more original productions. I was also a founding member of the MYOB comedy troupe, performing shows at the Union and the Gordon Best Theatres, including a sold-out election night MYOB comedy show during which I ran for Mayor of Peterborough. I also appeared in several dance shows choreographed by “scooter” (a.k.a. Wes Ryan). In the 2000s I performed at Dubai’s month-long Shopping Festival and busked in Europe. Since returning to Peterborough 18 years ago I have performed in plays such as Incident On Gun Mountain (2017, Planet 12 Productions) and Appropriate Audience Behaviour (2018, Planet 12 Productions) at The Theatre on King (TTOK) and in the annual “Granny and The Starchild Winter Solstice Celebration” and lantern parade (Atelier Ludmila artist collective). My latest project is stand-up comedy under the name #fixieG. I perform every Sunday from 9 to 11 PM at Bar 379.

Michael Ketemer

Michael Ketemer is a Peterborough-based musician. He plays lyrical and lively tunes from various folk traditions, as well as ragtime and classical. He is a multi-instrumentalist on fingerstyle guitar, hammered dulcimer, tin whistle, and concertina.

Drew Mills

Drew has acted in and directed multiple shows in Peterborough over the last decade–mostly focusing on musicals. His more standout roles include Paul in Theory of Relativity (2020), Ernst in Spring Awakening (2019), The Man in 7 Stories (2018), and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (2016). Drew was previously the Spring Show Coordinator for the St. James Players and has produced or directed a dozen shows. Currently, Drew has multiple brain injuries and is taking theater one step at a time; he is proud of the work he put in and the dedication of all the volunteers to make this show a success.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren has been acting within her local community for over 20 years. She has participated in many theatrical productions, ranging from drama to comedy, to musicals. She graduated from Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television program in 2012. She also received the Bancroft Theatre Guild Award for Acting Excellence for the EODL Festival in 2018. When she’s not acting, she’s pursuing her other career as a realtor. Lauren is very pleased to be acting again with The Trent Valley Archives. She hopes you enjoy this important part of Peterborough’s history.

Lucas Pronk

Hello! My name is Lucas Pronk and I am a Grade 12 drama student at Thomas A. Stewart. I first started acting in 2018 and loved it! I have enjoyed being part of the local theatre scene, with groups such as the Peterborough Theatre Guild, 4th Line Theatre, and St. James Players. I also have experience with professional acting, with appearances in shows such as American Gods, Disasters at Sea, The Haunted Museum, and a CIBC commercial. Outside of acting, I enjoy skiing, biking, and playing games such as D&D. My favourite subjects outside of Drama are Sciences, especially Chemistry. I hope you enjoy the performance of Tide of Hope with the Trent Valley Archives as much as we have!

Brogan McKellar

I’m a grade 8 student at Crestwood Intermediate School with a passion for the arts. This is my second play. Last summer I was in The Cavan Blazers (4th Line Theatre, 2023). I am excited to start the Integrated Arts program at Thomas A Stewart Secondary School.

Gerry McBride

Gerry is a retired elementary school teacher. He is grateful for this opportunity to direct a cast of actors older than 12. Gerry has thoroughly enjoyed this experience, although, as he told the cast more than once, it’s exhausting sitting around telling people what to do all evening, and watching them work. A big thank you to the cast and crew and everyone involved in this little adventure for making it so much fun.

Marilyn Robinson

Marilyn began her journey in theatre with a group of friends at Whispers Dinner Theatre in 1984. She has worked on over 60 Productions with Whispers Dinner Theatre, St. James Players, Peterborough Theatre Guild, and Emerald Sky Entertainment. As a retired Teacher, one of the highlights has been facilitating a theatre arts workshop series for Arts students at TASS for two years. She has been involved with Trent Valley Archives for approximately 14 years helping with Ghost Walks and Cemetery Tours. Marilyn is excited to be Stage Managing this Inaugural Production for Trent Valley Archives Theatre.

Ed Schroeter,

Ed began his professional writing career as a newspaper reporter. Wheatland Theatre and the Turgeon International Youth Hostel produced Ed’s first professional plays while he was 8working as a theatre and film critic at the Regina Leader-Post. Ed’s specialty is historical fiction. He has won four national one-act playwriting awards for his work. He is a retired kindergarten teacher, a former Artistic Associate at 4th Line Theatre, a former Artistic Producer of Arbor Theatre and was playwright-in-residence of Heritage Pavilion Stage, a joint venture of Arbor Theatre and the Peterborough Museum & Archives. Ed is grateful to the cast and crew of Tide of Hope for bringing his play to life on stage, especially his longtime friend Gerry McBride for directing it, and the Trent Valley Archives Theatre committee for their hard work.

Mary & Greg Conchelos,

Mary and Greg became involved in the Peterborough theatre scene in 2004.They continued the efforts of Ed Schroeter with regard to Heritage Pavilion Stage, which provided school tours of Canadian history plays throughout the Kawartha region and beyond. Plays included Ed’s “Shadow of Genius,” “Figure of Peace,” “And Freedom for All,” and others. Greg and Mary also commissioned Ryan Kerr to write “Bonfire House,” about Dr. Hutchison, and Beau Dixon to write “Freedom Belles.” A number of productions were done as “environmental theatre” – in which plays are produced in places other than on a stage. One example was “A Figure of Peace,” which took place at the Peterborough Cenotaph.
Greg and Mary also volunteered for several years with the Trent Valley Archives Cemetery Pageant. Greg contributed dramatization ideas and acting, and both were involved in writing scripts.

Elaine Day and Gwen Hope
Cindy Wardrope
Peter Lawson
Madison More
Suzanne Schroeter
Karen Hicks
Deirdre Chisholm
Susan McBride
Paden Gilhooley and Lindsay Wilson