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Joseph Sevillo (left) and Stephanie Sy (centre left) in American Idiot
Jana Morrison (2nd from the left) and Joseph Sevillo (right) in American Idiot

Filipinos shine in Winnipeg production of American Idiot


WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Studio Theatre Professional Division is currently presenting their production of Green Day’s American Idiot at the Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Street, and three of the cast members are from Winnipeg’s immense talent pool in the Filipino-Canadian community.

Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

Stephanie Sy plays the character of Whatshername, while Jana Morrison and Joseph Sevillo are in the ensemble.

“The recent results of the US presidential election have me feeling angry, confused, sad and helpless. … The bright side to this catastrophe is that it has brought forward the strong people and organizations ready to fight for human rights. American Idiot sends a clear message,” said Stephanie Sy.

Stephanie travelled with the first national tour of We Will Rock You and performed in Prom Queen: the Musical (Segal Centre), A History of Breathing at the Persephone Theatre, – for which she was nominated for a SATA Award. Her other credits include, Little Women (Dry Cold), Footloose (Rainbow Stage), and Penelopiad (RMTC). Stephanie’s next role will be Ariel in The Little Mermaid at the Globe Theatre.

Jana Morrison lives in Vancouver but she is excited to be back performing in her hometown of Winnipeg. She has performed in productions such as Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games for Koba Entertainment, Gruff (Puente Theatre), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Prairie Skies Musical Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), The King and I (Gateway Theatre), and Bat Boy: The Musical (Company C).

Joseph Sevillo has played the roles of Angel in Rent, Chino in Westside Story, Joe Vegas in Fame at Rainbowstage, Mark in Altarboyz (PTE/WST), and Angelo in Danny, King of the Basement (MTYP). He has also appeared in Billy Elliot, Evita, The Wave (MTC), Beauty and the Beast (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Miss Saigon (Drayton), and the Canadian Premiere of Seussical (YPT). Joseph will be playing the role of Pepper in Rainbow Stage’s upcoming production of Mamma Mia this summer.

American Idiot is derected by Simon Miron; choreographer, Jillian Willems; musical direction by Paul De Gurse, and the stage manager is Ali Fulmyk.

Green Day’s American Idiot plays at the Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Street, until March 5, 2017.

Photos by Leif Norman