MEET THE CAST OF

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

GILLIAN BARBER - Clairee

Gillian is thrilled to be a part of Steel Magnolias! She has been acting and directing in Canada for over 35 years and has performed in more than 50 shows with the Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Tamahnous Theatre, Vancouver Fringe, Presentation House, Centennial Theatre (Vancouver), Bastion Theatre (Victoria), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), The Citadel (Edmonton), Lunchbox Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and has toured the UK in several Rep companies.
She has just finished recurring roles on Supernatural, Chesapeake Shores, The Romeo Section, Witches of the East End and Man in the High Castle. Film credits include: Hamlet, Patterson’s Wager, 2012, Hot Rod, Status Update, The Vehicle, On the Sixth Day, Double Jeopardy, Kitchen Party, Jumanji and Rainbow War. TV Movie roles on:  The Christmas Note, Super Volcano, Bang Bang, You’re Dead, Christy, A Storm in Summer, Colour of Courage and In Cold Blood. Regular Guest appearances on TV: The X-Files, Millenium, Bates Motel, Cedar Cove, Stargate, Outer Limits and Mysterious Ways.
Her select directing credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone,  Jesus Christ Superstar (TUTS), Comedy of Errors, Our Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Secret Garden, Lucky Stiff, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Boyfriend, Cinderella, Threepenny Opera, A Little Night Music, Hello Dolly!, The Wiz, Children of Eden, Jane Eyre, Nine, and Into the Woods (CapU). Asst Director on My Fair Lady at the Arts Club; Vocal director and Choreographer on Rocky Horror at Down Stage Right and the Arts Club Theatre.
Gillian currently teaches acting, musical theatre and business in the Theatre programs at Capilano University.

JAIME PIERCY - Shelby

Jaime couldn’t be more proud to be part of such an extraordinary cast of woman, and to be bringing such a heart-warming and joyous play to life. A graduate of Studio 58, Jaime has performed in musicals since age 8.  For Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver: BIG: THE MUSICAL (Ensemble), OKLAHOMA (Ensemble), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Ensemble), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Narrator), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Alice), HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Ensemble), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle), MARY POPPINS (Miss Lark, Miss Andrew), 42nd STREET (Ensemble).  For Royal City Musical Theatre: WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Ensemble), OKLAHOMA! (Ensemble).  For Studio 58: ELBOW ROOM CAFÉ: THE MUSICAL (Amanda), ROMEO & JULIET (Ensemble), FLEE (Fleek 4), RETAIL: THE MUSICAL (Aubrey). For Razzle Dazzle Productions: THE YELLOWPOINT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (Soprano/Alto).
A career highlight was as a member of the professional cast of JOE SEGAL: AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE, the largest presentation ever put on by the Vancouver Board of Trade. As a director: THE CROWD (Assistant Director - Studio 58/Green Thumb Theatre), MAMMA MIA! (Assistant Director - Theatre Under the Stars), and OLIVER! (Theatre Under the Stars), OLIVER'S VILLAGE FAIR (Theatre Under the Stars - Pre-Show – Director).

LALAINIA LINDBJERG - M'Lynn

Lalainia feels unbelievably privileged to be creating this poignant piece of theatre with cast members who are not only power-house, multi-talented performers but inspirational, self-sacrificing, generous and kind women. She knows that these women, mixed with the passion of director Shel Piercy, who pours his soul into the text, the characters as well as the minute details of production will create something special, not to be missed!
Lalainia has worked in the Performing Arts industry professionally since the age of 8.  She began in film & television, however, once she discovered musical theatre, it became her passion.  Though she has extensive lead role credits in film (The X-Files, Sabrina The Teenage Witch; Dead Mans Gun, Disturbing Behaviour, First Wave) her main focus has been theatre, starring in professional musicals across Canada. Selected credits: TUTS: Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Crazy for You, Big: The Musical, ARTS CLUB: Red Rock Diner, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Swing STAGE WEST: Cinderella PACIFIC THEATRE: Christmas on the Air, Smoke on the Mountain CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL, ROYAL CITY, RICHMOND GATEWAY & JAPAN TOUR: Anne of Green Gables). Her directing and choreography credits include Grease, The Wizard of Oz,  The Sound of Music, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof (Ovation Award – Best Director & Production), Cinderella, Seussical the musical, Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently the Artistic Director for Xtreme Theatre and has taught Movement at Trinity Western University. She was the co-founder of The Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts (now independently owned) which has been a strong force in the community for the past 20 years, training young people from ages 3-18 years of age in the Performing Arts.

RANAE MILLER - Annelle

Ranae grew up in Richmond and found her love of theatre at the Gateway Academy. The theatre bug latched on hard and she has never looked back. She attended Capilano University, where she earned her diploma in Musical Theatre in 2011. Ranae has worked with a number of companies around Metro Vancouver since then, some of her favourite credits include: Sweeney Todd (Snapshots Collective), Mary in Mary Poppins (Theatre Under the Stars), Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Shrek The Musical – where her princess dreams came true as Princess Fiona (Align Entertainment), Broken Sex Dolls (The Virtual Stage), Guys and Dolls and Carrie The Musical (FCP). Ranae received the Applause Ovation award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2011 and was the recipient of the Theatre Under the Stars E.V. Young award for her work in Mary Poppins. This show is so special to her, and to work with this cast of strong women is simply the best. She dedicates her work on this show to her father who passed away from diabetes complications in 2011. This is for you, Dad!

SHERYL ANN WHEATON - Truvy

From Musical Theatre to Children’s Theatre, from Dinner Theatre to film and television, Sheryl Anne  has been a part of the entertainment industry for well over 30 years, performing, impersonating,  choreographing, directing & teaching.
Sheryl has toured extensively throughout Australia as a member of the Vocal Quartet “Strictly Vocal” and has several Cd recordings under her belt. While in Australia, Sheryl was a main performer at Brentleigh Theatre Restaurant before becoming resident choreographer until they closed their doors in 2002. During her time in Australia, Sheryl was also resident vocal coach for two Dance Studios in Brisbane over the course of 5 years.
Roll back several years where Sheryl’s training and skills as a young performer were honed at Theatre Under the Stars, the Arts Club and Carousel Theatre, Harbour Dance Centre and Mailinki Ballet. She attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC as well as Western Washington University’s Summer stock theatre program.
Theatrical credits include “Mrs. Brill” in Mary Poppins and “Mrs. Tottendale” in The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre Under the Stars, where she received the Aida Broadbent Award for Professional Conduct and Performance. Sheryl was also seen as Mrs. Potts in their 2016 production of Beauty and the Beast and is a recipient of the E.V.Young Award two times in a row for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actress.
Sheryl joined Lindbjerg Academy this year but has been teaching Musical Theatre and voice both here in Canada and Australia for many years…too many to count. No stranger to the Tri Cities area, Sheryl was a regular performer at Maz N Me’s Dinner Theatre Restaurant in Port Coquitlam and taught Musical Theatre and Voice at 4 different schools within the New Westminster School District as part of their after-school program.

CHY - Ouiser

Chy’s love for theatre began at the age of 4, with her professional debut in STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF. From that point on, in spite of all the twists and turns in life, Chy has continued to keep her finger in the theatrical pie, so to speak – with her most recent performance in MEMORY HOUSE seeing her character, Maggie, actually making blueberry pies from scratch each night. A few of her musical favourites would be LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Crystal), CHICKENS (Butterball) and SASKATOON PIE (Alice)...hmm, is there a theme here? A variety of other roles in theatres across Western Canada would include WAIT UNTIL DARK (Suzie), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Cory) and THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Amanda). She has enjoyed several film and television opportunities including CBC’s ‘Inside Stories’ and a recurring role on ‘Marriage Uncensored’.