Nabil Ayoub as Tobim
Liana Bdewi as Mara
Noah Beemer as Manu
Milton Dover as Zaydal/Fredo/Gregor/Judge
Trisha Talreja as Saleet
Jennifer Walls as Helen/Security/Bethany
Nabil Ayoub is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He has come back recently from doing a tour in England with Pride and Prejudice: the Musical (Tin Roof productions). Past shows include: [Title of Show], Private Eyes (KSTF) and originating the role of Icarus in Olympus (Dr. L Productions). Nabil is excited to create another character in this show. Special thanks to friends and family who have supported me throughout this journey.
Liana is thrilled to make her Toronto Fringe debut in Seeking Refuge. She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, as well as the Dawson College Professional Theatre program in Montreal. She was part of the North American premiere of Thank You For Being A Friend: The Ultimate Golden Girls Experience where she played the wisecracking Sophia Petrillo. The puppet show was a roaring success and played in multiple theatres in Toronto and will come back for another remount later this year. She was also part of the Lower Ossington’s recent remount of the incredibly popular musical Avenue Q, where she played Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. In 2015, she starred as Sinam in Rahul Varma's heart-wrenching play State of Denial at the Segal Centre in Montreal. The show revolves around the Armenian genocide of 1915, focusing on one woman's journey through the massacre and how it later affects her grandchild in present-day Canada. The show was supported by the AGCC (Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee) in Montreal, whose mission is to raise public awareness and recognition about the Armenian Genocide.
When Liana isn’t acting, you can find her recording various voice over projects in her home studio or in studios across the city. Recent clients include: Corus Entertainment, Bud Light, Arbonne International, SunLife Financial and San Pellegrino. She also recently worked with Jay Fosgitt (Marvel Entertainment) where she voiced Estelle in Dead Duck and Zombie Chick. She would like to send out a huge thank you for all the love and support from her parents, Shawn, and of course, Jazzy.
Noah is currently going into his third year at Sheridan's Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. His previous credits include Sweeney Todd, The Pirates of Penzance, and Drag (among others) at Korda Artistic Productions. He recently workshopped Jeff Ho's "fāng" at Young People's Theatre. This is Noah's first time at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and he is so excited and grateful for this opportunity.
Milton is originally from Ottawa and is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Milton began performing at a young age, starting with singing competitions and performances all over Ottawa. His first large scale musical was Orpheus Musical Theatre's production of RENT, which garnered great reviews, played to nearly 10,000 audience members and included performances on CTV, at Ottawa Pride and the Day of Pink Gala. Since graduating, Milton has been in several productions in and around Toronto. He was fortunate to play the role of Gomez Addams in The Addams Family Musical, a production which won the Broadway World Toronto award for Best Community Theatre Production in 2016. Other credits include: Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Larry Finkelstein in Love You to Death (an original murder mystery cabaret), Oscar Shapiro in Curtains, Poseidon in The Trojan Women, Teen Angel/Johnny Casino in Grease, Lookout Frederick Fleet in Titanic: The Musical, and Mrs. Taylor in Bat Boy: The Musical. Milton also made his television debut last year portraying Stephen Aarons in an episode of Murder U (Discovery ID).
Trisha was born and raised in Toronto. Throughout her youth, she trained extensively in voice and various dance styles and was the lead singer for the Etobicoke Jazz band. She later attended Etobicoke School of the Arts’ musical theatre program, where she was the recipient of the Etobicoke Musical Productions Scholarship. In 2014, she completed her Royal Conservatory of Music grade ten examination in classical voice with first class honours. Over the years, she has placed first in several music festivals for musical theatre, including the Kiwanis Music Festival and Peel Music Festival. She is a recent graduate of the Randolph Academy For the Performing Arts’ Triple Threat training program. Past theatre credits include Seussical, A Glass Hive, Secrets of Area 51, A Chorus Line, Anne of Green Gables, and Urinetown.
Jennifer is a Toronto based performer, producer, voice actor and impressionist. She has received critical acclaim as a writer and performer for her solo shows Liza Live! and Jagged Little Me and most recently for her portrayal of "Everyone Else" in Hard Core Logo Live with BFL Theatre. She is the host and producer of SINGular Sensation a musical theatre open mic celebrating their 6th year. She is also the voice of Family Jr.
Originally from the Ottawa Valley, Jennifer is a Toronto based performer, producer, voice actor and impressionist.
This marks her sixth year in the Toronto Fringe Festival as a performer. Credits include Fairy Tale Ending (Fringe and Next Stage Role Your Own Theatre-2010/11) ByoLogyc (The Mission Business-2012) Liza Live! (Next Stage Festial and Fringe-Total Betty Productions), Love Is A Poverty You Can Sell 2 (Soupcan Theatre- 2013) Hugh And I (2014) This year in addition to Seeking Refuge Jennifer can be seen in Sibling Rivalry in Kids Fringe as well as an evening of The Confidential Musical Theatre Project.
As a producer she has presented Fringe successes Confessions and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Rebecca Perry- 2014 & 2015) Baker's Dozen (Adam Proulx-2014) Blind To Happiness (Tim Murphy- 2016) #MannequinGirl (Eliza Musslewhite & Alyssa Minichillo-2016)
Outside of the Fringe, Jennifer has received critical acclaim as a writer and performer for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in her solo show Liza Live!, her autobiographical cabaret Jagged Little Me, based on the 1995 Alanis Morissette album and most recently for her portrayal of "Everyone Else" in the Toronto premier of Hard Core Logo Live, an adaptation of the 1995 Bruce MacDonald film with BFL Theatre. She has shared the stage with Ben Vereen, Rebecca Caine, Colm Wilkenson and Andrew Lloyd Webber and just returned from her fourth season at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.
As an impressionist, Jennifer has toured across North America over the past decade as a number of celebrities including Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga.
As a voice actor, she can be heard in a number of animated series' including Peg + Cat (PBS) Creative Galaxy (Amazon) and as the voice of Family Jr. Channel.
She is the host and producer of SINGular Sensation a musical theatre open mic celebrating their sixth year on Church Street, presenting live musical theatre every Monday night as well as partnering with a number of Toronto companies including Second City, The Musical Stage Company and The Toronto Fringe. She has also produced numerous special events including Hocus Pocus and Cluless, a live satirical staged reading series at Buddies in Bad Times theatre a well as four years of lives show stage shows for Toronto Pride. She is also a curator of the 120 Diner's Sunday Cabaret Series.
Jennifer is a proud mental health advocate and LGBTQ ally.