I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell – Program

The Belfry Theatre presents

I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Conceived by Michael Shamata & Tobin Stokes 

Cast (in alphabetical order) 

Jonathan Gould
Linda Kidder
Anton Lipovetsky
Hannah Mazurek
Chelsea Rose

Creative Team

Michael Shamata – Director / Co-Creator 
Tobin Stokes – Co-Creator
Anton Lipovetsky – Musical Director
Cory Sincennes – Set & Costume Designer 
Alan Brodie – Lighting Designer 
Keith Houghton – Assistant Lighting Designer
Jeremy MacLeod – Sound Designer 
Treena Stubel – Choreographer 
Dianne Woodrow – Stage Manager 
Jamie Anderson – Apprentice Stage Manager 

I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell is 95 minutes, including intermission. The show uses Stage Haze. 

This Belfry production of I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell is supported in part by a generous gift from Diane Scott

This production of I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell is generously sponsored by 

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional Artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the jointly negotiated Canadian Theatre Agreement. 

The Belfry Theatre is a registered Canadian charity, 11921 5549 RR0001. 

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria 



…from the Artistic Director

A big welcome back: to you, our beloved patrons—and to Joni Mitchell and this dear show that I love so much—!

A welcome back as well to three of the original cast members—Jonathan Gould, Linda Kidder and Anton Lipovetsky—who you loved so much in Glynis’s beautiful production of Vigil last season. Anton is also our Musical Director for this recreation. Joining the cast this year are Hannah Mazurek and Chelsea Rose.

I would like pay tribute to Victoria’s musical and theatrical genius Tobin Stokes—with whom I co-conceived this show. We actually created much of it in rehearsal with the original cast—which also included Brent Jarvis and Evangelia Kambites. It was the most joyous and creative time I have ever spent in our rehearsal hall—!

To those of you who saw the original—and to those of you encountering it for the first time—may it be as joyous an experience for you as it has been for me—!

with respect—Michael Shamata

…from the Executive Director

As we move further into the year and our second show, time feels that it is moving very swiftly. I love the idea of Joni Mitchell’s songs transporting us back in time. After hearing Joni’s music again after a very long time, I appreciate how this particular art resonates very differently than it did in my teens. I hope it resonates for you too.

Thanks again for joining us. We so deeply appreciate your ongoing support as audience members and donors. We cannot create the art without you.

Isaac Thomas

Director’s Notes

Joni Mitchell is an artist of astounding accomplishments—singer, songwriter, visual artist—but for me, she is first and foremost a poet. Her lyrics explore and explain our humanity and our mortality; our fragility and our ability to inflict pain; our longings and our losses.

I cannot listen to “The Circle Game” without being aware of my childhood, my dreams, my selfishness and carelessness, and my ultimate death. Few poets’ words can get inside our hearts the way that Joni lyrics can. She knows us. She speaks to us. Which is why, I think, so many of us feel that we know her in return.

I am even more aware working on I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell this second time, that it is an honour and a privilege to live with her words in such an intimate and revealing way.


Cast & Creative Team

Jonathan Gould

For the Belfry Theatre: Chelsea Hotel, I Think I’m Fallin’ (2016). Selected Theatre credits include School of Rock on Broadway (Winter Garden Theatre/NYC), Indecent (Mirvish/Studio180), and several seasons with the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Grand Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Banff Centre, 78th Street Theatre Lab in NYC. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and The Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival. Film/Television: Suits, Scaredy Squirrel, Star Falls, BeyWheelz, WF, Buck Calder Experience, Baby Brain, Kim’s Convenience, Zone, Essex County.

Linda Kidder

Linda is a multi-talented performer with five decades in the entertainment industry. Some career highlights: kd lang’s Ingenue tour, Letterman, The Grammys, Radio City, Albert Hall, CMA Duo of the year, with Gary Fjellgaard. Recording credits: Bon Jovi, Gary Fjellgaard, Rita MacNeil, Harry Manx. Theatre credits: Bittergirl (2017 – Arts Club Theatre), I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell (2016 – Belfry Theatre), Cruisin’ with the Boomers, (2012–2013 – Jupiter Productions), Sweet and Hot, Baby Boomer Blues, Old New Borrowed and Blue, Rogues and Romantics (1998–2011 – Jupiter Productions). Linda is thrilled to be back for the second run of this wonderful show!

Anton Lipovetsky

Anton Lipovetsky is a Vancouver-based actor and songwriter. This is his fifth appearance at the Belfry, including I Think I’m Fallin’ (2016) and most recently as Kemp in Vigil. Anton has performed on stages throughout Canada, including the NAC, Stratford, and five seasons at Bard on the Beach. For his songwriting, he has been shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild of Canada’s Musical Award three times, and in 2022, his score for the musical Blackout was showcased at the New York NAMT Festival. Anton is a Studio 58 and Stratford Festival Birmingham Conservatory graduate. Follow him on TikTok @antronsongs

Hannah Mazurek

Hannah Mazurek is a soprano and multi-instrumentalist based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Hannah is enchanted by music of all kinds and has participated in diverse projects across the country. They recently appeared onstage in Victoria as the shrieking, lumbering hag Black Annis in WYRD: A Musical Unfairytale (2023). Other favourite stage appearances include The Loon in the new operetta The Loon Returns (Daniel Janke, 2023) and as a soloist in the oratorio Miziwe… (Everywhere…) (Barbara Assiginaak, 2019). Hannah has a zest for new works and is delighted to be appearing as part of the cast of I Think I’m Fallin’.

Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose is an award-winning recording artist, actor, and songwriter. She attended both UVic and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Chelsea is the vocalist and songwriter of Vancouver band Ophelia Falling. Credits include: As You Like It and Julius Caesar (Bard on the Beach), Sound of Music, Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol and REDPATCH (Arts Club/The Citadel), The Café (Aphotic / ITSAZOO), Th’owxiya (Axis), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Gateway), Les Filles Du Roi (Cultch/Urban Ink/Fugue), Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Firehall Arts Centre), Broken Sex Doll (Virtual Stage), RENT (Fighting Chance), The Wizard of Oz and Grease (Victoria Operatic Society).

Michael Shamata – Co-creator & Director

Michael has been a grateful guest on lək̓ʷəŋən territory for almost 16 years.

Celebrating almost 50 years in professional theatre, Michael is the Artistic Director of the Belfry, where he has commissioned and directed Home is a Beautiful Word and Forget About Tomorrow. He collaborated with and directed the adaptation of Griffin & Sabine with Nick Bantock and BEING HERE: The Refugee Project with Joel Bernbaum.
Other directing credits at the Belfry include Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, the Canadian premieres of The Year of Magical Thinking and A Doll’s House, Part 2, the English-language premiere of And Slowly Beauty, and his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

An award-winning director, he has created productions at most of the major theatres across the country, including the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, the National Arts Centre, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, and the dearly missed Vancouver Playhouse.

Tobin Stokes – Co-creator

Since the late 80s Tobin has been lurking around the Belfry as a performer, arranger, musical director, composer and/or sound designer for various productions. He’s even had a couple short plays premiere at the annual Spark Festival. Musical projects here have featured the music of Leonard Cohen, Patsy Cline, Harry Chapin, his opera The Vinedressers, and of course, Joni Mitchell. Besides creating for theatre, Tobin composes for orchestra and choir, and scores documentary films, the latest about great white sharks is premiering soon on CBC’s The Nature of Things.

Cory Sincennes – Set & Costume Designer

Cory is an award-winning designer, currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI. His designs have received both national and international recognition having worked throughout Canada, Europe, and Russia. He holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent Work: Gypsy, Prince Caspian, Damn Yankees (Shaw Festival); Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia (Charlottetown Festival); Shakespeare in Love, A Christmas Carol, Matilda, Romeo and Juliet (Citadel Theatre), Gin Game, Cottagers and Indians (Watermark Theatre); The Secret Garden, The Louder We Get, Billy Elliot, Bad Jews, Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary); Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, Crazy For You, (Theatre Calgary / Citadel Theatre). www.corysincennes.com

Alan Brodie – Lighting Designer

Alan is delighted to have his work appear again on the Belfry stage, where his other credits include Salt Baby, A Christmas Carol, Equivocation, Stones in His Pockets, The Syringa Tree, Mary’s Wedding, When We Were Singing, The Drawer Boy, Two, Skylight, Come Rain or Come Shine, Anatol and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. In 2021 Alan shifted gears and took a position at Arts Umbrella as Director of Theatre Operations. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Michele and their dog “Bosco”. www.alanbrodie.ca

Keith Houghton – Assistant Lighting Designer

Having been the running technician for the original production of I Think I’m Fallin’ in 2016 and having worked as lighting technician with Alan Brodie for many productions in my over 20 seasons at the Belfry, I am excited to be able to work as Alan’s assistant to bring the remount back to the stage. Previous lighting design credits include Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, Good Timber (The Other Guys). Agnes B (Co-Design, Suddenly Dance Theatre). My Rabbi (Sum Theatre). SECRET/E (Theatre In The Way).

Jeremy MacLeod – Sound Designer

Jeremy began his professional career at the Belfry in the early aughts as FOH manager and then Audio Technician. After some years satisfying his wanderlust and workaholism on tour and elsewhere, he has been thrilled to come full circle these past two seasons serving the Belfry as Technical Director. Supporting I Think I’m Fallin’ continues this theme by giving him a rare opportunity to get his hands dirty again with his first love, live sound. Nicknamed Bear, Jeremy spends his lifestyle time exploring regional parks with his wife, Rena, and their husky, Finn.

Treena Stubel – Choreographer

Treena Stubel has been working in theatre for over thirty years as a choreographer, dancer, actor, movement director, and most recently as a director and intimacy director. She has appeared in numerous stage productions and has created physical theatre works for festivals in Canada and abroad. She has choreographed for: Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Bard on the Beach, The Belfry Theatre, The Caravan Farm Theatre, Atomic Vaudeville, Theatre SKAM and her own company Bounce Performance Works. She was the original choreographer and movement director of the Dora Award–winning musical Ride the Cyclone, which has gone on to US productions, including Off Broadway. She is also a sought-after teacher of movement and holds an MFA in Lecoq Physical Theatre from LISPA in London, UK.

Dianne Woodrow – Stage Manager

Dianne was the Production Stage Manager on the original Canadian productions of Les Miserables, Rent, The Lion King, Mamma Mia! The Boys in the Photograph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Other PSM credits include The Shaw Festival and Charlottetown Festival. Stage management credits include shows at Soulpepper Theatre, The National Arts Centre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Stratford Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Vancouver Playhouse. Dianne worked as an Associate Director of Production for Mirvish Productions. She was a Company Manager on tours for both Shaw and Stratford Festivals. Dianne coordinates Field Placement at Sheridan College. She is a retired standup comedian.

Jamie Anderson – Apprentice Stage Manager

Jamie lives in so-called Victoria, British Columbia on the unceded lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. A UVIC theatre graduate, some of Jamie’s recent credits include Closet Freaks (Stage Left Productions), the soft spaces (Impulse Theatre), Don Giovanni, Carmen (Pacific Opera Victoria), The Waste Land, Problem Child (Phoenix Theatre). Though primarily a stage manager, Jamie has explored many avenues of theatre and enjoys working across multiple artistic disciplines. With a passion for strange and experimental art, Jamie writes poetry, builds props, works front of house, and writes the occasional short story. This is their first Belfry production, and they hope you enjoy the show!

About the Belfry

The Belfry Theatre is on the land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The Lək̓ʷəŋən people have been keepers of this land for millennia and we offer our respect and gratitude for our uninvited presence on their territory.

These lands are within the disputed Douglas Treaties territories, treaties that were negotiated verbally, signed to blank pieces of paper by the Indigenous leaders and then had text added by the colonial government. The colonial perspective on the treaty is one of a sale of land, while the Indigenous perspective is a sharing of territory.

The Songhees are members of the Te’mexw Treaty Association seeking a modern treaty with the Crown on their rights, territory and self-government.

The Belfry Theatre is a registered Canadian charity, 11921 5549 RR0001.

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Destination Greater Victoria, and the Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria.

President – Alison Watt
Vice President – Gillian Wood
Secretary – Mikaila Mauro
Treasurer – Kathy Veldhoen
Past President – Richard Brownsey

Cathi Charles Wherry
Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair
Kini McDonald
Daniela Pinto
Joni Steinman
Stephen Tax

Honorary Board of Directors
Chair Emeritus – Patrick Stewart
Sherri Bird
Barbara Greeniaus
Robert Johnston Q.C.
John Keay
Joan Snowden
Dr. Brian Winsby
Michael Ziegler

Castor Angus – Box Office Clerk
Kate Barry – Development Officer
Alison Bendall – FOH Supervisor & Box Office Clerk
Claire Cacheux – Box Office Clerk
Matty Cervantes – Manager of Community & Artistic Connections
Helena Descoteau – Box Office Supervisor
Mark Dusseault – Director of Marketing & Communications
Linda Findlay – Head of Wardrobe
Mike Ford – Director of Production & Operations
Ian Gibson – Audience Services Manager
Keith Houghton – Head Technician & Systems Administrator
Valerie Houle – Producer
Nora Kidston – Interim Front of House Manager
Carole Klemm – Head Scenic Artist
Jeff Kulak – Graphic Designer
Jeremy MacLeod – Technical Director
Patricia O’Brien – Director of Finance
Peter Pokorny – Head of Props & Scenic Carpenter
Dale Pudwell – Master Carpenter
Sophia Radford – Box Office Clerk
Michael Shamata – Artistic Director
Susan Stevenson – Director of Development
Isaac Thomas – Executive Director
Cian Waldron – Box Office Clerk
Deborah Williams – Associate Artist & Flame Facilitator
Celena Cook Custodial – Celena’s Cleaning Co

B4Play Host – Gregor Craigie
Photographers – David Cooper, Emily Cooper, Jo-Ann Richards, Peter Pokorny, and Don Craig
Belfry 101 Instructor – Dave Morris
Belfry 101 Instructor – Nicole Malcolm
B4 Play Technician – Carson Schmidt
Scenic Painter – Lara Shepard
Venue Technician – Mariam Dumitra
Lighting Crew – Grace Carmichael, Leigh Robinson, and Andrew Shepherd

Robert Holliston
Brent Jarvis
Evangelia Kambites
Thank you to the Community Connectors
Ariel Reyes, Fiona Bramble, Katherine Ross, Nicola Watts, Debra Sheets, Tania Betiku, Thembelihle Moyo, Olvie Li, Carmen, Rodriguez, Jess Barton, Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas, Alex Taylor-McCallum and Dahlila Isabelle Charlie
Stephanie Kirkland and her team from VocalEye
Plenty Collective for their support towards the Community Theatre Nights
Gregor Craigie for hosting B4Play
Island Deaf + Hard of Hearing Centre for their Interpreting Services (ASL) during B4Play
CFUV Queer Histories and Futures Project

What to Expect

Smartphones, Cameras, and Recording Devices
The use of cameras, smartphones or audio/visual recording equipment is prohibited. Please turn off all personal electronic devices prior to the performance. If you need to be contacted
in an emergency, please leave your name and seat number with our House Manager.

Latecomers & Re-admission
The Director of each production designates moments in the show when the seating of latecomers will cause the least distraction for actors and audience members. Should you leave the theatre, our House Manager will not be able to reseat you until one of these breaks and may not be able to return you to your original seat, but you can watch the performance on the
monitor in our lobby.

Perfume and Cologne
Please refrain from using perfume and cologne when you come to the theatre. Some of our patrons are highly allergic to scents.

Food & Drinks
Only food or drinks that you purchase at the concession are permitted in the theatre.

Lost and Found
Please check with our House Manager if you have lost an item in the theatre.

Lobby Touchscreen
The TV monitor in our new lobby is a touchscreen device. By touching the screen, you can delve deeper into each production, learn about the artists who created the show, and much more.

Babes in Arms
The Belfry is proud to produce adult contemporary theatre. Most of our productions are not suitable for young children. Sorry, we do not admit babes in arms.

Live talk shows hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and featuring artists from the upcoming show, along with experts from the community, have been designed to provide insight into each Mainstage production. Each event is held the Saturday prior to Opening, is free to attend and is also live streamed on Facebook, and available as a podcast on our website.

Listen and download the full interviews from each B4Play, recent stories from The Flame, our storytelling series, and more at belfry.bc.ca/podcasts.

Upstage Magazine
Our magazine provides insight into each Mainstage production, further enriching your experience. Upstage is available in the lobby and on our website. Drop us a line at hello@belfry.bc.ca for an advance copy.

Talkback Thursday
On the third Thursday performance during the run of each show, most (usually all) of the actors return to the stage to answer your questions and provide insight into the play you have just experienced. These Q & A sessions last approximately 20 minutes.


The community theatre night is an opportunity to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and accessibility by doing what we like to do most, enjoying theatre!

If you would like to participate in or attend a Community Theatre Night, please contact matilde.cervantes@belfry.bc.ca


The opportunity to discuss a piece of theatre after you have seen it can enhance your experience of the play.

A community facilitator hosts Afterplay, but they are not there to answer questions or to offer expert information. The goal of Afterplay – and the thrill of it – is that the conversation is audience-to-audience.


For patrons with low or no vision, we offer one VocalEye performance during most Mainstage productions. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details. More information at the Box Office.