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 “We would like acknowledge that the Town of Newmarket is located over lands originally used and occupied by the First Peoples of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples and thank them for sharing this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our close neighbour and friend, one that we strive to build a co-operative and respectful relationship with”.

Ace Galaksi has been tasked with the tiny inconsequential job of locating the stolen backup copy of the Giant Book of Destiny before destiny itself is re-written. The good news is he’s travelling in an advanced ship called Phoenix. Originally manufactured on Traa Laa Laa, a planet that burst into existence after a comet crashed into one of God’s recycling piles, Phoenix has the ability recycle, or shape shift into anything else. The bad news is, there are a lot of hiding places throughout destiny.

writer & directors 

Maissa Bessada

Writer/Producer/Co-director

Three years ago, Maissa wrote and produced the six episode audio drama, The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi. Intrepid cast member Liisa Kallasmaa-Davis mentioned how cool Ace would be as a staged audio drama, and thus Space Dick went Large.

Space Dick would have remained small were it not for the dedication, love and outstanding talents of the cast, foley artists, Madeleine, Dave and Lilita. Thank you all for bringing the whole thing to life.  

Lilita Tannis

Co-Director

Lilita Tannis is a writer and poet currently writing about culture and identity in Canada. She has directed several contemporary young adult plays written in Latvian and performed by students in their second language. Ace Galaksi marks her debut into community theatre and working with actors skilled in English and Klingon.

the cast & crew

Marlo Alcock

The Editor

Fresh from her stunning triumph as Tanya in "Mamma Mia", Marlo is thrilled to be put in charge of Destiny. Favourite roles: Carmen in “Curtains” (for which she won a Thea Award), Marilla in "Anne of Green Gables" and Belinda in “Noises Off”. She also sings with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with whom she has sung at Carnegie Hall and Roy Thomson Hall; and sung back-up with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand and Eric Idle (in the world premiere of his oratorio “Not The Messiah”). 

Liisa

Kallasmaa-Davis 

The Phoenix

Liisa is a local actor, performer, and voice actor. Some of her favorite stage credits include Jellylorum in CATS, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and she has also done voices for various PodCasts. Having been in the original cast of Ace Galaksi’s first adventures, she is excited to be reprising and exploring new depths to the role of Phoenix along with her amazing and talented castmates.

Jean-Claude Paquet, Captain Peddleserp/Captain Jugglefritzer/ The Wheel

A veteran actor, JC has performed in over 35 stage productions as well as TV shows and commercials. JC lives an artistic life as a prolific graphic designer by trade, painting, drawing, sculpting in stone as well as playing guitar and ukulele. You can hear JC’s voice portraying several characters, such as the Chief of CSIS in Maissa Bessada’s 6 episode podcast “The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi” available at acegalakis.com 

Paul Stafford

Ace Galaksi

A graduate of AMDA and the York University Creative Ensemble, Paul is pleased to make his debut in Newmarket!  Outside of his credits as a stunt coordinator and performer Paul is very proud of his past work with the Sudbury Theatre Centre, recently with Solar Stage Children's Theatre as well as his credits internationally in Brussels, Germany and the U.K.

Nishant Varmani 

Copy Aide

My credits include: Kong - Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, Despicable Me 3, Lego Batman Movie, Logan, Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.   Wait, sorry, not Wonder Woman.  I think I paid with my debit card for that.  Cineplex's credit card system was down.  It was a whole thing.  I missed out on the PC grocery points.  So frustrating

Stephanie Snider, Dee/Sylvie

Stephanie has been acting since her first appearance as the Big Bad Wolf in a production of the Three Piggy Opera, a kindergarten spectacle. Since then, her passion has grown through her participation in musicals, plays, dance performances, and showcases. She's also spent time teaching theatre to children and teens, and sees herself continuing to welcome future generations onto the stage.

Tahlia Zaloski

Fact Checker Fran

“I've been a Toronto based actor for a few years now. Pencils are surprisingly hard to put in my hair. I would like to thank the directors and cast for such an amazing experience. We had a lot of fun preparing this performance. Thank you for coming, enjoy the show.” 

Dave Kouhi

Stage Manager

Dave is proud and excited to be making his stage managerial debut with the Galactic premiere of Ace Galaksi. Prior to this, Dave has only acted. He is blessed to have worked with many talented individuals to bring magic to the stage in Kiss Me, Kate (Second Gangster), Into the Woods (Steward), Sweeney Todd (Bird Seller), Parade (Luther Rosser), The Little Mermaid (Grimsby), and Peter Pan (pixie dust). Dave thanks Maissa and Lilita for trusting him, and his family for their support. Remember, all destines are final…unless you edit The Book.

Scott Monteith

Foley artist

Scott is very excited to be a part of Ace Galaksi: Space Dick at Large. He graduated from Sheridan College with an advanced diploma for Technical Production for Theatre and Live events. In 2015 he worked on a musical called Colours in the Storm where he gained valuable foley experience, which prepared him for this exciting project

Madeleine Patton

Illustrator

Madeleine Patton has been doing digital illustrations since she was a very young child. In her teen years she found success animating on youtube. Her channel "tribbleofdoom" has over 55,000 subscribers and over 19 million views. Madeleine has continued her work as an illustrator and artist ever since.

Rod Urquhart

Foley artist

Rod is an award-winning journalist and author of three books, now retired.  Being one of the Foley artists on Ace Galaksi is Rod’s foray into live theatre and he is actively enjoying his role. Rod’s one sister and parents were heavily involved in ‘theatre’ and the performing arts and this is an area he always wanted to pursue.

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