Joanna Kaufman


Playwright/ Director Joanna Kaufman

Joanna is very grateful and happy to be directing The Ordinary Princess for the VUTC's One-Act Play Festival. The Ordinary Princess was originally a play, and then a felt book created for a university assignment. Although the script has changed over the years, the themes of fitting in and wanting to be accepted for who you are remain the same. The play has been performed twice before, at university and at elementary school.

Emma Waller as Princess Lucy
Emma Waller is a 14 year old girl who loves musical theatre. She worked with both 'The Queensville Players' and 'Spotlight Theatre Company'.
Some of her previous theatre credits include Genie in Aladdin Jr. and Annie in Annie Jr. at Inter- Provincial Music Camp. She won the "Best Vocalist" award at the Access Broadway competition in Syracuse, New York, in 2016. In June 2018, Emma placed third place in Musical Theater category at Ontario Music Festival Association competition.
Matteo Montisano as Prince Peter
Matteo is a comical, creative, fun-loving 10 year old. He enjoys sports, music, friends and making people laugh. He plays four different instruments, Guitar, Ukulele, drums and Piano. This is his first attempt at theatre.
Ashleigh Morrison as Princess Paulin
Ashleigh Morrison as Princess Pauline & Astrologer is a grade 9 student studying dramatic arts. She won the drama award at her grade 8 graduation in June. She has hosted her own Rogers TV series, interviewed Bill Nye the Science Guy, has appeared in film and TV, and is represented by Hero Artists Agency in Toronto. She loves acting and is pursuing as her career. Ashleigh enjoys archery, soccer, improv and resides in Newmarket with her family.
Dabria Peta-Dragos as Princess Penny
Dabria Peta-Dragos as Princess Penny & Desdemeana Dabria (11) has been passionate about acting, singing and dancing from a very young age, since her first appearances in kindergarten plays. Asked by her kindergarten teacher what she wants to be when she grows up, Dabria enthusiastically declared “I want to be a STAR”! Since that time, Dabria has successfully performed in various plays, shows, speech competitions and, most recently, in a YTV commercial.
Samantha Morrison as the Reporter
Samantha has always had an interest in musical theatre so when the chance came about to audition, she was all for it. She had her written story published in an Anthology last year and is now an author. She loves soccer, sketching, reading and writing, and volunteering. Samantha has done background work in film and TV. Samantha is a grade 6 and resides in Newmarket with her family.
Sierra Montisano as the Magic Mirror
Sierra is a fun-loving, quirky 11 year old girl who has a passion for the arts, specifically Musical Theatre. She has done a number of parts from playing Iago, in Aladdin, to playing “Little Red” in a spin off play combining all fairytales. She just loves losing herself in new characters & being on stage!
Danielle Braun as the Queen
Danielle is very happy to be a part of the production of “The Ordinary Princess”. It’s her first production and she’s over the moon excited! She would like to thank her director, the cast, her amazing friends, and most of all her family for supporting her throughout the entire journey. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Leah Lapsker as a Townsperson
Leah Lapsker is 8 years old, and is currently in grade 3 at a French Immersion school. Since the tender age of 2, Leah showed a love for the stage, stealing everyone's hearts by putting on an impromptu solo dance performance at a banquet hall. Since then, Leah has attended various performing arts programs, including theatre camps, musical theatre and dance. Leah shows a particular aptitude for comedy; she very much enjoys making others laugh.
Ariana Kuhn as a Townsperson
My name is Ariana. I am 11 years old. I am in Grade 6 at Jersey P.S. I love to sing, dance, draw, and play with my friends. I am so excited for the show. I am Townsperson 1 and 3.
Melissa Morrison as a Townsperson
Melissa has worked in the background in tv and film in the past. She was excited to audition for The Ordinary Princess and to be involved. Melissa enjoys writing and editing films, ringette and being active. Melissa likes to volunteer and is busy helping in her school. Melissa is in grade 6 and resides in Newmarket with her family.
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Festival Volunteers


Interested in Theatre but not as an actor, playwright, or director? The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking Volunteers to support the third annual One-Act Play Festival.  Let us know how much time you have, we are seeking all levels of support, a few hours once or a full Festival support position.

No experience necessary!

We support High School Volunteer hours as well.


 “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”.

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