Chris Jans is a Canadian actor and musician who is best known for his hot howlin’ and harp playin’ with his band Doghouse Blues Revue, a rockin’ 5-piece blues band born for boogie. He was always a bit of a ham, and at one point was known as the “Mel Blanc” of his elementary school. It was only after hitting the stage with Kathy Mc at her cabaret show that he was once again bitten by the stage bug. This led to various opportunities to perform, including theatre, comedy, song, and even the occasional dance number. Chris has been performing Radio Dramas for over eight years and is the only TRT cast member that is an honest-to-goodness real-life Radio Personality. Tune in to CHLY and check out The Morning Fog to hear Smokehouse J on the airwaves.
Kathy Mc has had a life-long love of everything vintage. When TRT is off the air you can find this chanteuse crooning out the torch songs of a by-gone era, with her cooking combo – The Kat’s Pajamas. Her career as a singer began over 30 years ago and grew into a calling for musical theatre that has seen her in a broad array of starring roles. This Canadian actor and singer is definitely delighted with costume and comedy, but she is absolutely bonkers for building Foley sound effects! For Kathy the challenge of using her imagination to paint with sound has kept her “hooked” and performing Old Time Radio Theatre for over a decade.
The multi-talented David Botten is a musician, an actor, an artist and an all-around good egg. David was trained in Technical Theatre, but when his co-horts gleaned that he is also a fabulous actor, they shoved him out under the footlights; where he absolutely nailed the title role. His life in theatre was re-born. With his uncanny ability to characterize old-time radio voices and that all-around good-eggness we talked about earlier, he seemed like a shoe-in for Twilight Radio Theatre. David is a multi-instrumentalist who sings and holds down the beat on the drum kit with both the Doghouse Blues Revue and Kat’s Pajamas. And as if the list wasn’t long enough…David is also an illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer. If you’d like to take a gander at his work visit him at agoodeye.ca
Twilight Radio Theatre’s musical director and newest cast member is the incomparable Mr. Adam Kerby. He is a graduate of both the Vancouver Film School and the VCC School of Music and as you can imagine, is a real-gone hep-cat with some 18-karat chops! Adam is not only an exceptional voice over artist, but a gifted singer, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher as well! When he is not lending his talents to TRT you can find him recording, riding the rails or performing at some of the hippest digs throughout BC with his duo Mad For Joy.
A 2018 Christmas Gift For You! Special Guest:
Jocelyn Hallett is over the moon to be joining TRT for the production of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Most of Jocelyn’s early years were spent acting under the hot lights of the stage. Jocelyn stretched her young wings with The Vancouver Youth Theatre, Vancouver’s One-Act Play Festival, Bard on the Beach, and Speech Arts competitions province-wide. Then the curtain closed and Jocelyn’s acting passion morphed into other passions which included attending two of Vancouver’s jazziest jazz programs, first at Capilano, and later at the VCC School of Music, where she met that hep-cat, Adam, and started the railroad touring duo, Mad For Joy. Jocelyn is also delighted to be a member of that rip-roarin’ band, The Kerplunks. Star struck by the staggering talents of the TRT team for years now, Jocelyn is eager to let the stage-bug bite her again in this year’s Christmas special. She will be there every night with bells on!
Alumni & Occasional Returning Special Guest:
Luckily for TRT, Tina is another multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, thereby multiplying our multi-faceted cast’s multiple skills. Undoubtedly, her most incredible instrument is her voice. Of course, she’s adept at vocalizing all sorts of accents, ages and even genders, but when she starts singing… everybody listens. Not only has she been nominated for 3 Juno awards with children’s entertainers The Kerplunks, but she is proud to announce the release her first solo album: Quickening. Listen to her velvet vocals here Tina Jones Music. She’s also worked as a session musician, lead and back-up singer, banjo-picker and has been making Radio Theatre come alive for ten years.