MEET THE CAST
Sylvia Crawford - Our Pianist
Sylvia went to Saltfleet D.H.S. in Stoney Creek, Ont. Graduated from UWO with a Degree in Music. She taught for 3 years at Riverview Public School (which is now the ‘Children’s Museum’). Moved to New Brunswick in 1978 and in 2019 moved back to London this June. We are pleased to see her join TNT as our resident accompanist.
Born and educated in Liverpool, England, Jim was involved in many school stage productions prior to coming to Canada.
His involvement in the Optimists, President of the London Royal Marines Assoc., and an IBM Client Mgr. for many years, allowed Jim to take on roles with large audiences.
A member of the Nostalgic Theatre since 2010, Jim enjoys the singing, dancing and role playing that comes with working with the group.
Henk’s family emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1952. Coming from a large musical family of eleven, it was inevitable that he would become involved with organised music sooner or later. Eventually he decided to join TNT, and we are very proud to have him. This happened soon after he retired in 2004. He is now one of our senior members.
Henk loves music, especially singing.He also enjoys being in the company of other creative and fun people, especially people who like to sing, dance, and perform for live audiences.
Because she enjoyed participating in theatre projects during her school years, when she retired Helen discovered TNT and joined immediately. She is thrilled to be singing and dancing during her senior years. She also belongs the Jazzy Tappers (Huff n’Puff), a group of senior tap dancers, who entertain at senior venues as well. Her major interests include music, and gardening.
Ron was born, raised, and educated in London, England. As a teenager, he played electric bass guitar in a rock and roll group, before eventually emigrating to Canada in 1966.
Ron joined the TNT group in 2012 and really enjoys the challenge.
A home town born Londoner, Chuck joined TNT 10 years ago as a Tap Dancer. It was supposed to be to fill in during act & costume changes. However Chuck liked it so much that he decided to stay on, and is now a valuable member of the Nostalgic Theatre group.
Lynne began her musical theatre experience in the early seventies with the Windsor Light Opera Association. Appeared as Lady Angela in Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Patience’, then the role of a member of the teen quartet in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. She also appeared in the non-musical ‘My Three Angels’ with the Windsor Light Opera Association Players. Graduated with a Master of Education Degree from the University of Western Ontario, and began a teaching career which would last nearly thirty years.
Francis G LeFrank
Frank & his wife Bonnie have been members of TNT for many years. He was born in Nova Scotia, and is known as The Entertainer.
Frank has been putting smiles on peoples faces for 65 yrs from coast to coast So its no surprise that a quote in his graduation year book says, “A laugh and a song shall carry him through life”.
Agnes joined TNT in 2013. She brings a wealth of experience to TNT from her time in church choirs, she has also entertained and enjoyed visiting seniors homes, where she helped bring back good memories from the past. Whether singing, dancing or acting, Agnes livens up the place.
Skip retired from the RCMP and moved to Sarnia from Montreal in 2010. There he became involved with the theatre for the first time in his life. In 2013 he auditioned for a part in Joseph and his Amazing Coat. I played one of the brothers and we sold out all seven shows at the Imperial Theater.
In November 2014 he moved to London, and in 2015, joined TNT. “I think they are an amazing group of people and I will stay with them for as long as the will let me.”
Cathy Cave has been active in theatre and dance since a young age. Cathy has performed on stage in Chatham and in London. She was a member of the Classic Tappers in London and area for eight years. Cathy was one of six actors in The Rabbit Hole Monologues which highlighted the effects of breast cancer on an individual.
Cathy feels that The Nostalgic Theatre is the perfect place to be, in order to entertain others Seniors.
Irene has loved music and dance since her earliest years and always participated in school shows and dances. She received her Masters in Psychology and worked in psychiatric and educational settings as well as in private practice for close to forty years. She continues to enjoy being a member of the Forest City Singers. Her love for dance has lead her to take classes in Ballroom, Tango and her favourite, West Coast Swing.
Upon retirement in 2015, she was curious to try a new venture and was thrilled to discover TNT with its talented, fun-loving troupe and their entertaining performances. She’s been loving it ever since!
Her Mother says, “She could sing before she could talk.” Donnafaye (Faye) was a member of a women’s trio for 25 years, a Sweet Adeline chorus member and tenor in a competing quartet. A social justice singer, a founding member of The Voices of Broadway Show Choir, a cast member in London Community Players production of Meet Me in St. Louis: from Broadway to old favorites, Donnafaye has spent a lifetime putting music into the world.
“Finding The Nostalgic Theatre group has been a gift, a stimulating environment where singing, dancing, choreography and costumes light up the lives of our audiences.”
June was born into a family of musicians in Stratford, ON. She was fortunate to be born in a town with lots of exposure to the arts.
Her training in music and later in public speaking have given her the tools to enjoy performing before a live audience. Finally joined TNT in 2013.
Murray is a retired accountant, who is a very active volunteer in several charities, and enjoys doing what he can. He joined TNT in 2013 along with his wife Lynne and is currently involved in backstage operations for TNT.
Retired accountant, active volunteering in several charities, doing what I can.
Dennis De Caigney
Bonnie Le Frank