An eclectic international cast and first-rate creative team join forces to bring Strike! to screen
British break-out star of Les Mis, Samantha Barks, joins a Canadian cast lead by Steven Page, co-founder of the Barenaked Ladies, and Alan Doyle, lead singer of Great Big Sea and co-star of Robin Hood (Russell Crowe).
Juno-award-winning Danny Schur is Canada’s most successful composer of musicals. After a successful career in the 1990’s as a writer/producer/manager for some of Canada’s top recording acts (Chantal Kreviazuk (Sony), Doc Walker (Universal), McMaster & James (BMG)), Danny pursued his passion for musical theatre and film. Of his five musicals, the award-winning musical Strike! (co-written with fellow Winnipegger Rick Chafe) is Canada’s most successful independent musical and one of only two musicals in Canada to be performed annually.
Rick Chafe is one of Canada’s leading playwrights, enjoying productions from Halifax to Victoria, earning him a nomination for the country’s most prestigious theatre prize – the Simonovitch Award. Variety Magazine praised Rick’s Shakespeare’s Dog’s (“Chafe gives Elizabethan England humour and poignancy”) and his musical Strike! (co-written with fellow Winnipegger Danny Schur) won the Kobzar National Literary Award and has had over a dozen productions nationwide.
Joseph Novak first came to prominence with his Samurai short, Reluctant Warrior, starring Cary Tagawa. His commercial credits range from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem to Harley Davidson and Bobcat. Joseph wrote and directed his critically-acclaimed feature film debut (Snake River), making the most of his background as a UBC film and theatre grad, and University of Manitoba MBA. Joseph is also the past president of the Winnipeg Film Group (Guy Maddin). Joseph has directed virtually every iteration of Strike! – the stage television commercial, the stage production promo film, the television special, the proof of concept short film and now the feature film musical.
Taavo Soodor has production designed over 40 feature films and television productions. He has worked for Paramount Pictures, Columbia Tri-Star, Sony Pictures and Lions Gate, earning Genie nominations for Best Achievement in Art Direction for Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses, Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden, and John Fawcett’s The Boy’s Club, as well as a Gemini nomination for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Program for the CBS television drama Haven.
Patti Henderson is a multiple Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. Patti has worked with Anna Paquin (Blue State), Samuel L. Jackson (Reasonable Doubt) and Rob Lowe (Prosecuting Casey Anthony). Other notable projects include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Brad Pitt) and A Bear Named Winnie (Michael Fassbender). Patti’s work on Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) received a nomination from the Costume Designers Guild for Excellence in a Period Film. For television, Patti designed costumes for The Wrath of Grapes: Don Cherry Part 2, Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, The Capture of the Green River Killer and the Many Trials of One Jane Doe.
Tom Mokry has been choreographing for stage and screen for over thirty years, with a style that combines folkloric, jazz and modern. Currently the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Tom’s work as choreographer has taken him across the world. Tom choreographed the world premiere production of Strike! in 2005 in Winnipeg, Canada and has directed and choreographed several outdoor spectacle productions of the musical as well.