WHO WE ARE
Sarah and Matt Cassidy would like to introduce OttawaMusicals.com. Having spent over 17 years as professional performers in Toronto, they made the decision to move their young family to Ottawa to produce an annual family musical in the form of a Panto. Sarah and Matt want their annual Panto to be your annual family tradition. After the success of Freezing, The Blizzard of Oz and Alice in Winterland, Sarah and Matt are thrilled to bring you their 5th annual panto; Cinderella and the Ice Slipper.
SARAH CASSIDY – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Sarah was born and raised in Ottawa. Her introduction to the stage came at age 4 when she appeared as a “cob of corn” in her ballet recital with Scarcella School of Dancing. She continued to train in all forms of dance and at age 13 landed her first musical role with The Company of Musical Theatre, run by the late Peter Evans. The training and mentorship she received from both the Scarcella family and Peter Evans led her to Sheridan College where she graduated from the Music Theatre Performance Program and continued on to perform professionally across the country on both the stage and screen. Favourite stage credits include Crazy for You (HCP), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Drayton Entertainment), The Rocky Horror Show (Stage West Calgary/Mississauga), Grease (Stage West), Ross Petty’s Family Musical (Elgin Theatre) and Goldilocks -The Stirling Festival Panto. On screen in Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood Hollywood, Disney’s Cheetah Girls, CTV’s Saving Hope, Hallmark’s An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving and a variety of commercials. Sarah has also worked with the Gary Goddard Agency and as a casting assistant with Buchan Knight Casting in Toronto.
MATT CASSIDY – PRODUCER
Prior to OttawaMusicals.com Matt produced Monday Night Madness (original music concert, Toronto), Moved By Music (original dance show, Toronto), Matt Cassidy In Concert (solo concert in his hometown of Woodstock ON), The Mentor Project With David Warrack & Matt Cassidy (concert, Woodstock), Matt Cassidy Sings (concert, Waterloo), Note By Note: The Choral Music of Alfred Kunz (choral concert, Kitchener) and was an associate producer on The 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival winner of Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe No Chance in Hell – A New Musical. Though Matt loves producing his first love is acting. Matt most recently appeared on stage as Smudge in Forever Plaid (Starvox Entertainment – Panasonic Theatre), and the television series Reign, Mohawk Girls and Private Eyes. Matt was in the Canadian company of Jersey Boys (DanCap Productions), The Music Man, Oklahoma! and Moby Dick at The Stratford Festival and the world premiere of Lord Of The Rings with Mirvish Productions. Matt is a graduate of the Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College and a proud member of CAEA and ACTRA.