Cheryl Berringer


Senior Irena

Meet the cast of

Irena’s Vow

Cheryl calls her character "the chronologically advanced" Irena Gut. Bringing the proper emotions and the right level of emotions to the role and portraying life at such a tumultuous time has stretched her as an actor. This is Cheryl's second time on the TryLight stage, her first appearance having been as Nurse Susie in Wit. Off-stage, she enjoys making Raggedy Ann dolls, walking, reading, and being a mother to a 15-year-old daughter. 

Alana Day-Janz


Ida Haller

Alana has grown up in the theatre, first on the sidelines watching her artistic-director dad at rehearsals, and later as an actor. Alana has enjoyed learning about the real-life Ida Halley. Her challenge has been to try to really understand how Ida was feeling during this time and getting into her headspace. Alana has played many TryLight roles but her role as Beth in Little Women was her favourite.  When she isn’t working with the “lovely people” at Pinecrest, Alana dreams of travelling the world. 

Vince Schatkowsky



Vince’s first and only acting role was David in Not for Then, a character with whom he felt he had a lot in common. As Rokita, Vince’s challenge is to “do this character justice and live with myself.” Vince loves acting, especially rehearsals. He also enjoys deep-sea fishing, his largest catch being a 10-foot Blue Marlin. Vince and his wife own Debbie’s Greenhouse, a business they’ve been running for 30 years. His favourite flower is the yellow tea rose. 

Gord Day-Janz


Major Rugemer

Gord has had many roles with TryLight over the past 28 years, including the last 8 years as Artistic Director. For him, the most memorable part was in the early days when he played Lord Fancourt Babberly in Charley’s Aunt, because, as he says, ‘it allowed me to get in touch with my feminine side.” As far as the character that he currently plays, all Gord can say is “sorry!”  He is an amateur photographer who has taken up paper-making as well as making frames for his photographs. He probably doesn’t want you to know this, but some of his photographs were featured in a recent LOTW Museum exhibit. Shhh! 


Matilda White


Young Irena

Matilda White is a veteran of the TryLight stage, having appeared in multiple shows over the past 11 years. Her most memorable experience was performing in South Pacific. Matilda feels that the part of Irena is the most emotionally challenging one she has played so far. She likes that the role has allowed her to explore more of her capabilities as an actor. She has enjoyed the support of the cast and crew whether she has felt confident or not. Matilda likes to write fiction and hopes one day to write her own screenplay or play. 

James Todd


Lazar Haller

A self-proclaimed history lover, James really wanted to be part of this project. His greatest challenge has been to do his character justice and to honour the real-life person he's representing. James is no stranger to TryLight Theatre and has been actively involved in a number of productions, both on-stage and behind the scenes. One of his favourite roles was John Brodie in Little Women. He studied theatre in a university setting and has also worked with several theatre/improv groups. Besides molding young minds as an occasional teacher, James enjoys watching movies and volunteering in the community. 

Maddy Graham


Fanka Silberman

Maddy enjoys that her character is willing to help anyone in need but has found it challenging to put everything Fanka has been through into words and actions. She loves being a part of TryLight and watching others in the cast make decisions about their characters and bring them to life. Maddy is a Grade 11 student at St. Thomas Aquinas and a dancer with Kenora Danceworks. Her first role was as Susan in TryLight’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

Winnie Boucha



Winnie’s most memorable acting role was in a Grade 8 production of The Little Mermaid when she played Scuttle, a singing seagull in a winged fat-suit. This is her first time in a more serious role, an experience she’s found “exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measures.” Winnie calls herself an aspiring author whose passion is writing stories. She also enjoys reading, painting, running and “dabbling” in baking.  

Fred Richardson



Fred first became interested in acting when he sang in TryLight’s Hello Dolly! Since then he also played Poppa in last year’s production of Not for Then. He has enjoyed indulging his love of history and exploring life in the 1940’s. TryLight affords him the opportunity to make new friends and “bring history and interesting stories from print to the stage.” Fred is an avid organic vegetable grower, world traveller and active community volunteer

Show Dates

April 8-14, 2018


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Some people will use any excuse to grow a beard. At least that was reason enough for David; that and the fact that the role was small and rehearsals therefore easy to fit into his schedule. This is his first time on stage and “acting up all the time.” He became interested in getting involved with TryLight after watching his daughter, Matilda, acting in a number of productions. David teaches karate, coaches fitness, and also enjoys photography. 

David White


Mayor of Jerusalem

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