Solar Stage

Family Theatre




From the books by Phoebe Gilman
Adapted by Derek Genova

NOVEMBER 25, 2017 - JANUARY 7, 2018


Click the text for Pig Making Instructions and many great educational activities to do with your family over the holidays!

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(to be read in rhyming verse)

Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs
Will be playing at Solar in our brand new digs!
That Jillian has a wonderful mind
She plays and creates and leaves cleaning behind.
She goes on adventures both real and pretend
You'll go on one too, before we come to the end
Her Mom also plays and sometimes will stress
That Jillian really should clean up her mess.

The show will have costumes and acting and lights,
Phoebe Gilman’s stories will reach magical heights!
It's all five stories (maybe you've read the books),
The stories all rhyme! hence these lyrical hooks.
If you’re 3 or 300, quite young or real old,
The stories delight in how they are told.
It's one of our greatest! It's one of our best!
Get your tickets now and come be our guest!

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Ann Paula Bautista

Ann Paula is a Toronto-based Filipino-Canadian actor, singer, dancer, writer, and dog lover. A graduate of Randolph Academy’s College Program, she has also studied and performed various styles of music. She was a part of Theatre 20’s Emerging Arts Ensemble 2013-2014 and is currently a resident artist at Carlos Bulosan Theatre.

Ann Paula was in the North American Tour of Disenchanted the Musical (Starvox) playing Mulan, Pocahontas, and Princess Badroulbadour. Other select credits include: Hair (Randolph), Next to Normal (UofT), RENT (LOT), Avenue Q (LOT), Shrek the Musical (LOT), The Wedding Singer (Hart House), and Dora the Explorer in Dora’s Pirate Adventure (LOT). 

She also had the grand opportunity to sing the national anthems twice at the Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays. 

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April Siutong Leung is a performing artist and writer. She was born in Toronto but grew up in Hong Kong and has since returned. April graduated from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Since then, she has worked with companies such as Carousel Players, fu-GEN Theatre, and Cahoots Theatre Company. She was featured as one of Cahoots' 30 for 30 Artists, and is currently working on her first play at the Hot House Unit at Cahoots. April will be in the upcoming production of No Foreigners, a co-production between fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto) and Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver). She is so excited to be back at Solar Stage and working with such a great crew for Jillian Jiggs!

To learn more about April, please go to her website: or follow her on Instagram @aprillx


Gabriel vaillaint

Gabriel Vaillant is honoured and thrilled to join the Solar Stage family.  With such a stellar cast and crew Gabriel feels right at home.  After coming off a successful season sailing the high seas with Pirate Life, he can't think of a better way to perform theatre for young audiences than with Phoebe Gilman's beautiful stories.  Recently Gabriel played the Beadle in First Act Productions' Sweeney Todd, and in March he will be playing Teddy in Electric Moon's touring production of Big Nate The Musical.  Many thanks to friends and family for the constant love and support.  Thank you to Mom and Dad for reading these books to me as a child. I get to make the silly voices now. 


Megan Starkman

Megan could not be more excited to be playing one of her favourite childhood heroes, Jillian Jiggs. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Megan began performing in Musical Theatre at age 9. Selected theatre: Carla in In The Heights: In Concert (Artscape Wychwood Barns Theatre); Villains: An 80s Cabaret (Buddies in Bad Times); Mrs Brill in Mary Poppins (LOT); Sour Kangaroo in Seussical (Annex Theatre); Luciana in A Glass Hive AKA: The Comedy of Errors (Toronto Fringe). Film/TV credits include: Radio Free Roscoe (Decode), Naturally, Sadie (Decode) and Mom’s On Strike (ABC Family). Training: Randolph College. Instagram: @meganstarkman

Brandon Goncalves

Brandon Goncalves is a recent graduate of York University - Glendon College. Credits include: The Breakfast Club,Spring AwakeningHeathers the Musical (Lionheart Productions), Électro Bing Bang (Le Groupe Théâtre Novo), and most recently both productions of the critically acclaimed The Seat Next To The King (Minmar Gaslight Productions).

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CAT Haywood

Training: MFA Set and Costume Design University of Victoria. Costume Design: Seussical the Musical and Junie B. Jones (Lower Ossington Theatre), The 39 Steps (Classical Theatre Project), DelicacyRock, andThe Unseen Hand (Theatre Brouhaha), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Blithe Spirit (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), La RondeRomeo & JulietWreckage, and Twelfth Night (Phoenix Theatres). Production Design: Tarrare: A Story of Hunger, and Struwwelpeter (Suspicious Moustache Theatre). Set Design Assistant: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Citadel Theatre), and As You Like it (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre). TV: The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island (CBC Pilot). 


 Kameron Doyle
Shawn Irani
Sara Gasman
Chris Isaak

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601 Christie Street, Studio 176
 Toronto, Ontario M6G 4C7


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