Solar Stage

Family Theatre



By Tom McGee
Directed by Dahlia Katz

This original play with actors and puppets is both a screwball comedy and a heartwarming coming-of-age story. 

When Kate and Timmy learn they are mandated to be a Princess and a Knight (respectively), they struggle with those royal gender roles because their talents are better suited to other things; it’s their teamwork and mutual support on their foretold quest that help them discover who they'll become.

FEBRUARY 3, 2018 - FEBRUARY 11, 2018

FEBRUARY 18, 2018 - FEBRUARY 25, 2018


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(to be read in your best wizard voice)

Welcome to the land of Faraway! Since the King and Queen were lost in outer space,
Lord Fearington has ruled with fear (clearly) while his troll assistant, Trollsworth (ahem),
keeps things running terribly along.  
Even my magic isn’t helping.

Ah, but there is a prophecy!
“When fear rules the realm and all hope seems lost,
look for the coming of the Princess Knight
who shall defeat the forces of fear in single combat  
and restore order and peace to the kingdom.”

Well, we have a Kate, and we have a Timmy.

Will they work together to fulfil the prophecy and defeat Lord Fearington?
What if they don't want to be who they're told they're supposed to be?
What if Kate likes to kick butt and Timmy likes to make treaties?
What if Kate wants to defend the realm and Timmy wants to rule it?

What could the solution be?!

And who IS the Princess Knight anyway?

(strokes beard)






M. John KennedY
The Great Wizard Fizzbutt

Past highlights on stage for Solar include his Dora nominated multi-character turn in Treasure Island (returning in May, 2018) and playing the delightful, cartoonish grump, Krampus.  As well as being Solar Stage's Artistic Producer and occasional actor, M. John co-directs our annual joyous adaptations of Robert Munsch stories.

M. John has toured Canada and the United States extensively, is a regular player with The Classical Theatre Project and has performed on many of Toronto's great stages. His television work includes: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC); The Strain (FX); 11/22/63 (Hulu); Reign, The Listener (CTV); The Transporter (HBO); Beauty and the Beast (CW/CBS); and Team Epic. 

M. John also voices the Dad on the CBC hit animated series, Ollie, The Boy Who Became What He Ate. 

M. John is also a Faculty Member at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts where he teaches Acting.


Sofia Rodriguez

Born and raised in the City of Mountains: Monterrey, Mexico. A graduate of Randolph Academy’s Musical Theatre Performance Program and one of last season's Emerging Creators at Buddies in Bad Times. 

She is absolutely thrilled and immensely grateful to be able to share this story with people of all ages and from all kingdoms.

Her recent work includes: A stage reading of the musical In The Heights (We Are Here Productions), El Retorno/I Return (Theatre Aquarius, Riser Project), Nasty a devised piece (Fringe), PETS (Changeup, Shadowland Theatre), a reading of The Refugee Hotel (Aluna Theatre) and the debut of her first original piece Anato/mía (Rhubarb Festival).



Overjoyed to be returning to Solar Stage in this production of The Princess Knight. Based out of Toronto, Erick is a biligual performer (French) and a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College joint Theatre and Drama Studies program.

When he is not acting on the stage or screen, Erick can be found doing stunt work, performing or choreographing violence choreography, or teaching performance combat. Oh, did we forget to mention that Erick is a performance combat instructor with Fight Directors Canada?

Past Solar Stage credits include: Dora-nominated performance as The Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow and part of the Munsch ensemble in A Merry Munsch Pajama Party.  

Other favourite past credits: Prix Rideau Awards nominated performance as Le Cowboy Jean-Daniel in Le Fa Le Do (Théàtre Français de Toronto), Capt. Sean Christopher in Star Trek: Live!(Mad Science Productions), and Jack Star in Super Spies (I Made Dis Productions).

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Dahlia Katz  
Director, Dramaturg

Is a theatre director/dramaturg and professional photographer in Toronto.  She attended York University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Theatre Studies, specializing in movement, mask, puppetry, dramaturgy, and directing.

Her in-depth puppetry research has also taken her to the United States and the Czech Republic.  She has worked in the Toronto independent theatre community for the last 15 years as a director and dramaturg, directing a number of critically acclaimed productions for both children and adults, and has served as Artistic Director of Solar Stage with M. John since 2015, personally directing 7 plays and dramaturging 13 plays, and teaching and coaching puppetry.  


Cat Haywood
Stage Design

Training: MFA Set and Costume Design University of Victoria. Production Design: Jillian Jiggs (Solar Stage), Tarrare: A Story of Hunger, and Struwwelpeter (Suspicious Moustache Theatre). Costume Design: Seussical the Musical and Junie B. Jones (Lower Ossington Theatre),The 39 Steps (Classical Theatre Project), DelicacyRock, and The 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). Set Design Assistant: Sweeny 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). 

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Leonard Scott-Collins  Stage Manager

Leonard is a performer and occasional technician now celebrating a decade of work in the Canadian Theatre. Past credits include work with the wonderful Urban Bard, draft89, Blackcurrant Productions, Marion Abbott Productions and the Touring Players Theatre. This is both his first season with the consistently excellent Solar Stage, and his first time Stage Managing. Thanks to the company for this inspiring challenge. 

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Brandon Goncalves
Lighting Design

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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 Toronto, Ontario M6G 4C7


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