Spriet Stage

Grand Ghosts

World Premiere

Grand Ghosts

by Trina Davies
Directed by Jillian Keiley

October 18 to November 5, 2022
Opening October 21
Spriet Stage

Age Recommendation: 10+


"In 1919, something happened..."


The Story

On December 2, 1919, Ontario theatre magnate Ambrose Small sold all of his theatre holdings, including London’s Grand Theatre, for a record sum. That very day, he disappeared. In his wake, Ambrose left behind his enormous fortune, a jealous wife, a disgruntled employee, gambling buddies, a mistress, and a ghostly mystery waiting to be solved.

In this world premiere imagining, every Halloween, the ghosts who haunt the Grand return to relive what actually happened on that fateful day, over a century ago. Through a ghostly spectacle, audiences will be left to decide: what really happened to Ambrose Small?


On Wednesday evenings, immediately after the performance, come up to the Drewlo Lounge for a brief guided discussion with Grand staff members, guest artists, and creative team members. Enhance your theatre experience with this informal chance to dive deeper into the show’s content while mingling with patrons and artists.

Grand Ghosts  events:
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Pull up a chair and join us – the Drewlo Lounge Bar will be open!

Open Caption performance:  Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 2:00pm

From the Stage Door

“This spooky, vaudeville-inspired piece won’t stop haunting me and I can hardly wait to share it with you. Filled with music, dance, and spectacle, our ghosts will haunt you with their rendition of a time in our theatre’s history that remains a mystery. And, who knows? Perhaps our ghost, Ambrose, might just drop in while you’re here.” - Dennis Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director

Grand Ghosts

The Cast

Tess Benger
Ghost 'Ingenue' as: Clara Smith
Jesse Gervais
Ambrose Small
Cyrus Lane
Ghost 'Acrobat' as: John Doughty (Jack)
Katelyn McCulloch
Ghost 'Contortionist Gambler' as: Jennie the Bookie
Christian Murray
Ghost 'Security Guard' as: Mitchell
Andrew Prashad
Jan Alexandra Smith
Ghost 'Singing Diva' as: Theresa Small
Tahirih Vejdani
Ghost 'Dramatic Actress' as: Violet
Anthony Raymond Yu
Ghost 'Scaffold Worker' as: Painter/Frank (Vendor)/Hammond

Production Team

Jillian Keiley
Allen Cole
Music Director, Composer & Pianist
Genny Sermonia
Shawn Kerwin
Set Designer
Joseph Abetria
Costume Designer
Bonnie Beecher
Lighting Designer
Richard Feren
Sound Designer
Suzanne McArthur
Stage Manager
Kelly Boudreau
Assistant Stage Manager
Andrea Handal Riviera
Apprentice Stage Manager
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