ANNELISE WOYKE
ANNELISE WOYKEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AnneLise’s office experience and friendly efficient business manner keeps the school organized and running smoothly. She began her career in a lawyers’ office as receptionist and secretary. She moved on to a more relaxed atmosphere in the BC Conference of Mennonites office before marrying and raising two boys and moving to Chilliwack from Mission. While homeschooling her children, she sewed for a professional ladies clothing designer and later she took a course in medical transcription and became an online worker for hospitals in New York and Nunavut. When her younger son became involved at CSOPA, AnneLise jumped in to help with props and costumes. She joined the board of directors as treasurer and then when the position of administrator became available, it felt like the natural next step. With the new restructuring by the board of directors, she now finds herself in the Executive Director position working with the Artistic Director to make CSOPA the best place it can be. She enjoys very much greeting all the students each week and watching their progression and achievements. She is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of families and instructors. She couldn’t be here without the support of Dan, her husband of 26 years.
LISA BRAUN
LISA BRAUNARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MAINSTAGE DIRECTOR, JUNIOR YEAR 1 & 2 INSTRUCTOR
With credits that include lighting, sound, design, performance, stage management, costume, makeup and directing, Lisa Braun has a rich and varied history in the theatrical arts. Her passion for performance began before she could even speak – her love of song developed over the years to incorporate 12 years of private vocal training.
While her children were small, she kept one foot in the world of theatre by working alongside her husband, assisting in set and props construction and design for the Sardis Secondary theatre department. Eventually that involvement led her to CSOPA where she has spent the last ten years happily serving the students and families of this amazing company in whatever way was needed. Most recent stage credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Secondary Characters), Into the Woods (Secondary Characters) and Set Design, Oklahoma (Secondary Characters).
While musical theatre is her passion, after graduation she rounded out her experience working in management and owning her own franchise, and working in early childhood education as a nanny and in daycare settings.
A believer in lifelong learning, Lisa has taken various workshops and training courses focusing on theatre and child education. These days you can find her studiously preparing to complete her degrees in Psychology/Fine Arts (Theatre) on her way to an MFA.
Lisa is proud to call Chilliwack home, and she is thrilled to be working together with her friend and colleague AnneLise to continue the tradition of excellence and family that has made CSOPA such a great place for so many to adventure and learn.
She is honoured to work with the amazing students, staff, board and parents at CSOPA, and has truly found her life’s work.
LISA ZIMMER
LISA ZIMMERMAINSTAGE VOCAL DIRECTOR
Lisa has been singing and performing since 2 years old.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as completing 12 years of private voice lessons. She is also a BCRMTA vocal teacher and member.  With a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, broadway and pop, Lisa has performed as a soloist, in ensembles, choirs, musical productions & has directed a variety of children’s musicals and drama groups.  For the last 16 years she has taught vocal workshops & teaches private vocal and piano lessons at her home studio.  Lisa is currently living in Chilliwack with her husband and 2 sons.  Lisa is her in 6th year of teaching Musical Theatre classes at CSOPA and is currently the musical director of CSOPA’s MainStage program.  She has worked with several shows and the most recent ones being Annie, Shrek, The Addams Family and currently working on Mary Poppins. She counts it as a privilege to teach her students to enjoy music and strive for excellence.
TRISCHA BUHLER
TRISCHA BUHLERMAINSTAGE ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR
Trischa has a Bachelor of Music from UVic, with honours, and taught music in northern BC for 8 years. While there, she had the good fortune to be able to music direct a production of Godspell at Lakes District Secondary School, and appearing in many local theatre productions. Since returning to Chilliwack, she has performed with many local ensembles, including principal clarinet with the Chilliwack Metropolitan and Orchestra and Fraser Valley Symphony, and alto sax with Sax Appeal Sax Quartet. She is also a co-founder and was co-conductor of the Chilliwack Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for three years, and currrently owns and operates Clariphone Wind Studio, specializing in clarinet and saxophone instruction. Favourite shows played include: Sunset Boulevard (GW Graham), Titanic: A New Musical (TUTS Vancouver), Beauty and the Beast (CSOPA), Falsettos (Wizard Productions), and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (TUTS Vancouver). As a member of the pit band for Falsettos (Wizard Productions) in February 2011, she received a Jessie Richardson award nomination for Significant Artistic Acheivement. Upcoming projects include orchestra directing Shrek for CSOPA and playing in the pit for Shrek with Align Entertainment.
ERIKA BABINS
ERIKA BABINSINTERMEDIATE ACTING DIRECTOR
Erika first fell in love with the performing arts through dance. Having completed her Advanced 1 RAD exam in ballet, and intensive training programs through Arts Club and Gateway Theatres, Erika then earned her diploma of Musical Theatre from Capilano University.
Along with performing in musical productions throughout the province including the Kootenays and Vancouver Island, Erika teaches theatre and dance throughout the Lower Mainland and has her hand in writing, directing and producing shows as well. Favourite performance credits include: Cinderella Grace/Dance Captain (Exit 22) Oklahoma! (RCMT), Victor/Victoria (Metro), The Sound of Music (Gateway), Smile! Debralee and Dracula: the Musical? Nelly Norton (Awkward Stage Productions) The Gold Fever Follies (Rossland, BC) and Alison in the 2012 Fringe Tour of My Aim is True. Choreography/Direction credits include: Bunked! (ASP), Pippin, Lucky Stiff and Little Women(Arts Umbrella Troupe) and associating on Once on This Island and CATS (URP).
Erika is also a producer, writer, and actor for KalamaTea Productions, a webseries production company based out of Vancouver.
EMILY HENNEY
EMILY HENNEYMAINSTAGE CHOREOGRAPHER, INTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATRE DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER
Emily has been a performer since the tender age of 4 years old. She grew up as a dancer and began teaching hip hop, ballet, tap and musical theatre to kids of all ages. She fell in love with musical theatre when she was cast in HAIR in high school. She then decided to pursue a career in acting. Emily graduated as an actor from Douglas College, from there she studied Shakespeare and film at Seacoast Theatre Centre in West Van and she rounded out her training at Studio 58 where she graduated in December 2012. Since graduation, Emily has worked professionally as touring Stage Manager for the Arts Umbrella with the Junior and Senior theatre troupes. Recent acting credits include Serena in Legally Blonde (Theatre Under the Stars), Langdon the Journalist in Sea Of Green (rEvolver Festival at the Cultch), Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar and Helen Trent in The 13th Chair (Studio 58). Emily is thrilled to be making her teaching and directing debut at CSOPA with such a fantastic group of people! Here’s to a great season!
ANNA CANADAY
ANNA CANADAYINTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATRE VOCAL INSTRUCTOR, PLAYMATES AND JUMPSTART INSTRUCTOR
With thirteen years of vocal training and a Diploma of Music from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Anna has traveled the world performing music. From the cathedrals in Italy, to Australian music festivals, Anna has worked hard to share her passion for music. From the age of six Anna has been performing on stage in musicals. At the age of ten Anna began training in voice classically, and competing in vocal competitions. Through out high school, Anna was leading vocal jazz groups, as well as acting lead roles in musicals. After high school, Anna went on to become a soloist with choirs such as Capilano Chambers Singers, and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University choir. She was also singing with the Vancouver Good Noise Gospel choir, when the choir shared the stage with Barbra Streisand in 2012. Anna has been under the choir direction of directors such as Eric Whitacre, and John Washburn. As of recent, Anna has been teaching voice locally, and inspiring students to follow where their instruments lead them.
EMILY HAMEL
EMILY HAMELACTING IN/WITH and JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE YEAR 3 INSTRUCTOR
Emily has been an instructor at CSOPA for the past 4 years, starting with Acting IN and Acting WITH, our monologue and scene study classes. Last year, she branched into Junior Musical Theatre Year 3 and put on “The Magical Land of Oz” for the Spring Festival. Emily has also previously been the instructor for our Acting OUT class. This year, she is thrilled to take on the role of director for our Mainstage production “Mary Poppins the Musical”.

Emily studied theatre and performing arts at Rosebud School of the Arts in Alberta and earned a diploma in performing arts there. She also studied voice and children’s theatre at Trinity Western University. She has been an active member of community theatre in Chilliwack since the age of 12, when she performed in the Chilliwack Academy of Music’s summer theatre workshop. She studied voice with Carolyn Harder at the Academy and competed in several music festivals in the Fraser Valley during her time there, going on to compete at the provincial level twice.

Previous directing credits include “Oklahoma” for Secondary Characters, and “Anne of Green Gables the Musical”, “Sabrina Fair”, “Home for the Hollydaze”, “No More Medea”, “Awakenings” and “In Dreams” for The Chilliwack Players Guild. She was part of the writing team that brought “Awakenings” to the Fraser Valley Zone festival competition in 2012, winning a special writing award for their original collaborative show.

CAYLEN BRAUN
CAYLEN BRAUNINTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATRE - B ASSISTANT
HANNAH DENEVERSINTERMEDIATE ACTING ASSISTANT
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MEGHAN MINDELJUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE YEAR 3 ASSISTANT
HAILEY HANSONJUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE YEAR 1 & 2 ASSISTANT
AMBER WILBERINTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATRE - A ASSISTANT