Going Under

Book by: Matt Murray
Music & Lyrics by: Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal
Directed by: Andorlie Hillstrom

December 5-7, 2019

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


Going Under (formerly The Subway Songs) is a new musical that explores connection through a group of high schoolers en route to their graduation. When the subway they are riding comes to a screeching halt, these former friends are cut off from the world above, forced to put down their electronic devices and face each other, their own demons, and the tragic event that tore them apart four years earlier. 


With an array of endearing characters and a diverse collection of songs, this ensemble musical with book by Matt Murray, music by Colleen Dauncey, and lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, is perfect for high school and adult audiences alike!

Creative Staff

Director: *Andorlie Hillstrom

Rehearsal Music Director: Colleen Dauncey

Rehearsal and Show Pianist: Anthony Scaringi

Choreographer: *Jacqueline Burtney

Production Manager & Stage Manager: *Melania Radelicki

Assistant Stage Manager: Jeanette Ward

Lighting, Set, Projection Design & Set Build: James McCoy

Costume Coordinator & Mentor: Joanne Pacinda

Costume Assistant: Avery Delaney

SFX: Corwin Ferguson

* The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).


COLLEEN DAUNCEY (Music) and AKIVA ROMER-SEGAL (Lyrics) are a contemporary musical theatre songwriting team based in Toronto, Canada. They have penned the scores to Going Under (Bravo Academy), Scenes From The Bathhouse, Offline (Talk Is Free Theatre), Toronto Fringe hit Bremen Rock City (with librettist Sara Farb), and contributed material to Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age (Theatre Calgary, three Calgary Critics Awards including “Best Production of a Musical"). They wrote the score to The Louder We Get (formerly titled Prom Queen), which premiered at the Segal Centre in Montreal, received the 2016 Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award by the Playwrights Guild Of Canada, and has been showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals (NYC), The Other Palace (London, UK), The Grand Theatre (London, ON) and will be directed by Lonny Price at Theatre Calgary in early 2020. Their show Grow (with librettist Matt Murray) was workshopped at Sheridan College's Canadian Musical Theatre Project and at the Next Stage Festival in 2018, and will debut at The Grand Theatre in April 2020.


The Founder and Artistic Director of Yellow Door Theatre Project, *ANDORLIE HILLSTROM is a seasoned musical theatre professional, and a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake. She is eager to continue sharing her skills and passion with youth in the Niagara Region.

Andorlie has taught drama, musical theatre, voice and piano for several years, and has been a musical theatre adjudicator in regional and Provincial music festivals across Canada.

Her current and past successes include the ownership and operation of Class Act Performing Arts Studios in Regina - now celebrating over twenty five years of high calibre dance, drama and musical theatre instruction; being the Founder and past Artistic Director of Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre and having directed over forty musicals during her tenure; professional performances at the Globe Theatre in Regina; Persephone Theatre and Twenty-fifth Theatres in Saskatoon; and Manitoba Theatre Centre; Rainbow Stage and Actor’s Showcase in Winnipeg; being a founding director and Co-Artistic Director of The Golden Apple Theatre in Regina, having performed in its inaugural presentation of Jacques Brel; directed God of Carnage and Mary’s Wedding.

Andorlie has produced and/or directed the following shows for Yellow Door Theatre Project: Peter Pan (2015), The Little Prince (2016), Wind in the Willows (2017), Robin Hood (2018), Drama 101 (2018), Bremen Rock City (2019), several Summer Camp Musicals and Going Under (2019).

Andorlie studied in both the Bachelor of Music Performance and Drama Programs at the University of Saskatchewan, and continued scholarship studies in the Voice/Opera Program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts.


This is *JACQUELINE BURTNEY's 4th Season with Yellow Door Theatre Project and she is beyond excited to be able to come back again this year! Jacqueline is a professional actress and choreographer living in Toronto, ON. Currently she is busy choreographing Anne & Gilbert for The Bravo Academy of the Performing Arts in Toronto and will soon be heading back for her 3rd season at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Her recent acting credits include; Belle in Globe Theatre’s Beauty & the Beast,  Mirvish’s and The First National Tour of Matilda, Louise in The Stratford Festival’s production of Carousel, Purity in The First National Tour of Anything Goes, and performing on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar. She’d love to give a shout out to her phenomenal mother Andorlie Hillstrom, without whom the wonderful Yellow Door company would never exist! I’m so proud of you, Momma. Hope you enjoy the show, sending much love to the kids, and CONGRATS!


*MELANIA RADELICKI works on a wide variety of productions in theatre, musicals and opera for audiences of all ages, all across Canada. She is happy to be back with Yellow Door Theatre Project for a third season.

Recent SM credits include: La Cenerentola with Vancouver Opera, YDTP's Robin Hood, Opera5’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Calgary Opera’s school tour of Hannaraptor.

Other stage management with: Calgary, Vancouver, Manitoba, and Tapestry Opera companies; Lighthouse, Foster, and Shaw Festivals; Eastern Front, Golden Apple, and Neptune Theatre companies. Production Coordinator and Backstage Caller for the TO2015 PanAm Closing and ParaPanAm Ceremonies.


JEANETTE WARD is excited to be returning to Yellow Door Theatre Project for her second season with the company. Past credits include Makeup Designer on the productions of Damn Yankees and The Addams Family with Garden City Productions. Jeanette attended CMU College of Makeup Art and Design in Toronto and graduated at the top of her class with a certificate in Fashion Photographic Makeup. To see more of her work, you can follow her on social media! @jeanettewmakeup


JAMES MCCOY is a graduate of Brock University and the National Theatre School, and specializes in all areas of theatrical design. Recent credits include Lighting and SFX Designer for Robin Hood (Yellow Door Theatre Project), Lights and Projections for The Welland Canal Play (Essential Collective Theatre), Sound for Pantalone’s Palace (Brock University), and Production Assistant for 4th Line Theatre.


JOANNE PACINDA is delighted to return with Yellow Door Theatre Project as the Costume Designer. Jo currently works at the Shaw Festival Theatre as the Wardrobe Assistant. Credits with Yellow Door Theatre Projects include Costume Design Robin Hood, Wardrobe Assistant The Wind and The Willows, The Little Prince. Additional credits include, Costume Design East of Berlin, Senior Stories - Once in a Blue Moon, The Team, Our Lady of Delicias and Senior Stories 2018 Essential Collective Theatre; Costume Design King Ubu Brock University; Head of Wardrobe Whole World Carousel Players; Costume Design September Songs – Twitches and Itches Theatre; Wardrobe Coordinator 2016 season Foster Festival.

EDUCATION: B.A in Dramatic Arts with a Concentration in Production and Design from Brock University.




Back Row: Liam McBride, Ryan Kirchofer, Lucas Romanelli, Everett Pritchard, Santiago Rivera, Sydney Cornett, Sebastien Moccio

Front Row: Emily Fulton, Eden Wartman, Naomi Shad, Emily Boyd, Hannah Jamal, Gioia de Leonardis

Instructional Package

Teaching guide for teachers and students attending a matinee performances of Going Under.

Going Under Instructional Package