The Boys: Chase & Hamill

Winnipeg actors John Chase and Kevin Hamill met when cast in a 1996 production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Since then, their mutual affiliations with local theatre companies have seen them perform together repeatedly.

In 2003, they formed an Abbott & Costello impressionist act as Chase & Hamill: initially to host a sellout dinner theatre show with a classic burlesque comedy theme for G.D. Productions. After a several-year hiatus, the partnership was revived in 2007 — along with the boys' intention of appearing as Bud and Lou whenever opportunity allows.

John Chase as Bud Abbott

John Chase ("Bud Abbott")

John Chase is the Artistic Director of Merlyn Productions Theatre Company, and also the Adult Theatre Instructor at its theatre school.

As a Winnipeg actor and director, John has produced, directed, stage managed or performed in ninety productions on stage and radio.

Having performed for both children and adults in styles ranging from contemporary to Shakespearian, John's longest tenure is on the children's theatre scene with local company Fantasy Theatre for Children. In addition to working both on and behind the FTC mainstage for twenty seasons (1991 - 2011), he directed multiple shows for G.D. Productions (FTC's adult arm), and is also an alumnus of The Theatre School, where he obtained five years of formal theatrical training under Tony Frost in the early-to-mid 1990s.

Last Updated: June 18, 2011

Kevin Hamill as Lou Costello

Kevin Hamill ("Lou Costello")

Kevin Hamill has been performing on Winnipeg stages for fifteen years, and has dozens of shows to his credit.

Since 2009, Kevin has served as the Technical Director of Merlyn Productions Theatre Company, and consistently performed in their plays each season.

He has worked with a variety of other local companies, including C.G. Productions and RGI International. With Fantasy Theatre for Children, Kevin has appeared in numerous children's theatre productions, starred in several plays with G.D. Productions (FTC's adult arm), become an alumnus of The Theatre School, and assisted John Chase with building sets at all ungodly hours of the night.

Kevin made his solo directing début with the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival production of "CINDERELLA! CINDERELLA!", and co-directed "Snow White the Comedy" at the 2010 Kids Fringe.

Last Updated: June 18, 2011