The Old Woman
Born in Kent, England, Brenda McDonald trained at the Norah Webber School of Drama in London before emigrating to Canada in 1952. She worked for the CBC in Toronto, then moved to Vancouver, married and had a family. She was first widowed in 1977, and, having a degree in secondary education, was able to teach French, English and drama at Hillside Secondary School in West Vancouver to support her four teenage children. In 1986 she retired, and returned to her first love: theatre.
For the past 25 years, however, her stage work has been sporadic as she has devoted much of her time to film and television. Brenda has been fortunate to work with some of the best actors in the business, including Al Pacino in "88 Minutes," Robin Williams in "The Big White," and James Caan in "Elf." More recently, Brenda has appeared in "Scary Movie 4" and the upcoming "The Seventh Son," with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, to be released in February, 2013. Her work in television encompasses series work from "The X-Files" to "Stargate: Atlantis," "Reaper" and "Sanctuary."
Brenda has had the pleasure of working on several local independent films, including Mark Sawers' "Camera Shy." She says that indies have a different, more personal "feel" to them, and that she appreciates the warmth of personal involvement she feels in that environment.
Jennifer Clement is a successful professional actor based in Vancouver. A graduate of Ryerson Theatre School with a BFA from York University, Jennifer is currently a Senior Acting Instructor at Vancouver Film School while continuing to work professionally in film, television and theatre.
Jennifer has acted in over 40 television and film projects including "The X-Files," "The Dead Zone," "Waydowntown," "My Life as a Dog" (TV series), "Da Vinci's Inquest," "Intelligence," "Psych," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," and Larry Kent's newest feature, "Exley." She starred in "Fido," directed by Andrew Currie, and on the sci-fi pilot "Eureka" for the Sci-Fi Network.
Jennifer has performed lead roles at theatres across the country including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, ATP and Theatre Calgary, the Belfry in Victoria, WCTC in Kamloops, and Dream in High Park and Theatre Plus in Toronto. In Vancouver, she has appeared at many local theatres, including the Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club Granville Island, Stanley Theatre, Touchstone, Green Thumb, The Cultch and the Gateway Theatre.
She has directed two shows for the Fringe Theatre Festival and "Italian American Reconciliation" for the Beaumont Theatre. Jennifer received a Jessie Award and a Victoria Critics Choice Award in 2011 for her work in Morris Panych's "The Trespassers."
Megan Charpentier began booking commercials at the age of three when she danced into her first audition barefoot. At five, she transitioned into television and film and has already been cast in more than 17 productions. Notable feature credits include the films "Jennifer's Body," where she was cast as the young Amanda Seyfried, and Catherine Hardwicke's "Red Riding Hood," where she was cast as Young Valerie (once again playing the role of a young Amanda Seyfried!)
Megan's appeared on numerous television series including "Supernatural," "Psych," "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour," "Hiccups" and "Fringe." She recently wrapped "Mama," with Jessica Chastain, the eagerly-anticipated new horror film from executive producer Guillermo del Toro, to be released in January 2013, as well as "Resident Evil: Retribution" with Milla Jovovich, to be released in September 2012.
Megan loves to act, and hates leaving set at the end of the day, no matter how long the day may have been. She loves horses, "The Hunger Games" novels, soccer, swimming and playing with her friends. Megan also enjoys jazz dance and making her own movies (often starring her two younger sisters and her golden retriever, Charli). Megan's other pastimes include biking, skiing, playing hockey and reading a novel a day.
Genea Charpentier was only seven when she was cast in the principal role of the younger sister in "The Old Woman in the Woods" (her sister Megan, was nine). Prior to this, Genea had appeared in a number of commercials for Mattel as well as the 2011 Christmas movie "Deck the Halls" and the TV series, "Defying Gravity." More recently, she was cast as a fairy princess in the Halloween-themed "Who's Your Monster," to be aired this fall on the Disney Channel, and had a small role in "Arrow," a new series for the CW Network also to premiere this fall.
From a very young age, Genea loved performing for her family and attacks the dress-up bin on a daily basis with her sisters. When she's not working on her acting career, Genea enjoys gymnastics, swimming, biking, skiing, bouncing around on her trampoline and spending time with her family, friends and dog, Charli.
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