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Acting Students Tackle ‘Master of Suspense’ with Stage Production of Hitchcock Hotel

Hitchcock Hotel

Toronto Film School acting students will bring a “cinematic six-pack of Hitch-flicks” to the stage, when they launch their production of Hitchcock Hotel at Papermill Theatre next week.

Conceived and directed by Jonathan Higgins, the 75-minute play takes its inspiration from the ‘Master of Suspense’ and ‘Artist of Anxiety’ himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock made 53 films in his long and storied career, leaving an indelible stamp on both cinema and popular culture with movies such as Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds, and Vertigo, to name just a few,” said Higgins.

“He was superb, innovative craftsman. Putting each of his films’ narratives through the lens of his own obsessions, he was able to amplify and explore his own considerable fears and anxieties, transforming them into an engaging popular cinema, which still resonates with audiences today.”

Hitchcock Hotel poster

“Though a tall order, it has been immensely enjoyable for me to be able to work with the abundant talents of TFS Term 5’s to distill from the vast vault of his films a cinematic six-pack of Hitch-flicks we have transformed into an original theatrical offering,” Higgins said.

Hitchcock Hotel, which is stage managed by Krystal Maria, will take to the stage at the Papermill Theatre for a three-performance run on June 18, 19 and 20 as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 20 at 9 p.m.

The Papermill Theatre is located at Todmorden Mills67 Pottery Rd. Tickets are free and available at the door.

The Creative Team Behind Hitchcock Hotel:


Jonathan Higgins – Director

Krystal Maria

Krystal Maria – Stage Manager

Alecks Ambayec

Alecks Ambayec as Norma Bates

Kanysha Clerge

Kanysha Clergy as Mariam Joyce Hanes

Shelem Del Rio Alcala

Shelem Del Rio Alcala as Marion Crane

Helin Gormez

Helin Gormez as Midge Burton

Gregory Farr

Gregory Farr as Detective Dino

Grace Loewen

Grace Loewen as Lila Crane

Magdalena Newnham

Magdalena Newnham as Madeleine/Judy

Arun Aadhitya Ramamurthy

Arun Aadhitya Ramamurthy as Sam Loomis

Brendan Reynolds

Brendan Reynolds as Bruno Anthony

Robinpreet Singh Sahota

Robinpreet Singh Sahota as Elster, Police Officer

Kamal Singh

Kamal Singh as Guy Hanes

Mason Windross

Mason Windross as Norman Bates/Norma Bates V.O.

Cynthia Reason

Cynthia Reason (she/her) is a former newspaper journalist turned communications professional who currently works as Toronto Film School’s Manager of Communications. Prior to joining TFS, she spent 13 years working as a reporter for Torstar/Metroland Media Toronto, writing for publications including Toronto.com, the Etobicoke Guardian, and the Toronto Star, among others. Her byline has also appeared in the National Post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Humber College.


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