Raylen Lanktree –
Owner / Performer
Raylen graduated from the Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015, with a diploma in Acting for Film and TV. She has since gone back to school, and is currently enrolled in an Early Learning and Care program, and is set to graduate in 2024 and obtain her Infant and Toddler Early Childhood Educator certification. She also works as a nanny and in after-school care, as well as leading day camps and summer camps at elementary and middle schools.
Raylen has been involved with Enchanted Fables since 2015, both as a performer and then as a manager, and is excited and honoured to step into the role of company owner as of October 2021!
Raylen managed a costume shop for four years, as well as working in costuming for film and television. Her passion for costumes is well suited for the upkeep of costumes at Enchanted Fables; when she isn’t performing, she is ensuring each gem is perfectly affixed to gowns and each hair on every wig is in place.
While Raylen believes true beauty is found within, maintaining a high-quality and unique appearance is an integral part of each of our characters. Raylen is proud to be part of a team representing courageous, curious and intelligent Princesses and Superheroes!
Amy Culliford –
Founder / Performer
Amy is a former Disney Character Performer and graduate of the University of Victoria, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, with a specialization in Acting. She founded Enchanted Fables in October of 2014, after working as a Character Performer at the Walt Disney World Resort.
For over five years, Amy was a drama instructor at Kate Rubin’s Drama Studio, Theatre SKAM, and artsREACH, where she taught workshops and classes in public schools and after-school programs before becoming the Box Office Manager at Pacific Opera Victoria.
When not working full-time at the opera, or running princess parties, Amy writes curriculum-based fiction and nonfiction books for children. Author of over one hundred early reader books, Amy works as a freelance writer and audiobook narrator for Crabtree Publishing, with books available in English, French, and Spanish through Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble!
Becky Groves – Performer
Becky was born in Victoria, BC, but moved to Kelowna from 2000-2009, after then coming back to the island. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in French. Becky also completed her Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.
Becky danced ballet for 11 years under the Royal Academy of Ballet syllabus and performed in the Nutcracker for many years, as well as competed around the lower mainland and the island. She still dances recreationally, now trying different styles other than ballet.
Becky has her Standard First Aid and CPR C, WorkSafe Occupational First Aid Level 2 certificate, and her babysitting certificate. As a big Disney fan, Becky has been to Disneyland 8 times, DisneyWorld twice, Disneyland Paris once, and even on a Disney cruise! In her downtime, she enjoys singing, drawing, and playing piano.
Kaitlyn Alderson – Performer
Raised just outside Vancouver, Kaitlyn is currently pursuing a double major in Theatre and Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. Her love for theatre began at a young age when she had the opportunity to act and sing in productions at her church. She has since been involved in her high school’s theatre and choral programs.
Through being in her school’s Chamber Choir she had the opportunity to sing the national anthem at a Canuck’s Game and perform in the Vancouver Santa Clause Parade in 2017. Some of her theatrical performance highlights include: Les Misérables (dramatic version) and Sister Act (Mennonite Educational Institute). Kaitlyn has also written dramas for her church’s children’s group. She loves bringing fun, joy and a little bit of magic to every event.
Kendra Bidwell – Performer
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Kendra Bidwell graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts Company C program in 2018. Performing has always been her passion and self chosen career path from a young age. She is grateful that she gets to teach and share her love for performing and dance with children at the McTavish Academy of Art.
Creating and performing are both very important to Kendra, some highlights include; “Buddy Holly’s Happy Days” with Jubilations Dinner Theatre, Frenchie/assistant music director for Company C’s “Cabaret”, and most recently creating and performing with Theatre SKAM. Kendra is truly a child at heart and believes that there is a little magic sparkle in all of us.
Sophie Groves – Performer
Sophie Groves loves magic. Among her favourite forms of magic are theatre, music and nature! When Sophie isn’t performing, she can often be found working behind the scenes as a photographer. She is currently pursuing an undergrad degree in theatre at the University of Victoria, with the end goal of becoming a teacher.
Sophie has lived on Vancouver island since childhood, and has been an active member of its arts communities for as long as she can remember. She has been a member of improvisational theatre teams, musical theatre productions, concert bands, and countless choirs. Sophie loves working with children; she has worked and volunteered at children’s summer camps, in kindergarten classrooms, as a children’s musical theatre instructor, as a lifeguard and swim instructor, as an Improv coach, and with the Canadian Improv Games. Sophie is so excited to be able to perform as Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Elsa!
Jenny Robinson – Performer
Coming from small town Parksville, Jenny has lived, walked, and breathed all things dramatic and Disney. An early obsession, granted by her mother, a fellow thespian. Throughout her elementary, high school, and now university days she has pursued the passion of performance. Whether it was through after school clubs, classes in summer, or learning to work in a professional theatre environment, this love has only grown.
Some of the performances she has partaken in include Peter Pan as Peter Pan (Ballenas), White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland (Ballenas), Ethel in Footloose (Whalebone Theatre) , and many ensemble roles in Grease and Little Shop of Horrors (Whalebone Theatre). She hopes by the end of her training she will be able to work as a professional voice artist.
Along with acting ridiculous and doing silly voices, Jenny has a soft place in her heart for working with children. Running and volunteering for summer programs for nearly 7 years definitely brings out the inner child that is present in everyone’s heart. Bringing fun, laughs, and tears from those laughs, Jenny hopes to bring out every inner child and thaw every frozen heart.
Thomas Moore – Performer
Thomas, originally from Edmonton, moved to Victoria to study theatre at UVic. Since then he has grown passionate about designing, directing and performing in shows.
Most recently, he has directed the one act Of Theseus for the Victoria One Act Play festival. He hopes to continue his studies after completing the theatre program at UVic and receive a teaching certificate so he can share his love of theatre in an educational setting.
Thomas has been involved in Enchanted Fables for over a year and has loved getting to know the community through storytelling. He also has worked for theatre SKAM as a counsellor and theatre educator and has previously taught martial arts to children of all ages.
Thomas loves creating safe spaces for youth to be creative and take risks in.
Ella Macdonald – Performer
Originally hailing from Burnaby, B.C., Ella began performing as a child; playing piano, training in dance, and singing in school choir. They fell in love with musical theatre as a young teenager and began acting in their high school’s drama program, performing in shows including The Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek the Musical, Head Over Heels, and Little Women the Musical; where they played their favourite role so far, Jo March.
They moved to Victoria to pursue a BFA in Theatre from UVic, where they have interests in performance, playwriting, costume design, and stage management. They joined the Enchanted Fables team in November of 2021, and have had the joy of bringing multiple magical friends to life at birthday parties, community events, and fundraisers across Greater Victoria and even Nanaimo since. Their favourite princesses are Ariel and Anna.
Michelle Naidu – Performer
Born in India, Michelle is a singer and performer currently based in Victoria, BC. From a young age, she received training in music theory, piano and singing but her passion always lay in exploring song and dance through musical theatre.
She has performed in high school productions of Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing, Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Lion King as well as alongside eminent Indian artists.
She completed her Bachelor of Music from NMIMS School of Performing Arts, Mumbai where she trained as a contemporary western vocalist under various coaches whose diverse cultural backgrounds gave her the opportunity to explore different styles of music including Latin, funk, jazz and world music. At present she is training at the Canadian College of Performing Arts where her credits include Joseph and the Amazing, Technicolour Dreamcoat and some new works in development.
She’s excited to be a part of this magical cast!
Sydney Ell – Performer
Sydney is currently studying Performance, in the Theatre program at the University of Victoria. From a very young age, Sydney showed a passion for being on stage. From the age of three, she took dance lessons – ballet, jazz, modern, flamenco – at Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan, leading to her participation in the studio’s Pre-professional dance company from 2014-2018.
In addition, she began vocal training at 11 years old, competing in operatic and musical theatre competitions, as well as the annual Provincial Music Festival in Saskatchewan. She acted in several school productions including Bring it On: The Musical. In 2017, she joined the Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre where she played Polonius in The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and, her favourite, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Most recently, Sydney has spent time performing for Entertainment companies and acting in student developed projects.
Camély Rouleau – Performer
Camély is from Gatineau, Québec, and she is currently studying at the Canadian college of Performing Arts. She has had a passion for the performing arts for as long as she can remember. She started dancing at 1 1/2 years old, acting at 10, musical theatre at 11, made her screen acting debut at 14 years old and in her last year of high-school she was mentored by Eryn Waltman in choreography. She competed in dance until she graduated highschool and won 3 regional titles. Camély is also a dance teacher, a substitute in elementary and high-schools and a choreographer.
She has always known that she wanted a career in the performing arts. Apart from performing she also loves to create. Her most recent works are SHAKEN, presented at the 2023 RBC Festival of New Works which she choreographed, directed and devised and Like The Whispers Of A Message In A Bottle a short dance film she co-created and performed in. She is very excited to be working with Enchanted Fables to bring magic to life.
Mia Wistaff – Performer
Born and raised in Montreal, Mia has always loved going to the theatre, performing in her school plays, dressing up, and creating home shows for her friends and family. Performing has always been her passion. She graduated from Dawson College in Cinema and studied at UQAM University in
Multimedia Production and Communication. Throughout her studies, Mia also acted in some Quebec productions such as Six degrés, Utukku and Canadian Fighter.
She moved to Victoria to study at the Canadian College of Performing Arts where she graduated this May 2023. One of her favourite experience at the college was during their performance of Pride and Prejudice where she got to play Elizabeth Bennet.
Mia also enjoys singing and has recently started
composing. Her song was presented this March at CCPA’s Festival of New Works.
Fun fact: Mia has training in stunts and martial arts. She started karate at the age of seven and has been
part of Team Canada where she was a National Champion as well as competing at three World Karate
Championship. Now, she teaches and enjoys sharing her passion for martial arts.