Amy Culliford –
Owner / 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!
Raylen Lanktree –
Manager / Performer
Raylen has been performing with Enchanted Fables since 2015, after graduating from the Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts with a diploma in Acting for Film and TV. She has been involved in theatre since she was a child, and spent two years performing weekly in a live improvised series here in Victoria. Raylen managed a costume shop for four years, which led to working on both a film and a television series as Lead Wardrobe. 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 has helped in the development of stage shows, special events, and birthday parties in her time managing Enchanted Fables – and is proud to be part of a team representing courageous, curious and intelligent princesses!
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.
Becca Thackray – Performer
A graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, also holding a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Victoria, Becca is a true lover of story telling. Her first love was music, which quickly expanded to theatre, dance, creative writing and teaching.
A full-time working singer/actor, Becca has toured and performed all across Canada, most recently in Northern BC. She is also seen working as a Stage Manager and Vocal Director for new works and companies here in Victoria. Becca has taught dance, musical theatre, and cooking through Saanich Parks and Recreation for the past ten years, and enjoys working with companies like The Story Theatre Company and Kelowna Actors Studio, who provide theatre for young audiences.
When not on contract, her main focus is filling lives with joy, through the arts and a mutual love of fairytales, which is why she is so happy to be a part of the amazing community Enchanted Fables has created! Much like a Disney princess, in her spare time Becca can be found baking, cleaning, sewing, and singing. She hopes to see you and your littles very soon, to share a little magic!
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!
Kaitlyn Alderson – Performer
aised 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.
Naomi Duska – Performer
Naomi has been performing and dancing for as long as she can remember. With her training in Speech Arts & Drama through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Naomi has competed regularly in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, and in 2017 completed her Grade Ten RCM Speech exam with Distinction.
Growing up, Naomi enjoyed performing ballet, pointe, and jazz in yearly recitals and RAD exams. In the summers, Naomi performs with Calaway Park’s Street Cast, walking the park grounds and interacting with guests dressed as a variety of characters, including a fairy, princess, and the park mascot. Some of her favourite performance credits include Death by Horoscope (Student Alternative Theatre Company), William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Ensemble,) and the Fifteen Minute Hamlet (William Aberhart High School).
Currently studying Theatre and Writing at UVic, Naomi’s short stories can be found in Issue 16 of This Side of West and Tap Press Read 135. She is currently Editor in Chief at This Side of West.
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 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.
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.
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.
Yasmin D’Oshun – Performer
Born and raised in Salvador, Brazil, Yasmin has been an active member of the Canadian performing arts community since moving in 2014. After being a member of the Musical Theatre Program at New Westminster Secondary School, they are currently a student of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in the Performing Arts Diploma. They are extremely passionate about working and educating children and youth and feel so fortunate to share these characters with you. Outside of performing, they worked as a face painter and supervising artist leading birthday parties, summer festivals and private events all around the Lower Mainland.
Growing up with these magical stories and having already played Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”; Tinkerbell in “Peter Pan”(FVGSS) and Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella” (CTORA, Joey Award’s nominee for Best Actress in a Musical), they are honoured to be bringing more fairytales to life. Other recent credits include Hope Understudy/Tiny Tom in “Urinetown” (CCPA); Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music” (Curtain Call) and touring around Greater Victoria with the Theatre SKAM’s Pop-Up Team performing original shows.
As an Afro-Latinx performer, they strive to expand diversity, representation and inclusion in the industry by breaking casting stereotypes. They are passionate about creating and promoting new, unique, provocative art work. When not performing and devising, Yasmin is working on completing their professional certificate in Race, Gender and Workplace Equity.