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Donna Barnfield as Viney/Cook

My theatrical experiences began at a young age when I started taking dance classes at the ripe old age of 3. A naturally shy child, I inexplicably took to the stage!

Over the years I continued to dance but a career in ballet was curtailed when a hit the withering height of 5’10” at age 11. I persevered and and became a teacher, passing on my love of dance.

Having always enjoyed watching musicals I got involved in community theatre in 1986 and discovered I was a “triple threat “. Actually, a quadruple threat, as I also make costumes. After a few productions in the UK, I landed the prime role of Adelaide in FRC’s production of Guys and Dolls here in Calgary and the rest, as they say, is history.

I went on to play many roles both in musicals and “straight “ plays- Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers, Doubt, August Osage County,Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Macbeth, Lady in the Van and California Suite. I even dabbled in film, episode 817 of Heartland!

As the years go by, I have become more of a liability than a triple threat but am managing to keep vertical when required. Thanks so o Charlotte and Imagine Performing Arts for allowing me to play.


I think my favourite part about The Railway Children is being able to share my heritage. I was born in North Yorkshire!


Theatre gives us a chance to express our unique creativity while being part of a supportive loving community. Oh, and show off a little!

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