Ricardo learned at a young age that expressing himself through sport was not an option; thus he took to exploring various other mediums to find a sufficient outlet. He grew up painting on his father's knee, and began to look at the world with a sense of wonder and enthusiasm that most ppl seemed to leave behind as they got older. He studied at the U of S Drama Dept, and has since gone on to work with most of the theatre companies in Saskatoon, whether on stage or behind the scenes.. including Persephone Theatre, SUM Theatre, Sasktoon Summer Players, Live Five, Shakespeare on the Sk, Greystone Theatre, and Saskatoon Opera.
Over the years, Ricardo found himself consistently being cast as "the drag queen", which led to him developing his alter ego, Puffy von Pop-n-Fresh, who has held the titles of Miss Gay Saskatoon (twice), Miss Prairie Pride Diva, and Entertainer of the Year for Regina and all of Saskatchewan. He still picks up the paint brush in his spare time, and has been an avid member of Artists Against Hunger for over 20 years.
Select credits: W.R.O.L (Without Rule of Law)/R & G Are Dead/Boeing Boeing, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol (ASM, Persephone Theatre) / Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show, The Last 5 Years (Director, Ppl r Ppl Productions) / Annie, Cabaret, I Love You Because (Director, Saskatoon Summer Players), Boom (SM, Fire in the Hole Productions/Live Five). Upcoming credits: ELF the musical (Child Minder, Persephone Theatre).
Ricardo has found not only a partner, but a friend, in Kelsey Stone. She continues to inspire him and make him a stronger artist with every show they bring to life. He would like to thank his parents for always believing in him, and for providing such a chaotic atmosphere from which to discover a sense of self.
Trained at La Danse in Saskatoon, Kelsey has participated in many exams, competed in different festivals across Canada and performed in musicals around the country. She is currently the Musical Theatre instructor at La Danse and has received many awards for her groups and solos. Kelsey spent three years in Prince Albert where she worked with Broadway North and the Performing Arts Warehouse. She choreographed and starred in several productions including Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Footloose (Rusty, Choreographer), Cabaret (Koste, dance captain), and Annie (Grace, Choreographer). Kelsey has also choreographed several productions for Fireside Singers; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Christmas Memories, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver! Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of OZ, Pippin and The Hunchback of Notre Dam. She has also starred in Saskatoon Summer Players productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), RENT (Maureen) and Cabaret (Sally).
The Last Five Years (Cathy) was PPL R PPL Productions' first production followed by The Rocky Horror Show (Choreographer).
Kelsey is determined to grow and foster the love for dance and musical theatre in Saskatchewan and especially help young people gain confidence through the arts.