Cast and Crew

CAST AND CREW

Discover all the individuals who help to create the Hey, Kujo! Show.

Randy Quansah “Kujo” - Principal

Founder and host Randy Quansah mixed curiosity and fun entertaining his brother’s kids with fun activities that nurtured discovery, expression and understanding of the world around them. Once he became a father, he saw the direct and exciting connection between fun, engaging early learning, intellectual growth and language development.

Born and raised in Montreal, Randy also saw the need for greater representation of people of colour and culture. A Human Resources professional and business instructor, as well as a champion for finding greatness in others, he brings a friendly, respectful and cultural approach to teaching in French and English. His high degree of creativity makes him a top draw online to inspire a generation of leaders and pillars in their communities.

Randy’s character mirrors Kujo’s to a certain degree, as he brings out everyone’s inner child with openness, and willingness to explore and challenge old ways of thinking in order to grow and expand perspectives and horizons.  His unique character is transformational leader who is not afraid to fail in order to discover the truth. His character constantly fails at the beginning of experiments but he maintains an optimistic and inquisitive attitude, searching for the answer with subject matter experts, including the Imagination Helmet!

He also believes in collaborative problem solving as he asks the audience and his fellow cast member puppets questions and takes on their suggestions in order to try to solve a problem. His goal is to have kids ask and try to duplicate and discuss an experiment or social subject at home with their parents and guardians. This helps promote continuous learning and cultivate one-to-one parental time in a fun and engaging way.

Kujo is a little bit of an odd duck with his glasses, hair and his choice of attire, however, he embraces differences not only in himself but in others. He realizes that diversity and inclusion are necessary in order to expand perceptions. He and his castmates encourage this by stating the show’s phrase “Be Kind. Be Brave. Be Curious. And most importantly–Be Yourself!”

Ellis Lalonde - Puppeteer

Actor, musician, puppeteer and comedian, Ellis Lalonde brings wit, originality and creativity to the role of the puppet Kweku. He represents his owl character as a smart, funny, and logical family member of Kujo’s Kid Zone—with brilliant suggestions, curiosity and manners that inspire kids and adults alike. Ellis brings a natural skill to puppeteering and acting, prompting a dynamic interplay between his castmates. Ellis has been a member of
the Loose Moose Theatre since 2012 as an actor and sound designer, adding the roles of director and puppeteer in 2015. His puppet experience also includes Dolly Wiggler Cabaret, National Puppetry Conference.

Kim Cheel - Puppeteer

Kim is an award-winning playwright, actor and puppeteer who first began puppetry in 2016, working with Pink Whale Theatre. She grew up watching The Muppets and Fraggle Rock, and is excited to be a puppeteer, even if she isn’t in the echelon of Henson. She has played characters at Heritage Park, and her play, ‘Carolien and Wessex’ won the Outstanding Writing award at the 2017 Foothills Once Act Festival and the Calgary Fringe Festival in 2018.

Adjoa asks a lot of questions, and that’s something Kim can relate to. During her grade eight graduation, she was teased by the teacher because every time he walked by her desk, she had another question for him. She admits Adjoa is also a bit unkempt – her feathers are everywhere!

Michael Roik - Michael Roik is a Métis actor in film, television, and theatre across Canada and Europe, as well as a senior ensemble member and instructor at the world-renowned Loose Moose Theatre Company.

Michael Roik - Puppeteer

Michael Roik is a Métis actor in film, television, and theatre across Canada and Europe, as well as a senior ensemble member and instructor at the world-renowned Loose Moose Theatre Company. Michael has brought life to an array of roles, from an entire troupe of Goblins in One Hit Die, to Gaston in Calgary Opera’s production of Die tote Stadt, and The Centaur in Lloyd the Conqueror. His puppeteering experience includes a wide range of playful stage animals, Chuckles, the titular character for Kidoodle TV, and many large-scale puppets, including the 17-foot long custom-built animatronic Sharkasaurus! Like the spirited and responsible beaver Bernard, Michael's playfulness is balanced with maturity, bringing his character to life with level-headedness, curiosity, and the joy of discovery.

Madison Laliberte - Madison has been a singer/songwriter for many years and loves performing in front of any audience, including interactive children.

Madison Laliberte - Actor/Educator

Madison has been a singer/songwriter for many years and loves performing in front of any audience, including interactive children. She is a private music teacher (K-6) and one of her favourite things is recording her student’s songs as well as watching them perform. She is also an elementary school teacher and is a great addition to our cast in so many ways! She has always had a passion for teaching young children and helping them to achieve
their dreams. Her role in Kujo’s Kid Zone allows her to share her love of music, lessons, and storytelling.