Spent the 1st week of December in Thompson, MB as part of my annual Artists in Schools excursion. This year I worked with the students at RD Parker Collegiate and introduced a few “flavours” of dance to the Grade 9-11’s including “Stomp”-in the snow!, musical theatre, salsa, skipping and East Coast Celtic – a tribute to the current hit show “Come From Away”. I also had the great opportunity to work with some very talented young dance students at Aurora Dance Studio. We had a blast exploring musical theatre technique and playing with “rock ‘n roll” choreo, specifically from my upcoming WST production of School of Rock. Looking forward to my next visit to the great white north!
I had the great fortune of choreographing the Virden and District Chorale’s production of Legally Blonde this past month. Under the guidance and artistic leadership of Michelle Chyzyk and her amazing group of young (and older performers), the Aud Theatre was revved up with a show filled with energy, excitement and LOVE! I have assisted in the staging of over a half dozen productions for the community and each time, the skill set, design and delivery of the productions surpasses the last (of course I’m biased). Bravo to the team and congrats on a job well performed!
Had a wonderful time at Dance Manitoba Showcase 2017. Two of my amazing dance groups performed along with some of the most passionate young dance artists in the city. SMD’s All Abilities dancers opened the show to great excitement with their rendition of Welcome to the Rock- a tribute to Come from Away the musicals and WST StudioWorks paid homage to rock through the ages and gave a sneak preview of the energy and talent behind their up-coming musical School of Rock! Kudos to Nicole Langevin-Owens for co-ordinating another spectacular and diverse event. So much fun onstage and off….Congrats to guest choreographers Laura Kolisnyk and Josh Assor who created special Showcase dance pieces with over 100 dancers! Proud ‘dance mom” 🙂
Winnipeg was exposed to the best of the best last night at the city’s inaugural Winnipeg Theatre Awards on November 12th. A labour of love, sweat and yes, tears led by our amazing Organizing Committee comprised of Joff Schmidt, Mel Marginet, Stepanie Plaitin, Brenda McLean, Kevin Longfield and yours truly along with a sea of volunteers brought a decades old dream to reality. In 1.5 hours, we presented 10 Outstanding Theatre Awards, 2 Emerging Artist Awards and 3 Honorary Awards to a cross-section of junior and senior theatre artists, followed by a FANTASTIC party! The community never looked better, brighter or happier! Bravo to all!!
Joff & Brenda showing off their “fashion sense”!
WST’s StudioWorks rehearsals for School of Rock are underway and our incredibly talented and hard working cast of 27 emerging artists are having a blast! Needless to say you will be seeing and hearing much about this production over the next few months. With direction by Kayla Gordon, Asst. Direction/Choreo by Brenda Gorlick, Music Direction by Rachel Cameron and our incredible team including Rebekah Jones, Brooke Pluta, Angelina Alberto and Melissa Langdon, we are off to a “rockin’ start. Thx to Kayla, we also have savvy cast photos to share!