CYMC Musical Theatre | Archive for Alumni spotlight

By: Cymc Musical Theatre  09-12-2011
Keywords: musical theatre, Production Manager

CYMC Musical Theatre | Archive for Alumni spotlight

Years attended: 3 ( Beauty and the Beast ’08, RENT ’09, Sweeney Todd ’10)

Favorite CYMC memory: My favourite memory has got to be preview night of Sweeney Todd when Adam Kozlick and I were in the middle of a very intense scene and all of a sudden this siren goes off! I look at Adam like a deer in headlights and then finally clue in it is the fire alarm going off! The audience files out and I somehow got stuck with all of them instead of the cast. So while the cast is downstairs I am awkwardly standing out front of the theatre, in full costume, with all these strangers! Luckily it wasn’t actually a fire and we were able to continue the show. The headline in the paper the next morning was something how the show was so hot it literally set the fire alarm off! Great memory.

What are you doing now?: I have just graduated my first year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts located in Victoria BC and will be going into second year in September. I have also been cast in the Vancouver Operas West Side Story which will be performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I recently performed in Crazy For You at the Macpherson Playhouse as the character of Patsy. I was also the dance captain for the show which was a fantastic experience! My goal after second year is to move to Toronto and work as an actor over there, eventually I would love to work at the Stratford Theatre!

Advice to New comers: My advice to new students coming into CYMC is to not be afraid to take risks. CYMC is a safe atmosphere for you to try things you would usually never get the opportunity to do. Everyone is there for the same reason and no one is there to judge. Take every opportunity you get to sharpen your skills! Also, its an intense program but don’t forget to have fun. You will make life long friends and so many amazing memories. However even though you are there to have fun, try and act as professional as possible. This program is the perfect stepping stone for students serious about pursuing a job in the performing arts field. You will be working with very highly respected directors and you want to build your bridges not burn them! And as Ashley Foot would say “Make every moment count”!

We’re thrilled to announce that Josiah George will be joining our 2011 faculty as Production Manager and Assistant to the Music Director.  Josiah has been at CYMC as a student for the past 5 years and we think he’ll make an exceptional addition to our faculty.  He took some time to answer our alumni questionnaire…

Years attended…

.5- (Guys and Dolls ’06, Jekyll and Hyde ’07, Beauty and the Beast ’08, Rent ’09, Sweeney Todd ’10)

Fave CYMC memory:
The workshop with Broadway Star Julia Murney, to actually get 1-on-1 attention with someone who as played Elphaba at the Gershwin Theater was simply out of this world! Oh…and playing Lefou alongside Jordan Heath.

What are you doing now?


Well as of right now I am the  Production Manager and Assistant Musical Director of CYMC’s 2011 production of A Chorus Line and CYMC Glee Club! I also just finished my second year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, which is basically like an 8 month long CYMC.

Advice to new CYMCers:

Don’t worry about stress, remember that you’ll have over 30 people around you ready to pick you up if you fall down. Above all, just have fun, you will be putting on an amazing show, working with amazing people, and making amazing friends.

years you attended CYMC: Six (Jesus Christ Superstar ’05, Guys and Dolls ’06, Jekyll and Hyde ’07,  Beauty and the Beast ’08, RENT ’09, Sweeney Todd ’10)
Favourite CYMC memory: Playing Gaston beside Josiah George.
What you’re doing now: Studying Physics at UBC
Advise to new CYMCers: CYMC is a wonderful opportunity to make life long friends, build your artistic talent and put on an amazing show. My advise is to use your time wisely, the three weeks will pass before your eyes in a flash.

Years attended: Jesus Christ Superstar ’05, Beauty and the Beast ’08, and Rent ’09

Fave CYMC memory: My favourite memory of CYMC would have to be all of it.  Every day was so much fun because all you would do is rehearse, eat, and hang out with some of the coolest people ever.  It was quite intense, but every moment was my favourite.

What are you doing now?  Since CYMC I’ve had some great performance opportunities.  In the past year, I’ve done White Christmas, RENT, and a show in the Edmonton Fringe Festival.  I’ve been singing with a Show Band based out of Edmonton and I’ve gotten to sing everywhere from New Orleans, to LA and across western Canada.  I now have an agent in Toronto, where I’m living, and I’ve been working hard and auditioning for everything that I can.

Advice to new CYMCers: I would say, take it all in.  Work hard, and get everything out of it that you possibly can.  The teachers have so much to offer and you should definitely pick their brains because they know so much about the industry!  If performing is what you love to do and what you want to do, CYMC is an amazing experience.

Years attended:  5- (Chicago ’03, Jesus Christ Superstar ’04, Guys and Dolls ’05, Jekyll and Hyde ’06, and Beauty and the Beast ’07)

Fave CYMC memory:   Probably being in the chorus numbers in Jekyll and Hyde, they were extremely fun.

What are you doing now? I just finished a two year musical theatre program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, I am going to be spending my summer in Rossland BC doing a contract with a few of my fellow CYMC alumni, and am planning on moving to Vancouver in the fall to try out the film and television industry.

Advice to new CYMCers: You are going to have the time of your life, and meet the best friends you could possibly imagine, but life does go on after CYMC, because those people you meet never seem to go away. Last year I lived with a friend I met at CYMC, I went to College with about 6 or 7 friends I met at CYMC, I did a show last summer with 2 friends I met at CYMC, and I’m doing a contract this summer with 2 friends I met at CYMC. If you are all passionate about the same things, you will see each other again.

Favourite CYMC memory: probably going on the road and touring with RENT in 2009.

Advice to new CYMCers: Remember that the program is a great way to hone your skills and prep yourself if you want to pursue theatre as a career.

Keywords: musical theatre, Production Manager

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