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By: Cymc Musical Theatre  09-12-2011
Keywords: Concert, performers, musical theatre

CYMC Musical Theatre | Archive for CYMC Musical Theatre

See some of Canada’s finest musical theatre educators and performers  in concert.

Comox Valley, BC (June 26, 2011) – Special concert featuring Lori Mazey, Ashley Daniel Foot, Lindsay Sterk and Kris Epps scheduled for Wednesday July 6, 2011, 7:30pm, Stan Hagen Theatre.

As if putting together two full length musicals in 10 days wasn’t enough, the CYMC Musical Theatre creative team made up of Program Director Ashley Daniel Foot, director Lori Mazey, musical director Kris Epps, director of dance Lindsay Sterk will perform a concert of their own at the Stan Hagen Theatre on Wednesday July 6 at 7:30pm.

Fast becoming a summer tradition for CYMC, the musical theatre faculty concert is a chance for audiences to experience some of Canada’s finest performers and arts educators on a stage together. With over 55 years of combined teaching and performing expertise, the concert will feature iconic musical theatre songs such as “Razzle Dazzle” from Chicago, “Unusual Way” from Nine, “Children will Listen” from Into the Woods and “The Summer Knows” by legendary European jazz composer Michel Legrand.

Lindsay Sterk, the artistic director of the Valley’s own Pantuso School of Dance and a featured dancer in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony will both sing and tap to the delight of audiences.

Ashley Daniel Foot, an award winning tenor and Valley singing favourite, will debut a collection of glittering songs that showcase his unique voice. “These are elegant beautifully crafted songs that I have been saving for this moment” says Foot.

Musical Director and pianist extraordinaire Kristopher Epps will handle the evenings musical accompaniment and may even perform some instrumental selections with a mysterious special guest.

New to CYMC this year, but not to Valley audiences is directing goddess Lori Mazey. Mazey will sing a special selection from the hilarious 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. “I figured I could slip away from directing two shows to sing one of my favourite things” smiles Mazey.

Also featured in the July 6 concert will be a a preview of CYMC Musical Theatre’s A Chorus Line (opening July 18, at the Sid WIlliams Theatre) and Glee Club (an original triple threat concert that will open on July 25 at the Sid Williams Theatre)

Nestled on beautiful Vancouver Island, in the truly remarkable Comox Valley is a summer theatre program like no other. A vibrant group of young people will come together and prepare  A FULL LENGTH MUSICAL, work with a world class creative team, and make friends that they will treasure forever. For some students, CYMC Musical Theatre is the highlight of the year. A unique combination of hard work, relaxation, learning, and friendship like no other. This all leads to our grand finale, as we perform one of the longest running shows in Broadway’s history- A Chorus Line 7 times in Courtenay, BC at the world class Sid Williams Theatre and then take the show on the road across Vancouver Island.

CYMC Musical Theatre’s summer season kicks off with a rigorous set of professional-like theatre auditions. Students will have the opportunity to strut their stuff and vie for role of their choice. There’s no pre-casting and all the roles in A Chorus Line and CYMC Musical Theatre Glee Club will be up for grabs as of July 2.

Be part of a touring production!

One of the most unique features of our program is the fact that our show goes on tour. This year, our initial performances will take place at our home theatre, The Sid Williams Theatre located in the heart of downtown Courtenay, BC and then continue for one evening at the historic Cowichan Theatre in Duncan, BC.

Make friends that will last a lifetime.

CYMC Musical Theatre is really an experience to treasure forever. Students are delighted to discover a a group of peers with similar interests and aspirations as their own.  Our students have made friends that become part of their extended famillies and form part of a larger network of theatrical contacts that serve them as they develop as performers.

But don’t take our word for it. Connect with our alumni and check out our Facebook page

  • This year’s show is A Chorus Line, one ofthe longest running shows in Broadway’s history.
  • We are also offering a special second show entitled CYMC Musical Theatre Glee Club that will feature an original book.
  • July 2-28, 2011 inclusive
  • 7 performances at the beautiful 400 seat Sid Williams Theatre, in Courtenay, BC
  • 1 performance at the magnificent 700 seat Cowichan Theatre, in Duncan, BC
  • over 12 exciting workshops in a variety of different artistic disciplines
  • Dance on Film: selected screenings of the greatest films about dance
  • Exciting dance classes in a variety of styles (ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap. etc)

A first class creative team

CYMC Musical Theatre is made up of an exciting production team of creative professionals. Our shows are piloted by an exceptional directorial team with an excellent track record for crafting vibrant and relevant theatrical experiences.

Here’s the official cast list…

More details will be forthcoming (as it dates for certain performers etc)

CYMC 2010: Sweeney Todd
Cast List

Directed by Roger Carr
Musical Director: Kristopher Epps
Vocal Direction: Ashley Daniel Foot
Stage Manager: Freya Engman

Man (Bass 1) : Josiah George
Man (Tenor 1) : Gabriel MacDonald
Tobias: Cody WIlson
Man baritone Nick Howard
Man (bass 2) Josiah George
Man (tenor 2) Gabriel Macdonald
Women (mezzos) Shaleena Faust, Shea McKeown and Courtenay Wright
Sweeney Todd: Adam Kozlick
Mrs Lovett: Alison Roberts and Lucy Schofield
Antony Hope: Gabriel MacDonald
Beggar Woman Jane Venter and Jessica Harling
Judge Turpin: Nathan Gordon
Beadle: Josiah George
Lucy: Ariel Hanson
Joanna: McKenzie Kueks Winger and Kaley Cronk
Bird Seller: Jesse Polito

First man shaved- Ayden Chamberlain
Second man shaved- Marshall Heritage
Third man (market) -Daylon Heath

Fourth Man (market) – Nick Howard
Fifth man (market) – Jesse Polito

First woman (market) Kelly Fitterer
Second woman (market) Erin Humphrey
Third woman (market) Miriam Peters
Fourth woman (market) Katlyn Card
Sixth woman (market) Aleisha Brown

Pirelli- Nikki Powers

Man with Cap- Daylon Heath
Three Tenors- Rachel Allen, Shea McKeown, Josiah
Boy in Court- Maia Sampson
Fifith woman (pie shop) Vanessa Yuen
Freeloader: Kiara Butler
Man with Cap- Ayden Chamberlain
Man First Death- Daylon Heath
Man Second Death- Jesse Polito
Third Man (no death) – Marshall Heritage
Wife of Third Man- Trisha Porter
Child of Third Man- Rosalyn Martin
Passer by- Montana Walton
Policeperson- Amea Douglass, Cher Rowe

Quintet (p, 22) Erin Humphrey, Josiah George, Montana Walton, Daylon Heath, Nick Howard

CYMC celebrates Broadway genius Stephen Sondheim

Video, photos, singing, dance and spoken word blended together to create a multimedia musical event.

When: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 7:30pm
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre

Composer Stephen Sondheim will take centrestage this Wednesday, July 7 at the Stan Hagen Theatre when CYMC Musical Theatre celebrates his 80th birthday. Often cited as the greatest living musical theatre composer,  Sondheim is best known for creating such incredible musicals as West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd (which CYMC will premiere for Comox Valley audiences from July 20-25 at the Sid Williams Theatre).

In honour of Sondheim’s 80th birthday, CYMC Musical Theatre will present a multimedia introduction to the great master’s work. Blending video and rare photos of the composer with live performances of some of his greatest songs, the evening promises to be one of the most exciting concerts of the year. CYMC Musical Theatre Program Director, Ashley Daniel Foot says that the evening will act as a primer for those who might not be familiar with Sondheim’s work and a delicious treat for those who are. “The multimedia component of the concert is so exciting because it allows the audience to fully connect with this great man.”

In the theatre community, Sondheim is universally revered for  his unique and complicated melodies and intelligent lyrics that challenge both audience and performer: “He’s a complete singularity” says performer Sean Baker (from the Victoria Operatic Society’s Grease) who will appear as a special guest in this Wednesday’s celebration.  Other performers scheduled to appear on July 7 include Vanier theatre head honcho Lori Mazey, Songs for a New World star Alison Roberts, CYMC Alumni Josiah George, Lindsay Robinson (the artistic director of Victoria’s brand new theatre company ASAP Theatre), Roger Carr (the director of CYMC’s Sweeney Todd) and Ashley Daniel Foot. Musical direction for the evening will be handled by CYMC’s own Kristopher Epps. “Audiences will hear such Sondheim classics as “Send in the Clowns” but will also discover many new and exciting songs from such shows as Sunday in the Park with George and Passion” says Epps.

CYMC Musical Theatre is proud to present this very special concert, 80 Years of Stephen Sondheim: A Multimedia Musical Celebration this Wednesday, July 7, 7:30pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre. Tickets are available at the Sid Williams Theatre by calling 250-338-2430 or online at


CYMC 2009 students Josiah George (l) and Nick Blackburn (r) prepare backstage for RENT

CYMC 2008 student Riza Takahashi shares a proud moment with 2008 Visiting Artist and Broadway sensation Julia Murney

We like to meet new people and over the past few years we have had students from as far away as Japan and Germany as well as from the United States, and from almost every province in Canada. We pride ourselves on helping our students make international connections and friendships that will last a lifetime!

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