Sun

03

Mar

2013

Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Robert Redford, Toby Stephens and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.
Robert Redford, Toby Stephens and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.

Who will the the next GATSBY? Or DAISY? NICK, JORDAN,  MYRTLE or TOM? It could be YOU! 

Join us at the party at Gatsby's! We are so excited to bring THE GREAT GATSBY to the stage this June! AUDITIONS are being held SATURDAY, MARCH 30 at 1:30pm and MONDAY, APRIL 1 at 11:00am.  Fill out the audition form to to sign up for an audition! 


http://kpproductions.jimdo.com/shows/audition-information/ 

 

Arguably F.Scott. Fitzgerald's masterpiece,The Great Gatsby tells the tale of a man, living among the glitter and illusion in 1922, who has seemingly gone to any means to reach his dream. Musical numbers such as "All that Jazz," "As long as You're Mine" and "I Dreamed a Dream" bring the story of his fabulous parties, his emotional reunion with Daisy, and the ultimate tragedy of his dream to life.  The mystery of Gatsby has both haunted and fascinated readers for generations and this musical rendition is sure to do the same! 

 

Wed

30

Jan

2013

Wrapping Up and Moving Forward!

"For Good"
"For Good"

It's officially a month since closing night of A Little Musical about Little Women. (What the heck! Where did the time go?!) As some schools began January 2nd, I never got a chance to write a blog post to wrap things up, so here it is now!

 

Little Women raised $3,042.35 for The Centre for Child Development. We beat our goal! Thank you to the cast and crew for their hard work, all our sponsors for their support, and the audience for their generosity! We hope you all enjoyed the show! 

The whole journey was a very rewarding experience.  I can still remember those summer nights when it was light enough to practice outside and then the gradual transition to winter when it was too cold to practice in the garage! Being part of a show is always an emotional ride because of all the ups and downs, and sometimes, after a particularly bad rehearsal, you may go sleep wondering why you brought so much stress upon yourself. 

 

But then there's that quick peek through a hole in the curtain and you smile to yourself as you see the audience filing in. Then there's that wonderful flutter of butterflies in your stomach as the lights dim and you know that the show is about to begin.  The overture beings to play and you think to yourself: "I'm going to be on stage! In a beautiful costume, with my hair curled and my make up done to perfection!" You get to sing and dance and DO WHAT YOU LOVE! It's so magical and exciting that it's worth all of the hard work and frustration of the long rehearsals of the previous months. 


Also, just a random fact: We've brought to life 72 musical numbers...SO FAR! 72! And there are more to come! 

 

"Sisters"
"Sisters"

Now that there are only 11 months left  in 2013, it's time to think about the future! We are very, very, very excited for all that it will bring and we have some big plans! We have TWO fabulous stories to bring to life, the return of summer music camp, AND a very exciting event which we hope to hold this summer! 

Thank you for all your support, not only in 2012, but through all the years-From our very first performance of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical when we were so worried no one would even show up, to closing night of A Little Musical about Little Women-Thank you! We look forward to celebrating the arts and the amazing talent in our community for many years to come! 

Mon

19

Nov

2012

Gala of Hope Fundraiser for The Centre for Child Development!

This Saturday, rehearsal ended early because the March sisters and Laurie had an event to attend. The Centre for Child Development's 13th Annual Gala of Hope was taking place at Northview Golf and Country Club and we were performing two of our numbers from A Little Musical about Little Women. The room we entered for our soundcheck at 4:00 was shining, shimmering and splendid! It took our breath away! The theme of the Gala was 'Arabian Nights' and it truly looked like we had entered a whole new world with the fancy tables and the wonderful rainbow shining over the golf course.

The fancy dining room!
The fancy dining room!

From 4:30 to 7:00 we were in the ladies changing room listening to music, fixing hair and make up and eventually changing into costumes. It was a bit of a long break, but we entertained ourselves well enough! At 7:20, it was performance time! There were hundreds of people in attendence including Tamara Taggart from CTV, who was MCing the event and Dear Rouge, winners of the Peak Performance Project, who were performing after us. It was the first time we had performed our songs in front of an audience and we were very pleased with how well they were received! The costumes looked wonderful, the singing sounded great and we had several people say that they are looking forward to attending the show in December!

Projected onto the big screen during soundcheck!
Projected onto the big screen during soundcheck!
Shayla Hastings, Whitney Millar, Krystyna Pangilinan and Kyla Pires perform 'Sisters'!
Shayla Hastings, Whitney Millar, Krystyna Pangilinan and Kyla Pires perform 'Sisters'!

On a different note, we'd like to give a big thank you to Sharon and Darrell Poetker who have generously donated to our production! We are so thankful for their support in helping us raise as much as we possibly can for The Centre for Child Development!

 

Next week we are performing once again-this time at Queen's Park Care Centre! We're very excited to return and share our songs with the residents! Wishing you all a delightful, delicious and delovely week!

Enjoying the yummy feast after performing!
Enjoying the yummy feast after performing!

Fri

09

Nov

2012

Listen to the Mockingbird and our First Full Run-Through!

Cast Outing (caption by Kylie Mantei)
Cast Outing (caption by Kylie Mantei)

After rehearsal on Saturday, we attended the Vaudevillians Hit Broadway 9th annual benefit concert.  Ten members of the cast entered the dominantly above-60 -years-of- age filled theatre. We didn't really know what to expect as the era of Vaudeville was before our time, but we were in for a pleasant surprise! The show was full of tap dancing, singing, wonderful costumes, great energy, humor and was altogether truly inspiring! The oldest person in the troupe was 92 years old! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! The whole cast thoroughly enjoyed the performance. We laughed at Patty (or his twin brother Seamus...) the Leprechaun, rooted on Allen as he aspired to be a Broadway star, cheered on the dancers and were in awe of Dan, who shone in every number he was in! There were a lot of great numbers but the song that got stuck in my head afterwards (which inspired the title of this post) was 'Listen to the Mockingbird,' made all the more memorable because of the person whistling behind me in imitation of a mockingbird! The best part of the whole thing was hearing people from the cast say 'That's going to be us in 30 years!' or 'Let's do that when we're older!' I think seeing them perform made us realize that there is no age limit on performing. The Vaudevillians are very similiar to our group in the sense that our endeavors raise money for worthy causes, and that we LOVE performing.  Once again, we would like to thank the Vaudevillians for sponsoring our production and thank them for an entertaining evening! We're looking forward to the next show! 

A scene from the singing Vaudevillians!
A scene from the singing Vaudevillians!

Today we had our first run-through! The first-run through is always a little bit scary because you're hoping it goes well, but the other part of you is half expecting it to be messy and disheartening.  I must say, our first run through went surprisingly very well! Despite the fact that we're still using a bench as a sofa and a rock as a fireplace, most of the scene changes went quite smoothly and the action on stage is really coming to life! It was also very nice that many of the characters were wearing their costumes because they look wonderful! With two rehearsals and a show to attend, this was a packed weekend! Next weekend is just as busy as some of members of our cast will be performing at the Gala of Hope for The Centre for Child Development! 

 

Have a wonderful week! The weather forecast is promising lots of rain...don't forget to sing in it! 

Jackey Lip and Fani Vandt as Laurie and Older Amy.
Jackey Lip and Fani Vandt as Laurie and Older Amy.
Fani Vandt enjoys being a girl!
Fani Vandt enjoys being a girl!

Sat

03

Nov

2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas?

Getting in the Christmas mood for our photoshoot!
Getting in the Christmas mood for our photoshoot!

The day after Halloween, a Christmas tree was already up and lit in our house! Although I am all for holiday spirit, November 1st is a bit too soon, at least for me, to be decked out in festive decoration. Why did you have your tree out so early then? I'm glad you asked! The tree was out because on Friday, November 2nd, we had our photoshoot for A Little Musical about Little Women.  But why did you need a Christmas tree? Great question! Our musical is a Christmas oriented show, meaning that a lot of the scenes occur during the Christmas season. Ultimately though, the story of Little Women is all about love and family and being thankful for what you have, which is one of the reasons we decided to perform it at Christmas time in the first place because that is what Christmas is all about. 

 

The photoshoot was very fun!  Curling hair and putting on make up went much smoother than the March sisters' experience in the book...no one's hair got burnt off! HUZZAH! The photos were taken by the talented Luke Fahrmann who captured the moments perfectly! It was our first time working with him, and we are definitely looking forward to working with him in the future! If you ever need someone to take photos for you, we highly recommend him! While taking some of the Christmas shots, we even put on some holiday music to help us get in the mood. It was also our first look at some of the costumes and I think we can all agree that Shayla Hastings did a fabulous job! Keep your eyes open for the pictures...they should be up within the next few days! 

 

Don't you think that is a handsome tree? (in the picture above). This tree, courtesy of the Schebek family, is actually set to make its second appearance in a musical production. You may recognize it from A Midsummer Night's Musical where it starred as Tree #2 (a very prestigious role). We were so delighted and pleased with its performance, that we offered it the upgraded role of Tree #1 in this musical. Of course, the tree could not turn down such an impressive offer and so it accepted immediately. We are looking forward to working with such a fine and talented tree once again! 

Whitney Millar (Jo) helps Krystyna Pangilinan (Beth) curl her hair.
Whitney Millar (Jo) helps Krystyna Pangilinan (Beth) curl her hair.

Today we finally got to practice on the real stage! It was a treat to be back and it was definitely nice to be able to figure out spacing and placement better.  Although rehearsals began in July, it's amazing when you remember how much work it actually takes until everything gets just the way you want it to. It's amazing how much work people actually have to put in to get something up to performance level. After you take that final bow and the curtain falls, after you go off to celebrate at the cast party and look forward to the next show, it's sometimes easy to forgot how many tiresome rehearsals there were where everything seemed to be going wrong. Sometimes you forget how many hours you had to put in to memorize your lines. And the reason you forget all the hard stuff, is because the end product is so rewarding. Performing and being on stage is so wonderful and exciting and fun, that it's totally worth all the tough rehearsal.Yup. 

The March family and friends!
The March family and friends!

Tue

23

Oct

2012

A Crowded Garage and a Misplaced "La, La, La"!

Put your hands up if you love musical theatre! (or if you are dancing in a crowded garage!)
Put your hands up if you love musical theatre! (or if you are dancing in a crowded garage!)

This weekend was, once again, super busy! On Saturday evening, the March sisters, Marmee and Laurie came to rehearse their scenes.  We always have a great time together and it often feels more like a social gathering than a rehearsal because it doesn't seem like work at all! We're having too much fun! I think the sisters were quite exhausted by the end of it though...there is A LOT of vigorous dancing!

On Sunday, we rehearsed the big dance numbers. This was, once again, difficult because of the small space, but we managed to get by and do some major clean up in the songs! Everyone is so much more in sync now. A rather funny moment happened when we were rehearsing the wedding scene and all the wedding guests were instructed to be frozen like an icecube. (However; this metaphor did not seem to help them understand what it means to be frozen because it was quickly stated that icecube's melt.) ANYWAY, Shayla (Meg March) was singing about how pretty she felt, when suddenly, out of no where, a random 'LA, LA, LA' erupted from one of the mouths of the weddings guests, who shall remain nameless.  We had to take a laughing break because it was just so funny how in the middle of solo, a 'la, la, la' was heard from one of the frozen-like-an-icecube wedding guests! (...Maybe you had to be there!) 

We have our photoshoot this Friday which is really exciting!  It's going to be our first look at the costumes for the show and it's going to be very fun (maybe) curling everyone's hair! Keep your eyes open for the pictures and let us know what you think of them! 

Talk to you next weekend!  Have a happy and safe halloween! 

PS: To help you get through all the spookiness of Halloween, here is some advice from The King and I to keep in mind!

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS1YdRucgCU 

 

 

Sat

20

Oct

2012

What's the Buzz? (Let me tell you what's a happening)

Congratulations to everyone who got my Jesus Christ Superstar reference! 

 

The weeks have just been zooming by and everyone has been so caught up with school (midterms and assignments and group projects...nice) and work and rehearsal that it's been hard to find a moment to write a blogpost. But this dark Monday evening seems like a perfect time to catch you up on what we've been doing the past couple weeks. 

 

Whitney Millar, who plays Jo March, shows us that she has confidence!
Whitney Millar, who plays Jo March, shows us that she has confidence!

Rehearsals have been running quite smoothly (for the most part!) Scenes are flowing better now that the characters are no longer holding scripts.  It's been a bit of a struggle to rehearse the big dance numbers because we don't have rehearsal space BUT where there's a will, there's a way and we definitely found a way! It's amazing how big you can make your living room if you move all the furniture away. It's in little moments-like when I see everyone waltzing around a crowded living room-when I realize what a truly special group of people we have.  It literally warms my heart right up to see everyone singing and dancing and being so in love with musical theatre that they are willing to give up their Friday night to rehearse or give up precious studying/sleeping/socializing time (I call it the 3 S's) on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.   

 


Shoes, anybody?
Shoes, anybody?

One of my favorite things, (other than rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens) is THE HARMONIES! They really transform a song from something quite ordinary into something extraordinary! We can't wait for you to hear them! Also, it's pretty fun to watch all the girls catwalk across the room in their best model impressions for one of our numbers. So much sass and attitude-it's great! GIRL POWER.

Lovely carolers serenade us with a Christmas favorite!
Lovely carolers serenade us with a Christmas favorite!

A Little Musical about Little Women runs December 28, 29 and 30.  Here is the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/288217717947083/?fref=ts
Mark the dates in your calender! All Proceeds benefit The Centre for Child Development!


Well, that's the buzz, folks! Enjoy your week!

 

Mon

03

Sep

2012

Summer Days Driftin' Away...

Whitney Millar, Krystyna Pangilinan, Shayla Hastings and Kyla Pires during rehearsal!
Whitney Millar, Krystyna Pangilinan, Shayla Hastings and Kyla Pires during rehearsal!

It's hard to believe that summer is over and school starts TOMORROW. That means there's roughly only four months till A Little Musical about Little Women." (GET EXCITED!) Now that school is starting, we will only be having rehearsal twice a week so thankfully we managed to learn most of the dances during summer. 

 

If you are familiar with the story of the March sisters, then you already know that there are some very, very, very touching moments. Even though the songs and scenes aren't quite at performance level yet, the emotion that our actors and actresses are already putting in, is enough to bring tears to my eyes. (Note to self: remember to bring a tissue box to the performances.)

 

As December is slowly creeping up on us, it's time to start thinking more about the set and costumes so the next few months are going to be extremely busy (yikes!). Also, I'm going to start putting up our Question and Answer Features again, so keep your eyes open for that every Monday!

 

We would like to wish everyone going back to school tomorrow a happy first day and a succesful school year! Practice Hard! Study Hard! 

 

Shayla Hastings, Krystyna Pangilinan, Jackey Lip and Kyla Pires in "A Little Musical about Little Women."
Shayla Hastings, Krystyna Pangilinan, Jackey Lip and Kyla Pires in "A Little Musical about Little Women."

Thu

02

Aug

2012

Singin' in the Sun

Vanessa Quarinto (choreographer) dances with Solomon Vandt (Prof. Bhaer)
Vanessa Quarinto (choreographer) dances with Solomon Vandt (Prof. Bhaer)

Despite the summer sun, we've been very busy rehearsing for A Little Musical about Little Women! Since our last post, we've gotten ahead in many dialogue scenes and dance numbers. We're very excited because we have our first ensemble rehearsal this Sunday, where we will be waltzing up a storm! In the past, we've never really had any large dance numbers where there are partner lifts or spins, so it'll be very interesting to see how it goes! We'll keep you posted! 

 

Rehearsals have been going well! And by well, we mean that we've been able to accomplish things and have fun at the same time! The laughs are usually generated by the funny and strange things that people say. Thus, I've put together a list of things people have said in rehearsal that made us laugh good-naturedly. 

 

Memorable Quotes from Rehearsal thus far: 

 "I don't remember how to skip!"

"Do I look like i'm in love?"

"Copy the pose from Game of Thrones!"

"You're not going to make out with your daugher!"

"How do you hug?"

"Ducks don't bark!"


Demi Marcakis (choreograher) works with Shayla Hastings and Braeden Li.
Demi Marcakis (choreograher) works with Shayla Hastings and Braeden Li.

One of the best thing about doing these productions, is the friendships we strengthen and make. It's always fun when you can enjoy a bowl of icecream together after rehearsal, have an impromptu movie night of O Brother, Where art thou? when the singing and dancing has stopped, take a break to enjoy some delicious cream puffs courtesy of our very own Fani Vandt (THANK YOU FANI!) or go for a walk while munching on a donut long after the rehearsal has ended! I suppose it's just nice to remember that we're just a bunch of friends who get together to put on musicals for charity in our spare time because we love it. And I think that's pretty darn special. 

Marmee (Kylie Mantei) is all smiles during her break with her future son-in-law Mr. Brooke (Brennan Schebek)
Marmee (Kylie Mantei) is all smiles during her break with her future son-in-law Mr. Brooke (Brennan Schebek)

Sat

14

Jul

2012

Here we go again!!

Demi Marcakis, one of our choreographers, works with Whitney Millar and Jackey Lip.
Demi Marcakis, one of our choreographers, works with Whitney Millar and Jackey Lip.

Rehearsals have already begun for our December production of A Little Musical about Little Women based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott! Auditions were held roughly 3 weeks ago and we were so impressed with how much everyone has improved since our last show! We're so lucky to have such a talented and wonderful cast! 

 

There are 22 songs in this production, and we already have 2 down! Jackey Lip (Laurie) and Whitney Millar (Jo March) came in to work with choreographer Demi Marcakis, and after lots of laughs and hard work, the playful dance number came to life! In one particular number, we tried a really advanced dance move, self-titled "The Leap of Faith Cartwheel." Check out the video below!

 

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=201489723312418&set=vb.125069004287824&type=2&theater

Some cast members from "A Little Musical about Little Women" !
Some cast members from "A Little Musical about Little Women" !

We had a read through of the script on Friday! It was great to hear the story read by the actors and actresses themselves and see their intrepretations of the characters!  After the script reading, we had our cast movie night, and the feature presentation was, of course, Little Women starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Christian Bale and Susan Sarandon! It's a very touching story and film is very well done; we highly recommend you watch it! 

 

To our dismay, the DVD we were watching was all scratched up and it was impossible to get through the entire movie without having to stop and clean it every few minutes. Thus we had to haul out the old VCR player and resort back to old technology. You should have heard the complaints! "It's so blurry!" "Where are the subtitles?" Kids these days are spoilt, I tell ya!  Is it a bad thing that I forgot how to turn the machine on? Is it even worse that we had to REWIND the VHS because someone (many years ago) forgot to rewind it after they were done watching it? 


Winona Ryder and Gabriel Byrne as Jo March and Prof. Bhaer in "Little Women."
Winona Ryder and Gabriel Byrne as Jo March and Prof. Bhaer in "Little Women."

We sang through the songs when the movie was over.  If you are not familiar with the plot, I won't spoil it for you, but there are some VERY touching moments, and it was impossible not to get a little teary-eyed hearing the songs sung so beautifully! 

 

PS. You know you're with theatre kids when they stick around way after singing through the sound track is over, and listen to show tunes with you! 

Fani Vandt, Krystyna Pangilinan, Shayla Hastings, Kylie Mantei and Whitney Millar star as the beloved March family!
Fani Vandt, Krystyna Pangilinan, Shayla Hastings, Kylie Mantei and Whitney Millar star as the beloved March family!

Sun

27

May

2012

There's No Business like Show Business-THANK YOU!

The wonderfully talented cast of 'A Midsummer Night's Musical!'
The wonderfully talented cast of 'A Midsummer Night's Musical!'

WE DID IT! WE DID IT!  We had a wonderful run of A Midsummer Night's Musical which ran from May 24th-26th! There was so much excitement backstage with dance warm-up, vocal warm up, make-up application, and mics being tested! Then suddenly it was 7:00 and  beady little eyes could be seen peaking through the slits in the curtains to see the audience seating themselves. At 7:30: SHOW TIME! 

 

Guess how much we raised for the hospital! If you guessed $2800, YOU ARE CORRECT! We are so grateful for your generous donations to BC Children's Hospital and want to thank you for supporting the arts in your community!

 

After the final performance, we had our cast party where everyone had a swell time!  Everybody was smiling and laughing as we celebrated the past four months of our hard work and all that we accomplished with the production! Also, there's nothing quite like singing Disney songs at 3:00 in the morning! Theatre kids...!   

 

The whole process of putting the musical together has been an amazing experience and we are so grateful to everyone who made it possible! Here are some last words of wisdom, from us to you: 

 

Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you FIND YOUR DREAM!!!!! 

 

PS. There are a lot of exciting things we are planning for the future, so stay updated by checking our website reguarly! 

 


Titania surrounded by Puck, Bottom and some of her fairies!
Titania surrounded by Puck, Bottom and some of her fairies!
Kylie Mantei, Karina Pangilinan and Kelsey Vass adorned in their fairy costumes!
Kylie Mantei, Karina Pangilinan and Kelsey Vass adorned in their fairy costumes!
Whitney Millar and Varsha Mannar show off their beautiful smiles!
Whitney Millar and Varsha Mannar show off their beautiful smiles!
The Feast at our cast party! Check out  the size of that cake!!!
The Feast at our cast party! Check out the size of that cake!!!
Congratulations to the whole cast and crew for an amazing job!
Congratulations to the whole cast and crew for an amazing job!

Mon

30

Apr

2012

The Very Busy Weekend!

Tomorrow is the month of May which means it's the month of the show! This is very exciting for us,  but at the same time, it's also motivation to keep working hard on memorizing the lyrics to the songs, learning lines and practicing dance moves!

A lot has happened since our last blogpost. First of all, all post-secondary students have finished exams and are free until summer school starts! This means that we have a lot more time and flexibility to rehearse. I think sometimes people don't realize how time-consuming it is to be a student during the week and then an actress or actor on the weekend! On top of that, some people even have work to fit into their schedules plus other hobbies that they may have! We're really fortunate to have such a committed and hard-working cast that somehow manages to stay on top of everything and put aside precious studying or relaxing time to come to rehearsal. They're the best cast!


Gondoliers by day....
Gondoliers by day....

On April 27th, we had our lovely gondoliers come in for a photo shoot. Now you may be scratching your head and wondering how the heck you managed to fall asleep during your English class and completely miss the part of the gondoliers  but FEAR NOT! You would be perfectly correct if you have no recollection of any gondoliers in Shakespeare's play for we have set our particular version in the delightful city of masks-VENICE! These charming gondoliers, who comprise of Demi Marcakis, Carl Wiebe, Kylie Mantei, Tye McLellan, Evan Bentley-Inouye and James Munro, are not simply gondoliers however. Oh no; much like the members of our cast, they also play double roles in their lives.  Yes indeed; by day they are lowly gondoliers who are forced to float through canal and serenade tourists to earn their bread and butter, but by night, they become a group of actors and actresses who put on the most lamentable comedy of  "Pyramus and Thisbe".  I think anyone who  has seen A Midsummer Night's Dream before will tell you that "Pyramus and Thisbe" is one of the show's greatest scene! We hope you're excited for it! 

Actors and actresses by night!
Actors and actresses by night!
Members of "A Midsummer Night's Musical" at Queen's Park Residence.
Members of "A Midsummer Night's Musical" at Queen's Park Residence.

On April 28th and April 29th, we sang our songs infront of an audience for the first time! We had a few nervous faces at first because I think it's been a while since most people have sung infront of an audience, but overall the shows went very well and we received a lot of nice compliments! Many members of the audience were also quite impressed with our costumes! Do you like them?! The dresses of Hermia and Helena were made by our very own Shayla Hastings and she also helped us with designing the fairy costumes! The gondolier costumes were cut up and sewn together with a little help from my Dad and a nifty sewing machine. 

Members of "A Midsummer Night's Musical" perform at Imperial Place.
Members of "A Midsummer Night's Musical" perform at Imperial Place.

After the shows, we had rehearsal and we finally got a look at what our set will look like! It's crunch time now so we have rehearsal almost every day for the next couple of weeks. We're very excited for the show and we hope that you make plans to see it if you haven't yet! Shows are May 24th, 25th, and 26th. Entrance is by donation and all proceeds benefit BC Children's Hospital. 

For more updates on our happenings, make sure you follow us on Twitter @KP_PRODUCTION and 'like' us on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/KpProduction

Talk to you soon! 

Mon

09

Apr

2012

Sunny Shenanigans!

Brennan Schebek and Vanessa Quarinto
Brennan Schebek and Vanessa Quarinto

What a beautiful, sunny day it was today! Instead of tanning outside however, we were already working hard at rehearsal at 10:00 in the morning! Despite looming exams, we've been rehearsing harder than ever to really make this show shine! Lines are being memorized, scenes are being blocked, costumes are being sewn and dance numbers are being learned.  It's all coming together! 

 

We had a photoshoot for Puck, Oberon and Titania at the end of March (you can see some of the photos on the home page) with the talented Samantha Yee and they look AMAZING! Posters will be up in a few weeks so keep your eyes open.

 

We're taking next week off to give people time to focus on exams, so we'll be back in two weeks! With a little over a month to go till opening night, we hope you're getting as excited for the show as we are! 

Mon

26

Mar

2012

This and That

HI EVERYONE! REMEMBER US? It's been a while since our last blog post and we deeply apologize for the lack of production in this department BUT this does not by any means imply that we, as a cast, have been slacking off! Why, with exactly 59 days to go until opening night, we've been busier than bees making honey...and THAT'S BUSY! 

 

So, what exactly have we been up to lately? Read on if you care to know! 

 

Friday, March 16th, 2012

  • All the girls became little seamstresses and needles and thread became our best friend as we sewed our lovely fairy costumes
  • Candy Man and Man! I feel like a Women! blasted from the radio! These songs never get old! 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

  • SAINT PATRICK'S DAY! 
  • In honor of the occasion, everyone at rehearsal (except for Lukas and Jackey) wore green! Brennan, even wore green underwear...don't ask us how we know!
  • Rehearsal ended around 5 and then everyone went to celebrate!

 

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 

  • A few members of The Musical Importance of Being Earnest cast went to see the Importance of Being Earnest at the Stanley! 
  • It brought back a lot of memories and  it was a great learning experience for us to see a different interpretation of the same story! 

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

  • Shayla and Jackey do a little strip tease...we may have to make this production rated R after all the skin that was shown....;) 
  • Lukas gets to lie on the stage and pretend to sleep for most of the practice 
  • Karina rides a motorcycle for the first time!

 

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

  • We find the dandelion we used as the flower containing the magic potion yesterday lying on the stage, wilted and dead
  • The sun is shining and everyone is in a happy mood!
  • We are one step closer to finishing "Magic To Do" !!! 

 

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Sun

11

Mar

2012

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...Again!

"Step, kick, kick,  leap, kick, touch...AGAIN!

 Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...AGAIN!
Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...AGAIN!
Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...RIGHT!!
That connects with... 
Turn, turn, out, in, jump, step, 
Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch.
Got it?

 Going on... And... 
Turn, turn, touch, down, back, step, 
Pivot, step, walk, walk, walk."

 

...YUP, these lyrics from A Chorus Line pretty much sum up the first part of our rehearsal today! Under the watchful eye of Vanessa, we continued learning "Magic to Do" and a few fan kicks, spins, 'creepy' turns and ball-changes later, it was almost impossible to tell the difference between us and authentic woodland magical creatures. (well, maybe if you were nearly blind ...kidding!) We have made significant progress and this number is becoming one of our favorites! :) 

 

Then we did some SINGING and HARMONIZING. The boys finally managed to say 'how about' crisply and cleanly in 'Seasons of Love'. Well sung, boys! We are so proud of you.

 

We also practiced the "Pyramus and Thisbe" scene for the first time and it had us in stitches the whole time. That is one funny scene, I tell ya! The lion, the moon, the wall, OH MY! 

Karina Pangilinan (Director) works with the Sopranos
Karina Pangilinan (Director) works with the Sopranos
The boys sing with their bass-y voices!
The boys sing with their bass-y voices!
Kylie Mantei (The Wall) demonstrates a perfect chink to Evan Bentley-Inouye (Bottom)
Kylie Mantei (The Wall) demonstrates a perfect chink to Evan Bentley-Inouye (Bottom)

Sun

04

Mar

2012

We Got Magic to Do

This afternoon we finally did some DANCING!!! We started learning "Magic to Do," which will be the most MAGICAL number in the show (obviously). It's been a while since most of us have danced so we were a little rusty at the beginning, but our choreographers, Demi and Vanessa, must have cast a spell on us or something because somehow or other, the number started to come to life. Learning and remembering dance moves can be quite confusing at first but we were really pleased with how hard everyone worked!  

 

If you've never tried making a human pyramid-ish shape and moving in a synchronized fashion, you should definately give it a try on some rainy afternoon. I promise that it's fun...really, it is! Also, moving in a manner that imitates a woodland magical creature is a lot harder than it sounds.  Since you were so kind as to read this blog,  I'll tell you a secret...this number has the ever so famous 'shimmy' in it which everyone in our cast loves with all his or her heart. GET EXCITED. 

 

All in all, we definitely created magic today. Harry Potter himself would have been proud. ;)

Sun

26

Feb

2012

Practice Makes Perfect!

Another successful rehearsal!   This afternoon we had singing rehearsal in a very squished basement where we belted out the harmonies for the finale of the show!   February is almost over and we are well on our way with the singing. Next week we begin learning the choreography! NICE. 

 

Helena, Demetrius and Lysander stayed a little longer to work on some of their songs.  And yes, they are totally singing in the picture below...it wasn't staged at all obviously! (You can practically see the harmonies flowing out of their mouths!)

 

Reading break is over and it's back to school for all the UBC kids tomorrow...hopefully everyone got their 'reading' done! 

 

Have fun watching the Oscars tonight!! :) 

 

 

Whitney Millar, Jackey Lip and Lukas Maier serenade us with their lovely voices!
Whitney Millar, Jackey Lip and Lukas Maier serenade us with their lovely voices!

Wed

22

Feb

2012

Shopping Spree at Talize!

Vanessa Quarinto tries on her queen of the Fairy dress!
Vanessa Quarinto tries on her queen of the Fairy dress!
Brennan Schebek models a dress worthy of Shakespeare himself!
Brennan Schebek models a dress worthy of Shakespeare himself!

We love costume shopping! This afternoon, a few of us headed over to Talize where we discovered 'the new power of thrift'. Talize is a second-hand store that just so happens to be a handy-dandy place to find some perfect costumes! We hunted through the colored-coded racks of clothing and found some pretty strange things...such as a pair of shorts that had a bum on the backside of them and some sort of scarf that had a tiger head attached to it....interesting. Oh yeah, and if anyone is looking for a wig, Talize has some nice ones that will cover up the bald spot appearing on your head quite nicely.

 

 For this production, we're going for a mystical and magical look with our costumes to really emphasize the importance magic plays in the plot.  The more eccentric a costume is, the better! Luckily, we managed to find this pretty, shimmering, silver dress that-with a little bit of touch up here and there- will be perfectly enchanting as Titania's dress! For Oberon, we found these sparkly, light blue pants (that I think belonged to a girl dressing as Jasmine for Halloween at one point) and they are amazing!! We won't put a picture up because we want it to be a surprise for the show! ;) 

 

We hope you all enjoyed the lovely sunny afternoon we had today! Hopefully 'the sun will come out tomorrow' too! (good for you if you got my Annie reference!) 

Krystyna Pangilinan and Brennan Schebek are ready to do some serious shopping!
Krystyna Pangilinan and Brennan Schebek are ready to do some serious shopping!

Sun

19

Feb

2012

How to Master the Art of moving like a Fairy

Fairies are graceful, dainty and elegant. They are certainly not lumbering nor sluggish nor awkward. Since A Midsummer Night's Musical takes place in an enchanted forest where plenty of these magical little creatures reside, it is absolutely necessary that everyone in the cast learns to imitate the movements of a fairy. Therefore, at today's rehearsal we all did our very best to float like a fairy. 

The results were nothing short of comical. (In fact by the end of it, we were all laughing at how silly we looked!) 


Instead of the delicacy we were aiming for, we had people looking more like wounded horses struggling to gallop or crabs scuttling their way across the room. Yeah...not quite fairy-like at all! Good thing we have a lot of time to really perfect this skill, eh? 

 

Out of the kindness of my heart, I've put together 3 steps for you to master the art of moving like a fairy (since we know all you are dying to try this yourself):


1. Place your feet at a 90 degree angle, keep your shoulders back and place your arms slightly lifted by your side

 

2. Trend the ground as lightly as you possible can (imagine that you are walking on eggshells) and start moving forward in a rather hurried manner to give off the impression that you are 'fluttering'. BE CAREFUL NOT TO LOOK LIKE YOU ARE BOUNCING...fairies don't bounce! THEY FLOAT! 

 

3. Register for ballet classes so that you ACTUALLY learn how to move like a fairy!!

 

That's it really! Happy practicing! Before you go, repeat after me, 'I do believe in fairies, I DO! I DO!' Now clap your hands, just like Peter taught you, and congratulate yourself for saving the life of a fairy today! 

Sun

12

Feb

2012

Singing in Harmony!

Learning the harmonies!
Learning the harmonies!

There's nothing quite like learning harmonies! No one seems to be able to find their pitch at first and everything seems to be clashing...but when it all comes together, well, it's like magic! Today we had our first chorus rehearsal and after singing through the songs a few times, we began learning the harmonies. It took us a few tries to get our voices to blend and to get everyone to hold their line, but by the end of rehearsal,  things were starting to sound like they were supposed to!  Although learning harmonies can be challenging, they certainly do add a little something extra to a song and make it sound more full and complete! WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO HEAR THEM IN MAY!! 

 

That pretty much sums up our rehearsal for today! There's no rehearsals this upcoming week because everyone is studying hard for those last midterms before reading break, but we meet again next Sunday to hopefully do some DANCING! yay! 

Have a good Valentine's Day Everybody! May it be filled with heart-shaped cookies, strawberry-cream-filled chocolates, roses and lots of hugs and kisses!  If you're looking for some musical love songs to sing to that special someone (and we all know you secretly are!), "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera, "As Long as you're Mine" from Wicked and "Tonight" from West Side Story  are some good ones! 

 

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Sat

04

Feb

2012

Cast Movie Night!

Shayla Hastings and Lianna Lugrin are excited to watch the movie!
Shayla Hastings and Lianna Lugrin are excited to watch the movie!

Today we had our cast movie night, complete with pizza, pop, cupcakes and chips! Before watching the movie, a few characters came in for rehearsal. It was only the first practice but it was a great start and the songs definately showed a lot of potential to be completely wonderful in every way by the time May rolls around. HOW EXCITING! It feels so nice to be rehearsing for a show again...last year seems so long ago!  If you've ever been in a musical then you probably know the feeling we're talking about. And if you haven't, then JOIN A MUSICAL because it's a really good experience and you won't regret it. We promise!

 

This year we have a cast of twenty-four; some people have been with us since Pride and Prejudice: The Musical, others are returning after taking a year off and some are joining us for the first time!  We're really looking foward to working with everyone. They're all really wonderful people who are so fun to be around. Oh yeah, and we should mention that they are SUPER TALENTED! It is very exciting to be working with them over the next three months and we can't wait to get to know them better! 


PS: If you've never seen A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci and Christian Bale (!),  we highly suggest you watch it. IT'S MAGICAL. 

Fri

03

Feb

2012

Once Upon a Time...

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were two sisters named Karina and Kazandra.  These sisters loved musical theater very much and as they grew older, they realized that they dearly missed all the fun they had had in their school productions.  Thus it was on one cold December day, when they were re-watching their old school productions, that they had this brilliant idea to put together a musical version of one of their favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice,and invite their friends (who were also experiencing musical theater withdrawal!) to audition. To  make  a long story short, after a lot of hard work and determination, their dream of bringing Pride and Prejudice to life came true and they had a very successful show-despite all the people who said it was impossible for 2 teenage girls with no experience whatsoever in directing a musical. Together, the cast of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical raised $1880 for BC Children’s Hospital.  In 2011, they produced The Musical Importance of Being Earnest  based on Oscar Wilde’s comical play and they raised $2400 over a span of 3 performances! That brings us to 2012 where they are very excited to be just at the brink of starting rehearsals for their May musical: A Midsummer’s Night Musical based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

 


This is the prologue to what hopefully will be an exciting story with a happy ending.