Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. Working the Musical may be forty years old this year but it still packs an emotional wallop.  Students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, under the leadership of director and choreographer Matthew Howe, do great tribute to these stories of ordinary working people.  Based on the book written in 1972 by ethnographer and oral historian Studs Terkel, of his … [Read more...]

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Preview.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Preview. The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) sheds the glitz and glamour of their spring performance with the Victoria Symphony to don a different uniform this week. The students – singers, actors and dancers all – will become a tableau of America’s often invisible working classes in the Tony Award-nominated musical WORKING. WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the … [Read more...]

The Old Curiosity Shop presented by Company C October 19-22, 2017. An interview.

The Old Curiosity Shop presented by Company C October 19-22, 2017. An interview. The largest Company C cohort ever—sixteen students--takes the stage October 19-21st at the CCPA Performance Hall in Simon Webb’s adaptation of Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop. Founded in 2005 to offer a third year repertory program to graduates of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Company C provides these emerging artists with opportunities to not … [Read more...]

Double Bill Triple Threat by the CCPA Alumni Troupe May 30-June 14 2015. A review.

Double Bill Triple Threat by the CCPA Alumni Troupe May 30-June 14, 2015. A review. I’ve come to expect nothing less than poised and perfectly polished productions from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and the new Alumni Troupe, currently performing in Double Bill-Triple Threat with two new shows, specifically created for them, more than lives up to these high expectations. Created as a means of showcasing the college to new … [Read more...]

Canadian College of Performing Arts Announces their 17th season 2014-2015

Canadian College of Performing Arts Announces their  17th season 2014-2015. My regular readers know that I am a big supporter of the Canadian College of Performing Arts--my son graduated from the college in December 2007 and I've been volunteering regularly since 2005.  I love the opportunity to meet young passionate individuals who are pursuing their dreams, and then follow their careers when they leave school. To many Victorians, the … [Read more...]

Footloose and TD Performing Arts Festival by Canadian College of Performing Arts

In just one week, the young students of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) take the stage at the MacPherson Playhouse for Footloose , adapted and directed by Darold Roles, college Artistic Director, with music direction by Dr Marvin Regier. Footloose, the film, defined the 1980s for most people and featured such tunes as the eponymous "Footloose", "Hurts So Good" and "Let's Here it for the Boy".  The musical debuted on Broadway in … [Read more...]

Atomic Vaudeville and CCPA present “Digital Sunshine”

There's a special place in my heart for both the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and Atomic Vaudeville (AV). My son , Elliott Loran, graduated from the former, and performed with the latter (mostly recently in the hit musical Ride the Cyclone). Now, Victoria theatre audiences will have a chance to see both CCPA and AV perform together, for the very first time,  in AV's Spring Cabaret - Digital Sunshine. … [Read more...]

Powerhouse Performance Company Presents: EDGES

Join Powerhouse Performance Company for a short run of the hit musical EDGES: A Song Cycle by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.EDGES was written in 2005 while Pasek and Paul were undergraduate students in musical theatre at the University of Michigan. This song cycle is about coming of age, growth and sef-discovery.Its most famous song, "Be My Friend", has come to be commonly known as the "Facebook song". Powerhouse Performance Co. is co- … [Read more...]