Young Com­pany re­turns

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

As part of The 2015 Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre Young Com­pany presents “We Are Cana­dian”, Mon­day through Satur­day at 12 noon, un­til Aug. 15.

Founded in 1993, the Young Com­pany - or “the YoCo” to lo­cals - is a renowned train­ing ground for high-school and col­lege age Cana­di­ans to re­ceive ex­pe­ri­ence in a pro­fes­sional theatre set­ting.

“There isn't another pro­gram where you get the com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence of per­form­ing out­side on a thrust stage ev­ery­day and also tak­ing classes with pro­fes­sion­als for two months,” states Kerry Gage, long-time di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher with the com­pany.

“We Are Cana­dian” is a free public mu­si­cal - a 45-minute show pro­fil­ing many na­tions that form the fab­ric of Canada's cul­tural mo­saic in­clud­ing Aca­dian, Scot­tish, Ir­ish, In­dian, Caribbean, and Eastern Euro­pean.

“This pro­duc­tion is a high oc­tane show­case of song and dance,” says Gage. “It fea­tures the mu­sic, dance styles, lan­guages and cul­tures that have con­trib­uted to our di­verse and beau­ti­ful Canada.”

The 2015 cast is from as far west as White­horse and as far east as Hal­i­fax. The troupe in­cludes re­turnee Jamie Mur­ray and Is­lan­ders Colin Kelly and Lacey Koughan, as well as Jes­sica Bur­rett, Stephane Gaudet, Thomas Goetz, Kiana Gou­veia, Heather Kosik, Con­nor Lu­cas, An­drew MacNaughton, Kevin McLach­lan and Emily Robert­son. The mu­si­cal di­rec­tor is Jac­que­line Sadler, As­sis­tant Chore­og­ra­pher is Taryn Verk­erk, Com­pany man­ager is Seren Lan­non, and Darryl Bernard is pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant.

As part of their ed­u­ca­tion the Young Com­pany is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in de­vel­op­men­tal re­hearsals of “Bremen Rock City”, a mod­ern mu­si­cal ver­sion of the Broth­ers Grimm story “The Bremen Town Mu­si­cians”. This is be­ing led by in­struc­tor and fes­ti­val main­stage per­former Bruce Dow and the mu­si­cal's score com­poser Colleen Dauncey, with lyri­cist, Akiva Romer-Se­gal.

LOUISE VESSEY PHOTO

This year’s Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre Young Com­pany, se­lected from across Canada, per­form We Are Cana­dian in the out­door am­phithe­atre at Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre six days a week at 12 noon, un­til Aug. 15

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