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Tale Of Two Cities populated with four Cowichanians
Three Cowichan singers, and a music teacher, should have Dickens of a time this month during an Ontario production of A Tale Of Two Cities.
Sarah Kaufmann, Hanna Seinen, and Ellen Reimer — who all travelled to Chilliwack's recent provincial competitions — are slated to attend workshops and rehearsals toward the Canadian premier of author/composer Jill Santoriello's Broadway production Aug. 16 to 18.
Local theatre teacher Tilly Lorence of the Chalkboard Theatre is choreographing T2C being mounted by The Singers' Theatre at Kitchener's Conrad Centre For Performing Arts.
Sopranos Seinen, 15, and Reimer, 16, see chorus work in T2C — comprising some 50 male actors — as furthering their stage smarts gained in recent appearances in the Cowichan Music Festival.
"We just want to experience the professional atmosphere," Seinen said, noting theatre folks from other universities may notice their talents.
"We hope to get new thoughts and ideas from teachers we've never worked with before," added Reimer.
Lorence got involved with director Gord Davis' T2C show after meeting music director Amanda Brunk, a 2012 B.C. provincial adjudicator.
Brunk remembered the Cowichan talent she heard at the B.C.'s. She and Lorence later taught a musical-theatre workshop at the International School of Beijing.
A Tale Of Two Cities "is about creating really beautiful singers and the director's vision incorporates the ensemble and hones the skills of the performers to stage it in the abstract" using tableau, masks and more, said Lorence.
"Gord Davis makes actors think for themselves and he's very clear what he wants them to do.
"It helps them grow and see what's possible with a program that's established, and nurtured — it shows what's possible back in B.C. to continue the programs we have."