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Two young Comox Valley actors complete their first professional contracts
Two of the Comox Valley's most talented young artists, Adam Kozlick and Harris Anderson, have recently completed their first professional contracts as working actors in the musical You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.
This popular musical is based on Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic strip that ran in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. For 50 years, Schultz wrote a new comic strip every day, making Peanuts one of the most widely acclaimed comic strips in history.
For this production, Kozlick played the lead role of the ever-determined and lovable Charlie Brown. Anderson stepped into the role of the adventurous canine, Snoopy.
These are challenging roles as performers must bring the well-known, iconic comic strip characters to life with animation, dance and song. Both performers were selected from auditions conducted across Canada with more than 100 professionally trained actors competing for six roles.
Kozlick was raised in the Valley. His dream as a five-year-old was 'to play at the Sid.' This dream came true at age eight when he appeared in the Courtenay Little Theatre production of Cinderella.
Adam is remembered for many improv performances at Vanier High School and as captain of the Vanier improv team. During the first year it won the National Improv Championships in Ottawa.
At 17, Adam gave a dramatic performance as Sweeney Todd in the CYMC production of this technically challenging Sondheim musical and a delightful characterization of The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical.
He recently completed the Acting for Stage and Screen program at Capilano University. He enjoys singing, composing and playing piano.
Anderson moved to the Valley as a teenager and amazed audiences with his performance as Carmen Ghia in The Producers.
Harris attended the Canadian College of performing Arts in Victoria. Recently, he completed work on his first ever musical score for the latest Rossland Gold Fever Follies production A Job Well Done.
Harris is a gifted musician, songwriter and standup comic. He dedicated his performance as Snoopy to his own faithful hound, Marvin.
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown was the summer production of the Prairie Skies Musical Theatre Company operating near Edenwold, Sask. near Regina. The outdoor theatre is located in a pastoral setting under the expansive Prairie sky. A full-course dinner is served before performances.
Adam and Harris are grateful to artistic director Kailey Tiefenbach, vocal director Chip McDaniel and the entire production crew for a wonderful professional experience.
Anyone interested in attending next year's production can contact the company at prairieskiessk.com.
— Prairie Skies Musical Theatre Company