The Sound of Music: Showcasing Our Young Talent - Western Canada Theatre

It's just 5 weeks until The Sound of Music opens on the Sagebrush stage! One of our favourite parts of putting on the holiday shows is that, alongside some of the most talented professional adult actors from across Canada, we get to showcase the region’s amazing young performers! From the five young actors who touched our hearts in A Christmas Carol to the eleven young people who wowed us in the Children’s Chorus of Elf – The Musical, we’ve been so impressed by the abilities of our local children and youth.

The holiday show also gives us the welcome opportunity to identify emerging talent, such as Mandisa Volo, who played the central role of Michaela in Elf.

And again this year, our holiday show, The Sound of Music, has a stellar young cast, including Mandisa, who is back – a year older, but still just 13 years old – as Louisa. Also returning from Elf is Anna Hahn, 9 years old, who was in the Children’s Chorus. Anna, who loves dancing and singing, trains in tap, jazz, musical theatre, and ballet.

Cassius Ford, aged 10, is coming all the way from Williams Lake to draw on his years of musical and dance training to play Kurt. Another 10 year old with plenty of performance experience in choir, music and performance is Seren Williams, who will play Brigitta. Only 8 years old, Everleigh Rife has been taking dance classes for five years already. She also enjoys oratory performances and performing short plays.

You may have seen the elder of this youthful group, Ivan Vutev, playing the fiddle with his father and brother at the Kamloops Farmers Market; you may not know he plays both the violin and piano to Level 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music, dances, sings in many choirs, and has acted in school plays, musicals and five (!) Pantos. In The Sound of Music, he will play Friedrich. 

One thing that several of these performers have in common is experience in WCT’s Stage One Theatre School. We are so proud to have helped them grow as individuals and performers to a place where they can share the stage with professional actors and shine!

Watch how these young performers hold their own against the professional adult actors of The Sound of Music. Be sure to get your tickets now to be sure to have the seats you want!

 

      

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