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BWW Stage Mag All Together Now ~ Mid-Island Edition - Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University Stage Mag

Schmooze Productions, Western Edge Theatre, 

Malaspina Theatre at VIU, Satyr Players, OV Arts Centre,

Qualicum Beach School of Dance, & NDSS Dance

Proudly Present
 
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL’S

ALL TOGETHER NOW!

— A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre —
 
 
Featuring Songs by (in alphabetical order):
Lynn Ahrens • Kristen Anderson-Lopez • Benny Andersson • Billie Joe Armstrong • Howard Ashman • Sara Bareilles • Lionel Bart • Jerry Bock • Leslie Bricusse • Jason Robert Brown • Johnny Burke • Martin Charnin • Mindi Dickstein • Jack Feldman • Stephen Flaherty • Matthew Gerrard • Zina Goldrich • Green Day • Sheldon Harnick • David Hein • Marcy Heisler • Jason Howland • Herbert Kretzmer • Jonathan Larson • Alan Jay Lerner • Frank Loesser • Frederick Loewe • Robert Lopez • Alan Menken • Tim Minchin • Robbie Nevil • Anthony Newley • Benj Pasek • Justin Paul • Tim Rice • Irene Sankoff • Dick Scanlan • Claude-Michel Schönberg • Stephen Schwartz • Marc Shaiman • Richard M. Sherman • Robert B. Sherman • Glenn Slater • Stephen Sondheim • Charles Strouse • Jeanine Tesori • Björn Ulvaeus • Jimmy Van Heusen • Frank Wildhorn • Scott Wittman •
 
November 12 - 14, 2021
 
at
Malaspina Theatre @ VIU
 
ALL TOGETHER NOW! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.co.ukwww.mtishows.comwww.mtishows.com.au

About

Theatres around the world unite this weekend to perform All Together Now! - A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. This worldwide event celebrates the return of live theatre and allows organizations to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI’s beloved shows. Participating organizations have been granted the unique opportunity to license as a fundraiser for their theatre and perform it live, live-streamed, or a combination of both over a four-day period from November 12 – 15, 2021.  

Our Mid Island edition features the collaboration of 7 local arts groups, including Schmooze Productions, Western Edge Theatre, Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University, NDSS Dance, OV Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach School of Dance, and Satyr Players.

Song List

1. “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton

Performed by All Groups ~ Featuring Buwa, Dean Chadwick,  Jocelyn Dickson, James Miguel, Hope Myre, Lyra Sales, and Braeja Short

Directed & Musically Directed by Jennifer Kelly for Schmooze Productions


2. “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof
Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Book by Joseph Stein

Performed by Hope Myre, Elena Sales, and Lyra Sales

Directed & Musically Directed by Jennifer Kelly for Qualicum Beach School of Dance


3. "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by Joseph Stein

Performed by Jennifer Kelly (Vocalist)and Aislinn Wellburn (Dancer)

Directed by Jennifer Kelly, Choreographed by Shari Selva for Qualicum Beach School of Dance


4. "This Is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde
Music by Frank Wildhorn, Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Conceived for the Stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden

Performed by Dean Chadwick

Directed by Dean Chadwick and Jennifer Kelly for Schmooze Productions


5. "We're All in This Together" from Disney’s High School Musical
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, Music and Lyrics by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil

Performed by NDSS Dance

Directed by Kelly Barnum, Co-Choreographed by Sarah Kielly and Brynn Johnston for NDSS Dance, Musically Directed by Jennifer Kelly


6. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Performed by James Miguel

Directed & Musically Directed by Jennifer Kelly for Qualicum Beach School of Dance


7. "The New World" from Songs for a New World
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Performed by Buwa, Dean Chadwick, Jennifer Kelly, and Braeja Short

Directed & Musically Directed by Dean Chadwick for Schmooze Productions


8. "Somewhere That's Green" from Little Shop of Horrors
Music by Alan Menken, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Performed by Haley Turnbull

Directed by Ward Norcutt, Musically Directed by Nikita Towe for Western Edge Theatre


9. "Seize the Day" from Newsies
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein

Performed by NDSS Dance

Directed by Kelly Barnum, Choreographed by Sarah Kielly, Musically Directed by Jennifer Kelly


10. "When I Grow Up" from Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin, Book by Dennis Kelly

Performed by  Sabrina Blaase, Allaina Moore, James Miguel, Hope Myre, Elena Sales, and Lyra Sales

Directed, Musically Directed, and Choreographed by Jennifer Kelly for Qualicum Beach School of Dance


11. "Take a Chance on Me" from Mamma Mia!
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Book by Catherine Johnson

Performed by Jocelyn Dickson and Buwa, with Sabrina Blaase, Kali Foster, James Miguel, Alejandro Mujica, Braeja Short, and Mitchell Wager

Directed by Henry Falls, Mentored and Musically Directed by Dean Chadwick for Satyr Players


12. "Astonishing" from Little Women
Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allan Knee

Performed by Kali Foster

Directed by Kelly Barnum for NDSS Dance, Musical coaching by Jennifer Kelly & Nikita Towe


13. "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat" from Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

Performed by Jonathan Bugley, with Genevieve Caron, Elspeth Erickson, Kali Foster, Alejandro Mujica, Ward Norcutt, Haley Turnbull, Mitchell Wager, and Lynsey Young

Directed and Choreographed by Ward Norcutt, Musically Directed by Nikita Towe, with Genevieve Caron as Dance Captain for Western Edge Theatre.


14. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" from Green Day’s American Idiot
Music and Lyrics by Green Day, Book and Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, Book by Michael Mayer

Performed by Jocelyn Dickson, Kali Foster, Jay Kell, Alejandro Mujica,  Haley Turnbull, and Mitchell Wager

Directed & Musically Directed by Dean Chadwick for Schmooze Productions


15. "Seasons of Love" from Rent
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Performed by All Groups, featuring Buwa and Jocelyn Dickson

Directed & Musically Directed by Dean Chadwick for Schmooze Productions

Our Collaborators

Who's Who

Cast

ABOUT OUR CAST
Riri Asazaka (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Mara Belbin (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Sabrina Blaase (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Buwa (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Jonathan Bugley (Western Edge Theatre)
Various Roles
Jessica-lynn Bumatay (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Geneviève Caron (Western Edge Theatre)
Various Roles
Dean Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Gabriela Conn (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Tatum DeSchutter (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Jocelyn Dickson (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Elspeth Erickson (Western Edge Theatre)
Various Roles
Kali Foster (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Tamao Hara (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Andrea Hatlem (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Brynn Johnston (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Jay Kell (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Jennifer Kelly (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Annalise Lam (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Grace Lim (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
James Miguel (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Paige McNaughton (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Allaina Moore - (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Rachel Muir-O’Brien (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Alejandro Mujica (Western Edge)
Various Roles
Erin Murphy (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Hope Myre (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Ava Padley (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Tristan Poelzer (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Kaelyn Pushor (NDSS Dance Company)
Various Roles
Olivia Rockall (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Miku Sakamoto
Various roles
Elena Sales (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Lyra Sales (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Various Roles
Kathryn Say (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Nao Shimamoto (NDSS Dance)
Various Roles
Braeja Short (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Haley Turnbull (Western Edge)
Various Roles
Eva VanderSluis (NDSS Dance)
Various roles
Theo von Boetticher (NDSS Dance Company)
Various Roles
Mitchell Wager (Schmooze Productions)
Various Roles
Aislinn Welburn (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)
Ballerina
Lynsey Young (Western Edge Theatre)
Various Roles

About Our Mid Island Collaboration

Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University

VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, Malaspina Theatre lobby, and Mike Taugher Studio are ‘living classrooms’; unique facilities where students completing diploma and degree requirements can learn, develop skills, and gain valuable hands-on experience. The Theatre facilities are primarily teaching spaces, but also function as a campus resource available to internal users and as a community venue available to off-campus external user groups as well.

VIU’s Malaspina Theatre and Mike Taugher Studio welcome participants and guests to diverse public performances that showcase university and community talents and skills. The facilities are creative spaces, where imagination, individuality and diversity are celebrated.

NDSS Dance 

Formed in 2017 and led by Kelly Barnum and Sarah Kielly, the NDSS Dance company includes grade eight to twelve students from Nanaimo District Secondary School. Each fall they create an original dance production for entry in the Vancouver Island One Act Festival and North Island Regional Drama Festival. Each spring, the group switches focus to their competitive season and begins refining dances for CORE Nanaimo and ELEMENTS High School Dance Competition.
Kelly, Sarah, and the students are thrilled to be the only high school group involved in the show and would like to thank Dean and the entire Schmooze family for inviting them to the party. It’s been far too long since they’ve been able to take the stage and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect opportunity.

 

OV Arts Centre

You'll find The OV in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, offering affordable creative space and a variety of entertainment & events. Our venue has a 96-seat theatre, rehearsal/workshop hall, concession, greenrooms, and the best 3-camera streaming system in town! #SeeYouAtTheOV!

 

Qualicum Beach School of Dance

QBSD was established in 1999 in the beautiful town of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, BC.

Since opening QBSD in 1999, Owner and Artistic Director, Shari Selva and her staff strive to create a compassionate and enriching learning environment balanced with a disciplined approach to dance and theater arts.  Students are encouraged to set and pursue personal levels of achievement in the discipline of their choice, and nurture within themselves, a lifelong love of music and dance whether they are aspiring professionals or recreational performers. The hope is that all students enjoy their classes and gain strength, poise, self esteem and a love of movement that continues throughout their lives."    

Theater to me means community, to share space between the audience and the performers. Live performance touches and impacts lives like nothing else in the world! QBSD is more than excited to be back on stage again after such a long pause and exited to share the stage with an exceptional cast of talent!

Satyr Players

The Satyr Players are Vancouver Island University's official theatre club!  Satyr Players has become sort of a misnomer this year. We will still be producing plays, but we want to facilitate creativity in all ways. Creating a space for community, creativity and connection is our main goal. Facilitating creative visions and passion projects as well as bringing people together is something our executive team holds near and dear to our hearts, so we will be fighting for a space to do that in. We want people to connect as they haven't been able to over this past year.

Starting in 1995, Satyr has worked to create more shows on top of the main stage productions offered each year. This includes our annual Rocky Horror Picture Show, the entirely student run One-Act Festival, our fairly new burlesque shows and other innovative ideas we are constantly searching for. 

We strive to give opportunities for students to participate in the wonderful world of theatre. This includes performing, directing, design, writing, and many more never ending roles that are essential to telling our stories.

 

Schmooze Productions
When Dean Chadwick co-founded Schmooze Productions with his wife Diane in 1999, he dreamed of producing theatrical opportunities for local artists. Now, 20+ years later, he finds himself surrounded with incredible directors, designers, crew, musicians and performers. Schmooze Productions are able to create incredible shows each season that rely on the talents of hundreds of people. Creating local live theatre really is a dream come true.

To Schmooze, theatre is an integral part of life, as it endeavours to recreate thoughts, concepts, and emotions that challenge us to reflect upon our own daily choices. 

 

Western Edge Theatre

Since 2003, Western Edge has produced new plays and other contemporary theatre on an island in the Salish Sea. We are firmly rooted in our community, and look to it for stories and plays that will resonate here, while also looking beyond the shores of our island for fresh sources of inspiration.    

Theatre builds empathy, community, and, sometimes, hope.

Creative Team

ABOUT OUR CREATIVE TEAM

Kelly Barnum (NDSS Dance Company)

Artistic Director

Robin Boxwell (Malaspina Theatre at VIU)

Technical Director

Dean Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Artistic Director & Producer

Diane Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Box Office Manager

Henry Falls (Satyr Players)

Director & Sound Design & Operator

Brynn Johnston (Ndss Dance Team)

Various roles

Jennifer Kelly (Qualicum Beach School of Dance & Schmooze Productions)

Director

Sarah Kielly (NDSS DANCE)

Choreographer

Lorna McLellan (Schmooze Productions)

Costumer

Ward Norcutt (Western Edge Theatre)

Director

Shari Selva (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Owner/Director

Nikita Towe (Western Edge Theatre)

Musical Director

Kyla Van Ryk (Malaspina Theatre)

Technical Director

Wendy Wearne (Schmooze Productions)

Stage Manager

Meet the Company

ABOUT OUR CAST

Riri Asazaka (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Riri is in grade 11. She is international student from Japan. She have been taking ballet class when she was 6. That’ll be so nice experience for her. She’s looking forward to dancing on the stage!

Riri Asazaka (NDSS Dance)

Mara Belbin (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Mara is a Grade 9 student at Nanaimo District Secondary School, and dances with the NDSS dance team. She has been dancing all her life, but this is her first show with the dance team! Performing has always been a huge part of her life, she started Highland dance when she was four years old. She is extremely excited to be a part of a show with such talented performers and is beyond thrilled that live shows are finally back in business baby!

Mara Belbin (NDSS Dance)

Sabrina Blaase (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles
Sabrina is thrilled to be back on stage performing for a live audience! She is a grade 11 student at Ballenas Secondary and has been involved in the arts from a young age. Sabrina has worked with Bard To Broadway, Echo Players, Ballenas Whalebone Theatre and Qualicum Beach School of Dance on many different productions. She looks forward to her upcoming performances in The Addams Family with Ballenas Secondary in February 2022, and QBSD's production of My Fair Lady in May of 2022 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum. Sabrina would like to thank her family and friends for all the love and support they have given her while she pursues her dream of performing.
Sabrina Blaase (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Buwa (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles

A banker by day and a performer at night, Buwa is just thrilled to be able to get on the stage again after an interesting year. Buwa started out performing in church since he was 5 and has gone on to create and perform his own music and also given the opportunity to appear in several stage productions. Being a part of this show is a blessing!

Buwa (Schmooze Productions)

Jonathan Bugley (Western Edge Theatre)

Various Roles

Jonathan is thrilled to be back on stage again preforming with the remarkable and talented ensemble of actors and actresses. Previous roles include Fred from a Christmas carol

Jonathan Bugley (Western Edge Theatre)

Jessica-lynn Bumatay (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Jessica is a Grade 9 student at Nanaimo District Secondary School, and dances with the NDSS dance team. Her experiences with dance are when she was 6 and first started with ballet, then came across hip-hop which she did for 1 ½ years. She is very excited for this great opportunity to dance for the team! She is wanting to continue her journey within the dance community and to make a great difference. Performing is a big part of her life and she will be continuing this with her peers on the dance floor! She is greatly looking forward to being in a show with the talented dancers that will be by her side.

Jessica-lynn Bumatay (NDSS Dance)

Geneviève Caron (Western Edge Theatre)

Various Roles

Geneviève is thrilled to be back on stage to share her love of musicals with a live and online audience! Growing up in Québec, she was involved in dance and theatre from a young age. She pursued her passion for the arts in Drama and Cinema in college and through her Bachelors degree in dance at UQAM. Geneviève danced and choreographed professionally before moving to Vancouver Island in 2005. Since, she has been teaching dance and choreographing for different events and performances. She is loving every minute spent with this creative bunch and looks forward to continuing as choreographer for the upcoming musical “The Cult of Brother XII” with Western Edge Theatre.

Geneviève Caron (Western Edge Theatre)

Dean Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles

An award-winning actor, Dean is thrilled to be part of this wonderful cast. It's not about the applause for Dean; conversely, it is about how he makes others feel. He loves all of it: acting, singing and dancing.  His absolute favourite roles include: Sweeney Todd, Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Max & Tito in Lend Me A Tenor, Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Billy Flynn in Chicago, and Archie Craven in A Secret Garden. He looks forward to bringing to life, local cult leader, Brother XII early next year in The Cult of Brother XII, a musical mystery with Western Edge Theatre.

Dean Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Gabriela Conn (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Gabriela (otherwise known as Gabby) started performing in musical theatre productions at 8 years old. They are also passionate about dancing competitively along with film/TV acting, and she recently filmed a short film this summer. They are so grateful for this opportunity to be a part of the All Together Now production and can't wait to get back on stage!

Gabriela Conn (NDSS Dance)

Tatum DeSchutter (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Tatum is thrilled to be joining the NDSS dance team. She is currently a level 8 gymnast with Nanaimo Gymnastics School and competed for Vancouver Island at the 2020 BC Winter Games. Tatum has performed with Headliners theatre in shows including: James and the Giant Peach (Ladybug) The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and The Lion King (Rafiki) Tatum has always had a passion for theatre and has enjoyed performing since a young age.

Tatum DeSchutter (NDSS Dance)

Jocelyn Dickson (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles
Jocelyn is ecstatic to be part of this production and to finally be back in the theatre. A graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Theatre program, Jocelyn is also glad to be back on a stage she knows well. You may have seen Jocelyn as the Witch in VIU’s production of Into the Woods (2018), or more recently as Tracy Turnblad in Bard to Broadway’s Hairspray (2019) and as Martha in ECHO Players’ production of A Secret Garden (2020). She would like to thank you from the bottom of her heart for supporting local theatre, and she hopes that you get from this night what she has gotten from this experience: connection and love. Enjoy!
Jocelyn Dickson (Schmooze Productions)

Elspeth Erickson (Western Edge Theatre)

Various Roles

Elspeth moved to Nanaimo in the midst of the past unusual year with her husband and daughters, two dogs and a cat in tow. She is excited to participate in a small way in this celebration of musical theatre being held concurrently with companies all across North America. In the past, she has featured in community theatre and musical endeavors in Canada, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Colombia, El Salvador, and many other places she and her family have lived through the years. She is delighted to return to the stage with such a diverse and talented group of people and looks forward to enjoying the show with cast and audience alike.

Elspeth Erickson (Western Edge Theatre)

Kali Foster (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles
Kali is beyond excited to be onstage again after a 3 year hiatus, she has been waiting for this day for years! You may recognize her from Bard to Broadway’s Chicago, Schmooze Production’s The Little Mermaid, Footloose and Fiddler on the Roof, NTG’s Aladdin and the Pirates and Puss in Boots or from NDSS’s dance team in 2019 where she was assistant dance captain. Kali loves and has deeply missed the process of creating magic onstage and the high that performing brings her. It’s really amazing to be All Together again, especially after the past year and a half we’ve all had. She would like to thank you for supporting live theatre and hopes you enjoy the show!
Kali Foster (Schmooze Productions)

Tamao Hara (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Her name is Tamao. She is from Hiroshima Japan.She is 17 years old. She is active person. She likes eating, shopping, gymnastics and dancing ballet. In her free time, she dose dancing ballet, painting picture and practice gymnastics. Her best friend is Rio Inoue, Nao Shimamoto and Sakura Miyachi.

Tamao Hara (NDSS Dance)

Andrea Hatlem (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

With no dance experience, except for dancing in her free time, Andrea has found it encouraging and inspirational to dance. The dance club at NDSS has been a great learning experience. Currently Andrea is preparing and rehearsing for a concert “All together now”, where she will dance one dance: ”Seize the day”, with the rest of NDSS dance team! Andre is very excited and this is her first time ever performing dance on a stage in front of many people.

Brynn Johnston (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Brynn is a grade 11 student from Nanaimo District Secondary School. She started dancing at the age of 3 with styles of ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz. She later found and fell in love with the street styles of dance, and is now developing a mixture of styles with the training from Ndss Dance Team as well Vibe. She is now onto her seventh year as a competitive dancer and is a proud member of some crews at Vibe- including Royelle. She is also onto her 3rd year on the school dance team including many different dance plays, musical theatre dances and competitions. She is absolutely overjoyed to be back performing live again and can’t wait to show what the group has been working on!

Brynn Johnston (NDSS Dance)

Jay Kell (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles

THEATRE IS BACK BABY! Jay is over the moon & feels extremely privileged to be sharing the stage with this amazing & talented cast. Bringing together 12 different groups of performers for "All Together Now" is a monumental task, but Jay is so grateful to be included in this production. For Jay theatre is about making connections, whether it's with his new extended family members of cast & crew or with the beloved audience. Whether in a theatre, on a stage with bandmates or being an MC, the end goal & payoff are those precious connections. Jay's most memorable past rolls are: Fredrick Fleet & Lt. Pitman in Titanic The Musical, loveable Dave in The Full Monty & Officer Lockstock in Urinetown The Musical. Jay can't wait to see what's next for him in the world of theatre and invites you to come for the ride!

Jay Kell (Schmooze Productions)

Jennifer Kelly (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles

Jennifer feels extremely fortunate to perform in this vibrant arts community. As a performer and teacher, one of the most profound memories that impacted her as an artist was when her family moved from Ireland to Canada. She was fortunate to attend a performing arts highschool outside of Toronto where she experienced the extraordinary influence the performing arts provide to students. Later, she graduated with a degree in Drama and Vocal Performance from Queen’s University and enjoyed working as an actress and feature vocalist for several cruise lines. Jennifer’s first professional Canadian experience was with Theatre Aquarius in Suessical in 2007. Jennifer has been fortunate to work with local theatre companies. Some of her favorite roles have included, Nora in A Doll’s House, Diana in Next 2 Normal, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and Anne in The Father.

Jennifer Kelly (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Annalise Lam (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Annalise is thrilled to be performing in this year's production of "All Together Now". She is amazed by the abundance of talent on this wonderful team. This is her first experience in musical theatre, but she's highland danced for twelve years. She has represented BC at the Canadian Championships five times, and placed in the top three twice. She has also been awarded the North American Sadie Simpson Scholarship for highland dancing. Annalise has loved discovering new styles of dance while on the NDSS Dance Team. She is happy to present to an actual audience as she did many virtual shows during the pandemic. Annalise is proud to help welcome the community back to live theatre, and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Annalise Lam (NDSS Dance)

Grace Lim (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Grace is a grade 10 student at NDSS. She has been dancing for almost 2 years, however this is her first year on the NDSS dance team. She has never done musical theatre, but is very excited to be a part of this show and perform with her dance team and all the talented people involved.

Grace Lim (NDSS Dance)

James Miguel (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles

James is thrilled to return to the stage for this production of "All Together Now!". He has played many notable roles such as John Darling (PeterPan 2018), and Dickon (The Secret Garden 2020). He's been classically trained in voice since the age of four and has always loved preforming. James would like to give a special thanks to his acting mentor Ms. Kelly, his vocal teacher Patricia Plumely, and his family for driving him to rehearsals. James is also looking forward to seeing you at QBSD's next production, "My My Fair Lady" on May of 2022 at The Village Theatre in Qualicum, in which he will play Professor Higgins, alongside Abigail Delves. Enjoy the show!

James Miguel (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Paige McNaughton (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles
Paige is thrilled to be a part of All Together Now! She is in her senior year at Nanaimo District Secondary School and has been dancing with NDSS Dance since 2017. Paige is excited to be performing for an audience again. This is her first musical theatre experience and her first time singing and she has had so much fun learning more about the world of theatre and connecting with all the other companies involved.
Paige McNaughton (NDSS Dance)

Allaina Moore - (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles

Allaina is an eighteen year old first year college student at Vancouver Island University, majoring in education. A former student at QBSD, she now occasionally assists as a substitute dance instructor. She has been involved with several theatre companies in the past, such as: ECHO Players, Bard to Broadway, Schmooze, OV Arts, and musical theatre at QBSD. Allaina has also been involved with various theatre boards. She served as secretary for ECHO Players from age sixteen to eighteen, and now as secretary for the OV Arts Centre. Allaina looks forward to seeing you at QBSD's next production, My Fair Lady in May of 2022 at The Village Theatre in Qualicum!

Allaina Moore - (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Rachel Muir-O’Brien (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Hi, my name is Rachel. I am in grade 9 and this is my first year on the NDSS dance team, I have done ballet since I was three. I am happy to be part of NDSS dance team and that we got the opportunity to dance at the Malaspina theatre.

Rachel Muir-O’Brien (NDSS Dance)

Alejandro Mujica (Western Edge)

Various Roles
Alejandro is thrilled to join this amazing adventure with such a great and talented group of folks! Following a 12+ year hiatus from theatre, Alejandro leaped back in as Buttons in Nanaimo Theatre Group’s 2019 panto “Cinderella”. He enjoyed portraying Wilfrid Laurier in this summer’s Nanaimo Fringe Festival’s Pick of The Fringe show “The Great Might Have Been”. Alejandro is an elementary school teacher and loves sharing and learning with his students, as well as introducing and engaging them into the arts! Alejandro will bring Ray to life in Western Edge’s newest musical mystery, “The Cult of Brother XII”, in Spring 2022.
Alejandro Mujica (Western Edge)

Erin Murphy (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Erin Murphy is a Grade 12 student at NDSS. She is taking Dance at NDSS and is a member of the NDSS Dance team. She is very excited to be back on stage and working with such talented people.

Erin Murphy (NDSS Dance)

Hope Myre (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles

Hope is 15-years old and is delighted to be back on stage performing with her friends. She has been a performer and dancer with Qualicum Beach School of Dance since 2015. Hope has received honours in classical voice and monologue categories in local and regional festivals. She has also performed with Schmooze Productions and ECHO Players. Hope’s most recent performance was in The Secret Garden as Mary Lennox. She would like to thank all of her teachers at QBSD and hopes that you come to see My Fair Lady in May of 2022 at The Village Theatre in Qualicum.

Hope Myre (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Ava Padley (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Ava is a grade 10 student at Nanaimo District Secondary School and she is a member of the NDSS dance team. After moving from Calgary, Alberta to Nanaimo in the summer, she is excited for her very first show on the island. She did recreational and competitive dance for eight years, before performing with the Young Canadians in the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show for four years. She has trained in many different styles of dance as well as taken vocal training.

Ava Padley (NDSS Dance)

Tristan Poelzer (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Tristan Poelzer has spent her whole life in the performing arts and has enjoyed every second of it. The NDSS Dance Company has been a major part of her life for the past three years and she is excited for what her fourth and final year will bring. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside so many talented people and hopes you enjoy the show!

Tristan Poelzer (NDSS Dance)

Kaelyn Pushor (NDSS Dance Company)

Various Roles
Kaelyn has been dancing for three years at UKmovez Dance Academy practicing various styles including Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Acro. Currently enrolled in tenth grade at NDSS, this is Kaelyn’s first time acting in a musical theatre production and she is very excited and grateful to be apart of All Together Now! For her, dancing and theatre is a way of representing emotion and stories without words, and she’s honoured to be apart of such a talented production with such an amazing team.
Kaelyn Pushor (NDSS Dance Company)

Olivia Rockall (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Olivia Rockall is in Grade 10 at Nanaimo District Secondary School. She has been in performance level Hip Hop dance for 5 years, and first started dancing with NDSS Dance Company in 2019. “All Together Now” is the second musical theater production Olivia has had the pleasure of being cast in. During the summer of 2019, Olivia performed in 17 shows of Bard to Broadway's production of “Hairspray”. Olivia is thrilled to be back on stage and can not wait to Seize The Day!

Olivia Rockall (NDSS Dance)

Miku Sakamoto

Various roles
Her name is Miku. She is in grade 11. She is from Japan. She was dancing as a hobby in Japan and she wants to learn dance more in Canada. She likes eating food, watching movies, listening to music. Her favourite actor is Tom Holland and favourite singer is Harry Styles. She is still into One Direction. She is very excited about to learn dance.
Miku Sakamoto

Elena Sales (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles

Elena is thrilled to be back on stage! She has been training in the performing arts from a very young age, and performs regularly with ECHO Players, Bard 2 Broadway, and Qualicum Beach School of Dance. Some of her favourite past productions include Willy Wonka Jr, The Secret Garden, Mary Poppins, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Elena looks forward to seeing you at My Fair Lady, QBSD’s next production in May of 2022 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach!

Elena Sales (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Lyra Sales (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Various Roles

Lyra is 14 years old and is currently training at Qualicum Beach School of Dance. She has many awards and recognitions in voice, musical theatre, and dance. She is honored to get to work with such a talented group of people. She wants to thank everyone who helped to make this show possible. Come see her as Eliza Doolittle in QBSDs production of My Fair Lady this spring.

Lyra Sales (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Kathryn Say (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Kathryn is in grade 10 at Nanaimo District Secondary School. Although she has been dancing since she was three, this is her first year dancing with the NDSS dance team. All Together Now is her first theatrical production. She is excited that live theatre is starting up again and is delighted to be a part of it.

Kathryn Say (NDSS Dance)

Nao Shimamoto (NDSS Dance)

Various Roles

Her name is Nao Shimamoto. She is grad 11. She is from Japan. She has been learning hip-hop dance since she was in elementary school. She likes to do KPOP cover dance .

Nao Shimamoto (NDSS Dance)

Braeja Short (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles

Braeja is happy to be back on stage with these incredible people. Some of her favourite shows she has done are Chicago, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Mimi in Rent, Little Sally in Urinetown, Next to Normal, Spamalot, and so many more. She is so grateful for her beautiful family‘s support while she performs on stage and runs her business, Shaping Memories Event Planning. Thank you for supporting live theatre and we hope you enjoy every moment in this New World.

Braeja Short (Schmooze Productions)

Haley Turnbull (Western Edge)

Various Roles
Haley is excited to be performing in All Together Now! with so many incredible co-performers! Haley is a newcomer to the Nanaimo area, originally from Ontario. She was happy to have had the opportunity to play Elle Woods in a Brock University production of Legally Blonde, The Musical! in 2018 after a 10 year long hiatus from the theatre. All Together Now! is Haley’s return to the theatre after a long few years of working on a Masters degree. She is excited by the opportunity to explore the arts in her new home on Vancouver Island with this group of exceptionally talented individuals.
Haley Turnbull (Western Edge)

Eva VanderSluis (NDSS Dance)

Various roles
Eva joined NDSS Dance in grade 8, and is currently in grade 10. Performing has always been a part of her life as she danced for 8 years at Kirkwood dance, and then in grade 8 switched to UKMovez. She loves the NDSS dance team as they’ve grown close already and she’s excited to perform with them, as well as all the other talented people that are a part of the show.
Eva VanderSluis (NDSS Dance)

Theo von Boetticher (NDSS Dance Company)

Various Roles

Theo is a Grade 10 student at NDSS. He has a passion for many academic subjects, such as science, history, politics, mathematics, and architecture. He also enjoys listening to music from the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and likes to play this music on the electric guitar, a skill which he has been practicing for 8 years. He first entered the performing arts at NDSS when he took part in it’s production of Mama Mia. This is his first performance in NDSS Dance.

Theo von Boetticher (NDSS Dance Company)

Mitchell Wager (Schmooze Productions)

Various Roles

Mitchell is thrilled to be back at the theater. He has been performing since he turned 8 and never plans to stop. He has been in multiple local shows with Schmooze Productions and Nanaimo Theatre Group. Hopefully you all enjoy the show as much as he does performing it for you!

Mitchell Wager (Schmooze Productions)

Aislinn Welburn (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Ballerina

From the age of 2 Aislinn has been enthralled with dance which grew into a devoted adoration for ballet and contemporary. She has trained at QBSD since an early age along with Prism Dance Connection for the past few years and recently joined the Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet. Past accomplishments include being apart of the first Alberta Ballet Apprenticeship program, professional summer intensives with Royal Winning Ballet and Victoria Academy of Ballet as well as lead in multiple school Musical Theatre productions.

Aislinn Welburn (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Lynsey Young (Western Edge Theatre)

Various Roles
Lynsey is so excited to be a part of this amazing production. Although she has lived in Nanaimo her whole life, this is her first time branching out into the local performing arts community. To Lynsey, theatre is about connection - to people and performers, to a thought or feeling, even to ourselves. She hopes that you feel a connection during this show, as she has many times over the past few months!
Lynsey Young (Western Edge Theatre)

ABOUT OUR CREATIVE TEAM

Kelly Barnum (NDSS Dance Company)

Artistic Director

With a BFA and an MA in Theatre, Kelly has spent the last twenty years teaching high school performing arts in Nanaimo. Currently at NDSS, she has worked hard to develop a dance program that inspires her students to reach their fullest potential while creating a space that feels like home. Highlights from her career include directing “Urinetown: the musical” at Cedar Secondary, NDSS’ production of “Terezin” winning Best Original Script and Best Play at the Vancouver Island One Act Festival, and being one of thirteen finalists for the 2021 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching for their production of “Missing.”

Kelly Barnum (NDSS Dance Company)

Robin Boxwell (Malaspina Theatre at VIU)

Technical Director

Robin is the Technical Director of Vancouver Island Universities Malaspina Theatre. Malaspina is a 300 Seat proscenium arch theatre that offers a 2 year diploma program where students with no previous experience can try there hand in working on all aspects of shows and a variety of events. We are extremely excited to be able to host the mid-Island edition of “All Together Now”. It’s been a long road over the past few years for the arts and we really look forward to sharing our space with so many talented local groups from our area.

Robin Boxwell (Malaspina Theatre at VIU)

Dean Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Artistic Director & Producer

As the 2019 City of Nanaimo Honour in Culture Award recipient, Dean enjoys the creative process. Excitement and exhilaration abound when he starts the directorial process. Guiding actors, creating pictures, and developing scenes keeps him energized during the rehearsal process. Making choices that will engage, engross and affect the audience is the ultimate goal for success. Challenging actors to step, or leap, outside of their comfort zones is the foundation for interesting theatre. Dean’s directorial credits for musicals include: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pirates of Penzance, The Full Monty, The Rocky Horror Show (2002, 2011, 2016), Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, La Cage Aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, RENT, Footloose, Next to Normal, Urinetown, The Little Mermaid, HAIR, Hand to God, & Chicago.

Dean Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Diane Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Box Office Manager
Diane loves volunteering behind the scenes and watching the inner workings of live theatre. With all live theatre being shut down for so long, this musical revue is a perfect way to come back and relive a variety of broadway hits. Diane has thoroughly enjoyed watching these many local talented groups of people working all together. Sit back and enjoy the show!
Diane Chadwick (Schmooze Productions)

Henry Falls (Satyr Players)

Director & Sound Design & Operator

First time director, Second year technical theatre student at Vancouver Island University. Special thank you to Dean Chadwick for his mentoring throughout this process.

Henry Falls (Satyr Players)

Brynn Johnston (Ndss Dance Team)

Various roles
Brynn is an aspiring young dancer and choreographer from the Ndss Dance Team. She has previously assisted and subbed at her home dance studio. She has as well set choreography on her friends, and as solos to perform or compete over the last few years. She has always loved the creativity in choreographing and recently just got to create and teach choreo for the dance class for a showcase coming up late January too. This show is the first time she’s been able to showcase and perform her choreo as a group piece for a musical theatre event and audience so she is stoked. Brynn is very grateful for the opportunity to develop her skills and co-choreograph a piece in this show. She can’t wait to show you this fun piece she’s helped to create!
Brynn Johnston (Ndss Dance Team)

Jennifer Kelly (Qualicum Beach School of Dance & Schmooze Productions)

Director

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Jennifer is delighted to have found roots on Vancouver Island. After graduating with a degree in Drama and Vocal Performance from Queen’s University, she enjoyed working as a theatre manager, actress and feature singer for several cruise lines. Jennifer also had an exciting opportunity of directing the theatre program for three years at Southridge School in Vancouver. She is currently a Performing Arts Teacher for District 69, and Qualicum Beach School of Dance where she instructs Speech Arts, Acting and Musical Theatre. Jennifer has had the pleasure of directing for local theatre companies. She would like to thank Dean for his passion and dedication to this project, and to all of the directors, actors, and production team who have made this production possible.

Jennifer Kelly (Qualicum Beach School of Dance & Schmooze Productions)

Sarah Kielly (NDSS DANCE)

Choreographer

Sarah is a dancer choreographer from Nanaimo BC who is grateful to share her love for the arts with her NDSS dancers year after year. Sarah has been working alongside Kelly Barnum for the last 4 years as well as working at two lovely local studios. Sarah’s goal when working with NDSS is to shine light on the performing arts and help each dancer who enters the studio to reach their full potential and grow their passion. Some highlights include, NDSS Production of “Terezin” winning best original script and best play at the Vancouver Island One Act Festival and, Choreography for NDSS production of “Missing”.

Sarah Kielly (NDSS DANCE)

Lorna McLellan (Schmooze Productions)

Costumer
For over 20 years, Lorna has worked with local theatre companies to add life to productions through costume. Costume reveals something about the characters, and can magically in transform the ordinary into fantasy. She has designed and constructed costumes for over 50 productions, including pantomime, period drama, modern farce and fantasy. Her credits costuming major musicals include Hello Dolly, Gypsy, The Full Monty, The Rocky Horror Show, Spring Awakening, La Cage Aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, The Little Mermaid, Cabaret, and Spamalot. Lorna is incredibly excited to be involved with All Together Now, and be part of LIVE theatre once again!
Lorna McLellan (Schmooze Productions)

Ward Norcutt (Western Edge Theatre)

Director

Ward has been involved with school, community, and professional theatre for 40 years. He has produced, designed, and built many one -act, full -length, and musical plays - including The last Days of Judas Iscariot, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Hair, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Mary Poppins and more. He is delighted to contribute to this endeavour.

Ward Norcutt (Western Edge Theatre)

Shari Selva (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Owner/Director

Qualicum Beach School of Dance was established in 1999 in the beautiful town of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, BC. Since opening QBSD in 1999, Owner and Artistic Director, Shari Selva and her staff strive to create a compassionate and enriching learning environment balanced with a disciplined approach to dance study. Students are encouraged to set and pursue personal levels of achievement in the disciplines of their choice and nurture within themselves, a lifelong love of music and dance whether they are aspiring professionals or recreational dancers. The hope is that all students enjoy their classes and gain strength, poise, self esteem and a love of movement that continues throughout their lives.

Shari Selva (Qualicum Beach School of Dance)

Nikita Towe (Western Edge Theatre)

Musical Director

Nikita is excited to join this super talented team as both musical director for Western Edge and as ASM for Schmooze Productions. Nikita has spent most of her life on and around the stage for various clubs, but this is her first production with Schmooze since playing a maiden in 2001’s Pirates of Penzance. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Nikita Towe (Western Edge Theatre)

Kyla Van Ryk (Malaspina Theatre)

Technical Director

Kyla is in her second year of the technical theatre program at VIU. She has a passion for lighting design and hopes to work doing that once she graduates.

Kyla Van Ryk (Malaspina Theatre)

Wendy Wearne (Schmooze Productions)

Stage Manager

Wendy has had a passion for theatre for as long as she can remember. She has found herself in multiple roles both on stage and behind the scenes in a plethora of theatre groups on Vancouver Island over the decades. Her most recent projects include directing 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and 'Every Brilliant Thing' for Nanaimo Theatre Group and 'Our Ghosts 'for Western Edge. She is both thrilled and honored to be working with the All Together Now Mid-Island Edition Team and to celebrate the re-emergence of Musical Theatre in our rather strange new world.

Wendy Wearne (Schmooze Productions)

Backstage Pass


Welcome Back to Live Theatre!!
Take A Chance On Me from Mama Mia ~ The Wedding
Take A Chance On Me from Mama Mia
Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof
Good Riddance (The Time of Your Life) from Greenday's American Idiot
Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat from Guys and Dolls
Wardrobe Choices!
Seize The Day from Disney's Newsies!
We're All In This Together from Disney's High School Musical
Directors Meeting...with our masks, of course.
When I Grow Up from Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass to All Together Now ~ Mid Island Edition! Schmooze Productions presents Good Riddance Rehearsal
Backstage Pass to ATN! NDSS Dance rehearsing Seize the Day from Disney's Newsies!!
Schmooze Productions performance of Seasons of Love featuring Jocelyn Dickson and Buwa!

MTI's Free Musical, ALL TOGETHER NOW, Is Now Available for Licensing

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has just announced that theatres around the world can now license All Together Now! - A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. This worldwide event celebrates the return of live theatre and allows organizations to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI's beloved shows over the weekend of November 12-15, 2021.

MTI's All Together Now! is entirely free-of-charge to license with no royalty or rental fees. Participating organizations may license MTI's All Together Now! as a fundraiser for their theatre and perform it live, live-streamed, or a combination of both over a four-day period from November 12 - 15, 2021.

Licensees will also receive a number of MTI's innovative theatrical resources to help with rehearsals, marketing and performances - all completely free.

"The excitement for All Together Now! among our customers is growing by the day," said Drew Cohen President and CEO of MTI Worldwide. "Our theatre industry colleagues have also been incredibly supportive and we are thrilled to have a growing roster of Partners (listed below) contributing from so many disciplines within the professional theatre community. This is truly a collaborative effort, and we are all extremely excited that any and every type of theatre from schools to the pros has the opportunity to produce MTI's All Together Now! in their communities."

MTI's Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education & Development, John Prignano remarked that, "We've streamlined our licensing process for this special event and there are no restrictions or limits on how many theatres in a particular geographical area can license the revue. Instead, we hope that as many theatres as possible produce the revue on their own, or come together with other organizations in their communities to mount a joint production. We also wanted to give theatres as much creative input as possible. The revue can be presented as a concert-like performance or groups can fully stage, choreograph and costume each song as it is presented in the full version of the show. Theatres are encouraged to feature as diverse a cast as possible, in order to reflect the composition of the entire community. All Together Now! is about bringing people back to the theatre, whether as audience members or cast, crew and musicians. Productions will benefit from a variety of races, genders, abilities, body types, and sizes, so we encourage groups to spread diversity as best they can across all the roles in the production."

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Jennifer D. Stewart

Nanaimo Theatre Group

 

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