We’ve been adding names to our roster of amazing artists and artist-facilitators…Carlee Bishop and Kevin Rust in Victoria and now a fellow Pendrite, Sabrina Werbowski, who joins us to facilitate a 10 week Music Theory For Beginners program starting Oct. 20th. Sabrina is already a beloved piano teacher here on the island and brings with her over 12 years music teaching experience through the Royal Conservatory of Music, specializing in Music Theory. She is also singing and sometimes playing with the Pender Island Community Choir, and is thrilled to be able to bring back a beginner’s music theory course since putting on her own program last year quite successfully.
We are thrilled to announce a new season of the dance program that has been lovingly sustained over the years by Lindsay Landry. Hope Bay Dance Program will return in September with dance classes, but this time, to give our amazing Lindsay some much needed support, we’ve brought on new-to-the-island Jane Rideout to instruct the 3-5 year old class, and the 6-9 year old class. Jane became passionate for the performing arts from a young age. She has been singing, acting, and dancing for most of her life. Jane studied at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Oak Bay, BC. She has volunteered as a teacher assistant at Steps Ahead Dance Studio in Mill Bay, BC, and has taught musical theatre at Stage Coach Musical Theatre School in Langford, BC. Musicals that Jane has been a part of include: Grease (Chalkboard Theatre – Cha Cha), Les Misérables (Comox Youth Music Centre), Shrek: the Musical (Comox Youth Music Centre – Shoemaker’s Elf, Featured Duloc Dancer), South Pacific (Pacific Opera Victoria – Liat), and Young Frankenstein: The Musical (Canadian College of Performing Arts). Registration deadline is Sept.7th and classes start on the 14th/15th. Register by emailing Krista here. Details as seen on poster: Wednesdays 430-530pm 10-12 years old – $144 and 545-645pm 13+ years old – $144. Thursdays 4-445pm 3-5 year olds – $120 and 5-6pm 6-9 year olds – $144.
Nobody likes to wear their jackets and use their umbrellas in July, but here at Ptarmigan we’re singing in the rain:) So much has unfolded in the last few months, and there is so much good brewing. In fact, let’s do a Top 10 Ptarmigan Happy Dances:
Three major projects came to their close in May. Our four month, 8 session Victoria Lyme Disease Support Group series had it’s final workshop at the Oaklands Community Centre with a Music Jam led by two wonderful Ptarmigan musicians. This series was also blessed to have Victoria Edgarr of GroundZero Studios join to teach printmaking workshops. She has been a delightful addition to the team. We also had our final Digital Film Making session finish in Vancouver of the 4 8-week series’ that we were able to put on with the generous support of Telus. This final group of kids were so full of energy! Below is a stop motion video compilation made by various participants, ages 7-13. Thanks to our partner ORCA/CHMA Vancouver-Fraser Branch. Last, but not least, was the 1st Annual Pender Island Youth Film Festival, which was by all accounts a resounding success! 22 Pender film makers ages 0-19, plus many more cast and crew, attended our event on May 28th, to see their films screened for the first time. It was a magical night. Below is a quick video clip of the red carpet entrance… We’ve started a Facebook Photo Album and will slowly add more and more pictures of the event as they come available. We are excited to take what we learned and build on it for next year!
Coming to a Community Hall near you…Ptarmigan’s first annual Pender Island Youth Film Festival! You never know what you might see. Tickets $15 (12 and under free) available at the door or in advance at Talisman Books, Southridge Farms or Medicine Beach Liquor Store. Video Credit: David Ohnona
This spring, we challenged our team of Nita and James, to unfold another Digital Film Making And Music Composition workshop series, but this time, we jammed all the hours of instruction into TWO days! In an attempt to work with the schedule of our new group led by ORCA – a department of CMHA – we took our 8 week template and changed it up. And from the sounds of it, it exceeded expectations. More participants showed up than we had hoped would, and all of them were engaged and creative. Below are two short videos that came out of that weekend, and below them, a thank you letter from ORCA leader Steve, who was a true pleasure to work with.
Last Friday, the Musical Theatre Intensive 2016 participants did a run through of Supercali from Mary Poppins for their families as a quick preview of what they had been working on all week. Facilitator Leon Willey told us flat out that he was astounded at how much they learned in the five days, and how absolutely proud he was of them all. Then, on Saturday, Ptarmigan began it’s Youth Leadership Program, where 12 participants will spend the next 6 Saturdays exploring leadership topics through hands on experiences with community, nature and the arts. Our first Saturday was blessed with beautiful weather, and lots of fun. Below are some pictures from both the final run of Supercal and the first Saturday gathering of the YLP gang… To see all the behind the scenes/rehearsal pictures and more pictures from this colourful run through rehearsal, head on over to our Facebook Photo Album. To see more pictures of Day 1 and beyond (we’ll be added more as the weeks unfold), check out our Facebook Photo Album.
Change is in the air, and with the introduction of brand new events and programs like our first annual Pender Island Youth Film Festival, Pender Island Youth Talent Show, and Pender Island Youth Orchestra, as well as well-established programs like a thriving band and glee club program at the school, as well as our 4th annual Musical Theatre Intensive happening next week, we couldn’t be more optimistic about the future.
It is hard to believe this will be our 4th year in a row to offer a Musical Theatre Intensive on Pender Island, BC. The first year, 2013, Krista worked with eight talented participants to mount Matchmaker from Fiddler On The Roof. Many of those same students returned in 2014 when we sent Leon Willey to Pender to work on Sisters from White Christmas. At the very tail end of 2015, we were able to squeeze Krista in to do our 3rd instalment of a challenging ensemble version of Consider Yourself from Oliver. And what will 2016 bring?
Healing With The Arts – a Strength Within workshop series for the Lyme disease community is now underway in Victoria, BC. This program is open to anyone with Lyme disease, your caregivers, family members, friends, and other supportive people from the community. There will be music jam sessions, visual art sessions, and puppet-making sessions with professional artists, all in a safe space for healing and creative expression.