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.
For your viewing pleasure, we’re happy to present the final rehearsal run through of Consider Yourself from the hit musical Oliver. The video has finally been edited and can now be shared with everyone…all thanks to Kenta Kikuchi:-) As just a reminder, the participants of the MT Intensives arrive on Day 1 and are handed scripts, scores and assigned roles/solos. We then block and choreograph and put the whole thing together…IN 6 HOURS. For anyone that has ever done musical theatre before knows, this is a very ambitious thing to do.
What do you get when you pair a generous funder like Telus, with two enthusiastic facilitators, a program focusing on Digital Film Making and Music Composition and a bunch of awesome kids? Perhaps you get what you see here in these creative and fun-filled videos that were collaboratively constructed during Ptarmigan’s 8-week Strength Within Vancouver sessions this past fall. Thanks go out to O.R.C.A. – a division of CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch for partnering with us to bring this program to these well-deserving youth.