The area has a lot of local youth interested in the performing arts, and a performance this weekend will prove the mid-Island also has a lot of talent.
This summer’s crop of Bard to Broadway Teen Musical Theatre (TMT) students are completing their third and final week of practicing for the musical A Kidsummer Night’s Dream and they’ll be ready to perform for the public August 16, 17 and 18.
TMT instructors Hilary Whelton and Donna Wilkins said they have a diverse range of students this year, from very experienced to some who have never been on stage before.
“What we find very quickly is the more experienced start to mentor the less experienced and it becomes a really collegial team environment,” she said.
The program has been doing well for a number of years and this year there are 23 students in the program ranging from 12 years to 18. Whelton said the program can’t take many more than that and she attributes some of the camp’s success to the fact that many of the kids play sports in the winter and this is their only opportunity during the year to act. Also, a core group that has been taking part and loving the program for the past few years also get the word out and bring along new friends.
Some older, former students of both TMT and B2B’s Junior Music and Performance program have also come back and are helping out with technical work, assistant directing and stage managing.
“It seems really special to have that kind of continuity,” said Whelton, “…and it does suggest we are doing something right.”
A Kidsummer Night’s Dream will happen Aug. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach. For tickets stop by the box office, call 250-752-4470 or visit www.b2btheatre.com.