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Nov 26, 2013
Oakville students are triple-threat in Fame

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Oakville students are triple-threat in Fame
Left to right, Annie Drysdale, Chris Hazinah and Rio Sousa get into character for the Innovative Theatre's production of Fame The Musical, which takes the stage tomorrow night and Friday (Nov. 27-28) at the Milton Centre for the Arts.

Oakville Beaver
By Dennis Smith, Special to the Beaver

Audiences can look forward to ‘triple threat’ entertainment in the upcoming musical, Fame. Oakville’s Innovative Theatre will stage several performances of the show tomorrow and Friday (Nov. 27-28). It will be held at the Milton Centre for the Arts in the 500-seat Mattamy Theatre.

“It’s energetic, it’s fun and it’s really skill strengthening. It’s not an easy thing to do for the kids,” said director Nathan McLeod. “The stage musical is completely different from all the renditions in the movie and the television show.”

Fame The Musical was created after the popular 1980 film and even refers to it in the script.

“The line was, ‘Ever since that Fame movie came out, all the kids come here thinking they’re going to be stars,’ ” said McLeod.

The story about youths at a New York high school for the performing arts is appealing to the Innovative Theatre students, he said.

“The kids will be living the dream of going to a high school in downtown New York, where all they get to do is sing and dance and explore all of that,” said McLeod.

He noted the show covers all three aspects of musical theatre (the triple threat), including singing, dancing and acting.

“It has been a challenge working with the kids, but I’ve seen them really come alive,” said McLeod.

Different casts, including juniors (aged 10-14), intermediates (12-17) and seniors (16-19) will each perform one show per day. Ages overlap depending on the actors' suitability for shows.

“You’d be surprised. The youngest cast, a lot of the time, is louder than the intermediates,” said McLeod. “Age doesn’t always limit performance.”

The show will also include 15-16 competitive dancers, said the assistant director.

“They’ll come on and fill the stage,” said McLeod’s sister Tricia. “It’s an opportunity for them to perform.”

The actor brother and sister, along with other instructors, keep all the students busy at rehearsals.

“No one is sitting around and watching, while the lead gets better,” said Tricia.

She manages Innovative Theatre, which is owned by McLeod. He’s on the YTV show, Life With Boys, and performed at the Stratford Festival in Oliver!, as well as in community theatre.

Fame is the first production for the Oakville acting and film studio. It provides acting classes, private coaching, directing programs, film production and musical theatre training.

Visit www.InnovativeActing.com for more information.

The Milton Centre for the Arts is located at 1010 Main St. E., in Milton. For ticket information, call 905-878-6000 or visit www.miltoncentreforthearts.ca.


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