Music Notes - What's Happening at VCPA!

Jason Dauvin in "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Jason Dauvin, a musical theatre and vocal student at Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts South has landed the role of "Robert" at Leduc Composite High School's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" which runs December 15, 16, and 17. Tickets are available at 1-780-986-2248.


VCPA Students in Charlotte's Web


In Sherwood Park VCPA students will be taking the stage in "Charlottes Web"  presented by Festival Players for Kids from February 17-20.  Sofiya Chvojka as “Wilbur”, Victoria Burman as "Owl"  Cooper Walsh as “Gander” and Violet Penney as “Spider”.

September has always been a very busy month for VCPA families, but this September was one of the most eventful months to date!

The weekend of Sept 10 was the Bluequill Community League Party in the Park, and there were performances by Sara Sheydwasser, Morgan Peters, Dante Fecteau, Hannah Adamson, Cyra Paddon, Robin Sabiston-Ciseck, D N T (Deanna Missins and Taylor Hambly) the band "Seizure Fuel".

September 11 was the VCPA South Edmonton Open house, with an outstanding turnout of 400 in attendance.
September 16 Hailey Benedict was invited onstage at the Keith Urban concert at Rogers place where she wowed everyone with her performance of her original "Clean Slate".

September 17 Emily Levine, Cyra Paddon, Hannah Adamson, Abbie Mota and  D N T  performed at the Art in the Park event at John Ramsey Park.

September 24 was the AGLC Community Connections event at St. Albert Centre, which had an amazing lineup of talent including Hailey Benedict, Emerson Brent, Matthew Baba, Justin Hogg, D N T, Abbie Mota, Jessy Mossop.
September 25 in Bon Accord at the Equinox Celebration, Sofiya Chvokja performed and was able to meet and take a photo with colonel Chris Hadfield, the famous astronaut!
September 29 at the Bay Fashion Event, Brenda Dirk, Summer Fraleigh, D N T, Abbie Mota and Jenna Poirier shared their talents with the shoppers.

September 29 was also the first Open Jam and launch of our new program "The Band Factory". I don't think I have seen so many happy teenagers, than the ones on that stage creating new music and playing some familiar tunes.

VCPA alumni Lia Cole (formerly Julia Nicholson) launched her new website, complete with new music. 
VCPA alumni Andrea Shipka, Rebecca Lappa, Katrina Ying. Melanie Galbreath and Lia Cole are now all attending the music program at Grant MacEwan University.

Taylor Hambly's video "Friend Zone" reached over 86,000 views in September!

Hailey Benedict was in Calgary recording "Clean Slate" which is set to be released this fall.

Lia Cole and Hailey Benedict were featured guests on Edmonton unplugged, which will be aired daily at 2:00 and 11:30pm on Channel 10.

 I know that i have missed some events, but wow, this was a great month or VCPA and judging from events that are lined up in the upcoming months, this is going to be a milestone year. What a great way to launch our new name! Welcome to Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts. We are truly dedicated to providing high quality training and performance opportunities for students of all ages!

If you have an community group or business that would like to have our Visionary Young Stars perform, please contact Carolina De Rio at 780 803-8300 or Martha Livingstone at 780 460-4430

The VCPA Student and incredible young singer/songwriter received the opportunity of a lifetime last night at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Keith Urban invited Hailey on stage to perform a song for the roaring crowd. Keith even did some guitar tech work for Hailey!

Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce our new Theatre Arts Department Director, Cassie Muise. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cassie studied in Toronto at the Randolph Academy of the Arts, and has recently returned from Scotland where she received her Master's Degree in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is excited to bring her experience in a variety of vocal, dance and acting methods to her students! Cassie has an array of international professional experience including theatre, voice over, film and television, acting and directing. Some of Cassie's performance highlights include playing Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q, Synced, and has Paranormal Witness.

A "triple threat" herself, Cassie adores teaching dance, acting and singing to young performers and is really excited to be head of the department for the 2016/16 season.

This years Productions are "Aristocats - an Adaptation" for Ages 5-6, "The Lion King Kids" for ages 7-11 and "Hairspray Jr." for ages 12+ as well as "Midnight Cabaret" for Adults.

We are looking forward to another great year of musical theatre with our amazing team of teachers, directors and creators!

I started playing in bands in my late teens, toured with a rock band professionally for over five and currently play in three different bands/ensembles for various events. I also perform solo with my guitar or piano. But there is nothing like the experience of playing in a band.
 I  encourage all my students to play with other musicians every chance they get.  There is nothing like the joy of creating music with other people. I have two teenagers and both of them have had many positive experiences that they never would have had if it hadn't been for their rock bands. Regardless of what professions they choose to pursue, I know music will always be something they will enjoy. 

So why do I personally think that playing in a band is a good idea?

1. Rock bands build leadership skills, encourage team work, and help to develop diplomacy. Successful bands need to learn to communicate.
2. Rock bands keep youth busy...need I say more?
3. Performances are less stressful when you have other people on stage with you.
4. Writing songs or jamming as a band can help an artist break out of writers block.
5. Playing in a band develops musicianship skills...playing in time and in tune become paramount to the bands success.
6. Playing with other musicians is a great motivation for one wants to be the person who doesn't know the tune at a rehearsal.
7. Playing music together helps to build bonds between people. 

The band program at VCPA is even goes one step further, musicians work with an instructor who guides them and teaches them the skills that they need to know to be successful as a band. 
If you know someone who would like to be a band we'd like to hear from you!

-Martha Livingstone


August 10, 2016
Image from United WayWhat an exciting day for voice students of  Visionary College. Young performers from Visionary College donated their time to be part of the recording and video for the new United Way Campaign video. They recorded the audio a few weeks ago, and this week they were at the Alberta Legislature to capture the video footage. It is so awesome to work with Planit Sound on these projects! We can't wait to hear and see the results. The United Way is an incredible organization that is working on breaking the cycle of poverty in the capital region.

- Martha Livingstone

"Poverty is about not being able to make ends meet – and that means more than just a lack of food, shelter and clothing."

"Poverty takes many forms and in most cases results in a loss of self-esteem, identity, privilege, and power. When we talk about poverty, we’re really talking about an absence of more than just money, we’re talking about an absence of support for children from birth to kindergarten, we’re talking about families and individuals not able to maintain independence and financial stability in their homes and lives, and we’re talking about communities unable to find the resources to strengthen well being and the neighbourhoods in which we live."

"For the 120,000 people living in poverty in the Alberta Capital Region, it means so much more than not having enough money. It means devoting more time to just surviving; it can mean forgetting what hope is, living in fear of what might happen today or the next." (reprinted from The United Way of Edmonton website)

These are some photos taken by Karen Sheydwasser at the video shoot.

 Visionary College students at United Way Video Shoot August 2016

VCPA is hosting the first annual Community Picnic in the Park at Lions Park on Monday, August 1 12:00-4:00.

 Food Trucks, Entertainment stage featuring bands and entertainment for the whole family. Princesses, Spiderman, Paw Patrol, Inflatables, Community Marketplace and more.

 Still opportunities available for artisans and crafters to book tables at the Marketplace.
VCPA St. Albert Picnic at the Park 2016


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