The CAST Program is a part of the Youth Singers of Calgary’s SUMMER STAGES. Our goal is to give young performers (ages 15-24*) a unique training experience and the tools necessary to take their love of the arts to the next level as they continue to pursue post-secondary, community or professional performance opportunities.
* Participants age 15 must include a letter of recommendation from a performing arts coach or instructor.
* Upper limit is a guideline only. We are welcoming of anyone interested in training with us; please inquire if interested.
The CAST Program offers a unique training format with a staff of dynamic individuals who are experienced in both teaching and performing (scroll down for bios). Each year we choose a musical to use as a vehicle for training in the three disciplines of musical theatre; our focus is process over product but still demand an excellent product. The program runs for seven weeks primarily in June and July. It is structured so that participants can have a summer job working days and some evenings while still getting the benefit of a study program.
MAY 18 – Day at Theatre Calgary
JUNE 23 – JULY 29:
Classes and Rehearsals – Two weekday evenings 6:30-10pm / Saturday 2-5pm, 6-10pm
*There will be two Fri/Sat/Sun intensive weekends*
JULY 30 – AUGUST 12:
Tech Rehearsals & Performances of Legally Blonde – The Musical at the Performing Arts Youth Centre
*9 performances including preview*
Please prepare one musical theatre piece that best shows your vocal quality and personality. You will also be required to participate in a 15 min dance call and 15 min cold read session. These sessions will occur either before or after your singing audition. Auditioning may take up to an hour (eg. an audition time of 7:00, dance call at 7:30 and group cold read at 7:45). Being a training program these audition components are not arduous but are to see how you follow direction and assess your current level.
INQUIRIES can be directed to Steven at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information call: 403.234.SHOW
Lawrence has been performing since he was very young. He brings the experience of 50+ shows to everything he does. In 2010 Lawrence graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Multidisciplinary). He focused on theatrical performance and production, as well as classical theory and musicianship. Lawrence is currently in his last semester of a Bachelor of Education, also through the University of Lethbridge. Recent credits include: Fame: The Musical (The CAST Program), The Neverending Story, Estuary (University of Lethbridge) The Dragon Knight (Storybook theatre). Lawrence takes pride in his ability to work in all levels of theatre and music; from directing to constructing the set, he enjoys the work of theatre.
Steven received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Lethbridge graduating with distinction. He has trained at the Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival, Victoria Conservatory – Summer Vocal Academy, and the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar where he has been twice contracted as Assistant Director and Choreographer. He works as a choral director, church soloist, production manager, voice teacher and is currently Artist in Residence specializing in musical theatre with Calgary Arts Academy. Performance highlights include: Into the Woods (Baker), Les Miserables (Marius), The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Children of Eden (Noah), Cosi Fan Tutte (Ferrando), The Pirates of Penzance (Frederick), The Mikado (Nanki-Poo), The Gondoliers (Marco), Anne of Green Gables (Gilbert), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon – Joseph u/s), and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy). As a member of the Calgary Opera Chorus he sang in a number of productions including the world premiere of The Inventor and the Canadian premier of Moby Dick. In 2015 Steven was nominated for a CAT award (Calgary ACTS) for his role in Move Over, Mrs. Markham. He was also honoured in 2015 to participate in the World Premier of the Annie Davidson Opera commissioned by the Calgary Public Library as well as perform a lead role in the touring version.
Katherine is a well-known performer and choreographer in the Calgary arts community. She began her dance and vocal training with the Youth Singers of Calgary (YSC) in 1995, and soon after began studio training with Absolute Dance Inc. as well. She followed her passion for dance to the University of Calgary Dance Program. Here she received a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance, graduating with Distinction. She continued on to train with the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Program for two years, while performing professionally as a singer and dancer.
A long-standing love of urban dance lead Katherine to co-found the successful Hip-Hop dance company illFX. She has also performed with The Calgary Spurs, House of Dangerkat, SHINE Ensemble (YSC), Elektra Dance Company, Groove Academy and various entertainment agencies. She has also had the privilege of performing and choreographing on numerous international tours with the Youth Singers of Calgary.
Katherine began her choreographic training with the Youth Singers as well, while still in high school. She continues to choreograph for the organization and is currently the director of both the Step It Up Dance Program and the Artistix Outreach Program. She also choreographs for numerous companies, productions, studios, and schools in and around Calgary.
Integrating an excitement for travel, Katherine spent a year and a half studying dance around the world. Her knowledge base includes Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, African, Caribbean, Disco, Swing and Latin. She strives for knowledge and excellence in dance and music, and believes firmly in the value of education and self-expression through art.