Next week, I'll have the pleasure of getting to play the amazing Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, with Fanshawe Chorus London! Click here for more info. It's with full orchestra, so come out and enjoy!
Here are some posters for upcoming shows in February! Both feature friends from Starbright! Be sure to check 'em out...
It's that time of year again. Start the holidays off by coming to this uplifting classic show. Starbright Christmas is a well beloved seasonal show that the whole family will love! Get your tickets - click here! Be sure to check out the VPP Jamboree as well!
It's been a long and busy season at the Victoria Playhouse, but all good things must come to an end. Since my last entry about the amazing Ben Vereen's show, I've had the honour of playing in 3 other productions during the season. The first was "From the Heart: Women of Country", starring (left to right in photo) Stacey Kay, Allison Mang, Elicia Mackenzie, Callandra Dendias, Leah Grandmont, and Adele Mackenzie. In the band, (left to right) was Mark Laidman (bass), myself (drums), Mark Payne (Musical Director/piano), Randy Rektor (Guitar), and Dee Klinger (Guitar - not shown). The show ran from July 7th - 26th.
Next up was our fabulous Music Director, Mark Payne, in his solo show "I Love A Piano". Mark demonstrated his monstrous playing in almost every genre imaginable, with the band backing him up on key numbers. He also had special guests Mark-Anthony Del Brocco (piano/keys), Stephanie Roth (guest singer), and Janet MacEwan (guest singer). Also in the band were myself and Mark Laidman (bass). The show ran for 1 week in August, and was extended for 3 additional shows to sold out audiences!
The final show of the 2015 season was "The Fiddler and the Crooner" starring Jesse Grandmont, Michael Vanhevel, and Jennifer Walls. In the band was Dee Klinger (Guitar), myself (drums), Mark Payne (MD), Tony De Luca (Sax/Clarinet/Flute), and Randy Rektor (Bass). This was a true variety show, and was by far the wackiest show of the season! Filled with fiddle music, classical violin, Sinatra standards, Simon and Garfunkel, comedy sketches, and the priceless impersonations of Jennifer Walls (Liza Minelli, Celine Dione, Cher, Barbra Streisand, just to name a few). The show ran from September 9th - 27th.
Another season gone! This theatre is full of extremely talented and hard working people, and I look forward to it every single day. Thanks to everyone for the great times, and the wonderful opportunity to work with such amazing people, on such amazing creations!
Now, back into the drum cave!
The VPP is thrilled to welcome the iconic Ben Vereen to the stage. Accompanied by the Starbright band, and a heart stopping choir, this musical extravaganza will leave you inspired and full of joy. Mr. Vereen is an absolute joy to work with and has made us all better performers and people, just from his very presence. It is an honour and a privilege to share the stage with this super-star. Click here to visit the VPP's website for tickets.
Well it's that time of year again! A summer of musical fun and shenanigans at the Victoria Playhouse, starting with Church Basement Ladies 2! Check out the website for ticket info! http://thevpp.ca/asecondhelping/
Congratulations to Bailey Pelkman on the release of her EP, "Sweet Serenades". Now available on iTunes! Buy it today!
Check out the video for the EP I recorded with Julia Haggarty! Can't wait for this release! Check out her YouTube channel for more info.
Also check out Bailey Pelkman! Her CD release show is coming up on Sunday at 7pm at the London Music Club. Check out her page here for more info! https://www.facebook.com/events/793492670727524/
Here some upcoming shows for November and December. Some are reposts, but there is a new one up there as well!
First is Starbright Christmas and the VPP Christmas Jamboree. These are Annual favourites, and tickets sell FAST. Click the posters for ticket info.http://thevpp.ca/work/christmas-events/
Second, there's this totally new project that I'm really excited about - Body and Soul: A Worship Collective. It's a live recording concert on December 5th and 6th, at Talbot Street Church in London. Here's a link to their website for more and info, and a cool video!