Joey Clarkson borrows Saidah Clark for a demonstration of proper breathing techniques during a musical theatre workshop at the Gate House Community Theatre in Port McNeill Monday.

High notes

North Island students will be putting on a show tomorrow, Sept. 19, following a five-day musical theatre workshop from a guest instructor.

Elena Rardon

Gazette staff

PORT MCNEILL—North Island students will be putting on a show tomorrow following a five-day musical theatre workshop from a guest instructor.

Joey Clarkson, at 24 years old, is already an award-winning singer/songwriter and has been teaching musical theatre for 10 years. Her knowledge and experience has taken her all over the world, teaching in the UAE, Ireland, and the UK, as well as Canada.

Originally from the Comox Valley, Clarkson has visited the North Island twice previously for one-day clinics. This year, she worked with the Gate House theatre to schedule a week-long workshop.

“Our mandate is to encourage the arts,” said Terry Eissfeldt, co-founder of the Gate House Community Society. “We’ve partnered with her before, and we’re excited to partner with her again.”

She worked with Clarkson to make an alternate arrangement around a school schedule, just in case kids went back to school before or during the week.

The workshop opened on Monday with more than twenty attendees of various ages, some of whom traveled from Port Hardy and Sointula. Clarkson started with a series of warm-ups, including tongue twisters and short songs to emphasize the importance of articulation and proper breathing. A “name game” worked as an ice-breaker, but also tested memorization. Her infectious enthusiasm and energy was mirrored by the students.

“My main focus is building self-confidence and self-worth on stage,” Clarkson said.

Script work began on the second day of the workshop and, with Clarkson’s instruction, students worked on putting together a short presentation featuring singing, acting and dancing.

The kid’s show tomorrow will take place before the 7 p.m. theatre showing of “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Admission will be by donation.

 

Just Posted

OPINION: Urgent care room will cost lives

“Seniors, of any demographic, are the most vulnerable to the loss of emergency care.”

James Hayward coroner’s inquest rescheduled hours away from where RCMP shooting occured

The family is “a bit disappointed that it’s going to be held in Campbell River”

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

Gil’s Girls win Harvey Walkus Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament in shootout

This year the tournament was held at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena on April 12-14.

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read