The Camp, which is open to everyone, is very intensive and focuses on all aspects of musical theatre including vocal technique, the craft of acting, choreography, set construction, make-up, and costuming. Participants will be divided into groups based on age and ability. Fun, activities, energy, and creativity in an atmosphere designed to encourage talent, discipline, self-esteem, and co-operation.
For the past twenty-eight summers, Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! has attracted hundreds of enthusiastic and talented participants – many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the performing arts – from throughout British Columbia and as far away as Whitehorse, Edmonton, Regina, Yorkton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New York, California, Alabama, Colorado, Virginia, Texas, Austria, and Israel.
The director and creator of the program is PERRY EHRLICH, who received an Ovation Award and the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award (acknowledging his tireless dedication to working with children and musical theatre). Perry, a composer, pianist, teacher, arranger, producer, adjudicator, writer, and talent coordinator, also directs ShowStoppers, the popular performance troupe. Check out www.theimpresario.ca.
Last year, Perry assembled an impressive Faculty of professional instructors (including directors, musicians, choreographers, and actors), each working in his or her respective field including musical directors WENDY BROSS STUART and ARIELLE BALANCE; director and choreographer MEGHAN ANDERSSEN; choreographers JASON FRANCO, KERI MINTY and LISA HO; and acting coaches CAMILLE LEGG and JENNIFER TONG.
This years final production called “TV OR NOT TV” will be presented three times each session in the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, and feature an original script and broad repertoire of music from Broadway and movie musicals and the world of pop.
Auditions may be scheduled to assess talent and maturity. Regrettably, not all applicants can be accepted, and final selections will be based on ability and commitment. Full payment for the Camp is due immediately upon acceptance into the camp.
SCHOLARSHIPS are available through the generosity of the “Babe Oreck Memorial Fund”, “Phyliss & Irving Snider Foundation”, and others for those with financial need.
For further information about the camp, please contact the Jewish Community Centre at (604) 257-5111 or Perry Ehrlich at (604) 315-1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org