Spotlight on Young Artists

 

Abby Blecic is a young multi-talented performer.

A 16- year-old student at Stelly’s Secondary School and member of the Musical Theatre Program for the past three years, Abby is also enrolled in dance with Allegro Performing Arts Centre for the past ten years.

When she looked to voice lessons as a tool for musical theatre three years ago she discovered her true passion as a singer. Since then she has been pursuing her vocal talents under the instruction of Alexandra Yates of Find Your Voice, vocal coaching.

Alexandra says, “I believe Abby was born to sing and perform. Over the past 3 years, she has settled into her built-in “bell tone” sound along with her clear carrying ability which needs no microphone. Abby has charisma, a fantastic sense of humour and is dedicated to her art. She works hard for her sound and welcomes the next challenge.”

Of course, Abby’s parents are very proud of their daughter who has shown such love of singing and dedication performing with her friends at Stelly’s. Alicia Bartlett, who is both Abby’s musical theatre and dance teacher comments, “Abby is the ideal student. She is talented, humble and always elevates the work of those around her. She is an absolute pleasure to teach.”

Lean Palermo, Artistic Director for the Peninsula Singers selected Abby to perform in “DREAMS COME TRUE!” because of her “wonderful, vibrant Broadway-style voice” and Abby will be singing Home, from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Poor Unfortunate Souls from ‘The Little Mermaid’.

 Abby is looking forward to pursuing her education in the performing arts and later this year will attend Interlochen Centre for the Arts Musical Theatre Program in Michigan where the operatic pop performer, Josh Groban, has received vocal training.



Also Featuring young dancers from the ALLEGRO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE.

Allegro Performing Arts Centre, located on the Saanich Peninsula, was established in 2001 under the direction of Lesley Arnold, Nadine Cowland and Jennifer Viinikka. Over the years, Allegro has developed one of the finest and most diverse dance programs offered in Victoria, BC.  Allegro’s experienced and qualified faculty offers dance training for children and adults of all ages and abilities, beginners to pre-professionals.

Allegro’s Peninsula Young Performers (PYP) is a registered non-profit organization that provides opportunities for a variety of public performances in local schools, parades, and fundraising events which benefit both the dancers and the local community. In March PYP dancers will be travelling to Disneyland to train and perform there.

The Peninsula Singers look forward to welcoming the Allegro dancers to our show, in which they will perform Logo Te Pate, from the movie ‘Mulan’ and Friend Like Me from the movie ‘Aladdin. Our Director, Lena, says :

We chose Allegro to feature a dance group from the Peninsula and support our young local dancers. We know they will add some Disney magic to our show.”

Past Spotlight Artists:

Over the years, nearly fifty young singers, musicians and dancers have performed on the Charlie White stage as part of every Peninsula Singers’ concert. They add much to the musical texture of our concerts and we give them the experience vital to their musical journey. Many of them have gone on to professional careers, including Philip Manning (to name just one), now in the First Violin section of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

The Lisik Family DancersPhilip Manning

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