Spotlight on Young Artists

Christmas Magic – December, 2019

Jordan Shillingford is a young artist with a performance repertoire that encompasses singing, acting and dance. Jordan is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and “Company C” Studio Ensemble Program, where she has had the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with professional directors in the Canadian theatre industry.

Jordan’s most recent and notable roles were in the CCPA productions of Sweet Charity as Daddy Brubeck, Penelopiad as Helen of Troy and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck. She was one of the talented young artists from CCPA who in 2018 performed Broadway Lights with the Victoria Symphony and The Naden Christmas Spectacular with the Naden Band.

Jordan pursued her vocal training at CCPA under the instruction of professional singer, vocal teacher and vocal coach, Kim Greenwood.   Kim says, “Jordan is a very gifted singer with a special affinity for contemporary music. Jordan is just lovely and I miss teaching her at the college!”

Currently, Jordan is playing Sophia Sheridan in MAMMA MIA! at the Mary Winspear Centre, a production in collaboration with the Peninsula Players.

So, what does the future hold for Jordan Shillingford? Jordan would one day like to become a cruise ship stage performer while fulfilling her wish to see the world.

The Peninsula Singers are delighted to welcome Jordan Shillingord to perform in Christmas Magic.   Jordan says,” I’m so excited to sing with the Peninsula Singers. It is such an exciting opportunity to be able to be part of this show.”.

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STAGES Dance Company is celebrating 40 years of dance in the Greater Victoria area. Founded in the fall of 1980 under the Artistic Direction of Kim Breiland, Stages has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest and most active youth dance companies for students 9-18 years old.

STAGES alumni include Tony Award-Winning Broadway casting Director Duncan Stewart and major motion picture Director and Choreographer Paul Becker. Graduate members have also trained with the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ballet BC, the National Ballet School and are to perform with Disney Cruise Lines and Ballet Victoria in 2019.

STAGES dancers recently performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II on her official visit to Victoria as well as the National Ballet de Cuba, Habana Compas, the Cultural Centre of Cuba and the Canadian Embassy. STAGES also represented Victoria, BC internationally as Ambassadors for Cultural Understanding and Peace, touring abroad to Cuba, the Former Soviet Union, China, New York, Japan, Israel and more including two National Defence tours.

STAGES performed as back up dancers for the Mini Pops at the Harlem Globetrotters, and for fundraisers including the Tour de Rock finale, Help Fill A Dream and Dancers 4 Kids. STAGES have performed locally in Victoria at the Galey Farm Halloween festivals, Wicked Victoria, the Victoria Day Parade, the Santa Light Parade, Sidney Sparkles, the Union Club, the Empress Hotel and in Spirit Square.

Artistic Director Kim Breiland says,” We are so pleased and honoured to be a part of this year’s Peninsula Singers production of ‘Christmas Magic” at the Mary Winspear. On behalf of STAGES, we would like to wish you all the best over this holiday season.”

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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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