Christmas Joy 2017 Young Artist:
Julie Mombourquette, Soprano:
At the young age of 24, Julie has already sung a challenging repertoire ranging from the comic to the serious. She’s been Mary Poppins, Sister Helena in the “Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, Rebecca in “Our Town” and a diva who wants to take over the show in “Spamalot” named The Lady of the Lake.
She was given the honour of singing for impresario and Victoria native David Foster at last spring’s fund raiser for the Canadian College of Performing Arts. “I wasn’t sure I would remember the lines to ‘I Will Always Love You,’” she remembers. “He was just five metres from centre stage, but once you’re there, your vocal muscles take over.”
Julie is a native of Regina and found her way to Victoria, a climate she remembers as warm and enticing. A 2017 CCPA graduate, she’s working professionally, most recently in Metro Studio Theatre’s production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Says Sara Partridge, her voice teacher at CCPA, “Julie was exceptional, one hundred percent committed to everything she did and she was also a joy to work with.”
“I am excited to sing with the Peninsula Singers,” says Julie. “It gives me a chance to sing Christmas music with a full choir! This is my favourite time of the year–and I am excited to celebrate it on stage.”
Derry Oshust, tenor:
Like Julie, Derry is another exceptional graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He’s taken on a variety of challenging roles as an actor/singer/dancer in multiple productions from Proteus in Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, George Banks in Mary Poppins, Mr. Webb in “Our Town” and Richard Dauntless in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore”. Derry started early when he was 10, performing various roles in Kelowna’s Actors Studio.
He then went on to Switzerland’s Laysin American School for a summer course and then it was on to the CCPA, where he’s a recent graduate.
He’ll soon be starring as Frederick the hero, in the Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” “It’s a tougher role than I’ve played, there’s a lot of music but it’s a very good learning experience,” he says. “Derry was an exemplary student, showing strong commitment to all areas of performing arts,” says Heather Burns, CCPA’s Artistic Director. “Derry’s talents and character shines through all he has done as a young emerging artist, and we continue to be proud of him as an Alumni of CCPA in all his endeavors.”
Past Spotlight Artists: