Spotlight on Young Artists!

Olivia Das – Soprano – Featured Young Artist

Olivia Das is an eighteen-year-old soprano who has been pursuing musical theatre since she was six years old. She is currently a senior at Gulf Island Secondary School.

Olivia has played Peter Pan with Mountain Dream Productions, Veruca Salt in ‘Willy Wonky’, with Four Seasons Musical Theatre, and Maria in the ‘Sound of Music’, with West Coast Triple Threat Performers Society. Later in December 2022 Olivia will play the Witch in, ’Into the Woods’ with West Coast Triple Threat Performers Society. Olivia’s dream is to work in film and television. She intends to take a gap year after graduation and put all her energy into auditions.

The Peninsula Singers are very pleased to have Olivia sing with us as one of our featured young artists.

 

Brendan Dawes – Baritone – Featured Young Artist

Brendan Dawes is a 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Claremont Secondary. He studies music following the national Royal Conservatory of Music program, and through the musical theatre program at Claremont Secondary, where he played the Tinman in the schools’ production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Brendan performed with the Victoria Children’s choir as a boy soprano, and has since developed into a baritone.

He has been a solo performer with Saltspring Island’s Christmas shows, sings the National anthem for the Peninsula Panthers’ home games and has sung for the Victoria Royals. Brendan is passionate about musical theatre and has performed in several productions through the West Coast Triple Threat Performing Arts Society, including the role of Danny Zuko in ‘Grease’ and the role of Cinderella’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods,’ which will be presented this December.

Brendan says he enjoyed his experience performing with the Peninsula Singers when he was ten years old and is excited to perform with the Peninsula Singers again. We are delighted to have him back for ‘The Gift of Christmas’.

STAGES Dance Company is delighted to be back with the Peninsula Singers for THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS. STAGES Performing Arts School and Dance Company were founded in the fall of 1980 under the Artistic Direction of Kim Breiland, has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest and most active Youth Dance Companies in Victoria for children ranging in age from 9-18.

This season STAGES was honoured to be a part of the Opening Ceremonies at the BC 55 + Games, featured performers at the Finale of the Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock and have just completed 26 performances of Dare To Dream and Halloween Howl at Galey Farms. STAGES has continued to represent Victoria both locally and internationally as Ambassadors for Cultural Understanding and Peace.

You will find graduates of STAGES Dance Company in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, working in film and television, international cruise lines, working on Broadway and training internationally with Cirque du Soleil. Many of whom performed here with the Peninsula Singers STAGES DANCE COMPANY is celebrating 43 years of bringing love of Dance, Performance and our Community together.

On behalf of STAGES we would to welcome you back to the theatre this December!

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.