This year’s 31st Summer Youth Production at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson is a milestone for the intensive program that has launched many young aspiring people out into the larger theatre world.
Two of the directors are alumni of the program — Adriana Bogaard and Malaika Horswill — who have gone on to pursue work in theatre arts and education.
With auditions coming up on Friday and Saturday, the Capitol would like to introduce the team that will be inspiring this year’s cast in James and the Giant Peach.
This year’s director Bogaard is originally from Nelson and a SYP alumna. She attended the National Theatre School in Montreal and returned to design SYP productions The Secret Garden and Mary Poppins.
“Having a program like this in Nelson has encouraged so many local kids to pursue careers in the arts, myself included,” says Bogaard. “It’s exciting for us as a team to now have the chance to give other folks that same experience, to create something together and really learn all the ins and outs of putting up a show. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this show!”
Musical director Malaika Horswill, originally from Nelson, now lives in Vancouver where she teaches drama and runs a choir organization (with two other SYP alumni). She has performed in eight SYP shows, and been assistant stage manager, assistant musical director and musical director in three.
“I am so grateful for everything I learned and experienced at the Capitol Theatre, and I am beyond thrilled to be returning this summer,” says Horswill.
Choreographer Mackenzie Hope has been living, performing and choreographing in Nelson for several years. He has been immersed in the musical theatre scene, acting, singing and choreographing. His credits include Cabaret, Chicago, Rock of Ages, Grease and the upcoming Mamma Mia in May. Hope is excited to work with next generation of theatre lovers and continue the legacy of the Capitol Theatre summer programming.
If you or your child is interested in auditioning, contact the box office to book a time. Auditions on Friday are from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or your child will be away during that time, please contact the box office to set up alternate arrangements.
The Capitol Theatre Summer Youth Program runs during July, with a four-show run at the end of the month. For detailed information go to capitoltheatre.ca or call 250-352-6363.