COLUMN: Linda Jensen — May 15, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

On Sunday, the Search for the Stars practice with the house band was a great affirmation of what a wonderful concert we will be treated to on May 23. The performers adapted extremely well to accompaniment by a live band and are all performing at a very high level.

The education component of Search for the Stars, sponsored by The Broda Group of Companies, is the most important part of the program.  For the program to offer a valuable learning experience, it is essential to engage music professionals who can share their knowledge and experience with the participants.

The 2014 judges/facilitators have been excellent mentors who have collectively brought to the table experience and expertise in voice, instrumental performance, song writing, dance and musical theatre. 

Jaclyn Young is a singer/songwriter and dancer with a great love of musical theatre.  She trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, and musical theatre for 14 years. Throughout her youth she won many awards in Saskatchewan and Alberta including top prize at the Saskatchewan Youth Talent Search when she was 15. 

She studied at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto in the triple threat program. She has been the Musical Theatre Instructor at Brenda’s School of Baton and Dance in Saskatoon for six years.

Dave Pura is the frontman (Lead vocals/rhythm guitar) in the rock group,  Wheatmonkeys.  Wheatmonkeys have played shows and toured with artists like: Billy Talent, Goldfinger, Metric, Default, Wide Mouth Mason, Finger Eleven, Tom Cochrane, The Waltons, Northern Pikes, to name a few and have played to crowds of up to 35,000 fans.

They have enjoyed good airplay across mainstream, college, and satellite radio over the years. Dave is also a successful songwriter and has won and placed highly in competitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. 

Michael Hughes is a vocalist who plays guitar, bouzouki and mandolin with the popular Celtic Band, Circling Over Shannon.  Michael has composed a vast array of chordal arrangements for the jigs and reels that the band plays. He plays regularly at the many ceilis and Irish music sessions that happen each year. Michael also enjoys writing and performing with his solo project Jellicoe Street. In addition, Michael sits in regularly for acoustic sets with the Wheat Monkeys.

The final task of the three judges/facilitators will be to choose a Novice, Junior and Senior Star and a Songwriter of the Year. Tickets are available at the Box Offce at 306-765-1270.

See you in the Theatre.

Organizations: The Broda Group of Companies, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Musical Theatre Instructor School of Baton and Dance

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Alberta, Toronto Saskatoon Canada United States Europe Jellicoe Street

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