Mark your calendar and buy your tickets because you won’t want to miss Pathways’ production of “Under the Sea” musical show at the Imperial Theatre.
The ‘feel good’ show is an inspirational evening of live music and dance featuring the youth from the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Pathways Health Centre for Children. The show is in its fourth year and will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7pm.
The project is really a labour of love. Rehearsals for the musical production started way back in September and continue for 22 weeks until show-time. Pathways staff, Amy Spadafora and Allison Shaw oversee the program, with volunteers making up the rest of the crew and support team. There are 22 stars in the show, many with one-on-one assistance from a volunteer, as well as six backstage volunteers.
Co-director, Jen Brown Nead, who has been a guest singer in previous shows, says she jumped at the chance to co-direct alongside Holly Wenning. “It’s an opportunity for me to combine my degree in music therapy with my passion for working with children. It’s been so rewarding!”
With the help of a 5-piece band and some guest singers, the youth will sing and dance to different genres of music including a Broadway number and something from the Beatles, as well as a black light number.
“The program was created as a way for the youth to grow a social network. It’s amazing to see how much they gain from the program - their set of skills is so incredible and there is so much self-esteem building going on,” explains Holly, who has been involved with directing, writing and creating the production since its inception.”
“They all come alive on the stage when they are performing. I’ve always been involved with the theatre and run summer camps in previous years, but the experience working with these youth has changed my life,” says Holly. “They teach me more than I could ever teach them.”
“I started the program with my business partner and daughter Amy, who is now a teacher in Toronto. The experience has come full circle. I am excited Amy can return as one of our guest singers this year,” explains Holly.
Madison, 15, is enjoying her first time in the show. She loves the drumming number and like any other performer, is very nervous to perform in front of others. Zackery, 18, thought it looked like fun and joined the group 3 years ago. He loves to sing and dance and has made many friends from the program. Although nervous, he’s excited to have his parents and grandparents in the audience.
Ten-year old Abby has participated every year and claims she doesn’t get nervous. She’s very excited that this year, some of her teachers and school friends will be coming. For the first time, a Friday afternoon matinee has been added so that classes around Lambton County can attend.
Under the Sea will be performed on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7pm at the Imperial Theatre. Ticket are $30/adults and $15/children & students. You can buy your ticket at the Imperial Theatre box office or online at www.imperialtheatre.net