May
17

Announcing the Arts Club Summer Raffle!

The Arts Club is pleased to announce the return of our Summer Raffle. One lucky winner and three guests will get a chance to escape to California for a wine country weekend.

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The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for four from Vancouver to Sonoma County, two night stay for four at the Mazzocco Sonoma Winery’s guesthouse located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, a private tasting and tour, and a gift basket of award-winning wines.

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Get your tickets before June 30 for a chance to win the early-bird prize as well! The early-bird winner will have a chance to win a trip for four from Vancouver to Victoria onboard one of Helijet’s Sikorsky S76 helicopters.

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Our fall raffle sold out, so don’t miss your chance and get your 1 ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50. For a full list of prizes and to purchase your tickets visit our website.

Good luck!

BC Gaming Event Licence #84537. Know your limit, play within it. Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-795-6111. www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca. Chances are 1 in 1,100 to win the grand prize.

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May
13

Education Guest Blog: LEAP Wraps up for 2016

The 9th year of the Arts Club’s LEAP (Learning Early About Playwriting) program has just wrapped up to great success. 15 student scripts were read aloud by 6 professional actors on three separate nights (to a combined audience of more than 250 people!) at the Goldcorp Stage.

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Professional actors reading one of the many LEAP scripts presented at the Goldcorp Stage

I was fortunate to watch the journey of these 15 students as they navigated their way through the program from their initial orientation launch day to last Saturday’s awards and adjudication, where many expressed to me how they have grown as playwrights and how much of an impact this program has had on them.

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LEAP students and actors hamming it up after the public presentations

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LEAP Program Coordinator Shawn Macdonald speaking to the audience, prior to the public readings

Our three adjudicators, C.R. Packer, Leanna Brodie, and Hiro Kanagawa, provided thoughtful and insightful feedback to 5 of our young playwrights each of whom were recognized with cash scholarships.

I would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the program this year and we hope to see you back as part of our 10th year class in the Fall of 2016! Further thanks to our amazing instructors: program leader Shawn Macdonald and program assistant Christine Quintana. And a final thanks to our sponsors, the RBC Emerging Artist Program, the Y.P Heung Foundation, and our patron, Bonnie Mah, for their generous support. This program would not exist without the support of our sponsors and donors.

Thanks to all and on to our next (LEAP) year!

Blog post from Education Coordinator, Kevan Ellis

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May
10

Billy Elliot Guest Blog – Matthew Cluff on Maintaining Ballet Technique in Rehearsal

Being a professional ballet dancer throughout the year, it’s been quite a different (but exciting) change of pace for me to get this opportunity to do the role of Older Billy in Billy Elliot with the Arts Club.

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With the demanding rehearsal schedule we’ve had so far, though, it’s been a difficult challenge for me to keep up with my ballet technique, as rehearsals run from 10am to 6pm daily (or even later) and only give me so much time outside of that to do “dancer stuff”!

Normally in a ballet company, you always start your workday with a 90 minute ballet class, simply to maintain and refine your technique from day-to-day and to keep your muscles in shape. However, in the theatre world, ballet class isn’t built into the rigorous schedule and I can’t attend open ballet classes at a studio drop-in due to rehearsal conflicts.

To maintain my technique and dance abilities, I do a combination of cardio, training, and stretching until I can get back to taking ballet classes again. I go to the gym (for cardio and weight-lifting) everyday before rehearsal in order to maintain my lean dancer physique. After that, I ensure I stretch well and do my splits and other exercises for a good length of time to maintain my flexibility and prevent my muscles from getting too tight during these rehearsal periods. If we do rehearse the “Dream Ballet” section on a rehearsal day, I make sure my body is appropriately warm before I start dancing so that I reduce the chances of injuring myself.

Once we get into the run of the shows, things should start getting a little easier for me. As our main schedule will move into the evenings for performances, it’ll allow me to get back to taking open ballet classes at places like Harbour Dance Centre (or other studios of the like) in the mornings, allowing me to get back into full dancer shape – something that I’m definitely looking forward to! Until then, I’ll keep up with this fitness regime so that I can perform Older Billy to the best of my ability and keep my body to the standard needed for a professional ballet dancer.

Guest blog post by Matthew Cluff

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