QAAW Summer Blog: Meet Morgandy!

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Hello, my name is Morgandy! I am a Music student at Acadia University with a focus in Music Education with a principle applied in clarinet. I am beyond excited to be working for Quick As A Wink this summer!

Even though I am studying clarinet, I also love singing! I was in the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir from 2011-2017 and the have been in the Nova Scotia Youth Choir ever since the 2016 season; I am returning this year as Alto section leader for the second time in a row. Aside from choirs, I also love musical theatre, and I have been involved in theatre since my first musical in grade 5. Most musicals I have been in, I’ve been onstage, but I have also done backstage work in the past, and recently I had my first experience playing in a pit band.

This summer, I have helped making set pieces for Legally Blonde, as well as helping backstage for one show and working the spotlight for another. I have also toured schools with Elle hoping to recruit some new campers and promoting the summer camps. Now that Legally Blonde has finished, I am mainly planning for the summer camps by making schedules, picking props and costumes, and other tasks in order to ensure that all three camps run smoothly and are lots of fun for everyone who comes!

I am really looking forward to the camps, as I have been to a few theatre camps in the past and I always had a blast, and I hope I can do that for all of our incoming campers this year!

Morgandy

Nominate a Deserving QAAW Member to be Featured in Our "Spotlight On ..." Segments!

Since 2015, we have been excited to celebrate members of our QAAW community by means of our written “Spotlight On …” segments. These segments have featured just some of the amazing members of our local theatre community - including actors, musicians, crew members, directors, and board members - and now we would love to feature even more!

Do you know of a Quick As A Wink member whose accomplishments and hard work deserve to be celebrated? We would love to feature them! Message us on Facebook or send us an email at info@quickasawinktheatre.ca containing the person’s name and (if you have it!) an email address where we can contact them to discuss the piece.

In the meantime, have a look at our amazing community theatre members who have been featured in the past!

Spotlight Recipients:

Bailey, Brenda (February 24, 2016)
Baltzer, Ray (June 28, 2016)
Barrett, Nicole (January 20, 2016)
Benedict, Kendalyn (May 26, 2016)
Bond, Joanna (July 28, 2016)
Burton, Thea (August 26, 2015)
Butler, Mike (July 8, 2015)
Dykens, Joey (July 21, 2015)
Embree, Ryan (August 8, 2015)
Galbraith, Liz (November 5, 2015)
Gillis, Laura (June 21, 2016)
Gnemmi, Joe (September 30, 2015)
Grant, Angela (February 27, 2016)
Grass, Nicole (June 18, 2016)
Harding, Kaylee (May 26, 2016)
Hare, Alex (February 3, 2016)
Herx, Michelle (September 9, 2015)
Hodder, Elsa (July 18, 2015)
Hutchinson, Junie (September 23, 2015)
Kerr, Jane (July 25, 2015)
Laffin, Keshia (January 27, 2016)
Lake, Josie (March 11, 2016)
Langdon, Nicole (July 11, 2015)
Langille, Ashley (March 2, 2016)
Lawrence, Kerry (July 16, 2016)
Lazier, Lorraine (October 14, 2015)
Levesque, Logan (June 14, 2016)
Lee, Lisa (May 24, 2016)
Lee, Olivia (July 29, 2015)
Ley, Brenda (May 25, 2016)
Loiselle, Ally (May 23, 2018)
Marshall, Shelby (May 17, 2018)
McKay, Meggie (September 16, 2015)
Moore, Hannah (January 12, 2016)
Mullally, Amanda (May 31, 2016)
Myles, Jeannie (May 14, 2016)
Nickerson, Ben (July 1, 2015)
Palmer, Greg (October 6, 2015)
Read, Maya (June 7, 2016)
Roe, Steve (June 4, 2016)
Salmon, Katrina (August 12, 2015)
Slipp, Alan (August 6, 2015)
Van Blarcom, Kelsey (July 4, 2015)
Van Blarcom, Yvonne (April 22, 2018)
Wainman, Mark (August 19, 2015)
Webb, Hillary (March 5, 2016)
Webb, Logan (May 17, 2016)

Special Summer Drama Camp Spotlights:

Joni (July 26, 2017)
Kevin (July 26, 2017)
Lauren (July 14, 2015)
Maddy (July 11, 2016)
Mariasha (July 26, 2017)

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QAAW Summer Blog: Meet Elle!

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Hi there, my name is Elle! I am an Honours Psychology student with a concentration in Forensics and a subsidiary in French at St. Francis Xavier University, and I am so excited to be working with Quick As A Wink for the summer!

I have been involved with theatre and the arts since I was 4, and I joined Quick As A Wink when I turned thirteen! Since then, theatre has become an important outlet in my life, and I am so grateful that I get to incorporate it into my summer employment before I go back to school. 

So far this summer, I have been able to assist with the set building of Legally Blonde, as well as advertising for the production. It was amazing - hopefully you got the opportunity to enjoy it! I have also been hosting trivia on Tuesday nights at the Spitfire Arms Pub. As well, I have been coordinating visits with schools in the surrounding area to recruit little stars for our summer camps! 

Now that Legally Blonde has wrapped up, my days have consisted of prepping for the summer camps, along with coordinating for future workshops! I have also been working on getting QAAW involved in many of the upcoming summer parades, such as the Teddy Bear Jamboree, the Hantsport Canada Day Parade, the Halifax Pride Parade, and hopefully more! 

This summer, I am most looking forward to developing my abilities posting on social media on behalf of Quick As A Wink and creating strong relationships with our lovely community partners. 

Elle

QAAW Summer Blog: Another Summer of Winking!

Hello, everyone!

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My name is Ally. Some of you may know me from my previous summers with Quick As A Wink, where I assisted in the running and planning of our summer activities and camp programming. Surprise! I’m back!

I have been a proud member of QAAW since I was about ten years old and most recently appeared as Gertrude in 2018’s production of Seussical. I have also worked at our summer camps in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (and even assisted last years’ summer students with the odd task as well!) I love working with young theatre enthusiasts, and the youth here in our community are so amazing and special. I feel blessed to be back!

I’ll be operating mostly behind the scenes for the next few weeks, working away on familiarizing myself with our summer camp scripts and updating our QAAW social media accounts. However, be sure to keep an eye open out in the community for Elle and Morgandy, our wonderful summer employees! They have been hard at work these past few weeks hosting trivia, preparing for camps, and even making some appearances in our local schools. I believe they also have some appearances out and about in the coming weeks – I’ve heard inklings of some farmer’s market visits and parades, wink wink! – so if you see them in the community, please say hello!

There’s lots going on at the theatre right now; we just wrapped up our wonderful production of Legally Blonde, and work is beginning now on our next production: Dracula! Stay tuned for updates on this spooky upcoming show, and if you haven’t seen it already, have a look at the cast announcement. You may see a familiar face!

Also, don’t forget about our weekly Pub Trivia, which happens each Tuesday at 7pm thanks to our wonderful hosts at the Spitfire Arms. It’s only $2 per person to play, and prizes – including a Spitfire gift card! – are on the line!

And finally, of course, don’t forget that summer camp registration is now open! For more info or to register your child, click here. Early bird registration ends June 22nd, so don’t miss your chance at a reduced rate.

That’s all for now. I can’t wait for you to hear from Elle and Morgandy in the near future. Talk again soon!

Ally

Summer Student Blog Post: Wrapping it up!!

Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

Hello Everyone,

Well, two of the camps are finished, and it has been great fun spending all the time with the kids. Last Friday night we had our final production for the Musical Theatre showcase, and it was amazing! The kids did such an amazing job with everything, and they are all so talented. There were so many immediate costume changes, as every different song or monologue was a different costume set. They all did everything so seamlessly. 

The beginning of the first week was a lot of hard work and preparation for the show.  We started learning new choreography for the other three group numbers, as Time Warp was already done during the last week. There was so much information given to the kids, but they all remembered everything, and I cannot believe they can remember so much information and detail. Of course we still have lots of fun with playing games. This week we learned some new fun improv games that the campers really seem to enjoy, and it is so great to watch them all go through the process of improvisation. 

Photo credits: Holly Lohnes

Photo credits: Holly Lohnes

Mike Nelson came in again to help with vocals, and this is such a bonus for us and the campers, as they get to experience vocal coaching from a different perspective. They made such progress after singing with Mike, as this really helped. Jenn Alexander and Jeannie Myles also came in this week and talked about staging and all the details in putting on a production. The campers learned a lot, and I think some of them were surprised with how much goes on behind the scenes of a production.

Some of my favorite moments from camp is dancing and learning the choreography for Time Warp, and also watching everyone have so much fun with this piece. Time Warp is such a fun number to sing and dance to, and I think all of the campers really enjoyed this one. I really enjoyed watching the campers grow during the two weeks of camp. There was such a big difference between the first day and the last day, as the first day, we are just reading the parts of the scripts and brainstorming transition changes. Then by the end of two weeks, everyone has everything memorized, and all of the dance moves learned. The campers put so much hard work into this show, and it was really noticed by the final production, as everyone loved it. 

I have to thank Joanna and Laura for helping out with the choreography. I am so glad they were there, because I do not have hardly any dance moves to teach. It was also great to work alongside of Shelby, we both organized two wonderful camps, and it was so great to see all of the kids so happy at the camps. 

This week Shelby and I are cleaning the QAAW building once again, putting away costumes and props that we used for both camps. We will also be going around local businesses in Windsor, and asking for donations for the Winkie Awards Gala.

Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

As this is my last week of working with Quick As A Wink, I would like to thank everyone who helped with the camps to bring everything together. A big thank you to all of the campers I had a great time working with. You all had so much energy, and so much talent, and I am so proud of every one of you! I’d also like to thank the parents, guardians, volunteers and others who have helped in any way. Without your support, Quick As A Wink would not be able to do what we do. I am sad because I have loved working for Quick As A Wink this summer, and hopefully I will be able to do more with Quick As A Wink in the future. 

It’s been a great summer, thank you all for giving me the chance to learn more about theatre, learn more about myself, and be more inspired by all the amazing kids and talents. 

All the best,

Holly

Summer Student Blog Post: Fun at Musical Theatre Camp!

Hello wonderful blog readers!

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Only 3 more days of musical camp and things are in full swing. Our campers have been rehearsing non-stop and they’ve made some major progress. We’ve got a few more wrinkles to work out in the next few days, but I’m sure that by Friday we’ll have a fabulous show to perform for everyone.

Last night, Holly and I took a trip to the building to finalize the costumes. I love searching through the building and looking at all the wonderful pieces that Quick As A Wink has. There are always so many exciting costumes that I would love to use that we simply don’t need for our show. Maybe someday down the road I’ll be able to help out with costumes for one of Quick As A Wink’s mainstage shows!

Jenn Alexander and Jeannie Myles visited yesterday and Monday to help our campers learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of a production. On Monday Jenn hosted a rousing game of stage manager/producer trivia, and then yesterday, Jenn and Jeannie worked with our campers on creating set designs! There is soooo much that goes on behind the scenes of a Quick As A Wink production, and it’s important to realise how much work that we don’t see goes on, and that we should give better recognition to our producers and stage managers for how much work they do!

I’ve been working hard trying to learn all the songs for our production on Friday, so I better get back to practicing!

Til next time,

Shelby

Summer Student Blog Post: Musical Theatre Camp has begun!!

Hello Everyone!

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Musical Theatre camp has begun, and we are all having such a great time together! We began on Monday, and we have grown so much as a group, and I can already see such a difference in the campers since their first day, and we are just one week in. I cannot wait for everyone to see their final performance next week. We have soloists singing, some folks who are preparing monologues, duets, trios, and of course we have our group numbers! We have a challenging set for the campers, but they are pulling it all together, and it looks so amazing. 

We focused a lot this week on some choreography for Time Warp, from Rocky Horror, and they even got me dancing in this piece… and I do not dance haha. But it was so much fun! This has been my favorite part of camp thus far, I would say. Laura Gillis really did such a great job figuring out the choreography for this piece, and the campers are doing such an amazing job doing it, I’m not sure how they are able to do it all.

The solo pieces are also coming along so great! Some of the kids even have the songs memorized, and they have only had their songs for a week with the script! It really is amazing what these young kids can do. It’s also amazing how the kids are able to do all the dancing and everything in this heat as well… It has been so hot in the church, so this makes days for popsicles and freezies, which the campers, and leaders, enjoy as well. 

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We are always having fun at camp, and at this camp we are still playing lots of games. It is so fun and hilarious to see what the kids come up with. One of the favorites seem to be the game freeze, which is a fun improv game. The game starts with two people making up a scene on the spot, and at any moment, someone can say the word “freeze,” and the game pauses, and that person taps someone out, and they replace them and make up another scene on the spot. It is so great to see where the campers can take the game, and where their minds go. Another favorite game, and possibly my favorite game, is called “G’day Bruce”, and you need to say “G’day Bruce” in an Australian accent. Of course there is more to the game, but it would be too hard to explain over a blog, but trust me, it is really fun!

The campers had the opportunity to try on their costumes this week, and we had a lot of fun with this. It’s always awesome to see the campers with their costumes, as then they really can get into their different characters. 

It has been so awesome this last week spending time with the kids, and next week is our last week already!! With our final performance on Friday, the 3rd, I would love to see the theatre packed so everyone can see the amazing talented campers perform! 

That's all for now! 

Holly

Summer Student Blog Post: Drama Camp!

Hello wonderful blog readers!

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Last week was certainly a whirlwind. Holly and I spent last week at the Windsor United Church with our drama campers, rehearsing, singing, and playing games. We took a nice walk down to the waterfront gazebo to enjoy the sunny weather, and our campers especially enjoyed trying on costumes for the performance. Everyone had a lot of fun rehearsing for our fabulous Friday night production. It was really hot in the church, but Jen Alexander brought us some freezies to keep everyone cooled off. It was very much appreciated after the walk back from the gazebo! We also got to make some fun crafts, like card garlands and tissue flowers. We used the painted tea cups our campers created in the tea party scene in our final performance. The tea cups really added something special to the set, making it even more silly. 

Our talented campers performed Alice in Wonderland on Friday night to quite the crowd at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre of King’s-Edgehill school. It’s always so nice to see the progress from when everyone arrives the first day of camp having never seen the script, to the last day where we perform for our family and friends. It’s hard to believe that it all comes together that quickly, and it really speaks to how talented and hard-working our campers really are.

This week we’re on to musical camp. The first two days have been amazing. I’ve really enjoyed getting the chance to work with everyone on their songs. The show this year is filled with some of my very favourite pieces, so it’s been extra fun to work on. We’ve also played some amazing improv games. One of my favourites is freeze, where our campers have come up with some hilarious scenes. We were lucky enough to have Mike Nelson come in and work with our campers yesterday on some of their group numbers! He had them singing songs from Grease and Beauty and the Beast, and everyone sounded fantastic.  

Last night I also hosted the Quick As A Wink trivia night at the Spitfire Arms Pub. Our theme was music, and though there were some tricky questions, everyone had an great time. Hosting trivia nights is one of my favourite parts of my job, and I hope I can do it a few more times before the end of the summer!

Until my next blog post,

Shelby