Today’s” Spotlight” is on the friendly and very talented Nicole Barrett!
Nicole has been a valued part of our team since 2011, bringing her musical talents to numerous QAAW performances over the past few years. “I became involved with Quick As A Wink through Toven MacLean, who I often work with at Kings Edgehill School,” she says. “I believe my first show was Little Women, on both rehearsal and performance piano, followed by Jane Eyre on flute, 42nd Street on rehearsal and performance piano, and finally You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in which I served as musical director as well as pianist, a new challenge for me where I practiced the intriguing skill of directing and playing at the same time!”
Nicole is a piano teacher by trade, so she is especially fond of the way theatre allows her to incorporate music into other areas of the arts. “Theatre has been wonderful for my life because I get to work with larger groups of people than I normally do as a private teacher, and it allows me to branch out from of my normally very classical repertoire,” she says. “I love theatre because you seem so much more drawn to what is happening than watching on a screen. It seems so much more real. If I had to choose a favourite [Quick As A Wink] memory, it would be the opening of 42nd Street. The sound of a full orchestra and a few dozen pairs of tap shoes in perfect time was amazing and thrilling at every show.”
Though Nicole has fond memories of her past with us, she is also looking forward to the future; she hopes to become involved with our upcoming production of Into The Woods later this year. “I have done Into the Woods before, on a smaller scale, and absolutely LOVE this show,” Nicole says. “I would definitely love to be involved in the pit for this one!”
Outside of her involvement with Quick As A Wink, Nicole has a number of other hobbies she enjoys. “In addition to music, which is my career, I also very much enjoy gardening during the warmer months and various sewing or needlepoint projects during the not-so-warm months,” she says.
Thank you for all your contributions to QAAW, Nicole! Your hard work is always appreciated, and we hope we get a chance to work with you again!
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