Jazz singer June Garber to host Broadway Kids Live at Markham Theatre

Canadian celebrity icon, jazz singer June Garber will be hosting Broadway Kids Live! show at Markham Theatre on this coming Sunday, May 6. The highly anticipated concerts features selections from Broadway musicals with the participation of talented cast accompanied by Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Keith Reid as well as the Canadian soprano Angela Burns in the role of Maria (The Sound Music). June Garber will also be seen in the roles of Mary Poppins and Fantine (Les Misérables). Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased by calling Markham Theatre at 905.305.7469 or visiting MarkhamTheatre.ca

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra provided 13 children from the GTA with essential skills in singing, dancing, and acting during a rigorous one-year training programme in Markham, Ontario. Broadway Kids Live! is a programme designed to provide children with opportunities to acquire important skills in singing, acting, dancing, working with a conductor, and performing in front of a large audience. The final cast is provided with various promotional opportunities through video and audio recordings, social media vehicles, and special events. From 115 applications received in 2011, 55 children from the GTA were invited to audition live in Markham and another 23, in Toronto in front of a panel of judges led by Maestro Kristian Alexander, Music Director of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. A final cast of 13 children was selected to perform live on stage at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2012.

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“The upcoming production of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra is one of the most exhilarating performances that we have presented so far,” said Jobert Sevilleno, director of the KSO Broadway Kids Live! and general manager of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, “In addition to having over 30 talented children and teenagers singing, acting, and dancing, there is also a 50-piece orchestra on stage, synchronized video projections on a giant screen behind the orchestra, special light and sound effects, several costumes changes, props, and celebrity star June Garber in the role of Mary Poppins. It has taken over a year and close to a thousand hours to create a magical experience for children of all ages and their parents.”

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