Kick off summer with CYMC

CYMC Musical Theatre kicks off its 2011 summer season July 2.

A PREVIOUS CMYC Musical Theatre class staged an acclaimed version of RENT.

A PREVIOUS CMYC Musical Theatre class staged an acclaimed version of RENT.

CYMC Musical Theatre kicks off its 2011 summer season July 2.

This year’s creative team features award-winning faculty, including the Comox Valley’s own Lori Mazey and dance teacher/ choreographer Lindsay Sterk along with acclaimed musical director Kristopher Epps and Ashley Daniel Foot. CYMC’s lineup this year will include A Chorus Line and CYMC Musical Theatre’s Glee Club and will offer exciting roles for everyone.

CYMC Musical Theatre is really an experience to treasure forever. Students are delighted to discover a group of peers with similar interests and aspirations as their own.

Our students have made friends who have become part of their extended families and form part of a larger network of theatrical contacts that serve them as they develop as performers.

The program will offer a one of a kind theatre experience; 21 days of fun, intense performing arts training with skilled, trained faculty that is sure to thrill everyone who participates. The program will also feature over 12 outstanding workshops in a variety of different artistic disciplines.

This year we will also offer Dance on Film: selected screenings of the greatest films about dance and exciting dance classes in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern and tap.

Program director Ashley Daniel Foot welcomes Mazey to their creative team. She is well-known to Valley theatre-goers who have enjoyed Mazey’s polished, professional theatre productions for many years; including outstanding productions of West Side Story, Urinetown, Seussical, Cats and Crazy for You.

She is also well known to Comox Valley students as the amazing drama teacher at G.P Vanier; her encouraging style and enthusiastic approach has empowered numerous high school students to pursue their dreams of careers in the theatre by enrolling in post secondary theatre programs offered throughout the province.

Mazey is a three time “Best Production and Best Director” award winner at Theatre BC’s provincial Mainstage Festival and has lead Improvisational groups to Ottawa’s National tournament on a number of occasions and can be credited for two National Championships in the past three years.

Mazey is thrilled to be joined by Lindsay Sterk who brings his experience as CYMC choreographer on past productions of Beauty and The Beast and RENT, as well as his own experience as a professional performer throughout Canada. CYMC welcomes Sterk back as the 2011 director of dance and choreographer.

Sterk is also well-known as the artistic director and dance instructor of the Comox Valley’s Pantuso School of Dance and was recently a featured tap dancer in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies.

Rounding out the 2011 CYMC Musical Theatre Artistic Team are musical director, Kristopher Epps, who brings his vast musical knowledge, skills and experience; students are privileged to be mentored and trained by Epps.

He is also an award-winning concert pianist who has worked with numerous Broadway artists, symphony orchestras and choirs across Canada. Foot, the producer, program director, vocal coach, and leader of CYMC Musical Theatre, is an award-winning operatic tenor and broadcaster whose work has appeared on CBC Radio and TV.

The Comox Valley is home to a high-calibre performing arts training program where vibrant young people come together to prepare a full length musical in a productive, supportive learning environment. The CYMC Musical Theatre program is an opportunity for youth to work with a world-class creative team, and make friends that they will treasure forever.

CYMC’s summer music and theatre programs are open to all youth 12 to 24 and attract participants from all over the world.

This all leads to the grand finale, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway’s history — A Chorus Line — at the Sid Williams Theatre, which then goes on the road to the 700-seat Island Savings Centre in the heart of the Cowichan Valley.

Space is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to sing, dance and act and enjoy an experience that you will never forget! Register today at


— Comox Valley Music Youth Centre