Musical theatre portion of music festival starts Thursday

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NEW GLASGOW – Theatre fans will love the sound of music this weekend.

The Musical Theatre portion of the New Glasgow Music Festival starts Thursday at the North Nova Education Centre.

This is the 76th year of the festival, which will host more than 800 entries, said publicity chair Brenda Wilson.

There are 82 entries performing in the Musical Theatre competition this year.

Other than new entries, there is nothing really new this year, but Wilson said it maintains a good scene.

“It’s part of the charm that it’s pretty much the same format.”

There is a unique reason why this portion starts earlier than the other portions.

“Musical theatre is done by itself because it’s sort of different from the rest of the festival.”

She said there are adjudicators that give constructive criticism to the participants.

The adjudicator for musical theatre this year is professional soprano Monette Gould, who holds two performance diplomas, and A.R.C.T., a Performance Licentiate from the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music and an Opera Performance Diploma from the University of Toronto.

The judges change every year and are picked by David and Shelley Pos, who run the Adjudicator Committee, Wilson said.

“Many of the judges are eager to be here,” said Wilson.

At the end of each competition, the performers that range from elementary school level to university level have to meet a certain criteria from the adjudicators to win the prizes.

Wilson also said they are hosting the provincial competitions in all the categories.

She said they have always received a lot of support from New Glasgow.

“It’s worked well in our area.”

Many performers can become successful, she said.

Past successful participants from the festival include pianist Paul Stewart and performer Doris Mason, who tied for the Rose Bowl trophy in 1975. Stewart won again in 1978.

Wilson said the number of volunteers is very helpful during the festival.

“This time of year comes around pretty quickly.”

Wilson said she has been working publicity for 12 years and it has been fun for her.

“It’s very worthwhile.”

She said it is great to see all the talented children and youth go through the programs.

“It’s been a pleasure to be a volunteer.”

The Musical Theatre portion starts today and runs to Saturday at the North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow.

Shows on Thursday and Friday start at 6:30, 7:15, and 8 p.m., and shows on Saturday start at 1, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15 p.m.

 

Organizations: Musical Theatre, Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto North Nova Education Centre

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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