1. Are you a coffee drinker? Where have you been going for your morning fix?
I'm an avid coffee drinker, and usually enjoy my coffee at home in the mornings, but if I want a treat? I head down to Dooher's for a coffee and a couple oatmeal jams. Yum!
2. What are your rehearsal breaks like at Westben?
Breaks between songs at Westben are generally just about staying cool. Haha! Grab some water and make for one of the many fans backstage!
3. From your visits to Westben, what are some highlights you'd like to share?
So this is my 5th visit to wonderful Westben festival! I've been twice before with UBC Opera back in 2006-07, and then these past 3 years doing a Broadway themed show. My favourite places in the county are the Westben grounds themselves, the lock system and the swimming at the Crowe River Bridge!
4. Anything you'd like to share about Kisses on Broadway?
The show itself is a great contrast of Broadway styles. One being heavily reliant of shtick and slapstick (Kiss me Kate) and the other more of musical showmanship and sentiment (West Side Story). My past performance experience has been extremely varied these past few years. I've gone from the Classical Opera world, i.e. The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart) to South Pacific (Rogers & Hammerstein) in a single season. The musical juxtapositions are not that striking to me because the stories themselves are often similar: tales of love and loss and good triumphing over evil. I've been fortunate in my career so far to have had lots of experience in different genres and I enjoy trying on different musical costumes to suit the stories. The facts are that underneath all the music, practicing healthy vocal techniques is what makes this career such a joy. You can sing what ever you want as long as it suits your voice type and you can do it in a healthy way.
5. What other performances do you have coming up?
After Kisses on Broadway, I'm taking an extended trip back to the West Coast to visit family and friends! I have a 3 day cycling trip through the Kettle Valley in August and camping up in Garabaldi Mountain near Squamish. The big plan for the summer into the Fall is to prepare for a UK audition tour. I just just received my British Passport and can now legally work in the UK. The main goal is to get a touring contract in the UK on a good show and use that as a base to branch out into Europe.