Several years ago, I was interviewed by a reporter from the Vancouver Sun, who asked me: “How can I describe you and what you do?” I told her about my musical endeavours, and how much I enjoy working with children and producing shows. She responded: “Then you are an impresario!”
I rushed home after the interview to check my dictionary, which defines ‘impresario’ as ‘an entertainment manager; a producer or promoter of entertainment, expecially in musical theatre’.
I really don’t know whether I am an impresario. What I do know is that I am passionate about nurturing and training young performers and providing them with performance opportunities. I work to build self-esteem and self-confidence in these performers by emphasizing the importance of commitment and working hard to make their dreams come true.
I created and direct Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!, an intensive musical theatre summer program now heading into its 24th year at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver.
I also direct ShowStoppers, a dynamic troupe of teenagers who perform in concert, on TV and radio, and at numerous conventions, awards dinners, galas, and corporate and charitable events throughout British Columbia.
I am appreciative of the success of “GLEE”, the popular musical comedy-drama Fox TV series, as it has created a public awareness of the joy of show choirs. However, I laugh when people ask whether ShowStoppers and Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! were inspired by “GLEE” as I have been working with show choirs for over twenty years.
I know that I am not in the league of great impresarios like the legendary Broadway producer David Merrick, but I am having a lot of fun in my attempt to make a difference in the lives of these young performers.
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