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Top Canadian Performing Arts College Begins 10th Anniversary Celebrations
Have you seen We Will Rock You, Mama Mia, the Lord of the Rings Musical or the Stratford Festival?...Then you have seen our grads! August 30, 2007 VICTORIA - The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) has announced the launch of its 10th anniversary season. “Greater Victoria can celebrate with us at our performances and gala events throughout the year, while the rest of the country will enjoy seeing the future stars of tomorrow as they perform across Canada and around the world,” said Janis Dunning, CCPA cofounder. Dunning and Co-founder Jacques Lemay are proud of the role they and their faculty have played in training some of the best talent Canada has to offer. In addition, the College brings new economic development to British Columbia and gives the region the opportunity to see the future stars of Broadway, the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and stages all over the world. In fact, CCPA students enjoy an 80-100% success rate finding performing arts contracts once they graduate, ranking with the highest in North America. Colin Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts sees the importance of the role the College plays in preparing students for careers in the arts: “CCPA is where young talent learns to soar as performers, as communicators as collaborators – as performing artists!” Both Dunning and Lemay have enjoyed stellar careers in the performing arts. Dunning is a veteran of a professional performing career in Canada, the United States and London, England. For 18 years she created, directed and starred in national television series for the CTV network. She has created cultural and multi-cultural works seen nationally and internationally. Ms. Dunning was recognized as a 2004 Community Arts Leader of the Year in Victoria. Lemay Internationally renowned producer and director of world class ceremonies such as the Calgary Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and several Royal visits. He is a director of musicals and television specials across Canada and is the Artistic Director of the Charlottetown Festival. During this past summer Lemay was choreographer for the New 7 Wonders of the World unveiling Ceremonies.

With their 10th Anniversary Season comes a lineup of special events and performances that include a return engagement with the Victoria Symphony: the launching of Company C (CCPA’s Year lll performance company), special alumni and donor celebrations and they are offering the sale of a beautiful special edition commemorative calendar. “We have a strong board, great staff and highly qualified faculty in place. The successes of the last 10 years have been extraordinary but hold on to your hats...the best is yet to come!” said Dunning. -30For more information, contact: Steven Seltzer, Communications Manager Phone: 250-595-9970 Cell: 250-882-8441

Complete list of 2007-08 Events
Kick off our 10th with C
September 29, 2pm-4pm, 1701 Elgin Rd. Celebrate 10 years of the best in performing arts. Bring the kids and bring your hidden performing arts talents. Sing, dance, act and find out what goes on at CCPA. Meet Canada’s future stars of stage and screen. Enjoy refreshments and brief performances.

Company C
CCPA Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Road (tickets 386-6121) Guest Director: Fran Gebhard--William Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a pastoral comedy written in early 1600. It is often classed as one of Shakespeare’s mature comedies and exposes the instability of gender roles and traditional values. See the fascinating new treatment by Company C.

Company C
Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street (tickets 386-6121) All the allure of the 40’s plus intrigue and laughter! This sexy musical won 6 Tony Awards! Its signature is its bold, jazzy score and strong characters. Guest Director: Jeff Hyslop.

Company C
Metro Studio Theatre 1411 Quadra Street (tickets 386-6121) Neil Simon delivers nonstop laughs with this homage to his early days in showbiz. Director: Matthew Howe

CCPA Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Road (by donation) An evening devoted to the innovative work of CCPA’s Year 1 students. The showcase can take on many shapes and promises to be a provocative and engaging evening. (tickets 386-6121) Stars! Commemorative Video, Performances, Music, Food and Beverages! The exciting pinnacle Gala Event, celebrating CCPA’s first decade. (by donation) Ever wonder where it all begins? Join Canada’s future playwrights as they unveil their brand new works. (tickets 386-6121) Back By Popular Demand! Two of BC’s greatest performing arts institutions together for three nights of performances of music, song and dance from the Best of Broadway.. Get your tickets early! 386-6121.

March 29, 8pm, April 28, 8pm. (tickets 386-6121)
CCPA Performance Hall. 1701 Elgin Road Year II actors perform a dramatic work under the guidance of a special guest director. Always a compelling experience.

April 25, 2 & 8pm, April 26, 8pm (tickets 386-6121) McPherson Playhouse CCPA’s critically acclaimed end of year musical theatre show

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