Western Canada Theatre is marking International Women’s Day (March 8) with an exclusive online event produced, filmed, crewed, promoted and staffed by female members of the theatre company.
A Broad’s Way Cabaret: The Stage is Hers is a cabaret featuring a plethora of women. It was recorded in the empty Sagebrush Theatre.
Included among the 14 eclectic groups of performers in the show is the All My Relations Dance Group, a multi-generational group of Indigenous dancers, singers, musicians and storytellers, made up of sisters, daughters, mothers and cousins. Based out of Kamloops and featuring the talents of Bernice Jensen, Brittany Jensen, Jewel Jensen, Timara Jensen, Susan Oliverius and Shyla Raine, this group has honed its skills by travelling from powwows to festivals, sharing stories and creating a performance with visuals, songs with powerful meanings.
Also part of the show is the mother-daughter duo of Robyn Wallis and Valerie Easton, who will be performing together for the first time. Robyn is an actor, dancer and singer who recently moved to Kamloops and is now a teacher in School District 73. Theatre fans may have seen her as Cosette in WCT’s production of Les Misérables. Valerie is best known for her direction and choreography (most recently choreographing WCT’s The Sound of Music), but she’s no stranger to performing on camera. Early in her career, she was a regular on the Wolfman Jack and René Simard shows. Interestingly, Robyn and Valerie both met their husbands while working at Western Canada Theatre.
Also featured in the show is 15-year-old Summer Bogetti-Smith, a skilled piano player, guitar player and vocalist. Her contribution is an original song written for her best friend. Also performing is Chioma Darah-Ani, a talented vocalist who also leads worship at Motion Church in downtown Kamloops and is a member at Askem Talent.
A Broad’s Way Cabaret: The Stage is Hers will be broadcast on Monday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. on Western Canada Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The live watch party will give those tuning in a chance to ask questions of the all-female creative team.
For more information on how to watch for free, click here.
The performance will remain online through March 14.