Featuring music from the Broadway Stage from Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz, and honoring the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein with performances from his iconic “West Side Story”
Saturday, November 17th – 6 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Concert.
Fraserview Church, 11295 Mellis Drive, Richmond BC. Tix: $25 available from members of RDYO
Students of Delta Community Music School – directed by Tracy Neff
Special Guest vocal artists
Tony Barton received his BEd in Music Education from Illinois State University, Normal and his MFA in Voice Performance from the University of Las Vegas. Tony’s versatile acting and singing styles have equipped him to play a wide range of characters and leading-man roles. Some of his most memorable theatre roles include: Mark in Rent and Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Weathervane Theatre), Etienne in Naughty Marietta (Musicals Tonight, off-Broadway), Leon Dupuis in the premier of Madame Bovary (8th Avenue Theatre, off-Broadway), Father in the Chicago premier of Ragtime (Light Opera Works), Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Albany Repertory Theatre, NY), Teddy/Tony Giovanni/Marty/Repo Man in Full Monty (Maltz Theatre, FL), the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance (Music by the Lake, WI) and Curly in Oklahoma (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Opera roles include: Figaro in both The Barber of Siville and the Marriage of Figaro. He received a fierce standing ovation for his performance of Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute. In 2003 Tony played “Blue” in the off-Broadway company of Blueman Group. Tony is proud to be the Artistic Director of Delta Youth Theatre which combines all of the skills, training and experience he has collected throughout his life (deltayouththeatre.com). He is excited to be back on stage singing some of his favourite material with the RDYO under the direction of Maestro Stephen Robb.
Steffanie attended the Capilano Musical Theatre program and was the receiver of the 2012 Outstanding Newcomer Ovation award. Select theatre credits include: Grease (Chemainus Theatre Festival),The Velveteen Rabbit, Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel Theatre), Hair (Renegade Arts Co), Heathers: The Musical (Frolicking Divas), The Best Laid Plans: a Musical (Touchstone/Patrick Street Productions), Legally Blonde, Titanic: a new musical, Bye Bye Birdie (TUTS), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (FCP). Steffanie is thrilled to share and celebrate this iconic music with you all tonight.
Cameron Dunster is a full-time graphic artist and freelance designer who is so thrilled to be returning to the stage, his first love! Select credits include: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Arts Club Theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Theatre), The Music Man (Theatre Under the Stars), Assassins (Pipedream Theatre), and All New People (Ben Bilodeau Productions). Look for him next in It’s A Wonderful Life at the Gateway Theatre this Christmas. Enjoy the show!
Jordan Field is a singer, dancer, stage actor, vocal coach, choreographer and songwriter born and raised in the GVRD. Owner/Director of C.H.O.P Studios. Jordan loves inspiring, mentoring and being a positive influence to his students and the youth of the community. His goal is to help the next generation of influencers achieve and pursue their goals and dreams. Since his first dance class at age 4 – he has pursued his passion for music, the arts and performing by any means necessary. He focused on Musical Theatre then turned his sights to writing and performing his own music alongside his band mates in Six to Midnight. He is extremely honoured to be performing with the RDYO and DCMS.
Thomas Lamont is an emerging lyric tenor from New Westminster, BC. A versatile performer, Thomas is a student of a variety of styles including opera, musical theatre, and jazz. Some recent highlights include: tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Burnaby Lyric Opera, Orin Scrivello in Vagabond Players’ Little Shop of Horrors, and tenor soloist for J.S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion with UBC Choirs and Orchestra.Thomas has been praised for his clear, strong voice and his execution of florid passages. Currently, he is completing a Bachelor’s of Music at the University of British Columbia studying under lyric baritone Dale Throness.
Tracy Neff – Vocal Director- Delta Community Music School
Tracy is a Delta native who has always been drawn to the performing arts, teaching and putting on a show! Having received her BFA in musical theatre from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Tracy performed in the US and throughout the lower mainland for 10 years before deciding to return to school for her BEd. She developed a thriving private voice studio through the Delta Community Music School and worked in local high schools and churches as a teacher and performing arts/music specialist. She has also been on faculty at the Delta Film Acting Academy, Arts Umbrella, Gateway Theatre, Studio West Dance and The Arts Club Theatre Company. Professionally, her roles have included a Witch in Macbeth (BOCO), Joanna in Godspell (BOCO), Gracie in The Music Man and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Quisisana), Sandy in Grease (TUTS), Hope in Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre), Amy in Company (Arts Club), Bet/Charlotte in Oliver (Vancouver Playhouse), Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre), Laurie in Oklahoma (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Olive in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (Belfrey/Arts Club), the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre) and Eliza in My Fair Lady (Royal City Musical Theatre). She has written and performed many musical reviews including her one woman show, “My Dreams of The Big Apple and a Coffee To Go!” Tracy and her husband perform various big band shows including a Christmas show called “Jingle” as well as “Ring of Fire,” a tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter (https://www.tonybarton.biz/). Tracy received a Jesse Award Nomination for her portrayal of Amy in Company (Arts Club), an Ovation Award for her portrayal of Hope in Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre) and is the proud recipient of Delta’s 2011, “Mentor of the Arts” award. Tracy has enjoyed working with Stephen Robb and the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra on this ambitious project. Tracy is one of the directors of Delta Theatre and invites you all to the upcoming production of Willy Wonka Jr. go to: deltayouththeatre.com