Youth and Education
Broadway Kids Live!
Broadway Kids Live! is a programme designed to provide children with opportunities to acquire important skills in singing, acting, dancing, working with a conductor, and performing in front of a large audience. Applications are accepted one year in advance, usually in March. Selected candidates are invited to live auditions in front of a panel of judges led by Maestro Kristian Alexander, Music Director of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. A particular blend of vocal, acting, and dancing skills, as related to a pre-determined list of characters that will later be included in the show, is taken into consideration. The final cast is provided with various promotional opportunities through video and audio recordings, social media vehicles, and special events.
In 2011, from 115 applications received, 55 children from York Region were invited to audition live in Markham and another 23, in Toronto. A final cast of 14 children was selected to perform live on stage at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2012. To find out who was included in the 2011 final cast list, visit the Kindred Spirits Orchestra News wepage (April 2011).
In 2012, 63 children and 21 professional and amateur adult singers/actors auditioned for a role in a concert performance of excerpts from the musical Les Misérables. The final cast included 4 children and 8 adults who rehearsed and performed, accompanied by the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, during a Canada Day concert on July 1, 2013.