A closer look at our ensemble:

Andrea Rodall Andrea Rodall
Music Director

Andrea Rodall (nee Sicotte), holds her BMUS in performance with distinction from the University of Calgary, where she studied with Canadian bass-baritone and vocal pedagogue Professor Donald Bell.  Her musical education also includes participation in the Richard Miller Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Institute (2003 & 2004) and in the Pacific Vocal Institute (2005 & 2006).

Andrea has performed in the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus and the Vancouver Island Opera Chorus, and she has also played Flora (La Traviata), Adele (The Champagne Ball/Die Fledermaus), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls) and Maria (The Sound of Music).  She has made several concert and guest artist appearances on the island and in her home town of Smithers, B.C., and she has performed the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Parksville and District Community Choir.

Andrea has also been studying piano since the age of 7, and she has enjoyed teaching both piano and voice since 2001 in music studios in Calgary and later in Nanaimo.  After the birth of her daughter, Andrea opened her own music studio in Duncan, Joy of Music, where she enjoys sharing her love of music with her voice, piano, and Kindermusik students.  Andrea is a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teacher’s Association and the Cowichan Valley Music Teacher’s Association.

Cathy SchmidtCathy Schmidt
Youth Program Director

Cathy is passionate about musical theatre and has been involved in singing, acting, and dance in the Cowichan Valley since she was two years old. Cathy as is also passionate about youth and is currently serving her third term as elected School Board Trustee for the Cowichan Valley School District. In 2012 Cathy was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer work in the arts and education.

Cathy joined Chalkboard Theatre in 2013 to teach musical theatre classes and was stage manager for ‘Dear Edwina Jr.’. Cathy has choreographed and managed many productions for elementary schools, the Chemainus Senior’s Centre, the January Players and Mercury Theatre. From 2011 to 2014 Cathy was the President of the South Island Musical Theatre Society, where she managed and produced highly acclaimed full length musical theatre productions, performed on the Cowichan Theatre stage, showcasing adult and youth actors, singers and dancers from the Cowichan region.

For these musical theatre productions, ‘Curtains’ in 2011, ‘The Sound of Music’ in 2012, and ‘Oklahoma’ in 2013, and ‘My Fair Lady’ in 2014 Cathy also contributed as: head of marketing and publicity, choreographer, stage manager, project financial manager for production budgets up to $80,000, assistant in the set build and programme design, theatre contracts and use of facilities agreements, arranged music for orchestras and assisted to keep them within budget, organized rehearsal scheduling, organized crew to transfer the show to a second performance venue, built all radio ads  and proofed ticket design, and assisted with sewing in the costume department.

FB_IMG_1464231913937Kari Cowan
Stage Manager

Kari has always enjoyed the arts and has been in various productions with her high school as well as Chalkboard Theatre where she played the role of the Bakers Wife in their production of Into The Woods in 2013. She has also enjoyed being involved in South Island Musical Theatre Society’s productions of Oklahoma! (2013) and Pirates of Penzance. (2015) In 2016 Kari was given the opportunity to stage manage Chalkboard Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Kari is currently enrolled in Vancouver Island University. She is aspiring to become a french immersion teacher.