A closer look at our ensemble:
Andrea Rodall, soprano, holds her MMUS from the University of Victoria. She 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 performed in numerous concerts locally, and is often seen as a soloist in Oratorio on the island, past engagements including in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
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. In 2010 she opened her own studio in her home in Duncan, Joy of Music Studio, where she enjoys sharing her love of music with her students, young and old alike, teaching voice and piano to ages “5-95”. Andrea is a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teacher’s Association (BCRMTA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Cowichan Valley Music Teacher’s Association (CVMTA).
Andrea has also been Music Director with Chalkboard Theatre since 2012/13, working with the junior classes in The Little Mermaid, Dear Edwina Jr., The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Doolittle Jr., and now with all 3 age groups for this year’s show Peter Pan. Andrea has also co-run (with Cathy Schmidt) the Chalkboard Theatre summer camps for several years.
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.
Laura has directed several local productions, including the pantomimes “Rumplestiltskin” and “Cinderella” with the Shawnigan Players and the musical “Anne of Green Gables” with the Cowichan Musical Society. Laura recently played Judy in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” with Mercury Players, and she has acted in the Cowichan Valley Shakespeare
Festival every summer since 2013. Favorite roles include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Olivia in Twelfth Night.
Laura is a teacher in SD79 and enjoys coaching young people to find their voices, challenge their brains, and open their hearts. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Victoria and firmly believes in the power of storytelling to make the world a better place.
Laura loves to sing, dance, and generally ham it up. This is her first year with Chalkboard, and she is super excited to team up with Cathy and Andrea to codirect Spamalot! A lifelong Monty Python fan, Laura can’t wait to nerdify a new generation with classic bits such as the Black Knight and the taunting French soldier. Fetchez la vache!