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Month: March, 2015

Make Up Charts – Showcase details are coming together ! #DramaWay2015

Hi Everyone
WE are so excited to be back in action after our March Break and everything is moving along swimmingly.
We now have Make Up Charts in for RhythmWorks and DramaWorks, here’s a sneak peak of just one to give you an idea. We have Deanna HArnett on board as our Make Up Consultant once again and we are glad to be working with her yet again. We also have a crew of eager Make up Artists ready to help create our wonderful characters on the big showcase dates. Stay tuned.

Credit Make up Artist/Consultant – Deanna Harnett Female Orphan-Makeup Chart


Meet Mila now supporting our Marketing and Public Relations Department at DramaWay

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Welcome Mila Shumilina our new Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator.

We are excited and delighted to have Mila on board after completing her Internship with DramaWay supporting our Marketing Department as well as Public Relations.

Currently Mila is completing the International Business Management postgraduate program
at Humber College. She has a bachelor degree in economics and has always had a passion for marketing and event planning. Previously, she worked for three years as a Marketing Event Manager for a TV Channel and enjoyed it immensely. Last year, she gained a great deal of experience working for the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, where she was in charge of 30 volunteers and had a chance to develop specific tasks and projects for them. She has also worked as a Marketing Coordinator for the Toronto Academy of Acting and learned a lot about film and television industry and theatre acting. Before plunging into her business career, you can likely tell by her lovely photo that she worked as a fashion model for 10 years travelling all over the world working with big names as popular as Georgio Armani.
She has always enjoyed being part of a community. She fondly recalls the time she organized a non-profit English club where she led lessons, planned special events and activities for children and it turned out to be a great success. Her belief is that “The Devil is in the detail” and she always asserts that it always pays to be extra attentive to the trends and changes both in business and in social life. Some of her other passions include reading and travelling. She looks forward to visiting new countries, learning about different cultures, meeting wonderful people and of course trying exotic food. DramaWay is like a breath of fresh air for her, we are told as she is now meeting like-minded people who are so altruistic and hard working. She appreciates the opportunity to applying her marketing knowledge, practicing her communication skills while also contributing to the community.

DramaWay classes back in action this week. See you soon

Take a look at the preliminary rough draft and pattern of our Pinney’s for some of our #DramaWay2015 showcase characters.

Thanks to Lisa Taylor for developing and working on these for us.

Danielle Pinny Sample - Back

Pinny Sample - Front

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We have posted all the Costume details for both our East & West end dancers of RhythmWorks. These items will be needed by our Dress Rehearsal date. Please ensure you arrange to secure and arrive in these items at Papermill by the Rehearsal date on June 8th.
We look forward to your big showcase on June 10th.
Please ensure you have read all the details on our website and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us 416-614-1078 or email us at dramawayoffice@gmail.com

Visit http://www.dramaway.com to see all the details under our MULTI ARTS SHOWCASE heading for the I’M A PERFORMER section.

Save June 11th to attend the final ExpressionWorks – Open Class with Alanna Balicki and DramaWay Crew

You’ll enjoy watching clips and images from our adventures this past program year! It is guarenteed to put your love of music back as your top priority. You’ll also see how all of our leaders have blossomed this year. Don’t miss out, mark it on your calendar and watch out for details to follow as we arrive closer to the date.

May 14th – Save the Date to attend our FREE SingingWorks Open Class Presentation

We hope you’ll be able to join us in Council Chambers on Thursday, May 14th for our upcoming Spring SingingWorks Showcase at Swansea Town Hall. More details to follow. You won’t want to miss it.


DramaWay’s Annual Multi Arts Open Class Showcase Details – 2015 #DramaWay2015

DramaWay’s Annual Multi-Arts Open Class Showcase 2015 featuring over 115 performers of ALL abilities:
The Hopeful Hearts & Reflections of a Human

DramaWay’s annual celebration of the exceptional artistic achievements of Toronto’s special needs community will take place on May 28, June 9 & 10, 2015. Mark your calendars, as 115 individuals will be showcasing their talents in 5 different performances taking place over three dates!

Founded in 1999 by Artistic Director and Founder Danielle Strnad, DramaWay is a Toronto-based company that provides a variety of educational creative arts programs for youth and adults with special needs. Funds raised through this Annual Multi-Arts Open Class Showcase ensure DramaWay’s continued offering of quality programs that enhance self-esteem and encourage social development in an arts-focused environment.

Support the talents of individuals of all abilities while enjoying three inspiring day of live performance art!
Please note that doors will open 15 minutes before each show time.

The Hopeful Hearts, is a lively stage production about overcoming obstacles with positivity and the value of true friendship. It’s dazzled with music and dance numbers to transport you on a memorable and emotionally-evoking journey! In this story of hope, we grow to love unlikely heroes for their strength and courage. This show will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh and cry, but above all leave you feeling uplifted and inspired! Directed by DramaWay Senior Staff Team; Lizz Hodgson, Morgan Joy, Alanna Balicki, Adam Bailey & Danielle Strnad.
Choreography by Morgan Joy.

RhythmWorks West troupe choreographed by Brooke Banning showcases a series of songs that explore the little monster in all of us. A lyrical number choreographed to Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful explores how pride can be our downfall; then the group shows off their hip hop skills with Frank Ocean’s Super Rich Kids. We turn the lights down and the heat up with Hozier’s Take Me To Church; a swing dance to This is How We Do by Katy Perry parodies our inclination for gluttony and excess; and rage and pure energy take over the stage in Matt & Kim’s Now. But a waltz to Shawn Mendes’s Life of the Party reminds us that it is the ugliness, the glorious imperfection, that makes us human.

RhythmWorks East showcases a series of dance numbers that focus on the theme of resilience in us all. Choreographed by Morgan Joy, this troupe explores connecting with each dancer’s inner strength while also offering dancers the freedom to express emotions through playing with rhythm. The wide array of dance numbers will highlight and incorporate each dancer’s natural creative ability. Twice the first time reminds us of the fast-paced society we live in, while I follow Rivers – I follow you, Deep Blue Ocean Baby is a high energy dance that shows support for one another. Never Tear us Apart is a partner dance about love and connecting with others. Hot Lunch Jam allows us to use our bodies as moving instruments and a vessel for different sounds and beats. We fearlessly perform a tap number to On Broadway with a hint of jazz. Sia brings to light the vulnerability in us all with a touching modern dance piece. Rappers Delight shows off our hip hop moves, while The Muffin Man features our dancers as comedians. Lastly, we finish off with the popular song Let It Go helping us to shake off the winter blues and warming up the theatre with a fun musical theatre number.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
DramaWay’s DramaWorks West group presents their uniquely adapted production of The Hopeful Hearts!

Location: Swansea Town Hall Community Centre
95 Lavinia Road, Toronto.

The show begins at 5:00 p.m., in Rousseau Room

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Two DramaWorks groups take the stage to showcase their uniquely adapted The Hopeful Hearts productions.

Location: Papermill Theatre
67 Pottery Road, Toronto.

Showtimes: The Hopeful Hearts Show #1: DramaWorks Group A: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
The Hopeful Hearts Show #2: DramaWorks Group B: 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
RhythmWorks dance troupes take to the stage to showcase their high-energy, eclectic array of choreographies titled Reflections of a Human. Scarborough DramaWorks East group then takes the stage to showcase their uniquely adapted production of The Hopeful Hearts.

Location: Papermill Theatre
67 Pottery Road, Toronto.

Showtimes: Reflections of a Human: RhythmWorks Dance Troupes: 5:00 – 5:45 pm
The Hopeful Hearts Show#3: Scarborough DramaWorks East Group: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tickets: The Hopeful Hearts Play tickets are $15 each.
Reflections of a Human Dance Show tickets are $10 each.

All tickets are available at the door (cash only), or online through Eventbrite before hand at www.dramaway.com. Note: A service fee will be added to all online purchases. We encourage all audience members to purchase tickets before hand to ensure your seat is reserved.

For More Information: Please contact Danielle Strnad at (416) 614-1078 or dramawayoffice@gmail.com

DramaWay Annual Multi Arts Open Class Showcase 2015 #DramaWay2015 – Poster please share

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