Blogovus: Milestones: Gabriel Girvan Macdonald, CCPA 2015 Graduate

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 Gabriel Graduates from CCPA:

Canadian College of

Performing Arts



“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! !I Made it!”: Chorus: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! He Made it! (Click on photo)


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The Man Emerges: Graduation May 2015

The Man Emerges from the Little Boy We Carried: Graduation May 2015

Mom, Dad and The Big Guy, Royal Theatre, 2015

Mom, Dad and The Big Guy, Royal Theatre, Victoria B.C. 2015


Spring 2015

Two Performances and CCPA Graduation


Mary Winspear Centre
in Sidney, BC

Tickets 1 Centre Stage in Vegas
on Saturday May 2 2015 at 7:30 PM
in the Charlie White Theatre
Left/F/39 Internet Adult/Senior
Tickets 1 Centre Stage in Vegas
on Saturday May 2 2015 at 7:30 PM
in the Charlie White Theatre
Left/F/40 Internet Adult/Senior


Article from the Website of the Peninsula Singers and

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, B.C.

Spring 2015


Las Vegas may be primarily considered a place where you throw the dice or pull the lever on that “one-armed bandit.” But over the years, the city has also become a choice venue for great singers, a place to soothe your soul, in between chasing Lady Luck. Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley were two of the early headliners in the 50s and 60s. Now, they’ve been succeeded by a wide range of singers like Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond. Musicals have also become a standard feature vying for your entertainment dollar in Sin City. “Jersey Boys”, honouring the Four Seasons and “Good Vibrations”, saluting the Beach Boys are but two. Even Leonard Cohen has shown up on at Vegas, ending his “World Tour” on the Palms Casino Resort stage. So, with this rich mother lode from which to choose, Artistic Director Glenda Korella and the the Peninsula Singers will offer you their snappy, upbeat and sensational “Centre Stage in Vegas.” They’ll serenade you with some of the best songs by Sinatra, Elvis, Celine Dion and yes, Canada’s Mr. Cohen. And they’ll sing medleys from “Jersey Boys” and the always popular Beach Boys. Along with choreography, costumes and surprises. Our motto: we don’t just stand there and sing!

In our traditional “Spotlight on a Young Artist,” you’ll hear up-and-coming star Gabriel Macdonald, who will graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts this spring. A baritone who’s played the lead in over 15 musicals, Gabriel’s repertoire will include a little Sinatra and “Before the Summer Ends” from the musical “Dracula.”


REVIEW: Times Colonist,

April 21, 2015


What: Smokey Joe’s Café

Where: Canadian College of Performing Arts, 1701 Elgin Rd.

When: Until April 25, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday matinée 2 p.m.

Tickets: $30; seniors $25; students $20

Info, reservations:

Rating: Four stars


To say the joint was jumpin’ by the time Smokey Joe’s Café had hit its stride at the Canadian College of Performing Arts is an understatement.

While it takes a while to get used to the rhythm and scriptless format of this flashy jukebox musical tribute to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the legendary 1950s and 1960s composers whose chart-toppers such as Hound Dog, Love Potion #9 and On Broadway were Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller popularized by artists including the Coasters, Drifters and Elvis Presley, you’ll be hooked long before its emotional Stand By Me finale.

Set designer Dan Costain has strikingly transformed CCPA’s Elgin street rehearsal hall into an intimate faux-smoky cabaret, complete with retro concession stand selling popcorn and root beer floats, a large screen backdrop, billowing overhead drapes and mirror ball, and an effectively employed faux-brickwork platform and staircase.

With nearly 40 songs, from lesser known gems to hits such as Dance With Me and Kansas City, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is an ideal showcase for 61 gifted first- and second-year performers who don’t disappoint. Indeed, there’s so much talent and such a dizzying variety of tunes, from rock ’n’ roll to bluesy ballads, it’s hard to know where to begin.

Directed and choreographed by Darold Roles with flair to spare, Smokey Joe’s Café opens in a minor key, with a solid, mood-setting rendition of the nostalgic number Neighbourhood. It’s followed by Young Blood, which first hints at Gabriel Macdonald’s astonishing vocal range that reaches its primal scream-like outer limits in I Who Have Nothing, his stirring, spine-tingling showstopper.

It’s just one of a succession of seamlessly intertwined musical vignettes in a show that is akin to a jukebox sprung to life…



The Many Faces of Gabriel

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