Kenmor Classic Theatre

The Candlewick Players wil host their first ever Kenmore Classic Theatre weekend. This new endeavor will focus on big productions by small casts; giving audiences a theatre experience not typically offered outside of larger urban centers.

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The Candlewick Players wil host their first ever Kenmore Classic Theatre weekend.
This new endeavor will focus on big productions by small casts; giving audiences a theatre experience not typically offered outside of larger urban centers. The intention is to appeal to a more mature and discerning audience and it will feature shows that will engage ideas and promote contemplation. While intended for a mature audience, is not intended to be a departure of Candlewick’s mission statement, which is based highly on moral and family values, but rather to add to it and give patrons an alternative to what they may normally find outside the “big city”.
This October, Candlewick presents the well-known musical “Little Shop of Horrors”.
The show, which is known for its strong musical score and wonderful vocal arrangements, features the following 8-person cast: Erin Klassen as Audrey, Liam Klassen as Seymour, Joel Swaan as Mushnik, Florian Lassnig as Orin the dentist, Joel Klassen as the voice of the plant, while the intrinsic roles of Ronnette, Chiffon and Crystal ( the “doo-wop” girls or “CCR” as we call them ) will be ably played by Joelle Borne, Jennifer Ching-Faux and Jennifer Nichol. Richard Klassen will produce the show, and guide Chuck Fefchak in providing direction. Erin Klassen will pull double duty, also taking on the responsibility of assistant director. This cast features eight very strong and experienced actors and singers who are very excited to be a part of the project and all of whom will provide audiences with a memorable experience.
The show is the first musical that Candlewick is presenting in the Kenmor, so everyone is excited to use that space to create a truly memorable experience. Plans have been laid to finalize an orchestra and rehearsals have started. Show dates will be October 12-14 inclusive.
A story of growth
As many people throughout southeastern Manitoba and beyond have discovered over the years, Candlewick Productions has grown into a well-balanced regional theatre company. With a schedule featuring no less than six major productions per year, the growth can be attributed to the efforts of executive producer/director Richard Klassen. Klassen, whose responsibilities also includes teaching theatre to early age children all the way up to college students and adults, also assists his wife Vanessa as they own and operate the likewise growing Danceworks Studios. Alongside their dramatic endeavors, the couple has raised four sons. Their schedules, though rewarding, are busy ones indeed.
Candlewick’s summer shows vary in theme, featuring musicals, dramas, and biblical accounts revealing the tremendous amount of talent this region has to offer. Over the years the schedule has developed, and the troupe of actors and singers involved has become even more numerous. But while younger actors take classes and present numerous plays and recitals throughout the year, most adults have only two other opportunities to act on stage outside of the summer epic, those being the annual dinner theatres presented at Christmas and Valentine’s. Now if you have ever overheard a conversation had by theatre folk, you will already know the topic of discussion usually revolves around shows they have done together in the past or shows that they would like to perform in the future. And that is how this journey got started.
“Let’s do a show in the fall”….”let’s do something different”… ”something that REALLY challenges us”… ”something to appeal to a more mature audience”… ”something with an edge”… ”something everyone knows”… ”something classic”… ”something they will remember”. These discussions and many like it would start but, with Richard’s aforementioned theatre and teaching schedule combined with his commitments to family, Danceworks, and various cultural boards on which he sits, no plan could be put in place and solidified. So the dream of an autumn Kenmor Classic Theatre presentation remained unfulfilled, until now.

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