Peter Monaghan* - Vocal Captain/Baritone "The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT)".
Peter is overwhelmed with excitement to join the Razzle Dazzle cast again this year! Peter has performed across Canada, overseas in Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Cuba, and China. Peter is also a graduate of the Yulanda M. Faris young artist program with Vancouver Opera. Some of his most recent performance credits are: Turandot; Eugene Onegin; Le nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Opera); Carmen (Opera Kelowna); Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Under the Stars); Company (United Players); Acis and Galatea (Re:Naissance Opera); La Boheme(Opera Kelowna). When not on stage Peter enjoys, board games, the occasional video game and spending quality time with his wife. He would not be here if it weren't for her unending love and support. Merry Christmas!
Jacq Smith - Dance Captain & Dancer
Jacq is thrilled to return to YPCS for a third season. Performance has been an integral part of Jacq’s life since the age of 4. She has studied numerous artistic disciplines and is a graduate of the Edmonton School of Ballet's professional program. She is consistently training in the arts, recently completing two summers at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, participating in dance and choreography residencies. Select performance credits include Crazy For You (Gateway), Anything Goes (RCMT), West Side Story (TUTS), and Six Word Stories (Lovers Cabaret). Jacq has performed, instructed and choreographed throughout North America and shares her love of dance with everyone she encounters.
Kyla Couper - Dancer
Kyla started dancing at the age of four at Surrey Dance Centre. She competed and won various awards and scholarships including the Junior 2 Cecchetti Award, and the Intermediate Stage Representative at Surrey Festival of Dance. For two seasons, Kyla performed with the Royal City Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker. In 2013, Kyla moved to New York City and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School. She graduated from their four-year program in May 2018. While at JBS she danced lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Serenade, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire. Kyla has also danced with Ballet Kelowna, and Coastal City Ballet.
Nicola Jackson - Dancer
Nicola is delighted to be joining the YPCS cast this year! Originally from England, Nicola graduated from Stella Mann College of Performing Arts in London, UK, with a Diploma in Musical Theatre. She has performed professionally in Theatres across Europe & North America, aboard Princess, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. With extensive training and experience in numerous styles of dance Nicola’s passion for the Arts just keeps getting stronger! Nicola teaches, choreographs and dances for local projects, and is on the faculty at Tempo Dance Academy. She lives in beautiful Nanaimo with her husband and two energetic little boys!
Makayla Moore - Dancer "The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT)".
Bio coming soon...
Kailley Roesler - Dancer
Bio coming soon...
Patrick Courtin - Piano
Patrick Courtin is delighted to return to the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular! Patrick is a Vancouver Island based pianist, music director, multi-instrumentalist and arranger. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz piano from VIU and Royal Conservatory grade 10. He has played and arranged for professional ensembles in many genres, especially jazz and musical theatre.
Selected favourite gig experience includes: three seasons as musical director/pianist/actor with the Theatre Royal in Barkerville Historic Town, regular touring, recording and arranging for tenor Ken Lavigne, and pianist/accompanist for the Vancouver Arts Club and Chemainus Theatre Festival.
David Baird - Double Bass & Electric Bass
Dave studied jazz up at VIU. Since then he has performed with dozens of projects in a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from cruise ship lounge bands to touring with rock bands. His latest venture had him performing three shows with Theatre Newfoundland all summer long. Including his debut as an actor where he played the role of Captain English in The sinking of the SS Ethie, for the Gros Morne theatre festival. He teaches bass privately, and is an avid bird watcher in his spare time.
Steve Jones - Guitar & Saxophone
Steve is a music teacher with 43 years of experience at every level from elementary to university. He has extensive performance experience and leads Decadence, a ten-piece jazz/funk band for which he composes, arranges and plays sax. Steve has performed and taught at jazz camps and workshops in western Canada and Yukon and has adjudicated at many festivals and competitions including Musicfest Canada and the West Coast Jazz Festival. He has recorded a CD called Chester s Waltz and in 2011 received the City of Nanaimo s Excellence in Culture Award. He has performed in the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular for many years and is pleased and excited to be involved again.
Announcement coming soon - Stage Manager & Lighting Technician
Giselle Bedier- Costume alterations
Giselle is excited to be having her first year with Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular. Giselle has over 20 years of sewing and design experience and is a graduate of LCC’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program. Originally from Saskatchewan, Giselle has sewn costumes for Globe Theatre in Regina, provided sewing services for designers in the area, as well as running her own sewing and design business. Giselle has been in Nanaimo for two years and currently sews costumes for Pro Elvis Jumpsuits. She also has her own line of vintage upcycled clothing and accessories.
Connect with Giselle on IG and FB: @giselleclothingdesign