Under the Rainbow (2017)

The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents Under the Rainbow. Inspired by the classic stories known to many as The Wizard of Oz and influenced by the turmoil of Judy Garland’s life, Under the Rainbow upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre. Featuring unique choreography, composition and ensemble acting, Under the Rainbow is not to be missed.

As Dorothy Gale is swept up in a cyclone, forced away from home, sent down the yellow brick road, introduced to life changing companions, pulled into dark woods, and then eventually finds the Emerald City, Judy Garland experiences a similar story. Swept up in the cyclone of showbiz, forced away from home, sent down a winding road of self discovery, introduced to life changing peers, pulled into dark times, Judy eventually finds herself in the facade known to many as fame.

These talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, choreographed and developed Under the Rainbow under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Join us as we tell a story of fame, friendship, accomplishment, manipulation and a lost childhood that one can never reclaim.

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PINOCCHIO 2016

The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents Pinocchio. Adapted from Carlo Collodi’s story of the same name, Pinocchio upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre with a truthful telling of the once very ‘disneyfied’ tale. Featuring unique choreography, composition and ensemble acting — Pinocchio is not to be missed.

The talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, choreographed and developed Pinocchio under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Join Pinocchio as he travels through forest and sea, meeting hilariously absurd characters and feathered friends, and reminds everyone how easy it is to get caught in your own strings.

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The Night Circus Production, 2015

GISPA’s Night Circus production. GISPA’s actors, musicians and dancers collectively created their most ambitious and dramatic production to date.

Show Press Release:

The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents The Night Circus. Adapted from Erin Morgenstern’s novel of the same name, The Night Circus upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre with a dangerous, magical adventure uniquely interpreted by student artists. Featuring energetic choreography, composition and ensemble acting, The Night Circus is not to be missed.

Against a backdrop of a circus that only opens at night, two young people struggle against the confines of a forced, enigmatic competition, as the boy attempts to find his purpose through what they have built together.

These talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, and choreographed The Night Circus under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Come along and experience this spellbinding tale of love, loss, and destiny.

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GISPA’s Night Circus

Adapted from Erin Morgenstern’s novel of the same name, The Night Circus upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance and theatre, collectively created, composed, and choreographed by the students and under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Come along and experience this spellbinding tale of love, loss, and destiny.

ArtSpring Theatre, Salt Spring Island
June 10th and 11th at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 – available through the ArtSpring Box Office

 

The Night Circus Performers:

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Thanks to Stefanie and Caitlyn for helping with this huge portrait session!

Big Fish Performer Portraits

BIG FISH

The 10th anniversary, student created, production from GISPA

ArtSpring Theatre, Salt Spring Island
May 14-15th at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 – available through the ArtSpring Box Office or online

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

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GISPA Performer 2014

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GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

GISPA Performer 2014

Thanks to Stefanie and Sky for helping John Cameron with this photography session!