Best in Theatre

Contestants

Zeb Fulcher
Nick Palazzolo
Xander Bechard
Cavelle Doucet-Lefebvre
Eric Gibson
Adrienne Thomas
Emma McDonald
Maggie Marchenkowsky
Gillian Marshall
Hailey Bennett
Erica Peladeau
Pia Lampitoc

ACT’s Best-in-Theatre is a brand new musical theatre competition for emerging talent in Windsor-Essex. Students will have the opportunity to work with mentors who will guide them through performance techniques, give feedback on song selections, facilitate character development, and give tips on how to stand out in a competition.

The competition will take place on June 10th at The Rockstar (2418 Central Ave, Windsor).  Contestants will perform 2 songs for a panel of judges, who will select the best 3 performers.  The winners will each receive a cash prize. There will also be an audience choice award.

We are looking for the best student musical theatre performers in Windsor. We’re encouraging local talent to come out and show Windsor everything they’ve got!

Tickets

Tickets are $12

Adjudicators

Peggy Dwyer has performed with numerous symphonies throughout Canada and the United States, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony.   Her roles include Violetta (Verdi's La Traviata), Giuletta (Bellini's I Capuletti), Musetta (Puccini's La Boheme), and Mozart's Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), which she performed at Canada's National Arts Center, with Opera Lyra.  Her favorite music theater roles include Eliza Doolittle, Lily (The Secret Garden), and anything by Sondheim!

She has performed at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., by special invitation.  She has appeared as the soprano soloist with the Fort Street Chorale on numerous occasions, including an annual Messiah, and yearly Baroque oratorio performances. She was the featured soloist with the Detroit Oratorio Society from 1993 to 2000.   She especially enjoyed her performances of the Carmina Burana (Carl Orff) with Grammy winner Kevin McMillan.  She is featured on the award-winning Windsor Symphony Orchestra's CD singing Mozart's Vorrei Spiegarvi.

Ms. Dwyer currently at the University of Windsor, and at St. Clair College, where she teaches Voice Technique, and voice lessons.    She also teaches at Sheridan College, (Oakville, Ontario), where she co-teaches second year Vocal Technique, and also voice tutorials. Peggy has adjudicated for many Kiwanis Music Festivals, among them London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Elmira, and Guelph.   She is a respected pedagogue who remains in high demand through Ontario, both as a clinician, and an adjudicator.

Tiffany C. Wentzell founded Windsor Dance eXperience Inc. in 2003. Starting with 20 members the company has now grown to over 70 members.

Tiffany started off as a dancer from Nova Scotia. When she moved to Windsor, she discovered the world of dance theatre, where the 4th wall is removed and there are no mirrors to bounce your emotion right back at you. She graduated from the WCCA program and joined Live Energy Dance Theatre as a dancer and soon became a choreographer. During the years of 1999-2001, Tiffany took on the role of Artistic Director of Live Energy Dance Theatre, opening with a new take on Sleeping Beauty.

In 2003, Windsor Dance eXperience was born as a program that includes young dancers as well, in hopes of creating a family oriented company. Since then, she has worked with Ballet Jorgen for three years as the Youth Rehearsal Mistress, Theatre Alive as the co-choreographer of “Tommy”, Riverfront Theatre Company as choreographer for “Midsummer Night’s Dream” as well as three different collaborations with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Now in 2017, she has just recently celebrated her 51st production with Windsor Dance eXperience.

Shantelle Canzanese was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, but has traveled and lived in cities such as Los Angeles, in order to pursue a career in the arts and follow the opportunities she has been given.

Shantelle attended Wexford C.I., a high school for the performing arts and after graduating with the drama award, she decided to turn her passion for acting into a career. She went on to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Windsor and completed the conservatory program at the famed Second City.
She has studied on camera acting classes with Lewis Baumander in Toronto and Toni Attell and Stephen Book in Los Angeles. 

Shantelle has over fifteen years’ experience in the Industry, working in film, television, theatre, commercials, print ads, voice-overs, hosting, and web series. Shantelle has also had the opportunity to direct and teach drama and improv to youth of all ages at Wexford Collegiate Institute and Arts Express. 

Some of her accomplishments include, hosting the show, “Live Here Buy This” for HGTV, co-hosting a game show on Game TV, a lead role in the web series “Sam Has Seven Friends”, which was nominated for an Emmy, playing the role of Meryl in the feature film, “Son of the Sunshine”, which was nominated for a Genie and garnered her a nomination for Best Actress in a Feature Film, and playing the role of Jessica in the highly anticipated horror film, “Devil Seed”, which has been released in over 35 countries. Her latest project, “Almost Genius” is a comedy series that combines sketch comedy and viral videos, which premiered on CMT last summer. 

David Michael spent most of his career in Los Angeles, California and touring extensively throughout The United States. As lead singer of the original band Revlover, he toured nationally from 1985 to 1997 performing with international acts such as Foghat, The Lynch Mob, Warrant, and Pat Travers. David has worked as a Director, Producer, and Engineer with many celebrities and international events. Some of his credits include Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Hans Zimmer, John Entwhistle, Paula Abdul, Michael Landon, MTV, VH1, ESPN, The American Music Awards, The Academy Awards, Woodstock, and The International Children’s Olympics. David Michael’s current projects are Adventure Café, Platinum Room, & RockStar.

Sponsors

The ACT Board of Directors would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.  Thank you for supporting up and coming artists in Windsor.

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