9:30 a.m., Apr. 26)
shine at Kiwanis Music Festival
By Fred Sherwin
Rebecca Kalinger sings Your Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile from the
musical 'Annie' during the Kiwanis Music Festival on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
past two weeks, Ottawas finest young musicians and vocalists have been testing
their skills in church halls across the National Capital Region as part of the
Kiwanis Music Festival.
Monday, 12-year-old Rebecca Kalinger from Beacon Hill overcame a throat infection
to finish second in the vocal musical theatre solo class for competitors 12 and
was one of three east end youngsters in the competition along with Kathleen Robertson
from Orléans and Julia Lemieux from Sarsfield, both of whom were taking
part in the music festival for the first time.
vocal musical theatre classes were held in the rather spartan City View Church
Hall off Merivale Road. Because there were 24 singers registered in the 12 and
under division of the vocal music theatre solo category, they were divided up
into four classes with eight participants in each class.
participant had to sing two songs in front of an adjudicator who critiqued their
performances at the end of the class.
the three east end participants, Lemieux was the first to take the stage. The
bubbly 11-year-old performed Beauty and the Beast from the movie of the
same name and The Bear Necessities from The Jungle Book.
in the audience soaking it all in was her father, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP
I wasnt really nervous. I was just excited for her, said Lemieux.
has been singing pretty well forever. Both her sisters, Elizabeth,
17, and Danielle, 10, will also be performing in the festival later this week.
the other end of the spectrum, 11-year-old Kathleen Robertson only started taking
voice lessons last September.
shes been on stage numerous times before as a member of the MacCulloch Dancers
and as an aspiring violinist, Mondays vocal musical theatre competition
was the first time she ever sang in front of an audience that didnt consist
entirely of her friends and family.
anxiety level was evident during her opening number Where is Love from
the musical Oliver, but after a quick
costume change she delivered
an inspiring rendition of Just You Wait from My Fair Lady.
to Lemieux and Robertson, Rebecca Kalinger is a Kiwanis Music Festival veteran.
12-year-old singer and pianist has a wall full of Music Festival certificates
and last year she was awarded the Stars of Tomorrow Trophy
to her performance on Monday, she had already received four first place certificates
three for Grade 7 piano and one for speech arts monolgue and three
second place certificates.
the fact that she was still recovering from a throat infection, she sang Youre
Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile from Annie with great gusto
followed by A Change In Me from Beauty and the Beast.
June Crowley was impressed by Kalingers performance.
had wonderful projection and a great natural stage presence.
You looked as if you were at home up there, said Crowley before handing
out the certificates.
Kiwanis Music Festival wraps up on Friday after which the organizers will take
three weeks to sort out the dozens of scholarships and prizes that will be awarded
during the Festival Highlight Concert on May 19.
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