The group will perform Friday at the Arts and Culture Centre, marking the completion of Lock and Key’s 12th year of introducing kids aged 8-16 in the Corner Brook area to musical theatre via a 12-day summer camp.
This year’s show is titled “Anything Goes” after the Cole Porter song of the same name. It’s set in the 1920s, and will feature music and dance from that era, like a musical score from Porter, and tap-dancing.
Actor Phoebe Gill says this summer’s show will be her fourth year partaking in the camp. After her first year, she says, there was a lot to take away. “My voice improved, my dancing improved a lot. Mainly the three points, they all improved. It made me a better performer.”
Chris Jackman, director for “Anything Goes,” says the decision to put off musical theatre camps in Corner Brook came when him wife Shari Porter decided to give back to their hometowns. The duo started Lock and Keynote productions several years ago and put off their first camp in Porter’s hometown of Cochrane, Ontario.
“We’re always happy to come back here” said Jackman, of his hometown of Corner Brook. “I find the calibre of students, that we get to engage with, and the real richness of community arts, it’s a real privilege to be back here every year.”
Lock and Keynote Productions have cause to celebrate this year as Maria Park, a former student of the Grenfell summer camp has returned as the show’s choreographer. “It’s really exciting to see,” said Jackman. “To see that we’re producing the next generation of dancers, performers and artists.”
"Anything Goes" will show at the Arts and Culture Centre in Corner Brook on Friday at 7 p.m.