ST. JOHN’S, N.L.
The annual Our Divas Do Christmas show in St. John’s played a pretty pivotal role for the family of Calvin Powell and Krista Fowler.
The pair first met as performers in the event, which features a variety of holidays tunes and raises money for local charities, back in 2005. They’ve since gotten married and produced three children, who like their parents now share a love for performing.
Calvin, a Carbonear native, is appearing in the 2018 edition of the show for the 10th time (Krista, who hails from Makinsons and is not performing this year, has been in three). This go-around will be a little bit different for dad, as all three of his children — nine-year-old Bryony Fowler, seven-year-old Lennox Powell and five-year-old Hawthorne — will be joining him on stage at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre for the performances, happening Dec. 6-9.
It’s Bryony’s fourth appearance in the production and Lennox’s second, while Hawthorne will join his siblings in the youth choir for the first time. All four are part of a new sequence themed around Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”
“The Grinch number is going to have aerials and gymnastics and dance and all that kind of stuff,” Calvin said, adding that Bryony and Lennox will get to show off some moves for that portion of the event.
Calvin also sings “Silent Night” for a section dedicated to the First World War and performs a duet on “O Holy Night.”
Calvin and Krista are kept pretty busy between the two of them when it comes to juggling their children’s extra-curricular schedules. They both work in the St. John’s metro area (they owned and operated Harbour Music and Dance in Conception Bay North for several years before moving from Bay Roberts in the fall of 2017) and can otherwise be found whisking the kids away to gymnastics, dance and music lessons. Calvin looks after some of the latter privately at home.
“It’s really hectic, especially our weekends,” Calvin said.
The busy schedules are paying off for the kids so far. Bryony and Lennox won awards at the Dance World Cup earlier this year and also earned gold honours for Atlantic Canada in their most recent Royal Conservatory of Music exams.
This year’s Our Divas Do Christmas show marks the first time Calvin and his kids have worked together in a professional performance.
“My kids are doing more stuff than I am now really,” said Calvin, a veteran of the stage as both an actor and singer. “They’re doing TV and film and they’re doing shows. I’ve scaled back on my stuff, but it’s great that we’re getting to do this together.”
Bryony, who is in Grade 4, likes all her arts-related activities a lot, especially since it’s a great way to make friends.
“I sort of like everything,” she told The Compass. “I like the dancing. I like the singing. I like being on stage. I like hanging out with people backstage.”
She’s also pretty thrilled about sharing the stage with her siblings and dad in December.
“I like being in the show with my dad and with my brothers, and I have a friend there that I’ve known since I started with Divas, and she’s still in it with me.”